CT High School, Class of 1959
Before being used to house high school classes,
the building was used for elementary school classes, probably as early as the
1860s. It is difficult to determine exactly when it began use as a high school
but since the first THS graduating class was in 1889, I think it would be safe
to say that it was being used for high school classes from circa 1885 to 1913.
The building was destroyed by fire on May 24, 1913
|This is the Official Web Site of the Torrington CT. High
School, Class of 1959
Original Class Size was
292. Deceased estimated now at 85. Current Surviving Class Size = 207 +/- (As
Jack Wallace, Webmaster &
| We honor our Committee Chairman, DON MARCIANO, For Nearly 6
Decades Of Service !!
| A SURPRISE PARTY FOR DON---MISSION
I wanted to update you all on the
progress of our campaign to provide Don, a well deserved token of appreciation
from our class. Once again, this class has proven its uniqueness, for being
exceptionally caring, generous, thoughtful, and considerate. What a group !!
I'm so proud to be a part of this class and the reunion committee ! We have
received sufficient funds to be confident in our ability to purchase that
special power recliner/lift chair. Yesterday, 12/6/19, we surprised Don..(boy
did we ever !! ) at Tony's restaurant where we know he always goes for lunch.
When he walked in, we were all seated as you see us in the photo above. To pull
this off, I collaborated with Don's Cousin, John, his wife, Donna, and the
staff at Tony's. Don was presented with a gift certificate for the chair, a
framed copy of our presentation comments, a letter from Art Frigo, Class
President, and a well-timed/planned, phone call from Art as well. Don was so
taken and so shocked the he was almost speechless. While walking to our cars,
he said to me; " Jack, you have no idea how much that chair will mean to me"
Class of 59, Mission Accomplished !!
On behalf of your Reunion Committee; ( Who have also
served our class for many years ! ) Art Frigo, Elaine Kules Berry, John
Cellerino, Barbara Krieger Dobos, Roger Fulton, Heather Yale Gromko, Joyce Hock
Leifert, Doramae Bray Iffland, Rich Knapp, Gretchen Muller Ross, Pat Cable
Thompson, and Jack Wallace. THANK YOU !!! Jack
NEXT REUNION / 80TH BIRTHDAY
CELEBRATION: SATURDAY, 9/18/21,
FAIRVIEW FARM GOLF CLUB, 12:30-6:00 PM WITH
| The 60th Reunion, THS Class of 1959, is in the books. 106
Attendees at Chatterly's in Torrington.A most enjoyable and fun filled evening
was enjoyed by all !! Sincere thanks to all who made the journey
Top photo at Chatterlys,
bottom at Fairview Farm on Sunday. 55 Attendees
| 60TH REUNION
Saturday, Sept 21 and Sunday, Sept 22, 2019.
Formal invitations, costs
etc., mailed in June. Counting down !! (Clock says Hartford, but really means
Torrington ! ) You can now download the reservation form. See link
The final committe meeting was held
at the home of Roger and Sue Fulton, Wednesday evening, 9/4/19. What a great
group of dedicated people who have done this for decades, ( only 10 years for
me ) especially our fearless leader, Chairman Don Marciano. Thank you Don, for
all your years of dedication to this class. You are one of a kind !!
row: Jack Wallace, Roger Fulton, John Cellerino, Joyce Regis Hock, Doramae Bray
Front Row: Don Marciano, Barbara Krieger Dobos, Gretchen Muller
Ross, Elaine Kules Berry, Heather Gromko Yale. Unable to attend included Pat
Cable Thompson, Art Frigo, and Rich Knapp. Lots of laughs, great snacks, all
plans finalized, and we are ready to go !! !!See you all Sept 21 and 22,
Beautiful drone shot of downtown
Torrington, the town we grew up in, looking north from center bridge. Thanks to
Brian McKenna of Harwinton, for letting me display his great work.
something to tickle your memories as we head for our 60th reunion
Great photo of classmate
Will Revaz in the Waterbury Republican. Will has had a great colllection of
Model T's over the years and participates in events all over the country. Way
to go Will, lookin good !!! 060319
Remember CLASSMATE WARNER
SANKMAN ? (Forth from left) Really good lookin guy in our class, pretty
quiet. Today at age 78 +/-, he plays in a band out there in Vegas !!The name of
the band is "Stuck In Reverse". We are a member band of The Southern Nevada
Bluegrass Music Society. The Lady in the middle is Peggy Ruesch who with her
husband Jan, the bass player, founded the band about 15 years ago. I joined
them four years ago as the dobro player and singer. The banjo player Jeff
Weaver has been with the band for 5 years and the newest member Jim Damele
joined us on mandolin about a month ago. Jim and I have played together in a
couple of other groups since I moved to Las Vegas almost seven years ago. Peggy
and I also perform as a duo called "Denim & Lace" doing classic country
music. We play mostly at festivals, special events, charities like the Vet's
Home, and private parties. We do it strictly for fun. As they say, "there are
tens of dollars to be made playing bluegrass music" ?? Thanks Warner, I have
your music and will play as part of our "Classmate Entertainment" at the 60th
| 7/16/19 Update from Knapper: Kevin Gilson and
his wife are care taking (they are groundskeepers!) their
daughters future retirement home in Richmondville, NY. Absolutely
IS BACK TOGETHER. !! Rich Knapp, Art Frigo, Dave
Frauenhofer, and John Marcantonio were all in downtown Torrington the week of
Oct 2nd., and stopped to have this classic photo taken !! Great to see these
four super guys together again !!
This photo taken at the
Warner, Fall 2014. L-R: Heather Yale Gromko, the late Dick Maine, John
Marciano, Don Marciano.
Our Kevin Gilson, honored by this graphic,
located in the Mountaineers football stadium.
| Nice photo of some great THS grads, from Jeri
Beck Veronesi......Met these friends in Florida..had not seen each other in
over 50 yrs but just by chance Ben and I met at the beach and so on and so
on..we were all together for Roger's birthday Left to Right Ben Ossola Class of
'58, Roger Magistralli 57,Kay (Brent) Wall 56, Ben's wife Fran,Jeri (Beck)
Veronesi '59 and Tom Wall "56
Ths 59'ers at the UCONN vs University of
Central Florida (Orlando) game, 1/22/15. L-R: Jack Wallace, Jean Wallace, Lou
Marinelli, Jeannette Marinelli, Charlie Bienkowski, Teresa Bienkowski, Donna
Ferrato and Dave Ferrato. All had dinner at Applebees prior to the game. Great
fun. UCONN fans outnumbered the local fans by at least 3 to 1 !!! UCONN won
100-55. Real nail biter !!
Torrington High School, Class of 1959.
55th Reunion 9/27/14 Warner/Nancy Marine Theatre
The Sunday Brunch Group-Fairview Farm. Revaz Photo
| 55th Reunion Weekend-Overview of Events
| FRIDAY EVENING: We'll be
at Bogey's at the Greenwoods Country Club, 300 Torringford Street (Winsted
Side). Casual, pay-as-you-go event, starting at 6PM and ending around 9. Order
food from the "Pub Menu", drinks from the Cash Bar. Directions: From East Main
Street, head North on Torringford Street ( Rt 183) towards Winsted for about
4.5 miles. When you pass West Hill Road on your right, the entrance to
Greenwoods CC will be on your LEFT in about 700 feet. Look for the Greenwoods
Dining Room. Location of our
The Bar. Many of you will call it "home" !
Beautifully landscaped fence & grounds
AFTERNOON & EVENING: We'll be at the Warner/Nancy Marine Theater, Main
Street, Torrington. Doors open at 4 PM for registration and to get your name
tags. Buffet, prepared by Chatterly's will begin around 5 PM and a cash bar
will be available starting at 4:00 PM. Planning a class photo at 6:30 PM,
followed by everyone in their seats in the theater by 7PM. Brief speaking
program starts at 7:10 PM, with the Bronx Wanderers going on at 7:35 PM. It
will be a great night !! And, we were right on schedule !!!
Buffet Line from the 50th
Nancy Marine Theater Lobby
Where We Graduated From, 55+ Years
| Sunday Farewell Brunch:
We return to the beautiful Fairview Farm Golf Club, for their great Sunday
Brunch. Event starts at 9:30 AM and goes to Noon. Club is located on Hill Road
(Rt 222). Take Route 4 from Torrington to Harwinton. Take a right on to Rt 118
( towards Litchfield) , then your 2nd left on to Hill Road. Cross Delay Road,
then the club will be 500 feet on your left. Comes up quick, so be
Watch For This Sign !
Scene From Past Reunion
This shot says it all !!
| The final committee meeting for the 55th
reunion was held at the home of Steve and Heather Yale Gromko on Wednesday,
9/17/14. Now we can take the next 4 years off !!! All we need now, to make the
55th a success, is your attendance !
| Reunion Committee meets at Jack's house, to
label, stamp and stuff nearly 240 envelopes in preparation for the mailing of
the 2014 THS Class of 59, 55th reunion reservation forms. With many hands
making light work, we finished the task in about 35 minutes, leaving plenty of
time for refreshments and planning for the big weekend. ! Mailing went out July
| PLANS SET FOR 2014 REUNION, SEPT 26-28,
MEET OUR VERY
SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE 55TH THS CLASS OF '59 REUNION !!! THE FULL SHOW
| PLEASE NOTE:
THE REUNION IS COMING UP FAST. TIME NOW TO START LOOKING AND MAKING
RESERVATIONS FOR FLIGHTS, HOTELS ETC.
| Hello Classmates, Following my last
solicitation for inputs on the upcoming reunion, I have received many nice
comments and suggestions, especially for plans for the Friday evening portion
of our weekend.
The overwhelming suggestion was for a quiet evening at ONE
location, with NO formal program, entertainment etc. Just a nice night to meet,
greet and catch up.
To that end we have an agreement with Bogey's at the
Greenwoods Country Club. No tickets or formalities required. Just show up,
order food, snacks etc from their "Pub" menu, and have a drink at the cash bar.
The rest of the weekend is pretty much all set.
Saturday.. the big
event, at the Warner / Nancy Marine Theater. Doors open at 4 with a buffet
catered by Chatterlys and a cash bar. We'll need to be in our seats in the
theater by 7PM to start the festivities. The Bronx Wanderers will go on at 7:30
for their full show, which should conclude at about 9:30. After which, you'll
still have time to mingle in lobby until around 11 PM
Sunday is set at
the beautiful Fairview Farms in Harwinton, for their great Brunch
time to visit in a spectacular setting. Check out their latest web site and
check out the video from their home page,
Please start planning now for
a wonderful weekend in CT., September 26-28, 2014 !! Please spread the word to
those who do not have email. We'll catch up with them by postal mail after the
first of the year if not before. We look forward to seeing everyone again !!
Best, Jack, (On behalf of the THS Class of 59 Reunion committee, Don Marciano,
| LISTEN TO A LIVE RECORDING OF OUR ACTUAL GRADUATION, JUNE 1959,
BROADCAST OVER WTOR, WITH THE VOICE OF THE LATE AL EYRE.
THIS IS TRULY A SPECTACULAR PROJECT, CREATED BY
CLASSMATE WILLARD REVAZ. Will had actually supplied me with the audio clips a
couple years ago, but I was never able to get then to translate to the web site
without gaps. Will has accomplished this using YouTube and it's absolutely
amazing. His comments are below, and just below his comments, is the link to
"YouTube". Just click on that link, turn up your volume, close your eyes
and visualize all of us at the Warner that fateful night. I'm sure the voices
you hear will sound very familiar !! THANK YOU, WILL !!!
PS: My first radio broadcasting experiences were at
WTOR when the studio and transmitter site were down in a hole on Perkins
Street. Al gave me my start in broadcasting, and he was truly a unique and
dedicated individual !!! Listening to his voice, sure brought back some great
| Hi Jack, It's been a long time coming,
but I finally was able to get the WTOR recording of our graduation uploaded and
online on uTube. Please check it out on the link beow and if you see fit, could
you post it somewhere on the reunion Web page for all our classmates to see and
hear. They can also find it by searching uTube for: "THS Class of 1959
Graduation Ceremony". I didn't have enough pictures to post along with the
entire audio, so I took the liberty of posting some pictures I took at the 7052
reunion also. Even so, the audio goes on for another 35 minutes or so, mostly
awards presentations. Thanks in advance for your efforts in keeping the GREAT
web page up and running and I hope my enhancement will be welcomed by our
classmates. Looking forward to another teriffic reunion this year, Willard
| HERE WE GO AGAIN !!! 55th REUNION PLANNING
|Where does the time go ??? It seems like yesterday
that we were planning the great 50th and our "Project 7052 Reunions, and now
it's time for #55 !!! The dates are set for September 26-28, 2014, now less
than a year away !! We met for the first time last night (9/30/13) at the home
of Heather Yale Gromko to start to work through the details. Saturday night,
September 27th will be the main event, with the BRONX WANDERERS full show at
the Nancy Marine Theater, preceeded by a buffet in the lobby, just like we did
for the 50th. That will be a great night for all ! We also recognize the need
to make this reunion very cost effective, based on the state of the economy,
and the fact that we are not getting any younger !! Hence, we are considering
less formal activities for that Friday night, and are looking into that
beautiful Sunday Brunch at Fairview Farms, which everyone seemed to really
enjoy. Nice quiet time, great food etc before departure. I'll be updating
everyone as we proceed, but please mark your 2014 calendars for these dates. We
look forward to seeing everyone again !! Please spread the word !
Your reunion committee. Back row, L-R, Heather
Yale Gromko, Barbara Krieger Dobos, Pat Cable Thompson, Joyce Hock Leifert,
Doramae Bray Iffland, Elaine Kules Berry, Gretchen Muller Ross. Front Row:
Roger Fulton, Jack Wallace. Missing due to prior committments, Chairman Don
Marciano and John Cellerino. Also missing, Art Frigo and Rich Knapp who are, of
course, out of state. Don was in contact with us by phone during the meeting
just to be sure I didn't screw it up !! JTW
| Yes, the weekend of September 26, 2014, has been chosen with
the "main event" on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Please mark your calendars
and start planning for a 3-day event, Sept 26-28,
recent photos/classmate activities below. Some recent photos moved to Classic
Photo Page, see link at bottom.
A gathering of friends at Heather
Yale Gromko's home, May 28,2013. L-R: Dick Maine, Naomi Pincus Cramer, Elaine
Kules Berry, Janet Sikora Sullivan, Jack Wallace, Jim Serkey. (Photo by "Steve Gromko Studios", formerly Ruben Studios
!!--Remember them ??
THS 59 Mystery Photos Shown Below !!! What great photos
! Now, who can tell me what they are ! These two photos were dropped off at my
house by Marlene Piccolo Salvatore ( Again, why did I ever give her my real
address ???) Anyhow, can you identify these..what was the group , where were
they taken and when. I'll post your answers when received.
Photo #1 Looks like taken in front of the THS auditorium. Mostly
all girls...who...why ?? Update from Gayle Adorno Campbell and others indicates
that this the Freshman Drama Club !
Some kind of Sorority
or secret organization ?? Please let me know. Jack 100112 email:
Latest input from Janet Sikora Sullivan notes that this is the Sigma
Phi group via the YMCA. Another possibility is Alpha Omega and another input
for Delta Phi. There are upper classmen in this photo from the class of 1957
etc. Photo may have been taken at the Mountain View Inn in Norfolk.
50th Anniversary Party, submitted
by Alan Mackensie: Hi, Jack! We have just returned from my brother Ken and
Karen's 50th Wedding Anniversary party, which was held in Bethel, CT. The
picture attached shows the eight who are THS graduates. From left to right they
are: Keith Revaz '61, Peggy Revaz '57, Jack Revaz '55, Willard Revaz '59, Alan
Mackenzie '59, Karen Revaz Mackenzie '60, Ken Mackenzie '58, Mary Oliver '65.
Rock on seniors! Alan...... Thanks Alan, great photo, much appreciated
| Editor's note: If any of you classmates
get together and have a photo, please send it over and I'll publish it !
(Within reason)The site is quiet these days with the 55th reunion now a year +
away, ( 2014), so lets have a little fun with photos as above ! My best, Jack
!! Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Updating website on an ongoing basis. Photos
previously on this home page are ultimately moved to the Classic Photos Page,
Grammar School Photos page etc. See the links at the bottom of this home page.
Project 7052 Reunion Group
Photo, Fairview Golf Club 09-24-11
Forget it, Rog, It's Like Trying to Herd Cats !!
Our cake, a work of art !
The site of our very special
Birthday Party and Class Reunion, Held September 24 and 25, 2011
| "PROJECT 7052"** IS COMPLETE !
**We Celebrated 70 Years of Life, 52 Years After
View from the balcony and dining
room. Class photo was taken here.
A fantastic venue, a glass of wine
(Photos by Jack)
| The final committee meeting was held on
Wednesday, Sept 14, at the home of Don and Donna Marciano. All final details
for "Project 7052" were discussed, finalized and we are ready to go
!Committee Members: (Not shown in any order): John
Cellerino, Elaine Kules Berry, Art Frigo, Class President Roger Fulton, Pat
Cable Thompson, Joyce Hock Leifert, Doramae Bray Iffland, Don Marciano, Reunion
Chairman, Gretchen Muller Ross, Heather Yale Gromko, Barbara Krieger Dobos,
Rich Knapp, and Jack Wallace. Missing from photo: Art Frigo and Rich
At the same meeting,
the committee presented Don and Donna a gift certificate for dinner at the
Carmen Anthony Steak House, as a token of our appreciation for hosting all
committee meetings, providing refreshments, etc., etc. Thank you Don and Donna
!! Class Mascot and Honarary Chaircat, "Spencer" is shown looking for his gift
! Sadly, Spencer passed away around August 2018
| LINKS TO AREAS OF INTEREST (lots of good information