Lockport's '49'ers celebrate 70-year class reunion


Members of the classes of 1949 from Lockport High School and St. Joseph's Academy held a joint 70-year class reunion at Cammarata's Restaurant in mid August. Standing, in the back row, from left, are Joe Rundio, Ed Quinones, Ida Renna Craddock, Elvera Benedetti Mangiafesto, Joanne Warner Ridgeway, Patty Barnes Griffith, Jean Albright Glynn, George Tomkinson, Joe Sanmarco and Dorothy Wiesenthal Eichorn; and, seated, Mary Lou Anthony Ritz, Msgr. Tom Moran, Paul Layer, Vince Lardner and Lauretta Halbig Long.

Members of the Lockport High School and St. Joseph's Academy classes of 1949 celebrated their 70-year class reunion at Cammarata's Restaurant on Aug. 15. In attendance were 17 LHS class members and one St. Joseph's graduate along with their spouses and/or guests.

The evening began at 4 o'clock with drinks and a get-reacquainted hour. On display were our class yearbooks and pictures from various past events along with framed paintings of our high school on East Avenue and bell tower. The white-clothed tables were decorated with blue and gold ribbon and green ivy. A blue and yellow floral arrangement centered the head table.

Master of Ceremonies Paul Layer welcomed everyone and introduced Msgr. Tom Moran, also a class member, who gave the invocation. Class members then introduced themselves and shared brief messages. Lauretta Halbig Long recited an "Old Irish Blessing" and a brief "old Irish saying."

Dinner was ordered from a special prepared menu and music was provided by pianist Kevin Clark for our listening pleasure.

After a wonderful dinner, Kevin played our school song and, with the words provided, everyone sang along. Notes and messages received from class members unable to attend (or a family member) were relayed to the group.

Nearing the end of a most memorable and wonderful evening, Paul Layer recited a poem that he composed, "Memories," that was reminiscent of days gone by and a reminder that "we did live in the best of times."

Members of the class of 1949 meet for lunch at Cammarata's at 1 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. All class members, spouses and friends are always welcome.

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