NEWS FOR THE ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS OF IMMACULATA ACADEMY
Meet IA’s new principal.
In the News - pg 3 • Coming Home - pg 4 • Campus News - pg 14 • Alumnae News - pg 15 • Alumnae Updates - pg 18
On the cover (photo courtesy Selectus Photography): On this page (photo courtesy Lifetouch Photography):
Mary Lou Cookson Stahl ’79 is poised to take Immaculata into the future. A tradition continues. The Immaculata Academy Class of 2007
Read more on Mary Lou and her new role as principal of IA on page 4. gathered at the Motherhouse grotto for its class photo.
Read more about the class and our graduates’ plans on page 14.
NEWS FOR THE ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS OF IMMACULATA ACADEMY
4 Coming Home Immaculatan
IA class of 1979 graduate Mary Lou Cookson
Number 6/Summer 2007
Stahl is returning to her alma mater. Meet our
Immaculatan is produced
new principal as we welcome her home. by the Alumnae Department
of Immaculata Academy.
3 In the News Editors
Meet the people creating, building and shaping Sr. Lynne Anne Schimminger FSSJ
the Immaculata experience. Suzanne Walker
8 Alumnae Spotlight
Jen Allen ’03 discusses SIFE and her role in
bringing Franciscan values to the world outside Mary Keough
Jennifer Langan Kostowniak
Western New York. Suzanne Walker
12 Curtains Up at IA IMMACULATA ACADEMY,
a private, Catholic, college
Immaculata’s theatre department celebrated its preparatory high school,
is dedicated to educating
20th anniversary this spring. Meet our directors women based on Franciscan
and enjoy a spin down memory lane. values. In the spirit of family,
our goal for each student
is that she maximize her
16 Quebec City - C’est Magniﬁque! spiritually, and personally,
Pack your bags and join us as IA treks to Québec so as to become an instrument
of positive change in society.
14 Campus Corner
15 Alumnae News
18 Alumnae Updates
A Word from the President In the News
IA Principal Retires
The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 Immaculata Academy
has bid a fond farewell
to principal Dave
Christian, after eight
years of prosperous
leadership. Dave retired
at the close of the
This journey of life is a blessed series of comings and goings – hellos, goodbyes
and hellos again. school year and is look-
As we celebrated graduation just a few weeks ago, we were struck by the special ing forward to spending
signiﬁcance this commencement had for not just our 49 graduates, but for our whole IA Dave and wife, Martha, received a special farewell blessing from parents, time with family, traveling
family. It marked not just the entrance of our seniors into a new world, but the last for- faculty and staff at IA’s annual appreciation dinner on June 14, 2007. and enjoying his numer-
Goodbye Dave. We’ll miss you. ous hobbies. Heinz Ketchup Announces
mal proceedings ofﬁciated by principal David Christian. We bid a thanks-ﬁlled goodbye to
Mr. Christian after eight exciting years at the helm as principal. Each principal brings “Dave Christian has led IA Student as Contest Winner
his/her own particular ﬂavor and style of leadership to bear on their institution. and inspired us at Immaculata Academy for eight years. During his tenure, great things
Immaculata has beneﬁted from Dave’s gifts of vision, resourcefulness and the pursuit of have happened for the school and students,” said assistant principal, Jill Monaco. IA senior, Christy Domino, was
excellence. Dave hopes to spend his retirement traveling, reading, tinkering and relaxing. Dave will be remembered for positioning IA to be a premier school in technology. selected as a winner, for the 12th
We wish him God’s peace and all good things. During his tenure many building improvements were accomplished, including the science grade level, in the Heinz Ketchup
As we welcome our new principal, Mary Lou Cookson Stahl, it is a real coming home labs in 2005. Auditorium renovation is currently under way. He progressively built a team 2006-2007 Ketchup Creativity™
for her. After graduating the halls of IA in 1979, Mary Lou has gained the experience and of faculty and staff that are second to none, and has helped IA make huge strides in the Contest.
wisdom of a seasoned educator and returns to us to lead Immaculata into its next phase community with marketing and public relations strategies. Enrollment has gone up nearly “When it ﬁrst happened, I could-
of growth and achievement. Her gifts of enthusiasm, spirituality and joy have already been 100 students during his time at the helm. In addition, the sports program has also grown n’t believe it; I drew that and now it’s
evident around IA since her arrival in early June. by leaps and bounds with the inception of an Athletic Commission and membership in two on millions of ketchup packets!”
We are so fortunate to have the steady, balanced leadership of Jill Monaco, who athletic associations to maximize student opportunities. Christy exclaimed.
is continuing as our assistant principal. The historical perspective she has gained over Richard Wachowiak, immediate past chair of the Immaculata Academy board of More than 15,000 students
her years at Immaculata, as well as, her assimilation of and contribution to the culture trustees, noted that Dave’s, “skills as an administrator were evident in the way he man- submitted their creative artwork,
that is IA are all critical during this time of transition. Her ability to see both the big pic- aged limited ﬁnancial resources and still improved the physical plant, expanded the sports based on one of several contest
ture and attend to the smallest detail is among the gifts she brings to IA’s administration. program, which has been a huge recruiting tool, ﬁne-tuned the budget process and design templates. Among the thou-
We appreciate her ﬁrm but fair approach to discipline that is molding the future leaders increased revenues for the school. All this was done without compromising the school’s sands of student entries, Heinz
of our world. mission statement and Franciscan values.” selected one winner in each grade,
In this issue, we introduce Mary Lou to you, and share the experiences of one of our We will miss Dave’s creative “out of the box” ideas, his leadership and his friendship. for grades one through 12, to
youngest alums, Jen Allen ’03, who is already making a positive impact on our world. Immaculata Academy and its stakeholders can be assured that the administrative team receive the opportunity for his or her
Our third annual Homecoming promises to be the largest gathering of alumnae will continue to move forward with the many creative ideas and strategic planning already design to appear on more than 200
returning home to IA to share memories and rekindle the spirit of Immaculata. A record in progress. million single-serve ketchup packets.
number of summer and fall reunions (many of which will take place right at Homecoming), The packets will be distributed at
are also in the works, attesting to the growing interest in reconnecting to a powerful, foodservice venues throughout the
formative time of our alumnae’s lives. country. In addition, the winner’s
In preparation for our auditorium makeover this summer, we revisit the last 20 years school received $750 in art supplies
Business Manager Retires and $750 in free Heinz Ketchup.
of drama at IA under the direction of Jo Ann Wiatrowski and Sister Jean Marie Cherry
FSSJ. A Heinz Ketchup representative
Immaculata Academy’s business manager, presented Christy and IA with an
Finally, near the end of this issue, don’t miss your opportunity to tell us how you’ve
Susan Todaro, retired this past July, after award and check for the school at an
liked our Immaculatan magazine since its inception in 2005.
twelve years of devoted service. “Sue has April 27th assembly.
been an essential member of the Christy will be attending SUNY
God bless your summer - all its comings and goings - with relaxation and refreshment.
Immaculata family. Her compassionate, Fredonia to study art this fall. Her
sunny personality shines through everything inspiration came from “art nouveau,
Peace and all good,
she does and we will miss her,” noted turn of the century ads and the work
Immaculata Academy’s president, Sr. Lynne of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec,” she
Anne Schimminger, FSSJ. “She has done an explained.
excellent job keeping Immaculata on top of
the ever-changing world of human Sue Todaro has been part of the IA family for 12
years. Best wishes, Sue. We’ll miss you!
resources. Please join me in congratulating
Sister Lynne Anne Schimminger FSSJ
Sue on a wonderful career.”
President, Immaculata Academy
girls to be everything that they can be
in this world. In keeping with their tradi-
tion of excellence and progress, they
have kept up with the times with updat-
ed technology, current academic offer-
ings and a strong sports program.
What lesson, that you learned at
IA, have you never forgotten?
Meet IA’s new principal. The thing I always remember is when I didn’t want to run for class
ofﬁce my senior year, as I had held an ofﬁce all three years and it
...every day was a lot of work and I thought people were sick of me. I went
he Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and Immaculata Academy,” said Sister Judith Elaine home and told my father, and he said, “Can you do a good job at
T Immaculata Academy’s board of trustees
are proud to announce the appointment of
principal, Mary Louise Cookson Stahl ’79, effec-
Academy was filled
Salzman, FSSJ, general minister. “We hope that
her time with us as principal will result in contin-
ued growth and exciting changes in the educa-
it?” I said, “Well of course Dad.” He told me that I had certain
strengths and one of those was leadership, and it was my respon-
sibility to run for ofﬁce and do my best if the girls of my class
tive July 2007. tion of the young women who are students and wanted me to do it. It was the ﬁrst time I looked at my strengths
“I am thrilled and honored to be given the laughing and in the continued development of our faculty and and felt responsible for using them
opportunity to serve as principal of my alma staff.” well.
mater, Immaculata Academy,” said Mrs. Stahl.
friendships I still Immaculatan staff writer, Lisa Anthon, sat
“I am excited to work with their very talented have today. down with Mary Lou to get her impressions of What did Immaculata Academy ... it made me
leadership team, the teachers and staff I have her time as an IA student, her plans for her new mean to you when you attended? feel special that
already heard so much about, as well as a group position and to get to know IA’s new principal.
of special high school girls and their families.” Honestly, it made me feel special
my parents chose
Mrs. Stahl (or Lou, as she likes to be called) brings a wealth What is your best high school memory at Immaculata that my parents chose a school that a school that they
of experience to her new position. She spent the last eight years Academy? they had to sacriﬁce and pay for. It
teaching eighth grade English in the Orchard Park Central School really sent a message to me that if
had to sacrifice
Lou brings a broad range of experience to IA, including building and
District and was the department head for academic intervention One of my best high school memories is being in the musicals at district administration certificates, multiple master’s degrees and twelve years they cared enough to pay tuition for and pay for.
services. She has 12 years teaching experience in all subjects St. Francis High School with my friends from Immaculata of teaching experience. something they could get for free, I
and grade levels, with several in the Catholic school system, and Academy. I was too nervous to try out my freshman year when had better do my best to live up to
also managed a group home for disabled adults for eight years. their expectations of me. I felt very comfortable celebrating my
Lou brings a strong academic record with her, including faith there, and I am thrilled to be able to do that again in a work
What activities were you involved in?
building and district school administration certiﬁcates (SAS and place. I remember thinking the ﬁrst few weeks at IA, “How will I
SDA) from Canisius College; a master’s degree in educational survive without boys?!” Believe me, that changed very quickly. I
I was a class ofﬁcer every year, worked on the school newspaper,
administration, education certiﬁcations in English, and a master’s started to discover who I really was, and I started to develop a
yearbook committee, basketball, bowling, chamber chorus and
degree in curriculum and instruction from the State University of better personality than I ever would have. Like every teenage girl,
chorale, ski club, drama club and student council.
New York College at Fredonia. I never thought I was particularly pretty, so I decided I better be
“The joyful enthusiasm which Mary Lou demonstrates and her smart and funny. When I got to college, I always felt ahead of
life experiences of stewardship, compassionate service and Who was your favorite teacher/ favorite subject?
other students in every area. I was comfortable in my own skin. I
respect of others ﬁt in so well with our Franciscan values here at knew who I was, and I had an internal sense of control about
Well, my favorite subject is and always will be English and litera-
ture. As far as favorite teachers, that is a difﬁcult question learning and studying for its own sake. No one had to tell me to
because there were so many. I took Latin from Sister Cyrenea for do my homework. I also loved attending IA with my four sisters,
three years and kept in contact with her until she passed away. the Cooksons. We are still so close and that was a very special
She was so strict and so lovable at the same time, and taking time in our lives to be there together during our high school
Latin really helps an English teacher and writer. I also loved Mrs. years.
Taneff (never raised her voice and had great lipstick,) Ms. Tyrpak
(who helped me get 100% on all my math regents and was a What does Immaculata Academy mean to you today?
great dresser too,) Sister Gerald (helped us plan our ring day with
a Winnie the Pooh theme,) Sister Marie (so sweet,) Sister Cantia Immaculata Academy
Immaculata Academy senior class trip to Toronto, 1979.
(she always said that my friend Karen and I were going to blow up provides a nurturing envi-
the science lab,) Sister Geraldine (I still have my art work,) Miss ronment where young
they did Oklahoma!, but I made it for The Rothchilds, Guys and King and Mrs. Wegelin, who both contributed to my love of litera- women grow academically,
Dolls and The Sound of Music. I even got to be a nun! ture and writing. spiritually and personally.
Coincidentally, my son is a freshman at St. Francis this year and I believe that IA fosters
he was in their production of Oklahoma! To be honest, every day What one major difference have you noticed about when their unique talents and
at Immaculata Academy was ﬁlled with memories, laughing and you attended IA to what you see about IA today? strengths that they can use
Immaculata Academy senior class trip to Toronto, 1979. friendships I still have today. in the world to effect
Well, the basics are still the same, as they strive to offer strong positive change.
Canisius graduation, May 2006. Lou was
academics and build strong faith. Immaculata Academy prepares granted an MS in Administration.
Husband, Tom; son, Sam; and Mary Lou’s
4 parents are pictured above. 5
My wish for students
is for each young
woman at Immaculata
Academy to realize
her unique gifts,
and embrace how
faith can guide you
and comfort you
throughout your life.
What do you hope to accomplish your ﬁrst year
at Immaculata Academy?
My plan is to get to know the staff, teachers, young
ladies and their families. I want to learn about every- Lou’s parents, siblings and spouses. Sisters, Judy, Peggy, Carol and Maureen are all IA graduates.
I knew that God
thing that has happened before me, listen to the would know best,
teachers and staff, and decide on some short term so I gave the entire process
and long term goals for us. I also hope to get in contact with the How have your past jobs and experiences helped prepare
class of 1979 on a more regular basis. Now you know how old I you to become principal of IA? Sam, Lou and Tom at a 2005 family wedding. and decision to Him,
am! I also look forward to working with the leadership team. and I knew I would
Wow. The older you get, the longer that answer becomes. I think have peace no matter
What are your wishes for students? my past experiences have been varied, but many have been kid-
My parents have enforced dancing of all types at an early age What keeps you busy outside what happened.
centered and leadership ﬁlled. I worked at the Hamburg play-
My wish for students is for each young woman at Immaculata grounds for many summers, and the 4-H camp in East Concord
(even the polka,) along with golﬁng whether you liked it or not. I of work? Great things happen
actually have learned to like it after all these years! My mother when you do.
Academy to realize her unique gifts, and embrace how faith can all through college. I have taught at several Catholic schools in
and sisters and I have a golf “League of Our Own” where we col- I’ve been running my entire life,
guide you and comfort you throughout your life. I don’t want my career, and several public schools. I managed a group home
lect dues and have a banquet and my family loves to run
young women to try to be like someone else, but the best version for disabled adults for eight years and also my husband’s song-
at Coyote Café. races like the Turkey Trot. Our favorite thing to do together
of themselves. I wish them happiness and peace and success in writing career for ten. I have taught photography, waitressed at
My husband, Tom Stahl, as a family is to go out and dance when Tom is playing. I love
whatever they pursue. Friendly’s in Hamburg, and gone back to school several times. I
comes from a very large fami- to read, write and watch movies, and I have written three screen-
love challenges and learning because it energizes me and makes
ly too, and attended Catholic plays. I have also written three young adult novels and two
How would you explain your administration philosophy? me a better person. I still plan on pursuing my doctorate at some
schools his entire life. He is a of them take place at Immaculata! I spent ﬁve years teaching
point in the future.
graduate of Canisius College photography and printing and although I own a digital camera,
I believe that I will ultimately be judged by the leadership I pro-
and spends most of his time it will never be the same to me as printing in a dark room. I love
duce in others. I believe in working as a team, being creative, but What have your students taught you over the years?
writing songs and producing to cook and to bake.
also adhering to tradition and rituals. I believe that everything we
CDs. We have self-produced
do has to be good for young people, and that is how I like to My students have taught me that sometimes they have a hurt or a
eight CDs. He has also Any other interesting facts you’d like people to know about
make decisions. weakness that cannot be seen and sometimes those are the most
worked as a special educa- you?
difﬁcult to understand and help with. I have learned that kids like
tion staff member at Orchard
discipline, structure, consistency, a good listener and a little bit
Park for the last seven years. I love cake and donuts and I know the women at Pumpernick and
of fun. Students won’t always admit it, but they like when
We were in the same hallway Pastry on a ﬁrst name basis. Now I will drive by everyday on my
their parents are home with them. All young people are
at school and saw each other way to Immaculata Academy so that could be dangerous. I also
not good students, but they are usually very good at
every hour so this will be a love Eileen’s bakery in West Seneca! We love to travel to New
something else. They don’t care how old you are or what
difﬁcult adjustment for both York and also Cape Cod, as the two places are so opposite.
you wear. They can tell if you genuinely care about them
of us. (I am taking the small When I found out that
when you talk to them. You can’t fake that.
refrigerator and he is keeping Mr. Christian was retiring, I
the microwave). We watched put the rest in God’s hands
How do you plan on meeting our students?
Lou’s parents, Chuck and Shirley “Lucy” reruns every other day and followed every step to
Cookson. at lunch, which can take see where it went. I was
I believe in MBWA, which is Management By Walking
almost any stress away. He is very interested in the posi-
Around. Meeting the students and staff will be easy
already planning on singing tion, but I knew that my
for IA events, so we are looking forward to that. desire for the job was only
Our son Sam is a freshman at St. Francis and loves it. He one small piece of it. I
Tell us about your family.
was in the musical this year, male chorus and hopes to make the knew that God would know
Jazz Messengers group in the fall. He also attends the karate best, so I gave the entire
I have four sisters and a brother who are all married, and
studio in town, plays guitar, writes music and is currently process and decision to Lou, her son Sam, now a St. Francis
fourteen nieces and nephews. My mom and dad still live sophomore, and husband, Tom, in New
obsessed with about 300 bands. I think he has 6,000 songs on Him, and I knew I would
in Hamburg in what we call “the compound” because three York City. New York is a favorite destina-
his iPod, but I appreciate his sharing of them with me because it have peace no matter what tion of the Stahl family.
of their children and their families all live in the same
keeps me a little cool. happened. Great things
neighborhood. We spend a lot of time together celebrat-
The Cookson family - Lou is pictured with her four sisters, brother and parents. happen when you do.
ing events, golﬁng and going out to dance when my hus-
band’s band plays (Tom Stahl and the Dangerﬁelds).
The Hilbert SIFE team
traveled to Grand Bahama
Island in January of 2006
to assist in recovery efforts.
The island suffered severe
damage during Hurricane
Wilma in late 2005.
Jen Allen ’03 works to change the world.
Mississippi (post Hurricane Katrina) that
has truly impacted Jen.
On Grand Bahama Island, the Hilbert
hen Jen Allen, IA class of 2003,
decided to pick up a minor in SIFE members worked tirelessly to help
business during her sophomore rebuild one of the last remaining homes in
year at Hilbert College she had no idea a close-knit neighborhood destroyed by
what new experiences awaited her. But Hurricane Wilma, and also spent time in a
the seemingly small change led to her local school teaching fourth grade stu-
involvement in SIFE and a world of new dents. “This was indeed an amazing expe-
ideas and opportunities. rience because it combined teaching vari-
SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, ous business skills to students with doing
is a global non-profit organization active service work and residing with the locals.
in more than 40 countries. Working in This was my first true venture with SIFE
partnership with business and higher and it is where I learned more about
for this vivacious young woman; one she from different perspectives.
education, SIFE establishes student myself as a person, student and teacher. I
developed at Immaculata In terms of psychology, I need to be able
teams on university campuses. These also was able to understand
before her college to listen to people before making snap
teams are led by faculty advisors and what SIFE was really about and SIFE projects career. “I am truly grate- judgements.”
are challenged to develop community gained greater relationships
with those who went on the trip
allowed me ful that I had the chance Years of study on the high school and
outreach projects that teach market to go to Immaculata. The college levels have taught Jen Allen the
economics, success skills, entrepre- and with the people I met,” said to work with
education I received and importance of study and hard work. But
neurship, financial literacy and business Jen. different people the teachers I formed her experiences with SIFE have given her
ethics. Hurricane relief work in and be open to relationships with taught something that cannot be taught in a
To some, the idea of “free enter- gulf coast Mississippi also
new surroundings. me to do the best I classroom - the chance to see people and
prise” might seem inconsistent with the evoked strong feelings in Jen
could. SIFE is all about the world from a different viewpoint. Look
Franciscan heritage of Immaculata and her SIFE teammates. “I - Jen Allen making a difference and for this young leader to indeed be a force
Academy and Hilbert College. Not so, was so affected by the hope
going beyond what is of positive change in our world.
according to Daniel Roland, SIFE facul- and thankfulness that the peo-
Jen Allen ’03 and the Hilbert SIFE team work to develop leadership skills through specially designed service projects expected, and that is exactly what IA
ty advisor. “SIFE ties directly into which help them learn, then practice and teach free enterprise principles to others. Jen is pictured above in the bot- ple expressed. It made me so happy to do
taught me. SIFE is more than just a club,
Hilbert’s Franciscan tradition of serving tom row, farthest to the right. the work that we did because I know it
in that it really pushes students to strive Jen graduated
others,” he says. “You have to share was something that really made a differ- from Hilbert
tions have a responsibility to give back to their communities. With to do their best. I do not think that I would
your gifts with others, that’s our fundamental belief. Even corpora- ence.” College on May
SIFE, Hilbert students develop leadership and other skills by learn- be capable to successfully be a part of 12th. She was
Going above expectations is a mantra
ing, practicing and teaching free enterprise principles through SIFE if IA did not impel me honored with the
to always keep going.” Sister Mary
service learning projects.” Edwina Bogel
It is these service projects that have Now a Class of 2007 Award, given
directly impacted the life of Jen Allen. Hilbert graduate, Jen plans annually to an
You have to share to pursue a master’s outstanding
After her initial volunteer involvement in female graduate
your gifts with others, Hilbert’s SIFE team during her sopho- degree in psychology and in recognition
a doctorate in counseling of her character,
that’s our more year, Jen officially joined the
psychology. “As a psychol-
team as a junior. “I joined SIFE achievement
fundamental belief. ogy major, some may think and devoted serv-
because I really liked what the club did, ice to fellow stu-
- Daniel Roland in terms of the projects, and what the that painting, caulking,
dents and the col-
benefits of being in the club could picking up trees, etc. may lege.
SIFE Faculty Advisor not completely relate to
bring,” she said.
Jen’s SIFE experiences are broad and my degree program. Information for this article was kindly provided
far-reaching. She has managed the Hilbert SIFE Cafe (a student- However, SIFE projects by Hilbert College and Grace Lazzara, a freelance
run on-campus eatery,) taught fourth graders the main principles allowed me to work with writer and public relations consultant residing
different people and be in Buffalo, N.Y. Photos by Nancy J. Parisi.
Patrick Heraty (center above), Hilbert professor of business administration, is of free enterprise and worked with fifth grade students studying
also a SIFE faculty advisor and a former member of the Immaculata Academy the global economy, currency and exchange rates. But it is her open to new surroundings.
board of trustees.
work in Grand Bahama Island (ravaged by Hurricane Wilma) and I also had to see things
8 The Hilbert SIFE Café caters to students taking evening courses. 9
SAVE THIS DATE!
OGOREK WEALTH MANAGEMENT
PRESENTS Around IA
IMMACULATA ACADEMY ’S
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
MICHAEL’S BANQUET FACILITY
IA’s Grand Gala
ach year since 1993, the Board
of Trustees of Immaculata Academy
has held its annual gala to honor
deserving community members with its
prestigious Mater Christi Award. The fif-
teenth annual Mater Christi Award Gala,
presented by Ogorek Wealth Management,
will honor Dr. Margaret McDonnell
Alexander, Richard Wachowiak and Msgr.
Barb Buscaglia Brennan, Sister Karen’s
John W. Zeitler on October 11, 2007, Class of 1961 classmate was instrumental
at Michael’s Banquet Facility. in inspiring the Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ
Memorial Scholarship. Barb is pictured with
the new Paschal candle and stand donated
Dr. Margaret McDonnell by the Class of ’61 in memory of Sr. Karen.
Alexander, ’74, a lifelong resident of
Hamburg is the Director of Perinatal
Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital. The third recipient, Ashley
Her many years of work with women and Darling ’10, noted how prayer affects
children have brought about positive her daily life.
change in the lives of many throughout “In imitation of Sr. Karen, I pray
our region. She also served as Medical that God will help me do his will. By
Director of the Northwest Buffalo praying, God gives me the grace to
Pictured above are the 2006-07 Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ Memorial Scholarship winners. forgive others. I understand that for-
Community Health Care Center, where she Three $1000 scholarships were awarded to: (from left to right): Alyssa Marsillo ’08, Ashley Bereziuk ’09
continues to volunteer. In addition to her and Ashley Darling ’10. giving can be very difﬁcult,” acknowl-
medical career, she is active in SS. Peter edged Miss Darling.
& Paul Parish in Hamburg serving as a Last year marked the 45th
Pictured above are our 2007 Mater Christi honorees. Seated are Dr. Margaret Alexander
Eucharistic Minister and on several parish and Msgr. Zietler. Standing is former Immaculata Academy trustee, Richard Wachowiak. Sr. Karen Remembered anniversary of Sr. Karen’s graduation
committees. from Immaculata Academy. At the
“Her active participation in the life Dick has also volunteered for Kiwanis of Bishop Turner High School, followed by Immaculata’s alumna Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ, an advocate for peace, died in an act of suggestion of the class of ’61
of this Church exhibits her devotion to this International, American Diabetes assignments at Blessed Sacrament senseless violence on Good Friday in 2006. Sr. Karen was respected and loved through- reunion committee, consisting of
faith community,” noted Fr. Mark J. Wolski, Association, American Cancer Society Church and the Newman Center on U.B.’s out the Western New York community as a leader in the movement to “let peace begin Barb Buscaglia Brennan, Diane Meli
pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish. “Her and Catholic Charities. North Campus. Finally, as Pastor of Our with me.” In remembrance of her life, a life ﬁlled with hope for those already cast aside Bialota and Joyce Lauchert Meegan,
love of her Church and respect for “Dick’s ability to lead with a keen Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Lake by society, Immaculata Academy has paid tribute to her in two very special ways. all their reunion gifts were designated
Catholic education have helped mold her business sense and skill accompanied View since 1990 he has expanded both The Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ Memorial Scholarship was created in the months fol- in memory of Sr. Karen. Her class
as a successful wife, mother, daughter, by compassion for community and it’s its opportunities for spiritual fulfillment and lowing her death. We invited her fellow alumnae to join us in this tribute to her wonderful also purchased a special reunion gift
doctor and friend who is widely respected, future will be my lasting impression its physical plant. work. Your response to our invitation was overwhelming! Because of the community’s for Immaculata Academy. A beautiful
admired and appreciated.” of Dick Wachowiak.” Betty B. Newell, “Fr. John’s positive guidance and generosity, we have awarded three $1,000 scholarships to students who exempliﬁed Sr. framed portrait of Sr. Karen hangs
President & CEO of the Hamburg Chamber leadership have shaped Southtowns Karen’s life of joyful service. near the chapel in the school as well
Deep concern for society has been of Commerce said. Catholic School into the wonderful com- One of the recipients, Alyssa Marsillo ’08, shared how she, too, had served the Lord as a new Paschal candle and stand,
a motivating factor for Richard munity of learning and worshiping it is by sending a message of peace and hope to an inmate. “I wrote a prayer card to an complete with a plaque commemorat-
Wachowiak, former Immaculata Academy Msgr. John Zeitler has been an today,” stated Judy MacDonald, principal inmate at the Gowanda Correctional Facility, reciting how I am praying for him and to ing her life and her message: “I
trustee and branch manager of M & T instrument of positive change for the of Southtowns Catholic School. “We are know that God loves him no matter what mistakes he had made previously. I wrote it to leave PEACEPRINTS.”
Bank in Hamburg. He has spent his pro- Western New York community. John very fortunate to have him as a champion instill hope to a possibly hopeless inmate, and to make sure he knew that you may have As a member of the Franciscan
fessional career working for the better- Zeitler’s early days were spent playing pro- of Catholic elementary education and our to look beyond the bad in someone’s life to ﬁnd the good, but it’s not an impossible task.” Sisters of St. Joseph after her IA
ment of his community by volunteering fessional baseball for the Detroit Tigers greatest cheerleader.” Miss Marsillo noted. graduation, and then as a Sister of
for many organizations. He has served franchise, then as a lieutenant in the US Those interested in attending Ashley Bereziuk ’09, expressed her gratitude to her family for ensuring she act as a St. Joseph since 1979, Sr. Karen
as chairman of both the Hamburg and Army. In 1964, John was ordained a the award gala or becoming a sponsor kindhearted, thoughtful, charitable person. “I have been taught by family example, and instilled in those she met a sense of
Cheektowaga Chambers of Commerce priest and began ministerial service to our may contact Immaculata Academy’s through my Catholic schooling, the Spiritual Acts of Kindness and Mercy. It gives me a joyful hope, ﬁnding the good in each
and on the board of The Hamburg community as teacher, coach and ulti- Office of Institutional Advancement at head start at continuing to be a compassionate, caring, giving human being throughout person, seeing into their hearts
Development Corporation where he mately, assistant principal at Notre Dame (716) 648-4307. the rest of my life. I look at my life and say how blessed I am…” Miss Bereziuk shared. where God dwells.
currently chairs the loan committee. High School. He then served as principal
Celebrating 20 Years Our Town, 1990.
of Great Drama
his year marks Immaculata Academy’s 20th drama
production under the direction of Jo Ann Wiatrowski
and Sr. Jean Cherry FSSJ. From their first production
of “Murder for the Bride” in 1987 to this year’s performance
of “Fair Exchange,” Sr. Jean’s and Jo Ann’s enthusiastic style
has continually enhanced the drama program with every pass-
ing year. Immaculatan staff writer, Suzanne Walker, sat down
with these IA innovators to reminisce about “plays gone by...”
SW: How did it all begin?
SJC: Twenty years ago, at the end of the year faculty luncheon
one of us said, “We should do a school play.” The other of us
said, “Yeah, we should.” Then Sr. Marie said, “Why don’t you
do it?” We said, “Okay!” It was a simple as that. Up the Stage Over, 1998.
Barbecuing Hamlet, 2002.
Sr. Jean Cherry FSSJ (standing) and Mrs. Jo Ann Wiatrowski have delighted
SW: Is there a play that young actresses with their infectious spirit. After twenty years of direction Sr. Jean
stands out in your memory and Jo Ann have made the drama program one of the most popular after school play and just a few years ago we added a one-act play competi-
as a favorite? SW: What’s changed in regard to high school drama over activities for IA students. tion. It certainly keeps us busy but the girls love it and in my mind
the last 20 years? What’s stayed the same? it’s all about the girls.
SJC: Although I loved them all, I SW: How do you keep things fresh and exciting?
think that Maid to Order by JW: It does get more complicated with each production in our JW: An extra excitement is the Player of the Year Award that we
Craig Sodaro was one of the attempt to pull more from the actresses or choose a script with a SJC: The magic of turning words on a page into live theatre is began in 1990. I remember every person vividly that won it. I love
funniest. We produced this in twist that will top the last one. always exciting to me. The fact that more and more girls want looking at their names on the plaques on the wall. Now if we were
1997. to be in Drama Club is wonderful. Over the past twenty years to reunite all of them... I would probably just hand out scripts and
SJC: We have more girls who commit themselves for four years we have grown into a three-season organization. We started out watch the play create itself.
JW : We laugh more over to drama. It is their niche and they feel very comfortable in the producing a spring play. Later we
moments than entire plays...but auditorium. Oh yeah, the snacks get better every year! added a Christmas
we both did like the 1997 play.
SJC: During Maid to Order,
when Amy Krapf came out of
the closet with the football in
her blouse I thought I’d die of
laughter. The show temporarily
My Cousin Lino, 2001. stopped so that the audience
(and actresses) could compose
JW: I also really liked the play My Cousin Lino and ’60s Mania for
some of the hilarious moments. I can still repeat some of the dia-
Nun of Your Business, 1995.
Up the Stage Over, 1998.
Tune In To Murder, 2003.
Campus Corner Alumnae News
Congratulations Class of 2007! Immaculata Welcomes the Class of 2011
Congratulations to the IA Class of 2007! These exceptional The Immaculata Academy Class of 2011 was inducted into the
young women earned over $4.4 million in college scholar- school on Sunday, June 10, 2007. Freshmen class members, What Do You Think?
ships. Salutatorian, Amanda Bremer and Valedictorian, listed by elementary or middle school are:
Katelynn Benzing delivered addresses at the academy’s Many alumnae have shared their opin-
78th annual commencement exercises on June 4, 2007 ions about Immaculatan with us at IA
Aurora Waldorf South Buffalo Charter
at OLV Basilica. events such as Homecoming,
Renee Bellis Erin Rollins
Distinguished Speaker Series and their
Graduates and their chosen colleges are: Eden Jr. High Southtowns Catholic reunions. Your feedback is very impor- Dear Friends,
Mary Daly Taylor Capasso tant to us and we’d like to share your
Meghan Elizabeth Azzopardi D’Youville College Haeli Halloran thoughts with all our readers. Happy summer! Check out our list
Katelynn Marie Benzing St. Lawrence University Frontier Middle Sarah Harris Beginning next issue, Immaculatan will of upcoming events and join us for
Amanda Mae Bremer University of Notre Dame Jessica Coyle Alyssa Iglewski be publishing your comments in our some fun and fellowship:
Caitlin Marie Carr D’Youville College Alicia Dolanl Kelsey Morgan new “Letters to the Editor” section.
Katelyn Renee Chiodo D’Youville College Rachel Ricotta Tell us what you think about our special July
Amanda Rose Collado Erie Community College Hamburg Middle
Chelsey Rogowski features and news items; give us your suggestions for “Alumnae Spotlight,” as well as 19 Annual alumnae picnic
Moira Helene Cooper University at Buffalo Sophia McKeone your personal update for our “Alumnae Update” section. Please send your correspon-
Amelia Summar 6:30 pm
Hannah Lynn Coudrey Canisius College Infant of Prague Samantha Zbock dence to Mary Keough at mkeough@ImmaculataAcademy.com or Immaculata Academy Call 649-6161 ext 155 for info
Christalyn Angela Domino SUNY Fredonia Alumnae Ofﬁce ~ 5138 South Park Avenue ~ Hamburg, NY 14075.
Danielle Woodward 25 Team IA - Ronald MacDonald
Christina Susan Drago Roberts Wesleyan College SS. Peter and Paul
5K Run/Walk, Buffalo
Katie Lynn Dutson Hiram College Lackawanna Marissa Fielding
Brenna Lyn Gerwitz Medaille College Angel Leverenz Meghan Hayes Homecoming Sunday 2007 Call 649-6161 ext 155 for info
Britney Lea Godfrey Niagara University Samantha Maggio
Alexa Rae Godwin University at Buffalo Most Precious Blood Natalie Schichtel Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for
Lauren Elizabeth Guglielmi Canisius College Rachel Szwed Immaculata’s Homecoming Sunday! This annual event is
Lauren Ashley Holtz Gannon University St. Aloysius Regional 16 Homecoming Sunday 2007
an all-class reunion, open to every alumna of IA.
Mary Kathryn Hooper Niagara University Nativity of Our Lord Stephanie Randall Festivities are planned for Sunday, September 16th. 10 am Mass followed
Breanna Katelyn Horwood Hilbert College Mary Morgan We’ll start with 10 a.m. Mass in the school auditorium, by catered brunch
Talyor Christine Janak St. Bonaventure University Emily Reichert followed by a catered brunch in the dining hall. 18 Alumnae Association open
Amanda Preston meeting 6:30 pm - IA library
Brittany Lynne Kalenda Buffalo State College Emily Slominski Homecoming Sunday is easy, economical and a
Chelsea Zakowski 29 Open House - 10:30 am - 2 pm
Andrea Lynn Kirst Finger Lakes Comm. College great way to gather classmates and see today’s IA.
Sarah Elizabeth Koch St. Bonaventure University North Collins
St. Bernadette Several classes are planning reunion activities to coin-
Katie Lynn Konesky University at Buffalo Alyssa Phillips cide with Homecoming Sunday while others are using the event as their reunion. Contact October
Mary-Katherine Krajnik Erie Community College Notre Dame Academy Elizabeth Radanz Mary Keough for more information and look for your invitation to arrive by mail in early 1 Open House - 6 - 8 pm
Mary Katherine Kruszka Case Western Reserve Univ. Jessica Weiss August. We can’t wait to welcome you home! 3 Distinguished Speaker Event
Krystyne Rebecca Kujawa Walsh University 7 pm, watch for details!
Lisa Margaret Lalley Daemen College St. Hyacinth
Soeun (Kelly) Lee Fashion Institute of Tech. Katie Szwejbka November
Diane Rita Lochocki University at Buffalo
Kristen Ann Locke D’Youville College St. Joseph 4 IA Memorial Mass
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Ashley Virginia Loreﬁce Buffalo State College Meghan Giles 8 am - Immaculate Conception
Sara Anne MacAllister Erie Community College Madison Kiernan chapel (the Motherhouse)
Melissa Mary Maynard Niagara University Alyssa Larivey 7 Distinguished Speaker Event
Erin Marie McNeil Trocaire College St. Mary of the Lake 7 pm, watch for details!
Lauren Marie Mullen D’Youville College LeeAnn Tatar
Amy Marciniak 13 Alumnae Association open
Emily Marie Oliveri St. Bonaventure Univeristy Margaret Sobaszek St. Mary’s Lancaster meeting 6:30 p.m. - IA library
Elizabeth Marie Patrone St. John Fisher College
Our Lady of Victory Christina Steck
Amanda Lee Piskorz D’Youville College Keep us posted on the news and
Jessica Lee Reimers Marine Mechanics Institute Brittany Boechel West Seneca West happenings in your life. I can be
Jeanette Marie Rondon Medialle College Matti Kwietniewski Lindsey Nowak reached at IA by phone and e-mail:
Catherine Anna Ryan St. John Fisher College Lauren McHugh 716-649-6161 extension 155,
Erin Nicole Salisbury University at Buffalo Chelsea Moore mkeough@ImmaculataAcademy.com.
Catherine Eileen Shea Buffalo State College Francesca Selvaggio
Justine Rose Smith Mercyhurst College Jacquelyn Skobjak Peace and all good ,
Lauren Nicole Smith Edinboro University Erin Smith
Cheryl Lynn Snyder LeMoyne College Emily Vizzi
Ashley Elizabeth Szpara D’Youville College Emily Yanik
Natalie Ellen Vinti Canisius College
The Alumnae Association awarded the 14th annual Alumnae Spirit award on May 17, 2007.
Meghan Lynn Zakowski Erie Community College Pictured above from left to right are IA president, Sr. Lynne Anne Schimminger; award winner, Mary Keough ’88
Mary Alice Regan McClusky ’61 and alumnae director, Mary Keough. Alumnae Director
Clockwise from top:
Alumnae Travel Club Château Frontenac dominates
the Québec skyline and is
a signature building in Old
Natural wonders fill the
Artists’ Alley in Old Québec
where works created by local
artists are available for
IA Trekkers Plan Inaugural Trip
Québec City -
ou’ve spoken, and we’ve
listened! An overwhelm-
ing number of alumnae
have listed “travel” as one
of their favorite pastimes.
So, the Alumnae Association
is pleased to announce the
formation of a new alumnae
travel group - the IA Trekkers.
2008 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of
Québec City. The Alumnae Association is inviting you to share in
the exciting birthday celebration as the IA Trekkers travel to this
stunning Canadian city from August 21 - 24, 2008.
We’ve teamed-up with a local, western NY tour company to
plan an inclusive, guided tour of Quebec City and the surrounding
area. Our tour will include all travel and accommodations, as well
as visits to:
• seventeenth century churches and historical sites
• Petit-Champlain, Canada’s oldest commercial district
• a traditional Québecois maple sugar shack
Clockwise from top:
• the beautiful basilica of St. Anne de Beaupré,
Basse ville - view of Lower destination of millions of pilgrims each year
Québec City. The St.
Lawrence River is in the • magnificent Montmorency Falls, which is one and
background. a half times the height of Niagara
Sidewalk cafés and unique
shops line the streets of Old
St. Anne de Beaupré Basilica We’ve also included free-time in our itinerary, so you’ll have
outside Québec City.
time to shop and explore Québec and take in its old-world charm.
Our trip will give us time to savor the sights and sounds of
Québec’s incredible and unique French culture, not to mention the
the delicious tastes of Québecois cuisine!
Plan to join us for a trip to remember! We will host an infor-
mation meeting in mid-October. Look for your invitation to attend
to come by mail.
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grandchild was christened. and three granddaughters. Sisters of St. Joseph in July Toussaint III. She is the owner is proud that her niece Kelsey betes. She is still working,
30s They were also given a sur-
prise party (dual celebration) Sally Fox ’59 is enjoying
2006. of her own business. T. Morgan will be attending IA
walking the dog and working
on her “castle.” “Life has
Sr. Rosaline Igielski FSSJ by their daughter, Carol. semi-retirement and seven Mary Lou Janicki Currivan Ann Walsh Burke ’65 is retir- been an interesting journey. Margaret Cookson
’32 was a teacher at IA and is grandchildren. ’64 has two children. Her ing and leaving Northern Nan Smith Turner ’72 and Each day is one to learn or Meissner ’80 is clinical nutri-
currently retired. She remem- Patricia Gordon Piatek ’55 daughter, Melissa, graduated Virginia for Wilmington, NC her husband, Frank, live in teach, listen or forgive. tion manager at TLC Hospital
bers her students fondly. is busy enjoying her retire- from the University of Chicago with, “no plans except to play Houston, Texas. They have Several classmates have re- Network. She is currently a
ment, “wondering where the 60s Law School June ’07. Her tennis, golf, bike, kayak and two children, Francesca, 6, connected. The playing and registered dietitian and is pur-
50s time went.”
Shirley Kwilos Franz-
son, Christopher, lives in
Pittsburgh and works on voice
swim and probably have a nap
and Ryan, 23. She walked in
the half marathon in the
growing continues!” suing certified diabetic educa-
tor. She and her husband,
Carol Schmitt Smolinski ’56 Cielinski ’60 is still working recognition for medical pur- Houston Marathon in January Barbara Sheff Tocci ’75 is Jeff, have four children, Ryan,
Dolores Hilliard Browning and her husband recently cele- doing some home care. She poses. Linda Acanfora Marsillo ’65 ’07. looking forward to her eldest 18; Rebecca, 16; Catherine,
’50 is celebrating the birth of brated their 50th wedding has 16 grandchildren, and two is proud grandmother to son returning from his second 12; and Daniel, 10.
her 20th grandchild. anniversary and two new great great-grandchildren. Carol Ball Duhan ’64 is a Alyssa Marsillo, who won the Lynn Kopek Barnes ’73 tour in Iraq.
grandchildren. They have three speech language pathologist. Sr. Karen Klimczak SSJ reports that her daughter, Ann Buonaccorsi Hawley
Dolores Zablonski Barnas children, 11 grandchildren and Amanda Rasinski Poor ’60 She and her husband, Bob, Scholarship for her senior Lyndsey, will be attending Joann Cole Shoffner ’77 is ’80 has recently semi-retired
’51 became a “great-grand- 40 great-grandchildren. retired in 2006 and is now liv- have five children and by July year. Brown University this fall as a the proud grandmother of from Stop & Shop
ma” of twin girls, Kyla and ing full time in the Blue Ridge 07, will have four grandchil- member of the class of 2011. John Aden, born 6/24/06 to Supermarket after 11 years
Brooke, in Oct. of 2006. They Mary Przybyl Toporek ’56 Mountains of Virginia. She dren. They will be traveling Barbara Cross Haller ’65 her son Jonathan and his wife, as a part-time cashier.
reside with their parents in celebrated the birth of her works part time and enjoys coast to coast to see every- recently retired from her job Margaret P. McDonnell ’74 Cecilia. Jonathan, a sergeant
Frankfort, Kentucky. first great-grandchild on Oct. volunteering in her community. one - two in South Carolina, as computer network adminis- was recently appointed as in the US Army, has returned Christine Coggins Tufan ’82
18, 2006. two in the military and the trator of the University of Director of Perinatal Services home safely from Afghanistan. is a registered nurse. She
Elizabeth Paryz Ptak ’53 Donna Lux Lavalle ’61 is youngest, starting her junior Buffalo, after 12 years, to for Sisters of Charity Hospital Joann is currently an officer in and her husband, Greg, met in
and her husband, Brownie, cel- Carolyn Amrozowicz the owner of two hair salons year at Oswego in August. spend more time with her chil- where she will continue the the Arizona Army National 1998 on a cruise and married
ebrated their 50th wedding Calderon ’58 is looking for- in Springville and Gowanda. dren and grandchildren. development of Sisters Guard Nurse Corps, and on in 1999. They have three chil-
anniversary in Sept. 2006, ward to the class of ’58, 50th She enjoys lay ministries with Patricia O’Neill Loretto ’64 Numbers 12 and 13 are on Hospital fetal testing unit. the civilian side, is an RN in dren, Dylan, 6; Sadie, 3; and
with a Mass renewing their reunion. Aglow International, an interde- and her husband recently cele- the way! the recovery room at Del E. Julia, 6mo.
vows at St. Francis Friars Hall nominational women’s min- brated their 25th wedding Cheryl Kemp Klass ’73 has Webb Hospital, Sun City West,
Chapel. They were treated Carolyn Kozera Chlosta ’58 istry. She has nine children anniversary with a trip to Carol Bigelow Sabuda ’66 recently been chosen to be AZ. Lisa Scott ’84 is the assis-
by their daughters, Janice is enjoying retirement from and 23 grandchildren. Cancun. They have five grand- and her husband have two one of Business First’s Health tant dining services manager
Draschan ’79 and Judi teaching in elementary children, ages 2-18. They live daughters and seven grand- Care 50; a group of individu- Cynthia Krasinski Tomei’s at Rosewood Village Assisted
Slowik ’82. They have four schools in the S. Maryland Mary Alice Regan in Florida during the winter children. She is has retired as als who have dedicated them- ’77 eldest daughter, Living Facility in Hamburg.
granddaughters. area. She is currently presi- McClusky ’61 was proud and months, and WNY during the office manager at two primary selves to making sure we, as Gabrielle, will earn her mas- She recently celebrated her
dent of her local garden club humbled to receive the IA summer. care centers at Mercy Hospital a community, receive the best ter’s in accountancy from 40th birthday by doing a “ride
Elizabeth Zygmunt Duma in Swan Pt., MD. She enjoys Alumnae Spirit Award. She in Buffalo. care possible. Northern Illinois University in along” with a professional
’54 and her husband celebrat- English riding with her horse enjoyed the 40th reunion and MaryAnn Knoche Scott ’64 Dec. 2007. NASCAR driver at Daytona
ed their 50th wedding anniver- “Seekers Honey Bea” a few is enjoying her great niece, and her husband are enjoying Celine Buczek Robak ’67 Carol Grandits Corr ’74 Speedway.
sary in Sept ’06 with a party days a week. She has three Isabella. retirement. They celebrated and her husband, Joseph, will reports that her daughter, Nancy Benz Robinette ’78
hosted by their children. sons and two grandsons, their 40th wedding anniver- celebrate 33 years of mar- Caitlin, is graduating from was recently promoted to ben- Mary Kraus Baczkiewicz
Travis, 7, and Colin, 4. Isabelle Gernatt Schmitt sary in October with a cruise riage, as well as 33 years Princeton this year; daughter efits administrator at the ’85 is a special education
Theresa Gill Rutkowski ’54 ’61 has two children. One a through Europe. Last summer residing in Texas. She is Regan is a freshman at Buffalo News after working as teacher. Her husband, Alan, is
has been happily married to Elizabeth Ehlert ’58 is proud pharmacist for CVS North she was able to fulfill a long semi-retired as an R.N. but Colgate; Darcy and John assistant to the circulation a science teacher. Together
husband Joe. They will cele- grandmother of two, Elizabeth Boston and the other a time dream of taking a hot air works as a substitute occa- attend St. Mark Grammar director for 2 ½ years. Her they live in Williamsville with
brate their 50th wedding and Angelo, who live in mechanical engineer in balloon ride, thanks to a gift sionally. Joseph is also semi- School. Their company, Corr niece, Alison Rose Benz, plans their dog, Olive.
anniversary in October ’07. Toronto, Canada. Atlanta, GA. She has two from her daughters. retired as a teacher. They trav- Dist. (distributor of cleaning to be a member of the IA
They have five children and grandsons and has owned the el whenever possible. supplies and equip.) moved to Class of 2012. Andrea Winnert Harvey ’85
nine grandchildren. Barbara Janik Friscic ’58 Quilt Farm (retail fabric store) Kathleen Connors Toussaint Tonawanda last summer. recently moved back to
and her husband, Paul, have for 17 years. ’64 and her husband, L. Orchard Park after being away
Sylvia Brown Feger ’55 and
her husband recently celebrat-
been married for 44 years.
She is retired from the Sr. Judith Salzman FSSJ
Gerard, have two children;
daughter, Stephanie Noelle
70s Marjorie Godfrey
Wetherspoon ’74 is a 43
Mary Louise Cookson Stahl
’79 is honored to become the
since 1989. Her daughter,
Savannah, who was diagnosed
ed their 50th wedding anniver- Frontier Central School District ’62 was elected General and son Dr. L. Gerard Karen Kelsey Roehner ’71 year survivor of Type I dia- new principal at IA! with a brain tumor in 2005, at
sary on the day their first They have three daughters Minister of the Franciscan
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the age of three, is now in Alex, 9; Ben, 7; Jack, 2; and the Catholic Health System as Hilbert College in May 2007. youth services and plans to husband. She joins big sister, Deacon Richard H. Kelsey;
remission and off all
chemotherapy. They are very
Peter, 10 mo. She and all of
her siblings are very proud of
a house doctor at Kenmore
Mercy Hospital. In July ’07
00s She received the Sister Mary
Edwina Bogel Award in recog-
graduate with a bachelor’s
degree in May ’08. She has
Kylie Ann, 2. 9/30/06. Father of Karen
Kelsey Rohner ’71.
thankful for all of their bless- their sister, Mary Lou, who is she will begin a fellowship in Jolene Chase ’00 is a ballet nition of her outstanding char- completed her internship with Gabrielle Grace Scupien
ings. the new IA Principal. palliative medicine/hospice in professional and full time acter, intellectual achievement Bethel Head Start in Buffalo. 09/14/07, born to Renee Joseph Potash; 2006.
the Veterans Administration dance instructor. She and her and devoted service to fellow Pope Scupien ’93 and her Grandson of Donna
Karen Sharp Price ’86 is a Sarah Pietraszek Mattner WNY Healthcare System. She fiance, Brad Parker, will wed in students and the college. husband, John. She joins big Patterson Wolfe ’57.
human resource consultant for ’93 and her husband, Mike, plans to specialize in end-of- August of 2007. Wedding Bells sister, Mackenzie, 2.
Sharp Human Resources, that have traveled around the coun- life care. Mariya Balicki ’03 graduat- Irene M. Pawlik ‘62;
she started in May 2001. She try in pursuit of multiple Roseanna Vinti ’00 will be ed summa cum laude from Rebecca Kirst Gernatt ’98 Peter Christian Trabold 5/11/07. Sister of Betty
and her husband live in degrees. She received a PhD Teresa Espinosa Kapsiak graduating from Cornell Hilbert College in May 2007. and her husband, Josh, were 8/5/06 born to Maureen Huber ’59 and Sandra
Williamsville and have two in bio-geochemistry from ’96 and her husband, Veterinary School in the spring She was presented with the married on April 16, 2005. Cookson Trabold ’87 and Falsione ’64.
sons, Garrett, 4, and Colin, 1. Indiana University in 2004. Gregory, have been married of 2008. Kimberly Bruch Raczkowski her husband, Christian. He
They have two children, for five years. They have one Memorial Alumni Association joins big brothers, Alex, 9; Sr. Alfreda Joan Rozbicki
Bonnie Mikolagczak Natalie, 9, and Nicholas, 15 son, Andrew, 4. She is cur- Jessica Abad ’01 graduated
from Trocaire College in ’05
Award. It is presented annually Baby Bears Ben, 7; and Jack, 2. FSSJ ’40 5/22/07.
Thomas ‘86 recently started mo. Sarah works for rently working in retail, but to a graduate who reflects the
a new career after 11 years at ExxonMobil in Houston, TX as plans to go back to school for with a degree in radiology. spirit and mission of the col- Wyatt James Gernatt 7/6/06, John Christian Harkins 10/06, Sr. Mary Eucharia
M&T Bank. She is currently a senior petroleum geologist radiation technology. She is currently working as a lege and possesses strong born to Rebecca Kirst born to Laurie Hintz Harkins Wielkiewicz FSSJ ’34
with HSBC Bank as vice presi- for the Middle East and as an radiological technician at leadership skills and demon- Gernatt ’98 and her husband, ’87 and her husband. He joins 03/30/07.
dent for customer research. instructor. Stephanie Allison Suski ’96 Mercy Hospital, OP Medical strates loyalty and dedication Josh. big sister, Kennedy, 3.
She lives in Tonawanda with is continuing her education at Center and Mercy Ambulatory to others. Becky Sue Zalewski
her husband, Tony, and their SUNY Brockport after nine Care Center. She and her Holly Johanna Hastie 1/5/07, Rutkowski ’87 1/29/07.
son, Anthony, 3. 90s years of service in the US
Army. She was recently
fiance, Justin Frampton, plan
to wed in July of 2008.
Kelly Abad ’04 graduated
from Trocaire College in May
born to Leigh Kozlowski
Hastie ’88 and her husband,
Nancy Stuhlmiller ’54
Laurie Hintz Harkins ’87 Julie Haren Madonia ’91 is accepted into the education with a degree in hospitality Dave. She joins big sisters Sr. Mary Martiniana Budra, 4/26/07.
and her husband have two working in her third year at program for adolescent certifi- Beth Yanik ’01 lives in management. She was induct- Emma, 7, and Anna, 5. FSSJ ’45 1/25/07.
children, Kennedy, 3, and John Geva Theatre Center in cation and also inducted into California, outside of the ed into Phi Theta Kappa and
Christian, 8 mo. Laurie is
employed as an accountant at
Rochester, NY as company the National History Honors Hollywood - LA area. She is
the manager of a large dance
Eta Sigma Delta honors pro- Lillian Rose Madonia 8/7/06,
born to Julie Haren Madonia
Robert Clalone; 2006. Son of
Donna Patterson Wolfe ’57.
manager. She and her hus- Society, Phi Alpha Theta. grams. She will continue her
St. Lukes Cornwall Hospital in band, Derek, have two chil- academy in Agoura Hills, CA. education at Buffalo State ’91 and her husband, Derek. In the last Immaculatan, the
Newburgh, NY. dren, Michael and Lillian. Kristina Penfold ’98 graduat- College to pursue a bachelor’s She joins big brother, Michael. Sr. Josephine Falk FSSJ organizer of the 1986 20 year
ed with her master’s in mathe- Michelle Avolio ’02 graduat- degree as a pharmaceutical ’34 05/05/07. class reunion was incorrectly
Erin McCormack Oliver ’87 Amy Toth Graham ’92 and matics from New York ed from RIT this spring and representative. Emily E Pregitzer 4/4/06, identified. The photo caption
was promoted to banking offi- her husband, Kirk, were mar- University Collrant Institute of was inducted into three leader- born to Mary Kurz Pregitzer Sr. Mary Electa Kaczman should have identified Karen
cer at M&T Bank in 2006. She ried in June 2006 and are Mathematical Sciences. She ship/academic honors soci- Amanda Rebelo ’04 is a jun- ’91 and her husband. FSSJ ’33 05/26/07. Sharp Price as the organizer.
is currently managing the retail expecting their first child June is moving to Austin, TX this eties this year; Rho Lambda, ior at Medaille College, on the Thanks, Karen, for a wonderful
communication dept. She con- of 2007. She is currently the summer. Order of Omega and Gamma dean’s list and a member of Kate Elizabeth Reardon Kathleen I. Keefe; 12/01/06. time! (As reported by Jill
tinues to be involved with IA, manager of research and Sigma Alpha. the Alpha Chi Honor Society. 9/19/06, born to Julianne Mother of Kathleen Keefe Grezegorzak Wilkie ’86.)
as a member of the Mater development at Waste Stream Jacqueline A. Stachowiak She is majoring in child and Carney Reardon ’89 and her Blaszkiewicz ’73.
Christi Award Gala Committee Technology Inc. in Buffalo, NY. ’99 graduated from SUNY Christine Gerwitz Graser
and will be on the planning Brockport. She graduated ’03 and her husband, James,
committee for the class of ’87 Renee Pope Scupien ’93 from UB Law School 5/06 and recently celebrated their first
20th reunion. Along with her and her husband, John, have passed the NY State Bar wedding anniversary. She is Career Day is Coming!
two sons, Nolan, 5, and Jack, two children, Mackenzie, 2, Exam 11/06. She is currently currently working as a body
3. Erin wishes to congratulate shop mechanic doing collision Immaculata Academy will be holding its bi-annual career day speakers based on their interests. All types of careers are
and Gabrielle, 10 mo. She is working as a legal consultant
her husband, Don, on his 10th work, painting etc.. She is in the fall of 2007. We invite all alumnae to come spend the day welcome.
currently a substitute teacher, for a law firm in Cincinatti, OH
year as math teacher at IA this looking into becoming an ele- at the Academy and share their experiences with our students. Anyone interested in speaking is encouraged to send
as well as a real estate agent where she will take the Ohio
year! mentary school teacher in the Career Day allows students to meet one-on-one with an e-mail with your name, address, telephone number and a brief
with Realty USA. Bar Exam in July ’07.
future. professionals in fields of interest to them, allowing them to learn – description of your job to Saima Horab, Immaculata’s guidance
Maureen Cookson Trabold exactly what the job entails, personal skills needed, education counselor, at shorab@ImmaculataAcademy.com. Detailed
Kathryn Grace Gunn MD
’87 and her husband, Jennifer Allen ’03 graduated required, etc. information will be sent to interested individuals during the
’94 is currently working for
Christian, have four children; summa cum laude from Speakers meet with several groups throughout the day upcoming months.
(each meeting is about 20 minutes long.) Students are assigned
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Immaculata Academy Open House - September 29th & October 1st
See the future. Reconnect with the past.
Immaculata Academy will be open for guided tours,
featuring IA students, faculty and staff, at our annual open house.
Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 10:30 am - 2 pm
or Monday, October 1st from 6 - 8 pm.
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