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Archive for May, 2015

Updates that Missed the 2015 Newsletter

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 26, 2015


Sister Noel Frey:  I’m “retired” but kept busy with liturgy, music and chapel care here at St. Bernadine Convent.  I have given an Earth Day Evening Prayer presentation., a Lenten Taize Evening Prayer, and created an evening presentation called Strings, Keys & Nimble Fingers.  St Mariella Bradley, Executive Director at The Pines plays flute, and Gus Miller played the violin.  They joined me in the presentation.  I’m also on the board of SIS (Sisters in Shelter) a safe house.

Class of 1964

Osterhage, Mary Ann Shea:  My daughter Patty passed away in August.  Her husband and four children moved back to Memphis in Nov., so now all 12 of my grandchildren are here in Memphis.  As for being retired:  Been retired for 11 yrs.  Been a caregiver for family – now have twin 3 yr olds and my daughter living with me.

Schemenaur, Susan Flax:  As for being retired:  I am enrolled in a 2 yr certification program with the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkley, CA to become an interfaith Spiritual Director

Class of 1966

Nally, Theresa:  As for being retired:  I am retired and living in an assisted living retirement community called Hyde Park Health Center in Cincinnati, OH.  I would like to hear from Sue Vogeli, Molly Nasser, Pat Devolder, Barb Beckman, Carol Grindle or any of my old pals.

Tomasello, Antoinette Shultz:  As for being retired:  Dancing – Tap & Line Dancing, Bus Trips, Trip to Italy in June.

Class of 1968

Lyons, Deborah Lewis:  Retiring on April 30th, 2015 after 36 yrs as a hospital and college librarian.  Plan to be a snowbird, dividing my time between Perrysburg, OH and Ft Myers, FL.  Married to Paul, with two dachshunds.  Have a large extended family of siblings, nieces and nephews.

Class of 1974

Glaser, Maryann Terry:  I am Executive Director of United Way of South Sarasota County.

Class of 1980

Ponkey, Mary Kondraciuk:  Married and living in Michigan.  I have a daughter attending University of Tampa majoring in Music Education.  I am an artist focusing on abstract and contemporary painting and photography.  My website is and my business facebook page is Mary Kondraciuk Fine Art (  I love to reconnect with classmates and enjoy catching up and keeping up with old friends.

Class of 1982

Baranoski, Linda Doering:  I have six healthy and beautiful grandchildren!  What could be better than the love of a child?  As for being retired:  Well since I made a career change about 15 years ago, in becoming a teacher, I’ll never get to retire!  I’m in high school purgatory!

Class of 1986

Granata, Christine Hunt:  I have been an accountant at Hoover & Wells, Inc. for 20 years. I worked part time when my children were young but now I work full time. Andrew, 20, and Caroline, 19, both attend UT. My husband Jim and I are adjusting to our new calmer life after many hectic years of soccer, lacrosse, scouts, etc. I volunteer at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, and like to garden and read. My husband is a marathon runner and I can often be found riding my bike next to him while he runs and trains for the next marathon.

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Marcia Ann Geiger Krisher ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 19, 2015

Marcia Ann Krisher

Marcia Ann Krisher was born to John and Rita (Hart) Geiger on January 17, 1947. On May 15, 2015, she passed at the University of Michigan Medical Center surrounded by her loving family after courageously fighting a four year battle of leukemia. She was an inspiration to everyone she touched over her short 68 years of life. This includes her family, friends, and students where she taught in the Bedford School District for 42 years. She received her bachelor’s degree of education from Miami University and master’s degree from University of Toledo. Her zest of life included her worldwide travels of more than sixty countries, avid reader, love of writing, the arts, gardening, and entertaining with the flair of a gourmet chef. She would make the good times better by making everyone smile and laugh in unconventional ways. No one could craft a story like Marcia.

She had a deep love for her family; the top of her list was her husband, Robert, of 47 years, and her children, Brooke (Michael) Gaetz of South Lyon, MI and Evan of Newport Beach, CA. The delight of her life were her beautiful grandsons, Liam, Sawyer, and Flynn Gaetz. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Janice Ott and family. She was preceded in death by her parents and aunts, Margaret, Marie, and Ora. Her spirit for life will be ever etched in the hearts of all who knew her.

Please join the family for a memorial mass on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dove Fund, a legacy of love and hope for the children of Vietnam, P.O. Box 350741, Toledo, Ohio.

Please leave a message of comfort for her family by signing the guest book at

Published in Toledo Blade from May 17 to May 18, 2015

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Father of Mary Jo ’78 and Patty Mermer 82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 5, 2015

John S. Mermer, 80, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, in
Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on
November 10, 1934, to Clare and Francis Mermer.

John is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Michael, Mary Jo Welly
(Steve), John (Belinda), Patty Luciano (Gene), and Jennifer Lieb (Ben); his
sister, Sally Bullimore (Doug), and sisters-in-law, Marie Brannan and
Carolyn Mermer. He also leaves behind nine adoring grandchildren, Nicholas
and Michael Whitehill, Connor and Quinn Welly, Jessica and Jenna Mermer,
and John, Matthew, and Vivien Lieb.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Noel Mermer, and
his daughter-in-law, Kathy Mermer.

John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952 and the University
of Toledo in 1960. He proudly served in the U.S.Army
from 1954-1956. In 1964 he joined the Mather Company, where he served as
Vice President and Treasurer.

John was a very patriotic man. His love of country was shown every 4th of
July with a celebration worthy of a true patriot. One of his favorite
pastimes was reading, especially history and military books. He enjoyed
playing golf and sailing with his family. He was an enthusiastic tennis
player, and loved building and flying remote control model airplanes. He
shared these pastimes with his children and grandchildren.

He and Joanne would spend the winter months at their home on Amelia Island
Plantation in Florida. Over the course of his life, John belonged to many
clubs including Laurel Hills Swim and Tennis Club, Belmont Country Club,
Amelia Island Plantation Club, and the Black Sheep Remote Control Club. He
also served as member/director of the Wood County Mental Health Association
and more recently the St. Rose Endowment Fund.

John was the patriarch of the Mermer family, and his warmth and sense of
humor will be forever missed.

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Mother of Bridget ’76, Molly ’79 & Cass McHugh ’80 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 5, 2015


Kathleen Constance “Connie”

Kathleen Connie McHugh, age 82, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by her loving family. Connie was born in Toledo, Ohio to Donald and Catherine Feak on June 28, 1932. She was a graduate of St. Ursula Academy in 1949. She attended Mary Manse College and graduated from Barry College in Miami, Florida with her bachelor’s degree in Education. Connie attended Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo to earn her master’s of education degree. Connie taught remedial reading for various Toledo Public and Toledo Parochial Schools, retiring in 1987. She was the first female teacher at St. John’s High School in 1971 and 1972.

Connie was an avid reader, golfer, artist and cook. She shared her love of golf with her kids and grandkids and taught golf to numerous friends. She enjoyed winters in Florida at PGA National with her husband, John.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John McHugh, former Mayor of the City of Toledo; daughters, Cindy and Kelly; brother, Donald “Bud” Feak. She is survived by her children, Tim (Dolores) McHugh, Jim (Bonnie) McHugh, Bridget Cassady, Molly (Kevin) Branyan, Kathleen (Mike) Beach; grandchildren, Rachael and Hayley McHugh, Steve (Stephanie) Longoria, Marcus and Deanna McHugh, Carly Cassady, Cori, Tony, Mariah, Derek Branyan, Sean Beach; great-grandchildren, Aria, London and Jaelynn; sister, Dona Patricia Paupard, Jeanne Feak and sister-in-law, Nancy Feak.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S Reynolds Rd., on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will begin in the Mortuary on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to either Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to St. Ursula Academy.

Please view and sign the on-line guest registry at:
Funeral Home
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in Toledo Blade on May 5, 2015

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Brother of Andrea Jacoby Brady ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 1, 2015

Matthew Jacoby, loving husband of Alicia Rooks Jacoby, and father of two beautiful daughters, Angela and Lauren, at the age of 58, passed from this life surrounded by his family on Monday, April 20, 2015. After graduating from Saint John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio, Matthew briefly toured Europe before returning to study at Ohio State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in accounting. After working at accounting firms in Ohio, Dallas and New York, he came to Nacogdoches to attend SFA where he earned a Master of Business Administration. It was there that he met his future wife. After working at Alexander, Lankford & Hiers, he began to work for Commercial Bank of Texas in 1988, eventually serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Matthew had a unique sense of humor, enjoyed being active and embodied a character of moral values. He served on SFA’s Business Advisory Council, was involved in the Nacogdoches Community Coalition and was a member in Kiwanis International. He received a “born again” experience at Eastside United Pentecostal Church in Nacogdoches and later made Christian Life Center UPCI his and his family’s spiritual home. He served there as treasurer and as a board member. Esteemed by his co-workers and the community alike, Matt will be greatly missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Alicia; daughters, Angela (Martin) Lopez and Lauren Jacoby; mother, Betty Lyons Jacoby of Perrysburg, Ohio; brothers and sisters, Michael Jacoby of Ohio, Bart (Svetlana) Jacoby of Ohio, James (Rocio) Jacoby of Illnois, Andrea (Thomas) Brady of Ohio, and Jeanne Jacoby of Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald J. Jacoby, on March 12, 2009. Many thanks to the wonderful people from Matt’s church and work family, and to friends and neighbors for their support and many prayers.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Eastside United Pentecostal Church, located at 3801 Center Road (Highway 7) in Nacogdoches, Texas. Graveside service is planned for 4:30 p.m. at Still Waters Memorial Garden, located at 1025 SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville, Texas. Matt’s favorite scripture: Luke 23:43, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Online memories and condolences may be offered at Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
Funeral Home
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors
5400 North Street Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 564-7333

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Apr. 24, 2015

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