Jim Karutis, Amy Getsoff Rossi and her husband Joseph Rossi attend the Bishop Scully High School Class of 1974 Reunion at La Cucina Restaurant, Amsterdam.
BIshop Scully High School Class of 1954 Alumni Theresa Caron, Corinne Kowalski and Pat Wallin hang out Saturday during a class reunion barbecue at Saint Mary’s Institute, Amsterdam.
By NICOLE ANTONUCCI
Alumni from the Bishop Scully HIgh School Class of 1974 were busy Saturday celebrating their childhood years at two class reunion parties in Amsterdam.
It began at noon when approxoimately 30 members of the class showed up LaCucina Restaurant in the city’s south side to celebrate their 40-year reunion.
Donna Unchin and Amy Getsloff said they wanted to do something to bring everyone together after so many years.
“It’s a great way to connect with everyone,” Getsloff said.
Some in the crowd had not seen their classmates since their last class reunion and for others it has been even longer.
“I am glad I am here to celebrate,” classmate Amy Shuster said. “It’s nice to catch up and see how everyone has changed.”
For many, the reunion brought back memories as they reunited with old friends. Over food and drinks, many reminsced about days filled with fun and mischief, though some classmates said it was hard getting in trouble in a Catholic School.
“We may have gotten rowdy in the cafeteria once in a while but we never got in trouble. We had to go to mass once a week ” Barbara Holloway said. “We were a fun loving group. It was a lot of fun.”
However, classmate Pat Riley said he remembers being sent to the principal’s office a few times.
“I got to know him real well,” Riley joked, as his classmates laughed.
After the celebration ended at 5 p.m., some traveled over the bridge to go to their old stomping grounds at St. Mary’s Institute for a reunion barbecue held for all alumni of Bishop Scully High School.
“We can’t have a reunion without the class of 1974,” organizer Kelly Murphy, from the class of 1977, said. “They were the lively group.”
Upon hearing that, the class of 1977 scoffed and said their class was better.
“We were the prettiest class,” classmate Colleen Guarino said.
“And the smartest,” classmate Debbie Persico Scarfo said, laughing.
Scarfo and Guarino sat at a table with classmates Denise Cook, Sharon Walega and Bernadette McSparro reminiscing over the school plays, cheerleading practices, school bus rides to the football games, and their teachers, including a math teacher named Mr. Failing.
“Class rings were a big deal then,” Scarfo said, flaunting the one she still wears today. “We had a mass and a ring ceremony. It was great.”
McSparron said all her memories of the school were good.
“We had so much fun and we were all so close,” McSparron said. “We have nothing but good memories.”
From the class of 1954, lifelong friends Theresa Caron, Corinne Kowalski and Pat Wallin sat a table together recalling how much the school had changed.
“I remember the uniforms,” Kowalsi said. “They were blue with a white shirt.”
Caron added they had to walk to school every day even in the rain and snow.
“There were no buses like there are now,” she said.
Senior year was the most memorable for the friends, as they remembered senior prom, a class picnic and a surprise trip to Saratoga.
“Father Walsh took us to dinner,” Kowalski said. “Only the seniors were allowed.”
Since graduating 60 years ago, the women have remained friends and still get together to hang out.
“We still go out to lunch,” Caron said. “We try to get together as often as we can.”
In addition to getting the classes together, the barbecue also represented the various generations of families who attended the school over the years.
Class of 1955 graduate Jackie Murphy was in attendance along with eight of nine children who are all alumni as well.
“The best part of going to this school was that it was a small community,” Jackie said. “I am very proud to have gone here.”
Her son Pudge Murphy, from the class of 1988, said he is planning to move back to Amsterdam with his wife and three children, who will also be attending St. Mary’s Institute.
“I am proud of St. Mary’s,” he said.