GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

WINTER EDITION 2010                                     

 

FRANK METZLER, EDITOR

 

PURPOSE OF NEWSLETTER: 

 

With this second edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we, the Golden Burrs Events Committee for the Class of 1958, sincerely hope that you, your families and your friends have enjoyed the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.   We did see a number of you at the West Catholic 89th Annual Communion Breakfast in

November and at our Christmas Social in early December.

 

You will find in this newsletter summaries of the Alumni Communion Breakfast and Christmas Social, information about the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party, the next Annual Luncheon and future West Catholic events, responses and comments from classmates regarding the last newsletter, a new feature about the 1950's "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS", updated scores from the recent WC football games and playoffs, an updated Financial Report and a Memorial to our deceased classmates.

 

As stated previously, the purpose and goal of this newsletter is to keep classmates of the great Class of 1958 informed as to the upcoming events for West Catholic, our own class events, and general information on matters of interest regarding our own class members, or their families. Anyone wishing to send information for the newsletter, i.e. requesting prayers for the sick, the deceased, information regarding family, birth of grandchildren, marriages, trips, retirement, etc., may contact Rich Buzza at richbuzza@comcast.net, Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net, or Frank Metzler at fjmetzler@gmail.com .

 

We encourage you to let us know just what is happening in your life.  No information will be printed in the newsletter unless we receive the information from the class member himself.  Other Committee members include Jim Clark, George Light, Jim Lynch, Bill Marella, Jim Prendergast, and John Staiber.

 

PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 WEST CATHOLIC ALUMNI ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST

 

submitted by:  JOHN  STAIBER                                                                                           

 

FRANK ADOLF AND MIKE WISHING HONORED AT 2009 COMMUNION BREAKFAST

November 1st 2009 was a great day for our class of 1958 as two of our members were singled out for honors at West Catholic Alumni Association’s 89th Annual Communion Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.  It was a wonderful experience participating in the mass and the ensuing awards ceremony, which was held at the very attractive and comfortable facilities of the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Delaware County.

Frank Adolf received this year’s Brother G. John Owens, FSC Award and Mike Wishing was honored with the Brother D. Aloysius Lumley, FSC Award.  Other award recipients were Ed Kerr ’60, Bill Simpson ’60, Len DeFiore ’60, Tom DeFelice ’64, Mike Malloy ’68 and Brian Fluck ’88.

The award ceremony itself was conducted by our own classmate George Light who, with an appropriate mixture of grace and humor, acted as Master of Ceremonies.  First up, George remarked on, and then introduced Frank Adolf and from his very first words it was clear to all, how humbled and appreciative Frank felt at having been so honored.  In his remarks, Frank was especially appreciative of the Bro. G. “Handsome John” award, describing how he still has in his possession the booklet from the 1959 communion breakfast.  That booklet lists Brother G. John as principal of the school, and now, exactly 50 years later, he, Frank Adolf, expressed what an honor it was to receive an award named for the same Brother G. John.  Frank also took the time to single out and thank his family who were seated together just to the side of the dais.  His wife Penny, Daughter Cindy and her husband Tim, son Paul and his wife Mary, daughter Karen and her friend Brian and all four grandchildren – Morgan, Evan, Tyler and Sammy.

In talking to some of us afterward, Frank told of an incident involving Bro. John, who was reputed to have committed to memory the names of each and every student,  All 2200 of us.  Well this particular day, sophomore Frank Adolf was walking down the main corridor and as he was passing the main office, Bro. John, standing in the doorway, very casually but with absolute authority, said….. “Mr. Adolf – better hurry, you don’t want to be late for class”.  Frank was stunned. “How the heck did he know me? I’m a nobody -  most of the guys in my own class don’t know my name”. We got a good laugh as most of us could imagine that happening to us.

Immediately after Frank finished, George Light introduced the next awardee, another 1958 classmate, Mike Wishing, a loyal Burr and St. Barnabas grad.  For someone who admitted being “shocked” when first informed of his selection, Mike looked completely at ease and genuinely happy to be up there with his fellow honorees. Rather than trying to capture the flavor of Mike’s remarks perhaps it would be better to simply report some of the things his family had to say.


This from his wife Pat, ....Mike…through all the obstacles and adversities in your life you never compromised your values and principles. The world is a better place because of you…”

These words from Mike’s children Bridget, Natalie and Chuck…….”Dad….There is no one more deserving…You taught us all that we can be without compromising our beliefs….no one could ever fill your shoes”….

And these thoughts from his grandchildren Chuckie, Billy, Ashley, Michael and Jimmy…….”Thanks Pop for all you’ve taught and given to us……we hope someday we’ll be as successful in our lives as Pop……God knows we are thankful…….You’re our hero !”

In all, there were 370 Alumni and guests.  Participants from the class of 1958 were -  Frank Adolf, Mike Wishing, George Light, Joe Bradley, Mike Bresnahan, Jim Clark, Bob DiRita, Bob Dowd,

Tony Evangelista, Joe Gavaghan, Jim Lynch, Bill Marella, Chuck Martini, Frank McDonnell, Frank Metzler and John Staiber. 

For biographical information about the awardees visit our Website at:  www.goldenburrs-1958.com

 

CHRISTMAS RECEPTION FOR THE CLASS OF 1958

 

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

                                 

                               

The first ever Christmas Receptionfor the Class of 1958 was held on Friday, December 11, 2009 at Anthony's inDrexel Hill, PA.Upon entering the room each classmate wasoffered achoiceofone of four CD's commemorating the event. Christmas musicwas provided forour listening enjoyment. Eighteen classmates along withtwelve wivesspentanenjoyable eveningrenewing old friendships and making new ones, sampling anarray of delicious cold and hotHors D'Oeuvresand toastingin the ChristmasSeason.Everyone seemed tobe engrossed insharingstories and remembrancesandgetting caught up on current events. Apleasant time was had byall.

 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

 

The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 14, 2010.  Buses will leave from the Ramada Inn, Essington, PA, for a round trip ticket cost of $10.00.  The party following the parade at the Ramada will cost $25.00 per person, $10.00 for children to age 17.  Groups of 10 people can reserve a table.  Joining West Catholic on the bus ride, parade and party will be alumni from St. James.  Entertainment at the Party will be provided by "ROUNDTOWER".  For tickets and information contact Jim Clark at jim040140@yahoo.com

 

GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE ANNUAL LUNCHEON - MAY 2010 

 

The next annual Luncheon for the Class of 1958 will be held in May 2010.  The date, location and other particulars will be announced in March. 

 

WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2009/2010

 

West Catholic Couples Mass - February 6, 2010 (Info to follow in future WEST NOTES edition).

Sports Hall of Fame - March 20, 2010

Spring Fest with Mike Lecompt and the Juliano Brothers - April 24, 2010

Cardinal John O'Connor Golf Outing - May 12, 2010

Burrs at the Beach - Westy's Irish Pub, North Wildwood, NJ - July 18, 2010 

 

 

NEWS FEATURES:

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES

 

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

From Jim Gallagher:  To the newsletter staff...thanks, Great job! Go Burrs!

 

From Denny Brennan:  Thanks very much for the information. I was unaware that Joe Calhoun passed away (3/1/09).  He was in my classes for several years and we ran into each other in Center City where we were both working.  I will also write to Brother Patrick and Jim English. Thanks again to you and everyone that helps to keep us in touch.

 

From George Light:  Frank, the newsletter is well done. Great job to all involved.

 

From Watson (a.k.a. Johnny Staiber):  Great job on the newsletter. My hat is off to all who had a hand in contributing, compiling, and publishing the articles.  I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to future issues.

 

From John J. Gallagher:  Great job on your newsletter,...living on the Island, I feel a "one dollar short" in

current events "down there"...so thanks for keeping our own '58 gang together.

 

From Tom Wallace (a.k.a. Brother "German" John):  Thanks, Frank.  Perhaps I can attend one of  the upcoming events.

 

From Joe Murphy:  Frank:  Nice job!  congrats on getting the Loyal Sons Award, YOU DESERVE IT. 

 

From Andy JaskolkaFrank, Thanks for your update.  I am now permanently in Florida, so it will be unlikely for me to make any of the Class of '58 events.  I'm glad I did get to the 48th and 50th reunion...  All the best.

 

From Bobby Doc (a.k.a. Bobby Dougherty):  Dating back probably 4+ years ago, thru the reunion committee efforts we were put back in touch with many friends.....Chaz Bonner, Bob Bell, Rich Loftus all Beach Boys from So Cal. 2 of our 3 live out there and at the time our son lived no more than 3/4 mile from Charley.  When I contacted him, he said, ask your son if he knows where Rancho San Juaquin golf course is.....I told him I didn't need to since I just played it last week....and he said well you walked across our back yard then.

Anyway we have been delighting in an annual meeting with these folks as we visit our kids and grandkids. this would be our 3rd or 4th year and this time we had Charley & Annie over to our sons' house for a lovely dinner party about 2 weeks ago....just great fun and we have you John and the committee to thank for this.

We have surrendered to the Markets, and taken our house of the market and are no longer planning to move to Fairhope, AL.  Ann has enticed me with an offer that we'll spend each and all October in Gulf Shores, Al.  That means a month of desolate beaches, the finest fishing of the year, long enough to justify pulling the boat down, and oysters for a whole month.  This also means that we'll be available for guest stopovers for those adventuresome Yankees that might be venturing south on 75.  We live 1.5 mi off of exit 5 on 75, 5 miles N of the Ga border. We are close to the best Ribs in the south, fine seafood on the river, and Yeungling in the fridge.  Open invitation, come and see us.  Sláinte

 

Note:  In accordance with our privacy policy phone numbers and e-mail addresses of our classmates are not displayed in the Newsletter.  If you need contact information for Bobby Doc or another classmate simply send a request to Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net

 

 

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

 

A NEW FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

SEND US YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 50'S FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

CANDY DAY AT M.B.S. GRADE SCHOOL

 

Oh, how I hated Mondays going to M.B.S. school.  It was hard dragging yourself to school after the weekend but this was the day that the  dreaded candy truck showed up with boxes of candy stacked 2 feet high tied neatly with hemp string.

Each room would send down 6 or 7 kids to pickup about 40 boxes of candy. The boxes of candy would then be stacked neatly in the corner of the front of the classroom, giving each of us a chance to view each box and formulate a choice as to which would be the easiest to sell.  Nobody wanted the penny candy (MEXICAN HATS) as it was too hard to sell and it was a $2.40 cost and you always came up short when it was time to pay.  Ahh.....there were the  MELLO-CUPS, a quick seller, everyone liked them, and the Hershey bars, also a good seller, and they were only $1.20 per box.  The good nun would ask for volunteers and the usual group would come forward. (for some reason they always seemed to get the best grades..Hummm) After that the nun would assign the leftover's to the unfortunate chosen individuals, note... if you kept your head down, you just might escape this task.  No such luck, caught again, I got the Hershey bars with almonds, 24 bars @ .05 cents each.    

On Friday you had to turn in the $1.20 to the nun for this box of candy, this was always exciting as somebody would always be short their money and all hell would break loose.  Looking back there were a lot of lessons to be learned from selling this lousy box of candy...., Economics, Salesmanship, Planning, Decision Making, Human Psychology, The art of saying "NO", Evaluating the character of your fellow man (Who can you trust) and most important of all,  Do not volunteer for anything. (which helped me enormously in the U.S. Army, but that is another story).

 

ALL OF A SUDDEN BABY BOOMERS ARE OVER THE HILL

 

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

Paraphrasing a recent newspaper article about "the grim unemployment forecast for people over 50, as the fine line between prime time and over the hill".  We,"the baby boomers", transformed every phase of life we passed through, questioning authority, breaking barriers, and generally sending furniture flying in all directions.  Our generation coined the phrase "Don't trust anyone over 30" until our 30th birthday arrived.  During our heydays "with the flex of our wallets" we turned Barbie Dolls, Beatle lunch boxes, and Farrah posters into ICONS.  Our clothes crammed the racks of every mall; our music was the sound-track of the nation.  BUT NO MORE!  Seemingly overnight it was as it someone flipped a switch dimming the lights on our entire cohort.  We're over the hill when our children call and we say "Is everything ok?" instead of "Hello".  We're concerned with elasticized waistbands, sensible shoes, colonoscopy prep, a suspicious biopsy, and a funeral of a classmate.  Are we OVER THE HILL? Absolutely NOT.  We're still in our prime as seniors, going strong, supporting one another and enjoying life.  Keep the faith baby and Live Jesus in our Hearts.  FOREVER!

 

WEST CATHOLIC FOOTBALL

 

submitted by:  JIM LYNCH

Continuing the report on West Catholic Football, after the loss to Archbishop Wood, West came roaring back with nothing but wins, big wins.

Kennedy-Kendrick

W

62

0

Regular Season

Dougherty

W

57

19

Regular Season

McDevitt

W

28

12

AA - Division Title

Dougherty

W

44

0

AA - Playoff

McDevitt

W

35

7

AA - Catholic League Championship

McDevitt

W

44

22

AA sub-regional District Playoff

Bok

W

21

7

AA sub-regional - Philadelphia City Championship

Dunmore

W

13

0

State First Round

North Schuylkill

W

19

14

State Quarterfinals

Lancaster Catholic

L

21

23

State Semifinals

West Catholic won their 4th straight Division Title; then went on to take the Philadelphia Catholic League Title.  In the PIAA District sub-regional, West Catholic defeated Bishop McDevitt by a score of 44-22.  Our next opponent was Bok H.S., for the city championship, the final score was West Catholic 21, Bok 7.

West Catholic moved on to the State First Round of the playoffs with a record of 10-2 vs. Dunmore at 12-0.  West stymied the Dunmore offense, held them to 121 yards on 49 offensive plays.  Their star running back with 6,500 plus career-rushing yards was shut down to 48 yards on 18 carries.  This was the 3rd shut out for the West defense.

In the State Quarterfinals, West Catholic vs. North Schuylkill, West came away with another win; West 19, North Schuylkill 14, with the game being played in a constant snowfall.  By the end of the game there was approx. 3 inches of snow on the field and fans in the bleachers.

The State Semifinals with West Catholic and Lancaster Catholic was played at the Coatesville H.S. Red Raiders Stadium.  A trip back to Hershey for the State finals was not in the cards this year; Lancaster Catholic defeated West Catholic in a close game by a score of 23 to 21.  With approximately 4 minutes left in the game Lancaster Catholic drove the length of the field to score pulling ahead of West by 2 points.  West Catholic got the ball back with 1:01 left on the clock but could not sustain a drive to put them into field goal range; game ended with a hook and lateral play as time ran out.  Both teams played a great game.  We will just have to wait till next season to get back to Hershey.  West Catholic had 15 players on the 1st and 2nd team Offense and Defense AA All-Catholic squads.  One of the players, Jimmy Lynch, was awarded both 1st team Offense and 1st team Defense AA All-Catholic. 

 The following WC players were nominated to the Daily News ALL-CITY Football Team and ALL CATHOLIC Football Team.   ALL-CITY - 1st Team Offense: Jake Zuzek,  2nd Team Defense: Jim Lynch, 3rd Team Offense:  Brandon Holloman, Tim Carroll, 3rd Team Defense: John Rupert.  HONORABLE MENTION - Offense: Quran Kent, Jarred Evans.  ALL-CATHOLIC - 1st Team Offense: Jake Zuzek, 1st Team Defense: Jim Lynch, 2nd Team Offense: Quran Kent, Jarred Evans, Brandon Holloman, Tim Carroll.  2nd Team Defense: John Rupert, Dante Dickens. HONORABLE MENTION - Defense: Bill Tobin. 

GREAT SEASON BURRS!!

FINANCIAL REPORT

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Below is an update to the financial report that was distributed to all classmates on September 30, 2008.

Revenues:

Balance September 30, 2008          $ 1,430.00

Refund - Damaged Money Clips           39.62

2009 Luncheon Profit                           489.00

Sales of 50th Anniv. Souvenirs            146.00

Total Revenues                                                 $2,104.62    

 

Expenses:                       

Benefit for Joe Lachall '57                (   50.00)

10 Masses - All Dec'd Classmates   ( 100.00)

Enrollments for 2008-09 deceased    ( 107.00)

Postage, Luncheon  Programs           ( 102.83)

Total Expenses                                                 ($   359.83)

 

Reserved for Bereavement Fund                    ($   200.00) 

Balance December 31, 2009                             $ 1,544.79

 

NOTE:  The committee voted to forego making a 2009 charitable donation, other than for those listed above, and to continue promoting our fund raising efforts until the total accumulated dollars are sufficient to provide a greater impact to the recipient(s), while still allowing for the retention of operating funds.  For information on how to make a donation, please contact Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill and for those who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Peter J. Murphy, John P. Robbins and James M. Goodwin, who passed away in the fall of 2009.

  

WEST CATHOLIC 1958 CLASS DECEASED MEMBERS

 

 MEMORIAL WALL

 

THOMAS J. BARRETT

GEORGE J. GOLDHAHN

EDWARD R. McDONOUGH

ROBERT B. BARRON

JAMES M. GOODWIN

ROBERT F. McGONIGLE

JAMES J. BLOOMER

DANIEL W. GRAWL

FRANCIS G. McNELLIS

WALTER S. BOTT

PATRICK J. HARDIMAN

MICHAEL F. McNELIS

JOHN F. BRANNIGAN

JAMES R. HARNESS

ROBERT J. MERENDA

JAMES J. BRENNAN

ROBERT J. HART

MATTHEW V. MOSS

ROBERT F. BRENNAN

GERARD F. HARTEY

PETER J. MURPHY

THOMAS E. BRENNAN

JOHN J. HEFT

VINCENT J. NUGENT

LAWRENCE BRUMFIELD *

JOHN H. HENRY

FREDERICK J. OBERST

WILLIAM E. BURTON

DANIEL F. HIGGINS

JAMES. P. O'BRIEN

DANIEL J. BUGEY

JOHN W. HOLBROOK

JOHN D. O'NEILL

JOSEPH J. CALHOUN

WILLIAM T. HOLDEN

JOHN W. O'NEILL

VINCENT J. CARBERRY

JAMES J. HORNIG

JOHN F. PHREANER

JOHN W. CAVANAUGH

JAMES T. HUGHES

JAMES H. POTTS

JOHN P. CLEARY

STANLEY J. JASEKE

JOHN G. PROSSEDA

GEORGE D. CLIFFORD

JOHN S. JENNINGS

CLARK P. RICH

JOHN J. CORRY

DAVID M. KANE

JOHN P. ROBBINS

WALTER S. CZERWINSKI

JAMES D. KAVANAGH

JOHN F. ROGERS

JAMES P. DALY

REV. MR. ROBERT J. KEFER

GERALD J. ROLETTER

WILLIAM J. DONOHUE

WALTER L. KELLEY

FRANCIS J. RUTHERFORD

CHARLES J. DOUGHERTY

JOSEPH B. KENNEDY

DANIEL. J. SCULLIN

DANIEL V. DOUGHERTY

ROBERT T. KILLIAN

EDWARD F. SHEEKEY

PETER E. DOYLE

JOHN L. KUBIAK

JOSEPH C. SIPES

VINCENT G. DOYLE

JAMES F. LEONARD

JOHN F. SLAVIN

JOSEPH R. END

RICHARD LEVIS *

MICHAEL J. SMITH

CHARLES L. ERVIN

LAWRENCE M. LUBISKI

JOSEPH J. SPAEDER

WILLIAM R. ERVIN

RICHARD F. LUCCHINE

JAMES E. STEWART

RICHARD J. EVANS

KENNETH J. LUCAS

DENNIS J. STRIGLE

JAMES J. FARRELL

JOSEPH M. LYNN

JOHN T. TALAMINI

MICHAEL E. FIFE

MICHAEL A. MARINO

ERROL J. TAYLOR

ROBERT J. FITZSIMMONS

ROBERT. J. MARKHORST

THOMAS J. THEODOS

REV. ANTHONY FLYNN

JAMES F. MANLEY

RONALD J. THERWANGER

JAMES S. FOWLER, JR.

JAMES. J. McELHARE

WALTER A. THOMPSON

THOMAS S. GALLAGHER

FRANCIS J. McCABE

EDWARD A. TIMMONS

FRANCIS E. GAMBERONI

TIMOTHY J. McCARTHY

JAMES E. TRUAX

DANIEL J. GANLEY

ROBERT A. McCOY *

WILLIAM H. WALTER

JOSEPH W. GEIBLER

JAMES P. McDONALD

JOHN J. WILECZEK

 

 

SYLVESTER H. YORK

 

FROM THE WEST CATHOLIC YEARBOOK 1958 - * Refers to the Christian Brothers class picture on page 21. 

NOTE:  The above listing of 112 classmates was generated from various publications including the Emissary, West Notes, Newspaper Death Notices, Social Security Deceased Index, and input from classmates who attended funerals.  If you have any corrections or additional information, please e-mail Jim Lynch at jolfml@verizon. net 

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

 

KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!