It’s with great sadness I report the passing of Mary Carol (Anthony) O’Brien, who was a passionate supporter of the University and its connection to Chicago. Mary Carol served with me as a member of the Student Union and the Student Union Programming Board. She also represented us as a class officer. Mary Carol was a volunteer on the reunion committee and the alumni-in-admissions program. She often wrote to me with updates for this column. We’ll miss her dearly. Our prayers go out to her husband, Bill O’Brien, and their entire family.
We also extend our condolences to the family of Joe Zevnik, who passed away suddenly earlier this year in May. Joe, formerly of Wickliffe, Ohio, was a resident of Highland Heights, Ohio, for 13 years. Joe was past president and board member of the Cuyahoga Funeral Director’s Association and managing funeral director of Zevnik-Cosic Funeral Home. He’ll be remembered by his family and friends as a hardworking, loving, dedicated, and loyal man.
I heard from Karen (Weakland) ’84 and Bob Hostoffer, who attended the world youth day in Poland in August with their two sons. It was a wonderful pilgrimage for the family.
Bill Burns visited John Carroll in June and met with his great friend Joe Miller, Ph.D., ’59 for lunch. Bill, who has a doctor of audiology degree, serves on the executive committee of the new Nashville Chapter of the JCU Alumni Association.
I heard from Kevin Hartman, who retired two years ago after 34 years as a teacher, coach, and school administrator for many school districts in the Cleveland area. He spent his last 23 years with the Garfield Heights City School District. Kevin lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with his wife Margaret, who was recruited by the Cleveland Clinic to be an OR nurse manager in the Middle East. The Hartmans, who have five grown children, plan to travel to Africa next year.
Bob Niehaus, who lives in Lisle, Illinois, is pursuing his master’s of divinity at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Bob would like to be ordained in the United Church of Christ or the Metropolitan Community Church.
Elizabeth Martin, who welcomed her fifth grandchild, serves as the executive director of the 12 Oaks Foundation, which assists children of families affected by cancer.
In April, the board of directors of Mace Security International appointed Carl Grassi to the company’s board. Carl is president of McDonald Hopkins, where he acts as corporate council and business advisor to public and private companies.
In closing, it was a difficult summer for me because I was in a golf cart spill that resulted in a broken hand and stitches in my head. Two weeks later, I fell in a grocery store and have lots of sprains and bruises to show for it. I appreciate your prayers for continued healing.
Please continue to reach out to me. I hope you and your family are having a safe and happy fall season.
Greetings, class. I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather.
I heard from Gery Nietupski, who’s officially a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on March 7 and had an hour to meet and speak with justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas, both of whom couldn’t have been more welcoming. It was a highlight of his 32-year career.
Nick Matteo wrote that he and his wife, Eileen, have been living in Lyndhurst, Ohio, for 24 years. They have three grown children, all of whom live in Ohio. Nick just finished his 10th year with Tremco as the purchasing manager for its North American commercial roofing operations. JCU was a special place for Nick because he met his wife at the Rathskeller bar on one of the many wild Thursday nights. Nick and Eileen will be married 35 years this coming September.
Jim Massey changed jobs and is now the CFO for The Centers for Families and Children, a large social service agency in Cleveland. In addition to his two daughters and their spouses, Jim has three grandchildren.
I heard Ted Andrzejewski, who graduated with a master’s, was named the city manager of Canandaigua, Michigan. Ted was an elected official in Eastlake, Ohio, before his current position.I read about Ron Ambrogio, who still lives in Highland Heights, Ohio, where he grew up. Ron is the regional president for BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Ohio. He knows more than a fair bit about finance, earning an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He’s also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Bank Management. Ron’s expert outlook is that business is still going to be generally strong this year. His favorite music is classic rock, Aerosmith being his go-to band.
Don’t forget about our 35th class reunion this year, on June 17-19. Keep in touch with me via email or facebook.com/bob.hill. Have a great summer.
Hello, class. This season, we’ve had very little winter in Wisconsin. As of the middle of December, we had very little snow and many record-setting warm days. I’m not sure about global warming, but we certainly have Wisconsin warming. I heard from Nancy (Loyan) Schuemann about her writing career. She had a successful reading and book signing at the famous bookstore at the Chautauqua Institution. Her latest novel, “A Kiss in the Rain,” is set on the institution’s grounds.
Gery Nietupski wrote, that after 32 years, he’s finally being admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on March 7, 2016. Wow, what an achievement! Once accepted, Gery will be permitted to argue cases in front of the Supreme Court. He tells me he owes everything to Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G. Jim Bichl wrote that his uncle, Fr. Bill Bichl, S.J., was diagnosed with leukemia and permanently reassigned to Colombiere, the Jesuit house in Clarkston, Michigan. Fr. Bichl, who was at JCU for 43 years, passed on Dec. 19, 2015. His family intends to start a scholarship fund in his name. Perhaps our classmates and alumni since 1967 could contribute to this fund and write memories. Fr. Bichl loved getting laps in at the pool and never missed a basketball game. He counseled many students to take the right path. He loved being involved with the University and made several hundred friends.
I heard from Barbara (Sternad) Birkas, who’s living near Columbus, Ohio. She has been a volunteer tax preparer for the past four years. She returned from a trip to Budapest in October. Barbara has worked for several agencies in her career, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office in New York City as a technical information specialist and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio, before retiring from the Public Library of Cincinnati.
Jan Hauenstein added her school, try4life.com, to the JCU Alumni Business Directory. Jan graduated from Carroll with an education degree. Now, she’s a yoga expert, accommodating and benefiting all audiences and ages.Jeremiah Hurley has been named the next dean of social sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Jeremiah earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from JCU and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s frequently called on to provide expert advice and guidance as a member of many provincial health-care task forces and committees.
Karen (Weakland) ’84 and Dr. Robert Hostoffer are moving to Bratenahl, Ohio. Bob leads his men’s rosary prayer group, and Karen leads her SoulCore exercise and prayer group. Their oldest son, Alex, finished his novitiate with the Capuchin friars and studies at Catholic University. Their son Vincent ’11 joined the Coast Guard. Their daughter-in-law, Sara Anne, works for NASA. Their son Nicholas hopes to work for Rockwell Automation as a computer engineer. Their daughter, Sarah, will graduate soon with a degree in criminal justice. Their youngest is swimming at the University of Cincinnati and aspires to follow Dad.
Finally, I heard from Beth Martin, who serves as the executive director of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.
Feel free to reach out to me or find me at facebook.com/bob.hill. I wish all of you a successful 2016.
When you read these notes, we’ll be well into the debates of our upcoming 2016 presidential election, and the football season will be closing in on the playoff teams that will take us to the Super Bowl. I trust you had a great summer and your fall season is filled with blessings and great memories.
I heard from Bill Burns, who recently joined the Nashville Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association – a shout out to all of you JCU grads living in the Nashville area.
After 31 years as an adjunct professor at Gannon University, Gery Nietupski has joined the outstanding faculty at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Gery recently had a chance to catch up with his old Bernet Hall suitemate, John Taormina ’79, who’s on the Duke University faculty. Gery still runs in ultramarathons, including the Oil Creek 100 and the Glacier Trail Run.
Hal Hawk wrote in about the World Food Programme. In January, Hal, his wife, and Carl Hughes ’79 started fellowships that are open to any student of any major. This year, four students were chosen to work in Washington, D.C., and Rome. Way to go with this missions project! Hal also reported that his daughter is a sophomore at JCU and loves it.
Debbie (Walsh) Brown wrote that life in Pittsburgh is good. She and Shirley Novak ’80 hosted a minireunion the first weekend of November.
I heard from Beth (Paolella) Alves, who, with her husband, Bruce, met up with John and Pamm (Todd) Taylor in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Beth lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and works as an HR manager for The Ohio Educational Credit Union in Cleveland. Bruce is retired from the Cleveland Clinic, but we don’t know what he does all day. Their daughter, Caitlin, a senior at Kent State, is a photographer for Cleveland’s Scene magazine.
Jan (Maschek) Hauenstein is enjoying teaching yoga. In 1999, Jan started her school, TRY4Life, and she loves teaching and supporting others. On a sad note, Jan lost her husband of 30 years on Easter Monday after many years of struggling because of a stroke.Many Carroll graduates attended a surprise 30th wedding anniversary party that Catherine O’Brien McCuish’s children had for her and her husband, Mike, this summer. They had a great time and shared many memories. The party was held in Detroit.
Also, on a sad note, my mom went to be with the Lord in April after struggling with pulmonary fibrosis. For those of us who’ve lost a parent, I pray for peace and comfort for each of your families. Please continue to reach out to me at Soar1@aol.com or facebook.com/bob. hill. Stay in touch.
Hello from the frozen tundra of Milwaukee. I write these notes as the Green Bay Packers are marching toward another Super Bowl. Let’s see if it actually happens. Anne (Marquard) Nicolay sent a picture of her recent get-together with classmates from Carroll having brunch and talking about the good old days. Between the six of them, they have 15 kids, so they had a lot to talk about. John Carroll also joined them, the main reason for all of them being friends. Anne and her husband, Bob, met with Shari and Mike Georgoff this summer while they were in Cleveland. They both became empty nesters this fall. Mike and Shari’s son is enrolled at Bridgewater College, and Anne and Bob’s son, Matt, is in Chicago attending DePaul University.
I heard from Beth (Martin) Stearns, who’s the new executive director of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. The mythology class from freshman year finally paid off! Beth has five children and four grandchildren.
I heard from Gery Nietupski in Erie, Pa., the snow capital of America. Gery still practices law and is the longest serving adjunct faculty member at Gannon University (31 years). Gery continues to teach SCUBA. He’s also growing roots in the Caribbean. His daughter, Anabelle, plans to attend Carroll and, if so, would be part of the class of 2021. I received a note from Jan (Maschek) Hauenstein, who has her own Yoga school. Mrs. Karen (Weakland) ’84 and Dr. Bob Hostoffer returned from Africa after a three-week tour. Their son, Alex, is a novitiate in California with the Caputian Friars. Their son Vincent ’11 plans to marry a Hawaiian girl. Their son Nick is finishing a master’s in computer engineering. Their daughter Sarah is in college for law enforcement, and their son Zack is looking at colleges, including JCU. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. May 2015 be the best year yet for you and your families. Please continue to send your class notes. You can also find me on Facebook.
We had a couple of great months in Milwaukee this past summer. One of the highlights was Summerfest, a large outdoor music festival, where more than 700 bands performed for 10 days.
Bob Belanger wrote from Florida that he graduated from Duke University School of Law on May 14 with a Master of Laws in judicial studies. Way to go, Bob! Bob attended the Green Bay Packers game in Miami Oct. 12.
Hal Hawk just checked his daughter into the JCU class of 2018. Hal also met up with the Whalens, Suzie (McChesney) ’82 and Kevin ’80, along with Tom ’80 and Angela Cua in Charleston, S.C., over the Labor Day weekend for the Whelan’s son’s wedding.
I heard from Paul Wendel, who had an endowed chair created in his honor from 1,500 grateful patients and their families. Paul was named the first holder of the Paul Wendel, M.D., Endowed Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences this past year. Not bad for a political science/history major from JCU.
Elizabeth (Martin) Stearns was honored to receive a Mover and Shaker Award from the Library Journal. She also hiked for cystic fibrosis, which her 3-year-old grand daughter was born with. I heard from Ellen (Grace) Trepanier, who’s a part-time technology teacher in North Olmsted, Ohio. The Grace family has quite a Carroll tradition – Ellen’s nephew Joey Grace ’12 and niece Kristen Grace ’12, and her sisters, Mary Alice Grace ’79 and Roseanne Grace ’87. Also, she received an MBA from Carroll.
Donna (Matteucci) Tercek’s daughter, Desiree ’14, graduated with a B.S. in economics; her daughter Taylor is a sophomore at Carroll; and her husband, Chuck, is contemplating retirement from the Kirkland Police Department.
Finally, Julie (Sanner) Hepfer and her family were in the United Kingdom for two weeks this summer. Julie and her husband, Bob, are living in St. Charles, Ill., where Bob has worked for BP for 35 years and Julie is a teacher.
That’s it for now. Stay in touch, and send me your notes via my email address or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bob.hill. Have a great fall.
I heard from Mike Armagno, who, with his wife, Sue, visited Joe Wallenhorst and his wife, Colleen. They sat on the patio of Sweetbriar Country Club in Avon Lake, Ohio, listening to two old idol bands play and sing from a local rock band they followed in the ’70s. Mike says the band got old, but he didn’t.
Jean Anne Crawford works as a psychiatric nurse at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. Jean has been back to Carroll a few times and was impressed with the grounds and beautiful athletic fields.
I also heard from Hal Hawk, who with his wife, Diane, have a senior (Megan) and freshman (Morgan) in high school. They had a great summer, spending time with Tom Cua ’80 and his son, Matteo. Bill Sullivan ’83 and his wife, Sarah, and their children, treated the Hawks to a terrible evening at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Nancy (Loyan) Schuemann spent three weeks this summer instructing novel writing at the Chautauqua Institution in New York for her sixth season.
Gery Nietupski played golf with Arnold Palmer at his Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., in January. What an amazing experience to spend time with such a legendary figure! Gery also went to South Africa in April and spent five days on a safari near Zimbabwe. To top that off, he and his family traveled to Tulum, Mexico, to enjoy eight days of the Mayan culture. Also, congratulations to Gery, who’s the longest serving (28 years) adjunct professor at Gannon University.
Steve Kinney’s daughter Ryann graduated from Carroll this past May. Her picture is on the front cover of the summer ’13 issue of the magazine. Steve lives in Connecticut and maintains close ties with JCU friends. He and a bunch of them went to the JCU football game in Dublin last year, then played a week of golf.
Pat McDonnell attended a Carroll alumni event at the Durham Bulls game in North Carolina in August. Additional attendees were: grandson Patrick (18 months), future class of 2034, great grandpa Robert Small ’54, and the memory of great, great grandpa Patrick J. McDonnell ’27.
With a recent visit to the White House, Elizabeth (Martin) Stearns received an award for the Waukegan Public Library in Illinois from First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Medal was presented to Beth, who was responsible for creating the award-winning program that recognized a critical need for effective approaches to promoting literacy.
Jan Hauenstein entered her 15th year at the school she owns and directs (try4life.com) – a therapy, Reiki, and Yoga certification school.
Stay in touch via email or Facebook (facebook.com/bobhill). Bob
Hello, class of ’81. I hope you and your families are well. Because I was delayed sending my email to you, I didn’t give you much time to respond and send me your notes. I’ll be sure to include any notes that come in after this issue’s column due date in the fall issue.
I heard from Coletta Kilton, who has been a realtor since 1987. She’s with Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty in Brecksville, Ohio. If you’re interested in buying or selling a home near Brecksville, be sure to contact Coletta.
It’s always nice to hear from Hal Hawk. His family is doing well: His daughter Megan (16) is driving, and Morgan (13) is acting like she’s 16. Hal is happy to have Captain Morgan at his side!
I heard from Jan Hauenstein, who’s been teaching yoga for 40 years and certifies yoga teachers (try4life.com). Jan worked at the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years, instructing doctors, nurses, staff, and patients about the benefits of yoga and meditation.
Sarah McCuish, daughter of Catherine O’Brien McCuish, graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in economics. Michael McCuish will be a freshman at Xavier University in the fall.
Greetings. I hope your year is off to a great start. We’re blessed to live in such a great country, and I hope when you read this, the economy is taking a positive turn finally.
I heard from Elizabeth (Beth Martin) Stearns. She’s the assistant director for the Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library in an impoverished community where more than 70 percent of the children in kindergarten have never touched a book. Elizabeth is in charge of the development program to increase resources. She’s also the grandmother to three beautiful babies, the youngest of which has cystic fibrosis. Raising money for a cure is her passion outside work.
Bob Hostoffer started rowing eightman boats with his crew again. His wife, Karen ’84, has walked in the breast cancer fund-raiser in Cleveland and Tampa, Fla. They returned from a trip to the Maldives and Dubai.
Steve Andrews is a cancer surgeon in Akron, Ohio.
Tim Tanker was named senior product manager for the riflescope category at Bushnell Outdoor Products. Tim, who will manage all aspects of riflescope product development, has more than 20 years of industry experience including two positions with companies in the firearms industry.
Coletta Kilton is a realtor with Howard Hanna in Macedonia, Ohio. She has been in real estate since 1987.
Finally, I heard from Bob Belanger, a circuit court judge in Florida, who has been accepted into the master’s program in judicial studies at Duke Law and will attend classes in 2012 and 2013. Bob is also a shareholder in the Green Bay Packers (sorry end to the season). Congratulations, Bob, on both achievements!
Continue to write to me or become my Facebook friend at facebook.com/bobhill. I also have two blogs – one called LinkedIn for College Students at robertwinthrop.com and a fun blog for my hobby as a DJ at djweddingstories.com. God bless you and your families.
I hope you’re full of joy and anticipation for the best Christmas ever. May your thoughts be full of great memories and special times with family and friends. This may also be a stressful time with unemployment, a down economy, and the loss of a loved one. One thing we always can do this time of year is reach out to someone in need and focus on serving others.
I heard from Jim Koenig. He and his wife, Sandi, had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones at the 30th class reunion in May. Jim is a tax partner with Thompson Hine in Cleveland.
Hal Hawk says the Fremont Ross swim team hosted its first college meet at the Hawk-Bucci Natatorium Oct. 22. The meet was coordinated by Ron Zwierlein, former JCU coach and athletic director. Kevin ’80 and Suzie ’82 Whalen, along with Tom ’80 and Angela Cua were expected in the crowd. Congratulations to Hal, who was appointed to Carroll’s board of directors in May.
I heard from Nancy Loyan Schuemann, who wrote her first novel, “Paradise Found.”
Gery Nietupski continues to practice law and enjoys teaching in the graduate school of business at Gannon University. He also certifies scuba divers all throughout the world and competed in his first 31.2-mile endurance run.
In the fall, my home team Milwaukee Brewers advanced to the National League playoffs for the first time in 30 years. By now, you know it didn’t win the 2011 World Series. Nonetheless, Milwaukee had a great year. Continue to send your notes to Soar1@aol.com or www.facebook.com/bob.hill.
It’s been 30 years since our graduation, and I’m told the next 30 will go faster. Most of us will be in our 80s by then. I received great notes from you this past month.
Fritz Linsenmeyer is in Youngstown, Ohio, in charge of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Air Reserve Station. The 910th is a C-130 Wing assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command. Fritz and his wife, Judi, have been married 27 years, and they have two children.
I also heard from Sophia Kus ’81G, who was surprisedby a celebration at Dino’s in Solon, Ohio, in recognition of her 30 years as a career administrator in higher education, 23 of them at JCU. The party was hosted by Carol Kerrett ’81G. Many JCU retirees attended. Among them are Lisa Heckman, Marilyn DeBaltzo, Elaine Goss, Marge Mauk, Ethel Epstein, Betty Zienkowski, and Barb Mahoney.
From Arizona, Pete Langenhorst is with Chevrolet as a sales director. Pete’s wife, Beth, opened a music store in Anthem, Ariz. They have three children: Julie, Jack, and Steven.
I received a note from Dan Colleran, who works as a project coordinator for Medical Mutual in Cleveland. His wife, Rosemary, is a nurse at Lakewood Hospital. Their daughter, Joan, a seventh grader, qualified as an Ohio representative for the National History Day Competition by compiling a website presentation about the Cuyahoga River fire.
Joy (Hotchkiss) Daudlin was sorry she missed the reunion. Joy and her husband, Dan ’79, have three children, Billy, a junior at Carroll; Caroline, a sophomore at Carroll; and Tommy, the 9-year-old athlete who tries to keep everyone in the family remaining young.
I hope you have a great fall and remember to stay in touch. By the time you read this, my Packers will be on their way to another Super Bowl victory. You can find me at www.facebook.com/bobhill or tweet @robertwinthrop.
Hello to the 30th reunion class of 1981. By now, reunion is over, and I trust many of you were able to attend and reunite with old friends and make new ones. I received great emails from some of you in April. Mary Carol and Bill O’Brien were in Hawaii celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Back home, their son, Tim, graduated from JCU last May, and Billy is a sophomore at Carroll playing football. Bill and Mary Carol still get together with Jim and Ann (Gardner) Russ and Ray and Betsy (Peffenbach) Mendolsohn. Betsy and Ray’s son, Brian, graduated from JCU this year.
I heard from Jim Schmitt, who’s a financial planner. He and his wife, Dawn ’93, have two children and live in University Heights.
Dennis Morgan said he was planning to attend the reunion with his father Hugh ’51, who’s celebrating his 60th reunion.
Mike Armagno told me his greatest JCU memory was playing the guitar with Joe Wallenhorst on the Quad, hiding beer in their guitar cases.
I caught up with Jean Anne Crawford, who shared fond memories. Jean Anne spent six years on active duty in the Army after college. She has been in Northern California for the past 11 years, where she’s a psychiatric and operating room nurse. Her greatest memory of Carroll is the spirit of service she learned from a Jesuit education.
Doug Greene wrote that he recently met his second seeing eye dog, Serge. Doug is the VP of the Galion Kiwanis Club in Morristown, N.J.
I heard from Jan Hauenstein, who recently created her own school where she trains and teaches yoga (www.try4life.com).
Dave Short, chair of JCU’s Board of Directors, lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Beth, and four children. One of them is at Carroll and is roommates with the son of one of Dave’s old college roommates, Mark Hutchison. Someone asked, “Why would John Carroll make the same mistake twice?” Dave retired in 2008, spends a lot of time in Colorado, and rides his bike everywhere, including a trip from San Diego to Hilton Head!
Laura Fallon Fibbi and her husband, Terry ’80, have a daughter, Kathleen, who graduated from Carroll this year. Laura attended the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at JCU to improve her skills as a spiritual director.
Bob Belanger still is a Circuit Court Judge in Fort Pierce, Fla. I was just in Fort Pierce visiting my parents but didn’t have time to visit Bob.
Hal Hawk, who’s with Crown Battery, was chosen as 2010 Supplier Executive of the Year for Club Car, an Ingersoll Rand Co. Congratulations to you, Hal. Also, Hal just joined JCU’s Board of Directors.
Michael Day, who’s living in Cleveland Heights, has owned and operated Flowerville since 1984. The only florist in University Heights, Flowerville serves all of Cuyahoga County on a daily basis and is a proud preferred vendor of JCU. Although he has traveled to the U.K., France, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Australia, Canada, and beautiful Columbus, Ohio, he’s happy to be rooted in Cleveland. Stop in the store at the corners of Warrensville Center and Silsby roads and say hello.
I hope you have the best summer ever. Send your notes to facebook.com/bob.hill, or tweet @robertwinthrop. Go Packers!
Hello, class of 1981. In just a few weeks, it’ll be 30 years since many of us walked across the graduation platform and received our undergraduate diplomas. How the world has changed in 30 years. There are many stories we could tell and memories we could share about our four years at Carroll. There isn’t a better place to do that than reunion this year. In the spirit of our 30th, I’m holding off on your e-mail updates and providing you with 30 reasons to attend our reunion. So if you’re on the fence, here you go:
1. Good reason to visit Cleveland, especially if you haven’t been back in 30 years.
2. You know every person’s age.
3. If you’re a first-timer, you have the ability to embellish any and all aspects of your life.
4. Weekend getaway to eat and drink abundantly.
5. Compare amount of hair left on heads of male attendees.
6. Compare hair color on the heads of female attendees.
7. Wonder aloud: “How is it possible that 30 years have gone by.”
8. Humor the reunion committee and JCU alumni employees.
9. Find out how many classmates are grandparents.
10.Compare the present cost of college to our tuition and weep with classmates about the cost of sending kids to college.
11. Celebrate the Jesuits.
12. Spend the weekend in gratitude for the opportunity to attend JCU.
13. Find an undergraduate who knows what a slide rule or HP 35 is.
14. Luff program by walking around the quad two times.
15. Show off to your family and friends how much you know about the campus – not everything has changed.
16. Campus food – not only has it improved, but we can eat half as much and still gain weight.
17. See old professors?
18. Visit Our Gang restaurant, or is it not there anymore?
19. Try and find your old post office boxes and dorm rooms.
20. Have a beer at the Rat Bar.
21. Walk down memory lane with old friends.
22. Tour the campus to see major changes.
23. Look at old photos of perms, mullets, and big hair.
24. Feel good about ourselves, realizing what we did as undergraduates and how much we have accomplished since 1981.
25. Studies show those who were initially hesitant about attending their reunions discover it was an event they wouldn’t have missed.
26. Let first-time attendees feel appreciated for finally showing up.
27. See if the Facebook picture is really you.
28. See if you can have your GPA changed at the registrar’s office by making a personal visit.
29. Claim things you left at Carroll at the lost-and-found depot.
30. Because it wouldn’t be the same without you.
Hope you seriously consider being at the reunion May 20-22.
Please continue to e-mail your notes to me or visit facebook.com/bob.hill.
Have a great year.
Greetings to the class of 1981. When you read this, we’ll be in the midst of another winter. I hope the people who enjoy skiing have a lot of snow, and the rest of us, well, let’s hope for the best. The weather from November to April isn’t the reason I chose to live in Wisconsin for 20 years. Peter Langenhorst, a smarter man who lives in Phoenix, works for GM, and his wife, Beth ’82, just opened a music school. They have three children: Julie, Jack, and Steven.
I heard from Linda Satyshur Pintabona, who’s on faculty at Cuyahoga Community College working in health care. Linda graduated in December 2009 with her MBA from Cleveland State with an emphasis in health-care specialization.
Joe Zevnik is a licensed funeral director in Willoughby, Ohio. He’s married to Linda Fusco ’82. They have two children: Stephanie and Joey.
I heard from Catherine O’Brien McCuish, who lives in Grosse Pointe, Mich., with her husband, Mike. Catherine has been in Chicago quite a bit and gave me updates on several grads including: Marion Lavezzorio Goodworth, Kathy Foley O’Keefe, and Beth Martin Stearns. Paul and Marion Goodworth just celebrated their 24th anniversary. They have three daughters and one son, Jack. Kathy O’Keefe and her husband, Dennis, have a son Patrick, who’s in the third grade. Beth Stearns is enjoying being a grandmother to Jacob, who was born in February 2009.
Also, we found Bridget McGlynn, who lives in the Detroit area where she has a thriving IT business.
Dan ’79 and Joy Daudlin just sent their oldest son, Billy, and middle daughter Caroline off to John Carroll for their sophomore and freshman years.
There also was a great e-mail from Suzie Whelan Shoup, who reports on a minireunion at the Clare and Pete O’Grady lake house this past summer. With spouses and kids, the group comprised about 28. Great weather, tubing, food, wings, fire pit, and conversation were highlights of the reunion. As you can see from the picture on page 40, in attendance were: the Gradys, Shoups, Chambers, Haggertys, Speedo Borrelli ’80, Chris Somosi, Jerry Kohl ’82, the Freemans ’78, and Katie Brandt ’82, with one of her three children. It was great to see a picture of former Student Union president, Tim Freeman, who inspired me to run for Student Union president in 1980-81. I’m forever grateful for his encouragement.
On a sad note, Nori Possavino’s husband, Martin Ryan McCabe, passed away last winter.
Don’t forget our 30th reunion is just around the corner. Please plan to attend. Also, send me your notes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or find me at facebook.com/bob.hill. Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.
Greetings to the Class of 1981. I just returned from my church mission trip in the mountains of Guatemala. It was an amazing experience. If you haven’t been on a short-term mission trip, I highly recommend going at least once in your life.
I heard from Julie Sanner Hepfer, who lives in St. Charles, Ill., with her husband, Bob. Julie works with children who have learning disabilities. Their oldest, Brad, is a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and youngest, David, is volunteering with AmeriCorps.
Gary Reiter, his wife, Ann, and daughter, Cara, live in Indianapolis. Gary is CFO of Keramida Inc. Gary was a member of the University Club at John Carroll and is looking for missing person Sven Gnordsen. If anyone has information, let me know.
Bill and Mary Carol O’Brien have two boys – Tim ’10 and Billy, who will be a sophomore at Carroll this fall.
Gary Wells writes briefly he signed on as a chef with “Bon Appétit.” He’s also working on a CD release tour, 6 Days On The Road With Jim Schafer.
Linda Satyshur Pintabona graduated from Cleveland State with an M.B.A. Linda and her husband Ben ’78 have four children, the youngest will attend John Carroll in 2011.
Mike Armagno caught up with Walt Geary ’80, the best JCU catcher he knows. Walt keeps in touch with Wally West, his favorite JCU pitcher, tied with Jim Alemagno ’79. Jim reports the famous Our Gang Restaurant is now Pizzazz on the Circle.
Rick Lanese is a CPA with Cohen Florida, in Tampa. He and his wife, Karen, and two children live just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg.
Pete Langenhorst is living in Phoenix and loving desert life. He works for GM and wants to see classmates who travel to Phoenix.
Hal Hawk attended the Rose Bowl this year with three ladies, Diane, his wife and two daughters, Megan and Morgan. He reports that with three women in the house, he’ll have to work a long time. Most recently, Hal went to an Indians game with class of 1980 graduates the Whalens and the Cuas. Tony ’66G and Rita ’68G DeCarlo also enjoyed the game.
Donna Matteucci Tercek is with an accounting firm in Solon, Ohio. For those who need to know, she’s married to police officer, Chuck, who serves in Kirkland. Their daughter, Desiree, will attend John Carroll this fall in the honors program.
Bill Burns writes he has been medically retired from the Army after 18 years of service. He works in audiology at the VAMC in Richmond, Va.
Finally, Nancy Loyan Schuemann has offered to dance and/or instruct Middle Eastern belly dance instruction at our 30th Reunion. Speaking of which, we’re now less than a year away from the 30th. Let’s make plans to all be there and update our class photos. Hope to see you on Facebook.
Hello to the Class of 1981 from Milwaukee, WI. As we close out the year 2009, we remain hopeful that the economy will rebound soon and that 2010 will be a great year of prosperity. Before you know it, we will be talking about our 30th Reunion!
I heard from Rita Braun, who moved from Denver to Montana. Rita writes for businesses and loves to hike, ski, and mountain bike.
Michelle Conners and her husband, Guy, have two kids at Ohio University and a 10-year-old daughter, Meg.
From Westlake, OH, Anne Marquard Nicolay writes that she and her husband, Bob, have three kids, one each in college, high school, and eighth grade.
I finally heard from Carl Winger after 30 years! The “Winger quads” are his four kids in college. Carl reports that August and December are now his two least-favorite months. Must be when tuition is due!
Nancy Loyan Schuemann has been very busy as a Middle Eastern belly dance instructor and performer. She has taught in many places and performs at private parties and events. Maybe we can get Nancy on the program at the 30th Reunion.
I heard from Peter Langenhorst, who is working for GM in Phoenix. He and his wife, Beth ’82, have three children: Julie at Arizona State, Jack at Michigan State, and Steven in high school.
Representing the Carroll Class of 1981 and the United States, Tony Smith is traveling to Sydney in October for the World Masters Cycling Championship. He and wife Kathryn have six children.
Hal Hawk and his wife, Diane, just visited Kevin ’80 and Suzie ’82 Whalen at their beach house in Florida, along with Tom ’80 and Angela Cua. The “captain” made several appearances throughout the weekend. The group celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Bloody Mary and, on the downside, Whalen has not changed a bit since college and still needs counseling.
Mike Armagno and his wife, Sue, celebrating 25 years of marriage this year, had dinner with Dawn and Dan Casey, Bill and Mary Carol O’Brien, Ray and Betsy Mendelsohn, and Mike’s brother Tom ’80 with wife Lorie ’82 Armagno, and son Tommy, who attends Carroll.
Finally, Colleen Kelley Vahcic wrote to me on Facebook, and I see that she is enjoying a vacation in the French Quarter. Colleen works at the Cleveland Clinic for a cardiac surgeon.
Please stay in touch and write with updates. I look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to friend request your classmates on Facebook. Oh, and if you need a DJ for a wedding or party, call me. It’s one of my hobbies. Bob
As your new class columnist, I am excited to hear from so many of you. The great memories from 1977-1981 come back as I read your e-mails. We are only two years away from our 30th Reunion! I hope that many of you make plans to attend in 2011. Also, congratulations to you if you are hitting the BIG 50 this year.
Mary Carol O’Brien writes from Edison Park, IL, where she and Bill have two boys. Tim is a Junior at Carroll and Billy is heading there next year. Way to go on building the alumni program! Mary Carol is a social worker and Bill is a circuit court judge. They also keep in touch with Ray and Betsy (Peffenbach) Mendolsohn along with Dawn and Dan Casey.
Jim and Ann (Gardner) Russ live in Downers Grove, IL, and have four daughters and a son, Michael, who is a junior at Marquette in the great city of Milwaukee. Ann keeps in touch with Diane Lebryk Montgomery. She is out in California wine country living on a vineyard, raising her two boys with husband Monty.
Lynne Fugate wrote me from Rochester, MI, where she enjoys working at a public library. After several years at GM, Lynne decided to leave cars for books and in 1995 graduated from Wayne State with a master’s in library work.
I heard from Marianne Breen, who moved to Chicago in 2007 after living in Michigan and St. Louis. Marianne is currently fundraising for two Chicago-area high schools. She caught up with Lore (Feitl) Castrigano on a visit to Cleveland. Lore has three boys, two who graduated from Georgetown and one who is at St. Ignatius.
Wo Schiffman (Wende Whitcraft) sent a note from Los Altos Hills, CA. Wo and her husband, Barry, have two grown children, David and Katy. Wo has too many accomplishments to list here, but I do need to mention that she built a 52-foot sailboat, Azul, and raced it in the Pacific Cup to Hawaii, where she took 2nd place!
From Mount Washington, PA, Debbie Brown and her husband, David, are enjoying a lot of travel. Debbie hosted a mini reunion in October. She is currently heading up the audit department for Orphan’s Court in Alleghany County.
Emily (Kelsey) Ingram writes that her daughter “Kelsey” is off to Denison this fall, where our class speaker, Dave Short, also has a daughter attending college. Oh, yes, Kelsey also received an awesome academic scholarship that mom says is because of the great influence she is on her daughter.
Mark Bowman works for the Hightower Report, a futures analysis and forecasting publication based in Chicago. He and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Barrington, IL, with their son who, like Dad, is a Sox fan – but Mom is a Cubs fan.
After doing his undergrad at camp John Carroll, Gary Wells spent 15 years bartending at various spots and also booked rock shows. Gary also went to culinary school, majoring in culinary arts, music history, and art history. He graduated first in his class in 1991. Gary is currently banquet chef at the Q (Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena) with ARAMARK.
Now, the latest from the Langenhorst family. Pete Langenhorst has been with General Motors since he graduated from John Carroll. He has had a variety of assignments all over the world and just completed move number 10 in 28 years with the company. He has lived in Michigan, Virginia, Germany, Canada, California, and now Phoenix. His wife Beth ’82 has been very instrumental in getting the kids processed in and out of all the schools throughout the years. They have three children; Julie is in Austria on a study program with Arizona State. I need to mention their son, Jack, a freshman at Michigan State University. Congrats on getting to the NCAA Championship Game. The youngest son, Steven, just moved to his new school in Boulder Creek.
Finally, I hope you are all healthy and happy and surviving this economic downturn. In the spirit of the Class of 1981, stay positive and keep focused on a brighter future. Until next time, I remain your friend and class columnist, Bob
Greetings to the Class of 1981. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a happy New Year. Make sure that you set some goals for 2009 and write them down. I am told that only five percent of adult Americans will do that this year.
I am writing on what will be the coldest night in Wisconsin in 15 years. We will go to 18 below zero with 40 below wind chills. The schools are already closed for what will seem to be the North Pole in Milwaukee tomorrow. Warmer days are ahead!
Please send me a note about what is happening in your life. I am excited about the opportunity to gather stories from the Class of 1981 and publish them in the Alumni Journal. Keep me posted, Bob
Greeting to the Class of 1981. By the time you receive this, Christmas will be right around the corner, we will have a new president, and we will be nearing the end of another year in the NFL. If anyone has extra Super Bowl tickets for the big game in Tampa, please e-mail me. I want to encourage you to send me the highlights of your life and what news you have for your classmates.
I am excited to report some great stories from our great class. I did hear from Bill Burns, who achieved his doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida. Bill is a captain in the Army Reserve and has been mobilized to active duty as the hearing conservation officer at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State. Great job Bill!
Also, I heard from Nancy Schuemann, a neighbor of JCU’s and an alumni author. Nancy’s latest book, Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait, with photographer Carl Stimac, is a photography coffee table book on the city of Cleveland. She conducted all of the historical research and penned all of the text. The book is having great success!
I look forward to hearing from you for our next issue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Bob
After seeing the opening for our class columnist, I couldn’t help but apply for the job and reconnect with many peers who I haven’t seen or talked to in 27 years. I hope that you will write some great stories for me to share.
After leaving Carroll, I moved back to Chicago and worked in the printing industry for 13 years. I was promoted to a position in Milwaukee, WI, land of cheese, beer, the Packers, and the Brett Favre story. In 1996, I moved to a smaller printing company, Teuteberg, Inc., where I am currently senior vice president and part owner. When I was Student Union president at John Carroll, I wanted to someday be the United States president, but I have settled for a less stressful career path. I hope to hear from you soon.
This is the final column written by Julie Sanner Hepfer
Hi everyone! The time has come to “pass the pen.” After many years as your class columnist, unfortunately, I must retire. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know you, especially classmates that I didn’t know when we were in school. Our class is an amazing, generous group of people. I’m so proud to be a member of the Class of 1981. I hope that one of you will please consider replacing me. If you would like to be our columnist, e-mail Michele McFarland at email@example.com. God bless, Julie
John Carroll magazine sends thanks and good wishes to Julie Sanner Hepfer for her fine work as class columnist since 1997.
Hi everyone! Time has a way of getting away from me. It has been a whirlwind of activity at our home. Our son, Brad, finished his Master’s in Accounting at the University of Iowa and took a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. We got him moved just in time to pack our 17-year old, David, for a trip to China. David is a member of a select concert band from his high school that performed throughout China in a Cultural Arts Exchange Program. One of their performances was on the Great Wall. It’s all very exciting but I got a bit distracted from the column. So here’s the news from our classmates
I received my first handwritten note in 21 years of writing this article and it was from Colleen Buckley Glaab. Colleen and her husband, Tim ’80, live in Youngstown, OH, with their three children. Their oldest son, Jonathan, is a senior at JCU. He has passed the MCAT and has been accepted to Cincinnati Medical School. Erin Colleen is also attending JCU majoring in education. And Kelly, the youngest, is a junior at Ursuline High School. Colleen works for her brother, Dr. John Buckley ’77, a plastic surgeon. Colleen, thanks for the note. It was such a nice surprise!
Tom Loeffler and his wife, Betsy, live in Medfield, MA, with their two children. Tom works at the Bank of America.
One last e-mail from Beth Koenig Kasper — in July, she was elected chairman of the board of directors for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Congratulations Beth! This chapter services three counties and an army post. She also volunteers as a catechist in her parish religious education program. Her parish is the only Roman Catholic Church in the county so she has 24 students from six local high schools. Beth and her husband, Bob ’80, have two sons. Joseph, the oldest, is a senior at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, majoring in biochemistry. His summer internship was at the Institute of Polymer Science at the University of Akron. While he was in Northeastern Ohio, Joseph enjoyed seeing many of his JCU alumni family members — grandfather, Thomas Kasper ’57, aunt Mary Kasper Pavlescak ’82, aunt Kathy Kasper Shearer ’92 and uncle Mark Shearer ’93. Beth’s youngest son, Daniel, is a high school sophomore with a keen interest in biology.
Thanks to everyone that wrote! God bless! Julie
Hi everyone! The news is brief but, as always, important. Melinda (Valena) Sheets joined Mo Huntley as a principal partner to form Huntley-Valena Hospitality Group. Their company has acquired four Michigan restaurants. Their acquisitions include Gilbert and Blake Seafood and Steak Grille in Okemos, D Coy Duck’s in Lawton, The Parlour Old Fashioned Hand Dipped Ice Cream in Jackson, and The Parlour in Kalamazoo. Melinda will serve as vice president/secretary and general council for the company. She is an attorney with an extensive background in real property law, business organization, and probate-estate planning. Melinda, we wish you well in your new venture!
I’m sad to share with you the news that one of our classmates has passed away. Patrick J. Hanrahan died on February 2, 2007. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
One last thought; after 16 years as class columnist, I’m well aware that I have made mistakes in the column. I don’t do it intentionally, and I consider these errors to be incentives to keep you curious about my articles. Hopefully, I have never offended anyone. Please try to find humor in the mistakes. God Bless, Julie
Hi everyone! It’s finally looking like winter in the Chicago area. Up until now, I thought we were suffering from some major global warming. The snow is great as long as it just covers the lawn but not enough to shovel. Growing up in Erie, PA, and dealing with lake effect accumulations, I really appreciate Chicago. Well, enough about the weather, I’m beginning to show my age.
I heard from Michelle Keresman Connors. She is very busy with her job, her kids and all her charitable work. But one sure way to slow down a frantic schedule is to have a sick child. Michelle’s daughter has mono. Our best wishes to her for a speedy recovery!
Gary Wells sent a note to let us know he is living in Cleveland. If you get a chance drop him an e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The snow may be falling, but it won’t stop Bob and me from attending the Dance Marathon at the University of Iowa in February. The marathon is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Our oldest son, Bradford, a graduate student in accounting at U of I, is truly committed to this cause and has worked at their summer camp, Heart Connection. Brad spends his weekends with the children at the hospital or “canning” (fundraising) on the streets of Iowa City. He is also a morale couch for a team of dancers during the marathon. Brad has faced this illness head on himself with a wonderful outcome. We look forward to volunteering at the dance to support the cause and our son.
This a busy time in our lives but if you get a chance to send me an e-mail, I’d really appreciate it! God bless, Julie
Hi everyone! Our 25th class reunion may be over, but far from forgotten. It was a great weekend. The university did a fantastic job hosting the event and a special thanks to retiring reunion coordinator, Rosalie Massey, for all her efforts to make our 25th reunion so memorable. The most outstanding event of the weekend was our class gift that Hal Hawk presented to President Fr. Niehoff. Hal set an ambitious goal and with his determination, his committee’s support and everyone’s generosity, as of June 24 we donated $ 276,231. Until now, the largest gift ever given to JCU from a 25th reunion class was $110,000. Thanks to everyone but especially to the hard work of Hal Hawk! Let’s get to the news from reunion weekend and beyond
Catherine O’Brien McCuish’s son, Mike, as well as Jill Conroy, JT’s wife, were early risers on Saturday to participate in the 5k run/3k walk. They did GREAT! JT and Jill live in Spring Lake, MI, with their four children Liam, Lilli, Luke and Molly. Jill home schooled until recently and JT practices law in Grand Rapids.
Michael Coyle left the Cuyahoga County Commissioners after 22 years for National City Bank. He’s looking forward to his 35th consecutive trip to Disney World in December.
Guy and Michelle Keresman Connors are busy raising children, John; Annie; and Meg. Michelle visited Michael Day at his business, Flowerville Inc., to thank him for the beautiful floral arrangements he made for the reunion dinner. Michael was unable to attend — his business is doing well. He travels to Singapore to visit his brother who worked in the World Trade Center until 9/11.
Tracy and Jim Bichl live in Cleveland with their children Suzy, a freshman at Columbia College in Chicago, and James, Jr.
Marianne Breen is making a major change. She quit her job at the Humane Society in Missouri and is moving to Michigan to help her mother who needs assistance. Good Luck!
Bob and Anne Marquard Nicolay live in Westlake where they are raising their children, Kelly, Susie, and Matthew. Thank-you Anne for all your efforts to contact classmates!
Barb and Paul Sparrow celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year! They have two children, Jeffrey, a Marine Corps lieutenant and Kimberly, a student at Elon University. Paul and Barb recently relocated to Charlotte, NC, to take a new job with NASCAR.
Greg ’80 and Debbie Tighe Branic live in Strongsville with daughters Katie, Molly and Emily. At the last minute, Debbie and Greg decided to come to reunion, not to eat, or drink but just to say “hi.” It was great to see them!
Bill and Nancy Loyan Schuemann came well prepared for the beer tasting event. Bill brought a huge German beer stein. Now, that’s a decent size taste!
Liz ’82 and Patrick Sweeney made a valiant effort to get Myron Terlecky to come to reunion but without success. Myron was moving his father that weekend. Patrick and Liz have four children; the oldest is at Michigan State University studying communications. And next year, they can relive all the great memories from this year when they return for Liz’s 25th! Many classmates enjoyed the reunion weekend like Hal Hawk, Bob Belanger, Larry D’Onofrio, Kevin Kehres, Tom Ginley, Jeff Lehrich, Michael Mitchell, Frank Omerza, Linda Satyshur Pintabona and Pete Carroll. Some classmates had planned to come but unfortunately were unable to make it — like Bill and Mary Carol Anthony O’Brien. Bill injured two discs in his back. Their oldest son, Tim, is going to continue the family tradition and will be a Blue Streak this fall! Tim was given a scholarship by the National Alumni Association. Their younger son, Billy, is a sophomore at Loyola Academy in Chicago and wants to go to the Naval Academy but Bill plans on changing his son’s mind because Billy is a football player. … Check for pictures on the JCU web site http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/classes/1981/index.htm.
Hope you had a wonderful summer! God bless, Julie
Hello class of 1981. We’re just weeks away from our 25th Class Reunion! It will be wonderful to be together again. In case, you’ve been on another planet and you have forgotten to send in you reservation form, DO IT TODAY! The committee has been working hard to plan a very special 25th celebration for us including lunch in the courtyard of the library and an intimate dinner in the atrium of the Science Center. And I’m going to repeat myself but it is well worth it … to continue the traditions at John Carroll University as we know and love them, then we need to give generously to our class gift. Hal Hawk, our gift chair, and his committee have been hard at work hoping to present the university with the largest gift a 25th reunion class has ever given. We can do it! You can contact Hal with any questions at — HHawk@crownbattery.com. Recently, I received some sad news about Hal and his family. Both of his parents have passed away within the year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawk family.
I did receive a couple of e-mails from our classmates. Jean Anne Crawford is living in Crescent City, CA. She is a library coordinator for the Castle Rock Charter School — email@example.com.
Dennis Morgan and his wife, Eileen, live in Solon, OH. He is the CFO and vice president of Bird Technologies. His family includes two daughters, Jacqueline (20) and Sarah (18). If you want to find out Dennis’ plans for the Reunion you can write to him — firstname.lastname@example.org. I was really hoping this would be a banner year for information about our class but I guess you’ll have to wait for the next article. At the reunion, I’m looking forward to getting an update on as many classmates as possible. I hope to see you there! God bless, Julie
Hello class of 1981! I’m going to repeat myself, but this a Reunion year. Not just any Reunion but our 25th! We have 503 people in our class. If 113 are in attendance for our reunion, we will break the all time attendance record held by the class of 1977 at a 25th Reunion. We can do it! Just a few reminders about the weekend so you can begin planning — Reunion will be June 23-25, the weekend AFTER Father’s Day. Please bring your spouse, special friend or significant other. And don’t forget the kids. There are wonderful age appropriate activities all weekend for them to enjoy. If you want to know more about Reunion, please check the web site at http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/reunion/index06.htm.
Without further delay, I heard from some classmates. John Capka and his wife, Christine ’83, live in North Royalton, OH. John is the CFO of Business Banking for KeyBank N.A. To get in touch with him so you can make plans to meet at Reunion — email@example.com.
And I was so happy to hear from Beth Paolella Alves. She works for Regency Hospital Company as the director of human resources. Beth — firstname.lastname@example.org — lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband, Bruce, and her daughter, Caitlin Rose.
Oh, how I love reunion years because I get so many updates! I also heard from Peter and Amy Kocis Carroll. They live in Rocky River, OH, with their three children, Peter (13), Colleen (10) and Christopher (9). Amy works as a comptroller for Once Upon a Time and Peter is an account manager for Brush Wellman. If you’d like to know if they are bringing their children for the family luncheon during the reunion weekend, you can write to them at email@example.com.
Debbie Tighe Branic and her husband, Greg ’80, live in Strongsville, OH — firstname.lastname@example.org. They have three daughters, Katie (16), Molly (13) and Emily (11).
And last, but not least, I heard from a classmate in Texas. Richard Corcoran, Jr., the endowment director for the Circle Ten Council, for the Boy Scouts of America — email@example.com. He is attempting to raise $70 million endowment initiative for his council in Plano. This has never been done before in the history of the BSA. Good Luck Richard.
Speaking about fundraising, let’s make this a record breaking class gift year, too. First and foremost, we want you to come back to John Carroll University, to see old friends, explore the changes on campus and to have fun. But to continue the traditions at JCU as we know and love them, the university counts on our class gift. So, please, dig deep and be generous! Hal Hawk has agreed to be our gift chairperson. If you have any questions, please e-mail him at HHawk@crownbattery.com.
God Bless and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year. Julie
Hi everyone! Did I mention before that our 25th Class Reunion will be June 23-25, 2006? Let’s all make a special effort to attend. It will be a wonderful weekend of renewing old friendships, strolling an ever changing campus and enjoying multiple activities. And I have great news; Hal Hawk will be our gift chairperson. Hal sent an e-mail to tell us the news of his appointment to the reunion committee and to share some family news. The Hawks had just returned from their annual vacation to Orlando, FL, with the Cua and Whalen families. He said that they were all well. His children are growing up fast, Megan (9) is a fourth grader and Morgan (6) is a first grader. I have very vivid memories of a past reunion and the Hawks had a stroller with a new baby in tow.
Thank goodness we have these regular get togethers so we can get caught up! I also received updates on other classmates. Marianne Breen is living in St. Louis, MO, and is the director of development for the Humane Society.
Jim Bichl and his wife, Tracy, and their children, Suzy (18) and James, Jr. (13) live in Cleveland. Jim is a member of the National Ski Patrol, is certified in outdoor emergency medical care and is an instructor of Mountain Search and Rescue.
Patrick McDonnell and his wife, Cathy, have great news. Their oldest daughter, Allison, is a senior at JCU this year. Congratulations! Pat is the president and CEO of McDonnell Horticulture Inc. in Cameron, NC. He and Cathy have three other children, Caitlin (18), Meghan (16), and Shannon (12).
And lastly, I heard from Daniel Bader. He is a sergeant with the Cleveland Metroparks Department. He and his three children, Jessica (18), Michael (17) and Danny (6) live in Lakewood, OH.
Thank you for all the updates. One last request from Hal Hawk — Hal is asking all classmates to dig deep for our 25th. We need to make this a great reunion, for both attendance and class gift. And I second that! God bless, Julie
Hi everyone! Our 25th Reunion is less than a year away and it’s never too soon to begin making your plans to attend. And I think this is a first for John Carroll but the reunion weekend will be the weekend AFTER Father’s Day, June 23-25, 2006. Many of us have very busy lives with our families, jobs, homes, etc. … so get the reunion date on your calendar, or palm pilot, now! Let’s have the best turn out ever because it is our big 2-5. It’s a great opportunity to see friends, explore an ever-changing campus and just have fun. Speaking of reunions, I received a wonderful letter from Anne Marquard Nicolay which I understand was co-authored by Michelle Keresman Connors. They wrote and said that on June 17, Anna Zalar Kmetich, Lori Neff Seidel, Anne and Michelle got together for dinner at an Irish cafe near JCU. They enjoyed catching up on their lives. (Michelle is living in Medina, OH, with her husband, Guy and kids, John (16), Annie (14), and Meg (5). Anne lives in Westlake with her husband, Bob, and their children, Kelly (16), Susan (13), and Matthew (10).) Then Michelle and Anne popped in on the 25th Reunion of some of their friends in the class of ’80. They were happy to see other ’81 grads like Chad Gross and his wife and Tony Vespoli. Anne said it was also great seeing the class of ’80 celebrators too especially Kevin Whalen, and his wife, Suzie McChesney ’82, Tommy Cua, John Ettorre, and Susan and Jim Antall, but someone was noticeably missing from the Whalen-Cua trio-you know who you are Hal Hawk. Michelle and Anne said the night was just a warm up for our 25th next June. They hope to see many of their friends next year! Anne and Michelle, thanks for the terrific update!
I also received an update from Lynn Buckley Childs. She is the senior director Financial Report for Brooks Pharmacy. Lynn lives in Saunderstown, RI, with her daughter, Brittany (17). Speaking of children, the reunion weekend includes a lot of activities for kids and the family. So when you’re making plans for next June 23-25, make it a family vacation! This would also be a great opportunity for a campus visit with your high school students. They’ll be able to see the fun and crazy side of JCU.
One last update, but far from least, comes from Julia Sullivan Ahern. She lives in Charlotte Hall, MD, with her husband, Michael ’79, and two sons, Matthew (19) and Daniel (12).
It was great to hear from everyone. Keep the letters and e-mails coming. Oh, and did I mention the Reunion is June 23-25, 2006. Hope to see you there! God Bess, Julie
Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that I’ve heard from a couple of our classmates.
Ed Sekerak retired from the Army at the end of 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of service. Ed and his wife, Adele, and their three daughters lived in many cities in the U.S. as well as Germany and the Marshall Islands. They are currently living in Huntsville, AL. Ed is employed by BAE Systems. It was good to hear from you, Ed!
Beth Paolella Alves has recently moved from Peninsula to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Best wishes to you, Bruce and Caitlin on your new home! I’ll be waiting for the house warming invitation.
That’s all there is for this edition. I’m sure most of you have noticed that I have so little news to write about — help me out. Please write to and let’s get the news out about us, the class of 1981! God Bless, Julie
Hi everyone! Thanks to all the classmates who took the time to write in and share their lives with us. David Beringer and his wife, Colette (Gibbons) ’80, currently live in Chicago. He is the director of Client Services for Systems Xcellence.
I also heard from Beth (Paolella) Alves. She lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, Bruce, and daughter, Caitlin Rose. Beth has recently started a new job with Park Federal Savings Bank in Solon as their HR generalist. Good Luck Beth!
On another job related news front, Richard Boyd, senior vice president and national sales manager for the Broker/Dealer Division of Federated Investors has been elected to the Point Park University Board of Trustees. Richard has been with Federated Investors since graduation in 1981. His responsibilities include overseeing the sales and distribution of all products and services within the broker industry. Richard currently lives in Upper St. Clair, PA. I received a note from Bob Belanger. After 10 years with the State Attorney’s Office in Florida, Bob has decided to run for Circuit Judge in the 19th Judicial Office. Since this article is written prior to the elections but printed post elections, our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and his family on a successful election! Bob and Gale live in Stuart, Florida with their children, Sean and Katie. Good Luck!!!!
Diane N. Wendel ’85 is the owner and designer for her business, Diane’s Designs in Chappaqua, NY. She and her husband, Petter, have two children, Joshua and Elizabeth. Diane, e-mail me and let me know what type of product you design and make. I’d like to share that with our classmates! And the other day I received a great note from the Hawk group. Hal wrote that his wonderful wife of twelve years, Diane, was the president of the American Cancer Society, president of PTO and leader of the Market Day group at their school. And Diane volunteers endless hours as a volunteer at school for lunch, recess and computer classes. I thought I had been an involved mom … WOW Diane, you are fantastic! I work in a school and moms like you are truly a gift and sincerely appreciated.
Hal also said that he speaks to Tom Cua ’80 and Kevin Whalen ’80 often and they are both doing well. And Hal is doing what Hal does best … fundraising. He is raising money to build a swimming pool at the high school in Fremont. To date, he has raised 2 million dollars and he’s hoping to get another million. So if anyone has any loose change you can contact Hal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again to one and all for the updates. It was great to hear from you! God Bless, Julie
Hi everyone! It was wonderful to hear from a couple of our classmates. John Barrett’s ’79 daughter, Colleen, had an awesome experience this summer with their church’s youth group. She went to Guadalajara, Mexico on a mission trip. Colleen and the other teens painted and repaired two different churches in the area. And a highlight of the trip was a visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine. John wrote that Montezuma didn’t visit too much.
I also heard from Jim Bichl. He’s living in Cleveland with his wife, Tracy, and his children, Susannah (17) and James Jr. (11). Jim is a program administrator for the State of Ohio. And he is an instructor for the National Ski Patrol.
Well, that’s all for this issue. Thanks to Jim and John for the updates. I really appreciate it. Hope you all enjoyed your summer! God Bless! Julie
Hi everyone! It was wonderful to hear from a few of our classmates. Colleen Buckley Glaab is currently managing her brother’s medical office in Youngstown, OH. Her three children keep her very busy. Colleen and Tim ’80, her husband, are hoping there oldest son, Jonathan, will be attending JCU in the fall. It would be fun to have a son follow in his parent’s footsteps, good luck!
Bill Burns wrote that he is working on his doctorate in Key West, FL. And in his free time, Bill enjoys coaching is son’s sports. We’ll be looking forward to hearing about the completion of your studies, Dr. Bill!
And I received a wonderful note from Michelle Connors. Her days are filled with her three children’s’ music events, sporting events and learning how to help her child with special needs master many tasks we take for granted. Michelle also said that her daughter has taught her what really matters in life — hugs, family and laughing. Everyday I work with children with special needs in our school district and I have found that teachers and specialist can do just so much for a child but the best teachers by far are the parents! We wish Michelle and Guy, as well as all our other classmates, continued love, laughter and success with their children. Please keep writing. It was GREAT to hear from you! God Bless, Julie
Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful 2003 and that your New Year is filled with laughter and love. Unfortunately, I do not have any new information about our classmates to share with you. I miss hearing from you. I didn’t want another alumni journal to be published without a note from your columnist. I could write a whole article about my family but I just finished typing our Christmas letter and I’m tired of bragging. So I’m pleading one more time for information about you!
Did you get married for a first time, or fifth time? News of a new baby or more likely for me at least, grandchild? How about a new job or have you gotten together with some classmates? PLEASE WRITE! May God Bless
Hi everyone! I’m writing this article on one of the many subzero days we have had this winter. Fortunately, when you are reading this, the weather will be much warmer and the arctic winter we’ve had will be memory.
I received an e-mail from Mary Carol and Bill O’Brien. Bill was elected as a Circuit Court Judge in the November General Election. He defeated 2 other candidates in the March 2002 Primary Election as well as one candidate in the General Election. Bill was sworn in on December 2, 2002 and is currently assigned to traffic court at the Daley Center. Prior to this, Bill spent over 18 years with the Cook County States Attorney’s Office and the past 4 years as Chief of the Narcotics Prosecution Bureau. Congratulations Bill! Mary Carol and Bill have two sons, Tim, a freshman at the Loyola Academy and Billy, a 6th grader. In January, the O’Brien family was in Cleveland for a Soccer Tournament and they got together with Betsy (Peffenbach) and Ray Mendolsohn. Betsy is a second grade teacher at Gesu. They have two children, Brian, an 8th grader and Meghan, a 6th grader.
Thanks for all the wonderful news! If anyone has information about our classmates that are overseas in anticipation of war, please write to me so I can share their stories with everyone. If addresses are available, that would be even better so we could write to them. My brother-in-law is the Chief of Command of the U.S.S. Constellation. He has often expressed his sincere appreciation for news from home. We need to be there for our classmates. Hope to hear from more of you, soon! God Bless America and all of you! Julie
Hi everyone! As you probably noticed, I did not have an article in the last issue. This was not a moment of forgetfulness but a lack of information about YOU, my classmates, to share with everyone. Please write to me! There must be something new or a change in your life you could share. For my family, we had a major change this year. Our oldest son, Brad, went to college. He is attending the University of Iowa with a major in economics. This is our BIG news and I wanted to share it with you. Now write to me and tell me your news!
Beth Koenig Kasper wrote to share some good news about her husband, Robert Kasper. He has been promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He still works as a family practice physician for Premier Medical Group and he also serves as chief of family practice for Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN. Beth, thanks for getting in touch!
While on vacation this summer, we stopped by to visit Beth Paolella Summers and her daughter, Caitlin, in Peninsula, Ohio. Beth just returned home from a vacation in Italy. She had a wonderful trip in spite of one mistake. Beth misread a map and ended up taking an all day hike over the mountains instead of a leisurely stroll across a rolling meadow. She said the mistake led her to some beautiful scenery, she would have otherwise missed. Beth would encourage everyone to go to Italy someday and to leave your map at home.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Martin Stearns! She received the 2002-2003 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. This is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member. She was teaching a computer course for the university for the past six plus years. Elizabeth also conducts workshops nationwide on the topic of desktop publishing.
I also heard from John Bongorno. He is living in University Heights. After John received his master’s in accountancy from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, he took a teaching position with Cuyahoga Community College. It was great to hear from you John!
And I would like to hear from YOU, all my classmates. Please write even if you don’t have something new to share, it’s just great to keep in touch. God Bless America! Julie