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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

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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