LIMA — The Class of 1948 from St. Rose High School is getting smaller. Nine of the 17 remaining members of the class met in Lima Saturday for their 70th class reunion.
“It’s really great. I’ve seen them about 20 years ago for the 50th reunion,” said Evers Beltz, who now lives in Gun Barrel City, Texas.
After graduating from St. Rose, Beltz went on to become a nurse at St. Rita’s, now Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She says the relationship with classmates is a close one.
“We’ve always been close for 12 years,” she said.
Since she’s been in town, she’s been checking out how Lima has changed and what is still familiar to her.
“We’ve been everywhere. To the Locomotive [Works]. My father worked for the Lima Locomotive [Works]. They [my children and grandchildren] wanted to see where I lived. They wanted to see the school I went to, the church and we went to the cemetery, of course, to see my parents’ grave,” she said.
Beltz and the other classmates attended mass at St. Rose Catholic Church Saturday and had the chance to check out the improvements.
“Beautiful. I went there 12 years in school and then I sang in the choir from seventh grade on until I graduated,” she said. “It’s beautiful to come home. My granddaughter kept saying ‘Aw everything is so green and the trees are beautiful.’”
Charlie Crow, who was sitting next to Beltz at the reunion dinner at Casa Lu Al, still lives in the Lima area and has been keeping track of his classmates.
“They can’t get away from us. We’ve got some in Florida, a couple in California, one up in northern Michigan, one over in Indiana that couldn’t make it. We keep in touch,” said Crow.
Crow says they had a special bond with classmates.
“Our class was like a family. It was wasn’t like some of these classes. Hell, I had a bunch of beautiful girls in my class. I couldn’t date them. It would have been like dating my sister,” Crow said with a laugh.
But time has taken a toll on the Class of ’48.
“We’ve lost so many of them. Oh, what a bunch we’ve lost. Right now there’s only 17 of us left, and I think we were like 62 or 63; we’ve lost a big bunch,” said Crow.
Dick Goedde moved to Cincinnati in 1988 but still keeps in close touch with classmates.
“We were just one big family all this time. We’ve never missed a five-year reunion and we have a lot of interesting people in the class. The class has had a lot of heavy hitters as far as their careers and everything, and we just had a lot of chemistry. There was every kind of class. There was girls and boys. We just liked to get together and have a good time,” said Goedde.
As for a 75th reunion?
“We’ll see. We’ll all be 93 and I said to Harold, ‘Maybe we can have a two-man dinner,’” Goedde said with a chuckle.
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