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Reunited with high school crush at 50th class reunion
It was 1962. He was too shy to ask her out, she thought he was funny and wished he would. They lived separate lives for five decades.
Then former classmates Stanley Senk, 70, and Jackie Ginelewicz, 71, met again at their 50th New Britain High School Reunion.
A friend urged her to attend the reunion. “You might meet somebody,” she said.
Stanley, an outgoing class clown-type, was taking photographs of each table at the Indian Hill Country Club, when he caught sight of his high school crush.
Jackie accepted his invitation to dance that night not expecting to be swept off her feet.
The fact that he was living in Maryland and she in Connecticut would have posed an obstacle for any other couple, but not them. Stanley, a supervisor with US Airways, flew up one morning soon after the reunion just to take Jackie out for brunch.
“She was giggling constantly and so happy she could cry,” a close friend said.
Jackie moved to Maryland where they were married.
“I had absolutely no intention of ever marrying again,” said Stanley.
“The more time I spent with Jackie the more I realized that the good Lord watches over me. Whatever door closes for me, he’s always opened another one,” he said.
They honeymooned in Paris.
“She’s one hot chick,” says Stanley, before taking on a more serious tone. “She’s fun to be with. She’s my life.”
From a story by Erica Schmitt in the Newington Town Crier, Newington, Connecticut.
How we met: A high school reunion love story
Your favorite high school reunion movie doesn't get much better than this.
Frank Gasparovic was a star football and basketball player at Slidell, Louisiana, High School and Kim was on the dance team that performed at halftime. They liked each other, but were always going out with other people. After their 1977 graduation, they went their separate ways.
Frank went to college in Mississippi and wound up in the California Bay Area. Kim stayed in Louisiana. Both married others and started families.
Then came their 30th high school reunion. On the first night of the three-day event, Kim was at the cocktail party at a classmate's home. "Frank came around a corner," she says. "I could see fireworks."
Both were married. But by the time of their 30th reunion, both marriages were coming to an end. The two talked at the cocktail party, Kim was smitten and thought about Frank all weekend.
She next saw him at the Sunday picnic. They chatted until she had to leave. After giving each other goodbye hugs, Kim asked for a kiss, and Frank happily complied.
Once again, Kim thought they would go their separate ways. But a week later, Frank emailed to say hello. That sparked more emails, then phone calls and finally a date when Frank traveled to the South for a weekend.
They continued their long-distance dating, stealing weekends together. Finally, Kim came to stay with Frank at his home in Walnut Creek, California, for a month. Kim put in for retirement and was California-bound.
Over the next five years, they happily settled into life together. They talked about getting married at some point.
Then, during a vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, Frank rushed Kim out to the beach at sunset and knelt in the sand and asked for her hand in marriage. The wedding was on the beach the next night. They've been on a honeymoon since.
"We're both very sentimental. We have the same friends, love the same music, are crazy about football," she says. "There's that connection, of going through those formative years of high school together."
From a story by Martha Ross, in the Contra Costa Times, Contra Costa, California, and San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, California.
High school sweethearts reconnect 40 years later
Oregon Trail Days (OTD) are full of class reunions.
Christine Schmeeckle-Miller, Omaha, Nebraska, graduated from Gering (Oregon) High School in 1975. She says before OTD, she and her high school boyfriend Bob Horst reconnected on Facebook.
Horst was a part of his class reunion's float during the OTD parade and invited Christine to participate in his class reunion's festivities.
Both are divorced. "We've been apart for 40 years and it really feels good being back in Gering, kind of like old days," Schmeeckle-Miller smiled. She says she's thankful for Facebook and being able to use it at her age.
From a report by Brandon Marshall on KOTA.
A rekindled lost love
Meredith Gardner and Fred Merckson grew up in Florida. Their families were very close and planned activities together. Meredith and Fred were around each other frequently and went through elementary school together. He was ahead of her and in high school began dating. Fred wanted to go into the military. Meredith was still in high school and decided it would be best if they went their separate ways and if it was meant to be, things would work out for them later.
Years later, after his discharge from service, he came back to Florida to seek out Meredith, but he was told she was dating someone. Meredith was at the soda shop one afternoon when she saw Fred hugging someone he had run into. She assumed that was his girlfriend.
The guy Meredith was dating went to Fred and told him to stay away from Meredith because he intended to marry her which he did but after a long relationship they separated. She moved to Lincolnton, North Carolina, and met and married another man and had two sons. Fred also married and had two daughters and a son.
Many years later, both attended their class reunion in Florida. Meredith was walking down the hotel hall and saw Fred. Love blossomed in an instant. Meredith had been widowed for 10 years and Fred had lost his wife two years earlier.
They spent a lot of time catching up. Meredith returned to North Carolina and they texted and kept in touch on Facebook. Fred visited her from time to time and they talked on the phone. A year later, they married.
From a story by Paulette Ballard in the Lincoln Times-News, Lincolnton, North Carolina.