Dunkirk/Mindszenty Classes of 1959 hold joint 60 year reunion

Pictured, from left, in front are: Bob Kaus, Chris Clark, Dorothy Vacanti Lawrence, Carol Gloff, Paulette Smith Bialaszewski and Ann Brien Murphy. In back: Gary Woodbury, Reg Corsi, Lou Elias, Bob Gloff, Dan Gernatt and Gene Wlodarek. Committee members missing from the photo were Ellen Bailey, Suzanne Elias, Judy Waterman and Emily Skrzyniarz.

The Dunkirk High School and the Cardinal Mindszenty High School “Class of ’59” held a joint 60th reunion at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk on July 26 and 27. There were 48 classmates from Dunkirk High School and 27 classmates from Cardinal Mindszenty High School attending. Classmates travelled from as far away as California and Florida to attend and renew old acquaintances.

Friday evening was a casual affair, in the tent behind the Clarion, with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres served, where classmates could get-together and reminisce. The Saturday evening dinner was held in the Clarion banquet room with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a choice of one of three dinner selections. DHS Class President Lou Elias and CMHS Class President Dan Gernatt gave welcoming speeches with Sister Cynthia Kilian of Cardinal Mindszenty saying Grace.

After dinner DHS classmate Emily Skrzyniarz acknowledged deceased classmates, after which the names of all deceased classmates from both schools were read, least they be forgotten. Co-chairs of the event, Bob Kaus of Dunkirk High and Dorothy Lawrence of Cardinal Mindszenty gave reports on how the two classes and their committees got together for this 1st ever joint reunion. Then, DHS classmates Reg Corsi and George Catalano tested the memory of classmates with a bit of “nickname” and “song & artist” trivia, after which President Lou presented a “In Appreciation” plaque to former DHS math teacher Fred Byham, for his guidance, staunch support and longtime friendship.

Presidents Lou and Dan closed by thanking their respective committees, promising to have another “joint reunion” in the not to distant future.