Today is a very special Friendly Encounters. It features one of my classmates through 8 years at Sacred Heart school. Back then, she was Mary Jovanovich. Now she is Mary Brazzale, mother of two teenagers.
Mary was Class President in 8th grade and voted "Most Athletic" by our class. She was well-liked by all and was funny, friendly, smart and everything you'd want in a classmate friend.
We went to different high schools, but I would see her around the neighborhood occasionally. Unfortunately after high school, I lost track of most of my Sacred Heart classmates, including Mary.
A few months back, several of us reconnected on Facebook. It was great to see Mary and her family.
Mary and her family are big Hawks fans (her husband got to hold the Stanley Cup!). At one of the games last season, Mary ran into Bill Wennington (who won some titles with the Chicago Bulls a few years back). Mary was gracious enough to share the photo here.
I appreciate Mary sharing her photo here. I can't believe so much time passed, but I am happy to see that Mary is doing well.
Mary Jovanovich Brazzale and Bill Wennington in Chicago, IL-May 2010.