An evening to remember

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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CHEERS: Ula Meredith Retzlaff, Myra Meredith Howman and Gail Meredith Kruse (Standing).

CHEERS: Ula Meredith Retzlaff, Myra Meredith Howman and Gail Meredith Kruse (Standing).

The Kokobanana Restaurant at Vailima hosted a very special occasion on Friday night. 

It was the St. Mary’s Class of 1972 welcome dinner for their first reunion since 1972.  

Sheree Stehlin Stanley and Rosaline Vaeau Fuatai.

Sheree Stehlin Stanley and Rosaline Vaeau Fuatai.

Laughter filled the air that night as each one of the ladies who were able to make it to the reunion, were given the chance to talk and share some of their great memories from College, and to share about their experiences in life. 

Most of them shared stories of how they were always in detention and had to weed “vao-fefe” (sensitive weed) every time they were in detention. 

 REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD TIMES: Sara Slade-Brunt and Ana Hall.

REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD TIMES: Sara Slade-Brunt and Ana Hall.

Sheree Stehlin Stanley and Rosaline Vaeau Fuatai.
Sheree Stehlin Stanley and Rosaline Vaeau Fuatai.
 REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD TIMES: Sara Slade-Brunt and Ana Hall.
REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD TIMES: Sara Slade-Brunt and Ana Hall.
LASTING FRIENDSHIPS: Patricia Kohlhase and Su’a June Ryan.
LASTING FRIENDSHIPS: Patricia Kohlhase and Su’a June Ryan.

“Those were good old times,” said Sheree Stehlin. “The nuns and teachers back then instilled in us to value life and to always believe in ourselves.

“They nurtured us to become good citizens, good mothers and good wives. And we didn’t realise that everything they said and taught us were right until we became wives, mothers and grandmothers.”

Speaking about the bond and friendship they share, Sheree said nothing has changed since 1972. 

“The only difference is that we’ve all grown up and have our own lives and families,” she said. “But the friendship we shared back then is still the same. And the purpose of this reunion is to renew our friendship and to strengthen it.”

Ms. Stehlin said that they will be able to find out when the next reunion will be by the end of their reunion this year. 

LASTING FRIENDSHIPS: Patricia Kohlhase and Su’a June Ryan.

LASTING FRIENDSHIPS: Patricia Kohlhase and Su’a June Ryan.

“This is our first reunion and it will not be the last. We want all our sisters to come next time we have a get together, because some of them are looking after their grandchildren and children and some are busy with work.

And plus we were only able to put this whole reunion together in one year, and I know it wasn’t easy with all the airfares and a lot of us here had to sacrifice a lot in order to be here, but it’s all worth it. And we are so thrilled and grateful that we were able to put this together and make it happen.”

The sisters are now in Savaii and will return to Upolu tomorrow, where they will have a farewell dinner and aiava. 

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