Pittston High School Class of 1965 gathers for golden anniversary

By Tony Callaio - For Sunday Dispatch | August 27th, 2015 10:18 am

EXETER — Members of the Pittston High School Class of 1965 gathered for the 50th anniversary of their high school graduation on Aug. 21 at Fox Hill Country Club.

Fifty-three classmates of the class’s 144 members enjoyed an ideal mid-summer evening. Twenty-three of the graduates are deceased.

During the cocktail hour, not many classmates were seated as everyone mingled while catching up with each other.

“There were a few classmates that we hadn’t seen at all since graduation and a lot commented on Facebook that they wish they had attended earlier reunions,” said Rosie Zwarycz Massara.

Joe Sperrazza, Harding, hadn’t been to a reunion in 25 years while living in Pittsburgh and Maryland and working for the Department of Defense. Now retired, Sperrazza said he had a great time reminiscing with friends from days gone by.

Chester Sobuta, Hughestown, has worked in investments for most of his career. “It’s a nice experience because you go through school with all of these people, which was a wonderful experience to go to school 50 years ago and it’s nice to see them again because it was a wonderful relationship,” Sobuta said.

Sobuta has attended most of the class’s reunions. “A lot of classmates live locally and we get together; it’s nice,” he said.

Classmates were able to participate in the 32nd Annual Tomato Festival Parade held the next day and a school bus was supplied for members who wanted to attend. “We had to be at the school for 8 a.m. to get on the bus for the parade,” Massara said. “It was so much fun; we had a great time on the bus. We have such witty people from our class.”

Massara has kept in touch with classmates by gathering phone numbers, email addresses and postal addresses.

Classmates discussed meeting more frequently than every five years.

“We may meet every year or even for when many of us turn 70 in two years’ time,” Massara concluded.

“The 50th reunion is very special because we won’t make another 50,” Sobuta quipped.

This special photo of seven classmates who went through school from kindergarten through senior year. From left, first row, are Karen Allford Sobuta, Columbia Acquisto Farruggia. Second row, Anthony ‘Butch’ Del Regno, Lenny Sperrazza, Charlie Cortese, Harry Costello, Joe Castellino.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHG-1965-5.jpgThis special photo of seven classmates who went through school from kindergarten through senior year. From left, first row, are Karen Allford Sobuta, Columbia Acquisto Farruggia. Second row, Anthony ‘Butch’ Del Regno, Lenny Sperrazza, Charlie Cortese, Harry Costello, Joe Castellino. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston High Class of 1965 attendees, from left, are Francine Lisi Sperrazza, Lenny Sperrazza, Raymond Weeks.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHS-1965-1.jpgPittston High Class of 1965 attendees, from left, are Francine Lisi Sperrazza, Lenny Sperrazza, Raymond Weeks. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Mary Ann Pisano Struckus, left, of Pittston, Susan Homscheck Gratalo, of Hughestown, center, and Rosemary Zwarycz Massara, of Pittston, catch up on old times.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHS-1965-2.jpgMary Ann Pisano Struckus, left, of Pittston, Susan Homscheck Gratalo, of Hughestown, center, and Rosemary Zwarycz Massara, of Pittston, catch up on old times. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pausing for a photo are, from left, Joe Sperrazza, Harding; Margaret Martinelli Klush, Pittston; Anne Montante Torres, California; and Diane Tamburro Fogel, Florida.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHS-1965-3.jpgPausing for a photo are, from left, Joe Sperrazza, Harding; Margaret Martinelli Klush, Pittston; Anne Montante Torres, California; and Diane Tamburro Fogel, Florida. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Sharing conversation before dinner are, from left, Chester Sabuto, Hughestown; Rebecca Smalley Rosiak, Pittston; Jack Nardone, Pittston; and Andy Watson, Pittston.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHS-1965-4.jpgSharing conversation before dinner are, from left, Chester Sabuto, Hughestown; Rebecca Smalley Rosiak, Pittston; Jack Nardone, Pittston; and Andy Watson, Pittston. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston High School 1965 held a 50th anniversary class reunion held at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter on Aug. 22 with 53 classmates in attendance. Shown in no particular order are Rosemary Zwarycz Massara, Tom Bonchonsky, Roseann Bellanco Bonchonsky, Jack Nardone, Sam Arfanella, Mary Ann Pisano Struckus, Jack Wega, Mona Kause Ramiza, Mary Lou Bartoli Boos, Pat Adonizio, Angie Borzell Serino, Frank Serino, Columbia Acquisto Farruggia, Joe Sperrazza, Karen Alford Sobuta, Chester Sobuta, Richard McDonald, Guy Noto, Lenny Sperrazza, Francine Lisi Sperrazza, Ron Pugliese, Judy Lussi Pugliese, Joe Castellino, Joann Rostock Merritt, Len Lojewski, Rebecca Smalley Rosiak, Kathy, Stankus Ceshan, Linda Leppert Scaz, Andy Watson, Frank Valeski, Anne Montante Torres, Jack Jamieson, Charlie Cortese, Diane Tamburro Fogel, Louie Mazzitelli, Genevieve Hart Mazzitelli, Stanley Bellanco, Barbara Memory Loftus, Rosemary Fitzpatrick McHale, John Sleboda, Sharon Wrubel Ziobro, Barbara Keating Lutman, Mary Dalessando DeRome, Anthony, Del Regno, Donald Toole, Harry Costello, Chris Cunningham, Elaine Bressler Snedeker, Patricia Antonello Wolyniak, Margaret Martinelli Klush , Ray Weeks, Bob Adonizio and Susan Homschek Gratalo.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_PAHS-1965-7.jpgPittston High School 1965 held a 50th anniversary class reunion held at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter on Aug. 22 with 53 classmates in attendance. Shown in no particular order are Rosemary Zwarycz Massara, Tom Bonchonsky, Roseann Bellanco Bonchonsky, Jack Nardone, Sam Arfanella, Mary Ann Pisano Struckus, Jack Wega, Mona Kause Ramiza, Mary Lou Bartoli Boos, Pat Adonizio, Angie Borzell Serino, Frank Serino, Columbia Acquisto Farruggia, Joe Sperrazza, Karen Alford Sobuta, Chester Sobuta, Richard McDonald, Guy Noto, Lenny Sperrazza, Francine Lisi Sperrazza, Ron Pugliese, Judy Lussi Pugliese, Joe Castellino, Joann Rostock Merritt, Len Lojewski, Rebecca Smalley Rosiak, Kathy, Stankus Ceshan, Linda Leppert Scaz, Andy Watson, Frank Valeski, Anne Montante Torres, Jack Jamieson, Charlie Cortese, Diane Tamburro Fogel, Louie Mazzitelli, Genevieve Hart Mazzitelli, Stanley Bellanco, Barbara Memory Loftus, Rosemary Fitzpatrick McHale, John Sleboda, Sharon Wrubel Ziobro, Barbara Keating Lutman, Mary Dalessando DeRome, Anthony, Del Regno, Donald Toole, Harry Costello, Chris Cunningham, Elaine Bressler Snedeker, Patricia Antonello Wolyniak, Margaret Martinelli Klush , Ray Weeks, Bob Adonizio and Susan Homschek Gratalo. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston High School Class of 1965 gathers for golden anniversary

By Tony Callaio

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