Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
October 2012 
In This Issue
Chicago Irish Event
Grand Rapids Event
Alumni Hockey
Red Wings
'62 Football
St. Fred / St. Michael
Jerry Drenzek '75
Prep Bowl
Brother Louis
Science Labs
Field Dedication
Annual Fund
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,  


Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office! 
September was a celebrated month that included enhancements and dedications on our campus, milestone class reunions and a wonderful homecoming. Thank you to all who came out and participated!
Irish blessings,
Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations




Traveling Irish - CHICAGO!

October 27, 2012


Join us for a fun-filled alumni gathering in the Windy City! Alumni of all class years welcome, along with your guests.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

6:30 p.m. 

Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub

400 N. McClurg Court, Chicago, IL 60611

Located just east of the Magnificent Mile, southeast of the Water Tower District, 2 blocks west of Lake Michigan on the Chicago River. Public parking is available at the corner of McClurg and E. North Water Street.


Appetizers will be provided. Beverages can be purchased on a pay-your-own-way basis. Must be 21 years old to be served alcohol. Guests under 21 must exit the pub between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Please RSVP for this event by October 24 at


Contact Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) at with questions. 

Traveling Irish - GRAND RAPIDS!   

November 26, 2012


Join the alumni association for its second-annual gathering in Grand Rapids! Alumni of all class years welcome, along with your guests.


Monday, November 26, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Bobarinos Restaurant @ The B.O.B.

20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Appetizers will be provided. Beverages can be purchased on a pay-your-own-way basis. Must be 21 years old to be served alcohol.


Please RSVP for this event by November 25 at


Contact Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) at with questions. 

Alumni Hockey Tournament    

December 26, 2012


Want to play hockey with some of your old high school friends? This is just for you!


7th Annual Alumni Hockey Tournament

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

3:15 p.m. ice time

Troy Sports Center

1819 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083

** Please arrive between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.


Bring your hockey gear, including two jerseys - one light and one dark. Teams and the number of matches will be based upon the number of players who sign up.

Cost is $20.00 per player. Guests are invited to attend and watch the game at no charge.


Please RSVP at


Questions? Contact Mike Lesnau '06 (NDP) at (586) 381-1082or, or Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP) at  

Red Wings Outing  

January 22, 2013


Join the alumni association for its first-ever Red Wings outing. Through an alumni connection, we've been able to secure discounted tickets.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Joe Louis Arena, 7:00 p.m.

Detroit Red Wings vs. the Calgary Flames

Tickets $35.00 per person.



Questions? Contact Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP) at


Purchase Tickets Online

Alumni celebrate Homecoming 2012
Nearly 400 attend tent festivities. Doug Brown '70 (NDHS) honored.


On Friday, September 28, nearly 400 alumni and guests from Notre Dame High School, Notre Dame Prep and Pontiac Catholic attended the 2012 homecoming celebration. All watched as special guest alumnus and three-time Olympian, Doug Brown '70 (NDHS), was honored on the field.


Brown wore his decorated NDHS letter sweater to the varsity football game, and he presented it to Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m. '65 (NDHS), president of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, for permanent display on the campus. Earlier that day, Brown participated in the student pep rally, telling Coach Zimmerman and the varsity football players that he didn't come all the way from Atlanta, Ga., to see ND Prep lose its undefeated winning streak. His pep talk must have inspired, as ND Prep beat Dearborn Divine Child 29 to 7 that night.


Special thanks to Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS), Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP) and the Notre Dame Alumni Association Board of Directors for their efforts in planning a successful alumni tent celebration. To view photos and video from Homecoming, visit our Facebook page.

Doug Brown '70 (NDHS), right, presents his NDHS letter sweater

to Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m. '65 (NDHS).

NDHS '62 football players honored at ND Prep game


Alumni football players from Notre Dame High School's Class of 1962 were honored on Friday, September 21, 2012, at Notre Dame Prep's home varsity football game against Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. All in attendance watched as the alumni players were recognized on the field and presented with special mementos celebrating 50 years.


Members of NDHS Class of 1962 football team in attendance:
Gene Hess #60 guard
Judson Noe #20 wide receiver
Mike Petrucci #12 wide receiver
Terry Foley #11 quarterback
Tom Lueck #62 center
Video below shows alumni players taking the field with current team and award ceremony afterward. View photos on our Facebook page.
NDHS Class of 1962 Football Players Honored at ND Prep Game on September 21

NDHS Class of 1962 Football Players Honored at

the ND Prep Game on Sept. 21

St. Frederick and St. Michael schools celebrate all-class reunions

More than 300 graduates of former Pontiac schools, St. Frederick and St. Michael, attended all-class reunions in September. St. Frederick and St. Michael schools closed and merged in 1967 to build and begin Pontiac Catholic High School, which was erected at 1300 Giddings Road - where Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy now resides.


The St. Frederick reunion was held on September 9, with a mass at St. Vincent de Paul in Pontiac and a luncheon at Santia Hall in Keego Harbor. The St. Michael reunion was held on September 16, with a mass at Shrine of St. Joseph in Pontiac and a luncheon at Scott Lake Banquet Center in Waterford. Alumni in attendance ranged from graduating class years 1934 through 1967. Special thanks to Patty Dean Philips (SF) and Lance Butler (SM) for organizing these special celebrations.  



Above: St. Frederick graduates at their 2012 all-class reunion

Notre Dame High School to be honored by Bishop Gallagher Society
November 8 awards dinner at Academy of the Sacred Heart

The Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society is a group dedicated to the collection and preservation of Detroit Catholic school history. The Society will host its second-annual awards dinner on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.


The event will begin with Mass in the school chapel followed by dinner and the awards program. Notre Dame High School is one of three schools that will be honored at the event. Keynote speakers will be US District Court Judge Gershwin Drain, a graduate of St. Gregory High School, and Mike Duggan, a Detroit Catholic Central graduate and currently CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. There will be presentations recognizing contributions to Catholic education and historic preservation in the Detroit area. 


All are invited to attend. Additional details and registration information can be found at or by calling Mike Butler (CC'71) at 734-776-0231.

Alumnus featured in Old Cars Weekly magazine

Jerry Drenzek '75 (NDHS) and his 1948 Ford F-1 half ton were featured in the September issue of Old Cars Weekly magazine. In the article Jerry is quoted, "There is nothing that says Americana like old 1950s pickups. I like the looks of them. I like the simplicity of them. I just love everything about them." Full Story


Contributed by Jerry Drenzek '75 (NDHS). Source: Old Cars Weekly



Irish clinch a playoff spot and return to Ford Field


The Notre Dame Prep football team clinched a state playoff berth as well as a trip to Ford Field for the CHSL Prep Bowl on October 20 with their homecoming win on September 28 against Dearborn Divine Child. The Fighting Irish earned their 19th straight regular season win that night, beating the Falcons 29-7. Congratulations to the 6-0 Irish!


If you'd like information on tickets to the Prep Bowl on October 20, click here.


"Super Fan" celebrates 45 years as a Marist


NDPMA staff member Brother Louis Plourde, s.m., celebrated 45 years as a Marist brother on September 12, 2012. Dubbed "super fan" because of his devotion to Notre Dame and its athletes, Bro. Louis professed 45 years ago on September 12, 1967. Congratulations, Brother Louis!


Newly refurbished science labs blessed by head of school


In a short ceremony at Notre Dame's Pontiac campus, the newly refurbished science labs were blessed by head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., in front of board members, faculty and staff. The work on the labs, financed primarily with donations, was wrapped up in late August.

The complete renovation of the science and chemistry labs included the conversion of the biology lab in room C-3 to a chemistry lab. As a result of this new work, the school's two chemistry labs are adjacent to one another and the biology labs are now together in the B-wing.
Additional exhaust/fume hoods and fans have been added to the lab along with new gas and water lines, lighting and flooring. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at about $200,000, the majority of which was donated by the Jurkiw and Schwabauer families.
Notre Dame dedicates and renames football field


William (Bill) Kozyra served the mission of the school as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the school's decision to pursue the International Baccalaureate "World School" designation and was a driving force behind the construction of the current athletic field. In addition, his personal benefaction to the Marist Fathers of Detroit and Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is among the highest of all major donors in the history of the school.


In a special ceremony held at the athletic field in front of Kozyra's family and friends and a host of Notre Dame fans, head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., formally blessed and dedicated the field in Kozyra's name. As part of Notre Dame Prep's homecoming festivities Friday, September 28, the school officially re-named its football field "William Kozyra Alumni Field."
Head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., conducts a blessing and dedication for the William Kozyra Alumni Field September 28, 2012. From left, Gladys Kozyra (Bill Kozyra's mother); son Bill '03 (NDP); daughter Lauren '05 (NDP); Kozyra, Andy Guest, NDPMA VP for Advancement and Olszamowski. 
Notre Dame Annual Fund kicks off


It's a new school year, and with it comes a new annual fund campaign. In the coming weeks, you'll receive a letter in the mail describing the Notre Dame Annual Fund and asking for your support. Later in the year, you may receive a phone call or an e-mail asking for a gift.


Each year we see increased alumni support and we hope this year is no exception. The 2011-12 annual fund saw a 25% increase in alumni donors and a 30% increase in alumni dollars over 2010-11. Please prayerfully consider a gift to the 2012-13 Notre Dame Annual Fund. If you've contributed in the past, consider matching or increasing your most recent gift. If you've not yet supported the annual fund, consider making your first gift to Notre Dame.


If you have any questions about the Notre Dame Annual Fund, please contact Annual Fund Director Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS) at 248-373-2171 x 5 or

List of upcoming class reunions:


If your graduation year ends in a 3 or 8, your class should be celebrating a reunion in 2013!


Considering planning a reunion for your class?  The alumni office can help you get started.

Call (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email for details.


NDHS Class of 1963, 50-year

Date TBA, September 2013. Tentative plans for a reunion weekend include a Tigers game, dinner at a Detroit casino, and a Sunday morning Mass downtown. Contacts: John McCabe, (586) 822-5153; Don Herman, (586) 781-0220.


NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year

Contacts: Dennis Berger,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski,


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1973, 40-year

Event is in the early planning stage. Contact Nancy Mazza '73 (PC) at


NDP Class of 2002, 10-year

Saturday, November 24, 2012. The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. For more info and to RSVP, visit Reunion contacts: Steve Skok,; Bill Higgins,; Teresa Elliott,; Jane Dika,, Gerry Mattei,   


NDP Class of 2008, 5-year

Reunion is in the early planning stages. Reunion contacts: Shannon Bartlett,; Katie Berlin,

For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit 

We pray for those who have died:    

Aurelia Dziwak, mother of Jim Dziwak '75 (NDHS). 9-30-2012


Donald Trudeau, grandfather of Nicole (Trudeau) Klimek '02 (NDP) and Daniel Trudeau '04 (NDP). 9-30-2012


Mary Catherine Miko, mother of George Miko '75 (NDHS), Joseph Miko '77 (NDHS), and John Miko '80 (NDHS). Grandmother of Christopher Miko '00 (NDHS) and Nicholas Miko '06 (NDHS).


Catherine Fisher, mother of James Fisher '76 (NDHS). 9-29-2012


Katherine Skurda, mother of Raymond Skurda '61 (NDHS). 9-28-2012


Harold Beaubien '50 (SF). 9-27-2012


Richard Barker, grandfather of Steven Barker '12 (NDP). 9-26-2012


Josephine Kohut, mother of Thomas Kohut '76 (NDHS). 9-24-2012


Joan Sikorski, grandmother of Alexander Scales '08 (NDP) and Andrew Scales '11 (NDP). 9-22-2012


Cheryl Rempinski, wife of Daniel Rempinski '75 (NDHS).9-20-2012


Joseph Gasparovich, grandfather of Michele Gasparovich '03 (NDP). 9-18-2012


Louis Shelide, father of Raymond Shelide '64 (NDHS) and Roger Shelide '69 (NDHS). 9-18-2012


Walter Titus, father of Scott Titus '89 (NDHS). 9-16-2012


Delores Connell, mother of John Connell '65 (NDHS) and Kevin Connell '74 (NDHS).


Paul Marti, father of Paul Marti '66 (NDHS). 9-8-2012


Harry Mileski, father of Darvin Mileski '77 (NDHS) and David Mileski '77 (NDHS). 9-8-2012


Vincent Colagiovanni, son of Vincent Colagiovanni '70 (NDHS) and nephew of Frank Colagiovanni '68 (NDHS). 9-7-2012


Richard Kuzner, father of Rich Kuzner '78 (NDHS), Dave Kuzner '79 (NDHS), John Kuzner '80 (NDHS) and Tom Kuzner '93 (NDHS). 9-6-2012


Gloria Adamo, mother of Rich Adamo '89 (NDHS). 9-6-2012


Michael Oravec, father of Michael Oravec '71 (NDHS), Joseph Oravec '78 (NDHS), and John Oravec '79 (NDHS). 9-4-2012


George Morehouse, grandfather of Christopher Morehouse '02 (NDP) and Joseph Morehouse '05 (NDP). 9-4-2012


Jill Hickner, mother of former NDPMA faculty member, Jan Corteville. Grandmother of Brian Corteville '99 (NDP). 9-3-2012


Janice Bulgarelli, sister of Terry Bulgarelli '69 (NDHS). 9-3-2012


James Zagacki, brother of David Zagacki '72 (NDHS). 9-2-2012


James D. LeBeau, father of Jim LeBeau '93 (NDHS). 9-1-2012


Michael P. O'Neil '72 (NDHS), brother of Jim '70 (NDHS) and John '75 (NDHS). 9-1-2012


Paul Wancour '70 (NDHS), cousin of Richard J Wancour '67 (NDHS). 7-19-2012



We pray for the sick:


Dave Dubay '81 (NDHS), recovering from open heart surgery.


Joey Caretti, the twelve-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for prayers as he continues to recuperate from various side effects related to his cancer treatment.


Email your prayers and petitions to 

You are invited!      



6 - Oktoberfest

9 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at NDPMA Pontiac

20 - CHSL Prep Bowl

7 - Traveling Irish, Chicago

28 - Open House, upper and middle divisions. 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.




13 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at NDPMA Pontiac

26 - Traveling Irish, Grand Rapids