Gesu Church and School

Detroit, MI

Gesu Centennial Celebration

Reconnect with classmates and friends on Saturday, July 30, 2022! Register for the reunion and/or support Gesu Church and School with a gift.

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Ame Blaine
Angela Patterson
Anita Sevier
Gesu School--Still going strong. Keep up the good work!
Ann Lagrou
Ann Oswald Benett
In honor of Jim, Mo and Maggie Oswald
Ann Ward
Great community to grow up In Detroit ♥️ Keep going so many more generations can benefit.
Ann-Nora Hirami
In honor of Soichiro "Patrick" & Cynthia Hirami
THE Jesuit church I feel so invested in and THE Catholic school in Detroit that never fled to the suburbs.
Anne Byrne
Incredible community- thank you for contributing to my wonderful childhood!
Anne Nelson
Annette Collins
In memory of Angie, Jerry and Bob Crongeyer
Always with gratitude, I recall the great Blessings of a fine education, the taught/influenced love of our Lord and our Faith, critical thinking, debating, athletic and social skills and the valued life of loving service, passed on by the IHM Sisters, our Holy Priests, teachers, and staff as well as from our enormous Gesu Community/Family. +You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.+ Psalm 16:11
Annie Bussinger
I have such fond memories of my grade school years at Gesu. The very first earth day made a huge impact on me, thanks to all of the teachers who went all out for that important day. I commute by bicycle and have for many years and I thank all of the cool nuns for being so passionate about the importance of this so very important stewardship!
Anonymous Donor
Barbara Douglas
In memory of James and Connie Bernardi
In memory of my parents who instilled their love of life long learning to my siblings and me.
Barbara Novak
Looking forward to the reunion and seeing Gesu school again!
Benny Milton
Looking forward to seeing all of my Class of '76 Alumni!!!
Betsy Reid
Best Elementary School ever!
Bob Baugh
Bob Toohey
Brian Brennan
Brian Perry
Bridgette Simon
Brigette Clavon
Camille Orse-Simpson
Cara Massey
Great childhood memories and a wonderful education.
Carlyle Wimberly
Keep up the good work
Carol Hermes
In memory of Patricia and Edward Snyder - long time parishioners
Carol Yerby
In memory of Paul & Lenora Yerby
Carrie Simmons
I joined Gesu church with my late husband, Judge Louis F. Simmons, over 30 years ago. The Gesu Parish community has been very supportive of my family for so many years. Congratulations to Gesu Church for its' 100 anniversary!
Catherine Porretta Pasquale
Looking forward to seeing old classmates..0.
Cathleen Lee
Cathy Lee
In honor of 100 years of faith, service and community.
Cedric Thomas
Cherrie Willis (Benbow)
Cheryl Day
Cheryl Sullivan
Christopher Cavanagh
Christopher Knoll
Clashow Barker II
Claudia DeBose
Connie Craig
Constance M Casey
DTE
Daina Howze
Gesu gave me the Christian values and discipline that I gave today. Daina Perry Howze Class of 1978
Daina Howze
Daniel & Gerri Burress
We were all blessed. Gesu church and school provided the Burress boys (5 of us) with an exceptional educational, ethical, and spiritual foundation which prepared us for the many challenges we would meet as we matured to adulthood. i was the youngest and am the last one still standing. Thank you, and best of luck as you continue with your good work.
Daniel Moons
Daniel Thompson
Daniel Van Antwerp
Daniel and Gerri Burress
Darlene Frederick
In memory of Lee and Ellen Butcher, Frank and Ann Lakomy
Thank you for providing an outstanding Catholic education for all current and future students!
Dave Rodriguez
David Cogo - Squire
David Massaron
It is a great school and offers strong values for a diverse student body.
David Zink
Lots of great memories back in the day!
Davita Stewart
Dawn Evans-Casey
Deborah Grobbel Johnson
In honor of Gary Grobbel
Loved my time at good ole Gesu!
Deborah McEvoy
Dennis Lakomy
In memory of Lee and Ellen Butcher, Frank and Ann Lakomy
Thank you for providing an outstanding Catholic education to all current and future students!
Detroit Moped Works
DiAnne Patterson Schultz
Diane Mato
Donna Beauregard
Donna Craft Washington
Donna Johnson
All the way to heaven 87, where the foundation for true friendship began
Donna V Smith
Thank you for your ongoing educational and ethical standard of excellence.
Dr. Melvin Hinton
Duke Marlin
I have many friends that are alumni.
E.B JORDAN
Earl King
Gesu is an institution of higher learning that has supported the community and contributed to the success of so many leaders and I would like to contribute to the continuation of this legacy
Edgar Lewis
Edward Parks
Edward Pilchowski
Eileen Vincent
The school has left a big impression on me for my entire life
Elaine Johnston
Ellen McCarthy
Eric Hansknecht
Alright.
Eric Jefferson
Eve Arnold
A great tradition of religious education.
Fr. Jeff Dorr, SJ
Gesu Church and School is an incredible institution that touches and has touched the lives of a tremendous number of people. It is an honor for me to be able to spend my first years as a priest at Gesu! - Fr. Jeff
Frank Liesman II
Gail Scallen
Gene Leger
I would love to serve as a deacon at the Mass!
George Kelly
Gerald Showiak
Gesu Church & School
Hayward Maben
In honor of Mrs. Carrie Maben
Helen Marie Berg
Holly McMain
Isaure Yates
J. Addison & Marion M. Bartush Family Foundation
JOHN FARRELL
In gratitude for the excellent educational, ethical, and spiritual foundation I received at Gesu. These blessings were gracefully and lovingly dispensed by, among others, Sister Paetra, Sister Ann Pauline, Sister Valerie, Sister John Elizabeth, Sister Ann Pauline (again), Sister Jonathan, Mrs. Enderby, and Mrs. Roy. Also, in thanks for the classmates who contributed so much to the many happy memories of youth I still enjoy and treasure.
Jack Betts
Gesu is a diverse community of warm, considerate people and clergy.
Jalen Hamlett
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James "Andy" Stevens
'72 Gesu Giants, league football champs!!
James Bobbitt
James Knaus
In memory of Charles A. Knaus, 1959 Alumnus
Hoping that the Class of 1960 attends and contributes generously.
Jane Philipp Bouton 1948
Janet Drabecki
Janet Kubicki - Bilse
In honor of Katie Reese
Can’t wait to see everybody again! Looking forward to it!
Janis Ernst
Janis Mueller
Best school and church in Detroit and a great neighborhood.
Jean Lewis
In memory of My husband, Bennie Lewis Jr.
I am a long standing parishioner and my children, Kyra & Vincent received an excellent education at Gesu.
Jennifer Keuten
Jerry Delaney
Jill McCoy
Giants!
Jim Kolinski
In honor of Steve Sage
Joan Lenahan
John McElhone
Names, faces and memories of friends and teachers are filling my heart and mind in this moment! So many good times!
Joseph (Jay) Bartush '63
Joseph J. Moch
Thank you Gesu for your dedication!
Joseph Kristy
Joseph Maurer
Joseph Offer
Joseph Rossiter
Joseph Yamin
Keep
Joseph joseph e hathaway
In honor of Helen Cheviron Hathaway Class of 1935 John C Hathaway Class of 1964
Helen Cheviron Hathaway Class of 1935 John C Hathaway Class of 1964
Joyce Angel
In memory of Joseph Angel
Great memories of a great school and education!
Judy Gumbel
Judy Jefferson
Judy Stallings Whittaker
Judy Valenti
I loved going to Gesu! Best grade school experience ever! I made friendships that continue to this very day. I will always remember that Pete Smith was the only classmate that beat me in gym for our time clocked as we ran individually around the gym in 8th grade!
Julie Brewster
In honor of Vernon and Carol Witkowski
Our family enjoyed many happy years with Gesu Parish and School.
Justin Klimko
KAREN (SON CARLTON
KIM PORTER-HOPPE
Thank you!
Karen Fisher
In memory of Stephen Hansknecht
Karen Peek
In honor of Katherine Peek
Honoring my mother’s love and commitment to the school and parish.
Karen Peek
Karen Rease Clark '77
Karen Rease-Clark
Gesu School continues to be a strong foundation of education and values for children. Go Gesu!!!
Karen Rease-Clark
Karen Roth (Knoth maiden)
Gesu was the foundation of a great education. I still have so many fond memories of my teachers and classmates.
Katharine McEvoy
The incredible education triangle ( Gesu, Immaculata & U of D) that our parents (Joe & Lindy) gave us has come back 10-fold. Michael, Mary Jo, Debby, Kathy, Jim & Chris. Thank you Mom & Dad for the gift of a lifetime. I still love diagraming sentences ( gracias Sr Charles Borromeo ). Gesu school/parish made my childhood pure joy.
Kathleen Barrett
My happiest days as a child were spent within the walls of Gesu. What wonderful memories of the teachers and students that helped guide me.
Kathleen Buckley
Kathleen Fouche Brazzle
Kathleen O'Rourke Jefferson
In honor of Our parents Thomas and Rosemary O'Rourke
Kathleen Samul
Kathleen Whalen O’Shea
In honor of Rita Ellis who always kept us connected to our Gesu friends and families!!!
Kathy Cieslak Baids
Kathy Kristy
Kathy Witkowski-Jacobs
Stolat Gesu!
Keith Thompson
Kelly Burns Goldberg
Kelly Campos
So excited to bring my family to see the old stomping grounds!
Kelly Dean
I had the best educational experience, both academically and socially at Gesu!
Kevin Baugh
Kevin Lesinski
In memory of Don Stevens
I'm looking forward to seeing my classmates and fellow alums at the reunion in July!
Kevin Lesinski '70
Kimberley Brown Naylor
I have Great memories of a great school and education! Gesu was my foundation to my wonderful life!!!
Kris Moravek
In memory of My parents John Anhut and Catherine Anhut
In gratitude to my parents for the gift of a Gesu education.
Kristie Mimms
In honor of Mike Seay and all students who have passed away
Kyra Lewis Leverett
Wonderful memories, lifelong friendships and strong academic foundation
Lara Mulawka
Laura Kray Baugh
Laurie Dorich
Lawrence David Duffield; Donna Duffield
In honor of Robert and Maureen Duffield married in Gesu Church
Wonderful memories of Gesu school and all the friends, many still friends today!
Lawrence Grady
Lea Seaborn
Leah Robinson
Leo Gabriel
God be with you.
Lesley Montgomery
Lia Shreve
In honor of Sharon & Clifford Kelley
I am so excited to attend Gesu’s Centennial Birthday’! So many great memories & friends for a lifetime!!!!
Lillian (Rene) Brooks
Looking forward to the celebration!
Linda (Jefferson) Evans
Gesu was my foundation in so many ways. Looking forward celebrating 100 years of excellence along with my ‘69, ‘71 & ‘73 siblings!
Linda Ernst
In honor of Jeanine Ellis. Joe Ostrowski, and any other of our 1980 class that we have lost.
Looking forward to seeing all the friends, classmates, and hopefully teachers to celebrate all the learning, love and life lessons we shared.
Linda Gostinger
In memory of my parents: Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert A. Knoth who were married at Gesu Church in November, 1936.
Thanking my parents for making sure their four children had a Catholic education with the Jesuit priests and the IHM Sisters knowing we would have an excellent education. My brother, Michael was a successful steel salesman, married with two children, Amy and Tim. My sister, Karen, earned her Doctorate from MI State University, and went on to be Asst. Superintendent in Southfield Schools, and Grosse Isle School District I, Linda, earned my Masters from U of Michigan from the Horace H. Racham School of Graduate Studies and was a High School Teacher for 43 years teaching at Garden City High School, and Port Huron Northern High School, the subjects: Biology, Life Science, Health, Psychology. Married John have three successful children, Katie, Steve, and Brian. My brother, Patrick, worked for the State of MI in the Dept of Social Services and is in a Band as the lead guitar player, has two children, Kim and Geoff. I support Gesu because of the excellent education we received to become successful in our life endeavors.
Linda Keimig
In honor of Florence & John Rittersdorf
Gesu Parish has provided a "rock-solid" foundation for so many Detroit families for 100 years! The Church and School continue to be such an essential part of the community. Looking forward to seeing everyone in July!
Linda Lhota
Lindy Offer
Lisa Hansknecht
Lorraine Mc Laughlin
Lou Offer
Louise Thibodeau Winhusen
Many fond memories of Gesu Church and Gesu School. Loved May Day and Holy Thursday rites ,and putting on special shows at school,
Lynn Stevens Naoum
In honor of Mary Andrecovich
Awesome teacher/woman who had a profound impact on the course of my life.
MARY SCHMIDT
MJ Hilker
Maceo Foster
In memory of Mr. Thomas Offer
In remembrance of my GESU classmate and wonderful childhood friend, Mr. Thomas Offer
Marcia Cooke
In honor of Ella Randolph Cooke
Marguerite Barrett
Maria Woodruff-Wright
I continue to be blessed by the education and friendships that were cultivated at Gesu.
Marian Andrews
Marie Thibodeau
Hope to see a lot of folks from the class of "68!!!
Mark Hansknecht
Mark Jones
Can’t wait!
Mark Josaitis
Mark Lezotte
Mark McCarthy
In memory of Kirk Patrick McCarthy
Always a Gesu Giant
Mark Petrini
Mark Petrini alumnus 1963
Mark Petrini
Mark Petrini, in attendance 1958-1963 (K-5th), class of 1967
Marleen Merriweather
Martha Manare
Looking forward to a celebration with my Gesu family.
Martin Hilker
Mary Chris Foxworthy
Hoping the class of 1966 has a large turnout!
Mary Clare McCormick
Mary Foerg
Mary Gay Dooley Morden
Mary Kay O'Brien-Noteman
Mary Leffel-Pollard
Mary Massaron
Mary Oswald
Mary Patricia Stacy
MaryBeth Lagrou (née Kray)
I have so many wonderful memories of the families and friends I grew up with at Gesu. I am grateful for the solid foundation, good education and many lifelong friendships. I wish every kid could have a Gesu 💚
MaryJo McEvoy
Marybeth Sullivan/Howe
Matt Lagrou
Matthew Naud
Maureen Dooley
In memory of Gabrielle Malcolm & Michael Dooley
Maureen Smith
Maureen Stapleton
Gesu Giants 1979. Hope to see ya there.
Melva Craft-Blacksheare
I started Gesu in 5th grade with Sr. Mary Faith as my first teacher. I remember going to Mary Reparatrix after school on Tuesdays to learn how to sew from the cloistered nuns. I participated in Girl Scouts, Jr Great Books and was a cheerleader in 8th grade. My four children went to Gesu also. I've participated as a parish member for many years. My daughter Armeshia and Mother Lucille were eulogized at Gesu, Gesu will be forever family.
Michael Jefferson
Michael McEvoy
Michael Parker
I attended Gesu from 1965 until 1969. K thru 3rd grade. My family relocated upon my completion of 3rd grade. My few years at Gesu provided me with great moments that I still remember.
Michael Ribant
Michael Thom
Michelle Thomas
In honor of Mrs. Regina Williams, Jesse and Gloria Taylor
Gesu was my first stop when my family moved to Detroit. I grew up in Gesu Church, school and community. I've developed lifelong relationships and hope to see classmates I haven't seen in a long time.
Mignon Marshall
In honor of Alexis Mazique
Mike Denton
Mike Denton
Monna Wejrowski
Nancy (Chutorash) Schwei
Necole Merritt
Nigel Fullick
In memory of Peter & Peggy Fullick
Enjoyed my impromptu visit to the school last year- after 50+ years -and hope to see some of my classmates from the 60's. Church and school look wonderful as did The High and the University- Great memories.
Nora Barkey
Pamela Morton
I support Gesu because my educational foundation began there. I was enrolled from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Patricia Davio
In memory of Paul & Virginia Sullivan family
All of us Sullivan’s have fond memories of our years in Gesu Parish and Gesu school.
Patricia Zink
Patrick Duggan
In honor of William Duggan, Sr.
My Dad, part of the Greatest Generation, made sure all his kids received a great education.
Patrick Griffin
Patti Minbiole
Patty Lee
Paul Diehl
In honor of Gerald & Jo Diehl
Thank you to everyone continuing to help the Gesu community.
Paul Janisse
Although I give to Charitable causes, it feels so much more rewarding to support Gesu School's efforts to educate and help prepare today's children for all of their tomorrows. Love to all of the Gesu Community both past and present!
Paul Miller
Peggy (Leichtweis) Matta
Great education and great memories! Looking forward to celebrating Gesu and the start of the next 100 years!
Peter Bauer
I am very grateful for the eduction and period of personal growth.
Peter Kelly
Peter Smith '71
Rachel Brennan
Gesu has been my parish for over 50 years. My late Husband when to Gesu School as well as our 5 children. 4 Graduated from Gesu and my youngest transferred to U of D High School after the 7th grade.
Renee Derra
In honor of Wally & Rita Hilker
Renee Drayton
Rhonda Taylor
In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. Taylor
Rhyen Anderson
Richard Baugh
I hope we get a large turnout from1968!!
Richard Lindeman
Happy 100! Best wishes for another successful 100!
Rob Scott
Robert Howe Jr
In honor of Robert and Elaine Howe
Robert Markey
Roberta Hawkins Harvey
Rose Bush Hepner
Rose Hepner
Ruby Duffield
In honor of The many branches of the Head family who attended Gesu.
Thank you for organizing this event. Growing up in the University District was an incredibly enriching experience and Gesu was a big part of that. Looking forward to July 30.
Sandy Samul Carson
Sarah Gryniewicz
Gesu is such a wonderful heart of love and faith in Detroit. We're thrilled to be a part of the community
Sean Joyce Whipp
So deeply thankful to God for the witness of the Gesu community
Sheila Lawson Langford
Stacey Cole
Stacy Varner
Stephen Sullivan
Steve Matous
Steven Miranda
In honor of Dr and Mrs CF Miranda
Our parents had the foresight to send us to Gesu, a decision which proved to be a great investment in our future. Who knew what the future held? Our parents, those great lay teachers and most of all, the tough yet immensely wise IHM nuns :)
Susan Farrell
Tamara Perrin
Teresa Dooley
Forever grateful for Gesu and the lifelong connections and friendships.
Teresa Stevens
In honor of Agnes M and Donald F Stevens
So grateful for the excellent education received!
Terri Lamb Dellies
Terry Whalen Riga
Theresa McGuire
Therese Bellaimey
In memory of Claudia Bellaimey, Class of 1976
Looking forward to this celebration!
Therese Cavanagh
Therese Comor
In memory of Jocelyn Jones
I met her in 4th grade and we became great friends. We worked together on a Social Studies. I miss her, I love her and I think of her almost every day.
Therese Schneider
Thomas Howe
A Great School within a Great Neighborhood which provided so many Great Memories and a Great Education. It was the Special Families that were a part of GESU parish that I cherished then and now! We are all truly indebted to GESU!!
Tim Cooney
In honor of Fred and Madelyn Cooney
Tim Scott
Timeaco Lynn
Timothy Koen
In memory of Ann E, Koen
Ann graduated from Gesu in 1969. A brilliant mind and great sense of humor. Ann excelled at everything she did.
Tina Pickett
Excellent education that I received and good memories!
Tom Cliff
Tom Dooley
In honor of The Dooley family
Looking forward to this great event!!
Tom MacDonald
Tom Zink
Tracy Williams
Vanusa Lesinski
Looking forward to meeting my husband Kevin's classmates and friends from Gesu.
Vermon Thomas
Veronica Milton
I am grateful for my mother who paid for my tuition. Without her and God, I would not have had this wonderful experience.
Viola Wilson
Walter Kelly
William Buhl
William Burton
William Drummond
Zachary Smith
A a
Craig minbiole
Gaye martin
Anonymous
Anonymous
I am so glad Gesu continues to educate Detroit students!

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