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Vo i c e

First Publication: October 1981

For Alumni, Friends, and Families of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School

We lc o m e Ju n ior H ig h A c a de my! Fall-Winter 2015

Fall-Winter 2015


Some people say, “the more things change the more they stay the same.” Some people say, “The best is yet to come.” I agree with both statements. We entered the 2015-2016 school year with the reconfiguration of the Bishop Hoffman Catholic School system that serves our Preschool through 12th grade students. This included additional classes added to the Sacred Heart Campus and the creation of a Junior High Academy now housed with our high school program in the SJCC Campus building. We also said goodbye to the St Joseph Campus that was an elementary building for many years. It also was the former St. Joseph High school up through the mid 1950’s. “Change” has always been a part of our history and will continue to be a part of our future. I had the pleasure to attend the Class of 1955’s 60th reunion last week. They reminisced about former teachers, classmates, classes, and activities. They talked about their love of their school and the memories that have lasted well beyond the building that created them. I shared with them an update on our current Catholic schools and thanked them for their support and prayers. As one of them said, “We are the long-term result of the importance of a Catholic school education.” I was humbled and honored to be in their presence. We are excited about the future of our schools. The best days are yet to come. Our elementary students are receiving excellent instruction in classrooms that feature Smartboards, iPads, Chromebooks, and other updated curriculum resources. Our new Junior High Academy students are building skills that they apply through traditional and innovative instruction, 1:1 technology resources and problem-solving activities. Our high school students continue to grow through meaningful service, leadership by example, and challenging coursework. They will be offered numerous scholarships, graduate, and impact our world. I welcome and encourage you to check out our website at www.bishop-hoffman.net to learn more about our Catholic schools. I encourage you to continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for you, too. Our Catholic school buildings were and are still the place where one can learn and grow in mind, body, heart and soul … some things change and some things remain the same. The Class of 1956 will celebrate their 60th reunion next year. Their motto was, “Do the best you can with what you have where you are.” Made sense then and still does now. Like God’s love for us, some things never change. God bless you, Tim Cullen

Thank you! The SJCC Alumni & Friends Association and Zachary Wonderly ‘95, updated our cafeteria to reflect our crimson and gray school colors. The cafeteria is now vibrant and welcoming to our students and guests. They were excited to host their annual Alumni & Friends Homecoming party and Heritage Award/Hall of Fame in our new environment.


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For Alumni, Friends, and Families of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School

Class Reunions

CALENDAR WINNERS 2015 Monthly Calendar Winners January

Stanley Miller


Kevin & Nikki Wasserman


J.P. & Jean Anderson


Rick & Barb Reineck


Rochelle Lewis

June July August September October

Diane Borys Julie Rodriguez Mary Agnes Schnipke Kathy Holcomb Pat Halbeisen

2016 Calendar Drive

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School A Bishop Hoffman Catholic School 702 Croghan St. Fremont, OH 43420 419-332-9947 Fax 419-332-4945 www.bishop-hoffman.net Advancement Office 419-332-5124 The Voice is published for the alumni and friends of SJCC. Direct all comments to: The Voice, 702 Croghan St., Fremont, OH 43420 Director of Advancement Angie Halbeisen (O’Neal ‘93) Copy Editors: Mary Ellen Leite (Hughes ‘53) Sarah Meade (Pietrykowski ‘02) Mary Luc (Mayle ‘63) SJCC Faculty: Amy Ronski (Spieldenner ‘80) Liz Pietrykowski Cori Foos (Bruchs ‘97)

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1952 64th Reunion, August 7, 2016, brunch, Fremont Country Club. 1953 63rd Reunion, July 10, 2016, brunch, Fremont Country Club, following 10:30 Mass. 1956 60th Reunion, July 10, 2016, brunch, Fremont Country Club. 1957 Meets the third Wednesday of each month. 1961 Meets the second Tuesday of each month, Fremont Eagles, noon. 1963 52nd Reunion, Annual Luncheon, August 14, 2016, noon, Fremont Country Club. Please contact maryluc@woh. rr.com. 1966 50th Reunion, August 5-7, 2016.

Do you have an upcoming reunion? Submit your info to SJCC and we can publish in the Voice as well as on our website! Email the details to: ahalbeisen@bishop-hoffman.net We can also provide addresses and labels for the reunion committees.

On the Cover... Students from our new Junior High Academy fill the halls at SJCC! The eighth grade volleyball team celebrates a big win. Seventh graders Mara Wehring and Allison Foos enjoy some down time during their lunch period. Chase Harrison, quarterback for the eighth grade football team, gains yardage with blocker, Grant Stepanic, leading the way. Alex Dumminger experiments with the effects of air pressure in Mrs. Meek’s seventh grade science class.


Father Tad Oxley Journeys to Rome

Reverend Walter “Tad” R. Oxley, a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, has been appointed as an Official for the Doctrinal Section in the Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas announced. Father Oxley’s appointment to serve in the Vatican is effective February 15, 2016. He will continue in his priestly ministry as Vice Rector and faculty member at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus through December, the end of the Fall 2015 semester. “This appointment is a tremendous honor for Father Oxley, for the Oxley family, for all our priests, and indeed, for the entire Diocese of Toledo,” Bishop Thomas said. “In his new role in service to the Church Universal, it will be Father Oxley’s task to assist the Holy Father in safeguarding and promoting the Cathoic faith.” A native of Fremont, Father Oxley was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Toledo in 2003. He is the son of Dr. Walter H. and Karel Oxley and was a member of Saint Joseph Parish, Fremont, in his youth, and a 1994 graduate of SJCC. Following his priestly ordination, Father Oxley served as Associate Pastor at Saint Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, Toledo, from 2003-05, and then spent four years studying in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned his Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 2009. Since then, he has served in his current role at the Pontifical College Josephinum. “With the blessing and support of Bishop Thomas, I humbly accept this appointment to serve under Cardinal Gerhard Muller as an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” Father Oxley said. “I am eager to assist Pope Francis and his Petrine mission to the Universal Church in this capacity. As a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, I assume this position with great gratitude to the Holy Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as to all of the People of God in my Diocese, whom I will represent with great honor in my service to the Holy See.”

2015 Alumni and Friends/CEDF Golf Outing

Friday, July 31, was a great day for golf as SJCC Alumni and Friends participated in the 11th annual Alumni and Friends/CEDF Golf Outing. Green Hills Golf Course hosted the event with 22 teams competing. Over $6,650 was raised and will be split between the Alumni and Friends Association and CEDF. Congratulations to the winning team of Juanita Sanchez, Juan Sanchez, Steve Kennedy and Steve Thurn! We would like to thank golf committee members Rick Frank, John Lauer, Al O’Neal, Al Schabel, and Dudley Singer for their time and expertise in planning the outing. Thank you also to the sponsors listed below. Mark your calendars for next year: August 5, 2016 at the Fremont Country Club.


Al Schabel


Chud’s Grille The Depot Fremont Federal Credit Union Green Hills Golf Course Hoch’s 818 Club John and Alison Lauer KeyBank Al & Karen O’Neal Sycamore Hills Golf Course Henry Valle Whitey’s Diner Willard Golf Course-Bill Pfefferle Bill Wingard Jim Yeager


Thank you... Caden Spader Special Tournament Worker


Advanced Plumbing and Heating All-Phase Electric Arruda Orthodontics (formerly Nagy Orthodontics) Automatic Fire Protection BAS Broadcasting Baumann Auto Group Benchmark Prints Rob Boukissen-Wendt Key Team Realty Capitol Aluminum & Glass Corp. Carbo Forge and Machine Chud’s Grille Countryside Continuing Care Center Croghan Colonial Bank

Crown Battery Mfg. Co., Inc. Dairy Queen East The Depot D. Frederick Singer & Associates Diversified Insurance Services East of Chicago Pizza Erie Shore Propane Foster Auto Body, Inc. Frederick’s Power Equipment Fremont Federal Credit Union Fremont Flask Company (2) Fremont Floor Covering Fremont Monumental Gabel & Associates Realty Karen Gabel (2) Grund Drug Co. Herman Kinn Funeral Home Hoch’s 818 Club House Family of ClydeJeannine ‘55, Heather ‘83, Haley ‘86, Heide ‘87 Jake’s Auto Services, Inc. Josten’s-Rodd Torbert Kentucky Fried Chicken/ Long John Silver KeyBank Knight Moore Law Firm, LLC John and Alison Lauer Linke’s Wheel Alignment M. Scott Mead, DDS Mayle, Ray and Mayle The McCue Family Audrey Heschel-McCue ‘41 Cathy McCue-Perry ‘66 Susan Mc-Cue-Harris ‘73

Mary McCue ‘74 Jim McCue ‘79 McDonald’s The O’Neal Family Double O’s-Al O’Neal & Jim O’Brien Papa Murphy’s Pizza Pfefferle Family- Tom ‘68, Bill ‘77, Steve ‘79 Primerica-Al Schabel Rick Frank Insurance Dr. Timothy Sauber, DDS Sorg Graphics Spader Freight Services John Spader FamilySJCC PROUD Sprouse Insurance Agency Dr. Howard Stierwalt The UPS Store Time Staffing, Inc. VFW Fremont Post 2947 Village Toggery Wedding Express Walt Rusch Plumbing & Heating Whitey’s Diner Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory Young’s R.V. Center


BHCS dinner auction purchase Bob Foster Chris Hirt Israel Ysasi Pat Militello

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Cakes with Compassion

By: Katie Magnuson (Class of 2016)

To many of us, a cake is an essential part of any big celebration, especially a birthday party. However, for those less fortunate, the idea of having a birthday cake is little more than wishful thinking. Thankfully, two SJCC students are working to change this by donating their time and talents. SJCC junior Sophie Militello and freshman Sarah Molyet take turns making birthday cakes for residents of the Liberty Center, a local homeless shelter on the east side of Fremont. The practice was begun about a year ago when Sophie discovered an organization called Birthday Cakes 4 Free, which employs volunteers to make birthday cakes for needy individuals at no charge. However, the organization does not have a location near Fremont, so Sophie decided she would simply get involved on her own. A few months later, Sophie’s mother contacted Sarah’s and asked if Sarah would like to get involved as well. From there, the girls’ project took off. The process is relatively simple. When a Liberty Center resident’s birthday is approaching, a member of the administration calls either Sophie or Sarah. Usually, they will have a simple idea of what kind of cake the resident wants (for example, a white cake with chocolate frosting). From there, whichever girl receives the call will procure the necessary materials and make the cake. Afterward, the cake is delivered to the Liberty Center’s main office. Although it can be strenuous trying to balance volunteering with school work and sports, the girls are encouraged by how rewarding their efforts have been. According to Sophie, the best part of this activity is the knowledge that all the effort is appreciated by those who receive the finished cakes. As she reflects, “The small things are what make a person’s day, and this is just one of those small things that I can do.” Of course, the payoff isn’t the reason the girls chose to do this, or why they continue to do it. As Sarah explained, “Sometimes, life really isn’t about rewards; it’s about just doing it because you know it’s right.” So far, this endeavor has proved to be perfectly sustainable as a two-person job, but in the future, Sophie and Sarah are open to potentially expanding their volunteer “staff” and allowing more people to experience the joy of serving others. To anyone wanting to start a volunteer project of his or her own, Sarah offers this advice: “Go ahead and sign yourself up without thinking (in moderation, of course). Too much thinking leads to excuses, and excuses lead to nothing getting done. When nothing gets done, the world remains the same.” Lastly, as for where and how to start, Sophie had this to say: “All you really have to do is think outside of the box, because there are a lot of simple needs everywhere. Also, it never hurts to ask if there is anything you can do to help!”

The Jay Cullen Pass Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities is proud to introduce “Tyler’s Travel Pass” Program. Tyler’s Travel Pass is a program that will allow residents living within the Fremont City School District or Woodmore Local School District and served by SCBDD to receive a free pass to all home athletic events, plays, and musical performances. Bishop Hoffman Catholic School System has also agreed to offer the same program, but has entitled their program, The Jay Cullen Travel Pass that will be available to any Sandusky County resident who is being served by SCBDD, regardless of school district. SCBDD has partnered with Fremont City Schools, Woodmore Local School District, and BHCS to make this program a reality for our county. The program, which originated in Lucas County, is a new initiative to relieve the financial burdens of those with a developmental disability that are living on a low or fixed income and may be challenged by paying entrance fees to attend community events. This program will encourage limitless opportunities for community inclusion and participation. Tyler Wiley, a graduate of Rogers High School in Toledo, came up with this initiative. Tyler, who has Down’s Syndrome, was involved in many extracurricular activities while in high school and loved cheering on his favorite sports team. Upon graduation, his devotion to sports continued, especially with two brothers now playing sports. On his limited budget working at Shared Lives Studio in Toledo, he found that attending all the events that he enjoyed was draining his salary. He told his mother that he wanted to change that, and he did. In November 2014, Tyler approached TPS Board of Education and presented his proposal, asking the Board to allow people who have a developmental disability to attend TPS events free of charge. He not only presented his idea, he followed up on it relentlessly with emails, texts, and phone calls to Board members pressing them to pass the resolution. The Board members coordinated with Lucas County Board of DD and the resolution was unanimously passed in December 2014. The Board honored Tyler by naming the Pass after him, and he was issued the very first pass in January 2015. So, what does this mean for our community? If you live within Fremont City School District or Woodmore Local School District limits, and are served by SCBDD, you will be eligible to receive a Tyler’s Travel Pass for home athletic events, musical performances, and plays put on by students of that district. The Jay Cullen Travel Pass will be available for individuals being served by the SCBDD and living anywhere in Sandusky County for SJCC events.

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SCHOLARSHIPS Rob & Kathy Boukissen In Memory of David Winters Mr. & Mrs. Rob Boukissen Tom & Ellen Leite In Memory of Rita Hershey Judy Hetrick Andrew Klisz Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leite Thomas R. Swint Scholarship In Memory of Rita Hershey Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Swint

SJCC Alumni Assocation In Memory of James Ackerman Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Coleman Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer In Memory of Edith Boukissen Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cronin Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer In Memory of Eddie Colon Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Coleman Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer Mr. Joshua Lauer Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Yeager Mr. & Mrs. James Yeager

CEDF In Memory of Edith Boukissen Mrs. Mary Barrington Mr. & Mrs. Tom Beaschler Mr. & Mrs. John Caputo Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Carmack Mr. & Mrs. William Darr Mr. & Mrs. Tom Drusback Mr. & Mrs. Martin Eberly Mr. & Mrs. Joe Famulare Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gottron Herman-Kinn Funeral Home The Holbrook Family Mr. James Lauer Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jay Mr. & Mrs. Peter Naderer Mr. & Mrs. Allan O’Neal Ms. Nancy Patterson Mrs. Pat Picciuto Mr. & Mrs. Richard Reineck Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rospert Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schmidt Mrs. Lynn Walker Ms. Amy C. Weickert Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wickert Mr. Ron Williamson Mrs. Elizabeth Wohlgamuth Mr. & Mrs. C. W. ‘Bill’ Yeager Mr. & Mrs. James Yeager Mr. & Mrs. Scott Young Tuition Assistance In Memory of Ken Hammer Mrs. Elizabeth Hammer

In Memory of John Kuzma Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer

In Memory of Gloria Picciuto Ms. Karen Gabel Mr. & Mrs. Gary Godfred Mrs. Norma Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Allan O’Neal Mr. Larry Picciuto Mrs. Pat Picciuto Mr. & Mrs. David Young

In Memory of Andrew Klisz Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer

In Memory of James Wammes Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Carmack

In Memory of Gloria Picciuto Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cronin Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer

In Memory of Kathy Wasserman Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Halbeisen Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer

In Memory of James Wammes Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Colston Mrs. Teresa Wammes

Unrestricted In Memory of Eddie Colon Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Carmack Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gabel

In Memory of Judy Hetrick Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cronin

In Memory of David Winters Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cronin Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer


In Memory of Thomas DeLaat Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Hirt

In Memory of Rita Hershey Mr. Raymond Ackerman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Harman Mrs. Jeanne Kerr Mr. & Mrs. Louis Mayle Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Snyder Mrs. Pat Spieldenner Mrs. Marsha Winters In Memory of Judy Hetrick Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ohms Various Donors In Memory of Andrew Klisz Mr. Thomas Dalton In Memory of Richard Maier II Mr. James Lauer Mr. & Mrs. John Lauer Mr. Daniel Mehling In Memory of Kathy Wasserman Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Hadley Mr. & Mrs. Allan O’Neal Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rospert Various Donors

In Memory of Gertrude Wilhelm Mr. & Mrs. Russell Clark Country Whoppers Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Deppen Mrs. Isabella I. Jay Mrs. Audrey A. Kupka Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Malinowski Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moore Mr. and Mrs. Dean Pfefferle Mr. and Mrs. James Ronski Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Saller Mrs. Teresa A. Wammes Mr. Norbert Zienta In Memory of David Winters Mr. & Mrs. Lee Bowden Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Dohanos Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gottron In Memory of Joanne Young Mrs. Donna Hoffman Class of 1949 Mrs. Leona Laurer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Moyer Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Root Various Donors In Memory of Marilyn Smith Class of 1949


Tuition Assistance Ms. Sue Borkovich Pickett- StoutDumminger Scholarship Dr. & Mrs. Mark Pickett Reunion Trophy Fund Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Gonya CEDF Mr. & Mrs. Michael Haaser Ms. Mary Ellen Kettner

Unrestricted Gordon Food Service iGive Kroger Plus Card Target Take Charge of Education Walters’ Boiler Works Class of 2003 Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Naufel

In Our Prayers Kenneth Binder David Chamberlain Evelyn Eakin Jerry Freeh Dominic Granata Jim Haas Maggie Hershey

Robert Hershey Patti Inks Alison Lauer Viola Mehling Marilyn Norman Jason Pollick

In Thanks Fall Sports Pictures: Ken Dumminger ‘64 Soup Stop Cash donation: St. Bernadine Home/ Sisters of Mercy Soup Stop Food donations: Kim Cope and Lilly Walters For proofing our yearbook: Cindy Bork

In Memoriam Pauline (Summey) House ‘35 Genevieve (Young) Hoffman ‘39 Genevieve (Widman) Paeth ‘41 Walter Bumb ‘42 Loretta (O’Neill) Hoffman ‘45 Gloria (Held) Picciuto ‘45 Marilyn (Werner) Smith ‘49 Joanne (Hawk) Young ‘49 Sally (Montage) Harlan ‘52 Kenneth Zienta ‘52 Bernard Bartson ‘51 Andy Klisz ‘53 David Winters ‘57 Jerri Weller ‘60 Sharon Hausman ‘62 Richard Maier II ‘62 Mary Ann Stansfield ‘64 Vincent Overmyer ‘66 Carol Downs ‘70 Kelli (Gegorski) Collins ‘86 Kathy Wasserman

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Making an Appearance at State

Final 2015-2016 Annual Fund Donor Recognition Class of 1952

Mr. Thomas Tremper++§

Class of 1953

Mr. & Mrs. Lyle Hamilton+

Class of 1957

Mrs. Elaine Garvin (Smth) Dr. Thomas Kunkle

Class of 1959

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Babione

Class of 1961

Dr. Christine A. Newton+

Class of 1962

Capt. Stephen Kupka USN, Retired+++

Class of 1964

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Franks (Mary Roth) Class of 1967 Mr. & Mrs. James Hoffman+ §

Class of 1972

Ms. Marian Miller

Class of 1976

Mr. Anthony Paradiso

Class of 1977

Ms. Michelle Hughes

Class of 1978

Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Sauber (Debra Miller)+++ § Class of 1980 Mr. & Mrs. Jay Hensley (Theresa Ochs)

Class of 1981 Ms. Ann Karr

Class of 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Gonya+

Friends Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lehmann Mr. and Mrs. Dale Reiter

Matching Gifts Materion Rockwell Corporation

Six members of the girls’ track team made it all the way to the State tournament in the spring. Senior Madisyn Kleinschmit led the way competing in two events. She ran the 200m dash and was part of the 4 x 400 relay team. Brooke Foster also ran in two events, participating in the 800m run and the 4 x 400m relay. Joining Kleinschmit and Foster on the relay team were Chloe Liebold and Jessica Drown. Two alternates, Maggie Hirt and Blair Wonderly, also made the trip. Kleinschmit had the strongest finish for the team, finishing sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.76.

It’s Calendar Time! Please help SJCC by purhasing a 2016 calendar $25.00 each Please contact the SJCC office 419-332-9947, contact any SJCC student, or mail this form to the school with your check Don’t miss your chance to win over $15,000 in cash prizes!!! Drawings take place daily, monthly, and yearly Name________________________________________ Address______________________________________ Phone Number ________________________________ Please mail your ticket and $25 to: SJCC Calendar 702 Croghan Street Fremont, OH 43420

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SJCC Hall of Fame

Ways to Give

We are actively looking for nominations for the SJCC Athletic Hall of Fame!

Unrestricted Gifts Unrestricted gifts, given with no specified purpose, allow BHCS the flexibility to fund special opportunities and meet emergency needs, as determined by the administration. Designated Gifts: Donors may designate gifts for a specific use. Outright Gifts and Pledges: Cash or checks payable to BHCS Online gifts can be made with a credit card at our website www.bishop-hoffman.net. Pledges: Donors may make pledge commitments payable over several years. Securities: When making gifts of appreciated securities you avoid capital gains tax on the appreciated portion. Planned Gifts: Planned gifts allow donors to make a significant gift to benefit BHCS in the future, typically at the donor’s or beneficiary’s death. Bequests: Bequest provisions in a donor’s will may provide for a specific amount, percentage or residue of the estate. Gift Annuities and Remainder Trusts: Each provides income to the donor or beneficiary, while providing a charitable gift to BHCS.

In order to be considered for this award, the alumni must be formally nominated. We are looking for alumni or coaches who had an outstanding athletic career. If you know anyone deserving of this award, please contact Gary Geller @ 419-332-9947. Forms can also be found at sjcc.bishop-hoffman.net under the Alumni tab.

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Simply visit: smile.amazon.com to register

SJCC Alumni & Friends Heritage Award Update The SJCC Alumni & Friends Heritage Award Induction Ceremony will be held on


• Visit www.igive.com to enroll…with each purchase, a portion of your sale is donated to the school. Visit this page before going to any online retailer and a donation will automatically be made to BHCS with your purchase.


April 2, 2016

The Target Red Card is another great opportunity to give back! Target donates up to 1% of your purchase to BHCS. Please use the ID Code: 14134

In the next issue of the Voice, we will introduce our 2016 inductees!

Do you have a Kroger Plus Card? Whenever you use your Kroger Plus Card we will receive a donation equaling a percentage of the total amount you spend. Each April, they reset their system and require us to re-enroll every participant. Follow these steps to participate(if re-enrolling, follow steps 1,2,6, and 7)... 1. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com 2. Click on Sign in/ Register 3. Click on Sign Up Today in “New Customer,” enter the required information. 4. After receiving an e-mail from Kroger, click on the link in the body of the e-mail. 5. Click on My Account, enter e-mail address and password to proceed. 6. Edit Kroger Community Rewards and input your Kroger Plus Card number. 7. Enter either # 84970 (SJCC) or # 80837 (BHCS PTO), follow prompts to confirm.

Kroger Card

If you are interested in nominating someone for this prestigious award, please contact SJCC or visit our Heritage Award page at sjcc.bishop-hoffman.net


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The IN Box

Keep SJCC updated with what is “in the news.” E-mail your news:ahalbeisen@bishop-hoffman. net or send it to SJCC, 702 Croghan St., Fremont, OH, 43420, ATTN: Voice

In the News

1960’s Kathy (Shimer) ‘66 and Denny Tischler ‘65 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 9, 2015. 1970’s Steve Sondergaard ‘76 was appointed to the Mercy College of Ohio Board of Trustees. He lives in Defiance with his wife Marsha and daughters Carrie and Emma. 1980’s Kay Darr ‘80 was promoted into the Controller position at the Hilton Columbus, the anchor hotel, in the Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio. Kay began her career with the Hilton team in 2000 as Assistant Controller while the hotel was still under construction. The Hilton news release indicates she will be instrumental in helping the Hilton begins its next chapter. Kay and her husband reside in Columbus. Jane Walter-Johnston ‘84 finished her first 1/2 ironman distance triathalon 91.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run in 6 hours and 18 minutes on July 12, 2015 in Geneva, New York. She placed tenth of the 32 participants in her age group. 1990’s Jay Overmyer ‘91was awarded the “Young Alumni Achievement Award” by the Adrian College Alumni Association September 19, 2015. This award is given to those who display significant promise in personal and/or professional achievement. Vania and Eric Branda ‘92 were married August 23, 2015. They reside in Summerset, New Jersey. Nicole (O’Neal ‘95) and Ryan Branon welcomed son Matthew Ryan on September 3, 2015. He joins twin siblings, Erin and Douglas. 2000’s Ashley and Matt Gabel ‘00 welcomed daughter Johanna James Gabel May 14, 2015. She joins twin siblings, Emma and Will. Aaron O’Neal ‘00 was inducted into the Heidelberg Unversity Hall of Fame with his 2003 baseball teammates on October 2, 2015. Christie and Nikolaus Geller ‘02 welcomed son, Eli Robert Geller July 31, 2015. Maryanne Pickett ‘02 graduated on May 9, 2015 from Pacific NorthWill, Johanna, and Emma Gabel west University in Yakima WA with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. She is currently in an internship/residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Erin and Jacob Barbour ‘03 welcomed daughter Sara October 18, 2015. They reside in Strongsville,

Your special moments are important to us! Please send your pictures and captions to share with our SJCC family. We would love to help you celebrate your anniversaries, weddings, births, reunions and accomplishments. Please send to: thevoice@bishop-hoffman.net.

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Leaving a Legacy Born in 1940, Gene Gonya grew up on the family farm in Fremont, Ohio. At age 19, he became a Brother in the Jesuit Religious Community believing in their motto of “doing all for the greater honor and glory of God.” In 1977, Gene chose to leave the Jesuit Community and continue his mission of community service as a lay person of the Catholic Church. In April of 1977, he co-founded Gleaners Community Food Bank, renting the first floor of a warehouse on Detroit’s near-eastside, a stone’s throw from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The Food Bank was founded to solicit surplus food, store it safely, and distribute it to agencies that are the direct providers to the hungry of our communities. The Food Bank could now accept donations such as truckloads of produce from Gene’s family farm and “bank” it for small or large organizations serving the community, since none of these service agencies could accept such large donations. This concept of turning surplus into a plus for hungry families has become his legacy and continues in many forms. “Everyone has a surplus at some time in their life,” says Gene. Whether it’s food, time, or money, everyone can give in some way. “The big picture is so big-the need for housing, education, drug counseling-it’s very expensive to help make people total again. Emergency food is on the inexpensive end of what you can do to help someone, It’s something you can do. It’s the foundation for the future. If you can’t keep the food going, you can’t keep the rest going”. In the beginning, Gene thought the Food Bank might be a two-year project, but then he realized how many other organizations need food. He and his partners needed to talk about the potential and plan for the future, to have money invested and growing so it was there for the rainy days. Gene is retired now, but he continues to be invested in Gleaner’s Community Food Bank. When he sold his family farm, he placed the surplus money into an annuity with the Community Foundation that manages the endowment for Gleaner’s. “There are many ways to give-life insurance policies and gifts in your children’s names. That way, you’re passing this legacy on to your kids. Your children will know and understand about the Food Bank.” Gene is enjoying his retirement with sports activities and travel adventures with his wife Judy.

The 2016 BHCS Auction Committee Announces...

T hat’s Amore ~A Taste of Italy~ April 16, 2016


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Lillian Cool

Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Christian Smith

Football- With this year as a rebuilding year for football, the team had their share of disappointments. With several injuries, they struggled to have a solid offense and defense. Seniors in football were Travis Cook, Jacob Hyde, Kaleb Bickley, Bobby Mancha, and Parker Stierwalt. Volleyball- The girls struggled with consistency, having a season full of ups and downs. Led by seniors Maggie Hirt, Katie Harrison, Hanna Stepanic, and Karleigh Kirsch, the team finished the season 7-13. Many talented underclassmen will return next season with high expectations. Boys’ Cross Country- Scoring the highest place since 2002, the boys placed fifth over all at District Cross Country. Tyler Nason and Nate Vasquez advanced to Regionals with lots of support by their fellow runners. Seniors in cross-country were Christian Smith, Mike Kuss, and Dillion Drown. Girls’ Cross Country- Facing two injuries on the girl cross-country team, they made the best of their season. Brooke Foster, and Lexi Steinberger advanced to Regionals and hoped for success. Seniors in the girls cross-country were Brooke Foster and Chloe Liebold. Tennis- Many new faces joined the girls tennis team. With a total of 15 girls there was competition to fill all of the Varsity positions. Senior Lillian Cool led the team at first singles. Abby Oddo also returned for her senior year. Golf- Gaining two more members, the golf team intimidated teams with their new members and improved talent. Christian Smith, a senior, advanced onward to Districts, with a happy end to the season. Collin Spader was also a senior on the golf team. Cheerleading- Leading the cheerleaders with St. Joseph spirit, Kira Sherman made her senior year of cheerleading a memorable one. Along with the rest of the squad, they brightened and energized the crowds at football games. Brooke Foster

Ava Stepanic

Ross Snyder

Kira Sherman

Mike Kuss

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Non-Profit Organization US Postage PAID Fremont, OH Permit No 40

Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School 702 Croghan St. Fremont, OH 43420 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

Crimson and Gray Days!

November 25 Alumni Preview Game

February 7 Booster Club Pancake Breakfast 17 Transportation Raffle March 26 Easter Egg Hunt

Collin Spader, Daniel Foos, Fr. Nathan Bockrath, and Austin Underwood tied for first place at 14 under par at the Knights of Columbus “Golf Fore Life” Outing. The event raised money for Heartbeat and Hope Medical in Fremont and Tifin.

April 2 Heritage Award 3 Hall of Fame 16 BHCS Dinner Auction

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