Tamaqua High School Class of 1959 reunites
Members of the Tamaqua High School Class of 1959 attending the recent reunion include, front row from left, Joan Brighthaupt Boyle, Carolyn Breinig Tirpak, Betty Yakub Zaprazny, Mary Zayleskie O'Malley, Frances Epler Zukovich, Janice Wetterau Zlock, Chloe Andrukitis Gayda, Diane Trozel, MaryAnn Kubilus Spirko, KayAnn Mock Smith and Dawn Schmauch Schock. Second row, Theresa Weldon Greenall, Joanne Mace Mauger, Anita Hope Maier, Margaret Clark, Georgine Jones Benek, Phyllis Knepper Greene, Sandra Hill Webb, Rebecca Zehner, Marie Hoppes Tennant, MaryEllen Merkel Chandler and John Laughlin. Third row, Monroe Schock, Elizabeth Hill Hoffman, Carolyn Scheib Fung, Saundra Krause Zehner, Daniel Boyle, Kay Portner McGrath, Patricia Large, Daryl Donald Holley, Carol Wetterau Rinker, Teresa Alonge, MaryAnn Lynch Delpais and Paul Stahler. Fourth row, Leonid Wishousky, Gary Clemson, John Miller, Kenneth Zehner, Paul Keich, James Boyle, William Kistler, Joseph Young and Robert Milot. Fifth row, Karl Pfeil, Ernest Coombe, Thomas Reehl, George Pappas, Robert Deifenderfer, Donald Kleckner, Robert Krell, George Banavage, Louis Sozio and Robert Sell. Also in attendance was William Kubilus.
The Tamaqua High School Class of 1959 celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 12 at Lobitz's Fountain Room in Hazleton. Festivities began with a cocktail hour and included dinner and dancing. Music was provided by Tunes DJ Entertainment.
The welcoming address was offered by Chloe Andrukitis Gayda, followed by the singing of the school Alma Mater and class song led by Janice Wetterau Zlock and Anita Hope Maier. Zlock offered the invocation and a toast was made by James Boyle.
A candlelight ceremony, conducted by Frances Epler Zukovich and Robert Deifenderfer, was held in tribute to the 24 deceased class members and one teacher, including Richard Hower, Steve Sheeler, Chauncey Zeigler, Alice Sterner Langton, Robert James, William Bynon, Thomas Ambrose, Anthony Dunn, Calvin Lindeman, James Wasson, George Willing, William Kane, Edward Zukovich, Joan Frey Springer, Eugene Fritz, Bernice Deiter Filliash, Carolyn Fethers Finley, Russel Finley, Sally Heyman O'Hearn, Harry Zimmerman, George Vavro, Eugene Moerder, Carol Goepfert Herbine, Gloria Davies Carvalho and Mary Brewer Etchison, teacher and class adviser.
Class members traveled from Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Virginia, Texas and California. Several prizes were awarded.
The reunion committee was composed of Gayda, Zukovich, Zlock and Deifenderfer. The class agreed to hold a reunion picnic on June 26, 2010, and a full scale reunion in 2014.