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Honoring Tommy “Mr. Nottie” Gunns, Jr. August 1, 2014
Bennie Thompson, D-MS
"The Shaw Colored School only educated children to the 8th grade. Beyond 8th grade the colored children had to travel to Greenville or surrounding towns for a high school education. Mr. Gunns helped changed that. He convinced the Board of Trustees to agree to vote on establishing a curriculum for 9th through 12th grades for Shaw students to be able to get their high school education. So, under his tutelage the first high school graduating class from the Shaw Colored High School was in 1949."
Honoring Ted Rubin July 29, 2014
Alan Lowenthal, D-CA
"Ted was born on June 18, 1929, in Hungary. He spent 14 months in a concentration camp in Austria, which was liberated by the United States Army. Inspired by the work of the United States Army who saved him, he enlisted and became a member of the U.S. Army’s 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, on February 13, 1950, and he was soon deployed to Korea."
In Memory Of Most Reverend Robert W. Donnelly July 29, 2014
Marcy Kaptur, D-OH
"Most Reverend Robert William Donnelly passed on to eternal life on July 21, 2014, surrounded by his family after a short illness. Born in Toledo March 22, 1931, to Agnes (Quinn) and Leonard Donnelly, he was a son of West Toledo’s Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, living close by and attending elementary school there—the tallest kid in the 8th grade. As a teen he worked summers as a day camp supervisor at Close Park. During his high school years in the Class of 1949 at Central Catholic he played football and CYO basketball and baseball, and was an avid CCHS tennis player; he captained the tennis team there. Later, at Quinn Family reunions he was the pitcher for the annual softball games. He enthusiastically donned costumes for family reunions and the Blessed Sacrament Halloween Parades. And he had golf in his blood, avidly playing the game. Bishop Bob earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at St. Meinrad College Seminary. Ordained a priest May 25, 1957, he loved his years in pastoral ministry at Sandusky St. Mary, Landeck St. John, Spencerville St. Patrick, Rossford Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Toledo St. Clement, Toledo St. Charles, and Fostoria St. Wendelin; and teaching at Delphos St. John and Oregon Cardinal Stritch high schools. In every assignment, his heart was always with the people. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and attended graduate school programs at Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Norwood, Ohio; Xavier University, Cincinnati; and the University of Toledo. He was ordained Bishop on May 3, 1984. As Toledo Auxiliary Bishop he was appointed to several diocesan positions, serving as Vicar General for 20 years and diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop James Hoffman; he was chairman of the diocesan Ecumenical Commission, a Pro- Synodal consultant, a director of RENEW, and a member of the diocesan board of consulters. He also served on the National Council of Catholic Bishops’ committees for Pastoral Practices, Evangelization, and African America Catholics as well as local boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital, United Way, and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). He retired in May 2006. Brother priests have known him as “a priest of priests.” He is remembered as a truly gentle man, a warm and loyal friend, a wonderful mentor, respectful, humble, a people person. His friends and family say that he was always open and would give his full attention to whatever they had to say, putting them at ease; he could always find something good in everyone. When he presided at Mass, people knew it wasn’t “his” Mass; it was a prayer of, and for, and by, everyone. He gathered often with life-long friends for cards and camaraderie, loved to vacation with family, and cherished friendships with brother priests. He enjoyed cooking and was good at it, taking special care with holiday dinners of crown roast, apple dumplings, and caesar salad. He later shared and traded secret recipes with his beloved cousin, cook, housekeeper, and friend Dorothy “Buck” Taylor. With subtle wit and care, Bishop Bob loved his family and friends and took delight in children. His many cousins, nieces, and nephews affectionately call him “Uncle Father Bishop Bob.” He had a seemingly endless line of advice seekers who he couldn’t be more excited and willing to tend to. His Irish heritage inspired him to take a group of the younger generation of family members to Ireland to meet their blood kin. When asked a question, his responses were well- thought-out, detailed, and explained. Bishop Bob was predeceased by his parents, brother Quinn Donnelly, sister Mary Hendricks, and cousins Fr. Tom Quinn and Betty Mears. He is survived by his brother, Fr. Marty Donnelly, his brother-in-law Pat Hendricks, nieces and nephews Ann (Tim) Doran, Larry (Sharon) Hendricks, Jim (Julie) Hendricks, Mike (Kaye) Hendricks, Kay (Bill) Byrne, and David (Betsy) Hendricks; 24 great nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great nieces and nephews. Friends may visit Monday, July 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo, where a Vigil Service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Rosary will be prayed Tuesday, July 29, at 10 a.m., with visitation until 11:45 a.m. The Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at noon Tuesday, followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements by Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home (419-269-1111) The family would appreciate that any memorial donations be sent to St. Martin de Porres, 1119 W. Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606. Online condolences:"
History Of The West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Clinic July 16, 2014
John Mica, R-FL
"Congressman Daniel Mica, on February 8th, 1983 during the 98th Congress, introduced H.R. 1348, “A bill to construct a new Veterans Administration hospital in the State of Florida.” Construction of the Palm Beach County Veterans’ hospital was completed in 1994."
Congratulations To The 2014 United Health Foundations Diverse Scholars July 16, 2014
Erik Paulsen, R-MN
"Andy Tran, Massachusetts’s 5th Congressional District; Maria Loza-Lopez, Michigan’s 8th Congressional District; Linda Kerandi, Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District; David Koffa, Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District; Katherine Laddusaw, Missouri’s 4th Congressional District; Nohemi Alvarez, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District; Rebecca Espinoza, Nevada’s 4th Congressional District; Vivienne Meljen, New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District; Rose Parks, New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District; Genel Wright, New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District; Tatiana Londono Gentile, New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District; Lesley Eldridge, New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District; Sheridan Cowboy, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District; D’Ayn DeGroat, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District; Patricia Dixon, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District; Martina Martinez, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District; Katrina Morgan, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District; Natasha Ramsey, New York’s 12th Congressional District; Rick Aguilar, New York’s 13th Congressional District; Adrial A. Lobelo, New York’s 13th Congressional District."

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