UC REUNION ROUNDTABLE - February 20, 2020
Is this your UC Class reunion year? It is if you are the class of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015. Have you recently helped organize your UC class reunion? If so, check out the invite below. Please come and listen to see if you MIGHT want to join your reunion committee. Attending DOES NOT mean you are committing to anything other than a nice evening at UC with other alumni.
CLASS OF 1969 - 50 Years
In May, many members of the Class of 1969 participated in the Union Catholic Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony, followed by a luncheon at Shackamaxon Country Club. Some classmates missed the May event, so the Class of 1969 organized a 50-Year Reunion for November 2, also at Shackamaxon Country Club. The turnout was amazing, with more than 80 people in attendance. Welcomes were provided by both the Girls School 1969 Student Council President Kathy Kinney Mariucci, and the Boys School 1969 Student Council President, Jack Tarantin. There were silent auctions, raffles, and many, many photos - but mostly there was a wonderful sense of school spirit. Many attendees had participated in school tours of Union Catholic prior to the reunion, and were comforted to see things as they remembered it, and yet were enthused by all of the advancements and innovation. Quite a few alumni flew in for the reunion, from as far away as Florida, Utah, and New Mexico. They had a pre-reunion Pub Meet-Up on Friday night at Stage House in Scotch Plains, to kick off the festivities; what a fun group!
CLASS OF 1970 - 50 Years
The 50th Graduation Anniversary celebration for the Class of 1970 will take place on Thursday May 28, 2020. Formal invitations were mailed on January 27 to all members of the Class of 1970 for whom we have current home mailing addresses. If you do not receive your invitation by February 10, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there are more than 70 “missing” members of the class of 1970. If you have contact information, have a lead, or can even identify a UC sibling of one of your “missing” classmates, please email email@example.com. Your 50th Graduation Anniversary celebration is a once in a lifetime event and we would like everyone from 1970 to be there!
CLASS OF 1974 - Holiday Get Together
Following on the heels of a very successful 45th reunion celebration, Bill Courtney '74 generously hosted a holiday get together at his local winery, Winemakers of Somerset. The event took place on Thursday December 12, 2019, from 6pm-10pm. Bill provided the wine and classmates brought snacks and their holiday spirit.
Attendees included (l to r):
- Jim Clark
- Joe Smeraglia
- Bill Courtney
- Joe Klenner
- Rich Fedison
- Dan Galati
- Gary Skocypec
- Jeanne Coogan (missing from picture)
- Suzanne Klenner McKay '76 (missing from picture)
Bill invites all UC Alumni to stop in and say hello!
Winemakers of Somerset
9 John Street
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
CLASS OF 1974 - 45 Years
It was an amazing night when the Class of 1974 came together at the Best Western in Murray Hill for their 45-Year Reunion. The lead committee members, Rich Fedison, Loretta Santacroce, and Michele Savage, worked non-stop to track down and personally invite their classmates, resulting in a fabulous turn out. Other committee members added extra special touches, including illuminated centerpieces that featured yearbook pictures of every attendee. The Class of ‘74 gifted Union Catholic with a generous donation, for which UC is incredibly grateful. It will be used to establish the Class of 1974 Endowed Scholarship, with the hopes that the scholarship will be fully funded by the time they celebrate their 50th Graduation Anniversary in 2024. Perhaps the greatest tribute was this observation from a spouse who attended the reunion, “I am in awe of the phenomenal class spirit and loyalty that the alumni have for Union Catholic. God bless you all!”
CLASS OF 1979 - 40 Years
The Class of 1979 has always been an active participant in UC events, such as Pub Night and Tricky Tray. So, it was no surprise that more than 65 classmates attended their 40-year reunion at Darby Road on October 19. The room was buzzing and the energy level was high with hugs all around, thanks to the efforts of Kathy Hamel, Barbara Chandler Coletti, Maureen Aracin Leitner and Pete Pepe. There is no doubt that this group will be back together multiple times before their 45-year reunion rolls around in 2024. Check out the Class of 1979 Facebook page for additional photos.
CLASS OF 1980 40-Year Reunion
Maryann Schiller Degnan has the ball rolling for the Class of 1980 reunion. The committee has a meeting planned in the next few weeks, and will be contacting everyone shortly thereafter. They intend to send a survey, so they are requesting that everyone email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Name (including maiden name), Email, Home address, Cell. Also, please visit the new Facebook page: Union Catholic Class of 1980 Reunion https://www.facebook.com/groups/463875767732771/
CLASS OF 1984 - 35 Year Reunion
The committee (Colleen Yewaisis Mahr, Jaimie Schnitzer Westley, Kelly Waters, Geri Ricciani Beltran, Joellen Piasecki Pace and Joe Lettieri) is developing their plan and will share details next month.
CLASS OF 1989 - 30 Years
The Class of 1989 spent many high school summer days enjoying the Jersey Shore. So, when it came time to plan their 30-year reunion, Long Beach Island was the obvious choice. Classmates were given the date more than one year in advance, so many scheduled their family vacations in conjunction with the reunion. Whether they stayed for the weekend, a week, or even a month, they were happy to be “down the shore” together again. The formal reunion was held on Friday night, but extended well into Saturday afternoon for many! Their class Facebook page is filled with photos and videos, including these THEN/NOW versions. Not only did the Class of 1999 make a generous donation to UC, they also raised funds in memory of their recently deceased classmate and donated to her parish as well. Kudos to Paul Martinho, Kristin Horan Laffey, Anne Ventola, Kathleen Karl Morgante, Trisha Murray Dulinski, Michelle Rundzieher Antonelli, and Michele Calogero-Duca for a super event.
CLASS OF 1994 - 25 Years
To be able to celebrate your 25th Graduation Anniversary is a special occasion, and the members of the Class of 1994 who came back to their alma mater to mark 25 years truly had a special time. As soon as they entered the front door at UC, they were hugging each other as if they had not been together since 1994 - and in many cases that was accurate! No worries, they were instantly reunited and sharing life stories. The current UC Student Ambassadors who were on hand to conduct building tours were touched by the camaraderie, and vowed NOT to lose touch once they graduate. The 1994 alumni visited science classrooms, lounged in the cafeteria, and posed for photos on the stage in the auditorium. The party continued with food and drink in the library. Some members of the Class of 1994 had been together through elementary school and high school; such a strong bond. The class was happy to see a "surprise" guest at the reunion, Mr Bruce Zehnle. A special thanks to Lauren Casa who helped coordinate this milestone event and to track down “missing” classmates.
CLASS OF 1999 - 20 Years
A fun time was had by all, as the Class of 1999 gathered together at Stage House Tavern in Somerset on September 14, to celebrate their 20-Year Reunion. Of course there was food and drink, accompanied by plenty of laughs while looking through old yearbooks, and stories that began with “Remember when…” The classmates ended the evening asking the reunion committee when they would begin planning for their milestone reunion of 25 years! Thank you to Andrea daFonseca Housel, Derrick Levine, Kathy Karasiewicz-Mendez and especially Tiana Mayes for all of their hard work. Union Catholic gratefully thanks the "99ers" for their very generous gift back to their alma mater; may you all be blessed!
CLASS OF 2004 - 15 Years
The Class of 2004 celebrated together on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 80 River Bar & Kitchen in Hoboken. All attendees agreed that much has changed in their lives in the 15 years since they graduated from UC, such as college, jobs, marriage and children! Thank you to Bryan Smith and Kimberly Schurtz for organizing this reunion. For additional photos, check out the Class of 2004 FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/424396017596236/
CLASS OF 2009 - 10 Years
'09 turns 10! Your 10-Year Reunion will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 from 7:00pm-10:00pm at Cranford Social in Cranford. The cost is $65 per person and provides 3-hours top shelf open bar plus hors d’oeuvres, a slider station and a pasta station. Check out the Class of 2009 FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1451786995067318/
to see who is going. Reach out to Meggie Smith (email@example.com) with any questions .
CLASS OF 2014 - 5 Years
Five years already? Your 5-Year Reunion will take place on Saturday November 9, 2019 beginning at 6:30pm at Darby Road in Scotch Plains. Shout out to Allison Yashay, Cristina Bonner, and Anna Zahran Salgueiro Lourenco who have been busy planning this reunion. See below for more details and check out your class FB page to see who is going! https://www.facebook.com/groups/classof2014reunion/
RSVP now - don’t let your UC friends get too far away.