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Our Class Newsletter (continued)

Presented to the class by  1960 Sailors Association Inc.
(Curious? Click for additional information about our Association.)


 Issue Date:   March 20, 2019

                           TO 1960Sailors HOME PAGE
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MEMORIAL UPDATES: Date of last entry:  January 27, 2019:
       (See also our Memorial Spindrift photo album.)

Sadly, we were informed in January 2019 by her brother, Frank Fazio (OHS '62) through his partner, Larry Schnur, that popular classmate, Karen Fazio, had passed in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 15th, 2018, at age 76 from complications of a stroke. Karen, who grew up in Island Park,  had retired to Daytona in 2012 after a career in NY City in cumputer technology and teaching. Her passion, however, was in interior design.

We were notified by her loving, husband, Marvin, that  our very popular classmate,  Kathy Isom Eckroth, succumbed to cancer and  passed away while living in  western

Canada September 24, 2018. Like her mother did in Oceanside, Kathy had a dance school for 20 years and was otherwise very involved in the arts in Canada. Kathy also enjoyed genealogical and other internet research, and we are grateful for her help locating 65 out of 100 then missing classmates for our 55-year reunion in 2015 (which, unfortunately, Kathy was unable to attend).

We we informed by a classmate that Randy Perna passed away December 23, 2018, from colon cancer. A resident of Omaha, Nebraska, since 2012 and at the

     Circa 1991      time of his passing,  Before going to New York University, Randy served in the U.S. Navy after OHS, where he played soccer and  wrestled. In Oceanside, he was an active member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a scout and Catholic Youth Group program leader and President of the St Anthony’s Church Parish Council,  

We first learned from a relative in August 2018 that
Veronica Waite Millea passed away in December 2016. Ronnie spent most of her life in Oceanside but later moved to Brooklyn.

A classmate reported seeing a Newsday obtuary for Irene Tortorelli Amuso, then a resident of Rockville Centre, who passed away on July 29,m 2017.

Bruce Winkler was a popular member of the Class of 1960 but only during our junior high years. A resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Bruce ​passed away on April 18, 2017, from a highly metastasized lung cancer only two months after his ​initial ​diagnosis. (Click here for Bruce's story,)


We were notified by e-mail by his brother, Ray (OHS class of '63), that Dr. Tom Castoldi, a passionate osteopathic physician, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away at age 73.of cardiac arrest.on October 1, 2015, four days after our 55-year reunion. His brother, Ray, reported that Tom enjoyed our 50-  year Grand Gala  Reunion in 2010. 

Some may remember that Tom accompanied our 1960 production of Bells Are Ringing on the piano.

The passing, September 16, 2016, after a three-month struggle with multiple health issues, of Rosemary DeLucia, a lifelong resident of our little town, wife of Donald Forchelli, mother of two sons and grandmother of five, was reported to us by a classmate.


A classmate reported that Charles LoCascio recently passed on. The following information was taken from his online obituary ( for the full text). Charlie passed away on July 29, 2016, at the age of 73 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was a resident of Holly Hill (near Daytona Beach), Florida, and a life-long educator (an English teacher). He was a master of Italian cooking and loved boating, fishing and rock 'n' roll music, which he played on the piano.

We learned that Linda Solomon passed away in Florida on  June 22, 2016, from pulmonary complications. The following information was supplied by her loving husband of 51 years, Bob Kemp. They lived in Oceanside until 2006. After graduating from Becker College, Linda was an

operating room nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital until their first of three children was born in 1966. Soon, Linda dedicated herself to fundraising.for Oceanside's School #8 PTA. The Kemp family enjoyed camping and travel with other families all over the country, and Linda was president of the Good Sam Camping Club. According to Bob, "Linda had something in her that few people have, the loving ability to make friends and keep them from high school to present day. Everybody loved her and misses her, which was evident from the comments made on Facebook."

According to an obituary published June 7, 2016, in  , Steven Mendelow, a resident of NY City and a
graduate of Bucknell University, has passed at age 73. He served in the US Army from 1966-68, and for nearly 50 years was an accountant and financial adviser to countless individuals, families, and businesses. New York Times

His sister, Maggie (a/k/a Peg or Margaret, OHS '65), informed us that Ed Chilton passed away in Michigan on April 2, 2016, at the end of his long battle with congestive heart failure. It is an understatement to say that Ed was a one-of-a-kind guy. Visit his memorial page.

Her beloved sister, Nancy, also our classmate, informed us sadly that Kathy Keegan, a 15-year cancer survivor, passed away on December 10, 2015, from a rapidly progressing case of pulmonary fibrosis with complications. In the early stages of her recovery, Kathy attended our 40-year reunion. Near the end of her life, she was living in Maine and Florida.

A classmate informed us of the passing on December 6, 2015, from complications following replacement heart valve surgery of our dear friend, George Dirkes,  George is fondly remembered by many of us primarily for his delightful wit.  He was an esteemed partner in a prominent San Francisco law firm where he represented wealthy individual clients in estate planning

trust administration matters. George was a highly accomplished lawyer who  lectured and wrote extensively in his field of expeertise. He was co­author of a practice book entitled California Trust Practice and a contributing author to California Will Drafting. George was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.and was a former mayor of Ross, California.
Upon his passing, his prestigious law firm placed the following words of remembrance on its website: "George’s brilliant professional work was uniquely matched by his kind, gentle, and genuinely caring demeanor. He was a wonderful friend, mentor, and counselor to everyone at the firm and to his clients, as well as a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. We are grateful that he was part of our firm for over forty­one years."

Marty Fuchs,
whom you may remember played Sandor in our 1960 production of the Broadway musical, Bells Are Ringing, thus beginning a lifetime of passion for the theatre, passed away October 25, 2015, from a heart attack, according to a report from his wife, Carla. In addition to his

amateur theater activities, Marty also sang in a barbershop quartet. He was retired from a career as an engineer for Boeing.

 We were notified in late September 2015 by his loving wife of 44 years, Rosemary, that popular classmate, Bob Schwartz,  died suddenly and unexpectedly on September 12, 2015. According to Rosemary, Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY, but spent most of his life on Long Island. Bob and  

Rosemary moved to Stuart, Florida, in 2004 and enjoyed golf, yachting, bridge and traveling throughout the U.S. in their motor home. They also had a summer home in Greentown, Pennsylvania. Bob, a graduate of Hofstra University, was a stockbroker before joining the U.S. Treasury Dept. as an International Tax Examiner. Bob will be remembered for his ever present smile and wonderful sense of humor.

We also learned in late September 2015 that Bette Tobolson passed away recently after losing a long and hard fight with cancer.

We learned in late August  2015 from her brother, Andrew, (OHS, '64) that Jane Nieman passed away on July 28, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. Jane last resided in both Southampton, NJ Jersey and Lake Worth, FL. Jane was an English teacher .

We learned in September 2015 that Kathryn Moloney passed away near Atlanta, Georgia ,on April 39, 2015. She was apparently quite ill for some time and unable to speak near the end of her life.

Doris Walker succumbed to brain cancer on May 3, 2015, following a long struggle after surgery in February last year, Doris was hoping to be able to attend our reunion in September.

Iris Kodish was part of our class only through our sophomore year after which her family moved to Teaneck, NJ. We recently learned that Iris passed away in September 2004 after a long battle with central nervous lymphoma. She had a career as a social worker.

Ronna Maislis, of Boynton Beach, FL, tragically passed when she succumbed to pneumonia after a long period of health issues on  April 12, 2015, just following the passing of her husband, Jeff Brill, (OHS, '59) on March 31, 2015. For years, Jeff owned and operated Ocean Chemists in our little town.

To date, our pre-55-year 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 Di Pasqua 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 is 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.):


Frances Hulse


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 Joellen Lang, recently a resident of Austin, Texas, (and part of our class until our sophomore year when her family moved to Freeport) passed away February 10, 2008. She was a retired nurse.


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, a Long Island resident, lost her battle to ovarian cancer on April 16, 2006. Carol traveled the world working for airlines and then became a registered nurse.

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, the now late Roy Chernock wrote this about Steve to

 "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 Coach Roy Chernock's memorial page. .
(And click here to see what Coach Roy said about this site.)

Individual memorial pages.
We 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.


(See lower right.column for OHS faculty/administration losses.)

Click here for Oceanside HERALD's coverage of our 18th anniversary


ALL classes:
(For protection against electronic data miners, any personal e-dresses
shown below have extra spaces that must be removed before using.)

  • CLASS OF 1969  50 years July 20, 2019. For details, send your contact information to Oceanside1969classreunion @ gmail.com.


(Last request e- mailed July 2018)

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 at least 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 any future reunions and 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 for the maintenance of this site, among other costs, 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! 



Please make  sure we have  your contact information.



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

           Let me know, PLEASE.         





We're still rockin' 'n' rollin'!!

Our class website is 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!


Significant new features of this website throughout its history are summarized 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 listed 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.  Use this list to see what you may have missed, and keep coming back to it every time you've been away for a while to see what's new.


Two photos of the Pantry Diner, circa 1956 or '57

A memorial tribute page for Coach Chernock



An original 1955 sales brochure for Ocean Lea homes on a new page entitled "The Suburban Housing Boom of the 1950s in Our Little Town"

A 1955 article frolm an Alabama newspaper about the hiring in our
little town
of the first woman cantor in Jewish history


A memorial tribute page for Coach Hay.

A memorial to Fats Domino, gone at 89.

A memorial tribute page to our beloved Coach Jan.
Highlights of selected reviews of preview performances of the soon-
 to-be Broadway (we hope) musical, The Honeymooners.


A NY Post announcement of the 1959 takeover of our Roadside Rest
by Nathan's Famous, Inc. featuring a caricature of Nathan Handwerker created for the occasion by Post cartoonist, John Piorotti. Also an article by your captain about how 100 years ago, without any help from modern technology, the illiterate Nathan managed the risk of loss from employee theft.



Our online review of two books about the history of Nathan's Famous and the life of its colorful founder, Nathan Handwerker, written by two of his grandsons, Bill and Lloyd Handwerker.

Our memorial tribute to Muhammad Ali, photos of of the Oceanside house that held the weeping Madonna in 1960 with a crowd gathered in front and of Young Israel of Oceanside, our first Orthodox synagogue, and Ed Chilton's memorial page.

A beautiful "new" musical selection on our "Memory Book" page, updated research on our "Googamooga" page, and a page commemorating the 2016 "sweet 16" anniversary of our class website, and our "Chuck Berry Memorial Tribute" linked to our page about his 2000 Kennedy Center Honors page, which, in turn, now features a link to a video of the event.


A detailed report of our fabulous 55-year reunion held in Long Beach in September 2015 is now available together with a nostalgic, video slideshow of images of the Long Beach boardwalk the way it was when we were kids that was made for and presented at that reunion.  Also, our 2010 reunion videos once inaccessible have now been restored.


A photo of the new Oceanside Nathan's Famous, a long-awaited one of the historic Merrick branch of the Roadside Rest and a Meyer & Kronke menu cover.


A memorial tribute to our principal, Charles  Mosback, linked to a report of a community ceremony in which his daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback,  participated.

Powerful "new" background music on our 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 (late son of Nathan) Handwerker, the man who brought to Oceanside in 1959, and  Morty Shor,
late 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  Oceanside Beacon
  • 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.


The third legendary OHS coach from our time to pass away in less than a year, Coach Roy Chernock died on.September 4, 2018. Click here for Coach Roy Chernock's memorial page.

Coach John ("Jack") Hay
passed away January 21, 2018, at age 89 at his home in Maplewood, NJ. During our time there, Coach Hay was a popular phys. ed. teacher, wrestling, cross-country and girls' softball coach . See our memorial tribute page for Coach Hay..

One of our very favorites, Coach Frank Januszewski, passed away September 19, 2017, at age 89. Click on his photo at right for our special memorial tribute page.

Lawrence Cascio
, former foreign language teacher at Oceanside High School (and later, Fordham University), passed on July 23, 2016.

We were informed by classmate,
Bill Schrader, that Thomas Fetherston passed away on January 22, 2015, at the age of 92 near his home in Rhode Island after battling declining health for some months. You should recall that Tom was a universally beloved teacher of biology at OHS during our time and for almost 40 years, and he was one of my favorites.
Bill recalls a talk that Fetherston gave one day in his sophomore biology class about this amazing molecule called “deoxyribose nucleic acid” (“DNA”). That talk was only three years after DNA was first identified in 1953, and pre-dated the related Nobel Prize given in 1962. Said Bill, “Fetherston was giving us a taste of the most exciting science of the time, a tribute not only to him but also to the fine educational system that we enjoyed in our public schools in that era.  Rick von Brook and Betty Griffin
remember fondly when Fetherston and another biology teacher used to come out of the prep room frequently between the labs dueling with pointers.

Tom was born on April 12, 1923, grew up in Baldwin on the waters of Long Island  and attended Oceanside schools where his father (also Tom Fetherston) was the president of the school board. He was a Sailor through and through having spent many years cruising with his family around its South Shore out to the Hamptons.
He served as a laboratory technician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. This experience helped shape Tom's compassion and his interest in life sciences, particularly biology.
Tom returned to Baldwin after the war, and in 1948 he married while attending Hofstra University, and upon graduation, He earned a fellowship at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of the Carnegie Institute where he conducted research. He then joined the faculty of his alma mater (and ours) in 1952. Teaching gave him the outlet he needed for his dynamic and nurturing personality, and he shaped the lives of literally thousands of students. He was also a coach of the OHS varsity rifle team and as the first coach on Long Island to recruit women to the team., he was way ahead of his time. After his retirement, Tom still wanted to be around students, so he joined the administration staff at Hofstra University, where he worked with his wife until they relocated to join their sons in Rhode Island in 1999. 
Tom Fetherston will be remembered as a warm, thoughtful and caring man with a passion for biology and a sense of humor who made an enormous impact on his OHS students and all those who knew him. 

Much of this material was derived from an extensive online obituary. Click here for the full text.

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.
                                                                                                                             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 this site, 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.


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.


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."


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
40-year reunion.

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