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Archive for March, 2019

Christine Konczal Galvin ’64 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 25, 2019


Mary Christine Konczal Galvin

Mary Christine Konczal Galvin, 72, who passed away March 23, 2019, was a believer. She believed in love, gratitude, family, friendship, God, science, magic, creativity, redemption, the power of people coming together to change their world for better and that “words matter.”

Chris had a very broad definition of family and treated almost every person (and animal) she met as if they were part of hers. She met people where they were and rejected mean-spirited gossip. Her Thanksgivings were known for her 150 year-old stuffing recipe and boisterous debates, storytelling, and board games—especially Scrabble.

She was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.

She forged meaningful friendships in her hometown, online, and across the country. She valued lifelong bonds as dearly as fresh friendships. Al-Anon and AA had a profound impact on her life. When told tragedy did not seem to make her bitter, Chris once said, “Bitter was my companion somewhere in the 70s, but I traded it in for Serenity in 1975 and never looked back.”

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio in the Old West End and Waterville, she graduated from McAuley High School. Her work life spanned from being a Girl Scout counselor at Camp Libbey to finding her vocation 25 years ago as the executive director of United Way of Greater Toledo’s Ottawa County office where she recently retired.

She loved Port Clinton and Lake Erie. If the sun was shining in the summer, you could find her at the beach or pool. If the lake was frozen, you could meet her on the ice. She loved bees, goats, gardening, and feeding the birds. She saw miracles in everyday life and was quick to point them out to others.

She dedicated her life to serving her community by saying “yes” and getting others to say “yes.” She was proud to be a catalyst for such initiatives as TNT Mentoring, the Conestoga Project, Bistro 163, and Strength For The Journey among others.

If you knew Chris, you have a story of when she helped you learn and grow and find the possibility to change the things you can.

Chris is survived by her children Beth (Brian) Gillman, Dan Galvin (Mary Ann Alton), Molly Galvin (Skooter Skotte), Trish Galvin (Steve Kaelin), Ray (Jacquie) Galvin, Linda (Ted) Cooke, Bob Galvin, Mary Ruth Galvin, Judy Galvin (Paul De Shane), Craig Woolfork, and Riley Galvin; her grandchildren, who mostly knew her as “Nena” Caitlyn, Christopher (Ashley), Amanda, Jimmy, Jennifer (Tyler), Evelyn, Lissa, Emmett, Sullivan, Isabella, and Larkin; great-grandchildren Jacob and Tavis; and nieces Sandy and Robin.

She was preceded in death by her soulmate Marty Galvin, her mother and stepfather Patricia and Bob Crossman, her father Francis Konczal, her sister Trish Crossman, her brother Pete Konczal, and her grandson Grant Galvin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Strength For The Journey or another organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Visitation hours are Thursday, March 28 from 2pm-8pm at Gerner Wolf Funeral Home 216 Washington Street, Port Clinton, OH. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home at 10am, followed by the Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30am, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: Strength for the Journey, 984 E. Lockwood Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Husband of Susan Bottles Kolinski ’65 (sister of Sally Bottles Kwapich ’72) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 18, 2019

Kenneth W. Kolinski(1942 – 2019)

Kenneth W. Kolinski

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Kenneth W. Kolinski, age 76, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 1, 1942, Ken was a humble man who loved and treasured his family deeply and valued his many lifelong friendships.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine and his grandson, Tyler Salyers. Ken is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Robert (Liz), Matthew (Tiffany); daughter, Erin; grandchildren, Madelyn & William Kolinski and Sophia Connell. He is also survived by his brother, Phil (Jo); sister, Chris (Tony), and many loving aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday, March 19th, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, conducted by Ken’s godson Fr. Patrick Rohen. The family will be receiving guests for 30 minutes prior to the mass.

Published in The Blade from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2019

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Former Teacher – Frank Lenz passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 17, 2019

Frank J. Lenz

Frank J. Lenz, 72, of Oregon, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born December 25, 1946 in Toledo to Frank Xavier and Hilda (Decker) Lenz and a brother, Fr. Michael Lenz O.F.M. He received his education at Toledo St. Mary’s, (1960) Central Catholic High School (1964) and graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Education (1970). He taught Russian, Chinese and Japanese History at Toledo McAuley High School. At McAuley, he led trips to the former Soviet Union, coached City League Girls Varsity Basketball (1976-1982), later in the 1990’s CYO Boys Basketball. From 1980 to 1998, he managed Lee William’s Oregon’s House of Meat leaving there to return to teach at Penta Career Center (1998 – 2012). At Penta, he participated in a teacher exchange from Russia, hosted Austrian exchange students and visited schools in China and Europe. He was involved with the Lucas County Democratic Party, being Vice President of the South End Democratic Club and precinct chairman. He was a former member of the Bavarian Sports Club and the Walbridge Park Association helping to plan the Harvard Terrace Centennial celebration. There were many persons and families that enchanced his life: the Sadowski Zeisloft, Connin, Pollex, Warwick, Toepfer, Shaver, Bebell, Wise, Barry, Brandon, Decker, Kralovic, and many more.

His wife, Christine McGrellis; sons, Ryan (Rebecca) Lenz, Jordan, Trevor; and brother, Fr. Michael Lenz OFM, are left to continue his legacy.

Family and friends may visit the Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Immaculate Conception 434 Western Ave in Toledo on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a mass to begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be private at St. Ignatius Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, formerly of Oregon.

Funeral Home

Freck Funeral Chapel
1155 South Wynn Road Oregon, OH 43616
(419) 693-9304

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Kimberly McGee Pfitzer ’84 passed away. (sister of Tamra McGee ’83)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 7, 2019

Kimberly McGee Pfitzer 52, passed away March 2, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice. A native of Toledo, she was a current resident of Temperance, MI. Kim was a dedicated employee of the King Agency. She was passionate about supporting charitable organizations including Cherry Street Ministries. She had a charismatic personality and a passion for living and was loved and cherished by so many in the area.

She is survived by her loving daughter Janaye Dixon; parents Roger McGee and Barbara Williams McGe; siblings Brian McGee, Tamara Owens, Roger McGee Rogina Carter; 5 nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be Saturday 3:00 p.m. followed by Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. Dale Riggs Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial donations can be made to the memory of Kimberly McGee Pfitzer to Cherry Street Ministries.

Funeral Home

Dale-Riggs Funeral Home 
572 Nebraska Ave Toledo, OH 43604-8542
(419) 248-4254

Published in The Blade on Mar. 7, 2019

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Husband of Mary Braker Martin ’71 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 1, 2019

OTTAWA — Timothy A. Martin, 69, of Ottawa died 12:20 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at The Meadows of Ottawa. He was born September 13, 1949 in McComb to the late Harold “Hap” and Esther (Jones) Martin. On September 22, 1972, he married Mary Braker and she survives in Ottawa.

Other survivors include two children: Jeff (Amy) Martin of Galena and Kristen (Robb) Pickens of Ottawa; four grandchildren: Kayley Martin, Zack Martin, Kelsea Pickens and Ethan Pickens; and a brother, Harold “Joe” Martin of Leipsic.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Martin.

Tim was a manager for the former IGA in Leipsic, and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He was a graduate of Leipsic High School and had attended The Ohio State University. Tim enjoyed watching the cooking channel, writing down many recipes; although we never got him to make us anything. He also spent many hours on the computer searching for anything interesting and compiling his findings in one of his many binders. Tim’s greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren. He always wanted to be a part of their lives in whatever way he could. He will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass will begin 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa.

Memorial donations may be made to Putnam County Council on Aging or Putnam County Home Heath and Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home
Love Funeral Home
405 E 3Rd St
Ottawa, OH 45875
(419) 523-6586
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Published in The Lima News from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2019

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