"God helps those who persevere."
I graduated from American International College in Springfield, Mass. I was hired to teach second grade in the town of Princeton. I taught there for 38 very happy years. During that time, I spent many summers traveling in Europe and Northern Africa as well as Mexico, and many USA states.
I am now retired, and still tutoring.
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
Gail (Gildutis) Merrill
After high school I attended several colleges. I received my BS degree from Worcester State University in Elementary Education. Several years down the road I returned to college. I received my Masters Degree from Springfield College in Human Services Administration.
I am still working as a substitute teacher with students of all ages. My specialty has been special needs students.
I am still married to my present husband, Dana. I have two children. My son Dean is age 30; my daughter Danielle is age 27. I still live in New Hampshire. I have been in Goffsburg since 1986. I have been in excellent health all my life.
I have many hobbies: gardening, hiking, biking and exercising. I have several collections: miniature spoons, miniature nice Annalee. I belong to several organizations.
We have a time-share located in Brewster on Cape Cod. We have used it for more than 25 years. We enjoy biking, hiking and visited the various beaches and sights all over Cape Cod. We love visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
I remember how great our class was. We had a terrific group of classmates. I enjoyed being part of the National Thespian Society and being cast in many of our plays. I also enjoyed being part of the National Teachers Society. We had wonderful teachers who were very dedicated to their students. I remember how wonderful Mr. Brackeen was, our Biology teacher.
I can’t wait to see my classmates. Thanks to all the people of the reunion committee.
Gail Gildutis and Kathy
"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse."
I am a retired nurse.
I am divorced, living with my sister in Sterling. I have two grown daughters, but no grandchildren.
I have arthritis and neropathy.
My favorite hobbies are gardening, from flowers to vegetables, and a Koi pond water garden.
I like to travel to Maine where we have a family camp.
My favorite memory of Wachusett is our art class.
"A work of art is a corner of creation."
My career was a truck driver, but I am now retired.
I have one son, and one grandson. I live in Leicester.
My favorite hobbies, which I’ve enjoyed all my life, are fishing and hunting. When I go on vacation, I love to go to Aruba.
And I’m happy to say that I do not have any health issues at this time.
My close friend Susan Egan will join me at the reunion.
"A superior man is polite."
Live in Princeton Ma. Didn't learn much in high school, woke up at 19 when I joined the Marine Corps. Got out in 68 went to college, started may own business as a builder contractor and I'm still doing it today.
At 29 I got married to Cynthia Provost of Holden and we have three children, two boys and a girl; they are all doing well and live in area. Blessed with two healthy grandsons, Richard IV and Matthew Jr. Our beautiful daughter was just married 9/12/15.
I have done a lot of traveling in this country and over-seas. My health is good and we make the most of a turn of the century summer house on Cape Cod in East Orleans.
I'm trying to find retirement and I'm using classmate Bob Wright as a coach/mentor!
So..... trying to enjoy life but we all know time is racing by, so may we all enjoy the reunion.
Thank you Tom for staying on me to get this done.
"They accomplish much who diligently toil."
After graduating from WRHS I received my B.A. degree from Middlebury College in 1969, Middlebury, VT and my Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School in 1972. I was ordained as a United Church of Christ (Congregational) minister in 1972. After an abbreviated time in the US Army, I was an interim minister in Langdale, Alabama where I met and married my wife, Lennie, who was originally from Seattle, Washington. I served as pastor of a local church in Nashville, Tennessee from 1974 - 1982. I was then the development officer on two conference staffs - Bethlehem, PA from 1982 - 1988 and in Framingham, MA from 1988 - 1998. In 1998 I was called to serve as Conference Minister for 182 churches in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, headquartered in Indianapolis. Lennie worked all of this time as an RN. We have two adult children, Stephanie who lives in Indianapolis, and Andrew who lives in Maine. We retired to Brunswick, Maine. My most memorable event was leading a 10,000 person civil rights march in Nashville in 1978.
"What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other."
Donna (Grenoske) Bagdonovich
I attended QCC in Worcester where I received an Associates after which I worked in banking for a few years. I started at Xerox Corp in the mid seventies as a digital trainer and worked there nearly 30 years. During retirement I now work part time at Habitat for Humanity which I love and find very rewarding.
My husband and I have been together for 42 years. We were not blessed with kids, but have enjoyed my nieces and their children. I love going to concerts and still love the Sox. My health is good.
Favorite hobbies include music, walking, Red Sox games and concerts. When I travel, I’m happy to go anywhere!
Classmates are the memory I treasure most from Wachusett.
The last reunion I attended was the 25th and looking forward to catching up with everyone. See you there!
Jean (Gresham) BoLES
I have been married to Mary Ellen since 1995 and we live in Franklin Massachusetts. Previously I was married to Darlene Friberg.
My career was in industrial sales, until 1997. Since then I have been self-employed : Mobility by Dennis. So I am still working for my self, making products for wheelchair users, ramps and walk-in tubs.
As far as my health goes, I survived cardiac arrest in December of 1998. I am fine now.
My favorite hobbies include kayaking, hiking and I’ve been teaching myself to be a writer. I have had one short story, a memoir, published.
When we travel I enjoy going to Montreal to visit my daughter Julie and our two grandchildren.
Of Wachusett, my favorite memory is that my family moved from Paxton to Worcester after our junior year. I appreciated the ten years old school (WRHS) because the North High School building was 100 years old. It was such a culture shock that I thought about quitting school. Naturally a teenager takes those things for granted until a change like that happens. I'm still in therapy trying to forgive my parents. LOL