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NB West celebrates milestone with 50th reunion

Approximately 100 class members and spouses are expected to attend the 50th class reunion of New Berlin West High School

The 1963 junior prom court rides with class in their royal chariot sponsored by the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

The 1963 junior prom court rides with class in their royal chariot sponsored by the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce. Photo By Margaret O'Day

July 14, 2014

New Berlin is celebrating a unique milestone unseen in most communities. The very first graduating class of New Berlin West High School is holding a 50th class reunion, and about 100 alumni and spouses are expected to attend.

It will be the seventh reunion of the class of 1964.

The class first started as sophomores at New Berlin's only high school in 1961, eventually graduating three years later with a class of 185 students.

"We have been very good at keeping in contact," Margaret O'Day, a retired elementary school music teacher in New Berlin, said. "Quite a large number of people still live in the area."

O'Day is one of the seven people who organized the reunion scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at New Berlin Hills Golf Course..

In celebration of the milestone, the class will be awarded an official proclamation from Mayor David Ament, declaring July 19 as the official "New Berlin High School Class of 1964 50th Anniversary Reunion Day."

Alumni will be offered hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and a short program with a video montage of photos to announce the city proclamation at 6:15 p.m. The class can tour the current New Berlin West High School facility at 11 a.m. on the day of the reunion.

Th first junior prom court will ride in the Fourth of July Parade at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 4, through central New Berlin along with three classic muscle cars and a banner to represent the class created by graduate and reunion committee member Sharon Hause.

Prom Queen Cheri Enters and King Jim Hochevar will ride in a top-down convertible, similar to their original mode of transportation in their very first parade in 1963.

Seven of the class graduates have teamed together to plan this years big event. Dan Nettesheim and Richard Heitzer are two of them.

Nettesheim was the class's salutatorian. He received a nomination to U.S. Military Academy in West Point from Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire in 1964. He graduated from U.S. Military Academy and was career military. He is retired and resides in New Berlin.

Heitzer is the founder and owner of RHH Foam Systems Inc., an international company with its headquarters in New Berlin. Heitzer has consistently contributed time and resources to the New Berlin community in the area of athletics. He was a major contributor toward the installation of outside lighting for the present New Berlin West athletic field. He also lives in New Berlin.

O'Day and her husband, Jack, along with Robert and Nancy Didenko are the class's two sets of high school sweethearts still living in the area. Both couples will attend the event.

The graduating classes of 1964 and 1965 hope to have a joint reunion.

"We started the school. We were always a very close knit group," O'Day recalled.

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