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Father of Terri ’78, Tracy ’79 and Tamara Schnapp ’81 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 22, 2017

Richard Schnapp Obituary

 Richard C. Schnapp, a concrete mason and Toledo firefighter who kept his cool at emergencies, died Monday in Arden Courts in Westlake, Ohio. He was 83.

Mr. Schapp, most recently of Perrysburg Township, had Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Tracy said. He shared the news with friends after he learned, said Kent Reecer, who worked with Mr. Schnapp at fire station No. 5.

“He dealt with it like he dealt with everything – head on, same as he would fight a fire,” Mr. Reecer said.

He was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Eunice and Peter Schnapp. The longtime south end resident grew up on Queen Street and, with his wife and children, lived on Geneva Avenue and Heatherdowns Boulevard.

He was a 1953 graduate of Libbey High School and learned the concrete trade from an uncle. Mr. Schnapp aimed for perfection and in time he and his RC Schnapp Concrete Construction were sought out by those who admired his sidewalks and driveways and basement footers. For a project outside the Toledo Zoo’s museum of science more than 50 years ago, he marked his initials in the concrete.

“They’re worn away from time, but you can still see them,” his daughter Tracy said.

He was drafted and became a sergeant in the Army, serving in what was then West Germany from 1957-59.

He joined the Toledo fire force in 1961 and worked at stations No. 1 downtown; No. 5 – first at Broadway and Logan Street and then at Ontario and Washington streets; No. 9 at Broadway and Orchard Street, and No. 21, at Detroit and Glendale avenues.

“Dick Schnapp was highly regarded by everyone, from privates to chiefs,” Mr. Reecer said. “They respected his opinion.”

And they drew on his experience and know-how.

“The major thing was always keeping a calm demeanor,” Mr. Reecer said. “The new guys on the job looked up to him, because he knew what he was doing.”

He also went on runs as a first responder to traffic crashes, household accidents, street violence, and medical emergencies. When he spoke of a day’s tragedy, it was in whispers to his wife, away from his daughters.

“He didn’t want to bring home any sad stories,” his daughter Tamara said.

His daughter Tracy added: “He protected his daughters.”

Mr. Reecer recalled a firehouse where coworkers told jokes and got along.

“We had to laugh and make jokes or it would become overwhelming,” Mr. Reecer said.

Mr. Schnapp was on duty Sept. 9, 1980, when lightning struck the steeple of the Historic Church of St. Patrick downtown. Firefighters managed to save the church, despite the blazing steeple. To mark the 35th anniversary,the church in 2015 honored firefighters there that day with a ceremony and picnic.

He retired in 1987.

He was a member of South Toledo Golf Club, where he made two of three holes-in-one. He could be found on the course at least three days a week.

He and Maradell Karchner were sweethearts as Libbey students and married May 26, 1956. She died April 7, 2007.

Surviving are his daughters Terri Johnson, Tracy Schnapp, and Tamara Zawodny; brother, Gary Schnapp, and four grandsons.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Coyle Funeral Home, with a Last Alarm Service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the mortuary.

The family suggests tributes to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Published in Toledo Blade from Oct. 18 to Nov. 11, 2017

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Father of Patricia ’67, Veronica ’70 & Rosemary Pinciotti ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 22, 2017

Don Pinciotti Obituary

Don Pinciotti, born in Carey, Ohio October 25, 1922 passed away on October 3rd, 2017, just weeks from his 95th birthday. “Pince” is remembered as a generous, hard-working, and influential force in the lives of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Cheryl of twenty-two years and her son Marty Toukonen, as well as Don’s brothers Frankie and Gabriel (Lucy Ferrara) and sister Carmela (Frazier). He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alma (Mantini), siblings Anthony, and Theresa (Calmes) and grandson Dominic Pinciotti.

Don graduated from Central Catholic high school (1940), and was an all-city standout in baseball and football. He was named first team All-City in football and played in the Ohio All Star game. He wasinducted into the Central Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Don received a full scholarship to the University of Dayton earning six varsity letters in football and baseball. As a Dayton Flyer, Don was selected to the “All-50 Harry Baujan Team”, All Ohio Catholic All-American team and chosen as Most Valuable Athlete in 1947.

In WWII, Don served as a second Lieutenant and physical education instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia before joining a troop ship in the Pacific. With the 8th Army, he escorted Japanese POW back to Japan. In Yokohama with the 8th Army football team he played in the Tokyo Bowl as the game captain and was selected as MVP. After the war, he was promoted to first Lieutenant, serving as 8th Army athletic director managing and playing on troop baseball teams.

He returned to UD and graduated in 1946 with academic honors, All-Catholic, and All-American distinctions. He was offered a contract with the Detroit Lions and Chicago White Sox organizations. Don chose to play baseball with the Chicago White Sox and the Memphis Chicks for five seasons. Don was inducted into Toledo’s City League Hall of Fame’s all-time greatest athletes in 2000.

Don married Rita Clarahan in 1948 and returned to Toledo with a growing family to work at Willys Jeep in 1953. Don worked as an UAW International representative and was instrumental in bringing the “Kaiser model” of health care to all United Auto Workers in Toledo. Don believed athletics, nature, and creativity were important to a well-lived life providing this opportunity for thousands at Local 12 Summer camp. “Pince” was an entrepreneur, a Toledo Recreation department commissioner, and developer for Outdoor Resorts of America. He was a sports enthusiast, collector, and a CYO coach. A natural storyteller and life-long Democrat, Don loved debates about politics and sports.

Belief in a college education, hard work, and athleticism were passed on to his children and grandchildren who survive him: Patricia (Howard Rappaport), Rocky (Joan Glase), Veronica, Dennis (Anita), Rosemary (Michael Quaranta), Philip (Kris), Dino (Lisanne), and Frank. Don often bragged about the interests and individual athletic/academic accomplishments of his grandchildren — Zak, Nikki, Jesse, Gabe, Andrew, Christopher and Rachel, Michelle, Jaclyn, Dan and Lindsay, Kevin, Caitlin, Dean, Ben and Mandy, Andrea and Ryan, John Paul, Tori, Livy, Mimi, Mike, Julia, and Lauren and was overjoyed about his great-grandchildren, Bailey, Dean, Vincent, Luke, Sadie, Elliot, and Harley. Borrowing from Lou Gehrig, Don “considered himself the proudest father on the face of the earth”.

The family will be receiving guests Friday, October 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1900). There will be a Military salute at6:45 p.m. followed by a scripture service.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1540).

In lieu of flowers his family requests donations be made in Don’s name to the Toledo Diocese Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) – 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.

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View the online memorial for Don Pinciotti

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 22, 2017

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Sharon Guhl ’64 passed away (sister Pat Guhl ’62)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 7, 2017

Sharon A. (Guhl) Puhl, age 71, departed this world unexpectedly on October 4, 2017 at home. Sharon was born on June 17, 1946 in Toledo to Frederick E. and Genevieve M. (Simon) Guhl. Sharon attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Maumee and then graduated from the former McAuley High School in 1964. On April 22, 1967 she married Thomas Puhl, then built their family home in Springfield Township in 1971. Their marriage brought two children, Kerry Anne and Thomas J. Puhl II. When it was time for them to begin school, she worked part-time in various positions allowing her to attend and participate in her children’s activities. In 1990 and 1992 she was blessed with two grandsons, John Thomas and Alexander Joseph Zappone. Sharon chose to work at various Springfield schools her grandsons attended in order to enjoy their daily activities and to have lunch with them. Her family was always her first priority. She retired in 2012 from Springfield Schools after 27 years of service.

After retirement, she reconnected with several of her high school friends and old neighbors to enjoy dinners and shows. She would enjoy the frequent company of her sisters and sisters-in-law for afternoon lunch all enjoying her contagious smile.

Along with her children and grandsons she is survived by sisters, Pat Shirtz and Nancy Guhl; in-laws, Carrie Reimer and Pat (Nelson) Pfleghaar; many nieces and nephews; God-daughter, DeAnna Long; and canine companion, Daisey Mae. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; parents; and brother, Robert.

Friends may be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church, Perrysburg. Interment will follow in St. Rose Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Associationor the American Lung Association. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Our mom, grandma, sister and dear friend touched so many lives. She will be missed by many. Fly high, sweet angel.

View the online memorial for Sharon A. (Guhl) Puhl

Published in Toledo Blade from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2017

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