ST. AGNES ALUMNI
9 Glen Road
Highland Falls, NY 10928
Time for the Fall letter, one of the prettiest times of the year with the colorful foliage even though the temperature is more like August.
We will start off by telling those that did not make the annual picnic for one reason or other, the picnic was a great success & everyone seemed to have had a good time mingling with friends, etc. We had a great crowd over 100 including Alumni, families, children & even grand-children. Members of the Alumni came from Alaska, Brazil, Colorado, Calif., FL., Delaware, MD, PA, NJ, & NY, & yet many who live in the vicinity never show.
We have so many to thank for the success, namely Dave MacMillan, his wife, Pat & their son, Douglas, Joyce Irizarry & Debbie Moriarty. They all worked very hard & made it a great day. We also want to thank Aida Antonacci, wife of John who stayed up most of the night preparing many delicious dishes & bringing them to share. Everyone enjoyed them they were so good also we thank those who donated so many delicious desserts, I don't know them by name but thank you all it made for a wonderful day & no one went hungry. God bless you all. A list of those attending is inclosed.
Winners of the raffle are as follows:
lst prize $500.00 Jimmy Dunn,
$300.00 Jim Shea,
3rd prize tarry Parrish $100.00 &
4th prize $100.00 Ken Babcock,
Congratulations to all & many thanks to all who supported the raffle & those who also included their dues & some who made donations at the same time we are most grateful you are such a great bunch of guys.
HERE N' THERE: : Good to see Bernie Neville at the picnic again, it's been a long time.
Rec'd a phone call from new member Frank Rodriquez who lives in MD. & wanted to get in touch with 2 classmates, Robt. Wilson, who we have on mailing list but the other, Calvin Ziegler, we could not locate, if anyone knows his whereabouts please let us know.
Bill Wilson from Livingston Manor, NY writes about his area being hit again with terrible floods, 4 people lost their lives & one is still missing, such a tragedy, Bill also speaks of his parish, St. Aloysius & his pastor Msgr. Collins who Bill knew when he was active with the CYO & was A LEADER for the county.
Thanks to Paul Orlando for nice letter saying how much he enjoys the newsletter. also told us he recently had surgery on his right hand, do hope all is well now, Paul. Thanks for the check,
From Art Willets out in CA. Art says he keeps trying to make picnic but his family keeps growing, 13 grand-children & 8 great-grand-children that is great, Art & can imagine how busy you are it keeps you young. Thanks also for the check.
On behalf of St Agnes Alumni, we would like to thank John Antonacci & his family for the $100.00 he sent in memory of the late Walter Rooney, John's son, Robert & family also sent us a donation in the same amount, it was so kind of you both.
Nice letter from Ralph Pollice, FL., he tells us his stay at St. Agnes from age 2 yrs old to 11 yrs old, he & his brother left when WW II started, his father married a woman who had 3 sons & were then my step-brothers, he wrote his step-mother was the sweetest Mom of all times & he was so happy to have had her, God took her home at age 92, Ralph is now 5 & still misses her he & his brother had wonderful memories & that is another reason he loves the Newsletter, thanks Ralph,& take care.
John Altomare writes, the newsletter reminds him of the good times-remembering playing for St. Agnes football team in the back there was Hank Feldmann & himself, he also remembers going to Coney Island & Steeple Chase Park there was a sign that said "Red Bat in the Cage", you climbed up a ladder & look in the cage & saw a red baseball bat, Ha: He also remembers going to the Rodeo & the Polo Grounds & seeing Pascal's home-run & going to the USO to see Joe Lewis He said he cannot forget the name Nunzio Bisignano, he also said he was so sorry to hear of the death of Walter Rooney, great John, You will bring back a lot of memories to others who read the letter. Along with a generous check for dues, etc.,
Jim Merna said he enjoyed reading the letter from Walter Feldmann that we mentioned in the last letter, Jim said Walter was a classmate of his at St Dominic's. St Agnes & also TZHS, C1 of 1950. Coach Faulk helped Walt get a football scholarship to the Univ. of GA. where he met his wife, thanks Jim for telling this, that was great.
A note from Sr. LaPietra, formerly St Francis Theresa, entered in 1959, Sister wrote she was sorry to hear of the passing of John Hackett, she said she had Taught his son, Michael in Holy Trinity in Hicksville, NY. She said John & wife Dorothy were always at the events, she wants them to know he & his family are in her prayers. Right now Sr. is director of ''One to One" Learning, teaching English. If any of the Alumni live in the area & would like to volunteer her number is 845-359-4239.
Henry Marrero's wife writes Henry was a little under the weather so couldn't attend the picnic, she asked me to mention Henry's half-brother, Norberto Chandia (1942-45) they still haven't been able to locate him so if anyone knows him or his whereabouts, please let us know & we will contact them. Thanks for the note & glad both are enjoying the letter, take care.
Sr. Marie Louise Ruggeri writes from St. Louis, MO. that "The Alumni Boys "are very dear to her heart, she spent happy years at St. Agnes (45-47) taking care of the little babies, many wonderful memories are still with her. Sister writes she thinks & prays for all of us." Thanks so much, Sister, nice hearing from you.
Bob Millspaugh writes from his new address , now living with his daughter & family in GA. he says it's so good to get the Newsletter & keep up with news about fellow Alumni. Bob is now busy with new doctors appointments & eyeglasses, he sends his best to all of St Agnes Alumni, thanks Bob always nice hearing from you, the best to you.
Note from Willie Perales, he said how much he likes getting the newsletter, it brings a lot of memories & names he had forgotten, he & his wife have been married 49 years, have 3 boys & 1 girl, 5 grand-daughters & 1 grand-son & they keep them busy, Willie sends his regards to all.
Congratulations to Joyce & Rich Irizarry who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 10/12/07. may you
have many more happy, healthy years together.
A short note from John Gonzales from CA. he said he & his brother left St Agnes in 1957, they have fond Memories of Father Jorn & all the Sisters who provided a home to them. Thanks John, nice hearing from you.
A letter from Rod Dayton , said he noticed in a recent newsletter Lorenzo Calderon's name mentioned, he said he & Lorenzo joined the Air Force together, after basic training they were shipped to different bases he last saw him when both were discharged, Lorenzo was a great singer but got fed up with the tireless effort to find work so he re-enlisted & was on his way to a base in Turkey, they were tough years for Rod he said but he persevered, made a music career that took him all over the world on
cruise ships & he also wants to tell Lorenzo the great guitarist (Frank D'Rone)
also is a Calderon maybe they are related. Frank Sinatra is Frank D' Rone's son's godfather. Rod is still traveling all over & keeping busy.
from Rita DelFuoco tells us how much her late father Daniel Williams, an Alumnus, enjoyed the Newsletter, she said she enjoys it so much also, thanks Rita glad to hear from you & thank you for the check.
A nice letter from Eliz. McMenemy she writes even tho she does not know any of the names in the newsletter she enjoys it so much, she was so glad to read about P.A.L., she said they were so good to her & her family. Her father , the late Patrick McMenemy was a detective in NYC & died in 1938, she was 12 yrs old then, there were 7 of them & every year P.A.L. would take them to Steeple Chase, her brother also went to St. Agnes Camp & she being the oldest & a girl went to Camp Immaculate, they have wonderful memories from the P.A.L. Great to hear all that Elizabeth & to know people haven't forgotten the good they do. thanks so much for writing.
A short note from Tom Shea (Cl 51-56) out of CA., thanking us for the letter & keeping everyone in touch. Thanks Tom & thanks for the check.
A nice letter from David Kee (Cl 45-49) along with check & thanking us for keeping people in touch. His brother Louis travels all over the world & David would like him to retire so they could play golf together & David could beat him, HA. He said his brother was in the same class as "Red: Rooney (God Rest His Soul), he said it is so good to hear how so many "House's Kids" turned out so well. Who knows why? the way their lives started. He thinks a lot of it has to do with the girl they married, Great thought David, it was so great that you & your brother attended the picnic. Hope you both enjoyed it.
Always nice hearing from Vince McMahon & wife, Mae, he says it's great getting the Newsletter & refreshing to look into the past. He & his wife can't travel anymore, however he does manage to get a round of golf in now & then. Stay well folks.
Sister Marie Daugherty writes from St Louis, MO., that she read the July newsletter twice, she enjoyed it so much every word of it , she said it is always awesome to her to hear about our "House's Kids" continue their brotherhood these many years since she knew them & her pride in hearing what all of you are doing flies out of bounds, she prays for God to bless each & everyone, Sister wanted to know if any of the "Boys" sing in a choir, she recalls how the "House's Kids" almost took the roof off the chapel at St Agnes with their great singing. Thanks so much Sisters the picnics with the P.A.L. & the trip to the Polo Grounds in NY are vivid memories to her, her part was getting the "Little Side" kids dressed for the occasions, they really looked handsome decked out in their Sunday Best Clothes, the House's Kids" are really going to enjoy reading about your letter.
Rec'd a phone call from Michael Morphis from N.Y. 9/26/07 Michael informed us he drove to Piermont & Sparkill with his son trying to find where the picnic was held, first he went to the Sisters at Sparkill & they recommended asking the firemen at the firehouse, they gave him the wrong directions to a pavillion, not the one where we had the picnic so unfortunately he did not get to the picnic & we are sorry this happened, do hope you will make it next year, God willing.
Rec'd a very sad letter from Cornelius Sullivan, the oldest of Leonard Sullivan's 7 sons & 4 daughters, he informed us his dear wife, Carol passed this world 10/20/06 after an extended stay at a hospital in Goshen, she was 70 yrs old, sorry I can't put everything in the letter, her eulogy was so beautiful & moving, she was a wonderful wife, mother & friend to all who knew her, she always thought of others & went out of her way to take care of them. They were married 50 yrs & had several children & grand-children who were the pride & joy of her lives. We know she is in Heaven & out of her suffering. We were so happy to see you at the picnic,
Cornelius & hope you will return next year.
DUES: Dues $10.00 per year are payable anytime, checks made out to St Agnes Alumni & mailed to above address, thank you So many paid along with the raffle money & also some paid at the picnic. Appreciate that.
CHUCKLE FROM FR. BUTLER: BUBBA
Those of us who spend much time in a doctor's office should
Doesn't it seem more and more that physicians are running their practice like an assembly line? Here's what happened to Bubba.
Bubba walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what
he had, Bubba said Shingles, pronounced " Shaaang-els"So she wrote down his name, address, medical number & told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Bubba what he had? Bubba said "Shingles", so she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Bubba to wait in the examining room. A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had, Bubba said "Shingles" so the nurse gave Bubba a blood pressure test, a blood test an electrocardiogram and told Bubba to take off all his clothes and wait for a doctor. When the doctor came in an hour later and found Bubba sitting patiently in the nude and asked Bubba what he had, Bubba said "Shingles" the doctor asked Where? ,Bubba said "Outside on the truck Where do you want me to unload them??
LAUGHS: OH! Those Modern Times We live in.
on cable TV they have a weather channel 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up , we called it a window.
A friend sent this clipping to me to put in the letter:
ONLY IN AMERICA:
--A pizza gets to your house faster than ambulance
--do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store for their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front
--do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke
--do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage
--do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we don't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place
-- Think about it!
7/25/07-Glen P. Siebert son of Cathleen Rhatigan, wife of Mike Rhatigan, Glen died from cancer at a young age & left a wife & 3 small children. Please pray for the family.
10/20/06 Carol Sullivan wife of member Cornelius Sullivan & mother of several children & grand-children, please pray for her family.
8/21/07 Roy Lynch & 8/24/07 Esther, husband and & wife who died a couple of days apart, brother & sister-in-law of Joyce & Rich Irizarry-
9/18/07, George Lynch, cousin of Joyce & Rich Irizarry. Many of you will remember George
he was instrumental in having the GI Joe Statue erected & also the beautiful Memorial service for the boys whose names are on the plaque at St Agnes, George was a very special person. Please pray for his family.
Again we ask your prayers for the deceased & their families. Joyce & Rich Irizarry wish to express their appreciation to those who paid their respects at the time of their sorrows & all those who have sent condolences & Mass cards, it has meant so much.
PRAY FOR OUR SOLDIERS
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect then as they protect us. Bless them & their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior"
Again thanks to all who made the Annual Picnic a great Success. Remember also not only on Thanksgiving Day for each & every day, we take so much for granted. God Bless & Have a blessed Thanksgiving & stay Well.
[signed] Art & Gloria
PS: In the next newsletter we will tell you, all about the 85th anniv. of P.A.L. held at Coney Island in July '07.
NOTE: Boy! those Babcock brothers are still great ball players & it was good to see Bob Rosich smiling out, in the field catching the ball, a great time for all.
|LIST OF ALUMNI ATTENDING PICNIC August, 2007
Carroll, Joseph E.
Cipolla, Gasper (Chip)
Feliciano, David T.
Feldmann, Richard (Hank)
Feldmann, Walter J.
Masterson, Raymond Fr
Neville, Bernard S
|Dominican Sisters attending
|Catherine (Mary Catherine)
Marie T. McGuire
Adele Myers (Sr. Ann Edward
| Ursula Joyce (Sr. Agnes Richard
We were so pleased you all came.