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Joanne Radocy Nelson ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 27, 2014

Joanne Radocy Nelson – SAVANNAH – Joanne Radocy Nelson, 67, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Hospice Savannah after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Nelson was born in Toledo, Ohio March 27, 1947 to Joseph Anthony Radocy and Eleanor Trenchick Radocy. She was a graduate of McCauley High School in Toledo, Ohio. She was a floral designer for over 50 years with her work mostly at Barkley’s, Linderman’s, and Pink House Florist in Savannah. She was a member of the Savannah Elks Auxiliary serving two terms as President, a member of the Wymberly Garden Club where she served as President, and a member of the Isle of Hope Baptist Church. She had a love for art, flower and vegetable gardens, and was a devoted Christian. Survivors include her husband John L. Nelson; daughter Audra Marie Lofton of Winder, Georgia; grandchildren Caitlyn Eyre Lofton and Nelson Mayes Lofton; Brother Joseph Radocy (Connie) of Elyria, Ohio; Sister Janet Free (John) of Oregon, Ohio, several nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held 6-8 P.M., Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Fairhaven Funeral Home Hubert C. Baker Chapel. A memorial service will be held 11 A.M., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Isle of Hope Baptist Church, graveside following at Elkins Family Cemetery with fellowship following at the Elks Lodge #183. Remembrances can be made to the Isle of Hope Baptist Church Vision of Hope or Hospice Savannah. Savannah Morning News June 26, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

Published in Savannah Morning News from June 25 to June 26, 2014

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Update That Missed the Newsletter 2014

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 21, 2014

Faculty:  Sister Marilyn Gottenmoeller, RSM – (This is a portion of the “Update” as part was cut off)  Moved to St. Louis August 2013 to develop a spiritual formation program for 17 boards of trustees of our Mercy sponsored ministries.  Am also living with 2 of our novices and 3 other professed from across the U.S.  (Severe weather question)  I stayed inside when I could! (Gala Question)  I am so glad I got myself there!  What fun to see women whom I remember as freshmen or upper class gals.  Those sophs always had a tough time: no longer freshman and unalbe to say they didn’t…

’63 – Blodgett, Ann Hallett – The gathering last summer was wonderful.  I enjoyed seeing my 50 year classmates.

’63 – Potrzebowski, Mary Jo McMillan – My oldest son, Max, and his wife Becky, adopted a second child, Rex.  I now have 3 grandsons in Colorado Springs, CO and a granddaughter & grandson in Lake Worth, FL.  I am most fortunate to be able to travel to visit all of them frequently.  (Severe weather) I love cold weather and snow so unlike many it did not bother me.  We did get stuck in our own driveway 3 times (its elevated) but other than that we carried on.  The real downside is now with all the pot holes.  (Gala) I was so glad I attended.  It was fun and in a way a very comforting experience.  Talking with those you shared a common experience was rewarding.  The event was well planned.

’63 – Young, Marie Irons – Michelle Marie Irons death from cervical cancer, just one week after her 49th birthday.  A big loss to our family and to all who knew of her energy and love for all.  Will be going to Australia in Oct/Nov to distribute some of Michelle’s ashes off the Sydney Harbor Bridge.  Her fondest wish to spend her 50th in Australia!  Nov. 10, 2013 was the date of her passing.

’64 – Crossgrove, Ann Delgado – Nothing new.  Married 43 years; all 3 children living in FL – 2 in Tampa, 1 in St Augustine.  Love to travel.  Retired.  Love to play cards and visit casinos.  Write lots of letters. (Severe weather question)  We live in Florida – no bad weather.  (Gala question) Did not attend the Gala – heard nothing about it.

’64 – Jakubowski, Elaine Coon – Finally retired in Sept 2013 from working as a Corporate Director of Pharmacy in San Diego.  Since then my husband Rick and I have been traveling more… including Hawaii and Japan as well as throughout California.  (Severe weather question) San Diego?  There is no such thing as “severe weather”.  We are extremely fortunate.

’65 – Guinsler, Janet Ligman – (Severe Weather Question) Worked on costumes for St. Patrick of Heatherdowns school play – Wizard of Oz – 2 grand-kids were in the play.

’65 – Leahey, Kathy Motsinger – (Severe weather question) My husband & I went to Florida!  Enjoyed the beach, sun and played golf!  (Gala question) It was wonderful!  So “great” to see everyone.

’65 – McHugh, Georgianne Hobson – Mostly retired from 40+ years working as an LPN.  Enjoying 15 grandchildren & 1 great grandson.  Very sad losing my sister Mary Pat McHugh Mazzaferro ’69.  (Severe weather question) We tolerated it well.  I read or knitted had 2 grandchildren up from KY part of the time.  They kept us busy.  (Gala question) I loved it.  When we started at McAuley we knew some of the girls from the 3 glasses above and later the 3 classes behind – good to see all.

’65 – Old, Catherine Sweet – Married 25 years to my husband Jim.  Graduated Mary Manse College in 1969 B.A.;  graduated Mary Grove om 1998 M.A.  Taught school 38 years in the Toledo Diocese (St. Adalbert, OLPH).  Taught piano about 28 years privately.  Retired.  Bought a home in FL to Vacation in.  3 daughters, 4 step daughters, 20 grand children 1 great grandchild.   (Severe weather question) Vacationed the winter in FL

’67 – Szkutnik, Barbara – (Severe weather question) I’m living on the west coast and wasn’t affected.  We had the usual wet winter, but you don’t need to shovel rain.

’69 – McCann, Susan – (part of this was cut off) First and foremost, my two sons are doing very well.  The older, Pete (40) who lives in Portland OR, just got engaged.  The younger, Sean (39) works in Cincinatti and bought a home in Covington!  As for me, I am still very involved in the theater scene: at the Toledo Rep as a Board Member as well…. (Severe weather question) This winter was brutal on everyone but the show must go on.  I stage-managed the “Rep’s Noises Off in January and the cast was amazing.  They were so dedicated that on a scheduled rehearsal day when… (Gala question) Unfortunately, I was unable to attend and haven’t heard anything about it.  I hope it went well.

’69 – Pezzin, Debra – I am an Activities Director at an Independent Living Facility, working part time.. and enjoying being semi retired. (Severe weather question) I have to say I spent the winter months sending safe wishes to friends and family North.  I goofed, went to the beaches and spent many weekends on my floaty working on my tan and reading.  We did have a revolving door of northern family escaping to the warmth and sunshine.  We welcomed all with pillows and glasses of wine. (Gala question) 1969 did not have a big showing…but many of us were were there in spirit.  I heard it was a good time.

’72 – Jardine, Kathleen Armstrong – I’m loving my job as Director of Facilities at St. Ursula Academe in Cincinnati – yes an all girl Catholic High School!  These girls are so much smarter than I ever was.  My hobbies are yoga, energy healing, aroma therapy – so many natural options for whatever ails you.  (Severe weather question) Responsible for oversight of snow removal at work.  I was in, and hated it, the think of it.  Diving the hills in Cincy when it’s snowing turns my hair gray – well, let’s just say thank goodness for Clairol.  Geoffrey and my retirement location – Florida!

’73 – Harms, Amy Cole – (Gala Question)  I did attend and it was good to see some of my old classmates.

’73 – Haupricht, Susan Garling – Just came home from visiting BFF Debbie Flannagan in San Diego.  (Severe weather question)  Lots of wine and movies.  Since I work at St. Luke’s no snow days for me.  I made it to work each scheduled day.

’74 – Baumann, Karen Shinaver – (Gala question)  Awesome!

’76 – Harantha, Catherine Talda – (Severe weather question) Fortunately, we had no loss of heat or electricity during the various snowfalls/storm, and while the snow was daunting at times (especially for my husband, who would get up early to blow the snow, but still had to drive to work on the messy roads), we did fine.  Since Dayton had 30 less inches of snow than Toledo, I can’t really complain.  🙂  (Gala question) My sisters Karen, Margaret and I attended and had a great time.  I was disappointed there was only one table from the Class of ’76, but those of us there had lots of fun.  I am so happy I went!  It was wonderful to reconnect with those there, including the faculty members that were able to make it.  I am looking forward to the next event!

’76 – Winterhalter, Yvette Deane – My son & his wife gave birth to a little boy, Preston Deane on Valentines Day.  This is my 5th grandchild, 8th if you count step grand children (and I do!)  Just returned from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

’78 – Harms, Julie Kipp – I spend my time raising money for Dayton Children’s Hospital as a TWIG and at The Little Exchange, a gift shop that donates all of its proceeds to the hospital.  My daughter, Sara, will be getting married on July 12th at Miami University in Oxford, OH.  She is teaching at Imagine Hill Avenue, a charter school in Toledo.  My son, John, is a junior at Miami.  (Gala Question) I attended the Gala.  It was nice catching up with wome I had’t see in a while.  I was hoping more of my class would be there though.

’80 – Bertka, Connie – (Severe weather question) Cross Country skiing in the backyard!

’82 – Wallerstein, Carol – (Severe weather question) Severe weather?  I didn’t notice.  Our fireplace kept the house toasty warm and was great for roasting marshmallows too.   We did have to add insulation and heat sources to the chicken coop, though and didn’t lose anyone to the weather.  (Gala question) I had a great time but wish there had been more people there from my class.  I can’t believe how much I have forgotten about high school and friends.  I really like when it was held too.  It’s the first gathering I’ve been able to attend.  I plan to keep going as long as I’m able.

’83 – Smith, Dina Biglin – (Severe weather question) Lots and lots of basketball games!


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Father of Becky Hoffman Troyer ’73 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 21, 2014

Paul Hoffman



Paul Francis Hoffman, 84, passed away on Wednesday evening surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born June 30, 1929, in Perrysburg to Sylvester and Regina Hoffman. His parents moved to Toledo and went to St. Charles Parish where he entered fourth grade, made his confirmation and graduated eighth grade. While attending St. Charles, Paul was an altar boy, served on the school board, was a Eucharistic minister and an usher. Paul went to Libbey High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army while in his senior year. Paul served during the Korean War and was stationed in Ft. Jackson, SC for two years until he was honorably discharged as CPL Paul Hoffman. He then was employed at Allied Chemical Co. which later became Plaskon. Paul married the love of his life, Rosella “Mickey” Rectenwald on October 3, 1953, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg, OH and they celebrated their 60th anniversary last October.

Paul had many varied interests which included square and Polka dancing and rooting for the UT Rockets and Detroit Tigers. He played many instruments “by ear” and was a member of the Toledo Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corp and he traveled with the Marv Herzog Band. He enjoyed antiques, garage sales and auctions and traveling throughout the states. Paul was an active member of the AACA, Black Swamp Chapter Veteran Motor Car Club of America where he enjoyed showing off his Model T, which he fully restored, Great Lakes Region Car Club and Horseless Carriage Club of America. He was also a member of the USA Seniors, CWV Post 639, American Legion Post 642 (lifetime member), and St. Charles Euchre Group and President of the Plaskon Retirees. He cherished most his loving family and took great joy in the many gatherings they had, especially during the holidays.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Rosella; children, Becky (Doug) Troyer, Jeff (Sabrina) Hoffman, Barb (Jim) Toth, Pat (Steve) Ganss, Maggie Hoffman and Tim (Anne) Hoffman; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Vera (Dick) Wagner; brothers, Edwin (Judy) and Raymond (Marlene) Hoffman; sister-in-law, Rose (Glenn) Schwind; and brothers-in-law, Richard (Kathleen) and Thomas Rectenwald, and numerous extended family and many friends.

Family and friends may visit Friday, June 20, 2014, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., where C.W.V. Post 639 services will be held at 6:30 p.m., Scripture services at 7:00 p.m. and A.L. Post 642 services at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will begin with prayers in the mortuary Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be directed to “We Build Campaign” at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Fr. Kaufman Memorial Fund. The family would like to express a special thank you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, especially Mandy, for all of their compassionate care and support.

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Published in Toledo Blade on June 20, 2014

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