By Barbara Wilcox Lyons
On Sat., Jul. 7 the Class of 1953 held their 65th class reunion at the Warwick Inn. What a good time had by all.
We were a small graduating class and some of us were together for the entire 12 years of school, which made us like a family. We were from Pine Island, Amity, Little Brooklyn, Little York, and of course, Warwick.
As we get a tad bit older our class gets a tad bit smaller. Some have passed away, some live too far to travel for only one day for a reunion and some have health issues. To those who could not make it, you were really with us in spirit as we reminisced of all the good times we had together.
We took a moment of silence to remember those who have passed away way too soon and remembered all the good times we had with them. All the pranks that were played on us and the teachers, the football, baseball and basketball games, both boys and girls, that we participated in.
Being together was like going back in time; we were no longer in our 80s; we were young and full of spunk for just a couple of hours, no aches, pains, grey or no hair and all trim and fit. We laughed, sang, told jokes on each other -just have a good ole time. We all said let tomorrow take care of itself.
We had some guests who joined us for the evening including Stanley Phillips and Jane Stiles Kintz from the Class of 1954 and Tommy Gerlitz from the Class of 1968. We also were joined by Amy Feldner Lawlor, the daughter of one of my favorite teachers George (Pop) Feldner, our Algebra and Dramatics teacher. I bet her ears burned listening to what we all did as teenagers.
We were sorry to hear that Betty Lou Grey Smith could not be with us. She was the cement that kept us together all these years, telling us who got married, who had children, what was happening, and who passed away. She also was the factor in keeping all our reunions going. She was missed and hopes are that her health improves. From all of us, thank you Betty Lou.
If and when your class has a reunion and you can make it, especially if you are still in the neighborhood, I would hope that you would attend. For just a couple of hours you are back in school talking to classmates you have not seen or even remember. It is what keeps us all young at heart.
Our next one is in five years and if all are willing, we will see you all again. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for coming and enjoying a very special evening.