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Ann Rogers ’79

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 25, 2022

I saw the following post by Cate Rogers about her sister Ann Rogers ’79: I have not seen an obit for her but someone does – please post.



Last Friday my sister Ann was involved in an accident where a tow truck ran a red light and Tboned her which took her life. She was going to have a birthday the 28th of this month. May she rest in heaven with Big Daddy!!

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Donna Bohland ’64 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 24, 2022

Madonna Marie Whalen of Scotch Ridge, Ohio passed away December 6, 2021. She was born December 19, 1946 to the late Thomas and Imelda(Tiller) Bohland.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Howard Theodore Whalen, Jr.; children, Laura Hall(Brenrton Barteck) and Sean Whalen and grand dog, Rocky; grandchildren, Evan and Evelyn Hall; siblings, Ronald Bohland, Ardell (Jerry) Van Mason, Randall (Jean) Bohland, Russell (Cathi) Bohland and Patricia Mahaney; sister-in-law, Cynthia(Joseph) Hatas, as well as many relatives and friends.

Donna, as she preferred to be called grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from McAuley High School in 1964 and went on to St. Vincent Medical School and became a LPN. She had varied careers in medicine including St. Vincent Hospital, Flower Hospital, Aetna Insurance Company, and the Orthopedic medical office of Dr. Leonard Buck. In her free time, she started a brownie and girls scout troop at Webster School. During her retirement she continued to help people volunteering at her church food pantry and working at Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed camping, flower gardening, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held on January 29, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Ohio at 11:00 a.m.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg for their care and compassion. Memorials, in Donna’s name, may be sent to Hospice of Northwest Ohio Perrysburg at 30000 E. River Road or to the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green at 1526 E. Wooster St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Published by The Blade on Jan. 13, 2022.

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Mary Francis ’78 passed away 10/22/2020 from Lung Cancer

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 19, 2022

Mary Grolle, 60, of Bowling Green passed away peacefully at home, after a hard fought battle with cancer, on October 22, 2020. Born in Toledo, Ohio on November 18, 1959 to Thomas and Jean Francis, they precede her in death. Mary graduated from McAuley High School in 1978. She married David Grolle on September 12th, 1981, he survives. Mary is also survived by her two daughters, Kate (Ryan) Miller and Anna (Zach) Rausch and five grandchildren, Hayley and Kinzie Miller, Layne, Lawson, and baby boy Rausch.
Also surviving are her sisters Carol Francis, Joan Greene, Susan (John) McCarthy, Sally (John) Leahy; brothers, Mike Francis, Rick (Sharon) Francis; brother-in-law, Geoff Waggoner; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Kathy Waggoner, and brother- in- law, Tim Greene.
Mary worked at Bowling Green State University as an event coordinator. It was her passion to create the perfect event. In her spare time she enjoyed glass mosaic art, making many pieces for friends and family. Mary was a very loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed watching her daughters and grandchildren participate in their sporting events, 4-H activities, and FFA activities.
A private family memorial will be held. Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Wood County Clover Legacy Foundation, PO Box 271, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 or the donors choice. Arrangements entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Tontogany, Ohio. To leave an online memory please visit

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Kimberly Rinehart ’80 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 17, 2022

Kimberly Rinehart Merline passed away at her home in Purcellville, Va., on January 24, 2020. Kimberly was born in Kansas City, Kansas, to Dr. Donald and Marilyn Rinehart on March 27, 1962, and grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio. She received her bachelors degree in English at the University of Michigan, where her future husband was also attending (but whom she wouldnt meet until years later). She received her Masters degree in English from the University of Toledo. When she came to Washington for a journalism internship in 1989, she met her husband, John, and after marrying on July 6, 1991, they had three boys, Jack, Matt and Joey. Kimberly devoted every waking minute to raising her boys in a loving, caring, nurturing environment. She loved teaching, and for 10 years she homeschooled them. Kimberly taught them to love learning as much as she did. She shared with them her love of God. She encouraged them to pursue their passion, whether film, music, or computer programming. She was a steady moral guide. She poured out her love for them. Anyone who knew Kimberly knew she was thoughtful, caring, generous in spirit, with a forgiving heart and an infectious laugh. Kimberly is survived by her parents, her brother Greg Rinehart, her husband and her three boys. There will be a visitation for Kimberly at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville, Va., on Thursday, January 30th from 6 pm to 8 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 21st. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Patricia Casey ’64 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 17, 2022

Patricia B. Thomas

March 10, 1946 – September 12, 2022

Patricia Bernadette Thomas, age 76 of Monroe, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the ProMedica Regional Hospital of Monroe.

Born March 10, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio. She was one of five children of the late Joseph and Agnes (Whitaker) Casey. Pat graduated from McAuley High School in Toledo in 1964.

Pat always enjoyed being with her family. For holidays and parties with friends, it didn’t matter, she was always there to entertain. Pat loved to cook, some of her famous dishes included chicken paprikosh and chicken and dumplings. Another one her favorite past times was going to the casino for fun.  She will be remembered as a great mom, caring grandmother, thoughtful sister, and considerate friend. Pat will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Loving mother of Tracy (Scott Johnson) Milton and Tamela Goergen. Dear grandmother of Jessica, T.J., Jonathan, Nicholas, and Holly. Great grandmother of Paisley Jenn. Also survived by a sister-in-law: Linette (Garth) Richard.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by daughter: Jennifer Baldwin; and siblings: Kate Casey, James Casey, Betty Porter, and Mary Sheehy.

Everyone is invited to a visitation on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Rupp Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A funeral service will conclude viewing at 4:00 pm. In accordance with Pat’s wishes, cremation will follow, with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date.

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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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Jeanne Graden ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 4, 2022

Born December 23, 1949 to Jack and Dorothy (Haddad) Graden. Jeanne was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend. Jeanne’s loved ones remember her constant generosity, humor and especially her fierce loyalty to those she loved. Jeanne’s passions included bringing people together at her annual Lebanese feast, attending the symphony and spending quality time with family. Jeanne deeply loved music, and enjoyed art, reading nonfiction, and gardening. She was always true to herself and inspired those around her.

Jeanne attended McAuley High School and University of Toledo, and taught Theater Arts and English at Woodward High School for seven years. She spent 28 years in Chicago, working as a report department manager at RSM McGladrey. In her retirement, she shared her gift for compassion as a volunteer at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Father John Graden of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. She is survived by her siblings, Joseph (Mary Pat) Graden and Mary Jo (Hilary Marsh) Graden, nephew, nieces, great-nieces and cousins, and a strong community in Toledo and Chicago.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43614, on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m., followed by a graveside service and burial at Resurrection Cemetery, 5725 Hill Ave, Toledo, OH 43615.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at

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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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Sandra Szymanski ’64 passed away (sister to Melvina (Zippy) ’71 and deceased sister Michele ’67)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 25, 2022

Sandra F. Drabek, age 75, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania. She was born on November 20, 1946, in Toledo to Melvin A. and Lucille G. (Konopinski) Szymanski. Sandra was a graduate of McAuley High School and attended Mary Manse College. She had worked for over 30 years with the Former Ohio Bell and AT & T, retiring in 1999. Sandra was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where she was active with the Daughters of Mary. She was a life member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary and active in the Logsdon-Walla Post Ladies Auxiliary. Over 20 years, Sandy served as a trustee and chairlady of several events. She was acknowledged for her selfless work and volunteer hours this past May 2022 with honor of the Saint Theresa of Calcutta Medal presented by Auxiliary 639 and was named Women of the Year. Sandy was very active in several Catholic Senior groups, 50 plus club Gesu, St. Hyacinth, and our Lady of Lourdes Daughters of Mary. She was active in several civic groups, and enjoyed attending local senior centers playing Bunco and Bingo. Sandy and her vast catering knowledge shared these skills with all the clubs and centers she belonged to by chairing the kitchen committee for several fundraisers making lunch for thousands of attendees over the years. She also assisted Malczewski’s Catering for many years. Her famous chicken sandwiches and multi-layer jello are just two of the many of Sandy’s specials. Sandy was the first in and last out when she volunteered.

Sandy made a difference in this life with her faith, her love for her family, especially proud of her son, and her selfless acts of charity for veterans.

Preceded in death by her husband, John L. Drabek on December 25, 2009; as well as by her parents.

Surviving is her son, John T. “Skip” Drabek; her sister, Melvina “Zippy” Roberts; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Friday August 26, 2022, from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Thos. I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo, Ohio, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. by the Daughters of Mary. Prayers will be recited on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home with a procession to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6149 Hill Ave., for the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Published by The Blade on Aug. 25, 2022.

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Amy South Henderson ’86 killed in an automobile accident

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 6, 2022

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