Winter 2009 CCHS Alumni Magazine
12 Home Makeover
2 Updates and Success Stories
4 Reunion Review
6 Class Acts
9 Baby Irish
10 Jackie Calmes ’72
14 Sr. Mary Bernard ‘51
16 In Memoriam
18 Jones Signs Letter of Intent
19 Leadership Conference
21 Meet Our Students
22 Meet Our Staff
23 Spring Musical
24 Meet Our Coach
25 Football City Champs
The Scarlet & Gray is published three times a year by
Central Catholic High School for its alumni and friends.
The magazine’s address is:
Institutional Advancement Offi ce
Central Catholic High School
2550 Cherry Street
Toledo, Ohio 43608
Main Offi ce: 419-255-2280
Institutional Advancement Offi ce: 419-255-2306
Main Offi ce Fax: 419-259-2848
Institutional Advancement Offi ce Fax: 419-259-2855
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Fr. Dennis P. Hartigan, Ph. D
Michael J. Kaucher
Vice President for Institutional Development
Patrick Williams ‘87
Director of Operations
Mike Boyle ‘70
Director of Curriculum
Director of Annual Fund
Greg Dempsey ‘90
Director of Enrollment
Director of Events & Fundraising
Tracy (Kowalski) Koralewski ‘85
Director of Marketing/Public Relations
Director of Planned Giving/Alumni
Mary (McCarty) Pierce ‘65
Michele (Landin) Jurek ‘86
Margaret Simon ‘82
We sincerely regret and apologize for any errors or
omissions in this issue of Scarlet & Gray.
- The Editors
Dear Alumni & Friends,
Greetings in the Lord!
s I write this, the colorful and cool season of fall is upon us. As I sit at my
desk and look out the window windo of my offi ce, I see the leaves of the trees in a
beautiful array of rich colors. colors I cannot help but think of the wonder of our
God at such a time.
By the time you receive receiv receive this new n Scarlet & Gray, our brothers and sisters
will continue to deal with the impact im impact ct of the national economic crisis, and of course, we
will have a new president. As the wor world ccon continues n to change, our task as Christian people
is s to make this a better world for everyone everyone. everyon ve
One of the great things about high school is that there is an order to our lives. We have
celebrated a very successful fall athletic season. We now look forward to what the winter
season brings. Our annual auction has taken place, our choirs are ready for the Sounds of
Christmas performance, and we anticipate our annual Advent Pilgrimage to the
Cathedral. It is hard to imagine that we are already preparing for 2009!
Central Catholic has been preparing for a while two major events. The fi rst is our
re-accreditation with the North Central Accrediting Association and the Ohio Catholic
School Accrediting Association. Both of these programs help us continue to improve.
The second is our on-site visit of the team from the International Baccalaureate program.
The IB program is well-respected and is known for academic rigor and for adding a global
accent to the classes in the program. It is our hope that we will not only be the fi rst school
in Northwest Ohio to be classifi ed as an IB School, but the fi rst Catholic school in the
State of Ohio.
It seems a bit ironic that while the order of things repeat yearly at school, other things
change so much. However, that is something that Central Catholic refl ects very well. We
build on our solid tradition, and we continue to seek new ways to improve. Someone
once said, “Aim for the moon and if you miss, you will at least land on a star.”
May the season of Advent be a time of quiet refl ection in a hectic and chaotic world. May
the glory of the Incarnation fi ll us all with the Word Made Flesh!
In Christ Jesus,
Rev. Dennis P. Hartigan, Ph.D.
2 Milestones Winter 2009
Central Catholic Music Hall of Fame
Central Catholic High School’s sixth annual Music Hall of
Fame dinner and induction ceremony was held Saturday,
October 11, in the CCHS Sullivan Center. This year’s
inductees included L to R: Gerard Lonsway, Mary Kay
Duggan ’56, Duke Heitger ’86, Theodora Fried ’89, Raymond
Nowak (Citizen’s Award), and Theresa Potter ’69.
Also inducted was Gerald Francis ’54 (posthumous).
Seniors Kristen Murnen
and Mike Mesteller
Pat ’82 and Julie
(Schuller) Boyle ’82
Dinner Auction Gets
Everyone “In the Mood”
Central Catholic Wins Science Award
for 14th Consecutive Year
The Central Catholic High School Science Department has received the
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities for its
accomplishments during the 2007-2008 school year. Central Catholic is the only
high school in the Toledo area to receive this award for 14 consecutive years. In
addition, teachers Jeanine Bailey and Michael Petro have been singled out for
The Ohio Academy of Science selected 73 Ohio schools and 209 teachers to
receive the Governor’s Award, and special certifi cates will be issued to the
recipients by the Ohio Department of Education.
This educational partnership program was initiated by The Ohio Academy of
Science in cooperation with The Offi ce of The Governor and the Ohio
Department of Education to recognize schools and teachers who stimulate
student scientifi c research and who extend science education opportunities
beyond the traditional classroom activities.
To qualify for the Governor’s Award, each school conducted a local science
fair with 20 or more students, sent one or more of these students to one of the
Academy’s 16 district science days, and involved students in one or more youth
science opportunities beyond the classroom, such as State Science Day, visits to
museums, mentorship programs, and extended fi eld trips.
“Receiving a Governor’s Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these
schools and teachers value student-originated, inquiry-based science education
as outlined in the Ohio Science Education Standards and in the National
Science Education Standards,” said Lynn Elfner, the Academy’s CEO. “Whole new
worlds of opportunities open up to these students when they complete research
Over 300 people enjoyed the 17th annual
dinner auction at the Central Catholic
Sullivan Center on November 8. The
theme was The 1940’s USO Show, and the evening featured
live and silent auction items as well as entertainment by
the Night Session Big Band Orchestra. Proceeds from the
evening go to the CCHS scholarship fund.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Seniors Gretchen Hall and Rudolfo Orta,
Thomas Schuster and Emily Grau, Kristen
Murnen and Mike Mesteller
John ’55 and Jeanie Hayward
Central Catholic Classes
Feature New Technology
The Central Catholic art department recently
purchased 12 Wacom Intuos3 Professional Pen
Tablets for the graphic art classes. The students
use these devices to quickly and professionally edit
photos and create digital artwork and animation
projects. They are used extensively for
rotoscoping, an animation technique in which
animators trace over live-action fi lm movement,
frame by frame, for use in animated fi lms.
The tablets come with an optical wireless mouse
and a wireless pen that has 1,024 levels of tip and
eraser pressure sensitivity. The harder the student
presses, the darker or wider the media becomes,
just like real artists’ media. It also has tilt
sensitivity, which allows the pen to act just like an
angled brush depending on how the students hold
it. The tablet itself has express keys for keyboard
shortcuts and a fi nger-sensitive touch strip for
zooming in and out.
Students in the science department also have
access to some new technological tools. Thanks to
a generous donation from a graduate, the
department recently purchased a digital balance
that measures to the thousandths place. Students
can use the balance to fi nd the exact mass of an
object and to measure exact amounts of small
substances used in scientifi c experiments.
Students have already used the balance to measure
the content of water collected from the Maumee
River in the annual Student Watershed Watch.
The science department also has motion detectors
to be used in the physics classes. The detectors can
be linked to computers to plot continuous values
of velocity versus time. Students can save the
graph to Moodle, the CCHS course management
system, and then analyze in detail the motion
In October, the concession
stand in Gallagher Stadium
was dedicated to the
Mangas family for their
generous support through
Teacher Participates in Summer Research Fellowship
Central Catholic High School chemistry teacher Kathleen Wilkens was one of just eight
chemistry teachers in the country chosen to participate in the fi rst annual Summer Research
Fellowship program sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She worked full time
for eight weeks at the University of Toledo with Dr. Terry Bigioni, a chemistry professor and
research fellow at the university.
The American Chemical Society is a nationwide professional organization for people who
work in the chemical industry, and one of its missions is to improve chemistry education. The
ACS decided to add a new program this year, the Summer Research Fellowship that would pay
high school teachers to work over the summer in a chemistry research lab. Wilkens was chosen
for one of the two positions available at the University of Toledo.
“My goals in entering this program were to refresh my chemistry lab skills, learn about some
cutting edge research from the ground level, make contacts at the chemistry department at the
University of Toledo where some of my students subsequently attend college, learn how to use
the latest types of research equipment like electron microscopes, and learn more basic
chemistry,” Wilkens said. “It was a great experience and hard work!”
Wilkens worked with Dr. Bigioni, who teaches chemistry and researches nanoparticles,
thin-fi lm technology, and dye-sensitized solar cells. Nanotechnology is the study of small
particles made up of relatively small numbers of atoms or molecules, and the topic is
something Wilkens wanted to learn more about. “Scientists have discovered that when
particles are nano-sized (nano means one billionth), they have very different properties than
normal,” she explained. “For example, gold nanoparticles have different colors than gold as we
normally see it. So if we can build materials from nanoparticles instead of taking materials as
we fi nd them in nature, we can perhaps take advantage of new properties of those materials
that we are just beginning to discover.”
Wilkens also worked with the dye-sensitized solar cells and learned more about electrical
circuits, nanoparticles, and how to use both conventional and cutting edge lab equipment.
“I think anytime I can learn more about what I teach and also experience what people in the
chemistry fi eld are
contributes to my
chemistry,” she said.
“I have already talked
a lot about my
summer with my
classes. I also got an
opportunity to meet
in nearby labs and
learned about their
4 Alumni News Winter 2009
Out of Town Reunions
New York City
The fi rst week of January
February 9-14, 2009
Featuring the cities of Davie, DeLand,
Gulfport, Naples, and Fort Myers
March 27-30, 2009
Just $350 will get you a four day/three night
stay, six meals, three guided tours, and a ride on
a new motor coach equipped with restrooms
and video. We need 30 people to secure the bus.
If you’d like to join us, contact Mary (McCarty)
Pierce ’65 at 419-255-2306 ext. 1058 or
Las Vegas National Reunion
April 23 to 26, 2009
(See page 23 for more details.)
If you would like to host or help plan a reunion
in your part of the country, please contact Mary
(McCarty) Pierce ’65 or Pat Williams ’87 at
Classmates and friends meet for lunch the
third Thursday of every month from February
through November at 11:30 a.m. at Crystal’s in
the Clarion Westgate. Call Elizabeth
Fackelman at 419-475-7479 with any questions.
Classmates meet the third Thursday of each
month for lunch, which is held at various
locations. For more information, call
Geneveive Brazzil at 419-865-0356 or
Irma Buehrer at 419-536-5041.
Classmates interested in attending quarterly
luncheons should call Don Kranz at
419-478-9731 or Maureen O’Connor at
Classmates meet for lunch throughout the year
at the Easy Street Café in Downtown Toledo.
For the next lunch date, contact Mary
(McCarthy) Pierce ’65 in the Offi ce of
Institutional Advancement at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-255-2306
Ladies from the class meet twice a year, the fi rst
Tuesday in April and October, at H.J.’s Prime
Cut banquet room on Alexis Road at noon.
Classmates meet twice a year for a reunion
lunch. Mailings are sent to local alumni for
the spring and fall gatherings. If you are not
receiving these mailings and would like to be
notifi ed of the luncheons, contact Ray Murnen
The class meets for lunch the second Tuesday of
the month in January, April, July, and October.
Hosts pick the location. A mailing will soon
go out to the class with locations and more
information for 2009.
Classmates meet twice a year for a 1:00 lunch
at Michael’s, 901 Monroe St. (at Michigan).
Lunches are in May and October on the 4th
Thursday of the month. To make a luncheon
reservation, please contact Don Calabrese
734-854-4502 or Jean Kreuz 419-472-6996.
The class has been having reunion luncheons
fi ve times a year for about six years. For more
information, please contact Joyce (Picott)
Armbruster at 419-754-3520. Reservations are
requested one week prior to each luncheon.
For information about reunion luncheons,
contact Sr. Angelita Abair at 419-696-0593 or
Theresa (Boyarski) Perz at 419-478-6243.
The 60th reunion is scheduled for October 10,
2009 at Blessed Sacrament.
For information on future reunions, contact
Joan Rogge 419-841-4610,
Mary Ann Schlievert 419-882-6958, or
Delores Roesner 419-475-8109.
Classmates gather monthly for lunch (except
June, July, and August) at Crystal’s in the
Clarion Westgate. Mark your calendars for the
second Tuesday of each month at noon.
Jerry Howard is the contact and he can be
reached at 419-476-9233.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
The class is having monthly luncheons on the
last Tuesday of every month except December.
Classmates and their guests meet at 11:30 at
Michael’s Restaurant at 901 Monroe St.
(southwest corner of Monroe at Michigan in
downtown Toledo). Park at the restaurant or
across the street and use the Monroe St.
entrance. Call Bill Cassidy at 419-385-4008
with any questions. Bring your spouse or a
friend. The more the merrier!
The class is holding lunches at Shawn’s Bar and
Grill at Heatherdowns and Key at noon on the
fi rst Friday of each month. The class is also
organizing its 55th reunion to be held October
3, 2009 at Heatherdowns Country Club. A
mailing will go out in late May or early June.
The class is meeting for lunch the fi rst Tuesday
of each month at noon. Call Louise (Estrel)
Brubaker at 419-873-5055 for the location.
The class is in the process of planning its 50th
reunion. Anyone from the class who has moved
or changed their name recently is asked to
contact the CCHS Offi ce of Institutional
Advancement at 419-255-2306 to update their
information. The reunion committee would
like to kick off the 50th reunion weekend with
a Fighting Irish football game at Gallagher
Stadium, so it looks like the reunion will be
held Sept. 18, 19, and 20, 2009. E-mail Toni
Saad Moore at email@example.com or
call 419-360-2151 for more information.
The Class of 1963 celebrated its 45th reunion
with a Friday night tailgate at the Gallagher
Athletic Complex and Saturday evening at the
Pinnacle. Many thanks to Elayne (Moroski)
Grossmith for her long-distance (Florida)
take-charge effort that provided everyone with
the best yet class reunion. The tailgate set the
stage for the Fighting Irish win over St. John’s
Jesuit, and that was followed by an ice-breaker
at the Navy Bistro. The Pinnacle event featured
grazing stations, music, and a great turnout for
an evening of surprises and memories that we
hope will stay alive for another fi ve. Special
thanks to Mary (McCarty) Pierce ’65 for her
help on game night. GO IRISH!
The ladies of ’65 have formed a mini reunion group that
meets for dinner and drinks every other month. Contact
June (Maas) Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on reunions, contact:
Classes prior to 1970
Mary (McCarty) Pierce ’65 at
419-255-2306 ext. 1058 or
1970 to present
Carolyn Eaton ’81 at
419-255-2306 ext. 1033 or
Class of 1939 Reunion
Class of 1963 Reunion
Class of 1943 Reunion
6 Alumni News Winter 2009
Judge Francis Restivo ’38 and his wife Jane
celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on
July 10. They have four children, 15 grandchildren,
and seven great-grandchildren.
Rita (Schetter) Gillen ’39 celebrated 65 years
with her husband Cecil on July 10. The couple
has seven children, 16 grandchildren, and 12
Vincent Ceravolos ’41 and his wife Ruth
recently celebrated their 62nd wedding
Rita (Pecord) Longenecker ’44 and her
husband Clint celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary on October 30. Rita is a retired
registered nurse and Clint is a retired
businessman, and they have fi ve children and
12 grandchildren. The couple has made many
trips to Europe and traveled through all 50
states. They volunteer regularly at Franciscan
Life Center performances and at Blessed
Sacrament Church. Rita also volunteers
weekly at St. Anne’s Hospital.
Jake Hubbel ’45 and his wife Jonelle celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on May 30.
They have three children and 15
1947 classmates pictured
(seated L to R): Mary Ann
(Irmen) Colturi, Sr. Mary
Ann Brady, Mary Lou
(standing L to R) Joe
Colturi, Kate (Grote)
Weiher, Dick Murnen,
Lucille (Rectenwald) Gorski,
Alice (Bodette) Calabrese,
Joan (Hettle) Olnhausen,
and Dick Anderson.
retired from the
Ohio. She now
at the convent.
Margaret (Reddington) Gotha ’47 and her
husband Benjamin celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on November 30, 2007.
They have three children and fi ve grandsons.
Norma (Dahme) Williams ’47 and her
husband John celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on June 1. They have
three children, fi ve grandchildren, and four
Bob Metzger ’48 and his wife Lea Anne
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
September 13. The couple resides in
Englewood, California and they have four
children and 13 grandchildren. Bob is retired
and Anne works for Tidewell Hospice and
The Reinlein Family
Richard Reinlein ’49 and
his wife Patricia celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on August 16 with their family
(seven children, their spouses, and six grandchildren)
on a Caribbean cruise.
Marilyn (Haffner) DeBrosse ’50 and her
husband Herman marked their 55th wedding
anniversary on June 27. The couple has four
children and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy
golf, playing cards with friends, vacations, and
bus trips to various fun-fi lled destinations.
Barb (Hall) Gladieux ’50 and her husband
Tom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
on May 17. Barb and Tom have traveled to all
50 states, cruised the Caribbean, and traveled
through parts of Canada. They have three
children and three grandchildren.
Donald Kloss ’50 and his wife Margaret
(Peggy) celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on May 16. They have two
children and three grandchildren.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Donald Getz ’51 and his wife Barbara
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
August 2. The couple has four children and
Gerald Howard ’51 and his wife Mary Ann
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
Bob Schwanzl ’51 and Carolyn (Murray )
Schwanzl ’55 celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 14. They have four
children and 16 grandchildren.
Jim Duwve ’52 and Janis (Heinrichs) Duwve
’55 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
on August 23. They have four children and 10
Ted Csizek ’53 celebrated 50 years with his
wife Kay on April 19. They have fi ve children
and nine grandchildren. On their anniversary,
their daughter Kathy was married in Las Vegas.
Ted retired after many years as an auto-shop
teacher for Toledo Public Schools.
Joseph Docis ’53 and Marleen (Rybarczyk)
Docis ’53 celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on November 16, 2007. They have
six children and 17 grandchildren.
Roger Moore ’53 and Carolyn (Kochanski)
Moore ’54 marked their 50th wedding
anniversary on September 27.
Carl Olsen ’53 and his wife Eleanor celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on October
11 with a dinner at Mancy’s with their family.
They participated in the Jubilee Mass at Rosary
Cathedral on October 5 to commemorate their
anniversary. The couple has fi ve children and
Ronald M. Holewinski ’54 and Beverly
(Johnson) Holewinski ’54 celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary on September 27.
The couple has fi ve children and three
Janis (Arlein) Raab ’54 and her husband
Norman marked their 50th wedding
anniversary on October 25. They have three
children and two grandchildren.
Fred Shealy ’54 and Sharon (Bertling) Shealy
’56 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
on October 11. They have fi ve children and 12
John Hancock ’55 and Eileen (Hickok)
Hancock ’56 celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 14. They have three
children and six grandchildren.
Kathleen (Golaszewski) Harpel ’55 and her
husband Robert celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on June 28. They have
two children and four grandchildren.
Richard Warnke ’55 and his wife Juanita
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
Connie (Dixon) Brack ’56 celebrated 50 years
of marriage with her husband Bob on
September 27. They have fi ve children, 12
grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Rosalie (Gates) Hinde ’56 and her husband
Charles celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on October 4. Rosalie volunteers
for many organizations, including Lourdes
College Auxiliary, the Toledo Symphony
League, the Ability Center, the Toledo-Poznan
Alliance, and the Friends of Toledo Day
Nursery. Chuck is a CPA and he retired from
Dana Corporation. The couple has three
children, seven grandchildren, and two
Patricia (Maciejewski) Mitchell ’56 and her
husband Robert celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on August 30 in West Virginia.
They have two children and a grandson.
Bob also celebrated his 75th birthday on
Shirley (Ondrus) Jaros ’57 celebrated 50 years
with her husband Jim on October 4. They
reside in the Irish Hills on Vineyard Lake and
have fi ve children and nine grandchildren.
Beverly (Kremnec) Mikolajczyk ’57 celebrated
50 years of marriage with her husband Daniel
on October 4. They have four children and six
The Class of 1957 will have a Moon Luncheon
on Tuesday, February 3 from 11:15- 1:00 at
Central Catholic in the Kranz S.P.A.C.E. Room
of the Kress Family Library. This is an
opportunity to visit the room, which supports
science and math, and to view the lunar sample
donated by Gene Kranz ’51. The luncheon
will feature information about NASA and
Gene Kranz’s fascinating career with the space
The cost of the lunch and program will be
$10.00. Please RSVP to Mary Pierce at
419-255-2306 ext. 1058 or
email@example.com. Leave your name,
phone number, and/or email by Wednesday,
January 28. You are welcome to bring a friend
or spouse, but the room holds a limit of 50
Class of 1963 Golf Outing
“If we build it,
they will come” must have referred to the
CCHS Class of ’63 annual golf outing. A
stellar effort by all involved – sponsors, players,
and the motivating spirit of a great class!
Joining us were fi rst-timers and soon to be
regulars Dennis Bolbach, Phil Hoag, “Texas”
Jay Wodarski, John Mullin, and Dario
“Drummer” Insenga. If the guys bring the
wives, it must be something special! Chris
Keller, Marsha Ray, Mary Toeppe, and Elizabeth
Zavac golfed and dined with us at the South
Toledo Golf Club. Some 22 hole sponsors
provided gifts for the golfers, prize money for
designated holes, drawing prizes (Kodak digital
camera, 32-inch HD Plasma T.V.), and a
portion was given to CCHS. The trophies and
the inscription on the coveted continuation
plaque went to the loaded team of Tommy
Kwiatkowski., Jim Hahn, Tim McGuire, and
Bryan Jones. Thanks Moms - Donna Hoag
and Kate Ginter - for drawing the grand prize,
and a special thanks to Barb Rogers and Linda
Holt for the video and photos capturing this
year’s outing. Congratulations to all!
Sharon (Rozek) Barboza ’63 and her husband
Roy marked their 40th wedding anniversary
on July 26. They have three children and fi ve
Carol (Szychowski) Laumann ’64 and her
husband Doug celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary on August 17. The couple has three
children and six grandchildren. Carol worked
for Gallon & Takacs for many years before
becoming a Mary Kay Cosmetics director, and
Doug is retired from Daimler Chrysler.
Robert Spitulski ’66 and his wife Janet
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on
September 10. They are both Chrysler retirees.
The couple has fi ve sons and 10 grandchildren.
Janet (Boes) Sweeney ’71 has been named a
Saginaw County, Michigan circuit judge. She
has worked as the county’s assistant prosecutor
since 1989. Janet is a 1983 graduate of the
University of Toledo Law School and she has
also worked at the Saginaw law fi rm Braun
Kendrick Finkbeiner as an associate attorney.
She is a founding board member of United for
Kids – Children’s Assessment Center and a
former board member of the Saginaw Child
Abuse and Neglect Council. Janet lives in
Saginaw Township with her husband, John
Sweeney, and their daughters Jessica (23) and
After the fall issue of Scarlet and Gray included
the story of William Rhodus ’75 receiving the
Purple Heart award at the Sylvania Police
Division Awards ceremony in March, Bill and
his wife Ann sent the following note…
“When Bill and I saw the article in the last
issue of Scarlet and Gray, we wanted to share
the bigger picture of the journey we took prior
to the Purple Heart Award. As appreciative as
Bill was of the nomination by his peers for this
prestigious award, it still paled in comparison
to the journey we went through with his life
threatening injury. After an agonizing week in
the hospital, Bill needed to have surgery. As it
turned out, Bill’s injury was more severe than
what the physicians originally thought.
“There are two things we would like to share.
First, Bill has had a full recovery and returned
to work just four months after the accident.
Secondly, and most importantly, Bill and I felt
the power of prayer. As odd as this may sound,
this journey that we went on was a blessing
from God in so many ways and on so many
levels. We would like to take this opportunity
to thank everyone for all their prayers. Never
underestimate the power of prayer.” - Bill and
The Scarlet and Gray would also like to note
that although Bill is a member of the
committee that accepts and reviews
nominations for the Police Division Awards,
protocol requires that if a member of the
committee is nominated, the nominee is asked
to leave the room. The nominee cannot vote on
his or her nomination. Also, because Bill chairs
the committee, he cannot vote on any nominee
unless there is a tie. In Bill’s case, the vote was
8 Alumni News Winter 2009
Stephen Black ’79 was recently featured in the
Toledo Free Press in a story about his new book,
Obama Jalan Jalan. The book is a biography of
President-Elect Barack Obama from the angle
of the food he eats. In it, the foods and cultures
of Hawaii, Chicago, Kenya, and Indonesia are
discussed in terms of how they have shaped
Obama’s life. Black told the Free Press that he
chose the theme of food because it is
understood by everyone and it also reveals
information about the person eating it. The
word jalan means “easy strolling” or
“walking calmly.” Black’s book is available at
Kathy (Boehm) Ehlers ’82 is employed as a
referral coordinator with Promedica Home
Medical Equipment in Toledo. Earlier this
year, she visited classmate Susan (Sadowy)
Stromquist in Tampa, Florida. Susan is a
registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in
and Lou Masney
Steven Brown ’82
choreographed and danced
in the Toledo Opera
production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Valentine
Theatre in November. Lou Masney ’52 and Joe
Scalzo ’64 sang in the opera’s chorus. Steven
also performed in the Toledo Ballet’s 68th
Nutcracker as the father of Clara,
Dr. Stahlbaum, at the Stranahan Theater in
Lisa Stevens ’82 recently
Education Teacher of the
Year award. Lisa teaches
physical education and
health at Fassett Middle
School in Oregon, Ohio
and is also the school’s
cross country and track
coach. She was
Lisa Stevens ’82
nominated for the award
by a professor at Bowling Green State
University, and she was honored at the Ohio
Association of Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, and Dance convention in
Columbus in December. Lisa’s credentials
will be forwarded to the Midwest Alliance this
spring for consideration as the District
Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the
Dianne Rowe ’84 married her true love,
Shawn Osborn, on August 8 at St. Anthony
Catholic Church in Temperance, Michigan.
Shawn is the oldest son of Nancy (St. Arnaud)
Osborn ’61. Included in the wedding party
were the bride’s sisters Sue Rowe ’79, Terri
Rowe ’80, Katie (Rowe) Pickens ’81, Linda
(Rowe) Harris ’82, and the Matron of Honor
Richelle (Rowe) Smith ’92. The couple resides
on the Osborn Farms family land in
Dan Wagner ’85 was named as the University
of Toledo College of Health Science/Human
Services Outstanding Alumni. Dan was chosen
based on his international work for rights of
police offi cers in the workplace and volunteer
work for several local charitable organizations.
Dan was honored at a special ceremony during
UT’s homecoming weekend.
Patricia (Callanan) Thomas ’88 has relocated
to Kobe, Japan for three years. Her husband
works for Proctor & Gamble and they are
transferring due to his new role as research and
development director for baby care in Asia.
Matt Danford ’93 married Stacy Seipel on April
12 in Charleston, South Carolina. Matt
graduated from the University of
Cincinnati and works as a special education
teacher at James Island Middle School in
Charleston. Stacey is a registered nurse.
Angelo Motta &
Sherry Kunovic ’93
’93 married Angelo
Motta of the Bronx,
New York on April
25. Members of
the wedding party
(Grabel) Smith ’93
’93. Sherry works
for Accenture as a
development manager and Angelo is head of
technology for Zagat. The couple initially met
at work in Dayton, Ohio but they now live in
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Amy Dlugosielski ’99 married Jasen Eddinger
on May 23. Amy works as an administrative
assistant for an international manufacturing
and engineering company in Maumee. Jasen
works as a fl oor installer in Toledo and the
surrounding areas. The couple resides in
Katie Armbruster ’00 is engaged to marry
Ruben Delgado on December 31 at St. Joan of
Arc Church. Katie is a kindergarten teacher at
St. Pius X School and a part-time instructor at
the University of Toledo. Ruben is employed at
Andre C. George II ’01 recently earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from
Sandra Hamel ’01 married Chris Bonnar of
Lambertville, Michigan on October 18. Sandra
works for Safety Solutions Inc. and Chris works
for Modern Builders Supply Inc. After they
honeymooned at Disney World in Florida, they
settled in Temperance, Michigan.
Christyn (Hegele) Christyn (Hegele)
Koschmann ’01 Koschmann ’01
graduated with her Masters of Divinity from
Pacifi c Lutheran Theological Seminary in
Berkeley, California in May with a focus on
Chinese Christianity and philosophy. Her
studies included visiting Thailand, Laos,
Burma, Italy, and China to study each country’s
Christian history, in addition to serving as a
hospital chaplain for a summer. In June she
married her best friend and classmate, Hans
Koschmann, in a courtyard wedding at a
seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Several
CCHS alumni attended and acted as
bridesmaids, ushers and even the reception’s
DJ! A month later, she and Hans moved to Los
Angeles, where Hans is serving as an intern
pastor at a North Hollywood Lutheran church
and Christyn is working in the Film Music
Administration Department at Warner
Brothers Studios in Burbank.
Kristin La Chapelle ’02 married Sean Shutley on October 25 in Toledo. Kristi
attended Owens Community College, and she and Sean are both employed by the
entertainment division of Walt Disney World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sean
proposed to Kristi in October 2007 in front of Cinderella’s Castle during the
Halloween fi reworks display with family and friends present.
Brooke Blessing ’03 married Timothy Noonan on October 4 at St. Joseph Church in
Sylvania. They now reside in the Cincinnati area.
Meghan Fox ’03 is engaged to marry Justin Muir on November 28, 2009. She is
currently a student at the University of Toledo pursuing a doctor of pharmacy
degree. She plans to graduate next May and work for Kroger Pharmacy. Justin is a
teacher for Washington Local Schools.
Sara Kautz ’03 and
Anthony Pattin ’03
organized a picnic
for past members
of the CCHS string
who joined them for
the event included
Jadie Lau ’01,
Jonee Lee ’03, Irene
Mineoi ’03, Kyle
Adamcik ’04, Felicia
Past CCHS Martinez ’05, John Mettler ’06, Tom Waters ’06, Monica Clark
’07, and junior Maya Mineoi and orchestra director Brenda
Waters. Nicole Francois ’04 called the group from California and Robert Pasker
’05 sent a text because he was out of town that day. The group enjoyed catching up
with each other and want to thank Sara and Anthony for setting it up, and Mr. and
Mrs. Kautz for opening their home, yard, and grill for this most memorable time.
Rebecca Barrow ’04 starred as Percy in the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s production
of The Spitfi re Grill in September.
Kim Schafstall ’04 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from
Penn State University on May 16. She was a four-year band member at CCHS and
went on to become a four-year member of the Penn State Blue Band. Kim has
accepted a position as a structural design engineer with Bergmann Associates, an
architectural and engineering fi rm in Buffalo, New York.
Matt Frisbee ’05 will enter the major seminary next fall to continue his studies
for the priesthood of the Diocese of Toledo. He recently received the 2008-2009
President’s Medallion from Loyola University of Chicago. Matt’s academic dean
recommended him for this prestigious award because he exemplifi es a combination
of scholarship, leadership, and service that distinguishes him among his colleagues.
Matt was honored at a formal presentation in November.
Curtis Jewell ’08 and Jared Fitzpatrick ’08, former Fighting Irish football players,
are currently working as video assistants for their college football teams. Curtis is
at Bowling Green State University and Jared is at the University of Toledo. These
graduates are using their experiences with our championship football team in a
valuable way to stay involved with the sport they love.
James P. Drees ’73 and his wife Marsha ����������
welcomed their second child, Joel Philip, on
August 22, 2008, six days before their ninth
wedding anniversary. Joel was baptized on the
feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at Christ
the King Church. Based in Toledo, Jim does
systems programming/consulting in IBM S/390
and zSeries environments, and Marsha is the
director of symmetry wellness for Harbor
Behavioral Healthcare. Joel’s big brother Justin
turned two on December 4.
Pam (Dobrzynski) Giovanni ’88 and her
husband Tom welcomed a son, Jake Thomas,
to their family on April 29. Pam is an executive
assistant at TNS and Tom is an account clerk at
Lucas County Jobs & Family Services. The family
resides in West Toledo.
Lisa (Gochenour) Glanz ’88 and her husband
John had their third child, daughter Quinn Mary
Catherine, on October 5. Quinn was welcomed
by big brothers August (5) and Emerson (4).
Mary (Zielinski) Gies ’90 and her husband Eric
welcomed Violet Frances on January 9, 2008.
Vicki (Gelia) Wilhelm ’94 and her husband
Chris welcomed their fi rst child, daughter Liboria
Anne (Libby), on June 8. Vicki is a stay-at-home
mom and works from home on her computer,
and Chris is a welder at MTS Seating. The family
resides in Toledo.
Kelly (Olah) DeVenney ’96 and her husband Dan
welcomed their second child, Wyatt, on October
18, 2007. He joins big brother Alexander who
was born on July 7, 2004.
Laura (Swartz) Koski ’96 and her husband Shaun
had their second little girl on July 14. Camryn
June was welcomed home by her two-year-old
sister, Kennedy Ann. Laura works for Cuyahoga
County Social Services and Shaun teaches math
at Westlake High School. They live in Cleveland,
Rachel (Monday) Abbey ’99 and her husband
Ken were blessed to welcome their fi rst child,
Grace Elizabeth, on July 17, 2007. They were
overjoyed to learn that they were expecting again, ����������
and on September 15, 2008, they welcomed their
second daughter, Kaitlin Olivia.
Kristin (Stewart) Honisko ’00 and her husband
Christopher welcomed daughter Kayleigh Ann
on May 1. Kayleigh’s stepbrother Austin is 10 and
attends Little Flower School where Kristin teaches
fi rst grade. Christopher works for the Lucas
County Sheriff’s Offi ce.
10 Alumni News Winter 2009
IN THE NEWS
alumna reports on economics and
ackie Calmes ’72 rece recently returned to Central Catholic to speak to students in
Government classes about her experiences as a reporter. She has worked
for the Wall Street Journal, Jou covering economics and fi scal policy as well as
presidential campaign campaigns. She recently began working for the New York Times,
reporting on national
The Writing Profession
After graduating from Central Catholic, Jackie was accepted into Northwestern University, but soon discovered that she
couldn’t afford it for the long haul. So she fi nished her freshman year in Evanston, but returned home to graduate from
the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science in 1977. Eventually she returned to
Northwestern for graduate school, and a year later received a master’s degree from its Medill School of Journalism.
Jackie had been interested in journalism since high school, and she joined the newspaper and yearbook staffs by her senior
year. “I saw the profession ultimately as a way to earn a living by writing, to see the world and to witness history, which I’d
always loved,” she recalls. At Northwestern, she accepted a job with a company with 14 Texas newspapers, and after
graduation in 1978 went straight to Abilene, in West Texas. Within a year, she was promoted to the company’s Austin
capital bureau to report on state politics and government for all 14 papers. In 1981, she was hired to do the same for the
Dallas Morning News.
At the end of 1983, Jackie moved to Washington, D.C. to try to break into national reporting. From 1984 to 1990, she
worked at Congressional Quarterly, a weekly magazine on news from Congress. In 1990, she was hired to cover Congress
for the Wall Street Journal, focusing especially on the budget and taxes.
At the Wall Street Journal, Jackie reported full time from its desk in the Senate Press Gallery until early 1996. From then to
1997, she reported on economics and fi scal policy from the newspaper’s downtown Washington bureau. In mid-1997, she
became White House correspondent for a couple years, until she gave up following Bill Clinton to do the same for then-
Governor George Bush’s presidential campaign.
Nearly two years later, Jackie became the bureau’s feature editor and reporter-writer for the longstanding “Washington
Wire” column that runs in Friday’s papers. A year later, wanting to return to reporting and writing her own stories and to
get out of the offi ce from time to time, Jackie became national correspondent. As such, she has written on the states’ fi scal
crises, California’s gubernatorial recall election, homeland security, and presidential politics. She returned to the White
House beat in time to combine coverage of Bush policies with coverage of his re-election campaigning.
A Rewarding Career
Jackie was inducted into the Order of the Celtic Cross at Central Catholic in 2003. The honor is given to graduates of
Central Catholic High School who have high integrity and character, and who have made a signifi cant, positive impact on
a local, state, national, or international level through achievement in their fi elds and/or communities.
In 2005, Jackie won the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting.
As she had dreamed, Jackie has been able to witness history in the making, and to travel. She’s been to all but three states,
and to countries as far-fl ung as Argentina and Malaysia – and three times to Ireland – at someone else’s expense! Jackie
has two daughters, Sarah and Carrie.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
“I saw the profession
ultimately as a way to
earn a living by writing,
to see the world and
to witness history,
which I’d always loved,”
On November 3, Central Catholic held a mock presidential
election for students, faculty, and staff. It was sponsored by
the social studies department as a way of getting the entire
school involved in the election.
In order to simulate the actual election, both popular votes
and electoral votes were cast. Each classroom represented
a state and was given the same number of electoral votes as
that state. The larger classrooms represented larger states,
and the smaller ones had fewer electoral votes. Each
classroom was assigned its own voting booth, and everyone
was required to show their school identifi cation before
voting. Faculty and staff members voted as representatives
of Washington, D.C.
CCHS students were enthusiastic about the mock
election. Many have been learning about the election in
class and were able to better understand the election
process by seeing it in action. “Even though a lot of
students are too young to vote, they do have opinions and
feel strongly about our country,” said senior Alexandra
“I think the students got a real sense of participation out
of this exercise,” said American History and Government
teacher Tony Katafi asz. “Most of our students aren’t able to
vote in the real election so this was their only opportunity
to participate. This was their chance to voice their opinion.
We sometimes forget that our students have opinions and
that they want their voices to be heard. I think the students
enjoyed this experience and hopefully they stay excited
about the process, and when they are old enough they
exercise their right to vote.”
The results of the Central Catholic mock election were
announced on November 5. Just as in the real election,
Barack Obama won the presidency by a signifi cant margin.
12 Alumni News Winter 2009
nyone living living in in Toledo Toledo in Sept September would have had a hard time
missing the media coverage of
the ABC reality television show
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Edit as it fi lmed its episode about the
Frisch family. But what most people did not know was that Central
Catholic Ca CCa C tholic psychology and histo history histo teacher Brian Clark and his family
were among the fi ve fi nalists t tto
receive the makeover. Since the
Clark family was not chosen, however, the Central C Catholic family has stepped up
to o help give the Clarks a makeover of their own. o
How it Began
Central Catholic S
Brian has been a teacher at CCHS for 28 years. At home, he and his wife, Sue,
have cared for nearly 100 foster children over the past 19 years. They have
adopted four special needs children – now 17, 18, 20, and 21 years old – and they
all, along with a seven-month-old grandson, occupy a house built in 1925.
Raising the children and paying for their medical bills and medication has left
very little money for home repairs. The roof leaks, the sewer line backs up, the
electrical power needs to be updated, the kitchen needs to be remodeled and the
ceiling has caved in due to water damage from the leaking roof. The house could
also use new siding or paint. But as Brian says, “There are so many more
deserving families, and our story is not that compelling.”
The family did apply for Extreme Makeover a few years ago, hoping that
improving the house would allow them to continue fostering children. But they
never received a response. However, a petition was started last April, and nearly
5,000 signatures encouraged the show to choose the Clark family.
“That petition had an impact,” Brian says. “The “ The Extreme Makeover people
contacted us in May, and a producer and camera crew came out and spent the day
fi lming and interviewing my family. We were told then that we were one of 26
families in Ohio that they were looking at.”
The Clark family eventually became one of fi ve fi nalists, but found out the
Thursday before the announcement that they were not the family chosen. “We
never expected to have anything like this happen, so the call was not that
disappointing,” recalls Brian. “Yes, I would love a new home AND a trip to
Disney World. But the really amazing thing was that they contacted us because of
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
that petition. Even if I had a new home, what would always make me feel
great was that thousands of people thought enough of my family to sign
a petition to get the makeover people to contact us.”
When the Clarks weren’t chosen for a new home, the Central Catholic
family wanted to do more for them than just sign a petition. So principal
Mike Kaucher went to the Clark home to fi nd out what CCHS could do
to help. After assessing the most
important needs with the family,
Central Catholic administrators
began making contacts to get some
of the work started.
Imperial Roofi ng, which does roofi ng
projects for the school, agreed to
provide the roofi ng labor for the Clark house at cost, and CCHS plans
to raise money to cover the labor. Owens Corning agreed to donate the
roofi ng materials. Central Catholic also helped facilitate the repair to the
Clark’s sewer line, so the top two improvements are being handled.
The goal was to get the top three projects on the Clark house fi nished
by winter, so things are well on their way. CCHS has already met with
an electrician to determine what would be needed to update the house’s
electrical system. The other two important projects – the kitchen
remodel and the exterior painting or siding – will be addressed in the
A Big Thank-You
After the Clarks found out they were not chosen for a home makeover
by the television show, Brian expressed his thanks to the faculty and staff
at Central Catholic for their support. “The only reason that the Extreme
Makeover team contacted us and considered us was the petition,” he said.
“I know that most of you signed it and many went out of their way to
promote it. The family that was chosen is so deserving of this, so don’t
feel bad for us. We feel wonderful to have been a part of this whole
process. Thank you so much for helping to make this happen.”
It is obvious that Central Catholic is extremely supportive of Brian and
his family. Among the people who signed the petition for the
makeover were a large number of Brian’s current and former students.
They expressed what an impact he has had on their lives and that they
wanted to give back by doing something for him. One of his former
students is John Klein ’02 who works as a fi lmmaker in Chicago. John is
planning to make a documentary about
Central Catholic helping the Clark family
with its own version of a home makeover.
“It’s so moving that it’s diffi cult to put
into words,” said Brian about Central
Catholic’s efforts. “As teachers, we don’t
know the effect we have on students. We
don’t know if we have an infl uence
because there is no physical measure. I am
just blown away by the generosity. On the
one hand, I’m shocked that people would
go out of their way for my family. But on
the other hand I’m not because I’ve been
here for 28 years, and I know what people
here at Central Catholic are capable of.
It’s why you teach and you still keep
teaching, because you have an effect.”
CCHS Faculty and
Students Lend a Hand
at Makeover Site
Several faculty members and students at Central Catholic got the chance
to join the work force at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition building
site in Toledo.
Spanish teacher Lori Szymanski signed up on line for every shift she
was available, but she was only chosen for one – midnight Friday to 6:00
a.m. Saturday. “I originally wanted to help because I hoped it was Brian
Clark, but I think the show picks deserving families, so I fi gured even if
it was not the Clark family I would still want to help,” Lori explains. “It
was WET…it rained all night…but it was really amazing. I worked in the
break tent about 20 yards from the house. I got soaked, but I didn’t even
notice. It was a festival of good will with a lot of construction people
who usually get paid good money for their skills, volunteering for a
common goal. It was community at its fi nest. I would do it again. The
only thing that would have made it better would have been if it had been
the Clark family.”
Four students from CCHS were also involved in the build, and they were
lucky enough to meet several of the stars from the television show.
Seniors Theresa Fisher, Ally Hendricks, and Emily Siebeneck, and
junior Meredith Schulz attended the EMHE rally and concert at
Centennial Terrace on September 7. When the show’s designers came
onto the stage, the four students began shouting for Paul DiMeo, designer
and costar of the television series. He fi nally came out, and since they
continued yelling his name, he approached them. He asked the students’
names and told them to come back to the building site the following
Wednesday, and he would give them a tour of the site.
The four students went to the building site after school on Wednesday,
and DiMeo followed through on his promise. He took them through
the producers’ trailer and introduced them to the producer, director, and
main builder. He then surprised them by asking the students to come
back to work on Sunday and to be there for the house revealing.
The girls returned on Sunday and were put to work carrying tools,
lumber, and other construction supplies onto trucks before the Frisch
family arrived. DiMeo also let them act as the “test family,” standing in
front of the limo to check if the bus was correctly blocking the house
from their view. They also got to
sit on the famous bus, watch
Ty Pennington doing practice
runs with the limo driving up to
the house, and witness the Frisch
family’s reaction to the big reveal.
“The best part of it all was seeing
the family’s reaction,” says
Theresa Fisher. “All four of us
were crying when they fi rst saw
the house. That was really the
point where we all felt like we
made a difference. We may not
have contributed a whole lot, but
the fact that we met the people
who made this possible made us
feel very honored.”
14 Alumni News Winter 2009
THE POWER OF P
alumna celebrates 50 years in monastery
f you’ve ever driven down Pa Parkside Boulevard in Toledo and noticed the beautiful
building that lies between Gesu Ge Parish and Calvary Cemetery, maybe you’ve
wondered what it is. It’s the Monastery M of the Visitation and it has housed the
Cloistered Sisters of the Visit Visitation since 1915. For the past 50 years it has been
home to Sister Sister Mary Bernar Bernard (Rose Marie) Grote ’51, and she calls it the
“Powerhouse of Prayer.”
Life in the Monastery
Sister Bernard is currently in the fi rst year of a three-year term as the Mother Superior of the
Contemplative Order of the Visitation. This order is different from other orders such as the
Franciscans or the Sisters of Notre Dame in that it does not have an exterior apostolate, or
mission. The sisters remain cloistered in the monastery rather than working outside as
teachers or nurses. Their most important apostolate for the Diocese of Toledo is to pray.
“We pray for the needs and intentions of our bishops and all of our priests, religious, all the
laity, and for the special intentions that come in each day through calls and letters,” explains
Sister Bernard. “The Bishop and priests and so many others always tell us that our prayers are
so important for the diocese and the whole world. A lot of people say that this is the
powerhouse of prayer for the diocese, and I believe that. They believe in our prayers. It’s
rewarding to know that we are making a difference and that people can depend on that.”
As Mother Superior, Sister Bernard is responsible for the sisters’ ongoing formation, and she
is responsible before God for their spiritual growth. She arranges for spiritual exercises for
the sisters, brings in priests for confessions or anointing, handles telephone calls, and
schedules visits with the sisters from their family members. There are currently 22 sisters in
the monastery, ranging in age from 31 to 92.
Although the sisters are cloistered, they can go out for medical purposes. One of the sisters
goes out to do their shopping, and they also do some Internet shopping to avoid going out
at times. They are able to read most of The Blade as well as the Catholic Chronicle and the
National Catholic Register. The television they watch is limited to movies or documentaries
chosen by the Mother Superior, and they only watch for a half hour each Sunday evening.
The sisters remain silent most of the time, except during their two daily recreation periods
and if they need to communicate while working – duties such as making the habits, cooking,
or taking care of the dining room. They are allowed to have visitors, but they meet in one of
two parlors that feature a half-wall separating the sisters from the visitors. The sisters are also
able to vote in elections using the absentee ballot.
Finding Her Way
Sister Bernard’s path to the monastery took a few interesting turns. She grew up on Bancroft
across from St Ann’s, which is now St. Martin de Porres Parish. She and her siblings spent a
lot of time helping the sisters there, and her family often had priests from the parish over for
dinner. She considered becoming a nun, and one of her sisters did become a Tiffi n
Franciscan. But after graduating from Central Catholic she went to work as a secretary at
Willys Overland for three years.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
One evening, Fr. Jim Miller, who was only assigned to St. Martin de
Porres for six weeks, came to dinner, and he asked Sister Bernard if
she ever thought about becoming a nun. This brought the idea back
to her, and she says, “I think that’s why God sent him to our parish
for six weeks. And I decided that if I was going to become a nun, I
wanted to go all the way and not go into an active order, but go to a
Her parents talked her into going to Tiffi n to become a Tiffi n
Franciscan like her sister because they knew if she went to the
monastery, she would never be able to come back home. So Sister
Bernard entered the convent in 1955. But throughout the time she
was there, she knew she wasn’t in the right place, and all her prayers
continued to direct her to the monastery. After studying for a short
time at Mary Manse College, Sister was sent to teach third and fourth
grades in Edgerton, Ohio. She really enjoyed being with the kids
and thought she might stay after all, until she read something that
changed the rest of her life.
As she was reading a book, Sister Bernard ran across a line that said,
“You have to give up all in order to gain all.” She began praying about
it and recalls thinking, “If I stay teaching school, God is only ever
going to get half my heart because the kids are going to get the other
half. I thought He was telling me He wanted the whole thing.”
The Right Choice
Sister Bernard stayed with the convent until August of 1958 when her
fi rst vows expired. Then she had to get a dispensation from Rome to
enter another order. On September 21, 1958, Sister Bernard fi nally
entered the Contemplative Order of the Visitation, and she says she
has never doubted her vocation since.
Sister Bernard says that young people need to think about giving
God the best part of their lives. If they feel like God is calling them
to something specifi c, they should not ignore the call. “When young
people are deciding their vocation in life, the question is not what
do I want to do with my life, but what does God want me to do?” she
explains. “I learned that lesson, and God got me where He wanted
me. He’ll somehow let you know and get you where He wants you, if
you’re listening. That can apply to any vocation – becoming a nun,
getting married, a professional vocation, anything. You have to ask
yourself if this is going to bring you closer to God.”
It’s only fi tting that Sister Mary Bernard chose a vocation that allows
her to pray every day for the needs of others. Her own strong belief in
the power of prayer was what led her to where God wanted her to be.
16 Alumni News Winter 2009
This column lists the CCHS alumni and
friends that we have lost since the last
issue of Scarlet and Gray. If you have
any names to add to the In Memoriam
list, please contact Margaret Simon at
419-255-2306 ext. 1030 or email
Please remember Central Catholic High
School in your will.
Clara Hudzinski Camp 1926
Ann A. Seeman 1932
Mildred G. Becker Demski 1933
Richard G. O’Rourke 1933
Rose C. Sturniolo Lenga 1934
Margaret M. Dewitt Revard 1934
Mary E. Testa Riggs 1936
Jean M. Hass Dominique 1938
Sister Catherine Sopko 1938
Eugene F. Kusner 1939
Laurine Pollauf Calmes 1940
Charles S. Kaczmarek 1940
Ursula C. Coombs McCloskey 1940
Robert W. Geis 1941
Donald A. Hulett 1941
Phyllis I. Hamilton Stricker 1941
Gloria B. Kaminski Schlagheck 1942
Rose Marie Mor Shaffer 1942
William L. McVicker 1943
Paul F. Stutz 1943
Patricia T. Wozniak Siwajek 1944
Doris A. Corrigan Weiser 1944
Dave W. Barry 1945
Norma Jean Miller Gardner 1945
Lorraine A. Payment Kolasinski 1945
Robert H. Nachazel 1945
John Patrick Collins 1946
Thomas J. Comes 1946
Thomas C. Kauffman 1946
Rose Marie Klepacz Lewandowski 1946
Arnold C. Dartt 1947
Leo E. McStay 1947
John C. Van Wormer 1947
Ann Marie Ruppel Bourgeois 1948
Rita B. Tucholski Krieger 1948
Marvin Stammen 1948
Nancy A. Farmer Allen 1949
Joan H. Honisko Ashman 1949
Richard J. Glonek 1949
Patrick J. Higgins 1949
Carolyn O’Connell Stokes 1949
Margaret E. Callahan LaFayette 1950
James E. Reeves 1950
Mary Ann Russo Schlievert 1950
Janice A. Corrigan Vineyard 1950
Stephen J. Horvath 1951
Lucy Ann Krause Mang 1951
Roland R. Pacynski 1951
Mary Y. Ludlow Schlagheck 1951
Lee R. Seitz 1951
John L. Westenkirchner 1952
William A. Young 1952
Norma Jean Grote Herman 1953
Marcy Lynn Schlembach Kmieciak 1953
Ronald F. Shetley 1953
Charles P. Domansky 1954
Patricia R. Toska Kuhr 1954
Thomas B. Irish, Jr. 1954
James P. McHugh 1954
Zephrin P. Selmek 1954
Lillian M. Billmaier Miller 1955
Connie M. Crandall Neipp 1955
Richard E. Poupard 1955
Sharon M. Desmond Huss 1956
Donald Duvall 1957
Thomas J. Hartnett 1957
Gerald R. Madrzykowski 1957
Thomas L. Halm 1958
Patricia H. McIntosh Terry 1958
David Thomas Melle 1959
Robert T. Brucken 1960
James A. Poczekaj 1960
Sharon Ann Welter Shinaver 1960
Maj. Richard E. Amstutz 1961
Sharon Mazur Plank 1961
Gary L. Hashim 1962
John V. Kosbab 1963
Jean Ann Gruszynski Sheridan 1963
John J. Gould 1964
Bernadette Mattes Barber 1965
Thomas Sheets 1966
Joyce A. Wojtowicz Kisco 1969
John P. Connell 1970
Mark J. Gora 1970
Mark E. Durham 1974
Sheila Desmond Heiman 1975
Robert J. McLouth 1982
Vicky L. Dunn Carpenter 1989
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Joseph C. Abele
Trinidad M. Apodaca
Florence A. Schrock Banaszewski
William J. Boyce
Harriet G. Chlebowski Buczkowski
Albert L. Carter
John R. Danyi
James M. Donley
Wilbur “Bill” Farley
Alexander F. Gately
Thomas H. Gergich
Mark N. Hanna, Jr.
Arther J. Hatch Jr.
Lucille Yeatts Hauenstein
Edward E. Jeziorowski
Michael F. Jilek
Paul F. Konzen
Lester A. Korb
Richard R. Kraemer
Melvin J. Kwiatkowski
Esther K. Czolgosz Lewan
Robert F. Lindsay
Sr. Esther Lockett
Nancy L. McCauley
Raymond D. Middaugh
Constance Zemper Mock
Geraldine M. Schaefer Mullen
Joseph R. Oliver
Paul M. Osstifi n
William F. Prebe
Judge Melvin L. Resnick
Robert P. Roper
Donald R. Rosenthal
Sister Mary Lenarda Schaffer
Norman J. Slomowicz
William J. Syring
Dolores M. Stallbaum Thibert
Edwin L. Walasinski
The Many Ways to Support Central Catholic
By Mary McCarty Pierce ‘65
We have recently completed our civic duty at
the ballot box. Now many will take stock
of their social responsibilities. The
economy is unpredictable, tax laws
continue to change, but the need
for charitable contributions
remains constant - and quality
education remains an
essential worthy cause. What
can you do to help? Let me
list the ways!
The Annual Fund and
Phone-a-thon allow Central
Catholic to meet yearly expenses
while striving to maintain a reasonable
tuition rate. Unrestricted funds are also
used to aid families who desire a Catholic
quality education for their children, but
need a little help. Gifts of cash are
deductible up to 50% of a donor’s adjusted
gross income (AGI) and excesses can be
carried over for fi ve years.
The 360 Club affords membership to
those who have the means and blessings to
make annual unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or
more. This year, those gifts are being used
to provide laptop computers to Central
Catholic students enhancing their learning
in today’s technological world.
Gifts of appreciated property, such as
long-held stock certifi cates or real estate,
offer the donor a double tax benefi t: a
deduction of the current value of the gift
and the avoidance of any potential capital
Gifts of personal property such as cars,
boats and collections are also welcomed
the one opportunity the
individual has to express his
(or her) meaningful choice
over the direction in which
our society will progress.
-George G. Kirstein
Class Rings Find Their Owners
In the last issue of Scarlet and Gray we ran a story about several CCHS
class rings that were found and how we were trying to fi nd their
owners. We are happy to report that we matched up two of the rings
with their rightful owners because of that story.
Ann Zielinski ’86 stopped by Central Catholic to pick up her ring
after friends and family told her how they read about her missing ring
in the Scarlet and Gray.
Charitable gift annuities allow
donors to transfer gifts, cash,
securities, or even real estate
to Central Catholic in
exchange for a lifetime
of quarterly payments.
The benefi t amount
depends on the value of
the gift and the age of
the donor. A current tax
benefi t is realized and
the assets are removed
from potential future
Charitable remainder trusts are
similar to charitable gift annuities except
that the payout options are more fl exible.
Payments can be received as fi xed amounts
(annuity trust) or payments may vary
(unitrust). The grantor selects the payout
amount or percentage as well as the term of the
trust. Charitable lead trusts are similar, except
that the income is paid to the charity and the
assets are returned to the grantor at the end of
A deferred gift is a gift that will be realized
by Central Catholic at the time of the donor’s
death. Examples include naming Central
Catholic as a benefi ciary in your will, trust, life
insurance policy, commercial annuity,
certifi cate of deposit or retirement plan.
Making Central Catholic owner of your
annuity or life insurance policy will create
current as well as future tax benefi ts.
Wealth-replacement plans offer tax benefi ts
to your heirs by replacing your taxable bequest
(IRA, 401K, etc.) with a tax-free insurance
policy. The taxable asset can be placed in an
income-producing charitable gift using the
income to pay insurance premiums.
Additional giving options
• Event participation and sponsorship - such
as the annual Irish Open and Dinner Auction
• Naming privileges - as with Honor Plaza
pavers, Gallagher Stadium seats and lockers,
• Memorial gifts - remembering or honoring a
loved one with a one-time gift
• Scholarships - $10,000 can create a perpetual
scholarship in honor or in memory of
whomever you choose
• Department chairs - in support of a specifi c
department or program
For more information on ways that you can
support Central Catholic, contact Mary
McCarty Pierce at 419-255-2306 ext. 1058 or
Please consult your attorney and/or tax
consultant about the applicability to your own
We also received a call from Meg Ludwikoski ’75 who said the ring
that was found on the roof of the store at 2300 Lagrange Street might
belong to her mother. We put Meg in touch with the person who
had found the ring, and it did indeed belong to her. Meg’s mother
is Lucille (Michalak) Ludwikoski ’46 who passed away in December
of 2004. Lucille lived a few blocks away from the store, which was an
A & P at the time. The ring is now in the hands of the Ludwikoski
family, and they are very grateful that someone would take the time to
contact CCHS when they found it.
18 Student Life Winter 2009
Women’s Club Promotes
Writing LOVE ON YOUR ARM
On November 13, members of the CCHS Women’s Club took part in an exercise
to bring attention to the issues of teen depression, self-harm, and suicide. The
young ladies wore purple arm bands with the word “love” on them throughout
the school day.
To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profi t movement dedicated to presenting
hope and fi nding help for people struggling with depression, addiction,
self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to
invest directly into treatment and recovery. November 13 was the second annual
To Write Love On Her Arms Day.
Depression in young people, especially young women, is at an all-time high. The
Women’s Club hoped that the exercise would touch the life of someone who is
struggling and help point them in the right direction.
The students involved said that most of them know someone who is dealing with
depression or who has considered suicide or has gone through with it. They feel
it is a more common problem than people realize and that it is important to bring
awareness to it. It is also important that students realize Central Catholic offers
opportunities for support for depression and
many other issues.
LADY IRISH BASKETBALL STANDOUT
Signs Letter of Intent
Senior Brianna Jones, a 6’1” post player and four-year letter winner for the Central Catholic
Lady Irish basketball team, signed a letter of intent on November 14 to play for the University
Last season, Brianna was named First Team All-City, First Team All Northwest District, Special
Mention All-Ohio and All Toledo Blade. The Lady Irish won the City Championship, district
and regional titles, and played in the Ohio Final Four. The team fi nished 23-4. Entering her
senior year, Brianna has scored 800 points and has 625 career rebounds
Lady Irish coach Steve Pfahler says, “Brianna is one of the most personable players I have had
the pleasure to coach. She is very athletic and hard working. The University of Illinois is not
only getting a player with tremendous skill, but a person with great character.”
“Central Catholic has really
helped me become mature and
responsible,” says Brianna.
“Balancing academics and
sports has helped me grow up.
My coaches here at CCHS have
always pushed me hard and
have always been available to
help me. I wouldn’t be where I
am today without my parents,
CCHS coaches, and AAU
coaches in my life.”
Brianna will major in forensic
medicine/sports medicine at
Juniors Tayler Freeman and Makayla
Lockett display their arm bands.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Eight students from Central Catholic High
School had artwork exhibited in the Focus 2008
art show at the University of Toledo’s Center
for the Visual Arts Gallery. The art show is an
exhibition of the best high school artwork from
Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
The students are seniors Madeline Jackson,
Claire McDonald, and George Pipoly
(two pieces), juniors Renee Sarra and Meg
Schneider, and 2008 CCHS graduates Alanna
Crumley, Scott Deca (two pieces), and Erin
Iiams. The students’ artwork is from last year
and the judging for the show took place in May.
This juried exhibition ran from October 28
through November 16 and featured over 250
works from 27 schools. Students submitted
approximately 1,600 pieces of work in areas
including painting, drawing, printmaking,
two-dimensional design, sculpture, ceramics,
graphics, metalsmithing, mixed media, textiles,
Original entries from students in grades 9-12
were judged on skill, craftsmanship, and
creative interpretation by a jury panel
consisting of area artists, art educators, and
Students Take Part in
Two Central Catholic sophomores are among outstanding high school students from across
the United States who took part in a unique leadership development conference in
Washington D.C. Anna Barchick-Suter and Courtney Rygalski attended the National Young
Leaders Conference from November 4 through 9.
During the program, which took place immediately following the presidential election,
students had the opportunity to interact with people who operate within the three branches
of government as well as the news media and the international community.
Anna and Courtney were recommended for the conference last spring by their freshman
English teacher, Nancy Mihalik, for their leadership skills in the classroom and their academic
achievements. Both students are ranked in the top fi ve percent of their class, are pursuing
honors college-prep diplomas, and participate in student government.
The conference, which is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC),
helps prepare students to serve our country well – as elected offi cials, community members, or
members of the work force. The program includes remarks from current or former
Congressmen, interaction with the Washington press corps, and meetings with senators and
representatives to discuss important national issues.
Anna and Courtney participated in several leadership skill-building activities and
simulations at the conference, including a role-playing activity called “If I Were President”
in which students act as the President and Cabinet members responding to an international
crisis. In “Testing the Constitution,” they examine actual Supreme Court cases, and in the
“Model Congress” they assume roles of U.S. Representatives and debate, amend, and vote on
proposed mock legislation.
“I was a little nervous about this experience, but it turned out to be fun and very educational,”
said Anna. “I learned more about our government and how it works and how to step outside
of my comfort zone. I liked the Testing the Constitution
activity because we took a real case and acted out what had
happened, and I played the role of an attorney. I could
actually see myself being an attorney in the future, and I had
never considered that before. The experience really opened
doors and gave me new options to consider when it comes to
choosing my career.”
“I got to know a lot of new people through this experience,”
said Courtney. “It made me realize how important
government decisions are and how much impact they can
have, how many options our government leaders have and
how diffi cult it is to choose the best option. I liked the
Model Congress because
I was in a group that had
to convince a committee
to accept an amendment
and I had to do a lot of
research and speak in front
of a group. It all gave me
a better understanding of
Central Catholic seniors Aaron DeLong
and Chris Valentic have been named
National Merit Scholar semifi nalists. They
are among only 16,000 nationwide to achieve
this distinction out of more than 1.5 million
students who entered the competition.
Students entered the competition by taking
the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test. Representing
less than one percent of each state’s high
school seniors, Semifi nalists are the highest
scoring program entrants in each state, and
they are the only participants who have an
opportunity to continue in the
competition for the 8,200 Merit Scholarship
awards, worth $35 million, that will be
offered next spring.
About 90% of the Semifi nalists are
expected to attain Finalist standing, and
approximately half of the Finalists will win
Merit Scholarship awards and be honored as
Merit Scholar designees.
In addition, CCHS seniors Steven Billmaier,
Samantha Filar, Samantha Lortz, and
Amanda Ranazzi have been named
Commended Students in the 2009 National
Merit Scholarship Program.
About 34,000 Commended Students
throughout the nation are being recognized
for their exceptional academic promise.
Although they will not continue in the 2009
competition for National Merit
Scholarships, Commended Students placed
among the top fi ve percent of more than
1.5 million students who entered the 2009
The Central Catholic senior class council is
selling Irish blankets for $40 cash or check
or $45 Visa or MasterCard. The blankets
measure 48” x 68” and are machine
washable, triple layer woven cotton. Visit
the CCHS web site at www.centralcatholic.
org under Parents/News to download an
order form, or call the school at
419-255-2280 to order a blanket.
20 Student Life Winter 2009
Former NFL Player Addresses
Mike McCoy, an All-American
from Notre Dame and #1
draft choice of the Green
Bay Packers, addressed
Central Catholic High
School students on
September 9. McCoy is
the national director of
Champions For Today.
Champions For Today
are former NFL
players and athletes
who are trained to
address life’s issues.
They discuss the
character and values,
helping students make
positive life changes.
The NFL players and
athletes identify with
students by sharing
personal experiences. They
present the consequences of
alcohol, drugs, crime, peer
pressure and violence, and
encourage students to try their best at
academics, sports and life.
In addressing the Central Catholic students, McCoy
encouraged them to write down their goals and be persistent
in achieving them. He stressed that God gave us free will
and that our decisions determine our destiny. “We’re not
born winners or losers, we’re born choosers,” he said. He
interacted with several students to make his points, and he
signed autographs and spoke to students after the assembly.
McCoy became involved with Champions For Today when
his daughter was in seventh grade and was experiencing a lot
of social pressure. He decided he wanted to do something to
make an impact on adolescents in similar situations.
McCoy played football at Notre Dame and was a consensus
All-American. He was chosen UPI Lineman of the Year and
was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year.
He was the #1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1970
and played defensive tackle for the team for seven years. He
also played two years with the Oakland Raiders and two with
the New York Giants.
McCoy’s visit to Central Catholic was sponsored by the
University of Notre Dame Lucas County Alumni
CENTRAL CATHOLIC PROMOTES
On September 5, Central Catholic
participated in the First Friday
Foundation’s “Tackling Prostate Cancer
One Play at a Time” event. At the varsity
football game between the Fighting
Irish and Anthony Wayne, offi cials and
head coaches wore blue prostate cancer
awareness bands, and the coaches were
asked to distribute prostate cancer
information cards to their players to give
to their fathers. An announcement was
read prior to the game when coaches,
captains, and offi cials met at mid-fi eld
for a show of support. September is
cancer awareness month, and the First
Friday event has become an annual event
among many Ohio high schools.
On September 22, the Lady Irish
volleyball team presented “Volley for the
Cure” to support breast cancer
awareness. Team members wore pink
jerseys for the game, sold T-shirts and
window decals, held a bake sale and a
50/50 raffl e, organized a serving contest,
and raffl ed off several baskets of goodies.
All profi ts were donated to the Susan G.
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
On October 21, Central Catholic High
School provided special breast and
testicular cancer awareness and
self-exam programs to its junior and
Representatives from Hadassah and
St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center
presented the Check it Out program to
the females, including video on breast
self-exam, group sessions to examine
breast models and answer questions, and
a breast cancer survivor’s story.
For the males, Toledo urologist Dr. Art
Mancini presented a video on testicular
self-exam, a question and answer
session, and a testicular cancer
Parents of Central Catholic students
were invited to the presentations, as were
any faculty and staff members who were
interested. This program is presented
to Central Catholic junior and senior
students every two years.
Meet Our Students
The Irish Go to Italy
On March 24, 2008, Fr. Paul Kwiatkowski
‘57 led a group of 50 people on a 10-day
tour of Italy. Fr. Paul teaches Latin I and II
at Central Catholic. Thanks to the
generosity of several CCHS benefactors,
fi ve students from Fr. Paul’s classes were
able to go along. The students were
seniors Rudy Orta, Matt Knestrick,
Malasia Wright, and Detra Washington
and sophomore Kevin Williams.
Karla was born in Mexico City, the capital
city of Mexico. She moved to the United
States with her parents at the age of one to be
with other family members who had already
come to the U.S. Karla’s fi rst language is
Spanish, and she and her family speak mostly
in Spanish while they are at home. She
learned English in grade school and is
currently taking French at CCHS, so she is
able to speak in three different languages.
Karla has played the violin for four years and will join the orchestra at
CCHS next year. She is also joining the new martial arts club at
Central Catholic. She has two sisters in 6th grade at Chase Elementary
who hope to attend CCHS in the future.
Meredith has been appointed an ambassador
for the American Heart Association and will
appear on a billboard in Toledo. Her duties
will include a variety of activities to promote
heart health, and she hopes to set up a CPR
class for students at Central Catholic. Over the
summer, Meredith had surgery at the
Cleveland Clinic to correct a congenital
deformity known as pectus excavatum. The
condition affects the anterior wall of the chest and causes several ribs
and the sternum to grow abnormally, pressing on the heart and lungs.
It can impair cardiac and respiratory function and cause pain in the
chest and back.
Meredith is a Regents’ Scholar and a Sullivan Scholar at CCHS and a
member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the
Glee Club, Enviro Club, French Club, German Club, Spanish Club,
Spiritual Commission, Run for Fun, Soul Survivor, and the Women’s
Johnathon was interviewed by 13 ABC’s
Rebecca Regnier for her segment “People,
Places, and Things” which aired on September
26. Johnathon has his own business, Not Just
Cookies, which he runs from his home. He
works before and after school and on
weekends, baking and fi lling orders for cookies,
brownies, and other dessert items that he sells
to individuals and businesses. He has been in
business since March 2006.
Johnathon is proud of his desserts that are made from scratch using
fresh, natural ingredients. You can learn more about his company and
place an order at www.notjustcookies.org.
He is also a member of Student Government, the Ping Pong Club, the
bowling team, German Club, and the CCHS tennis team. Johnathon
recently appeared in Central Catholic’s fall play, Dead Man Walking,
which was his fi rst theatrical performance. In the future, he plans to
attend Ohio State and major in law.
Erin’s great-grandfather, Joseph Schweickert,
worked as a bricklayer and was one of the
people who helped lay the foundation of the
Central Catholic High School building. Erin’s
grandmother, Vera (Schweickert) Cann ’44,
and her siblings attended CCHS. Her mother
is Sara (Cann) Cottle ‘77. Erin’s three sisters
also attended CCHS – Elizabeth ’02, Laura
’04, and Emily ’06.
Erin is a member of the National Honor Society and the Glee Club.
She played on the varsity soccer team and has participated in student
22 Student Life Winter 2009
Meet Our Staff Mary Lou Snyder
nyone who has graduated from fro Central Catholic in the
last 30 years knows Mary Lou Snyder from the main
offi ce. CCHS parents and vis visitors know her as well, since
she is usually one of the voices voice that answers the phone
and the face that greets them when they come to the
front desk. Now it’s time to gget
to know her a little better.
On the Job
Mary Lou grew up in Toledo and attended McKinley Elementary
School and DeVilbiss and Whitney Vocational High Schools. She
worked as a cosmetologist before having a family, and then she was a
stay-at-home mom and a volunteer at Rosary Cathedral School. She
and her husband, Ron Snyder ’60, have fi ve children – Kevin Snyder
’80, Kris (Snyder) Alvarez ’82, Keith Snyder ’84, Kathy (Snyder)
Bettinger ’87, and Kurt Snyder ’90 – and 10 grandchildren.
When their oldest son was in high school and their youngest was in fi rst
grade, Mary Lou decided to pursue an outside job. She always thought
she’d like to work in a school, so when she heard there was an opening
for a secretary at CCHS, she applied.
“I was called in for an interview on a Sunday in September, 1977 with Fr. Donnelly,” she recalls. “After an
interview and a typing test, he said he would give me a two week trial period. I have been in the same job,
with many more duties, ever since.”
Mary Lou is the main offi ce manager. She answers phones, assists students with transportation, work
permits, and other needs, she assists teachers, purchases all offi ce supplies, and handles any other offi ce duties
that come up.
“When I look back, I really am amazed at how the job has grown,” Mary Lou says. “The technology is
amazing at Central Catholic. So many of the changes that have come about have made my job easier.”
In the past 30 years, Mary Lou has witnessed a lot of funny, sad, and crazy things at Central Catholic. She has
great memories of many of her former co-workers, and recalls how many times Fr. Donnelly would decide
on a Friday morning to do a mailing and get it out by the end of the day. “This of course was before the age
of computers and general use of copiers – it was risograph and typing,” Mary Lou explains. “But, with these
wonderful people, we always got it done.”
Another favorite memory is when Ron, Kurt (who was a freshman at the time) and Mary Lou took Sister
Gemma to a CCHS basketball game. “One of the players had asked her several times to come to his game,”
she explains. “The team welcomed her and the player even had a corsage for her. She had a ball and she was
overjoyed, can you believe it?”
“There have also been extreme administrative changes,” Mary Lou continues. “But each one I looked at as
making Central Catholic stronger for the students. At times I know we survived because God put his arms
around us and carried us.”
Mary Lou says her favorite thing about her job is dealing with the students. She has learned so much from
them, and she enjoys it when former students or parents recognize her outside of CCHS and stop to talk to
her. She also feels that she learns something new on her job every day.
“I have always said that I am very blessed to be at Central Catholic, and I really like what I do,” Mary Lou
says. And that’s a good thing, because Central Catholic really likes what she does, too!
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Central Catholic business and
information technology teacher
Paula Domitio has become a
resident “space specialist” at
CCHS. She has taken an interest
in the Kranz S.P.A.C.E. Room of
the Kress Family Library and has
helped with events in the room
and with obtaining new items to
display. She has been featured
at several Lunar Luncheons at
Central Catholic, giving special
moon and star presentations. In
November, Paula was pictured
in the Toledo Blade in an article
about remembering signifi cant
events in history, and she recalled
her memories of watching the
1969 moon landing on television.
Events Winter 2009
The Central Catholic music
department has chosen Hello
Dolly! as its 80th spring musical
to be presented in May. The
performances are scheduled for
May 8-10, 2009 at the Valentine
Theatre in downtown Toledo.
CCHS also presented Hello
Dolly! in 1978 and 1985. The
musical tells the story of Dolly
Levi who uses her
matchmaking skills in New
York City to orchestrate the
love lives of her friends, all the
while trying to get the man she
likes to fall for her.
Hello, Dolly! was fi rst produced
on Broadway in 1964, winning
the Tony Award for Best
Musical and nine other Tonys.
The show has become one of
the most enduring musical
theater hits, enjoying three
Broadway revivals and
National Reunion in Vegas
Scheduled for April
Mark your calendar for April 23-26, 2009 and join
fellow CCHS graduates and friends for a national
reunion in Las Vegas! We are currently negotiating
with three hotels to host the festivities. The following
is a quick look at some of the events we have planned…
Thursday, April 23 – Hotel check-in. CCHS president
Fr. Dennis Hartigan hosts a welcoming reception
Friday, April 24 – Join alumni and friends around
the pool, hit the casinos, enjoy the sites of Las Vegas,
or attend a show.
Saturday, April 25 – Golf at one of Las Vegas’s
prestigious golf courses. Groups will also be formed
for a variety of site-seeing activities. The evening will
feature Mass and an alumni reunion dinner.
Sunday, April 26 – Check out and return home. Don’t
forget to make room in your future schedule for our
2011 national reunion!
More details will be available soon on the CCHS
web site at www.centralcatholic.org under Alumni &
Friends/Reunions. Central Catholic would be happy to
help you make your travel arrangements. If you’d like
to be added to the Las Vegas reunion mailing list, please
contact Mary Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or
419-255-2306 ext. 1058.
Please Inform Us When You Move!
Just a reminder that alumni and friends need to contact Central Catholic to let us know when you move, get married, or change your name for any
reason. Much of our mail, including the Scarlet and Gray, is delivered third class by the post offi ce and will therefore NOT be forwarded when you fi le
a change of address with the post offi ce. Also, keeping your name and address current will help us contact you for class reunions and other important
events or announcements. Contact Margaret Simon, CCHS database manager, at 419-255-2306 ext. 1030 or email her at email@example.com
to update your name or address.
Scarlet & Gray Deadlines
If you would like to submit an item for the next Scarlet and Gray, here are the deadlines for each issue:
Fall Issue: June 15 Winter Issue: October 15 Spring Issue: February 15
Festival of the Lively Arts and
Spring Open House
On April 30, Central Catholic will present its Festival
of the Lively Arts and Spring Open House from 4:00 to
7:00 p.m. at the school. The evening will culminate with
the music department’s spring concert at 7:00 p.m.
The FOLA features award-winning student artwork, and
piano, guitar, dance team, and Gospel Choir
performances. Other activities taking place at this
celebration include student demonstrations of
multi-media technology, tours of the Kranz S.P.A.C.E.
Room which houses the lunar sample, a book exchange,
and a Quidditch tournament on the school’s front lawn.
Quidditch is a fi ctitious “wizarding” sport played on
broomsticks and is the most popular game among
wizards in the series of Harry Potter books by
Visitors will also have an opportunity to tour the school
and facilities and learn about Central Catholic’s
outstanding academic programs, athletics, and
extracurricular activities. The CCHS admissions team,
guidance department, spiritual commission, and athletic
department personnel will be on hand to answer
The concert features performances by the Glee Club,
Mixed Chorus, String Orchestra, and Concert Band.
Admission to the FOLA and Spring Open House is free
and all are welcome.
We want to hear from you! Use the form below to fi ll us in, or e-mail your update to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include all of the
Name Class of
Send to: Scarlet & Gray Magazine, CCHS, 2550 Cherry Street, Toledo, OH 43608. Fill us in on that fellow classmate who is too shy to send in his/her own info!
24 Sports Winter 2009
Meet Our Coach Bob Smith
When hen you fi nd out that Coach BBob
Smith has worked at
Central Catholic for over 30 ye years, you might think that’s
quite an accomplishment. But
when you add the fact that
prior to CCHS he spent 30 years yea at Fremont St. Joseph
Central Catholic High School,
you realize that he has
worked for over 60 years in high school athletics.
The only thing that might
possibly overshadow that accomplishment is that
he is marking his 90th
birthday on December 20.
A Long Career
Coach Smith grew up in Norwalk, Ohio and attended Norwalk St. Paul’s for
grade school and high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from
DeSales College in Toledo in 1941. Coach Smith returned to his alma mater
in Norwalk to teach woodworking, mechanical drawing, and electricity. He
had played both football and basketball in school, and he started his coaching
career in Norwalk in both sports.
After two years at St. Paul’s, Coach Smith served in the Coast Artillery and the
Air Force from November 1942 to October 1945. He then went on to work at Fremont St. Joseph, where he taught
health and physical education and classes as varied as biology, business, and religion. He also served as athletic
director for 30 years, head football coach for 28 years, and head basketball coach for 22 years.
In 1976, CCHS president Fr. Martin Donnelly asked Coach Smith to come to Central Catholic as the business
manager. He served in that capacity for almost 10 years as he continued his coaching career at CCHS. He then
planned to retire, but Fr. Donnelly asked him to stay on in a different capacity. Coach Smith agreed to help with
the work-study program for several years, and he remained as the freshman gray basketball coach for a total of 25
years and the freshman football team coach for nearly 20 years.
“After all those years, I decided I didn’t want to be the head coach anymore, but I still wanted to help out,”
Coach Smith says. Today, he continues to help coach the two freshman teams and serves as an athletic consultant at
CCHS. He handles such responsibilities as securing advertising for sports programs, scheduling offi cials for
various sports, and whatever CCHS athletic director Bill Axe needs him to do.
Secrets to Success
But what keeps Coach Smith working at Central Catholic as he approaches his 90th birthday? “Each time a new
president has come into the school, he has asked me to stay on,” he explains. “I’ve always agreed, under certain
conditions, like being able to come and go when I need to and not working a regular schedule.”
Coach Smith says that most of all, he enjoys working with the kids,
which is why he went into teaching and coaching in the fi rst place.
He has been particularly happy at Central Catholic because of its
family atmosphere and the outstanding administrators and athletic
personnel he has had the good fortune to work with.
Coach Smith is looking forward to his 90th birthday party, which his
family has planned for him in Cincinnati. He and his wife Ethel had
fi ve children and were married for 33 years when she passed away in
1975. He and his present wife, Eileen, have been married since 1977
and she has two daughters. They have 18 grandchildren and 13
As for the secret to Coach Smith’s long and healthy life, he says,
“The best thing I have is a great dinner and a Manhattan every
night! Actually, I’ve been very blessed to have had not one, but two
wonderful and supportive wives, and I’ve worked with some great
people over the years. I just want to go day by day, but if my health
continues, and Central Catholic wants me in that capacity, I’ll
continue to be here.”
• Led football teams to a record of 189-62 and
12 Sandusky Bay Conference crowns at
Fremont St. Joseph
• Football team won 27 consecutive games at
Fremont St. Joseph, a state record at the time
• Led St. Joseph basketball teams to 11
Sandusky Bay Conference crowns
• Ohio Class A Football Coach of the Year, 1960
• President of Northwest Ohio Interscholastic
Athletic Administration Association from
1970 to 1974
• Ohio High School Football Coaches
Association Hall of Fame
• Mac Morrison Lifetime Service Award
• National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
• Ohio Athletic Administration Association
Hall of Fame
• Fremont St. Joseph Athletic Hall of Fame
• Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall
of Fame, Citizen’s Award
One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
The Central Catholic
Fighting Irish fall sports
teams were very successful
this season, capturing several
City League and post-season
crowns. The following is a
recap of some of their
honors. Way to go, Irish!
The boys’ team won the
fi nished third in the
regionals, and competed in
the state championship on
November 1. The team, with
only one senior in its lineup,
fi nished 13th overall at the
state meet. The girls’ cross
country team had the City
League individual champion
in senior Kelly Karcher and
fi nished third in the league
The boys’ team fi nished third
in the City League - one
stroke behind St. John’s for
second - fi nished fourth in
the sectionals, and qualifi ed
for districts. This was the
fi rst CCHS golf team in the
district meet in 17 years.
The girls’ team fi nished
third in the City League and
had the doubles team of
sophomore Morgan Delp
and freshman Sydney Delp
qualify for the state
tournament. They were the
fi rst state qualifi ers in CCHS
girls’ tennis in over 25 years.
The Delps won their fi rst
match at the state
tournament and lost their
The Lady Irish fi nished
second in the City League,
won the district and sectional
titles, and lost in the regional
semi-fi nal match.
FIGHTING IRISH FOOTBALL TEAM
WINS 4TH STRAIGHT CITY TITLE
With its 37-12 victory over Waite High School on October 24 at
Gallagher Stadium, the Fighting Irish football team completed
a perfect 10-0 regular season and wrapped up its 4th consecutive
City Championship. Central Catholic becomes only the
third team in Toledo City League history to win four consecutive
outright City Championships. The previous two teams were
Waite High School from 1932 through 1935 and St. Francis de
Sales from 2001 through 2004. Bowsher High School was the last
team to complete a perfect regular season when the team went
10-0 in 1978.
Other Irish season highlights included a 31-14 win over St. John’s
Jesuit in September, the 31-6 victory over St. Francis that keeps
the Irish Knight in residence on Cherry Street, and the 24-21
homecoming victory over Whitmer High School in October.
March 4, 2009
Sister Helen Prejean
Author of Dead Man Walking
Speaks to CCHS students
Date and location
to be determined
April 23-26, 2009
Las Vegas National Reunion
(See page 23 for more details)
April 30, 2009
Festival of the Lively Arts
and Spring Open House
(See page 23 for more details)
May 8-10, 2009
80th Spring Musical
(See page 23 for more details)
June 6, 2009
Irish Lot Party
CCHS front lawn
July 27, 2009
Irish Open Golf Outing
Stone Oak Country Club
Central Catholic Sports Schedules Available On-line
Schedules for Fighting Irish sports are available on the CCHS web site at
www.centralcatholic.org under Athletics/Schedules. You can also select a specifi c sport
by season and click on the schedule link.
Non-Profi t Org.
Permit No. 150