St. Agnes Alumni
Nine Glen Road
Highland Falls, N.Y. 10928
Dear Alumnus and Friends;
First I have to apologize for not sending out a fall letter, but I had to take care of some personal matters of my own and it took longer than I thought. The days seem to slip by so fast.
I will start by telling you all about the annual picnic. It was a great success, but I wish more of the alumni would show. We had lots of good food, desserts, soda, water, coffee, tea, and good friends (all free).
A big "Thank You" to David and Pat MacMillan and their son Kenneth, also Pat Moriarty's wife Debbie, they did a super job in the kitchen as usual and on the behalf of the alumni, I say we are most thankful.
The first person David MacMillan saw when he arrived was his brother John from California. He was in the area visiting his daughter and stopped by. Both of them had a great time together.
It's nice to see the Babcock brothers who are so faithful in attending and donating to the alumni. They always bring a baseball bat and glove and get a ball game going. They have a great time, even Rudy Loyola, who drives down from Vermont with his wife and son, was out there catching in center field with a big smile on his face (eighty years old). He still has his barber shop in Vermont. God bless you Rudy and stay well.
I would like to thank all those who supported the raffle and many included their dues which help a lot with the cost of printing and mailing. I want to thank John Antonacci for buying twenty raffle books and put the Nun's names on them, thanks to Don Dillon who also sold extra books.
The winners of the raffle are:
1. First Prize of Five Hundred; Pat Baez, daughter of member George Baez, Brooklyn, N.Y
2. Second Prize of Three Hundred dollars; Phil and Julie Flotard., Pearl River, N.Y.
3. Third Prize of One Hundred Dollars, Jeri Novellino (present) no address
4. Fourth Prize of One Hundred Dollars: Pedro Rodriquez, Bronx, N.Y.
Congratulations to all!
It was good to see five sets of brothers at the picnic (The Babcocks, The Lawtons, The MacMillans, The Romans, and The Rondons) and they all said they had a good time. We had a new member attend this year, John Haggerty (class 1952-1959) who never knew there was an alumni until his daughter saw it on the internet and told him, he enjoyed mixing with people, etc. and stayed till the end.
Gerry Merna drove up from Maryland and he looked good after just recuperating from an operation. I learned Gerry just got out of the hospital again, this time to take care of three blockages in his heart. He will start rehab soon to get his strength back. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Gerry, you can't keep a good guy down!
Also since the picnic David MacMillan had a fifth stent put in to clear a blood clot; he also had a double cataract operation, but had some side effects after the operation. He will have some additional repairs made December 20, 2011. Hope all goes well Dave, and you will be your good old self again.
Frank Bradicich had a hernia operation a day before the picnic and even though he was in a lot of pain, his daughter and family brought him to the picnic. Hope you are feeling fine now Frank.
Ray Adames and wife could not attend the picnic this year because they were visiting their son, who is serving his country and is stationed in Italy. Hope the both of you had a nice time. Speaking of Italy, Joyce and Rich Irizarry had a two week vacation in Italy this summer. They had a great time, even attending a cooking course while there. They said it was fun.
"Chip" Cipolla wrote a nice letter saying he is now retired from teaching, keeping in shape doing push-ups and keeps busy painting in acrylics which are shown in stores and at shows. He is also entertaining on cruise ships and has been all over the world. He wrote that he learned dancing at the age of five at St. Agnes. I enjoyed your letter and the sketch, keep up the good work and enjoy your retirement for many years to come. You must be taking all the right vitamins, ha!
Received word Rogelio Padro became a chaplain, July 1, 2011 at Providence, Rhode Island and now is assigned to Lehigh County Prison, Pennsylvania. Congratulation and good luck.
A note from Ted Mead from Canada saying how much he enjoys reading the newsletter. He said it boosts his morale because he has been feeling down lately. He can't travel anymore and that is why he never attends the picnic. I do hope each day things will be looking up for you!
Received a nice letter from Bill and Dot Meisenzahl saying they just sold their big house in Vermont and moved to an apartment in a different part of Vermont. In the letter they wrote that it was getting to be too much work etc, in the house since all the children are on their own. Bill was going to drive down to the picnic but the doctor advised it was too far to drive. He was disappointed. Good luck and stay well!
Father Butler sent pictures of the renovations in his church, saying it took a lot of work. He also wrote sadly informing us his dear mother had passed away at the age of ninety-five. He visited her every night and said the rosary with her. Our prayers and sympathy are with you Father. May she rest in peace!
David Kee and his brother Louis came all the way from California to the picnic. Their sister lives in the area, so they got to visit her while they were here.
Paul Fabrizi, who has a beautiful singing voice and sings in a barbershop quartet, led everyone in signing God Bless America. It was a great gesture and a great thought.
Received a nice note and donation from the daughters of the late Mr. Griffin who taught at St. Agnes (1949-1957). The girls never knew much about their father who died when they were very young. They met and were so happy after having a long chat with Bernie Neville who remembered their father at last year's picnic. Thank you ladies for your donation to the alumni and stay well.
Robert Polliza (1952-1953) who was never on the mailing list but did write to an alumnus, who sent us a note that Robert had written a little history of himself. They said he made the military his living and was promoted to Major very fast. He was married and had four children and three grandchildren. Sadly to say Robert passed away at the age of seventy-three.
Many of you remember Mr. O'Brien from St. Agnes. He wrote a note saying if any of you would like to contact or talk to him you can e-mail him at TOBREF@AOL.COM He was so happy to get in touch with Tony Perez and Felix Velez.
Glad to add two new names to the mailing list,
1. John Lundin, he was at St. Agnes in 1962 and now lives in Woodbury, Conn.
2. George Barilla, now living in Germantown, Maryland
Since this is the Christmas letter I would like to wish all
A Blessed Christmas and a
Very Happy and Healthy New Year.
REST IN PEACE,
Polliza, Robert died June 25, 2011
Altomare, John died December 7, 2011
May they rest in peace!
Please take five minutes each day and say a prayer for our service men and women and their families who are making so many sacrifices, so there can be peace all over the world.
Again, I'm sorry for the delay in writing. Till the next time God Bless!
[Signed] Gloria Kingsley
|Those who attended picnic 2010
||Yrs/ St Agnes
| Antonacci, John
Haggerty, John P.
Masterson, Raymond Fr.
Morales, Raul A
|Nuns That Attended
Sr. Marie Anton
Sr. JoAnne Deas
Sr. Jeanne Deas
Sr. Catherine Duignan
| Sr. Rose Michael
Sr. Catherine Tahaney
Sr, Marie Vinney