Letter: Patsy Guadnola’s angels
John Stroud’s story in the Post Independent on the passing of Patsy Guadnola told of the extraordinary person she was for her entire life of 92 years. Each of her students remained her special friend for life. An entire book could be filled with their remembrances and stories.
Both Lavonne and I were students of hers. Lavonne in voice training for glee club and choir, and I, classical piano. In our time in high school from 1951 through 1955 Patsy’s choirs won first in every year’s Colorado’s State Competition. I will never forget an exceptional occasion held in 2003 at the high school on Patsy’s 80th birthday. About 30 of her former high school choir students were hidden in a back classroom far away from the gymnasium where Patsy would soon arrive. This special choir was made up of a cross section of students going back in time to even a few that had graduated in 1950. Patsy’s choirs always had a good number of boys, as did this choir.
They practiced for about 30 minutes and entered the gymnasium just before Patsy arrived. Was it Terry Wilson who told Patsy a fib about why she was to be at school that day? As she entered the room she was overcome with surprise and emotion. The collection of songs combined with voices that had not performed together in decades, if ever, was beyond beautiful. The extraordinary perfection of the melding of their voices told me divine angels from above were truly on each of their shoulders. Tears flooded my eyes and most of the others.
Patsy often reflected on how during my senior year, 1955, she would often tell Lavonne, “Lavonne, you should get together with Floyd.” Patsy truly was our matchmaker. We married in 1956, have two wonderful children, Corinne and John, and four grandchildren. We will celebrate our 60th anniversary this year, 2016.
God truly has blessed so many for knowing you. Thanks, Patsy.
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