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Kathleen Conley Kathie Conley Liboon ’70 passed away (Sister to Pamela Conley ’75 deceased and to Cheryl Conley ’73)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 19, 2020

Kathleen (Conley) Liboon Obituary
Kathleen (Conley) Liboon, of Jonestown TX, passed away January 2, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born to Wayne and Jeanne Conley in Toledo, OH, on September 24, 1952. In 1983, Kathie married the love of her life, Leonard Liboon.

After graduating from McAuley High School in 1970, Kathie obtained her RN from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, and bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Mary Manse College. She spent her career in healthcare, serving the profession in significant roles in California and Texas, including Director of Nurse Case Management with OccuHealth Consultants and later, Director of Occupational Health for AECOM.

Kathie had a brilliant smile, matched by an engaging personality and infectious sense of humor. Equally significant, she was compassionate and determined in her desire to help family and friends. Kathie was generous with her handicraft: an accomplished quilter and embroiderer, her needlework graces the homes of friends and family. Kathie and Leonard took great joy square dancing, forging cherished friendships with others who shared their enthusiasm for the dance.

Kathie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Pamela. She is survived by brothers, Michael (Kathleen) Conley, Lawrence (Joanie) Conley, Daniel (Kathleen) Conley; sisters, Cheryl Conley and Amy Conley; ten nieces and nephews; twelve grand-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent via Venmo to uncommon squares, or in c/o Peter Nadolski, 213 McKittrick Ridge Rd, Georgetown, TX 78633. This group, which Kathie co-founded, promotes lively square dances, drawing from throughout Texas for fun, camaraderie, and goodwill.

Published in The Blade from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2020

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Brother of Sharyn Purcell Fondren ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 25, 2019

 

Philip E Purcell Sr

Left suddenly and unexpectedly on November 21, 2019. He was born January 20, 1953 in New Orleans, LA to Ruth and Wally Purcell.

He spent the first part of his life in Toledo, Ohio graduating from Bowsher High School in 1971. He excelled in football and was a Golden Gloves Boxer. He met Sally Miller Purcell in 1970: his high school sweetheart and love of his life. They celebrated 42 years of marriage this past June. Father to Philip Jr (Amanda) and devoted Paw Paw to Ashlynn and Jacob “to whom he taught a lot things”. His sister Sharyn Purcell Fondren, a brother John, many nieces and nephews, sister and brother in laws, and friends survives him. His parents Ruth and Wally Purcell, and his sisters Patsy Purcell and Nina Eryse precede him in death.

He was a dedicated Dad, known to many as Coach or Big Phil mentoring and coaching soccer, baseball, basketball and football from Philip’s YMCA years to Ft Myers High School. His love of the water, diving, fishing and boating were contagious.

He owned a telecommunications company. His contributions to the NASA space program are just one of his many accomplishments. A storyteller with incredible life experiences, filled with adventure and humor always left people laughing. A kind heart helping anyone he saw in need.

God and his family were his priorities.

You now rest in God’s loving embrace whole again… and you will be missed beyond measure.

Services are private for immediate family.

The Salvation Army is his chosen charity.

 

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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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Class of 1967 turns “70”!

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 16, 2019

Class of “67” turns 70!!

Some members of the Class of “67” recently  gathered for their monthly lunch @ The Reynolds Road Garden Cafe for good conversations,friendships & food! We gather on the second Tuesday of the month at 12 noon.We welcome any classmates just contact Mary Boellner.  Seated from (L) to right are:

Gen (Gennie Worona) Gongwer, Winnie Dunham (unintentionally hidden),Sharon (Cassidy) Thompson, Mo (Maureen Collins) Cervenec,Mary Boellner,Sandy Czubachowski,Chris (Dugan) Salah,Jeanne Graden,Myra (Ruetz) Abel and Amy (Good) Boyer.

Happy Birthday Fellow Calssmates!

Gen Gongwer

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Brother of Anita ’68, Carol Webb ’67 & Kathleen ’74 Webb passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 13, 2019

David E. Webb Obituary

David E. Webb, age 77, of Maumee, Ohio passed away peacefully on September 24, 2019. He was born on April 27, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio to Eugene and Geraldine Webb who preceded him in death.

Dave is survived by his loving partner, Florence Seger; daughter, Julie; son, Peter (Sharon); as well as his grandchildren, Sophie and Harrison. Dave, the eldest of six children, is also survived by brothers, Thomas Webb (Linda), Allan Webb (Marty) and sisters, Carol Wenberg (Jim), Anita Lamb (Dick) and Kathy Botts. He had many special nieces and nephews. Besides his family, his beloved English Bulldogs, Izzy and Norm, as well as the men and women of Third Street Cigar Smoking Lounge, in Waterville, Ohio, will miss him.

Dave graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 1960. He attended John Carroll University and the University of Toledo. In the fall of 1963, at the age of 21, he entered USAF pilot training through the Ohio Air National Guard. David graduated the following fall and checked out in the F-84F at the Toledo ANG 180TFS.

In January of 1966, Dave began flying for American Airlines and was based in Buffalo, NY. At that time, he transferred to Niagara Falls ANG 136TFS, flying F-100Cs. In January of 1968, his unit was called to active duty for the Pueblo Crisis and subsequently sent to Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, where he flew over 250 combat missions.

David spent thirty-seven years as an airline pilot for American Airlines. He instructed at the American Airlines Flight Academy as a Check Airman for a number of years and was an FAA designee for the 757/767/777 aircraft. As manager of International Flight Department, in the late nineties, he was responsible for the flying procedures in South America, the North Atlantic and the Pacific. One of the highlights of his career was flying as Captain on Pope John Paul II’s flight from Denver to Rome in 1993.

After retiring in the spring of 2002, he built the barge, “Shenandoah”, in London and traveled the canals through the wine country of France until the fall of 2011. Upon returning to the US, Dave, along with friends, opened Third Street Cigar Smoking Lounge in Waterville, Ohio.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at The Stables, 11781 Obee Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests checks be made to Flag City Honor Flight, P.O. Box 885, Findlay, Ohio 45839, in honor of David Webb. This organization, which honors military service, provides opportunities for veterans to visit memorials in Washington, DC.

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Husband of Lonell Krajicek ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 12, 2019

Thomas Robert Palenske, 58, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in his home. Thomas fought a courageous battle against lung cancer.

Tom worked for over 20 years in the gas industry, currently working for Airgas, Inc. as a gas blender. He was an avid bowhunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Tom loved his family dearly and was a proud son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He also cherished the time he spent with family and friends, including many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert Palenske, and mother-law-in, Kay Miller. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lonnell (Krajicek) Palenske; sons Joshua (Victoria) Palenske, Daniel (Chelsey) Palenske, David Palenske and daughter Melissa Palenske; granddaughter Clarice Palenske; mother Anna Palenske and brother William Palenske.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, October 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, with a memorial service to begin at 7:30 p.m. Please consider memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice.

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Judith Burkhart Wissinger ’80 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 25, 2019

Judith “Judy” A. Wissinger 57 of Toledo, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday September 22, 2019. A graduate of McAuley High School, she received an Associate Degree from the University of Toledo. Judy worked as an administrative assistant for a number of businesses in Toledo.

Judy was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council #14155 and a lifetime parishioner of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church where she was a 40 year member of the church choir. She also enjoyed crocheting blankets especially for newborn infants.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Rita Burkhart. She is survived by her loving husband Greg; brother Lee (Kitty) Burkhart; goddaughters Laura Ungrodt and Courtney Perry; and godson Zach Furry as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday September 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.-8-:00 p.m. where the Knights of Columbus will have a Scripture Service at 7:00p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday September 27th. beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary followed by the Funeral Mass in St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:00a.m. Interment will be private. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the church choir. Please view and sign the guest registry at coylefuneralhome.com.

Published in The Blade on Sept. 25, 2019

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Mother of Leilani Bautista ’84 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 21, 2019

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Sara Jane Moynihan ’82 passed away (sister of Vivian Moynihan ’73)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 21, 2019

Sara Jane Moynihan
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1964 – 2019

Sara Jane Moynihan Sara Jane Moynihan died peacefully and surrounded by love on September 7, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born on October 19, 1964, in Chicago IL. Sara was the youngest of five children of Joseph Francis and Vivian (Michels) Moynihan. After moving to Toledo as a little girl, Sara embraced her new home city and state. She graduated from The Ohio State University and became a dedicated and excitable Buckeye football fan. She earned her MBA from the University of Toledo and used her business skills to run the ProMedica Courier Services. She worked efficiently and tirelessly for her community of couriers. Those of you who were blessed to know Sara remember her generous heart. She cheered at fundraisers, walked to raise awareness, recruited volunteers with enthusiasm. The organization that moved Sara the most was Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo. At the time of her death, she served as the third female President of the Board of Trustees in the 125-year history of the Clubs. If you knew Sara, you knew her kindness, her superb sense of humor, and her affirmative spirit. Memorialize her by giving of yourself unconditionally, making someone laugh joyfully, and celebrating all those you love. As a more tangible memorial, please consider a donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo (2250 N Detroit Ave, Toledo OH 43606 or http://www.bgctoledo.org/). Sara is survived by her siblings, Vivian (the late Dennis Young), Humphrey (Connie), Brendan (Cathleen), and John (Cathy); nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; friends and colleagues. There will be a celebration of Sara’s life on October 12, 2019, from 1 – 5pm at the ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center, 5200 Harroun Rd, Sylvania, OH 43560.Published in The Blade from Sep. 20 to Sep. 21, 2019.

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Deborah Lehr VanLandingham ’69 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 3, 2019

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Deborah Ann VanLandingham, of Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Beloved wife of J. Philip VanLandingham; mother of Eric VanLandingham and Kristen VanLandingham; sister of Glen Lehr (Carol) and Bill Lehr (Carol).

Debbie devoted her entire life to the church, nursing, and her precious family.  She was especially proud of her forty-one years of marriage.

She graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a Registered Nurse in 1973 and then joined the Navy Nurse Corps. She served first at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where she met her future husband. After their marriage the Navy sent her to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at Catholic University. Following her graduation in 1984 she served at Naval Hospitals in Guantanamo Bay Cuba; Charleston, SC; the Territory of Guam; Quantico, VA; the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship in the Persian Gulf and Orlando, FL where she retired from the Navy in 1995.

During her retirement speech from the Navy, she spoke these words:

“Today I can look back and say it was truly an honor for me to be a part of the Navy these 20 years. There is a flood of all different emotions. One chapter of my life is coming to a close, but God, in his goodness has given me other greater blessings, my husband Phil, a wonderful marriage, my beautiful children Eric and Kristen, and my family to enjoy. My greatest challenge now is to them, to be all I can be for them. I think each phase of our lives requires commitment, sacrifice, honor, and a willingness to achieve your very best. As I have always trusted God to direct my path, I look to him to direct my future. None of us can see around the bend in life, what lies ahead, but I hope always to be faithful to fulfilling whatever challenge He allows me to face, and I thank Him for the past 20 years, I thank Him most of all for the gift of family, friends, and life itself, and I thank Him for the future and all that lies ahead.”

True to her words, after retiring from the Navy she devoted herself to raising her children – Eric and Kristen and supporting her husband. As the children reached adulthood she reentered Nursing as a Civil Servant Diabetes Educator at the Army’s Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. After retiring from the Civil Service in 2013 she loved having the time to dedicate herself to the church and her family – her two true loves.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We are happy she is finally at peace with her Lord.

Visitation will begin at 10:30am on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 9705 Summit Ave, Kensington, Maryland 20895, where the Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11am.  Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, https://www.ccalliance.org/donate, or to The Myositis Association, https://www.myositis.org/donate/.

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