September 2018
In This Edition
  • Reunion Updates
  • News & Announcements
  • Roll Call
  • Class Notes
  • From the Mercy Archives
  • Upcoming Events
  • Skippers Remembered
Reunion Updates
Upcoming Reunion Dates

Keep an eye out for your next reunion by checking here!
Class of 1958 - 60th Reunion

Class of 1963 - 55th Reunion

Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion

Class of 1975 get together

Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion
Class of 1983 - 35th Reunion
  • Contact Pam Harper Horst
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Mission Rock Resort/Fireside Lounge

Class of 1988 - 30th Reunion

Class of 1993 - 25th Reunion

Class of 2008 - 10th Reunion

We still need coordinators to celebrate these milestone years too: '73, '98, '13.

If you would like to start the planning committee for your class reunion, or if you have more information about these reunions, please email Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer , at .
News & Announcements
You're Invited! Alumnae Open House, All-Class Reunion
Date: Friday, September 28
Location: 4th Floor M Lounge, Mercy High School
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: FREE

RSVP by September 21

Enjoy small bites and cocktails at a special alumnae homecoming this month as we kick off our school year. This year's special guests will be several Sisters who were on the Mercy faculty. Walk the halls of Mercy, reconnect with classmates and former teachers, and even dip your toes in the 4th floor pool - don't worry, we'll give you an elevator pass!

Last year, several Mercy alumnae came "home" for the first Alumnae Open House. Don’t miss this chance to reminisce on your days in uniform, laugh with old friends, and look toward the future of Mercy!
Call for Holiday Boutique Vendors!

Are you an artist, designer, or crafts(wo)man? Be a part of the holiday season at Mercy by joining us as a vendor at our annual Holiday Boutique! Friends, parents, and community members alike will gather at this festive event, raising essential funds that directly support our school and our students.

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion, Mercy High School

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer,
Kato '06 is the New Voice of MUNI
SFMTA spokesperson and Mercy grad Erica Kato '06 is t he new voice of MUNI announcements! Erica is a San Francisco native and former local television reporter. Locals appreciate her ability to correctly pronounce street names like “Noe” and “Stanyan.”

Hayes-White '82 Named Career Fire Chief of the Year
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White '82 was named Career Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Pierce Manufacturing.

Chief Hayes-White is also being honored at this year's St. Vincent de Paul Society Brennan Award Dinner for her extraordinary service to the people of San Francisco.

Congratulations, Joanne!
The Alumnae Directory Project Has Begun

Mercy High School has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to manage a significant alumnae data and directory update. The project kicked off in July 2018 with the data-update process and will last through Fall 2018. Printed alumnae directories will be available to order and set to arrive in Spring 2019 (digital versions of the directory will also be available for purchase). In addition to the directories, PCI representatives will also be selling Mercy-branded items such as t-shirts and travel bags. All alumnae are encouraged to confirm or update their contact information with PCI.

We have received some feedback from our alumnae about PCI during this project. We want to thank you for your contacting us about your experience and want you to know that your feedback is being communicated to PCI. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve our alumnae contact information through this project. This information is essential to Mercy's current and future alumnae engagement efforts.

For questions, please refer to this FAQ page or contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, .
Calling all St. Gabriel School Grads

Join St. Gabriel School in celebrating 70 years of excellence at their 70th Anniversary Celebration!
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: Open House 3-8 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. School Tours
  • 5 p.m. Alumni Mass
  • 6 p.m. Twilight Tours
Location: St. Gabriel School,
2550 41st Ave, SF 94116

RSVP to St. Gabriel School
by October 1
(415) 566-0314, ext. 70
All Catholic School Reunion: Classes of 1962 & 1966

You are invited to a bring-your-own-lunch gathering for 1962 San Francisco Catholic Grammar School Alumni and 1966 San Francisco Catholic High School Alumni.

Let's do Lunch '62 and '66
Date: October 6
Time: 12-7 p.m.
Location: Pine Lake Park at Sigmund Stern Grove

Contact organizer Alex Koodrin,, 415-298-0459.
Help Identify Valedictorian of Your Graduating Class

Were you valedictorian of your class or do you remember who was? Mercy would like to compile a complete list of our valedictorians for our alumnae records.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer,
Roll Call: Grads who recently "checked in"
Peggy Frischerz Pomon '65
Job Title: Retired Nurse Practitioner
Current City: Daly City, CA

Rosella Giuliani '85
Current City:  Venice, CA

Heather Lueck Wied '97
Current City:  Liberty Township, OH

Halimah Sweilem Neal '98
Current City:  San Francisco, CA
Alanna Labat '06
Job Title: Family Health Center Program Coordinator
Current City:  San Francisco, CA

Tara Love '08
Job Title:  Social Worker
Current City:  Pacifica, CA
Exciting News: Just got married, still dancing!!! Thanks Ms. Nolfi!

Class Notes: News About You
Tina Chappel '68 just sold her yoga business of 13 years and is traveling more.

Dede Bassi Garaventa '68 is a retired teacher and is currently a quilt maker and designer and teaches adult sewing and quilting classes.

Linda Scheifler Marks '69 is happy, healthy and enjoying life in Burlingame. She is serving buyers and sellers of real estate from San Francisco to Los Altos. “I would love to hear from classmates!”

From the Mercy Archives
From the 1960 Yearbook

Senior Spartans: Linda Magnani, Kathy Griffin, Betty Dwyer, Pat Cronin, Nancy McGrorey, Terry O'Connor, Marianne Ciapponi
From the 1988 Yearbook

Students gather to form and anchor - one of Mercy's signature icons!
Share Your Mercy Memories With Us!

We have a special request from all who have attended Mercy High School - WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS and YOUR MEMORIES OF MERCY!

Please email your pictures with a caption to Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at .
Upcoming Events
Save the Date!
Mercy Day Liturgy
Monday, September 24 | 9:45-11:10 a.m.

Alumnae Open House, All-Class Reunion
Friday, September 28 | 3-7 p.m.

Women’s Leadership Conference
Friday, November 2
Fall Play Sip ‘n Social
Saturday, November 17 | 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Boutique
Saturday, December 1 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Skippers Remembered
Maureen O’Donnell Seyler '59
July 5, 1941 - July 21, 2018
Maureen attended Holy Name School and Mercy High School, graduating in 1959. She moved to Greenbrae in 1977 and married Richard in 1979. After high school, she went to work at Pleasant Valley Farming Company for several years while attending classes at San Francisco State University.

Kathleen Freiling Smith '69
March 15, 1951 - July 17, 2018
Kathi grew up in the Sunset District of San Francisco where she attended St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School and later Convent of the Sacred Heart and Mercy High School. After moving to Virginia in 1969, she graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 1974 obtaining a BS Degree in Biology.

Nina Lizzio Fenell '71
Deceased August 18, 2018
Nina had an amazing sense of humor and put a smile on everyone's face. One of her favorite things to do was hang out with her coworkers and friends.

Stay Connected with Mercy
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We love to know how our alumnae are making a difference in our world!

Alumnae Questions? Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at 415-872-0968 or
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Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.