Good Morning St. Patrick’s Alumni Family and Friends, It has been a while since we reached out to everyone. We are now going into July which is almost 5 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and we are sure everyone is tired of hearing about it and just want things to return to normal. St. Patrick’s Alumni Friends and Family have been hit hard in the last few months. We have lost some Alumni; we have not been able to share in our faith together at many events that were very important to us all. It has been very difficult times.
As we promised we continued to monitor the situation and we said we would update you on whether our not we could celebrate our annual picnic July 12th. There were many factors that we had to consider in whether we would be able to have the picnic. One main factor is if the State allows gatherings of more than 25 people. The other factor was if the venue opens for business with gatherings the most important factor is the health or safety of our Alumni. A decision has been made regarding the annual picnic that is schedule for July 12th, 2020. Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold the annual picnic this year. We unfortunately will not have any services until our November Thanksgiving Mass service. If situation changes and we are able to come back before November, we will certainly keep everyone posted.
We will continue to keep everyone updated on the situation as things unfold, so please make sure to check for updates VIA email, website http://www.stpatrickstroy.org/ , facebook pages, Community of St. Patrick's Church of Troy, NY and/or The Community of St. Patrick's Troy,
Please everyone have a safe and healthy summer.
Father David Jones, and The St. Patrick Alumni Committee
Good Morning St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends, Last week Rev. Thomas Saunders, MM passed away. Father Tom served our Spanish speaking community up until our church closed in 2010. Father Toms service records speaks for its self. He was Ordained June 12, 1965 and has 50 plus years of Priestly Ministry. He did outreach and parish work, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Pastor/Government housing project parish, Mexico City. Recruiting vocations, Denver, Colorado. Assistant Regional Superior, Maryknoll Regional Council; Regional Superior, Mexico. Charismatic Movement/Marriage Encounter, Mexico. Served in several parishes in Vera Cruz.
There will be a Mass for Father Tom on Monday July 22nd 2019 at 11am, at the Maryknoll Chapel, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY 10562. It is about 2 hours from Albany. There are a few of us going down and all of St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends are invited to attend. If anyone should need a ride please reach out to us and we will be coordinating car pooling.
On Friday March 8, 2019, Sharon Hepp departed this life after years of courageously battling kidney disease and ultimately succumbing to Ocular Melanoma. Born on 12/04/1955 as Leslie Sharon Elden, Sharon always strived to set the best example she could. She spent most of her life as a homemaker, caring for her three children and beloved husband. She also made time to complete a GED while caring for her family, and completed her certificate as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, which was a career choice she greatly enjoyed. In her free time, she supported her husband's devotion to sports, created art, excelled at Scrabble and other word games, and sang as she danced with what her "mama gave her". Her family, nuclear and extended, meant the world to her. In her later years, she cherished being a Nana to her three grandchildren who were the lights of her life.
Sharon is survived by her one & only, Thomas P. Hepp (married 10/26/1974) and her children Patricia (Kyle) Hepp-Miller, Leslie Hepp, & Timothy (Samantha) Hepp. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Hannah Hepp, Alex Hepp, and Jacob Hepp. In addition, she is survived by her mother, Mary Mantello Elden, her eight remaining siblings; Francis (Raymond) Maceda, Marybeth (Arthur) Durivage, Deborah (Peter) Dziamba, Leslie C. Elden, David (Heather) Elden, Darlene (Phil) Bubb, Paul (Cathy) Elden, and Carol (Joseph) Landy, and her brother-in-law, Donald Leonard Sr. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, and cousins.
Sharon was pre-deceased by her father, Leslie Elden; her in-laws, Valentine Patrick and Helen Hepp; her brother, Robert Elden; her sisters-in-law, Geraldine (Mauro) Hepp Mamawal, Patricia (Leo) Hepp Bouchard, Charlene Hepp, Sister Mary Lou Hepp, CSJ, and Helen Hepp Leonard, and her nephews Stephen Durivage, Donald Leonard, and Ray Scott Maceda.
Friends and family are welcome to gather for the wake at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., cor. of 115th. Street & 4th Avenue in Lansingburgh (565-4th. Ave. Troy, NY 12182) on Friday from 4-7 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 am at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 42 Dana Ave. Wynantskill, NY 12198.
Sharon requested that memorial contributions be made to her grandchildren's college-education fund, made payable to: "Thomas P. Hepp and mail to SEFCU 700 Patroon Creek Blvd Albany NY 12206". Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy, NY.
CLIFTON PARK Janet E. Wells, 77, of Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care and a long time Troy resident died Monday January 14, 2019 at her residence after a long illness. Born in Troy she was the daughter of the late James and Hazel Teal Chicoine. She was a graduate of Berlin Central Schools.
Janet was retired from the NYS Department of Health in Albany where she had worked for 10 years. Earlier she worked in retail sales in several former clothing stores in Troy. She was a communicant of the former St. Patrick’s Church in Troy. Her greatest enjoyment was vacationing in Maine with her late husband Bill. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking, music and playing the guitar.
She was the widow of William V. Wells who died May 6, 2018. She is the sister of Hazel Ledger of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and the twin sister of the late Helen Viola Chicoine who died at birth. She is the sister in law of Catherine and George Capsimalis of Clifton Park and Heleen and David Knapp of Ballston Lake. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., (Rte.32), Waterford and at 11 am at St. Augustine’s Church in Lansingburgh. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.
Relatives and friends may visit with her family at the funeral home on Friday prior to the funeral from 9:30 – 10:30 am.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.
Special thanks are extended to the staff at Schuyler Ridge Health Care for the compassionate care given to Janet in her final years.