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MEI class reunites after 63 years

Back row, left to right: Erna (Suderman) Friesen,  Bruno Muller,  Ernie Reimer,  John Suderman,  John H. Redekop,  Betty (Isaak) Wiens  Front row, left to right: Rosemary (Harder) Braun,  Margaret (Martens) Symons,  Susie (Peters) Harms, a teacher, now 90 years of age, Dan Froese, a teacher, now 87 years of age,  Kathy Toews, Justina (Warkentin) Watt - Submitted
Back row, left to right: Erna (Suderman) Friesen, Bruno Muller, Ernie Reimer, John Suderman, John H. Redekop, Betty (Isaak) Wiens Front row, left to right: Rosemary (Harder) Braun, Margaret (Martens) Symons, Susie (Peters) Harms, a teacher, now 90 years of age, Dan Froese, a teacher, now 87 years of age, Kathy Toews, Justina (Warkentin) Watt
— image credit: Submitted

On Tuesday, June 10, the Mennonite Educational Institute of Abbotsford graduating class of 1951 had a class reunion.

John H. Redekop, who was in the class, said that as far as anyone can recall, this celebration – held 63 years after the actual graduation – is the most senior reunion ever held at MEI and perhaps at any other local high school.

Redekop said that the original class consisted of 28 students. Of these, eight have died. Two could not be located. Two were too ill to attend. The remaining eight live too far away or had a conflict.

The event brought together 10 students and the two surviving teachers of that class (pictured above).

The class was only the third class to take all five years of high school, Grades 9 to 13, at the Mennonite Educational Institute which had been established in 1944.

 

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