About 100 people attended the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Queen of Peace #390, and the Knights of Columbus Council #2030 from St. Joseph Church in Jefferson.
Bishop R. Walker Nickless celebrated a mass Saturday July 27, for this event; with Fr. Dan Guenther, Fr. John Gerald, Fr. Jeremy Wind, and Fr. Timothy Schott serving as concelebrants.
State officers for the CDA and K of C were also in attendance.
The celebration concluded with a luncheon for everyone. Sue Wind presented historical information about the Catholic Daughters, and read Helen Finn’s memories of her many years as a CDA member. At age 96, Helen, who now lives in Liberty, MO, is the oldest dues-paying member of the Court.
Certificates were presented to the following women who have been members of the CDA for more than 50 years: Helen Finn 73 yrs; Pat Monthei, 72 yrs; Isabel Smith, 63 yrs; Doris Kennedy, 60 yrs; Katherine Podlesak, 59 yrs; Ruth Feldmann, 58 yrs; Jean Finch, 54 yrs; Alice Hamilton, 53 yrs; Essie Kowaleski, 51 yrs; and Patsy McGinnis, 50+ yrs;
The following women were recognized for serving as grand regent for the court: Ruth Feldmann, Jean Finch, Doris Kennedy, Joyce Morris, Ruth Naberhaus, Linda Pedersen and Isabel Smith.
Tim McCoy regaled the audience with personal remembrances of the Knights of Columbus and honored the late Denny McGregor and the late Jack Tiffany for their years of service to the local council. Tom Feldmann and Jerry Deluhery were given certificates as longtime valued members of the council. ~provided by Sue Wind, grand regent, Court Queen of Peace