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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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2,071 members total

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
Daguinsin, Ferdinand ('86) 0527873
Callaghan, Tricia ('76) 0527838
Fitzsimmons (Coon), Pat ('73) 0527811
Keseg (Manthei), Darlina ('76) 0527789
Dexter (Rolison), Karen ('66) 0527768
Zuro, PDS TOR ('16) 0527167
Schmidt, William (Bill) ('66) 0527157



The ChargerFeast and SUPER RAFFLE fundraisers were a success!
We would like to extend our gratitude to our Sponsors, Donors, Joe's and Celebrity Cookers, Alumni, Friends, and Volunteers! Without everyone coming together, this event would not have been possible.
A special thank you to...
  • Dr. Thomas Sullivan for being our emcee for the event
  • Ray Jones '81 with Audio West for his Class Act DJ services, The Mexican Folkloric Dance Group, Tlaloc and Live Art International for providing the evening’s entertainment, Production Plus for ALL their incredible services making the room look and sound great, Quest Food Management Services, Inc., and our cookers for making the cook-off happen! 



Thank you to all of our cookers!

Iza I. Olea Guevara

Teresa Maldonado

Matt Martin

Jennifer Palermo

Dan Perzyna

Mike Stiso

Tess Walsh, Ed.D.




  • BarBakoa (Downers Grove) for winning the title of the 2017 St. Joseph High School Celebrity Fiesta Cook-Off Champion! 
  • Joe's Fiesta Cook-Off Winners - 1st Place - Teresa Maldonado (gorditas), 2nd Place - Iza I. Olea Guevara (ceviche), 3rd Place - Matt Martin (guacamole)
We had a lot of fun putting on this year’s ChargerFeast, and we hope you did as well. Join us next year for more good food, good fun, and Charger Pride!

The list of our 2017 SUPER RAFFLE WINNERS can be found by clicking here! 

We are so grateful to everyone who purchased and/or sold ticket(s).  We could NOT do it without you!  

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...

SJHS 2017 Summer Camp

Alumni Join Career Day

In The Know
SJHS Welcomes Alumni and Other Professionals for Career Day
Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Office Staff
The world of academia and the world of work have many curricular connections. To some students, however, specific connections are made more significant when people who engage certain skills for a living share these experiences with those still in school.
Career Day on March 29th at St. Joseph High School saw professionals alert students to the preparation needed to succeed beyond high school and college, especially relative to attitude, work ethic and academic preparation.

Alonzo Walker, SJHS Class of '80 (pictured left)...Brittany Applegate, SJHS Class of '08...Joe Tortorich, SJHS Class of '99....Dr. Peter Waller, D.O., SJHS Class of '07....Priscilla Gonzalez, SJHS Class of '10....READ MORE

Alumni Writer Chimes in on SJHS Baseball

Young But Eager

Youthful Varsity Baseball Squad Anxious To Improve

Written by: Ryan Fejt, Class of 2012
Hoping to improve over their early exit in the post-season last spring, the Chargers are poise to make a statement under Coach Jay Meath, who is in his 12th season as head coach of the varsity program.
"I expect this group of athletes to improve upon last year's group. Although we are a very young team we should be able to contend in the Catholic League White Division with the help of some of our returning players," said Coach Meath.
Key student-athletes looking to have an impact on the offensive side of the game include...READ MORE

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 Signs with Loras

Soccer coaches Kyle Boekeloo (left) and Stan Niemiec (far right) join Principal, Dr. Ronald Hoover, at Manny's signing.
Manny Lopez Signs with Loras College
Senior Manny Lopez officially committed to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference when he put his signature to a NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Celebratory Signing Form. The senior soccer player from Westchester, who twice made it to the IHSA Championship Game, will play soccer for Loras College, a Catholic College in Dubuque. "I visited the campus and had great conversations with the coach," Manny remarked. "I hope to major in either athletic training or computer science. If I have time, I'd like to double-major.

Own a Unique Piece of Sports History

Want to own a special piece of Sports History? 
We would like to provide you an opportunity to own a replica of the basketball that was presented to Gene the evening of his 1000th win.  This is a limited-edition (only 100 available), embroidered ball that will be signed by Coach Ping.  We are requesting a donation ($1000 for 1000 wins) to the 
Vincit Qui Laborat Fund 
in Gene's honor.  Please reserve your ball today by calling Kathy Taylor at (708) 562-7488 or click here to donate online
We appreciate your generosity and know you will enjoy owning this one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia! 

SAVE THE DATE - July 21, 2017

St. Joseph High School Golf Outing!

Friday, July 21

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club 

Shotgun start at 12:00 pm

Event flier and RSVP form coming soon....


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!

Buy A Brick Program!


We are raising money for Financial Aid and Scholarships. The bricks will be placed at the front entrance of the school.

A standard size brick (4"x8") allows for four lines of printing ($125). A large brick (8"x8") allows for 6 lines of printing ($225).


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!

Meteorologist Maggie

The Sky is the Limit!

Recent SJHS Alum and Westchester Resident an Aviation Meteorologist

Written by: Tony Quattrochi, Development Staff Member

Maggie Christopher, SJHS Class of ‘11, knew early on in grade school that she wanted to be a meteorologist. One eye was on television as she watched Tom Skilling and Ginger Zee give the weather forecasts while her other eye was on the sky, anticipating the changing temperatures and precipitation. “Our family always sat outside during storms,” she remarked on a recent visit to St. Joseph High School.

As a student at SJHS she helped organize an all-school...READ MORE

$100,000 CLUB

$100,000 CLUB

SJHS is pleased to announce those students from the Class of 2017 who have thus far earned at least $100,000 in academic and/or leadership scholarships to colleges and universities to which they have applied. From left to right: Lauren Ward (Broadview), Allison Grengs (Westchester), John Milas (Westchester), Alexa Epps (Berkeley), Claudia Cerna (Chicago), Daniel Magallanes (Westchester), Aniya Burks (Westchester), Amber Mataczynski (Westchester), Peter Caruso (Westchester), Genna Foster (Forest Park).
Congratulations to these students on their extraordinary achievements!

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 ( 


2015-2016 SJHS Annual Report

Dear St. Joseph Alumni and Friends, 

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for supporting St. Joseph High School.  

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund is now available!

2015-2016 Annual Report

To learn more about the Charger's Club and other Development Opportunities, please click the link below:

Charger's Club & Development Opportunities

We continue to see many successes in all of our programs and activities. Many of these stories are highlighted in our Annual Reports.

Our St. Joseph High School administration, faculty, and staff continue to work hard in order to provide our present students an excellent Lasallian college-prep education. I would hope you are proud of the educational experience that we provide our Charger Scholars and will continue your own support of our Lasallian mission of education at St. Joseph High School!

Live Jesus in our hearts---Forever!

I would like to donate to the 2016-2017 ANNUAL APPEAL to help the Chargers! 




For reference, we also included the link to the 2014-2015 Annual Report from 2 years ago.    

2014-2015 Annual Report

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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