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Published: Monday, 3/1/2004

Toledo woman helped found Bavarian Club

Grace “Sens” Schloegl, an original member of the Bavarian Sports Club on Lagrange Street who worked there for many years, died Friday at Harborside of Perrysburg. She was 91.

The cause of death was a heart attack, said her daughter-in-law, Gail Schloegl.

Mrs. Schloegl lived on Peck Street in North Toledo for more than 50 years before moving to Perrysburg last year.

Mrs. Schloegl was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1930. She was sponsored to come to this country by her sister and brother-in-law who lived in Toledo. During the voyage to America, Mr. Schloegl - then Grace Trautwein - met George Schloegl. She married him five years later.

The couple were among the first to join the Bavarian Sports Club, 2102 Lagrange, the younger Mrs. Schloegl said.

“She loved the ethnic surrounding and the camaraderie of the German people,” she said. “It used to be that all the people there were of German descent, but now you find people of all [nationalities].”

Mr. Schloegl worked for a meat packing company in Toledo and, later, Buckeye Brewery. She would work at the club during the day until her husband came in at about 5 p.m.

“He would relieve her so she could go home and get dinner ready,” her daughter-in-law said. “They loved her good humor, and many people went down there just to shoot the breeze with her.”

Mrs. Schloegl was a member of St. Mary s Catholic Church, the Bavarian Benevolent Society, and German-American Festival Society.

Her husband died in 1969.

Surviving are her sons, John and George; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The body will be in the Abele Funeral Home on Cherry Street at 10 a.m. today before services at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

The family suggests tributes to Odyssey Healthcare of Toledo in Maumee, a hospice organization, or Bavarian Sports Club Building/Remodeling Fund.

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