Hi, everyone. I hope this note finds you well and enjoying fall after a fun-filled summer. 2016 is our year of turning 50, and with that milestone comes many celebrations.
Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa recently traveled to Croatia and Italy and had a great time, based on the Facebook videos of her adventures.
In April, Colleen Connery Coyne, Megan (Leahy) Tilles, Kathy (Reali) Matthews, Gretchen (Gibbons) Nock, Jeanine McGratty-Lee, Kit (Burgess) Lau, and I met in Chicago for a weekend of fun and celebration. We had a fantastic time, though we were surprised The Lodge and the Zebra Lounge didn’t look quite the same as we remembered from our post-college days. Plans also are set for a gathering in late September at Jamie (Megeath) Jamison’s home in Chautauqua, New York with Cindy (Constantakis) Russell, Beth (Galle) deVente, Julia (Welsh) Levis, Shannon (McChesney) Fanshawe, Ellen (Maglicic) Kramer, Meg (Sullivan) Walters, Kit Burgess Lau, Michelle LoSchiavo, Karen (Welsh) Levis ’87, and me. Fifty deserves to be celebrated all year, so send me your updates about how you’re kicking off the new decade.
I have exciting news to share about Dave Brickner. First, he and Karyn Sikaitis got married in March of 2015. Congrats to you both! Dave is managing director of Guardian Technologies, and he and his business partner were named winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the manufacturing division for the Northeast Ohio region. They were nominated and became finalists the past two years, which is a fantastic accomplishment given the prestige of this award. Dave and his partner are traveling to Palm Desert, California, in November for the national awards, and if they win, they’ll attend a global event in Barcelona, Spain, early next year. Good luck, Dave!
Many of you have college-age children (What? How can that be?), and a number of you have kids at JCU. I know of Dave Brickner’s son and Kristin (Dickenson) ’90 and Mike Hogue’s son, and I believe there are many more.
Dave DiCillo gave me an update on a few of his friends who have children at JCU. Deborah and Paul Saluan’s oldest of three, Noelle, is in her third year at Carroll and competes in track and field. Also, Calvin Chmura, the third of four boys of Wivina and Charley Chmura, started at JCU this year. Those of you with children at Carroll, send their names my way, and I’ll include them in the next column.
This column wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to a classmate and dear friend who we lost this summer. On July 28, Kathy (Noteman) Wagner passed away after a courageous seven- year battle with breast cancer. She’s survived by her husband of 27 years, John Wagner ’86, and their three children – Jack, Corinne, and Mimi. Kathy’s beautiful smile, bright energy, and positive resilient attitude touched so many people during her life. Her legacy of embracing each moment and living life to the fullest remains an inspiration for us all.
Until next time,
Hello, class of ’88. I’m excited to return writing our class column and look forward to hearing from everyone with lots of news and updates. Because I just took over this role and want time to pull together a lot of updates from our class, I plan to write a full column for the next printed version of John Carroll magazine that will mail in the fall. That gives everyone time to get me your news.
I also thank Christine (Horwath) Gawronski for the time she spent as our most recent class columnist. Thanks, Christine.
I hope everyone had a fantastic summer. I look forward to hearing from you.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Homecoming 2014 was a beautiful day, and the Grazia-Powers tent contained all the action. Our Blue Streaks pulled off an amazing win. It was a great game and season, if only we could break the Mount Union streak. Scott Labuda ’87 and I joined Tom ’87 and Fran (Farinacci) Powers, and John ’86 and Sue (Farinacci) ’87 Grazia at their tailgate. It was great to see Jim Hansen, John Davidson, Jamie (Megeath) Jamison, Vince Cuffaro ’89, Dave Clifford ’87, Chris and Melissa (Rettew) Wenzler ’90, Dave Pratt ’85, and Terri (Johnson) Long ’85. I’m trying to arrange an author visit for Scott at the school where I teach and at my daughter’s school. My students love his wonderful book, “The Color of People.”
Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa’s son was accepted into several honors programs at three universities.
Like our Facebook page, John Carroll University, Class of 1988 and Friends, which contains information about when we plan events. We hope to have another get-together after the holidays. Keep the updates coming through email or Facebook. I hope you had a blessed and wonderful holiday season. Stay warm and safe.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, our class celebrity magnet, had the night of her dreams several months back. At a Donny Osmond concert, she was chosen to receive the rose from Donny! Plus, on a recent trip to NYC, she met the star of “Kinky Boots” – Billy Porter. Dan Obermiller, who returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia, teaches statistics and how to use JMP statistical software made by SAS Institute. His company had a customer that wanted several of their classes in Riyadh. As the manager of the group, he was the one to go. He said it was very much like any U.S. city but had distinct cultural differences, including five prayer times a day!
During a recent cleaning binge, I came across an old edition of the Alumni Journal from 1993. The cover article, titled “Bookworms,” was about a book group formed by my father and five other faculty members in 1973. I remember the group well. They continued to meet until about 2008, for nearly 35 years. They originated the group with faculty members from different areas of study, although they did end up with two English professors. The group embodied liberal arts education. The members brought their ideas and insights from their varied areas, yet all were able to cross the lines easily because they all had a liberal arts background and had mastered many more areas of study than just their own. After I posted the article on Facebook, I heard from Dan Dreiling ’86, who told me the alumni office created a similar, yet unique program – the Alumni Continuing Education Series (ACES). Dan and I had a great conversation about Dan’s idea to start an alumni book group, one that would encompass alumni, faculty, and students. Dan thought: “What if we could connect the Bookworms with ACES?” He referred me to the Lifelong Learning page on the alumni website for more information about ACES. Let’s hear from you. Would this be something you’d like to be a part of?
I hope everyone has a wonderful autumn. Keep the updates coming through email or Facebook.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Fr. Michael Brunovsky ’12G, O.S.B., M.Ed. was named the new principal of Benedictine High School in May. After graduating from Carroll, Fr. Michael pursued theological studies at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., achieving a master’s degree in theology and was ordained a priest June 26, 1993, by Archbishop Daniel Kucera, O.S.B. of Dubuque, Iowa, in St. Andrew Abbey Church. Fr. Michael continued his graduate studies in education at JCU, earning a Master of Education and state certification as a secondary school administrator in 2012. Since 1993, he has been a popular member of the Benedictine High School faculty, teaching social studies and theology. He chaired the social studies department for a decade, developing advanced-placement courses in American and European history. He has served as academic dean and assistant principal of Benedictine since 2008. An accomplished musician, Fr. Michael has served as the music director of Saint Andrew Abbey since 1997 as well as novice master. Since his ordination, he has assisted in ministry on weekends at St. Adalbert Parish in Berea, Ohio. He also celebrates the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy in the Parma Eparchy and has preached retreats and conferences locally and out of state. He’s also active in Slovak-American cultural affairs.
Our reunions have now become ongoing events, so stay tuned to our Facebook page (John Carroll University, Class of 1988) for information about when we’re planning events. The most recent get-together was in downtown Cleveland the weekend of June 27-29. Sharon Byrnes, Lisa Verszyla Cantalamessa, Tony DeCarlo, Vince Cuffaro ’89, and myself met Rick Benz ’87 and Scott Labuda ’87. We had a great weekend with perfect weather for hanging out at our favorite spot in the Warehouse District – Bar Louie after dinner at the Chop House on Friday. Sharon had to leave us for her so-called date with Bruno Mars on Saturday, so Lisa, Vince, Rick, and I explored the shoreline for a bit, then Lisa and I ended up in the Gay Pride parade. (OK, we just cut across the street in the middle of it, but for 10 seconds, we were ‘in’ it.) Later in the afternoon, Vince, Rick, and I went to see Scott rowing (and winning!) in a regatta on the Cuyahoga. After another stop at Bar Louie, we explored what was left of the East Bank of the Flats (so sad!), and Rick, Scott, and I ended up the evening getting thrown out of jail (well, out of a park on jail property). It was a great weekend. Let’s get more of us together for the next one.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer. Keep the updates coming through email or Facebook.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Our 25th reunion weekend was so much fun that a few of our classmates decided to keep it going and keep in touch more often than once every five years. Kudos and thanks to Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa and Lauree (Popovich) Criss ’89 for organizing a homecoming weekend gathering. Hopefully, it will be the first of many. Let’s make it an annual event and show these new Carrollites how to do homecoming right. I was sad to miss it, but Michelle (McNulty) ’89 and Andy Flando made the day, plus Laryn Runco ’84, Larry ’90 and Jane (Wagner) ’90 Nicolette, Chris Wenzler ’90, and Dave Clifford ’87. Lisa gave the cheerleaders a few pointers. It looked like a beautiful day to be back on campus.
Greg Van Niel made ESPN news on Sunday, July 14, when he caught four foul balls at the Indians – Royals game. He had moved from his regular seats, and the move ended up being a lucky one.
Congratulations to Judith (Veres) Mondry, who was made the first female partner in the CPA firm of Walthall Drake & Wallace in Mentor, Ohio.
I heard from Lou Chorich, who’s almost a neighbor. We both live in Dublin, Ohio, are members of the same parish, and our children attend the same school. He has forgiven me for getting his wife sucked into our various PTO committees and sent an update. After JCU, Lou headed to OSU medical school. Now he’s a retinal surgeon with Midwest Retina. He and his wife, Jan, are busy with their three children, ages 8, 6, and 4.
Cynthia Sech lives in Atlanta, where she’s been for the past 15 years. She was with IBM for a few years and switched jobs in October to be a client manager for MDI Group, a privately held IT staffing company. IBM was a great company to work for, but she missed being in outside sales, meeting with clients, and coming and going, so she decided to make the switch. It’s a great new company with wonderful people. It was a terrific move. She still keeps in touch with Michelle LoSchiavo, who, about six years ago, lived in Shaker Heights in a fabulous duplex she completely renovated from top to bottom. It was spectacular. Peggy (Carlin) Sparrow and Cindy visited several times. She accepted another job and relocated to Philly, stayed for three years, and recently returned to Cleveland and got a fabulous new job with Hyland Software as an account manager on the financial services team. As everything in life comes full circle, she repurchased the awesome house she originally bought six years ago. She’s been there for about two months and loves it. As for Peggy, she and her family are still outside Chicago. She and Vince brought Allison (16) and Peter (13) to Cleveland for reunion this year so Allison could see John Carroll. Peggy pointed out all the benefits of attending JCU to Allison, including the fact Michelle is a short drive away.
I wish you all a wonderful new year. Keep the updates coming.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
What a weekend it was! Our 25th reunion turned out to be quite the affair, including everything from late-night wrestling lessons in the dorm, to cruising the Cuyahoga, to commandeering a campus shuttle, to meeting a movie star. Friday we were back on campus, checking into our rooms at Hamlin Hall and enjoying the offerings in the big tent on the quad and the Great Lakes Brewery beer tasting. Friday night kicked off with Dave Brickner, Sharon Byrnes, John Davidson, Lisa DeMaria, Kara Kachelein Dombroski ’87, Erin Doolin Fessler, Jim Hansen, Julie (Colopey) Maloney, Jeanine McGratty-Lee, John Merkle, Mary Ellen (Malloy) Paul, Fran (Farinacci) Powers, Seamus ’91 and Beth (Michalak) Rahill, John ’87 and Lisa (Moreschi) Rock, Karyn Sikaitis, John Slagter, Martha (Kosir) Stankewicz, and Heather Stewart Kaznoski. It was also the IXY night on campus with Pat Connaughton, Michelle (McNulty) Flando ’89 and Andy Flando, Bill Kerner, and Frank Ziegler. And the 25th Reunion Award goes to John Murphy for driving in from Chicago even though he could only make Friday night! (Andy ditched us on Saturday to watch the Blackhawks game, but that’s another story.) Afterward, we enjoyed our party lounge on the second floor of Hamlin. On Saturday morning, Sharon, Jeanine, John D. and Anne, Jim, and myself went on the Goodtime III pier with Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, Dave DiCillo, Kevin Garmey, Ellen (Maglicic) Kramer, Julia (Welsh) Lundy, Kathy (Reali) Matthews, Gretchen (Gibbons) Nock, and Mark Oswald. We were also joined by Rick Benz ’87 and Scott Labuda ’87. (Rick even honored us by eating at the same lunch table with us because there was no IXY table on the boat.) It was a perfect, sunny day for a cruise on the river, and we had a fabulous time. Oz was intent on making a detour to Bar Louie in the Warehouse District, so we kidnapped a campus shuttle and driver, Tom Fanning, who happened to be from admissions, and headed there after the cruise. At Bar Louie, we met Paul Hansen ’86 and John Mitchell ’89. John Davidson coined the quote for the weekend, “The class of ’83 may know how to party in the dorm, but leave it to the class of ’88 to commandeer a campus vehicle.” Lisa saw a gentleman sitting on the patio opposite us and headed over to make certain he was who she thought he was. She was right. She spotted Kevin Costner, who was kind enough to come over and pose for a few pictures with us. After Mr. Costner asked all of us to be in his next movie, we headed back to campus to get ready for the evening’s festivities. Saturday night added: Peter Anthony, Tom ’87 and Katherine (Meehan) Collins, Colleen Connery Coyne, Beth (Galle) deVente, Katy (Quinn) Donohue, Staci (Blagovich) Dunbar, Jamie (Megeath) Jamison, Michelle LoSchiavo, Shannon McChesney Fanshawe, Ron ’86 and Christine (Menke) Mingus, John Philbin, Melissa (Nassif) Pla, Sandy Ripepi Stafford, Peggy (Carlin) Sparrow, Margaret (Hlivak)’89 and Herb Verderber, Dave Williams, and Marty ’86 and Sabrina (Munn) Williard. Mass was followed by an incredible spread back in the big tent and a night full of dancing and fun. Melissa (Rettew) ’90 and Chris Wenzler ’90 and Sue (Farinacci) ’87 and John Grazia ’86 were also in the tent Saturday night. After we wore out the dance floor, everyone headed back to the dorm where we had stocked refreshments and munchies for our own class after-party. The last men standing were Sharon, Colleen, Oz, and Paul … and that was at 4 a.m.! What a fun weekend. A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Sharon for being the thread that always holds us all together and taking the lead on our reunions. Thanks also to this year’s reunion committee for all you did to make this a wonderful weekend. I can’t wait to see how we top this at our 30th.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
What a weekend it was! Our 25th reunion turned out to be quite the affair, including everything from late-night wrestling lessons in the dorm, to cruising the Cuyahoga, to commandeering a campus shuttle, to meeting a movie star. Friday we were back on campus, checking into our rooms at Hamlin Hall and enjoying the offerings in the big tent on the quad and the Great Lakes Brewery beer tasting. Friday night kicked off with Dave Brickner, Sharon Byrnes, John Davidson, Lisa DeMaria, Kara Kachelein Dombroski ’87, Erin Doolin Fessler, Jim Hansen, Julie (Colopey) Maloney, Jeanine McGratty-Lee, John Merkle, Mary Ellen (Malloy) Paul, Fran (Farinacci) Powers, Seamus ’91 and Beth (Michalak) Rahill, John ’87 and Lisa (Moreschi) Rock, Karyn Sikaitis, John Slagter, Martha (Kosir) Stankewicz, and Heather Stewart Kaznoski. It was also the IXY night on campus with Pat Connaughton, Michelle (McNulty) Flando ’89 and Andy Flando, Bill Kerner, and Frank Ziegler. And the 25th Reunion Award goes to John Murphy for driving in from Chicago even though he could only make Friday night! (Andy ditched us on Saturday to watch the Blackhawks game, but that’s another story.) Afterward, we headed to enjoy our party lounge on the second floor of Hamlin. On Saturday morning, Sharon, Jeanine, John D. and Anne, Jim, and myself went on the Goodtime III pier with Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, Dave DiCillo, Kevin Garmey, Ellen (Maglicic) Kramer, Julia (Welsh) Lundy, Kathy (Reali) Matthews, Gretchen (Gibbons) Nock, and Mark Oswald. We were also joined by Rick Benz ’87 and Scott Labuda ’87. (Rick even honored us by eating at the same lunch table with us because there was no IXY table on the boat.) It was a perfect, sunny day for a cruise on the river, and we had a fabulous time. Oz was intent on making a detour to Bar Louie in the Warehouse District, so we kidnapped a campus shuttle and driver, Tom Fanning, who happened to be from admissions, and headed there after the cruise. At Bar Louie, we met Paul Hansen ’86 and John Mitchell ’89. John Davidson coined the quote for the weekend, “The class of ’83 may know how to party in the dorm, but leave it to the class of ’88 to commandeer a campus vehicle.” Lisa saw a gentleman sitting on the patio opposite us and headed over to make certain he was who she thought he was. She was right. She spotted Kevin Costner, who was kind enough to come over and pose for a few pictures with us. After Mr. Costner asked all of us to be in his next movie, we headed back to campus to get ready for the evening’s festivities. Saturday night added: Peter Anthony, Tom ’87 and Katherine (Meehan) Collins, Colleen Connery Coyne, Beth (Galle) deVente, Katy (Quinn) Donohue, Staci (Blagovich) Dunbar, Jamie (Megeath) Jamison, Michelle LoSchiavo, Shannon McChesney Fanshawe, Ron ’86 and Christine (Menke) Mingus, John Philbin, Melissa (Nassif) Pla, Sandy Ripepi Stafford, Peggy (Carlin) Sparrow, Margaret (Hlivak)’89 and Herb Verderber, Dave Williams, and Marty ’86 and Sabrina (Munn) Williard. Mass was followed by an incredible spread back in the big tent and a night full of dancing and fun. Melissa (Rettew) ’90 and Chris Wenzler ’90 and Sue (Farinacci) ’87 and John Grazia ’86 were also in the tent Saturday night. After we wore out the dance floor, everyone headed back to the dorm where we had stocked refreshments and munchies for our own class after-party. The last men standing were Sharon, Colleen, Oz, and Paul … and that was at 4 a.m.! What a fun weekend. A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Sharon for being the thread that always holds us all together and taking the lead on our reunions. Thanks also to this year’s reunion committee for all you did to make this a wonderful weekend. I can’t wait to see how we top this at our 30th.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
The other day, I was enjoying an evening with my friends, and the conversation turned to college memories. One of my friends said she wished she could return – not for good – but just to have a chance to relive a couple of those days. Others at the table agreed. I realized how our John Carroll class reunions are so unique. None of my friends have anything close to resembling the reunion experiences we have. I shared (and bragged a bit) about our reunion weekends and what a special opportunity we have to catch up, visit, and enjoy each other’s company while reliving our days at Carroll. Going back in time, 25 years ago, we were celebrating our last spring break, preparing for our “final” final exams, spending one closing week together for senior week, and packing it up for the last time.
Well, it’s here. Time to go back and enjoy our days at JCU again. We’ve put together a weekend that will provide you with the chance. Our class will be in Hamlin Hall. (Thanks, Sharon, for securing one of the newer dorms for our class.) We’ll have a hospitality room/ special area for just our class to gather, hang out, and visit. I can’t promise another midnight baseball game on the Millor quad, but you never know. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll embark on a cruise on the Goodtime (it’s the Goodtime III now), just like our great senior week adventure. Join us to relive our fun afternoon, make up for the fun day if you missed it, or redeem yourself for some less-than-memorable behavior that day. (No names will be mentioned in this column, but you know who you are.) We’ll be back on campus in time for the Saturday night dinner and festivities. Our goal is to be the record-breaking reunion class. To do this, we need to top 111 attendees. Many of you have attended Saturday night for the after-dinner fun at past reunions. We’re asking you to join us earlier this year and officially register for the reunion. (They feed us much better now than they did in the cafeteria). Classmates who are attending so far include: Colleen Connery Coyne, Gretchen (Gibbons) Nock, Kathy (Reali) Matthews, Mary Baugh Martin, Megan (Leahy) Tilles, Jeanine McGratty-Lee, Julia (Welsh) Lundy, Michelle LoSchiavo, Ellen (Maglicic) Kramer, Beth (Galle) deVente, Meg (Sullivan) Walters, Cindy (Constantakis) Russell, Mike Zecchino, Jerry Auld, Mike Farrell, Marty Randal, Steve Rayl, Julie (Colopy) Maloney, Jim Hansen, Dan Obermiller, Dave Williams, Jim Berger, and Andy Juhola. Reunion committee members are: Sharon Byrnes, Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, Luna (Dawaher) Alsharaiha, Mark Wallace, John Davidson, Dave DiCillo, Jeff Paravano, Dave Brickner (who, somehow, will get us a class tent – it might be four sticks and a sheet on top, but he’s determined our class will have one), Mark Wallace, Karyn Sikaitis, and me. We’re already laughing through the planning sessions. Our goal is to make this a fun weekend for our class. Mark your calendars for June 14-16, 2013, and send in your registration. We’re looking forward to being together and having a fun weekend.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and your new year is off to a great start. Well, it’s here – our big year. Work has begun on our 25th reunion. Committee members are: Sharon (Byrnes) Mixner, Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, Luna (Dawaher) Alsharaiha, Mark Wallace, John Davidson, Dave DiCillo, Jeff Paravano, Dave Brickner, Karyn Sikaitis, and myself. With this crew, you know we’re going to have an over-the- top reunion weekend. Mark your calendars for June 14-16, 2013. The class of ’77 holds the record for attendance with 110. Surely we can top that.
On to the updates. I heard from my sorority sister Adriana (AD) (Bolivar) Beattie. She and her family moved to Texas in 2007 to teach. They love it there and have met many people from Ohio, though not from JCU. Adriana received her master’s from Ursuline College and loves teaching. She teaches fourth-grade bilingual this year, but also has taught first and second grades. She’s excited she finally gets to use her Spanish language daily. Her kids all had a fabulous transition, and her oldest, Brad, will be continuing the family tradition by attending JCU in the spring. He’s excited to gear his major toward engineering. He also hopes to wrestle for Carroll. (He was state qualifier in Texas at 220 pounds.)
Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Sharon Byrnes Mixner let me know about a miniJCU reunion in Michigan this past October. Jeanine, Sharon, Colleen Connery Coyne, and Kit (Burgess) Lau took a road trip to Colleen’s family cottage in Gaylord, Mich. They had a great time, including an early morning wake-up call by two tow trucks. They learned the police and tow trucks really follow through on those “No Parking Here” signs. Just like being back in college – never a dull moment. They met up with Gretchen (Gibbons) Nock in Petoskey, Mich., for lunch, shopping, and laughs. They’re looking forward to reunion at Carroll this summer. Reunion information has been sent out, so make your plans. We’re hoping to see many of you there.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Hello, classmates. I hope everyone had a great summer and good back-to-school for the kids. I received great updates from my fellow Columbusite, John Davidson. Tim and Patti (Svetlak) Mahota are still in Santa Barbara, Calif., with their two kids, Grace and Max, and probably will be forever. (Patti’s mom moved out there several years ago, and Tim’s mom moved to Maryland, so, other than JCU reunions, they have little motivation to come to Ohio). Patti is a school counselor, and Tim is general council for Integral Development in Sunnyvale, Calif. He spends several days a month commuting from Santa Barbara.
Bruce Celek is still with PNC selling foreign exchange but moved to Charlotte to develop a relatively new market for them. He and his wife, Alissa, had their second child, Braxton Asher Celek, who joins big sister Brinsley. If that wasn’t enough, they bought a house they plan to remodel during the next year.
As for John, he started KylesHill Financial Planning six years ago. In addition to raising three kids – Brian (16), Archer (13), and Katie (11) – his wife, Anne, lets him spend time playing in the Shamrock Club Pipe and Drums (which I have mentioned in a previous column), coaching fourth- grade football (where he occasionally runs into Joe Norris ’87, who helps coach seventh- and eighth-graders at another school in the league), taking the occasional cross-country motorcycle trip, and helping organize the JCU Alumni Columbus Chapter.
I received the flyer for our 25th reunion. It doesn’t seem possible. Save the dates – June 14 -16, 2013.
A happy and safe fall and winter to everyone. Keep the updates coming.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Hello, all. I had the pleasure of hearing from my sorority sis, Lisa (Moreschi) Rock, this time around. She and her husband, John ’87, had quite the adventure last summer with their kids – Michael (14), Jenna (12), and Catherine (10). They rented an RV and hit the road for nearly a month-long trip throughout the U.S. They logged 8,000 miles, visited 20 states, saw nine national parks, and had an awesome time. While in California, they lunched with Lisa DeMaria, who moved back to the San Francisco area after living in Mexico for 17 years. She and husband, Cesar Ayala, have two daughters, Catania (10) and Francesca (8). Lisa still keeps in touch with Theta Kappa sister Heather Stewart Kaznoski, who lives in Marblehead, Mass., with her husband, Pete, and son, Wilson (9). Lisa sees Katherine (Meehan) Collins at the tennis club sometimes. Katherine lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with her husband, Tom ’87, and their five kids. Like most of us, Lisa and John’s social life consists mostly of taxiing their kids to various sporting events. Lisa runs into many Carroll alums at CYO games. She has seen Martha (Kosir) Stankewicz, Fran (Farinacci) Powers, John ’86 and Sue (Farinacci) ’87 Grazia, Dave Brickner, Jim Hansen, Mike Cronin, and Lenny Soeder ’90.
Jim Hansen was in Chicago for spring break with his three kids and spent quality time at a German restaurant with Kevin Garmey, his wife, Tammy, and their two kids, Peter (6) and Ava (4). He says Kevin is doing well and hasn’t changed a bit.
John Davidson promised an update in April during his weekend in Cleveland with Tim Mahota, Bruce Celek, and a bunch of Betas. I’m still waiting on the tales from that weekend.
I heard from Liz and John Merkle. John, the deputy commander of administration and chief of staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany, is serving with fellow alumni. The U.S. Army-Europe Commander was Gen. Carter Ham ’76. Liz and John’s daughter, Samantha, interned with the public affairs office at LRMC and posed for an alumni photo with the Hams and her dad. Liz and John renewed their vows on their 25th anniversary with the LRMC Catholic chaplain, Fr. David Kirk ’74, officiating. John’s preparing to retire from the military and work in civilian hospitals. Their youngest, Liam, is heading to college, making them empty nesters. Daughter Samantha graduated in 2011 (UF), and their oldest, Johnathan, graduated with a B.S. in zoology in 2009 (UF).
Keep the news coming. We’re fast approaching our 25th reunion (yikes!). I’m available through email and Facebook.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Greetings. I was excited to receive many updates via Facebook. I’d like to thank Jamie (Megeath) Jamison and Kathy (Reali) Matthews for their work on our class column and the honor of asking me to take the reins.
A few years ago, I discovered I’m neighbors with my Theta Kappa sister, Luna (Dawaher) Alsharaiha. She became the principal at St. Mary’s School in Columbus, Ohio. Her two children attend the University of Cincinnati.
I run into John Davidson around town, mostly at intramural sporting events. John and his wife, Anne, live in Columbus with their children. He performs with the Shamrock Pipe & Drums. Come see him at this year’s Dublin Irish Festival.
Suzy (King) Daniels is married to Jack Daniels ’87 and has two boys, Matthew and David. They moved to Switzerland this past August. Suzy posts many fun things about how they’re settling in and that she’s still trying to find reasonably priced pizza.
Joe Klema just entered his 23rd year as a resident of Southern California. He works in the commercial real-estate financing industry and is doing a lot of volunteer service work. He says he’s blessed, healthy, happy, and grateful.
Charley Chmura’s oldest son, Anthony, headed off to college this fall at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Charley says there are strong JCU connections at ND, and they’re developing new friendships with other JCU alums and parents. They also keep in touch with Dave DiCillo and Paul Saluan, whose families are doing well.
Dan Obermiller took a new job with SAS Institute and moved to Garner, N.C. with his family.
Greg Bigler has been in Jackson, Wyo., getting by skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking for the past eight years.
On a sadder note, I heard from Melissa (Rettew) Wenzler ’90 that Colleen (Harvey) Solomon passed away. Unfortunately, I don’t have any details, so if anyone does, please let us know.
I’m living in Dublin, Ohio, and keeping busy raising my two children, Tyler (12) and Megan (10). We had a great visit this past summer with my old roomie, Siobhan O’Leary Drlik ’89. She and her husband, Gary, and their sweet little boy, Martin, came down to visit for the Irish Festival, something I hope becomes an annual tradition.
The Carroll community was a great source of comfort to me this past year after my father, Darrell Horwath, whom many of you had for class, passed away.
Please continue the updates. I’m available through email and Facebook. Wishes and blessings for a wonderful 2012.
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Christine Horwath Gawronski
We’d like to welcome our new class columnist, Christine Horwath Gawronski. We’ve enjoyed our time as columnists and thank those of you who sent us updates. We encourage all of you to keep sending them to Christine. Also, if you haven’t joined our Facebook group, JCU Class of 1988, please do. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected to members of our class and send Christine updates. We’d like to extend good wishes and thanks to everyone in our class. We look forward to seeing many of you again at our next reunion.
Kathy and Jamie
Christine Horwath Gawronski
Kathy Reali Matthews
Hello to all in 2010! We have a few things to report about classmates, but we hope to stay better connected this year. For all those Facebook fans, our class has a Facebook group — JCU Class of 1988. Please join and send us your updates so we can stay in touch.
Good news for some fellow classmates. Dave DiCillo merged his financial services company with Zinner and Co., managed by another JCU alum, Robin Baum ’87. Dave will now become a partner in the Zinner and Co. firm. Congratulations Dave!
Two classmates welcomed new additions to their family (both are Jamie’s freshman roommates) — Staci Blagovich Dunbar, welcomed Graydon Cooper Dunbar on May 22. Staci and her husband, Morgan, were in Japan and returned to the States last spring.
Nancy Shalala welcomed Sophie last year as well. Congratulations to both your families. We look forward to meeting your children at the next reunion.
Looking forward to your updates. Cheers, Jamie and Kathy
Happy holidays! We were so grateful to hear from Sue Najjar Bell. Sue was kind enough to share her challenges and joys during the last ten years. After the illness and death of her first husband in 2001, Sue has since re-married and has two beautiful children, Tommy (2 ½) and Elizabeth (1). As if keeping track of two toddlers isn’t enough, she teaches children between the ages of 3-6 who have disabilities. On top of that, she and her husband own The Flying Monkey Pub in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Personally speaking, I highly recommend stopping in at the Pub. I’ve been there several times myself and have never been disappointed in the service and atmosphere! Sue tells us she keeps in touch with Maggie Heller Shero, Carole Saade Sutherland and Dan Rutar. They are all happy and doing great. Maggie has four children and Carole has one. Thank you Sue for writing us!
We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mary Elizabeth Barkey who passed away in August.
We’re sure others have stories and accomplishments to share; we look forward to hearing from you soon! Best wishes, Kathy and Jamie
One of the highlights of writing this column is being able to hear about the successes of our classmates. We heard from Mike Thompson who was recently named vice president and treasurer of Cintas Corporation. Congratulations Mike!
Now about Reunion … WOW
For those of you at Reunion, what a great weekend! For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed an outstanding weekend. It could not have been more fun. For those of you who think you can’t go back and be 21 years old again, plan to be at the 25th Reunion and you will see how easy it just might be. From the beautiful Mass at Gesu, to the “So You Think You Can Dance” dance moves, to the misplaced bottle opener, and the several late night food orders – life could not have been any better on the JCU campus on June 20! So many friends came back to campus from California, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and yes, even Avon Lake. One of the best parts of the weekend was to see so many people reconnect after 20 years. It was also fun to see the different classes connect. Whether it was your 5th, 20th or 50th year Reunion, there is nothing better than catching up with old friends! Although we were very impressed with the turnout this year, the MVP award has to go to the group of IBGs who made it back to campus — some for their first Reunion Weekend. The weekend would not have been the same without you guys! It would be too hard to mention all the people we saw during the weekend, but if you have a story you would like to share, please write us and we will be sure to include it in our next column. There were so many great experiences that took place over the weekend, we hope to hear about some of them from those who were there and we will be sure to update the column in the months ahead. In the meantime, we know how busy everyone is and hope all of you are enjoying the summer and spending quality time with your family and friends. We also send out our prayers to those of you fighting against illness or caring for a loved one. A further takeaway from Reunion Weekend was celebrating the friendships and connections we made 20 years ago — the very friendships that provide us with strength and support when it is most needed. And let’s face it, with as busy as life is, there is nothing better in the whole world than being 21 again, for just a night, and laughing every minute for 24 hours. Hope to hear from you soon. Best wishes, Jamie and Kathy
The reunion committee has been hard at work planning our 20th Reunion. We hope all of you will seriously consider coming back for all or part of the weekend festivities!
Please send updates about yourself or classmates. We’d really like to hear from you! Hope to see you in June. Jamie and Kathy
Happy 2008 and our 20th Reunion year! We’re not sure about you, but it sure seems like yesterday we were hanging out on the Quad, frequenting the Rat or surviving meals at SAGA. We hope that this is the year that many of you will come back to JCU to connect with your many classmates and enjoy a great Reunion Weekend.
A big thank you to Sharon Byrnes who has been instrumental in getting our reunion committee together! The reunion committee, which includes: Sharon, along with Greg Bigler, Lisa (Verszyla) Cantalamessa, John Davidson, Colleen Gallagher, Christine (Horwath) Gawronski, Tim Kernan, Jamie (Megeath) Jamison, Kathy (Reali) Matthews, Tim and Patti (Svetlak) Mahota, Beth (Michalak) Rahill, Sandra Ripepi Stafford, Marcianne (White) Touchette and Frank Ziegler, has set a goal of 65 or more classmates to attend Reunion Weekend. We think that number can be easily reached but we need your help! So call your friends and encourage them to come enjoy the great weekend of family fun activities.
Additionally, Mike and Beth (Faber) Murdy are our gift chairs. Mike and Beth are living in Atlanta, Ga. They will be our contacts for our Class Gift. Our goal is to have at least 20% participation for our class gift.
We heard from many people over the holidays, but we need to hear from more of you. Keep your updates coming! One person in particular to keep in your prayers is Seamus Rahill ’91, husband of Beth Rahill. Seamus is a Major with the Ohio National Guard and has been deployed to Kuwait for the year with his unit. For Seamus and all those serving our country, we thank you.
We look forward to seeing many of you in June. Kathy and Jamie
Please make sure to save the date for our 20th Reunion! The reunion committee has already started planning and we would all like to see a great turnout. In fact, the committee is looking for people willing to spend just a little time helping both plan and recruit friends to attend. If you have any ideas or can spare some time to help plan for a great weekend, please contact one of these people: Lisa Verszyla Cantalamessa, John Davidson, Christine Horwath Gawronski and Sharon Byrnes Mixner. Hope to see you in June! Jamie and Kathy
A short column, but we did hear from a few classmates. Received a great update from Julie Loeffler Andrews — yes she is now Julie Andrews (insert joke here). Chris works for Cummins Bridgeway, and they live in Pittsburgh with their three children, Mara (8), Peter (6) and Janie (3). As well as full-time mom duties, Julies is also doing some freelance marketing for InTune Business Advisors, a company run by two of her brothers, who are also JCU grads: Jim ’91 and Richard ’84 Loeffler. Julie’s oldest daughter, Mara, was a “micro-preemie” born at 26 weeks weighing 2 lbs. She is truly a miracle child, having only mild cerebral palsy which doesn’t allow her to walk with a very strong gait, and some developmental delays. Because of the whole experience Julie hopes to go to nursing school when all the kids are a bit more grown. Our best to the whole Andrews clan.
A short update from Dave Williams who recently moved to Florence, SC. Dave started a new job in April with SC Cardiovascular Surgery. South Carolina winters will be a welcome change to our blustery winters!
Mike Donnelly wrote and promised to help get updates from the JCU friends he keeps in touch with, in the meantime, he shared that he just completed half of his first term as Judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas bench. He absolutely loves the job. This past January, he was appointed by The Ohio Supreme Court to its Commission on Professionalism. The cases he hears are both criminal and civil and have been fascinating. His wife, Nancy, is senior corporate counsel for Steris Corporation. They have two children, Caroline is in the first grade and Tim is in preschool. As for extracurricular activities he is competing in his fourth marathon this year in Chicago. Good luck and keep the updates coming!
We are always looking for updates and now it is even easier to stay connected through JCU Connect. When you register, send us a note and we will include it in our next column.
Hard to believe our 20 year reunion is next year. Mark your calendars for June 20-22 and we do hope many will plan to attend. Our kids loved “kids camp.” JCU makes it a fun weekend for the whole family.
Cheers to all, Kathy and Jamie
We’ve been getting a few updates but they are definitely slow in coming. We did get an update from Ed Hammele and his wife Dana Lemmons. They are living in Fairhope, AL, with their children and loving the laid back lifestyle of the South along with the good weather!
David Williams checked in and he, his wife, and three children live in Florence, SC. David works for South Carolina Cardiovascular Surgery. I recently ran into the Honorable Mike Donnelly and begged him to help gather updates, so for those of you who know Mike, please help keep the updates coming.
In April, Megan Leahy Tilles ran the Boston Marathon for a great cause – The Boston Ronald McDonald House. As you may recall, it was the worst weather Boston has had for this event in over 100 years! Congratulations Megan!
Speaking of updates … when we agreed to take over our column, we did so as a team hoping that we would have a little more to report each issue. However, we are running a little thin on material lately. So we don’t leave you with another empty column in the months to come, we thought we would give you; “The Top Ten Reasons to Send Column Updates” It takes five minutes to e-mail us and our column will be much more interesting. Simple updates are great, we don’t want to start adding “fluff” or worse yet have nothing to say at all. Alums in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Colorado, and New York, Florida have interesting lives too — let’s hear from you. It’s a great way to connect with fellow classmates — you may find that a fellow classmate lives in your backyard. Many of us have kids, new jobs and successes — you’re not bragging — we are celebrating with you. It’s fun to hear about everyone in our class and it only takes a few minutes. Did we mention it only takes a few minutes! Our reunion is around the corner and the more updates we have, the more you’ll be in the know at reunion. Writing the column is great fun, but we are desperate for material. We may pass this baton to you!
Hope to hear from you. Best wishes, Jamie and Kathy
Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! Unfortunately, we did not get any updates for this edition. So for next time, we hope to hear from many of you! Jamie and Kathy
Happy Holidays! We have to say this has been the best flow of information that’s been sent to us since we’ve started writing the class column. Please keep the updates coming, we’ve heard from so many that appreciate and look forward to hearing about fellow classmates. Jim Hansen said that after reading all the 40th birthday updates, he figured after 18 years he’d send a note! Jim works as sales manager for Perfection Corp. and lives in Lyndhurst, OH, with his children: Peter (10), Jack (9) and Maddie (6). The kids attend St. Ann’s in Cleveland Heights. Coincidently, St. Ann’s is where the entire Reali clan attended oh so many years ago. Jim shared that he recently attended a surprise 40th birthday party for Mark Oswald at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, OH. Oz and his wife, Denise, live in Rocky River with their son, Jack. Others in attendance were Jim’s brother Paul ’86 and his wife, Sue (Bayhurst) ’89. Paul and Sue live in Westlake, OH, with their two girls. Iggy Gannon ’91 and his wife, Emily (Amer) ’92, live in Westpark, OH, with their two children. Jerry ’91 and Lydia (Cornell) ’91 Bourke live in Detroit, MI, with their two children. Greg Robida (‘91) and his wife, Nancy (Ayna) ’91, live in Lyndhurst, OH, with their four children and last but not least, Mike Bamrick ’92 who lives in Chicago, IL. Sounds like a great JCU party! Too bad the Rat’s not open to host birthday celebrations for all these JCU grads and that Gretchen Gibbons Nock isn’t available to bartend. Now that would be a birthday bash! Keeping along the lines of 40th birthday updates, Teresa Malloy Criswell shared that her wonderful husband, Jim ’82, sent her and her sister, Tricia ’94, to London for a week. He even took the week off work to care for their three children. Now that’s a 40th birthday gift!
Libby Hill Manthei is living in Medina, OH, with her husband, Jeff, and Blake (5). Libby had the pleasure of helping Dan O’Neil and his wife, Sheila Davis O’Neil celebrate his 40th birthday at their home in Hudson, OH. She also has the pleasure of occasionally running into one of my personal favorites, Jim Rubadue ’92 and his wife, Laura.
John Schramm, his wife, Amy, and their children, Mason (6) and Meredith (9), recently moved to Dallas, TX. His is a vice president at American International Group.
Dave Williams and his wife, Stephanie, are back living in Erie and in contact with several Erie alums. Dave has three children, Taylor, Aidan and Ethan and works at the Hamot Heart Institute as an echo cardiographer and vascular technologist (he does ultrasound to check patients’ hearts and blood vessels for disease). He often runs into Craig DeMarco who sells specialized pharmaceutical products to cardiologists. Dave says that Craig, as always, has a smile and a funny quip — we need an update Craig! In addition to friends from Erie, Dave also keeps in touch with his roommate Dan Obermiller who lives in Michigan with his wife, Jeanette. Dan works for Dow Inc. and travels the world training and teaching. Dave also touches base with Brian and Meg (Eastman) Tuma. Brian is an attorney and Meg works for NASA.
It turns out that several JCU basketball alums get together annually for fun and laughs. Andy Juhola, Jim Berger, Mark Maslona ’87 and others all gather at Coach Tim Baab’s home. We look forward to hearing some fun stories from your gathering.
As always, keep the updates coming. Until then, best wishes for Happy Holidays! Jamie and Kathy
We have heard from many classmates the past few months that have personally connected with others and thanks to your updates now we can keep our connection with each other and John Carroll strong. Keep those updates coming!
Received a great update from Christine (Menke) Mingus. She and her husband Ron ’87 live in Brecksville, OH, with their four children — Nathan (8), Stephen (6), Rachel (4), and David who joined the family in November. Chris says all are doing well – the kids are a blast and love their new brother! Chris is a stay at home mom and Ron is a law partner at Reminger & Reminger in Cleveland, OH. She also keeps in touch with other Clevelanders Maggie (Heller) Shero and Katherine (Meehan) Collins. They try to get together every few months for lunch. Maggie and her husband, Bill, have four children and live in Mentor, OH. Katherine and her husband Tom ’87 have five children and live in South Russell, OH. Every summer Chris gets together with other JCU grads, and last summer Kris (Vent) Leonard hosted a get together at her home in Pittsburgh. Kris has two boys, Adam and Luke. Erin (Doolin) Fessler was there with her family from Erie. Nancy (Fullerton) Bernard was also there with her two children, Anna and Spencer. Nancy, her husband Anthony and family just moved to Seattle, WA.
A “40th b-day girls’ weekend” was hosted by Cindy (Constantakis) Russell in Leesburg, VA. Beth (Galle) deVente, Meg (Sullivan) Walters, Michelle LoSchiavo, Sharon (Byrnes) Mixner, Ellen (Maglicic) Kramer and Karen (Welsh) Levis ’87 gathered for food, fun and laughs. Everyone is doing well with their respective families and careers. The biggest move to report was Michele LoSchiavo, who after many years in Cleveland, just moved to center city Philadelphia. She has gone back to her investment banking roots and is a senior derivatives marketer in the Mid Atlantic Region for Citizens Financial Group. Unfortunately, Julia (Welsh) Lundy could not join the gang because her father passed away after a long illness. We send our sympathies to Julia and her family.
We also received several updates from other class members. Frank Ziegler is living in Aurora, OH, with his wife Jill and two girls, Catherine (5) and Grace (3). Frank is a certified financial planner for American Financial. Bonnie McCulley lives in Sheffield Lake, OH, and is a regional director for Community Heath Partners. Dave Williams lives in Erie, PA, with his wife, Stephanie, and three children, Taylor (7), Aidan (3), and new baby Ethan.
Just when you think no one’s paying attention … our apologies to Jeff King and his wife. After recently seeing Jeff, he had a great deal of fun at my (Kathy) expense that his daughter’s name is Eva, not Victoria as we included in a previous column. Sorry for the mix-up.
Sadly, we must share that Peter O’Connor passed away suddenly and we hope that you will keep Peter and his family in your prayers.
We hope to hear more from other classmates for the next update! Kathy and Jamie
Spring is here! Hope everyone is doing well. Spring breaks are over, many of us are turning 40, and we would love to hear from you and highlight the great places you may have traveled to over the holidays or the exciting ways to celebrate your 40th birthday. PLEASE WRITE! In the meantime, we heard from Dan Miller, who received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon and is living in San Francisco with his family. Bonnie McCulley is living in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. She is working at Community Health Partners and is the Director of Spiritual Care. The grapevine also told us that John Slagter was recognized and received the Associate Supplier of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association. John is with Buckingham, Doolittle and & Burroughs, LLP. In addition, John was recently recognized in Cincinnati Magazine as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers, as voted by his peers. Congratulations, John! Ingrida Nasvytis writes to us from her home in Los Angeles, CA and kudos to her, she won an Emmy this year! Lisa Verszyla shared with us that she eloped to Las Vegas and was married at the Bellagio. Please join us in wishing all the best to Lisa and her husband Mark! Peter Anthony wrote to share that he, his wife, and daughter welcomed their newest little one Will in March. Peter and his family live in downtown Chicago. Peter has been with UGN, a supplier to the automotive industry, for 15 years and travels frequently to Europe. Congratulations to Peter and his growing family. If you know of any other classmates still have little ones, or achieving great things or accomplishing milestones, please let us know. We all love to hear good news and read about the great things happening to our fellow classmates. Until the next edition, best wishes from Jamie and Kathy.
Happy 2006! For many of us (some are already there) we will hit the big 40 this year! A small milestone for some and a real turning point for others. Whether it’s completing a marathon, a change in your career, or a new addition, we would love to hear how you plan to embrace 40. One fellow classmate who plans to embrace this year in a big way is Doug Dickason. Doug wrote that he and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 14 years, and they live in Lyndhurst with Steven (4). After 15 years with a Cleveland based industrial distributor, Doug got the bug to do something for himself. He recently acquired a Navis Pack & Ship franchise (specialists in packaging difficult to ship items) and opened a store in Eastlake, OH, on December 12. He and his wife will both work together and their business will service the entire Cleveland market. Best of luck and stop in and see Doug if you’re in the Eastlake area.
Congrats to Mary (Baugh) Martin and her husband, Tim, who welcomed a new addition to their family, daughter Megan!
We asked for an update from Erie and thank you Erin (Doolin) Fessler for filling us in. Erin and her husband, Don, live in Erie and have two girls Emily (9) and Julia (5). She keeps in contact with Brian Brugger. She reports that Brian and his wife, Beth, welcomed Ethan Leo into their family this year. We would love to hear from Brian as well as the reported family “expansion” news from Chris (Menke) Mingus, Sue (Najjar) Cadwallader and Dave Williams? As Erin pointed out, we are almost 40 and still building up more potential JCU alumni!
Don Moracz is a law partner at Reminger & Reminger, Co. He and his wife, Molly (Spisak) Moracz ’90 live in Avon Lake and have two children, Brian (10) and Elizabeth (8).
Cindy Sech also wrote about her adventures in Atlanta. Cindy’s career continues to soar and each new promotion takes her to different areas throughout the South. She recently got together with Michelle LoSchiavo and Peggy (Carlin) Sparrow for a girl’s weekend filled with laughs. Michelle renovated a home that Cindy reports should be in a magazine. Peggy and her husband, Vincent, live in Lake Bluff, IL, with their children.
Thanks for the great updates and keep them coming! Kathy and Jamie
As the leaves change to present their beautiful fall colors, we are writing our column, and it causes us to reflect on the many changes in our lives — new jobs, new homes, and the always joyful new additions to a family to name a few.
First let me say thank you to Kathy. When we agreed to do the column “together,” I was in the middle of a huge change. We built a new home last year, and although it was a good experience, it was overwhelming and we will never do it again (famous last words). Kathy took on the column and now that the dust has settled, I promise to help fill our column with news of classmates. We really want to hear about the changes in your lives so we can keep our class well connected!
Over the summer we did hear from Julia Welsh Lundy who lives in State College, PA. She and her husband, John, welcomed their third child Grace Anne in July. Grace joins big sister Kate and big brother Will.
Heather Stewart Kaznoski is enjoying family life in Marblehead, MA. She and her husband, Pete, have a three-year-old son, Wilson.
Staci Blagovich wrote to tell us she got married this summer to Morgan Dunbar. Staci and Morgan were married at their favorite vineyard on Long Island. In addition to being a newlywed, Staci also runs her own production company, Eden Creative. Joining the wedding festivities were Sandra Ripepi Safford. Sandy moved this year to Hunting Valley, OH. Sandy owns a PR firm that handles clients such as the Great Lakes Science Center. In addition she also has two children — Gianna (5) and Vincent (2).
Cindy Constantakis Russell is busy with her three girls — Alexis, Danielle, and Katherine. She and husband Mark live in Leesburg, VA.
And finally, I ran into a long lost classmate, Marcianne Walach at a mutual friend’s birthday in Canfield — small world. Marci lives in Erie, has two teenage girls and is doing terrific. She often sees Craig DeMarco and Erin Doolin Fessler and reports all is well with them. We need updates from the Erie gang.
As Jamie talks about change, JCU also continues to grow and change. In addition to the state-of-the art Dolan Science Center, beginning this fall, JCU welcomed its 24th president, Fr. Robert Niehoff. I had the honor of representing the class of ’88 at the Mass and inaugural celebration and it was a pleasure to be able to participate. If you haven’t been back to JCU lately, I would encourage you to do so. Although much has changed in the looks of the campus and the faces of the faculty and staff, much remains familiar and it was so very nice to return to the place we called home for four (for some, five) years. That’s all for now. Let us know about the changes in your lives. Send your holiday greetings our way so we may include your updates in the next column.
Cheers, Jamie and Kathy
Okay, so writing for the class of ’88 hasn’t been that bad. Not only have we been receiving phone calls and e-mails, but we are actually getting people to visit us! In fear of what we would write, Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Colleen Connery Coyne came to Cleveland to visit with me, Sharon Byrnes Mixner and Gretchen Gibbons Nock. This way they could personally persuade me to keep my updates about them honest. For those of you we may have called late night to tell you how much we miss you (Megan Leahy Tilles, Colleen Harvey Solomon, and Mary Baugh Martin), we apologize. We forget how early people our age can go to bed on a Saturday night!
We heard from Ed Hammele and his wife Dana Lemmons. They are both doing well and are in the process of moving with their children from Lakewood, OH, to Fairhope, AL, along the Mobile Bay. Ed took a job with Amsouth Bank and Dana will continue pursuing her real estate career with RE/MAX. Good luck with your move and keep us posted on life in the South.
We also heard from Kathleen Hogan Schroeder. She wrote to tell us she’s living in Stafford, VA, with her husband and two children. She is a nurse consultant at Mary Washington Hospital.
David Williams tells us he is living in Erie, PA. In April, he and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed their fourth child Ethan. Congratulations! It’s great to hear of some future JCU alum.
Dan Obermiller lives in Midland, MI, and works for The Dow Chemical Company. He and his wife, Jeanette, have two children.
Ed Fike was inspired by our stories of people running marathons and he just completed his 12th race when he ran the Cleveland Rite Aid in May. Oh my, and I thought one was impressive. Ed is living in Los Altos Hills, CA. He co-owns a popular chain of restaurants in Silicon Valley, Hobee’s, and is offering a JCU discount to anyone visiting.
That’s it for right now, but we know there’s much more to report on. Please keep the e-mails, phone calls, and visits coming! Have a great summer, Jamie and Kathy
Well, it worked. Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Colleen Connery Coyne called within hours of reading their Journals. And just when you think, no one reads our class column
Colleen’s newest little one, Keeli, is already working on her SAT scores so she can get into JCU someday. Jeanine’s seven-year-old son, Liam, is keeping her busy and she would love to get to Cleveland sometime soon to get together with Sharon Byrnes Mixner and Gretchen Gibbons Nock. We heard from Megan Leahy Tilles and all is well with her family in sunny California.
Peter Anthony writes that all is well in Chicago. He has a little girl, Sofia, and he recently returned from an exciting trip with his wife, Susan, to Korea and Japan. He regularly keeps in contact with several classmates and promises additional updates.
In February, Jeff King, his wife Nicole and two sons welcomed a little girl, Victoria.
Mary Jo Bartolone Levand and husband Paul, welcomed their fourth child, son Paul Andrew in March.
Mary Baugh Martin is living in Cincinnati with her husband, Tim, and their two children. Mary, your JCU friends in Cleveland would love to see you!
Patrick Ryan writes to tell us he recently moved to New Paltz, NY, and started a new position as director of Accounting Service at State University of NY.
Jerry Hoffer has been practicing law since 1991 in Tennessee. He just finished his fourth marathon in Disney World on January 10. He is married and has four daughters. He and his family are enjoying the mountains and scenery just north of Chattanooga and given the winter we had here in Cleveland, it sounds like a wonderful place to live.
Speaking of Marathons, Kathy will not tell you, but she ran the Dublin Marathon in Ireland last year! Kudos to her and all others striving for that goal. Any more marathon runners out there?
Keep sending information our way, so we can keep in touch. Jamie and Kathy Editor’s Note: We thank Staci for long and devoted service to her classmates and university. We welcome Jamie and Kathi and thank them for serving.
Happy New Year! The first lesson I learned this year is to be very suspicious when a fellow classmate calls you, leaves several messages, but does not share with you the reason for the call. I learned the hard way. After returning several calls from Jamie, we finally connected and much to my surprise, she talked about this great opportunity to connect with many classmates from JCU … it turns out it was a chance to co-write for our class column. At first I was slightly overwhelmed and as I quickly thought about it, I realized what a great opportunity this would be to re-connect with many friends and at the same time, meet some new friends. If nothing else, I’ll finally get Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Colleen Connery Coyne to call me, for the two of you would hate for me to come up with my own updates. You know how I like to embellish a story! Forewarned is forearmed. So here we are–your new columnists. It’s hard to believe we left JCU over fifteen years ago. Much has happened to everyone during this time and we would love to update everyone and keep our classmates connected. We hope many of you will e-mail, write or call either of us with news and events in your lives. We will do our best to keep you informed.
First, it’s great to hear that many of our classmates are still welcoming little ones into their families. Congratulations to Megan Leahy Tilles and her husband, Steve, on the arrival of a daughter. Melanie joins a sister and two brothers. Colleen Connery Coyne, husband Brian and two sons also welcomed a daughter earlier this year. Lori Morielli Goddard, husband Tony, and 11-year-old son welcomed Emily this summer. Shannon McChesney Fanshawe and her husband, Frank, welcomed Victoria who joined big sister Olivia and brother John. Julia Welsh Lundy and her husband, John, welcomed Kate who joins big brother Will. If there are others we missed, please write. We would love to be able to include news of our growing families in our next column.
As we begin 2005, please join us in wishing much continued success to Gretchen Gibbons Nock. Gretchen, along with family and friends, recently formed a new, nonprofit organization. OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer) works to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Through several fundraisers and a 5k walk/run, OROC raised over $100,000 which will go toward research for the development of an early-detection test for ovarian cancer. Gretchen has built such great momentum that a new OROC chapter is being formed in Chicago with plans underway to open chapters in Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. If you want to learn more, you can visit the Web site at oroc.org. We also congratulate Mike Donnelly on recently being elected Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Good luck Mike! Paul Gogniat reports that all is well in Pittsburgh. He is teaching math at a community college. Paul keeps in touch with Frank Meszaros who is a physician in Lancaster, OH. He and his wife, Brittany, have two children Christopher and Frankie; Doug Stumpfl lives in California with his wife Maggie ’93 and their two children Kylie and Leo; and Ron Karpuszka, his wife Beth ’89, and children Melissa and Ryan live in Westlake, OH.
That’s all for now. We are waiting anxiously at our mailboxes and computers for news!
Jamie and Kathy
It is with regret that I forward to you this notice from our classmate, Martha Kosir Stankewicz email@example.com. It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of my cousin and best friend, Bernadette Ilc. On July 7, 2004, Bernie passed away at Lutheran Hospital after a 10-year battle with anorexia/bulimia. Bernie’s illness has been frustrating for all who knew her because the solution seemed easy and simple – choosing to change behavior. But this disorder is more complex than that. Anorexia/bulimia is a very real and dangerous disease — one not to be dismissed lightly. Bernie survived longer than expected because of her strengths and her indomitable spirit. She lives on in our hearts and with the Lord God. From the class of 1988, we would like to give our deepest condolences to the Ilc family for the loss of their daughter. May the Lord be with you always. I thought it best that Martha, someone that knew Bernie so well, inform you of this sad news. Thank you, Martha, for taking the time to do so.
Further, I have decided that its time for me to pass on the responsibility of writing this column. I have enjoyed it so much over the years … hearing bits and pieces of your lives and receiving e-mails or notes from the most unlikely sources! I hope that down the road I might be involved again, updating all of you on our children’s weddings instead of our own!
Again, I am grateful for having had the opportunity. God Bless, Stace
Unfortunately the only update I have at this time is to alert all of you of my new contact information. Please make note of it … and use it often! Thanks, all. Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous 2004. Stace
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can be stupid with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson Well, hopefully we’ll all enjoy getting away from ‘real life’ for a weekend, and being stupid with old friends at our reunion in June. As of this writing, not many have made the commitment, so hopefully it is just the nature of the beast that everyone is waiting until the last minute!
Here are a few tid bits that I have acquired along the way:
Erin Doolin Fessler writes with news of Brian Brugger, who married Beth Cunningham in Erie, PA earlier this year. At the wedding were tons of JCU well-wishers including Erin, Tom Giordano and a bunch of ’87ers (Rick Incorvati, Jeff Smart, Brian Burkhardt, Mike Johnson and Bill Mokracek). Erin’s scoop is that she lives in Erie, working part time in public relations for a local orthodontist and along with husband Don, is raising two girls, Emily (6) and Julia (3). Last summer Erin got together with Nancy Fullerton Bernard, Maggie Heller Shero, Katherine Meehan Colins, Kristine Vent Leonard and Christine Menke Mingus (not a single girl in the bunch???) Word on Katherine is that she had a baby girl in in December, her 5th child! Tom Giordano is a doctor living in Houston, TX with his wife and two children, boy and girl. Thanks for the note, Erin!
Another e-mail note from Dave Tolchin, he and his wife, Kate, are still in Charlotte raising their two girls, Kaylea (4) and Kelsey (1). He got a chance to catch up with some friends at a little golf outing and had this to report: Jeff King is still living in Cleveland, Sean Cain is in Pittsburgh, and all is well with the old gang of Brian Albenze ’89, Mike Hogue, Phil Pruner ’89, Tony DeCarlo, Ted Arcand, Jeff Smith ’89 and Mike Rozic. Glad to see you boys have stayed connected!
Peter Anthony checks in from Chicago where he accepted a new position with UGN, an automotive supplier, and which keeps him busy traveling between Europe and Asia every month!! Lonely days for wife, Susan!! He reports that Nancy Reyes-Molyneux and husband, Terry, welcomed a baby boy on May 8, 2003 – Maxiumus Xavier … great name, right? All is well in Salem, OR, where Nancy is a partner in Radiation Oncology Group and a busy new mom!!
Michael Donnelly and wife, Nancy, are busy with their two little ones, Timothy who was born in December and Caroline (3). Mike is practicing law at the Climaco Law firm in Cleveland and is thinking about exploring a run for Judge in 2004!!
Meg Rademaker took a moment to drop me a note to share her news … she is an assistant dean for the Center of Distance Learning for the City Colleges of Chicago … and is the mom to two adorable little boys (I saw pictures, I can vouch for her!!)! She and husband, Gary, and the boys live in Chicago.
That’s it for now … stay tuned next time for all the dish from reunion!! Happy Spring! Stace
Happy 2003! Yes, 15 years ago this June we graduated good old John Carroll. I can hardly say it aloud without grimacing … but I guess instead of thinking of all the things we wish we’d done in those years; we should celebrate all of the things we’ve accomplished! And what better time to have such a celebration than this summer … like say, JUNE 12-15, 2003!! Yes, you guessed it. UNABASHED, SHAMELESS plug for our 15-year reunion. Folks say that notoriously the 15th doesn’t have very good attendance from alums … well, I say; let’s put that theory to rest. Mark it on your calendars NOW. Book the babysitter, or bring the kids along … there is plenty of family fun to be had by all. And if you are a part of the 4% of the class of ’88 that doesn’t have kids … yes, I proudly consider myself a charter member, then come and have a blast reliving your youth with the rest of us! Come on Thursday for 4-hardy days of reminiscing. Or come later in the weekend. There are several packages designed to accommodate everyone’s needs. No matter how little, or how much time you spend, the bottom line is that you make the effort to come at all! See your classmates, visit the campus and marvel at how different things are, network your business or yourself, have fun, relax and ENJOY! Have I convinced you yet? Well if I got you, now call 5 of your friends and get them to come aboard! … Some quick news to add to the mix
Sandra Ripepi Stafford ran into Mark Oswald who reported that he currently works in the steel industry as general manager and has recently married … and as far as a few fellow Circle Ks … Kevin Garmey is also celebrating his recent nuptials … and Jim Hansen lives with his wife and 3 kids in University Heights, OH
Michael McGarry announces that he has been named chief technical officer for GE
Kathleen Hogan Schroeder and husband, Robert, live on the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota with their two children, Andrew and Alexander
Anthony Horn is now a marketing manager for WCI Steel, and lives in Cortland, OH with wife, Rhonda, and Taylor (4)
Patrick Ryan, wife Monica, and son Patrick welcomed sister Clarissa last year
Tom Masterson updates us that since graduation he earned his master’s in Early Childhood Special Education and is now an Early Intervention Specialist at the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Terri Purcell Stegh lives in Ohio with husband Michael and her three children – Timothy, Traci and Adam
Meg Gilleran Rademaker and husband Gary welcomed twins Jack and Charlie late last year
Jerry Huguelet writes that his wife, Lisa, just had their 7th child, yes, I repeat 7!! And last but not least, I received a letter from Nancy Shalala who as recently as last year was my neighbor at Columbia University here in New York, but has since completed her advance degree program and moved on again to conquer the worlds’ problems. She is currently working in the regional food security crisis in South Africa. …
Horwath Gawronski has two children, Tyler Robert (3) and Megan Ann (1).
That’s it for me. See you in JUNE!!! Stace
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish form the earth. Abraham Lincoln On this day, just after the first anniversary of September 11th, I find these words written so many years ago, to be a most appropriate remembrance. Lincoln said it with such grace, such power, and such emotion. So alas, we move on from here
The news from your classmates follows: Elizabeth O’Toole has recently completed two fellowships – The Denali Initiative Social Enterprise Fellowship, sponsored by Ewing Marion Kaufmann and the Ford and Benedum Foundation Nonprofit Leaders Fellowship, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Executive Education.
Libby (Hill) Manthei writes that she and husband, Jeff, live in Medina, Ohio, with their 9-month-old son, Blake.
Luci (Weisenbach) Charnas has not strayed too far from JCU … she lives with husband, Stephan, and 6-month old daughter, Julia, in Beachwood, Ohio and works as a senior business analyst for Ernst & Young.
Stephanie (Radkowski) Dreiling updates us that she and husband, Dan ’86, live in Strongsville, Ohio with their two children, Kaitlin (7) and Danny (5).
Ray Heintel and wife, Katherine, live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with their two children, Georgelle (16) and Adele (14). Ray works for Schmidt Associates, Inc.
Theresa (Lebus) Erste and husband, John ’85, send greetings all the way from Germany. In May 2000, they relocated to Nuremberg for John’s engineering job with Delphi. They now live in Wilhelmsdorf with their daughter, Maria (5), who attends kindergarten at the Franconian International School, and their son, Joshua, (3).
Kevin O’Riordan checks in from Cleveland, where he lives with wife, Moira Caliguire ’86, and sons Cormac James (4), and Emmet Finbar (1).
Jerry Hoffer dropped a note from good old Tennessee, where he and wife, Lisa, live with their 4 children … yes, count ’em, 4! And did I mention that they were all GIRLS? … Melissa (15), Carline (12), Stefanie (10) and Allison (3) … hence why Jerry is hard at work as an attorney! Someone has to pay for four weddings!
One last note: a special congratulations goes out to our very own Jerry Auld, who was inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame in September for his accomplishments in baseball … way to go, Jerry!
Thanks for the notes … keep ’em coming! Enjoy fall, and all of the wondrous possibilities that lie ahead. Stace
In the absence of your judgement, everything would be fine. Anonymous Hello Classmates! Long time, no see, or hear! Sorry for the delay. I have been a traveling fool and missed the last deadline — but I promise to make up for it! Luckily, my brief ‘retirement’ has lead to a number of you putting pencil to paper — so without further delay … a note from Dave Hutzel ’92 shares that he and wife, Carol Cullen, have three children and live in Okinawa, Japan, where Dave is a physician in the navy.
Tom Grady is an international manager in Powder Coatings Technology with Sherwin-Williams. With his new position, he’ll be traveling abroad, most often to Asia, while his wife, Jane, holds down the family fort in Buffalo, keeping daughters Elizabeth and Kaitlyn occupied while daddy is away.
Christine (Horvath) Gawronski married husband Bob in 1995. Mary Ellen (Malloy) Paul, Michele (Ozarski) Putnam and Kara Kachelein Dombroski ’87 were all bridesmaids. They live in Dublin, OH with son, Tyler (2), and daughter, Megan (1 this Halloween). Christine was a trainer for IKON Office Solutions Management Services before leaving the corporate world to be a mom.
Mary Ellen (Malloy) Paul lives in Lyndhurst, OH. She and husband Ed have 3 children, David (5), Justin (2), and Alena (1). Mary Ellen also stays at home with her kids. Also working the Sesame Street circuit is Michele (Ozarski) Putnam. She and her family – hubby Doug, Kyle (6) and Erin (3) live in Pennsylvania…. Brigette Rapisarda is working with United Airlines, and travels the world over — from South America, to Hong Kong, to Frankfurt! She also managed to complete a doctoral program at Case Western University! Coral Gables, Florida is where she calls home.
Julie Loeffler Andrews writes that she and husband Christopher are still happily living it up in the ‘burgh’ — Pittsburgh that is. Julie is a stay-at-home mom, busy with two young ones — Mara (3), and Peter (1). Their lives have been topsy turvy the last several years, with Chris being transferred to Boston with his company, Lycos. For awhile, the whole gang was back and forth, until they finally decided to keep their roots planted firmly on Pennsylvania soil, where Chris now runs his own business. Julie says that her two kids get ‘spoiled rotten’ by uncles Tom Loeffler ’81, who lives in Massachusetts with wife, Betsy, and kids Bryn (9), and Walker (7); Richard Loeffler ’84, who also lives in Pittsburgh with wife, Laura, and as of this writing, has had a little one as well; and Jim Loeffler ’91, who also lives in Pittsburgh and is a financial consultant.
As usual, Peter Anthony has the dibs on his buddies
Katy Quinn Donohue and husband, Jim, have a son, James C. Donohue, V, who is almost 1. They live in Chagrin Falls, OH, with two other children, Megan (4), and Hayley (3). … And good news from Oregon. Nancy Reyes Molyneux and husband, Terry, welcomed Isabella Marie to the world on February 9, 2002. … Lisa DeMaria checks in from south of the border, where she and husband Cesar live in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Cesar has his own consulting business and Lisa has re-joined the work force after taking time off for daughter Catania, who is nearly 2. Lisa works for the Mexican Institute of Public Health on evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention programs for 4 countries. As if that isn’t enough, she is also working with a friend to help get the car seat safety initiative off the ground. She shares that Lisa Moreschi Rock and husband, John ’87, had their third child, a daughter named Catherine. And Heather Stewart Kaznoski and husband are waiting to greet their 1st child, any day! Michael Donnelly sends greetings from Cleveland Heights, where he works as a civil litigator for the Climaco Law Firm. He and wife, Nancy, also an attorney, had a daughter Caroline Jane in November 2000.
A press release from the Perfection Corporation announces that Jim Hansen has been named regional sales manager of Gas Products … and is based in the company’s main offices of Madison, OH. He and wife, Sally, have three children. … And last but not least, a great letter from David Williams shares this news: David and wife Stephanie moved to Erie in June 2000 from Columbia, SC. Living in Erie has given Dave, who is the chief technologist at the Amot Heart Institute, the opportunity to touch base with fellow JCUers Craig DeMarco, and Erin Doolin Fessler, who by the way has two ‘gorgeous’ daughters! Dave also caught up with Brian and Meg (Eastman) Tuma
Brian has his own law practice, and Meg, well he says something about her wanting to be an astronaut and I am not sure if that is because they were at the Hard Rock when this meeting took place or not? That’s all from the Big Apple — stay cool, and stay in touch. Stace