WEIRTON - Madonna High School alumni held a 10-year reunion for those who graduated from 1959 to 1969 Aug. 3-4.
It was the first "decade-style" reunion held by school alumni.
An ice breaker was held Aug. 3 at the high school cafeteria, including refreshments, a reception, a tour of the school and welcome by the principal and staff.
A golf outing was held early Aug. 4, followed by a tour of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
"I've always wanted to reconnect with the classes that we went to school with," said Patty Dofka Zielinsky, Class of 1965.
That evening a dinner and social were held at the Knights of Columbus hall, with a welcome by Madonna Principal Steve Gresser and an invocation by the Rev. Manny Gelido of St. Joseph the Worker and Sacred Heart of Mary churches.
"The reunion was great," said Adella Luoto Brunner, Class of 1964. "I knew more people than I expected. I remember religion history with Father Schlagg, and Mrs. Bell and all those fabulous musicals. We went to Mass in the high school before the church was built."
Special guests included Gresser and former teachers John Grossi, Mel Colmzu, Jim O'Brian, Bill Barrett, Jim Hartlege.
"Madonna High and the students who faithfully attended my classes have given me much more than I can say," said Hartlege. "My five years at Madonna has provided a storehouse of warm memories and I am most grateful. God bless you all."
The St. Paul Church choir members gave a surprise performance of "Sister Act."
The date was the 50th anniversary for the class of 1962.