Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

Class notes

BIRTHS & ADOPTIONS John Huber ’92 and Angel Clark ’04 had a son, Quinlen Mark, on Feb. 19, 2016, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Jennifer Oesch Gruebner ’95 and husband Kevin had their frst child, Grace Amanda, on June 24, 2015. They reside in Orlando, Florida. Susan Gonnam Beato ’01 and Gregory Beato ‘01 had a son, Dominic Matthew, on Sept. 15, 2014. He joined brother Marco.

Stephanie Reho Zinnicker ’06 and husband John had a daughter, Everly (Evvie), on Oct. 11, 2015. She joins brother Theo.

Jen Krupa McArthur ’07 and Pat McArthur ’07 had a son, Michael Thomas, on May 2, 2015, in Chardon, Ohio. Lucia Abaunza McLain ’07 and Brandon McLain ’07 had their frst child, daughter Isabella Margaret, on May 20, 2015.

Laker couple starts with solid foundation When Deirdre Best ’14 ’15M and Joe Weidenboerner ’11 got married last fall, they united two families with deep roots at Mercyhurst. Deirdre’s parents are both 1977 Mercyhurst graduates who are still actively involved with their alma mater. Rosemary Durkin is secretary of the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees and Jef Best is a longtime member of the President’s Associates. Rosemary’s aunts, Catherine and Helen Durkin, graduated in 1936 and 1938. Joe’s parents are ‘Hurst alumni, too. Kathy Mara Weidenboerner ‘83 is a longtime faculty member who now chairs the Department of Interior Architecture and Design. Joseph Weidenboerner earned a master’s degree in 2010. Both families purchased commemorative bricks when the front boulevard was redesigned a few years ago. And, before Deirdre and Joe even met, the bricks were laid in adjacent spots. As a wedding gift, their parents purchased a third brick to celebrate the linking of the families. Deirdre and Joe met at a Campus Ministry retreat in 2010 and began dating a year later. Joe proposed in 2013 and they were married Sept. 5, 2015, in Deirdre’s hometown outside Philadelphia. Deirdre, who went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary education at Mercyhurst in 2015, teaches seventh and eighth grade math at Harbor Creek Junior High. Joe earned a master’s degree in English from St. Bonaventure University and is marketing manager at Brew Ha Ha in Erie’s Colony Plaza.

Andreana Simone Waychof ’07 and husband Tom had a son, Carmine, on July 2, 2015. Leanne Wzontek Chapin ’08 and husband William had their frst child, Asher William, on Oct. 15, 2015, in Bufalo, New York. Stephanie Prohaska Craig ’08 and Kyle Craig ’08 had a son, Ryder James, on March 28. Ryder joins older brother Tucker. Denise Koontz Ford ’08 ’13M and husband Andrew had their frst child, Vera Josephine, on July 9, 2015. Abigail Lyons ’08 and Chris Lyons , a network specialist in IT at Mercyhurst, had a daughter, Elizabeth Josephine, on Oct. 20, 2015.

Ryan Johnson ’02, instructor of hospitality management, and wife Farzanah had their frst child, Claire Elizabeth, on March 26. Katherine Bennett ’03 and husband Jason had a son, Eric Charles, on June 11, 2015. Eric joins older siblings Audrey Olivia and Isaac James.

Lauren Zwirn Dickinson ’04 and husband Kevin had their frst child, Gavin, on June 6, 2015.

Emily Mosco Merski ’04 ’06M and Bob Merski ’99 had their frst child, son Robert Alexander, on April 4, 2015. Sara Watts Nickerson ’04 and husband Mark had their second child, Anna Lorraine, on April 6, 2015.

William Rottenborn ’08 and Mackenzie Kaczmarek Rottenborn

’08 had their frst son, Theodore, in April 2015.

Elizabeth Kelley Brandt ’09 and husband Ryan had their frst child, son Fletcher William, on April 18, 2015.

Michael Sinclair ’05 and wife Melissa had their frst child, Lila Ann, on Feb. 28, 2015.

Kelly Sharick Krzyzek ’06 and Charles Krzyzek ’06 had twin daughters, Leah Ann and Paige Kathleen, on Aug. 27, 2015, in Edina, Minnesota.

Alisha Utegg Fralick ’09 and husband Nathan had a daughter, Mia Madison, on Sept. 24, 2015. Evelyn Niederriter Eakin ’11 and Christopher Eakin ’11 had a son, Bryson Andrew, on May 4, 2015.

Ashley Masi ’06 and husband Eric Stahl had a daughter, Margot Josie, on Jan. 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Katie Smith Regelski ’06 and husband Rocky had their third child, son Michael Everett, on May 28, 2015. He joins sisters Lucy and Amelia.

Megan Rivett Saeli ’11 and husband Matt had a daughter, Harper, on June 26, 2015.


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