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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

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

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

 

 

2013 Reunion Photos

There’s lots to report this year… it’s gonna come in bits and pieces–remember this is a volunteer service! For today, here’s a couple of photos from this year’s get-togetherCHS 2013_185_SMCHS 2013_186_SMCHS 2013_183_SM

We’re Not Dead Yet!

Annual letter to the members…

Many thanks to those who sent a donation last year and those who supported our Association by attending the reunion! Working with the Chester Foundation has helped us keep the reunion very affordable and we do try to work smart. Your continued support is appreciated whether in spirit or in dollars. If you do include a donation, please indicate clearly where you’d like your donation to be applied—to “operations” or the scholarship fund.

Folks overwhelming tell us to “stay in Chester.” In addition to supporting the town, it really is more like being home… it’s relaxing and there’s no fighting with banquet managers!

An issue we just won’t find a solution for is that there is limited parking close to the train station. It will help if those who feel relatively mobile and young (freshmen and sophomores) leave the nearby parking available for our “senior” classes.  Some “carpooling” would help… and there are a number of you that could probably just walk from home! We do fill up the station and it’s difficult to have enough seats (especially at tables) for everyone… you can bring your lawn chairs if the weather is nice!

We’re still committed to a basic plan that allows for lots of socializing… We’ll still  have our short business meeting at 4:30… then more visiting… we’ll be officially finished at 6 PM, but we won’t “throw people out!” (We might make you help clean up, though!)

We definitely will be looking for a board member this year—Annette is a member of the board by nature of being secretary, so assuming she’s reelected to that position, it would be redundant for her to continue to hold that position. (Board members and terms can be found in the sidebar of this letter.) We are also looking for scholarship custodian to replace the vacancy created by Moe Pease’s death… we are truly going to miss his work on our behalf, his knowledge, and his smiling face at our Reunions.

Our focus last year was to rebuild our mailing list and we did it! I did not have one complaint over people not receiving invitations… thanks to everyone who helped with this—and a special cheer for Annette for a lot of work! Unfortunately, as we build our list we are often reminded of classmates who we’ve lost—recently many of whom were important supporters of the Association. One of the stories I told last year involved Charlotte Demoss Pease who told me pointedly “I am not dead yet!” (It’s an incredibly funny story that epitomizes Charlotte’s spirit… ask me about it at the reunion.) Charlotte was an incredible pumper-upper even after she left the board. I never had a conversation with her that didn’t leave me smiling and excited about our work as an Association. Of course since then Charlotte has moved on—but I’ve come to think that she’s just a little harder to reach now.

I’ve adopted Charlotte’s quote as a bit of a slogan for the Association. We all know that the Association can’t go on forever… there are some realities around age and interest, but it’s far from time to fold our tent and pack up. I hear the words of Charlotte, “We are not dead yet.”

Please support your Association and this year’s plan. Remember, this is everybody’s Association. We are the Chester High from the past and into the future.

Just a simple thing like making sure we have your correct address (whether you are attending or not) helps us save ever increasing postage costs.  You can also help us keep track of classmates by sending any information you have about Chester Grads to our secretary.  While we are not anxious to remove names from our mailing list, if you truly have no interest (and are sure you never will!) just let us know—we’ll stop mailing to you.

The officer list is here to encourage you to contact us. We’d like to hear your offer to help and your ideas and concerns. We are all challenged by long distance and busy schedules, but we don’t want to forget our alma mater! We are always looking for folks who would like to be involved in the association… either to just “help” with jobs and tasks or to hold an office.  If nothing else, why not help us keep track of your class? We’ll help you with information we have if you’ll help us keep our mailing list current.

Hope to see you around Chester in June! Come early and sit on the Church Corner! Stay late and sit on the Church Corner! Go on “tour” and see…

 

Scholarship Report 2010

Caleb Robitaille receives his scholarship from Maurice Pease.

During this year’s reunion Maurice Pease, Scholarship Custodian presented four scholarships on behalf of the Chester High Alumni Association, noting that while the economy isn’t great, we continue to be able to support deserving students from Chester. 

The Pearl and Raymond Choufett Scholarship was awarded to Caleb Robitaille. Pease noted that since this fund was created, scholarships totalling over $110,000 have been awarded. 

Scholarships from the Permanent Scholarship Fund are made possible from a number of sources included donations from alumni and life memberships in the Association. This year’s scholarships went to Steven Ellershaw and Catherine Donovan. 

Maurice Pease congratulates Steve Ellershaw. Catherine Donovan was unable to attend.

Pease yielded the floor to retiring secretary Edith Whitaker for the presentation of the Amelia Jones Scholarship to her grandson Korey Whitaker. Edith noted it was a special honor to do so “on behalf of the alumni and Association. Moe noted that the Amelia Jones Scholarship has awarded over $170,000  in scholarships since it’s inception. 

Edith Whitaker makes the formal presentation to Korey.

When I asked Moe how long he’d been handling the scholarship program he said it’d been “too many years to count” and all he could say is “since Rachel (Rachel Rose Doyle Meher) gave it up.”  Moe will continue to serve as a custodian, but has passed the chairmanship to Duane C. Pease.  Graduating students from Chester are encouraged to contact their guidance counselor for scholarship information. 

The “unaudited” balance of all scholarship funds managed stood at $157,236.38 at the time of the reunion. While this may at first appear to be a sizeable number, it’s important to remember in most cases we are only allowed to use the income from these funds; not the principal. 

As a personal note, I had one of last year’s recipients contact me and make a point of expressing appreciation explaining that were it not for the scholarship she received she would have had to drop out of college. 

We do good stuff! 

The current scholarship custodians are Duane C. Pease of Chester, Maurice Pease of Middlefield, and Bruce Cooper of Russell.