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Our Class Newsletter (continued)

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 Issue Date: March 10, 2015

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MEMORIAL UPDATES: Date of last entry: March 12, 2015:

To date, our pre-reunion search for missing classmates (almost totally the result of the skills and diligent efforts of Kathy Isom) sadly identified the next 13 losses (listed in alphabetical order) of which we were previously unaware. They have now been added to our memorial page:

Eleanor DiPasqua died September 10, 2010, then a resident of Buford, GA,

Robert Falk died February 1, 2004, then a resident of Pompano Beach, FL.

Arlene Forman passed away from throat cancer in April 2012. She was a resident of Delray Beach, FL. (Interestly, we learned that the beautiful, black-haired Arlene lived substantially all of her adult life as a blonde.)

Barbara Hock, of West Warwick, RI, died April 1, 2009.

Joan Geffen died February 2, 2004, then a resident of Westbury NY.

Jesse Lasky died May 1, 2006, then a resident of Modesto, CA.

Heino Lepik died  January 17, 2007, then a resident of Saratoga Springs, NY.

Gail Lollar  died June 2, 1985, a U.S. Army veteran, last resided in Sayville, NY

Audrey Maloy (misspelled "Malloy" in our yearbook) died August 11, 1995, then a resident of Miami, FL

Joseph Picucci died on November 3, 2008, then a resident of Olympia, WA. See what Joe wrote us some years ago about this website.
(No yearbook picture available as Joe joined the Army and went to Viet Nam before our graduation.)

Jay Sachs died October 30, 2003, a lifelong resident of Oceanside and Rockville Centre.

Ed Wilmer died on July 15, 2013, then a resident of Hardy, VA

Hector Clyde Wood, died on October 4, 2004, then a resident of Denver, CO.

We learned in September 2014 from wife, Nancy, that Richard Woltman, of Hauppauge, NY, proud Viet Nam veteran and Past VFW Suffolk County Commander, died March 23, 2014.


In June 2014, we were informed by a classmate that Gerald Cestare (known in school as "J.C.") passed away; we later learned that his death occurred on September 4, 2012, in New York. Jerry attended our 2010 reunion.

In March 2014, we learned from a family member that Kathleen Wackernah, long on our missing classmates list, has been deceased since probably 2005. You might have known her as "Kit."


An early return from our class survey revealed the passing on January 30, 2013, of Steven Firstenberg, a resident of Beachwood, Ohio (near Cleveland).


Sadly, we learned that Barbara Rubeck, a resident of Woodmere, NY, passed away September 29, 2012, from pancreatic cancer. Barbara enjoyed our last reunion in 2010 and loved our website. In 2010, she wrote, "What an incredible trip! I have never seen nor felt anything like it."

At her home in California (where she has been since 1972), Geraldine ('Geri") Maracich succumbed on  October 25, 2012, to her long struggle with heart disease that sadly  prevented her from attending our last two reunions.

We were notified on August 3, 2012, by his wife, Karen, that Chris Knorr, a resident of New Jersey and one of our most likeable classmates, passed away on July 26th, 2012, from complications of his treatment following a long bout with leukemia. Chris attended our reunions in 1990, 2005 and 2010.

On June 24, 201l, after his long and courageous battle with brain cancer, we lost universally liked Sailor, Hal  Wilensky, a resident of Plymouth, Massachussetts. Hal attended our reunions in  2000, 2005 and 2010. Visit Hal's special memorial page.

Popular classmate, Lois Rindner, a resident of  San Antonio, Texas, passed away on February 13, 2011, after a long period of illness. Visit her special memorial page.

We regret that our 50-year reunion search for missing classmates revealed the previously unknown passings of these three classmates {l. to r.):

  Fred Brunicke, Frances Hulse and Christine Yarnall


In addition, we were first informed at our 2010 reunion of the the passing in 2008, after a long illness, of Barbara Meehin. Barbara was on our reunion committee and attended reunions in 1980, 1990 and 2000,

We sadly learned on May 22, 2010, of the passing earlier that week of Donald Fine. Donny attended all of our reunions through 2005. Visit his special memorial page.

The loss of Judy Fitzgerald in 2009 was sadly reported by classmate, Ginny Beedenbender, in February 2010. Ginny, said, "Judy was a very special person and a good friend of mine. ...  She loved OHS and the wonderful times we had there." (Click to see what Judy wrote us over the years.)

The passing several years ago of  Kathleen Tuzzi Quinn, after suffering from cancer, was reported to us on  October 11, 2009, by her sister, Marilyn Anderson.

We learned in October 2009 of the passing November 1, 2008, of Arthur Rauh, then a resident of Eureka, California.

Karen Roesch, beloved wife and high school sweetheart of classmate, Tom Nasca, of Blue Point, New York, passed away on June 28, 2009, a victim of cancer. Karen was on our reunion committee in 1980 and 2000 and attended reunions in 1970, 1980 and 2000,

We learned over a year after the fact that Nancy Ludwig passed away on April 8, 2008, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. At the time, Nancy was living in Green Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Abe Grasiani.

We were informed by her daughter that Ann Marie Turanitza  passed away on December 16, 2008, in Orange, California. She was married in 1962 to Anthony Tanella ('59) and lived in Yorba Linda, California, since 1966.

Tom Turner passed away in California, July 27, 2008. An extremely popular classmate who was co-captain of our Sailor wrestling squad, a member of our varsity football team, vice president of the G.O., and president of his fraternity, Omega Gamma Delta. Tom attended our 1990 reunion. Visit his special memorial tribute page

We first learned in 2008 that Marilyn Zmudosky, of Rockville Centre, NY, passed away on December 17, 2003. Marilyn was a supporter of Women at Risk, the breast cancer  research and support program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

A classmate informed  TM that Jo-Ellen Lang, recently a resident of Austin, Texas, (and part of our class until our sophomore year when she moved to Freeport) passed away February 10, 2008.


Michael Katz, of Laguna Woods, California, beloved twin brother of Jay Katz, succumbed to complications of  a 35-year old injury and passed away January 17, 2008. Visit Mike's dedicated memorial tribute page. Mike attended our reunions in 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2005

Carey Getelman, of Boca Raton, Florida, a Vietnam veteran (U.S. Marine Corps) and a ving father of two and grandfather of four, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at home on September 20, 2007. Carey attended our 1980 reunion.

Judy Hering, of Wading River, NY, was lost to cancer October 28, 2006. Judy was the Director of the lab at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY.

David Adest, of Freeport, NY, voted most enthusiastic of our classmates, passed away in June 2006.  Click here for a special memorial page for Dave, "The Littlest Sailor." Dave attended all of our reunions through 2005.

Marie Sims, most recently of Island Park, NY, passed away June 26, 2006, of cancer, we are told.

Carol Wohlfarth, most recently of Greer, SC, passed away April 16, 2006.

We were informed in 2005 and were able to confirm that Jane Haight passed away on April 21, 2002.

We were informed by her husband of 42 years that  Elizabeth (Betty Jane) Schnappauf passed in June 2005.

A classmate informed us that George Adlin passed away sometime in 2004.

Barbara Pastor passed away February 25,  2005.

TM first became aware in late January 2005 of the loss of Michael Zammetti, June 19, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An e-mail from a relative of Max Mollick informed us of his death circa 1984 in an auto accident.

We also first learned in January 2005 of the passing in January 2001 from emphysema of Carol Musgrave.

We learned in December 2004 from his brother, Jerry ('63), of the passing from cancer of Dick Warren in 2003.

Joan Friden passed on October 31, 2003, a victim of the rapidly crippling and always fatal ALS ("Lou Gehrig's Disease").

Early in 2004, we were informed of the passing of Josephine Orzano.

In 2003, we first learned of the passing in 1989 of our classmate, Ken Shilman. Visit Ken's special memorial page to learn about important parts of Ken's life.   

And on September 8, 2003, popular classmate and OHS track star, Steve Killorin, died of cancer. No more than 2 days before his passing, Steve registered on Classmates.com, reaching out in his final hours to reconnect with his OHS pals. Steve attended reunions in  1980, 1990 and 2000.

(Click here for a story about Steve's record-breaking cross-country run for OHS in 1960.)

On Sunday, September 14, 2003, OHS track coach, Roy Chernock wrote this about Steve to TM:

 "If I had only known, I would have driven across the state to pay my respects and condolences. Steve was a great Sailor athlete!"

Click here for an update on  track Coach Roy Chernock. 
(And click here to see what Coach Roy said about this site.)

Individual memorial pages.
We now feature special individual memorial pages on the site for some our departed classmates where information is available.  If you would like to submit information to help create a page for a departed classmate or to report any memorial omissions that you know about, please contact me.


According to his May 2, 2012, obituary in the Oceanside Herald, William F.  Helmcke, our Jr. High principal who retired in 1972, died on March 17, 2012, at his home in Sedona, Arizona, at age 95. Before serving as OJHS principal, Hemcke was a physical eduaction teacher at OHS, where students nicknamed him, "Wild Bill Helmcke."

Sadly, we learned that Arlene Nolan O'Leary, a citizenship ed. teacher fondly remembered for her classes entitled "Problems in American Democracy" passed away in early December 2010. Miss Nolan (as we knew her) had just honored us with her presence at our 50-Year Grand Reunion Gala in June that year but was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about two months later.

William J. Gerek, a business teacher at OHS during our time, subsequently Assistant Superintendent of the West Islip School District where he was a lifelong resident, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran and a golfer, died on January 7, 2009, at the age of 93.              http://www.wipublib.org/wisporalhistory/gerek.pdf                                                                                            Photo taken in 1982

Best known as a beloved baseball and football coach at OHS for 34  years, phys. ed. teacher, Angelo ("Angie") Plaia, passed away July 28,  2006, at age 79. His coaching career produced more than half a dozen baseball championships for the Sailors, including one county (in 1959), three division and four league titles. He was honored in 2004 by induction into the OHS Sports Hall of Fame's "Circle of Pride." In an exclusive to www.1960sailors.com, Coach Roy Chernock said, "He was the absolute best PE teacher I have ever known and I am positive any of his former students would agree with that assessment!" Click here for the full text of the Newsday and Oceanside Herald obituaries including what Coach Jan (Frank Januszewski) said about Angie Plaia.  

Athletic Director, Frank Mangiapane, died July 31, 2005, in Long Beach, NY. One of the most popular  adminis-trators in OHS, Frank was a member of the original New York Knicks basketball team briefly in its first year, 1946. We were privileged to have Frank as our guest at both our 30-year and 40-year reunions in 1995 and 2000.

A Newsday obituary  reported the passing, February 1, 2005, of  popular and revered, 78 year-old, retired OHS soccer coach, Art Wright (OHS '44). Coach Wright co-founded Oceanside Little League in 1950, led our undefeated 1958-'59 soccer team (among others) to the County championship in our junior year, and was in the 2003 first round inductees into the OHS Sports Hall of Fame's "Circle of Pride."

Anne C. Marks
, 91, who began teaching English at Oceanside Jr. High School in 1956, passed away from a stroke on February 25, 2005.  Mrs. Marks honored our class in 1990 by attending our 30-year reunion.

We learned in 2004 of the passing of popular OHS math teacher, Elaine Rapp (left)Click here to read many fond memories of Miss Rapp expressed by our classmates.

Also, popular English teacher, Marion Musante (right) passed in Spring 2003. (Click here for a photo of Miss Musante at our 40-year reunion.)

Does anyone have any photos from our 10-year
reunion in 1970 to share with your classmates?

 Let me know, PLEASE.         

Our class website is now over 200 pages
and about  100 megabytes of memories
close to
3,000 embedded photo and other
graphic image and sound files
for your pleasure! 



 We're still rockin' 'n' rollin'!! 

Significant new features of this website throughout its history are listed below in reverse chronological order to help you readily determine what you haven't seen yet. Use the links on this page to visit the new features and your browser's "Back" button to return here after each side trip until you have seen it all.  Then, you can use the navigators at the left or the site map to sail wherever you want.  Keep coming back to this page every time you've been away for a while to see what's new.


A hometown community memorial tribute to our principal, Charles
, in which his daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback,

Powerful "new" background music on memorial page.

Beautiful Oceanside artwork from the 1950s.

A 1937 or '38 menu from the Roadside Rest, memorial tributes to
Sid Caesar and Phil Everly, a new photo of Jazzbo, the clown in a circus and a revamped St. Anthony's page with a new historical photo.


Photos of Joseph's and Wetson's 15 Hamburgers, the "Long Island Casino" of the 1930s (across the street from our beloved Roadside Rest), the Sunrise Drive-In, a second view of the Towers Funeral Home, and the Columbia Firehouse when it was built in 1951.

A new and improved Jocko page (best on the web)!

A sample football game program booklet from our junior year (October 26, 1958)

Photos of typical homes built back home in the early to mid-50s

Introducing the Class Survey

Two pictures of the legendary "elephant's hole."

More photos from our beloved (now rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy) Long Beach Boardwalk,  including a second one of elephants building it in 1907.

A matchbook cover from Rudy's Fish & Chips.


A special page describing our class' Sandy relief  fundraising effort

An update on JAZZBO, still performing at age 85.

 Chris Knorr's memorial page.

 Our own obituary for OHS basketball legend, Art Heyman ('59)

The oldest known photos of the famous Roadside Rest building, an enhanced version of our 1955 Word Series page and another photo of
Bristol Motors Ford.

 Obituary of William F. Helmcke, our OJHS principal.

Tribute to Richie Woods, author of Oceanside, (the book).

Photos of Ocean Chemists, the candy store next door and Silver Lake


A photo of Oceanside Gulf.

Hal Wilensky's memorial tribute page.

Lois Rindner's memorial tribute page.

A couple of "new" old photos of the Shrine at St. Anthony's.


A 1942 menu from the historic Roadside Rest.

Our OHS marching band in their brand new, full dress uniforms, Memorial Day, 1960 and a souvenir from our beloved Rainbow Diner.


The colorful and little-known history of the grand Towers Funeral Home.

A photo of the popular Texas Ranger and a 1972 photo of the late Alan Lupi.

A memorial tribute page for Donny Fine.

An original video documentary entitled The Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-'59 made especially for us in conjunction with our 50-Year Grand Reunion. This is REALLY something!!

Two shots of our beloved Rainbow Diner during the 1958 Memorial Day Parade and three "new" photos of Long Beach Road, circa 1958-'59



A "new" photo of our Nathan's, as we knew it.

Archival images from the OHS dedication ceremony booklet from September 21, 1955.

A complete roster of our class of 1957 OJHS graduates and some history of our OJHS building before we arrived.

Our class leaves its mark again in our hometown.

A dedicated memorial tribute page for our dear, dear friend, Michael Katz

A report of a "mini-reunion" in Florida in December 2007 among four dear old friends and classmates.

A musical tribute to track coach,  Roy Chernock, and his illustrious career (which still continues).


Oceanside/Island Park HERALD's  report of a doo wop concert at OHS in May 2007.

Our own home town clown, Jolly Jazzbo, and his Jazzmobile.

Oceanside/Island Park HERALD's full-page feature article about this website. (It's a big file and may take a while to load.)


Captain's Column added to p. 1.


Three more old boardwalk photos added.

Ten more music files added throughout the site!  Watch for
the links, and listen for the songs.



A memorial tribute page added for Alan Lupi.


More photos of the boardwalk and beach at Long Beach, including Izzy's Knishes and under the boardwalk.

More memorabilia added to Sports, Sider Press, Teahouse, Prom Night, Music Program and Other Activities pages.

Photos added of the OJHS band from 1957 on our jr. high graduation day and Memorial Day (
click here, here and here) and the Cozy Corner Tavern.

Rock 'n' Roll Radio pages revised and expanded with "new" photos, history and audio clips for 3 top NY DJs of the  1950s, a completely new


Alan Freed page, Murray "the K" and now, JOCKO,  the "Ace from Outer Space," back with over 20 minutes of extremely rare audio!


Music recorded live, in concert, by our school band in 1960, also performed at our graduation

Music from

 recorded live in 1958 on the

OHS stage and an update on music teacher, Allan Segal


All of Howie's nostalgic reunion speeches over the last 25+ years

now feature


1980 1990 2000 2005


A total of 14 pages with almost 200 photos from our  rockin' 'n' rollin',
sea cruise-themed, 45-year reunion Memorial Day weekend, 2005, with a full, detailed, illustrated report, Howie's welcoming address, the class
photo and 11 pages of our reunion
photo album, including  now

starring on his own page:


The sound of the ocean on the home page, and other cool, new sound effects here and there.



The last game of the exciting 1955 World Series, which the Brooklyn Dodgers finally won, revisited (see announcement, p. 3)


Convenient new links in the upper right corner of every page for easier navigation


Oceanside (the book) and more photos from "Our Little Town"


Nathan's Famous' acknowledgment of our tribute


Our new Site Search feature


A circa 1954 photo of the RAINBOW DINER!


1952 photos of the Oceanside triangle and more from Andy Southard, Jr. ('51)


Exclusive interviews with 82-year old Murray (son of Nathan) Handwerker, the man who brought to Oceanside in 1959, and  Morty Shor, 81-year old son of Roadside Rest co-founder, Leon Shor

  •  Music files reduced in size by 75% for faster downloading
  • Improved Roadside Rest page (see announcement, p.3) and a link to it with newest "hot dog" logo (first time anywhere on the web) in the banner at the top of every page

   The current weather in and forecast for our little town

   Photos of Peter's Clam Bar, circa 1950, and Carvel in 1954

   A lesson in the meaning and origin of the word, "googamooga"

   The best "American Bandstand" page on the web (see announcement, p.3)

   The class birthday card (see announcement, p. 3)

   Cool stuff from the Sailor's Handbook, 1957-'58, 1958-'59 and 1959-'60
     edition (see announcement, p. 3 )

   The Rock 'n' Roll Radio page,  (see announcement, p.3)

   Tribute page to the memory of Jr. High music teacher, Ed Taylor (see
     announcement, p. 3)

  • 12 more clippings from the pages of the 1959-'60 editions of 
  • Another "Blast from the Past" — sounds of the "Grand Kook" Murray "the K"
  • Our site has been diced with "new" souvenirs (mostly from memorable OHS events)  from the "treasure chest" of our classmate, Marta Watts, a rich scrapbook kept by her from 1957-'60, including selected clippings from Newsday's sports section and rare group pictures of our entire class as we were graduated in 1957 from OJHS. Check out the montage of memorabilia on the Acknowledgments page and the AWESOME photos of the St. Anthony's fire of March 1960. 
  • A whole bunch of classmates' memories (mostly submitted just before our 40-year reunion) have been posted to the "Memory Book" page.  And our "Spindrift" page got a cool new look!

Yearbook Online

For those among us who, as the years sailed by,

  have lost their precious yearbooks (as one classmate called it, "The Old Book"), worn them out or just don't want to dig them out of mothballs it has 57 complete, original pages right out of your yearbook.
These pages contain
the senior portraits of all 500+ of us, with all the commentary that accompanied them and  from prior yearbooks, a

total of 21 group photos of us as the OHS junior and the sophomore classes.

Click on the little Spindrift for  Yearbook Online 


Maiden voyage of "The Spirit of 1960" launched March 10, 2000


If you would like a desktop shortcut icon in the white-on-blue sailor's
silhouette image, as appears in the banner at the top of each page of this site,
to speed your access to it, ask me, and I'll send you one.

The ideal screen resolution for viewing this site is now 1024 X 768 pixels, a setting commonly used on many monitors today.  With this setting, you should see whole page on your screen at one time, and, although they will appear smaller, the images will be clearer, and no scrolling should be necessary.  If you need to reset your screen resolution, go to windows/ control panel/ display/ settings.  (Some older monitors are limited to 800 X 600, which should, nevertheless, be satisfactory but with some scrolling required.)


If you have not yet been able to enjoy the music on our class website, you should do something about it it because you are missing the single feature that will most enrich the nostalgic experience that it was intended to give you. Click here for tips.


By responding to our periodic voluntary dues appeals by e-mail, you activate or renew your membership in our unique
1960 Sailors Association Inc. (click for additional information about the Association) and paying a nominal $25 in annual dues when requested,* a portion of such dues will be allocated to the website fund, and this way you can provide financial support for the website. The balance of your dues will support our reunions and any other activities. planned at the Board of Directors' discretion.
You should know that many hundreds of dollars
have been invested in the creation and continue to be required periodically, among other costs, for the maintenance of this site to keep it "afloat" and free of annoying advertising. Of course, I enjoyed creating it, I enjoy continually updating, expanding and improving it, and I enjoy just visiting it, too, but the class website is there for everyone's enjoyment   it is our site, not mine.  

And why not send your photos (or scanned images of them), memories and information about yourself to share with your classmates, too?  If  I don't have your e-dress yet, use e-mail or the Class Survey form on the Feedback page to register for our Class Directory SEND IT NOW and tell us how our site makes you feel!   


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ALL classes:
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Class of 1960. 55-year reunion, September 26, 2015, at the Long Beach Hotel. Click here for details


Go to our page to find out
about our class theatre party we had
May 11th, 2001,
at the

of our senior year spring musical

Won't you let us take you on a  




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