class of 1957 reunion
St. Gertrude's Academy class of '57 came together for a weekend of celebration on June 15-17 to mark 50 years since graduating from high school.
The weekend started with a barbeque hosted by Betty and Larry Ruzicka at their home in Grangeville. Some 42 classmates, spouses and friends gathered for an evening of reconnecting, visiting, and sharing stories.
The weekend continued the following night when the graduates met at the Gallery in Grangeville for a social hour and dinner. Following the dinner, each classmate gave a brief account of important events of the past 50 years in his/her life. Then, Buzz Kopczynski, emcee for the evening, shared some special memories of high school years at SGA. Ray Feucht and Mel Jensen, two classmates who had performed together during high school days, donned their white sport coats and pink carnations to entertain with songs from the fifties and sixties.
After the entertainment, the seven classmates who had died were remembered as Buzz Kopzczynski played a CD, "Beyond the Rainbow's End," by Daniel O' Donnell, an Irish singer. The song, "Until the Next Time" brought closure to the evening.
Mike Seubert, organizer of the reunion, presented each member of the class of '57 with a book of compiled information sent to him by classmates covering the last 50 years as well as pictures from the past and from the present.
The closing events of the weekend drew the class back to St. Gertrude's at the invitation of Sr. Clarissa Goeckner, prioress, and Sr. Mary Geis, former classmates. The alumni attended Mass at the Monastery and joined the sisters for dinner. Sr. Angela Uhlorn provided a tour of the high school in the afternoon which was a memorable event. The members of the class of '57, as freshmen, moved into this "new" St. Gertrude's Academy building on March 19, 1954!