Mary Jeanne "MJ" Toole

Birth Date: 
Friday, April 10, 1925
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020

WOOSTER – Mary Jeanne “MJ” (Knoll) Toole passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Wayne Co. Care Center.

She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 10, 1925 to Ottilia (Voelker) and Sylvestor A. Knoll, the oldest of four children.  She graduated from St. Basil’s High School in 1943, first in her class.  She married Alfred R. Toole on April 10, 1948, her birthday, and moved to Franklin, PA, later to Cleveland, Ohio and later to Fairview Park, Ohio.  The family moved to Wooster January 1991 where she continued to live.

MJ was a Secretary in Pittsburgh at U.S. Steel Company and Gulf Oil Corporation until she was married and moved from Pittsburgh.  In her early years, she sewed for herself and her family.  She made men’s suits and trousers and children’s clothes, as well as her own.  She became an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with other couples in the early years of her marriage.  Later, after Al’s death in September of 2008, she joined several bridge groups in Cleveland and Wooster.

MJ was talented in the Art of Decoupage.  She attained the title of Master Craftsman in this art and spent many years teaching the art to others.  She was President of the National Guild of Decoupeurs (later named Decoupage Artists Worldwide).  She made DVD’s of decoupage instructions that were available for members of the Guild.  She was the founder of the Fairview Park Coterie, a social group of women who did much for their community.

While working at Gulf Oil Corporation, she was a member of the “Y” Choristers and served as President of that group.  She had a lovely alto voice and enjoyed music.  She played the violin and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony for a short time before getting married and moving from Pittsburgh.  She belonged to the Young Ladies’ Sodality at St. Basil’s Church in Pittsburgh, as well as the Junior Catholic Daughters of America.

MJ was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister, an officer of the Worship Commission, an officer of the Catholic Daughters of America, as well as coordinating funeral arrangements and singing in the funeral choir.

She loved to garden and was Secretary of the Garden Party Garden Club.  She joined the Wayne County Care Center Auxiliary when her husband was a resident there for three years and served as Secretary of the organization.

Surviving are two sons Robert A. (Rosemary Moran) and David H. (Cindi Norsic); sisters-in-law Mary Catherine Knoll and Joan Knoll; grandchildren Theresa A. Wells, Sean P. Toole (Rosemary), David S. Toole (Michelle) and Erin Rider (Dustin); great-grandchildren Theresa A. Wells, Cherokee, Journey and Honor Toole, Madison Toole and Lura Rider and Shea Nyrel Rider; great-great-grandchildren Tahj Wells and sisters Journey and Ila

She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred R. Toole, a grandson Tyrone Toole, a sister Lois V. Kuhar (Raymond) and brothers John S. Knoll and Joseph H. Knoll.

There will be no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with Rev. Stephen Moran as celebrant.  Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691

Visitation: 

No Calling Hours

Service: 

Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church

Condolences

Sorry for your loss. My mom really liked your mom. She (peg persinger) was her table mate when they were still eating in the dining room.

So sorry for your loss I absolutely loved your Mom she will was a great person.

I am so sorry loss. I knew her from Catholic Daughters. A loving, faith filled woman who made you feel special.

Sincerest condolences to the Toole family. Memory eternal.

To David and Rob...this is a voice from the past...good old 227th St. Best place to grow up! Jack and Kit Murray's daughter, Lynn. So many happy memories of our parents being friends...so many bridge games. I can only hope they are all at the bridge table now up in heaven and having a lot of laughs. Your mom was a dear and I remember her well. God bless you all and stay well!

To David & Rob.. Your mother has been a long time friend of ours and we will dearly miss her. We have always celebrated her Birthday with her on April 10th and have shared many meals together while talking of good times and past memories..
M.J. as we have called her will sadly be missed in our hearts and as our paths have crossed. Your mother is a true Angel here on earth and has earned her wings in Heaven. We will sadly miss her. Your friend Pam & Greg Gajda

As a member of the WayneCounty Care Center Auxiliary MJ was a good friend and will be greatly missed. I extend my sympathy to all family members. God bless you all. Elaine McCreary

So sorry to hear of MJs passing. She was always so kind and joyful when I saw her at the numerous Fowler Family Reunions over the years. I am sure that John and Janet greeted her with open arms when she entered heaven. May God bless you Rob and David, and the rest of your families with the confidence that she is smiling now more than she ever did here on Earth. ( We also prayed for her on our Rosary tonight).

Eternal rest grant unto her

O Lord, and let perpetual light

shine upon her. May the souls

of all the faithful departed, through

the mercy of God, rest in peace.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen

Dave and Rob, My condolences to you and your families. MJ was always so much fun to be with at the reunions, and I enjoyed listening to her travel adventures, as well as other stories that she shared. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

So sorry for your loss. I drove down from Cleveland and your Mom fixed items my Mom had decoupaged that had cracked. She had me for lunch a couple of times and we also met for lunch. We emailed back and forth and kept in touch by phone. She was a very good friend and a wonderful woman. Rest In Peace MJ.

It was my privilege and pleasure to be MJ's bridge partner in Wooster Bridge club for about five years. We often placed in the top three but MJ's main goal was just to have fun and that we did. She was a good friend .

I am a childhood friend of Mary Jeanne Kuhar who was named for her Aunt Mary Jeanne. I was scanning the obituaries and the name caught my eye. I am sorry for the loss to your family of someone who sounds like a delightful woman. I'm sure her family and friends were enriched by having her in their lives.

Dear Toole Family,
We're so sorry to hear about the passing of MJ. She was a special lady. A standout favorite memory of "Auntie MJ", as we called her when we were growing up, was of dinners at Christmas time in the Fairview house singing Christmas carols with MJ playing the piano. She was so joyful! I know she is singing with the choirs in heaven right now! She was a good friend our mom over the years and we are grateful for that. May you feel comfort from warm memor

We're so sorry to hear of MJ's passing. She was such a special lady. A favorite standout memory of "Auntie MJ", as we called her when we were growing up, is of dinners at the Fairview house at Christmas time singing Christmas carols with MJ playing the piano. She was so joyful! I know she is singing with the choirs in heaven right now and is more joyful than ever! She was a good friend to our mom over the years and we are grateful for that. May you feel comfort through your warm memories and from the love of family and friends. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

I met and enjoyed MJ as members of Garden Party garden club. Also shared dinner table when I visited my sister in law Peggy Persinger. my sincere condolences for your lose.So special to so many.

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