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Archive for November, 2013

Father of Kim Zielinski Weaver ’76 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 21, 2013

Ollie Zielinski



Ollie Zielinski, 86, passed away November 18, 2013, at home in Ruskin , FL after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was born May 8, 1927 to Casimer and Victoria Zielinski. He grew up on Nebraska Ave. in the “Kuschwantz” area of Toledo. He attended Nativity Catholic Grade School and was a graduate of Libbey High School. Ollie served his country in the Navy. He was a Toledo Police Officer retiring in 1979 after 29 years of service. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, Florida, fishing, camping and his stained glass hobby. He made many beautiful items including lamps, angels, birds, windows and night lights.

Ollie is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Evelyn; his children, David (Kathleen), Kimberly Weaver (Gene), Ollie Joe and Kathryn Wyse (Con); grandchildren, David “DJ”, Heather, Holly Burch (Randy), Christopher, Ryan Stack, Kristin Stack, Lyndsay Mocek (Justin), Trevor (Samantha), Jeremy Yglesias, Nikolas Wyse and Danielle Wyse.

Ollie’s wish is to be cremated in Florida. His ashes are to be spread at a few of his favorite places.

There will be no services.

The family would like to say thank you to Hospice for the care they provided.

Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 21, 2013

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Mother of Barbara Hepner Ossorio ’62 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 18, 2013




Gertrude Clare “Trudy”




Gertrude C. Hepner passed away peacefully surrounded by family on the evening of November 11, 2013, at Swan Creek Retirement Village. Trudy was born on August 12, 1919, to William and Barbara Gilgenbach in North Ridgeville, Ohio. She was the second youngest of nine


children raised on a 100 acre farm and was a graduate of North Ridgeville High School. She married, Wilbert A. (Bill) Hepner, on October 28, 1942. At the time of their marriage, Bill was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and


stationed at Camp Shelby located near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After the wedding, they returned to Camp Shelby and remained there until Bill was deployed to fight the Japanese army in the Pacific theater. Trudy


returned to North Ridgeville and supported the war effort by working as an inspector at General Industries in Elyria, Ohio. It was also during this time that their first child, Barbara was born. After the war, Bill and Trudy relocated to Toledo, Ohio in 1947. Upon their arrival in Toledo, they joined Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and saw their five children graduate from the parish school.


Trudy liked to garden, cook and maintain her home. She was an avid reader and loved to play cards especially a game called “66” with her


sisters. She taught all of her children and grandchildren to play various types of solitaire. After the death of her husband in 1977, she acted on a desire to learn the game of golf. She played in a league at South Toledo Golf Club and played her last round of golf with her granddaughter, Rachel, when she was in her early 80’s. She loved sports, especially following her beloved Cleveland Indians, Browns and the Duke Blue Devils basketball team.


She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 35 years, Bill; brothers, Elmer, Cletus and Bernard; sisters, Louella, Beatrice, Rita, Delphine and Marie. She is survived by her loving children, Barbara (Graeme) Ossorio of Naples FL, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Hepner, Terrence (Carol) Hepner, Pamela Klein of Mesa AZ, and Mary Beth (Abraham) Sabbagh also of Mesa, AZ. Survivors also


include seven grandchildren Ashley Hepner of Phoenix, AZ, Rachel (James) Zawodny, Anthony (Allison) Ossorio of Jacksonville FL, Courtney Klein of Phoenix, AZ, Jaimie (Austin) Stolzfuts of Philipsburg, MT, and Maya and John Sabbagh of Mesa, AZ. We are also grateful that Trudy lived to see her first great-grandchildren, Stella Clare Zawodny and Caroline Mae Ossorio.


Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the mortuary followed by the funeral mass in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.


Trudy’s family would like to thank the staffs of Nursing Resources, Senior Independence Hospice and Swan Creek Retirement Village for the gentle and loving care given to Trudy in the last years of her life.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, The Alzheimer’s Association , or a charity of the donor’s choice . Please view and sign the guest registry at

Published in Toledo Blade from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013

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Michelle Marie Irons ’83 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 16, 2013


Michelle Marie

“To laugh often and much: to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michelle passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the age of 49 years and one week, after a brief battle with cancer. Those who knew and loved her will miss her energy, her smiles, and her determination to do things her way. She died doing what she loved to do, cruising with her family. She leaves a void in the lives of her family as well as all those who knew her.

She loved travel and theatre. She surrounded herself with family and friends who shared her passions. Mick’s life was one of unconditional love and she will be dearly missed by all those that knew her, including her family, patients, their families and her many friends far and wide. She was the family reunion coordinator and family photographer, keeping her memories for everyone. Her annual Christmas letter was a bright spot in everyone’s mailbox, as she chronicled her year’s travels, adventures, and family additions.

Michelle was fiercely independent, a woman of great strength and strong faith. She loved life and loved people. All who knew her, know that she truly did leave this world a better place.

She is survived by her parents, Charles and Marie Irons, and five siblings, Rebecca Hussing (Sean LaPlante), April Flynn, Christine Chambers (Dave), Charles “Chip” Irons (Amy), Virginia Hindbaugh (Chuck); nieces and nephews, Jessica Hussing Gregory (Michael), Samantha Hussing, Brandon Beaverson (Jeanette), Zachary Flynn (Whitney), Kaitie and Hannah Flynn, Brittnay Chambers Highsmith (Trey), Courtney Chambers, Anthony Chambers (Amanda), Jacob Chambers, Charles “Chase” Irons, Emma Irons, Celia, Chali, Acea, Charles III, Elijah and Levi Hindbaugh. Great-nieces and nephews, Maraya, Camren and Brooke. Also left to mourn her are aunts, uncles and cousins, too numerous to mention.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception “Darby;” McAuley High School; Walsh College (University); and Medical College of Ohio a.k.a. UTMC. She has been a practicing pediatrician in the Toledo area since 1994. She gave her time to the Double Arc Program and to Immaculate Conception Church. Her affiliations were many and those who knew her spoke highly of her.

In lieu of flowers, we, her survivors, request that you consider Double Arc, 3837 Secor Rd. Toledo, OH 43623 (it was her passion for helping children afflicted with FASD/FAE; or Immaculate Conception Church, 434 Western Ave. Toledo, OH 43609 to establish a Memorial in Michelle’s name [M.I.M.I.C.] Michelle Irons Memorial at Immaculate Conception. Michelle would want us to pay it forward, just as she did while with us, she does now by her death.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home; 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and Sunday,

November 17, from 2:00-6:00 p.m., where a Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will begin at the mortuary on Monday,

November 18, at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will be private. Please view and sign the online guest registry at

Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 15, 2013

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