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.

Virginia O'Connor Adamski

Married Frank Adamski. They had a daughter, Karen. Virginia died in 1959. Reported by Ruth Ann Woolley Brotman
Claire Oestreicher

Passed away in about 1999 according to Joe Themann.
William C. Offermann

Passed away July 1998 according to his son.
Louise Ohayon Levine 

postal address  known.   How she looks today
Thomas O'Neill

Charles Coles reports he passed away. He most likley died in August 2012.
Joan Pafundi Intrieri  How she looks today  (Passed away April 2014)
Raymond Pages

After graduating from Newtown, I served two years in the US Army-Civil Engineering Division. I then attended college for two years and afterwards landed a job with Babcock & Wilcox-Atomic Energy Division in rural Lynchburg, Virginia. Several years and four children later I transferred back to the big city working for Bechtel Corporation just outside of Washington DC. This was short lived as the kids (three boys and one girl) missed Lynchburg. I moved back to Lynchburg working for Simplimatic Engineering Corporation. Many years later, SECO offered me a large promotion and the family transferred to the small town of Merced, California. I retired from SECO in 1995. In 1998, after many years of hunting and fishing near rural communities, I took my dream trip with my oldest son and went on an African hunting safari to South Africa and Botswana. I am currently living in Merced. Only postal address  known
Walter Pajak

Died in August, 1971, according to Bill LaVelle. He was married to classmate Frances Severino.
Anthony Pallini

postal address  known
Margaret Pantuliano Smith

Worked for Eastern Airlines as a meteorologist's assistant; in the chief pilot's office as a secretary; and in scheduling as a secretary, for a total of 10 years. Married in 1957; 3 children; moved to Long Island in 1968. Worked for school district in security. Retired in 2001. I am an avid Disney World fan (also Mets and Rangers). Only postal address  known
Angela Panvini Trabucco

Paul Edward Papp

Deceased according to Robert Muller. He may have died in December 1968 (Social Security Death Index).
Evangelos (Van) Pappageorge 

I attended Columbia College and joined the AFROTC. After receiving my BA and active duty in the Air Force, I remained in the N.Y. Air National Guard as a citizen soldier retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1985. After a stint as a technical writier for Grumman, I joined the Newtown Social Studies department where I taught until my retirement in 1991. I have three children by my first marriage. With my second wife, Eve, I live in Huntington. I recently rediscovered by first love, painting. We visit Hawaii twice a year, swimming with the giant green sea turtles.
Joan Perkowski Guzzone

postal address  known
Johanna F. Perlmutter Grad How she looks today.
August (Gus) Perri

I worked as a accountant for three companies from 1953-1977 and then worked for the Long Island Railroad as a accountant from 1977 until I retired in 1997.  I moved to New Hampshire in 1998, finally got tired of the snow and the cold, so i moved to Sunrise, Florida in 2001 and still live there.
Rocco Pezzelllo

Died July 13, 2006
Lucille Piccininni Maffei 

postal address  known
Robert Piemonte

After graduation I went to work in banking from 1957-1962 with a two year stint in the Army. I then went to school to study nursing completing my education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I earned a Master of Arts, Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees. I am the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Long Island University. I retired six years ago from the position of Executive Director of the National Student Nurses Association. I am also a retired Army Colonel having served in the active and reserve components of the Army Nurse Corps for twenty-six years. I am single and reside in Manhattan. 
Anita Pliaconis Georgious  How she looks today.
  Pio Polla 

Entered the military shortly before graduation. Only
postal address  known

Richard Polvent

Richard retired last year after having his own cabinetry business in New York for approximately 30 years. He moved to Florida in 2002. He built a home in Hernando Beach, his dream home, building 80% of the home by himself. He served two years in the Army after graduating. He is married and has 5 children. His wife passed away in 2001.Today he is very active, loves the outdoors, animals, plants and  traveling. His family reports that he is a wonderful and caring person in every way with lots of  energy and he loves life. Bad e-mail address

Marion Portelli Abruzzo

Died about 1999 according to Lucy Hatgis Kirichenko.
Gus Possas Gus Possas

Passed away in 1995 according to his son Peter.
Judith Praskin Boring 

After Newtown, I had a lot of interesting jobs: Paramount Films, Bank of Commerce in New York, and Washington Board of Realtors in Washington, D.C. My first husband was an actor and playright; divorced. My second husband was third man down from the Secretary of Labor; died. My current husband is a contractor who built our house. I have a son and daughter; one daughter died. Only
postal address  known.How she looks today.
Valerie Prokop Chiocco

Death reported by Angela DeBonis Domino. She died in February 1973.
Pantelis N. Psaltakis 

After Newtown, I attended NYC Community College getting a degree in construction technology. I worked as a draftsman and began a civil servcie career as a draftsman in the Bronx borough president's office after a two-year stint in the Army. I got a BA degree in business management in 1972 and was director of the Office of Land Use Coordination from 1972 until my retirement in 1996. My wife, Bess, and I have two married sons and five grandchidlren. Only
postal address  known.
Louis Puccio
Wolfgang Radermacher 

I served as a tool and die maker for 30 years at Bulova Watch Company. After the demise of the mechanical watch and take over of the company, I worked for seven years at an aerospace company in Garden City before retiring September 2001. In l958 I married my wife, Marion. We have four children, three married daughters and a son, plus three grandchildren. Our daughter Monica was a math teacher at Newtown l993-l998. We live in Woodside since l965. I enjoy soccer, travel, concerts, our place in Florida, and watching our grandchildren grow up. Only
postal address  known. How he looks today.
Florence Radlauer Slonim

In June 1953, I married Allan Slonim (Newtown '51). Al was in the Navy when we wed and we moved around a bit, living in Maryland, Virginia and Maine, then came back to New York. We have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. We left New York in 1974 and moved to Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and are now retired in North Carolina. We love it here. Life has been good, we travel around some so we can see our kids and grandkids. Now that we have keyboards, aren't you who took typing glad you did?
Irene Rajkowski Going 

After graduating from Newtown I attended NYU. I married Stanley Going in 1955 and moved to southern Illinois near St. Louis where we then farmed for approximately 35 years. We grew corn, wheat, soy beans and for a short while raised cattle and hogs. We had two children. I went to work as the deputy county treasurer and tax collector for Washington County in 1968. In 1970 I ran for the office and was elected for a four-year term. I won two more elections - 12 years in all, serving as president of the Illinois County Treasurers Asociation in 1978-79. For the next nine years I worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue as a tax examiner. I took early retirement January 1992. I'm enjoying retirement, especially playing golf, dealing in antiques and traveling when I can. Worked for AARP this year as a volunteer doing tax returns. I have five grandchildren who I greatly enjoy, ages 6 thru 21 years. Hope to attend the reunion in 2003.
Doris Rawald 

postal address  known.
Robert Reichert

Died in the 1990s according to Wolfgang Radermacher.
Marilyn Reilly Famularo 

I worked at American Cynamid for four years after graduation. I had two sons and returned to work when we moved to New Jersey. I worked as a pediatric assistant and went on to becoming the office manager of a four-doctor pediatric practice for 22 years. I am retired and now enjoy volunteering in my church and at the Emergency Department of our local hospital. I especially enjoy seeing my four grandchildren. Married to classmate Robert Famularo. Only
postal address  known. How she looks today.
Martha Reynolds Hoffman 

I've been happily married for 47 years, we have four great kids, six fantastic grandchildren who all live here on Long Island. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be enjoying good health. My husband took early retirement 10 years ago and we have traveled all over this beautiful USA!! We enjoy our little get-a-way in the North Catskills by ourselves and with our family. We started our own orchard of fruit trees several years ago and in February-March tap the sugar maples and make our own maple syrup. This year we had 200 gallons of sap which cooked down to 5 gallons of syrup!! We all love our "learning" experiences.
Carol Rice Lieberman
Donald C. Riechel

Ah, youth! For all the passion to embrace the cosmos, I drifted into the academic life: B.A. (Columbia), Fulbright year in Germany, M.A. (Northwestern), and after some wandering, a Ph.D. from Ohio State, where I taught for three decades German/ Scandinavian/ comparative literature and cultural history. Adventuring alone after the end of an 18-year marriage, I met Patricia Wuichet in a January snowstorm and wed her the following spring (in a thundershower). Despite the elements, we have been living happily ever after. Roy Moskowitz, my Newtown literary mentor, once said, "Don't cross the Hudson, there's nothing on the other side." The good man was wrong about that, right as he was about syntax, and the needs of the heart. How he looks today.
Alan Roberts 

After Newtown a worked for a year and then served two years in the Army in Germany. I put my Korean GI Bill to work and earned a BS in Marketing at NYU. In the middle of a long career in sales and administration, I fell in love with a lovely girl from Staten Island and married her in 1973. Lorrie and I are now both retired and having the time of our lives. We are also owned by a supremely intelligent tabby cat who, I have little doubt, would have earned better grades than I ever got at Newtown! Only postal address  known. How he looks today.
Jane Robertson Albertelli

postal address  known

David Robinson

After Newtown, I went to Swarthmore, then enlisted for 3 years to study at the Army Language School (Russian), then grad school at U of Pa, got a PhD, got married, started teaching Slavic linguistics at Ohio State (office next to Don Riechel) until early retirement in 1991. So much for my vow never to leave New York. Fulbright and other grants to Serbia, Bulgaria, even April in Paris once. Along the way, have been a church organist, played piano for countless musicals, and played calliope in a PDQ Bach recording. Two grown kids and two granddaughters, all in the Columbus area, so we're staying put, except for occasional trips to interesting spots. Hope to make a 55th reunion.

Patricia Rogers Anderson

After graduation I went to work for a general insurance agent and fell in love with insurance. I spent my working years in the field and before retirement became a licensed property and casualty broker and a life and health agent. Selling was never for me--it was the excitement of learning the ins and outs of coverage, the rating and the bookkeeping. I am presently married to a Certified Final Planner who specializes in Health Insurance. He loves his work and plans to work forever. I am partly retired and act as his sounding board for the cases he is working on. I take care of the books for the Mom-and-Pop business we own. Bad e-mail address
Donald Rogich 

I studied mining engineering at Columbia University graduating in 1958. I began work at the Bethlehem Steel underground iron mine in Pennsylvania, and married Sue (Schwartz, Newtown '53). Moving to Virginia in 1963, I worked with a consulting firm on the underground nuclear test program. After a couple of job shifts, I worked for 25 years with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Over the years my worldview changed, and since retiring in 1995 I have served as a consultant to The World Resources Institute on environmental issues. Sue describes our family and fun activities. All around we have been fortunate and life has been good to us. Married to classmate Jane Suzanne (Sue) Schwartz. How they look today.
Charles Roman

After graduating Newtown, I then attended St. John's College. My next step was the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. After interning in Maine, I opened an office for General Medicine in Kings Park. I married Joan March, a graduate of Newtown in 1954. She passed away June 1, 2000. I retired October 1, 1999.
Rose Romanello Migliore Bad e-mail
Margaret Romano Marchelletta

After graduation I started working for a Wall Street banking firm and became an executive secretary while working there for eight years. During that time I married Jerry Marchelletta, also a Newtown High graduate (1952), and we had three children: Jerry Jr, Jeffrey and JoyceAnn. We have three grandchildren, Jerry III, Dawson and Alyssa. My husband was a partner in a contracting firm and now we have our own construction company, Circle Industries in Alpharetta, Ga. Jerry Jr. is running the business in Georgia, Joyce and husband have also joined the family business and Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles, an up-and-coming actor, while continuing to do estimating for the family business as well. We are building a home in Alpharetta, Georgia and will eventually retire there, God willing. Life is good. 
Barbara Roney Westlund

Only postal address  known
Robert Rosano

Deceased according to James Gormley. He died in August 2000 and lived in Kew Gardens.
  Paul H. Roseburg 

Only postal address  known
Elisa Roseto Slamm

After graduation I worked as a secretary for Noritake China in Manhattan for five years. In 1958, I married Joe Slamm (Class of '49) and moved to Greenlawn, Long Island. We have three married children, (Marie, Joe and Bill) and four grandchildren, (Joey, Jenny, Gregory and Elisa). My husband is now retired from New York Telephone/AT&T. I've held various part-time jobs from the time my oldest child started college. However when my husband retired in 1990, I started working full-time as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs at Touro Law School in Huntington, Long Island. I enjoy my job because of the daily contact with students, faculty and staff. Also, the law school is about 3 miles from my home. How she looks today.
Edith Rostron Haecker

After Newtown, I attended Woods Secretarial School and worked in various administrative positions in New York City. In May 1957 I married Fred Haecker, an engineer who developed information systems for the airline industry. We have lived in New York, New Jersey, Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia during our 45 years of marriage. We have three daughters (two CPA's and a high school English teacher) and four grandchildren. We are now retired and live in Williamsburg, Virginia. Greatest accomplishment: helping my husband and three daughters graduate from college. Bad e-mail
Shirley Rotenberg Enbar

After Newtown, I went to CCNY, then Northwestern in Chicago. During that time I married, had my three children (from whom I now have 8 grandchildren!) and immigrated to Israel. Divorced in 1972, remarried in 1975. I had been working for years in public relations, both in the States and in Israel, but decided to change direction and got my social work degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Retired (sort of) a couple of years ago, and am enjoying "leisure", what with the g-kids, being politically active, and part of the hectic and energizing Israeli society. I doubt that I'll get back to the States for the reunion, but my thoughts will be with you.
Passed away in October 2004 according to  Joyce Arenstein Prill. 
Peter S. Rufolo

Probably deceased. A person with this name that fits the profile of a Newtown graduate is listed in the Social Security Death Index.


The following classmates have not been located yet.
If you are one of them or know how to contact one of the persons, please
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Class of January 1953:
Maurice O'Connor, Minonia M. O'Kelly, Robert William Olsen
Barbara Palermo, Euthimia Effie Pappas, Donald Peet, Leona Penn, Stephen Anthony Pepe, Catherine Petrakis, Charles Petrossian, Amelia Pintauro, Edna Teresa Prendergast, Ruby Preston, Charles L. Proimas

William H. Redwood, Charles A. Reyes, James Richards, Carolyn Rippy, Edward Albert Ritzmann, John Robertson, Lucille Rocco, Marie Romanelli, Theresa Romano, Richard Allen Roth, Nancy Russo

Class of June 1953:
Mary Patricia O'Brien, William O'Brien, Florence Ogaian, Theodore Orvieto

Robert Palombo, Nicholas Panza, Ann F. Parisi, Douglas Parker, Norma Pedretti, Rose Mary Pellegrino, Jennie Perrone, Barbara Petrelli, Frances Pezzanite, Joachim Arthur Pfister, Lawrence Pinto, James J. Pirone, Jr., Anne Poleiner, Michael Peter Portaro, Robert K.Prince, Waldemar Pruss, Neal Pucci, Frances Puccio

Ralplh Quante

Iris Toby Rabin, Michael Ramos, Frank Recchia, Charles Reddeck, Norma J. Reginelli, James Reid, Kathleen E. Relyea, Albert Reuschle, Virginia Ribando, Richard Rini, Mary Rius, Louise Rizzone, Gertrude Rosado, Morton Roth, Frank C. Russ, Rose Rynders

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