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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 I M school secretary is retiring after 27 years HUGHES desk is coy- milk money, lunch phone num- a timer .to help her to dispense medicine not what students at School, Haub- as they deliver rues- to say hello. rsee her welcoming smile kind heart. retiring at the end at school for the Years, mostly serving as  teachers are in tears," principal. the music and teacher, has known r life. "She was friend, and as a first she was the first face I She was always the only constant e years." sed in Evans- graduated from Memo- I School in 1953. When she married her husband, Richard, they moved to his hometown of Haubstadt. They had four sons, and when their youngest son started first grade, she applied for a job at Sts. Peter and Paul. Twenty-seven years ago, the school was divided into two parts. Half contained a Catholic school, with grades one through four, and the other section housed public school students in grades four and five. The public school rented space from the parish to allevi- ate crowding. "We had to take all the crucifixes down," Kath- leen remembers. Her first job at Sts. Peter and Paul was as a remedial reading and math aide. "I was hired by the public school. Then, they changed the title and wouldn't let an aide work in a Catholic school. "The parish hired me full- time to be the school secretary, and I did whatever they need- ed me to do." She's been at Sts. Peter and Paul longer than any of the teachers, and she's served under eight principals. "We are almost like a family." Her own family is the reason she decided to work this year. Her husband urged her to retire last year, but she had a grand- daughter who was starting kindergarten this past fall, so She decided to stay "one more year." Kathleen is a people person, a trait that comes in handy in her office, a place that's as busy as a bee hive. "The phone is ringing and the timer is going. I go with the flow and take it all in stride. "I've always loved the children. I think that's because they are so good. We've always had a good bunch of kids in this school." Her days are hectic, she admits, especially when there is illness. "But in this school, every- body knows everybody, and if I can't get a hold of the mother, I get the grandmother." She attends morning Mass with the students, and says she's happy to work in a place "where prayer is going on. They pray when they come in from recess, they have a mornn." g prayer, and they pray before they go home. It's nice to see that instilled in the kids." is announce retirements of teachers, support staff teachers and support staff members f this school year. is a teacher's aide at Washing- Elementary School. She has been with 12 Joanna Brown is a fourth at Precious Blood hool, Jasper. She 14 years. In 1995, she  diocesan Teacher of the Year. worked in the cafeteria at Princeton, for the past 23 years. Evans has been at Washington for 32 years. She is a Christine Kempf has School, Mount Kathleen Meyer has served as secretary at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, for 27 years. Herb Neighbors is theprl at Mater Dei Hi00schoot, the Mater Dei faculty for.22 years. Mary Pattison is English Department chair- person and art advanced English eachb_r at Mater Dei High School, EvamviUe. She has been a member of Mater Dei's faculty member for 27 years. Benedictine Sister Mary Leon Kiesel is a third grade teache at Holy Family School, Jasper, She has been at Holy Family Sdu I for 11 years. Sally Snyder is a fourth grade teacher at Flaget Elementary School, V'mcennes. She-has taught at Flaget for I7 years. In 1991, she was named the diocesan Teacher of the Year. 1 praise for Clinton shift on land mines FILTEAU News Service (CNS) -- conditional the United States '  international treaty land drew cautious advocates. 1 State Uni- his bachelor at Northwest in Sec- Physical Edu- health Educa- has included Savannah High Me.; five rector and COach at Idaho in Pocatello; the Lewis Clark Physicians for Human Rights, which opposes land mines, wel- comed the shift but said "U.S. leadership is needed now." It said a U.S. delay of up to eight years before signing on would undermine the ban effort. National Security Adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger dis- closed Clinton's treat), pledge in Tennis Center in Lewiston, Idaho. In Walla Wall, he has served as executive officer of the Walla Walla Catholic School Board; regional associate of the Nation- al Catholic Education Associa- tion; president of the Idaho Catholic Schools Principals Association; strategic planning member of the Washington State Interscholastic Associa- tion, and as a member of the Washington Federation of Inde- pendent Schools. a letter to Sen. Patrick J. Leah); D-Vt., long the leading advocate on Capitol Hill of a global ban on anti-personnel land mines. In the letter, released by Leahy May 22,'Berger said,. "The United States will sign the Ottawa convention by 2006 if we succeed in identifying and fielding suitable alternatives to our anti-personnel mines and mixed anti-tank systems by then." It was the first time the administration has set a target date for joining with more than 120 other nations that formally agreed to ban land mines last December in Ottawa. At the time the United States was the only major Western nation refusing to join in the treaty, which outlaws the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and requires identification and destruction of those already deployed. .................... Kathleen Meyer says one of the benefits of her job as secretary at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, has been seeing her grandchildren, Malorle and Zach Meyer, every day. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Spedal Jubilarians Frank and Bertha (Schulz) Knies of Schnellville will celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanks- giving at 6 p.m. June 6 at Sacred Heart Church, Schneliville. A dinner for invited guests will be served at noon June 7 at the Schnellville Conservation Club. The couple was married June 5, 1928, at St. Peter Celestine Church, Celestine. ey are the par.- ents of seven children: Linus Kntes of SL Anthon] Marvin Knies of Huntingburg, Ralph Knies of Btrdseye, Edna Schiffer and Dolores Hopf, both of Jasper, Ruth Ann Leonard of hnellville and the late Ann Boel0in, They have 22 8randchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. One grandson is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. . Knies re .....