For Notre Dame Grads and Friends

The 50s

Marie (Shelbourne) Foley (1954) entered the order of the Good Shepherd in Halifax, Nova Scotia after leaving Notre Dame and was there for ten years. She later married and has two sons. She now works with street people and is very dedicated to this work.

Rose Marie (McElroy) Abdee (1956) worked as a secretary for IBM after graduating. In 1963 she married Marshall Dorbyshire and they had a daughter (ND grad), twin boys and another son. In 1975 she became a widow. In 1978 she returned to work at IBM. In 2000 she remarried. She is now retired.

Anne (Goodwin) Stuart (1956) worked in research administration for the Ontario government. She married and stayed home to raise her daughter for sixteen years. She then went to work as an administrator for a financial institute. She has travelled a lot with her husband. Now she is enjoying her two grandchildren.

Mary Jane (Tokar) Burton (1956) has lived in Vancouver and Toronto since graduating from Notre Dame and has been living in Dallas, Texas since 1970. She worked at radio stations in every city in which she lived. One of her big hobbies was fencing. She was then a stay-at-home mom for eighteen years and loved every minute of it, being actively involved with her kids. She then re-entered the workforce, and is now working for an insurance company, which insures small aircraft. Her big hobby now is quilting. She plans to retire in 2008 but will wait until then to make a final decision, but is excited at the possibilities!

Beverley (Abdee) Harris (1957) worked for the City of Toronto until she retired. She has two grown children. She now spends six months in Keene, Ontario and six months in Florida.

Patricia Ellen (O’Dwyer) Flores, 1957

I attended Notre Dame High School from 1953 to 1956. My home room teachers were Mother St. John Martyr in the 9th grade, Mother St. Leo in the 10th and Mother St. Agnes in the 11th. I was married in 1960 and gave birth to four children. Later I became a single parent and so my children and I moved to Seattle, Washington to be near my brother and his family. After a year at Griffin Business College, I worked as a accountant and tax preparer. In 1992 I received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Antioch University and began working for two non-profits: one that provided services for displaced homemakers and single parents (like myself); and another that provided services for refugees and immigrants (like myself). I am still working for the second organization after 18 years. I currently prepare payroll but have held several positions and volunteered for other non-profits that assist immigrants. I am accredited to teach English as a second language and I teach refugees and immigrants what they need to know in order to pass the U.S. Citizenship test.  I credit my three years at Notre Dame with helping me to adjust to life in Canada and starting me on the journey that led to where I find myself today.

Wilma Styoyanoff (nee Hynes) 1958

After graduating she worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia. Married in 1960.  In 1961 her first child was born and she stayed home to raise her 4 children. In 1979 she returned to work at the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College.  Wilma  became the Registrar and Executive Assistant and stayed in that position until her retirement in 2005. In 1983 she re-married. She has 5 grandchildren . Her  grandchildren range in age from 23 years  to 15 months.  Wilma has been enjoying her retirement by keeping herself busy with classes, working out and just enjoying life.

1958 : Joan Godsoe (nee Boyce) After graduation Joan went into a banking career in Toronto. She married in 1961 and transferred to Montreal where she stayed in banking until 1965. In 1965 she settled into raising her first child. In 1966 she returned to Toronto where she raised her 4 children. In 1969 she moved into the St. John (Kingston Rd.) parish where she has been very active in the church community along with her husband who has been the deacon since 1980. In the 80’s she returned to the work force. Since her retirement she thoroughly enjoys quilting. She enjoys spending time with her 10 grandchildren.

1958: Agnes Raciappa (nee Raponi) Agnes has raised 7 children and enjoys her 15 grandchildren. When the children were grown she worked in an office for two years. She is happily married and she and her husband enjoy golfing, shuffle board and bid euchre.


Rosemary (Bolton) Giles (1959) 

(updated June, 2011)

I graduated in 1959 and entered St. Michael’s Hospital to train as a registered nurse.
I graduated in 1962 took a post graduate course in Obstetrical nursing and worked in the Labour and Delivery Unit. In 1967 I became a Nurse Sonographer working in the first Obstetrical Ultrasound Unit in Toronto.
After my marriage and the birth of our 2 sons I continued to work on the Obstetrical Unit for 25 years. I then transfered to the Women’s Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and was the nurse-sonographer doing prenatal ultrasounds.
I retired from St. Michael’s in 2002 after 40 years of nursing and am enjoying my retirement traveling with my husband, and visiting with our sons, daughter-in-laws and 3 super grandchildren.
I keep in touch with 2 classmates from NDHS still and we remember our days there fondly especially the St. Mike’s hockey games; the concerts with the Diamonds and the Four Lads LOL!!! and our stylish uniforms with the big tie, black lisle stockings and sensible shoes It was an innocent time back then,Elvis Presley was considered a bad influence LOL!! we were pretty green when we graduated and had a lot to learn about life and the world …for better or worse I know my grandaughter will have so many more choices open to her than we did…however we made good careers for ourselves as will she!!

Julia Greenlee (1959)

(updated June, 2011)

What memories of the crazy 50′s at Notre Dame. Those years of the sock hops, St Mike’s hockey games, wonderful friendships were an indelible part of my “growing up”-although I must admit I wasn’t very grown-up in those days. After senior matriculating from Notre Dame, my family moved to the States where I completed my degree in English Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. It is amazing to me how that degree served throughout my career as a teacher, community organizer, worker with at-risk youth, director of a program for low-income, first generation college bound students, public involvement supervisor and finally operations administrator at King County Metro Transit. I am happily retired and have three children and two grandchildren. Seattle is wonderful place for theater, literature, gardening and outside sports and I try to keep active with all. I’d love to hear from my class of ’59 classmates. If any of you are on facebook, please friend me so we can catch up.

 

Patricia (Garden) McDonald, 1959

Patricia has been married to Terry for 33 years. They have four children as well as two grandsons. Patricia worked for Imperial Oil for 32 years. Retried in 1998 and she enjoys golfing, swimming and time with her grandchildren.


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15 Comments

  1. Rosemary (Bolton ) Giles's Gravatar Rosemary (Bolton ) Giles
    July 9, 2011    

    I graduated in 1959 and entered St. Michael’s Hospital to train as a registered nurse.
    I graduated in 1962 took a post graduate course in Obstetrical nursing and worked in the Labour and Delivery Unit. In 1967 I became a Nurse Sonographer working in the first Obstetrical Ultrasound Unit in Toronto.
    After my marriage and the birth of our 2 sons I continued to work on the Obstetrical Unit for 25 years. I then transfered to the Women’s Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and was the nurse-sonographer doing prenatal ultrasounds.
    I retired from St. Michael’s in 2002 after 40 years of nursing and am enjoying my retirement traveling with my husband, and visiting with our sons, daughter-in-laws and 3 super grandchildren.
    I keep in touch with 2 classmates from NDHS still and we remember our days there fondly especially the St. Mike’s hockey games; the concerts with the Diamonds and the Four Lads LOL!!! and our stylish uniforms with the big tie, black lisle stockings and sensible shoes It was an innocent time back then,Elvis Presley was considered a bad influence LOL!! we were pretty green when we graduated and had a lot to learn about life and the world …for better or worse I know my grandaughter will have so many more choices open to her than we did…however we made good careers for ourselves as will she!!

  2. Julia Greenlee (Pinfield)'s Gravatar Julia Greenlee (Pinfield)
    August 13, 2011    

    I forgot to put my maiden name in my update so here it is:
    Julia Greenlee (Pinfield)

  3. Jane Corry nee Osborne Class of 58's Gravatar Jane Corry nee Osborne Class of 58
    September 7, 2011    

    This is great fun!!! I graduated in 1958, and went directly into the Nursing Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, which I found out was not for me. I worked for Traders Finance and married in 1960. I had 2 boys and now am not only a Grandmother to 2 girls but I am a Great Grandmother to a beautiful boy, who is the love of my life. I worked for 28 years at Cardinal Newman High School in Attendance and there is no excuse I have not heard, loved every minute of it. I am now retired and keeping busy with writing for a local newspaper, gardening, politics, and still enjoying sleeping in the mornings. I would really love to find Ann Marie McNabney who graduated the same year, if your out there Ann Marie please get in touch. Do you remember when we were caught smoking in the washroom and had to paint the classroom as punishment? What a hoot.

  4. Elizabeth L. Pitura nee...Betty L. Irwin grad. 56's Gravatar Elizabeth L. Pitura nee...Betty L. Irwin grad. 56
    September 26, 2011    

    I entered NDHS. in Grade 10, and I was welcomed by Eileen Lee, and many wonderful girls who took me under their wing. My teachers were Sister St. Agnes, and Sister St. Irene, who both showed extreme kindness to me even though I was not a Catholic.
    After Graduation I trained as a Nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital, as my Mother had done, then Married Len and became a Catholic at that time. We moved to Winnipeg and I worked as a visiting Nurse with the Victorian Order of Nurses.
    We returned to Toronto, and then had 3 wonderful children. After they were in school I got my degree in Interior Design, and had my own Business until 2002.
    I look forward to seeing Sister St. Agnes, and Sister St. Irene at the reunion, and many friends again.

  5. Edna Lang Canning's Gravatar Edna Lang Canning
    October 1, 2011    

    I graduated in 1957 worked at Prudential Insurance for six months then went into nursing at St. Micheal’s graduated in Feb 1961 got married in April to Basil Canning worked at Scarborough General till 1963 . We have five children and eight grandchildren with the ninth on the way. After staying at home for many years I went back to work part time nusing then became an educational assistant in the new high school St. Patrick for eighteen years till retirement. We sold our home in Scarborough in 2007 and moved up to our new home which was our old cottage on Lake Simcoe. I’m enjoying my retirement, have done some travelling to Europe & B.C. and try to keep up with family and friends. Hope to see some of the class of 57 at the 70th celebration.

    • April 13, 2013    

      I would have graduated in 1957 but my father took me out of school at the end of 11th Grade. I worked at Simpson-Sears, Ltd. in Toronto for one year before my family moved to Los Angeles, where I graduated from night school at Los Angeles High. I would like to hear from other 1957 graduates. I can only remember a few names: Margot Twohig, Pat Steiner and a Rosemary or Rosemarie with a French surname.

      • Mary Louise Long (Emerson)'s Gravatar Mary Louise Long (Emerson)
        June 24, 2016    

        Hi Patricia, I was reading old posts on NDHS newsletter. I noticed u mentioned Margo Twohig.. She and I are still friends, mostly via phone. I think I actually can picture you………any chance that you remember me ? Mary Louise Long (Emerson) ? Drop me a line via
        memerson@sympatico.ca …if that does not work, try Facebook…..I think this is best since u wrote a few years back

  6. Kathleen (Livie) Lehrbaum's Gravatar Kathleen (Livie) Lehrbaum
    October 3, 2011    

    I gradudated in 1956. For the next year, I worked as a secretary in downtown Toronto. The next two summers I attended Teachers’ College and taught 4th & 5th grades at St. Rose of Lima for two years. Then Andy came into my life and we were married in 1960. We had 2 girls and 1 boy in the next 5 years. In 1970 we moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Over the 40 years here, I have worked as a receptionist in a beauty salon, a secretary in a law office and also as a travel agent. Now that I’m retired, tennis my every day activity, with some skiing in the winter.
    My memories of Notre Dame are very dear to me. I considered it a privilege to attend classes there. Mother St. Thomas of the Rosary was my home room teacher for 3 of my 4 years.

  7. Shirley (Booth) Eys's Gravatar Shirley (Booth) Eys
    October 4, 2011    

    Really enjoyed the update on N.D.
    Graduated in ’55. After 14 years in the CND.(of which I am still grateful), I left and came to London,On.to teach .
    My husband and I celebrate our 40th anniversary this month. We have one son,a professor at Laurier, a beautiful daughter in law and two gorgeous granddaughters.
    I will always have happy memories of the CND, my time at Notre Dame and the friends I made there.
    Happy 70th

  8. Shirley (Booth) Eys's Gravatar Shirley (Booth) Eys
    October 4, 2011    

    Congratulations on the70th anniversary . Graduated in 55 . After some years in CND I moved to London,On. to teach. Married. We have one great son, beautiful daughter in law and two gorgeous granddaughters.
    This month we celebrate our 40th anniversary.
    Great memories of CND and my years at Notre Dame.

  9. Zarina Beaton (now Johnston )'s Gravatar Zarina Beaton (now Johnston )
    July 18, 2012    

    Is there any girls that I went to school with still remember me, Please write. thanks Zarina.

    Are there any gails that remember me , please write. Thanks Zarina

    • MARY LOUISE EMERSON (NEE..LONG)'s Gravatar MARY LOUISE EMERSON (NEE..LONG)
      September 4, 2012    

      ZARINA,COULD YOU GIVE A BIT MORE INFO?
      WHEN DID YOU COME AND YEAR YOU LEFT?
      YOUR HOMEROOM?
      IN WHAT PART OF TORONTO DID YOU LIVE?

      WHO DID YOU PAL AROUND WITH?

      • Cecile Brenton's Gravatar Cecile Brenton
        November 28, 2012    

        Hello Mary Louise Emerson.

        I was your (shy, redhaired) student in grade 4 and grade 7 (for art only) at St. Paul’s School (way back in the ’60s). I remember you as a wonderful teacher.

        I just wanted to say, “Hi, how are you doing?”

        Cecile Brenton ’74

    • March 3, 2016    

      Hi Zarina I remember you and your sister Loretta we go back a long ways hope all is well and maybe we’ll see you at the 75th celebration and your sister I already have my tickets Edna

  10. Mary McAleese (Docherty)'s Gravatar Mary McAleese (Docherty)
    November 24, 2015    

    Mary Lou (MacPherson) Buchler and I seem to be the “Seniors”. We graduated in 1953. Started off in the wee house on Malvern. Looking forward to next October.

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