St. Rose High School Class of 1954 reunites

 

Classmates that graduated from St. Rose High  School in 1954 gathered last Wednesday, first at the K of C, then at Riccardo’s. Bottom row: Rosemary Fryer (nee Sutts), Dorothy Horriban (Hocevar), Catherine Bondy, Marilyn Sutton (Bornais). Back row: Jim Grenier, Don Ouellette, Fred Beneteau, Don Bondy, Howard Pillon.

Classmates that graduated from St. Rose High School in 1954 gathered last Wednesday, first at the K of C, then at Riccardo’s. Bottom row: Rosemary Fryer (nee Sutts), Dorothy Horriban (Hocevar), Catherine Bondy, Marilyn Sutton (Bornais). Back row: Jim Grenier, Don Ouellette, Fred Beneteau, Don Bondy, Howard Pillon.

By RTT Staff

 

Members of the graduating class of 1954 from the now-former St. Rose High School reunited last Wednesday evening.

While less than half of the 25 graduates turned out, co-organizer Fred Beneteau said only three people from the class are known to have died. He said those who turned out were retired teachers, members of the military, seafarers, nurses and engineers.

Beneteau drove in from Sarnia to attend the reunion, which included a stop at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall before a dinner at Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant.

While this was the 60th anniversary of their graduating class, Beneteau said they try to get together “pretty well every year.” For this year’s reunion, people came as far as Nova Scotia and Monroe, Michigan.

Don Ouellette, who lives in Monroe, said they were a small class and that was one of the reasons they keep reuniting.

“We were a very unique class in a very unique high school where everyone knew everyone else,” said Ouellette. “I think that is the main reason we get together.”

There were approximately 50 students in the class in Grade 9, Ouellette added, but that number dwindled to 25 due to the high dropout rate in the era.

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