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Beverly Mossing Welsh ’74 passed away 12/12/2005

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 3, 2019

Beverly Ann Welsh 6/12/56 ~ 12/12/05 Beverly returned peacefully to the arms of Jesus, while at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Perrysburg, Ohio and moved to Salt Lake after High School. Bev loved the Lord with all of her heart and spread His love everywhere she went and in whatever she did. She brought laughter and joy to all her family and friends and is even now, in heaven, dancing on the streets of gold! Bev’s favorite times were with her children: Melissa, Drew and Riley and her grandchildren, Olivia and Paul Jess. She was always hosting parties, at which there was lots of good food, music, game playing and laughter. She also loved camping, water skiing, golfing and travel. Bev tended to her own garden but more especially she made sure to tend to ‘the garden of the Lord’. She was involved in many of His ministries, both through her church, as well as through her Al-Anon Family Groups. Beverly is survived by her children, grandchildren, mother, Phyllis Farrell and Bonus Dad, Mike Farrell, brother, Mark Mossing, sisters, Pamela Tillman and Dee Dee Bay (Kevin), nieces and nephews, and her many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Mossing, and her nephews: Taylor and Todd Mossing. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley Assembly of God, 4700 South and Bangerter. The family will receive friends at a viewing Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Church. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E. 4580 S, Salt Lake City. Beverly’s main concern, at the time of her passing, was the continued success of her children!… and so in her honor and in lieu of flowers, we gratefully invite you to contribute to their “Education Fund” set up at Zions Bank. Acct. #137324497, routing #324377613.Published in Deseret News on Dec. 15, 2005

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Christine Konczal Galvin ’64 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 25, 2019


Mary Christine Konczal Galvin

Mary Christine Konczal Galvin, 72, who passed away March 23, 2019, was a believer. She believed in love, gratitude, family, friendship, God, science, magic, creativity, redemption, the power of people coming together to change their world for better and that “words matter.”

Chris had a very broad definition of family and treated almost every person (and animal) she met as if they were part of hers. She met people where they were and rejected mean-spirited gossip. Her Thanksgivings were known for her 150 year-old stuffing recipe and boisterous debates, storytelling, and board games—especially Scrabble.

She was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.

She forged meaningful friendships in her hometown, online, and across the country. She valued lifelong bonds as dearly as fresh friendships. Al-Anon and AA had a profound impact on her life. When told tragedy did not seem to make her bitter, Chris once said, “Bitter was my companion somewhere in the 70s, but I traded it in for Serenity in 1975 and never looked back.”

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio in the Old West End and Waterville, she graduated from McAuley High School. Her work life spanned from being a Girl Scout counselor at Camp Libbey to finding her vocation 25 years ago as the executive director of United Way of Greater Toledo’s Ottawa County office where she recently retired.

She loved Port Clinton and Lake Erie. If the sun was shining in the summer, you could find her at the beach or pool. If the lake was frozen, you could meet her on the ice. She loved bees, goats, gardening, and feeding the birds. She saw miracles in everyday life and was quick to point them out to others.

She dedicated her life to serving her community by saying “yes” and getting others to say “yes.” She was proud to be a catalyst for such initiatives as TNT Mentoring, the Conestoga Project, Bistro 163, and Strength For The Journey among others.

If you knew Chris, you have a story of when she helped you learn and grow and find the possibility to change the things you can.

Chris is survived by her children Beth (Brian) Gillman, Dan Galvin (Mary Ann Alton), Molly Galvin (Skooter Skotte), Trish Galvin (Steve Kaelin), Ray (Jacquie) Galvin, Linda (Ted) Cooke, Bob Galvin, Mary Ruth Galvin, Judy Galvin (Paul De Shane), Craig Woolfork, and Riley Galvin; her grandchildren, who mostly knew her as “Nena” Caitlyn, Christopher (Ashley), Amanda, Jimmy, Jennifer (Tyler), Evelyn, Lissa, Emmett, Sullivan, Isabella, and Larkin; great-grandchildren Jacob and Tavis; and nieces Sandy and Robin.

She was preceded in death by her soulmate Marty Galvin, her mother and stepfather Patricia and Bob Crossman, her father Francis Konczal, her sister Trish Crossman, her brother Pete Konczal, and her grandson Grant Galvin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Strength For The Journey or another organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Visitation hours are Thursday, March 28 from 2pm-8pm at Gerner Wolf Funeral Home 216 Washington Street, Port Clinton, OH. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home at 10am, followed by the Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30am, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: Strength for the Journey, 984 E. Lockwood Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Husband of Susan Bottles Kolinski ’65 (sister of Sally Bottles Kwapich ’72) passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 18, 2019

Kenneth W. Kolinski(1942 – 2019)

Kenneth W. Kolinski

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Kenneth W. Kolinski, age 76, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 1, 1942, Ken was a humble man who loved and treasured his family deeply and valued his many lifelong friendships.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine and his grandson, Tyler Salyers. Ken is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Robert (Liz), Matthew (Tiffany); daughter, Erin; grandchildren, Madelyn & William Kolinski and Sophia Connell. He is also survived by his brother, Phil (Jo); sister, Chris (Tony), and many loving aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday, March 19th, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, conducted by Ken’s godson Fr. Patrick Rohen. The family will be receiving guests for 30 minutes prior to the mass.

Published in The Blade from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2019

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Former Teacher – Frank Lenz passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 17, 2019

Frank J. Lenz

Frank J. Lenz, 72, of Oregon, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born December 25, 1946 in Toledo to Frank Xavier and Hilda (Decker) Lenz and a brother, Fr. Michael Lenz O.F.M. He received his education at Toledo St. Mary’s, (1960) Central Catholic High School (1964) and graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Education (1970). He taught Russian, Chinese and Japanese History at Toledo McAuley High School. At McAuley, he led trips to the former Soviet Union, coached City League Girls Varsity Basketball (1976-1982), later in the 1990’s CYO Boys Basketball. From 1980 to 1998, he managed Lee William’s Oregon’s House of Meat leaving there to return to teach at Penta Career Center (1998 – 2012). At Penta, he participated in a teacher exchange from Russia, hosted Austrian exchange students and visited schools in China and Europe. He was involved with the Lucas County Democratic Party, being Vice President of the South End Democratic Club and precinct chairman. He was a former member of the Bavarian Sports Club and the Walbridge Park Association helping to plan the Harvard Terrace Centennial celebration. There were many persons and families that enchanced his life: the Sadowski Zeisloft, Connin, Pollex, Warwick, Toepfer, Shaver, Bebell, Wise, Barry, Brandon, Decker, Kralovic, and many more.

His wife, Christine McGrellis; sons, Ryan (Rebecca) Lenz, Jordan, Trevor; and brother, Fr. Michael Lenz OFM, are left to continue his legacy.

Family and friends may visit the Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Immaculate Conception 434 Western Ave in Toledo on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a mass to begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be private at St. Ignatius Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, formerly of Oregon.

Funeral Home

Freck Funeral Chapel
1155 South Wynn Road Oregon, OH 43616
(419) 693-9304

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Kimberly McGee Pfitzer ’84 passed away. (sister of Tamra McGee ’83)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 7, 2019

Kimberly McGee Pfitzer 52, passed away March 2, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice. A native of Toledo, she was a current resident of Temperance, MI. Kim was a dedicated employee of the King Agency. She was passionate about supporting charitable organizations including Cherry Street Ministries. She had a charismatic personality and a passion for living and was loved and cherished by so many in the area.

She is survived by her loving daughter Janaye Dixon; parents Roger McGee and Barbara Williams McGe; siblings Brian McGee, Tamara Owens, Roger McGee Rogina Carter; 5 nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be Saturday 3:00 p.m. followed by Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. Dale Riggs Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial donations can be made to the memory of Kimberly McGee Pfitzer to Cherry Street Ministries.

Funeral Home

Dale-Riggs Funeral Home 
572 Nebraska Ave Toledo, OH 43604-8542
(419) 248-4254

Published in The Blade on Mar. 7, 2019

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Husband of Mary Braker Martin ’71 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 1, 2019

OTTAWA — Timothy A. Martin, 69, of Ottawa died 12:20 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at The Meadows of Ottawa. He was born September 13, 1949 in McComb to the late Harold “Hap” and Esther (Jones) Martin. On September 22, 1972, he married Mary Braker and she survives in Ottawa.

Other survivors include two children: Jeff (Amy) Martin of Galena and Kristen (Robb) Pickens of Ottawa; four grandchildren: Kayley Martin, Zack Martin, Kelsea Pickens and Ethan Pickens; and a brother, Harold “Joe” Martin of Leipsic.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Martin.

Tim was a manager for the former IGA in Leipsic, and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He was a graduate of Leipsic High School and had attended The Ohio State University. Tim enjoyed watching the cooking channel, writing down many recipes; although we never got him to make us anything. He also spent many hours on the computer searching for anything interesting and compiling his findings in one of his many binders. Tim’s greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren. He always wanted to be a part of their lives in whatever way he could. He will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass will begin 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa.

Memorial donations may be made to Putnam County Council on Aging or Putnam County Home Heath and Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home
Love Funeral Home
405 E 3Rd St
Ottawa, OH 45875
(419) 523-6586
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Published in The Lima News from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2019

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Brother of Deanna Bartholomy Malohn ’67 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 25, 2019

Mark “Bart” Bartholomy

Mark “Bart” Bartholomy passed away in his home on February 15, 2019. He was born in Lapeer, Michigan on November 13, 1954 to James and Verena (Kirsch) Bartholomy.

He graduated from Bowsher High School, and worked for Airborne, DHL and Town Air Freight before his retirement. Mark had a talent for music; both singing and playing his saxophones. He attended many concerts and would argue with conviction that there was no good music written after 1980. He loved to cook and barbeque for his many friends and family.

He is survived by his mother and 7 siblings, Deanna Malohn, Joe (Monica), Gregory (Phyllis), Ann Kear, Eileen (John) Juvinall, Rita (Donald) Shepler and Peter; sisters-in-laws Daun (Dan) Dietrich), Gail (Floyd) Trawick and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Karla of 38 years on February 18, 2017; his father, James; and nephew Jeremiah Valiant.

Coyle Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please leave a condolence message at

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5, 2019 at the Walbridge Park Shelter House.

Funeral Home

Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in The Blade from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2019

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Brother of Kay ’66, Jean ’67, Susan ’70 and Cynthia Floyd ’83 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 25, 2019

It breaks our hearts to inform you that Edward J. Floyd DPM, 68, of Waite Hill, passed on February 6, 2019, but not without a valiant fight.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lois Floyd; nephew, Nicolas Iorio; and father in-law, Thomas Phillips.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan; son, Byron (Amy) Floyd; daughter, Ashley (Eric Olson) Floyd; grandchildren, Byron Edward Floyd and Brennen Mansell; siblings, Kay (Charles) Gifford, Jeane Swemba, Susan (Timothy) Iorio, Michael Floyd, Laura (David) Rahanian, Amy (Rob Brown) Goins, Lisa Armstrong, Patrick (Clare) Floyd, and Cindy (Charles) Skeens; aunt, Mary Corese Floyd, S.N.D.; mother-in-law, Patricia Phillips; and sister-in-law, Diana (Harry Gianakis) Phillips. His soul is now in the company of those we have lost before him.
He peacefully went surrounded by his beloved family. Ed has touched the lives of so many, from Toledo St. Johns High School ‘69 to John Carroll University ‘73, in his private practice as a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon, and on the softball fields as a player, coach, and backer. Ed is also a member of the Toledo St. John’s Hall of Fame, John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as The Greater Cleveland Slo-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. He truly was a titan among men. His passion was contagious and his motivation was helping others. Ed fiercely loved his family. He had a knack for making you feel like the most important person in the room, and to him, you were. He will be sorely missed. Thank you to all who knew him, as you all know, he loved everyone.
Dr. Edward J. Floyd Celebration of Life, Friday, March 22 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Landerhaven Event Center, 6111 Landerhaven Dr., Cleveland, OH.
Please come and celebrate our father, friend, teammate, mentor, teacher, colleague, coach, and doctor. If you knew Ed in any way, we hope to see you there! Let’s make this a night to remember! All who knew him are welcome.

Funeral Home

Blessing Cremation Center
9340 Pinecone Drive Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 352-8100

Published in The News-Herald on Feb. 17, 2019

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Mother of Laura ’72, Lynette ’78 & Lisabeth Swantack ’85 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 17, 2019

Ethel Barbara Swantack, 90, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2019 under the loving care of The Manor at Perrysburg. She was born on January 19, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio to Andrew and Barbara (Adams) Vigyo. Ethel worked as a sales clerk for Lasalle’s or Tiedtke’s (please let us know) department store and later at the Bridal Aisle. She also enjoyed her jobs at Toledo Candy Co. and at Ohio Bell as a switchboard operator connecting people the old-fashioned way.

Reading, teaching, singing, and coloring with her children and grandchildren were priorities. She loved volunteering as a Lunch Mom at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, and providing pies for the funeral luncheon committee at church. When Mom had a moment to herself, she would needlepoint, feed the birds, and make salmon patties. Some of Mom’s fondest memories came from Penn Mutual conventions in Florida where she would dance with “Buddy” every evening. When there was a party, you could always count on Aunt Ethel to bring the Heavenly Hash!

Ethel is survived by her children Laura (Bob) Herroon, Lynette Swantack, Joseph Jr. “JJ” (Christine) Swantack, and Lizabeth Swantack (Mike Wilson). She leaves behind her grandchildren Anna (Kendall) Jones, Robert Herroon, Sarah (Brian Tagg), Joseph III (Alexis), and Robert Swantack, Juney, Samantha, Sabrina and Tara Wilson (Thomas Teknipp); and her great grandchildren Sophia and Ava Swantack, Zoey Tagg, and Mirabel and Camille Jones. Ethel is also survived by her sister Violet Campbell and brother Louis Maynhart. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph “Buddy” Swantack (whom she met at St. Stephen’s when they were children), and her siblings Julius, Bobby, Dickie, Barbara and Eddie.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Tuesday, February 19, from 2-8 p.m., with a Prayer Service and a Sharing of Memories at 7. The funeral will begin in the mortuary on Wednesday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns at 10. Burial will be at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Ethel loved all flowers, especially yellow, and they are welcomed by the family. Please view Ethel’s Memorial Video Tribute and leave a condolence message for the family at

Funeral Home

Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in The Blade from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2019

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Jeanne Taylor Prater ’75 passed away. Sister to Kathy ’62 and Mary Ellen ’67

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 6, 2019

Jeanne M. Prater(1957 – 2019)

(News story) Jeanne M. Prater, a persuasive and likable Blade advertising sales representative who secured new business for the newspaper and, as a supervisor, paired sales staff with compatible customers, died Sunday in her Maumee home. She was 61.

She had breast cancer, first discovered in 2007. Treatment and then remission followed. She and her husband, Ron Prater, moved to South Carolina after she retired in 2014. Cancer was found again in January, 2017. She returned to the Toledo area to be near her sisters and her friends from The Blade, her son Danny said.

“She was a continual beacon of positivity,” her son said. “She was brave. She was courageous. She didn’t want anybody to worry about her. She didn’t complain about her problems.”

Mrs. Prater was a marketing major at the University of Toledo, from which she received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1980. She took some finance courses, her husband said, but “Sales was her natural niche. She was so outgoing and personable,” he said. “She was good at it from the get-go. She was a likable individual. She presented herself well. She was engaging.”

During a summer, 1980, advertising internship at The Blade, Mrs. Prater filled in for sales representatives on vacation. The Blade hired her that fall. To start, her duties were split between local display sales and advertising services, where she was a copy clerk.

“She fell in love with the romance of the newspaper business, and she knew it was going to be a great opportunity,” her husband said.

She became a full-time sales representative in 1985, Blade records show. She was named an outside classified supervisor in 1993, and in 1996 a retail advertising supervisor. She returned to the sales force in 2005 as an outside retail sales representative.

“Jeanne developed the entire east side of Toledo into Blade customers and expanded it out,” said Ron Shnider, a Blade advertising consultant. “She developed accounts in Perrysburg, Rossford. There was a new source of revenue for us.

“She was conscientious and aggressive. She was concerned about their business and concerned about the people as people, not just a customer,” said Mr. Shnider, who retired as Blade new business development manager. He added that those customers referred to her by name, not by the generic, “my Blade rep, my Blade person.”

As a supervisor of sales staff, she also made sure “the right people were calling on the right places,” Mr. Shnider said. “If I had to pick a most-valuable person in the advertising department, it would be Jeanne Prater.”

She served on union subcommittees working to develop an equitable commission plan, and she advised news union members, said Jeff Hojnacki, a former treasurer of the Toledo Newspaper Guild.

“She believed in union principles,” said Mr. Hojnacki, a retired Blade district manager. “People looked up to her.”

For about two years in retirement, she was a sales assistant at the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She liked to play golf, and she liked to watch NASCAR events.

She was born May 8, 1957, to Veronica and John Taylor. She grew up in South Toledo and was a graduate of the former McAuley High School.

Surviving are her husband, Ron, whom she married Oct. 16, 1982; sons, Russell “Rusty” and Danny Prater; brothers, Michael, Jim, and Tom Taylor, and sisters, Kathy Taylor and Mary Ellen Taylor.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge in Maumee.

“She didn’t want people to enter into it with a mindset of sadness. No mourning,” son Danny said. “She wanted it to be happy and for old friends to reconnect.”

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, Maumee.

The family suggests tributes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at or 419-724-6182.

Published in The Blade on Feb. 6, 2019

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