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2018 Honoring Those Who Served

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“Honoring Those Who Served”

As the 2017 - 2018 school year draws to a close and the beautiful season of summer begins, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognize 59 individuals from our Catholic elementary and secondary schools who have faithfully served Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in a variety of capacities, for a total of over 1475 years. 

These teachers, administrators, and support staff members are now entering retirement, a new season of promise and challenge in their personal and professional life journeys.  While each of their schools has certainly honored them for their service in a fitting way, it’s important that the wider community of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee here recognize these individuals for all they’ve contributed and sacrificed to advance the teaching mission of the Church through their Catholic educational ministry: 

Brian Anderson Pius XI Catholic HS, Milwaukee 27 Years
Ellen Bartel Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, Milwaukee 20
Patricia Bartosz-Young Holy Family, Whitefish Bay 35
Terry Batz St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary 3
Christine  Bedker St. Katharine Drexel, Beaver Dam 34
Debra Berg Mary Queen of Saints, West Allis 38
Bonnie Best St. Joan Antida HS, Milwaukee 35
Susan Botzau St. Joseph School, Racine 15
Donna Boyung St. Boniface, Germantown 27
Darlene Brindowski St. Matthew, Oak Creek 28
Patricia Callaway Waukesha Catholic School System 19
Claudia Carroll All Saints Catholic School, Kenosha 20
Jodi Casetta Holy Trinity, Kewaskum 11
Karen Coyne St. Frances Cabrini, West Bend 21
Barbara Davis-Witt St. Charles Borromeo, Burlington 30
Jane Egan Waukesha Catholic School System 24
Cathy Ferderbar St. Mary Parish School, Menomonee Falls 32
Christine  Gibart St. Peter's, East Troy 31
Nathaniel Gillon Marquette University HS, Milwaukee 45
Timothy Grandy Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, Milwaukee 38
Marie Green Makal St. Mary Parish School, Menomonee Falls 42
Sue Hammen Holy Angels, West Bend 37
Natalie Harford Catholic Central HS, Burlington 24
Laura Harrigan St. Francis Borgia, Cedarburg 17
Kathleen Holtz All Saints Catholic School, Kenosha 42
Shirley Horn St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary 52
Karen Jaeger St. Mary Parish School, Menomonee Falls 28
Julie Jansen St. Mary's, West Bend  27
Nancy Jonas Waukesha Catholic School System 14
Sr. Mary Kemen Holy Wisdom Academy, Milwaukee 23
Gordonna Komassa St. Dominic, Brookfield 13
Jane Lefeber St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary 5
Chris Lesczynski St. Gabriel, Hubertus 33
Laura Lionberg St. Sebastian, Milwaukee 24
Kris Matthews Holy Angels, West Bend 27
Grace McCune St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Kenosha 29
Sherry McLeod St. Francis Borgia, Cedarburg 20
Elaine Ann Meyer St. Katharine Drexel, Beaver Dam 20
Elizabeth (Betty)  Olszewski Christ King, Wauwatosa 33
Jane Padlock All Saints Catholic School, Kenosha 20
Pamela Pzyzk St. John Vianney, Brookfield 8
Michele Raykovich St. Andrew, Delavan 32
Susan Ruf Catholic Memorial HS, Waukesha 7.5
Donna Schmidt Messmer Catholic Schools, Milwaukee 15
Sue Schmidt St. Mary Parish School, Menomonee Falls 40
Kathy Shields Lumen Christi, Mequon 5
Frances Stavropoulos Christ King, Wauwatosa 37
Barbara Steinmetz Holy Family, Whitefish Bay 21
Mary Stemm St. Boniface, Germantown 18
Linda Sternig Holy Angels, West Bend 25
Jill  Suhr Lumen Christi, Mequon 24
Kathryn Szpak St. Francis Borgia, Cedarburg 28
Jacqueline Thurner St. Joseph, Wauwatosa 21
Barbara Truchon St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary 14
Therese Wade St. Monica, Whitefish Bay 30
Patrice Wadzinski St. Alphonsus, Greendale 13
Mary Weichert Holy Family, Whitefish Bay 30
Rebekah Wickert Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, Milwaukee 13
Gretchen Zupek St. Leonard, Muskego 30


May God bless these professionals with rest from their labors, energy for their new pursuits, and assurance of our ongoing gratitude, admiration, and love.

A blessed summer to all!

Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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