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Mother of Marianne ’62, Sharon ’64 & Linda ’70 passed away…

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 31, 2015

Dorothy Wannemacher, 96, of Toledo, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born on March 8, 1918, to Dennis and Gertrude Donahue. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1936.

She married Francis Wannemacher in 1942 and that began a wonderful life together. They would have been married 73 years on January 24. Fran and Dorothy belonged to O.L.P.H. and St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns parishes. Dorothy was a Eucharistic minister for 25 years at the latter parish. She was active at the church and attended daily Mass for many years until health issues forced that to cease.

Dorothy also loved arts and crafts. She was active in several groups with many special friends- her “Therapy Group”. Fran and Dorothy also loved the game of Pinochle and the group of friends associated with this activity.

But mainly Dorothy loved her family. She is survived by her husband, Francis; her 3 daughters, Marianne (Jim) Reece, Sherry (Rob) Gibson, and Linda (Will) Szymanski; 8 grandsons, Ken (Tracey) Reece, Matt Reece, Greg (Nicole) Reece, Ray (Sue) Micham, Kevin (Debbie) Micham, Steve Micham, Jason (Jamie) Szymanski and Andy (Jackie) Szymanski. She also had 21 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob Donahue and sister, Denny Vikupitz.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Thursday, January 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7:00. The funeral will begin in the mortuary on Friday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection cemetery.

A special thanks to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio staff and Lisa and Anne. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church. Please view Dorothy’s memorial video tribute and leave a condolence for the family at:

Funeral Home
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 14, 2015

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