St. Rose High School graduates celebrate reunion

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Graduates from the former St. Rose High School got together for a reunion and hope to keep their tradition going.

Approximately 18 graduates and spouses that attended the former Catholic high school in Amherstburg gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall last Monday evening before heading off for dinner at Rosa’s Restaurant. Organizer Fred Beneteau said that the bulk of the graduates in attendance went to St. Rose between 1954 and 1956.

Beneteau said all of the graduates are now retired with some having careers as teachers, nurses, business owners, and factory supervisors. They all live in southwestern Ontario or southeastern Michigan, he added.

Graduates from St. Rose High School classes of 1952-54 reunited July 18 in Amherstburg. Bottom row (from left): Rosemary Fryer, Verna Warren, Denise Beneteau, Marlene Grenier, Catherine Bondy. Top row (from left): Bob Fryer, Collier Hunt, Patrick Warren, Fred Beneteau, Ron Reaume, Kathy Reaume, Jim Grenier, Leonard Bondy and Donald Ouellette.

Graduates from St. Rose High School classes of 1952-54 reunited July 18 in Amherstburg. Bottom row (from left): Rosemary Fryer, Verna Warren, Denise Beneteau, Marlene Grenier, Catherine Bondy. Top row (from left): Bob Fryer, Collier Hunt, Patrick Warren, Fred Beneteau, Ron Reaume, Kathy Reaume, Jim Grenier, Leonard Bondy and Donald Ouellette.

The reunions have happened each of the last three years and Beneteau said he would like to keep them happening.

“This is the reason I have to come back to town,” said Beneteau, who now resides in Sarnia. “I’d like to continue it.”

Even those who no longer live in Amherstburg will always have the town a part of them, he added.

“You can take the people out of the ‘Burg but you can’t take the ‘Burg out of the people,” he joked.

The graduates got caught up on what they are doing and shared some memories.

“Most of us have many fond memories of working on Boblo Island, which supported our lifestyle and education,” said Beneteau.

St. Rose High School faced declining enrollment in the early 1960’s, with volume two of the bicentennial book “Amherstburg 1796-1996 – The New Town on the Garrison Grounds” stating there were only 84 students at the school in 1962.

St. Rose High School closed at the end of the 1965-66 school year and was razed in 1971.

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