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Kathleen Williams Wernert ’70 passed away (Sister to Mary Alice ’62 & Patricia ’67)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 27, 2015


Kathleen Ann

Kathleen Wernert, age 63 of Toledo, passed away on September 22, 2015.

She was born to Bernard and Mary Rita Williams on March 8, 1952, in Cleveland, OH. They moved to Toledo and Katie was educated at St. Charles, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary and McAuley High School, where she was the president of her Senior Class in 1970. She was a graduate of the University of Toledo where she received her degree in recreation. Katie married the love of her life, Joseph Wernert, on April 18, 1975, and together they raised three children. Katie spent her career working for the City of Toledo in Parks and Recreation Division, the Miami Children’s Home and Toledo Head Start as a paraprofessional. She dedicated her time and talents to children with special needs. She was very proud of her Irish heritage, but most of all, truly loved being a loving wife and mother.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John “Jack” Williams and mother-in-law, Grace Mary Wernert. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Joseph; children, Michael Joseph, Sean Bernard and Brigid Maura Wernert; siblings, Martin (Mary Helen) Williams, Mary Alice (James) Hoffman and Patricia Williams; sister-in-law, Julie Williams; father-in-law, John Wernert; dear to heart were her nieces, Maureen and Colleen; as well as many other nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Riley.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Sunday, September 27 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28 beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 10:00 a.m. Committal services will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may take the form of a donation to Sunshine Children’s Home. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at:

“Katie will be waiting for her family in heaven on the coast of Maine looking east towards Ireland.”


Funeral Home
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 25, 2015

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