The Press Newspaper
From the 1973 Cardinal Stritch Class A-AA state runner-up wrestling team, many of the team’s athletes and where they are now is included in the program from the hall of fame banquet held before the holidays.
Paul “Matt” Chovanec (Class of 1973) is currently employed as the Engineering Manager at Pinnacle Plastic Products. He and his wife, Barbara, have two sons. The Chovanecs reside in Fremont.
After graduation, Dennis Bihn (’73) attended Bowling Green State University and also worked at LOF for a couple of years. He was also employed at Benchmark Technologies and eventually began his own construction company in 1983. In 1977, Denny married Sue (Vieth ‘74), and they raised four children, Mittendorf ’97 (Aaron ‘91), Karin Hochanadel ‘98 (Jason’94), Amy Adams ‘01, and Mark ‘05.
Over the years, Bihn has been actively involved in St. Jerome Church, and now St. Ignatius Church. His hobbies include hunting, and more recently spending time with his ten grandchildren. Denny and Sue currently reside in Oregon.
After graduation, Chris Covill (‘74) was hired by Norfolk Southern Railroad (formerly Con Rail), when he was 20 years old and traveled extensively as he spent time building, repairing, and constructing bridges all across the Midwest.
When he wasn’t working, Covill spent his spare time coaching his kids’ athletic teams, being a scout leader, and volunteering at St. Jerome parish and grade school.
Covill and his wife, Mary (Shufritz) ‘77, have been married for 35 years and have four children. In 1997, Chris and Mary decided to move north to Grass Lake, Michigan to live on Big Wolf Lake — and have been enjoying the lake life ever since.
After working for the railroad for 35 years, Chris retired in 2010. He and Mary are enjoying the small town life and spending time with their four children and three grandchildren.
Afer graduating from CSCHS in 1975, Bruce Kirby (’75) worked for his father in the family masonry business. In 1985, Kirby took over the family business, J.R. Kirby Mason Contractor, bricking many area homes. Many times he has donated his business services to help with repairs at Sacred Heart Church and School.
In 1998, Kirby moved his family to Temperance, Michigan and joined St. Joseph Church in Erie, Michigan. He has donated many hours of service to the church and school there and still remains involved in the parish festival.
Kirby installed several of the ceramic tile mosaics created by his high school art teacher, Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF/S — one of which hangs in the main entrance of Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, adjacent to the Chapel. Kirby is proud of the fact that on his last mural installation, all five of his children and two of his nephews worked on it with him.
Kirby and his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth (Sarra) ‘75 have been married for 37 years and have five children, Over the past few years, Bruce and Mary Beth have been blessed with seven grandchildren and as of December, there was another on the way.
Kirby currently continues to run the family business along with two of his sons. They have expanded their business to more than just masonry work — they now do all home and business repairs and improvements.
Paul Luther (’74) worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years beginning in 1997, and was the FTPM Hourly Coordinator from 1996 through his retirement in 2007. Paul and his wife, Beth, have three children and currently reside in Toledo.
Jim Reeves (’74) is currently employed as a longshoreman for the CSX Coal Docks. He and his wife, Lynnet, have one son, Brent ‘06, and reside in Toledo.
Fred Toensing (’74) is currently employed at M.D.O.C., P.P.O. E‐10. He has two children. Fred and his wife, Connie reside in Dafter, Michigan.
Ray Wilson (’73) and his wife, Julie, have two children and three grandchildren. Ray is currently employed at CSX Railroad and resides in Temperance, Michigan
Coach Karl Pankratz served on numerous academic committees, including the Board of Regents, introducing new academic programs as well as college counseling.
Pankratz and his wife, Carol, have three daughters and currently reside in Perrysburg. Now that Karl is retired, he enjoys spending time with his children and five grandchildren, as well as traveling, golfing and fishing.
Coach Bob Reynolds, a member of Stritch’s first graduation class (1965), has been married to his high school sweetheart, Bobby (Miller) ‘67, for the past 45 years, and they have two children, Andy ‘87 and Lisa (Reynolds) Scribner ‘90, as well as six grandchildren. They currently reside in Oregon.
A Bowling Green State University graduate who taught drafting and architectural design, Reynolds retired from CSCHS in 2005 and spends his spare time on his favorite hobby, woodworking.