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Janet Schutt Machaterre ’84 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 24, 2018

Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre Obituary


Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre

Mrs. Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre, born on November 15, 1965 in Toledo, Ohio, to Gay Alder and the late James Schutt, passed away at age 52 in her home on April 16, 2018 in Mars, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband William Machaterre and her sister, Kathi Schutt. Janet is survived by her sister, Lisa Jaeger; nieces, Lauren, Morgan, and Sidney Jaeger; her stepmother, Maria Schutt; stepfather, Bill Alder; stepbrother, Matt; stepsisters, Chris, Kelly, Cindy, Shannon, Michelle and Cara. Janet enjoyed training and caring for many of her loved pets, movie enthusiast, and baking during the holidays. The family invites donations in Janet’s name to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053 Janet will be missed by all of her family and friends. Her memories will forever live in our hearts. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Ottowa Hills Memorial Park, 4210 Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43606. Arrangements by McDonald-Aeberli F.H., Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, PA and condolences are available at

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The son of Janet McCann Kyle ’73 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 24, 2018

Ian McCann Kyle

Obituary for Ian McCann Kyle

Ian McCann Kyle, 33, of Sylvania, died Friday, April 20, 2018. After a long struggle with mental illness and addiction. He decided he no longer wished to suffer. He was born August 19, 1984 to Steve and Janet (McCann) Kyle.

Ian worked at the Kroger at King and Sylvania for 16 years, then the last 4 at Expeditus Transport. He graduated from Southview High School in 2003.

Ian is survived by his parents, Steve and Janet Kyle; sisters, Andrea (Zach) Brown and Katie (Eric Donnelly) Kyle; brother, Nate (Jackie) Kyle; nieces, Tatum, Riley, Makayla, Tenley Brown, Chloe Kyle; nephew, Tyler Kyle and grandfather, Don Clees. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Susan McCann, Mark (Lesley) Kyle, Mary Caye McCann, Lynn (Dan) McCarty, Scott Kyle, Jim (Julie) McCann, Sandy (Ken) Shulak, Brian (Margaret) McCann, Rob Kyle, Pam (Kevin) Brown, Barb Hertzsch, Don (Nina) Clees and Tom (Janet) Clees and cousins, Peter (Erica and Eli) Hertzsch, Sean (Kelly and Lincoln) Hertzsch, Justin (Will) Casterline, Nikki (Josh, Josie and Val) Hartbarger, Jimmy (Kimmy) Kyle, Tim (Christine, Graham and Tess) McCarty, Kathleen McCarty, Andy (Stacey, Sloan and Preston) Hudak, Sarah (Justin and Jack) Herman, Meg McCann, Jimmy (Liz) McCann, Kevin (Jackie) McCann, MaryCaye McCann, Connor McCann Stephanie Kyle, Ryan Brown, Ericka Brown, Lauren Brown, Kyle Shulak, Cody Shulak, Jordan ( Rob, Ashlynne and Logan) Blanchard, Nathan ( Max) Shulak, Amy Clees, Cece Clees. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James McCann; Susanne (McCann) Clees and Robert and Marion Kyle.

He loved playing music, writing music, making music, he played guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and piano. He also loved to write poems and lyrics. He was a great uncle, brother, son and friend. He made friends with everyone and delighted them with his wit and humor. He gave us some wonderful gifts, many pieces from his glass blowing days and countless videos and songs on You Tube. He was one of a kind and loved immensely.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, from 2-8 p.m., at the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue, (between Secor and Douglas Roads), where a memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cemetery services will be private.

Donations, in memory of Ian, may be made to NAMI, 2753 Central Avenue #1, Toledo, OH 43606.

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Angela Petsche passed away. Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Angela Ruth Petsche

Angela passed from earth to heaven on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Brookdale Muirfield Senior Living in Dublin, OH where she lived for nearly three years. Angela was born on July 2, 1928, the daughter of Edward and Ruth Heintschel, of Toledo, OH. She was joined in marriage on August 30, 1952 to Edwin Petsche of Toledo, OH. Angie and Ed enjoyed a long and happy marriage until Ed’s passing on July 4, 2015.

Angie was a devoted wife and mother. She spent the majority of her life as a loving wife and homemaker and gave of herself not only to her three children, but also to countless babies whom she fostered in her home for many years through Catholic Charities. She was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church for over 50 years. Angela ran the bookstore of McAuley High School in Toledo to help offset the cost of private education. Many of the students would come to the bookstore just to visit with her.

All who knew Angela found her to be a kind and caring person with a great sense of humor. Even up to her last days, Angie befriended the residents and staff at Brookdale and shared her joy with all.

Angela is survived by her children, Gary (Beth) Petsche, Ruth (Mike) Rankin, Diane (Bob) Spencer; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all whom she loved dearly; her sisters and brothers, Ann Marie Etue, Barbara Nelson, Edward Heintschel, Thomas (Marilyn) Heintschel; sister-in-law and best friend, Joanne Heintschel and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Monsignor Donald Heintschel, Richard Heintschel and James Heintschel.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee, OH on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. to include a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Josiah’s House, a home for boys and girls in the Dominican Republic. Donations may be given on-line at or by mail at Josiah’s House, 3279 Southall Rd, Franklin, TN 37064. Online condolences can be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2018

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Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018) – Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Pamela Anne (1946 - 2018) Hollenbeck Obituary

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018)

When Pam Hollenbeck entered a room she changed the room. She filled the space with grace and light. But when Pam entered the room, she never got very far. She inevitably saw someone she knew and engaged them in conversation. To the frustration of her four daughters and the admiration of her husband, these conversations, which lasted twenty, thirty, forty minutes—could and did happen everywhere—the grocery store, the post office, the park, the library. She made you feel like you mattered. Pam listened like listening could save the world, maybe, in fact, it did. A Pam-inspired celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 17th at Wildwood Metro Park.

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck was born in Syracuse, New York to Marjorie “Marmie” and Robert “Hap” Hodapp on March 13, 1946. As the eldest daughter of the “6 P’s” (Peter, Pam, Patti, Payge, Paul, and Piper) Pam helped care for all the P’s: tending to the younger ones and making sure the older ones didn’t get in trouble despite whatever mischief they stirred up.

Following Hap’s career, the family moved often during Pam’s childhood before settling in Adrian, Michigan. In 1963, Pam asked Paul, the shy boy whose locker was next to hers, to a dance. “I married my first date,” says Paul. Paul and Pam (“P Squared”) were together from that day forward—married in 1968 and celebrating their 50th anniversary this June.

After falling in love with theatre in high school, Pam decided to make it her major while attending Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. In her last days on earth, Pam slipped her SWMC class ring on her finger, affirming how much she cherished the memories and friendships made during those years.

Pam earned her Masters of Fine Art in Children’s Theatre from Miami University in 1970. This was also the site of her activist awakening as she protested the Vietnam War, joining a sit-in occupying the ROTC building. Throughout the years, she would join countless other demonstrations, fighting for peace and justice often with her daughters in tow decked out with buttons and signs of their own. In 1986, she and Paul joined the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament. In 2017, she helped lead the campaign urging the Sisters of Notre Dame to reconsider their decision to leave their sacred ground and its 200-year-old trees. She passionately championed for an alternative that would more appropriately honor their legacy.

One of Pam’s first jobs was at the old Mott Library, where she was hired despite her skeptical supervisor who remarked that Pam was “long of hair and short of skirt.” As her skirts grew longer (and longer still) and her hair slightly shorter, Pam’s professional life expanded yet remained rooted in art and education. As a teacher at McAuley High School and Lourdes College, she pushed her students to see the big picture, consider the connections of all things, and do it all through a lens of empathy and kindness. Working with Arts Unlimited as a Teaching Artist and as Interim Director, she changed the conversation in classrooms throughout NW Ohio. At the state-level, she championed a curriculum that valued the arts as, not an afterthought, but essential to all learning. She founded the Northwest Ohio Peace School. Throughout her life she worked in schools, organizations, and hospitals as a storyteller and teaching the medicine wheel.

It’s impossible to adequately express Pam’s love for her four daughters: Corey, Emily, Annie, and Sarah. Tucked in every room of the family’s Old Orchard home are scraps of paper crammed with notes that Pam scrawled during phone conversations she had with her four daughters. Whenever any of them was participating in anything that included an audience, she was in it, radiating with pride. This same devoted pride continued when Pam became Grammy Pammy with the arrival of her grandchildren Lena, Matt, Josie, and Alice.

Pam also entered the room without even being there—through your mailbox. As the digital age makes physical mail increasingly obsolete, Pam did her part to keep the United States Postal Service in business with her homemade cards delivered regularly to your mailbox. If you knew Pam and she had your mailing address, chances are you got a card—brown paper folded in half, a picture clipped from a magazine taped to the front of the card and another one taped to the envelope. Each card was specifically designed just for you. These small cards, huge in heart, brought together all the disparate parts of Pam’s life—art and family and peace and justice. Through these tiny handcrafted works of art, she built family, created connections, and expressed her activism, which in one form or another was to let everyone know that they mattered, that they were loved.

Pam profoundly touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people every day. And every day since her death, another person emerges who has a story to tell about Pam and what she meant to them. So many of you have reached out to our family to express your shock and ask what you can do and how you can help.

On March, 23, 2018, the world lost Pam at a time when the world needs a Pam more than ever. The best way to honor Pam is to fight for the light that she brought with her every time she entered the room. Be the Pam you want to see in the world: Stand up at concerts. Dance at weddings. Light candles at dinner—even on weeknights, especially on weeknights. Read books. Finish books—even the bad ones because it’s important to understand why some endeavors fail. Send homemade cards to everyone you know. Talk to children without talking down to them. Hold babies. Trust women. Vote. March. Call out the hypocritical and the petty—in the church, in the government, on your own block. Write letters to the editor. Savor the foam on a cappuccino. Order champagne or Prosecco—or any alcohol with bubbles—even when you are at the diviest dive bar and they have to wipe a thick layer of dust from the bottle. Tell stories. Get angry. Get outraged. Speak for the trees. Make friends who are decades younger than you. Feel everything. Be invested. End phone calls and sign cards with the word “peace.” Be a Mamabear for every kid who needs one in their corner. Cry at movies. Cry at plays. Cry at books. Cry every day. Write it all down. Have at least one long conversation with a friend or stranger every time you run an errand. Play Patti Smith‘s Easter after dark, loud enough to disturb the neighbors. Go see Bruce Springsteen wherever he is touring. Never turn off a good song in the middle of a lyric. Boycott soulless corporations. Donate to worthy causes. Support locally owned businesses. Believe that words matter. Believe that art will save the planet. Believe in your daughters unfailingly. Believe in the world even when it gives you so many reasons not to. If you’re going to hug someone, really hug them. Go outside. Roll down the windows. Grow more and more beautiful with age. Hold hands with the love of your life. Love. Love. Love.

View the online memorial for Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018)

Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 1, 2018

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