I understand the alternative school has now or will soon close and the property sold to a developer for senior housing.
The remaining nuns may have gone to St. George’s in Tinley Park. The
last I knew, Sister Gabriele was still there, little Sister
Agnes passed away, Sisters Felicita and Assuntina have passed away as well.
The little congregation did not have many nuns left. It is a shame because they did such good work!"
**From Penelope (Penny) A. Eller
(Class of 1968):.
"Here are the snippets of things I remember:
Does anyone remember Billy the dwarf janitor? He was so creepy he would stand under the stairwells trying to look
up our skirts.
Speaking of uniforms, there's nothing better than a wool skirt and jacket, and white blouse in the summer.
We always celebrated St. Joseph's Day, March 19, not St. Patrick's Day because the order of nuns were Italian.
I played the Baritone B flat in the band with Sister Christina.
Little Sister Agnes and tall and mean St. Concetta,who left the order after we graduated. I think
Sister Christina also left and one other nun that year.
Sister Philip ran the library.
The little nuns who cooked for the cafeteria and they made the best pizza I ever tasted.
Decorating for all the dances.
Having the Mendel
boys as our brother school.
Taking the CTA and Bluebird buses to school, no special buses for us.
I remember Mr. Malkas, the first male teacher, who taught History, and I do remember all the girls had crushes on Mr.
Dzik, I think he taught English.
Mrs. Buck was one of the gym teachers, I was made the roving center, playing only girls rules on the
court. And, the showers never seemed to work.
One thing I must disagree with is Diane Bradford's comment that Sister Felicity was the 'one and
only principal' for Mother of Sorrows HS. Sister Mary Marguerite was the principal while I was in school.
At the time my best friends were Chesterine Gerez (deceased), Debbie Brown, and Kathy
I wasn't the only Penelope in our class there was also Penelope Thusing.
The last memory is very sad, the summer after we graduated Karen Kuschell was killed in an automobile
accident coming back from Ill. State."
**From Pam Kamholz (Class of 1972):
"I began at Mother Of Sorrows H.S. in 1969 and finshed in 1972. Our senior class trip was to our 50th state.
Ten days in paradise. Mr.RRM (Robert Roland Malkas).went with us along with, if
I remember correctly, Sister Francis and a female lay teacher. I was in the choir and helped in the
office during my free period. Our junior & senior uniform was a black, white, and dark red tiny checked vest, a
black skirt and long sleeved white blouse. I graduated from St. Christina grade school on 111th and Homan."
**From Cathleen (Roche) Tunno (Class of 1972):
"I have so many wonderful memories of Mother of Sorrows High School. I want to thank my parents, who have passed
on, for sending me to the most magical school. I have so many memories that have lasted a life time. I graduated in 1972.
I could sit here FOREVER and write of so many positives that this school and classmates have given to me. Thank you Mother
of Sorrows and my classmates for my most precious memories."
**From Allyson Rochkus Roethle (Class of 1979):
"Sister Gabriel was the principal when I was a freshman in 1975. Sister Felicita became principal
in 1976. I was the “St Joseph’s Day” carnival queen as a senior in 1979."
**From Denise Fleming Claessens (Class of 1966):
"I attended MOS from 1962-1966. I lived in the little house across the street with six other girls and we were
called aspirants because we were aspiring to enter this religious community. This was pretty common with girls and boys
in the 60's. I went to class with close friends from grade school and enjoyed my classes and some life long friendships.
Francine became principal in 1965 and she was not as tough as Sr Felucita. I love Glee Club and took it as an extra
class to get out of PE. No sports at the time just GAA and Miss Marks who checked your red bloomer gym suit that had
a skirt regularly.
I loved Sr Joseph, Biology, Sr Marguerite, Geometry, Mrs Brennan , English and Journalism and
Mrs Lizzio, Spanish. She now owns a restaurant in Westmont.
Sr Agnes inspired me to love theater and although I
never took art Sr Annunciata was an amazing artist.
Mr Quinn please forgive me for skipping Trig class religiously. Sr
Concetta taught us nite hand for college and I remember only one thing from Latin class. "Semper ubi sub" (always wear
In the early 60s we had a juke box in the cafeteria and could dance during lunch. There is not one of
us who cannot do a good jitter bug,mashed potatoes, or Bristol Stomp.
Most of the younger sisters left in the late 60's.
I have had contact with Sr Lillian who has passed away, Sr Virginia who is retired and lives in Bloomingdales, and
Sister Marguerite who lives in Huntley. They are well and planning on attending our 50th reunion next year.
was a wonderful school and we received great educations The sisters cared and worked very hard. They still remember
us and hope they were a good influence."
**From Laurel O'Brien (Class of 1974):
"I attended Mother of Sorrows from 1970 - 1974 - it was never coed during that time frame. And the orphanage piece
of the school was always kept separate from the high school operation as far as I remembered.
was the head—I remember Sr. Frances, Mrs. Sarna (English), Mrs. Savage (typing/shorthand)
and I’m blanking on the other names but will get back to you—my graduating class size was approximately 134 I
believe. We were aware that they boarded children but it was never apparent that those children were in our classrooms…although
that would have been fine. I was under the perception that they were younger than high schoolers. And, yes, it
was definitely a banquet hall for a few years after it’s demise as a high school.
It had a lot of lay
teachers, in addition to a few sisters, leading the classrooms."