Pauline Kotecki, age 85, of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, She was born in Toledo, on June 20, 1926 to George and Bessie Rzadecki. Pauline was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Ray Kotecki, in 2010. Pauline was a 1945 graduate of Woodward High School and was a 55 year member of St. Pius X Church. Pauline was blessed with a beautiful voice with which she serenaded departing troops during World War II. She enjoyed listening to music, gardening and flowers, and making ceramics. She loved birds and dogs, especially her Chihuahua, Rosie. But Pauline's first priority was always her husband, children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter, and she cherished the time spent with them. Pauline will be dearly missed by her daughters, Beverly (Joe) Rideout and Mary Ann Stearns; grandchildren, Ellyn, Brian (Blaire) and Christy Rideout, Jill, David and Michael Stearns, Kelly (Nick) Cook and great-granddaughter, Olivia Cook. She was also preceded in death by her four brothers, Peter, Ray, Mike and Joe. The family wishes to extend thanks to special friend and caregiver, Lynne Fatzinger, who never failed to bring a smile to Pauline's face. Friends are invited to visit from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, in St. Pius X Church, 2950 Ilger Avenue, with Father Marty Lukas, OSFS, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Contributions in Pauline's memory may be made to the Toledo Humane Society or St. Pius X Church.
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