Preeceville classmates reunited after 40 years

The Preeceville High School graduate class from 1978 celebrated it's 40th year of graduation at Rawhides in Stenen on July 14.

Classmates reminisced, rekindled spirits, and shared laughter, reliving the tales of old, stated Sharon Thompson, classmate.

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“We shared the “happenings” in the old Red Brick School, the “Assembly Room”, the “smoking lounge”, “Home Ec.” classes, and “Shop” in Sturgis, the broken windows, the “truck ride”, the “guys band” seances, and many more fond memories,” said Thompson.

“Our theme when we graduated was “We Are the Children of the Day”; We were, we are, and yet, we will be. We were all appearing youthful, not showing our age and shared stories of our past 40 years living life to the fullest. We have persevered, succeeded, and have survived. Although, we could not all be together, due to other family commitments, 11 of the 18, 1978 grads were in attendance at the reunion,” Thompson said.

Classmates concluded their reunion with attending the pancake breakfast at the Preeceville Sportsgrounds as part of the Preeceville Western Weekend.

Members of the 1978 graduation class who attended the reunion were: Morley Ignatiuk, Hornby Island, BC.; Bill Gerla, Humboldt; Tim Formo, Duane Formo and Ben Babchishin, all of Edmonton; Sam Swan and Karen (Heinrich) Maupin, both of Crystal Lake; Sharon (Tulik) Thompson, Yorkton; Kelly (Strykowski) Tavson, Duck Lake; Michelle Kut, Preeceville and Susan Long, Kipling.

Members of the class who were unable to attend the reunion were: Grant Peterson, Dorothy (Sekel) Smalley and Bev (MacDonald) Steciuk, all of Preeceville; Karen (Kobe) Caine of Thompson, Man.; Donald Everett of Winnipeg, Man.; James Stefanyshyn of Alberta and Shelly (Mentanko) Dunne of Wolsey.

Classmates (who attended school through the years but did not graduated with the class) were, Melvin Haskewich, Edmonton AB; Terry Ingbrigtson, Portugal Cove, St. Philips, Nfld.; Brian Brodziak, Sherwood Park, AB; Cindy (Lebo) Brodziak, Sherwood Park, AB and Dorleen (Dalton) Burym, Stenen.

Classmates reminisced about past teachers from the 1978 school year, including: Henry Brown, Frances Rivard, Colin Maxwell, Verna Hall, Lillian Tokaryk, Carol Mills, Donna Prekaski, Cecilia Larson, John Mills, Frank Arnie, Lorne Plaxin, Lila Duff, Steve Hawrishok, Bonita Brandevold, Gwyn Watkins, Mary Anderson, Joe Yacyshyn, Ray Jordan, Bill Gerla, Gurbachan Basran, Yvonne Gulka, Ernie Gulka, Evelyn Berg, Sherri Maxwell, Patsy Scheer, Frank Lisoway, Albin Keller, Russell Sawchyn, Earl Blackburn, Mike Korneychuk, Phil Bladen, Francois Rivard, Norman Rivard and Mrs. Egelson. Unfortunately, no one could remember Mrs. Egelson’s first name.