In Memory of Dr. Marshall D. Nickerson
The Nickerson family and the Francis de Sales Community are celebrating the life of Dr. Marshall D. Nickerson. Dr. Nickerson was a member of the first graduating Class of 1958 and a lifetime member of St. Teresa Church, Toledo OH. Dr. Nickerson was the first African American to attend and graduate from St. Francis de Sales School. He was known as an avid learner, positive influencer, and great classmate to all. He graduated with high honors, served as the Vice-President of his senior class, and participated in basketball, football, band, and drama. Dr. Nickerson was proud to be an SFS Knight just as the St. Francis de Sales community is proud and honored to have him as a member of the SFS family.
Dr. Nickerson graduated from John Carroll in 1962 and Howard University Medical School in 1972 where he received his Doctor of Medicine. In his early years as a Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve, he was published in the American Journal of Experimental Molecular Biology, American Journal of Physiology, and several other professional periodicals. He enjoyed traveling, being a father and grandfather, spectator sports, Jeopardy, jazz, and tutoring youth in math and science. His family acknowledges that Dr. Nickerson “set the example of family standard”.
To honor Dr. Nickerson’s memory and his affinity for St. Francis de Sale School, his family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Francis de Sales School, Toledo OH.
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution for so that the family may personally acknowledge your gracious contribution.
In Memory of Jeff Patterson
The Patterson family and St. Francis de Sales would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. The passing of Jeff is a difficult loss for his family and the St. Francis de Sales School community.
As the Director of Maintenance and Facilities, Jeff was an integral part of the school but he preferred not to be the center of attention. Jeff was a master craftsman that took great pride in his work and held himself to a high standard. He often worked on special projects for others but without any special fanfare or public acknowledgment. It was often said that Jeff was the one person who kept the building operational on a shoestring budget due to his innovation and knowledgeable insight. Jeff was a kind and generous colleague; his presence is truly missed by all at St. Francis.
Many have asked what they can do to help during this difficult time. If you would like to make a memorial distribution in honor of Jeff, you may direct your gift to the St. Francis de Sales Office or make an online donation using the link below. All donations will be directed to Jeff’s wife, Terri, to benefit the family grandkids.
In Memory of James P. O’Connell
The O’Connell family and St. Francis de Sales School Community are celebrating the life of James P. O’Connell (Liam), Class of 2004. James will always be remembered as a competitive, fun, and loving friend to all that knew him.
James was named First-Team, All-State Boys all four years at St. Francis and was also the State Doubles Champion in 2003 with his Cousin, Mike O’Connell ’05. James went on to play Division I Tennis at the University of Dayton, earning All-Atlantic Honors in years 2006-2008.
As a tribute to James, the family has suggested contributions through St. Francis de Sales School, Toledo, OH for the benefit of the Foundation,
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution form so that the O’Connell family may personally acknowledge your heartfelt contribution.
In Memory of Bill O'Neal
Bill, like his wife Fran, had a passion for education, teaching and travel. Bill served the University of Toledo for 44 years, holding several positions, authored several publications, and received numerous awards. He was also a part-time Latin teacher at St. Francis teaching 4th year Latin to advanced students. In December of 2019, Bill established The Fran O’Neal Scholarship Fund to honor Fran’s love of English and Teaching and her devotion to him and her students. Fran taught at St. Francis de Sales for 25 years.
To honor Fran’s memory and their shared passion for teaching and education, Bill shared his wishes for memorial contributions to be made to The Fran O’Neal Scholarship Fund through the St. Francis de Sales School, Toledo OH.
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution form so that the O’Neal family may personally acknowledge your thoughtful contribution.
In Memory of Judy Dettinger
A Dettinger Family Scholarship Fund has been established at St. Francis de Sales School. The family asks that memorials in Judy’s name be given to the Dettinger Family Scholarship Fund. Judy was a beloved and patient wife, mother, and teacher. She had a special talent and interest in helping students with learning disabilities explore their individual talents and reach their goals.
In memory of Judy, contributions may be made through the St. Francis de Sales School for the Dettinger Family Scholarship Fund for the benefit of St. Francis de Sales School, Toledo OH.
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution form so that the Dettinger family may personally acknowledge your thoughtful contribution.
In Memory of Theresa Emrick
The Emrick family and the St. Francis de Sales Faculty and Staff would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. The passing of Theresa Emrick was a very difficult loss as she was not only a colleague but also a friend and a member of our St. Francis Family.
Many have asked what can we do for the Emrick family in their time of need. Theresa’s husband Troy expressed that meal trains have already begun by other loved ones. Mrs. Skinner and Mrs. Bockbrader who worked closely with Theresa offered Troy some other options or ways we could bring comfort to their family and it was decided that the St. Francis Family will help Troy with the planning and costs associated with their son Braden’s high school graduation party this spring/summer. He said that is something that family would do, and since Theresa had begun working at SFS, it has always felt like family.
If you would like to make a donation to help with Braden’s graduation and to honor Mrs.Emrick’s memory you may send a donation into the office labeled “Emrick Fund.” You can also make a donation with PayPal using the link below.
Once again, we thank you for your love and support as we continue to pray for the Emrick family.
In Memory of Fran O'Neal
Mrs. Fran O’Neal, a beloved teacher at St. Francis for 25 years, passed away on
December 20. She was an inspiration for her students and colleagues alike. Fran
had very high standards. She was an exceptional English teacher and expected
great work of her students. She also commanded respect in the classroom.
“Gentlemen, I will write you up in triplicate,” was a line Fran used sparingly but
with great effect to calm down youthful exuberance.
To honor and memorialize her love of English and teaching, Fran and her husband
of 56 years, Bill, established the Fran A. O’Neal Scholarship Fund. It will benefit
deserving young men at St. Francis who have demonstrated great proficiencies
and interest in English and teaching.
Fran devoted her life devoted to her husband, her students, and her community.
In memory of Fran, contributions may be made to the high school through the
Fran A. O’Neal Scholarship.
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution form so
that Bill O’Neal may personally acknowledge your memorial contribution.
In Memory of David M. Walrod
In memory of David M. Walrod (March 14th, 2019), a memorial scholarship fund is being created to
continue the traditions of Saint Francis that he held so dear. A proud 1988
graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School, this scholarship fund will be used to
honor David’s legacy and to assist other future Knights to realize their potential as
He lived his life embodying the SFS motto “Be who you are and be that well”.
David’s impact on his family, friends, and community was immense and lasting.
His fierce loyalty and love will be missed and will be honored through this
In memory of David, contributions may be made through the St. Francis de Sales
School for the David M. Walrod Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Please share your address and contact information on the contribution form so
that the Walrod Family may personally acknowledge your memorial contribution.