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Father of Barb ’72 & Stephanie ’81 Robaszkiewicz passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 30, 2016

Louis Robaszkiewicz

Louis S. Jr.
Louis Robaszkiewicz, age 85, of Toledo, passed away on October 22, 2016. He was born on June 8, 1931, to Louis Sr. and Bernice Robaszkiewicz in Toledo. Lou proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans 11th Airborne Division (where he was a para trooper in the Army), the American Legion, the 40/8 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Lou was patriotic and had passion to ensure the American Flag was respected in the way it was hung and rested. Lou worked as a dock worker for the former Interstate Trucking and Mather Springs. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, working jigsaw puzzles, watching car races, watching birds and other creatures playing outside his back window, and he especially loved playing cards and he always had a joke to tell.
Lou was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth ‘‘Betty”; his beloved dog, ‘‘Charlie”; and brother-in-law, George Bierley. He will be dearly missed by his children, Barbara Rogers,
Michael Robaszkiewicz, Mark (Pat) Robaszkiewicz and Stephanie (Sam) Pettigrew; adored sister-in-law, Joan
Bierley; grandchildren; great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., with services by American Legion Post at 7:30 p.m. followed immediately by 40/8 services.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the mortuary. Interment with Military Honors by the Lucas County Veterans Burial Corps will follow at Toledo Memorial Park.
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As published in The Blade

Funeral Home

W K Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home
3838 Airport Hwy Toledo, OH 43615
(419) 385-5305

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 25, 2016

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Mary Murray O’Rourke ’65 passed way (Sister of Patricia Murray ’66)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 29, 2016

Mary C. O'Rourke Obituary


Mary C. O’Rourke went to her Heavenly home on October 17, 2016. She was born on April 18, 1947 to the late Mary and Edward Murray in Toledo, Ohio.
Mary retired from Wolfcreek Retirement Center where she was a loving caretaker for her mother, father and aunt. She was a frequent volunteer at many Catholic charity events, including the Ursuline Center for retired Sisters. Mary was very active at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. She loved kids and after retirement, enjoyed babysitting her great-grandson and the Steele family.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Colleen O’Rourke, Carolyn (James) Paulus and Timothy (Patricia) O’Rourke; siblings, Ann Schings, James, Michael, Terry, Patricia, Bill and Dave Murray; grandchildren, Anthony III, Timothy and Kristopher Kropaczewski and Dakota Sprankel; great-grandson, Anthony Kropaczewski IV. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Eileen Heckman.
The family will receive guests on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419-381-1900). The Rosary Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd. Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Ursuline Center, 4045 Indian Road, Toledo, OH 43606 or the Toledo Area Humane Society, 827 Illinois Avenue, Maumee, OH 43537.
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As published in The Blade
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 19, 2016

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Father of Tamara Salsberry ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 24, 2016

(News story) Thomas E. Salsberry, a builder and auctioneer who owned Salsberry Real Estate Co. after working as a real estate agent in offices around Toledo, died Saturday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.

He was 82 and had suffered from emphysema for years, his son Todd said. He had lived in Genesis Village for the past year.

He sold real estate for about 50 years, working for the Arnold, Crosby, Melle, and Danberry real estate agencies before opening Salsberry. As an auctioneer he sold the contents of homes as well as real estate and seemingly never said no to volunteering his time for charity organization sales, which made him well known in the area.

“If he walked into a restaurant, at least 15 people in the restaurant knew who Tom was,” said Rob Ludeman, a Toledo city councilman and a real estate agent for Danberry, who had worked with Mr. Salsberry at Salsberry.

Mr. Salsberry had just become affiliated with the Arnold Realty Co. in 1965 when he was named president of the associates division of the Toledo Board of Realtors. By 1970 he was vice president and sales manager of the Melle Real Estate Co.’s new South Toledo office. Later he was a managing broker with Danberry Realtors.

He opened Salsberry in the mid-1980s, starting in an office on Conant Street in Maumee and then moving to Heatherdowns Boulevard. About 60 real estate agents worked for the firm, selling residential properties in Lucas, Wood, and Monroe counties.

Mr. Salsberry often had 20 to 30 auctions a year, selling real estate to crowds that usually ranged from five to 25 people. Contents auctions, usually held at the home being emptied, drew bigger crowds, sometimes up to 150.

Mr. Salsberry’s manager in his real estate firm, Tom Matzinger, was his partner in building ventures. They called their partnership Tom & Tom and built 31 villas behind the Heatherdowns office in a development they called Heatherlake Commons. The development was started in about 2000 – about the time that Salsberry Real Estate Co. was sold to Danberry – and the 1,662-square-foot villas were all sold by 2008.

Tom & Tom was the general contractor as well as the designer of the villas. Both men were experienced woodworkers. Mr. Salsberry had started his career doing remodeling and renovations, operating under the name Homecraft Improvements. Later he made aluminum storm windows, using the Homecraft Industries name.

He designed several homes for his own family and in the 1970s and ’80s they moved almost every other year on average, into new homes that he had built or renovated. Most were traditional colonial homes in the Maumee, River Road, and Toledo Country Club areas.

In 1976, The Blade featured the saltbox home that Mr. Salsberry designed on Townley Road with the goal of making it look like an 18th-century house. It had specially made poplar moldings for chair rails in every room and the walls were painted an off white to give a whitewash effect.

Mr. Salsberry and his wife, Barbara, collected antiques and were putting a collection of kerosene lamps and candle holders in the home, which had several fireplaces.

Mr. Salsberry was born April 24, 1934, to Vern and Mary Salsberry and grew up in South Toledo.

He graduated from Libbey High School in 1952 and married Barbara Brown, a 1951 Libbey graduate, who operated Barbara Brown’s Dress Shop at 24 N. 3rd St. in Waterville in the 1980s. She died in 1995.

He married Sharon Skala, a banker, in 1998. They later divorced.

Mr. Salsberry enjoyed poker and golf and he kept a boat on the river for years. But his biggest enjoyment always seemed to be sales, be it real estate or antique jewelry. “There’s probably still stuff on eBay right now,” his son said.

Surviving are his daughter, Tam Salsberry; son, Todd Salsberry; four granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Coyle Funeral Home and services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The family suggests tributes to the charity of the donor’s choice .

This is a news story by Jane Schmucker. Contact her at: or 419-724-6050.

Funeral Home

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

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 24, 2016

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Mother of Judi Gorski ’72, Jennifer Gorski ’75 and Jane Gorski ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 15, 2016

Lucille “Luci” Frances
Born November 12, 1929, to Otto J. and Amelia (Eisel) Rectenwald in Maumee, Ohio, Luci passed away at home under hospice care on October 8, 2016, from multiple myeloma. The oldest of six children, Luci attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and Central Catholic High School. After attending St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, for her Registered Nurse
certification, she received a B.S. in nursing from St. Louis University. While in St. Louis, she worked as a Clinical Instructor Coordinator at St. John’s Hospital, coordinating theory in the classroom with bedside nursing in medical and surgical care.
Luci met her late husband, Theodore “Ted” Gorski, Ph.D., while in St. Louis. They married in 1953 at St. Joseph Church and ultimately relocated to Maumee, Ohio. Together, they established North American Science Associates (“NAMSA”), in 1967. NAMSA is still a family owned business and has grown into a successful, multi-national entity testing medical products for safety and efficacy.
Luci was very involved in Catholic education, beginning with board service at St. Rose Church and St. Rose School in 1967. She served on the Finance and Endowment Committees at St. Rose School and established an endowment in Ted’s name to support it. Luci funded a scholarship, the Theodore W. Gorski Science Scholarship, at St. Rose. It is awarded each year at 8th grade graduation to a student interested in studying science who will attend a local Catholic high school and is renewable based on good grades for the student’s entire four years of high school. Luci helped select the scholarship award winner each year, and picked students who went on to become their high school’s valedictorian. She also provided scholarships for four students to attend St. John’s Jesuit High School each year. Luci’s generosity was instrumental in providing funding for the new science lab at St. John’s Jesuit High School. As a way of giving back to their employees, Luci and Ted
established a college scholarship program for children of NAMSA Associates.
A lover of opera, Luci was a member of the Toledo Opera Guild since its inception over 50 years ago. She served on the Guild Board in the 1980s, and was the General Chairperson of the Silver (25th) Anniversary of the Sapphire Ball in 1985. Ted was President of the Toledo Opera Board at this same time. Luci’s innovative leadership of the 1985 Sapphire Ball, pioneering the use of corporate sponsorships, led to it raising significantly more funds than it ever had before, thus raising the bar for all fundraisers in the Toledo area since that time. Luci and Ted established an endowment for the Toledo Opera in 1992, with a challenge grant. Luci was a member of the Toledo Opera Board from 2007 through 2011, and also provided significant funding for the Opera with another challenge grant during its Crescendo Campaign in 2010. Luci served on the Toledo Opera Endowment Board since its inception. Amongst her other philanthropic endeavors, Luci generously supported the renovation of the
Valentine Theatre in 1999, and was an ongoing supporter of Valentine Theatre
Luci was Chairman of the Hamlet Homeowners’ Association for several years. During her tenure, she worked with the grounds committee to assure the longevity of the trees and beautification of the Hamlet grounds. Ted Gorski was a master gardener, and Luci maintained his work in the beautiful gardens of their home and the public spaces of the Hamlet.
Throughout the years of Luci’s community involvement, she was active full time at NAMSA, working in numerous positions over the years, including serving on its board, all while raising six children. As a lasting legacy, Luci and Ted established the Gorski Family Foundation, which has a primary mission to support charitable organizations with a cultural arts, religious, educational or scientific purpose.
In recognition of her philanthropic activities, Luci was awarded the Central Catholic High School Order of the Celtic Cross in 1998, its Golden Shamrock Award in 2005, and the Toledo Botanical Garden Crosby Award in 2012.
Luci was preceded in death by her parents; husband; as well as her sister, Lois
Schuster; daughter, Jill Gorski. Luci is survived by her sisters, Jane Burnard
(Robert) and Ruth McGrady (Clair); and her brothers, John Rectenwald (Kay) and Otto J. Rectenwald, Jr. Luci is also survived by her loving children, Judi Gorski, Jen Gorski, Jane Kervin (Robert), Joel Gorski (Clare) and John Gorski (Elizabeth); her nine grandchildren,
Lucas Schwartz, Ivanny Gorski Franklin (James), Alex Gorski, Korik Ward, Max Gorski, Ben Gorski, Cole Gorski, Duncan Ward, Charlie Gorski; step-grandchildren, Matt Kervin and Stephanie Kervin Miley (Don); and
Luci’s dear friend, Robert Billstein.
Friends will be received in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary, Perrysburg, OH 43551 (419-874-3133) on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from 3-8 p.m. where the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Prayers will be recited at 9:45 a.m. in the funeral home on Saturday, October 15, 2016, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be considered to Luci’s favorite charities, St. Rose School Endowment in Perrysburg, Ohio, and Toledo Opera
As published in The Blade

Funeral Home

Witzler Shank Funeral Home
222 E South Boundary St Perrysburg, OH 43551
(419) 874-3133

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 11, 2016

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Mother of Karen Kinn ’71 & Deborah Kinn ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 15, 2016

Sally (Ducey) KINN Obituary

Sally (Ducey)
Sally Ann Kinn, age 89, of Maumee passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio,
Toledo. She was born February 6, 1927, in Toledo to Clarence and Ruth (Mettler)
Ducey. Sally attended DeVilbiss High School and was a graduate of the class of 1945. After high school she attended Indiana University and became a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She also attended the University of Toledo as well.
One of her main passions in life was riding Thoroughbred horses. She started riding at age 8 and showed hunters and jumpers throughout Michigan and Ohio. After riding, she became active in tennis and golf. Sally was a member of Inverness and Brandywine Country Clubs, Toledo Hospital Auxiliary, Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony and the Maumee Garden Club. Sally also volunteered her time at The Ability Center and the Toledo Animal Shelter.
Sally is survived by her daughters, Karen Backus, Deborah (Paul) D’Alesio and Karolyn (Paul) Sallaws; grandchildren, Amber Backus, Jennifer Backus, Donnie (Tracy) Backus and Danielle D’Alesio; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Patricia (Charles) Frandson. She was preceded in death by her
parents and sister, Joan
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday,
October 13, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maumee, Ohio. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Toledo Animal Shelter, 640 Wyman Street, Toledo, Ohio 43609. Online condolences may be given at
As published in The Blade

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 11, 2016

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Son of Lori Bancer ’87 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 11, 2016

Jacob Douglas
Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.
With broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Jacob on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the age of 24. Beloved son of Lori (Bancer) and Denis Verreault; amazing brother to Jeremy Bancer and D.J. Verreault and trusted friend to so many. A special heartfelt thank you to his best friend Ryan Johnson and his entire family for their kindness and loving support. Jacob will be remembered by his grandparents, Jack and Sue Bancer, Clemence Levesque and Edmond Verreault; David Crooks; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jacob was a graduate of Lakeshore Catholic High School and the University of Toronto. He was also a dedicated employee of Tim Hortons Canada for many years. We are so grateful to Tim Hortons for their ongoing love and support during this difficult time. Words could never express our gratitude for their kindness.
As a parent no one can ever imagine having to bury their child. There are no words to do justice to the unspeakable grief. As his mom I can say that Jacob was an amazing young man and it was an honor and a privilege to call him my son. Although he is physically gone he will live on forever in our hearts. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at Morse & Son Funeral Home, 5917 Main Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Tuesday October 11 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Vigil will be held at 3:30 p.m. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 310 Central Avenue, Fort Erie. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Cemetery. In memory of Jacob, donations may be made to Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation.
Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass – it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
~Vivian Greene
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Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 6, 2016

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Mother of Robin Frisk ’76 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 10, 2016

Anne L.
Anne L. Hammer, age 82, of Toledo, passed away September 30, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family. Anne was born November 4, 1933, in Toledo to Randall and Minnie (Unknown) Studdard. She enjoyed going to garage sales. Anne was considered to be “Santa’s Helper” and loved to decorate her home at Christmas time for all to enjoy. Known as a practical joker, she loved April Fool’s Day.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 62 years, Ronald Hammer; daughter, Robin Frisk; daughter, Theresa (Tom) Voli; daughter, Patricia Jarchow; son, Anthony Hammer; grandson, Chris (Kandice) Cole; grandson, Bryan (Melissa) Frisk; granddaughter, Michelle (Jason) Anderson; grandson, Anthony Voli; granddaughter, Ariel (Nathan Reiter) Jarchow; granddaughter, Jacqueline Jarchow; 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ronald “Joey” Hammer Jr.; sister, Jean Dean and brother, Jim Studdard.
The family will receive guests at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd., Toledo from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider ProMedica Hospice.
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As published in The Blade

Funeral Home

Newcomer Funeral Home
4150 West Laskey Road Toledo, OH 43623
(419) 473-0300

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 9, 2016

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