MAYNARD — An amazing story unfolded at the successful Kinsman School Reunion this year.
The reunion was held Sunday, July 25 at the Maynard Polish National Alliance Hall.
The oldest and youngest former students present really had a special connection.
Geneva Fox graduated from Kinsman Grade School the same year as Barbara Baird’s father, Henry Pubal.
The oldest former student attending was Fox, a Dillonvale resident. At age 88, she was the oldest person in attendance. She attended Fairpoint School before coming to Kinsman for Grades 7-8.
She graduated from Kinsman in 1936 when she was named valedictorian. She went on to graduate from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1940.
The youngest former student attending was Baird, a Rayland resident.
She had just completed first grade when this elementary school closed following the 1954-55 school year.
The then graduated from Fairpoint Elementary and went on to graduate from St.Clairsville High School in 1966.
She finished nurses training after three years at Ohio Valley General Hospital, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and master’s from West Virginia University. She recently retired after spending 21 years in the Army Reserves, based out of Pittsburgh.
Katie (Kasik) Zavacky’s jokes were one of the highlights of the reunion. At 84 years of age, she’s gained a reputation at previous reunions for her humor and attendees remarked that it wouldn’t be complete without her and the laughter she provided.
All former students, their families and guests, as well as other interested parties in connection with the former school were invited to attend the reunion.
A 50/50 raffle was held to help with finances. Winners of the raffle were: Ann (Wodarcyk) Worwa, a former Kinsman School student from Dillonvale and Arielle Fazekas, granddaughter of former student Ethel(Anagnost)Kloumasis of Avon Lake. Ann’s son, Len Worwa, from New Port Richey, Fla., traveled the farthest to the reunion. Attending for the first time was Tom Josefczyk of St. Clairsville, who was in third grade when the school closed.
A fun afternoon of food, reminiscing and visiting was enjoyed by all. There were 75 people in attendance and 41 of those attended Kinsman. The reunion is already planned for 2011, being held July 31 at the same time at the same place.
Committee members, with much help from their spouses, were Jim Bruno, Vickie Dombroski, Frances Gilli, Nancy Gillogly, Don Henderson, John Kakfa, Mike Maroney, Norma Rice, John Wodarcyk and Katie Zavacky.
Alex Fox, left, along with wife Mary Kay and sister Geneva Fox relax at the Kinsman Reunion.