Holy Trinity Grade School Class of 1955
On Saturday, September 24, 2005, 20 members of the Holy Trinity Grade School of Columbia, PA met at the Knights of Columbus, 4th & Maple Streets in Columbia, celebrating 50 years since our graduation, for an evening of dinner and sharing our memories and memorabilia.
The overall class size was 36, with 3 (now 4) members deceased and 3 more lost to follow-up (see below). Some of us had not seen each other since leaving grade school because, for one, we went to different high schools.
This page includes pictures of the past and of the Reunion, as well as some historical information.
2 Color pictures of the 50th Reunion of the H.T. Class of 1955 (ID's, as above)
First Holy Communion at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Columbia, PA (1949)
Front Row, L-R: Richard Fischer, Thomas Fry, Bernard Myers, James Resch, Bernard Wickenheiser, John Dinkel, Frederick Motter, Arthur Groft, Thomas Miller, George Mackey, Gregory Kaufhold.
Second Row, L-R: Samuel Rineer, Lawrence Schell, Joseph Willy, (hidden), Ronald Fischer, Robert Staab, Donald Keim, Donald Yentzer, John Zercher, James Howe, Robert Wickenheiser, Peter Zipp, John Kennedy III.
Third Row, L-R: (unidentified, possibly Robert Knapp),(hidden), (hidden), Robert Staab, (probably, unknown third-grader or, possibly, William Kasel), Michael Brown, William Flick, Stephen Reehl August Wise, (hidden, possibly Joseph Nicklaus).
Fourth Row, L-R: Mildred Fischer, Brenda Broich, Lucretia Schinzing, Margaret Shive, Judith Groft, Theresa Herman, Mary Ellen Weisser, Thelma Hamaker, Dorothy Golden, Susan Kaufhold, Janet Segro, Patricia Yohe, Gilda Segro, Mary Ann Resch.
Missing: Ralph Brommer, Arthur Fasig, Robert Pelen, Robert Zercher .
6th Grade, with Sr. Maria Sponsa
Top Row (standing), L-R: Susan M. Kaufhold, John J. Dinkel, Frederick W. Motter (Jr.), Peter E. Zipp (Jr.), James J. Resch, John J. Kennedy III, Oscar J. Foreman, and Theresa M. Herman.
Next Row (standing,), L-R: Samuel G. Rineer (Jr.), Lawrence R. Schell, Arthur J. Fasig, Thelma J. Hamaker, Mary Ellen Weisser, Dorothy S. Golden, Patricia A. Yohe, Robert L. Wickenheiser, Bernard J. Wickenheiser, George P. Mackey, Robert J. Pelen, and Ralph J. Brommer.
Middle Front Row (sitting), L-R: Margaret J. Shive, Mildred E. Fischer, Janet M. Segro, Lucretia C. Schinzing, Bernard S. Myers, Brenda J. Broich, Margaret Ann Dailey, and Mary Ann Resch.
Front Row (boys, kneeling), L-R: Stephen E. Reehl, Thomas D. Fry, Richard J. Fischer, James E. Howe, Arthur W. Groft, and Robert H. Zercher.
Missing: Ronald J. Fischer.
It is with much sadness that the Holy Trinity Grade School Class of 1955 and Lancaster Catholic High School Class of 1959 notes the passing of Ralph. He had been ill for some time, and declined to attend our 50th Reunion in 2005 because of his difficulties, including the need for oxygen.
He was always well-liked by all in the class. Being the two shortest in our grade school class, he and I usually
led the processions of our class at church. In high school, he liked to sit in the back of the school bus, so he could carry on in his impish ways with his clique!
Because of the Tragesser connection (his maternal grandmother), he and I were third cousins, a fact of which he was likely unaware.
Here are excerpts from the Lancaster New Era (June 24, 2008):
Comparative costs of living, when we were born, entered first grade, graduated eighth grade,
and at the time of the 50th Reunion:
Sr. Xavier, O.S.F.
Born: Rosemary Matt,
abt. 1920 in Lancaster, PA
First Profession; 1942
Buried: Our Lady of Angels Cemetary,
Ministry: Elementary Education
Holy Trinity, Columbia, PA 1941-48
St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, PA 1948-50
St. Mary's, York, PA 1950-51
Holy Trinity, Boston, MA 1951-61
Our Lady of the Assumption, Lynnfield, MA 1961-65
St. Joseph's, Lancaster 1965-68
Blessed Sacrament, Walpole, MA 1968-75
St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, PA 1975-76
St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, NJ 1976-82
Blessed Sacrament, Walpole, MA 1983-88
Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Portiuncula, PA 1988-92
Blessed Sacrament, Walpole, MA 1993-2007
Sr. Regina Angelorum, O.S.F.
She had the difficult task of teaching a double class, ours and the third grade, in the same room.
Born: Mary Louise Mexal,
abt.1922 in Philadelphia, PA
First Profession: 1944
Ministry: Elementary and Secondary Education
Blessed Sacrament, Trenton, NJ 1943-46
Immaculate Conception, Trenton, NJ 1946-48
Holy Trinity, Columbia, PA 1948-?
Holy Angels, Trenton, NJ 1955-56
Little Flower High, Philadelphia, PA 1962-63
HallahanHigh, Philadelphia, PA 1963-66
All Saints, Philadelphia, PA 1966-67
St. Bonaventure, Philadelphia, PA 1972-75
Corpus Christi,Willingboro, NJ 1975-77
St. Maria Goretti High, Philadelphia, PA 1977-81
St. Hubert High, Philadelphia, PA 1981-84
St. Maria Goretti High, Philadelphia, PA 2003-07
Sr. Mary Agnes
She was a novice, who reportedly had a "nervous breakdown" while teaching us, not finishing the year with us. She
later left the convent altogether.
We Remember The Seven - In Memoriam
Janet M. "Sis" Segro Haverstick
November 29, 1941 - September 17, 2014
Lost to follow-up: Irene Hoffman, Lawrence Schell, and Susan Wagner
Ralph J. Brommer, Jr.
November 15, 1941 - June 20, 2008
Jim died from a heart attack on his 35th birthday. He was the son of Francis Resch.
Jim graduated from Columbia High school in 1959. The 1959 Susqehannock noted he was “ ‘Macbeth’...High Flyer...Curly; General Course; Track 4,5; Hi-Y 4,5".
He worked as a Ramp Agent for Allegheny Airlines. He married Bonnie Lou Baxter, daughter of State Policeman George J. Baxter, who was later the Columbia Chief of Police. James and Bonnie had 2 sons and a daughter, who still live in the Lancaster area. Bonnie also passed away subsequently in 1989.
Jim and his family moved to the Cherry Hill area in Philadelphia, where he continued to work for Allegheny Airlines through the Philadelphia International Airport. He was trying to arrange for a transfer back to the Lancaster Airport when he suffered the fatal heart attack. He was under the care of a cardiologist prior to that because he had some earlier symptoms.
He is also survived by his brother Robert, in Columbia, who kindly provided this information.
Steve died from lung sarcoidosis, possibly related to his work at the Columbia Malleable, or from a stint in the National Guard when he served in the Arizona - New Mexico area, or some other unknown origin. He graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1959. He worked for electrical contractor Bill McDivett, and for Nikolaus Electric, both in Columbia, PA.
He married Donna Baker, whose family ran the Baker’s Café on the Marietta Pike. They were married for abut 10 years; she lost a baby at 5 months’ gestation. They later became estranged. His older sister Anna ( married to the late John E. Kuhn) cared for Steve during his rather long illness. Including the need for oxygen, special diabetic diet, etc. Anna kindly provided this information.
Stephen E. Reehl
November 11, 1941 - October 17, 1980
James J. Resch
May 31,1941 - May 31,1976
Arthur W. Groft
November 2, 1941 - January 9, 2005.
Arthur James "Skip" Fasig
July 13.1939 - December 1, 2017
Arthur James “Skip” Fasig, 77, of Waynesboro, VA passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Charlottesville Health and Rehab Center. He was born July 13, 1939 in Columbia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Clayton and Margaret Schmidt Fasig. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, and two spouses, Billie Jean Bashlor Fasig and Christine Henderson Fasig. He was the last of his immediate family.
Skip died from liver cancer. He was the eldest member of our class, and the tallest (until “Kisser” Wickenheiser may have overtaken him, eventually!). He teamed up with “Stink” Howe in shenanigans to give our nuns lots to deal with!
He is survived by his daughter Karen (Jeff) Miller of Denver, PA, and two grandsons, Ryan Miller of Leola, PA and Barry Taylor of Waynesboro, VA.
Art battled lung cancer courageously for about 18 months, with a positive attitude to the very end. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1959.. The 1959 Susquehannock noted he was: “Quiet...Friendly senior...Car Enthusiast; General Course; Intramurals”. He was a first class machinist, by trade. He married Marilyn Rettew, who kindly provided this information. They had 3 sons, and 7 grandchildren at the time of his death.
He was always fixing things around the house, and liked watching the Food Channel; he almost never used a recipe in his very creative cooking. Like his father, he always ahd a vegetable garden. He was an avid reader, especially Westerns, and one of his favorite authors was Louis L’Amour.
Art was wont to walk through cemeteries, reading tombstones. He made his wife promise to put the day, month, and year of his birth and passing “so people know exactly how old you are when you die” (an old German tradition).
Susan M. Kaufhold Deleon
August 7, 1941 - April 28, 2017