|Jazz, that's what the 50s were about
and hamburgers at the drive in, Friday night dances, saddle shoes, and necking at the drive-in movies. Relive those days here on the Class of 1952 web page. Get in touch again with your old friends and your memories, and then find them again after 50 years right on this very same page. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, relax, and scroll down into the past and the present.
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|People have enjoyed reading the biographies, so why not share yours. It needn't cover the past 50 years, but it is fine if it does. You can also share a special event, a trip or something that was special to you or your family. We would enjoy hearing from you.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" DYKHUIS GIONTI Whenever I think about those fabulous years at HHS, I remember steno and typing classes with Grace Campana, Mr. Lawrence and, of course, meeting Art and double- dating with Dot & Ken Silvestri on Saturday nights!
Arthur and I were married on June 12, l954, three days after he graduated from Rutgers University. I was a legal secretary in Paterson (in the old Fabian building) until March, 1955, when I went to be with Art in Mannheim, Germany during his tour of army duty. Being employed as a secretary on the base enabled us to become close friends with my German coworkers. We travelled extensively and in particular to visit my relatives in the Netherlands. Such fond memories!
Our first daughter, Irene Theresa, was born in 1958, during Art's second year at Hahnemann Medical College and daughter, Linda Denise, arrived a few weeks after graduation in 1960. During Art's internship and residency at Jefferson and U.PA.-Graduate Hospital, I was a stay-at-home mom, thanks to the support from both sets of parents.
In 1964, we moved into our new home-office in Parsippany, N.J. where Art practiced internal medicine and I managed the office. When our girls were in high school, I began attending classes at Drew University, Madison, NJ and received a BA in religion in 1982.
All through the years, we've been members of the United Methodist Church and I've been an active U.M.Woman, having served in a volunteer capacity on all levels of the organization. From 1988 to 1996, I was an elected director of the General Board of Global Ministries/World & Women's Divisions. This joyous time of service afforded me the opportunity to travel within and outside the U.S.A. while attending meetings and sometimes
Next, we moved to South Hadley, MA. to be near our grandchildren, Kate
Life is good; I'm still active in U.M.Women here in the New England Conference, work as a literacy volunteer and with our local church prison ministry.
Edith Kuehler Meyer and I are excited about this reunion - see some of you there!
WALT TATHAM I grew up in Hawthorne attending Roosevelt grade school and, of course, Hawthorne High School. Following HHS I attended University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Mechanical engineering in 1957. My family had moved to California in 1953 so I went to work on the west coast in the defense industry. I married in 1959, but that disaster blew apart in short order! The trauma of that marriage and divorce drove me to my knees before God. I received the Lord Jesus into my life and have never been sorry! In 1961 God brought the widow Kitty Province and her two little kids into my life. After almost blowing her away by casually announcing on our second date that I was going to marry her, we WERE married four months later! We celebrated our 40th anniversary last Dec. 8th
MARION THISSEN BUSH After graduating HHS I worked for NJ Bell in Paterson with classmates Carol Arnold, Doris Cronk and Arlene Vitz. I married in 1955 to John Dallas Bush and moved to Metuchen, New Jersey, his hometown. In January 1958, our son J. Dean was born. We moved to South Plainfield in 1959 and had our second child Diane. This was our home for 20 years. A small town much like Hawthorne and Metuchen a great place where everyone knows your name. I kept very busy with volunteer work and was active in Womens Club. At a Womens Club cocktail party, Pat Iannaccone (Tighe) was a guest of one of our members. We would see each other until she moved to Florida. In 1977, with our children in college, I decided to do some temp work and went to Rutgers University. After being interviewed, I was told that the Director of Personnel was Burt DiCenso. I then found myself working full time in the Personnel Department. After one year there, I looked for something more challenging. I began working for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in the South Plainfield office as a Personal Service Representative. In 1980 we moved to Middletown, NJ and I was transferred to the Tinton Falls office. In 1985 I left this position to do volunteer work for the community.
RON IANNACCONE After graduation from HHS the next four years were spent at Fairleigh Dickinson University obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business with a major in accounting.
1969- Promoted to Manager. All is fine until 1971 when FEC lost a major government contract and my future with FEC is in doubt.I liked working for FEC and the rough and tumble of government contracts so I tell the CFO that I will do what ever is necessary to stay aboard, his reply "we need you on the Safeguard Missile job in North Dakota ... go." I went.
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50th Class Reunion
Send pictures to Ralph. Pictures taken over the reunion weekend or some golden oldies you want to share. Indicate if you want them returned.
Jack Sneden, Tom Kreger, Elisa Orlando, Chris Russo....Betty Allan Valz toasting the Class of 1952
Pose a question that you would like your fellow classmates opinion on.
What does Ursidae mean? Ans: (latin) Female bear.
Some important events that took place during our high school years:
Take a walk through 1948-52:
1948: On TV, The Ed Sullivan Show.
1949: Nobel Prize in Literature: American novelist William Faulkner.
Don't be shy!
Send snailmail or e-mail to:
Ralph Schunk Mercer 3189 Westmont Place
By the way, you may know a fellow classmate who doesn't have a computer. So please print and mail them a copy of this, and give them some incentive to mail info in; like promise to buy them a cappuccino. (Wow! You think that was easy to spell?)
*If the volume on the tune being played is a little loud just go to front page, upper left corner and click on "speaker" symbol. A bar appears on left, move indicator down to lower volume. What is the name of that tune? In the Mood, Glenn Miller
*MAINTENANCE: From time to time maint. will need to be done to the web site and will require the web page to be non-accessible. If you see a message;ie;"this page is out to lunch" or some equally "funny" message you will know I am uploading all the great info you want to share. Try back later!
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5:30 p.m. Informal pre-game get together at Shortway's Barn ,located just beyond the corners of Goffle and Lafayette Road (heading toward Ridgewood)
7:00 p.m. The "Bears" football game
September 14, Saturday
9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast at Hawthorne High School
11:00 a.m. Guided tour of the high school.
September 15, Sunday
Noon until 4 p.m. Banquet
a color 8x10 group photo
Not included: cost of the football game.
The total price for all activities is $75.00 per person. Please submit full amount or balance owed by June 1, 2002, to:
Mr. Roger Mahieu
Ms. Pat Niewaroski Confrancisco
In response to some requests, two motels are offering the following rates:
The Marriot Saddle Brook, (800) 228-9290 will give a AAA
The Regency House, Rt.23, Pompton Plains,
WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU
Muriel De Vogel
Bertram Di Censo
Martin Huisman, Jr.
Martin Vander Wende
Donald Van Putten
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