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Monday, December 11, 2017
Marie Lucente Scattene, a cheerleader at Liberty, shows friend Dick Stiles (LHS class of 1944) a photo of President Franklin D. Roosevelt taken by deceased classmate Walter “Skip” Mooney. The photo appeared in the Bethlehem Globe-Times upon Roosevelt’s sudden death in April 1945. Marie Lucente Scattene, a cheerleader at Liberty, shows friend Dick Stiles (LHS class of 1944) a photo of President Franklin D. Roosevelt taken by deceased classmate Walter “Skip” Mooney. The photo appeared in the Bethlehem Globe-Times upon Roosevelt’s sudden death in April 1945.
With his nephew Dale Finkbeiner looking over his shoulder, Bethlehem Vo-Tech Class of 1945 graduate Richard Finkbeiner, now in his 90s, reminisces as he pages through the Vo-Tech yearbook called the “Technocrat.” With his nephew Dale Finkbeiner looking over his shoulder, Bethlehem Vo-Tech Class of 1945 graduate Richard Finkbeiner, now in his 90s, reminisces as he pages through the Vo-Tech yearbook called the “Technocrat.”
At one time, Carmen Bellizzi’s men’s shop, located on Second Avenue, was the place in Bethlehem to shop for men’s wear and rent tuxedos. At one time, Carmen Bellizzi’s men’s shop, located on Second Avenue, was the place in Bethlehem to shop for men’s wear and rent tuxedos.
Arthur Piatt attends with his guest, May Finken, a graduate of Wilson HS. Piatt enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and later had a 26-year career at Bethlehem Steel Corp. working in the estimating, drafting and pricing departments. Arthur Piatt attends with his guest, May Finken, a graduate of Wilson HS. Piatt enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and later had a 26-year career at Bethlehem Steel Corp. working in the estimating, drafting and pricing departments.
A Liberty HS Cauldron yearbook was among a number of pieces of memorabilia from the Class of 1945s collection. A Liberty HS Cauldron yearbook was among a number of pieces of memorabilia from the Class of 1945s collection.
Press photos by Dana GrubbReunion committee chairperson Joseph Kricks addresses his classmates and their guests at the reunion held at the Palace Restaurant. Kricks, who attended with his wife, Kathryn, was class president. His family owned the well-known Bethlehem business, Kricks’ Bakery. Press photos by Dana GrubbReunion committee chairperson Joseph Kricks addresses his classmates and their guests at the reunion held at the Palace Restaurant. Kricks, who attended with his wife, Kathryn, was class president. His family owned the well-known Bethlehem business, Kricks’ Bakery.

‘Let us give thanks for our time together’

Monday, August 7, 2017 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

1945 Liberty and Bethlehem Vo-tech grads gather

Their senior year at the Liberty HS and Bethlehem Vo-Tech schools was marked with noteworthy 20th century events. President Franklin Roosevelt would die suddenly in April 1945, the furious final months of World War II in Europe would conclude in May, and the final push to defeat Japan in the Pacific was gaining momentum. Just a couple of months after they graduated, the first atomic bombs were used in warfare. Their entire generation had grown up through the Great Depression.

In June, 40 surviving members of the class of 1945 and their guests gathered at the Palace Restaurant for a buffet luncheon to mark 72 years since they graduated, noting there probably might not be additional opportunities for reunions, as those who organized and attended are mostly nonagenarians.

Among those able to attend were one-time teachers, housewives, psychologists, engravers, accounting clerks, mechanics, technicians, waitresses, farmers, and secretaries. Some would serve in the military in the waning days of World War II, and some would serve after the war, like Charles Holotydk who remarked, “I was happy that I didn’t get shot at.”

The list of classmates who have passed away is now greater than those surviving out of the combined classes at Liberty and Vo-Tech, that they estimated contained almost 500 graduates.

In his remarks to his classmates and their guests, class president Joseph Kricks remarked, “Let us give thanks for our time together, for goodness in our lives, and for our friends.”

Amen to that for these surviving members of what is called the “Greatest Generation.”