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Donora Knights of Columbus honors volunteers, three priests

| Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Dozens of persons who voluntarily assist in the ministry of local Catholic churches were singled out for honors by Donora Council, Knights of Columbus, on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, the council paid tribute to three priests - The Rev. Michael Yaksick, the Rev. Stephen Wahal and the Rev. Joseph Oppong - and honored a 50-year K of C member, Donora Mayor John Lignelli.

Father Joe asked invocation before the meal and Arthur Fronzaglio was master of ceremonies.

Grand Knight Ronald Nagy welcomed the large crowd and announced due to the success of the annual K of C Christmas card sales, monetary contributions were made to the Madonna Regional School Angel Fund, which assists students who need emergency funding, and to the roof fund at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church.

Anthony Massafra made the presentations.

District Deputy Ronald Croushore awarded the 50-year plaque to Lignelli.

Nagy gave monetary appreciation gifts to the three priests.

Father Joe is K of C Council chaplain.

The event included a half-the-take prize and numerous door awards of floral centerpieces.

Wallace Zielinski, dinner chairman, praised the honored persons "who serve as liturgical ministers, readers and lectors in church."

Richard Gaydos, Ann Marie Helfenstein, Ronald Nagy, Irene Pandrock, Randy Patch, Joseph Wohar and Gregory Wohar were the honorees from St. Michael Church. The Wohars, father and son, are also the parish cantors.

Zielinski commented on the large number from Our Lady of the Valley Parish, which includes the worship sites of St. Dominic and St. Philip Neri.

He said many serve in the ministry of visiting the sick and homebound and delivering holy communion to them.

The list was long and most of them were present to accept their certificates of appreciation:

Paula Andras, Ed Bagay, Judy Bartley, John and Michael Bedner, James Brandemarte, Debbie Burkhardt, Claudia Cairns, Judy Cioccio, Susan Culyba, Mary Gene Delsandro, Larry and Martha Diess, Kelly Enright, Camilla Ferrara, Al and Rita Garde, Thomas Graney, Chrisptopher, Bobby and Zachary Hudak.

Also, Doris Hughes, Vera Klein, Thomas Kostolansky, Dave Lonich, Kathleen Lynch, Harry Marchewka, Thomas Matsick, Elizabeth Mauser, Michael Melvin, Linda Miklos, Judith Nedrow, Marsha Oslowski, Richard Polomoscanik, Teresa Sanchez, David Sarkus and Mary Smith.

Also, Rita Sukel, John Szymczyk, Vera Trona, Anna Marie Vayansky, Judy Weiner, Clyde and Louise Willebrand, April Wisyanski, Lisa Wohar, Ruth Ann Yatsko and Wallace Zielinski.

Father Yaksick, of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, thanked the K of C for its thoughtfulness and generosity.

Benediction was by Father Wahal, of St. Michael Church.

The social ended as Arthur Fronzaglio, music minister at Our Lady of the Valley, led the singing of "Happy Birthday" to Father Wahal.

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