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.

Carol Sainker Lowenstein
Donald Salituri

Passed away January 29, 2003.
Leonard Sancilio

After Newtown I worked as a mold maker for several years. Married Marie Fortunato ( Newtown 1955) in 1959. We have three sons all college graduates, all married. Dr. Leonard Sancilio,Jr. is Dean of Students at SUNY Geneseo; Gary is an attorney in Albany; Stephen is in sales and lives in Smithtown, Long Island. I opened a machine shop in 1962 and choose to still maintain it. We have five grandchildren, four girls and one boy. Primary residence is Flushing, New York and a summer home on Long Island. I am an avid skier, have skied most major areas in Europe and western U.S. Love road and mountain biking and own a motorcycle. I am in excellent health. LIfe is good...very very good. How he looks today.
Jerome F. Sanfino 

After Newtown I enlisted and served with the Army Security Agency until 1957. I then worked as an an electronics field engineer at Fairchild Graphics Systems, HCM Corporation and Fairchild Space Defense until 1970. I then started my own field service industrial electronics business. I married my wife Merrily in 1961. We have four children and ten grandchildren. My hobby is model railroading and train collecting.
postal address known. How he looks today
Mary Santiago Ralicke

My husband Pete and I traveled slowly west via transfers with his company. We have three children, Eileen, Karen and David. Two grandkids, Ryan 10 and Jessica 6. Our final move was to California. Pete retired in 1990 and I left my job in 1995. We sold our home and bought a fifth wheel RV and traveled, which was our dream. Sadly I lost Pete in January 2002. I'm still living in my RV at our home base in Aguanga, Ca., about 60 miles east of San Diego, a very beautiful area. We do a lot of hiking here. I hope to continue my travels, but this time by auto. I never did master the art of pulling and parking a 35 foot 5th wheel. This summer I hope to drive to Denver to visit Karen and then on to Montana to visit Eileen and where I look forward to doing some great hikes. Our son David is the only one in California, he's in Venice Beach.
John S. Scerre

Died in 1954 according to Eleanor Seus Flynn.
Raymond P. Schaefer

Only postal address  known
Marylin Scheller Pages 

I spent three years after graduating Newtown as an executive secretary for the book publisher, Grosset & Dunlap. I married Ray Pages in 1954. With the arrival of our first child, I then became a stay-at-home mom. We have four children and five grandchildren. From 1961 to 1976, we lived in Virginia and then moved to California. We divorced in 1979. Currently I belong to writing, literary, fitness and church groups and continue to take classes as I have for 30 years. I am an avid reader and love traveling. My trip to England, Scotland and Wales was a dream come true and I hope to see the rest of Europe after I retire.  How she looks today
Dorothy Ann Scherber Robert

Out of school, I went to work for Paramount Pictures Corporation, Production-Legal Deparment, starting as a stenographer and leaving as a legal secretary. Married Louis Robert in l955, have three children, nine grandchildren and even a great grandson, although through a step-grandson. We lived in Astoria until 1962 and have lived here in North Bellmore since. We've just sold a place in the Poconos and for the past 4 years have been wintering in Florida, Vero Beach, or actually North Hutchinson Island. Because of the difficulty travelling to the City, I remained on the Island workwise and was employed in a pharmacy in North Massapequa for 28 years. Since then I worked with my daughter in her travel agency. Currently, Lou and I are twice as busy as ever with volunteer work, religious and fraternal. 
Edward Schmitt 

After leaving Newtown, I attended school for another eight years. Went to Queens College, majored in chemistry, and then went to the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and received my PhD in organic/polymer chemistry. During the way I married one our classmates, the former Leonore Gray. We raised four+ children which has now resulted in six+ grandchildren. My career has been in the development of medical devices that include the first synthetic absorbable suture, drug delivery systems, interocular lenses and thermally reversible adhesives. Lived in only two states since leaving Newtown: Connecticut and California. Happily remarried 14 years ago. Helped raise two step kids and generally have had a wonderful life.   How he looks today
Francis Xavier Schnell

Died April 14, 2008. Reported by his niece, Marie Schnell Jordan.
Frank Schumacher

Died 13 Jul 1997. He lived in New Hyde Park. Reported by Ed Seiss.
Sheila Schuman Orenstein

After Newtown, I went to the Bellevue School of Nursing, where I met my husband, Sheldon. We will be married 43 years next month. We have three wonderful children and seven grandchildren. My husband recently retired from his job as director of nursing in a nursing home--he spent his entire career as a director of nursing in long term care. I retired from my city job as a public health nurse two years ago, and I am now working per diem 3-4 days a week for an agency. I sub for school nurses. We have lived in the same house in Flushing since we moved from Woodside 32 years ago. 
Jane Suzanne (Sue) Schwartz 

I married classmate Don Rogich in 1958 after graduating from Barnard College. Don and I have lived in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1963. We have a daughter and a son and four grands - all of whom live in Charlotte, N.C. I received a Master's in education from George Washington University in 1968 and retired from the Fairfax County school system in 1996 after 28 years of teaching in elementary school. I'm now involved in a variety of volunteer activities and enjoy traveling, cruising the Chesapeake Bay on our trawler, Tugher, and spending time with the kids and grandkids. How they look today.
Lucille Sci Giannakopulos 

After graduating Newtown, I worked as secretary at a prestigious Jewelry firm in Manhattan. Two years later I married my husband of 46 years, Gus Giannakopulos, and we have two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons.We lived on Long Island for 15 years having moved from Bayside, New York. Then due to my husband's illness. we moved to Florida 27 years ago. He is the owner of a successful dental laboratory in Ft. Lauderdale and I am presently the owner of Gianna Designs, Inc. an interior design firm in Boca Raton which was established in 1990 and still moving forward.  How she looks today
Margaret Sciabica Cricchio

postal address  known
Patricia Scudero Lodico

postal address  known
Irene Scoutelas Damascus
Carole Sekely Sirota

Only postal address  known
Marie Senatore Palumbo 

I began working for Eastern Air Lines in Rockefeller Center two days after graduating Newtown and stayed with them until 1961. Great job, lots of travelling and new friends. Married in 1960 to another Newtown alumni named Henry Palumbo (a twin) class of 1950. Left work for the birth of my first son in May 1961. Was a stay-at-home mom for the next 13 years as the mother of three sons (Mike, Joe and John). My sons are all married and I have five grandchildren some of which are girls yeah! I am retired now since 1997 after working another 25 years after the boys were older. I am enjoying life with my family and friends and doing some travelling and babysitting too. We have lived in Union and Colonia, New Jersey, for the past 41 years and are really Jerseyites. Will see you at the reunion. Bad e-mail address
John Sennello  Bad e-mail address
Eleanor Seus Flynn 

My family includes spouse Dennis P. Flynn, two married sons and four wonderful grandchildren. We have lived in rural New York State for 14 years since leaving Queens. Until last year I worked part time and to date I continue to enjoy house and garden. My latest passion has been quilt classes and projects related to same. Since a Senior Day Boat trip to Bear Mountain on the Dayliner (Hudson Ro. Line) I have continued to enjoy water activities. While I have limited travel to family--two special vacations included a European Great River cruise as well as an awesome experience cruising the inside passage thru Alaska's Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Only postal address  known.
Frances Severino Pajak

Died December 2009 according to Theresa Maitino.
Laurence Shabe 

After graduation from Newtown as an aggie, I continued to work on a dairy farm in Connecticut. When I learned that my fiancée had many allergies, I changed my goals of continuing college education in agriculture. We were married in November 1954 and moved to Maryland where I had many different mechanical professions. I retired in 1995 after 32 years with the Washington Gas Light Co. I was divorced in 1968 and remarried in 1983. I have 9 children and at present 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. We live in Maryland and also have a country home on the water near the Chesapeake bay. At present I am the president of a wood-working guild.  How he looks today.
Edward Siess

After Newtown, I went to Brooklyn Polytech to study Electrical Engineering. Worked at Grumman (Instrumentation Engineering) , Sperry (Missile Reliability) and finally 11 years at Kollsman Instrument in Elmhurst. (Component Engineering ) Left in 1968 to go full time into a business that I started part time in 1957. (Mail order Antique Gun Parts and Military Americana.) Still doing it with my youngest son and wife. Married my best friend Mary Ann and have two sons and a daughter and four grandkids. All the kids live on my block in Glendale. Hobbies: photography, antique gun collecting and flying. [Ed died in October 2002]
Ruth L. Sievert McGrath

Married to classmate Ronald McGrath.
Morton Sklar

Dropped out of engineering at NYU and joined the 82nd Airborne in 1954. From 1960 to 1966 was strung-out on heroin. Helped establish Phoenix House as a resident in 1966 and graduated from it in 1969. Established the Spirit That Moves Us Press in Iowa City in 1975. In 1983, we published the first collection in the U.S. of the Czech poet Jaroslav Seiferthis The Casting Of Bells—who won the Nobel Prize for literature the following year. In Jackson Heights in 1996, we published the Queens anthology, Patchwork of Dreams: Voices from the Heart of the New America. Married now fifteen years to a flower of the Andes, Marcela Bruno. How he looks today

Helen Smith Spitzner

Only postal address  known
Lorraine Spanier Bad e-mail
  Sebastian Speranza 

After I left Newtown, I enlisted in the Army and was in several Army bands for six years. I was mainly stationed in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, and Ft. Carson, Colorado. Over the years, I've been in the film and music business and wound up in computer systems at a bank for almost 31 years before retiring. I still continue with my music. My hobbies include amateur ham radio, astronomy, photography and gardening. I am currently living with my wife, Monica, in Owensboro, Kentucky. 
Kenneth T. Sposato
Donald Paul Stahl

Following college and a stint in the Navy, I married Eleanor Christman (also class of 53). We celebrated our 44th anniversary this year. We have two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. Lived in N. Bellmore for 12 years and worked at Applied Devices in College Point before venturing out West to Washington (Seattle Area). Owned a business in the Seattle area for 25 years manufacturing hydraulic cylinders. Retired in 1987 and we spend most of our time golfing and fishing.
Yvonne Starck Silvester

postal address  known
Eleanor Stein Maidhof
Harry Strauss

He unfortunately died in July 1987 just two weeks shy of his 52nd birthday. Harry went to the joint Queen College-CCNY engineering program and became an electrical engineer. He had a masters degree in both engineering and mathematics. He was married to a Queens college girl and had two children--a daughter and son. Both went to Cornell and then Fordham Law School and are attorneys in New York. He never knew his two granddaughters. Reported by Edith Mayer Cherovsky
Mary Joan Streett
Erika Sukowski Savage
Hazel Sullivan Doran
Theresa Szymczak Kobetitsch

I worked as an executive secretary from 1953 to 1963. I married my husband, Ernst, in June of 1959. Our daughter Elaine was born in 1963 followed by a son Eric born in 1965. I was a stay at home mom until 1978. We have two granddaughters, Nicole and Stephanie and a grandson Karson. We moved from Richmond Hill, New York to Copiague in 1963 and reside there until today. I returned to business, working in the finance department of an electronics firm as a credit and collections specialist, where I remained for the next 22 years. My husband and I enjoy our retirement years traveling, many times with our grandchildren, throughout the United States and abroad.


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:
Doris Sahlin, Lena Salomone, Miriam Sanders, Joseph C. Santonino, Joan Santora, Mae Santoro, Adrienne Santory, Frank Scarcella, Hugo Richard Schimatz, Gerald Lloyd Schlesinger, Frances A. Sciacca, Joseph Scott, Suzanne Shalin, Robert Joseph Shannon, Thomas Shannon, Rudolph H. Siemer, Janet Skiffington, James R. Smith, Jessie Lucille Smith, John Smith, Leora Smith, Joan Meredith Snyder, John Spiciarich, Kenneth T. Sposato, Audrey Spreitzer, Marilyn Aida Springer, Helen Stephanides, Leslie G. Strauss, Melvin Paul Strauss, Frank A. Striano, George T. Strobel

Class of June 1953:
Mildred T. Sabatino, Dorothy Salzman, Henry Salvadori, Kathleen Sanzotta, Joseph Saunders, Carole Scherl, Louise Virginia Schiel, Ronald Craig Schiff, Edward Schiller, Elfriede Schmidt, Gertrude Schmidt, Patricia Schmitt, Annette Schneider, Mary Schneider, Frederick Schorr, William Schreiber, Jerry Schulz, Rhoda Schwartz, Albert Schweizer, Angelo Sciabarassi, David Sepp, Myrna Serotick, Constance Ann Shannon, Robert Andrew Silva, Eleanor Simmones, George C. Simmons, Monroe E. Singer, Rose Ann Siraco, Charles H. Smith, Joseph Sorgi, Natalie M. Spiegel, Marilyn Spirito, Maureen Spirito, Frank Stabile, Blanche Stancelli, Mildred Stanitus, Kathleen Stapleton, Claire Steinhauer, Jerome Steinlauf, Myrna Sterlin, Morton Stern, Florence Stovall, Janice Stratton, Contance Stumpf, George Stuppiello, Joan Svoboda

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