Delone Catholic Announces 2023 Hall of Honor Class

Delone Catholic High School announces the selection of its Hall of Honor Class of 2023. This class, comprising five members, brings the total number of inductees to 40 in eight induction classes. The Class of 2023 will be inducted in a series of events to take place on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, as part of the school’s celebration of Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day 2023 celebrates the 159th birthday of the school’s founding benefactor and namesake, Charles J. Delone, Esq.

The Hall of Honor Class of 2023 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 10. The event will begin with a school-wide Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Gym. The class’s plaques will be blessed during this Mass. A catered dinner and induction ceremony will be hosted in the lobby of the Lawrence B. “Sonny” Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The Mass is free of charge and open to all. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and on sale until Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. To purchase, please order online or call 717-637-5969, Ext. 211, email [email protected]

The Hall of Honor inducted its inaugural class in conjunction with the celebration of the school’s 75th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through the consistent contribution of time, effort, and/or financial resources or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements.

Members of the Class of 2023 are:

  • William M. Grandia II (1955-2021) – affectionately known to his students and colleagues as Mr. G., William M. Grandia II taught technology education at Delone Catholic from 1991 until his retirement in 2017, and he was still a driver education instructor at the time of his sudden death on Dec. 23, 2021. Mr. G. was an outstanding educator who needed no public validation, but he received it as a winner of the WGAL Teacher Impact Award during his tenure. He had a unique sense of humor and an ability to connect with students, whether they took his classes or not. He was known as much for his work outside the classroom as in it. Mr. G. was the unofficial locksmith of Delone Catholic, which was fitting for a man who had the biggest key ring most people will ever see. He also had an incredible ability to always have just the right parts on hand to refurbish, rebuild, recycle, or otherwise reuse technology that to the less-trained eye had no discernable value remaining. In addition to his unwavering dedication to Delone Catholic and his students, Mr. G. spent his entire life in Scouting. He was an adult leader, and served on the staff at Camp Tuckahoe in Dillsburg for nearly four decades.
  • John P. “Jack” Kale II ’77 – a long-standing member of the Delone Catholic Board of Directors who played a prominent role in most of the physical improvements to the campus over the past 25 years. He served on the Board from 1998-2021, including as the body’s president for his last two years. He was the chair of the building and grounds committee for most of that time, during which the school replaced the roof on the entire campus, the bleachers in the Sheppard Gym, the lights, bleachers, scoreboard, and goalposts on J.T. Flaherty Field, made countless improvements to administrative and academic facilities, and ultimately, he served on the campaign cabinets for both phases of Delone’s Diamond Decade Initiative, a comprehensive renovation of most of the campus. While serving in those capacities, he and his wife, a classmate at Delone Catholic, saw their three children graduate from Delone Catholic. Serving the school has been and continues to be a family affair. He has at various times also served as a member of the Athletic Association, the finance committee, and the Alumni Association. He has done it all with high energy and ambition to find the right people to accomplish whatever is needed for Delone Catholic to be its best.
  • Janet L. (Neiderer) Keffer ’68 (1950-2018) – a beloved educator whose impact on her students has been felt for decades after they left her classroom. After a brief time teaching in Connecticut, she returned home to become a fixture, first as a kindergarten teacher at Annunciation B.V.M. School in McSherrystown. In the mid-1980s, she moved on to begin a program which served as a bridge year between kindergarten and first grade at Rolling Acres Elementary School in Littlestown. Her husband said in his eulogy for her that this program gave her students the “gift of time” to make sure they were ready to move on to the next level. In addition to time, her gift to her students was kindness and patience, providing a strong foundation on which hundreds of students built successful academic careers and prepared for their lives beyond school. Each year, she and her husband made Christmas ornaments for her students, and as she battled illness in her last few Christmas seasons, dozens of her former students shared photos with her on social media of those ornaments hanging on their trees as many as 40 years after they were given as gifts to eager young students.
  • Anthony J. Weaver ’73 – a Delone Catholic graduate who has spent his life, personal and professional, exemplifying what it means to “Be Doers of the Word.” He was a police officer from 1975-2004, serving all but two of those years in the Borough of McSherrystown. He was a certified child abuse investigator and received several commendations over the years for his role in preventing a suicide, arresting barricaded gunmen, and recovering stolen property. Following his retirement from the police force, he continued to serve McSherrystown, first as president of the borough council from 2004-2009 and then as mayor from 2013-2020. Additionally, he has been a dedicated coach and volunteer at Delone Catholic. During two tenures from 1980-1996 and again from 2005-2010, he was a member of the Squires football coaching staff at the junior high, freshman, JV, and varsity levels, helping the varsity team to four district titles. He was also a member of the softball staff from 1984-1988. Since 2011, he has tirelessly volunteered to bring Delone Catholic activities to alumni, family, and friends around the world through the Delone Catholic Broadcast Network (DCBN), preparing for and participating in dozens of broadcasts per year, and travelling around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, often at his own expense, to broadcast district and state playoff games.
  • Doris A. (Cover) Wolff ’53 (1935-2022) – spent nearly 40 years heeding the call to “Feed My People.” Along with her husband, she founded God’s Meal Barrel in Hanover in 1986. It started simply by compiling non-perishable canned goods in their garage, and word of mouth spread that anyone in need of food could come into their home and help themselves to the food on the shelves. In 1989, they bought a two-story property in Hanover, allowing them to live on the second floor and feed the hungry out of the first floor. In the early years, she coordinated family and friends who volunteered to provide daily hot meals. Though the impact of God’s Meal Barrel is mainly contained to the immediate Hanover area, it has received national recognition. In 1990, the ministry was named as one of the 1,000 Points of Light by President George H.W. Bush, who highlighted voluntarism throughout the United States. In the years since, God’s Meal Barrel has continued to meet the needs of the hungry through its volunteer efforts and partnerships with local and national corporations. She continued to consult with the management staff at God’s Meal Barrel until her passing the day before the selection of the Hall of Honor Class of 2023 was finalized.

The Hall of Honor Class of 2023 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 10. The event will begin with a school-wide Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Gym. The class’s plaques will be blessed during this Mass. A catered dinner and induction ceremony will be hosted in the lobby of the Lawrence B. “Sonny” Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The Mass is free of charge and open to all. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and on sale until Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. To purchase, please order online or call 717-637-5969, Ext. 211, email [email protected]

The Hall of Honor nomination committee invites nominations for the Delone Catholic Hall of Honor Class of 2024. For eligibility requirements and nomination forms, please visit www.DeloneCatholic.org. Anyone without access to a computer who wishes to make a nomination may contact the Office of Advancement at 717-637-5969, Ext. 201. Any nominees who were not selected for the Class of 2023 will be considered by the committee for the Class of 2024. Nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2023 in order to be considered for the Class of 2024. Any nominations received after that date will be considered for the Class of 2025.

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