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2017 Comments

8/9/17:
 
Click here for photos of our 11th Annual SHS Girls' Luncheon.


2/10/2017
 
 
We had a little reunion in Vero Beach: Mary Lou, Carole, and I. CLICK HERE for photos.
Bette


1/25/17:
So sorry to hear Peter has passed. Prayers to Bette and their daughters. I feel that Peter was one of our classmates I always felt a special bond.
All is well here in Florida. We live a quiet life here with good friends and calls from family
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


1/14/17:
I am sorry to tell you that we have lost another classmate. Peter Berrini died yesterday morning. Peter drove up in his airbus from North Carolina with his wife Mary for our 2012 class luncheon. His old friends were so welcoming and happy to see him again, and Peter said being there was a highlight of his life.
Bette

2016Comments

2/24/2016:
 
 
We did it again! This time at Mary Lou's! A beautiful February afternoon with classmates we hardly knew in high school, now close friends.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


10/8/16:
Today's Boston Globe carries an obituary for our classmate David Sheets. It will most likely also be tomorrow's ( Oct. 10, 2016) Sunday Globe.
 
Ralph Lawson
lordl@metrocast.net


Summer 2016 Luncheon

8/6/16:
 
 
Our luncheon was wonderful! Each class luncheon affirms that what we have in common is all that matters. We can only have faith that our grandchildren growing up now in a divided world will learn this and that it won't take them as long as it took us to figure it out.
 
Click here for photos & comments.
 


7/3/16:
Hearing from classmates who cannot make it to our luncheons is a great reason for having the luncheons. Just as we love seeing classmates every summer, we love hearing from them. It's another gift!
 
Mary Lou & Bette


7/2/16:
I would really like to attend at least one of these lunches one day! But we are again in Dogliani, Italy until October 19 and all the people in the photo below which was taken last Christmas will be at our house here in Dogliani at varying times from July 18 to August 1. Our four kids, two spouses, and nine of ten grandchildren gathered at our son Mario's house in Newhall, CA for 10 days over Christmas and had such a chaotic good time, we decided to do it all again. Missing again will be our severely autistic grandson, Harry, who does not travel, and his father, who will stay home with him.

I'll think of all of you on July 27. It would have been fun to be there to talk about being in our 80th year - can you believe it? Does anybody have greatgrandchildren? And, of course, to reminisce about the school years, even back to elementary school, which for me was East School. Seeing Steve's response made me remember Franklin St., Mundy's store where we would get 5 cent ice cream cones and Liz Pulsifer who lived close to the store. And, of course, Joanie Hanson, who was my best friend way back in elementary school. I hope they, and everyone of your e-mail list make it back to the reunion.

Bette, we owe you and Mary Lou a debt of gratitude for maintaining our class links. I'll be looking forward to the post-luncheon photos.

Warm wishes to all,

Carol
 
 
Carol Peacoct Einaudi
cpeinaudi@yahoo.com


6/27/16:
Bette and Mary Lou,
Wishing you a nice day and good turnout for your luncheon. Still not a traveling man, but enjoy following the activities and participants of the" faithful". Please give my best to all. Tom
 
Tom Walsh
tomwalsh4@comcast.net


6/26/16:
Hi Bette and Mary Lou. I don't think I will make the luncheon this year. Hope you all have a great time. I appreciate you still using the cups and saucers from several years ago as a picture for the invitation. Best wishes. Liz (Pulsifer) Wyatt
 
Liz (Pulsifer) Wyatt
nanaliz@outlook.com


6/26/16:
Hi Everybody, The 10th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, July 27th, at Bette's house in Ipswich, at noon. As usual, the boys in our class and spouses are welcomed. We'd love to see you there!
Bette and Mary Lou
 
 
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


2015 Comments

9/30/15:
 
 
The lunch Joyce prepared for us was fit for royalty! Amazing! We shared our stories and laughed a lot. What a wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


7/8/15:
 
Luncheon 2015
 
Click here for photos.
 
It was a wonderful day. The guests were extraordinary! Everyone our age, living their lives in the best way they can, knowing now how much every day matters.
Bette and Mary Lou
 
Another fine time at the annual luncheon. I wish I could have stayed for the "book reports" but really enjoyed catching up with everyone. As long as you are there, I will be there! Thank you both...I know by now you have the whole process down cold, but it is still a lot of work and I am so happy you are willing to do it.
Dorothy Heywood Westwater
 
Thanks so much for having me yesterday. Wonderful time catching up. The food was great and the setting lovely. The company, of course, was perfect.
Joyce Thornton Holt
 
How wonderful to have time to remember how we were 'back in the day'. I was so thrilled to see so many looking happy and healthy. I agree with Dot that this is a great time in our lives--lots of the trauma and drama are behind us. If we're lucky enough to have reasonable health, just enjoying a good day is enough. Thank you so very much for organizing this every year. It is a real gift.
Joan Hanson Campbell
 
Before another moment passes, thanks for orchestrating such a great gathering again.
You are the best and we all thank you for all you did to make it happen. We know that you did it out of love for everyone.
We all wanted to share in the expense but didn't want to offend you. Please let us know if you feel otherwise.
Thanks for all you did to bring us together, it means so much.
We love you,
Steve + all 1954 SHS graduates


7/5/15:
Hope you all have a great time at the party. I'll be thinking of you from New Hampshire. Have fun and wishinf to be there, Jualerting!
Judy Griffin Fuller
fulloon2014@gmIL.com


6/8/15:
Wish I could be there. It�s been a long time. Have fun.
Ed
Edward Paquette
epaquette@tampabay.rr.com


6/8/15:
Hi Everybody, The 9th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon/Pool Party will be held on Wednesday, July 8th, in Topsfield, at noon. As usual, the boys in our class and spouses are welcomed. We'd love to see you there!
Bette and Mary Lou
 
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


2014 Comments

11/9/14:
Hello,
Al and I want to thank you all for planning this memorable luncheon...it was wonderful...being back to Bear Hill Country Club brought back so many memories...what a fabulous day we had catching up with our classmates. Til we meet again next summer. Thank you.
Donna Eramo Sullivan and Al Barker
Donna Eramo Sullivan
donna.sullivan@nemoves.com


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10/31/14:
I am sad to tell you that we have lost another classmate. Janet Marks passed away on Sunday, October 26th
See Janet's obituary.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


10/22/14:
As usual the party was great. To Bette, Mary Lou, Bill and Ed thanks to all of you for another great event. Lunch was great and the conmpany was wonderful. Carl and I had a great time seeing you all.
Thanks again,
Judy
Judy Griffin Fuller
fulloon2014@gmail.com


11/17/14:
We've done it again! Another wonderful reunion. 60 years since graduation! Friends, memories, smiles, stories, laughs. Bear Hill Golf Club, our traditional high school meeting place. Bountiful appetizers, a delicious lunch, and, donated by Bill Fitzgerald and Mary Lou Gigante, champagne for everybody.
Click here for 60thReunion pictures.
 
 
Stoneham High School Class of '54
 
Front: Mary Lou Conroy, Janet LeBlanc, Florence Hurlburt, Bette Flynn, Donna Eramo, Dottie Heywood, Bea Viera, Mary Lou Gigante, Margaret Angelosanto
Back: Michael Malonson, Dave Sheets, Bob Breagy, Bill Fitzgerald, Steve Haseltine, Jack Fleisher, Al Barker, Peggy Ann Duffy, Don Simpson,
Ed Thompson, Fred Lorance, Don Nickerson, Ralph Larson


10/14/14:
On Oct 11 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary/ Just keeping on keeping on.
Bill Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


10/5/14:
"Hi Ed Thompson, I had my bank send you a check for $64.00. a few weeks ago. My bank just notified me that the check has not been cashed yet. Have you received it? If not I will resend it. but we do want to attend."

We received this message from the Comments box on our SHS Website. Whoever sent it forgot to add his/her name or email address, which means it come to me as "anonymous," so we don't know who it is and can't send a response to him/her. However, many of you probably have the same question. The answer is that Ed will deposit all the checks at the same time, and then write a check for Bear Hill Golf Club. That will happen before the reunion next Wednesday.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


10/5/14:
Every year may be too often, but these gatherings become more important as we get older. At some point when the expected attendance has shrunk, perhaps more often but a simple gathering in a private home would be better. A preliminary measurement of interest would support a decision.
Jack
Jack Fleisher
nhampsha@nhampsha.com


9/16/14:
Good news... Looking forward To seeing everyone !
Donna
Donna Eramo Sullivan
donnasullivan@nemoves.com


9/16/14:
Carl and I will be at the reunion. We have been out of town for a few weeks, sorry to be late. Our meal choice is one chicken and one fish. I will get a check off in the mail tomorrow Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
judy fuller
Judy Griffin Fuller
fulloon@roadrunner.com


9/16/14:
Mary Lou and I love doing the luncheons every summer. We have no intention of stopping them. They are open to all our classmates, and we'll do our best to notify everyone two months in advance, as Don Nickerson suggested.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


9/16/14:
As our numbers dwindle, and as a replacement for a formal reunion, I would love to see the continuation of the annual luncheons that have (so far) been hosted by Bette or Marylou. There is a real chance to catch up with classmates in an informal, house party setting. Obviously there should be some monetary contribution, but I think the days of the evening dinner dance events are over. At this point in my life, it's all about catching up with folks, reminiscing about the ones not present and celebrating the presence of those still standing!
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


9/16/14:
I did hold off till the last minute (I am in the mist of buying and renovating a new home). I went to the site to register last night and found out about the cancellation. I left a note but did not see it on the site you created, but did see others who waited too long to register. Now if you have enough to meet the required number to have the event I would like to put out names down and send our money. Thank you again for all the work you have done and for keeping this site going.
Peace. Bob Breagy and Joe Barbella
Bob Breagy
breagybob@aol.com


9/16/14:
Tom and I are planing to be there. I will send a check tomorrow
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


9/15/14:
Yes, I will be attending the Reunion! Yea! I will be in Boston, Sunday, Oct 12 and will leave Sat. 18.
Peggy Duffy Murphy
peggyannmurphy@gmail.com


9/15/14:
I didn't respond because I didn't realize their was a deadline this early. I have been working on locating our missing classmates and so far have found 3 from your latest list and have leads on most of the rest. My plan was to respond that Karyl and I would be attending AND to include the locations of our missing classmates at the same time.

Any chance you would reconsider and give us that planned to come but didn't respond a couple of days to get our checks to you? I missed the Sept. 15 due date when I first looked at it. If I mail a check in the morning for 2 of us will that help to close the gap. Maybe others would also. We're so close as I assume us 2 would make it 26 of the 30 minimum

A deeply embarrassed
Ralph Larson
Ralph Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


9/15/14:
No need for reunion next year, lets go to 65th. Open up ladies annual luncheon to everyone. and notify 2 months in advance.
Don Nickerson
topdonn@comcast.net


9/15/14:
As stated above, the deadline for responding to our SHS Reunion invitation is today, September 15th, and we have received checks from only 10 classmates. Our total is 24, including spouses and committee members. Bear Hill Golf Club has a 30-person minimum for such functions. So, sadly, we have to cancel our 60th Reunion.

It would be very helpful to us if you responded to the above reunion survey. Let us know what went wrong and what to do next.

Thank you to those who were planning to come to our 60th Reunion. We were looking forward to seeing you. We'll mail back your checks on Tuesday, September 16th.

Reunion Committee (Mary Lou, Ed, Bill, Bette)


9/4/14:
I will definitely be at the 60th reunion luncheon. At our age such a gathering is too important to miss. When I got the email with the particulars I knew I'd be there if i was above ground.
Jack
Jack Fleisher
nhampsha@nhampsha.com


9/3/14:
I apologize for the erronious missing classmate list. I was unaware that the list was badly in need of updating. Thanks to you, Marilyn, I've updated the page.
Bette
Bette Flynn Tsoutsouras
tsou@comcast.net


9/3/14:
Hi, I see that I am among the missing classmates. Not really. I, Marilyn Owen, married Richard Wile, class of '56. We moved from Stoneham to Newton NH, In 1965 Richard was co-founder of Monadnock Bible Conference, Jaffrey NH. We left there in Feb 1970 and came to Central NY where Richard was pastor of 2 churches until his death in 2007. We were married for 49 years. We have 5 children, 19 grand children, 4 great grand kids.

I graduated from Chandler School for Women, worked as a secretary until our first child was born. Then I was a stay at home mom until our last daughter when to school. Then I worked as a receptionist at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services(BOCES) which provides specialized services to 9 different school districts including a vocational HS program until my retirement in 2003.

I have turned my sewing skills into quilting these days as well as enjoying a good book., camping which I still do. Hauling a 30 travel trailer by myself.

Do you remember 10th grade English class we had a chance to start writing to a pen pal? Well, I am still corresponding with a girl from Wales. We also had the opportunity to spend about a week with her and her family back in the mid 70's.

I have had a chance to travel some including 2 camping trips across our country One the southern route ending in CA. The second one took a more northern route and we ended in Tacoma WA then came home through Canada, getting to Calgary, Lake Louise etc. Other countries I have been in are Greece, Israel, Egypt and Uruguay.

I will be unable to come to our reunion on October 15, 2014. This is the day before my mother's 104th birthday. She is in good heath and lives with me. I will be going to Indiana Columbus Day weekend for a granddaughter's wedding. My sister is coming from the West Coast as we celebrate our mom's birthday.

Have a great reunion.
Marilyn Owen Wile
Marilyn Owen Wile
ramwile1@gmail.com


9/3/14:
I look forward seeing you Wednesday, October 15th. As William Blake said, "The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."
Mary Lou Gigante Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


9/1/14:
In the past I have been very unfaithful to this website. After reading over the messages from the classmates who have participated for the last several years, I regret the opportunities that I would have had to respond to the very sad and to the happy events in my classmates lives. In the future I will be more attentive to this website. I was happy to read about the plans for the 60th Reunion. My sincere thanks to the committee who took the time to put this all together.

Yes I will be attending the reunion. I am very excited about seeing everyone and I feel privileged to be a member of this class. I always walk away from these gatherings feeling amazed about the quality and goodness of my classmates. With gratitude and thankfulness.
Bea
Bea Viera Wheaton
beawheaton@comcast.net


9/1/14:
Can't believe it's been 60 years. I would love to come back but just can't. A few things about me:

1 .Married to Mary (Betty) Pendleton heading for 58 years.
2. 5 Sons, 13 grand kids, 18 great
3. Retired in 1997 after 27 years of dispatching fire rescue units for 5 fire agencies.
4. Volunteer now at a fire museum in Banning, California
5. Live in Pomona, California east of Los Angeles

I will be there in spirit so you all enjoy the get together,
Don
Don Beckwith
arffcoach@msn.com


9/1/14:
You "guys" are great to put this together. Ink me in I wouldn't miss it. The luncheons have been so much fun. Seeing everyone is the best.

Lonnie & I are doing very well enjoying our new townhouse in Middleton near Ferncroft. We're still skiing, playing tennis, riding the bike. For fun,I'm working 12 hrs a week in the local hardware store. It's a stitch, I meet good folks from the past & tell many "lies". I feel like the court jester.

By the way, we all know a friend in need is a pain in the a....... Since I'm not driving, due to a head injury from the past, I could use a ride home if anybody is heading my way. P.S. Baked Haddock
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@comcast.net


8/31/14:
I am so sorry that I will miss the reunion. Dick and I made plans months ago to visit our younger daughter who has just purchased a home in southern France. I will be thinking of all of you and wishing you a wonderful time together.
Love, Joan
Joan Hanson Campbell
campbell8361@yahoo.com


8/30/14:
You have been so gracious and accomodating all these year re: the site. I hope the gang knows and appreciates it. I don't travel anymore so will be a no-show again but send my best to all.
Tom
Tom Walsh
tomwalsh4@comcast.net


8/29/14:
Jack, we want you to come, deadlines or not! At our age, bank balances are less important than connections with friends.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


8/29/14:
Hmmm. Bette, I'll be just home from my son's wedding festivities. I'll have to ponder this and check my bank balance before I commit. What's the deadline?
Jack Fleisher
nhampsha@nhampsha.com


8/29/14:
I wish I could make it but will not be there. This is a celebratory time for us too as our 50th wedding anniversary is on Oct. 11. And my wife also passes another, I think major, milestone on Sept 10 by reaching 75 years of age. We expect t have lots of family and friends around to help us celebrate both occasions.
Bill Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


8/29/14:
Tom, Hannah,our dog, and myself will be there enroute to Florida for the winter. I will send a check soon. Looking foreword to seeing everyone
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


8/29/14:
I am, almost, sure I will be attendig the 60th Reunion. The time is good.
Peggy Duffy Murphy
peggyannmurphy@gmail.com


8/29/14:
I have marked my calendar and plan to be there. Hope to see you all at Bear Hill CC in October. It has been a busy year or two. The number of grandchildren doubled in 2013 one of which was our first grand son. We now have 6 grand daughters and one grand son. 3 of them came in March 2013. I had a mild stroke on August 13 2013, and have pretty well recovered a year later.
Don Nickerson
topdon@donhnick.com

SHS Class of 1954 60thReunion

8/28/14:
We will celebrate our 60th Reunion with a luncheon at Bear Hill Golf Club, on Wednesday, October 15. If you can possibly make it, we would LOVE to see you there! Let us know if you can come. If you can't make it, send us a message, and we'll post it! We'd LOVE to hear from you!
 
Reunion Committee


8/13/14:
I'm sending this now, it's a bit early, but I know things will be getting more hectic soon. I'm disappointed that I will miss the 60th. That schedule coincides with my son John's wedding in the San Francisco area on September 20. I will have a warm thought for all of my classmates when I know you are gathered. I promise to be at the 65th that I feel sure is in the offing. The older I get and the more I see of the world the more I realize what a remarkable group we are.
John Fleisher
nhampsha@nhampsha.com


6/1/14:
We just received the following note from Tom Walsh.

Hi Ladies, I have been viewing the Harvard commencement on a live feed and just received this picture of grandson Blake and younger sister Taylor....happy day for our family and wanted to share it with you,
My best,
Tom
 
Bette
tsou@comcast.net
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


2013 Comments

12/19/13:
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


12/14/13:
Update since June 8.

2013 has continued to be an eventful year, with the first half being the better half. On August 13, I suffered a mild stroke from which I am still recovering as I write this on December 13. Things continued to happen. On October 23, my church where I am Treasurer, had a major fire that was set by an arson (a mentally disturbed individual who was hearing voices telling him to go up into the steeple and find a treasure, and not finding the "treasure" decided to set a fire which resulted in $1.5-2.5 million in damage. He was caught on the scene, and immediately arrested.

See video http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/VideoNetwork/2763893241001/Fire-destoys-steeple-at-College-Street-Congregational-Church Thank heaven, now one was hurt.

Now looking forward to 60th next year
Don Nickerson
topdonn@donhnick.com


12/13/13:
We are sorry to hear that Tom Walsh's sister Patricia has passed away. She was married to Tom Hindes, her high school sweetheart, with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage and raised four children. Tom's North School classmates remember Patricia as his graceful, quiet, beautiful big sister.
Mary Lou and Bette


10/27/13:
I can't tell you how sweet it was to see everyone at Mary Lou's in September. It had been a few years for me, so it was especially nice to reconnect. So special to remember those school days with all of you--the best schoolmates anyone could ever want. Now I'm really excited about our 60th ( Gulp!) next year.
Joan Hanson Campbell
campbell8361@yahoo.com


10/5/13:
"Before another moment passes, thanks for a wonderful afternoon!"
Steve's right. No afternoon can compare to an afternoon with childhood friends of more than 50 years. We're here! That's what matters, and that's what makes it wonderful.
Click here for SHS Girls Luncheon 2013
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


8/24/13:
Hello to all. So sorry to miss the get together but we are off to NC to visit two sons and families who have relocated there this summer. One left gorham Maine, the other Tampa FL. They now live 4 miles from each other on a large lake so. The families are enjoying being close again after 14 years apart. We are looking foreword to spending time with them. Wishing you all good health and hope to see all of you again soon.
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


8/23/13:
The 8th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 26th in Stoneham, at Mary Lou's house. As usual, we welcome the boys in our class and spouses. Let us know if you can come, and we'll send directions.
 
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


7/18/13:
Recently Nancy MacCannell emailed me to let me know that she would be unable to make our annual gathering. She is scheduled for more back surgery. In addition, she is mourning the death of her son-in-law who died suddenly. In view of what is happening in Nancy's life, I know that you will join me in offering Nancy and her family sympathy on behalf of their loss. Also, let's all send our positive thoughts for the success of her impending surgery.
Mary Lou
Mary Lou Gigante Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


6/16/13:
There are no words to adequately express my sympathy to you and your family. The loss of a child is the ultimate sacrifice of a parent. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mark Bill's passing and celebrate his life.
Mary Lou
Mary Lou Gigante Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


6/10/13:
Dottie, I am so very sorry to hear about your son. That is very hard on any parent, just not the way it is "supposed" to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.. Hugs.. Joan
Joan Spooner Ellis
ellisjoane1@yahoo.com


6/10/13:
Dear Dottie,
To lose a child is the saddest thing in the world! As a mother, a classmate and a friend, I am so, so sorry. Though I did not know Bill, he became a part of our lives last summer when you first told us of his illness. When the prognosis looked more promising, we were relieved and happy for both of you. Now we share your sadness.
Love, Bette
Bette Flynn Tsoutsouras
tsou@comcast.net


6/9/13:
Just wanted my friends to know that my son, Bill, passed away on Friday from lung disease. It has been a long battle for Bill, but in the end he was in a place he loved, surrounded by family. I will miss him terribly. Dottie
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


6/8/13:
Gosh, it has been two years since I last looked in on Class of '54. So Sorry to hear about Bil's Son in Law. That ALS is terrible stuff. My wife has lost a number of relatives to the decease.

This has been a busy spring for us. We nearly doubled the number of grand children (from 4 to 7) in a two week period. Our daughter Krista had her second child, my first, and probably only, grand son. On April 14. Then my son Kurt's wife had twin daughters, less than two weeks later. We are pretty sure that is going to be it for grandchildren for us.

Will we be starting plans for #60, next year? I missed #55.

I come Mass. once a month to see a client that I still do some work for. I usually stay with my Brother who is still in Stoneham, on Prospect street.
Don Nickerson
topdonn@donhnick.com


5/31/13:
I had an email from Bill Fitzgerald that I wanted to share with you. His son-in-law lost his life to ALS this past week. We want the Fitzgerald family to know that we extend our sympathy as they grieve the loss of this young man.
Mary Lou Gigante
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


5/30/13:
The 8th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon will be held in September, in Stoneham, at Mary Lou's house. We'll let you know the exact date. Stay tuned!

Mary Lou and Bette


5/9/13:
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Carol McCarthy's brother, whom we remember as "Carol's little brother Freddie."

"Born in 1944 in Stoneham, MA, son of the late Winthrop A. McCarthy and Marjorie J. (McClellan) McCarthy, Frederick died at home, surrounded by his loving family on May 1, 2013, the date of his 40th wedding anniversary, at the age of 68.

Fred worked for more than twenty-five years at Hinsdale Raceway where ""Here comes the Colonel"" was announced as his familiar Que. He will be remembered for his charm, wit and ability to tell a great story. A true Irishman in every way, he loved horse racing and sports of which he was a walking encyclopedia. Tremendous athlete, amazing storyteller, full of wit and cut-up humor. Always willing to be the first to give advice and was very good at it. He could always make you laugh. He loved Saratoga Racetrack and York Beach, ME, but above all, his immediate family, especially his granddaughter Michelena, the light of his life.

Services will be at Linwood Cemetery in Stoneham, MA on June 7th at 1 p.m."


Mary Lou and Bette


2012Comments



12/24/2012
O little town of Bethlehem
how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
thy everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight
.
Bette and Charlie
tsou@comcast.net


11/19/2012


8/30/2012:

CLASSMATES
Thank you all very much for your contributions!
Click here to see pictures of SHS Girls Luncheon 2012
Bette and Mary Lou
tsou@comcast.net


8/27/12:
Thanks, Bette, as always, to you and Marylou for hosting yet another successful luncheon. I hope you can continue the tradition...as long as I can remember my name and manage to tie my own shoes, I will be there.
Dottie Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


8/25/12:
Thanks for another great reunion get together. A very enjoyable day.
Liz Pulsifer
nanaliz12@webtv.net


8/24/12:
Before another moment passes, thanks for a wonderful time with everyone yesterday. You both are very special to take on this delightful opportunity to bring us all together. Hard to believe so much time has passed since I invited myself to the "SHS Girls luncheon". How bold can one get. Just wanted you to know I still love you. Keep Smilin"
Steve
P.S. Remember, life is too serious to be taken seriously !
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@verizon.net


8/19/12:
Dottie. So glad to hear the good news. See you Thursday.
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


8/17/12
Let's hear it for the SHS prayer circle! My son, who we thought had lung cancer, has just been informed that the masses in both his lungs are infections, based on a recent CT scan that showed they had shrunk - without treatment! As too many of us know, cancer doesn't go away on its own, so infection it is. A lot is coming up: he is still very ill with emphysema and COPD, but the death threat of the past three months is past. I thank all of you who sent messages and prayers our way...they really helped! I will see you on Thursday.
Dottie
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


8/7/12:
Congratulations, Ralph! I've known you since first grade, so I know your qualifications for the job: intelligence, honesty, wisdom, balance, plus a sense of humor. I also know, from seeing you every summer at our class luncheons, that old brain has stayed young. If I lived in New Hampshire, I would vote for you!
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


8/6/12:
Hi. Unfortunately Karyl and I will be unable to attend this year. Karyl will be having cataract surgery the day before (8/22) with a follow up appointment on (8/23). Hopefully we will see everyone next year. Have a great time.
Ralph Larson
P.S. As we all know as we age we lose a "few" brain cells and do out of character things. I am a candidate for the NH House of Representatives in this up coming election !!!!
Ralph Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


7/23/12:
So glad to hear from you. My office manager is working on finding a replacement for me so that I can come to the luncheon. I am hoping that she will be successful because I absolutely love this event. It's always so great to connect with everyone. I always come home from this gathering so happy for the good time that I have had and so grateful to you and Mary Lou for planning and hosting this reunion. I will keep my fingers crossed and let you know as soon as I can.
Bea Viera Wheaton
bwheaton@comcast.net
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone at your home on August 23rd. Thank you for hosting. Can I do anything, please let me know.
Donna Eramo
donna.sullivan@nemoves.com

7/22/12:
We are looking forward to seeing classmates again.
Dick & Joan Bemis
debemis@verizon.net

7/19/12:
Hello once again,
Its been too long since we have communicated. Time certainly flies. I am planning to attend this year. (hopefully I'll be there.) My health seems to be stable and I'm feeling well. Thanks once again for the work you do to keep us in touch with one another.
Regards - Donny
Donald Simpson
irexdon@msn.com
 
Hello:
Thank u for the invite...unfortunately, we w/not be able to attend...our daughter w/be here from SLC... Hope all is well w/u. We wish u all a great day.
E/E
Ed and Elizabeth Thompson
elizthompson12@comcast.net
 
I will be coming down with Janet LeBlanc and her husband, Lord willing. Will bring something for the luncheon, but wondered if you had any preference as to what to bring. Wondered about some kind of salad, i.e. Chef's Salad or Potato Salad. Hopefully you and Mary Lou won't have to provide so much food this year, more contributions from the rest of us. Just let me know. Look forward to seeing all next month.
Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net
 

7/18/12:
I will be there God willing, but will need directions. Prayers and guardian angels to Dottie and her son Bill.
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com
 
Hi Mary Lou and Bette, Another year and I have to miss your luncheon. Our trip South is up in the air as to when we will leave NH. Reason being, I need to be in Fl. the Wed. after Labor Day. The choir I belong to - St. Timothy Church in Lady Lake - is going to Rome to sing for the Pope on November 23rd. I am soooo excited to be a part of it that I want to make all the practices. So I won't be able to make it once again.
Have a great time and please give my very best to everyone.
Irene
Irene Doucette Rhyner
irene.rhyner1@gmail.com
 
Ink me in, I'll be there. Keep Smilin'
Steve Haseltine
P.S.I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@verizon.net
 
Glad to hear you are still holding these but, as usual, I will be absent. That week our family will be at the ocean in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Have fun.
Bill Emery
thunhillverizon.net
 
Definitely plan to be there..need directions.
Dottie
Dottie Heywood Westwood
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com
 
Hi Mary Lou and Betty; Thanks for the invite, We wont be attending, but We wish you all a Great time. Much Love Bob & Joe
Bob Breagy
breagybob@aol.com


7/18/12:
The 7th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 23rd in Ipswich, at Bette's house. As usual, we welcome the boys in our class and spouses. Let us know if you can come, and we'll send directions.
 
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com
Bette
tsou@comcast.net

Happy 4th of July

7/04/2012


6/27/12
Dottie, We keep a prayer circle going, all the time, for Friends and Familes. Bill's name and your family will be on that list.


6/21/12
I'm trying not to place too much importance on the fact that Bill's doctor is Dr Pope but at this point I will take anything!
Dottie
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


6/21/12
Hi Dottie:
Sorry to hear about your son, and will certainly keep him, you and the family in prayer. Please know God hears a mother's prayer loud and clear, and he can give you a peace about the situation.
Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


6/20/12
Hoping that the Class of '54 prayer circle is still up and running. My son Bill was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is waiting to hear what, if anything, can be done. It's in both lungs, although one spot can be radiated. The other requires surgery that he might not survive. We will know in the next week or so what the odds are, but we could certainly use all the positive energy that is out there. I don't mean hot air...we'll save that for the luncheon in August!
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


6/16/12
Afternoon at the Races. We each won twice!
 
All together, we won about enough for 2 cappuccinos and 2 cookies.
Mary Lou and Bette


5/31/12
I was sorry to read of the recent death of another classmate, Alfred Wayne Luppi. As we mark his passing, we send his family our sympathy. A graveside service with military honors was held at Lindenwood Cemetery in Stoneham.
Mary Lou
Mary Lou Gigante Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


5/10/12
While looking through my "bookmarks" I realized I had not visited the Class of 1954 site recently and am pleased that it is still up and running. As my third quarter century birthday approaches, yes, I am a tad younger than some of you I appreciate that our generation is, except sadly for a few of our class, still alive and kicking. From the pictures posted, rather vigorously too. Since I last saw any of you there have been two grandchildren added, a boy. Ryan, and a girl, Ella, born to my son Patrick and his wife Joy. We are enjoying a very early Spring here in MD - seems as though the tomatoes should have been planted last month not this May - and the spring time blooms, except for the rhododendrons in the back have already gone by. I hope you can hold your "girls luncheon" again this year and remember the good times past and imagine those yet to come.
Bill Emery
THUNHILL@VERIZON.net


5/10/12
Liz, I wasn't feeling like Cleopatra, but the theme from Lawrence of Arabia kept playing in the background.
Our Travels in the Middle East
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


5/9/12
Would be happy to bring along a special Cleopatra costume for you to wear for the luncheon. That would really turn some heads! Will go back and check the movie "Cleopatra" with Elizabeth Taylor and get some ideas for the costume. See you this summer.
Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


5/10/12
Oh, Liz, I forgot to mention it! My camel's name is Olli, and I brought him home. I'm going to ride him to the Girls' Luncheon this summer.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


5/8/12
Bette, you look very natural on that camel. I wonder how the residents of Ipswich would appreciate you bringing it home to the streets of Ipswich?
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


5/1/12
It's good to hear from you, Merrilyn. I'm glad you don't feel old. They say one way to stay young is to do something new and scary every day. I really took that seriously this year, as you can see from these photos. Also, while in Vero Beach this season, I spent time with my cousin, Peggy (Duffy), who lives 45 minutes away from me, and I'm certain our strenuous shopping expeditions would have exhausted a teenager. Our website has been neglected lately. I'd love to hear from all our still-young classmates!
 

I climbed to the top of Mount Sinai!

And rode a camel in the Sahara Desert!
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


4/30/12
Hello from Maine, Can't believe we are in Spring of 2012 already. I don't know whether I have missed them or if there are no new comments for 2012. I don't contribute all that often, but I love to pop in and check the web site to see whats new with the 1954 classmates. Carlton and I are doing well for oldsters. We are looking forward to a grandson's wedding in July and all the festivities that go along with that. We can now brag on 4 great grandchildren Two boys and two girls. Don't know how that happened, since we don't feel our ages (most of the time). Fond regards to all of you, if I should be looking elsewhere for further comments, please someone put me straight.
Merrilyn Bacon Greene
Merrilyn Bacon Greene
cgreene18@roadrunner.com


2011Comments

12/28/11
Happy New Year wishes to all. Trust everyone had a Merry Christmas. Look forward to seeing everyone in 2012 at our annual luncheon.
Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


12/23/11
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


Happy Thanksgiving!

 
11/24/11: 1953 Thanksgiving Day game official program (from Peter's album)
1953 Thanksgiving Day Game Program


7/7/11:

CLASSMATES
Click here to see pictures of SHS Girls Luncheon 2011
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


6/29/11:
Aren't you guys great to keep this alive. See you there
The infamous golf hacker
Steve
Steve Haseltime
sandlha@verizon.net


6/29/11:
Hi everyone, I've been out of the loop for a while. I may even have a new E. address since my last entry. We have moved back to Maine from N.C. and glad to be in N.E. once again.(did pause a bit during one winter snow storm however.) Sorry that we won't be able to come to the luncheon, but look forward to the comments and pictures. Greetings to one and all.
Merrilyn
Merrilyn Bacon Greene
cgreene18@roadrunner.com



6/27/11:
We appreciate the support of our classmates and look forward to seeing some of them in July.
Bless you,
Ralph and Karyl

Erick Larson
Ralph Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


6/20/11:
I am very happy that I will be able to come again this year. It is so nice of you and Mary Lou to host this event. I had such a good time last year and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
Thank you so much,
Bea
Bea Viera Wheaton
beawheaton@comcast.net


6/19/11:
I have a house full that week but may bring Sal's widow with me if she wants to take a ride. Hate to miss everyone.
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


6/2/11:
Thanks Bette and Mary Lou for again hosting this summer gathering. I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
Best,
Donna
Donna Eramo Sullivan
donna.sullivan@nemoves.com


5/26/11:
Thanks so much...we w/be happy to attend...
Elizabeth and Ed
Ed Thompson
elizthompson12@comcast.net


5/26/11:
Thanks to you both for once again providing an opportunity for good food and great company. I will definitely be there.
Dottie
Dottie Heywood Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


5/26/11:
Thanks for the invitation. I'd love to see some of the old gang again, but won't make it. Just reading the list of addressees to your message brings back nice memories. I hope you will tell our old friends that I'm with them in spirit.
Ed
Ed Paquette
eparquette@tampabay.rr.com


5/26/11:
If I can be one of the girls, I'd love to join you. Ink me in.
If anyone would like to play golf at Ipswich CC later in the afternoon, let me know. We'll make it happen.

Life is short ! Break the rules ! Forgive quickly
Kiss slowly ! Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret anything that made you smile!
Steve
Steve Haseltime
sandlha@verizon.net


2010Comments

5/23/10:
The 6th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon/Pool Party will be held on Thursday, July 7th at the same place (Topsfield) and the same time (noon). As usual, the boys in our class and spouses are welcomed. Let us know if you can come, and we'll send directions. We'll also mail postcards to those who don't do email or websites.
 
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


5/5/11:
Well, we survived our first winter here in Burlington VT. Only one heavy snow storm in the Champlain Valley, 30" with 50mph winds. Ended up with 7ft drift outside our front door. Looking forward to some dry weather now. So much snow & rain, Lake Champlain will set a record high of about 3 feet over flood stage this week end.

So sorry to hear about Dave Woodbury. He sure had a distinguished career in the USN.

Note my new e-mail address.
Don Nickerson
topdonn@donhnick.com


3/25/11:
As you may not be aware, my son, Erick Larson, was knocked off a ladder by a falling limb, back on Nov. 13, 2010. The resulting injuries have left him wheelchair bound, until a major breakthrough occurs for spinal injuries. Karyl and I have had an Elevator Fund established through our church, to help us with the tremendous expense, abt $50,000 to put an elevator in his house so he can access the full house.
Thank You and GOD Bless
Ralph
ERICK'S ELEVATOR FUND
On Nov. 13, 2010, Erick Larson son of Ralph (SHS 54) and Karyl (SHS 58) Larson, suffered severe injuries in a fall, from a ladder, that has left him wheelchair bound. In order to give Erick access to all floors of his house an elevator is required. On Sunday, March 13, the members of the Campton Congregational Church, church of his parents, voted to have the Board of Deacons institute a Mission to collect and disperse the funds for Erick's Elevator. The funds will be applied to the construction of an elevator shaft, purchase of an elevator and to the installation of the elevator. To donate to the fund checks should be made out to:

Campton Congregational Church
Please write ELEVATOR FUND in the MEMO section, this will keep the donations from getting into the church's general funds.
Donations should be mailed to:
Erick's Elevator Fund
Campton Congregational Church
P.O. Box 328
Campton, NH 03223

For information on Erick's current and past status following his accident you can check the following:
Go To: http://www.wickedlocal.com/chelmsford
In the upper right corner type in Erick Larson, then hit enter, 5 articles will be listed, click on them to see the local newspaper articles about Erick's status since his accident.
Ralph and Karyl Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


2/23/11:
David Woodbury Burial Arrangements

My apologies again for the mass email but my Mom asked if I would send the information about my Dad’s burial.

Arlington National Cemetery. February 28th at 3:00, but please arrive at the Administration Building by 2:30 (the guards will be able to give directions I’m sure.)

Reception to follow:

Ft. Meyer Base
Spates Community Club
214 McNair Road- Building 407

When entering Ft. Meyer cars will be checked at gate, but they will be able to give you directions to the Club.

Thank you again for all of your kind words and emails and I Iook forward to hopefully seeing/meeting you on Monday.

Best,
Jeff Woodbury


2/1/11:
Well, if you know my Mom she still wants every “i” dotted and “t” crossed and with that said, she asked if I would send out a reminder email that my Dad’s Memorial Service will be held this Friday, February 4 at 11:00 AM at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152.
Thank you again for all of your kind words and emails and I Iook forward to hopefully seeing/meeting you on Friday.
Best,
Jeff Woodbury
 
See Dave's obituary from The Washington Post.


1/12/11:
I did not see Dave since graduation that I can remember, but I have such great memories of those hours in class with the guys. Since I believe we had gone thru North school together as well as SHS, that was a very special time. After Dickie left us and now Dave I relize how much we must be thankful for each and every day. Hope to see many of you soon wether in FL or up North. I am here in Maine this week with my daughter and grandchildren and enjoying the snow. Please stay well and stay in touch.
Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


1/11/11:
I was so sorry to hear of David Woodbury's death. After Stoneham High, we went to Colby College, where we shared many crazy experiences of life away from home. After college graduation David went on to OCS in Newport, RI and I went to CT to teach. Since we were in easy driving distance, we managed to keep in touch, spending lots of time on the golf course or tennis court. Then,once David received orders and went to sea, our lives took different paths and we never saw one another again. Now,it's difficult to imagine his demise when my last memory of him is one of youth and vitality. However, I heard that David sufferd ill-health these past few years.

I'm certain that David was a good husband, father, and grandfather and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Thanks, Tom and Jack, for letting us know of David's death.
Mary Lou
Mary Lou Gigante Bracciotti
email: mbracciotti@yahoo.com


1/1/11:
As someone once said, "getting old isn't for the faint of heart". I stay in touch with several Air Force pilot buddies, a few work related friends and Jack Fleisher on a regular basis... Most of my later in life friends have passed away so it makes my family the center of my universe. My grandson Blake was admitted to Harvard this year at age 17 so we are very proud of him and he is my conduit to the coming generation.
You have done a fine job with the SHS website and we are fortunate to have your continued dedication. Well done!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
Tom Walsh
tomwalsh4@comcast.net


2010Comments

12/31/10:
This just came from David's son.
Tom


David Woodbury Funeral Arrangements

My apologies again for a mass email and the time to put this all together but we finally have arrangements for my father's memorial and burial.

The Memorial Service will be held on February 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfied, VA 22152.

Burial with full military honors will be at 3:00 PM on February 28, 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery (Please arrive no later than 2:30).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alexandria Olympic Boys and Girls Club (http://www.aobgc.org/) or Bethany House (http://www.bhnv.org/).

Thank you all very much for the kind emails, they are greatly appreciated and I have shared them with my Mom. It sounds corny but I heard you can judge a person by his or her friends and from what I have heard from all of you, if that saying is true, my Dad was an extremely blessed man.

The announcement will be in the Washington Post soon but please free to pass this email along to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you again and have a very Happy New Year!

Best to you,
Jeff Woodbury
Tom Walsh
tomwalsh4@comcast.net


12/24/10:
I heard from Tom Walsh a few days ago that Dave Woodbury passed away.
John Fleisher
nhampsha@nhampsha.com


12/18/10:
Hello everyone and Merry Christmas
I love to hear about all that snow,but, Tom and I are enjoying our golf and sunshine here in Florida. We are well and our dog also keeps us busy. I sometime think that is where most of my day goes. Hope all have a safe holidday season with family and friends full of LOVE,JOY,PEACE and good health.
Love to all, Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


12/15/10:
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


12/15/10:
Just a note to let the class of '54 know that we are alive and well in 2010.

And since the 50th reunion my son, Patrick has married and has two children Ryan and Ella. And my daughter, son in law and their two children moved from FL to Idaho and last year to NJ. As their home in NJ is less than 2 1/2 hours away vs an all day two leg flight plus 11/2 hour drive to Idaho, we much prefer NJ. Even if they did live 10 miles from a ski area and Idaho is much more scenic.

This past summer we briefly visited my cousin, Shirley, in Stoneham during the heat of August before going on to visit my sister and brother in law in N.H. Nothing but houses now off of Williams St., where there were fields and woods, Even the ponds we skated on are filled in and built upon. Here in MD we live with a a small, 14 acre, wildlife refuge behind us and across the street there is s 200 acre park. I have enclosed a picture, from last winter, of our rearward view. And of our dog checking things out. Yes, the deer do raise havoc with our plantings.

Gerry and I volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as Exhibit Guides on Saturday afternoons, and I also volunteer with the Marine Animal Rescue Program. We have already received 3 sea turtles for rehab rescued from Mass. Bay this year, and will probably receive one or two seals in the coming month or so. We also keep young by daily walking our part Lab dog, for one hour each, Gerry in the AM me in the afternoon. In this cold windy weather we don't debate going out or not, we simply ask what clothing do we need to wear and go do it. Of course I am already much, much younger than the rest of the class of '54, having been born in May of '37. Don't understand how my oldest child can now be approaching 50. (at 45)

As the winter solstice approaches I wish all of you happy holidays and a joyous and healthy New Year. Bill
Bill Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


12/6/10:
Good Morning all! Just a heads up for our new E-mail address sandlha@verizon.net
Keep Smilin'
Lonnie + Steve
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@verizon.net


Happy Thanksgiving!

 
11/24/10: 1953 Thanksgiving Day game official program (from Peter's album)
1953 Thanksgiving Day Game Program


11/3/10:
Ed, it's good to hear from both of you. Hope you can both come next year.
And, Elizabeth, you recognized the dress! I hope we can get together again this Spring for a little more Vero Beach shopping.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


11/3/10:
Hello: Just viewed the pics of the luncheon...great. So sorry we couldn't make it.
Ed

Bette "love your dress" - Elizabeth
Ed Thompson
edthompson12@comcast.net


11/3/10:
Ed, it's good to hear from both of you. Hope you can both come next year.
And, Elizabeth, you recognized the dress! I hope we can get together again this Spring for a little more Vero Beach shopping.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


11/3/10:
Hello: Just viewed the pics of the luncheon...great. So sorry we couldn't make it.
Ed

Bette "love your dress" - Elizabeth
Ed Thompson
edthompson12@comcast.net


8/22/10:
Looks like everyone had a great time. Sorry I missed the party. Hopefully next year.
Judy Griffin Fuller
fulloon@roadrunner.net


8/21/10:
Love the pictures, thanks for sharing. Makes it nice for those of us that couldn't make it. Maybe next year.
Nancy MacCannell Lambright
bingogal54@sbcglobal.net


8/18/10:
While the pictures are great, they can never capture the pleasure of the day. What fun it is to be with old friends. In some ways it's as if we just parted ways yesterday. Sure, we all look different, yet once we see one another, that school-age kid that once was so familiar is right back 50+ years later. Guess the essence of who we were is never quite lost. I'm so glad so many of you were able to join us. For those who couldn't share the day with us, know that you're were with us in spirit. We do go through the litany of those from whom we've received news. Send us your comments, news, or an update of what is happening in your life.
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


8/14/10:
Click HERE for Girls' Luncheon photos.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


8/9/10:
Maryann and I wanted to thank Bette and Mary Lou for the wonderful time at the "pool" party. Although no one went near the pool it looked very inviting. It was nice to see classmates again and talk about the times we had in Stoneham. Again thanks for a great time.
Fred Lorance
mimihrh106@aol.com


8/8/10:
BETTE AND MARYLOU, HAD A GREAT TIME AT REUNION AND LOVED SEEING GOOD FRIENDS.
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


8/8/10:
Thank you, Edna. We just had our annual SHS Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon, and one topic of conversation was your message. It's exciting to hear that someone from far-away Ontario has found and enjoyed our little website. We truly do have a wonderful class, and when we get together, it's as if no time had passed. I'm always struck by how little we change and how much we and our lives are shaped by the times. We are children of the 50s and getting together with old classmates differs, in a wonderful way, from all other gatherings. It's true, as you say, we each have a story to tell, and our stories are both unique and familiar.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net



7/20/10:
Hello All,
Today I inadvertently connected onto your reunion site while I was attempting to look at the site of the home my younger son, Matthew just purchased. I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

I must say that I so enjoyed spending the last couple of hours reading about your lives, and the connections you all have maintained (I hope you all do not feel I was too intrusive). It all reads like a good novel, or at least some short stories about the special bonds of classmates ... maybe someone with some related background should pursue this thought !What a wonderful group of classmates/ folks you all are.

Thank you for the stolen pleasure today. My wish for you all is to have many more reunions, and sharing of your life long friendships.

Good health and God blessings be with you, Edna
Edna
ecocklin@hotmail.com



7/5/10:
Count me in!
Joan Rafferty
debemis@verizon.net



7/4/10:
I am sending this from our new home in Burlington VT. We have moved here to be closer to our daughter, Krista, who had her first baby on June 21. We were privileged to be in the birthing room when our new grand daughter (Naomi Roxann Nickerson) was born at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Krista is a mid-wife here in Burlington and because child care is a problem for her due to being at work at odd hours, she asked her mother if she would like to move here and fill that role, so here we are. Our new address is 119 Austin Dr., Unit 119 Burlington VT 05401-5803. Our condo backs up to a city park, Red Rock, which is on Lake Champlain. We can see the lake and the Adirondacks from our bedroom. I am in the process of setting up a new e-mail address and will notify everyone once I am ready to use it. In the meantime the Verizon.net will work until I discontinue the service in Andover. There is no Verizon internet in Vermont.
Our house in Andover is still on the market, and I have to come down the end of July or the first of August, so I may be able to come to the luncheon on the 4th of August.
Don Nickerson
topdonn@verizon.net



7/3/10:

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July at the Boston Esplanade
Bette
tsou@comcast.net



7/3/10:
Would love to see all of you this summer but have a great grandson that is suppose to be arriving about that time so won't be able to make it. Nikole wants grandma to be there so I will. Grandpa (Mike) started a new job in Oct. in Ca. so don't think he'll be able to be here.
Still staying busy with my volunteer work at the senior center as well as the fun things. See a lot of Wayne, we're both very active out there. Stay well. Love Nancy
Nancy MacCannell Lambright
bingogal54@sbcglobal.net


6/30/10:
How exciting, so nice to get together. I'd love to be with everyone. Present plans are to be sailing with a college classmate off the coast of Maine. After all, retirement is :Frequent flyer miles and mooching off of friends. If anything changes, I'll be there.
The best to everyone.
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@comcast.net


6/29/10:
Would love to join you for this year's luncheon. I have come down with Janet LeBlanc in the past, but she is not able to make it this year. I wondered if there is anyone coming down from New Hampshire on rte. 93 who might not mind picking me up. I am right off the highway, I can see it from my apartment. I know this is an imposition. I think I remember Dottie Heywood lives in the Concord, NH area. If it can't be worked out, I will see you next year.
Thanks, Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


6/29/10:
Nice work to comntinue the Luncheon! Unfortunately, I am teaching my summer term (July 6th -Aug 9). Elizabeth may come.
Ed Thompson
elizthompson12@comcast.net


6/28/10:
God willing and I am still mobile I will be there. Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


6/28/10:
Thanks for the invite to the luncheon, but I live in Florida now and will not be able to make it. Hope you all have a great time.
Jean (Boland) Doucette
jean.dou@hotmail.com


6/28/10:
Hope this helps, Dave! If you're driving from the south take Rt. 95 north. Take the Topsfield exit off 95. Pass the Topsfield Fair Grounds on the right. At the next traffic lights, take a right on Rt. 97. Drive about a mile, and turn right on Morningside Drive. We'll hang a balloon on the mailbox.
 
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


6/28/10:
Thankyou,Bette, for your email re the GIRLS LUNCHEON. I would like to join you but am not sure of the address. Kindly send it to me. Many thanks. Dave
Dave Sheets
dsheets26@yahoo.com


6/27/10:
I'll be there with bells on! Can't wait.
Joyce Thornton Holt
holt20j@mtholyoke.edu


6/28/10:
I can tell you right now, I wouldn't miss it! Many thanks for doing this...it means a lot to stay in touch! I will bring a little something to add to the "feast".
Dottie(Heywood) Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


6/26/10:
The 5th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon/Pool Party will be held on Wednesday, August 4th at the same place (Topsfield) and the same time (noon). As usual, the boys in our class, as well as spouses are welcomed. Let us know if you can come, and we'll send directions. We'll also mail postcards to those who don't do email or websites.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


6/26/10:
Would love to see all of you this summer but have a great grandson that is suppose to be arriving about that time so won't be able to make it. Nikole wants grandma to be there so I will. Grandpa (Mike) started a new job in Oct. in Ca. so don't think he'll be able to be here.
Still staying busy with my volunteer work at the senior center as well as the fun things. See a lot of Wayne, we're both very active out there. Stay well. Love Nancy
Nancy MacCannell Lambright
bingogal54@sbcglobal.net


6/30/10:
How exciting, so nice to get together. I'd love to be with everyone. Present plans are to be sailing with a college classmate off the coast of Maine. After all, retirement is :Frequent flyer miles and mooching off of friends. If anything changes, I'll be there.
The best to everyone.
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@comcast.net


6/29/10:
Would love to join you for this year's luncheon. I have come down with Janet LeBlanc in the past, but she is not able to make it this year. I wondered if there is anyone coming down from New Hampshire on rte. 93 who might not mind picking me up. I am right off the highway, I can see it from my apartment. I know this is an imposition. I think I remember Dottie Heywood lives in the Concord, NH area. If it can't be worked out, I will see you next year.
Thanks, Liz
Liz Pulsifer Wyatt
nanaliz12@webtv.net


6/29/10:
Nice work to comntinue the Luncheon! Unfortunately, I am teaching my summer term (July 6th -Aug 9). Elizabeth may come.
Ed Thompson
elizthompson12@comcast.net


6/28/10:
God willing and I am still mobile I will be there. Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


6/28/10:
Thanks for the invite to the luncheon, but I live in Florida now and will not be able to make it. Hope you all have a great time.
Jean (Boland) Doucette
jean.dou@hotmail.com


6/28/10:
Hope this helps, Dave! If you're driving from the south take Rt. 95 north. Take the Topsfield exit off 95. Pass the Topsfield Fair Grounds on the right. At the next traffic lights, take a right on Rt. 97. Drive about a mile, and turn right on Morningside Drive. We'll hang a balloon on the mailbox.
 
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


6/28/10:
Thankyou,Bette, for your email re the GIRLS LUNCHEON. I would like to join you but am not sure of the address. Kindly send it to me. Many thanks. Dave
Dave Sheets
dsheets26@yahoo.com


6/27/10:
I'll be there with bells on! Can't wait.
Joyce Thornton Holt
holt20j@mtholyoke.edu


6/28/10:
I can tell you right now, I wouldn't miss it! Many thanks for doing this...it means a lot to stay in touch! I will bring a little something to add to the "feast".
Dottie(Heywood) Westwater
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


6/26/10:
The 5th Annual Stoneham High School Class of '54 Girls' Luncheon/Pool Party will be held on Wednesday, August 4th at the same place (Topsfield) and the same time (noon). As usual, the boys in our class, as well as spouses are welcomed. Let us know if you can come, and we'll send directions. We'll also mail postcards to those who don't do email or websites.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net
Mary Lou
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


6/01/10:
Carole, it's great to hear from you. We're all fine. It's just that this year, my first retirement year, we hardly saw anyone in Vero Beach, other than our visiting children and our houseguests. I didn't even see Peggy, my cousin who lives in Melbourne! I did, however, spend a very pleasant day with Elizabeth Thompson (Ed's wife) and her friend, who came to Vero to visit me. They were staying in Jensen Beach, without Ed, who had to go back to teach a course in MA. I'm here now with my youngest daughter, Mia, her husband, and three children. As is everything in Vero Beach, the Memorial Day Ceremony was wonderful. The Veteran's Memorial Island is beautiful. I visit it often, as it's on my daily journey, biking from our condo to Riverside Park for a walk around the Park. I'll be back in October, and next year, we'll definitely connect.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


6/1/10:
So glad to hear from you. Sorry we did not connect in Fl. I was afraid there may have been something wrong woth you. Good to see the Vero Beach Memorial. We have been in Maine for 2 weeks, I could not handle the heat. Love to all Carole
Carole Carbone Vail
caroletomvail@yahoo.com


Memorial Day!

5/31/10:
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


1/14/10:
I was happy to hear from another classmate, Jean Boland. Read Jean's bio on our Bio Bytes page: Bio Bytes Her married name is Doucette and her email address is jean.dou@hotmail.com.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


2009 Comments



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/24/09:
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


11/20/09:
Many thanks to the Committee for all the thought they put into making our 55th so much fun. The space was smaller, but more intimate. The food was wonderful. I had a chance to talk to people I didn't catch the last time around. Altogether a memorable night!
Dottie
Dottie Westwate Heywood
westwaterdorothy@gmail.com


11/11/09:
I'm so sorry to have missed seeing you all at the 55th reunion, as I had such a wonderful time at the 50th. Sadly, Ann has been very ill for a long time and it is difficult to be away for any length of time. At least I can keep up with so many of you and share the sadness of our classmates passing through this WEB site. Thank you Mary Lou and Betty for this and all the work you do to bring us together.
My very best to all. I hope to see you next time around.
Ed
Ed Paquette
epaquette@tampabay.rr.com


11/9/09:
We had a Great time at the 55th reunion. Staying in contact with our classmates, after so many years is a wonderful experience, Thanks to all the work our class officers and others have created for us. The evening was more than enjoyable. The warmth and excitement of my fellow classmates left my heart rejoycing. Getting to see my old friends and classmates after so many years, has filled my heart with warmth and happiness. There were many who did not attend, that I would have loved to see again. Maybe the next one. Health and Happiness to everyone.
Bob
Robert Breagy
breagybob@aol.com


10/27/09:
For those that requested a copy of the Scrapbook,I will be mailing them today. It will be coming by USPS Priority Mail. They're the only ones who make an envelop of a size that fits the scrapbook ??? Unfortunately I can not get the scrapbook in the envelop as a bound volume, so I'll leave getting it bound to you. I suggest using Staples, UPS Store, Kinko or some such place to get it bound with a "Comb Binding" they'll do it for about $1.00, in rural New Hampshire. The cost for the scrapbook is $10.00 which will cover my costs. My mailing address is: P.O. Box 130, Hebron, NH 03241. I will mail the books and trust my classmates for the $10.00. If you didn't order one and would like one, E-Mail me and I'll make one up for you. Also, I brought my copy of the June 10, 1954 Stoneham Independant to the Reunion. When I left it was not to be found !!! We went back Sat. morning and talked with the cleaning person and again looked for it, without success.If you picked it up I would really appreciate it's return.
Ralph Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


10/29/09:
Comments from classmates who attended our 55th!
 
I had a great time at our reunion. It was strange to think when we were younger and knew of someone celebrating their 50th reunion, never mind their 55th,they had to be so old. When I looked around at our reunion I did not see anyone old. What a great job Ralph Larson did putting my scrapbook together, even an index, that must have taken many hours. His name should have been on the front page. Thanks Ralph!
Sandy MacKay Blout
 
Another big thank you to those of you that worked hard to make our 55th SHS class reunion a big success. For those of you that could not attend, you missed a real nice celebration. Someone suggested we do it more often. I certainly would go along with that.
Janet (LeBlanc) DeFeo
 
Thanks again to the Committee for putting together a great party. It was a pleasure to see old friends again and reconnect. And thanks to Bette for creating this website and keeping it active. I've talked to other people form other schools and no one I've encountered has anything like this. This site is keeping us together.
Jack Fleisher
 
What a great evening! So much fun to catch up with everyone there. Looking forward to receiving my scrapbook. Enjoy this beautiful fall. Love to all Carole
Carole (Carbone) Vail
 
Good Morning;
A note to let you know Karyl and I really enjoyed the Reunion. Unfortunately we didn't discover we didn't have my copy of the June 10, 1954 Independent until we got back to our hotel room. We stopped in at the Bear Hill Club on Sat. morning and talked with the cleaning person, he didn't remember seeing it, but went through the trash any ways, with no luck. Does anyone know where it might have gone?
Looking forward to our next class get together.
Ralph


10/18/09:
We had promised our daughter a week of work at her "new" house in Medford Lakes, NJ, after her move from Sandpoint. Idaho. And as the reunion occurred during that week we were not able to come North. Maybe for the 60th? Will the good folks who have done all the hard work planning and executing these reunions still be willing then? Hopefully so. I expect you all enjoyed your reunion time more than I enjoyed removing wall-to-wall carpeting from the grandsons' bedrooms, even if there were beautiful hardwood floors underneath. However the grandkids are always a delight and a joy to be with, so it was not all work. Good luck and best wishes to you all. BTW even though the Patriots came into being after I had moved away, I am a fan. Can you believe Tom Brady? 5 TDs in one quarter? In the snow? Bill
Bill
William Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


9/12/09:
It's still not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th!
 
"I'll be there!"
Jack Fleisher
 
"Unfortunately, at this time I will not be able to attend our reunion as my husband is very ill and has been in the hospital for three weeks with many medical problems. I will be thnking of my classmates.
Love, Donna."
Donna (Eramo) Sullivan
 
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


9/12/09:
It's not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th!
A few more responses from classmates regarding our 55th Reunion:
 
"Looking forward to seeing all of us who are still left."
Carole (Carbone) Vail
 
"Looking forward to this reunion!"
Lloyd Thistle
 
"Sorry. Hello to all! Have a fun time!"
Jean (Smith) Evans
 
"Looking forward to this reunion!"
Lloyd Thistle
 
"It is with a lot of regret that I find I am unable to attend the 55th SHS reunion after all. My husband is having minor surgery on the 29th of Sept. Tho minor, he probably won't be able to make the trip just a few days later. I will just have to content myself with the pictures and stories on the web site. If anything changes and I find myself in a position to come, I will just come and pay you when I'm there. However, at this point it is looking very doubtful. Thanks again for all you and the committee do for the class of 54. I love visiting the Web site to keep up with what's going on with our classmates."
Merrilyn (Bacon) Greene
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


10/07/09:
As some of you know our classmate, Sandy MacKay, clipped newspaper articles and notices from the Stoneham Press and the Indepedent, from 1954 to about 1960 and put then into a scrapbook. These clippings include our leaving for college and military service, our marriage intentions and the weddings (complete with pictures) Several years ago she gave me this treasure trove of our after graduation class history to help me locate our missing classmates. It has dawned on me that maybe others in our class would like to have their own copy of this book. Unfortunately, because of the page size (12 X 12) it does not fit my scanner or printer so I have taken it to a commercial copy center and have made 3 copies of it. I will bring these to the reunion Friday and if anyone would like their own copy (at the cost of copying, and postage, abt $10) I will glad to make copies for them.
See you all on Friday.
Ralph Larson
lordl@metrocast.net


10/07/09:
It's still not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th! The time is 6:00 and casual dress means anything you're comfortable in. We just got the following message from Steve:
 
After appreciating Mary Lou's call, as well as Dave Sheets, I'll be there no matter what. Lonnie & I have discussed it and she'll go with our other friends to Gettysburg & I'll get to hug everyone there at Bear Hill CC. If you would refresh my mind, please remind me of the date & time. I love you all and can't wait to see all of my friends from SHS class of '54.
Class clown, Steverino
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@comcast.net


10/05/09:
"Donna, We're sorry to hear of Phil's death. You have our sympathy. As you celebrate his life and mark his passing, know that we're thinking of you and your family.
Jack and Mary Lou
Mary Lou (Gigante) Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


9/29/09:
"My dear husband, Phil, passed away this week after a long illness. He was in the hospital for over three weeks. He is at peace now and out of pain. We are having a memorial Mass October 10th at 11Am at Sacred Heart Church in Manchester,MA and a reception following the Mass at the Parish Hall. Please keep in touch. Love to all,
Donna."
Donna (Eramo) Sullivan
donna@jbarrettrealty.com


9/29/09:
It's still not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th!
 
"Hi I will be coming and plan to stay over. Do you know of any one who would like to share a hotel room? I may cll my cousin Susan who lives in Stoneham. Let me know. anxious to see everyone. Carole"
Carole (Carbone) Vail
 
"Sorry I'm late. Jane would not have forgotten."
Don Simpson
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


9/12/09:
It's still not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th!
 
"I'll be there!"
Jack Fleisher
 
"Unfortunately, at this time I will not be able to attend our reunion as my husband is very ill and has been in the hospital for three weeks with many medical problems. I will be thnking of my classmates.
Love, Donna."
Donna (Eramo) Sullivan
 
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


9/12/09:
It's not too late to join us at Bear Hill on Friday, October 9th!
A few more responses from classmates regarding our 55th Reunion:
 
"Looking forward to seeing all of us who are still left."
Carole (Carbone) Vail
 
"Looking forward to this reunion!"
Lloyd Thistle
 
"Sorry. Hello to all! Have a fun time!"
Jean (Smith) Evans
 
"Looking forward to this reunion!"
Lloyd Thistle
 
"It is with a lot of regret that I find I am unable to attend the 55th SHS reunion after all. My husband is having minor surgery on the 29th of Sept. Tho minor, he probably won't be able to make the trip just a few days later. I will just have to content myself with the pictures and stories on the web site. If anything changes and I find myself in a position to come, I will just come and pay you when I'm there. However, at this point it is looking very doubtful. Thanks again for all you and the committee do for the class of 54. I love visiting the Web site to keep up with what's going on with our classmates."
Merrilyn (Bacon) Greene
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


8/31/09:
A few responses from classmates regarding our 55th Reunion:
 
"Many thanks for another great effort by the reunion committee, can't wait!"
Dorothy (Heywood) Westwater
 
"Looking forward to the 9th!"
Mike Malonson
 
"Am looking forward to seeing everyone -- and yes to dancing! Thank you so much, Bea!"
Bea (Viera) Wheaton
 
"Flying into Manchester Oct. 8th and will return the 14th. Looking forward to seeing all of you!"
Nancy (McCannell) Lambright
 
"I will be coming but am not sure about Tom. I will firm that up and and get back to Bill. Love to all.!"
Carole (Carbone) Vail
 
"SORRY BUT I CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE 55TH REUNION LOOKING FORWARD TO THE POST REUNION COMMENTS. HAVE FUN!"
Norman Donald
 
" I really regret I'll be unable to attend but I shall certainly be with you in spirit. My best wishes to you and all our classmates.
P.S. Thanks for keeping the website going. dew "
David Woodbury
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


9/2/09:
There is a good article about my brothers' book, We Came to Fight a War, in Tuesday's NH Union Leader, as well as some interesting notes in the comments section.
See the article.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


8/16/09:
Sadly, we have lost another classmate, Jean Nuzzo. Ed received the following email from Jean's husband, John Muise:
"Your class will be sorry to hear that your classmate Jean Muise, passed away on July 26, 09."
See Jean's obituary.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net



8/10/09:

We hope to see you at our 55th on October 9th!


We're looking forward to another wonderful reunion, a downscaled version of our 50th. The food will be simple, the dress will be informal, the cost will be reasonable, and the classmates will be a bit older. But the spirit, the beautiful ballroom, and the lively DJ (who remembered us!) will be the same. We’re scheduling only the Friday night event. For the rest of the weekend, we’ll let serendipity be our guide. Let us know if you will join us.
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net



7/12/09:

Reunions are Fun!


Mary Ann, Fred, Bette, Jack, Mary Lou

For some good things you have to wait in line.

We hope to see you at our 55th on October 9th!

Bette
tsou@comcast.net



7/4/09:

Happy 4th of July from Vero Beach!

Bette
tsou@comcast.net


7/2/09:
For anyone looking for summer reading! My daughter Deahn and my brother Jack have recently published books. Both are wonderful! Both are available on Amazon.

Milkweed by Deahn Berrini
Deahn's novel, Milkweed, takes place in her home town, Ipswich, Massachusetts, during the Vietnam War. A young woman, Cassandra, finds that her returning veteran, Mark, is no longer the same person she has known, loved and waited for. Intelligent and thoughtful, Cassandra draws the reader in as she makes choices about her relationship with Mark, her friends, and her own future.

We Came to Fight a War by Jack Flynn, as remembered and told to him by Alvin Kotler.
I call Jack's book My Brothers' Book because it was written by my younger brother Jack about my older brother Bill, a B-17 pilot during World War II. Bill died last year, and at his wake an elderly man stepped up to the coffin, pinned wings on my brother's lapel, then stood back and saluted. The man was Al Kotler, the radio gunner and last living member of Bill's crew. He began telling stories to Jack, which culminated in this book.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net



7/1/09:
How about this as we look forward to getting together?
Steve
THE CLASS REUNION

Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon..

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our 55th is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.
Author Unknown
Steve Haseltine
sandlha@comcast.net


6/01/09:
Mark Friday, October 9th, on your calendar for our 55th Reunion! We're really pleased that we've planned a wonderful low cost evening. We've reserved half the space we had last reunion, the beautiful ballroom half, recently redecorated. (The other part is closed off on Fridays for regular dinner guests.) We've chosen a modest hor d'oeuvre selection and the Chef's special chicken dinner, which will be served. And, we'll have a DJ. Although we have a great group already signed up, we still have room for more.
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


7/01/09:
Hi Bette. I was wondering if there is anymore information about the up coming reunion? It is really Great how you and the other officers have kept our classmates together, with planning these reunions. and keeping us informed as to what is going on with each other. I have been very saddened with the reports of the deaths. It is a part of life, but still is very sad to deal with when it happens to people we know and love.
Any information you can share, I appreciate. The last info on the web site was several months ago. Have a Great Summer, and I hope all is well with you and your family.
Peace & Love
Bob Breagy
breagybob@aol.com


3/21/09:
Friends and Family: Some of you may know this information already, but after meeting with Fr. Bill at St. Pat's and Ralph, Sr. at Barile Family Funeral Home (both located in Stoneham, MA), and primarily due to scheduling conflicts for both, here are the final arrangements.
Visiting Hours: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 from 4 to 8 pm
Mass: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 10:00 am (from Funeral Home at 9am).
Note: There will be a brief notice in the Boston GLOBE on Sunday. Complete notice on Monday and Tuesday. There will also be notices in the Eagle Tribune and the 2 Stoneham papers.
Because of Marie's long-standing devotion to the Boston Red Sox, her generous support of the Jimmy Fund, and her own courageous battle with Cancer, Bill and their families respectfully request, in lieu of flowers, donations in Marie's name be made to the Jimmy Fund.
Thank you all for your cards, notes, emails, prayers and concern. MaryLou
Mary Lou (Conroy) Clabby
m.clabby@comcast.net


3/20/09:
With great sadness, I received the following message from Mary Lou Clabby. Marie is Mary Lou and Kevin's daughter.
Bette

Many of you already know, but some of you don't that -- Marie Elizabeth Clabby went home to God at 10:15 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009, the Feast Day of St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of a Peaceful Death.
Marie's passing was so peaceful, holding the hand of her amazing and loving husband, Bill, that to our disbelief, she simply ceased to breathe. She received the grace of a happy death.
Below is a picture of an Orchid sent to Marie the morning she was leaving Wilmington Health Care Center to return to her home with Bill. In the unpacking of the plant two blossoms and one bud fell off, leaving just two buds. The plant was at the foot of her bed where she could see and comment on it. She asked us last Friday what was that Leprecony thing at the foot of her bed.
As the Speech Therapist had instructed, we asked -- Where is it? What does it look like?
Marie said, "It's in the corner, to the right of the TV. It's green and it has a tall pointy thing."
It took us a while to figure out that she meant the Orchid which had a tall stake supporting the stem to which 3 green dragonflys were attached.
Yesterday affternoon after family and close friends had a chance to linger with Marie, the drapes and shade were opened to reveal the Orchid as it appears below. In her own inimitable way, I believe Marie is letting us know that she has felt the love, prayers, and caring of you all -- and that she is okay and at peace in the hands of God.
MaryLou
Mary Lou (Conroy) Clabby
m.clabby@comcast.net


3/14/2009:
I was looking at the In Memoriam section and noticed that there was little on Bob Estes. I last saw him at Northeastern University, in my senior year, I think. He had been in the US Army, and served as an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he told me. I did not see him again so I do not know if he was graduated.
Other things gone from Stoneham - Lord's dairy farm, 14 acres on Williams Street. It is all houses now. Everett Lord, who owned it was my uncle and as a teenager I would go on his two afternoon milk routes, delivering milk. He would pay me one dollar which even then was not a princely sum, especially as I remember the icy draft coming in from the truck door in the winter My cousin, Shirley, still lives in the house on about one quarter acre, all that is left.
Bill Emery in rainy Columbia, MD
William Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


3/10/09:
While October seems distant, we are planning a wonderful reunion. Reflect on the words of Mary Shelley who states "The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain." As you ponder the sentiments of Shelley, consider reuniting with your old pals and join us as we celebrate our 55th.
MaryLou
MaryLou Bracciotti
mbracciotti@yahoo.com


2/14/09:
Classmates, if you can get to Stoneham on Friday evening, October 9,th come to our 55th Reunion.
Where? Bear Hill Golf Club!
Details? To be announced, but this much we know:
Cost: extremely reasonable
Chef preparing dinner: extremely talented
Company: extremely interesting classmates
Facility: extremely renovated and reserved just for us!
Reunion Committee
tsou@comcast.net


2/04/09:
I am sorry to hear of the loss of more former classmates. The rate of loss seems to be increasing as we age, normal I suppose, but still distressing. Especially as it reminds us of our own mortality. But life does go on, and in that same period my son got married and now has his own son. So life gets renewed. I will probably not get to the 55th reunion but I wish you all good health to enjoy it. Bill
William Emery
thunhill@verizon.net


1/20/09:
Yesterday, we mailed sixty-four 55th reunion notices and emailed forty-three, and immediately had an enthusiastic response from the e-mailers. Although no reunion could live up to our spectacular 50,th this one will be wonderful in its own way. There's something great about getting together with people your age, and there's something especially great about getting together with those you shared four important years of your life. A lot of us realized that at our 50th Reunion.

In my previous email, I mentioned the loss of four classmates, but since our 2004, 50th reunion, we have lost eight. In addition to Bob, Dottie, Martha, and Dick, we have lost Judy Bertwell, Jane Flor Simpson, Marilyn Mattsen, and Marilyn Meuse. Also, Al Barker and Walter Seppi have both lost their wives. Each one is a loss to us all.

There is a link to classmates' obituaries on the In Memorian page of our website.

If you can make it, we're so looking forward to seeing you at our 55.th
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


1/15/09:
Hi Everybody,
It's 2009 and time for our class to get together again. At our Girls' Luncheon this summer, the vote for a 55th Reunion was unanimous. Since then, Ed and Mary Lou have worked hard to find the most reasonable and suitable place. At this point, it looks as if Bear Hill is the best choice, and October is the best month, but before we can proceed further, we need to know how many classmates are planning to attend.

The year 2008 has been a difficult year for our class. Sadly, we will have our next reunion without Dottie Chaput, Bob Campbell, Dick Steele, and Martha Darling. While reuniting with each of them has made losing them more difficult, it has also given us a compelling reason to get together. I am so glad I got to know Dottie, Bob, Dick, and Martha again and so grateful that our reunion made it possible.

If you are interested in attending our SHS Class of 1954 55th Reunion, let us know.
Bette
tsou@comcast.net


1/15/09:

Coke Heads THEN

The Mature Coke Heads
This picture was taken on 10/29/08, in Danvers.
 
"Although our lives may be short or long, enjoy the best of every day, even if it's memories."
Nancy Jenkins Buchanan
ourcattilly@yahoo.com


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