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Sisters help launch a special boat

October 30, 2020

As most of you know, since 1911 the home base of the Sisters of St. Casimir has always been right here on Marquette Road; but their contributions to mankind can be seen in many parts of the world.

One of those spots is in Holland, Penn., where they have sponsored Villa Joseph Marie High School since the 1930s. Last month, Sister Margaret Petcavage and Sister Rita Marie Kerdock traveled from Chicago to Holland for a special occasion: the induction of Sister Margaret into the Villa Joseph Marie Hall of Fame.

Throughout her career, Sister Margaret has served as a teacher and a principal and in leadership roles in the congregation. She is currently devoting her time as the Vice Postulator for Mother Maria Kaupas’ Cause for Sainthood. Oh, and she is an alumna of VJM, too. Congratulations, Sister Margaret!

The visit turned out to be a double celebration of sorts. As you know, Sister Regina Marie Dubickas is the General Superior of the order. Although she was not able to attend the festivities, her spirit was certainly there. Now just like Maria High School had a rowing team, so does VJM. The second part of the celebratory visit involved the team and Sister Regina. The rowing team honored her as they unveiled the new Villa Joseph Marie crew boat and christened it Sister Regina.

So congratulations are in order for Sister Regina, too. After all, how many of us have a boat named after us?

Sadly, former long-time parishioner and volunteer at St. Rita Parish, Beverly O’Leary, recently passed away. Prior to her time at St. Rita, Beverly was a parishioner at St. Mary of Mount Carmel on Marquette Road. While at St. Rita, Beverly spent many years as the St. Rita Grammar School football cheerleading manager and a Girl Scout troop leader. She was also a president of the St. Rita Grammar School Mothers Club.

Some of you may remember Brother David Adelsbach, OSA, who passed away last week. Brother David did supervisory work at St. Rita High School from 1972 to 1979 and returned to the high school from 1991 to 1994, doing maintenance work. After that he began work in Food Service at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Casimir while studying at Moraine Valley College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. While continuing to work part-time at the motherhouse, he also provided home nursing care to a variety of clients.

When we left 1970 last week, we were headed to Ashburn to the grand opening of a “new type of mall shopping experience.” Did you figure out where we were going? Janelle M. was the first to call with the answer. It was Peacock Alley. If you check the Chicago Lawn Historical Society page on Facebook, I have posted a couple of the grand opening ads from the Southwest News-Herald this past week in 1970. Some of the stores are featured as well.

Here are some of the places that were there in the very beginning: Pagoda House, Just Pants, Stevenson’s Bath and Boutique, The Yellow Candle, City Art Center, Mr. Anthony’s Men’s Shop. And here’s a pretty cool one – The Nickel Bag “for the most in clothes; Check with Nate and Diane, the high priest and priestess of mod fashions.” (I am picturing Nate with plaid bell-bottoms and Diane in a peasant dress because that would have been the groovy way to dress, right?).

Now before we leave Peacock Alley, here’s a question to ponder for next week: How did it get that name? Call me if you know!

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