Themes later worked for the Postal Service in Peabody for 41 years, and has always loved attending his class reunions.
“We can’t miss one of these,” he said.
Franggos did her part during the war by working at Sylvania in quality control, assembling special products, the true nature of which were kept secret even from the people who put them together.
“I was proud to be part of that,” she said.
But the Class of 1942 has been dwindling lately, with just around 20 members showing up yesterday from an original class of more than 200.
It is also getting harder to reach and keep track of people, and more and more classmates have health issues that make it stressful to attend.
Ray MacNeil, for instance, recently suffered penumonia, and just got out of the hospital this past Monday.
“It’s difficult to get people together,” Franggos said.
So after reading five or six letters from distant classmates who couldn’t make it to the lunch, and acknowledging those who had passed away since their last reunion, Franggos put it to a vote.
She asked the room if it would be OK to close the class account, and donate the money to the Peabody Council on Aging, which has been so helpful in providing a meeting place and delicious meals for the group’s events.
Everyone in attendance thought that was a good idea, but also agreed that it would not be the last time they would meet.
“We’ll just meet on a social basis,” Franggos said.