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IN HONOR OF THEIR 50TH REUNION, THE CLASS OF 1960 RAISES $30,000 AS A GIFT TO TRINITY! The Class of 1960 wanted to "give back" to their alma mater. Therefore, early in the reunion planning process they decided they would like to have the elevator in the new Health and Fitness Center named in their honor. The "Leadership Circle" worked diligently petitioning their classmates to donate.

Trinity High School Class of 1960

50th Reunion Their reunion weekend was fantastic! The cocktail party on Friday night was a great success. It was held at the Carlton Hotel where the class Liturgy cover by Donna Beard Pope ‘60 immediately began reconnecting. On Saturday morning, the class loved the tours of the school which were given by current National Honor Society members. The reunion liturgy was incredibly moving. The liturgy, which was planned by the reunion committee, included a presentation of roses with the name of each deceased classmate. The final event was a wonderful luncheon at Oak Park Country Club where Sr. Michelle was presented (and totally surprised) with the fantastic donation from this generous class! The reunion committee planned every aspect of this memorable occasion perfectly! Please see page 11 for more pictures.




Trinity High School 7574 W. Division Street River Forest, IL 60305 Main School Line 708.771.8383 Alumnae 708.453.8328 Recruitment 708.453.8342 Special Events 708.453.8343 Fax 708.453.9391 Email Web



Administration Michelle Germanson, O.P.


PRESIDENT M i c h e l l e Dear Friends, Who at Trinity excited you about learning? Who gave you the tools to think critically, to think beyond the written or spoken word? Who helped you to understand, to have a caring, sensitive heart toward others, toward the world, toward yourself? Who empowered you to know yourself, to believe in yourself, even when you didn't? What gifts do you treasure to this day that were nurtured within the Trinity experience? Who loved you in the midst of your mistakes, in the midst of your "creative behavior"? Who gave you courage to be courageous and take risks beyond your comfort zone as well as to make choices and be responsible for them? I hope a smile, a tear, a feeling of awe comes over you as you reflect on the people who answer these questions for you. The teachers of Trinity impacted your life through their dedication, commitment, gifts. They truly have and continue to embody the mission…the charism. They put in motion, through their unique gifts, what is the essence of a Trinity education. Our faculty and staff are truly super-awesome and most amazing. They are

G e r m a n s o n ,

Antonia Bouillette, Ph.D. Principal

Deborah Murphy Assistant Principal/Dean of Students

Jill Watts

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Trinity's gift to all who experience a Trinity education. Their legacy is lived out in you. Treasure your memories. Please know that this impactful story continues today in the lives of our young women. Yes, we are a community that strives to continue to live the spirit, the charism of a Sinsinawa Dominican education. It is truly in the very fabric of our being! I ask you in the name of the teacher/teachers who impacted your life to give back to Trinity so that the story, heritage, legacy may continue in our young women. Many amazing people went before you and did the same thing. Now it is up to you to pick up the baton and do the same. We can't do it without you…We count on you! As you go to the web site, as you read the good news about Trinity, treasure that you are a part of that legacy lived out in the moments of today! Stay ever close to the heart, the mission, the lived legacy of Trinity High School!

Director of Finance

Christine Lee Bollettino ‘68 Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement Cindy Cronin Director of Special Events

Joanne Ferlito Assistant Data Management

Mary Ann Hagerty Coordinator of Grants and Corporate Giving

Marigayle Watts Harrington ‘78 Director of Alumnae/Annual Fund LINK Editor

Andrea Lamacki Executive Assistant to the President

Mary O’Hara Tansey ‘73 Co-Director of Marketing and Admissions

Norma Uscila Director of Records & Research/Publications LINK Layout

Patricia Ferlito Williams ‘87 Co-Director of Marketing and Admissions

With love,

P.S. Hope to see you at Bal Dominique!

The Trinity High School Board of Directors invites you to

Bal Dominique

Supporting Financial Assistance Honoring Carol Giles Parrillo ‘50

Trinity Leadership Award Recipient

Triss Brady Meyer ‘67 Board Emeritas Honoree

Join us! For more informattion conttactt Cindy Cronin at

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Reunion 2010

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What’s News With You?




FROM THE ALUMNAE DIRECTOR Marigayle Watts Harrington ‘78 Dear Fellow Alumnae and Friends, After finishing my fifth "reunion season "at Trinity, I can honestly say I have been so fortunate to meet and get to know so many of our alumnae. Each reunion class is special and their experiences at Trinity are very unique. However, I have found that regardless of the year they graduated, the alumnae always reflect fondly about two things: the friendships they made at Trinity and the wonderful teachers that taught them. The joy of these friendships (old, new and renewed) are evident in all of the reunion pictures and the pictures of all of the special events Trinity hosts to keep our alumnae and friends connected. There is truly an event for everyone; from the reunions and gatherings to the scholarship golf classic to a 5k run, to a shopping night, to an Oktoberfest, to a Santa breakfast, there are SO many opportunities to get together! Please look at these events and the list of

upcoming events on the sidebar and make plans to come back to Trinity! It is the wonderful education that teachers at Trinity provided that is never forgotten by our alumnae. Regardless of how long ago they graduated, our alumnae fondly remember the teachers that profoundly influenced their lives. On pages 13 and 14 I have included pictures of the teachers and expressions that were mentioned the most in the "Trinity memory" section of the past five years reunion questionnaires. I hope these pictures bring back fond memories. Please enjoy The LINK and always, stay connected to Trinity. Kind regards,


EVENTS GATHERINGS St. Petersburg, FL - Feb. 18 Naples, FL - Feb. 21


Mar. 11th - 13th Trinity High School presents “The Odd Couple”


Wed., March 16th at 7:00 p.m.

For junior high girls and their families


Sat., Mar 19th Held in the elegant Gold Coast Room of the Drake Hotel.

ANNUAL ALUMNAE TEA Thurs., Apr. 13th For classes 1928-1955


Fri., May 6th Held at the Oak Park Country Club, River Grove


Wed., May 18th Featuring Trinity students artwork and the Trinity Choir

T-CLUB SPORTS DAY Thurs., June 16th

Eaglewood Resort and Spa, Itasca


Held at the Abbey Springs Yacht Club Lake Geneva, WI. For more information contact Marigayle Watts Harrington


River Forest Country Club


1951 - 60th Reunion, Sun. Sept. 25th 1961 - 50th Reunion Weekend Fri. - Sat., Oct. 7-8th

Do you recognize anyone? Do you know what year this May Crowning is? Call Marigayle Watts Harrington 708.453.8328.

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Mass & Luncheon at Trinity HS Sat., Oct. 15th Honoring classes ending in “1” and “6”.

5K FOR FITNESS Sun., Oct 2nd Supports the Health & Fitness Center






Examples of the service they have participated in since the school year began: •Trinity students planned a dance party for the residents at St Mary of Providence. (picture A)

From the Principal’s Desk Antonia C. Bouillette, Ph.D.


• Trinity students go to the Oak Park Arms twice weekly to play games with the senior residents. • Students participate in a special project developed for them by Gottlieb Hospital, the "patient development project". It involves spending time with patients in the hospital.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP COMMENDED STUDENT Trinity High School is proud to announce top honor student, Dana Dahhan of Elmwood Park, who was named a National Merit Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Dana is a full IB student, accompanies the choir at all performances, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Italian Honor Society. Her plans are to attend either Harvard, The University of Chicago or Loyola and study bio-chemistry.

• Students volunteer at Camp Soar, a one-on-one opportunity to help children with developmental disabilities at a weeklong camp. • Many students participate in ASP (Appalachian Service Project), Habitat for Humanity, Peacebuilders Initiative and Catholic Heart work camps. All of these summer programs are designed to improve the living conditions in very poor areas in the U.S. • The Film Club viewed and critiqued the movie "Some Like It Hot" with the residents at the Oak Park Arms. • The Trinity community collected over 850 toys for the Catholic Charities Toy Drive at Christmas. They also collected a truck full of food for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. • The SAINT club members volunteer at the Animal Care League of Oak Park. • The Youth Ending Hunger Club collected hats, gloves and scarves for the area homeless. (picture B) • Trinity students help clean and serve at the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola Hospital. • Trinity students and faculty help St. Angela students with school projects and writing workshops. (picture C)

2011 ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS Congratulations to this year's Illinois State Scholars! The Illinois State Scholars program recognizes Illinois High School students for outstanding academic achievement. This year’s Illinois State Scholars represent the best and the brightest out of over 250,000 graduating seniors in the state of Illinois. Selection is based on ACT test results and the student’s class rank at the end of their junion year. Pictured L-R: Top: Britta Jacob, Katherine Ball, Sarah Schmidt, Lydia Neeley, Leigh Ann Jandrists, and Dawn Butler. Bottom: Sarah Flaherty, Nancy Samatas, Dana Dahhan, Theoni Richardson, and Maureen Conneely. Not pictured: Darcy Peters.


• The Blazers against Cancer Club made blankets for oncology patients at Northwestern Hospital and organized the donation of hair for children who have cancer for the Locks for Love Organization. Twelve feet of hair was donated! To see the YouTube video visit (picture D)



Congratulations to senior, Gianna Canning who's article "The Secret Door" has been published on Teen Ink's online magazine. To read Giana's article visit:

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TRINITY’S FALL PRODUCTION BYE, BYE BIRDIE It was another musical block buster at Trinity this fall! Almost half of the student body participated in the production of Bye, Bye Birdie in late November. The performance, costumes, and set were fabulous.

Nick Peresin ‘12, from St. Patrick High School, as Albert Peterson, and Theoni Richardson’11, as Rosie Alvarez.



Trinity's sports teams do very well and many of the students complained that we did not have a mascot or a fight song to show our school spirit at athletic events. Our Student Activities Director, Mrs. Susie Bedell, could not agree more. In the spring of 2010 she asked the students to submit ideas for the mascot and to create a fight song which will be chanted at all of our athletic events and assemblies. Captain Blazer was named the new mascot and Samantha Sanchez '10 (pictured left) created the new Trinity fight song. During the first pep rally of the year (which recognized the Softball Team for placing second in state during the summer) the entire student body was given Trinity spirit shirts and was introduced to Captain Blazer. Sam Sanchez came back from DePaul University where she attends school for the introduction of the fight song she created for Trinity.

TRINITY FIGHT SONG T-R-I, T-R-I, TRINITY Let's (uh) fight, (uh) Trinity. Blazers Claim that victory, Show the fire, show the burn, Show the crowd so they can learn. Let's take charge, (uh) we're no same, 'Cuz we're the hottest part of that flame. Gooooooooo Blazers, Huuuh!

Captain Blazer

A celebration of Blazer spirit!

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FROM THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Christine Lee Bollettino ‘68 Greetings and Happy New Year! I know that you will enjoy the articles in this issue of The LINK! They truly illustrate a portion of the excellent academic and cocurricular activity evidenced each day. However, what these pictures may not completely convey is the high level of enthusiasm that abounds on a daily basis. For those of us at Trinity, January 8 -- or testing day, becomes our real "new year". This is the day of Archdiocesan testing and the results this year were once again very exciting and gratifying! The number of girls testing at Trinity was up 15% over last year and to date the highest number since the mid-80's! How exciting that we can share this timely news with you, our proud alumnae! So first we will celebrate and then plan-curriculum, staffing, and space, as we look forward to welcoming a larger freshman class and coordinating the effects of increased enrollment. Oh what a happy challenge! From a Development perspective, I want to thank all of our alumnae and friends who continually promote this premier single-gender education. Through your volunteer efforts and support Trinity is able to offer exceptional, college preparatory curricula that include the prestigious IB Program, tailored

specifically to meet the inquiring needs of fourteen to eighteen year olds. We are able to expose these young women to experiences outside their world and comfort zone and help them to learn so much more about themselves through their outreach and service to others. They are able to explore myriad careers and growth opportunities because of your belief and gifts to Trinity. As one wonderful donor recently related, "That's why we keep sending our money there!" On behalf of this solid, Dominican, faith-based institution, I implore you to keep us in your prayers and on your donation list. Please consider the various ways that you can profoundly impact the future of Trinity: with a Planned Gift, a contribution to the Health & Fitness Center, as a Sponsor a Student Program donor, and with gifts to the Annual Fund, Memorials or Honorariums or specifically to curriculum departments. Visit the website to review these options online. You have been integral to the Trinity story; please continue to be so for its future! Blessings in 2011,




REMEMBERING TRINITY IN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING Help us continue to provide value-based education to young women. Consider including Trinity High School in your long-range financial plans by naming the school in your will or with a Charitable Gift Annuity.

CHARITABLE IRA LEGISLATION IS BACK FOR 2010 AND 2011 It's official--the president signed the charitable IRA rollover extension into law, and it will be in effect for 2010 and 2011. Donors aged 70½ or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the money. For more information, please contact: Christine Bollettino at 708.771.8383 or e-mail

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“Trinity's history has been built on sacrifice. Each decade of our awesome history has been met with challenges. We continue to thrive and grow because of all those who believe in us. We are Trinity!” -- Sister Michelle Germanson, O.P.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY This financial summary was prepared by the Business Office of Trinity High School and includes all gifts received from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.


SOURCES Tuition/Fees Auxiliary Services Contributions Unrestricted Funds Restricted Funds Scholarships 462,009 Capital Campaign 251,960 Football Mania 12,033 Other 21,463 Total Restricted Funds Total Institutional Advancement

$4,799,237 187,143 606,522

747,465 $1,353,987

Return on Investments

Instructional and Student Activities Administrative/Departmental Institutional Advancement Plant Operations and Maintenance Auxiliary Services Tuition Assistance Remission Benefits 62,238 Financial Aid 166,216 Scholarship 473,803 Total Tuition Assistance Net Decrease in Assets

$2,555,784 1,467,679 343,026 536,160 319,497

$702,257 $620,342

$204,378 $6,544,745

Total Sources

Total Uses



Thank you for believing in us and for supporting the Trinity dream. Your gifts enable us to continue to make the Trinity difference in the lives of our young women.





Corporation Matching Gift Program Direct Mail/Phone-a-thon Memorial/Honorarium Gifts Trinity Society Unsolicited Gifts Total Single Gifts





Bal Dominique (Financial Assistance) Scholarship Golf Classic THS Fathers Club THS Mothers Club Alumnae (Sports Day, Events and Reunions) Walk-a-thon Total Event/Organization Gifts

$2,725 102,885 15,549 108,844 7,152 $237,155

ANNUAL FUND $109,605 54,141 8,000 83,000 27,123 87,498 $369,367

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Restricted gifts are held for specific projects or groups and do not support the Annual Fund. Scholarship Program $462,009 Capital Gifts (Athletic / Health & Fitness Facility) 251,960 Football Mania (Athletic Facility) 12,033 Technology 19,063 Fine Arts 2,400 Total Restricted Gifts $747,465


$ 237,155 $ 369,367 $ 747,465 $1,353,987

To give a gift online go to:

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WELCOME BACK! We at Trinity, LOVE, when our alumnae come back to see their alma mater! We are very proud of our school and enjoy to meeting our alumnae and hearing all of their stories! We were lucky to have the following alumnae come back to 7574 West Division:

Anamarye Greene Holmes '39 from Prescott, AZ, and her husband Robert brought their family back to Chicago to celebrate her 88th birthday in September of 2010. The couple had not been back to this area since they were married. She visited her home in Maywood and showed her children the route she took riding her bike to Trinity every day. While in the area they visited the church they were married in and the Carlton Hotel where they had their reception. She truly enjoyed showing her family around Trinity.

Anamarye Greene Holmes ‘39 points out her graduation picture.

The Holmes family poses in front of Trinity.

Lori Johnson wanted to see the school her mother talked so much about. When a family wedding was planned in the Chicago area in October, Lori thought this would be a perfect opportunity. She sent an e-mail to Trinity asking for a tour and we willingly obliged. Rita Jean Hayes Anderson '44 loved experiencing Trinity again. The visit brought back many fond memories. Rita Jean was very impressed with Trinity's new health and fitness initiative.

Rita Jean Hayes Anderson ‘44 walks down memory lane.

Rita Jean and her daughter, Lori, enjoy their tour of Trinity.

Members of the Class of 1990 wanted to see Trinity and some of their former teachers. They made plans to come the Friday afternoon before their evening get together. The classmates loved the opportunity to talk to their former teachers and enjoyed seeing all the improvements that have taken place at their alma mater. The group was especially impressed with the Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility as it was their first time to see it!

Maria Quane Niehus, Mrs. Linda Harrington, THS English teacher, Natalie Laino, and Kisha Johnson-Smith.

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LaShaunn Murphy Stoddart, Natalie Laino, Kisha Johnson-Smith, and Maria Quane Niehus.

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SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC On Monday, August 30, 2010 we were blessed again with blue skies, warm temps and ready golfers at the 6th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing at River Forest Country Club. Led by a seasoned committee, the foursomes had a great time enjoying a buffet lunch, the eighteen hole shotgun, beat the pro, cocktails and dinner. They were pleased to meet the Class of 2014 scholarship recipients who sold raffle tickets and eloquently spoke to our guests. A most awesome thank you is sent to all who participated in this tremendously significant event. As a result of your support, over thirty Trinity students received scholarship dollars. Thank you! The next Golf Classic will be held on Monday,

August 29th, 2011. Join us!

... and they’re off!

Mary Ryan Rowley ‘56, Babs Herbstritt Ward ‘58, Maureen Herbstritt Chott ‘55.

Ron Capizzi, Pat Herald, John Cronin and Jack Matthews.

A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all.

Class of 2014 Board Leadership Scholars sold raffle tickets and introduced themselves to golfers and guests. From L-R: Erin O’Leary, Clare Fairbanks, Gabriela Montesinos, Mary Kate Whiteside, Danielle Lovero, Sarah Burke, Claire Hasley. Not pictured are Rebecca Flaherty and Alexandra Hayworth.

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Save the date for the

ANNUAL ALUMNAE TEA Thursday, April 13th For classes 1928 - 1955


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Art, Drama, Fitness, Forensic Science, Engineering, Writing, Sports and more. Call Patti Ferlito Williams ‘87 for a camp brochure. 708.453.8342,

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Dan Hefner, event co-chair participates in the raffle.

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REUNION 2010 HONORING CLASSES ENDING IN “0” OR 5” WALL OF HONOR AWARD RECIPIENTS 2010 ALUMNAE LEADERSHIP AWARD Mary Prendergast '60 is the recipient of the Leadership Award. After graduation from Trinity Mary went on to receive a degree in education at Marquette University. Mary taught at five Chicago Public Schools in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. Her demonstration of respect and professionalism for her students and colleagues caught the attention of Arthur Shay who featured Mary in his book, "What it is like to be a teacher". Mary changed professions and went into real estate in the early 70's. Mary became a leader in this field as well. During her real estate career, Mary served on the Board of Directors for Trinity for six years. Mary was the president of the board when the Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility was built. Mary was also in the "Leadership Circle" of the Class of 1960 and was instrumental in raising the $30,000.00 gift.

ALUMNAE SERVICE AWARD Eileen Day Galvin '55 is the recipient of the Alumnae Service Award. Eileen has shown her outstanding commitment to serve others. Eileen is a living example in her personal commitment to her Catholic identity. She is active in the pro-life movement and is involved in providing food for the homeless. Eileen is dedicated to her classmates and her alma mater. She works tirelessly to keep her classmates together and involved in Trinity. While she and her husband raised their six daughters, Eileen taught full time and successfully completed a graduate degree in education. Her accomplishments served to advance her skills in her career as an elementary educator and enriched her image as a model of dedication and commitment to her family, colleagues, students and friends.

YOUNG ALUMNAE AWARD Julie Honcharevich '05 is the well-deserved recipient of the Young Alumnae award. Julie graduated from Trinity's International Baccalaureate program in 2005. Julie continued her education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she graduated in aerospace engineering in 2009. While at UIUC she became the President of Women in Aerospace to assist young women with finding their strengths in the aerospace field. Upon graduation, Julie accepted a job from United Space Alliance, a contractor for NASA. Currently she is training to become a flight controller in Mission Control Center-Houston for the International Space Station. As a flight controller she will develop, test, operate and manage the communication, command, and data systems on board the space station. Julie would like to recognize and thank the staff, faculty, and her classmates at Trinity for the encouragement, guidance and support they gave her to pursue her dreams. She stated that her four years allowed her to develop a loud strong voice that helped her to excel in her classes at the University of Illinois. However, the most important lesson she took away from Trinity is one she uses everyday at NASA -- the importance of building strong friendships based on trust and understanding. Such a relationship is key between the crew on board and mission control.

The Jirasek Sisters:Terry Jirasek ‘71, Peg Jirasek Percival ‘65 (in uniform) and Mary Ann Jirasek ‘68 attend the reunion.

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Celebrating their 10th reunion from the Class of 2000 are: Bridget Tyrrell Regan, Rosa Chun, and Fabrizia Felella.

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Judy Colohan Blatherwick

Mary Prendergast

Carol Macie Gallagher presents a rose in memory of a deceased classmate.

Joanne Casciato Hillebrand

Monica Tobin Kearns and Kathy Fleming Morrissey.

Dimpy McDevitt Morvis, Judy Held Stamm, Mary Kay Murphy Olson, and Kate Campfield Caballero.

Ellen Brown McBride

Kathryn Czopek Piraino and Ellie Brisch Williams.

Mary Carol Gray Peske, Taida Mytys Kelly, Mary Margaret Cella Seery, Joanne Giunta and Julie Gallagher Donalek.

CLASS OF 1960 REUNION COMMITTEE: L-R Bottom row: Lonnie Serpe Cotteleer, Joan Inzerillo Robinson, Ginny Gaul Cullen, Sis Reynolds McBride, Marisue Reardon Kelly, Barb Carroll Riley and Janet Pokonosky Soenen. Top row: Mickey Doherty, Mary Prendergast, Ellen Brown McBride, Carol Weiler Kenney, Pat Pulaski Kautz, and Kathy Fleming Morrissey. Not pictured: Judy Colohan Blatherwick, Mary Curnes Fuller and Roberta Limarzi Weinsheimer. Link Page 11

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Rosemary Strening Rogers, Patricia Hosty Donoghue, and Loretta O’Mara Walsh

60th Reunion Sunday, September 25th


CLASS OF 1961 50th Reunion Weekend Friday and Saturday, October 7-8th

CLASSES ENDING IN “1” AND “6” Mass & Luncheon at Trinity High School Saturday, October. 15th





Sister Jean Murray, OP, Sister Mary Eileen Scully, OP and Claire Cusack Cronin





Listed alpabetically: Edith Richards Clark, Kay Feinendegen Doherty, Mary Pat Kennedy Donahugh, Caroline Goedert Doyle, Margaret Chestnut Fasano, Muriel DelPrincipe Fortuna, Joan Healy Gebhardt, Rosemary Kelley Heiberger, Jacqueline Heirens Henry, Carol Kelliher Kirk, Mary Lou Urbain Lynn, Marjorie Viola McLain, Pat Bates Montroy, Joan Carr O'Neill, and Maureen Buckley Toner.

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CLASS OF 1955 The class of 1955 celebrated with their classmate, Eileen Day Galvin as she received the Alumnae service award. The very cohesive class of 1955 had a wonderful day! They attended the all school Mass and then went to celebrate at a lovely luncheon at Oak Park Country Club. Congratulations to Eileen!

A toast to Eileen!




CLASS OF 1965 The class of 1965 thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing at the reunion luncheon. It was a great time to reconnect and catch up with one another.

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ALUMNAE FONDLY REME “Had a profound influence on my life.” “Individual attention they always gave.”

Devoted dedicated faculty.” Miss Rose McNicholas * 1930 Physical Education teacher, founder of T-Club

“An excellent education!”

“” Sister Marcelle Henneberry, O.P. * Sister Marie Stehens Reges, O.P. * 1938-1943 and 1956-1969

“I will always be grateful.”


“Encouraged lifelong learning” Sister Guillame Snaer, O.P. * 1958-1967

Sister Ignatius Daly, O.P. * 1950-1960

Sister Aquinata Craney, O.P. 1947-1949 and 1953-1958

“Creative approach to teaching!” Sister Martana Nicholas, O.P. 1961-1965

Sister Rosemary Gannon, O.P.* 1962-1967, 1972-1979, and 1988-1994

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Sister Titus Murphy, O.P. * 1960-1974

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Sister Catherine Meyering, O.P. ‘46 1968-1999

Sister Angele Spehn, O.P. 1961-1994

Mrs. Paulette Nelson * 1975-2004

Mrs. Sheila Scott 1967-2010

“Wonderful Dominican sisterhood of teachers.”

“A solid foundation for later learning experiences.” “Teachers and education was Simply the BEST!” “Certainly did not appreciate the quality of education while at Trinity.

I am really appreciative of it now that I am older.”

Mrs. Helen Marie O’Hara 1962-1992

Mrs. Mary Jardine Barrett ‘62 1967-1974 and 1983-present

“Teachers who care.”

Mrs. Alida Cozza Capizzano ‘69 1973-present

Miss Barbara Mezyk 1979-present

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Miss Rose Crnkovich 1980-present

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* denotes deceased Dates reflect years at Trinity.

CLASS OF 1970 Caroline Naprstek Evans has not been able to attend a reunion since she left Trinity 40 years ago. She was able to attend this reunion, and she took it upon herself to plan the class reunion from IDAHO!! Caroline did a fantastic job finding missing classmates and informing all of the reunion. There was a tremendous turnout. The class attended the Mass and continued the party at Francesca Fiore on Madison Street. Based on the laughing and noise level at the luncheon, a great time was had by all! A special thank you to Caroline for taking on this task!




CLASS OF 1980 The Class of 1980 enjoyed the mass and luncheon at Trinity. They went on to meet other classmates at O'Sullivans on Madison Street.




Patty Houlihan Finn, Gina Petruzelli Reckard,Beth Loftus Dean, Jodi Lescher Dan, Mary Condon Kenny, Jackie Walsh Lundt, Barb Bruce Gustafson, Katie Watts Rauh, Julie Elliot Nolan, and Jeanine Eichenold Schorn.





Karin Connelly, Meg McEnery, Carmela Bifero Velliotis, Kathleen McDonald Butler, Patricia Dassinger Henek, Moira Sullivan, JoAnn Fitzgibbon Ori, Tina Russo Dillon, Jill Bourjaily-Smith, Erin O'Brien Rhoads, and Colleen Casey Nettleton.

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CLASS OF 1990 The class of 1990 had a wonderful reunion weekend. Their celebration began on Friday evening at a local bar and the big bash was held on Saturday evening. As you can see from the pictures, the Class of 1990 definitely knows how to have fun!

Molly McGowan Burns, Nicole Giglio, Jennie Pope Dunlap, Jennifer Quinn Broda, and Lisa Infante Adams.

Top row: Sarah Esposito Reposh, Maria Knickrehm Lazzaro, Maria Quane Niehus. Bottom row: Dawn Esposito and Cherise Olivo. Cassie Coleman Crotty, Jennie Pope Dunlap, and Tonia Tomaras Sutter.

Kristin Buford, Latasha Bellamy-Thomas, Angela Tsigolis, Natalie Laino, and Franca Cristiano Battisto.

Julie Parren, Jennifer Nowinski Marketti, and Crystal Pigusch Lizon.





Kanika Coleman, Margeaux McBride, Rosa Chun, Magdalena Machala, Kristin Trusco, Fabrizia Felella, Tonisha Hood, Bridget Tyrrell Regan and Genevieve Ohka Sanchez.

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What better way to advertise the benefits of fitness than to lead by example? On a brisk and slightly overcast October morning, over 310 runners and walkers showed their fortitude and support of the Health & Fitness Initiative by enthusiastically participating in the first THS 5K Run-Walk. Instrumental in its success were Co-Chairs Eileen Dolan, Gary Townsend and Maura Carey Gates ‘84, THS parents (pictured above), who worked with Chris Bollettino, VP of Institutional Advancement, to inaugurate this event. Over twenty-five volunteers added their expertise to ensure the safety and success of this fun run. A group of twenty members of the Class of 1988 surprised and celebrated Colleen Bransfield ‘88 for her 40th birthday! Some of them are pictured bottom left. This venue is a fun, healthy way to get together with alumnae and friends. Post race, the entourage of students, faculty, family members, past parents, alumnae, neighbors and friends of THS gathered to grab bagels, fruit and water, and applaud the fastest runners and walkers. We sincerely thank our wonderful sponsors and underwriters for their vital support. Save the date for our next 5K for Fitness

Run/Walk on Sunday, October 2, 2011 and gather a group of friends to make this “your” special event.

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On October 7th the Trinity High School Mother's Club hosted a shopping extravaganza! Over 200 women came and enjoyed the camaraderie and shopping. Twenty five vendors sold many handcrafted items as well as gourmet foods to the very interested shoppers. The timing was perfect for buying gifts for the upcoming holidays. This event was such a success…it will be held again in the Fall of 2011!

OKTOBERFEST Over 260 alumnae, parents, past parents and friends alike had a wonderful time at Trinity's Oktoberfest on October 22! Music, dancing, a raffle, a heads and tails game and of course, wonderful German fare were enjoyed by all. This fun party was held in the Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility and because of the tremendous success, this event is being planned for the Fall of 2011! All information will be on the Trinity web-site:

Sister Michelle Germanson, O.P. and Dick and Mary Jo (McCauley '59) Carey.

Chris Lee Bollettino ‘68, Peggy Hosty, and Florence Dillon Cullerton ‘64.

Patti Ferlito Williams ‘87 and Mary Beth Lavezzorio '82.

Rachel Nicosin, Juanita Jakubec, T.J. and Trisha Spohnholtz, and Pam Liska.

Toni Bouillette, Principal, Brian and Tracey Donlan Marigayle Watts Harrington ‘78 and Pat Harrington.

Peggy Cullerton Gruber ‘95, Sue Crnich, Molly Furey Hanley ‘94, Kelly Cox O’Brien ‘95, Christi Yungerman Smith ‘92, Susie Hosty ‘98, and Darcey Desort Buchman '92.

The Heads of Tails game brought nearly everyone to the center of the gym. It was a true crowd pleaser!

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA A wonderful tradition began this past Christmas season! Three hundred alumnae, friends and their children enjoyed a festive morning with Santa. Tracy Hollenbach Ewell '88 thought this would be a great event and she was certainly right! This party would not have been as successful as it was without the help of Tracy and the fifty-five Trinity students (10% of the student body!) These pictures show the warmth and laughter and enjoyed by all.

The date is set for next year ... mark your calendars for Saturday, December 10, 2011!


1. The children of Meghan Kelleher Petruczenko ‘99, grandchildren of Georgia Hefner Keleher ‘70. 2. Michelle Uscila Balich ‘95 and her son, grandson of Norma Uscila. 3. Daughter and grandchild of Antonia Bouillette, Ph.D., Principal. 4. Triss Brady Meyer ‘67 and her daughter Katie Meyer Ortiz ‘92 and grandchildren. 5. The little guests really enjoyed the crafts! 6. The children of Maria Cullerton, former THS teacher, and grandchildren of Florence Dillon Cullerton ‘64. 7. Daughter of Genie Watts Halloran ‘88 with Trinity helpers. 8. Son of Jaime Frere Rohde ‘95, grandson of former THS teacher, Mr. Bill Frere.







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DARLENE DEVINCENT ‘80 One day my older sister, Debi , at 13 years old, sat my parents down and with much surprise announced that she wanted to attend Trinity High School. The plan was for both of us to go to the local public school. Debi laid out her case that Trinity offered a great education, a supportive community and a smaller space to accommodate her walking challenges from cerebral palsy. As was so often, her argument and determination won the day; however, even Debi could not have predicted what a wise and life changing choice this would be.

Trinity gave Debi the opportunity to truly spread her wings and grow into a confident young woman. She put all her energy into supporting the school that was committed to her education and spiritual growth every day for 4 years until her graduation in 1978. Debi was elected freshman class president and Student Council secretary as a junior. These are just a couple of her high school accomplishments. But Trinity's best gift to both of us was the love for learning, a life-long journey. This life journey began as adopted children in a loving family. Debi wrote about her journey in the Cradle newsletter.

is what a family is really all about.


We were referred to the 1960's "god" of pediatric neurology, and waited six months for the appointment and diagnosis: mild cerebral palsy. I weighed only three pounds at birth. This was due to a post-birth trauma, typical of premature babies. I had also been a twin, but my twin died on the day of our birth. What an ordeal for a birthmother -- two babies, one death and a premature daughter. She had to be a wonderful woman.


A SPECIAL CONNECTION TO CRADLE COUSINS I don't know if the Cradle is still using the term "Cradle Cousins," but my caseworker always referred to Cradle babies as "cousins." Whether you find your family or not, we always have each other. I love being adopted. It is a wonderful thing to have been the beneficiary of so much love. My caseworker was Mae Golin. Mom and Dad named me "Deborah May" so that I would feel a tie to Miss Golin and a sense of family. My parents admittedly were not the richest or even the smartest two people who ever came to The Cradle to ask for a baby. They were undeniably the finest. They taught me to be proud of the fact that I was loved twice, once by the biological mom whose unselfish choice made it possible for them to become parents, and then loved the second time by The Cradle, who cared enough to place me in the home of my adoptive parents. Mom and Dad knew shortly after they brought me home that something was wrong, because although I was attentive, smart, animated and expressive, my legs were limp. After examining me, the family doctor determined that I had what he called "some form of paralysis." My parents' hearts broke -- for me, not for themselves. Although the adoption was not final, I was already a daughter, a grandchild, a niece, a cousin and a godchild, and a neighborhood favorite. Everyone cared. Everyone worried. Everyone was willing to step in to help. This

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My mother had an invalid, bedridden father and an aunt who acquired polio as a young child. She grew up helping her aunt. We walked to my grandma's daily, so that mom could visit grandpa and sometimes feed him lunch. Our extended family embraced these issues. My half-leg braces and physical therapy were ornaments and games, never burdens to anyone on either side of my family. My handicap turned out to be a "non-issue." It was tough when I was a young child, but with the love of my family, the care of physicians, and the nurturing of nuns at Trinity High School, I found the beauty within myself to marry, the courage to divorce, and the time to pursue and finish my education at Harvard Law School, where I graduated at the age of fifty and look forward to practicing law. During my marriage I gave birth to three beautiful children. Mary Catherine Rose is almost 29 years old, Rosemarie Ann is 27, and Neil Peter is 24. The greatest joy of my life was naming my children after my parents. My sister Darlene, Class of 1980, was adopted from The Cradle in 1962, she married and had two sons. The younger became deaf as a result of meningitis, further proving that our family is designated by God as a place for children with special needs. We lost Mom 13 years ago to breast cancer. The street where my Dad still lives, where Miss Golin visited, is now named in honor of my mother. I have been blessed with my first grandchild. Her name is Sophia, after my birthmother, whom I have never met. Every one of my Cradle Cousins is fortunate, but none more fortunate than I have been.

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by Judy Colohan Blatherwick ‘60


I thought I would be able to lead off with something happy this time, after the death of my husband Rodney last summer, but it seems misfortune wasn't through with the Colohan girls just yet. On December 22, my sister, Kathy Colohan Novy '65, lost her husband of 22 years, David Novy. David was a wonderful husband to Kathy, as well as a much-loved stepfather to her daughter, Meghan McDonough. He was also a very dear friend of mine and Rodney's…I actually introduced David to Kathy! He loved parties and formal occasions of all kinds - especially Bal Dominique! - and as one of his friends put it, "arrived at heaven's gate attired in black tie." His jovial presence will be very much missed. Our alums have sent me all kinds of interesting news this time, so here it goes:

as a substitute teacher at the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools and also volunteers as an ESL teacher.

Marjorie Viola McLain '50 enjoys volunteering for the Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles, IL. She has many fond memories of her Trinity days: "I loved just being a student at Trinity…good teachers, good friends, good times."

Anne Ramsden Oberbeck '50 lives in Summit, IL, and has two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

Joanne Dring Willkomm '50 wasn't able to come to the reunion, "but you're all in my prayers," she writes from Salem, WI. Joanne is the mother of ten, grandmother of fourteen and greatgrandmother of six.

Mary Carol Kunan Wilsey '50 has been living in North Carolina for 26 years. Mary Carol is active in church ministries and volunteers at the local library and food bank. "My husband and I still enjoy traveling." Patricia Burns O'Connor '50 and husband Richard have been living in Pinehurst, NC, for the past 13 years. They have been married for 55 years and have eight children and nineteen grandchildren.

Barbara Roeser Hamilton '53 and husband John were part

THE FORTIES Joan Perry Mix '45 lives in Sebring, FL., where she keeps busy with Bingo and card games and meetings of the Moose, American Legion and Amvets Auxiliary. Joan has six children, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren "and one on the way". Her eldest son, Leonard Mix, Jr., died of a heart attack last year at age 53. Mary Therese Sweeney-Jones '45 lives in Sylmar, CA, where she enjoys painting, card games, golf and travel. A retired college professor, she goes by Enid Jones professionally. "I kept my nun name after 22 years as a Benedictine," she writes. She has fond memories of Sister Marie Stephen, who had time for everyone who needed her; and the nun who "had us pray for all the sins committed in the Forest Preserve." Congratulations to Therese Mullins Rigali '49 and husband Robert, who were chosen as the 2010 recipients of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin "In Service of One Another" Catholic Humanitarian Award in honor of their dedication to the Church and to Mundelein Seminary. Bob and Therese have spent a lifetime of dedicated service to the Church, helping to create beautiful Church environments in which thousands worship each week. Bob is the retired president of Daprato Rigali Studios, a company which has provided 150 years of service to the Church through their work in statuary, stained glass window creation and restoration, marble work and other artistic disciplines which enhance the beauty of many worship spaces throughout Chicago and the country.

THE FIFTIES Maureen Buckley Toner '50 retired in 2008 after 24 years of teaching high school Latin and American History. She still works

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of a group of mostly Notre Dame classmates and their wives enjoying a trip to Jackson, WY, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park. "Two of the wives on our trip are Trinity Alums, Mary Lou Gentle Morrissy '52 and Nancy Brizzolara Lorenz '52. They and their spouses were with us when we took the tram up Rendezvous Mt. We were in the shack up there getting cocoa when I heard voices singing the T Club song. Nancy and Mary Lou had found a table with another woman at it. They introduced themselves to Judy McDermott Henderson '53! They ran over to get me and we had our own reunion. Judy and her husband live in L.A. and were on the last day of their vacation. Go figure!"

Last October, a group from the Class of 1953 enjoyed a long weekend in Nashville, TN. Here they are, pictured at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. Left to right: Dee Kiley

LeFevour, Anne McDonald Weisskopf, Mary Lambert Haverkamp, Katie Perry, Janet O'Connell McCue and M.G. Turner Enderle. "Since my marriage in 1959, I've lived far from Chicago - 44 years in the Seattle area," writes Kathleen Melchior Wahl '55. Kathleen, who is retired, lists under "positions", "RN, peace activist,

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gardener, urban tree steward, and Eucharistic minister."

Adele Keane Stocco '55 lives in Northbrook, IL, and recently welcomed grandchildren numbers 29 and 30 - identical twin boys born May 10, 2010, Finnegan Keane Stocco and Calum Konrad Stocco. "I returned to the Chicago area after 50 years and one of the greatest blessings has been to reconnect with my Trinity friends," writes Sr. Marilyn Aiello, O.P '55, whose new address is in Lombard, IL.

Mary Gatsakos Amidei '55 and husband John are snow birds, spending winters in Naples, FL. They come home for Christmas and summers to Crystal Lake, IL. They love to dance at least once a week, workouts at the gym, pool and bike riding…"A less stressful life." Catherine Carlstrom Yagunic '55 and husband George live in Elmwood Park, IL. She is retired and serves as a minister of care, lector and Eucharistic minister as well as a food pantry volunteer. Catherine has fond memories of Trinity's beautiful May Crownings.

Sister Jean Frances Dolan, O.S.B. '55 has been a Benedictine Oblate nun since shortly after graduating from Trinity. Sister Jean lives in her monastic community's health care center in Clyde, MO, and corresponds with about 400 Benedictine Oblates (lay associates) monthly. She has also written a children's book, illustrated with her own pen and ink drawings. "My life is prayer," she writes. Annette Spicuzza Roeder '55 lives in Des Plaines, IL, where she enjoys travel and garden club. She volunteers at Holy Family Hospital and is a minister of care, Eucharistic minister and greeter at her church. Anne and her husband, Robert, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010 and have eighteen grandchildren. "Retirement is very busy and we are enjoying it very much," writes Mary Beth Hoffman Holpuch '55 from Rocklin, CA. Mary Beth and husband Otto moved to northern California 11 years ago to be near their grandchildren. They have also been doing quite a bit of traveling and are active in their church. Mary Beth is president of the parish Ladies Guild and a Eucharistic minister, and Otto is an usher.

of '56 appeared in the Link. We want everybody to know we're alive, well and enjoying life," she writes. The gathering takes place every third month on the third Wednesday at 12 noon in The Clubhouse in Oak Brook Mall. "We welcome one and all to join us." Contact Mary Rowley if you would like to attend the next gathering, March 16, 2011. Pictured from left to right : Kathy

Murray Gazzolo, Carole Workman Lopez, Mary Ryan Rowley, Anita DeOrio Spina, Joan Balsamo Shannon, Pat Edmier Schwartz, Mary Kay Zahn Benson, Susie O’Brien Cunningham, Jean O’Shaughnessy Murray, Peggy Hock Cahill and Mary Anne Lynch. Martha Ryan Maddock had just left

prior to the picture being taken.

THE SIXTIES Oh, how I wish I could share with everyone the beautifully written and recalled memories that my classmates contributed to our Class of 1960 Memory Book, created as we celebrated our 50Year Reunion. (Special kudos to Lonnie Serpe Coteleer '60 for producing the book and the amazing DVD that we all received!) Favorite classes and especially favorite teachers (a constellation of Dominicans presided over by our dearly beloved Sister Ignatius). Dances and sports events…the amazingly innocent "trouble" we got into along the way…the Senior trip to Washington…the plays and concerts we performed in…the infamous green gabardine uniforms (rolled up at the waist, of course) and the big, puffy prom dresses…and most of all the friendships stronger than sisterhood, enduring through all the years. How wonderful to see all those familiar faces once again at our reunion celebration! And what a special joy to see my old friend from St. Catherine of Siena and current Near North neighbor, Mary Prendergast '60, receive the Alumnae Leadership Award from Sister Michelle.

Maria Ambrosia Pudlo '65 and husband Thomas are living in Itasca, IL. "Both my kids graduated from college within 2 weeks of each other. Theresa has a doctorate in Physical Therapy and Anthony has an MBA and Doctor of Pharmacy degree. No grandchildren, just a “grand dog” and two “grand kitties." "My first year of retirement from full-time teaching has been marked by an amazing trip to Peru, and reconnecting with all 'four sides' of out-of-state family," writes Peg Jirasek Percival '65. Peg is a retired bilingual/ESL teacher for the Berwyn Public Schools, and credits her Trinity Spanish teacher, Sister Martana, for her decision to major in Spanish at Rosary College and go on to a teaching career. "Best of all, my husband and I became first time grandparents in December! God is good!"

Donna Ratini Amato '65 and husband Gene live in Richmond, IL. Donna is retired and does volunteer work through the McHenry County Senior Center and several other assisted living facilities. She also enjoys babysitting her two grandsons, ages 8 and 5,

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Also retired is Mary Ann Weber Rayburn '65 who lives in Sedalia, MO. She has done some traveling since retiring in March, 2009, but is waiting for her husband to retire in three years so they can travel together.

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Marylouise White-Petteruti '67 is delighted to announce the birth of her grandchild, Jack Brayden McNamee, last November 7th. Jack's parents are Corey McNamee and Sarah White-Petteruiti '01.

Christine Biggio Weyna '70 and husband Rick celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last June by renewing their wedding vows in Las Vegas, NV, at the same time and place that their daughter Karen was married. Karen and Dave Flores traveled from Portland, OR, to join Christine and Rick for this very special occasion. Christine recently received the Girl Scouts' "Hidden Heroine" award, a new award created to honor volunteers who embody the Girl Scout principle to help where needed. Christine has been a Girl Scout volunteer for the past 20 years. She also has many fond memories of biology class with Sister Titus! Mary Beth Meyer Chapel' 70 co-founded a non-profit called "The Next Step" under the auspices of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN. The group provides mentoring and monetary assistance to those needing help in taking their "next step" towards independent living. Mary Beth and husband Norman live in Edina, MN. Marie Giardino Lambe '70 lives in Fresno, CA, where she is

Members of the Class of 1968 celebrated a significant birthday at Molly Malones Restaurant in September, 2010.

Christine Smith Benjamin '69 lives in Minnetrista, MN, and is a Coldwell Banker Brunet Real Estate agent in the Twin Cities. Chris also owns a company that prepares homes for sale.

THE SEVENTIES Susan Miller Davenport '70 and husband Dan live in Simi Valley, CA, where she is an accounting manager for CTS Electronics Manufacturing Solutions, and also volunteers as a house manager at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Marilyn DiSilvestro Kroll '70 lives in the western suburbs of Chicago and has a new job driving a school bus. She is the grandmother of Gianna Rosemarie, 1, and another grandchild born in January. Josephine Tagarelli Urani '70 and husband David live in Westchester, IL. Josephine is a medical technologist for Loyola University Medical Center. Josephine and David have three grown children: Joseph, a lawyer; Maria Urani '99, a clinical psychologist; and Larau, a teacher. "I am soon to be a grandmother," she writes. "Although I have been with DePaul University for 17 years, I just started teaching this year,' writes Donna DelGiudice '70, "I have been teaching an internship class, and this fall will teach a career class for adult students." Donna lives on Chicago's Northwest Side.

Susan Nadar Thompson '70 loved the whole Trinity experiences, especially "being able to be a good student without being teased by the boys!" Susan and husband Michael live in Marblehead, MA, where she is a self-employed marketing consultant. "I'm able to use French in my consulting, thank you Trinity French teachers for giving me a great foundation!" The Thompsons have two grandchildren, a boy and a girl under two. Link Page 24

a speech/language pathologist for the Fresno public schools. Marie and husband Jim are planning a trip to Italy this coming June, and are celebrating the engagement of their son, Joseph.

Susan Maroney '70 designs giftware products and graphics, packaging and displays for a wholesale giftware company. She lives in Riverside, IL. Kathleen Donegan Patrasso '70 and husband Thomas live in St. Charles, IL. Kathleen is a retired nurse. Her daughter, Jennifer Patrasso Smith '92, has been married for 10 years. Kathleen's niece, Sarah Anne Lentes '10, graduated from Trinity last May. Kathleen remembers rolled-up skirts, saddle shoes, sock hops with Fenwick, and her class's memorable senior trip to California. "My oldest son just got married (last) June 26th," writes Ann DeGilio Williams '75, "I have four sons so adding my daughter-in-law is great (I'm not the only girl anymore.)" Ann and husband Jeff live in Carol Stream, IL.

Kathleen M. Nee '75 is a project director for the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health, where she has worked for 36 years. Kathleen works with clinical technology to assist the mentally ill for the criminal justice system. She made a national presentation in Orlando,FL, last March. Kathleen, who lives in Algonquin, IL, has two grown children and a nine-year-old granddaughter.

Kimberly Niziolek Eggert '75 has her own interior design firm, Critical Decisions Interior Design, in Park Ridge, IL. Kimberly and husband Jeffrey have one daughter. "My husband Ron and I live on 23 acres amid the cornfields, 40 miles south of Chicago," writes Sharon Gannon Fitzpatrick '75 from Essex, IL. "We live with 7 horses, 6 dogs, 3 cats and 2 chickens, come visit sometime!" Sharon has her own talent acquisition/ HR consulting firm, Transitions 1-2-3.

THE EIGHTIES Mary McEnery Harding '80 and Marijo Rogers Kelly '75 are co-chairing a capital campaign to raise $35 million to build a

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in Naperville, IL, and have two children, ages 12 and 10.

Klunzinger '95, whose daughter, Elska Salomea, was born March 4, 2010. The Klunzingers live on Chicago's Near North Side and Salomea is regional sales director for Aetna Global Benefits. She has fond memories of her class’ senior trip to Greece, "where we saw all of the hard work we spent studying mythology and history come to life!"

Moira Sullivan '85 is an executive assistant with Capital First

Christina Lopez-Nutzman '95 is a corporate attorney in the

new Catholic high school (Saint Joseph's) in South Bend, IN. "My oldest son is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame and loves it!" writes Mary.

Christine McManamon Raucci '83 and husband Chuck live

Realty in downtown Chicago and lives on the Near North Side. Her son, William Grafft, is in 6th grade at Immaculate Conception School in Old Town.

labor relations department of Caterpillar, Inc. She was previously an attorney in private practice at Smith Amundsen in Chicago, practicing labor and employment law. Christina and husband Jeff live in Peoria, IL.

"All of my memories at Trinity are dear to my heart," writes Eleni Nikolas-Krause '85, "Trinity molded and defined me as the

Aleksandra Wlodarska Pitner '95 joined the U.S.

woman I am today." Eleni worked in Europe for 20 years, where she was the director of design and merchandising for 7 Jeans for the whole European market. For the past 3 years, back in this country, she has been working for AFLAC, hiring, training and building large teams who help people every day in their financial struggles due to health related issues. Eleni and husband Ed live in DeKalb, IL.

JoAnn Fitzgibbon Ori '85 and husband John live near Wrigley Field and get to lots of Cubs games! JoAnn is currently the stay-athome mother of Alexandra, 8, and Ava, 7. Dina Principe Sbarra '87 has just completed a second Master's degree, this one in Administration. Her first was in Curriculum Instruction, and both degrees are from Northern Illinois University. This is Dina's seventeenth year teaching science to middle schoolers in Glen Ellyn, IL. Dina and husband Tony have two children, ages 14 and 9. The Sbarras live in West Chicago, IL.

THE NINETIES Maria Balice Kresnicka '90 is a self-employed public relations consultant. "I've discovered that not a lot of people have fond recollections of high school - but I loved Trinity." Maria and husband Kevin have two boys and live in Elmhurst, IL. Also living in Elmhurst is Julie Higgins Woolfe '90, a real estate broker and the owner of Woolfe & Co. Realtors. Julie and husband John just had their fifth child in October.

Melissa Payne McKinzie '90 is a meetings co-coordinator and desktop publisher for the American Nuclear Society. Melissa and husband Mark, who live in Lisle, IL, have an 18-month-old daughter. Franca Cristiano Battisto '90 and husband David live in Glen Ellyn, IL, and have two children: Ben, 4, and Gabriella, 2. Franca is a sales executive for Nike, Inc. Alicia Jaeger Smith '93 graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 with a degree in civil engineering, and went on to receive a law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2000. Alicia works as a defense attorney for Bates & Carey in Chicago. She and her husband have a 6-month-old baby, Brooklyn Eleanor Smith. The family resides in Elmwood Park, IL.

Tia Woodall '93, who lives in Wilsonville, OR, is the executive director at Riverwoods Assisted Living. Congratulations





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Department of State in 2009 and is currently a political/economic assistant in the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. "Our first post is in Uzbekistan for two years. We don't know yet where we're going next, but it'll be either Russia, Belgium or Italy, again for two years. Aleksandra and husband Terry have two sons, Leopold, 2, and Teodor, 1. In an e-mail sent by Mary Sichz, first IB coordinator, she writes of the

first IB class. “I just wanted to share something heartwarming and affirming with you. I witnessned Christine Poindexter ‘97

get married at St.Catherine-St. Lucy's parish in Oak Park. Christine was in Trinity's first IB class. She is currently finished with all her course work for her doctorate and is working on her dissertation at Loyola University of Chicago. She was an absolutely beautiful bride as was her mom Yvonne (former Board Member) a stunning mother of the bride! At the service was Dr. Jackie Ivey-Brown ‘97, her matron of honor. Jackie is in Medical Education at Evanston Hospital (educating interns), Samantha Cleary ‘97 is now an attorney, Regina Perry Carr ‘97 (who was the Cantor and is the proud mom of 3 darling boys), her mom, Regina Taitts, former teacher at THS, was the piano player, and cousin Tora Poindexter ‘96 was her maid of honor.

That first group of IBers also includes a pharmacist, April Peregrino ‘97, a nurse practitioner, Jolanata Markievicz ‘97, another nurse Becky Krcmarik ‘97, an engineer, Suja Issac ‘97, a French teacher Brianna Dahly ‘97, a masters in environmental science, Christina Forst ‘97 and who knows what else? Sam Cleary ‘97, who filled me in. I got positive feedback from the young women present and felt all the work they did, and all the teachers did with the IB program, was well worth it ... it was as scary for us as for them. I still have feelings of stress starting every May 1st just thinking about that IB testing! Trinity can be proud of all their accomplishments of challenging and empowering young women ... and continue to do so!”

THE 2000'S Jacob and Catherine Kavanagh Schlie '01, who live in Berwyn, IL, have one daughter, Pearl Roxanne, born June 23, 2009, and expect a second child in March. Catherine is an administrative assistant at Concordia University.

Vernessa Glenn Glover '01 holds two Master's degrees, in business administration and healthcare administration. She is currently a clinical supervisor at the Transplant Institute, Piedmont Hospital, in Atlanta, GA. Vernessa and husband Richard, who were married in August, 2009, live in Lithonia, GA.

Catherine Dezynski '01 completed her Master of Science in Winter 2011

Nursing with a focus in Women's Health this year from Loyola University Chicago. She is very excited to start practicing as a women's health nurse practitioner in a private gynecology practice at Northwestern. Catherine has been working for the past five years as a registered nurse on the mother/baby unit and the labor and delivery unit at the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

Lauren Hallie Muellner '04 graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in theatre. She was given an internship directly out of college teaching theater to children all over the Chicagoland area. Lauren just made her directorial debut at Gorilla Tango Theatre directing and producing a play called "Republic County", a comedy about unemployment.

Hallie Hanson '02 and Nives Rizza Pescatore ‘02

Congratulations to Jackie Karol Ziebka '04 and her new husband Jeff, who were married October 16, 2010, after seven years of dating. Jackie received her Master's degree in special education from the University of Illinois Chicago in May, 2010. The Ziebkas live in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

worked with the Trinity students making bags for the homeless. Hallie organized the event as she works for the Homeless Coalition of Cook County. Hallie graduated from Vassar in International Studies in '06. After a year of working with indignant artisans in Peru, she went back to school for a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Nives and her husband have two children; Alexis, 5 and Nives, 3. Nives is continuing her education at Elmhurst College.

Sarah Mueller '05 is a kindergarten/special education preschool teacher at North Elementary in Franklin Park, IL. She lives in Elmwood Park, IL. Amy Cade '05 recently graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign with a second major in industrial design and worked at a research position there until June. Since then, she has started a program in Milwaukee where she will receive her Master's in Education. She started teaching this fall. Mary O'Brien '05 is currently working downtown as an account executive at Edline, and living in Oak Park, IL. Laura Gerambia '05 lives in Elmwood Park, IL, and is her second semester of nursing school. Bridgette O'Connor '05 has just relocated to St. Paul, MN.

Thanks to Kristen Pope '02 who sent a photo of all the Trinity alums who were at Megan Tyrrell’s ‘02 rehearsal dinner: (top row) Kathy McNamara '68, Janet McNamara Oschmjansky '74. (bottom row) Mary McNamara

McCarthy '71, Mary Walsh McHugh '71, Jan O'Hara McNamara '69, Lauren Sperduto Roberts '02, Kristen Pope '02, Meghan Tyrrell McCarthy '02, Molly McHugh '96, Bridget Tyrrell Regan '00.



Armand Andreoni father of Rosemary Andreoni Bresnahan `79, Mary Andreoni `76 and Margaret Andreoni `82 Joseph Antonello husband of Blance Foley Antonello `47 and brother of Marguerite Antonello `47, deceased Clifford Becker, Sr. father of Kathy Becker Chomko `73

Raymond E. Bellock husband of Jane Rowbottom Bellock, `36 deceased, father of Margaret Bellock `65, Marilyn Bellock Rouen `65, and Patricia Bellock Santucci `68; fatherin-law of Roberta Huck Bellock `60 and Elizabeth Roche Bellock `64 Art Berman husband of Margaret Horwath Berman `37 and father of Louise Berman O'Sullivan Oslin `63

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And finally, congratulations to one of our newest alums, Danielle DuBois '10, who received the Heartprint Award from the Hephzibah Children's Association. The award goes to volunteers at the Hephzibah Children's home in Oak Park. Danielle was in 7th grade when she first volunteered there, and returned to volunteer again when she was 14. She was a big sister to a young girl for two years. Danielle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying biology and linguistics, and continuing the volunteerism that she started at Hephzibah. She is tutoring immigrant women and teaching them English. Thanks to all who sent so much material for this issue…I really had to edit in order to get everybody in, and I apologize in advance for any information I inadvertently left out!

and Anita Berman Berry `66

Neal McGarry Bidwell brother of Jane Bidwill Maus `50 Primo D. Bordignon husband of Marlene Tomaso Bordignon `55 Eileen Dolan Brady sister-in-law of Triss Brady Meyer `67 and daughterin-law of the late Catherine "Putt" Brady, long time faculty member George R. Buckley father-in-law of Julia Buckley, faculty member Robert J. Busam grandfather of Catherine Busam `11

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Chester Butler, father of Mary Ann Butler Marcoux `59 and Jane Butler Tomz `61 William J. Cahill, M.D. father of Catherine Cahill Anderson `77, Patricia Cahill Hellrigel `80 and Maggie Cahill Farnan `82 Marise Trosch Carbon `50 sister of Charlene Trosch Halpin `49, Gloria Trosch `50 and Helene Trosch Leuser `59 Mary Cay Cavanaugh `72 Dorothy Campagna Charles `63

Agnes Chiodo mother of Annette Chiodo Bomprezzi `61 and grandmother to Victoria Bomprezzi `00 Mary Grace Cibula mother of Donna Cibula Hemstreet `69, Mary Grace Cibula Harrison `71, Linda Cibula `72, Therese Cibula Kevil `74, the deceased Margaret Mary Cibula `76, Eileen Cibula Curry `77, JoAnne Cibula Nora `79 and Kathleen Cibula Veccio `83; granddaughter Megan Cibula ‘86 John Phillip Coleman husband of Virginia [Dinny] Madden Coleman `64, brother-in-law of Mary Madden Kerwin `63, Margaret Madden Eades `66, Eileen Madden Collison `68, Mimi Madden Marcucci `70, son-in-law of Margaret Keefe Kottcamp `41 and uncle of Sarah Kerwin Bodach `92 Kathleen M. Coleman mother of Mary Theresa Coleman Valentino `81 and Regine Coleman Dienberg `81 Linda Colucci mother of Jamie Colucci Boggia `87 and aunt of Jean R. Colucci `89, Joelle M. Paterno `05, Giana Paterno `09 and Francesca Paterno ‘10

Foley `48 and uncle of Karen Judy Foley `82

Michael R. Fumo father of Michele Fumo Mango `72 and grandfather of Dina Mango `00 Bob Gardner brother-in-law of Nydia Jones Gardner `53; uncle of Ann Gardner Russ `77, Molly Gardner McLachlan `78 and Kathleen Gardner McCabe `79 Marguerite A. Gilchrist mother-inlaw of Maureen Serra Gilchrist `60 and grandmother of Noel Gilchrist Rooks `90 Pedro Gurrola, Jr. father of Alexandra Gurrola `13 Stanley Coleman Jersey husband of Jeanne O'Reilly Jersey `49 and brotherin-law of Joan Clark O'Reilly `48 Sally D. Jeske mother of Susan Jeske `71 John P. Joyce father of Rosellen Joyce Ryczek `64, Carol Joyce-Egan `70, and Mary Jane Joyce Byrne `73 Philip Kaiser brother of Jacqueline Kaiser `03 and Jillian Kaiser `06

Sarina Varco Conmy `53 sister of Concetta Varco Vacco `49

Shirley Hughes Katzenbach `44

Francis Connors husband of M. Jane Butlet Connors `65

Sean Kelly nephew of Maureen Kelly Bransfield `54 and Barbara Kelly `47

Margaret Mary Roney Cremons sister of Patricia Roney Huebner `46 Lucille Cukierski mother of Patricia Cukierski Franke `66 John L. D'Allessandro father of Nicole D'Allessandro `01 Mario DeMartini son of Harriet Kruppenbacher DeMartini `39 and brother of Leslie DeMartini Walker `68 Eugene Dengler grandfather of Dana `10 and Alyssa Dengler `12 Rev. Joseph Duggan brother of Mary Duggan Philbin `39 and uncle of Meg Philbin McKinley `79 William R. Fahey uncle of Sue Ellen White `77, Dr. Anne White Freeman `78, Jane White Reidy `79, Molly White Kane `82, Christine Crnich Uhlir `88, Ann Crnich Rambasek `92 and Kathleen Crnich Riggins `93; brother-in-law of Sue Crnich, faculty and great uncle of Evelyn Reidy ‘12 Philip James Foley III, M.D. brother-in-law of Nancy Fitzpatrick

Florence M. Kennedy mother of Catherine Kennedy Jacobs `73 Florence Swanson Kennedy `47 sister of Gloria Swanson Dunne `48 Kay Knoth Kennedy `54 John T. Kenny husband of Margaret Phillips Kenny `63 and brother of Mary Kenny Reed `61 Grace Kevil mother of Rosemary Kevil Serio `75 and great grandmother of Leslie Kevil Carney `99 Peter James Kokenes father of Kristy Kokenes Mau `74 and Jamie Kokenes Giametta `80; grandfather of Loren Kokenes `02 Antonia Kringas mother of GiGi Kringas Raineri `78 Joanne Smith Mulcahy Krueger `59 sister of Mariora Smith Cabrera `58 and Carolyn Smith Hogan `61 Virginia Faye LeFevour `50 mother-in-law of Roseanne Finnegan LeFevour `72 and sister-in-law and life long friend of Judith Veselik LeFevour `58

David Long husband of Julie Haggerty Long `56 and brother of Ginny Long Haggerty `52 Theresa Losurdo mother of Sara Lee Losurdo Bugielski `77 Edward Maggiore father-in-law of Eileen Valentino Maggiore `67 Jim Maggiore husband of Eileen Valentino Maggiore `67 Margaret Mary Powers Massaro `65 daughter of the deceased Margaret Mary Powers `29, sister of Monica Powers `69 and Melanie Powers Hawley `72; niece of Olive Sheeren `26, deceased Joseph Mazzuca father of Pam Mazzuca Palenscar `70, and MarieElena Mazzuca Meagher `65; grandfather of Colleen Mazzuca `04 James Francis McGah brother of Barbara McGah VanVlierbergen `68 and Mary McGah `74; nephew of Judy McGah `47 Margaret McHale, O.P. `49 sister of Elwyn McHale, O.P. `47 Priscilla Meyering sister-in-law of Catherine Meyering, O.P. `46 Marilee Mikis `73 sister of Jane Mikis `67 Michael Mikis father of Marilee Mikis `73 and Jane Mikis `67 Betty Madigan Morris `43 mother of Joanne Morris Androvich `84, sister of Nancy Madigan Schlacks `56 and sister-in-lawof Carol Malloy Madigan `52 Eileen A. Mullen mother of Jean Mullen Qualters `71 and mother-in-law of Mary Beth McSheehy Mullen `72 Nancy Murphy `53 Joseph M. Nemeth IV son of Patricia McCormack Nemeth `66 David Novy husband of Kathy Colohan Novy `65 and brother-inlaw of Judy Colohan Blatherwick `60 Robert Francis O'Neill husband of Patricia O'Day O'Neill `48 and brother-in-law of Margaret Barrett O'Neill `52 Jacqueline "Lynn" Paris mother of Kathleen Paris Guevara `80 and Donna Paris Lavorini `81 Bernard J. Prepp father of Donna Prepp Tuerk `69 and Mary Louise Prepp Mikol`70 Gwen Purcell mother of Jill Purcell Manning `70 and Jamie Purcell Colwell `74

Mary L. Randall former faculty member Frank Reda father of Florence Reda `75 and uncle of Tomasine Reda `75 Robert T. Rouse husband of Joanne Hannagan Rouse `51; father of Susan Rouse Thies `75 and Sara Rouse Horkavi `81, brother-in-law to Dorothy Hannagan Gibson `49, Alise Hannigan Reese `41 deceased, Catherine Hannigan `39 deceased and Elizabeth Hannigan Groen `44 deceased Allen Ryan husband of Nancy Fiedler Ryan `52 Kay Ryan mother of Mary Ryan Morin `76 Florence Cone SanFilipo `48 sister of Virginia Cone `57 Daniel Scapin son of the late Mary Settlemeyer Scapin `50 Marie O'Keefe Schiewe `34 mother of Kathy Schiewe Giuliano `68 and Ginny Schiewe Beacom `72, sister of Helen O'Keefe Harmon `37 deceased, mother-in-law of Jacqui Bain Schiewe `64, grandmother of Colleen Schiewe Geraghty `89 and cousin of Ruth McGrath O'Keefe `31 Merrill Sklenar husband of Mary Dougherty Sklenar `64 James C. Spangler father of Jacqueline Spangler Broderick `68 Raymond Spink father-in-law of Michele Lacivita Spink `91 Gary Strock, Sr. father of Emma Leigh Strock `09 Dolores Strom mother of Susan Strom Saponaro `92 Cornelius Sullivan father of Mary Margaret Sullivan Weinand `79 John H. Sutton husband of Susanne Prichard Sutton `73; brother-in-law of Mary Lou Prichard `61 and Maureen Prichard Greenbaum `65 Dana and Corey Tindall sister-inlaw and niece of Sue Tindall, faculty member Stephen Devereux Vernon son of Christine Gawne Vernon `65; nephew of Judith Gawne Varias `67 and Mary Jo Gawne `68 deceased Nancy Ann Shields Walsh `56 Barbara Werner `59 Geraldine McNichols Zimmerman `41sister of Kay McNichols Joy `35 and Miriam McNichols Gannon `36

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