|Kenneth Starcher 11/06/08 ||Betty Albright 03/07/09 ||Elizabeth Kemp 07/25/09 |
|Tony Dobrovich 11/08/08 ||Samuel McNeill 03/08/09 ||Alfred Roy Cain 07/24/09 |
|Gerald Johnson 11/20/09 ||Patsy Fatica 03/12/09 ||Mae Brown 08/03/09 |
| Martha Pirnik 11/28/09 ||Nancy Cook 03/17/09 ||Marilyn Lee Harr 08/03/09 |
|Florence Unger 11/25/09 ||Frances Beer 04/01/09 ||Dorothy Mikula 08/04/09 |
|Agnes Ruth 12/13/08 ||Richard Dieringer 04/08/09 ||Pauline Kowal 08/04/09 |
|Mary Mehok 12/14/08 ||Paul Biller 04/22/09 ||Barbara Tomaz 08/04/09 |
|Betty Capron 12/14/08 ||Nellie Lutz 04/25/09 ||Flora Morris 08/08/09 |
|Masel Fromm 12/27/09 ||Dorothy McGough 04/29/09 ||Sue Van Pelt 08/09/09 |
|Mary Helen Lance 12/27/08 ||Suzanne Lias 04/29/09 ||Robert Struckel 08/22/09 |
|Catherine Tipton 12/29/08 ||Rose Marchette 05/08/09 ||Nick Guistino 08/22/09 |
|Daniel Furman 12/28/09 ||Elaine Barnes O5/25/09 ||Helen Struckel 09/04/09 |
|Mary Fanelly 01/04/08 ||Leslie Kerr 06/09/09 ||Mildred Borisuk 09/05/09 |
|Bernice Rudzinski 01/03/09 ||Kathryn Richards 06/29/09 ||William Wurster 09/07/09 |
|Agnes Yaworosky 01/15/09 ||Angelo DeLuca 07/03/09 ||Mary Susan Frey 09/13/09 |
|Donald Paul Harrell 01/14/09 ||Helen Mary Kruelskie 07/05/09 ||Dorothy Marz 10/04/09 |
|Josephine Pittinger 01/19/09 ||Anne Doherty 07/07/09 ||Denise Wunderle 10/05/09 |
|Vera Rizzo 01/27/09 ||Albert Sekermestrovich 07/16/09 ||Eva Hengle 10/17/09 |
|George Domro 01/23/09 ||Steven Alchier 07/15/09 ||Betty Tawney 10/19/09 |
|Edward Godal 02/16/09 ||Thomas Kilivry 07/16/09 ||Frances Latona 10/24/09 |
|Daniel Testa 02/27/09 ||Katherin Wasil 07/18/09 ||Stanley Ogrizek 10/29/09 |
|Julia Scafido 03/07/09 ||Ann Reiber 07/21/09 |
Saturday, October 31, 2009
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal Life. John 3:16
Stan pursued his dreams as a husband to Roseann, a father to Marilyn and Carol. He worked for PPG Industries as an electrician. Stan was also a member of St. Paul's Church for many years.
Stan was a World War II Veteran who was in the first landing wave in North Africa. He was a soldier in the first infantry division and received the "American Defense Service Medal", European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Combat Badge, and the "Bronze Star".
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Roseann; and brother, Ferdinand (Fred). He is survived by his daughters, Marilyn (Paul) Williams, Carol (Barry) Smith; granddaughters, Julie Williams, Kathy Crabtree, Monica Shepard; grandson, Eric Smith; and great-grandchildren, Mallory and Zachary; sister, Francis Obraza, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home, Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St. Funeral service will be held Monday 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery where military services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
God please protect our soldiers who defend our country.
(Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 330-724-1281, www anthonyfh.com)
[Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Saturday, October 31, 2009, page B7, col. 3]
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in St. Paul's Offering of Letters. We have over 350 letters to send to each of our senators and representatives! Our Catholic faith and gospel teachings require us to help "the least of these" and your response was wonderful. We will try to bring you more opportunities in the future to let your voice be heard locally, nationally and globally as we advocate for peace and justice in our world. OFFERING OF LETTERS
We at St. Paul's have advocated for the past two years to stop the genocide in Darfur. Our help is needed once again. The Sudan government, specifically Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes for his role is the Darfur genocide, is trying to get a license to lobby Congress and President Obama. You can help by sending an e-mail to say "No Lobbyists for War Criminals". Just go to www.savedarfur.org to sign the petition and send your e-mail. Also, while you're on the website sign the letter to President Obama that asks him to backup his new Sudan policy by making Sudan a high priority in his talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao on his upcoming trip to China. Sudan's largest trading partner is China, but so far President Hu Jintao has been unwilling to use is tremendous influence and leverage with Sudan. President Obama needs to use this opportunity to show the world that the United States is resolved to bring an end to the conflict, gross human rights abuses and genocide in Darfur. As Catholics, we are called to stand in solidarity with others in pain and suffering, regardless of nationality or race. Please help spread the word and continue to pray for the people of Darfur.
This weekend it’s time to “Fall back” So before you go to bed Saturday night, you might want to set your clock back an hour so you can sleep in.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The annual Halloween parade at St. Paul School was a little longer than usual Friday because this year all eight grades donned costumes to join the march. There were the usual classroom parties after the parade.
Kindergarten students lead the parade around the block. With them was a good witch, teacher Debbie Dodson. Grade 4 teacher Mrs. Janet Hazlett was disguised as a blonde but all recognized Miss Mary Means, the second grade teacher, strolling along. Missed by the camera was science teacher Judson Hartman, a robot of course, and First Grade teacher Mrs. Suzanne Inglis dressed in an official St. Paul School student uniform.
Moms, Dads and grandparents were busy as usual with cameras and cell phones snapping photos.
Click on photos to enlarge for better view. Also click on the headline to see a few other photos.
Bishop Richard G. Lennon will officiate at three Masses which will marking the closing of two old Akron parishes and the opening of a new parish called Visitation of Mary which will be formed from them.
Bishop Lennon, will celebrate the closing Mass at St. John the Baptist Church on Saturday at 4 p.m. He also will celebrate the closing Mass at Annunciation Church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Lennon will also celebrate the first Mass for the new parish at 10 a.m. Sunday, November 8.
St. John's was organized on June 2, 1907, as a parish for Slovakian families in the area. Some of them had been traveling to Barberton to find a pastor fluent in Slovak. Others attended Mass at St. Bernard, a German parish, where they found similar traditions from the old country.
Initially, the Slovak congregation met in the basement chapel of the current St. Bernard, at Broadway and University Avenue in downtown Akron. In 1908, the Slovak community bought St. Bernard's former church at Broadway and Center Street.
As the congregation grew, it purchased property on Brown Street to build an elementary school, which opened in 1927. Ten years later, it bought a building near the school for a rectory as part of a plan to complete a parish complex. For several years, four Masses were said on Sundays in the school's third-floor chapel and one Mass was offered at the downtown church.
By 1939, the downtown building began to show signs of deterioration. It was condemned a year later, forcing the congregation to speed up its plans for a new church. Ground was broken for a church in May 1941 at the current site. The $36,000 English Gothic-style church constructed of Briar Hill sandstone was dedicated, debt-free, Dec. 21 that year.
The old church on Broadway was sold and many items (including the Schantz pipe organ, the statue of St. John the Baptist and oak pews) were moved to the new building. A house on Stanton Street, purchased in 1942, became the convent for the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, who taught at the school.
A new rectory, new convent and a school expansion, including a gymnasium-auditorium, were dedicated in 1951. The church was expanded toward Brown Street in 1958 to accommodate nearly 400 more people.
Mary Topper, who moved into the old rectory directly across the street from the church in 1952, remembers when the parish was bustling with activity.
''There used to be Masses practically every hour on Sunday. We had to put folding chairs in the aisles, until the fire marshal said we couldn't do that,'' said Topper, 88. ''As people moved away from Akron to the suburbs, the congregation got smaller. We got to the point where we only had one Mass on Saturday and one on Sunday.''
Because of declining enrollment, the parish school was closed in 1986 and merged with the Annunciation School. Annunciation-St. John closed in 2006 amid a continuing drop in enrollment and financial hardship.
St. John's last full-time resident priest, the Rev. Ralph Coletta, retired in 2005 after more than 18 years of service. The church was debt-free when he retired, and it had remained financially solvent.
Because the parish has fewer than 300 households, it does not meet the diocesan standard (a minimum of 500 households) to be assigned a full-time pastor. The Rev. Patrick Shields, an associate at Holy Family in Stow, has served as the sacramental priest. The Rev. Paul Rosing, administrator at Holy Family, is parochial administrator of St. John.
Fr. Rosing said many of the 250 families registered at St. John's have indicated that they will join other parishes near their homes. The current parish membership lives in 24 different ZIP codes, mostly in the southern portion of Summit County. The majority of parishioners have said they will go to Visitation of Mary, St. Paul's (at 1580 Brown St.) or St. Francis de Sales (on Manchester Road in Coventry Township).
Mary Ann Mushinski, a lifetime parishioner at St. John's, said one of the most difficult things about closing the parish is knowing that the church community will be scattered. Mushinski said she and her sister, Monica Fanady, will go to the newly merged parish.
''I'm hoping that we will become a loving community at Visitation, just like the one we've had at St. John's,'' Mushinski said. ''I'm really going to miss the people at St. John's because we have been a family of people committed to helping each other and the people in the neighborhood. I'm confident that we will continue to serve people through ministry at Visitation because the people of Annunciation and the pastor have made it clear that Visitation will be 'our' parish.''
As the century-old parish closes on Brown Street, members will be given a 100th anniversary pictorial directory and a special St. John the Baptist icon. A reception is scheduled in the parish hall after the closing Mass.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. [Source: Catholic Encyclopedia]
The Victory Book will be in the Narthex throughout November. Please feel free to enter the names of your departed loved ones as an act of remembrance and love.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at Holy Cross Cemetery on Catholic Cemetery Sunday, November 1, at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Thomas w. McCann, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Cuyahoga Falls.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Since 2000, Tacji has shared her emotional story in over 600 concerts throughout the USA. As a teenager she was a pop music superstar in Communist Central Europe. At the age of 21 she abandoned her fame and fled to the US where she eventually began performing in churches across America.
Born Tatjana Matejas in Zagreb, Croatia, Tajci (TY-chee) grew up in what was then communist Yugoslavia. Raised in a musical family, she was singing with her father’s band when she was only four. Tatiana was admitted to the prestigious Croatian Music Conservatory where she received a rigourous music education with a focus on classical piano. As a young girl, she was a frequent performer on the national stage, appearing in countless musical, theatrical and television productions.
The free concert is scheduled for 7 p.m.
To learn more about Tajci, visit http://www.idobelieve.com
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Maggie Colant has been chosen “Woman of the Year” by the St. Paul Ladies Guild. She and women from organizations of other parishes will be honored at the annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 2, at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Rd.. Mrs. Colant is corresponding secretary of the Summit Council and was 1995-86 president of the St. Paul Ladies Guild. She served on the committee for the 90th anniversary celebration of the parish this month.
Cost of the luncheon is $16. The deadline for reservations is November 25.
Click on the flyer and then hit control P on your keyboard to print it.
Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla will speak on the topic, “God’s Never-Ending Love,” at the next gathering, Tuesday, November 3, , at 7 p.m. at St. Martha Parish, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. A representative from the Tribunal will be available to answer questions about annulment and remarriage. No cost and reservations are not required.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Serra Cljub is inviting 21 Retired Priests for a lunchy on Tuescday,Dec. 22. Make plans now to attend. Your support is really, really appreciated.
Bishop Emeritus Anthony J. Pilla will install new members ( John Amedio and Maggie Walker, both St,. Paul members of the Akron Serra Club),as well as re-chartering all six Clubs in the Diocese at a rechartering dinner on Saturday, November 7..
Akron Serra Club members will attend the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Vincent Church on Tuesday, Devember 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. They will meet for breakfast after Mass at the Akron Family Restaurant on W. Market St., a block west of the church. Call Tom Giffels at 330-666-0255 for breakfast reservations.
[Source: Serra Club newsletter]
This quilt handmade by St. Paul Kindergarten and Fourth Graders will be raffled off November 4. Students painted quilt squares and fourth grade teacher Janet Hazlett sewed them together to make a bautiful quilt 75 by 105 inches. Raffle tickets at $1 each are available at the school office. Proceeds will go to the Peter Maurin Center.
[Photos provided by Debbie Dodson]
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The St. Paul Booster Club is selling T-shirts for $12, Hooded Sweat shirts for $24, and V neck pullovers for $33. Click on images for better view. Click on order form and then hit control + P on your keyboard to print.. Place your orders now and you will have them in just a few weeks. They will make great Christmas gifts.
Born Dec. 17, 1919 in Upper Sandusky to Harry and Emma Zachardy, she had lived in Firestone Park for 75 years. A 75 year member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, she had graduated from St. Paul's Grade School and Garfield High School.
Betty was a member of St. Paul's Ladies Guild, Sorrowful Mothers, Knights of Columbus Ladies Aux. #3410, Firestone Park Prime Timers, Archbishop Hoban Mothers Club, Tuesday Morning Friends, and the Associates of St. Joseph. Additionally, at St. Paul's she cared for the altar linens and volunteered for P.S.R.
She loved and was very proud of her red impatiens; and also enjoyed reading and relaxing in the sun.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; brothers, Pat and Bob Zachardy; great-grandson, Noah Casenhiser; brother-in-law, Jack Burrell; two nieces and five nephews. Her survivors include son, Jim (Chris); daughters, Sally (Jimmie) Casenhiser, Nancy Tawney (Bob), and Diane (Joe) Dolecki; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grand-children; sister, Kathleen Burrell; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank C.Y.O. Adult Day Care and Pleasant View Health Center for the love, support and care they gave Betty during her illness.
Calling hours will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home (811 Grant St.), where the Ladies Guild will recite the Rosary at 4:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Building Fund, Archbishop Hoban High School, or C.Y.O. Adult Daycare.Akron, 330-253-8121
[Beacon Journal, Akron, OH,Thursday, October 22, 2009, page B7, col. 4]
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Eva Hengle, a life long Akron resident, was born December 29, 1916 and passed away at The Village at St. Edward on October 17, 2009.
Eva was a long time member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and enjoyed playing bridge for many years.
She married John J. Hengle on October 3, 1936, who preceded her in death on August 13, 1982. Eva was also preceded in death by sister, Rose Moledor. Her survivors include son, Richard (Mary) Hengle of Suffield, Ohio; daughter, Karen (Dale) Normington of Greenville, S.C.; grandhcildren, Rick and Russ Hengle and Kristen, Thomas and Mark Normington; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Beale of Florida, Ann Miller of Orrville, Ohio and Kay Dorko of Akron.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Friday, October 23, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., where friends may call from 9:30 until service time. Inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
[Beacon Journal, Akron, OH,Wednesday, October 21, 2009, page B5, col. 3]
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The October "300" Club winners were:
#041 Mike Hausch
#027 Frank Lancianese
#222 Tom Harvey
#089 Tim & Michelle Harvey
The St. Paul Booster Club will be selling T-shirts for $12, Hooded Sweat shirts for $24, and V neck pullovers for $33. Order forms can be found at the G.I.F.T. card table in the narthex.. Place your orders now and you will have them in just a few weeks. They will make great Christmas gifts.
The St. Paul Eighth Grade Tackle Football Team had a great season (6-1) Unfortunately, the Championship game was a heart breaker. During the last play of the game, St. Paul was defeated 13-7 by St. Hilary. Thank you Coach Alex Kuzmik for another great year!
Regina Neugebauer came in eighth out of 38 in the Championship Meet at Walsh HS.
Thank you to ALL the coaches and volunteers for your support of St. Paul Tackle Football, Flag Football, Soccer & Cross Country. Without you, it wouldn't be possible.
Basketball and Chess are beginning NOW!
Next Booster Club meeting is Thursday, November 15..
Monday, October 19, 2009
St. Paul Class of 1979 Reunion/Gathering
Who: Any and All students that attended St. Paul Grade School with our class any time in the 70’s. You do not need to be an actual graduate of our class to join us. Bring a guest if you wish.
· An informal gathering
· Cash bar
· Dinner/appetizers ordered off of a menu if desired
· Dancing (who knows? It could happen)
· Exchanging stories from the past
· Catching up with folks you haven’t seen in 30 years
· Dress: Casual
· No Admittance fee
Where: We’ll start at PaPa Joes, located in the Merriman Valley at 1561 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron OH. PH: 330-923-7999. We have a portion of the “Tuscany Room” available for our use, but we can also congregate in their bar as well.
When: Saturday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend) · 7pm – Whenever
Bring any St. Paul memorabilia you might have & lets us know if you can be there.
RSVP: Mary Markowski (Cain) email@example.com
Amy Sutterluety (Casenhiser) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Clare Rietz email@example.com
Mark Porpora firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Garbinsky email@example.com
Russell Guenther firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 330-714-8822
A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS AND SEMINARIANS
Almighty God, we praise and thank you for the gift of the holy priesthood. Bless our priests of the Diocese of Cleveland. Through the intercession of Saint Paul may the grace and peace of Jesus Christ deepen their love for our Church, increase their zeal for the Gospel, and strengthen their faith in the sacred mysteries they celebrate. Bless our seminarians as they discern your call through prayer, study, and pastoral service.
Together, may our priests and seminarians be a genuine witness to your divine life and inspire more men to accept your call to ordained ministry.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Prayer card produced by Serra Club]
The Serra Club of Akron will host a special Eucharxstic Adoration on Sunday, November 22, and the following Monday to pray for and encourage vocations. Exposition will begin at noon and continue through the day with prayer and adoration until 8 p.m. Adoration will resume Monday after the 7 a.m. Mass with Solemn Benediction at 7 p.m. Monday. .
Individuals and organizations are asked to consider sponsoring one hour or more of prayer throughout the day. Call the rectory at 330-724-] 263, or John Amedeo at 330-773-6041 to sign up. Email: email@example.com.
The Monstrance to be used was blessed by John Paul II in 2004 and is provided by the Vocation Office of the Cleveland Diocese. It is provided for use especially for vocations
This devotion stems from Pope John Paul II's desire for all Catholics to pray for and encourage vocations
St. Paul has adoration each Tuesday after the 7 a.m. Mass until noon.
Pope Benedict XVI stresses the importance of Eucharistic Adoration:
"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering."
WVIZ-PBS, the local public broadcasting station,, will broadcast the locally-produced program Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Everybody's Church on Thursday, October 29, at 10 p.m. Warner Cable Channel 5.
The program traces the history of the mother church of the Cleveland Diocese on the occasion of its 160th anniversary.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are urging a “no” vote at the November 3 eledtion on on State Issue 3 , the proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
The bishops are “not opposed” on Issue 1, the proposed Constitutional Amendment that would authorize the state to issue bonds to compensate veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts.
The bishops support passage of Issue 2, the proposed Constitutional Amendment that would create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.
Here is the statement on the casino gambling issue:
"The Catholic Conference of Ohio has opposed all previous statewide casino and slot machine initiatives. The Catholic Bishops in Ohio continue to believe casino gambling, as proposed in Issue 3, is not in the best moral, social and economic interests of the citizens of our state. More persons and families will be seduced into financial hardship, rather than helped. More societal problems will be aggravated, rather than improved. Furthermore, Issue 3 appears to us to be poorly written and overindulgent toward the gambling interests of private business. Since Issue 3 is a Constitutional amendment, voters have no recourse for fixing such concerns except to pass another Constitutional amendment. This flawed casino proposal should not be enacted into our Ohio Constitution."
In arriving at their decisions, the Bishops of Ohio cite relevant Catholic Social Teaching and suggest several questions for reflection by voters in making prudential judgments on these issues. Parishioners can click here for detailed background on all three issues
St. John the Baptist, will celebrate its final Mass on October 31 at 4 p.m,. Two other neighbors, Sacred Heart of Jesus on Grant Street and St. Mary at 750 S. Main St. will not close until next year.as the clustering and reconfiguration process continues.
Fr. Zingales, 63, was Administrator pro tem, of St. John the Baptist, from July 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006 and was in residence there from January 9, 2006 to November 29, 2006 when he was named administrator of Annunciation,
He was incardinated into the Cleveland Diocese on June 12, 1976. He served at Benedicdtine and Lorain Catholic high schools. He was Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cuyahoga Falls, from June 10, 2002 to July 5, 2005.
There are links to both of the facebook groups at left.
Click on the facebook group link at left to go to the Saint Paul TODAY group
Click on dthe St. Paul Alumni link at left to go to the site for St. Paul graduates.
You might want to join one or both You can write on the group's wall, create or join a discussion group and upload photos.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Our 90th Anniversary celebration turned out to be a very joyous event.
In the sunshine of Saturday afternoon, last weekend, sounds of the bagpipes filled the air, as Matthew Hogue, a graduate of St. Paul School, in his Junior year at Hoban High, along with his
companion, Hall Miles, lead the procession from the Rectory along Brown Street into Church.
The Knights of Columbus, preceded representatives of our parish organizations who joined in the procession.
We were very pleased to have Bishop Gilbert Sheldon, and our Pastor Emeritus, Father John Jenkins, several former priest associates concelebrating at this Mass of Thanksgiving. Father
Jenkins enthusiastically talked about the wonderful volunteers who worked with real dedication to make our parish such a success through the years.
A big bouquet of thanks is due to the wonderful parish volunteers who planned and carried out all the detailed preparations to ensure such a delightful evening. Thank you to Paula Adam and friend Steve, Bob Capanna (History display in Narthex), Joe and Maggie Colant, Sandi Denholm, Ron and Ellen McAvoy (Raffle Ticket Sales), Rosemary Mileski, Terry Nesline, Vi Pappano and Marilyn Spiros.
Sisters of St. Dominic who formerly taught in our school were recognized and applauded at the close of Mass and at the dinner following in Boeke Hall. Our parish choirs, directed by Jin Yu, Patty Rinella and accompanied by Caryn Lintner, Mike Brookman and Madeleine Breen helped to make the liturgy beautiful as well as prayerful.
Anne Yu and her cousin Cindy gave an outstanding and ,remarkable performance of Ave Maria. Thank you all for helping us to give praise and glory to our loving God who has blessed us
through the years.
After Mass, over 245 parishioners and friends gathered in Boeke Hall for a tasty dinner. There was plenty of good conversation, laughter and dancing to match the lively and entertaining band of Joe Pappano and Friends.
Parish Council member, Marilyn Spiros, did a great job as M.C. She announced the winner of the $1,000.00 prize, parishioner Joni Mills. Parishioners Joe and Judy Giacomo.and Ray and Kathy Trenta won the 2nd and 3rd prizes of $250.00.
On Sunday morning, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, children and adults enjoyed cake, ice cream and punch in the Parish Activity Center. Our Hospitality Committee, Tony and Mary Bachmann,
Robin Daley, Ron and Ellen McAvoy, Dave Nesline, Maggie Syvanych, Rosemary Vavro and Tod and Lori Wammes served up smiles and dished out good cheer to all who were present.
St. Paul Parish has always been noted for the volunteer spirit of our members. To be a vibrant and Christ-centered community we must ever be mindful that it takes many hearts and hands
working together to build a faith-filled community where everyone feels not only welcome but also needed. Let us pray and work in such a manner that we follow “God’s way” into the
Friday, October 16, 2009
Ten priests and eleven sisters were honored guests at the 90th a,nniversary celebration of St. Paul Parish.on Saturday evening, October 10, 2009
Beginning the celebration was a procession around the parish grounds. Altar boys carrying the cross, two members of the Hoban High Pipers Pride bagpipe group, a Knights of Columbus honor guard, the priests and parishioners were in the procession.
The Rev. Fr. John M. Jenkins, Pastor Emeritus of St. Paul, was celebrant of the Mass. He provided some cogent details on the history of the parish. He was pastor for the construcion of the new church and the gymnasium. The John Jenjkins Gymnasium was named in his honor
Fr. Jenkins was pastor of St. Paul from October 15, 1981 to October 4, 2004 when he retired as Pastor Emeritus. He now resides at Holy Cross parish in Euclid. He was succeeded by the Rev. Fr. Ralph W. Thomas who became St. Paul associate pastor on June 12, 2002, administrator pro tem on October 4, 2004 and pastor on June 7, 2005.
Remarks from the pulpit also were made by the pastor and by the Most Rev. Gilbert Sheldon, Bishop Emeritus of Steubenville who lived for a while at St. Paul when he was vicar of Summit County (1978); and vicar of the Southern Region (1979)
The priests who were honored guests for the anniversary were:
[Dates they served at St. Paul are listed for each associate]
The Most Reverend Gilbert Sheldon, Bishop Emeritus , Steubenville
Rev. John M. Jenkins, St. Paul Pastor Emeritus, Euclid.
Rev. Ralph W. Thomas, Pastor of St. Paul
Rev. Mr. Frank Lonteen, Deacon of St. Paul
Rev. Ralph Coletta, Pastor Emeritus, St. John the Baptist Church
Rev, Charles T. Dedrick, pastor of St. Mary, Elyria, Associate 1978-1982
Rev. Albert Kunkel, Pastor Emeritus, of Sacred Heart, Barberton, Associate, 1990-1991
Rev. David Halaiko, Pastor, Nativity of our Lord Church, Green, Associate, 1976-1977
Rev. Joseph Weigand, Pastor Emeritus of , St. Mary, Elyria
Rev. Paul Wysocki, Associate, 1964-1965
Sisters who were honored guests and the dates they served at St. Paul were:
Sr. Maura Bartel, 1965-1968, 1969-1972
Sr. M. Peter Brumter, 1951-1961
Sr. Elaine Eggert, (Sr. Ronald) 1973-1979
Sr. Beatrice Fitzgerald, 1960-1963
Sr. Martha Fox, (Sr. Jerome), 1960-1964
Sf. Juanita M. Henley, (Sr. Marcella), 1969-1970
Sr. Shirley Ann Nugent, (Sr. Reginald), 1955-1966
Sr. Bernadine Robinson, 1946-1949, 1969-1970, 1981-1983 Principal
Sr. Rosemarie Robinson, 1962-1965, 1969-1972
Sr. M. Siena Ward, 1955-1961
Sr. Mary Ann Wiesemann-Mills, (Sr. Petrina), 1961-1966
The dinner in Boeke Hall was a sell-out with the maximum of 250 tickets sold. The parish earned $3,122.12 from dinner and raffle tickets after expenses, Ron McAvoy reported.
Winner of the $1,000 raffle prize was Joan Mills.
For historic purposes we list here is the menu:
Chicken Picata, Swiss steak with potatoes Wanda, green beans Italian style, tossed salad and cake. Cash bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Music provided by Joe Pappano and Friends.
Members of the 90th anniversary committee were Paula Adam and Steve Kunkle, Bob Capanna (who prepared the history exhibits displayed in the narthex) Joe and Maggie Colant Sandi Denholm, Ron and Ellen McAvoy, Rosemary Mileski, Terry Nesline, Vi Pappano and Marilyn Spiros
Helpers for the Sunday celebration in the Parish Activity Center were Tony and Mary Bachmann Robin Daley, Ron and Ellen McAvoy, Dave Nesline, Maggie Syvanych, Rosemary Vavro and Tod and Lori Warnmes
The first Mass at St. Paul was celebrated on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, 1919 in the auditorium of the Firestone Park School. Fr. James Hanly, the first pastor, was appointed in September 1919 and died May 25, 1920 of pneumonia just six weeks after the first Mass was celebrated in the new church on Easter Sunday, April 4.
You also might want to check:
An album of photos by Tony DiDonato on the Sunday celebration.
Photo album of Sunday celebration in Parish Activity Center which includes a photo of the 90th anniversary cake. Photos provided by Ron McAvoy and Tony DiDonato
Photo History Link at left. Photos are being added as received.
The Jenkins Years post earlier this month
1980 history which lists sisters who served at St. Paul (download PDF file
List of Associates who have served at St. Paul (download PDF file)
Note to St. Paul Families from PTO president Tod Wammes:
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The class now has a group on Facebook. Click on the headline to go there. Bob Wilke of Baltimore, MD, a class member, created the page.
Caryn Lintner, St. Paul organist, is in the process of putting together a list of all names/addresses/emails for classmates in the hopes of having a 40-year class reunion sometime in 2010.
If you graduated from St. Paul ’s grade school in 1970/high school in 1974, please contact Caryn Armbruster at 330-773-5243, 330-815-6940, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name (ladies, maiden AND married names, please), address, phone number, and email address. As plans progress, you will be contacted with details for a class reunion at St. Paul ’s.
Also, if you are still in touch with other classmates, please either pass this request on to them or forward their contact information to Caryn. Finally, anyone interested in helping to find classmates and/or plan the reunion, please contact Caryn.
Incidentally, that is Caryn in the last photo in row 5.
Click on the photo to enlarge for a better view.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The October PTO and are in Boeke Hall. The PTO meeting will start at . and Booster Club will start at 7:15, or immediately following PTO.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This news clipping found on the Akron Grade School group on Facebook is being added to our Photo History secion.
Caption on this clipping from the Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday, May 31, 1944:
For continuing their outstanding record of war stamp sales, pupils of St,. Paul’s parochial school were rewarded with a jeep ride Monday afternoon. Each of the nine rooms has purchased enough stamps since school opened last September to buy a little war buggy, A boy and girl were chosen from each room to take the memorable ride. Here they are packed on the jeep. In the foreground is Rev. Clement H. Boeke, pastor of St. Paul’s.
Note: Stamps were a patriotic program used by the United States Treasury to help fund participation in World War II, and was principally aimed at school-age children. Stamps were available in 25 cent and ten cent versions, and could be used for purchase of war savings bonds.
Click on the image to enlarge for better view.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
There was a sell-out crowd for St. Paul's 90th anniversary dinner in Boeke Hall on Saturday evening, but some just met for cake after Mass in the Parish Activity Center. Here is the cake. Click on the headline to see some familiar faces in an album of photos provided by Ron McAvoy.
Click on the cake for close view.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Social Justice Group at St. Paul is asking parishioners to participate in Bread for the World's Offering of Letters to urge improvements in U.S. aid programs.. Information and letters will be available in The Parish Activity Center after all Mass on October 17, 18, 24 and 25. Letters will be printed and ready to address, sign and add personal comments (if desired). Parishioners may wish to learn more in advance of writing their letters by visiting the Bread for the World website at. www.bread.org/OL2009
Just click on the headline.
Here are the goals as explained on the website:
The world has changed dramatically in the last 50 years. But the way our country delivers assistance to the world’s poorest nations is still being driven by the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act. In 2009, Bread for the World members will urge Congress to rework U.S. foreign assistance to make it more effective in reducing poverty.
The opportunities and challenges we now face argue for a fresh approach to global development. By refocusing and streamlining our aid, and eliminating long-standing inefficiencies, we could increase U.S. assistance to poor and hungry people around the world, even in a time of fiscal constraints. The reform will improve U.S. support for progress against global poverty for years to come.
In 2009, a new president and a new Congress present a rare opportunity to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective and in the process improve America’s standing with other countries. U.S. assistance has helped to reduce child deaths, increase school enrollment, and curtail the incidence of AIDS. But more lives can be saved if foreign aid is fixed. Fewer children will die of hunger. Parents will be able to feed their families in the years to come. Better foreign assistance also means less waste and more impact for our tax dollars.
Currently our government’s global development policies and programs are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and nearly 60 government offices. A more efficient foreign assistance system—with better coordination, better accountability, better clarity— means that people get help faster and more effectively.
We want the United States to be a leader in creating a better, safer world. To do that, U.S. foreign policy must elevate global development so that it plays a more prominent role alongside defense and diplomacy in our foreign policy.
We are asking Congress to pass legislation that strengthens the ability of the United States to promote global development, foster economic growth in low-income countries, and support the efforts of poor people to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and become self-sufficient.
Because of my wife’s illness, I will no longer be able to cover most parish events. If the blog is to continue someone must step up to take over or at least provide assistance in posting and editing.
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The Rev. Thomas J. Bain, former principal of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls and at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, died Wednesday at age 83.
Father Bain had two stints at Walsh. He was principal and vice rector at the Catholic high school from 1966 to 1970, then served as principal of a high school in Detroit before returning to Walsh in 1974, where he was principal until 1978.
Over the ensuing years, Father Bain was assigned to various posts in the Toledo area and in Michigan.
He returned to St. Ignatius, where he had been principal from 1961 to 1965, to be the chaplain of alumni and development in 1993. He became a counselor at the school in 1995 and remained in that post until his retirement in 2003.
Born Dec. 8, 1925, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Father Bain entered the Jesuit order in 1943 and was ordained in 1956.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Colombiere Center, 9075 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, Mich.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Colombiere Center.
NAPLES, Fla. -- Carroll N. Labbe, 88, of Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 7, 2009.
Formerly of Akron, Ohio, he had been a Naples resident since 1977. He was born May 19, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Frank A. and Clara (nee Rambacher) Labbe. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Mr. Labbe is survived by his sons, Dennis (Gail) Labbe of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Ron (Fran) Labbe and Terry (Lynn) Labbe, both of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Maureen (Thomas) Stith of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Pam (Earl) Ley of Catawba Island, Ohio, Laura (David) Coleman of Naples, Fla. and Celeste (Rick) Piccinini of Upper Arlington, Ohio; nine grandchildren; three great-grand-children; brother, Urban Labbe of Wadsworth, Ohio; sister, Joan Freadling of Akron, Ohio; sister-in-law, Delores (Charles) Leslie of Venice, Fla. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosemary Ruth (nee Meagher) Labbe in 2005.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Church Memorial Garden. Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, (239) 992-4982, Bonita Springs, Florida.
(Published in Akron Beacon Journal on October 9, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Hopefully the history of St. Paul Parish will be updated for the 100th anniversary to include the Renaissance years when the Rev. Fr. John M. Jenkins was pastor.
This is only a rough draft for updating. More detailed information should be gathered to record the many changes which took place during the Jenkins years.
A new church and gymnasium were constructed, the old brick convent on Greenlawn was sold and later torn down, the Dominican Sisters ended their long tenure as teachers at St. Paul School, the School Foundation Fund was established and the old Chapel became a Parish Activity Center.
Father Jenkins was born in Akron St. Thomas Hospital on August 9, 1934., the son of Lee T. and Catherine Jenkins. His family, like Fr. Koegel’s both lived on South Balch Street in St. Vincent parish. A 1948-49 directory lists them at 195 S. Ballch St. His father worked for General Tire. Fr. Jenkins attended St. Vincent and St. Martha elementary schools in Akron. and St. Gregory Seminary High School and college in Cincinnati and Borromeo and Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cleveland. He was ordained May 28, 1960 by Most Rev. Bishop Edward F. Hoban. and was appointed seventh pastor of St. Paul on October 1, 1981.
He first assignment was at St. Timothy in Garfield Heights. He also served at Saint Aloysius, Saint Luke and Holy Cross parishes in Cleveland and was chaplain to University and Huron Road hospitals in Cleveland with residence at Holy Rosary for two years and at St. Philomena for four years.
He became the seventh pastor of St. Paul on October 15, 1981, succeeding the Rev. Fr. Thomas Koegel who became pastor of St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn.
Before leaving St. Paul to become pastor of St. Hilary, Fr. Koegel redesigned Boeke Hall and changed seating in the old chapel (now the Parish Activity Center). Pews originally facing the altar at the west end were placed around the altar which was moved to the north wall. A section of pews faced the altar and two others were on each side facing toward the center.
The parish received many awards for care of sick and elderly under Sister Noami Kuhns CSJ and those who succeeded her during the Jenkins years.
In 1983 the Dominican Order notified Fr. Jenkins that they could no longer staff the school.
The old brick convent on Greenlawn, which in 1968 housed 26 Dominican Sisters, was sold to Summit County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD), but the county put the building up for sale in the late 1990s. The parish purchased the building but after investigating possible uses for it found it was subject to vandalism so it was demolished.
After the convent on Greenlawn had been sold to the county a small home at 1616 Brown Street was the convent.. Sisters later moved out and after unsuccessful attempts to sell it, the house was moved around 1992 to a lot on N. Firestone Blvd. and the three-car garage demolished to increase the parking area
The school enrollment grew through the 1980s and 1990s until cost-based tuition was introduced. Unfortunately because or the raise in tuition enrollment declined.
in 1926 when the school opened there were 176 students. In 1965 there were 33 classroom with more than 1,550 students taught by 22 sisters, 11 lay teachers and four priests. In 2009 enrollment was 229.
In 1981 the Diocesan Board of Education Southern Region occupied the area of the school over the chapel. As enrollment increased they were asked to move and the area became the junior high.
In the mid 1980s parish bingo fell on hard times. Low attendance meant low income and local competition was fierce. An alternative was needed. Parish income was rather stable, but school expenses, competitive teacher salaries, benefits and improvements were a burden. In 1987 the St. Paul School Endowment Fund was initiated with a goal of $1 million with the fund interest to be reinvested until the goal was reached. It took ten years but the fund stands today providing financial assistance to keep the school in existence.
As time progressed the church building needed an interior facelift and a redecoration took place. The pews were removed, the choir loft which sagged was cut back, the high altar platform was placed forward and the church then was used only for one Mass on Sunday. It became a multipurpose building providing an auditorium for school and parish programs and meetings.
In January, 2000 a chunk of plaster fell from the church ceiling. Engineers investigated and found the steel girders supporting the roof were no longer safe. The church building and the pre-school in the basement were closed. It was determined to demolish the church which took place in August 2000. A wall covered the sanctuary area where the school was built around the original church in 1926.. The glass mosaic of the hand holding the world (behind the altar) when the chapel was built was placed on the exterior of the wall.
A town meeting of the parish was held and a majority vote approved moving toward a new church–A committee was formed, an architect was selected and you know the rest. Ground was broken and construction began in August 2002. The church was dedicated in October 2003.
There was a parish-wide survey in the spring of 2000 to determine what to do. A town meeting of the parish was held and a majority vote approved moving toward a new church. A building committee was formed with Michael J. Merle, president of Ray Fogg Building Methods Inc. of Cleveland, as chairman. The building committee met 11 times from July 24, 2000 to January 22, 2001 Members, in addition to Merle were John Amedeo, Sally Casenhiser, Mary Ann Courdriet, Mike Demczak, Tony DiDonato, Kelly Dodson, Bob Hamilton, Father John Jenkins, Rosemarie Muha, Dick Rinella, Doug Root, John Semonin, Debbie Speck and Mike Hausch.
Parishioners and neighbors of St. Paul's gathered August 24, 2000 as a wrecking crew razed the 80-year-old landmark.
The emotion was described by 77-year-old Katie Burrell in an article the next day in the Akron Beacon Journal
``I got so upset that I had to leave,'' said Burrell. ``I started feeling sick to my stomach when I saw it coming down. It just got to me. It was like watching my memories being taken away. I went to school there. I was married there. My nine children all went to school there and received their sacraments there. My grandchildren and now my great-grandchildren go to church there.''
Many of the parishioners who gathered to watch took a brick from the old building with them as they left for home.
``It's a sad time for the parish,” said Fr. Jenkins who had been pastor for nearly 19 years. “but repair would have been extremely costly, and we would have still had the same aging building It's a parish that has been a staple in the park, and people don't want to see the building go. But the parish will still be here.''
A preliminary design for the church was given to Bishop Pilla in January, 2000 and in late Spring 2001 a Capital Campaign started.
Construction bids were approved in the Spring of 2002.: Fr. John Jenkins, pastor, and Martin J. Amos, auxiliary bishop of the Cleveland Diocese broke ground for the new church on Sunday, July 28, 2002.
The church was dedicated by Bishop Anthony J. Pilla on Sunday, October 26, 2003 and work on the gymnasium was done from July to November 2003.
Cost of the church was over $2.5 million and the gym cost about $650,000. Other costs, fund-raising expenses and construction interest, added another $75,000 so total cost for the project then was about $3,250,000. The church is 12,500 square feet and seats 790..
The gym is about 9,500 square feel and features a full-size regulation high school basketball court.
Fr. Jenkins was pastor of St. Paul from October 15, 1981 to October 4, 2004 when he retired as Pastor Emeritus. He now resides at Holy Cross parish in Euclid. He was succeeded by the Rev. Fr. Ralph W. Thomas who became St. Paul associate pastor on June 12, 2002, administrator pro tem on October 4, 2004 and pastor on June 7, 2005.
In 1963 there were five sets of twins entering the first grade at St. Paul School. First grade teacher Sister Lucy Gray is shown with them in class. The twins are (row nearest came) Daniel and Kenneth Lott; (second row from left) Samuel and Daniel Campailla, Timothy and Kimberly Morgan; (third row from left) Johanna and Johann Barta, Olga and Marta Hoysack. Photo from Beacon Journal news cl;ipping provided by Jean Barta.
This photo is being added to the photo history collection of Saint Paul Today. Click on the Photo History link at left to see others.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Jeanne Jugan, the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor will be canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, October 11, at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. During the canonization ceremony she will be named a patron of the elderly.
In celebration of her sainthood, Cleveland's Little Sisters of the Poor welcome all to participate in a Mass of Thanksgiving at Gesu Church, 2490 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights on Sunday, October 18, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the Mass.
On EWTN-TV at 6:30 p.m. today is a Franech vocations video "Jeanne Judgan: Yesterday and Today" which features a look at the life and ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor, founded by Jeanne Jugan with a special mission of hospitality, particularly towards the elderly.
There is an urgent need to update the history of St. Paul Parish in time for the 100th anniversary on October 12, 2019. There are four history files in PDF format available for reading or download in our file storage space.
Unfortunately many of the historic documents and photos are missing or have been lost. There is, for instance, no list we can find of the charter members although we have heard that some sort of a book of minutes was kept.
The last and most extensive history was compiled by Tom DeKemper in Winter, 1987 so some of the events at the end of the pastorate of the Rev. Fr. Thomas Koegel are not included and there is nothing during the period when the Rev. Fr. John M. Jenkins was pastor.
DeKemper is the son of school secretary Mary Ann DeKemper. His history is 50 pages including four pages of footnotes and a cover page. It is available only at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. (Main Library Special Collections Call No. GLH 278.771 D327h )
DeKemper checked original sources in the archives of the Diocese of Cleveland and the Akron Beacon Journal for his scholarly work which the average reader might find too detailed and lengthy. He gives much space to the Fr. Thomas Koegel years, perhaps because he was then a student at St. Paul.
An easier read on the early history is a 1926 history originally published in a program for the dedication of St. Paul School.
See 1926 history
Probably the best for the average reader is the 1980 history published in a pictorial directory during the pastorate of Fr. Koegel. It contains two photos of the Solemn High Military Mass celebrated on Memorial Day 1921 and lists of associates and nuns who served the parish. There are also lists of heads of organizations. The history section is available from our file storage space
See 1980 history
An updated list of associate pastors is available from our storage space
An undated history printed on front and back of a single blue 8 ½ X 11 sheet gives some detail of the 1960s.
See 2-page history
You also might want to check the St. Paul TODAY photo history section.
See photo history.
On First Friday, October 2, the Feast of the Guardian Angels, St. Paul School students joined in the seventh annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour. Classes gathered in the church throughout the day for Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Nearly 1,500 students filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to pray for peace in families and in the world and for priests and missionaries. This was the fourth time the event took place at the shrine. Irish singer Dana hosted the event, which was broadcast live via the Eternal Word Television Network.
Photos by Christine Ehasz
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Bernard and Mary (Plazo) Factor have been members of St. Paul Parish for almost as long as the parish has existed and the lives of their family of 10 are entwined with the parish history. Bernie has been a member for 83 years and Mary for 82. Mary and Bernie are 90 years young
Mary’s family moved to a home on Dietz Ave. In Firestone Park and became members of St,. Paul parish in 1927. Bernie’s family moved to Firestone Park in 1926.
Bernie and Mary were married May 3, 1947 at St. Paul by Monsignor Clement Boeke. They have 10 children, 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren..
Bernie’s father, Bernard Sr., a printer by trade, ran the print shop at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. He also printed the collection envelopes and operetta programs in his basement for Monsignor Boeke in the 1930s.
Mary’s mother, Josephine Connolly, came to the U.S. in 1912 and was first booked on the Titanic, but her papers were not approved so she sailed the following week on the Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic
When in school Mary participated in the St. Paul operettas and sang later professionally on WJW Radio (High St.) with her own radio show "Stump Mary." Listeners would call in with a song request for Mary to sing, trying to ask for a song she did not know. But she knew all the popular songs. She also sang with the Musical Maidens and the Co-Eds and with various bands in-and-out of the area.
In 1940 she worked for the Navy in the First national Tower. She also worked for East Ohio Gas, O'Neil’s and Goodyear before getting married in 1947 at St. Paul's. She returned to work later, after 10 children, to work at City Hospital before retiring.
Mary Agnes Plazo was born January 11, 1919 in Akron to Samuel and Josephine Plazo. Her mother, Josephine Connolly, was born in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland. She came to the U.S. in 1912. Her father, Samuel Palazzo (Plazo), came to the U.S. in 1903 from Batania, Sicily just outside Palermo.
Mary was baptized at St. Vincent’s Church and made her First Communion at Annunciation Church where she attended school until the third grade. She attended St. Paul School through the eighth grade and graduated from Garfield High School.
Bernard George Factor Jr. was born March 8, 1919 in Zanesville, Ohio. His family was originally from Tiffin, Ohio. His parents, Bernard Factor Sr. and Margaret Kunkle, moved to Akron in 1924 and were members of St. Bernard's Church before moving to Firestone Park in 1926.
Bernie attended St. Paul School through the eighth grade. He attended Garfield and St. Vincent High School and also attended St. Joseph's in Indiana. The family lived on S. Firestone Blvd.
Monsignor Boeke and Father Isidore Paulus would spend their vacations in Arcadia, California, with Mr. and Mrs. Factor Sr. when the Factors moved there in 1947. The Paulus family was oriiginally from St. Paul parish.
Bernie Jr. worked at Firestone Print Shop until he enlisted in the U.S. Army early in 1942. He served in the European Theater in the 17th Engineer Battalion, Second Armored Division. He served as a tank commander with the rank of sergeant, and saw action in North Africa, Sicilian invasion and campaign under Gen. Patton. He landed on Omaha Beach D-Day plus 3 and fought in the hedgerow fighting in France, Break-out at St. Lo, Falaise, Belgium, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Siegfried line all the way to Berlin. He was part of the first occupation troops in Berlin. He returned home in 1945 and worked as a printer at Firestone. He worked at Adcraft, the Beacon Journal and Akron Type (Danner Press).
The photo at right of Bernie was featured in a photo layout on the cover of the Akron Beacon Journal Rotomagazine on Sunday, November, 18, 1945 The photo shows Bernie in uniform coming out of St. Paul Church with his parents, Margaret and Bernard Factor Sr., with missals in hand. Theme of the page was 'We Give Thanks.' Under the photo of Bernie is the line "For the right to worship."
Bernie and his wife have enjoyed that right for more than eight decades and have passed it on to their children.
Click here to see an enlarged version of this photo and the Rotomagazine page and more than 40 other photos in the history of St. Paul.