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REUNION Classes of '67, '77, '87, '92, '97, '07

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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Carbon Jr, Jerry (67) Today
Carbon Jr, Jerry (67) Today
Kowalski, Elizabeth ('89) Today
Diliberto, Matt ('99) Yest. 0605126
Foster, Genna ('17) 0605042
Mantucca, Anthony ('96) 0604056
Sipovic, Lawrence (Larry) ('68) 0603985
Huerlimann, Felix - Mr. H (Fac/Staff) 0603862
Lockhart, Rick ('99) 0603425
Papes (Wait), Dawn ('67) 0602514
Cosino, Tawnee ('06) 0601810
Boan, James ('69) 0601794
Zeleznak, Adrienne ('06) 0601681
Reher, Vern ('65) 0601397
Potocki (Tardi), Theresa ('77) 0601391
Pintozzi (Bredow), Sheree ('77) 0601381
Matt (Stark), Jennifer ('84) 0570844
Szarek, Jeff ('89) 0570798
Cox, J.C. ('14) 0570744
O'Connor, John ('82) 0570699
Devera, Christopher ('97) 0570630
Griffin, Bonnie ('84) 0570451
Baxa Jr, Charlie (Friend) 0570432
Miller (Haynes), Patrice (TC) ('72) 0570400
Czeslawski, Richard ('68) 0570108
Cristobal, Miguel ('97) 0569665
Waswil (Burke), Lisa ('85) 0569206
Mitchell, William (Bill) ('69) 0569141

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

Mission Possible

Brother Ghebres, FSC, was given a tour of the campus by (left to right); Sidonie Medjo-Me-Zengue, Mariya Mendoza, Ahmad Muhammad, Carlos Gomez.MISSION: POSSIBLE

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

There are several traditions that graduates recall from their days as students in Christian Brothers schools. One tradition that served as significant and essential to others is the weekly mission collection. For over ten years, St. Joseph High School has helped support St. Joseph School in Nazareth, Ethiopia, as a “twinning school.” The almost 3,000 student school, which serves grades K through 12, with both a day school and a night school, has relied on the generosity of the Chargers to assist their operations. This year, St. Joseph HS will send over $3,700 to this African school. In 2009, three Chargers and a teacher visited St. Joseph School in Ethiopia to engage students in their activities and bring their experiences back to Westchester. On May 17 of this year, a visitor from Africa joined the St. Joseph HS community for one day. Brother Ghebres Habte, FSC, visited St. Joseph High School as part of his sojourn to North American Lasallian schools... READ MORE

Photo Caption: Br. Ghebres, FSC, was given a tour of the campus by (left to right above); Sidonie Medjo-Me-Zengue, Mariya Mendoza, Ahmad Muhammad, Carlos Gomez.

Welcome Back, Mr. H!

Mr. H & Mr. Q

Felix Huerlimann, who taught German and Spanish at St. Joseph High School from 1985 – 1988, returned on May 22nd for a brief visit. He shared many good memories of teaching both boys and girls (IHM students came to the SJ campus for German). “Mr. H,” as he was known, also moderated the Chess Club and the German Club. After leaving St. Joseph HS, Felix taught out of state in the public school system before returning to his home in Switzerland. Before he retired, Felix worked for an agency which assisted immigrants, most recently members of the Syrian community, who were relocating in Switzerland. He recently registered to be a member of our SJHS alumni community. Welcome back, Mr. H!

Mr. H (right) pictured with Mr. Q (left).



Are you looking for a graduation or father's day gift that will last forever? 
Consider purchasing a brick for your Charger that will be placed at the front entrance of St. Joseph High School for all to see. 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 will be used for financial aid and scholarships. Click here to view and print the order form. Email your completed form to Kathy Taylor or return to St. Joseph High School, Attn: Kathy Taylor, 10900 West Cermak Road, Westchester, IL 60154.

Jason Porod '99

Reversal of Fortunes

Alumnus and Westchester Resident Returns to Grade School!

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

Some students discover in grade school that they want to be teachers. Others answer the call during college. Occasionally, a student will know in high school if he or she believes their gifts match what is required to be a good teacher. A perfect match came together for Jason Porod, SJHS Class of ’99 and Westchester resident, while Jason was a Charger. “St. Joseph HS was very instrumental to my success.  I tell everybody all the time, including my students every year that St. Joseph prepared me so well for college. I remember that one time, in Brother Leo's World Literature class, we each had to teach a class.  I had Japanese poetry...READ MORE


St. Andrews Golf & Country Club 

Shotgun start at 12:00 pm

Click the link below to access the event flyer

Event Flyer

Sponsorship & Donation Flyer

Hope to see you all there for some fun in the sun!






Sunday, September 17: Mama Ping Golf Outing

Gleneagles - Lemont, IL



Saturday, November 4: SJ & IHM Alumni Reunion

SJHS South Gym

Honor Classes:

1967 - 50th Golden Reunion

1977 - 40th

1987 - 30th

1992 - 25th

1997 - 20th

2007 - 10th

SJHS 2017 Summer Camp

Click here to view the Summer Camp Program





Student-Teacher Earns Award

Ms. Danha helps prepare Jackie Garcia for an exam in Anatomy & Physiology.Off To An Awesome Beginning!

SJHS Student-Teacher Earns Award

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

Dominican University shares the spirit of the St. Joseph High School motto, Vincit Qui Laborat, He Conquers Who Labors.

Shmouni Danha, Student-Teacher in biology at SJHS this spring, completed her Master’s Degree, which included teaching to be certified by the Illinois State Board of Education, while also working 40-hours-per-week outside of her education commitments. For her hard work, leadership and enthusiasm, not to mention her 4.0 GPA, Ms. Danha was selected for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the School of Education at Dominican University (in River Forest).

“I really enjoyed the positive community environment at St. Joseph HS,” Ms. Danha commented. “I truly appreciated...READ MORE

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Hribal Brothers

Law & Order

Westchester Alumni & Siblings Practice Both

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

“In the criminal justice system,…“ Those familiar with the twenty year run of TV’s Law & Order will recognize those words at the beginning of each weekly show. They will also remember that the first half-hour of the program followed the police investigation of a crime while the second-half followed the trial of the alleged criminal.

The law & order practiced by the Hribal Brothers might not make national headlines but their work is as assiduous and significant to those who employ their services.

Greg Hribal, SJHS Class of ‘92, is Communications and Information Technology Manager of the Village of Westchester. Working with the police and fire departments, Greg began his tenure with the Village of Westchester as a police dispatcher and then the supervisor of the 9-1-1 center. READ MORE...

Randy Hribal, SJHS Class of ‘86, is a self-employed attorney with the Law Offices of Randall B. Hribal with locations in Westchester and Naperville. A general practice attorney with emphases on residential real-estate closing and preparation of wills and trusts, Randy never has a typical day. READ MORE...

WCIU Features SJHS Teacher

WCIU Features SJHS Teacher

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member
St. Joseph High School English Teacher Katie Pool was featured in a February edition of Learning to Win, WCIU Television's program highlighting educators who motivate and inspire their students. In the program, which aired as a segment during the U's basketball Game of the Week, Ms. Pool spoke about her passion for reading and having students identify with some of literature's most admirable role models.
"We read the classic novels as part of our literature program," she remarked. "If the novels are hard to relate to for students, I supplement the curriculum with articles that draw parallels to the stories. We just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I believe Atticus and Scout Finch are excellent role models for young women and men." Ms. Pool's class also recently completed Of Mice and Men, in which her students staged a mock trial to enhance one of the story's themes. "I really like the way Ms. Pool teaches," commented Sophomore Megan Palinkas. "She creates a very interactive classroom."
Click here to watch Katie's segment. 
Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Pool!

CSN Chicago Featured Gene Pingatore

CSN Chicago featured our Gene Pingatore!
On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 9 pm, Comcast Sports Network (CSN) Chicago took an "INSIDE LOOK" at our very own Gene Pingatore.  

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 ( 


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

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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.

Once you register, an email will be sent to confirm your membership and validate your email address.  Be sure to click on the link in this email so your account can be activated.

Please be patient with the site as it's being developed and content is being added.  *Most of the information on the site is for testing and development purposes and will be replaced with better content as soon as possible.

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