Gloria Prendergast and her sister, Pastor MaryKay Moore, recently celebrated their 65th and 70th birthdays in Ravenna, along with their sister, Maggie, and her two daughters.
In addition, they also celebrated the publication of MaryKay's second book, "Daisy Up, Begin Your Day in God's Embrace: A 30-Day Journey." It's a book about getting closer to God while embracing life with all its ups and downs. Her first book, "Stepping Out: Nun No More," is about her life and the journey of leaving the convent after 30 years as a Catholic nun.
Gloria did the artwork for both of the book covers, so it really was a double celebration. Gloria continues with her painting in her studio at home, while MaryKay enjoys her new calling as associate pastor of Hillmill Church in Canton, where she is busy giving women's retreats, scheduling speaking engagements, being a life coach, and ministering to families. Now, that's a sister act.
I have seen Gloria's paintings and was so impressed with her talent. She is quite an artist.
Former Ravennan Susie (Papiska) Chamberlain and husband Gary of Wadsworth attended the February spaghetti dinner at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Susie's friend, Marie (Manicone) Yarnott of Kentucky, wanted them to try some of the delicious pasta that brother Bill and wife Pauline are in charge of making. Upon leaving, Susie and Gary said, "Very good."
The Chamberlains lived in Kansas before moving to Wadsworth. The Papiska family lived on Ohio Avenue while growing up.
It was great to see Susie again.
Enjoying the snowfall during the Christmas break were Chris, Mike and Nick DeLuca of Brentwood, Tenn. Having never lived where snow is common, building a snowman was a first for them.
Entertaining their grandparents' neighbors as they tried to figure out how to lift the heavy second part of the snowman, Chris and Mike, both engineering majors, felt quite an accomplishment with their finished product.
Nick, a sophomore at Brentwood High School, was the accessory man, searching for limbs and the right eyes, nose and scarf. Needless to say, they took many pictures for their friends to see on Facebook.
David and Sherri DeLuca of Brentwood are the parents of the young men, who are the grandsons of Frank and Lucille DeLuca of Ravenna.
I visited my friends Jackie Jones and husband J.C. recently. Jackie had a hip replacement on Jan. 28, done by Dr. Ronald Miner. She had three weeks of home therapy and is now doing physical therapy at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for four weeks.
She reports she is feeling pretty well and getting along better each day. She had wonderful care by her chief cook and bottle washer, J.C.
Jackie wants to thank everyone for phone calls, cards, prayers and food.
She is now gearing up to take over presidency of the Junior Tuesday Club, which will meet March 12 for installation of officers.
For those of us who know Jackie, she detailed her experiences and had me laughing all evening. One thing's for sure, no hip surgery for me!
For Ravenna news, contact Angie Reedy at 330-297-7228.