Death, no matter the circumstance, brings a sense of emotional toil and sadness. When it comes to a sibling, it touches another nerve that reminds us of our mortality. It’s a wake-up call that reminds us we must truly give thanks and live each day with the authentic appreciation of each new day as a gift. It’s with great sadness that I inform you about two classmates who have lost their siblings recently. Carl Fillichio lost his beloved sister, Carolynne, on July 1, after she fought a valiant battle with cancer and kidney disease for the past 25 years. Matt Koenig lost his beloved brother, Simon “Si” (Kone) Koenig III, on Aug. 15, following a difficult and courageous battle with brain cancer.
On a brighter note, our 30th reunion this past June was filled with laughter and camaraderie. Those who attended include: Mary Beth (Hoke) Bedell, Larry Blum, Maureen (McDonough) Curley ’86, Kathy (Egan) Ecklund, Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Jill (Hanlon) Mancini, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Sean McCauley, Susie (Slavsky) McHugh, David Pratt, Shirley (Schlemmer) Reynolds, Colleen (Flaherty) Shea, Bill Sikora, Carl Fillichio, Vince Murdock ’90, Ann (Joyce) Durkin ’84, Jeff Linker, Joe Gambatese ’86, Kevin O’Riordan ’88, and Anthony Nader.
In closing, Karen Schipke passed away in 2007 from breast cancer. Bob and Cheryl (Glenn) Cramer established an endowed scholarship in her memory. To date, $41,386 has been collected. That’s $8,614 short of the $50,000 goal before it can begin to financially support current JCU students. Please open your hearts for Karen’s lasting legacy of our class. Donations can be sent to Karen Schipke Memorial Scholarship, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118. Thank you for your consideration.
God bless you all, and enjoy the approaching holiday season.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Our big 3-0 reunion is only days away! I wish I could say I’ll be attending, but our reunion weekend of June 19-21 falls on the same weekend my son will be graduating from high school. Cheers to all of you. Send me pictures and updates to include in our fall column. Congratulations to Maureen (Flaherty) Menton on the birth of her second granddaughter. Are we really this old?
It was a pleasure to hear from Larry Blum, who just sent his oldest daughter off to Boston College and has a son who’s a sophomore in high school. Larry has been working for Merkle, a digital and marketing technology agency, as vice president of its retail practice for the past seven years. He and his family have lived in Ellicott City, Md., for more than 20 years. Larry ventures to NYC frequently. We met for dinner recently. Another noteworthy piece of news, Larry and Drue Carney ’86 partnered a few years back when they launched a side business called The Bench Coach (thebenchcoach.com) that’s doing well. If you have baseball players in the family, this is definitely something to check out.
I read on Facebook that Tony Ciabattoni, a former JCU golf legend, spends his time between Columbia and the U.S. teaching kids how to play the great game of golf in the spirit and philosophy of The First Tee. Tony started a foundation called A Game for All (agameforall.com).
The stars aligned in the Kehm house recently as their three sons, who are all quite impressive, qualified for state championship swim meets. Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League for Justin and Michael at University of Pittsburgh (high school) and the Ohio Athletic Conference meet in Akron, Ohio, for Corey on our JCU swim team. Congratulations all around to Nate ’87 and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm.
I had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Craig Eldridge, who left Cleveland Clinic and works at University Hospitals now. Thank you, Craig, for your compassion and heroic patient care. Who would’ve guessed behind those beer goggles of our youth what an outstanding doctor you would become. God bless everyone, and hug your love ones extra tight tonight.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Hello, friends. It’s time to get out your smartphone and input into iCal, Google Calendar, or whatever you use that you’re busy all day from June 19-21 because it’s our 30th reunion. I was excited to hear from Brian Boose, who sent a photo of Jon Bokovitz, Mark Campo, himself, and Jim Hopkins tailgating at the JCU–Mount Union football game in Alliance, Ohio. JCU lost the game in the closing seconds, but had a great time catching up. All four played JCU football together and reminisced about the good old Blue Streak days 30 years ago. How time flies! Brian said: “I’m still living in Strongsville with my wife Sharon, an OU gal. We both work for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. My oldest, Stephen, lives in Columbus, and my other two are in college. Tyler is a senior at Kent State, and Alyssa is a sophomore at Miami University. Thanks for the update, Brian.
I also heard from Peggy (Bertsch) Currier, whom I think is the first grandmother in our class. Joeand Peggy were delighted to welcome baby Joseph into their family.Brian Schultz was in the Big Apple over the Thanksgiving holiday. Brian, you should be a New Yorker with your long to-do list. I’m looking forward to our farm-to-table lunch at the Cookery.
I have to give a big shout out to my dear friend Anne (Walker) Watterson ’86, who just finished her clinical at nursing school. You’re simply amazing, and I admire you from afar. You go girl!
Send me your updates. I’d love to hear from you. Remember, it’s a good day to have a good day. May all your days be good. God bless everyone, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Hello, friends. We’re heading into our 30th reunion year, so I hope you start thinking about making an appearance at our reunion next June. Some girls from the third floor of Sutowski rendezvoused in Nashville, Tenn., over the summer: Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, Peggy (Bertsch) Currier, Mary Beth (Dawes) Culbertson, Lisa (Cortes) Dawes ’86, Anne (Walker) Waterson ’86, Maura Rowley, and myself. There was a lot of laughter, line-dancing, karaoke, and bull-riding.
Mary Beth Dawes Culbertson’s son, Kelly ’18, is officially a Blue Streak. A football scrimmage was held in August against Wooster, where he was on the field with Meg (Flaherty) Huwar’s son, Nathan. It’s a small world.
In case you missed the summer (online) edition of our column here it is in print: Congratulations to all the high school and college graduates! Mike ’83 and Teri (Johnson) Long’s daughter, Chelsie, will be graduating from Carroll this year. This summer, she enjoyed touring Europe – a graduation gift from her parents. I heard from Teri this past May when she was on a celebratory trip with Chelsie to the Big Apple. They had a grand time hitting all the city’s sights. The highlight of the trip was meeting Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” I wish I could’ve joined in the fun but was busy teaching my first-graders. Anna Long will be attending JCU this fall. Teri and Mike’s youngest, Mitchell, is a student at St. Ignatius and qualified for crew nationals in Princeton this May. Congratulations, Mitch!
I also had a FB PM from Dan Dreiling ’86, who brought me up to date after his visit to Beantown and had a chance to catch up with his IXY brothers, Steve Healy and John Connolly. Dan reported Steve is doing well, teaching math at BC High. He and his wife, Tara, have three girls – their oldest will be a sophomore at Elon in N.C. John is working with his brothers in the family construction equipment company. John and his wife, Tiffany, have two boys, ages 15 and 13. Dan lives in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife, Stephanie, and three children. He works in Mayfield Heights. Kaitlin is a junior at Loyola University Chicago (nursing); Danny will be a freshman at Boston College this fall, and the youngest son, Casey, will be in seventh grade. After 10 years as a CPA and 10 years with KeyBank/ McDonald Investments, he found his place managing stocks and bonds for high-net-worth individuals and families. Separately, he’s building a leadership development program for fifth and sixth graders to help them make better decisions. It appears Boston College is a popular destination for our second generation. Accompanying Dan’s son, Danny, this fall at Boston College is Larry Blum’s daughter. Sophomores at Boston College include Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz’s daughter, Maggie, and Carol (Brennan) Joseph’s daughter, Elizabeth. Invite me to the Eagle tailgater this fall, guys. I’ll make the three-hour drive to join in the fun!
On a very sad note, our dear friend Steve Payne ’86 lost his courageous battle with cancer in June. Please keep Steve’s family in your thoughts and prayers. He was one of the good guys and spread his contagious smile and laughter to all of us who had the pleasure to call him a friend. For me, memories of Steve bring to mind a quote by Kahlil Gibran, “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Thank you, Steve.
God bless everyone, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Congratulations to all the high school and college graduates! Mary Beth (Dawes) Culbertson’s son, Kelly Culbertson, will be a freshman at JCU this fall. Mike ’83 and Teri (Johnson) Long’s daughter, Chelsie, will be graduating from Carroll this year. This summer, she enjoyed touring Europe – a graduation gift from her parents. I heard from Teri this past May when she was on a celebratory trip with Chelsie to the Big Apple. They had a grand time hitting all the city’s sights. The highlight of the trip was meeting Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” I wish I could’ve joined in the fun but was busy teaching my first-graders. Anna Long will be attending JCU this fall. Teri and Mike’s youngest, Mitchell, is a student at St. Ignatius and qualified for crew nationals in Princeton this May. Congratulations, Mitch!
I also had a FB PM from Dan Dreiling ’86, who brought me up to date after his visit to Beantown and had a chance to catch up with his IXY brothers, Steve Healy and John Connolly. Dan reported Steve is doing well, teaching math at BC High. He and his wife, Tara, have three girls – their oldest will be a sophomore at Elon in N.C. John is working with his brothers in the family construction equipment company. John and his wife, Tiffany, have two boys ages 15 and 13. Dan lives in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife, Stephanie, and three children. He works in Mayfield Heights. Kaitlin is a junior at Loyola University Chicago (nursing); Danny will be a freshman at Boston College this fall, and the youngest son, Casey, will be in seventh grade. After 10 years as a CPA and 10 years with KeyBank/McDonald Investments, he found his place managing stocks and bonds for high-net-worth individuals and families. Separately, he’s building a leadership development program for fifth and sixth graders to help them make better decisions. It appears Boston College is a popular destination for our second generation. Accompanying Dan’s son, Danny, this fall at Boston College is Larry Blum’s daughter. Sophomores at Boston College include Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz’s daughter, Maggie, and Carol (Brennan) Joseph’s daughter, Elizabeth. Invite me to the Eagle tailgater this fall, guys. I’ll make the three-hour drive to join in the fun!
On a very sad note, our dear friend Steve Payne ’86 lost his courageous battle with cancer in June. Please keep Steve’s family in your thoughts and prayers. He was one of the good guys and spread his contagious smile and laughter to all of us who had the pleasure to call him friend. For me, memories of Steve bring to mind a quote by Kahlil Gibran, “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Thank you, Steve.
God bless everyone, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
For those of you who’ve just completed the college application process, congratulations! I’d love to give you a shout-out in the next issue, so send the good news about where your child will be attending this fall or where they’re currently attending.
A big shout-out to Jill (Hanlon) Mancini, who’s enjoying her time with her youngest child, Jamie, until she heads to college this fall. Her daughter, Melissa, is a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, double majoring in performing arts and social justice and ﬁne arts. The travel bug is sure to bite Jill this fall because she’s an empty nester. Keep us posted on Jamie’s college decision.
I live vicariously
through David D’Onofrio’s Facebook posts. I ﬁnally caught up with David when he brought me up to speed on his Floridian lifestyle. An awesome father to Danielle (13), Samantha (11), and Lauren (9), he ﬁnished the last round of father-daughter dances. Weekends typically include travel volleyball and soccer team tournaments he tag-teams with his beautiful wife, Betty. He returned from his annual ski trip out West – Vail this year – with his brothers Larry ’81 and Ed and his nephews. David said: “I’m looking forward to the water warming up for deep-sea and spear fishing to start in the Gulf, as well as taking my boat to the Bahama’s in late May, then moving it to Key West for the summer. I’ll go back and fourth during the summer from Tampa and up North, where I have family obligations. Lobsterfest in Key West, which always a lot of fun, is the end of July and August. I’m usually there for two or three weeks then. My daughters enjoy snorkeling and are ﬁnally able to catch lobsters. Ironically, my oldest and youngest hate eating them, that’s a net positive for me. I still have at least 30 in the freezer from last year. In late September, I hit Canada for a goose and duck hunt, and I’m going on my second elk hunt in Montana this November. Last year was my ﬁrst big-game hunt, and I got hooked on it. Physically, it’s extremely demanding, climbing up and down the densely wooded and steep northern Montana mountains. I hope to have another three years left in me for that one, but it’s a toss-up. I’m a Bucs fan and have been a season ticket holder for 28 years, although its been a difﬁcult road. It’s not as bad as being a Brown’s fans, though. Workwise, I own and develop commercial real estate, a mix of strip centers and student and multifamily housing. Fortunately, I pulled back on development before the bust and basically managed my properties. The best decision of my life was moving to Florida after JCU. It’s 78 degrees and sunny in February. I’m not complaining, just wish it wasn’t going by so fast. Who would have ever thought we’d be in our 50s this soon.” Dave, I’ll be calling you on my next jaunt to Siesta Key. That’s a promise.
Our dear friend, Steve Payne, is battling cancer. Please join me in praying to St. Jude to heal him of cancer. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for him. God bless everyone.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Simple and sweet is the theme of this column. I heard – via Facebook – from Dolores
(Beiswenger) Kimberly. She officially became an empty nester this fall. Her oldest son, Tom, attends dental school in Omaha, Neb., and her other children, Katie and Drew, attend Dayton University. Everyone is healthy and happy. Her kids enjoyed coming home for Thanksgiving to play in their traditional family football game before carving the turkey.
Brian Schultz made it to the Big Apple in November for work, fun, fine dining, and shopping. Brian, the next time you’re in town, we’ll rendezvous for happy hour on the Peninsula’s roof deck.
Congratulations to Meg Flaherty Huwar’s son, Nathan, for his victorious season playing football for the Fighting Scots of Wooster. Woot, woot for No. 29! Meg keeps herself busy running her company, Huwar Marketing & Media Services.
Our classmate, Lisa Black, released another suspense thriller titled “The Price of Innocence.” Check what Lisa has been up to (http://cftvar.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-is-lisa-black-reading.html).
I want to hear from you. My addresses is 629 Quaker Road, Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514. I hope the simple gifts of Christmas continue to bless your family each and every day, and I wish you an extraordinary new year. God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Through Facebook, Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa ’88 and Lauree (Popovich) Criss ’89 organized a terrific tailgater for homecoming Sept. 28. Attendees were: Jim Lauer ’87, Dave Clifford ’87, Christine (Horwath) Gawronski ’88, Thomas Giordano ’88, Jane (Wagner) Nicolette ’90, Jude Rutkowski ’89, and Matt Koenig. Keep us posted on the fun.
Another shout out to Diana and Jim ’82 Coyne and Beth and Nick ’82 Conyngham for hosting friends from the greater New York City area to kick off the Forever Carroll campaign at the Coyne residence in New York Sept. 19. A big round of applause and thank you.
Just in case you missed the online summer column, I’ll reiterate so our classmates will make hard-copy news. I hope everyone had a spectacular summer as we renew ourselves with the change of season returning to a new school year. This year, most of us have marked the milestone of turning the big 5-0! Celebrating a minireunion in Las Vegas this past January were: Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Jill (Hanlon) Mancini, Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Mary (Zigmond) Petit, Colleen (Flaherty) Shea, and Kathy (Egan) Ecklund. You go girls!
On a quick trip to Boston, I caught up with Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, who’s enjoying her new human resource position at Liberty Mutual and the boating life with her husband, Bernie, and son, Patrick.
John Mullally is doing great as a family man and working hard as usual in D.C. as director of procurement for Fannie Mae. He’s a devoted dad to his boys, Jack (16), Matt (15), and Willy (11).
Peggy (Bertsch) Currier and her family are still in Shanghai enjoying life as expats.
Nate ’87 and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm’s son, Corey, graduated high school this spring and is a freshman at JCU. Congratulations, Nate and Jen!
My kids, Josh and Elizabeth, visited Beijing, Tokyo, and Kyoto this summer. According to my son, Joshua, fried scorpions taste much like soft-shell crabs. Food for thought.
I’d love to hear from all of you, so drop me a line or two while I have your attention from that last visual. LOL
To all of our JCU friends, I leave you with this thought from Thomas Moore: “What through youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.” I raise my glass to you for the next remarkable decade. Cheers, and happy 50th to us all! God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
I hope everyone had a spectacular summer. This year, most of us have marked the milestone of turning the big 5-0. Celebrating a minireunion in Las Vegas last January were: Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Jill (Hanlon) Mancini, Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Mary (Zigmond) Petit, Colleen (Flaherty) Shea, and Kathy (Egan) Ecklund. You go, girls! During a quick trip to Boston, I was able to catch up with Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, who’s enjoying her new human resource position at Liberty Mutual and the boating life with her husband, Bernie, and son, Patrick.
John Mullally is doing great as a family man and working hard as usual in D.C. as director of procurement for Fannie Mae. He’s a devoted dad to his boys: Jack (16), Matt (15), and Willy (11).
Peggy (Bertsch) Currier and her family are still in Shanghai enjoying life as an expat.
Nate ’87 and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm’s son, Corey, graduated from high school this spring and will be attending John Carroll. Congratulations, Nate and Jen.
My kids, Josh and Elizabeth, recently returned from visiting Beijing, Tokyo, and Kyoto this summer. According to Josh, fried scorpions taste much like soft-shell crabs – food for thought.
That’s all the news I have to report. I’d love to hear from all of you, so please drop me a line or two now while I have your attention from that last visual. LOL. To all our JCU friends, I leave you with this thought from Thomas Moore: “What through youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.” I raise my glass to you for the next remarkable decade. Cheers, and happy 50th to us all. God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Our column this quarter is short and sweet. I heard from Marcy Farrell Kylander, who has moved from Pittsburgh to The Woodlands, Texas. She and her family have settled in nicely to the Texan way of living. Her daughter, Claire, is a freshman at TCU (go Frogs!), and Evelyn is on the rowing team in high school. Congratulations, Marcy and Carl!
The NYC alumni had a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dec. 1 followed with a brunch reception. I’d love to hear from anyone who attended.
I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones. Everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to send me an update for the next column. I’d love to hear from you, my friends. Until then, God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
School’s out for summer, and I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and a few careless, stress-free days. I was delighted to hear from classmate Dan Fitzpatrick, who wrote, “Surprise! I thought I would crawl out from under my rock and say hello. I just received the JCU magazine and was very sad to see Dan Welly has passed. He was a great teammate. It was an honor to know him. My beautiful wife, Barb Allanson Fitzpatrick, just received her AARP card in the mail. Yes, she is a couga! Anyway, it reminded me how fast time passes. Update: I’m working for United Envelope Co. I was named varsity football defensive coordinator for St. Viator High School in Arlington Hts., Ill. My oldest daughter is a senior at ISU (Illinois State), my middle daughter will be a senior in high school, and my son will be a freshman in high school. Hope all is well.” Thanks, Dan!
So crawl out from under your rock and drop me a line or two.
My old Boston roommates, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Susan (Bubbles) Mcallister Cahill, Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, and I attended a JCU cocktail reception at the home of Jim ’82 and Diana Coyne in Westport, Conn., honoring Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., president of John Carroll University with fellow alumni, parents, and friends. Stay tuned for updates in our next column from all East Coast alumni.
On behalf of all classmates, we send heartfelt condolences to Maya (Prpic) Chaille and family for the loss of her mother, who passed this spring.
I hope to hear from you soon via Facebook, email, or snail mail. Until then, enjoy the summer, and may peace be with you. God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Is it possible we’ve reached middle age? Our column has grown from joyful announcements of engagement, births, and other celebrated milestones to difficult announcements about aging parents, their passing, and mortality. It’s with a heavy heart I dedicate this column to Kathleen Rose (Griffin) Hanuscin and Dan Welly. Maya (Prpic) Chaille shared this: “One of our classmates, Kathy Griffin Hanuscin, fought a brave 10-plus-year battle with MS. She passed away in December, and several people from our class and others attended her funeral: John ’84 and Jeanne (Lang) ’84 Siefert, Sue (Feltes) Childs ’84, Jimmy ’83 and Nancy (Walton) ’86 Hyland, Marie (O’Leary) Stark, Lisa (Stevens) Kerka, Ann (Fox) Stefancin ’84, Ellen Titus Cannon, and Karen Ohlrich Mullin ’84. Margie (McCrank) McAuliffe (Griff’s roomy for all four years) came from N.Y. with her husband. As sad as the passing of Kathy is, it was wonderful to see everyone and catch up. We promised to get together in proper Griff fashion and toast our friend at the Colony on Lee Road. We had a great turnout. We shared laughs, pictures of our kids, stories of the good old days, and at 10 p.m., packed up our crew and left. (Quite different from our college days when they were kicking us to the curb at 2 a.m.) Griff leaves behind her husband, Gary; sons Timothy and Matthew; her mom and dad, Don and Anita; and siblings Pat, Michael, and Peggy. Griff will be missed.”
Additionally, Dan Welly of Mentor, Ohio, passed away Dec. 11, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was a graduate of Lake Catholic High School, class of 1981. Employed by Ernst and Young before joining Lubrizol in 1989, he was an outstanding athlete throughout his scholastic career and remained passionate about sports his entire life. He has touched many lives through his involvement with Mentor youth baseball, football, and basketball. A member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, he was a loving and devoted husband and father who enjoyed golf, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Dan is survived by his wife, Annette, and children, Robert and Nick.
Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz’s brother, Thomas Bluemle ’91, passed away Dec. 26, 2011.
May these words from Kalil Gibran comfort us all: “When you’re sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth you’re weeping for that which has been your delight.” God bless.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
I have the perfect suggestion for that Christmas stocking this year – “Defensive Wounds,” the fourth book in the Theresa MacLean series by Lisa Black ’83. The novel begins with a murder at a defense-attorney convention in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland’s most recognizable landmark – the Terminal Tower, with its 700-foot observation deck. Visit Lisa’s website (www.lisa-black.com) to see her other novels.
Continue to keep Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz’s family in your prayers so her brother Tom ’91 may make a complete recovery.
I’m on Facebook now, so send a message or email with an update. I wish you all the spirit of Christmas, which is peace; the gladness of Christmas, which is hope; the heart of Christmas, which is love every day of the year written on your heart.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Fall reminds me of new beginnings with the start of a school year. Congratulations to David R. Styka. Family Dollar named him vice president of finance. Quoted in Business Wire: “Dave has made significant contributions to our finance organization, and the promotion reflects our continued commitment to the needs of the business and our ongoing initiatives. Mr. Styka joined Family Dollar in 2008 as divisional vice president – tax. Before joining Family Dollar, he spent 15 years at Wellman. Mr. Styka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from John Carroll University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.”
Tony Negrelli ’83 has been named president of Clinton Aluminum & Stainless Steel. Negrelli joins Clinton from Alcoa’s Global Extrusions division. Previously, he was with Copper and Brass Sales, a division of ThyssenKrupp North America. During his 23-year career with Copper and Brass Sales, Negrelli helped grow the organization’s sales and develop new product lines to increase business.
On a sad note, Peggy Bertsch Currier’s mother passed away in June after a long illness. May Patricia Ann née Masline rest in peace. Peggy is living as an expatriate in Shanghai with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Grace. Peggy wrote: “Shanghai is a lot of fun. It’s an enormous city and makes New York seem small. I’d compare it to Los Angeles because of the Western styles and the haute couture dress. There are amazing restaurants and lots of nightlife for the young and single. Buildings are going up everywhere constantly. Everything is brand new and beautiful or like third world with shacks and poverty. There’s not a lot of Chinese history or culture on display here unless you visit a museum. They’re in the tear-itdown-and-build-a-skyscraper phase. The air is scary smoggy. That and the fear of all the food are what stress me out. Grace doesn’t have snow days at school, but they have smog days where they have to have recess inside. She had 10 smog days in a row, and we live outside the city where the air is supposed to be cleaner. Summer came at the beginning of May, and it’s been hot ever since. It’s supposed to be the rainy season, but we’re having a drought this year.”
As a former KDKA-TV employee, Meg Flaherty Huwar is in business for herself in public relations. Check out her website, www.huwarmarketing.com.
Mike ’83 and Teri (Johnson) Long’s daughter, Chelsie, finished her freshman year at JCU and loved it. Daughter Anna is a sophomore in high school and playing volleyball, and Mitchell is 13 and entered 8th grade this fall.
My computer crashed without a back-up this spring, and I lost a few pieces of information for which I apologize. Please send that information again.
Continue to keep Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz’s family in your prayers so her brother Tom ’91 may recover completely. I’ll close with this thought of the day by Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are, and say what you think, because those who care, don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t care.” Hugs and friendship to all.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
I welcome spring after a long, snowy winter. It’s difficult to believe another year has passed, and just last June, we gathered on the Quad to celebrate 25 years since graduating from Carroll. I’d love to hear from all of you, so drop me a line or two.
Here’s the latest:
Congratulations to our classmate Lt. Jon Bokovitz, who has been tapped to become Bainbridge Township (Ohio) Police Chief. “This is a goal I’ve always wanted to achieve since I was a young patrolman coming up in the ranks,” Bokovitz said in an article on NewsHerald.com. “The trustees’ confidence means a lot to me.” The new chief is a native of Ironton, Ohio, who lives in Sagamore Hills with his wife of 24 years, Leah, and their children: Alex (22), a recent Ohio University graduate; Lauren (19), a student at Case Western Reserve University; and Brett (15), a student at St. Peter Chanel High School. Bokovitz, who has a degree in sociology from Carroll, has wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since he was a young boy. “My grandfather was a policeman during World War II,” he said. “He had a military deferment because of his age. He was a teacher by day and policeman at night. I started reading police novels at a young age, and liked the idea of law enforcement because it’s a job with no redundancy.” When he was hired 25 years ago, Bainbridge was in the forefront of a new idea in law enforcement – community policing. Under Police Chief James Jimison’s leadership, the department has done much more than arrest people. It often serves as a first-responder social service agency that refers people to available family services. Bokovitz doesn’t plan any significant changes once he takes office. “Maybe just a few tweaks here and there,” he said. “The department’s in very good shape, thanks to Jim’s foresight in recruiting good policemen.”
Feel free to contact me via e-mail at DWendel@optonline.net or on Facebook, even if it’s just to poke me or say hi.
On a sad note, please keep the Bluemle family in your thoughts and prayers, specifically Tom Bluemle ’91, brother of classmate Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz, for a complete recovery.
God bless all of you, my friends. XO.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
Hello, everyone. First, I’d like to thank everyone for this honor to have written our class column for the past five years. Our busy lives keep us, at times, from stopping to enjoy the little moments. I hope reading a classmate’s name or the update of an old friend helps trigger a smile and thoughts of good memories at John Carroll. I’m reaching out to you to see if there’s interest in taking over the reign as our class columnist. As much as I enjoyed writing and being our contact point, my life is heading in a new direction with a second career as a computer teacher. I’m back to student life working on my master’s in education, specializing in technology. Additionally, along with being a student, working full time, being a single mom, and the other community boards, my plate is overflowing for my comfort level. Therefore, I’m asking for your help. Please drop me a line, and let me know your interest (DWendel@ optonline.net).
Our 25th reunion last June was small and quaint, but was met with hugs and smiles from everyone.
Please keep our classmate, Jill Hanlon Mancini, in your prayers because she lost her beloved husband, Carl, and her mother this year.
Be well and God bless. XO.
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
I am writing this column 100 days before our big 25th Reunion on June 11-13. Unfortunately, this is our summer column being written in spring so it does not contain any incredibly funny stories and informational updates on our classmates which will appear in our fall column. With no news to report other than an appeal to donate to our class gift for John Carroll, I bid you adieu until then! May peace be with you. Diane
It is time to make those reservations for our big J-C-U 2-5 Reunion Weekend, June 11-13! I promise you will be glad you made the effort to join us for some just plain laughing from the belly F-U-N! Check out www.jcu.edu/alumni for more information and to see who is coming.
Corky O’Sullivan has begun his 25th year as a youth hockey coach at Winterhurst Ice Rink in Lakewood, OH. He spent 12 of those years coaching his own sons. Corky, Paula, and their four sons still live in Lakewood. He is usually at the rink, so stop in and say hello.
Vivian Brown Schodowski dropped me a line and said, “I am still married to Dan Schodowski ’84 — 23 years! We have two kids, Kaitlyn a senior and Tanner a freshman, both at Walsh Jesuit High School. We live in Twinsburg and I am working as a consultant for a company called Mediform, Inc. Dan is the president of two manufacturing companies: JTM Products, Inc. in Solon and ChemMasters in Madison, OH.”
Congratulations to Matthew Koenig on the arrival of Lucy Catharine on Sept. 18, 2008. He was able to connect with Paul DiCapri and Kevin Fogarty, who is currently an editor specializing in science, medicine, technology, and business. His house on Martha’s Vineyard is still for rent or sale, too!
Novelist classmate, Elizabeth Becka Lansky’s — pen name, Lisa Black — fourth crime novel Evidence of Murder the sequel to Takeover is climbing the booklist fast.
Congratulations to Jodi and John Marsh on the birth of Christopher Andrew on Oct. 15, 2009. We extend condolences to the entire Marsh family on the passing of their beloved mother, Patricia Marie Marsh, this past December. I also wish to extend sincere condolences to Martha Friday Cusick and family on the loss of her great father, Dr. Gilbert Friday, of Pittsburgh, PA.
I hope to see you all in June! Until then — ciao, Diane
I have a task for you to do. Take out your Blackberry or PDA and open your calendar icon. Enter, “busy June 11, 12, 13, all day activity” so no excuses can be made not to attend our 25th John Carroll Reunion!
Our condolences are sent to classmate James P. Evangelista’s family, as he passed from a courageous battle with cancer on August 7, 2009. Jim was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jim was employed in the Cleveland area as an attorney for many years and more recently was employed at the Allegheny Conference of Community Development. Contributions can still be made to The Pittsburgh Foundation in memory of James P. Evangelista. More sad news to report: I heard from Maya (Prpic) Chaille regarding her beloved father. Maya wrote, “I have some sad news to report. My father, Professor George J. Prpic, passed away on April 23 peacefully with myself, my brother, and my mom at his side. My dad taught history at Carroll from 1958-1989 and he received his master’s in history in 1956 there, and his Ph.D. from Georgetown in 1959. I’m thankful to all my dear Carroll friends that were there for me and my family during this difficult time. Sad as the whole thing is/was, it’s always nice to see Ellen (Titus) Cannon, Collette (Cardaman) Whims and Mary (Hrics) Andreano. My dad loved John Carroll and was always so proud to be a part of such a wonderful institution. One of my proudest memories was having my dad hand me my diploma when I graduated in 1985 as Father O’Malley stepped aside for him to do so.”
Lastly, my beloved mother, Nancy Nerem, passed away on April 25, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The flowers, donation, and cards of your sympathies were greatly appreciated, especially those JCU pals who were able to attend the funeral – Martha (Friday) Cusick, Marcy Farrell Kylander, Lisa (Cortes) Dawes ’86, Anne (Walker) Watterson ’86, and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm.
Ending on a celebratory note, Brian Boose recently got engaged to Sharon Smith (Ohio University) from Denver and plan on May nuptials. The newlyweds plan to be at our Reunion! Brian’s son Stephen is a junior at Ohio University; Tyler is a senior at Strongsville (OH) High; and daughter Alyssa is a freshman at Strongsville High. Brian also wrote, “Brad Cantwell was in town recently – we did some golfing, drinking, eating, drinking … same old college stuff! I also spoke to Andy Saluan recently and he’s doing fine. Sharon and I stopped in to visit him during last Christmas holidays in Naples, FL, and he’s got a beautiful family and doing well.”
May peace be with you. Diane
Get out your calendars and start to plan now to attend our 25th Reunion next June! John Connolly, who left our class after sophomore year and later graduated from Boston College, lost his mother suddenly this past February. Please keep him and his family in Boston in your prayers.
I am so excited to report that I have heard from some long-lost classmates! Dan Skidmore wrote that he is well and living in Detroit, working for Universal Truckload Services as director of logistics. He is a proud father of three: sons Jordan (11) and Drew (5), who celebrated his birthday on St. Patrick’s Day; and daughter Taylor (10). Dan and his wife, Kari, spend most of their time as taxi drivers with soccer, baseball, and football on weekends. He thinks his Outlook calendar has just as many kid activities as he does business meetings. I think many of us can relate to that.
Gloria Merolla Garvey hosted a mini-third floor Millor reunion with Karen Euritt Shankman, Suzanne Ziemianski Chartier, and Marie Koch Foe at her home near Naples, FL, for a fun weekend of laughs and walking down memory lane. Gloria is currently living in Westport, CT, with her husband of 21 years and four daughters, ages 16, 13, 11, and 7. Karen lives in Aurora, OH, with her husband and two daughters. Suzanne lives in Shelby Township, MI, with her husband and four kids – three girls and one boy. Marie and husband Kevin are in Oron, MI, with four children – three boys and one girl. Karen has a daughter in college, and the rest of us are in the thick of college visits, SATs, etc. The college process certainly was not this hard when we were younger! Suzanne and Marie both have a set of twins – must have been something in the Millor water!
Our golf pro, Tony Ciabattoni, wrote me with the most remarkable story. Tony has recently married and is now living in Colombia, South America. To read Tony’s story, I urge to check out his website, at www.agameforall.com.”
The IXY reunion in Las Vegas this spring has been sealed and staying in “Vegas.” Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop me a line or two! We would love to hear from you for the next edition as there will only be two more editions before our big 25 Reunion. Let me know if you are coming! Be well and God bless you. Ciao for now – Diane
“It’s about LOVING unconditionally, WORKING hard, PLAYING fair, CELEBRATING your family and friends, GIVING thanks for all your BLESSINGS, all year long.”
It has been a quiet winter of news and hopefully the renewal of spring will bring forth an awakened spirit of contact filled with good news. The third Sutowski girls rendezvoused in the big Apple happened last November and we truly had a grand time picking up exactly where we left off. Too numerous giggles and laughs — I am bound to my commitment of “What happened in NY, will stay in NY” (sorry, Vegas). Many thanks to Anne Walker Watterson ’86, Lisa Cortes Dawes ’86, Maura Rowley, Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, Maureen Flaherty Menton, Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, and Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz for coming out to celebrate the health of Peggy Bertsch Currier.
I can neither confirm nor deny but there is a rumor of a reunion percolating this spring in Vegas for the IXYs.
I did receive a beautiful Christmas greeting from Tim Reid and his family. Tim and Mary are busy as ever with their four active children; Molly, Ellen, Andrew, and Lauren. Keep those cards coming!
Also this fall, I went back into the work force full-time as a computer teacher for our elementary school and loving the change of venue from my former corporate field of real estate.
Peter Bernardo ’67 is still accepting donations on behalf of the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship. Once the fund reaches $50,000, the earnings will go first to a direct descendant from the Class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. We are hoping to reach our goal before our 25th Reunion June 2010. Specify your gift is intended to go to the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship fund and send to JCU Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118.
On a personal note, please keep my mother, Nancy Nerem, in your prayers for a full-recovery from her lobectomy. She is my hero who is fighting a courageous battle every day.
Enjoy the sunshine, take two and send me an e-mail – DWendel@optonline.net. Diane
“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!” ~ Anonymous. With that being said I know you are out there shining oh so brightly so send me your news or just say hello and “shine” here in our next column for spring!
Michael and Marie (Mozzi) Baumuller have moved to Charleston and Michael is working for the resort at Kiawah Island. Marie is busy with her own Spa and Fitness Consulting company where she is still teaching clients on “making the most of life — a guide to a lifetime of wellness.” Marie states, “It is inspiring and my clients and colleagues are the ones who keep me motivated. My “baby” Kate is one of five freshmen who were the recipients of the Xavier Fellow Scholarship so that was a gift from God. She deserved it…great girl and lots to offer. I know Fr. Schell is smiling as he was an alumnus!”
Classmate and novelist, Elizabeth Becka Lansky (new pen name is Lisa Black), has another new forensic thriller set in Cleveland called Takeover. Her main character, Theresa MacLean, is a forensic scientist investigating an early morning with her homicide detective fiancé, when her fiancé is taken hostage in a robbery at the Federal Reserve Bank. Ridley Pearson, NYT bestselling author; “Pick up this book, and prepare to invest an entire evening. It’s that good.”
Fellow classmate, Dr. Craig Eldridge, was mentioned in the paper. The article read:“Lagrange — For the first time in years, there’s a doctor practicing in LaGrange. Community Health Partners opened the new Community Physicians LaGrange office August 2 and celebrated Saturday at 105 Opportunity Way with a ribbon cutting, face painting, blood pressure checks and bone density screenings. ‘I heard this town didn’t have a doctor. How can a town this size not have a doc?’ said Dr. Craig Eldridge, who is moving from CHP’s Wellington Physicians to run the show in LaGrange. Eldridge is a longtime Lorain County resident and received his undergraduate degree from JCU. He is a graduate of both OSU College of Law and College of Medicine. After an internship at Fairview Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Eldridge completed his residency in family practice at Metro Health Medical Center and is board certified in family medicine…” Congratulations, Craig!
Peter Bernardo ’67 is still accepting donations on behalf of the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship. End of May funds raised totaled $10,582. Once the fund reaches $50,000 the earnings will go first to a direct descendant from the Class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. Please be sure to specify that your gift is intended to go to the Karen J Schipke Memorial Scholarship fund and send to JCU Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118. Our goal is to have the scholarship fully funded by our next reunion which is, believe it or not, only three years away.
It was a pleasure meeting up with some old friends visiting NYC this past November. Carl Fillichio, Carol Brennan Joseph, Maureen McDonough Curley, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Ann Durkin ’84, Aggie Nagy and I had a great time taking in Altar Boyz on Broadway and a late night dinner at Ruby Foos when we were booted from the restaurant at 11 p.m. for a private party for Olympic medalist, Michael Phelps. Perhaps we should have stayed longer in the bathroom!
Waiting to hear from some of our STARS like Jill (Arnold) Monk, Suzanne (Carlin) Mahoney, Patricia (Burnett) Kulmoski, David Corrigan, Kevin Coyne, Dan Fitzpatrick, Mary (Gabel) Hurt, Ellen Greenan-Landis, Margaret Hammele Ruehle, James Imbrogno, Susan Muer, and Jay Rachfal.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Diane
Our Sunday morning ritual of children’s Mass, breakfast at the Flying Pig diner, and coming home to watch beloved moderator, Tim Russert ’72, of Meet the Press will never be the same as we mourn his passing this past summer. He was one of my heroes. I always smiled and with pride added to friends that he was an alumnus of John Carroll. Like most alumni, I only knew him from my living room and through the lens of the national media. Nevertheless, I would like to pay my heartfelt respects. Russert’s success in journalism and politics was not the result of family connections or an Ivy League degree. Instead, it was the product of the work ethic, decency and street smarts he developed while growing up in Buffalo, NY, a community he never forgot. Russert was a true patriot and a diligent steward of our nations’ free press. He treated his role as moderator on Meet the Press as a public trust. He used thoughtful preparation and research to hold elected officials accountable, all conducted with trademark fairness and respect. Russert’s life, personal and professional, demonstrated that greatness can still be achieved the old fashioned way. He was simply one of the good guys. We’ll miss you, Tim. Sunday mornings will never be the same. God bless you and your family always.
Congratulations are in order for Corky O’Sullivan! Corky has been named the 2008 “Legal Eagles” Man of the Year. The “Legal Eagles” are a group of lawyers who are graduates of St. Edward High School, or who have sons who are members of the St. Edward community. Their mission has been to promote professionalism, advance continuing legal education, and provide a social setting to allow for the free exchange of ideas among their members. The “Legal Eagles” also provide legal services to the “Lost Boys” of the Sudan on a pro bono basis. They work diligently to support the mission of St. Edward High School in many ways, including providing scholarships to worthy students. Corky is a trial attorney for CNA Insurance Company. He and his wife, Paula, and their four sons live in Lakewood, OH.
Congratulations are in order for James “Miltese” Marsh ’86 as he has joined Piper Jaffray & Company as a senior analyst covering media and entertainment in New York City. He has spent the last three years covering media/communications at Hanover Square Capital Management LLC, and is now looking forward to re-joining the sell side. Miltese resides in New Canaan, CT, and is a busy devoted dad to his four children.
A big cheery hello goes out to Tim ’83 and Colleen O’Shea of Chicago. Thanks for dropping a quick note to let us know that you are doing well with your girls and enjoying family life.
The best news of all is saved for last as all our prayers have been answered! After a long year of chemotherapy and countless uphill battles, Peggy Bertsch Currier, has been given the news that her Hepatitis virus is gone (thank goodness for experimental drugs)! Although her rheumatoid arthritis now is no longer in remission, she is on good meds curbing the daily pain. The 3rd floor girls of Sutowski are planning a celebration in NYC November 7 to 9 so if you are in the vicinity, let us know and we would love to meet up in the big apple to help us celebrate! Peggy, Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, and I all enjoyed our daughters’ (Grace, “Lizzie” and Elizabeth) first Communion this past May.
Be well and God bless, Diane
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars…”~author unknown. As the anniversary of the passing of our classmate, Karen Schipke, it is certain that we are shooting for the moon for her. A heartfelt thank you to the following classmates and friends who have contributed to the scholarship fund set up in her name; Draga Gostic Anthony, Dr. Lisa L. Apicella ’87, Douglas Baker, Lola Bennett, Cheryl A. Cramer, Linda Crouch-Roepken, Donald D’Amore ’84, Jennifer Dietsch, James Fedor, Rhea Gilmore, Pamela Gregg, Dr. Mary Beth Hogan, Vicki Hollinger, Wendell Hull, Mary Javorek, Jeffery Linker, Carolyn Madden, Maureen McCormick, Lu Ann Miller, Judith Newell, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Jean Orehek-Dreyer, Dennis Percy ’95, John Randall ’75, Elizabeth Randall-Dodd, Dr. Timothy Reid, Andrew Saluan, Matthew Scarr, Elaine Schipke, Stella Schmid, Nancy Spieles, Mary and Margaret Swan, Harriet Trumper, Michael Patrick Walsh, Vanice Wells and Diane Wendel. Let’s keep the momentum going so that together we reach the moon for her by our Reunion in 2010. Please continue to send donations attention to Peter Bernardo ’67, JCU, 201700 North Park Blvd., University Hts., OH 44118.
Double congratulations to Matt Koenig as he is now director of business development for Polynova Composites in Milford, Mass., and will be father to Irish twins – Charlie and baby due October 2.
Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill is busy with the soccer mom drill in Cheshire, Conn., with daughter Lizzy as Brownie leader. The Cahill family has been busy skiing this past winter. Bubbles is also co-chairing Cheshire’s town Relay for Life Kidscare this spring. Her family connected with Maureen Flaherty Menton’s family last Thanksgiving on Cape Cod. Maureen, Bernie and Patrick are all doing well and living in Braintree, MA. Mary and Jim Petit are currently living “down under” with their family in Australia. We wish you “no worries and good on ya mate!” Drop us a line, two or three here!
Finally, rumor confirmed that Anne “Slim” Walker Watterson ’86 is now employed at Saks Fifth Avenue as an underwear model. Congratulations Slim!
Be well and God bless, Diane
“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!” ~ Author unknown. The stars have been shining brightly as I am thrilled to have heard from many classmates this fall. The stork is still busy making deliveries — John “Captain” Marsh and Jodi welcomed Jack Matthew Marsh born November 3, 2007, 9.9 lbs., 21 ½ inches!
Michael Wilson and Lisa Dellafiora Wilson gave birth to their first child, Thomas Richard Dellafiora Wilson, last February. Lisa opted for a career change (stay-at-home mom) but has been balancing being a new mom and working at home as a fundraising consultant and freelance writer. Lisa’s family resides in Rocky River. Lisa stays in touch with Lou McMahon, Tom Croft and Mary Metzger-Croft ’86, and Dave Corrigan. She was recently at a breakfast with Santa and ran into Kathy Moore who has two beautiful twin girls that are two.
Thompson Hine partner, Louis L. McMahon, has been appointed chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Environmental Law Committee. Lou focuses his practice on environmental and water rights litigation, environmental regulatory and legislative matters, Great Lakes and public trust issues, brown fields’ redevelopment and emerging regulation of alternative energy and nanotechnology. Lou received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, his MA from Kent State University and his BA, magna cum laude from JCU. Congratulations, Lou!
Carl Fillichio has left the Council for Excellence in Government in Washington, D.C., and has accepted a position as senior vice president for Corporate Communications at Lehman Brothers in New York starting in February. Good luck Carl and we will gather the East Coast crew to welcome you properly to the Big Apple.
Pick up a copy of Elizabeth Becka’s third book, “Unknown Means,” a must-read forensic tale by a real-life forensic scientist (in book stores in February).
Belinda (Glavic) ’86 and Morris Grassi have been busy as an incredible fundraising duo for the National MS Society. Morris was diagnosed with MS in 1989 and life is now feeling its affects daily. Last August they created a team called The Bee’s Hive to participate in the Pedal To The Point — a 150 mile ride from Berea to Sandusky (Cedar Point) and back over a weekend. Along with nine other team members, they raised $15,650. Morris was unable to ride personally, but participated by being the official team bag hauler, supporter, cheerleader, mechanic and driver. This past December, Belinda was honored at the National MS Society’s Ohio Chapter meeting for raising over $15K. If you would like to make a donation to the National MS Society please check out – www.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/OHABikeEvents?px=3309575&pg=personal&fr_id=7821 – or e-mail – email@example.com. Congratulations and keep on pedaling! Stay strong, Morris, our prayers are with you always.
If you just want to use your legs, there is a group of JCU friends that is forming to walk in the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Breast Cancer walk in Cleveland on August 22-24. Join our team, Beers4Boobs, and walk with us or volunteer to work at the event or just come and cheer us on. Donations are accepted at www.3day.org and donate to our team, Beers4Boobs!
My apology to Matt Koenig for the incorrect e-mail address in the last edition. Matt requested Mike Hayes, Akos Harmat, Mike McCuen drop him a line – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from many more of you. Remember our next reunion is only two years away! Be well, Diane
“We do not remember days … we remember moments.” —
There is a lot to be said for those eight words strung together. While we are all rushing here and rushing there and caught up in all the little stuff of our daily lives, sometimes we need to sit back and exhale. Using our senses wisely and really look, hear, smell and feel that moment. What moments do you remember from JCU? I hope that thought at least brought a smile across your face! One Sunday morning in August I received a terrific telephone call from Brian Schultz. Brian is doing well and currently living in Cleveland in his newly renovated townhouse, working as design director of the online web site division of Progressive Insurance.
Congratulations to Jessica and Matthew Koenig on the birth of their son, Charles Thomas Koenig, named after two fraternal great uncles, on September 10. Matt continues to work for Globe Composites Solutions in Boston. The family resides in beautiful coastal Duxbury. He reports that Cara Williams ’86, Kit Burgess Lau ’88 and Rick Kraft are all doing well. He also sends a message to the 2nd floor Dolan crowd to drop him a line or two – email@example.com – specifically Mike Hayes, Akos Harmat and Mike McCuen.
As a breast cancer survivor, each year I try to do something to help find a cure in our lifetime. This year we hosted a fundraiser, “Beers4Boobs” at a local micro-brewery, where we raised over $10,000 and our team ran in the RACE FOR THE CURE in NYC the next day. From the bottom of my heart, a big heartfelt thank you to David D’Onofrio, Jennifer Tomko Kehm, Carol Brennan Joseph, Maureen McDonough Curley, Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly and Maura Rowley for your generous contributions to our fundraising efforts.
Mary Pat Bluemle Martez’s daughters: Katie, Maggie and Caroline, are extremely active in the Youth Core, an organization for youths who raise money for breast cancer research (they are currently seeking to become a national organization). They participated for the fourth year in a row in the Boston 3-Day Walk and this year raised over $9,000 for Susan G. Komen breast cancer organizations. We urge you to find it in your heart to donate to the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship, in honor of our classmate who passed away this past June from breast cancer. At the direction of Peter Bernardo ’67, friends have established this scholarship. Once the fund reaches $50,000, the earnings will be used for a scholarship first to a direct descendant of the class of 1985, secondly to a grandchild and lastly to another relative of a member of the class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. Be sure to specify that your gift is intended to go to the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship Fund and send to JCU Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118. Our goal is to have the scholarship fully funded by our next reunion which is, believe it or not, only three years away. Thank you, Cheryl Cramer, for organizing this scholarship fund on behalf of Karen.
Our condolences and prayers continue to the John and Deb Gilleran Frain family for the loss of her mother this past August.
I would love to hear from you! Be well, Diane
This past June, Beth Randall-Dodd contacted me with the heart wrenching news that our classmate, Karen Schipke, passed on June 4, 2007 after a 1½ year battle with breast cancer. This column is a tribute to Karen, written by her very dear friend, Carol Glenn Kramer. “One of my very first memories from my days at John Carroll was moving into Sutowski Hall fall 1981. As I moved in I met a very special girl who was to become my neighbor, a fellow finance major as well as one of my closest friends. Her name was Karen Schipke. Throughout our years at John Carroll we supported one another through the dreaded business statistics course, as well as, through the other challenging coursework of the business school. During intermediate accounting we heard the phrase “This is heavily tested on the CPA exam” so often that she actually had bumper stickers made that said “I don’t care what is on the CPA exam.” At the time, as finance majors we really just wanted to survive intermediate accounting. Recently I told Karen that I was sitting for the exam and the next time I saw her she gave me one of those bumper stickers that she still had from all those years ago. That was typical Karen! Karen was always the life of the party. She had this sense of humor that would make you stop and think and then laugh so hard you’d cry once you got the joke. She loved John Carroll and as I reflect on her life these may have truly been the best times of her life. Once we graduated we remained close. She was a bridesmaid when I married Bob Cramer a year after graduation. She played “aunt” as all four of our children were born. She held us when we lost our second child to leukemia. While Karen was busy giving 100% of her love to us throughout the years she also somehow managed to give completely of herself to her other friends, her family and to everyone she met. She worked for United Way in Dayton. She was an honorary member of the Eintracht Singing Society, and she also volunteered for Dayton Liederkranz-Turner. A year and a half ago Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer. I can honestly say we became even closer although the miles between Cleveland and Dayton truly frustrated me. She fought very courageously and even the last time I saw her in April she was very forward looking and positive. She was her usual self in spirit. Karen somehow always seemed to remember what activities my children were involved in and even in April took the time to ask them about their sports and school. Karen went home to be in the Lord’s arms on June 4, 2007. She will be loved and missed always by those of us who truly had the privilege to call her friend. In her memory a group of her friends have started the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship. We are sincerely grateful for the direction of Peter Bernardo ’67 as we have established this scholarship. Once the fund reaches $50,000 the earnings will go first to a direct descendant from the class of 1985, secondly to a grandchild and lastly to another relative of the class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. Please be sure to specify that your gift is intended to go to the Karen J Schipke Memorial Scholarship fund and send to JCU Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118. Our goal is to have the scholarship fully funded by our next reunion which is — believe it or not — only three years away. (25 years! Where have they gone?) God bless, Cheryl Cramer.” Thank you in advance for your generous donation. Be well, Diane
As you read this column “Camp Carroll,” as we affectionately called summer school back in 1985, is in session. Stop for a minute and reflect upon your memories of summer — lightening bugs, sleepover camp, swim team, golf, family vacations come to mind? Appreciating the little stuff in life is so important. I hope you are enjoying some fun in the sun right now.
Congratulations are in order for first time papa, Matt Koenig, expecting in September and living in Duxbury, MA. Matt also jokingly asked me to add that his house on Martha’s Vineyard is for sale. If you are interested in congratulating, buying or just want to say hello contact Matt – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Bostonian, Maureen Flaherty Menton, has recently been hired as head of human resources in the U.S. for British Telecom Conferencing. BTC is the leading specialist in the field of telecommunication, video and web conferencing.
I received a press release on our beloved “Captain” Marsh. This past March, John F. Marsh joined the law firm of Hahn Loeser and Parks, LLP as a partner in the Columbus office. Partner in charge, Stephen E. Chappelear stated, “John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in litigation area that complements the strong team in place at Hahn Loeser. John’s background is ideal for the clients we serve.” Marsh, who joins the firm’s litigation practice area, earned his JD in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He resides in Worthington with his wife and stepson. Additional information can be found at www.hahnlaw.com.
John and Franca Rago son’s, Jack, is attending WVU as music major in percussion. Franca is a middle school teacher at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh. John still keeps in contact with Jeanguenat and Tom Smith who reside in North Carolina.
I have been asked a lot lately about all the press regarding the “Westchester Wine Sisters” that I formed three years ago. If you have any desire to learn about wine the “wine sister way” or wish to read the articles visit www.winesisters.com.
The third annual reverse raffle for the Bob and Tony Steele Scholarship Fund at St. Ignatius High School was held February 9 at Brennan’s Party Center in Cleveland – it was a big success. Well over 200 people attended and raised over $6,000 for the educational scholarship fund for a well deserving St. Ignatius High School student.
Please continue to pray for Peggy Bertsch Currier and her family – Joe, Ryan and Grace — as she continues her treatments. My mother, Nancy Nerem, just completed her radiation treatments as she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the voice box this winter and is recovering wonderfully. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our family. God bless! Diane
Two words – ELEGANT HOG. I hope that brought a smile to your face as this issue comes out near or after St. Patrick’s Day. Flashes of green bagels, green beer, green shamrock’s drawn on faces with a long RTA ride home to campus are a few memories of St. Patty’s Day in Cleveland. With that said an Irish toast to you, “Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.” … Jeannie Berg Muldowney responded graciously to my e-mail inquiry. Her son Tommy, a junior at JCU, is going to Rome next semester. Felicitazioni! Buona fortuana y viaggio. Arrivederci, Tomas! Tommy is currently a business major and Spanish minor. Jeannie and her husband, Tom, are doing well in Chicago. Their sons, Danny, a senior applying to JCU and Kevin (16) a sophomore attend Fenwick High School. Their daughter, Colleen (12) is in the 7th grade at St. John of the Cross and is a classmate of Maureen McDonough Curley’s daughter, Mary Kate, along with Frankie Murino’s ’87 child.
Last Thanksgiving Brad Cantwell, his wife, Jenny, along with their kids Braden and Veronica came by to visit Brian Boose. They were in town from Delaware where Brad still works for Dole, where he’s been since graduating from JCU. They are doing great and they have their hands full with two little ones. Brian’s son, Stephen, is a high school senior and has been busy making college plans for next fall. Both agree that college applications certainly have changed in the last 25 years!
Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly is jumping for joy this month as her son, Tommy, has his driver’s permit by now. One down, two to go, Dolores!
Chris & Kim Labadie ’86 Miller welcomed their fifth child, Caroline, this past September. They really have a “full house” with three boys and two girls in their Pittsburgh home – Andrew (3) Katherine (7), Patrick (10), Ryan (12).
I did hear back from our beloved Carl Fillichio who claims he has gotten shy and modest in his old age and would not comment on his exciting life in D.C. He did note that he keeps in contact with Letitia Linker and Diane Schaffstein – so please let us know how you are both doing and would love to have an update on the JCU friends you stay in touch with. Carl whenever you are ready drop me a line or two!
Our condolences go out to Jim and Mary Zigmond Petit as Mary’s mother passed away last November.
Continue to keep Peggy Bertsch Currier in your thoughts and prayers as she courageously continues her chemotherapy treatments.
Also, keep Maureen Flaherty Menton’s ’86 father, Jim Flaherty, in your prayers as he bravely battles his treatments.
As for next time, I look forward to reporting on a wonderful turnout for the third Annual Bob and Tony Steele Scholarship Fund Reverse Raffle held February 9 at Brennan’s Party Center in Cleveland. The monies raised benefit an established educational scholarship fund at St. Ignatius High School.
God bless. To health, happiness and friendships, Diane
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing” ~Anonymous. This past August I spent the weekend at Nemacolin Spa & Resort laughing from the moment I arrived until Sunday when it was time to head back to the airport. It was our annual 3rd floor Sutowski girls’ weekend where we gathered to celebrate our 25th year of friendship. Salute to Maura Rowley, our coordinator, for gathering Peggy Bertsch Currier, Meg Flaherty Huwar, Mary Beth Dawes Culbertson, Anne Walker Watterson ’86, Lisa Cortes Dawes ’86 and I together for a laugh fest. Now to write what I can actually print
Maura’s career with Chase is going stronger than ever in Chicago. Meg is busy working at KDKA and family duties between Nathan and Anna. Mary Beth is juggling career at her family owned dealership, Bob-Boyd in Columbus, and playing athletic director to her three children; Cody, Carly, Kelly.
Our heartfelt prayers go out to Maureen Flaherty Menton who was supposed to join us but her mother-in-law passed suddenly. Maureen and Bernie and son, Patrick (4), still live in Braintree, MA. Peggy has for years been bravely battling her disease with rheumatoid arthritis. This past November she started chemo therapy treatments (protocol 48 weeks) to conquer Hepatitis (contracted during a blood transfusion from her car accident during our senior year at JCU). All prayers are appreciated for her, Joe and daughter, Grace (6) during this difficult time.
I also was able to have lunch with Martha Friday Cusick and Marcy Farrell Kylander. It was hilarious listening to all seven of our children interact during lunch as if they were long lost buds, too. Martha and Mike just moved to another beautiful home in Mt. Lebanon with her three children, Peter (10), Emma (8) and Maggie (3). Marcy had just gotten back from her annual jaunt to Stone Harbor and just started back to work. She heads up the “Meals on Wheels” program in the South Hills. Her daughters, Claire and Evie, are spitting images of her. Her husband Carl still works as a mineral broker and still travels extensively to Africa and the Far East.
The stork is getting awfully tired flying for the fifth time into Chris and Kim (Labadie) ‘86 Miller’s home. Congratulations and please let us know when the stork arrives!
My former Boston roomie Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz and I walked in the 3-Day 60 Mile Breast Cancer Walk in Boston. Our team, “Smiles for Sarah” raised over $28,000. Mary Pat’s daughters Katie (13), Maggie (11) and Caroline (9), raised over $37,000 with the Youth Core Group Organization for this cause by selling beaded bracelets and donating all their babysitting money for a year! Carol Brennan Joseph came out from her home and cheered us on! We missed Jennifer Tomko Kehm this year, but will have our sneaker power back on real soon! Jennifer, a 6-year survivor herself, has been extremely active helping women under 40 in the Pittsburgh area who have been diagnosed with this disease. Jennifer and Nate ’87 have three beautiful blonde boys Corey, Justin and Michael. Another “girl’s weekend” is in progress.
Maureen and Tom ’84 O’Leary recently purchased a second home in Park City, UT, and snow birds are flying out as I write this to gather for a “city slicker” weekend — Maureen O, Debbie Gilleran Frain, Colleen Flaherty Shea, Kathleen Egan Ecklund, Maureen McDonough Curley, Mary Pat Maretz, Carol Brennan Joseph, Mary Zigmond Petit and Jill Hanlon Mancini. I expect a full FUN REPORT upon your return!
Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year to all, Diane
Summertime – oh, the memories of Camp Carroll have long past by the wayside, but what a time to remember! A blurred vision of golf carts come to mind!?! To think last year at this time we were gathering for our 20th reunion under the tent on the Quad and now we are only four years away from our 25th! Take out your PDA and pencil it in!
It was a pleasure to hear from my old freshman roommate, Kiera (Kmiecik) Black. After graduation Kiera completed her MSE in engineering at Case Western Reserve University and worked for Bendix Commercial. Her husband, Matthew, is a metallurgist for Parker Aerospace which supplies components to companies that produce jet engines, planes, rockets, or helicopters. With his MBA under his belt he spent time traveling to such countries as Brazil and North Korea because he was in charge of international military programs. Now at this new division, Matt handles all business with the Rolls-Royce main jet engine manufacturing facilities located in England and Germany. At home in Avon Lake, they both are very busy tending to their four children – Kelsey, Dan, and twins Eric and David.
Sal D’Angelo’86 dropped me a note of heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and condolences extended to his family for the loss of his father this pass February. Sal and Donna live in Mentor and are kept running with their three kids; Sam (8), Nicholas (6), and Natalie (4)
Weekly television host, Tim Luke, of Cash in the Attic on HGTV was in my neck of the woods this week taping an episode in NYC. Check him out at TreasureQuest at www.TQAG.com and don’t forget to tune in at 8 on Monday nights!
Kathy and Tim Shook are living in Mooresville, NC and have a daughter, Kasey (16).
Rodney Boucek received his MBA from Pepperdine University and is living in Los Angeles.
Author Elizabeth Becka of Trace Evidence just came out in paperback. The sequel, Unknown Means, will be released either fall 2007 or early winter 2008. Keep us posted on your pending publication!
Peggy (Bertsch) Currier made headlines in the local Detroit News for protesting the pending building of a Wal-Mart. You can view Peggy’s transformation from right-wing to left-wing liberal in her “Angry Citizen Pose” in the Detroit News article featured on April 10, 2006 at www.detnews.com.
On a sad and happy note here is an insert from a letter I received from Dave Pratt, “First, the good news: I am very excited to announce that I have been offered and have chosen to accept the Director of Development position at the Jesuit Retreat House, tasked with leading their upcoming capital and endowment campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family and I can’t wait to “get busy” working for another quality Jesuit institution. Now, the bad news: As a result, it was with very mixed emotions that I resigned my position with John Carroll University. It has been my privilege to return to our alma mater this past year. I have especially enjoyed rekindling friendships, working with and meeting so many wonderful alumni. I will always be grateful for the opportunity that the university has provided me.” Best of luck to you Dave!
Lastly, I heard from classmate, Martin Maude. Martin, please get back to me and update us on what has been going on with you! As always, I look forward to hearing from all of you. Stay COOL! Diane
“There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations” – Anonymous. This quote brings to be mind for me one JCU graduate, Pat Goold ’84. Despite his own struggle with melanoma cancer that has invaded his body; his enthusiasm for life is contagious. Pat, you are loved by so many. It warmed my heart to hear about the support and friendship celebrating YOU by your JCU buds. This past December, Tim Orie, organized a “party” for Pat at the Cleveland Clinic drawing in friends from across the nation – Dreu Carney ’86 in from Dallas, Larry Blum from Maryland, Vince Brennan and Kevin “Note” Coyne from Detroit, Jim Donahue from Chicago, Tim Cavanagh ’84, Dave Murphy, and of course all the locals; Dave Pratt, Sean “Men” McAndrews, Sean “Ace” McCauley are only a few that attended telling jokes, old stories, remember when and were still going strong after midnight. Again, on March 6th the “Walk for the ‘Goo’” was a great success as over 200 people showed up to say, “Hi” and support Pat as he sat outside on his lounge chair as a parade of friends walked from a park nearby passing his home in Bay Village. Pat, may you feel the strength and love that surrounds you always.
Craig Eldridge kindly responded to my e-mail inquiry and reports that after graduating from OSU College of Law he worked as a county prosecutor for many years. He then decided to diverge onto another career path and went to medical school at OSU and in now a physician with the Cleveland Clinic. He lives in Avon, OH, with his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Britta, and son, Zebby.
Word from the ‘Burgh (yes, the City with 5 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS – myself, a native Pittsburgher, I had to slip that somewhere in this column) is that Tony Ciabattoni, JCU golf team alumnus, is busy running his company, Fairways Corporate Golf Services, Inc. in Pittsburgh which is a golf/travel company that runs golf tournaments for clients such as Chrysler, Coca-Cola, MCI, etc. It’s time to get those clubs out and swinging so Tony’s the man to call if you are scheduling any corporate golf outings nationwide.
It was a pure pleasure to hear from classmate, Barry Conway. Barry is still running Conway Green Co. — www.conwaygreene.com — located in downtown Cleveland. It is a leading provider of data conversion, management and publishing services focusing on providing solutions to solve a client’s technology problems. He lives in North Royalton with wife, Kim, and their three children, Aedan, Fiona and Liam. This year marked an exciting venture for both of them as they opened a new child enrichment program for 3-7 year olds in Strongsville called FasTracKids — www.fastrackids.com. This is the first FasTracKids Academy in Ohio although there are over 200 worldwide in 34 countries. Barry also attended the World Bagpipe Championship last August in Scotland where his group finished third out of 250 bands from around the world! Can’t you just hear the melody of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling!” Best of luck on your new endeavor!
Congratulations are in order for our Captain, John Marsh. John and Jodi were married this past January and are residing in Worthington, OH.
Heartfelt condolences are extended to the Durkin and D’Angelo families as Bill Durkin, Nick ’84 and Heidi ’86 D’Angelo and Sal ’86 and Donna D’Angelo all lost their fathers this past February.
Now, after reading this column the next thing for you to do as you check your e-mail on your laptop, desk top, blackberry (I know you do this at least ONCE if not TEN times a day) is to send off an update on YOU to ME at DWendel@Optonline.net. Thanks! Diane
Welcome spring, welcome babies! Maureen McDonough Curley sent in an update from Chi-Town reporting the following, “John and Debbie (Gilleran) Frain are the proud parents of newborn twins! Stella and Teagan Frain joined their three older siblings on November 16, 2005. The Frain twins will be right at home with their cousins, as they make the 4th set of twins in the Gilleran family! Patty Gilleran has two sets of twins, Meg (Peggy) (Gilleran) Rademaker ’88 has one and Deb’s new bundles complete the foursome. All of them are under the age of 5, by the way. The Frains hosted a Christmas party three weeks after the twins were born and Kathy (Egan) Ecklund and I made the trek to the North side to meet the newest members of the Frain family. They are adorable! Kathy and I were put to work feeding and burping the twins while Deb and John worked the crowd. There must have been 100 kids at this party (not to mention the 4 sets of twins). Kathy and I were glad to go home with our potty-trained brood. Anyway, the day after Christmas, Channel 2 news in Chicago did a segment about the Gilleran twin phenomenon. It aired that night. Deb and John have gone Hollywood on us!
Moving on, Aggie Nagy wed Tim Basler on August 27, 2005 at Notre Dame College Chapel. Aggie looked beautiful as the petite bride standing next to her new 6’ 7” husband! The reception was held at Mayfield Country Club and the sun decided to make an appearance just as the reception began. Some of the JCUers in attendance were: Kathy and Bill Battistone ’83, Kevin ’82 and Ann (Joyce) Durkin ’84, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Carol “Buns” (Brennan) Joseph, Nancy (Grimes) Couto ’84, Liz (Nau) Montgomery ’84, Deb Solyan ’84 and yours truly. Honestly, it was so much fun! Liz had our table in stitches with some “retro” Liz stories and Deb Solyan’s laugh kept making me laugh harder. We danced all night to an incredible band and no one had more fun than the bride herself. Aggie definitely went out with a bang! As far as the Chicago crowd, I see Flash, Egan and Deb fairly regularly. I also see Jim Donahue in the neighborhood quite a bit. I had the pleasure of tipping a few back with “The Don,” Matt “The Cat” Collins ’86, and Sean “Men” McAndrews in Chicago a few months ago. Men entertained the “Irish Times” pub crowd with his infamous Men dance. Cat planned the Chicago road trip to make up for missing reunion. He knows better next time! I, Maureen McDonough Curley, am still happily residing in Western Springs, IL, with my hubbie, Dan, and three kids, Mary Kate (12), Jack (7) and Tim (5).”
“Buddy” O’Brien reports that wife Barb and boys, Buddy III (4) and Harrison (1) are doing great in their new home in Wilmette, IL. He stays in touch with fellow IXYs John Wagner and John Joyce often. He recently spoke with Joe Cortina and life is treating him well in Colorado. Lastly, John Mullally is director of Sprint Nextel Corporation residing in Reston, VA, with his wife, Molly, and three children — Jack (9), Matt (8) and Will (4). John wrote, “I saw the great pics on line from reunion; particularly those from my old roomies Jim Donahue, Vince Brennan, and ‘The Seans’. Looked like a blast. Unfortunately, I could not make it this year due to a family wedding here in D.C. I am looking forward to the big two-five and seeing everyone again.” – xo Diane
Once again, it was truly great to see everyone at our 20th Reunion this past June. As promised, I am getting back to some other “highlights” of the weekend. Spotted in attendance were Andy Saluan, a real estate developer in Naples, Meg (Flaherty) Huwar, Mary Gabel Hurt, Ellen (Titus) Cannon, Martha (Friday) Cusick and Jill (Arnold) Monk. Jill is living in DC and had hit back-to-back reunions this past summer — JCU and her 10 year Harvard MBA in Beantown. Also in attendance were Mary Beth and Jack ’84 Bedell, Wally Belleza, Brian Boose, Anne Fallon Carney, Daniel Cassavar, John Creamer, Tom Croft, Lisa Dellafiora, John Erste, Janet Gaugler, Vito Gruttadauria, Mary (Miralia) and Bob Hagar ’84, Teri (Johnson) and Mike Long ’83, Tom Healy, Myron Hill, Jim Hopkins, Lisa (Stevens) Kerka, Laurie (Barnhart) and Norm Kotoch, Sally Francis Leahy, Letitia and Jeff Linker, Jeff Louis, Amy (McKitrick) Malloy, Michelle (Sisson) Mares, Mike McCuen, Lou McMahon, Mike McNarney, Tim Miller, Jeannie (Berg) Muldowney, Tom Nicholas, Beth O’Donnell, Andrew Ondo, Cornelius O’Sullivan, Sue (Walsh) Vincent ’84 Pompili, Richard Poorman, Mary (McIntyre) Rumsey, Marie O’Leary-Stark, George and Gloria Stepanic, Paul Toutounji, John Ready ’84. Wrapping up Saturday night’s evening festivities Kathy (Egan) Ecklund surprised everyone as she dusted off her LGS t-shirt from the closet to model- GO PANKY GO!
Brian Boose contacted me and wanted us all to know that he just returned from the inauguration of Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, as JCU’s 24th president. “It was an impressive event with many attendees. They had a procession of many different groups and participants – including various campus groups (staff and faculty) as well as alumni from each class year. I was in full cap and gown representing our Class of ’85 and had a lot of fun.” Congratulations are in order as he is our new “Class Agent” to inform us of events taking place on campus and educate us all about the Carroll Fund. So if you hear from him, please don’t hang up! Brain is a national sales director with Met Life and lives in Strongsville, OH, with his terrific wife, Susan, and three children, Stephen, Tyler, Alyssa.
In July Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm walked in the Susan B. Komen 3-Day 60-mile Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Together they have raised over $32,000 for a cause that is very dear to my heart. In September I ran in the Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer in NYC. Incredible support and generous contributions were made by Stephen Healy, David D’Onofrio, Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Dolores (Beiswenger) Kimberly, Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, and Maura Rowley and Elaine (Ashton) Reichart – mucho gracias amigos!
Morris Grassi and wife, Belinda Glavic ’86, have two boys – Dante (5) and Marco (3) reside in Concord Township, OH. Morris recently joined Sealtech Block which is a division of US Technology Corp as regional sales manager.
DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS are in order as Matt Koenig finally tied the knot to Jessica E. Merry on October 8th in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. I’m still waiting for the wedding details! Matt recently joined Globe Composite Solutions as business manager for the Marine Products Division. The newlyweds reside in Duxbury, MA.
Fellow CT neighbor, James Milton Marsh, Jr. ’86, dropped me a line informing me of his trip to Columbus for the OSU vs. Texas game with his brother, “Captain” John Marsh, et al. I’m still waiting to get the scoop!
In closing, heartfelt condolences to Anne (Walker) Watterson ’86 who recently lost her beloved father, Richard Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. … XO Diane
It is hard to believe our 20th reunion has already come and gone. As Marcy Farrell Kylander commented, “It took us 20 years to get here, now it has been 20 years since we have been back.” Guess we really have hit that milestone of middle age! We had an incredible turnout of over 75 alumni and lots of laughs for those of you who attended. A great big cheer to our Reunion Coordinator, Rosalie Massey, and fellow committee members Shirley Reynolds, Jim Petit, Dave Pratt, Jean Bolotin, Brian Boose, John Creamer, Dolores Kimberly, Missy Kisthardt, Teri Long, Maureen O’Leary and Mary Pipino. A special thanks to Brian Schultz for taking care of the flowers and delicious dinner. So what did you miss? Elk reunion stories from the great Elk’s themselves – Larry Blum, Jim Donahue, Vince Brennan, Sean “Ace” McCauley, Sean “Men at Work” McAndrews, Jim Petit and Pat Goold ’84. “Men” is now the middle school principal at Bay Village. Hey, Vince did you make it back in time for the recital/wedding? Friday night’s cocktail party continued in high gear meeting newlyweds dentist duos Drs. Bill and Christine Sikora who were married in October ’84. Other Newlyweds present were Dave and Marie (Mozzi) Baumuller. Marie is the spa director for the acclaimed Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. After checking reunion Web site spying the attendee list, Ricky Kraft drove all day in from NJ to make the event. Carl Fillichio, a man with perfect words for every occasion, made a late night appearance. Carl is heading up a “think tank” in D.C. as VP for communications & innovation for The Council for Excellence in Government. By the way Carl, you were right about Carol (Brennan) Joseph was ILL leaving the “Rat Bar.” On Saturday, down the road at Legacy’s Atria’s host, Ann Durkin ’84 had a surprise bridal luncheon for Aggie Nagy who will be getting married August 27th. In attendance were Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Maureen McDonough Curly, Kathy (Egan) Ecklund, Peggy (Bertsch) Currier, Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill and Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz. Later that evening John Marsh introduced us to lovely fiancée, Jodi. The captain is an attorney in Columbus and planning a December wedding. U-Clubbers, John Blossom, drove in from Wisconsin and Kent Keller, a Navy IT man for 20 years, drove in from Michigan. I promise more to come regarding reunion, but need to get these timely updates on other classmates in this column.
Applause to published author classmate, Elizabeth (Becka) Lansky, whose first book, Trace Evidence, will be available at bookstores in August. It is the first in a series based on her experiences at the coroner’s office in Cleveland. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and works as a latent print examiner for the local police department. So if you are in any book clubs, consider this as your next reading choice! You can also check out her Web site at www.ElizabethBecka.com. If you are a HGTV viewer, be sure not to miss classmate, Tim Luke, president and co-owner of Treasure Quest Auction Galleries based in Stuart, FL, as one of two appraisers hosting the new television show, Cash in the Attic. It debuts on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. Check out Tim’s Web site and gallery at www.TQAG.com. Special thanks to Missy Kisthardt for the writing advice. It was great seeing you and hubby “Wildman” at the reunion. It was truly great seeing everyone! I would love to hear from John and Deb Frain, Sue Muer, Kevin Coyne – call, e-mail, “snail” mail, whatever, just write! Enjoy the summer. Ciao – Diane
Greetings, again! We’re at the final countdown now until Reunion! If phone calls, cards and letters haven’t convinced you to make your reservation, check out the JCU Reunion Web site, which has an updated list of who’s coming.
After a recent calling/mailing night, I received a nice e-mail from Paul Toutounji: “I would like to thank all the committee and Shirley Reynolds, as well, who wrote a little note card encouraging me to attend. I guess I wish I can make it as it not that far from Paris — just a question of organization. I will sure try to. If work allows me to be there I will be very happy. Thanks for keeping the spirit alive!” Well, Paul, we hope you and many others will come to Reunion and show your JCU spirit as well!
John Creamer sent a change in his e-mail address along with a little note saying he looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion. His new e-mail address is email@example.com. From the address, we know one thing – he’s still in the real estate biz!
Peggy Bertsch Currier sent an update to JCU sharing the news that she and husband, Joseph, and daughter Grace, have just moved back to the Detroit area after a 15-month stint in Southern California. She’s in the midst of making plans with Maureen Menton, Susan Cahill, Diane Wendel, Teri Long, Dolores Kimberly and Maureen Rowley to attend Reunion, she says.
Jeff Louis reports that he’s living in Hudson with his wife, Carmelina, and working for American Greetings Corporation as a pricing analyst.
Morris Grassi is living in Concord Township with his wife, Belinda ’86. He’s a sales manager for SealTech Block, a company that manufactures “green” (environmentally friendly) cement block. They have two children, Dante and Marco, and Morris says they’re growing like weeds and are sure to eat them out of house and home in the very near future. Dante is currently in pre-school and Marco will start pre-school in September. Belinda is a self-employed practicing CPA, who, according to Morris is “juggling the mom/work thing like any dedicated Type A person would.”
Congratulation goes out to Dave Pratt who is now a John Carroll employee! He recently joined the Development Division. He’s taken an especially active role with our Reunion Committee — thanks for keeping things moving along, Dave!
I look forward to passing the torch to Diane Nerem Wendel in the next issue. Good luck, Diane, and may your inbox always be overflowing with messages from classmates!
Don’t forget to send in your check for Reunion. Come see how JCU and your classmates have changed over the years! Joy and love, Missy PS — in my haste to throw together my column, I forgot to include a work assignment from Yours Truly (I’m their PR person)…This relates to Art ’74 and Jeffrey ’78 Shibley: Dear YT Friends & Family: At 12:40 PM on April 15 President Bush left Yours Truly of Mentor after a private round-table discussion with Ohio business owners. We are proud and honored to have hosted this meeting with the President. He kindly chose Yours Truly after a recommendation by our local 14th district congressman Steven LaTourette. Yours Truly of Mentor was closed to the public for the event. We spent the entire week preparing for the visit. In addition to the President and his entourage, the meeting was attended by local dignitaries, the Shibley family and a host of press from both local and national media. The Shibley Family was chosen to greet the President at his Limo and escort him into the restaurant. The President was extremely personable and humble with all attendees. He made an effort to make everyone feel very comfortable. He even took time to take pictures with YT employees, including the servers and kitchen staff! The stop by the President was part of his 60-day, 60-city tour to promote Social Security reform. He also visited Lakeland Community College as part of his visit to Lake County. Thanks for being a part of our email list so we can share such wonderful news with you. Sincerely, The YT Family — Art, Larry, Jeff, Darlene & our many fine employees.
Greetings! It won’t be long until many of us are face to face squinting to read each other’s nametags at Reunion! Check out that JCU yearbook before you come. That’s what a group of us did when we got together at JCU in November for a Reunion Committee gathering to write notes on Christmas cards (Brian Schultz’s great idea, I might add!). We all had a good laugh at our own expense – what was with our hair and clothes in the ’80s? Leave that retro look behind and come and enjoy a great weekend on campus June 17-19.
Joining Brian and me at the meeting in November, were Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, Shirley Schlemmer Reynolds and Dave Pratt. We’re all coming to Reunion and bringing our children and hope you join us. JCU has some fun things planned for everyone as well as a special luncheon event just for our class at the new Shula Stadium!
Was anyone wondering about Wally “Kato” Belleza? He broke his decade of silence and decided to write after realizing that he’s been in contact with many fellow alums over the past year. Thank you, Kato! He writes, “Robert Dinardo married Allison Cryor last May and is currently living in Alexandria, VA. Rob is an intelligence analyst for the government while Allison is a lawyer, entrepreneur and founder of Carroll Wireless. The wedding party included myself, Tony Nader and Tom Healy ’85. Tony is the president and chief operating officer of National Electronics Warranty. He lives in Clifton, VA, with his wife, Annette ’86, and their three children. Tom is a lawyer and lives in Kansas City with his wife Carolyn.
Carl Fillichio lives in Washington, DC, and is the vice president for the Council of Excellence in government. Prior to this, Carl served in the Department of Labor for eight years and recently served as a consultant for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.
Other folks I’ve been in touch with are Tony Ripepi who is a surgeon in Pittsburgh where he lives with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.
Andy Ondo is a dermatologist and lives in New Mexico.
George Stepanic is an orthopedic surgeon who lives in Fremont, OH, with his wife, Gloria, and their three children. Jeff and Letitia Linker live in Cleveland with their two children. Jeff is a real estate developer who spends his spare time collecting yachts (seriously).
John Erste is an engineer for Delphi and lives in Spartanburg, SC, with his wife Theresa ’88 and their two children.
Mike McNarney is a financial advisor and lives in Grander, IN, with his wife, Patti, and their three children.
Ferdinand Apolonio ’86 recently finished medical school after working several years as a pharmaceutical rep.
This fall, I visited Tim Miller and his wife, Kerri, who were married last year in Santa Cruz, CA. At Tim’s wedding, I saw John Lavin, his wife Tracy, and their son Drew who are living in Boston. Tim is a prosthodontist in Mountainview, CA.
Tim and I are still actively participating in master’s swimming and triathlons. I have done well enough to have qualified for the National Triathlon Championships for the past four years, and I’m training now to compete with Tim in the Maui Channel open ocean swim. At several races, I have run into Juan Galvan ’83, and Mark Pophal ’84. I live in Columbia, MD, with my wife Dionisia “Donnie” and our two daughters, Catherine (8) and Isabelle (6). I am currently an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The majority of folks I have mentioned are committing themselves to show up for the reunion. Kato”
Although I now feel like a serious underachiever after reading Kato’s letter, I’m still looking forward to Reunion. Seems like those Beltway folks are a hard-working bunch! I’m also looking forward to “passing the torch” as alumni correspondent. I met my personal goal of turning in a column for every issue and I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about your fellow alums.
Don’t forget to send in your Reunion reservation! See you soon, Missy
When I got the postcard announcing a meeting for our 20th reunion I thought there must be an error. How can it be 20 years since I drank beer at the Rat Bar, walked to Our Gang for a burger, cheered for the blue & gold at Wasmer Field, lived in the “new” dorm and took classes in the Science Center? But a trip to JCU confirmed that’s it’s definitely been 20 years … two fancy new dorms, an amazing new science building, the incredible Don Shula Stadium and no more beers at the Rat Bar or burgers at Our Gang. Thankfully, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Fr. Bukala ’54 and Fr. Bichel walking across campus, kids having fun getting ready to celebrate Homecoming, girls talking about what they planned to where to the dance, cheerleaders chanting for a Blue Streak victory and students in the library studying at the last minute before exams. It was good to be back!
Brian Schultz and I attended the reunion committee meeting. Since we were the only ones there representing 1985, we were relieved to learn that we weren’t the committee chairs by default. Instead, Jim and Mary Petit have that honor! A number of other classmates have already joined the committee, including Jean Riedman Bolotin, Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, Maureen Cox O’Leary, Dave Pratt and Shirley Schlemmer Reynolds. The school already has some great plans for our reunion, June 17-19. Mark your calendars now and, if you have kids, start getting them excited for Kids Camp. Get ready to hear from us soon!
Here’s an update on Brian — he works as a Web designer at University Hospitals. He’s in the process of building a house that sounds wonderful — in the city of Cleveland, bordering on a Metropark. Brian just started working part-time at Restoration Hardware so he could buy lots of new goodies for his home.
Shirley Reynolds is still at JCU part-time in donor relations. Her children, Sean (10) and Owen (8) attend Gesu. She says she’s still “juggling everything.” Her husband, Marty, recently obtained his MBA at JCU so now they have two JCU alums in the family. Congratulations!
I received a press release about Sally Jamieson. At the end of September, she joined the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP as an associate in the firm’s Product Liability Group. Previously, she was with a firm in Washington, D.C. working on general litigation matters.
Cornelius “Corky” O’Sullivan sent an e-mail saying that he recently accepted a position with CNA Insurance Company as Trial Counsel in Ohio. In addition, he’s been named president of the Cleveland Association of Trial Attorneys. Wow!!!!! He and his wife, Paula, still reside in Lakewood with their four sons. He says they frequently see “Uncle” Tim McKenna, who runs Mike McKenna Plumbing (it’s always good to have the name of a good plumber!). He shares that they’re looking forward to Lisa Dellafiora’s wedding. We can’t wait to hear more about that!
That’s it for the last column of 2004
Send me an e-mail about who you’d most like to see at Reunion. Have a safe and happy New Year too! Peace, joy and love, Missy
Dear Classmates, It’s hard to believe that next summer our class will celebrate its 20th reunion! Even if we haven’t changed in 20 years (yeah, right!), JCU has changed plenty — come see for yourself June ——. Bring your children to JCU Kids Camp – they’ll love you for it!
One person who truly hasn’t changed a bit is Vivian Schodowski. When I saw her at a pool in Hudson during her training to teach swimming classes, I immediately recognized her – she looks exactly the same! She and her husband, Dan ’84, recently added a built-in pool to their home in Twinsburg, OH, and Vivian planned to give private swimming lessons throughout the summer. She and Dan have two children – Katie (12) and Tanner (9) – who are involved in softball, baseball, football, volleyball, and, of course, swimming. They attend St. Rita’s in Solon. Vivian’s a stay-at-home mom, while Dan is president of J & M Products, Inc. in Solon and ChemMasters in Madison.
Bryan Loos has broken his silence and sent me an update on an exciting event in his life. On Father’s Day, he and his wife of two years, Jennifer, received news of the birth of their now adopted son, Nathanial Christian Loos. Bryan took some time off from his medical practice in Westlake to spend time with wife and baby in their home in Olmsted Falls (a house they built themselves!).
Lots of updates were sent in to the Alumni Office: Marty Rizzo lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children: Mark (14), Kevin (11), and Amy (8). He’s the executive managing director and CFO of FTN Midwest Research.
Maryann Mraz lives in Charlotte, NC. She recently earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University in Curriculum & Instruction and now is an assistant professor at UNC – Charlotte.
Mike Hatch recently made a HUGE move. He left the federal government after 15 years to work as an attorney for Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary. He’s assigned to KBR’s Government Operations Division, Middle East Region, which is headquartered in Kuwait City, Kuwait. When not traveling back to the U.S. to see his family – wife Therese, son DJ and daughter Rory – in Virginia, he’ll reside in the Middle East for a year or two. He says, “Don’t believe the press; Halliburton is doing good work here and in Iraq!” Stay safe, Mike!
Robert and Joan Hinkle live in Highland Heights. Joan is vice president of ICX Corporation in Independence.
And, lastly, Martin Maude reports that he and his wife, Marita, gave birth last year to triplets Ryan, Kieran and Emmett. “We added six feet to our house,” he writes. Is it true? Most of his e-mails are tall tales, so I’m not quite sure! … Take a minute to send an e-mail with an update about your life – don’t wait to surprise us at Reunion! Until next issue, Missy
Spring has finally sprung, and we’re looking forward to a great summer! I’ve heard from a few people (what about the rest of you???).
Barry Conway lives with his wife, Kim, and two children, Aedan (3), and Fiona (1), in a house they recently built in North Royalton, OH. His company, Conway Greene Co, a digital publishing/web development firm, celebrated its tenth anniversary (congratulations!) and is located in downtown Cleveland. For those who were wondering, Barry still plays the bagpipes and now plays with the City of Washington Pipe Band (as in Washington D.C.), which is the top US pipe band. With this group, Barry’s performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, as well as competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. How’s that for an interesting hobby?!
Congratulations and best wishes to Dan Skidmore and his wife, Kari, who added baby #3, Drew, on St. Patrick’s Day! Drew joins brother Jordan (6) and sister Taylor (5). Dan lives in Rochester Hills, MI, and works for Ryder Systems out of Miami, FL.
I received an update on Bob DiNardo from the Alumni Office. He lives in Alexandria, VA and is an Intelligence Analyst for the FBI (I’ll bet he’s busy!). After graduating from JCU, he received an MA from American University.
Jim and Mary Zigmond Petit reside in Akron. They have four children: Emma (11), Ryan (9), Kara (7), and Nolan (5).
The Petits must be busy with their four kids, but Mary McIntyre Rumsey tops that – she just had baby #5, daughter, Maggie, last June. Her triplets, Michael, Tommy, and Matthew start kindergarten in the fall. Older sister, Colleen, is in third grade at St. Raphael’s and enjoys basketball, soccer, baseball and swimming. The boys play baseball and hockey. Mary reports that she often sees Mary Beth and Jack ’84 Bedell, and they’re both doing well (“and their kids are soooo cute,” says Mary).
Terry O’Connor is doing well, living and working in California.
Collette Whims is still with Key Bank in Incentive Compensation. She and her husband, Jeff, have two kids and recently returned from a spring break trip to San Francisco. She reports that they’re active in the “Hudson dinner party circuit.”
As for me, I’m keeping busy with my three kids — Laura (13) going on 30, Matt (10), and Jackie (7). Laura’s into field hockey, Matt loves playing football and Jackie likes everything that requires a registration fee (still waiting to find her “niche”). I have a growing, part-time (is that an oxymoron?) freelance writing and public relations business.
You never know when and where you’ll see a JCU grad. During a spring break trip to Disney, we ran into JCU Alum and fellow Hudsonite Nancy Gasparovic ’81 and her family not once, but twice – first at the Magic Kingdom and again at MGM Studios!
Have a wonderful summer and please share your news with me. Joy and peace, Missy
Hello, Class of ’85
Where are the e-mail notes and updates about your lives? I’d love to hear from you (and so would your classmates!). Several classmates passed along news to the Alumni Office. Paul Schroeder lives in Summerville, SC. He has an advanced degree from St. John Seminary. He recently took a new position as principal of Summerville Catholic School. He and his wife, Beth, have a daughter, Hannah, and son, Daniel.
John Erste also lives in South Carolina (lucky them – as I write this, snow is swirling outside) – Spartanburg. He and his wife, Theresa Lebus Erste ’88, and their children, Maria and Joshua, just came back to the U.S. after a three year stint with Delphi Corp. in Germany. In Spartanburg, John is the engineering manager for Delphi’s Landrum Plant, focusing on growing the non-automotive portfolio for Delphi. Welcome back to the States!
Richard Schoen lives in Merrillville, IN. He’s the senior electronic publications developer at The University of Chicago Press. He holds an advanced degree from The University of Chicago.
Carla Bernardo Robison lives in Ashtabula with her husband, Van Robison, Jr. and her two children: Vanderbilt and Stephen, both teenagers.
Amy McKitrick Malloy and her husband, Sean, live in the Cleveland area and have two children: Kelly Anne and little brother, Declan Michael.
Shirley Schlemmer Reynolds is still at John Carroll — yes, she graduated, but she also works there. I saw her at the annual Breakfast with Santa with her son, Owen, where she was the lucky winner of a Singing Santa raffle prize.
Janet Kosmerl Gaugler and her husband, Dan ’86, are moving. Actually, they’re building a new home a few miles from their current home in Strongsville. Janet keeps busy chauffeuring their three girls to every activity under the sun — ski lessons, Irish dance, basketball, soccer, etc. Dan recently treated Janet to a cruise with several other couples to celebrate the big 4-0!
Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino recently bought a house in Mentor. She shares her wonderful home, with a park in its backyard, with her young daughter and Golden Retriever. Mimi is an English professor at Lake Erie College.
Speaking of moving, Laurie Barnhart Kotoch and her husband, Norm, and their four children, have a summer move planned as well. They’ve sold their home in Mentor and plan to move around the corner (literally!). They’ll gain a little space and — what the kids are most looking forward to — an in ground pool.
Swimming pools make me think of summer — probably about the time you’ll read this. Have a nice one! It won’t be long until we’re planning our 20th reunion…Enjoy, Missy
It’s finally summer and I’m looking forward to one upcoming event in particular — my husband, Jim’s, 20th JCU class reunion at JCU. Our three children are so excited to be staying in a real dorm (remember those days?) and we’re looking forward to renewing old friendships and visiting a campus that has undergone so many enhancements in recent years.
JoAnn Turcotte Savage will be attending reunion with her husband, Kevin, and their three children. Unlike the kids, JoAnn admits she isn’t looking forward to sleeping in the dorms again!
It’s hard to believe members of our class — including me — are turning 40! To mark the occasion, we went on a fantastic trip to San Antonio. I know Laurie Barnhart Kotoch recently celebrated hers as well, with a big bash thrown by husband, Norm. Happy Birthday to all of you classmates leaving the 30s behind!
After the last Alumni Journal issue, I received a wonderful update from Tim Reid: “Mary and I have been out here in Wisconsin for almost 4 years. Our 4 children are growing fast. The triplets, Molly, Ellen and Andrew are completing 2nd grade. They are now 8 years old. They are busy with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, music lessons and First Communion preparations. Lauren (3) is busy with preschool. Mary is busy at home with the children. She is active at school, volunteering in many capacities. The practice is growing. I have been focusing my practice on the care of diabetic patients. We (Mercy Health System) recently opened a Regional Diabetes Care Center in Janesville. This allows us to focus most of the services that a person with diabetes will need in one location. I achieved American Diabetes Association Provider recognition in January. I really enjoy this part of medicine. It is a real joy to see the patients feel better. — Timothy S. Reid, M.D. Mercy Beloit Medical Center 2825 Prairie Ave. Beloit, WI 53511 608-363-5500
As promised, I’m providing you with additional classmate updates from Diane Nerem Wendel’s e-mail letter (I wasn’t able to include everything due to word limits in the last issue). Matt and Kiera Kmiecik Black are living in Avon Lake, OH with their four children — Kelsey, Dan and twins, Eric and David. Kiera still works part-time as a chemist in Cleveland.
Bernie and Maureen Flaherty Menton had a busy year. They just bought a new house in Braintree, MA and welcomed their first child, Patrick James last May. Maureen is the human resource director for Bose in Framingham, MA.
Jeff and Gracie O’Rourke Joniak are busy in Chicago with their children, Taylor and Jeffrey. Gracie still works part-time at Tiffany’s.
David and Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly had a very busy year moving from El Paso, TX back to Akron, OH. David is now in private practice as an oral surgeon and Dolores is working part time for her family business. They have three children, Tom, Katie and Drew.
Mike ’83 and Teri Johnson Long are in Sagamore Hills, OH and have three children, Chelsie, Anna and Mitchell.
Betty and David D’Onofrio are in Tampa, FL. Big sister, Danielle, welcomed sister, Samantha, last August. David is busy being an entrepreneur in the sunny state with his own development company and Perkins Franchises.
Tara and Stephen Healy are busy with their three girls; Michaela, Caroline and Jenna. Stevo is the senior vice president branch manager of McDonald Investments in Boston.
Tim and Mary Beth Dawes Culbertson live in Galloway, a suburb of Columbus, OH. Mary Beth is still juggling running their car dealership with her brothers, Bob ’84 and Bill ’86 Dawes, and being mother of three; Cody, Carly and Kelley.
Bill and Lisa ’86 Cortes Dawes are living in Blacklick, OH with their twin boys, Alexander and Nicholas. Jim & Anne Walker Waterson ’86 are living in Twinsburg, OH with their two daughters, Sara and Abby. They both are still avid golfers and now snow skiers. … Missy
As I write this, I’m looking out the window at nearly a foot of snow, but by the time you read this issue I’m hopeful that the sun will be shining and birds will be chirping outside. Most of us in the north are more than ready for spring!
I spent an evening catching up with Janet Kosmerl Gaugler, Annie Fallon Carney and Laurie Barnhart Kotoch. Laurie recently talked with Greg Smolik. He’s still single and running a very successful and growing medical supplies business, Life Quest Medical Supply, on Cleveland’s east side.
Corky and Paula O’Sullivan announced the birth of their fourth son, John Patrick O’Sullivan, in September . Corky is a civil trial attorney with Davis & Young in Cleveland.
Sal Caroniti gave me an update too. Sal and his wife, Lisa, recently purchased a home in Broadview Heights. They have three children, Sal, Jr., (12), Marissa (10) and Gianna Grace (5). Sal is a CPA and president of Standby Screw Machine Products Co., a manufacturing company in Berea, OH. Sal says he met recently with Ferdinand Apolonio ’86, who had just returned from the Philippines after graduating from medical school. “He looks great, is single and doing well,” says Sal. Sal also keeps in touch with Frank Horvat, who is married with three children and living in New Jersey, where he is on the board of directors of an international bank and is their in house legal counsel.
Jeff Louis was married at the end of last year to Carmelina Martino. Congratulations!
I’m lucky that Diane (Nerem) Wendel updated her address with the alumni office, because, from her, I received a jackpot of alumni news. Here’s what she passed along: “I have a son, Joshua, who is in kindergarten and a daughter, Elizabeth who is 2. My husband, Peter, is a banker for Dexia Global Structured Finance (French/Belgium bank). Currently, we live in Chappaqua, NY, and live close enough to the Clintons that my children went “Trick or Treating” on Halloween at Bill and Hilary’s home.
Peggy Bertsch Currier’s husband, Joe, has received another promotion by Daimler Chrysler to the Mitsubishi Division in LA. So she is busy getting the house sold in Detroit and becoming a California Girl. They have a daughter, Grace (2 ½). You never know with Peggy; China could be their next move in a few years.
Mike & Martha Friday Cusick live in Mt. Lebanon and will be having #3 in May. She has a little boy, Peter in kindergarten and a daughter, Emma (3).
Carl & Marcy Farrell Kylander also live in Upper St. Clair, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She is an active mom busy with her two daughters, Claire and Evie. .. Brad & Meg Flaherty Huwar live in Pittsburgh with their two children, Nathan & Anna. Meg recently started her own greeting card company.
Nate ’87 & Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm just moved from Mt. Lebanon out to Peters Twp., a suburb of Pittsburgh. They have three little boys: Corey, Justin & Michael.
Paul & Susan McAllister Cahill and Elizabeth (2) live in Cheshire, CT, a little town west of Hartford.
Andy & Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz live in Weston, CT. Andy just started a position at Goldman Sachs in NYC. Mary Pat is busy with Katie (4th grade), Maggie (3rd grade) & Caroline (kindergarten).
The third floor Sutowski girls are planning a reunion in Chicago August 1-3, so if you are in the neighborhood or would like to join in the fun please e-mail me at DWendel@Optonline.net.”
Look for even more news from Diane in the next issue. … Missy
Janet Gaugler now has all three children in school full-time and is volunteering and working part-time. Seems those accounting clients still miss her! Her husband, Dan ’86, has exciting news. He left the accounting/consulting firm he worked for and opened his own business, Fairway Wealth Management LLC.
Collette Cardoman Whims has returned to her hometown. Over the summer, Collette, her husband, Jeff, and two children moved into a house in Hudson. She and I belonged to the same swim club and both of us logged many hours volunteering for swim team duties. Collette is still with Key Bank in downtown Cleveland.
Morris Grassi is living in Concord Township with his wife, Belinda ’86. They have two children: Dante Roberto, soon to be 3, and Marco Romano, almost 1.
Doug Hickey works in New York City’s financial district and lives in West Caldwell, New Jersey, with his wife, Debra, and dog Riley.
Martin Maude sent an announcement earlier this year on the birth of his daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth Maude.
Kevin Savage ‘83, wife , JoAnn ‘85, and three children, two boys and a girl, are doing well in Toledo. Kevin and my husband, Jim ‘83, drove to Chicago together to celebrate the 40th birthday of Rick Cenar ’83. The surprise party was held at the home of Jim Barrett ’83.
Now that fall has arrived, I’m looking forward to seeing Karen Euritt Shankman and her clan at a mutual friend’s annual Halloween party. Karen lives in Aurora and still keeps in touch with several JCU pals. I’m also looking forward to hearing from you…please keep in touch, Missy
One week before the class column deadline, I e-mailed about 100 classmates looking for news. Did I ever hit the jackpot! So many of you responded with news about yourselves and other JCU friends that I had to edit the responses to stay within my word limit (what a wonderful dilemma!).
Bryan Loos is a newly married man. He and his new wife, Jennifer, live in Olmsted Falls. He recently took on a new partner in his Rocky River medical practice.
Jeff Louis is a senior market research analyst for American Greetings. He’s been there for 12 years. He and his fiancée, Carmelina, are building a house in Hudson and are planning a wedding date for later this year.
Matt Koenig e-mailed as he was leaving for the Bahamas for a fly fishing trip. He also mentioned that he just finished building a house on Martha’s Vineyard – and it’s available for rent (contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Amy McKitrick Malloy works as a lawyer for Premier Farnell Corp. in Cleveland. She and husband, Sean, also an attorney, live in Avon with two year old daughter, Kelly. They have a second baby due July 4th. Amy reports that Sally Jamieson now lives in Washington DC and is a government contracts attorney with Sidley Austin Brown & Wood (wow … that’s a mouthful!).
Michaelann Lanum VanKirk lives with husband, Jeff, and their dog, Jake, in Downingtown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She works for the QVC Network as a TV Sales Manager (she helps guests and vendors produce their shows and sell products on TV). “It’s fun but can be stressful at times,” she reports. She keeps in touch with JCU friends and suitemates: Carla Bernardo Robison, Ellen Jenny Garbasz and Michelle Sisson Mares.
Brian Boose is the national VP of sales for a new division of Prudential where he’s doing quite a bit of traveling. He lives in Strongsville with his wife and 3 children. “The oldest is now 13 so I’m entering the fun, teenage years.” (Fun? Let us know!) In his travels, he sees Brad Cantwell.
Speaking of Brad … he has a new baby – a little girl named Veronica Rose. He’s a single father and seems to have adjusted to parenthood quite nicely. Brad lives in Philadelphia where he’s a national sales director for Dole. “Keep buying grapes in the winter,” he urges. He’s up for golf with any JCU alums in the area. Contact him at email@example.com.
I got an early morning e-mail from Teri Johnson Long who says she lives in her car chauffeuring her three children, Chelsie (9), Anna (6) and Mitchell (4) to their many activities. (I can relate to that!) She says Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, along with husband, Dave, and their three children are moving back to Akron, Ohio, this summer. Congratulations go out to Maureen Flaherty who recently got married to beau, Bernie (“finally!” according to Teri).
Suzy Beatrice is back in the Cleveland area after living in Mississippi and California and is currently in a job transition. Travel with her human resource positions over the last decade took her to such exciting places as Quebec, British Columbia, St. Croix and South Africa (she even took a safari). She’s not married but has lots of friends and two cats to keep her company.
Another person who has recently relocated back to Cleveland is Terese Oaks. “I’m a sales manager in the mortgage banking industry and this career has required relocation to over six states within the last 15 years. I’m very happy to be back in Northeast Ohio where I belong.” She’s single and living in Westlake and reports “I haven’t changed much since graduation with the exception of needing a lot more sleep and a lot less beer.”
And yet another person moving back to Cleveland: Mimi Pipino and her daughter, Cailyn. Mimi recently joined the faculty at Lake Erie College in Painesville.
Anne Breslin Rauth sends news from Arlington, VA. She works for the Department of Defense as a senior health program analyst. She’s married to John and they have two children: Joseph (8) and Eileen (6). Anne says her sophomore roommate, Kim Carmony, recently relocated to Frederick, MD. Sue Walsh and Marybeth Javorek, if you’re reading this … Anne says she would like to hear from you (and the rest of us would too!).
Marie Mozzi Saunders, class columnist from the past, sends news that she’s getting married on June 15th in Petoskey, MI, to fiancé, Michael Baumuller. They walked in to their first engaged couples meeting and saw Dave Gaston and his fiancée. Dave lives in Chicago but will be getting married this summer in northern MI. Marie’s daughter, Kate, is now 13 and is the typical busy kid. Marie is spa director for Boyne USA resorts and also finds time to run a performance based group for kids, Backdrop Productions.
John Creamer and his wife, Molly, are expecting their first child in April (great news!). They are still in Indianapolis where John sells real estate for Century 21 and has a management company called – what else? – Creamer Team Management. This year he’s president of the local Board of Realtors – 5500 agents in 10 counties!
News from the South comes from Dave Styka. He and his wife and two sons live in Matthews, a suburb of Charlotte, where Dave is the tax director for Wellman, Inc. Dave has “resigned himself to the fact that the boys are going to ‘y’all’” since his wife is from the South. Dave is working on an MBA program at Wake Forest University. As part of the program, he visits China and Hong Kong in May. … Dave has lots to reports on JCU friends: “I visited with Bobby Dawes ’84 last fall at the Ohio State and Northwestern game. He and his wife, Kelly, have three girls and are doing well. Kevin Stultz ’84 lives in Atlanta with wife, Joan, and two daughters. Craig Eldridge has his own law practice in the Cleveland area. Craig and his wife, Wendy, live in Avon with their daughter, who is almost two. Mitch Teresi ’84 lives in Fort Mill, SC with his wife, Chris.” What an update, Dave!
Ellen Cannon sends news that she is still working at Progressive where she’s been since her senior year at JCU (that must be some sort of record …). She now works part-time running their Management Trainee program after the birth of her second son, Andrew, born last summer. He joins Jay (4 ½).
Timothy Reid and his wife, Mary, are now living in Wisconsin with their four children – 6 year old triplets (“two Brownies and a Tiger Scout”) and a two year old. Tim is a Family Medicine and Diabetes Care doctor. He also does FAA Air Medical Exams. “I have contacts out at the local airport and was able to get Andrew’s Tiger Scout troop flying yesterday.” Very cool!
The award for “E-mail From the Farthest Location” goes to Rob Mathews who responded from Italy where he is living while on an assignment with Procter & Gamble. He’s been with P & G for 15 years and is currently globalizing their sales process in Italy. He and his wife have three children: “Sean (8) loves Europe; Scott (6) can’t wait to get back to the states; and Shannon (2) is oblivious to everything except coloring and chocolate.”
I occasionally see Lisa Stevens Kirka. We live in the same small town and it’s fun to see a familiar JCU face. My husband and I recently ran into Lisa and her spouse, Dave, at an art auction fundraiser for a high school sports team. Lisa and Dave were quite the “bidders.” Let’s just say Dave will be busy hanging up frames for a while.
I sincerely appreciated all the news I received for this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it … until next time, Missy