Class Notes

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Fall/Winter 2021 Class Notes

Class Notes listed below will be updated with every new issue of OUTLOOK.

1950 – 1959

Sharon Lanpher Scholke ’51 has been a widow for nine years. She is enjoying five children, nine grandchild, and 14 great-grandchildren (so far)!

Barbara Dobie ’53 retired at the age of 80 after 58 years of nursing in CT, MA, and PA. As a single aunt, her life has been rich with nieces, nephews – and great ones – and travels all over the world. God is good.

Patricia Kirby Lee ’53 celebrated a wonderful 90th birthday party with her family in March 2021.

Kathleen Bright Bourque ’58 made a life-changing decision recently. She sold her home in South Carolina and bought a condominium in Florida! She has would to hear from any of her ’58 classmates!

1960 – 1969

Kathleen Driscoll Amatangelo ’62, DAA’17 enjoys spending time with her grandson, Caleb.

Lucia Amato Brown ’63, Angela Conochalla ’63, and Mary Kane Skurat ’63 enjoy lunch together, reminiscing about their time at Saint Joseph College.

Gustina Petro Sullivan ’64 loves gardening and painting!

Paula Ballantyne DeSilva ’68, DAA’18, Ph.D. with her husband Hema DeSilva, M.D., and their granddaughter, Cassie, a current USJ student!

1970 – 1979

Karen Wosczyna Birch ’76, DAA’99, worked on and was awarded a $7.5M National Science Foundation grant for the National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing.

Patricia Coppinger LaRochelle ’78; Ann Farese Begley ’77, Patty Resony Baker ’77; Rosemary Cleary ’77, DAA’86; and Patricia Sebest Morales ’77, P’11 enjoyed their annual summer gathering in Stockbridge, MA.

Louise LaChance ’79 retired from the State of Connecticut – DCF in July 2019 and welcomed her first grandchild in March 2019, James Frederick.

1980 – 1989

Patricia Ritchie ’83 celebrated in the Bahamas with her granddaughter Taylor, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in May 2021.

Megin Casey Coleman ’84, Debbie Rizzo Bernal ’84, Marcia Daley-Savo ’84, Regina DeNigris Cogliano ’84, and Robin Hewitt Temple ’84 met in Mashpee, MA, on the Cape and had three days of reminiscing and rekindling friendships. Nothing like college connections!

Cindy Luba Dubowsky ’84, Judy Potter Lee ’84, Molly Hassett Mara ’85, Cindy Roessler ’85, Val Kelsey Fonti ’84, Colleen Chase Palozej ’86, and Michele Turley Confessore ’85, M’93 enjoyed a weekend trip to York, Maine together!

Frances Mautone DiGiacomo ’85 retired as a Clinical Dietitian at Eliza Jennings Nursing Home in Cleveland, OH. Her husband, Joe, retired late last year, and they moved to Georgetown, TX.

Lois Nesci ’85, M’87 had a wonderful time coming together to reunite with classmates and pick up “where we left off”. Time doesn’t seem to change the bond that USJ alumni share. This connection is spoken and unspoken and never broken. It is grounded in the spirit of Mercy, the gift of friendship, and the responsibility we all share to be stewards and spokespersons for the academic and social experience that were instrumental as we entered the world of work and continued in our life journeys.

Lynn Nilsen Richmond ’85 celebrated her daughter, Jessica’s wedding to Micah Algard on Sept. 5, 2021.

Beth LeMay Beutler ’87 published her latest book, Circles of Friendships: A Guided Journal for Learning to Think Clearly about Your Friendships.

1990 – 1999

TJ Cleveland-Murtagh, M’99 is thinking about retirement! Although several years away, it is calling!

2000 – 2010

Art pieces by Marci Bohn ’04 were shown at the Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT in an exhibit that ran from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16. Her natural landscape earned honorable mention!

Rita Bayer ’05 was presented with the Hartford Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation on Oct. 17 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford for her service to St. Joseph Parish, Bristol, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parish office manager (along with two other staff members) became very ill with COVID-19 right after Christmas and was hospitalized for a month. Rita volunteered to help, and there were days when she was the only one in the Parish Center. Rita was alone to “take care of the ringing phones and doorbells, count the collections and make deposits, care for Food Pantry clients, book Masses, log information for funerals and find cantors, create the Sunday bulletins and Prayers for the Faithful for Mass, post donations, and sanitize like crazy!” Rita says that working in Institutional Advancement for 19 years provided her with transferable skills!

2010 – 2020

Agnieszka Petlik, M’16 published her book, Follow Me to Distance Learning, in the Spring of 2021!

Elizabeth Santic ’20 is currently working at Hartford Hospital in the cardiovascular operating rooms. She thanks the entire USJ faculty for helping get her to this point.

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