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Alumni Class Notes
Clare Kirwan Briody shares, “For the last two years, many in the Class of ’62 have joined a Zoom call with their classmates. The call happens every four months. If interested in joining us, please send your cell number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thanks!”
Mary Anne Gearing shared, “We had a great time in our 60th Reunion! Teenie O’Connell Grady, Yvonne Falcon Kuemmerle, Lorraine Ferrari Tracy, Anne Marie M. Guicheteau, Anita Franzini Mazzone, Marie Santoro Lisi, Peggy and Tom Hogan all attended. I’ll send out a memo soon. Meanwhile thank you for your support. You don’t have to wait until our 65th year to find out all the good things happening at IU. Visit while you’re in the area.”
Kathleen Cox Richardson has been working as a writer and editor for Long Hauler Publishing and has also published two books as well as short pieces for magazines and anthologies.
Please send IU your news. There is a link to submit news in every Highlights from the Hill email and in the Alumni section of the University website. Hope you are all enjoying your summers and happy 78th birthday to each of you. Please celebrate as each birthday becomes more special.
Seven of us attended Reunion Day on April 29th. Despite the weather, we had our usual fun time. As always, IU provided us with good food, drink and ambiance. Please consider attending an upcoming 2023 event: Carol Night is December 1, and the Christmas Tea is December 6. This is a lovely afternoon, and we always have a good-sized group. We hope to see you there.
Until we are together again, let’s hang on to what we got! Love, The Quartet
Mary Anne Burns Duffy
Rita Bensinger Hartleroad
Kathy Cooper Kulesza
Robie Wright Verostick
Special thanks to outgoing Alumni Association Board of Governors Immediate Past President Eileen Monahan Chopnick for her service.
Margie O’Donnell Donohue shares, “I would like to thank everyone who came to our 50th Reunion! We had a great turnout (45) to celebrate and rekindle memories. It was a lovely and memorable day! Special thanks to all who assisted me (I was in a wheelchair) and made my day so special!”
Rosemarie Marcaccio Joseph shares, “We have five grandchildren. We visited Portugal, Spain and France last summer to visit sacred sites.”
Congratulations to Margaret Gill for being re-elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Kathleen James recently completed serving a six-year term on the board of directors of the State Bank of India—California and was feted in India by the parent bank.
Roseanne Tramo Gale shares that a group of ’75 Immaculata girls traveled to Charleston, SC in April to celebrate their 70th birthdays. Happy birthday to Janet Horn Marzullo, Roseanne Tramo Gale, Eileen Kelly Fabry, Joan Kane McCarthy, Susan Cericola Murphy and Marie Bonaccorsi Cunningham.
Betsy Richards shares, “Yay, I’m retired and able to pay attention to things I love to do, to fight health battles and help others by sharing and listening. Would love to meet with my old IU classmates for lunch or dinner to rekindle
our friendships! It’s been too long.”
University Press of Kentucky plans to publish Kathleen Spaltro‘s book on Lionel Barrymore. The first biography devoted only to him, “Lionel Barrymore: Character and Endurance in Hollywood’s Golden Age” will be published in fall 2024.
Jeannie Paslawsky shares, “In October 2022, I was the recipient of part of a former Marine’s liver (he was a living donor). He saved my life! Please thank God with me and pray for him and his family for the ages. This was truly THE GREATEST GIFT I have had. God is never late.”
Alice O’Neill McLaughlin and Moya Kaporch Dittmeier ’81 visited the sacred garden of the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland.
Congratulations to Regina Bazela Moroski for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Julianne Kleponis Yarwood shares that she and other members of the Class of 1983 celebrated their 40th Reunion on April 29, 2023. In attendance were Regina Bazela Moroski, Maria Cicippio Smeykal, Karen DeLucia Matweychuk, Patty Duffy Juliano, Roseanne Hooten White, Marty Orman Moran and Tara Quinn. Joining them was Julianne’s sister-in-law, Gerri Bones Kleponis ’00, ’17 M.S.N.
Congratulations to Denise Janssen Davidson for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Diana Ciesielko Cutler is certified as a personal trainer, older adult fitness instructor and a group fitness instructor through W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools). She just finished running a six-week group for her church: “Fabulous 40 & up – Caring for God’s gift…your body.”
Congratulations to Maureen Heffernan Clark for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Special thanks to outgoing Alumni Association Board of Governors delegate Amy Pontzer Jones for her service.
Bridget Haines-Frank received her doctorate in education after successfully defending her dissertation in December. The degree was awarded in January 2023 by Trident University International. Bridget will attend commencement later this year in Long Beach, CA.
Nancy Groff recently published a book, “Watt & Shand: East, West, Hame’s Best,” a history of the Watt & Shand department store in Lancaster, PA, which was founded by her great-grandfather.
Lorraine Sult shares, “In January 2022, I relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii after accepting the position of Deputy Chief of the Civil Law Branch and Lead Labor and Employment Law Attorney for the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison–Hawaii.”
Congratulations to Lorraine Sult for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Congratulations to Jacqueline Vasinda for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving the 2023–2026 term.
Sara Wilson Meyer married her long-time partner Joseph Meyer, Esq. in January 2022 at the Historic First & Central Church in Wilmington, Delaware, with a reception at the Hotel DuPont. Laura Kennedy ’09 and Cate Holland Blystone ’09 were members of the bridal party. Sara and Joe enjoyed a beautiful Hawaiian honeymoon and are looking forward to welcoming their first child this November 2023!
Melissa Cifaloglio Micheletti shares, “I am currently in my 15th year teaching family and consumer sciences at Woodstown High School. Experienced an assistant principal interim position in 2021. Enjoying life with husband, Mike, and children, Michael (6 years old) and Grace Marita (4 years old).”
Sarah Falkson published “Waggles Learns About Social Changes: Guiding Children in a Post-Pandemic World,” a book to help children process changes after COVID and encourage respect and kindness.
Special thanks to outgoing Alumni Association Board of Governors delegate Daniel Burns for his service.
George Schwartz shares, “Zena Tracey ’12, ’15 M.A. and I were representing Immaculata at the annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Conference in Atlantic City and met up with IU trustee, Justin Cusick ’12, who was also exhibiting at the conference.”
Special thanks to Michael Sturdivant, Jr. for participating in the spring 2023 Accepted Students Day Alumni Panel.
Congratulations to Wendy Dunlap Bratina, Ed.D. for being elected to the Alumni Association Board of Governors, serving
the 2023–2026 term.
Congratulations to Jasmine Daniels on being named Miss Pennsylvania USA for 2023.
Special thanks to Mary Kate Walsh for participating in the spring 2023 Accepted Students Day Alumni Panel.
Joe Capuano and Nicole Catania ’19 share, “We got engaged on March 30, 2022, in beautiful Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and our wedding is planned in 2024!”
Congratulations to Daniel Ericsson for being the 2022 recipient of the David P. Farrell Core Values Award from his employer, Veritas Medical Solutions. The award is presented to an employee who lives out the company’s core values of vision, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork, achieve and serve.
Andrew Ericsson continues acting, most recently performing as Hugo in “Bye, Bye, Birdie” at the Laymen Playmen Theatre in Hatfield, PA.
Special thanks to Grace Simmons for participating in the spring 2023 Accepted Students Day Alumni Panel.
Sara Pletcher Bluhm ’08, daughter Johanna Shae born January 2023.
Katie Shurer Poole ’12 and Matt Poole ’11, son Michael Alphonsus born August 2022.
Melanie Suarez-Sosa ’11, daughter Jasmine Elena born September 2022.
Jon McCullough, III ’12, son Jonathan Wesley born June 2022.
Sara Wilson ’08 married Joseph Meyer in January 2022
Keri Ketchmark ’16 married William Carr, III ’16 in October 2022
- Eva Adams Atkinson ’46
- Alice P. Boyle ’49
- Winifred McGonigal Green ’50
- Gertrude Donohue Magowan ’51
- Therese Sloat O’Connor ’51
- Joan Jardel McManus ’52
- Jeanne Burke Woody ’54
- Marianne Opps Essl ’55
- Patricia Anne Dougherty Bodo ’58
- Doris Gavron Evanovich ’58
- Mary Eileen Farrell McHugh ’58
- Frances Mahoney Bannister ’59
- Maureen Theresa Donohue ’60
- Carol Ann Olson McGill ’60
- Mary Matthews Ferrier ’61
- Joan Griffin Kadison ’64
- Carolyn Quigley Rathmann ’64
- Mary Elizabeth Mahoney ’65
- Margo Malarik Werner ’65
- Joan Archangelo Yue ’68
- Ethel “Missy” Norcini ’71
- Christine Ann Orrson ’71
- Donna M. Hare ’72
- Monica Marusinski ’74
- Maria Pistilli ’74
- Jane Gleason Wittmer ’74
- Catherine “Kathleen” Mondi ’75
- Karen Kelley Thomas ’78
- Dorothy Misetic ’83
- Theresa Loschiavo Price ’84
- Elizabeth Savill ’89
- Linda Littman Pruill ’91
- Karen Marie Kochan ’96
- Robert Shaw ’00 Psy.D.
- Andrea Graves ’01
- Barbara Polinsky ’03
- Maria Bevivino Bloodgood ’08
- Maureen Emig ’08
- Cheryl Ann Martell ’18 M.S.N.
Thomas P. Fidance, husband of Marie Salvatore Fidance ’52
Doris Gavron Evanovich ’58, sister of Laverne Gavron Bauer ’59
Timothy Flanagan, husband of Carol Widua Flanagan ’63
Elizabeth Teeple, daughter of Kathryn Peterson Teeple ’68
Ethel “Missy” Norcini ’71, sister of Marilyn Norcini ’73 and Marcia Grace Norcini ’77
Marlene Anthony, mother of Mary Ann Anthony Kelly ’81 and Elizabeth Anthony Schostak ’89
Patricia Schmitt, mother of Kerry Schmitt Scott ’84
Gordon Wilson Smith, father-in-law of Kathleen Freney Smith ’90
Brian Steele, husband of Colleen Cyzewski Steele ’94
Dorothy Cutshaw, mother of Lois Ianovale ’99
Upcoming Alumni Events
- POSTPONED: Nursing Alumni Gathering
September 26 5:30 PM
- On the Road: Stamford, CT
September 27 12:00 PM
- On the Road: Blue Bell, PA
October 5 6:00 PM
- The Immaculata University Awards Reception
October 6 5:30 PM
- On the Road: Providence, RI
October 10 6:00 PM
- 20BELOW Alumni Launch Event
October 14 3:00 PM
- The 47th Annual Immaculata University Golf Invitational
October 17 9:00 AM
- On the Road: Essex, CT
November 2 6:00 PM
- On the Road: Lambertville, NJ
November 6 6:00 PM
- Charter Day of Giving and Online Auction
- Mass of Remembrance
November 12 11:00 AM
- On the Road: Parsippany, NJ
November 14 6:00 PM
- Education Alumni Reception
November 30 5:00 PM
- 102nd Celebration of Carol Night
December 1 7:00 PM
- On the Road: Bethlehem, PA
December 4 12:00 PM
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