Alfred S. Roberts, Principal

Newtown High School Class of 1953

Newtown High School Class of 1953
Elmhurst, New York
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Information about the 55th reunion of the Class of 1953

Date/Time: Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 11:00 a.m. (Brunch)
Place: Marriott Hotel at LaGuardia Airport; 102-05 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst
Cost: To be determined. About $75 per person
Rooms reserved at $139 per night. Reservatons must be made by April 25. Mention event.
On-site Parking: $8 for event, $10 overnight
Contact Gary Mokotoff for information and reservations.
Those who attended the 50th reunion have a

Nearly 1,000 persons graduated Newtown in the January and June 1953 classes.
Shown here are only those for whom we have a postal or e-mail address.

January graduates have a blue border.
June graduates have a maroon border.

Boris S. Abramson

After graduation and a year at LIA&T, I joined the Air Force. Four years later I went into business with my brother manufacturing packaging machinery. We were bought out by another company who manufactured artificial Christmas trees. Sixteen years later I resigned and opened a print shop in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Fifteen years later, I sold print shop and opened a gift shop in Charleston, Suth Carolina. One year later sold that and moved back to Albany NY area. Did some local printing for a while and retired. Died, July 10 2012.
Adamski Robert G Adamski

After graduating Newtown, he joined the Army for four years and was stationed in Germany. He married Pauline Rosalie McDove shortly after leaving the military. They have three children, two girls and one boy. He owned several successful businesses, but due to failing health, he went on disability about 1994.  He passed away on February 26, 2003 at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife, children and six grandchildren. Reported by his daughter
Bruce Adelberg

After Newtown, I attended NYU School of Business Class of '57. Columbia University Graduate School of Business Class of '59. Began a 30 year career in Wall Street, had 3 affiliations and the last 10 years as an Instututional Salesman at Merrill Lynch, NYC. Did a lifestyle change in 1989 and have served as a corporate director and arbitrator. Moved to the SC Upstate in 1992 and love it. Married 45 years, 3 married children and 7 grandchildren. Bad e-mail
Mary Ann Alberghine Ravenna

Passed away in October 1981. She was married and had three children. Information provided by her brother
Albert Alias Bad e-mail
Sam Amato 

After graduation, I joined A.C. Nielsen, a marketing firm, as a chartmaker. Moved on to Texaco Oil Company as a draftsman. Later joined an economics firm and managed their art department for 15 years. I relocated to my final position as computer graphics designer and supervisor. Twenty years later, I retired from the city, the L.I.R.R. and the subway system. Now my main concern is: "What should I have for breakfast today"? Married classmate Rosemary Borelli. 
Rachele Ammirato DeBiase 

I have been married to Frank De Biase for 46 years. We are both retired and living in a wonderful retirement community. We have three children (two girls and a boy) and five grandchildren ranging in ages 9 to 22. When my children were almost grown, I went to work for the NYC Board of Education as a school secretary. I retired after 26 years. I retired from Hillcrest High School in Jamaica after 23 years of service with them. I loved my job and was reluctant to leave, however I will be retired four years on February 1st and love every minute of it.  How she looks today
Gail Patricia Anderson

Died in 1961 according to Norma Brandt Ghingo.
Mildred Annessa Salomone
Nancy Annessa Scala Bad e-mail address
Joyce Arenstein Prill

Married shortly after graduation and went to Boston where my husband did his graduate work at MIT. After a short stay in New York, a business opportunity took us to the Washington DC area where we have been ever since. Raised three children, got a BS from the University of Maryland, and ran an Architectural firm for many years. When the children were grown, my husband opened a second office in San Diego and not only did we become almost bi-coastal, but extended our travels to include every continent in the world. Retired now, we still enjoy our wonderful life style, our nine grandchildren (who all live near by), our travels, each other (even after 48 years) and most important, our good health. 
Richard Austin

After Newtown, I went to the University of Virginia to study electrical engineering, then switched to English and after three years went to Sperry Gyroscope writing technical publications. Four years later, I returned to UVa to complete a degree in physics then undertaking a masters degree program at Georgia Institute of Technology in information and computer science. I spent several years on faculty teaching/admin at UVa and Ga Tech then on to the Army Intelligence Agency (at FSTC) before retiring to live on my boat near the Cheasapeake Bay for twelve years. A life-long bachelor, I bit the dust at age 65, marrying for the first time to my high school girl friend (not Newtown), Jan Cheek. Bad e-mail address
Richard F. Barak
William Brunle,
I have been living in California since my Army discharge. I have been active in the computer field since 1957. I worked for Foremost McKesson as a system development manager, Gulf & Western as a member of the manufacturing systems division, and my last position was with B.P. John furniture manufacturing, division of El Paso Electric, as VP Information Systems. I retired in 1990, and currently raise pistachios in the Mojave desert near Barstow. We just completed our new home in Temecula, California. Sorry, I wont be able to attend the class 50th reunion.
John Barbagallo

After graduation, I served two years in U. S. Army intelligence while stationed in Munich, Germany. Graduated N.Y. Institute of Photography. Became a professional photographer, then technical representative for Eastman Kodak. Married my wife, Hannilore, in 1965. We have two children and one grandson. I accepted a position as executive recruiter and became president of financial placement firm. In 1998 had enough of Wall Street and retired to Paradise.
Pearl Bartfield Sugarman How she looks today
Charles Bartulis 

postal address  known. How he looks today
Jack Basile

postal address  known
Julia Battersby 

After graduating Newtown and an uneventful summer, in October 1953 I was walking on Roosevelt Ave. in Flushing and came across an Army recruiting station, went in and enlisted. Went to Ft. Lee, Virginia for basic training, where I met people from all over the U.S.; good, bad, and ugly. On to my first assignment; Ft. Ritchie, Maryland, I was the lone woman in a radio installation with 40 men. Wow! Spent two years at Camp Zama, Japan, where I met people from all over the world. Still keep in touch with a couple. Never married or had children. Had many jobs, including at the WTC for the designer of Windows on the World and my last one for Montel Williams. Retired four years ago and just hanging out with my four cats.
Her niece informed us she passed away on March 27, 2008. How she looks today
Barbara Belz Braine 

I attended Queens College graduating in 1957, then worked as a school librarian in Port Washington until I had my first child in 1960. I married a fellow Queens alumnus, Robert Braine, in 1958.S I was busy with family and community activities from then until 1972, when I went to work for
Newsday, the Long Island newspaper. From 1974 until I retired in March, 2002, I served as editor of Newsday's Letters to the Editor page. My husband retired last year from his job as a copy editor at Time magazine. We raised five children in Wantagh. We continue our ties to Queens College, singing in the Queens College Choral Society. Do I like retirement? So far, so good. And we're expecting our first grandchild in November. Bad e-mail address How she looks today
Theresa Bernard Kilroy

postal address  known. She is married to John Kilroy of the January class.
John Birkner

Died May 31, 2004 according to his cousin Joe Quinn Jr.
Carsten Bischoff  

After Newtown I attended The Baruch School of CCNY graduating in 1957. Joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served on active duty in several military installations in the U.S. I married to my high school sweetheart, Barbara Elizabeth Buerger in 1959 and will celebrate our 43rd anniversary in April 2002. We have three children and seven grandchildren. Careerwise, I worked in financial positions with Cities Service Oil Company, FMC Corporation and Walworth Valves. Joined Hoffmann La Roche in 1965 and retired in 1994 after serving in executive positions in finance, MIS, and marketing. Subsequently formed Bischoff Associates Inc., focusing on pharmaceutical product launches and cutting edge business conferences. Actively involved in the business with a number of associates. 
Robert Boch

Only postal address known.
Francis (Frank) Boesch

Francis Boesch is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic University). He has held faculty positions at Polytechnic University, Pratt Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. He has also been employed as an engineer or research scientist at AT&T Bell Labs,
Underwriter s Labs, the W.L. Maxson Corp., and the Microwave Research Institute. At Bell Laboratories, he worked on transistorized telephone circuits (the Touch-Tone telephone), and he holds a patent for work in this field. He lives in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Alexander Bohm 

After Newtown, I went into the Army for four years as a 1st lieutenant (Airborne). I graduated CCNY with a BA in History/Education in l960. I then worked for Chase Manhattan Bank for 16 years in their pension department, then First National Bank of Chicago for 11 years, then Bank of California as manager of their Corporate Trust Division. Finally, 11 years as the head of the trust department of Mitsui Trust Bank USA at Two World Trade Center. My wife of 44 years, Evelyn, died in November, 2000. I currenlty reside in Murrells Inlet, SC.   How he looks today
Laura Bohringer Fackelman 

After high school I worked in an insurance office as an executive secretary for a high volume producer until I got married in 1959. We have five children (one son and four daughters); nine grandchildren - ages 12 to 15 months. Retired seven years ago and have been baby-sitting ever since. (An occupation for Golden-agers.) I hope to do some sightseeing when the grandchildren are all in school. Only
postal address  known
Rosemary Borelli Amato 

Before and after graduation, classmate Sam Amato and I dated for three and a half years. We were married in 1956. We lived in Maspeth, Queens, for seven years and had four children. We bought a home in Smithtown, L.I. and had two more children - 4 boys and 2 girls. After some of the kids married, I took a job in a local hospital and retired in December 2000. We took a long time dream trip to Italy: Rome, Sicily and Capri in 2001. God willing, we hope to travel more if we're able. 
Edmund Bortell

Passed away October 2002 as reported by his wife.
Urton Bradshaw

Passed away May 2003 as rep
orted by his daughter. 
Phyllis Brambir Matzner

Phyllis graduated from Queens College in 1957 with a degree in speech therapy. She married Bruce Matzner in May 1957. They had two children: David, born July, 1960, and Lee Susan, born June, 1964. Phyllis worked as a speech therapist until Lee was born. They lived briefly in Pittsburgh and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, while Bruce was on a work study program. They returned to live in Fresh Meadows and then Glen Oaks from 1958 to 1969. They then moved to San Jose, California, in 1969 where she lived absorbed in her children and community activities until her untimely passing from breast cancer in July, 1995, at the age of 58. Reported by her husband.
Robert Bramerel

postal address  known.
Norma Brandt Ghingo 

I married John Ghingo 38 years ago. We have three children, Gail, Lauren and John. I retired from teaching elementary and pre-school and from home tutoring. John is retired from the New York State Criminal Courts where he worked as a court clerk. Spending time at the beach, mainly Amagansett and Montauk and travelling have always been and still are favorite leisure activities. Next year to celebrate our 40th anniversay we hope to visit London again - our favorite city. Our most enjoyable times are spent with our children and grandchildren, Dakota, Patrick, Kira, Corinne and Luke. We are looking forward to the arrival of two more grandchildren in June and October. Only
postal address  known. How she looks today
Arthur Breen

postal address  known
Sheldon Brooks 
Barbara Brown Sadowski

I have been married for 47 years and have two boys, Stephen and David and two grandchildren. After graduation I went on to Berkeley Business School, always wanting to be a secretary. Gene, my husband, and I moved to Central New Jersey in 1962. The legal field always intrigued me and I worked for attorneys both in New York and New Jersey. One attorney I worked for became a Superior Court Judge and I worked for him for 32 years both as a legal secretary and then as a judicial secretary. I am ending my career as a judicial secretary on September 30th, 2002 and will finally be able to enjoy retirement and my beautiful grandchildren.
Herbert Brown

I earned a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn Polytech in 1960 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University in 1966.I live in Albany, New York, and retired recently (2000) from professing mathematics at the University at Albany, where I have been teaching since 1967.I am currently enjoying my two new interests: ballroom dancing and digital photography.
Robert Brownlie
William Brunle

Died December 2006
Jacqueline Burdette Gierlach
Marie T. Campiglia 

postal address  known
Robert Cannata 
Marilyn Capri Rogers

postal address  known
Alfred J. Carbonella 

After Newtown I went to NYCCC. Started to work at the US Army Engineers Joined NYCity Transit Authority as a civil engineer in 1957 and retired in 1991, a total of 34 years service. Became a real estate broker in 1992. I am married to Remigia for 39 years. We have four children-- one daughter and three sons--and three grandchildren, Rachel 7, Jonathan 4, and Benjamin 2.  How he looks today
Walter Carlson

I married my childhood sweetheart, Harriet Rome (Newtown Class of 1955) and we have been together 46 years.
Ann Marie Casale Nappi

postal address  known
Carolyn Casparian Nahabedian 

We live in Floral Park for 36 years. I have three children: two sons and a daughter. My oldest son, Bill, is married and lives with his wife in Middleton, Wisconsin. My daughter, Jane, is married and lives with her family in Aston, Pennsylvania. They have two children: Christen Marie and Thomas Jeffrey. My youngest son, Steve, is not married and lives near on Long Island. Bad e-mail
Eleanor M. Christmann

Married Newtown classmate Don Stahl. See his entry for biographical information and e-mail address.
Antoinette Cianciotto Vetro

postal address  known
Barbara Coffey Bogue

She passed away in 1971 from complication after child birth. She was married to Bernard Bogue and lived in Maspeth. She is survived by four children.Reported by her son, Thomas.
Joseph Colacino

Deceased according to James Gormley. He died in May 1994 and lived in Bethpage.
Michael Colavito

After Newtown he served in the Navy and then earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. John's University. Married Newtwon graduate Joan Kammer in 1958. They had four children and two grandchildren. After working for big-name accounting firms for many years, in 1986 he cofounded a direct-marketing agency. He died in November 2002.
Charles Coles 

After graduation I went to work at Belock Instrumet Corp. In late 1957, I was called for the NewYork Fire Deparment where I worked in lower midtown (Chelsea district) then to South Jamaica after promotion to lieutenant. I also served in Coney Island. I retired in 1980, and then worked as a building manager at 43rd and 5th Avenue. Then into contracting and buying and selling houses. I married in 1955 to Patricia Stack who I knew in high school. We remain together to the present. We have five children--three boys, two girls--and six grandchildren with a seventh due in spring. I live in Massapequa in the first house I ever purchased back in 1961. How he looks today
John Colgan

I didn't make my appointment for the yearbook picture. Just as well, I looked like a character out of
Grease.I attended City College for several years while I worked at Kollsman Inst. Co. in Elmhurst. I moved to Bayside after I got married in 1962, and went into sales where I stayed until today. We moved to Maryland 35 years ago, to a very rural area, and a great place to raise my two children. I am the general manager of a welding products distributor, and seem to work harder today than ever. I turned 65 last year, but don't seem to be in a big hurry to retire. We live by the Chesapeake bay and do a lot of boating and fishing.  Bad e-mail address
Michael Coniglio Bad e-mail addresss
Chris Constance

Only postal address  known
William Robert Cook

William Robert (Bill) Cook was a retired New York City police officer. He married Christine Biener (who also attended Newtown High School in her junior year) and had four children and 11 grandchildren. He lived in North Bellmore for forty-two years. He passed away on December 25, 2002. Reported by his daughter, Nancy Sorensen
Marjorie Cormack Renstrom 

After Newtown I took several secretarial jobs. Finally found that the travel business was for me. Worked for airlines, hotel companies, travel agencies and finally started my own travel agency. Sold it in 1986 and moved from Flushing to a condo complex called Heritage Hills in Somers, Westchester county. Still stayed in the business full time for a number of years and then part time this past December. Married Lowell Renstrom who I had met in high school working for Root, Ballantine, Harlan, Bushby & Palmer law firm in 1957. We have two daughters, one an attorney and one an occupational therapist. We have six grandchildren ranging from 14 down to 8 days old. We are both retired but do quite a bit of baby sitting for our daughter with four children ages 7, 6, 4, and new born. We do love it though and also still like to travel.  How she looks today.
Mary Ann Coscia Zanata

After graduating Newtown, I worked at various jobs until I found my niche with American Chicle Company where I worked until 1967 when the company was bought out. I married in 1965 and have two sons. I lived in Corona until 1975 when we moved to Commack. At that time I was raising my sons and did lots of community service, such as being a Cub Scout leader, hospitality for the Boys Scouts, school board member and lastly taught religion. When my husband, George, took ill in 1983, I went back to work. When his health improved, we moved to Florida. My sons are grown now. Their dad passed away from cancer in 1989. Florida is my home now, and New York has all my memories. I have many memories of Newtown, along with friends who make up those memories. How she looks today
Patricia Costanzo 

In 1956, I married Eugene Vignali of Astoria, NY, In the next four years we had had two daughters who have produced three lovely grandchildren for us. We divorced in 1996, and I took back my maiden name. After raising the girls I went back to college and worked in accounting and finance. I retired in February 2000 and needed a hobby so I decided to go back to roller skating. I skate four days a week with a wonderful group of senior skaters from the East Coast. How she looks today
Raymond Culkin

Died in 1987 according to Ruth Ann Woolley Brotman

The following classmates have not been located yet.
If you are one of them or know how to contact one of the persons, please
e-mail  us.

Class of January 1953:
Jack Abels, Adrian Aji, Anna Angelos, John Armour, Barry Ashkin, Brunilda Aviles

Henry W. Bahrenburg, Mary Ann Basani, Richard Benanchietti, Arthur Blumberg, Florence Bonagura, Sandra Bruni, Mildred Buragino, Kenneth N. Butler

William Calabrese, Naldine Cana, Louis Frank Carbone, Mary Carlino, Sophie Casullo, Eileen Catalano, Charles Centrella, Beatrice Ciechanowski, Theresa Ciorciare, Janet Cohen, Irene Condos, Jane W. Cooper, Albert A. Coriou, Charles Cowenhoven, Robert Michael Cregan, Joseph Cresci, Vito Crescione, Lois Croake, Suzanne H. Cubbin

Class of June 1953:
Lorraine Albanese, Carolyn Alia, TiiU Ann Altosaar, Helen Joan Amend, Eleanor Ancrum, Aksel Gorm Andersen, Victor Arcieri, Gloria E. Ashley, Ethel Asimas, Joan Augeri

Mariann Baer, Charlotte Barbiere, Irving B. Baron, James Barrett, Catherine A. Bart, Donald P. Bart, Frederick Max Bauman, Elaine Beaver, Barbara B. Beers, Virginia Estrada Berg, Charles Bergold, Evelyn Biddle, Virginia Blackshaw, Marie Blasco, Marcella Bleiberg,  Josephine Bombaci, John J. Bono, Donald Bordeman, John E. Borges, Mary Botticello, Mary Brandi, Marion Bette Braren, Guida Louise Brinkmann, Margie Brittinger, Suzanne Brodie, Judith Brown, Lydia Brown, Jeanette Busson, Benedict Michael Butero, Carolyn Butler, Barbara Kay Byrne, John Patrick Byrne

Amalia Caroukas, Mary Rose Caldera, Madeline Caputo, Nancy Carroll, Barbara Carston, Carol Catano, Constance Catano, Constance Cattrano, Alfred R. Ceasar, Jr., Mary Cellini, Mildred Cello, Harblean Cerbara, Carmela Ciorciari, Dora Citrola, Ralph Clemente, Hyman H. Cohen, Jerome Cohen, George Coleman, Paul Collins, Thomas J. Collins, Eileen Theresa Condon, Dorothy Cootz, Theresa Coppola, Stephen Cordone, Carolyn Cowans, George Crawford

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