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09/21/16 03:59 PM #1487    


Frances Ostrum (Gould)

Danny and Susan said it so well. Thank you Janet for such a very lovely afternoon. It was wonderful to be with friends of long standing and shared history and memories.


09/21/16 04:00 PM #1488    


Frances Ostrum (Gould)

And loving wishes to Lewis for a good recovery.

09/21/16 07:13 PM #1489    


Lucy Gilbert (Rhoda)

Hello.... Hello....

   Sounds like a grand time at Janet's.  

So glad to hear about Lewis.   Carol give him a big hug and kiss for me.

09/21/16 09:24 PM #1490    

Carole Grossman (Chasen)

Great to hear the positive news about you dear Lewis.  Just keep taking those baby steps to bring you back to health.. It's a lesson we all learn, some sooner than others, to appreciate each day, to find the beauty that is around us..speaking of which the past few weeks the sunsets have absolutely filled me with wonder...anyway..for all of you Jewish or not, it's a perfect time to wish you a healthy happy New Year.. a year of peace, a year of joy, a year to make memories sharwd with those you love

10/12/16 01:48 PM #1491    

Jerry Chonin

Did anyone else get the algebra riddle from someone I don't know? The answer was figured out my my so smart partner, Gary. The answer is 11. The horse =10, the horse shoe=2 and the boots=negative 1.

That's one reason I married him!


10/24/16 08:21 PM #1492    

Carol Kutner (Winig)

Hi Classmates

It gives much JOY to report that today after almost 4 months I went to see Lewis at his apartment as he has finally gotten home.  A miracle, but he still has much to go to get back to where he was before this horrible experience.  I took lots of cooked food for his freezer and gave him lots of love.   

Yes thank GOD.



10/25/16 01:31 PM #1493    

Susan Fishman (Orlins)


10/25/16 01:46 PM #1494    

Sunny Ingber (Drohan)

I am thrilled to hear about Lewis's journey home. I know he will continue his recovery. He is very lucky to have such wonderful caring friend. Please give him my love.


10/25/16 06:57 PM #1495    

Jessica Lobel (Kahn)

Dear Lewis,

I am so glad you are recovering. Hope to be there in the winter.

10/26/16 12:19 PM #1496    


Janet Betesh (Selbst)

Hi Lewis,I'm so glad your on the mend.  We've been sending you hugs and prayers for a quick recovery.





10/26/16 12:59 PM #1497    

Jerry Chonin

Lewis and Carole, Gary and I will be there in February and let's please get together. Lewis I will call you in the next few days. Keep getting stronger. Maybe we can do a Florida reunion when I am there. 

10/26/16 01:31 PM #1498    


Lucy Gilbert (Rhoda)

So happy to read the good news about Lewis.  

Just arrived to Austin.  

Spending the coming long weekend celebrating my daughter, Julie's marriage.  It is a first for her and a second for him.  Looking forward to a grand time.  My grand-family increases by two boys.   Now I will have 3 grandsons and a granddaughter.


10/27/16 08:12 PM #1499    

Sunny Ingber (Drohan)

Congrats Lucy. It's great to have happy celebrations. Enjoy. 

10/28/16 07:10 AM #1500    

Deborah Merrick (Wilson)

So happy for you all!


01/12/17 10:05 AM #1501    

Harriet Frankel (Withstandley)

Happy Birthday, Joan Rosenau.   

08/16/17 12:39 PM #1502    

George Trapp

Was speaking today with Girts Perkons '64 and was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Charlie Kress also '64. Charlie was a good bud in HS and his time at West Chester State. Like the idiots most young males can be, we had alot of stupid and dangerous adventures together during those years. Indeed it was miraculous that we were not killed in a drunken car wreck in '65. ----- Charlie was remembered by Alan Tractenberg '64 for his football abilities. He was also the left fielder on the Suburban One '63 Championship baseball team. ---- He and I lived maybe 3/4 mi apart in the same neighborhood, attended the same chuch ( sporadically ) and both worked in my dad's pharmacy once we could drive. ---- I have alot of great memories both from hanging out and from the ball we played together, both organized and year round on the playgrounds and the neighborhood backyards and bb courts.------ George Trapp

08/17/17 11:43 AM #1503    

Carol Kutner (Winig)

As always anyones passing is sad. We are getting older and will be hearing of our friends passing more often, but no one can take away the memories.

08/17/17 12:59 PM #1504    


Marilyn Ford (Evans)

I also feel the same as Carol. Althought I did not know Charlie I am sadden to hear of his death.

Tomarrow is not promised to us but as we get older our health does change. More of us will go

but in our hearts we will have those memories to get us through.

08/18/17 03:49 PM #1505    

George Trapp

Carol and Marilyn ---- Thanks for your responses. --- Because of my Saviour I expect to live eternally, however like everyone else I will not escape the experience of earthly death. We are indeed getting older and will be losing more friends and classmates with increasing frequency. Compared to our schooldays in the 50's and 60's, we are "short timers". Most of us likely don't fear passing but might be apprehensive about the manner of our deaths. As attested to by our "In Memory" section the timing of death is pretty much out of our control. Each death  brings memories of fun times and adventures we shared that  return us temporarily to past days. That's generally a good thing. 

Currently I'm looking forward to returning to the tennis courts following my latest total knee replacement. Medicine is fantastic so long as quality of life is retained.

Best regards to each of you ! ---- George T 

08/19/17 05:58 PM #1506    

Carol Ratcliffe (Gairo)

Who’s Your Daddy?

That might sound like a strange question at this point in our lives.  But for me it isn’t.  You see I don’t look anything like my mother or father.  I have seen my birth certificate and my mother’s name is on it and I do believe she is my biological mother.  But after a psychic told me that my sister was only my half-sister and that we shared the same mother, but not the same father . . . I started asking questions.

I asked my mother three times before she died, “Who is my real father?” Her response was never the man stated on my birth certificate.  One time she said, “Well, I’m your real mother!” 

I already knew that and I let her know I accepted her as my mother.  Another time she said, “Well, who do you want it to be?”

Let me tell you as a mother myself, if one of my sons came to me and asked who their real father was? I would tell them, "Jim of course."  Then I would ask why would you think it could be anyone else?"  

My mother took many secrets to the grave with her.

But in this day of DNA, I took the DNA test.  When the results came back it confirmed that the man listed on my birth certificate could not have been my father. His parents were from London, England and so were his sister, brother and grandparents and great grandparents.  I only have 6% from Great Britain.  My mother’s mother was from Ireland and I am 26% Irish. If Harold was my biological father I would be at least 20% from Great Britain.  Instead 53% is from West Europe including Germany, France, Switzerland, N. Italy and Austria, as well as 10% Scandinavian.

How did I handle this information? With a BIG THANK GOD!  You see the man on my birth certificate was evil.  He tried to kill my mother when I was 8 yrs. old. He tried to kill my sister in her senior year of high school and she had to move out to save her life.  My mother and I moved out when I was 16 because I knew he had guns and was threatening to blow my mother’s brains out.  I do think he is responsible for the death of an employee and his second wife’s first husband.  The best Christmas gift I got this year was to learn I don’t have that monster’s genes.

My mother was taking flying lessons when she got pregnant with me. She was 3 hours short of getting her private pilot’s license when she was getting an upset stomach with me.  She thought it was just air sickness . . . LOL.  So I think there is some pilot somewhere I could call “Daddy.”  Quite frankly learning that Harold isn’t my father is okay.  It was like learning Hitler isn't my real father.  I can live with that.  Any other father had to be better. Of course I have always had my Heavenly Father who has cared and watched over me all these years.  

08/20/17 08:27 AM #1507    

Marsha Dishler

Carol, thank you  for sharing this amazing story. You are too good a person to have had an evil father and i am glad you know this for sure now.

08/20/17 10:56 AM #1508    

Nathan Sklar

Carol, your honesty and willingness to share your history with so many of us is truly commendible.  It is great that modern science was able to give you the information that you wanted to hear.

08/21/17 08:09 PM #1509    

Carol Ratcliffe (Gairo)

Thanks for your positive responses.  My early life experiences allowed me to become a charter member of The Women's Resource Center in Honesdale, PA.  We started a crisis hotline for abused women and children and created a shelter to give them a safe place to go with help from the courts as well with protection from abuse orders.  I manned the phones, went to court, was an advocate to help victims find the various help they needed from food, clothing, electric bills, fund raising, etc. I also did public speaking and let the general public learn that abuse crosses all social, ethnic, religious and class backgrounds. If I hadn't lived in a house that I did, I wouldn't have taken the steps that I did to help change things. I can look in the mirror today and smile at the person I have become. :-)

09/04/17 09:35 AM #1510    


Joan Winer (Wilking)

It''s a book! Proving it's never too late, my first full length publication, is in print.

Mycology is a tale of resilience that spans over thirty years in the lives of a trio of characters from radically different walks of life, who come together to form a bond stronger than family.



09/05/17 01:39 PM #1511    

Sunny Ingber (Drohan)

That is fabulous. I would be happy to purchase that book. Where and can you sign it?

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