We Remember

Each of the articles below evokes memorable places, times and people of St. Joseph College. Feel free to add your memories by commenting on any article or contacting us to share your memories. You may also share any article on Facebook (your page or ours) to add to the discussion.

Remembering Sister Hilda Gleason

We are honored to provide this Tribute to Sister Hilda Gleason, former President, St. Joseph College.

A funeral Mass for Sister Hilda Gleason of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul was offered April 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Sister Hilda died March 28. She was 102 and with the Daughters of Charity for 84 years.

Born in Albany, N.Y., in 1914, Sister Hilda entered the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg in December 1932. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the former St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg and a master’s degree in education administration from Boston University.


Tribute to Dr. John M. Blanche

We are honorDr Blancheed to provide this Tribute to Dr. John M. Blanche, former Theology Professor, St Joseph College, December 18, 1929 to February 18, 2017.

Dr. John Michael Blanche, Doctorate of Sacred Theology, of Fairfield, entered into eternal rest, Saturday, Feb. 18 2017, at age 87. He died peacefully at Transitions Health Care Facility, in Gettysburg, as he was visited by various friends and family. For several years, John had been suffering with breathing problems, mostly due to complications of severe COPD.

Oldest SJC Alumnae Dies at 106

On Sunday, June 5, 2016 Mary Wachter Unglesbee passed away at 106 years old.  Born on March 4, 1910, she was a member of the SJC Class of 1931 graduating with a degree in Music.  She spent the next 75 years teaching, first in Montgomery County, then at the Notre Dame Academy in Libertytown, Md.  She also taught private piano lessons in her home as well as played the organ and directed the Choir at St Peter the Apostle Church, Libertytown, Md.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Tribute to Marie Long '54

Marie Long

by Jane Irwin Hollabaugh (SJC ‘75)

How to honor Marie Long? A daunting objective which I can only aspire to adequately achieve. Marie became a part of my life 45 years ago this past August when, as a freshman at SJC, I began my work study program with the SJCAA. Sister Mary Bernard McEntee was the Alumnae Moderator, Mary Frances Smith (SJC ’63) was the Executive Secretary, and Marie Long was the main cog in the wheel which so efficiently ran the daily operations of the Alumnae Office.


Remembering Sister Mary Jean Horne, Alumnae Sister Emerita

inline obit horneSister Mary Jean (Mary Jean) Horne, age 87, died at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, Maryland on May 17, 2014.  She was a member of the SJC Class of 1948. The Alumnae Association Board remembers fondly the many contributions Sister Mary Jean Horne ’48 provided during her service as our Alumnae Sister.


SJC-Mount Saint Mary's Connections

She Married a Mountie!The relationship between St. Joseph’s College and Mount St. Mary’s is a big part of our history. What memories do you have of these connections?

Did You Marry a Mountie?

Requests for info on marriages between the women of St. Joseph College (SJC) and the men of Mount St. Mary’s University (MSM) brought submissions from the Class Years 1916 through 1975—that’s 123 marriages documented so far!
View the current results here…


Remembering Betty Daly McFann

Betty Daly McFann ‘60, who singlehandedly put our Alumnae Association back on track during her tenure as executive administrator, died suddenly on December 2, 2010, in Beebe Hospital, Lewes, DE, after suffering a stroke. She was 72.
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Remembering Sr. Juliana Kowal, D.C.

Sr. Julianna Kowal, D.C.Former SJC science professor Sr. Juliana Kowal, D.C., passed away on Oct. 17, 2010, in Emmitsburg. Read her obituary>>

Upon hearing of her passing, members of the Class of 1972 have shared their memories of her via email. Following are some of their thoughts.


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