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ST. PATRICK PRESERVATION – FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER
The St. Patrick Preservation Group was honored to be a part of the Erin
Historical Society’s hosting of the Irish Genealogical Society of
Wisconsin on August 2, 2010. Over 50 Irish Genealogical Society members
travelled to Erin Township to visit the former Kenealy Blacksmith Shop
turned Lucy’s Horseshoe Inn and now the current home of the Erin
Historical Society. After spending time looking at founding family
displays and miniature replicas of Erin’s historic buildings, they
visited our historic, 155-year old St. Patrick’s Church and Old St.
Patrick Cemetery, where the first recorded burial was 1850. They
completed their tour with drinks and dinner at Tally Ho Pub &
Thank you to Ron Weber of St. Kilian’s parish for opening the church,
where Evarist & Nancy Henke shared their extensive knowledge of St.
Patrick’s Church, which is outlined in their 150th Anniversary History
Book of St. Patrick’s Church of Erin. Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel
shared information about the founding and activities of the St. Patrick
Preservation Group. The Irish Genealogical Society then spent time in
Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery searching for their Irish ancestors. Many
thanks to Gay Griesbach of the West Bend Daily News for her wonderful
article and photos.
As we go to press, the St. Patrick’s Church Rectory is being updated in
anticipation of a new rental family. Interior renovation work and a new
roof have been completed and occupancy can begin on September 10, 2010.
Description: 5-6 bedrooms, remodeled kitchen (no appliances), large
dining room and very large living room, office, one full bathroom and
two half baths. Lawn mowing and snow removal are provided for the
renters. Spacious yard and 3-1/2 stall garage with new roof. For more
information contact St. Kilian Offices: 262/673-4831
Pat Nickols of California, whose family donated well over $100,000 to
Old St. Patrick Cemetery, met with St. Kilian’s Parish on August 4,
2010. She is happy to report that there has been some growth in the
trust fund which translates into more headstones being repaired in Old
St. Patrick’s Cemetery. On August 17, 2010, Old St. Patrick Committee
Members John Collins and Dave Schippers met with Gehl Monument Company
and Dan Leischer, Maintenance Supervisor of St. Kilian’s and marked 15
gravesites north of the entrance for upcoming work. One of the large oak
trees on the west side of the cemetery is hollow and its removal will be
the first priority before work begins. If you have a family member
buried at St. Patrick’s and would like to contribute to headstone
repair, please contact St. Kilian Parish Office at 262/673-4831.
The 153-year old St. Patrick’s Altar Society commenced meetings in
September after their summer hiatus. The ladies continue to meet at the
Erin Town Hall the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., September
through May. The Society helps support the Hartford Food Pantry and the
Pregnancy Help Center through donations and also has memorial Masses
said for deceased parishioners. Newly elected officers are: Janet Jones
- President, Joan Walsh - Treasurer and Vivian Whelan - Secretary. If
you would like to be a part of the camaraderie and spirituality, please
call President Janet Jones at 262/673-4046.
For continued updates, please visit our web site at
www.savestpatrick.com (check out the latest pictures) or join us the
second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall. Coffee,
dessert and catching up with family, friends and neighbors follow the
meeting. If you would like to become a member of the St. Patrick
Preservation Fund, Inc. (reasonably priced at $5/Single and $10/Family),
please contact Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel at 262/670-0975 or
E-mail her at SaveStPats@aol.com. To get a copy of the 150th Anniversary
History Book of St. Patrick’s Church, please contact Nancy Henke at
262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We again thank you for your ongoing support during the past eleven
years, as we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrick’s Chapel--an
important part of the history of the Town of Erin.