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the Sarto News Winter 2017

St. Pius X High School

celebrates 60 years

This fall, Joe Monachino, Jr., Principal of St. Pius X High School announced the Warrior Pride Capital Campaign. This campaign includes the renovation of the Fine Arts & Activity Center (former convent) and the acquisition of 45 acres near campus to build an Athletic Complex. The total cost of these projects is $7 Million. The renovation of the Fine Arts & Activity Center is estimated to cost $1.5 Million. The acquisition of 45 acres of land and addition of a baseball field, softball field, 8 tennis courts, cross country trails and practice soccer field is estimated to cost $5.5 Million.

St. Pius X celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the school in the fall of 2016. Events were held the weekend of Homecoming, and many students, alumni, parents and friends joined us to celebrate our wonderful school and history. Throughout the weekend, there were reunions, an alumni get-together after the football game, and a Mass & Reception, including a commemoration to our deceased alums on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to a lead gift, renovation at the Fine Arts & Activity Center is underway. The building will house art, music, broadcasting, and technology classes, in addition to meeting rooms and a top floor event space. Through a partnership with Catholic Radio, they will move their offices to the middle floor of the building. The classrooms are nearing completion and our students will soon be begin their daily classes at the renovated site. Plans are continuing at the 45 Acre site for the Athletic Complex. Engineers are making final modifications to the plans and are in the process of getting the permits for the site work from the City so that we can begin work as funding becomes available. “Our primary goal with the athletic fields is to accommodate all of our students who play sports. We currently do not have home facilities for baseball, softball, tennis or cross country. The opportunity to give them fields and trails close to campus would decrease travel, improve safety and renew school spirit for those sports,� commented Joe Monachino, Jr., Principal.

A display including yearbook photos throughout the years will remain in the Entry Hall of the school for the rest of the school year.

Thank you to all of you who have already pledged to the Campaign. To date, over $4.8 Million in gifts and pledges have been secured. Please pray for the success of the Campaign so that we can continue to provide the best learning environment and extra-curricular opportunities for our students.

We Need Your Help! Goal: $7,000,000 Raised: $4,854,336

Amount Left: $2,145,664

Fr. Mike Roach (71) celebrated the 60th Anniversary Mass with Fr. Robert Stewart (St. Patrick Parish), Fr. Thomas Ludwig (77), Deacon Mike Elsey (76), and Deacon Chuck Koesterer (School Board Member). Students help move the contents of the art classroom to the Fine Arts & Activity Center.

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Anne Duensing Tessalone (74) and Barbara Duensing Dean (66) at the SPX Homecoming Game.

Table of Contents Message from the Principal..............................................2 School News .....................................................................2 Campaign Update.............................................................3

Reunions...........................................................................6 In Memoriam....................................................................7 Upcoming Events.............................................................8

A Message From The Principal Dear Friends, Our 60th year has been one of the most exciting years in our history. We spent a good part of the last year doing the ground work to begin our next Capital Campaign. The results of the Feasibility Study indicated our community was in support of the suggested improvements for our students. Receiving the blessing of Bishop Johnston, we began the $7 Million project with lead gifts of over $4 Million. A project of this magnitude is something I never dreamed would happen while I was principal of St. Pius X. Improving and expanding our campus brings a renewed spirit to our students, staff and community. We announced the public phase of the Campaign at our 60th Anniversary Celebration at the end of September. Since that time, our volunteers have been working hard to help spread the word of the Campaign and seek support of our entire community. Meanwhile, thanks to lead gifts, we were able to immediately begin renovating the former convent. Construction is nearing completion and we will invite you to see the finished product when it’s done. By the time you receive this newsletter, the bottom floor should be occupied on a daily basis by our students for art, music, and broadcasting classes. Our students are having another successful year as well. We have our largest Senior class since 1981! You can see a sample of the student life this school year below. Students in the Class of 2017 are serving as great leaders of St. Pius X this year. They are showing us and their peers their dedication to their faith, academics, and community on a daily basis. It will be an exciting time to see the culmination of achievements they amass by their graduation on May 21st.

All of these wonderful things continue to happen at St. Pius X because of YOU, our faithful St. Pius X supporters. Through your continued prayers, generosity of your time, talent and treasure we’re able to continue to provide our students the best Catholic, college preparatory education. I often wish you could see our students in action on a daily basis as I do, to see in person how your financial support helps us fulfill our mission. Your support of Catholic education is helping to shape our next generation of leaders. With that being said, I would like to leave you with words from a current student. “St. Pius provides a wonderful learning environment. The smaller classes allow you to know everyone and make long lasting friendships. The teachers and coaches genuinely care about you and are very approachable. Most importantly, our faith connects everyone, creating a strong sense of community, a family. When I transferred to St. Pius my sophomore year, I was embraced, and I am forever grateful and proud to call SPX my home.” Thank you for your continued support and prayers. With your help, we can continue our mission of Catholic education for many generations to come.

School News Tennis Sectionals

Mass with Bishop Johnston

Fall Athletic Signings

SPX Drumline

Debate Tournament

Game of the Week

NHS Inductions

Dance Competition



Swim State

Spring Athletic Signings Fall Play

Warrior Pride Campaign Donors Thank You to those of you who have already pledged to the Warrior Pride Campaign. The following is a list of donors as of February 9, 2017.

Larry & Linda Albani Anonymous Donors Julian & Monica Arredondo Jason Balistreri Sheila Bauer Mary Belman Jodi Belpedio Jerry Binkley Kathy Bonadonna The Brandom Family Diane Budke Dan & Vicki Campbell Mike Caruso Frank & Toni Cherrito Larry Chirpich Ray & Michelle Chirpich Louis & Kerry Christifano Al & Susan Christifano Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Cole Dan & Kathy Cummings Scott & Shelley DeMayo Brian & Pam Devling Trent & Erin DeVreugd Joe & Leanora DiCapo Lisa Doyle DST Systems, Inc. (Matching Gift Program) William & Kathleen Duensing Deborah & William J. Duensing, Jr. Mary Jane & William J. Duensing, Sr. William Dunn, Sr. Keith & Debi Eberth Mike Elsey Tom & Sheila Garcia John & Theresa Garitz Steve & Donna Geisinger Damian & Mary Grace Gerstner Gregg & Cheryl Givens Jennifer Glover Larry & Marilyn Grutt Norm & Sharon Guettermann Tony & Jamie Gumina Kyle & Sarah Haas David Hackathorn Scott & Jill Hamerle Teresa Hayden Phil & Elaine Heffley Tom Henke Pat & Toni Hess Stephen & Diana Hilliard

The Softball team currently plays 13 miles from SPX at Tiffany Springs Park

Thomas & Lisa Hipp Jeanne Hoferer Virgil Hoffman Robert Holmes David Hughes Joe & Lori Janacaro Julia L. Rupp Foundation Kevin Kaul Jim & Kelly Kaullen Andy & Amy Keefer Bill & Rosalie Kenney George Koppe Kevin & Judy Koster Tom & Analee Lanio Laurie Lawson Bob & Savina Lee Joseph & Michelle Leggio Mike & Debbie Lillig Bob & Mary Ann Litras Fr. Tom Ludwig Jeff & Becky Lynch Jim Mackin Kenneth & Ramona Magers Jeff & Melanie Martin Philip & Janet Maruco Mary Margret McNerney Memorial Kelly Mayer Fr. John McCormack Mike & Ann McCoy Todd & Toni Melcher Joe & Janice Monachino Rick & Judith Morley Richard Murphy Harry Murphy Teresa Newton Maurice Oelklaus James & Susan Olson Orscheln Industries Foundation, Inc Doug & Candace Ott Chuck & Annie Palmentere Henry & Sharil Parente Rhett Parsons Steve & Patti Pearson Dan Peters Paul Peterson Missy Petit John & Patti Pluenneke Greg & Michele Plumb Bob & Patti Polito

Chris & Faith Pugh Casey Ramsey & Gina Lawson James Redington Greg & Amy Ringel Bob & Joyce Ringel Rick & Mary Ringel Fr. Mike Roach Robert Kohler Memorial Patricia Wooldridge Robinson Steve & Cindy Rogers Fred & JoAnn Ross Kevin & Theresa Roth Enrico & Veronica Sarmiento Mary Saunders Erin Schilling Gary & Audrey Schmitz Mike & Dana Schwartz Howard & Mary Scott Ron Scrogham & Christina Ivers John & Marny Sherman John & Rose Simone Angela Smith Mike Smithmier Zach Sobba Dale & Lisa Sobba Melissa Springer St. Pius X Parents Association Jane Stessman John & Jennifer Stipetich Mike Strobbe Roger & Connie Stucki Russ Johnson Todd & Jennifer Taylor Susan Baker Teson James Thornburg Kevin & Liz Tomc Georgia Ann Tutorino Tyner Children- John, Jill Biss, Jim & Joe Steve & Sally Tyner James & Shirley Van Winkle Ryan & Maria Van Winkle Dan & Emily Vogt Mark & Jayne Wells Jo Rita West Les Whisler Kyle Wilson Stephanie Wolf Wes & Shana Wright Jeff & Regina Zarse

Every gift moves us closer to the goal! 3-Year Pledge Monthly Donation $1,000 $28.00 $2,000 $56.00 $3,000 $84.00 $5,000 $140.00 To make a pledge, visit: or call 816-453-3450 x115

Students help set up the new Art Room


Alumni ~ Reunion Photos

Class of 1966~ 50th Reunion First Row L –R: Kathryn Erbacher, Sandy Thompson Iennaccaro, Barbara Mangiaracina Mayer, Patsy Brzuchalski Ross, Dianna Lane Cardello, Kathleen Hake Pinkham, Linda Wineland Wehmueller, Paula Tyrrell Daub. Second Row L- R: Judy Hayde Dickey, Cathy Griggs Newton, Elaine Dorsey Yankunas, Kathy Prestia Lust, Elana Westman Brocato, Margaret Palermo Mancuso, Barbara Schmitz Owen, Frances LaRocca Catalano, Jan Current Dwyer, Michael LoMonaco, Jeanne Smith Hoferer, Tina Duff Gaik. Third Row L –R: Glenn Young, Victor Panus, Michael Roe, Connie Kobby Young, Bob Fierst, Cheryl Stampfel Wolfgeher, Marylou Gann Campbell, Margaret Hedlund Pickett, Linda Ost Scholdberg, Patty Pearl, Cheryl Mudd Ehler, Patricia Geiger Jarchow, Barbara Westhoven Reres, Kathleen Jeselnik Hall, Jo Anne Kemper Karr, Martin Broderick, Barbara Duensing Dean, Phyllis Volz Valenciano, Carol Burns Collins, Theresa Spruytte Hampton. Fourth Row L-R: Joe Bellafiore, Daniel Matthys, Bill Shaw, Richard Rau, Drayton Riley, Barbara Werner Joyce, Donna Irving Duyck, Stephen Orlich, Mary Ellen Schwind Goldsmith, Patricia Flanigan Herr, Jim Barry, Bill Sigler, Ken Karr, Al Babich, Joyce Gampper Stephenson, Douglas Littlejohn, Terry Knox, Larry Higdon. Fifth Row L-R: Tim Ruth, Ross Chantrel, Mike Pearson, John Owen, Thomas Papreck, Jim Duyck, Richard Brier, Leonard Stodden, Dave Johnson Out of Camera Sight- Bob Bromberg

Class of 1971 ~ 45th Reunion First Row L-R: Barb Aker, Beth Doran Pittman, Joanna Bilello Kemple, Colleen Carr Klees, Louie Drackert, Linda Lober Hinds, Donnie Waldman. Second Row L-R: Julie Johannes Arthur, Beth Ann Morgan Murphy, Patty Jennings Morton, Barb Wescott Stockwell, Cindy Pernice Waldman, Monica Flynn Hufford, Bill Ost. Third Row L-R: Barb Alderton, Mimi Tomczuk Broderick, Pat Schneider, Mary Jeanne O’Halloran, Sid Jordan, Jim Diebold, Dennis Johnson. Fouth Row L-R: Cindy Caresio Swanson, Betty Parsley Renyer, Ann Forester Holwick, Ann Cole Niles, Annie Summers Frownfelter, Tony Drees, George Bukaty, Mary Kay Messina Schumacher, Ed Schumacher, Rosemary Barber Vitale. Fifth Row L-R: Ron Teson, Martha Caster Green, Tony Cutolo-Ring, Fr. Mike Roach. Sixth Row L-R: Betty Nickel Korte, Victor Vogliardo, Gary Sullivan, Pat Ridgeway, Pam Haug Raisher, Kevin Arnold.


Class of 1976 ~ 40th Reunion First Row L-R: Phyllis Accurso Davis, Lori Keilbey Kloepper, Mary Giamalva Badalucco, Debbie Furrow Duckworth, Ivette Arango, Mary Yanez Reichert, Susan Anthony Currie, Beth Kaiser Vaughn, Margie Cacioppo Williams Second Row L-R: John Pisciotta, Anthony Distasio, Phil Balano, Larry Pace, John Ludwig, Jim Schumacher, Peter Grindel, Rick Harlow, Sandi Messina McMurtry, Geri Saia Toth Third Row L-R: Scott Morris, Jack Burns, Don Zeller, Russell Bock, Chuck McKeon, Steve Quinn, Steve Reichert, Lenny Sullivan, Mari Maybrier

Class of 1981 ~ 35th Reunion

SPX Alumni join together for one BIG Reunion!

The Classes of 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001 joined together for a Multi Year Reunion at St. Pius X in September. Reunion Committee Members from each class planned a fun evening of socializing, dancing, eating and drinking. There were even special appearances by some of their favorite SPX Faculty!

Class of 1996

First Row L-R: Kathleen Quarrato Wessinger, Liz Litras Sharp, Carol Jo Scola Siraguso, Denise Witherow, Florence Lipari Battaglia, Frank Sciara, Joe Amaro, Daniel Fager-George, John Pullan Back Row L-R: Brett Sharp, Ben Jones

Class of 1998 First Row L-R: Andrew Termini, Tony Gumina, Bobby Dykstra, Joanna Cuda, Rebecca Pugh VanDyke, Amanda Valenciano McConnell, Michael Sansone Second Row L-R: Jimmy Mancuso, Emily Allen Manning, Josie Ferrantelle Antongirolami, Vito LaBruzzo, Andrea Amador, Tommy Marks, PJ Guastello

Class of 1997 Todd Mackin, Jason Grill and Michael Rucereto visit with Joe Monachino.

Class of 1999 First Row L-R: Jessica Walker Mayberry, Kathleen Sirridge Duensing, Katie Vitale Grither, Erin Kerwin Stipanovich, Vince Messina, Nick Defeo, Darren Prenger, Matt Grither, Michael Amador Back Row L-R: Sara Scholdberg Russell, John Tyner, Kevin O'Rourke, Brian Enkelmann, Beth West Shepherd, Will Duensing


Alumni ~ Reunion Photos

Class of 2000

Class of 2001

Front Row L-R: James Reyes and Carl Gumina. Second Row L-R: Tom Race, Derek Byron, Nishia Hotujec Henke, Amy Kerwin Meck-Gilbert, Brandon Russell, JoMarie Travis Guastello, Anna Pisciotta Third Row L-R: Nick Zicarelli, Vito Spino, Mike Beck, Karl Barron, Wesley Meyer

Front Row L-R: Kristi Cuda, Missy Petit, Tessa West Smith, Jillian Presko Sansone, Teresa Witherow Wilson, Anthony Sansone , Julie Orlich Hawkins Back Row L to R: Nick LaBruzzo, Matt Puttroff, Phillip Marsalla, Jenny Dorsey Rucereto, Rosemarie Simone Marsalla, Ashley Majors Presko, Katie Fisher Abbey, Ryan Pugh, Craig Mackin

During the Homecoming Football Game we celebrated the 10 year Anniversaries of Athletic State Appearances for 2006 Semi-Finalist Football Team, 2006 1st Place Volleyball Team, 2006 4th Place Men’s Cross Country Team and the 50th Anniversary of Mark Buckman’s 1st Place in Track 440 Yards. 2006 Football: Josh Baker (09), Garrett Smith (07), Coach Rick Ringel (82), Jesse Pena (07), Michael Lillig (09), Ryan McMichael (08), Coach Chad Wright, Coach Greg Glawson, Aaron Sewell (07), and Coach Rick Byers

2006 Volleyball: Jenna Tarantino (07) and Jessica Koch (07)




Jim Tyner currently lives in New York, NY, where he has been for five years. He is an Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche in the Banking & Securities industry. Jim is a licensed CPA in New York and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Accountancy in 2010. Consistent with his High School hobbies, Jim still enjoys running and golfing in his spare time.


St. Charles Alum | University of Illinois - Finance & Accounting


Jim Tyner | Class of 2006

Sarah Schwartz Haas | Class of 2010 St. Charles Alum | Univ. of Misssouri - Event Management

A second generation warrior, Sarah is the daughter of SPX Alumni Mike & Dana (Baker) Schwartz (78). She currently serves as the Meeting Planner for Dairy Farmers of America in Kansas City. She serves on the Polito Scholarship committee for St. Charles School which supports St. Charles students to attend St. Pius X. She is the class representative for the SPX Class of 2006 every year at the Phonathon and enjoys volunteering at SPX career days. Sarah and her husband Kyle, are members of St. James Catholic Church.

In Memoriam Alumni

Preston Dunham, Class of 1969, brother of Louis (70), passed away in February 2017. James Kaiser, Class of 1988, brother of Elizabeth Vaughn (76), Joseph Kaiser (78) and Paul Kaiser (79), passed away January 3, 2017. Joseph Porrello, Class of 1988, passed away November 2, 2016. Patrick Sauer, Class of 1966, brother of Michael (64 deceased), and Victoria (65), passed away November 6, 2016.


Eugene Balachowski, father of Paul (deceased), Robert (64), Mary McMinn (65), Tom (69), Nancy Quirion (75), Jean Azzaro (78), Joan Patti (78), Jim (80), and John (80), passed away December 22, 2016. Genevieve Fitzgerald Berg, mother of Melissa Harmon (68) and Catherine Frohman (69), passed away January 4, 2017. Mrs. Berg was a beloved teacher at St. Pius X from 1956 to 1982. She was awarded the Giuseppe Sarto Award and she and her late husband Warren are Pillars of St. Pius X. Ramona K. Brier, wife of Richard Brier (66) and mother of Matthew (Heather) passed away December 12, 2016.

Helene King, mother of Mary Scott (75), Elaine Heffley (77), and Alan (80), passed away October 26, 2016. Herbert (deceased) & Helene King are Pillars of St. Pius X. Joseph & Irene Kissinger, parents of Janet Williamson (67), Dennis (70), Nancy Bailey (72), Jim (75), and Karen Bailey (80), passed away. Joe passed away October 27, 2016 and Irene on December 31, 2016. Joe & Irene are Pillars of St. Pius X. Frank A. Martino, husband of Mary Lee, and father of Vita O’Rourke (75), Ginni Steele (76), Sheri (78), Frank (84), and Kristi (deceased), passed away December 26, 2016. Ruth A. Proctor, mother of Robert (64), and Larry (65), passed away December 14, 2016. Joseph J. Soltis, father of Heidi Berner (89), passed away Janaury 19, 2017. Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Stanley, mother of Karen Schlipman (65), Ron Stanley (66- deceased), Annette Russo (69), Mary Beth Mooney (73), and Kevin (75), passed away December 17, 2016. Jan Stefanov, former teacher at St. Pius X from 1959 - the late 1960’s, passed away February 2, 2017. Jan is survived by his wife Helen.

Clara T. Bruno, mother of John, Lynda Jo Sacco (79), Rozann Brancato, and Nino, passed away November 29, 2016.

Memorial Gifts Leave a Legacy Over the years, several families have named St. Pius X as a beneficiary for gifts in memory of their loved ones. Some families designate the gifts to the capital campaign or annual fund, some have established scholarship funds and others designate the funds to a specific athletic activity or extra-curricular program. These gifts are greatly appreciated and have helped significantly in the various needs of our school. Most recently, the families of Genevieve Berg, Jay Gardner, Helene King, Jan Stefanov and Jean Trapp and asked that donations be made in their memories to St. Pius X High School.

Genevieve Berg Memorial

Jay & Julie Abdo Mitchell & Elaine Adams Steven Berg David Berg Kevin & Erin Berg Kathryn Erbacher Donna Johnson Nancy Phares Greg Stine Thomas & Priscilla Wallingford

Jay Gardner Memorial Steven & Michelle Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Randy Oberdiek Steve & Nancy Watson Mick & Marcia Witherow

Helene King Memorial

Rita Abbott Larry & Linda Albani Phyllis Davis Scott & Pam Davis Chris & Mary DeJong Jane Gallagher Charles & Charlene Gehrs Lisa Gioia Shannon & Diane Green Joseph & Annette Melies James & Beverly Pierce Gary & Audrey Schmitz Kimberly Shaw Lisa Skolaut Mary Ventura Peg Walter

Jean Trapp Memorial

Joanne Bussinger Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Derr Daniel & Rose Hernandez Tom & Dolores Lorenz Rita McQuinn Joe & Kathleen Presko Patricia Prestia Mrs. Geraldine Schumacher Joyce Turner Virginia Williams Jerry & Jackie Williams

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Does your Employer have a Matching Gift Program? Some corporations that match gifts to SPX include: Bank of America, Century Link, DST Systems, Hallmark, Home Depot, HP, Macy’s, Microsoft, Sprint and State Street.

Save The Date Estate Planning Fundamentals

April 18, 2017 6:00 p.m. - SPX Library For more information, Call Missy Petit 816-453-3450 x116

Warrior Classic Golf Benefit Tuesday, June 6, 2017 The Deuce at the National

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