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***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.
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
Pictures from past reunions
love these flashbacks.
up with classmates &
In memory of our 37 deceased classmates
Well, the reunion is over and a good time was had by all.
We lost another classmate, Beverly Holcomb, in 2008 and we're just finding out about it now.
Longtime gem and jewelry writer, Ginger Dick, died February 10th at the age of 62 from heart-related issues. Born Beverly Barnes, she is best known in the industry by her pen name, Ginger Dick. Her byline regularly appeared in American Jewelry Manufacturer (now MJSA Journal), Jewellery International, Diamonds International JewelSiam, Accent, Diamontaire, New York Diamonds, National Jeweler, The Goldsmith, Colored Stone, Jewelers' Quarterly and Southern Jewelery News.
Her involvement in the gem and jewelry industry began with freelance articles written for Canadian Jeweller magazine, while she was still pursuing a career in advertising and marketing. Her love for the gem and jewelry industry blossomed, and following a move to New York City in 1982, she bagan freelancing for the other publications and working as a marketing consultant for a variety of businesses in the trade as well as covering U.S. Jewelry trends for Canadian Jeweller.
In 1990 she received an AAS Degree in jewelry design, summa cum laude, from the Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT she conducted a one-woman show of historic jewelry renderings, a rare endeavor for a student and during the 1990s focused her writing and marketing skills solely on gems and jewelry, with a particular passion for the lapidary artists of North America.
She received the Women's Jewelry Association Award for Excellence in Editorial in 1993 and wrote a 10-part training series for Jewelers of America entitled "The Professional Jeweler: Entry-Level Training for the New Hire" released in 1995. She was also a frequent seminar speaker and lecturer, although in recent years her focus shifted to art and the study of apparel design, quilting and embellishment. At the time of her death shw was working a series of undersea landscapes with extravagantly beaded and embellished fish and coral reefs.
She is survived by her children, Serana Dick and Brendan Christopher and her sister, Jane Holcolmbe.
Sad to report another classmate has passed Marcia Schmidt Gentry passed away 4 years ago from complications of lupus.
New emails for Joan Roth Close, Alice Lucore Lafferty, Jane Leckie & Janet Grehlinger- See T-Talk Classmates
Hi from Alice Lucore Lafferty, classmate of THS 1963! Thanks for always faithfully finding me and getting me the necessary info on the Reunions - I have really appreciated being remembered, though this is the first time I've responded. I cannot make the 50th due to a woefully busy July, but wanted to let everyone know that I still work fulltime at N.T. Public Library - and love it - have been blessed with five grandchildren - which is absolutely the best - and my husband and I will celebrate 50 years together in 2014, so we are living through our 50th year as I speak. Life has been good to me since I became born-again in 1968, five years after our HS graduation. I mean there have been PROBLEMS, but in Christ one overcomes them all! If I understand correctly, we will now join the "combined classes" for our class reunions; and I certainly hope to make one of those. Again, ENJOY! and THANK YOU!
Sad to report that we have lost yet another classmate, Dick Mayer passed away on April 18, 2013 after a long illness.
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Sad to report that Marilyn Favorite Border passed away on March 11, 2013.
Marilynn J. (nee Favorite) Border, age 67, of the City of Tonawanda, Friday, March 8, 2013, at her residence. A lifelong resident of Tonawanda, she was the daughter of Larry and Evelyn (nee Lyons) Favorite; and was the sister of the late Larry Favorite. A 1963 graduate of Tonawanda High School, Marilynn had been employed by Murray Furniture and also Roberts Furniture in North Tonawanda for many years. Her love of her life was her grandchildren and family Disney adventures.
is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas G. Border; two children,
Robin Border of Tonawanda and Christopher Border of North Tonawanda; her
grandchildren, Katherine and Nathaniel and her brother, Vincent Favorite
of Meadville, PA. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
Lots of new emails, see T-Talk Classmates
Jackie Herbert has just started her own business, LifeSaver Link, supplying and servicing Medical Medical Emergency Units to those in need. That's the "Help I've fallen and can't get up" machine. email@example.com
Thanks to you all, and especially Louise Youkam, we have found several classmates. Keep up the good work
Ruth Hurdis passed away on January 29th at the age of 92. Ruth is the mother of Larry Hurdis of Missouri City, Texas.
Jo Irene Chambers Westlake Robinson passed away in 2011.
Missing Classmates The following classmates are missing, either the post cards were returned or emails failed. If you know the whereabouts of any of them, please let us know.
Ken Batt, Deborah Brown (Keel), Suzanne Brylski, Marilyn Cox (Krays), Joanne Ellis, Georgio Ferrari, Robert Gibson, Thomas Granville, Michael Grimaldi, Richard Guenot, Douglas Hawkes, Frank A Hughes, Robert Janke, Kathleen Keppen (Ameno), Gerald Korb, Rose Marie Kroll (Wetham), James LaFlamme, Jane Leckie (Galonka), Marilyn Manuse, Charles Miller, Carol Millot (Wilson), Mary Muench (Hoyer), Elizabeth Muetel (Salt), Fred Mundis, Jack Paton, Marilyn Reid, Robert Reynolds, Pauline Schmidt (Eshelman), Richard Stawitsky, Dwight Thompson, Donna Wadon, (Lee), LeGrand (Lee) Wolansky....updated 2/21/13
Sad to report that Karen Potts Dexter passed away in July 2012. Kenneth Shobert passed away this year too. That makes 33 deceased classmates.
Thank you all for the cards and experssions of sympathy on the passing of my mother, Fannie Herbert. She would have been 99 in February and went peacefully in her sleep on Dec 29th, just the way she wanted to go. My brother, Fred, was with her...Jackie Herbert
Lots of email changes, too many to list, check T-Talk
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.