Assumption School reunion in Ferndale

Beacon Correspondent

In conjunction with the recent 100th Jubilee of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, there was a reunion of Ferndale's Assumption School teachers, students, and other supporters.

Eight Sisters from La Grange, Ill., arrived in Eureka in 1912 and three years later established the parochial Assumption School in Ferndale. The school operated for more than 50 years, and the final class of 17 students graduated on June 5, 1968. Four from the class of '68 attended the recent reunion: Cheryl (Rayl) Shaw, Louise (Godinho) Murphy, Darlene (Griggs) Brentano, and Linda Boynton.

Ferndale natives Mrs. Florence (Coppini) Moore ('33 graduate) and Mrs. Ida (Godinho) Toste ('37 graduate) were given special recognition as the two oldest living graduates of Assumption School.

Former students from as far away as Switzerland attended, with others traveling to Ferndale from Oregon, and California cities including Berkeley, Modesto, Auburn, and Aptos. Others attending the reunion included graduates from the years 1940, '47, '50, '51, '53, '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67, and '68.

Nearly two dozen of the Sisters who had gathered in Eureka for the 100th Jubilee in June of this year attended the Assumption School reunion, including four who had taught at the school. Sister Adrian taught from 1957-1960, and Sisters Flora, Johanna, and Maria Goretti all taught from 1964 to 1968.

More than 100 people gathered for the school reunion at the Assumption Church Parish Hall in Ferndale and enjoyed finger foods while reminiscing about days gone by.

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From left: Second oldest living graduate Ida (Godinho) Toste, Sister Maria Goretti, Sister Adrian, Sister Flora, Sister Johanna, and oldest living graduate Florence (Coppini) Moore.