St. Mary’s Class Of 1959 And More

pastby Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—A South Amboy resident pointed out that the old brick building on the corner of First and Stockton streets still shows a K of P Hall plaque on the top center of the structure. It is not very readable, but can still be seen. It stands for Knights of Pythias. It is where that organization and the Seneca Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men, No. 23 met in the 1800s. Later the building was home to the accounting office of Richard Servis, Galaxy Packaging Co. and Johnson Control. My contributor told me the building is now used for storage.

Another South Amboy resident provided me with information on the 1959 graduating class St. Mary’s High School. Commencement exercises took place in St. Mary’s Church on June 7, 1959.

From the program:

Conferring of Diplomas and Honors: The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Sullivan. God Medal for Highest Scholastic Average; a gift of St. Mary’s Parent Teacher Association went to Evelyn Cross, Classical Course; Raymond Cavanagh, Academic Course; and Patricia Novak, Commercial Course.

Silver Medal for Perfect Attendance for Four Years went to Joseph Ciprich and Marie Janoska. The Monsignor Sullivan Award for Loyalty and Service: Alexsandra Bomba. One hundred dollar saving bonds for Scholarship and Character: Marie Janoska. God Medal and twenty-five dollars First Place from the Diocesan High School Religion Contest-Grade 11, Rachel Berube.

The graduates were: Katherine Abbatiello, Daniel Bailey, Clara Baran, Joseph Baraowski, Francis Barbieri, Frederick Blanken, Frederick Bobrowski, Alexsandra Bomba, Doris Brennan, Michael Brennan, Kathleen Buchanan, Alexander Budny, Jr., Bernard Bujko, Raymond Cavanagh, Richard Christine, Joseph Ciprich, Evelyn Cross, Joseph Cross, Robert Cuthbertson, Marie DiPaolo, Arthur Eberle, William Egan, William Endres, Donald Fitzsimmons, Marijane Flanagan, Patricia Freiter, Dorothy Gadomitz, George Gaunt, Robert Gayda, Helen Gelsinon, Thomas Gelsinon, Joseph Gioffre, Gail Gleason, Lucille Godley, Dolores Gruda, Judith Hensberger, Barbara Jankowski, Marie Janoska, Catherine Johnston, Joan Jurski, William Kach, Mary Ann Kapcsos, Mary Ellen Keating, Maureen Kelly, Patricia Kennedy, Barbara Kielian, Peter Krzeszewski, Robert Lawson, Theodore Leitereg, Thomas Leonard,

Patricia Lewandowski, Veronica Lewandowski, Iris Lie, Mary Alice Maher, Robert Martineau, Diane Metler, Cecilia Mieso, Joseph Minnick, Elizabeth Moran, Diane Moyle, Patrick Mullane, Kathleen Mulvey, Richard Mylott, Ralph Nappi, Robert Nappi, Lillian Naused, Robert Nehila, Charles Nonnemacher, Gary Norton, Patricia Novak, Christopher O’Brien, Michael Olszak, Judith Opiola, Carole Parent, Gerald Pavlik, Elizabeth Phillips, Janice Pogers, Patricia Purcell, Barbara Rapetti, Madonna Ryan, Rosemary Ryan, Richard Sacher, Joseph Schilare, Leona Sicknick, Trina Skarzynska, Bernadette Smith, Catherine Smith, Stephen Soltis, John Spina, Patricia Stratton, Carol Sullivan, Clare Sullivan, Rosalie Tabasko, Ralph Tarallo, Frederick Trotter, Christine Tyska, Paul Ust, Patrick Vona, Robert Waitt, Sylvester Warnowicz, Christine Wayrich, Mabel Whitaker, Gloria Wisniewski, Mary Ann Wisniewski, Eileen Woolf, Arlene Wunner, Janice Yeager, Robert Zaleski and Raymond Zera.

I want to thank the people from South Amboy and now readers in other areas for all the help with my research on the city’s past. Just when I think I’ve uncovered everything, I receive more memories and past tidbits. I couldn’t have written about the past in South Amboy for over 11 years without the help.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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