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It’s high school reunion time

Mary O’Connell Gentile was long gone by the time the shelter opened. She was one of 60 girls who graduated from St. Patrick’s in 1942, and she’s gearing up for her 70th class reunion next month, where alumnae will no doubt talk about the nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

Of those 60 graduates, 15 are alive and well, with 13 living in the D.C. area, reports Mary’s daughter Nancy. The rest are dead, though six don’t show up in the Social Security Death Index, so they may be out there somewhere.

Said Nancy, “I keep telling my mother that having 25 percent of your graduating class still alive and kicking at age 88 speaks well for those St. Pat’s girls.”

Want to see who’s still kicking from your school? Check out these coming reunions:

Celebrate good times

Academy of Notre Dame,

April 21. All classes, with special focus on those ending in 2 and 7. Contact Dolores Ontiveros Marinaccio at 301-577-4534.

Academy of Notre Dame Class of 1962,

April 21-22. Contact T. Gallagher at 301-934-2924 or 301-653-6096.

Annandale Class of 2002,

Oct. 6.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Class of 1972,

Nov. 10.

Montgomery Blair Class of 1992,

Nov. 17.

Coolidge Class of 1953,
Aug. 25. Contact Gerry at 301-438-7452,,

or Sandy at 301-598-7736,

DuVal Class of 1977,
Sept. 14.

Gaithersburg Class of 1977
, Sept. 22. Visit



Hammond Elementary School (Laurel),

Celebrating 40 years. May 6.

Hayfield Classes of 1971 and 1972,

Aug. 3 and 4. Contact Steve Herbert at


Herndon Alumni Picnic,

All classes through 1971 invited. June 3. E-mail

Walter Johnson Class of 1967
, Oct. 20.

John F. Kennedy Class of 1982,

Aug. 11. Order tickets via Eventbrite:


Password: Cavaliers.

John F. Kennedy Classes of 1986 and 1987,

Sept. 29.

Lake Braddock Class of 1992,

Oct. 27.

Lake Braddock Class of 2002,

Nov. 3.

James Madison Class of 2002,

Nov. 24.

St. Matthias Catholic School (Lanham),

Reunion for graduating classes from the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. May 19. Contact Paul Sciannella at

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