Class of '67 Reunion

This is the Reunion blog for the Saint Bernard High School Class of 1967. Welcome! This is an independent site, and is not affiliated with Saint Bernard.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Carmela Guerin, Requiescat in Pace

I regret to say that I am again the bearer of sad news tonight. I was informed by Bob Perry that Carmela Guerin passed away yesterday. I am so happy that we got to share some time with her at our Reunion. The second photo is from the Reunion Dinner when Mrs. Guerin was introduced, and took a bow. Click on that pic for the full caption.

Carmela Guerin, standing in pink; Mike Doyle seated to the left of Mrs. Guerin with his arm across his chest at the center of the pic; Bernard (Bro. Bernard) Kenyon standing at right of pic with his back to the camera. Lucille Larrivee Naughton (Sr. Lucille) is at left center, and Joan Blais (Sr. Rita of the Passion) is seated just to the right of Lucille, arm upraised to applaud. Added Bonus: All of this takes place under the watchful gaze of Rev Edward J. Benedict, on screen.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wake for Carol Kenyon September 26, 2017

Heartfelt thanks for the great showing of love and support for the Kenyon Family from the SBHS Class of 1967 at Carol's wake tonight. There was a very large turnout of our fellow class members, and I know the Kenyons were deeply moved. I also know she is in the thoughts and prayers of many more classmates who were unable to attend in person, but sent along messages of sympathy and condolence.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Carol Kenyon's Obituary in The New London Day, September 24, 2017.


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Carol A. Kenyon Obituary
Ledyard - Carol A. Kenyon, 68, of Gales Ferry, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Carol Ann Kenyon was born Sept. 3, 1949 to Elizabeth Collins Kenyon and Morton Levi Kenyon. She grew up in New London, attended St. Mary's Star of the Sea elementary school, St. Bernard's High School, and the Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing, receiving her registered nursing degree in 1971. She was a nurse at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for over 46 years, 40 of those years were spent in the intensive care unit. She loved her profession and excelled in critical care. Many friends, relatives and doctors sought her advice due to her vast experience. She would advocate for her patients to ensure the very best care possible. Nursing was more than her career, it was her vocation. She was such a strong advocate for her profession that she was a key founder and former president of the nursing union. It was indeed fitting that Carol passed away surrounded by those she loved in the ICU unit at L+M Hospital.

But nursing was not her only passion. Carol was an avid gardener and crafter. A member of the Thames River Garden Club of New London County, she made beautiful flower arrangements for weddings and other special occasions for friends and family members and often for local fundraising efforts. Many people remarked that the flowers were the most beautiful they had ever seen. Her gardens and crafts also reflected her artistic skills and beautiful design sense. She always helped out those in need or in crisis by creating amazing baskets, wreaths and craft items for auctions raising countless money for charity events both at L+M and in the community.

Carol loved the beaches here in New London, on Fisher's Island, in Sandbridge, Va. and in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and worked on her tan whenever she could take vacation from L+M. She loved sharing these much loved spots with her friends and family.

Carol is survived by her eight siblings and their families; and her beloved dog, Miko; brother, Morton Kenyon and wife, Susan; brother, Wesley and wife, Linda; sister, Elizabeth Connolly; brother, Kevin and wife, Nancy; sister, Kathie Kenyon and husband, Bill Zaneski; brother, Richard and wife, Claudia; sister, Susan; and brother, Timothy. In addition, she leaves behind 17 nieces and nephews; and 18 great-nieces and nephews; niece, Jennifer O'Quinn and husband, James with children, William, Collin and wife, Emily, James, Morton, Thomas, Sara, and Jude; Stacey Kenyon and son, Quinn; niece, Florabeth Kenyon; nephew, Robert Kenyon and wife, Elke with children, Kai and Ella; nephew, Ryan Connolly and wife, Lauren with children, William and Grace; nephew, Neil Connolly; niece, Caitlin Lombardi and husband, Mark with children, Owen and Nora; nephews and nieces, Kevin, Erin, and Connor Kenyon, Leah LeCara and husband, Kenny with children, Lola and Layne, Clark Zaneski with daughter, Mia, Kara O'Connor and husband, Joseph with son, Christian; Nicholas Kenyon and wife, Lenna, Richard Kenyon; Oliver and Miles Jennings.

She was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth and Morton Kenyon; and nephew, Collin Kenyon.

She is also survived by aunts, Helen Collins and Jean Lena and her husband, Richard; by cousins, the Pero, Collins, Lena, Scanlon, Boyd, Donlon and Delaney families; lifetime friends, the Hammond, Lacey, Spinello, Gerity families; her good friends from Puerto Rico, the Martinez', Rochet's, Gerardi's; and most especially her entire L+M family, those remarkable angels who work in the ICU.

The family also wishes to extend a special prayer of thanks to her niece, Florabeth Kenyon, who cared for her aunt Carol to ensure that these last few months were the best quality of life possible.

Carol loved nature, animals, and the people in her second home of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carol's memory to The Humane Society of CT, 169 Old Colchester Road, Quaker Hill, CT 03375 or Capella de Millagrossa Catholic Church, of Fajardo Puerto Rico to support the hurricane relief efforts, or to the charity of your choice.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London.
Published in The Day on Sept. 24, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Very Sad News: Carol Kenyon

I have a very heavy heart as I send this to you today. I received the following message about 8am this morning from Florabeth Kenyon: 

"Carol is at rest. Thank you for allowing her to have the reunion gathering at her home. It meant so much to her Thank you😇". ."

Carol gave us such a beautiful gift by opening her home and her heart to us for the Meet and Greet. There was surely a lot more going on than a Class Reunion. 
Thank you, Carol, and Godspeed. 
Requiescat in pace, Carol. Florabeth called me a few minutes later to confirm the news that she died this morning at L&M Hospital surrounded by her siblings.

The following is a repost from the Reunion Meet and Greet, and one of our Reunion Committee meetings: 

Virginia Levasseur (Emile Levasseur's wife and my sister) at left hugs Carol Kenyon, the wonderful host of the Meet and Greet! For me, this pic captures the magical Spirit of the Evening: it wasn't so much a Meet and it was An Evening of Embrace! And trust me, there was a lot of this going on that night. Thank you, Carol Kenyon for giving us The Space to Embrace!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reunion Pics from Margery Lacey-Tal!

Thanks to Margery Lacey-Tal for sending these great pics of our Reunion. There are some from the Friday Meet and Greet, Saturday's Dinner/Dance and Sunday's Parting Lunch! Thanks, Margery! Kudos to Margery also for the table centerpieces on Saturday and the Reunion CD Mementos!

Priscilla Lutz and Patricia Murray.

Jack Churchill, Jack Turner, Richard Chrimes Kevin McTigue and Richard Sylvia.  

Margery Lacey-Tal models Dick Picazio's hand-knitted letter sweater! 

Brian and Estelle Hermes

Bill Crocker, Patti Murray and Lucille Larrivee Naughton. 

Foreground:  Patti Murray, Margery Lacey-Tal, Donna Moore, Faith Asselin and Joan Sullivan. Background:  Margot Keam Cleary, Mary Murphy Laanisto and Pierce Kepple.  

Tom Schuch

Joe Turner, Bill and Jan Douton

Lucille Larrivee Naughton

Joe Turner and Jan Von Flatern

Charlie Hennegan and Joe Turner

Charlie Hennegan

Catherine Schuch, Tom Schuch, Bill Crocker and Patti Murray.

Rockin' the Casbah! 

Tom Schuch, Catherine Schuch and Joan Sullivan.

Mimi Cushman Gillen and Tom Schuch

Mimi Cushman Gillen and Jan Von Flatern.  Background:  Tom Schuch, Bill Crocker and Richard Chrimes.  

Joan Sullivan, Faith Asselin, and Lucille Larrivee Naughton.  Background:  Jack Carr and Steve Zbierski. 

Bruce Gallemore, Charlie Hennegan, Barbara Doherty, Jack Turner, Terry Gallemore, Mimi Cushman Amy Turner, Jan Douton and Bill Douton. 
Andre (center) and Eddie (left) and Friends.  

Carol Kenyon's festive shed/bar at the Friday Meet and Greet. 

Thank you, Margery!  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Compilation of Joe Turner's Reunion Committee Pics August 30, 2017

Compilation of Joe Turner's pics from last night's Reunion Committee Followup 'Meeting'at the Main Street Grille in Niantic, featuring Special Guest Tom Dyer!

Thank you, Joe!