Grade School Graduations: 50th Anniversary!

Just think, this past May we graduated from grade school 50 years ago in May. Many of us are still very close to our grade school friends and remember those days back in the 60s fondly. We’ve been rounding up the grade school graduation pictures, and thought you’d enjoy seeing them. If you or your grade school is planning something special for this 50th anniversary, let Debbie Johnson ( know and she can add it to the information in our newsletter and on Facebook.

St. John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist 1966 8th Grade ClassSt. Benedict’s
Sister Jane Francis De Chantel – Principal; Father Ambrose Keating
28 in the graduating class; picnic was held at Wyandotte County Lake (KFC was served!)

St. Benedict's Class of 1966

St. Peter’s Cathedral
Sister Mary Josephine – Principal; Father Pflumn & Father Hasencamp
(Msgr. McKenna passed away graduation morning.)
Class Picnic at Fairyland Park; Class Breakfast at The Town House
St. Peter's Cathedral Class of 1966

Blessed Sacrement
98 in the Graduating Class – Msgr. Spurlock

Christ the King – Part 1
Sister Mauricita – Principal; 101 in the Graduating Class
Graduation breakfast, picnic at Wyandotte County Lake and a Dance

Christ the King – Part 2
St. Patrick’s
Sister Perpetua – Principal; Father Charles Brink’ 49 in Graduating Class
Graduation Breakfast at Colonial Cafeteria at Wyandotte Plaza; Class Picnic at Fairyland Park
(Also there was a private house party at Debbie Seeger’s, but she ended up going to Washington)
St. Patrick's Graduating Class of 1966

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Where’s Mary Anne?

Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin promoted to VP at LMU

Often at our reunions and events people ask, where’s Mary Anne? How’s Mary Anne? What is she up to? We are so proud of our dear friend and classmate Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin! Congratulations to her and everything she has accomplished in her stellar career.

Dr. Mary Anne ModrcinJust a few months ago it was announced that Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) promoted Caylor School of Nursing Dean Mary Anne Modrcin to a new cabinet position in the University administration as the Vice President for extended learning sites.  Dr. Modrcin will continue in her role as dean of the University’s largest school. Additionally, she will now oversee all LMU extended learning sites and be a liaison for management and operations needed for faculty, staff and students at those sites.

Said LMU President B. James Dawson, “Dr. Modrcin has been a tremendous asset to LMU throughout her tenure, she has positioned the Caylor School of Nursing as the one of the finest nursing programs in the state. This is a new position, but the duties won’t be new for Mary Anne. She is already involved with most of LMU’s extended learning sites on one level or another in her role as dean. Already a trusted advisor, I look forward to her contributions as a member of cabinet.”

Dr. Modrcin joined the LMU faculty in 2001. She has served in various leadership positions within the academic administration throughout her tenure. As dean of the Caylor School of Nursing, Dr. Modrcin has overseen the creation of the graduate and professional programs in nursing including the doctor of nursing practice. She has been the author of several grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) worth millions of dollars, which supported the advanced nursing program development.

Additionally, she has had years of practical experience in the field as a clinical specialist in pediatrics. Modrcin earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Kansas. She holds a master of science in nursing from Boston University and a PhD in nursing from the University of Tennessee.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. It is a private four-year co-educational liberal arts college located in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU’s 1,000-acre campus borders on Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

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Remembering Our Homecoming

Ward Class of 1970 Homecoming Queen

Queen Maggie Deery

October 17th will mark 45 years with many magic moments in our Homecoming of 1969.  Homecoming Mass brought deep inner thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving.  The Senior float shared our theme, “This Magic Moment.”  An all-school parade and pep rally was held to spur the mighty Cyclones on to victory.

Dorney field became a playground of balloons, floats, girls, cheerleaders, escorts and homecoming Queen Candidates. And the Homecoming Court danced to “Hey Jude” – in retrospect probably one of the hardest Beatles’ tunes to dance to!! But it was a magic time nonetheless.


Pep Ralley 3







1969-70 Homecoming Court:

  • Marla Dercher – Attendant (Escorted by Don Brooks)
  • Nancy Westfall – Attendant (Escorted by Bill Burns)
  • JoAnn Zager – Attendant (Escorted by Rick Switala)
  • Carma King – 2nd Princess (Escorted by Tom Standish)
  • Patty Lou Kraft – 1st Princess (Escorted By Jim Skorija)
  • Maggie Deery – Homecoming Queen (Escorted by Jack Halula)
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45th Reunion Highlights

1046854539005_1173633639005_1000The 45th Class Reunion started on September 11 with golf at Sunflower Hills featuring two dozen golfers from the class of 1970. Another two dozen had a nice, relaxing wine tasting event at the Wine Barn during the same time. We started gathering steam as a total of 100 people joined the Friday night get together at Breits, where a good time was had by all.

For the main event on Saturday evening, 75 classmates and 32 spouses attended the Mass, Dinner & Dance at George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, in Bonner Springs. During the evening, the class/school presented Debbie Johnson with a Varsity Letter for all of her hard work on the reunion, the website and the newsletters.

Check out all of the pictures in a slideshow in the Gallery!

And the group photos can be found here, including the combined photo, and one of our women and one of our men.

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A very special thanks to our Reunion Committee:
Tom & Janet Roberts
Bill & Nancy Burns
Mike Harris
Michelle Jennings
Debbie Johnson
Carma Nowak
Jim & Patty Orth

And a very special thanks to all those that gave extra funds and time to make our reunion a success!

Special thanks to our Vendors:
Sunflower Hills
The Wine Barn
Treat America
Bartenders – Dave Roberts & Bill Edwards
Charlie – Security

And finally, we honor our deceased Classmates and wished they could still be here with us.

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