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.

Claire (O’Brien) Ferrarotti, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1957, is a homemaker and mother of five adult children. She was married at St. Francis Church in 1965. Her mother, Priscilla Zavatkay, was a 1929 graduate of St. Francis School and her brother, Frederick O’Brien, graduated from St. Francis in 1953. Currently, two of Claire’s granddaughters, Caitlyn (Class of 2022) and Tasha (Class of 2024) Harmon, are enrolled in St. Peter/St. Francis School.

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.

Stephen H. Rusckowski, St. Mary School, Class of 1972, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Quest Diagnostics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree
in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Previously, Stephen was
Chief Executive Officer of Philips Healthcare. While attending St. Mary School, Stephen served as an altar boy at St. Mary Church.

Patricia (Kopler) Sosnowski, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1976 and Mark Sosnowski, Sacred Heart School, Class of 1979, chose St. Peter/St. Francis School for the education of their daughter, Julia (Class of 2015). Patti works at Hartford Life Insurance Company and Mark is employed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation.

Dona J. Frauenhofer, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1974, has taught Science and Italian at St. Peter/St. Francis School since 2005. 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.

John Lombardi, Jr., St. Peter School, Class of 1979, has been employed for more than 10 years at City Hall in Torrington. He has two children. Jennifer, a social worker in the Hartford area, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Jonathan graduated from Hartford Culinary Institute. When John is not working, he enjoys pitching for the Men’s Softball League in Torrington.

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 Mathematics and is Technology Coordinator 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.

Thomas Rizzi, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1983, is the president and CEO for Pettibone LLC, a holding company for a diverse group of manufacturing businesses. In 1990,
he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from UConn and he holds an M.B.A. from Newport University. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Canada. Tom is currently located
in Chicago, Illinois.

Barbara (Monroe) Truax, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1984, owns and operates her own graphic design business, BAMdesigns. Barbara holds an AS degree in Graphic Design and an AS degree in Visual Communications from Northwestern Connecticut Community College as well as a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. She has held several corporate positions at various companies including The Home Depot, Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, and Envision Pharma, Inc. Barbara resides in Torrington with her husband, Eric, and their son, Zachary.

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 has been the first grade teacher at St. Peter/St. Francis School for the past eight years. Matt has taught second and fourth grades and presently teaches third grade at East School in Torrington. He has been at the school for seventeen years.

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.

Carolyn (Kraft) Zimmerman, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1992, received her BA in Mathematics from UConn and currently works for the parish of St. Patrick in Collinsville, CT. She and her husband Todd reside in Winsted with their daughter, Hannah Luciana, born in 2010.

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, Nicholas Tyler, a student at St. Peter/ St. Francis (Class of 2024) and Zachary Brian, born in 2013.

Scott Kraft, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 1995, graduated from UConn with a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering.  He works as an engineering manager at Phonon Corporation in Simsbury.  Scott and his wife Sahra have a son, Cameron Gabriel, born in 2008 and a daughter, Charlotte Grace, born in 2011.
 
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. Julie lives with her husband Greg in San Francisco, CA and she is an Administrative Assistant at Value Act Capital.

Rachel Hanlon, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2002, is beginning her first year of teaching 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 education from Simmons College in May 2013. Rachel now has a dual teaching certificate in Massachusetts for elementary education and severe special education.

Ryan Killiany, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2002, is the senior web designer for Group Project Design of Massachusetts. In 2012, he spent three weeks in Udaipur, India, working on the website of Seva Mandir, a nonprofit organization. In 2006, Ryan graduated with honors from Torrington High School, ranking 5th in his class. He received a B.A. in Studio Art from Boston College and obtained his Master of Arts in Graphic Design from New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. While in college, Ryan spent three weeks in Italy.

Madelyn Weingart, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2002, is sales coordinator for the Materials Division of Haynes Group, a prominent Connecticut Company with Construction, Materials, Development and Heavy Highway Divisions. In May of 2010, she received a Bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from Fordham University. Six months after graduation, she moved to Florence, Italy and became a certified TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher. Maddie au paired for an Italian family in Pisa and also taught English at the local university there. She returned to the states six months later. Over the past three years, she has done a few triathlons. The latest one was in Madison, CT and her team raised over $2500 in memory of her Uncle Fred who lost his battle with leukemia. She resides in Milford, CT.

Maria Killiany, St. Francis of Assisi School, Class of 2003, is a graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University studying clinical psychology. She is a 2007 graduate of Torrington High School and received her B.S. degree in forensic psychology from the University of New Haven. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Wesley T. Foster, St. Peter School, Class of 2003, is currently serving in the U.S. Army as
an EOD Specialist. He graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science-Diesel Technician. In October 2012, Wesley married Alyssa Perregaux. They live in Fairbanks, Alaska with their dog, Cece.

Theresa Filipinni, St. Peter/St. Francis School, Class of 2006, graduated from Torrington High School in 2010. In May 2014 she graduated Cum Laude from Marist College earning a B.S. degree in criminal justice and psychology. Theresa was a member of Alpha Phi Criminal Justice Honors Society and spent one semester abroad at Deakin University in Australia.

Teresa Canino, St. Peter/St. Francis School, Class of 2008, graduated with high honors from Torrington High School in June 2012. She is a seniorr at the University of New Haven, majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Investigative Services. Teresa stated, “I am forever thankful that I had such a great foundation at St. Peter/St. Francis School. I have benefited greatly from all the educational opportunities at St. Peter/St. Francis School.”

Amy Kostak, St. Peter/St. Francis School, Class of 2008, is a senior at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. She is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Amy is involved in FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)
and is a new member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.