Class of ’72 Reunion Recap
The Little Falls Elks club was transformed into a 1972 décor theme setting on August 13, 2022 as the Little Falls High School Class of 1972 celebrated their fiftieth year since graduation. Peace signs, fresh purple and white flowers, tie dye and several mementos of 1972 decorated the hall. One popular area was the “photo booth” where a few antics were underway. Joyce Kaufman brought photo albums from each of the prior reunions and the yearbook and assorted articles about classmates. About 70 people attended the reunion.
The Class of 1972 was the 100th class to graduate from Little Falls with a record number of graduates. A newspaper clipping from The Evening Times on June 26, 1972 was captioned “Diplomas are Presented to 179 Seniors”. Sadly over these 50 years we lost 26 classmates. A memorial table was set up with their names.
Linda Casler became our impromptu emcee and announced the names of classmates who sent “hello” messages but were unable to attend. For two people in the class this was their very first time at a reunion. Class members attended from Georgia, South Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Alabama, and from every corner of New York State. People attending shared a lot of memories, pictures of grandchildren, joyous moments and sad moments and challenges faced in busy lives.
The planning committee for this reunion included Joyce Becker Kaufman, Mary Welch Tomaso, Kathy Sterzinar Mocko, Linda Salarpi, Judy Brucker Ward. Several classmates helped with set up. Catering was by Ruth Petkovsek and her staff serving a delicious family-style dinner with a choice of desserts.
For 50 years a small scholarship was given to a Little Falls graduate. Unless proven otherwise, we believe we are the only graduating class at LFHS with a paperback yearbook.