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Fall Edition


November, 2010

BETHLEHEM ACADEMY LAUNCHES $11,000,000 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FARIBAULT, MINNESOTA – More than 400 individuals attended the launching event on Sunday, September 19, 2010, for “Embrace the Miracle,” an $11,000,000 capital campaign project for improvements and additional space for band, choir, and theater, a field house to address our athletic and additional fine arts needs, an elevator and ramps to meet accessibility concerns, and an additional endowed scholarship fund. The event took place at Bethlehem Academy in Van Orsow Auditorium, beginning with a brunch at 12:30 p.m. and program immediately following. The program included a keynote address by Sister Michelle Germanson, President of Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois, and a project overview by Sherri Langfeldt, President/ Principal of Bethlehem Academy and by Franz Boelter, Campaign Chair. Six BA alumni offered their endorsement of the project: Niki Trnka-Hess (BA ’98), Rhonda Thibault-Nowaczewski (BA ’98), J.J. Korman (BA ’94), Jim Lovrien (BA ’94), Dolores Van Orsow (BA ‘47), and Jim Stanton (BA ’54). Several beautiful musical interludes were also performed by BA’s Pep Band, directed by Scot Gardner, and BA’s Concert Choir, directed by Liz Seal. Established in 1865, Bethlehem Academy’s existing school facility was built in 1949 and serves the academic needs of over 300 students. The school has not conducted a major campaign for the past sixty years. President Langfeldt said the school is debt-free and is in a good position to launch this project. Bethlehem Academy is the first of over 100 schools established by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.

Planning for this campaign was initiated over five years ago to address the current and future growth needs at Bethlehem Academy. A developmental audit and feasibility study followed before the steps to a campaign started. The ultimate financial goal of the BA campaign is to raise $11,000,000, with a sizable amount having already been committed. Bethlehem Academy is proud to report that 95% of its graduates go on to attend post-secondary schools, and the parents of those students continue to speak highly of the preparation theirs sons and daughters received at BA as they watch their graduates succeed in colleges and trade schools. The Bethlehem Academy girls’ volleyball program has been one of the most successful athletic programs at the school and in the State of Minnesota. The BA Cardinal volleyball teams have won eight straight Section championships and played for the State Title all eight years, winning the championship four times. Bethlehem Academy is proud to be the longest-running Catholic school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. To insure the future, Bethlehem Academy is relying on the generosity of its many graduates, parents, grandparents and friends to raise $11 million to keep the miracle of education going strong in Faribault. For more information about the campaign or to arrange for a tour of the school, please contact Franz Boelter, Campaign Chair at (507) 334-3948.

In This Issue: October 2010 Cover Story ............................................BA Capital Campaign Jack Kolars Column ................................................................2 BA Scholarship Funds .............................................................3 Desk of Sherri Langfeldt .........................................................4 BA Homecoming ......................................................................4 BA Annual Fund........................................................................5 BA 2010 Golf Classic ...............................................................5 Alumni Update..........................................................................6 Class Reunion News................................................................7 Memorial Gifts..........................................................................7 Rest in Peace ...........................................................Back Page

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Championship Students Loyal Alumni Outstanding Instructors Faith-filled Classrooms Proud Parents Generous Benefactors

105 Third Avenue S.W., Faribault, Minnesota 55021 • 334-3948 •

TRADITIONS NEWSLETTER Serving Bethlehem Academy

Because of the many donors to this wonderful school, the Bethlehem Academy Advancement Office has developed an “attitude of gratitude” to our benefactors. During the past fiscal year of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, Bethlehem Academy was blessed with over $475,000 in donations from (1,100) donors who made these contributions through (1,900) charitable gifts. In late June, the school was made aware of another estate gift from a BA graduate, who named the school in his will. And in July, BA was informed about another estate gift from a BA graduate who also named the school in her will. This type of generosity to Bethlehem Academy not only supports the school today, but will insure support into the future.

The TRADITIONS NEWSLETTER, a publication of Bethlehem Academy is published three times each year in fall, winter and summer to serve our alumni, friends and many benefactors. If you have story ideas, news items or photos, TRADITIONS welcomes your contributions for the newsletter. Please send your news to: BETHLEHEM ACADEMY 105 Third Ave. SW • Faribault, MN 55021 Email: Tel: 507-334-3948 Fax: 507-334-3949 Editor: Jack Kolars If you would like to support the funding for the TRADITIONS publications, please send your charitable gift to: TRADITIONS NEWSLETTER 105 Third Ave. SW • Faribault, MN 55021 Bethlehem Academy TRUSTEES DIRECTORS Joe Varley ’65 & PP, Chair Sr. Doris Rauenhorst Sr. Carol Bongaarts Dave Campbell, PP Bob Foley, PP

Bethlehem Academy Advancement/Alumni Office

Steve Kohl ’83 (President) Carol (Van Orsow) Hafemeyer ’77 VACANT—Jeff Jirik (Secretary) Linda Laughlin Shari Mayer (Vice President)

Michelle Mahowald Charlie Sheridan Jay Valentyn Julie (Donahue) Zweber, ‘83



Ms. Sherri Langfeldt

Mr. Scott Hanson



Mrs. Melinda O’Connor

Mrs. Laura Carlson



Mr. Ed Friesen ‘86

Sr. Patricia Mulcahey, OP



Jack Kolars, Franz Boelter, Sue Erpenbach

Sr. Erica Jordan, OP

Attention Parents If this issue of The Traditions Newsletter is arriving at your home in the name of your child who graduated from BA, please do us the favor of sending the publication along to your son or daughter, and the favor of sending us an updated mailing and email address for your son or daughter. We’d like to stay in touch with all BA graduates and update our BA Alumni Database. Thank you.

These are exciting and extraordinary times at Bethlehem Academy. As the school celebrates its 145th year of operation, school leadership launched a Capital Campaign on September 19 announcing plans for an addition to be build on the south side of the BA building. Over 400 people attended the Campaign Launch Event where the supporters were informed of nearly $3 million in pledges being made before the Campaign had begun. The goal of the campaign is to improve the facilities for the Bethlehem Academy band, choir and theater, making additional space available for the growing number of students involved in those activities. The plan is to also construct a new gymnasium to answer space needs for boys and girl’s athletic teams and activities. The campaign also invites donors to make contribution to increase the endowed scholarship funds so more families can afford to send their children to BA. And the campaign also seeks to raise funds to build an elevator to make the entire school handicapped accessible. This Capital Campaign is the first such campaign for BA since the Sinsinawa Dominicans raised $1 million back in 1949 to construct the current BA building. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Bethlehem Academy also will be asking supporters to contribute to the BA Annual Fund which helps to provide the annual operational costs to support the education of the 300 students enrolled at BA this fall. We ask for your prayerful consideration to support both the BA Capital Campaign and the BA Annual Fund with your charitable gifts this year. Thank you for your generous support. Bethlehem Academy. The Miracle is Here! Jack Kolars, Advancement Office 507-334-3948 Email:


Scholarship Funds at Bethlehem Academy Over the years, Bethlehem Academy has been blessed by the creation of scholarship funds designed to honor people who loved the school. These scholarship funds continue today and are a source of income to be used to make a Bethlehem Academy education a reality for many students. Here is a list and description of the active and current Scholarship Funds at Bethlehem Academy: Jim (Coach) Anderson Scholarship benefits a BA boy with athletic interest who is a good student. BA President’s Fund will benefit deserving BA students with scholarship assistance beginning in 2011. The President’s Fund is made up of other BA endowments to help provide a BA education to future students. Stella Bedford Service Scholarship benefits a BA student who demonstrates financial need and serves BA, the church or the community with the dedication to serve that Stella Bedford demonstrated during her lifetime. (Established in 2009) Candie (Stoner) Brand Scholarship benefits a BA student interested in Math and Science. Cecelia Borsch (Milewski/Schaffer) Nursing Endowment is a scholarship fund designed to assist BA students interested in pursuing nursing as a career. Leo & Ottie Brand Scholarship produces scholarship funds for an incoming freshman looking to enroll at Bethlehem Academy. Patrick Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund will create proceeds to be used to help a future sophomore at BA who takes part in athletics and needs tuition assistance. Class of 1943 Endowed Scholarship Fund provides tuition and scholarship assistance for deserving students wishing to attend Bethlehem Academy. Class of 1968 Scholarship Fund. Established in 2008 to honor Class of ’68 BA graduates and assist future BA students. Crosby Family Scholarship benefits a hardworking BA student who enjoys education, fine arts and sports and is willing to live, love and laugh. Gloria Dapper Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for students desiring to attend Bethlehem Academy. Bob & Joanne DeGrood Family Scholarship benefits Bethlehem Academy students who demonstrate outstanding Christian values and apply themselves according to their abilities in school, church and community activities. Kilian Donahue Scholarship honors the memory of Kilian Donahue, the son of Jim and Jessie (Mullenmeister) Donahue. Kilian was born December 22, 2003 and died on December 25, 2003. The fund was created with the intent to have future scholarships awarded to BA students who have siblings attending Bethlehem Academy. Regina M. Dunleavy Estate Fund honors the life of 1920 BA graduate Regina Dunleavy. The fund helps to benefit selected Bethlehem Academy students in need of scholarships in order to attend BA. The Mary McKenna Friesen Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Mary who graduated from BA in 1949 and was a passionate supporter of the school. This fund provides financial assistance to a student in need who shares Mary’s love of BA and has an aptitude for Math. Mary Griffin Scholarship was established in 2005 with proceeds used as scholarship money for future Bethlehem Academy students in need. Hanlon Family Fund—-Established in 2008 for future Bethlehem Academy students in need of financial assistance. Lawrence Johnson Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1951 to honor the 1947 Bethlehem Academy graduate. Proceeds are used to assist a BA freshman. Irene Kratt Memorial Scholarship assists a junior boy and girl participating in basketball as a senior with $100 activity scholarship. Recipients show good sportsmanship, team player skills, and are

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good all-around students. Delores and Joseph and Michael aCanne Family Scholarship Fund benefits students who demonstrate outstanding Christian values and who are motivated to apply themselves in school and church. Delores and Joseph LaCanne raised eleven children, with ten of them graduating from Bethlehem Academy. Father Ken LaVan Scholarship Fund will help provide financial assistance to future BA student-athletes in need. Clarence E & Olive Low Scholarship benefits BA students who live in the rural area and who have an appreciation for religious education at BA. Luckow Family Scholarship Fund—-Established in 2008 by past Bethlehem Academy parent Kim Halvorson. Future proceeds will assist future BA students truly in need. Steven Malecha Scholarship Fund was established to assist future BA students with financial needs who take part in band, basketball or theater. McQuoid Family Scholarship Fund—-The McQuoid Fund honors the memory of past BA parents Weir and Edna (Endres) McQuoid who raised three sons to receive Catholic school education in Faribault. Future proceeds of the endowment will benefit Bethlehem Academy students in need of financial assistance. L.E. “Abe” Merrill Scholarship provides money to graduating BA students who are pursuing a college education. Gladues Geiger McCarthy Scholarship was created to provide scholarship assistance for deserving students attending Bethlehem Academy. Frank & Edna Miller Fund provides scholarship assistance for students attending Bethlehem Academy High School in need of tuition support. Robert & Doris Mullenberg Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to deserving students at Bethlehem Academy. Ostrom Family Fund is an endowment which provides scholarship assistance to students attending BA. Jackee Reichert Memorial was established in remembrance of Jacqueline Reichert who did not live to see her graduation in 1996. Jackee’s family encourages scholarship recipients to be positive and filled with the zest for life. David Reuvers Memorial Fund is designed to benefit Bethlehem Academy students involved in BA Activities, an “all-around good student.” Reuvers was a 1952 graduate who was a great BA Booster who loved sports. Ordean Reveland Memorial Fund honors the memory of the 1949 BA graduate who had a passion for the school and as a promoter of BA and city-wide athletics. This fund will benefit future male students involved with sports in need of financial assistance. Dr. C.F. Robertshaw Memorial Scholarship fund provides financial assistance to Bethlehem Academy students in need. Denis and Mary Varley Family Scholarship Fund provides tuition scholarship funding for financially needy, hard working students who are interested in enrolling a BA. (Created in 2008) Strauss Family Scholarship honors the lives of Clemens and R. Annetta Strauss, BA’32. The Strauss’ were great believers in Bethlehem Academy and raised eight children who graduated from BA. Dewey Van Orsow Family Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for a BA High School student who does well in school and enjoys athletic participation. William & Aleen Wells Family Scholarship Fund created in November 2008 honors the parents of nine children, eight of whom graduated from Bethlehem Academy. Proceeds will assist students in grades 9-12 in need of financial assistance. Bethlehem Academy accepts charitable contributions to all of the Scholarship Funds listed here. If you would like to make a donation to benefit and support one or more of these scholarship funds, please use the Gift Envelope enclosed in this issue of the Traditions Newsletter. We thank you for enriching these funds with your personal contributions.

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From the Desk of Sherri Langfeldt BA President/Principal

What a glorious day! The sun is shining and, as I look out my window, I am assaulted by an array of colors that overwhelm my senses! Sitting in the President/Principal’s desk at BA, I have come to understand that this too can be an overwhelming experience.

prayerful consideration to the way in which each of us can help to make this plan, this dream a reality. Together we will continue to provide future generations of BA families with the faith-based educational experience that has blessed so many of our families. In this way our mission will continue to be spread throughout the world by future generations of BA graduates. Let us all Embrace The Miracle that is Bethlehem Academy! Sincerely yours in Christ, Sherri Langfeldt, President/Principal

I am hit at odd times with the important responsibility that has been entrusted to me and to all of us that are part of the BA family. We are entrusted with ensuring the continuation of an important mission that has been in existence for 146 years. Our mission is to empower this generation of Bethlehem Academy students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the Truth: Veritas. THIS IS NO SMALL TASK!

As most of you have heard by now, Bethlehem Academy is involved in a capital campaign designed to address the needs of present and future generations of BA students. Four major needs have been identified: additional space for our growing band, choir and theatre programs; added facilities for physical education and athletics, an elevator to make our building accessible to all; and additional monies in endowed scholarships which make a BA education available to all.

Over the past six months Franz Boelter and I have met with BA alumni around the country and have shared with them the plans that are the future of BA. We have also met with many more graduates at class reunions. What a privilege it is to meet such wonderful people! Although BA alums live in many different places and have chosen a wide variety of paths, they all share commonality in both their generosity and in their loyalty to their alma mater, Bethlehem Academy.

We have been met with overwhelming support as we share plans and our vision for BA, both locally and with our broader base of National alumnae and supporters. Everyone sees that our needs are clear. We NEED more space. We NEED our building to be accessible to all, and we NEED to ensure financial support for all families.

In this initial silent Leadership gifts phase, we have received five year pledges ranging from $500 from a college student, to $20,000 from one of our teachers, to Bethlehem Academy’s first $1,000,000 donation from a past graduate and businessman. We have also received many pledges in between. At this time it is with a grateful heart that I am pleased to announce that to date we have received 65 commitment letters approaching three million dollars in pledges!

There are times in each of our lives when we are given the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves, something that will live on long after we have left this earth. THIS IS OUR TIME! Today, I invite you to join with me and with Bethlehem Academy supporters around the United States in giving

News & Notes 5/15/10 thru 9/15/10 The Traditions would like to correct some inaccuracies reported in our June 2010 issue in the story relating to the three current seminarians: Michael McClellan was the valedictorian of the class of 2008 at BA, and is an undergraduate student at St. John Vianney Seminary and the University of St. Thomas. Luke Marquard, BA ’97 and Nathan Verschaetse, BA ’05 are graduate students at St. Paul Seminary. Sister Kathleen Hayes, OP, has taken a new assignment on the pastoral ministry staff at the Mound in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Kathleen taught at the IC and Sacred Heart buildings in Faribault for eight years during the 1970s. Congratulations to members of the BA Cheerleading squad who won awards at a summer cheerleading camp this past summer, and who raised money for the St. Vincent De Paul Charity in Faribault this fall. Pictured front row, L to R: Yesenia Nieves, Fatima Ponciano, Mercedes Aase, Back Row, L to R: Maria Angell, MaryKatherine Deschamp, Elizabeth Dietz, Mikayla VonRuden, Caiti Pothen and Paige Duffney. Members of the squad not pictured were Maria Flores, Allie Carlander, Linnea Reuvers and Mallory Deschamp.


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Alumni Update 5/15/10 thru 9/15/10 1952 Joanne (Gillen) Cortese and her husband, Jim, will be retiring as volunteer Food Bank directors in Butte, Montana after eight years of service. Joanne and Jim helped to build the Butte Emergency Food Bank by overseeing the construction of a new building and helping to encourage food donations to benefit needy people. 1952 Bill Bergevin and his wife, Mary Kay (Mulcahy) Bergevin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 20, 2010. Congratulations to Bill and Mary Ann! 1953 Ed Dusbabek and his grandson, Bo Putrah, were featured in a June 25, 2010 article in the Faribault Daily News. Putrah graduated from Faribault High in 2010 and played in the Minnesota High School AllStar Football Game this year, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ed, who played in the 1953 state game. 1954 Ken Brazil and his wife Joyce celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in September 2010. 1956 Kathleen (Pahl) Woida and her husband Leonard of Bloomington, MN celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 12, 2010 with family and friends. Congratulations to Kathleen and Leonard! 1963 Gary Maas of Puyallup, Washington has made a contribution to create the BA Class of ’63 Memorial Fund here at Bethlehem Academy. Gary writes, “We all have memories of friends and relations who have departed and this Class of ’63 Memorial Fund is a good way to remember these people.” If you would like to contribute to the BA Class of ’63 Memorial Fund, please send your contribution to BA. Thank you. 1967 Colonel Michael Rath served as the Grand Marshall for the annual North Mankato, Minnesota Fun Days Parade in July. Rath is a family physician and is a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard. He has served as a physician in Croatia, Kosovo and Iraq and has earned Meritorious Service and Bronze Star awards. 1969 Jan Bailey was featured in a Rochester Post-Bulletin article this summer for beginning her own business last year teaching people who have lost their sight to live independently. Bailey worked for 31 years as a rehabilitation counselor for the Minnesota State Services for the Blind. 1970 Joanne (Thibodeau) Knuttila of Detroit Lakes, MN apparently has royalty in her blood. Joanne was Miss Faribault in 1970 and competed that year in the Miss Minnesota pageant. Her three daughters, Kim, Kari and Kathryn have all competed for Miss Minnesota. Kari was the queen in 2001, and her youngest sister, Kathryn, is the reigning Miss Minnesota this year. Joanne and her family, along with her parents, Stu and Lil Thibodeau,

will travel to Las Vegas in January 2011 to see the Miss America pageant. 1973 Jean (Roedecker) Thomas writes to say she is the proud grandmother of her first grandchild, Landon Joseph Thomas. Congratulations!!! 1998 Kathleen (Katie) Campbell, daughter of David and Jeanne Campbell of Faribault was married to Michael Werner of Eugene, Oregon on Sept. 4, 2010. Katie teaches photojournalism at the University of Oregon and produces documentary films with her husband. 2003 Sarah (Wagner) Stadler and her husband, Tim, are the proud parents of their first child, Hanah Eleanor, who was born on May 15, 2010. 2003 Army National Guard Pfc. Jeremiah A. Bruder has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, OK. He received a degree from Brown College in Mendota Heights, MN in 2005. Jeremiah is the son of Michael and Nancy Bruder. 2005 Army Pvt. Aaron C. Reiser has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA after receiving a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Marquette University. Aaron is the son of Bruce and Erica Reiser. 2006 Danielle Schlobohm was named to the Concordia University Dean’s List in the spring of 2010. Danielle is majoring in art design. 2006 Krystine Meschke, daughter of Todd & Tracy Meschke of Morristown was named to the dean’s list at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, where she is a senior. 2007 Nicole Schweisthal married Mitchell Wolff of Faribault May 22, 2010. Nichole is the daughter of Larry and Colleen Schweisthal. She is employed by Kids Avenue Learning Center in Faribault. 2008 Nichole Pothen, daughter of Bill & Helen Pothen of Faribault was named to the dean’s list at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, where she is a sophomore.

Can you name these BA boys?

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Members of the Bethlehem Academy Class of 1950 celebrated their 60 year class reunion on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Vintage Ballroom above Bernie’s Restaurant in downtown Faribault. Mickey (Caron) Speckhals of Faribault and Teresa (Blais) Ballentine of Northfield organized the event which featured the return of (17) graduates. Members of the BA Class of 1950 who attended the 60 year reunion are pictured here: Front Row, Seated L to R: Mary (Healy) Mahon, Marcella Schmitz Burke, Teresa Blais Ballentine, Joanne Noy DeGrood, Edna O’Shaughnessy Siebenaler. Row 2, L to R: Eunice Poirier Banken, Carol Conklin Davis, Joanne Tousignant Nelson. Back, L to R: Dick Langer, Father Ken LaVan, Mike McGinnis, Donald Reuvers, John Glynn, Sister Myrtle Schmitz, Mickey Caron Speckhals, Imelda Schanno Ludwig and Lorraine Hatfield Schmitz. CLASS OF 1955 ATTENDEES

From left to right, Back Row: Fred Jandro, John Varley, Ken Schmitz, David Vinlove, Roger Sammon, Mike Mullen, Tom Brazil. Inner Back Row: Jeanette Reuvers, Loretta Sawyer, Janet Doneux, Lillie Gravlin, John Vogelsberg, Roger Beaupre, Dick McDonough, Larry Tousignant. 2nd Back Row: Dennis Farmer, Larry Voegele, George Mullenberg, Bob Lord, Pat Caron, Janice Schmitz, Dorothy Cole, Rosemarie Scott, Marie Fleming, Dixie Nelms. 3rd Back Row: Joanne Frennea, Ann Griffin, Mary Barnett, Jerry Gillis, Marlene Pohl, Sheila Stoos, Mary Ryan, Joan Batchelder, Rosamond Reding. Front Row: Rose Montijo, Jeanne Brick, Theresa White, Dorothy Diderrich, and Joanne Smallen.


Members of the Bethlehem Academy Class of 1970 celebrated their 40 year class reunion on August 7, 2010. Sandy (Dube) Erickson, Pam (Roell) Blow and Carol (Anfinson) Vargo helped organize the event. Members of the BA Class of 1970 who attended the 40 year reunion are pictured below: 1st Row L to R: Dan Studer, Jan Studer, Dale Horecka, Dale LaCanne, Betty Remmey, Paula Peroutka, Carol Vargo, Pam Blow, Darlene Meillier, Kathy Kolsrud, Sue Burkhartzmeyer, Linda Thomas, Judy Hauer, Debbie Gillen, Sally Boos, and Joan Smisek. 2nd Row L to R: Sandy Erickson, Jim Jasinski, Luke Gallagher, Mike O’Neil, Barb Turek, Joyce Anderson, Roxanne Miller, Karen Jandro-Anderson, Dick Cook, Stan Jacobs, Dianne Brown and Diane Frye. 3rd Row L to R: Mike Peroutka, Mike Dozark, Randy Edel, Pat Glynn, Dennis Ludwig, Greg Gillen, Terry Morris, Ron Stoltz, Pete Karp, Dave Wells and Wayne Wolf. MEMBERS FROM THE BA CLASS OF 1990 who attended the 20 year reunion this July included the following:

Front Row L to R: Josh Battles, Mike Laney, Todd Anthony, Brad Von Ruden, Mike Mulcahy, Bob Vogelsberg, Steve Potter (and his daughter), Tim Jandro and Andy Haefemeyer. 2nd Row, L to R: Spencer Thomas, Ben Ostrom. Back rows, L to R: Nichole (Gregor) Zweber, Greg Zweber, Gina (LaCanne) Palan, Lynnette (Schwartz) Battles, Jennifer (Sammon) Preston, Anita (Gruber) Thompson, and Debbie (Korman) Kangas. Sarah Malterer and David Ryan attended the reunion, were not present when the photo was taken.


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Bethlehem Academy 2010-2011 Annual Fund

2010 BA Golf Classic Honors Kevin Bauer

These are extraordinary times for Bethlehem Academy as the school sees increases in its student enrollment while working to initiate an historic Capital Campaign to meet the current and future needs of students.

Former BA football and track coach Kevin Bauer was honored at the BA Coaches Golf Classic held August 6 at the Faribault County Club. The annual event attracted 120 golfers who helped to contribute over $10,000 to benefit student athletes at Bethlehem Academy.

It is against this exciting and ambitious backdrop that Bethlehem Academy introduces its Annual Fund to ask for charitable donations to meet immediate needs of this current school year. The BA Annual Fund is the financial cornerstone to the continued growth and excellence of Bethlehem Academy. The goal of the BA 2010-2011 Annual Fund is to raise $125,000 to answer immediate needs ranging from scholarship assistance for deserving families to educational needs for students in the BA classroom, and faculty development. The successful history of the BA Annual Fund from supporters like you has been a key component of BA’s strength. In fact, we have met our Annual Fund goals and have used those donations to keep Bethlehem Academy strong and vibrant. The Annual Fund is the single most important appeal at Bethlehem Academy allowing supporters to make charitable contribution to directly support BA students. Giving to the BA Fund is the best way for alumni, parents, grandparents and friends to make a financial difference in the future of Bethlehem Academy. Your investment on an annual basis to the BA Fund will help to raise funds for important school activities including enriched academic programs, faculty development, enhancements to technology and the overall physical plant of BA. Please join us in continuing this strong Annual Fund giving tradition at Bethlehem Academy with your tax-deductible gift today. Thank you.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! For more information contact: Sue Erpenbach at Bethlehem Academy 507-334-3948, Ext. 209

Bauer, a 1975 graduate of Bethlehem Academy was honored for his years of service to the school, and also his years of service in the National Guard. “BA is family to me,” Bauer said. “It’s given me a lot of strength, courage, mentorship…and values that you can’t find in other schools. The sense of community, the sense of family is what makes BA great.” Bethlehem Academy announced the 2011 Golf Classic will be held on Friday, August 5. Kevin Bauer, middle is flanked by Justin DeGrood, left, and Scott Hanson, right after being honored at the BA Golf Classic in August (photo Faribault Daily News)

Coming BA Events BA HOLIDAY GATHERING ..Saturday, November 20, 2010 @ BA Gym BA BENEFACTOR MASS & COURT OF HONOR..............Saturday, December 4, 2010 @BA Gym and Cafeteria PANCAKE BREAKFAST.................Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ BA Cafeteria CARDINAL CRUISE FUN RUN.......Saturday, April 9, 2011 Faribault BABS NIGHT 2011 .............................Saturday, April 9, 2011 @ BA EASTER SUNDAY ..............................Sunday, April 24, 2011

Communicating Through Email Attention Facefook Users We invite you to become a fan of the Bethlehem Academy Alumni Association page. We aso invite you to join the Bethlehem Academy Alumni group.

The Advancement/Alumni Office at Bethlehem Academy invites you to share your email address with the school as we compile an updated list of email addresses of BA graduates, parents, past parents and supporters. Please send us your email address in the enclosed envelope, or email us at either: or or Thank you for your cooperation.

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2010 BA Homecoming Court

Memorial Gifts

Congratulations to the seniors in the 2010 BA Homecoming Court. The Court included Sean Lipinski and Victoria Nass, Mac Malecha and Sarah Johnson, Jacob Mayer and Sam McBain, David Reyna and Jessie Roushar, and Nick Weiers and Claire Schulz.

Donations received between 5-15-2010 and 9-15-2010 to the Bethlehem Academy Memorial Fund honor the memory of the people listed. Bethlehem Academy remembers these people in prayer. Memorial Gift contributions are invested by Bethlehem Academy with proceeds used to benefit today’s BA students: William “Bill” Anderson, PP and PGP Helene (Baudoin) Puerling, BA ‘54 Herb & Dorothy Becker, PP Sharon Blodgett David Burkhartzmeyer Anna Clare Cates, PP Donald Donkers, BA ’38 & PP Vincent Duffney, BA ‘53 Connie M. Erickson, PP Richard Ernste, BA ’58, PP & GP Margaret Flicek, PGP Mary Ann (Gillis) Smuda, BA ‘60 Marge Graff John & Marcelline Hanscom, PP

The 2010 BA Homecoming King is Nick Weiers, son of Gary and Jane Weiers of Faribault. The BA Football team played State-ranked Le Center in the October 1 Homecoming game. Also during Homecoming Week, the BA Girl’s Volleyball team was playing conference foes in preparation of defending their State Championship in November.

Gerry Heyer Elsie Kasparek, PP Leo Keilen, PP & PGP Josephine Klapperich, PP Marge Kriechbaum, PGP Albert Maas Scott Malecha, BA ‘79 Steve Malecha, BA ’77 & PP Martin Manderfield

BA Cardinal Club Raffle Winners Bethlehem Academy wishes to congratulate the following individuals who were winners in the 2010 Cardinal Club drawing held on June 30, 2010: Leah Budde, Faribault $1,145

Lois Meillier, PP & GP Louise (Meirick) Farmer, BA ’33 & PP Inga & Ray Montbriand Irene “Mickey” Noterman, PP Kay Offerle Patrick G. Ryan

Char McDonough, Faribault, $545.00

Rita Schneider

Janet Mostrom, Faribault $345.00

Nicholas Stadler

Tom Varley, Northfield, $445.00

Theresa (Schulz) Roberts Evelyn Sevcik, PP & PGP

Carol Hafemeyer, Faribault, $245.00

Elsie Villwock, PP

Over (390) tickets were sold in the BA Cardinal Club raffle, producing $10,975 in revenues to be used to provide education for students attending the school.


Thanks to everyone supporting the BA Cardinal Club raffle!!!

Richard Welch

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Rest in Peace Please remember our deceased friends and alumni in your prayers. (Word received between 5-15-10 and 9-15-10) Bethlehem Academy recently learned that Marie Frechette, PP, passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2009 at the age of 90. She is survived by her children Allen Frechette, BA ’66, Joanne Frechette Sirovy, BA ’68, Rita Bickford, BA ’70 and Carol and Phillip Frechette. Robert Mullenberg, BA ’38, passed away April 26, 2010 at the age of 89 in Colorado Springs, CO. Bob served as a P-38 bomber pilot in World War Two. He is survived by his sister Colette Gatlin, BA ’44. William “Bill” Anderson, PP and PGP, passed away May 19, 2010 at the age 86. Anderson, who was retired from the US Navy is survived by his 11 children including Steve Anderson, BA ’65, Karen Agee, BA ’66, Marilyn Paquette, BA ’67, Paula Peroutka, BA ’70, Lynda Ford, BA ’71, David Anderson, BA ’74, Bryan Anderson, BA ’77, Diane Caron, BA ’78, Susan Anderson, BA ’81, Thomas Anderson, BA ’83, and Sara Brown, BA ’87. He is survived by 21 grandchildren including Glen Anderson, BA ’87, Dean Anderson, BA ’89 and Mitch Anderson, BA ’99. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Anderson, BA ’76 and his wife, Carole (Dube’) Anderson, PP & PGP. The family asks that Memorial gifts in honor of Bill Anderson be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Albert Maas, age 91 of Medford, MN, passed away May 21, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Florence (Sammon) Maas, BA ’46, and his five children. Scott Malecha, BA ’79, passed away May 23, 2010 following a brief illness. He is survived by his son Jeremiah and his granddaughter. Scott is also survived by his parents, James and Phyllis Malecha, PP, by his brother, James Malecha, BA ’75 and by two sisters, Sue Nasby, BA ’82 and Shelley Friesen, BA ’89. He was preceded in death by his infant sister Melanie Malecha, and by his brothers Steve Malecha, BA ’77 and Jeffrey Malecha, BA ’81. Edward Kane, PP, died May 24, 2010 at the age of 93. Ed was a farmer his entire life. He is survived by his wife, Gene, and by his sons, Raymond Kane, BA ’60 and James Kane, BA ’63, and his daughter, Jeane Ann. Joseph A. DeCoux, age 31 of Faribault, MN died May 26, 2010. He is survived by his mother, Janet (Karl) DeCoux, BA ’66, and his father, Dennis DeCoux, BA ’66. Leo Keilen, PP, age 88, died June 2, 2010 in Faribault. Leo was a retired plumber and he and his wife, Elsie raised ten children who graduated from Bethlehem Academy. He is survived by his wife and children including Lucille Erickson, BA ’59, Margaret Dumford-Surbaugh, BA ’60, John Keilen, BA ’60, Roger Keilen, BA ’62, Jim Keilen, BA ’64, Mark Keilen, BA ’66, Agnes Simek, BA ’68, Dennis Keilen, BA ’69, Mary Anderson, BA ’75 and Gary Keilen, BA ’77. Mr. Keilen is survived by 23 grandchildren including Chad Keilen, BA ’94, James Keilen, BA ’95, Jeff Keilen, BA ‘89 and Shaun Keilen,

BA ’96. The family prefers that Memorial Gifts be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Patrick Ryan, age 76 of Janesville, MN died May 23, 2010. He was the husband of Mary (Majerus) Ryan, BA ’55. Pat is survived by his wife and two children. Margaret “Marge” Flicek, PGP, passed away May 31, 2010 at the age of 86. Marge is survived by her husband, Glenn Flicek, PGP, of Montgomery, along with nine children and 28 grandchildren including Michaela Foley, BA ’07, Alexandra Foley, BA ’08 and Robert “Mitch” Foley, BA ’10. Dorothy (Borsch) Woodrich, BA ’38, passed away June 5, 2010 in Chicago, IL, at the age of 89. Dorothy was a retired secretary and is survived by three nieces. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Agnes Mullane, BA ‘34, Katherine Townsend, BA ‘31, and by Cecelia Shaffer, BA ‘31. Irene “Mickey” Noterman, PP of Faribault passed away June 15, 2010 at the age of 83. Irene was involved with many church related activities and is survived by five children including: Dr. Sharon March, BA ’63, Steven Noterman, BA ’66, Gerald Noterman, BA ’69, Connie Noterman, BA ’69 and Mary Noterman, BA ’79. Irene was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Noterman, PP, and by her son, Robert (Bobby) Noterman. Anna Clare Cate, PP, passed away July 14, 2010. A native of Faribault, Anna attended St. Lawrence School and Bethlehem Academy. Anna was the Rice County Treasurer for 33 years. She is survived by her son, Gene “Booty” Cates, BA ’76. Robert Kubinski, age 61 of North Carolina and formerly of Faribault, died July 23, 2010. He is survived by 11 siblings including Geraldine (Kubinski) Valek, BA ’54 of Faribault. Elsie Kasparek, PP, died July 25, 2010 at the age of 89. A member of Divine Mercy Church, Daughters of Isabella, and other organizations, Elsie is survived by her daughter, Carol (Kasparek) Barry, BA ’62 of Faribault, and by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary Ann (Gillis) Smuda, BA ’60, passed away at her home in Faribault at the age of 68. Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Gerald Smuda, BA ’59, and by her three children, Gerald Smuda II, Thomas Smuda, and Kimberly Aube. The family asks that Memorial Gifts honoring Mary Ann be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Teresa (Schulz) Roberts, age 47 of Janesville, MN died August 3, 2010. Teresa is survived by her husband and four children and by her parents Georgeanne (Langevin) Schulz, BA ’57 and Roger Schulz. Evelyn Sevcik, PP & PGP, died August 9, 2010 in New Prague, MN at the age of 93. She is survived by her children, Betty (Sevcik) David, BA ’59 and Ron Sevcik, BA ’64, by four grandchildren, Mary

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Rest in Peace continued Schneider, BA ’81, Michael David, BA ’83, Jennifer David, BA ’88, and Anne (Sevcik) Mack, BA ’97. The family requests memorial gifts honoring Evelyn Sevcik be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Donald Aberle, PP, died August 9, 2010 in Faribault at the age of 88. Don served as the first Rice County Veterans Services Officer from 1946-1958. He is survived by her wife of 62 years, Jean Aberle, and by seven children including Steve Aberle, BA ’68, Sue Schockemoehl, BA ’69, Tom Aberle, BA ’72, Donna Peterson, John Aberle, Ann Thompson, and Dan Aberle. Bethlehem Academy received word from his family this year that 1945 BA graduate John Haag, formerly of Delano, MN, had passed away, in 2008, at the age of 81. Raymond Hoschette, PP, GP died August 27, 2010 at the age of 80. A former owner of Faribo Manufacturing, Hoschette is survived by his wife, Anna Mae, by four children including Louise Premeaux, BA ’68, Timothy Hoschette, BA ’77, Ray Hoschette and Virginia Becker, and by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family asks that Memorial Gifts honoring Raymond Hoschette be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Leon Pick, husband of 1959 BA graduate Constance (Becker) Pick, passed away August 12, 2010, in Phillips, WI.

Richard Ernste, BA ’58, PP & GP, died August 29, 2010 in Faribault at the age of 70. Rich dedicated himself to his family, his church and his school. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Schmitz) Ernste, BA ’59, and by seven children: Ed Ernste, BA ’82, Rick Ernste, BA ’84, Sue Jandro, BA ’85, James Ernste, BA ’87, Laurie McCormick, BA ’91, Catherine Haugen, BA ’97 and Mike Ernste, BA ’01. The family asks that Memorial Gifts be directed to Bethlehem Academy. Mary (Shaughnessy) Warehime, BA ’57, died September 3, 2010 in Pine Island, MN. She was 71. Mary is survived by her six children and by nine grandchildren. Connie M. Erickson, PP, of Faribault, MN passed away September 4, 2010 at the age of 96. Connie taught 3rd Grade at Immaculate Conception School in Faribault for 22 years and was the Choir Director and Organist for many years. She is survived by three children, Mary Kay Lockner, BA, ’60, Mike Erickson, BA ’66 and Donna Couch, BA ’67, and by grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lois M. Meillier, PP & GP, died September 11, 2010 in Faribault at the age of 82. A long-time community and church leader, Lois is survived by her husband, David Meillier, BA, ’42, and by her five children including Patrick Meillier, BA ’68, Michael Meillier, BA ’68, Teresa Meillier, BA ’73, Ann Meillier, BA ’79 and Mary Meillier, BA ’80.

Traditions Newsletter October 2010  
Traditions Newsletter October 2010  

Bethlehem Academy Traditions Newsletter October 2010