November 2014

Alumnae Support the Annual Appeal Fund – Because Mercy Matters

The Annual Appeal Fund is Mercy’s primary source of unrestricted financial support. Many thanks to those alumnae who have already donated. Help us keep our foundation strong to ensure that future generations have access to a Mercy High School education, rooted in the Catholic faith and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. Donate today. Because Mercy matters.

Know a Talented Alumna?

Think for a moment about your Mercy classmates and friends. Who stands apart? Who has made significant strides in her line of work? Take some time to appreciate that stellar woman today!

2015 Distinguished Alumna Award nominations continue to be accepted through November 14. Who qualifies? An alumna who:

  • Excels in her walk of life
  • Exemplifies the Mercy values
  • Models excellence for young women
  • Supports Mercy High School

Deadline: November 14, 2014. Visit our website for details.

Memorial Mass

Join us for Mass to commemorate the lives of Mercy’s deceased alumnae, staff, family, friends, and benefactors on Sunday, November 16 at 12pm in the school Chapel. Please RSVP to or 248.476.3270. If unable to attend, contact the Alumnae Office with the names of family and friends to include in our prayers and book of remembrance.

Book Club Welcomes Author Jen McCombs ’93

It's a special month for Book Club! Not only are we reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar, we are also reading My Father’s Secret by Mercy alumna Jen McCombs ’93, who will be with us at our next meeting! Join us and meet Jen on November 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Mercy’s Advancement Office. You’ll be able to buy a signed copy of her book at the meeting (cash or check only; $22.99). Several Book Club members have already finished her book and give it high praise. Please RSVP for this meeting to Tina Cyrol Russette ’76 at

The selection for December 16 is The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. We will meet off-site. Visit Mercy’s website for more information.

Class of 1984 Reunion

Tickets are available NOW for the Class of 1984 30-year reunion NOVEMBER 29, 2014 in Royal Oak. Contact Joanie Davidson Forfinski for tickets at Keep up-to-date with reunion news and stroll down memory lane with fun photos on the Class of 1984 Facebook page!

The committee is working hard to reach out to all classmates. Can you help them find email addresses for the following alums? If you have any information, contact or

We are missing EMAIL addresses for the following '84 alums. If your name is on this list, yet you receive alumnae e-newsletters, your class year is not assigned in our list-serve. Please contact to update your record.


  • Susan Abraham Hennessey
  • Susan Adams Eperjesy
  • Devon Anderson
  • Anita Angelas Kondyles
  • Susan Armstrong Durham
  • Lillian Atty
  • Aleta Austin
  • Geraldine Ayala
  • Catherine Baginski Boyd
  • Cynthia Bechard Glowacki
  • Geraldine Ayala
  • Nancy Belian Redner
  • Angela Belisle Pavlicheck
  • Peggy Bessette
  • Donna Bieniewicz Ayala
  • Cheryl Binig Kovalsky
  • Anne Marie Bogan
  • Deborah Brennan
  • Margaret Brennan Withorn
  • Trineen Bridges Williams
  • Sue Brikho
  • Rhonda Brown
  • Dawn Burczycki
  • Mary Burns O'Neill
  • Mary Elizabeth Bush
  • Barbara Button Daviskiba
  • Katie Canham
  • Debbie Carlin Budd
  • Cristina Carpenti
  • Gaile Cerniauskas
  • Marie Chiesa Yarbrough
  • Lucy Coccimiglio
  • Kathleen Corey
  • Mary Costa
  • Laura Culbertson
  • Karisa Curioca
  • Carol Dailey Stoller
  • Julie Deconick
  • Susan Delaney Smith
  • Giovanna Difiore De Bono
  • Carla Diggs Mathis
  • Dana Drew Johnston
  • Ann Marie Egan
  • Anne Elick Vich
  • Susan Elston Lee
  • Linda Ernst Medrano
  • Maria Everhart Kovach
  • Lisa Fantuzzi Feinman
  • Anne Fitzgerald Bila
  • Maria Frade
  • Lana Fravala
  • Stacey Froehlich Damer
  • Audrey Geyer


  • Sarah Glowacki
  • Elizabeth Govan
  • Dawn Grzena
  • Christa Gulowski Smith
  • Reema Hamza
  • Suzanne Hancock Buck
  • Catherine Handley
  • Karen Hannon Thompson
  • Laura Harper
  • Deborah Harvey
  • Katie Herrmann Parlow
  • Mary Herzog
  • Susan Herzog
  • Jennifer Hill Croot
  • Catherine Hochstein Stus
  • Monique Howze
  • Susan Humble Werthmann
  • Latanya Hurt
  • Mary Ann Johnson Nelson
  • Diana Jones Chauncey
  • Julie Jones Smith
  • Lisa Jones Lewis
  • Lois Kaminski
  • Carolyn Kapolnek
  • Mary Beth Kasprowicz
  • Lisa Kelly
  • Carolyn Kitz
  • Jill Klemer Vitali
  • Elizabeth Klosinski
  • Julie Kopasz
  • Mary Beth Kramer Najarro
  • Elizabeth Kroha
  • Denise Kutt Clark
  • Nannette Lafond
  • Loretta Larson Soderquist
  • Eileen Lauster
  • Victoria Lawson Davis
  • Jennifer Lepper Duhaime
  • Susan Lynch
  • Linda Lyons Boucher
  • Janice Mancuso
  • M. Megan McCormick Clouse
  • Colleen McDonald
  • Christina McKenna
  • Brigid McNeely
  • Deborah Merta
  • Amy Messing Nuttall
  • Linda Moceri Pieron
  • Robalee Monroe
  • Michelle Morin
  • Kathleen Mueller
  • Marianne Mussat Wendling
  • Audrey Najor


  • Sarah O'Kray Milewski
  • Jill Olk Platt
  • Suzanne Overmann
  • Vidya Pai
  • Sharon Paler Streng
  • Karen Pastor
  • Wanda Paulus
  • Kimberly Pawczuk Bilkovic
  • Sue Perry
  • Barbara Preswick Norton
  • Marie Priestap
  • Laura Rapp Canfield
  • Diane Raukar Klobucar
  • Michele Reed Church
  • Jennifer Reynolds Brandstatter
  • Stephanie Rice
  • Catherine Roach
  • Carolyn Rogal Holba
  • Christine Rose
  • Mary Rudelic Avesian
  • Carynn Sandusky
  • Tracy Sangster
  • Janine Sayers
  • Jennifer Schmid Oleary
  • Renee Sheena
  • Anne Sheffieck Krug
  • Denise Siecinski Holba
  • Lisa Sims
  • Keli Smith
  • Marie Soma
  • Sheila Speelman
  • Laura Stribbell Burkhart
  • Jackie Sulek
  • Jennifer Supina Peters
  • Lisa Swieczkowski Lopez
  • Megan Thomson Bates
  • Kimberly Tryon Swiacki
  • Catherine Tsampikou Britton
  • Ann Vereen
  • Anna Viscogliosi Gregg
  • Christine Wallace Basic
  • Kathleen Ward Ryan
  • Dawn Williams
  • Michele Wilson Hojnacki
  • Maria Witherspoon
  • Jennifer Wydra
  • Christin Zammit
  • Thea Zammit
  • Theresa Zazula Olechiw
  • Laurie Zielinski
  • Patricia Zwers
  • Nancy Zyla Platek

Class of 2004 Reunion

Don’t miss the 10-year reunion for the Class of 2004! Join the fun on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 7-9pm at Firebird Tavern in Detroit. For more information, contact Kelly VanAntwerp at Payment is due by November 17. And be sure to update your contact information at

Can you help us find email addresses for the following alums? Contact the Alumnae Office at or 248-476-3270.


We are missing EMAIL addresses for the following '04 alums. If your name is on this list, yet you receive alumnae e-newsletters, your class year is not assigned in our list-serve. Please contact to update your record.

  • Alyson Bokshan
  • Danielle Brycz
  • Shanell Collins
  • Kendra Czarnecki
  • Abbey Fenbert
  • Samantha Graney
  • Kelly Hartsfield
  • Kaitlin Jackson
  • Keri James
  • Amanda Kammo
  • Courtniee Lovell
  • Nicole Madlock
  • Leilah Marshall
  • Eleana Milewski
  • Kerry Muldowney
  • Laura Rogers
  • Katherine Rothermel
  • Holly Roumayah
  • Laura Schmenk
  • Angela Shacket
  • Emily Skaer
  • Leslie Skora
  • Ashley Smith
  • Dayna Stahl
  • Julie Verbovsky
  • Biancia Webster
  • Danielle Weeks
  • Allica Woods
  • Natalie Yaldo


Fall Production - Godspell

Mercy High School Presents

November 14-15 at 8:00pm
November 16 at 2:00pm
Tickets $13


Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, Godspell is a story about the formation of a community. The first act introduces John the Baptist who “Prepares Ye the Way of the Lord” by baptizing the ensemble. Through various theatrical traditions, including clowning, pantomime, charades and vaudeville, the act is a series of lessons and parables taught by Jesus. The second act follows the Passion story, including the Last Supper, Gethsemene, and the Crucifixion. After the Crucifixion, the ensemble is now prepared to carry on the lessons they have been taught. Godspell is a reflection on the life of Jesus with a message on kindness, tolerance and love. The show boasts such numbers as “Day by Day,’ “Oh, Bless the Lord, My Soul," "All good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and “We Beseech Thee.”

Bunco Ladies Night Out

All ladies welcome - alumnae, coworkers, neighbors, friends and family! Invite your current friends and come meet new ones. If you can throw dice, you know how to pay Bunco. Join us even if you’ve never played the game before. We’ll teach you in no time.

Friday January 23, 2015

7:00 pm

Mercy Cafeteria

Stay tuned to for more information.

Time to Celebrate!

It’s a Reunion Weekend and an Anniversary Celebration all in one! We invite all in the Mercy community to join us.


For more information, visit

Click here for a list of Grand Reunion Class Representatives. Representatives serve as liaisons between classmates and the school for event questions and alumnae updates. They may choose to plan an additional class get-together over the course of the weekend. It would be beneficial to have two or more leaders for each milestone class. Contact or 248-476-3270 to serve in this important capacity. Your spirit will surely inspire others.

Mercy Headed to Florida

Mercy High School is headed to Florida in February or March 2015. We look forward to meeting with alumnae, sharing Mercy news, and celebrating the Mercy sisterhood in the Sunshine State. If you are interested in hosting an alumnae gathering, please contact Margaret Haapala Kurpiers ’85, Director of Alumnae Relations, at or 248-476-3270. Stay tuned to for more information.

Journey to Ireland with Mercy's President

Alumnae and friends are invited to accompany Dr. Kreger on a pilgrimage to Ireland in spring/summer 2016. Spend 10 days and 8 nights traveling through Galway, Sneem and Dublin. We will take the Catherine McAuley Walking Tour in Dublin and see the sites of Mercy associated with her life, including the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street. This trip will be a unique opportunity to take in some of Ireland’s most important religious sites and attend mass in historic churches as well as learn about life, tradition and music with members of a small Irish village. An inclusive travel package will be offered through Corporate Travel. Stay tuned for more detailed information on this Mercy Ireland trip of a lifetime!

Mothers Club Mercy Gear

The Mothers Club has comfortable stadium chairs ($40) and cozy hats ($15) for sale. To order a chair, contact Joy Morris Brietzke '75 at To order a hat, contact Catherine McFarland at

Dad's Club Wreath and Roping Sale


Wreaths are a base of Fraser fir with boxwood, juniper berry, concolor fir and decorated with pine cones and a red ribbon. 24", 28" or 42" Wreaths; 20' or 60' Cedar Roping; and Merry Mix Swag available. You can also support Mercy by purchasing English Gardens Gift Cards for all your other Christmas decoration needs. Click here for pricing and to pre-order online. Pay for and pick up your items Tuesday & Wednesday, November 25 & 26, noon to 3:00pm at the flagpole entrance.

School Auction February 21

All alumnae are invited to support and attend Mercy's Annual Auction. See our auction wish list of suggested donation ideas. Do you have a product or service not conducive for bidding? Advertise! Contracts are available online here.

Join Mercy family and friends at upcoming gift gathering parties. Click here for dates and locations.

Save the date of Saturday, February 21 for a night of fun, food and friends! Contact Lindsay Weismiller in the Special Events office at 248.893.3535 or with any questions or suggestions.

Mercy Moment - Make a Difference Service Day

Mercy Made a Difference! Students and staff took a break from their classroom work to serve others for the 2nd Annual Make a Difference Day held September 23, 2014. Many thanks to the alumnae volunteers who served a pizza lunch back at Mercy – Leslie Demyan ’81, Joanne Yee Elsey ’71, Kathy Kelly ’75, Stephanie Dickow Surowiec ’91, and Joanne Albert Walle ’77.

If you know of an organization that may be interested in having Mercy students help out during next fall’s Make a Difference Day, contact or 248-476-3270.

Could You Volunteer at Mercy?

From time to time, the Alumnae Association needs assistance at events. May we add you to our volunteer distribution list? You will receive notice of event needs, and you may sign up if convenient for your schedule. Studies show that volunteers are happier than non-volunteers, and that volunteering increases the odds of getting a great job! If you can help, send your name, email and phone number to Thank you!

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Alumnae Association Mission - To bring together Mercy students, past and present, while striving to:

  • Support and affirm the mission of Mercy High School including its values of human dignity, mercy, justice, service, and option for the poor
  • Participate in ongoing advancement efforts which provide financial support to Mercy High School
  • Support the challenges of preparing young women for critical roles in contemporary society
  • Recognize the achievements of Mercy students, past and present
  • Create settings for the exchange of ideas and information among past and present Mercy students

Mercy High School Mission

Mercy High School, a Catholic college preparatory school immersed in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, educates and inspires young women of diverse backgrounds to lead and serve with compassion.

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