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Alumni Nancy Catena and Betty Blase reunite Saturday at the the AHS Class of 1948/1949 reunions at the Raindancer Restaurant, Amsterdam. 


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Frank Fusco and his wife Angela Fusco with friends Pat Ottati and husband Vito Ottati Saturday during the AHS Class of 1948/49 Reunions at the Raindancer Restaurant, Amsterdam. 

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AHS classes of 48 and 1949 gather for final reunion

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - Updated: 6:59 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

Amsterdam residents Fred Wawrzonek and Leonard Korona have known each other for almost eighty years. 

The two grew up in Amsterdam together, even becoming best friends in grade school. After graduating Amsterdam High School — Wawrzonek in 1948 and Korona in 1949 — they went their separate ways. 

On Saturday, the two reunited at Raindancer Restaurant to talk over drinks at the joint Amsterdam High School’s Class of 1948 and 1949 reunions. 

“We were close in grade school,” Korona recalled. “We still see each other from time to time.”

Wawzronek owns Fred’s Flower and Gift Shop, on Reid Street, which he opened after graduation, 65 years ago, while Korona went on to become an electrician. 

“He does my electric,” Wawrzonek said. 

Korona said it was something he always wanted to do. 

“I was surprised when I looked in my yearbook to see that my life’s ambition was to be an electrician,” he said. “I guess I accomplished that goal.”

Class of 1948 alumni Nancy Catena and Betty Blase were also catching up, after losing touch over the years. 

“We were best friends since Kindergarten,” Catena said.

 Blase said for several years after high school, they remained in touch. 

“I remember the Christmas Cards,” Blase said. “There was a new kid in each of them.”

She added that hadn't seen Catena in several years. 

“It’s fun to come back here after so many years,” Blase said. 

However, for the class of 1948, Saturday's 66- year reunion would be the last. 

Reunion Committee member Dorothy Pawlowski said many of the alumni are more than 83 years old and after losing more than half the class, the committee decided the 66- year reunion would be the last.

“It is sad we are not going to have another one,” Pawlowski said. “Many of our classmates have died and we know that many more will.”

Between the two classes, nearly 100 alumni attended the event including 

Frank Fusco and Vito Ottati, have been friends since high school. Though the two have remained close, over the years, they said it was nice to come back and see their classmates. 

“I am happy to be here to see who everyone is,” he said. “There are some here who I haven’t seen in over 50 years.”

     

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