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07/03/09 07:27 PM #8    

Paula Forte

I made my first trip back to Upper Darby in more than 30 years! Hubby (#2) had never been to my "stomping grounds" so I gave him the grand tour of my 2x2x2-mile triangle that made up the distance I could walk: 69th street to Llanerch Hills to UDHS. I didn't have a car in high school!

What struck me was how SMALL the house I grew up in actually was. I met the guy who is living there now (an immigrant from East Africa) as he was painting the front porch. He was amused that I'd come to look at an old house and let me take a picture.

We drove by my elementary school (Highland Park) out on West Chester Blvd. next to the Catholic elementary school, St. Lawrence, and even took a peek at Beverly Hills Junior High (middle school now)as we drove out toward the High School. There was some huge event happening near UDHS so I didn't bother to hang around -- the parking would have been impossible!

After our "drive by tour" we headed through Philadelphia and on to the shore which also looked less dramatic than I remembered it after all these years!

So, maybe the 2010 reunion will give me an excuse to visit again!

--paula s. forte, eden prairie, MN

07/30/09 05:59 AM #9    


Patte Marshall (Michel)

Hi Paula - YES - hope you do come back next year!!!

08/06/09 01:02 PM #10    

Barbara Nescio (Bonnett)

Patte - this looks great -- thank you for all of your hard work on this.

Question for all who enter: I'm looking for yearbooks from Beverly Hills and UD for when my brother, Rich, attended. He was very active in sports and if there are any photos of him in the yearbooks, I'd like to get copies. He attended BHJS 1961-1963/4; UDHS 1964/5-1967/8.
Thank you!
Barb Nescio Bonnett

08/15/09 12:48 PM #11    

Donna Martorelli (King)

Have you checked the BHMS and UDHS libraries? They might have old yearbooks? When school starts in Sept., I'll try to remember to email the District librarians.
Donna Martorelli King

08/27/09 10:25 PM #12    


Stephanie Abramides (Carroll)

Loving the brief notes from everyone!

Paula, that is really cool that you came back this way to share you roots with #2. I will still drive pass the home I grew up in, just because.

My elementary school, Cardington Stonehurst, was torn down many years ago.

02/15/10 05:23 PM #13    


Stephanie Abramides (Carroll)

Hello fellow Class of 70 classmates....

We were scheduled to get the Save The Date mailing out last week; but the storm kept us all at home. We will be rescheduling that meeting soon so please take a moment to review Missing Classmates and update us on any information you may have on those that are currently listed.


Stephanie Abramides-Carroll
Class Reunion Committee

02/21/10 06:46 PM #14    


Marie Bisanti (Gravina)

Hi All, I have been living in MA since 1976. I do miss Upper Darby, where I lived my first 25 years. My Mom is now 90 and my Dad is now 94 years old. I sold their home and they are now in an Assisted Living Facility, in Colorado Springs where my younger brother Danny lives. He is a retired Colonial from the Air Force. Please let me know, when our reunion will be, so that I can plan to be there! Best Regards, Marie (Bisanti) Gravina

10/12/10 09:37 PM #15    


Rose Mary Smith (Craven/Smith)

Thank you, to all who worked so hard to make this reunion possible, I am looking forward to seeing everyone. It should be a very special night for the best class that ever graduated from Upper Darby High School. After the class of '1970' they had to tear down the old building because we were just that special.
See you soon!


10/13/10 01:29 PM #16    


Christine Winter (Sullivan)

Four more weeks and counting! Maureen Watt and I have been planning for the past 6 months for this. 

Guess it means more when you don't see the area you grewup in on a regular basis.

We are not sure how we are going to do everything we planned, but you bet we will.  Can't wait to see everyone.

 As time goes by so quickly, its nice to visit the past from time to time. To remember the days when we wished time away and now wish we could have it all back. See you soon.

10/22/10 11:24 AM #17    


Carole Smith

The gathering is soon. Forty years ago we spent 30 plus hours a week together under one roof. Since then each of us has done our own thing. In less than a month we will be under the same roof again (for a short time) to laugh, to reminisce, to eat and to dance. How much fun is that! Please work the room, say hi to those you remember and those you don't! It's OK that you don't remember me... but I still want to say hi and hear what you have done for the past 40 years or possibly remind me what you told me 5 years ago... ah, the memory thing.

Looking forward to this short time when we travel back! Please say hi! Carole

11/14/10 02:23 PM #18    


Christine Winter (Sullivan)

First, thank eveyone who worked SO HARD on the wonderful reunion we just experienced.  It was incredible.  I think I speak for the entire class, it was the best we have ever had !

Maureen Watt and I came from Tampa to join the festivies.  The Embassy Suites was an excellant choice.  The rooms were lovely and the free cocktails and  h'ordervues were yummy. Breakfast was a rare treat and the choices were incredible.

Anyone who missed the cocktail party really missed something terrific.  Low keyed and casual, we just chilled and got time to catchup with everyone. Next time you need to include this in your plans.

I look forward to our next one. 

Chris Winter Sullivan

11/14/10 09:04 PM #19    


Kathy Conan (Kuhn)

Kudos to the reunion committee for a job well done! Food was good (even for my"buffet-phobic" husband) place was easy to find, music great, company even better. All the 'extras' were great. you always do a wonderful job with the photos, etc. and just an all around top notch reunion.

Will definitely be there at the 45th but hope to stay in better touch with some of the 'old' friends. Look me up on facebook. I'm there several times a week to check in on what my grandchildren are doing.

11/15/10 09:53 PM #20    


Stephanie Abramides (Carroll)


It was so much fun seeing old friends again and making some new ones too!  This class is one partying class.  For those of us who went to BH, lunch time in the gym certainly paid off with all the dancing we were doing!

I cannot thank the committee enough for all their efforts, time and energy.  Everyone was fully responsible for the success of the evening.  Barb did such a great job searching for the perfect venue; Carole's program book was slamming as usual...  but the credit really goes to Patte.  Our website has been the BEST thing to happen to our class.  She continually updated the site and sent blast emails that intrigued so many people that they just had to come.  Please keep in touch through the website...  it is our best friend and will keep us together as wait for the next 5 years to pass.

BUT....   one VERY important thing....  if it weren't for the guests, there would have been nothing!!!   You guys were AWESOME....  thank you for coming and making this year's reunion a HUGE success.

Looking forward to the next one and seeing everyone again....



11/16/10 07:18 AM #21    


Patte Marshall (Michel)

Stephanie is absolutely right - It is the UDHS Class of 1970 Classmates that made the reunion the success it was, is and will continue to be.  I say that because it is my hope, as Kathy Conan  said, that we continue to stay in touch with each other.  I know the committee had such a wonderful time working on the reunion that each meeting was a mini reunion.  And because of that we plan to have mini reunions over the next five years - so join us. 

Let us know you want to be involved next time. 

Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you


11/16/10 11:21 PM #22    


Cheryl Eisenhuth (Whiteley)

You know what they say - there is no "I" in the word team and that was so evident this past Saturday.   What a great job by the entire committee.   The room was the perfect size, the food was delicious and the DJ did a great job!   I have to agree - it was seeing everyone again and enjoying each other's company that made it the complete package.   I had a Blast - 

So it's the laughter

We will remember

Whenever we remember

The way we were -


11/17/10 09:53 AM #23    


Joyce McDermott (Larrabee)

To quote Dolly Parton...."having more fun than a body has a right to" was the mantra for most of us...terrific event!!

12/01/10 09:58 PM #24    


Carl Winshel

That class was an amazing group of people.

Everyone looked great, also, better than 40 years ago, in a lot of cases.


06/26/13 12:43 PM #25    


Carole Smith

Rumblings have started! The Reunion Committee will be rising again soon to start having fun planning a get-together to celebrate our 45th! Be in touch if you want to help us plan!

10/09/14 09:26 AM #26    


Gary L. Ranalli

Hi Everyone. I just joined the web site. It has been many years and waytoo long. It is nice to see everone talking to each other. Looking forward to next reunion.

10/09/14 02:47 PM #27    


Stephanie Abramides (Carroll)

Who's ready for another reunion???

.... well we're coming together as a committee Nov 13th! Let us know if you'd like to be a part of the planning! If not, keep an eye opened for details of our upcoming 45th Class Reunion as they become available. 

10/10/14 09:13 AM #28    


Patricia A. Patero (Shively)

I would be happy to help out with the reunion.  Barb Bonnett has given me the info.  See you then.

Patty Patero Shively




11/06/14 06:32 AM #29    


Charlotte Miller


For Joe Kern and me, we couldn't be happier as we met at our 40th high school reunion.

Next week, we will be together four years.  Thank you again for planning such a perfect reunion.

We are looking forward to going as a couple to our next reunion!





12/06/14 02:06 PM #30    


Glenn A. Peifer

> A few weeks ago my Mom, 94 years young as of the 2nd of Dec., was leaving Upper Darby High at the end of day as a teacher's helper for special needs students. Just as she was walking a couple kids out, two "animals" pushed pass her and the kids knocking her down. Not only did her face get bruised up and her nose cut but worst of all she broke her upper arm. Doctors said she was lucky it didn't break the skin(it was 1/8th of inch away) or it could have been a really bad situation at her age. She was planning on calling it quits this coming June but my brothers and I are trying to talk her into "retiring" now. She is living with my youngest brother Ken now and hopefully for the rest of her life. This comes just two years after a couple other "animals" knocked her down where she still lived on her own on Springton Rd. in Upper Darby, and broke her wrist. As was the same a few weeks ago, the punks just kept on running and of course no one saw anything. Thank god she's recovering fine. Me, I'm glad to have been able to get away from all that U.D. has become and along with my wife Denise, raise 3 wonderful daughters. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and be thankful for loving friends and family.

08/25/15 01:13 PM #31    


Deb L. Clifford

Just sending out a big thank you in advance to the 45th Reunion Committee for all the wonderful work you're doing to pull this together. The venue looks terrific. I'm trying to put a trip together to coincide with the reunion, so I hope to be there to say thanks in person. My last and only reunion was the 20th. I still have lots of great memories from that one, most notably hearing my name called for winning the prize for the person who traveled the greatest distance...while I was in the bathroom. 

08/25/15 05:30 PM #32    


Stephanie Abramides (Carroll)

Would love to see you there ....

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