Vincent Middle School
This not-real facade is my Photoshop creation,
We all now sadly know
Strong Vincent is no longer a Senior High School
Our . . . gasp . . . 60th
Side note: we’re anticipating that since our five-year reunions might well be over with after our 2018 60th, that some folks who we’d normally not see at the annual events (that we’ve had since 2004) will show up.
Jean Chambers, Bob Grossman, Paul Erzer, Cathy Holland, Esther Buzzanco, Dave Cacchione, Joe Berarducci, Wayne Brumagin, Bev Ferguson, Bob McGinnett and other non-Erieites are all expected to be here!
The following 60th Reunion Registration form is being sent via postal mail to each of the 202 remaining classmates, along with a “reminder” card for last-minute reference for those attending our last major reunion event.
CONDOLENCES to CLASSMATE and FRIEND JAMES (MICKEY) ATKINSON who LOST HIS SON JAMES “MAN” ATKINSON to a heart attack in Atlanta GA.
Son James was driving an airport bus when he had the attack. He died in the bus, but not before he pulled over and kept his passengers from injury.
JULY 13, 1965 – FEBRUARY 14, 2018
WE MOURN THE LOSS
of classmate and friend GAYLE FRATUS
APRIL 8, 1940 – FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Via con Dios – Fly with the Angels
The published obituary text is puzzling and filled with errors, so here’s a re-write:
Gayle Laureen Fratus, age 77 of Erie, passed away at her
residence on Monday, February 12, 2018 from prior-undiagnosed pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Erie on April 8, 1940, a daughter of the late Wilfred John and Laurette Evelyn Reitinger Fratus.
Gayle was a 1958 graduate of Strong Vincent High School and
was a major organizer of the class reunions. She was co-owner
of A&M Bauman Carpet and then co-owner of Russell Upholstery until recent years. Gayle was a former member of St. Matthews Church. She loved her cats, losing her last one, Bert, a few years ago. She traveled to Africa and Egypt a while back. She served
her community at the Caring Closet. She will be remembered by her many friends and classmates as being caring, dedicated, and helpful.
Gayle was very close to the children of her cousin Jacqueline Fratus Labrozzi, which include Jackie’s daughter Toni Gayle Bacon, Jackie’s grandson James (Danielle) Bender, and Jackie’s granddaughter Abra Bender. Gayle, affectionately known to the family as “Gank,” is further survived by Toni’s daughter Jacqueline Winifred and Jame’s daughter Everly.
She is further survived by her brother Richard (Marlene), nephew Jeffrey (Michelle) and niece Judy Langford all of TX.
Friends attended a Memorial Service at the Burton Funeral Home on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 12 pm until the time of service at 2 pm.
NOTE: Among those in attendance were ’58 Strong Vincent classmates Mickey Atkinson, Bob Bierre (Tina), Richard Caldwell, Jean Chambers (John), Elaine D’Amico, Bev Dinges, Jon Gerbracht, Marilyn Green, Mary Hofmann, Ken Holland, Nancy Hughes, Ann Jakubcsik (Ron), Dena Johnson, Barb Lee, Rita Liebel, Darryl Makepeace (Bonita), Nick Marinelli, Bonnie Markley, Judy Moore, Pat Mountain (Bill), Bob Mucha, Karen O’Connor, Suellen Pietrasanta, Pat Porath, Gerry Schutte, John Scott, Marilyn Sigmond, Phyllis Simms (Bob), Tom Smith (Bernadette), Trudy Taylor (Doug), Jack Turify, Eugene Ware, Midge Williams.
Others in attendance included June Clement, Rita Fronzaglia, Ron Corsi, Pat Stevens & John (Russell Upholstery), Susan Wurzbach
WE MOURN THE LOSS
of classmate and friend GREG MURPHY
APRIL 5, 1940 – DECEMBER 4, 2017
Via con Dios – Fly with the Angels
, 77, of Eustis, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he moved to Eustis in 1967.
He was the longtime Band Director at Eustis High School and Eustis Middle School. He also taught at Leesburg High School, Lakeview Middle School, South Sumter High School and Carver Middle School before retiring in 1999. Greg was an accomplished sailor and longtime member of the Lake Eustis Sailing Club. In 1972, he was Commodore of the Club and started the Washington's Birthday Regatta. After retirement, he played in many local bands including M & M Band, the LC Swing Band, the Lake Brass Ensemble, the Lake Concert Band and Jazz Vagabonds. Greg was also a former member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg Orchestra.
Greg is survived by his two daughters, Heather Murphy, Eustis, Shannon Murphy Carrasco, Eustis; son-in-law, Joseph L. Carrasco, Eustis; longtime companion, Pat Murphy, Eustis: seven grandchildren, Laura, Joseph, Justice, Gregory, Gailen, Grady & Gannon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Noel Murphy in 2001.
TINA & CHUCK HENRY with DAVID & JANICE HAUSERMAN ROLAND
AFTERMATH . . . of Reunion 2017
Reunion events all went well
* About three dozen enjoyed the evening @ the Gerbrachts; The 4Jays played
* About two dozen enjoyed the luncheon at Joe Roots
* Seventy three Vincentites & guests enjoyed the POTLUCK PICNIC at the Rotary Pavilion on the Presque Isle peninsula
A concensus was to hold a similar event in 2018, but after Labor Day when the temperatures and humidity aren’t brutal, and when the crowds are less (i.e. easier parking, and when the motel rates for out-of-towners are more reasonable)
RADIO CITY ROCKETTES …
Darryl & Bonita
Louise Vogel, Darryl, Bonita
MARY & GARY WEIBLER & JACK McALLISTER
Photo by JOHN SCOTT
PAAL & INGER-MARIE ROSTAD
Was starting to look like Christmas at Darryl’s
Lois McDonald & Gretchen Coblentz
Lois McDonald & Gretchen Coblentz @ Grove City 55th Reunion Parade
Wane Brumagin & Darryl Makepeace
Bill McCall * Wayne Brumagin * Darryl * Hal Tanner
Joe Chessario * Ann Jakubcsik * Anita Narducci * Dena Johnson
Carol Mae Duman
CAROL MAE DUMAN on a brrr-cold FL DAY
Teresa Augustine * Ann Jakubcsik * Dena Johnson * Mary Burghart
West Virginia University Marching Bank Military Salute 
Great LOVE ERIE 4-minute audio/video of Erie § What’s So Good About Erie!!
Clouds floating over a calm ocean @ 36,ooo feet – heading to Hawaii
Thought-provoking SAFETY IDEA provided by ALICE JONES:
SOMETHING TO TAKE TO BED WITH YOU – YOUR CAR KEYS
Most car keys these days have a panic button. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone in or trying to get in your house, just press the PANIC BUTTON for your car. The alarm will be set off and the horn will continue to sound until you either turn it off or the car battery dies.
So, your car key is a security alarm system that requires no installation. TEST IT. The alarm will go off from most everywhere inside your house and the horn will keep honking, detering further entry into your house or apt and likely causing any intruder to leave the house post haste. If your neighbors do the same thing, they’ll be alerted to call the authorities.
The same goes while walking to your car in a parking lot.
THE DOCK - The Second Oldest Known Photo of Erie
Can ‘ya name ‘em all? - Reunion 1983
For all the teachers out there: Having taught students – with a variety of names - at three universities, this name-pronunciaton skit is pretty funny
LATEST SCAM . . . be on the lookout for counterfeit 20s
ROTARY PAVILION get-together @ REUNION 2016
NEW FEATURE: NEW [to me] PICS from various sources
Send your pics to DarrylMakepeace@aol.com to get them included here
SANTA JACK TURIFY 2016
Innovative background . . . music?
MARGE SAMPLE & G’kids
BOB (SKIP) BIERRE & TINA
Wow . . . w-a-a-y-y before Visa and M’Card and American Express
IT WILL ALWAYS BE ‘THE DOCK’
Circa 1956 – a 5 Megabyte hard drive being loaded onto an airplane
Er, this is the WHITE HOUSE
1949 to 1952 gutting and ‘reconstruction’ by Truman
VIRGINIA WOOD’s SON SCOTT BARNES with FRED BILETNIKOFF
. . . 100+ SPOKESMAN and Erie High and Central High Yearbooks
. . . ERIE CITY DIRECTORIES . . .
ERIE PHONE BOOKS . . . ACADEMY, TECH, PREP, McDOWELL yearbooks
GERBER BABY * ANN TURNER COOK
Subject: Senior Inspirations
1. My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds…only 15 to go.
2. Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Actually, just one big, round crouton covered with tomato sauce…and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza…I ate a pizza.
3. How to prepare tofu: #1. Throw it in the trash…#2. Grill some meat.
4. I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.
5. I don't mean to brag but… I finished my 14-day supply of diet food in three hours and 20 minutes.
6. A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
7. Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk nine feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.
8. Senility has been a smooth transition for me.
9. Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero out they closed school? Me, neither.
10. I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented…I'm sorry, I forgot where I was going with this.
11. I love being over 70. I learn something new every day…and forget five others.
12. A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money…so I woke up and searched with him.
13. My dentist told me I need a crown … I said, “You bet, pour mine over rocks.”
14. I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day...
LOREN COPE, SVHS ‘60 (Buggsy, the Contels, Orange Colored Sky)
Carol Mae Duman
CAROL MAE DUMAN
A Dark Day in Dallas
ANN JAKUBCSIK (left) – PAT DiPAOLO (right)
DAVE GILBERT – Cubs game
Share the laugh . . .
GIB LOESEL - SVHS ’57 (ON THE LEFT)
IN MEMORY * Dave Kish [R.I.P.]
Long Ago . . .
Carol Mae Duman
Go Ahead . . . take it . . .
Did You Know? . . . there is an intersection of W. 32nd&W. 33rd in Erie?
YEP, the intersection is west of Zuck, past Rolling Meadows Lanes . . .
W. 33rd is south of W. 32nd, and goes east-west, as is normal in Erie,
but at the east end of this short section of W. 33rd, it bends north onto W. 32nd
REMEMBER THESE? . . .
REMEMBER THIS FELLOW? . . . r-a-a-g-g-s
& REMEMBER THIS ‘DRESS of the DAY’? (modeled by Ms. AUDREY BRAINE . . .)
& in a study on serious concentration, we see Ms Audrey again. Let’s hope she WON!
GREETINGS from our Foreign Exchange Student
PAAL ROSTAD [w/oldest daughter]
REMEMBER WHEN ? ? ?
Any fans out there of the “Dawn of the Dead” movie?
Jeanie is Darryl’s sister
GREETINGS from SANTA JACK TURIFY
Model of the Delaware Housing Project . . . a 200+ unit government project at 12th and Delaware. Project existed from 1943 to 1975 or so when most of the houses were demolished for the I-79 freeway
And, could this be?. . . by jove, yep, it’s our MEL WRIGHT
We thank you Stephen Foster for your great songs . . .
who was Jennie (Jeanie)? . . . thought to be his wife Jane Denny McDowell
BOB BIERRE & TINA
CHER & her mom Georgia Holt . . . L to R: then ages 66 & 86 & currently 70 & 90
A Delightful lady, Georgia has been a friend for some time now
Here’s Georgia & Susan Adams & Linda Marsh & Mary Chervenk & Darryl in Palm Springs in 2005
Georgia was telling the girls about her Eight marriages (to six husbands)
We visited at her condo where she had childhood pics of her girls, Cher & Georganne LaPiere
CAROLE MILLER [w/g’son in plays]
And, Yep . . . here’s JOE CHESSARIO & Theresa (SVHS ’60)
CAROL MAE DUMAN
FIVE . . . count ‘em . . . FIVE San Diego CHARGERS CHEERLEADERS
Marilyn Welte Greetings
At 77, though my body is showing signs of aging . . . it is with great mind resistance!!!
.....while my heart still keeps beating strong! I did have a tough health challenge a few years ago, but I am back ridin' high in the saddle now, wild 'n wooly as ever! . . . most fortunately for some fine doctors and medical science to the rescue!
Yea! I made it to the start of my 78th year . . . now betting on 80 or more....and who knows, maybe even 90, but hopefully only with a happy healthy quality of life!
Looking forward to staying connected thru the years ahead! Wishing you each your healthy birthdays full of great memories to cherish!!
With my warmest aloha hugs, Mele : )))
MICKEY ATKINSON * GAYLE * RUTH & LARRY HARDEN * DARRYL
R.I.P dear classmate Larry and dear friend Ruth
GARY WEIBLER & wife MARY BURGHART, SVHS ‘60
“COME ON DOWN!” * PRICE is RIGHT TV SHOW
Out of all my body parts, I feel my eyes are in the best shape . . .
I do at least a thousand eye rolls a day
BONNIE MARKLEY w/BANKO Bros ART & FRANK
COLLEEN MURRAY * ANDY THOMAS [R.I.P.]
All I need right now is a hug – and $500,000 in cash
RICHARD SCOTT [R.I.P.]
CAROL MAE DUMAN
I cannot be held responsible for what my face does when you talk
I’m not always right, but when I am, it’s usually all of the time
ROOSEVELT * STUDENT COUNCIL * 1955
How do I want my eggs? Umm, in a cake
JULY 15th FRIDAY NIGHT:
EVENING with the GERBRACHTS
JULY 16th SATURDAY LUNCH: JRs on the BAY RESTAURANT – ON THE DECK
JULY 17th SUNDAY PICNIC: ROTARY PAVILION
ON PRESQUE ISLE
Our REUNION 2016 SUNDAY PICNIC was at
the PRESQUE ISLE Rotary Pavilion
The Pavilion is HUGE, so we invited classmates
from neighboring classes –1954 to 1961
Over 30 folks from various classes showed up.
One of 142 photos in Eugene Ware’s 100-page book called
N“NATURAL IMPRESSIONS of PRESQUE ISLE PARK”N
Photos by Gene Ware * Brian Berchtold * Steve Friel
Books now available at TREC (in Nature Shop) * Glass Growers Gallery
* Kada Gallery (in Colony Plaza) * Erie Yacht Club (in gift shop)
* Werner Books (in Liberty Plaza) * Van Tuil Photo (2254 W 8th)
OR . . . you can get a copy directly from Eugene @ 814-450-3850
Here is a gorgeous time-lapse video of Erie. We thank Trudy Taylor for sending this video that was created and produced by Paul Gibbens of Gibbens Creative in Erie
Abigail Adams (Susan’s sister) * New Years Eve § Susan’s mother and son Marc
Tabla for Two video: https://www.facebook.com/tablafortwoMusic/videos/1283008605047583/
Ego I & Ego II aka Bobby and Billy Brabender SVHS ’45 Senior Pictures
Brabender and, I think, wrestler Tom Hersperger
@ SAFARI PARK * San Diego CA @ Darryl’s with
SVHS ’58 classmate Wayne Brumagin & his brother-in-law Harold Tanner (SVHS ’59)
Might wake up early and go for a run . . .
Might also win the lottery . . .
The odds are about the same
Sandy Owens’s eight grandkids . . .
Annual Holiday Hike in the Durand Eastman Park
on the shore of Lake Ontario in Rochester NY
Colonel Strong Vincent
Barb Nitkiewicz [Erie]
Front-row seat to the sights & sounds of ZABAWA
[the dwellers on the porch of the white house are Barb Nitkiewicz & Lloyd Jackson]
Erie City COUNCIL President JIM WINARSKI & GARY WEIBLER
DARRYL • JUDY Nass • GAYLE Fratus
@ St. Paul Festival Hi, ANITA!!!