The Theisen Family
2015 Alumni of the Year
The Alumni Association in Support of St. Mary Catholic Central has named the Theisen family as the 2015 recipients of its Alumni of the Year award.
The Theisen family includes Patricia (Haener) Theisen SMA 1953, and her late husband Edward Theisen, MCC 1953; and their children and grandchildren: Edward ’74, his wife, Karen, and their sons Steven and Adam; Kathryn Cooley ’75, her husband, Daniel, and their children Danielle, Danny, Katie, and Kari; the late Robert ’77, his wife, Debora, and their son Robert; Patricia Capaul ’79, her husband, David, and their children David, Christopher, Benjamin, and Nicholas; Karol Straub ’81, her husband, Michael ‘80, and their children Kimberly, Amanda, and Sarah; Timothy ’83, his wife, Kristyn ’83, and their children Philip and Jenelle; Paul ’85, his wife, Tania, and their children Isaac and Colin; Thomas ’87, his wife, Theresa ’89, and their children Maria, Laura, Thomas, Emily, and Jacob; Amy Cepo ’89 and her children Kayla, Elizabeth, Alexander, and Zack; and Joseph ’93, his wife, Karin, and their children Josh and Molly.
The Theisen family was selected because of their dedication to Catholic education, their volunteer service to area Catholic schools and parishes over three generations, and, in particular, their support of St. Mary Catholic Central High School.
SMCC President, Sean Jorgensen stated, “This award recognizes the Theisen family’s contributions to the betterment of our Monroe community and their decades of leadership and service. The Theisen family have been volunteers and supporters of numerous activities at SMCC including the school’s annual Auction, numerous Athletic Booster events, the Jazz Festival concession operation, the former MCC festival, Campus Ministry’s Bradapalooza softball tourney and 5K run. Several members of the family have served as athletic coaches both at SMCC and at various Catholic parishes through the CYO.”
Ed and Pat Theisen were grade school and high school sweethearts from their days at St. Charles and SMA/MCC. The Theisens were married in 1955. Mrs. Theisen was a homemaker and caregiver to her large family as well as a volunteer in the community. After returning from service in the Army, Ed joined Monroe Plumbing and Heating as an apprentice under the former owners, Nelson Fry and Harold Kegler. Eventually, Mr. Theisen, joined by Joe Connors, purchased the Monroe office of MPH from Fry and Kegler.
“Monroe Plumbing and Heating is an institution in our community as a family owned business. They have a reputation for outstanding craftsmanship and honest work. MPH has been involved in countless major construction projects and renovations over the years, including the IHM Motherhouse, several additions and projects at SMCC, scale projects at Monroe County Community College including, most recently, the Career Tech Center, Mercy Memorial Hospital, the construction of Monroe and Jefferson High School, the Monroe County jail, and most recently, the new world headquarters for La-Z-Boy,” said Jorgensen.
Ed Theisen stated, “Our involvement at SMCC and in the community is natural outgrowth of the example that our mother and father set for us from our earliest days. They taught us to work hard and work honest, in business, in life, and in service to our family and the community. Any success our family has enjoyed comes from the example that mom and dad set and the work ethic they instilled in all of us. We have been very blessed as a family. Those blessings and the love and support of our parents create a responsibility for all of us to give back.”
In addition to their dedication to SMCC, the Theisen have been supporters of their home parishes of St. Charles, St. Mary Monroe, St. Michael and St. Joseph Ida. They have served as Parish Council and School Board members, and festival coordinators. Monroe Plumbing and Heating and members of the Theisen family are active supporters of the United Way, Catholic Charities, and the Local 671 Apprenticeship Program.
Jorgensen stated, “The Theisen family represent the best of what the Monroe community and the SMCC family is about. We are blessed to count them as alumni and friends. Recognizing their contributions to our school is a wonderful way to point to the values and character traits we hope our graduating alumni carry forward with them to college and beyond. It’s wonderful that we get to celebrate them and their example as four of the grandchildren graduate from SMCC with the Class of 2015.”