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Vol 30 No 2 Winter 2012


From the Principal

Winter 2012-13 Dear Alumnae and Friends, As we near the end of another year, the Mary Louis community has many reasons to be thankful. Despite our local area being greatly affected by the disastrous Hurricane Sandy, our students, alumnae, faculty and staff immediately reached out to help those in need in whatever way they could. In true Crusader spirit, the Mary Louis family is working together towards helping our sisters, and many of those affected, regain their strength and security. Our community is truly blessed with faith, tradition, and a rich legacy. I hope that as you look through these pages you share our pride and enthusiasm for the many wonderful accomplishments of the Mary Louis women, past and present. You are truly strong, vibrant, and successful women who are prepared to meet any and all challenges with determination and grace.

As we look forward to what must be done to ensure that our school continues to thrive, we will once again be asking for your support for our Annual Fund. Please consider making a gift to help ensure the Mary Louis spirit will continue for generations to come. Blessings to you and your family Sincerely,

S. Kathleen McKinney CSJ, EdD Principal

Above, Senior Lawn during the November 2012 snow storm Cover, Main entrance, Winter 1943

MARIEL-After Vol. 29 N0. 2

Winter 2012

2/ Letter from the Principal 4/ Regional Receptions

Principal’s Dinner 2012

6/ Alumna Spotlight: Caitlin Flood ‘08 7/ Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Castel Skarulis ‘62 7/ Graphic Arts at TMLA 8/ TMLA steps up in the Rockaways 8/ Two TMLA alumnae connect

Commencement 2012

9-11/ Alumna Spotlight: Roxanne DeTorre ‘05. Erin Freeley ‘95, and Marlynne Bidos, ‘01 12-14/ Principal’s Dinner 15-18/ Mother-Daughter Brunch

Regional Receptions

19-23/ Class Notes 24/ We’re a YOUTube Sensation!

The Mary Louis Academy

Office of Academy Advancement

S. Kathleen McKinney CSJ EDD Principal S. Filippa Luciano CSJ M.A. ‘54 Assistant Principal Mrs. Ann O’Hagan Cordes M.S. ‘84 Assistant Principal

Regina Cialone Alaimo ‘97

176-21 Wexford Terrace Jamaica Estates, NY 11432 718-297-2120 FAX: 718-739-0037

Mrs. Judy Belon Assistant Director

Designed by

Director of Advancement Mr. Sean Belon Director, Annual Fund & Alumnae Relations

Mother-Daughter Brunch

S. Peggy Conway CSJ ‘69 Associate Director

Alumnae Association Co-Moderators and Reunion Co-ordinators S. Joan Killen CSJ S. Mary Ann Carotenuto CSJ ‘57

Graphic Design at TMLA

Regional Receptions gather alumnae in varied locales Over the last few years, TMLA alumnae have hosted regional receptions in FL, New York City, New Jersey, CT, Washington, D.C., Scarsdale, Baltimore, and on Long Island.

These events are a wonderful way to connect with TMLA alumnae in your area - no matter where in the USA you are - and also learn about what’s happening at TMLA today.

On June 7, 2012, Monica Reddy Wood ‘72 hosted a group of alumnae at her home in Lloyd Harbor, NY while on September 20, Joyce Zakierski Simmons ‘66 welcomed another group in Sparta, NJ. Other recent Regional Receptions included • November 14, 2011 hosted by Miriam Smith Vagt ‘46 in Scarsdale, NY

Photos by Regina Alaimo

• March 21, 2012 hosted by Dr. Judith Banzer Farr ‘54 in Washington, DC • April 18, 2012 hosted by Nora Eberhardt Quigley, ‘46 in Ballston Lake, NY

ter where you live, you remain a member of the TMLA family. We are all united by memories and traditions, and by a strong belief in the education of young women of vision. We would be so excited and grateful if you were able to keep the Mary Louis connection strong by attending, or hosting one of these events. If you’re interested in hosting a local alumnae reception, contact Mr. Sean Belon, Director of Alumnae Relations, for more information, 718.297.2120 X286 or At left, bottom photo, l to r: Regina Cialone Alaimo, ‘92, Kathy Rutherford ‘79, Mary Gralton Hudak ‘56, Christine Dimino Pugliese ‘86, S.Filippa

We believe the Mary Louis community extends far beyond the geographic boundaries of our hilltop. No mat-

Luciano,, Mrs. Ann Cordes, Joyce Zakierski Simmons ‘66, S. Kathleen McKinney, Marguerite Lang McDonough ‘51, S.Peggy Conway, ‘69

Seated l to r: Lorraine Settani Mirabile ‘74, Catherine Swanson Giuffre-Kellner ‘57, S. Eileen Christie CSJ ‘62, Antonie Schneider Shannon ‘57, Helen Adelhardt Hammond ‘49, Elizabeth Puc Smith ‘82. Standing Behind Couch: Kathryn Robilotti Fordham ‘65, Bernadette Reddy Cahalane ‘64, Catherine Ranky Szabo ‘60, Judy Belon, Barbara Honl Adelhardt ‘54, Ann O’Hagan Cordes ‘84, S. Kathleen McKinney CSJ, Mary Reheuser Frohnhofer ‘55, S. Filippa Luciano CSJ ‘54, Marybeth Beecher Koniarski ‘73, Joyce McQuillen Gasser ‘57, S. Peggy Conway CSJ ‘69, Betsy Gruner Gordon ‘53, Ellen Bianco Monteleone ‘73, Joan Alvarez Mazzella ‘85 & Monica Reddy Wood ‘72

Caitlin Flood ‘08 feted for academics and service by Lafayette College Caitlin Flood ‘08 was the recipient

sentencing young offenders in adult

interned with DCS Online Communi-

of the 2012 George Wharton Pepper

criminal court. She also performed re-

cations in Washington, D.C. The firm

Prize, awarded annually to the La-

search on unsung 21st century female

provides online services to members

fayette College (Pennsylvania) senior

composers for a forthcoming book.

of Congress, political candidates, and

“who most nearly represents the Lafay-

She was invited to present her work at

advocacy campaigns.

ette ideal.” The prize was established in

the annual American Choral Directors

1923 by George Wharton Pepper H’22,

Association Conference and the Ninth

Caitlin served as president of Alter-

a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, at-

Festival of Women Composers at Indi-

native School Break, coordinator for

torney, and founding member of the

ana University of Pennsylvania.

Landis Community Outreach Center’s

Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Kids in the Community Program, Caitlin spent three summers intern-

volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club

A double major in Government & Law

ing in the law field. She worked in

of Easton, student leadership intern

and Philosophy, Caitlin will attend

the youth offender division under the

for Lafayette Leadership Institute, and

New York University School of Law on

guidance of Eduardo Padro, New York

committee member for Lafapalooza,

a full scholarship to pursue constitu-

County Supreme Court Justice, and

the College’s annual day of service.

tional and human rights law.

with the Midtown Community Court, which issues community service sen-

She has received Lafayette’s Eugene P.

Caitlin successfully defended her

tences for quality-of-life offenses, such

Chase Phi Beta Kappa Prize (research/

honors thesis on the political and

as graffiti and shoplifting. She also

scholarship), Louise M. Olmsted Prize

moral implications of transferring and

in Ethics (philosophy), Eugene P. Chase Government Prize (government and law), the Aaron O. Hoff Volunteer awards (comunity service), and the Alumni Association Student Volunteer Service Award (community service). Caitlin Flood today at far left and in 2007 with TMLA classmate Chrissy Forgione doing work for Habitat for Humanity while at TMLA

Patricia Castel Skarulis ‘62 on cutting edge of medical technology at MSK

As CIO at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer

Center in New York City, Pat Castel Skarulis ‘62 heads development of one of the country's largest data warehouses for patient care and clinical research at a single organization. The Web-based system contains more than 1.2 million cancer patient records that feed into the center's electronic health record system, giving clinicians a unified view of patients' medical history and treatments. Pat, who has been at Sloan-Kettering for nine years, led the implementation of a wireless network that enables instant communication among clinicians using

walkie-talkie technology both inside and outside the hospital. She has also led work with IBM in the development of pathology analysis systems to help forecast how individual patients will respond to specific cancer treatments. She's also worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop a chemotherapy order entry system that does the complex calculations needed to ensure that patients get the proper chemo dosages.

During the recent Digital Health Conference, sponsored by the New York eHealth Collaborative, Pat

outlined the newest technology to treat oncology patients at Sloan-Kettering. The medical center decided to collaborate with IBM to “build an intelligence engine to provide specific diagnostic test and treatment recommendations,” explained Pat. Pictured above with Pat (center) at the 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance are, l-r, Eileen McCabe,Edith Gannon Hannigan, Pat, Jean Samartan Pawlik & Janet Stempfl Dayton, all Class of 1962.

Graphic Arts added to TMLA Art curriculum

Recognizing the growth of technology in Art, TMLA now offers a course in Graphic Design open to senior Art Majors. The course, which is funded in part by a NYS grant, allows each student to work on her own computer designing and creating all different types of media. The course provides students with hands-on experience in a field now very much in demand.

TMLA reaches out to Rockaway victims When Super Storm Sandy blew into New York City on October 29, 2012, it tore apart the lives of thousands of people. Particularly hard hit was the area of the Rockaways, home for decades to many TMLA families and friends. Plans to aid the area were undertaken by TMLA before school was even reopened. A major effort was organized by the Service Homerooms and Pax Christi. On November 12th, the Veterans Day holiday, 33 students, 10 teachers,

and 6 parents descended upon the storm-tossed Rockaway Peninsula with buckets, mops, brooms, shovels, garbage bags, and more, eager to help with the cleanup. Working out of St. Francis DeSales Church in Belle Harbor, groups worked in a variety of areas such as sorting clothing donations, cleaning houses, and working on the distribution line. Students also worked with FEMA, helping to register people for the government services. TMLA also sponsored a drive for food and other items needed by Sandy’s victims which netted three van loads of badly needed supplies.

TMLA alumnae to be found at every turn The TMLA family is strong and far reaching! Cory Rameau ‘12 just entered her Freshman year at Barry University with an academic scholarship. Upon hearing that Cory was attending Barry and was a TMLA alumna, the President of the University, S. Linda Bevilacqua OP, PhD, TMLA Class of 1958, made a point of searching out Cory, introducing herself and sitting down for a conversation with her. The TMLA connection lasts far beyond your 4 years on “the hill”!!

Roxanne DeLaTorre ‘05 offers 2012 Commencement address to grads

Roxanne DeLaTorre ‘05 was the guest speaker at The Mary Louis Academy 2012 Commencement Ceremony held on June 3 at Colden Auditorium at Queens College in Flushing, NY. While Roxanne was a student at TMLA, she distinguished herself in both academic as well as extracurricular areas as a member of the NHS, Orchestra, Pax Christi and the Swim Team to name a few. Roxanne was a recipient of the TMLA Peacemaker award.

After graduating from TMLA in 2005, Roxanne studied at Fordham University where she received a degree in Communication and Media Studies. Roxanne received her Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Studies from Fordham in 2011. While she was there she participated in work in the Campus Ministry Office as a liturgical minister and a retreat minister. Roxanne participated in the Global AIDS Outreach Immersion Program. Through this program, Roxanne travelled to South Africa, Brazil, Calcutta and New Orleans for service and cultural immersion projects. Roxanne participated and facilitated activities at Camp Glenmary in Mississippi, was a member of the Urban Freshman orientation program, was a volunteer food Courier at God’s love, We deliver and was an after-school mentor at the Concourse Women’s Shelter. She is presently teaching in a Jesuit school in Tanzania as part of a two year lay ministry program. The Mary Louis Academy has held its annual Commencement ceremony at Queens College since 1967. Prior to that year, students graduated from either the school auditorium or Immaculate Conception Church. Pictured above are, l-r, Assistant Principal Mrs. Ann Cordes ‘84, S. Kathleen McKinney, CSJ, salutatorian, Lauren McManus, valedictorian, Victoria Stivanello, Roxanne DeLaTorre, ‘05, Assistant Principal S. Filippa Luciano, CSJ, ‘54, S. Pat Mahoney CSJ, Councilor Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood, NY, Class of 2012 Dean Mrs. Grace Scozzaro-Patchett

Erin Freeley ‘95 demonstrates “Prowess” in developing her own public relations firm Once a reporter for the MARIEL, Erin Freeley ‘95 has expanded her media skills to head her own Public Relations firm.

for cost-effective, results oriented public relations programs,” explains Erin. Today, ProwessPR is a New York-based consultancy that specializes in the promotion of seed funded, emerging start-ups as well as established technology and consumer brands. We offer a flexible suite of services that can be selected a la

Erin is the Principal and Founder of ProwessPR. www.prowessPR. com, a company she started in June 2007. “After working on the agency-side for more than five years, I saw an opportunity to work with startups who were looking

carte, to ensure that the needs of each and every client are met. Says Erin, a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School in Forest Hills, the University of San Diego and Long

Island University, “At ProwessPR, we deliver creative and effective PR campaigns for national and international clients at every stage of growth, providing senior-level counsel with the foresight to stay ahead of a rapidly

achievements and Summly: redefines news for the mobile world with algorithmically generated summaries from thousands of sources. Innovative gestures, animations and great summaries make reading the news

evolving market. We take the time to understand our clients’ challenges and opportunities and how they’re perceived in the industry, working to make them stand out.”


Some of the clients that Erin has served include, CircleUp: an equity-based crowdfunding investment platform that connects individual investors with growing private companies, Pathbrite: delivers next generation digital portfolios to help individuals and institutions collect, track and showcase achievements of all kinds. Pathbrite Portfolios enable students to collect, curate, reflect on and share all the evidence of their learning and

The benefits and advantages to having started her own business are clear to Erin. “Starting ProwessPR has enabled me to work with amazing clients and represent companies that I am truly passionate about. I also have a flexible work schedule and am my own boss.” If you have a business you have started and would like to share your entrepreneurial experience, please contact us at marylouisacademy@aol. com. Erin at her company and with her parents at LIU when she received her MBA from LIU.

Marlynne Bidos, J.D. ’01 pursuing degree in Hong Kong through Ambassadorial Scholarship Marlynne Bidos, J.D. ’01, has been awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to obtain a degree in Master of Laws in Information Technology & Intellectual Property at the University of Hong Kong. Marlynne graduated from Temple University in 2005 and received her J.D. from Loyola University in 2009. She was an attorney and Program Policy & Compliance Advisor for Alternative Schools & Programs for the NYC DOE. She is also a member of TMLA’s Alumnae Mentoring Program. In addition to the scholarship from the Rotary Foundation, Bidos was also recently selected for a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Ghana next year. She chose the Rotary award because it will provide an opportunity for her to study intellectual property management from a human rights perspective. Declares Marlynne, “I intend to build upon the legal training I’ve received to create country-led intellectual property business solutions that will diminish poverty and ultimately lead to less dependence on foreign aid.”

Marlynne is also the co-founder of Konbit Pou Edikasyon (Working Together for Education) a non-profit based in Haiti that provides financial support and services to ensure the academic success of students in Haiti through the completion of their secondary education. KPE works collaboratively to connect students with academic, social and post-secondary opportunities. She developed KPE with the belief that education is the catalyst for community advancement.

The teachers really led us to believe that we could be and do anything, and this theme carried through in the curriculum, school projects, Spirit Week, and school culture. Looking back on my experiences in high school, I know it was the sum of all of these elements that cultivated my spirit for leadership and excellence. As I continue to strive for greater personal and professional accomplishments, I carry the guiding principles I learned at TMLA with me.”

Says Marlynne of her beloved academy, “TMLA added to the foundation of morals, ethics, and core values that my parents built and instilled within me. It provided the structure necessary to be a disciplined student and gave me the encouragement needed to be a visionary woman. I remember a banner hanging in the foyer that said ‘Creating women of vision for the 21st century.’ Nothing could be more accurate.

Marlynne will chronicle her Hong Kong trip via her blog site: www.

Principal’s Dinner 2012 The Mary Louis Academy-Susan J. Kropf Library was the setting for the annual Principal’s Dinner held on October 25, 2012. This event honors the outstanding commitment and generosity of TMLA alumnae, parents, benefactors and supporters. Sister Kathleen McKinney CSJ EdD presented an impressive resume of TMLA’s achievements and endeavors during the past year. Also present was Sister Helen Kearney CSJ EdD, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY, who offered her reflections on TMLA and all it offers to young women.

Top left photo: l-r seated; Regina Cialone Alaimo ‘97, Academy Advancement Director etc, S. Patricia Mahoney CSJ- CSJ Councilor, Lena Cutrone Shamulzai ‘02, standing, Carol Brostek Benedetto ‘78, Jeanne Brostek Altenau ‘75, Trustee, Shawn Shamulzai, Monica Reddy Wood ‘72, Top right photo, l-r seated: Tamara Stephen, Esq. ‘88, Trustee, Mark & Christine Codd P ‘11, ‘13, ‘15 and Mary Waldron P’ 98 & ‘05, standing,Judy Belon Assistant Director Academy Advancement & John Waldron P ‘98 & ‘05 Middle, left, David Luttinger, Esq P ‘80, Rosemarie Doellgast Luttinger ‘56 P’ 80 & Mel Young, right, June Kiaer Viverito ‘53, Lois Meaney McGowan ‘53 and husbands Joseph Viverito & Andrew McGowan, M.D. Bottom right, Mel Young, Hannah Sexton Young ‘74 & S. Joan Killen

Top Left: seated: Sharon Scaturro Justvig, Esq. ‘76, Trustee, S. Annelle Fitzpatrick CSJ PhD ‘65. Standing: Gerard Justvig, S. Peggy Conway CSJ ‘69 Associate Director of Academy Advancement & Mary Hannon, EdD 77, Trustee, top right: Alice Duffy Grant ‘59 & Joan Castel Conway ‘59, middle left: Matthew Sablan, Pascale Saint-Louis ‘01, Trustee, middle right: Nadine Davey-Rogers, & Kristin Waldron Horan, M.D. ‘98, third row left, S. Jane Reilly CSJ - CSJ Councilor, Kathleen McCabe ‘81, President of Alumnae Association, Ann O’Hagan Cordes ‘84, Assistant Principal, right, Lynda Arcerio, Nora Eberhardt Quigley ‘46, Sean Belon, Director of Annual Fund and Maureen Davey-Rezny, bottom left, standing, Patrick Condren & Thomas Patchett, seated, Alexandra Venturini Dyer ‘74 & Grace Scozzaro-Patchett , Dean Class of 2016.

Principal’s Dinner 2012 cont...

S. Linda Pero CSJ ‘67 and Jane Maguire Esq., ‘67

Estelle Gearon, Ph.D. ‘50 & Irene Gearon Czerwinski ‘53,

Reunion 2013 Saturday, March 23, 2013 Classes of ‘43, ‘48, ‘53, ‘58, 63, ‘68, ‘73, ‘78, ‘83, ‘88, ‘93, ‘98, ‘03 & ‘08

Mass in memory of deceased Alumnae & Faculty: 3PM

Registration: 2PM

Dinner: 4PM

Mother-Daughter Brunch 2013 April 27, 2013 •12PM at TMLA

Bring your mother, daughter, grandmother, godmother, niece, or other female relative or friend!

Call 718-297-2120 ext 240 or e-mail:

MotherDaughter Brunch 2012

Class Notes 1940s

Barbara Ann Becher PhD '49 has been living in an independent living apartment in a retirement complex since January 2009. She is about ten minutes away from her brother and his family. She lives with her fifteen year old English Springer Spaniel. Barbara is still in touch with a number of classmates by phone and through Christmas letters. Virginia Droesch Trumpbour '49 has twelve very successful children. Her husband recently passed away. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy in NY; Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School.

1950s Athina Leka Aston '52 and her husband, Daniel, recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family including grandchildren, Theresa, Oscar, Faye and Blake.

Elizabeth Greaves Crawford PhD '59 and her husband, Christopher welcomed grandchild number seven, Abigail Elizabeth Crawford, in January 2012. Justine Schneider Cullinan '59 despite aches and pains of advancing age, she still hacks away at freelance editing and she proofs reprinted British mysteries to supplement her Social Security payments. She is very grateful for the many years of rigorous training in grammar and language given by the selfless Sisters of St. Joseph. Marie Goodchild Dowd '57 is now a GreatGrandmother as they welcomed George Thomas IV into their family in August 2011. He has joined our other nineteen grandkids (ages 29-6). Chuck and Marie travel in their RV to visit them all.

Judith Banzer Farr '54 and her husband, George celebrated fifty years of marriage in June 2012. They were happy to entertain S. Kathleen, S. Filippa and twenty-six Alumnae of TMLA living in the Washington, D.C. area this spring. In April 2012, at Lincoln Center, a script about Emily Dickinson's life written by Judith and accompanying a song cy-

Dr. Dolores Conklin Leckey '51 retired in May 2012 from Woodstock Theological Seminary at Georgetown University.

cle composed by Gordon Getty was recited by the actress Cynthia Nixon.

Relations Director of United Way of West Alabama. She enjoys volunteer PR work for several non-profits.

Elissa Memmoli Furlong '50 is enjoying her seven children, eighteen grandchildren and her first great-grandson, Noah. Catherine Swanson Giuffre Kellner L.C.S.W., B.C.D '57 maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. Her home office is in Dix Hills, NY where she works with individuals, couples and families. Elizabeth Kempton '59 completed her education in the US Air Force and became a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. She is currently living in Syosset, NY.

Marjorie Mulvehill McGahren '56 is the mother of five and grandmother of nineteen! Joanne "Josh" McNeece Miles '58 retired three years ago as the Public

Anne Giddings Murphy '52 is enjoying Naples, FL. She is still able to travel and see the world. Her granddaughter graduated from Washington & Lee University and has a job! "Life goes on, thankfully!" Joan Fitzpatrick Nelson '53 proudly announces her grandson, Michael Brooks, graduated from Geneseo College and is working with HSBC bank. That makes #2, and one more to go. Patricia Casey Richer '59 her third granddaughter

was born in March 2012 and her son was married in February 2012. Eileen Sullivan PhD '59 had an article published in The American Journal of Irish Studies Volume 8, titled, "19th Century Irish-American Publishing" Eileen is also completing her book Making the Catholic American for Notre Dame University Press. Joan Vogler Sodano '50 recently celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary. She is looking forward to a family reunion in SC in July 2012. Elisabeth LaRosa Zamarelli '58 was first runner-up Ms. New York Senior America in 2005; All American Lady in 2009; Ms. New York Senior America in 2010 and placed in the top ten at the National Pageant. In 2011 was a contestant in Lady Petite America; Pageant judge and member of Ms. New York Senior America Seasoned Steppers; National Secretary of the Alumnae Association of Senior Amer-

ica and Board Member of Ms. New York Senior America Pageant; Placed third in the Mrs. America Pageant in 2007.

1960s Virginia Ellis Beech '60 is happily keeping in touch with Jane Spaulding Bowling and Mary Cameron in NYC. She has one glorious grandson, Cameron, going on seven. Virginia is still working and loving it! Christine Cassidy Collum '64 has worked as an RN for forty-three years, married a great man, has three healthy, happy, married children and five grandchildren. Christine lives in Rumson, NJ, is now retired and loves it! Thanks TMLA! Kimber Madrick Cross '64 is retired from being a Tax Director at Unum, a Disability Insurance Company. Since college graduation, she and her family have lived on a farm in Maine raising sheep and turkeys.

Mary Kempton Fay '62 completed her Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from Case Western in Cleveland, OH in 2009. After raising four children, Mary completed her Bachelor's Degree from CW Post and her Master's from Stony Brook University. She is currently waiting to hear about the publication of her thesis.

a satire about an opera singer; it is available on

Kathleen Dreyer Joyce, Ph.D. '63 has not yet retired from her private practice in Psychoanalysis. She has three married sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter and finds that 'life is good.'

Andrea Hyde and Carol Vincie.

Gail Di Leonardo Konecsni '64 had the honor to do the proofreading for her son's first publication, It Was Only on Stun!. It can be found on Createspace, and Kindle. Carole Kulikowski '66 is an artist, represented by Ceres Gallery in NYC, NY, and her art can be viewed at their web site. Recently she published her first novel, The Summer of the Rosenkavalier,

Marie Daley Lockhart '67 is moving to Wilmington, NC to enjoy retirement! Marguerite Shilling Mayers MD '63 recently attended her 45th college reunion at Marymount Manhattan College with fellow TMLA classmates

Anna Esposito Messmer '62 retired in August 2012 after forty-six years in education as Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal and Pupil Personnel Worker. Geraldine Barilla Nazar '67 is now a grandparent to five delightful children. Maryann Corrado Risi '66 retired in June 2012 after thirty-six years of teaching and eight years as President of the Jericho Teachers Association. Georgette "Georgie" Colombraro Saydak '63 is completing her seventh

year as the Director of Faith Formation in St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Sacramento, CA. Georgette and husband of 41 years, Dave, are blessed with two grandchildren. Joyce Zakierski Simmons '66 retired in January 2012, after forty-two years as a music teacher from the Elizabeth, NJ Public Schools (her last posi-

1970s Amparo Diaz Connors '78 her daughter Kelly '08 graduated from Queens College in May 2012, and daughter, Kristina '07 graduated from Stony Brook University in May 2011. She is very proud of them. Teresa Puc Coulter '73

tion). She continues to be a church Music Director and Organist. Joyce has started a Lecture Series on Music Topics and vintage costume jewelry for fundraising organizations, women's clubs and community events. She can be reached at

will be celebrating thirtyfive years of marriage with husband, George. Teresa's daughter, Lauren, recently had her second child, Taylor Teresa, joining brother Connor, age 2.

Catherine Ranky Szabo '60 her mother, Maria Ranky, passed away March 5, 2011 after her 100th birthday. Her two oldest grandchildren graduated high school and will be attending Florida State University and the University of Binghamton. She has ten other grandchildren ages 2 at 16, 15, 14, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5 and the youngest is 3.

Barbara Rudd Hajko '70 announces that her family is thrilled that daughter, Kerry, married Ryan Connolly in June 2012.

Valerie J. Green '72 was recently named Publisher of AM New York.

Mary Tenebruso Manatos '74 celebrated the birth of her second grandchild, Olivia Catherine Michalsky, born in March 2012. She lives in Billings, MT with her daughter, Theresa, and husband, Jeremy.

Eileen Bell Marcel '74 has been an RN for thirty-five years. She has three sons and one grandson, age eight, and granddaughter, age two. Eileen works for the North Shore Health System in Pain Management. Elvira Viaggio Molinari '76 is in the process of transitioning back into the Treasury/Cash Man-

er Mary Kelly Finn '45 and myself. Kathleen Rowland Naasz '84 was recently promoted to Associate Professor at Centenary College and leading the S.I.F.E. Program, helping people in need through business principles.


agement /Financial area of a non-profit corporation in the metropolitan NY area. After a twentyseven year Treasury career at Altria Group, and after developing and managing a vacation rental property on Vieques Island, PR, she is excited about contributing her Treasury and project management skills and experience to an organization.

Adrienne Werdann Garabedian, EdD '92 earned her Doctorate in Education in April 2012.


Melissa Ledwozan Michael '93 is in her tenth year of service as a Dept. of the Air Force Civilian. She recently moved to Clovis, NM, in support of husband Kevin's continued active duty military career.

Jean Finn Hourihane '81 is teaching science at PS 92 in Queens, NY. My daughter, Claire, will be starting TMLA in the fall. She will be the third generation to attend TMLA, following her grandmoth-

Margee Louisias, MD '99 was married in May 2012 in Massapequa, Long Island. She has completed her residency in Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC in June 2012.

Maureen Walsh Pustelniak

an awesome program for

teacher for sixth and sev-

Doris Burkard Yonkers '52

'96 her daughter Kate was

anyone looking to teach

enth grade students.

January 31, 2009

born in 2010, son Charlie

math in NYC. She has com-

was born in February 2012.

pleted her second year as an

Catherine Wauters '04

Carol Breitung Concannon

8th grade math teacher at

completed her first year of

'57, sister of Dorothy Brei-

Marybeth Monaghan Reyn-

Wagner M. S. In addition

law school at George Mason

tung Clare '54

olds '93 will celebrate her

to teaching three classes, Kit

University in Arlington,

February 17, 2012.

fifth wedding anniversary in

runs an after school math

VA, where she made Law

September 2012 with hus-

club, popular with the 6th


band, Michael. They have

and 7th graders.

three beautiful sons; twins,

Lilllian McLaughlin Kennedy '57

In Memoriam

August 1, 2012

Sean and Liam, who are

Elyse Busch Haller '05 mar-

three years old and Owen

ried Steve Haller in August

Dorothy Sullivan Caldera '40

Virginia Van Note

who is one.

2012 at St. Adalbert Church

July 31, 2012

O'Connor '57

in Elmhurst, NY. The recep-

February 12, 2012

Stephanie Rose DeNicola

tion was held at Fox Hollow

Helen Fecher St. John '44

Turner '95 and her husband,

in Woodbury, Long Island.

September 7, 2012

Chad Turner, welcomed

Laura Garzon Wyman '57 June 7, 2011

their daughter Emily Nicole

Carmen Jule, Esq. '04 re-

Janet Miller Smith '47

in October 2011. Despite a

ceived her JD from Brook-

June 24, 2012

difficult pregnancy and de-

lyn Law School in June 2011

livery, Emily is now crawl-

and was admitted to the NJ

Doris Flanagan Chessman

Knajdl '64

ing and babbling. They were

Bar in December 2011 and


May 23, 2012

blessed to celebrate Emily's

in NY in May 2012. She be-

February 23, 2011

baptism in NY with fam-

gan her legal career in May

ily and friends, including

2012 as an agency attorney

S. Aimee Franklin VHM '48


friends from TMLA.

with the NYC Human Re-

(Patricia Franklin)

August 9, 2010

sources Administration.

October 10, 2012

The Millennium Cathryn Duffy '04 is attending CUNY Graduate School from Cape Verde, Africa while working in the tourist industry. Kit Golan '03 is a Math for America Fellow, which is

CDR. Mary E. Cornell, USN '60, cousin of Elizabeth

Grace Kempton Baruccheri

Kathleen Biggio Cardero '63 Erica Loscalzo '06 Gradu-

Madeleine Young Harper '49

ated from Queens College


this past May with a Bach-

May 30, 2012 Suzanne Schopp '65

elor's in Media Studies. She

Charlotte Cox Nicolosi '49

founded an "online order"

July 4, 2012

gluten-free bakery based in

August 27, 2012. Barbara Brady McCon-

Queens, NY. For info visit

Elaine O'Brien Simpson '49

naughey '66

March 18, 2012.

February 7, 2012

Danielle Mooney '06 is now

Patricia Simonson Mearns '50

Ramona Ashebergas '74

a NYC public school English

August 12, 2012

July 23, 2011

Mary Jane Susca Sabino '75

Frank Dunworth, son of

Thomas J. McGann, hus-

Martin Ryan, husband of

December 2006

Lynn Brex Dunworth '59

band of Anne Carroll Mc-

Elsie Martin Ryan '48

July 30, 2012

Gann '42

Gerard Baccari, husband of

William Savage, son of Do-

Missy Wells Baccari '73

Anton G. Eck, father of

Anne McGlynn, daughter of

July 16, 2012

Carol Eck Driscoll '81

Dorothy Kloss Wortham '51

November 5, 2011

May 25, 2012

George W. Baker, husband of Claire Augustin Baker '50 Bill Ball, husband of Arlene

Raymond Schmidt, husband of Rose Torsney Schmidt '44

Nicholas J. Feminella, hus-

Joseph McNamara, husband

band of Kay Curley Femi-

of Barbara Caracciolo Mc-

Staci Scott, daughter of Ar-

nella '41

Namara '50

line "Sue" Campbell Mathias

Bodenheimer Ball '49 Thomas Barrick, son of Vera

lores Maher Savage '47

'42 Reginald Frey, husband of

Andrew Mullally, husband

Margaret Broderick Frey '48

of Camille Briguglio Mul-

Joseph A. Steiper Sr., hus-

lally '46

band of Patricia Curran

Power Barrick '47 Mary C. Gyves, mother of

Steiper '48

Daniel Barrick, son of Vera

Katherine Gyves Ray, M.D.

Joseph A. Nicolosi Jr., son of

Power Barrick '47

'76 and Mary Jane Gyves

Charlotte Cox Nicolosi '49

Charles Sweeney, husband

Lebel '74

March 7, 2012

of Ruth Wyatt Sweeney '45

Peter Pombo, husband of

Michael J. Thackaberry hus-

Mary Mediavilla Pombo '47

band of Joan Macek Thacka-

Dr. Frank Catalano, father

July 5, 2012

of Louise Catalano '85 2012

James H. Grady, husband of Phyllis Droesch Grady '47

William Curtis, husband of Dolores Anaya Curtis '40

berry '58 Vinnie Pryor, mom of Vir-

D. Francis Harris, son of

ginia Pryor White '73

Theresa Maher Harris '44

August 11, 2012

Stanley Drzewiecki, hus-

Harold Thompson, husband of Rosemarie Amato

band of Dorothy Clements

Dr. Robert Healy, husband

Eugene J. Reilly, husband of

Drzewiecki '46

of Catherine Hunt Healy '42

Anne McGlynn Reilly '58 October 20, 2011

Nancy Drzewiecki, daughter

John Hemminger, husband

of Dorothy Clements Drze-

of Ann McHale Hemminger

Paul Reilly, son of Margaret

wiecki '46


Power Reilly '49

Gwendolyn C. Dukette, mother of Sharon Dukette

Joseph Kelly, husband of

Blum '64, Linda Dukette '69

Joan Mark Kelly '48

and Annmarie Dukette '72 Charles Klika, husband of Ann Bagnasco Klika '48

Thompson '48 Orestes Valoret, husband of Melany Yackanich

December 12, 2011

June 7, 2011

October 2011

Robert C. Trumpbour, husband of Virginia Droesch

John J. Reville, husband of

Trumpbour '49

Kay Ortelere Reville '49

March 4, 2012.

Richard Reynolds Jr., son of

Eugene White, husband of

Kathleen Foss Reynolds '49

Patricia Keating White '46

We’re a wonder !

Recognizing the power and potential of today’s social mdia websites, TMLA has long had its own YOUTube channel. This past October TMLA launched its newest recruitment/PR video,Celebrate TMLA. The video quickly became an internet sensation, garnering more than 11,000 unique hits in its first month. The video is a wild and fun ride through TMLA that we Celebrate TMLA

hope you all get to view. Just go to and put in “Celebrate TMLA” in the search box and it will come right up. Guests at the Principal’s Dinner view our new video on our school ipads

If you know of any TMLA alumna that should be profiled in MARIEL-After, or you would like to be profiled yourself, please contact us at: Please send us information about yourself for our Class Notes section

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TMLA Mariel After Winter 2013  

The Mary Louis Academy's alumnae magazine