Medina’s Class of ’82 celebrates 40th anniversary reunion
MEDINA – This past weekend was a time to celebrate and renew old friendships for Medina High School’s Class of 1982.
Groups of classmates attended a mixer Friday night at Zambistro’s new Bistro Bar Room. They are the first party to take place there. On Saturday night, 39 members of the class gathered at Shelridge Country Club for conversation, drinks and snacks.
The 210 students who graduated in 1982 were the biggest class to graduate from Medina. Class officers were Tam Menz, president; Carole Moore, vice president; Sheila Mack, treasurer; and Beth Feltz, secretary. Their members represent an impressive list of accomplishments.
To highlight just a few: Ann Webster Bunch is a professor; Jeanne Putinas Spencer is a doctor and educator in Jamestown, Pa.; Randy Bushover is a producer at WBEN radio in Buffalo; Sue Clark Squires is supervising superintendent of eight jails in the Wende hub; Sandra Leigh Hellwig is a pharmacist; Brandi Zavitz, art teacher and muralist; and Kathie Lewandowski Allen of Florida is an interior designer.
Squires said she started working at the Albion Correctional Facility in 1985 as a stenographer. She returned in 2018 as superintendent.
The class as met every five years since they graduated. This year a new memorial table was set up, honoring the 15 class members who have died.
Bronwyn Balcerzak Green was head of the planning committee for the reunion, which included Cindy Cotriss Flynn, Tam Menz, Randy Bushover, Sandra Leigh Hellwig, Tina Zelazny Feldman, Wende Manuele Nicosia, Ann Webster Bunch.
Several classmates have attended every reunion – Bronwyn Balcerzak Green, Cindy Cotriss Flynn, Kathie Lewandowski Allen, Tam Menz, Michael Slack, and Linda Wind Zakrzewski.
The Class of 1982 has given a $200 scholarship every year in memory of Brian Kwiatkowski to a senior interested in being an EMT or becoming involved in firefighting.
Members this year traveled from Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana and Connecticut, as well as across New York state.