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Nicholas Taormina
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Thelma 2014-07-17 11:05:04
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Margaret Olin (Thomas)
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Edward Z. Thompson
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2015-09-27 21:15:12
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Edwin Charles Tifft, Jr.
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2011-08-23 18:03:56
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Kareth Diane Young (Towne)
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2013-08-15 22:26:54
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Frederick Garry Turner
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2015-07-31 20:32:26

Laurie and I have been together for 46 years, have three great kids, terrific in-laws, and wonderful friends. We have had fulfilling careers and have been lovin’ retirement since 2002 with family and friends, motorcycles, and golf – and that brings us up to date.

 

Hello Marsha Todd! Thanks for the great post that invoked memories of parties in Minetto (I will never forget the first time I saw Carol Wilcox unfold out of her Nash Metropolitan) among so many great memories of growing up in Oswego.

 

I remember meeting Dickie Barbeau on our first day of kindergarten at Oak Hill School, playing marbles with Roy Sova and others during lunch, and the on-the- fly snowball fights with “the big kids” on their way to junior high at Fitzhugh Park.

 

Oak Hill, like many Oswego neighborhoods, was an amazing place for kids; pick up football games that included Dickie Larsen, Larry Decker and so many others; the baseball games that started on summer mornings and continued all day, morphing into Flys and Grounders, One-a-Cat, Two-a-Cat, and other variations depending upon how many of the Fox triplets we had at any given time, finally ending after dark at Matteson’s for a bottle of pop. Happy Days indeed.

 

We played in the Commons lot, a full square block of woods plunked right in the middle of the neighborhood, hiked the woods beyond the Hall Road muck land (black dirt to down-staters), ice skated at Peglows’ Pond, went swimming at Flat Rock, rode bikes to Stone’s, spent Saturday nights watching Irish Jack Murphy, Nolan Swift, and Eddie Bellinger (Sr.) battle it out at the speedway – all without the constant intrusion of adults. 

 

St. Paul’s Lutheran was a neighborhood fixture. Pastor Hergenhan was young, bright and energetic – but it was his daughter Carol, my first “girl friend”, that kept my interest in Sunday School matters.  The Hergenhans moved away to a larger congregation when we were in the 7th grade; my first broken heart (quickly mended).

 

Cathy Lawrence, Freddie Peglow, Billy Robb, Wayne Verny, and I went through confirmation class together along with Bill Benzing, Tom Fenske, Tom Vandergriff, and Carl Veen, and I’m sure a few people still have a photograph of our undefeated (3 years running) Church League basketball team that included Billy Pelow and Cal Verney and our terrific cheerleaders including Cathy Lawrence and Nancy May.

 

It was a riot, Alice. A regular riot – and all before we graced the halls of OHS.

 

Going to Fitzhugh Park for 6th grade was an enormous step. Now we we’re the ‘big kids’ and that’s where we developed new friendships with kids outside of the neighborhood (Joe Colocca, Chuck Dirk, Carolyn Grover, Dan LeMay, Mike Kuno), passed classes, walked home and back for lunch (in our case, up hill, both ways, in rain, sleet, and especially snow in ’57), learned to dance, grew DA’s, and exhibited for the world to see a lot of really stupid, really fun adolescent behavior.

 

Recall that most of us entered OHS as sophomores, continued close friendships that we had forged in grammar school and junior high (Joe Giambo, Joan Warner, Cynthia Zaia) and quickly built new ones -  Dave Fabrizi (the best man in our wedding party and great friend today), Tom Hiser, Dave Irwin, Mike Kostoroski, Sally, Shelia Lee, Jackie Mercer, Martha Meyer (our consumate hostess), Billy Nelson, Tom Ravesi, Connie Rebeor, Kyle Robinson, Joe Shonfeldt and Marg Stopher, Don Stacy, Mike Stafford, Ted Tift, Barb Yelas.

 

We had teachers that we loved and others... not so much. Miss (Tiny) Dain was undeniably one of the kindest people to walk the halls at OHS; Bob Richardson, always mellow; Ruth Wales, whose signature I forged on many a hall pass; memorizing 40 words a night for EMO’s English 5 class, and Jane Rappleye and I dodged all too frequent “showers” sitting in the front row of Freida (a gentle soul) Schulke’s American History class - for two consecutive, salivating years.

 

So, 50 years later, here’s to all the guys from Selanac’s, the Oswego Warriors, Canale’s, Bob Workman’s garage, Burt’s after -  and somtimes during - school, Sorority Camp,  Bob Jensen’s cottage, Chunky Williamson’s car, Savas’s, The Moon Mist, dances in the gym, proms, dating, and so many weekend parties (discretion is, of course, required!).

 

Please say an occasional prayer for those who have passed. And for those that remain, “Drive fast, take chances”, and may the next 50 be just as entertaining for our progeny as it was, from time to time, for us.

 

 

 

 

Patricia McLaughlin (Van Dorn)
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Enrolled Agent; Author/Writer Married 2 Bill We both love to travel and take pictures. I work in the fiber arts, donating most of my work to in-home Hospice patients. My husband works in wood - turning bowls from local wood. Probably my best accomplishments are having relatively good health AND most importantly, having my best friend as my husband. 2012-08-06 19:52:25
I lived many different places after leaving Oswego in 1962 ...Texas, Louisana, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Europe but finally landed in California.  I lived in the San Francisco Bay area until 1992 when both my husband and I were retired from Pacific Bell.  He was a Fiber Optics specialist and Central Office Engineer.  I was a Staff Techinal Writer.

We moved from the West Coast to the East Coast in 1992(The Golden Isles of Georgia) and have been here ever since.

I'm now an Enrolled Agent as well as a Certifiying Acceptance Agent - working seasonally in a tax preparation office.

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William Van Wormer
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Thomas Bayard (Vandergrift)
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Carl Edward Veen
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