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Mary Caye McCann ’70 passed away. (Sister of Susan ’69, Lynn ’72 and Janet ’73)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 8, 2021

Mary Caye McCann

November 27, 1952 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 68) & ServicesTribute Wall


Mary Caye McCann, 68, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, at her home from the M.S. she battled for many years with family by her side.

She was born November 27, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois to James and Susanne (Hanton) McCann.

A 1970 McAuley High School graduate. Mary Caye worked at Ohio Citizens for over 10 years and then at age 32 she went to The University of Toledo to complete her degree and attain her CPA. Mary Caye loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and proudly displayed her license plate (Fav Ant). She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed reading books, in later years through audio books.  Mary Caye’s MS caused her early retirement in 2001 from Creative Solutions as VP-Project Manager.

Mary Caye is survived by her family, siblings, Susan McCann; Lynn (Dan) McCarty; Janet (Steve) Kyle; Jim (Julie) McCann; Brian (Margaret) McCann; Barbara Hertzsch; fifteen nieces and nephews and fifteen great nieces and nephews, Peter (Erica) Hertzsch, Eli; Sean Hertzsch, Lincoln; Andrea Kyle, Tatum, Riley, Makayla & Tenley Brown; Andy (Stacey) Hudak, Sloane, Preston; Tim (Christine) McCarty, Graham, Tess; Katie (Eric Donnelly) & Kyle; Sarah (Justin) Herman, Jack, Theo; Kathleen (Rodrigo Calvo-Leni) McCarty; Kevin (Jackie) McCann, Kayleigh; Nathan (Jackie) Kyle, Chloe & Tyler; James (Elizabeth) McCann; Meg McCann; Mary Caye McCann; Connor McCann.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Ian Kyle.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to aides Jill and Erika for all their loving care of Mary Caye through the years.

Friends may join the family for a Celebration of Mary Caye’s Life at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH, Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4 to 8pm with a Memorial Mass Saturday, October 9, at 10 am from St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5373 S. Main St., Sylvania, OH.

Those wishing to give a memorial are asked to consider the M. S. Society or Hospice of North West Ohio.

Online condolences may be offered to Mary Caye’s family at

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October 8, 2021
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reeb Home (Sylvania, Ohio)
5712 N. Main Street
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October 9, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church (Sylvania)
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Mary Katherine Sheehy ’74 passed away: (sister of Jane ’68 and Maureen ’80)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 4, 2021

Mary Katherine Sheehy, age 65, passed away from cancer on July 1, 2021. Mary was born on January 19, 1956 in Toledo. She was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Katherine A. Sheehy.

She is survived by her loving siblings, Jane E. Kramer (Paul Giblin) of Evanston, IL; Patrick J. Sheehy of Toledo; Kevin A. Sheehy (Richard Radocchia) of Shelton, CT; and Maureen A. Sheehy (Steve Catton) of Orinda, CA; her stepmother, Sylvia M. Sheehy of Toledo; and by four nieces and nephews.

Mary was a graduate of McAuley High School, attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in business. Mary worked for the Lucas County government, the Andersons, and then relocated to the Chicago area for 14 years. She returned to Toledo in 2001 where she worked with a hospice home care organization, the Pharmacy Counter and finally ProMedica until she retired in January of 2020.

Mary was devoted to her family and her sense of humor was a gift to all who knew her. As a result of chronic medical issues, Mary moved to the Elizabeth Scott Community in April 2020 and was generously cared for by Hospice of Northwest Ohio in her final months.

Services will be private. Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published by The Blade on Jul. 4, 2021.

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Brother of Barbara Ragan ’67 and Elizabeth Ragan ’68 passed away: (sorry to be so late in posting this)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 29, 2021

James M. Ragan, age 68 of Toledo, passed away on February 24, 2020. He was born to Robert and Edith (Mahoney) Ragan on October 22, 1951. He was in the first graduating class of St. John Jesuit High School in 1969 and was also a graduate of Xavier University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Jim spent his career working as a business owner, in sales and marketing. He loved sailing and teaching the craft to others. He participated in races locally, on the great lakes as well as many Mackinaw races. Jim also enjoyed being active in local politics, especially those pertaining to local development and conservation of our regional waterways.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Kitty; son, Robert; daughter, Kelly Ragan-Rhea; grandson, Joe Rhea of Stuart, FL; sisters, Barbara Bennett, Marshfield, MA and Beth Ragan, Schaumburg, IL; as well as a niece, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Saturday, February 29th from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to St. John Jesuit High School or to the Great Lakes Water Initiative. Please leave a condolence message and view Jim’s memorial video tribute at

To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published by The Blade on Feb. 27, 2020.

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Mother of Judy Homan ’76 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 24, 2021


JoAnn M. Homan

04/02/1930 – 05/19/2021

JoAnn M. Homan passed away peacefully May 19, 2021 surrounded by the love of family. JoAnn was born April 2, 1930 to Paul Albert and Clara Grzesk Lautermilch.

JoAnn was a graduate of Calvert High School in Tiffin, and Mary Manse college in Toledo, where she earned a degree in elementary education. August 23, 1952, JoAnn married the love of her life, Charles “Bud” Homan. Bud and Jo were married for 64 years before his passing in 2017.

She taught first grade for over 30 years, primarily at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns in Toledo, Ohio and St. Joseph Catholic School in Trenton, Michigan. She was a devoted wife and mother who applied her “teacher skills” to her children throughout their lives!

JoAnn was a great cook. She knew how to tackle most any cut of meat, and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was particularly known for her coffee cake, and blueberry pie!

After retirement JoAnn and Charles returned to Waterville in the Toledo, Ohio area to be closer to their grandchildren. In retirement, JoAnn and Charles traveled to Europe, South America, Mexico and the southwest USA. They found great people and good stories everywhere they went!

Where JoAnn was, there was laughter and mischief! She loved a party, and enjoyed playing bridge and golf. She treasured friends made throughout her life. She will be remembered for her quick wit, welcoming spirit, generosity, and deep faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Homan; sister, Judy Lautermilch; brother, RADM Paul Lautermilch; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Mescher) Lautermilch; and brother, Rev David Lautermilch. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Kay DenUyl; her son, Chad; daughter, Judy (John) Leech; grandchildren, Katie (David) Theby, Joseph Leech, Shannon Homan; great-granddaughter, JoAnna Theby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the staff at Genacross Wolf Creek for the care and comradery over the last four years. The family suggests memorial donations to the building fund at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, Ohio 43537 or Toledo, Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. A Mass celebrating the Life of JoAnn Homan will be offered on Tuesday May 25 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation immediately before from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, Ohio. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade on May 23, 2021.

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Sister of Kathleen Mowery ’75 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 17, 2021

Patricia Anne Garner, age 70, of Crossville, TN passed away on May 10, 2021. She was born June 3, 1950 in Toledo, OH, the daughter of Robert Mowery and Donna Whiteman Mowery. She was a graduate of Bowsher High School in Toledo and worked many years as an Administrative Assistant. She was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed baking, attending luncheons with her Bunco group and spending time with her granddog, Zoe.

She is survived by her son, Shawn Garner; and his wife, Kim Garner of Crossville, TN; sister, Kathy Kulwicki; and her husband, Jim Kulwicki of Belleville, MI; and sister-in-law, Jerrie Mowery of Toledo, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Mowery.

Mom moved to Crossville with us in 2020 so that we could enjoy more time together. Although that time was not as long as we would have liked we tried to make every day special for her. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. We will miss her.

There will be no services. We ask that you take a moment to remember Pat in your own way. This is the way she would have wanted it. She always put her family and friends first and herself last.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice or to Cumberland House Hospice, Crossville, TN.

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Published in The Blade on May 16, 2021.

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Tamera Wagener Hall ’78 (sister of Kimberly Wagener ’76) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 29, 2021

Tamara Hall
Tamara “Tammy” Hall age 60 of Toledo passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at UTMC. Tammy was born on June 11, 1960 to James and Mary C. Wagener. She was a 20 year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and longtime volunteer at St. Joseph School in Maumee.

She is survived by her father, James “Guggs” Wagener; daughter Kim (Lupe) Barboza; grandchildren Diego and Selena Barboza; siblings Kim (Norm) Wagener and Jeff (Becky) Wagener; sisters in service Lori Toth, Evelyn Appley and Debbie Robaszkiewicz; and close friends Fran Tarsha and Sister Mary Celine Bundschuh, S.N.D. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary C. Wagener, brother James E. Wagener and husband Randy Crider.

Her daughter would like to thank those that loved and cared for her over her lifetime. “Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one.” ― A.J. Jacobs

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio or the Mental Health Services and Recovery Board of Northwest Ohio. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Tamara Hall please visit our Tribute Store.

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Husband of Mary McGranahan ’80 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 17, 2021

Brian Jay Gray, 61, passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family on April 8, 2021.

There was never a person in need that Brian didn’t help. He and Mary’s words always were, “Our front door is forever open, and there is always room for one more at our table.” He treated every stranger as a friend and loved his family with all of his heart. He kissed his sons as much as his daughters and told his children he loved them at least once a day. He adored all of his grandchildren and celebrated every new birth.  Brian worked hard for 38 years at Jeep to provide for his family. He loved his team at Jeep and they often referred to him as their work dad. He mentored many and was admired for his work ethic. He truly cared about his role as Team Leader.

Every Sunday their home was full of family, friends and the aroma of delicious home cooked food because Sundays were for God and family, but Saturday was for Notre Dame football. Brian loved to cook and was especially proud of his soups on New Year’s Day.

Brian’s humor was exceptional and his Irish wit was above all others. He dearly loved to laugh and a good joke or limerick never went unnoticed. Tradition seeped through his veins as he often said, “Tradition is who you are and not what you do.” Praying the rosary every morning was his daily routine, just like his father before him and his father before that. Standing alongside his beloved wife Mary, raising their children to love one another was the most important thing on Earth to him. Brian believed when you love your family, everyone you meet becomes family.

Brian will be passionately missed by the love of his life and bride of 36 years, Mary (McGranahan) Gray, and his legacy will live on through his children Adam (Caryn) Gray, Emily (Matthew) Whitely, Oliver (Lizzie) Gray, Adeline (Jacob) Ransom, Isabelle (Zachary) Thomas, and Elliott Gray; grandchildren, Raegan, Reese, Liam, Mick, Sophie, Lily, Killian, Cormick, Ivy, Vivienne, and Adelita. Brian will be greatly missed by his sisters, Peg Hayden and Bridget Gray; several nieces and nephews, and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Patricia; brother, Dennis; and sister, Pat. He is also survived by his aunt, Cheryl Kornfeld; uncle, Barry Wilhite; sister-in-law, Kathy Gray; and sister, Debra Mills.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 12th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2649 US Hwy. 20, Swanton, OH 43558., where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12:00 (Noon).

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity School – Tuition Assistance Fund.

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April 12, 2021
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
204 Chestnut Street
Swanton, OH 43558DirectionsText DetailsEmail Details

April 13, 2021
12:00 PM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church~Assumption
2649 US 20
Swanton, OH 43558DirectionsText DetailsEmail Details


Holy Trinity School
2649 US 20, Swanton OH 43558
Tel: 1-419-644-4014

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Dawn Heffner ’87 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 17, 2021


Dawn Nikee’ Heffner, aka Nikki, 51, of Toledo, OH, passed on Easter Sunday at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital. She was a McAuley High School, University of Toledo and Arbor Springs University graduate. Nikki was also a licensed cosmetologist. She was preceded in death by father, James Paul Heffner; and leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Faytha Heffner; and sister, Tonya Heffner. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. with funeral services at 11 a.m. at the Jerusalem Baptist Church, 445 Dorr Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Funeral Service will be streamed via the C. Brown Funeral Home Facebook page.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade on Apr. 11, 2021.

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Mother of Kimberly Zielinski ’76 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 17, 2021

Obituary of Evelyn Jean ZIELINSKI

Evelyn (Krupinski) Zielinski, 85, passed away April 7, 2021, at her home in Phoenix AZ, after a brave battle with Stage 4 Renal (kidney) cancer. She was born May 31, 1935 to Michael Krupinski and Ruth (Hayes) Krupinski. She grew up in Toledo OH, attending Shoreland Elementary and Whitmer high schools.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Kimberly Weaver (Gene), Kathryn Wyse, Step-son David Zielinski; grandchildren, David “DJ”, Heather, Holly Burch (Randy), Christopher, Ryan Stack, Kristen Hughes (Forrest), Lindsay Mocek (Justin), Trevor (Samantha), Jeremy Yglesias, Nickolas Wyse and Danielle Wyse. She is proceeded in death by her husband Ollie Zielinski, son Ollie “Joe” Zielinski, and grandson Eric Godwin. For many years, Evelyn and her husband Ollie owned a neighborhood corner grocery store “Ollie’s Market” in the old south end of Toledo. After they retired they became snowbirds, spending summers in MI at Bird Lake, and the rest of the year in Ruskin, FL. They enjoyed many years in the sunshine state, touring the area with their camping club, boating, fishing, and spending time with their many friends there. Evelyn liked to stay busy, she worked part time at Dooley Groves putting together gift baskets that they sold in their gift shop, and also at Ruskin Family Drive-In theatre, where she sold tickets and snacks in their snack bar.

When Evelyn’s beloved husband of 56 years (Ollie) passed away in 2013, Evelyn relocate to Phoenix AZ to live near her daughter Kim. She embraced her new life and began volunteering in her new community, working in the office, joining block watch, and delivering the weekly Community newsletters on her golf cart to everyone’s mailboxes. Evelyn enjoyed many activities in her Community including the Women’s Club, aqua aerobics, shuffle board, line dancing, bunco, bingo, and game nights. She loved her many friends, and every chance to play cards and dominos with them. She also enjoyed garage sales, craft fairs, many movies at the nearby theater, and trips to her daughter and son-in-law’s cabin in the mountains of Northern AZ. Evelyn’s wish is to be cremated. Her ashes will be spread in her favorite place in MI, in the same place as her husband and son. There will be a private family service in MI at later time.

The family would like to say thank you to Hospice of the Valley for the care they provided.

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Father of Jennifer ’72 and Cynthia Darr ’73 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 17, 2021


Ignatius Edward “Nate” Darr, age 89, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Saturday morning, April 10, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born February 29, 1932, in Toledo, Ohio, to Harold Edward and Frances E. (Cutcher) Darr. He was a 1950 graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended the University of Toledo for one year. Nate served in the United States Navy from February 15, 1953 to February 14, 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan M. Hanlon on September 5, 1953, she preceded him death on October 14, 2010.

Nate worked for Stanford Thal Construction Company and was a member of the Carpenters Union. A devout Catholic, he faithfully attended St. Richard Catholic Church. He was also a member of Swanton American Legion Post #479 and the NRA. Nate was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Nate is survived by his daughters, Jennifer (Tony) Cangiamilla, Cyndy (Cary) Tippin; son, Tom (Katie) Darr; sister-in-law, Penny (Bud) Weaver; 9 grandchildren, Katie Cangiamilla, Missy (Andrew) Emerine, and Laura (Daniel) Wirick, Matt (Lindsy), Tippin, Mandy (Chad Mchugh) Tippin, Eric (Natalie) Tippin and Tara (Jacob) Khalid and Katherine and Carolyn Darr; 10 great-grandchildren, Joey Cangiamilla, Izabella Emerine; Ramzy Tippin, Jack and Micheal McHugh, Siena, Rosalyn and Brody Tippin, Aria and Remi Khalid; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his beloved wife, Joanie; Nate was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Frances; sisters, Donna Turner and Anna Rose Darr; and father and mother-in-law, John and Clarisse Hanlon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 17th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 333 Brookside Drive in Swanton, with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow in St. Richard’s Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements entrusted to Weigel Funeral Home (419.826.2631).

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

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