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Theresa Cortez ’76 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 27, 2018


Theresa M. Cortez, age 60, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on November 13, 2018. A funeral mass will be held on December 15, 2018 at 4 PM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 434 Eastern Ave, Toledo, OH.


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Janet Nagy Page ’73 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 2, 2018

Janet Nagy Page, 62, of Silver Spring, MD died Sunday morning, October 28, 2018, in her home. She was born on December 28, 1955, the daughter of Frank and Virginia (Zolchiak) Nagy of Perrysburg, Ohio. Janet earned her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University; where she was a Chi Omega and spent two semesters abroad at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka Japan. Janet was a devoted and loving mother to her three children. She was a fantastic station wagon captain. Janet was passionately involved in her children’s activities, including Modelling Moppets and the Girl Scouts of America. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection where she lectured for years. Janet was an avid bridge player and active in both the Montgomery County Stroke Association and Red Hat Society. Her family and friends will miss her enthusiasm, generosity and tenacity for life.
She is survived by children, Caroline (Braxton) Richardson of Adelphi, William and Elizabeth of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Dr. Thomas (Diane) Nagy of Cincinnati, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dr. Paul Nagy.
Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2 at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20904. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. with viewing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD 20866. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Resurrection or Montgomery County Stroke Association.

Funeral Home

Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home
11800 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 622-2290

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 1, 2018

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Shelli Nuckols ’84 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 20, 2018

NUCKOLS Shelli Y. Shelli Y. Nuckols, 40, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 19, 2006. She was a 1984 graduate of McAuley High School in Toledo, Ohio. Funeral 12:00 noon Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at the Triedstone Baptist Church, 858 E. 3rd Ave., Columbus. Bishop Jerome Ross Sr. eulogizing. Family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial at Eastlawn Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Porter Qualls & Gary Funeral Home, 2500 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. Marlan J. Gary, Funeral Director. 614-267-8310.

Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 24, 2006

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Beth Brennan ’76 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 15, 2018

Beth A. Brennan Obituary

Beth A. Brennan

Beth A. Brennan, 60, of St. Pete Beach, FL, died September 24, 2018 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, David Striebich; parents, Dr. Joe and Annette Brennan; sisters, Debra and Wendy; niece, Amy; nephews, Robert and Scott; and her loving pets, Hooli, Jethro, Tink and Casper.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 30, 2018

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Heather McCrea Goodman ’75 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 17, 2018

I don’t have more than the obit which noted that she passed away June 23, 2016 and was a resident of Pemberville, OH at the time of her passing.

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Anita Gouttiere O’Leary ’62 passed away (I just found this)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 10, 2018

O’LEARY Anita L. Anita L. O’Leary, 67 years of Toledo passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Advanced Specialty Hospital. She was born in Maumee to the late Ademer Gouttierre and Adeline (Yeager) Gouttierre. She attended St. Joseph Catholic elementary school in Maumee and was a 1962 graduate of McAuley High School and the former Warners School of Cosmetology in 1963. She married Thomas O’Leary on August 21, 1965 and they had one daughter, Michelle Lynn, born in 1968. Her father owned Gouttierre Pastry shop in Maumee and she along with her three brothers were expected to work early every Saturday morning which didn’t always thrill them. She enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling and hosted many golf outings with her sister-in-law, Anne O’Leary. She was also an avid reader, often reading 3 or 4 books per week. Anita had a wonderfully close relationship with her family, especially her daughter, Michelle and loved spending time with her. When the grandchildren, Matt and Ali came along, they were the love of her life. Anita was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age sixteen and endured 26 surgeries in her 51 year battle with the disease. She had an amazing ability to cope with her illness and she helped many young girls who were facing the prospect of having a colostomy. Even when she wasn’t feeling well she would greet people with a smile and keep a positive attitude about life. Anita is survived by her husband, Thomas O’Leary; daughter, Michelle (Trevor) Chillson; grandchildren, Matthew and Alison; brothers, Thomas (Marylu) Gouttierre, Michael (Marcia) Gouttierre and James (Sue) Gouttierre; brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Anne O’Leary; mother-in-law, Dolores C. O’Leary; seven nephews, Adam, Nestor, Edward and Matthew Gouttierre, and Todd, Andrew and Thomas O’Leary; niece, Heather (Steven) West. Also surviving is her aunt and godmother, Sister Marie Michelle (Rosemary) Gouttierre, OSU and Mary Rita Gouttierre. Anita has donated her body for medical research to The UT Medical Center. The family will be receiving friends Monday, January 9th beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Church, Perrysburg where a Memorial Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Holiday Inn, French Quarter Perrysburg. Memorials may take the form of contribution to the Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Ave.7th Floor, New York City, NY 10016. Please view and sign our online guest registry at Please direct any floral tributes to the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 So. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43614 for distribution to the family.

Published in Toledo Blade from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2012

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Janet Schutt Machaterre ’84 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 24, 2018

Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre Obituary


Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre

Mrs. Janet Sue (Schutt) Machaterre, born on November 15, 1965 in Toledo, Ohio, to Gay Alder and the late James Schutt, passed away at age 52 in her home on April 16, 2018 in Mars, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband William Machaterre and her sister, Kathi Schutt. Janet is survived by her sister, Lisa Jaeger; nieces, Lauren, Morgan, and Sidney Jaeger; her stepmother, Maria Schutt; stepfather, Bill Alder; stepbrother, Matt; stepsisters, Chris, Kelly, Cindy, Shannon, Michelle and Cara. Janet enjoyed training and caring for many of her loved pets, movie enthusiast, and baking during the holidays. The family invites donations in Janet’s name to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053 Janet will be missed by all of her family and friends. Her memories will forever live in our hearts. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Ottowa Hills Memorial Park, 4210 Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43606. Arrangements by McDonald-Aeberli F.H., Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, PA and condolences are available at

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Angela Petsche passed away. Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Angela Ruth Petsche

Angela passed from earth to heaven on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Brookdale Muirfield Senior Living in Dublin, OH where she lived for nearly three years. Angela was born on July 2, 1928, the daughter of Edward and Ruth Heintschel, of Toledo, OH. She was joined in marriage on August 30, 1952 to Edwin Petsche of Toledo, OH. Angie and Ed enjoyed a long and happy marriage until Ed’s passing on July 4, 2015.

Angie was a devoted wife and mother. She spent the majority of her life as a loving wife and homemaker and gave of herself not only to her three children, but also to countless babies whom she fostered in her home for many years through Catholic Charities. She was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church for over 50 years. Angela ran the bookstore of McAuley High School in Toledo to help offset the cost of private education. Many of the students would come to the bookstore just to visit with her.

All who knew Angela found her to be a kind and caring person with a great sense of humor. Even up to her last days, Angie befriended the residents and staff at Brookdale and shared her joy with all.

Angela is survived by her children, Gary (Beth) Petsche, Ruth (Mike) Rankin, Diane (Bob) Spencer; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all whom she loved dearly; her sisters and brothers, Ann Marie Etue, Barbara Nelson, Edward Heintschel, Thomas (Marilyn) Heintschel; sister-in-law and best friend, Joanne Heintschel and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Monsignor Donald Heintschel, Richard Heintschel and James Heintschel.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee, OH on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. to include a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Josiah’s House, a home for boys and girls in the Dominican Republic. Donations may be given on-line at or by mail at Josiah’s House, 3279 Southall Rd, Franklin, TN 37064. Online condolences can be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2018

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Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018) – Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Pamela Anne (1946 - 2018) Hollenbeck Obituary

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018)

When Pam Hollenbeck entered a room she changed the room. She filled the space with grace and light. But when Pam entered the room, she never got very far. She inevitably saw someone she knew and engaged them in conversation. To the frustration of her four daughters and the admiration of her husband, these conversations, which lasted twenty, thirty, forty minutes—could and did happen everywhere—the grocery store, the post office, the park, the library. She made you feel like you mattered. Pam listened like listening could save the world, maybe, in fact, it did. A Pam-inspired celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 17th at Wildwood Metro Park.

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck was born in Syracuse, New York to Marjorie “Marmie” and Robert “Hap” Hodapp on March 13, 1946. As the eldest daughter of the “6 P’s” (Peter, Pam, Patti, Payge, Paul, and Piper) Pam helped care for all the P’s: tending to the younger ones and making sure the older ones didn’t get in trouble despite whatever mischief they stirred up.

Following Hap’s career, the family moved often during Pam’s childhood before settling in Adrian, Michigan. In 1963, Pam asked Paul, the shy boy whose locker was next to hers, to a dance. “I married my first date,” says Paul. Paul and Pam (“P Squared”) were together from that day forward—married in 1968 and celebrating their 50th anniversary this June.

After falling in love with theatre in high school, Pam decided to make it her major while attending Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. In her last days on earth, Pam slipped her SWMC class ring on her finger, affirming how much she cherished the memories and friendships made during those years.

Pam earned her Masters of Fine Art in Children’s Theatre from Miami University in 1970. This was also the site of her activist awakening as she protested the Vietnam War, joining a sit-in occupying the ROTC building. Throughout the years, she would join countless other demonstrations, fighting for peace and justice often with her daughters in tow decked out with buttons and signs of their own. In 1986, she and Paul joined the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament. In 2017, she helped lead the campaign urging the Sisters of Notre Dame to reconsider their decision to leave their sacred ground and its 200-year-old trees. She passionately championed for an alternative that would more appropriately honor their legacy.

One of Pam’s first jobs was at the old Mott Library, where she was hired despite her skeptical supervisor who remarked that Pam was “long of hair and short of skirt.” As her skirts grew longer (and longer still) and her hair slightly shorter, Pam’s professional life expanded yet remained rooted in art and education. As a teacher at McAuley High School and Lourdes College, she pushed her students to see the big picture, consider the connections of all things, and do it all through a lens of empathy and kindness. Working with Arts Unlimited as a Teaching Artist and as Interim Director, she changed the conversation in classrooms throughout NW Ohio. At the state-level, she championed a curriculum that valued the arts as, not an afterthought, but essential to all learning. She founded the Northwest Ohio Peace School. Throughout her life she worked in schools, organizations, and hospitals as a storyteller and teaching the medicine wheel.

It’s impossible to adequately express Pam’s love for her four daughters: Corey, Emily, Annie, and Sarah. Tucked in every room of the family’s Old Orchard home are scraps of paper crammed with notes that Pam scrawled during phone conversations she had with her four daughters. Whenever any of them was participating in anything that included an audience, she was in it, radiating with pride. This same devoted pride continued when Pam became Grammy Pammy with the arrival of her grandchildren Lena, Matt, Josie, and Alice.

Pam also entered the room without even being there—through your mailbox. As the digital age makes physical mail increasingly obsolete, Pam did her part to keep the United States Postal Service in business with her homemade cards delivered regularly to your mailbox. If you knew Pam and she had your mailing address, chances are you got a card—brown paper folded in half, a picture clipped from a magazine taped to the front of the card and another one taped to the envelope. Each card was specifically designed just for you. These small cards, huge in heart, brought together all the disparate parts of Pam’s life—art and family and peace and justice. Through these tiny handcrafted works of art, she built family, created connections, and expressed her activism, which in one form or another was to let everyone know that they mattered, that they were loved.

Pam profoundly touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people every day. And every day since her death, another person emerges who has a story to tell about Pam and what she meant to them. So many of you have reached out to our family to express your shock and ask what you can do and how you can help.

On March, 23, 2018, the world lost Pam at a time when the world needs a Pam more than ever. The best way to honor Pam is to fight for the light that she brought with her every time she entered the room. Be the Pam you want to see in the world: Stand up at concerts. Dance at weddings. Light candles at dinner—even on weeknights, especially on weeknights. Read books. Finish books—even the bad ones because it’s important to understand why some endeavors fail. Send homemade cards to everyone you know. Talk to children without talking down to them. Hold babies. Trust women. Vote. March. Call out the hypocritical and the petty—in the church, in the government, on your own block. Write letters to the editor. Savor the foam on a cappuccino. Order champagne or Prosecco—or any alcohol with bubbles—even when you are at the diviest dive bar and they have to wipe a thick layer of dust from the bottle. Tell stories. Get angry. Get outraged. Speak for the trees. Make friends who are decades younger than you. Feel everything. Be invested. End phone calls and sign cards with the word “peace.” Be a Mamabear for every kid who needs one in their corner. Cry at movies. Cry at plays. Cry at books. Cry every day. Write it all down. Have at least one long conversation with a friend or stranger every time you run an errand. Play Patti Smith‘s Easter after dark, loud enough to disturb the neighbors. Go see Bruce Springsteen wherever he is touring. Never turn off a good song in the middle of a lyric. Boycott soulless corporations. Donate to worthy causes. Support locally owned businesses. Believe that words matter. Believe that art will save the planet. Believe in your daughters unfailingly. Believe in the world even when it gives you so many reasons not to. If you’re going to hug someone, really hug them. Go outside. Roll down the windows. Grow more and more beautiful with age. Hold hands with the love of your life. Love. Love. Love.

View the online memorial for Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018)

Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 1, 2018

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Ginny Puhl ’67 Passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 22, 2018

irginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl(1949 – 2017)

Virginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl

Virginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl age 67 of Maumee, Ohio went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2017 after a long standing illness and more recently, cancer. She was born in Perrysburg, OH on July 30, 1949 to Louis J. and Viola J. (Borck) Puhl. Ginny graduated from McAuley High School in 1966.

Surviving are her sisters, Carolyn “Carrie” Reimer and Patricia (Nelson) Pfleghaar; sister-in-law, Sharon Puhl and many nieces and nephews. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas and David Puhl and sister, Laura Puhl.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway St., Maumee on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee. Online condolences may be shared at

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Funeral Home

Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 893-7686

Published in Toledo Blade on July 6, 2017

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