Friday, August 15, 2008
This was a note from the oldest known classmate of 1923 - Flora M. Ewald. She sent her best wishes for the reunion - it was read to everyone in attendance. I sent her a note thanking her and telling her we all sent our best wishes back to her.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The reunion was held at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. The banquet center was a beautiful facility and the room was set for 865 people. Everything went so smoothly and it was an exciting fun evening.
Jim Storey and Jim Shea headed the program and Bishop Carlson was the guest speaker.
There were several interesting items:
We had reservations for 864 people (graduates, spouses, teachers, clergy, etc) and 576 of them were graduates of St. Mary Cathedral High School.
They came representing residences in 29 states. We used Google map from doorstep of St. Mary’s at 615 Hoyt Street to the address listed in our master roster. So this distance is not as the “crow flies.”
Richard & Leslie Mikulich – Class of 1966 from Santa Rosa, CA 2439 miles! Rich and Leslie received a bottle of champagne. And close runner up was Howard Korth – Class of 1937 from Piedmont, CA 2415 miles!
Louise Becker LaVere – class of 1933 was the oldest attendee. Louise also received a bottle of champagne again a close second was Howard Korth – class of 1937
The most graduates attending from a Class were 26 from the Class of 1968.
A BIG Thank You
Reunion Committee: Stella Thelen and Jim Shea – co-chairs
Committee members: Ann Kerns Shea, Carol Newas Moody, Jim Keyes, Mary Ellen Shea Clifford, and Cindy Shea.
St. Mary Cathedral Staff - Past and present - for help with printing, postage, fielding phone calls, mail, etc.
The Diocese of Saginaw for providing the souvenir bricks that graduates received.
And last, but certainly not least, to those who participated in providing our Catholic education at St. Mary’s. Pastors, sisters, teachers, coaches
Monetary Donations Made To Our Reunion
Denny Troester – Class of 1953
Arlene Coty Holtman – Class of 51
John & Mary Beth Looby – Class of 70
Carol & Claude Creswell – Class of 54
Steve Dise – who provided the video of the school building.
The Labarum Staffs through the years. Without those precious history books from each graduation year, so much of the documentation of our heritage would be lost!
The reunion began with a liturgy at the Cathedral. Bishop Carlson presided. As the liturgy began, I thought about the many times we celebrated Mass together when we attended St. Mary High School and how so many of us found classmates to sit with at this liturgy - the bonds that began so many years ago were so evident last night.
The picture above was taken from the balcony at Communion. I realized how many decades of classes these people represented - all joining together to thank God for the blessings we have had in our lives; including the experiences we had at a great school with good teachers.
It was a good way to begin our 2nd St. Mary High School All Class Reunion.