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Class Notes – Autumn 2022

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Class Notes – Autumn 2022

Read the latest news from Franciscan alumni for autumn 2022.

Autumn 2022

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Tom ’61 and Louise (Woodstuff ’62) Roberts recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their three children and a morning Mass where they received a special blessing from their parish priest.

Ron Carnevale ’63 is retired and lives in Florida. He says,“I thank God every day that I was truly educated for life at Steubie U. I always worked, made decent monies, and was accepted to each and every graduate program I applied. Most of all, I was able to lead my four children in the faith I received from the friars and strength to persevere. I would like to hear from my classmates of ’58 to ’63 and beyond.” Charlie Robinson ’69 was granted professor emeritus status by Clarkson University in Upstate N.Y. He had served there for 17 years as professor and director of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST). He had previously retired from 30-plus years of service in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a senior rehabilitation research career scientist, mainly working with veterans with spinal cord injury.The St. Lawrence Section of the American Society of Engineering Educators recently awarded him their 2022 Outstanding Teacher Award, making him eligible for the national 2023 ASEE award. He is proud that his granddaughter, Trinity Young ’22, just graduated from Franciscan University and is now studying to be a physician’s assistant. He is equally proud that his daughter, and Trinity’s mother, Elizabeth (Robinson ’99) Young, was awarded the Franciscan University 2014 Mussio Award and the Knights of Columbus 2018 International Family of the Year Award for her family’s Camp Veritas Catholic youth summer programs. Charlie is a commissioned lay minister in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and recently finished two terms as state warden of the N.Y. State Knights of Columbus Council. He continues to serve as a national trustee of the ALS Association (of Ice Bucket Fame) and lives with his wife, Kathy, and their cat, Houdini, in far upstate N.Y., near the St. Lawrence River. He just finished a 74,000 word corporate spy novel titled Hybrid Hysteria that he hopes to get published. He covered the great influence that Steubie U had on his life in his 90-minute Last Lecture that can be found on YouTube.

Tom Thomas ’68 retired in June after 24 years serving as pastor of the Yorkville, Ohio, United Methodist Church.



Mary Grace (Kniola ’72) Landrum

Mary Grace (Gracie Kniola ’72) Landrum was recently honored by Houston Woman Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2020-21. According to Beverly Denver, the publisher, “Those selected as Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2020-21 have earned an enviable reputation for their expertise in a particular field or arena. They are knowledgeable, credible, and trustworthy. The thoughts and actions of these women influence the thoughts and actions of others.”



Joan (Farchione ’82) McGlone has written her first book, a fiction based on fact story of her grandmother’s life in Steubenville, Ohio. The House on Seventh Street is self published through Amazon and available in paperback and Kindle e-reader.

Anita (Galownia ’87) King and her husband, Mathew Allen

Anita (Galownia ’87) King and her husband, Mathew Allen, have been married for 27 years. They were married in St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville October 1, 1994. They have four sons. Mathew Evan, 25, married Kimberlee Mackey June 25 at Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion, Pa. Mathew is an orchestra director at Brookville Area School District for grades 4-12. Nicholas Ryan, 24, is a junior electrical engineer with Hatch. Jacob Gabriel, 18, is in basic military training for the United States Air Force in San Antonio,Texas. Noah Thomas, 14, is a freshman in high school.

Dr. Greg ’89 and Lisa (Morgan ’89) Popcak

Dr. Greg ’89 and Lisa (Morgan ’89) Popcak were invited by theVatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life to deliver the opening keynote for the Rome World Meeting of Families this past June.They presented on the Liturgy of Domestic Church Life, a new vision for family spirituality and family ministry, and discussed an exciting, new online platform helping Catholic families love and cherish each other more generously, connect more meaningfully, and care more deeply for each other and the world.



Joe ’91 and Christy (Voinovich ’91) Menkhaus, and their daughter, Bernadette ’21, celebrated the ordination of their son and brother, Father Joe Menkhaus, May 21, 2022, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for the Diocese of Cleveland. Father Joseph will serve as parochial vicar at St. Bernadette in Westlake.

Joe ’91 and Christy (Voinovich ’91) Menkhaus, and Bernadette Menkhaus ’21 at the ordination of Fr. Joe Menkhaus.



Dr. Philip Harold ’00 was named dean of Constantin College at the University of Dallas in July 2021. He and his wife, Rachel (Durbin ’00), live in Irving with their seven children.

Most Rev. Anthony B.Taylor prays over Deacon Jason Pohlmeier ’05

Jason Pohlmeier ’05 was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark. Jason will serve at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville where he is also the principal of the parochial school.

Dr. Daniel Garland, Jr. MA ’08 received his doctorate in systematic theology from Ave Maria University in December 2021. He is the inaugural director of Religious Education for Schools in the Diocese of Charlotte and is in formation to be a deacon in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. He and his wife, Laura, have six children.

Dr. Kristina Olsen MA ’09 recently published Principles of Change: Teresa of Avila’s Carmelite Reform and Insights From Change Management, which draws from organizational change management principles to examine St.Teresa of Avila’s 16th-century reform of the Carmelite order.



Tim Glemkowski ’11 will serve as executive director of the 2024 Eucharistic Congress, a large-scale in-person event focused on encountering Jesus in the Eucharist in Indianapolis.

Dr. Mary (Kineke ’12) Bellocci earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Francesco, and their three girls. Mary also teaches Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children ages 0-9.

Machelle (Sowinski ’12) Gavron attended California State University, Sacramento, earning a master’s in biochemistry with a concentration in chemical education. Machelle says, “I married my husband, Jeff, in 2015 while teaching middle school science at the parish school attached to the church where we got married.While it was fun to teach young children, my passion was in a university setting. In 2018, I became a chemistry lab instructor at California Northstate College of Health Sciences (CNU-CHS), a small private university, and in 2020 became a full-time instructor and lab coordinator. My husband and I are enjoying life together with our chocolate lab, Gracie. God has yet to bless us with children, but we are taking this time to further grow in love with each other. We live in Auburn, Calif., where we’re close to our families. I enjoy reading books, hiking the hills near the river, baking, and bingeing Netflix shows.”

Elise Chabot ’12 MA ’21 is a therapist at Community Partners NH, a nonprofit community mental health agency. She is proud to work directly with another Franciscan University alumna, Kirsten May ’17, in providing mental health services to New Hampshire residents. Additionally, Elise is involved in ministry formation with Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies with the hope of becoming a hospital or hospice chaplain.

Sister Agnes Maria Kolinsky, TOR ’13 made her final profession with the Franciscan Sisters,TOR of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, June 18, 2022. Sister Agnes Maria says, “It is the greatest gift of my life to belong totally to Christ as his bride.”

Dr. Jim Mello MSE ’13 has been elected as chair of the Executive Board of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) for 2022-2023. Jim previously served as chair of the Governance Committee of the CCMA Executive Board from 2020-2022.The mission of CCMA is to promote the mission of the Church by empowering Catholic campus ministers through formation, networking, and resources.

Jason Barry MA ’14 recently started a new job with Helical Drilling in Braintree, Mass., as a structural steel welder/fabricator.

Hanna (Glaser ’15) Dean and her husband, Matthew, recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary.They live in Buffalo, N.Y., with their children, Cecilia and Charles.

Justin ’15 MA ’16 and his wife, Danielle (Link ’16) Griswold live in the Indianapolis area where Justin has recently started his own private therapy practice, Pax Counseling, that focuses on teen and young adult mental health.

Father Stephen Jones ’15 was ordained a priest this past May for the Diocese of Cincinnati.

Dr. Kathleen Lamontagne ’15 recently joined Laurel Health as a dentist for their Lawrenceville and Blossburg, Pa. locations.

Jonny Redfield ’15 has been promoted to art director at Crawford, a full-service strategic marketing agency based in Greenville, S.C.

David Piccirilli ’18 and Franciscan classmate Emily Burt were married April 10, 2021, in Christ the King Chapel.They moved to Keller, Texas, to take jobs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. David is the director of Youth Ministry, and Emily is the coordinator of Communications.

Deacon Isaiah Schick ’18 was ordained to the diaconate on May 29, 2022, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior,Wis., and is attending St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee.

Elisha Valladares-Cormier ’20 and Chloe Batara ’19 were married July 31, 2021. Among the concelebrants at their wedding was Father Daniel Maria Klimek, TOR. Elisha is associate editor of Columbia Magazine, and Chloe is a communications specialist for the Catholic Parishes of Sandusky and vice chair of the Diocese ofToledo’s Pastoral Council.

Brother Bruno (James) Mello, OSB ’19 took his first vows as a monk of Newark Abbey, Newark, N.J., October 17, 2021, before the monastic community, faculty, and students of St. Benedict’s Prep, and friends and family at Abbey Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Brother Bruno became aquainted with the Newark Abbey community while a sophomore at Franciscan and twice served as a Benedictine volunteer, teaching religion and history at St. Benedict’s Prep, before entering the monastery. He serves the community as refectorian, social media and publicity coordinator, and as an organist. He is also pursuing his graduate studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary and School of Theology at Seton Hall University.


Katie Hugo ’20 married Siegfried Richter on May 21, 2022.

William Spinnenweber ’20 was music director and organist at St. Peter Church in Steubenville from 2020 to 2022. In August, he began work on his master of music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.

Sister Mary Grace Watson, OP MA ’20 has been assigned by her religious community
to serve as principal of St. James Catholic Regional School in Elizabethtown, Ky. She had previously served as assistant principal at St. John Paul the Great High School in Virginia, principal at St. Patrick School in McEwen, Tenn., and led the School of Education as dean at Aquinas College in Nashville


In Memoriam

Former student Debbie (Donoughe) Oller died April 15, 2022.

Richard “Dick” Rees ’55 died July 3, 2022.

Dr. Henry Schaup ’65 died June 5, 2022.

William “Jerry” Bende ’68 died May 25, 2022.

Thomas “Tom” Bowman ’71 died May 5, 2022.

A. William Giannini ’73 died July 10, 2022.

A.J. Wagner ’73 died August 25, 2022.

Vince Carteledge ’75 died May 8, 2022.

Samuel “Sam” Corabi ’75, Lambda Chi Alpha brother, died July 7, 2022.

Loretta (Grabowski ’75) Mazzoni died January 31, 2022.

Joseph “Paul” Haught ’76 MBA ’88 died July 1, 2022.

Barbara Brakel ’80 died December 3, 2021.

Erin (Breen ’97) Vukojevic, Little Flowers Household sister, died July 2, 2021, following a courageous three-month battle with advanced melanoma.

Regina Szyszkiewicz ’11, Daughters of the Divine Mercy Household sister, died March 31, 2022.

Former Austria Campus faculty, Dr. Damian Fedoryka, died July 26, 2022.



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