Dear Most Holy Redeemer Families,

How lucky I am to have experienced something that makes it so hard to say good-bye. In March of 1976, the Most Holy Redeemer School community welcomed me as a young college graduate. Little did I know that my next 44 years would be so blessed, inspired and satisfying. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to call MHR my family and treasure the hundreds of children and their families who have touched my life and heart.

There are too many delightful, heartfelt, life changing memories and experiences to recount. Suffice it to say, I am more than grateful for time spent working together, for fun, laughter, moments of prayer, learning and growing. It has been a pleasure watching so many innocent youngsters develop into strong bright successful adults, many of whom have entrusted their own children to me for round two in second grade!

My most vivid and special memories are the times spent together preparing for and celebrating the sacraments. Witnessing First Communions were a privilege and joy beyond measure. It has been a pleasure working for you and with you.

Thank you for the wonderful retirement reception last Wednesday night. The preparation, the pictures, the food, and all who participated were absolutely perfect. I loved visiting with everyone, from my firsts to my last little darlings and their families. You kind words, notes, generosity, and thoughtfulness are overwhelming!

My retirement finishes off my career at Most Holy Redeemer School but the sweet memories will always remain. If I had a flower for every time I think of you, I can walk forever in my garden. You have made it full and beautiful. My MHR School families are planted in my heart and in my prayers; so Thank you and good-bye.

Love,

Mrs. Gina Pakalka