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REUNION Classes of '67, '77, '87, '92, '97, '07
Saturday, 11/4/2017

Class Reunion 11-4-2017
SJ and IHM classes of:
1967, 50th - 1977, 40th 1987, 30th - 1992, 25th
1997, 20th - 2007, 10th
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Caplice, Dan ('77) Yest. 0610149
Johnson (Robinson), Dana ('97) 0610066
Socha (Szczypkowski), Melinda (Mindy) ('97) 0610024
Taddeo, Peter ('72) 0609993
Delude, Russ (Friend) 0609898
Vargas, Jesus ('17) 0609757
Clemmons (Weaver), Deborah (Debbie) ('78) 0606412
White, Brendan ('98) 0606307
Nosek, Joseph ('83) 0606038
Brodman (Brodman Summers), Diana ('67) 0605875
De Leo, Marla ('77) 0605863
Crowley, Jane ('77) 0605861
Kassel, Christine ('97) 0605833
Piotrowski (Larson), Anne ('87) 0605827
Zientek, Jeff ('71) 0605713
Wallish, James ('93) 0605706
Petrauskas, Zack ('10) 0605705
Wood (McGuire), Michele ('77) 0605358
Escallier, Richard ('70) 0605181
Kowalski, Elizabeth ('89) 0605131
Diliberto, Matt ('99) 0605126
Foster, Genna ('17) 0605042
Wood, Les ('72) 0604057
Mantucca, Anthony ('96) 0604056
Sipovic, Lawrence (Larry) ('68) 0603985

Iyanna Lusk

Twenty-five Degrees and Loving It!

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

The alarm goes off at 4:30 A.M. It’s a school day but she’s not getting up early to complete an assignment at the last minute. She places her workout clothes in a bag and on top places her most expensive footwear. She drives from Westchester to Franklin Park and once she enters the building the temperature will change to a consistent sixty-four degrees. It will be noticeably more chilled when she skates onto the ice, which is kept solid at about twenty-five degrees.

Iyanna Lusk, Westchester resident and junior at St. Joseph High School, doesn’t mind the cold or READ MORE...

2017 Charger Club Investor Appreciation Event

We hosted our Charger Club Investor Appreciation Event on Thursday evening, September 28th on campus utilizing the Chapel and the Global Resource Center (GRC) for a prayer service of thanksgiving and for hospitality.  About 100 of our 
St. Joseph donor community were able to be on hand with their guests. There was such a positive energy expressed by those who could be present. 
The evening began with a reception in the GRC, followed by a Prayer of Thanksgiving, some remarks by Brother Thomas Harding, FSC and then a program of recognition and acknowledgements emceed by Joel Kolner for our 2017 Naming Dedications, Circle of Honor, St. Joseph The Worker, and St. Joseph The Worker Family Awardees. A few of our honorees spoke following their recognition and their brief remarks were moving and from the heart!
Naming Dedication: Ken & Helen Guido Social Studies Department presented to Diane Guido Berner IHM '70 in honor of her parents.  
Below you can view the program, remarks and prayer, event program, slideshow of the honorees and photos from the event. Please find links to these items below for your reference. 
(Item of note: please allow a moment for the files to open as some of the links are large in size.)
Thank you so very much for all you do for St. Joseph High School.  We are truly blessed to have you as friends! We are so grateful to you!
St. John Baptist De La Salle - Pray for us.  
St. Joseph - Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever! 
Br. Thomas Harding, FSC
Class of 1972
Naming Dedication: Stachniak Family Foyer presented to John Stachniak '82.
2017 Circle of Honor Award Recipients (left to right): Vince Genova '83, Tom Chlada '80, Br. Thomas Harding, FSC (presenter), Mike Macken '67, and Joe Tortorich '99.
2017 St. Joseph The Worker Recipients (left to right): Br. Thomas Harding, FSC (presenter), Mark Polivka '70, Michael Connelly '82, Jeff Tobolski '82, and Jim Lenc '78.
2017 St. Joseph The Worker Family - The Chvatal Family (pictured left to right) John Chvatal, Jr. '93, Michael Chvatal '98, Gene Pingatore (presenter), John Chvatal, and Sue (Corcoran) Chvatal IHM '69, and Br. Thomas Harding, FSC (presenter).

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Faculty & Staff Reunion


SJHS Faculty & Staff Celebrate Third Reunion


Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member


Seeing students grow up quickly and beginning their own families serves as an excellent reminder to teachers how quickly time passes. As graduates gather to reminisce at alumni reunions, so too do faculty and staff enjoy getting together to share memories. On September 30th, several former faculty and staff of St. Joseph High School gathered at Alpine Banquet Haus in Westchester to relive the stories of years gone by.


“It was a tremendous event,” remarked Brother Peter Hannon, FSC, former social studies teacher at SJHS and, currently, a history professor at Lewis University. “I had many wonderful years at St. Joseph and I still have a connection. One of my students now is a former Charger.” Added John Hornacek, former Dean of Students. “It was great! I made many friends there in my 34 years at the school and to see some of them tonight was fun.” READ MORE & VIEW THE PHOTO ON A LARGER SCALE.

Welcome Garden Brick Campaign!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Welcome Garden Brick Campaign! We are thrilled to share the progress of the project thus far that began last week...landscaping and benches coming soon!

If you are interested in purchasing a brick to be added to this special area, please click the order form below.  A standard size brick (4"x8") allows for four lines of lettering ($125). A large brick (8"x8") allows for 6 lines of lettering ($225).  
Proceeds from the Brick Campaign are used for Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

Click here to view the order form

Email your complete form to Kathy Taylor at or mail to St. Joseph High School, Attn: Kathy Taylor, 10900 West Cermak Road, Westchester, IL 60154. 


8" x 8" sample from St. Joseph Alumnus, Tom Begg, Jr. '64.  Thank you, Begg Family!

4'' x 8'' sample brick purchased by some of our 1970 IHM alumnae.  Thank you, Tigers!

2017 REUNION: November 4, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017


St. Joseph High School

10900 West Cermak Road, Westchester, IL 60154


All Alumni and Guests are Welcome!



1967 - 50th - Golden Jubilee (Mass in the Chapel at 5 pm prior to cocktail hour)

1977 - 40th

1987 - 30th

1992 - 25th

1997 - 20th

2007 - 10th


A reserved bank of rooms will be set aside for Friday, November 3, 2017 and Saturday, November 4, 2017

OAKBROOK MARRIOTT:1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The rate per room will be $95.00 excluding the various taxes. Please contact Marriott Reservations at 1.800.228.9290 or 1.630.573.8555 to make your reservations. To make your reservation online, click here

HAMPTON INN: 2222 Enterprise Drive (22nd Street), Westchester, IL 60154. The rate per room will be $96.00 excluding the various taxes. Please contact the Hampton Inn at 1.708.409.1000 to make your reservations. To make your reservation online, click here and then follow these steps:

1. Choose your dates of arrival and departure.
2. On the left side of the screen under the dates you will see (AAA,AARP special rates codes) click there and put in your rate code under GROUP CODE (STJ).
3. Click the CHECK ROOM & RATES button. You will see our your group name and rate.  

*Please note that all reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 13, 2017 and inform Hotel Representative that you are part of the 'St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary High School Reunion'.

Amanda Kruvalis '17


Challenges in Cheerleading Excites SJHS Alum & Westchester Resident

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

She left tryouts feeling pretty confident. After all, she had been cheering for 13 years and was good at it. She was a member of a Super CDA All-Star team thatthree times went to national competition in Florida. The coach from Lewis University even called her soon after she returned from Orlandowith a first place medal in April of this year.

Amanda Kruvalis, Westchester resident and cheerleader since she was five years old, islooking forward to cheeringon the college level. "I could already tell from tryouts that it’s going to be challenging but fun." From cheering on the Westchester Raiders football team to participating in cheerleading competitionfor well over a decade, Amanda has always had fun. "Cheerleading is... READ MORE

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Charger's Club

The Charger's Club was established to invite our generous benefactors to make an investment in St. Joseph High School.  The collective support of the Charger's Club is instrumental to the advancement of the St. Joseph High School mission and directly improves St. Joseph's ability to improve its programs, provide essential financial aid for deserving families and improve the infrastructure of our school.  Any gift or accumulation of gifts (excluding event ticket costs, event sponsors, Super Raffle tickets, auction purchases,and pledge payments) in a given Annual Fund year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) totaling $500 (1 Share in the Charger's Club) or more is recognized with a membership in the Club.

Charger’s Club Purpose

The Charger’s Club was established in fall of 2016 to invite our generous benefactors to make an investment in St. Joseph High School. The collective support of the Charger’s Club is instrumental to the advancement of the St. Joseph High School mission and directly improves St. Joseph’s ability to enhance its programs, provide essential financial aid for deserving families and improve the infrastructure of our school.


Charger’s Club Goals

1. To enlist support from alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, foundations,

businesses/corporations and friends each year that inspires excellence in all areas of St. Joseph High School.

2. To become partners in promoting Christian Brothers values and help sustain Lasallian mission at St. Joseph High School.

3. To instill a Christian Brothers spirit that invites the consideration of St. Joseph High School as a lifetime, family charitable priority.

4. To renew most, if not all of its members each year.

5. To encourage Charger’s Club members to promote the Club and invite new members to support St. Joseph High School.

6. To secure a reliable source of charitable income year after year which will serve to provide long-term security for St. Joseph High School.

Click here to learn more about the Charger's Club Levels, and OfferingsIf you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Joel Kolner ( 


John Milas '17 and Mike Connelly '82

My Day in Springfield
Written by: John Milas, SJHS Class of 2017 (pictured left)
Everyone thinks about being President of the United States at some time in their lives. For almost everyone, it’s a brief and casual dream. I am proud to say that being this country’s leader remains a goal for me as I enter my freshman year at DePaul University.
My interest in politics started in the 6th grade when I started watching the news. There was a Federal budget dispute and I could not understand how lawmakers were unable to arrive at a compromise, especially over something that was necessary to run the country. Inspired by that dilemma, I experienced a love of history, which was influenced by two of my former history teachers: Mr. Steve Blindauer from Westchester Middle School and Mr. Victor Zitzer from St. Joseph High School. I decided that I would go into politics and make the world better by becoming a lawmaker. I also knew that my strong opinions and good leadership skills would assist me as well.
I came one step closer toward my goal after my visit in Springfield with a St. Joseph High School alumnus, Senator Michael Connelly, Class of 1982 (pictured right).  On Tuesday, May 30th, I went...READ MORE

Signum Fidei Society

Leave Your Legacy at St. Joseph High School

Consider joining the Signum Fidei Society.  This special group of committed alumni and friends have remembered St. Joseph High School through planned gifts.  There are a variety of ways to join this group and we hope you will consider leaving a legacy gift to St. Joseph High School.


Planned Giving Opportunities

Wills and Trust make up the largest portion of planned gifts.  You may include St. Joseph High School in your planning, and St. Joseph High School can assist you and your attorney with the appropriate language to carry out your intentions.

Charitable Gift Annuities pay a fixed-rate annual income to you or another beneficiary for life, in return for a gift.  When the beneficiary passes on, the principal annuity is gifted to St. Joseph High School as you directed.  Donors also may enjoy a tax deduction and a portion of tax-free income.

Gifts of Life Insurance can be in the form of a paid up policy that is no longer needed, a current policy, a new policy with St. Joseph High School as the owner and beneficiary, or a policy with St. Joseph High School as a partial beneficiary.

Real Estate Gifts can take the form of an outright gift of your home, farm or vacation property or a retained life estate where donors Deed their property to St. Joseph High School, continue to use the property for as long as they choose and receive a tax deduction for the value of the property.

We are grateful for the support of the Signum Fidei Society members and all who support St. Joseph High School.  If you would like to learn more or become a member, please contact Br. Thomas Harding, FSC at 708-562-4433, ext. 114 or via email at


Click here to open a printable PDF of this information.

Sinacore Brothers

 SJHS Alums Thrive on Work

Both Siblings Devoted to Working with Youth

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

When Matt Sinacore, SJHS Class of ‘07, returned to his alma mater to teach, he surprised himself. “Originally I wanted to teach History, based in large part on the effect of having had Brother Peter Hannon and Mr. Zitzer for classes, but circumstances in college (Loyola University) changed my direction.” Matt majored in English, although he’s never entirely shed history as an educational resource while he teaches literature. “I find it almost impossible to teach a book without going in depth with the history surrounding the book. I also love the conversation that books provide for us. Fiction or nonfiction, the events in a well-written story can teach us so much about our own humanity. I also learned a great deal from Ms. Fredriksen... READ MORE


Stay in School!

SJHS Alum Ensures Future For University Students

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

Quotes about the value of an education are seemingly endless. Advice on the importance of staying in school is also plentiful. But action speaks louder than words and one St. Joseph High School graduate is truly making those words come alive. John Stachniak, SJHS Class of ‘82, is the National Director of Institutional Advancement for the DeVry Education Group. Responsible for the strategic development of national fundraising activity, John helps ensure that as many financially challenged students as possible are able to attend the family of schools that comprise the DeVry Education Group. “I lead a small but mighty team that raises resources for scholarships that help students continue on to graduation and achieve their education and career goals.” By engaging alumni and cultivating donor prospects, John has found much success. Last year his efforts provided $1 million in scholarships to students who might not have been able to attend DeVry otherwise.

Impacting the lives of these deserving students by awarding them such resources to stay in school is the most rewarding aspect of John’s job. “Seeing how students balance their education with the other challenges of working and having families, it is incredibly gratifying to see how a scholarship can make all the difference.”  One of the challenges....READ MORE

Ways of Giving to SJHS








Ways of Giving to St. Joseph High School

1. OnlineOur online giving site is secure and easy to use. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.  Click here to make a gift now.


2. MailIf you prefer to make your gift by mail, you may send your check, money order, or credit card authorization to the address below. Please do not send cash. Checks and money orders may be made payable to St. Joseph High School and mailed to the attention of the Development office.

St. Joseph High School, Attention: Development Office, 10900 West Cermak Road, Westchester, IL  60154


3. PhoneCall us at 708.562.7488 to charge your gift to your credit card any weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central time.  During the holiday break (Dec. 21 – Jan. 1), please email Kathy Taylor at and she will follow up with you via phone.   


4. Gifts of StockSt. Joseph High School can receive gifts of publicly traded stock must have been held for at least one year and must have appreciated in value. Before transferring securities please call the Development Office at 708.562.7488, ext. 153 to inform us the gift is forthcoming.

Your brokerage firm will ask for the following information to electronically transfer shares:

Cetera Investment Services, St. Cloud, MN

Account Name: Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Inc.

DTC Clearing Number: 0701

Account Number: 8BA01767 (a zero, not the letter O)

Federal Tax I.D. Number: 36-4027959

The shares of stock donated will be sold upon receipt.  An acknowledgement will be sent to the donor.


5. Donor Advised FundsSt. Joseph can accept gifts from Donor Advised Funds.


6. IRA Charitable Rollover At this time Congress has not yet acted to renew the IRA Charitable Rollover Provision for 2015.

When renewed, this provision allows donors age 70 ½ and older to transfer their required minimum distribution up to $100,000 a year directly to a qualified charity, free of federal income tax. The IRA Charitable Rollover is not included in the donor’s adjusted gross income, and counts towards the taxpayer’s required minimum distribution for the year.

Once the provision has been extended, we will notify our friends and donors via email and on our website.


7. Remember St. Joseph High School in your will Please call Joel Kolner, Director of Advancement, if you would like to remember St. Joseph High School in your will.


Thank you for considering St. Joseph High School for your charitable giving!


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This is St. Joseph's/IHM's private, online community created exclusively for high school alumni, faculty and friends.   It is a secure, password-protected environment established by the Office of Alumni Relations.

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