This page is dedicated to our classmates who were once part of our lives.
They may leave this world, but they will never leave our hearts.
Our Departed MHS Alumni

Class of 1965

Joanne Kass Phair
Marjorie Kromka

Class of 1964

Barbara Abrams-Seaman-Dixon
John Charles Brewer
Charles "Chuck" Chiarcian
Jeanne Ann Christopher
Glen Cooper
Stefanie June Defreese Morgan
Jo Ann De Zurney
James Albert Griffin
Deborah Gronning
June Jensen-Klein
William Monroe
Susan Nailor
Joyce Norton
Richard Poore
William Shopland
William Simpson
Joseph Stypolkoski
Kari Torgersen Waasjo
Betsy Wade Whitehead
Joseph Wald
Douglas Young
William Zitko

Class of 1963

Don Beatty
Bob Bryan
Sharon Crane Sadtlander
Joann Collins
Karen Berlin Terranova
Grace Broidy
Carol Dembia-Russo
Judy Ferber-O'Brian-Tanski
Cindy Garrabrant Beall
Ken Lentz
Jay Mc Evitt
Mary G. Mihok Vranesevic
Bob Olszewski
Desi Rodrigues
Joe Ronzanski
Dick Ruble
John Schaeffer
Bill Sica
Ted Sowa
Jerry Wald
Barbara Yauch

Class of 1962

Hertha Carey-Cody
Colleen Chando
Bob Dandorf
Drinda Dixon-Hudak
Klaus Fisher
Anna Gebauer
Louie Gaeta
Monica Gronsinski
Bruce Liming
Laura Nixon-Kidd
Whitey Osborn
Pat Phair
Carlton Ryfell
Rick Wade

Class of 1961

Curt Blefary
Buzz Dailey
Linda De Graw
John Gata
Joe Giro
Ron Gladstone
Pete Jasenzack
Kriz Krzmowski
Stanley Kwack
Maurice Leibruder
Sonny Miraglio
Tommy McLaughlin
Heidi Ochner
Harold "Whitey" Osborne
Herbie Pelzer
Gordon Randall
Ginnie Ritter-Buhr
John Wald

Class of 1960

Marilyn Berish
Glen Breen
Elizabeth Collens-Krinsky
Diane Friedberg-Riely
Arthur Gass
John Glasgow
Ann Huntington
Bill Jenkins
Arthur Kane
Kessica Kudrick
Robert Lota
Pudge Marosin
John Morgan
Janet Strong-Graves
Stanley Trusewicz


Our Departed Faculty


GEORGE W. CARPENTER JR.
"Coach"

From The Bergen Record on line's obituaries: Sunday, April 24, 2005
George W Carpenter Jr. 79, of Lincoln Park, formerly of Mahwah, died Saturday. Before retiring in 1981,he was a teacher, athletic director and chairman of the athletic department at Mahwah High School, where he was a faculty member for thirty years. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.






EDDY Marion R., 94, died June 30, 2014 at her home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she lived with her son, David, and grandson, Brian. Born Marion Alden Reimherr, she was the daughter of John Philip Reimherr and Marion Alden Wheeler. She was a proud member of the Mayflower Society, being a direct descendent of John Alden. She grew up in Troy, New York, and graduated Russell Sage College. As a young woman, she was active in summer camp counseling, but devoted her life to being a teacher. She married Thomas A. Eddy of Greenwich, New York, in 1948 and they moved to Mahwah, New Jersey, in 1957, where she lived for 50 years. She was a beloved English teacher at Mahwah High School for 25 years. She was loved and she will be missed.




Mr.Hugo F. Marcolini
"Coach"
April 7,1923 - September 22, 1963

"Coach was a NY PL Sgt. US Marine Corps veteran of WWII. Burial was at Maryrest Cemetery Mahwah, New Jersey.






Elizabeth (Bette) Shatwell R.N.
School Nurse
December 12, 1920 - December 21, 2013

In Bette's life, she was many things: World War II veteran, wife, terrific mother, grandmother, great grandmother,MHS school nurse, volunteer, and world traveler. Preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, Bette is survived by her son Kenneth (Mary), daughter Susan, and grandchildren Keirsten (Brian), Lisbeth (Jason), and Peter (Courtnie). She was a devoted great-grandmother (GG) to Riley, Carter, Addison, Macy and Hudson. Since she requested no service, Bette suggested that family and friends use this occasion to make a contribution to
their favorite church or charity. She was 93.





Dr.Edward Winslow Warr

Edward Winslow Warr, 88, of Oakland, died on February 13, 2013, in the home he built. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the second of three children, and raised in the Bronx, New York. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War, and left the service as a 1st Lieutenant to pursue a career as a teacher. He taught English at Mahwah High School. He Graduated Doctor of Philosophy from New York University in 1974, and retired in 1987, after 31 years teaching English at Mahwah H.S. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of 55 years, three children, Hilary Messina of Milford, PA, Melody Warr of Mahwah, NJ, and Christopher Warr of Draper, UT, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Gregory Warr of Vero Beach, FL Edward was a parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oakland. Published in The Record/Herald News on February 20, 2013.




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Barbara Ann Abrams-Seaman-Dixon


"Some suffer in silence, others suffer when silent."

Class of 1964. . Barb. . always talking. .likes senior boy. .sports... Mrs Lund......dislikes too much homework. . ....college and teaching ahead. Barbara attended Patterson State University. She married Charles Seaman in 1967. They had three daughters: Carrie Ann Brooks, Becky McGlonthin of Round Rock, Texas and Brenda Robinson of Westerville, Ohio. She had one granddaughter, Jessica Robinson. Barbara married Robert Dixon in 1993. She was a Supervisor for GTE in Marion, Ohio. She enjoyed following sports activities and was an avid reader.After a lengthy battle with MS, Barbara died August 3, 2001 in Caledonia,Ohio.





 

Donald Beaty

1945-1963

Class of 1963. . .Musically inclined. . .enjoys acting . ..blond and quiet. . .future includes college. . . Don made it to college in the fall of 1963, however, he wasn't there too long before he died in a drowning accident. It is believed that both he and his swimming companion were "in trouble", but when help arrived, Don insisted that he'd 'be alright' and to save his friend first but when the life guard returned, Don was gone. On a personal note, I have known Don since our first day in Mrs. Baxter's kindergarden class right through our High school graduation. He was a shy sweet 'boy' who enjoyed band and acting. Don was an adopted only child. I can't help but feel angry that Don was taken much too soon. I am proud to have created this web site where I can keep Don's, as well as our other dearly departed classmate's memories alive. R.I.P.






Marilyn Jean Berish

1943- 3/03/2002

"Life is not life at all without delight."Class of 1960. . . Raving eyes. . ."Don't talk while I am interrupting" ....shining complexion. ... dislikes history and steno..... .home fries rate high. .. . .secretarial work. ..fabulous sense of humor. In the 40th Reunion directory from the '60-'61 joint reunion in 2000, Marilyn wrote: "I'm divorced, retired, relaxing, traveling to New Hampshire twice a year and hanging with my friends. I'm involved with Small Town and Fancy Players Amateur Theatre Group. I still make stained glass sometimes. I also drop my money off to Merv and The Donald a few times a year." She was one of the organizers of the MHS Class of '60 and '61's 40th reunion in 2000 and stated:"I POSITIVELY WILL NOT DO ANOTHER REUNION!!!" Marilyn had heart surgery in Sept 2001 and suffered complications and remained in the hospital until her death in March of 2002. Her former MHS teachers Mr.(Tick) Litchfield and Mrs. Eddy and her elementary school teacher, Sister Noel were by her side. RIP. Marilyn's Obituary reads: Marilyn Jean Berish, 59, of Suffern, NY, formerly of Mahwah, NJ, died peacefully on March 3, 2002. Adored daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie (Waligroski) Berish. Loving sister of Barbara and James Straut of Mahwah, Bernard and Sandy Berish of New Hampshire and the late Richard (1993) and his wife Diane Berish. Beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was a former member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Mahwah. She was also the owner and operator of the Mahwah Beauty Center, Mahwah. Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for Diabetes, 112 Prospect Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.





Karen Berlin Terranova
1945-2006

TERRANOVA -- Karen Berlin 60, died Friday,February 17, 2006 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Born in Englewood and raised in Mahwah, she resided in West Long Branch since 1982. She lived in and traveled to several states during her husband's military service. Karen was a 1967 honors graduate of Radford University, Radford, VA, earning a degree in Psychology. She was the former co-owner along with Carol Doninger, of Help-in-Home Agency, Ocean Township, NJ. She was member of the West Long Branch Sports Association, coaching young girls softball and the West Long Branch Community Center for many years, serving on the Board of Directors. Additionally, she was a volunteer fund-raiser for The Humane Society, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. She loved gardening and spending time with her dogs. Karen was a wonderful, loving mother and wife who always put her family first. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, loved ones and everyone whose lives she touched. Karen was predeceased by her parents, William E. and Dorothy Slavin Berlin. Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Patrick V. Terranova, two daughters, Julie L. Terranova, Tinton Falls and Jamie L. Terranova, West Long Branch and one sister, Gail Berlin Makara, Santa Rosa, CA, formerly of Wyckoff, NJ. .Donations may be made in Karen's memory to the Lymphodema Society, which can be found at https://www.lymphnet.org/donationForm.html or to The Humane Society at http://www.hsus.org/.





Curtis Leroy Blefary

"Curt" "Athletics is his middle name" Class of 1961. . ."Blef". . .always talking. . .athletic coaches. .. tuna fish. . ."Stay". .... . blueberry pie. . .Eileen. ..... .dislikes girls who drink and people who say we have no school spirit. ...... .plans to play pro ball. ....... .attend West Point. ....... .secretly desires to be a baseball sportscaster.


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Glenn Breen

"Politeness goes far but costs nothing"Class of 1960 . .Mellifluous voice. . ."Pow!". . .dislikes nonsense . . .musically inclined. . . constant remark-er in any class. . .listening to square music. . .a natural on stage. . ministry is his goal.

Glen went to Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, NY. He planed to be a minister. . Any one with any further information please contact : Gloria (Klaschka)gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Grace "Jack" Brody
'63.Transfered from Illinoise. .sports. swiming and ice scating. .senior ditches. . economics?. . . no future plans

Sadly, we do not know anything about Grace's life after graduation. Grace's whereabouts were unknown and she could not be located for the 1975 or 1988 reunions. A Internet search for her for our 50th reunion found that she was deceased. Any one with information about Grace's life and or death, please contact Gloria (Klaschka)gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





John Charles Brewer

"Berf . ."Yeah, you're right." . .undefinable, unpredictable . .stick six . .athletic . .'56 Ford . . baseball . . . . dislikes girls who run around with curlers in their hair . .Army ahead... Any one with information about John's life and or death, please contact Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Robert E Bryan Jr.
1944-2002

"Bob". . ... '63. ...."Don't wory about it". ....... .6'3" and handsome. ...... .motorcycles....... hot cars.......ABPG .......varsity football three years. ......future millionaire.... .college bound. Bob attended Wagner college. Bob had a motorcycle accident in 1965 and suffered a serious head injury. We lost track of Bob after the 1975 reunion. At that time he lived in Edison NJ and worked for Okinite Co. in North Brunswick. An extensive earch for Bob found him living in Plainfield NJ at the time of his death.





Charles Chiarcian
1945-2002

No sky is too heavy if the heart be light.". . .Chuck . .dry, subtle wit . . "You better believe it!" . . Mary Ann
. .pumpkins . .pizza . . baseball . . photography . . dislikes people who ask questions . . Varsity "M" Club . . future plans include college. "Chuck" was living in Jackson New Jersey at the time of his passing.





Jeanne Christopher Davidson
1946-2008

"The greatest pleasure of life is doing what other people say you cannot do." . . . Jeanne . . long shinny brown hair hootenannies . . folk music . . guitars . . captain of field hocky team . . lover of good books and music. . transfer from Marywood Seminary . . Europe, then college. Jeanne was living in MA at the time of her passing.





Hertha Margareta Carey-Codey 

Toots" ......'62"......man has his will, but woman has her way."......Nursing School . ...... .short, pert and pretty.... "You're kiddin' me!" . . .Advanced Bio. . .Mr. Herald. . long fingernails. . .likes eating out. . .to be an ace mechanic.

HERTHA CAREY CODEY, "Tootsie". On Sunday April 25, 2010, Hertha Carey Codey of Lake Worth, FL, passed away unexpectedly following an accident in Jupiter, FL. The daughter of William Carey and Hertha Birner Carey, she was born in New York City on January 18, 1945 and grew up in Allendale, NJ. An active resident of Allendale for over forty years. She loved singing and was part of several bands that performed throughout Northern New Jersey. She married the late Frank Codey III, of Montclair, NJ, in 1964, and they had three beloved children, Frank Codey IV of Summit, NJ, Hertha (Tres) Codey of San Diego, CA and Carey Ann Codey Adler of Morris Plains, NJ Tootsie moved to Jupiter, FL in 1988 where she started her own management consulting business and developed an innovative program called: "The Gender Gap Agenda" which explored how gender and culture affect performance in the workplace. In 2002 Tootsie joined Washington Mutual Bank as Supervisor of Training and Leadership Development for the South Florida Area before retiring last year. Tootsie is survived by her children; seven grandchildren; her father, William R. Carey, Sr.; and her brothers, William (Max) Carey, Jr., Christopher Carey, and Michael Carey. Every moment with Tootsie was memorable. She constantly reminded and encouraged us to live our lives with passion, humor, and love. She will be greatly missed. Her children will receive friends and family at the Jupiter Lighthouse on Saturday, May 15. Her spirit will be celebrated at 5 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Auxiliary of St. Mary's Medical Center in memory of Hertha Codey. Donations may be sent to Susan Cameron President, Auxiliary of St. Mary's Medical Center, 901 45th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Hi everyone. This is Toots' daughter Carey. I came on to her FB page this morning to close it down and saw what everyone had written and decided to leave it up for a while. We have finalized the plans for my Mom's 'Celebration of Life'. It will be on Saturday, May 15th at 5pm at the Jupiter Lighthouse with a reception to follow at Panama Hatties in North Palm Beach. ..... Thanks for the kind words. It means the world to us!!! Carey Codey Adler





Colleen Judy Chando

'62....."You can't expect people to see eye to eye with you if you look down on them." Secretary....naturally curly hair...."Tough, man!". . .Please Love Me Forever. . .souped up cars. talking on the phone. ............ .pizza. ..... .Mrs. Brehove. ......... .would like to go to Puerto Rico. The details of "Col's" life after graduation and her death are unknown. Any one with information please contact
Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com







Joann Collins 1945-1995

'63 . . .Friendly...petite...."Alright!". . . ..llikes people and secretarial work. . .Mr. Stack. . . executive secretary.

A Social Security death record for Joanne Collins shows she was born in NY and died in New Haven CT in April 1995. The details of Joann's life after MHS and her passing are unknown.Any one with information please contact:
Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com






Glen Cooper

Any one with information about Glen's life and or death, please contact
Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Sharon Crane Stadtlander
1945-2014

Aubrey, Texas -- Sharon Stadtlander, 69, of Aubrey, Texas, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at her residence in Aubrey. She was born March 11, 1945 in Amarillo Texas to Robert Crane and Ada Belle (Williams) Crane. She married John Stadtlander September 3, 1966 in Ringwood New Jersey. She is survived by her husband; John Stadtlander, father; Robert Crane, son; Jonathan Stadtlander, daughters; Kari Theologes, Kristine Lovely, Kathi Cressman, ten grandchildren; brothers; Robert Crane II, and James Crane. A memorial funeral service was held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne with Rev. Mike Lovely, and Rev. Greg Reider officiating.



Robert W. Dandorf Class of 1962

"Bob"

Robert W. Dandorf, 67, of Toms River, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at home. Born in Teaneck, he lived in Waldwick before moving to Toms River, where he resided for the past 22 years. He was general manager for the Holiday Inn, Ramsey for 27 years before his retirement. After his retirement, Robert worked for the Home Depot on Route 70, Lakewood for 10 years. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Elks BROE 2151 and also founded the Lake Ridge Shuffleboard Club with his beloved wife, Eileen. Most of all, Robert loved spending time with his family and friends while entertaining people at gatherings at their home. He also enjoyed Atlantic City's "Penny Slots". Robert is predeceased by his son, Sean Patrick. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; his son, Robert and his wife Lisa; his brothers, Alan and Warren; and his grandchildren, Peter Robert and Julian Lorenzo. In lieu of flowers, donations to Aides Research for Children (Make check payable to ARFC), c/o Linda Stevens, 300 Washington St., Avon, NJ 07717, would be appreciated.




William Dailey

'61 "It filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before.". .... ."Buzz". .. .red hair. . .tall. . . freckles. ... easy going. . .lasagna. . pizza. . dislikes studying and people who can't take a joke. . .'52 black Fords. . .......Mr.Herold rates........... Biology major in college for Buzz.. Sue Ester '62 writes:
I was in touch for a while with Buzz Dailey, primarily through his ex-wife, Andrea, and was very sorry to see his name among those we've lost. He and Andrea Reynolds (also class of 1961) married about a year after their MHS graduation. They settled in the Phoenix, Arizona area within a couple of years. Though they divorced they remained friends over the years. I visited when I was in graduate school in California in the seventies. At one point he had a leather crafting store. My lasting memory of Buzzy is a twilight ride on the back of his motorcycle in the Arizona desert. As far as I know, Andrea is still in the Phoenix area. Probably still applying her mathematically gifted mind to the upcoming tax season when not into western line dancing.br>





Stefanie June Defreese Morgan

She who respects others is respected by them." . . Stef . . friendly and likable . ."That's saying something!"
hambergers and cokes . . Johnny Mathis . . dancing . . sports . .boys . . dislikes homework and people who who
try to be something they're not . . secretly desires to become a 'rock and roll" singer . . a nursing career is planned.
Any one with information about Stefanie's life and or death, please contact Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Linda DeGraw

"Whatever is doing at all iis worth doing well.". ....... 1961. . ......Lynn. .... ."Guess what?". ..... Dream. ............. .pizza. Johnny Mathis...... . history. ..... .Mr.Lazicki.... . a certain one in N.C.. .gabbing on the phone.................. dislikes gym and oral book reports. ....... career in Nursing. The details of Linda's life and passing are unknown. If anyone has any information about Linda's life after MHS and or her passing, write gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Frank "Ducky" M. DeMarino
June 30, 1942 - August 5, 2013

"Butch" was the brother of MHS '63 Linda DeMarion. Butch also worked at Pal's. Franklin Mario “Butch”, “Ducky” DeMarino, a longtime Newburgh resident, entered into eternal rest on August 5, 2013. He was 71 years old.The son of the late Mario and Maria (Jacaruso) Demarino, Frank was born on June 30, 1942 in Suffern, NY. He married Deborah Brunetti on August 12, 1967. Frank owned and operated Debbie Ducks Video 52, Ducky’s Place, and Frank DeMarino Trucking. Frank had a great love for his family and friends, to know him was to love him. Ducky loved music, his truck and was known to be quite the jokester. He is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Deborah, at home; his children Frank DeMarino and Tracy DeMarino, both of Newburgh; his sister Linda DeFalco of New Jersey; his brothers Erwin and Leslie DeMarino, both of New Jersey; his grandchildren: Nico Mauro and Aidan DeMarino, both of Newburgh, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as many friends.





Carolyn Ann Dembia-Russo
1945-1995

"Dem" Class of 1963 ............. . "Are you serious?" ............. . .'57 Ford convertibles ..... . blue eyes... .football games. .............cute . .........Mr.Dierman ....... business world or airline stewardess Originally I wrote that the details of Carol's life and death were unclear but felt fortunate to have had Carol work on the class of '63's 25th Reunion in 1988 and thankful that we could see our beautiful Carolyn one last time. Then on Feb.8th,2012 I received an e mail from Kelly Roque, Carolyn's daughter, which touched my heart and made me realize just how much my efforts to keep the memories of our departed classmates alive were appreciated.
Kelly wrote: "I just came across the Heavenly Yearbook page today as my family remembers our mom who'd passed away 17 years ago today at the age of 49. Just missing her, I was suddenly curious to see if I could dig anything up with a search for Carolyn Dembia when I found your MHS page. I saw your post asking for information regarding Carolyn's life and death and thought I'd share a short bio with you to add to your post. Your words about mom were so sweet,"our beautiful Carolyn". Mom passed after a year-long battle with lung cancer on Feb, 8th, 1995. She is survived by her husband, our dad, Joseph Russo, and three children: Kelly Russo (Roque), Michael Russo and Joseph Russo Jr. Our family had lived in Franklin Lakes for about 25 years and my parents owned and operated (my father and Michael still owning) "Computer Discount of NJ" in West Milford,, NJ. Mom would be so proud if she'd lived long enough to see all of us marry and know the 6 grandchildren she now has along with the fact that her youngest son, Joseph continued to pursue his musical aspirations and is currently the drummer for The Grateful Dead, now
known as Furthur. Carolyn's older brother, Thomas Dembia passed from a massive heart attack only one year before my mother in 1994. He lived in Phoenix, AZ, and is survived by his wife, Nancy and two adult children, Tracy and Jeffrey.
Thank you for this today. Although my brothers and I are now all nearly the age my mother was when she passed 17 years ago, we still miss her dearly. It's heartening to know others out there are remembering her and her other classmates who've all left this place far too soon.
God Bless, Kelly Roque
Anyone wanting to share your memories of Carol with Carol's family may contact her daughter Kelly at : kelroque@hotmail.com






Jo Ann De Zurney Nowack 1946-2013

"To a young heart, everything is fun!" . . Jo . . riding around with the kids . ."Son of a gun!" . .Mr. Lazicki .
. dislikes gym and Monday mornings . .pet peeve: people who reveal the end of a movie . . will attend beautician school
After graduation Jo Ann began a lifelong career as a certified nursing assistant, with her last assignment at Milford Manor in West Milford. She had two sons; Derek and Brandon, a daughter Maggie and four grandchildren: Anthony, Angelica, Brandee and Erin. As you may recall, JoAnn was the daughter of John “Pal” De Zurney, former owner of Pal’s Diner.






Drinda Mary Dixon-Hudak

February 7, 1944-July 26 2006

Class of 1962. . "Drin". . ."Wit to persuade and beauty to delight. . changeable. . ."Yeah, Yeah!" ........all types of food. . .Mr. Lazicki. . .Think Twice. . .listening to radio. . .wants to be a professional ice-scater, a beautician. Drinda lived in Waldwick New Jersey and was a hairdresser. The details of Drinda's life and death are unknown. Any one with information on Drinda's life and or death, contact Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com.






Judith Ferber-O'Brian-Tanskibr 1963-1993
 

"Judi" '63 Enjoys skiing and swimming. . .peppy majorette. . .nice smile. . .coquettish. .New Hampshire vacations.

For many years, many of her classmates believed that in 1965 Judi had worked at "The Play Boy Club' in NYC as a Play Boy Bunny! However, at the Class of 1963's 25th reunion in 1988 she said "it's a silly rumor."Judi was married and widowed twice. She had three children Rory, Sean and Tiffany.Judi lived in New York State at the time of her death in 1993.





Klaus Gunter Fischer

"Fish. . . "who deserves well need not an other's praise.". . . Our tall German boy . . . conscientious
worker . . . the 'big four" . . . be one of the first space travelers . . cross country.

Klaus Günter Fischer, mathematician, teacher, husband, father, avid cyclist and basketball player, died from respiratory failure associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), on July 2nd at home in Fairfax, VA. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Eva Thorp, their son Eric and daughter Kathryn. Klaus Fischer, PhD., was Chairman of the mathematics department at George Mason University, where he taught for 36 years and made many contributions to the development of the University as it is today. He was proud this May to be present at the graduation and hooding of the first three students to be granted Ph.D.'s in Mathematics, a program he helped shepherd into existence. For many years, with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, he led workshops for local middle school teachers. He also worked collaboratively with faculty in the Graduate School of Education on a variety of statewide math education initiatives. Each summer he led a math camp for talented middle school children, and he was a national judge and problem writer for the Math Counts competition which brings promising middle school student winners from around the country to Washington, DC.
Klaus was born in Zwickau, Germany, during WWII, the youngest of three boys. After the war, his family returned to their pre-war apartment in Berlin. Klaus enjoyed telling people that he was one of those small children posing with U.S. soldiers after the Berlin Airlift. At the age of 9, he immigrated to the United States aboard a retired U.S. troop ship, arriving in New York City on Flag Day, which he celebrated yearly thereafter. The family settled in Mahwah, NJ, where Klaus attended elementary school and graduated from Mahwah High School where he was a cross country star and vice-president of his class. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Lafayette College in 1967, a Master's degree in Mathematics from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1973. Mathematics was one of his great loves; even in his final week, he informed a hospice case manager that the one thing he still wanted to do was to prove a conjecture he'd been working on.
After earning his Ph.D., he moved to Northern Virginia to begin his professorship at George Mason University. He was married to Eva Thorp in 1975, and they bought their first house together in Fairfax. Their second house is a 120 year old farm house in Fairfax Station. There Klaus loved to think about math in solitude beside his nightly fire in the library. A few years ago, with help from colleagues in the Math Department, he built a garage for the house that was designed by his brother-in-law Charles Thorp to match the style of the house. Klaus was always active; up until the week before his diagnosis, he still biked to work. He loved playing with the faculty basketball team, of which he was a member for more than 30 years. He tried to never miss their noontime practices. He also loved playing tennis and was always on the lookout for new opponents. At the age of 45, with his friend Jim Merz, he biked across country in just over 30 days, camping along the way and covering more than 100 miles a day – even crossing the Rockies. He carried water from the Pacific the entire way and deposited it in the Atlantic at Virginia Beach. Klaus passed his love of athletics to his children. His daughter was a swimmer and rower as well as avid cyclist, and his son ran cross country and played soccer and basketball and is also an avid cyclist. For several seasons, Klaus was a coach for the Burke Basketball program with Eric's teams. He also took on many other volunteer tasks with his children's sports programs. He is survived by his wife Eva Thorp of Fairfax, his daughter Kathryn and her husband Juan de Chamié of Berlin, Germany; his son, Eric, of Fairfax; brother Hans and his wife Meg of Parker, Colorado; brother Wolfgang (MHS class of 1960) and his wife Jill of Waterford, Connecticut; and a large extended family.
The following message was sent to his colleagues at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, by Vikas Chandhoke, dean of the College of Science.
Dear Colleagues,
It is with deep sorrow that I tell you that Dr. Klaus Fischer died Thursday, July 2,2009 from respiratory failure associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He is survived by his wife, Eva Thorp; their son, Eric; and daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Juan de Chamie?. Klaus received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1973 and joined the Mason faculty that same year. He was serving a second term as chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department at the time of his death. Widely respected by colleagues around the country, his multifaceted career as a mathematician put him at the forefront of education for students at all levels, teacher training, statewide education initiatives and mathematics reform activities. For many years, Klaus was a national judge for MATHCOUNTS, an enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. His research interests spanned a variety of complex problems, including algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and graph theory and combinatorics with a geometric bent. A man of many passions, Klaus was an avid tennis player; a founder and 30-year member of a noontime faculty basketball team; and a bicyclist who pedaled across the country in 30 days one summer, crossing the Rockies and carrying water from the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles to add to the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach. He continued to bike to work until recently. His other interests included folk, bluegrass and blues music; carpentry; and quiet time with his thoughts in front of a roaring fire. Those close to him agree on one of his most significant contributions: “Klaus always saw the lighter side of darker events and gave us comic relief at needed times.” He was a fine man who will be sorely missed. Sincerely, Vikas Chandhoke. Dean, College of Science

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Diane Margaret Friedberg-Riely

1960. . "Deedle Bug". . "Her foe was her folly, her weapon wit". . Expressive eyes. . never at a loss for words. . attractive majorette. . neat dresser. . enthusiastic worker. . The Clique. .Managing Editoe, Tom Tom.
. college teaching career.
The details of Diane's life after MHS and her passing are unknown. Anyone with information write gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com



Cynthia Grace Garrabrant

1945-1992

"Cindy". . .Hi Nut!". . . clear blue eyes. ....... sweatshirts. . ..Cash's vocabulary tests... letters from Georgia Tech ....... business school
Cindy's husband Ralph Beall (class of '62) writes:
Cindy and I married in 1965. I was starting my last year at Georgia Tech in Howard county MD. where we lived until her death. I had a US government job. I had the same job the hole time we were married. We had two children Steven and Laura. They both went to college thanks to Cindy working for the Howard county government. Cindy and I had a very good life together. We never suffered a hardship until the end. Since I worked for the government I had up to 6 weeks leave a year. We used it. We took our kids on great vacations all over the US. We camped in all the big national parks. My parents lived in Bolder Col. and we used this as a base for many trips. Cindy and I also made trips to Canada, Mexico ,the Caribbean and England. While our children were young she was a stay at home mom and enjoyed this very much. Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer in Dec. 1987 and yes, that is the reason we did not make the '88 reunion. We got her into an advanced treatment program at John Hopkins University Hospital. She had a very aggressive form of cancer and they gave her a very advanced treatment program for the time. Cindy was a real fighter. I will always have deep respect for the way she lived her life while she fought her illness. We continued to live our lives and still traveled and Cindy worked while all this was going on. I learned much from Cindy on how to live.

My son had completed college and was working when Cindy was ill. My daughter was starting her last year in school when Cindy became terminally ill. My daughter dropped out of school for a year when her mother needed her. I am in dept to her beyond what I can ever repay. Cindy died in May 1992. I have remarried and now have a much larger family. In my early life I had no idea of the ultimate importance of people in your life and how they are your real wealth. I am wealthy. Ralph Beal (Class of 1962)






Arthur Gass

1960. . ."Art". . ."Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you". . .Cars and model airplanes. . .a healthy lad. . ."like". . .independent. . .grasps the opportunity. . secretlly desires to be an Air Force piolet. . .Montclair State College in mind. The details of Art's life and death are unknown. Any one with information on Art's life and or death, Please contact Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com



Joseph E Giro Jr.

"Joe"
Dec 20, 1942 - Nov 29, 2002 (age 59)

"The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; The worst is that which delays them." Class of 1961 . . .friendly smile. . .enjoys life. . .favorites include pizza, skiing, swimming, dancing,. . .improving the school. . .dislikes kids who won't participate in school activities. . .Student Council President. . . secrete ambition is to see the world. . on to college and then to the business world.
Joe is pictured above with his two children Kelly Heatherrington (17) and Joey Giro (12) in 1999. Joe achieved his dream of travel and business and owned a travel agency. He was active in the planning of the MHS class of 60/'61's joint 40th reunion in 2000. Joe passed November 29, 2002 from cancer.





Ronald Gladstone
"Ronnie"

"A smile, A joke-his teasing way." Class of 1961. . .a friendly smile. . .Go Bad. . .tall. . ."Don't seat it". . A Lonely Teenager. . . turkey. . .TV. . .secret ambition is to be a truck driver. . . Such a Life. .future plans undecided. Ron lived in Mahwah and suffered from a long debilitating illness until his death in October 2002.




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Anna Mareia Gebauer

The details of Anna's life after graduation and her passing in 2011 are unknown. Anyone with informaton please contact Gloria (Klaschka) @ gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com.




John Frederick Gata

"Johnny" "Forgive him for he knows not what he speaks." Class of 1961. . .class wit. . .All-Suburban football. . .teacher's dilemma. . ."Bear". . .fishing, canoeing. .to own a pineapple plantation in Hawaii. . .pizza, spaghetti. . .turtle's pet. . .big brown eyes. . ."Hey Louie? No Johnny!". . .3-letter man. . .college bound. The details of John's life and death are unknown. Any one with information on John's life and or death, contact Gloria (Klaschka) at: gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com





Louis Henry Gaeta

"Louie" "I am the captain of my soul." One of those Geata boys.... real comic..... football co captain.......
corvettes..... neat smile...... the countdown in study period. Class of 1962. .
.After High School, Louie graduated Wagner College, Staten Island. In 1976 Louie married 'the love of his life' Sue (Archibald-King). Together they lived in Anderson SC. where he was President of Independant Sales and Marketing and the owner of Southern Sprinkler. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and NY Jet games. He had two step children: Wendy King and Stuart King. Louie died September 1,1987 while doing what he enjoyed most in life, vacationing with Sue in Vermont. A class statement read: "We'll always remember his great smile and terrific sense of humor."





John Daniel Glasgow

"Danny". . .1960. . ."Why should life all labor be?". . .Witty sarcsam. . .dislikes girls who chew gum and smoke. . ."That's tough!". . . take a trip to Alaska. . never without a word. . .hunting and fishing. . .fun to be with. . .college bound after graduation.
John Daniel Glasgow, 69, passed away March 4, 2011 at Pitt Memorial Hospital after succumbing to medical complications from a serious a massive stroke. He is preceded in death by his wife< of 44 years, Lesley. He is survived by three daughters: Anne Munoz of Leavenworth, KS; Lori Glasgow of Casa Grande, AZ; Wendy Stevens of Garner, NC; and his two sisters Louise and Elizabeth Glasgow, both of River Bend, NC. He has seven grandchildren. Dan began his career in law enforcement as a Specialist in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army. He later served as a Special Agent for the Naval Intelligence Service. Dan had a 29 year career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After retiring from the F.B.I., he worked as the Airport Security Coordinator for Coastal Carolina Regional Airport. He also established JD Glasgow Investigations. The viewing will be held at Oscar's Mortuary, Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 10:00am-6:00pm. His funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Dr. Theodore H. Rust officiating. Burial will be held at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC at 2:00 pm. Dan enjoyed being active in his community. He was a volunteer with the RHEMS Fire and Rescue. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in his honor to RHEMS VFD, P.O. Box 13010, New Bern, NC 28563.




James Russell Glasgow

The details of Jimmy's life after MHS are unknown. Please contact Gloria Klaschka at:gloridianne2945@yahoo.com



James A. Griffin Sr.
9/09/1944 - 10/07/2013

James A, Sr. of Mahwah NJ passed away October 7, 2013 at the age of 69. Born September 9, 1944 in NYC to Normand and Natalie Griffin, James was an Army Veteran and retired as Supervisor of the Sewer Department for the Township of Mahwah, he was a member of Company 2 Fire Department in Mahwah, and the American Legion in Mahwah, James loved fishing and his family. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, three children, James Jr. (Jane), Susan Mezzina (Vincent), and Kevin (Lisa), four grandchildren, Abby Rose, Anna, Layton, and Nicolas James. James Funeral Service were held at the Scarr Funeral Home Route 202 Suffern. In lieu of flowers donations to Valley Hospice, 15 Essex Street Paramus NJ 07652.



11/21/2014: I am James Griffin Sr.'s son. I heard about your website and visited it tonight. I just wanted to say thank you for your website. It means a lot to me. It brought tears to my eyes to see my Dad's picture and hear that song in the background. I know he is with the Lord.
Jim Griffin Jr.



11/22/2014: I have not been coping with Jim's death very well. I found your website last month. It made me cry when I looked at it but also happy to see Jim's name and picture in it. It made me feel better. I just want to thank you so much for taking time out of your life to design this website. He was the love of my life. We would have been Married 45 years this past Jan. He was the most wonderful husband anyone could have. He was also the greatest father.
We found out he had melanoma from a mole on his left leg back in 2008. He had many surgeries and treatments. He never complained. He could always make me laugh when I was sad. He was voted class clown. He could always make people laugh and was kind to everyone. Two days before Jim passed I had a belated birthday party for him at home. It was so wonderful having all our children and grandchildren there. It made him so happy so see everyone!
Jim had a rough life growing up with both his parents being ill. He went to work at age 12 pumping gas to help pay his parents mortgage. He had a jewelry box in his room where he kept his money and would tell his family if they needed money to take whatever they needed. He had plenty of IOU’s that where never paid back but he never cared. He hated money said it was the root of all evil.
After High School Jim raced cars and build motors. He went to Raceway Park and Hackettstown. He loved old cars and had many of them over the years. When we met he had a 1932 ford hot rod he called the Blue Max that he took me out in on our first date in Jan to the drive in on Rt 17 in Upper Saddle River with no heat !!! He was a gentleman and kept getting us hot chocolate. We eloped the following year when we got tired of both our parents wedding planning. I do not regret it at all and would do it over again in a heartbeat.
Jim was the kindest person I have ever known. He would help anyone anytime. Neighbors over the years would ask him for help to fix things he would be right there. He was very handy and could fix anything. He worked on cars and rebuilt motors. When we were first married, his friends would come to our house and he would change their oil, put on new brakes or anything they needed and never ask for a penny.
He was like another son to my mother and would do anything for her and she loved him as if he was her own son. She was sick for many years with COPD and lived three hours away in upstate NY. She was widowed in 1984 when my father passed from brain cancer at age 58. We went up almost every week to take care of her. Jim wanted to put an addition to our house so she could come and live with us but she didn’t want to leave her home. We helped her financially so she could remain in her home until she passed in 2004.
He worked for the Township of Mahwah from1970 until 2004. He always worked, sometimes working three jobs. He belonged to Co 2 Fire House, which he loved, and for many years drove the fire trucks , especially truck 215 which is no longer in service. Jim loved fishing, didn’t catch much, but loved to go and just relax. Jim was the the love of my life and now my children and grandchildren will be my love until I join Jim in heaven. He taught me to be a better person because he was the best one I have ever known. I just wanted to thank you again from the bottom of my heart. God Bless you.
Gail Griffin






Monica Grosinski

Class of 1962. . ."Monnie". . Many a true word is spoke in jest". . .Adaptable. . .doe eyes. . quick
temper. . .Oldies but Goodies. . .likes work. . day dreaming. . .dislikes anti-social people. . .future nurse. ...secretely wants to be a motor cycle driver.
"Monnie" passed in 2006. Anyone with details of her life after Graduation and her passing please contact Gloria (Klaschka) @ gloriadianne2945@yahoo.com







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