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St. Mary's Catholic Church Windows

Memoriam Windows

Inserted over the clear, glass, panels of the windows in St. Mary's Catholic Church are exquisitely, hand-crafted, stained-glass, panels. Each of the windows in St. Mary's Catholic Church have a powerful biblical image of a saint or angel in stained-glass. The chosen saint or angel is representative of the individual they memorialize.

The first stained glass window in St. Mary’s Catholic Church is in honor of Alton Pardee Lawson, Sr. (born 6-28-44 deceased 8-5-05). The window is a full-length realistic view of St. Michael the Archangel. It was designed and built by Alton’s daughter-in-law, Robin Lawson with assistance from Alton’s son, Kenneth Lawson of Richmond, VA. Alton’s son-in-law, Terry Bates built the frame for the window and installed the window with the assistance of Alton Lawson, Jr. and Donna Lawson Bates (son and daughter to Alton, Sr.). Alton, Sr. had a devotion to St. Michael the Archangel and was known to pray the Prayer to St. Michael frequently. Alton’s family donated this window to the church with a celebration Mass and blessing of the window.
The second stained glass window in St. Mary’s Catholic Church was in honor of Frank Clay. The window is a full-length abstract version of St. Mary. The window was designed and built by the Frank’s son and daughter in-law, James and Mary Alice Clay. In addition, Ronald and Rita Jo Porter helped to build this window. Martha Clay, widow of Frank Clay, chose the design of Mary for this window. James Clay built the frame and installed the window.
The third stained glass window in St. Mary’s Catholic Church is in honor of Rose Mary Dedulonus Lawson (born 1-10-24 deceased 11-28-07). The window is a full-length realistic depiction of the Madonna with the Christ child in her arms. This window was designed and built by Rose’s daughter-in law, Robin Lawson with assistance from Rose’s son, Kenneth Lawson of Richmond, VA. Rose’s son-in law, Terry Bates built the frame for the window and installed the window with the assistance of Donna Lawson Bates, daughter to Rose. Rose had a deep devotion to the Madonna and the Christ child. Rose kept a rosary with her at all times and prayed the rosary daily. Rose’s family donated this window to the church with a celebration Mass and blessing of the window.
The fourth stained glass windows in St. Mary’s Catholic Church was donated by the Jacobe/Teasley families. Jason Teasley and Genevieve Lally-Knuth designed, built and installed the windows and frames for this windows depicting the abstract design of the Angel of Day.
The fifth stained glass windows in St. Mary’s Catholic Church was donated by the Jacobe/Teasley families. Jason Teasley and Genevieve Lally-Knuth designed, built and installed the windows and frames for this windows depicting the abstract design of the Angel of Night.
The sixth stained glass window in St. Mary’s Catholic Church is in honor of the Krenik-Blaschko families and was donated by Father Bob Krenik. The window is a full length depiction of St. Joseph and was designed and built by Robin and Kenneth Lawson of Richmond, VA. Terry Bates built the frame for the window and installed the window with the assistance of Donna Lawson Bates. Father Bob had a devotion to St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. He was especially drawn to St. Joseph’s work as a carpenter and the stained glass window reflects this aspect of St. Joseph’s life. Father Bob, who was very sick during the production of the window, was able to view the pictures of the stained glass window as it was being made. He put his stamp of approval on the window before his passing. A celebration Mass and blessing of the window was attended by members of the Krenik and Blaschko families.

Source of Information

The information for these windows was graciously provided by Donna and Terry Bates. Photographs by Denise Gabriele.