A Magazine for the Alumni, Family and Friends of LCHS
The Seed is Planted | page 15
Board of Directors
Rev. David L. Danneker, PhD
Table of Contents
Rev. Dominic DiBiccaro 3 from the principal
Rev. Leo Goodman 4 It’s Time
Rev. Peter Hahn
Fr. Norman Hohenwarter ‘75
Sam Kirchner 5 student spotlight
Very Rev. Kenneth Lawrence
Walter Legenstein ‘65 9 alumni at lchs
Rev. Patrick McGarrity 15 advancement news
Rev. Francis Menei
Rev. Michael Messner
Rev. Daniel Mitzel 18 student highlights
Rev. Ronald Moratelli
Rev. James O’Blaney, CSSR 20 alumni
Rev. Luis Rodriguez 21 class notes
Rev. John Shamalhofer
Rev. Msgr. Thomas Smith 27 wish list
Dr. Richard Stratchko
Rev. Mark Weiss
Rev. Allen Wolfe
Rev. Msgr. Richard Youtz ‘57
LCHS Administration Lancaster Catholic
High School affirms that our
primary purpose is to offer a superior education
Thomas Fertal, Interim Principal to all our students in the context of the Gospel of Jesus
Joseph W. McCaskey, Vice Principal Christ, in keeping with the tradition and teachings of
Tom Blaszczyk, Dean of Students
the Roman Catholic Church. We endeavor to develop
Debra Kipphorn, Business Manager
the whole person spiritually, intellectually and socially,
Terry Klugh, Director of Athletics
Jill A. Robinson, Director of Guidance
ultimately leading to the larger goals of Christianity—
Maureen McElrone, Director of Academic truth, charity, justice, freedom, peace and salvation.
Deb Waters, Director of Spiritual Life
Margie Lamberson, Director of Advancement
Kaitlin Martin, Communications Director
Robert Cavendar, Facilities Manager On The The students pictured on the cover represent the
Cover variety of sports, activities, and clubs offered at
Lancaster Catholic High School.
from the principal
It is an honor and a privilege to address staff, were reduced by 50%. The Athletic
you as the Interim Principal of Lancaster Department budget was reduced by 10%.
Catholic High School. The school year is All department budgets were held to
well underway, and the excellence you have “necessity only” levels.
come to expect at Catholic High continues
to shine forth in so many ways. Our Finally, Mr. Dermot Garrett, Principal
academics remain vigorous. Our spiritual at Lancaster Catholic for 13 years, retired
life program continues its most important at the end of the school year. Subsequently,
mission. Our marching band excels in visual I was appointed by the Diocese of
and audio perfection with a message. Our Harrisburg, in collaboration with the Board
athletics vie for titles and playoff spots. And of Directors, to a one year assignment as
numerous other programs, activities and Administrator Pro Temp or “Interim
events continue to make up the wonderful Principal”. The Diocese of Harrisburg will
mosaic which is Lancaster Catholic. officially post the position of Principal after
Who is Tom Fertal? January 1st and the Board of Directors will
Obviously, there have been some changes. establish a search committee to select a
Born: Bethlehem, PA, 1967 As we are all painfully aware, the U.S. permanent replacement.
economy took a hard turn for the worst
Attended: Bethlehem Catholic
last fall. Lancaster Catholic was far from Still, despite the apparent setbacks,
immune from that turn. The school Lancaster Catholic opened the doors this
Military: 2 years, U.S. Army, 25th experienced significant decreases both September with an increased enrollment
Infantry Division, Hawaii; 2 years, PA in the total tuition dollars collected and and the return of ALL of the full time
National Guard, 2nd Lieutenant the amount of funds generated through teaching faculty. Though they had been
fundraising efforts. Coupled with these affected by the financial decisions, as well
Education: Penn State, B.S. Admin. two factors was the need to straighten out as the absence of colleagues and friends,
of Justice; graduate and undergraduate
theology coursework, Franciscan
a long-standing accounting issue pertaining they came to school with sleeves rolled up,
University of Steubenville; enrolled to cash flow, as well as the inability, given ready to deliver the same quality program
in Master of Restorative Practices in the flattening of the real estate market, to you have come to expect. They have done
Education, International Institute capitalize a significant real estate asset that so with integrity and zeal.
for Restorative Practices would have allowed us to remain budget-
neutral. As a result of this “perfect storm” The red carpets were rolled out on the
LCHS Experience: 10 years; Dean
of events, Lancaster Catholic finished the first day of school as the faculty and staff
of Students, Director of Spiritual Life,
Religion Teacher, Vice Principal for year with a $1.6 million dollar deficit. This gathered to welcome the incoming freshmen
Student Affairs forced the hand of the Board of Directors and transfer students to their new home.
and Administration to make significant There were hoots and hollers, smiles and
Family: Wife, Patty, married 15 years; reductions in the budget, primarily through hugs. There was true joy and excitement in
6 children: Bridget (12), Sarah (9), reduction in staff. An institution cannot the air. Later in the month I was fortunate
Bernadette (8), Jacob (6), Matthew (4), recoup losses of that magnitude by cutting to be a guest at the reunion of the Class of
back on paper clips or light bulbs. Several 1949. What I saw at that reunion was the
Personal: Eagle Scout, black belt full time and part time staff members were same affinity for Lancaster Catholic and for
in Karate, runner, acoustic guitar let go or reassigned. Retiring staff were each other that I saw with the freshmen.
player, fisherman not replaced. Some full-time positions Apparently love for “Catholic High” does
were reduced to part-time. All employees not wane over time – it deepens and
Favorite Movie: Excalibur received a 5% salary reduction. Stipends for matures – albeit with a little less hooting.
all extracurricular activity moderators, such
Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings
as the school newspaper advisor, student
council advisors and marching band continued on page 17
“It’s Time to Be Who We Are!” This was the message that all Lancaster Catholic High School students received
on their first day of school. This statement, created by the Spiritual Life Department, has been continually
expressed throughout this current school year. This is why it only seems fitting to carry this inspirational message
into our LCHS Magazine!
In 1929, eight students were the first to graduate from Lancaster Catholic High School. Now in 2009, 800
students fill these hallways with laughter, friendship, and lifelong memories. It is the current students, alumni,
families and friends that support the school and make LCHS WHAT IT IS!
On the following pages, you will be reminded of why this school still prospers after 80 years. You will meet four
current students, one from each grade, who will sincerely tell you why they are proud to be at Catholic High. Next,
you will reminisce with LCHS graduates, who are now a vivid presence in the school. These four alumni are now
employees who guide, teach and/or support all of the students who enter Lancaster Catholic High. This magazine
is a testimonial to the superior education which is taught, the lifelong friendships that are formed, and the memories
that will always keep these halls alive.
Thank you for being a part of the Lancaster Catholic High School family! It is now time to see Who We Are As….
a LCHS Student Body, LCHS Alumni, and a LCHS Community. ENJOY!
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Roman Clay is a freshman at LCHS. He came contemplating which universities he would like
to us from Reynolds Middle School. Roman’s to attend. The two colleges he has his eyes on are
first day of school was a little different than the the University of Texas and the University of
upperclassmen’s. He had the opportunity, with Southern California.
the rest of the Freshman class and new students, to
have a new-student orientation day. The red carpets In school, Roman has impressed both his coaches
were rolled out, and the new students piled into and his teachers. Roman’s favorite teacher is Mrs.
Berger Gymnasium after being welcomed by the Anne Schober. He says that Mrs. Schober never
faculty and staff hesitates to offer
of LCHS. extra help when
it is needed, and
Sure, Roman that she is just,
was excited “cool!” When Mrs.
about starting Schober heard
high school, but this, she had the
he was heavily kindest words to say.
anticipating “Roman has a smile
playing on that lights up any
the Freshman room he enters.
football team. His goofiness,
Football has been mixed with his
a part of Roman’s maturity and
life for the past honesty, create a
eight years. combination of
Growing up, characteristics that
he would watch result in an awesome
the games on and fun student to
television, while dreaming of one day playing have in class! No day is ever the same…he rocks
for the NFL, and if he had his choice, the and he tries his hardest every day!”
There are three and a half years left for Roman
The Freshman football team has not only at Lancaster Catholic, and we are confident that
challenged Roman athletically, but it has helped he will make the most of them. His dream is
him focus on what the future holds. “The LCHS to go to college, then maybe the NFL.
football team has helped me become a better player, We are delighted to have Roman here, and are
and has shown me that a good education can take committed to providing all the assistance we
me to good places.” Even though he is only half- can, to help him achieve his goals.
way into his freshman year, Roman is already
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Greg is a sophomore at Lancaster Catholic. He “Greg is a great kid. He is down to earth, easy
is a remarkable student, who is contemplating a going and very ready to jump in and lend a hand,
lifelong dedication to God. Private school has been regardless of what is happening. He is never
a different experience for Greg. Before Lancaster afraid to talk about his faith, and after joining the
Catholic he attended middle school at Wheatland. Young Apostles this fall, he quickly jumped into a
He admits that he was not very religious while in leadership role.”
middle school, and attributes that to not having a
full understanding of God. His attitude changed Greg has time before he makes a pledge to the Lord.
after coming to Lancaster Catholic; he now However, he knows that, ultimately, whatever he
cherishes the opportunity to learn about God chooses, all his service will be done in the Lord’s
name. Greg is anticipating his next two years at
and fully recognizes the
school. He has some serious
powerful relationship he is
decisions to make! Meanwhile,
building with Him. Greg
Greg is enjoying the life of a
is learning to understand teenager. He is involved with
that God has a purpose the Boy Scouts of America and
for all of us. is a Brotherhood member in the
Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s
This understanding has National Honor Society). On
led Greg to believe that November 23, Greg became an
God may be calling him Eagle Scout, which is the highest
to join the priesthood. ranking one can achieve in the
Freshman year is when Boy Scouts.
he felt the sense that
this may be his chosen Greg enjoys his life as an Eagle
path. He initially spoke Scout and is dedicated to his life
with Father Mark Weiss as a Lancaster Catholic High
from St. Phillip’s Parish, School Student. He wants to
and gained insight as to express to incoming students
what the life of a priest is the importance of listening to
like. He also speaks with yourself, “Follow your heart, and
Bryan Schlager, class of don’t be afraid to express your
beliefs. It is hard to do that, but
2008, frequently about life in the seminary; Bryan
there are so many good students who are mature,
is currently at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
and who can be good friends.”
While in school, Greg has joined the Young
Apostles. He works closely with Mr. Art Bamert
Lancaster Catholic wishes the best for Greg. Our hope
who leads the Young Apostles and works in the is that, as a faith-based institution, we can help guide
Spiritual Life Department. him down the path the Lord has chosen for him.
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Danielle D’ Agostino
Danielle D’ Agostino is a junior at LCHS. She an opportunity for desiring students to receive an
is a talented young lady who was born with the LCHS education. A four-year scholarship was
gift of dance. established to assist students who excel in their
studies and have a strong desire to attend LCHS, but
Danielle has been able to utilize and perfect her lack the financial resources to pay tuition. Each year,
talent by taking classes at The Lancaster School a member of the incoming freshman class is chosen
of Ballet and The New Movement Center. She to receive the scholarship. Danielle composed a 300
manages her time between academic and honors word essay explaining why she wanted to attend
classes at LCHS, dance classes at the New Lancaster Catholic, and was chosen as the very first
Movement Center and preparing for the many recipient of the Dennis M. Cook Scholarship.
performances that she dances in. Her latest role
was, “The Nutcracker”, Lancaster Catholic is
performed at Lancaster preparing Danielle for life after
Mennonite’s Fine Arts high school. She would like
Center the first week of to attend college and double
December. Danielle’s major in Physical Therapy or
flawless talent landed her the Sports Medicine and Dance.
lead role of Clara. As a junior, she is confident
about this career decision
The stage is nothing new for which was influenced by
Danielle. She has performed classes such as sports medicine
in over eleven shows through and anatomy.
Ballet Theater of Lancaster,
and Lancaster School of Danielle understands that the
Ballet. Despite this busy academic education she has
schedule, she still has time to received at Lancaster Catholic
focus on her schoolwork and High School, in addition to
future. Danielle appreciates her talent as a dancer, will
her education, and is pave the way for a happy and
thankful to be receiving it successful career. “I hope
at LCHS. Danielle was the students who are coming
awarded a scholarship to to Catholic understand the
attend Lancaster Catholic.
opportunities waiting for them. Never give up, and
don’t slack because you won’t be able to catch up.
The scholarship was established in 2007. It honors You don’t want to put your future on hold, to try
the life of Dennis Cook (class of 1986) who worked and catch up with your past.”
in the North Tower of the World Trade Center,
and sadly lost his life on September 11, 2001. After
this tragedy, his family united with LCHS to create
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Melany Ruiz is a senior, and is proud to be receiving to go to school in Puerto Rico, but she is not
her diploma from Lancaster Catholic High School ruling out attending college in the United States.
this coming May. Melany came to Lancaster She would love to experience life at Florida
Catholic in her junior year of high school. She was International University, or California College
ready to be challenged; she was ready to focus on of Mortuary Science.
Melany loves anatomy class, she is fascinated with
“LCHS has helped me by teaching me how to work the human body and how it functions. Her anatomy
hard, so I can be prepared for the future. This is teacher, Mrs. Kattappa, has been helping Melany not
something my previous school did not teach me.” only with her studies, but educating her on Mortuary
Melany came to LCHS with nervousness, but her Science Schools. Originally, Melany contemplated
anxiety was quickly extinguished when she met becoming a surgeon. Her father suffered an injury
Ms. Maureen at work, and it was
McElrone, Director through observing
of the Academic her father’s experience
Achievement that she thought of
Center. Ms. working with the
McElrone has surely human body. She
touched Melany’s researched, and
life, but Melany eventually realized
has also affected that her niche might
Ms. McElrone’s be in mortuary
life. When asked science. Since this
about Melany, Ms. realization, she has
McElrone replied, been dedicated to
learning more about
“Melany Ruiz Soto the practice.
is the ultimate
depiction of Most seniors who
success. Coming to graduate from LCHS
Lancaster Catholic as an English Language Learner, do so with some sadness, nervousness for the future
Melany has had to be tenacious in her efforts to and advice for the incoming students. Melany wants
thrive academically. Her positive expressions and incoming and current students to know that the
kind nature have been a benefit to our atmosphere. more improvements you make now, the happier
I have been fortunate to be a blink in the life of such you will be with your life in the future.
an inspirational person; Melany will do great things
with her future, just as she has done great things in Melany would like to thank all of her teachers,
the time she has spent with us. Thanks Melany!” especially Ms. McElrone, for all their support
and guidance during her past two years at LCHS.
Melany is very driven, and is concentrating heavily “Thank you Lancaster Catholic for understanding
on her plans for after high school. She would love me, and always being there.”
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Alumni at LCHS...
First Row, L-R: Dan Martin ‘81, Cindy (Smith) Shomo ‘68, Joseph Sahd ‘01
Second Row, L-R: Carolyn (Rhoads) Kauffman ‘67, Joe McCaskey ‘64, PJ (White) Kegel ‘87
Third Row, L-R: Kathleen (Stengel) Alton ‘79, Rosemary (Ziegler) Greiner ‘65, Kyla (Morrison-Vollrath) Hockley ‘96
Forth Row, L-R: Helen (Sahd) Yeager ‘73, Anne (Penny) Schober ‘81, Tony Brill ‘80
Fifth Row, L-R: Deb (Manley) Kipphorn ‘72, Sue Martin ‘72, Richard Ressel ‘71
Sixth Row, L-R: Kaitlin Martin ‘02
Not Shown: Nicole (Schauren) Nau ‘89 and Valerie (Gable) Schauren ‘92 Winter 2009 • 9
Class of 1964
I can’t believe I walked into the halls of LCHS as a student 50 years ago. As a 1960 graduate of Sacred
Heart School, with parents who are both Catholic High School alumni, there was no question where I
would attend high school. I was very pleasantly surprised to be in a brand new classroom for homeroom.
The school was growing and my newly built homeroom was D-211, in the top floor of Reilly hall. I
remember our football field, which was located where we now park, and I have vivid memories of the
student body in the gym for Mass. Not Berger Gym, that wasn’t built yet, but the Old Gym which
held, at that time, hundreds of folding metal chairs and one section of bleachers.
While in college my association with LCHS continued. I was able to help at band camps during summer
vacations, before returning to classes at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee each fall.
I was very excited to have Fr. Francis J. Taylor invite me to return to LCHS as a faculty member after
graduating from college in 1968. My wife, Ginny, LCHS class of 1966, and I returned to Lancaster so
I could begin my career as Band Director.
The band of 29 players was barely larger than the band front, called the Drill Team in those days. I was
blessed with a great group of students. We ended that year with 35 players, grew to 45 the following year
and 60 the year after that. I was honored to work with the band for 23 years and during that time had, as
alumni at lchs
students, six of my seven siblings, three in-laws and my three children. My son Brian, ’86, daughters Beth,
’88 and Molly, ’89 were the third generation from the family to graduate from LCHS.
The last four years I was the Band Director, I also was the Disciplinarian. I sure never thought I would
become part of the Administration, but the principal, Fr. William J. McDonnell, asked me to relieve Mr.
Richard Ressel, class of ‘71, who was doing the discipline at the time. Mr. Ressel wanted to return to
teaching art full-time and I wanted my daughter, Beth, to study with him. I agreed to do the discipline,
as long as Mr. Ressel stayed at LCHS. After 23 years as Band Director and Department Chairman, I
turned the band over to Mr. Tony Brill, a former student, class of ’80. I continued as Disciplinarian for
an additional 6 years.
Again change was in the air. I was asked to assume the position of Vice Principal of Student Services and
Facilities. For the next eleven years, I concerned myself with leaking roofs, HVAC systems, broken water
pipes and maintenance, as well as the supervision of clubs and activities. During this period, I also was able
to share my love of the sport, and became a tennis coach. I expected this would be my final legacy, but then
Mr. Donald Discavage, class of ’62, decided to retire as Vice Principal of Instruction. After his retirement
in June, I assumed the position of Vice Principal of Instruction. Last year was also very special in another
way. The fourth generation of our family, my grandson Wesley McCaskey, graduated from LCHS.
This is now my 42nd year as a member of the faculty of Lancaster Catholic High School. I have been
constantly impressed by the faith-filled example of our caring, dedicated faculty and staff, who day in
and day out exert such a positive influence on the students and each other. We, as a school, continue to be
God-centered as we grow to meet the needs of our students. I am very proud of my family’s four generation
connection with Catholic High, but I realized a long time ago that we are all family at LCHS. This is my
other home. What a great place to work and study! I have been truly blessed to be a part of LCHS.
Cindy (Smith) Shomo
Class of 1968
I walked back into the Old Main Lobby of Lancaster Catholic High School after 35 years, and it still felt
like home. In 2005, I was hired by LCHS to work in the Advancement Office, and was later transferred to
the Guidance/Discipline/Studies Offices. I was a teacher for 25 years, and decided that I needed a break.
However, I loved working with students and didn’t want to lose that connection. I found a niche in office
and computer work, and ultimately received the best of both worlds. I love what I do, I love our kids, I hope they
know I care deeply for them, being the “old” alum that I am. I love walking into Catholic High every day,
as I did from the fall of 1964 to graduation of 1968, and again from 2005 to the present.
I took a tour for old times sake during that interview in 2005, and found that not much had changed in
40 years. The desks, room numbers and lockers were all the same. The most noticeable difference for me
was the teachers; in 1964, Nuns from various religious orders were our instructors, and now it is younger
lay teachers. Room 204 used to be the library, and we were able to watch games in the “Old Gym” through
windows in the hallway from room 204 and 202. The current Guidance Office was Home Economics,
and classrooms 13 and 14 along with the Faculty dining room was the school cafeteria. We had three
lunch periods, and ate with plates and silverware. Room 111 was the “typing room”, and room 209 was
a lecture hall with an elevated floor. Up until the new addition was completed in 1965, approximately
1200 students were squeezed into Old Main and Reilly Hall.
As a sophomore, I had a brand new facility and I didn’t have to share a locker! There were new locker
rooms with marble showers. At this time, girls only had one sport; 6 player basketball. The girls were
allowed to use the New Gym once a year for a basketball game. Softball was picked up as another
girls’ sport in the spring, and we walked to Hamilton Park to play.
I helped build the original cross for the chapel that now hangs in Reilly Hall stairwell. I also helped to
make the original Stations of the Cross for the chapel, which were plywood and rope. We made stained
glass windows for Christmas in the “New Lobby” in front of the gym by using tissue paper and glue; we
made a walk-through ring for the ring ceremony when juniors got their class ring, and we made our own
sets for the plays. In 1968, the new gym was used for the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” for the first time.
In 1965, we got new band uniforms and new school uniforms for girls. The girls wore plaid pleated
skirts and navy blue blaszers. For gym, the girls had to wear green skirted uniforms with our names
stitched on the front. (There is one in Heritage Hall outside the Advancement Office). Boys did not
have to wear a uniform; they could wear any sport coat and tie with dress pants.
I remember happy times that made me never want to leave, but ultimately we move on, always having a
special place for our past that molded us for our future. I would say that this is why so many graduates
return for no other reason but to say hello and touch again those that made an impact on their life. I see
it every day, I can feel their feelings. I am truly blessed by God to be where I am today, and I am grateful
to those who gave me the tools to be the person I am.
I believe those who teach or work in support services at LCHS have always been there for the love of our
students, the peace in our faith and the commitment to our goals. I feel it, I know it. I’ve been there; I
will be here to help show it to our kids, for MY school.
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Class of 1981
As a teacher, I have always kept in my podium a prayer that has been attributed to Bishop Ken Untener.
In it the author says, “We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing
that they hold future promises. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide
yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.” I read and reflect on this prayer often as a teacher.
It is at the heart of the vocation of teaching. I may not see the immediate results of a student growing
intellectually, spiritually and as a young adult, but very few things in teaching are as rewarding as former
students coming back and letting you know how well you have prepared them for college and life. The
notes from former students, the college break visits, the cup of coffee at the local bookstores all make
the years of teaching such a rewarding career.
I am a product of twelve years of Catholic Education. I attended 8 years of parochial school at St. Anne’s
in Lancaster, followed by four years at Lancaster Catholic. I have had numerous family members attend
LCHS since the founding of the school. Academically, I received a first class education that I am not sure
I really appreciated until I attended college and realized what a wonderful job my teachers had done in
preparing me for college level work. I very much enjoyed my high school career as a student participating
in a number of activities and organizations.
Academically it is probably not a surprise that I gravitated to a number of History and Social Studies
classes. One of my highlights of returning to my alma mater in 1989 was having an opportunity to work
with, and be colleagues with, outstanding teachers, such as Mr. Timko, Mr. Joseph McCaskey, Mr. Donald
Discavage, Sister Anne Amrhein, Mr. Tom Vargo and Dr. Mike Hayes. Upon graduation I knew that I
wanted to become a teacher. I attended Millersville University and received my BS in 1985 and remained
at Millersville as a graduate assistant in the History Department, receiving my Masters in History in
1987. I spent a few years substitute-teaching, and was ecstatic in July 1989 when I was offered a full-time
position by Father William McDonnell. I felt very much honored to return to the school and contribute
to the institution that did so much to shape me as an individual. In my 21 years, I have taught all levels and
classes in History and Social Studies. Today, I primarily teach Advanced Placement US History and US
Government, 20th Century History which is a Dual Credit class with Alvernia College, and Introduction
to Economics. I also team teach an Introduction to Humanities Class with Mr. Richard Ressel and Mr.
Scott Drackley which many students have told us is one of the best courses they have taken in the school. I
have coached football during two different stints, have been involved as an assistant wrestling coach the last
ten years, moderated the Rambler for nine years and the Model United Nations Club for the last 21 years.
I feel the students are as eager today to learn and be challenged as they were over two decades ago. I stress
to all my students that education is hard work. There is no substitute for working hard and mastering a
concept or a subject. As a teacher and a historian, the heart of my discipline is the story of individuals and
their role in history, and thus I like to use stories in the classroom to help relate the subject to the students.
I have been very fortunate over my years at LCHS to have taught students who have asked questions and
have given viewpoints that have helped me rethink and shape my interpretations of historical events. This
has helped me to become a better teacher and historian. For this I am always grateful because I realize
that the future is very bright.
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Anne (Penny) Schober
Class of 1981
Years have passed since I donned my plaid polyester blue kilt with a matching blue blazer and gray knee socks,
along with my Farrah Fawcett hairstyle that I kept tightly curled, while carrying around my portable curling
iron, but the memories and education have remained a vital part of my life. When I graduated in 1981, I
had no idea that 28 years later I would be back in the building that was the crux of my teenage years, where
I learned from the best of the best, and made many mistakes along the way. Although I wish I could take
back some of the mistakes I incurred, I have come to realize that without them I would not be who I am
today and where I am today.
Lancaster Catholic allowed me to be who I was, and with this philosophy I found myself back at my alma
mater a few years ago hoping for a chance to teach and give back to the school that gave me a solid and
purposeful foundation. I was not the ideal student; in fact, I was far from perfect (big surprise). I recall many
occasions where I was found sitting outside the principal’s office (no need to elaborate on this one!), but, no
matter what mistakes I made, I was always given a second chance. When I decided to become a teacher at the
wonderful young age of thirty something, I knew that the only place I wanted to teach would be Lancaster
Catholic, and I have never regretted that decision and the opportunities that this school has given to me. It is
my job, as a Catholic educator, to give my heart, time and talent to the students that I am lucky to learn and
grow with. It is my obligation to give back to the school that has given me so much. These hallowed halls
continue to teach and form me.
I have learned that each day is a learning experience, and that no two days are ever the same. I have learned to
count my blessings. I have learned that some battles are not worth fighting. I have learned that before I can
teach a student about Carver, Joyce or Hemingway, that I must first let each student become their own author.
I have learned the power of words. I have learned to be a kid. I have learned that
Monday is the best day of the week, no matter what others may say. I have learned to
appreciate each day as a gift from God. I have learned that if given the chance, each
student can and will succeed. I have learned to believe in perseverance. I have learned
that I can write my own story to share with the world. I have learned to stand tall and
proud. I have learned that love comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. I have learned
acceptance and tolerance. I have learned that a warm hug can cure a frown. I have
learned to never doubt God. I have learned that above all else, hope is all that we
need. I have learned to be me.
By learning to be me, I have learned to embrace all of me, and use my past and
whatever my future may hold, to help me nourish the minds that I teach. It is vital
that my students understand how important they are...not just to Mrs. Schober
in Room 123, but to whomever they may come into contact with once they graduate. Recently, the book
“Teaching Hope” was published. I have the distinct honor to be one of the anonymous writers in the
book. This is a truly unique book, a truly passionate book, centered around teaching. It is written by
fellow teachers who want to change the way education is viewed by the government, and challenge them
to get into classrooms. I am fortunate to be in a school that believes in educating the whole student. I
challenge my students everyday...challenge them to think outside the box…challenge them to
make decisions…challenge them to be WHO THEY ARE!
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We did it again! The Lancaster Catholic Fund Phonathon reached its goal of $310,000.00. This is the 15th year that
the Fund was led by Chairperson, Mary Ann Aichele. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer give so much
of her love and time to our school! Accompanying MaryAnne each year are volunteers who spend their evenings in
the LCHS Library tirelessly making calls to school supporters across the country. Thank You!
No Phonathon is ever the same, as there are always sweet memories and stories, but this year something remarkable
happened, a story that should be shared with all! Many may know that Don and Anita Discavage were chosen to be
the Honorary Chairpersons for this year’s Phonathon. Together, they are a large piece of why LCHS is so special to
so many. It was close to ending time on the final night, and we were still short of our goal. Mrs. Aichele picked up her
phone, and looked at her call list. The name was none other than Don Discavage. She called him, he pledged, we met
the goal. There were tears, laughter and much excitement as the news was announced to the volunteers.
Thank you so much Lancaster Catholic High School supporters for your unwavering devotion to this school. It is
because of you that we have smart boards and flat screen computers, but most importantly, a school that still embodies
the spirit of the first educators in 1929. Lancaster Catholic High School still teaches because you still support.
As the volunteer Chairman of the annual 6-night major fundraising event we call the Lancaster Catholic CARNIVAL, there
are a thousand details involved in making the LCHS CARNIVAL a successful event. With the help of my most capable and
energetic Co-Chair Catherine Schreder, and a fantastic and very dedicated committee of volunteers, we put in hundreds
of hours, being very careful to “dot every i” and “cross every t”.
There’s an old saying out there that says “Into each
life a little rain must fall.” Indeed it did. On our
CARNIVAL. On 2 of the 6 nights.
Did I mention how much we hate it when it rains
on our CARNIVAL...?! Rain is the one element
we CAN’T control. Bottom line: the more it
rains, the less potential dollars we raise for the
school we love.
Our net proceeds for the 2009 CARNIVAL were
$92,158.56. Not too shabby considering the 2 nights
of rain, but $50,000 less than 2008. Ouch.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the LCHS (L to R) CARNIVAL Chairman Barry Bruce, Interim Principal
Tom Fertal, & CARNIVAL Co-Chair Catherine Schreder.
CARNIVAL has, over the past 28 years, delivered
well over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to our beloved LCHS!
We are already at work on the 2010 CARNIVAL. And praying for clear dry nights.
BARRY BRUCE ‘67
P.S. The 2010 CARNIVAL will be held Monday June 21st through Saturday June 26th. Mark your calendars NOW,
and plan to join us for lots of fun, and at the same time help LCHS . Hopefully you won’t need your umbrella.
14 10Lancaster Catholic Magazine
(L to R) Nicole Nau, Kaitlin Martin, Rosemary Greiner, & Margie Lamberson.
The Seed is Planted
It is basic science. For a seed to grow it must be is to support and advance Lancaster Catholic
planted in solid foundation, nurtured through its High School in the areas of constituent relations,
growing stages, and maintained once it has bloomed. fund raising, volunteer management, enrollment
This basic function of science, also applies to management, alumni events, communications
Lancaster Catholic High School. and, ultimately, building philanthropic support
for the school.
In 1928, the seed of Lancaster Catholic High
School was planted. Through constant care, Currently, the Office of Advancement is comprised
attention and nurturing, the seed started to grow of four individuals (three are LCHS alums) who are
and, on January 6, 1930, Lancaster Catholic High dedicated to fulfilling the mission and purpose of
School was a fully bloomed, functioning school. Lancaster Catholic. Recently, there have been some
In 2009 the school continues to uphold the mission changes in the office, but there are two faces that
that the founders had intended: A place where it you will recognize. Ms. Rosemary Greiner (class
is not the concrete or steel that sustains the school, of ’65) and Mrs. Nicole Nau (class of ’89), each have
but the invisible, intangible structure of the been working for the Advancement Office for about
Lord’s teaching on the inside. three years. Ms. Greiner is the Administrative
Assistant and Mrs. Nau is the Business Assistant.
On April 11, 1928 a meeting of the Pastors took The new additions to the team are Mrs. Margie
place in the Knights of Columbus Hall, and at Lamberson and Miss Kaitlin Martin (class of ’02).
this meeting plans were formulated to campaign
for funds. The campaigning that helped build the Mrs. Lamberson is the Director of Advancement
school in 1928 is the same campaigning that is for Lancaster Catholic. She came to LCHS with
done today through the Office of Advancement 14 years of non-profit fundraising experience.
to help the school prosper. She eagerly jumped into her new position, and
immediately applied those experiences to the
The Office of Advancement was formed with fundraising efforts here at Lancaster Catholic High.
the heart of the school in mind. The mission Mrs. Lamberson has been a life-long resident of
Winter 2009 • 15
Lancaster County and has the highest regard for educational opportunities to each and every one
the generosity that our community brings to our of our students.
non-profit organizations. As the parent of two
college students and an empty-nester, she is thrilled While ever mindful of our fiduciary responsibilities,
to be amongst so many wonderful teenagers and activities such as alumni and community relations
be part of the Lancaster Catholic Family. and enrollment management are imperative to
the success of our school. Ensuring that we are
Miss Martin is the Communications Director for reaching every child in our community who is
LCHS. She graduated from Lancaster Catholic in desirous of attending Lancaster Catholic High
2002. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree School is imperative. Our school was built to
in Speech Communication, with a focus in Public be centered around the Lord and the Catholic
Relations, and a Minor in English from Millersville Education of our children. We believe it is a true
University. In July of 2009 Kaitlin was hired for testament to the school’s founding fathers that
the Communications Director position by Interim this institution is now 800 students strong. The
Principal Tom Fertal, the very same man who generosity of Catholic High supporters built this
taught her in Religion class when she was student. school, and it is this generosity that will help us
She is so enthusiastic about representing her high continue to prosper for many more years.
school alma mater, because this is the school and
these are the teachers who helped shape her into the In this season of altruism, we hope that you choose
person she has become. Kaitlin wears many hats to support the efforts at Lancaster Catholic.
in the Advancement Office, and understands the
importance of her position. She is looking forward
to making a difference and communicating to the
public the true dedication that this school has in
assisting every Lancaster Catholic High School
Future of PA State EITC Program
Following in the footsteps of those who have so
diligently come before us, every member of this As many of you know, the PA earned income tax credit
office is thrilled to have the opportunity to work program (EITC) has been a very effective means
with such dedicated and committed alumni, parents of raising much needed scholarship funds for our
and friends in support of our school. Our pledge school. Due to the generosity of many businesses
is to ensure that donor designation and intent is in our community and their participation in this
always respected, and all generosity is acknowledged. program, Lancaster Catholic High School students
As we all know, there are many areas in need of received over $200,000 in tuition assistance last
support. Enclosed in this issue of the magazine year alone. Simply put, without these funds, many
is an envelope listing the giving opportunities of our families would not have been able to provide
available at Lancaster Catholic. If you wish to their children with a Lancaster Catholic
donate, the choice is yours as to where your money faith-based education. Current updates can be
will be designated. The Lancaster Catholic Fund, found on the PA state web-site (www.pa.state.
the Crusader Athletic Fund, Friends of Music gov) keyword, EITC, or by contacting Margie
Fund, and the Helping Hand Fund (student tuition Lamberson in the LCHS Advancement Office.
assistance) are all areas of importantance. If there is In the meantime, we will continue to be hopeful
a specific area that you are interested in supporting, that, through the diligence of our supporters and
please feel free to make note of it and we will the power of thoughtful prayer, this valuable
gratefully honor your intention. program is kept in place as a source for student
Donating to the Lancaster Catholic Fund will
support the operations of the school, which enables To lose patience is to lose the battle.
our educators and staff to provide the very best -Mahatma Gandhi
16 • Lancaster Catholic Magazine
from the principal March Madness
continued Save the Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Join us for the 4th Annual March Madness
October marked the start of our fundraising Fundraiser. More details to come.
efforts for the year as we kicked off our
Lancaster Catholic Fund Drive. Through the
efforts of Chairperson Mrs. Mary Ann Aichele
(Class of 1948) and our Advancement team, Lancaster Catholic Fund
led by Mrs. Margie Lamberson, the Lancaster
Thank you for those that have pledged to the Lancaster Catholic
Catholic Phonathon raised $310,000, thus
Fund – it is not too late to make your pledge today! Please use
achieving our goal and giving us a substantial
push towards the total Fund goal of $400,000. the enclosed envelope to pledge or send your gift. All gifts received
Our sincere thanks are extended to all those prior to Dec. 31 will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed
who pledged their support and to all those by law for the tax year of 2009, and will be acknowledged as such.
who volunteered their time.
In October I also had the pleasure of accepting
the Lancaster Newspaper Reader’s Choice Alumni Association
Award for Lancaster Catholic, as we were
We would love to hear from you! Have you been or would you
voted the number one private school in
like to be involved in the Alumni organization? This is the time
Lancaster County. (I didn’t tell them that we
already knew that…) It is edifying when we to step up and reach out! Please contact Kaitlin Martin or Margie
receive affirmation that our commitment to Lamberson in the Advancement Office at 717-509-0313.
the development of young people of faith is
regarded as a noble and worthwhile endeavor.
As I write this letter we are in the midst of our Corrections
Middle States Accreditation review. Although The following errors were found in the printing of the 2008-2009
the official feedback is not yet in hand, the Annual Report of Gifts. We sincerely apologize and would like
informal feedback has been encouraging and
to gratefully thank our donors for their understanding and their
reassuring. The Accreditation Team recognized
much appreciated generosity.
our hurdles and applauded the dedication,
loyalty and passion displayed by the staff. The
Team truly recognized the greatness of LCHS, Mr. & Mrs. John F. Carpenter should be listed as a member of the
best summarized by the consistent and clear Rosmarian Society ($500-$999).
message given to the team by our students:
LCHS is like a family. We feel valued, loved and Mr. C. Pat Riley should additionally be listed under the Class of
cared for. Our school is a place where I can be 1946 and the Parent/Grandparent listing as a Friend of Old Main
myself and explore my relationship with God. ($1000-$2,499).
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Himmelsbach should be listed under the
Faithfully, Parent/Grandparent listing as a member of the Purple & Gold
Club. Stephen Himmelsbach should also be listed under the class
of 1967 as a member of the Purple & Gold Club ($100-$249).
Mrs. Carol Ann Welsh Hohmans’ gift should be listed
under the Honors and Memorial listing – In Honor
Thomas S. Fertal
of Class of 1958.
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Student Highlights 2009
Golf – 41 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie, placed 2nd in the section.
• Leland Kutay and Robby Rowe participated in the
District III Individual Golf Tournament.
Girls’ Tennis – 12 wins, 4 losses, placed 2nd in the section
• The following girls participated in District Team Tennis: Brittany Bechtold, Alison
Carson, Erika Diffendall, Gretchen Diffendall, Allison Eichenlaub, Elizabeth
Hannan, Grace Kirchner, Allison Monkman, Maria Morrison, Sarah Veronis,
Alexandra Weeber, Hannah West and Audrey Whitebloom.
• Grace Kirchner and Audrey Whitebloom will play in the Tennis District Doubles.
Boys Cross Country – 4 wins and 17 losses
Girls Cross Country – 10 wins, 11 losses
• The following students participated in District Cross Country – Pete Stengel,
Mason Pflumm, Justin Gorlaski, Colby Pfister, Ben Frey, Elizabeth Davis, Adele
Grabowski, Maureen McShea, Danielle Murphy, Jen Roehm, Courtney Davis and
Ashley Sargent. Maureen McShea placed 27th to place as a state qualifier.
• Maureen McShea ran in the State Cross Country meet. She did her personal best
time of 22:48 minutes.
Varsity Field Hockey – 7 wins, 11 losses
• League All Stars – Molly Byrne, Erin Malloy and
Mattie Hershey all 2nd team and Amanda Schlager – honorable mention
JV Field Hockey – 8 wins, 7 losses, 2 ties
Junior High Field Hockey – 6 wins, 1 loss, 7 ties
Junior High JV Field Hockey – 13 wins, 1 tie
Varsity Boys Soccer – 10 wins, 9 losses
• Boys Soccer made it to league play and lost to Conestoga Valley
• They made the play ins of District Play and lost to Greenwood.
• The following boys are League All Stars – Kennan Barr, Joe Kaiser,
Geoffrey Arentz and Jeremy Mento.
• Keenan Barr, Geoffrey Arentz, and Joe Kaiser were all Section IV 1st
team soccer all stars.
• Geoffrey Arentz was also a Section IV Academic All Star.
• Keenan Barr was voted as the Section IV Most Valuable Player. He is only the
second player from LCHS to have ever won the award (Erik Vargo 2002).
• Jeremy Mento was a Section IV 2nd team soccer all star.
Junior High Boys Soccer – 5 wins, 4 losses, 1 tie
Junior High JV Boys Soccer – 4 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties
Varsity Football – 7 wins, 1 loss
• Varsity Football will be in District play
• Quarterback Kyle Smith broke the State Career Record for Touchdown Passes.
JV Football – 3 wins, 2 losses
Junior High Football – 5 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie
The following students auditioned and were accepted into the
Lancaster/Lebanon County Chorus Festival:
Adele Grabowski – Soprano I • Lindsay Fijalkowski – Soprano I
Carol Foose – Soprano I • Olivia Sallivanti – Soprano II
Caetlyn Mackey – Soprano II • Victoria Tallarico – Soprano II
Jackie Yanchuck – Alto II • Stephen Vlassis – Tenor II • John Couch – Bass I
They will participate in the County Chorus Festival on January 9th
at Hempfield High School.
The following students were accepted into District 7 Pennsylvania
Music Educator’s District Chorus Festival:
Adele Grabowski – Soprano I • Olivia Sallivanti – Soprano II
Caetlyn Mackey – Soprano II • Stephen Vlassis – Tenor II
They will participate in the Choral Festival at Lampeter-Strasburg High
School on January 29-30.
Catherine and Jackie Yanchuck received a service award from the Sisters of Saints
Cyril and Methodius at a beautiful ceremony at the basilica in Danville. They were
both nominated by their parishes. Seth Graham and Ed Kuchinski also received the
award, but they did not attend the ceremony.
Kati Tafelski and the Interact Club officers have organized the first EVER Aaron’s
Acres Craft Supply Drive at LCHS. They have collected dozens of awesome, creative
project pieces from various homerooms at Catholic. Way to go!
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Class of 1959
Hey Alumni! Are you ready for a challenge?
At the beginning of this school year, the graduating class of 1959 came together and established the LCHS
Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund. This year, 2009 marked the 50th Anniversary of their Lancaster Catholic
High School graduation! In light of this, class leaders Edward Maley and Jerry Mitterer joined forces to plan
a weekend event with old friends, old memories and new challenges. The festivities started on October
9th at the home of Ed and Barb Maley. The next night, the class met at Meadia Heights Golf Club, where
Jerry Miterer and Ed Maley proposed the 50 Year Challenge!
Previously, the graduating classes of 1955, 1957 and 1958 established a scholarship fund to commemorate
the Golden Anniversary of their graduation. To date, classmates still contribute to these scholarships and
help fund the tuition assistance program at Lancaster Catholic High. Understanding the importance of
such a gift, the class of 1959 decided to come together to also create a scholarship fund. However, along
with this fund, is a challenge…a “Challenge of the 50’s.”
As each graduating class of Lancaster Catholic High School celebrates their 50th class reunion, they are
asked to come together and try to raise more money than the graduating class before them. To date, the
class of 1959 has raised $6,630! Now, class of 1960…it is your turn!
The LCHS Tuition Assistance Program impacts many of our students. In fact, over half of all students
currently enrolled are receiving some form of financial assistance, and this need continues to accelerate. With
the establishment of this scholarship fund, and the future funds to follow, just imagine how many lives will
be impacted. We as a Lancaster Catholic High School community want to give students the opportunity
to receive outstanding education.
“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless
you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
~ Deuteronomy 15:10
Class of 1944 celebrated its 65th Class Reunion.
On October 4th, 2009 the classmates gathered
together in the LCHS Cafeteria. There was a nice
lunch and then a school tour to help ignite old
memories. Heritage Hall, located in Old Main,
brought out laughter and smiles from years past!
Save the Date:
The Class of 1965 will hold their class reunion on
September 11, 2010. More information to follow.
The Class of 1950 will have their reunion on
September 19, 2010. Look in the mail closer
to your reunion date for more information!
1941 Edward Lavelle, a former Roberts. He worked for the
principal of LCHS. government, after coming
Edmund Flick is married to
out from the Navy. They
Helen Frey ’42. Together
they have three sons and 1946 currently live in Athens,
three daughters, and now 16 Alabama after many moves
Gere Frailey is retired from
grandchildren! from Pennsylvania, Texas,
NCR after 35 years as a
and Florida. They have three
systems analyst for grocery
children, two grandsons, and
1943 stores. He loves boating on
three great-grand children!
the Chesapeake, and puts lots
Bernard Darrenkamp Jeannine loves to decorate,
of elbow grease into his 40-
served in the United States and make her own quilts and
foot Defevre trawler. His wife
Navy from 1943 – 1948. curtains.
Peggy loves his homegrown
He worked as a Mechanical
tomatoes. Together they
Systems Designer (HVAC- Lois (Butz) Gluntz and her
have 13 grandchildren and six
Plumbing-Fire Protection), husband Chuck Gluntz,
and retired in 2005. celebrated their 52nd
Wedding Anniversary on
1945 1952 September 7, 2009!
Jeannine (Keller) Roberts
Father Hilbert was presented
has been married 54 years
his Lancaster Catholic High
to her husband Fred
School Diploma by Father
Winter 2009 • 21
Sister Suzanne 1960 was living in Europe and
Scattergood has been with retired from lecturing for
Dianne Danz just retired the United States in Geneva,
the Immaculate Heart of
after 40 years as a school Switzerland, Vienna and
Mary since February 11,
librarian. Since her Austria on International
1953. She is currently
retirement, she has traveled Inheritance Taxation and
working as a CRE in St.
to Egypt, Scotland, Greece, Estate Tax Laws. He and his
Laurence School in Upper
the Canadian Rockies, wife have three children and
Darby, PA. She has been
Mt. Rushmore, California two grandchildren.
working with the CCD
program there for thirteen
years, preparing children to 1966
receive their blessed 1961
sacraments. While attending LCHS,
Stephen Shaw has retired Burton Hill ’66, was in
from 25 years of military a band that was compiled
1953 service and teaching. He of young male high school
loves to travel and research students in Lancaster. Other
On September 19, 2009
unusual military medals. LCHS graduates that were
the Class of ‘53 held their
annual picnic at Outdoor He is a proud member of the involved in the band include,
World. There were 35 Red Rose Veterans Honor Don Hodgen ’64, Tony
classmates in attendance. Guard. They respectfully Purcell ’64, Jimmy Hoar
The class meets the second hold approximately 400 ’65, and Bobby Bitts ’65.
Saturday of each month at funeral services a year for The music the band played
9:00 am for breakfast at deceased veterans and was considered Northern
Fiorentinos Restaurant at other special services. Soul Music, and to date
the Lititz Airport. The their records continue to
ladies of the class meet the 1964 rank among the most prized
second Monday of each and expensive records for
month at the Bloomfield Ed Stimson is teaching part-
time at St. Aloysius Academy collectors of vinyl throughout
(Airport) Dinner at noon. Europe! Currently, Don still
They welcome everybody in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
He is also the Philadelphia plays in a local band, “Pocket
from their graduating class. Full O’ Soul.” Burton resides
Music Coordinator. His in Cary, North Carolina
1958 band has performed at the and plays in a band named,
Barry Hohmann moved Kimmel Center for the “White Noise”. He is a retired
to Germany in 1969, and Performing Arts! advertising executive and
attended the University of owns a senior home care
Bonn. He then taught for Marlene (Bitzberger) Black business.
14 years at a high school in retired from working at Exit
Germany. Realty Capital Area for the Candace (Candy) Knapp
past 30 years. She and her has spent the past 35 years
husband also welcomed their living as a sculptor, and has
1959 made many statues and pieces
granddaughter Zoey into
Phil Graver and his wife their family! of furniture for numerous
Mary are happily married churches. She is married 21
and are planning a move years to her Swedish love,
up north to Higgins Lake 1965 Bjorn Andren. They lived in
in two years. They have Currently, Rick Leibley Stockholm for a few years.
six children together, lives in the Philippines
and five grandchildren! with his wife. In 1997 he
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class notes continued
Joe Kaufhold is retired from Donald A. Cotchen and community that hasn’t seen
the Military (193rd Special Suzanne Craney graduated rain in three years. John
Ops in Middletown, Pa). He from LCHS together, and is married, and in August
is living in Deltaville, Virginia are now married! They live they became first-time
and owns a restaurant on the in Falls Church, Virginia and grandparents!
water named CoCoMo’s. have three children together.
Joan (Trauger) Doiron is
1967 1972 retiring at the end of this
school year, after 32 years of
Bill Shuman resides near Rick Abel celebrated his teaching in Connecticut. She
Charlotte, North Caroline. 30th Wedding Anniversary has earned numerous awards
He is retired, and worked in with wife Sue in Kansas City, on the State, New England
Retail Management for over Missouri. Their adventure and National levels for her
30 years, and spent ten years started with seeing the Queen teaching, programs, and
in Private Security. of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. community service projects.
Then they experienced some
1969 great BBQ, visited the World
War 1 Museum and the 1974
Mary Jo (Clerico) Gonzalez Harry Truman Presidential Jody Wiltsey is very proud
is overjoyed with the arrival of Library. The trip ended with of her two sons! They are
her grandson Tyberious! a visit to Arrowhead Stadium, both attending Alvernia
where Rick’s NY Giants won University. She also holds
Rich Lichty retired from the game against the Chiefs! the title of the only graduate
Armstrong World Industries at Elizabethtown University
after 38 years of service! He to complete five Bachelor’s
is currently working part-time Sheila McGeehan is the Degrees simultaneously. She
in the office at St. Anne’s Director of Church World also owns two businesses!
Parish in Lancaster. Service/Immigration and
Refugee Program in Lancaster 1979
1970 since January 2006. Her work
includes re-settling refugees Michele Grab Haberstroh
Monica (Rodriguez) continues her support of
from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan and
Rosecrans is working with LCHS by working part-time
other countries. Sheila has
a local Attorney, with with our food services! She
two daughters, her oldest is a
a non-profit referral service. has two children, and one is a
2006 graduate of LCHS, and
She has two sons, and two freshman here at the school.
is now studying journalism at
Penn State. Her youngest is a
senior here at LCHS! Tom Krall and his wife will
1971 be married 27 years this
December. They live in New
Bonnie (Yadlosky) 1973 Mexico. Together, they own
Kessler currently works at
John Boyer is currently and operate the Courtyard
Lancaster General Hospital
working with a Christian Apartments in Alamogordo,
as the Director of Cash
humanitarian organization New Mexico. They have
Management. She has two
named World Vision. He three children and two
children that are married,
recently returned from his granddaughters. Tom was
and two granddaughters.
second trip to Africa where recently promoted to Housing
She is expecting her third
he led a group of supporters Privatization Program
granddaughter this Christmas!
to see the six clean water Manager on Holloman Air
wells they provided for a Force Base, New Mexico.
Winter 2009 • 23
August ’09, Eugenia (Frey) 1987 Management Supervisor for
Kimmel earned her Doctorate Commercial/Medicare at
of Education from Monica (Wolgemuth)
Immaculata University in Stalford currently lives in
Educational Leadership. Green Lane, Pennsylvania
with her husband and two 1991
Rose Linsler is living in children. She is a Nurse Kathryn Fry (Kacey Schulz)
Salt Lake City, Utah as a Administrator for an Assisted has been married for 15 years.
Registered Nurse. Living Community. She has three children with
her husband, and they live in
1980 Cape May, New Jersey.
Living in Durango, Colorado
Lin (Brubaker) Roussel lives Jessica (Jones) Lunn is
in Lititz, Pa with her husband married and has two young
and family. She is a Nurse children. She started her Marcia (Haefner) St. Amand
Massage Therapist, for a local own business in 2006, and has returned to the East coast,
Chiropractor and Hospice. is a partner with the Stratton after being away since 1994.
She enjoys remodeling her Group, which is a nationally Her husband, Curtis, is an
home, and is still best friends F-16 pilot with the United
based physician recruitment
with Jenny (Williams) States Air Force. They live in
Washington D.C. where he is
stationed at Bolling Air Force
1982 1989 Base. Marcia loves her job
Karen (Stauffer) Fritz Michael Born is working working with foster children
is continuing her work at as the Senior Associate and adoptive families. Marcia
Lancaster General Hospital; Program Director for the and Curtis have a four-year-
she has been there for 20 York Hospital Emergency old son, who is starting
years. She has a young Medicine Residency Program. kindergarten next year!
daughter, and an adorable He recently received the June
Bichon Frise. Klinghoffer, M.D., Award
for Excellence in Clinical
Teaching from Drexel Helen Heffern lives and
1984 University. He is a Clinical works in Philadelphia,
Carole Kirchner was Assistant Professor at both PA. She has worked at the
delighted to hear that Mrs. Penn State University- Hospital of University of
Donna Cunningham will Hershey and Drexel Pennsylvania for 10 years as
be teaching her daughter, University. Michael and his a Cardiology nurse. She has
Valerie, this year at LCHS! wife, Gigi, welcomed twin been married for nine and
Mrs. Cunningham was one sons on July 14, 2009! a half years to her husband,
of Carole’s favorite teachers. Kevin Coupas. They have two
Julie Rudy was married
Brian Schuessler was recently
on December 27, 2008
promoted to Chief Pilot of
to Andrew Miltz. In her Cathy Nikol-Ward along
Flight Operations for Florida
wedding party were LCHS with her husband Matthew
Power & Light Company. He
alums, Marie Spangler Barto Ward ’90 welcomed their
is also a Commander in the
United States Navy Reserve, ’90, Anne Rudy Smith ’99, second daughter, Allison
and Michael Rudy ’96. The Renee on October 9th, 2009.
and has surpassed 20 years
month before her wedding Allison joins her big sister,
she was promoted to Care Lauren Elisabeth!
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class notes continued
1995 now a psychiatric charge moved to Silver Spring,
nurse at Bradford Regional Maryland where Sarah is
Mary Beth Benko was
Medical Center in Bradford, a substitute teacher for the
married on June 27, 2009.
Pennsylvania. local Catholic schools.
She is now Mary Beth
Martin! She and her husband,
Kelly (Bruce) Lynch and her Brittany Klugh earned her
Will, are high school teachers
husband are expecting their Master’s Degree in Medical
in Richmond, Virginia.
second child, due April 1st. Science and passed her
They also have a daughter, exam to become a certified
1996 Grace, who will turn 2 in Physician Assistant!
Eric Droege continued his December!
education at Shippensburg Kaitlin Martin is the new
University, where he 1999 Communications Director
graduated in 2000 with at Lancaster Catholic
Danielle (McCann) High School.
a degree in Business
Vigilante Webb and her
Information Systems. He has
husband Rob, recently
been married for eight years,
purchased their first home 2003
and has two children with
together! Danielle is the Kristy Buller graduated
his wife Heather. Currently,
Assistant Director of Annual cum laude from New York
he is employed by Well Span
Giving at Franklin and University in 2007. She
Health as a Senior IT Project
Marshall College. She also has been working as a
coaches cheerleading at deputy press secretary
Our Mother of Perpetual for the New York City
1997 Help and Pequea Valley Department of Homeless
Living and working in New High School. Services since 2008.
York City, Michael Kealey,
loves his life in the music 2000 Ania (Szewczak) McDonnell
industry. Michael works was married on April 18,
Joshua M. Galligan has 2009 to Chris McDonnell
for Ultra Records and Music
accepted a position as of Lancaster.
Publishing. For the past two
Assistant Professor of Theatre
years he has been focusing
at Colby-Sawyer College
on licensing, royalties, and
in New London, New 2004
business affairs. He has the
Hampshire. Additionally, Katie Mattaini began a PhD
opportunity to work with the
as of January 2010, he will program in Biology at MIT in
top electronic record label in
be assuming the new role as Cambridge, Massachusetts in
North America and interact
coordinator of the Integrated September ’09. She plans to
with artists, writers, DJs,
Arts Department for which study cancer biology.
manager, publishers, music
he has designed and written
supervisors and record
new curriculum! Lauren Smuck got married
labels around the world!
on September 19, 2009.
2002 She met her husband,
1998 Albert, while attending
Sarah (Hall) Giorgis was Alvernia College.
Lori (Palmer) Geise
married on July 11, 2009
graduated in April ’09 from
in Harper’s Ferry, West
The University of Pittsburgh’s
Virginia. She and her
School of Nursing. She is
husband John recently
Winter 2009 • 25
William J. Aukamp ‘38 George Fetrow ‘57 Lillian H. Kurtz ‘29 Catherine Reynolds ‘37
2/2/2009 11/30/2008 12/5/2008 11/18/2008
Patricia Baxter ‘45 Joann A. Geiger ‘47 Tamara C. Lautsch ‘79 Marie Rhoads ‘43
10/4/2009 12/8/2008 2/16/2009 9/30/2009
Paul E. Beck ‘54 Mary Lee Geiter ‘38 Zachary D. Lefever ‘03 Ruth J. Ritchey ‘47
1/12/2009 7/25/2009 10/24/2009 1/4/2009
Ursula M. Bleich ‘61 Lawrence C. Gross ‘45 Rita Lichty ‘34
3/24/2009 Elizabeth C.
George E. Buehler ‘57 William Holloran ‘56 M. Carmella 12/16/2008
7/20/2009 12/20/2008 Mackison ‘57
1/4/2009 Elizabeth K.
James P. Burger ‘48 Jerome A. Schnippel ‘57
9/26/09 Hergenrother ‘40 Joseph R. Manduchi ‘64 5/28/2009
Charlotte A. Mary Joanne Sinopoli ‘49
Chiccarine ‘72 Francis X. Hiemenz ‘33 Pauline Marie ‘35 8/20/2009
6/20/2009 5/12/2009 2/27/2009
Rita C. Snyder ‘42
Daniel P. Cicchetti ‘99 Joseph R. Hince ‘63 John P. Maurer ‘50 9/11/2009
6/20/2009 9/9/2009 1/25/2009
Christine Marie M. Thomas J. Souders ‘51
Joseph A. Clark ‘09 John W. Miezitis ‘75 10/17/2009
Josetta Spiese ‘55
Richard C. Crawford ‘78 Donald C. Miller ‘56 12/1/2008
Sandra A. Kametz ‘61
Jill Storz ‘83
Paul H. Darrenkamp ‘39 Helen C. Mimm ‘41
Mary T. Kane ‘71 10/9/2008
5/23/2009 9/30/2008 10/28/2008
Gregory F. Deascenti ‘66 Michina Palumbo ‘4 4 Emil E. Strosser ‘39
Anthony R. Kichline ‘93 12/26/2008
10/10/2008 3/2/2009 2/13/2009
Patricia DeJesus ‘74 Patricia A. Pleger ‘88 Margaret M. Tate ‘61
Michael M. Kilheffer ‘66
10/22/2008 1/23/2009 10/12/2008 8/7/2009
Joseph A. DiCola ‘71 Michael P. Kirchner ‘48 Patricia Pugliese ‘77 Fred E. Tretter ‘37
10/2/2009 10/16/2009 7/23/2009 1/10/2009
Florence Dietz ‘49 J. Thomas Kirchner ‘58 Kevin T. Ranck ‘78 Margaret M. Weber ‘53
3/20/2009 5/27/2009 2/19/2009 2/20/2009
Jeffrey J. Dolan ‘65 William F. Kline ‘43 Theresa Ranzinger ‘49 Elizabeth L.
10/21/2008 10/22/2008 10/17/2009 Wittlinger ‘43
Elizabeth A. Dolk ‘64 Shirley A. Koch ‘52 Dennis G. Reick ‘70
12/30/2008 7/30/2009 2/4/2009
M. Terry Ziedonis ‘63
John E. Draude ‘53 Eugene F. Resh ‘47 10/25/09
Richard H. Krimmel ‘46
5/2009 1/27/2009 3/12/2009
Barbara Zimmerman ‘56
Mary K. Eby ‘38 Patricia J. Kriner ‘69 Charles Reus ‘43 12/11/2008
2/16/2009 9/23/2009 1/15/2009
• Lancaster Catholic Magazine
26 • Lancaster Catholic Magazine
Lancaster Catholic Christmas Wish List…
Please consider our
In support of our facilities
1 Classroom of new desks - $3,000 ($100 per desk)
Replacement American flags for each classroom - $1,000 ($20 per flag)
Folding tables for extra-curricular uses - $150 each
Desk chairs for teachers - $150
Portable classroom whiteboard system - $3,700
Battery powered lift - $6,740
New or gently used office furniture
In support of our spiritual needs
Nativity for outside display - $1,040
Nativity for inside display - $1,040
Liturgical banners for Chapel & Gym Masses - $100 each – 10 needed
New Set of Presider’s Vestments- $250
Altar cloths - $500
Replacement Albs for Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers- $100 each (25 needed)-$2500
Curtains for Student Spiritual life room - $100
Rosaries - $5/dozen – $335
Sets of “How to Say the Rosary” ($40 per 100) - $320
Chaplet of Divine Mercy / Stations of the Cross ($40 per box of 50) Booklets – $ 640
Processional Crucifix/Candles - $700
Portable altar & ambo and Presider’s chair for gym Liturgies- $3,250
New or gently used sofas for Spiritual Life room
In support of our music
Baritones - $1,500 Baritones - $1,500 Tenor Saxophone - $2,000
French Horns - $2,500 Bassoon - $4,000 Baritone Saxophone - $4,500
Tubas - $5,000
In support of our environment & the safety of our students
Bleacher repair/upgrade - Berger Gymnasium - $4,000
12-passenger Van for transporting students to activities - $20,000
Maintenance shed - $2,000
Security cameras - $500 each
Expertise and materials to repair and or upgrade:
Plumbing Inter-classroom phone systems
HVAC Services Electrical services
Fire-alarm systems Stadium recycling program
Inter-classroom phone systems
“Your assistance with our temporal needs allows us to focus on the spiritual ones”
If you would like to make a donation to underwrite, or have access to any of the items listed above, please
feel free to send your donation using the envelope enclosed in the magazine. Please check the “other” box and
note any specifications concerning your gift, and as always, feel free to contact Margie Lamberson, Director
of Advancement at Mlamberson@lchsyes.org or 717.509.0313. Thank-you!
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2009 Alumni Citation Award Recipients
Back Row, L-R: Patrick C. Riley ‘69, Dr. Robert Roschel ‘50, Stephen Senkowski ‘69
Front Row, L-R: Accepting on behalf of the late Reverend Joseph C. Link ‘82 are parents Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Linck.
Not shown is Dr. James J. Whalen ‘45, a posthumous recipient of the award.
Alumni Citation nomination forms are available on the LCHS website, www.lchsyes.org.