Remembering The Past: St. Cecelia’s Grammar School Memories

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek HarrisonWOODBRIDGE- The following memories are from Diane Lorow McVey: “I was saddened when I recently heard that St. Cecelia’s Grammar School in Iselin would be closing due to poor enrollment. In the mid 1960s when I was a student there, there were classes of 60 kids or more and about the worse infraction of the rules was to be caught chewing gum.

“I remember the dedicated teachers; Mrs. Stevens, Mrs, Bolger, Mrs. Mengo and Stan and Bob Briskie.

“My mother, Georgianna Lorow, taught second grade for 40 years and in that role helped thousands of students prepare for their First Holy Communion.

“I remember the Dominican Sisters who were the backbone of the school. Sister Edward Agnes and Sister Anna Vincenzia and many others, who gave of themselves for very little return. I miss them still.

“I love your column!”

If anyone has their own memories from a school that has closed in the area and would like to share your memories please send!

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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