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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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Angela Menden ’77 passed away (sister of Deborah ’78)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 2, 2022

Angela M. Menden, age 62, of Metamora, passed away peacefully in her home, Sunday, January 30, 2022 with her family by her side.  Angela was born in Toledo on September 4, 1959 to the late George, Jr. and Patricia (Meiring) Menden.  Angela worked in the nursing field for over 30 years.  She loved her job, the residents, and most of her co-workers.  In her spare time she enjoyed crafting, baking, traveling, and attending concerts, but most importantly, she loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Angela was also a member of the Red Hat Society.  Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nicole Menden (Scott) and Ashley (Cody) Armstrong; grandchildren, Jacob, Raven, and Kennedy; sister, Debbie (Mark) Malak; step-sisters, Bonnie (Don) Ditch; Karen (Wayne) Rogers and sister-in-law, MaryAnn Bernath.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-sister, Patty Brown; step-brother, Mike Bernath, and special friends, Gary Allen and Albert Kennedy.  Friends and family will be received at Barnes Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, February 7, 2022 with the Rosary being recited at 7:30 PM.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM. with Pastor Maryann Reimund officiating.  Burial will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery, Metamora.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Fulton County Humane Society, 22450 Co. Rd. F, Archbold, Ohio 43502 in her memory. 

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February 7, 2022
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February 8, 2022
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Amboy Cemetery

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Star Hirsch ’79 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 25, 2022

I received the following information from Deborah Drummer ’79 in regards to the passing of Star Hirsch:

I apologize for not giving an update for a while. Many people have asked, so here it is. I was able to claim Starling and essentially become next of kin and have her cremated. If you know Star, and how much she LOVES to read, you would know I could hear her YELLING at me to “pick that one dammit”! Her favorite book is the red one, Oliver Twist. My husband and I have paid for the cremation, but if you would like to donate toward that and/or her celebration of life, which will be in mid May (we are hoping for once we narrow down a location), please send via:Venmo: @TiffanyBerry19 phone number ending 4989 if it asksCashApp: $tiffylynn0917Or message me, as I would be happy to meet up with you.I knew Star touched many lives, and those of you who have reached out or already donated, thank you. Truly and from the bottom of my heart, thank you. My big sister was one feisty woman, and I’m so glad to have been a little sister ❤️ I love her like my own, and I really cannot wait to see you all at her CoL ❤️ thank you again, and please, reach out to me with any questions.

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Denise Gable ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 25, 2022

Denise Laurette Murphy

Denise Laurette Murphy (Gable), age 74, was born on January 21, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio. Denise attended primary school at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, graduated from McAuley High School and continued her education at the University of Toledo, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Education with a Specialized Certification in Reading. With a passion for teaching, Denise taught for the Toledo Public School system for over 35 years. She was a member of the Junior League of Toledo and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Lambda Chapter. Denise enjoyed playing bingo, watching sports, traveling, and going on walks, especially with her beloved dog, Chloe.

Those who will forever cherish Denise’s memory are her loving daughters, Melissa (Christopher) Smith, Jr., Monique Triplett, and Erica Mosley; grandchildren, Devin, Lauren, William III, and Jayson Triplett; great-grandson, Christopher Triplett; sisters, Elise Traynum, Esq., S. Dianne (Paris) Russell-Carter, Dr. Marsha Gable; brother, Rodney Gable; nieces and nephews, Emile Gable, Delia Gable, Tiffany Traynum and Robert Gable.

In addition to her parents, Vincent and Shirley M. Gable; Denise was preceded in death by two nieces, Jaime DeMarlise Russell and Chelsea Denise Gable.

Family and friends may gather at the Gesu Catholic Parish, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43607, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 10:00—11:00 a.m., where her memorial mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

A special memory or online condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Published by The Blade on Jan. 23, 2022.

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Nicole Newbury ’89 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 18, 2022

Nicole Marie Newbury left us too soon on July 15, 2020. She was only 49 years young.

Nicky is missed very dearly by her father, Jerome Newbury; her mother, Cynthia Guilliams; sons, Caid and Preston Shaffer; and by numerous relatives and friends. Preceded in the afterlife by her beloved husband, Randall in 2019.

How could I say enough about her to anyone? She is and was a beautiful, kind person. My sweet daughter leaves behind a trail of tears. Baby Nicky, I can only pray you found peace with our loved ones on the other side, kiss them and Oscar for me, I love you forever and more, Dad.

Published by The Blade from Sep. 23 to Sep. 29, 2020.

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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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Kandas Krasny ’63 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 10, 2022

I found an obituary for Kandas Krasny Howell, ’63 in it indicates that she passed away June 21, 2018 at the age of 73 in Lake Havasu city.

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Jacquelyn Haupricht ’64 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 10, 2022

I found a death record on for Jacquelyn. Death date 7 Nov 1992. Hope, Midland, Michigan.

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Delana Barry ’72 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 10, 2022

As per a note from her husband: 4/9/2020 Delana passed away at our home in Fair Harbor on Fire Island. She died comfortably and peacefully in her sleep at age 65. Delana struggled with her health for many years (diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2005, spinal stenosis in 2010, respiratory failure in 2016.

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