Tearing down of St. Michaels Grammar School

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Rosy

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Mar 29, 2006
Hi All.

I use to be a student of Saint Michael's Grammar School (1974-1984). Bittersweet memories I have come to recall every time I drive by the site. Brick and timber lay on the grounds now, I almost want to scale the gate so I can capture a piece of that history...a terracotta colored brick to place somewhere that I can always look back on - touch and remember. THis site will be a new public school for Union City, which is great progress but it still saddens me to see the ruins at 15th street and New York Ave.

I remember Sister Catherine (principal at the time)- she was a giant - at least that is what I remember her as when I was 5 and in kindergarten. She must have measured well over 6 ft. Sister Joanna, kindergarten teacher (nice but tough). Sister Veronica, my first grade teacher (one of the sweetest nuns in the convent)she called me down along with some other girls at the time close to our eigth grade graduation and gave us each a folder full of our old works of art and writings from 1st grade. I wish I new where that was. Sister Kathleen...my 4th grade teacher, wow, no fooling around in her class, she was tough as nails! All the other teachers were lay teachers (not nuns).

I am truly going to miss it!
lizzy rolo

El Paso, TX

#2 Jul 23, 2007
I went back and was sad to see the school had see some of the timber laying on the ground. It was really disahearenting. Your posting was very accurate, about ths sisters. That was a very wonderful school, and lead how school all over should be lead.

Just walking by there brought back wonderful memories for me, I to attended during those same years

LizzyRolo@aol.com
Maria Diforenza

Saint Cloud, FL

#3 Sep 29, 2007
I remember the school as well, as some of my best friends Sara, Maria, Lisa, Jo and the rest of you. and then there were some who I really couldn't stand and if read this you know who you are. I wish everyone the best of luck and great memories. And to my special friends UP YOURS!
danny minutillo

AOL

#4 Mar 18, 2008
I graduated from St. Michaels grammar school in 1968, this was a time when St. Michaels HIGH SCHOOL, across the street, was still coed !!!! Anyway, I remember Sister Marian, math teacher, she could have been a drill sargent, she was very tough !!!! I still live in Union City and it's sad to se that a piece of my childhood is gone.
Internet lobbyist

Saint Cloud, FL

#7 Apr 15, 2009
lizzy rolo wrote:
I went back and was sad to see the school had see some of the timber laying on the ground. It was really disahearenting. Your posting was very accurate, about ths sisters. That was a very wonderful school, and lead how school all over should be lead.
Just walking by there brought back wonderful memories for me, I to attended during those same years
LizzyRolo@aol.com
Stop day dreaming over your childhood dreams, if it bothers you that much then DONíT go back there.
John Battaglino

Salzburg, Austria

#8 Aug 17, 2010
danny minutillo wrote:
I graduated from St. Michaels grammar school in 1968, this was a time when St. Michaels HIGH SCHOOL, across the street, was still coed !!!! Anyway, I remember Sister Marian, math teacher, she could have been a drill sargent, she was very tough !!!! I still live in Union City and it's sad to se that a piece of my childhood is gone.
I graduated in 1966 and also had Sister Marian Eucharia for math. A great woman and teacher. She moved to a school/convent in Westwood, NJ in later years. I went on to Xavier HS in NYC. Now I teach Chemistry at an International School in Vienna, Austria. Would love to hear from anyone else who went to this school.:-)
joe grillo

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Feb 21, 2011
John Battaglino wrote:
<quoted text>
I graduated in 1966 and also had Sister Marian Eucharia for math. A great woman and teacher. She moved to a school/convent in Westwood, NJ in later years. I went on to Xavier HS in NYC. Now I teach Chemistry at an International School in Vienna, Austria. Would love to hear from anyone else who went to this school.:-)
hi,

are you the same john who lived on 18th street in union city? i lived on the corner and my dad ran a grocery store there. if you are, drop me a line: oltrans@pacbell.net

if you're not, sorry for bothering you.

joe
aide gonzalez

Apollo Beach, FL

#10 Jun 2, 2011
i went to saint michael from 1972-1980. i remember sister francis the 8 grade teacher and the browneys
al rieman

Toms River, NJ

#11 Jun 3, 2011
to joe grillo
hi joe , irecognized your name. i just moved out of union city about 10 years ago but i still work here. glad to see you are still interested
joe

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jun 6, 2011
hey, Al, great to hear from you. here's how to get in touch: oltrans@pacbell.net

give me a yell and we can catch up a bit.
joe
ronnie

Rutherford, NJ

#13 Jun 7, 2011
Union city is not the same....
mikesecor

Vista, CA

#14 Jun 20, 2011
I went to St Michaels for only one year... the 58-59 year in first grade. Went of course to the church. We then moved to San Diego. I lived on Central Ave. Your (and other) comments bring back childhood memories.
mikesecor
Anonymous

Vista, CA

#15 Jun 20, 2011
The one year that I went to St Michaels,(1st grade 58-59) was a year that I never will forget. I was 9 and living on Central Ave. I regularly walked to the school. I hardly went the same way twice due to the many lefts and rights that it took to go South East to school and then North West to get back home. I would start by myself and by the time I got to school there would be about 10 of us. The walk was quite an experience for a 9 year old. Fire houses, St Michaels cathedral, warehouses, etc.
JOhn Battaglino

Vienna, Austria

#16 Aug 3, 2011
joe grillo wrote:
<quoted text>
hi,
are you the same john who lived on 18th street in union city? i lived on the corner and my dad ran a grocery store there. if you are, drop me a line: oltrans@pacbell.net
if you're not, sorry for bothering you.
joe
Yup! IT's me, Joe!:-)
Anonymous

Miami, FL

#17 Sep 19, 2011
I graduated from Emerson in 1979. I remember that for about two years we had gym class at St. Michaels, while a new gym was being built across the street. It's a shame the building was torn down. I remember the church very well.
Valerie

Fairfield, CA

#18 Mar 19, 2013
I went to Edison K to 3rd grade then to St Michaels- 1954-1957)remember a wonderful Nun Sr Marian- don't know if she is the same as posted below - I have tried to remember the Principals name many times unsuccessfully _ I was there 3-6th before moving to Middletowm then eventually to CA . Mother ? was very straight laced gave me a red rosary and told me not to tell anyone cause they would all want to move just to get a rosary. Sr Marian came over to a few of us on the play ground and gave "Mary". Money to purchase her Halo shampoo - I was speachless thought "for what!" Would love it if someone could remember her name
Michael L

Houston, TX

#19 Apr 24, 2013
I went to St. Michael's from 1951 thru 1960. Great education. Most of the sisters were wonderful. Intellectually, sister Dorothea has had a lifelong impact on me.
Rick Agresta

Darien, CT

#20 May 9, 2013
al rieman wrote:
to joe grillo
hi joe , irecognized your name. i just moved out of union city about 10 years ago but i still work here. glad to see you are still interested
Alan Riemann as in Brud and the funeral home?
Rick Agresta

Darien, CT

#21 May 9, 2013
Alan Riemann as in Brud and the funeral home?
Joan Andes Auerbach

Pompton Plains, NJ

#22 Mar 21, 2014
Hi everyone!
Just went through UC this week to get to Lincoln Tunnel. It has changed so much, but as I was driving through what memories. Rick Agresta, John Battaglino I remember you both so well.

It's been such a long time.....living in NJ still and working in NYC!
I am on facebook and belong to a "I lived in UC" club that posts quite of few wonderful photos of our old hometown.

Hope all is well!
Joan (Andes) Auerbach.

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