St Agnes Alumni Assoc
9 Glen Road
Highland Falls, NY 10928
Spring has sprung & summer is just around the corner so please try to
enjoy both, this season is one of the prettiest, trees so green & flowers peeking through the ground. Also Easter is just in a few weeks, so we hope all have a blessed Easter & remember the real meaning of it & the sacrifice that was made.
"HERE N' THERE:
As you remember, St. Agnes Alumni will be 60 yrs old this year & along with his dues, Cornelius O'Neill from CA. said he thought it would be nice if the members got together for an Alumni dinner some Sunday evening, he wants people to think about it & let us know.
Speaking of the 60th how about more people making an effort to attend the Annual Picnic at the Piermont Pavilion & getting with your "Brothers" & having a nice time chatting, eating, playing a game of baseball, etc. 60 yrs. is a long time & we are still going strong however every time a letter is going out it has names under R.I.P., so give
a serious thought.
Rec'd a surprize phone call from Frank Asciola, it's been a long time. He tells us he has been mourning after losing his young wife
5 yes ago from cancer, Frank took care of her right till the end, so sorry to hear that Frank, also he had some medical trouble of his own with his heart, we do pray things are better for you Frank.
Heard from Joyce & Rich Irizarry down in their winter home in Naples, FL. Rich is keeping busy selling real estate & Joyce is working plus doing volunteer, work & in between they get a chance to play golf & tennis.
Along with a check for dues, etc., John Panagakos says he hopes to be able to make the picnic this year in Aug., sure look forward to seeing you again John & stay well.
Nice hearing from Barney Kiernan he wrote & thanked us for a picture we sent him from the time he was at St. Agnes (1940 vintage) all of 135 lbs of dynamite, ha, a couple of years later the Army got him up to 145 lbs. So good hearing from you, Barney.
In the past few letters we asked your prayers for Bill Doherty who was very sick in the VA hospital, Bill passed away 2/19/06 after a long battle with cancer. Artie attended his wake & his sister with whom he resided asked him to relay thanks for the many prayers of the Alumni & the Sisters & a Special thanks to Gerry Merna who interceded for her to keep Bill in the VA Hospital, the VA wanted to release him 3 weeks before he died & his sister did not know what to do, Gerry made some important phone calls & it did the job, his family was most thankful, good work, Gerry.
John Antonacci was very faithful in visiting Bill at the VA Hospital.
A few months ago we enclosed a picture of a monument & a letter from the Am. Legion asking for a donation for the monument to be erected in Piermont honoring all the veterans from the surrounding areas, we were informed recently they were pleased to announce it is the making & they hope to have the dedication around Memorial Day, so we want to thank all for their donations, etc.
You may have seen recently on TV where two NY policemen were shot in NY by a deranged person, thank God they had their bullet-proof vests on, one of these men was the son of member John Antonacci, John tells us his son is going to be OK, he may lose some
of his hearing in one ear due to the bullet passing his face that closely, thank God they will be alright, these brave men have a tough job. John himself goes into the hospital this month for serious heart problems so please pray for all, I asked the Sisters to do the same.
We want to thank Dave Feliciano for informing us of the passing of his classmate, John "Sammy" Tolins, he died in Feb. from Alzheimer disease at the early age of 70. Dave attended his wake in NY.
We did not have room in the last letter to mention some of the memories that John Wiska sent, it will bring many memories back to a lot of you. He writes "Sister Rita, the best Sister there ever was. Sister Basil, from the infirmary, Cod Liver Oil & vitamins. Tarry & Rocco Tarantino, two great people & great baseball players (hitters) they would hit it over the shop building. Mr. Fitzgerald drove bus on outings & always seemed to know what you were doing, a great guy.
Memories also of watching "Farmer Gray cartoons & Milton Berle on a TV in school auditorium on A B/W TV set, also watched "Bandstand, Hit Parade, Million Dollar Movie" Having to watch Msgr. Fulton Sheen every week. Having to say the Rosary every night in May in front of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes by the ball field. Sleeping in the cottages & listening to the Oldies on a radio, such as Inner Sanctum, the Lone Ranger, the Shadow. Going to Bear Mt. in the summer., Receiving hard candy, pen & pencil set from the telephone Co. every Christmas.
Ice skating & hockey on the lake, fall in on the ice. & everyone seems to remember picking beans in Persipanny, NJ. Sleigh riding on the "hill" with sheets of cardboard. great memories. It's nice the "House's Kids" never forget these things.
Remember please send us news about yourself, your family, that's what makes the letter.
DUES: Dues $10.00 per year, payable anytime, make checks payable to St. Agnes Alumni & mail to above address. Thank you & thanks to all who have already paid, it keeps us in business.
R.I.P.: Chas. A Grogan 9/05- Sister Marian Frederick- 11/29/05- Sister Damien 1/06 - Wm. Doherty, 2/19/06 - Sister Violet M Kiester (101) 2/21/06 Hohn "Sammy: Tolins 3/17/06. May their souls rest in peace, they will be remembered in our Annual Mass in Nov..
ANNUAL PICNIC Sat: Aug 19, 2006
Piermont Pavilion, Piermont, NY
12:00 Noon till ??
More in the next newsletter.
We ask you again to take at least 5 minutes of your time each day to remember the men & women who are serving this country & making great sacrifices, especially those who are in Iraq. Also pray for their families. Thank you;
In closing we want to say again "Blessed Easter & a Happy One.
Till the next letter, God Bless & stay well.
Artie & Gloria.