Alumni Hall of Fame

 
 
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Inductee: Marcel Dandeneau, '50,
Reason for Induction: 
Volunteerism/Community Service

Claim to Fame: Within the community, Marcel has had a presence as Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus Council #697, a member of the Racine - Kenosha Urban League board, a legislative chair and ambassador for Kenosha Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Old Timers Athletic Club, a Rotarian with Racine Rotary West and president of the Arc of Racine County. After retiring from teaching, Marcel spent 10 years as director of public affairs for Dairyland Greyhound Park.

Marcel has also had active roles with St. Patrick’s Parish Council and School Board, the Carthage College Steering Committee, Gateway Technical College Affirmative Action Advisory Board and the Dominican College Alumni Association. He is a life member of VFW, NAACP, NEA, WREA and RAREA, where he also served as president of the board. 
Today: An avid reader who loves history and gardening, Marcel is also a fan of watching team sports, especially the Packers and White Sox.

Marcel and his wife Shirley (Leach) have two children, Renee and Jeffery; four step-children, Linda, Yvonne, Roy and Denise; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

 

Inductee: Raymond DeHahn, '56
Reason for Induction: Law & Government

Claim to Fame: Always active within the community, Ray has been a member of Knights of Columbus #697 for more than 56 years. He was named Knight of the Year in 1967. After founding the KC 5th Grade Basketball League, Ray served as director of the league for five years. He has been a block captain for Neighborhood Watch for more than 15 years. Ray has also been a member of St. John Nepomuk Parish since 1956. Working closely with State Representative James Rooney (’53), Ray made a proposal to the state of Wisconsin to place labels on all prescriptions for emergency referral. His proposal was accepted and the prescription labels were made into state law.  
Today: Currently, Raymond serves as Alderman of Racine’s 7th District, a position he’s held since 2005.He and his wife Diana (Hagen ’56) met at SCHS and married in 1957. Together they had six children: Matthew, Thomas, Phillip (’80), Christine, James and John and 18 grandchildren.  

 

Inductee: Mark Litton, '82
Reason for Induction: Athletics

Claim to Fame: Mark was instrumental in starting a boys’ soccer program that, over time, has evolved into a state power. Mark signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the American Indoor Soccer Association and played professionally until 1994. Since his playing days, Mark has remained active with soccer at a multitude of levels, having built one of the most impressive goalkeeper coaching resumes in the country. In March of 2014, Mark was named National Technical Director of Goalkeeping for the U.S. Youth Futsal program and is currently working with a national staff to create youth teams across the country at the U12, U14 and U16 levels.  
Today: He was inducted into the UW-Parkside Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. For over 20 years, Mark has also enjoyed a successful corporate recruiting career at WellPoint Health Insurance. He and his wife, Catherine, currently reside in Milwaukee with their two-year-old son, Nicolas. 

 

Inductee: James Michel, '64
Reason for Induction: Volunteerism/Community Service

Claim to Fame: For more than 32 years, Jim has been a member of Kiwanis Club of West Racine where he has served as president and past chairman of Youth Services and the Raffle committees. Currently, James is chairman of the Nursing Home Olympics and Interclub committees. James was also a recipient of the Kiwanis Club’s Legion of Merit Award. James gives back to his community as a volunteer for Special Olympics, a courtesy van driver for All Saints and a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. James is currently a board member for the Corporate Volunteer Council of Racine. 
Today: He enjoys spending time playing sports and cards with his family and friends. As an active member of St. Lucy’s parish, James participates in mass each week and assists with parish fundraisers. He and his wife, Linda (Sustachek, ‘65), have five children: Denise, Lisa (’88), Laura, Joel and Jamie. They also have six grandchildren. 

 

Inductee: Raymond Organ, '52
Reason for Induction: Volunteerism/Community Service

Claim to Fame: For the past 15 years, he has been fixture at daily liturgy where he is an altar server and reader. At Sunday mass, Ray regularly lends his voice as cantor. He also provides instruction for new altar servers and, each week, prepares the student readers and scripture passages for the all school masses. Additionally, Ray served on the Parish Council for six years and he is currently a member of St. Lucy’s Finance Committee. Also at St. Lucy’s, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15659. Since 1997, Ray has volunteered his time as a reading and math tutor at St. Lucy Elementary School. During the past 17 years, he has helped more than 500 students strengthen their skills.  
Today: Ray is a current member of the St. Catherine’s High School Foundation Board. Elected treasurer in 2000, he held that position until 2014. Beyond managing and understanding numbers, Ray participates in donor meetings and helps recruit new board members. He is an advocate for best practices and detailed recordkeeping, and has helped bring greater efficiency and better processes to the board. He is quick to share his own experience and knowledge with staff, supporters and prospects. Ray is devoted to the concept of life-long learning as he works to stay educated on relevant topics in order to best serve the SCHS’s Foundation.

He and his wife, Ruth (Hansen, ’52), reside in Racine, and, this year, they celebrated 58 years of marriage. Together, they have five children: Cynthia (’75), James (’77), Jerome (’78), Jo Ann (’83) and Suzanne (’86). 

 

Inductee: Mike Zelinski, '56
Reason for Induction: Education

Claim to Fame: Z’s life passions were many. A talented thespian, he was active with Racine Theater Guild, the Lakeside Players, Rhode Opera House, WGTD Radio Theater and the SCHS Players. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, boating and kayaking, especially on the Chippewa Flowage where he built a cabin. Further, as a profound admirer of nature (as well as a Cub Master and Boy Scout leader), he was a well-known connoisseur of snakes, lizards, bees and other unusual creatures, often using his personal collection to be a part of educational shows around Wisconsin. A man of devout faith, he also served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Racine. 
Today: Mike passed away in February of 2014 after a lengthy battle with numerous health issues. He is survived by Phyllis, his loving wife of 45 years, and their three children: John (’92), William (’95) and Paul (’96).