St. Stan's to honor 2017 Hall of Fame inductees
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Father Vytas Volertas, Debra Studley and Thomas Rudzewick are among this year's inductees.
Father Vytas Volertas, Debra Studley and Thomas Rudzewick are among this year's inductees.
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St. Stanislaus School in Maspeth has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees, who will be honored at a ceremony at the school on Saturday evening.

This year's class includes clergy, volunteers, alumni, business leaders and educators who have helped the school and its 200 students ranging from pre-K to eighth grade prosper.

Dr. Stephen Reuben has operated a medical practice near the corner of Maspeth and Grand avenues since 1984. He was born in Louisiana, raised in Mississippi, and attended undergraduate school at Tulane University, where he met his wife, Joan.

Upon graduating, he studied medicine at Vanderbilt University. From there, the couple moved to New York City, where Dr. Reuben spent three years in residency at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Dr. Reuben is a student of ancient history, and enjoys visiting museums and traveling. He and his wife have two children. Lindsey will soon be a professor at Lehigh University in Spanish Literature, and Michael works at Wells Fargo Bank in wealth management.

Father Vytas Volertas was ordained at the age of 40 following studies at Pontificlo Collegio Beda in Rome. He has been assigned as a priest at Transfiguration Parish in Maspeth since1998.

Fr. Volertas says he was appointed to Transfiguration to focus on the Lithuanian community, and he says a Lithuanian Mass at Annunciation Parish in Williamsburg every week.

Before joining the priesthood, Fr. Volertas had a career in finance as an auditor for a defense contractor and controller at an automobile wholesale distributor.

St. Stanislaus School alum Thomas Rudzewick is president and CEO of Maspeth Federal Savings. Since joining the bank in 2000 he has served as chief lending officer and executive vice president. He was elected to the Board of Directors in February of 2011.

The Iona graduate is an active member of the New York Banking Association, Independent Community Bankers Association, and American Bankers Association, and Mutual Savings Association Advisory Council .

Rudzewick is distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth. He is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Long Island Sled Hockey Organization, East Northport Veterans Administration Hospital, and general manager of the Hockey Club at St. Anthony’s High School.

He and his wife Michele have been married for 28 years and have one son, Nicholas, who is currently attending Marist College.

After moving with his family to Maspeth from Brooklyn, James Desio found himself a student at St. Stanislaus. After attending Queens Vocational High School, he was sent to fight in World War II at the age of 18.

He fought in the Battles of Montecasino and Brenner Pass, where he damaged his ear. Ultimately, he was discharged under the Sullivan Law after his brother John was killed in the war.

In 1949, he started in his career with Star Corrugated Box driving a tractor-trailer, eventually retiring in 1991. He and his wife Anita have two children, Roseann and Joseph, and four grandchildren.

Margaret Byrnes was born in 1925 on the same block as St. Stanislaus Church to Margaret Mary Cooney and Joseph McFadden, who were both born and raised in Maspeth.

Byrnes lived on the Maspeth Plateau and graduated form St. Stanislaus in 1938. She married John Byrnes at St. Stanuslaus Church in 1952, and raised seven children in the neighborhood.

She currently lives in Middle Village, but the couple have been active members of the Maspeth American Legion for decades and remain involved in the Maspeth community.

After graduating high-school, Byrnes secured a position with Macy’s in Long Island City, which eventually led to a position with Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue. She later worked at Alexander’s, Maspeth Ravioli, and The Forest Hills Coffee Shop.

Byrnes has eleven grandchildren she is fortunate to see frequently.

For six years, Debra Studley has been a Girl Scout leader at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, and has also been involved with the Children’s Choir for the past eight years.

A cancer survivor, she has been disease-free for four years. Studley volunteers with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event in Middle Village every year.

Studley was raised in Greenpoint, where she attended St. Stanislaus Kostka School-Greenpoint. She married Glenn Studley, and they have been happily married and residing in Maspeth for 25 years with their two daughters Brianna, 20, and Erin, 14.

Martin Kaiser and his family members have been ushers for decades at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday “Family Mass” at St. Stan's. Married to Kathleen for 65 years, the Kaiser's daughter Patricia and husband Nicholashave two children, Cassandra and Cynthia, both graduates of St. Stanislaus.

Kaiser was born in the Bronx in 1932, and a graduate of St. Helena's School. He served in the Korean War as a member of the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955.

Kaiser worked rebuilding stations, bridges and tunnels for 37 years for the New York City Transit Authority, where he retired as general superintendent.

While attending graduate school in 1995, Kim Borenstein accepted the position of kindergarten teacher at St. Stanislaus. During her 22-year tenure at the school, the St. John's graduate has helped organize and operate various activities for the students, including a talent show, career week, field day and the Peace Club.

Borenstein continually shares her talents and knowledge with the other teachers. She and husband Mark have two daughters, Lauren and Emma.

For the last 23 years, Murray Molina has been a coach in the sports program at St. Stan’s and an active member of the Maspeth Lions Club. Wife Rosie Molina has volunteered with the Mother's Club, raised money for programs at the school, and been active with the The Ladies Auxiliary.

He is also involved with NYC Lady Bulldogs, and was recently named head junior varsity girl's basketball coach at Saint John's Prep in Astoria.The couple has a 27-year old-son, Murray, who is a graduate of Saint Stanislaus.

After completing his military service, Mr. Molina found work on Wall Street, where he began his 29-year career. He currently works at J.P. Morgan Chase on the Global Wealth Management Quality Assurance team.

After 25 years in the financial industry herself, Mrs. Molina decided to spend the rest of her working career in Maspeth to spend more time with her family and in the community.

She has assisted a number of local organizations, including the Maspeth Lions Club, volunteering her time to play a clown for underprivileged children and at the Midway Nursing Home.
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