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Ever Renewing a Lasting

The Marymount • Trinity High School Alumni Magazine

from iraq,

with love

A Message to the

Tradition Community

“Transforming Futures” has been the

marketing campaign of our school

this year. This offers prospective

families an insight into the many

opportunities available at Trinity High

School and beyond.

Through their experiences at Trinity,

our students prepare to go out into

the world. In this issue of Tradition,

you will read about the many ways

our alumni are transforming their

own lives after their days at Trinity.

Whether you are bravely serving your

country, volunteering to help others

in need, educating young minds or

raising a family, we would love to

hear your story. We are fortunate to

have among our alumni thousands of

examples of adults who live out their

faith in successful careers every day.

Share your story, join us for an

upcoming event, contribute to

the future of Trinity High School

through our Annual Appeal you just

received, attend or donate to our

annual Out of the Blue Benefit, or

send us an update about your life

and accomplishments. We can

continue to transform futures with

your support and by telling the many

stories of this great family.

In Trinity Pride,

Kara Simone

Director of Alumni Relations




This year, the Trinity Alumni Board has

several exciting programs and events

planned. So mark your calendars; you

won’t want to miss out!


Grab the little ones and their Easter baskets and join the

Trinity community for our annual “eggstravaganza” on

Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Tickets are

$6 for adults and $3 for children under 3. The price

includes a hot breakfast, picture with the Easter Bunny,

egg hunt, crafts, games and more. To RSVP, call Barb

Dottore at 216-581-1644 ext. 140 or register online at


On Friday, May 4, join the Trinity community in celebrating another

outstanding school year during our Second Annual Out of the Blue Benefit

and 14th Annual Silent Auction. This one-of-a-kind evening begins with

cocktails at 6 p.m. Stroll among the

hundreds of unique silent auction items

as you sip stunning signature drinks,

followed by dinner and our live auction.

Bid on vacation packages, tickets to local professional sporting events, home

furnishings, collectibles, memorabilia and more. For tickets, sponsorship or

advertising information, see page 13 or contact Barb Dottore at 216-581-

1644 ext. 140 or at



Renew old friendships and make new

ones at Trinity’s Second Annual Trinity

Alumni and Friends Golf Classic on

Saturday, June 2 at Creekwood Golf

Club. Through a special arrangement,

we have secured exclusive access to the

course for the entire day and the chance

to play additional golf after dinner. The Trinity Golf Classic is a four-man

scramble format, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, with golfers playing 18 holes in

two groups of four. Cost of the outing is only $90 per person and includes

unlimited golf, lunch and a steak dinner. All proceeds benefit the Trinity

High School Alumni Association. For more information, contact Bill Svoboda

at 216-581-1644 ext. 143, or by email at Space is

limited for this premier experience, so reserve your foursome today!




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Ever Renewing a Lasting

Volume 9 • Issue 1 • Winter 2007


Sister Shawn Lee, MA, ‘62

Executive Principal

Thomas M. Maher, PhD


Carla E. Fritsch, MEd

Assistant Principals

Linda Bacho, MEd, ‘73

William Svoboda, MEd, ‘81

Business Manager

Daniel J. Thomeier, MBA

Athletic Director

John Kall, MA

Development Director

Jeff McSweeney, BS, ‘84

Director of Alumni Relations

Kara C. Simone, BA

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Kara C. Simone, BA

Director of Public Relations

Sarah Szweda, BS, ‘92

Board of Trustees

Robert Kehoe, Chair

Sonia Alemagno

Dr. Andrea Deis, ‘83

Sr. Rosemary Hocevar, OSU

Ann Marie Hricko, ‘94

Sister Mary Alice Jarosz, ‘63

Sister Shawn Lee, ‘62

Joseph Lewandowski, ‘94

Thomas Rybicki

Don Smith

Mary Jo Sullivan

Sister Francis Therese Woznicki, ‘49


Sarah Szweda, BS, ‘92

Graphic Designer

Patrick T. Straffen, ‘04


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Alumni Reconnect at Several Special Events

homecoming 2006

It was truly a homecoming for more than 100 alumni and their families as they gathered at Trinity’s home stadium

to celebrate Homecoming 2006. A special tent was set up in the endzone during halftime for alumni to meet and

greet, as well as enjoy pizza, pop and snacks provided by the Alumni Association. To begin receiving your own

personal alumni invitations via email, go to to register.


Students, faculty and staff gathered,

along with almost 30 alumni, to

remember departed loved ones during

our annual All Saints/All Souls Day

Liturgy. Trinity graduates reconnected

with the school they called home,

and found a certain peace in the

embrace of our loving family.


Over Thanksgiving break, 2005 Trinity

grad Kyle Komer was feeling nostalgic.

“A lot of my friends and I missed the

retreat feeling that we had while we

were at Trinity,” he said. “I had the idea

that as the Class of ‘05, we should do

something to rekindle our faith.” So,

Komer and classmates Derrick Moore

“The Mass on November 1 was a very moving experience

for me,” said 1992 graduate Judy Lasecki. “Not only was I

remembering my mom, but I was also thinking about all the great

times I had at Trinity High School. It was nice to talk with some

of my ‘old’ teachers, meet some new teachers, and see all the

students taking an active role in the Mass,” Lasecki said. “The

choir and music were beautiful! Often during the liturgy, I found

myself remembering all the wonderful liturgies and Masses I

experienced when I was a student.”

“From the moment I received the invitation letter, to the ending

of the Mass, I felt truly blessed to be a part of such a caring and

supportive community,” she said. “That old Trinity pride and

spirit came back to me once again. What a special and loving

tribute to my mom! She always loved Trinity and I’m sure she

was smiling down from heaven on that day.”

and Eric Wunderle planned a prayer

service over Christmas Break, when the

majority of their class would be home

from college. “Everything worked out

beautifully in the chapel,” Komer said.

“We had about 30 former students

attend. I plan on making this an annual

event where each graduating class will

be involved.”


Marymount Class of 1951

Every year is a reunion year since our 45th reunion in 1996. We have been

getting together at least once a year to renew old friendships and to enjoy

catching up on our lives.

At our 50th reunion, many of us felt we were “coming home,” celebrating

Mass together in the chapel where we once sat as young girls. Our hearts

were filled with gratitude for sharing the day with life-long friends. Many

of those in attendance will not soon forget Fr. Joseph O’Donnell’s wonderful

homily, and the many tears shed that sunny Sunday morning.

Many of us get together at our annual luncheon each October. We hope to

continue as long as our classmates are interested in attending. New friends

may be silver, but old friends are definitely gold.

Marymount Class of 1956

The last class to graduate from

Marymount High School, housed in

Marymount Convent, held their 50th

Class reunion on September 24,

2006. The day started with Mass

celebrated by Fr. Gary Chumura.

Thirty-four alumnae met in the

Marymount Chapel. Shirley Soltes,

chairman of the 50th Reunion

Committee acknowledged the deceased classmates and teachers with a

candle lighting ceremony and special songs.

An exquisite luncheon was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The

classmates enjoyed a slide show featuring the graduate’s pictures and many

special pictures from our high school days.

Trinity Class of 1981

Over 60 members of the class of 1981 attended their 25th Reunion on

November 25, 2006 at Dave & Buster’s in Westlake. The evening flew by

as we reminisced about the good old days and caught up with one another

in roles such as parents, air plane crash investigators, business owners,

and even grandparents! We even had classmates come from Georgia and

Kansas! A 30 year reunion is already being talked about and we look

forward to seeing everyone in 5 years!

Scott Tenney, BME

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Add something special

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Class of 1947

Look for an informational postcard

in the mail.

Class of 1957

October 5, 2007 • Trinity’s Chapel

Class of 1964

October, 2007 • East side of

Cleveland (Ginny Nowac Hinkle:


Class of 1965

Look for more information in 2007.

(Chris D’Annunzio Piazza:


Class of 1972

September 21, 2007 • Trinity’s

Faculty Lounge, 6-9 p.m.

(Barb Kozel: 440-353-0183 or Betty

Wigdalski Murray: 216-587-2695)

Class of 1976

Currently planning their 30th reunion.

(Sharon Kendrick-Williams:


Class of 1986

Celebrate 21 years since our

graduation! (Kelly Wills Bilinovic:


Class of 1987

Contact one of the representatives

below to make sure you get your

invitation. (Romona Kovesi Biggins:

216-651-9659 or Jim Toth:


Class of 1997

Committee members are needed

for our 10 year reunion.

(Shawn Pekarek: 216-346-0078)

Up-to-date reunion information

can be found online at



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The editorial staff at Tradition hear time and again from alumni who say their favorite part of the magazine is our

Class Notes. We are committed to keeping our alumni informed about recent events in the lives of our graduates.

Thank you for taking the time to submit your personal news for publication. We love hearing from you! Please

notify the alumni office regarding births, marriages, deaths, change of address or new personal and professional

accomplishments. You may even find your story on the cover of an upcoming issue of Tradition!

To submit your update, please contact Barb Dottore at 216-581-1644 ext. 140; online at; in

writing to Trinity Tradition, 12425 Granger Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125; or fax to 216-581-1752. Be sure

to include your full name, including maiden name if applicable, graduation year and contact information, so we can

reach you if we have any questions. All submissions will be run on a space available basis. Thanks for making

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Presidential Honor

President George W. Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Bernice Mucha Ursich (47) during

a visit to Cleveland last summer. Ursich has been a volunteer with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

(RSVP) of Greater Cleveland for 12 years and has logged more than 2,300 hours of service. But her commitment

to the community extends far beyond one organization.

After retiring from her job as Chief Court Reporter for the Cleveland Municipal Court, Ursich became a patient care

volunteer with Hospice of the Western Reserve.

“After retiring in 1995, I thought it would be a fulfilling experience to

volunteer with terminally ill patients,” she said. “So I took the training

offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve, and actively volunteered in

the capacity of patient care until 2004.”

While volunteering at Hospice, another opportunity arose through

RSVP for an exercise assistant in water therapy, concentrating on

an arthritis program, at Judson at University Circle, an accredited

interdenominational retirement community.

“I met with their Wellness Director, Sara Peckham, and she arranged

a program whereby I could assist a resident, one-on-one, with their

prescribed exercise routine. It has proven to be a most gratifying

experience for me, and the residents seem to enjoy it as well. I have

been actively participating in this assignment since about 2000.”

In her “free time,” Ursich has also volunteered as a “redcoat” usher at

the Playhouse Square Center for 15 years. “Being a redcoat not only

allows me to see a star-studded performance for free, but I personally get

caught up in the excitement of the patrons and their anticipation of an

entertaining show,” she said.

The Volunteer Service Award is the President’s way of saying “thank you” to those who make a difference in the

lives of others. President Bush has met with more than 500 individuals around the country since March, 2002.

“Being chosen as a USA Freedom Corps greeter and meeting President Bush was an honor and memorable

experience I shall never forget,” Ursich said. “I think it is a very nice gesture for the President to recognize

volunteer service, and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to be a recipient of the President’s award.”

In addition, Ursich is actively involved in remaining close with the other members of her class, especially Dorothy

Smiley May. “Our Class of 1947 is definitely alive and well,” she said. “We have met annually for dinner ever

since our 50th reunion. We still think of ourselves as girlfriends.”


from iraq, with love

The Trinity community continues to hold in our prayers all of our brave members of the

Armed Forces who are serving our country. Below, 1982 graduate Dante Corradi shares

his story of sacrifice and struggle.

ess than twelve hours after helping his wife Robin through the birth of their first child, US

Army Major Dante Corradi (82), found himself on a plane bound for Iraq. Already deployed

overseas in Kuwait at the time of the baby’s delivery, the 39-year-old could only listen in on

the birth of his son, Tony, over the telephone. The next day, he found himself in Bagdad.

“I was already in Kuwait getting ready to convoy into Iraq when I tracked down my wife in

the hospital,” says Dante, now 43. “I heard his birth over the telephone. Less than 12

hours later I convoyed into Iraq with a portion of my unit for the first time. So, I always

know the day I went into Iraq,” he says wryly. “But I got to hear my son. I did hear him

cry. A lot of people don’t get that.”

Dante says he’s missed more special occasions, anniversaries and birthdays than he’d

care to admit, and he’s seen his mother’s health suffer as a result of the stress of his

deployments. He returned home to Raleigh, NC, from his first tour in Iraq in March of

2004, and enjoyed the birth of his second child, Patricia. Dante also has a stepson Jake, 13. But the homecoming

was short-lived. Dante soon received a second deployment, finding himself on enemy soil again in June 2006.

Still, he and Robin count their blessings. “I will call home from Iraq and sing Happy Birthday to her,” Dante says of


missing his daughter’s birthdays. “This is life in the military, and my wife and I knew what we were getting into

when we joined. We knew what we were getting into when we got married. We all want to do our job.”

Dante met Robin, 37, while both were living

in Albany, New York in the mid-1990s and

married in 2001. Best Man was Mark

Hoprich (82) and Groomsman was John

Kaminski (82). Ryan Downey (2009), Emily

Downey, (2011) and Dan Downey, children

and husband of Dawn Laba Downey (85)

were also in the wedding. Married for almost

6 years, Dante has been away from his family

for most of that time. He is expected to

return home in June 2007.

Yet Dante focuses on the positive, sharing

fascinating stories and some amazing photos

of the places he’s been, including pictures of

Saddam Hussein’s former palace, ancient and

historic sites, such as the Hanging Gardens

of Babylon, the Egyptian Pyramids, and the

ancient city of Ur, the Biblical birthplace of Abraham. While he marvels at some of the impressive monuments he’s

seen, Dante is quick to point out that other villages and towns are in ruins, many never even rebuilt from the first

Gulf War.

His favorite duty in Iraq is accompanying medical personnel to orphanages. “One of my favorite parts of a

deployment is interacting with the children. They are not much different than the children in the United States.

Kids are kids. And many are so cute. I visited the orphanages in 2003. I haven’t had the opportunity to do that

now,” he said. “I personally did not give medical aid to the children. I just played with them for a couple of hours.”

“I still support what we do. I still believe this is a

war on terror. We need to see this through.”

While Dante can joke about his Army-issued eyeglasses, he chokes up remembering a party for Italian soldiers who

were due to go home in two days. The next morning, they were killed by a suicide bomber. Friends now gone

before the film from his camera was even used up, picturing the revelry from the night before. “There are some

great, tough, and tragic experiences from my deployments, especially from 2003 to 2004. Fortunately, the good

outweighed the bad,” he says matter-of-factly.

A third generation military man, Dante has represented his unit as a Liaison Officer with the Multi-National Division

- Central South, a coalition of Eastern European Armies led by the Polish Army. Stationed in Babylon, Dante

worked with the Polish Army in their transition to take over an area for logistical support as the Marines were

redeploying back to the U.S. During that time, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit, and the

accompanying photo of Rumsfeld and Dante ran on Yahoo. “I had my 15 minutes of fame,” he jokes. Currently a

member of a Military Transition Team, Dante is embedded with an Iraqi infantry battalion, where he serves as a





logistics advisor. With the help of an interpreter, he advises the Iraqis on how they can be more efficient in

logistics, the life support for Iraqi soldiers, responsible for providing food, water, ammunition, transportation,

supplies, maintenance of equipment, and more. “It is a big job, but important to the battalion, so that they are

able to carry out their combat missions,” Dante said. “Things sure are a lot different down here, and that was

expected. The insurgents have changed their tactics, regrouped. You can’t trust anyone.”

Robin knows that these last four months of her husband’s tour are the most dangerous. “It does make me worry a

lot more,” she said. “Every day, something’s happening. It’s very tough to be a military family. It’s a huge strain

on any marriage.”

A member of the Army Reserves, and an Army brat herself (Robin’s dad is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and her

grandmother also served during World War II), sometimes all the training in the world can’t prepare you for the

realities of war. “When I see something on the news, and my husband’s over there, I worry just like a non-military

spouse would,” she said. “Those things affect me.”

Married just three weeks after 9/11, Dante and Robin have missed out on three wedding anniversaries and have

yet to take a honeymoon. “Right after 9/11, I knew our lives would change,” Dante said. “I knew we were going

to be in it for awhile.” He has never been home to celebrate his 2-year-old’s birthday. While he admits the time

apart has been a struggle, Dante is adamant about America’s role in Iraq.

“We’re doing a lot of good things over there,” he said. “We’re going to be in there for the long haul. Occupations

after war are nothing new. I still support what we do. I still believe this is a war on terror. We need to see this

through. I’d rather fight on foreign soil. I feel that we have to do this now so my children won’t have to do this

later. These fanatics have to be dealt with.”

Dante recently was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. A career military man, he is due to retire in three years. Yet,

he expects one more overseas tour before he can retire.

Unfortunately, it seems that just when Dante is expected to return home to his family this summer, it will be

Robin’s turn to serve at least a year. A First Lieutenant with the Army Reserves, Robin understands that she, too,

could be deployed at any time and was actually called up twice, but did not have to go because each time she was

expecting one of their two children. She recently received mobilization orders for Fort Bragg and was due to report

for duty on February 1, the same day Dante was scheduled to go back to Iraq. “It’s not exactly how we planned

it,” Dante said. “But we’ll just drive on. I’m not complaining. That’s life in the military. That’s just part of the job;

we go through that. The upside is, Robin’s not going to Iraq.” (continued on page 19).

1. Corradi at home with his family. 2. Corradi with orphaned Iraqi children. 3. Corradi (third from right) with Donald Rumsfeld.


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Browsing the bookstore, readers would never know that author

Abby Hunter is really 1994 Trinity grad Angela (Balamenti)

Walburn, whose first novel, a love story called The Exchange was

recently published.

Walburn, who now lives in Stow with her husband and two

children, always wanted to write. After earning a bachelor’s

degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling, she

is now focusing her attention on a hobby that looks like it could

turn into a hot career, using her pen name to keep those dual

careers separate. While working on her second novel, as well as

promoting The Exchange at book signings, Walburn also works

part-time with troubled adolescents in a partial hospitalization

group and with mentally disabled individuals. She is also busy

raising her children, 5-year-old Logan, and Brooke, 3.

Walburn received help and inspiration from Trinity classmate

and friend Cindy Carr, who edited the original manuscript before

Walburn sent it to any publishers. “The book selling is going well,”

Walburn said. “I have received positive book reviews and good

feedback from people who have bought the book.

Alumni Author Pens First Novel

I have been having fun with my book signings and learning the ins and outs of the industry.” Involved at Trinity as

a hockey stat when she was a student, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of her characters in The Exchange

is a hockey player. “My favorite high school memory is from my sophomore year, when the hockey team went

to states as the Cinderella comeback team,” Walburn said. “It was so exciting to go from a losing season and

make it all the way to the state championship. I also enjoyed all of the hockey tournaments in Miami, Ohio every


Walburn was also involved in Trinity’s annual phone-a-thons, worked on homecoming floats for her class and

helped plan retreats for the younger students. But it’s the academic advantage she gained while at Trinity that has

had the biggest impact on her life.

“Trinity helped me in my career,” she said. “Overall, my experience at Trinity helped me to learn how to study for

college, how to write well, and how to set realistic plans to achieve my goals. I have wanted to write a book since I

was in grade school. I broke into the business with some good luck. I submitted my manuscript to a few different

publishing companies. Publish America responded and wanted to read the first few chapters. They liked what

they read and gave me the contract for my book.

“My advice for current students is to work hard, follow their own dreams, don’t be blinded by love to the point of

giving up what is important to them, study and work hard, and cherish the fun times they have now. I would also

recommend keeping anything they have written because I threw away a lot of things I wrote in high school that I

wish I had now.”

Copies of Walburn’s book The Exchange are available at Borders, The Learned Owl in Hudson, and online at, and Her next novel is due out in 2009. To read a synopsis of

The Exchange, visit Walburn can be reached via email at



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216-581-1644 ext. 140, or visit

Marymount Class of 1944

Elizabeth Anne Badarzynski Hissong

reports that even at the age of 80 she

is still active in the Catechesis program

of the Good Shepherd, both as a

catechist and catechist trainer.

Marymount Class of 1949

Irene Tomcik Morrow and her

husband Edward celebrated 55 years

of marriage on September 1, 2006.

The Trinity High School community

extends our prayers and sympathy to

Sr. Francis Therese Woznicki on the

recent deaths of her brothers Thomas

and Ted Woznicki.

Marymount Class of 1951

We regret to inform you that Connie

Manfredi Miraglia passed away on

July 22, 2006, after a long bout with

cancer. We extend our thoughts and

prayers to her family.

Marymount Class of 1952

The Trinity High School community

extends condolences to Lois Spiewak

Polman and her family on the loss

of her husband Walter Polman. Lois’

children Craig (81) and Brad (85) are

also Trinity High School alumni.

Marymount Class of 1953

The Trinity High School community

sends prayers and sympathy to the

family of Geraldine Wolkan Rodgers.

Geraldine passed away in August of

2005. Geraldine’s children, Gwen

Rodgers Biennas (78), Louis (82),

Dina Rodgers Battista (83), and

Peter (84) are also Trinity High

School alumni.

Marymount Class of 1955

Loretta Gruszka Vidmar passed away

recently. We send our sympathy and

prayers to her husband Arthur and

their family.

Marymount Class of 1956

Eugene Kulik, husband of Phyllis

Koprowski Kulik, passed away. Our

thoughts and prayers are with Phyllis

and her family.

Marymount Class of 1957

The Trinity High School community

sends prayers and sympathy to Patricia

Vyskocil Rukavina and her family on

the loss of her husband of 47 years,

Jerry Rukavina.

Marymount Class of 1959

Myra Wilczenski Valus passed away.

The Trinity High School community

extends our sympathy and prayers

to her husband John and her entire


Marymount Class of 1960

The Trinity High School community

sends prayers and sympathy to

Diane Nienaltowski Nienal and

Rita Neinaltowski Liguzinski (66)

on the death of their father Bernard


Helen E. Takacs, mother of Janice

Takacs Boczek passed away. Janice

and her family are in our prayers.

Marymount Class of 1963

Mary Jo Sykora Straslicka and her

husband Loren reside in Brunswick

and have two children and three

grandchildren. They raised and

showed Pomeranians for 30 years

and trained them in both obedience

and conformation. Mary Jo was a

Creative Circle representative and sold

collectors’ items on consignment at

the “Master’s Touch” in Cleveland.

She also worked for various temporary

agencies. Mary Jo is a published

author. She enjoys acrylics and starting

seedlings. She looks forward to a

reunion of the Class of 1963 in the

near future.

Marymount Class of 1967

Kathleen Walas Jones celebrated

her 20th year in the field of Juvenile

Probation. Her colleagues surprised

her with a luncheon to celebrate

with judges in attendance. Kathleen

also works part-time for The Bon Ton

Department Store as a sales associate

and received the Top Charge Solicitor

award for the third year in a row.

She and her husband David celebrated

their 33rd wedding anniversary in July.

Kathleen and David live in Warren,

Pennsylvania, and she would like to

say hello to all of her classmates. She

notes that her class will be celebrating

their 40th reunion in 2007 and says,

“Let’s get together!”

Joseph Truskolaski, father of Joann

Truskolaski Graf and Jim Truskolaski

(77) passed away. We send our prayers

and thoughts to the family.

Trinity Class of 1973

Donald Cowling, father-in-law of Mary

Ann Lipiec Cowling, father of Cynthia

Cowling Roberts (78) and Connie

Cowling Pastor (82) passed away. The

Trinity High School community extends

our prayers and sympathy to the family.

We are saddened to tell you that

Marilyn Barry Gula, sister of Bill Barry

(78) and Annette Barry Paul (84) and

aunt of Bill Barry (2005) passed away.

We extend our prayers and sympathy

to the family.

Trinity Class of 1974

Prayers and sympathy are extended to

Sheila Dolinsky on the recent loss of

her mother Gloria Dolinsky.

Trinity Class of 1976

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to

James Taras, Susan Taras (77), and

Mike Taras (79) on the recent death of

their father James T. Taras.

Trinity Class of 1978

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to Dan

Marshall and Diane Marshall Lada

(80) on the recent death of their father

Edward J. Marshall.

Barbara Walsh, mother of Mike and

Thomas (79) passed away. Our prayers

are with Mike and Thomas and their



From left to right: Eric Tayfel’s (90)

twin daughters, Madison Paige and

Lindsay Grace; Jim Cantelupe’s (92)

son James.

Trinity Class of 1979

Leonard A. Farago, father of Kathie

Farago Barszcz, Timothy (81) and

Patrick (83) passed away. The Trinity

High School community extends

thoughts and prayers to the family.

Linda Nicklos Reid, the former

principal of William Foster Elementary

School in Garfield Heights, has

been named the district’s Director of

Curriculum and Instruction.

Trinity Class of 1981

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to Mary

Czapor, Lisa (82), and Michael (84)

on the recent death of their father

Bruno “Brownie” Czapor.

Mary Gudel, mother of Kathryn Gudel

Shields and John (83) passed away.

We extend our prayers to the family.

Trinity Class of 1982

Greg Danko was recently nominated

to the Ohio Racquetball Association

Hall of Fame for 2007. Greg has

participated in numerous regional

tournaments, as well as captured

some prestigious trophies along the

way. He is ranked relatively high in his

age group and class in Ohio, as well

as internationally. He has also been a

member of Toastmasters International

for six years. TMI is an organization

that assists individuals with public

speaking and leadership skills.

Greg is the current local president

of the Brecksville – Nordonia Hills

– Twinsburg Cavaliers (Club 912).

Greg credits TMI for assisting him in

practically eliminating his stammering

in everyday speaking.

Teri Dunsworth, Clinical Professor of

Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia

University, has been named Editorial

Board Chair of the Pharmacotherapy

Self-Assessment Program (PSAP), sixth

edition. This internationally acclaimed

11-book advanced pharmacy education

series is published by the American

College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)


and is translated into several

languages. Dr. Dunsworth served on

the editorial board of PSAP, fourth

edition, and as Vice-Chair of PSAP,

fifth edition. Dr. Dunsworth lives in

Morgantown, WV with her husband,

Carl Palmer, daughter Holly (8) and

twin sons Grant and Aidan (3).

Sharon Ann Jordenek, mother of Mark,

Lawrence (83), and Lisa Jordonek

Estrada (86) passed away. We extend

our condolences to the family.

Trinity Class of 1983

The Trinity High School community

extends our prayers and support to

Andrea DeLaat Deis and her husband

Mark as their brave two-year-old

daughter Libby battles leukemia.

Libby’s older siblings Josh, Sam, Annie

and Paul are also in her corner!

Trinity Class of 1985

Kathleen Korpowski, mother of Scott

and Karin (86) passed away. Our

thoughts and prayers are with Scott

and Karen and their family.

Tracy Hartlieb Pelcarsky and her

husband Jim welcomed their second

son Nicholas on March 7, 2006.

Nicholas weighed in at 7 pounds,

5 ounces and joins his big brother

Thomas, 4.

Trinity Class of 1986

Karen Weschke Dudich resides in

Medina with her husband George,

ten-year-old son George, III and sevenyear-old

daughter Alexandra. Karen

and her family have been raising beef

cattle for two years from their farm

in southern Ohio. They also have two

horses and nine goats. Karen reports

that the farm has been a great joy, and

a lot of work.

Herbert E. Pfundstein, father of Alycia

Pfundstein Cohara, Alys Pfundstein

Radosevic (87), Alix (89), Aline

Pfundstein Yurko (90), and Allyson

(92), passed away. The Trinity High

School community extends prayers and

sympathy to their families.

Trinity Class of 1987

John Lakota, father of Ken and Karen

(91) passed away. We send our

thoughts and prayers to Ken and Karen

and to their family.

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to

Sharon Bernas on the recent death of

her father, Thomas Bernas.

Trinity Class of 1990

Eric Tayfel and his wife Jill welcomed

twin daughters on September 27,

2006. Madison Paige was born at 4

pounds, 12 ounces, and Lindsay Grace

weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Eric and

his family reside in Brecksville, while

he continues his work as an attorney

with the law firm of Gibson, Brelo,

Ziccarelli & Martello in Cleveland.

Trinity Class of 1991

Stephen Ruszkiewicz, grandfather of

James Filicko, Jennifer (93), Jill (95),

Jodie Filicko Varner (96), Jeffrey

(2001), Joseph (2003), Jamie (2006),

and Jonathan (2009) passed away. We

send the Filicko family our sympathy.

Ronald Mraz, father of Kimberly Mraz

passed away. We extend our thoughts

and prayers to Kimberly and her family.

Trinity Class of 1992

Congratulations are extended to Jim

Cantelupe and his wife Tiffany who

welcomed their son James Franklin on

August 10, 2006. James came into

the world at 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Tiffany reports that although he was

tiny when he was born early, he is

thriving now.

The community of Trinity High School

extends congratulations to Brandi

Sauers Rucinski and Jeff Rucinski,

who welcomed their son Ryan Paul on

December 1, 2006. Brandi reports that

the timing of Ryan’s birth at one week

early was especially divine. Brandi’s

father, Paul “Butch” Sauers, passed

away six and a half years ago.

His birthday was also December 1.

Ryan joins big sister Raina Rose, who

is 28 months old. She’s a great helper

and couldn’t be more proud. Ryan

weighed in at 8 pounds, 13.5 ounces.

Sarah Szweda and her husband Paul

Priebe welcomed their daughter Paige

Olivia on February 12, 2007. Paige

joins big brother Paul who is three

years old.

Missy Svoboda Mazey and her

husband John welcomed their daughter

Maria Diane Mazey into the world on

August 9, 2006. Little Maria weighed

in at 7 pounds, even and joins big

brothers Jacob (8) and Michael (2).

Congratulations to the family!

Sharon Shulock Sykes married Justin

Sykes on May 15, 2004. Justin

attended Trinity High School his

freshman year. Sharon’s classmate

Jennifer Menge Shulock was one of

the attendants. Natalie Sykes Koda

(95) was also in attendance. The

happy couple honeymooned in Negril,

Jamaica. Sharon works for a large

animal vetinary practice in Ravenna.

Justin works for a business aircraft

center at Burke Lakefront Airport. The

couple resides in Boston Heights.

Sharon and Justin welcomed their first

child, Alyssa Jane, on June 28, 2006.

Trinity Class of 1993

Richard Ceccardi, father of Alana

passed away. We send Alana and her

family our thoughts and prayers.

The Trinity High School community

extends condolences to Lori Karpowicz

Konieczka and to Joseph (97) on the

recent death of their mother Francine


Trinity Class of 1994

Traci Cwalinski Powers and her

husband Erik welcomed their first

child, Margaret Victoria Powers on

December 20, 2005. Traci and her

family live in Fishers, Indiana, where

she and Erik both work as Graphic

Designers at their own business named

Creative Powers, Inc. Traci invites

you to contact her at

Joseph Giuffrida, father of Joe, Melissa

(97), and Jeannette (98) passed away.

We extend our condolences to these

alumni and their families.

William Schumacher and his wife

Jodie would like to announce the birth

of their first child, Samantha Rae, on

May 13, 2006.

Trinity Class of 1995

Anita Michalak Franklin was married

in October of 2003 to Daniel. The

wedding party included two fellow ‘95

THS graduates: Eva Wisniewski and

Monica Pawelek. In April of 2006,

Anita and Daniel welcomed their first

son Daniel. Anita holds a bachelor’s

degree in business management

from CSU and Daniel is an Air Force

Veteran. Anita and her family reside

in the West Park neighborhood of


The Trinity High School community

extends our prayers and sympathy to

Melanie Molzan on the recent death of

her fiancé, Sean Davis.

Theresa Phillips Elek got married in

October of 2005 to David J. Elek. The

couple purchased a home in Berea.

Trinity Class of 1996

Tricia LeWalk Ingrassia and Sam

Ingrassia welcomed their first child

Deena Therese into the world on July

3, 2006.

Angela Turner Monateri has received

the professional designation of Certified

Financial Planner (CFP), as awarded

by the Certified Financial Planner

Board of Standards, Inc. Advisors earn

this certification by meeting experience

and ethics requirements, successfully

completing financial planning course

work and passing the CFP Certification

Examination. Angela has been a

Financial Planner with Ameriprise

Financial since 2001.

Michael and Allison Chrusciel Prucha

welcomed their son Nathan Michael

into the world on August 5, 2006. He

weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces,

and was 21” long. Everyone is doing

well. Michael works for the Sherwin-

Williams Company and is currently

pursuing his MBA at John Carroll

University. Allison is a personal trainer

and principle dancer with Inlet Dance

Theatre. They live in Hudson, Ohio.

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to

Jonathan Tabb on the recent death of

his brother Jackie D. “Corky” Tabb.

Trinity Class of 1997

JoAnn Schnurr-MacEwen is a

Therapeutic Program Worker with the

State of Ohio Department of Mental

Health, employed at Northcoast

Behavioral Healthcare. The job

consists of forming programs with the

patients so that they can get a better

understanding of their mental illness

and learn ways to cope with it. Joanne

and her husband Robert welcomed

their first daughter, Madison Abigail,

on December 22, 2006.

Trinity Class of 1998

Prayers and sympathy are extended to

Louis Bacho, Charlotte (2004) and

Andy (2005) on the recent death of

their grandfather Eugene Morrison.

Amanda Emmel Rose and her husband

Michael welcomed the birth of their

son, Michael, on July 17, 2006, their

first child.

Carolyn Suma married Christopher

Widdowson on July 16, 2005 at St.

John’s Cathedral in Cleveland. Many

Suma brothers and sisters were in the

wedding party. Carolyn and Christopher

reside in Maryland.

Trinity Class of 2000

Suzanne Kuhlenschmidt-Kisley

married Adam from Garfield Heights

High School on August 30, 2005

in Barbados in the company of

her immediate family. The couple

celebrated with a reception here in

Ohio upon their return. Suzanne says

she had the perfect wedding dress in

her favorite color — pink!

Claradine Wykowski, grandmother of

Josh Yaro, Joseph Yaro (2002) and

Jaclyn Yaro (2005), passed away. We

send the Yaro family our prayers and


Trinity Class of 2001

Kate Klimkewicz graduated with a

master’s degree in accounting from

Miami University of Ohio in May,

2006. She is employed by Ernst &

Young in Cleveland.

Celeste Rybicki graduated from

Bowling Green State University in

2005. She has joined the staff of

Rybicki and Son Funeral Home where

she will begin her Funeral Director

apprenticeship. Celeste represents the

fourth generation of her family who will


carry on the mission of serving families

during their times of loss.

Julie Tapocsi was named to the Dean’s

list at Ohio Northern University where

she is a six-year pharmacy major.

Trinity Class of 2002

Stephanie Hovan graduated from John

Carroll University in May of 2006

with a bachelor of science degree

in chemistry. Currently, Stephanie

is attending graduate school at

the University of Notre Dame in

South Bend, Indiana for her Ph.D.

in biochemistry. After completing

graduate school, Stephanie plans on

pursuing a career in cancer research

and academics.

Crystal Woodside won first place for

her research paper in the biology/

endocrinology category at the Eastern

Colleges Science Conference, held

on April 22, 2006. She was first

place in a field that included over

600 participants from more than 30


Trinity Class of 2003

Adam Ditzig is serving an internship

with the Maple Heights police


Sarah Dzigiel is a member of Alpha

Lambda Delta at Ashland University

where she made the Dean’s list. Alpha

Lambda Delta is a freshman honorary

society that challenges members to

make meaningful contributions to

society through their chapters. Sarah is

majoring in sports communication.

was recognized for his outstanding

community service to the greater D.C.

community. Through volunteerism,

he has sought to address the issues

of disparity in education in the

inner-city schools of the District of

Columbia by establishing D.C. Today

… D.C. Tomorrow, a local community

organization dedicated to empowering

inner-city youth through servicelearning.

Justin is the organization’s

co-founder and executive director.

Matthew Welich reports that Dr.

Wayne Dyer released a book called

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling.

Mathew recommends reading this to

find meaning in every moment of your


Derrick Moore was recently honored

for his academic and athletic

achievements at Case Western Reserve

University. Moore is currently pursuing

majors in business and pre-med.

Trinity Class of 2006

Thomas Peters, Jr., the father of Kara

Peters passed away. We send Kara and

her family our thoughts and prayers.

The Trinity High School community

extends sympathy and prayers to

Joshua Smith and his family on the

recent loss of Joshua’s father, Reverend

Marvin Smith.

Rachele Fitz continues to break

basketball records at Marist College.

She has been named the Metro

Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of

the Week ten times so far this season.




Trinity Class of 2004

De’Asia Davis welcomed a baby

daughter Arica LaNee on December

13, 2005. De’Asia is a student at

Ohio State University majoring in

criminology. She will be graduating

in 2008 and hopes to become a

probation officer.

Veronica Jatsek received the Big Ten

Athlete of the Week award. Jatsek’s

shot put and weight throw is the best

in the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the

country this season.

Trinity Class of 2005

Justin Bibb, a sophomore at American

University, was recently awarded the

2006 Mayor’s Community Service

Award, given by Mayor Anthony

Williams of Washington, D.C. Justin

Former Teacher

Mary Ann Hinkle-Ineich taught at

Trinity in the Theology Department

from 1983 through 1986. She enjoyed

looking at our website and was happy

to see how many teaching friends

are still on the faculty. She has many

happy memories (and some crazy

pictures!) of her times at Trinity High

School. She sends news that she is

now teaching Theology at Ursuline

Academy in Dallas, Texas and has four

children. Her oldest just started her

freshman year at St. Mary’s College

in South Bend. Mary Ann sends along

greetings to the “old-timers” and

reports that it was a blast-from-thepast

to see their names!


1. Paige Olivia Priebe 2. Amanda

Emmel Rose 3. Madison Abigail

MacEwen 4. Ryan Paul Rucinski


From Iraq, with Love

(continued from page 12)

Robin tried to get her deployment delayed

a day or two, so the kids would not have

to lose both parents in a single day. She

will now drive more than 140 miles a

day roundtrip to base, just so she can

still tuck her 2 and 3 year olds into bed

every night. Well, almost every night.

Robin’s unit will train soldiers before they

deploy to Iraq. That includes weekend

and overnight combat drills and trainings,

so she can’t guarantee that she will be

home. And without family in the area,

the Corradis rely on help from the local

Baptist church.

“So, the next two months are going

to be pretty rough,” she said. “It just

continues. The location is the best that

it can be. It happens to a lot of people.

We’ll get through this.“

Robin knows the benefits of a strong

community presence and encourages

anyone who wants to help to contact their

local church, USO, military recruiters

or National Guard offices to find out

ways to help, whether it’s babysitting or


“It makes a huge difference to have

someone you know you can call up and

count on,” she said. “It’s really hard to

put into words, but something will come

up, like the lawnmower breaking or one of

the kids getting sick. Small stuff like that;

those are the things that will happen.”

To find out how you can make

a difference helping military

families in your own community,

visit the Trinity website at

Trinity’s Newest Board Member

Brings Wealth of Educational


As Trinity High School’s newest member

of our Board of Trustees, Dr. Sonia A.

Alemagno, Ph.D. has proven a valuable

addition to the Trinity family.

Currently an Associate Professor and the

Director of the Institute for Health and

Social Policy at The University of Akron,

she also serves as Associate Department

Chair for Public Administration and Urban

Studies. A recipient of the National Institute on Health Career

Development Award, she has also garnered more than $2 million

in Federal funding for various projects, in addition to her success

in grant writing at the state and national level. She has published

more than 30 journal and research articles across a wide range

of disciplines and has been awarded twice by the university for

Excellence in Research and as Researcher of the Year.

In addition, Alemagno’s university experience gives her a unique

perspective on how to prepare high school students for the rigors

of college life. Her experience and success with grant writing has

already proven incredibly beneficial to the Trinity family. With

Alemagno’s assistance, Trinity is in the process of waiting for

approval on math department grants that could total $30,000.

Bishop Lennon Visits Trinity

On March 2, 2007 the Trinity family was

blessed with a visit from The Most Reverend

Richard G. Lennon as he continued his

committment to “meeting the people of the

Diocese of Cleveland.” Bishop Lennon’s visit

was comprised of meeting with Bill Svoboda

(81), Assistant Principal and Director of

Religious Formation, and members of the

Theology Department, celebrating Mass and

meeting with student representatives from

each class.

Alumni Donates His Locks

You may not recognize Ed Borowy (04) with his new, shorter haircut. The John

Carroll University junior recently cut off two and a half years of growth, or 14 inches

of his hair, and donated it to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially

disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. For more

information, visit


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