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Extending the Mission

of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and College into the 21st Century

Come home to the Mount for May 16-17, 2009 Reunion reunion, where they typically work the registration desk. The Alumnae ll children crave stability, but Mary Costello and her sister Association invites Phyllis Bresnik insisted on it with all graduates back for the reunion their parents. May 16-17. The Their father was in the Maple Leaf Awards, military and was stationed in honoring alums St. Louis during Phyllis’ eighth who are making grade year. “We had been to a difference in Mary Costello A’65, left, and her sister Phyllis Bresnik A’66 different schools for sixth, the world, will be check in Sally Murphy Buford A’64 and Sister Karla Marie seventh, and eighth grades, and bestowed Kaelin A’63 at the 2008 Academy and College Reunion.The we were tired of only being in a (nomination California sisters travel to Kentucky for the reunions. place for a year,” Phyllis said. “I form enclosed). was at Seven Holy Founders. The our family. I am not saying that Ursulines were teaching there and Attendees can have class photos taken, attend a business meeting, it was all roses, but the bottom my mom was great friends with celebrate Mass prior to a banquet, line was that the Ursuline the sisters.” Sisters really loved us, and the and visit with old friends. A The eighth grade class took girls really were like sisters to registration form is inside. a field trip to visit Maple Mount each other,” she said. “It gives As the Costello sisters prove, a that year, and older sister Mary, me a very warm feeling to be little distance is not an obstacle to who was a freshman at Bishop welcomed back by the Ursuline attending. DuBourg High School in St. Sisters.” “I like to come back and see Louis, was allowed to go as well. Both women say a Mount all the generations of ‘old girls’ “When I came home, Mary and education differed from that of I begged our parents to let us go and see how they continue to face other high schools. the challenges that life provides,” to school (at the Mount) so we “We were working students, Phyllis said. “I like to visit with could be in one place for high so we had jobs to do as well Sister Ann Victoria (Wasylina) school,” Phyllis said. as taking classes,” Mary said. and listen to her remember Now the Costello sisters “Somehow I was assigned a dorm the old days. I like to see Mrs. live about 30 minutes apart and bathroom to clean my first (Genevieve) Stelmach still in in California, Mary, A’65, in year and never ‘graduated’ from the dining room. I come back to Moorpark and Phyllis, A’66, that job.” They served a meal renew and refresh myself.” in Canoga Park. Despite their one semester and worked in the “I think I have stayed in touch lives on the West Coast, the and come back so often, because library. sisters travel back to Maple Mary believes a poll of Mount the Mount was not just a school Mount each year for the Mount graduates would show a higher to us,” Mary said. “It really was Saint Joseph Academy Alumnae number who have stayed true to their Catholic religion or returned Mount Saint Joseph Academy to it, compared to those who and Junior College attended other high schools. “I Alumnae Reunion think that you will find a high percentage who are involved in May 16-17, 2009 some sort of volunteer work in Anniversary Classes Recognized their parishes. This is due to the • Banquet • Liturgy • Tours caring example and instruction Scene from Maple Leaf Awards by the sisters we came in contact 2008 Reunion with. Registration form inside!

California sisters are counted on to attend annual reunions


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Keeping in Touch To ALL Mount Girls Everywhere, I don’t know of a “Mount girl” anywhere who can resist a CHALLENGE! So I am issuing an official challenge. Did you know that even students who did not graduate from the Mount are considered associate alumnae members? The challenge is for each and every Mount girl to contact at least one friend from your days at the Mount and convince her to attend Alumnae Weekend this year. It doesn’t have to be a graduation anniversary year to take the time to reconnect with old friends. Every person has plenty of old ‘war stories’ to share and laugh about. Everyone I know has a good time visiting old haunts, talking with sisters who taught during Mount days, or just reliving the glory days of their youth. It all starts with communication and it is all up to you. It would be great to have record attendance this year. It would be even better if everyone brings some recipes, or writes down their fondest memories or some Mount Saint Joseph lore to be included in the “Mount girl” cookbook we will be publishing! It doesn’t matter if you graduated from MSJ. Just track down your best friends from your teen years and make plans to attend Alumnae Weekend, May 16-17, 2009. I promise you will leave with a little more spring in your step and your heart will be lighter for having laughed. Nancy

Sister Ruth Gehres A’51 – shown here at a Dec. 19, 2008 Mission Advancement staff luncheon in her honor – spent six weeks in December and January at the Mount and with friends and family. Her visit was possible since it was summer vacation in Chile, where she and Sister Mimi Ballard A’66 are missionaries at Casa Ursulina, a women’s center in Chillán. Besides relaxing, Sister Ruth met with communications staff to discuss the Casa Ursulina Web site ( and with Director of Development Debra Noble to exchange ideas for support of Casa Ursulina. She also visited past and current donors to this ministry, including classmate Mary Ruth Knott Cecil A’51 and Ursuline Associates Ed and Gloria Cecil.

Mills A ’72

President, Mount Saint Joseph Alumnae Association

“Why Should I Pay My Alumnae Association Dues?”

Annual and lifetime dues are the Alumnae Association’s only source of income. These are some of the ways your dues support the work: • Annual donations support the Mount’s many ministries. For the past few years, your donations helped the Conference and Retreat Center. • Your dues help to offset printing and postage costs for The New Mount newsletter and Annual Alumnae Memorial Mass programs. Other ways your dues help to make alumnae events enjoyable and meaningful are: • The beautiful Maple Leaf Award trophies presented each year • Alumnae Weekend gymnasium rental and office supplies • Annual Alumnae Memorial Mass dinner • Stipends for liturgy celebrants • Tote bags and other mementos for reunion fun

Dues are just $10 a year!


are available from Mount Saint Joseph Archives 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356. Send a written request stating maiden name and where transcript is to be sent, along with a check for $5.00.


Pray with us! Send your prayer requests to or Alumnae Office, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount KY 42356 or call 270-229-2006.

Mount Saint Joseph Book & Gift Shop Saturday, May 16....... 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17.......... 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. .................................... 2 – 4 p.m.

The Mount Saint Joseph Alumnae Reunion planning committee met at the Mount Nov. 8, 2008. Pictured, left to right: Carolyn Sue Cecil A’73, Liz Ruckriegel Berger A’55, Gertie Hall Mayhew A’49, Marian Bennett, director of Ursuline Partnerships, Paula Gray A’73, Nancy Mills A’72, Sister Marietta Wethington, director of spiritual formation, and Mary Ford Vuncannon A’55. New ^

is published twice a year by the Office of Ursuline Partnerships for alumnae of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Junior College

Director of Ursuline Partnerships: Mrs. Marian Bennett, OSUA Director of Spiritual Formation for Ursuline Partnerships: Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU Director of Mission Advancement/Communications: Dan Heckel Graphic Design: Jennifer Kaminski Web Site Design: Tiffany Orth Development Director: Debra Noble 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356 Phone: 270-229-2006 • Fax: 270-229-4953 •



he Alumnae Association of Mount Saint Joseph fosters loyalty, friendship, and community among graduates, former students, and the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. In the spirit of Saint Angela Merici, the association upholds Catholic ideals, promotes Christian formation, and supports involvement in Christian service.

Spring 2009

2009 Alumnae Weekend Schedule

Saturday, May 16, 2009

2 p.m. CDT Registration, Retreat Center Lobby 2–5 p.m. Class meetings or visiting, Retreat Center Rooms B, C, D and Chapel 4 p.m. Mount Saint Joseph Museum Tours 5 p.m. Supper, Motherhouse Dining Room 6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Memory Garden 7 p.m. Opening Reception, Madonna Room

Sunday, May 17, 2009

8–9:30 a.m. Registration, Retreat Center Lobby 8–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Center Dining Room 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting, Conference Room A 10:30 a.m. Reunion Liturgy, Motherhouse Chapel 11:45 a.m. Class Photos, Retreat Center Courtyard 12:30 p.m. Banquet and Awards, Gymnasium



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“There are so many things that pop into my mind when I think of the Mount,” Mary said. “I see Sister Marie Bernadette, who was the first teacher to greet us. I see Sister Miriam sitting in her office. I hear Sister Mary Catherine calling us ‘ninny hammers,’” Mary said. “Still today as the Mount comes into view, I feel like I am coming home.” Phyllis said her first image that comes to mind about the Mount is the friendliness of the girls. “We were all so different in the places we came from, but everyone was so accepting,” she said. “Almost all of the sisters loved us and took care of us. “It has always been comforting to know that the Mount was there,” Phyllis said. “There have been changes, of course, but only superficial changes. The underlying spirit remains the same, the spirit of love and caring for others.” For more information about the reunion, contact alumnae@ or 270-229-2006. -- By Dan Heckel, Mount Saint Joseph Staff

Anniversary Classes 2009 75 YEARS Academy Class of 1934 Sr. Agnes Irene Bickett, OSU Cleo Helen Marchal Campion* Emily Wathen Ison* College Class of 1934 Agnes Waters Brown* Alberta Wood* 70 YEARS Academy Class of 1939 Hazel French Arnold Mary Edith Thompson Chase* Audrey Pierce Durbin Phoebe Riney Ebelhar Martha Dixon Blake Greenwell Alicia Mahoney Hoerter Mary Catherine Keown Larimore Adele Clements Margeneath* Sr. Pauletta McCarty, OSU Estelle Hagan Oberst* Frances Gowin Petersen* Leta Pike Speaks Marie Calhoun Thompson College Class of 1939 Helen Easton Avildsen* Mary Irene Stallings Bannowsky Hazel Elizabeth Blunschi Edwards Helen Hamilton Ferrara Vera Durant Fritz* Marguerite Wathen Lachowsky Irene Brown Nalley Margaret Stodghill Shouse Catherine Sand Zech 65 YEARS Academy Class of 1944 Betty Burke Allard Jeanne Hardesty Allin Betty Sue Calvert Aubin Lenora Buckman Begley Dorothy Knott Calhoun Mildred Mills Colantonio* Gertrude Darst Davis* Martina E. Mitchell Gibbons Frances Clark Hayden J.C. Clark Hickle Martha Beaven Holland* Wilma Alvey Jones William Mattingly Mike McCarty Frances Mulligan O’Bryan Patricia Sherron Ringswald Leo Thompson Mary Ruth Warren College Class of 1944 Cyrilla Ebehard Goedde Mary Ellen Stevenson Harrison* Clara L. Champagne Marcellais* Lillian Boone Rogers

60 YEARS Academy Class of 1949 Alberta Kuhn Balcartis* Betty Joyce Rumage Bickett Mary Craycroft Blandford Ida Mae Jarboe Buffat Sr. Elaine Burke, OSU Betty Stowers Cundiff Helen Bennett Downs Ruth Ann Mulligan Hardy Mary Jean Powers Hayden Mary Edna Greenwell Hefron Mary C. Kennedy Sr. Mary Angela Matthews, OSU Mary Ellen Mattingly Gertie Hall Mayhew Margaret A. Schadler McCarthy Jo Ann Judd Merrick Louise Dant Mulligan Mary Jo Sweat Nault Jean Russell Payne Joan Clayton Payne Rose Mary McCarty Pease Doris Mattingly Schadler Maureen Payne Semones Joan Evans Stasel Charlene Sandefur Swift Sr. Joan Walz, OSU Rosella Cotton Whitsett Ann Wills* Helen Knott Woodward College Class of 1949 William Castlen Mary Frances Mattingly Conn Carl Hamilton Frank Harris Albert Laub Mary Frances Gatton Liebert Charles Owsley Priscilla Padilla J. Carl Riney Fred Smith Beverly Mitchell Steele Catherine Louise Lyvers Welle 55 YEARS Academy Class of 1954 Judy Ballard Ashom* Betty Bickwermert Babbitt Gertie Hancock Brumleve Theresa Mae Thompson Carrico Anna Lee Thompson Clark Martha Ann O’Bryan Clayton Mary Gertrude Henning Cox Onadean Lee Dant Ruby Bantley Hampton Anna Laura Beavin Haycraft* Alice Hayden Imogene McBride Hayden Nancy Hayden Josephine Hodskins Hines Sr. Rose Ann Howard, SCN Mary Carmelita DeVoy Kelly Marilyn Riney Kurz

Doris Marie Beavin Mills Teen Clements Robinette Norma Jean Pate Russell Patricia Hite Sattolo Joan Riney Schartung Geraldine Russell Schroth* Betty Towery Smith Marylyn J. Taul Story Carolyn Taul Charlotte Ann Mattingly Tyler* Theresa Schadler Wernert Mildred Clemons White Patti Ann Bartley Wink 50 YEARS Academy Class of 1959 Rose A. McDaniel Aquino Edna Mae Hagerman Blandford Sue Monarch Bosley Margaret Knott Brown Beverly Batman Calhoun Jeanetta Payne Crabtree Brenda Greenwell Deibel Helen Gatton Gesser Beverly Bartley Goetz Judy Clayton Grant Judy Greenwell Janet Sue Hayden Joy Robinson Keller Barbara Mattingly Janice Riney Morton Mildred A. Stengell Mullican Sr. Nancy Murphy, OSU Theresa Fogle Payne Mary Celeste Durbin Spalding* Lynn Steiden Eugenia Thompson Martha Ellen Hayden Voges Martha Louise Clouse Young 45 YEARS Academy Class of 1964 Brenda Abello* Rebecca O’Brien Barger Claire St. Hille Beets* Marie Ballard Blumeier Janet Faye Wathen Bowlds Sally Ann Murphy Buford Joan Fulkerson Byrne Sr. Elaine Byrne, OSU Susan Richeson Cain* Ruth Carrico Nancy Calhoun Chappell* Sidney Edwards Cole* Mary Harl Decker* Bernadine Dees Ellersick* Sr. Michael Marie Friedman, OSU Linda Stenger Graves* Carol Buckman Greene Sr. Maureen Griner, OSU Maye Dockemeyer Hayden Unita Hayden* Eva Elizabeth Head* Margie Wagner Huskey* Judy McIntyre Peters

Judy Westerfield Stefanopoulos Betty Jane Stromberg* Minda Ward Kathleen Callhan Wirtjes 40 YEARS Academy Class of 1969 Martha Danhauer Bannister Karen Neidert Biester Mary Ann Brown Shirley Reardon Brown Alo Dant Byrne Betty Jean Drury Byrne Mary Adelyn Lilly Cecil Lea Dorth Clark Sr. Cheryl Clemons, OSU Winnie Riney Cohron Yvonne Collins* Monica Thomas Connelly Paula Mattingly Crabtree Rudina A. Fanhkauser Christina Ransdell Fosaaen* Karen O’Daniel Gerstle Mary Wethington Gordon Phyllis Lord Griffin* Karen Hayden Patricia Onley Hock Lou Dorth Howard Marthadene Howe Mary Eva Hughes Kathy Carrico Leonard Norene Stenger Leonard Imelda Glenn Madison* Barbara Rose Wheatley McClain Mary Norris* Ruth Ann Bittel-Nuñez Linda Goetz Powers Ginny Davis Ramsey Teresa Stenger Reale Donna Prestigiacomo Reese Marian Kranz Shreiner Mary Kelly Riney Sils Chris Pasquall Sims Loretta Robinette Stanley Joanne Miles Thomas Anita McKay Tooley Martha Abell Wheatley Kathryn A. Danhauer Wolsing Mary Noel Wooten* Patricia Castlen Wuerth 35 YEARS Academy Class of 1974 Busaba Silpachai Arackal Janet Meyer Calhoun* Diane Bickett Carter Denise Compton Cripe Jane Riney Gaffey Bridget Rose Garcia* Vickie Ann Bickett Gibson Donna Gayle Miller Gregory Lynn Marie Cecil Hofer Rose Turnquist Mann Anna Wethington May* Karen Jean Calhoun McCarty

Loquita Joy McIntyre McCarty Lori Miller Eileen Marie Cassidy Peterson Karen Lou Timbrook Roark Tina Marie Weber Smith Judy Louise Jaggers Stoke* Tammy Warren Patricia Araya Westover Terri Wisneiski* 30 YEARS Academy Class of 1979 Jane Conyers Adams Suzanne Knott Blandford Anita Louise Bowling* Margaret Ann Thaler Browder Katherine Elizabeth Cooper Fuller Denise Grenon* Kim Clemons Haire Mary Catherine Medley Hannah Busra Janekarnkit* Cletus Marie Tuell Lasley Jane Schadler Leach Michelle Masupap* Lynn Michelle Matsey* Mary Catherine Medley* Karen Lynn Culley Osgood Theresa Powers Beth Whitlock Schwan Rosanne Matthews Sheppard Ana Clemen Stadthagen* Ann Coomes Swaidner Maria Louise Riney Thompson Helena Conly Wright* 25 YEARS Academy Class of 1984 Katherine Burke Huong Tran Carper* Mary Lee Hermann-Cays Annette Dasso* Karla Schadler High Gia Kostun* Wendy Lenart* Pitina Molina* Donna Clouse Riney Krisie Weise

* Lost alumna. If you have any of her contact information, please let us know. Call 270-229-2006 or e-mail alumnae@


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Alumnae Adventures


Spring 2009

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Nancy Basham Lynch C’31...................................Submitted by her daughter, Danna Carol Lynch Herndon     My mother, Nancy Lynch of Curdsville, Ky., is 96 and still living independently (with some help) at Jackson Oaks, 3131 North Highland, Jackson, TN 38305. Some of you may have seen her on television the day after the Feb. 5, 2008, tornadoes as she came out of the local Civic Center. Her section of the Oaks was destroyed by the tornadoes about 7:05 that evening. The tornado also hit Union University at Jackson, and there was wide coverage of that event. Everyone survived in spite of the destruction. Mom celebrated her 96th birthday of Nov. 11 on Nov. 15, 2008 at Moonlite BarB-Q Inn (she loves the mutton) in Owensboro with about 45 members of her family including nieces and nephews in the area. Although her short-term memory is not always sharp, she definitely remembered where she was as soon as we crossed the river between Sebree and Beech Grove through St. Joseph and on to Owensboro.       As I remember the story, mother was sent to St. Joseph at the age of 16 because it was thought that she was too young to go farther away from home to college. She often told the story that she traded French lessons to the Sisters for piano lessons. Until that time she had played the piano by ear and had not been fortunate enough to receive piano lessons. She later took additional lessons and became an accomplished pianist. After graduation from St. Joseph, she moved to Owensboro and worked for Ken-Rad prior to moving to Louisville. While attending Carver School of Missions at Southern Seminary, she met and married a young minister from Forest City, N.C. She married Lewis Harrill Lynch on Sept. 4, 1943. They had two sons, David Owen and William Harrill, and me, Danna Carol. She served as pastor’s wife, as Lewis Lynch was a Southern Baptist minister and teacher. She also taught piano lessons from time to time. After her husband died in 1976, she again went to work part-time until she was 80, at which time she decided that one should not work after the age of 80. I hope you can add her name to your mailing list. Thank you.  (Editor’s note: Nancy was on our Lost Alumnae List. Now she’s found!) Mary Rose Shoemaker A’41 I have been a resident at Carmel Home since May 31, 2001. I am in a wheelchair and can wheel myself to the Chapel for Holy Mass, rosary and other church services. Several Mount Girls live here at Carmel Home. All of us cherish our days at the Mount and enjoy talking about our great memories there. I loved the scholastic training, and as I worked for my tuition, many things I learned helped me in my life work as a teacher. I am sorry I am not able to attend reunions. I really do enjoy The New Mount and learning of former classmates and students at the Mount. It is so good to get news. María Antonini A’68 Hello, all. I was an exchange student from Venezuela at Saint Joseph in 1967-68. I have seen the news about the ice storm that has hit Kentucky, and I could not help but wonder with concern how my beloved Saint Joseph Academy and Maple Mount were doing. Out of curiosity, I googled Maple Mount and found this beautiful Web page. I want you all to know that my prayers are with you and that I thank God for the impulse that led me to find this page. I am 58 now, and after my fruitful stay at Saint Joseph’s, I went on to become an English teacher, and later I got my M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington campus. While in Bloomington, in 1976, I managed to contact Elizabeth Anne Ringer, one of my buddies at St. Joseph’s, who lived in Indianapolis. I lost contact with EA (as she was known) and with anybody from the school till today. I am now a retired full professor from the Pedagogical University in Caracas, and I am working as a public interpreter. I hope you can find the time, when the weather allows it, to let me know how you are. Warm (both from the heart and literally) regards, María ( Nancy Mills A’72 I have always loved winter weather, especially when Mount girls’ greatest fun was sledding down the valley hill. But this year I had a different experience. The winter ice storm that hit western Kentucky in late January was beautiful, but it didn’t take long to realize that power and telephone lines could not be restored quickly. Cell phone towers went down, and temperatures plunged into the single digits. I volunteered for Saints Joseph and Paul Church, which still had power. Working through the Red Cross, we provided a shelter for four days to provide warmth and food. Working at the shelter was an unexpected blessing. I spoke with frightened elderly persons, watched over small children to give their mothers a break, and even helped with medical care for those who were ill. I believe that though I walked away from the shelter exhausted, the experience benefited me as much or more than the people we helped. Mary Ann Shewmaker Payne A’72 I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your prayers, thoughts and get well wishes in 2008. So far my lung cancer is gone, and I am still showing cancer free. Please continue to keep me in your prayers that I have a much better 2009 and stay cancer free. I do have X-rays every three months and am still taking medication for the blood clot that developed when I got cancer. I am truly a miracle of the Father Volk service that was held for me. Thank you so much. That was a very touching day for me and I will never forget it. I felt it that day, and knew I would be free of cancer. I used the beautiful prayer blanket from Nancy Mills each time I had chemo and thought of that wonderful Class of ‘72. I knew I couldn’t leave you. My husband took such wonderful care of me and gave me so much support as well. I returned to work on Jan. 5, so please keep me in your prayers that I continue the journey of CANCER FREE. For all of you who have an illness in your family, I pray that you will get well soon. May you have a wonderful 2009. God bless all of you. Kathy Welz McNeary A’67 Here is a little bit about myself. I have been married for 41 years to Tim. We have three children – Ryan, Kevin and Jennifer – who have all married and have given us five grandchildren so far. They are: Lauren, Michael, Matthew, Aiden, and Kira. They range in age from 2 to 9. They and our children are the love of our life. Tim and I have been in the construction and real estate business since our marriage. We enjoy helping people fulfill their dreams of home ownership. I would love to hear from more of my fellow classmates and friends. My email is Continued on next page

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Marian lanham (Attended 1969-71) It was a dark and stormy night. Seriously! Well, maybe not stormy but you know the type...It was October, the trees had lost their leaves and were scratching against the screens...The moon was full...The kind of night that could be a little spooky for three teens who were up past “lights out” at MSJ. Although we were supposed to be in bed, Nancy Mills, Julia Gosser and I were in the Mount Room working on the school paper, trying to meet a deadline. Have you ever noticed how large the windows are at the Mount? They are large enough for a full grown man to stand up in. We were diligently working and listening to the radio when a story about some escapees at the county jail aired. I asked Nancy and Julia what they would do if all of a sudden the escapees were standing in the window. It was just enough of a suggestion to really stir our imagination. It wasn’t long before we decided to head on up to the dorms. We turned out the lights and started up three flights in the dark, giggling nervously. When we got to the top floor we turned on the lights for Nancy to make her way across the locker room to her dorm. When the light came on I said, “Oh, there’s a mouse!” All of a sudden, Julia let out the most blood-curdling scream I have ever heard. I immediately flew back to my dorm and jumped in bed because I didn’t want to get in trouble and because Julia’s scream scared the snot out of me. Of course Sister Susan and Sister Mary came to see what all the commotion was about. Julia was jumping up and down, saying in her Russell Springs drawl, “The man got Nancy! The man got Marian!” By this time Nancy had gotten down from the table she had jumped up on and was back on the steps, saying, “Julia, I’m here. I’m okay.” I stayed in my bed because I figured it was safer there. I don’t remember how it all got straightened out. But Julia was screaming because she thought I said, “Oh, there’s a man!” The next morning in the dining hall the girls from the first floor dorm asked, “Did you hear that scream last night?” I just followed the advice I was given by my Mom and pretended it didn’t happen and went on. Tracie Macaluso Gutierrez A’83 I am a divorced mother of two boys, ages 23 and 24, and three granddaughters ages 5, 3, and 6 months. I work for the Missile Defense Agency as a Contract Specialist and I have been with the agency for over 13 years, but with the government over 20 years. I decided to move to Huntsville, Ala., with the Missile Defense Agency in 2008 in order to broaden my horizons. I retired from the Army National Guard in August 2007 with 23 years served. While serving in the military I was activated to Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was blessed to be awarded the Bronze star while serving in Iraq for being able to support 90 percent of the theater with medical supplies.

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Mount Saint Joseph College and Academy alumnae gathered to remember deceased classmates, teachers, and loved ones at the third annual Alumnae Memorial Mass Nov. 8, 2008. PICTURED, clockwise, left to right: 1. Nancy Mills A’72, leads the procession with the cross. 2. Sharon O’Bryan Snyder A’82, the youngest alum at the Mass, smiles during lunch. 3. Virginia “Ginger” Ford Green A’57, receives Communion from Sister Mary Angela Matthews A’49, as her sister Kathy Ford Young A’70, left, waits. 4. Carolyn Sue Cecil A’73, reads the memorial commemoration. 5. The four Ford sisters all attended: Kathy, Dorothy Ford Riggs A’72 (seated), Mary Ford Vuncannon A’55, and Virginia. 6. Gertie Hall Mayhew A’49, visits with Sister Marie Brenda Vowels during lunch. 7. Susan Thomas Allgeier A’66, left, and Cecilia McEldowney A’66, exit the chapel. 8. Elaine McCarty Glenn A’66, and Mary Ruth Warren A’44, visit. 9. Sister Rose Jean Powers A’61, reads the intercessions. 10. Mary Ford, left, and Paula Chandler Gray A’73, were gift bearers. 11. Lector Audrey Pierce Durbin, A’39/C’41.



The next Alumnae Memorial Mass will be Saturday, Nov. 7. 2009. Mark your calendars!






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Spring 2009

Ice Storm Hits Maple Mount

Part of a tree in front of the former Mount Saint Joseph Academy fell due to the weight of the ice that hit Kentucky on Jan. 27. There was extensive tree damage across the Mount Saint Joseph campus. (Photo by Sister Amelia Stenger A’67)

The last week of January proved not even icy cold and a lack of electricity could keep the Ursuline spirit down. The ice storm that left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity across Kentucky knocked out power at Maple Mount at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27, and it did not return until Feb. 1. A natural gas generator kept Sister Annalita Lancaster C’43, left, power to Saint Joseph Villa, where sisters needing longresearchedandwroteahistoryoftheMotherhouseChapel term care live, but other sisters dressed in layers and did stained glass windows and appointments with the help of their best to care for each other. Archives Director SisterVickie Cravens, right. In the photo “The sisters were magnanimous,” said Sister Rita above, the two are holding the new“Divine Light”booklet Scott, plant administrator. “Their concern for helping as they stand in front of a trio of Saint Angela Merici each other was just very good community spirit.” windows inside the chapel. Sister Annalita is a former Sister Rita has been on campus the past 19 years and superior of the congregation and has been an Ursuline said this is the worst disaster she’s seen at the Mount. Sister for 66 years. She volunteers in the Archives office. “There’s not one tree on campus undamaged.” The48-pagefull-colorbookletisavailableforpurchaseand Although other states were also affected, President features19windows,explainingthemeaningofeverything Barack Obama declared Kentucky a major disaster area. pictured in each panel. It can be purchased for $10 (plus Able-bodied sisters on campus, and a handful who $2 if postage is needed). Contact Sister Vickie at 270-229came from Owensboro, cooked and served meals, and 4103, ext. 302; via e-mail at or helped the short-handed nursing staff tend to the sisters. in person at Saint Michael Hall, 8001 Cummings Road, Employees gradually increased as the week went on, but Maple Mount.The booklet is also being sold at the Brescia near full staffing didn’t return until Feb. 2. University Bookstore in Owensboro, Ky. The generator provided heat to the Villa bedrooms and hallway, and powered one light and one outlet See more ice storm per bedroom. In Saint Ursula and Paul Volk halls, photos on our Web site It’s not too late to the propane gas generator powered only light in the hallways. purchase your Quilt Club Propane tanks membership for only $20! were used for Sign up by April 2 to get temporary six chances to win a quilt, and heating. Mass support the Ursuline Sisters was held in the Rainbow of Mount Saint Joseph Room of the at the same time! Congress extended this tax break until 12/31/09 Villa. The only Call 270-229-4103, ext. 278 Provisions of this law* contact with the • Donor must be age 70.5+ outside world Sister Amelia • Donation made by IRA trustee to the Ursuline Sisters were phones Stenger A’67 • Direct the IRA funds during your lifetime (right) is one of the and radios. quilters who helps • Donor may not receive any benefit from the charity for contribution Laundry was make quilts for the bagged and Contact Debra Noble, Director of Development annual Quilt Club hauled to town 270-229-2008 • drawings. to be washed. *Pension Protection Act of 2006 PF 109-280

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Spring 2009

Director’s Letter...

The Alumnae Office is gearing up to welcome you back once again to your home at Mount Saint Joseph. Your officers and planning committee are meeting often and working diligently to make this year’s Alumnae Weekend great fun for all of you. We’re looking forward to receiving stacks of Alumnae Weekend registration forms and Maple Leaf Award nominations. Both forms are included in this issue of The New Mount. Or this year, for the first time, you can register and nominate online! Go to ursulinesmsj. org/alumnae for complete details. Whichever method you choose, be sure to register by April 15. I urge you to mark your calendars now and remind all of your friends and former classmates to join you on May 16-17. May Saint Joseph and Saint Angela bless you and your families,

Marian Bennett

Mrs. Marian Bennett Director of Ursuline Partnerships Take a tour of the Mount Saint Joseph Museum with Sister Vickie Cravens, Archives Director, during the May 16-17 annual reunion. Enjoy a hands-on trip down Memory Lane. Travel back to the early years of Mount Saint Joseph and re-live those precious days of yesteryear!


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In Loving Memory May these alumnae and faculty members rest in God’s peace: Sister Dorothy Marie Willett, 87, A’40, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Feb. 4 in her 68th year of religious life. She was a native of Waverly, Ky. An educator for 42 years, Sister Dorothy Marie had long-lasting relationships with former pupils and inspired some to enter religious life. She taught in the Diocese of Owensboro, the Archdiocese of Louisville and in Nebraska. She was assistant local superior at the Motherhouse (1985-1989), then provided personal and pastoral care until 2001. Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen Dunkel, Englewood, Ohio; and Doris Trapp, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; a brother, Vernon Willett, Evansville, Ind.; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community. Gifts in her memory may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356. Louise Sandefur Willis C’36 died March 26, 2004, in Calhoun, Ky. A homemaker and teacher, Louise was a member of the DAR and served as pianist for over 40 years at Poplar Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her husband of 52 years, Justus, preceded her in death in 1992. She is survived by a son and two daughters. Nancy Fulkerson Shannon A’37, 89, died Oct. 27, 2008, in Martin, Tenn. She was the widow of Fred Shannon and was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. She is survived by a son and four daughters. Margaret Helen Thomas Smith A’40 died June 30, 2004. Margaret grew up in the Saint Raphael Church area of Daviess County. The Alumnae Office recently learned of her death from her daughter, Carol Schmittgens, who lives in the St. Louis area. She writes, “It might be interesting to you to know that my 11-year old daughter, Monica, says she would like to attend the Ursuline High School here. My mother often talked to her about the Ursuline Sisters. The legacy lives on!” Frances “Sis” Hamilton Steltenpohl A’42, 83, died Oct. 26, 2007, in Louisville. She was a charter member of the Church of the Ascension Parish and had four children. Her husband, Richard, preceded her in death. Mary Naomi Clark Ebelhar A’45 died Dec. 14, 2008, in Owensboro. Her husband, Hugh, died in 1980. Survivors include six daughters, four sons, and her sisters, Patty Beyke A’47 and Mildred Calhoun A’55. Margaret “Maggie” Thompson Scherm A’49, age 77, died Jan. 31 in Owensboro. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Survivors include her sisters, Virginia Hardy A’46, Patsy Clayton A’56 and Martha Howard A’58.

Sister Annalita Lancaster C’43 went in search of a nativity scene for the MotherhouseChapelgatheringspace. On Dec. 1, she found a Christmas crib (above) with a 1935 oil painting of the city of Bethlehem in the attic of St. Angela Hall. Sister Diane Marie Payne A’63 recalls the crib being on display in theacademyauditoriumwhenshewasa studentin1961.TheAcademyclosedin 1983, so the crib has been in storage at least that long.The Sisters would like to locate J.R. Mass, the artist who visited the Mount all those years ago.

We Extend Deepest Sympathy To... • • • • • •

Olivia Higdon Cassidy A’38, whose husband, Lawrence, died Feb. 1. Sister Frances Miriam Spalding C’40, whose brother, Jack, died Jan. 6. Sister Mary Angela Matthews A’49, whose cousin, Robert Compton, died Jan. 9. Monica Murphy Blandford A’61, Suzanne Knott Blandford A’79 and Lee Ann Thomas Blandford A’81, whose mother-in-law, Mary Louis Blandford, died Feb. 1 in Owensboro. Cecilia Head Clouse A’61, whose husband, Thomas Harold “Hook”, died Dec. 14, 2008. Susan Gray Schwerdtfeger A’62, whose mother, Cecilia, died Oct. 28, 2008, in St. Louis.


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45th Anniversary

Class of 1959 – 50th Anniversary

Class of 1944 65th Anniversary

Coming Events at Maple Mount...

March 21........ Alumnae Weekend Planning ...................... Committee Meeting April 18.......... Alumnae Weekend Planning ...................... Committee Meeting April 22.......... Earth Day May 2............. Derby Day May 16-17..... ALUMNAE WEEKEND June 27.......... Ursuline Associates & Sisters Day Sept. 13......... Mount Saint Joseph PICNIC ...................... to Benefit Retired Sisters Nov. 7............ Alumnae MEMORIAL MASS

LEFT–Class of 1944 (65th Anniversary): Bottom Row, left to right: Martha Ann Payne, Jean Marie Clark, Lenora Buckman, Betty Emmick, Wilma Alvey, Mildred Yates, Betty Sue Calvert, Martha Beaven, Emma Sue Stallman. Second row: Dorothy Knott, Luella Flaherty, Martha Osborne, Angela Thomas, Georgia Marie Warren, Frances Mulligan, Winifred Mattingly, Martina Mitchell. Third row: Mildred Mills, Gertrude Darst, Mary Ruth Warren, Rose Therese O’Bryan, Leo Thompson, Mary Lou Stallman, Jeanne Hardesty, Pauline Ling, Patricia Sherron.

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The New Mount Spring 2009  

Newsletter for Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Junior College Alumnae

The New Mount Spring 2009  

Newsletter for Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Junior College Alumnae