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Father of Sue Dreps ’65 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 31, 2021


Aloysius E. Dreps, DDS age 101, died in Florida on December 24, 2020. Al was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 6, 1919 to Aloysius and Magdalen Dreps. He graduated from Libby High School in 1936. Al met and married his first wife Louise A. Eble, with whom he spent 62 happy years, until her death in 2003. He was a B-17 pilot in the Army Airforce during WWII, serving until 1953. While in the service he received his dentistry degree from Ohio State in 1951. He practiced dentistry in Toledo until he retired and moved to Florida. He was an avid boater and took many boating trips throughout the United States and Canada. He was active in golf and tennis throughout his life. He was a lifetime bridge player and was featured several times in the Toledo Blade column “”The Bridge Table””. His hobbies included making stained glass art and miniature bird houses that he enjoyed giving away to others. He remarried in 2005 to his wife Marija, they spent 15 happy years together. Al is survived by his wife Marija, daughter Susan Duket (husband Michael), sons Robert, Douglas (wife Robin), brother Joseph, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Al was proceeded in death by his wife Louise, daughters Diane, Carol, son Donald, brothers Bartlin, and James. Al’s kindness and sense of humor will be fondly remembered by his family and friends and we will cherish the many good times we shared together.
To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2021.

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Mother of Mary Beth Alexander ’77 passed away in October of 2020

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 28, 2021

Ann T. Alexander

Ann T. Alexander, 86, of Toledo, passed away Friday, October30, 2020 at the Kingston Residence of Sylvania. She was born to Frank and Marguerite McManus on January 12, 1934. Her sister Patricia Nesbit survives her while she is predeceased by her siblings, Marguerite Landis, Mary Frances Brigode, Dolores Meyer and Francis McManus. Ann was an alumna of Notre Dame Academy and Mary Manse College and she used her education to instruct second graders to prepare them for Holy Communion.

She was a loving wife to J. Hugh Alexander, who preceded her in death and a loving mother to David (Jan) Alexander, Mary Beth (Paul) Young and John Alexander. Her grandchildren include Keri Young, who has predeceased her and Shaun Young, Erin Coutcher, Alexander Young and Patrick Young. She will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass for Ann will be celebrated on Wednesday November 4, 2020 in St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:30 a.m. where the family will receive visitors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maumee. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Notre Dame Academy. Please view and sign the guest registry at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2020.

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Husband of Brenda Atkinson ’85 (Brother-in-law to Donna Atkinson ’87) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 26, 2021

Obituary for Abel Mata

Abel Reyes Mata, age 59 of Toledo, passed away on January 24, 2021. He was born to Abelardo and Maria (Reyes) Mata on June 22, 1961, in Meoqui Chihuahua, Mexico. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm. He spent his career working as a Maintenance Manager for Godfry and Wing. Abe was a proud member of the American Legion Adams Township Post #553 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid NASCAR fan and never missed a race in Michigan, especially M.I.S. Abe loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jose Mata. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; children, Richard (Elizabeth) Mata, Anthony Mata, Whitney Mata, Alex (Chelsea) Manning, Catherine (Billy Blevins) Manning; grandchildren, Raylan, Lily, Sophia, and Matthew; siblings, Grace Mata, Estella (Bob) Smith, Roger (Cynthia) Mata and Gilberto (Diana) Mata, as well as, many other extended family members and friends.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Saturday, January 30th from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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Brother of Jeanne Graden ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 25, 2021


Father John L. Graden, O.S.F.S.

Father John L. Graden, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales since 1966, and a Roman Catholic priest since 1976, died on January 20, 2021, in Buffalo, NY. He was 74 years old.

In addition to his many confreres in the Oblates, he is survived by his siblings, Jeanne, Joseph (Mary Pat) and Mary Jo (Hilary); many nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was pre-deceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Lilly Haddad and John F. and Pearl Graden; his parents, John L., and Dorothy Graden; and his half-sister, Ethel Arobogast.

St. Francis de Sales had claim on Father John for a long time. In Toledo he attended St. Francis de Sales Parish, St. Francis de Sales Grade School (1952) and St. Francis de Sales High School (1964) after which he joined the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. John attended Niagara University (BS in biology, 1969), the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto (Masters of Divinity, 1975), and Seattle University (Masters in Religious Education, 1977).

His work and ministry included teaching high school at Bishop Duffy High School in Niagara Falls, NY, Toledo Central Catholic High School in Toledo, OH, and St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, OH. He was the Vocation Director for the Oblates and a member of the Formation Team.

In 1988, John formed WORD Consultants (Toledo) as a teaching firm in which he and others would provide adults education and training, as well as parish missions and retreats. He also worked for many years for UNBOUND preaching for Catholic missions around the world.

In 2002, John became the Director of the De Sales Center at Stella Niagara, NY, now known as Embraced by God at De Sales Resources and Ministries. People have said how they will miss his preaching and presiding at Eucharist, his crooked smile and hearty laugh.

At various stages of his life John dealt with many health issues and learned from Francis de Sales to see even sickness as a prayer of communing with Christ Jesus.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 28 at Gesu Parish in Toledo, OH. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m., in the church, followed by a mass of the resurrection at 11:00 a.m., then internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Toledo, OH. The Funeral Mass will be Livestreamed for those who do not wish to attend in person. If you wish to view the Mass via Livestream, please go to the funeral home’s website and click on the link in the obituary to attend.

There will be a memorial mass at St. Peter’s Parish in Lewiston, NY at a later date.

At John’s request, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, P.O Box 2868, Toledo, OH 43606, Embraced by God, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara, NY 14144, or any good works of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to John’s brother: Joe Graden, 2440 Whitechapel Dr., Toledo, OH 43614.

Due to COVID restrictions there will be no social gathering following the funeral. A celebration of John’s life will take place this summer at the home of John’s family. Date, time and location to be determined. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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Mother of Theresa (Terry) Casaletta ’69 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 19, 2021

Marie Delores Casaletta

January 22, 1926 – January 9, 2021

With profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Marie Delores Casaletta on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 94. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all whose life she touched.

Marie was born on January 22, 1926 in Utica New York to Attilio and Mary Palmieri. She was married to Joseph Casaletta who proceeded her in death. Together they raised 2 sons, Robert (Kathy) and Joseph (Kathi); and a daughter, Therese/Terry (Joseph) Borrelli.

In 1967, Marie and her family moved to Toledo, Ohio where she worked as an administrative assistant for Bell and Beckwith, AP Parts and St. Charles Hospital until her retirement in 1992.

Marie was an avid cook and reader who enjoyed her retirement days with her family and friends at the family’s Round Lake, Michigan lake house.

Marie is survived by her 5 grandchildren, Robert (Kim) Casaletta, Kevin (Clair) Casaletta, Anthony (Izabella) Casaletta, Jenifer (Mike) Weaver and Joseph (Jenn) Borrelli; and 4 great grandchildren, Harper Weaver, Brett Weaver, Dominic Casaletta, and Mia Casaletta. She is also survived by her brothers, August (Bud) and James (Jim)Palmieri.

Most of all, Marie deeply loved her family and instilled in them strong values that have served them well. She will dearly be missed and be forever in our hearts.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers and staff of StoreyPoint Senior Living, Waterville, Ohio for their kindness and compassion in caring for Marie during her time there.

Due to COVID-19, no visitation or funeral services will be scheduled. A memorial celebration of Marie’s life will be held at a later, yet-to-be determined date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Whitehouse, OH. To leave an online memory please visit

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2021.

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Father of Linda Murphy Savercool ’79 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 17, 2021

Obituary for John Anthony Murphy Sr.

John Anthony “Jack” Murphy’s life began in Barberton, Ohio on August 6, 1932, and ended peacefully on January 9, 2021, at the age of 88, in Toledo, Ohio.

As a young Irish Catholic boy, Jack Murphy developed a love of people and competition, which made for a life full of family and friends. In fact, Jack spent many a day with his two brothers, Pat and Bernie, thinking about having a scrum with the youth of Akron’s north hill, and eventually bringing home a broken nose. Over the years, it was to be broken at least three more times, hence the famous “Murphy nose.”

Everything and anything purple meant Barberton Magic to him, and it’s a guarantee that if Jack saw you wearing purple, it was sure to elicit a “Go Magic”!! Pat (Elaine) and Bernie (Jo) predecease Jack, but his sister Rosalie Danko (who did not involve herself in the scrums with her brothers), along with husband Bob, continue to call Barberton home.

Jack traveled State Route 224 to Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio in 1950 where he would become a Student Prince, play football, and meet the love of his life, Carol Company. Carol passed away in early 2020, and so Jack will now meet her daily for cocktail hour at 4 PM for eternity.

He honorably served his country during the Korean War, and recently participated in the Honor Flight to Washington DC. Jack was so pleased to be included in this group. Although he did not like to advertise this, Jack received his Master’s degree from rival Bowling Green State University in 1959.

However, clearly his heart was with the Toledo Rockets where he would spend 18 years coaching in some capacity for the football program. He started as the defensive line coach, became the defensive coordinator and later the Head Coach. Winning was everything. Win, and the family would sit in the third pew on the right at Gesu 9AM Mass. Lose, sit in the back at St. Ann’s for 9:30 Mass. The life of a football coach could be consuming, yet exciting. Game film, fresh from the developer was often delivered to the house between 1 and 3 AM. He left Toledo for one year to be the Head Coach at Heidelberg and quickly returned to become the Head Coach at Toledo.

Jack is survived by four children: Karen Runyon, John (Jennifer), Linda Savercool (Tim) and Tim (Ann). Timothy David Murphy was considered the first touchdown of the 1971 Rocket season, so we celebrate TD Murphy’s 50th birthday this year along with the great Toledo Rocket Football Team of 35-0. Jack’s loss is deeply felt by his ten grandchildren: Matthew Runyon, Maggie Murphy, Karen Murphy, Jack Murphy, Megan (Tyler) Dodds, Michelle (Jack) McIntyre, Danny (Karlee)Yodzis, Leah Yodzis, Sam Murphy, Ryan Murphy and one great grandchild, Maeve McIntyre, born three weeks ago. He was preceded in death by one grandchild, Nathaniel Murphy. Many photos depict Jack lovingly spending time with his grandchildren. Jack’s numerous nieces and nephews will miss his warm humor at family gatherings.

But this isn’t the only family – his players, fellow coaches, UT administrators and sports writers consider him part of their family, as well. Jack considered coaching to be so much more than just playing a game. It gave him immense pleasure to be given the opportunity to mold men, academically and in their careers.

He earned many awards during his football years: Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, Ohio College Coach of the Year, most valuable student athlete of the year at Heidelberg, and All-Ohio Conference athlete of the year, to name a few. He was inducted into the Barberton High School Hall of Fame in 1983, the Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Varsity T Hall of Fame in 1997.

In addition to being a successful coach – he was also an accomplished businessman with Seaway Beverage and Manager of Public and Governmental Affairs of Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., in Oregon. Jack was adept at creating relationships, and many people have noted his honor, humility, honesty, thoughtfulness, and love.

He was involved with multiple community organizations including serving as Board of Directors for Easter Seal Society of NWO, Kiwanis Club, Oregon Schools Foundation Board and as well as serving as past President of the National Football Hall of Fame- Toledo chapter and President of the Oregon Development Foundation. At the request of fellow coach and close friend Carty Finkbeiner, Jack served on the TARTA board of Directors and was an advocate for paratransit services. In addition, Jack was the district chairman for the NCAA Rules Committee and is a past president of the Toledo Chapter of the Collegiate National Football Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Heidelberg College Fellows and has worked as a volunteer for various Heidelberg College fund raising drives. He also worked as a volunteer in the Toledo area for The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Jack continued his competitive ways in retirement, as he and Carol enjoyed golf, and Jack liked to let us know how much money he won in his weekly poker game. They enjoyed weekly dinners with friends at local restaurants, but always came back to their favorite, Shawn’s Irish Tavern.

Jack loved being with his kids and grandkids at the lake, and sitting on the deck with Bud and Phyllis Schultz, lifelong friends from Tiffin. He and Carol spent every summer in Port Clinton on the beach at the summer cottage, where he continued his love of coaching while teaching grandkids to catch a football, play euchre, fish, and enjoy family, friends and life.

He leaves a big hole in many hearts, but great memories for all of us.

The family would like to thank the staff at Parkcliffe Alzheimer’s Community for the considerate care they provided Jack during this last year.

Please join the family for a Covid-safe Memorial Tailgate to celebrate the life of Jack and begin the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Toledo 35-0 team. There will be a drive-through visitation in front of the rocket at the Glass Bowl Stadium, University of Toledo, Lot 10 this Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

We would like to continue Jack’s dedication to scholar athletes and support the Jack and Carol Murphy Athletic Scholarship Fund. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to their fund:

The Memorial Tailgate will be followed by a 1:00 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo, OH 43614. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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Father of Catherine ’73, (Judith ’75) & Nancy ’77 Thomas passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 17, 2021

Thomas E. Thompson, 91, of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2020, surrounded by family. He was born to Mary Ann (Evans) and Ronald Wade Thompson, on January 12, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Whitmer High School and attended The Ohio State University, followed by a tour with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He married his devoted wife, Jeannine, in 1951 and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Tom is survived by his wife and his children, Thomas (Casey) Thompson, Cathy (Paul) Lovallo, Doug Thompson, Nancy (Don) Jillisky, Carolyn Fowler, Greg (Barb) Thompson, Lori Thompson, and Andy Thompson, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Tom was predeceased by daughter Judy McCall, grandson Nicholas Thompson, and granddaughter Suzie Thompson. Following honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, Tom had a successful career in sales, beginning with Oakite Products, then with Allegheny Steel, Brainard Strapping, and Saxton Real Estate while in Columbus, OH. He then partnered in forming Motor City Container, Corp., located in Detroit, MI. while residing in Toledo, OH. Tom returned to real estate, working with different agencies in Toledo. Tom and Jeannine relocated to Cape Coral, FL. in 1980 where he founded Evans Service Cleaning company until he retired. Tom was the founder and proud member of The Optimist Club. After the birth of his ninth child, dad was quite proud to relate that he was asked to resign his membership with Planned Parenthood! He never missed a chance to throw out a one-line zinger. No one told a joke like he did, understated and soft-voiced. “Thanks for talking to me.” “Come back when you can stay longer.” “Button up your shirt, your heart is going to fall out”. There will be a Funeral Mass at 11 am on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Church of the Resurrection, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919. To offer a condolence or share a memory please visit Tom’s tribute page at

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Father of Teresa ’76, Cheryl ’78 & Beth ’80 (deceased) Borer passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 12, 2021

Obituary for Wilfred Carol Borer

Wilfred “Bill” C. Borer, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 9. Born and raised in Fremont OH, Bill graduated from St Joseph’s High School where he played for their basketball team. He received his Associates’ Degree from Tiffin University. A veteran of the Military Police Corps of the US Army, Bill served from 1955 – 1957. He and the lovely Mrs. Borer raised their five children primarily in Toledo OH. He started his accounting career at Standard Oil, then moved to Owens Corning. He found his true calling as a car salesman/Fleet and Lease Manager at Bob Schmidt Chevrolet until he retired in 2002. He and Nancy were active members of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, where they volunteered with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. An avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, Bill tried to pass his love of all things sports on to his kids but it didn’t quite take (thankfully Jason would come along to fill the void!).
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 61+ years, Nancy (Horn) and his daughter, Beth (John Bermudez). He is survived by his children, Teresa, Cheryl (Bob Bates), Brian (Jeri), and Sarah, his grandsons, Jason, Keagan, Shane, Dylan, Jonathan, and Patrick, his brother, Dr. Ronald Borer, his sister, Janet (James Winton) and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the amazing Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Toledo, and/or Saint Vincent de Paul Society Toledo. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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Son of Kathy Gill Prater ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 22, 2020


Mitchell Prater

Mitchell Bradley Prater, age 24, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020 after 9 months of courageously battling brain cancer. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 6, 1996 to Brad and Kathy (Gill) Prater. Mitchell attended Christ the King Grade School and was a 2014 St. Francis de Sales High School graduate where he played both football and lacrosse. He also was involved in Campus ministry and many other activities. He graduated from Siena Heights University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. While at Siena he was very involved in Campus life. Mitchell was an incredible servant leader who had a fiery passion for uplifting those around him. This is evident by his leadership as an early Campus Ministry Scholar, our Mr. Huskey, O-Team Leader, being president of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and becoming Siena’s first homecoming King. He then graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2020 with a Masters in Social Work. You could always find Mitchell listening to and singing along to music and having a double-well rum and coke. He knew every lyric of every song. Mitchell’s passion was to help others, especially those with disabilities. He was able to realize that passion working as the Director of Programs at camp Fish tails, a camp counselor at Indian Trails Camp and Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mitchell was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He was able to attend a game recently where his Browns defeated the Texans. Mitchell’s love for life and infectious smile brought happiness to all around him. Mitchell made an impact on everyone he came in contact with and was always the life of the party.

Mitchell is survived by his loving parents, Brad and Kathy (Gill) Prater; his best friend and brother, Matthew; grandparents, Tom and Joan Prater; aunts and uncles, Craig (Cheryl) Prater, Missy (Craig) Wagner, Michael Gill, Jeff (Barb) Gill, Jim (Leslie) Gill; cousins, Grant and Drew Prater, Sydney and Shelby Wagner, Drew and Beau Gill, Melinda (Stephen) and Nicholas Wolf, Chris Gill. Jake, Ryan and Megan Gill. Preceding Mitchell in death were grandparents, Michael and Patricia Gill; great-grandparents, Ann Hoey and Mary LaMont.

Special thanks to our St. Francis de Sales family for all their love and support, special thanks to Cindy, Mitchell’s favorite aid, Renee and Nikki his nurses for all their loving care. Many thanks to Mrs. Burkhart for being the best chauffer, and to his best friends that never left his side and continued to hang out with Mitchell as just one of the guys.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Mitchell’s memory are asked to consider St. Francis de Sales High School or Indian Trails Camp (his happy place)

Mitchell’s Life Celebration will be Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Church activities building, 4100 Harvest Lane Toledo, Ohio 43623 and Monday, December 21st in Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43607 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral begins at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. William Rose officiating. Interment will be handled privately.

Those wishing to attend Mitchell’s funeral remotely, may do so by logging onto: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST. The service will be available for viewing for 90 days.

Urbanski Funeral Home a Life Celebration Home 5055 Secor Rd. Toledo, Ohio is assisting the family.

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Father of Pamela Kaseman ’69 and Debra Kaseman ’80 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 25, 2020

Paul  H.  Kaseman

Paul H. Kaseman, age 96 of Toledo, OH passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Maumee on June 29, 1924 to Henry and Hilary (Bellner) Kaseman.

Paul attended Maumee High School. He married the former Betty Jane Lumbrezer on June 7, 1947. They celebrated 73 years together. He built his own home in 1951 with the help of relatives. He will be remembered for his sense of humor (he loved a good joke).

Paul was an electrician by trade and just celebrated 70 years in the IBEW Local 8 and spent 37 years with Romanoff Electric Company where he specialized in motor control. He and Betty loved camping and were members of Good Sam’s and Holiday Rambler Clubs. He continued camping until age 90!

Paul and Betty had 6 children; Greg (deceased), Pam (Brian), Mike (Donna), Jeff (Kim), Kathy (Mike), and Deb (Doug). Blessed with 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Greg.

Family and friends will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee, on Saturday from 10:00 am (The Rosary will be recited at 10:00 am) until the time of prayers at 12:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will follow at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church at 1:00 PM.

Special thanks to Lisa, Theresa, Sandy and all his care givers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Live streaming of the funeral Mass can be found at Online condolences may be shared at walkerfuneralhomes.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Paul H. Kaseman please visit our Tribute Store.

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