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Mother of Rhea Ballard-Thrower ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 24, 2016

I received this message from Rhea:

Passing this information along, since I know my of my classmates knew my mom.  My mother did not want her obit in the paper, so that is why you did not find it. — smile.  She was truly an original.

Crazy world.  Kim Ellis’ mom and my mom died within a week of each other. Her father spoke at my mom’s memorial service.

* rhea


H. Lenore Ballard came into this world on December 9, 1930. Born to the union of two Christian parents, Eula (Williams) Wiley and Lustus John Wiley, Sr., she was the ninth of their ten sons and daughters. As a native of Toledo, Lenore was educated in the Toledo Public School System and graduated from Scott High School. She earned Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in education from the University of Toledo. Later, she attended the Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and Winebrenner Seminary in Findlay, Ohio, where she received her doctorate in Biblical History.

Lenore was an educator at heart. For 29 years, she served as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher at various schools throughout Toledo.

Lenore was an active member of various religious and community organizations. She was a founding and long-time member of Ascension Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Urban League and the National Organization of Women. Lenore was active with the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, serving as the Toledo Chapter’s Chaplain and Secretary. She also served as Chaplin for the Lucas County Retired Teachers Association.

On June 2, 2016, Lenore departed this life and moved on from labor to reward. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Emerson David Ballard, Sr.

Lenore is survived by her younger brother Preston D. Wiley, Sr. and leaves to cherish her memory her son Dr. E. David Ballard, II (Linda Cunningham-Ballard); her daughter, Prof. Rhea Ballard-Thrower (Atty. Lawrence Thrower); one “adopted” son, Dr. M. Reuben Mosidi; 3 grandchildren, Atty. Jennifer M. Ballard Croft (Cory A. Croft); Atty. Emerson David Ballard III, (Jamie Austin Ballard); Greyson Edward Alexander Thrower (age 12); and great-granddaughter Blake Austin Ballard (age 15 months).

Rhea Ballard-Thrower

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Mother of Kim Ellis ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 23, 2016

Shirley A.
On the beautiful evening of June 16, 2016, our Lord welcomed home our beloved Shirley Ann Ellis. She was born in Springfield, Ohio to the union of Jesse and Katherine Dodge. Shirley attended Springfield public schools and graduated in 1952. In the fall, Shirley enrolled in St. Rita’s School of Nursing and graduated with honors in 1955. She returned to Springfield, Ohio and began her career as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital.
In 1956, she and Crystal Ellis were joined in holy matrimony. They moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1957 where she continued her career as a registered nurse at St. Charles Hospital. In a few years Shirley became an evening supervisor of nurses.
In 1969, she took the position of Director of Clinical nursing at Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, presiding over family planning, and both post and prenatal care. She retired in 1992, after a career in nursing that spanned nearly forty years to take care of her family and grandchildren.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her devoted husband of sixty years, Crystal Ellis; daughter, Kimberly Ann Ellis; sister, Vicky Lynn Rickman; grandson, Crystal Lorde Ellis; granddaughter, Kimmel Shirley Brown, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio (Toledo). Family Hour/Wake will be Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7-9 p.m. at the House of Day Chapel, 2550 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43607. Funeral services will also be held at the House of Day Chapel Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. Shirley was a member of St. Paul AME ZION Church, the Reverend Dwight L. Gutridge, Pastor, and
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Mother of Karen ’74, Catherine ’76, Margaret ’81, Jean & Elizabeth ’85 Harantha passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 23, 2016

Florence M.
Florence M. Harantha, 88, died peacefully June 20, 2016 at St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was lovingly surrounded by her 6 daughters “her girls”. She was born August 1, 1927 in New York City to Herman R. and Florence P. (Bull) Rissler. After the death of her father at a young age, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, James L. Burdell. Florence earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Education from Queens College, NYC.
She lived in New York City until she married Stephen F. Harantha on August 26, 1951. She taught in Delaware for 2 years until starting her family. She eventually returned to teaching at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns School for many years.
Florence enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital, her church, and wintering in Lake Worth, Florida. She was a member of the Hummel Club and the Red Hat Society. She also enjoyed cruising with her husband, and with her friends after his death. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s since 1972.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Stephen with whom she shared 47 years of marriage.
Florence is survived by her daughters, Susan (Paul) DeJute, Karen (David) Bird, Catherine (Richard) Talda, Margaret (John) Brandel, Jean Harantha, Elizabeth (James) Ravas; grandchildren, Gregory (Heather), Stephen (Ashley), Lauren DeJute, Christopher, Brian, Darin and Cara Bird, Rebecca (Eric) Ebersole, Caroline and Matthew Talda, Alison, Alex and Rachael Brandel, Andrew Harantha, Stephanie, Gabriella and Philip Ravas. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Bernice Misicka and niece, Carolyn Ciaramello and nephew, William Misicka.
Florence was a very devoted and loving wife, mom and grandma. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Visitation will be at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday, June 23 from 2-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the mortuary on Friday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns. Please leave a condolence message for the family at
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Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

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Update info that missed the cut off for the “Newsletter 2016”

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 18, 2016

’65 – Borowiak, Ruth Ann Bowser – I am vice-president of Washington Local Schools Retiree Group for the 3rd yr.  My husband and I manage the PX for OV-I Mohawk Assoc. – His Army Group from Viet Nam for 3 yrs. already.  I really enjoyed attending our 50th reunion for the class of 1965 @ Stone Oaks Country Club (It was so great to reconnect – which more of our classmates would have been there)!

’67 – Mettes, Karen Roecker – I am the proud grandmother of 6 beautiful grandchildren:  Haley (18) going off to St Mary’s College (across the street from Notre Dame in the fall), Caroline (11), Katelyn (7), Xavier (3), Olivia (2), and Viggo (4 months).  They keep me super busy, but I love it and am so lucky!!!    I keep connected to Margo (Young) Kerscher, Sue (McGuire) Wineland, Diane (Pfleghaar) Jenkins and Sue (Humm) Keller.  Would love st see them and other graduates more often

’67 – Ruetz, Myra Anne Abel – I retired in Jan ’16 and my husband retired in Dec. ’15 (after 49 yrs at Andersons).  We went on our first adventure with our RV to SC where one of our sons lives.  Loved every minute and are ready for more!  Will visit other kids in the states too.  🙂  I mostly connect with fellow alumnae on FB, but there are a couple that I have lunch with.

’69 – Strowger, Jackie Elder – Happily “Maintaining”.  Will retired from my massage therapy practice next month but continue my part time nurse manager role at local pregnancy center.  I stay connected with fellow McAuley Alum mostly by Facebook but hope to get back for a reunion again someday.

’73 – Haupricht, Susan Garling – Just got back from Costa Rica – whet with my daughter and 7 year old granddaughter.  Went white water rafting and did a zipline.  Stay connected with fellow McAuley Alum – we have monthly dinner dates.



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Message from Sister Marilyn Gottemoeller

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 18, 2016

I am unsure of the exact years Sister taught at McAuley but it appears it was in the Mid ’70’s.


“Thanks for the newsletter.  I believe this is the first time I have seen it on line and appreciate receiving it that way.  I will not be able to attend the August gathering because of being in New Orleans for one of our younger sisters who will make her profession of vows that day…and she lived with me here in the Mercy novitiate last year.


As you can tell from my address below, I do mission coordination, developing a 4 year program of formation for the Boards of Trustees of our 16 Mercy sponsored ministries throughout an 8 state area.  It is just part time since I live here in St. Louis in the novitiate (what I call novice “boot camp” because it is a year of concentrated learning and integrating the understanding of the vows, religious communal living, etc. and discerning whether this life is what is where God is calling her.


There are several of us sisters in final vows, with years of experience behind us who help form daily community living with the novices.  We professed and the novices are from California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Arkansas, Missouri, and me from Ohio: we get a variety of life experiences, different ministries, and have some great sharings.


I was at the gathering a few years ago when I flew up and stayed with Sister Joanne Boellner.  Maybe next year….


Enjoy the gathering and telling of stories!


Sister Marilyn Gottemoeller, RSM


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Husband of Christine Best Keller ’69 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 14, 2016

Dennis F. Keller, age 70, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on June 12, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Christine (Best) Keller; son, Dennis W. (Kimberly) Keller and daughter, Marisa (Brian) Keller Bailitz; grandsons, Owen, Parker and Archie. He is also survived by brothers, Richard (Carol), Donald and David (Judy) and dear friend, Richard Wittenberg. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Blanche (Kromenacker) and Frank Keller and his lifelong best friend, Robert E. Knight.
Dennis attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School, Central Catholic High School (Class of 1963), graduated from the University of Toledo and the University of Toledo Law School. Dennis worked as an attorney for 40 years, primarily in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and probate. 

He was a pioneer in the area of special needs trusts. Dennis was a devoted member of Hope Lutheran Church. He traveled to places near and far on numerous mission trips. Dennis volunteered his time to many charitable organizations and was proud of his service to the community. He was a devoted Christian and family man. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dennis F. Keller Scholarship Fund at the University of Toledo Foundation.

The family will receive guests from 4-8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419-381-1900). The Memorial Service will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 Reynolds Rd.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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Father of Sandra Schwind Stricker ’66 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 14, 2016

Eugene C. “Buttsie”
Eugene C. “Buttsie” Schwind, age 87, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Waterford at Levis Commons. He was born in Perrysburg, Ohio on July 30, 1928 to Lawrence and Edna (Haas) Schwind. 
Eugene was a 1946 graduate of Perrysburg High School where he played football and baseball. After high school he played Fed Ball, slow pitch softball and coached Little League. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and watching the Detroit Tigers. Eugene loved to play cards and spend time with his family. He worked at L.O.F. for 38 years, retiring in 1987 and then worked for 18 years in retirement at Belmont Country Club. Eugene was a lifelong member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. 
Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Donna (neé Spoerl); daughter, Sandra Stricker; sons, Stephen (Janet), Mark (Denise), Scott (Karen), Matthew (Brenda) and Patrick (Elizabeth); 21 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Robert Schwind and great-grandchildren, Carson and Pierson Stricker.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio with a scripture service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg, Ohio with prayers beginning in the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio , 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio or St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 East Front Street, Perrysburg, Ohio. Online condolences may be given at
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Husband of Janice Roznoski McGranahan passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 14, 2016

In Loving Memory of

Walter E. McGranahan, III

1950 – 2016
Walter E. McGranahan, III age 65, of Holland, Ohio passed away June 13, 2016 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo. He was born August 10, 1950 in Toledo to Walter and Joan McGranahan, II. Walt was employed as a Forklift Supervisor with TowLift for more than 29 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and driving his hotrod.

Walt is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Janice Ann McGranahan; children, Rebecca (Pat) Thayer, Walter (Lisa) McGranahan, IV and Kelly (Nathan) Welch; grandchildren, Brandon, Morgan, Kendalyn, Danica, Madelyn, Wyatt and Rylee; and siblings, Judy, Cathy, Ron, Bonnie, Pat, Randy and Don. In addition to Walt’s parents he was preceded in death by his second mother, D. Maxine and granddaughter, Kelcie. 

The family will receive guests Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Newcomer Funeral Home – SW Chapel, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419-381-1900). Funeral Services will begin Friday at 12:00 pm at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Walt’s memory. 

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Susan Humm Keller ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 12, 2016

Susan J.
Susan J. Keller, 67, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016. Born to the late Elmer and Edith (Dennis) Humm, May 2, 1949, she was raised in Maumee and graduated from McAuley High School in 1967. She married Douglas Keller, September 7, 1968, and he survives. Sue was a real estate appraiser for many years in the Toledo area. She loved Lake Erie and the Islands, and boated out of Anchor Point for over 30 years. There she made many wonderful friends.
Susan was preceded in death by her brother, Fred “Fritz” Humm; half-brother, Bill Humm and aunt, Margaret “Morny” Olson, who she loved like a second mother. Sue is survived by nieces and nephews that she loved and was so proud of.
In keeping with Sue’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation Society of Toledo. Online condolences may be shared at:
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1405A Bernath Parkway Toledo, OH 43615

Published in Toledo Blade on June 12, 2016

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