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2017 Reunion Attendees by Class

June 29, 2017 2 comments

Apologies if we missed anyone or spelled a name wrong! Let us know and we’ll fix it!

Class of 1939

  • Harriet Kelso Gilman

Class of 1944

  • Felix Salzano

Class of 1947

  • James Pease
  • Claire Daigle Mooney
  • Grace Miln Phelps

Class of 1950

  • Fay Peltier Piergiovani
  • Charles Myers
  • Phyllis Salvini Donovan
  • Marjorie Savery Pulver
  • Edwin Carrington
  • Eleanor Macia Markham
  • Muriel Pease Boisseau

Class of 1951

  • Edward Willey
  • William Giles

Class of 1952

  • Clayton Pease
  • Tino Cardarelli
  • Roberta Carrington Small
  • Lora Sanderson Carrington

Class of 1953

  • Stephen Salvini
  • Persis Webb
  • Verna Schaffer McCullough

Class of 1954

  • William Koivisto
  • James Morse
  • John Young
  • Lillian Macia Paschetto

Class of 1955

  • Claire Willey

Class of 1956

  • George Morey
  • Vivian McCall Salvini

Class of 1957

  • Curtis Bush

Class of 1958

  • Glenn Fish
  • Angela Horalek Savery

Class of 1959

  • Michael Koivisto
  • Jean Elder Bush
  • Leland Wheeler

Class of 1960

  • Robert Goewey

Class of 1961

  • Judith Davenport Olson
  • Ralph Kenyon, Jr.
  • Joan Will Monroe
  • Mary Woodis Gleason
  • Duane Buckley
  • Dawn Damon

Class of 1962

  • Mary Story Burkholder

Class of 1963

  • Robert Burkholder

Class of 1965

  • Edward Woodis
  • Bruce Cooper
  • Walter Boomsma

Class of 1967

  • Kathleen Blanchard
  • Ricky Sakaske
  • Richard Stenico

Class of 1968

  • Diane Kelly DeMoss

Class of 1971

  • Rosemary Dalesandro

Class of 1975

  • Paul Wilander

Class of 2013

  • Kimberly Bolduc

2017 Reunion Photos

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2016 Reunion Attendee List

This is a reasonably close list of folks who attended… it’s possible we missed somebody–if so, sorry! Let us know and we’ll fix it!

1938
Aldo Bizzozero

1939
Eleanor Barrett Laurent
Harriet Kelso Gilman

1942
Priscilla Packard Suriner
Anita Sainio Macia

1944
Felix Salzano

1948
Donald S. Pease

1950
Barbara Gerrish Thomas
Phyllis Salvini Donovan
Marjorie Savery Pulver
Charles H. Myers
Fay Peltier Peiorgiovanni
Muriel Pease Boisseau
Ruth Pease Scott

1951
Floyd Pease Sr.
Edward Willey
William Giles

1952
Tino Cardarelli
James Pease
Clayton Pease

1953
Persis LaMontagne Webb
Stephen Salvini
Verna Shafer McCullough

1954
William Kovisto
John H. Young
James Mores
Geraldine Pease

1955
Janice Leone Brown
Claire Salvini Willey

1956
Vivian McCall Salvini
George A. Morey Jr.
Richard Mitchell
John Besancon Jarvis

1957
Curtis Bush

1958
Glenn Fish

1959
Jean Elder Bush
Mary Niskanen Thayer
Martha Kelly Paquette
Wendell R. Cook

1961
Mary Woodis Gleason
Ralph Kenyon Jr.
Judy Davenport Olson
Nancy Smith Burrel
Frances Smith Judd

1962
Jackie DeMoss Conklin

1964
Duane C. Pease

1965
Annette Fimbel LaMountain
Bruce Cooper
Walter Boomsma
Edward Woodis
Herbert Voudren

1966
David Zucker
Karla Zmuda Franke
Robert White Jr.
Paul Young
Judy Young
John DeMoss
Dorothy Besaw Woodall

1968
Diane Kelly DeMoss

1969
John Hultman

1971
Carol Stenico

1974
Deborah Caputo Broga
Ed Chaffee

1975
Robert Broga

1978
Gretchen Ebelt Gautheir

1986
Sherran Blair Palazz

2016
Ben Jameson
Gabi Ramires Lyons

Teacher
Anthony Russo

Cortland Grinding Wheels

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Thanks to Carol Chaney for sharing these photos of Cortland Grinding Wheel employees, thought to be taken in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Can you help identify these folks? You can add a comment to this post, the Chester High Facebook Page, or Carol’s Facebook page. One advantage of having the photos on this site is it won’t be hard to find them again! Clicking on the photo should bring up a larger version. Thanks, Carol!

For identification purposes, we'll call this Cortland Photo 1

For identification purposes, we’ll call this Cortland Photo 1

Bottom Row (L to R):

Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Bill Kovisto, 11, 12

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

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And this is Cortland Photo 2

Bottom Row: (L to R) 1, 2, 3 Earl Cooley, 4, 5, 6, 7 Bill Morrisey, 8, 9.

Second Row:

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

Barbara Koivisto

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Just learned of the passing of Barbara Koivisto… Read the complete details here and sign an online guestbook. A memorial service for Barbara will be held at the Southwick Congregational Church on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Those who would like to remember Bill with a card can mail it to:

William Koivisto
31 Pineywood Road
Southwick MA 01077

Chester High Alumni Come Home…

(News release to the Country Journal)

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Alumni enjoy great food prepared by the Chester Foundation.

Chester – As over 100 Chester High Alumni and friends gathered in town, there developed a picture of history, nostalgia, and community/school spirit.  The annual reunion and meeting always draws a large number of people associated with the former Chester High School including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s meeting was held on June 29 at the restored Chester Train Station.

Special recognition was given to Aldo Bizzazaro from the class of 1938 and Eleanor Laurent from the class of 1939 who were present for his 75thand her 76th reunion. The “half century” class of 1963 included Billy Arthur Biggs and Amy Scott Record.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that these reunions are “drifting in the direction of becoming as much a town event as a school reunion.” Noting that the Chester Foundation handled most of the meeting arrangements and food, he also pointed out that the Historical Society supports the occasion by offering special hours for alumni to visit prior to the reunion. “We had lots of help setting up and people who volunteered to stay and help clean up,” he said. “I think this is proof that small town America is alive and well, at least here in Chester.”

Election of officers was also held. Elected as President for his tenth year was Walter Boomsma. Also returned to office were Vice President Robert Goewey, Secretary Annette Fimbel LaMoutain, and Treasurer George Morey, Jr. Jackie DeMoss Conklin and Diane Kelly DeMoss were reelected to the Board of Directors.

Duane C. Pease, Scholarship Custodian announced scholarship awards to Kim Bolduc, Ryan Fiske, Alissa Cooper, Jacob and Joshua Robitaille—all 2013 graduates from Gateway Regional High School.

At the close of the meeting several Chester Residents were noted for their on-going contributions to the town. This included Doug Besancon for raising the American Flag every day, Mary Woods Gleason and Robert Gray for helping with events, and Tino Cardarelli and Ronnie Pease for purchasing and installing a new flag pole at the Historical Society’s “old jail” building. Also, Paul Petersante received recognition for organizing the color guard for the Memorial Day Parade.

The Association has already started planning for the next annual meeting, scheduled for June 28, 2014. Those associated with or in some way connected with Chester and/or Chester High School are encouraged to be certain the Association has current mailing information by contacting Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary, PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011.

2013 Attendance List

Actually, this list includes those who registered… we did have a few “no shows.” We are looking for “class representatives”–people who are interested and willing to organize your class, help ‘mates keep in touch, and encourage reunion attendance. This has worked extremely well for several classes… if you’re interested, contact Walter or Annette and we’ll help you get started!

Apologies in advance for any name spelling errors or wrong graduation years!

1938

  • Aldo Bizzazaro

1939

  • Eleanor Laurent

1942

  • Anita Sainio Macia
  • Priscilla Packard Surniner
  • Ruth Ebelt Disanto

1944

  • Benjamin Disanto
  • Felix Salzano

1945

  • William Holmes
  • Rita Mitchel Phelps

1946

  • Leonard Alexander

1947

  • Claire Mooney Daigle
  • James E. Pease

1950

  • Eleanor Macia Markham
  • Barbara Gerrish Thomas
  • Muriel Pease Boisseau
  • Fay Peltier Piergiovanni
  • Edwin Carrington

1951

  • Floyd Pease
  • Thomas Madru
  • Edward Willey

1952

  • Lora Sanderson Carrington
  • James Pease
  • Tino Cardarelli
  • Clayton Pease
  • Richard L. Besancon
  • Rosemary Salvini Caputo
  • Emily Scott

1953 — Sixty Year Class

  • Francis Broadhurst
  • Paul Petersante
  • Verna Shafer McCullough
  • Persis LaMontagne Webb
  • Steve Salvini

1954

  • John Salvini
  • Phyllis Bender
  • Lillian Macia Paschetto
  • Phyllis Salvini Donovan
  • John Young
  • James Morse

1955

  • Claire Salvini Willey
  • Ilene Koivisto Smith
  • Janice Leone Brown

1956

  • Vivian McCall Salvini
  • Richard Mitchell

1958

  • Glenn Fish

1959

  • Martha Kelly Paquette
  • Wendell Cook
  • Mary Niskanen Thayer

1961

  • Faith Frisbie Rock
  • Judy Davenport Olson
  • Dawn Damon Lincoln
  • Joan Ferris Clemons
  • Edith Cooper Whitaker
  • Doug Besancon
  • Robert Gray
  • Joan Will Monroe
  • Mary Woodis Gleason
  • Ralph Kenyon

1962

  • Jacqueline DeMoss Conklin
  • Mary Story Burkholder
  • Riley Besaw

1963 — Fifty Year Class

  • Billy Arthur Biggs
  • Amy Scott Record

1964

  • Duane C. Pease

1965

  • Ed Woodis
  • Bruce Cooper
  • Walter Boomsma
  • Grace Besancon Dugas
  • Julie Niskanen Swol
  • Annette Fimbel LaMountain
  • Kathy Gleason Jones

1966

  • Rita Alexander Butler
  • Judy Young
  • Paul Young
  • Corinne Ryan Sakaske
  • Dotty Besaw Woodall

1969

  • John Hultman

1973

  • Viriginia Lowinski Brown

1975

  • Brenda Davenport Budreau

1978

  • Nick Dalesandro

1986

  • Steven Cooper

1990

  • Kiirsten Pedersen Cooper

2013 – Congratulations, Graduates!

  • Kim Bolduc
  • Ryan Fish
  • Alissa Cooper
  • Jacob Robitaille
  • Joshua Robitaille