Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make my retirement dinner at the St. Clairsville Undo’s such a special event. I want to especially thank the committee who put the event together: Jonette Lowe, Tammy Selmon, Lisa Blue, Sheila Rataiczak, Rick Paolina, Robb Grendel, Nancy Ducci, Theresa, Young and Julie Curran. All of you did an outstanding job and are to be commended for your hard work. Fr. Dan Heusel, you are truly a great friend. The Mass preceding the dinner was very moving and the picture of Jesus with the little children that you gave me will be treasured forever by my family. Thank you to Rebecca Zwack for making the delicious cake. Rick Paolina did a fantastic job serving as Master of Ceremonies. I was especially touched by the letters written by Nancy Ducci and Theresa Young. Your kind words will be forever imbedded in my heart. The touch of humor that was added by our speakers Ryan Donahue, Tonie Sivert and Alex Kosky was the highlight of the night. Alex has been an inspiration to me since I started teaching at St. John Central Grade School 42 years ago. His love and dedication to Catholic education has been unwavering and he was truly a great mentor to me and someone that I have always had the utmost respect for. Thank you, Alex, for all of the guidance you have given me. To my beautiful wife Mary and my children, Annemarie and Anthony for your patience, understanding and support through the years. I love you very much. Finally I want to thank all of the parents, family and friends that came to the dinner, sent cards and gifts, and have wished me well. Your kind expressions have meant so much to my family and I.

Joseph L. DeGenova, Principal

St. John Central Grade School