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Relationships Built At Mercy

June 22, 2017
By Deb Daley

Not only is she a Mercy grad, she is a former parent who values the relationships she built and the worthwhile activities she was involved in to support the school. Mary Lou Nemec Gunia’67 recently celebrated her 50th anniversary at Mercy and received her Golden Guild pin at the All- School Reunion.

She attended the school from 1963 to 1967 just moving from Holy Cross School across the street to Mercy.

Although at that time there were not formal athletic programs, she was involved in Mercy Marthas (service club), Marinotes, concert choir, journalism, Library, Math and Latin Club as well as Red Cross.

“We all received an excellent education. In fact I still use my Mercy Martha serving skills. But it is the friendships that really remain with me today,” she said.

Mary Lou went to Creighton University for two years. She left to work in a bank until she had her first child.

“Negotiated Tuition was a true blessing and I did not go back to work until my children became college age,” she added.

Her most recent job was in an inventory company and she credits her fours years of Math at Mercy that gave her math aptitude to succeed there.

She served on the then Alumnae Board for 12 years. She was also a Mercy parent for seven years, having two daughters, Karen Gunia Harris ’92 and Debbie Gunia Rife ’95, attending the school. She was on the Parents Board, was raffle team captain and auction item acquisition team member for Twelfth Night (now FIESTA), Garage Sale Chair and more.

“Mercy is a place for students and their parents to work together to achieve a common goal. In meeting and working with other parents, we too became a family,” she added.

She is extremely grateful to the school not only for its educational excellence but also for the people she encountered.

“ Our daughters came away not only with a great education, but they are great Women of Mercy. To this day, I don’t miss selling anything to support the school, but I do miss all the wonderful people we met and worked with at Mercy,” she said.