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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 Classes of 1970 from Union Catholic Girls High School and Union Catholic Boys High School were to have celebrated their 50th Graduation Anniversary in May.  The in-person event was postponed, but the Class of 1970 spirit and support for UC never waned.  They have continued to give generously to the new Class of 1970 Endowed Scholarship. Equally impressive are the number of written messages and video congratulations sent from the 1970 UC alumni to the graduates of the Class of 2020. Those greetings were incorporated into the official UC Class of 2020 Graduation pre-party video for all to see and hear.  Congratulations UC Class of 1970 on 50 years!

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
                https://www.winemakersofsomerset.com

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/227400074740/

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 unioncatholic1980reunion@gmail.com 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.  

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! 

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/483813758309149/

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!

The words of one member of the Class of 2009 best sum up the sentiments of the more than 60 classmates who celebrated their 10-year reunion on November 30, 2019 at Cranford Social; “Had an amazing time with you all tonight! After ten years the Class of 2009 still looks amazing. Thank you Ellen, Stephanie, Sara, and Meggie for putting this amazing night together. Let's not make it another ten years before we see each other again! I love you all! 09 still fly!!!”        Check out the Class of 2009 FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1451786995067318/ 

  

CLASS OF 2014 - 5 Years

Being home for Thanksgiving meant that members of the Class of 2014 could get together and give thanks for their UC friendships.  Classmates gathered at the Stagehouse Tavern in Mountainside on November 29, 2019 for a fun “pub meet-up.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/classof2014reunion/     

 

IT’S TIME TO BEGIN PLANNING FOR 2020 REUNIONS!

 

CLASSES OF: 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015,

it’s your turn…

 

The following classes already have volunteers who have expressed an interest in helping to organize their reunions:

 

 1970 > Don  Ruggieri, Ginger Ratchko

 

  1980 > Marianne Schiller Degnan, Amy Szot Torchia Bottega

 

 1990 > Laura Williams- Browne, Peter Durkin

 

  2005 > Ryan Cruz

 

  2010 > Jessica Taylor

 

REACH OUT TO YOUR CLASSMATES AND GET YOUR COMMITTEE GOING; IT WILL BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE!

 

PLEASE CONTACT alumni@unioncatholic.org IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO JOIN YOUR CLASS REUNION COMMITTEE.   

IT IS FUN AND EASY.