Our Lady Queen of Peace

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Class of 1968


Our Teachers
Msgr. Alphonse Popek
Msgr. Alphonse Sylvestri Popek
A stern, religious conservative, Monsignor Popek died Dec 16, 1986 at the age of 73. Unbeknownst to many is the fact that he held a doctorate and authored several books including, "A Collection of Writings for the Apostolate of Suffering - 1968-1982," which deals with catechism and religious philosophy. The "Monsignor Alphonse S. Popek Award" is still awarded annually by the organization known as Catholics United for the Faith, and Polanki, the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee, awards an annual college scholarship in his name. Monsignor Popek received his doctorate from The Catholic University of America in 1947, and his dissertation was entitled, "The Rights and Obligations of Metropolitans. A Historical Synopsis and Commentary. A Dissertation."
Deda
Mrs. Bernadine M. Deda
Mrs. Deda died February 28, 2006, and new research has revealed that she was 93-years old at the time of her death. She actually taught at St. Francis High School after leaving OLQP.
Mary Lucas
Sister Mary Lucas
Genevieve Wiser
Cary Winslow, Class of 1969, has provided us with a full name: Genevieve Wiser. The January 1, 2002 edition of The Milwaukee Journal contains Sister Genevieve Wiser's obituary. "Wiser, Sr. Genevieve SSSF - Dec 28, 2001 Age 89 years. Survived by 1 sister, 1 brother, other relatives and the School Sisters of St. Francis with whom she shared her life for 69 years. Visitation Wed Jan 2, 4-6 PM at St. Joseph Convent Chapel, 1501 S. Layton Blvd., with Funeral Mass at 6 PM. Internment Thurs. 8:30AM Mt Olivet. Memorials to SSSF Development Office appreciated." She also taught in the Chicago area after leaving OLQP. (2011)
Sister Joan
Sister Joan C. Klauer
Sister M. Jean Louise
Cary Winslow also provided some excellent information on Sister Joan including confirming her last name. Sister Joan Klauer, S.S.S.F., left the order in 1969 and was working as a school teacher in Fox Point. I have since discovered the following. She was born the day before Pearl Harbor (Dec 6, 1941) and entered the convent at age 14 in 1956. Joan was the second child of Julius and Genevieve Klauer of Cassville, WI. She has three sisters: Patricia(John J.) Rauch of Milwaukee, Deborah, Dana, and two brothers: William and Roderick. Her father died in 1988 after the family had moved from Cassville to Oconomowoc. As of that date, Joan Carol Klauer had married Fred Rohrer, and they were living in Nashotah, WI. They may now be living in Watertown. "Joan C. Rohrer" can be found on Facebook, and here is her profile picture. I'm guessing this is from the early 70s. (March 2012)
Swanke
Mr. Stephen R. Swanke

Once again, Cary came up with the following to close the book on Mr. Swanke: Shawano Leader; Friday, March 05, 2010: Stephen R. Swanke, age 71, of Tigerton passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Rennes Rehabilitation Center, Weston. Stephen Robert Swanke was born Jan. 12, 1939 in Appleton to Roy and Theo (Glueckstein) Swanke. Steve was raised in Tigerton and graduated from high school in 1957. He went to UW-Oshkosh, receiving a bachelor's in art with a minor in science. On May 6, 1967 he was united in marriage to Jacqueline V. Sarwas at St. Anthony's of Padua in Milwaukee. Steve first taught science for seven years at Our Lady of Peace in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Tigerton where Steve was employed as an art teacher with the Tigerton School District. He taught art for K-12 from 1974 until retirement in 2001. Steve was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tigerton, where he sang in the choir, taught religious education, and served as a Eucharist Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 5008, Tigerton. Steve enjoyed the outdoors, mainly camping, biking, canoeing and traveling. He liked sign painting, was a gifted artist, and was the "idea man" who could repair anything.

Survivors include: his wife, Jacqueline, and three children, Bridget Swanke of Pella, Matthew (Jamie) Swanke of La Crosse, and Michael (Julie) Swanke of Minneapolis, Minn. There is a granddaughter, Edythe, and a grandson on the way. Steve is further survived by his father-in-law, Roman Sarwas of Wittenberg; two brothers-in-law, Melvin Peterson of Shawano and Roman (Darla) Sarwas Jr. of Birch Bay, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Alice Swanke of Connecticutt and Patricia Swanke of Ladysmith; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Terese Peterson; and two brothers, Roy and James Swanke. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 6, at noon at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tigerton. Fr. Patrick Lloyd will officiate and burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of Mass at the church. Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com. Memorials are preferred to the Gift of Life Transplant House, Rochester, Minn., or to Wisconsin Public Radio in Steve's memory. The family really appreciated the nurses and staff at Rennes Rehabilitation Center for the compassion and respect shown to Steve. Also a special thanks to the entire Marshfield Clinic team at St. Claire's Cancer Care in Weston. A Later Picture (Oct 2011)



Our Classmates
Albanese
Paulann Albanese Haas
Paulann is married to Mark Haas, and they live in New Berlin. She has three children-- Rachel, Hillary and Lindsay. She is a Pius grad, the only one I could find from our class. That must have been a long bus ride. So could she be married to fellow Pius Alum Mark Haas? Could they possibly have been high school sweethearts? (February 2013)
Cheryl
Cheryl Barczak
As of August 1, 2008, Cheryl retired from her position on the professional staff of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association. She had been with MTEA for 28 years. She now owns two gift stores in the Milwaukee area--The Gift Box and A Sweet Life at 7629 & 7633 West Beloit Road. She has also opened a doggie day care facility--It's A Dog Life at 4501 South 76th Street. I wish I had half her ambition! (PHS '72) Current Picture (September 2008)
Gary Begal
Gary Begal
Gary was killed in a car crash on August 13, 2013 at the intersection of 27th and Howard, less than a mile from his lifelong home. Fox News Story on Accident Gary retired from the City of Milwaukee in early 2009. He was living in the same house that he did when he attended OLQP and was one of the Saturday regulars at OLQP Church, where he occasionally would see Ed Fons. A graduate of Boy's Tech, Gary attended MSOE and was happily single. I doubt if Gary would have liked long walks on the beach because he was just not that kind of guy. Does everyone know that Gary is year older than the rest of us? His birthday was so late in the year that he had to wait until the next year to start. Always thought he'd live to be a 100 as he was always active with softball and bowling. Guess I was wrong. Sadly, he will be missed. (August 2013)
Randall Boyea
Randall J. Boyea
"I am alive and well, living in the Town of Lisbon, WI, just outside of Milwaukee. I am married to Debby, my wife of 20 years, with two kids, Nichole, 17 and Kyle, 14. I currently work for Harley-Davidson. Good web site, must have taken a lot of work and research." (February 2009)
Sandra Borowski Cottrill
Sandra M. Borowski Cottrill
Diane Spott still exchanges Christmas cards with Sandra and provided the following information. Sandra is married to James Anthony Cottrill; has 2 sons, Richard J.(28) and Anthony J. (29); and is an Administrative Specialist with Milwaukee County. They live in the Greenfield area, and it appears that husband James is a Hamilton graduate, Class of 1974. Sandra can be found on Facebook. Sadly, her father Robert passed on April 18, 2012 at the age of 86. Our condolences on her loss. (April 2012)
Claudia Cochene
Claudia Couchene
Claudia and I shared a Driver's Ed. car at Pulaski. Sadly, Claudia lost her mom and two sisters in just a few short years. I had worked with her sister Susan at Gimbels. Alas, she died at the age of 48. No other information about Claudia is available. (PHS '72)(2008)
Kathy Daily
Kathy Daily
No information found. (2006)
Edward Fons
Edward Fons
Edward lives in area around OLQP near Jackson Park. Ed is married to Theresa, a 1973 OLQP grad, and they have four children: Alexander, Joanna, Adam and Hania. (2008)
Henry Fons
Henry Fons
Henry is apparently a lawyer just like dad. He and his brother have an office on 62nd and Forest Home Avenue.(2006)
Glen Gerard
Glen Freundl
Glen, who performs under the name "Glen Gerard" (his middle name), is an accomplished musician on the keyboard having recorded a number of albums. He lives with his wife and daughter in Sherman Oaks, California. Here's Glen's MySpace Page. You must check-out his MySpace Friends List. Some pictures of Glen and family. Take a close look at "Grandpa." He should look very familiar. (January 2009)
guszkowski
Glen Guszkowski
Greg looks to be living in Brookfield. Sources indicate that he is a 1979 graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Arts and Design, and retired in 2007 as vice president of marketing for Kohl's after 26 years with them. He is now a "Independent Fund-Raising Professional" according to his LinkedIn profile. We wish him all the luck in the world with his new business. His wife's name is Nancy, and daughter, Sarah, graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels in 2008. (February 2013)
Robert Hammernik
Robert G. Hammernik
Was studying pharmacy at Marquette back in the 70's. Some research suggests that Robert is living in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife Janice, and that he retired from The U.S. Public Health Service in May of 2004. The reported age is correct for Robert. (February 2009)
Holister
Mary Holister
No current information is known about Mary, but I'm sure he would enjoy long walks on the beach if asked. (PHS '72)(2006)
Mark A. Hudy
Mark A. Hudy
Mark A. Hudy, Found peace, Tuesday, November 15, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Age 57. Beloved husband of Lois (nee Harling) for 22 years. Loving son of Margaret and Richard. Brother of Elaine (Scott) Mau. Godfather of Mackenna. Son-in-law of Joyce Harling. Brother-in-law of David (Susan) and Brian (the late Kathy) Harling. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation at the Funeral Home Saturday, November 19, 10AM-12PM. Funeral Service 12 noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice . Mark was an employee of Aurora St. Luke Medical Center For 24 years. The family would like to thank Zilber Family Hospice for all their care and support at this time. Mark had been living in his parent's old house on 23rd Street. His spouse's name is Lois. Mark is a grad of Pulaski High School. (2011)
Matthew Hunstiger
Matthew Hunstiger
Matthew is living in the Milwaukee area and you can find him on Facebook. A 1998 obit for Carl Komasa suggests that his wife's name is Kathryn Jean (Nee: Komasa). (Jan 2011)
Michael Ignatowski
Michael Ignatowski
"Actually you have the right guy. As an update I am living in Waukesha with my wife of 26 years, Mary. We have three children, Kristin, Jon and Peter. I am the VP of Administration for the Oberlin Filter Company, an industrial filtration equipment manufacturer, with plants in Waukesha, England and Germany. I am currently a Trustee for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waukesha and I also serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Waukesha. My main passion right now is golf. Thanks for the update! Mike Ignatowski Class of 1968" (August 25, 2008)
Patricia Jakubicz Berg
Patricia Jakubicz Berg
Last spotted at Pulaski High School in 1971, Patricia does not appear in the 1972 Pulaski Cavalier yearbook. I wonder what ever happened to her? Well, wonder no more as Patricia has been located and is living in Menomonee Falls with husband Tom Berg. She has at least one son named Jason who recently married or is about to. There is some indication that her family possibly moved to South Milwaukee prior to her senior year in high school. We now pictures:1 2 (June 2011)
Gary Janicki
Gary Janicki
OK, so maybe now I have the right name with this face. Gary was a big swimmer while at Hamilton High School. There are some indications that he is possibly married to Judy with no mention of children. This appears to be a 2nd marriage. There is a Gary Janicki on LinkedIn in Milwaukee, but his profile contains little information. We'll keep looking.(February 2013)
James Kaczmarek
James Kaczmarek
Del Szewczuga has provided tons of info on lots of people including Jim. Jim teaches history at Greendale High School. Del also confirmed that his sister is Jane Kaczmarek of "Malcom in the Middle". He is a graduate of Greendale HS and apparently played football back in the day. (October 2009)
Paul Kaye
Paul Kaye
A big thanks to Paul for the following update: I lived in Milwaukee, Pewaukee and Oak Creek, WI for 54 years except when I attended and graduated from UW-Platteville and for two years when I tried to start a business in the Chicago area.
I lost one brother, James P. Kaye, OLQP 1966, Pio Nono 1970, in July 2001. James died in his sleep from a brain aneurism.
Without exception the most significant, life changing event for me was when I became a Christian, Born Again in the Spirit, in February of 2000 as a result of reading the Bible. As it has for many others, this Rebirth and Salvation experience permanently changed my thoughts, desires, behavior and my way of life. It has given me lasting, inner peace and joy regardless of my external circumstances. My only regret is that this did not happen earlier in life.
I have since read and taught numerous Bible Studies over the past 10 years and I plan to pursue graduate and doctorate studies in Theology. If it is in God's Will, my goal is to transition from secular employment into Teaching and Ministry for the Lord.
I married a Christian woman, Lina Song, in July 2008. Lina was born and lived in Shang Hai China until she and her family moved to the United States in 1992. We recently relocated to Tampa, FL in June 2009 where I am employed by a large, international bank and Lina works in retail. I have two adult children, son 22, daughter 19, from a prior marriage and one adult step-daughter, 26. Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3 (Pio Nono 72)(May 2010)

Other OLQP Contacts:
I have been in contact my whole life with Lawrence Graf who resides in Warrens, WI (Cranberry Land). Lawrence pursued his desire to live in the country to hunt, fish and grow gardens and built a large Cedar Home on 40 acres of land. While Larry and my lifestyles are completely opposite, country vs city living, we share a much stronger, more eternal, bond in that he also is a Born Again Christian who reads and studies the Bible. We still communicate regularly and enjoy sharing our continuous growth and knowledge in the Lord.
James Miazga and I were the only two OLQP graduates who attended and graduated from Pio Nono High School in 1972. I have seen James at Pio Nono HS Reunions in 1997 and 2002 and attended his mother's funeral showing in 2007. James remained single and at that time he was still residing in his parents house on Lakefield Drive in Milwaukee.
I interacted with my First Grade Teacher, Sister Charlene (later Sister "Mary") from 1991 to 1995 when she was on staff at St. James Catholic Parish in Franklin, WI. Ironically, this prompted an attempt on my part to organize a 25 year OLQP Reunion which did not materialize mostly due to a lack of interest. Sister Mary (Charlene) retired from ministry at St. James shortly after I left in 1995 and I lost contact with her.
Patrick Lynch has resided in the Tampa, FL area for several years. I met and spoke with Pat at his mother's funeral showing in Milwaukee in 2003. I hope to obtain recent contact information for Pat and try to communicate with him if he is still in Florida. (May 2010)


Craig Kelbel
Craig Kelbel
Craig is the President of HCC Insurance Holdings in Atlanta. His stock holding are on the SEC and Forbes web site, if you want to be REALLY impressed. A current picture of Craig (February 2013)
Paul Kosewski
Paul Kosewski
Paul is a a graduate of Marquette University High School, where he was on the swim team. He graduated from Marquette University and attended law school at Gonzaga. As a lawyer, Paul specializes in adoptions and lives in Spokane area with wife and kids. (2006)
Larry
Lawrence Krawczyk
Married to Regina. He is listed as the contact for Lindenwood Lawn & Landscape Services in Oak Creek and can be found on LinkedIn. (February 2013)
Krozna
Kathy Grozna Dority
Well, we discovered that she really likes cats and not dogs, but she probably still likes long walks on the beach . She is married and has lived in the San Francisco area for sometime. Kathy works in health care at Kindred Healthcare in Folsom, CA. You can also find her on Facebook. A current picture of Kathy. (January 2013)
Frank Krukowski
Frank P. Krukowski
Deceased (October 13, 1954 - May 23, 2005) Did Paul find the peace he never had at Our Lady Queen of Peace? Cause of death is unknown, but he is buried at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. His residence at time of death is listed as Shorewood. His brother, Andrew, passed in February of 2014 at the age of 57. Life must be tough for adopted kids like Frank and his brother. (February 2014)
Leiskau
Mary Leiskau Reiter

Mary Clare Leiskau Reiter is a 1972 graduate of Mercy High School and a 1978 graduate of Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee. If my research is correct, she is a registered dietician and recently retired after 29 years at Blessed Hospital in Quincy, IL. According to the Mt. Mary College alumni news, she is working as a private consultant. Mary can be found on Facebook. Her son recently earned his Amry Wings. Family Pic (November 2011).

Enjoyed the site--many memories from those early days. I have been married to Leonard since 1982, we have 5 children. Adam (27), graduated from Bradley U and is mechanical engineer in Chicago-he recently married Casey London; Holly is 25, married to Tony for 4 years. She graduated from Culver Stockten College in Canton, MO, masters from Western Illinois U-teaches at local community college and CSC. Alex (22) graduated from US milatary Academy in West Point, NY- he is now in AL-training to be army helicopter Pilot, Austin is 20, and junior at WIU, studying Zoology and Aaron (19) is a freshman at WIU, studying Business. AT home are I have 3 beagles and a cat to take care of. My mom died in 1976 and my dad just died this July. I am on facebook -- friend me. (September 2010)

Rexann Lemke
Rexann Lemke
Rexann is a police lieutenant at UW-Eau Claire and apparently does a lot of the PR work for the department. She is also described as the owner/operator of the Chippewa Valley Wuff Pack flyball team. I'm not sure what flyball is, but here's a link to her web site. And here's a picture. Rexann and Linda Swan have kept in contact since their Pulaski HS days. (December 2008)
Frank Lenarchik
Frank R. Lenarchik
Frank was living up near 35th and Morgan, but it looks as if he may have retired to Winter, Wisconsin with wife, Diane. Winter, WI, is way up north near Spooner. Frank was believed to be either a Milwaukee cop or firefighter. A Pulaski High School graduate, for some reason his picture appears twice in the 1972 Pulaski yearbook. Go figure. (December 2008)
James Lewandowski
James Lewandowski CHSP, EMT-B
An email from James's son Andrew rightfully requested a correction to the information previously reported here. James is "currently living in Omaha, Nebraska. He's Safety Director for Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. And yes, is still doing music." Jim recently sent the following update: My son (born in Calcutta, India and adopted 5 months later) just turned 21 years old and will be majoring in Elementary Education. My daughter (born in South Korea, and adopted 5 months later) just turned 16. I am a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps - got to help the Omaha Fire Department with first aid at the 2009 College World Series and helped assess the first wave of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who came to Omaha in 2005. (July 2009)
Harvey Luther
Harvey Luther
No Information found, but we are sure that he enjoys long walks on the beach. (2009)
Susan Lutz
Sue J. Lutz
No current information found, but she is known to have graduated from Pulaski High School. (2008)
Mary Beth Mason
Mary Beth Mason
Mary shortened her name when she arrived at Pulaski HS and was known simply as Mary Mason. No other details available at this time. (December 2008)
James Miazga
James P. Miazga
Born to Eternal Life unexpectedly March 24, 2012, at the age of 57 years. Beloved son of both the late Michael and Irene. Dear brother of Mark (Susan), Philip (Jean), Thomas and the late Susan. Loving uncle of the late Katie, David, Grace (Adam) Chaffey, Eric and John. Further survived by other relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends for a Memorial Gathering Sat., March 31, from 10:00-11:00 AM at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 3222 S. 29th St. Private Inurnment at a later date. (Pio Nono 72)(March 2012)
Barbara Anne Mihalcak McCabe Drogemuller
Barbara A. Michalak
Barb Michalak is married to Bill Drogemuller and has two sons, Doug and Eric. Barb is a Speech Pathologist at Willow Springs in the Hamilton School District and received the Hamilton Education Foundation's "Class Act" Tribute in October 2010. Bill, a guidance counselor for the same district, retired in May 2011 after 28 years. A Pulaski High school grad, Barb also attended UW-Oshkosh with Del Szewczuga and Ellen Meka. In this November 2011 article, Barb was was named the Wisconsin Early Childhood Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood. A very recent picture from that same article. (November 2011)
miscikowski
Douglas K. Miscikowski
Doug is an accomplished quality expert with years of experience in food production as well as numerous books to his credit. He is an ASQ certified Six-Sigma Black Belt, and it don't get no better than that. Doug is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at Barry Callebaut in the Philadelphia area, and he can be found on LinkedIn. Google his name to be really impressed. A 2002 reference suggests that he was living in the Milwaukee area at that time with wife Cindy. A picture from his LinkedIn page. How can he look so good???.(PHS '72) (February 2013)
MORRISSEY
Cynthia M. Morrissey Guss
Cynthia, a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, works at Northwest Mutual and is married to Bosco grad Dave Guss of the Ozaukee Sheriff Dept. They live in Grafton and have two sons, Andrew and Ben. She works with Ricky Scherkenbach's wife, Connie. I wonder if Cynthia made it to this year's Bon Jovi concert at Summerfest? Picture (2008)
Paul Mroczkowski
Paul C. Mroczkowski
It looks like "Dr. Paul" is living in Muskego with wife Victoria(52). They have a daughter Sally and two sons--Edward J.(29) and Stanley P.(30) who still live in the area. Paul's brother Patrick was a physician in Albany, New York, but sadly passed in 2004 at age 49. And let's don't forget Phillip R.(52), Paul's other brother. Their mother Mary(88) is still alive. (Unconfirmed) (February 2012)
Kathy Murkowski
Kathleen Murkowski, RRT
Kathleen is a noted Inhalation Therapist and Registered Nurse working at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. She is married to John E. Geiger (Pius, Class of 1969), a financial planner, and living in Whitefish Bay. They have two sons. Son, Jack, is in his first year at Brown University playing football after being All-State at Marquette University High School. Kathy, a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, still gets together with Cindy Morrissey for the odd Bon Jovi concert. John and Kathy have recently completed an award winning summer cottage that is totally awesome. Pictures (2004/2008)
Tom Nitka
Thomas Gregory Nitka
Tom was recently found via Facebook. Sadly, his wife Glenda passed in July 2009. Tom, who lives in Houston, wrote, "Yes, that's me. I remember you and the rest from back in the '60s at OLQP. Barb Michalak and I were friends through HS, college and beyond until I moved to Wyoming in '78. I became a Geologist and eventually a Computer Geoscientist."(PHS '72)(April 2010)
Charles Nowakowski
Charles Nowakowski
A "Charles E. Nowakowski", age 57, is listed as living in Muskego with wife Laura and, possibly, daughter Natalie C.(29). Chuck is a Pulaski High School grad and can also be found on numerous pages of Pulaski Rams 1972 yearbook. (Feb 2012)
Peter S. Papia
Peter Papia
It appears that Peter has moved to Dallas, TX. No info on any spouse or children. (2010)
Mark Poblocki
Mark Poblocki
Surprise, surprise--Mark is a Partner and Vice President of Sales for Poblocki Sign in West Allis. He has been described as "filthy rich." I am thoroughly jealous. After 75 years, the company is no longer headed by a Poblocki, and another site indicates the company has been sold. A recent visit to the company's slick web site left me thinking that it really lacked any color, but the signs they create are clearly dazzling. Nice sign, too bad about the web site? (2008)
Sue J. Porth
Sue J. Porth
"Sue held the position of sales manager for 28 years and traveled extensively with Miller Brewing Company. She currently is an account manager with a technology firm in Mequon. Sue is on the board for the LFOA (Lakefront Festival of Arts) and enjoys spending time playing golf, tennis, and sketching. She resides in Greenfield with her significant other, Bill." Thanks for the update Sue. She's promised us a picture soon, too. (March 2011)
Kathy Rahn
Kathy M. Rahn Piacentine
Piacentine, Kathy M. (Nee Rahn) Passed May 11, 2009, age 54 years, after a 5 year courageous battle with cancer. Loving mother of Nicole (fiance Brett Willoughby) Piacentine. Loving grandma of Faith and Francisco Jr. Dearest daughter of Virginia and the late Melvin Rahn. Beloved sister of Janet (John) Maciolek. Also survived by other family and friends. Visitation at the Funeral Home Thursday, May 14, 4-8 PM. Visitation also Friday, May 15, 10-10:30 AM at ST. ALEXANDER CHURCH, 1568 W. Holt Ave., Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. Interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated. PRASSER-KLECZKA BAY VIEW CHAPEL 3275 So. Howell Ave.
Kathy was part of the Pulaski High School Class of 1972. (January 2010)
Ronald Rogahn
Ronald P. Rogahn
"I have been at Poblocki signs(Sales) for 28 years and have been married to a St Marys girl for 34 years (Debbie Gavin/Rogahn). We make our home in the Town of Vernon which is between Big Bend and Waukesha. I have three grown children, Adam (29), Brooke (27) and Jamie Lynn (24). I have two granddaughters, Kendall age 3 and Aubree age 1. I have attached a photo of Aubree sitting in my lap. I occasionally run into Jimmy Miazga, Al Singer and Eddie Zemlak and still share a birthday with Cindy Guss/ Morrissey. Mark Poblocki is still partial owner of Poblocki Sign Co." Ron is a 1972 grad of Don Bosco, a class that includes Mark Poblocki and Cindy Morrissey's husband, Dave Guss. It's all coming together now. His LinkedIn profile is now indicating that he is living in Minnesota and still works for Poblocki Sign.Pics (February 2013)
Suzanne Sajdak
Suzanne Sajdak Sakwinski
An email from Suzanne recently arrived. I never knew that her dad Stan owned and operated Stan's Bootery on 27th Street. Her brother Jim now operates the company under the name 'Stan's Fit for Your Feet' with 5 stores around the city. Suzanne is in charge of the HR division. Here's a link to Stan's 2006 obituary, which talks about the business. Daughter Crystalyn is a recent Marquette grad in Education. (February 2009)
Rita Scheer Borowski
Rita M. Scheer Borowski, CHAM
Rita lives in Waukesha and works in the health care management sector for Cerner Corporation. (FYI: CHAM stands for Certified Healthcare Access Manager.) Sadly, Rita's husband Jerry, a retired Milwaukee Fire Fighter, died on November 2, 2010. Rita and Jerry had traveled extensively around the United States and have an online blog from their travels: http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Jerry-and-Rita/. Rita has won several awards from her professional organization, The National Association of Healthcare Access Management. (November 2010)
Richard Scherkenbach
Ricky Scherkenbach
Rick was the Director of Marketing at Grede Foundries, but recently left the company. He has been married to Connie for 29 years, and they have two grown children, Carly and Colin. Rick still maintains contact with Frank Lenarchik and saw Ellen Mecka at the Pulaski HS 35th reunion. Connie works with Cindy Morrissey at Northwest Mutual. A Current Picture (January 2010)
Mike Schueneman
Michael Schueneman
Mike is alive and well on Facebook. He lives in the Milwaukee area and still has contact with a few of his fellow OLQP grads. A Current Picture (2010)
Judith Schwartz
Judy Schwartz
No current information found, but she was part of the Pulaski High School Class of 1972. (2008)
Alan Singer
Alan Singer
"After high school I graduated from Marquette U in Business in 1976, got married to Joanne Seebruch(Mercy 73) and went to work for Wausau Insurance as a Claims Adjuster. In 1980 I got hired by the Milwaukee Police Department and retired as a Sergeant in 2005. From 1978 to 1992 I was an assistant football coach at Thomas More and Pius High Schools. I also owned a business in Milwaukee called Grand Slam USA, it was an indoor sports and family fun center on Howell Ave. I had the business for 13 years. I am currently working for M&I Bank in security and on weekends I drive for an organ donor procurement company called Areo Care. We have three sons Mike 32, Dave 30 and Nick 25. Mike and Dave live in the San Francisco area and Nick lives in Phoenix. Joanne and I have traveled to Europe the last two summers visiting Ireland, England and France. I have a facebook page under Al Singer. We currently live in Greenfield. In my spare time I work out at the Princeton club in New Berlin, play golf, and hit the poker tables at Potawatomie. Ron.....yes I still suck at cards and golf." Alan can be found on Facebook. Picture 1 Picture 2 (January 2010)
Diane Spott
Diane Spott Pillsbury
Diane writes, "I graduated from HS at St. Mary's Academy. Received my BS at UW-Stevens Point in Natural Resources/Environmental Education. MS at University of Idaho in Environmental Interpretation. Worked at nature centers in Wisconsin, Iowa & Philadelphia. Hike Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1983. Married Brian Pillsbury from Vermont in 1986 and lived there for 10 years where our children Clare 19 years, Brendan 17 years and Gemma 14 years were born. Moved to Baraboo, WI in 1997 where my husband who works for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service relocated as a grazing specialist. I worked with gifted & talented student in the Baraboo School District until position was eliminated & now work with Headstart in Baraboo and at Devils Lake State Park during the spring to fall seasons. I am not rich & famous but am enjoying life and watching my kids grow up. I love to camp, hike swim & cross country skiing." (March 2009)
Linda Swan
Linda Swan Szweda
Linda is alive and well living in Milwaukee with husband, Russell, and daughter, Megan. Linda, who was a library aide at Pulaski High School, works at the Central Milwaukee Public Library and lives not far from Jackson Park. (2007)
Del Szewczuga
Del Szewczuga RN, EMT-P
Del is married to Rena and has one son, Keith. "Currently, I work for Milwaukee County EMS (23 years). I train all of the Fire Department based paramedics (EMT-P) in Milwaukee County. We work in conjunction with the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am sure that you 'Googled' me and that is how you found out some of the information. You can see that I have published several papers dealing with emergency care of adults and children. I am also involved with research studies on a national level. Maybe that is how you connected me with the Medical College. Our current study is looking at the best way to treat seizures in the out of hospital environment. Hopefully that will be published in two years. As you well know, research takes time. We do a lot of research here and that is why Milwaukee County EMS has been rated the second best EMS system in the country for many years (only Seattle does it better). That accomplishment does not belong to me; it belongs to the paramedics of Milwaukee County. I just teach them how to do their job, they are the ones that have to go out and do it. You can also see that I have also held various positions with the American Heart Association. I am the only RN in the State of Wisconsin to have held the position of National Faculty for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). If you are in medicine, that's an accomplishment. Usually only MD's are in that position. If you're not in medicine, it doesn't mean much. I have also lectured on EMS topics both nationally and internationally. Ouch! I almost dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back! Once the applause quiets down I'll continue. I am also a faculty member at Milwaukee Area Technical College where I teach EMS classes. So far, I have not had any of our classmates as a student." A Current Picture (Greenfield HS/UW-Oshkosh) (October 2009)
Denise Toyek
Denise Toyek
Deceased (1954 - May 6, 1990) "Age 35 yrs. Beloved daughter of Robert(Eugenia nee Matuszak) Loving sister of Dale Maria (Allen) Schmidt, Gregory (Drama) Toyek, Maria (Allen) Shain and Michael (Karen) Toyek. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Wed May 9, 1990, 7 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 21st and Mitchell. Visitation at the church 6-7 p.m. Private internment St. Adalbert's Cemetary. Employee of the Milwaukee Police Department." (PHS '72)
Richard R. Weber
Richard R. Weber

Many thanks to Sue Porth who provided not only her own update, but supplied a solid lead to Rick Weber. -- According to his online bio at East High School in the West Bend School District, "Rick holds a Bachelor's Degree with Honors from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Special Education and a Master's Degree from the Univ. of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in School Leadership. He began his career in Education teaching at Oak Knoll and Decorah Schools and then spent 12 years as a Principal for the Mayville School District. He returned to the West Bend Schools and for the past ten years has been teaching at the High School."

Sadly, Rick's wife of 35 years, Jane, passed in September 2010 leaving behind him and their two sons, Andrew and Sam. Andrew is married and lives in North Carolina, while Sam is living the adventurer's life in Brooklyn with his fiancee. Sorry Rick that your picture is so torn up, but here is a Current Picture that's a lot more flattering at our ages. (Unconfirmed) (March 2010)

Alan Wisniewski
Alan Wisniewski

"Major Al" retired from the United States Air Force in 1997 and currently is exiled to Layton, Utah, awaiting some sort of pardon or clemency. He has lived in England, Germany, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and even Maine. Alan has been married to his wife, Dr. Sharon, for 26 years. After completing yet another degree, he currently works at the University of Utah's Center for High Performance Computing as a Network Engineer.

Alan is a graduate of St.Francis DeSales High School Seminary and the author of this wonderful site. But then you should have guessed that since the web address is his name with a dot-com at the end! While he hopes that none of you remember, Alan was the sole representative of the Class of 1968 to plan on becoming a priest. Whether it was aptitude or inclination, Alan eventually sought another means of bringing people to God--by joining the military. Thanks Alan for that wonderfully refreshing update. You're welcome. And now for something completely different--Current Pictures   (February 2010)

Jeff Woods
Jeff Woods
Craig Kelbel and Ron Rogahn have reported that Jeff is in Las Vegas. Ron added that Jeff is associated with the Rio in Las Vegas. I recently received an email from one of our fourth grade teachers Diane Millonzi, and she says that she is still in contact with Jeff's parents who also live in Las Vegas and who at one time owned the only Leon's-like frozen custard stand, Luv-It Frozen Custard, in Las Vegas. (October 2009)
Edward Zemlak
Edward Zemlak
Looks like Ed is living around the corner from his parent's place on Verona Court. Ron Rogahn says that he still runs into Ed and Al Singer as well. On February 1, 2010, Ed's dad passed at the age of 87. (February 2010)
Ellen Mecka Ferentz
Ellen Meka Ferentz
An email in 2008 from Ellen confirmed that she is married to Michael, and they live in St. Francis. She is the past president of the St. Francis School Board and has been bluntly quoted in a number of articles in the JSOnline web site. She teaches at Gateway Tech in Racine at this time. Barb Michalak indicates that she is still in contact with her. (PHS '72) (2008)
Gregory Zajackowski
Greg Zajackowski
Greg is the owner of Hydraulic Service and Manufacturing, Inc. of Menomonee Falls. Greg is a graduate of Boy's Tech. (2008)
Claudine Szatkowski
Claudine Szatkowski Doornek
Del Szewczuga ran into Claudine when he responded to an emergency call at the facility where she worked, but that was years ago. Some recent research has determined that Claudine is married to Waukesha lawyer Jerome 'Jerry' Doornek, and they live in Menomonee Falls. She has one son, Ethan, and she's a grandmother. Claudine is a case manager with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (Don Bosco 72)(June 2011)


Some Names from the Past...

Miss D. E. Pelishek/Mrs. Diane E. Millonzi - Realtor in Las Vegas. More Info and a Picture (4th Grade Teacher)
Tom Torkelson of Eden Prairie, MN (Contact Info Available Upon Request)
Eddie Fischer
Tony Gell (PHS '72)
Larry Graf - Living off the grid in Warrens, Wisconsin
Scott Schultz
Joy Travis (PHS '72)
Patrick Joseph Lynch - Tampa, Florida
Jon Blake (Greenfield HS 72
Joel Marsh
Craig McKinney
Mike Kwitkowski
Sister Ruth Marie
Sister Mary O'Donnell
Sister Christella
Sister Charleen, aka Sister Angela Seeman (1st Grade)
Paul Cera (Choir Director) Still a church musical director,
Paul has a brother who is a priest and sister who is a nun!
Mrs. Rushnick (Choir Director)
Mrs. Gabrysiak (5th Grade Teacher)
Mrs. Esther Lohmeier (3rd Grade; April 3, 1908 - March 9, 1989; Age: 80)
Father Carl M. Kazmierczak
Father Mike
Father George G. Myszel (March 23, 1927 - September 14, 2011; Age: 84)
Father James Strupp
Father Irwin Matt (Visiting Priest from DeSales Seminary)
Father George Fleishmann (Visiting Priest from DeSales Seminary)
Father Francis Zavalimutu (Visiting Priest from Nigeria)
Rev. Thaddeus Dolata (Died: October 9, 1966; Age: 61)
Rev. Joseph Swierczynski (Died: August 21, 1965; Age: 63)
Mrs. Esther Mooney (Kitchen Staff, Died: March 31, 1981; Age: 77)




Stray Memories And Pictures
Kindergarten and Fifth Grade Pictures



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