Utica, N.Y. - Quite a nice and very spirited turnout Saturday at Aqua Vino in Utica for the Proctor High School Class of 1948 class reunion.
Class of 1948 Alumnus Al Altieri, who still lives in Utica, was one of the organizers.
Altieri says it's believed that 44 out of the 259 graduating seniors from 1948 are still alive and he says just about every one of them attended Saturday's reunion, "When you look back, in my opinion, your high school days are the best times of your life."
This is the 70 year class reunion, which makes the alumni that attended either 88 or 89 years old.
Altieri says the class of 1948 has been holding reunions every five years for a while now and it seems this particular one is extra special.
Mary Morreale Ritz says it was great to grow up in Utica at the time when she and her classmates did. Her family was of Italian decent and so were so many of the other families in east Utica. She remembers vividly waking up to the smell of a fresh pot of sauce brewing on her mother's stove and the meatballs coming out of the frying pan. But she says many of those meatballs never made it into the sauce pan, as she and her family members would eat them right out of the frying pan, "We still do that today."
Morreale Ritz says another thing she vividly remembers is a bustling downtown Utica, "Downtown was wonderful. We used to walk downtown, everything was downtown, it was nice."
Margaret Putrelo Montanaro, who is 89, brought her date to the reunion, her longtime husband, who is 91 years old and was in the Proctor High School Class of 1946. Margaret says it's sad to see classmates pass away between reunions, "We lost a lot in the last five years, we lost a lot, it really hit us hard, but we're still hanging in there."
Margaret says she is looking forward to the Class of 1948 75 year reunion, five years from now.
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