In Memoriam



Please remember these alumni, faculty and benefactors in your prayers May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them. May They Rest In Peace.



*Memorials are maintained for 1 year


William "Bill" Halvorson  '50 Jan. 1,1932-Jul. 16, 2018


Sally A. Jones '50 Oct. 26, 1931 - Aug. 4, 2018


Franco B. Angelini '54 Feb. 26, 1937-Sept. 3, 2018


Patrick Lee Troute '71 Feb. 18, 1953-Oct. 27, 2018


Bradford John Dozier '81 September 24, 1963 - October 27, 2018


Josephine (Mancini) Bertolucchi '48 April 13, 1930 - November 25, 2018


Raymond E. Farmer Jr. MD '67 February 3, 1949 -  November, 2018


Marty Moreno, D.C. '79 July 23, 1961 - January 1, 2019


Margaret Elnora Patterson '39 May 31, 1920 - Jan. 11, 2019


Gail Cervo Raper '60 August 8, 1942-February 9, 2019


Ronald C. Peitz '69 Jan. 27, 1950 - Feb. 20, 2019


Yolanda Hortensia Manzo-Torres '71  June 1, 1952 - Feb. 21, 2019


Robert "Samuel" Henry Giorgi  '63 July 17, 1945 - March 16, 2019


Kevin Reilly '51 Mar.14,1933-Apr.14, 2019


Robert Alan Giovannoni '82 1964- April 27, 2019


Aimee Genevieve (Arbios) Chick '40  November 9, 1922 - April 28, 2019


Evelyn Lucille Barakatt Firpo '43 July 18, 1925 – May 7, 2019


MaryAnn (Scriven) Torell '66 Mar 2, 1948 - May 20,2019


Rosemarie Loretta (Morelli) McGuire '82  January 24, 1964 - June 15, 2019



Faculty, Staff and Friends of St. Mary's


Bishop Stephen Blaire Dec. 22, 1941, June 17, 2019


Bishop Blaire was born on Dec. 22, 1941, in Los Angeles the 12th of 14 children. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended local Catholic schools. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on April 29, 1967.


Blaire was associate pastor at St. Luke’s Church in Temple City and in 1972 began 14 years of ministry as a teacher and administrator at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, then as vice principal and later principal at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente.


In 1990, Pope John Paul II named Blaire the Titular Bishop of Lamzella and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. He was consecrated by Cardinal Roger Mahoney and appointed Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and served as Regional Bishop of the Angels Pastoral Region from 1995-99.


Bishop Blaire became the bishop of the Diocese of Stockton in 2000.


Bill Berlin Jan. 12, 1945, May 19, 2019


Bill Berlin who for many years was the yearbook advisor and taught photography at St. Mary's, died on May 12, 2019. For many years, he photographed all of the athletic teams, as well as the many social, academic and commencement events at St. Mary's. Generations of St. Mary's seniors had their formal portraits taken by Bill at his Flashbacks studio. His work has given St.Marys High School alumni and families many happy memories. A kind man who made the world around him better. May he rest in peace.


John Patrick Rogers Mar. 17, 1937- Apr. 11, 2019


He was a member of Presentation Church, an altar server, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Patrick is survived by his beloved wife and closest friend Coraleta (née Feary) of 36 years. A brother Clarence (Clancy) Rogers of Valley Springs. Four children: Karen Rogers; Steven Rogers ; Brian Rogers (wife Tisha) and their children Colby Rogers and Mallory Rogers; and Anthony Franks (wife Christina) and their four children Andrew Franks, Gregory Franks, Brittney Franks, and Lauren Franks.


Gerald “Duke” Leo Grilliot June 29, 1940 - March 30, 2019


Gerald received his BA degree in Mathematics from University of Dayton in 1962.From 1969 until his retirement in 2007, Duke was a mathematics teacher at St Mary’s High School. Throughout the years he taught advanced math classes, served as department chairperson, was a class advisor, participated in some school productions, and was advisor of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). In 2003 Gerald was inducted into St. Mary’s Hall of Fame for his devotion to teaching students. To both family and friends, his wife, Doris, often proudly referred to Gerald as “Mr. Math of St. Mary’s High School.” Duke exemplified all the qualities and attributes of a truly exceptional, outstanding teacher and mentor. Well respected by his students, he impacted so many of their lives. Duke provided the ways for them to become successful in math, and he also provided them with the real-world, life-skills needed to become today’s successful doctors, lawyers, professors, business owners, government officials, parents, and even major league athletes. Duke had an innate passion for teaching and his students knew it. He was patient and fair. He always had time to help students both before and after school. Every school day he arrived an hour before and stayed an hour after the end of the school day. He was available to tutor any students needing additional help with a math lesson. Among his favorite sayings was “with patience everyone has the ability to learn math if shown the proper tools and skills needed to achieve the right answer.” For more than 30 years he was involved with the California Scholarship Federation. He served on the state Board of Directors in several positions: State Treasurer, Vice-President, and ultimately as State President.


Ray Baglietto  November 18, 1924 - March 19, 2019


From and article By Lori Gilbert Record Staff Writer


Raymond Baglietto was born Nov. 18, 1924, to Italian immigrants. He attended Stockton High School and lied about his age in order to join the U.S. Army in World War II. He served in aviation engineering in the Pacific. After the war he worked at his dad’s hardware and seed store, and when his father closed his business, he worked for A.L. Castle Seed Company before opening Baglietto Seeds in 1958.


To his grandchildren he was papa. To the Central Valley Association of Realtors he was the Stocktonian of the Year. And, to millions of poor and starving people in third-world countries, he was a lifesaver.


Ray Baglietto, who founded and ran Seeds to the World, a nonprofit organization that turned unsellable seeds into food for the needy, died Tuesday at his Stockton home. He was 94.


To call Seeds to the World an organization is a bit of reach. “It was a one-man show,” said his son, Joe, the second of six children born to Ray and Peggy, his wife of 67 years. “He put it together with Dave Brewer, Joe Cecchini and Joe Cecchini’s sister (a Catholic nun). It was a word-of-mouth thing. He collected obsolete seeds. The first stuff going out was in suitcases. If someone was traveling to a country, they’d pack an extra suitcase with seeds and handdeliver it.” Packages of seeds, obsolete because they didn’t produce a high enough yield for growers, were turned into food for hungry people around the globe.


The operation grew from suitcases to huge cargo containers filled with seeds, toys and extra clothing donated to St. Mary’s Dining Room. “He didn’t want to waste any of that space in the cargo containers, so he'd come by and pick up extra clothing we’d collected,” said St. Mary’s Dining Room Director Edward Figueroa. “He was an incredible individual who thought about others. He wanted to make a difference.


Ruby Gibson Jan. 26, 1930-Feb. 23, 2019


Ruby passed peacefully and with grace in the late afternoon of February 23, 2019 in Stockton CA.


She was born near Clarksville, Arkansas on January 26,1930 and moved with her family to California when she was 5 years old. The family eventually settled in Holt, CA where her father worked many years for the Santa Fe Railroad. Ruby met her future husband, the late George H. Gibson, when she was in high school and they married in 1948 after his service in WWII, settling down to raise their family in Stockton.


Ruby is survived by her six children, Pam (Crayton) Boyer (SM Class of 1967) of Lodi, George (Cherie) Gibson (SM Class of 1969) of Lodi, Gary (Lauri) Gibson (SM Class of 1974) of Redding, Ron (Nancy) Gibson (SM Class of 1976) of Merced, Paul Gibson (SM Class of 1977) of LaPine OR, and Mary (Dave) Urman (SM Class of 1982)of Stockton. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Ruby was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Gibson (SM Class of 1980), as well as her parents, Chester and Beulah Brown and two siblings, Peggy Erickson and Ken Brown


Marie Madeleine (Bernadicou) Lynch  Oct. 17, 1927 - Feb. 17, 2019


Madeleine is survived by her son Paul, (SM Class of 1980) his ex-wife Lisa, and their two children Ryan (SM Class of 2008) and Aaron Lynch (SM Class of 2009). Also surviving her are her siblings, Jeannette Vandenberg of Sacramento, Paul Bernadicou, S.J.  (SM Class of 1960) of Los Gatos, Louis (Dianne-SM Class of 1953) Bernadicou  (SM Class of 1952) of Stockton, Doris (Pat-SM Class of 1954t) McGuire (SM Class of 1954) of Burlingame, and Irene (Tupper) Pettit of Santa Cruz along with many nieces and nephews and their children in both the Lynch and Bernadicou families. Madeleine touched many people deeply through her teaching and friendship. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to Hospice of San Joaquin, Saint Mary’s High School, or  charity of your choice.

Julie Laughlin Jones Jan. 27, 1971 - Nov. 20, 2018


Julie had a successful career in television production starting at the bottom in 1991 and rising quickly to the highest level, Executive Producer (EP), She worked on the ''Jerry Springer Show" and "The Leeza Show" before producing international news in Dubai where she was an EP for CNN and the BBC. Returning from abroad she moved to primetime shows where she worked on hits such as "Big Brother," "Extreme Makeover" (Body Edition), "Shear Genius," "Find My Family," and the "Police Women of ..."(Maricopa County, Memphis, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Broward County). During her career she received four daytime Emmy nominations and a Prism Award as well as a Genesis Award for excellence in educational programming. Her credits are detailed in IMBd.


Memorial donations may be made in her name to The Laughlin Family Scholarship Fund. St. Mary’s High School, P.O. Box 7278. Stockton, CA 95267.


Dr. Joseph Barkett November 15, 2018


Douglass Mackenzie Eberhardt Jan. 14, 1938 - Nov. 8, 2018


Douglas M. Eberhardt was born and raised in Stockton. He was most recently the CEO and  Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Stockton. Mr. Eberhardt brought modern technology to the Bank of Stockton and was known for his loyalty, generosity and love of the outdoors. He and his family have and are generous donors to St. Mary's High School. Mr. Eberhardt,\ is survived by Margaret Mell, his wife of 57 years, along with children Douglass M. Eberhardt II and Joan Mell Eberhardt Snider, and a large extended family.


Michele Lorene Sprague Dec. 19, 1946-Sept. 22, 2018


Michele was born December 19, 1946 in Oakland, CA to Vivian and Douglas Ayres, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Edward Sprague Sr.; Son, Edward Sprague Jr., his wife Kristen, four grandchildren, Payton, Jed, Paris and Johnny. Michele was a very kind, loving, benevolent lady supporting many charitable causes including  the Sprague Family Field House at St. Mary’s High School, among other charities and causes. May eternal light shine upon her and my she rest in peace.


Military Alumnus as a Result of Current Conflicts


Kyle Coumas, Class of 2005

October 21, 2009

(Stockton Record & Other Sources)


Kyle Coumas appeared to be in good spirits during his first deployment. Angela Dunne, an old high school friend from Stockton, last talked to the 22-year-old Army specialist over Facebook. During the brief online exchange, Coumas boasted of his accomplishments in Afghanistan.


“It seemed like he was having the time of his

life over there,” said Dunne, 22, who graduated with Coumas from St. Mary’s


 High School in 2005. “He was really proud of what he was doing.”


His service was cut short. The Lockeford soldier died Wednesday in Afghanistan from injuries inflicted when a bomb exploded near his vehicle, the military said.


News trickled slowly through the small town east of Lodi. “It’s upsetting. I just can’t imagine,” said Anna Sheehe, an employee at the post office where Coumas’ mother had just sent her son a care package last week. “You read about this a lot. But when you know somebody — I’ve got kids. I just couldn’t deal with that.”


Coumas was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Wash. His unit was patrolling in the Arghandab Valley near Kandahar City, military officials said.


Coumas enlisted about two years out of high school and was deployed to Afghanistan in July. During his short tenure, he earned several honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.


Kyle died Oct. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team,  2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.


Victor H. Cervantes, Class of 1995


At his request, Victor Cervantes had the phrase "Freedom Is Not Free" inscribed on his tombstone.



Ryan Mallory, Class of 2004


As a Petty Officer 2nd Class, Ryan was a Hospital Corpsman (HM2) who served a tour in Iraq, embedded with the Marines’ Bravo Company as a field medic on over 25 missions. Ryan also was deployed on the USN Comfort, aiding victims after the earthquake in Haiti. He endured carnage, improvised explosives and the death of comrades in the field. He never thought of himself before others.


He would go on to study medicine with the same intent but, his battles never ended after debriefing. Unfortunately, he carried that weight with him and he fought it with both fists for the better part of 10 years. He passed away on August 25, 2016



Pay tribute to St. Mary's Alumni Victor Cervantes, Robbie Mariano, Kyle Coumas

and other fallen soldiers on the

"Fallen Heroes Memorial" website



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for one year following death except for Military Memorials