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Husband of Patricia Cassidy Elfering ’68 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 22, 2017

Sorry for the delay in posting this:

Richard "Dick" Elfering Obituary

Richard Henry Elfering, 71, of Northwood, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Bay Park Hospital, Northwood, Ohio.

Dick was born in Waukegan, Illinois on March 26, 1946 to John and Irene Elfering. He grew up in the old South Toledo neighborhood and attended Immaculate Conception (Darby) grade school. He attended Libby High School and was a graduate of Whitmer High School. Dick served two tours of duty while serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He went right in to the active reserves with the 180th Air National Guard, Swanton, Ohio. He greatly loved his country and was proud of his 34 years of military service. Semper Fi.

Dick married his beautiful bride on January 24, 1970. He worked for the Champion Spark Plug Company for over 40 years. He was a member of the UAW and American Legion Post 537. He was an avid bicyclist and participated regularly in the MS Bike to the Bay in support of his sister. He loved music and reading, his hobbies included photography, graphic design, and he was an accomplished artist. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia Elfering; children, Joe (Amy) Elfering and Michelle (Corey) Schwab; grandchildren, Marc (Laine Gross) Elfering, Kurt Elfering, Baden Schwab, Faith Elfering, Campbell Schwab and Gabriel Schwab; sister, Dottie (Bub) Hensel; brothers, Bill (Marty) Elfering and Jim (Cheryl) Elfering; and in laws, “The Cassidy Clan”; and lifelong friend, Jim (Jeanine) Hundsrucker.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Lann, Billie and Louise Elfering and brother, Bernie. He is also survived by many loving friends from the Marine Corps, Air National Guard, the old South End, and presently his Northwood neighborhood.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to your local Veterans Association.

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Published in Toledo Blade on May 26, 2017

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Mother of Priscilla Wawrzyniak ’67 and Regina ’71 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 19, 2017

Helen Marie Wawrzyniak, age 88, of Toledo, passed away under the care of Promedica Hospice on Saturday, June 10, 2017. She was born on November 21, 1928 to Stanley and Sophia (Podlos) Kozbial in Toledo. Helen owned and operated Warzy’s Delicatessen and Wine Shop.

Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roland Richard and granddaughter, Heather Wawrzyniak. She will be dearly missed by her children, Priscilla (Mark) Lund, Regina Bean, Richard (Antoinette) and James Wawrzyniak; grandchildren, Ron (Elsa) Wawrzyniak, Stephanie Bean, Russell (Lisa) Wawrzyniak, Nicholas Wawrzyniak, Toby (Kristine) Bean, Lauren Wawrzyniak and Chelsea (Rob) Croak; great-grandchildren, Reese, Jackson, Chase, Bryce, TK, Jonah and Mila.

In keeping with Helen’s wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be directed to Promedica Hospice (PCCS Foundation, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, OH 43560).

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Published in Toledo Blade on June 18, 2017 – See more at:…

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Father of Robin Bauserman ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 17, 2017

Robert Bauserman Obituary

Robert Bauserman

Robert “Bob” E. Bauserman, age 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, after an illness. Bob was born in Toledo, the last of six children, to John and Lulu (Warner) Bauserman. After graduating from Scott High School in 1949, Bob attended the University of Toledo. Bob graduated with a BBA degree in 1955. While at the university, Bob was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and Kappa Sigma Kappa, and had also been a lifetime member of the University of Toledo Alumni Association.

Bob first saw the love of his life at a fraternity dance. Millie (Mila Pupik) was attending the dance with her date. Bob requested the opportunity to be introduced, but his request was declined. Bob persisted however, and the next week he was able to introduce himself to the lovely lady at her place of employment. The two were married one year later. In 1960 Bob joined the sales staff of Katy Steel and Aluminum. Bob was promoted to Sales Manager in 1965, and in 1972 was named the Vice President of Sales. While with Katy Steel Bob was an active member and board member of the Toledo Sales and Marketing Executives Club. In that role he served as a mentor for local high school students who acted as sales managers for their Junior Achievement project companies. After Katy Steel ceased operations in 1983, Bob joined the sales staff at Sennett Steel Corp of Madison Heights, Michigan. He became Sales Manager of the Toledo Division, and worked for the company until his retirement in 1994.Bob had an intense and active interest in automobiles. He owned many classic models through the years and was especially fond of convertibles. Cars meant travel and Bob was interested in seeing as much of the world as he could. Also, many summers were spent at a family cottage at Devil’s Lake, Michigan, and later in life, winters at Myrtle Beach, SC. Bob also had a keen interest in music of all types, and was especially fond of jazz. He shared his love of music with his children and delighted his grandchildren by singing many of the old tunes.His 63 year union with Millie resulted in three offspring, Steven (Janice), Phillip (Sue Ann), and Robin (Ronald) Gillmore. In addition to his wife and three children, Bob is survived by six grandchildren, Amy, Zachary (Tamako), Jacob, Annalise, Lauren and Andrew; and one great-grandchild, Jude.A funeral mass will be held at St. John the 23rd Catholic Church, Route 25, Perrysburg, Ohio, at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 16. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the mass.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Northwest Ohio , or St. John the 23rd Catholic Church, both of Perrysburg, Ohio.

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Published in Toledo Blade from June 14 to June 15, 2017 – See more at:


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Mother of Sue Kolodzaike ’74 & Amy Kolodzaike ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 6, 2017

Dorothy Kolodzaike Obituary

Dorothy Kolodzaike

Dorothy J. Kolodzaike, 89, of Toledo passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 10, 1927 in Whitehouse, Ohio to Elmer and Amanda J. (Mayer) Bucher. Dorothy was married in 1953 to Ronald J. Kolodzaike.

Dorothy worked for 9 years in IBM at the former Rossford Ordnance Department, retiring in 1954 to become a full time mother and homemaker. A charter member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, she enjoyed many years of golfing, bowling, cards and spending time with her grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Ronald J. Kolodzaike in 2002; brothers Erwin, Clifford, Ralph and Richard Bucher.

Surviving are her children, Ronald A. (Kathy) Kolodzaike, Sue (Jay) Schmidt, and Amy Kolodzaike; grandchildren, Brad (Cheryl) Kolodzaike, Karen Kolodzaike, Sara (Mark) Oaks, Christopher (Alia) Solarz, Mandy (DJ) Biggert, and Katie Schmidt and her fiancé Kyle Chudzinski; great-grandchildren Eliana, Sloane, and Levon Solarz; as well as special friends Joe and Pat Brandel.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday, June 1 from 2-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will begin on Friday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10 a.m. Interment Toledo Memorial Park.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church or the American Cancer Society .

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Husband of Gretchen Brell ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 6, 2017


Rich passed away on June 3, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.  Rich was born in Toledo, OH on June 24, 1949 to Jane (Hackett) Schroeder  and John C. Schroeder.  He grew up in the Old West End and continued to share stories of the antics he and his buddies got into right up until his death.  In those days the Old West End was filled with large families so there was always someone to get into trouble with and Rich did his fair share of harmless shenanigans.  Rich proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war and was fortunate enough to stay stateside as a Corpsman.  That Navy training led him into the medical field, first as an Operating Room Tech and eventually as an RN.  Rich spent 40 years as an operating room nurse in cardiac surgery, many years at Toledo Hospital and St. V’s and finishing his career at the Cleveland Clinic, retiring in 2014.  Rich married Dagmar (Dee)  Morales in 1973 and together they raised two daughters, Alison and Ashley.  Rich later married Gretchen Brell.  Since retirement he has enjoyed spending time with his wife Gretchen, and his daughters and step daughters and their families and many dear friends.   Rich really enjoyed cooking and took great pride in the meals that he served to friends and family as he and Gretchen entertained frequently.  Over the last couple of years he enjoyed planning the garden and selecting furniture and art for the condominium that he and Gretchen shared.  He served on the condo board and also volunteered at Hospice of N.W.O with his best buddy Theo the GoldenDoodle whom he trained well and took to class to become certified as a Therapy Dog.  Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Jane Schroeder Ruhfel and John Schroeder, step father” Pops” Albert Ruhfel, brother Bill Schroeder.  He is survived by wife Gretchen Brell Schroeder, daughters Alison Morales and Ashley (Nate) Shank, grandson Owen Shank, stepdaughters Jillian (Emily) Walz and Natasha (Anthony) Jones, brothers John (Karen) and Mike (Cheryl), sister-in-law Bridget Brell Holt, father-in-law Tom Brell and many nieces and nephews with whom he had a wonderful relationship and his best buddy Theo.  Rich had a great relationship with so many friends from every period in his life and many of those friends were incredibly helpful after Rich became ill.  He was humbled by all the support that he received and words cannot express our gratitude.   In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Joanne Siedel Brell fund at the Toledo Community Foundation or Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo.

Richard’s family will receive friends after 9 AM Sat, June 24 at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral 2535 Collingwood Blvd where a Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM.

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