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Archive for December, 2020

Son of Kathy Gill Prater ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 22, 2020


Mitchell Prater

Mitchell Bradley Prater, age 24, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020 after 9 months of courageously battling brain cancer. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 6, 1996 to Brad and Kathy (Gill) Prater. Mitchell attended Christ the King Grade School and was a 2014 St. Francis de Sales High School graduate where he played both football and lacrosse. He also was involved in Campus ministry and many other activities. He graduated from Siena Heights University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. While at Siena he was very involved in Campus life. Mitchell was an incredible servant leader who had a fiery passion for uplifting those around him. This is evident by his leadership as an early Campus Ministry Scholar, our Mr. Huskey, O-Team Leader, being president of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and becoming Siena’s first homecoming King. He then graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2020 with a Masters in Social Work. You could always find Mitchell listening to and singing along to music and having a double-well rum and coke. He knew every lyric of every song. Mitchell’s passion was to help others, especially those with disabilities. He was able to realize that passion working as the Director of Programs at camp Fish tails, a camp counselor at Indian Trails Camp and Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mitchell was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He was able to attend a game recently where his Browns defeated the Texans. Mitchell’s love for life and infectious smile brought happiness to all around him. Mitchell made an impact on everyone he came in contact with and was always the life of the party.

Mitchell is survived by his loving parents, Brad and Kathy (Gill) Prater; his best friend and brother, Matthew; grandparents, Tom and Joan Prater; aunts and uncles, Craig (Cheryl) Prater, Missy (Craig) Wagner, Michael Gill, Jeff (Barb) Gill, Jim (Leslie) Gill; cousins, Grant and Drew Prater, Sydney and Shelby Wagner, Drew and Beau Gill, Melinda (Stephen) and Nicholas Wolf, Chris Gill. Jake, Ryan and Megan Gill. Preceding Mitchell in death were grandparents, Michael and Patricia Gill; great-grandparents, Ann Hoey and Mary LaMont.

Special thanks to our St. Francis de Sales family for all their love and support, special thanks to Cindy, Mitchell’s favorite aid, Renee and Nikki his nurses for all their loving care. Many thanks to Mrs. Burkhart for being the best chauffer, and to his best friends that never left his side and continued to hang out with Mitchell as just one of the guys.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Mitchell’s memory are asked to consider St. Francis de Sales High School or Indian Trails Camp (his happy place)

Mitchell’s Life Celebration will be Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Church activities building, 4100 Harvest Lane Toledo, Ohio 43623 and Monday, December 21st in Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43607 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral begins at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. William Rose officiating. Interment will be handled privately.

Those wishing to attend Mitchell’s funeral remotely, may do so by logging onto: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST. The service will be available for viewing for 90 days.

Urbanski Funeral Home a Life Celebration Home 5055 Secor Rd. Toledo, Ohio is assisting the family.

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Theresa Nally ’66 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 22, 2020

Theresa M. Nally

Theresa Nally (1948-2020) passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 15 at age 72. Preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Catherine Nally (Maumee,O), sister Brigid Nally and brothers Martin and Daniel, all of Cincinnati. Dear sister of Patrick (Louisa), Mary (Samir) Moawad, Michael, Anne, Catherine (Richard) Druffel, Nora, Julia (Thomas) Greiner and sister-in-law, Marcella (Marcy) Nally; loving aunt to several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Theresa grew up in Maumee, O attending St. Joseph’s elementary, McAuley High School in Toledo and the University of Toledo’s Community College earning an associate degree as a medical assistant. She worked in this field along with other jobs in retail. She moved to Cincinnati in 1972. Though retiring early due to disability, she spent many volunteer hours at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Red Cross.

It is well known that Theresa had a big heart. She never met a stranger, making friends wherever she went and willing to offer a helping hand. Kathleen Sigafoos, Tom Keller and Lil Walton were dear friends. Her greatest joy was being a doting aunt and great-aunt. Festive and fun, she enjoyed parties, holidays and dancing. For the past eight years, Theresa lived in an assisted living apartment at Hyde Park Health Center where she was loved by residents and staff alike. Theresa’s legacy that “it is courageous to have a soft heart” is a fitting tribute to her resilience, strength and kindness. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery (Toledo) at the family’s convenience assisted by Coyle Funeral Home (Toledo). Donations can be made to Hyde Park Health Center’s “assisted living residents community activities fund” HPHC Business Office (Cara Bussell), 4001 Rosslyn Dr., Cinti, Ohio 45209 or to a charity of donor’s choice.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Theresa M. Nally please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Mary Alice Crossen Honisko ’69 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 9, 2020

Mary Honisko

Obituary for Mary Honisko

Mary Alice Honisko, age 69, died peacefully on December 7, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born on June 5, 1951 in Toledo to Thomas and Alice (Thompson) Crossen. Mary graduated from McAuley High School and the University of Toledo. She taught Physical Education for the Catholic Diocese. Mary married her husband Richard J. Honisko on June 18, 1976. She raised her 3 children and enjoyed being a homemaker. Mary was a lifelong member and volunteer at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. She became the loving child care provider for her 3 granddaughters, whom she adored. Mary also appreciated history and watching John Wayne movies, as well as going out to dinner with her special friends.
Mary is survived by her children Andrea (James) Born, Marcia and Eric Honisko; granddaughters Adeline “Addie”, Elise and Tess; her brothers Thomas (Smorn), James, Richard (Jeanne), and Donald (Sandra) Crossen, and her sister in law Sandra (Bob) Young. She is also survived by her mother in law Betty Honisko and several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Richard.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Thursday, December 10 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7:00. The funeral will begin at Coyle at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 11, followed by Mass at OLPH Church at 10:00 a.m. Masks and social distancing will be required at the funeral home and church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Donations may be given to OLPH Church. Please view Mary’s video tribute and leave a condolence message for the family at

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Mary Lynn Roth ’66 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 3, 2020

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Mary Lynn Roth, 72, passed away on November 29, 2020 in Toledo, Ohio after a long illness. Mary Lynn was born in Toledo, Ohio to George and Erma Roth on November 21, 1948. She grew up in the south end, known as Darby, because of the strong Irish ethnicity. She graduated from McAuley High School in 1966. Mary Lynn had a magnanimous heart and she enjoyed spending time with her siblings and their families. She particularly enjoyed celebrating the major holidays when all of the family were invited and welcomed at her sister, Sharon’s, home. Mary Lynn lived 29 years in the Immaculate Conception Parish and then joined Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in 1988 where she volunteered and enjoyed working bingo. She retired from Hinkle Manufacturing.
Mary Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, George and Erma, her brothers Jim (Rachel) and Joe (Sarah) and her sisters Mary Pat and Patricia Mary. She is survived by her siblings Tom, Jack (Vicki), Rita, Bob (Jackie), Sharon Veitch (Roger), George (Tina) and Therese Brown (Gerry); five nieces and seven nephews and 13 grand nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6149 Hill Avenue, Holland, Ohio. Burial will be private at Calvary Cemetery, Toledo. A Celebration of Life ceremony will also be held at a later date.
Memorial donations in Mary Lynn’s memory may be given to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Lynn Roth please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Ruth Ann Meyer Brooks ’69 passed away (sister to Suellen Meyer ’71 also deceased)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 2, 2020

Obituary photo of Ruth Brooks, Toledo-OH
Ruth A. Brooks, age 68, of Toledo, OH passed away October 7, 2019 at Genacross Lutheran Village. She was born June 8, 1951 in Toledo to Louis and Loretta (Marshall) Meyer. Ruth was a devout Catholic. She enjoyed crocheting, but most importantly spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her children, Andrew (Sherri) Brooks, Tammie (John) Yeager, Jessicasue Brooks, Ben (Ashley) Brooks and Adam (Emily) Brooks; brother, William (Linda) Meyer; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Koontz.

According to the wishes of Ruth’s family private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross in Ruth’s memory.

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