Graduate Programs

Carol Juhasz’s, IHM ‘90 mother passed away.

Dora L. Ricks ’90 and her eight year old son recently published Children and God. It is a record of their coversations about God. The book has already been distributed in Russia, Conneticut, and Florida.You may preview their book at . The book is also available as print on demand, through and major book retailers.

Janise Dybalski ’91 is teaching in a resource room at Detroit Community High School. She is currently working on a Master's of Education in Special Education/Learning Disabilities at University of Detroit-Mercy and two additional certifications in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Impairment at Wayne State University.

Earline Youngblood Phillips ’91, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, Inc. is organizing a tour to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 22-28, 2008. She would like to extend an invitation to all Marygrove College alumni, family and friends. The price is $629, which includes roundtrip motor coach from Detroit, 6 nights lodging and 9 meals, including an authentic New England lobster dinner. A $200 deposit is due immediately and final payment is due April 16th. Earline hopes that several of her fellow graduates will join her on this exciting trip. For more information, please call 313-835-3729.

Monique Kelly Brown ’93, one of Marygrove’s longest serving alumni board members, and her husband John welcomed their son, Jonathan Elijah Brown into the world Friday, March 28 at 5:11 a.m. “Little” Jonathan was 20 ½ inches long and weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces!! Hopefully Marygrove will have a football team by the time he is 18 years old.

Sandra Brown-Ali Harris ’93 moved to Florida 13 years ago. She met a wonderful man at her church and got married 4 1/2 years ago. She is the proud mother of four children and four grandchildren. She is employed by the State of Florida and looking forward to retirement when she can take her grandchildren on long road trips in a luxury motor home.

Diane E. Banks’s ’94 son passed away.

Rita Edgeworth Field ’96 and ’02 has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Talent Management & Workforce Strategies for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital! In her role she will be responsible for the entire scope of human resources for this new $400 million facility, including staffing for approximately 1800 positions.

Glennis Harvey ’96 passed away January 1, 2008.

Abby Allen-Murphy ’97 was recently promoted to represent Macomb County as a liaison with the Michigan Prisoner Reintegration program through the Department of Human Services. Michelle D. Anderson’s ’98 brother passed away.

John E. Kiger ‘98 was approved as the new assistant principal for East Liverpool, Ohio Middle School and High School. He is leaving his positions as special education teacher and athletic director to assume this position. He is excited and thrilled about his new position. "It's a great time to be here right now. We've turned the corner financially," he said of the school district, adding that he also believes the athletic program is now headed in the right direction. He said he will continue athletic director duties unofficially until his replacement is hired. He has been a teacher in East Liverpool for 20 years.

Khris Nedam ’98 was honored with the National Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2008. Khris, along with her sixth grade students, founded Kids4AfghanKids, a non-profit organization whose goal is to re-establish educational facilities for boys and girls in Afghanistan. Within three years they had raised enough money to build a six-room schoolhouse in Afghanistan.


Linda D. Rizza ‘98 graduated with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in ceramic sculpture. She began teaching at Cranbrook in 1999 where she currently teaches K-4th Art at Brookside in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She was awarded Art Teacher of the Year by Art Serve Michigan in 2005 and was invited to participate in the People to People Ambassador Program to China. Her photos from a trip to China in 2005 and her 2007 trip to San Miquel de Allende in Mexico were recently featured in the Beyond Words Gallery in the Marygrove Library. The trip to Mexico was supported by Cranbrook and consisted of participation in regional fiber workshops and visits to local cultural institutions.

Nancy Berry Blakemore’s ’99 passed away February 22, 2006.

Barbara DeRosa Cannon ’99 passed away June 1, 2007.

Kathryn Fleming ‘99 loves to write songs and this year she has written Hallelujah to Peace and Seasons Greetings and Givings. Currently she is working on Aloha Kohala and a petite sonata and a rap song.

Wendy Thornton ’99 has been named Director of Academic Excellence for White Hat Management. She has also published her first novel, "Forgiving Rage" and is currently studying for a doctorate in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.


Myrtle W. Beall ’00, an art instructor at Coschocton High School in Ohio has influenced many students. Her goal is to prepare her students for college-level course work in art. This year seven of her students are going on to major in fine art or art-related fields. After 23 years in the field, she has no regrets.

Granville Caldwell ’00 along with his co-author Ryan Marshall, will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble! Thoughts & Lamentations of Urban Education is the saga of a year in inner-city schools, told through poetry, news flashes and takeoffs on pop songs. The book signing was held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 in Charlotte, NC. The book signing is part of the celebration of Educators Appreciation Week at this particular store. Grandville say" "As a Griot--class of 2000, by the way, naturally, I am very excited about this opportunity to become the latest Marygrove alum to make "mother" proud!"

Deacon Pamela Major ’00 is the Director of Jennifer’s Joy in the City Pre-School Academy. They are applying for NAEYC accreditation. She has been named to the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who 2008-2009.

Constance Sawyer ’01 passed away March 2, 2007.

Ruth Belli-Geci ’02 Some of you knew her as "Ruthie" but now she is known to my 22 month old son Juliano as "Mommy". Yes! She is married and has a child. Currently, she is teaching (subbing) part time so that she can be with her little boy.

Pamela F. Harrison ’04 teaches second year language arts at the Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in North Carolina.

Chad T. Lower ’04 and his wife, Susan had a baby girl, Alessandra Chadee Lower on August 6, 2007. Beginning this fall he begins a new teaching position at the Pennsylvania College of Technology as a math professor.

Donna Wanshon ‘04 received a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice Mental Health Social Work from the University of Michigan in December 2005. 1st Lieutenant Donna Wanshon is a newly appointed active duty clinical social worker for the United States Air Force in the Biomedical Sciences Corps. Lt Wanshon and her family are stationed at Hurlburt Field Special Operations Base in the Panhandle of Florida. She was named Employee of the Month in March 2007 for her positive and very teachable attitude and hard work eithic. She was recently selected to be included in the Cambridge Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. Her daughter, Suzanne recently graduated for high school.

Debbie Hillebrand’s ’05 father passed away.

Jessica M. Nelson ‘05 received a full scholarship to Morgan State University to pursue a Master's degree in music based on her singing talents, musical abilities and her grades from Marygrove. She is also receiving stipend for two years to assist with her education.

Dorothy Cuyler Smith ’05 passed away December 25, 2007.

Rosa Lee Smith ’05 was honored with an award for music service in the City of Detroit at the Detroit Musicians Association Honors Luncheon, Saturday, October 13, 2007 which was held at the Focus Hope Conference Center. Rose DeSloover, Dean of Fine Arts and Anthony McGlaun, faculty member of the Music Department attended the event.

R.Morrison Borders ‘06 has been named as one of two new assistant principals at Howell High School. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Wayne State University, and received a master's degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College. Currently, he is enrolled in classes leading to an education specialist degree at EMU. He has taught physical education and served as a building-level assistant athletic director at Farmington Public Schools.

Eddie M. Dixon ’06 was appointed by the Michigan Rehabilitation Advisory Council to represent current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services for a term expiring in September 2008.

Felicia Davis Hunter’s ’06 brother passed away.

LaToya Jackson’s ’06 mother passed away.

Tia C. Littlejohn-Taylor’s ’06 mother passed away.

Darnell McClellon ’07 is a member of the Forces of Nature Dance Company in New York City.

Angela Pope ’07 moved to New York after she graduated, dances with the “Forces of Nature” company, and was recently featured on a giant billboard in Times Square. Darnell McClellon ’07 also dances with the same company.


Michael Pieper ‘80 recently relocated to New Albany, Indiana to help friends develop and launch a bee keeping business and pursue his passion for photography. He has a gallery and store front at Lulu His youngest daughter, Heather is 18 and attends MSU majoring in Veteranry Science and his oldest daughter, Melanie is 22 married and the mother of five.

Mary Ellen Shindel Shuffett ‘80 married Paul Shuffett on July 22, 2006. It was the first time marriage for both of them and they are extremely happy.

Yvette Person Merchant '82 is married with 3 children and 1 step daughter and 2 grandchildren. She plans to enter nursing school in the fall as her two sons study in other programs. Her daughter and son-in-law are completing their doctoral degrees at Western Michigan. Yvette completed a medical assistant program at Everest and where she was the valedictorian of her class and a member of the National Honor Society.

Kathleen Kniaz Anderson’s ’83 brother passed away.

Joyce Smythe Mason ’83 passed away July, 2006.

Denise J. Bryson ‘84 credits her experiences at Marygrove in assisting her in attaining her job at Northwest Airlines, while her major in Art has allowed her to pursue many different avenues. Currently she is trying her hand at writing a novel. Best of luck, Denise.

Ann M. Rajnicek Ph.D. ‘84 went immediately to Purdue University where she received her PhD in 1990 in Developmental Biology and then moved to a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. It was meant to be a three year appointment but she has been there for 17 years and has lead her own research group for the past 5 years. It's been tricky balancing a family with the competitive world of research and teaching but very rewarding too. She and her husband, Scott have two children ages 9 and 12. Her position has offered her so many opportunities to see the world, both through her post doctoral appointment at Aberdeen as well as the invitations she receives to speak about her work around the world. This past year she has traveled to Hawaii, Japan, Greece, Spain, and Romania.

Beatrice M. Jackman Cuthbertson ’85 was named Homemaker of the Year at the New Fowlerville Family Fair in Michigan. Contestants submitted entries in various categories such as baking, crafts or canning, to name a few.

NoraWilson Beckley ‘87 paprticipated in the National Senior Olympics in Louisville, Ky. where she placed 5th in the 200 yard Breaststroke and she broke her own record by 14 seconds. She did both only 6 weeks after have major shoulder surgery. She also signs for the deaf. She teaches Elementary School Music in two different districts, and all her students know how to sign.

Kathy became a grandmother on Friday May 2, 2008 to twins Wilson Doyle Fletcher weighed in at 5.5lbs, and Allysia Grace weighed in at 2.5lbs. Both mother and babies are doing well. Abby is 4 going on 40 and loves being a big sister.

Theresa Coulter’s IHM ’70 mother passed away.

Tesh Maddock Hannah ’70 has been a language arts teacher at St. Michael School in Sharonville, Ohio for the past 16 years. She and her husband have 4 children and 1 (almost 2) grandchildren. They have written and illustrated a humorous children's poetry book called The Endless String, which was published recently. It was a dream of theirs for over 20 years, while they were busy raising their children, who ultimately were the inspiration for many of the poems. For further information about the publication or to purchase it go to In the short time that the book has been available, it has enjoyed brisk sales and positive feedback.

Kathie Gerbig Koval’s ’70 father passed away.

MaryElna Lawson Vrtis ‘70 is working as a web and health technician. She has three grown children, two daughters and a son and three grandchildren. She has been married to her husband, Nick Vrtis for 38 years. Her father Frank Lawson died just before Lent.

Mary Jo Durivage’s ’71 father passed away.

Joan Fetter’s ’71 mother passed away.

Mary Trepanier-Street’ 71 was named dean for the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education.

Kathleen Skolnicki Blake's '72 father passed away.

Elizabeth Burns, MD, MA '72 has been named the new Assistant Dean, President and CEO of the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Scott Larson, M.D., Chairman of the MSU/KCMS Board of Directors, says, “Dr. Burns is an exceptional physician and leader who brings a deep understanding of the complex issues facing graduate medical education and healthcare.Her experience as a department chair, a medical director, and a faculty member give her a unique background on which to draw when looking broadly at our graduate medical education programs. Her commitment to community and her involvement with many worthy programs, such as United Way, will be an added benefit to the Kalamazoo community. With creative energy, enthusiasm, and a collaborative spirit, Dr. Burns will continue to move us forward in the areas of teaching and training for graduate medical education in our many residency programs, as well as with our MSU/CHM medical students.”

Mary Beth Celer's '72 mother passed away.

Mary McSorley Daly’s ’72 father passed away.

Dolores Brudecki ’72 passed away August 1, 2007.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Burns ‘72 was honored on September 29, 2007 at the Women's Health Connection in North Dakota for her many accomplishments and most recently for receiving the Marygrove Distinguished Alumni Award.

Marian Stronske Fleming ’72 passed away June 14, 2007.

Marianne Gaynor's, IHM '72 mother passed away.

Paulette T. LeDuc ’72 passed away on April 13, 2008.

Celeste McKenna Lynch’s ’72 father passed away.

Melanie B. Snyder-Lindblom’s ’72 mother passed away.

After twenty-one years, it was like no time had passed. On the weekend of November 9-11, 2007 suitemates, Kathy McGrath Morris '73, Liz VandenBrooks Foley '73, Janet Godbout Seefried '73, and Carolyn Breen Huff '73 met in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA. Kathy, Janet, and Carolyn flew down from the Detroit area, and Liz drove up from Hampton, VA. Everyone brought their old Marygrove photo albums and recent photos of family. Just like in Madame Cadillac and Florent Gillet everyone stayed up until 2:00 a.m., sharing stories and reminiscing about Marygrove and the years since. There was shopping and eating and talking. The weekend ended with Sunday Mass and promises to do it again in 2008.

Clare Callaghan Jorgenson’s ’73 father passed away.

Irma Valdez Reyes ‘73 was featured in the Detroit News in October 2007 for her work as a team leader-teacher at the Migrant Even Start program run by Southwest Solutions an agency that works to improve the lives of residents in southwest Detroit.

Darlene Roff Van Tiem ’75 was just elected president-elect of the International Society for Performance Improvement. She will serve 2008-2009 as president-elect, then 2009-2010 as president, and 2010 - 2011 as past president. Darlene, is associate professor emerita for University of Michigan Dearborn. She is also the coordinator of the Performance Improvement and Instructional Design graduate program and she teaches Application of Instructional Design for K-12 teachers in the Educational Technology master's program. In addition, she grades comprehensive exams and chairs dissertation committees for Capella University. All this and she is retired part time! They live in Florida from mid-October to May and in Port Huron June to mid-October. It is a wonderful life.

Mary Callaghan-Lynch’s ’76 father passed away.

Dr. Victoria Jones ’76 gave a power point presentation at Macomb Community College on March 4th. The topic was "Diversity in the Global Workplace." She was well received by the students.

Joyce Friedman Steinberg’s ’76 father passed away.

Gregory A. Zilan ‘76 who passed away in November, 2005 was in the first graduating class of the orthopedic physician assistant program in 1976. He battled a year long fight with pancreatic cancer. Just before he was diagnosed, he celebrated 32 years of employement in the same building - Mt. Carmel, Sinai, then Sinai-Grace. He was very proud of his work and left the hospital as Director of Orthopedic services. He was a loving husband of 32 years and a great father to four beautiful children. He was also very proud to say he graduated from Marygrove College.

Deborah Hunter-Harvill '77, '84 received the "Women of Excellence" award from The Michigan Chronicle on February 1. The award recognizes women who are courageous, extraordinary and uphold the highest levels of conviction.

Patricia LoRusso ‘77 is currently a Professor of Medicine with Tenure at Wayne State University. She authored or co-authored in excess of 100 manuscripts on cancer drug development and runs one of the largest Phase I Clinical Trials programs in the United States. She has had multiple Peer-Reviewed grants rewarded and has served on several national committees for cancer research and peer-review. Patricia helped to take new cancer agents from the lab into man.

Y. Beth Graves ’78 passed away November 17, 2007.

Diane R. Zedan ‘78 has been promoted ot Interim Special Education Direcotor for Washtenaw Intermediate Schoool District. She has worked for WISD for one year and previously was the Special Education Director in Romeo for ten years.

Brother Dennis W. Moses ‘79 is teaching 8th graders at SS. Cyril & Methodius School in Lakewood, OH.

Linda M. Badura Weir ’79 after working 14 years as a teacher in a public school system, is now in the process of opening a school in her home called Nanny's Place.

Sharyn Daykin Susinko ’79 passed away October 12, 2007.

Maureen McKernan Bogg ’60 passed away January 4, 2004.

Janet Ritchie Francis’s ’60 husband passed away.

Arlene Jackson Ph.D. ’60 passed away January 30, 2007.

Kathryn Kilsdonk Marchetti’s ’60 brother passed away.

Mary Louise (Eileen Therese) Markey, IHM '60 passed away April 3, 2008

Marilyn Brinkman Schneider’s ’60 sister passed away.

Sally Bondie Gacioch ’61 passed away January 23, 2008.

Barbara Surbis Kondalski's '61 husband passed away.

Marilyn (Ann Louis) Schneider, IHM ’61 passed away March 9, 2007.

Mary Ellen (Jeremy) Sheehan, IHM ‘61 celebrated 50 years as an IHM sister in July 2007. A wonderful family and friends party was held at Marygrove in June, bringing together family from all over the USA and from Ireland and friends from all parts of her life. While "officially" retired from teaching theology at the Toronto School of Theology and designated now as Professor Emerita, she continues to teach contractually and to write and lecture widely.

Rosemary Blomme '62 passed away January 2, 2008.

Virginia Guzicki Filar’s ’62 son passed away.

Annemarie (Marie Juda) Askwith, IHM ‘63 created a supportive website for those searching for critical perspectives regarding ourselves in relationship to the Earth. Take a look at

Tana Curaba Louria’s ’63 daughter passed away.

Valerie Klopcic Naegeli ’63 and her husband, Terry enjoy hosting foreign students at Kenyon College where Terry is the Math and Physics Lab Director. This year they are hosting 2 from Romania, 1 from Bulgaria, and 1 from Macedonia. They belong to a Community Singing group and Valerie is president this year. She is looking forward to attending the 08 Homecoming.

Rosaline Donna Secrest ’63 became an Associate of the Sisters of Providence, Terre Haute, Indiana in October 2007 and serves on the congregation's Peace and Justice Committee. She's looking forward to the 2008 Homecoming.

Phyllis R. Emanuele Lopez ’63 passed away May 3, 2007.

Ilene Peters Watts ‘63 retired from St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, TX, in August 2005, where she had served as the Director of Religious Education for a number of years. Before that she was the DRE at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington, TX. She received a Masters in Religious Education from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX in the 1980's.She is married and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She serves on the Board of the Cardinal Newman Institute in Arlington, TX. In spring 2007 she traveled with her sister-in-law, Dianne Peters, of St. Clair, MI., on a group pilgrimage to France, including a stop in Lourdes, Paris, and other sites.

Barbara Jean Nienstedt Buttell’s ’65 parents passed away.

Suzanne LaLonde Larabell’s ’65 mother passed away.

Yvonne H. Ortega ‘65 is the author of Hope for the Journey through Cancer, which was recently published by Revell. She is a six and a half year cancer survivor. Yvonne has also been published in The Quiet Hour, The Secret Place, and other magazines. Additionally she is contributing author to the book, The Embrace of the Father.

Colleen Sheridan’s IHM ’65 brother passed away.

Miriam E. Torres MD ‘65 is presently working for Visiting Physicians Association in their Saginaw office and is anxious to hear from classmates.

Alice Beasley ‘66 and David Cohn were married on August 18, 2007 at the home of Gerri Felling Walsh '67 in Lagunitas, California. Professionally she has been making fabric portraits in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. Her goal from the start has been to use fabric as a medium of expression. She incorporates the same light, shadow and realistic perspective used by artists in other media, but without the use of paint, dyes or other surface treatments. Instead she uses the ordinary quilter's tools of commercial fabric and thread. Most recently Alice has moved from the layered "quilt" form to fabric compositions that are either stretched on canvas or mounted on a rigid surface such as foam board. She’s proud to be part of the exciting movement that is taking the woman's work we call quilting from "art" to ART! Visit her website at

Kathy Callaghan Callahan’s ’66 father passed away.

Kathleen Holland Corbett’s ’66 mother passed away. On May 17, 2007 her family welcome their new grandson, Sam.

Vicky Czarnocki Eicher ‘66 had her first solo photographic exhibit in Richmond, Virginia, in July 2007. The exhibit featured images of penguins, seals and glaciers, taken during a three week photographic/eco-tourism cruise from the Falkland Islands to Antarctica in December 2005. She is a member of the Board of the Virginia Opera and the Charlottesville Committee on Foreign Relations. On Election Day, she will be working at the polls as an Albemarle County, VA Election Official. She spent last summer training for the Charlottesville Women's 4-Miler, a race that supports the University of Virginia Hospital's Breast Cancer Unit. She's not a runner and walked the distance.

Barbara J. Vervenne ‘66 is working in Austin, Texas at AMD, but planning to semi-retire in early 2008. She would love to connect with fellow Marygrove grads in her area.

Mary Ann Graff DeMattia ‘66 and her husband, Robert Gorlin were featured in a Detroit Free Press article about the Detroit Institute of Arts Renovation:Behind the Scenes (5/20/07) as significant donors having given $1,000 each year for 10 years before donating $500,000 to sponsor a gallery.

Beth A. LaBeau Dusseau ‘67 was named 2007 Alumna of the Year by St. Mary Catholic Central High School, Monroe, MI. She was the first female principal of the high school and served in that position for 8 years.

Rita Kivlin-Flattery ’67 passed away February 10, 2008.

Martha Hayes Franks ‘67 teaches English and Theatre at Twinsburg High School in Twinburg, Ohio. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren. She is President of the local teacher's union. Marti has been married to Dale for 39 years.

Virginia Weisse Gerstner’s ’67 mother passed away.

Eileen Maddox Heasley ’67 and her husband, John who are members of the Troy Rotary Club, have collected enough funds and filters to provide fresh water to more than 10,000 people in five villages in Nepal. "It's amazing," she said, of watching an idea shared by her and her husband of 40 years spread across the world. "It's something beyond anything I could ever think that I could do. And what's amazing is that the Rotary people are putting it in place."

The Heasleys took the initiative after a trip to Nepal revealed appalling water conditions there. The Rotary Club of Troy began by donating two Kanchan BioSand filters to an orphanage.

Besides providing funds and filters to Rotary Clubs in third world countries, they're trying to take their goal to a second level. The BioSand filter can be made anywhere in the world and she and John have studied it and are training other people to make BioSand filters and start small businesses. In February they hosted visitors through Rotary clubs throughout the United States and Canada, with the goal of teaching them how to make their own BioSand filters. They’re always looking for help in their mission to provide fresh drinking water to as many people as possible. The couple's trip to Nepal six years ago has since turned into a yearly journey, which allows the couple to see their progress firsthand. For more information go to

Susan Rakoczy, IHM PhD, ‘67 is celebrating 25 years of ministry in Africa. She went to Ghana in September, 1982 and South Africa in October, 1989. Her most recent book is "Great Mystics and Social Justice: Walking on the Two Feet of Love" (Paulist Press, 2006).

Rita Garliauskas Sakkab's '67 father passed away.

Ann Fetter Cherundolo’s ’68 mother passed away.

Dolores Coulter’s ’68 mother passed away.

Carol Gaynier Greening’s ’68 mother passed away.

Margaret Dixon Kronk’s ’68 father passed away.

Aida Barquet ’69 passed away February 25, 2008.

Joanne (Giovanni) Chiaverini, IHM '69 passed away on June 4, 2008.

Justice Maura D. Corrigan ‘69 spoke at the Women's Equality Day in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on August 26th.

Christine M. Harris ‘69 returned to school in her forties to change careers after working in accounting, education and engineering. A brief encounter with breast cancer delayed the start of her new career as an architect. She worked at several large firms before joining a small new firm last year. She says it took a long time for her to find her niche, but she loves what she does now! She has two bright and beautiful children who are a never ending source of maternal pride. Her daughter, Rachel J. Harris, graduated from Cranbrook, Harvard and Yale Law School and is currrently an attorney in New York City. Her son, Nicholas O. Polk also graduated from Cranbrook and starts his senior year as a history major at the University of Sourthern California in Los Angeles this fall. He's already making plans for graduate school in either law or history. Life is very busy and she never seems to have any free time, but managed to spend ten days in paris in April to celebrate the big six-0.

Katharine D. Dunworth Preston ‘69 shared that ten members of the class of 1969 celebrated 42 years of friendship and turning "Sixty in Seattle" by renting a house on Whidbey Island in July. They were looking forward to reminiscing "old" memories and creating "new" treasure for another 42 years.
Catherine Baltes '50 hosted the Akron Chapter Spring Luncheon at Gus' Chalet in Akron on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Marie Anette Herbst, IHM '50 passed away on April 3, 2007.

Katherine Mary (M. Janice) Kearns, IHM ’50 passed away on January 30, 2007.

Dorothy Korte Michaels ’50 passed away.

Donna Dilworth Ryan ’50 passed away November 17, 2007.

Mary Brown Brady ’51 passed away October 29, 2007.

Eileen Foley Collins ’51 passed away August 22, 2007.

Helen (Marianna) Glaser, IHM ’51 passed away March 5, 2008.

Patricia Howard Mallos’s ’51 husband, sister and brother passed away.

Gilda Sferrella Pace ‘52 and her husband, Joe hosted the Marygrove Akron Chapter at their home in August for their annual summer event. It was quite an Italian feast and Gilda attended to every detail from her memorable invitations, to the etched wine glasses and the wooden napkins rings with the Marygrove insignia to the culinary delights that more then satisfied everyone's palate. Anna Lee Cleary '47 and her husband, Frank, Emily Butler Petrarca '61 and her husband, Tony, Catherine Baltes ’50, Loretta Schietroma '55, Kathleen McCabe Markovich '51 and Marge Wozniak Burkley '56 and her husband, Tom joined Gilda and Joe. What an incredible event.


Stella Marie Dolan, IHM ’51 passed away December 15, 2007.

Agnes (Mary Kenneth) Siefker, IHM ’51 passed away December 3, 2007.

Virginia Gullo Guarnaccia ’52 passed away December 17, 2007.

Dorothea Murray Krieg’s ’52 sister passed away February 29, 2008.

Jeanine Petrikin, IHM ’52 passed away August 21, 2007.

Jane Field Bennett’s ’53 husband passed away.

Joanne Foley Donohoe’s ’53 sister passed away.

Mary Jane Gagnier Gelpi ’53 relocated to Baton Rouge, LA in January 2007 after 53 years living in New Orleans. They miss New Orleans but it's nice being near their son, Dr. Gregory Gelpi, a pediatrician in Baton Rouge. They have two granddaughters in Baton Rouge. One started LSU last Fall and the other is a Junior at St. Joseph Academy. Emilie, the Junior, recently placed fourth in the team division of the 57th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque in May 2007. Their daughter, a dietitian, in Houston has three children. She is presently homeschooling the two youngest, Preston 13 years old, and Kendall 9 years old. Katrina hurt New Orleans but the city is surviving. It has been sad times for the city.

Mary Jane and her husband, John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 19th at St. George's Parish in Baton Rouge followed by a cocktail reception at the Baton Rouge County Club. Attending were the couple's children and spouses, five grandchildren and three wedding attendants. Friends and family gathered from Michigan, New York, Texas and Louisiana. Their daughter and husband entertained the guests with a PowerPoint presentation of "50 Years Together".



Lois A. Ouellette Girardot ‘53 was inducted along with 21 other Brother Rice High School staff and faculty into the Edmund Rice Silver Society created to recognize those faculty and staff members who have provided 25 years or more of service to the Brother Rice community. Lois who is connected with the Guidance office has been at Brother Rice since 1980.

Eileen Walter Hayes ’53 passed away January 15, 2007.

Dorothy Ryan Langan’s ’53 husband passed away.

Sheila McAlinden’s ’53 brother passed away.

Mary Elaine Cronin McGovern ’53 passed away March 3, 2008.

Muriel Fulford Mercer ’53 passed away March 19, 2007. Peg M. Slinger-Twyman ‘53 is enjoying retirement after a teaching career of 45 years. She is involoved in a Book Club, Wrtiers Group, Opera Workshop and of course beach walks. After a wonderful 18 year marriage she lost her husband, Vinton Lee Twyman in October 2006. A sudden cardiac arrest in their home caused his death. Memorial services were held in Myrtle Beach, SC, Richmond, VA and Rapidan, VA near Culpeper where he was born and raised on the Twyman family farm. He is deeply missed by Peg and all who knew him.

Rita Beck Soullier ’53 passed away August 26, 2005.

Mary Jane Fisher Budai’s ’54 husband and brother passed away.

Dr. Joan Brinkman Sloan passed away January 26, 2008.

Camille Stepanski, IHM ‘54 passed away on March 3, 2007.

Ann Catherine Zdunic ’54 passed away on April 27, 2008.

Patricia (Helen Mary) Aseltyne’s, IHM ’55 brothers passed away.

Dorothy Vince Bishop’s ’55 brother passed away.

Virginia Everett Burlage’s ’55 husband passed away.

Mary Lou St. Germain Lee’s ’55 passed away April 5, 2007.

Angela (Carleen) Rees, IHM ’55 passed away January 3, 2007.

Joan Higgins Angerman ’56 passed away December 23, 2007.

Roberta Riedinger Gall ’56 passed away January 3, 2007.

Charmaine T. Kaptur ’56 an artist and a member of the Grosse Pointe Art Association since 1990 was featured in the Detroit Free Press along with other local artists who are trying to sustain the new home of the Grosse Pointe Art Center. It has recently relocated to 15001 Kercheval and is need of volunteers and support. Contact them at 313-821-1848 or

Nancy Primeau Martin '56 passed away Mary 4, 2008.

Anna Mary Hrycyk McDonough '56 and her husband, Tom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.

Marie Passarelli Mullen’s ’56 daughter passed away.

Mary S. Anderson Walker ‘56 hosted luncheon in June 2007 at the Trattoria Restaurant where alumnae were introduced to the recently inaugurated Marygrove president, Dr. David J. Fike.

Halina Swiatek Williams ‘56 and her husband, Clyde celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 18, 2007. They were surprised by the presence of Mary Anderson Walker '56, the maid of honor and two other members of their wedding party. The festivities began with liturgy and renewal of vows with the Bishop of Phoenix as the presider. This marriage is guaranteed for another 50 years. Her mother passed away March 3, 2008.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop from Phoenix; Fr John Coleman, Pastor of St Andrew the Apostle; Mary Anderson Walker, Maid of Honor; Bunnie and Clyde Williams (Bride and Groom); Richard Swiatek, Best Man; Jim Schembri, usher. Ms. Patricia A. Johnson 1953

Members of the class of 1956 gathered for one of their seasonal luncheons at the Brighton Bar and Grill to catch up with one another.

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Left to right: Helen Shondell, IHM, Virginia Bremiker Martin, Anne Rogers Schlick, Carol Ratty Skruch, Adrienne Wisneski Melena, Mary D Moore Hubbell, Mary Ellen O'Connor Shaughnessy and Sheila Keefe.


Patricia A. Binkert, RSCJ ’57 passed away in 1993.

Mary Lou Draur Cain ’57 passed away April 29, 2004.

Roberta Cardamone Donaher ’57 retired in 1993 and is leading a busy life. She had a long career in social work at a state mental facility. She served as Director of Social Services in two nursing facilities for several years during retirement. She is currently enjoying her grandchildren and many activities including oil painting, golf and gardening.

Germaine (Joachim) Detlof, IHM ’57 passed away March 15, 2007.

Patricia A. (Marie Kathleen) O'Donnell, IHM ‘57 passed away on February 14, 2007.

Gail Iavelli Remick ’57 passed away February 2, 2007.

Joyce (Alfreda) Simonds, IHM ‘57 passed away January 17, 2007.

Barbara Sutton Sullivan ‘57 recently returned from a pilgrimage to Poland and Eastern Europe. Her group was privileged to visit the home of Pope John Paul II, the convent of St. Faustina, and the Church of the Infant of Prague all of which proved to be very significant experiences.

Ann (Ann Arthur) Aseltyne’s, IHM ’58 brothers passed away.

Shirley (Marie Robert) Hinks, IHM '58 passed away on April 21, 2007.

Marguerite A. Pitock Laginess ‘58 is anticipating Homecoming 08 and would like to be in contact with classmates via email. Last year she visited with Joan Boudrie Gazdik ‘58 at her home in California and with Shirley Fraser Pritchard in Lebanon, Ohio. Last spring she had lunch with her "little sister" Rosemary Kuzewski Rogalle Pietras and looks forward to a visit with Lois Nelson ‘56. She and Audrey Lokanis ‘58 correspond via email on a regular basis.

Paula Marie Schloff, IHM '58 passed away on January 5, 2007.

Judith Woods Schoenherr's '58 sister passed away.

Margaret Sullivan’s ’58 mother passed away.

Ellen (Mary Carl) Baker, IHM ’59 passed away September 4, 2007.

Barbara Zolney Boyd’s ’59 husband passed away.

Larnice (Lani) Swann Eklund ‘59 who owns, operates and restored the historic Inn at Locke House has been named chairwoman of the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council in Lockeford, California. She has taught in primary, middle and high schools in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and California, and for the Department of Defense.

Margaret Callaghan Guest ’59 father passed away.

Rosalyn Hengstebeck’s IHM ’59 brother passed away.

Mary (Loretta) Philibin, IHM '59 passed away on March 23, 2007.

Janice M. (Nivard) Soleau IHM ‘59 enjoys retirement immensely, but does miss all of her Marygrove alumni friends who endeared themselves to her during her years as Alumni Director. There are several with whom she visist, lunches, and phones. She does think of you all and remembers you in her prayers and warm memories.

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