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Elizabeth Snyir Golden ’63 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 9, 2021


Elizabeth Golden

11/23/1945 – 03/17/2021

Elizabeth Snyir Golden was born to Andrew and Lois Snyir (née Aumend) on Nobember 23, 1945. Called “Liz” by dear friends, and Beth Ann by her loving family, she attended Catholic Schools in Toledo’s Hungarian Birmingham neighborhood, going on to graduate from MacCaulley High School in 1962 and the University of Toledo in 1966. Liz worked nearly her entire career as a social worker at the Lucas County Department of Jobs and Human Services, retiring as a division director in 2001. She also had a career in real estate, working as an agent for Loss Realty for over a decade.

It was while working as an agency social worker that she met her first husband, Morris Golden, in 1970. The two were married in 1971 and had two children, Rebecca and Andrea. Liz was a devoted mother, spending many hours at gymnastics and dance practices, and spending weekends at recitals and gymnastics meets. She loved reading, and passed this affection on to her children, reading to them every night at bedtime, and later sharing mystery novels with her girls.

Liz loved travel, and treasured memories of cruises to Mexico and the Panama Canal taken with her beloved friend, the late Patty Murphy. Fourteen years ago, she met Mike Cochrane, her second husband and companion for many special trips – more cruises, and visits to casinos in Mississippi and Las Vegas. Liz loved spending time at casinos, and she developed a particular fondness for Ethel M chocolates, which are made in Las Vegas.

Liz was devoted to her husband and children, who spoke to her by phone every day, and spent as much time in person with her as possible, even during the pandemic. She loved cooking and baking, and was a very talented home chef whose chicken paprikash and roast beef were legendary. Every Christmas, she made Hungarian nut pastries, rolls and apricot lattice pastry, and her daughters plan to continue this tradition using her hand-written recipes.

She leaves behind many to cherish her memory, including husband Mike; her younger brothers, Andrew (Tish) Snyir and Michael (Barb) Snyir; her niece, Amy Snyir, and her dear friend of more than fifty years, Frances Wexler. Her daughters, Rebecca and Andrea Golden; and son-in-law, Andrew Castillo, will keep her memory forever in their hearts.

Elizabeth Snyir Golden left this world March 17, 2021 while recovering from pneumonia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Lois Snyir; her beloved aunt, Jean E. Aumend; and her first husband, Morris Golden. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a food pantry or other charity that helps people in need of food or shelter. Liz dedicated her life to helping vulnerable people navigate a rough system, so helping those in need is a lovely way to honor her life.

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Mother of Loraine Wielinski ’72 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 3, 2021

Obituary for Dorothy Ann Wielinski

Dorothy Ann Wielinski

Dorothy Ann Wielinski, age 90 of Holland, passed away on January 31, 2021. She was born to Simon and Martha (Jozwiak) Mroczkowski on January 5, 1931. She was a graduate of Swanton High School where she formed lifelong friendships. Until recently, Dorothy met her friends for lunch at Loma Linda’s. It was amazing because they all still looked the same (in their hearts). Shirley, Joan, Nettie, Bill and Eleanor were in Dorothy’s life even longer than her children.

She married the love of her life, Larry Wielinski on September 26, 1953 and together they raised 6 children. Dorothy and Larry loved spending time at their time share in Key West, FL for many years. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, needle point, bird watching, reading, crossword puzzles and especially her piano. She also had fun going to the casino now and then.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Larry Wielinski; parents, Simon and Martha (Jozwiak) Mroczkowski and brothers, Richard, Jim and Tom. She is survived by her children, Loraine (Tom) Dowley, of Hamilton, MA, Larry (Janice) Wielinski of Hobe Sound, FL, Matt (Diana) Wielinski of Dunedin, FL, Julie (Jeff) Nye of Toledo, OH, Diane (Tim) Stark of Whitehouse, OH and Patricia (Mike) Placzkiewicz of Maumee, OH; grandchildren, Tom “T.J.” and Kelly (Burak Yilmaz) Dowley, Stephanie Wielinski, Sara and Hanna Wielinski, Joshua Nye, Samantha (Anthony) Mason, Alex and Aaron Stark and Monica Placzkiewicz; great-grandson, Cooper Anthony Mason.

Due to the pandemic, visitation and funeral services will be private.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, St. John Jesuit High School or to University of Detroit Mercy. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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Laura Stephens ’67 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 25, 2020

Ann Stephens McCallister ’67 passed away:

Ann McCallister

Obituary for Ann McCallister

Ann Laura McCallister nee Stephens passed away in her home on Wednesday October 28th in Toledo Ohio at the age of 71.
Ann is survived by her children, Ian McCallister and Caitlin “Caiti” McCallister; siblings, Jeffery Stephens, Barry Stephens, John Stephens, and Casey Stephens, along with their respective families including many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Stephens and Rose Ann Stephens of Toledo, Ohio.
Ann was born on May 12th, 1949 in Toledo Ohio to Robert and Rose Ann Stephens. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a master’s degree in speech therapy. Ann worked for many years in Toledo Ohio, Port Clinton Ohio, and Florida. Her goal was to help as many children as she could while enjoying a quaint lifestyle in small seaside towns. Ann married Lee McCallister, a mechanical engineer, in June of 1981 and over the coming years welcomed two children into their lives. Ann’s children Ian and Caiti remember their mother as a kind, unique woman, with many talents and joys, but mostly her love of family. After moving to Shreveport Louisiana, Ann pursued a career in American Sign Language and was a successful interpreter until 1999 when she decided to return to her first passion of working with young children. Ann help a countless number of children and touched the lives of many learning-disabled families in her 45 years of teaching.
Ann was an accomplished artist with a flair for drawing, design, and jewelry making, she also enjoyed the theatre, film, and music. Ann had a love of antiques, specifically glass oil lamps, which she collected over the years and was an avid animal enthusiast and lover.
A visitation and remembrance will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 4pm – 7pm at Coyle Funeral Home in Toledo, Ohio. All are welcome to attend. Face masks and social distancing will be required by the Funeral Home.

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Bridgett Albrecht Emm ’72 passed away (sister to Michelle ’69, Robin ’70 and Judy ’76)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 16, 2020

Obituary photo of Bridgett Emm, Toledo-OH

Bridgett Ann Emm (neé Albrecht), age 66, of Swanton, OH, died on Saturday, November 7th, at her residence. She was born on February 2, 1954, in Toledo, OH, to Richard and Barbara (Bennett) Albrecht. Her mother and father are deceased.

Bridgett was a 1972 graduate of McAuley High School in Toledo, OH. She had a fulfilling career as an ultrasound and radiological technologist for more than 40 years and worked for Maumee OB GYN for the last 30 years. In addition to her career, she and her husband shared a deep connection to the outdoors. Together they passionately operated their charter fishing business, Salm-Eye-Emm Sport Fishing, in Cheboygan, MI, on Northern Lake Huron. They also enjoyed hunting the forests of Ohio and caring for their beloved dogs, Bojak and BB.

Bridgett is survived by her husband of 29 years, Michael J. Emm, whom she married on August 2, 1991 in Waterville, OH; sons, Blake M. (Sarah) Warner of Bethesda, MD, and Andrew M. (Kimberly) of Daphne, AL; stepdaughters, Nichole and Karin; five grandchildren, Hazel M. Warner (6), Blakely M. Warner (5), Rhys A. Warner (3), Alyse M. Warner (2), and Kamila E. F. Warner (1); brother, John (Esther) Albrecht of Detroit, MI; and sisters, Michelle (Dave) Alger of Benton Harbor, MI, Robin (John) Picard of Saginaw, MI, and Judy (Gary) Mohr of Waterville, OH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to the Wounded Warriors Foundation ( or to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Foodbank (

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Newcomer Funeral Home – Southwest Chapel, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614 (419 473 0300).

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Services & Gatherings

Memorial Gathering:Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Newcomer – SW Toledo Chapel
4752 Heatherdowns Boulevard
Toledo, OH  43614
419-381-1900Directions & MapNewcomer – Southwest Chapel (419-381-1900) is assisting the family

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Mother of Cindy ’71, Debi ’72 and Patricia Beach ’76 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 27, 2020


Elizabeth M. Beach, “Liz” died peacefully on October 14, 2020 at Kingston of Perrysburg. A native East Toledoan, she was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, born December 29, 1929 to John and Emerencia Dudas. In her many travels throughout life she visited Budapest, Hungary where she still had close relatives, and could speak the Hungarian language.

Liz enjoyed cooking and baking Hungarian specialties from her heritage. She was also proud of her courageous survival of cancer. Liz volunteered as a Physical Fitness instructor at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns School for a number of years. She was a longtime member of Heatherdowns County Club, where she loved playing golf with the ladies 9 hole league. Liz was an avid reader, especially mysteries, and was never without a book.

As a member of St. Joan of Arc, she worked with the Sunshine ladies group. People best knew her as never being too busy to be friendly.

Liz is survived by her daughters, Cynthia A. Beach (Art Tenner), Deborah L Berkel, and Patricia J. (Patrick) Crowley; grandchildren, Kelly (Joshua) Breniser, Matthew, Jayme (Sean), and Kevin Berkel, John and Jason Crowley; great grandchildren, Destiny, Preston, and Bennett Breniser, Isaac and Arya Binkley. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Len Beach; brothers, Louis and Robert Dudas; sister, Ethel Stango; and granddaughter, Lauren Berkel.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of NW Ohio or St. Joan of Arc Church. Please leave a condolence message for the family at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.Published in The Blade from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23, 2020.

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Pam Dolve ’65 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 18, 2020

Pamela J. Szczepanski

Pamela J. Szczepanski, 73, of Toledo, passed away on October 13, 2020. She was born to Robert and Beatrice (Czubachowski) Dolve in Toledo. She worked in customer services with various businesses in the Toledo area. She was a member of the AARP, ASPCA and the Humane Society. Pam was a very loving grandmother and cherished her 5 grandsons.

Pam was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gary; son, Todd; and her father. She will be dearly missed by her children, Tracy (Elijah Clay) Myers and Troy (Holly) Szczepanski; her mother, Beatrice Balusik; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Alex; “Auntie” Irene Czubachowski; and extended family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, at St. Hyacinth Church at 11:00 a.m., where friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery along with the blessing and burial of her late husband, Gary.

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Published in The Blade from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2020.

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Sister Noel Frey passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 14, 2020

Sr. Mary Noel Frey, RSM

Sister Mary Noel Frey passed away early Sunday, October 11, 2020, at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, Ohio, at the age of 83. Born Imelda Sylvia Frey on November 28, 1936, she was one of thirteen children born to Mary Ann Hunkele and Jerome George Frey, Sr. of Kirby, Ohio.

A few months after graduating from Union Building High School in Upper Sandusky, she entered the Sisters of Mercy of Cincinnati in 1954. At her religious Reception in 1955 she received the name Sister Mary Noel and she pronounced her lifelong vows on August 16, 1960.

Sr. Mary Noel was a Sister of Mercy for 66 years. Her early ministry included teaching elementary and secondary education at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Catherine, and McAuley High School, all of Toledo, as well as at St. Mary’s Mansfield. She earned a BS in History and Latin from Our Lady of Cincinnati College and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton. She also received certification and advanced training in pastoral care and was a professional hospital Chaplain for over 25 years, providing care at a variety of hospitals in northern Ohio, including St. Charles Hospital of Oregon, Lorain Community Hospital, and St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

In 1992 she received the “Woman of Achievement Merit Award of Recognition,” as well as the 1993 “Elizabeth Coleman Award,” for her outstanding ministry to the Lorain community. Then, in 2011, she was further recognized as a “Legend of St. Rita’s” for her pastoral work in this at St. Rita’s hospital.

Sr. Mary Noel loved music throughout her whole life. A gifted pianist and organist, she taught herself the guitar when it became popular for use in the Catholic Church. Her arrangement of the “Our Father” is still used in parishes and in the Mercy Community. In addition, Sr. Mary Noel served as Director of Music at St. Paul in Chains of Huron, Ohio, and as Chair of the Music Committee of the Toledo Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

Sr. Mary Noel retired in 2012 to St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, Ohio, where she continued to enjoy an active life and remained eager to share her gifts as a liturgist, organist, and sacristan. Sr. Mary Noel also loved nature, especially flowers. She was known to take daily walks through the Our Lady of the Pines grounds. She would look for new blossoms and then use them to create beautiful bouquets of flowers to decorate St. Bernardine chapel for each liturgical season.

Sr. Mary Noel was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Mary Ann Frey, and by her siblings, Agatha E. (Frey) Thomas, Edwin Frey, Wilfred Frey, Gerold Frey, Norman Frey, Miriam C. (Frey) Vent, Jerome S. Frey, and Herman J. Frey.

Sr. Mary Noel is survived by her siblings, Cyril R. Frey, Frederick D. Frey, Rosalie D. (Frey) Pahl, and Norbert R. Frey along with their families, many friends, and her beloved Sisters of Mercy community.

Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, OH. Private services will be held at St. Bernardine Home later this week.

Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, Fremont, Ohio has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Blade from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2020.

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Mary Jo Barker Borel ’75 (sister of Susan Barker ’65) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 21, 2019

Mary Jo Borel Obituary
Mary Jo Borel Mary Jo Borel, 62 years old, lost her thirteen month battle with brain cancer on November 10, 2019. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a sassy sister, adoring aunt and friend to everyone she met.She passed peacefully in her home in Overland Park, Kansas surrounded by family. Mary Jo was born on June 29, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio to Harold and Rita Barker. She remained in Toledo until 1979 when she moved to Olathe, Kansas to live with her sister. She graduated from McAuley High School in 1975 and went on to get her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toledo in 1979.Mary Jo had a very successful career at Liberty Mutual and Jules Borel and Company. She will be missed for her world’s brightest smile, kindest soul, loudest laugh, and most contagious personality. Her caring heart touched everyone who was blessed enough to have known her. She was married to Robert Borel on November 25, 1989 and gave birth to twin girls on March 20, 1991.She is survived by her loving husband of thirty years,Robert Borel, and her children Bridget and Caitlin Borel of Overland Park, Kansas, her sister Susan Higgins (John) , Brother-in-laws John Borel (Sharon), Gray Borel (Cindy), Randy Borel (Sally).She thoroughly enjoyed her 18 nieces and nephews, Christy, Beth and Patrick Barker, Jeff and Michael Higgins, Tim Mike, and Denise (deceased) Gallagher, Shelby, Brooke, Jordan, Jami, Jamie, John , Jenna, Jillian, Cassie, Angie, Kristin Borel and 24 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gary Barker. Her Memorial Service will be held at Heartland Community Church located at 12175 South Strang-line Rd. , Olathe, Kansas 66062, on Friday, November 22, 2019. Visitation will begin at 5:30 with a Scripture Service starting at 6:30. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: Glioblastoma Foundation

Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 17, 2019

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Heidi Sitzenstock ’83 (sister to Synda ’86 and Stephanie ’88) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 9, 2018

Heidi Sitzenstock

Heidi Sitzenstock, 53, passed away on her daddy’s birthday, August 6th after a courageous battle with cancer. Heidi was in hospice care in Monticello, KY surrounded by her daughter, Paulianne, her old puppy, Pud, her sister, Synda (Gary) Heikkinen and lots of love and peace.

Heidi was a graduate of McAuley High School and earned a Masters degree in education from University of Toledo.

Heidi worked in many schools in the Toledo public school system and the last seven years was an 8th grade science teacher and the advisor to the National Junior Honor Society at Beverly School.

Left behind is her beloved daughter, Paulianne “Peanut”, who was the center of her universe.

Please join us at noon, Saturday, August 25th at Beverly School for a lunch and celebration of Heidi’s life. Bring pictures, stories, laughter and tears.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 10, 2018

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Husband of Carol Malak ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 5, 2018

John Andrew Gralak Obituary
John Andrew Gralak, age 69, passed away on July 31, 2018. He was born on April 8, 1949 to the late Lois (Marok) and Daniel Gralak in Toledo, OH.

John worked at Unyses as the Quality Assurance Manager. He also worked at Schindler as a Computer Tech. John loved traveling all over the country, gardening and photography. He also enjoyed outdoor grilling on his TraegerGrill. John adored his six step-grandchildren and loving and hugging all of them.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; sister, Sandee (Ronald) Michalak; step-daughter, Wendy Wisniewski; step-son, Jeffry Ellis; step-grandchildren, Logan Ellis-Sobczak, Isabelle McLaughlin, Simon Wisniewski, Ava Wisniewski, Peter Wisniewski and Caleb Ellis; nephew, Matt Michalak.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at St. Joseph Parish, 628 Locust Street, Toledo. Fr. Matthew Rader officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Donations be made to University of Michigan Football or St. Jude Children’s Research Center.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 5, 2018

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