EXETER — The St. John the Evangelist High School Class of 1965 experienced a blast from the past when they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their high school graduation at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter, on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Prior to the reunion, a Mass was held in the class’ honor at St. John the Evangelist Church on William Street in Pittston.
When classmates gathered at Fox Hill, two vehicles from the 1960s parked under a welcome banner at the entrance of the country club where they took their class reunion photo.
The last time the class held a reunion was for its 10th anniversary, which explains why many of the former students did not recognize each other. To help the cause, nametags were provided with their photos from the yearbook.
“The last one we had was 40 years ago and I just wanted to see everyone again,” Mary Elizabeth Fereck Cazzone of Charlotte, North Carolina, said. “We had a good time 40 years ago and I wanted to see everyone again.”
Cazzone tries to get back to Greater Pittston once or twice a year.
The 1965 class graduated 138 students, which is one of the largest classes to graduate from the Catholic school. Forty-five classmates attended the affair at Fox Hill.
“It was extremely important to attend the reunion in light of the fact that we lost so many people in our class that it makes you pause and realize what a great group we have. Even with those no longer with us, it’s time to celebrate,” Avoca native Marianne McGowen, of Brookline, Massachusetts, said.
According to classmate George Missett, Exeter, organizers started planning for the event in November 2014. “We had a meeting a month and it’s been a pleasure,” Missett said. “The last night of meetings, it got a little emotional.”
The class gathered the evening before the reunion at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, Pittston, before moving to Sabatini’s, Exeter, where a beer was dedicated to the class.
“Unfortunately, we had a class president that died very young and no one took the bull by the horns. Fifty is important number and a few took the bull by the horn,” Missett added. “People keep saying, ‘Thank you for your hard work.’ It wasn’t hard work, it was a pleasure.”
Missett said there is interest in gathering for classmates’ 70th birthdays in two years. “It might be a picnic or whatever, but we will plan something,” Missett said. “We’ll all be 70 in a couple of years and we all want to keep this going.”