1965 Corvair Comes Home  
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Patenaude/ Webster
So I've Heard Column

Carolyn A. Cozzens was the owner of a 1965 mist blue Corvair Monza when she married Roger E. Smith in 1967. She sold the car to Rita Kretowicz of Dudley shortly thereafter.
Family matters, two daughters, now adults, career paths--Carolyn worked at Hubbard Regional Hospital and is now a realtor with Re/Max One of Webster; Roger was the Webster Police Department's lead investigator, and is now Chief of Security for Commerce Insurance Croup--dominated their lives through many years.
Twin grandchildren, a boy and a girl, added a happy dimension a few years ago.
Ms. Kretowicz, who died in the 1990s, had the Corvair Monza painted bright yellow. It was her fun car. She wore a yellow hat, yellow coat, and yellow boots when she drove it, Mrs. Smith learned.
Carolyn and Roger purchased a 1952 Lincoln Capri about three years ago. "We have attended many car shows and cruise nights with it," says Mrs. Smith. "We have won trophies and enjoy meeting new people who are also old car enthusiasts."
Realtor Smith was listing a Dudley home for sale in September. A 1965 yellow Corvair Monza was stored in the garage. It was the property of Joan E. and Robert C. Milson, the house owner said. It looked so much like her one time mist blue car that Mrs. Smith contacted Mr. Milson. She learned that the Milson's purchased the vehicle from Mrs. Kretowicz's estate in 1999 and, of greater importance, it was for sale.
"I had to have it," says Carolyn. "It is in great shape, and the original paperwork was still in the car," she said. "It has 56,000 original miles on it."
Mrs. Smith bought the car "one day short of 38 years from my original purchase date." She's not saying how the price changed in 38 years, but proudly declares, "I once again own this car."
Carolyn and Roger have already taken the Corvair Monza on a couple of car cruises and to a show in Cranston, R.I. "We are now a two antique cars family," says Mrs. Smith.
A lot of people remember the one-story schoolhouse that used to stand in Wilsonville's four corners. The school once served the Thompson, Ct., village.
It has been gone for years. The Thompson Recreation Commission set up a little playground on the old school lot some time ago. It had some juvenile equipment. A sign says: "For children ages 2 to 6 years old."
An arsonist or arsonists torched the play furnishings this summer. Somebody put a sign in the cinders that reads: "May God Forgive You ...the little children."
A program marking the end to 121 years service at Webster's St. Louis School by the Sisters of Saint Joseph was held Nov. 1. The Rev. Joseph Marcotte, pastor, celebrated Mass and a reception followed in the church hall. A number of Sisters of St. Joseph attended.
The tenure curtain lowered when Sister Daniel Maria, long time teacher, principal, and parish counselor, retired to the Mother House in Holyoke. It is safe to say the Sisters of Saint Joseph left a positive imprint on the lives of hundreds of Webster pupils, and a legacy for excellence.
Thanksgiving seems like a good time for a public expression of gratitude to the many Sisters of St. Joseph who taught so many St. Louis School kids over so many years.
Their bequest, a viable parochial elementary school, now has a lay staff dedicated to the ideals developed by the good Sisters.
HERE and THERE--Gerald P. Deary, the retired school administrator, former acting library director, one time selectman, library trustee, housing authority panelist, and a charter member of the Dudley Health Board, is the newest member of the Webster Finance Committee. Mr. Deary's appointment was posted at Town Hall last week by Moderator Robert Stawiecki.
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