70 years and with energy for ND baseball teammates

Bryan Dunigan, who was part of an annual reunion held by the baseball team, sent a photo and a note celebrating the hospitality of Gerry and Linda Goetz on February 20, 2016:

BaseballReunion-GoetzHome2016This is a photo of our baseball team mates taken at Jerry Goetz’s home course in Lutz, FL. on February 20th in celebration of Jerry’s 70th Birthday.  Included in the picture are our classmates Joe Kernan, Jerry Goetz, Tom Cuggino,  and me.   Also in the picture are Dick Licini, Tom Lux, Nick Scarpelli, and  Roy Martin.  The Gators were fed a lot of golf balls on this weekend.   Linda and Gerry Goetz are to be commended for their outstanding hospitality—and for putting up with all of us!!


Death of Arch (Mike) McCarthy’s mother March 19, 2016

Mary F. McCarthy; beloved wife of the late William L. McCarthy; loving mother of William L. Jr, M.D. (Laurie), Michael D., M.D. (Nora), Patrick D., Peter J. and the late Kevin J. McCarthy; cherished grandmother of Bill (Tracy), Ed (Christee) and Joe (Breanne) McCarthy, Michelle (Chuck) McHale, and Mercury McCarthy; devoted great-grandmother of Ryan and Sean McCarthy, Kendal and Curren McCarthy, William, Andera, and Emmett McCarthy, and Emma and Charley McHale; dear sister of the late Jean; fond aunt of Mary Pat (Francis) Shimandle, Amie (Chris) Winn, and J.D. McCarthy; great-aunt of Thomas Shimandle, Scott Winn, and Geoffrey McCarthy. Visitation Monday March 21 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Visitation Tuesday March 22 10 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity High School are appreciated. Info: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=mary-mccarthy&pid=178095094&fhid=16229#sthash.2gxcg8pV.dpuf

Joe Kernan and Tom Blum remember John Roche, killed in Vietnam

On March 5, 2016, Joe Kernan, who had been honored at the end of January during a Notre Dame hockey game, pointed out the oversight noticed by Tom Blum when the names of our classmates were read:

To Bryan Dunigan:

Tom Blum alerted me that John Roche had died in Vietnam.


What we do know is that John was an Army 1st Lieutenant


serving in Vietnam.  He was killed in action on December 15, 1969,


shortly after arriving in Vietnam.


Joe Kernan



John Walsh’s mother Loretta O’Mara Walsh died Feb. 18, 2016

Loretta O’Mara Walsh

Mother of John Walsh


Mar. 23, 1922 – Feb. 18, 2016

Loretta O’Mara Walsh, age 93, of River Forest, IL; beloved wife of the late John J. “Coach” Jr.; loving mother of John J. III (Dia), Kevin O. (Maggi), Mary W. (John) McHugh, Loretta M., and Therese W. “Tagger” (William) O’Brien; devoted grandmother of Kieran (Marianne), Briana, and Conall (Andrea) Walsh, Kevin (Kiera), Patrick, Michael (fiancée Claire Mullen), Emmett (fiancée Lisa Gonzalez), and Ryan Walsh, Molly (Bob) Crawford, Bridget, Colleen, and William O’Brien, and the late John McHugh; great-grandmother of 7; dear sister of the late Shirley (the late Alexander) Burke, Elizabeth (the late Edmund) Branand and Anne (the late Robert) Conroy; fond aunt and great-aunt of many. Loretta was a graduate of St. Luke, Trinity and Rosary College, all in River Forest. For over 50 years she along with her late husband were the owners and brokers of P.M. Walsh & Co. in Elmwood Park, IL. Visitation Sunday, February 21st from 3 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown, & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Friends and family will meet at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Lathrop and North Ave., River Forest on Monday for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (mda.org) are appreciated.

With daughter Deirdre, Neil Rogers Returned to Philippines

From Neil Rogers February, 2016
We recently traveled to the Philippines.
My daughter Deirdre was a nursing exchange student at Philippine General Hospital in Manila this past November. She worked in the poverty ward and it opened her eyes.
She returned in December to receive her RN from Johns Hopkins.
As I lived in the Philippines for 1969-1971 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Deirdre and I traveled to the island Negros where I taught high school students.
I had recently updated my contact with children of the family I lived with those many years ago through Facebook.  They’re now in their fifties.
It was an amazing reunion and something I wondered if I would ever get to accomplish and am so glad I did.