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St. Joseph’s School closing saddens school alumnus

January 19, 2011
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

With sadness, I learned today of the decision to close St. Joseph's School in Wolfhurst. Like many thousands before and after me, it was my grade school. Had it been able to remain open one more year, it would have reached its 100th anniversary. Next year also would have been the 50th anniversary of my 8th grade graduating class, as we were the first to do so in the new school building when it opened the last months of the 1961-62 school year.

While the business factors determining the closure are understood and also knowing that many other similar schools in the Ohio Valley have met similar fates, it is no less easy to accept and to look forward. Memories always remain, of course, men and women of all statures in life have been well prepared in the school's classrooms and will continue to help lead those around them. And we will have the various school pages on Facebook for continued connections!

For now, we can offer our appreciation to all the teachers, priests and others in the St. Joseph school community who mentored us well over the decades. Special thanks, also, go to all who worked so diligently over the past year, raising funds and awareness of the school's plight. You did all you could but now St. Joseph's belongs well endowed in our history and that of all others to whom the school was quite dear.

Larry Zani

Kaiserslautern, Germany

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