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Deborah Lehr VanLandingham ’69 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 3, 2019

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Deborah Ann VanLandingham, of Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Beloved wife of J. Philip VanLandingham; mother of Eric VanLandingham and Kristen VanLandingham; sister of Glen Lehr (Carol) and Bill Lehr (Carol).

Debbie devoted her entire life to the church, nursing, and her precious family.  She was especially proud of her forty-one years of marriage.

She graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a Registered Nurse in 1973 and then joined the Navy Nurse Corps. She served first at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where she met her future husband. After their marriage the Navy sent her to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at Catholic University. Following her graduation in 1984 she served at Naval Hospitals in Guantanamo Bay Cuba; Charleston, SC; the Territory of Guam; Quantico, VA; the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship in the Persian Gulf and Orlando, FL where she retired from the Navy in 1995.

During her retirement speech from the Navy, she spoke these words:

“Today I can look back and say it was truly an honor for me to be a part of the Navy these 20 years. There is a flood of all different emotions. One chapter of my life is coming to a close, but God, in his goodness has given me other greater blessings, my husband Phil, a wonderful marriage, my beautiful children Eric and Kristen, and my family to enjoy. My greatest challenge now is to them, to be all I can be for them. I think each phase of our lives requires commitment, sacrifice, honor, and a willingness to achieve your very best. As I have always trusted God to direct my path, I look to him to direct my future. None of us can see around the bend in life, what lies ahead, but I hope always to be faithful to fulfilling whatever challenge He allows me to face, and I thank Him for the past 20 years, I thank Him most of all for the gift of family, friends, and life itself, and I thank Him for the future and all that lies ahead.”

True to her words, after retiring from the Navy she devoted herself to raising her children – Eric and Kristen and supporting her husband. As the children reached adulthood she reentered Nursing as a Civil Servant Diabetes Educator at the Army’s Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. After retiring from the Civil Service in 2013 she loved having the time to dedicate herself to the church and her family – her two true loves.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We are happy she is finally at peace with her Lord.

Visitation will begin at 10:30am on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 9705 Summit Ave, Kensington, Maryland 20895, where the Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11am.  Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, https://www.ccalliance.org/donate, or to The Myositis Association, https://www.myositis.org/donate/.

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Susanne McGuire Wineland ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 30, 2019

Susanne "Aunt Sue" (McGuire) Wineland Obituary

Susanne (McGuire) Wineland “Aunt Sue”

Susanne “Aunt Sue” (McGuire) Wineland, 70, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.

Sue was a graduate of McAuley High School. She worked as a secretary at Toledo Public Schools retiring in 2016.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. James and Helen McGuire; and brothers, James Jr. and Daniel McGuire.

Surviving is her sister-in-law, Ruth McGuire; nieces, Molly Stroh (Jay Abele), Julie and Jackie McGuire; nephews, Daniel and Patrick (Diana) McGuire; and many great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Diabetes Association.

www.toledocremation.com

Published in The Blade from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2019

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Melissa Mockensturm Gardner ’80 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 12, 2019

Melissa Mockensturm Gardner

Melissa Gardner, (Mel) beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister left this world on May 4, 2019, nine months after pancreatic cancer aggressively changed her life trajectory. Born Melissa Mockensturm on July 30, 1962 in Toledo, Ohio, Mel attended several Catholic grade schools until moving with her family to Denver Colorado in 1979 where she attended Columbine and Evergreen high schools and ultimately graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. She subsequently worked for several prominent research laboratories at Coors Biotech, Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ where she met the love of her life, David Gardner. Dave and Mel married in February of 1996 and subsequently welcomed two amazing daughters in Olivia and Emily. After two years as a full-time mom, Mel embarked on a new career path; obtaining a master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix and began her practice as a Clinical Counselor. A natural counselor, she soon built a robust clinical practice and a national reputation as an expert in EMDR counseling therapy. In 2012 Mel and Dave decided to move back to their midwestern roots when Dave accepted a faculty position at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. Despite having to complete additional academic course work for Indiana certification and develop brand new relationships in this new environment, Mel was soon fully established in another thriving clinical practice. Mel also had the joy of developing some of the greatest friendships of her life after moving to Indiana. Never were Mel’s counseling skills more evident than when she counselled us all through her final journey, helping us cope with immense grief, while living out her final days with incredible strength, grace, humor and just enough counseling to keep us all on course.

Mel is survived by her husband, David; and daughters Olivia and Emily; parents, Carl Mockensturm (Geri) and Carol Haas (Fran); sisters, Marylin Genz (Will), Margretta Risi (John), Michele Topor (Joe), and brothers, Mark Mockensturm (Rob Salem) and Mike Mockensturm;, several nieces and nephews; and a wonderful group of devoted friends and colleagues across the country.

A memorial service will be held on May 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at ARN Mortuary in Zionsville, Indiana followed by a gathering to celebrate her life at 4:30 p.m. A service will also be held in Toledo, Ohio on May 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 104 W. Broadway St., Maumee OH 43537. Dinner to follow at Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Road, Maumee OH 43537

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: https://www.pancan.org or to EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association: https://www.emdria.org.

Funeral Home

Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral Home Inc
11411 N. Michigan Rd. Zionsville, IN 46077
317-873-4776


Published in The Blade from May 12 to May 13, 2019

 

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Celestine Liberkowski Carmichael ’66 passed away 2/16/2013

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 5, 2019

Just found out about another alum’s passing: Celestine Liberkowski Carmichael ’66

Carmichael, Celestine Ann “Sally”, 64 of Clearwater, Fl died Saturday February 16, 2013 at BayCare Alliant Hospital.

She was born in Toledo, OH and came to Clearwater in 2005 from Aurora, IL.

She was the Housekeeping Supervisor for Harbourwood Rehab facility in Clearwater Fl for 6 yrs before retiring in 2012 and was of the Catholic Faith.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, William R. Carmichael; her daughter, Monica L. Breeding; son-in-law; Scott A. Breeding, brother, Matthew Liberkowski; sister, Bernadette Keller; and her grandson, William H. Breeding. She was preceded in death by her mother, Genieve Suski; father, Daniel; Liberkowski; brothers, James Liberkowski and Andrew Liberkowski.

Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 
2853 Sunset Point Road 
Clearwater, FL. 33759 
(727) 796-1992 
www.sylvanabbey.com

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Rita Dreier Cherry ’64 passed away 9/21/2009

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 5, 2019

CHERRY Rita Mae Rita Mae Cherry, age 63, of Toledo, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 21, 2009, after a prolonged fight with a chronic illness. She spent a lifetime spreading joy and happiness to her friends and loved ones. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to be in her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and grandson, Angel Garcia. She is survived by her children, Michael (Becky) Herrick, Stephanie (Pete) Garcia, Jennifer (Tim) Trumbull and Robert (Anna) Cherry Jr.; sister, Joann Burkard; brother, Foster (Carol) Dreier; grandchildren Sa-mantha, Allison, Katelyn, Catalina, Megan, Mikel, Zachary, Miranda, Brandon, Kelsey, Eli, Emily, Pedro “PJ”, Amanda, Aaron and Bobby; as well as great-grandson, Armondo. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. in the mortuary followed by interment in Highland Memory Gardens, Waterville. Please view and sign the guest registry at: www.CoyleFuneralHome.com

Published in The Blade from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2009

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Beverly Mossing Welsh ’74 passed away 12/12/2005

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 3, 2019

Beverly Ann Welsh 6/12/56 ~ 12/12/05 Beverly returned peacefully to the arms of Jesus, while at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Perrysburg, Ohio and moved to Salt Lake after High School. Bev loved the Lord with all of her heart and spread His love everywhere she went and in whatever she did. She brought laughter and joy to all her family and friends and is even now, in heaven, dancing on the streets of gold! Bev’s favorite times were with her children: Melissa, Drew and Riley and her grandchildren, Olivia and Paul Jess. She was always hosting parties, at which there was lots of good food, music, game playing and laughter. She also loved camping, water skiing, golfing and travel. Bev tended to her own garden but more especially she made sure to tend to ‘the garden of the Lord’. She was involved in many of His ministries, both through her church, as well as through her Al-Anon Family Groups. Beverly is survived by her children, grandchildren, mother, Phyllis Farrell and Bonus Dad, Mike Farrell, brother, Mark Mossing, sisters, Pamela Tillman and Dee Dee Bay (Kevin), nieces and nephews, and her many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Mossing, and her nephews: Taylor and Todd Mossing. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley Assembly of God, 4700 South and Bangerter. The family will receive friends at a viewing Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Church. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E. 4580 S, Salt Lake City. Beverly’s main concern, at the time of her passing, was the continued success of her children!… and so in her honor and in lieu of flowers, we gratefully invite you to contribute to their “Education Fund” set up at Zions Bank. Acct. #137324497, routing #324377613.Published in Deseret News on Dec. 15, 2005

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Christine Konczal Galvin ’64 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 25, 2019

 


Mary Christine Konczal Galvin

Mary Christine Konczal Galvin, 72, who passed away March 23, 2019, was a believer. She believed in love, gratitude, family, friendship, God, science, magic, creativity, redemption, the power of people coming together to change their world for better and that “words matter.”

Chris had a very broad definition of family and treated almost every person (and animal) she met as if they were part of hers. She met people where they were and rejected mean-spirited gossip. Her Thanksgivings were known for her 150 year-old stuffing recipe and boisterous debates, storytelling, and board games—especially Scrabble.

She was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.

She forged meaningful friendships in her hometown, online, and across the country. She valued lifelong bonds as dearly as fresh friendships. Al-Anon and AA had a profound impact on her life. When told tragedy did not seem to make her bitter, Chris once said, “Bitter was my companion somewhere in the 70s, but I traded it in for Serenity in 1975 and never looked back.”

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio in the Old West End and Waterville, she graduated from McAuley High School. Her work life spanned from being a Girl Scout counselor at Camp Libbey to finding her vocation 25 years ago as the executive director of United Way of Greater Toledo’s Ottawa County office where she recently retired.

She loved Port Clinton and Lake Erie. If the sun was shining in the summer, you could find her at the beach or pool. If the lake was frozen, you could meet her on the ice. She loved bees, goats, gardening, and feeding the birds. She saw miracles in everyday life and was quick to point them out to others.

She dedicated her life to serving her community by saying “yes” and getting others to say “yes.” She was proud to be a catalyst for such initiatives as TNT Mentoring, the Conestoga Project, Bistro 163, and Strength For The Journey among others.

If you knew Chris, you have a story of when she helped you learn and grow and find the possibility to change the things you can.

Chris is survived by her children Beth (Brian) Gillman, Dan Galvin (Mary Ann Alton), Molly Galvin (Skooter Skotte), Trish Galvin (Steve Kaelin), Ray (Jacquie) Galvin, Linda (Ted) Cooke, Bob Galvin, Mary Ruth Galvin, Judy Galvin (Paul De Shane), Craig Woolfork, and Riley Galvin; her grandchildren, who mostly knew her as “Nena” Caitlyn, Christopher (Ashley), Amanda, Jimmy, Jennifer (Tyler), Evelyn, Lissa, Emmett, Sullivan, Isabella, and Larkin; great-grandchildren Jacob and Tavis; and nieces Sandy and Robin.

She was preceded in death by her soulmate Marty Galvin, her mother and stepfather Patricia and Bob Crossman, her father Francis Konczal, her sister Trish Crossman, her brother Pete Konczal, and her grandson Grant Galvin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Strength For The Journey or another organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.

Visitation hours are Thursday, March 28 from 2pm-8pm at Gerner Wolf Funeral Home 216 Washington Street, Port Clinton, OH. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home at 10am, followed by the Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30am, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: Strength for the Journey, 984 E. Lockwood Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Former Teacher – Frank Lenz passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 17, 2019

Frank J. Lenz

Frank J. Lenz, 72, of Oregon, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born December 25, 1946 in Toledo to Frank Xavier and Hilda (Decker) Lenz and a brother, Fr. Michael Lenz O.F.M. He received his education at Toledo St. Mary’s, (1960) Central Catholic High School (1964) and graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Education (1970). He taught Russian, Chinese and Japanese History at Toledo McAuley High School. At McAuley, he led trips to the former Soviet Union, coached City League Girls Varsity Basketball (1976-1982), later in the 1990’s CYO Boys Basketball. From 1980 to 1998, he managed Lee William’s Oregon’s House of Meat leaving there to return to teach at Penta Career Center (1998 – 2012). At Penta, he participated in a teacher exchange from Russia, hosted Austrian exchange students and visited schools in China and Europe. He was involved with the Lucas County Democratic Party, being Vice President of the South End Democratic Club and precinct chairman. He was a former member of the Bavarian Sports Club and the Walbridge Park Association helping to plan the Harvard Terrace Centennial celebration. There were many persons and families that enchanced his life: the Sadowski Zeisloft, Connin, Pollex, Warwick, Toepfer, Shaver, Bebell, Wise, Barry, Brandon, Decker, Kralovic, and many more.

His wife, Christine McGrellis; sons, Ryan (Rebecca) Lenz, Jordan, Trevor; and brother, Fr. Michael Lenz OFM, are left to continue his legacy.

Family and friends may visit the Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Immaculate Conception 434 Western Ave in Toledo on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a mass to begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be private at St. Ignatius Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, formerly of Oregon.

www.freckchapel.com

Funeral Home

Freck Funeral Chapel
1155 South Wynn Road Oregon, OH 43616
(419) 693-9304

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Kimberly McGee Pfitzer ’84 passed away. (sister of Tamra McGee ’83)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 7, 2019

Kimberly McGee Pfitzer 52, passed away March 2, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice. A native of Toledo, she was a current resident of Temperance, MI. Kim was a dedicated employee of the King Agency. She was passionate about supporting charitable organizations including Cherry Street Ministries. She had a charismatic personality and a passion for living and was loved and cherished by so many in the area.

She is survived by her loving daughter Janaye Dixon; parents Roger McGee and Barbara Williams McGe; siblings Brian McGee, Tamara Owens, Roger McGee Rogina Carter; 5 nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be Saturday 3:00 p.m. followed by Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. Dale Riggs Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial donations can be made to the memory of Kimberly McGee Pfitzer to Cherry Street Ministries.

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Funeral Home

Dale-Riggs Funeral Home 
572 Nebraska Ave Toledo, OH 43604-8542
(419) 248-4254


Published in The Blade on Mar. 7, 2019

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Jeanne Taylor Prater ’75 passed away. Sister to Kathy ’62 and Mary Ellen ’67

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 6, 2019

Jeanne M. Prater(1957 – 2019)

(News story) Jeanne M. Prater, a persuasive and likable Blade advertising sales representative who secured new business for the newspaper and, as a supervisor, paired sales staff with compatible customers, died Sunday in her Maumee home. She was 61.

She had breast cancer, first discovered in 2007. Treatment and then remission followed. She and her husband, Ron Prater, moved to South Carolina after she retired in 2014. Cancer was found again in January, 2017. She returned to the Toledo area to be near her sisters and her friends from The Blade, her son Danny said.

“She was a continual beacon of positivity,” her son said. “She was brave. She was courageous. She didn’t want anybody to worry about her. She didn’t complain about her problems.”

Mrs. Prater was a marketing major at the University of Toledo, from which she received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1980. She took some finance courses, her husband said, but “Sales was her natural niche. She was so outgoing and personable,” he said. “She was good at it from the get-go. She was a likable individual. She presented herself well. She was engaging.”

During a summer, 1980, advertising internship at The Blade, Mrs. Prater filled in for sales representatives on vacation. The Blade hired her that fall. To start, her duties were split between local display sales and advertising services, where she was a copy clerk.

“She fell in love with the romance of the newspaper business, and she knew it was going to be a great opportunity,” her husband said.

She became a full-time sales representative in 1985, Blade records show. She was named an outside classified supervisor in 1993, and in 1996 a retail advertising supervisor. She returned to the sales force in 2005 as an outside retail sales representative.

“Jeanne developed the entire east side of Toledo into Blade customers and expanded it out,” said Ron Shnider, a Blade advertising consultant. “She developed accounts in Perrysburg, Rossford. There was a new source of revenue for us.

“She was conscientious and aggressive. She was concerned about their business and concerned about the people as people, not just a customer,” said Mr. Shnider, who retired as Blade new business development manager. He added that those customers referred to her by name, not by the generic, “my Blade rep, my Blade person.”

As a supervisor of sales staff, she also made sure “the right people were calling on the right places,” Mr. Shnider said. “If I had to pick a most-valuable person in the advertising department, it would be Jeanne Prater.”

She served on union subcommittees working to develop an equitable commission plan, and she advised news union members, said Jeff Hojnacki, a former treasurer of the Toledo Newspaper Guild.

“She believed in union principles,” said Mr. Hojnacki, a retired Blade district manager. “People looked up to her.”

For about two years in retirement, she was a sales assistant at the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She liked to play golf, and she liked to watch NASCAR events.

She was born May 8, 1957, to Veronica and John Taylor. She grew up in South Toledo and was a graduate of the former McAuley High School.

Surviving are her husband, Ron, whom she married Oct. 16, 1982; sons, Russell “Rusty” and Danny Prater; brothers, Michael, Jim, and Tom Taylor, and sisters, Kathy Taylor and Mary Ellen Taylor.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge in Maumee.

“She didn’t want people to enter into it with a mindset of sadness. No mourning,” son Danny said. “She wanted it to be happy and for old friends to reconnect.”

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, Maumee.

The family suggests tributes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.


Published in The Blade on Feb. 6, 2019

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