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Greetings to everyone, especially the alumni of St. Stephen's grade school. I look forward to the reunion because I missed the 50th reunion that Joni Pawlish and Mary Carre held in March. I have two brothers and two sisters who went to St. Stephen's. One brother, Fran, graduated in 1955. I am so proud to have graduated from our school. I am also very proud of all its alumni. See you in September.

Added: December 1, 2006
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Hello,
My memories of Saint Stephens is still fresh in my mind, from 1965-1974. Sister Clair Donald, Sister Jon Briget, Sister Bernard, and Sister Francis Helen. I still have my first grade class pictures.
Walking to school from 10th street. I can recall an incident that is funny now. The nuns made us safety guards. Our job was to keep the peace and to be a road guard crossing. Especially during lunch time, if you ran in the school yard, you were put up against the wall. We decided to put everyone up against the wall. 5 minutes after the last student was against the wall, three nuns and the priest came running out of the building. They march all of us in the middle of the yard and took away our safety belts. We had to spend the rest of our lunch time in a class room. Currently, I have 28 years in the Marine Corps, my unit will deployed in less than a month. One year in Irag.
I just want to say that it's great to see all of you in the guest book. I will miss this reunion, If all goes well, I will be at the next one.


Added: November 30, 2006
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My name is Bob Malcolm. I graduated in 1976. I lived on Park ave, just around the corner from school. I can always remember those fire drills we use to have, don't run keep your hands to your sides. I always joke about how mean they were, by todays standards they would be in jail. But I know if they did not teach that way we would be the ones in jail. I do thank them for that. I have so many memories, I would typing all night. Because we were their favorite group to call upon and ask for our assistance(Because we were such nice Catholic boys)I would like to see some of my old class mates

Added: November 29, 2006
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I'm from the Malcolm family on Park Ave. I had 4 brothers: Steve, Jim, Bob & Pat. Steve and I had a lot of memories of St. Stephens and the friends. When he'd call me from his home in Alabama we'd be on the phone for hours talking about friends and school. There are just too many memories to pick just one. One is the nun in 5th grade who just sat at the desk all day and we basically had to teach ourselves; I just can't remember her name. My grandson loves to hear about her; he'd love to have a teacher like that. Will look forward to a reunion in the future.

Added: November 28, 2006
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I graduated from St. Stephen's in 1967. I'm one of the Wrights from Park Avenue. And I have many fond memories of grade school. Especially playing stick ball in the schoolyard with Sister Catherine Ann and the other younger nuns. We had a great time! I also remember nuns putting kids in the desk well when they had had enough of them! We had one nun (I think it was Sister Anna Dolores) who used to make us hold out our hands to get smacked with her ruler. If you tried to remove your hand, you got cracked on the fingertips! And that really hurt. The smart kids learned fast to put your hand way out, it made for a difficult target! Those memories astound my kids, they think I've flipped when I laugh about it now. Looking forward to information about another reunion.

Added: November 28, 2006
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I was from the class of 1966. Remember the dismissal lines? Pike #1, Pike #2, Pike #3 and Butler #1, Butler #2, and Butler #3. I was from Pike 3. How about others? What was your line? Might be fun at the reunion to organize by these numbers. I went home for lunch everyday and always wondered about the experiences of those who brought their lunch and stayed at School to eat?? Thanks. John.

Added: November 27, 2006
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I remember all the great years I spent at St. Stephens. I graduated in 1960 and the nun I remember most of all was Sister Teresia, my first grad nun. All the nuns were great and we were so lucky to have the most wonderful p***. Can't wait for the reunion.

Added: November 27, 2006
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I graduated from Saint Stephens’s in 1971 after transferring to the school from Wright Elementary in the fifth grade. My memories are a mixture of sights and sounds. The sounds of the hand bell ringing for us to form class lines in the yard to go into school; the sound of the ‘clicker’ at Sunday mass to tell us to sit or stand; the view of the church from the choir loft with Sr. Claire Donald conducting; the look on Sr. Anna Dolores’s face when someone crossed her; the smell of spaghetti whenever I went to the convent for guitar lessons. Thanks to Diana for getting this together. I look forward to the reunion dinner.

Added: November 26, 2006
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Hi All, I graduated from St. Stephen's in 1952 and like Diane, I remember the Caulfields also. I was friends with Eileen. Some of my funniest memories are of Sister Aquinas when we were in the 6th grade. She was having some hip problems that year and used a cane to get around. She also used the cane handle to hook the boys collars when they were trying to get away from her. Another thing she used to do to the boys was make them sit under the knee well of her desk when she got really annoyed with them so she wouldn't have to look at them. We used to laugh about it on the way home but we all know if anyone tried those things today they would probably land in jail.
One of my favorite nuns was Sister Agnes Patricia (Aggie Pat) who we were lucky enough to have for 8th grade. When you were in 8th grade if you were very good, you got to go and clean the convent on Friday afternoons. Today's kids get paid for setting up chairs for meetings in our parish but we were honored to do anything like that for free. Wouldn't trade those days for anything. Thanks Diana for doing this and waking up all our old memories.


Added: November 26, 2006
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I was part of the 50th reunion class of 1956, we had our reunion in March 2006, Mary Weldon and Joan Wendell organized the event, we had a great turnout, I was contacted by Diane about a whole school reunion which I though was a great idea, at least all your Brothers and Sisters can come as well, Diane is doing a good job trying to organize this new event, I'm very sure she would appreciate any help you may give her, even if it's just to make some phone calls. when I got involved last year I was extremwely disappointed that our school and fabulous church are no more. however we the students and facility are still around to keep the memory alive. so come out, volunteer and be part of a very special event.

Thank you, see you all at the reunion.
Jim McDonald (Gramlich)Nicetown area
class of 1956 the rock and roll era.


Added: November 25, 2006
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