Manchester High School's Class of 1946 holds 65th reunion

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Sat., Oct. 15, 2011
Members of the Class of 1946 of Manchester High School joined together for their 65th reunion on Oct. 7, including Genie Moriarty, Ed Moriarty, Ruth Wiersbicki, Evelyn Luginbuhl (seated) and Bill Legault, Carol Legault, Bob Chambers and Marianne Chambers. Photos by George Zanis.
Members of the Class of 1946 of Manchester High School joined together for their 65th reunion on Oct. 7, including Genie Moriarty, Ed Moriarty, Ruth Wiersbicki, Evelyn Luginbuhl (seated) and Bill Legault, Carol Legault, Bob Chambers and Marianne Chambers. Photos by George Zanis.

Manchester High School’s Class of 1946 held its 65th class reunion on Oct. 7 at the Manchester Country Club. Fifty-five class members, spouses and guests from all across New England and as far away as Minnesota came together for an afternoon of reminiscing.

There were nearly 300 in the class of 1946. “Being a wartime class,” noted George Zanis, “many class members dropped out of high school to serve in the various branches of the military.” Others left school to enter the defense industry work force. According to Zanis, there were only 251 photos in the class yearbook.

“It was over too quickly,” said Evelyn Luginbuhl of the reunion. Although she typically does not keep in touch with her classmates throughout the year, she looks forward to the reunion. “I think everyone enjoyed themselves,” she said.

“We had ample time for everyone to share remembrances,” said Anne Beechler. “People enjoy reinforcing their friendships with other members of their class.” The Class of 1946 meets for lunch annually on the first Friday in October. Beechler, Luginbuhl and Zanis are members of the Reunion Committee, along with Bill Mullen, Genie Moriarty, Barbara Washburn, Ann Werkhoven and Dee Zanis.

The Class of 1946 Scholarship was established at the time of its 50th reunion in the amount of $5,000. Each year, members continue to contribute to the scholarship fund. The Class of 1946 provides at least one scholarship to a MHS graduating senior.


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