Mid-Summer Gathering

Our monthly get-together is scheduled for Friday, July 30, arrive 3:30–4:00 pm (or whenever you show up!) at Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W Henderson, 43220 (corner of Kenny & W. Henderson Roads). We had a decent showing in June and are anticipating even more this month… please spread the word. It’s a great time to reconnect with everyone after the “year that wasn’t” in 2020!

It will be wonderful to see any and all who are able to make it!

Nira Ann (Porter) Chambliss

Brooktondale, NY – Nira Ann Chambliss (nee Porter), aged 70, died 15 July 2019 in Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York. She was born at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 11 March 1949, daughter of James Joseph and Marjorie Ruth (Wood) Porter. She is survived by her husband, Cian Sturdy Chambliss, whom she married at Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York 26 June 1999…

Nira attended Sacred Heart school 1st and 2nd grades, then Holy Name school 3rd through 8th grades. She graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in June 1967. She attended Ohio State University for many years, accumulating enough hours to graduate but not enough in any discipline to obtain a degree. She finally found her calling when she applied for a job at R. S. Fling & Partners as a computer operator. Read Nira’s entire obituary »

Celebrating 54

Our reckoning is that TODAY June 10 is the anniversary of our graduation. Is that correct? Fifty-four years later, we’re coming through a (hopefully) once-in-a-century pandemic. Let’s celebrate!

Wednesday June 23 at 1:00pm

Our Chief Gatherer has arranged a new location for us to meet for the first time post-pandemic: Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43220 (corner of Kenny & Henderson) 614-914-8117. For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! It’s been almost a year-and-a-half, so come out and say hello to our classmates and catch up with what’s been happening.

If you have questions or need more information, email us. See you on the 23d!

God’s Golden Shore, Mike Hilliard

Thomas Michael Hilliard portrait
Mike Hilliard, RIP

Our classmate—and great friend—Mike Hilliard passed on Leap Day after an extended illness. Our prayers are with, and condolences extend to, his whole family. Mike was one of the kindest and gentlest men we knew. His warmth, caring, and smile will be greatly missed. We excerpt from today’s Columbus Dispatch:

Thomas Michael (Mike) Hilliard, age 71, passed away February 29, 2020. Graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and University of Cincinnati. Preceded in death by mother, Shirley Paananen; son, Todd Hilliard; daughter, Michelle Hilliard; brother James Hilliard. Survived by wife of 37 years, Jean Hilliard; son, Jason (Holly) Hilliard and their children, Patrick, Max and Quinn; daughter Jessica (Nick) Grundy and their children, Alysha and Kenna; daughter Carly; and sister Jan Reeve. Mike had many lifelong friends and enjoyed years of touch football, golf league, and creating great memories. He loved music and dancing and trips to Canada with his family and friends. He was especially proud of his induction into Bishop Watterson’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Friends may call Wednesday [March 4] from 4-7 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 7179 Avery Road. Private burial at a later date. Read full obituary »

February Meet-Up

New Year, holidays are over, Super Bowl will be forgotten, time for more fun with Watterson ’67 classmates.

Those of us who haven’t fled the winter weather will be meeting for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 19, 2020, at Miller’s Ale House (1201 Olentangy River Road, 43212).

For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! Middle of the week, middle of the day, centrally located, fun for all. We hope you can make it! 

Any questions, email us from our website »

November Lunch

Hi All! We’re doing lunch in November a little different. Since some of you who no longer are in Columbus may be in town for Thanksgiving, we decided to have our gathering on Tuesday, November 26th in hopes that anyone who normally can’t make it will be able to do so this month!  Unless you hear otherwise, we’ll be at Miller’s Ale House, 1201 Olentangy River Road around 12:30.  Also, the December lunch will be on Wednesday the 11th. Again, same time & place unless another location is found. 

Last month, Larry Guglielmi brought a photo album with some old memories to share! Lots of laughs as we recalled days gone by – along with stories to the best of our abilities! So if any of you still have pictures around, please bring them along!

As usual, any questions please feel free to email me. And please pass this on to anyone not in the email. There are so many missing but we do the best we can with what we’ve got! 

—Kathy Picl Rosati

Coach John (Bud) Dorrian

John E. Dorrian, age 80, beloved son, brother and uncle was called to heaven on March 25, 2019. Born in Columbus, Ohio on October 3, 1938, John was the youngest of eight children born to Irish immigrant parents Hugh Joseph Dorrian and Anna O’ Flaherty. John grew up on Campbell Avenue in the Franklinton neighborhood. From a very young age John excelled in every type of athletic adventure. He played every sport available to him in Sunshine Park winning first place in the 50 yard dash and The Knights of Columbus State of Ohio free throw shooting competition just to name a few. His nickname was Shag because he was always shagging baseballs. Growing up he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he attended grade school. He graduated from Saint Charles Preparatory High School with excellent grades and outstanding athletic achievements. He went on to play baseball for The University of Notre Dame playing varsity baseball under Coach Jack Kine. He also made the freshman basketball team as a walk on. John used to say with a smile “the basketball team had 16 members and I was the 16th”.

After graduation John went on to earn his Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in education administration. He was a member of the Shamrock Club and marched in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for many years.

Professionally John was a teacher at Saint Charles, Buckeye Valley and Bishop Watterson High School. During his 10 years of teaching he coached baseball, basketball and football. His student athletes affectionately called him Coach Bud. Throughout his life members of his teams would always come up to him and thank him for the life lessons he taught then through sports. After retiring from coaching John worked for the State of Ohio and was a computer programmer with C.A.C. for 28 years. John continued to teach in retirement coaching adult immigrants to read and preparing tax returns as a volunteer for AARP. He also enjoyed traveling to Ireland visiting many cousins in the Counties of Galway and Donegal. John continued to play competitive baseball well into his thirties until he turned his full athletic attention to golf. 

The most important part of John’s life was his faith in God and his family. He was a devoted member of Saint Thomas More Newman Center and loved the friendship of the Paulist Priests, especially Father Vinnie. For over 60 years Uncle John has organized the annual ‘Uncle John Easter Egg Hunt and Dorrian Family Reunion’. It cannot be overstated how important this event has become bringing together an entire family now numbering close to 100 people. John spent his last few years happy and well cared for at the Wesley Glen Retirement Home, where he was affectionately referred to as Uncle John by everyone. Read entire obituary»

October Luncheon

It’s time to catch up with what’s been happening with the Bishop Watterson ’67 alums!

We’re all meeting Wednesday, October 9, at 12:30 PM at the Miller’s Ale House located at 1201 Olentangy River Rd (Columbus 43212, just north of Third Avenue). It’s an informal mixer: stand or sit, bar or table, plenty of moving around. Food and/or beverage is your choice. 

No RSVP is needed, yet if you do have any questions, you can contact Kathy Picl Rosati at rosati.k (at) gmail (dot) com.

We plan to hold these monthly on the second Wednesday, yet locations and times will vary, so stay tuned each month. As usual, should you know of a classmate who is not getting this email, please let us know or have them contact us with his/her email address. And for those of you who live OOO (out-of-Ohio), plan a return visit to be able to meet up with us on a second Wednesday. It’s a lot of fun!

Class Luncheon

Why wait for the next reunion? Let’s go informal and get together for lunch! That’s the idea that Tom McGarity came up with and the first was held in June; our third was held earlier this month with a couple dozen in attendance, so it seems to be catching on.

Monthly Luncheon Scheduled

We’re meeting Wednesday, September 11, at 12:30 PM at the Miller’s Ale House located at 1201 Olentangy River Rd (Columbus 43212, just north of Third Avenue). It’s an informal mixer: stand or sit, bar or table, plenty of moving around. Food and/or beverage is your choice. 

Kathy Picl Rosati has been coordinating the last couple luncheons. No RSVP is needed, yet if you do have any questions, you can contact her at rosati.k (at) gmail (dot) com.

We plan to hold these monthly on the second Wednesday, yet locations may vary, so stay tuned each month. If you know of a classmate who is not getting this email, please let us know or have them contact us with his/her email address. And for those of you who live OOO (out-of-Ohio), plan a return visit to be able to meet up us on a second Wednesday. It’s a lot of fun!

Bye, Molly Clifford!

O’Donnell, Mary “Molly” Catherine
September 18, 1949 – May 24, 2019
Age 69 of Ogallala, NE. Passed away at Perkins County Health Services in Grant, NE. Molly was born Mary Catherine Clifford on September 18, 1949, to Charles and Marjorie (McGinty) Clifford, the oldest of 6 children. On September 4, 1976 Molly was married to Kevin O’Donnell at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Columbus, OH. Molly and Kevin had 3 daughters, Erin Elizabeth (Tom) Cucinotta, Mara Anne (Sheldon) Morgan, and Keely Marie O’Donnell.

On April 1, 1977 Molly and Kevin moved to Ogallala. Molly was a 41-year member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala, where she served on numerous church committees including the St. Luke’s Altar Society. In Addition, Molly was a longtime member and past President of the Ogallala P.E.O. Chapter CL. She had also served on the Ogallala Library Foundation Board for many years.

Molly was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Kevin of Ogallala; her 3 daughters, Erin Elizabeth (Tom) Cucinotta of Carlsbad CA, Mara Anne (Sheldon) Morgan of Elkhorn NE, and Keely Marie O’Donnell of Omaha; her grandchildren, Joshua Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan, and Keira Cucinotta; her siblings, Mark (Rose), Melissa (Doug), Matthew (Sandy), and Maureen (Chris); brother and sister-in-law, Jerry (Bonnie) O’Donnell, Rochelle Campbell; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Golden Hours Convalescent Home, or St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Molly’s memory.

The ROSARY will be recited on Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm at St Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala. MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be Wednesday, May 29, also at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala at 11am, with Father Bryan Ernest as Celebrant. Full obituary »