Five Friends from '54 Gather at Home of Mary Kordistos Elenitsas '54

For some of the classmates in this reunion, it was the first time in forty-nine years that they had seen each other since graduating in 1954. The friends gathered in July, 2003, at the Monessen home of Mary Kordistos Elenitsas, who retired after forty-three years as a guidance counselor at Monessen High School. They spent the afternoon reminiscing about friendships and experiences at IUP. Toni Zeoli Hozempa is a retired business education teacher from the Jeannette School District. Barbara Mazziotti Russell, a recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000, was featured often on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Eleanor Della Vecchia Ziter is a retired home economics teacher from the Chartiers Valley School District. Angie Nese Johnson is a retired third grade teacher from the Plum Boro School District. Angie and Mary were excited to share that they were both grandparents of children adopted from China.

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Left to right: Toni, Mary, Barbara, Eleanor, Angie

Aug. 2003