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Saint Mary's Academy Alumnae Association
 September 1, 2014
 (Vol. 2, Number 6)
Dear Alumnae: 
Welcome back!  Hope you had a wonderful summer and are returning to work refreshed and ready for Fall.   We here at Bishop Ireton are busy getting ready for the beginning of classes and, of course, the very exciting annual alumnae Tea Event. I hope you have paid your dues, sent in your chances, and made your reservations.  I am so looking forward to seeing all of you and meeting new friends too!
This year, our private Mass (with our special intentions) will again be celebrated by our BI Chaplain, Father Ed Bresnahan and our luncheon guest speakers will be Dr. Tom Curry, BI Head of School, Ryan Fannon, BI Director of Advancement and, our very own Sr. Anne Tardiff, C.S.C., highlighting the life of noted poet and educator, Sr. Madeleva Wolff, C.S.C.

SPECIAL REQUEST: If any of you are attending the tea and are from the SMA classes of 1975, 1976,1978, 1979, 1980, or 1981 and still have your ChariSMA yearbook, we would love to borrow it and scan it so we can complete our in-house collection.  The books will be lovingly handled and returned fully intact.  If possible, please bring the yearbook with you and we will take care of scanning and returning it to you.
Hope to see you all on the 21st!  
Thank you,  
 ~Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer,'71, President





WHEN:   Sunday, September 21, 2014          
1:00 pm: Private Mass celebrated for SMA Alumnae special intentions (see below)
in Whaley Auditorium, Bishop Ireton High School (wheelchair accessible)
Immediately following Mass: Ladies High Afternoon Tea
2:00-4:00 pm in Saint Mary's Academy
Hall (elevator available)
Catering by Bittersweet

WHERE:  St. Mary's Academy Hall

               Bishop Ireton High School

                    (elevator/wheelchair accessible)
               201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
COST:     $25.00 per person (except Religious
 and Class of 1964 are complementary)
DEADLINE: September 19, 2014 for "Tea"
DUES:    $10.00 per year
              SCHOLARSHIP FUND
... This fund, established in 1992, assists with tuition for an eighth grade graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School to attend a Catholic high school of his/her choice.
1st Prize: $250   2nd Prize: $150   3rd  Prize: $75.00 
One chance for $1.00
(winner need not be present)
(Print out as many as you need)
Make checks for "tea" reservations, dues and raffle chances payable to St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association, mail to Ms. Nicole DiLorenzo ('89), Treasurer, c/o Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-751-7606) DiLorenz@bishopireton.org

Barb Gross
Class of 1964 Celebrates the
Big 50!
Barb A. Gross (pictured) is busy planning and coordinating the Class of 1964's big 50th year reunion.  Many classmates will be attending the SMA Tea.  Please contact Barb with any questions. (717) 439-7450barbara.a.gross@att.net
Sr. Marian Daniel
Sr. Marian Daniel, C.S.C. 
Latest news from Sister Marian Daniel, SMA principal beginning in 1968. She requests your prayers and thoughts...her doctor told her that she has another cancer (will be #4). She says she feels good though - no real pain, just some discomfort. Sister resides at the Holy Cross Residence at St. Mary's College in South Bend, IN.  She sends her love to all SMA alumnae and asks for continued prayers. Kathy Gaffney (SMA 1980) is in contact with Sister.  Please contact her if you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with Sister. kathygaffney3806@gmail.com 
Please know that we have a 'home" at Bishop Ireton High School.  And, remember, keep in touch.  We would love to know what our alumnae are doing and how we can serve our alumnae in any way we can. 


Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer, '71, President(schieferj@bishopireton.org)
Sue Nelson Sargent, '72, Vice President (sgt_1976@yahoo.com)
Kay Deir Green, '82, Secretary (kaydeir@verizon.net
Nicole DiLorenzo, '89, Treasurer (DiLorenz@bishopireton.org)
Christine Stegmaier Byrnes, '71, Membership Chair (byrnesc@aol.com)

In This Issue

Letters to SMA Alumnae Officers:

Hi Nicole and Joanne,
I am Patti Field Verderese, a 1969 graduate of SMA. I have never been back for an alumni event but am considering attending the Mass and High Tea on September 21. I have lived in Massachusetts for over 40 years but grew up in Falls Church. SMA provided me an excellent education and the high standards that my teachers demanded have served me well over the past 45 years. I frequently tell people that my education at SMA would be on par or superior to the education that most liberal arts colleges
provide today. I wish I had a copy of our high school reading list because the books we read reinforced the values and morals of our families and our faith, something that is so lacking in education today.
I am wondering if there is anyone from the class of 1969 who is attending the tea this year. Perhaps in a future email you could encourage those of us from the class of 1969 to attend the tea this year, noting that it is our 45th anniversary.  Since I lived in Falls Church, I didn't know anyone before attending SMA but there are a few people I became friends with:  Anne Hilary, Laureen Gephardt, Mary Michael McCusker, Nancy Mangus. I'm sure if I saw a list I would remember other classmates. 

Joanne, your alumni updates are very interesting to read. Keep up the good work!




Patti Field Verderese, SMA 1969

PS:  I am the sister of Brian Field - Ireton Class of  1970 and sister-in-law of Kathleen Keuhner Field, SMA Class of 1970


Looking for Classmates!  


Hi, Chris! 


I'm hoping to get information together for the class of 1974's 40th reunion. If you are a member of the class of 1974, and would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me at 703-780-3942.  Thanks for any assistance you can provide!  God bless.... Ann Kelly Moore, SMA, 1974




Thank You!


Hi Joanne,

Sorry for the delay in thanking you for sending out the special SMA edition about Mame. My brother Barney forwarded it on to me.  She was one of a kind, and I will miss her very much.  I've attached a tribute I wrote for her. I hope you are well.


Liz Reiley

I wanted to let everyone know that Suzette Kuster Lepore-Schwartz, SMA Class of 1961, was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Prayers requested.  Thank you, Art Schwartz, husband.
In Memoriam

Mary Ida Cammisa of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2014. She was the mother of James E. Cammisa - Bishop Ireton Class of 1976, Anne Marie Cammisa - St. Mary's Academy Class of 1978 (Paul Christopher Manuel), and Michael X. Cammisa - Bishop Ireton Class of 1980. The link to her full obituary is here.
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