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St. Bernard’s / Lourdes Alumni SPRING NEWSLETTER 2017 Dear Lourdes Alumni, Greetings in Christ Jesus! I pray you are well. At the end of my first year as President of Lourdes, I would like to share with you some of the ways that God has blessed our school family with new and exciting initiatives. On the academic front, our Pre-School through Grade 12 teachers have been implementing strategies and resources obtained through the book, “The Art and Science of Teaching,” by Dr. Robert Marzano. Trainings on enhancing student relationships and engagement have been the focus for the school year. We have also instituted the John Baylor Prep for our freshmen, sophomore and junior classes in order to better prepare them for the ACT tests that are used for college admissions. We believe this additional preparation will help our students earn more scholarships to help offset the rising costs of college. We have also made crucial upgrades to our 1:1 iPad program that will enable our student to have access to the ever -changing world of technology and prepare them for a future of success. In addition, our Academic Decathlon Team placed first in the state –AGAIN, and our boys’ basketball team won the state championship—AGAIN. The basketball team is only the fourth D-1 team to go back-to-back since the class was created in 1983. GO KNIGHTS! On the Advancement front, we have successfully launched a three year Strategic Plan to ensure stable long-term funding. We will be successful in this area due to the many sacrifices made by our parents, donors, and alumni. As we continue to plan for the future, I am excited about all the many possibilities that are continuing to open up to us.

Additionally, we will soon be announcing our expanded Alumni board. We also launched the Knight Legacy Mission and our Annual Appeal this spring. Our Alumni Appeal last fall was very successfully, but will now become a part of the spring Annual Appeal. The Knight Legacy Mission and the Annual Appeal are crucial components to our Strategic Plan, and will ensure our ability to fund the operations of our school, especially in the area of Tuition Assistance. We have accomplished a lot this year, and the future at Lourdes is very bright. We are so blessed to have you as an important part of our school family. Please know that you and your family will continue to remain in my prayers, and I humbly beg that you keep me and our whole community in your prayers. Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr. Mark Cyza President

Big Changes for The Alumni Banquet Due to all of the exciting changes happening at Lourdes over the past school year, the annual alumni banquet will be postponed until next year! Look for more information to follow in the fall. Why not join us at the alumni golf outing instead!

4th Annual Lourdes Alumni Golf Outing Monday June 26, 2017 1:00 PM Banquet at 5:30 Field Club of Omaha 3615 Woolworth Ave Omaha NE 68105 To register or for more information contact Pete Bataillon at

attended Mass as a team the next day to show their gratitude to the Lord for their great season. A BIG THANK YOU TO THE ALUMNI The coaches, players & students would like to thank the alumni for their great support throughout the state basketball tournament. Your strong attendance and your enthusiastic support was very much a deciding factor in the outcome of the games. THANK YOU! GIRLS BASKETBALL Twenty one students along with Fr Miller, theology teacher at Lourdes and pastor of St. Joseph’s church at Paul, spent 6 days traveling to Washington, D.C. and attending the prolife march the end of January 2017. Bishop Conley of the Lincoln Diocese joined them for the picture.

The girls’ basketball team also had a great season. After winning two sub district games, they advanced to district finals only to lose to Meridian. It is the first time the girls have made it to district finals since the class of 2000. Way to go Lady Knights! “THE LITTLE MERMAID” 2017 LOURDES MUSICAL Under the direction of Ms. Lesley Gould, the musical “ The Little Mermaid” will be performed Friday, May 5th, at 7:00 PM, Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 PM & Sunday, May 7thst at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door or on-line beginning April 24th at If you need assistance purchasing your tickets, please contact Lesley Gould at 402-713-9319. Hope to “sea” you there!

The boy’s basketball team accomplished a feat that puts them in the history book. No other team from St Bernard’s/Lourdes has won two straight State championships. In fact, Lourdes put itself on a short list of only four schools to have ever repeated as the Class D1 State Champions. The basketball team along with their coach, Joe Tynon,

James O’Neill ’13 In February James received his assignment for the next stage of seminary studies from Bishop Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln. After graduating this May from St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE, with a degree in philosophy, he will move on to study theology at the North American College in Rome, where he will stay for the next four to five years. James will be leaving this summer to attend language school in Italy to begin learning Italian, and classes will begin in the fall. He will be joining Fr. Rolling, who is currently in Rome for advanced studies in philosophy, as well as two other seminarians from the Diocese of Lincoln. “I am honored to be given this unique opportunity, and I'm grateful for all of the prayers and support I've received over the last three years! I'm looking forward to this new challenge, for in the words of St. John Paul II, "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure." Joan Kreifels Comiskey ’69 is a grandmother to their 6th grandchild Kora Augusta August 18, 2016, mother is Andres Comiskey Lawse. Tony Heng ’16 is a freshman for the Minnesota State wrestling team. Tony finished first at the RCTC Yellow Jacket Open at Rochester MN. The Schuster Family of 7 Reunion At a family gathering Vern Schuster suggested the brothers rent a van and all go together to see their only sister, Virginia Schuster Monaghan ‘49, who is living in Milwaukee. The six brothers and their wives piled in a van and drove across Nebraska, picking up a brother in Iowa. Eugene Schuster is from the class of 48 & Orville is from the class of ’52 other brothers are Vern, Dennis Ron & Virgil.

Births Morgan Martinosky ’06 & husband Terry Georges a daughter Norah Shane April 13, 2016 Priscilla Gress Trecek ‘08 & husband Chase, a son, Samuel Raymond Weddings Priscilla Gress’08 to Chase Trecek July 16, 2016, living in Omaha NE Rachel Wulf ’09 to Trenton Schmidt February 11, 2017, living in Lincoln NE Deaths +Harper Marie Smirga, September 29, 2016, infant daughter of Chanel Seeman Smirga ‘06 & husband Andy. Survivors are her parents and twin sister Quinn Smirga +Delrosa Kreifels Riege ’57, October 11, 2016, survivors are her children Julie Riege ’80, & husband Jeff Conway, Janet Riege ’80 Palmtag & husband John, Jeri Riege ’80 Johns & husband Vic, & Mike Riege & wife Janis. Proceeded in death were her children Joan Riege ’75 Nelson, Mark Riege ’78, +Charles ’41 Gude & Lorraine Gude, November 9 & 11, 2016, surviviors are their children Cheryl Gude ’65 Catherall & husband Robert, Mary Gude ’68 Baker & husband John, Patricia Gude ’78, & Tom Gude ‘82 & wife Cindy, sister Margaret Gude ’43 Coonrod. +Tim Boerner ’70, December 4 2016, survivors are his wife, Mary children Mamie Boerner & Michael Boerner, siblings Ronald Boerner ’65 & wife Sheila, Patricia Boerner ‘67 Shoemaker & husband Philip, Barbara Boerner ’76 Jensen & husband Richard & Stephen Boerner ’73 & wife Teri. +Dora Parker ’61, February 22, 2017 survivors are her brother Bill & wife Mary Stukenholtz ’66 Parker +Ronald Kreifels ’63, February 23, 2017 survivors are his wife Barbara & children Wayne & wife Kristi Kreifels, Michelle & husband Scott Jarman, sister Regina Kreifels ’62 Barrett & husband Ron. +James Camerlinck, February 15, 2017, survivors are his grandchildren Josh Camerlinck ’07, Samantha Camerlinck ‘10, & Zack Camerlinck Byrne ’17. +Helen Meyer Bosssung, ’38, February 26, 2017, survivors are her sons Ron Wurtele & wife Judi & Tom Wurtele & brother Joe Meyer ’51 & wife Barbara Beason Meyer ’53. +Vera Lavigne, March 9, 2017, survivor is her daughter Marlene Lavigne’59 Zastera husband Bill & six grandchildren.

SAVE THE DATE! The class of 1972 is having a reunion! Date Place Time RSVP

Saturday June 10, 2017 Home of Joe and Mary Sue Nocita 4:00 PM 402-660-6765 Food and Drinks Provided! Come share your memories. Hosted by Nocita’s, Hall’s & Volkmer’s

If you have any news you would like to share with your fellow alumni or comments or corrections about the newsletter, our email addresses are: or We look forward to hearing from you! Bataillon Tuition Scholarship Each year Frank and the late Jean Lock Bataillon, class of 1944, along with their family, donate money for a Lourdes tuition scholarship. This year $2700.00 was donated by the following family members: Frank and the late Jean Lock Bataillon (1944), Mark (1974) Bataillon and wife Barb, Joe (1967) Bataillon and wife Pamela, Paul (1976) Bataillon and wife Ann, and Peter (1969) Bataillon and wife Mary. Their generous donation helped a family of six with four students currently attending Lourdes. Thank you! 2016 MAIL-A-THON Thank you to all alumni for your generous contributions, both large and small. YOU make a difference! Funds raised will be used to increase the Lourdes Endowment Fund. If we have missed your name, please let us know and we will be sure to list it in the next newsletter! Class of 1945 Rose Waltz Stastny, in memory of the Waltz & Stastny Families Class of 1947 Bill Meredith Leonard & Mary Durr ’50 Kaiser Arnold Kreifels Dolores Pfeiffer Ryan Class of 1948 Leonard Bischof, in memory of Philip A Bischof ‘49 Vivian Kelly Swink, in memory of Tom & Ellen Kelly & James Sr. & Jerome Swink

Clarence Ramold Eugene Schuster, in memory of Lois Schuster Class of 1949 Aurelia Durr Inkret Marcella Durr Gottwald in memory of Pete & Nora Durr Elizabeth Kreifels Detloff, in memory of Herbert Detloff , Mark Detloff ‘78& Mary Detloff Cooper ‘77 Dorothy Brandt Frankowski, in memory of Lydia Brandt Class of 1952 Kathleen Durr McBride, in memory of David McBride Orville Schuster, in memory of deceased parents Class of 1954 Rosine Ramold Lemrick, in memory of Theresa Ramold ‘59 Lemrick Thomas Schreiner Floyd Kreifels Class of 1955 Mary Heng Leidig, in memory of Agnes Heng Wheeler ‘56 Dave & Donitta Lempka ’56 Straub Patricia Volkmer Lock Class of 1956 Mary Dierks Smith Carolyn Plumer Gress, in memory & honor of Plumer & Gardner graduates form Lourdes & St Bernard’s Class of 1957 Maxine Ramold A’Hearn Ann Eiserman Waller Class of 1958 Shirley Volkmer Straub, in memory of Donald ’56 Aniela Gorynski Morgan, in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Gorynski Anthony Ramold, in honor of sons Greg & Scott Ramold Joe Lollmann, in memory of Tom Lollmann ‘59 Class of 1959 Jean Volkmer Kreifels Steve Volkmer, in memory of Francis & Richard Volkmer Joe & Marlene Volkmer Ricketts Class of 1960 Sharon Gress Leckenby Class of 1961 Beverly Goff Freed, in memory of Floyd ’59, Bill Goff Carol Ziels Williams Mary Conley Verna Aufenkamp, in memory of John Aufenkamp Dorothy Heng Funke, in memory of Thomas Funke II ‘84

Class of 1962 Nick Schmitz, in memory of Dianne & Mary Schmitz ‘64 Ron Volkmer, in honor of Fr. Michel Volkmer Class of 1963 Nancy Goff Strange, in memory Floyd ‘59 & Bill Goff Paul Mullen Ernest Volkmer Class of 1964 Dorothy Goff Herold, in memory of deceased members of Herold Family Judy Oelke Thorne Class of 1965 Larry Volkmer John Wirth, in memory of Dennis Heng ‘65 Ron Boerner Dean Reese David Schreiner Class of 1966 Bill Sarraillon Jo Lutz Hanks, Linda Schreiner Lollmann Kathy Volkmer Camby, Class of 1967 Mark Volkmer, in memory of Ernest & Helen Volkmer Jon Tritsch, in memory of Lucille Knoll ’42 Tritsch Mike Cooper, in memory of Ivan & Geraldine Schreiner Cooper ’35 & Maraine Cooper Martin Class of ‘77 Theresa Wenzl Billmeier, in memory of Michael Wenzl ‘68 Candice Koerber Herzog Janet Paap in memory of Phyllis Gress Paap’48 Class of 1968 David Ohnmacht, in memory of Chris ‘35 & Helen Ohnmacht & Brother Steve Ohnmacht John Wigington Rosemary Volkmer Dutton, in memory of Tony Lutz ’68 & Mike Wenzl ‘68 Gerald & Mary Sue Wigington ‘70 Stukenholtz Quentin Esser, in memory of Irene Esser Dan Rawlings Class of 1969 Frank & Julie Heng ‘75 Volkmer Sister Elizabeth Moyer, in memory of Max Moyer honorary alumni & in honor of Virginia Osborne Moyer ‘50 Susan Paap Frederick, in memory Phyllis Gress ’48 Paap Joan Kreifels Comiskey, in memory of Andrew & Margaret Kreifels

Fr. John Cooper Class of 1970 Dennis Kreifels, in memory of Andrew Kreifels Ann Mullen Donahue James Kreifels Diane Volkmer Meyer, in memory of Ronald, Mildred & Angie Volkmer Kathy Sarraillon VandeBerg, in memory of Joseph Sarraillon Rosemary Schreiner Hicks Class of 1971 Dr. Catherine Harris, in memory of Leonard Harris ‘41 Janene Kreifels Bennett, in memory of Woody & Phyllis Kreifels Kathy Kreifels Gawart Chris A Kreifels Bob Weddle Mary Ann Zimmerer Welch Linda Stukenholtz Conrad David Schmitz Jane Schneider Pullum in memory of Coach Bob Schneider & Betty Ramona Ohnmacht Gress in memory of James Ohnmacht Roger Heng in memory of Leonard, Clara, Dennis ’65 & Brian Heng Patrick Roddy Leroy Frana Class of 1972 Kent Connell Tom Harris, in memory of Leonard Harris ‘41 Marilyn Hauder Boardman Joe & Mary Ricketts Nocita Class of 1973 Bill Kreifels, in memory of Jeanie & Buddy ’76 Kreifels Dan Giittinger Patrice Kinnison Hahn, in honor of Les & Janis Kinnison John & Mary Durr ’79 Wenzl, gift from Norbert Wenzl Class of 1974 Doug Kreifels Class of 1975 Chris Sarraillon Timothy Norbert Wenzl, in memory of Mike Wenzl ‘68 Mary Francois in memory of Diane Francois Schalk & Patty Francois ’71 Winninger Curt Schreiter Class of 1976 Valerie Beccard Seevers

Marlene Frana, in memory of Ray & Helen Frana Pat Edwards Class of 1977 LaVerna Clark Ossenkop, in memory of Lorene Kaiser ’45 Clark Tom Heng Jane Kreifels Hartwell Class of 1978 Bryan Kreifels David Frana Joe Wenzl Christopher J Kreifels, in memory of Mary Kreifels Class of 1979 Vickie Francois Rice, in memory of Patty Francois ’71 Wininger & Diane Francois Shalk Carlene Roll Hoyle Sandra Eiserman Radke Class of 1980 Ed & Barb O’Neill 81 Stukenholtz Lisa Fey Snyder, in memory of Ralph & Lenora Schreiter Margaret Kaiser Woodward, in honor of Leonard ’47 & Mary Durr ’50 Kaiser Class of 1981 Diane Davis Warneke Patrick Gress Charlie White Class of 1983 Ron Heng, in memory of Leonard & Clara & Dennis ’65 Heng Traci Schreiner Babcock, in memory of Linda Kay Schneider ‘66 Schreiner Class of 1984 Kent Schreiner John & Cherie Schreiner ‘85 Welter Class of 1985 Robert Moyer Class of 1986 Greg Gress Michael Harshman Class of 1987 Jeffrey Funke Class of 1988 Monica Turner Welsh Class of 1990 Jeremy Stukenholtz Class of 1994 Julie Grundman Neville Hollie Stukenholtz Heser Curt Grundman Class of 1995 David Bruggeman Class of 1996

Lisa Willson Bruce Class of 1997 Ben Krog Class of 2000 Joe Herold, in memory of deceased members of Goff family Steven Wirth Patricia Carlstedt Mattson in honor of Melvin & Rita Carlstedt & Ken & Paula Carlstedt & Linda Mattson Class of 2003 Ryan & Ann Able Beccard Class of 2005 C J & Kelsey ‘09 Potter Layman Rebecca Schreiter Jeff Lollmann in memory of Tom Lollmann & Robert Reese Class of 2008 Sam Volkmer in memory of Rosa & Herbert Volkmer Class of 2009 Greg Stevens Class of 2015 Tom Gress Honorary Alumni Mary Mills Deroy Harshman in memory of Leta Heng ’56 Harshman Special Katie Kaiser, in honor of Leonard ’47 & Mary Durr ’50 Kaiser Gary Hert, in memory of Jean Lutz ’56 Hert Special Honorees 25 Year Class of 1992 Angela Calvert Allgood Fair Play SC Kimbery Fey Esser Nebraska City NE Carina Keil Jacobson Lisa Lemrick Nichols Auburn NE Daniel Parsons Lincoln NE Michelle Kingery Smith Lincoln NE Tom Wigington Jr. Saint Louis MO 40 Year Class of 1977 +Mary Detloff Cooper +Mariane Cooper Martin +Paul Berzkalns Mary Kempkes Bauer Laurie Durr Carmichael Laverna ClarkOssenkop Jean Derks John Durr Mary Beccard Farris Jerry Giittinger Ray Grantski Scott Harding

Cape Coral FL Grand Island Lincoln NE Grand Island NE Omaha NE Nebraska City NE Weatherford TX Nebraska City NE Omaha NE

Bill Harris Jane Kreifels Hartwell Tom Heng Marvin Henne Debbie Straub Knobloch Michael Kreifels CO JoAnn Kreifels Krog Marlene Kreifels Meyer Marie Bataillon Olson Charles Ramold Gary Sasse Janet Harney Silletti Sandra Griepenstroh Stark Tim Sullivan David Ullsperger Carrie Wurtele Wendt Dick Wichman

Nebraska City NE Mc Clelland IA Omaha NE Auburn NE Baton Rouge LA Colorado Springs Nebraska City NE Nebraska City NE Newton Center MA Nebraska City NE Littleton Co Lincoln NE Lincoln NE Nebraska City NE Lincoln NE Nebraska City NE

Special Honorees 50 Year Class of 1967 + Randy Esser +Carol Heng Hartman +Ken Hemmer +Gary O’Flaherty Mary Ohnmacht Bade Dunbar NE Judy Dobrusky Bailey Joe Bataillon Omaha NE Theresa Wenzl Billmeier Carroll IA Donna Kreifels Burns Skiatook Ok Mary Mullen Clark Salem IL Mike Cooper Adel IA Betty Madsen Headley Houston TX Candy Koerber Herzog Lincoln NE Sandy Hamilton Keene Union NE Jackie Esser Lueders Beatrice NE Special Honorees 50 Year Class of 1967Cont’d Janet Paap Omaha NE Edward Pfeiffer Syracuse NE Sharlene Durr Shigley Beaumont TX Kathy Schnitzer Solie Patty Stukenholtz Steinman Falls City NE Carol Hutchens Stolar Santa Barbara CA Jon Tritsch Beaumont TX Mark Volkmer Brock NE Jeneice Waggoner Lincoln NE Jerry Weddle Zellwood FL Davie Wilberger Nebraska City NE Gerald Wirth Nebraska City NE 60 Year Class of 1957 +Delrosa Kreifels Riege +Agnes Damme

+Bill Kleineweber +Jerry Waller Maxine Ramold A’Hearn Universal MD Virgil Cockerham Carolyn Coufal Larsen Vero Beach FL Clara Durr Slattery Cedar Rapids IA Ann Eiserman Waller Brooklyn MN Barbara Lavigne Wedgeworth Long View TX 65 Year Class of 1952 +James Durr + Mary Catherine Sullivan Keeffe +Joan Kleineweber Taylor +Carol Tourville Thiesfeld Marian Hohman Alton McDonough GA Shirley Plumer Erichsen Granger IN AnnaMae Schreiner Kaiser Nebraska City NE Emil Kreifels Guernsey WY Bertha Schmitz Lutz Omaha NE Mary Ann Lutz Lyons Hamburg IA Kathleen Durr McBride Lincoln NE Irene Pfeiffer Peterson Davenport IA Orville Schuster Kearney NE Margaret Stratker Sis Omaha NE 70 year Class 1947 +Josephine Meyer Barton +Charles Hartley Phyllis Axtell Kathryn Erhart Donald Gude Leonard Kaiser Arnold Kreifels Bill Meredith Delores Pfeiffer Ryan Patty Wirth Sandel Helen Luby Schotterer Rita Pfeiffer Wenzl

Nebraska City NE Nebraska City NE Yankton SD Bellevue NE Houston TX Elyia OH Nebraska City NE

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