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Luke: Hello I'm a Detroit collector and historian. I'm very familiar with the old St. Cyril's and a few years ago donated a salvaged colored glass window to the new church from the old church to make sure it was preserved. I recently purchased two pieces of plaster from old St. Cyril's from a 'collector' who was not taking care of it. I'm interested in knowing if someone would like to take take them off my hands? One is the top of a wall pilaster and the other is a corner bracket. I figured I'd ask before I put them in a situation where they might end up out of state. Feel free to drop me a line at my email address. Thanks for your time
April 21, 2015 1:27PM

Stuart: Happy St. Cyril Day. A great Saint for our lives. I am not a Detroiter, but I appreciate web sites like this and those that offer heart felt contributions. Your community makes a difference and St. Cyril's and it is evident that your old neighborhood set seeds for a better world.
March 18, 2015 6:29PM

norman langlois: Hi my name is norm langlois I'm looking for a friend I lost touch with a long time ago his name is Rick Jarecki he lived on Lark street down by strong. He went in the service back in the sixtys came out and moved away been trying to find him for quite a while if anybody knows anything please let me know on this great site thanking you in advance..
June 8, 2014 9:24AM

Barbara Wozny: Looked at the page called The Hood. Found the pics we talked about the othe day.
December 11, 2013 4:36AM

Cheryl (Pionk) Ventimiglia: Thank you posting these pictures. I was born and raised on Marcus. It's so sad to see it now. I have many fond memories. Some of my former classmates have a facebook page dedicated to St. Cyril.
December 7, 2013 3:51PM

norman langlois: I use to live at 8950 windfield right down the street from jim schrock's house on st cyril. I don't know if it was jim or his brother who had a twin pines milk route but I remember every once in a while in the winter he would get his truck stuck in the alley and we would go down and dig him out. I also lived in that little apartment on st cyril right across from burroughs and a few more places around the neighborhood. In 68 I got a job at chrysler transport over on lynch rd,soon after that we moved to mt clenens. I have a lot of good memories from down there, every once in a while I use to take a drive down and see the old neighborhood but It's getting a little to dangerous to do it anymore.I just happen to see this web site and I just wanted to thank you for what a really good job you did with putting everything together and I hope you keep on doing it for a long time.
November 4, 2013 7:54AM

Kathy: What wonderful pictures!! I was only in first and second grade there. We moved when I was in second grade in 1969. I still do remember things from the pictures. Especially the Ave Maria altar! It was beautiful. I remember we used to spin around the metal poles in the parking lot next to the rectory because they were high enough off the ground. When I was in first grade I spun around the ones next to the school which were much closer to the ground and I cracked my forehead open. I had blood all down the front of my uniform. I remember some high school girls taking me to the bathroom to clean off and one of the sisters gave me an ice pack to put on my forehead. I still have Cyril legacy alive!!
August 27, 2013 12:52PM

Josette Sampson: My mother went to school there. I'm not sure if she has seen this or not, but I will show it to her. Very nice tribute.
April 26, 2013 12:27PM

Barbara (Wilson) Pratt 1965: Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Can't believe it's gone. I too have a piece of a brick from the demolition, I just by chance had riven by to show my grandson where I went to school, and could not believe my eyes. At that time the gym ceiling and area around it had started to be demolished and lockers were open and some still had uniforms and close coming out of them, I only wish I had been able to get down there and get some things. My only disappointment is that there is little of the class of 65. I sadly only attended one of the first reunions and there are no pictures of it either. I have been trying to get a copy of our yearbook and none have been posted on I moved to Canada early 1966 and lost contact with most and only wish someone had found me and kept me in touch with the class and my friends. I hope if there is one in the future that someone might contact me I would love to see them again. St. Cyrils was the greatest time of my life and I think about it often and I am saddened I didn't know about the closing and the last mass I would have love to have attended. Great site, reminiscing and remembering all the places in the school and the church, Thank you for taking the time and effort to put all this together.
April 14, 2013 8:53PM

Joe Tribula: I turned in a photo album from 1951-52 of processions and Father Zaliberas 40th Jubilee at the rectory at the new St. Cyrils & Methodius. There were just too many to put on this site. They are probably in the archives room at the back of the church. It includes a picture of Mother Joseph who I thought was a personifiction of what a Nun should be like. Always gentle and smiling...
March 3, 2013 11:40AM

Mary Jo Meade (Buback): I often go back to my high school days just to go down memory lane. I love this site and go thru it a couple of times a year just to see the new pixs and sadly our friends that have passed. I could never had asked for a better four years.
December 24, 2012 4:50PM

Rick Yamin: Hello, I'm the webmaster of St Cyrils now and I would like to get many photos to place on line so people can see what St Cyrils was like. Can you help me with some photos. Please reply
October 19, 2012 10:59AM

Tom Foster: Nice pictures but very sad. I attended st.cyril's in 1943-45.My kintergarten teacher was sister Rosaria.Never fogot her. I believe i have a class picture from that time period .
June 13, 2012 11:00AM

Joseph Tomczyk - SsC&M'57: Zena, not seeing response from you the last half-year or so, I hope y'all are doing optimally. Anhoo, now regularly visiting SE MI from wNC, I'm hearing season song such as by the Ex Cathedra choir; and wonder whether any of y'all recall our nuns sounding so from our church balcony during lunch-times, Joe
December 19, 2011 1:01PM

dave: My mom and I were looking at your site, we say very well done! She has lots of memories there with aunt Emily and the rest of the Bires family. Sad to see it gone.
December 10, 2011 7:47AM

barb: Thank you !
November 7, 2011 6:12PM

Diane: What a great site. Thank-you for all your time that you put into this. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures, they brought back so many memories.
November 6, 2011 9:02AM

Dave Skonieczny: Hi Rob, I lived on Merkel, a few blocks away, and I think the name of the candy store was Mary's. This was about 1960 through 1970 or more.
October 23, 2011 5:33PM

Rob Fine: I am so happy I stumbled upon your picture albums! I enjoyed browsing the pictures. I am trying to find as much info as possible about this old neighborhood. My mother lived in a home on Carrie St. from birth to around age six, just in front of Cooper Elementary. She went to first grade at Cooper's Elementary. She remembers a candy store nearby..anyone know where it was or the name? Rob
October 15, 2011 8:26PM

eshaw2: Looking for grads 1958 st Cyril's
August 9, 2011 1:52PM

Judi (Wyrybkowski) Opolski: Judi,Zena!lol You are so wonderful to all of us who have shared time at Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Each and everytime I stroll down any of your memory lanes, I get all teared up. Its' so, touching to see how many of us have enjoyed all you have created. God bless you !
April 13, 2011 2:09AM

Kenny Kovach: Help...........Tryinmg to locater Richard chwalek from class of 1961, I see a Elaine Chwalek Blocki goes on ur site if someone could help me locate Richard for our 50th class reunion, it would be greatly appreciated My E mail Address is
March 4, 2011 8:02PM

kenny kovach: to all 1961 cyrilites...were putting together a 50th class reunion..If interested E mail me at Tnx Kenny kovach class of 1961
March 4, 2011 7:49PM

Bob Hanus: Just checking in as usual Bob Hanus Class of 1949. Hope all is well with all the classmates of my era!
January 22, 2011 2:57PM

Stan: My compliments on a super site!! Only wish someone from the old St. Thomas had the drive, determination and dedication you do. Regards and keep up the good work. Stan
January 21, 2011 11:20AM

d.r.: Thanks so much for your website-my grandmother attended St. Cyril and M. church for decades. Would you know if there is a listing of parishioners? diane
November 19, 2010 5:42AM

tim h: Awesome church! Very sad to see these marvels disappear. Thanks for the pictures and captions.
November 12, 2010 7:27AM

Lois Kossel-Martinez: I found this site by accident--what a wonderful surprise! I attended St. Cyril from 1960 through 1970 when our family moved from Detroit to Romulus. I would have been a 1972 graduate. My father was the President of the Mens Club for a few years--Victor Kossel (deceased 2004) and my mom Louise Kossel, very much alive-- helped out with BINGO and at times helped Fr. Nosal with the books at the rectory. All of my brothers and sisters (5) Jean, Janet, Victor, Gary and Karl attended St, Cyril but were all younger than I. Lots of memories-- pictures of our church brought tears. Thank you for this site I will share!
October 4, 2010 5:10PM

Bill McFall: Thank you for all this ongoing hard work. You have created a little oasis for us "time" travelers.
October 2, 2010 10:04PM

September 9, 2010 5:45PM

rfirefighter: Judy I try to tell a lot of people ur websiote address and they cant get on. ur in my favorites so I get on that way. can u send me ur website address. Tnx Kenny Kovach
August 28, 2010 7:50AM

Jean (Remenar) Rossman: My parents and older siblings lived on Miller St. in the 1930's, and my sisters, Emilia, Dorothy, and Agnes Remenar, went to St. Cyrils School. Recently they were talking about their childhoods when they lived on Miller St, so I decided to do some research & came across your site.
August 20, 2010 7:21PM

Eric Edlund: point of clarification: My previous comment is regarding the sad fate and downfall of your church and neighborhood.
June 25, 2010 9:42AM

Eric Edlund: Pretty sad. It's things like this that should (though rarely does) lead people to think a little harder about the society we live in and the "values" that it espouses.
June 21, 2010 4:46PM

Joe Tribula: To LoveDetroit, Your Fascist diatribe about the conduct and Christian style of living by the Domican Nuns has no place in a forum like this. I applaud their strength and and their adherance to the Gospels of Christ over the current fad of "Greed is Good". There are those today who pray to the God of money; I'll trust in the God of the "Golden Rule'.
June 14, 2010 10:05AM

LoveDetroit: I love this website. It would be nice if we could have lots of pictures of our beloved Dominican Sisters in their habits (and identified by their convent names) from the old days. We had the Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima from nearby Oxford, Michgian, at St. Cyril's. The shame is that since they bought into the post-Vatican II secularization of the large Orders (lay clothes, using their lay names, etc.) they have, of course, died out. Shame on them! As Slovaks they should have known better than to buy into the vapid American de-constructed convent forms, but they did anyway. Although those few nuns still living do reside at the former motherhouse in Oxford, the group has recently been dismantled and swallowed up by a large American congolmerate of leftist-feminist American nuns. Yuck! Sisters, I love ya, but whoa, who are you today, and who in the hel- is calling the goofy shots you're following these days? I can tell you one thing: it's certainly not our Holy Father, the Pope! Come on back, be who you promised to be for us, act and look like real nuns again and you'll see, novices will come and you'll be happier.
June 5, 2010 2:52AM

blogmanelectro: jadore votre forum
April 4, 2010 7:17AM

Barb Wozny: Ok where are last years pics 2009 I didnt see them or maybe Im going blind
March 30, 2010 4:26PM

Cheryl Jubenville Parsell: I was shocked to see the pic of Janie Grant and the story surrounding her death. Do you mind if I ask where you got all of that info? My hope has always been that someday it w/be solved, but who knows.....
March 18, 2010 5:29PM

Lorraine: It was nice looking at all those pictures. You sure put a lot of hard work into it. Just keep up the good work you are doing
March 7, 2010 7:33PM

Dolores (Pavlock) Zakrzewski '59': What a wonderful site. The work you put into it is just amazing. I recognized a few from my class that have left us. I still have to check out some of your other pictures. The churches were so beautiful back then. Every so often attend Mass at St. Cyril's on l8 Mile Road but don't know anyone there. My husband belonged to St. Thomas and my son, when the church was being demolished, brought back some pieces of history for him and also has a little monument in his yard.
December 6, 2009 2:57PM

carolpokojski: Thank You so very much for the happy and the so very sad pics for our wonderful school. I went all through school there and graduated in 59. Our father worked harder than anyone could imagine he took care of all the school stoked the boiler repaired anything that needed to be done. In the winter he shoveled all the snow from the school, father's house the nun's place all before school started, he made a minimum amount of money. Can you imagine anyone working that much and only missed 1 day of work and that day we kid's cleaned. Much thank's for all your time, you have done a incretable job.
October 30, 2009 4:46PM

Loretta Paszek: Does anyone have the password to get into the 2008 alumni album? I haven't been on this site for quite a while. I love traveling down memory lane!!!! Was very surprised to see that David Van Kula had passed. David and I dated all through my junior year in high school and part of my senior year. Again, great memories. Those were certainly the good ole' days!!!!!
October 26, 2009 1:19PM

toystore: I need to get a password from you so I can make picture prints here through Picturetrails and to view "All Reunions". I may have some pictures of ST. Cyril do I get them to you?
October 8, 2009 6:24AM

Jane (Beaver) Lapasky: I attended St. Cyril from 1959 - 1963. Mass was 6 days a week, trading holy cards was big during the mass, as long as the nuns didn't catch you. Movies were once a month in the gymnasium. Kindegarten entrance was scary, we must have walked through the boiler room to get to class. We brought canned goods to school in 1963 just in case Russia would bomb us. Had a teacher (not a nun) in 3rd grade. All good memories. Thank you for your dedication website, it's marvelous.
October 4, 2009 7:49PM

Gary: I came to this site from Forgotten Detroit. Even asone who was completely ignorant to SS Cyri and Methodius parish, it was sad to see the deterioration of a church and school that was home to so many people.
October 1, 2009 11:36AM

Marilyn Maslonka: Can you get my email address to Kathy Ryan Nardi, class of '68? Thank you Zena!
September 27, 2009 12:10PM

Barb Wozny: lots of good pics havent been here in a while
September 8, 2009 3:22PM

Nancy Huellmantel Reiss: Yes, Bob, the St Cyril Annual Festival is August 28, 29, 30. Alumni night is Friday, August 28th. Hope to see you there along with many other former St. Cyril students. Just's been 60 years since you graduated from our beloved St. Cyril High School in 1949--the very first graduating class. Nancy Huellmantel Reiss, Class of 1951
August 25, 2009 5:16PM

tmsdetroit: I came upon your site as I am looking at Old Detroit Churches. Although I did not attend St. Cyril, I did live in 'the neighborhood' @ St. Cyril & Nagel. Just before the demolish, I found myself driving around looking at these buildings, flooded with childhood memories, wiping tears from my face in realizing the unnecessary demise of faith, life and family. I commend you for capturing these images, painful they may be...but so very important in remembering, where we all come from. Thank You!
August 17, 2009 6:00PM

Sue McDonough: Sue (Bieszke) McDonough The pictures and memories are great. There were not many people from the year I graduated in 58. We just had a reunion last September with a really good turnout and I would love to share those pictures. Let me know how to do it. Good work.
August 13, 2009 10:59AM

bob hanus: Bob Hanus Class of 1949 Just checking in as usual. I have heard that the St. Cyril Festival is the weekend of Aug. 28, 29, 30. Perhaps someone out there will verify whether this is correct or not. And if so, I hope to see some old classmates there.(In our case, they would have to be old)
August 8, 2009 4:09PM

mcb48204: Mary Clare Brown: Monnier Elementary Public School Kindergarten --- Mrs. Moriarity (1958-59) --- St. Brigid Elementary School (((((1959-1967)))))) --- A friend of mine went to St Cyril's (((((1958-1970))))). Michele lived on Veach Street and worked at a neighborhood bakery for 6 years during high school and college. Her sister Celeste graduated in (((((1966))))), going on to University of Detroit and graduating (((((1970))))). Grad school in Ithaca NY --- I am sending this url to her and your name so she look at your profile on --- The last time she looked there she did not find you or all of the great info you have gathered. --- I first joined in 2000, looking for Brigidians, class of (((((1967))))) (8th grade) but no one else was signed up yet. Now there are twelve (12) of us! ---- Thank you for all your work!
July 4, 2009 8:48AM

mcb48204: Mary Clare Brown: Monnier Elementary Public School Kindergarten --- Mrs. Moriarity (1958-590 --- St. Brigid Elementary School (((((1959-1967)))))) --- A friend of mine went to St Cyril's (((((1958-1970))))). Michele lived on Veach Street and worked at a neighborhood bakery for 6 years during high school and college. Her sister Celeste graduated in (((((1966))))), going on to University of Detroit and graduating (((((1970))))). Grad school in Ithaca NY --- I am sending this url to her and your name so she look at your profile on --- The last time she looked there she did not find you or all of the great info you have gathered. --- I first joined in 2000, looking for Brigidians, class of (((((1967))))) (8th grade) but no one else was signed up yet. Now there are twelve (12) of us! ---- Thank you for all your work!
July 4, 2009 8:47AM

mcb48204: Mary Clare Brown: St. Brigid Elementary School 1959-1967 A friend of mine went to St Cyril's 1958-1970. Michele lived on Veach Street and worked at a neighborhood bakery for 6 years during high school and college. Her sister Celeste graduated in 1964 or 1965. I am sending this url to her and your name so she look at your profile on The last time she looked there she did not find you or all of the great ifo you have gathered. I first joined in 2000, looking for Brigidians, class of 1967 (8th grade) but no one else was signed up yet. Now there are 12 of us! Thank you for all your work!
July 2, 2009 6:06PM

Nancy (Huellmantel, Raymor) Reiss - 1951: Hi Zena, It's been a while since I visited your web site. Thanks again for making it available for all of us to enjoy. It's been 60 years since the first class graduated from St Cyril High--1949. I've heard about the all years reunion that is suppose to be part of the St Cyril Festival this August. Is there a committee working on this event? I would appreciate more details. If you or anyone out there can help me out, please just let me know. I'll be checking the guestbook more frequently. Thanks. Nancy, Class of 1951
June 30, 2009 5:47AM

kathy: hi there if carol or marty pokojski can send me a note i lived 2 doors down from themand i was there a lot and i also lived next to the wells familey so if your out there let me know my name was kathy balakier went to st cyrel for church and to the dances my parents went to st cyrel also
June 9, 2009 2:44PM

kathy tedrow: hi i just wanted to be on the guest book i have seen a couple of names that i know i lived on the conor of marcus and concord kathy
June 9, 2009 2:03PM

cynthia hurayt: I live in Texas and have been trying for years to make it to the St. Cyril Festival/reunion. Does anyone know when the next might be??? Maybe I can get brother John Hurayt to come up from Florida, too! Great seeing everyone and reading comments from all of you. Miss those good ol' days, they were the best.
June 4, 2009 7:38PM

Fr. Darrell Roman: Thank you for having my Dad's picture on your Web Site. I am the son of Albie J. Roman. I had the opportunity to go through Sts. Cyril's before it was torn down. It was so sad. I remember as a little boy attending Mass with my Grandparents Albie and Margie Roman. They lived on Georgia and that whole area is gone. The memories are still there, but it's so sad how a beautiful neighborhood like that is gone. Thanks again for the picture of my Dad, brought tears to my eyes. He classmate Don Meyers died a year after my Dad. They were classmates from gradeschool. God Bless you! Fr. Darrell Roman
June 1, 2009 1:37PM

Gary Rudzewicz '71: I just heard about this site last night from Paul Martinsky. I haven't had a chance to see everything yet, but what a great site. Thank you for taking the time to put this all together.
May 21, 2009 5:34AM

rmkvs: I just saw your pictures on picturetrail and they made me cry. So sad to see such a wonderful church and school destroyed. I am not sure exactly where this neighborhood is in Detroit as the names are not known to be. I spend a year in Lincoln Park and Wyandotte as my husband studied to be a Pastor, we made many friends in MI that year and to see such sad state and then destruction of such a wonderful church is so sad to me.
May 11, 2009 10:23AM

Ann Reilly: Several years ago I drove down to the old neighborhood where I grew up and wanted to see how St Cyril was doing. Much to my surprise the church, school, convent and rectory were gone. I was in disbelief, I could not imagine that a place of worship and such beauty could be torn down. I went to the school from 1st to 4th grade until they closed it down. I have alot of fond memories of the church and the school. I remember being in the play The Sound Of Music down in the autitorium when I attended school. I even have a scar on my right knee from falling on the ice along the side of the school when we would go out for lunch and play tag. I was truly happy that someone went this far to keep St Cyril alive even if it is not standing. For this I thank you. Ann Reilly
April 12, 2009 5:48PM

Cheryl Jubenville Parsell '69: Zena, thank you for keeping this website updated. I occasionally will look at the deceased Cyrilites, and today I was shocked to see David Van Kula in there. I grew up on Marcus, near Van Kula's Funeral Home. I remember David fondly and I am sorry about his passing.
April 6, 2009 3:39PM

bill tribula: Driving through the old neighbor hood is very depressing to me, i remember all the shaded streets and activity around Harper and VanDyke, what a shame to see it all destroyed, how did it happen?
March 29, 2009 6:00PM

kusch: hi again, I just saw a picture of a friend from grade school at a Cyrils festival. Her name is Carol Nota and I sure would like to make contact with her. If anyone has any info.please let me know. I just found this site and it is really great.Cudos to Zena. Suzanne
February 14, 2009 11:06AM

Barb (Bastian) Myszynski: To . . . Mary Lou Kratt Of course I remember you Mary Lou. I remember all of your sisters and brothers. So glad you were able to view this site, and see all of the St. Cyril albums. Zena has done a marvelous job of maintaining this site. Because of her, we can take a stroll down memory lane, and relive those happy days from our past. Unfortunately, seeing the destruction of the church and school are not pleasant pictures for any of us. . . . Take care!
January 29, 2009 3:29PM

Christine Pentlick Maloney: I remembered all the Sisters. Didn't see any pictures from people that would have graduated in 1971. Drove down to our house last year and cried when I saw that SS Cyril and Methodious was demolished.
January 27, 2009 1:34PM

Rosemary (Wells) Freid: The Pokojski family lived next door to my family on Marcus. They lived for St. Cyril's. What a wonderful family. Just heard a while back that the Cooper Elementary School was closed, and the vandalism began almost immediately. What a shame.
January 24, 2009 9:46AM

Mary Lou Kratt: I came across your site while surfing the web. You have done a beautiful job. I did not go to your school but grew up on Marcus and Helen. I lived down the street from Patty Warczak Hogrebe and played with MaryAnn when we were young.I was also a neighbor(3 doors down) of Barbara Bastien Myszynski I doubt she would remember me as I was just a young kid. My good friend Karen Dryer Lester class of '71 has told me over the years to check out the site I'm sorry its taken me so long,it has brought back so many memories of what was such a nice place to live.It breaks my heart to see the area so devasted.The last time I was over there the chuch was still standing we stopped and I tried to explain to my husband how beautiful it use to be but he really didnt understand until he saw your pictures. Thank you for all your hard work my walk down memory lane has been bitter sweet.
January 22, 2009 2:19PM

Bob Hanus Class of 1949: As a member of the first graduating class, i always feel that I must check in periodically to find out what's going on . Unfortunately I missed the last St. Cyril Festival, but hope to make it this year. It's always great to run across a familiar name in these messages. Bob
January 18, 2009 4:40AM

David Martinsky-'71: I really enjoyed your albums. The memories caught on this site are precious. Great Job!!
December 26, 2008 6:32PM

Edward Pokojski: Yes, my Grandfather was janitor at St. Cyril's. I'm Edward the 3rd. My father was the oldest son of Cyril's infamous handyman. But Dad passed on 8 years ago of cancer. I dont remember much about the church but its fantastic to see photos of there lives in Detroit.
November 2, 2008 5:00PM

Mary Louise (Lacko) Patalon '61: Zena, Just went through your site and had to let you know how impressed I am. It is obvious you put a lot of time and love into this and your efforts are greatly appreciated. I will continue to check back after each reunion to see what surprises you have in store. Thanks for all your time and work.
October 29, 2008 12:14PM

Ron Usiondek: Hi: Just taking a look around to see if I recognize any of the people in the photos. Didn’t go to the school, but occasional attended church and a dance or two in the early/mid 60’s.
October 10, 2008 9:41PM

Joseph Tomczyk - SsC&M'57: Today, 10/4/08, be's another birthday of the diva of this wonderful website: Zena "BluesMamma" (Judith Rose Lichwala wed to Ken "BluesMan" Welk) - SsC&M'65" + fellow Libra.. While how she does all this is amazing, what's all the more puzzling is how she still keeps lookin' as good as she does after ... let's see (and assuming she didn't flunk nor skip any grades) --- she'd have been age 17-18 in 19'n'65, and from thence til now ... Anyhoo, let's see how much older she'll be by the time she discovers this indirect wish to her for a HAPPY BIRTHDAY !-) PS/BTW: The Napora message preceding this resonates with me.
October 4, 2008 6:40AM

Jim Napora: Was referred to your site through forgotten Detroit. The problems of your city mirror those of mine but to a lesser degree. Losing a place of worship, especially one which you were so tied to, is a tough thing. Buffalo, New York is not as bad off as Detroit is, still the abandoned, empty Houses of Worship bear testament to what a great city this was. Our diocese is in the final stages of their Journey of Faith & Grace AKA the Journey of Faithlessness and Disgrace where more than a dozen city churches are being closed. We have already seen buildings being broken into and vandalised although the diocese assured the residents and parishoners that all the closed buildings will be secured and monitored. If the Catholic Diocese was not so greedy, we would not see this happening. The Bishop lives in a 10,000+ sf mansion on one of the most prestigious streets in the city and refuses to sell and live in a rectory at a church. And we are supposed to feel proud of being who we are. The Catholic heirarchy will pay for years for the sexual abuse scandel they inflicted upon themselves and for their denouncement of homosexuality. As being open about one's sexuality is more accepted, less men are inclined to hide it in the priesthood. That, and the refusal to allow women higher duties in the church, is resulting in the decline of Catholicism.
October 1, 2008 12:50PM

LaTonia Harris: Thank You sooo much this travel down memory lane has truly been a blessing. I grew up in the old neighborhood in the early 70's. My Grandmother was a teacher at Burroughs. I came across this sight on a Day of Nostalgic (viewing I must say this website is beautiful,and those of St.Cyrilites should be proud to have such a legacy. The music and photos are award winning. Thank you so much for the visions of the orbs. God Bless You.
September 18, 2008 2:45PM

Kathy-Nardi Ryan: The St.Cyril all class reunion is tomorrow and I am so excited to see everyone.I am always hoping to see someone from my class of 68 but so far me and Diane Terlecki (Warnack) have only seen our good friend Marilyn Maslonka.I hope your there again this year Marilyn, I sure miss seeing you.But regardless if any one from the class of 68 are there or not I know that me and Jim will have a great time seeing everyone from every class.I am bringing my mom this year,she is 84 and doing very very well.Some of you will remember her.Yes I am truly blessed to still have my mom. Congratulations to the class of "68" who graduated 40 years ago.Imagine that!!! See all of you tomorrow. Love Kathy Nardi-Ryan
September 7, 2008 9:15PM

Shirley Ungvarsky (Leigh): Wow...I loved the pics on your website. I grew up in the farm house on the hill on St. Cyril. I had a sister Donna and a brother Mike that graduated from St. Cyril. I attended the grade school. It was really cool to be able to show my kids the beautiful church and school that I went to. Thanks for all of the time and effort that you put in to this ....and all who added on!!!
September 4, 2008 6:53PM

Mary Radulski Drury: "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." Thanks, Zena, for posting my sister's picture and information with the deceased Cyrilites. Barb Radulski Patyk was in the very last class to graduate from St. Cyril before it closed. She passed away on May 18, 2008 after a long fight with MS and Cancer. She was well-loved by all and through your website, will be remembered by many who knew her. I know she will be smiling down on all at this year's reunion.
September 2, 2008 4:35PM

Mary Jo Meade (Buback): I enjoyed looking back once again at our wonderful days at St.Cyril. I would love to see everyone again. The "66" reunion was wonderful. I heard that that there will be a St. Cyril Picnic in September (2008) and they are planning on having the alumni come. Anyone heard of the date? Please email me Charlotte Featherstone, or any other '66" grad.
August 18, 2008 8:20PM

bernadine zolnick: your doing such a great job it sure brings many memories back both good and sad keep up the good work enjoy going back to the times when life was so different thanks again for such a great job in having this great web site
August 12, 2008 6:04PM

Kathryn Waraksa: It was great to look back at the photos from previous classes. The pictures of my classmates of '67, Cynthia, Audee, Andrea, Cheryl, Roslyn, et al -- you all look great. I'm planning to attend the 2008 reunion. My sister, Marilyn (Waraksa) Wrobel, and her husband Gary Wrobel will be in town as well. I believe my sister, Carrie and her husband, Jim Zelenak, will be able to make it, too. I forwarded the email to Maryann (Quider) Kazda, Susan (Radulski) Perna, Jill Uhl, Vevette Van Ryte, Patricia (Hanlon) Gary, and Marsha, and it seems the notice is getting around. Looking forward to seeing you all.
August 12, 2008 4:19PM

Navi: Linked off forgottendetroit onto your site and just wanted to say that I appreciate the effort of your photos and captions. It's really interesting to read the thoughts of someone who actually went to St.Cyril's. Good Work.
August 10, 2008 8:12PM

Cynde (Sribniak) Lebert - class of 1970: Hi Zena - I heard the Festival is the weekend of September 5-7, will the Reunion night be Sept. 5th ? I hope to see you and any of my other classmates there ....
August 6, 2008 7:51PM

Judy Kelsey (Krawczyk): Thank you very much for the great pictures. Both Dennis (67) and myself really enjoyed them and they brought back great memories.
June 18, 2008 4:26PM

Rachelle Willits Tomalak: Hi Zena, Great job on the website! I really enjoy going to it and seeing people from many years back at St. Cyril. This is truly your gift to all of us! Rachelle Willits Tomalak
June 7, 2008 9:37PM

Hedy Maslonka: Hi Fran, hi everyone from the class of '64. Can't wait to see you too! We'll laugh a little, cry a lot, tell dirty jokes and talk about the good old days at Cyril's when we had no idea how good we had it!!!! God bless you all!!! Hedy Maslonka( Kasprzak ), June 6, 2008
June 6, 2008 8:14PM

Fran Brown (Oleksy): Just got my 1961 yearbook back from my sister in MO and it brought back more memories so thought I would take another look. It has come to mind that I think my 2 sisters, Caroline & Helen & I, Frances Oleksy, were probably the only 3 sisters who went through St. Cyril from kindergarten through graduation; am I right? Carol was in 1961 (when I was a freshman) and Helen was 6 years after me. Wow-- what a family tree. My friend, Hedy Maslonka & her husband Jerry will be visiting us in Florida in July and I can't wait to see her. We both went through school together and still keep in touch. Hello to all my fellow 1964 graduates. I have not forgotten those great years!
June 6, 2008 5:13PM

Teresa: Thanks again for the great pictures. I wish we had been able to attend our 40th (1966) It is wonderful that there is still such a connection and folks keep up with a daunting task. Great seeing everyone and yes, most still look the same! (Well, maybe not, but we feel the same) Teresa Scolari Shmanske
June 6, 2008 12:42PM

Candace Read (Ringl): Hi Zena, I was thrilled to find your update section. I cannot believe the picture of Estelle Sawicki, she has not changed her looks in all these years. Still Beautiful. Sorry I have not been in touch but as you know life gets hectic. My son will be coming home on July 5th and will finally be reunited with his children that I have had since June of 2004. As always, I find your website a breath of fresh air. I wish more of those who were in our 8th grade class would find your site. I would love to know what all of them are doing now. Take care and I will send you an email soon. Candy
June 4, 2008 1:40PM

Linsay: I found a link to your site on, you've obviously put a great deal of work into it and it shows! Very impressive, sad and very haunting...
May 19, 2008 3:13PM

Joe Tribula: Thank you Judy for your hard work in putting this together. When I think of all the struggling with selling chances, magazine subscriptions, ticket sales and all, it seems especially sad to see it all come down. While working in Omaha Neb. in the mid 60's Diane and I had a great visit by Sisters Barbara ,Andrea, and I think Sister Norbert. They were attending a summer course at Brandies Univ. I was almost worried they were going to hurt my little 2 year old girl they bounced her so much. I'm just a fuddy duddy . Later I recieved a very moving story from Sister Andrea of the Nuns plight in dealing with the closing of the schools. I still have the letter and a picture she sent. There is more,but i've had enough sadness for the day. God Bless; Joe Tribula
May 13, 2008 5:05PM

Judi Opolski (Wyrybkowski): Zena, Just dropped by again. As usual ,you do one great job. Since I lost contact with you a few yrs. ago I have become a widow and am having a tough time since I was an only child and lost my husband of 43 yrs. and three wks. later my Mom. Depression is never far away. But, my dear, after finding your site once again, it just lifted my heart.I realize I only attended grade school there, but childhood memories are the greatest. Especially as ol' father time keeps trying to sneak up.(smile) I certainally wish you days of sunshine and rainbows and the continuing success with your site.You make alot of us happy when smiles are so very far away. Have a great summer and try and keep in touch! God Bless You For All These Grand Memories. p.s. You are really lookin good girl! take care...................................... ooops, almost forgot, heres' my email
May 10, 2008 3:07AM

Andy Buchkowski: Hi Zena, I graduated from Cyrils in 1960 and have enjoyed all your pictures that you have posted. You have done a wonderful job! My wife Jan (1962 grad Laubach) and I attended the reunion in 2004 and had a great time. We were wondering if there will be one this year and when it would occur. We presently live in Surprise, Az. and are come up there for our family reunion on the 17th of August and it would be great if the Cyril's reunion would be around that time. If you would let me know I sure would appreciate it. Take care, Andy
April 13, 2008 4:39PM

flabrowser: I linked to your site through the wonderful "forgotten detroit" page, and have been haunted by the pictures of your beautiful church. I have always loved old buildings and found myself in tears at the destruction of such an architectural jewel. I wondered if there were any pictures of the church in better days that could be posted?
April 12, 2008 4:57AM

Marge Wischer: Any news on the all alumni reunion in August?
April 11, 2008 3:30PM

Mr Davis: I stumbled upon your site. I attended cooper & burroughs schools during th 80's. I had a blast looking at your pix of past and present history!! So many memories. Thanks.
January 1, 2008 5:27PM

Cheryl (Jubenville) Parsell Class of '69: Bill McGraw had a great series this past week in the Detroit Free Press highlighting Detroit neighborhoods. The St. Cyril area was one of them. Unfortunately it said that the neighborhood resembles a prairie. How sad for what was once such a nice community with strong ties to St. Cyril.
December 21, 2007 8:31AM

Nancy (Huellmantel) Reiss, Class of '51: Just checking in to see if I recognize any new names. Best wishes to all of you and have a Merry Christmas. Nancy
December 19, 2007 7:08PM

Ralph Pavliscak "1958": I just had a little discussion with my 3 sons and 6 grandchildren a few weeks ago at one of our gatherings, about the old phrase "you can never go home again",and just what they thought it means. Then visiting this web site today really answers that question.
December 14, 2007 9:17AM

Rose Cunningham: I have been looking at the site for an hour now. I see a few names I recognize (hello to Marlene Wendell I hope this finds you well!). Both sides of my family were from the parish - Shomock(Roman-Albie was my great uncle) (Bernie) lived on Woodlawn and Makowski (Phyllis). Dad passed 12 years ago and mom just last month. I am doing some looking at the web to find more on the school and parish. This is such a great site. I have some pics of people that I know were at school with my parents and would like to get some names to go with them.....any sugestions? Thank you for the site. Rose Cunningham
November 21, 2007 1:54PM

Mary (Radulski) Drury: I'm still loving this site, Zena. No matter how many times I come back to it, I always find something dear to my heart from our former Cyrilite days. The pictures and your comments and music are wonderful and bring us all together once again. Thanks for keeping this going for all of us. I hope there will be an annual reunion next August. I think we all will be looking forward to it.
November 10, 2007 5:20AM

Sue Kinnaird: I came upon your website today and wanted to tell you what a great job you've done with it. I attended St. Cyril through third grade when it closed down. I do have some fond memories of the school and church and even got married there in 1986. I worked near downtown until 2003 and would sometimes cut through the old neighborhood if I-94 was backed-up. Many times I wondered what the inside of the church/school looked like because the outside looked worst everytime I drove past. Thank you for letting me get a final glimpse of what was once a beautiful place to worship and learn (although I don't remember the uppers floors). St. Cyril Street surely looks different without the building but as your pictures show, so does the entire neighborhood.
September 12, 2007 2:55PM

Tim Jordan: Hi Zena - Recently had some surgery so I was at home with plenty of time to surf the web. Somehow found a web site ( about historic Detroit buildings that linked to your site. I was immediately hooked and went through the entire site non-stop. What a great job you have done conveying the sense of community of St. Cyril and all of the wonderful families that attended for so many years. I am grateful for being able to become a “fly on the wall” with respect to all of the memories. My best wishes for you and yours continued health and success - Tim
August 1, 2007 3:25PM

Joanna Shurzinske: Going thru your albums again, and they brought back so many good memories. Saw the pictures of Sr. Joan Brown, my oldest neice is named after her. My sister Judy (Shurzinske) La Belle loved and respected Sr. Yvonne so much she named her oldest daughter after her. Sr. Joan (Yvonne) made it possible for the sisters to sing at my sisters wedding which Judy was always so thrilled about.
July 10, 2007 3:17PM

Kenny Kovach: Mine is a quick question. Do u know the date of the 2007 reunion at St cyrils. A lot of people have asked me. Thank u
July 8, 2007 8:07AM

tomrrr: tom strapec 71 theresa werner you didn:t leave an e mail adress on your note.and the last time i saw youwas at the 97 reunion. amongst the memories and dicusions that evening we received a comemorative mug. it was my favorite,but this spring it fell out of the cubbord. scrap. but i did remember you saying you had another one, well i am interested 5868644041 hey George fercovic i found karens lighter. my brother john just told me about this site at a graduation party last week. we were having a talk about the hanging tree on the island . well off to check out the rest of the site. 7/07
July 4, 2007 5:26PM

Candy Read (Ringl): Hi Zena, Had a few minutes so thought I would see what was new. You really do a wonderful job on this site and I love seeing the pictures of the church as I remember it. I showed my mom and ny sister Karen your site and they were tickled to see everything. Thank you again for the memories. Candy
June 22, 2007 1:40PM

Charlotte (Srock) Featherstone: Just dropped in to stroll down memory lane... again. I do this from time to time just because it makes me feel good and always brings a smile to my day. Zena, you should be proud, one of your accomplishments in life is "You make people smile". Through your hard work and efforts everyone who visits your web page goes away feeling good. Even though the old school has been demolished each visit to your web page brings her alive again with memories of old friends and old stomping grounds. Nothing like a fond memory to brighten anyones day. Thanks again.
May 24, 2007 7:54AM

Scott J, Kaminski: Just a short note to say that I never was to St. Cyril's, but I found your sight to be very sad. The church that I grew up in and went to school at is in Ohio and is slated to close. Although not as grand a church as St. Cyril's it is still very special to me. The pictures of your church I almost could not believe how a church with such a history and beauty could every fall into the condition that it was in before it was taken down I can't even comprehend. I have returned to your sight several times. I find the entire City of Detroit to be very sad how such wonderful buildings could be let go and not saved, WOW. There are lessons to be learned in this sight as well as several others about your church and the City of Detroit for all of us. My brother and his family live in Anarbor, MI on my next trip to visit I intend to go into Detroit and look up many of the places that I have seen on different sights and to drive by St. Cyril's out of respect even though I know it is gone. Thanks for the lesson. Scott
April 20, 2007 11:20AM

Nancy (Huellmantel) Reiss (Class of '51): Just checking in to see if I recognize any names. I recognize Bob Hanus (class of '49). Does anyone out there know if St. Cyril will have a Festival this year. If so, will there be an Alumni night? I believe the 2004 Festival was the reunion for all St. Cyril graduates. It was great seeing everyone. Nancy
March 30, 2007 8:22PM

pat cenkner holleran: I was surprised to find my aunt, Sr. Catherine (my dad's sister) in your slideshow. She was principal at St. Cyril for a few years. I'm not sure which ones, I think in the 50's. Great Show. Pat
March 8, 2007 10:59AM

Diane Ostrowski 1967: Dear Zena, Thank you for the tribute to St. Cyril. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures of alumni. The demolition of the building was heart breaking. Your hard work in putting together all these memories is very appreciated by me and all those who have found this web site. I am looking forward to getting together for our 40 year reunion. Barb give me a call.
March 7, 2007 6:52PM

Jerome Janci: What a wonderful site...the memories that have been rekindled....I left in 1957 but still remember the great times and people. Thanks for doing such a great job. I grew up with John Breza, Fred Mertz, Al Powerski, Carol Boldvich, Gabriel Sisler....all would have graduated in 1962.
March 2, 2007 8:54AM

Shaun: The sad part of about this site is that the neighborhood pictures are interchangeable with so many other east side Detroit neighboorhoods. Someday the former St.David, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Guardian Angel, etc. may have the same fate of the wrecking ball. I'm the son of a baby boomer who grew up in Detroit on the other side of City Airport. Even though he was raised in the old De La Salle Collegiate neighboorhood he spent some time in your neighborhood bowling at Harper Rec., which last I saw was still there. Did the St.Cyril neighborhood get block busted after the riots in 1967 ? I have heard that the TV store at Harper and St. Cyril was looted at that time. I'm guessing the years of 1968-1970 were extreme devastation for the neighboorhood and sealed the fate of St. Cyril.
March 1, 2007 11:17PM

Diane McCormic (Kuczynski): I'm a 1971 St. Cyril grad and am at the point in my life that you start to reminisce. I live out of state, and I naively planned to rent a car and drive through my old haunts when I came back to Michigan to visit family. Imagine my shock when I saw these pictures. Seeing St. Cyril demolished was as if I myself never existed. I was too late. There is little comfort in viewing my yearbooks. I had joined the army, traveled, seen some wonderful places, and retired. But I neglected to stay in touch, figuring it would always be there when I wanted it. How wrong I was! Thank you Zena for keeping the memories alive.
February 16, 2007 2:45PM

tom simun: it sure does bring back alot of memories i graduated in the year 1963 remember so many such a tragedy to see what happened to the church and school
February 3, 2007 5:05PM

Patty Warczak Hogrebe: I just stopped in (as I do occasionally) to visit the ol' neighborhood. Kinda like "going home for the holidays". It is always filled with love, memories,good friends, and family. It is where when we return, we can be "ourselves". Zena, Thank You so much for always "keeping the light on!"
January 24, 2007 7:51AM

Don Binks: From a fellow Detroiter baptized at St. Albertus (St. Aubin & Canfield) but who grew up in North Detroit, Nevada & Mt. Elliott area, I was overwhelmed to see your site as forwarded to me. It caused me to think about several important factors in our religion and ethnicity. Most Polish Americans do not know that the only Polish Seminary in America, founded near St. Albertus, in the 1800s was named for the most famous Slavic Christian pioneers, Sts. Cyril and Methodius. So, it was refreshing to see that the Slovaks also honored their Slavic past. A few years back, Pope John Paul II wrote an encyclical honoring these two Slavic saints not only as a reminder of our Slavic Christian history but also to extend an ecumenical hand to the Orthodox, who have always revered them to a much higher degree than in the West. With the millenia of internecine strife between the Slavs, it is highly unlikely that the Orthodox will ever pay homage to Rome and join Roman Catholicism, while the rhetoric from the Vatican will continue in what I regard as a pro forma manner. However, despite the large number of Polish Americans, we have not been able to emulate your fantastic web page that certainly sets new standards. I am forwarding this as a challenge to my Polish American friends reminding them what unity, not a Polish virtue, can accomplish. Best, Don Binkowski
January 22, 2007 8:27PM

Karen Muszynski (Koval): The hard work and heartbreak Zena did making the pictures and memories of St. Cyril will forever live in the hearts of all those who went there and enjoyed its beauty.
January 22, 2007 6:16PM

bluesmammawelk: Yep it's me. I don't like using the guestbook for announcements but I figured this would be the only way to let all know my new e-addy which is HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL and hope to see each and everyone of you at the All Years.
January 8, 2007 6:20PM

Betty Timko Gross: My email address is would like to hear from some classmates.
December 27, 2006 3:15AM

Betty Timko Gross: Just got done looking at all the pics again.Sure does bring back a lot of memories.Those were the good old days.Thanks Zena great job.
December 27, 2006 2:50AM

Bob Hanus 1949: Zena, I tried to send you some recent pictures,but I must have a wrong Email address because they came back to me. Bob
December 14, 2006 5:27PM

Marge (Bresinski) "65"Wischler: Zena It was nice viewing the pictures again. It brings back so many memories. If only we could have known then what curves life was going throw us. Are there any more pictures from the Duo reunion? There was 1 of our class(65) sitting on chairs by the doorway. Does anyone have a copy of it? Thanks again for all you hard work. Marge
December 6, 2006 5:22PM

Kathy Zakrzewski: Dear Zena: Just wanted to let you know that I thought your website is excellent and this is obviously a labor of love. My father, Edward Zakrzewski, was a master stone mason and bricklayer who went to St. Florian's school & church. I learned from him to appreciate fine architecture and craftsmanship, which seems non-existant in buildings today. My heart aches for your and the loss of your beautiful church! Dad would say it is a dishonor to all the laborers who constructed a fine church to have their efforts wasted in a razing. My Dad took me to all the fine theaters, churches and other structures in Detroit in the 1950s to 1970s and I recognize the old photos. I'd been to yours several times. I'm glad Daddy isn't alive to see what's happened to your church but as long as it's alive in your hearts, it will live on.
November 21, 2006 10:33PM

Candy Read: Zena, I tried to send you an email but it was undeliverable. Please send me your email address. Candy
November 16, 2006 2:29PM

Candy Read (Ringl): Hi Zena, Just wanted to let you know I was here again traveling down memory lane. Like everyone else I am so thankful for what you have done. And to all of those that I went to St. Cyrils with, It was good seeing you, in the pictures, and I loved reading your comments in the guest book. Candy
November 16, 2006 12:24PM

Bob Hanus Class of 1949: Just checking in to see if anything unusual is going on. Sorry that there was no festival this year. Hopefully, next year.
November 3, 2006 8:08AM

Charlotte Srock Featherstone "66": Zena: You did an excellent job. Thank you for posting pictures of our 40th class reunion.- 1966-. We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed seeing everyone. We where very happy to share pizza with you and your classmates. I always love revisiting your albumns because lo and behold there is a new picture I had not seen. Thanks for sharing with us. Charlotte Srock Featherstone
October 10, 2006 9:07AM

Patty Warczak Hogrebe: Zena, Thankyou so much for the wonderful album you created showing our 40th reunion. Thanks to the fortitude of Charlotte (Srock) we were able to laugh, hug, and be 18 again.......if only for one evening! To those who weren't there physically....your spirit was! Take time to enjoy the album, till next time......patty
October 3, 2006 5:53PM

Joe Sesnak: Thanks you for your fine efforts. Regards, Joe Sesnak Class of 1966 San Jose, Ca.
August 20, 2006 10:19PM

Joanna Shurzinske 66: Have just finished visiting your site, it is wonderful. Thank you for bringing so many memories to life. So nice to see all of my old classmates.
August 15, 2006 3:45PM

Matthew Furman: My name is Matthew Furman, and I'm a collector of Detroit related memorabilia and a buff of Detroit and automotive history in general. Recently I managed to find a postcard of the convent, and thought you might be interested in a scan of the building from its glory days. The image is large (uncompressed) but if you'd like a smaller version let me know. The back of the postcard simply reads: "St. Cyril & Methodius Parish Convent, Rev. Joseph Zalibera, Pastor, St. Cyril at Marcus Ave., Detroit 13, Michigan." Being that its pre-zipcode, the card is before 1967, and likely before 1963. I want to commend you on your website, it gave me a great look at a world that I only experienced the ruins of. I'm a 20-something college student so I missed out on the glory days of Detroit. I hope to one day get to the Burton Historical Collection and do some research on St. Cyril's, I really hope they have an archives or some photographs. I did notice on your website that you mention the nuns have a room containing an archives of old St. Cyrils? I'm obviously not a parish member, but I am Catholic. My mothers side of the family is from Malta and Sicily, and used to attend Holy Trinity near/in Corktown. Dad's side of the family is French, English and Polish, and attended various churches in Detroit as well.
August 5, 2006 10:32PM

Cynde Sribniak Lebert - '70: Hi Zena - I thought I heard there will be no festival this year due to work being done to expand the church. Is this true ???
June 21, 2006 7:17PM

June 20, 2006 9:05PM

Donna (Karavetis) Ullmann: Hi...Haven't signed in for awhile and was just wondering how you were doing with the year books and if you are still planning to put them in this site. I remember a lot of the names but the faces are a blur. It would be nice to put the two together. You're doing a wonderful service with this site. Keep up the good work. (Karavetis)
May 24, 2006 4:17AM

Lorraine Pentlicki Shaver: Haven't checked out the picturetrail in a long time so decided to see what was new. Keep it up Zena. Can't wait to see the new sight that is under construction
May 8, 2006 6:38PM

Barbara (Stockton)Kozaruk: What a terrific site! Thank you for taking the time and effort to put this together. It was really fun and interesting. Can't believe the building was destroyed. It was the most unique structure I have ever known. The guestbook is also neat. I see many names that bring faces to mind. Good Job! Well done!
May 8, 2006 3:41PM

Juanita: I grew up in the area and was always marvelled by this massive sturcture. Note that I was born in 1982! I am an architectural nut, and I love old beautiful buildings. Unfortunately, I probably will never get to walk the halls of such a beautiful building. Thanks for sharing this with me. As a person who wonders what happened to my community, it is nice to know that someone else has asked that same question before.
March 29, 2006 6:10PM

Charlotte Featherstone (Srock 66): Zena: Class of 1966 will be celebrating 40 years graduation from St Cyrils this year.Please post my email address if anyone is interested in getting together. Thank you. We all appreciate your website and everything that you do to keep our memories alive.
January 19, 2006 8:45AM

Charlotte Featherstone: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Just took another peek down memory lane and it always makes me feel good. I noticed a few new names on the guest book.. Candy Ringl and Betty Timko. I remember when Candy went into the convent I was best friends with her cousin Ferne. And Betty Timko, we go back along way. My email address is love to hear from any Cyrilites.
January 19, 2006 8:22AM

Tom Darga: Thanks for providing the pictures and information to allow me to visit St. Cyril one last time. Always thought I'd drive by there again someday and have a look at where I attended church and school in the late 1950s up to the third grade. I lived on Sherwood. Of course, that house has disappeared too. I do have memories of the church, school and neighborhood which will never disappear. Thanks for all your effort in rekindling those memories for all of us.
January 2, 2006 3:35PM

Candy Read (Ringl): Zena, I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your site. I attended St Cyril from 4th thru 8th. I then entered the convent as an Aspirant in Oxford Michigan. When I was in the 8th grade Sister Lucille was the Principle and when I entered the convent she had just become the Mother Superior. I was only in the covent for the one year but I have to admit that those years at St Cyril and my one year in Oxford were some of the best years of my childhood. When I was at the Motherhouse I spent a good deal of time helpng Father Zalibera who had retired there. Sister Annunciata was also there. She taught me in the eigth grade. I remember Patty Martin as she was in my class as well as Alex Kutsik who I see wrote in your guest book. As a matter of fact Mary Lou Martin, Pattys older sister, was a novice and taught some of my classes when I was at the motherhouse. Thank you so much for your wonderful website. I will visit here often.
December 12, 2005 2:59PM

Judy (Bolden)Williamson 1967: Thank you for the wonderful pictures. I grew up in the neighborhood and know that when our family moved as late as 1970 that there was no future for St. Cyril. It was overwhelmingly heartbreaking to view the horror of destruction in that beautiful church. Thank you for the memories we can all share and hold close to our hearts.
December 5, 2005 8:41AM

November 22, 2005 10:02PM

Barb Lichwala Wozny: Oh Wow Judy those pics look great. There were a lot of people I knew. I am going to order one of those t shirts. Thanks for the pics. Youe Sis
November 22, 2005 2:36PM

Lorraine Penlicki Shaver: Enjoyed looking at the albums. Saw the e2005 album and some of the names look familiar but not sure about them. Keep up the good work.
November 22, 2005 2:06PM

Mary Ann Wahoski: beautiful job. Hope I can make it to the next reunion. was recuperating from several serious surgeries this past summer.
November 21, 2005 10:35AM

November 21, 2005 10:32AM

November 8, 2005 7:23PM

Charlotte(Srock)Featherstone: Zena: The Pics from 2005 are very good. Thank you for sharing. You look great as always and so does everyone else. I enoy visiting your website. Charlotte (Srock) Featherstone 66
October 27, 2005 7:08AM

Jill P: My sister posted on here some time ago. I have kind of taken on the task of chronicaling my family's history. St. Cyril was and is a huge part of this history. I've only looked a couple of the albums so far and I only recognize bits and pieces. I was also baptized there (1974), just as my sister was. My aunts, uncle and mother all went to school there. I recognized a few of the names in the pictures, some becames relative of mine. I am so glad someone took the time to go there and take pictures. I can only imagine how much it saddens everyone who spent any amount of time there to see what became of it. My family had a window in the church I hope to some day come across a photograph of it because I only have a sketch of it. Thanks again.
October 23, 2005 1:33PM

Mary Jo Meade (Buback): Zena, In the picture of me at the 2005 reunion was my sister Barbara (Buback) Walker. She graduated in 1954. She was so disappointed that she did not meet many of her classmates. She is from California and arranged her trip so she could go the reunion. Great site. I love it and go to it often. Please friends email me.
October 20, 2005 6:20PM

Greg: Hello, I am interested in Urban ruins and I found this on a stie that included St.Cyril. This picture was a plea to save the school. The name looked very familiar. Thanks for you site and history. Greg
October 12, 2005 10:57AM

Suzanne Stergar (Tomaszewski): Zena, another fantastic job keeping the memories alive. It was great to see you at the St. Cyril festival. We all missed you at the 40th reunion. It was truly wonderful seeing our former classmates. It was great to reconnect and the evening brought back many, many good memories. Can't wait til the next one. Once again, thanks for all the hard work. Sue
October 11, 2005 4:58PM

Pat Watanabe: Hi Zena ... Great job, as always! Thanks for keeping all of us updated and keeping such good memories alive for everyone. Love, patti
October 7, 2005 6:57PM

Betty Michalski: I was looking thru the 2005 alumni pictures and again a wonderful job you did. I'm sure I speak for everyone who looks at this site that you do a fantastic job and we wouldn't have the connections we have with each other if it wasn't for you. Thanks for all your time and effort put into this web site.
October 6, 2005 11:15AM

Bob Hanus 49': Regarding the picture that you took at the festival, the person on the left in the picture is my younger brother John Hanus. Also, may I send my personal thanks to you for setting up and maintaining the St. Cyril web site. Regards, Bob Hanus
October 4, 2005 6:15PM

Frank Celsnak: Kudos again Zena, you are the thread keeping us alumni together. Love you for it. Frank
October 4, 2005 11:24AM

Barb: Hey good job with the pics. Good camera too. Looks like everyone was having fun. Hopefully I will be there next year.
October 3, 2005 2:02PM

October 1, 2005 11:14AM

Mary (Radulski) Drury: Hi Zena! What wonderful pictures from the St. Cyril Festival 2005! I only wish I had been there. I will definitely try for next year. Seeing the pictures of all of our 1965 classmates and others is one of the nicest things you could do for all of us. How fun it is to look back down memory lane and relive some of our great times at St. Cyril and also to see the updates of all of our friends. Thank you for all you do to keep the Cyrilite spirit alive within each one of us. It means a lot to me and to everyone. God bless and please continue your extraordinary mission.
October 1, 2005 7:23AM

September 28, 2005 12:11AM

Connie Lagodzinski (Opalach): Zena - I can't thank you enough for all the time you put in to these albums and this website. I wanted to show my grandson my old school and classmates, and the nuns that taught me. He didn't know what nuns were until I did (he's 4). It was great that I was able to show him these pictures.
September 24, 2005 7:17PM

Betty Timko gross: Hi everyone. GREAT pic sure did bring back a lot of good times.
September 24, 2005 3:48PM

Barbara Schultes: Barbar(Herbertson)Schultes-Class of "65" What a great job Zena, (Judy, I'm not sure I'll remember to call you by that name). I have spent hours going through all the albums you have put together. The experience has cleaned out some of the cobwebs in the brain and has brought back some wonderful memories from the past. I'll try and dig out some photo's that you might like to add to your albums. Sorry you were not at the 40 year reunion, it was great seeing everyone. Funny memories about the "Good Old Days". I have already marked the calendar for next years St. Cyril Festival and am looking forward to seeing some friends that I have gotten reacquainted with. E-mail address
September 20, 2005 11:47AM

Nancy (Huellmantel) Reiss (Class of '51): Thanks again for all the memories of St Cyril. It was neat meeting you (Zena) after viewing your work over the years. As far as the festival is concerned, it would have been nice to see more of the alumni from our era--class of 1951. However, I was overjoyed to visit with Sister Mary Martin(Imelda), one of my dearest teachers at St. Cyril. Also, my good friend, Shirley (Bieske) Nacy, as well as Leverne (Likavec) Eland, and Bob Hanus were there and as delightful as ever. Hopefully we will see more at the Festival Alumni night next year.
September 13, 2005 9:26AM

Robert J. Louisell: Thank You so much for taking the time to assemble this site and for sharing your personal memories with all of us. Although I did not attend this institution, I did grow up in Southeast Michigan in the 1980's (Grosse Pointe) and continue to care very much about greater Detroit's history and, more importantly, future fate. Having lived in San Francisco for the past ten years and traveled the country and the world, I know of no other city on Earth that allows so many of it's treasures to be destroyed. Perhaps your efforts here will generate the interest and funding necessary to save such institutions from future destruction. I would hate for us to be remembered not for the monuments we've built, but rather for those we've destroyed. God Bless....
September 7, 2005 2:33PM

Jill (Uhl) Butler: Jill(Uhl)Butler'67: I am so glad that I attended The St. Cyril Festival Reunion. It was so much fun meeting my classmates. The girls look pretty much the same, but the guys have really changed. Danny Sagert is still as good-looking as ever. Also, I had the opportunity to meet Zena. She is very fun, caring and outgoing. Zena, thanks for all of your hard work and wonderful memories. High School was such a wonderful part of my life, and you have helped to bring back so many happy memories. We are hoping to have a Fortieth Class Reunion in November of '2007'. I am looking forward to it.
September 1, 2005 8:22PM

Charlotte Featherstone: Hi Zena: Sorry I missed the picnic this year. I will keep checking your web site to see the 2005 pics posted. You always do such a great job and we all look forward to checking in and reuniting with old friends and memories. Thank you again for all your time and effort. You do a wonderful job.
August 30, 2005 9:03AM

Don Melotik: Dear Zena, The work you did to preserve St Cyril and Methodius history is admirable. My ties to the church relate to my grandfather, collected funds to build it. Thanks!
August 29, 2005 12:49PM

Pat (Karaffa) Warsaw: Zena: You've done a great job on this website. It's amazing. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the memories!
August 26, 2005 4:44AM

Joyce McLelland: The work put into this website is unbelievable. Really appreciate seeing it all. Joyce Kotulak Class of '59
August 22, 2005 6:33PM

Hedy Maslonka ( Kasprzak, '64 ): Thanks for the memories!!!!! Aug.22,2005
August 22, 2005 2:33PM

August 20, 2005 10:23PM

Nancy (Huellmantel) Reiss: Dave and I are looking forward to the 2005 Festival on August 26th.
August 19, 2005 10:52AM

Pat (Pawlowski) Dimmer ('65): Dear Zena (Judy) Welk, You did a wonderful job on collecting all the memories of days gone by. It was a tear-jerker to see our school torn down. God bless you for taking the time to do this for everyone.
August 16, 2005 8:33AM

Lorraine: Just got done looking at some of the albums. There are some pictures in the In Memory Album that I don't remember seeing before. I don't know on how you can do all this along with keeping up your house. Great job.
August 12, 2005 9:17PM

John Jacobs '59: Had the opportunity to again visit your site, great job!
August 12, 2005 12:48PM

Lynda: I completely enjoyed your wonderful pictures. Although I grew up in Wyandotte myself, my mother's family for many generations back lived on both the east side and west side of Detroit, and my father lived in Hamtramck for a while before my parents were married. I especially appreciated your picture of Fr. Ray VanDeveire. He was the principal of my high school (Gabriel Richard, Riverview) during the last 2 years that I was there (1974-76). Fr. Ray was the kindest person you could imagine. He was also pastor of St. Bernadette's in southwest Detroit during the time that he was principal of my high school. At my 20 year reunion in 1996, one of the nuns told me that Fr. Ray had died of cancer a couple of years before that.
August 11, 2005 12:45PM

Diane Jerome: Well Z, I finally got to take a look at what you've put so much time and hard work into for so long. GREAT JOB! Too bad all the other old churches and schools no longer around don't have a website like this, where people can share their memories and keep in touch. It's a really nice idea. Keep up the good work.
August 10, 2005 6:44PM

Frances (Fran) Brown (Oleksy): My former school-mate, Hedy Maslonka has kept me informed by e-mail of this wonderful site. It has been a walk down memory lane. Because I live in Florida now I have not been able to get to the reunions. Thanks for all your hard work. Class of 1964 8/8/05
August 8, 2005 7:04PM

Denise (Leach) Lenartowicz: I forgot to add "Class of 1970" to my previous message and I have some photos I'd like to share from our 20 year reunion and from my "time spent" at SS Cyril. Please let me know how to go about getting them to you.... denise
August 4, 2005 1:20PM

Marilyn Maslonka/Class of 68': Dearest Zena, This is to honor your hard work and for being able to extned all the past faces, teachings, and the hallowed halls of St. Cyril. Viewing the photos brought back many classmates to mind. Some of us were lil' hellions sneeking in unknown areas of the church. Kathy Ryan, Diane Terlecki, Susie Puscyck, and myelf included, once scaled the hidden wrought iron staircse in the choir loft behind the red velvet curtain with the mystery door. Upon it's opening up we went viewing most of the Van Dyke Avenue and top of St. Thomas. Never were we found out. Expulsion would have been in order. The tours by bus to Oxford Motherhouse for fall festivals. Later in life I lived down the road from the Motherhouse in Oxford and visited with Sr. Mary Ann, Sr. Michelene, Sr. Annunciata, Sr. Imelda, the rest escape my memory. I would help Sr. Mary Ann clean the Retreat House, my then boys in tow. Later the grounds were part of a business college, and last I remember an Assisted Living complex. My sisters were graduates of the class of 55' and 56'. Elizabeth Maslonka and Patricia Maslonka. Looking at all the albums I had recall to more Cyrilites than you can imagine, due to the age I was and the classmates that visited our home from the time my sisters were ahead of me. Shocking to see all who have left us, but a special smile to know they are not forgotten. Seeing the demolition brught back memories of Mr. Pokojski with his ever sweet smile and wrinkle in his nose and that broom handle or mop stick as his sidekick. Lest we forget the first friday movies in the gym? Oh and don't forget the "Initiations" that took place. I still remember mine! I remember my route walking to school. Grinnell St. to the front doors of the school. Yes, I remember Marion Sweet Shop, I can still smell the ice cream and the candy not to mention lil' notions they carried. Lawrences Toy Store, Federals, Neisners, Coney Island anyone? Sears at Gratiot for penny loafers that wore like iron and we put in nickles and dimes insted of pennies? Hope this brought some smiles to you as you have to me and all who have taken time to acknowledge your efforts to reflect and hold candles to "Round Our Dear St. Cyril High........." To those who remember me I hope it's with a smile and may you all be in touch with at least one classmate to spread the word that our school and parish lives in memory on Zena's site. For those of us who have lost spouses or children, brothers or sisters may all find beautiful memories to shine from their lives with us. Zena, thank you for the gift of days gone by.
August 3, 2005 11:25PM

Louise Martin: There is a time for building up and tearing they say. Have nothing but wonderful memories of my 4 years at Cyril's. You have put a lot of effort into memoralizing our alma mater. Thank you. See you soon.
August 1, 2005 1:21PM

Joyce Myers: Thank you sooooo much for the walk down memory lane. Your time and narrative really brought my childhood back for me. I had a great childhood and am very grateful to have been a part of St. Cyril. Thank you again. Your efforts are appreciated.
July 28, 2005 8:11PM

July 26, 2005 2:00AM

Gemma: Thanks, Zena. Truly tragic how our churches are being torn down these days. Here in the South, we don't have enough Catholic church buildings to go around! Blessings, and thanks again.
July 23, 2005 3:45PM

Frank Celsnak: Hi Zena, you probably have heard that there will be an "all year" alumni re-union again at St. Cyril's Fall Festival . It will be Friday night on August 26th, according to my brother. I hope this message gets to a lot of fellow alumni. I hope they all can attend.
July 22, 2005 2:25PM

John M. Heyka: Absolutely beautiful site! I could not help but feel so sad and lost for you and your fellow parishoners I was, for a long time, a parishoner at Our Lady Queen of Peace, a catholic church, grade/junior/high school in Harper Woods. I know how you must feel about the death of St. Cyrils. Our grade school building, which housed the second church,grade school, original convent and even the first parish credit union was closed and levelled some years ago, along with the adjacent junior high and new convent. The nearby high school, known later as Bishop Gallagher and then Trinity Catholic, was closed this year and I fear, faces the same fate! This tugs at my heart daily, as it did when i saw your slideshows! How sad! Thanks to you and maybe me, we will ALWAYS have the memories! God bless.
July 21, 2005 11:35AM

Christian: Excellent job with those pictures of the church. For someone used to the relative complacency of San Diego, the pictures of the destruction and vandalizing of such beautiful building are just shocking. I really hope they will actually use the terrain in a productive way following the demolition, and not only give Detroit another unpaved parking lot. Keep up the great job. Got linked from -Christian
July 16, 2005 3:12PM

BrendaM: I enjoyed your site tremendously. You've done a fantastic job. Wish all neighborhoods/schools/churches had something like this to be remembered by. I found your site thru and All of your photos and messages were interesting and I've never been there nor heard of it before! Blessings from Kentucky. Brenda
June 12, 2005 6:57PM

frank celsnak: Thanks again Zena. This year is our 50th Anniversary. Wow, cant believe so much time has passed. I hope we have a re-union. Living in Florida makes it difficult for me to initiate or work on any committee--hope others can rise to the occasion.
May 20, 2005 4:55PM

May 13, 2005 7:16PM

bob hanus: I recently heard that Sr. Lucille passed away. Does anybody know how Sr. Imelda is doing? She and Sr.Lucille alwaya attended our class reunions together.Also another sad note. The class of 1949 lost another member when Mike Zelenak passed away this winter.
May 12, 2005 3:53PM

Lorraine Shaver: Zena, had a chance to look at some of the albums. I like what you did with it. Keep up the good work.
May 5, 2005 7:26AM

Joe Tomczyk '57: Adding to my note below, I don't always keep my PC audio on and therefore had not previously heard music via the PictureTrail Web-site which your propagate for SsC&M. The tune on your Alumni Updates page sounds especially COOL to me, with its NEAT BEAT in Latin! Thanks again for all you do to "Cyrilize" us in cyber-space, Zena!
April 29, 2005 12:28PM

Larry Turek: Enjoyed looking at all the nice pics. A LOT of work went into making this website. Thx Zena!!
April 9, 2005 7:36AM

Barb Vargo Platz: The website is tremendous. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
April 2, 2005 6:57PM

Bettty Michalski: I decided to go down memory lane again and I still marvel at all that you did for the sake of memories. Some new people have been added to the death notice and that makes me sad. Hope to see you at our class reunion. Anyone want to email me my email address
March 29, 2005 12:43PM

Rosemary Oravec - Detkowski: This was a great walk through memory lane. I went to school there from 1946 to 1953 through the 6th grade.My older bros. James oravec and Jerome Oravec had also gone there as did my oldest son Donald Detkowski before we moved from the neighborhood.Two of my uncles Joseph and John Kachman were ushers at church. Thanks for the memories Rosemary Detkowski
March 26, 2005 8:15PM

James Oravec: We learned of this web-site just recently. What a wonderful job you did. We were saddened and dismayed at the absolute ruins that beautiful church became. Went to grade school there and was married there. Your deceased classmate Janet Kachman was my cousin.
March 26, 2005 3:05PM

Donna (Karavetis) Ullmann: Hit wrong key on last message. I'm just writing to thank you again for all of the work that you've put into this site. You should get a medal. I'm still looking for my old yearbooks that are packed away in a box somewhere. If there is anyone out there from the 63 grad class email me at Keep up the good work......
March 15, 2005 2:03PM

Marilyn (Nowakowski) Sustrich "65: Zena - What a wonderful memory book despite all the changes and losses over the years. Mary Radulski Drury, Barb Vargo Platz and I email regularly though we all live in different states. Thank you for all your efforts toward keeping our memories alive. Bravo!!!!
March 15, 2005 8:14AM

Darlene Caille: Hi Zena and all the alumni. Just want to thank you again dear bluesmamma for keeping this up. Was unable to attend reunion last summer but planning to attend this year with my sister (Pat-class of 64)Thanks again. Blessings to you and all the alumni. Darlene
March 12, 2005 5:35PM

Margaret(Bresinski) Wischler: Thanks to all that visit this site. as someone if not all have mentioned this is truly a walk down memory lane. we are looking to find all classmates from the class of "65" for a 40th year reunion which is set for Sept. 17th 2005. Greg Schumanski can you shed some light on the whereabouts of your cousin David Szymanski we were not able to find him for the 25th reunion either and he hung around with Herbert Bauer in high school. If any one knows the whereabouts of these or anyone from this class please have them contact me. Again Thanks to all for sharing in our formative years to be able to share with each other again. Marge(Bresinski) Wischler
March 1, 2005 8:23AM

February 28, 2005 6:02PM

Anna Maria Kuntz: My parents, Frank and Anna Mirga were parishioners. My husband, Jim, and I were married from St. Cyril on June 25, 1977 by Fr. E. Mikus. When Father Mikus,upon his retirement, was flying to Slovakia, my husband, who was flying to Europe for business, happened to have the honor of being on the same flight as Father. How I wished that by some miracle this beautiful church could have survived, or, at least been moved to the present location of this congregation! God bless all the men,women and children who ever worked, prayed and learned together under the watchful eyes of Sts. Cyril and Methodius!
February 27, 2005 12:45PM

Barb: Took a look at the pics again. Now I feel sad.
February 24, 2005 1:39PM

Pat Hogrebe: Dear Zena..... I have just taken another walk down memory lane. As always it takes me back to when life was (or so we thought)lighthearted,and highspirited.Thank you for working so hard to keep that spirit alive so that we can always "click in" to our youth.
February 19, 2005 6:51AM

Elaine (Butchko) TerHaar: Great job Zena!!!
February 9, 2005 5:11AM

Lorraine Pentlicki Shaver: Finally got a chance to look at the pictures from the 2004 reunion. Everyone looks good. Hi to all
January 31, 2005 6:14PM

Cindy Schmidt: Zena I just viewed the 2004 reunion pictures. How wonderful it was to see people I have not seen in many moons. You deserve a big pat on the back for all you do to keep this going. Thank you again for all the memories you brought back to us. Keep up the good work. Cindy (Bellich) Schmidt, Surprise, Arizona (
January 29, 2005 9:30AM

Tim Salters: Great job and I appreciate all the hard work you put into all of the slide shows.
January 20, 2005 12:54PM

Bob Hanus: Great pictures from the 2004 reunion. keep up the good work Zena.
December 21, 2004 7:20AM

Estelle (Sawicki) Georgeff: Hi to all former Cyrilites! The pictures of the 2004 reunion were great to see. Wish we could have been there. I was so surprised to see my favorite art teacher, Sister Francesca, in the photos - she looks great! Looks like everyone had a good time, despite the weather. Hopefully, we'll be able to make next year's gathering. P.S. Does anyone know how I can get a 1965 Cyrilite? Somewhere along the line, I've lost mine. Let me know through my email address:
December 11, 2004 3:18PM

Lorraine Pentlicki/Shaver: Decided to take a look at the albums again. So sorry to see that Marlene died. My sympathy goes out to her family.
December 9, 2004 3:42PM

Tony Latosz: First of I would like to say hi to all the St. Cyril people. I've attended St.Cyril Grade School for first 3 years, then finish High School starting in my Junior Year, graduated in 1971.When I drove thru the old neghborhood and saw St.Cyrils gone my heart dropped. Thank you or you all of who partipated in creating this site it was very thoughtful. I've heard they level the old neghborhood but not the church. I have a lot of memories of St.Cyrils.Please feel free to get in touch with me.
December 7, 2004 5:36PM

JILL UHL: Just found out about this, really impressed with all of the time and effort that went into making of this happen for all of us to remember of what it used to be liked, thanks Jill Uhl (Butler) '67
December 5, 2004 8:04PM

Kenny Kovach: I hope ur reading this message slowly, because thats the way I typed it. (took typing class at St Cyrils). I graduated in 1961.
December 3, 2004 6:43PM

Betty Michalski: Hi Zena, What wonderful pics from this years reunion I am sorry I missed it especially when I seen Ann Scotto. I have been keeping in touch with her for the last 15 years and I wish I could have seen her. If you have an email for her could you pass it on or give her mine.
December 3, 2004 6:23PM

Marlene (Srock, Wendell) MacDougall: I am one of the older graduates of St Cyril (1950),my sister Charloltte told me about your website. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed lookimg at all the photos, many of them brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for all that you do.
November 18, 2004 12:46PM

Rich Walczyk: What an outstanding job. You need to be commended for remembering all the names. Let's hope we can all do it again in '05'. JMJD
November 17, 2004 6:15PM

Loretta Paszek '66: Hi Zena, I just looked at the pictures from the 2004 reunion. Once again I couldn't make it. I enjoyed seeing all my past classmates and friends and thinking about my high school memories again. I was so surprised to see Ann Scotto (Sister Francesca). She was my favorite teacher in high school. I caused her much grief and received far too many detentions for ratted hair and eye make up and short skirts!!!!!!! I would have loved to have talked to her. Hopefully, I will get to see everyone next year. Once again, you have done a totally amazing job. This website is wonderful and I enjoy going in and looking at the pictures over and over again. I would love to hear from anyone out there who remembers me or who would like to keep in touch. Please email me at: Hope to see everyone next year! Once again Zena - Splendid!!
November 16, 2004 10:43AM

Kathleen Sosnoski/Jake: Judy, just viewed the reunion pictures, GREAT JOB!!! My only regret is missed the reunion.
November 14, 2004 7:48PM

Ann Scotto: Thank you Zana for being so instrumental in making the Reunion last memorable.It was wonderful to see many former students but sorry I missed seeing others that were there.I've always cherished my years at St.Cyril.Best regards to ALL. Ann Scotto
November 12, 2004 3:36PM

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November 11, 2004 2:11PM

Charlotte Featherstone: Hi Zena: Thanks for letting me know the pics where up. You did a wonderful job as always. I am sorry there where people at the reunion I didn't even see. It was such a wonderful busy night. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I think everyone had a good time. I have some pictures I will be mailing to you. Thank you so much for all your time and effort. You work very hard. We all appreciate it.
November 11, 2004 7:18AM

Frank Celsnak: Zena,Thank you for taking and posting the pictures of the 2004 re-union. It was a heart warming experience to be there. I cherished the opportunity to see the good people who we shared fun experiences with at St. Cyril's school. We have remembered these experiences for our entire lives.
November 11, 2004 5:29AM

Lorraine: It was sure fun seeing the sisters again. What happened to the class of'62? I only saw Barb, Margie and Josie. Good job as always.
November 10, 2004 7:32AM

Barb (Bastian) Myszynski: Zena, Really enjoyed looking through your pictures from the 2004 Reunion. Thanks so much for all your hard work and effort. It's so nice to see so many familiar faces.
November 9, 2004 4:42PM

Mary Jo (Buback) Meade: What a magical time we had at the class reunion in August. Seeing many old friends from past years. Most of the faces I had not seen since the day we graduated. Friends I have thought about over the years and never thought I would see again! It was amazing how I could still tell each one by looking at them. I would like to get together for a Friday or Saturday evening some time so we can stay in touch and really get back to our youth. Is that possible? I would like to email as many people as I can from the reunion so please email me. Soon we will be having our 40 year reunion year. I would like to know if a committee has been set up to start a reunion. I am willing to help. Love to all.
October 31, 2004 7:12PM

Darlene Caille: Oops I forgot to give my e.mail in case anyone has information about Deborah; it is thanks again. Darlene
October 26, 2004 11:04AM

Darlene Caille (Olenjack): To Zena or anyone out there: I hadn't looked at this site since 2001. Today I browsed and found a dear erstwhile friend in the memorial section. Her name is Deborah Leach. I was wondering if anyong out there knows the circumstances of her passing. She was a dear friend, especially in grade school. Thanks in advance. Darlene
October 26, 2004 11:02AM

Charlotte Featherstone: Hi Everyone: Just wanted to drop a line and Say it was great seeing everyone at the St Cyril Reunion this summer. I had a great time and it was so much fun to see so many familar faces from the past. I don't know if we will have it like that again. So many people came from out of town for this event and it was wonderful seeing them. I would especially like to thank all those from class "66" that attended. It was nice seeing you again and share fun stories of the past and catch up with the current. My email address is
October 19, 2004 9:40AM

your sis: I looked at some of the other albums. I liked them. I havent seen some of these before
October 12, 2004 1:45PM

RoseAnn Gettner (Gdula '68): Zena, you are one-in-a-million! If it weren't for you, I don't even want to think of what St. Cyril's site would look like. You deserve one heck of a pat-on-the-back for all of your achievements. You are who is keeping we Cyrilites connected. Thank you.
October 11, 2004 3:42PM

joyce bolt holland: loved looking at all your pictures
October 6, 2004 7:31PM

Your sister: Wow Judy there were a lot of pics of deceased that I had not seen. Goo job
October 4, 2004 2:17PM

anntherese syron: It was wonderful reading all the messages from so many cyrilites whom I dearly love. Those years gave me so many great memories and Im so grateful. I live in Florida during the winter and in Waterford for the summer and my phone # is listed so give me a call and come visit if you are in the area. I had the best time ever at the festival/reunion seeing so many, but there are many that I didn't see. I will be there next year for sure. Thanks for the pix and the website. Ann Therese
August 31, 2004 10:05AM

david likavec: Nice job with the site. It was great to look at all the pics and read comments from others. Looking forward to seeing old friends at the reunion.
August 27, 2004 3:35AM

Beth: This is a wonderful site. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. My mother is Darlene Cervenak, class of 1968, and I can't wait to tell her about it. I was baptized at St.Cyril in 1980 and the last time I attended mass there was for the funeral of my Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Cervenak, in 1985. The last time I was in the area was in 2001,at Mt.Olivet Cemetary and I was heartbroken to see how terrible it looked, especially after seeing pictures of how it used to be. Thank you for all of your hard work.
August 6, 2004 2:31PM

Carol Lynn (Malinowski) Moore: Class 1970. Just found out about the website from a recent Festival mailing. Drove past the church/school a few months ago on my way home from work. So sad - had no idea everything had been demolished - as well as everything around it.
August 3, 2004 9:49AM

Lorraine Shaver: Had a chance to look at some of the pictures and read many of the messages in the guest book. Zena, keep up the good work. Don't know on how you find the time to put so much into something like this
July 27, 2004 9:10PM

Teresa Scolari Shmanske:
July 27, 2004 5:01AM

Teresa Scolari Shmanske: You did a wonderful job on the website. As a l966 graduate, it brought a mixture of warm memories flooding back along with a deep sadness for what happened to the Church and School. If I had not gone to my first High School dance in the gym, I would not have met my husband of 37 years, Greg Shmanske, (St.Joseph's & St. Anthony's graduate). His cousin David Szymanski 1965 St. Cyril graduate, brought him to the dance. It was so good to hear names that had not entered my mind for years, Charlotte Srock, Mary Jo Brubeck, Sr. Francesca. It heart warming to see that others have such great memories to have and hold in their hearts of their long forgotten youth. Don't you wonder if our children will have that in 30 years? I doubt there could ever be that kind of connection that we all remember. I understand there will be a reunion the end of August, and I think we will be able to attend. It will be wonderful to see everyone. We moved to South Carolina 10 years ago, have 3 wonderful sons and have been blessed throughout the years. I would love to hear from anyone who cares to e-mail me, if not, hopefully I will recognize you at the reunion. Thanks again for a walk down memory lane.
July 26, 2004 6:23PM

Carol (Flis) Martin Class of 1961: Great job on putting together the photo album. It was a stroll down memory lane. I was looking for any of my classmates who graduated in 1961. There were just a few - but it was nice to see that there are others, like me, who still want to stay connected. Thanks for your efforts! A job well down!!
July 23, 2004 7:17AM

Pat Graf (Wrobel): It was wonderful to see the pictures of the school and church, but as you stated very sad also
July 21, 2004 7:53AM

Ann Scotto (Sr.Francesca): It was wonderful going down Memory Lane to experience both joy and sorrow while viewing the photos of St. Cyril. You captured touching memories for many,including myself.Thank you for caring so much to make this possible.I treasured the years I taught at St. Cyril and keep all of my students in prayer.A big HELLO to all who remember me.
July 20, 2004 1:05PM

Bob Hanus 1949: I also viewed the church about the same time, and was appalled at what I saw...We were breaking and entering so we we were unable to get into the school area. Thanks for the photos...
July 17, 2004 6:50AM

Alberta Trapani (Parker): What a trip down memory lane I took with all the fabulous pictures. I can't wait until the reunion!
July 16, 2004 9:16AM

Larry Buback: What memories these pictures bring back. Thank you for one last look. Larry Buback '58
July 14, 2004 2:32PM

Mary Jo Meade: Just to let you know... Janet M. Kachman Class of 1965 passed away on November 12,1998.
July 14, 2004 2:02PM

Mary Jo Meade (Buback): Graduate 1966 I sat here with tears in my eyes and in my heart. What a wonderful sight. I kept my high school years in my heart and mind for many years to follow graduation. I never could understand how people hated their high school years. I loved mine. It was family, traditions, and fun. I was sad to see some of my classmates had passed. I have attended to St. Cyril festival for years but never on the right day. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. What wonderful tour down memory lane. Mary Jo
July 14, 2004 7:36AM

Joe Sigler: Hi everyone! Great to see all the photos and read the messages. Sorry I did not read them all because I do not know most of you. The only classmate that I read was Rita Franko. I hope there are still more of us around from the class of "54". Sorry to say, I have not kept in contact with any of my classmates except for Bob Latchney, my cousin. For real old timers, I still see John Doman and Jack Marchin at least on a monthly basis. We have been in a pinocle club for 45 years and meet monthly. Thanks for keeping up the web-site and allowing some great memories. Hope to see some of you at the reunion in August.
July 12, 2004 10:52AM

Katie in Chicago: I found out about St Cyril from a friend who showed me a link to a site called Forgotten Detroit. It made me so sad to see the pictures on the site. I was in tears, and I'd never even heard of it before. I saw it for the first time a few days ago, and the images haunt me. I truly cannot keep them out of my head. God bless you all for keeping a thriving parish going, even if you could no longer stay in the area. How can we make sure that no other churches suffer this fate? I just picked up a good book, "Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing," by E. Michael Jones. I think it helps to explain what has happened to our Catholic neighborhoods.
July 11, 2004 9:58PM

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July 2, 2004 8:45AM

Melanie Whitefoot (nee Papcun): Thank you for the wonderful site. I will be passing this link on to my father (Jim) and his brothers (The Papcun family (Al, Jim, Tom, Richard, Larry, Andrew). I remember going to Easter blessings there when I was little in the 70's, before Albert & Mary Papcun (my grandparents) moved from there. The last time I was in St. Cyril's was for my great-grandmother's funeral in spring of 1988. (Elizabeth Brehovy). I think someone told me at that time it was the last funeral held at the church. Thanks again for a great collection of photos!
June 28, 2004 8:39PM

vj: Fantastic work! Please keep the site going. Only discovered it today. Did not have time to view it completely. Will definitely come back to it. Keep up the fantastic work. You really did put a lot of time, energy and love into this.
May 24, 2004 12:11PM

Mike MacDonald: Hi, I didn't go to St Cyril. I gratuated from St. Vincent...we were rivals in basketball. Still, seeing these pictures moved me. Thank you for sharing this. It's sad, but, it's nice to know that so many good people from St Cyril are scattered throughout the community. PS. You guys had the best looking girls in the league.
May 5, 2004 2:17PM

Mary Carol Pokojski: I read the message from Bob Zagacki that said his sister Camille had passed away, Camille and I were best friends in high school as was her husband Bill. I would like to contact Bob to chat about his sister. Thank You, Carol Pokojski Burdek class of 59
April 10, 2004 9:24AM

Peter Saputo '57: Thank you so very much for all your hard work!! It's really grand to play "catch-up." Class of 57 had a 45 reunion - that I MISSED - that won't happen again -- and I'm so looking forward to the next one. I'm retired now and living in North Carolina and thanks to classmate Joe Tomczyk, getting in touch with and staying in touch with more than a dozen of our old classy folks. Those were wonderful times and to see what has transpired makes me very sad. Same thing happened to my old elementary school (Assumption Grotto - 6 mile and Gratiot). Just an empty lot now. How sad. Like Sylvia, I won't make that trip again. Much love to you all. Hope we can meet and greet in person some day soon. Bless you.
March 19, 2004 9:02AM

Joseph Tomczyk: Dear Zena, thannnnnnnk you!!! Though not recalling our knowing each other, I'm one of the StC Class of 1957; with whom Marty Pokojski recently shared the URL/ink to your PictureTrail Web-site. While slowly perusing the many bitter-sweet memories you're laboriously placing on it, and showing some to my NCarolinian wife down here, I'm pausing to write this initial expression of my appreciation -- for your pursuit and preservation of photos and facts, plus your Guestbook and Chat page enabling our ongoing reminiscing -- and will write further to y'all, Joe (-:)
March 6, 2004 12:49PM

Lorraine Shaver(Pentlicki): Haven't been to the guestbook in a long time. Was nice reading all those messages from everyone. Sorry to hear that Ed,the janitor,passed away. I still can see his face. Hi to all. Don't know if anyone remembers my mom chaperoning at the dances but she passed away on Dec 3. Anyone who wants to email me my address is: gamblelor
March 4, 2004 5:37PM

Martin Pokojski: Absolutely great!!! Sent your web page to several St.C '57 classmates. I never thought I'd shed a tear over the old building, but your pix along with a pictorial on the urban blight that centered on the thoroughly trashed building that I got a few months ago just tore me up. I do have copies of the '56 and '57 Cyrilite's that your more than welcome to use if you'd like. I haven't had time to go through all the pages yet, but what I have gone through, you've done a fantastic job. Thanks a million from all us 57'ers. Especially thanks for the picture of my dad Edward Pokojski. Dad passed away on January 15, 1982, his 75th birthday.
March 3, 2004 11:23PM

Tony Kondrat: Hello Zena. Well I'm back amoung the living. Got the 3 operations behind me and doing the theraphy thing for my shoulder. Been keeping up with this site and it saddend me to see so many more have passed away. George Kulha class of 60 looks like it may have been Vernoica's brother. Glad to see all the response you are getting. Had a bout with the "old age syndrome" and forgot your's and Gambler's e-mail. Hope all is well with you and Ken and I'll keep visiting this site from time to time. As always your doing a fantasitc job and a great service to those who went to St Cyril's. Tony from Texas.........
March 2, 2004 1:04PM

Sylvia M. Schell (Car): PULEEEESE! Any of you dear sisters that had the dubious honor of teaching (?) me from 1954-57 I would love to hear from you! Remember, Sylvia Car, the tall clutz? Yup, that's me! And Frank Celesnak (sp?) my dear neighbor that lived behind our house on Guthrie! Wow. I see your name in the guestbook! This is great! say HI!
February 27, 2004 10:52PM

Sylvia M. Schell (Car): The photo's were....I guess you might say -grand. I am so glad that I wasn't in Detroit to see the demolition of St. Cyril's and how pitiful the city has become. After graduation in 1957 my family moved to southern California where I lived till I retired in 1997 and moved to Arkansas. In 1997 I attended a class reunion there and while driving through downtown Detroit, I could only compare what I saw there to what I had seen in Sarjevo, Jugoslavia when I went there to bury my Father. Total destruction. I can't believe how my heart broke with every passing mile. I will NEVER return to that area even for a short visit. I want to remember how it looked when I lived there and how lovely my school, church, home and neighborhood were. Not the way it is now. Good luck to all of you still there....I'm glad I'm here! Sylvia (Car) Schell Class of 1957
February 27, 2004 10:39PM

Martin Pokojski: Class of '57. I'm sure going to spread this site around to my classmates. Thanks so much. M
February 27, 2004 9:16PM

Gene Lubinski: can anybody remember the park accross the street from the church or are there any Lodge boys out there that hung out at the park.
February 24, 2004 3:08AM

Eugene Lubinski: I started school at St. Cyril lived on Roland & St.Cyril all 9 of my brothers and sisters went there also. Very sad to see the devastation of that bldg.
February 24, 2004 2:22AM

Donna (Karavetis) Ullmann: Once again I've come back to the guest book and I'm so glad that people are responding. I still look back fondly on the time I spent at St.Cyrils. It's odd but I just moved into Taylor and right around the corner from me is the St.Cyril of Jerusalem Catholic Church so every time I drive by it I think of my St.Cyril. Keep up the good work and if any one from the 63 graduating class would like to email me my address is God Bless, Donna (Karavetis)Ullmann
February 21, 2004 1:09PM

kathy ryan (nardi): I'm very excited that I finally loged in to this web site that my friend Cindy Kondrat and Barb Basion has been telling me about.I have gone thru alot of different emotions since I logged on.Seeing all those familiar faces that I knew so well back in the day that have passed on,seeing our school die too its so hard to imagine them all gone.I had visited St.Cyril often while in it's ruins with my friend Marci Moranec,in fact the last time we were there just prior to destruction,me and Marci got a pew that was laying about and we laughed how the confessionals still look ok,we figured the sins of all the years were holding up the walls.I Still see alot of kids from school.Sue Pusczk,Diane Terlecki,Jerry Warnack,Rick Warnack,Sue Magreta,Marci Moranec,Tina McKanna,Sharon Swanson,Cindi Kondrat,Margie Kondrat,Barb Bashion,Sylvia Lavaine,Nello Nardi,and of course Jim Nardi who I have been married to for 35 years.He was a senior and I was a freshman.I apologize if I have mispelled any ones names,getting rusty. Again I look so forward to hearing more about everyone.And one more to add to that list my dearest friend CeCe Tortamasi. Thank You Kathy Ryan (Nardi)
February 13, 2004 4:32PM

Geraldine Zarzycki(Kalwasinski): Fantastic/ Found this by accident and have been on for 4 hrs. Would like to hear from anyone from 1962. Does anyone know where I can locate Delores Kacperski? Will be checking in regularly to see what is new. We have lost a lot from out class. Keep up this site. It is awesome. A monumental undertaking to say the least. I was saddned by the pics of demolistion. Anyone who cares to write will be answered. Jeri
January 28, 2004 12:53AM

Mary Radulski Drury: I remember Felicia. She was a very nice person and was friendly to everyone. May she rest in peace. Thanks, Barb, for letting all of us know. Zena, please continue your much needed site. All of us thank you for your wonderful work of bringing memories near and dear to all of us. St. Cyril will always be alive within each one of us! God bless!
January 15, 2004 5:00AM

Barb (Bastian) Myszynski: For those who remember Felicia Landa... Class of 1966... she passed away last evening. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. Below is the information on her visitation. Name Felicia Powell Date 10/08/1948 - 01/10/2004 Obituary Notice Powell, Felicia (nee Landa) of Clinton Township Jan. 10, 2004. Age 55. Beloved wife of Grant H. Dearest mother of Mara & Alexa Powell. Loving daughter of Gasper & Antoinette Landa. Dear sister of Santo (Vickie) Landa. Dear aunt of Antoinette & Gasper Landa. Visitation Mon 3-9 pm & Tue 1-9 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Scripture Service Tue 7:00 pm. Instate Wed 9:30 am until 10:00 am time of Mass at St. Louis Church 24415 Crocker & Harper. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" @ Visitations 3pm - 9pm on Monday, January 12th Scripture Service at 7pm on Tuesday, January 13th 1pm - 9pm on Wednesday, December 31st Services Mass: St. Louis at 10am on Wednesday, January 14th Instate: St. Louis at 9:30am on Wednesday, January 14th Cemetery Resurrection Cemetery (MAP) 18201 Clinton River Road Clinton Township , MI 48038 Church St. Louis (MAP) 24415 Crocker Blvd. Clinton Township , MI 48036 Location Sterling Heights Location 36900 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights (MAP) (586) 826-8550
January 11, 2004 6:25PM

Lorraine Shaver: Did not look at the album this time but read the guest book. HOW CAN SOMEONE SAY THAT WE LET THE CHURCH GO TO PIECES? HOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT MOVED IN AFTER WE ALL LEFT? No matter what I still have fond memories of our old neighborhood,the good times at all the school functions. ST Cyril's will always be in my memories
December 28, 2003 7:53AM

Debbie: I first saw St. Cyril's in 1995 when I was visiting the neighborhood. I didn't know its name or history then, but its fading glory has haunted me ever since. What a beautiful place it must have been! And how sad that it has come to such an end. It seems that few people these days have love or respect for old buildings. No one wants to save them--just tear them down and build something ugly in their place. It's a sad testament to our society's priorities. Thank you for this amazing website; it has provided me with answers to many questions I had about St. Cyril's. It is gratifying to know that such a large number of people mourn its loss as I do.
December 27, 2003 5:34PM

Steve Hale: Zena/Judy, More. Thank you for all the work you did putting this website together. All the pictures are fabulous.The reunion pictures show me a lot. I cannot imagine how you had to feel to walk through the church and school and show and take the pictures of the condition in its vandalized state. WOW!! May it R I P particularly in the memories of the parishoners and neighborhood kids.
December 27, 2003 2:37AM

Steve: Community histories aer very important to me. Thank you for getting your site up so that those who have the wonderful memories to be able to relish those and the rest of us to get a glimpse of the community of Saint Cyrils'.
December 23, 2003 8:08AM

gooseybarb: This is for Diane and Terry Please write to me gooseybarb I would love to hear from you.
December 21, 2003 6:24AM

Barb Lichwala Wozny: Good going Judy. Those 2 nuts do need to get a life. You 2 people should be greatful that she created this album and just shut up. Better just go away.
December 21, 2003 6:22AM

Zena Welk/J. Lichwala: To Stop Sprawl and the other nut in my guestbook. You are not fooling me one bit by going under a different MO. The coward you are that you cannot divulge your true self is a pity. Go on keep signing the guestbook as you LOOK LIKE THE FOOL YOU TRULY ARE. Me thinks pal you NEED TO GET A LIFE! Love Zena Welk
December 18, 2003 9:57PM

Andy Lopatowski: I just spent the last couple of hours going through this site. What a great job in putting this together. I graduated in the class of '70. Would like to hear from anyone and especially any reunions or get togethers. Thanks for the space.Andy
December 17, 2003 4:48PM

Andrew Lopatowski Jr.: Sincerely saddened to see the many former classmates that have pased on.
December 12, 2003 8:34PM

Russ Burns: I think your tribute to your school and church is wonderful. I went to St. Angela in Roseville in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Your site has brought back many memories of what is was like for me. I had older sisters, so I can relate to some of your earlier pictures, eventhough I was very young. It must break your heart and those of your classmates to see how badly your neighborhood has declined. I was fortunate enough to see your church in the 1980's. I thought it was beautiful. You should be proud of your website, and thankful that you have such wonderful memories of your childhood.
December 9, 2003 12:57PM

Kenneth Magreta: Correction of previous message on spelling of former classmate from 1960. The correct spelling of the classmates name who died in 1968 is George J. Kulha class of 1960. Please add to the list of deceased classmates. Thanks, Ken.
December 4, 2003 8:21PM

Kenneth Magreta: Great layout and pictures!!!!! One thing is missing, under the memorial section. Class of 1960 George Kuhla died in 1968 and does not appear in the records.
December 4, 2003 6:41PM

Julie Dertz: I think you did a beautiful job asembling all the photos. I did not go to St. Cyril's, but I lived in the area on Concord street across from Cooper elementary until 1964. Thank you for sharing.
November 29, 2003 10:08PM

Terry Anderson (Sister Eugene): Zena...what a wonderful thing you have done. I'm not even finished looking at all the photos and am just so impressed. I taught at St. Cyril from 1957 to 1962 as Sister M. Eugene. I left the order in 1969, went for further studies, taught at the university, then in a military school and a private school. I'm married, live in Florida and am actively engaged in volunteer work and in having fun. I get together with Maryann Foley (formerly Sister Raymond) now and then, and we reminisce a lot about former students. I'm also in touch with Carolyn Ishimaru (Meyers) and we e-mail stuff back and forth. Once again, I commend you for your spectacular effort. What a way to use your talents! Love, Terry
November 11, 2003 11:24AM

Rudy Werner: Thanks for the memories,I attended Cyril's from Kindergarten and graduated in 1969. I lived on Marion St.down the block from Joe Yorks bar and of course the famous Marion sweet shop. I've returned to the old neighborhood several times over the years and each time it's a little bit worse,but no reason to go back anymore.I miss the times and I miss the people thanks again for the memories. Rudy Werner -Class of 1969
October 29, 2003 10:52AM

Jerry Woods: Zena Great Job I didnt go to St Cyrils But i was the guy who waited for the girls to get out of the dances I was the one in the levis Teeshirt with the brelcreamed hair LOL Good job How sad that you guys that went there lost the building however you still have the memorys to enjoy Living in Los Angeles I dont get to see any of the european style churces like St Cyril St Anthonys Ect Good luck to all Jerry
October 28, 2003 9:49PM

Judi (Wyrybkowski) Opolski: Judi (Zena), I must compliment you on such a devotion to all this work. You have made the trip down memory lane so possible for all of us. The thrill of visiting our most fondest times while growing up. Yep, a lot of the pictures are more current but, they jog alot of fine times. Times we may have forgotten, if it wasn't for all this work you do. You have allowed me to remember my days at St.Cyril, even though they were only at the grade school. I still left many loving memories there at St. Cyrils. I really wish to thank you for the beautiful trip you have made possible! Just keep up the great job, you are bringing so much fond and cherished memories to us all from Cyrils! Looking forward to see and share many more of your wonderful memories and talents of composing this great site! Wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who remembers any of their grade school days , the class that we both were in together. God Bless You, Judi and take care! :o)
October 27, 2003 3:20PM

Anita Susac-Morris: You've done a great job on this site. I've looked around at several of the photo albums. I graduated from Burroughs 1962, however I did go to some of the dances at St. Cyril. It truly is a shame what has happened to our "old neighborhood". As I was reading through some of the messages here on the guestbook - it did my heart good to know that there are so many of us that have gone for a drive around the streets where we grew up. I've been back there twice in the past six months. I had not gone in years - just wondered about it. And I've wondered if anyone else out there ever went for a drive through there. Now I know I'm not the only curious eastsider. We have such fond memories of having grown up around there. It was a different time - the best time - you could walk down the streets to church or to school or over to your friend's house blocks away and not be scared. Did we know what we had back then? Did we think it would change so drastically? I remember the nicely kept homes on pretty tree lined streets. My street in particular - every home had a tree or two out front between the sidewalk and the street. In the spring and summer months the trees would be so full of leaves and their branches would spread so far over the street that they would touch the trees across from them and make sort of an arch! Many times when I remember where I grew up I recall one day when I was walking home from Burroughs. I got to my corner and just stopped and gazed at those big trees and thought to there a prettier sight than this? I lived on Ruth Street. It was bordered by Marcus and Marion and Erwin and Fisher. Ruth was only one block long and everybody knew everybody. I have a few pictures posted on in the Burroughs Jr. High photo album section. I've posted a picture of where my house used to be. The same old fence is still standing. Somehow that fence made it through all these years. The trees I write about are all gone and so are most of the homes. There's two left standing on one side of the street and one on the other - but just barely. Anyway, this sight is put together really well and I can tell it was done with love in your heart. So, from one eastsider to another...thank you for the walk down memory lane. Cheers.
October 18, 2003 9:18PM

Phil Berezik & Betty nee Maslonka-Berezik: Great site Thank You! During the Christmas holiday in 2001 our Berezik-Maslonka families had a reunion at my son Alan's house in Macomb, MI. The following day Phil, my other son Daryl and myself stopped by SS C&M. It was a very cold and overcast day outside and as we entered the unlocked front doors of the church I felt a warmth that I was home. As we entered the interior of the church I was shocked to see the condition of the church. My son Daryl just returned from visting our family members still living in southeastern Poland that spring. He mentioned how the church and area looked like the bombed out structures of Warsaw and other areas the family members had taken pictures of after the war. For those of you that have seen the movie "Pianist" towards the end of the movie you can see how the city and SS C&M compare; destroyed and in ruins. I walked to the spot Phil and I professed our wedding vows and looked up towards the ceiling above the altar. I notcied a large hole in the half dome ceiling to the left of the altar, just then the sun came out and shined through from the sky towards the floor. I looked to the floor and wept. At my feet was the only intacted window pane among the shards of other broken panes from the large stain glass windows. How it survived the fall was beyond me. It was the section of a saints foot. I picked it up, brought it back to North Carolina and placed it in my living room window.
October 17, 2003 2:52PM

Frank Celsnak -1955: Hi everyone. I want to thank Zena for keeping the pictures of the demolition of St. Cyril on the website for those of us who are slow to get the news. I forwarded the link to those who (believe it or not) may even be further removed from the news than I was. ---love all of you who share the special memories of St. Cyril. Father Zalibera, in 1925 (when the church was built) must have been certain that the church would last forever, like many in Europe have (that escaped war damage). He was a leader and had a vision. It seemed to die when he retired. Subsequent pastors had a difficult time expanding and maintaining, until the property was eventually sold to the Baptist group. I would be curious if the Baptist group lost the property to the county because of unpaid taxes ,reposession by a bank, or if the county purchased the property for demolition .If so, how much-just out of curiousity?( This information should be public and available to locals?). I believe that the Baptist group paid about $100,000 for the whole shebang.
October 17, 2003 10:05AM

Cindy (Bellich) Schmidt: Hello Zena....... Just viewed the recent pictures. Thank you very much for sharing so much of your time, love and memories so we may look back and fondly remeber good ole St. Cyril. I can almost hear the music in the gym when we had our Friday after school socials, or the proud Sharks playing their hearts out,,,,,,, Thank you once again. Cindy Bellich Schmidt, Surprise, Arizona
October 10, 2003 11:29PM

Justin: I grew up in Nortown back in the 70's and 80's and can't believe that the neighborhood surrounding St. Cyril and Marcus is the way it is today even. I remember the church being there unvandalized but I have a question. I can't remember what was on the 2 towers over the main entrance for the life of me. I hope someone can help me out here. I drove past the site about a month ago for the first time in almost 10 years and drove past it again yesterday and can't believe that St. Cyril's is gone. May it R.I.P.
October 2, 2003 11:02AM

Diana Kutsick (Schimelfening): You did a wonderful job of putting these pictures together. Alex sent me the sight and I enjoyed and at the same time, felt very sad to see how many of us have passesd away. Keep up the good work. It certainly brings back memories. Most of which were very happy ones. Thank again, Diana Kutsick (Schimelfening)
September 29, 2003 4:26AM

Alex Kutsick: Zena, Thank you for a wonderful trip down memory lane. You've done a great job giving us a bundle of snapshots from parish life and a glimpse of the lives of those that passed through those long hallways. Hi, Pat Martin!!
September 26, 2003 7:57PM

Pat (Martin) Watanabe: Hi Zena .... Dear Zena, Thanks for the memories! What an outstanding job you've done, finding all the photos and information. I was moved to tears at the memorial photos. Other pix made me laugh out loud, just remembering all the practical jokes and trouble we used to get into. Thank you for bringing us all back to our roots. Love, pat
September 26, 2003 5:55PM

Mary Ann Michalski: Zena the pics are great, it makes me wish I could have been there, since I'm currently working in Florida makes it difficult, next year. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into keeping us up to date. Take Care
September 24, 2003 4:25AM

Frank Celsnak: Hi Zena, thanks for taking pictures at the 2003 St.Cyril festival. To make prints from the website we need to have your password. Can you e-mail me this? I would like to make a print of Rita Geffert to mail to some people who do not have computers. Thanks a lot. Also, 2005 will be the 50th anniversary for the class of 1955. I hope we can do something like the class of 1953 just did.
September 23, 2003 11:06AM

Paul G Miller, Jr.: What a wonderful job you've done. I know everyone who sees it feels the same.
September 23, 2003 7:12AM

Nancy Slove (1960)-Purz: I keep in touch with Sr. Raymond and Sr. Laurentine. If anyone is interested, please contact me.
September 22, 2003 12:50PM

Nancy Slove (1960)-Purz: This was great. Seeing the old school before the demolition. We were married in the church by Fr. Forish. Do you have any pictures of Fr. Nosal. We now live in Shelby Twp, Mi. We are in the phone book. Hope more 1960 classmates sign in. seya nancy
September 22, 2003 12:48PM

Nancy Slove-Purz (1960): Judy Laqualla - did you know Monica Stucki 1959. She is deceased. I will try to get a picture to you.
September 22, 2003 12:01PM

Mary Ann Wahoski: Looked at the pictures, sorry that we couldn't meet with you. Our Class of '53 met in the church hall for a while and then went to dinner and a party at Loons. We had a very wonderful time. Most of the class showed up! I gave your email address but sadly, many of them do not have computers. We took many pictures and just as soon as I stop being so lazy, I'll view them and if you like, I send them to you. One of the classmates wrapped a piece of the stone from the church and presented each of us with a piece of history.
September 22, 2003 8:04AM

Betty: Well it looks like everyone had a great time and I'm sorry I missed it. I seen we only had 2 you and Louise from our class. Maybe next year I'll be in town.
September 22, 2003 5:37AM

Barb: I am in total shock. I cant believe Bev is gone.
September 19, 2003 1:38PM

Mary Martek: What a great site, Cheryl(Jubenville)Parsell e-mail me if you read this. What a great bunch of pictures. Nice to read comments from names I thought I would not ever see again.
September 16, 2003 6:59PM

Victor: Hey Zena! Looks your pics of St. Cyril will end up in our newsletter. Sorry I cannot fit all of them in there. You do have a lot of great shots! It is really great you did all this. Keep up the good work!
September 12, 2003 10:13PM

Loretta Paszek 1966': Hi Zena, I wish that I could have attended the festival this year. It was great seeing pictures of all my classmates - Patty, Elaine, Charlotte, Audee, Louise. Everyone looks great!!!!! Thanks for all the work that you do on this website. I go into it often and it always brings back wonderful memories and happy times. A great big hello to everyone and hope to see all of you at the festival next year.
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September 10, 2003 4:44PM

Barb: Good pics. I enjoyed them all. My gosh I saw Lorry Asher. How did she find us. Do you have her e address.I havent seen her in years what a surprise. Once again great pics.
September 10, 2003 4:11PM

Tony Kondrat: Zena another wonderful job posting the photos in the "Memory of" and "2003 Fest" albums. Once again I must say that those who attended St. Cyril's and can relate to those in the pic's owe you a great deal of gratitude for keeping the Memories and Spirit of the original St. Cyril alive. My memories of that place, although limited, are always revived when I visit this site. This Hamtramck High graduate spent many a Friday nights at your Sock Hops. Thank you for this site and for being an Internet Friend. Your Texas Friend...........
September 10, 2003 8:09AM

Terry (Werner)Robertson: Just went through one set of pictures of church and obviously there are more from reading some of the guest book entries. Looking forward to viewing those too. Can't thank you enough for all your efort in taking the pictures & making them available for all of us to see. It is very hard to look at how our beloved school/church is today but the memories they evoke are intact and cherished. I was in the class of "71, the last graduating class and welcome any e-mails
September 9, 2003 7:36AM

Lorraine Shaver: A fantastic job as usual. Just love that back ground for the reunion/festival.
September 8, 2003 6:30PM

Lorraine (Gocon)Asher: My god you did a exceptional job,brought back alot of happy memories
September 6, 2003 7:13AM

Donna (Karavetis)Ullmann: Just wanted to tell you again what a wonderful job you have done keeping the memories of St.Cyril alive. Can't wait to see pics of the 2003 festival. I'm sorry I couldn't attend, hopefully next year. Please keep up the good work. As Always, Donna (
August 27, 2003 11:43AM

Elona (Latosz)Kemp: Doris Benge sent me the address to this web site, So good to see and hear about what happend to so many in my past. I only attended St. Cyril school for 2 years, however I attended Mass there until I married and move away.(San Diego, Calif.) That was in 1968. From there we moved to a small town in Western, KY. Keep up the good work! I will visit this site regularly.
August 25, 2003 8:18PM

Aggie: What happened to the statue of St. Theresa, the Little Flower? I can only view one album at a time because the site freezes in between. It is so sad to see the recent photos. It looks like a war zone. Thank you so very much.
August 21, 2003 5:22PM

Aggie: Ss Cyril and Methodius was my parish in the 60's. Fr. Bigley married us.....and I believe it was his first marriage. We didn't have the good sense to invite him to our small home reception. I went to the IHM Mother house in Oxford a few times, and I also remember the terrific gymnastics program, Sokol or something like that. I didn't know how unique it was at the time. Thanks so much for the pics.
August 21, 2003 4:54PM

Doris Benge: Thank you so much ~ what a labor of love & you can tell it was/is a labor of love. I didn't go to St.Cyril (went right across the street to Burroughs ~ but lived in the neighborhood down around Mt.Elliott & Marcus) I knew several kids who did attend St.Cyril and I use to go w/my friends to mass (always thought it was a beautiful), and at Easter to have the basket blessed (I'm a southern kid-Baptist by trade)~so it was an education. I remember the Sat nite dances at the school. It brought tears to my eyes to see the pictures, I too have a lot of found memories of the kids & neighborhood ~I was also sadden to see that one of the girls I knew (Ferne Stepaniak) has passed away. Thank you again ~ sure brought by some wonderful memories of some great people & great times. With much apprecation ~ Doris
August 21, 2003 10:42AM

Rosema;ry (Wells) Freid: Your pictures are wonderful, even though they show the reality of today. I was so happy to see the pictures of Mr. Pokojski and Burroughs. I went to Burroughs until '53 and grew up next door to the Pokojski family. The picture of the residence, with the little building out front, at the end of that series, looks like the old cleaners and apartment building that was on the corner of Marcus and Concord. Could you tell me if that is the location of your picture? Thanks for the look into the past.
August 16, 2003 6:24PM

Elaine Chwalek Blocki: What a WONDERFUL walk down memory lane. Thanks so much for making it possible.
August 13, 2003 7:44AM

Brenda McMahon: Thank you so much for your postings. Thanks to you my husband was able to see what his birth mother looked like for the first time in his life.
August 9, 2003 11:15AM