MESSAGES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966

 
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Click on Upcoming Events for a complete calendar of 2017 activities.
Last Updated on August 18, 2017


May 2012 Get-Together
January 21, 2014 Get Together
Mavis Winkle's Irish Pub.
Use this picture to link to its larger view and to other pictures taken during this get-together.

Next "Get Together"

September 19, 2017
at Eddie's Creekside Restaurant and Bar,
8803 Brecksville Rd., Unit 1
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
6:00 P.M.
(440) 546-0555; www.creeksiderestaurant.com
for dinner, sharing memorizes, and socializing
with your classmates.

For more information, contact Gene Zizka by phone at (520) 743-5004 or through email: ezizka@ccac.edu.

See below for more on the monthly "Get Togethers".

 

Table of Contents
(The more recent articles are listed first.)
 

* Ron Bratton is no longer with us ...
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Ed Rubaszewski is no longer with us ...
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The reunion photo directory has been mailed...
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Coach Foust passed away...
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Review of the 50-year reunion...
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Wayne Mankowski is no longer with us ...
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Jim Chester Nowak is no longer with us ...
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New location for the monthly get-togethers...
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Dennis Dale Sudbury is no longer with us ...
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Joyce Novotny Gier is no longer with us ...
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Gerald Hegedus is no longer with us ...
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Charles Graham is no longer with us ...
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Harold Powell is no longer with us ...
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Shirley Fisher Banta is no longer with us ...
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Teddy Reese is no longer with us ...
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Lou Vallo is no longer with us ...
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Wayne Juby is no longer with us ...
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Cynthia Pulaski is no longer with us ...
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Eleanor McKinnon Byrne is no longer with us ...
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45-year reunion: A Time to Remember ...
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The Monthly Get Together are for you ..
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Anita Thomas Royer is no longer with us ...
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Patricia Sobleski Ledvina is no longer with us ...
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Joanne Maley Zeroske prompted again ...
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Patricia Demming Young is no longer with us ...
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Richard Powell survives a life threatening ...
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Dave Mowinski is no longer with us ...
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Leslie Magale Korenko ... Kellys Island ...
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Jim Mikesell is no longer with us ...
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Mr. E. Jim Kotora passed away unexpectedly ...
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Debby Moebius Penfold is no longer with us ...
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Bob Forman is no longer with us ...
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What is Jerry Ayers doing now ...?
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Larry Kowalski says "Hi" .
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Don Cognata is no longer with us ...
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The 40-year Reunion Highlights and Photos...
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Rick Przeneslo is no longer with us ...
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Patricia Lucas is no longer with us ...
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Robert Krisch is no longer with us ...
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Dennis "Coach" Fryzel has passed away ...
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Richard Lee is no longer with us ...
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From Terry Cottrell (Message 3) ...
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From Terry Cottrell (Message 2) ...
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Jack Syllaba is no longer with us ...
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John Sero is no longer with us ...
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From Terry Cottrell (Updated) ...
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Linda Phillips Polito is no longer with us ...
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Visit the Website of Sam Scaglione ...
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A Message from Lee Jacobs Pritchard ...
* Ken Urban is no longer with us ...
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Do You Remeber Ray Lisowski...
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Report from Councel, Fall 2006 Issue ...
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The 40-year Reunion ...
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Nikki Salupo published a book ...
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Mary Kniola Ziats is no longer with us ...
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Susan Warner Millward is no longer with us ...
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Bob Armour is no longer with us ...
* Cheryl Puzio Voight is no longer with us ...
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Cynthia Pulaski remembers Dr. Wrabel
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More on Doctor Tom Wrabel...by His Son
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Dianna Pebbles Moore remembers Dr. Wrabel
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New High School Buildings Dedicated ...
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More on Doctor Tom Wrabel...by Doug Olson
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Doctor Tom Wrabel...by Gene Zizka
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Another GHHS graduate remembers Mr. Wrabel ...
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Newsbrief about Lee-Ann Spacek...
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Bob Ritley is no longer with us ...
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Doug Olson says "Hi" ...
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A visit with Bob Ritley ...
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Linda Kidd Bush is no longer with us ...
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Lee Jacobs Pritchard shares these thoughts ...
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A message from Jim Gallagher ...
* Reunion Highlights, a Night to Remember ...
* Important Message: From Millie Powell...
* From Gene Zizka (Webmaster) ...

[NOTEPAD] Ron Dale Bratton is no longer with us...

Ron Dale  Bratton High School Picture
Senior Picture

 

RON DALE BRATTON of Rootstown, Ohio died July 17, 2017 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Barbara, the father of Lisa Kunka (Oryst), Ronald (Patty) and Michael (Jenni), and the Stepfather of William Eakin, and Robert Eakin (Deidre). He has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Ron was born in Princeton, WV on August 26, 1947. He was a U.S. Army serviceman, and was passionate about his desire to feed hungry adults and children in Portage County. He was an active member of Grace Church of Rootstown.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday July 22, 2017 at the Grace Church of Rootstown (4808 Tallmadge Road), where a memorial service followed immediately. In lieu of flowers the family requested that donations be made to: Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway Akron, OH 44307 in memory of Ronald Bratton.

Memorial preparations were performed by the Adams Mason Funeral Home and Crematory.

Acknowledgements are due to Millie Powell and Mike Hanlon who brought the death of Ron Bratton to the attention of GHHS66. This information is courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal, which was published on July 20, 2017. 07/31/17.

Ron Bratton Obituary Picture.

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[NOTEPAD] Edward Thomas Rubaszewski is no longer with us...

Edward Thomas Rubaszewski
Senior Picture

 

EDWARD "ED" THOMAS RUBASZEWSKI of Painesville, Ohio died July 21, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Sharon (nee Hackathorn), the father of Anthony "Tony" Rubaszewski, grandfather of Anthony "T.J." Rubaszewski, and step father of Steven Gonzalez of Belpre, Ohio. He was the son of the late John and Jean Rubaszewski and the uncle, nephew, and cousin of many. A memorial service was held at a later date,

The date of memorial service and details about interment are unknown.

Acknowledgements are due to Terry Cottrell who brought the death of Ed Rubaszewski to the attention of GHHS66. This information is courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and The News-Herald. 07/12/17.

Edward Thomas Rubaszewski.

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[NOTEPAD] The reunion photo directory has been mailed ...

Shirley Perchinske informed me that the 50-year reunion photo album was mail out (on Monday, February 27, 2017) to those who purchased it. She said that recipients should receive their albums within a week or two. If your purchased-album does not arrive by March 15th, please contact shirley at emra4000@aol.com. 02/28/17

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[NOTEPAD] Coach Cliff Foust passed away...

Cliff Foust with Players in 1965
Coach Foust with Milan Mahdinec, Pete Gieser,
Don Kitson, Bruce Ceo, and Bob Ritley.

Clif Foust in Retirement
Coach Foust in Retirement

Clifford Conger Foust
December 25, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Mr. Clifford Conger Foust passed away at age 92 on November 26, 2016. He is survived by his wife Pat (nee Mueller), son Michael, daughter Kim Heintz, and grandchildren Mitchell and Allison Heintz. He was brother to Lester (deceased) and Margaret (deceased). He served in the U.S. Army Corps of World War II. Cliff received his bachelor and master degrees from Kent State University. His well known for his football coaching career. He started as head coach at Magnolia High School in 1948, continued to Rootstown High School for 2 years, Garfield Heights for 28 years, and University School for 13 years. Cliff was the recipient of numerous awards including induction into the Ohio High School Football Coach's Hall of Fame, the Lee Tressel Award, and the Dan Mormile Award. He coached his teams to 15 league championships and 4 undefeated seasons. He was a longtime member of Garfield Heights Lion Club and the Ashlar Masonic Lodge. Visitation was on November 30, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Golubski Deliberato Funeral Home in Garfield Heights. Funeral services followed visitation at 7:00 p.m. Cliff was interned at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

This information is courtesy of Golubski Deliberato Funeral Home. 11/29/16.

Other Articles of Recognitions ...

This article is courtesy of the Plain Dealer and Tom Reddy of GHHS Classof 1966 who brought the announcement to the 45-year class reunion. 10/17/11

University School honored Coach Foust at halftime of the Preppers's game against Eastlake North on October 15, 2011 amid a number of former players. On November 18, Garfield Heights honored Coach Foust at a dinner for the Garfield Heights Athletic Hall of Fame, an organization he started in the 1970's. After years of being idle, the Hall of Fame has been restarted and renamed the Cliff Foust Garfield Heights Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Foust will be inducted.

He is still called "Coach" by many of his former players.

Coach Foust, a World WarII veteran, lives in Garfield Heights with his wife Pat. As a head football coach, he compiled a 245-51-8 record between 1948 and 1989 at Magnolia, Rootstown, Garfield Heights, and University School. He won 15 league titles and went undefeatedd 4 times. His 245 wins rank fourth among Greater Cleveland and Akron coaches behind Jim France (348), Bill Gutbrod (310), and Augie Bossu (308). He ranks 16th in the State. Coach Foust continued as an assistant until 2002.

In an interview with Tim Warsinsky of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Coach Foust said the foundations of his coaching success were discipline and treating people fairly. "I believe in discipline," he said. The thing I believe is you have to be very fair. Be a friend to everybody, but don't be a buddy-buddy to some because others will feel you are favoring them. If you are fair to everybody, you'r in good shape."

"I tried to do everything I could to get the kids motivated not only for football, but to go on in life, and that's the most important thing."

Foust coached many great football players including a number who played in the NFL. Arguably his most notable players (from University High School) were Jason Garrett, who is currently the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys and his brothers John and Judd, who are tight ends coach and Director of Pro Scouting respectively, both in the Dallas Cowboys Organization.

Among his many awards, Coach Foust was named the 1965 Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association for a 9-1 season during the senior year of the Class of 1966. During that season, he coached GHHS to victories over three other conference champions: Cleveland Heights, Mentor, and Toledo Devilbes. He was also the 1985 recipient of of the Dr. Lee and Eloise Tressel Memorial Award of the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities, Inc. Dr. Lee Tressel, the father of Jim Tressel, had an extremely successful coach career at Baldwin Wallace College.

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Review of the 50-year reunion ...

The 50-year reunion was held from September 30 to October 1, 2016. Spanning both days, there were three events: Bob Carson's Open House on the 30th from noon to 4 p.m., a social at Harry's Steakhouse also on the 30th from 4 to 8 p.m., and the dinner-dance main event on the 1st. Below are highlights of and pictures from all three events.

EVENT 1: Bob Carson's open house.

Bob Carson arranged to start the reunion weekend with an open house at his home in Seven Hills, Ohio. More than 40 classmates, spouse's, and friends attended the event. Bob had a tent setup in his backyard, and provided a catered outdoor cookout to compliment the affair. He and his wife were gracious hosts and,the Class of '66 thanks them for their warm and generous hospitality,

Below is the link to a page of thumbnails of photos taken at the open house. Each thumbnail image is linked to the photo in full-size.

Bob Carson's Open House Party

Several people in these pictures cannot be identified and your help is needed here. Please email Gene Zizka your identifications t0 ezizka1966@gmail.com. If you took pictures during this event and would like them posted to this website, please send them as attachments to Gene's email.

EVENT 2: The Social at Harry's Steakhouse.

Following Bob Carson's Open House, the reunion weekend continued with an evening social iin the lounge at Harry's Steakhouse on Brecksville Road in Independence, Ohio, which was formally the Brown Derby. About 50 classmates attended this social, some of whom came from Bob's open house. The Class of 1966 is indepted to Karen (Blazey) Niemczura and Lana (Knopp) Campana for making the arrangements.

Below is the link to a page of thumbnails of photos taken during the evening social. Each thumbnail image is linked to the photo in full-size.

The Friday Social at Harry's Steakhouse

A few classmates, spouses, or friends cannot be identified in these pictures and your help is needed with this task. Please email Gene Zizka your identifications to ezizka1966@gmail.com. If you took pictures during this event and would like them posted to this website, please send them as attachments to Gene's email.

MAIN EVENT: The Dinner Dance.

The highlight of reunion weekend was the traditional dinner-dance event, held at the Garfield Heights Knights of Columbus on Granger Road on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and a buffet style dinner was served at 7:00 p.m. The affair was attended by 110 classmates (see the list below), some of whom came to their first reuinon.

Bob Baginski
Kathleen (Baron) Samuels
Carol (Bartko) Richings
Tom Basco
Betty (Basey) Schtscherbak
Karen (Blazey) Niemczura
Terry Blazey
Donna Bogucki
Robert Bohan
Dennis Brasdovich
Bill Brezina
Joe Bubnick
Elizabeth (Buc) Honke
Nick Calabro
John Caral
Cherl (Casper) Kovacs
Susan (Cancik) Dohanos
Bob Carson
Mike Cellura
Laura (Chapple) Labant
Bob Corbus
Dale Dean
Marsha (DeMarko) Denzine
Gloria DeNoto
Monica (Duerr) Giardina
Judy (Eckstein) Maur
Terri (Fazio) Myers
Caroline (Fenimore) Bokshon
Andy Fiorentini
Guy Franchino
Lee-Ann (Franko) Spacek
Rene (Gately) Kraig
Ron Gedrich

Bette (Giallombardo) Boeff
Flo (Giaimo) Carroll
Dan Goedecke
Benita (Helkowski) Olesinski
John Jacob
Cookie (Hochschild) Jakus
Loraine (Jennings) Braschwitz
Suzanne (Johns) Wills
Don Kalchert
Chris Karabinas
Linda (Kastelic) Zimmerman
Bernadette Kendro
Foster Kestranek
Lana (Knopp) Campana
Tom Koch
Bill Kocik
Tim Koelliker
Diane (Kosakowski) Ferjutz
Christine (Kontor) Waltos
Marie (Krawczyk) Bindis
Jim Kunc
Dan Kvetko
Earl Leroy
Christine (Longo) Lamarca
Jim Lucas
Jim Magovac
Joanne (Maley) Zeroske
Lenore (Mantifel) Posedly
Tom Martin
Sam Mazzola
Markay (Measell) Boros
Elaine (Michalik) Peskar
Nancy (Milkovich) Celebrezze
Paul Miller
Al Neubert
Cynthia (Pratley) Davis
Greg Priest
Mike Puskar
Tabby (Mitten) Ogrizek
Roger Navratil
Chris (Okragly) Starkey
Doug Olsen
Bob Perchinske
Pat (Petron) Forbes
Shirley (Phillips) Perchinske
Millie Powell
Peggy Rawsthorne
John Richings
Renee Ritter
Carol (Roark) Wislocki
Nancy (Roark) Reed
Bob Romito
Jeff Roote
Larry Ruminski
Nikki Salupo
Pat (Schneider) Trende
Joanna (Shipta) Zelinko
Sandra (Simmons) Priebe
Linda (Sluszewski) Vidd
Linda (Spisak) Purdie
George Smith
Irland Tashima
Charlotte (Tarnowski) Schuman
Ed Trego
Georgette (Triplette) Miller
Joe Ventre
Bob Vidd
Tom Waryas
John Yarie

Dennis Yarmesch
Larry Young
Sharon (Zadnik) Uttal
Liz (Zat) Kvetko
Sharon (Zeman) Zianno
Joe Zianno
Eugene Zizka
Bob Zuchowsky

Music was provided by Bob Corbus's son who played many songs that were familiar to us during high school. The atmosphere was filled with overflowing friendship as we shared school-day memories and the things we have done since graduation day. Put on display were school memorabilia and artifacts from the armed forces as we honored all classmates who served our country.

Those who attended the two-day, three event reunion expressed their overwhelming appreciation for the arrangements made by Bob Catson to hold an open house at his home, by Karen (Blazey) Niemsczura and Lana (Knopp) Campana in connection with the social at Harry's Steakhouse, and by the reuinon committee for the main affair.

Members of the 50-year reunion committee were Loraine (Jennings) Braschwitz, Lana (Knopp) Campana, Bob Carson, Bob Corbus. Andy Fiorentini, Karen (Blazey) Niemczura, Bob Perchinski, Shirley (Phillips) Perchinske, Elaine (Michalik) Peskar, Millie Powell, Larry Ruminski, Chris (Okragly) Starkey, Joanna (Shipta) Zelinko, Linda (Kastelic) Zimmerman, and Eugene Zizka.

Below is the link to a page of thumbnails of photos taken during the dinner-dance. Each thumbnail image is linked to the photo in full-size.

The 50-Year Reunion Dinner-Dance

A few classmates, spouses, or friends cannot be identified in these pictures and your help is needed with this task. Please email Gene Zizka your identifications to ezizka1966@gmail.com. If you took pictures during this event and would like them posted to this website, please send them as attachments to Gene's email.

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[NOTEPAD] Wayne Mankowski is no longer with us...

Wayne Mankowski
Senior Picture

 

Wayne, Ken, and Bob
Ken Fligiel (left), Bob Ritley (Center) and Wayne, taken in 2003 at Perry High School.

Wayne Benedict Mankowski passed away suddenly early in the morning on October 16, 2016 at his home in Tallehassee, Florda. Wayne lived in Solon, Ohio before moving to Florida.

Wayne's family moved to Garfield Heights in 1958 during his 4th grade year. He attended William Foster Elementary and made many friends with his easy going personality. His best friend was no doubt Ken Fligiel, who he met in 4th grade.

Wayne and Ken remained best friends throughout the years. In fact, Wayne was best man at Ken's wedding.

According to Ken, Wayne loved boating. While still living in the Cleveland area Wayne owned a boat and used it extensively on Lake Erie, which he loved. Ken mentioned that he and Wayne spent many days crusing the Lake because of Wayne's passion for it.

Wayne was a private person and did not want to have a funeral or memorial service on his behalf. Upon his wishes, Bill Knauf -- a longtime friend from Solon -- spread Wayne's ashes over the Gulf of Mexico, not far from where Wayne lived in Florida.

Since high school, Wayne had also maintained close friendships with Dennis Kalas and Bob Ritley. Dennis lived near Wayne in the William Foster region and like Ken Fligiel, Dennis and Wayne became friends during childhood. His friendship with Bob began in 9th grade with freshman football.

This information is courtesy of the Ken Fligiel and Bill Knauf. 11/01/16.

Dennis Sudbury, 1986.
30-Year Reunion

 

Wayne, Ken, and Bob
Dennis Kalas (Left) and Wayne, taken in 2003 at Dennis's home in Las
Vegas, Nevada

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[NOTEPAD] Jim Chester Nowak is no longer with us...

Jim Nowak
Senior Picture

Jim Nowak passed away January 19, 2016. He was living in Houston, Texas at the time of his death. Details about memorial services and place of internment are not available.This information is courtesy of the Larry Ruminski 01/31/2016.

In Memoriam
by Larry Ruminski

I just lost a friend. James C. Nowak, Big Jim, died on the 19th of January 2016 of a massive coronary, alone in a Houston, Texas hospital. Although we’d drifted apart, there was – and always will be – a bond we shared growing up in Garfield. As it is said, “we skinned our hearts and knees together,” bumbling our way through high school and first loves in the turbulent 1960s. We skinned our knuckles too, but mostly on each other for God-knows what reason, but we did. We were young then, and time, our capricious companion, seemed unmoving and irrelevant, but that he’s gone now seems unreal. That half a century has passed since we last strode the halls of Garfield as boys seems almost beyond belief, that is until I catch my reflection in the mirror. How odd, how very odd.
            But in those seemingly endless days, we talked of many things; girls, cars, and stereos mostly, but once, the topic of epitaphs came up, of how we would like to be remembered. Without hesitation Jim quipped: “Here lies Jim, who died and who, three days later, made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt at a resurrection!” We all laughed but argued that such an epitaph would never be allowed. Jim thought again. “OK, try this,” he said: “Here lies Jim who died as he lived: completely.” We laughed again and then talked about girls, and stereos too, probably. We were just kids after all.
            God rest you old friend and know it was my sincere honor and privilege to have known you and to have been in the presence - and frequent victim - of your comic genius and lightening wit. Rest now.

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[NOTEPAD] New location for the monthly get-togethers ...

Beginning in October, 2015, the monthly get-togethers will be held at Eddie's Creekside Restaurant and Bar located at 8803 Brecksville Rd., Unit 1 in Brecksville. The restaurant is on the east side of Brecksville Road (Ohio Rt 21) just north of East Royalton Road (Ohio Rt. 82). Visit www.creeksiderestaurant.com for details and menus. The time of the get-togethers remains at 7:00 p.m. 10/01/15

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[NOTEPAD] Dennis Sudbury is no longer with us...

Dennis Sudbury
Senior Picture

Dennis Sudbury passed away on November 13, 2015 after a long illness. Details about funeral arrangements and place of internment are not available.

This information is courtesy of the Bob Corbus 11/30/15.

Dennis Sudbury, 1986.
20-Year Reunion

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[NOTEPAD] Joyce Novotny Gier is no longer with us...

Joyce Novotny
Senior Picture

Joyce Novotny passed away on August 16, 2015 at age 66 in Fort Myers, Florida. She is survived by her brother, Frank, Arrangements were made by Afforable Cremations and Horizon Funeral Home, 1605 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida 33907. .

This information is courtesy of The News-Press of Fort Myers and her brother, Frank. 09/01/15.

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[NOTEPAD] Gerald Hegedus is no longer with us...

Gerald Hegedus
Senior Picture

 

Gerald Hegedus passed away on August 3, 2015 at age 68. Gerald was born in Columbus, Ohio to the Late Frank Hegedus and Vivian (nee Henderson). He is survived by his sister, Cathy Cromika; brother, William Hegedus; nephew, Mike Cromika; great nephew, Matthew; and great neice, Heather. Services were held at the Chapel of Edwards Funeral Services, 1166 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8 p.m., where the family accepted friends from 5 p.m. until the time of the services.

This information is courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch and Mike Hanlon, GHHS Class of 1966. 09/01/15.

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[NOTEPAD] Charles Graham is no longer with us...

Charles Graham
Senior Picture

 

Charles Graham passed away March, 2015 (date unknown). He is survived by his wife Jeanette; daughters Christine (Shawn) Copen and Amanda (Neiko) Balnozan; and grandchildren Brianna Christine Balnozan and Cayden Charles Copen and sister Sandy (Paul) Firzlaff. He was uncle of Lisa Firzlaff, Godparent of niece Lori (Matt) Dews, great-uncle of Aden Dews, and son of the late, Charles L. Sr. and Alberta Graham. Visitations was on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 4 to 8PM at Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Rd., N. Ridgeville, where services were held the next morning at 11AM. Burial was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

This information is courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 03/29/15.

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[NOTEPAD] Harold Powell is no longer with us...

Harold Powell
Senior Picture

 

HAROLD POWELL passed away suddenly on January 6, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (nee Baranski) for 43 years; loving son of Clyde and Elizabeth (nee Yung) (both deceased); cherished brother of David (Barbara); dear brother-in-law of Diane Tench (Ted) (both deceased), Jim (Rose) and Ben Baranski, and Theresa Ream (Jim); dearest uncle of Lenny Baranski, Christine Tench, Cathleen Seneff (Joe), Timothy Baranski, Joann McDonald (Christopher), and Alan and Brian Powell; devoted great-uncle of four. Viewing was at Rybicki & Sons Funeral Home at 4640 Turney Road, Garfield Heights from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, Funeral services were held Monday, January 12, at 10:00 AM. and Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery.

This information is courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 01/10/15.

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[NOTEPAD] Shirley Fisher Banta is no longer with us...

Shirley Fisher Banta
Senior Picture

 

SHIRLEY M. BANTA (nee Fisher) of Northfield, OH, beloved wife of the late Gerald, loving mother of Jonathan (Denise) Banta and Rebecca (Felix) Banta-Rivera, dear grandmother of Brittany L. (Robert) Daniel and Madison Banta, sister of Pearl Tichner, John Perkins, Linda Cmunt and the late Orville Perkins, dearest friend of Donna (Don) Palacz, "ma" and "gma" of many. Died Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shirley worked for many years for the Nordonia Hills School System first as a teacher's assistant, then as the Lead Custodial supervisor. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Wounded Warier Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Viewing was on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. with a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Johnson-Romito Funeral Home 99 W Aurora Road Northfield Center, Ohio.

This information is courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 01/09/15.

Shirley Fisher.

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[NOTEPAD] Teddy Reese is no longer with us...

Teddy Reese
Senior Picture

 

Chief Warrant Officer Teddy Albert Reese, of Rocky Point, North Carolina, died Jan. 4, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was 65. Mr. Reese served his country honorably for 20 years with the U.S. Coast Guard. He served during the Vietnam era and received many medals and commendations during his military career. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he embarked on a second career as a computer systems analyst.

He loved his family above all else, but he loved all people. Each day his love for music and jokes was shared through the computer as he sent two songs and a joke to many friends, helping to uplift them and give them a laugh. Prior to computers, Mr. Reese was a radio specialist in the military; it was natural that he became a ham radio operator with many handles. His passions in life were his many dogs, bicycling, riding in marathons and making people feel better with his jokes and joyful spirit. A favorite saying of Mr. Reese’s was “I’ll meet all my dogs at the Rainbow Bridge.” His life was well-lived, he was well-loved and will be greatly missed.

He was born in Cleveland and was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Clyde and Alice May Chatham Reese and mother-in-law, Mary Louise Rackley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Rebecca Wilson Reese; daughter, Tera Reese, of Rocky Point; son, Terry Reese (Keri), of Billings, Mont.; grandchildren, Tasha Hubble (D. J., Jr.), Travis Reese (Janelle), Tylor Reese, Tristan Reese and Gavyn Godsey; great-grandchildren, Marlie Hubble, Robbie Hubble and Jodi Reese; brother, Walter “Wally” Reese (Angela); sister, Christine Slavik (Lou); and many extended family and friends. A gathering of family and friends was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel. Full military honors were accorded by the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard and American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard at 6 p.m.

This information is courtesy of the Port City Daily Obituaries 01/11/14.

Portions of a note from his sister Chris Reese Slavik:I just wanted to let you know that my brother passed away in January. My other brother Walter Reese (class of 75) and I ( Class of 76) miss his weekly phone calls.  He was a very warm and funny person. Teddy's daughter Tera lost her husband just a few short months before Teddy passed away.  Ted's wife Becky and daughter Tera are strong women, but this sadness has been a lot for them to bear.

Teddy served his country honorably for 20 years in The US Coast Guard. He served during the Vietnam era and received many medals and commendations during his military career. After retiring from the Coast Guard, Teddy embarked on a second career as a computer systems analyst.

Teddy loved his family above all else, but he also loved people. Teddy loved
music and jokes, each day sending two songs and a joke via computer to his many friends to uplift them and give them a laugh along life’s way. Prior to
computers, Teddy was a radio specialist in the military so it was natural that
he became a ham radio operator with many handles. His passions in life were his many dogs, bicycling, riding in marathons, and making people feel better with
his funny jokes and joyful spirit. A favorite saying of Teddy’s was “I’ll meet
all my dogs at the Rainbow Bridge.” Teddy’s life was well lived and he was well
loved and will be greatly missed.

Teddy Reese ObituaryPpicture.
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Teddy Reese 20-Year Reunion
20-Year Reunion

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[NOTEPAD] Lou Vallo is no longer with us...

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Lou Vallo passed away on November 14, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. He left behind his wife, Melek, and son, Jonathan after battling health issues for a period of time. He took care of his family as a loving husband and father, and he proudly served his country for 20 years as a Major in the USAF. Lou retired from the service in 1991. He was a great supporter of the Taxas Tang Soo Do of San Antonio. Even though he was not a Black Belt, he had a warrior spirit and encouraged his son to consistently attend classes and participate in various events, such as the Regionals It is the opinion of Texas Tang Soo Do that he wore a Black Belt around his heart. As a giving individual, Lou donated his body to science. Therefore, there was no funeral service but instead a memorial Prayer Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Noverber 23, 2013 at the family residence.
This information is courtesy of the Texas Tang Soo Do Newsletter on the Internet01/20/14.

A note rrom his sister Chris Vallo Hodakievic: My brother, Lou Vallo -- Class of 1966 -- passed away on November 14, 2014. Lou was a retired Major from the U.S. Air Force and served for 20 years. He graduated from Otterbein College in 1971 where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. After graduation he began his military career stationed in Los Angeles and ended it in Washington D.C. Lou met his wife, Melek, when he was stationed at a NATO base in Izmir, Turkey and married in 1986. They have one son, Jonathan. I was able to spend time with my brother last month in San Antonio, Texas. Lou recounted countless stories from Garfield Heights. The band he was in playing the drums. The WALL at Garfield Park -- I think he got into a lot of trouble at that one! -- working at the car wash on Turney Road; crawling out of his bedroom window at night to play cards with the boys! Greaser vs. Collegiate; Ruffled front shirts and shark skin pants -- what was he thinking? The visit was filled with lots of laughter and lots or memories. Please keep Lou and his family in your prayers.

lou Vallo.

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[NOTEPAD] Wayne Juby is no longer with us...

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Wayne Juby passed away on August 5, 2013 in Charlotte, North Caroline. He was born to the late Joseph and Otilia Juby. Wayne was a graduate of Cleveland State University with an MBA where he was also a member of Sigma Tau Gamma. Most recently, he served on the Board of Directors for the fraternity. Wayne retired as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Graphic Packaging Corporation. After retirement, he worked as an indepenmdent business consultant.Wayne loved to travel; he enjoyed golf and was an avid reader. Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Lynda; beloved daughters, Desiree Juby and Briana (Dean) Overholt; stepson, William Grant; grandsons, and DJ and Ford. He is predeceseased by his brother, Richard. He is also survived by his brother Joseph (Anita) and sisters, Sandra and Janice as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, it was asked that donations be made in honor of Wayne. McEwen Pineville Chapel in Charlotte aassisted the Juby family.

This information is courtesy of the Charlotte Observer. 01/19/14.

Wayne Juby.

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[NOTEPAD] Cynthia Pulaski is no longer with us...

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Cynthia Pulaski of Crozet, Virginia passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at her home. She was the daughter of Elmer and Elaine (Gruenberg) Pulaski. She was a graduate of Kent State University, and lived in the Charlottesville, Virginia area for her last 36 years. Cynthia was a member of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, where she oversaw coffee hour and the soup kitchen. Cynthia retired in 2012 after 25 years as a travel agent. She loved working for RMC Events where she enjoyed countless music and sporting events, and she enjoyed her "retirement" job at Monticello. Cynthia was a devoted mother to her three daugthers and her beloved grandchildren. She had a passion for traveling, and especially enjoyed her numerous trips to Europe with her sister and traveling to various places with her daughters. She enjoyed taking her daughters and grandchildren to local spots as the Downtown Mall, Monticello, Michie Tavern, Mint Springs, Humpback Rocks, Graves Mountain Lodge, and Chiles Orchard One cherished tradition with her grandchildren was taking them to Dairy Queen in Crozet. Cynthia is survived by her mother Elaine; her children, Sarah (Jay) Anderson of Norwalk, Ohio; Brother Norman Pulaski of Garfield Heights, Ohio, and brother David (Sarah) Pulaski of Milan, Ohio; her four grandchildren, James Aldan, Mary, Virginia, and Grace Anderson all of Norwalk, Ohio; her godson, Matthew Pulaski of Columbus, Ohio; and various nieces and nephews. Cynthia also loved her four-legged "Grandchildren', Wallace, Brady, and Pudge. She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Pulaski. A memorial service was held Friday, December 6, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville; the Reverend Erik Wikstrom did the officiating.

This information is courtesy of the Charlottesville News. 01/16/14..

Cynthia Pulaski.

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[NOTEPAD] Eleanor McKinnon Byrne is no longer with us...

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Eleanor Marie Mckinnon Byrne died February 24, 2012 at her home in Germantown, Tennessee. She was a retired teacher and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Churh, Le Bonheur Twigs, the Red Hat Society, UTHSC Faculty Women's club (preseident 2006-2007), and a volunteer room mother with Oakhaven Elementary School. Eleanor generously gave of love to children, neigbors, friends, and family. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Byrne; daughters, Jamie Byrne of Boston and Janine Byrne and son-in-law, Bruce Picard, of Boston: her sister, Helen McKinnon of Fairview, NC; sister-in-law, Patricia Byrne of Quincy, MA; and grandchildren, Quinn and Grace Picard. The famiky recieved friends Tueday evening, February 28 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. A gathering at her home follwed. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree, MA. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to LeBonheur Twigs in Memphis.

This information is courtesy of Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. 01/15/14.

E. Byrne McKinnon.

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[NOTEPAD] 45-Year Runion: A Time to Remember...

 

Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966
45-year Reunion

October 15, 2011

 

On October 15, 2011, more than 70 alumni of the Garfield Heights High School Class of 1966 along with family and friends attended the 45-year reunion at Greenwich Village Clubhouse in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.  For some, it was their first reunion.  The doors opened at 6:00 p.m and a buffet-style dinner was served at 7:00 p.m. Dancing and celebrating followed until midnight.

Even after all these years and with reunions occurring every 5 years since the 30-year affair, the enthusiasm to reconnect with one another and to reminisce is as strong as ever. How many GHHS classes have had to combine reuinons because of low interest? There have been claims from within the ranks of the class and by outsiders that the 1966-class was one of the "best" to graduate from Garfield Heights High School. We can say with a great deal of confidence that this claim has been sunstantiated by the unequivocal success of the 45-year reunion.

All the food, soft drinks, beer, wine, and mixes for cocktails were donated by the members of the reunion committee. The nominal cost or $30 was for rent of the venue and custodial costs.

The 40-year reunion was a casual warm-up for what should be a grand 50-year event in 2016.

Below are links to pages of thumbnails of pictures taken at the reunion's dinner-dance banquet. You can use the link to a thumbnail to see the image in full-size.

 

Below is a partial listing of those who attended (as of October 17, 2011).

Dominic Antenuci
Bob Baginsky
Kathleen Baron
Carol Bartko
Joseph Bubnik
Susan Cancik
John Caral

Bob Carson
Bob Cobus
Doug D'Amico
Gloria DeNoto
Nancy Devers
Andy Fiorentini
Linda Firzlaff
Shirley Fisher
Ken Fligiel
Al Franzolino
Ron Gedrich
Mike Hanlon
Cookie Hochschild
John Jacob
Barbara Jelinek
Loraine Jennings
Suzanne Johns
Linda Kastelic
Bernie Kendro
Foster Kestranek
Jim Kolesar
Fran Korkowski
Donna Kraska
Marie Carol Krawczak
Earl Leroy
Chris Longo
Dave Lubera
Jim Magovac
Wayne Mankowski
Jim Manley

Elaine Michalik

Barb Marien
Stu McCallum
Elaine Michalik
Paul Millar
Al Neubert
Robert Norman
Chirs Okraly
Robert Perchinske
Pat Petron
Shirley Phillips
Bob Pluto
Phil Posanti
Bob Poveroni
Harold Powell
Mike Puskar
Tom Reddy
John Richings
Bob Romito
Jeff Roote
Larry Ruminski
Nikki Salupo
Ed Sanders
JoAnna Shipta
Sandy Simmons
Linda Sluzewski
Anita Thomas
Ed Trego
Eileen Tyler
Joe Ventre
Bob Vidd
Cheryl Wallace
Rick Whewell
Larry Young
Sharon Zeman
Joe Zianno
Eugene Zizka
Bob Zuchowski

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[NOTEPAD] The monthly "Get Togethers"are for you ...

Since the 30-year reunion in 1996, classmates, spouses, children, and friends have been coming to the monthly get-togethers for dinner, socializing, and sharing memories. More than 50 classmates have attended these informal socials from as far away as Hawaii and as close as Sagamore Hills. These get togethers give classmates an opportunity to see one another more regularly.

The get togethers are at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. About a week before a scheduled affair, all classmates on the GHHS66 email list are sent an announcement for encouragement to join-in whether they live in or are visiting the area.

Everyone who has attended one of these get-togethers agrees that it is a great experience. If it is at all possible, consider coming to one of them. It is not necessary to let someone know that you plan to attend. Surprise everyone by just showing up. The element of surprise is a staple of each get together.

The site of the get-togethers is Mavis Winkles Irish Pub on the ground floor of Crown Centre located near the I77 interchange in Independence.

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[NOTEPAD] Anita Thomas Royer is no longer with us...

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Anita Thomas Royer passed away on February 26, 2013. She was a resident of Solon, Ohio at the time of death. She is survived by her husband David Lee Royer, sons Bryan (Kendra Palmer) of Toledo, and Daryl (Abby Liston) of Twinsburg; grandchildren Ella and Maggie, and sister Marlene (Richard) Heering.. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Ellen (nee Schoch) and father Dale Edward Thomas. Visitation was held at Services were held at STEINBAUER FUNERAL HOME, 33375 BAINBRIDGE RD., SOLON. Services were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m.on Saturday, March 2. Internment followed at nearby Roselawn Cemetery.The family asked thaat Memorials be made to St. Jude's Children's Research.

In a special note, Drew Carey sent flowers. Anita won one of the Drew Carey shows' contest winners many years ago,.

This information is courtesy the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 03/04/13


Taken at the 11/18/97
Get-Together at
Romito's in Northfield.

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[NOTEPAD] Pat Sobleski Ledvina is no longer with us ...

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Pat Sobleski Ledvina passed away on January 19, 2013.She is survived by her husband Jimmy Ledvina, daughter Dawn, and Son Jimmy. Her services were held at the Paul Mortuary in Las Vegas Nevada on January 21, 2013 and attended only by immediate family members. Pat and Jimmy moved from Valley View, Ohio to Las Vegas, Nevada 9 years ago.

Pat was one of the original Club '66 girls and will be dearly missed.

This information is courtesy the Karen Blazey Niemczura and Marilyn Serra Titschinger. 03/04/13

[NOTEPAD] Joanne Maley Zeroske promoted again...

Joanne Maley Zeroske has been appointed to President of Marymount Hospital and CEO of the Marymount Health System. 03/25/12

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[NOTEPAD] Patricia (Demming) Young is no longer with us ...

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Patricia Demming Young passed away on January14, 2012 at age 64. She was a resident of Hirm Township, Ohio at the time of her death. She had survived her husband Edward J.Young. Patricia is the mother of Sherri A. Retten and Michael E.Young and grandmother of Emilie, John-John, Sam, and Sophia Retten and Olivia Young. She is the daughter of the late Arthur and Coletta (nee Kane) Demming and sister to Robert, Thomas, Mary Ann (Zaro), and William. Visitation was held at the Joseph-Romito Funeral Home, 342 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, Ohio. Funeral Service (Mass of Christian Buria) was held on January 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Aurora, Ohio. The location of internment is unknown.

This information is courtesy the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Initial notification to GHHS66 was made by Terry Cottrell, Class of 1966, who was previously notified by Bob Klimak, Class of 1966.01/22/12

Particia and Edward Young
Patricia
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[NOTEPAD] Richard Powell survives a life-threatening accident ...

Richard Powell, April, 2011
Richard Powell

Richard Powell, April, 2011
Richard Powell
and
Linda Giardelli

A Report from the Southwest Healthcare System
Inland Valley Medical Center, Wildomar, California

Inland Valley Saves Man's Life After Accident Takes His Leg

Ask most men and they'll tell you that attending a baby shower is not one of their favorite things to do. So when Richard Powell's partner, Linda Giardelli, threw a baby shower for her daughter at the couple's Temecula home in September 2010, he thought it would be a good time to take Linda's car out for a washing and detailing.

"I thought to myself 'I've got to get out of here.' Linda had just bought a new car so I figured it was a good day to take it for a hand wax," Richard recalls. So he hopped into Linda's car and drove to a nearby car wash.

While employees at the car wash took care of waxing Linda's car, Richard sat next door, enjoying lunch. Then with the car just about done, he walked back to the car wash and took a seat outside while he waited.

From behind, Richard heard the sound of a car's engine revving and tires squealing. He turned around just in time to see a car headed directly toward him. The car hit the chair that Richard was sitting in, and the edge of the front fender sliced into his left leg, just below the knee. The car continued on, hitting a pedestrian, a car and another man before coming to rest on an embankment.


Quick Thinking by Car Wash Employee

"I looked down and saw my leg and thought 'I'm in trouble,'" Richard said, recalling that as he looked at his leg, he felt his mouth getting very dry. Fortunately for Richard, one of the employees at the car wash knew just what to do. The young man took off his belt and used it to apply a tourniquet to Richard's leg and slow the bleeding, while another employee called 9-1-1.

During the 18 mile drive to the trauma center at Inland Valley Medical Center, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) stayed on the phone with doctors at the hospital, keeping the medical team up to date on Richard's condition and what to expect when he arrived at the hospital.

"The emergency department was prepared for me," Richard says. "As soon as the ambulance doors opened, I saw four or five people there waiting for me."

One of the people waiting for Richard was Dr. Tito Gorski, an emergency medical physician at the hospital. "Dr. Gorski was right there," Richard recalls. "He said 'Richard, we are going to do everything we can for you' as they took me inside."

Dr. Gorski and the surgical team quickly went to work on Richard and his badly damaged leg. At first, Richard's blood loss - which totaled nearly 13 pints during his treatment - and extremely low blood pressure made it difficult to treat his wound. "They couldn't get me stabilized," Richard says. "The staff talked to Linda and told her to expect the worst."
But the doctors and nurses in the emergency department at Inland Valley Medical Center continued to work to successfully save Richard's life. Though the car had severed Richard's leg below the knee, the knee itself was so badly damaged that Dr. Gorski elected to amputate above the knee.

The Road to Recovery

After his surgery, Richard spent 18 days at Inland Valley Medical Center - first in the Intensive Care Unit and then in the hospital's West Wing. While he was there, the staff worked with him every day to help him keep his spirits up and regain his strength. The physical therapy staff, for example, got him out of bed and encouraged him to work harder every day. "Each day as I got stronger, the care stayed the same. It was outstanding," he recalls.

A veteran of the U.S. Army who served from 1968 to 1971, Richard was eager to resume physical activity and since his accident, he has been rehabbing diligently at a local fitness center. Richard received his first prosthetic leg in January and will be fitted for a permanent prosthesis in several months, after the swelling on the remainder of his left leg has gone down.
Life is returning back to normal for Richard, a gregarious, optimistic man of 62 years who is not one to dwell on misfortune. He and Linda have been able to take some short vacations together and are looking forward to taking a cruise in the near future.

A former college football referee in the Big Sky Conference, Richard is looking forward to competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh, Pa. in August. But most important, he wants to keep a promise he made to Linda shortly after the accident took his leg.

"I assured her that I would dance with her again," he explains.

Richard said that his experience at Inland Valley Medical Center gave him a new appreciation for the work that medical professionals do every day. "I've learned to appreciate the people in the hospital for what they do," he says, adding that he now counts many of the people who took care of him as friends.

"The care I received at Inland Valley Medical Center will always be a wonderful experience," Richard says. "I will always tell others about this wonderful place where everyone got involved and kept me heading in the right direction and on the road to recovery."

This information is courtesy of the Southwest Healthcare System Website. 04/12/11


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[NOTEPAD] David Mowinski is no longer with us ...

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David Mowinski passed away April 7, 2011 at age 62. He was living in North Northfield Center at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Cheryl (nee Redlin), daughter Sherri Dawn Mowinski, mother Helen, brother Joseph (Renee), and mother-in-law (LaVerne). He is also the brother-in-law of Thomas Redlin (Linda), Lana Owens (Brant), and Debbie Ryan (Dan). He was preceded in death by his father Joseph and father-in-law John Elchlinger. Dave was U.S. Army Veteran. Visitaton was held at The Ferfolia Funeral Home, 356 W. Aurora Rd. (Ohio Rte 82) Sagamore Hills where Funeral Services were held Tuesday, April 12 at 8 P.M., the same day of the visitation.

This information is courtesy the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Initial notification to GHHS66 was made by Jeff Owens, Class of 1966. Dave was Jeff's brother's bother-in-law. 04/11/11

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 [NOTEPAD] Leslie Magale Korenko writes another book about Kelleys Island...

Leslie (Magale) Korenko announced the publication of her second book in the Kelleys Island series. It covers the Civil War Years and contains first-hand accounts and letters from island soldiers. Her first book, covers the period 1810-1861. Who would have thought this little island could have so much history! For more on her work or to purchase copies of her books, please go to www.KelleysIslandStory.com. Leslie's site contains a lot of interesting information about Kelleys Island. 04/01/11

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[NOTEPAD] Jim Mikesell is no longer with us ...

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Jim Mikesell passed away on March 2, 2011. Jim was a 1966 graduate of Garfield Heights High School. After high school, he served his country in the United States Marine Corp in 1967-68, completed one tour of duty in Vietnam, and then was honorably discharged. Afterward, Jim was employed with Ohio Bell and retired in 2000 after 30 years of service. He loved sailing and working with stained glass. He was a member of the Lou Diamond Detachment of the Marine Corp. League and the Devil Dogs, and served as an officer for both groups. Jim's two greatest joys in life were his best friend and loves of his life, Connie (Zbierajewski-Richardson) Mikesell, whom he married on June 6, 1998 and his Allie Nicole Richardso. Jim is survived by his wife Connie, step children, Douglas Richardson, Jr., Ashley (Jason) Root, Adam (Shannon) Richardson and Matthew Richardson; grandchildren, Jeremiah Cook, Dylan Thaxton, Kyle Beck, Allie, Gavin and Jayce Richardson and Ramsey and Raven Ibrahim; step grandchildren, Savanna, Jaylin and Devin Root; daughters, Michelle Mikesell and Cathi (Brian) Huffman; brother, Daniel (Joan) Mikesell;and father, William Mikesell. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Family and friends paid their last respects at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 10 AM to 2 PM Military Honors were presented at 2:00 PM in the funeral home. In accordance with Jim's wishes cremation followed. This information is courtesy Sujkowski Funeral Home.. 03/06/11

A Reflecton by Terry Cottrell, GHHS Class of 1966:

It is with sadness and regret that classmate Jim Mikesell has passed away. Jim left us late Wednesday, March 2, 2011 while in a hospice in Perrysberg, Ohio after a long fight against overwhelming health issues. “Surfer Jim” as many knew him at Garfield had became a part of our class after moving to Garfield Heights from the San Francisco area in our junior year. Jim lived a very eventful life. After a severe motorcycle accident shortly after graduation, he went in to the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam (his father had been a combat Marine in the Pacific in World War II) leaving active duty as a Sergeant. His wife Connie who has been an enthusiastic member of our class along with Jim survives him along with his children

Jim had services with a subsequent military burial on Saturday, 4 March 2011. Sujkowski Funeral Home near Jim’s home in Rossford, Ohio handled the arrangements. Details, along with photographs celebrating Jim’s passing, was on the Sujkowski Funeral Home’s website at www.sujkowskirossford.com .

Jim is and was a fine man; cared with his heart, a loyal classmate and Marine who was “Always. Terry Cottrell. 03/06/11

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[NOTEPAD] Mr. E. Jim Kotora passed away unexpectedly ...


Mr. E. Jim Kotora and His Wife Carole


Mr. Kotora at GHHS during the 1965-1966 School Year



Mr. Kotora in his Office at Solon High School

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Mr. Edward Kotora passed away on February 15, 2011 from complications of a head injury. He had just reached a milestone, his 75th birthday when the accident occurred. He served the Garfield Heights School District as Director of Music at the Elementary School Level and Vocal Director and Assistant Band Director at Garfield Heights High School. He is best remembered at GHHS for forming the incomparable Triple Trio Vocal Group. After an 11-year tenure, Mr. Kotora left GHHS for a position in the Vermillion School District. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Administrative Staff at Solon High School. His Beloved wife, Carol (nee Gallucci), was a former GHHS secretaries. He is survived by his wife; sons E. James Jr. (Cynthia Herr-Kotora) and Marc R.; granddaughters Katherine and Elizabeth; and brother Michael (Katherine); He was preceded in death by his sister, the late Margaret Albert (Henri). Funeral arrangements were made by Tabone-Komorowski Funeral Home in Solon,Ohio . This obituary was courtesy of Tabone-Komorowski Funeral Home. Edits were performed by E. R. Zizka, GHHS66. Information is also courtesy of Lee (Jacobs) Pritchard, Class of 1966.

 

Newspaper Articles

FORMER PRICIPAL DIES AFTER ACCIDENT
The Chagrin Valley Times,
By Sue Hoffman
Published: February 23, 2011

Family members and the school community are mourning the loss of E. James Kotora, 75, a longtime Solon resident who served as Solon High School principal from 1972 to 1994. He died Feb. 15 after being injured in a recent fall.

According to his son Marc, of Solon, Mr. Kotora treasured his years at Solon High School . "It was like my dad had 1,100 children each year," he said Monday. "When I became a student at Solon High School , I realized how much they meant to him and how much he meant to them.
"It was the best four years of my life," said the younger Mr. Kotora, who graduated in 1992. "It was like Camelot. My father seemed to be so in touch with the pulse of everything that took place inside the building."

"The Solon schools lost a true friend with the passing of Jim Kotora," Solon School Superintendent Joe Regano said. "As principal, Jim bridged the gap between the '70s and the '90s, which culminated in Solon High School being named a National Blue Ribbon School. He was truly a students' principal, who always worked with students to achieve the best outcome. They loved him, and the community embraced his leadership while he was with us. We send our deepest condolences to his family."
Interment took place Feb. 19 in a private ceremony. The family plans to hold a memorial service in the Solon High School auditorium on a date to be announced.

Mr. Kotora said his father slipped on ice in his driveway on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, when he went out to get the newspaper. He returned to the house and told his wife, Carol, he had fallen. His father participated in the discussion while watching the game with his wife, he said. However, at 2 the next morning, "Mom woke up, and he said he had a terrible headache," he said.

His father sustained two head injuries from the fall, Mr. Kotora said, and the situation was complicated by blood thinners he had been taking for another condition. The family called the Solon Fire Department for emergency services.

"They life-flighted him to Metro, and by 7 a.m., he was out of surgery and in the intensive care unit" at Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland , he said.

A 1954 graduate of Steubenville High School , Mr. Kotora earned a bachelor of science in music from Muskingum College in 1958 and a master's degree in education from the University of Akron in 1972. He taught music and was a vocal music director in the Garfield Heights and Vermilion school districts from 1958 until 1972, when he moved to Solon.

In addition to his career in education, Mr. Kotora was musical director "off and on, as needed, for over 35 years" at Solon Community Church, said Marc Kotora, who has helped manage Gallucci's Italian Foods, a family business in Cleveland, since graduating from John Carroll University.

Mr. Kotora's other son, E. James Kotora, Jr., a Solon 1986 alumnus, has followed in his father's footsteps in education and music. With a doctorate in music education from Case Western Reserve University , he teaches music in North Ridgeville and is music director of Dover United Church of Christ in Westlake . He is married to Cynthia Herr-Kotora, who is also a Solon High School graduate. They live in Bay Village .

Memories of their father abound, Marc Kotora said. As photo editor of the Solon High School newspaper, the Courier, "I used to take a lot of pictures for him," he said. One day his father was finishing an assembly and made an announcement over the public-address system, "Marc, it's Dad. Grab your camera."

"He would go from table to table in the lunchroom" to visit with students," he said. "All of a sudden, there was an eruption of laughter. He'd get up and go to another table."
Mr. Kotora also recalled how his father would dress up as "super principal" at Halloween.
Solon High School social studies teacher Jeff Aker, who started his 32-year career with the district in 1978, shares some of the same memories.

One year the principal was wearing a Batman-style costume and was on roller skates for Halloween, Mr. Aker said. "I remember him roller-skating from table to table talking to students. The kids really enjoyed him."

Mr. Aker had another fond memory, he said. "He was the principal who hired me." It was a much smaller school then, and Mr. Kotora was very "student oriented," with involvement in student activities and school sports, he said.

"He was very 'Mr. Solon.'" He seemed to know everyone in the community, he said.
Aside from his education career and involvement with his church choir, the retired principal loved his boat, which was docked in Huron, Marc Kotora said. "When he was teaching in Vermilion, he fell in love with the nautical scene. He cleaned and polished his boat, and he always had the latest gadget."
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to the Solon Community Church Music Fund, 33955 Sherbrook Park Drive , Solon 44139 .

 


E. JAMES KOTORA LED SOLON HIGH SCHOOL
The Clevelan Plain Dealer,
By Grant Segall
Published: February 25, 2011

Principal E. James Kotora roller-skated around Solon High on Halloween in a troubadour's outfit. He painted over graffiti. He gave students many chances. He helped the school win a national blue ribbon.

Kotora slipped on ice outside his Solon home on Feb. 6 and died from related injuries on Feb. 15 at Metro General Medical Center. He was 75.

"There's no such thing as a bad kid," he often said, "only good kids that do bad things." He encouraged them to learn from their mistakes.

"He was truly a students' principal, who always worked with students to achieve the best outcome," Superintendent Joe Regano said in a press release.

"He would urge counseling before punishment," his long-time assistant principal, Elaine Pryatel, said in an interview. "He brought alienated kids and their disappointed parents together."

He was born Edward James Kotora in a steel-making family in Steubenville during the Depression. He played clarinet and majored in music education at Muskingum College.

In 1958, he became vocal music director at Garfield Heights High School and started a Triple Trio choir. He also gave private lessons and played in a dance band. He later directed music at Vermilion High School.

A bout with thyroid cancer restricted his music awhile and inspired him to move into administration. He got a master's in education at the University of Akron, joined Solon High as assistant principal in 1972 and became principal a couple years later.

Said Pryatel, "Jim Kotora was a brilliant innovator." He brought in a jukebox and vending machines. He started freshman orientation, an academic wall of fame, fireworks at football games and recognition breakfasts for students not on the honor roll who excelled in other ways, such as effort or civics. He encouraged teachers to innovate, too.

He and his wife, the former Carol Gallucci, directed school musicals. He welcomed exchange students and was proud to see a popular photo of a former one dancing on the fallen Berlin Wall in a Solon letter jacket.

Kotora directed music at Solon Community Church. He sailed a power boat and helped his in-laws at their Gallucci's Italian Foods.

Tabone-Komorowski arranged a private funeral. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on March 20 at Solon High School.

Survivors include his wife, two sons and two granddaughters.

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[NOTEPAD] Debby (Moebius) Penfold is no longer with us ...

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I wanted to let you everyone know that my loving wife is no longer sufferingr Debby passed away Saturday morning (February 12, 2011) about 2:00 AM. There will not be a funeral but we do plan hold a remembrance memorial of her life in about 2 weeks. Our family will be forthcoming with more information next week. Thank you all for for your kind thoughts, prayers, and friendship. Greg (Penfold)

This information is courtesy Greg Penfold. 02/21/11

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[NOTEPAD] Bob Forman is no longer with us ...

Bob's Senior Picture

Robert Joseph Forman passed away June 30, 2010 at age 62. He is survived by his wife, Lynn (nee Bayer); sons Scott, Mark, David, Christian; and grandchildren Juliana, Julian, Ryan and Alyssa. He is also father to the late Rob. Bob is the son of Raymond and the late Isabella. He is a U.S. Army Veteran Vietnam War and recipient of the Purple Heart . Private services were held and internment occurred at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on July 5, 2010. Arrangements were made by Craciun Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights,Ohio.

This information is courtesy Markay Measell Boros and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 09/18/10

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[NOTEPAD] What is Jerry Ayres doing now ... ?

Randy's Senior Picture

We have lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1986 and raised two great children here. Our son has his Ph.D. and is a professor of special education at the University of Georgia. Our daughter has a master's degree in Environmental Health and is manager of Toxicology at Georgia Pacific. They are both married and still live in the area. We have a 6-year old grandson.

I am "semi-retired." I teach martial arts 2 nights per week and also work as a personal trainor for the "over 50" crowd. I will soon be testing for my 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

I am looking forward to more news about our class and any plans for a 50-year reunion in 2016. This information was entered into GHHS66 on 06/20/10

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[NOTEPAD] Larry Kowalski says "Hi"...

Lrary's Senior Picture I am alive and kicking in Ashville, North Carolina. I have lived here for 29 years. I am married to Beth for 39 years, and we have 2 children: Laura who is 29 years old and Adam who is 24. I still get around pretty well and play golf 4-5 times a week. For the past 7 years, I have been a Finance Manager at a not-for-profit organization called Smart Start. Prior to that I was CFO at hospitals in Elizabeth City and Ashville, North Carolina. Beth works as a data specialist for the local VA center. I welcome emails from old friends at lek1948@aol.com. Please visit us if you are in our beautiful part of the country. 05/22/10

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[NOTEPAD] Donald (Don) Samuel Cognata is no longer with us ...

Don's Senior Picture
Don Cognata
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20th Reunion
Donald Samual Cognata passed away on May 9, 2010. He is survived by his wife Lily, daughters Lori and Lisa, son Don, four grandchildren, and brother Brian. Don served in the U.S. Army and was a Bedford, Ohio Police Office. Visitations were held at the Ferfolia Funeral Home, 356 West Aurora Road, Sagamore Hills, Ohio on Wednesday (May 12, 2010) from 2 - 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy began the next day at 9:30, followed by a Mass of Christain Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church. He was interned at All Saints Cemetery.

This information is courtesy Toni (Potocnik) Susel and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 05/11/10

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[NOTEPAD] The 40-year reunion highlights and photos...

Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966
40-year Reunion

August 4-5, 2006

Welcome Address

Garfield Heights High School

Class of 1966 Reunion

It's hard to believe that another 5 years have passed since our 35-year reunion, not to mention the 40 years since graduaton. We all are who we are at least in some small part because of the time we spent at G.H.H.S. In some ways we've changed and in some ways we've stayed the same. It will be fun matching new faces with old names (or old faces with new names!).

We hope you had a chance to enjoy the pizza party at our old high school last night and will enjoy this evening as well. An remember what happens at the reunion stays at the reunion.

For a lot of us retirement is on the horizon and we some of us may be relocating. Please keep us in mind when you make those moves. It will make the committee's jog a lot easier if you notify us of any changes of address.

Have a great time, be careful going home, and please keep in touch. We hope to see you again at the next reunion.

This address was printed in the 2006 Class Directory, which was made available at the reunion.

 

This reunion was one to remember. The weekend affair began at the old high school (our high School building) with a pizza party reception on August 4, 2006 and a dinner/dance banquest at Michaud's Town N' Country Banquest & Reception Center in Strongsville Ohio. Details of both nights will soon be available.

On behalf of the Class of 1966, the Renuinon Committee would like to thank Dan Kvetko and Liz Zat Kvetko for their generous donation prior to the reunion and Sam Scaglione for his generous donation during the reunion, just to acknowledge a few.

Below are links to pages of thumbnails of pictures taken at the reunion weekend. You can use the link to a thumbnail to see the image in full-size.

High School Pizza Party Dinner/Dance Banquet

 

Who came to the activities of the 40-year reunion?
Below is a partial listing (as of August 1, 2006).

PIZZA PARTY RECEPTION REUNION PARTY
Dave Arnold
Bob Baginsky
Kathleen Baron Samuels
Carol Bartko Richings
Karen Blazey Niemczura
Terry Blazey
Donna Bogucki
Bill Brezina
Beverly Briggs
Nick Calabro
Bob Corbus
Susan Cancik Dohanos
Helen Dunn Minser
Bob Carson
Gloria DeNoto Stautihar
Judy Eckstein Maur
Terry Fazio Myers
Carolyn Fenimore Bokshon
Andy Fiorentini
Shirley Fisher Banta
Nancy Foth
Lee-Ann Franko Spacek
Al Franzolino
Ron Gedrich
Barbara Hartline Thorpe
Benita Helkowski Olesinski
Cookie Hochschild Jakus
John Jacobs
Jean Janz
Loraine Jennings Braschwitz
Linda Kastelic Zimmerman
Fred Kirsch
Diane Kletke Rosenstein
Lana Knopp Campana
Leon Kuklinski
Dan Kvetko
Gerri Lenski Cueves
Chris Longo LaMarca
Jim Magovac
Elaine Michalik Peskar
Jim Mikesell
Tabby Mitten Jordan
Roger Navratil
Al Neubert
Jeff Owens
Bob Perchinske
Patricia Petron Forbes
Shirley Phillips Perchinske
John Pitts
Bob Pluto
Joyce Poplar Peck
Antonio Potocnik Susel
Harold Powell
Mike Puskar
Peggy Rawsthorn
John Richings
Larry Ruminski
Nikki Salupo
Sam Scaglione
Pat Schneider Trende
George Schuster
Barbara Seneski Taylor
JoAnna Shipta Zelinko
Janet Silverthorn
Linda Sluzewski Vidd
Virgina Smith
Bill Stautihar
Anita Thomas Royer
Bob Varga
Bob Vidd
Elizabeth Zat Kvetko
Eugene Zizka
Bob Baginsky
Carol Bartko Richings
Terry Blazey
Bill Brezina
Beverly Briggs
Betty Buc Hoinke
Nick Calabro
Bob Corbus
Susan Cancik Dohanos
Bob Carson
Bob Corbus
Gloria DeNoto Stautihar
Helen Dunn Minser
Judy Eckstein Maur
Carolyn Fenimore Bokshon
Shirley Fisher Banta
Terry Fazio Myers
Andy Fiorentini
Lee-Ann Franko Spacek
Ron Gedrich
Al Franzolino
Barbara Hartline Thorp
Benita Helkowski Olesinski
Cookie Hochschild Jakus
John Jacobs
Lee Jacobs Pritchard
Loraine Jennings Braschwitz
Linda Kastelic Zimmerman
Bernie Kendro
Fred Kirsch
Diane Kletke Rosenstein
Dab Kvetko
Gerri Lenski Cueves
Chris Longo LaMarca
Jim Magovac
Kathy McClain Kolbay
Elaine Michalik Peskar
Jim Mikesell
Roger Navratil
Al Neubert
Chris Okragly Starkey
Jeff Owens
Bob Perchinske
Patricia Petron Forbes
Shirley Phillips Perchinske
John Pitts
Bob Pluto
Harold Powell
Mike Puskar
Peggy Rawsthorn
John Richings
Jeff Roote
Larry Ruminski
Nikki Salupo
Sam Scaglione
Pat Schneider Trende
Marilyn Serra Titschinger
JoAnna Shipta Zelinko
Sandra Simmons Priebe
Linda Sluzewski Vidd
Bill Stautihar
Mary Stepanski Wasinski
Anita Thomas Royer
Sandra Tonsing Schulte
Bob Varga
Bob Vidd
Elizabeth Zat Kvetko
Eugene Zizka

 

The 40-year Reunion Committee Members.

Loraine (Jennings) Braschwitz
Bob Carson
Bob Corbus
Andy Fiorentini
Al Franzolino
Ron Gedrich
Cookie (Hochschild) Jakus
Bernie Kendro
Shirley (Phillips) & Bob Perchinske
Elaine (Peskar) Michalik
Millie & Harold Powell
Anita (Thomas) Royer
Chris Okragly Starkey
Mary Kay (Ruth) Weis
Linda (Kastelic) Zimmerman
Eugene Zizka

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[NOTEPAD] Richard (Rick) John Przeneslo no longer with us ...

Rick's Senior Picture
Rick Przeneslo
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Recent Picture
Jim Gallagher writes:

It is with a heavy heart that I report that our classmate Rick (Richard J.) Przeneslo died this morning (September 30, 2009) at 5:30AM. Rick and I have been freinds and brothers since 1951 when we were 3 years old. We grew up six houses away on 88th street off the Boulevard and our parents were freinds and are buried at Calvary about 30 feet apart. Rick was a default member of the Gallagher family for almost 60 years and attended our family reunions at East Harbor on Catawba as a family member. Rick had a low profile style and wit, but when you got him laughing he had a hard time stopping even with tears in his eyes. He was never about Rick; he was always about you and your life and family. Unassuming and quick to remind me of childhood adventures with my brother Marty, Frankie Sambor, Al Falcione, Jimmy Szabo, Bobby Hibler, Bruce Ceo and many many more. Rick was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with cancer Sunday evening. I spoke with him Monday at 8PM and he sounded good. We even exchanged a couple of jokes. I miss my brother terribly already.

Courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Richard J. Przeneslo is survived by daughter Brandy, sister Pamela Homick, former spouse Judy Galo, neice Stephanie Waugh, nephew Nathan Homick, great nephews Evan and Riley, and great neice Madylin. He is the son of the late Edmund and Edna (nee Swiatkowski). Visitations were held at the Fortuna Funeral Home on Sunday (October 4, 2009) and the Funeral Liturgy the following day at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Parma. He was interned on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

This information was entered into GHHS66 on 10/18/09

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[NOTEPAD] Patricia Lucas is no longer with us ...

Patrica's Senior Picture Patricia L. Lucas passed away July 22, 2007. She was the beloved daughter of the late Harry and Viola (nee Solomon). She is survived by her brother James of the Class of 1966. At the time of death, Pat was a resident of Garfield Heights. Arrangements were under the care of Golubski Funeral Home. Internment site is unknown This information is courtesy Jim Lucas and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 10/01/09

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[NOTEPAD] Robert Krisch is no longer with us ...

Robert's Senior Picture
Robert Krisch
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Robert's Recent Picture
Recent Picture

Robert Leo Krisch passed away on June 13, 2009 at age 60. He was born in Cleveland, lived in Stowe, Ohio over 30 years, and had been an active member of Riverview Community Chapel. He was previously employed with Biery Cheese and Miceli Dairy. A true handyman, Robert enjoyed remodeling and working on his home, but mostly he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his son Robert Krisch II; daughter Chicory Koren; son-in-law Brett Koren; and grandchildren Elliot, Cicely, and Meadow, all from Akron. His is also survived by his mother Grace Campbell of Garfield Heights, brother Nick Krisch of Arizona, and former wife Donna Krisch of Akron.

Friends called Wednesday, June 17 at Redmon Funeral Home. Pastor Paul Sartarelli conducted a service there the next day at 10:00 a.m. and internment was at Silver Springs Cemetery. Memorials were encourage through donations to kidney.org. A video tribute may be available at www.redmonfuneralhome.com.

Guestbook
This obituary was courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal. It was published from June 15 to June 17, 2009. All rights are reserved. GHHS66 was made aware of Robert's death by Terry Cottrell. 08/29/09

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[NOTEPAD] Dennis "Coach" Fryzel has passed away...


Dennis Fryzel. This Picture Accompanied His Obituary

Dennis and His Wife Gayle

Dennis and Floyd Konet

Dennis and Cliff Foust Sending in Running Back Don Kitson
 

Dennis Coach Fryzell passed away July 6, 2009 at age 67. He lived in Duluth, Georgia. He was born in Cleveland on February 21, 1942. He graduated from Garfield Height High School and Dennison University. In high school, he played wide receiver under Coach Cliff Foust. Later, during the 1965 season (the senior year of the Class of 1966), he served as an assistant coach on the 9-1 GCC champion Bulldog team. He also was the track coach for the 1966 team.

Dennis coached football at levels , including the major college and professional ranks. Outside of coaching, he was in commercial construction sales where he partnered with the leading building contractor Jamco in the southeast. For the last 15 years of his life, Dennis was president of ADCom where he led the telecommunications company into a successful national solution provider champion.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gayle Wood Fryzel; two daughters Karen and Suzie; and two brothers David and Dale.

The family received friends on Wednesday, July 8 at Bill Head Funeral Home in Duluth, Georgia. A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St Brigid Catholic Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Newspaper Articles

Tampa Tribune (7-07-09)
Sports Times
(7-12-09)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(7-09-09)
Columbus Dispatch (9-26-03)
The Passing of Dennis Fryzel
Coaching was in the Blood of Dennis Fryzel, UT's Last Coach
Dennis Fryzel, 76, Long-Time College, Pro Coach

Ex-Ohio State Assistant Dies at 67

Commentary by Robert Otto Carson, Class of 1966: "It is hard to believe Coach Foust would out-live Coach Fryzel, who admired Foust so much. People made fun of Coach Fryzel by putting the accent on the first syllable of his name. He helped up win the championship and we generally liked him."

The obituary was courtesy of Robert Otto Carson. 08/26/09

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[NOTEPAD] Richard Lee is no longer with us ...

Richard's Senior Picture Richard Lee passed away suddenly January 31, 2009. He was the father of Theresa Turner (Ben) and Christopher Lee, son of Eleanor (nee Tetzlaf) (deceased), and Charles J. Lee, and brother of Cindy Ridgway-Woznicki (Jeffrey) and Susan Kostyack (Robert). Services were private. Internment site is unknown This information is courtesy Ron Rasile. 07/01/09

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 [NOTEPAD] From Terry Cottrell (Message 3) ...

I received an "inviitiation" for an event called "The Judge Learned Hand Award Luncheon" in Irvine on April 30th. Classmate Mike Rubin is an attorney of high achievement. As a partner in the rather prestigious Orange County law firm of Rutan & Tucker he recently represented the Anahein Angels baseball team in it's dispute of what it's name should be. Some think that the name "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" is the better name and the matter had gone to court a while ago to be resolved. Mike, an aquaintance of the team's owner apparently, represented the City of Anaheim (however) to keep the old name unchanged. Anyway... Mike is a big name attorney and his actvities are well published throughout Los Angeles. The luncheon awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award by the AJC (American Jewish Committee). Two other asscociates were recipients of Learned Hand Award. The luncheon was held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Reservations ranged from a $10,000.00 donation which included 16 tickets to the minimum $100.00 for an individual ticket for lunch. I have had no direct communication from Mike about this event but he must have given the organizer my name as someone who he'd like to receive an invitation. Written by Terry Cottrell and posted 05/01/09

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[NOTEPAD] From Terry Cottrell (Message 2) ...

Christmastime can be a tough time, emotionally. It’s that time of year when one recalls, and tries to retrieve, the excitement once experienced in youth. It’s the time, for me, when simultaneously, you receive all the news from friends that has transpired through the year, and at our stage, bad news of friends passing.

The news of Dan Ebenhack, (Class of 1967) was particularly difficult to receive.

Dan had been on the track team with me and was a big name in Football and Basketball at Garfield too. His father, Mr. Ebenhack, officiated at Garfield’s track meets. It wasn’t until later in school, perhaps 10 or 11th grade, that I also realized he was one of Garfield’s shop teachers.

Dan’s son, Ryan, wrote and sent materials regarding Dan’s passing on 21 November 2008. Dan’s wife Kathy, battling a Multiple Myeloma blood cancer for ten years, succumbed on 24 February 2008. Dan essentially, died of a broken heart. They were a wonderful couple.

Dan was a Marine Lieutenant and was stationed at Quantico, Virginia when he and Kathy were married on 4 March 1972. He and I were both stationed there at the same time but weren’t aware of each other’s presence until year’s later. Dan and Kathy eventually moved to Connecticut. We wrote to each other, particularly at Christmas, and sent photos of our families through the years, always promising to see each other when in each other’s area. We never did. I never saw Kathy personally. This hurts.

There is a story about Dan and I, which I’ve told our kids many times when they were growing up. It was the spring of 1965 and I was dating (and going steady with) Jeanne Hegrat of Marymount High School (whom, I’ve previously said, is Garfield’s current Superintendent of Schools, Jeanne Sternad). Jeanne had two younger sisters, twins, who wanted me to introduce them to one of my friends on the Garfield track team. I asked Dan if he was interested in meeting them and taking his pick. We went to their house in the ’33 Terraplane. While there we decided, while we were in their backyard, to give a little demonstration of physical prowess. “Go ahead and hit me in the stomach as hard as you can”, said Dan. Dan was large, likely 6’4” and 240 lbs then. I did, and then it was his turn to do the same to me. Hard stomach muscles were almost my specialty and his fist bounced off, but not without first shredding the fabric between buttonholes on my cotton dress shirt. It was new and it was ruined. I’ve wondered what the girls might have thought about two guys busily punching each other in the stomach in their backyards to impress them. Did they even ‘get it’, I’m not sure, but it was at the expense of a shirt and the cause for a wonderful memory I’ll always keep of Dan.

Feel free to include any or all of this letter if you decide to place it onto the web page. I suppose I would like Dan’s name mentioned. He was a fine man, an excellent Marine Officer, and a man who loved his wife and family to the maximum. I’m glad I am his friend. If any one in the class would like to contact his sons Ryan or Michael, they can be reached at 81 Middle River Road, Danbury, CT 06811. Written by Terry Cottrell and posted 02/09/09

Commentary: Many of the members of the Class of 1966 were (friends, teammates in intramural activities or interscholastic sports, band or choir associates, and so forth) with members of other classes, and we might sometimes think about "where are they now." For this reason, it is my ongoing practice to share special notes and messages about other class members when I receive them if I am given permission to do so. By Gene Zizka, 02/09/09

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[NOTEPAD] Jack Syllaba is no longer with us ...

Jack's Senior Picture Jack Syllaba passed away November 2, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida. A memorial service was held on November 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home in Northfield Center where friends were received. He is survived by his wife Terri, children Timothy, Eric, Sharon,and John, grandchildren Joshua, Casse, Brenden, Logan, Kennedy, Joey, Reagan, Bihl, and Stephanie, brother Daniel, and sister Susan. He was a resident of St. Petersburg at the time of his death. This information is courtesy Mille Harold and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 01/25/09

 

[NOTEPAD] John Sero is no longer with us ...

John's Senior Picture John Sero passed away April 4, 2008 in Medina. His Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 8, 2008 at St. Francis Xavier Church at 10.00 a.m.with arrangements under the care of Waite & Son Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Donna (nee Kraska of the Class of 1966), children Michael and Samantha, parents John and Sophie, and brother Bill . He was a resident of Medina, Ohio at the time of his death. John's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Markay Measell Boros of the Class of 1966 and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 04/08/08 John Sero

[NOTEPAD] From Terry Cottrell (Update) ...


 Nicholas and Katie Picture
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.Nancy and Terry  Cottrell with Katie
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.Ken Urban
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On December 29, 2007, Terry and Nancy's daughter Katie married Warrant Office Nicholas K. Sprankles at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente, California. Nick is stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama where he is in flight training as an Apache helicoptor pilot.

The reception was held at The Windmill in Carlsbad, California. Since it was the holiday season, the reception had a Christmas theme with red and white as the colors.

Katie's middle name is Violet in honor of her grandmother, Violet Cottrell, who died 6 years she was born. Her bridal bouquet was sprinkled with violets in memory of her grandmother during the wedding. If you click on the second thumbnail (for a larger view), you will see the violets more clearly. 04/05/08

Past remarks ...

Our reunions have fostered and rekindled relationships and I am pleased to seem them grow. For ourselves, such classmate luminaries as Chris Geiser, Sue Cancik Dohanos and her husband Dennis, Gene and Linda Zizka and their son Jonathan, Anita Thomas Royer, Len Angelo, and Marilyn Zielke Bulanda and her husband Tom in addition to "Surfer Jim" have visited our Valley City home.

Nancy and I invite classmates to contact us if in our area. There are few things as valuable to us. I hope we can encourage such a practice among all. Gene Zizka's web site might be a forum to share visits among us. Near and far we are all Garfield's Class of '66. Written by Terry Cottrell. 06/10/07

The photo of Ken Urban was taken in January just shortly before his passing during the week of January 29th, 2007. It is meant to show Ken as he was in life rahter than how we might remember him from his "old" yearbook photo. Ken is more; his passing is important to many of us. This note and the phto of Ken Urban sent anonymously. 06/10/07

Commentary: A photo of Ken and his wife Connie at the 30-year reunion is included in his profile page in the class directory. By Gene Zizka, 06/10/07

[NOTEPAD] Linda Phillips Polito is no longer with us ...

Linda's Senior Picture Linda Phillips Polito passed away March 1, 2008. Her memorial mass was held on March 6, 2008 at St Raphael Church with arrangements under the care of DiCicco-Berry Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband John, children Heather Reese, John, and Daniel, grandchildren Harper Mae and BoDean Reese, sister Alice Rall and Brenda Phillips, and brother Russell Phillips.She was preceded in death by her brithers Michael, George, and Terry. During high school. She was a resident of Bay Village, Ohio at the time of his death. Linda's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Toni Potonik Susel of the Class of 1966 and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 03/23/08

[NOTEPAD] Visit the website of Sam Scaglione ... a message from Lee-Ann Franko Spacek.

Sam Scaglione of the GHHS66 Class of 1966 and Dana Heacock own Abacus, a chain of four boutiques of fine art located in Maine. They are planning to open a fifth boutique in Ogunquit, Maine. I encourage you to visit their website at www.abacusgallery.com. Among the various forms of art, they are selling calendars for 2008 with amazing New England scenes done by Dana.

I had the pleasure of visiting Sam and Dana last year and their beautiful home, which sits on the deep water coastline of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It was featured on the cover of "Beautiful Homes" magazine.

We all need to know about the many successes and contributions to art and the economy that our classmates are making. 12/25/07

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[NOTEPAD] A Message from Lee Pritchard ....

I sent this information through an email to Gene Zizka on October 18, 2007, the 10-year anniversary of the Dedication of the Women's Memorial in Washington D.C. for posting the GHHS66's Messages and Announcements. I was present at the Dedication.

It was unbelievable how many former servicemen came from across the country to participate in this great honor. Vice President Gore made the presentation, and Bette Midler sang Wind Beneath My Wings. Many asked me if I were a nurse, and when I told them that I served as Woman Marine, they were taken back a bit.

During the time I enlisted only 1% of the entire Marine Corp were women. We did things to "free a man to fight." And I am sure that some will agree with me that I am a lady first and a Marine second because a woman is different from an emotional standpoint.

I found that there was no difference in training between recruits. You were trained physically for worse case situations that you might encounter and you faced mental training to handle problems that might come up. In regard to the latter, I made visits to hospitals and talked to young men the same age as me. I spoke with encouragement to many even though I knew they were never going home.

Finally, am I the only women who served from our class? 12/25/07

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[NOTEPAD] Ken Urban is no longer with us ...

Ken's Senior Picture Ken Urban passed during the week of January 29th, 2007. His memorial was held on February 3rh at the Ferrara Funeral Home on Granger Road in Garfield Heights. He is survived by his wife, Concetta, children Jennifer, Anita, and Cindy, grandchildren Connie Alan and Chase, parents John Henry and Ruth, Brothers Scott and Jeffrey, and Sister Karen. During high school, Ken was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and finished 3rd in the class. He was a resident of Twinburg, Ohio at the time of his death. Ken's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Karen Blazey Niemczura of the Class of 1966 and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 02/03/07


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[NOTEPAD] Do You Remember Ray Lisowski ...

Ray Lisowski was the ninth grade wood shop teacher. Since we did not spend more than one year at the Junior High, many of us did not know him.

Mr. Lisowski passed away on November 10, 2006. The cause of death may have been cancer since donations to the Seasons of Life Hospice were suggested in lieu of flowers. He was in his late 40's or early 50's in 1963 so therefore he was near 90 at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann and children (Raymond, Regina Cygan, and Roberta. He also is survived by 6 grandchildren: Derek, Dean, Brian, Rachel, Matthew, and Steven. Memorial services were held at St Bridget Church on Wednesday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. His place of internment is unknown. This information is courtesy of John Caral of the Class of 1966. 11/27/04

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[NOTEPAD] Nikki Salupo published a book ...

Nikki and Her Husband Jack

For 28 years, Nikki was a secondary reading and English teaching. After retirement, she and her husband Jack, who was already retired, soon learned that retired life has its stresses. This inspired Nikki to write a book entitled "A Year in Verse: Or Is That All There Is To Retirement." The book was published by Red Lead Press. This newsbrief is courtesy of Shirley Phillips Perchinske. 04/2/06

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[NOTEPAD] Mary Kniola Ziats is no longer with us ...

Mary's Senior Picture Mary Kniola Ziats passed away January 28, 2006. Viewing was at the Redmon Funeral Home in Stow, Ohio. Mary lived in Stow at the time of her death. On February 2nd, Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church and Internment was at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield. Memorials were requested to be sent to the American Cancer Society. Mary's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Loraine Jennings Braschwitz of the Class of 1966 and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 02/12/06

[NOTEPAD] Susan Warner Millward is no longer with us ...

Susan's Senior Picture Susan Warner Millward passed away September 18, 2005. Her husband Tom contacted Anita Thomas Royer about her death. She suffrered from a liver desease and was on a list for a liver transplant, but died before a donor could be found. Susan's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Anita Thomas Royer of the Class of 1966. 01/01/06

[NOTEPAD] Bob Armour is no longer with us ...

Bob's Senior Picture Bob Armour is another GHHS66 classmate who is no longer with us. His sister Carol contacted Karen Blazey Niemczura about his death. According to Carol, he was in the hospital, and after surgery, he suffered from an infection, which eventaully caused his death. Bob's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.This information is courtesy Karen Blazey Niemczura of the Class of 1966. 10/23/05

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[NOTEPAD] Cheryl Puzio Voight is no longer with us ...

Cheryl's Senior Picture Cheryl Puzio Voight passed away during the week of November 15th. She is survived by son Brian J., mother Fances (nee Almasy), sisters Patricia Angell and Donna Eppele, and brother Gregory. She was preceded in death by her father Frank. Funeral arrangements were made by Rybicki and Sons in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Viewing was on Friday, November 19 and services were held the following morning at the Richfield United Church of Christ in Richfield Ohio. Location of Internment was not announced. Cheryl's name has been added to the Class Memorial page. This information is courtesy of the November 19th issue of the Plain Dealer and Joe Zianno via Anita Thomas Royer, both of the Class of 1966. 11/20/04

[NOTEPAD] Cynthia Pulaski remembers Dr. Wrabel ...

While visiting my folks on summer on Oak Park, someone told me that Mr. Wrabel was sick. I got his phone number from the City and called him at home. It was a delightful conversation! I saw him only once since graduation, at the old May Co at Southgate in the mid 70's. I loved 7th and 8th grade at William Foster ... and I loved Mr. Wrabel, even though I was scared to death of him!!! I went on to major in English at Kent and didn't have to study one bit to pass my grammer class with an A ... no one could believe I remembered grammar I had learned 10 years earlier. And , just like Dianna Pebbles, I can recite verbatim the defintions of the parts of speech!!! And I think I can still diagram a sentence!!! They don't do that anymore.. 04/11/04

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[NOTEPAD] More on Dr. Wrabel ... by His Son

Dr. Wrabel's son, Tom, sent GHHS66 an email that expressed his appreciation for our remembrances of his father. Thorugh subsequent emails, he passed on the following information for all of us to share.

My Father, Dr. Thomas Wrabel by Tom Wrabel

Dr. Thomas W. Wrabel is a graduate of Centerville High School in Western Pennsylvania where he participated in all sports and excelled in basketball. However, he made academics a priority and received an academic scholarship to St. Francis College (Pa.). There he played on a "Red Flash" team that made the National Invitational Tournament (there was no NCAA tournament at that time) and received his baccalaureate in English/History and teaching certificate.

After graduation, he spent two years of service in the Army. Dr, Wrabel and then accepted a job from his first and only full-time employer: The Garfield Heights School System. He worked in the system in various capacities for over 30 years including elementary and secondary teacher, counselor, and school administrator. He also served as interim Superintendent late in his career during a transitional period. During his career at Garfield Heights, he received his graduate degree from Kent State University.

Dr. Wrabel continued to be active in sports while working in Garfield Heights. He coached many championship freshmen basketball teams, Little League Baseball teams, and varsity golf squads. For many years, he supervised the Jr. Olympics in the city and the Playground Basketball League at old Garfield Park Elementary. He also played until he was 40 years old in various amateur basketball leagues in the Cleveland Area and the Thursday night Jr. High School faculty open gym.

Today, he remains an avid sports fan. He goes to many Garfield Heights home football games and still runs the clock for the Trinity home football games, which he has been doing for more than 30 years. He also attends many Cavs and Indian games.

Since retirement, he has worked delivering flowers for Monica's Flowers (Rybicki). He says that it is the best job in the world. My mom, who worked at National City Bank for 35 years, retired from the Garfield Heights Branch last year and now works as the school secretary at St. Mary's in Bedford. They are both in pretty good health and are able to stay active. They enjoy traveling in both the summer and around the holidays. I believe they have visited all 50 states and Canadian Provinces.

He also enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. His oldest child is Jeanne (47) lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris and daughter Megan and works as a computer consultant. My sister Maryann passed away in February, 2000. She would have been 46 this year. At 42, I am his third oldest child living in Strongsville with my wife Caroline and daughters Allison and Katrina and working as a CPA in Middleburg Heights. Carol (40) is a teacher in Los Angeles, and his youngest child John (39) lives in Seven Hills with his wife Theresa, son John, and daughter Sydney. John works at Chrysler in Twinsburg.

Every year for the past 5, my sisters, brother, and I give a $1000 scholarship award in his name to a deserving Garfield Heights student to help fray the financial burden of attending college. The scholarship is funded by us (his children) and by memorial contributions to Tom and Trudy Wrabel in the name of Maryann Wrabel Becker.

For more on Dr. Wrabel, see one of the following in Messages and Announcements:

Dr. Tom Wrabel...by Gene Zizka
Dianna Pebbles Moore remembers Dr. Wrabel ...
More on Dr. Wrabel ... by Doug Olson
Another GHHS student remembers Dr. Wrabel ... 03/14/04

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[NOTEPAD] Dianna Pebbles Moore remembers Dr. Wrabel ...

Dianna Pebbles Moore recalls vividly the definition of a noun as presented by Dr. Wrabel in 7th and 8th grades at William Foster (a noun is the name of a person, place, or thing.-- Unit I, Chapter 22 "Using Correct Nouns": Gene Zizka's 8th grade English note). Do you remember Dr. Wrabel's scoring of the notes taken in class? Answer: good - checkmark followed by a plus sign; fair - checkmark only; poor - checkmark followed by a minus sign. 03/14/04

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[NOTEPAD] New High School Buildings Dedicated ... by Gene Zizka

The spotlight was on Garfield Heights on Sunday, February 1, 2004 when more than 500,000 households in Northeast Ohio saw the broadcast of the dedication of the new high school buildings through cable TV. On hand were US Senator George Voinovich, Governor Bob Taft, District 14 Representative Dale Miller, and TV News Anchor Wilma Pokorny Smith. Dale Miller, a 1967 graduate of Garfield Heights High School, spoke for Congressman Dennis Kucinich who was on the campaign trail for the presidency. Wilma Smith, a 1964 graduate, was the Master of Ceremonies.

The school was open from noon to 4:00 p.m. for a self guided tour. The dedication was held in the gymnasium and was by ticket only. The Garfield Heights High School marching band and choir provided special music. The affair started with the singing of the National Anthem and the Alma Mater and concluded with a closed circuit TV broadcast of the ribbon cutting, which revealed a plaque at the main entrance of the school.

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Above are thumnails of photos taken during the dedication. Each thumbnail is linked to a larger view through a pop-up window.

The new high school is one of the most technologically advanced high schools in the nation. At a cost of 40 million dollars, the school was partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Education for the advancement of education in the 21st century. The complex resembles a small university with two separate buildings, the academic building and the sports center, connected by enclosed glass walkways. A third structure, the fine arts building, is to be built on the location of the Middle School (the junior high in 1966) once it is razed. It will house the community theater and the band room and will also be integrated into the other structures with enclosed glass walkways.

The academic building has three floors. Aside from classrooms, the first floor has a 500-seat banquet-style dining hall with mall-like food court service and a library with two multimedia rooms that support teleconferencing. The front entrance is a three story glass vestibule that projects from the building. It provides natural lighting during the daytime and dynamic space to display artwork. The front entrance connects to an octagon lobby. The lobby, which is rich in architectural splendor with a myriad of white columns and a colorful clay tile floor, is the center of the building and accommodates the circulation of students.

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Above are thumnails of photos taken during the dedication. Each thumbnail is linked to a larger view through a pop-up window.

The second floor contains science labs, a technology distribution room, and teachers planning center and work room. Each science lab is connected to a prep room. The teachers planning center promotes the sharing of information for cross-curriculum planning.

Central to the sports center is the main gymnasium with a seating capacity of more that 2000 spectators and an auxiliary gymnasium. There are 27 basketball hoops and six score boards. The two gymnasiums can harmoniously function in multiple modes and sizes. The fitness center is a large state-of-the-art facility that is conveniently located for community accessing. The sports center also has a room for large group instructions, special meetings, and little theater productions with smart boards and wireless laptops.

Future plans include the rebuilding of the football field and the building of a natorium.

It is difficult to explain in a few words the greatness of the school now available to high school students in the Garfield Heights School District. You must visit the high school. It will be well worth your time. 02/08/04

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[NOTEPAD] More on Dr. Wrabel ... by Doug Olson

I just wanted to pass along that I ran into Dr and Mrs Wrabel at Heinens in Brecksville at Christmas time. I told him about being mentioned on our website (see below). He seemed pleased that we were thinking of him. I've known the Wrabels since my Elmwood days. I also knew Mrs Wrabel from working at National City Bank. 01/25/04

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[NOTEPAD]  Dr. Tom Wrabel...by Gene Zizka

Doctor Tom Wrabel was the 7th and 8th grade English teacher at William Foster Elementary before assuming the role of guidance counselor at the Junior High School when the Garfield Heights School District went to the junior high/senior high concept in 1962 with the opening of the senior high building behind Maple Leaf Elementary. Best known for his methodical style of teaching, Dr. Wrabel was firm, but fair. He is respected by all who had him for English.

I had the priviledge to meet Dr. Wrabel this fall at the Garfield Heights-Warrensville Heights football game. I mentioned that I still have the notes I took in his English class in eighth grade and that I often refer to them when I write research papers. To the amazement of his wife, he began reciting grammatical definitions as he did 42 years ago.

During our conversation, I found out that he is best friends with Walt Mylinski, a retired administrator at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh where I am on the physics faculty.

Ironically, Walt Mylinksi is a good friend of mine. He is currently coaching the freshmen team at Bishop Canevin High School near Pittsburgh. At a recent scrimmage between his squad and my son's high school freshmen team, I had a chance to talk to Walt about Dr. Wrabel's past.

Dr. Wrabel and Walt were basketball teammates at St. Francis College in Pennsylvania from 1952 to 1956. Before entering college, Dr. Wrabel went to Centerville High School in Centerville, Pennsylvania (midway between Washington and Uniontown). While there, he was a four-year starter at center on the varsity basketball team. Dr. Wrabel went to St Francis College on a basketball scholarship and played power forward. Walt played shooting guard.

Today, they keep in touch through Christmas cards. 11/26/03

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[NOTEPAD]  Another GHHS gradute remembers Dr. Wrabel ...

Gene Zizka received this email from Edward Michael Maykowski, a 1960 graduate of GHHS, about his memories of Mr. Wrabel.

Hello...
Some time ago (number of years ago) I wrote you. You responded. Do not remember what the subject was, but I have continued to "monitor" the GHHS class of 1966 web site. I graduated in 1960 and my brother Kenneth Peter Maykowski graduated in 1965.
I am reacting to your article about Dr. Wrabel. I had the pleasure of knowing him away from the school. He came down to the old "basketball court" at the old elementary school. We used to have many choose up games in those days. We even had kids from other communities come over to play from time to time. And Dr. Wrabel played with us young high school and college kids. Those were great years the late 50's and early 60's. Enjoyed playing basketball out doors until the good Lord shut off the lights.
Many years later (about 7 years ago or so), I heard that he was still involved with the Garfield Heights schools. So I looked him up that summer day. He remembered me and my brother. He was a great person to know.
If you have an email or snail mail address for Dr. Wrabel, would you be so kind to forward the info? I would appreciate it.
I was so sorry to hear about your classmate Bob Ritley pass away. I watched him growing up playing Little League Baseball at the old high school. He was one heck of a baseball player. Did not see him play football, but I do remember seeing him at the famous 1969 football game in Ann Arbor as those people up north upset my Buckeyes. I see where he got his coaching success from: BO and CLIFF!
Speaking about Cliff Foust: is he still alive? Last I heard about him (maybe 5 years ago) he was STILL coaching at University School.
Thanks for your time.
Take care.

Edward Michael Maykowski
GHHS class of 1960

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[NOTEPAD] Newsbrief: Lee-Ann Spacek ...

Lee-Ann Spacek has earned the Certified Relocation Professional designation from the Employee Relocation Council. She has been in real estate since 1977 and was affiliated with HGM Hilltop Realty, where she was named Rookie of the Year. In the early 1980's, Lee-Ann became the company's corporate relocation director.

She was later transferred to Smythe Cramer Co., where she held the titles of director of relocation, vice president/general manager of the company's eastern division and vice president of the firm's Pepper Pike office. In 1988, she joined Realty One as the manager of the Solon Office.

Lee-Ann holds a bachelor's degree in business communications from Baldwin Wallace College. An instructor of real estate code of ethics and agency law, she has earned the designations of Accredited Buyer Representative Manager, Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, and Graduate, Realtor Institute. This newsbrief is courtesy of Loraine Jennings Braschwitz and the Saturday, August 30, 2003 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. 10/26/03

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[NOTEPAD] Bob Ritley is no longer with us ...






30-Year Reunion
1996

Wayne Mankowski, Ken Fligiel, and Bob Ritley
August 22, 2003
Perry High School

Ken Fligiel and Wayne Mankowski met Bob Ritley at Perry High School for the first game of the 2003 regular season on August 22. Less than a month later, Bob died at his home, peaceably and with his family at his bedside. Bob is survived by his wife, Louise (Smith); daughters Carey Ritley and Susan (Clint) McKoon; son Tim Ritley; brother William; sisters, Patty Karlyn and Nancy Kwitkowski; sister-in-law, Louise Ritley; and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by Johnson Funeral Home in Painesville, Ohio. Viewing was on Wednesday, September 24 and services were officiated by Rev. Gerald D. Kalb. Internment was in Perry Cemetery. Bob's name has been added to the Class Memorial page.

Articles from local newspapers:

News-Herald (9-22-03)
News
-Harold (9-22-03)
Plain Dealer (9-24-03)

News-Herald (9-26-03)
Obituary - Robert Ritley
Former Perry Coach Ritley Dies of Cancer
Coach Ritley Leaves Legacy of Victories, Changed Lives
Perry Wins Shootout

From the Class of 1966:

See Responses
latest added 10/5/03
See Sports Page for Football Pictures of Bob Ritley

The picture bottom-left is courtesy of Wayne Mankowski. To see this picture in full-view in a popup window, click on the image. 10/01/03

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[NOTEPAD] Doug Olson says "Hi"...

Doug Olson and Wife Doug Olson says "Hi" to everybody. Living in Parma, he and his wife Diane are doing fine. Doug's daughter Heather is in her second year at Ashland University where she is majoring in music education. His Son Scott is in 10th grade at Parma High School. He would like to hear from you. You may contact him through email at douglas.olson2@worldnet.att.net. 09/20/03

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[NOTEPAD] Linda Kidd Bush is no longer with us ...

Linda's Senior Picture Linda Kidd Bush passed away during the week of August 24th. She is survived by her son Keith Everett Bush, daughter Kelly Jean Yurko, mother Dorothy, and brother Michael. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank J. and father Eugene. Funeral arrangements were made by Vodrazka Funeral Home in Independence, Ohio. Viewing was on Wednesday, August 27 and services were held the following morning at the funeral home. Internment was in Mapleshade Cemetery. Linda's name has been added to the Class Memorial page. This information is courtesy of the August 26th issue of the Plain Dealer and Loraine Jennings Braschwitz, Class of 1966. 08/26/03

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[NOTEPAD] Lee Jacobs Pritchard shares these thoughts ...

Lee Jacobs Pritchard has submitted one of her writings, which she would like to share with the GHHS Class of 1966. 05/01/03

We stood in the Valley of the Shadow of Death
and stared in disbelief,
At this place of indescribable horror
and unimaginable grief.

We've memorized faces of victims
who came from our cities and farms.
We tried our best to help them.....
and embraced them in our arms.

We watched as everyday heroes
wrestled Flight 93 to the ground.
We've heard the calls to their loved ones...
heard that one last awful sound.

We watched the Police and Firemen
as they sacrificed their lives
To save the lives of others
and we've listened to their cries.

We've seen tears and lives forever changed,
we'll never be the same.
But we will prevail with strength of heart
...America is our name.

From the dust and mangled steel
where America was on her knees,
We've watched her rise and raise our flag
and seen Old Glory swell the breeze.

September eleventh, two-thousand one,
the morning that thousands died.
We watched the towers come tumbling down,
....and Lady Liberty cried.

   
Lenore "Lee" Pritchard
9-11-02
Port St. Lucie, Florida

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[NOTEPAD] A message from Jim Gallagher ...

Happy to hear from all of my former classmates….busy with work and school, but think of you guys often.. Cookie, if it wasn’t for you helping me with that paper for Mrs. Wilson when we were seniors, I never would have graduated…thanks, I think about you every time I have to write a paper…doing a lot of those lately. I am a Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. I teach Heating, Ventilating, Air conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) at a Vocational High School in Franklin, Massachusetts. I have been married to Linda for 33 years on June 20th. We have a daughter Emily (30) , the proud Mom of our grandson Connor and John(Jake) who is 20 and a sophomore at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. (He’s starting at attack tomorrow at Salem State on his varsity Lacrosse team…big doins up here in New England) We live on Cape Cod so let me know if you guys are up here 508-477-3404. Usually up at Marblehead (Channel Grove) 3-4 times per year. Hope this finds everyone well. Best Regards to all, Jim Gallagher Best email is Gallagher@tri-county.tc or jimgallagher5@adelphia.net Take Care,jim 05/01/03

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[NOTEPAD] Reunion Highlights, a Time to Remember ....

It's hard to believe that 35 years have passed so quickly since we last roamed the "Halls of Garfield." Yet, much of our youthful vitality remains with us. This evening is for renewing old friendships and starting new ones. Let us show how close we are and how much fun we can have.

Taken from the 35-year reunion class directory. Written by Rene (Gateley) Kraig and edited by Gene Zizka.

The 35-year reunion, a three day affair that began Friday, August 10, was truly a time to remember. Beginning with the pizza party at the high school, followed by the open house at the Junior High School, the reunion dinner/dance at Brandywine Ski Lodge, and the golf-outing in Medina, this reunion was one of the best.

Throughout the weekend the theme was casual. To become reacquainted, reunion weekend began Friday night at the Senior High. About 120 classmates, spouses, and friends attended this affair, which included pizza, refreshments, entertainment, and free access to most of the building. Jack Syllaba provided the pizza and Bob Corbus the entertainment.

Bob Carson and Gene Zizka brought their yearbooks for classmates to sign. They came away with some very interesting remarks. Even after all this time, the Class of 1966 is fun-loving.

When the High School closed at 10:00 p.m., the party shifted to Tweedy's, which is owned and operated by none other than Joe Ventre who actually took a Friday off. No one left Tweedy's before 11:30 p.m. and many stayed until closing.

On Saturday, we had an opportunity to visit the Junior High (now the Middle School) during a one hour open house from 1-2 p.m. Starting with the cafeteria, memories began to flow, even though we went to the Junior High only for ninth grade. Anita (Thomas) Royer had her picture taken next to her locker just outside of Mrs. Wilson's classroom, her homeroom. Terry Cottrell had his (picture of despair) taken outside of the Principal's office; perhaps he was caught going into the Girls Lavatory (see the photos from the Junior High Open House).

Gene Zizka and Shirley (Phillips) Perchinske enjoyed seeing the band room where they had lessons and spent several years participating in honors band. In the choir room, Al Neubert showed everyone that he can still play the piano. Chris Geiser hoped to see the wrestling room under the auditorium, but unfortunately that room was not accessible. The boys locker room, both gymnasiums, and one of the team locker rooms were visited.

After leaving the building, everyone went to the football field. There, Bill Brezina and his wife opened champagne and presented a toast to the old building. It was a rather emotional moment since we all know that the fate of the building will be the wrecking ball as construction makes way for a new high school facility within two years.

While at the football field, Gene Zizka set up a formation to feature Chris Geiser in his slot back position. He was the only football player on tour that day. Anita, who was likewise the only GHHS cheerleader present set up a formation in front of the stands where she once led cheers. Of course, Terry Cottrell ran the track. Pictures of these formations and Terry running can be viewed through the link to photos from the Junior High Open House.

Later that day was the dinner/dance at Brandywine Ski Lodge. Its casual atmosphere encouraged a closeness not seen at other reunions. Although some classmates danced, most preferred to talk in groups throughout the evening. Classmates passed from group to group sharing memories, talking about their families and friends, and most importantly having a good time. Dinner was buffet-style with three stations providing southwest, beef and pasta cuisines.

One of the most interesting events of the evening occurred when Bob Corbus called classmates by elementary school to compete for an oldies CD. Garfield Park and Elmwood were well represented. William Foster was represented by only five classmates, and Roosevelt by one, Shirley Fisher. Shirley was given a tough question: Who was buried in Grant's Tomb?

The weekend affair ended Sunday with a late afternoon golf-outing at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina. Dan Goedecke and Rene (Gateley) Kraig's husband, Jeff were at their best as they won most of the prizes for the "closest to the pin" and "driving distance" contests. Bob Corbus and Ron Gedrich (chairperson for the outing) agree that we should make the outing an annual event.

Planning now begins for the next reunion in 2006 and for annual events in the meantime. All the committee members will probably stay-on to work towards these goals, since they have become very close during the past five years and they are very enthusiastic about what has been accomplished and what can still be done. They built that friendship through the monthly get-togethers at Romito's Pizza. They encourage everyone to join them whenever possible.

Below are links to pages of thumbnails of pictures taken at the reunion. You can use the link to a thumbnail to see the image in full-size.

High School Pizza PartyJunior High Open House Dinner/Dance at Brandywine

Listed below are those individuals who helped to make this reunion a success.

Loraine (Jennings) Braschwitz
Beverly Briggs
Bob Carson
Bob Corbus
Andy Fiorentini
Ron Gedrich
Cookie (Hochschild) Jakus
Rene (Gateley) Kraig
Shirley (Phillips) & Bob Perchinske
Elaine (Peskar) Michalik
Millie & Harold Powell
Anita (Thomas) Royer
Jack Syllaba
Mary Kay (Ruth) Weis
Linda (Kastelic) Zimmerman
Eugene & Linda Zizka

Please take note that GHHS66 will have a reunion page. For now, highlights and photos are temporarily being parked in Messages and Announcements.

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[NOTEPAD] IMPORTANT MESSAGE: From Milliwe Powell...

To keep our class records up-to-date, please send me changes in your mailing address, e-mail address, area code, employment, children, grandchildren, and hobbies. You may send them to my home address, cited in the Class Directory, or to Millie Powell at HM59VETTE@aol.com.

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[NOTEPAD] From Gene Zizka (Webmaster) ...

I am pleased to present this Web Site for the Garfield Heights High School Class of 1966. It is maintained at Midphase in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be reached using the URL

www.ezizka.net/ghhs66/ghhs66.html

Please send me your questions, comments, suggestions, and corrections. Your valued input is important, if the ongoing development of this site is to continue to be a successful delivery system of information for our class.

If you would like to link your e-mail address and Personal Home Page to the Class Directory, please send their URL's to me and Millie Powell.

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