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Winter 2009 - K-Space Web Page - Central Catholic High School

Winter 2009


Winter 2009 CCHS Alumni Magazine

What’s Inside

Feature Story

12 Home Makeover


2 Updates and Success Stories

Alumni News

4 Reunion Review

6 Class Acts

9 Baby Irish

10 Jackie Calmes ’72

14 Sr. Mary Bernard ‘51

16 In Memoriam

Student Life

18 Jones Signs Letter of Intent

19 Leadership Conference

21 Meet Our Students

22 Meet Our Staff


23 Spring Musical

Vegas Reunion


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

Marie Arter


Marge Eischen-Schuck

Director of Annual Fund

Greg Dempsey ‘90

Director of Enrollment

Jonie Jackson

Director of Events & Fundraising

Tracy (Kowalski) Koralewski ‘85

Director of Marketing/Public Relations

Lisa Bowling

Director of Planned Giving/Alumni

Mary (McCarty) Pierce ‘65

Graphic Designer

Jennifer Drouillard

Communications Coordinator

Michele (Landin) Jurek ‘86

Administrative Assistant

Margaret Simon ‘82

Administrative Assistant

Mary Dudley

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

General Chairs

Pat ’82 and Julie

(Schuller) Boyle ’82

Dinner Auction Gets

Everyone “In the Mood”

to Give

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

individual recognition.

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

Honorary Chairs

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

of objects.





In October, the concession

stand in Gallagher Stadium

was dedicated to the

Mangas family for their

generous support through

the years.

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

doing, it

contributes to my


understanding of

chemistry,” she said.

“I have already talked

a lot about my

experiences this

summer with my

classes. I also got an

opportunity to meet

other researchers

in nearby labs and

learned about their


4 Alumni News Winter 2009

Reunion Review

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

Washington, D.C.

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 or 419-255-2306

ext. 1058.


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 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

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

Class Acts


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

(Waldvogel) Hagan,

(standing L to R) Joe

Colturi, Kate (Grote)

Weiher, Dick Murnen,

Lucille (Rectenwald) Gorski,

Alice (Bodette) Calabrese,

Joan (Hettle) Olnhausen,

and Dick Anderson.

Sr. Mary

Ann Brady

’47 recently

retired from the

Mercy College

of Northwest

Ohio. She now

“chooses her

working hours”

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

Palliative Care.

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

two grandchildren.

Gerald Howard ’51 and his wife Mary Ann

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on

July 26.

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

eight grandchildren.

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

June 21.

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

September 29.

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 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

Courtney (14).

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

Ann Rhodus

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


Joe Scalzo,

Steven Brown,

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

received the

Secondary Physical

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

Temperance, Michigan.

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

Sherry Kunovic

’93 married Angelo

Motta of the Bronx,

New York on April

25. Members of

the wedding party

included Deana

(Grabel) Smith ’93

and Kim

(Kondalski) Swart

’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

Worthington Industries.

Andre C. George II ’01 recently earned his

Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from

Drake University.

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

orchestra. Those

who joined them for

the event included

Rachel (Dayton)

Bettinger ’01,

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

String Orchestra

’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


alumna reports on economics and

presidential campaigns


ackie Calmes ’72 rece recently returned to Central Catholic to speak to students in

American Governmen

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

economic policies.

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.

National Reporting

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,”

Central Catholic

Holds Mock



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.

Senior Alex

Davis casts

her vote.

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.”

CCHS Makeover

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


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

cloistered order.”

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

In Memoriam

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

Harry Ashman

Florence A. Schrock Banaszewski

William J. Boyce

Harriet G. Chlebowski Buczkowski

Albert L. Carter

Robert Coon

John R. Danyi

Daniel Delberts

James M. Donley

Chuck Dybala

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

Dorothy Kirk

Paul F. Konzen

Lester A. Korb

Richard R. Kraemer

Julie Kujawa

Melvin J. Kwiatkowski

Esther K. Czolgosz Lewan

Robert F. Lindsay

Sr. Esther Lockett

Nancy L. McCauley

John Mesteller

Raymond D. Middaugh

Constance Zemper Mock

Geraldine M. Schaefer Mullen

Virginia Northup

Joseph R. Oliver

Paul M. Osstifi n

Robert Persiani

William F. Prebe

Samuel Pullella

Theresa Rejents

Judge Melvin L. Resnick

Robert P. Roper

Donald R. Rosenthal

Sister Mary Lenarda Schaffer

Norman J. Slomowicz

William J. Syring

Dolores M. Stallbaum Thibert

Ralph Vinciguerra

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!

Current Gifts:

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

gains tax.

Gifts of personal property such as cars,

boats and collections are also welcomed

and appreciated.


from the

ballot box,

philanthropy presents

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.

Income-Producing Gifts:

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

estate taxes.

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

the term.

Deferred Gifts:

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,

and classrooms

• 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


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.


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

of Illinois.

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.

Students’ Work

Featured in

Art Show

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,

and photography.

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

gallery directors.

Students Take Part in

Washington D.C.


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


Courtney Rygalski

Anna Barchick-Suter

Central Catholic

Students Are

National Merit

Semifi nalists

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


CCHS Stadium

Blanket Sale

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

Central Catholic


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.

Speakers with

Champions For Today

are former NFL

players and athletes

who are trained to

address life’s issues.

They discuss the

importance of

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




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.

Komen Foundation.

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

senior students.

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

survivor’s story.

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

Respect Group.



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

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.”

CCHS Memories

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.

Teacher is

Central Catholic’s

Space Specialist”

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

Central Catholic

Presents 80th

Spring Musical


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

international success.

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

and ice-breaker.

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 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 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

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

J.K. Rowling.

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

visitors' questions

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

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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.”

Career Highlights

• 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.

Fighting Irish

Teams Capture


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!

Cross Country

The boys’ team won the

district championship,

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.







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.

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Irish Events

March 4, 2009

CCHS Reads

Sister Helen Prejean

Author of Dead Man Walking

Speaks to CCHS students

Spring 2009

Celebrity Wait

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

Hello Dolly!

Valentine Theatre

(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 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

Toledo, Ohio

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