Alumni

ALUMNI NEWS

If you are a graduate of St. Peter/St. Francis, St. Mary, St. Peter, Sacred Heart, or St. Francis of Assisi Schools, we would love to hear from you. You are an important part of who we are today. Please send your news – accomplishments, awards, marriage, births, deaths, etc. – to St. Peter/St. Francis School, 360 Prospect St., Torrington, CT 06790 OR email Debbie Kraft: krafts@optonline.net. Kindly include your name, mailing address, email address, graduation year and school attended.

Thomas F. Marfiak, Thomas F. Marfiak, Rear Admiral, USN Ret., St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1958, graduated from THS and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. We thank him for serving our country at sea and ashore for over thirty years and for submitting the brief biography of his naval experience that follows.
Rear Admiral Marfiak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966, with honors in languages and humanities. He served extensively in destroyers and cruisers, prior to commanding the USS KITTY HAWK BG. In Washington, DC, his assignments ranged from officer detailing to Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Director of Surface Warfare Plans and Programs, and Commandant of the National War College.
At sea, Rear Admiral Marfiak commanded the USS DOYLE (FFG-39), operating with the NIMITZ Battle Group in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, and the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) forward deployed in Japan. While in command of the cruiser, he was the Anti-Air Warfare Commander for the four carrier task force during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991.
Upon promotion to flag rank, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in charge of Navy surface warfare plans and budgets in N86. He was responsible for the revision of the Arleigh Burke destroyers, the start of the LPD-17 class and future ship designs and technology. Assigned to command CRUDESGRU FIVE, he embarked aboard USS KITTY HAWK during her workups for a Pacific deployment. Following that assignment, he joined USCENTCOM as Director of Plans and Policy, responsible for war planning for the entire Gulf region and Central Asia. His last active duty assignment was as Commandant of the National War College.
In 1999, Rear Admiral Marfiak became the CEO and Publisher of the US Naval Institute, our nation's oldest professional military forum, remaining in that capacity for four years. In 2003, he joined a defense consulting firm, where he was a senior adviser to industry and academia on acquisition and policy issues.
Rear Admiral Marfiak is an Olmsted Scholar, graduating from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Paris, France with a Master’s Degree in international relations, international law and diplomacy. He then attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, where he was awarded the MA and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. He has also attended the Executive Seminar at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
In addition to multiple campaign awards, Rear Admiral Marfiak has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star). He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit with four gold stars and Combat “V” as well as the Combat Action Ribbon. In 1992, Rear Admiral Marfiak was awarded the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.
A native of Connecticut, Rear Admiral Marfiak now resides in Davidsonville, MD. He is the father of three children, and grandfather of five grandsons. He is married to Christine Shipley Marfiak.

 

Roger Wentz, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1963, resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife Judi and two of their four children. Roger is the Chief Staff Officer of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) which is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA. ATSSA members manufacture and install roadway safety devices such as signs, markings, guardrails, median cable barriers, crash cushions, etc. After graduating from St. Francis, Roger attended Assumption Prep School in Worcester, MA, and The American University in Washington, DC.
He would love to hear from “old” classmates at roger.wentz@gmail.com.

Jo-Anne (Lovallo) Gauger, St. Peter School, Class of 1966, is principal of St. Peter/St. Francis School.  She taught at St. Peter School from 1976-1984 and then at St. Francis of Assisi School from 1985-2002. In 2002, Jo-Anne became principal. She and her husband, Alan, have two children, Nicole (Gauger) Dulak and Wes Gauger. Jo-Anne and Alan are proud grandparents of Nicholas Tyler Dulak and Zachary Brian Dulak.

Dona J. Frauenhofer, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1974, teacher at St. Peter/St. Francis School. She is also an instructor at the Litchfield Community Center and the Sullivan Senior Center in Torrington. Dona is a graduate of Middlebury College Scuola Italiana. She received her M.A. in Italian Language and Literature. Her two children, Ryan and Maria Killiany, are also graduates of St. Francis of Assisi School.


Alexandria (Sesko) Propfe, St. Mary School, Class of 1981 and Kevin Propfe, St. Francis
of Assisi School, Class of 1978,
have two daughters enrolled at St. Peter/St. Francis School.  Madeline (Class of 2018), and Catherine (Class of 2019).  Alex taught at St. Peter School for seven years and currently teaches at St. Peter/St. Francis School. Kevin is a registered nurse employed by the State of Connecticut/DMHAS.

Christine Kupcho, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1982, is the Preschool teacher at St. Peter/St. Francis School, where she has taught for twelve years. She received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern Connecticut Community College and a B.A. degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut. In 2014, Christine received her Master’s degree in Reading/Language. Christine and her husband, Ed, chose St. Peter/St. Francis School for their two children. Emily graduated in June 2013 and Nathan is a member of the Class of 2018.


Cathie (Lach) Mastrogiovanni, St. Peter School, Class of 1986 and Matthew Mastrogiovanni, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1984, have a daughter, Mia, attending St. Peter/St. Francis School (Class of 2020). Cathie taught third grade at St. Peter School for seven years and now teaches Lower Primary at St. Peter/St. Francis School. Matt presently teaches at East School in Torrington.

Jeremy Pollutro, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1991, received a BA from Central Connecticut State University in Graphic Information Design. He has related work experience at The Register Citizen in Torrington, Executive Greetings in New Hartford, and Education Connection in Litchfield. For several years since, Jeremy has been a well-liked substitute teacher at many area schools, including Torrington Middle School and Torrington High School. He has also served for many years as a summer youth employment supervisor for the Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau. He has returned to CCSU as a graduate student in a certificate program in the School of Education.


Nicole (Gauger) Dulak, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1994, graduated from Western New England College in 2002 and now works for The Hartford. She married Brian Dulak in 2004.  Nicole and Brian have two sons attending St. Peter/St. Francis School, Nicholas Tyler (Class of 2024) and Zachary Brian (Class of 2027).

 
Wes Gauger, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1999, attended Porter & Chester Institute.  He operated a Lawn Care Business for four years and currently works for the Region 6 School District. Wes enjoys playing basketball and softball in his spare time.

Julie (Hanlon) Fujita, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2000, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University in 2008.  She majored in Drama and minored in Child Development. She has also graduated from the National Holistic Institute as an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator. Julie lives with her husband Greg in Novato, CA. They are expecting their first child in August.

Rachel Hanlon, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2002, teaches at Malden High School in Malden, MA. She is working with severe special needs students in the transition preparation program. She recently completed three years as a Level 2 teacher at The New England Center for Children (NECC) in Southborough, MA. Rachel majored in comparative literature and minored in elementary education at Smith College and received her M.S. in severe special education from Simmons College in May 2013. Rachel now has a dual teaching certificate in Massachusetts for elementary education and severe special education.