St Michael Home for Chilren Alumni 19...
Melissa Clark

Belleville, IL

#22 Jul 10, 2009
My mother, Antoinette Coltre and her sisters and brother, Angelina, Mary Ann, and Natale Coltre were all sent to St. Michael's Orphanage in the early 1950's. Their mother was sick and unable to take care of them. I am interested in finding anyone who might remember them. I know that Angelina and Natale were both adopted. I know my mom and her sister Mary Ann were eventually sent to live in a foster home, which was not the best environment. Any one that may have known them please contact me at email: [email protected]
Diane

Jersey City, NJ

#23 Aug 2, 2009
Check out either facebook or myspace search for stmichaelshopewell there are alot of people signed on that went to stm. There is also the name of a lady that works at Catholic Charities Nancy Morrell she can get you some info.
you can e-mail me at [email protected]
Diane
Diane

Jersey City, NJ

#24 Aug 2, 2009
Hi Dennis,
please go to either facebook or myspace just search for stmichaelshopewell and you'll find us. or you can e-mail me directly [email protected]
Diane
Diane

Jersey City, NJ

#25 Aug 2, 2009
Hi kevin...try the site again...we are on myspace and facebook. just search stmichaelshopewell there are alot of people that were there around the same time as you. We just actually got about 7 more people in the last week to sign up.
you can reach me at [email protected]
Diane

Jersey City, NJ

#26 Aug 2, 2009
Joan
Hi check out myspace or facebook just search stmichaelshopewell or you can e-mail me at [email protected]
Diane
MARIA HERNANDEZ BOOS

Middle Island, NY

#27 Sep 29, 2009
Hi everyone,
I was at St. Michael's Home from Nov. 1957 to
July 1958. I was there with my brother and sister. We were 6,8 & 9 years old. A very rough age to be ripped from your family and put in a home. My parents were going through a very bitter divorce. I remember when my father dropped us off in his 1957 Chevy. He was sobbing so hard. His ride back to Perth Amboy, NJ had to be the toughest of his life. I do recall vividly how my sister and I were in a dormitory with about 20 other girls. We would all be hysterically crying at night that we all wanted to go home. None of us wanted to be there. But children are resilient and we go through it and we all became fine human beings. I do remember a Sister Louise and a Sister Erasta. They were not very nice!!!!!! That is why I remember them.
The food there was horrid. We would put some of the food in napkins and throw it out. There were no snack times like kids have today. Another memory is the old clothes that would come in for us to wear. I was so excited when I found my first crinolin. My sister remembers mountains of shoes to go through. I also remember the bathrooms as being very bleak, like a cinderblock room. I remember my Christmas there, but somehow I
do not remember any presents. I also remember people would come on Sundays looking to adopt children. I was so afraid I would get adopted.There is one person i remember there.
I believe his last name was Gugliardo.
Unfortuneatly for me, my brother John & my sister Carmen went to another nightmare when my father took us out of the home and brought us to live with his new wife who was an evil person!!! I will not go into details.
[email protected]
Josephine Capasso

Denton, MD

#28 Oct 1, 2009
I was at St. Michael's from 1948 - 1955 approx. Has anyone heard from a Marie Wright or her sister Mary or Eva & Marie Gardner or Robert Gardner and Jimmy Lenard.
Jim Linda

Asheville, NC

#29 Oct 5, 2009
Hello
My name is Jim Linda, My brothers Tom Linda and Steve Linda lived at St Michael s during the mid 1950s until the mid 60s. I think we were there 2 different times. I was in the youngest dorm and was given the responsibility of taking care of a special needs kid named Rodger, responsible for ALL his needs. By chance does anyone remember either my brothers, myself or this Rodger kid?
Jim Linda
[email protected]
Joe Spair

Oceanside, CA

#30 Oct 22, 2009
I did't see this post so will try again. I was there from about 1965 to 68 and have many memories /stories. Joe
Elizabeth Bower

Indianapolis, IN

#31 Dec 12, 2009
My family of 7 siblings were at St. Michaels from sbout 1962-1965 or 66 our names are Jack Connie Kathy Beth Sean Penny (Mary Frances)and Jennifer I remember a few people there was a family who had an older sister (dont remember her name and there was Mary a brother Michael a sister Marie and a younger sister in the nursery Marjorie I also remember the McManus family Michael Eileen and another brother the girls nun was Sister Margaret Francis and the Boys Nun was Sister Marie Charles there was also another Nun who helped out with the girls her nane was sister Etheldreda
Elizabeth Bower

Indianapolis, IN

#32 Dec 12, 2009
was at St Michaels 1962-65-66 remember names of several others and the names of the nuns girls nun was Sister Margaret Feancis and the boys nun was Sister Marie Charles also had another nun who helped with the girls Sister Etheldreda
KDP

Burlington, NJ

#33 Feb 13, 2010
Hello, I was there in 1968-69. To this day, it's hard for me to imagine that life actually went on as normal outside of those brick walls during that time. I remember some of the sweet nuns - Sisters Ulrich, Christine, Johanna-Mary. Unfortunately, they weren't the ones who ran the "girls' and boys' sides" as they were known. I was on the girls' side, separated from my brothers, which was the most difficult part of being there for me, other than watching my Dad drive away after vising on Sunday. I've read about home kids being forced to eat cornmeal mush or something - but the only menu items that stand out - unpleasantly - in my memory are spam as well as tapioca and rice pudding. Yuck. I do remember getting these great chunks of milk chocolate from some what seemed to be huge chocolate sculpture/source at either Christmas or Easter or both. Does this ring any bells with anyone or are these the wishful delusions of a chocolate addict?
I am fascinated by the memories - not all bad - of this very unique place and time and would love to hear more from others of you who were there. I went back a few years ago and couldn't believe how short the road to the main street was. It seemed like miles to the 9-year-old me, but it was actually about the length of a normal, not-very-long driveway. Makes me wonder how exaggerated some of my other memories are (huge chocolate sculptures??).
KDP

Burlington, NJ

#34 Feb 13, 2010
Further to my last comment - when I went back a few years ago, not a brick of the place remained, so I'm not sure the road I saw is the longer one I remember. Would appreciate your recollections if you were there.
Joe Spair

Spring Valley, CA

#35 Feb 16, 2010
My brother and I lived there from 1965 to 1969 and your post sure brings back memories, especailly seeing my dad drive away after a weekend visit. I know others have had it much worst but as a little boy St. Michael's surly had a deep impression on me.
Joe Spair

Spring Valley, CA

#36 Feb 16, 2010
I forgot to mention that I have several photos and also lived in Hopewell NJ a few years as an adult so I know the property quite well where St. Michaels use to be. - Joe
Joe Spair

Spring Valley, CA

#37 Feb 16, 2010
Email: [email protected]
KDP

Burlington, NJ

#38 Feb 21, 2010
Hi Joe, Wow; I'm sure we crossed paths at some point and you probably knew my brothers. What age were you guys when you were there? If there are photos you'd like to share via email, let me know - I see you posted your email address. In any case, I hope your life turned out to be a happy one. Best, Karen
John

Harrison, AR

#39 Apr 22, 2010
I agree with you. My email is [email protected] The only happy time I ever had was around X-Mas. Remember the one of the old dorms on the 3rd floor stuffed with toys. I also was an Alter Boy, 6 am Mass every day. Get back to me if you have any questions.
Dennis Michael martin wrote:
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
KDP

Burlington, NJ

#41 Jul 28, 2010
Right - I remember at Christmastime going on buses to places where we got lots of toys. But I can't remember - what happened to the toys? Did they let us keep them?
Joe Spair

Oceanside, CA

#42 Jul 28, 2010
KDP wrote:
Hello, I was there in 1968-69. To this day, it's hard for me to imagine that life actually went on as normal outside of those brick walls during that time. I remember some of the sweet nuns - Sisters Ulrich, Christine, Johanna-Mary. Unfortunately, they weren't the ones who ran the "girls' and boys' sides" as they were known. I was on the girls' side, separated from my brothers, which was the most difficult part of being there for me, other than watching my Dad drive away after vising on Sunday. I've read about home kids being forced to eat cornmeal mush or something - but the only menu items that stand out - unpleasantly - in my memory are spam as well as tapioca and rice pudding. Yuck. I do remember getting these great chunks of milk chocolate from some what seemed to be huge chocolate sculpture/source at either Christmas or Easter or both. Does this ring any bells with anyone or are these the wishful delusions of a chocolate addict?
I am fascinated by the memories - not all bad - of this very unique place and time and would love to hear more from others of you who were there. I went back a few years ago and couldn't believe how short the road to the main street was. It seemed like miles to the 9-year-old me, but it was actually about the length of a normal, not-very-long driveway. Makes me wonder how exaggerated some of my other memories are (huge chocolate sculptures??).
I also remember getting a huge solid chocolate bunny on Easter. I could eat it a little past the head down to the shoulders before I could eat no more.

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