Cardinal Newman's

Class of 1964 45th Reunion


I'm glad reunions don't happen every weekend because I missed my usual bedtime by a mile.  However, those extra hours without sleep did allow me to see and talk with some very worthy people I have not seen in decades.  My only regret is that I did not have more time to find out what each person has been up to for the last 45 years.  The Class of 64 has an abundance of class.  It was great to see those who were there and those who were not should know they were missed and they missed out on some good stories, shared memories and a few select lies (like "you look just the same").  I, and a few others, still can't dance, but that did not stop us for a moment.  For those who attended the reunion and particularly for those who made it all happen, THANK YOU. --- Roger Blackburn

"On a scale of 1 to 10, as reunions go, this one was in the 11.5 range!  Three days after returning home, and I'm still coming down from the emotional high.  Walking in the door at Donna's and getting hugged and greeted like a long-lost brother, was just an incredible experience.  I think my wife Dottye, summed it up nicely - 'What an amazing group of people - there's not a one there that wouldn't turn themselves inside out for another classmate'.  Obviously, we've come a long way since 1964  -  our Teachers taught us well, indeed!" --- Richard Albrecht

"It was a High that is hard to express.  Three fabulous days of reminiscing & laughter, Love & Joy.  Facial expressions beyond Happiness!!  Can it get any better??  Love & Peace to all my Classmates & to coin a song title "OH! What a Night"! --- Karen Sahlbach Sams

"On a scale of 1-10, our reunion was a 20!!!!  Kudos' to Donna for making it happen!" --- Mary Ellen Root Kane

"The class of 64 gets better with each reunion." --- Judy Banks Campbell

Time flies when you are having fun. --- Mary Ann Laursen Scheff

“I had forgotten how much fun we all used to have back 45+ years ago, but this past weekend sure reminded me.  This, I must say, was the VERY BEST Reunion yet!!!  And I hope that we all stay in touch from now on.” --- Chris Hotz Bergeron

"The Reunion Weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in quite some time.  It was so neat being with young classmates once again.  We are so blessed to have been able to reconnect with one another.  Old friendships rekindled and new ones begun.  Let's not let it end.  God Blesses Us Everyday.  Sometimes we just don't recognize it." --- Ed Lang

I am surprised that this particular reunion meant so much to me.  In sharing our lives paths with each other, I learned so much.  Our stories have tragedy and joy, as we have been told life does for all, but it was never as real for me as this weekend.  We are such great people individually.  I am so inspired by what so many of you are doing for the general good of mankind.  You have a lot to be proud of.  Our age is what it is, but the general feeling was of strength and so many accomplishments yet to be.  I will look forward to seeing you all again soon! --- MaryAnne Hennessy Rozo

As everyone agrees, it was great to see our classmates again and catch up on what has beengoing on in their lives.  My high point was telling Coach Budnyk and Sister Anne Richard how much of an influence they had, and still have, on my life. All of you guys made my wife Donna feel welcome.  Both of us look forward to meeting everyone again soon. --- George Cassidy

This was as great a ’64 reunion, as were all of the others we have attended.  We liked the casual, comfortable and completely fun filled events.  It was great to see everyone again!  I just hope we can get even more of the class to show up for the Cardinal Newman High School’s 50th Year Celebration and our 50th Class Reunion.  Thanks for all of your work making these events happen.  It was truly appreciated and enjoyed by everyone that we talked with. --- Tom Reilly

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FABULOUS! --- Shairon McGann Devane

Couldn't Make It

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1964 News and Interesting History Tidbits

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Top 20 Hits from 1964

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The Mass


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Our Cantor at this very special Mass was Dave McIntosh's daughter, Madison.




A Keeper


Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.  Their best friends lived barely a wave away.  I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.  It was the time for fixing things.  A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress.  Things we keep.


It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.  All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence.  Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.


But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.


Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away.....never to return.  So... While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken.... And heal it when it's sick.


This is true..  For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... Dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents.  We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.  Some things we keep.. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.


There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!


I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've posted it here for the people I think of in the same way.. 


Good friends and family are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

The Campus

In Remembrance Of Our Deceased Brothers & Sisters



     Chuck Lawson 

Peter Nelson