At least two individuals with connections to Oak Lawn will be honored at Marist High School’s Alumni Reunion and Awards Dinner on Friday, March 24 at Gaelic Park.
Carl England, a graduate of the class of 1972, is receiving the “Time and Eternity” Award. This honor is given to an alum who exemplifies the Marist tradition of excellence either professionally or in service.
Carl and his wife live in Oak Lawn, and have three children Christine, Russell, and Edward. The England family also has one grandchild.
Carl has also been involved with the Boy Scouts for 18 years. He is an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 619 in Oak Lawn. Carl has been a committed volunteer for Marist’s deceased alumni Mass, too, singing at the annual mass for many years, and bringing in the choir from St. Linus to help. “I don’t even know how many years it’s been that we’ve been doing it. It’s just a part of us now,” he stated in a release posted by the school.
Jerry Joyce, class of 1987, may also be a familiar name to residents of Oak Lawn. While Jerry didn’t grow up in Oak Lawn, his father, Senator Jeremiah Joyce, represented the Village of Oak Lawn from 1979 until 1993 when he retired.
The younger Joyce was a standout on the football field and on the wrestling mat. He led the football team to a second place finish in the Illinois State Playoffs and the Wrestling State Crown during his senior year. That fall was the first time a Marist football team went to state. In Wrestling they finished the regular season undefeated and finished the season ranked 3rd in the country.
Joyce continued his education at Yale University, where he continued to play football and wrestle, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. Jerry then attended Loyola University School of Law. He is the married father of four, including two Marist students.
Kevin Joyce, Jerry’s brother, also represented Oak Lawn as a State Representative from 2003 until 2010.
The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a ceremony for the 2016 Hall of Fame inductions and Time & Eternity Awards. A reunion celebration will follow with a buffet dinner and drinks. This year’s dinner honors the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002, but all Marist graduates and friends are encouraged to attend.
The remaining “Time and Eternity” 2017 honorees are
Sean Connolly ’92
Pat Malloy ’67
Tom Skalitzky ’82
The Hall of Fame 2017 honorees are
Kate Grunauer Ferguson ’06
John Guldan ’68
John Mooney ’68
Jim Ryan ’72
Patrick Wrona ’96