‘We’re still all friends’

Sa­cred Heart Academy class of 1953 to­gether after 65 years

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ben Lam­bert

BRAN­FORD — Mem­bers of the Sa­cred Heart Academy class of 1953 got to­gether Tues­day to cel­e­brate the 65th an­niver­sary of their grad­u­a­tion, re­new­ing bonds that be­gan at the Catholic girls’ school back when it was on Greene Street in New Haven.

The group en­joyed each other’s com­pany Tues­day af­ter­noon at Cafe Fiore in Bran­ford, jok­ing and talk­ing as they gath­ered for lunch.

“It was a small school — we all got to know one an­other re­gard­less of the classes that we took,” said Rose Green­wald. “It was a won­der­ful, won­der­ful high school, and as you can see, we’re still all friends.”

“It was a close group — ev­ery­body was friendly,” said Deanie Rescigno.

“We’re a great group,” said Marie Ne­cle­rio.

Harriet Barone said the group started get­ting to­gether more reg­u­larly af­ter the 50th an­niver­sary of their grad­u­a­tion, as they had be­gun to lose mem­bers of the class. They now try to get to­gether about twice about a year.

“This way, we get to see each other,” said Barone.

Among the me­mories of their time at the in­sti­tu­tion, now lo­cated in Hamden, Carmel Fer­raro talked about sneak­ing onto the roof of the school to en­joy the sun.

“We used to go on the roof of the build­ing and we used to sun our­selves,” said Fer­raro. “We used to pull our skirts up and get sun on our (legs).

They were caught one day by one of the nuns, Fer­raro said, and her par­ents for­bade her from do­ing that again — she didn’t.

The group also rem­i­nisced about go­ing to Ge­orge and Harry’s, a restau­rant on Wall Street in New Haven.

“That was off-lim­its for Sa­cred Heart. It was a restau­rant where a lot of guys used to hang out, and they didn’t like that,” said Shirley Ril­lone. “We had fun.”

Mem­bers of the group said they were pleased to have at­tended the school.

“We feel very proud that we went to Sa­cred Heart,” said Theresa Capone. “It’s an ex­cel­lent school — ex­cel­lent.”

“It’s made us very proud to think that we were part of that,” said Barone, who praised the work in gene se­quenc­ing that has gone on at the school. “We were at the start.”

Peter Hviz­dak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Harriet Ci­aburro Barone, of Meri­den, 82, a grad­u­ate of the Sa­cred Heart Academy class of 1953, dur­ing a re­union lun­cheon Tues­day at Cafe Fiore in Bran­ford.

Peter Hviz­dak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Nar­dina “Deanie” Ga­pi­onza Rescigno of New Haven, 83, front cen­ter, who or­ga­nized a re­union lun­cheon of grad­u­ates of the Sa­cred Heart Academy class of 1953, with class­mates in­clud­ing Marie Onofrio Ne­cle­rio of Hamden, 83, bot­tom right, Tues­day at Cafe Fiore in Bran­ford.Mem­bers of the Sa­cred Heart Academy Class of 1953 got to­gether to cel­e­brate the 65th an­niver­sary of their grad­u­a­tion, re­new­ing bonds that be­gan at the Catholic girls’ school back when it was on Greene Street in New Haven.

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