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Felicia Cetkowski Messuri ’43

Felicia Cetkowski Messuri ’43Felicia Cetkowski Messuri ’43, the woman who gave voice to Notre Dame College’s alma mater, passed away on Jan. 17, 2010. Felicia’s contributions to Notre Dame were numerous, but she is best remembered as the lyricist for the College’s hymn.

“I am a collegian of a Catholic woman’s college,” Felicia said in a 1942 article in the Catholic newspaper Sunday Visitor. “The walls of my Alma Mater are no less sacred to me than the Ark of the Covenant, no less imperative to my happiness and my godliness than the stone of the catacombs, no less sweet and beloved than the Holy House of Nazareth.

“Within the halls of my college I have found this Christianity you write of … Notre Dame in South Euclid, Ohio, has nurtured that faith in me, and I shall carry it, by the grace of God, to others.” 

Upon graduating from Notre Dame College, Felicia attended Catholic University in Washington D.C., where she earned her M.A. in drama. She then became a teacher at Marymount College, where she continued to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students. Her love for education never ceased. Neither did her love for Notre Dame College.

Felicia’s legacy lives on in the lyrics she penned for the Notre Dame alma mater. She will always be remembered when these words are sung with great pride at commencement: “Sons and daughters of Our Lady, ’Neath your banner, Notre Dame…”

Gloria Karpinski Battisti ’47

Gloria Karpinski Battisti ’47Gloria Karpinski Battisti ’47, a Notre Dame College alumna, professor, and department chair, passed away on Jan. 10, 2010. During her lifetime, Gloria devoted herself to helping others, and in the process accomplished many firsts.

Gloria was the first social worker at the Cleveland House of Corrections, the first woman to chair the local Catholic Charities Corporation, and the first female chair of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees. She was also a founding member of the Cleveland Food Bank.

Upon graduating from Notre Dame College in 1947, Gloria entered Loyola University of Chicago, where she earned her master’s in social work.

In 1969, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant professor and chair of the sociology department. She continued this work until 1977. During those eight years, Gloria developed classes and course studies in the areas of social service and corrections for students at Notre Dame as well as neighboring Ursuline College.

During her lifetime, Gloria was awarded a total of 13 civic or religious awards, including the Notre Dame College Alumnae Woman of the Year, the Most Treasured Volunteer and the Greater Cleveland’s Catholic Citizen of the Year awards. She was the beloved wife of the late Honorable Frank J. Battisti, a United States district court judge.

ALUMNI

Gloria Karpinski Battisti ’47...............................................1/2010

Mary Dienes Bender ’61..................................................10/2009

Frances Smith Berichon ‘63...............................................9/2009

Sr. Mary Sarah Braun, SND ’60..........................................8/2009

Mary McDonagh Brooks ’49...............................................5/2010

Carla Koral Chmielecki ’48.................................................5/2009

Marie McGroder Durkin ’41.................................................6/2009

Sr. Joanmarie Harks, SND ’49............................................3/2010

Mary Jane Cummings Henry ‘43.........................................8/2009

Bernadette “Bunny” Blake Hill ‘51......................................2/2010

Marie Antweiler Holzheimer ’38..........................................2/2010

Martha Ballash Hummer ’60...............................................5/2010

Sophie Jacko ’79................................................................2/2010

Patricia Jane Kaiser ’47......................................................9/2010

Hasani Keita ’89.................................................................1/2010

Patricia Carroll Kelly ’61......................................................3/2010

Kathleen Kendel ’98...........................................................6/2010

Marlene Cassesa Kersman ’61...........................................1/2010

Nancy Traunero Kiser ’75...................................................9/2009

Ken Klingbeil......................................................................6/2009

Ellen Kynkor ’83.................................................................8/2010

Laura Markel Leveraux ’75................................................8/2010

Linda Bacon McElhatten ’76...............................................2/2010

Mary Clifford McGinty ’40...................................................6/2009

Felicia Cetkowski Messuri ’43............................................3/2010

Jean Burns Moffit ‘57.........................................................5/2009

Loretta Morgan ‘48............................................................4/2010

Pauline Palub ‘34...............................................................6/2010

Angela Schiebel ‘40.........................................................12/2009

Deborah Smiley ‘96..........................................................12/2009

Patricia Anne Smriga ’75..................................................10/2009

Elaine Kehm Tallackson ’63...............................................9/2009

Mary Sweeney Turner ’54..................................................3/2010

Esther Szigethy Verbovszky ’57.......................................10/2009

HUSBAND

Robert Joyce......................................................................6/2009

Husband of Virginia Carey Joyce ‘56

Deacon Dr. Joseph Skrha.................................................10/2009

Husband of Betty Ann "Betts" Stasny Skrha ‘52

Father of John Skrha ‘10

MOTHER

Josephine D’Angelico.........................................................5/2009

Mother of Jeanne Christian

Odessa Daniels.................................................................2/2010

Mother of Denise Daniels Robinson ‘89

Aunt of Cynthia Young ‘89

Marie A. Korpowski............................................................8/2010

Mother of Dr. Judith E. Parker ’65 and former adjunct professor Betty J. Zak '69 

Eleanor Krzic......................................................................6/2009

Mother of Geraldine Krzic Schreibman ‘71

Esther Keegan Meacham...................................................8/2010

Mother of Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway ’65 and

Nancy Meacham ‘67

Mary Ricco..........................................................................2/2010

Mother of Domenica “Annie” Ricco Burrell ‘99

Cheryl A. Murray Sockol.....................................................4/2010

Mother of Pamela Sockol Downs ‘90

Dorothy Strutz..................................................................9/2009

Mother of Rachel Strutz ‘95

Lillian Ziegler.....................................................................7/2010

Mother of Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, Ph.D.

FATHER

William Ash.......................................................................7/2009

Father of Georgia Young

Jeffrey Bayer.....................................................................4/2010

Father of Erin Bayer Tisdale ’04

Thomas S. Belovich...........................................................5/2010

Father of Anne Belovich Artl ‘76

Brother of Doris Belovich ‘49

Herbert Dotter.................................................................8/2009

Father of Cheryl Dotter Dietz ‘76

Ronald J. Mangan..........................................................10/2009

Father of Karen Mangan Roth ‘80

Sharon Mangan Strasshofer ‘98

Michael Patrick Neelon...................................................11/2009

Father of Rosemary Neelon ’74

and Mary Jo Neelon ‘76

Michael Stern...................................................................7/2010

Father of Michael Stern ‘08

Anthony Zupancic............................................................9/2010

Father of Professor Tony Zupancic

SISTER

Doreen Faragov..............................................................3/2010

Sister of Mary Jo Faragov Russman ‘79

BROTHER

Thomas J. Dunnigan.......................................................3/2010

Brother of Patricia Dunnigan Botosan ‘45

John Leinberger.............................................................6/2009

Brother of Sr. Joella Leinberger, SND ’94, M.A. ‘08

Rev. Louis J. Trivison......................................................3/2010

Brother of Sr. Mary Louise Trivison, SND ‘50

Jack Tykodi....................................................................2/2009

Ralph Tykodi..................................................................8/2009

Brothers of Loretta Nemeth ‘01

FRIEND

James P. Conway.........................................................9/2010  

Thomas Mullen.............................................................9/2010

Dorothy Witting............................................................4/2010

Memorial Masses may be offered in Christ the King Chapel for your deceased loved one. For more information about scheduling a Mass, please contact Anthony Camino, director of campus ministry, at 216.373.5387.