February 15 – Happy Birthday Diane Mahoney Soper

Diane Mahoney – 1972

I’m certain I first met Diane Mahoney Soper on a Saturday morning in the early 1960’s at the old Pin Haven Bowling Alley on Route 30 in Amsterdam, NY. She would sometimes come with her Dad to pick up her older brother Gary toward the end of our junior bowling league matches. Diane’s Dad was one of the nicest Dad’s in the city and her brother was one of its very best bowlers. And Diane? Well she ended up becoming one of the unique conglomeration of Amsterdam area adolescents who formed the Wilbur H. Lynch High School Class of 1972. We weren’t that smart, very few of us had any money and most of us had no idea what we wanted to do the next day much less with our futures. But what we did know how to do back then was have good times with each other wherever we happened to congregate and usually, Diane and her beautiful freckles and that great laugh could be found right in the middle of it. Fortunately for Mahoney, me and most of our classmates, we did reach that critical point in our respective lives when we realized it was time to put the pedal to the metal and become responsible and productive US citizens. Lady Di ended up going to Alfred University, settling in Rochester, getting married to Stan Soper, raising two beautiful kids and becoming the crackerjack controller at Morgood Tools Inc, a cutting edge machining company. I keep in touch with her via Facebook nowadays. She has this horrible habit of posting images of incredibly delicious looking dishes of food which make me twice as hungry as I usually am. She’s just become a grandmother two more times and all her grand babies are absolutely gorgeous! She loves to frequent casinos with our Lynch ’72 classmate Pam (now Peters) Nichols and she’s always going somewhere that has a great beach, beautiful boats, lots of wine and a whole bunch of people having a great time. Diane is usually right in the middle of them. Fortunately, some things never change. Happy Birthday Mahoney!

Eight members of the Lynch Class of '72. Where's Diane?
Eight members of the Lynch Class of ’72 as they look today. It proves beauty does last forever! Can you find Diane?

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