Memorial Mass honors Cadets past and present

Single white roses placed on altar in remembrance


Current Cadets Andrew Monteiro and Taylor Yozwiak stand with Rev. Monsignor William Reilly following the Memorial Mass held at Holy Name Church in Garfield, N.J., on Saturday. Below, several of those who attended the service pause for a photo on the church steps.  

Alumni and their families returned to Holy Name Church in Garfield, N.J., for the third year in a row on Saturday, June 11 for the annual Memorial Mass that honors Cadets, past and present.

Hosted by the Holy Name North Jersey Alumni Chapter, the event welcomed alumni, family and friends to pay their respects to the corps rich heritage of 77-years and honor those Cadets who remain forever in our memories. The mass included a special blessing, and a homily from Pastor, Rev. Monsignor William Reilly, who recognized the corps that was founded at the church in 1934. 254352_2025677356790_1089690298_32408580_1660288_n.jpg

Current Cadets Andrew Monteiro and Taylor Yozwiak took part in the regal ceremony wearing The Cadets tradition Maroon and Gold uniform.

In a special remembrance, single white roses were presented by loved ones and placed on the altar in memory of the following deceased Cadets. They were:

In Loving Memory…
Cadet Karen Kopacz, 1975-1982
Cadet George Cherrick, 1966-1969
Cadet Richard Santo, 1948-1952, Director, 1979-1982
Cadet Pete Macaluso, 1950-1951
Aunt Nellie DiDomenico
Cadet John Bognantz, 1948-1959
Cadet Henry Mura, Sr.
Cadet Fred Hartman
Cadet Richard Ferman
Cadet David Welch, 1984-1987
Cadet Drum Major Richard Chirichella, 1965-1971
Cadet Patrick McParland, 1966
Cadet Donna Deska
Cadet Robert King, 1961-1967
William “Chief” Kemmerer, Director, 1950-1964”
Cadet Phil Koulalski, 1950-1954
Cadet Ray Scarpa, 1947-1952
Cadet Bob Messineo Sr., 1934-1941
Cadet Frank Vitrano, 1966-1967
Cadet George Petrencak, 1954-1959
Cadet Mike LeNeve, 1956-1968
Cadet James Tantillo, 1940s era
Cadet Louis Reda, 1970-1972
Cadet Greg Zwarycz, 1957-1962
Cadet Pete Kooyenga, 1961-1962
Cadet Andrew “Ace” Pavlica
Cadet Charles Mura
Cadet Tony Pezzutti, 1960
Uncle Joe Adamo
Cadet Susan Erben, 1978-1984
Cadet Louis Mura
Cadet John Tokar, 1961-1976
Cadet Herb Bonin, 1948-1954
Cadet Marcel Mura, 1934-1941
Cadet Bill Ridings, 1959-1962
Vi Kopacz
Cadet Herb Burkert, 1951-1957
Cadet Frankie Giglanto, 1947-1952
Cadet Daniel Maxcy
Cadet Jack Schaffert

Go to The Cadets Facebook page to see more photos from the Memorial Mass.


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