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Edward Dyke

(Circa 1948)
General Chairman
(Committee 2002)

Marilyn McKinley Houtz Beryl Bloom Widmann Thomas Widmann
Joann Benner Wion Richard Davidson Richard Houser
Malvena Farr Hersh  Donna Johnson Ellenberger Molly Kellerman Seig
Ken McMullin Robert Shultz James Walize
Eleanor Markle Houser  Carmella Furfaro Harter
Molly Monsell Terry Nancy Caparella Ralston Jane Dunkle McCartney


The 50th Reunion Committee 
The Fiftieth Reunion
Of The
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania


In the early stages of our 50th class reunion, a committee member suggested that we have a souvenir booklet that would include some history of the Class of 1952. During an "out-of-mind-experience" I offered to work on the booklet. Having no writing experience and being a novice with a computer made my job a difficult and time consuming experience, but also one of the most enjoyable tasks I have ever done.

        With help from Joyce Adgate at the Centre County Library, expert computer help from Dick Houser and Tom Widmann, and after endless conversations with classmates, information was collected. The result is the booklet you are reading right now.. Hopefully it depicts some of the unique history and experiences of the "Class of '52."

        This booklet contains some factual history, and, some memories. It is not intended to be a scholarly history and should not be mistaken as such. Unfortunately the history of the elementary schools in the Bellefonte area is incomplete. I could not locate anyone who attended the schools that are missing. In addition, there will be a supplement covering our reunion activities mailed to each class member.

        Our fiftieth class reunion is certainly a memorable experience and hopefully this booklet will jar some memories from our past. Quoting Jim Walizer, our class President, "What a great class we were! What a great class we still are!
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                                                                                                                      Donna Johnson Ellenberger

Publicity Committee
Beryl and Tom Widmann & Marilyn McKinley Houtz 

50th Reunion Highlights

"In the Middle of August, Two Thousand Two
A Class with 'Class' Made It's Golden Debut.
The Weather Was Great, The Stage Was Set
Our 50th Reunion Was The Best Ever Yet."


              The festivities began with a mixer at the Bellefonte Elks Club. Classmates began arriving about 8 p.m.; greeted by a large banner congratulating the Class of 1952.  Seventy-Eight class members and spouses spent the evening socializing and renewing old friendships. We enjoyed fabulous hors d'oeuvres -- wings, meatballs, veggies and dip, and fruit. Chances were sold for prizes donated by friends and committee members. The winners were:

Dorcas Brooks Klinefelter ---------------------- Fifth of Whiskey
Nancy DeLallo Moyer ------------------------- Red Raider Throw
Molly Kellerman Seig -------------------------- Bellefonte Throw
Don Bierly ------------------------------- Victoria's Secret Basket
Molly Kellerman Seig ----------------------- Bellefonte-oply Game
Ray Walker ----------------------------------------- Wine Basket

          It was well after midnight when the last people left a wonderful beginning to a spectacular weekend.


          The Golf Tournament was not well attended to say the least. The match turned out to be a threesome with Gib King, Dave Adams (husband of Barb Bigelow Adams), and Roy Ellenberger (husband of Donna Johnson Ellenberger). Roy and Dave were presented a trophy for a tie score of 87. Nobody would tell us what Gib shot, but we heard he talked a lot.


          The "new" Nittany Valley Country Club was the setting for our Saturday night affair. Classmates and guests began arriving at 5:30 p.m., and received name tags (thanks to Beryl and Tom Widmann). Larry Rachau, who didn't have a yearbook picture, and never had a picture name tag at previous reunions, was surprised to find he was "Clark Gable" for the fiftieth. The next next hour was spent socializing, enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres, and looking at a great picture display set up by Molly Kellerman Seig. Thanks Molly! Those photos brought back many fond memories.

          Following the class photo, we entered the dinning room to the tune of "The Stars And Stripes Forever" (BHS Fight Song). The table decorations included patriotic mugs filled with red and white carnations, arranged by Jane Dunkle McCartney. Thanks Jane! The printed programs were lovely, thanks to Eleanor and Dick Houser. Following an inspiring prayer by Lois Stewart Krebs, and recitation of the Lords Prayer, 120 classmates and spouses sat down to a delicious dinner.

Dinner Menu
Tossed Salad
Prime Rib / Stuffed Chicken Breast
Red Skin Potatoes
Glazed Carrots
Rolls, Coffee, Tea
Fruit Pie

          After dinner Ed Dyke, our Master of Ceremonies, opened the program with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the Alma Mater. Ed then acknowledged the reunion committee for their fine efforts. Buzz McCartney and Joann Benner Wion followed up with individual readings. They were great! The program continued with the reading of poems composed by Dick Meckes and Beanie Fahr Hersh ("You haven't lost your touch, Beanie.") highlighting each class member present. While the class member stood -- with spouse -- their poem was recited by Dick, Beanie, or Stroade Shay, in his "Verdant Sartorial Presentation."

          Although this was a tough act to follow, the former "Andrews Sisters," Joann Benner Wion, Molly Kellerman Seig, Carol Love Emery, and Donna Johnson Ellenberger, joined by Peggy Fisher Bosse, Terry Lindquist, and Dick Smeltzer led the group in singing "Goodnight Irene" and "You'll Never Walk Alone".

           All class members were given souvenir booklets and a wooden collectible of  Bellefonte High  School. The High School memento, designed exclusively for the BHS Class of 1952 fiftieth reunion, is a result of the combined efforts of Joann Wion, Molly Seig, and Molly Terry. Continuing the program, Ed introduced Jim Walizer, our class president, who made the closing remarks. 

          What a wonderful time everyone had. Our "BIG FIVE O" was a success.


          Following the 45th reunion, many classmates suggested that our fiftieth reunion be extended to a three-day affair. The "Committee" answered this request by planning a brunch in Tallyrand Park on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Forty-nine classmates and spouses attended. Enough cannot be said about the brunch, prepared and served by the Bellefonte Elks. We dined on bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes; even Seafood Newburg. All kinds of fruit and beverages were also provided. This was our final opportunity to to just sit around and talk, and get caught up on each other's lives. The perfect end to a perfect weekend.

          The reunion committee, along with some other talented classmates, worked very hard to make our fiftieth reunion a memorable one. But the person who made it "our best reunion ever" was our committee chairman, Ed Dyke.  Our thanks go out to Ed for his tireless efforts and excellent leadership. We hope he will be our chairman for future reunions.

Quoting from the 45th Reunion Letter:

          "How lucky we were to grow up when and where we did. When you are classmates you have a special bond. When you've "hung out" at Krapes, played in the band, been in Scouts or 4H, gone to the Saturday night dances, swam at the Gap, did math with Mr. Miller or typed with Miss Sahlaney, pushed Jean Houck's car to get it started ... you have memories that last a lifetime. We are one happy family -- the Class of '52. We are indeed a mutual admiration society. The reunion is over but the memories last forever."