St. Mel High School Alumni Association

Who We Are

The St. Mel High School building is closed, but the spirit of the Knights lives on with an active alumni association. Every year, hundreds of alumni come together at the Annual Banquet to celebrate together and by association. This is the living story of St. Mel High School.


Dear Knights,
For a number of reasons, most notably the safety of our alumni, our staff and their families, your St. Mel Alumni Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Alumni Banquet, scheduled for Friday, October 30th, 2020. Please mark your calendars for our 2021 date: Friday, June 4th, 2021.
The Alumni Banquet is so important to our Knights community, and canceling it this year was not a decision that was made lightly. As important as it is for us to continue with this Banquet tradition, the current state of COVID-19 in Illinois and throughout the world says it would be irresponsible to move forward with any in-person and indoor event at this time, particularly one of this magnitude. The health and well-being of our alumni remains our priority.
In lieu of a St. Mel Knights newsletter, we have included an In Memorium list of the Knights we have lost this year in this email. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
These are difficult times as the spread of COVID-19 continues to have an effect on our lives personally, and on our programming at large. Please accept our deepest gratitude for your support during this time. Know that your willingness to help our Christian Brothers in need is greatly appreciated. As always, you remain in our daily prayers. Please keep us in yours.
“St. John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for Us!” 
“Blessed Brother James Miller – Pray for Us!”                     
“Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever!”
Joanna Wagner
Assistant Director of Development
Your Alumni Association office was notified of the
following Knights passing this year:
John Latham ’39
John Bartlett ’57
Thomas Rebel ’42
Robert Piton ’57
Elmer Klima ’43
Robert Rybicki ’57
William Provost ’43
James Stanton ’57
Roy Divis ’46
Lawrence Troka ’57
William Iaculla ’46
James Zaura ’57
Donald Brooks ’47
Robert Beilfuss ’58
Anthony Barone ’48
Joseph Canzoneri ’58
Sam Falzone ’48
Martin Fako ’58
James Jacisin ’48
Robert Urbaniak ’58
John Mazer ’48
Joseph Castelli ’59
James Murphy ’48
Casimir Cieniawa ’59
Stanley Schmidt ’48
Thomas Meyer ’59
Thomas Boyle ’49
Casper Alessi ’61
Donald Earlet ’49
Robert DeGiuseppe ’61
Paul Adesko ’50
James Pokorny ’63
John Mulcare ’50
Paul Gierman ’64
William Travnick ’51
Mark Bukoll ’65
John Johnston ’52
Salvatore Fiandaca ’65
Howard Kuzelka ’52
Daniel Plewa ’65
Edward Patzelt ’53
John Maul ’66
Roger Braun ’54
Richard Malloy ’67
Thomas Gary ’54
Leon Obrochta ’67
David Hayes ’54
James Schultz ’67
Ronald Sero ’54
Brian Boyle ’69
George Hlavac ’56
Albert Braggs ’69


Class Websites

The St. Mel Class of 1967 operates its own website with current updates and announcements: The District office is happy to help promote each class and any alumni-specific websites that already exist. If you would like to have your website featured on this page, please email Alumni Director Joanna Wagner at



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