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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 1974 - Holiday Get Together

Dear Classmates,
 
Following on the heels of a very successful 45th reunion celebration,  Bill Courtney '74 has generously offered to host a holiday get together at his local winery. 
 
Date:  Thurs Dec 12, 2019
 
Location: Winemakers of Somerset
                9 John Street
                Bound Brook, NJ 08805
                https://www.winemakersofsomerset.com/
 
Time:  6:00pm - 10:00pm
 
Bill will provide copious amounts of delicious homemade wine.  We ask that you bring food to share and your own drinks should wine not be your beverage of choice.
 
For planning purposes, RSVP at rwfedison@aol.com by Dec 8 and please bring your spouse, partner or best friend. 
 
Please be sure to share this invitation with any classmates for whom we may not have a current email.
 
Hoping to see many of you again.  
 
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With warm regards,
 
Rich Fedison       
 
 
 
 
 

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 1984 - 35 Years    

Thanks to all members of the Class of 1984 who completed the Reunion Survey.  The Committee (Colleen Yewaisis Mahr, Jaimie Schnitzer Westley, Kelly Waters, Geri Ricciani Beltran, Joellen Piasecki Pace and Joe Lettieri) has the responses and has begun planning. Check back here regularly for more details. Email alumni@unioncatholic.org if you are willing to be part of your Reunion Committee. 

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!   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 (smith.m115@gmail.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. 

AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE END OF 2019,

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

 

  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.