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alumni association - Detroit Catholic Central High School
FALL 2005
In This Issue
Closing Mass
At Breakfast Drive
Interview With
Fr. Richard Elmer ’46
Distinguished Alumnus
Of The Year:
Robert Rosowski ’58
FALL 2005
Editor:
Fr. Marvin LaBute, C.S.B.
Editorial Contributions:
Paula Bullington
Tim Burke ’86
Al Omilian ’05
Nick Sharkey
Photography:
Mike Rossi
John Salter
Design & Production:
C.O. & Company
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Administration:
President - Rev. Richard Elmer, C.S.B. ’46
[email protected]
Principal - Rev. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B.
[email protected]
The Aluminator is published three
times every year by the Detroit Catholic
Central Alumni Office.
Articles should be addressed to:
The Aluminator
Detroit Catholic Central High School
27225 Wixom Road
Novi, MI 48374
To reach the Alumni Office:
(248) 596-3838
Fax: (248) 596-3839
For Information:
Vice President - Ed Turek ’85
(248) 596-3834
[email protected]
Director of Alumni Relations and
Development Associate - Tim Burke ’86
(248) 596-3835
[email protected]
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Features
Welcome To Our New Home - 27225 Wixom Road
2
A Letter From Our Principal - Rev. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B.
Chatterbox
3
C.C. Profile
Architect Raises The Roof For CC
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John Argenta ’58
Feature Story
Interview With Rev. Richard Elmer, C.S.B. ’46
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Alumni Association
25th Annual Athletic & Alumni Golf Outing:
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“Upholding Athletic Excellence”
Reunions
Distinguished Alumnus Of The Year
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12
Robert B. Rosowski ’58
Family Fest 2005 Comes To Novi
Calendar Of Events
14200 Breakfast Drive Closing Mass:
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19
Goodness And The CC Spirit
The Bells
Wedding Bells
Baby Bells
Director of Admissions
and Public Relations - Dan Collins Jr. ’84
(248) 596-3874
[email protected]
In Memoriam
Or visit us on the Web:
www.catholiccentral.net
School News
On the Cover:
The new Catholic Central Campus is
nearing completion in this issue and
Fr. Richard Elmer, C.S.B. ’46, architect
John Argenta ’58 and Fr. Richard Ranalletti,
C.S.B. give their perspectives on the significance of the Novi Campus opening.
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Sports Schedule
School Bells
Sports Update
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24
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Welcome To Our New Home - 27225 Wixom Road
Dear Alumni and Friends,
They say you can’t go home. As we leave our latest home of 27 years, the Breakfast
Drive alumni join those of the other three buildings as graduates who can’t go home.
Over the past few months, I have been struck by the number of graduates who have
come back to have one last look at the School they attended. I have seen a deep
emotional response to a place with little architectural significance and I have come to
see again that it’s not the building that we’re attached to, but it’s the place where we
grew up. Catholic Central has never been about the place, but about the brotherhood.
Having said that, you cannot imagine the excitement about the move to the fifth
Catholic Central home. Every time I look at it, I realize that it’s about time that
the facilities matched the quality of the experience. We have so many people to thank, some who have made
extraordinary sacrifices to make the new CC a reality. One, John Argenta, Class of ’58 and architect of the new CC,
has given us something nearly sacred, a building that matches the philosophy behind Catholic Central.
One of the Alumni Association’s most successful recent moves has been to provide alumni for the School’s career
exploration program. It has been amazing to see the connection between our present students and the returning
alumni who have described their life’s work. Unlike previous career presenters, these men have shared the CC
experience and the present students connect with them in a way we did not see before. These alumni come into
the School and it’s like they never left. You would think they had come home.
So those who declared that you can’t come home are wrong. Even though the building is different, when you visit
us at 27225 Wixom Road, you will be coming home. The whole CC experience – the goodness, discipline, knowledge, the devotion to Mary, Alma Mater, the intense academic striving, the cheering for the Shamrock teams – all
of it has moved down the road to our new home.
Welcome home!
“We have
Sincerely in Christ,
so many people to thank,
some who have made
Fr. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B.
Principal
extraordinary sacrifices
to make the new CC
a reality.”
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C H AT T E R B O X
a teacher and an administrator for the Detroit Public
Schools and Redford Union District.
The Swell ’40s
1949 – PAUL BARRY performed the role of Stanko
Baronovich, WWII Tito partisan, in
Jovanka Bach’s play, “Name Day.”
Directed by Marcy Arlin, the play
ran from June 1-19 at the Barrow
Group Theatre in New York, N.Y.,
and garnered good reviews. Paul
proudly reports that daughter
Shannon appeared as Little Red
Riding Hood in the musical,
“Into The Woods,” this past April
and May at the Chatham (N.J.)
Playhouse, and that “she was
dynamite.” His wife Ellen is playing Ida in “Morning’s At Seven” at the New Century
Theatre in Northampton, Mass., in July and August.
1962 – EDWARD LIPIEC and his wife Sherry celebrated
their 30th wedding anniversary. Ed is a pharmacist at
Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He enjoys farming, livestock, crops, trees and rugged outdoor physical activity.
Disco-Down ’70s
1978 – JOHN PARIS was the 2002 Knight of the
Year at the Knights of Columbus Council 1393 Westminster, Md. He is self employed as a national
insurance and finance agent/broker. John and his
wife Lisa have five children.
The Techno ’80s
1961 – BRIAN MOTTER retired as Redford Union
superintendent. Brian spent 38 years in education as
1944
Old friends from
the Class of 1944
gathered in Holt, Mich.,
for their
annual observance
of St. Patrick’s Day.
With toasts
and prayers
for their absent
classmates, they are
(left to right):
Jim Mitchell,
Jim Healy, Ray Coyle
and Tom Reid.
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C H AT T E R B O X
1980 – PATRICK MOUG’s first film, “The Ugly
One,” had its premiere April 21 at the Emagine
Theater in Canton, Mich. Patrick, a Sergeant with the
Livonia Police, not only wrote the script, produced,
and directed the film, but acted in it as well.
The Psychedelic ’60s
The Happening ’90s
1983 – NICK MERUCCI is shown above with his
three children – Nicholas, Benjamin, and Arlie –
enjoying the Boys’ Bowl 2004 game. All three
Merucci children were baptized by CC’s Fr. John
Menner, C.S.B.
1992 – ROBERT KUMMER was recently elevated to a
full-time assistant’s position at the University of North
Carolina - Charlotte after serving the past season as
Director of Basketball Operations for a top 25 program.
C H AT T E R B O X
1985 – JAMES REILLY and his family have relocated
to Michigan after 14 years in Atlanta, Ga. Jim
has accepted an offer to become the Great Lakes
Channel Account Manager for Trend Micro, Inc.
He will focus his efforts on selling content security
and antivirus solutions to the mid-tier market.
1992 – MATT MORRISON majored in History, and
minored in French and Political Science at Michigan State.
After graduation, he began an internship at Okemos
High School where he was hired the following year.
1995 – JASON KIELTYKA* graduated from The
University of Michigan in 2000, with degrees in
Chemistry and Music. He is currently finishing up a
doctoral degree in Chemistry from Wayne State, and
says he is thankful for the foundation CC gave him.
1987 – BRENT VALENTI* is currently a freelance
producer for Fox Sports Network (FSN) Detroit.
He coordinates in-game graphics for the Tigers and
Pistons broadcasts, and produces “CCHA Weekly”
(a magazine show), and Pistons and Tigers Pregame
shows. Brent coordinated graphics for FSN’s coverage of the last three championship games CC
won. Brent and his wife Donna were expecting the
arrival of their first child in June of 2005.
1995 – MICHAEL LATCHNEY was among the
students honored for academic excellence at the 47th
annual Ferris State University Academic Honors
Convocation.
1997 – CHRISTOPHER PARROTT completed his Master
of Arts degree in classical studies at Oxford in England.
He is working on a Ph.D. at Harvard University.
1988 – ANTHONY ARRINGTON
is currently working as a Software
Engineer for Turner Broadcasting in
Atlanta, Ga. He is looking to start as
a sports agent very soon representing professional athletes in
football and basketball.
He and his wife
Donazaleigh
have two sons,
Anthony (14
months) and
Amir (3 months).
1985 – KARL VOGELHEIM* is currently a Major
in the Air Force Reserves with the 63rd Aerial
Refueling Squadron at Selfridge ANGB, Mich. He
recently became an Aircraft Commander in the
KC-135R and has been hired by Comair Airlines
as a First Officer. Karl and his wife Barbara reside
in New Albany, Ind.
1998 – ROBERT WENTWORTH is currently
deployed with the U.S. Army Reserve Military
Police in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ■
1989 – PATRICK FUELLING has been elected a
Shareholder in Doeren Mayhem, Certified Public
Accountants and Consultants. Pat and his family
reside in Waterford, Mich.
* Further information in “Wedding Bells.”
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1998 – JEREMY BAUER moved to a new apartment
recently for his new job in Washington, D.C., as an
environmental scientist with the Environmental
Protection Agency. For the previous two years, he
was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, serving as
a community environmental educator.
500 Freestyle. He was also on two relays that placed
in the top 16. Wayne State’s Men’s Swimming placed
eighth – their best since 1981, when they also came
in eighth.
2002 – BRYAN SEYMOUR recently returned from
six months of studying in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
During his stay, he attended the Ecole Superieur
de Commerce, a leading French business school.
He traveled to 11 European countries. Bryan will
be a Captain of the Varsity Cross-Country Team at
Kalamazoo in the fall. He will be doing his Senior
thesis with Lebanese Christian, Muslim, and nonreligious immigrants, finding out how religion and
culture affect their lives in America.
The Virtual ’00s
2000 – ADAM KLINE was named pitcher of the
week in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
2001 – CHRISTOPHER MUNCY received his
Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science and
Administration from Western Michigan University,
December 11, 2004. He is currently employed by
JetBlue Airways in Forest Hills, N.Y.
2003 – CHRISTOPHER R. SINUTKO was named
to the dean’s list at the University of Notre Dame for
outstanding scholarship during the fall semester.
Chris is a Sophomore in the University’s College of
Engineering, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
2001 – JARED ROSS was drafted by the Motor City
Mechanics of the United Hockey League.
2005 – ADAM LUSCH received the Timothy Youth
Appreciation Certificate Award for his leadership at
Our Lady of Loretto. ■
JOE JOHNSON ’03 spent his Spring Break this year in Plant City, Florida, working at an elementary
school in a low-income area as part of Central Michigan University’s “Alternative Break” volunteer
program. Joe is in his second year at CMU studying Education. Nancy Johnson, Joe’s mom, assists
Bob Santello ’58 in CC’s Athletic Department.
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C H AT T E R B O X
2002 – NICHOLAS MARKOU is on the Wayne State
Swimming and Diving Team. He qualified to swim
at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
The top 16 swimmers and divers earn points. Nick
placed ninth in the nation for Division II in the 1650
Freestyle, 12th in the 1000 Freestyle and 13th in the
C.C. P R O F I L E
Architect Raises The Roof For CC
By Al Omilian ’05
F
“When the Basilians started talking about
the idea of a new Campus, I decided it
was payback time. Time to give back
to CC for all they had given me in life and
be a part of the realization of the dream
of a permanent home for CC,” he added.
rom the new athletic facilities complete
with pressbox and a concession stand to
the spacious chapel adorned with stained
glass, CC’s new home is best characterized by its fine architecture, much of
which honors the sacred traditions of
our School and Mary, Alma Mater.
This “dream” was to design a modern,
complete Campus that would provide
young men with an education in the
Basilian tradition of “goodness,
discipline and knowledge” without,
as Mr. Argenta said, “superfluous frills
or going over budget.”
But who is the architect, and how was
he able to pay tribute to CC’s past glory
while physically bringing it into a new
era of greatness?
C.C.
PROFILE
Such a task could only be accomplished
by a Shamrock himself. Enter John
Argenta ’58.
This was very important because
the entire project was funded by gifts
and donations “painstakingly” raised
by Fr. Elmer.
Mr. Argenta is the driving force behind
the new building’s features, and as
with other alumni, CC tradition runs
in his family.
Mr. Argenta is confident these goals have
been accomplished: “For the first time,
“My brothers, nephews, and son all
CC will have its own outdoor athletic
Argenta
incorporated
stained
glass
attended CC. The Basilians were always
complex with bleachers, pressbox,
salvaged
from
the
now-demolished
Outer
there at important points in my life
Drive Chapel into the new CC Chapel. lights, track, baseball and practice
through the years,” he said.
fields, and a concession stand. No
longer
will
CC
have
to search for a place to play games.”
Mr. Argenta has been involved in designing many educational buildings throughout his architectural career and
Mr. Argenta is particularly proud of the new Chapel,
was eager to take on this
which will resonate especially with alumni who graduated
massive project.
from the Outer Drive location.
“We have been able to reconstruct the large stained
glass window with stained glass salvaged from the now
demolished Outer Drive Chapel. Many alumni will
remember the window of the Risen Christ from their time
spent in prayer there before and after exams,” he said.
Mr. Argenta’s experience at CC shaped who he is mentally
and spiritually, and he is glad to give back to his Alma
Mater that gave him so much.
“When the Basilians
“Experiencing the tradition of excellence and the Basilian
tradition at CC gave me the basis and fundamentals to
pursue successfully a college education, an architectural
career and a family,” said Mr. Argenta. “CC was a definite
factor in getting me where I am today.” ■
started talking about
the idea of a new
Campus, I decided it
This article also appears in the “Spectrum,” the official School
newspaper of Catholic Central. Published 4-5 times each year, the
“Spectrum” can also be viewed online at www.catholiccentral.net.
was payback time.”
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A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
25th Annual Athletic & Alumni Golf Outing:
“Upholding Athletic Excellence”
T
A special “thank you” is extended to all our
sponsors, especially Mike Stanford at Varsity
Ford and Tony Mooter ’61. Furthermore, the
event would not have been such a success
without the efforts of Bob Santello ’58, the
alumni moms, the maintenance staff, and
the athletic and alumni/development staff
who all jumped in to make this great
event happen. ■
ALUMNI
hanks to the 300-plus alumni, family and friends of
CC who participated in the 25th Annual Golf
Outing on May 6, at Bay Pointe Golf Club and
Links at Pinewood Golf Course. A great day
of golf was followed by dinner and a short
program at Bay Pointe. Seeing old friends,
making new ones – and telling stories as long
as the drives off the tee – all helped in making
this day and evening so enjoyable for those who
attended. Over $30,000 was raised for the Athletic
Department, which will help offset yearly costs.
A S S O C I AT I O N
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A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
REUNIONS
i n f o r m a t i o n
W
e’re moving into the “season” for Reunions, so make sure you stay connected on the alumni website.
It’s the easiest way to keep updated on the most current developments. If you’re able to donate time
to assist with your event, we can always use the help. If interested, contact the appropriate alum listed
below, or Tim Burke ’86 at [email protected] by e-mail or telephone at (248) 596-3835. ■
CLASS OF 1955 - UPDATE
1955 Aug. 27
Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Mich.
Bill Battaglia - [email protected]
Norm Van Riper - [email protected]
Tom Giles - [email protected]
1960 Sept. 24
Embassy Suites, Livonia, Mich.
Jeff Hornyak - (248) 879-8400
[email protected]
2000 Nov. 25-26, Thanksgiving Weekend
Details to come
Tim Burke ’86 - (248) 596-3835
[email protected]
ALUMNI
For Class Years ’45, ’50, ’59, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95
Your Class Reunions have been scheduled for Boys’ Bowl weekend, Sept. 16-18.
1975 Don O’Connell - [email protected]
1980 Dan Ryan - [email protected]
Jim Govan - [email protected]
1950 Gerry Renkowski - (586) 268-6119
[email protected]
1985 Bob Heimbuch - [email protected]
Kevin Daly - [email protected]
Ed Turek - [email protected]
1959 Tim Burke ’86 - (248) 596-3835
[email protected]
1965 Gerald Berry - [email protected]
Mike Harrison - [email protected]
1990 Michael Wright - [email protected]
Christopher West - [email protected]
Chris Weidenbach - [email protected]
1970 Carmine Palombo - [email protected]
Marty Kochmanski - [email protected]
John Gierak - [email protected]
1995 Andy Gignac - [email protected]
Steve Williams - [email protected]
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Please note: This year, game tickets must be purchased
for entry to the Mass and Breakfast.
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Due to limited seating, reservations are required for this event.
Reservations can be made online at www.catholiccentral.net or by contacting
the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (248) 596-3838.
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4th
Date: Sunday, September 18
Mass: 10:30 A.M.
Breakfast: Complimentary following Mass
Location: North Club in Ford Field - Gate D Entrance
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A S S O C I AT I O N
1945 Tim Burke ’86 - (248) 596-3835
[email protected]
A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
CLASS OF ’57
ALUMNI
A S S O C I AT I O N
Class of ’57 alumni
gathered for a luncheon
at Edgewood Country
Club on May 24.
Thank You, Thank You…
…Is all we can say to our numerous Catholic Central Alumni and Friends. Your generosity has risen to
new heights in your support of our Annual Appeal. You made all the difference with a record-breaking
total of $322,078. Your donations to this campaign will assist deserving young men through the Student
Scholarship Fund, as well as enable CC to attract and retain faculty of the highest caliber via the Faculty Fund,
per your individual wishes. (Note: the names of everyone who contributed to this year’s Annual Appeal will
be recognized in our Annual Report, which will be included in the next issue of the “Aluminator.”)
If you have any questions regarding the Annual Appeal, please contact Ed Turek ’85 at the Development
Office (248-596-3834) or email him at [email protected]
Alumni Glee Club
The Alumni Glee Club sang at the “Blue Mass” in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
on May 6. They also sang at the Final Mass at the School on
Breakfast Drive on May 22 (see story on Page 19).
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T
Alumni Statistics: Active Alumni By State/Country
he Catholic Central Alumni database has grown to 12,171, comprised of 10,510 Active Alums (which are shown
geographically below) and 1,661 Missing Alums. ■
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Dist. of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
17
12
128
9
382
99
26
2
10
299
85
3
8
242
76
10
15
22
9
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
4
48
52
7,865
45
7
28
8
5
25
7
40
19
100
87
1
162
8
28
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
61
5
32
4
40
126
9
5
83
53
2
48
5
Guam
U.S. Virgin Islands
Total U.S.
1
2
AFP (Armed Forces)
1
Canada
Columbia
England
Germany
Italy
Korea
Mauritania
Mexico
South Africa
Spain
27
1
2
1
1
2
1
3
1
1
Total Foreign
41
Total All
10,510
10,469
ALUMNI
Note: Deceased alumni are not included in totals.
M
ore information is coming your way via the
Alumni Website. To stay connected with fellow
alums, receive the Shamrock News e-newsletter,
keep current with activities and events, as well
as to update your personal profile, “logon/get
connected” today! If you haven’t already done
so, it’s easy to do, and it’s free.
1. Go to www.catholiccentral.net
which is CC’s Home Page
2. Click on “Logon/Get Connected”
under “Alumni Association”
3. Follow the steps.
This will get you registered on the Alumni
Website. Again, there is no cost, and it is a great
way to stay in touch with fellow alums, the
School, and receive the Shamrock News
e-newsletter. Over 2,700 alums have already
registered on the site. Update your personal
profile today - it only takes a minute. ■
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A S S O C I AT I O N
Alumni Website:
Logon/Get Connected
A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
Distinguished Alumnus Award Presented
To Robert Rosowski ’58
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ALUMNI
A S S O C I AT I O N
ince his days at 6565 West Outer Drive, Robert
B. Rosowski ’58 has continued to achieve and
excel in life, and in helping others. After graduating from CC, Bob earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Accounting from the
University of Detroit. He would
later go on to earn his Master’s
degree in Business Administration
from Michigan State University.
The list is long of his CC accomplishments as
student, athlete, parent and alumnus. From his
days on the football field, to being Dads’ Club
President, and to serving on the Steering
Committee for the Capital Campaign and the
Committee that established the Endowment
Fund, Bob has been very generous with
his time, talents and treasures. Today, he
is a member of Catholic Central’s School
Board of Directors, Chairman of the Finance
Committee and Past President of the Alumni
Association Board of Directors.
Bob’s first full-time employment was
with the audit staff of Coopers &
Lybrand from 1962-1971. In 1971, he
joined Masco Corporation as a
Financial Analyst. He was appointed
Controller in April 1973, and Vice-PresidentController in July 1985. Bob was given the added
responsibilities of Treasurer in October 1996, and
Corporate Purchasing in 1997. In October 2001, he
relinquished the Controllership position, retaining
responsibility for Treasury, as well as being appointed
Director and Officer of all of Masco’s subsidiaries.
Bob also finds time to be a Trustee of Oakwood
Health Care System and Chairman of the Board
of Oakwood Healthcare Foundation. He is a member
of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
and the Financial Executives International Association.
The year 2005 promises to be an exciting one for our
Catholic Central family, and Bob Rosowski deserves
a special recognition. He is
a man of strong faith, high
moral standards and great
compassion. Bob lives the
mission of his and our
beloved Alma Mater.
It is the love, devotion and
support that Bob gets from,
and shares with his family
that has been a major
contributor to his successes in
business, and in life. He and
his wife Kathleen have shared
their faith and love in raising
four children: John ’80 (dec.),
Paul ’83, Mary and Judi. The
Rosowskis are blessed with
nine grandchildren.
For his service and dedication
to Catholic Central High
School and to his Community,
the Alumni Association
is proud to name Robert B.
Rosowski ’58 the recipient
of the 2005 Fr. Canning
F. Harrison Distinguished
Alumnus Award! ■
Bob’s love, devotion and
support have gone beyond
his family, to his high school
Alma Mater.
Clockwise from top left are: John Argenta ’58;
Paul Rosowski ’83; Art Couture ’38; Fr. Richard
Ranalletti, CC Principal; Anthony Hesano ’94;
and Honoree Bob Rosowski ’58. Left: Greg
Normandin ’78 directs the CC Stage Band.
Right: CC Seniors (left to right) Scott Bowling,
Brad Zygmontowicz, Dan Furca and Joe
Zatkoff.
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Mark Your Calendars Now…
Sunday, September 25
Family Fest 2005
C
ome and join us for Family Fest 2005. We’re especially excited about this year’s Family Fest – the first at our new
home on Wixom Road in Novi. It will be fun for all as usual while we sample the fine foods our restaurants have
prepared for us. Please patronize our participating restaurants and establishments. Mass will be celebrated at Noon
in our beautiful, new Chapel and the tasting begins at 1:00 P.M. So get your tastebuds ready for a royal treat
Sunday, September 25. This event is presented by the CC Dads’ Club.
The following vendors will participate in Family Fest 2005: ■
Applebee’s Bar and Grill
35450 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills
(248) 426-6647
Dukes of Highland
1200 S. Milford Road
Highland
(248) 887-8230
Bamboo Club
44375 W. 12 Mile Rd.
Novi
(248) 347-1006
E. G. Nick’s
500 Forest Ave.
Plymouth
(734) 414-6400
BD’s Mongolian Barbeque
27 locations across the U.S.
www.bdmongolianbarbeque.com
Embassy Suites Hotel
19525 Victor Parkway
Livonia
(734) 462-6000
Bella Vita on the Lake
146 High Rd.
Belleville
(734) 699-1777
Buddy’s Pizza
33605 Plymouth Rd.
Livonia
(734) 261-3550
Chris’ Sweet Nothings
Bakery
949 S. Military
Dearborn
(313) 562-1750
Compari’s on the Park
350 S. Main St.
Plymouth
(734) 416-0100
Ernesto’s
41661 Plymouth Rd.
Plymouth
(734) 453-2002
Fonte D’Amore
32030 Plymouth Rd.
Livonia
(734) 422-0770
John Cowley & Sons
Irish Pub
33338 Grand River Ave.
Farmington
(248) 474-5941
Laurel Manor
39000 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia
(734) 462-0770
New Jade Garden
37260 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia
(734) 432-9770
Outback Steakhouse
48020 Grand River Ave.
Novi
(248) 347-9201
Red Lobster
5774 N. Wayne Rd.
Westland
(734) 326-7655
Hostess Snack Cakes
House of Fudge
470 Forest Ave.
Plymouth
(734) 459-1990
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Tamales Express
25505 Plymouth Road
Redford
(313) 937-7970
Calendar
Of
Events
2005 Calendar Of Events
C AT H O L I C C E N T R A L
August
15
Student Orientation
Incoming Dads’ Club Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
16
Regular Classes Begin
18
Incoming Parents’ Social – 7:00 P.M.
22
Dads’ Club General Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
September
7
Mothers’ Club Board Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
8
Mass of the Holy Spirit – 9:30 A.M.
11
Dedication of the new Catholic Central
in Novi – 2:00 P.M.
12
Dads’ Club General Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
14
Mothers’ Club Mass & General Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
16-18
Boys’ Bowl Weekend
21
Gabriel Richard Night – 7:00 P.M.
25
Family Fest – 12:00 P.M.
October
2
Father/Son Field Day – 10:00 A.M.
5
Mothers’ Club Board Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
9
Senior/Parent Mass & Ring Blessing – 10:00 A.M.
10
Dads’ Club General Meeting – 6:00 P.M.
12
Harper/Belmont Boys Mass & Luncheon – 12:00 P.M.
15
Mothers’ Club Rummage Sale – 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
30
Dads’ Club/Alumni Memorial Mass
& Breakfast – 10:00 A.M.
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SPORTS SCHEDULE
(BOLD TYPE DENOTES HOME GAME)
Va r s i t y F o o t b a l l
Va r s i t y S o c c e r
Fri.
Sat.
Fri.
Sun.
Sat.
Aug. 27
Salem Tournament
Mon.
Aug. 29
Ann Arbor Pioneer
7:30 P.M.
Fri.
Sept. 2
Divine Child
7:30 P.M.
Tues.
Sept. 6
DeLaSalle
7:30 P.M.
Fri.
Sept. 9
Brother Rice
4:00 P.M.
Sat.
Sat.
Fri.
Fri.
Sat.
Aug. 26
Sept. 3
Sept. 9
Sept. 18
Sept. 24
Oct. 1
Oct. 7
Oct. 14
Oct. 22
Toledo Central Catholic
7:00 P.M.
London Catholic Central
7:00 P.M.
Notre Dame Prep
7:45 P.M.
Boys’ Bowl: Brother Rice 1:00 P.M.
Ford Field (Home of the Detroit Lions)
U of D Jesuit - Keyworth Stadium 7:00 P.M.
O. L. St. Mary
7:00 P.M.
Saginaw
7:00 P.M.
DeLaSalle
7:00 P.M.
Prep Bowl - Ford Field
TBD
Cross Country
Fri.
Sept. 2
Time Trials - Kensington Park
2:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M.
Tues.
Sept. 13
Toledo St. John
5:30 P.M.
Fri.
Sept. 16
U of D Jesuit
7:30 P.M.
Tues.
Sept. 20
Divine Child
5:30 P.M.
Sun.
Sept. 25
DeLaSalle
2:30 P.M.
Tues.
Sept. 27
Brother Rice
7:30 P.M.
Mon.
Oct. 3
Clarkston
7:30 P.M.
Tues.
Oct. 4
U of D Jesuit
7:00 P.M.
Oct. 7
Livonia Franklin
5:30 P.M.
Sept. 10
W. Blmfld. Inv’l - Kensington Pk.
10:30 A.M.
Sat.
Sept. 17
Holly H. S. Inv’l Springfield Oaks
12:50 P.M.
Mon.
Oct. 10
CHSL
TBD
Wed.
Oct. 12
CHSL
TBD
Tues.
Oct. 18
Bishop Foley
Mon.
Sept. 19
CC vs. DeLaSalle Cass Benton Park
4:15 P.M.
Sat.
Sept. 24
CC Inv’l - Cass Benton Park
Mon.
Sept. 26
CC vs. O. L. St. Mary
Sat.
Oct. 1
Haslett H. S. Invitational
Mon.
Oct. 3
CC vs. Br. Rice - Cass Benton Park 4:15 P.M.
Tues.
Oct. 4
John Glenn 9th-10th Invitational
TBD
Sat.
Oct. 8
Oakland County Championship
TBD
Mon.
Mon.
Oct. 10
CC vs. U of D Jesuit Cass Benton Park
7:30 P.M.
Va r s i t y G o l f
11:30 A.M.
4:15 P.M.
Mon.
Aug. 22
East Lansing Classic Forest Akers
7:00 A.M.
Tues.
Aug. 23
Brighton - Oak Pointe
8:30 A.M.
Fri.
Aug. 26
Pinckney Inv’l - Rush Lake
8:00 A.M.
Aug. 29
Brother Rice
4:00 P.M.
11:00 A.M.
4:15 P.M.
Thurs. Sept. 1
DeLaSalle - Cattails
4:00 P.M.
Thurs. Sept. 8
U of D Jesuit - Cattails
4:00 P.M.
Sat.
Oct. 15
Sturgis H. S. Invitational
TBD
Mon.
Sept. 12
Divine Child
4:00 P.M.
Sat.
Oct. 15
AA Gabriel Richard Inv’l Hudson Mills Metro
TBD
Mon.
Sept. 19
Brother Rice - Cattails
4:00 P.M.
DeLaSalle
4:00 P.M.
Mon.
Oct. 17
Br. Rice Inv’l - Marshbank Park 4:30 P.M.
Sat.
Oct. 22
Catholic League Championship Stoney Creek
TBD
Tues.
Oct. 25
Operation Friendship
TBD
Tues.
Oct. 25
Centerline Invitational
Fri.
Sat.
Oct. 28
Oct. 29
Redford Union Open Cass Benton Park
State Regionals
Tues.
Nov. 1
White Lake Lakeland
Sat.
Nov. 5
State Championship - MIS
Jackson, MI
Thurs. Sept. 22
U of D Jesuit
4:00 P.M.
Thurs. Sept. 29
Divine Child - Cattails
4:00 P.M.
Tues.
CHSL Championship
TBD
Thurs. Oct. 6
MHSAA Regionals
TBD
Fri.
Oct. 7
MHSAA Regionals
TBD
Sat.
Oct. 8
MHSAA Regionals
TBD
TBD
Fri.
Oct. 14
MHSAA Championship
TBD
4:00 P.M.
Sat.
Oct. 15
MHSAA Championship
TBD
Mon.
4:00 P.M.
4:30 P.M.
Sept. 26
Oct. 4
TBD
Sat.
Nov. 19
Banquet
5:29 P.M.
Sat.
Dec. 31
35th Annual New Year’s Eve
Fun Run - Belle Isle
4:00 P.M.
Home games will be played at Detroit Catholic Central High School, 27225 Wixom Road, Novi, Michigan 48374
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SPORTS SCHEDULE
Sat.
Fri.
I n t e r v i e w Wi t h
Rev. Richard Elmer, C.S.B. ’46
A few weeks before the first day of the new Catholic Central High School on
August 15, the “Aluminator” talked with the School’s President, Fr. Richard
Elmer ’46, about the extensive planning required for the new School. The
following are excerpts from that discussion.
By Nick Sharkey
ALUM As someone who began a 63-year association
with Catholic Central as a Freshman in
1942, what does the new School mean to you
personally?
Fr. E
Fr. E
I’m not emotional about the opening of the
new School. I’m satisfied, but not emotional.
That’s because I am only an instrument in the
hands of God. It’s Providential how the new
School has come together. It’s just now hit me
that the new School building is really going to
open. It’s due to the work of many other people;
I was only the catalyst who got things going.
ALUM What came next?
Fr. E
ALUM You often talk about the Catholic Central
family. What does that mean to you?
Fr. E
The feeling of CC family really solidified within
me when I was Principal (1967-1973). We are
like a family – mothers, dads, alumni, students,
faculty, Basilian fathers – all working together.
We’re one body with many members.
I went to the CC
School Board and told them what I wanted to
do. They unanimously agreed that I should
look into it. In March of 1998, I formed a
team to make a long-range Strategic Plan for
the School. This team was made up of mostly
alumni and a few Basilians.
For the next few months, the team met for
three hours in the morning a couple of times
a month. We talked about the needs of the
School and how we could meet those needs.
We looked at demographic studies and the
condition of the present School building. We
talked to the Superior General of the Basilian
order to get his blessing. We studied the
projected Basilian presence at our School in
the future. And we talked about how we could
raise the required money for the project.
ALUM When did you decide Catholic Central
needed a new high school?
Fr. E
As I thought about
the changing needs
of Catholic Central,
I prayed and asked,
“Is this the right
thing to do, Lord?”
My answer from
Him was “Yes.”
When I returned to CC in 1990, I began to
learn how the School had changed after I left
in the 1970s (when the school was on Outer
Drive). The Breakfast Drive building was
always intended to be a temporary site. The
School building looked tired. It was built to be
a junior high school, not a senior high. It was
smaller than what we needed.
An Action Plan was developed from this
Strategic Plan. Four committees were formed.
One talked to representatives of the
Archdiocese of Detroit and to the
Diocese of Lansing. The second looked
at our present facilities to make sure
we needed a new building. The third
looked for land. The fourth searched
for a fund-raising consultant.
I then looked at the students.
More and more lived in the western
area. The School has a history
of going where our students live.
That’s why we moved from Outer
Drive to Breakfast Drive.
After that, the School Board approved
the project. We then conducted a feasibility study to see if we could raise the
money needed.
ALUM What prompted you to begin
working on a new School building?
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Other important contributors are: George W.
Auch, the construction manager; Michael
Potts, the superintendent on the job; Greg
Kreutzer, the owner’s representative; John
Ronayne ’64, our School Attorney; and Dick
Clark, former mayor of Novi. Many other
people, too numerous to name here, have made
significant contributions.
ALUM How is the new
School being
financed?
Fr. E
Pat Nesbitt ’62
The land was donated
through the generosity
of Frank and Colleen
Pellerito. We raised
$25 million in donations from alumni
Frank and Colleen
and friends, including
Pellerito
$10 million donated
by Pat Nesbitt ’62. And we sold the land
at the present School site for $5 million.
ALUM What has been your most pleasant experience
in this long, 15-year process?
Fr. E
When we started, we thought we needed $34
million. But we began construction at the
perfect time. Because of an economic slowdown, construction people were hungry for
work. We got estimates that were below what
we expected. It now looks like the total cost
of the new building site will be $30 million.
Frank couldn’t attend one meeting because he
was experiencing dizzy spells. The medical
people discovered a blockage in the vein
between Frank’s heart and his brain, and they
scheduled surgery for him. Just before they
performed the surgery, they did a scan and
found out the blockage had disappeared.
ALUM How many people contributed to the new
School?
Fr. E
The most emotional and significant experience
for me was the miracle of Frank and Colleen
Pellerito. Frank and I were in negotiations
for him to donate the land as a tax write-off.
There were many good reasons for Frank to
not do that.
I’d estimate that over 2,000 people have financially contributed, which is very remarkable.
I want to especially mention our architect,
John Argenta ’58. He has saved us significant
amounts of money through his outstanding
efforts. He came up with a remarkable design
on a difficult piece of land because of the
wetlands on the site.
The doctors could not explain what had
happened. It was a miracle! I said in prayer,
“Thank you, Lord.” After that, negotiations
went smoothly.
Photos by Mike Rossi except top photo, which is courtesy of
John Salter.
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ALUM Are more donations needed?
Fr. E
Yes. To get our money upfront to start building, we had to issue bonds that necessitate us
raising another $4-5 million. Although I’m
pleased that about 2,000 alumni have donated
already, that’s only about 20% of our approximately 10,000-plus alumni. I hope many
more alumni will donate once they see our
beautiful new School. All alumni, not just
those who have made contributions, will be
invited to the School’s dedication on Sept. 11.
These alums will get a chance to see for themselves this marvelous School. I hope they will
always consider it “home” because it is.
ALUM Of all the School’s new features, which means
the most to you?
Fr. E
My pride and joy is the Chapel. When you
walk in the main entrance and look down the
corridor, you’ll see the Chapel with its glass
doors. You can look through these doors and
see the tabernacle.
What began as a conversation I had with the Lord
ended up as a high school with a Chapel at its
center. Nothing makes me happier than that. ■
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A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
14200 Breakfast Drive Closing Mass:
Goodness And The CC Spirit
O
Fr. Kenneth Decker,
followed by Fr. Marvin
LaBute (right) and Fr.
Gordon Judd (left)
A S S O C I AT I O N
A light reception, hosted by the Mothers’ Club, followed
Mass. All those attending had the opportunity to
enjoy some snacks and walk the Breakfast Drive halls
one last time. Bricks from the Redford CC School
building were also available, complimentary to those
who wanted them. The Redford CC School building
will be torn down later this summer.
CC students leading
the Mass procession
Much gratitude goes to the Basilian Fathers for their
dedication and service to the Catholic Central family.
Through their prayerful presence and participation
in this celebration, they continue to lead us by their
example. Thank you to the song leaders and Alumni
Glee Club for their gift of music. Thank you to the
students, faculty and alumni who served in a role to
help make this liturgy so special. ■
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ALUMNI
Bruce Bowling (front) and
sons Jeff ’05 and Scott ’02
ver 750 alumni, family and
friends gathered in the large
gymnasium on May 22 to
celebrate God’s grace on
CC and 27 years of fond
memories at “1 – 42 –
double-O Breakfast
Drive.” Fr. Ned Donoher,
C.S.B. – now in his 53rd
year at CC – was the main
celebrant. Fr. Frank Bredeweg,
C.S.B. ’46, Fr. Mike Buentello,
C.S.B., Fr. Kenneth Decker, C.S.B. ’56, Fr. Gordon
Judd, C.S.B. ’58, Fr. Marvin LaBute, C.S.B., Fr. Ken
McKernan, C.S.B., Fr. James O’Neill, C.S.B., and CC
Principal Fr. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B. concelebrated
the Mass. Fr. John Wheeler, C.S.B. ’57 assisted the
direction of the Alumni Glee Club.
Mary Dewan and
son Connor
Alumni Glee Club
A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
Alumni
Association
Mission
Statement
The mission of the Catholic Central Alumni Association
is to provide services, benefits and activities of interest
to the alumni and foster an alumni body which is interested
and involved in the affairs and functions of the School,
and to provide such assistance to the School as may
from time to time be requested of it.
“Everyone who has been privileged to
ALUMNI
A S S O C I AT I O N
Alumni Association
Board of Directors Highlights
attend Catholic Central has stood on the
shoulders of those who went before him.
This could not be more true than for those
who will attend the new School, a School
that has been overwhelmingly funded by
the contributions of alumni. I hope that
those who come after us will continue to
remember the people and institutions that
have contributed to their success.”
Election of officers was held at the Board of Directors
meeting of May 5. The following Board Members
were elected to lead the Association for the next
two years:
John J. Ronayne III ’64
President
Thomas J. Fleszar ’67
Vice President
William E. Galvin ’85
Secretary
John Ronayne ’64
G RADUATION 2005
Dr. Thomas Fleszar ’67,
Vice-President of the
Alumni Board and a member
of the Board since 1994,
addresses the Class of 2005,
and welcomes them into the
Alumni Association.
PLEASE JOIN US
IN PRAYER!
Fr. Frank Mizzi,
C.S.B., Principal
of Catholic Central
1974-1980, encourages and challenges
the Class of 2005 in his commencement address.
Two hundred sixty Seniors graduated on May
15th at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium.
Rosary
Every Tuesday at 2:50 P.M.
Holy Hour
Every Wednesday at 2:50 P.M.
…in the new Catholic Central Chapel
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THE
BELLS
Wedding Bells
BELLS
KARL VOGELHEIM ’85* and Barbara Kay Bossung
were married May 10, 2003. They currently live in
New Albany, Ind.
THE
JAMES ASTON ’47 and Shirley Ellis were married May 13, at St. Colette Church,
Livonia, Mich. Fr. Henry Roodbeen officiated at the ceremony; the dinner
followed at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville. Shown with the Bride
and Groom are Ken McGuire ’47 (left) and Dr. Chuck Parrott ’47 (right).
BRENT VALENTI ’87* was married
to Donna Bucci of Royal Oak in May
of 2002, by none other than
Fr. John Menner at Shrine of the
Little Flower, Royal Oak, Mich.
Included in the wedding party
were (from left) Thomas
Valenti ’88 (brother and Best
Man), Dr. Donald Davidson
’87, and Daniel Feenstra ’87 –
with a special appearance by
Scott McLellan ’87.
DAVID FERGUSON ’87 and Melissa Harms (below)
were married June 21, 2003, at St. John’s in Plymouth,
Mich. The wedding party included Tim Gaughan ’87
(Best Man) and Tom Orlowski ’87 (Groomsman).
* Further information in “Chatterbox.”
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THE
BELLS
JASON KIELTYKA ’95* and Kathleen McBride were
married on October 2, 2004, at St. Valentine Church,
Redford, Mich. Fr. Tom Belczak ’71 was the celebrant.
CC Alum present at the wedding shown above are:
(left to right, front row) Matt Kovach ’95 (Groomsman),
Brad Sprecher ’95 (Groomsman), James Watt ’97,
(back row) Leo Lamsen ’95, Matt Lapham ’95
(Groomsman), Chris Vogelheim ’88, Zach Kieltyka
’00 (Best Man), Rob Watt ’99, Jason Kieltyka (Groom),
Kevin Nowak ’98 (Groomsman), Chuck Sprecher ’97,
Michael Roitero ’06, and Steve Watts ’71.
MICHAEL DAVIDSON ’98 and Erin Roberts
(Ladywood ’98) were united in marriage (above) at
St. John’s Center, Plymouth, Mich., on October 23, 2004.
They are residents of Royal Oak, Mich. Shown are (left
to right): Jordan Braciszewski ’98, Matthew Smylie ’98,
Chris Parnin ’98, Joseph Polzin ’98 (CC Math Teacher),
Michael and Erin, Matthew Monnette ’98, Timothy
Roberts ’04, Jack Davidson ’91, Christopher Fix ’98,
and Ryan Wilmering ’98.
MIKE SMILEY ’96 and Libby Ryder were married
October 9, 2004, at Marygrove College’s Sacred
Heart Chapel. Shown are: (from left, front row) Jake
Viane ’02, Sean Sugrue ’02, Steve Mondry ’96, Mark
Wollschlager ’96, Libby and Mike, Ben Ryder ’01,
Steve Goward ’01, Eric Pfitzenmaier ’01, (back row)
MATT TYRANSKI ’98 and Kathy Skotanis were married (below) on October 23, 2004. They are currently
residing in Plymouth, Mich. In attendance were: (left to
right, front row) Brad Karabelski ’98, Chris Dueweke
’98 (Groomsman), Matt and Kathy, Jim Randazzo ’98
(Groomsman), Lee O’Connell ’98 (Groomsman), (back
row) Dave Gardner ’96, Bryan Cox ’98 (Groomsman),
Pat Carroll ’92, Chuck Spolsky ’98, Mike Carroll ’98,
Joe Sgroi ’98, Jason Hamilton ’98, Aaron Rock ’98,
and Ryan Quirk ’98 (Groomsman).
Eric Pagels ’01, Dave Hulgrave ’91, Joel Rioux ’96,
Chris Hulgrave ’96, Brian Nemes ’96, Mike Sharpe
’97, Tom Smiley ’96, Dan Martinez ’96, Eric Gilbo ’96,
Jim Smiley ’92, James McFarlane ’96, Lance Bethell
’96, Dan Mulvihill ’96, Dan McGivney ’96, and Jon
Watson ’01.
* Further information in “Chatterbox.”
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KEVIN CARROLL ’00 and Melanie Canfield were
married May 14, 2005, at St Andrew Church, Saline,
Mich. Fr. John Wheeler, C.S.B. ’57 witnessed their
vows. The couple lives in Farmington Hills, Mich.
Shown are: (from left, front row) Kevin Russom ’03,
Charles Kovelle ’03, John Bowers ’00, Frank Mathias
’00, Melanie and Kevin, Brian Carroll ’03, Patrick
Carroll ’08, Jason Colins ’00, (back row) Scott Zaleski
’00, Fr. John Wheeler ’57, Ken Meier ’00, and Andrew
Stevens ’00.
Baby Bells
JEFFREY GIGNAC ’93 and his wife Lindy – a daughter, Jill Frances (see photo below), born March 3, 2005,
in Charlotte, N.C.
TIMOTHY BURKE ’86
and his wife Mary – a
daughter, Jayne Patricia,
born April 2, 2005. Tim
is the Director of Alumni
Relations and Development
Associate at CC.
ANDY KUMMER ’94 and his wife Janene – a son,
Alexander Frank, born March 24, 2005. Alexander
joins his 11/2 -year-old brother Owen.
JEFFREY JAKUBOWICZ
’86 and his wife Debbie –
a daughter, Natalie Marie,
born November 22, 2004.
ANDY GIGNAC ’95 and his wife Julie – a daughter,
Emily Jean (below), born April 16, 2005, in Troy, Mich. ■
Jayne Patricia Burke
MATTHEW EWALD ’87 and his wife Luanne – a
daughter, Mollie Elizabeth, born November 3, 2004.
Matthew joins his sister Margaret Mary.
TODD DECKER ’88 and his wife Betsy – a son,
Nathaniel Keenan, born March 11, 2005. A brother for
Jerod, Stuart and Trey.
BRIAN BREWER ’92 and
his wife Laura – a son,
Nathan Robert, born
November 10, 2004.
Rick ’69 and Anne Gignac are doubly blessed
grandparents of cousins Emily (left) and Jill Gignac.
Nathan Robert Brewer
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BELLS
JOSEPH DULZO ’85
and his wife Tonya – a son, James Robert, born
April 25, 2005.
THE
James Robert Dulzo
In Memoriam
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The following members of the Catholic Central Family have passed from this life to the next.
Please remember them in your Masses and other prayers. Our sincere condolences are extended to their loved ones.
Alumni
IN
MEMORIAM
LOUIS F. BECHARD ’31 – February 27, 2005. He is survived
by his wife Marguerite, two daughters – Sister Yvonne
Bechard, S.N.J.M./S.S.J. and Anita Khan – five grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Sterling
Heights, Mich.
REV. MITCHELL J. BEDNARSKI ’36 – March 20, 2005. Fr.
Mitch is survived by two brothers – Roman and Valentine –
and his sister Celia Jaszcz. He was preceded in death by his
twin brother Casimer, and brothers Walter and Thaddeus.
Fr. Mitch was ordained by the Archdiocese of Detroit in June
1944. He served as Assistant Pastor at the following Detroit
Parishes: St. Thomas (1944-1949); St. Andrew (1949-1954); and
St. Louis the King (1954-1959). He then served at St. Mel’s
Church, Dearborn (1959-1960); was the founding Pastor for
St. Ursula’s Parish, Ypsilanti, in 1960; and from 1976 to 1983,
served at St. Mary’s in Durand, Mich. With his senior status,
Fr. Mitch assisted at St. Anthony in Belleville and St. Hugh’s
in Southgate. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at
Transfiguration Catholic Church, Ypsilanti Township, Mich.
KENNETH N. TRADER, M.D. ’38 – March 28, 2005. He
is survived by his wife Winnifred, five children – Sharon
McClurg, Lynda Pearce, Colleen (James ’74) Drolshagen,
Kenneth ’78, and Kevin – nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Ken graduated from Wayne State University
Medical School in 1946. He served as a Captain in the Army
Medical Corps from 1947-1949. He completed his OB/GYN
residency at Providence Hospital in 1952, and became an
attending staff member of the OB/GYN Department until
1985, when he became an attending staff member of the
GYN Department until 1994. Ken was a pioneer in the
utilization of the insulin pump in the care of pregnant women
with diabetes. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our
Lady of Victory Church, Northville, Mich.
ROBERT S. WEILER ’40 – May 29, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Jean, two children – Robert Jr. and Anne Schoenbeck –
two grandsons and his sister Mary Kennedy. The Funeral
Mass was celebrated at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Troy, Mich.
DONALD J. DENEWETH ’44 – May 19, 2005. He is survived
by his wife Bernice, two daughters – Lois Miller and Donna
White – five grandchildren and his sister Lorraine Fuller.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More
Catholic Church, Troy, Mich.
ARMAND LEFEBVRE ’44 – May 28, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Ann “Mimi,” seven children – Kathryn Speranza,
Patricia Bashur, Julie Luciw, Susan Reddick, Jeffrey ’76,
John ’79, and Gerard – 16 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St.
Anne’s Church, Detroit, Mich.
MICHAEL HIER ’45 – March 25, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Mae and six children – Bridget Sterk, Maureen
Hyrila, Sharon Wellmer, Michael, Kathleen and Kevin. Two
sisters – Mary Ellen Klein and Jane Rose – and 14 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Brian and his brother
Daniel ’47. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Robert
Bellarmine Catholic Church, Redford, Mich.
Mark Your Calendars – Memorial Mass
We will remember our deceased Alumni and extended CC family members at a special Memorial Mass
to be held at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, October 30, in the new Chapel at Catholic Central.
Breakfast will follow the Mass.
Please plan on attending as we remember our deceased loved ones.
This event is co-sponsored by the CC Dads’ Club and the Alumni Association.
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RONALD C. SMITH ’50 – April 7, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Janice, six children – Jerry, Linda Rocheleau, David,
Brien, Barry and Jim – and 27 grandchildren. The Funeral
Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South
Lyon, Mich.
RALPH A. SMITH ’53 – May 30, 2005. He is survived by his
wife Janet, his sister Janice Chapin, three nieces, a nephew,
and many great-nieces and great-nephews. The Funeral
Mass was celebrated at St. Lawrence Church, Utica, Mich.
JOHN D. “JACK” ANGOTT ’59 – May 10, 2005. He is
survived by his children – Tracey Kilby, Joseph, John and
Samuel – six grandchildren and siblings Thomas, Larry,
Rosemary Zessin, Barbara and Susan Kidd. He was
predeceased by a brother, Michael, and parents Samuel
and Myrtle. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Shrine
Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake.
KARL W. GOTTSCHALK ’82 – April 22, 2005. He is
survived by his two children – Alison and Bryan – his father
William, and siblings Karen Hagen, Nancy Ciccone and
Gary ’86. The Funeral was held at Martenson Funeral
Home, Allen Park, Mich.
Extended Family
JAMES R. BERNTHAL – April 7, 2005. He is survived
by wife Deborah, four daughters – Beth Bernthal, Carrie
Kilgroe, Julie Mitchell and Jamie Bernthal – a son, Marine
Captain James ’90, 12 grandchildren and siblings Rev. Dr.
David, Thomas and Lynne Smith. A Memorial Service was
held at Naples Memorial Funeral Home, Naples, Fla.
DELPHINE B. BONKOWSKI – April 20, 2005. She is survived by her husband Andrew, three sons – Bruce, Paul and
Michael ’85 – a daughter, Genevieve Skibicki, one grandchild, and a sister, Christine Dobiesz. The Funeral Mass was
celebrated at St. Francis d’Assisi, Detroit, Mich.
MICHAEL J. DOYLE – April 26, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Colleen, six children – Lori, Lynn St. Charles, Terri
Williams, Maureen, Dan ’84, and Patti Williams – 11 grandchildren and his brother Larry. The Funeral Mass was
celebrated at St. Valentine Catholic Church, Redford, Mich.
MARGUERITE DURACK – April 8, 2005. She is survived
by six children – Daniel ’65, Catherine, Robert ’68, Timothy,
Paul, and Matthew – and four grandchildren. Three siblings –
Alice Oller, A. William Kramer and Robert Kramer. Marge
was the 1967-1968 Mothers’ Club President. The Funeral
Mass was celebrated at the National Shrine of the Little
Flower, Royal Oak, Mich.
MEMORIAM
DAVE WILSON ’80 – March 3, 2005. He is survived by his
wife Tracy, three children – Katherine, Emily and David – and
his mother Sharon. Six siblings – Sharon, Warren, James ’83,
Michele, Theresa and Karen. The Funeral Mass was celebrated
at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Plymouth, Mich.
JAY M. COLEMAN – March 5, 2005. He is survived by his
two children, Jay Jr. and Chelsea, mother Dorothy Larco,
and brother Joseph ’75. A Memorial Mass was celebrated
at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Livonia, Mich.
IN
JOHN “LARRY” McNISH ’62 – March 19, 2005. He is survived by his wife Joan and four children – Daniel, Michael,
Lisa and Andrew. Three siblings – William ’59, Mary and
Karen Harte. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at the
National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Mich.
HELEN CARMODY – April 2004. She is survived by
husband Michael, five children – Michael, Mary Frances
Catka, Brian ’75, Terrance and Gerard ’78 – 16 grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. Helen was a long-time vocalist
for the “Red Garter Band.” The Funeral Mass was celebrated
at St. Agatha Catholic Church, Redford, Mich.
JOHN FYDROSKI – March 19, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Anne, two children, Chris Abrams and James ’66,
four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four
sisters – Helen Runtz, Agnes Stonczel, Sophia Rochold and
Josephine White. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at SS.
Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Detroit, Mich.
BUTROS JAGHAB – June 8, 2005. He is survived by his
wife Hanan, three children – Dr. Jeffrey ’87, Tina Harb, and
Dr. Christopher ’95 – five grandchildren, and many brothers
and sisters. The Funeral was held at St. Mary Antiochian
Orthodox Church, Livonia, Mich.
ESTHER E. KOSS – March 8, 2005. She is survived by two
children, Hal ’67 and Linda O’Neill, seven grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held
at Holy Family Church, Novi, Mich.
KATHRYN A. KRAVUTSKE – April 22, 2005. She is survived by her husband Robert, four children – JoAnn, Kathy
Smith, Mary and Robert ’77 – and seven grandchildren. A
Memorial Service was held at the McCabe Funeral Home,
Farmington Hills, Mich.
LORETTA KREMPASKY – March 3, 2005. She is survived
by her husband Tom ’46, two children – Kathy Bonn and
Stephen – and three grandchildren. Three siblings – Agnes
Moorton, Margaret Larkin and Robert Latchney. The
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Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake
Catholic Church, Holland, Mich.
JANETTE M. LOFTUS – March 2, 2005. She is survived by
her husband Richard, eight children – Brian ’69, Lawrence
’70, Nancy Kaltz, Richard ’73, Timothy, John ’76, Linda
Sheldon and Kathleen Loftus – 20 grandchildren, and her
brother Robert Rice. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dearborn, Mich.
IN
MEMORIAM
ANTHONY G. LUBECK – May 9, 2005. He is survived
by his daughter April Ann, his parents Richard ’55 and
Arleene, four siblings – Richard Jr., Charles, Karen Conley
and Arleene Iafrate – and grandmother Anna Lubeck.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace,
Dearborn Heights, Mich.
JOSEPH MICHALSKI – May 16, 2005. He is survived by
his wife Ann, sons Joseph and David ’92, three grandchildren
and stepbrother James Adkins. Joe was a member of Holy
Cross Knights of Columbus. The Funeral Mass was celebrated
at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Detroit, Mich.
THOMAS PAYNE – April 14, 2005. He is survived by his
parents Thomas and Geraldine, four siblings – Dennis,
Patricia Worden, James ’88 and John ’90 – two nephews, a
niece, uncles Dan Collins Sr. ’57 and Larry Collins ’62, and
cousin Dan Collins Jr. ’84. The Funeral Mass was celebrated
at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Northville, Mich.
IDA PELLERITO – April 23, 2005. She is survived by her
husband Fred, three children – Donna Fernandez, Joseph ’69
and Fred ’73 – 10 grandchildren, and her sister Elda Montrose.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Refuge
Catholic Church, Keego Harbor, Mich.
JOHN A. REIDY – May 9, 2005. He is survived by his wife
Mary, eight children – John, James, Richard, Michael, Charles,
Joseph, Molly Mech, and Eileen Ellis – and 25 grandchildren.
Two sisters – Dorothy Clemens, Rosemary Cessna – and a
brother Francis ’41. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at
St. Joseph Church, Wyandotte, Mich.
MARY ANN ROULU – May 26, 2005. She is survived
by her husband Lawrence ’41, six children – Lawrence,
Michael, Elizabeth Kornfield, Barbara Stevens, Mary Lynn
Belden and Michele Prew – 19 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Lucy
Church, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
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VINCENT E. SCHIKORA – April 4, 2005. He is survived
by his two children – Robert P. ’65 and Joan Zaleski – four
grandchildren including Robert ’93, one great-grandchild,
and a sister, Isabelle O’Malley. The Funeral Mass was
celebrated at St. Edith Catholic Church, Livonia, Mich.
JAMES R. SNYDER – May 7, 2005. He is survived by
his 11 children – James ’66, Joseph ’68, Susan Kelley, Jerald
’73, Jonathan ’74, Nancy Bryant, Jeffrey ’77, Jay ’78, Jack
’80, Judd ’86, and Justin ’88 – 28 grandchildren, and six
great-grandchildren. Three sisters – Rosemary Bangel,
Muriel Childress, and Sally Durzo. The Funeral Mass was
celebrated at St. Valentine Catholic Church, Redford, Mich.
CATHERINE THEISEN – March 16, 2005. She is survived
by her seven sons – Michael, Donald ’71, Richard ’72,
William ’74, Robert (CC’s JV Basketball Coach), Thomas
and James – 19 grandchildren, and a sister, Elizabeth Neill.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Church of the Divine
Savior, Westland, Mich.
LINDA TRANSOU – June 1, 2005. She is survived by her
husband Robert ’87, two sons, Robert and Nolan, and her
parents, Richard and Barbara Raymond. The Funeral Mass
was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church,
Northville, Mich.
JOAN P. WALTON – April 17, 2005. She is survived by her
husband Charles, five children – Christopher, Steven ’84,
Julie Skinner, Carrie Templer and James ’94 – and three
grandchildren. Four siblings – Rosemary McMillan, William
McMillan, Eileen Schaefer and Gerald McMillan. The
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael Church,
Southfield, Mich.
JUDITH M. WEBER – April 17, 2005. She is survived by
her husband Frank, four children – Laura Hathaway, Charles,
Julie Noonan and Stephen ’90 – four grandchildren, her
mother Catherine Wallace, and sister Gloria Maisano. The
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas á Becket,
Canton, Mich.
PAULINE WHITE – April 23, 2005. She is survived by
seven children – Daniel ’62, Therese Verchinski, William,
Paul, Rosanne O’Sullivan, Francine Hasegawa, and Anita
Landfair – 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Catholic
Church, Novi, Mich. ■
SCHOOL BELLS
Science Olympiad
T
he CC Science Olympiad Team placed 7th at the
Wayne County Regional Tournament. The Science
Olympiad is a nationwide science event which provides
students with a fun way to apply their science and
engineering skills via competitions.
SCHOOL
Four-year Olympians Nick Miner ’05,
Kyle Cesarz ’05 and Tim Breen ’05
Congratulations to the following students, who won
individual medals: Seniors Tim Breen, Kyle Cesarz, Nick
Miner (Team MVP), Scott Pfeffer, T. J. Kosinski, and
Jemius Lee; Juniors A. J. Huber and Mohammed Fassia;
Sophomores Jason Janicki, Brian Gdowski, Mike Lee,
Emerson Lowrance and Tyler Seling; and Freshmen Brian
Timm, Harrison Nguyen and Arun Dutta. ■
BELLS
Jim Janicki, father of Jason ’07,
and Coach Karen Fanning
O
Mike Lee ’07
and Emerson Lowrance ’07
Brian Timm ’08
and Nick Miner ’05
THE DRIVE
nce again, the student body showed its love for their Alma Mater with an outpouring of support. After
learning that Catholic Central’s Drive was short of its goal, students spontaneously began to donate money
from their own pockets at the final Drive assembly; when all was said and done, an additional $1,172 had
been contributed to the Drive. This generous act brought this year’s grand total to $223,317.13 – the highest
per-student average in the history of the Drive. The Drive was led by the Freshmen class, followed by
Sophomores, then Juniors, and Seniors. ■
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2005
Dillon & Whelan
Awards
Presented
C
T
his year’s winner of
the James H. Whelan
Award is Kevin Horal.
This award recognizes
the student who has
excelled academically, is an outstanding athlete and
is looked upon by his peers as a Christian gentleman.
Kevin played Football and was Captain of the Hockey
Team, all with a 3.75-grade-point average. Kevin plans
to study Engineering at Michigan State. ■
harles Drummond
has been selected as
this year’s Daniel
Dillon Award. This
award is presented
to the student with the highest grade-point average,
which Charles qualified for with an impressive 5.014.
He was a National Merit Semifinalist, and Editor of
the School newspaper. Charles will be attending
Harvard in the Fall. ■
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CC Students
his past Spring, 38 Catholic Central students
spent an informative day at the Detroit Medical
Center. The students visited the Robotics Lab, CT
scan, MRI, Surgical Robotics, Neonatal Intensive
Care, Pathology and the DMC Medical Lab.
Students were also addressed by Mike Duggan
’76, CEO of DMC, Dr. Robert Forte ’76 and Dr. Tom
Malone, and permitted hands-on experience in
many areas, including robotics and CT scan. ■
Benefit From A Day At
SCHOOL
BELLS
Detroit Medical Center
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Math Scholar Named At CC
S
French Department
Has Banner Year
enior David Budde has added
another accomplishment to an
already lengthy list – being named
Mathematics Scholar by the Skillman
Foundation. Among numerous
distinctions, David had a gradepoint average of 4.7, was a National
Merit Finalist, had perfect scores on
SATs I and II, received a Michigan
Merit Award, the Rensselaer Medal,
and 1st-Division Ratings for Clarinet
Solo at the MSBOA State Band
Festival Competitions. These
achievements have rewarded him
with multiple scholarships, which
will be applied to his Computer
Science curriculum at The University
of Michigan beginning in the fall.
David will study to become a
computer programmer. ■
E
ight CC students won national bronze medals in
the 2005 edition of the National French Contest.
This is the fifth consecutive year that CC has had
multiple national winners. Scott Pfeffer ’05 earned
the distinction of being a four-time national winner,
and Junior Jason Gilbert has now won three consecutive medals, including a Gold in 2004. Other winners
were: Jake Hincka, Matt DuPrie, Andrew Reinel,
Dave Ambrose, Andrew Chrzasz, and Ryon Wiska.
CC students competed against a record number of
more than 100,000 contestants across the nation. ■
SCHOOL
T
he CC Academic Team was again named
State Champions by winning the NAQT - State
Tournament on March 12 at The University of
Michigan. The CC Team was led by Seniors
David Budde and Doug Laurain, Junior Joel
Knight, and Sophomores Eric Muller and Carl
Thompson. The win was the eighth State
Championship for CC in the past 10 years. ■
Fr. John Wheeler ’57 congratulates four-time
National French Contest winner Scott Pfeffer ’05.
And…
S
peaking of records, this Summer saw a record
number of 31 students who came from France to
spend a month with CC families. This was due to
the large number of CC students who were hosted
in France in the Summer of 2004, many of whom
received sizable financial grants thanks to the generosity
of former CC “French Exchangers” who sent in donations to help deserving boys make the trip. Numerous
alumni from the ’80s have written about how their
month in France was a life-changing experience for
them; many still have contact with their exchange
families after nearly 20 years. Fr. John Wheeler ’57
continues to run this program with as much zeal as
he had for the initial exchange in 1979. ■
N INTH A NNUAL F R . J AMES E NRIGHT
W RITING C ONTEST
I
n the Junior division, the winner of this year’s
Fr. James Enright Writing Contest was Adam Budde,
with Zach Crawford coming in second, and Don
Tappan third. Harrison Nguyen and Matt Morrison
received Honorable Mentions.
In the Senior division, the winner was Charles
Drummond, with David Budde and Max Working
tied for second. Jeff Bowling, Al Omilian and Brett
Wanamaker received Honorable Mentions. ■
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BELLS
CC Academic Team
State Champs
S P O RT S U P DAT E
S P O R T S U P D AT E
S TAT E C H A M P S !
O
n Saturday, March 12, the CC Hockey Team finished its season as Division I State
Champion by dominating East Kentwood in a 4-0 victory. It was the 6th Division I Championship
in the last seven years for the Shamrocks and the 12th in the School’s hockey history. Led by
Senior Captains Kevin Horal and Michael Oakleaf, the Shamrocks finished the season 24-3-3. ■
Top 10 Scholar Athletes
Named By
“Detroit Free Press”
M
ax Working ’05 was named in the
top 10 of the Detroit Free Press 13th
Annual Scholar Athletes. Max received
All-State honors in Cross Country, and
also ran Track, while maintaining a
4.67-grade-point average. Max will
attend the University of Chicago in the
Fall. ■
CC students were among those recognized at the recent Catholic
League Athletic Banquet. The Archdiocese of Detroit selects
recipients each year for outstanding achievement in scholarship,
leadership and athletics. Max Working ’05 received the Frank
Guyott Cross-Country Award; Michael Palombo ’05 received the
Joe Pascuzzi Track Award; Kevin Bender ’05 received the Msgr.
Carroll F. Deady Tennis Award; and Joe Marrosso ’05 was a
finalist. Coach Mike Rodriguez was honored with the 2004-2005
Championship Teams’ Winning Coaches Special Award.
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Wrestling State Champs
S
enior Trevor Stewart became a
three-time State Champion winning
the Division I 160-pound title. He will
wrestle at Central Michigan. Junior
Sean Dong earned the Division I
135-pound State title. ■
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