January 2018
In This Edition
  • Reunion Updates
  • News & Announcements
  • Roll Call
  • Class Notes
  • From the Mercy Archives
  • Upcoming Events
  • Skippers Remembered
Reunion Updates
Calling All Members from the Class of 1968!

Your 50th Golden Reunion is being spearheaded by your classmate, Judy McElearney Nobriga. Please update your contact information with the Alumnae Office to receive reunion news—we are still missing 42 mailing addresses and 164 email addresses! Please be sure to reach out to your fellow classmates who we might not be reaching.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org
Start Planning Your Reunion!

The Alumnae Office has received interest from the following classes regarding a reunion:

  • Class of 1963 - 55th Reunion
  • Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion
  • Class of 1983 - 35th Reunion
  • Class of 1988 - 30th Reunion
  • Class of 1991
  • Class of 2008 - 10th Reunion
  • Class of 2010

As far as we know, potential Class Coordinators have come forward, but planning for these reunions has not begun. We still need coordinators to celebrate these milestone years: '58, '73, '93, '98, '03, '13. 

If you would like to join the planning committee for your class reunion, or if you have more information about these reunions, please email Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at gwasley@mercyhs.org .
News & Announcements
Alumnae Needed for Special Project!

Join us by being a part of a special video production that will have a major impact on the lives of our students. The Advancement Team is creating a Fund-a-Need video for this year’s La Merced Gala to help raise money for financial assistance. We can’t do this without you though! We would like to highlight our gala theme Then and Now by featuring 7-8 alumnae from each decade alongside current students. The task is simple—there are no lines to recite—just be excited to be a part of Mercy’s rich 65 year history!

Filming will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 12:30-4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org .
Janine Nolfi is Retiring!

Honor Janine's 32-year career at Mercy by helping us create a book of memories, photos, and messages from her beloved students. If you were a dancer, ASB member, student of hers—or even friend or colleague—we want to collect your well wishes, memories, and photos. Please email them to gwasley@mercyhs.org .

We will also be dedicating our dance studio in Janine’s honor and invite you to be a part of this legacy. Donations to Mercy made in Janine’s honor will be recognized by listing our donors on a commemorative plaque in the dance studio. Donate HERE .  

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org .
Red & White Winter Ball was a Hit!
Excitement and chatter filled Rist Hall on Jan. 5 as more than 100 students reignited this classic Mercy tradition in style. 

Light refreshments, candlelight centerpieces, dancing and laughter filled the room that evening. Many alumnae, faculty, and staff chaperoned the dance and were excited to witness the revival.

Red & White was always the highlight of the winter season at Mercy.

Hopefully this tradition is back to stay!

Help Identify Valedictorians from Your Graduating Class

Were you valedictorian of your class or do you remember who was? Mercy would like to compile a complete list of our valedictorians for our alumnae records.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org .
You're Invited: Go Red For Women Basketball Game

Wear your Mercy red to show support for National Wear Red Day and Go Red for Women movement in the fight against cardiovascular disease during the varsity basketball game on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in McAuley Pavilion. Go Red t-shirts are available for sale and donations are being accepted. All proceeds benefit the Go Red For Women movement.

Contact Sheri Sam, Director of Athletics, ssam@mercyhs.org
Don't Miss any Mercy Home Games
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Varsity Basketball vs. Harker
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 2
Go Red for Women | Varsity Basketball vs. NDSJ
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Varsity Basketball vs. Notre Dame Belmont
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16
Varsity Basketball vs. The Kings Academy
6:30 p.m.
We've launched a new Athletics calendar with all the games and important events.

Contact Sheri Sam, Director of Athletics, ssam@mercyhs.org
Roll Call: Grads who recently "checked in"
Peggy Maze Pabst Johnson '56
Current City: Federal Way, WA
Job Title: Principal of PMJ Consults
Exciting News: “I’m writing a book and Mercy plays a huge role in my life!”

Noreen Hagerty '68
Current City: Santa Rosa, CA
Mary Anne Francis Kaplan '80
Current City: Oakland, CA
Job Title: Co-Owner of Kaplan & Associates
Exciting News: “I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor! So thankful!”

Mia Paraiso '98
Current City: Oakland, CA
Class Notes: News About You
Rita O’Brien Barichievich '57 enjoyed connecting with fellow grads at their 60th reunion at The Olympic Club last September.

Victoraine Faenzi Benedetti '58 moved to Novato, CA, is retired, works in her garden and watches her grandchildren and great grandchildren. “Life is great!”

Kathleen McDonnell Farrell '58 is continuing to enjoy retirement—grandchildren, golf, swimming, etc. “Looking forward to our 60th Reunion!!”

Helen Hart Carr '61 shared wishes for the new year: “May your school year go well. May Mercy teachers be guided within and strong. May students grow in understanding and knowledge through choices, work and commitment.”

Janice Zamlich Erickson '61 is retired and enjoying farm life. She enjoys snowshoeing, taking care of their horse Spirit, gardening, church work, and caring for an elderly neighbor.

Cecile Ehrmann '68 has a new granddaughter, Anuhea Rose Castro, born April 2017, to Priscilla Gonzalez Castro '01 and Azarias Castro.

Marybeth Shanahan McCarthy '69 is married to Tom (Riordan '68) for 45 years, with three great kids: James, Maureen & Colleen—three S.M.C. graduates and two teachers. She has five grandsons and one granddaughter— “Needless to say, I stay very busy...”

Deborah Canepa Tencza '70 cannot wait for their next reunion. “Go, Seekers of 1970!”

Jeanne Halloran '71 had to evacuate during the recent fires in Santa Rosa. “Fellow classmate, Pam Kilmartin Kammerer '71 , put my friend Dawn, my dog Ginger, and I up at her beautiful house in Auburn while we waited to return home. I am so grateful for her hospitality and kindness.”

Anna Alexander '80 has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. In February, she will begin her 32nd year of service with Kaiser Permanente, where she has been an advice nurse for the past 17 years.

Ann Hollett Clifford '80 was honored at the Building Bridges Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) annual gala dinner as the 2017 Robert Brownlee Science Teacher of the Year.

Marie-Louise Kingery Murphy '80 and her husband, Philip, run a small business taking care of second homes called Proxy Home Watch in Asheville, NC. They are “freebirds” after raising three children: daughters Margo, 25, McKenzie, 24, and son Miles, 21, who is currently a student at Northwestern University in Boston.

Joanna Jew Dunn '84 is serving University Presbyterian Church as a Pastor.

Michelle Best Rosinsky '99 was recently made Director of Transport at the Hotwire division of Expedia. She is the Vice President that manages Hotwire's relations with the Rent-A-Car business.

Julianna Morales '16 is now attending George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Megan Jajeh '17 , a freshman at City College of San Mateo, led CSM’s women’s basketball team during a three-day tournament in December, finishing with 47 points. Read about the tournament here.
From the Mercy Archives
2008 Mercy News
1995 Yearbook
Share Your Mercy Memories With Us!

We have a special request from all who have attended Mercy High School - WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS and YOUR MEMORIES OF MERCY!

Please email your pictures with a caption to Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at gwasley@mercyhs.org .
Upcoming Events
Celebrate Janine Nolfi's 32-Year Career with Mercy
Alumnae Wine & Cheese Reception

Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26
gwasley@mercyhs.org  or 415-872-0968

Date:  Saturday, Jan. 27
Time:  5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location:  Mercy High School

Janine Nolfi   joined the Mercy family in 1985 as a dance teacher and choreographer. By 1991, she was a full-time faculty member and has since become an invaluable member of our Mercy community as a dance director, teacher, and ASB moderator.
Final Weekend: Winter Dance Concert: Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap  will have you jumping out of your seats with excitement as 28 dancers from the Mercy Dance Ensemble showcase various dance and music genres.

Date: Jan. 26, 27
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Mercy High School Theatre
Cost:    $12

Meet 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Ruthie Bolton
All alumnae are invited to this exciting opportunity to enjoy the Mercy varsity basketball game and meet Ruthie Bolton - 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA Champion, and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
TIme: 5 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Crab Feed Fundraiser
Mercy Parent Association invites you to our Crab Feed Fundraiser with All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Salad, and Pasta.
  • Raffle Prizes​
  • Beer & Wine Cash Bar
  • Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine ($15 corkage per bottle)

Date:  Saturday, Feb. 3
Time:  5 p.m.
Location:  Mercy High School
Cost:  $55 (individual), $400 (table of 8 which includes two bottles of wine)

Save the Date: La Merced Gala
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Do you or someone you know want to become a sponsor of this year's La Merced Gala? Complete the fillable form below and email it to Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org

Skippers Remembered
Marilyn Duggan Caselli '57
Jan. 17, 1940 - Dec. 10, 2017
Marilyn attended St. Emydius Grammar School and Mercy High School. She then attended San Mateo Junior College before transferring to San Jose State University where she earned a BA and a school librarianship credential in 1961.

Carol Braun Binsfeld '78
August 18, 1960 - Dec. 21, 2017
Carol grew up in San Francisco, attending St. Cecilia Elementary School and Mercy High School.

Barbara Conneely Leedom '59
Nov. 4, 1941 - Oct. 22, 2017
In the winter of 1942, Barbara immigrated to the USA with her parents, John and Catherine Conneely. Barbara was raised in San Francisco with her four younger brothers.

Stay Connected with Mercy
Update your contact information with Mercy so you can receive news and announcements about alumnae events and reunions!

We love to know how our alumnae are making a difference in our world!

Alumnae Questions? Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at 415-872-0968 or gwasley@mercyhs.org
Our Mission
Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Our Vision
We are the Social Advocacy Based Learning Catholic school of the San Francisco Bay Area where women graduate with fierce determination to improve our world.