There was a celebration to remember last Thanksgiving at the home of Mary Lou and Jerry O’Callahan in New Jersey, where 23 family members – including four sons and their wives, 10 grandchildren, and two girlfriends – gathered to kick off the holidays.
On Jan. 28, the city attorney of San Dimas, Calif., Ken Brown, announced his resignation at the City Council meeting after 37 years in ofﬁce to spend more time with grandchildren and family. After JCU, Ken received his law degree at Case Western Reserve University and practiced law in Ohio for one year before moving to California in October 1962. After passing the California bar, he began a private practice in Los Angeles in 1963. Ken became the city attorney in San Dimas in January 1977 and served in that capacity with other municipalities, simultaneously, in Cerritos (35 years), La Canada Flintridge (25 years), Norwalk (20 years), Signal Hill (10 years), and Lawndale (10 years). Ken and wife, Carol, have been married more than 52 years. They have ﬁve daughters – Melissa, Kristen, Erin, Kate, and Megan, plus three grandchildren – Kaylen, Oliver, and Zak. “We won’t replace you,” Mayor Curt Morris said. “We’ll get another attorney, but won’t be able to replace you!”
Nancy and John Scanlan were pleased by several happy events last year. In May, they gave their blessing to Jeff Burgess to marry their daughter, Mary. No date has been set yet. Then, on their 51st wedding anniversary, their grandchild, Kinsley, was born. To top it off, their 9-year-old granddaughter, Sara, was accepted into the Mensa Society.
Frank (Crash) Hovorka spent three weeks in Alaska in August and September. He also planned an 11-day excursion to the Panama Canal this past February. Frank expressed a desire to meet with other classmates such as John Scanlan, Jim Gasper, Sam Spinello, George Bidinger, Jay Holler, and Frank Singel to name a few. Additionally, Gasper and Dick Huberty are interested in a minireunion this June. Our 55th class reunion was in June 2012; however, the guys are anxious to make it happen again. If this interests you, contact Huberty (440-888-1139) or Gasper (832-687-6868). Time is short, but there’s also homecoming. Give it some thought, and act soon.
Gasper spoke with Jay Holler about Jay’s wife, Janet, and her health problems. He also checked on Jerry Corcoran’s widow, Alicia. Remember them both in your prayers.
On a sad note, we lost more classmates: James Zangara (Aug. 30, 2012) and Christopher (Kit) Orlie (July 22, 2013), as well as Robert A. Patton ’58 (Aug. 30, 2013). Kit Orlie, who lived in California, died peacefully after a long illness.
Correction: Jack Chiprean was from the class of 1956, not 1959, as reported in the fall issue. He previously reported his brother’s death (Robert Chiprean on Aug. 17, 2013). Carl Winger’s beloved wife, Eleanor, passed away Jan. 30 after a short illness. Many years ago, this reporter, along with Albert Strok ’58 (deceased) and Bob Abraham deceased), was honored to be a member of the Winger wedding party. Eleanor was a special lady. Please keep her, Carl, and their family, along with the aforementioned families, in your prayers. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
The second of six children, G. Richard (Dick) Olivier, grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and symbolized the day-hop spirit of the ’50s by working part time and summers for the railroad, as well as on the ore boats to pay for tuition at Carroll, as did many of us. After serving his country as a commissioned officer, marrying Wanda, and raising five children, Dick, along with two associates, purchased the Garland Co. – a small manufacturing company founded in 1895 – in 1974. Working with seven other partners, the core group introduced the first modified membrane roofing materials manufactured in North America, the first of many innovations that would raise the bar on construction material performance. Through his significant leadership role in recruiting and training, Dick was instrumental in guiding the company toward employee ownership in 1985. Garland was honored by NorthCoast 99 for 14 consecutive years as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio. Today, the $300-million company employs more than 650 people throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. On October 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer, Dick Olivier died. His deep loss will be felt by many, especially his family and class members. Our condolences, and may he rest in peace.
Dennis Grapo informed me Jim Finnegan has been named volunteer of the year by Malachi House, a hospice facility known for serving the poorest of the poor. Jim has been a dedicated and reliable volunteer for these many years, as has Dennis. Congratulations to Jim on his loving service, which reflects the finest Christian ideals.
Dorothy and Don Szymanski were on the same bus tour to the Mohawk Valley and Catskill Mountains in N.Y. as Rosie and I in October.
On Aug. 30, 2013, Fr. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., son of Jane and Peter Paulson (our deceased classmate) was appointed by Fr. General Adolfo Nicholas, S.J., as the next provincial of the Jesuit Chicago-Detroit Province. He succeeds Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., ’84, who will be the new president of the Jesuit Conference effective July 2014.
Vincent Panichi, founder of the Magis Legacy Society (the new name for Magis Society), was honored at a Mass and brunch at Carroll during homecoming weekend. Vince was a full-time accounting professor at Carroll for 26 years, including eight as department chair. Currently, he’s a senior director and a founding principal of the Ciuni & Panichi accounting firm. The Magis Legacy Society is organized to celebrate the generous alumni, family, and friends who’ve made planned or estate gifts to the University. For additional information, call Peter Bernardo ’67 at 800-736-2586 or 216-397-4217.
Enjoy the winter, stay vertical, and send me a note. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
The class agent program for the year ending May 31, 2013, was a huge success for our class. Agents raised $103,885 for our Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund with a record-setting 44.3% participation. The entire JCU alumni class agent program raised a total of $187,000. Our class agents, under the dedicated direction of head agent Dick Huberty, were: George Billings, Tom Moran, and Jerry Trombo of Cleveland; Rev. Mr. Bart Merella of Washington, D.C.; Dick Murphy, and Joe Luby of Chicago; Jim Gasper of Houston, and Frank (Crash) Hovorka of Albuquerque, N.M. We sincerely congratulate the outstanding focused efforts of these gentlemen. The mission of the class of 1957 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund is to assist struggling seniors. This year, we helped 12 seniors who were in a severe financial crisis plus an additional 20 seniors who needed smaller grants to graduate.
On Aug. 10, 2013, a number of alumni joined their Cathedral Latin High 1953 classmates for the 60th class reunion at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio. The previous days’ golf outing included JCU’s David Vitatoe ’00, director of alumni relations, and development officer Andre Calabretta ’08G. About 75 people, including spouses and family friends, participated in a Mass celebrated by Rev. Bill O’Neill, a Latin classmate, assisted by Vince Panichi and me as Eucharistic ministers. Following Mass, the men gathered on the patio balcony for a class photo. Cocktails and a delicious dinner added to the festivities. The JCU men who made the celebration special are: George Billings, Neil Butch, John Flynn, me, Tony Gambatese, Dennis Grapo, Steve Hamilton ’77G, Dick Huberty, Al Lucas, Dr. Al Musca, Tom Nemeth, Tom O’Toole ’59, Al Pace, Vince Panichi, Jim Powers, Jack Szabo, Jerry Trombo, and Leo Wells.
Frank Singel, a past JCU football player, was excited to attend the tailgate Blue Gold football game Aug. 24 and reunite with other players to be honored at the game.
Eileen and Bart Merella celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a six-day train/bus trip in the Canadian Rockies, visiting Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. They took “John Carroll” along for a photo-op at Lake Louise. The weather was perfect, and the scenery was magnificent.
Condolences are extended to the family of Charles E. Cannon ’52, who passed away March 18, 2013. Jack Chiprean ’59 informs me Robert Chiprean died Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa. We extend our sympathy to the Chiprean family.
Please let me know what’s happening in your life – family, hobbies, trips, and other classmates you’d like to hear about and from. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
It was a pleasant surprise to hear from Lou Renner in mid-April. He inquired about Jim Gasper’s home address after learning about Jim’s bypass surgery in October 2012. Lou was sorry to learn about the death of Don Scanlan, brother of John Scanlan. He passed away in early October 2012, and his wife died in early May 2013. Lou stated: “John and I were roommates at Carroll, and he was in our wedding. Joanna and I celebrated 58 years of marriage in February 2013.”
Dr. Al Musca reports Peter Boylan, M.D., died of cancer April 20. Peter, son of a doctor, grew up in Cleveland Height., Ohio, and graduated valedictorian from Gilmore Academy. He attended medical school in St. Louis and became an orthopedic surgeon and practiced medicine in Kansas City, Mo.
The June 2013 La Gazzetta Italiana newspaper featured an article and photo of Al and Barbara Musca as guests at a wine tasting and food pairing event at one of Northern Ohio’s premier wineries, the ThornCreek Winery & Gardens in Aurora, Ohio. The Muscas were part of an enthusiastic group of Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums of Ohio. Lorraine Dodero is the Ohio Chapter chairperson and executive director of the organization. Al is also a member of the Cathedral Latin class of 1953, which had it 60th class reunion that included George Billings, Tony Gambatese, Bill Comiskey, Dennis Grapo, Dick Huberty, and Jerry Trombo.
Frank (Crash) Hovorka has requested our prayers for Jack Riley, who’s suffering from some medical problems.
A personal note: On May 11, our grandson, Victor Tersigni, graduated from the University of Akron, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in political science/criminal justice. Victor, who also was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, began serving with the ROTC cadre at Fort Lewis, Wash., on June 5 before reporting for a two-year assignment at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala. Victor’s older brother, Vincent, a University of Akron ’12 graduate with the same degree, was commissioned as a police officer in Springfield Twp., outside of Akron, Ohio, in early May. Rose Marie and I are proud of all 12 of our grandchildren.
Stay healthy and safe! God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
Pride and hard work rightly describes the operation of the Jackson Township Senior Center in Pennsylvania, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat and the center’s president, Frank Singel, who started the center about two decades ago with the purchase of an elementary school. “Although no state or federal senior monies help the center operation, it functions well,” Frank says. “With the closing of a nearby center because of an increasing deficit, the challenges and workload increased but not the helpers. While the township picks up much of the cost, the seniors are aggressive raising funds to pay for the things they want.”
In mid-February, Robert L. (Tiger) Tuma received the Parma Law Director’s Donald Reiman Professionalism Award for Outstanding Citizen. The award is presented to an individual possessing outstanding professionalism, and high ethical standards, as well as making valuable contributions to the legal community. Congratulations.
Jim Gasper is doing well after bypass surgery in October 2012. Praise God and his wife, Georgia, a nurse with an iron hand. The Gaspers entertained Maureen and Dick Huberty at their summer home in Galveston, Texas, during the holidays.
Richard Murphy had his right knee replaced Jan. 14. On March 3, Richard and several other Chicago Club members interviewed 28 candidates for the JCU Leadership Scholarship (active since 1984) at the Evanston (Ill.) Golf Club. Essays were judged from the best of the best from the candidates of Chicago’s Kairos Retreat, a Catholic retreat for juniors and seniors in the Illinois area. The winner will receive an $80,000 scholarship ($20,000 for each of four years at JCU). Paul Hulseman ’82 is the group’s chairman.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Myers and his wife, Colette, are doing well in Tucson, Ariz. Their 15th grandchild was born March 6 to daughter Ellen, who resides in Cincinnati.
Regretfully, my close friend, William J. Mooney Jr. passed away in December 2012 from an apparent heart attack. Bill was active in his community with charities including Guidestone Ohio in Berea, the USO, and John Carroll. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Condolences to his wife, Helen, and their family.
Richard S. Eston, owner and operator of Advertising Sales Co. for 55 years, died in February. At Carroll, Richard starred in track. In 25 years, he won numerous awards in racquetball and officiated in baseball and football. He also was a member of the auxiliary police in Solon and Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Our condolences to his loving partner, Mary Jane Nottage, and the rest of their family.
Thanks to Richard Murphy, I was notified in early March that John (Jack) Lynch, who suffered with Parkinson’s disease, died. Jack was buried March 8 in Wilmette, Ill. His wife, Margaret, died years earlier. “We were good friends at Ignatius in Chicago and JCU. When Margaret died, it almost destroyed not only Jack but his kids,” Jim Finnegan says. Dick Collins states: “Sal, my wife, Ginny, and I attended the visitation and funeral for Jack Lynch. The only other JCU person I saw was George Mihelic’s widow, Emily, who appeared to be fine despite mobility problems. It was great to see her.” A friend of Susan Cicero, widow of Jerry Cicero, summed it up quite well, referring to Jerry, Jack, and others: “They’re gone from the land of the dying to the land of the living.” Susan added: “Do you think there will be a JCU class of ’57 section in heaven?”
Rose Marie, my bride of almost 54 years, is faring well after her second Gamma Knife brain surgery (her sixth procedure). She’s getting stronger daily. In December, I spent seven days in Parma Community General Hospital with acute cellulitis. I’m vertical and doing quite well again. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
Now that the leaves are gone, the general election is history, and we’re survivors of the Mayan prediction about the world ending, we can enjoy the rest of winter and New Year with optimism. In Italian, the surname Felice means happy. With a column of mostly sad news, it’s difficult to remain cheerful. First, some good news. Jim Gasper, who had quadruple bypass surgery in October, is progressing nicely and in good spirits, as usual.
Dorothy Vidic, wife of our dearly departed Edward J. Vidic, passed away Oct. 8, 2012, (Edward died May 22, 1998). They’re survived by three daughters: Karen Diffenbacher, Barbara, and Janice. I learned from Frank (Crash) Hovorka that Don Scanlan, brother of John Scanlan, passed away at about the same time. We extend our condolences and prayers are to the Vidic and Scanlan families.
Thanks to Richard Murphy, I learned Frank W. Petro, Esq., founder of Petro & Petro law firm in 1990 in Chicago, died of lung cancer Oct. 12 at Rainbow Hospice. Francis William Petrungaro (later changed to Petro), born on Chicago’s South Side, worked summers in the steel mills to put himself through JCU. “He knew firsthand how hard people worked and what it was like getting your hands dirty,” said his son, Don, a partner in his dad’s law firm. Frank focused on workers’ rights, and for many years, he served as designated legal counsel for the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the United Transportation Union, representing injured workers in cases against railroad companies. “He found honor in representing the people who built this country, and he was one of the real legal giants in his field,” according to a longtime friend and Chicago attorney. Frank was proud of his Sicilian heritage and served as president of the Sicilian-American Cultural Association for several years to bring Sicilian-American artists, authors, and musicians together to discuss their work. Frank was troubled by the image of Sicilian-Americans and how, as a group, they were being maligned. After graduating with honors from Carroll in 1957, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps for two years. After the military, he worked with the Chicago law firm Henslee, Monek & Henslee during the day while attending School of Law Loyola University Chicago at night. He passed the Illinois bar exam in 1965 and worked for the firm for the next 25 years, mostly representing railroad workers, including engineers, conductors, signalmen, and brakemen injured on the job. He was considered an authority on the Federal Employees Liability Act and tried cases throughout the Midwest. Frank is survived by another son, Thomas; four daughters: Mary, Deborah, Lisa, and Cathy Turner; and nine grandchildren. I send my prayers and best wishes to the Petro clan for their deep loss.
Make me happy by sending news about your families and activities. Our classmates want to stay connected, and that can happen only with your help. Stay healthy, and be thankful for what you have. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
Reunion weekend was enjoyable for the 40 class members plus the wives who participated. Kudos to those who took full advantage of the weekend, namely Ermina and Joe Polce, Frank (Crash) Hovorka, John Scanlan, Frank Singel, Carol and Tom Moran, Carol and George Billings, Christine and Leo Wells, Nancy and John Gormley, Dick Murphy, Georgia and Jim Gasper, Maureen and Dick Huberty, Barbara and Dr. Al Musca, Pat and Frank Humenik, Pat and Tom Kasper, Mike Kenney, Jim Holler, Ruth and John Cicotta, Betty Ann and Sam Frontino, Eileen and Deacon Bart Merella and Jim Clark. At the dinner on Saturday, two checks were presented to Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. – $122,322.89 was pledged for the class gift (from June 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012) representing 100 class members, or 48 percent of us. The second check of $508,320 represents the increased amount in the class of 1957 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund for seniors. Also at the dinner, Bill Mooney received a Bachelor of Humane Letters from Dean Jeanne Colleran ’76, inasmuch as he missed graduation in 1957 because of military service in the Marine Corps. Bill competed in the 2012 North Coast Senior Games in June and won the gold medal in the 75-79-year-old class in the basketball free-throw contest. Bill is married with five grown children and 11 grandchildren.
JCU magazine columnist, David Gassman ’89, son of Gloria and Dean Gassman, was presented with the Silver Quill Award by John Walsh, JCU’s editor/director of publications at the annual Alumni Awards dinner in May. Richard Murphy and I also attended the dinner that honored Jose Feliciano ’72 and Paul Hulseman ’82, two of the four receiving the University’s highest alumni award – The Alumni Medal.
Bill Comiskey, Tom Moran, Dick Huberty, and I marched in the 2012 commencement procession.
As reported in the previous column, Desmond (Duke) Paden suffered a serious fall in April resulting in seizures and bleeding in the brain. Sadly, Des died from a stroke in early June. We extended our prayers and condolences to his wife, Sue, and the Paden family. Other deaths I sadly report are: James D. Huber (June 21, 2011), Lawrence S. Lau (May 18, 2012), Joseph M. Gaul (June 21, 2012) and Edgar L. Ostendorf (August 21, 2012). Joe Gaul, former Mayor of Fairview Park, Ohio, served from 1976- 79 and again from 1984-91. Joe’s wife Joan, who predeceased him, also was involved and active in numerous community events. Joe served in the Air Force and was stationed in Panama during the Korean conflict. He’s survived by eight children and 22 grandchildren. Edgar Ostendorf was a real-estate agent, pewter designer, civic leader, and fundraiser. He was state president of the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute, a trustee and professional standards chairman of the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, co-founder and board member of the Council of Smaller Enterprises, and an advisory board member of the St. Joseph Christian Life Center. Ed is survived by his wife, Joan, their daughter, and four grandchildren. Our condolences to all the families of the deceased.
Carol and Joe Smaltz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 5, 2012. Joe is a former employee and franchisee of Arby’s and played professional football for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a captain. Carol was employed at General Motors Packard Electric as an administrative assistant to the director of engineering laboratories of the engineering department. Carol, a homemaker, received her real-estate license and is a trustee of the McKinley Memorial Library. The couple has five children (three boys and two girls) and three grandsons.
Frank Petro spent several days at Lutheran General Hospital in early September. Keep him and all other class members and their families that are ill and/or in distress. Enjoy the beautiful leaves. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
Our 55th class reunion committee of 20 worked hard and closely with reunion coordinator, Carla Gall ’05 to make this experience – celebrating with old friends, breaking bread, and toasting classmates past and present – special. Speaking of old friends, Germaine and Dave Zenk notified me that, for the first time in 30 years, they had to miss reunion to celebrate their oldest grandson’s graduation from UC Davis, the agricultural campus for the University of California system. He plans to enter the winery business. Maybe he can connect with the brother of Don Grace, who’s a famous wine producer in California. The Zenks are blessed with good health and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Maui in June. They try to maintain a two- to three-day R&R getaway schedule every month to an interesting spot in California, even during the winter. Last summer, they cruised the North Sea with friends while visiting ports in Norway, Denmark, Scotland, England, and Belgium. They thoroughly enjoyed two weeks of glorious rain-free weather.
Jim Gasper reports Frank Singel continues dedicating himself to serving others. As Frank states, “It’s important for seniors to get out and meet with people, eat lunches with others, play games, and exercise. A senior is better off doing that rather than sitting at home.” Frank was the Jackson Township, Pa., Person of the Week in May 2010 (see John Carroll magazine, Sept. 2010). Joann, Frank’s wife of 53 years, is also a volunteer at the senior center.
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall … so it goes. In this case, Humpty Dumpty was our own Desmond (Duke) Paden. In April, Des had a serious fall causing seizures and bleeding in the brain, according to his wife, Sue, via Jim Gasper. Des was life-flighted from Key West, Fla., to Mount Sinai hospital in Miami for emergency treatment. Sue reports Des is completing his rehab at Key West Health and Rehabilitation, 5860 College Road, Key West, FL 33040. Prayers are much needed, along with cheerful get-well cards, to boost his spirit. Easter was a bit different this year for the Paden family. Des, best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
In early May, Tom Tupa was his grandsons’ Confirmation sponsor. We met at Saint Basil The Great in Brecksville, Ohio, where our grandson, Jesse Cronauer, also was being confirmed. Tom was looking forward to reunion and seeing Don Grace, Joe Smaltz, Jake Downes, and many others again.
I was saddened to read in the spring issue of the magazine about the passing of two more class members – Michael A. Wedding on Feb. 16, 2010 and William R. Ryan on March 2, 2012. Our sympathy and prayers to both families for their deep loss.
On May 5, Vincent Tersigni, our oldest grandson, graduated from Akron University with a degree in political science/criminal justice. He also graduated from the police academy earlier. On May 30, Memorial Day, Rose Marie and I celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary. Rosie is doing well, considering her five brain procedures. Her determination and energy level is exceptional. The power of prayer is awesome and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Salvatore R. Felice
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, was a special day for more than 50 Carroll alumni. Because of the call of duty – be it military, medical, dental, or other special circumstance – these individuals were deprived of receiving a formal degree at graduation from JCU. At a homecoming Mass and honorary degree ceremony, these alumni received a bachelor of science in humane letters in Saint Francis Chapel. Included in the honorees were our own Richard G. Huberty and Dr. Edward L. Leslie. Also recognized were: Donald McDonald ’44, Andrew C. Putka Esq. ’49, Donald A. Martens ’53, Dr. Richard E. Christie ’58, and Robert M. Beno ’58.
Noted in the winter issue, Jim Clark completed his three-year stint on the JCU Alumni Association board and passed the baton to Tom Moran for the new board term.
On Oct. 20, Joseph F. Cunningham, a trial attorney and founder of the Washington, D.C.-area law firm Cunningham & Associates, received the 2011 John N. Wilder Award from Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester in New York. The Wilder Award, which is named for one of the University’s founders in the 1840s, acknowledged Cunningham’s support of scholarship in the field of modern European and American history, including a professorship in his name at the university. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Carroll in 1957 and law degree from Columbia in 1960, Joe graduated from the University of Rochester with a master’s degree in history seven years later. He has offices in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland and is active in numerous organizations. The Cunninghams reside in Arlington, Va., and have five children.
Eileen and Bart Merella, along with Laura and Vince Panichi, enjoyed themselves at John Carroll’s 125th anniversary gala in December.
Carl (Bill) Klotz regretfully informed me his beautiful wife, Elva Loretta, passed away in August just missing their 42nd wedding anniversary. Carl stated, “Loretta led a full, active life including working as Rosie the Riveter at one time.” Our deepest sympathy is extended to Carl (Bill) and his family for their deep loss.
Jim Gasper sent a news clip from the Houston Chronicle in late December about Dan Huberty (son of Maureen and Dick Huberty). “Dan Huberty: Texas Monthly named the freshman state legislator from Houston as its Rookie of the Year. The magazine called the former president of the Humble Independent School District ‘self-assured, diligent, and willing and able to tackle tough issues. Huberty gives veteran members hope that someday
the era of Washington-style partisan gridlock in the Texas House will come to an end.’”
Our 55th class reunion, June 15-17, is approaching quickly, and your committee of 20 is working with Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, for another memorable and enjoyable experience. Don’t forget – this reunion is free to our class. You’ll receive more information about this great event. Your grandkids will love kids camp. God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
On Sept. 20, Bart Merella celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the Office of Deacon. He was ordained by the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal James Hickey (formerly of Cleveland) at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. While living in Bowie, Md., Bart served his ministry in three Washington parishes: Holy Redeemer in College Park, Md., (1986 – 1998); St. Joseph’s On Capitol Hill (1998 – 2006); and St. Matthew’s Cathedral (2006 – present).
Dick Murphy will be spending two weeks in Thailand in January.
After more than 18 years, it was a pleasant surprise to run into a close friend, Ted Iannetta ’59, in a local restaurant.
Frank (Crash) Hovorka, who celebrated his birthday Sept. 26, stays busy working and again preparing for the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
Ruth and John Cicotta have a new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you’re probably aware, our 55th class reunion will be celebrated June 15-17. As your chairman for this exciting event, a reunion committee has jump-started the planning process with Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05, JCU’s reunion coordinator. Committee members are: George Billings, Jim Clark, Bill Comiskey, me, Jim Finnegan, Tony Gambatese, Jim Gasper, Dennis Grapo, Tom Halloran, Frank Hovorka, Dick Huberty, Frank Humenik, Tom Kasper, Joe Luby, Bart Merella, Bill Mooney, Tom Moran, Dick Murphy, Jim Toomey, and Jerry Trombo. Rumor has it Phil Gordon and John Gormley also might want to join this illustrious group of free spirits.
In late September, I received a call from Dick Murphy informing me he’d just attended the funeral of George Mihelic in Lake Forest, Ill. George had Parkinson’s disease for more than 33 years. Dick also was pleased to see Jack Lynch at the funeral. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are extended to George’s wife, Emily, and family for their deep loss.
In early August my wife, Rose Marie, underwent her fifth brain surgery. Gamma Knife surgery was performed to bombard the remaining 5 percent of the acoustic neuroma (benign) brain tumor – 95 percent of the tumor was removed St. Patrick’s Day, but continued to grow. Rosie is now a walking miracle because of the power of prayer and the skill of the Dr. Gene Barnett team at the Cleveland Clinic. Two days following Rosie’s procedure I had surgery on two toes of my right foot. All is well and happy again in Feliceville.
Please pray for all surviving spouses of our class family, especially those not well or in distress. I want to hear from you! God bless.
Salvatore R. Felice
With our 55th class reunion less than one year away, Jim Gasper is already in jump-start phase rallying the troops to attend. He attempted to get Rev. Brian Paulson S.J., (son of Peter Paulson, deceased) to represent his dad, but because of the demands of his new position as rector of the Loyola University Jesuit community, he declined. Fr. Brian’s mom, Jane Paulson, is well and keeps busy playing bridge, golf, and visiting her six kids and 11 grandchildren regularly.
Our class endowed memorial scholarship is growing nicely. As of May 31, we have $417,072 in total cash and pledges (183 donors and 568 gifts). The official audited reports weren’t available until September.
Carole and Tom Moran have been residents of Bonita Springs, Fla., for four to five months a year since 2009. The remaining time is spent in Bay Village, Ohio; North and South Carolina; and traveling. “With four wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, plus 16 grandchildren, life is great,” Tom says. The summer was hectic for the Morans with the weddings of two granddaughters and the unfortunate passing of Carole’s mom.
Phillip Koran, retired executive of Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital, and his Rio-born wife, Sheila, traveled to Pasadena, Calif., in August to visit daughters Maureen and Margaret, while son Kevin “house sat” in Lakewood. Phil and Sheila met at a World Sodality Convention in 1959 at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Subsequently, Phil was instrumental in assisting Sheila to emigrate here in 1962, and, in 1963, they married. Daughter Margaret and husband Fran, a marine pilot with several overseas tours (including Iraq), have two sons – Christopher and Colin. After visiting relatives in San Diego and attending a grandnephew’s wedding, they planned to return home via Amtrak.
Mary Lou and Jerry O’Callahan have a new address – 1540 Harvest Lane, Manasquan, N.J. 08736.
In June, Eileen and Deacon Bart Merella were on a two-week river cruise up the Danube, visiting historic sites in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungry. They also toured Bucharest, Belgrade, and Budapest, home of Bart’s uncle. “Truly, Budapest is the Paris of Eastern Europe,” Bart says.
Maureen and Dick Huberty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at LockKeepers restaurant with family and friends Sunday, July 10. They were surprised to receive a beautifully framed, special congratulatory House resolution adopted by the Texas House of Representatives signed by the Hon. Speaker of the House,