St Michael Home for Chilren Alumni 1952-1975

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Dennis Michael Martin

Boyertown, PA

#1 Feb 27, 2007
I am seeking other individuals , who may have resided at the above facility during the period of 1952 and 1975.I am collaborating with others to document the circumstances there and develop a manuscript for publication, as well as any other information that might reveal a more complete history during that period. I may be contacted at the following web address: guinever@djazzd.com
Thank you for reading and considering a courteous response at your convenience
Dennis Michael Martin

Boyertown, PA

#2 Feb 27, 2007
The previous posting inquires about any individuals the lived at St Michael's Home for Children in Hopewell Township, NJ; during the period of 1952 ans 1975-
kim

AOL

#4 Jan 15, 2008
my mother and her siblings attended school at the orphanage from around 1950-1961...they lived in a house on the property with their mother,grandmother and grandfather...the mom and grandmother worked at the orphanage...in the kitchen and/or laundry room...
Dennis Michael Martin

Boyertown, PA

#5 Apr 6, 2008
kim wrote:
my mother and her siblings attended school at the orphanage from around 1950-1961...they lived in a house on the property with their mother,grandmother and grandfather...the mom and grandmother worked at the orphanage...in the kitchen and/or laundry room...
**Kim, I lived at SMHC from 1952-1963, and I spent alot of time in the kitchen area (I and the Orsini brothers(who lived in Camden NJ as recently as 1967), were usually fighting; which earned us the kitchen duty punishment. Please let me know what specific information you're looking for from that time and place. I am reachable at this addy: guinever@dejazzd.com
Diane Bruckmann

Somerset, NJ

#6 Jul 18, 2008
My mother worked in the kitchen at St Michael's from about 1955 till the place closed down sometime in the 70's.
My brother & sister's and I were there all year round, although we didn't live there, it felt like we did.
There is a list of a few St. Michael's alumni's in Classmates.com . I went to school there from 55-63. I went to Camp Columbus a couple of times.
I have some pictures, old as they are, I can look for them and send them on to whoever wants them...you can contact me at oldunicorn022449@comcast.net
Joan Coffman

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Jul 24, 2008
My sister and I were orphans at St Michael's in the 1960's and would be happy to discuss our experiences.
Diane Bruckmann

Somerset, NJ

#8 Jul 25, 2008
Hi, My mom worked there in the kitchen I was there after school each day and all summer. We even went to Camp Columbus. I have alot of e-mail addresses and names of people from different sites that went to St. Michael's. All my siblings went to school there also. Frank Patti MaryJo and Christine.
What nuns do you remember??? I had Sr. Gratcia in 7th grade.
Diane
Deborah Brown

New Port Richey, FL

#9 Aug 17, 2008
Joan Coffman wrote:
My sister and I were orphans at St Michael's in the 1960's and would be happy to discuss our experiences.
I too was an orphan at St. Michael's. A group of people from St. Michael's is gathering on myspace. The URL for the myspace page is http://www.myspace.com/stmichaelshopewell . People are posting and sharing photographs of the orphanage and the kids. To participate you have to join myspace but it's free and it's not nearly as "bad" as what the media makes it out to be. Lots of "older" folks have a myspace page (including me) and there is one newly made for St. Michael's orphanage kids. You can write me back directly at deb10454@yahoo.com.

Deb
Diane Bruckmann

Somerset, NJ

#10 Aug 20, 2008
Please check out and join us.

http://www.myspace.com/stmichaelshopewell
Diane Bruckmann

Somerset, NJ

#11 Aug 20, 2008
If I have already sent you an invitation I'm sorry I'm resending...please join us..

http://www.myspace.com/stmichaelshopewell
Lynn Hoffman

Reading, PA

#12 Nov 17, 2008
I was just asking a friend of mine, who is a long time resident of Hopewell, if he remembered the orphanage. He's a tad younger than I am and he didn't. But I did a search and the name clicked. When I was a young Girl Scout, I vaguely remember going with my troop to play with the kids. Do any of you remember having Girl Scouts visit? It would be in the late 50s, early 60s.
Robert Brewer

United States

#13 Jan 10, 2009
I went to St. Michael's from 1953 to 1962. I thank the people who put their email addresses in so we can talk to people outside the Facebook system.
kevin patrick nelson

Hayward, CA

#14 Jan 23, 2009
Hi,
I was at St Michaels from 51-55. I have spent much time thinking about a book myself. I was there with my two sisters Rosemary and Geraldine. I have found it hard to put the things I think about in a way for an adult audience. I will be happy to help you in any way I can-I was there for five years and remember a fair amount of names and events. Just all I have is upbeat and I hope that is the track your on -though I see later some people had bad experiences. I have just discover the st. m websites and I see most are talking about much later years-Kevin
st michaels orphonage

Hempstead, NY

#15 Mar 30, 2009
Joan Coffman wrote:
My sister and I were orphans at St Michael's in the 1960's and would be ha
ppy to discuss our experiences.
IM TRING TO SEE IF I WAS AT THE ORPHONAGE. WAS IT YELLOW BRICK TRIMMED WITH BROWN FIRE ESCAPES.
I WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE IN 1944.
THANKS ALOT CAROL
CAE812@AOL.COM JUST E MAIL ME AND PUT IN SUBJECT ORPHONAGE THANKS GOD BLESS YOU
Jim Kerchner

United States

#16 Apr 10, 2009
My 3 brothers and I were at St. Michaels from approximately 57 to the end of school 1960. Our names were Thomas, Philip, John and myself. I remember many others including Robert Brewer and Dennis Dent. My e mail is jkcruzin@comcast.net .
Jim Kerchner

United States

#17 Apr 11, 2009
Robert Brewer wrote:
I went to St. Michael's from 1953 to 1962. I thank the people who put their email addresses in so we can talk to people outside the Facebook system.
Robert, I don't know if you remember the Kerchner's but we were at St Michael's at the same time and I remember you. My e_mail address is jkcruzin@comcast.net, please contact me so we can catch up on old times. Ialso remember Dennis Dent so if you were in touch with him please pass on my address. Jim Kerchner
charles auletta

Trenton, NJ

#18 May 7, 2009
i was at st. michaels from 1955 to 1957 and again in 1959 for a short time. i think everyone should remember the looper. veronica was the oldest with three brothers julius, richard and george. the only name i recognise on this list so far is robert brewer i believe he had a sister also some of the girls i remember are susie deSantis, louise zeller who married my brother larry, michele dickt from town mary ann finnegan from town and a bernadette don't remember her last name some of the boys frank kutee, danny and joe flood, bob walker, eddie sabo, michael reberto from town john levecci from town my kid brother fred auletta richard furlong from town his family had a farm that was next to st. michaels farm. sister edberga was in charge of the boys. and the only nun that might still be alive was sister mary oliveria joseph who was last at the rectory in freehold n.j. but did change her name. sister mary ephugenia was the 5th grade sister and was in charge of the choir. father kelly was our priest. another priest was there in 1959 but i don't remember his name. i'm sure i could remember more if i put more thought into it. one other thing the dogs one was buster who was poisoned one night from someone from the farm and later there was zorro the great dane that i took care of and a little english sheep dog black and white. if any one wishes to e-mail me my adress is ydmaster027@aol.com
Dennis Dent

Chattanooga, TN

#19 May 11, 2009
It's hard to believe that after all these years that so many of us have vivid memories from St.Mikes, I was there in the 60's I remember several names my self , sister Edberga, sister joann she played the harmonica a lot, Fr.Kelly, the Kirchner brothers , Robert Brewer, Robin Frankavilla , Helen Gibbs ,Peggy Wentworth. I ran away a few times but they always caught me, actually dragged me back by my ears, i guess thats why they always looked like Spock from star trek ..lol thanks to Jim Kerchner and a few others we are actually locating many of us. e-mail dennisdent@bellsouth.net

Since: May 09

Boyertown, PA

#20 May 26, 2009
Hi Everyone, It's wonderful that you all have reached back to see if there are others like yourself. Briefly stated, my experience at St Michael's was difficult to say the least about the worst. As everyone here realizes, it can take a lifetime to finally exorcise the ghost from nightmares of the past. My memories are not a light-hearted romp in the fields of childhood. I would like to communicate with you all about your experiences, with the intent of complying our collective memories into a topical book that recalls the varied experiences and perhaps document the good and the not so good recollections. I will email each listed individual to establish contact, that should precipatate a beginning of communication among us.
I look forward to our conversations in the near future. Regards to all of you. Dennis Michael Martin
Carla Drew

Barnesville, OH

#21 Jun 8, 2009
I just started researching St. Michael's because my father, James Walker and his brothers, Robert and Donald lived there. They went to St. Michael's when my father was 5 years old and he's the oldest, so about 1946. My father left when he was 13, in approx 1954. His two brothers were still there when he left and he never saw them again. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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