District 15 February News
Happy New Year!
As of now the District 15 Junior Bowling Tournament and the Adult No-Tap Bowling Tournament are CANCELED due to ongoing concerns about COVID 19. The decision was made with an abundance of caution for our GCU members and friends.
In mid-January Kathy Kapaldo and Elizabeth Harbist assembled and delivered 70 gift bags for the retired Sisters of St. Joseph residing in Baden, PA. Each bag included hand lotion & hand soap; tissues; lip balm; a puzzle book; an adult coloring book & colored pencils and a scratch off lottery ticket. The gifts bags were distributed to all the Sisters that evening by Sister Patti Young, their activity director. Sister Patti shared that the Sisters were “thrilled” to receive the gifts and anxious to discover if they had a winning ticket. The Sisters are also very grateful for the cards and notes from GCU members.
With great sadness, I share that District 15 founding member and former president Helen Meaders passed away on Saturday, January 23, at the age of 100. She is survived by her son Reverend Deacon Michael Meaders and his wife, Cynthia. Although small in stature, Helen had a fierce and formidable love for her church St. John the Baptist in Lyndora, PA and the GCU, especially Lodge 109. Helen shared her time, talent and treasures with fellow parishioners and GCU members for decades. She made over 100 beautiful Carpatho-style pysanky eggs each year and donated many dozens for various fundraisers. An avid golfer and bowler, she also loved to sing and often lead the closing hymn at lodge & district meetings. Professionally, Helen was the Western Pennsylvania Supervisor for the Auditor General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a role she held for 25 years; she retired in 1985. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23) May God grant Helen blessed repose and eternal memory.
Sister Marguerite Coyne, CSJ passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The sister of former District 15 president, the late Sarah (nee Coyne) Lebanik, Sr. Marguerite facilitated the district’s on-going relationship with the retired Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden. A very humble woman, Sr. Marguerite was an accomplished educator having served as a teacher, principal, curriculum writer, and director, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Greensburg, PA. Following 42 years in education, she served in several leadership positions in the congregation. A memorial Mass for Sr. Marguerite will be celebrated at a later date.
Finally, here is a challenge to share your fraternal spirit and do some good. Every one of us has neighbors struggling with loneliness and isolation due to COVID-19—the elderly are especially vulnerable. If you are able, please find time to check-in on elderly relatives and neighbors with a phone call, a card or note, you could offer to pick up and drop off groceries if you are going out. Make a bigger batch of chicken soup and deliver to a neighbor living alone. Any small gesture will surely brighten their day and yours, as well!