APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER
LEADING THE WAY
Class of ’69 reunites, donates $10,000 to Alma Mater
Members of the Marian Catholic Class of 1969 made sure their 50th class reunion would be something special. “In recognition of our 50th year, we wanted to give back to our Alma Mater in a special way. We set a goal of raising $10,000 to donate to Marian,” said Bill Stulginsky, class president. “The request went out in June and by the time our reunion weekend arrived in September, we had surpassed that goal.”
Stulginsky, of Newtown Square, PA, and his wife of 45 years, Maryfran, pointed out the donation was part of a special weekend that he called “a very positive time,” adding he hopes other graduating classes will do someting similar to help MCHS. “We had an active planning committee of about 15 classmates who met for over a year to organize our reunion,” said Bill. “For us, it was like having mini reunions along the way. It was a true joy to work together.” He added, “We had a pretty special class, and classmates have remained tight through the years.”
Other class officers in addition to Stulginsky are Vice-President Colleen McDonald Gieniec, Treasurer Tom Andregic, and Secretary Nancy Ceci Reed.
Bill remembers the class as being the first to put on a school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” They had a lot of unique experiences that made their time at Marian unforgettable. He’s also proud to represent a class that is comprised of top donors that support the annual campaign.
As for the reunion itself, the 80 class members (out of 201 who graduated, about 30 of have passed away) had a fun-filled weekend that started with a tour of the school followed by the ceremonial check presentation to Principal Jean Susko. The alumni attended the Colts’ Homecoming football game against Minersville which was followed by a social at DiMaggio’s restaurant in Tamaqua.
On Saturday, the festivities began with a special reunion Mass at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Conyngham, officiated by 1969 alumni Msgrs. Steve Radocha and Dan Yenushusky. The formal reunion followed at the Top of the ‘80s.
“It was so well received that we’re not going to wait another five years to get together,” said Bill, noting the reunion was attended by folks from as far away as California, Texas and Florida. Even Sister Pat Mulderick, a Sister of Mercy stationed in Peru, was able to join her classmates.
Bill said the class members are planning to hold another reunion next year when many of them will celebrate their 70th birthdays and becoming septuagenarians.
Of course, he notes, keeping current contact with class members is often challenging. In that regard, Bill is quick to point out Phyllis Desantis Kennedy works tirelessly not only to maintain our class list, but to keep us informed about classmates.
He said, “Phyllis is the glue that holds us all together. Every class needs a Phyllis. I am grateful we have her.”
After graduating from MCHS, Bill Stulginsky received a degree in accounting from LaSalle University and became a certified public accountant and partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 25 years before retiring in 2009. He and Maryfran have a son and daughter and four granddaughters. Bill serves on the boards of two health care providers in the Philadelphia, along with a private Catholic charter school.
With our latest Marian Catholic Alumni Association newsletter, we would like offer our best wishes to graduates everywhere for safe and healthy environments in the wake of the national pandemic caused by the coronavirus. Please know Marian has everyone in our thoughts and prayers.
Marian Catholic continues to collaborate with the Allentown Diocese and follow the directives of our government regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic and the government mandated shutdown. It is important to know our school adheres to the recommendations made by state and county health departments.
We are thankful to the dedicated faculty and administration for their relentless work in helping our students to progress academically during this difficult time. Our students are accessing Google Classroom on a daily basis to complete assignments and to remain engaged in their education. While this uncertainty prevails, I am sure you will agree it is comforting to know this process is continuing on a regular basis.
Because of the interruptioin of our regular school schedule, activities have been postponed. We will keep you posted about events such as the Class of 2020 production of “The Addams Family,” May procession, Crowning of Mary, and the Day of Remembrance. In addition, the Men of Marian’s auction,
golf tournament and annual picnic are being held in abeyance until the pandemic eases.
Our “Marian Day of Giving” has been renamed the “Marian Day of Caring” and will proceed as scheduled on May 13. At this important time, in consideration of Marian parents’ dealing with with layoffs, loss of income, etc., we encourage you to consider participating in this event. It is a great way to help Marian to sustain the costs of ongoing operations and families faced with the challenges of meeting tuition payments.
In addition, the Marian family requests your prayers for freshman Lisa Napoletano who remains in a coma in the ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury after an accident. It would be wonderful if you could take the time to send Lisa a message through her mother’s email at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember the Marian Catholic Alumni Association can be contacted using email@example.com. Please help us to share news about our alumni. We’re interested in hearing about how our graduates are doing. Send us information about awards, honors, job promotions, marriages, births and other information you would like us to share with our alumni. You can also keep up on school updates by visiting www.mariancatholichs.org.
For alumni news, click on the “support Marian” in the menu,
then go to “alumni.” We look forward to hearing from you!
Our Association’s First Year
It’s hard to believe that the first year of the rejuvenated Marian Catholic Alumni Association is coming to a close. When we launched this initiative a year ago, Marian alumni from across the country joined our association. We totaled 456 members who showed their appreciation for the education they received at Marian by donating in excess of $10,000 to the association.
As promised, these funds will be used for tuition assistance, operational costs, and expenses for the 2020-2021 school year.
If you haven’t joined us yet, please consider doing so. We hope you will agree that the association plays an important role in helping Marian Catholic High School to continue to exist.
As we look back at our first year, here are five takeaways from our initiative:
1. Excitement about Marian Catholic by its alumni remains
strong. Marian graduates hold a sense of pride, enthusiasm and appreciation for their Alma Mater. And the response to our membership was wonderful.
2. Our database is inadequate and outdated. We have found our efforts to reach graduates are hampered by a database that was left unattended for far too long. Unfortunately the addresses and email addresses are incomplete or outdated. Please email us with your updated information.
3. We need graduates to step up. In establishing our Marian Catholic Alumni Associatin Facebook page, we have found that hundreds of viewers like and share our posts. However, a large percentage who “like” the page have not opted to join the association. In order to grow, we encourage classmates to join the association. Help us to continue to share in the excitement of Marian Catholic! Our alumni association members can help Marian Catholic to continue to thrive.
4. Class representatives are important. Because we need to connect with graduates, we have found the best way is for alumni to step forward to be representatives of their class.
A lot of classmates keep in touch with each other and many graduates who spearhead reunion efforts have better contact information for their classmates than we do. Sharing them is key to our success.
5. An alumni association serves an important role in building relationships. Through our initial efforts, we have come across hundreds of graduates who are appreciative of their days at MCHS. They are eager to help give this generation and future Colts and Fillies the same opportunities of a great education that they had. Our alumni are willing to join together to make that happen while building relationships, reconnecting them, that will last a lifetime.
The Marian Catholic Alumni Association offers its sincerest condolences to the families of the following:
Bernadette L. McGinley, 64, of Jim Thorpe, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020. A daughter of Nancy (Christopher) McGinley and the late Daniel “Pete” McGinley, she was a 1973 graduate of Marian Catholic and a member of our Alumni Association. Bernadette is survived by brothers: Danny McGinley (Jeanette), Michael McGinley (Linda), William, James (Sheila), Thomas (Rita) and John (Stacey); and sisters: Rose Burkhardt (Mike), Connie Salvatore and Patricia Spillman (Michael).
Mary “Tootsie” Orsulak, 81, of Lansford, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. She was the wife of John C. Orsulak and the mother of three sons, Msgr. Thomas Orsulak, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Reading, Richard Orsulak, and
his wife, Sandra, and Robert Orsulak, and his wife, Michele.
Joseph S. Novak, 80, of Allentown, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. He was the husband of MCHS graduate Margaret Mary (Sniscak) Novak and the father of Diane, wife of Keith Campbell.
Dolores L. Sheeto, 89, of McAdoo, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020. She was the widow of Joseph P. Sheeto Sr. and is survived by three grandchildren, including Alicia Sheeto-Dunsavage and husband, David Dunsavage, both are 2002 MCHS graduates and members of our Alumni Association.
CLASS OF 1970
The Class of 1970 is planning its 50-year reunion for Aug. 15 at the Top of the 80s, Hazleton. The event includes a buffet, tax and tip (cash bar). Tickets are $40 per person will be on sale soon. A block of rooms has been reserved until July 14 at the Hampton Inn, Hazleton. The rooms will cost $109 per night, plus tax. Members are also are invited to attend the 2020 Commencement in recognition of their 50th anniversary of graduation. Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 2 in the gym. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information for invitation purposes.
Class members can contact Nancy (Krensavage) Klye at email@example.com for further information. Reunion organizers are looking for updated information for the following class members: Robert Breslin, David Cichowic, James DeAngelo, Barbara Kolbush Dudick, Joseph Gabuzda, Fr. John Hilferty, Kathleen Kershetsky, Harry MacDonald, Joseph McCann Jr., Jane Ann Mogilski, Ann Louise Melnick O’Boril, Mark Skotek, Elizabeth Murphy Steenbergen, Joseph Valent and Steve Wilson.
OUR MESSAGE OF HOPE
Dear Marian Catholic Alumni and Families,
All of us at Marian Catholic High School are sending prayers and well wishes to you, your family and loved ones. As we get through this pandemic, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to sharing updates and alumni news soon. Wishing you good health and happiness!
May God heal you with fresh leaves growing.
May your heart be refreshed with the blooms
That spring up to reveal His glory
And promises that you’ll be renewed.
May God fill you with sunlight that dances
May your body be warmed by the sun
That shines in to cut the darkness,
And promises happier times.
May God shower you with winds of healing.
May your cares be replaced with fresh hope,
That blows through the hardship you’ve suffered
And leaves you in new love to soak in.
WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Please help us to share news about our alumni! We’re interested in hearing about how our graduates are doing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about awards, honors, job promotions, marriages, births and any other information that you would like us to share. Keep up on all school new by visiting our school’s website at www.mariancatholichs.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!