PRESERVATION – SPRING/SUMMER 2009 ERIN TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER
the only way to describe the weather on St. Patrick’s Day 2009, as the
luck of the Irish was on full display. We are so very grateful to Gay
Griesbach and Kristine Walden of the West Bend Daily News/Times Press, for
the wonderful articles on St. Patrick’s Church and the Parade. As
Kristine Walden described in her article, the church was full from front
to back to hear Father David LaPlante’s inspiring Homily AND to get a
taste of his famous cookies. Former pastor of St. Patrick’s, Father Wally
Vogel was also in attendance. Since Mass attendees did their part in
consuming every last cookie, we can confidently mark our calendars for
Mass at St. Patrick’s on March 17, 2010.
This year saw
some changes at parade time with our usual trusty, green pick-up needing
some repair work. Many thanks to Supervisor Gene Eggert for the use of
his trailer AND for doing an AWESOME job as St. Patrick—filling in for
John Kaczor, who was feeling under the weather. Of course, we are
grateful once again to Jeff Kraft for providing St. Patrick with his
beautiful attire and to our “decorations crew” of Kayleigh Dlapa, Allie
Vanden Heuvel, Cora Spuhler and Amanda Wiebelhaus. With the beautiful
weather, the crowd was unusually large for a Tuesday and it was a real
treat to be able to decorate our float minus the mittens. For those of
you who missed the parade, you can visit our website:
to see the articles and photos.
At the May 12,
2009, St. Patrick Preservation Meeting, elections were held for the coming
year. Officers are as follows: President – Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden
Heuvel, Vice President – Robert Schwengel, Secretary – Peggy Kenealy and
Co-Treasurers – Margaret Van Beckum and Joan Coffey.
Now that warmer
weather has arrived, the St. Patrick Preservation Group will continue our
cemetery project of photographing and recording all gravestones in the Old
St. Patrick Cemetery. It has been a long, slow process and we are hopeful
to complete the process by the fall.
birthday, anniversary or special occasion and in need of a unique gift?
The 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church will
bring hours of enjoyment especially for your favorite Irish relative. If
you haven’t already done so, please think about purchasing a
copy—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is requested. The
187-page book packed with memorable information, very interesting facts
and over 250 pictures. To get your copy, please contact Nancy Henke at
262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at
continued updates, please visit our web site at
(don’t forget--check out the latest photos and articles from St. Patrick’s
Day) 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.
We again thank you for your ongoing support during the past TEN years, as
we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrick’s Chapel--an important part
of the history of the Town of Erin.