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vol. 2 no. 2
Night in Paradise!
The Annual Blue & Gold
Auction heats up a cold
IN THI S I SSU E. . .
• Upcoming Events &
• Sponsor a Classroom
• Latest Class Updates
N A Z A R E T H AC A D E M Y H I G H S C H O O L A LU M N A E A S S O C I AT I O N M AG A Z I N E
cover s h o t s greetings, a l u m s !
1 fa c u lt y Dear Alumnae,
In This Issue u p d at e I hope this latest edition of the Realm finds you relaxed and enjoying a delightful
summer. We know our Nazareth girls enjoy their time off and will be well rested
Cover Shots ........................... 1 for the new school year ahead.
Principal’s Letter .................... 2 Our Commencement exercises this year were especially moving; the Class of
2009 graduated with over $18 million in scholarships and grants to college,
Bingo Night ........................... 3 with 100% of the girls receiving money for college. In these difficult times,
it is such a blessing to see our young women receive such recognition for their
Alumnae Affairs Update ........ 4 staggering achievements, and that their parents’ investment in the Academy
The Math Department bid a
has already begun to repay them with interest.
fond farewell to Dianne Franiak
Snapshots ............................... 5
Reilly, ‘65 who retired this school
The end of the school year is always a time of reflection, both on our pasts
dancing q u e e n s
year: (back row, right to left)
Upcoming Events ................... 6 and our futures. I have seen our latest graduates mature and blossom from girls
Kerstin Greenewald, Meridyth
into young women, and I know that they will continue to excel in their future
Mascio, Sister Celine Warnilo,
Student News ........................ 7 endeavors as they excelled at Nazareth. Our girls are not timid about seeking
‘65, Cheryl Sylvester (parent
out challenges and conquering them; I know that most of you as alumnae were
The Music Department of Nazareth continues to shine! Our amazing program of Jessica ‘11), Tori Grebloski,
In Loving Memory ................ 8 the same way, and how well the Academy prepared you for all the successes you
encompasses more than half of the student body with orchestra, jazz ensemble, and Sister Teresa Lukaszewski;
have had. It is a joy to read all of the updates that you have shared with us
chorale, and dancing. Throughout the year performances showcase the talents (front row, right to left) Maria
Sponsor a Classroom ....... 9 - 10 in this magazine, to see how many stars our Nazareth girls are reaching.
of our students both on stage and in the classroom. The Annual Spring Concert, Gerlach, ‘99 and Mrs. Reilly.
held on April 26th, packed the house for outstanding performances (pictured
Class Notes ................... 11 - 16 This is your legacy as a Nazareth Academy Alumna: these young women today
above and on cover, right column). Among the highlights was a Composition
build on the foundation of excellence that you have given to them, and they have
Contest conducted within the music classes. Mr. David Hall announced the Former History teacher Linda M.
Golden Graduates ................ 16 done so with overwhelming success. We hope that they, like you, will continue
winner of the year long project, Melanie Sweeney, ‘11 (pictured on cover, right Gallina Burak passed away on
to communicate with and contribute to their alma mater to preserve that legacy
bottom). Her beautiful composition was played by Mrs. Cheryl Manfredonia, April 23rd, 2009. She taught at
Open House ......................... 17 for years to come.
parent of Angela ‘09. Mrs. Marge Lafferty recognized all the senior performers Nazareth for 23 years.
for their many years of dedication to their art.
Update Submission Form ..... 18 I continue to be immensely proud of all of our graduates. Please do not hesitate
Health and Physical Education to be in touch with us so that we may support you in prayer on your life’s
Also pictured on cover, left: The 4th Annual Blue & Gold Auction, themed “A Night
Chairperson Peggy Hughes many adventures. God Bless!
in Paradise,” was held at the Maltese Room in Bensalem PA on Friday, March 20th,
2009. It was a fabulous night of food, fun, and auction items, including a one-of-a- celebrated her 25th year of teaching
kind Disney getaway, Eagles tickets, a flat screen television, and of course, an authentic at Nazareth.
bamboo Tiki Bar! Student helpers Kate Lazorko, ‘09, Jenna Gaydosh, ‘09, and
Rebecca Gutherman, ‘10 (pictured on cover, left bottom) greeted guests as they entered. Sister Mary Joan Jacobs, CSFN, Ed.D
Corrections? Comments? Administrative assistant Mrs. Principal, Nazareth Academy High School
Also pictured on cover, bottom: Athletic Director Danielle Wilson, ‘99, English teacher Please direct them to the NAHS Dorothy Deery retired this July
John Turner, and co-auctioneer Bill Lafty, parent of Briann, ‘09, Erin ‘00, and Megan Development Office at 4001 Grant after 36 years in the Main Office.
Lafty Whalen, ‘96, pose for the camera. More photos of the event can be seen online at Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19114 or We’ll miss you, Mrs. Deery!
our website, www.nazarethacademyhs.org, under “Panda Pics.” email@example.com.
re c o n n e c t
Dear Fellow Alumnae,
You’re invited to a Girls rule, and boys drool, right? So why is it that boys’ high schools have
tremendous support from their alumni on all levels and the girls lag behind with
an 8 - 10% response rate? This interesting piece of data was revealed at a meeting
of the minds amongst institutional advancement staff of girls schools, and it is,
• We had a wonderful first annual quite frankly, appalling. We as staff were boggled so I turn to you for the answer.
Communion Breakfast on Sunday,
June 14th. Although attendance It should be easy: We pride ourselves on the legacy of Nazareth Academy with our
was not what it could have been, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and daughters. We know Nazareth provided
Remember Turkey Bingo? Well, we’ve put a new spin on an old
favorite with our latest fall fundraiser: Bingo Night at the Academy. I am hopeful we can improve next a comprehensive education that has shaped us into the mature, successful women
year. Mass in the Academy Chapel we are now. I have spent the last three years listening to what our grads think, want,
was beautiful followed by some fun feel, love and dislike about Nazareth and all of our alumnae programming has been
trips down memory lane as groups arranged based on those preferences. I remain committed to the goal of offering
Join us for a casual evening of fun, food and prizes! weaved their way through school. unique and affordable events for our alumnae to connect with one another. And
Following the school portion of yet this year more than any other, the Alumnae of Nazareth Academy have let the
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 the event, we headed over to the school and its community down, leading to cancelled events and an all-time low in
Torresdale Frankford Country Club financial support for the school.
7 - 11 PM ∙ NAHS Auditorium for brunch. The Class of 1969
enjoyed a 40th reunion with alum We can turn the tide starting now. Mark your calendar for Naz events and attend!
featuring representation from most decades. Make a statement and donate to Nazareth Academy High School this summer as
Please mark your calendar for next an investment in the future of the school and our legacy. On pages 9 - 10, you will
a Taste of Philadelphia Buffet, year’s to be held on Sunday, June find information on what happens each summer at Nazareth in an effort to prepare
fun prize raffles, and cash prizes for Bingo! 6th, 2010. We hope to see you! for the coming school year. I am asking each alum sister to support this effort with
a contribution. There is strength in numbers, and it’s high time to give the boys
• Database update! I extend my a run for their money. Nazareth has always been there for us and our families;
sincere thanks to all of you who we should not be afraid of maintaining the same kind of loyalty and pride of place
have updated your records. It has as our husbands, brothers, nephews, and friends have for their schools.
Cost TBA. been almost a year since our data
Admission price will include bingo cards with opportunities to crash and I’m happy to report that I look forward to hearing from you soon!
purchase further game specials. BYOB welcome! we are making significant progress
with our alum. We still have an
100% of the proceeds from the event benefit the students of uphill battle ahead of us; so, if you
Nazareth Academy High School. still haven’t updated, please do! Jacqui McClernan Makowski, ‘85
Director of Development, Nazareth Academy High School
firstname.lastname@example.org • 215-268-1032
More details to come!
Visit our website at www.nazarethacademyhs.org
for more information. 4
snap s h o t s upcoming E V E N T S
Sunday, September 27 It is always a pleasure to have our Alumnae participate in school activities.
11 AM - 2 PM • NAHS Make it a mini-reunion and join up with fellow Naz girls at any or all of our
great events this year. From the elegance of our annual auction to the casual fun
BINGO NIGHT at our Bingo Night to the beautiful Mass for our annual Alumnae Communion
Saturday, October 3 • 7 - 11 PM Breakfast -- there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Attention, Class of 1960! Reunion Update
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR In celebration of your upcoming The Class of 1999 has started
Saturday, October 10 50th anniversary, our “Golden preparations for their 10th Reunion,
9 AM - 4 PM • NAHS Grads” are invited back to Nazareth to be held on Friday, November
to receive their golden diplomas at 27th, 2009 from 7 - 10 PM at
the Class of 2010’s Commencement Liberties Bar & Restaurant in
ANNUAL PL AY
“Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”
Ceremony and to reconnect with old Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
Communion Breakfast & Class of 1969 Reunion
Friday, October 23 • 7:30 PM friends at a reunion reception held
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 | NAHS Chapel & Torresdale-Frankford Country Club immediately following. The Class of 2000 is starting to
Saturday, October 24
2 PM Matinee & 7:30 PM prepare for their 10th Reunion.
Sunday, October 25 The Commencement Ceremony Check the NAHS website for
2 PM Matinee & 7:30 PM for 2010 will be held on Saturday, more information or contact the
June 5th at 12:30 PM at Holy Family Development Office if you would
University’s College Center. like to help out.
JEANMARIE DOHERT Y-
CUNNINGHAM Please be sure to update your address The Class of 1985 is up for their
SCHOL ARSHIP SOCIAL information with the Development 25th Reunion this year. Thoughts
Sunday, November 22 Office if you would like to receive have begun circulating for an event
9 AM - 4 PM • Location TBA
further notice of this event or if you in the spring.... Contact Jacqui
would like to help in the planning McClernan Makowski, ‘85
MICHELLE MAYER process. with your thoughts at makowski@
MEMORIAL BENEFIT nazarethacademyhs.org!
Saturday, October 18 • Time TBA Breakfast with Santa
The Maltese Room, Bensalem, PA Don’t forget our annual Breakfast
with Santa will be held on Saturday,
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA December 12th, 2009 from 10 AM
Saturday, December 12 • 10 AM to 2 PM. It is always a festive and fun
Cafeteria, NAHS day out with the family, with plenty
of crafts for the kiddies, good food,
and of course, the Big Man in Red.
(Contrary to popular belief of the Have Questions about an
Sunday, December 13 • 1 PM young’uns, Santa really doesn’t live at Upcoming Event?
Auditorium, NAHS Nazareth, but he does visit every year.) Contact the NAHS Development
Get your photos with Santa done in Office at 215-268-1032 or check
a stress-free environment while catch- www.nazarethacademyhs.org for the
A NIGHT AT THE RACES ing up with your Naz pals. latest NAHS news!
Class of 1984 Reunion Class of 1989 Reunion | Friday, June 12th, 2009 Saturday, May 1, 2010
7 - 11 PM • Gymnasium, NAHS
Saturday, May 16th, 2009 | Cannstatter’s, Phila. PA Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant, Phila. PA
student n e w s in loving M e m o r y
1 at h l e t i c s 1 academics 1 performing
Our stellar softball team had the best
The Music Department attended the
season yet: they were undefeated in
Musicale Festival in Williamsburg, VA
league play with 16 wins (21 - 2 overall)
on May 22nd, 2009. The Chorale and
and outscored opponents by a grand
Jazz Choir competed, as well as the
total of 108 runs. They won their 3rd
Orchestra, Jazz Band and Mixed Choir
consecutive AACA championship title
(with the boys of Holy Ghost Prepa-
on May 15th with a 2 - 0 victory over
ratory School). All of NAHS groups
Villa Maria Academy. They also took the
received first place awards.
District 12 championship on May 28th,
defeating West Chester East, 7 - 6. The On April 7, 2009, our annual Honors
Pandas also went on to compete on the Convocation was held in the chapel. 1 visual arts
state level in the PIAA tournament and Board of Trustees member Michelle
faced some of the best teams in Pennsyl- Durham, ‘84 (pictured above with Nazareth Academy High School’s Alumnae Memorials
vania, moving further than any Nazareth Amanda Smith, ‘09 and Crystal Art IV classes participated again in Art Some friends and families of Families who host memorial scholar- 1in memoriam
team in history. Kozakeicz, ‘09) spoke at the ceremony Futures Program, sponsored by the Nazareth Alumnae who have passed ships are invited to the annual Honors
which honored both current and Philadelphia Museum of Art, and won away often inquire about meaningful Convocation, in which current and
incoming Nazareth students. Please keep our deceased alumnae sisters
Sadly, the winning streak ended when First Prize for their mosaic entry. ways to remember graduates at incoming students are granted awards.
in your prayers.
Bethlehem Catholic beat them 4-1 in the the Academy. There are a number of It is a moving ceremony for all of the
state Class AAAA quarterfinals on June opportunities to honor and girls and families involved, which
4th, 2009. Megan Fields, ‘09, right- NAHS’ Peer Mentoring Program was Melissa Bofinger, ‘10, Nicole Liccio, Patricia Spiewak Finan, ‘58
memorialize Nazareth graduates, acknowledges the students for their
fielder and power-hitter, was quoted in fortunate to receive a grant from the ‘10 and Sinead Wasserbach, ‘10 were
friends, and families. Contributions achievements of the school year. Frances E. Sikora, ‘59
the Philadelphia Inquirer saying “It’s sad Nazareth Family Foundation. Under the named winners in the Earth Day Poster
leadership of Mrs. Diane Budd, the in memory of someone can be sent Dorothy Franiak Weaver, ‘62
because I think we could have won. But Contest. Winners of the contest were
student tutors have made great strides to the Development Office and At the Honors Convocation ceremony, Marrianne Pupkiewicz Crawford, ‘68
we went so far this year; it’s hard to be selected by an independent team of
in assisting their fellow classmates. then the family and/or friends can Cumulative Honors for the Class of
sad when you had such a great season.” judges out of a pool of over 3,000 Dianemarie Wicki, ‘70
The grant provides for a portion of the candidates. The winners’ posters were determine how they would like the 2009 were granted, as well as those
library to be repurposed as a study area, on display at the community Earth Day school to utilize the funds. students involved in the National
1 m i d d l e s tat e s complete with Smart Board access. Celebration at Neshaminy Mall. Honors Society, other academic honors
Memorial Scholarships societies, and Diocesan Scholar awards.
Nazareth is proud to be fully accredited Some families choose to sponsor a The Tri-M Music Honor Society
under the Middle States Association Seventeen students were honored for 1 community scholarhip for a current student in officers (Alexandra Boyle, ‘09, Jennifer
of College and Schools. Institutions their achievements in the National the memory of a loved one. Chan, ‘09, Lynsey Lehr, ‘09, Stefania
that wish to maintain their accredita- Latin Exam, held on March 10, 2009. The friends and family of Michelle Marsico, ‘09 and Colleen Shields, ‘09)
tion undergo a renewal process every Seven students received the Cum Laude Mayer, ‘86 will host their first ever Pictured above:
sang R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest”
seven years. Nazareth will undergo Certificate, four received the Magna benefit for the Michelle Lynn Mayer LEFT: The Mayer Family presents
as a tribute to the honorees.
this task in 2010 and preparations Cum Laude Certificate, five received the
Memorial Scholarship Fund on their first scholarship to Amanda
have already begun. Current students, Maxima Cum Laude Silver Medal &
Sunday, October 18th at the Maltese Board of Trustees member and KYW Johncola, ‘13. She will join sister
parents, and alumnae (including Rose Certificate, and Kimberly Feeney, ‘11
Room in Bensalem, PA. Michelle Newsradio reporter and news anchor Alyssa, ‘11 at Nazareth this
Cappo Cunningham, ‘85 and Marlene captured the Summa Cum Laude Gold
Medal & Certificate. This test serves all tragically passed away on October 11, Michelle Durham, ‘84 (pictured on page upcoming school year.
MacNamee, ‘88) will work with faculty
Latin students not only in the United Jeanine Alessandro, ‘12 and Francesca 2008 after a long battle with 7) was the guest speaker for the evening
and staff during the evaluation process.
States but in 11 foreign countries. DeCesare, ‘11 hang out at the “Fun sceleroderma. The benefit will raise and regaled everyone with the stories of RIGHT: The Santucci Family smile
with the Nuns Night” at Rita’s Water Ice funds for a scholarship to be given her successful career in radio. with award winning freshman Taylor
(Woodhaven) with our Scoopin’ Sisters! at Nazareth to an incoming freshman McBride, ‘13, the fourth recipient
to preserve Michelle’s legacy at her of the Joseph & Philomena Santucci
alma mater. Memorial Scholarship.
We need your help to support the summer projects at Nazareth. I am asking
our community, graduates, and families to take a moment and consider a contribution to our
Sponsor a Classroom Program.
The Sponsor a Classroom Program has been designed to provide financial assistance to
support these critical summertime upgrades. Your gift speaks volumes about your investment
in Nazareth Academy and ultimately our students.
These summer projects will provide our 472 students with classrooms geared to maximum
learning. Donors will be recognized with their name and sponsorship level on signage in
the Academy. Please keep in mind that many companies offer matching gift options
which double your contribution.
Leadership Circle ...................... $5,000 or more
Founder’s Club .......................... $1,928 - $4,999
Mother Beloved ......................... $1,000 - $1,927
Blue and Gold ........................... $500 - $999
Nancy Ann ................................ $100 - $499
Panda Pals .................................. $1 - $99
At Nazareth Academy High School,
summer represents an opportunity
to improve, restore, clean and plan
for the upcoming school year.
In preparation for the incoming class of 2013, this summer Nazareth’s to-do list is lengthy.
Just some of the projects being undertaken are: installing Smart Boards in most of our classrooms,
cleaning carpets, stripping and waxing floors, painting, updating computers, re-wiring, and deep-
cleansing all classrooms, stairwells, cafeteria and lobby areas. In order to get all of our tasks checked
off for September, Nazareth hires six extra staff members every year to help maintain and update
the building, its facilities and equipment for the next year. It is an arduous and often expensive
process, but the high standards to which Nazareth holds itself will brook nothing less than the best
for our students.
For more information, please contact Jacqui McClernan
Makowski, ‘85, Director of Development, at 215.268.1032.
class N O T E S class N O T E S
11950s Donna Feszter Mikalic, ‘59 resides
with her husband Bill in the Old
11960s 11970s Kate Britt, ‘73 celebrated 25 years of
marriage to Jay Vigdor last October. She
Susan Joan Barney Aguirre, ‘77 retired
from the Navy Reserve with the rank of
Margaret McLaughlin Donaghy, ‘51 Bustleton section of Philadelphia. has two children, Lauren and Jason. Commander in April 2005 after 22 years
Marilyn J. Marciniak Lewis, ‘60 just Donna Marie Lorino Fikentscher, ‘71
has been married 54 years to Jim She has four children and 11 wonderful of service. Her hobbies include traveling,
completed her 20th year of working for has been married to Richard for 35 years. Cynthia Anne Wallace Progner, ‘73 is
Donaghy, and has four sons and one grandchildren. On a professional note, water and snow skiing, and playing the
Gwynedd-Mercy College. They share two children and two grand- the owner of Sea Crest Inn, Cape May,
daughter, 6 grandchildren, and 1 both she and Bill are chemists, piano.
children, Madalyn (5) and Alexis (4). NJ, along with husband Robert.
great-grandchild. She works as a dental members of the American Association
Roberta Lyons Nolan, ‘63 received She has been a Radiologic Technician for
receptionist and occasional chair-side of Textile Chemists and Colorists, and Eileen T. Lavin Johnson, ‘77 currently
her Doctor of Education in Higher 36 years, and daughter Elizabeth followed Barbara J. Michaels, ‘73 retired in
assistant. She loves to knit, read and work together in Southampton, PA. lives in Georgia. She has two sons Chris
Education Administrative Leadership in her footsteps, becoming an R.T. September 2007 as the CEO of Girl
cheer for the Phillies and Flyers! and Daniel and one granddaughter
from Widener University in May 2009. three years ago. Both currently work at Scouts of Lakota Council. That same
Arlene Joyce Diadul Kieslich, ‘59 Annalyse Hope.
She works full-time at Widener as the Episcopal Hospital’s ER/X-Ray. month, she participated as Team Leader
Dorothy Ott Gring, ‘51 is now retired, sends warm greetings from the Valley
with seven children, 25 grandchildren, of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ area)! She is Director of Graduate Recruitment. with the National Dragon Boat Team Mary J. DiSanto Rudy, ‘78 has been
Additionally, she and her husband of 41 Kathryn Ritvalsky Trumbore, ‘71 has in the World Championships in Penrith,
4 great-grandchildren and enjoying life! attempting to remain young in heart married to David 25 years in May 2009.
years, Frank Nolan Esq., have 4 children been married to Dave for 32 years. Australia. For the first time in history,
and spirit with 3 delightful daughters, They have one child, Timothy. She is a
and 3 grandchildren. They have three children (Chris, Kate the team won the coveted Nations Cup.
Rosemarie Langowski Grabowski, and 1 amazing grandchild (among the Stage IIB breast cancer survivor since
and Jen). She currently works for the When she returned to Iowa, she accepted
‘53 has been married 52 years and Universe’s best). She remains hope- 1990.
Stephanie Maternia Capodanno, ‘64 Social Security Administration as an the position of CEO of the American Red
has seven children (one of whom died ful, grateful and excited about life and
celebrated her 32nd wedding anniversary Attorney Advisor. Cross Brushy Creek Area Chapter and
12/13/08) and 8 grandchildren. sends her thoughts and blessings to all Donna M. Courtney Blaszczyk, ‘78
her fellow classmates! with husband Dan on April 16, 2009, North Central Iowa Chapter. The Red is the CEO/owner of Blasz Construction,
the evening before her daughter Stepha- Patricia Ann Hornberger Perry, ‘71 Cross has done amazing work, especially
Phyllis Murawski Rooney, ‘57 LLC in Feasterville, PA. She was
nie Nicole’s marriage to Dario Carmona. with her husband Bob, owns and operates this past year with Iowa facing tremen-
recently celebrated her 50th wedding Diane Lesner Buttschardt, ‘59 has recognized by PA Governor Ed Rendell as
She herself has been a Certified Heal- US Tax Service, Inc., a tax and account- dous flooding and destructive tornadoes.
anniversary mass at St. John Cantius lived in New Jersey, California, and one of PA’s Best 50 Women in Business
ing Touch Practitioner since November ing firm with offices in Largo and St.
Church, followed by a reception with lives now in Park City, Utah. She has during the 14th annual reception on May
2007 and has an office in Millbrae, CA. Petersburg, Florida. She received her Lisa Ann D’Amico Barretta, ‘74 will
family and friends at the Quaker City five children and 12 grandchildren 11th, 2009 in Harrisburg.
She is also a volunteer practitioner in the MBA with a concentration in accounting have her book, The Street Smart Psychic’s
Yacht Club. living all over the USA. She has had
Healing Partners program at Women’s and graduated with her JD from Stetson Guide to Getting a Good Reading, released
several careers since graduating NA.
Barbara Rodgers Schmidt, ‘57 She attended the University of Penn-
sylvania for two years, had a modeling
Health, Stanford, CA - a healing touch
program for breast cancer patients.
University College of Law in May 2009. in the fall of 2009. It is being published
by Llewellyn Worldwide, the oldest and
celebrated her 48th wedding
Geraldine Czaplicka Curry, ‘71 married largest publisher in the world, and will be
anniversary on April 8, 2009. She has career in TV and print media, was a Cynthia Pinto Porteous Skoliada, ‘80
Alexandria Beakschi Dybalski, ‘66 to husband Joe for 23 years, has three available in several languages.
3 sons and 3 daughters. Her grand- partner in John Robert Powers is now married to Eric Skoliada, a retired
has been married to James Dybalski daughters: Amanda (22), Elysia (19) and
daughter Christina Schmidt, ‘09 Modeling School in CA, was an Image Navy veteran who now works in the US
(alumnus of Father Judge) for 39 years. Emily (11). She is a retired preschool Linda Hornberger Shank, ‘76 has
graduated from NA this year. Consultant in NJ, and now owns a Postal Service BMC. She is very proud
She is a retired registered nurse and has teacher and does child care in her home. been married 33 years and still lives in
jewelry design business in Utah. of him.
Natalie Henshke Maguire, ‘59 was She is also an avid skier. four children and five grand-children. Fishtown in the same house that she and
Margaret Duross Hueber, ‘71 celebrated her husband purchased in 1976. They
widowed in 1999 when her husband Denise McNulty, ‘82 currently works
Moira Pamela Fix Workman, ‘69 her 35th wedding anniversary with have three children (son and 2 daughters)
John suffered a heart attack. Her son Cynthia Starbuck Britt Roberts, ‘59 as the Director of Nursing at a psych
retired after 20 years in the Philadelphia husband Pat in September 2008. They and four grandchildren (2 grandsons, 2
John and his wife Wendi have five is married to a very wonderful man, hospital in Naples, Florida, and teaches
Police Department in 1995. She went are the proud parents of Colleen Hueber, granddaughters). She has worked for the
children and live just around the Douglas, with whom she shares three part-time in the Nursing Program
back to the retail world and currently is ‘92, adopted grand-niece Kaelynne (10), Sports Arena Local 137 Health & Welfare
corner. Her daughter Katie and her daughters, all married, and 10 grand- at her local college. She is also a prac-
employed with Hamilton Jewelers and adopted grand-nephew Liam (7). Fund for 22 years.
husband Ralph have 2 sons and live in children. She initially started out as ticing Nurse Practitioner in a private
Mullica Hill, NJ. She is retired but a grade school teacher but her world in Princeton, NJ for the last 9 years.
Eileen Paczosa Golden, ‘72 has been psych practice. Her community service
remains active in the Pine Hill, NJ opened up when she became a Real- She has a daughter Michele (35), and Charlotte Jagielski Gohl, ‘76 welcomed
living in Maryland the past 19 years. She includes serving as President for the
community by serving as a Board Estate Broker 31 years ago. She is one grandson, Robert John (15). grandson Ryan James Leone on May 23,
works in a small plantiff’s law firm as a Florida Nurses Association, District
Member for the School Board, The currently a Broker with Prudential, 2008 -- her blessing from heaven!
paralegal/administrative assistant. She has 29, Collier County. She has three more
Education Foundation (treasurer), Fox & Roach and has won the Pennsyl- semesters to go before receiving her
two sons, Ryan and Corey.
the Municipal Utilities Authority and vania Association of Realtors Lifetime Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
as a County Committee Woman. Achievement Award.
class N O T E S class N O T E S
11980s Jennifer Fiandra Mackell, ‘87 Hollie Kochanski Southard, ‘91 has a
new baby girl, Cayla, who was born in
Jessica Laskowski VanNest, ‘95
welcomes the birth of her identical twins
Tracy Collins Hacker, ‘98 is working
as a Clincial Social Worker at Geisinger
married Jim Mackell in 1998. They
have three children: Joey (8), Megan (5) October 2008. She is loved by her 2 big Brynn Elizabeth (6 lbs, 8 oz) and Reese Medical Center in Danville, PA. She is Elizabeth Maplesden, ‘00 received the
and Danielle (2). brothers: Tyler (5) and Christopher (3). Katherine (6 lbs, 10 oz), born on October married with 2 children: AJ (4), Kaylee Gold Award and will be published in
Joan B. Deni, ‘84 now lives in (3) and a third due in October 2009.
22, 2008 in Long Branch, NJ. They were the Graphis Poster Annual 2010 for her
sunny Singapore, having moved from
Mary Ann Dever Ankeny, ‘87 Kerry Connor Walker, ‘91 lives welcomed by their big sister Ava Rose (3). poster “Vote for Me,” part of AIGA’s
Hong Kong, where she lived for two Kimberly Bradley, ‘99 is currently
received her BS in Engineering from with husband Justin in Cherry Hill, Jessica is currently at home with her Get Out the Vote 2008 effort. Another
years. She was transferred to Asia for working as a NICU nurse at St.
Philadelphia University and an MS NJ. They have three boys: Justin (6), three daughters. Prior to their birth, poster (“How Many Designers”) was
her job, which is Advertising and Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
from the Institute of Textile Technology Andrew (4) and Evan (6 mos). she worked part-time as a pediatric selected as one of 34 winning entries in
Marketing Communications for
in Charlottesville, VA. She is currently occupational therapist in the NJ public the AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards,
MRM Worldwide. Cynthia Devers Lamb, ‘99 received
the Director of Dyeing Research at Diane Mlynarski Greeley, ‘92 recently school system. and was exhibited May 1 - 30, 2009 at
Cotton Incorporated in Cary, NC. had second daughter, Katelyn, in her BS from Rowan University in 2003 the Always By Design Gallery in Old
Annmarie Hafer Burkhart, ‘84 has a and her JD from Rutgers in 2008. She
In 1996, she married James Ankeny November 2008. Her big sister Ashley City, Philadelphia. Her work will also
wonderful husband and is “mom” to is now working at the Wolk Law Firm,
and they have 2 boys, Carter (9) and will be turning 3 years old in July 2009. be published in “The Big Book of Self
2 sons, 2 cats, and a St. Bernard. In practicing aviation law. She married
Jackson (6). Promotion.”
the 25 years since graduation, she has John Lamb on September 13, 2008.
Jamiee Rowson, ‘93 married Adam
traveled all over the world, including an
Janet Guilliams Kulics, ‘87 married Varsalone on June 26, 2009 in Katie Bateman, ‘00 recently received
extended stay in Ecuador and a month- Danielle Wilson, ‘99 received her
Robert Kulics in March 2001. She Philadelphia in a ceremony at Nativity her Masters in Elementary Education
long mission trip to the Usambara Masters Degree in Educational
works for the Department of Veterans BVM. Her reception was held at The from Holy Family University and
Mountains of Tanzania. When not Administration from LaSalle University
Affairs as a Rating Veterans Service Ballroom at the Ben in Center City. teaches middle school science at St.
mom-ing, wife-ing, or traveling, she in May 2009.
Representative. Also, in May 2009, she graduated with David School in Willow Grove. She
is a full-time artist, accomplished in
her M.Ed. in Reading and received a also coaches for NRG Swimming.
the glass arts. Her time is split between Jo Ann Flanagan Colletto, ‘99 is
Lisa Sabatino Oriold, ‘89 married Reading Specialist certification. Kelly Enright Alcaro, ‘95 with her hus-
teaching and her position as the VP currently a high school mathematics
Daniel Oriold on December 27, 2008. band welcomed her first child, William Laurie Zerumsky, ‘01 spent Sunday,
of the Board of Directors for the teacher at Abington Senior High
Michele L. Hanna, ‘94 works as Benjamin, on November 9, 2008. June 7th cooking dinner with a few
Gallery School of Pottstown. She is School along with other NA alums.
a teacher in the Neshaminy School close friends and family members...
also the feature project columnist for
Glass Craftsman Magazine. 11990s District. She has one daughter,
Mary M. Sax Tyrrell, ‘97 graduated
from Syracuse University with summa
She married her husband in July 2007. for 90 people! This was her 2nd go-
Her glass artwork can been seen at round cooking dinner at the Ronald
Janine LaHart O’Connor, ‘90 married cum laude honors. She joined MayoSeitz Katharine Merschen Blitzstein, ‘99 McDonald house (pictured below).
www.galleryonhigh.com. married her college sweetheart, Jared,
James O’Connor in October 2008. Lori Trendler Skucas, ‘94 married her Media, an advertising media agency, in She is also half-way to reaching her
They have a son, JJ, born in June 2006. husband Alex in Bermuda on August 2001 and has been there ever since. She is on November 3, 2007. She has a goal of raising $5,000 and being
Karen M. Czarnecki, ‘84 has three Masters degree in Reading and is
She has worked at Cigna Healthcare for 30, 2008 and lives in New York City. married to Richard Tyrrell and they have inducted into the National MS Society
children: Reagan, Madison and currently working as a teacher in a
the past 9 years in the IT department. She recently went back to school full- two lovely boys, Richard and Jason. Leadership Class.
Caroline. charter school. She is going back to
time for a degree in Psychology.
Christina Zarzycki Gorey, ‘90 is Jennifer Donohue Blanch, ‘97 is school to get her special education
Donna Azzarano Coughlin, ‘84 has certification.
currently a stay-at-home mom to her Nicole Richards Pearson, ‘94 with currently a stay-at-home mom to Cole
three children Michaella (11), Owen
four children with husband Pat: Patrick husband Sean had her first child in (2) and Claire (10 mos) and is expecting
(8), and Siena (6) with husband Tim. Lynn Marie Tomei, ‘99 graduated
III (15), Meghan (12), Evan (10) and December 2008, Liam Richard. again in August 2009.
She currently lives in Singapore. with a second Bachelor’s Degree in
Susana Marín, ‘95 is getting married Meredith Kelly, ‘97 graduated from Interior Design last year and has been
Stacie Rogers Hill, ‘85 is married working as an interior designer near
AmyLynn Flood, ‘91 is married to August 29, 2009 and is in the process Brandywine School of Nursing in May
with 4 children and has been an RN Atlantic City, NJ for a firm specializing
Michael Siciliano and has two children: of moving and renovating her new 2008 and now works in the Neonatal
for 16 years. in hospitality and restaurant design.
Addison (5) and Joseph (1). house! ICU at Childrens Hospital. She married
Sean Shields in April 2009, attended by
Valerie Sitler Rauch, ‘86 works as a Kristin Kajowski-Scannapieco, ‘99
her sisters Samantha Kelly Samtmann, Nicole Marie LaCorte Savage, ‘01
remedial reading and math teacher. with husband Joe and very happy big
‘95 and Hillary Kelly, ‘02. was married on February 22, 2009
She is the mother to three boys (10, 7, sister, Gracie, welcomed newest to Gerald Stephen Savage, Jr. She also
and 2). addition to the family Joseph Michael graduated from Villanova University
Jr. on December 26, 2008. Law School in May 2009.
class N O T E S class N O T E S
congrats 1 9 5 9 !
Teresa Pipito, ‘02 got engaged over Erin Bateman, ‘03 is teaching Andrea Marrone, ‘08 was recently
... continued Christmas to Daniel Smith and is plan- technology at Nazareth Academy Grade selected to the USA Field Hockey
ning her wedding for December 2009. School and attending Drexel University Womens High Performance Center
She graduated from the University of the in the medical field. (HPC). The goal of the HPC is to
Elizabeth Bartholomew, ‘01 is in
Arts in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Music provide training for elite level field
medical device sales for LifeScan, a
in Vocal Performance. She has since Christina Bihler, ‘04 currently attends hockey players with national team Each year, Nazareth Academy High School honors the “Golden Graduates,”
Johnson & Johnson company. She
worked for theater companies in Cape NYU for a Masters of Music Education aspirations, sending such players to those alumnae who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as graduates of
will be getting married in April 2010.
May, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. She degree. She graduated with honors compete and train with national teams. NA, during the annual Commencement Ceremony. On Saturday, May 31,
Teresa Hughes, ‘01 graduated from currently works full-time as an assistant from Rowan University in 2008 with a nineteen members of the Class of 1959 proudly walked alongside the Class
at St. Mary Medical Center and is Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performace Amanda Jenigen, ‘08 currently is a of 2009 in NA’s Commencement excercises and were given golden diplomas,
Chestnut Hill College with a major
teaching voice lessons part-time at in Opera. freshman at Holy Family University. blue and gold corsages, and special ID badges to mark the occasion.
in Mathematics and a minor in
R&M Music Studios. She is an active member of the student Afterwards, they returned to walk the old halls of NA to enjoy a reception
Psychology. She currently teaches 6th,
Katie Chmelko, ‘05 is pursuing a degree government and was selected to be on with their guests where they enjoyed catching up with one another.
7th, and 8th grade math and science
Elise Autenrieth, ‘02 graduated from the in music education at Saint Mary’s the Middle States Committee. She was Graduates attended from all over the United States, including California --
at Our Mother of Sorrows in West
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia College, Notre Dame, IN. As a student also selected to be on the Dean’s List for congratulations again, ladies!!
with a BS in Biochemistry in 2006. She teacher, she currently teaches choral the School of Business Administration.
Carrie McCabe, ‘01 received a BS in works as a chemist at McNeil Consumer music to students at LaPorte High
and Specialty Pharmaceuticals. She is School. She was the student conductor Rachele DeSantis, ‘08 is currently
Meteorology from Penn State in 2006.
engaged to marry Thomas Johnson in of the Women’s Choir, the assistant participating in the Disney College
She currently works as a meteorologist
July 2010. director for the spring musical, Candide, Program, and is living in Orlando as a
at Accuweather, Inc. in State College,
and played percussion in the musical pit Walt Disney World cast member until
PA preparing daily forecasts for TV,
Tristan Andrulonis, ‘03 had a baby! orchestra. summer 2009.
radio and newspaper clients. She can
be heard delivering the local forecast Weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz, Jackson Coulter
on KYW1060. made his grand entrance on January 7, Kelly Casey, ‘05 was named AT&T
2009. He was 20.5” long and is perfect in Crusader of the Week for competition
Kristen Smith, ‘02 is currently at- every way. from March 30 - April 5, 2009. She led
tending the University of Pennsylvania the Holy Cross lacrosse team to a 1-1
for a Master’s degree in Nursing. Aileen Burke Gervasio, ‘03 was record that week; in a win over
married in November 2008 to Anthony Lehigh, she made the first start of her
Rachel Gallagher, ‘02 has two G. Gervasio. Her son, Anthony Dominic, collegiate career and scored a career high
beautiful children. She recently was born on April 8, 2009. 4 goals. Over the course of her Holy
designed and built a 5,000 sq. foot Cross career, she now has 7 goals and 2 The Golden Grads feast on their reception spread, which included a blue and
home for her family. Also, she is Marcella Jane Zuczek, ‘03 graduated assists for 9 points in 22 games played. gold anniversary cake.
currently pursuing a graduate joint- Drexel University in 2007 with a BS in
degree in Law and Business (MBA/ Graphic Design, with a minor in Art Kelly Bateman, ‘06 is finishing her
JD) at Suffolk University Law School History. While at Drexel, she won several junior year at Penn State in Psychology.
in Boston, MA. honors and awards including first place in
the Key Arts Awards (given by the Allison Walsh, ‘07 is currently a sopho-
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