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Husband of Pat Tate ’76 (and brother-in-law of Nancy Bagrowski ’77) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 2, 2022

James “Jim” Patrick Bremer, 64, of Toledo, Ohio passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, June 24, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Toledo, Ohio to his late parents, Edward and Jeanne (Chambers) Bremer.

Jim attended St. John’s Jesuit High School followed by the University of Toledo where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a proud business owner of Bremer Vending. In 1983, he married his dear wife, Pat. He was the Vice President of the Ohio Coin Machine Association (OCMA). He was a faithful Catholic and made everything fun.

Jim adored his family and was extremely proud of his marriage. His family will remember him as funny, generous, and hardworking. He will positively impact his family indefinitely.

Jim is survived by his dear wife, Patricia Bremer; daughters, Sarah (Michael) Jerge, Andrea Bremer; brother, John (Nancy) Bremer; cousin, Jeanne Reitz; brother in laws, Michael (Mary) Tate, Robert (Lori) Tate; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 4-8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH, with another visitation on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4100 Harvest Lane, Toledo. A funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Condolences can be sent at, or a donation may be made out to St. John’s Jesuit High School or the Henry Ford Hermelin Brain Tumor Center in Jim’s honor.

Published by The Blade on Jun. 30, 2022.

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Father of Kim Fournier ’80 and Anne Fournier ’81 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 14, 2022

Kenneth “Buzz” Fournier was born on February 25th, 1940 and earned his well-deserved angel wings on April 20th, 2022. He entered Heaven from the Maumee home he lived in with his adoring wife, Pattie, and people who loved him.

He wore many hats in his full and abundant life. No matter which hat he was wearing when he met you, all those who encountered him were lucky to have known him. Buzz was a husband. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Pattie. He was a father. He is survived by 10 beautiful children, Kim (David) Barger, Anne (Terry) Kranz, Todd (Beth) Fournier, John (Kathy Hansen) Fournier, Lynn (Robert) Garcia, Sue (Robert) Piotrowski, Jill (Tony) Farrugia, P.J. (Heather) Fournier, Kate (Chris) Meabon, and Nick (Jen) Fournier. He was a brother. He is survived by his sisters, Janis (Dale) Junga-Conway, Connie (Dick) Tuley, Donna (Tony) Gladwell, Beth (Jeff) Widmer; his brother, Richard “Rock” (Margo) Fournier, and his brother-in-law William Koch. He was a grandfather. He is survived by 31 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Buzz was heartfelt in all the work that he did. He followed his heart and the will of God in a variety of passions and professions. He was a teacher, coach, salesman, real estate agent, minister, and mentor. Buzz’s desire to be a cowboy eventually led him to Arizona, where he spent 25 years. “Farmer Buzz” was the owner of the F/X Ranch and Bed and Breakfast. He also spent time spreading joy on tractor rides at Young’s Farm, now called “Mortimer’s Farm.” Buzz is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Genevieve; and his older sister, Carol Koch. Buzz was an avid supporter of several causes. Memorial donations in Buzz’s honor can be made to the following organizations: Central Catholic High School St. Jude Tunnels to Towers Please also consider donations of blood in his name to the American Red Cross. Celebration of life will be held on Saturday April 30th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Visitation beginning at 10 a.m. will be followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Arrangements were handled by American Cremation Events.

Published by The Blade on Apr. 24, 2022.

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Father of Suzanne Kleparek ’71 passed away;

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 30, 2022

John Kleparek, Jr., age 95, of Maumee passed away on April 19, 2022. He was born in Toledo on August 3, 1926, to John and Frances (Nowak) Kleparek, Sr. He graduated from Woodward High School in 1943 and enlisted in the US Navy immediately upon graduation, serving as a Seabee in WW II in the Pacific theater until 1946. He played the violin and music was always an important part of his life. Upon his return from the Navy, he worked in a variety of sales positions including piano sales at Grinnell Bros. and Bleckner Music before co-owning and operating Kay-Howard Pianos & Organs. He also worked at Tiedtke’s Dept. Store selling major appliances and sold furniture at J. L. Hudson’s and The Lion Store before his retirement in 1988.

He married Mary Eileen Kleparek on June 25, 1949. She passed away October 16, 1992, after 43 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Taber; and daughter-in-law, Robin Kleparek.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, John Michael (Patricia) Kleparek of Woodstock, GA, Suzanne (Gary) Kelley of Temperance, MI, Mark (Monica) Kleparek of Fort Wayne, IN, and Kevin Kleparek of Maumee; sister, Dorothy Kujawa; 10 grandchildren, Candace (Brad) Montgomery, Natalie (Dave) Clark, Mary (Brian) Yoder, Ann (Eric) Simon, Sarah (Rob) Folger, Dan (Liz) Kelley, Bradley (Kara) Kleparek, Alaina (Spencer) Montgomery, Justin Kleparek and Nathin Kleparek; and 21 great-grandchildren, Rhys, Michelle, Kate, John, Nora, Mark, Lindsay, Ryleigh, Sami, Ben, Frankie, Meredith, Eve, Marie, Celeste, Mia, Layla, Maren, Flynn, Henry and Lillian.

Friends will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 2-8 p.m. where funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of ProMedica Hospice for their care, especially RNs, Patti, Lisa S., Lisa B.; CNP, Molly; Aides, Drucilla and Kalisha; Social Worker, Ashley; and Chaplain Dale Katcher. Online condolences may be shared at

Published by The Blade on Apr. 24, 2022.

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Brother of Joanne ’65 and Mary and Martha Boellner ’67 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 5, 2022

John Paul Boellner  (71) passed away on March 28, 2022 in his Maumee home after a long struggle with COPD and leukemia. He was born February 14, 1951 to Anthony Boellner, Sr. and Helen (Promenschenkel) Boellner. Most of his friends knew John as JB.

A 1969 graduate of St. John Jesuit High School, John spent his career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Maumee. A proud member of the Letter Carriers Branch 100, John held the positions of steward, trustee, and treasurer, and chairman of the Political Action Committee. He organized the first Letter Carrier Food Drive in 1994. He served many years as a delegate to the Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO, held positions on executive board (25 years), was a trustee and political director.

John was a delegate to the Toledo Port Council, former president of Toledo Area Union Label and Service Trades Council, and former member and executive board member to the local chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

John was a charter member of the Labor Blood Drive Committee and of the Workers Memorial Day Committee. He served 25 years as a member of the Labor Day Committee (15 years as chairman). He was honored to serve as the Labor Day Parade Grand Marshall in 2016.

For more than 30 years, he had been a blood donor (10- gallon donor) and a volunteer for more than 25 years for the Toledo Chapter of American Red Cross and was inducted into the Walbridge Society. He also served on the boards of the Toledo Lucas County Library and the Toledo Area United Way.

An active Democrat, John worked on many campaigns and finally threw his hat in the ring and was elected to two terms on Maumee City Council (2012-2019).

John is survived by son, Paul (Kira Wetzel) Boellner of San Jose, CA, daughter, Amy Boellner of Bowling Green OH; former wife, Sandy Smith of Toledo, stepsons Brian Smith of Toledo and Trent (Nia) Smith and 3 grandchildren all of McComb, MI; brother, Anthony Jr. of Covington, KY, sisters, Sister Joanne Mary Boellner, RSM of Maumee, Mary Boellner of Maumee, and Martha Kleinfelter of Milford, OH.

John was a lifetime fan of University of Alabama football and Paul Bear Bryant. Roll Tide!

Visitation will be Tuesday April 12, 2022 from 2:00 -7:00 pm at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home (501 Conant St. Maumee OH 43537) with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will resume on Wednesday April 13, 2022 from 10:00-11:00 am at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. The Funeral Mass will immediately follow.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Red Cross (1111 Research., Toledo OH 43614); United Way of Greater Toledo (1001 Madison Ave. Suite 100, Toledo OH 43604) or Toledo Lucas County Library (325 North Michigan Ave. Toledo OH 43604).

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

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Mother of Karen Szymanski ’70

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 7, 2022

Alice D. Szymanski

Alice D. Szymanski, 98, wife, mother, role model, and friend, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the home of her daughter.

Alice married her sweetheart, Daniel, in 1946. They had 57 beautiful years together. She worked at Libbey Glass and S.H. Davis Paper Box Co. Alice was also a 50+ year member of American Legion Przybylski Post 642 Auxiliary.

Alice enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She loved to crochet, playing the slot machines and share a good hot fudge sundae!

Alice believed in never missing a chance to share life with family and friends. She always said cleaning will still be there tomorrow, but no guarantee that family and friends will be.

Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Daniel; her parents, Fabian and Virginia Paszko; brothers, Kenneth, David, Thomas, and Robert; sister, Dorothy; sisters-in-law, Sharon and Helen Paszko and Virginia Szymanski; brothers-in-law, Leonard and Norman Szymanski and Walter Bollinger; and her 4-legged buddy, Dodger. She will be dearly missed by her son, Ronald; daughter, Karen; brother, Daniel; sisters-in-law, Darlene and Sandy Paszko; special “daughters” Vicki (Dick) Creekmore and Becky (Lyman) Goff; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 11:00 a.m. where family and friends may visit after 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School Fund or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the in-home staff of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, especially her aide, Tammy.

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Published by The Blade from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2022.

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Brother of Nancy ’65 and Barbara Nichter ’70 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 3, 2022

Thomas Edward Nichter

November 20, 1950 – January 16, 2022

Thomas Edward Nichter, 71, of Perrysburg, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022. He was born on November 20, 1950, to Frank and Kathleen (Kellermeier) Nichter.

Tom attended Bowsher High School and then continued his education at The University of Toledo, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity during his time there. Thomas was the Chief Deputy Auditor for Lucas County for 30 years. During retirement, he worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids playing sports. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball, softball, racketball, bowling, and billiards, even today. He loved Las Vegas trips and never missed a card game; and teaching his grandchildren sports and history facts.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Diane Nichter; children, Lori (Joshua) Powe and Mike Nichter; 4 grandchildren who affectionately called him “Bop Bop”, Adam Nichter, Connor Powe, Bryce Nichter and Ashlyn Powe; siblings, Nancy (Jon) Patterson, twin brother, Timothy Nichter, Barb Nichter; and canine companion, Riley. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family will be received on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 3 – 8 p.m. with a scripture at 7 p.m. at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant, Maumee. Masks are encouraged. Services will be Monday, January 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg. Internment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Wearing of masks is encouraged. Memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Online condolences can be left at

Published by The Blade on Jan. 20, 2022.

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Father of Cynthia ’77, Lisa ’79 and Jennifer ’86 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 3, 2022

By Mark Zaborney
Blade Staff Writer

Dr. Thomas P. Straub, who in a 32-year medical career delivered babies and cared for their mothers, died Monday in Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center. He was 85.

He had a heart attack, his wife, Betty Straub, said.

Dr. Straub in his last year at Marquette University medical school completed his last clinical rotation – in obstetrics.

“He came home and said, ‘I’m going to be an obstetrician,'” his wife said. “He said, ‘I will be very lucky. I will help deliver a miracle.'”

The Toledo native was drafted and after he graduated from Marquette served as an Air Force captain in Smyrna, Tenn. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency in Toledo, at St. Vincent, Toledo Hospital, and the former Maumee Valley Hospital, his wife said.

He didn’t keep a tally, his wife said, but “he delivered a lot of babies, and even delivered the second generation.”

Those arrivals occurred at every hour, in any weather.

“He would zoom down the Anthony Wayne Trail and go deliver those babies. He got stopped by police a few times,” his wife said. At least once, officers sent him on his way and followed as an escort to the hospital.

“He tried to be home every night and have dinner with his family if possible,” his wife said. “He was a big family man.”

Karen Merrels met Mrs. Straub more than 50 years ago through the Toledo Woman’s Club.

“If you knew Betty, you knew Tom. If you knew Tom, you knew Betty,” Mrs. Merrels said. Her late husband, Andy, hit it off with Dr. Straub, and the couple remained close after her husband’s death.

“He was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He had a calming way about him,” Mrs. Merrels said.

He was born Feb. 12, 1936, to Egwin and Josephine Straub and grew up on River Road in South Toledo. He and his wife met at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in first grade. He was a 1954 graduate of Central Catholic High School, attended the University of Dayton, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo.

“He always wanted to be a doctor from the time I can remember. That was his dream,” his wife said.

Most recently of Springfield Township, Dr. Straub lived for years on Deepwood Lane in South Toledo. He golfed at Toledo Country Club. The couple were longtime season ticket holders to UT basketball and football. He’d been a supporter of and volunteer for Heartbeat of Toledo.

Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Beckler, whom he married Dec. 27, 1958; daughters Cindy Martin, Lisa Kelly, and Jen Boynton; son, Tom Straub; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Coyle Funeral Home, with a scripture at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

The family suggests tributes to the Christ Child Society of Toledo or Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.Published by The Blade on Jan. 21, 2022.

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Brother of Karen & Laura Mattimore ’84 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 16, 2022

Gregory A. Mattimore, a retired Toledo police detective who, on duty or off, readily sized up people, places, and situations, died Thursday in ProMedica Toledo Hospital after a crash in Sylvania Township. He was 58.He was eastbound in the 8500 block of West Sylvania Avenue about 7 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle went off the south side of the road, township police said. The vehicle re-entered the road and crossed the center line, colliding with a westbound vehicle. The other driver, whose injuries were not specified, also was taken to the hospital.Mr. Mattimore, of Temperance, retired from the Toledo Police Department in December, 2020. He was a 1995 graduate of the police academy, as was his brother John, who remains on the police force.After service as a patrol officer, he worked in the vice-narcotics unit and then as a detective, where solving murders was among his daily challenges.”He liked the detective side of it,” said his father, Jack Mattimore, who was a longtime Whitmer High School teacher and coach. “He liked best trying to figure out what happened.”He added that both of his police officer sons “were level-headed. They were both smart.”Mr. Mattimore’s sister Laura recalled hearing from their mother that Greg was reading news magazines at age 3 and debating fine points of spelling.”He was really, really smart, which you obviously need to have as a detective,” his sister said. “He had the wit to match anyone. At any event with him, you wanted to be with him to be entertained.”Laughter just followed him, whatever part of the room he was in.”Through that wit, “he captured what everyone was thinking in a few words,” she said, adding that she was impressed by “his ability to size up a situation quickly and capture the essence of it.”Professionally, “that served him well, as he was practical and tough-nosed and hard as nails,” his sister said. “He was a very caring and empathetic person, but he was able to distance himself. He could do that in a way he needed to in that profession.”He didn’t take part in organized youth sports while growing up, his father said, but developed an interest in weight lifting.”He always worked out. His idea is if somebody is going to come after me, I have to be strong,” his father said.He was born Oct. 24, 1963, to John and Ursula Mattimore, and grew up in South Toledo. He was a 1981 of St. John’s Jesuit High School. He took on odd jobs for a time and worked for a security company.”I kept telling him, ‘If you’re going to be a cop, you might as well be a cop. You ought to take the [police] test,'” his father said. Afterward, both Greg and John successfully passed the test to enter the police academy.Mr. Mattimore followed Ohio State sports, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He didn’t play golf regularly until retirement and last summer sank a hole in one.Surviving are his parents, Ursula and John Mattimore; brothers John Mattimore and Gary Mattimore, and sisters Karen Mattimore and Laura Mattimore.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Coyle Funeral Home, where a brief service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The family requests that face masks be worn at visitation.The family suggests tributes to the Toledo Police Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.Published by The Blade on Jan. 12, 2022.

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Husband of Mary Joan Kruszewski ’66 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 10, 2022

Marvin E. Hinson, 77, passed away on January 2, 2022. He was born on June 12, 1944 in Nashville, TN to Edward and Ruby Hinson. Marvin graduated from Waite High School, and proudly served in the U. S. Army. He was the Assistant Sales Manager at Arlan’s Department Store, and a Department Manager at ACE Hardware for 35 years.
Marvin loved camping with his family. He was a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mary Joan Hinson, sons Marvin Patrick and Kevin Michael Hinson (Nikki) , granddaughter Devyn Renee Hinson, and great grandson Kazen Mansberger. He was preceded in death by his step father and mother Charles and Ruby Berlin.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Tuesday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Please consider memorial donations to his church or the Franciscan Care Center.

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Mother of Gwendolyn (Wendy) ’78, Diane ’83, Carolyn ’84 and Christina Hoffman ’87) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 9, 2022


Obituary for Judith A. Hoffman

Judith A. Hoffman, age 81 of Toledo, passed away on December 10, 2021, while surrounded by her family. She was born to Robert and Dorothy (McVicker) Noonan on July 27, 1940. She was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School where she enjoyed playing in the Marching Band. She married the love of her life, Edwin Hoffman, on August 1, 1959 and together they raised 5 children. Judy instilled strong faith in her children and taught them how to love unconditionally. She was an eternal optimist, with a great smile and sense of humor with an infectious laugh until the end. She had many hobbies which included sewing, crocheting, bowling and bingo which she enjoyed her entire life. She was a devoted lifetime member of St. Charles Borremeo Church where she also sang in the choir. Judy was able to check off of her bucket list an amazing trip to Ireland with her 5 kids.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edwin; her parents and great-grandchildren, Xzavior and River. Judy is survived by her children, Wendy (Randy) Wright, Joe (Deb) Hoffman, Diane (Greg) Ball, Carolyn Hoffman, Chris (Drew) Weist; grandchildren, Andrew, Mallory, Ashley, Allyson, Wayne, Regan, Cassidy, Mackenzie, Jordan, Cameron, Peyton, Cole, Brittni and Justin; great-grandchildren, Michaela, Bridget, Emmalyn, Sydney, Auburn, Blakely, Aiden, Aleda, Elsa, Elliana and Anna; sister, Pat (Bob) Behan; brothers, Robert (Ann), Tom (Cheryl) and Mike (Linda) Noonan.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Wednesday, December 15th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 16th beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 10:00 a.m. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Oakleaf Village and Ohio Living Hospice for their compassionate care.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Ohio Living Hospice or to Diabetes Youth Services. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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