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Mary Jo Refermat ’72 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 23, 2021

I just found out that Mary Jo Refermat ’72 passed away.  Her sister advised me that Mary Jo requested no funeral and no obit.

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Barbara Hausknecht ’77 (sister to Eileen ’76 & Kathleen ’79) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 23, 2021

Barbara Marie Rasik

Barbara Marie Rasik (maiden name: Hausknecht) of Swanton, Ohio, passed away December 17, 2021 at age 62.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Michael Steven Rasik; daughter, Cassandra Brandt; son, Daniel Rasik (wife, Genevieve Rasik); son, Christopher Rasik and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Charles Hausknecht and son-in-law, John “Gus” Brandt.

Barb was a graduate of McAuley High School and was a very loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. Her favorite hobbies were baking, gardening, and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Weigel Funeral Home, Tuesday, December 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Swanton on Wednesday, December 22nd at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Dalton Rosa-Ruggieri officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Toledo Ovarian Cancer Connection

Published by The Blade on Dec. 19, 2021.

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Barbara Hayes ’68 (sister to Mary Hayes ’73) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 23, 2021

Barbara Jean (Hayes) Shinaver

With heavy hearts, Barb’s family announced her passing on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at home with loving husband, Frank; daughter, Amy; sister Mary; and step-son, Josh by her side.Born to parents, Edward F. Hayes, Sr. and Appolone (Nancy) (Reczek) Hayes on February 5, 1950 in Toledo, OH.

Never a quitter, she refused to surrender, fighting with every ounce of energy she had. After a 1 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer, she is finally at peace.

She will be greeted in Heaven by her mother and father; brother, Edward (Rod) Hayes, Jr.; 6 brother-in-laws; 2 sister-in-laws; mother and father in-law, Russ and Randy Shinaver. Also waiting for her, wagging their tails, are her two fur babies, Finnigan and Zephyn.

Barb grew up in Maumee, Ohio and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and School and graduating from McCaully High School.

Barb’s dedication and effort to anything she did was 110%, and her laughter was so contagious it was impossible for anyone around not to smile. Her favorite phrase was “I love you to the moon and back” and the way she loved her family and friends echoed that phrase 1000 fold.

She retired after 40 years as an enrolled agent and manager from the accounting firm Gilmore, Jaison & Mahler. Every client of her became her dear friends.

On Saturdays and Sundays you could find her with a cold Miller Lite watching THE Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers. Summers were spent by the pool with family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Frank Shinaver; daughter, Amy Miller; step-son, Joshua (Sarah) Shinaver; extra son, Barry Bigalow; grandchildren, Jordon, Shayla, Mia, Greyson and Cole; sister, Mary Martinez; brother, Col. Jack (Sharon) Hayes USAF (ret); brother, David Hayes; brother and sister-in-laws, Tom and Joe Shinaver, Danaye Hayes, Ruth Harpel, Carolyn (Richard) Nusbaum, Patricia Bevier and Cheryl Shinaver, Becky Shinaver; and aunt, Joan O’Connell. She had 28 nieces and nephews who also loved her very much.

There will be no showing, because Barb decided to donate her body to the UTMC in the hope that she could potentially prevent this affliction from affecting other families. A celebration of life will be held at a later date per her wishes.

The family would like to acknowledge the following people/groups for everything they did for Barb during her struggle:

Dr. Rebecca Marshall and Staff, Dr. Richard Phinney and Staff, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and Blessings in Disguise.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to Blessings in Disguise at, Hospice of N.W. Ohio or The American Cancer Foundation.

When you look at the night sky keep an eye out for star number Pegasus RA 23h32m23s D 32 Degrees 3’5 it’s a star called Barb Shinaver.

Published by The Blade on Dec. 19, 2021.

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Mary McKimm ’69 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 23, 2021

Mary A. Baumberger

Mary A Baumberger born July 6th, 1951 passed away December 21st at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, Ohio surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. Mary was born and raised in Toledo Ohio, and was a 1969 graduate of McAuley High School. After high school, she went on to work for Ohio Bell for eight years. During that time she married, and then decided to be a stay at home mom. Once her girls were grown up, Mary worked in triage and registration at St, Lukes hospital for over 20 years until she retired.
Mary loved the ocean and the beach, and spending time in Myrtle Beach with her best friend of 40 years.

Mary is survived by her two daughters Christina (Eric) Frankforther and Nicole (Jeffery) Gluza and grandchildren Zachary, Chase, Dillon, Kaden, Ashlyn, Conner and Jacob along with her furry companion Poppy.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother Margaret Tiernan, Aunt and Uncle Mary Alice and
William Compton, Uncle Joseph Tiernan and brother Gerald McKimm.

Services and visitation will be private for immediate family only per Mary’s wishes. If you would like to make a donation in Mary’s name, please do so to the American Cancer Society or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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Father of Janis ’66 and Susan Kay ’72 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 19, 2021

Ray B. Kay

Obituary for Ray B. Kay

After 98 years of lighting up every room he walked into on December 17, 2021, Ray B. Kay went to be with his bride of 67 years, Marie, who he spent the past 8 years eagerly waiting to see. He has left all of us with joyful memories we will cherish forever.

Ray was a proud, outgoing and energetic gentleman, who never met a stranger. Every person to him was just a friend he hadn’t met yet. He loved his wife and family with every single ounce of his being, and was loved beyond measure in return.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 25th, 1923, Ray attended St. Ignatius High School and Illinois Institute of Technology. He was always active in sports, particularly track in high school. Later Ray took up bowling and what soon became his favorite, the game of golf, which he played through age 95.

During WWll, Ray served with the 5th Army in England for 3 ½ years. Following his military service he worked with International Harvester in Chicago and Toledo until 1949 and then quickly found a passion for car sales. Through the 1950’s he worked with Bob Reese Ford and was the General Sales Manager at Leiphart Lincoln Mercury. He then began his 50 year career with the Schmidt organization. Ray joined the Schmidt family in 1960 as a General Sales Manager and later part owner of University Pontiac in Bowling Green, Ohio. In 1975 he joined the management team of Ed Schmidt Pontiac in Perrysburg and served as General Manager for over 2 decades. During his many years with Ed Schmidt, Ray contributed substantially to the success of the dealership, served as a leader and example for new salesmen and built lasting relationships throughout the community.

Undoubtedly, Ray’s biggest blessing in life was meeting and marrying the love of his life, Marie. Together they built a life that garnered constant admiration from their family and for which we are forever grateful. Traveling was a favorite pastime and together they visited many beautiful places, Aruba, Hawaii, England, and perhaps one of his most memorable trips was playing a round of golf at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland with his son-in-law , Joe.

Left to cherish his memory are his biggest fans, daughters Janis Kay, and Susan (Joe) Vetter; grandchildren, Aly Sterling, Andrea Szenderski, Margot (Brian) Borger, Clay (Johanna) Vetter, Liz (James) Gorzynski; great- grandchildren, Madeline, Amelia and Gabrielle Sterling, Isabelle and Jillian Szenderski, Charlotte, Norah and Fritz Borger, and Rayland Sorrell Vetter.

We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Kingston Perrysburg’s Memory Care for the loving care they provided Ray. As much as they claimed he brought them joy, he adored the love and affection they provided for him as well.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Wednesday, December 22 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will be at Resurrection cemetery, with military honors.

Continuing his golfing legacy, memorial contributions may be made to First Tee-Lake Erie. Please raise a toast (preferably a margarita) to the one and only, Ray Kay, a life extremely well lived. Please leave a condolence message and view Ray’s memorial video tribute at

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Daughter of Christine Stengle ’68 (niece of Cynthia Stengle ’70) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 18, 2021

Amy Lynn Stephenson, age 52, passed away December 7th, 2021, in her Toledo home with her beloved dog Justice by her side.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Christine Leighton; father, Tom Stephenson; stepfather, David Leighton Sr.; stepmother, Sue Stephenson; her siblings, Sean (Elle) Stephenson, Jamie Leighton, and David Leighton Jr.; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Amy graduated from Maumee High School and received her Associate’s Degree from the University of Toledo. Her love for animals was apparent by her dedication to the many pets she owned throughout her lifetime. No one who met Amy forgot her wit, passion, sass, and sense of humor. She was an avid reader, passionate about her trips to Hocking Hills with friends, travels to Amsterdam, her love for music, local festivals, and the comfort of home.

Services will be private and held for the family. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, any remembrances be given in Amy’s name to the Toledo Humane Society. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee and condolences may be shared with the family at

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Myra Anne Ruetz ’67 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 9, 2021

Myra Anne Abel

10/25/1949 – 12/4/2021

Myra Anne Abel, 72, of Maumee, Ohio passed away at home on December 4, 2021 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Elizabeth (Greenlese) Ruetz; and her brother, Gerald Ruetz.

Myra Anne was a proud graduate of McAuley High School in 1967, and still gathered with her school friends. She married her love, Gary Abel, in 1968 and spent the next 53 years building a life and raising her family.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Abel; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul & Carol Ruetz (Hartford, CT); and her children, Jon & Julie (Maumee), Beth & Denny (Toledo), Tricia & Tim (Omaha), Kurt & Tracey (Bonneau, SC), Martin (Pittsburgh), and Wil (Maumee); as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved gathering the family around, celebrating holidays with everyone home. There was always room at her table for one more, as anyone who attended their legendary hobo dinners would tell you.

Since their retirement she and Gary spent time spoiling their dog, Roscoe, exploring in their travel trailer, and seeing the country.

Family and friends will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin in the funeral home on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo. Interment will follow at St. Joesph Cemetery in Maumee. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in support of H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue (, P.O. Box 2037 Goose Creek, SC 29445. Online condolences may be shared at

Published by The Blade on Dec. 9, 2021.

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Husband of Karen Baumann Shinaver ’74 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 8, 2021

Philip B. Shinaver, Jr., age 65, passed away Wednesday October 6, 2021, at Flower Hospital. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on December 30, 1955, to Philip B. and Nancy (Bee) Shinaver, Sr. Philip was an iron worker with Local 55 and eventually started his own business, Drew Cartage, which he continued to operate today. He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Karen A. (Baumann) Shinaver and their sons, Daniel (Kristen) and Kevin (Emily) Shinaver; his mother, Nancy Shinaver; siblings, David (Julie) Shinaver, Pam Shinaver and Keith (Angi) Shinaver. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kelly, Warren, Lindy and Everly.

He was preceded in death by his father and twin grandsons, Jameson and Jackson.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021, in the Thos. I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43615. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at Little Flower Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Little Flower Catholic Church.

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