Love Connections

Here is a Love Connections story told by Sue (Kiefer) Deckelman (BA '61):

Back in 1961, I was a senior at Saint Francis while Frank (Francis!) was a student at Indiana Tech. Absent their own tennis court, the guys knew they could only play on our courts IF they had a resident from women-only Saint Francis with them. No walk-ons! One day, Frank and a friend rang the bell at Trinity Hall. Judy (Klen) Skertic (BA '61) and I went to the door. "Anybody want to play tennis?" Frank asked, racket in hand. Of course I beat him in the first match, although he rebounded. (He says it's the other way around!) And that was the beginning of a love-match. We were engaged in three weeks, married the following summer, and will celebrate our 50th anniversary in June 2012.

Father Nicholas Lohkamp, OFM, chaplain at Saint Francis, officiated at our wedding in Elwood, my home town, and remained a dear friend to us all our married life. Nearly a year ago, we met him for lunch at Catholic University, where he was giving a retreat. Sadly, he died of cancer a few months later.

Our Franciscan roots run deep through our six daughters and 17 grandchildren. Frank joined me for our 50th class reunion last May at Saint Francis. Hugs and kisses under the arch were as much fun then as they were 50 years ago!