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Father of the McNerney girls passed away: Carol ’70, Mary Pat ’72, Buffy ’74, Amy ’83

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 28, 2014


Thomas Lester

Thomas Lester McNerney, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born on April 13, 1929, in Toledo, OH. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN. Tom, an avid golfer, was a long-time member of Heatherdowns Country Club where he was 5 time club champion. He was a pillar of the Heatherdowns Country Club golfing community. Tom was also a member at Stone Oak Country Club and Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, Palm Harbor, FL. He served as President of the Toledo District Golf Association for one term and volunteered his time to rate golf courses in several states along the east coast for the USGA. He was a Notre Dame Football season ticket holder for 40 years and was not shy about telling people why Notre Dame is the best football team and teaching institution in the nation (Go Irish!). Tom was extremely generous and had a great sense of humor! Often described as a character, he had a special way of turning everyday moments into infectious laughter! Tom successfully ran O’Connell Machine & Tool Company, a family business, for 32 years.

Tom was a long-time parishioner of St. Patricks of Heatherdowns, and most recently, a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Luke’s, Palm Harbor, FL.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ruth McNerney; his loving wife, Phyllis Jean, and youngest son, Kevin. He is survived by his children, Tom (Nancy), Carol, Mary Pat Bartoszek, Cathleen Henning (Jody), Jim (Marianne), Kelley Johnson (Bruce), Amy Jasinski (John) and Kevin’s wife Kris (Carl). Tom is a grandfather to 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Jean (Jim) Chennges, Janet (Al) Harper, Joan (Rex) O’Connor, and Don (Marie) McNerney.

We would like to thank the folks at Rosie’s for keeping our Dad well fed and creating the “McNerney Panini”. We would also like to thank Anna Sexton, Shelly Morrin, and the staff at St. Clare’s Common Memory Care Unit, St. Luke’s Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the special care they provided.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 South Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43614. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 6149 Hill Avenue, Toledo, OH 43615. Memorials may be given to the

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Published in Toledo Blade from July 27 to July 30, 2014

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