Tonawanda High School Class of 1963

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This website was created with funds left over from the reunions and from very generous donations from many classmates. But, like everything else in our lives, websites and reunions cost money. Your donations to the Reunion fund can be made out to "Tonawanda High School Class of 1963 Reunion Fund" and sent to Karen Baldwin Marshall. To email Karen for address information (we don't put that on the website), click on her name below. Please make sure THS63 is the subject line. Our thanks and appreciation to Jackie Herbert for creating and maintaining this website.

Karen Baldwin Marshall

***CURRENT NEWS***

***July 2014***

On July 2nd Mr. Lawrence Titzler (teacher) was awarded the Bronze Medal for his activities in WWII. A lot of local dignitaries were there and it was very nice and well attended. Way to go Mr. T!!!

There will be an informal gathering of THS 1963 at Swistons Restaurant in Tonawanda on Saturday July 12th around 7:30 pm until ?????

Golden Warriors Picnic for all THS 50 yr plus graduates will take place on Sunday July 13th from 1-6 pm at Tonawanda Fireman's Park on 2-Mile Creek Road Rain or Shine. Cost is $20 and includes pop, beer, water, roast beef, hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage and salads. You may bring your own wine and liquor.

Jeffrey Keefe was officially commissioned as first deacon at Immanuel Lutheran Church on June 6th.

 

***June 2014***

Mr. William J. Hurley Age 84, of the City of Tonawanda, June 18, 2014, husband of 63 years of Marguerite "Peggy" (nee Buscani) Hurley; father of Dawn M. (Joseph) Riggie, William J. (Paula), Christopher J. (Karen), Kevin J. (Margaret) and Patrick J. (Michelle) Hurley; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; son of the late William Joseph and Margaret Hurley; brother of Margaret (late Franklin) Boehler, Sally Hurley and the late Robert and David Hurley; brother-in-law of Lucille (late Robert Hurley) Rowley; also many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday (June 23) in St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 150 Broad St. in Tonawanda. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Outreach Program. Bill was a 1948 graduate of Canisius High School and was a graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College, receiving his Bachelors in Secondary Education and his Masters in School Administration. In 1953 he began teaching both Social Studies and Math at Central School and also Tonawanda High School before becoming Principal at Fletcher Elementary School in 1956, serving for 25 years and also Mullen Elementary School serving for three years, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where he served as an usher, administrator of the CCD Program and a volunteer with their Parish Outreach Program. He was also a member of the Delaware Hose Volunteer Fire Co. and the Tonawanda Exempt Volunteer Fireman's Assn. Following his retirement, Bill and his wife Peggy loved to travel throughout the United States and Europe. They especially like Italy, where they were fortunate enough to have a private audience with Pope John Paul II in 1994.

Mr. Lawrence Titzler, one of our teachers, is receiving the Bronze Star Medal of Honor. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2nd on Kinney Field on Brighton Road and Colvin Blvd in Town of Tonawanda. If any of you live nearby, it would be great if you could attend the ceremony. I know he would appreciate it. There have been some newspaper articles written about him and his many accomplishments while in the service. They are enlightening to read and we are grateful for his service to our country. His wife died recently after a long illness. If you want to send him a note of congratulations, please email me at kmarshall5@roadrunner.com

***May 2014***

There was an article in the paper about Mr. Lawrence Titzler's (Mr. T) wife's death a few days ago. She had been quite ill for a long time. If anyone also wants to send him a note, I know he'd apreciate it. He wasn't able to attend our reunion, but said he'd really enjoy hearing from any of our classmates. Our class, of course, our THS Class of 1963 was one of his favorites. Call him at (716) 694-1215

We are delighted to let you know that Richard Carr is alive and well. He was reported on our deceased list.

***April 2014***

Michael Dutton passed away April 1st.Dutton, Michael F. Age 68. Of Hartland, WI. Found Eternal peace on April 1, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife Karyn (nee Klein), his sons Mark (Amy) Dutton, and Frank "V-Jay" Johnson, daughters Crystal (Brandon) Sisko, and Jannelle Johnson, 2 grandsons, sister-in-law Jean (the late Richard) Dutton, and several nephews and nieces. A highly intelligent man, Michael had 29 approved patents. His work career spanned in various directions, from General Motors, to Quad Tech, Kempsmith Machine Co., Masterlock, and Custom Products Corp. Michael was a courageous fighter who battled his disease with dignity. Thank you to Vitas hospice for the comfort and care provided.

***March 2014***

Sad to have to tell you we have lost another classmate: Madeline Richards Ball September 18, 2012. Passed away with her family by her side. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Ball. Survived by her daughters, Nadine Ball and Kristina Stamatis (Matt Duell); grandchildren, Logan, Sofia and Pierson; sisters, Mary Ann Yurkanin and Nancy Stewart; several nieces and nephews; and many friends, including her golfing family.

For those of you who remember Mr. Lawrence Titzler (Mr. T) he is still alive and kicking. He would love to hear from any of his past students. Call him at (716) 694-1215.

We have purchased a brick on the THS Wall at the new stadium. It will be inscribed with our class. Picture will be published when available.

Tune in to Bernice Titterington Golden's radio show every Sunday night from 7-8pm on WKBW radio
(930 AM). Bernice is an internationally known psychic. She also has a group meeting the last Wednesday of every month in her home. Look her up on Facebook

Do any of you remember Margie Doyle? She went to Central Elementary with us. Ran into her recently at the post office with her mother who still lives here in Tonawanda. Margie is married, 3 grown children and several grand children. She lives in Batavia, NY.

***Our 50th REUNION***

What can I say?! It was a great weekend; wonderful to see everyone again and to make new friendships. Mr Titzler couldn't make it at the last minute, but Mr. Holler, Mrs. Blair, Mr. Hurley, and Mr. & Mrs. Holway attended and it was great to see them again. Seems that Mrs. Blair only taught for a couple of years, then retired to raise her family.

From Carolyn Pfanner Giambra The conventional wisdom is that attending your 50th high school class reunion should make you pause and realize how old you are. I recently attended my 50th reunion from Tonawanda High School, Class of 1963, after serving on the planning committee for almost a year in advance, and now I feel young at heart.
Beginning with the casual mixer, the first glimpse of each classmate was a shocker, half because s/he looks right out of a page of the yearbook and the other half who were unidentifiable even after hearing the birth name. Identifying the women was easier because most of them retained their youthful hair color, but the men had all aged so much with their gray hair, what they had of it. Luckily we were all wearing name tags with our senior picture and our name in a large font.
The open microphone provided many laughs that evening. One classmate read out of the Student Handbook all the rules we obeyed, that our grandchildren would now ignore and scoff at. From another classmate, we learned why she was suspended 3 times by the Principal (who attended her church) and how her mother's discipline ensured that she did not enjoy her time off. Perhaps 1963 was the last year that children were more afraid of what their parents would say, when disciplined at school. Another woman interrogated her classmates about who had conspired to lock the substitute teacher in her History class in the closet, while others threw his nerdy briefcase out the window. All mouths are still sealed on that one!
Our main event was the dinner the next evening, planned as carefully as we had planned our children's weddings. With everyone still wearing name tags, and more spouses in tow, it was also a night to remember. The music was provided on an iPod loaded with over 1000 tunes from the Sixties that a classmate could locate on request. Another classmate gave us each an envelope of clippings from the Tonawanda News about ourselves, covering stories about school, college, marriage and careers for many years. I was able to enjoy an adorable baby picture of a friend's son, published at the time of his adoption.
The hour before dinner was also the time to chat with the handful of former teachers in attendance, calling them by their first names. It made me realize just how young they were when they handled our class, and from all accounts, we were a handful. For one teacher, our class was memorable because she only taught 2 years before raising her family. That was quite a shame, because she was an excellent Math teacher. The men really had stories to share, since two of the teachers in attendance were also their coaches, in the time before Title IX, and those males bonded with their sports teams in ways the women never knew.
The dinner Invocation was given by a female classmate, who recounted in her prayer the number of wars our class had lived through and been influenced by growing up. That was chilling. The Benediction was given by another classmate, who left our school on a football scholarship to Nichols, but has always considered us his class of choice. He ended our dinner with prayer after the reading of the names and a moment of silence for the 37 members of our class who had passed away. That was also chilling and perhaps the only sad moment of the weekend.
If you have an invitation to your class reunion, go. It will erase 50 years of your life.

From Kathy Slater Koler: All I can say is thank you. Thank you to all of ;you who put in the hard work and dedication to our 50th Class Reunion this past weekend. What an outstanding affair and your 9 months (someone said that) of preparation was all worth it. As I told many of you, I wasn't going to come, but Marv pushed me into it and Boy! am I glad he did. We had a fabulous time. Only sorry I couldn't have spent more time with everyone, but we knew that going in. Hopefully this will regenerate some old friendships and it certainly did make some new. Tom, you did a wonderful job as MC both Friday night and Saturday night, bet you didn't think you would be doing that 50 years ago. The work that Donna put into the story boards was amazine. Karen, I can't even imagine the number of house you put into organizing this whole thing with the help of the rest of the committee. I talked to you twice on the phone and several emails. If everyone did this I don't know when you had time to sleep. And Jackie is another one who is probably happy this is over, but with all the pictures whe will have to add to the website, her job will continue for a long time to come. We will be sending you pictures as soon as we get back from vacation. Joan, so happy to see your face as we entered the Eldredge. You haven't changed a bit and seeing you meant we were in the right place. Jim, your music was timely and well-received (at least at our table). I know all my 45s are still buried in the basement and we sold our Elvis collection on Craig's list. Good job digging all that up (or did you still have them)! My only regrets are that I never got around to Joe and Karen Armenia on Friday night. There were a few others I didn't find on Friday, but reunited with on Saturday. I don't know why I waited so long to come back, but hopefully John Kovacs is right that we can do another one in five years (maybe on a smaller scale) because old friendships shouldn't be wasted. Thank you again for a fabulous event! Marv & Kathy (Slater) Koler

From Pat Por Mathews: Thanks so much again for the great job you and your team did on the 50th reunion. It was fun and so great to see many of my friends from high school. Dave and I traveled to New York City for the week after the reunion and I decided to look up Bev Holcombe since her address was in the reunion booklet. After much searching, we found the apartment building. When we buzzed her apartment (which was listed as J Holcombe) a woman's voice answered and I explained that I was an old friend of Bev's. I don't know who the voice was, but she said that Bev had passed a few years ago. Sad news - I had so wanted to see her. Pat has a blog of their new house as it was being built. visit www.patmdavidw.blogspot.com.

From Don Wehrung I can truly say after 50 years that my best friends in life are from THS Class of 1963. Thanks for all the memories.

From Unknown Classmate: From someone who was "terrified" of 7th and 8th grade (I was from the wrong side of the tracks) thanks so much for helping me see the stars - the friends I had in high school.

From Karen Richards: Many thanks to the runion committee

From Ed Kaman: Fun! Fun! Fun!

From Rosemary Wagner Campisi: Good to see everyone

From: Jim Kaiser: Lots of fun! One of the Island kids, thanks Karen

From: Nancy Koch: Ge it's great to be back home again

From Bill Socha: Good luck to class of 1963

From Sandy Neuhaus Schnell I'm happy to be a part of such a great class. Reunion Weekend was great

From Karen Baldwin Marshall: What a great reunion it was!! The committee was the best and all our work was worth it.

From Joan Roth Close: What a wonderful weekend full of good memories and laughs