GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 1958
SUMMER EDITION 2013
We are happy to bring you the 16th edition of this newsletter. The Golden Burrs Committee members are constantly looking for information that would be of interest to our classmates, especially those who are no longer in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Each section will bring you information that we have gathered about West Catholic and other newsworthy events that have transpired in the past three months. In this issue, under the "West Catholic Banner" is an article copied from the Christian Brother's Lasallian Website, which provides an excellent history of West Catholic and information about the current challenges and academic culture at West, and the Resource Enhancement Partnerships that West has developed with the community. We have augmented the article with pictures to further emphasis the story.
In the "News Features" section you will find the following reports: Bill Marella's report on the West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Frank Adolf's report on the Annual Alumni Association's Communion Breakfast, and Rich Buzza's and Frank Adolf's write-up about the success of the 55th anniversary reunion of the class of 1958 held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Also, there is a report concerning the proposed sale/renovations of the Christian Brothers' summer home in Ocean City N.J. We end with a tribute on the career of Brother Patrick Ellis who passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 and sadly, we were made aware of the passing of our classmate George Althouse on January 7, 2013. Also, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden who was inducted into the West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in March, died on May 2, 2013.
PAST AND UPCOMING HAPPENINGS AT WEST
Featured Ministry: West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1916 - 1927 - 1989
Students: 250 students
Faculty & Staff: 40
Mascot: The "Burrs"
Copied from Living Lasallian E-mail
submitted by: JOHN STAIBER
pictures by: FRANK ADOLF and JOHN STAIBER
West Philadelphia Catholic High School has a long and rich history in Philadelphia. The school opened on September 8, 1989, as a result of a merger between West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys, opened in 1916, and West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School, opened in 1927.
If West Catholic has a founder, it would surely be Bishop John J. McCort, who was both Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese and Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Church (at the time, one of the leading parishes in West Philadelphia). Bishop McCort clearly saw a need to provide a Catholic high school education to the growing Catholic population in West Philadelphia as that section of the city grew and developed in the early 20th century.
School began in 1916 with students at both Transfiguration Parish School and later at St. Gregory's Parish School, as the building at 49th and Chestnut was under construction. The administration and faculty were originally members of the Society of Mary (Marianists).
caption and photo copied from the 1956 Blue and White Yearbook
WC Band 1923 - from Frank Adolf's family album - - Frank's Uncle Frank is in the back row, first on right
In the Fall of 1926, the De La Salle Christian Brothers took over what would become West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. In the Fall of 1927, the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and the Sisters of St. Joseph (Chestnut Hill) and four other women's religious teaching orders would staff West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Girls at 45th and Chestnut St.
During West Catholic's first three decades it was one of the largest Catholic high schools in the United States. In 1989, the Christian Brothers, the Servants of IHM, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, and over 1,000 students, merged the Boys and Girls Schools, to become
West Philadelphia Catholic High School, where it stands today at 4501 Chestnut St.
The challenge of the school is to provide an atmosphere where differences are embraced as a means to prepare for living in the world as a more fully developed human being. The students themselves recognize as a primary task the development of the whole person through a liberal arts curriculum coupled with a keen awareness of the cultural diversity in the school and recognize the necessity of learning and growing together.
The cultural diversity of the student body is portrayed by the display of national flags.
The mutual common theme at West Catholic is established in all existing relationships, allowing the school community to experience an atmosphere where learning can go beyond book knowledge, and Christian values can be incorporated on a daily basis.
West Catholic High School’s curriculum is faith-centered, academically challenging, and future-oriented. West’s college preparatory program features a wide variety of electives and includes over sixty courses developed to challenge students to realize their full academic potential. West is the only Archdiocesan High School to be recognized twice as a “Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence” by the United States Department of Education. With a strong emphasis on technology as part of West’s academic program, each freshman receives an iPad, and has access to state of the art Mac and IBM computer labs on a Wi-Fi enabled campus. In addition to traditional fine arts curricular offerings, West Catholic goes a step further, offering a culinary arts program, orienting students to the fundamentals of cooking and food preparation.
The rigorous academic culture at West is also student focused. As part of a year-long program, The Burr Freshmen Academy enables freshmen students to transition successfully from eighth grade to high school. The program works to identify with students, their needs and concerns before the beginning of the school year, as well as to engage parents in their children’s education. Burr Freshmen Academy leaders hold bi-weekly meetings with students, continuing to connect, while also hosting after school study halls, one-on-one tutoring, and organization / study skills enhancement. The Academy gives Freshmen the opportunity to form their own class identity, and enables them to be role models for the following freshmen class.
Continuing to develop Resource Enhancement Partnerships with the community, West Catholic along with Drexel University, the Fox Leadership School of the University of Pennsylvania and Saint Joseph’s University have now teamed up. Drexel University led by William Lynch, PhD, Dean for the School of Education and Goodwin College of Professional Studies, will work in a collaborative manner to enhance the experience of West Catholic students by:
West Catholic High School and four organizations at the University of Pennsylvania have agreed to work together on several leadership development and community-service initiatives. The University's Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Civic House, and the LIFE center, have agreed to work on projects that include:
The goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships that inform the educational experience of the West Catholic students and the Penn undergraduate students. The 2012-2013 academic year will serve as a pilot for the project. The students involved in the Fox Leadership Program of the University of Pennsylvania have already met, and attended their second meeting on Wednesday, November 14th, at the Penn campus. Mentor Chuck Brutsche led the group in a wide-ranging discussion on the attributes of a leader. The students spoke of leaders in their lives whom they admire, as well as the traits they need to develop in themselves in order to become more effective leaders.
West Catholic will partner with Saint Joseph’s University in the following areas:
A visit to the West Catholic Hall of Fame will demonstrate the success of its graduates. Found among this grouping is a US Senator, an American Cardinal and many Bishops, Priests, Brothers and Sisters, the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court and countless judges and lawyers. The Fine Arts are represented by both stage and movie actors. Several Universities are led by West Catholic graduates at the Provost/President levels. West Catholic has developed athletes that have played at the college and national/international levels. Many of the corporate leaders of Philadelphia call West Catholic their Alma Mater.
WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BURRS AT THE BEACH - SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013 - WESTY'S IRISH PUB, NORTH WILDWOOD, NJ
For more information contact George Light at 215-386-2244 ext. 260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST CATHOLIC'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME BANQUET
submitted by: BILL MARELLA
On Saturday night, March 23rd, the annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner was held at the Clarion Hotel in Essington, PA. The above pictured West Catholic athletics and former athletic director and teacher were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
The atmosphere was one of camaraderie at seeing former classmates and friends. Starting with the cocktail hour, everyone had time to move around and converse.
After dinner, the induction ceremony was held. Speeches were kept brief. The inductees were gracious and honored to be elected into the West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame. Bishop Joseph McFadden told us how he wanted to join the West Catholic faculty after graduating St. Joseph's University. He was given that opportunity and taught Social Studies. In addition to his teaching duties, he coached JV and Varsity Basketball and served as Athletic Director. After completing a very successful basketball year, he informed West that he would be leaving to enter St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained on May 16, 1981 and was later installed as the tenth Bishop of Harrisburg on August 18, 2010. Joe Campbell's widow thanked everyone for honoring her husband. Bob Dickey's sister read a stirring recap of Bob's accomplishments and the family values that tied us all together.
Brother Richard Kestler took a few minutes to give a glimpse into how he wants to restore the glory of West Catholic sports. Starting with fielding a baseball team this Spring. He feels that West should excel at all sports and is looking to attract more students to West Catholic. To date he has 126 students signed up for the 2013 Freshman class. He is looking to have a student body of more than 500 students in the next few years.
After the ceremonies were over, many went to the hospitality suite for some refreshments, but more importantly to continue conversations with friends and classmates. Brother Richard is certainly keeping the spirit alive. There is a certain pride that you can feel when West Catholic grads are talking to each other.
They truly believe that------
photo by John Staiber
Note: Sadly, Bishop McFadden died in Philadelphia on May 2, 2013 while attending the Pennsylvania Bishops Conference.
REPORT ON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
The 92nd Annual Communion Breakfast and Awards Ceremony of the West Catholic Alumni Association was held on Sunday, April 21st, at the Springfield Country Club. Rev. Msgr. Donald E. Leighton of the Class of 1952 was the principal celebrant. A number of Priests-Alumni served as concelebrants. Members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1963 and the Silver Anniversary Class of 1988 assisted at the Mass. Attendance was approximately 330 loyal alums as well as many of the wives, children and grandchildren of the award recipients.
Breakfast was served after the Mass and the awards Ceremony once again provided all with the opportunity to honor the many accomplishments of fellow grads of West Catholic.
Brother Richard Kestler, President of West Catholic, provided a brief update on the progress of his initiatives at West Catholic. Brother's primary goal is to increase enrollment and he was happy to report that the freshman class is at 102% of goal. Total school enrollment is at 245 students and the overall goal is to reach 500 students.
Secondly, Brother realizes that a strong sports program is critical to attracting and maintaining enrollment. Baseball and softball teams have been fielded, outdoor track is now available, and new coaches are involved in boys and girls basketball. Brother is looking for a girls volleyball coach.
Thirdly, Brother talked about the need to pay the bills. Again, Brother was proud to report that the fund raising effort is nearing the $1 million mark, toward a goal of $1.3 million.
After Brother Richard's presentation, the award ceremony began. This year's recipients were: Msgr. Donald E. Leighton '52 (Brother G. John Owens Award), William Boylan ’52 (Brother D. Aloysius Award); Daniel Ahearn ’54 (William H. McGarvey Award); Helen Sheridan '53 (Bishop John. J. McCort Award); Daniel Bielli ’64 (Golden Burr Award).
The following members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1963 and the Silver Anniversary Class of 1988 were honored: Edward Baxter ’63, Thomas Daley ’63 and John Convery ’63 (posthumously) received the 50th Anniversary Golden Burr Awards as members of the 50th anniversary class. David Bertoline ’88 and Richard Klineburger, Esq. ’88 received the 25th Anniversary Silver Burr Awards as members of the 25 year class.
Each recipient expressed their thanks to the Alumni Association for their award and in many cases spoke about their personal experiences at West and the impact that West and the Christian Brothers made on their lives.
The class of 1958 was well represented by Anthony Evangelista, Frank Adolf, Bill Marella, Joe Gavaghan (pictured above), and Jim Clark, Bob Dowd, Charlie(Chuck) Johnson, Bill Kohlenberg, Jim Lynch and George Light.
REPORT ON THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF THE CLASS OF 1958
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF AND RICH BUZZA
On May 18, 2013, 60 fellow classmates, wives and friends joined together to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their graduation from West Catholic High School for Boys, with a dinner-dance at the Clarion Hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
The ladies were given a Red Rose as they entered the event and the guys were given a program and a souvenir plaque, created by Rich Buzza, containing a decoupage artists drawing of the Boys School and a small piece of stone cut from one of the main supports of the 1920 corner stone.
The concept of the plaque for a gift originated at one of our many Committee Planning Meetings, all ideas for a gift really came up with nothing new or innovative until we hit on the plaque. At first the Committee thought that the plaque idea was too much of an undertaking and was not possible, but Rich said "Let me give it a try," and before Johnny Staiber could say anything, he was enlisted to help Rich.
Rich and Johnny Staiber visited the school in the winter and determined that they could handle the chores of lifting and transporting the stones to Rich's house.
1920 Cornerstone and supports
Then the hard work began, mostly for Rich with the able assistance of Johnny Staiber and Rich's son. "I have to thank my son, Rich III, for without his help and skill with a wet saw, I would still be cutting stones." Rich purchased small wood small wood plaques at an arts-and-craft store, then sanded each piece, after which he decoupaged a drawing of the school on the front. Rich then glued the small cut stones on the plaques. A "Certificate of Origin" was attached to the back of each plaque. Lastly, a hanger was attached and then two coats of lacquer was applied. "I was always sad that I did not get a piece of our old West Catholic building when they were tearing it down and I am sure that a lot of our guys feel the same way, and I hope that this little memento will in some way fill that void."
Rich absorbed all the expenses for this project and provided many hours of his time to create the plaques. Thanks Rich for this very special memento.
Rich Buzza working on the 55th anniversary souvenirs
During the cocktail hour everyone had a chance to once again review the parish posters created by Jim Clark and memorabilia about the Christian Brothers' that Frank Metzler put together.
Once again George Light was the MC for the evenings festivities and he began by introducing the honored guests, our classmates Brothers' Steven Casale and Larry Dempsey. George introduced as our long distance travelers, Jim Mitchell and Al Gresh, who came from Florida for the reunion. After the introductions George asked Brother Steven Casale to offer the invocation before dinner. Brother included a prayer for the deceased members of the class of 1958, and read the names of those classmates who have passed away since the 2012 luncheon.
Musical entertainment from the 50's was provided by DJ Tommy "Tunes" Cerone as everyone enjoyed their meal.
Vince & Bisty Leonetti, George & Barbara Light, Kathy & Charlie Johnson, Peggy Panichelli & Larry Signora
Jim & Dolores Racz, Johnny & Jeri Staiber, Anne & Bob Dowd
Fran & Jim Lynch, Frank & Penny Adolf, Jim & Retta Clark, Rich & Sheila Buzza
More pictures are available on our Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
After dinner George asked Frank Adolf to come to the podium at which time Frank presented George with a check payable to West Catholic in the amount of $600.00 from the class of 1958, representing half the proceeds donated by those who made a patron gift. A check for the same amount was sent to Brother Kevin Stanton for the benefit of retired Christian Brothers'. The names of the patron donors are listed at the conclusion of this article.
George then provided all with a detailed and upbeat status report on the progress that Brother Richard and his team have made toward increasing enrollment at West Catholic. George proudly reported that the class of 2017 enrollment goal of 140 has been surpassed!
George announced that Archbishop Chaput has approved the following name change for West Catholic:
West Catholic Preparatory High School
located in University City
The addition of one word supports the fact that 95% of West students go on to College. Further, graduates complete college after six years which is well above the standard percentages. Most importantly, graduates leave West well-prepared and go on to become leaders in their communities. Adding the location "University City" is simply adapting to what's happening in the surrounding neighborhood.
George responded to several questions about the financial condition of West, the number of religious teachers vs. lay teachers, and the curriculum. He noted that West is the only Catholic High School with an RICA program. Each year there have been several converts from the student body as a result of this program and the influence that West has on their lives.
George was truly inspired and fired up about West Catholic. His presentation was simply terrific. It was more than an employee doing his job, it was something that came from the heart.
After George's remarks, all joined in singing the school song led by "Duke" Gallagher, Ed and Mary Ann Alioto and Tom Cerone. The rest of the evening was spent socializing with old friends, dancing, enjoying the music and good drinks.
At 10:00 PM Tonny "Tunes" Cerone announced the last dance and that a hospitality suite was available for all to continue their conversations and good cheer.
A small group gathered in the hospitality suite and as a true sign of our advancing age, everything was over by midnight. We just can't party as late as we used to. A good time was had by all who attended, many of whom we hope to see again at Burrs at the Beach in July and at our 2014 luncheon.
A big thank you to all of the attendees for their support in making the celebration of our 55th anniversary a success.
Graduations, family events, vacation travel, health issues and other commitments prevented a number of our classmates from attending. We thank all those who took the time to express their regrets at not being able to attend and especially to those classmates who sent a patron contribution even though they could not attend.
55th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE
THE GOLDEN BURRS COMMITTEE HAS A FEW EXTRA PLAQUES AVAILABLE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A PIECE OF OLD WEST CATHOLIC FOR YOURSELF YOU CAN ORDER IT FOR A DONATION OF $15.00 (THIS INCLUDES SHIPPING AND HANDLING). PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO: WC CLASS OF 1958 AND MAIL IT TO
1539 ULSTER WAY
WEST CHESTER, PA 19380
ALL PROCEEDS DERIVED FROM THESE PLAQUES WILL BE DONATED TO THE WEST CATHOLIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN THE NAME OF THE BOYS' CLASS OF 1958.
PATRON GIFT CONTRIBUTIONS
The following classmates contributed to the Class of 1958's Patron Gifts totaling $1,200.00 which was equally divided between West Catholic and the Christian Brothers' Retirement Home.
In the order of receipt: George Light, Frank Adolf, John Staiber, Jim Lynch, Charlie(Chuck) Johnson, Joe Gavaghan,
Bob Hession, Jim Clark, Tom Henry, Tom Shinn, Vince Leonetti, Rev. Richard McAndrews, John O'Connell, John McIlhenney, Richard Boyle, Bob Dowd, Jim Racz, Joe Storniolo, Bob Houlihan, Rich Buzza, Bill Marella, Jim English, Pete Bradley, Tom Hughes, Bob Schaefer, Jack Caputo, Anthony Evangelista, Joe Bradley, Larry Doran, Tom Sweeney, Frank McDonnell, Jack Neuschel, Bob Madden, Jack "Duke" Gallagher, Mike Wishing, Ed Alioto, Frank Metzler and Larry Signora. Also, after making payments Larry Doran, Tom Sweeney and Joe Aliano '60 had to cancel their attendance. They graciously offered to donate the monies to cover reunion expenses. The committee thanks all the contributors for their generosity.
All patron donors who could not attend the reunion were mailed a plaque and event program in appreciation of their gifts.
THE WEST CATHOLIC GOLDEN BURRS COMMITTEE
APPROVED A GIFT OF $100.00
TO THE RED CROSS TO ASSIST THE PEOPLE OF MOORE, OKLAHOMA
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' 'OCEAN REST' SUMMER HOME PROPOSED SALE AND DEVELOPMENT
submitted by: FRANK METZLER
It was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in the Press of Atlantic City that the Brothers' vacation home will be divided into 4 lots, keeping two lots for the Brothers and 2 lots to be sold for development. The larger storied building would be renovated, updating the electric, heating, and plumbing, so that the building could be used year round as a Retreat and Prayer Center.
The building was originally owned by department store magnate, John Wanamaker, who purchased the building, called Ocean Rest Hotel, in the 1880s and sold it to the Christian Brothers in 1898. Beachgoers came to know the property, not by the street signs, but by its proximity to the sentinel Christian Brothers.
Beginning in July of 1898 the Brothers made Ocean City their summer sanctuary, enjoying "ocean activities", while teaching religious
courses to younger members of the congregation. In 1906 the Brothers constructed the smaller chapel building. They opened a
summer religious school in 1926, and then invited the surrounding community to attend Sunday Mass. One of the locals who attended
Sunday Mass was the former Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco.
Over the years the black-robed Brothers' nightly ritual of walking the beach at dusk before their nightly prayers, became known to the locals as the "Walk of the Penguins", endearing the congregation to the community.
An undated photo shows Christian Brothers on the beach at their retreat at Central Avenue and 31st Street in Ocean City. More than 400 brothers would gather there for spiritual retreats each year in the mid-20th Century.
IN MEMORY OF BROTHER PATRICK ELLIS
Brother Patrick Ellis, F.S.C., 84, the longest-serving president of La Salle University, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 of acute leukemia at a nursing home for Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J.
Brother Patrick was president of La Salle from 1977 to 1992, when he left to become president of Catholic University of America in Washington, his alma mater.
He was born Harry James Ellis Jr. on Nov. 17, 1928, in Baltimore. He joined the Institute of the Christian Brothers at 17.
After graduating from Catholic University in 1951, his first assignment was as a teacher and guidance counselor at West Philadelphia Catholic High School, where he later became chair of the English department. Brother Patrick went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1960, he joined the English department at La Salle College, then left in 1962 to become principal of La Salle-Immaculata High School in Miami, which focused on educating the children of Cuban refugees.
Brother Patrick returned to Philadelphia in 1964 and helped to create La Salle's highly regarded honors program. He received a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching the following year, and later served as director of development before beginning his 15-year presidency in 1977.
Brother Patrick's tenure as president was a time of significant growth at La Salle, whose campus nearly doubled in size. Described by the university as a talented and effective fund-raiser, he reorganized the university's development efforts. Under his leadership, La Salle opened Connelly Library, added graduate programs, and built a new residence hall for 250 students, a 500-seat dining hall, a 75-unit townhouse complex, and an all-weather track. La Salle was granted status as a university in 1984.
"La Salle University is what it is today largely because of Brother Patrick's leadership during the late 1970s through the early 1990s," said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., the current president. "People like me, one of his students, will remember his imagination and his ability to coax the best out of us. He will be missed, but his influence will live on."
Brother Patrick served as president of The Catholic University of America from 1992 to 1998. After leaving Catholic University in 1998, Brother Patrick served as director of development for the Baltimore District of the Christian Brothers until 2004.
From 2004 to 2009 Brother was a resident of Calvert Hall in Baltimore, followed by retirement at Lincroft, NJ from 2009 until his death.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the soul of Brother Patrick, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace, Amen.
MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
Charles Porrini WC '49: Frank, thanks for the Golden Burrs Newsletter. It's amazing how much work goes into this wonderful letter. Charles
Tom Wallace: Frank, Frank and Rich, Thanks again for a very interesting Newsletter. It is vital to keeping up the interest in West, not just in memories, but in the future continuance of the school. The Brothers, sisters and teachers there are SAVING LIVES. Take that to the bank. Tom aka German John
Vince Leonetti: Hi Frank, Please pass on my congrats to Tom (McClain) on his retirement. Tom you have been a
good friend over the years. I hope you have many years watching all those kids continuing their careers.
God bless. Vince PS. As usual ........ Another great newsletter !!!
Jim Clark: Good Morning Frank, ABSOLUTELY GRRREAT ! You did a FANTASTIC JOB putting this together, and I thank You. Clarkie
Frank Metzler: What a tremendous newsletter Frank. Thanks again for all the time and effort in pulling it together. The seminary article looks great with the picture. Thanks for including it. Every article looks good. Let the presses roll. Frank M.
Tom Henry: Frank: Great job on the Newsletter. Our class is very lucky to have you work so hard for us. Thank you.
Denny Brennan: Thanks Frank, I hope that I can switch flights. I really enjoy getting a chance to see everyone. When we made our plans I was not aware of the 'Dinner Date'. I did get a chance to see some at the 'Hall of Fame'. Bob Gormley and I went to the dinner and sat with 'Duke" Gallagher and some other WC friends. Jimmy Clark was there but I can not recite all the others. It is always great to see everyone. You guys ... "The 58ers Staff" really do a great job and I guess I never say how much I and I am sure many others, really appreciate your interest and help! Thanks for everything, I will get back to you as soon as I get a definite answer. Thanks again, Denny
Joe (Bing) McGrory: Hello Frank, I will not be attending the 55th anniversary Dinner. My sister, who lives in Philly, is coming out here to visit us. I did get your mailing, sorry I had not yet replied. I appreciate the e-mails and other info I get from you all. Please keep me in the loop. Thank you.
Jim (Dutch) O'Malley: Hi Frank, Sorry for the delay in responding to the invitation. Ann and I will not be attending. Ann was just released from the hospital after a three week stay. She is pretty frail at the moment but is undergoing some home therapy which should help. Hope the 55th celebration is a big success. You and the guys have done an outstanding job keeping the class of '58 informed and involved with West. Thanks for all your effort.
Dave & Dorothy Crines: Frank: Sorry that I did not copy you on the email to Clarkie for Dave Crines and the 55th Reunion. Unfortunately, as far as Dave has come since his severe stroke, his lack of strength and stamina is still preventing him from attending any type of social events. He has a problem in crowds with noises and lights so is not able to attend the Reunion. I just sent Clarkie an email yesterday letting him know that Dave won't be able to attend but he will be thinking of you guys and knows that it will be a good time. Please keep Dave in your prayers so he continues to get stronger. Thanks to all and have a wonderful time at the reunion.
Bob Shea: Frank, I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner, but no, I won't be able to attend. I hope you all have a good time. thanks for not forgetting me!
Jim Madden: Hi Frank, Unfortunately I won't be able to
attend. I currently have some serious (but not dangerous) back
problems. Thanks for keeping me "in the loop". Jim
Andy Jaskolka: Frank, Thanks, for the reminder. I will not be attending the reunion this year due to a conflict in schedules. I send my best wishes to my colleagues and former teachers for an enjoyable time.
Joe Semeister: Hello Frank, I will not be able to attend the 55th Anniversary Dinner-Dance. I am recovering from a rt. knee replacement. Stay well and enjoy.
Louis Meshon: Frank, Thank you for providing the invitation and other continuing news of classmates. Not able to attend the dinner dance. Regards
Des Butler: Sorry but I will not be able to make this event 5/18/13. Thank you and the committee for all your hard work in keeping us informed and connected to the Class of 58.
Joe Andrews: Frank, Thanks for keeping those of us at a distance informed of '58 Alumni activities. Regrettably, I will not be able to attend the 55th Anniversary Dinner-Dance.
Rich Loftus: Frank, Can't make it this year. Thanks for the
invitation. BTW, I spoke with Bro. Kestler on Monday regarding support
for his strategic plan to re-energize West Catholic. I hope the Class of
'58 will get behind him.
Jack Neuschel: Frank: I will be unable to attend. Plan to have prostate surgery in May. Will send a check for the Class Patron to support West Catholic and the Christian Brothers retirement home. Don't know if I mentioned earlier that my brother, Michael, and his partner, Dave died within sixteen days of each other this winter. Had Dave's funeral on January 12. Mike died that day and I had his funeral at Holy Name of Jesus church on February 9th. Has been a hectic year. Made three driving this to Philly this winter. Peace, Jack
Charlie Johnson: Frank, Just some thoughts, I thought George Light's presentation about West was absolutely wonderful. Where West was, during the intended closure, and where it is heading was enlightening to us all. George's new found enthusiasm for West Catholic is contagious, I think he has more energy for this new West Catholic than he has demonstrated in the last twelve years! West Catholic truly is the Phoenix raising to its new position as a leading Philadelphia high school and beyond! Again, thanks to your group for a really nice time with our classmates. Charlie PS Great looking cane!
Charlie Johnson: Frank, Since you are the visible point man on your group please convey to them how pleased Kathy and I were with Saturday's affair. Your group of "worker bees" are very much appreciated, Rich Buzza's efforts involved with the West Catholic replica for "favors" was just over the top. As George has said, the 58 class is truly one of the best group of guys he works with, he does not say that because he is one of us! Again please convey my gratitude to all the guys you work with in this labor of love for the Class of 58, Charlie (Chuck) Johnson
Bob Dowd: ........Frank and Penny---Thanks for orchestrating the reunion on Saturday night. Anne and I had a wonderful time.
........The food, music, venue were all top of the line.....It was also good to see everyone else enjoying themselves. We all got 'stoned' with a piece of our West Catholic building---that was a great idea. Note, is that considered a 2nd class relic? Please tell everyone involved we said thanks! '58
Jack Neuschel: Dear Rich, I want to thank you for the West Catholic Plaque and a copy of the guest program. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. The TURP surgery went well and I am back to normal activity. Hope you have an enjoyable summer. Peace, Jack
Loretta and Angelo Sivieri: Rich, Angelo and I want you to know that your plaque has been placed in a prominent spot in our den for all to see and admire. When we opened the srapping, both of us were so impressed by the work you did and the beautiful finished product. your devotion and dedication to produce this work of art for all your fellow alumni will forever be appreciated and admired by us. Thank you so much. See you at Burrs at the Beach!
"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"
A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE
DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40'S AND 50'S? SEND THEM TO US FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER
submitted by: FRANK METZLER, FRANK ADOLF and RICH BUZZA
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines who is recovering from a stroke, Vince Reynolds who is recovering from a broken hip and Joe Semeister who has had knee replacement surgery, Jack Neuschel who had prostate surgery and Dutch O'Malley's wife, Ann.
Please pray for all who have gone to their eternal reward, especially our classmate
George G. Althouse - January 7, 2013
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden - May 2, 2013
May George and Bishop McFadden rest in peace.
The complete listing of our honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com Thanks to John Staiber, many of the pictures are accompanied by complete obituaries.
God Bless WEST CATHOLIC! Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever.
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
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