One in a Million: Catherine 'Katie' Haenle'


We all marvel at how much change there has been in the last 50 years. Technology has taken such giant strides forward that we are in constant fear that if we aren't continually updating our skills, we will be left behind. What a world! Sometimes, however, the past has a way of reminding us that not all the Catherinechanges we have encountered have necessarily been for the best…and our future brightens with hope that we can help make a better life for our children and grandchildren.

The Pembroke School District - especially students who attended during the years between 1948 and 1975 - mourn the passing of a very special friend on April 1, 2013.   Mrs. Catherine "Katie" Haenle, who held the position of school nurse for all those years was 95 at her passing. . She was our second mom, protector, disciplinarian, and friend, as well as the school nurse. She was truly One in a Million! Many students have kept in touch with Katie through the years. She will be greatly missed.

During the years she was school nurse, she worked closely with Dr. Sydney McLouth from Corfu. As a result of both Doctor McLouth's and Mrs. Haenle's interest in and devotion to the students in the Corfu and Pembroke schools, the Corfu-Pembroke Dollars For Scholars Board is announcing the creation of a  scholarship  to be awarded to one graduating senior each year who plans to enter the medical field. Lynette McFollins and Shirley Kruger Williamson (both nurses) are the chairs of the "Sydney McLouth-Catherine Haenle Scholarship"

Anyone interested in commemorating either Mrs. Haenle or Dr. McLouth, or in helping a young person pay for a small part of their medical education, is encouraged to make a donation to help support this scholarship endeavor. No gift is too large or too small. Let's commemorate legends of the past while we work together to create hope for a bright future!

Marla Peterson Paterson is publicity chairwoman for Corfu-Pembroke Dollars for Scholars.