Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, 2011


The LFHS and SMA classes of 1961 held a joint 50th class reunion on August 11, 12 and 13 to coincide with the annual Canal Days in Little Falls. Our kick-off event was a cocktail party hosted at the home of our classmate, Joe DeLorenzo, where everyone became reacquainted and shared stories of high school days and life over the last 50 years. Although our class has been having informal yearly reunions since it’s 41st reunion, several events were planned for our 50th.

On Friday, Joe DeLorenzo took several classmates on a walking tour of Little Falls starting at the high schools we attended and other highlights of the City that have taken place since graduation 50 years ago. Following the annual Canal Days parade, many classmates and spouses attend an informal social at the Knights Inn to reminisce about bygone days.

After celebrating Mass at Holy Family Parish in memory of all 1961 graduates, we all gathered later that evening at Beardslee Manor for our celebration of 50 years since graduation. The ambience of Beardslee Manor was perfect for dinner and talk, starting with a cocktail hour and finishing with a family style meal.

In total, 56 classmates and spouses attended the various events held during this three day period. Classmates traveled from Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Mexico and Canada and several, of course, from various parts of New York State.

Those attending from LFHS were:

Lee Ambrose
Chuck & Gail Balderston
Ruth Barlow
Ed Battisti
Janet Becker
Dick & Karen Brown
Elaine Bundyk
Carol Busch
Audrey Chieka
Tony Colangelo
Virginia Cramer and husband, Roger
Stu Daigneau
Joe DeLorenzo
Sandy Dudik and husband, Dick
Joyce Estey
Whitey Garguilo
Bob & Lynn George
Jim Harter
Doug James
Bob Jantosciak
Linda Kula and husband, John
Mary Jo Lucas and husband, Pete
Kristen Lyons
George & Stella Mang
Sandy Marosek and husband, Roger
Joe & Carol Palowich
Roy & Rosanne Ritchie
Lee & Marilyn Schrader
Frank Sestir
Karl Sidenius

Those attending from St. Mary’s were:

Bill & Lois Drumm
Bob Gartner
Jane Pinto and husband, Louis
Herm & Kathy Schwasnick
Joan Pawluk and husband, John
Gary Urich
Donna Bronson and husband, Henry


Contact: Dick Brown, for more information