Former librarian honored by school

Patti Schetrompf is remembered as someone who listened to students and made the St. Maria Goretti High School library a welcome

Patti Schetrompf is remembered as someone who listened to students and made the St. Maria Goretti High School library a welcome

September 30, 2002|by TARA REILLY

Described as the spirit of St. Maria Goretti High School, Patti Schetrompf was remembered Sunday afternoon as a person who listened to students, had a lot of friends and whose faith in God was a model to others.

School officials and family members honored Schetrompf, St. Maria Goretti's former librarian, by dedicating the school's library and media center to her.

About 80 people attended the event.

"This is the kind of day that lights up everybody's face, and that's kind of what she did," Principal Christopher M. Siedor said.


Schetrompf was the school's librarian for 15 years. She died in September 1996 from cancer.

The building, now called the Patti Schetrompf Memorial Library and Media Center, also houses the school's chapel.

The facility formerly served as a convent after the School Sisters of Notre Dame founded the school in 1955, Siedor said.

It was converted into the media center in 1997 after the nuns retired, he said.

Siedor said Sunday's dedication was the right thing to do because Schetrompf was dedicated to the school.

He said she made the library a safe haven for students and a place in which they were accepted every day.

Doris Bream, a friend of Schetrompf's, said Schetrompf found good in those she knew. She joked that Schetrompf had so many friends that they "almost had to make an appointment" to see her after school hours.

"Patti was an asset to the school," Bream said. "Today, I'm sure Patti is smiling down on us."

"My mom found love, comfort and joy at Goretti," said Schetrompf's daughter, Cindy McGilliard.

McGilliard and another daughter, Carol Hartman, and Schetrompf's sister, Dolly Ranker, cut the ribbon to mark the facility's dedication.

Betty Aziz, a friend of Schetrompf and a Goretti teacher, said the former librarian would often stay at the library after her shift ended to assist students.

"She would leave when the student was finished," Aziz said.

Aziz said Schetrompf listened to students when they had problems, even if they just needed someone to talk to about relationship troubles.

"Mrs. Schetrompf always listened, always cared and always made you feel better about yourself," Aziz said. "She offered love and kindness to everyone and was respected by everyone."

"The spirit of Patti is still here at Goretti," Aziz said.

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