2006 September 11 … St. Thomas News
Eucharistic Celebration is on Saturday, September 15 at 5 pm. Weekday masses in St.
Thomas are at 9 am. On Tuesday mass was for Timothy and Teri Burns, and on Thursday mass is for Andrew Fogarty. St. Scholastica has mass for two with St. Thomas connections, on Wednesday, an 8 am mass for William Shaughnessy and on Friday, also at 8am for Diana Cawley.

Visitation for Tom Hoey, the son of Ralph and Kathryn Hoey, of St. Henry, was Tuesday in Coon Rapids. Tom lost his battle with cancer on September 8th. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, the 14th, at 10 am at St. Henry, with visitation on hour prior to the service. Many who were in the Army Reserves in the 60’s knew the fun-loving witty Irishman as a truck driver for Company B. Tom is the son of Ralph and Kathryn Hoey, the grandson of Pat and Myrtle Hoey, and great-grandson of Bernard and Mary Ellen Shea Hoey. Mary Ellen is the daughter of Timothy (1827-1918) and Mary Hessian(1828-1906) Shea of St. Thomas. This makes Thomas Hoey … four generations from St.Thomas.

The roar of about 80 motorcycles, led by Mark Fogarty, could be heard in St. Thomas as The Andy Fogarty Memorial Ride came north toward St. Thomas on County Road 11 and turned East, at the substation, onto County Road 28 at about 4:15 pm. The ride started and ended at Andy’s Bar and Grill in Belle Plaine, with stops at Green Isle, Henderson, Le Sueur, and Union Hill. Andy’s 2004 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic was driven by his brother, Emmett. Andy’s three children, Ashley, Connor and Aiden, and eleven other members of Andy’s “immediate” family joined the emotionally-charged and action-packed, “ridin’ fun bunch.”

The Mary Byrne Benefit was held in St. Peter on Sunday, the 10th. Mary is the daughter of Billy Joe and Sandy Byrne, the granddaughter of Patrick (1899-1977) and Mary Byrne (1899-1990) and ‘Mom’ to Tami and Tara, who had joined the ride. Mary’s son, Tim, lives in Colorado. Her sister, Sue Byrne also joined the ride as fifty-five motorcycles, a loaded transit-van and a number of cars started and ended in St. Peter. The poker run stopped at Nicollet, Henderson, thru St. Thomas around 12:30 pm, and stopped in Le Sueur, then returned to the Embassy in St. Peter to enjoy a delicious lunch, and the Fabulous Fendermen entertaining. Mary was present at the benefit, looking a little apprehensive and toting a vac that sucks poisons from the infections in her system. The Benefit included a raffle ticket drawing, a silent auction and lunch at the Red Man’s, too. Mary’s health took a dive when she was diagnosed with diverticulitis, numerous surgeries found mega-complications and infections, involving severe pain and many weeks in Immanuel-St. Joseph hospital in Mankato. She’s home to heal and get stronger for two more surgeries to come. Mary’s Mom says “The Benefit was a success!” Mary address is 33589 Cedar View Ln in St.Peter, 56082 for any well wishes. We wish Mary better health and more happiness, too.

The beautiful fall wedding of Kathy Goggin and Ryan Sather took place on Saturday, September 9 at St. Anne’s Church, in Le Sueur, with a reception at the Caribou Gun Club. The groom is the son of Steve and Kathy Sather of Eden Prairie. The bride is the daughter of Pat and Rosie Goggin of Le Sueur, and the granddaughter of Ardo (1918-1979) and Bernice Meyer (1919-1998). The bride and her siblings Christine Coulter, of Georgia, Dan of Mpls., and Mike attends St. John’s in Collegeville are all…one generation from St.Thomas.

Molly (Sullivan) Olson, daughter of George and Maxine Sullivan, was the guest of honor at a baby shower on Sunday, September 10. The shower was held at Linner Lounge on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The Olson family members from Grantsburg, WI and Molly's aunt & family from Fargo, ND attended the shower. Molly & Brent make their home in North Mankato.Molly’s sister, Patty Sullivan, husband Joe Eischens and children, Nick and Kate from Parkville, Montana, a suburb of Kansas City, were here to enjoy the gathering on this fall Minnesota weekend.

Vangie and Rosemary Burns, Mary Grace O’Brien and Kathleen Fogarty enjoyed the harvest celebration at the “Nativity’s Grandesta’s Luncheon and Fashion Show” in Cleveland on Saturday, September 9. Their niece, Kathy (Hoehn) Dauk, extended an invitation to the luncheon which humorously honored Mothers, Grandmothers and happy memories of years ago. Among the mothers honored was Kathy’s mother, Alice (Burns) Hoehn (1923-2000). One of her mother’s greatest passions that had always put a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye was her Irish heritage. “If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough.” Each aunt left with Irish treasures, a beautiful stained glass Irish Angel ornament, a coaster with their name, and a white rose, signifying a Wild Irish Rose.

In observance of Grandparents Day, eight-year-old Tim Colwell and his, eleven year old sister, Maggie of Lonsdale entered and won the contest with a few others on “What about my grandparent makes me smile?” which appeared in the Le Sueur Herald last week. Maggie’s Grandma Julie Odenthal makes her smile when… they “bake and frost sugar cookies” together … smiles when Grandma tells her “to fold the kolackies”…smiles when she’s “anywhere by me, she makes me happy.” Tim told of “all the cool stuff Grandpa Connie Odenthal does to make him smile”… He smiles when they “fix and drive the go-cart”, when Grandpa “gets cool stuff at auctions”, he smiles when his “Grandpa shows and shares coins”, they have fun when “Grandpa shows me cool stuff at Pioneer Power.” This writer observed Grandpa Connie at Pioneer Power. He towered above 4 or 5 excited grandchildren, all happy, listening and keeping up to Grandpa’s pace.

John and Susan Behrend, originally from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and presently from Mission, Texas, showed up at the Eyeball on Wednesday. In Mission Texas, they are neighbors of Orrin and Jan Retka and in Mission Texas, their whole complex gets together at 3 pm, not once a week, but “everyday” to visit and socialize.

Happy belated 50th Anniversary to Frances and Rosie Weiers,
(They make the greatest horseradish).

Time-saving tip of the Week: Remove keys from ignition before locking your vehicle door, or keep an extra key close somewhere outside the vehicle. What’s that intelligent word used after something like this…dah!

Till next week, folks…have a good one.