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•   William Kish  8/18
•   Marcia Gogolowski (Hladun)  8/10
•   Mike Dennisuk  7/14
•   Elizabeth Munoz (Makara)  7/2
•   Karen Hammon (Gebhardt)  6/22
•   Kenneth Seguin  6/12
•   Mary-Jo Doran (DeMars)  6/8
•   Debra Bessel (Mancini)  5/19
•   Ilene Soroka (MacDonald)  5/2
•   Dan Hicks  4/11
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2 live in Arizona
5 live in California
3 live in Colorado
6 live in Florida
1 lives in Illinois
65 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in North Carolina
3 live in Ohio
2 live in Texas
1 lives in Virginia
1 lives in Ontario
1 lives in Prince Edward Island
1 lives in Colombia
82 location unknown
16 are deceased

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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Greg Suchyta  8/25
•   Edward McCarthy  8/26
•   Jane Gauci (Lanzon)  8/30
•   Mary Tobkin  9/2
•   Kathy McCarthy (Pianelli)  9/3
•   Janice Phillips (Phillips)  9/13
•   Joseph Borg  9/20
•   Mari Duffy (Barlow)  9/22

JOINED CLASSMATES


Percentage of Joined Classmates: 54.4%


A:   99   Joined
B:   83   Not Joined

MISSING CLASSMATES


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


Holy Redeemer High School
Class Of 1969

HOLY REDEEMER CLASS OF '69 SCHOLARSHIP FUND

FOR DETROIT CRISTO REY

UPDATE

Below are the names of classmates who have generously donated so far.  We have raised over $1,614.00.  We need $886 to meet our goal.  Can you help us? 

We have 14 classmates or relatives of classmates that have donated.  That is less than 10% of our class.  We can do better than this.  Detroit Cristo Rey is the continuation of the mission Holy Redeemer followed so many years ago.  Donating to Detroit Cristo Rey is a great way for us to show our appreciation for a Catholic education.

Our adopted student, Aron, will graduate when we celebrate our 50th reunion!  School is just around the corner.  Please, donate today.  Click here and mark your donation "Class of 69".  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/detcristorey   PLEASE NOTE:  if you use a smartphone to donate, there will not be a spot to designate Class of 69.  Just email ilenemacdonald@yahoo.com and let me know you have donated.  I will contact Detroit Cristo Rey to alert them to your donation.  No donation is too big OR too small.  Every dollar counts. 

  • Therese Henri Thorn
  • Mary-Jo Doran DeMars
  • John Mifsud
  • Mariella Duffy Barlow
  • Barb Lukasiewicz
  • Ed McCarthy
  • Karen Piotrowski and Pat McNamara
  • Ken Seguin
  • John Pavlak
  • Ilene Soroka MacDonald
  • Carol McGuire
  • Michelle Karl
  • Catherine Hudak (Barb Lukasiewicz's sister who was inspired with Cristo Rey story)

If you donated and your name is not above, please let Ilene MacDonald know at ilenemacdonald@yahoo.com.  

 https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/detcristorey 

WE CAN DO THIS!

For the last two years, Class of '69 members generously donated over $2,500 (each year) to pay for a Cristo Rey student's tuition.  We asked again last month for classmates to open their wallets and their hearts for a Cristo Rey students.  Our focus has been on "Aron", who is successfully completing his sophomore year at Cristo Rey.

Therese Henri Thorn, John Pavlak, Rick Nowakowski, and Ilene Soroka MacDonald had the privilege of meeting Aron and sharing a lunch with him at Cristo Rey.  We also had an opportunity to tour the Big RE and reminisce.  It looks very familiar when you walk down the hallways.  What was not familiar was the cafeteria which has been completely renovated.  The library now looks more like a computer lab.  Walls are not lined with books but it was still filled with students seeking knowledge, just in a different way. 

Aron with Ilene, Rick, Therese and John looking at our 1969 Class Yearbook

We need you!  It costs far more than $2,500 to educate one student for one year at Cristo Rey (opened in 2008 in our Holy Redeemer High School building under the direction of the Basilian Fathers and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters).  The students work one day a week at a job placement.  According to the school, "Our students get up before dawn every day to arrive to school on time and keep pace with a rigorous academic schedule. This year they will earn $2,100,000 toward the cost of their education by working in more than 80 businesses throughout metro Detroit."  Additionally, many other philanthropic efforts are in place to make it financially possible for students to attend.   Classmate Rick Nowakowski volunteers one day a week at the school in addition to supporting many fundraising events.  John Polanski has also been very involved in supporting the school financially.

Our cafeteria renovated!

Did you know that Detroit Cristo Rey has 100% College Acceptance for its graduating seniors this year?  Incredible! This is the fifth year in a row and 90% of those students are still enrolled in college the following year.  This is far above the national average.

 

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Dear Classmates,

Greg Suchyta notified me that Elizabeth (Betty) Garland passed away last month.

Here is a link to Betty's obituary:

http://www.desmondfuneralhome.com/obituary/Elizabeth-Ann-Garland-Buryta/metro-Detroit-MI/1713561

So sorry to share such sad news.


 
 

We Did It!!!

Congratulations to the Class of '69 for once again coming through for a cause.  Because of the generosity of the classmates listed below, we have been able to provide tuition coverage for sophomore student, Aron. Our goal was $2,500 but we exceeded our expections with $2,850!

If you meant to donate but life got in the way, we still need contributions and they will be added to our account for next year.  

Thanks to classmates Therese Henri Thorn, Rick Nowakowski, John Pavlak, Ken Seguin and Ilene MacDonald for spearheading this effort.  Thanks to Mike Khoury, Director at Detroit Cristo Rey for his help and diligence.  

Mariella (Duffy) Barlow

Mary-Jo (Doran) Demars

Tony Duarte

Michelle Karl

Barb Lukasiewicz

Karen (Hammon) Gebhardt

Algis Kaunelis

Colleen (Donnelly) and Joe Lachapelle

Ilene (Soroka) MacDonald

Ed McCarthy

Carol McGuire

Karen (Piotrowski) and Pat McNamara

John Mifsud

Rick Nowakowski

John Pavlak

Paul Pisani

Nancy (Cini) and Frank Podczervinski

Phyllis (St. Amand) Rini

Ken Seguin

Ed Somensatto

Therese (Henri) Thorn

Judy (Martinez) Thrash

Here is the link to make a contribution online or information for sending a contribution via US Mail (make sure you indicate it is for the Class of '69):

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/detcristorey

Sad News About Coach McCartney

"We would like to share the news that our father, Coach Bill McCartney has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer's. We (his family) have been noticing memory issues for the past few years and he was recently diagnosed. He is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease. He is still the same Coach Mac - biking, golfing, supporting the Buff's and being an active member of his church."
"We are making this public to ask for your understanding and patience as we know he frequently runs into fans, friends and former players. This is a frustrating and confusing disease, and if he appears disconnected or unknowing, please don't take it personally."
"Please keep Coach Mac in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this difficult time."
"The McCartney Family"

HOLY REDEEMER CLASS OF '69 SCHOLARSHIP FUND

FOR DETROIT CRISTO REY

LET'S GET FIRED UP!

Last year, many Class of '69 members generously donated over $2,500 to pay for a Cristo Rey student's tuition.  We are asking YOU once again to open your hearts and open your wallets to help a deserving student experience a Catholic education at Detroit Cristo Rey. 

We need you!  It costs far more than $2,500 to educate one student for one year at Cristo Rey (opened in 2008 in our Holy Redeemer High School building under the direction of the Basilian Fathers and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters).  The students work one day a week at a job placement.  Dollars earned go towards their education.  Additionally, many other philanthropic efforts are in place to make it financially possible for students to attend.  We were able to pay for the tuition of "Aron" this year.  Aron is successfully completing his freshman year at Cristo Rey. 

Did you know that Detroit Cristo Rey has 100% College Acceptance for its graduating seniors this year?  Incredible!

How do you donate?  Click the link below and please mark on your donation that it is from the "Class of 1969".  We will keep track of our donations and post them on our website.  Let's surpass last year's donations of $2,644.  We can do this!

 https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/detcristorey  

 


 

Holy Redeemer Memorabilia Goldmine!

Kathy Suchyta (class of '66 and sister of Greg Suchyta) has made a website of Holy Redeemer memorabilia. Many items have been taken from school newspapers, yearbooks, etc. These were items she salvaged when the school closed. Thank you, Kathy! 

tmwoz.com/holyredeemerhighschool/Homepage.html

 

Stay tuned!

Despite the meager turnout, we had a great time reminiscing about the Big RE!

Left to right:  Algirdas Norkunas, Ilene Soroka MacDonald, John Pavlak, Dan Campbell, Dennis Glasgow and Dennis' friend, Fr. Jack Quinlan