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Photography credit for this issue of the Communiqué: Lisa DeTullio Russell, Brian Russell, Vic Eng, United States Navy, and Peggy Marino.


The magazine of St. Joseph High School: Spring 2011 Edition St. Joseph High School 2320 Huntington Turnpike Trumbull, CT 06611




“Privilege and Responsibility” is closing on 49 years, and we will celebrate St Joe’s 50th in 2012. We graduate 200 seniors to some of the best colleges in the land this June, and will welcome 220 fresh cadets this September. Each year, for fifty years, the faculty has worked hard to graduate students who are faithful, responsible, and intellectually capable. As we collect the history, the stories of the first days, the tales of the storied leaders that kept the mission going, of the notorious teachers that kept the place jumping, of the creative students who thought up things students today wouldn’t dream of—we find running through all the stories the core values of faith and family and friends. A St Joe’s experience lasts a lifetime, and is filled with memories that extend well beyond a fixed four years. The community here is better off because of St Joe’s, and wherever you are, we are confident your community benefits from your presence. Good things happen at St Joe’s; always have. We hope you will be able to wend your way back to campus during the 2012 celebrations. The backyard has been transformed with new fields (and some ten state championships in the last few years (51 overall, if you’re counting)). In the front, we will break ground this summer on a new academic center, launching a 21st Century School off on the next fifty years. St Joe’s is a great Privilege, one for which you have all been Responsible. Thanks, and when you can, “come home to Joe.”

William Fitzgerald, M.Div, Ph.D President

William Fitzgerald, M.Div, Ph.D President

Michele Gomez Krasznai ‘89 Director of Alumni Affairs

Paul Bernetsky Director for Advancement

Jennifer Paige Deenihan Director of Communications

phone: 203.377.0350 fax: 203.375.0675

St. Joe’s starts at home...


his past October launched the first of what we hope will become many St. Joseph High School’s Home Receptions. Over the following weeks and months, Alumni, current parents and students, faculty and staff and even prospective students and their families were welcomed into the St. Joe’s fold. Our first of the Alumni at Home Receptions was hosted by Scott and Nicole Mauritz Daly ’88 (we won’t hold it against him that he’s a Prep grad). Nick ‘86 and Amy Sullivan Disabella ’89 also joined the host committee and recruited some ’89 alums. Everyone came together to reminisce and hear about what’s new at SJ. Principal Ken Mayo, Dr. Fitzgerald and Director of Alumni Affairs, Michele Krasznai ‘89, all provided insight to where we are headed and the importance of the Annual Support Campaign. In fact, a great time was had by all and people were excited for the up and coming 50th Anniversary in 2012!

pictured above: (top left) Nick Disabella ’86, John Sullivan ’89, Jeff Wasikowski ’89 and John Dehart ‘90; (top right) Mark ’87 and Allison daSilva, Jim Luchansky ‘75, Scott Daly ; (middle) 1989 alums, front Michele Gomez Krasznai, Amy Sullivan Disabella, Jeannine Leso Pellegrino, Moira Brown Matthews and Kate Breiner Salmini, Back Jeff Wasikowski, John Sullivan and Tom Matthews; (bottom) 1988 Alums – Allan York, Nicole Mauritz Daly, Lisa Murphy Sherry & Cara Brook

If you are interested in hosting an alumni or current parent/student reception or want to get involved in other ways, contact Director of Alumni Affairs, Michele Krasznai, 203.377.0350 or mkrasznai@

The Mike Burke Golf Tournament The 1st Annual Mike Burke ‘93 Golf Outing, in conjunction with the Western Connecticut Lacrosse Officials Association, was held at Whitney Farms in Monroe, CT on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. It was a great day to remember a great guy and to help his wonderful family. The event was a huge success: 112 golfers and 225 people at dinner, many of whom were St Joe’s alums. The golf outing will be an annual event and will be held again this year, September 27, 2011. Jeff Tavella ’93 and his wife, Jen, as well as Mike’s friends and family have also been working with the St. Joe’s Man Up Club during the Spring Lacrosse season, beginning with the Mike Burke Memorial Game at SJ this past April. Mikey and Colby Burke were the honorary captains and got to go out on the field for the coin toss and the Lacrosse team had jerseys made for them with Burke’s #13 on them. Adorable! In total, the Man Up Club raised about $1,000 total for the memorial scholarship that will be given to a graduating senior who plans to continue their career in lacrosse in college.

the man up club

Jeff Tavella ‘93, Keith Vail ‘93 & Dan Speer ‘93.

Jill Thompson, Jennifer Tavella , Jill Donnelly, Christy Tosolini Ernst ‘93, & Lisa Capece Todd ‘93.

For more information on the golf outing, fundraising or to make a donation to the Mike Burke Foundation, please contact Jeff & Jen Tavella at (203) 933-7191 or via email: Pictured below: Mike Donnelly ‘93, Rob Ernst ‘93, Geoff Chadwick ‘93, Rick Brown ‘92 & Pat Hall ‘92.

The Hole Sponsorship Sign Donation from the SJ Man Up Club

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From the Flight Deck of CVN 77 Brian ‘Lex’ Luther ’80

I sat and thought on this one for a while. I’ll have been in the Navy 27 years this month and had four years of college before the Navy. I tried to remember the 13 year old who entered St. Joe’s and the 17 year old who left for Marquette in the fall of 1980. Here goes...

US Navy Capt. and 1980 St. Joseph graduate Brian E. Luther was designated a naval aviator in March 1986. He subsequently served as executive officer on board USS Friendship...I came to St. Joe’s and put on the Nimitz (CVN 68) and as commanding officer red jacket of a freshman. I had left the friends of my neighborhood and local school that I had known for years to of USS Tarawa (LHA 1). In March of 2011, begin my education at St. Joe’s. I was forced to make new Captain Luther relieved Captain Chip Miller friends from different towns but discovered that regardless of where we came from we had more in common than we III as commanding officer of aircraft carrier had differences. I also developed enduring friendships that USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during a didn’t end just because we became separated by distance or time. The experience has let me enjoy meeting new change of command ceremony in the ship’s people and brought me joy of reacquainting with old friends hangar bay. We caught up with him before throughout my Navy career and its frequent moves. the USS George H.W. Bush’s very first deployment to ask: What are the lessons you most value as the commanding officer of an aircraft carrier that you learned at St. Joseph High School? 6 communiqué 2011

Sacrifice...I came to St. Joe’s a typical teenager--a

typical self-centered teenager. There are many things I’m told I should remember from the classrooms of high school which I, in fact, do not. What I vividly remember are the service projects, soup kitchens in the Bowery, and work in Appalachia with Glenmary Missions. I was just one person amongst so many who were sacrificing their time and effort to make the world a better place for one person, one family, or one community.

of my community. It taught me the value of service, the importance of sacrifice and that all work is noble. Finally, it taught me you could still have fun even if you were working hard (thanks Mr. DeTullio...and I still don’t know “What he wants!”).

Faith...I grew to realize my faith was not a spectator

sport and I was called to do something that would allow me to contribute, to serve. I felt a responsibility and an obligation to give something back to the community and nation that had given me so much. For me, the military became a natural fit. It’s a career where you place the needs or desires of the Service ahead of your own. It’s a career of service and sacrifice and my roots are in a faith that celebrates a life of service and the ultimate sacrifice.

Service...A shorter answer to the question of how St.

Joe’s prepared me might be my time at St. Joe’s gave me the self-confidence to meet new people and appreciate the diversity of their strengths and talents. It gave me a faith that provided strength in times of weakness and a moral framework which I used to guide my decision making throughout my life. It gave me an appreciation of my community and the tools to compete in the world outside

pictured above: NORFOLK, Va. (March 17, 2011) Capt. Brian E. Luther, USS George H.W. Bush commanding officer, is pinned with the Command-at-Sea pin by his father inside the ship’s hangar bay, March, 17. Luther relieved Capt. Chip Miller during this change of command ceremony. George H.W. Bush is scheduled to depart on its first combat deployment this spring. “[He] is the perfect man taking over at the perfect time,” Capt. Chip Miller said. “Capt. Luther will lead them well, and he will lead them with integrity.” (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Curtis and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall)

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Over 200 alums in attendance from the Classes of 2000-2005 renewed friendships and gathered to reminisce over Thanksgiving weekend at the Trumbull Marriott.

Alumni Reunions 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Sister Catherine Fanning Awards Dinner The Sr. Catherine Fanning Dinner was held at Vazzano’s Four Seasons on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The Alumni Council hosted the event and honored four deserving individuals for their accomplishments: Mr. Patrick O’Keefe – Leadership, Mr. Ross Bacarella ’80 – Community, Mrs. Doreen Rafferty – Dedication and Rev. Edwin Coyne – Spiritual In all the event raised over $21,000 for scholarships. Thank you to the Alumni Council for their time, dedication and commitment to St. Joseph High School. 2010-11 Alumni Council President Theresa Montelli ‘86 Past President Carol Schultz Tammany ‘70 Vice President Laurie Freer Baik ‘81 Treasurer Brigid Wilson LaBash ‘83 Secretary Lori Benedetto Mihalov ‘84 Michele Gomez Krasznai ’89 Director of Alumni Affairs Michelle Renaud Armstrong ‘75 Mary O’Keefe Butala ‘78 Mary Ann Montelli Ciambriello ‘81 James Drennan ‘80 Nancy Lessard ‘77 Lorrie-Anne Monte ‘92 Diane Montelli Morrisey ‘84 Deana Galli Nemec ‘83 Diana Ramos Rainho ‘92 Diane Santilli ‘72 Andrea Mastrone Serino ‘74 Patricia Luczaj Zito ‘89

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The St. Joseph Athletic Association Congratulates and celebrates:

Chris Sadler (‘01)

2011 Assistant Coach of the Year

Joe DellaVecchia (‘81) 2011 Coach of the Year

Nick Adzima (‘11)

2010-2011 Scholar Athlete

the Scoresheet Boys Basketball wins 10th State Title

This past season, led by the senior trio of Oscar Assie (game-high 17 points), Brandon Jones (13) and Jake Fulton (10), the St. Joseph boys basketball team routed Fairfield Prep, 79-53, to win the 2011 CIAC Class LL State Championship. The game was played at Mohegan Sun Arena. The title is the tenth in school history, all under Head Coach Vito Montelli, who is in his 49th season coaching the team. St. Joe’s is now the only school in state history to win titles in all four classes (S, M, L, and LL). Montelli now has 853 total wins, the most in Connecticut and New England history, and was featured recently in Sports Illustrated as part of the magazine’s “Faces In the Crowd” section. The special section highlights coaches from across the U.S. who have led their respective teams to recent milestones.

Strong Finish for Division I First Year

The St. Joseph hockey team, in its first year playing at the Division I level, finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-6 final record and the #3 ranking in the final New Haven Register state poll. The Cadets played in the CIAC Division I state championship game, falling to the state’s top-ranked team, Fairfield Prep, 5-0 in front of a sold-out crowd at Yale’s Ingalls Rink. It was an unprecedented third straight state final in three different divisons for the team. SJ won the 2009 CIAC Division III championship and lost in the 2010 CIAC Division II finals. St. Joe’s also made the school’s first-ever appearance in the FCIAC Championship Game in 2011, losing an overtime thriller to CT’s second-ranked team, New Canaan. SJ got revenge on NC in the state semifinals, winning 6-5 and handing the Rams their only defeat of the season. St. Joseph Hockey was led by a host of talented seniors in 2010-11. Forward Patrick Corcoran was named First team All-State, CT Post All-Star, and First Team All-FCIAC. Forward Conor Crouse was named to the CT Post All-Star Team and Second Team All-FCIAC. Goaltender Zach Carrano was named a CT Post All-Star and Honorable Mention All-FCIAC, while Defenseman Kevin Robitaille was named a CT Post AllStar. Head coach Marty Crouse (Conor’s dad) was named CT Post Coach of the Year. 2010 communiqué 11

Alumni newsbits Adele Harak Campbell ‘66 owns and operates her own web-based business at They cater to people with soy allergies and all other allergies, providing chocolate, mixes, candy, cookies, cocoa without soy, peanuts or tree nuts. Some products are completely free of the top eight allergens. Congratulations to Catherine Lacobelle Teitell ‘69 for becoming Senior Assistant Public Defender for the Judicial District of Waterbury, Part A. Pam Falanga Moore ‘77 writes “Clara ia a freshman at a Dominican all girls school in Houston called St. Agnes Academy. She ran Cross Country in the fall and has made many friends there. I am a volunteer through the Mothers Club there, and Steve and I have joined a Domninican lay community through our association with the school. I am also a lector at our parish in Houston, St. John Vianney, and have been taking Bible study courses there. Steve is a corporate attorney at Southern Union Gas Company in Houston, and is enjoying his new work in the energy business. He has taken up running and cycling here in Houston (it’s very flat!). We are doing well and enjoying the temperate climate here in Houston. I plan to look for a teaching job in September but right now I am busy getting us settled in our home and community. Patrick ‘09 is a sophmore at Fordham and Maggie ‘05 is working as a Public Affairs Specialist at Georgetown University.” Laura Hall ‘79 earned a BS and MS in Biology from Southern CT State University. She completed her doctorate in psychology at University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute and is now a licensed clinical psychologist. She is now working for the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Hartford Veteran Center. Congratulations to Bill Belko ‘80 who was recently promoted to president of Ragan Technologies, Inc. Chris Scully ‘85 has kept true to his musical heritage as the COO and GM of Glassnote Entertainment Group - the music company behind 2010 Grammy Winners for Best Alternative Album and 2011 Grammy Nominees Mumford and Sons. He looks forward to receiving unsolicited demo CDs from talented SJHS alums. Join Michele & Jeff Wasikowski 1989 alums at the 2011 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech, Sunday, May 22, 2011, Osbornedale State Park, Derby. Meet at Pavilion by Picketts Pond (Chatfield St. Entrance), Registration & breakfast starts at 9 AM; walk begins promptly at 10 AM. Register online at For the past 12 years, Tom Kiely ’95 has been a CT State Trooper. Tom was recently promoted as a Major Crimes Detective, he now covers the Western District of CT. Congratulations, Tom, on all your accomplishments. Congratulations to Megan Tammany Baird ‘01 who accepted the poisition of Director of Special Education Services here at St. Joseph High School. Jeren Akinci ‘02 graduated from Sacred Heart University and is working at a private investment firm in Stamford, CT. Amy Warren ‘03 is a 6th grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. She has an opportunity to lead a student trip to Spain & Portugal with Discovery Student Adventures. Students will invest in their education & give back to communities as they explore. Please support this cause! The website for more information is included here: amywarrenstriptospainandportugal Support Brian Wyka ‘06 as he hikes the Grand Canyon! Brian is hiking in memory of his mom Eileen Wyka, former SJ teacher. Brian is raising funds for the The Leukemia & Lymphona Society. You can support him by checking out Brian’s team page: Victoria Roehrich ‘08 has been busy establishing diplomatic relations with Columbia. On February 15, 2011, Victoria had the opportunity to meet with former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe for lunch and conversation about Latin American politics and security challenges, specifically narcotraffic. Victoria is currently a junior at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in International Politics with a concentration on International Security Studies. 12 communiqué 2011

Campus Events

The Alumni Egg Hunt was held on Sunday April 10th. A fun time was had by all, with over 120 children in attendance. The children enjoyed “glitter-too’s”, the Nichols Fire Department’s “Touch A Truck”, the police car, games, a raffle and plenty of fun for all. Senior Nicole Terrell ‘11 did a wonderful job as SJ’s Easter Bunny, thank you Nicole.

Many SJ students were on hand to make the day fun for the children, including the SJ cheerleaders. Thank you to the alumni that came together and served on the committee along with chairperson Alumni Council member, Deanna Galli Nemec ’83. The committee consisted of Amy Sullivan Disabella ’89; Ailis Brown Martin ‘95; Nicole Mauritz Daly ‘88; Liz Steczkowski Parenzan ‘90; Moira Brown Matthews ’89 and Laura Whiting Hurley ’85. Thank you ladies for a fun time and tremendous event. The Classic Taste Fashion Show proved a great success for the Class of 2012. Co-chairs Alec Lessard ’12 and Cassandra Collins ’12 did a remarkable job, as well as a host of juniors who served as waiters and 48 who worked as fashion models. The dedication of Charles Howard, Spencer Tripp, Kayla Chuba, Mike Defelice, Mrs. Erdos & Mrs. Defelice in the Kitchen, as well as Liz Ryan, Rosemary Collins ‘76 and Nancy Lessard ‘77 at the helm. The event raised $10,000 for the upcoming senior year for the Class of 2012 and was truly entertaining for all. This year’s Junior Ring Dance gave us a wonderful legacy shot for the books. Pictured here: Sam Russell ‘12, Lisa DeTullio Russell ‘82, Edy Nilan ‘12, Mary Ann Wasil Nilan ‘82, Mara Santilli ‘12, Jeanine Czajkowski ‘82, Sasha Kawakami ‘13, Andrea Brown Kawakami ‘87, Fran Freer ‘75, Spencer Tripp ‘12, Katie Helfrich Clyons ‘82, and Libby Clyons ‘12. The Women of St. Joseph, Past, Present & Future took place at Brooklawn Country Club, and was a beautiful afternoon. Co-chaired by Rosemary Collins ‘76 and current parent Trish Trefz (Theresa ‘13), the Luncheon included a tribute to women by our own Sr. Florencia Silva and a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria from Crisara Smith ‘12. Pictured far right is Amy Sullivan Disabella ‘89, Andrea Haffner Maldon ‘89, Stacey Basso Wymbs ‘89, and former staff member Doreen Rafferty. Mrs. Pat Pagliaroli, and Caitlin ‘05, Cassandra ‘12 and Rosemary Pagliaroli Collins ‘76 appear in the lower right photograph.

Above right: Brian Hughes ‘12 Above left: Cassandra Collins ‘12 and Alec Lessard ‘12

For more images of these events and many others, visit the media gallery at SJ’s website:

Please send your news in to St Joe’s: contact Director of Alumni Affairs Michele Gomez Krasznai ’89 via email: or by telephone: 203-377-0350 2011 communiqué 13

It has been a busy year of weddings and births for the St. Joseph family. Please stay in touch and share your good news with us as well: Catherine and Michael

Unions Congratulations to Catherine Carson ‘92 who recently was married in New York City on October 2, 2010 to Michael Ricciardi. Congratulations to Mark and Kate Woods Bauer ‘00 who were married July 17, 2010.

Mark and Kate

Travis and Catherine Wanamaker Worrell ‘00 were married March 21, 2009, and are proud owners of Westport Auction, an antique auction house in Bridgpeport, Congratulations to Brenna McGannon ‘02! Brenna was married to Jared Capriotti on July 25, 2010. Amanda Bisack ‘04 married Richard Caputo September 25, 2010 at St. Timothy’s Church, Fairfield, CT. Reception followed at The Candlewood Inn, congratulations to you both!

New Arrivals

Travis and Catherine

Marina & Luke Cooper ‘94 report Lucas Truman Cooper was born on March 30th at 2:30pm at 6lbs, 15oz. Lucas is a wonderful addition to the Cooper family! Congratulations to Al ‘87 and Danielle Purciello Paolozzi ‘89! Chase Stephen Paolozzi was born November 16, 2010 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Brian and Erin Tammany Passineau ‘98 welcome their newest addition to their family, Benjamin Alexander Passineau, born on January 30, 2011 at 2:08am, weighing 9lbs, 7oz! Congratulations Brian and Erin!

Brenna and Jared

Congratulations to Jamie and Lynne Woods Chesbro ‘98 on the birth of their 2nd child, Mary Lynne Chesbro on June 25, 2010. Mary Lynne joins brother James Douglas. Congratulations to Peter and Laura Woods Massey ‘96 on the birth of their son Graham Peter born December 25, 2010, 7lbs 10oz. Graham joins sister Mia. Ken and Jessica LoPresti Bellock ‘92 announce the birth of their 2nd daughter, Riley, born on October 5, 2010. Riley joins her sister Alex, aged 2. Congratulations to Thomas ‘83 and Kim Portocarrero Whitmore ‘89 who gave birth to their daughter Ciara Jane on July 22, 2010. Ciara joins her 3 year old brother Collin and 20 month sister Norah.

Amanda and Richard


Congratulations Felicitations

Lynne Lucas Tru man

Susan Harris Polinski ‘01 and husband Michael welcomed their daughter Sophia Lynn Polinski on November 5, 2010. Congratulations to Michael and Andrea DeTullio Smith ‘89 on the birth of Penelope Lucile Smith born March 1, 2010...Norman and Barbara DeTullio’s 11th grandchild! Penelope joins Ruby, 6 years and Ben, age 4. Congratulations to Rob and Samantha DiTullio Bleggi ‘01 on the birth of their son, Jason Rob Bleggi, born on September 30, 2010. Travis and Catherine Wanamaker Worrell ‘00 gave birth to their first child on May 6, 2010. Congrats! Rob & Erica Pyatak Pinto ’95 welcome Ella Mae Pinto. Smallest Pinto baby to date

weighing in at 7 lbs 8.5 oz. She is a perfect addition to a wonderful family! John Diercksen ‘00 and his wife Shannon welcomed their first child, daughter Kinley Ann on November 16, 2010. Kristen Nestor Tayag ‘93 and her husband Rick welcomed a son named Ryan Nestor Tayag on September 23,2009! Kristen was also inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of fame for softball. She holds the all time record for the best batting average in history of 407 at the University of Vermont. Congratulations Kristen!

A note for submitting your news and photographs: When attaching photos for inclusion in St. Joseph publications, please ensure that your image is a high resolution file for the best quality. Thank you!

Patrick Mallon ’95 and his wife Elysha welcomed Dmytri Alexander (9) and Natalya Grace (4) on October 21, 2010 and announce the birth of Sadie Kathryn on November 27, 2010. The family lives in Middletown, CT. Sadie Kathryn

Ciara Jane

the newest arrival for the Worrell family

Sophia Lynn

Benjamin Alexander

Penelope Lucile

Chase Stephen


Graham Peter


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Alumni masses

Daily Mass is now scheduled for 8:30 am during the school year, provided school is in session (Holy Days excluded) in the Alumni Chapel on campus. On half-days of school, Mass is scheduled at 8:15 am. All alumni and friends of St. Joseph High School are welcome. If you are planning to attend Mass, it is recommended calling the school in advance to verify the time. Contact Fr. Chris Samele, Spiritual Director at 203.378-9378 (ext. 312) for more information. John Battaglia Sr., Grandfather of Michele Goode Battaglia ‘91, Amy ‘94, John ‘95, & Matthew Battaglia ‘01. Rocco Bonavita ‘98.

Mary Boris, mother of Mary Ann Baldwin, mother-in-law of Raymond Baldwin ‘66. Rinaldo Botti, father to Brent ‘93, Brian ‘87 and Bruce Botti ‘88. Kerry P. Boyle, father of Caitlin A. Boyle ‘14. Marie Careddu, mother of Alan Careddu ‘67. Joseph “Joey Bags” Casablanca ’91, brother to Angela Casablanca Albert ‘89.

Eugene W. Cassidy, Sr., grandfather to Anthony J. ‘06, Eugene W. ‘01, Matthew J. ‘03 and Michael A. Cassidy ‘03. Charles J. Ciambriello Sr, father to current parent Chuck Ciambriello and wife Dawn. Grandfather to Alec ’13, Carly ’11 and Ryan Ciambriello ‘09. Joseph J. Corey, father of Mary Ellen Barton ’79, Joseph J. Corey III ’82, Monica Austin ’84, Paul M. Corey ‘86. Gladys & Tony Delgado, parents of Toni Marie Delgado ’89 and Ydana Delgado Chella ‘91. William Joseph DelMonico ’84, brother of Chris ’85 & Jason DelMonico ‘92. Gerald Devore, former faculty member & Spiritual Director (1966-71). Karen Dudzinski, mother of sons Paul ’82 & Kathleen Frisino Dudzinski ’82, and Keith ’86 & Kathryn Maiocco Dudzinski ‘85, Grandmother to Amanda 2011 communiqué 16

’11 and Chloe Dudzinski ’13. Steven Duncan ‘72. Alice T. Keegan Dziewulski, mother to Pamela Truedson ‘84, Stacey Youmatz ‘86. Paul J. Figlar Jr., father to Paul Figlar III ‘70. John Gabriele ‘71. Frank Giannini, past Athletic Association President, father to Pamela Scinto ’76 and Arthur Pistey ‘71. Eugene Gorton, Grandfather of Paul ’12 and Nicholas Gorton ‘10. Charles H. Grogan, past faculty, guidance counselor. Angela Alicandro Heyse, mother to Pamela Wellock ’77, mother-in-law to Thomas Wellock ‘77. Franceline Horan, mother of Mary Ferruzzi, requested by staff. Joseph Iannucci, grandfather to Lauren ’14 and Kyle Picone ‘07. David Krusinski, father to Joseph ’08 and Scott Krusinski ’04. Brother in law to Joe ’78 and Linda Lucy, current staff member. Patrick C. Lapera, father of Pat J. Lapera, grandfather of Patricia A. ’05 & Anne Lapera ‘08. Stanley Michael Lemanski, father of Paula Cote ’81, Richard & Nicole Lemanski, current parents. Grandfather to Jonathan ’14 and Nicole ’13 Lemanski. Michael O. Leone, father to Michael J. Leone former Board of Directors, Grandfather to Alyson Rutledge ’98, Kristy Beausoleil ’88, Michelle Caporaso ’90, Lauren Inzero ’92, Marc ’04 and Michael Leone ‘00, and Patricia Pavia ‘87. Sally Litzie, sister of Bob Litzie, former faculty. Ronald Lynk, brother of Jeff Lynk, requested by SJ Community, faculty and staff. Edna M. McCarthy, grandmother to Brian ’97 and Christine Brotherton ‘91. Beatrice McGuire, grandmother of Melissa Convertito ’91, Kara Golino ’92 and Kristen Campbell ‘92.

Genevieve Mary Marcello, grandmother to Fr. Joseph Marcello ’94, Lisa Marcello Palmieri ’97, Lisa Marcello Finch ’85, and husband Ted ’85, Leonard Marcello ’81, great grandmother to Ryan ’11 and Adam Finch ’13, aunt to Joseph Lucy ’78 and wife Linda, current staff. Nicholas Marcucio Jr., grandfather to Stephanie ’96 and Nicholas Marcucio III ‘98. William Mickut, Father of Carolyn Mickut LoCascio ’86, Nancy Mickut Mullany ’84 an Anne Mickut Valentino ‘84. Ann Conti Mirrione, mother of Frank ’78 and Joseph Mirrione ‘70. Connie Montefusco, grandmother of Jordan Bshara ’91, Christine Bowolick O’Hare ’93, Lisa Bowolick Mullany ’96 and Tim Bshara ‘99 Daniel J. Mooney, Sr., father of former faculty Donna Karagus, grandfather to Craig ’96 and Mark Karagus ‘93. Geraldine Hope Colligan Nargi, mother of Kristen Nargi Dellamarggio ’91 and Kara Nargi Giacobbe ‘95. Vincent A. Palumbo, grandfather to Gino Palumbo ‘13. Robert James Parkes, father to Christopher Parkes ‘85. Charles “Gordy” Perry, father of Karen Perry Zigmont ’74 and Bruce Perry ‘84. E. Cortright Phillips, father of Betsy Campanelli, current parent and grandfather to Alex Campanelli ’12. Janice F. Phillips, sister to Betsy Campanelli, current parent, aunt to Alex Campanelli ‘12. Frank X. Povondra ’68, Husband to Nancy Povondra, former volunteer, father to Katherine ’02 and Kevin Povondra ‘04. Marie Provenzano, mother of Lynn Provenzano ‘84. James Rafferty, father of current faculty Eileen Broderick ’79, James Rafferty ’73, Colleen Lundgren Rafferty ’74, Patrick Rafferty ’83. Grandfather to Steven Rafferty ’98, Eric Lundgren

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Alumni masses

’99, Daniel Lundgren ’01, Lisa Rafferty ’01, Kathryn Lundgren ’04, Shannon Broderick ’10. John E. Ready, father to current parent John and Nusha Ready, grandfather to Johnathan Ready ‘14. Jordan Beard Sabith, son of Abbe Beard ’79, nephew of Daniel Beard ’75, and Lisa Savarese ‘72. Robert Salito, father to Caryn ’96 and Christina Salito ‘92. Alexander Schultz (“Poppy”), father of Carol Schultz Tammany ’70 and Robert Schultz ‘67, grandfather of current faculty members Erin Tammany Passineau ’98 and Megan Tammay Baird ’01. William P. Scrivines, grandfather to faculty member David Scrivines. Christopher D. Snell, brother of Janet Snell ‘02 and brother-in-law to current staff member Paul Bernetsky. Peter Soligon, father of Paul ’85, Patty ’86, Michael ’88 and David Soligon ’88, requested by Jeff Coster ‘88. Raffaela Spagnuolo, mother to current parent Raymond Spagnuolo and wife Louise, grandmother to Allison ’11 and Dylan ‘13. Freida Stolzenberg, mother of Howard Stolzenberg. Charles W. “Chuck” Strobel II ’70, son of Catherine Turney Strobel. Lorraine Studley, grandmother to Anne Studley Davis ’85, Eileen Studley Donaghy ’86 and Robert Studley ‘90. Robert J. Tiberio, Jr. ’77, brother of Stephen Tiberio ’78 and wife Beth Testi Tiberio ’78, uncle to Lauren ’08 & Alyssa Tiberio ‘06. Helen Traggianese, mother of Patricia Hayes (faculty) & Christine Zarilli ’85, Grandmother to Brendan ’97, Christy, Jr. ’02 & Jack Hayes ‘04. Ryan VerNooy ’05, brother to Stephanie ’09 and Jason VerNooy ‘04. “…Ryan was a well-rounded industrious, compassionate, caring, respectful young man who wished to do his best. He comes from a wonderful family which has imbued him with the strongest values we espouse.” --Kevin Carey, CT State Director: Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and World Language Chairman “Ryan was a great kid - smart, respectful, polite. He became a Student Ambassador, took the position seriously,

and was a wonderful representative for St. Joe’s, both in character and in appearance.” --Peggy Kuhar Marino ‘71, Director of Admissions Margaret Theresa Parker Weiss, mother of Msgr. Robert Weiss, St. Rose of Lima, Newtown. Annette Viesto, grandmother to David Viesto, current faculty, math department. Laura Pitcher Vigliotti, mother to current parents Philip & Rosemary Vigliotti Popick ’81, James Vigliotti ’82, grandmother to current student Ross Popick ‘14. Michelle Urbanowicz Welkes ‘87 Donald & Cheryl Wood, parents of Abigail Carey ’91, Sarah Carusone ’93 and Elizabeth Wood ’99. George Francis Zenhye Jr. ‘66 John Henry Ziembroski, father to Janice Kenney ‘74. Masses of Healing “Rick” Eric DiCicco, requested by the St. Joseph High School community. Nick Gerrity ’08 requested by Vito Montelli and the St. Joseph High School community.

Annual Masses Walter & Ethel Bishop, parents of Dick Bishop, past administration & faculty. Herbert Bundock, former benefactor, father of Mary Leddy ’68, Nancy Matthews ’74, Barbara Ball ’75, Thomas ’77 and James Bundock ‘82. John Cesario father of Laurene Collins, Assistant Principal. Sr. Catherine Fanning, SSND (anniversary April 17, 1990), former Vice Principal. Dot Farrell, birthday January 8th, former faculty member of English and Drama, mother to Jennifer Farrell Volturno ’80, and James Farrell ’83 and his wife Rosann Madar Farrell ’82, Grandmother to Stephanie Volturno ‘07. Julia Fry, former school nurse. Maura Gill Gough ’75, birthday March 12th, sister of Mary Kate ’71, Nicholas ’73, Peter ’78 & Sheila Marini ‘82. Bernard Helfrich “Bernie”, father of Katherine Clyons ’82, Mary Ann Moriarty ’84, Daniel ’78, Matthew ’81 and Patrick ’86 Helfrich; grandfather of Carolyn ’09 and Elizabeth ’12 Clyons; former Superintendent of Schools of the

Bridgeport Diocese. Eileen Hickey, siblings Brian ’84, Matt Hickey ’85, Laura Bossio Hickey ’88 and Paul Hickey ‘90. Anthony Latella (anniversary date), father of Teri Czarnecki, current staff member. Msgr. Batholomew Laurello, founding principal. Kevin Lynch ’66, brother of Gary ’68, Thomas ’67, Patricia ’70, and Brian Lynch ’74. Loretta Martone, mother of Darcie Zdru ’90 and Ryan Martone ’89, former Dean of Students. Msgr. Lawrence McMahon, former Spiritual Director. Sue Mezerewski ’73, sister of John ’76 and Edward Lynch ‘77. Jeffrey Moonan, birthday February 17, father of Michael ’03 & Kim ’06. Margaret Turecek Nikituk ‘66. James O’Connor, father of Mary Wilson, past support staff. John and Clara Ondecko. James and Catherine Pezzullo, in-laws of Barbara Ondecko Pezzullo ‘66. Greg Santos ‘91. David L. Wade ’69, husband of Lynn Bodnar Wade ’70, father of Scott Wade ‘93.

Many friends have found comfort during times of bereavement by requesting that donations be made to St. Joseph High school in lieu of flowers. Donations made in memory of a loved one can be a very meaningful way of insuring that the goodness of the deceased person will live on through the students of St. Joseph High School. Please include in the obituary: “Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to St. Joseph High School Scholarship Fund, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611.” We will acknowledge all gifts to the donors. Call Michele Gomez Krasznai ‘89, Director of Alumni Affairs for more information at 203.377.0350 or email

50 years in the making...

Dear Friends and Alumni,

With graduation in the near future, I am excited to congratulate the Class of 1986 on their Silver Diplomas. They are celebrating 25 years since their Graduation day and we look forward to seeing them again at Graduation this year, June 3rd for the Silver Diploma Ceremony. Congratulations! As we contact all graduates over the coming months, and in an effort to update our records and encourage alumni networking, the Alumni Office has engaged Harris Connect to create a 50th Anniversary Alumni Directory. Harris will contact you initially by a postcard mailing. Please call the 1-800 number on the postcard to update your information; it will only take a few minutes of your time.

As we move forward in our planning for the 50th Anniversary Gala, we are looking for people to serve as Class Captains. This would entail spreading the word about our 50th Anniversary events to your class and encouraging attendance. We are also looking for silent auction donations. If you have a vacation home, a service to offer or tickets to a popular sporting event, we could use your help. There are so many ways you can get involved; either on a committee or serving on the Alumni Council. Please contact me for additional information at And finally, thank you to all who have been so supportive of alumni events this year. I am looking forward to a new school year; please feel free to contact me with any alumni event ideas. You are welcome to come to the Alumni Council committee meeting on September 14th at 7pm, in the white house in front of SJ.

God Bless,

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Michele Krasznai, Director of Alumni Affairs

Timeline of Coming Events

June 2, 2011 Alumni Induction Ceremony for Graduating Seniors

June 3, 2011 Silver Diploma Ceremony Class of 1986 The Class of ’86 will join the seniors at the 2011 graduation ceremony for a Silver Diploma Certificate followed by reception with faculty & staff. Congratulations to all ’86 grads on their 25th anniversary from graduation SJ!

Early September, 2011 Cross Country Alumni and Friends Run For more information please contact David Scrivines, September 14, 2011 Alumni Council new members informational meeting 7:00pm (white house in front of SJ). If you are interested in joining a committee or want to learn about what’s involved in being on the Alumni Council, please join us! November 7 - 9, 2011 Phone-a-Thon 6-8pm, for more information contact Michele Krasznai, November 13, 2011 Past, Present & Future Women’s Christmas Luncheon & Shop Brooklawn Country Club, sponsored by the Parents Association. For more information, email or volunteers needed; come join the fun! November 23, 2011 Class of 2006 5 year Reunion at Vazzy’s 19th Hole, Fairfield, CT November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Football Game v. Trumbull High School at SJ

November 25, 2011 60’s Decade Reunion at the NEW Vazzano’s Four Seasons, 337 Kenyon Street, Stratford 2011 communiqué 18

Parade of Champions

A date not to miss...November 5, 2011 Homecoming & VIP tailgate and Parade of Champions

This year at Homecoming, St. Joe’s will host a State Champion Celebration recognizing the teams below. We are looking for members of these teams to help spread the word, so please do contact us at for more information: 1975-1976 Baseball - Class S State Champions, Tennis - State Champions, Girls Volleyball - MBIAC Champions 1976-1977 Basketball - Class S State Champions 1980-1981 Football - Class S State Champions, Tennis - State Champions, Girls Volleyball - MBIAC Champions 1981-1982 Football - Class S State Champions; MBIAC, Tennis - State Champions; MBIAC, Softball - Class M State Champions; MBIAC, Bowling - CIBL Champions 1985-1986 Basketball - Class M State Champions; ACC, Tennis - State Champions 1986-1987 Basketball - Class M State Champions; ACC, Tennis - State Champions, Girls Volleyball - ACC, Softball - ACC 1990-1991 Football - Class M State Champions, Girls Volleyball - ACC, Basketball - ACC 1991-1992 Basketball - Class L State Champions, Girls Volleyball - Class M State Champions; ACC 1995-1996 Basketball - Class L State Champions, Boys Volleyball - Class M State Champions, Indoor Track - Class S Sprint Medley Relay, Bowling - CIBL Champions, Girls Volleyball - ACC 1996-1997 Indoor Track - Class S Sprint Medley Relay 2000-2001 Basketball - Class L State Champions, Softball - FCIAC

he date 2005-2006 Softball - Class L State Champions, Girls Ice Hockey - FCIAC 2006-2007 Softball - Class M State Champions; FCIAC

St. Joseph’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Begin June 15, 2012 Golf Outing, Fairchild Wheeler, Danielle ’89 & Al ’87 Paolozzi, Co-chairs

June 16, 2012 50th Anniversary Gala: Through the Years, Maroon & Gold; Hyatt Regency, Greenwich For more information, become a class captain or to serve on a committee, please contact Rosemary Collins at

June 17, 2012 Celebration Mass & Brunch, St. Joseph High School Grounds, led by Student Council & Student Ambassadors. For more information contact Maureen Anderson,

October 2012 SJ Family Festival, John Vazzano ’80 & Nancy Lessard ‘77. Contact for more information. November 2012 Past, Present & Future Women’s Christmas Luncheon & Shop, Parents Association

Spring 2013 Hall of Fame, Alumni Council & Athletics June 15, 2013 SJ Festival Finale, Alumni Council

For additional information on any events, contact

St. Joseph High School 2320 Huntington Turnpike Trumbull, CT 06611 Visit our website:

You were always together...always there for each other.

Be together again with our upcoming Alumni Directory. Even if it has been years since you last made contact, you can still reconnect with long-lost friends. We are currently compiling an Alumni Directory, an invaluable resource with personal, academic and business information on all of our alumni. Don’t miss your chance to be included. Be sure to provide your updated information when contacted.

St Joseph Spring Communique 2011  
St Joseph Spring Communique 2011  

The Bi-Annual publication for St. Joseph High School, Trumbull CT