Edith Clareen Silha, a member of East Islip High School's 26-student Class of 1936, was honored on July 9 for the 75th anniversary of her graduation from the school. Silha, known for her work for the fire department, is a resident of the Momentum at South Bay nursing home in East Islip (formerly Little Flower Nursing Home).
Celebrating with Silha and her family and friends were Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, two members of the Islip Town Board (Councilman Steven J. Flotteron and Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt), East Islip High School guidance director Israel Malinowitzer and Michael Scarione, the administrator of Momentum.
"The education you got in 1936 was probably equivalent to a college degree," observed Croci. "It is a great privilege to share this day with someone who served the community for so long."
Malinowitzer presented Silha with an honorary diploma to recognize her achievement.