Colleen Harrison Lokaj

Profile Updated: August 7, 2012
Colleen Harrison
Residing In: Albuquerque, NM USA
Spouse/Partner: Stan (38 years)
Occupation: Retired
Children: Ryan (30)
Patrick (24)
Yes! Attending Reunion

Riverhead, New York

Past Jobs?

32 years of mortgage lending

Favorite memories of Mercy:

Driving 100 mph to school everyday with Fran Hoefer (we were always late).
Cheerleading... loved every minute of it!
Senior Class trip to DC... every room had a story!
Bread shaped sponges on the lunch room tables... OMG!
Watching someone in Chemistry class ( I can't remember who) shake up a test tube that had sulfuric acid in it and watch it explode and eat the butt out of Dennis Fitzpatrick's pants. I still laugh about this. I think Jerry Eaderesto had an extra pair of pants in his locker for Dennis to wear.
Wondering everyday if our friend Mel was going to show up for school. No wonder we had to teach her all of those vocabulary words!
Imitating Sr. Anacletus telling us to "take out our High Time".
Smoking Marlboro's at Papa Nick's.
Going to Europe for the summer of Jr year with kids from MHS.
Yetti Spaghetti

But mostly... the wonderful friends I made along the way.

Did you ever get any demerits? How many/what for?

None that I can remember. I think they used them all on Denise for chewing gum!!!

High points of your life since High School?

Graduating from college, getting married, kids, moving to NM. My boys were very active in sports so I was the proverbial "soccer mom". Wouldn't trade those memories and friends I made along the way for anything.

Kids? Grandkids?

No grandkids yet. Two sons Ryan and Patrick. Both work for UPS. Our son Patrick transferred to NY to drive a big brown truck for UPS. He is living in Hampton Bays with his girlfriend Brielle. Who would have think a kid born and raised in the desert would move to the beaches of Long Island? Our oldest son Ryan has relocated to Denver, Colorado.

Where have you traveled?

England, France, Italy, Spain and most of the US including Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

How old do you feel?

Usually my age or older but I act younger.

Did you have any nicknames? What were they?

Skwara used to call me Miss Mercy HS

Ever gone on a blind date?

No, never.

Ever skipped school at Mercy? If yes, what did you do instead of coming to school?

Only one time! The first Earth Day (April 1970). Went to plant trees on the beach with my friends from WHB High School. The office called my mom looking for me. Busted!

Favorite TV shows from the 60's?

My Three Sons
American Bandstand
Ed Sullivan

Ever gotten divorced?


Famous or interesting people you have met:

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell... their son came to play hockey in Albuquerque at our rink. Kathy and Vince's dear friend, Chris Cuomo joined us for a pool party at their home on the 4th of July. WAHOO! Made my day!!

Favorite Book? Movie? Music?

Sound of Music is my favorite movie.
Love all music from the 50's and 60's
Oh so many ... Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ever done anything 'wild' for you, or on a dare? What?

Lots! Bungee jumped at the NM State Fair. Loved every minute of it.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

In December of 2003 I was in a coma for a month. All those years of smoking finally caught up with me and I almost succumbed to influenza B/pneumonia. But I fought the good fight and won... I knew I wanted to be at this reunion!!!

Do you see/talk to/hang out with/any classmates? Who?

I have my annual visit somewhere with Kathy Skwara Finalborgo and Melanie Ohmer Zimoulis. WAHOO! When I get home to Long Island I get to see Patty Miloski Bofill, Laura Sideratos Feuerman (friends since first grade) and Pam Oliver. We always schedule time to get together to catch up on each other's lives. Spent a wonderful long weekend in Scottsdale with Mel and her husband Tommy wining and dining. Also,just returned from a trip to Long Island where I was able to reconnect with Kathy, Vince, Mel, Patty, Mary T, Jerry Eaderesto, Laura and Pam and all of the folks on the reunion committee.

Favorite things to do now?

Travel. We bought an RV a few years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it. Three years ago our big trip was to Yosemite, Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach. AWESOME! Last summer, we traveled to Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mount Rushmore was magnificent. We all need to see all of the National Parks in our lifetime!!!!

Also, love to cook. Now that I am retired I have time to do it.

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Posted on: Oct 25, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Happy Birthday Mary! Hope you had a great day. Sorry I missed you while I was there. Next time!!

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