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Sister Maura Barga passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 20, 2022

I received word from Sister Joanne Bellner that Sister Maura Barga, who taught at McAuley in the 70’s passedaway…

Sister of the Sisters of Mercy for 75 years. Daughter of the late Clarence Barga and Irene Groff Barga. Passed away on June 17, 2022 at age 97. Preceded in death by sisters Ruth Broerman, Marlene McClurg and Doris Rindler and brothers David Barga and Marion Barga. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand- nephews. Sister Maura was born in North Star, Ohio. After her graduation from high school she attended the Dayton Art Institute until she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1946. Later she earned her MA from the University of Notre Dame. She taught art in several Catholic High Schools in Ohio and did pastoral care in hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky. Before she retired in 2011 she taught art to senior citizens in Hamilton. Sister Maura was an accomplished artist. She did illustrations for many books and her drawings and paintings are widely displayed. Sister Maura will have a natural burial at St. Joseph Cemetery(new) on June 20 at 11:00. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at McAuley Convent, 1768 Cedar Ave. Cincinnati, 45224. Memorials may be directed to Sisters of Mercy, McAuley Convent. See address above. Condolences at

Posted online on June 17, 2022

Published in KY Enquirer, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Trisha Brook ’87 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 14, 2022

Tricia Lynn Brooks

Tricia Lynn Brooks passed away suddenly Monday, April 18th at home. She was 52. Tricia entered this world July 21st, 1969, in Toledo, and was the eldest daughter of Larry and Dorothy (Tofte) Brooks . She graduated from both the former McAuley High School and the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

After graduation from UT, Tricia spent the better part of a decade living in the Phoenix area, where she developed a love for both working with the elderly in several long-term care facilities and for having fun spending time with a group of friends and co-workers. When she returned to the Toledo area, she continued performing her social services roll with the elderly at several facilities which included the Genoa Care Center, the Lutheran Home at Toledo, and Ridgewood Manor in Maumee.

A part time college job resulted in a connection Tricia wouldn’t act upon until her return to Ohio. She took a chance with a random phone call to Jeff Lynch, and that single act created a bond that lasted for 17 years. Engagement eventually ensued; circumstances and current events conspired to postpone an eventual wedding that was never ultimately realized. While there was light-hearted needling about it “ever happening”, both parties had given in to the fact that they had become inseparable quite awhile ago. In 2013 Tricia became the office manager at John Lynch Opticians, which, inevitably, cemented their relationship status even further. She and Jeff enjoyed travel throughout the country, on trips that had both specific itineraries and those with no plan whatsoever. “She was so funny about travel” Jeff relates. “She always would be unsure about going someplace she’d never been; invariably, after almost every trip, she couldn’t wait to go back!” Tricia experienced fun, happy times with family and friends, and hanging with Jeff and their canine family.

Tricia loved animals of all types, but especially her beloved dogs Indy and Daisy, a couple of Jack Russell Terriers (terrorists according to Jeff). She would routinely corral errant bugs and deposit them outdoors, preferring that to any other fate they may have been subjected to. She had a huge heart, for critters large and small, human ones most of all.

Tricia is survived by her fiancee, Jeffery Lynch; her parents, Dorothy and Larry Brooks; her sister and brother-in-law Tami and Jason Owens; and her aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Peter Mattoni. She is also survived by her nephews, Zachary and Grant Perry who she absolutely adored with her whole heart. Even though Zach coined the term, even Jeff’s nieces Haley and Ava affectionately referred to her as “Shisha”, a moniker she happily embraced.

Funeral arrangements were private. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Glass City Dog Park, c/o Toledo Unleashed, 3407 Pineway Dr, Toledo, OH 43614. American Cremation Events assisted the family with arrangements.

Published by The Blade on Apr. 28, 2022.

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Sydney Rogers ’75 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 10, 2022

Per her sister Diane Sydney passed way and the obit will be posted in the Sunday Blade on 5/15/2022. I will update with that obit.

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Mary Pat Kleinhans ’63 passed away (sister to Christine Kleinhans ’76)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 27, 2022

Mary Patricia “Pat” Kleinhans, of Salisbury, Maryland, died on October 22, 2020 at the age of 75. She had been a resident of the Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center since June 2020. Pat was preceded in death by her loving parents, biological father Donald Durivage (deceased in war), mother Helen (nee Hurley), and her adoptive father, Joseph Kleinhans.
She lived a happy childhood in Toledo, Ohio, graduated from Marymount College in Florida, traveled throughout Europe after graduation, and eventually settled in Laurel, Maryland. She was proud of her employment as a park ranger in Washington D.C. As a history buff, she greatly enjoyed giving tours of the monuments. She had a keen interest in the space program, collected official memorabilia and photographs, and had a ready narrative to share with interested friends and family. As an avid animal lover, Pat participated in cat rescue and the feeding of community cats. She was a homebody who loved old movies, nature shows, receiving letters and pictures from family, good food, and the company of good friends.

She is survived by Edie Ferreira, her best friend and longtime roommate, Star, her devoted feline companion, her sister Christine of Toledo, Ohio, niece Melissa, and grandniece Scarlett, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and her devoted friends who reside in Maryland and Delaware.

Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to Laurel Cats, in Laurel MD.

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Patricia Williams ’67 passed away (sister to Mary Alice ’62 and Kathleen ’70 – who preceded her in death)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 5, 2022

Patricia “Patsy” Williams

Patricia Ann “Patsy” Williams, died Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Genacross Wolf Creek Campus. Patsy was born in Cleveland, OH, on November 19, 1948, to Bernard and Mary Rita Williams. She graduated from the former McAuley High School. After graduation, she entered the Sisters of Mercy. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in education and the focus on special education. Then she taught special education in Louisville, KY – during this time she developed a love of all things about the Kentucky Derby. She left the Sisters of Mercy before making her final vows. She returned to Toledo and became the primary caregiver for her mother, as well as teaching at Cherry Preschool as the special education teacher for children with severe vision disabilities. She also was attending the University of Toledo working on her master’s degree in supervision. She later became a supervisor of special education for the Toledo Public Schools until her disability retirement due to her two autoimmune diseases: Bechets and Sjogren’s. Patsy enjoyed traveling with her mother when their health would allow them. The once in a lifetime trip to Ireland with her mother, brother, Marty, and sister-in-law, Mary Helen, was her all-time favorite trip.

Patsy is survived by her sister, Mary Alice Hoffman; sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Williams, Julie Williams; brother-in-law, Joe Wernert; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marty and Jack; sister, Katie Wernert; and brother-in-law, Jim Hoffman.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you for Genacross Wolf Creek and Hospice for trying to make her as comfortable as possible and an extra big thank you for her nieces, Brigid Archibeque and Colleen Hoffman. Brigid for her many phone calls and visits to make sure she was o.k. and Colleen Hoffman for being her primary caregiver for years and visiting with her daily so she would see a loving face.

Friends are welcome to visit on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614, until the time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Sunshine Children’s Home, Online condolences to the family may be made at:

Published by The Blade on Feb. 6, 2022.

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Angela Menden ’77 passed away (sister of Deborah ’78)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 2, 2022

Angela M. Menden, age 62, of Metamora, passed away peacefully in her home, Sunday, January 30, 2022 with her family by her side.  Angela was born in Toledo on September 4, 1959 to the late George, Jr. and Patricia (Meiring) Menden.  Angela worked in the nursing field for over 30 years.  She loved her job, the residents, and most of her co-workers.  In her spare time she enjoyed crafting, baking, traveling, and attending concerts, but most importantly, she loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Angela was also a member of the Red Hat Society.  Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nicole Menden (Scott) and Ashley (Cody) Armstrong; grandchildren, Jacob, Raven, and Kennedy; sister, Debbie (Mark) Malak; step-sisters, Bonnie (Don) Ditch; Karen (Wayne) Rogers and sister-in-law, MaryAnn Bernath.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-sister, Patty Brown; step-brother, Mike Bernath, and special friends, Gary Allen and Albert Kennedy.  Friends and family will be received at Barnes Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, February 7, 2022 with the Rosary being recited at 7:30 PM.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM. with Pastor Maryann Reimund officiating.  Burial will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery, Metamora.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Fulton County Humane Society, 22450 Co. Rd. F, Archbold, Ohio 43502 in her memory. 

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February 7, 2022
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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February 8, 2022
11:00 AM
Barnes Funeral Chapel, St. Hwy 109
5825 St Hwy 109
Delta, Oh 43515DirectionsText DetailsEmail DetailsSend Flowers to Angela’s Funeral ServiceGuaranteed delivery before the Funeral Service begins

February 8, 2022
12:00 PM
Amboy Cemetery

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Star Hirsch ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 25, 2022

I received the following information from Deborah Drummer ’79 in regards to the passing of Star Hirsch:

I apologize for not giving an update for a while. Many people have asked, so here it is. I was able to claim Starling and essentially become next of kin and have her cremated. If you know Star, and how much she LOVES to read, you would know I could hear her YELLING at me to “pick that one dammit”! Her favorite book is the red one, Oliver Twist. My husband and I have paid for the cremation, but if you would like to donate toward that and/or her celebration of life, which will be in mid May (we are hoping for once we narrow down a location), please send via:Venmo: @TiffanyBerry19 phone number ending 4989 if it asksCashApp: $tiffylynn0917Or message me, as I would be happy to meet up with you.I knew Star touched many lives, and those of you who have reached out or already donated, thank you. Truly and from the bottom of my heart, thank you. My big sister was one feisty woman, and I’m so glad to have been a little sister ❤️ I love her like my own, and I really cannot wait to see you all at her CoL ❤️ thank you again, and please, reach out to me with any questions.

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Denise Gable ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 25, 2022

Denise Laurette Murphy

Denise Laurette Murphy (Gable), age 74, was born on January 21, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio. Denise attended primary school at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, graduated from McAuley High School and continued her education at the University of Toledo, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Education with a Specialized Certification in Reading. With a passion for teaching, Denise taught for the Toledo Public School system for over 35 years. She was a member of the Junior League of Toledo and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Lambda Chapter. Denise enjoyed playing bingo, watching sports, traveling, and going on walks, especially with her beloved dog, Chloe.

Those who will forever cherish Denise’s memory are her loving daughters, Melissa (Christopher) Smith, Jr., Monique Triplett, and Erica Mosley; grandchildren, Devin, Lauren, William III, and Jayson Triplett; great-grandson, Christopher Triplett; sisters, Elise Traynum, Esq., S. Dianne (Paris) Russell-Carter, Dr. Marsha Gable; brother, Rodney Gable; nieces and nephews, Emile Gable, Delia Gable, Tiffany Traynum and Robert Gable.

In addition to her parents, Vincent and Shirley M. Gable; Denise was preceded in death by two nieces, Jaime DeMarlise Russell and Chelsea Denise Gable.

Family and friends may gather at the Gesu Catholic Parish, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43607, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 10:00—11:00 a.m., where her memorial mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

A special memory or online condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Published by The Blade on Jan. 23, 2022.

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Nicole Newbury ’89 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 18, 2022

Nicole Marie Newbury left us too soon on July 15, 2020. She was only 49 years young.

Nicky is missed very dearly by her father, Jerome Newbury; her mother, Cynthia Guilliams; sons, Caid and Preston Shaffer; and by numerous relatives and friends. Preceded in the afterlife by her beloved husband, Randall in 2019.

How could I say enough about her to anyone? She is and was a beautiful, kind person. My sweet daughter leaves behind a trail of tears. Baby Nicky, I can only pray you found peace with our loved ones on the other side, kiss them and Oscar for me, I love you forever and more, Dad.

Published by The Blade from Sep. 23 to Sep. 29, 2020.

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Kandas Krasny ’63 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 10, 2022

I found an obituary for Kandas Krasny Howell, ’63 in it indicates that she passed away June 21, 2018 at the age of 73 in Lake Havasu city.

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