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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Spring 2006
Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193
If you drove past St. Patrick’s Church in mid-November, we are sure you
noticed a flurry of activity as Watertown Siding Company was busy
installing new sofits and fascia and also trim boards around the
beautiful stained glass windows at St. Patrick’s. Many thanks to St.
Kilian’s for their continued care of one of our town’s historic
We are saddened by the recent passing of three of our most devoted St.
Patrick Preservation Group members—Ed Coffey, Frank Weber and Jack
Russell. They will never be forgotten for all they did to preserve St.
Patrick’s. We know their care and concern will continue only now from a
loftier vantage point. We would also like to thank William
Schnellbaecher for his most generous donation in memory of Frank Weber.
The Old St. Patrick Cemetery Committee should be meeting in late spring
to discuss ongoing gravestone restoration. There are many more
gravestones that still need to be repaired. Although money is set aside
each year for this purpose, the work could be completed at a faster pace
if more money was available. If you have a loved one buried at the
cemetery and would like to donate to this cause, please contact Father
Michael Petrie at 262/673-4831, Ext. 401 or E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church is still
available for purchase—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is
required. The 187-page book packed with memorable information and over
250 pictures. To get your copy, please contact Nancy Henke at
262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at email@example.com.
For continued updates, please visit our web site at
www.savestpatrick.com (check out the pictures from the 150th
celebration) 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. The Rosary will be prayed (weather
permitting) from May through October at 6:35 p.m. prior to the meeting
on the steps of St. Patrick’s. 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. We
again thank you for your continued support to preserve an important part
of the history of the Town of Erin.