SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye St. Mary's will have its annual Hall of Fame banquet following the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the church social room on Saturday, Nov. 17. Cost for adults is $25.
Seven will be inducted, including Father Robert Goblirsch, Marie Bushard, Norbert Pietrus, Joseph Pietrus, Liz Braulick, George Ladd and Kyle Krzmarzick.
Father Goblirsch graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1951.
On February 21, 1960, Fr. Goblirsch was ordained at St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye. He has served many parishes including the Church of St. Mary in New Ulm, the Church of St. James in Nassau, the Church of St. John Cantius in Wilno, the Church of St. Michael in Madison, and the Church of St. James in Dawson.
Fr. Goblirsch also supports his alma mater, including offering an annual scholarship along with his sisters to a St. Mary's senior entering the health field.
Bushard graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1960. As head cook at St. Mary's School, Bushard is responsible for the entire lunch program. She is one of the "St. Mary's Catering Ladies," spending hours preparing food for catering jobs.
All of the proceeds from these catering jobs are given back to the parish to help offset church and school expenses; last year their donation was $25,000. Bushard and her late husband Leon have five children: Laurie Edick ('78), Lisa Thoms ('88), Bob ('89), Dan ('91), and Kevin ('94).
A 1919 graduate of St. Mary's High School, Norbert Pietrus became the first person from Sleepy Eye to enroll at Creighton University. He was a well-respected businessman, active in community and church affairs.
He was elected mayor, served as an Alderman for the hospital, and was one of the former owners of A.J. Pietrus and Sons.
He was also committed to St. Mary's, being instrumental in the founding of Divine Providence Community Home. He and his wife Lucille had two daughters, Alice Staab and Jeanne Schmid. He died in 1973.
After his graduation from St. Mary's High School in 1921, Pietrus began work in the family business, A.J. Pietrus and Sons, building their company into a well-respected organization.
He was also dedicated to St. Mary's. He was instrumental in organizing the Knights of Columbus, was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, served as a parish trustee, and was a member of the committee that developed and implemented the plan to build Divine Providence. He and his wife, Emma, had one son, Joseph. He died in 1991.
Braulick excelled at volleyball, basketball, and track. She was the first female in St. Mary's history to score 1,000 points and, under her leadership, the basketball team was Conference Champs in 1996 and Sub-Section Runners Up in 1997.
She was also a State Tournament participant in track and field. She graduated from St. Mary's in 1997 and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2001 with a degree in dental hygiene. Braulick is married to Brad ('97) and they have two children: Lainey (6) and Nolan (4).
During high school, Krzmarzick was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball and amassing outstanding statistics, records and awards in each.
After graduating from St. Mary's High School in 1991, Krzmarzick played baseball at Mankato State University, starting all four seasons, a feat achieved by few MSU players. He was one of the few players to hit more than .300 during all four years. He played on amateur baseball teams as well as in the Northern League for the Brainerd Bears and the Brainerd Gray Owls and in the Canadian League. He is currently a regional vice president with Hudson Global Resources.
Ladd is a 1968 graduate of St. Mary's. During high school, he was an outstanding athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He attended Southwest State in Marshall where he continued his football and baseball careers.
During his career in education, he has served as history teacher, Athletic Director, assistant principal, principal and superintendent at various schools. He also coached football, basketball, baseball and softball.
Ladd has three daughters, Lisa, Jill and Jenny and is married to Tricia and is currently retired.