FRIDAY AND SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 14-15, 2018
We had a terrific time at our 50th Reunion! Please join us for our 60th!
Many of us in our graduating class of 79 students attended St. Joseph Catholic School together from the 1st thru the 8th grades, in the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois. Our last names are reminiscient of the post WWII era: Crepeau, Drimba, Epach, Fritz, Graff, Howerton, Jalowiec, Jamieson, Kopecky, Laczynski, Michalek, Niemec, Ruhnau, Schlanser, Sienkowski, Skala, Tuskey, and Wosik.
Long before we had ever heard of subgroups, we constituted one. The collective feel of our relationships transcended our individual friendships. We remember one another (and all of our antics, personality quirks, and adolescent romances) vividly. Being catholic in what seemed to be a largely protestant town, we were keenly aware that we were different, which undoubtedly contributed to the strength of our feelings as a group.
For many of us, the mere mention of places like our uniquely blocked-off cobblestoned Franklin Street playground, Prince Pond (our Winter skating paradise) and the Tivoli Theatre (pipe organ and heavy red drapes), elicits intensely pleasant memories. While not all memories of our youth were pleasant, there may well be benefit in recalling the bumps in the road together, too.
We can't relive the past, nor would it be advisable. Reminiscing, however, well that's okay! For some of us, reminiscing about places and events can be fun all by itself. For other's, nostalgia increases life's meaning. To share these memories while reconnecting with our classmates and friends from 60-years ago, however, may well be just what the doctor ordered.
As we are all beginning to realize and feel in our bones, the opportunity for us to assemble together (in the flesh) is not eternal! Hopefully, this website and our 60th Reunion gathering in Downers Grove next September, will provide a most welcomed respite from the struggles we all face everyday.
IRISH BLESSINGS AND PROVERBS
TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Here's to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!
Lucky stars above you,
sunshine on your way,
many friends to love you,
joy in work and play.
Laughter to outweigh each care,
in your heart a song and gladness
waiting everywhere all your whole life long!
Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead.
For the test of the heart is trouble
And it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through the tears.
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endure.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
FINN SIBLINGS JOIN AS GUEST MEMBERS!
Just a shout out to welcome Noreen Finn Donka who has joined our site as a guest member. She is Kathleen Finn Bruner's sister. We've also invited Kathleen's two brothers John and James to join as guests. I'm highlighting this happy development to encourage others of you to invite guest memberships for your sibilings who attended St. Joes with you. I will need to have their names and email addresses sent to me.
While this item from Joe Reinert is more than a year out of date, Joe says that Sister Adrian Marie is still going strong!