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Margaret Gratcl
(March 13, 1923 - November 17, 2011)

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Margaret Gratcl

Margaret Lucille Senft Gratcl, a lifelong Toledo resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 17,2011. Margaret was the daughter of Frank and Chloe (Holmes) Senft and was born on March 13, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband, John and her son, Robert (Bob), her parents and her sister, Betty Aspinwall. She spent a long career as a nurse in Toledo – beginning with her training and working at The Toledo Hospital. After working mostly part time while she raised 5 children she went back to work full time with the Lucas County Health Department, from where she retired. She also volunteered at the Red Cross, being awarded the Red Cross Volunteer of the year award in 1987, and with various school, scouting and church functions as she was needed over the years. Margaret loved to read, she enjoyed football and marching bands, black Labrador Retrievers and she loved to travel. She particularly enjoyed the Pacific area and she and our father took several road trips across this great country. Margaret also spent many summers at her cottage in Michigan, sadly not making it up there this year due to her illness. “The Lake” is a wonderful place she and our father purchased as a relaxation destination for themselves, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and for which we are forever grateful. Margaret Gratcl leaves to cherish her memory her 4 surviving children and their spouses, John (Judi) Gratcl, Gretchen (Paul) Kinney, Paula (Ron) Sondergeld, Gayle (Steve) Sutter and her daughter-in-law, Tricia. She was the proud grandmother of 13 and an even prouder Great-grandmother of 34 who will miss her tremendously. Margaret was a former member of St James Catholic Church and St Paul’s Lutheran Church (Toledo) and a current member of St Petri Lutheran Church. Our family would like to thank Dr Lindbloom and the nurses of the third floor of St Luke’s Hospital for their kindness and compassion in these last few days of our mother’s life especially the last day when they finally took her pain away and let her rest easy. We are also grateful to Pastor Vinciguerra for answering our call so quickly Thursday afternoon and being there to comfort us as well as send our mom to heaven with the proper credentials. Her faith was strong and very important to her. Friends may call at the Foth – Dorfmeyer Mortuary 3815 Sylvania Ave. (Between Monroe St. & Talmadge Rd.) Sunday from 3 – 6 PM where funeral services will be held Monday at 10 AM conducted by Pastor Vinciguerra with interment to follow at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. If you would like to make a contribution in our mother’s name we ask that you consider St Petri Lutheran Church or The Cherry Street Mission.

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