This section has been designated for the personal stories from the students and families that attended St. George High School.
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Donald Mayrer (Hannum) , class of 1935
Donald Mayrer, class of 1935 he attended all 4 years there and prior to that he attended Mt Carmel school in Chicago
He later went back to his birth name of Donald Hannum but I believe it was after he graduated from high school
I am going to attach a picture of him from Mt Carmel
his son Phil Hannum
John passed away August 15th 2015 at home.
John T. Singelmann Class of 1953
Maureen Zagel (niece of John Singelmann)
In this picture he is in the second row from the bottom, 5th from left.
The second picture is a few years later, sometime during his service with the Illinois Army National Guard 1958-1961, and lastly one taken a few years ago before he came to Arizona was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Diocese of Rockford, IL.
My uncle, John T. Singelmann Class of 1953, is nearing the end of his time on Earth. In going through his personal items, I have found his graduate class picture and his class ring from St. George High School. When I looked up the high school on the internet, found your alumni web page. I was happy to note that there was a page to "Keep in touch with a Dragon", alumni that will visit those in their golden years, homebound, and alone. Are there any alumni in the Phoenix, Arizona area able to do so for my Uncle? He lived his entire life in the Chicago area until relocating to Phoenix in August 2012, where the dry climate was hoped to alleviate his pain from arthritis. His health continued to decline, and he is now residing at Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, Arizona (Phoenix metro area). I am his only family member west of the Mississippi River, and live and work in Tucson, AZ. Due to my job, I can only get up to Phoenix on the weekends to spend time with him. If there are any alumni in the Phoenix area that could visit during the week, that would truly be a blessing. Our parish priest, Father Robert Aliunzi of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, AZ bestowed the sacrament of Anointing a couple weeks ago. He spends most of his time asleep, but does wake up when people visit and although unable to communicate is aware and does understand and recognizes people when they are there.
Thank you and God Bless,
Maureen Zagel (niece of John Singelmann)
Article provided by
Rob Cummings July 2015
Br Tom Hetland
A History of St George HS by Br Mark Wagner
This is a 124 page typed document of the history of St. George HS that was scanned into a PDF file. Enjoy.
A picture of the St George letterman's Jacket Dragon found on the website "Friends of Winnemac Park" this was St George's home stadium.
I am a member of the Class of '64.
For 35 years, I owned an insurance agency in Arlington Heights, IL (Northwest Insurance Brokerage Group, Inc.).
When I retired in 2005, my wife and I moved to the Las Vegas area (Henderson, NV) and for the past few years, I've been both the Radio Talk Show Host and Entertainment Editor of The Vegas Voice, the largest Senior publication in the Las Vegas valley with a circulation of over 100,000.
Each week I interview various local Las Vegas celebrities in addition to writing a monthly column for the publication.
2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and in the past 3 months I have written two production shows as part of our commitment to "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive". The Vegas Voice is the Nevada sponsor of this national program authorized by an act of congress.
As you can see, retirement has been all but boring.
I also author a community blog entitled "Anthem Opinions" (I live in an age 55+ community) called Sun City Anthem.
...and that is the real purpose of this email I am sending you.
This being June with graduations across the country, I wrote an article entitled "Reflections of 1964" and thought if might be appropriate for the St. George website if you choose to use it. My readers seem to have enjoyed it, and thought I would send it to you.
It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since that graduation day.
St. George Class of '64
2891 Scotts Valley Drive
Henderson, NV 89052
home: (702) 257-3395
personal email address: DiceThrow@aol.com
Reflections of 1964
June is the month of graduations. You'll see kids in caps and gowns celebrating while their parents and grandparents stand tall with pride...a special day in the course one's life.
This morning, while watching TV, a piece was run on the "Class of 2014"....their joy...their optimism...their looking forward to the future just as all of us did years ago, when we experienced that day.
...and I had both a smile and frown on my face as I couldn't help but reflect on my own high school graduation, that special day in June, when I became a member of....the "Class of 1964".
A few months ago I received a letter from my high school inviting me to my 50th high school reunion....
...a notification that I instead interpreted as a reminder of my "mortality" !
The high school I attended closed its doors in 1969...
...but to this day, an annual banquet is held for all alumni at the same location on the same day at which those celebrating their 25th and 50th reunions are specifically honored.
When I attended my 25th class reunion in 1989, I can still remember seeing those celebrating their 50th....
They looked OLD !
...and my guess is that few, if any of those celebrating their 50th are still around to recall that day...because they would be in their 90's now.
Could it really be 50 years? A quick glance in the mirror left little doubt ....
I was now...THEM....
...and so I grabbed the old '64 yearbook and took a trip down memory lane...not just looking at the pictures, but remembering the entire year...
....the life changing year of...
In June, 1964, the
Graduating Class of St. George High School in Evanston, Illinois "unofficially"
entered adulthood; and like all who preceded us, we too felt the optimism of a
We all know that the body ages; but in my case, the mind hasn't...thank goodness....I think...yet !
...and that's how God has allowed many of us to treasure the past....
...with memories and visions of days in our lives that are frozen in time.
It still seems like yesterday when that virile group of guys who were about to take on the world, marched down an aisle in caps and gowns receiving diplomas stating to the world....
WE WERE MEN !
Gone were the sock
hops, and cruising in my dad's '64
Chevy Impala (the
one that I removed the "V-6"
emblem and replaced it with one that said "409"...to
entice the babes) !
My dad never forgave me when, a week after I changed to the "409" emblem, the car was stolen from a parking lot in broad daylight.
Some of us went on to college, but coming from a blue collar community, many entered the working world ...
...and a number of those who entered the "non-college" world did so without something called a "2-S deferment", eventually receiving a letter from the President that began with the word, "Greeting".
...and to my knowledge, a number of them never made it back home after 13 months in a foreign country named South Vietnam; one of which I was told, was my pal, Charlie Dietrich, who was on the swimming team with me for three years...
...and every time I grab that '64 yearbook, I look at Charlie's picture with a deep sense of "what might have been".
I receive quarterly reminders of my graduating class; and sadly, the section I first examine is the "In Memoriam" part.....hoping not to see a name from the past who I remembered cruising the halls of my high school on my way to class or to a swim meet.
I suppose I am the lucky one...I have survived...so far !
But as I paged through that '64 yearbook, "The Dragon", my mind wandered at the historic memories of that year in which I entered adulthood...a year that an author named Jon Margolis, wrote a book entitled...
"The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964"
Just what were some of those thoughts and memories and how they have transitioned into the present day?
I saw men's hair styles go from crew cuts to "Beatle 'dos"; and as the years passed, saw baldness becoming "cool".
I saw women's dresses go from well below the knee... to well above it !
I saw men wearing earrings and women sporting tattoos.
Yes indeed, life certainly has evolved since '64"!
But it was...
A VERY SPECIAL YEAR !
... the Beatles came to America...
....a young boxer named Cassius Clay, became "Muhammed Ali" the day after he defeated an "unbeatable" champion named Sonny Liston, further startling the world when he announced he had become a Muslim.
...three civil rights workers were killed in Mississippi, when 300 students and civil rights activists launched a "Freedom Summer" nonviolent challenge to that state's voter registration laws.
...the Republican Party challenged the liberalism of the Johnson administration with a conservative revolution lead by an Arizona senator, Barry Goldwater, concluding with Lyndon Johnson being overwhelmingly elected to the presidency in his own right following the death of John Kennedy.
Years later, I learned that a few miles from Evanston, a junior in high school, who lived in Park Ridge, Illinois, was a "Goldwater Girl".
I wonder whatever happened to her?
Lyndon Johnson gave his first State of the Union address demanding an end to racial injustice and promising an "unconditional war on poverty"; and in June, at the University of Michigan graduation commencement, he asked America to create a "Great Society" with the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
In the spring of '64 the Ford Mustang made its debut at the New York World's Fair.
Women became "people" when one named Betty Friedan published a book entitled "The Feminine Mystique", and within a short time, females quickly began to reject their conventional roles in society, embracing new identities and new values, sparking a feminine movement that would transform American culture.
One day in Berkeley, California hundreds of college students demonstrated against racial discrimination and the "Free Speech Movement" was born. Their NONVIOLENT protests would become the model of student unrest throughout the remainder of the 60s.
But one can't conclude 1964 without looking at some of the...
Best moments in sports
In the baseball world, the Philadelphia Phillies were in first place, leading the national league by 6 games, with only 12 left to play in the season....
...eventually losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, who had never been in 1st place the entire season....until the last week.
The Cardinals would go on to end the New York Yankees dynasty by capturing the World Series in 7 games.
It was also the year the Chicago Cubs dealt a young upstart named Lou Brock to the Cardinals (I had to throw that in for the Cub fans out there).
In the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns....yes...the Cleveland Browns....would win the NFL championship.
In the National Basketball Association, the Boston Celtics would win their 6th consecutive NBA championship.
The Detroit Red Wings would win the NHL Stanley Cup.
In the world of thoroughbred racing, Northern Dancer would win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, losing to Quadrangle in the Belmont Stakes.
Can't forget the music hits of '64 !
There was more than the Beatles ! Their music was all so innocent in that year.
How many of you knew the REAL words to...
I know I learned this Roger Miller hit once I got to the University of Illinois in the fall of '64 !
I said goodbye to Patty Finland that summer on my way to college...singing this song to her....promising I'd be there for her all of eternity...
...until I met Janet a few months later !
1964...the Year I "matured"...
The Last Innocent
Year in America
The year I will never forget...
St George Dragon
Cyril P. “CY” Athans ‘51
This is just the musings of a former student from St. George, thinking of how nice it would have been to have stayed in the area and socialize with you all.
It has been about 63 years since I departed from the secure and friendly confines of St George. Little did I think I would be sitting here at 81 and reminiscing about “the good old days”. As many of us, I was just an average student that had some participation in school activities.
I was, and still am, proud to be a “Dragon”. Maybe that comes from my Greek heritage. After graduating from St George I attended St Mary’s college in Winona MN. I guess I couldn't get enough of the Christian Brothers AND that’s a good thing. The following year I transferred to Arizona State College, now University in Tempe AZ. My parents needed the Arizona climate and also need one of the offspring to accompany them because of their ill health.
I have never had the opportunity to return to St George , after that time. After being drafted into the Army in 1956, I lived in many locations around the country over the 33 years with the Department of Defense. From the Salt Flats of Utah, to the Staff at the Air Force Academy,to NASA at Edwards AFB California, and the many years with the Defense Logistics Agency through Southern California. I never came close to Evanston again, except on one occasion just after St George had just
closed. I was on a flight from Washington, D C headed back to Denver, Colorado and our plane was in a holding pattern that passed over Evanston. The gentlemen sitting next to me was a Doctor that practiced at St Francis Hospital and he commented as we looked down that it was a shame that they had just closed that wonderful Boys School. It’s a little late now to realize that I have missed much of the fun and brotherhood. I have recently noticed several of my ‘51 Classmates on the “ In Memoriam “ list. They were all so young ! As I look at myself I may need to reevaluate that last statement.
In one respect you all have given me 2 things.
1. I have lived vicariously through the Newsletter and do feel connected to all of you in some manner.
2. I still feel very connected to The Christian Brothers and am in their debt for all they did for me.
Please tell everyone that our Brotherhood of Dragons is strong and lasting.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever. Cyril P. “CY” Athans ‘51
I will gladly communicate with anyone.
Class of 66 Group Photo
Provided by Don Geist
Standing Frank Palisi, Rick Royce, Don Geist, Denny Nickolson and Jim Kane.
Kneeling Rocco Sapianza Jim Angsten (baseball hat), Vic Meier
Attached is a 1971 photo at the alumni banquet of some pretty important people Henry Hyde St G '48(?) the congressman. The first modern President of the Alumni, Bill Maloney '48 from 1944 to 1970 , Man of the Year '52 and a grand man as well. Brother Kevin, my Home Room adviser for 2 years and Brother George Kennedy.
Provide by Dennis O'Malley
Photo's Provided by Mario F. Rincon '53
St George as we remembered it before and after
During the Demolition Phase
Len Strauch class of 68 has provide a photo of what is believe to be a "68 Home Coming Float from the class of 69 .
John O'Connor of Los Angeles, CA. has provided the following photographs and information pertaining to his uncle John Aloysius O'Connor, graduated from St George in 1950.
John Aloysius O'Connor Class of 1950
Photographs of John with the Great Prize fighter Jack Dempsey.
In May of 1969 a photographic book was put together by Br. James Zullo, principal and the school staff. Please click on the link below to see 42 years of memories at St George HS.
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St George High School 42 years
Class of 1969
Members from the Class of 1969 have provided some newsletters from 1966, 1967 and 1968. Please click on the links below.
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Dragon Newsletter May of 1966
Dragon News letter January of 1967
Dragon Newsletter October of 1967
Dragon Newsletter November of 1967
Dragon Newsletter March of 1968
Parent Newsletter 1968
Class of 1931 Here's a note from Tom O'Brien on September 10, 2002: Class of 1962 Planning has started on two
"events" around the same time as the annual banquet, so if you are in
touch with any of your classmates, especially in the Chicago area, start
thinking and talking about a full Class of '62 weekend! Phil DeNapoli will
be the primary contact - 847-329-9743 or
email@example.com On Saturday, May 4, 6:30 - ?? pm, we're headed to
Dugan's, 6051 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. For only $25, you'll have
great food, great company and a great time! Pay at the door and see
you all there! Here
is more.... On Sunday (May 5, of course), join us on the course/links
for a few holes of golf at the Wilmette Golf Course. We are meeting for
lunch and then will have many post-noon tee times - check here later for details
or call Phil. Class of 1953 We have many photos from this class and hope to have a
full index soon - in the meantime, please download one of these "pdf"
sheets - if you have the Acrobat viewer - and some patience for the download:
Thru the years I've tried with a little success in locating classmates and also a few in the two following classes. There are mighty few of us. If anyone reading this knows of any '31ers, I'll be glad to hear of, or from them.
I'm still in the flower business, but only on the internet. But my daughter Mary is continuing the family tradition by operating Pavilion Flower Shop in Naples, Florida. My residence in Key Biscayne is only ninety miles from there, so I've been going over there frequently to either help her or hinder her.
Any one who want to, can call me toll free 1 877 877 9949.
All good wishes to St. George grads and also to all of the alumni of our great Christian Brothers."
Class of 1931
Here's a note from Tom O'Brien on September 10, 2002:"For the time being until an election can be held by the members of our class of '31, I'm appointing myself grand Secretary and Chief Potentate. The first person who protests will automatically succeed to the positions. Just today, I learned of this site and I'm delighted to know of it. The picture of the school brings back grand memories. When it was in process of being razed I drove past it and was tempted to swipe a few of the bricks lying around. I regret that I didn't.
Class of 1962OK, I'm way overdue in updating the Reunion results - but stay tuned! In anticipation of their 40th reunion during 2002, two members of this class, Bob Schmitt and Dave Zehren, published a newsletter for all the class members with known addresses. The first issue was mailed just before Christmas 2001, to 130 guys. Thanks to Brother Tom Hetland for the initial mailing list! 51 members have no recent address and 11 alumni are known to have passed on. We started with email addresses for only 3 guys! Please contact us with any updates. A second newsletter was mailed in mid-March.
Planning has started on two "events" around the same time as the annual banquet, so if you are in touch with any of your classmates, especially in the Chicago area, start thinking and talking about a full Class of '62 weekend! Phil DeNapoli will be the primary contact - 847-329-9743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, May 4, 6:30 - ?? pm, we're headed to Dugan's, 6051 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. For only $25, you'll have great food, great company and a great time! Pay at the door and see you all there! Here is more....
On Sunday (May 5, of course), join us on the course/links for a few holes of golf at the Wilmette Golf Course. We are meeting for lunch and then will have many post-noon tee times - check here later for details or call Phil.
Class of 1953
We have many photos from this class and hope to have a full index soon - in the meantime, please download one of these "pdf" sheets - if you have the Acrobat viewer - and some patience for the download:
Photos from Banquet
Class of 1952
Vince Druding, class of 1952 will be coordinating the reunion and wants to alert the Golden Anniversary graduates through this site. All of the Yearbook photos from 1952 are here!
Class of 1951Click below for a list of the graduates of the class of 1951 (50 Year Reunion). Year book photos are linked to this list.
Class of 1951 List
Class of 1942
The Class of 1942 had a special event to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Marcy Twardak wrote:
"Perhaps some of the guys whom we have been unable to reach will see this announcement. Please join us for Brunch to celebrate our 60th Reunion of the Class of 1942 from St. George on Sunday, May 5, 2002 @11:00 at the home of Phil Corboy & Mary Dempsey. R.S.V.P. Please to Sue Gitelson, 312-346-3191."
Many of the photos from the brunch are here!
Class OF 1965
A few photos from the 2005 banquet. Here are a few photos from of the Class of 1965. More to come..............
St George H. S. Band Gene Heineman
class of '32
St George H. S. Band
class of '32was our oldest living alum. Gene died in Feb 3 weeks shy of his 98th birthday. He enjoyed music his entire life attend all the banquets and lead the singing of the St. George victory song.
Dragon Art This pencil rendering of the front of the school was
commissioned by Karen Loos as a gift for her
husband, Jack, SG 49, now deceased.
This pencil rendering of the front of the school was
commissioned by Karen Loos as a gift for her
husband, Jack, SG 49, now deceased.
Steve Mayian, class of '54, sent an
email with a St. George logo that he photographed, scanned and
enhanced from a St. George t-shirt. Download it and use it for an iron-on
transfer! Steve later wrote that a better quality image is in the works. And here
are two the Dragon logos, from the back of my "letterman's" jacket. This is
actual size, so get those embroidery machines working!
Steve Mayian, class of '54, sent an email with a St. George logo that he photographed, scanned and enhanced from a St. George t-shirt. Download it and use it for an iron-on transfer!
Steve later wrote that a better quality image is in the works. And here are two the Dragon logos, from the back of my "letterman's" jacket. This is actual size, so get those embroidery machines working!
The image below was the original artwork which was used as the basis of the
gym floor centerpiece painted in the summer of 1962. Artist was Jim Schmitt,
Class of '63.
The image below was the original artwork which was used as the basis of the gym floor centerpiece painted in the summer of 1962. Artist was Jim Schmitt, Class of '63.
St. George the "Dragon Slayer" from a museum in Venice Italy (complements of John Deleonardis Class of 65)
St. George the "Dragon Slayer"
St. George the "Dragon Slayer" from a museum in Venice Italy
(complements of John Deleonardis Class of 65)
St. George the "Dragon Slayer"
This Marker rest on the site of St. George H. S. donated by the
Staff of St. Francis Hospital.
This Marker rest on the site of St. George H. S. donated by the Staff of St. Francis Hospital.
The St. George Victory Song
The St. George Victory Song
Alumni and the Christian Brothers
For information on the St. George Alumni office, contact:
Rob Cummings email@example.com
7650 S. County Line Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-3779 fax
For more information on the Christian Brothers and their Lasallian Ministries in the Midwest, visit www.cbmidwest.org and for the Lasallian ministries worldwide visit www.lasalle.org
In the March, 2002 St. George Alumni Newsletter, Brother Tom highlighted the following:
"As mentioned in the March, 2002 alumni newsletter, Vincent Druding, son of Vince Druding, Class of 1952, was about to begin his first day on the job in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center on September 11. His first-person account, "Ground Zero - A Journal," was published in the December, 2001 issue of First Things. You can read that account at 'First Things'."
Dear Board Member:
Please keep the repose of the soul of Fred Krammen '34 in your prayers. Bill Kearns alerted me to his death and the funeral arrangements. Wake tonight, Friday. Funeral tomorrow, Saturday.
I'm sorry to say I did not know Fred, but Bill tells me he was a long time (approximately 30-year) Board Member and that for years he was the "Gate Keeper" at the banquet - he collected the tickets at the door.
I regret that I am out of town and will not be able to attend the funeral. I will send Mrs. Krammen a card from the Alumni Association.
Here are the arrangements as published in the Chicago Tribune ...
Frederick J. Krammen
Frederick J. ''Fred'' Krammen, age 89, of Skokie. Life member of the Skokie Valley Post No. 3854, V.F.W. Beloved husband of Rita, nee Sesterhenn; dear father of Michael (Lisa), Jerome (Susie), James (Eileen), Valerie (Lloyd) Dohren, Gregory (Teresa) and Teresa; loving grandfather of Jennifer (fiance Kevin Kodat), Michael, Sarah, Victoria, Andrew, Rebecca, Taylor, Patrick, Matthew and Zachary; cherished great-grandfather of Nicholas and McKenzie; fond brother of Edwin (Adelaide) Krammen and the late Katherine (John) May. Funeral Saturday, 9:15 a.m. from Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd, Skokie. Mass 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church, Skokie. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968. Funeral info: 847-673-6111.