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Are there any St. Stephen's grads around that are older than our 1948 class? Let's * * * from them! I know my sister, Claire Voigtsberger Peryea is still alive and kicking. She was a 1944 grad. But she won't touch a computer to save the world. You don't wnt to get her talking about her kids or grandkids though. You know you are in trouble when she comes up with "So! Any way! She is going to start talking kids or politics.
She means well. She doesn't have much to talk about.
I took her and my long suffering brother in law to dinner for their 64th anniversary tonight. Her kids are scattered all across the country as are mine. I at least have two sons that live in Port St. Lucie, when they aren't out testing electric utility cos. for stray voltage. Didn't know there was such good money in that.
I had good news! My second son, Same isn't going back to the sand box. It was bad enough that he spent 15 months in Iraq. He came back and retired from the Army and turned around and went back to Iraq and latter Afghanistan to work on Blackhawks and later King Air twin engined aka MC-12. He has been in and out of there for 4 years now. His wife' daughters and granddaughter finally prevailed.

Have a good week. one and all. Dave V-


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dennis i grad from sss 1966 that was a good year i am 63 now i wish i was young again i have heart problems two blownout knees and diabetes too i am not heavy went to hospital for triple by pass now home resting that all i have right now god bless thomas e mc intyre

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Tom, you are just a kid...I graduated from SSS in 1964 and graduated from Roman in 1968....I do recall a Miss Roann but that is about it....how bout Miss Schlitz???? she had flaming red hair and to this day I hold a small grudge against her....it was in 3rd grade that she informed the class that there was no Santa Clause....and when we returned to school in September for 4th grade, don't you know I got her again...she moved up to 4th grade with us....To me, Santa is alive and well just as my grand kids...take care Tom....

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dennis it was in 1968and did you know a teacher named miss roeann she was a teacher i had i do not know the year but she was a good teacher to have i also had sister cathrine ann too talk to you all later god bless thomas e mc intyre

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Eileen Boyle....welcome aboard.....I am a recent member of this site and it is fun talking about the way it was. There are so many people who write and share their time at SSS and growing up in their neighborhood....so start writing kid.....best wishes....dennis

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Tom,

What year did your sister, Helen have Sr. Helen in her room 8?.....I had Happy in the 63-64 school year.
The only Helen I remember is Helen Simmons....good old Helen Simmons. I was not the brightest bulb on the tree when it came to math....Sister would send an aisle at a time to the blackboard to do a math problem.....Helen would figure out which problem I was getting to do and she would do the problem and slip me an index card with it all done...she got me through ARITHMATIC as we called then.


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Haven't popped into this site in about six years....but tonight it crossed my mind and I was so glad to see it's still evolving. I'm very impressed at the detailed memories pouring across the pages.... does light up some synapses in this old gray matter! Thanks to all of you for keeping the light on! Great stories! The SSJ's would certainly be proud.

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Hello Dave Voigtsberger. You mentioned a minstrel show earlier and I thank you for verifying a recollection I've had for many years. You know, it's one of those singular yet fleeting images that stays with you for so many years that you wonder where the heck it came from. I began going to Saint Stephen's in September, 1948; I was in second grade with Sister Mary Joanne. My recollection of a minstrel show must have been from something I saw around that time. The image that has remained with me over all these years is of being in an auditorium watching a scene in a stage show. All the players on the stage were having a snowball fight and the snowballs were made of cotton: like cotton balls you buy at the drug store, except that they were snowball size. As a six-year-old, I thought that they could not be real snowballs because they kind of floated across the stage after the actors threw them. Although I didn't have the words at that age, I learned when I was older that I was clearly impressed with the theatricality of the scene. I might have thought back then, "That's neat!" I'm pretty sure it was my mom who took me to see this show, and I know that it was called a "minstrel show" and I know it was held at Little Flower High School. Several years later, when I was in the seventh grade, I served Mass there in the auditorium. My first reaction to being there was, "Holy cow, all girls!" But I soon realized I had been there before, and this particular image came to mind. To this day, I can't recall any music or even a story-line for the show - just the cotton snowball fight, the term "minstrel show," and Little Flower. So thanks again, Dave.

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Bob! Wasn't there also a room of Little Flower girls also?
Here in my diocese (Palm Beach), there are 93 parishes and only two Catholic High Schools. The schools aren't very big as North and Little Flower were.
The parish that I belong too has only 3500 families or so.
Not at all like SS. In winter it gains in size drastically.
We get a lot of Northeastern snowbirds in Port Saint Lucie, most of them are here only 5 or 6 months, shut their places up and then back north. Gets a little empty around here. I'm the unofficial housewatcher for the west end of Del Sol. Ah well, such is the job of the ex-snowbirder.
I was standing on the roof of our house in Rochester, NH in Jan 2001, snow up to my hips and it suddenly occurred to me that I didn't want to do that anymore. Waited until July and moved down here. Didn't regret it at all.


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Dave V. Your entry brought more than a few memories for me. I was in the next to last 9th grade class held at SS.
Our Nun was Sister Catherine Veronica. First day of school we (all boys) really thought we were big shots 'cause sister decorated our room with North Catholic pennants & other things that made us feel like we truly were North freshmen. The following class (SSS class of 1954) would be the last time the annex would exist due to the building of Father Judge,and Cardinal Dougherty. I wish I could remember my address as well as remember these old facts. Hope all the SSS gang are having a great summer.


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