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 Griffen
Deborah Gronning
June Jensen-Klein
William Monroe
Susan Nailor
Joyce Norton
Richard Poore
William Shopland
William Simpson
Joseph Stypolkoski
Betsy Wade Whitehead
Joseph Wald
Douglas Young
William Zitko

Class of 1963
Don Beatty
Bob Bryan
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
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

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.


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. . 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


Class of 1963. . .Musically inclined. . .enjoys acting . ..blond and quiet. . .future includes college. . .

Donald 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
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 or to
The Humane Society at

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.


For a Tribute to Curt
Click here please.

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)

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)

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)

Robert E Bryan Jr.
"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

"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.

Any one with information about Chuck's life and or death, please contact
Gloria (Klaschka)

"The greatest pleasure of life is doing w hat 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.

Any one with information about Jeanne's life and or death, please contact
Gloria (Klaschka)

Hertha Margareta Carey-Codey 

"Toots" ......'62" 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)

Joann Collins

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

Glen Cooper

Any one with information about Glen's life and or death, please contact
Gloria (Klaschka)

Michael Walter Kunisch,
July 7, 1941 - March 1, 2012
Michael Walter, 70, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 1st after a brief but
courageous battle with cancer. Mike is survived by his true love Bobbie (nee Storms), his wife of 46 years.
He was the proud father of Chris and wife Jean, Craig and wife Denise, Katie and husband Pete Ohnegian,
and Kenny and wife Jamie. Also survived by dear brothers Bob and wife Karen and Art Kunisch; adoring
mother-in-law Jean Storms and beloved Aunt Connie Yoke. He was the beloved "Mick" to 11 grandchildren,
Brianne, Caitlyn, Thomas, Carly, Shaun, Allison, John, Andrew, Michael, Jackson and Hudson. His life and
love revolved around them. Mike was a dear brother-in-law to eight of Bobbie's siblings and their spouses
and a special Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mike owned and operated the Allendale Bar & Grill since
1967. Because of his passion and dedication the AB&G became a Bergen County institution and gave way
to the Mahwah Bar & Grill and Manchester (VT) Bar & Grill. By example, Mike instilled in his children that a
restaurant's success is measured by its impact on its community. Mike and Bobbie's life work has always
been helping others, among them family, friends, employees and many charitable organizations. In lieu of
please help continue the legacy by making a difference and a donation to Sacred Heart School, c/o It's A
Wonderful Life, 67 West Allendale Ave, Allendale, NJ. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-9 PM at the

Robert W. Dandorf Class of 1962


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.

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)

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

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


Class of 1963 ............. . "Are you serious?" ............. . .'57 Ford convertibles ..... . blue eyes.
.football games. .............cute . .........Mr.Dierman ....... business world or airline stewardess

The details of Carol's life and death are unclear. However, we were fortunate to have had Carol work.
on the class of '63's 1988 reunion and thankful that we could see our beautiful Carol one last time.
Update: Feb.8th,2012
From:Kelly Roque, Carolyn's daughter. "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 send your condolences to Carol's family may contact her daughter Kelly at :

Jo Ann De Zurney

"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

Any one with information about Jo Ann's life and or death, please contact
Gloria (Klaschka)

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:

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
To view video tribute click here

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

Cynthia Grace Garrabrant

"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)

Joseph E Giro Jr.

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. . . secre
t 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.

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) @

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)

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 illness.(Dan had 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 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 will be held on Saturday at 3 PM at the Scarr Funeral Home Route 202 Suffern, friends may call on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations to Valley Hospice, 15 Essex Street Paramus NJ 07652.

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) @

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Gloria Klaschka Abrams Pease (class of 1963)
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