SJC-Mount Saint Mary's Connections

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She Married a Mountie!The relationship between St. Joseph’s College and Mount St. Mary’s is a big part of our history. What memories do you have of these connections?

Did You Marry a Mountie?

Requests for info on marriages between the women of St. Joseph College (SJC) and the men of Mount St. Mary’s University (MSM) brought submissions from the Class Years 1916 through 1975—that’s 123 marriages documented so far!
View the current results here…

If you “married a Mountie” or have a special memory about SJC-MSM connections, we’d love to hear from you! Review the archived comments below and add your own.

Kathy O'Brien Carlton says:
November 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I met David Carlton (MSM ‘72) parents weekend my freshman year. We started dating shortly after. After Joes closed I tried another college and after 1 semester I left. In 1973 we married. Subsequently we had two girls. I eventually completed my degree while working with the help of David and the girls (they did housework while I studied).

We now have 5 grandchildren between 5 and 14 years old who have us wrapped around their fingers. We just celebrated our 38th anniversary.

I had to go to Maryland to find a perfect partner that lived 20 miles from my home in Massachusetts.

Maureen Hinke Hahn '73 says:
February 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I met Al Hahn MSM ‘72 in September of 1970 and we were together ever after that until he passed away October 14, 2009. We had 35 wonderful years of married life and four beautiful children. We often went back to Emmitsburg, and Al helped for many years to chaperone my 8th grade students on our annual Retreat to the Grotto and Seton Shrine. Al went on to become the school board president at our parish school, be the Boy Scout committee chairman, and coordinate the school basketball progam, among other things. Family was his life. They were very special times. We miss him a lot, but cherish the memories of our years together.

Jodi Youngstrom Henderson '72 says:
November 25, 2010 at 2:15 am

Harry Henderson and I met at the first mixer freshman year, which made us the first MSM-SJC couple for the class of ‘72. I remember that he bumped into me on the dance floor, looked down (his 6′4″ to my 5′3″), and said, “Well, as long as you’re here, do you want to dance?” I say he was clumsy. He said he swept me off my feet. I guess he did.

We used to go on long walks on campus – no car – and he would pull out a white handkerchief and put it on the bench for me to sit on, so my clothes wouldn’t get dirty. I’d never met such a gentleman before, and I was smitten.

Now I wish I knew my classmates better, but at the time, I spent every possible hour with my sweetheart, barely leaving enough time for studies and my job on campus. My dorm mates in Marillac may remember yelling at me for monopolizing the pay phone. Harry and I could talk for an hour even when we’d just said goodnight outside.

We married after sophomore year and I enjoyed visiting my friends on campus with our baby Kathy in the stroller. Harry graduated from the Mount in ‘72 and spent the next seven years in the Air Force, where he got his Master’s degree on the GI Bill. Our four children are 29 to 39 years old now, and I am blessed with seven grandchildren from one to eight years old. By the way, after putting two kids through college and two through trade school, Harry supported my wish to return to school. I got my BA in 2005 in Literature and Creative Writing (a far cry from nursing), and was darn proud of that accomplishment.

Harry spent the last 17 years working for IBM, and fought non-Hodgkins lymphoma off and on for 11 years, and then prostate cancer. We renewed our vows at the end of May 2010 for our 40th wedding anniversary, knowing that he now had a very aggressive plasma cancer. He went into renal failure, and died on July 18th.

We had a wonderful 42 years together. Thank God for that clumsy gesture at the first mixer in September of 1968.

Jane Elfring says:
November 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Jane Ramsey (SJC ‘72) married Frank Elfring (MSM’71) in 1972.

stephania pickett oneill '58 says:
November 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Wonderful times with mounties, meeting at Tom’s creek whisking off in his car to the mountains for the day. Going to the Gettysburg Battlefield to party, yes we did party back then. I always thought the big line up for good night kisses was hysterical. Talk about public demonstration of affection. Loved all the mounties dating my classmates, wonderful Bill, partner of my friend Bunny. Lois ’s great guy, Deede Baril’s Louis, and many more, good people , good friends.

Audrey Vogel Emley 1955 says:
March 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Memories of dress include no Bermuda shorts, they were very much in style, and of course no pants, maybe for snow, probably not. If we were doing a production that included a man he/she had to wear a long coat to hide the lack of pants.
To get a tan before leaving for the summer required some sneakiness , a bathing suit under a dress and a walk to the creek carrying a ? towel. OK a redness appears at dinner with a nun suspiciously looking at the lobster colored skin – never a question asked. I think the nuns thought maybe a farm worker might see the suit or maybe a ‘Mountie’ might be around. It was such fun getting away with whatever!

The best stories were in dating and the good night kiss in front of the Angel Gabriel statue with the spotlights all beaming down on the couples. And then a nun walking between or classmate in nun’s garb playing a prank – such fun and games!!

Paulette (PJ) Heaven Reilly says:

March 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Please update to show our marriage date. I married James Reilly (MSM ‘69) on 5/23/70. Thank you.

Maura Roache Steed '66 says:

January 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

It would be hard not to have special memories of the Mount and all that they added to our lives at SJC. How can we forget Friday night mixers and the boys standing on one side of the room (it was the cafeteria wasn’t it?) and the girls on the other…and the strong smell of onions. I think a lot of us thought it was intentional to load up the onions on the boys dinners to keep us all from getting too up close and personal !?! And we had our songs about them which helped all our jilted hearts feel better, but after the song was over we’d be plotting the best way to get to see another Mountie.

We all must have all been in pretty good shape for the many walks into town to go to Charlie’s and see who from the Mount might be there or who of them might drive by. Do you think the good Sisters put a pool table in our Student Center to encourage the boys to “drop” by??

I didn’t marry a Mountie, had hoped at one point that might happen – well maybe at a number of points when I was getting really nervous that marriage was not in my future – but it was always great to hear about the SJC and MSM matches. And don’t you think the good Fathers and Sisters were patting themselves on the back for helping to create the possibilities for those matches to happen?

Mary Ellen Gill Purkis 1963 says:

October 29, 2009 at 11:23 am

My husband, Ray Purkis, was the class of 1963 at the Mount. We met in Charlies (where else) and were married January 16, 1965. We have 3 children who graduated from Mount St. Marys. Both Ray and I enjoy attending each other's reunions.

Helen Burke Rasmussen '70 says:
March 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Well, for my birthday in April of senior year , Connie Mauro ‘70 gave me a blind date with a Mountie, the last thing I wanted. It was for Spring Weekend, and I did want to see the Jefferson Airplane. He was Dick Rasmussen MSM ‘71, cross country champion; it was love at first sight. We’ve been married for 37 years. Thanks again, Connie.

sheila degnan mccarron says:
March 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Sheila Degnan, ‘63 married William McCarron, MSM ‘61 on 11/30/63

Eileen McPartland Fay '68 says:
February 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Greetings to all: Now I have the full story of my Sister, Maureen’s and my Brother-in-law, Charlie’s first date. The blog is a great idea. Thanks to all who are sharing their stories and recollections. Love and peace, Eileen

Norma Carosi Godwinsays:
November 26, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I married a Mountie, although that meant I would leave St. Joseph’s before my graduation year, 1959. My husband, Edward Alexander Montgomery, was a 1958 graduate of Mount St. Mary, in fact his father, Gen. Edward Alexander Montgomery inducted all those in the Platoon Leader’s Corp into the Marines that day and gave them their Lieutenant’s commission.

We were married the next Saturday, June 7, 1958. Obviously, my mother had all the arrangements made before I got home from school after graduations.

We had an active life moving with the Marines then with various companies while raising our 5 daughters. Sadly, a heart attack took him at age 40 in 1975. But there are many happy memories of days in Emmitsburg.

Maureen McPartland Smith 65 says:
November 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm

WOW, I never put our names on the list for “married a Mountie” and voila! we are the pictured couple.

Charlie Smith (MSM 64) and I met on a blind date… Jan, 1962. It was my freshman year and I was still dating a “guy from home”. There was a Junior Class dance on a Saturday and I am certain it was winter…. after January exams. I just remember making my dress (home ec major here!) during a time I was somewhat ‘free’ – it had to be late January or early February. I guess I should remember this but not really certain of the exact date.

What I do remember was signing up for a “blind date ” for the dance. Since it was my freshman year, I had to have signed up with Kitty Fulcher (class of 63?), my 1st floor Seton proctor. The story gets a bit complicated so, if I can summarize….

The “blind date” information, besides my name, included my height. I was and still am 5′ 3″. The day of the dance arrived and, not known to me, my “real” blind date decided to opt out. But the “bureau” got into high gear.

Jo (Joanne) Barkley and another classmate had the job of escorting the altar servers for that Friday’s Mass to breakfast. “Reb” Saunders (MSM, from VA) was one of the altar servers that morning and Reb recruited another Mountie…Charlie Smith. Charlie was enticed to sign on because Reb promised a “great breakfast”, Those who know us both will acknowledge Charlie enjoys cooking and eating a good meal! Charlie was from Lake George NY and did not get home much … in fact only for Christmas and Easter. Reb and Charlie served Mass and they enjoyed a good SJC breakfast a la Janie and Sister Georgia. At breakfast, Jo Barkley convinced Charlie that he didn’t have much to do on Saturday night so why wouldn’t he “sign on” for a blind date at the dance?

Perhaps it was fate but 6′4″ Charlie Smith and 5′3″ Maureen McPartland met on a Saturday evening in 1962 – matched by height and a blind date bureau. It wasn’t the best of meetings since I complained about Mount guys for most of the evening. The rest is history… and it is a complicated one but we celebrated 42 years of marriage in June, 2008. And yes, he is still interested in cooking and good food.


#4 tom payne 2015-05-17 06:31
I didn't marry a joes girl and only knew 4 in my 4yrs at the mount mary ann fogarty, dd bremmer, Barbara merser and jean Tierney and they were all great - does anyone know where they are now? I believe libby dent class of 1966 did marry jeff ellis of the mount anyhow call me or email me 317-924-3132 () go mount go and go joes go
#3 Mary Summers Loffa 2014-05-22 17:32
Mary Summers Loffa, '75 and Frank Loffa, MSM '75 have been happily married for 37 years. We have two beautiful daughters and 4 grandsons. To this day, we often speak of our wonderful years in Emmitsburg
#2 Thomas Bruner 2014-05-18 21:48
St Joes was as much a part of my life as was Mt St Mary's. I loved the Joes girls
#1 Kathy Bergin McCann 2012-11-08 19:47
Jane Cardegna Bury SJC'72 married Stephen J. Bury MSM'72 on 12/30/72 and have three children.
I dated Edward J. Leadem,Jr. from 1970-1973. He passed away in summer of 1984.

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