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Class Note Corner

Alumni & Giving

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Marriages, new jobs, new children, new grandchildren — find out what fellow alums have been up to since the last Class Note Corner.


Helen Lavey Wilson ’49 of Indianapolis welcomed her great grandson, Henry Michael Saffen, born July 23, 2013. Her daughter and granddaughter, who live in Japan, came to visit this summer for three weeks.


Patricia Fuersich Hoffman ’63 of Orlando, Florida, and her husband recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.

Maureen Kennedy ’69 of Royal Oak, Mich., is retiring after directing the Madison Chorale for 35 years.


Joann Rome Session ’83 of Cincinnati is now the Director of Nursing Services.


Karen McFarland Menchen ’92 of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the arrival of her granddaughter, Samantha Rose Menchen. She was born on September 20, 2013.

Elizabeth DeBrunner Rutherford ’96 of Norwood, Ohio, is a language arts teacher at Lebanon Junior High, a mother of four, and a grandmother of two with a third expected in February. Elizabeth is also the owner and education director of Rutherford Tutoring Services.


Juana Mendez SC ’00 of Erlanger, Ky., has been working to benefit the Hispanic community. Since her graduation from the Mount, she has been a parish administrator for Cristo Rey, a Hispanic parish on the grounds of the former Marydale Retreat Center in Erlanger. She also formed Centro de Amistad de Cristo Rey (Center of Friendship of Christ the King) which serves over 500 immigrants and undocumented workers.

Kelli Higgins Salm ’03 married Philip Salm on October 5, 2013. She is now working as a physical therapist at Middletown City Schools.

Jennifer Burnett Kidder ’05 of Cincinnati married Jason Kidder on November 9, 2013.

Katherine McMonigle ’08 of Harrison, Ohio, has been selected as one of five finalists for the Niche award in the functional ceramics category.


Mary Scherzinger Gehring ’10 of Oldenburg, Ind., married Matt Gehring on September 21, 2013.

Joseph Grothe ’12 of San Francisco is living and working at Archbishop Riordan High School.

Michael Murphy ’12 of Crestwood, Ky., just took a job at VCE in Dallas, TX as a pricing analyst in their finance division. VCE is a converged infrastructure (cloud technology) company that builds and maintains systems for small to large businesses.

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