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Daughter of Barbara Petty Cochrane ’69 passed away….

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 24, 2023

Rhonda Lynn Barker, 48, who was born on July 10, 1974 in Winter Garden, Florida went home to be with Jesus on March 16, 2023 in Leesburg, Florida.

Rhonda’s Mom (Barbara Petty Cochrane) and Dad (Ronald Martin Cochrane, Sr.) always lovingly called her their little “sugar booger.”  She attended school at Lovell Elementary in Apopka, Ocoee Elementary, Whitfield Academy, and graduated from Calvary Baptist Christian School.  During her time at school, she developed a love of sports and was on the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams for five years at Calvary.  She worked as a Chef/Cook for 20 years.  She planted beautiful flower gardens everywhere she lived, and she loved doing arts and crafts.

She was predeceased by her husband, Mark Alan Woods, Sr..  Rhonda is survived by her Mom and Dad, her brothers, Ronnie Cochrane (Christy), and Joshua Cochrane (Hope), her ex-husband, Jay Barker, her four children, Mark Alan Woods, Jr. (Katie), Brandon Barker (Megan), Brittany Barker (Nick), Michael Barker, and ten grandchildren

Her family is so thankful that God drew her to Jesus and saved her through her faith in Him.  She smiled so much and had such wonderful peace the last couple of months of her life.  Even though she knew her life here was coming to an end, she had a supernatural peace from God as she left us and moved on to Heaven.

A Celebration of Life will take place on April 1, 2023 at 11:00 am at Lake Eustis Christian Church located at 315 E. Orange Ave., Eustis, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rhonda’s name to Lake Eustis Christian Church.



April 1, 2023

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Mother of Ann Flanagan passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 20, 2023


Born in 1925, Catherine Marie Flanagan of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on
December 19, 2022, surrounded by her family. Catherine was married for 40 years to
the late Dr. Francis J. Flanagan. She was also predeceased by her parents, Peter and
Marie Hermsen; by a brother, Herb Hermsen; and a sister, Jeanne Miller.

Catherine, a loving matriarch, is survived by her six children: Dr. Thomas Flanagan
(Toni), Kevin Flanagan (Laurie), Anne Thatcher (Scott), Michael Flanagan (Madeliene),
Dr. Erin Parmer (Chris), and Timothy Flanagan (Jeanne); 32 grandchildren and 24
great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings: Richard Hermsen, Elaine Jansen,
and Betty Wydeven.

Mrs. Flanagan was a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing and also attended
Marquette University, both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a Registered Nurse, she
managed her husband’s office in Toledo, Ohio while also working in other practices both
in Ohio and Dublin, GA. She was also employed at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center
and volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Fairview Park Hospital, both in in Dublin, GA. Her
volunteer service extended to helping out wherever needed at Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church, also in Dublin.
Catherine’s greatest gifts were her love of family, her sly sense of humor, her generous
support of important charitable causes, and her deep faith. Catherine was also a
devoted sports fan, who rooted enthusiastically for the Atlanta Braves and the Green
Bay Packers. The family is grateful to all who loved her throughout her long life and to
her exceptional caregivers at Canterfield Senior Living.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. for visitation prior to the Memorial Mass at 2
p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2022, at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4633
Shiloh Rd, Cumming, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. 

Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by
McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770)

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Catherine Flanagan, please visit our floral store.



January 13, 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
St Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church
4633 Shiloh Road
Cumming, GA 30040

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Mother of Pamela Kaseman ’69 and Debra Kaseman ’80 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 27, 2023

Betty Jane Kaseman, 95, of Toledo, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at her home. She was born on July 2, 1927, to Fred and Norma (Ries) Lumbrezer in Amboy Township, Ohio. Betty graduated in 1945 from Maumee High School. On June 7, 1947, she married Paul Kaseman in Maumee and celebrated 73 years of marriage, until Paul’s passing in 2020.

In addition to being a homemaker she was an excellent seamstress, cook, and baker. She enjoyed making crafts for everyone. Betty was one of the founding parishioners at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish and was an altar sexton there for over 40 years. She and Paul enjoyed traveling and camping. They were members of the Good Sams and Holiday Rambler Clubs.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Pam (Brian) Taylor of Bowling Green, Mike (Donna) Kaseman of Zanesfield, Jeff (Kim) Kaseman of Waterville, Kathy (Mike) Robinson of Grand Junction, CO, and Debbie (Doug) Guhl of Toledo. Blessed with twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. In addition to Paul, she is preceded in death by a son, Greg; her parents; and brother, Walter.

Family and friends will be received Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 10-11 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614. A funeral mass will follow immediately at 11 a.m. with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Maumee. If unable to attend, the funeral mass may be viewed by visiting The family would like to thank Betty’s caregivers for their unconditional love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Brother of Leslie ’71 and Patricia Rideout ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 8, 2022

John William Rideout passed away on November 18, 2022, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was 60 years old and had fiercely battled cancer for six years prior to his death. Friends and family surrounded him in his final days, as they had in life.

John was born in Toledo on February 26, 1962, and graduated from Bowsher High School. He was a man of many and varied interests and an independent thinker who lived a very full and active life.

John was an accomplished musician and singer who performed in many Toledo bands over the years. As a teenager, his great aunt Dollie (who happened to be deaf) welcomed John and his bandmates to practice in her basement. Eventually John created his own basement music and recording studio, where he and his friends frequently gathered. Largely self-taught, John wrote music and played guitar and several other instruments, while becoming adept at recording and production technology. While John’s passion was rock and roll, he had fun with other musical endeavors like an all-ukelele group (known as “Tuesday Night Ukeleme.”)

John loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking his boat on the Maumee River or to the Erie Islands. He was a talented water skier (barefoot even!) and spent many summer days at his family’s place on Lake Somerset in the Irish Hills. John also loved to fish and hunt ducks on the Lake Erie marshes. In the winter he often traveled out west to ski or visited friends in Florida. He was a licensed pilot and loved to fly small planes. He kept a vegetable garden and was an excellent cook. He was predeceased by much-loved dogs Moose, Jack and Wyatt.

John had a long career as a building construction manager, most recently with Ridgestone Builders/Developers. He was a talented carpenter whose own home, which he bought at foreclosure and rehabbed extensively, reflected these skills.

Though he was single, John had a very big ‘family,’ which included both biological relatives and many devoted friends. After the death of his friend Mike Phillips in 2004, John’s life was enriched by his close relationship with Mike’s children Brooklyn and Lucas Phillips. He was especially close and a father figure to Lucas, who cared lovingly for John throughout his illness.

John’s father Les died in 1997, but he is survived by his mother, Fran Rideout. John was the ‘baby of the family’ to brothers, Joe Rideout (Bev) and Mark Rideout; and sisters, Leslie Wood (Jim) and Patty Rideout (Mark Newton.) To his many nieces and nephews and their children, John was the Fun Uncle. He also leaves a host of extended family members and loyal, loving friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather at a celebration of John’s life on Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Maumee River Yacht Club, 2735 Broadway Street, Toledo Ohio 43609. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Black Swamp Conservancy, 4825 Sugar Ridge Road, Pemberville, Ohio 43450.

Published by The Blade from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2022.

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Mother of Barb Less ’72 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 9, 2022

Ann Dickinson Less, 93, of Toledo, Ohio, left to be with the Lord on November 5, 2022. Ann was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 10, 1929, to Theresa Rouault Dickinson and John A. Dickinson. Ann attended St. Ursula Academy High School, graduated from Las Cruces, New Mexico High School and attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Ann was always thankful for the love and support of her sister, grandparents and aunts as she grew up. On May 26, 1951, she married her beloved, Richard James Less, enjoying over 68 years of marriage. Ann was a member of the Kappa Omicron Phi sorority. Ann was a founding member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and she was an officer and president of their Over 55 Club. She was vice-president and president of the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary from 1975-1979; and she was a member and officer of the Medical College of Ohio Satellites. Ann worked hard raising her family and worked with her husband at Clem Less, Inc. after her children were grown.

During their later years, Ann and Dick made their home at Genesis Village and were thankful for the friendships they formed with the residents and staff there.

Ann is survived by her sister-in-law Charlotte Troike; and children Michael Less (Joane) of Plain City, OH, Barbara Gunning (William) of Whitehouse, OH, James Less (Jeanne) of Cape Coral, FL and Robert Less (Deb) of Monclova, OH.

Ann has ten grandchildren, Stephanie (Michael) Carlin, William (Suzanne) and Charles (Anna) Gunning; Keith (Deb), Kelly and Jason Less; Celia (Dan) Wilkens, Allison (Kyle) Walker, Jennifer (Rob) Beatty, and Beth Ann (Cameron) Sloan. She has twelve great grandchildren.

Ann is preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, sister Mary Margaret (Leo) Koeing, and brother-in-law Roc Troike.

Visitation will be at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds, Toledo, OH 43614 on Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with the Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Coyle, followed by Mass on Thursday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to St. Vincent DePaul Society-St. Patrick of Heatherdowns at 5201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614; or Our Lady of Lourdes – Hospitality Kitchen at 6149 Hill Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43615. Please leave a condolence message at <>.

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Father of Colleen Baird ’82 (and Judith ’74, deceased) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 8, 2022

Robert Joseph Baird, known to all as Bob, age 95, passed away on September 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on April 16, 1927, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest son of Howard and Emma Baird. In his youth, Robert was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and attended Collinwood High School in Cleveland. He was also a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Maumee, OH. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Guam during World War II. Loved ones who have preceded Robert in death are his beloved wife of 60 years, Geri, his daughter, Judith; older brothers, Howard Baird Jr. and Jack Baird, as well as grandson, Ian Baird.

Robert is survived by his children, Gary (Barbara), Tom (Laura), Brian (Kim) of Omaha, NE, and Colleen (Matt Pocock); 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces who loved him dearly.

Robert enjoyed numerous sports and his work life spanned 35 years as a Sales Representative for Deluxe Corporation. He enjoyed creating wonderful family memories, travelling with Geri, and watching his favorite professional Cleveland sports teams. Robert and Geri were active in the Waterville Playshop and Fallen Timbers Swim and Tennis Club.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Friday, September 9th from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church (Maumee) at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

The Baird family would like to thank everyone for your concerns during the past several weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite children’s charity in his name. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

Published by The Blade from Sep. 7 to Sep. 8, 2022.

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Brother of Kathleen ’72, Mary ’75, Julia ’81 and Joyce Redding ’84 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 27, 2022

Thomas M. Redding, 63, died on August 9, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on May 18, 1959 in Toledo to Jerrold and Mary Jane (Park) Redding. Tom worked for Terumo Cardiovascular Systems in Ann Arbor as a software engineer. He was an avid cyclist, hiker and earned a brown belt in Aikido. Tom enjoyed the live theater and reading. He was a lifelong learner. After becoming diagnosed with ALS, he became part of a clinical trial at the University of Michigan. Tom was a man of faith and active parishioner at OLPH.

Surviving are his siblings, Kathleen (Scott) Tester, Mary (Norm) Wilcox, Julie (Keith) Rippke, Joyce (Anthony) Dodge, and Jey (Jacque) Redding; many nieces, nephews; and great- nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Sunday, August 14 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 5:30. The funeral will begin at Coyle on Monday, August 15 at 9:30 followed by the Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Interment will be at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to ALS Patient Care and Clinical Trials Fund 336111, U of M Office of Development, 777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Ste. 650, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, attn. Mike Harders; or use the link

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Published by The Blade on Aug. 14, 2022.

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Mother of Linda ’77, Joanne ’78 and Sandra Wagner ’82 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 4, 2022

Mary Louise Yager Wagner, 85, of South Toledo, passed away Sunday, July 31st 2022.

The 5th of 8 children, Mary was born to Edward and Alice Yager in August of 1936 in Toledo, Ohio. She attended St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School. Early on, she formed fond friendships with Bev Dreier and Phyllis Brunner, who remained close to her for the rest of her life. She graduated from Central Catholic High School as a part of the Class of 1954, where she met her husband, Byron “Barney” Wagner. They were married for 29 years before Barney passed away in 1984, and together they had 13 children.

Mary was a faithful parishioner of O.L.P.H. for 63 years. She enjoyed her work with the Tanalski family at Sanitary Cleaners as an “inspector”, and managed the first layaway department at Meijer in Maumee, Ohio. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital for 14 years. Mary was an active member of The Red Hat Society and traveled with her grade school classmates on various trips and outings to casinos. She loved attending monthly dinners with her siblings, playing bingo, drinking an occasional margarita, and most of all spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alice Yager, husband, Barney Wagner, siblings; Theresa Musch, Joe Yager, and Angela Badik, brothers-in-law Nelson Musch, Mickey Badik, Norm Bunte; sisters-in-law Mary Yager, Dottie Yager; son-in-law, Paul P. Szymanski, and her grandson, Hap Harvick. She is survived by all 13 of her children: Carl (Sherry) Wagner, Mark (Lynn) Wagner, William (Karen) Wagner, Linda (Daniel) Truman, Joanne (Mark) Olnhausen, Jim Wagner, Pat (Chris) Wagner, Sandra Szymanski, Joe (Vicki) Wagner, John (Dawn) Wagner, David (Michelle) Wagner, Robert (Frances) Wagner, and Jennifer Phillips. Her surviving siblings are C.J. Yager, Ursula (Jack) Mattimore, Eleanor Bunte, and Donald Yager. She will be greatly missed by her 30 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Mary left us beautiful memories. Her love of faith and family will forever be our guide.

Family and friends will gather at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Sunday, August 7th from 3 p.m.-8 p.m., and again Monday, August 8th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 2255 Central Grove Ave., Toledo, from 9 a.m-10 a.m. with the funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In an attempt to include friends and family from far and wide to celebrate the life of Mary Louise Wagner we are pleased to offer a Live Stream of the funeral Mass for Mary beginning at 10:00 am on Monday, August 8, 2022 for those who wish to attend the Mass virtually.

To participate in the service via Live Stream l please CLICK HERE anytime after 9:45am on Monday, August 8, 2022 and you will be directly connected to the Live Stream of Mary’s funeral Mass.

Donations may be made in honor of Mary to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. Please leave a condolence message at

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Louise Wagner please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Father of Karen ’76, Kelly ’80 and Kristine Wagener ’83 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 18, 2022

Thomas R. Wagener, 88, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2022, surrounded by his family. Born April 14, 1934, he was a life-long resident of Maumee.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 66 and a half years, Jacqueline (Taylor). Continuing his legacy of love, service and humor are his seven children, Kathy (Fred) Krout, Karen (John Columber) Graven, Tom Jr. (Jolyn), Terry (Kim), Kelly (Rick) Pickard, Kris ( Sean) Murphy and Kay (Jeff) Bock; his 16 grandchildren, Jessica, Zach, Scott, Kirk, Bryce, Jenna, Tony, Nick, Kate, Mallori, Lexi, Spencer, Layne, Noah, Gabe and Paige; 18 great-grandchildren, Konnor, Libby, Will, Zane, Stella, Evelyn, Fred, Frank, Leo, Andy, Emma, June, Lucy, Finn, Harrison, Pennrose, Marcella and Makenzie. Tom is also survived by the last of nine children of Fred and Marcella, James “Guggs” Wagener; three generations of nieces and nephews; in-laws; and countless friends.

Tom was proud to have served as an MP during the Korean War. In September of 2014, he had the privilege of participating in the Honor flight. Tom also served for 40 years as a volunteer with the Maumee Fire Department, retiring in 1996 as 1st Assistant Chief. He worked at the Andersons of Maumee for 43 years beginning with the “Big Pour” in 1953.

Some of Tom’s favorite things to do were renovating houses, playing “Blazing Sevens” slot machines, taking countless pictures of random things, treating his large family to Sunday breakfast and sitting in his garage twirling his cane while solving the world’s problems with whomever stopped by for a chat. What brought him the greatest joy, however, was cheering on his grandchildren as they played or coached their many sporting activities.

For those who feel comfortable and healthy, family and friends will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin in the funeral Home on Friday, July 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maumee, or the Maumee High School Panther Pride Foundation where, as a 1953 MHS graduate, he was inducted into the 1997 hall of fame for his athletic abilities on the field, court, and track where he was unbeatable running the hurdles. A special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the exceptional care Tom received in his last days.

“Got ya last”

Published by The Blade on Jul. 17, 2022.

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Brother of Denise ’69 (deceased) and Dawn Szczepanski ’85 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 8, 2022

On June 24, 2022, our beloved BIG brother, Frank Szczepanski, passed away at the age of 79. Frank has been living in The Villages of Florida for the past 20 years with his wife, Vi (Waltraud), who has been by his side for 55 years and lovingly cared for him to the very end.

Frank attended St. Ann’s elementary, St. Francis de Sales High School (where he pitched several no-hitters) and the University of Toledo. He served in the US Air Force and was active duty for the Vietnam War in Germany (1964 – 1968). He retired from Pinkerton as a Security Industry manager to a life of golf as often as possible. Frank was genuine and authentic in every way, easy to talk to and one of the goofiest Elvis wanna-be dance kings of all times. Frank listened empathetically, shared views straight-up and was always there to lend a hand. He was the epitome of a husband, BIG brother and friend, and people loved him dearly.

Frank is survived by his loving wife Vi; sisters, Angela Czlapinski, Dora Lewis and Dawn Nowicki (Mark); brothers, Dennis (Ann) and Bruce (Barb). Frank was pre-deceased by father, Daniel; mother, Lucille; sister, Denise Shrader; and brother-in-law, Tom Czlapinski.

We love you Frank and will never forget the many life-lessons, the cheer and the outstanding example you blessed us with each day we shared. Services will be held at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513 on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Published by The Blade on Jul. 7, 2022.

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