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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Sandra Szymanski ’64 passed away (sister to Melvina (Zippy) ’71 and deceased sister Michele ’67)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 25, 2022

Sandra F. Drabek, age 75, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania. She was born on November 20, 1946, in Toledo to Melvin A. and Lucille G. (Konopinski) Szymanski. Sandra was a graduate of McAuley High School and attended Mary Manse College. She had worked for over 30 years with the Former Ohio Bell and AT & T, retiring in 1999. Sandra was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where she was active with the Daughters of Mary. She was a life member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary and active in the Logsdon-Walla Post Ladies Auxiliary. Over 20 years, Sandy served as a trustee and chairlady of several events. She was acknowledged for her selfless work and volunteer hours this past May 2022 with honor of the Saint Theresa of Calcutta Medal presented by Auxiliary 639 and was named Women of the Year. Sandy was very active in several Catholic Senior groups, 50 plus club Gesu, St. Hyacinth, and our Lady of Lourdes Daughters of Mary. She was active in several civic groups, and enjoyed attending local senior centers playing Bunco and Bingo. Sandy and her vast catering knowledge shared these skills with all the clubs and centers she belonged to by chairing the kitchen committee for several fundraisers making lunch for thousands of attendees over the years. She also assisted Malczewski’s Catering for many years. Her famous chicken sandwiches and multi-layer jello are just two of the many of Sandy’s specials. Sandy was the first in and last out when she volunteered.

Sandy made a difference in this life with her faith, her love for her family, especially proud of her son, and her selfless acts of charity for veterans.

Preceded in death by her husband, John L. Drabek on December 25, 2009; as well as by her parents.

Surviving is her son, John T. “Skip” Drabek; her sister, Melvina “Zippy” Roberts; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Friday August 26, 2022, from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Thos. I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo, Ohio, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. by the Daughters of Mary. Prayers will be recited on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home with a procession to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6149 Hill Ave., for the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Published by The Blade on Aug. 25, 2022.

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