Class of 1972 Reunion
On November 25, 2005, members of the Sacred Heart School Class of 1972 came together for the first time in 33 years for a magical night of reminiscing, memories, and catching up with old friends. Although over three decades had passed since the class was together, 28 of the former classmates were located and contacted, and ten of those Sacred Heart alumni attended the very special reunion; six spouses also joined in the fun. Following a reception in the Sacred Heart School cafeteria (where else!), the group toured the school and the church, then enjoyed a formal dinner at the Lewistown Country Club. Attendees included Kelli Parson, Mary Jordan, Kevin Kodish, Teresa Fubio, Mark Soccio, Ramona Miriello, Suzanne Flanagan, Virginia Pacini, Steve Herbster and Pete Pellissier. At the time, all the classmates present still resided in Pennsylvania, except Steve Herbster, who made the trip all the way from San Diego! As a special bonus, the class's second grade teacher, Sister Mary Zavacky, also was able to participate in the event. Music for the reunion, which featured popular tunes from the time the class was together (1965-1972) was developed by Pete Pellissier and Deb Machamer. A memorabilia table displayed school pictures of the kids, teeny-bopper magazines, lunch boxes, and even valentines (thanks to Kelli Parson!). Each attendee was given a packet containing contact information for the 28 Class of 1972 alumni, and a copy of their First Holy Communion picture. A photographer from the Lewistown Sentinel took pictures of the reunited friends for the publishing in the paper.
What was it like to see people whom you hadn't seen in 33 years? One alumni said later, " It was amazing…there was no awkwardness, no down time…you just went right back to the same level of relationships you had in 1972. I think that's because we knew each other so well. After all, we spent six hours a day for seven years together. At one point in the evening, I looked up and realized it was just the ten of us…no spouses, no waiters or anybody else, just us in a close circle, just talking and laughing together. Someone would start a story, and somebody else would finish it. It was absolutely wonderful. It was like if the Beatles had ever gotten back together, just the four of them in a small room…it was like that…you could just feel the closeness, the friendship, the bonding." The laughter, the smiles, and the hugs were genuine, and all agreed that the evening ended too soon.
Special thanks are due to Tom Storm, Margie Zavacky and Anne Marie Showers for their help with the planning, decorations, the tours, and refreshments, and to Father Bateman for supporting this magical evening. Coordinator Pete Pellissier had a recommendation for other Sacred Heart alumni, "I'd encourage anybody who's even remotely thinking about doing something like this to just do it. It was very rewarding. We all learned that night that there really is something special about Sacred Heart."