THE DIFFERENCE IS PRAYER
A PUBLICATION OF GRAND TRAVERSE AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS • (231) 946-8100 • www.gtacs.org
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
01 a note from fr. don geyman
top 50 CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
02 message from superintendEnt
science lab renovation
03 kindergarten 30th anniversary
04 GLADHANDER 2011
05 HALL OF FAME
06 ALUMNI NEWS
07-09 faith in action
10-13 STUDENT LIFE
14-18 ANNUAL development
19 MEMORIAL DONATIONS
A NOTE FROM FATHER DON GEYMAN
President of the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and Pastor at St. Patrick Parish
“ I have had the pleasure of serving as the President for the
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools for a few months
now and in that time have found a school that lives out
its mission daily – educating our children both spiritually
and academically. The vision of our leadership team
and the dedication of the faculty and staff to take God’s
word and teachings and weave Him into everything our
students do and learn each day is a priceless gift.
What makes a Catholic school different? It is the fact
that God’s teachings give all the other subjects their true
meaning. How could a social studies teacher talk about
the history of this country and not mention that God is
invoked by so many of our founding fathers? Or how can we study the
planets or the miracle of creation without realizing that God made it all?
I would like to thank all those who support the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.
It is a tremendous instrument in passing on the Gospel message and forming future leaders
in our Church, as well as leading men and women to consider priestly and religious vocations.
Our schools should never be seen as a burden or a separate reality from our parishes,
but as a vital ministry in building the Kingdom of God on earth.”
- Fr. Don Geyman
THE TRADITION CONTINUES: TOP 50 CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
On October 25, 2010, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda gave a surprise
announcement to the faculty and students of Traverse City
St. Francis High School that their high school had been named
to the National Catholic School Honor Roll as one of the
top 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. This
is the second time for St. Francis High School to receive this
recognition resulting in four consecutive years as part of the
National Catholic School Honor Roll covering years 2008-2012.
The school was first honored with this award in November 2008.
The National Catholic High School Honor Roll’s purpose is to recognize and encourage
excellence in Catholic secondary education. It is a critical resource for parents
and educators that distinguishes those schools that excel in three categories:
• Academic excellence • Catholic identity • Civic education
GTACS Superintendent Mike Buell shared his thoughts on this recognition,
“We constantly strive to assist our school families in forming their children’s hearts,
minds, and souls in an effort to bring glory to God. The external recognition of our
efforts by an organization as well-esteemed as the Acton Institute is humbling, yet
very rewarding. This is truly an award delivered to the parents who make great
personal sacrifice to provide their children with a Catholic education, and to each
and every GTACS faculty member who works tirelessly to improve the formation
and education of all of our students. All school accolades rest at the feet of our
faculty, and I am so very proud of them and thankful for their dedication to
St. Francis High School Principal, Erick Chittle, commented, “What is most pleasing
about Top Fifty recognition is that it aligns with the mission of Grand Traverse Area
Catholic Schools. Acton rewards schools that work very hard at infusing Catholicism
throughout a rigorous curriculum. Top test scores are not enough for this
award; the teachings of the Gospel and a vibrant prayer and Sacramental life must
be evident in these schools. I am thankful to our staff – a staff committed to push
each student to his or her fullest spiritual and academic potential. I am thankful
to our parents who sacrifice to partner with us in this mission. Finally, I am thankful
to our students whose dedication to their faith and academics brings me great
hope.” To see a list of the top 50 schools, as well as lists of the 10 honorable
mention schools in each category, visit www.chshonor.org.
A Message from GTACS Superintendent
Dear Alumni and Friends,
I pray that this edition of “GladTidings” finds you well in the comfort of the Lord. Our Lord continues to take tremendous care
of the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. We have been blessed with another fine school year experiencing success in our
students’ academic and sacramental journeys. We have again enjoyed recognition as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the
nation, and our continued academic growth has us performing as one of the best educational institutions in the state and country.
The school has many exciting endeavors and projects on which we spend much time and effort to advance the mission of our schools. However, it is
perfecting our craft that remains the most exciting for us on a day-to-day basis. Leading children to practice their Catholic faith through the
sacraments and becoming better students through teaching the 3 Rs remains our focus and gives us our greatest satisfaction. We find deep purpose
and direction in the execution of outstanding reading, writing, and math instruction. We continue to enjoy watching our children grow in their love
of the Lord. Their beautiful expressions of faith can be witnessed at weekly Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition, student-led rosaries, along
with many other sacramental and devotional opportunities.
I write this to all of you so that you can be affirmed that Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools have held firm to the beliefs that have been the
foundation of our great system: the marriage of faith and knowledge. We continue to praise Jesus for allowing us the privilege of teaching faith and
knowledge through His word each and every school day. In a world that riddles our parents and children with social pressure that is so contrary to
our Catholic teachings, there is still a place where the Truth can be taught and cherished. It is your alma mater.
Please feel free to visit when you have an opportunity. Many of the things that you cherish from our vibrant history have been enhanced which can
only make what we do all the richer. Please pray for the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools that they continue to be a place where the past is
treasured and the future is embraced.
Michael R. Buell ‘85
ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL
St. Francis High School to
Begin Science Lab Renovations
Recognizing the importance science plays in society, St. Francis High School is
embarking upon a fundraising effort for science lab renovations to help its students
stay competitive in the field and remain well-prepared for post high school studies.
The two science classrooms within St. Francis High School have not been
updated since the original construction nearly 50 years ago. The chemistry
and physics lab needs to be refurbished and updated with modern
equipment. The biology lab will be renovated with nine new student
workstations, new lighting, new windows, and upgraded equipment.
This renovation will allow for advanced placement work and other higherlevel
work to occur within the classroom, impacting 300 students. These
renovations will ultimately lead to a deeper level of scientific thinking and
better opportunities for St. Francis students in science-related fields.
“Wonder is the desire of knowledge.”
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Wayne Mueller, Executive Director of Development and Foundation
for Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, remarked, “St. Francis High
School does not have access to public or millage funding. To overcome
this obstacle, there are a number of ways that people can help the school
complete this project: make a specific financial contribution to the
project, provide free/discounted labor, or a donation of materials.
We have a goal of $135,000 to reach by April 30, 2011,
and we have currently raised $65,000.”
Two “Leadership Grants” have already been made by the Oleson Foundation and the
Art & Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation. Rick Skendzel from Architecture Technology, P.C.
and Jody Bergman of Comstock Construction have generously donated their professional
time and talent by providing consultation for the project.
Renovation and construction will occur during the summer of 2011. Assuming the fundraising
goal is met, both labs will be finished and functional by the start of classes in the fall of 2011.
To learn more about this project or to contribute, contact Wayne Mueller, GTACS Executive
Director of Development and Foundation, at (231) 995-8428 or email@example.com.
30th Anniversary of Kindergarten at GTACS
The 2010-11 school year marks the 30th anniversary of kindergarten at Grand Traverse
Area Catholic Schools. While the name of the school may have changed from St. Francis
Elementary to Holy Angels Elementary, the one thing that has not changed is the quality
foundation that kindergarten provides students for a journey of life-long learning.
We contacted five of the original members of the 1980 morning and afternoon kindergarten
classes to find out memories of their kindergarten year and see where they are now.
Katie (Maxbauer) McNulty
Memories: I have very pleasant memories of SF kindergarten….making new friends, using chunky
scissors, wearing a plaid jumper, and drinking from a child-sized water fountain. I remember being in
the classroom nearest the (then) principal’s office of Sr. Therese Pelky. My favorite remembrances are
of our teacher, Sr. Thomas Estelle. She was warm and loving with an easy laugh. She wore a veil and
modest habit. I recall her explaining that her name was a combination of her parents’ names. I was
fortunate to remain in touch with her for many years, even after she relocated to a Dominican convent
in the Southwest. Upon my high school graduation, she sent me a candle holder made of New Mexico
sand. I still have this special gift. As a class, we found it very special that some of us had been together
for thirteen years.
Now: This spring, my husband Kieran McNulty (SF ‘91) is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University
on Long Island, yet normally we reside in Minneapolis. My biggest “projects” are our young daughter,
son, and our two hounds. Kieran’s research takes him to Kenya most summers so I am fortunate to be
in Traverse City for extended stays.
Memories: Overall, I remember all my classmates who I was able to share so many awesome years
growing up and learning with. I guess as far as kindergarten memories, I think the playground and my
best friend Tom Read top all stories! I also remember getting in trouble for throwing snowballs at recess
and having Sister Therese, who I believe was the principal at the time, telling me if I ever got in trouble
again she would be telling my grandmother!
Now: Currently, I live right here in Traverse City and own and operate Northern Sprinkler System as an
underground irrigation installer/service provider. I also am very humbled by the fact that I coach football
at my alma mater (Saint Francis). I am married to my wonderful wife Robyn and we enjoy all that
life has to offer us in beautiful Traverse City!
Memories: I do recall dressing up as Popeye the Sailor Man for the Halloween party and playing the
tambourine in a music concert. I remember Sister Thomas Estelle as a stern teacher, but don’t recall
her ever scolding me. I’m sure she probably did several times, but I just don’t remember. I never truly
appreciated the education I received at St Francis, but upon entering the “real world,” it became evident
my Catholic school education had me better prepared. For that, I am forever grateful.
Now: I joined the United States Air Force two months after graduation and have been in since.
I currently serve as a Boeing KC-135 Air Refueling Boom Operator, which transfers fuel to other aircraft
in flight. This career has allowed for worldwide travel countless times and participation in several
important operations. My wife, Kathy, and our sons, Austin (13) & Tyler (7), are currently stationed at
Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom until 2014. I attend classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University in pursuit of a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree.
Christa (Clous) Matamoros
Memories: I remember learning to read with the little black and yellow paperback books with
characters like Nan the Giraffe and memorizing countless nursery rhymes that we then recited in
front of the class. I also remember visiting the “Thinking Chair” (A.K.A. confessional-in-training)
several times to call God on the little toy telephone to tell him about what naughty adventures
I had been up to. Ironically, it was my dad who built that infamous chair!
Now: Now I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, Joe Matamoros, and our four wonderful kids:
Antonio (8), Maria (6), Diego (4) and Gabriel (2). We spend most days juggling school, sports, dance
lessons, and time with friends. In my spare time, I work at a local elementary school as a Speech-
Language Pathologist. We hope to make the trek to Traverse City this summer.
Memories: I remember having show and tell and once being able to bring my awesome stuffed
animal – named “Puppy” of course – that my oldest child uses today; and being named “class clown”
and Sister giving me a paper-mache clown head...I remember Sister Thomas and my kindergarten days
fondly, and am appreciative of the friendships that I still have with many of my fellow classmates.
Now: Currently, I am living in Morristown, Tennessee, working as a technical consultant with AARP,
and am happily married with two daughters and a dog named “Bear.”
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Oh the Places They’ll Go
for This Year’s Gladhander!
On October 29, the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
will celebrate its 29th fundraiser in the fantastical style of
Dr. Seuss, transforming the Holy Angels/St. Francis school
campus into a colorful homage to Thing One, Thing Two,
and fishes red and blue with the theme “Seuss on the Loose!”
Renowned for its lavish decorations, this year’s Gladhander will feature many of Seuss’ beloved
creatures, as well as eye-popping Truffula Trees, Sneetches, and perhaps even a massive red and
white striped hat or two.
We wanted something outlandish, featuring a writer that all generations love and
relate to,” said Bill Marsh, Jr., in his first year co-chairing with wife, Debbie. “We are
confident that everyone will be blown away by this year’s Gladhander, which has
always been, without a doubt, the best party in town.”
Now in its 29th year, Gladhander is the largest fundraising event of its kind in northern Michigan.
Featuring nearly 1,000 live and silent auction items, Gladhander attendees can bid on a variety of things
including exotic vacations, precious jewelry, unique events, and much more.
The Gladhander Auction will take place Saturday,
October 29. Since it began, it has raised more than
$8.7 million to benefit the students of the Grand
Traverse Area Catholic Schools, growing into
Traverse City’s oldest and most prestigious gala event.
Raffle Grand Prize
Winner of $32,000:
(SF Class of ‘69)
“ The front entrance
2010 was transformed
Fox Theatre to pay
tribute to the “Music
Tickets for the very popular car raffle will go on sale in
August; tickets for the Main Event will be available in September.
Volunteers have already begun working on the decorations that will help convert St. Francis High School
into a giant, vibrant nod to the fantastical world of children’s author, Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
The success of the event depends on more than 450 volunteers that work on the fundraiser throughout
the year. They are involved in everything from creating the intricate decorations, to catering the gourmet
meal, to soliciting auction items. Those wishing to volunteer or donate items can do so by calling the
Gladhander office at (231) 941-GLAD. More information is available at www.gladhander.com.
2010: Music of
Chrysler Test Drives Help Raise Money For New Reading Series
A test drive around the block gave a boost to the Holy Angels Elementary
School reading program. Bill Marsh, Jr., presented a check for $1,110 on
June 9th to the school principal and the head of the Holy Angels PTC.
The money was raised through participation in the Chrysler Drive For The Kids program.
The program donated ten-dollars for everyone who drove a new Chrysler from Bill Marsh Auto
around the block during a recent school carnival.
Chrysler Town and Country minivans and a Chrysler 300C were available for the test drives.
The money will go to buy books through the Holy Angels PTC for a reading program.
“The money gives us a nice boost and couldn’t have come at a better time as we plan for programs
in the next school year,” says PTC president Carla Nickodemus. “This ends up being a win-win
says Bill Marsh,
Jr. “Parents get a
chance to test drive
a new vehicle and
the school gets a
Winners of Lands’
Last spring, Lands’ End Company sponsored a
“Way to Grow” contest for schools to win $2,500.
The top five schools in the country who had the
most online votes would receive $2,500. GTACS
families and friends made a unified effort to vote
daily and finished in the top five schools. The money
won went towards the purchase of the new reading
series at Holy Angels Elementary and new graphing
calculators at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School.
Holy Angels Principal, Janet Troppman, and GTACS
Director of Admissions, Cindy Weber, accept the
winning check from the Lands’ End representative.
NOW ACCEPTING HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS FOR 2011
The Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS) are accepting
nominations for inductees into the GTACS Hall of Fame. The Hall of
Fame was established in 2007 to recognize individuals who have:
• Made an exceptional contribution to Grand Traverse Area
Catholic Schools or to society
• Achieved exceptional success
• Demonstrated excellence and longevity in their field
• Modeled outstanding integrity
Congratulations 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
Lorna Ameel • Timothy Carroll
Joseph Kroupa • William McGee • Larry Sellers
These individuals were honored on Saturday, September 25,
2010, during a ceremony in the Kohler Auditorium at St.
Francis High School.
Guidelines for nomination include, but are not limited to the following:
• Serves as a model of faith in action, that is, possesses qualities
to be emulated by our students, their families and our school
• Outstanding service/general contribution to the Grand Traverse
Area Catholic Schools
• Outstanding performance in his or her field as recognized by
the general populace
GTACS is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Hall of Fame.
An induction ceremony will take place on the morning of Saturday,
October 8, 2011, prior to the St. Francis High School Homecoming
football game. To nominate a person (living or deceased), download the
form at www.gtacs.org under “Alumni and Friends tab”. Forms are also
available in the GTACS Business Office in St. Francis High School.
Completed nomination packets must be received by July 15, 2011.
Questions may be directed to Cindy Weber, Director of Admissions,
at (231) 995-8425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left to Right: Larry Sellers, William McGee (represented in photo by his
wife, Bernie McGee), Joseph Kroupa (represented in photo by his niece,
Carole Daniels), Lorna Ameel (represented in photo by her son, Tim Ameel),
and Timothy Carroll.
Surrounding the St. Francis High School Gymnasium are several banners hanging
from the walls between the rafters with what we call, “Inspirational Advertising.”
The gymnasium is filled with inspiring quotes from various saints. We invite you
to come and take a look...you, too, may be inspired!
Quotes on the banners:
“Faith is the union of God and the soul.” - St. John of the Cross
“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires us to try.” - St. Teresa
“To have courage for whatever comes in life- everything lies in that.” - St. Teresa of Avila
“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”
- St. Anthony of Padua
“Live simply; so that all may simply live.” - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” - St. Padre Pio
“It’s not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” - St. Ignatius
“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me.” - St. Patrick
“Do justice, God sees you.” - St. Veronica Giuliani
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
- St. Augustine
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” - St. Francis of Assisi
“Each small task of everyday life is part of the harmony of the universe.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux
Thank you to Britten Banners and the following companies who participate
in our “Corporate Gymnasium Sponsorship Program.” For more information, contact the
Development Office at (231) 946-8147.
Alpers Excavating, Inc. | Aquinas College | Bott & Company P.C. | Branko Gegich,
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney | Dennis Brodeur, Raymond James | East Traverse Catholic
Federal Credit Union | Fifth Third Bank | Fitzmaurice-Garvin Insurance Agency
Fox Motors | Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Specialists-Dr. Jeff Szczepanski | Huntington Bank
Mold Matters Inc. | Traverse City State Bank
In June 2010, two long-time members of the
GTACS School Advisory Board retired: President
of GTACS, Father Jerry Micketti, and Chairperson,
Maggie Quinn. Blessings to Mrs. Quinn
and Father Jerry for their commitment and
dedication to GTACS!
Father Jerry Micketti served as President of
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools from
2000-2010. Fr. Jerry has been the pastor of
Christ the King Church since 2004 and
previously he served at St. Patrick Church.
Maggie Quinn served on the GTACS School
Advisory Board for 18 years (1992-2010).
She was the Chairperson of the Board since
the 1997/1998 school year. She and her
husband, Tom, have 4 sons who are graduates
of St. Francis High School.
Maggie Quinn and Father Jerry Micketti in their
GTACS rocking chairs presented to them at the last
in June 2010
for their years
of service to our
5th Generation at GTACS
Kevin and Stephanie Endres and their five children are well-known among the GTACS
family, but it’s also interesting to note that their children are 5th generation GTACS
students. Kevin Endres and his four siblings, Martin, Steven, Brian and Diann all
attended St. Francis. Their mother and father, Leonard (’64) and Mary Endres (’66),
also attended St. Francis. Mary’s mother, Louise Courtade-Witkop, graduated in 1943
and Louise’s parents, John and Mamie Courtade, started what would become a long
legacy for their family.
Do you have a legacy story? Contact Linda Schell in the
Development Office at (231) 946-8147 or email at email@example.com
Left to right: Noah, Leonard, Kolin, Katelyn, Mary,
Brenden, Stephanie, Tyler, Kevin
Aiden David, May 2, 2009
a son born to Sarah and Adam (’03) Clark
Melina, June 1, 2010
a daughter born to Sarah and Paul (’94) Schmude
Ainsley Rae, September 2, 2010
a daughter born to Jessica (Trzcinski ’97) and
Mike (’97) Lesinski
Serena Michelle, November 16, 2010
a daughter born to Genna (McManus ’02) and
Jonathan (’03) Bott
Greta Marie, January 17, 2011
a daughter born to Kara (Moeggenberg ’00)
and David (’00) Classens
Anne (Senger ’97) and Peter Perna
October 10, 2009
Lydia (Sanok ’05) and Bill (‘03) Potthoff
June 5, 2010
Megan and Robert (’97) Wolf
July 17, 2010
Kate (Potthoff ’03) and Vince (’03) Prusick
July 17, 2010
Sarah and Adam (’03) Clark
August 13, 2010
Julianna (Fisher ’04) and Daniel Chervanick
August 21, 2010
Betsy (Brick ’04) and Thomas Corbett
August 28, 2010
Robyn and Scott (’93) Doriot
January 21, 2011
Jeanette (Denoyer ’48) and Don (’48) Swaney
celebrated 60 years on September 25, 2010
Margaret (Marge) M. Sleder ‘32
Ralph J. Mitchell (’32)
John A. Maxbauer ‘38
Richard Bradford ‘38
William ‘Bill’ F. Kildee ‘42
Phyllis C. Bryant ‘49
Gary ‘Gar’ Lee Weber ‘55
James L. Drinan ‘56
Terry Zielinski ‘62
Regina ‘Gina’ Wise ‘76
Christina (Wills) Klein ‘93
Joseph Sloan ‘04
We want to
Mail or email your news updates and remembrances to:
GTACS Attn: Wayne Mueller or Linda Schell
123 E. Eleventh Street • Traverse City, MI 49684
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com • 231.946.8147
SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING REUNIONS
The 50th class reunion for the Class of 1961 will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
Plan on attending the Gladiator Homecoming Game at 1:00 p.m. at Thirlby Field
followed by dinner and social time around 5:00 p.m. at the Elks Club. If you are a
member of that class or know anyone from that class who has not been contacted,
please get in touch with Betty Plough at 231-633-6068.
The SF Class of 1971 will be celebrating its 40th class reunion on Friday, July 8, 2011
at the Park Place Top of the Park, from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. All SF alumni are invited to join
classmates for drinks and a great view from 5-8 p.m. For more information, please call
Ann Kratochvil Post at 231-941-8846, email Debbie Largent Colaianni at sfclass71@
yahoo.com, or email or phone Tim Brick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-941-0754.
Be a college contact! If you are an alum of a college and would be willing to be a
resource for St. Francis students as they make their college decisions, contact
Development Assistant, Pam Klumpp, at email@example.com or (231) 946-8038.
Coach Tony Quinn (’92) and his team, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, claimed the
Division 2 Lacrosse Title with a 14-8 victory over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in June, 2010.
This victory allowed the Rangers to put their second place finish to East Grand Rapids (14-7)
in 2008 behind them. Tony stated that, “Other than the birth of my children, this is the greatest
feeling in the world.” Congratulations to Coach Quinn and the Ranger Lacrosse Team!!
HOMECOMING 2011! // 10.8.11
Join the Gladiators as they take on the Kalkaska
Blazers for the Homecoming game on Saturday,
October 8, 2011 at Thirlby Field at 1 p.m.
2010 King John Zakrzewski & Queen Ellen Kendziorski
National Chastity Speaker
Presents to 8-12th Graders
It was a full house for Jason Evert’s teen talk, “Romance without Regret,” on May 17, 2010.
8-12th graders from Lake Leelanau St. Mary, St. Francis Xavier-Petoskey, Gaylord St. Mary, and
Manistee Catholic Central were in attendance with students from GTACS for Mass with Bishop
Hebda and area priests, followed by the presentation. Jason Evert is a national chastity speaker
from Catholic Answers in California, and he captivated the audience with his humor and ability
to present the truth to young people in
a way that enabled their hearts to grab
hold of it. Jason received a standing
ovation as he challenged young men on
what it really means to be a man and to
sacrifice for love and challenged young
women on the vital importance of respecting
themselves. Jason Evert’s book,
Pure Manhood and Pure Womanhood
was also given to each student along with
a special prayer card featuring a chastity
prayer written by Bishop Hebda.
Prior to the teen presentation, Jason Evert spoke with parents about Raising Chaste Teens at
Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City, and noted ten points for parents in raising
their children and teens with a media and culture so often inundated with messages completely
in conflict with Christian teachings on the truth and beauty of human sexuality. Some of his ten
tips included: prayer and sacrifice, set the standard high and clear, abstinence until marriage, be
the parent first - not the friend, delay the onset of dating, parent networking, keep communication
open, get over your insecurity about talking about sex, and encouraging parents in the fact that
chastity is a virtue - more easily caught than taught.
Thank you to Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, St. Francis LIFE TEEN
UNDERGROUND, Lake Leelanau St. Mary, and St. Francis-Petoskey, along with
the generosity of several anonymous individual donors who were proud presenting
partners of “The Pure Life Event.”
If you would like to learn more, visit Jason’s website at www.catholic.com/seminars/evert.asp
where you can hear Jason’s teen talk and learn more about his books and materials.
Students for Life “March for Life”
In January, St. Francis students Marea Swaffer, Addey
Meachum, Olivia Wurm, and Kara Jarvis, along with
Immaculate Conception teacher, Kim Meachum, lived
their faith by attending the “March for Life” rally in
Washington, D.C. They joined nearly 400,000 people
from across the United States for this annual pro-life
event which aims to protest the 1974 Roe v. Wade court
decision to legalize abortion. Addey Meachum commented
about her experience, “The anniversary of Roe v. Wade
is actually Jan. 11, but since the 22nd was on a Sunday
this year, the March was moved to Jan. 23 – a Monday,
so Congress would be in session and we would make a
While in Washington, D.C., the group was able to
participate in a large youth Mass, Reconciliation,
and various rally events. The girls are all part of a
bigger group at St. Francis High School , the “Students for Life” chapter.
The group works various events in the Traverse City region to raise awareness for the sanctity
of human life. St. Francis High School teacher, David Peck, is the group’s coordinator.
FAITH IN ACTION
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
8th Graders Reach out
to those in Need
In conjunction with the annual 8th Grade
Washington, D.C. trip this April, forty five
8th graders will be working alongside The
Sisters of the Poor for an afternoon of service.
This newly-added opportunity is a continuation
of the Christian service model developed by the
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools to reach
outside the local boundaries to serve those in the
nation who are in need. Please pray for these
middle school students to grow in their own
compassion and share Christ’s love with the
100 men and women residents through their
work and friendship.
Students will be involved in a variety of activities
with the elderly residents. These activities will
include bingo, sing-alongs, and board games.
Students may also help with cleaning and
preparation of the chapel for Holy Hour.
Then the group will join the residents for
Holy Hour and Evening Prayer.
The Sisters’ mission statement reads:
We welcome the elderly as we would
Jesus Christ himself and serve them with
love and respect until death.
Jean Days for
The third Friday of each month is a day
to skip the school uniform and don a pair
of jeans. In doing so, the students contribute
money which goes toward a designated
charity. Since the beginning of the 2010
school year, GTACS students and families
have contributed over $5,600 in Jean Day
contributions, plus hundreds more in food
and clothing for the area’s needy. Below
is a list of recipients who benefitted from
Breast Cancer Bowl $821.66
Glad Meals $1249.64
Boots for Kids $967.05
plus hundreds of hats/gloves,
socks and winter boots were donated
Right to Life $966.46
Fr. Fred Foundation $707.61
plus several hundred canned goods!
World Youth Day $902.21
First Grader Takes
Religion Lesson to Heart
While listening to a religion lesson in Miss Maslowski’s first grade last May about Jesus’ call to
help the poor, Jane Fitzpatrick was inspired to put her “faith into action” and help others at the
Goodwill Inn. When an individual or family seeks housing at the Goodwill Inn, they are interviewed.
One of the questions they are asked is, “Do you or your children need clean underwear?”
Nearly every person answers, “yes.” One evening, Jane’s mom, Kelly, described the Underpantry
and its mission to her family. Jane combined what she learned in religion and decided to ask her
classmates to help the children living at the Inn. Her classmates enthusiastically answered the
call for help and created 21 beautifully decorated gift bags that included:
15 t-shirts, 83 pairs of underwear, and 87 pairs of socks
Middle school students at St. Elizabeth Ann
Seton Middle School in Traverse City walked
for a cause in September 2010. The walka-thon
is for solidarity and has become an
annual tradition at the beginning of each
Students in grades 6-8 sponsor a child
through the Christian Foundation for
Children and Aging. Proceeds from the
walk-a-thon went towards supporting the
sponsored children in Bolivia, Kenya, and
Mexico. Additional money was donated
to the Afurso Waro School in Ethiopia.
To raise money, the middle school students
secured pledges for walking a certain number
of laps. Middle school teacher and walk-a-thon
coordinator, Nancy Martin, commented,
“ This annual project is such a great
way for our students to look beyond
themselves and to help other students
their age. It’s a way for our students to
show solidarity with our
brothers and sisters
around the world.”
SF EAGLE SCOUTS GIVE BACK
Alex Schmitz (senior) held a “Stuff the Bus” food drive in October as his
Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts of America. Alex’s goal was to collect enough
food to fill two 70 passenger school buses. Thanks to Alex’s hard work coordinating parishes, fellow
students, and community members, he was able to donate 14,400 pounds of food. The food was
donated to the Father Fred Foundation and Saint Vincent de Paul Society, as well as the Immaculate
Conception and St. Patrick Church food pantries. Spearheaded by Alex Schmitz and sponsored by
the LIFE TEEN UNDERGROUND youth group, the Stuff the Bus food drive provided an opportunity
to work as one family to feed the hungry in our community.
Save the Date:
Join GTACS students, staff, and parents for an All System
Mass on Friday, May 13th in the St. Francis Gym at
8:30 a.m. with Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. He will be
celebrating Mass with our students in observance of World
Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 14th and 15th.
Johnathan Anderson (senior) constructed
new and renovated old picnic tables, built
benches, and donated a bike rack at the
courtyard entrance for his Eagle Scout
project. His fellow classmates are enjoying
the new additions. Johnathan is a third
generation Eagle Scout from Troop 31.
Hoops for a Cause
The Annual Katie Heintz Memorial Basketball Tournament
was held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, to raise money
for the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Munson Hospital to
help families receive services locally.
A big crowd of students, families, and friends flooded the gym for this annual event to honor
Katie Heintz who lost her battle to leukemia in August 2005. The event began with a spaghetti dinner,
followed by student and staff basketball games. The finale of the evening was the “All Star” game of
GTACS staff coached by Fox Motors’ Jon Cueter vs. students coached by Bill Marsh Automotive
Group’s Bill Marsh, Jr. In the end, the staff prevailed, but all teams were winners as they worked for a
great cause. Katie taught us all to “Keep Believing!” The event was organized and staffed by: K-Kids,
Builders Club, and Key Club, all Kiwanis school-sponsored clubs.
“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.
By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put
ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.”
- Mother Teresa
FAITH IN ACTION
Students at Immaculate
Conception perform their
annual Advent pageant.
St. Francis High School
will continue with their
10th annual international
mission experience this
summer, but with a new venue. For the past
seven years, St. Francis students traveled to
Steertown, Jamaica. This year, twenty St.
Francis students, nine adults, and Fr. Robbie
Deka will be traveling to Lusaka, Zambia, to
work with Dominican Sisters of the Kasisi
Children’s Orphanage. This is a unique
experience not only because of the distance
involved, but also because Fr. Robbie grew
up in Lusaka, and the group will be able to
meet his parents and family. The St. Francis
group will be working with the Sisters and
the residents at the orphanage by servicing
the convent, working directly with the
schools, and discovering how the Catholic
faith is at the center of what the children
experience in their lives.
Ellen Kendziorski, a senior at
St. Francis, stated that “going to
Zambia is going to be a great way
to experience an entirely different
culture, but with the same faith.
I am excited to see even a small part
of their way of life and I know that
it will impact me forever.”
4th graders at Immaculate
Conception celebrate All
Saints Day by researching
and dressing up as their
favorite saint. They start
the day by attending
Mass together for the
Feast of All Saints
Day and process in
The trip will be about 15 days long, and
the students are only allowed to bring one
carry-on bag. This bag may only contain five
changes of clothes and the minimum of
toiletries. If you are interested in making a
donation to help with the expenses of this
trip or to assist the building projects,
please contact Wayne Mueller at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Development
Office at (231) 946-8147. But more
importantly, all who are traveling ask for your
prayers that they may spread the Good News.
Please visit the Kasisi Children’s Orphanage
website at www.kasisichildren.org.
St. Francis High School Teacher
Crowned National Cherry Queen
Congratulations to Miss Maria LaCross, who was crowned the 2010 National Cherry
Queen on July 9th. Miss LaCross was hired in May to be part of the St. Francis English
Department. She is a 2004 Glen Lake High School graduate and graduated from
Michigan State in 2008. She has previously taught in Dubai at the American Academy
for Girls. Royalty runs in the family, as Miss LaCross’ aunt is GTACS Admissions Director,
Cindy (Pleva) Weber, who was the 1987 National Cherry Queen!
National Cherry Queen, Maria LaCross, pictured with the
St. Francis Marching Band in the Cherry Royale Parade.
Holy Angels Float Wins
The Holy Angels float depicting Frankenmuth
won “Judges’ Favorite” in the Junior Royale
Children’s Parade! Each local school was invited
to build a float based on the parade theme of
“Awesomely Awesome Cities of Michigan.”
Pictured above is the float and Holy Angels
Princess, Jane Fitzpatrick and Prince, Gavin
During the past year, St. Francis
High School celebrated state
champions in the following sports:
The #3 varsity doubles tennis team
of Stephen Siddall and Keith Gingras
won the state championship in fall
2010. This is a second year in a
row that St. Francis has had state
Bishop Bernard Hebda was the Grand Marshal of the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
in March 2010. He was led by the St. Francis Marching Band.
SEAS Student named Michigan
Geographic Bee Semifinalist
The National Geographic Society has named St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton 8th grader Brian Will as a semifinalist in the
2011 Michigan Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and
Plum Creek. Brian was the school finalist which qualified him
to take a test to submit to the National Geographic Society.
The students with the top 100 scores are invited to compete at
the state level. The Michigan Geographic Bee will be at Western
Michigan University in April. The state winner will earn a trip
to Washington, D.C. to represent the state of Michigan in
the national finals to be held in May. Best wishes to Brian!
SF Junior, Isaiah Schaub, won the
State Championship in wrestling for
the 130 lbs. weight class in March
2011 at the Palace in Auburn Hills.
He is only the second state wrestling
champion in the history of St. Francis.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than a Football Game
September 11, 2010, brought two special groups together at Thirlby Field for more than a
football game. The St. Francis Gladiators battled the Elk Rapids Elks and played for a common
cause. Both teams used the venue to honor local law enforcement, EMS, fire fighters, and
military in observance of the anniversary of 9/11 in a special pre-game ceremony. This was
also the date of the Annual Breast Cancer Bowl where both teams donned pink socks with
their uniforms to raise money for the local Munson Breast Cancer Fund with a pink balloon
release at the end of the game. Below are excerpts from two thank yous received:
For a third year, the St. Francis Varsity Football team and others in the GTACS community came out in
force to put on the Breast Cancer Bowl. As we heard and understand – it was about more than a game.
In one way or another, cancer has touched everyone at Thirlby Field that night. For the survivors and
the families of those who have lost a loved one – it speaks volumes that the families of GTACS are behind
them in their fight to raise awareness and funds for those suffering through this devastating disease.
Through the support of our community in partnerships with our friends at GTACS, Munson Healthcare
will continue to make sure that everyone will have access to mammograms whether they can afford
them or not, because early detection remains the best way to survive breast cancer. We also will ensure
that those who are fighting their battle can do so with a bit more dignity in the way of assistance with
bills that are going unpaid due to financial burdens that often exist in a medical crisis. We will also be
there to support patients through counseling programs and educational programs so victims of the disease
don’t face this burden alone.
All of us at Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation are so very grateful to our generous partners at
GTACS for all the support you give to this very worthwhile cause! It has been through the support of
people like you that so many strides have been made to progress detection, treatment and support and in
time, a cure will be found.
Julie Friley & Des Worthington / Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation
Thank you so much for recognizing local Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire and the Military on
09-11-10 at the football game. When you are a police officer, you do not do it for recognition
but it is always nice to receive some now and then. I have been a police officer for over 16 years
and have never heard kinder words spoken in a public setting as I did while on the field in
uniform last Saturday. It was very much appreciated.
Trooper Bert A. Richards/ Michigan Department of State Police
The SF Girls Volleyball Team jumped in to “spike” the fight
against cancer with their “Dig Pink” event which raised $1,500
for Munson Women’s Cancer Fund.
Two SF art students have
won the prestigious honor
of being juried into the NMC
High School Art Competition.
Congratulations to Paul
Piechocki and Troy Clark.
students from St. Francis
that were juried into the local High
School Photography Contest were
featured at the opening reception in
March at Building 50. Congratulations
to Lance Masserant, Justin Olm,
CJ Zamarron, and Jamie Marsh.
SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, May 10th: Festival of the Arts
Wednesday, May 11th: Athletic Spring Stag
Steak Fry at 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall
Wednesday, June 1st: Baccalaureate
Mass at St. Patrick Parish at 6:30 p.m. for
the Class of 2011
Friday, June 3rd: Annual Golf Classic
at Traverse City Golf and Country Club
Sunday, June 5th: Graduation at
SFHS Gym at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12th: Athletic Fall Stag
Steak Fry at 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall
Friday, October 28th: Gladhander
Preview Night (open to public)
Saturday, October 29th: Gladhander
Main Event: “Seuss on the Loose”
The St. Francis Odyssey of the Mind team finished
2nd in March’s regional competition and will be
going on to State Finals April 16th at Davenport
University. This year’s regional competition had the
most number of teams from GTACS in the history
of the Odyssey of the Mind program.
Some of the high school team members celebrate
their creative victory with their coach.
St. Francis Presents “Beauty and the Beast”
In its fifth year of revitalizing the musical program at St. Francis High School,
this year’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” set new records!
Over 2,000 attended the show which showcased amazing costumes, a detailed set, and beautiful
music. Four of the six shows in February were sold out and over 70 students were involved in some
aspect of the show. Even GTACS School Chaplain, Father Bill Lipscomb, had a role in the show!
Under the direction of Jenn Miles, Misha (McCormick) Blodgett, and vocal director, Scott Carter, students put in many
hours beginning rehearsals in November. Jenn Miles remarked, “Over 20% of the high school students were
involved in the cast, crew, or pit. In addition, we had 7th and 8th grade chorus members and younger students
in the role of Chip. The students were very excited when we announced the show in the fall. I couldn’t have been more
pleased with the talent of the cast and the response from the community.” “I think the bar has been raised,” Scott Carter
commented, “Everyone was expecting greater things this year. It’s a God thing the way it all came together.”
Save the date for February 2012 for the annual musical production.
The County Spelling Bee was held on Feb. 9th. Jack Krcmarik finished 2nd, Bailey Langbo
finished in the top six. Jack Krcmarik, Bailey Langbo, and Libby Krcmarik (alternate) advanced
to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 13th at the City Opera House where Jack finished second.
Congratulations to all of our spelling bee students for representing GTACS!
Competition Results >
On Saturday, Feb. 12 at NMC, the SEAS middle school Math Counts
team placed 2nd in the team competition, qualifying them for the state
competition at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. Teacher,
Tim Shrift coached 7th graders Michael Klettner and Parker Wilson,
and 8th graders Jessica Pax and Michael Jakobczyk.
BISHOP HEBDA VISITS BAY REPS HOCKEY GAME
The Bay Reps hockey team played Manistee on Saturday January 15, 2011 and the game was
designated as GTACS Appreciation Night. While students, staff, and pastors got into the game
free, the real highlight was Bishop Hebda accepting the team’s offer to come to the game and drop
the honorary “first puck.” At a special reception before the game, Bishop Hebda was given an
autographed hockey stick by the team and his very own hockey jersey with his name on the back!
Two Years in a Row: St. Francis
High School Seniors Receive
MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award
Holy Angels students enjoy lunch with
GTACS Chaplain, Father Bill Lipscomb,
as a prize for earning enough Accelerated
Reader points in the self-paced computerized
For two consecutive years, seniors at St. Francis High School received the
Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award. Ben Schell
(‘10) and Michael Elliott (‘11) were recipients of this prestigious honor.
Only 32 individuals state-wide receive this award and Ben and Michael are two
of only four St. Francis students to have ever received this recognition.
During Ben Schell’s four years at St. Francis, he earned eight varsity letters (football, basketball,
track and field, and tennis). He was a member of the National Honor Society, Glad Friend,
Kairos Retreat Leader, recipient of the Gladiator Athletic Booster Award for Character,
Commitment, and Compassion, and was the Special Sports Coordinator for special needs
students at local elementary schools. He is studying pre-med at the University of Michigan.
In Ben’s essay, he wrote: “By practicing true sportsmanship, you will develop your whole person –
mind, body, and spirit – and that will carry into your daily life.”
Michael Eilliott is currently a senior and has earned varsity letters in hockey, tennis, baseball,
and track and has been named a scholar-athlete for all four years of his high school career.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, Young Men’s Discipleship Group, and volunteers
for numerous organizations. He plans to attend the University of Michigan this fall
and study business. In Michael’s essay, he wrote: “As I got older, I became more aware of the
importance of mental discipline. Without a positive attitude, preparation could only take a person
so far. I learned that the difference between being a good athlete and a champion was usually
determined by attitude and mental discipline.”
Father Ken Stachnik joined in the
Halloween fun by dressing as “Woody”
from Toy Story with the Holy Angels
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS!
The St. Francis Choir received a superior rating at the Michigan
Schools Vocal Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble District
Festival and now advance to the State Festival in Big Rapids.
The St. Francis Symphonic Band received superior ratings for
their performance and sight reading at the Michigan Schools Band
and Orchestra’s Association District Festival and advance to the
State Festival on April 29th.
Thanks to generous families,
individuals, and a grant
from the Schmuckal Family
Foundation, the St. Francis
Marching Band is “marching
into the future” with brand
Holy Angels Preschool students
love creative play!
ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT
This report has been created to honor our generous supporters,
as their investment in Catholic education is so vital.
This report includes both restricted and unrestricted gifts made to the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools between January 1, 2010
and December 31, 2010. Cash gifts (sponsorships and scholarship auction) made to the 2010 Gladhander Auction are included in this
report. Other contributions made to the 2010 Gladhander Auction (auction items, tickets, etc.) are not included in this report, as those
donors were recognized in the Gladhander Auction catalog and/or video. Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of this report.
If your name has been omitted, misspelled or misplaced, we sincerely apologize and ask you to contact the Development Office at
(231) 946-8147 so that we may correct our records.
ANNUAL DONOR LISTING 2010
The St. Ambrose Society was formed in 2008 to honor those donors who make a major annual
commitment to GTACS. A major annual commitment is defined as $2,500 or greater for any purpose.
Benefits of membership include two adult Gladiator All Sports passes, invitation to an annual
wine & hors d’oeuvres reception, and a gift of a book or prayer card during the Easter season.
(gifts greater than
or equal to $20,000)
Anonymous Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Joel R. Myler
THE OLESON FOUNDATION
(gifts of $10,000-19,999)
Anonymous Estate Gift
Mrs. Pat Alpers &
ALPERS EXCAVATING, INC.
ART AND MARY SCHMUCKAL
Mr. and Mrs. Shane Bullough
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Connolly
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Fortuna
Mr. A. Joseph Kinney
Senator and Mrs. George McManus, Jr.
TRAVERSE CITY STATE BANK
(gifts of $5,000-9,999)
Anonymous Gladhander Donor
BILL MARSH AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Broad
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brodeur
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deneweth
Mr. and Mrs. John Ehardt
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Foster
FOX MOTORS - Mr. John Cueter
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones
Dr. and Dr. Montgomery Hegewald
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Jenkins
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lagina
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ochs
OTWELL MAWBY GEOTECHNICAL,
P.C. - Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mawby
Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Ritchie
Mr. Arthur Schmuckal
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Winkler
Did You Know? GTACS employees invested over
$30,000 in the school during the most recent fiscal year
through payroll deduction gifts and outright gifts!
(gifts of $2,500-4,999)
ARTHRITIS & OSTEOPOROSIS
CENTER - Dr. and Mrs.
Mr. James J. Beckett
BEERS FAMILY FOUNDATION
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Belovich
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brink
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Buell
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carlson
Dr. and Dr. Michael Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Clulo
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Colligan
Dr. Matthew Colligan
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas DeYoung
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Donahue
DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY
EAST TRAVERSE CATHOLIC
FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Eckhoff
Mr. and Mrs. David Kaplan
GREAT LAKES FOOT AND
ANKLE SPECIALISTS -
Dr. and Mrs. Szczepanski
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Heintz
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Howard
Mr. and Dr. Timothy Hughes
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Jeynes
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Kesseler
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Klumpp
Dr. and Mrs. John Krcmarik
Mr. and Mrs. Gene LaFave
Reverend and Mrs. William Lipscomb
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maasberg
Mr. John A. MacNeal &
Ms. Sharon A. Bogucki
Dr. and Mrs. James McClellan III
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Mueller
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mueller
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Osborne
PULMONARY AND CRITICAL
CARE NW MI, PC
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Quandt
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Quinn
Dr. Timothy Quinn
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rochford
Mr. and Mrs. David Scerbak
Dr. and Mrs. Laurence Skendzel
SKILLED MANUFACTURING, INC. -
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carlson
SUPERIOR INVESTMENTS AND
RETIREMENT PLANNING INC.
Dr. and Mrs. Dan Thuente
WICKSALL DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
MARY (LaRoche) WAY - SF ‘ 32
St. Francis High School recently received a gift from the estate of Mary Way, who
passed away in October of 2009. Mary was born in 1914 at the residence of
211 East 12th Street. Mary was a life-long member of St. Francis Church, where
she attended daily Mass, received six different sacraments, and had a wonderful
rapport with Fr. Kohler. Mary was the valedictorian of the class of 1932.
In addition to raising her family with husband, Chester (deceased in 1987), Mary
taught at Sabin, Courtade, Gunton, and Maple Grove schools. Mary also taught
6th grade for nearly 10 years at St. Francis during the 1960’s. Mary’s children
are Lois Owens (SF ’67), Janet Bliss (SF ’69 and deceased), and Charles (SF ’71).
When presenting the estate gift to the school, Charles Way conveyed how deeply
Mary loved the Church, St. Francis High School, and her family. Charles asked
that the gift be used for the most humble of purposes, as this would be the most
fitting way to honor Mary.
(gifts of $1,000-2,499)
ADVANCED FOOT & ANKLE CENTERS
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Benson
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Biederman
BISHOP & HEINTZ, P.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brick
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brodeur
CEDAR RUN EYE CENTER
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clear
DIOCESE OF GAYLORD
FIFTH THIRD BANK
FIRST FINANCIAL BANK
Mr. and Mrs. Branko Gegich
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gingras
GRAND BAY MARINE, INC.
GRAND TRAVERSE FOOT &
ANKLE CENTER, P.C.
GRAND TRAVERSE PACKAGING
GRAND TRAVERSE REGIONAL
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harrigan
HARRIS GROUP, CPA’S
HUNTINGTON NATIONAL BANK
Mr. Robert Jacquart
Mr. and Mrs. James Kalajian
Mr. Mike Kanitz
Dr. Laura Keating
Mr. Robert Keating
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kleinrichert, Sr.
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Klettner
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lamb
LIGHTHOUSE INSURANCE GROUP
Ms. Megan Madion
Ms. Jean Marie Maslowski
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Mawby
Mr. and Mrs. Keith McCardel
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Meyer, Jr.
DAVID MICHELIN, MD, PC
MOLD MATTERS, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mulcahy
VASCULAR CENTER, PC
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Paquet
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Plough
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Quinlan
Dr. and Dr. William Ranger
Ms. Doris Ranke
RAYMOND JAMES AND ASSOCIATES
Mrs. Darlene Riley
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Roush
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schmoke
SCHMUCKAL OIL COMPANY
Mr. Don Schmuckal
SENIOR CELEBRATION 2008 & 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Seybert
Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Strong
Dr. and Dr. David Swan
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Tarrant
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Troppman
TURNING POINT BEAUTY
(gifts of $500-999)
Mrs. Lorna Ameel
ARMOUR SIDING CO., INC.
BOTT & CO., P.C.
FORD, CLULO, & LUYT, PC
Mr. Dan Brady
Mr. Tim Brick
BRITTEN COUNSELING SERVICES
Ms. Lee Ann Bullough
Mr. and Mrs. Erick Chittle
COMPANY OF MICHIGAN
Mr. Greg Williams
Ms. Rhonnia Egger
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Endres
FIRST COMMUNITY BANK
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Forlenza
Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Gallagher
GOOD NEWS MEDIA
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Harris
Mr. Jay Hooper
HORIZON GEOLOGIC LLC
J. & A. PROPERTIES, L.L.C.
Mr. and Mrs. James Julian
Mr. and Dr. Joseph Kurtz
LEMAY ENTERPRISES, LLC
Mr. Walter A. Ludka
MANISTEE CATHOLIC CENTRAL
MCCARDEL CULLIGAN WATER
Mr. and Mrs. Sean McCardel
Dr. and Mrs. David Michelin
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Middleton
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Monaghan
Ms. Ann Murphy
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Navin
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nickodemus
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Nielson
NORTHERN TOWER ERECTION CO.
OLD MISSION ENTERPRISES, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Oleson
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Owens
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Pahssen
Mr. and Mrs. John Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Popp
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reineck
ROTARY CLUB TRAVERSE BAY -
SAINT FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Mr. Paul Schmuckal
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Sneed
SONNY’S BODY SHOP
TRAVERSE CITY EYE CONSULTANTS
Dr. and Mrs. Mike VanderKolk
Mrs. Mary Way
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Weber
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Williams
Mr. Doug Wolf
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Wolf
Mrs. James Youker
Mr. and Mrs. Buz Zamarron
(gifts of $100-499)
ABI MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS
ACE WELDING AND MACHINE, INC.
ADVANCE FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
Mrs. Patricia Alpers
Ms. Nancy A. Amend
Mr. Philip Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Andrzejewski
ARCHANGEL GABRIEL GREEK
ART’S AUTO ELECTRIC SERVICE, INC.
Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Baas
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Babel
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Balog Jr.
Mr. Joseph Balog
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Balog
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bandrowski
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bauman
BAY SUPPLY & MARKETING, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Beard
Mr. and Mrs. John Bedore
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Beia
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Belanger
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bergman
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bergstrom
BETHANY C. WARNER & ASSOCIATES
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Blair
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bobrowski
Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Boomer
BORIDE ENGINEERED ABRASIVES
Dr. Michael Bork
Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Bothwell
BRANDT FISHER ALWARD & ROY, P.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Breimayer
BRICK PACKAGING, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brick
Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Brick
Mr. and Mrs. Curt Britten
Mrs. Norman Britten
Mr. Bob Brooks
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brzezinski
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Buckel
Dr. and Mrs. David Burke
CASALAE FARMS, INC.
Mrs. Victoria A. Casurella
CHAD L. BEERS DDS PLC
CHERRYLAND ELECTRIC COOP
Mr. and Mrs. John Chouinard
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Chouinard
CHRIST THE KING CHURCH
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Chuinard
Mr. and Mrs. David Clark
Ms. Elsa Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cody
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Coggon
COMSTOCK CONSTRUCTION CO.
Ms. Mary Conroy
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Courtade
Sister Mary Courtade, O.P.
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Couturier
COVELL FUNERAL HOME
Mr. Mark R. Crist
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Crosby
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cross
Reverend Tony Cureton
Mr. and Mrs. David Cvengros
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Dall’Olmo
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Darling
DENNIS, GARTLAND &
Mrs. Helen DeVol
Mrs. Patricia DeYoung
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Dilloway
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Domine
Mr. and Mrs. John Dreves
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Droste
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Dundon
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Dunphey
Mrs. Patricia Dutmers
Mr. and Mrs. William Eddington
Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott
Mr. Joseph Erlewein
Mrs. Rebecca Fall
Brian Feeney, D.D.S.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ferrari
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fish
Dr. Brian Fisher
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fly
Mrs. Beverly Fornelli
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fournier
GENERATIONS MANAGEMENT LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ghastin
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Glaza
Mrs. Grace Glynn
Dr. and Mrs. John Gorman
Mr. and Mrs. William Gorney
GRAND TRAVERSE CONSTRUCTION
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GREAT LAKES BUSINESS SYS. INC.
GREAT LAKES ORTHOPAEDIC
GREAT NORTHERN BENEFITS, LLC
Mr. Walter Green
Dr. Scott Groseclose
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gross
HAGERTY INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hardwick
Mr. John Harrigan, Jr.
Mr. Merrill Harvitt
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Haske
Bishop Bernard Hebda
Mrs. Ann Helton
HENRY A. FOX SALES CO.
Mrs. Sally Hilton
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hilton
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hodges
Mr. Raymond Hosek
Mr. and Mrs. David Huarte
Ms. Katrina Huffman
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. David Ingraham
Mr. Scott Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jamieson
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Keipper
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Kelly
Mrs. Louise Kelly
Ms. Maggie Kildee
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Mr. and Mrs. James Kirby
Ms. Connie Knapp
Mr. Jay Knapp
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Mr. Fred Korb
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Dr. and Mrs. Keith Kramer
Ms. Dolores Kratochvil
Mr. Bernard Kroupa
Deacon and Mrs. James Krupka
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kundrata
Mr. and Mrs. Mark LaPan
Ms. Eileen Larsen
Mr. Lawrence LaSusa
Mrs. Linda Laubach
Mr. and Mrs. James Lautenschlager
Mr. James Leyndyke
LIFE TEEN UNDERGROUND
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Lints
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lints, Sr.
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Mr. and Mrs. James Lizenby
Mr. Doug Luciani
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Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Marsh
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Ms. Martha Mater
Mr. Daniel Matey
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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Maxbauer
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Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick
Mr. Robert McDermott
Ms. Katherine J. McDonald
MCINTYRE WALLED LAKE
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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McIntyre
Mr. and Mrs. Mike McManus
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MICHIGAN BEER AND WINE
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OLD TOWN OPTICAL
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Mr. Jim Pavelka
Mr. Alex R. Peplinski
PETERSON MCGREGOR AND
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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Plamondon
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Mrs. Betty Plough
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Ms. Carol Prucha
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Mr. Herman Putman
R.W. POPP EXCAVATING, INC.
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Mrs. Gladys Rivard
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Romero
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Mr. David Rushlow
RUSSELL CHIROPRACTIC, P.L.C.
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Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Schell
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Schippers
Mr. Wilbur Schmeltzer
Mrs. Joy Schmuckal
Mr. Richard Schmuckal
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Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Schurg
Mr. and Mrs. Josh Sellers
Rev. and Mrs. Peter Semeyn
Mr. Mike Shaw
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Simsa
SIXTH STREET DRUGS, INC.
SMITH & JOHNSON, ATTORNEYS, P.C.
SMITH HAUGHEY RICE & ROEGGE
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Sochacki
Mrs. Margaret Sophiea Bufka
SPARTAN STORES, INC.
Mr. Peter Speer
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spieles
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Stayman
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sterenberg
Mr. Ryan Sterkenburg
STIFEL, NICOLAUS & COMPANY
SULLIVAN AUTO CLINIC, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Surgalski
OF TRAVERSE CITY
Mr. and Mrs. Don Swaney
Mrs. Colleen Sweeney
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Talbott
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tenbusch
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thomas
Mrs. Janet Thomson
Mr. and Mrs. David Thuente
TRAVERSE BAY MANAGEMENT
TRAVERSE CITY PRODUCTS, INC.
TRI-GAS DISTRIBUTING CO.
Ms. Geraldine VanAllen
Mr. and Mrs. David Vandekieft
Mr. Peter Viall, Jr.
Ms. Shirley Wagner
Mrs. Joan Walters
WCCW FM & AM
Mrs. Barbara Weber
Mr. and Mrs. Derek Weeks
Ms. Jennifer West
David Wheeler, Sr. USN Ret.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter White
WILDLIFE & WETLANDS SOLUTIONS
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wills
Ms. Judith M. Wittbrodt
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wolff
Mr. and Mrs. John Woods
Ms. Colleen Yuncker
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Zelinski
Mr. Edward Zionkowski
(gifts of $1-99)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Alexander
Senator Jason Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Alpers
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ambrosius
ANDERSON BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Anderson
Mrs. Kay Anderson
Mr. Robert Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ankerson
Mr. and Mrs. William Anstine
Mrs. Debra Anton Coburn
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Arends
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Bassett-Payne
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bauer
Ms. Patricia Bauman
Ms. Nancy Anne Baynton
Mr. and Mrs. Stephanie Beach
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Mrs. Pat Beckwith
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beckwith
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Belcher
Mrs. June Benedict
Mrs. Suzanne Benjamin
Mr. Bill Berles
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bertschy
Ms. Helen R. Bidus
Mr. and Mrs. William Biggar
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Billingsley
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Birdsey
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bishop
Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Blumenfeld
Ms. Helen Bolton
BOOTS FOR KIDS
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Boss
Mr. and Mrs. John Botschka
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bradley
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Brady
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brady
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brennan
Mr. and Mrs. John Brief
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Britten
Ms. Marge Brosnan
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brzezinski
Ms. Janet S. Brzezinski
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brzezinski
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Buckel
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Buell
Ms. Kay Bumstead-Dohm
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Byrne
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Byrne
Ms. Deb Calcutt
CALCUTT, ROGERS &
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Callaghan
Mrs. Jack Canfield
Mr. Arthur L. Carboneau
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Carney
CARTRIDGE WORLD TRAVERSE CITY
CASPER WILLSON WILSON &
Mrs. Noreen Chapin
Mr. and Mrs. John Chemello
CHERRY HILL CLOTHIERS AND GIFTS
Mr. and Mrs. Janet Chouinard
Mr. and Mrs. John Clark
CLASS OF 1990
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Classens
Mr.and Mrs. Gary L. Clem
Mr. and Mrs. Marie Clous
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Comstock
Ms. Joan Connor
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Corso
Ms. Mary Courson
Mr. W. Richard Courson, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William Courson
Mr. Donald Courtade
Mr. John Couturier
Ms. Marion Cox
Mr. and Mrs. James Crist
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Currie
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Curtin
Ms. Christine Czarnopys
DEERHAVEN FAMILY DENTISTRY
Mr. Paul Deering
Ms. Floy DeFer
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deihl
Mrs. Jeanne DeLaney
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis deManigold
Mr. and Mrs. William Denoyer
Mr. and Mrs. Luigi DePalma
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Derrer
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Devet
Mr. and Mrs. William Doerr
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Doherty
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Dolanski
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Donley
Mr. Timothy Donnelly
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dubie
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Dumon
Mr. Edward Dutcher
Mrs. Mary Ann Dutcher
Mr. Stephen Egan
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eggli
Mr. Rick Ellery
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Elliott
Mrs. Louise Elsenheimer
Ms. Madonna Elworthy
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Endres
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Erickson
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Esper
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Esper
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Evancho
Mr. Al Fasel
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Fasel
Mr. and Mrs. David Fellows
Mrs. Wanda Fettig
Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
Ms. Frances Folder
Mr. and Mrs. David Frederick
Mr. and Mrs. Bret Friend
Mr. and Mrs. Wyman Friske
FRONT STREET INSURANCE
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gabriel
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Galla
Mrs. Bernadine Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. James Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gary
Mrs. Dean Gauthier
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gavan
Mr. and Mrs. Anne Geiger
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gertz
Mr. Patrick Gillespie and
Ms. Rhonda Richards
Mr. David Ginsberg
Mrs. Martha Glaesmer
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Golden
Mr. and Mrs. William Golden
Mrs. Sandra Green
Mr. and Mrs. George Gregory
Mr. and Mrs. John Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Handley
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hanes
Ms. Anne Hanrahan
Mr. and Mrs. Glen T. Harding
Mrs. Evie Hardy
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harrand
Mrs. John Harrigan
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Harris
Mrs. Marty Haselton
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hathaway
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hathaway
Mr. and Mrs. Colon Hawkins
Ms. Lisa Hawley-Siddall
Mr. and Mrs. Mary Sue Heidbrink
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heiler
Ms. Judith A. Helveston
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hendricks
Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Herrera
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hilton
Mr. and Mrs. Betty Hinds
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hintz
Mr. and Mrs. J. Daniel Hitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hobbs
Mr. and Mrs. Lani Hoenscheid-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. James Huff
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huffman
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Huiting
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Hunt
Mr. and Mrs. Chet Janik
Mr. and Mrs. Mary Jarson
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Jeffs
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Johnson
Mrs. Maxine Johnson
Mrs. Grace Joppich
Mrs. Cheri Julien
JUNIORS DISCOUNT TIRE
& WHEEL CENTER, INC.
Mr. Brett Karis
Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Karle
Ms. Mary T. Kavanaugh-Franck
Mrs. Mary Keenan
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Keit
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kelderhouse
Ms. Jill Mikula
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kellicut
Mr. Mark Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy
Ms. Rosemary Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kent
Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Kerfoot
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kilbourn
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kirkbride
Mr. and Mrs. Derek Klein
Mrs. Evangeline Klein
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Klingelsmith
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kraimer
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kranick
Ms. Theresa Kuhlman
Mr. and Mrs. George Kuhn
Mr. and Mrs. Ben LaBelle
Mrs. Pauline LaBonte
Mr. and Mrs. Ross LaCross
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn LaCross
Ms. Margaret Laine
LAKESHORE RESORT OF TC, LLC
Mr. Art Lambert
Mrs. Pennie Lambert-Travin
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Lamie
Mrs. Donna Lang
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Largent, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Laughlin
Mrs. Arlene Lautner
Ms. Mary Lazic
LEONARDO’S TREE SERVICE
Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Litwiller
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lizenby
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lodge
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Lombard
Ms. Lynne Lombard
Ms. Ruth Long
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lord
Mr. Charles Ludka
Mrs. Donald Lynch
Mr. Francis Lyon
Mr. Dennis MacEachen
Mr. James Maki
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mallery
MAPLE RIDGE ESTATES
MARKET DAY CORPORATION
Ms. Amy Markey
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Marsh
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Maue
MAX’S SERVICE, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward McCall
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McCormick
Mrs. Karen McCraney
Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGeogh
Mrs. Gil McHuron
Mr. Robert McManus
Mr. and Mrs. Tory McMullen
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McMurry
Mr. and Mrs. James McNabb
Mr. Larry McNeil
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Meteer
Mr. and Mrs. George Micallef
Mrs. Dorothy Miklas
Mr. and Mrs. James Mikowski
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mikowski
Mrs. Barbara Miles
Mr. and Mrs. David Miles
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Miller
Ms. Dolores Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miller
Mr. and Mrs. David Milliron
Mrs. Ruth Mlsna
Ms. Michele Mocere
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moeller
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Montroy
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Moon
Ms. Ann Moore
Mrs. Bernadette Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Moss
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Mucha
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Murphy
Ms. Thelma B. Murray
Mr. Paul Neumann
Mr. and Mrs. Colleen Newell
Mrs. Carol Niemi
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nitz
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Norconk
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Novak
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Novak
Mrs. Arlene O’Brien
ORYANA FOOD COOPERATIVE, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Otwell
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Panks
Mr. Mitch Pasinski
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Peterson
Mrs. Nellie Pitcher
Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Plamondon
Ramona Pleva, CMT
Mr. and Mrs. George Preston
Mrs. Carolyn Priest
Ms. Tami Pronger
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Purvis
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Rademacher
RANDY’S OLDE TOWNE
Mrs. Norma Rasmussen
Mrs. Kristal Rauch
RECON INTELLIGENCE SERVICES
Ms. Rebecca Reed
Mr. and Mrs. Lisa Reiter
Mr. and Mrs. James Revett
RIGGS CONSTRUCTION, LLC
Mrs. Mildred Robertson
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Rodes
Mrs. Eleanor Rokos
Mr. and Mrs. James Rossi
ROTO-ROOTER SEWER AND
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Rousse
RUSSELL CHIROPRACTIC, P.L.C.
SACRED HEART ROMAN
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Safina
The 1877 Legacy Society was recently formed to recognize those alumni and friends who have shown generosity
and foresight by making planned or deferred gifts to the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. Members of the
1877 Legacy Society have made outright bequests in their wills, or have made other planned gifts such as life insurance,
real estate, or retirement assets. Members who have chosen to make such gifts often find that they also provide
significant tax and financial benefits (for specific tax or legal advice, please consult an attorney or accountant).
A recognition plaque that lists all members of the 1877 Legacy Society will be created within St. Francis High
School. Will you consider “adopting” GTACS as one of your children in your estate plan? Please contact Wayne
Mueller at 231-995-8428 or email@example.com for more information.
Mr. and Mrs. James Sanborn
Mrs. Nancy Sanborn
Mrs. Madge Sander
Mr. and Mrs. Alicia Sanford
Mr. Robert Schleuter
Mr. and Mrs. David Schlueter
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Schlueter
Mr. Robert Schmeltzer
Mr. and Mrs. Randall Schmerheim
Mrs. Fred J Schmidt
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schmitz
Ms. Rachel Schofield Juen
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scholl
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Schultz
Mr. and Mrs. John Schultz
Ms. Nancy Schwall
Ms. Marilyn Sebring
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sellers
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Send
Mr. Ed Seroc
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Shamroe
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shumsky
Mr. and Mrs. William Shutler
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sleeman
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sleight
Mr. and Mrs. John Smedley
Mr. David Smith &
Mrs. Cynthia Robertson-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith
Ms. Ruth Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Margaret Snodgrass
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Spafford
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spalding
Mr. and Mrs. Steven St. Charles
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Strom
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stroup
Ms. Mary Lou Stuber
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Supina
Mr. Philip Swiderski
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Szuran
Ms. Bernadine Tarnosky
THE COPIER GUY
THE COX FAMILY TRUST
THE FLOWER STATION
THE SOUND ROOM
THE VILLAGE AT BAY RIDGE
Ms. Brenda Thompson
Mr. Jonathan B Tocks
TRAVERSE BAY ROOFING CO.
TRAVERSE CITY BEAUTY COLLEGE
TRAVERSE CITY ORTHOPEDICS
& SPORTS MEDICINE
U.S. LAWN SERVICE, INC.
Ms. Dolores Vanpelt
VOTRUBA LEATHER GOODS CO.
Mrs. Marge Wagner
Mr. and Mrs. James Walters
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walters
Mr. Brent Walton
Mrs. Betty Watson
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Weitzel
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Welsh
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Werner
Ms. Brenda White
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wick
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. John Winans
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Winowiecki
Ms. Becky Witkop
Mr. Gregory Wolf
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wolff
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wood
Mrs. Patricia Woods
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wurm
XTREME CLEAN TOUCHLESS
Mr. A. Douglas Yanska
Mrs. Barbara Zelinski
ZIMMERMAN, KUHN, DARLING,
BOYD, QUANDT AND PHELPS, PLC
Mrs. Ralph Zupin
In Kind Gifts:
ACE WELDING AND MACHINE, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Allen
ALPERS EXCAVATING, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bridges
Mr. and Mrs. John Briggs
BRITTEN BANNERS, INC.
BRYS ESTATE VINEYARD
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Clulo
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Colburn
DEAN BOILER, INC.
Mr. and Mrs. Doug DeYoung
ELMBROOK GOLF COURSE
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fournier
GRAND TRAVERSE DIESEL SERVICE
Mr. and Mrs. James Kalajian
Mr. and Mrs. John Kerridge
Ms. Susan Kinney
Mr. and Mrs. James Matuszak
Mrs. Christine Mocere
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Niemi
RANDY’S OLDE TOWNE
REDMOND AUTOMOTIVE TC
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Schell
Mr. and Mrs. David Schlueter
Ms. Judy Sears
TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS, LLC
Ms. Samantha Wurm
Matching Gift Companies:
Fifth Third Bank
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
R. W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Rotary Club - Traverse Bay
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Rotary Club of Traverse City Bay
UPS Foundation, Inc.
TIME & TALENT There are over 1,000 people each year who contribute their time and talent
to make GTACS a better place. GTACS is blessed with an amazing array of expertise. This section has been
created to highlight a few of the people who use their skills, time, and passion in a positive way.
DAY SIGNS Harry (SF ’69) and Patti (Clark – SF ’69) Day have
provided a great deal of time, talent, and materials to GTACS over the past
30+ years. From the big Gladhander sign on Cass Street to the myriad of signs
for the Gladhander weekend to the decals that advertise GTACS on vehicles
all over the region, Day Signs is always ready to provide help. Harry & Patti’s
children are Anthony (SF ’94), Matthew (SF ’00), Daniel (SF ‘ 07), Kelli (SF ’09),
and Mark (deceased).
BRITTEN, INC. Paul Britten (SF ’79) has provided hundreds
of banners to a variety of groups within GTACS during the past 20 years.
From the “Top 50 Catholic High School” banners to the gymnasium banners,
to backdrops for the musicals, the school is very fortunate to have the unique
expertise of Britten, Inc. Paul and Darcy’s children are Ann Marie (SF ’05),
Kirsten (SF ’07), Paul (SF ’08), Suzanne (8th grade), Mary (6th grade), and Jack
GRAND TRAVERSE DIESEL Dan Walters (SF ’79)
has generously maintained the GTACS buses for over 30 years. Dan’s expertise
was developed early as he began repairing the buses in high school. Dan’s
advice and skill with diesel engines have been an incredible blessing. The labor
and materials provided by Grand Traverse Diesel saves GTACS thousands of
dollars every year. Dan’s children are Paul (SF ’05) and Curtis (SF ‘ 08).
REDMOND AUTOMOTIVE John and Linda
Redmond have continually serviced the GTACS vehicles for as long as we can
remember. Any time there is an issue with a van or utility vehicle, it’s comforting
to know that Redmond Automotive is right around the corner. John and Linda’s
children are Mike (SF ‘98), Katie Gallagher (SF ’99), and Dan.
MIKE BOBROWSKI Mike is the father of Madeline
(4th grade), Lilly (2nd grade), Luke, and Christopher. Mike owns and
operates a business named Air-N-Energy Consulting. Mike donated a great
deal of time and expertise during the recent installation of a new heating
system at Immaculate Conception Elementary School. Mike’s assistance
resulted in lower installation costs and better controls that will continue to
save GTACS money every year with lower energy consumption.
BECKY KALAJIAN Becky is the mother of William (5th grade)
and Claire (4th grade). It’s difficult to keep track of all the projects that Becky
completes to help beautify our schools. From sunflowers at Holy Angels Elementary
to landscaping & painting at Immaculate Conception Elementary, Becky
is consistently working and organizing a crew of volunteers. GTACS is a better
place because of Becky’s passion and creativity.
During the past 20 months, a number of alumni, past parents, grandparents,
and supporters have passed away. We are grateful to the families
for allowing GTACS to be the recipient of memorial donations in honor of
their loved ones. The financial gifts made by family and friends have been
used to make GTACS a more vibrant school. What a beautiful tribute to
the passion that all of these people shared for Catholic education!
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls, and all the souls of the
faithful departed, through the mercy
of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
J. Paul Ameel – September 19, 2010 Paul was born on Dec. 29, 1923 in
Detroit. After graduating from De La Salle High School, Paul served our country in the
U.S. Marine Corp. Paul and his wife, Lorna, were blessed with ten children. Education
and athletics were two of Paul’s passions. He was a founding member of the St. Francis
Dorothy Alice Beckett – November 9, 2010 Dorothy was born on April
12, 1924 in Saginaw. Dorothy and husband, Jim, had four children and celebrated their
63rd wedding anniversary in February of 2010. Dorothy was employed by the Record
Eagle for 26 years and was very active with St. Francis Church and GTACS.
Jean Ellen Britten – March 7, 2011 Jean was born on October 4, 1935 in
Detroit. She graduated from Immaculata High School and the University of Detroit. Jean
and her husband, Norm, were blessed with six children. Jean taught at GTACS for 20
years. She was honored as an Outstanding Educator by the Traverse City Chamber of
Commerce in 1986 and 1998.
Marilyn A. Buell – August 5, 2010 Marilyn was born on September 11, 1915
in Traverse City. After graduating from St. Francis High School she attended nurses training
at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manistee. Marilyn and her husband, Royce, had four sons.
Marilyn loved her Church and her School.
Helen M. Burkholder – September 12, 2010 Helen was born on March 21,
1913 in La Clede, Idaho. She married Everett Burkholder in 1941 at St. Francis Catholic
Church in Traverse City and together they had two children. Helen was a member of the
St. Francis Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Retired Teachers
JOHN J. DREVES – MARCH 13, 2011 John was born on June 14, 1932 in Traverse
City. John married Zelna Puishis in 1954 and was blessed with five children. John was a
proud veteran, having served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. John was active
in St. Francis Parish, the PTA, and the St. Francis Athletic Association. He was president
of the Association when the school received its first, brand-new bus. John also coached
8th grade basketball at St. Francis for eight years.
Victoria A. Hanson – November 10, 2009 Victoria was born on August 17,
1910 in Gills Pier. She married Alvin Fredrickson in 1953. After Alvin passed away, she
married Theodore Hanson in 1974. Victoria was a music teacher and enjoyed teaching
for many years.
Stuart D. Hubbell – September 22, 2010* Stuart was born on December 12,
1927. He married Marian in 1952 and together they had seven children. Stuart served
in the U.S. Army in both World War II and the Korean War. Stuart was instrumental in the
creation of a unified GTACS Board of Education in 1969. Stuart’s legal guidance during
the early 1970’s was critical in keeping GTACS open. He also helped to form the regional
Right to Life chapter. Stuart was inducted into the GTACS Hall of Fame in 2008.
Waldo Thomas Keating – June 11, 2009* Waldo was born on September
16, 1930 in Petoskey. He attended Central Michigan University, where he played
football. Waldo and his wife, Marcia, were blessed with eight children. Waldo moved to
Traverse City in 1971 to become the head football coach and assistant principal at St.
Francis High School. In 1973, he coached his team to win the Class “D” State Football
Championship and later served as a “press box” coach for St. Francis. Waldo “retired” in
1993 and began offering his time and talents to St. Francis Church. Waldo was inducted
into the GTACS Hall of Fame in 2009.
William F. “Bill” Kildee – September 2, 2010* Bill was born on January
31, 1923 in Traverse City and was a lifelong member of St. Francis Church and a 1942
graduate from St. Francis High School. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and
served his country during World War II. In 1980, Bill married Virginia and together they
had a blended family of ten children. Bill was a charter member and past president of the
GTACS Board of Education, where his negotiating skills were instrumental in insuring that
GTACS would remain open. Bill was inducted into the GTACS Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mary Eileen Knape – December 6, 2010 Eileen Knape was born on August
26, 1962 in Lansing. Eileen and her husband, Steve, were blessed with three children.
Eileen worked at East Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and was a member of St.
Patrick Church. Eileen was a loyal supporter of GTACS and served as Band Booster
John R. Knorr – April 30, 2010 John was born March 27, 1943 in Budapest,
Hungary. John and his wife, Perrie, moved to Traverse City to raise their two daughters.
John was a retired educator and a member of the Michigan Association of School
Psychologists and the supervisor of Long Lake Township from 1984-1988. John was an
active volunteer with the Gladhander Auction.
Theodore Stevens Kramer – February 7, 2010
Virginia M. Kramer – September 21, 2009
Ted was born on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. He married
Virginia in 1948, enjoying 61 years of marriage and the blessing of seven children.
Ted retired from the FBI after 28 years of service in 1975.
Virginia was born on November 15, 1921 in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from
Notre Dame High School, Virginia moved to Washington, D.C., and was employed by the
Department of War.
Ted & Virginia were active members at Immaculate Conception Church and were active
in numerous activities at GTACS.
Elizabeth H. Luczek – November 1, 2010 Elizabeth was born on
February 15, 1927 in Petoskey. In 1947, she married Raymond and was blessed with
three children. Elizabeth was an active member of St. Francis Church.
William F. “Bill” McGee – October 4, 2010* Bill was born on June 6, 1928
in Detroit. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bill was married to Bernie
in 1956 and together they raised 9 children. Bill was an usher at Immaculate Conception
Church nearly 50 years and also served as President of the Men’s Club. Bill was a member
of the GTACS Board of Education and was a mentor and teacher in photography and
yearbook. Bill was inducted into the GTACS Hall of Fame in 2010.
Irene M. Pleva – January 30, 2010 Irene was born on June 6, 1929 in Cedar.
She attended Holy Rosary School through the 12th grade, graduating as salutatorian and
earning a full scholarship to Aquinas College. She married Andrew in 1949 and had one
daughter. Irene was very active at Holy Rosary Church and a supporter of Right to Life.
Irene’s strong Catholic faith was a very important part of her life.
Rose Marie Schmuckal – May 26, 2010
ELmer anthony Schmuckal – March 19, 2011
Rose was born on August 10, 1918 in Kingsley. Rose married Elmer in 1938 at St. Mary’s
of Hannah and they were blessed with nearly 72 years together along with five children.
Rose was a member of St. Mary’s of Hannah Altar Society and was passionate about raising
her children with a strong Catholic education.
Elmer was born on May 22, 1916 in Hannah. Elmer was a dairy farmer with a strong
work ethic and a love for all aspects of farming. He enjoyed his retirement years on Duck
Lake, often hosting family gatherings and guiding pontoon rides. Elmer was a longtime
member of St. Mary’s of Hannah and St. Patrick’s. Elmer cared deeply about his faith and
his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
* KEY: Hall of Fame Inductee
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools Foundation, Inc.
The GTACS Foundation has over $1 million in assets and provides over $50,000 in grants to
GTACS through a number of permanently endowed scholarship funds. The leadership team of the
GTACS Foundation consists of 5 priests, 12 lay trustees, and 2 honorary lay trustees.
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