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Adoption has been blessing for Hodgkiss

March 12, 2009

Woman places firstborn up for adoption, then adopts two children

APPLETON — When it comes to adoption, Victoria Hodgkiss has seen it from just about every angle. Two of her siblings were adopted, she placed a child up for adoption, and she and her husband have two adopted children of their own.

“My mom and dad were told that they could not have their own children,” said Hodgkiss. “So they adopted my older sister and brother. Then my mom found out she was pregnant with me.”

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Frank feeds bodies and spirits

March 5, 2009

‘It’s the two parts of my spirituality,’ says Omro volunteer

OMRO – It isn’t that Jennifer Frank isn’t busy already. She has a degree in medical technology and left a job in a laboratory to home-school her seven children, now ages 6 through 22. She is a working artist who sells her folk art carvings of Santa Clauses and animals through shops and art shows. And for Rebel Alliance Theatre, she serves as production coordinator, sends out publicity and is the sound person for about six shows a year.

But as a member of St. Mary Parish, she also feels the need to volunteer time to her church and other charitable causes.

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Scouting helps brothers to live out faith

February 25, 2009

Petries earn Eagle Scout awards completing church projects

BRILLION — In the world of Scouting, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn is the Eagle Scout Award. To qualify for this rank, a Scout works his way through five ranks and earns 21 merit badges.

With an emphasis on service, the Boy Scouts of America require that three of these merit badges be: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. Not only do local troops require that a Scout provides 14 or more hours of service between the initial rank of Tenderfoot and Eagle Scout, but that one of the last conditions a Scout must meet is fulfilling more than 100 hours in their Eagle Service Project.

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100,500 rosaries and counting

February 18, 2009

With only months to live due to cancer, Dolores Klingeisen continues making rosaries

CLARKS MILLS – Dolores Klingeisen, 83, carefully opens a large envelope, retrieved from a living room shelf, to reveal photos of children in a modest classroom. A picture of a young boy sitting at a desk brings a smile to her face. She doesn’t know the student, or the school he attends, but recognizes the light blue and white rosary in his hand. It is one of 100,500 rosaries Klingeisen has made in the past 15 years.

“I started in 1994,” she said. “The sisters at church (Immaculate Conception, Clarks Mills) had been making them. They were looking for someone to do it. I said, ‘I will make rosaries.'”

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A marriage made in heaven

February 11, 2009

Overesches say their marriage is covenant with God

APPLETON — When Maurine and John Overesch exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 7, 2008, they entered into a covenantal marriage. “Covenant love is a very big word in our household,” explained Maurine. “We understand that it’s the three of us – John and me and God – that you need that to make a marriage work.”

“It’s a commitment with God and Maurine and I that we are going to stay for the long haul,” added John. “We love each other so much but without God we can’t do it at all.”

Service is the name of siblings’ game

February 3, 2009

Powleys go above and beyond required service hours

APPLETON — Christian service is a graduation requirement for students at Xavier High School. Students are obliged to do 10 hours of service every semester for a total of 80 hours upon graduation. Of the 80 hours, 10 must be done at nursing homes or hospitals, 20 at the student’s parish, 30 for community organizations, and 20 for miscellaneous causes.

The number of hours Xavier students accumulate by the time they graduate actually averages 220 to 240 hours.

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Her faith and family intertwine

January 27, 2009

OSHKOSH — Donna Krohn has had a special affinity all of her life for St. Mary Parish, now Most Blessed Sacrament-St. Mary site. She was baptized in the church, one of the seven children of Edward and Audrey Wyrembeck. When the family moved into a new neighborhood, she became a member of the former St. Josaphat Parish.

After her marriage and a move back into the St. Mary neighborhood, Krohn rejoined the parish and has taught fifth grade and special subjects at the St. Mary Site of St. Frances Cabrini School for eight years.

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Smits puts her faith into action

January 16, 2009

Teen accepts challenge, turns $10 into $675; money benefits Marines

GREEN BAY — One person can make a difference.
It’s a lesson Stephanie Smits learned through her confirmation project at St. Philip the Apostle Parish.

Teens were given $10 and challenged to use their gifts and talents to make the money grow to help others.
“When we found out about it at the first meeting, I was not enthusiastic,” said Smits, a junior at Preble High School. “But when we got home, I started talking about it with my mom and came up with an idea.”

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A familiar face — on TV and at church

November 30, 1999

Former news anchor’s top story is proclaiming the Good News

OSHKOSH — For nearly all of his life, Jerry Burke has been a familiar voice and face to the residents of the Fox Valley. First, he worked for several years on radio. Then, for almost 34 years, he was a news anchor, reporter and Fox Valley Bureau Chief for WBAY-TV and Action 2 News. He has been retired for about two years.

But since his earliest years growing up in Neenah-Menasha, Burke also has been a familiar voice and face in the parishes he has attended.

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