Graduate of the Class of 1958 Visits St. Raymond School
St. Raymond School had a very special visitor on campus last week. Kathleen Lenahan Butler, a graduate of the St. Raymond School Class of 1958 paid a visit to the school. The Class of 1958 was the first graduating class at St. Raymond. Mrs. Butler's class purchased the statue of Mary, and her father, Joe Lenahan, built the small wooden shrine that still stands in the school courtyard today. This shrine was the Class of 1958s' farewell gift to the school. "I was pleased to see that it is still where we placed it in the courtyard sixty years later. St Raymond's has a special place in my heart", commented Mrs. Butler.
At that time, the Immaculate Heart Sisters taught at St. Raymond School under Monsignor Kennedy. This order was based in Los Angeles. When Mrs. Butler graduated from Holy Cross High School in Mountain View, five girls in her class went into the Convent. Four of her classmates joined the Holy Cross sisters, but she joined the Immaculate Heart order because they made a great impression on her at St. Raymond School. She was with the Immaculate Heart sisters for five years.
Mrs. Butler came to Menlo Park to attend the funeral of Rita Chaput at St. Raymond Church. Mrs. Chaput was a long time parishioner and one of the first St. Raymond School Mothers' Club Presidents. Mrs. Chaput's daughter, Renee Chaput Zotter, was also a member of the Class of 1958 and served as Mothers' Club President in 1984. We are so grateful that Mrs. Butler dropped in at school and shared some school history with us!