The members of the Class of 1962 from St. Hyacinth's School recently gathered to celebrate their 50-year re-union.
Several classmates and their spouses attended the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Hyacinth's Church, celebrated by the pastor, Father Matthew Nycz, and the concelebrant, Father Walter Matuszak, who was an assistant pastor when the Class of 1962 attended St. Hyacinth's. Remembered in their prayers were deceased classmates Dolores Wawro, Nancy Lazarczyk, Katie Roesch and Tom Dobek.
A buffet dinner followed at the First Ward Falcon Club. Fr. Matuszak said "grace," stating that he hoped to be back for the class's 75th. After the prayer, a moment of silence was observed for their deceased classmates; the sisters who taught them, Sr. Gaudia, Sr. Bernada, Sr. Benita, Sr. Alphonse, Sr. Martina, Sr. Juvenalia, and Sr. Silveria; priests, Fr. John Sliwinski and Fr. John Suplicki; organist, John Dubnicki; janitor, Joseph Dolski; and school nurse, Mrs. Nevlock.
In front: Joe Rozen, Pat Szlachta Kibbe, Barb Berdych Victor. Seated: Mary Mackowiak Gliwa, Geraldine Toriski Cole, Judy Mackowiak Wessells, Virginia Wlodarek Pachol, Claudia Renwick Hanlon, Charlotte Kuzma McDonnell, Jeanette Krupa Jesse. Standing: Rick Pryll, Sandy Kozlowski Gizowski, Tom Katta, John Dach, Ed Schultz, Adolph Herdzik, Tom Gestwicki, Greg Sek, Mary Ann Bielaszka Vitale, Theresa Wisniewski Mikula, Nancy Dragon Borowski, Richard Maslach, Roger Jochym.
Elegant-looking favors, made by the committee, were made from glass candle holders and red Solo cups, filled with gold-wrapped chocolates.
A special gift was presented to Richard Maslach, the class's first great-grandfather. Games followed with prizes consisting of gag gifts, to the delight of the alumni. Trivia questions were asked pertaining to the year 1962. Class members were then asked to share memories of their grade school days, contributing many stories to entertain the group. The next several hours were spent sharing stories with friends and catching up on each other's lives.
Out of 32 remaining classmates, 23 attended the celebration. Guests came from Phoenix, Las Vegas, Oklaho-ma, Cincinnati, Montreal, and Western New York.
Committee members were Pat Kibbe, Barb Victor, Jeanette Jesse, Charlotte McDonnell, Sandy Gizowski and Joe Rozen.