Twenty-one Catholic school educators retired last month after more than 30 years of service to the Archdiocese of Louisville’s schools. Among them were seven who had served for more than 40 years.
In total, the archdiocesan Catholic schools office reported that 58 educators retired this year.
Those who served for more than four decades and the schools from which they retired are:
Harold Joyce, a teacher at DeSales High School, served for 41 years.
Diana Oechsli, a teacher and former co-principal of Holy Family School, 46 years.
Madeline Foushee, a teacher at Notre Dame Academy, served for 42 years.
Jeanne Whaley, a teacher at St. Albert the Great School, served 44 years.
Ann Thompson, a teacher at St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky., served for 44 years.
Chuck Stetar, a teacher at St. Bernard School, served for 43 years.
Jim Connell, a teacher at Trinity High School, served for 42 years.
Also, Sister of Charity of Nazareth Lorena Fleischman, an educator in Kentucky for 43 years served most recently as a tutor at St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Ky. She served in Catholic schools in Louisville for 12 years and in the Diocese of Owensboro for 31 years.
Thirteen educators are retiring after 30 or more years. The educators and the schools from which they retired are:
Elaine Salvo, president of Assumption High School, 34 years.
Joe Heitzman, teacher at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, 37 years.
Karen Ising, teacher at John Paul II Academy, 39 years.
Pat Wathen, teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, 39 years.
Margi Johnstone, librarian at St. Agnes School, 38 years.
Diane Arrow, principal of St. Athanasius School, 33 years.
Barbara Rastocny, teacher at St. Gabriel School, 38 years.
Pam Zarantonello, teacher at St. Joseph School in Bardstown, 36 years.
Joann Carrico, teacher at St. Martha School, 32 years.
Ken Ellenbrand, teacher at Trinity, 34 years.
Linda Whitworth, a teacher at Trinity, 34 years.
Bob Korte, a teacher at Trinity for 32 years.
Cecile Chandler, special needs coordinator at St. Athanasius, 39 years.
Richard Ayres, a teacher for 36 years, retired from St. Xavier High School to teach in Cincinnati.
*EDITED: Because of inaccurate information provided to The Record, this story originally incorrectly reported the number of years of service of Diana Oechsli, who served at Holy Family School for 46 years. She also served briefly as the school’s co-principal 14 years ago.