Congratulating Rita Foley Halpin on Her 92Nd Birthdayby Former Representative Eni F. H. Faleomavaega
Posted on 2013-03-13
of american samoa
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Mr. Speaker, I wish to recognize the 92nd birthday
last week on March 5th of Rita Foley Halpin of Glenview, Illinois. Rita
is one of the few surviving Americans who can say that her grandfather
in the Civil War. Captain Patrick Foley, an immigrant from County
Kerry, Ireland, served in the 23rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
(``the Irish Brigade''), fought under General Philip Sheridan in the
last major Civil War battle, the siege of Petersburg, and was present
at Appomattox Court House for the final surrender.
Rita's father, Dr. Thomas P. Foley, was a past President of the Chicago Medical Society. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Elizabeth Hannon Foley, Rita graduated from Chicago Teachers College in 1943 and started her career as a kindergarten teacher in Chicago public schools.
Rita's husband, the late Thomas J. Halpin, to whom she was married for over sixty-two years, was a captain serving with the 88th Infantry during the liberation of Rome in World War II. Her grandson, Sean R. Halpin, continues the family tradition of military service as a first lieutenant in United States Forces/Korea.
Rita raised four children and then returned to teaching where she was an elementary school teacher at St. Paul of the Cross School in Park Ridge, Illinois for almost two decades. She is still fondly remembered by her many pupils.
For historical purposes, I submit this statement to be made part of the Congressional Record in honor of Rita Foley Halpin and the contributions that she and her family have made to this country.