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Dear Betty; Thanks for your help with the 9th grade nuns I couldn't recall. Both of those names rang a bell. Also thanks to Mary and Maryann Merino, who I recall as a knockout who all the guys were in love with. I also remember all of those classmates you mentioned, and so many more. The amazing thing is, I can't remember what I had for lunch, today, or even if I had lunch, for that matter. I fear that old father time is doing a number on my memory. My dad also made those palm crosses, but I don't recall the egg thing Well, thats all for now. Tell Mary to drop me a line, and maybe we can take a walk down memory lane. Thanks, OBIE

Added: April 19, 2015
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Obie, My sister asked Jean Leonard Malik, who were the nuns that had 9th grade She is a year behind you. They were Sister Ann Margaret and Sister Catherine Veronica.

Added: April 15, 2015
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I read my post. I guess I was typing too fast. There is an error. I typed "are" instead of our. I didn't want anyone thinking that I wasn't taught properly at SSS.

Added: April 15, 2015
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Thanks to everyone responding about Holy Week. This website really brings back memories. It helps us remember the ones we forgot. I learned about Dingus Day when I was a Freshman at LF. I learned many Polish customs from a friend. She was from St. Adalbert's the Polish Parish in Port Richmond. On Easter, they played a game called Epper(spelling?). You took the colored hardboiled egg in your fist, you left a small opening between you index finger and thumb. Your opponent tried to crack the top of the egg. The egg that did not break was the winner. The prize was the other person's egg. Actually, I don't know if it was a Polish custom. When I mentioned it to my Father, he knew how to play. Maybe it was an old custom. My Father also taught me to make Palm Crosses. Until this day on Palm Sunday I make the crosses. OBIE, Yes, it was my sister Mary that was in your class. She remembers you too. I mentioned your Feb. 23 post, asking who taught the 9th grade. She will call Maryann Merino. She said she'll know. The other people I know that were in your year are: Catherine Green, Veronica Dowling, Loretta Bowers, Betty Kirk, Joe Douglas and Tony McAleer. They were are neighbors. You are right there were a lot of us Bonshoff. My Father was one of ten, nine being boys and they all had girls. Out Lady of Pompeii was mentioned. You had to have one parent that was Italian to go there. There were even Bonshoff in Our Lady of Pompeii.

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Hey everybody.
I remember Our Lady of Pompeii very well. It was near the Century movie where I went a lot! One connection I never could make - what did our Lady have to do with Pompeii? Help me with that one people. Also to update that church, it is now in a Latino community. Shouldn't the name be changed to Our Lady of Guadalupe? There really is an Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I am now retired. I had my first music lesson in 37 years yesterday NO JOKE!. I was going thru my old sheet music and cannot believe what I found!! A piece from Room 4, Grade 6, Sister Ann Patrice, who was my favorite, was my teacher (actually lucky enough to have her 5th and 6th) and petite Sister Cristella was the piano teacher. I definitely am not getting rid of that sheet music. Nostalgia!!!

Hope everyone had a blessed Easter.


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John.....make sure you wear your Gladiator outfit...boy are your classmates getting old....50 years...notice I said your classmates....not you...never argue with a gladiator with a drawn sword....

Added: April 14, 2015
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Attention RCHS Class '65. Information for our 50th reunion has been mailed for the weekend nov. 27'28&29. If you have not received a letter, please contact me via my email.

Added: April 13, 2015
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Obie. The parish on Erie Ave indeed was Italian but it was Our Lady of Pompeii.
Ed Z. Great to hear from you. Hope you & your family are doing well. B.G.


Added: April 9, 2015
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Dear Ed G., Ed Z, & Betty B.
Just like to add a few things to the St. Lads Easter programs. The statue of Christ in repose, is at St. Helenas, as well as most of the interior statuary, holy water fonts and that magnificent carved wood altar backdrop. Several of my buddies from St. Paul St. went to St. Lads, and it was my grandmothers parish, as well. Her name was Pauline Zerbenski, and she was my mom's mom. I remember visiting the 3 churches on Holy Thursday, St. Lads being one and the one on Erie Ave was probably St. Veronicas, which I think was an Italian parish. I do remember changing of the guard at St. Lads, and the priest coming to grandmom's house to bless the food; Galumkies, kielbasa, decorated eggs, paska, babka, and the butter in the shape of a lamb. My wife and daughters still keep up some of those traditions, and we hosted 14 for Easter Sunday dinner this year. It always brings back so many happy memories. As to Dingus Day, my mom's younger brother always showed up on Easter monday with an assorted bunch of greens, which were to reprent the rebirth and coming of Spring. I don't recall any splashing of water.
BETTY B. Your sister was in my class (1951) I know there were a bunch of you girls, but was it Mary that was in my class? Please say hello for me, and a Happy Easter to all SSS brothers and sisters. OBIE


Added: April 7, 2015
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Thank you so much Ed Z. Those are the details that I was hoping would be mentioned. Above all, you called our attention to Dingus Day. For years, I mean YEARS, I tried to find some mention of Dingus Day. While attending North Catholic, a friend of mine from Nativity parish talked about Dingus Day. At first I thought he was joking, because he and I and other sacristans used to have the occasional water fight in the sacristy of the chapel. Loads of fun. He said we could always use the Dingus Day defense if we got caught. Okay. Never did get caught during a water fight, but did get nabbed while playing a form of hockey in the Oratory of Saint Joseph, adjacent to the chapel. We used the candle lighters and a soft ball. On the other hand, we did a heck of a lot of polishing of the dozens of brass candle-sticks in the chapel and oratory. We cleaned that place within an inch of its life and served countless Masses. Good times! Thanks again, Ed.

Added: April 6, 2015
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