70 years and going strong

By on June 4, 2014

The Lititz High School Class of 1944 held its 70th reunion at Katy’s Grill, Luther Acres, at noon on Saturday, May 24. Nine members of the original class of 55 members attended.

Thanks to younger relatives who brought family members, 20 persons shared delightful reminiscences of Lititz school days during the 1930s and 1940s.

Class President Robert “Bobby” Kline, a most well rounded young man, was tenderly remember. During World War 2, in Germany, he sacrificed his life, at the age of 19, on April 14, 1945, fighting for our nation’s freedom. Some class members were unable to accept their diplomas on graduation day, June 1, 1944, because they left Lititz High in their second semester of the senior year to serve in the USA armed forces.

The Lititz High School Class of 1944 held its 70th reunion at  Katie's Grill at Luther Acres on May 24. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Cressie Steely McDonough, Joanne Snavely and Gladys Fry Crowl; (back row, l-r) Harold Galebach, Richard Grube, Harry McCreary, Cletus Forney, Bruce Burkholder, and Ted Smith.  (Photo by Lynn Smith Loy)

The Lititz High School Class of 1944 held its 70th reunion at Katie’s Grill at Luther Acres on May 24. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Cressie Steely McDonough, Joanne Snavely and Gladys Fry Crowl; (back row, l-r) Harold Galebach, Richard Grube, Harry McCreary, Cletus Forney, Bruce Burkholder, and Ted Smith. (Photo by Lynn Smith Loy)

Harry McCreary, who was wounded on Iwo Jima, came to the reunion from Raleigh, N.C., with his wife, Agnes. His daughter, Jane, his son, Allen, and two granddaughters, came from South Caroline. Ted Smith and his daughter, Lyn Loy, came from Sterling, Va. They were accompanied by Ted’s brother, John, and Dixie Smith.

Cressie Steely McDonough and her husband, Gary, traveled from North Myrtle Beach, N.C. Richard Grube came from Magnolia, Del. with his wife Audrey, and their daughter Gail. Joanne Snavely and Bruce Burkholder walked from their Luther Acres residences. Cletus Forney, Harold Galebach and Gladys Fry Crowl, drove short distances.

After the dinner, the seven continued the friendly visitation in Gladys’ nearby home. Fond memories remain of those who were not able to attend the reunion and of the 33 deceased classmates.

The remaining class members would like to know what has happened to Jean Green, Howard Richardson and James Stehman. Anyone with updates on these three individuals, should call 626-6936.

Submitted by Gladys J.F. Crowl

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