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Mary Lou Van Antwerp served as our second School Principal from 1984-1987.

Mrs. Mary Lou Van Antwerp had been driving her three children to Gesu School in Detroit from Dryden when she learned a new Catholic school was going to open in Rochester. She quickly applied and was hired to teach first grade in 1980. Four years later, Sister Susan Stockwell announced her retirement and the teachers went to Fr. Strain and requested Mary Lou be the new principal. She was humbled and delighted at the same time.  Mrs. Van Antwerp served as principal for 4 years before deciding to leave because it was difficult to manage work and family.  After her children were grown she took a job as Principal of St. Leo's in Detroit. She worked there for 5 years before it became a charter school where she continued on for another 20 years. Mrs. Van Antwerp has been retired for 5 year now and is the proud grandmother of 8.   When asked about her memories of HFRS Mrs. Van Antwerp replied "I couldn't give one special memory, there were so many wonderful memories! HFRS has a permanent place in my heart. Thank you Mrs. Van Antwerp, may God bless you for your dedication to education and service to others.