St. Stan's in Maspeth to induct nine into Hall of Fame
by Heather Senison
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The St. Stanislaus "Hall of Fame" is getting a bit larger later this month, as the school announced the addition of nine new members into its elite club.

The parish community will also give a few special awards at an induction dinner planned for March 31 at the school hall in Maspeth.

"Each of the honorees has given countless hours of time and dollars to enhance the spirit of our parish community," said Reverend Paul Wood, pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

The names of the inductees were released this week and include Cathy Mangone, Patricia Ippolito-Ferraro (posthumously), Thomas Izzo, Dennis Gander, Frank Mazeski, Phyllis Pampalone, Ann Rennhack, Jill Rudzewick-Vik and Annette Siguenza.

A special award will be given to the Maspeth native and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Tom Chadzutko.

Chadzutko attended Holy Cross Elementary School. In the last five years, he reorganized the leadership in operations at each of the diocese schools.

There are more than 100 schools which are historically under the direction of the diocese. However, they are all in the process of transforming operations, moving towards being financially solvent and running under the responsibility of a lay-advisory committee comprised of engaged people in the community.

"Tom has done an extraordinary job in making sure the Catholic schools continue to serve the needs of the thousands of families who see Catholic elementary school education as a first choice," said Ken Rudzewick, member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.

"Strong Catholic schools will flourish under a community leadership group," added Michael LoCascio, member of the St. Stanislaus School lay advisory committee.

About the inductees: 

Phyllis Pampalone joined the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church choir nearly 20 years ago. In addition to becoming a Eucharistic minister, she joined the choir to participate more than just going to church every Sunday.

“I enjoy the mass and I just like being a part of it and being a part of the group,” in addition to the congregation, Pampalone said. “Singing is a form of praying,” she added, “that was always a form of learning, there were always different pieces to learn.”

Ann Rennhack is a Eucharistic minister with St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic church, was in the choir for about 20 years, and taught religion to public school children for 15 years. She's been a member of the church throughout her entire life, and made all of her sacraments there.

“It's a warm parish, everybody's very friendly,” she said. “I did whatever I could to benefit them.”

Frank Mazeski worked with the Cub Scouts in the St. Stanislaus school for about 10 years. His favorite part, he said, was taking the boys camping, where they learned safety, knot tying, fire starting, and other useful tools.

“The most rewarding part was to see the excitement and the independence that the boys gained from all their activities,” Mazeski said. “It was also rewarding to see parents spend some quality time with their kids.”

Jill Rudzewick-Vik is a member of the endowment committee for St. Stanislaus School, in which she helps with fundraising and setting up special programs, such as a summer program for academic achievers. Vik graduated from the school in 1980 and has two children that are students there now.

“I've always held St. Stanislaus close to my heart,” she said. “To see that the school is thriving and to be a part of that, it feels wonderful.”

Catherine Mangone started teaching at St. Stanislaus School in 1980 and taught a variety of grades since, currently teaching third. She's also involved in other activities - for example she moderates the safety patrol, and works on the talent show.

“This place has become like my second home,” Mangone said. “The children, their parents, the faculty are my second family. I look foward to work everyday because I come in and everyday and I get to do the thing I love more than life. I love teaching.”

Tomasso Izzo is the proprietor of Three Sons Pizzeria & Restaurant on 61st Street just off Grand Avenue, near the school.

“It’s hard to imagine any child who has been through this school in the past 20 years not knowing and loving Tomasso," said former St. Stanislaus student Michael Mattera. "Always has a smile on his face, always ready to give to the school and his pizza will forever be etched in the fabric of our school."

Dennis Gander joined the St. Stanislaus Athletic Association, which serves kids in Maspeth from first grade into high school, more than 15 years ago. He is currently treasurer of the association and serves as one of its athletic directors.

Gander is also an usher in the church's 8 o'clock mass and a member of the parish finance committee.

“I enjoy being part of the community of Maspeth and the Catholic community of Maspeth,” he said. “I enjoy being involved with the people on that level, the children and fellow parishioners.”

Patricia Ippolito Ferraro (posthumously) was one of those teachers her students say they could never forget. A staple at St. Stanislaus from 1965 through 1988, she taught fifth and seventh grades.

“She was the kind of a teacher who made you want to become a teacher,” said former St. Stanislaus student Angie Fitzpatrick. “She loved the kids and we loved her.”

Annette Siguenza has worn many hats at St. Stanislaus over the last decade. She runs the Theatre Guild, producing “Annie,” “Modern Millie” and now “Cinderella.”

She was also instrumental in starting the Mommy & Me program and was a “Class Mom” for 10 years. Her volunteer work at the school follows her passion for the performing arts, as she is the owner of A Place To Dance in Maspeth.

The Hall of fame Dinner is scheduled to take place in the school Hall at 61-17 Grand Avenue in Maspeth on Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70. For tickets call the school at (718) 326-1585 or (917) 714-5295.
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