Class News (Click here for 2002 news)

2003 news: (listed in order received)
Bob Bosomworth just sent us a photo from the Merrick Elementary School January 1950 graduation. Click here to view.

Al Ristori: Classmates saw Al at the NY Boat Show at the Javits Convention Center in NYC the end of December '03 and beginning of January. Al presented seminars and appeared at the Fishing Line TV & Radio Show booth. Al also presented three seminars at the Garden State Sportsman's Show in Edison the second week in January '04 -- and co-hosted the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar in Boston on March '04. Click here to read an update letter from Al.

Sad News: We've been informed by his wife, that Emil Tucek passed away in 2001. Also, Carol Ferguson Bunze, passed away about 1998. Our condolences to both families.

This n that:
Al Haggerty
is now at his Arizona winter home in case anyone would like to contact him. Still flying back and forth to M.I.T. as a visiting professor and consulting with Boeing, as well. Carolyn Summers Herrera e-mailed us with the exciting news that she and husband Chris are Great Grandparents: Granddaughter Shanna and husband Chuck were proud parents of Wyatt Blake, who was born recently. Carol O'Keefe House and husband Ken are also new grandparents. A granddaughter, Jordyn Hope, was born to their daughter Laura and husband Ed in August. Margie Meurn Broderick is visiting her daughter in California for an extended stay. Marty Lavanhar is traveling to Thailand and Guatemala. Country squire Bill Hall had a close call with a tractor fire in his garage in CT recently. Fortunately, they were able to pull the tractor out in time to save the garage and house. Whew! He said he's accepting "donations" towards a new tractor (and a hairpiece and lipsuction.... ) :0)))) Bill O'Connor and his wife visited Long Island recently; got together with John and Judy Carlson in Lindenhurst. Regina Bucher Menton has just joined our Reunion Committee. Welcome Aboard! She's still working, and plans to retire to Eastern Long Island. Bob Meurn has retired from the the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and moved to Michigan. Frank Gobetz is recovering nicely from recent knee surgery. Chike Dyott suffered serious injury in a collision with a teammate on the softball field last July. Recovering nicely and back playing ball. That's our Chike!

Bud Bowen sent us some news that he's now retired and volunteering at a local grade school in Florida, helping kindergarten and first graders with their reading. Has six great grandchildren; all girls! Click here for larger photo and more information on Bud's life since graduation.

Shirley Tholken Tripp just sent us a photo of Mrs. Hagerer's class from Mrs. Hagerer's Classthe North Bellmore Elementary School. (Click on photo.) She also just sent us a photo of the Leader's Club from North Bellmore. Click here.

Shirley met and married husband, Bob, in Northern California. They later moved to Colorado where their beautiful daughter, Jenn was born. She is a publicist/actress and owner of Studio Blue Promotions in Los Angeles, California. I was employed by the U. S.Postal Service for twenty-six years and retired in 1998 as Postmaster, Pine, Co. Shortly after retiring I became a widow. My current interests are traveling, shopping, decorating and dining with friends. All of which I will be doing on my visit to NYC in December, 2003. Will try to make the reunion!

Claire Affourtit Stefanik — Claire just sent us a few photos from their Claire Affourtit Stefaniknew home/post in Hawaii. "It's a hardship post (just kidding)." Husband Al is the Priest in Charge at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Lahaina, Maui.

Click on the thumbnail photo at left for all the pics.

Warren Wissemann tells us that Ron and Norma Knettel and Dick and Joan Beckmann visited his new digs in Virginia in September. He also sent some memories of Jones Beach. You'll love reading this! Click here.

New Photos:
In preparation for our upcoming reunion, some recent photos of

Bill O'Connor just sent in a photo taken from his home in Eagles Point, Oregon. Glorious view of Mt. Pitt! Click here to go to page.

Sad News — We have been informed by husband Mal, that Elsie Siltanen Sigman passed away on April 6, 2003. Our condolences to Mal and the family.

Doris Parrella O'Brien — Doris moved to California in '62; married to Walter; three children; six grandchildren. Worked in Special Education for the Santa Barbara school district. Hobbies: golf. Retired as volunteer Assistant League, Montecito CC Board member.

Bob Nufer and wife Carolyn have been living in Dutchess County, New Mr. Schneider's ClassYork for 37 years. After working for Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage for eleven years, he joined IBM in East Fishkill and retired in '92. He has been involved in investment real estate since 1979, (full time since retirement). Bob and Carolyn are presently broker/owners of Seven Oaks Realty, located in Wappingers Falls. See their web sites at: and or contact them at They have three children: Doug; Suzi and Rob. Looking forward to the reunion. Click here for full-sized picture of Mr. Schneider's class at North Bellmore Elementary School.

Bill O'Connor has joined our Reunion Committee. Welcome aboard!. Bill lives Sunset, Eagles Point, Oregonin Eagles Point, Oregon and will be traveling in his RV to attend the reunion. Contact him for RVing/Camping information on Long Island for the 50th reunion.

Click here for a view of Bill's photo album from his homestead in Oregon.

Carolyn Summers Herrera has just sent in a photo from the Camp Camp Avenue Elementary SchoolAvenue Elementary School Graduation.
Click here for full-sized picture.

Recognize anyone?

If you have any photos of individual classes, let us know!

Happy Birthday on March 13 to Al Frankel!

Warren Wissemann tells us that they finally have moved into their new house in Virginia. Hooray! Meanwhile click here for more photos and news.

Martin Welch — Lived in Sayville, New York for forty years with wife Charlotte and three children. Now lives in Bolton Landing, New York and Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Follows the Mets and plays softball. Retired Principal (seventeen years) of Ronkonkoma Jr. High.Says hello to all particularly Janet and Ted Bailey and Chike Dyott. Would like to hear from anyone at my e mail address (check our e-mail address page).

Bob Ferrigno — Bob is living in Florida and owns his own business, which makes air conditioners and refrigeration equipment for the Defense Department.

Arline Beyer, living in Virginia, recently remarried (October) to Hal Nguyen. She has seven children.

North Bellmore Elementary School graduating class photos have just been uploaded. Click here for the images. Does anyone have the the photo of and Mrs. Mediros' class?)

Also looking for photos from the Merrick Elementary School, as well as St. Barnabas. Contact Carol at:

Bill Hall has sent us photographs from the Class of 1950 graduating class at Bellmore Elementary School. Click here for the images. He's in Myrtle Beach for the winter months to perfect the great game of golf (and escape Connecticut snow.) Retired in '96 from private law practice, but still active as an Attorney Trial Referee for Tolland County Superior Court. Assistant Coach of local high school golf team. Married, father of two children. Huge UConn basketball fan. Bill is on the reunion committee and working as our "Mr. Keene, Tracer of Lost Persons." Or is he our Mr. Tracer, Keener Than Most Persons? (Remember Bob & Ray spoof of the legendary radio series?) :0))

Marge Meurn Broderick has just moved to new digs in Stratford, Connecticut. Meanwhile, click here for a photo taken of Marge and several of our classmates at a class picnic in the 8th grade at Newbridge Road School.

Sad News: In searching for classmates for our upcoming reunion, we've found two more classmates listed in the Social Security Death Index: David Wilson (1-31-1996) and Virginia Vause Morochnick (2-26-1995). Our condolences to their families.

Robert Meurn — Bob was featured in an article in the July 29, 2001 edition of Newsday: "Reliving Wreck of Andrew Doria." Capt. Meurn is a professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and instructs students in Bridge Watchstanding on the CAORF simulator. He graduated from Kings Point in 1958, sailed for 20 years and has taught at USMMA since 1978. He will retire from Kings Point in 2003. Bob will be sending us some photos from Mepham circa 1954. Click here to view.

Carolyn Summers Herrera has just sent us a few historical photos from her collection. Old Merrick, Post Office, business district, St. John's Church, North Merrick school and Fire House. Click here for a look-see.

Toni Elling is now operating her crystallized flower business, Meadowsweets from upstate New York and California. Click here to read about it and view some photos.

George Munnich is keeping busy following retirement as a teacher from our school district — lifeguarding at Fire Island during the summer and assistant wrestling coach at Kennedy High School during the winter.

Al Haggerty spent the summer sailing out of Mystic, CT. Here's a snap he took at sunset of a local touring yacht. Al has retired after almost 40 years in Aerospace with Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, finishing up as the Vice-President-General Manager of Military Aircraft and Missiles for Boeing. He and wife Iris now live in Mystic about seven months of the year in an 1829 restored home overlooking the Mystic Seaport. In the winter, they live in Scottsdale, AZ. Al is a Visiting Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics this year and "commutes" to Boston, so he doesn't forget what snow and cold weather are all about.

Warren Wissemann and wife Sue have made the big move from Long Island to Virginia this past spring. Warren contributes regularly to our web site. Check out the following:

  • Here are some photos of the area where they are building their new home. This page includes a photo with Dick Beckmann when they had lunch with me (Carol) and my husband just before heading to the great state of Virginia. Family photos and a 1999 European trip shared with Dick Beckmann and wife Joan Harwood Beckmann are also included.
  • Photos of Old Merrick,
  • A spectacular aerial shot of late 1930s Merrick, can be seen here.

News Received in Early 2002:

Sad News:

  • We received a note from Rick Purzes that our classmate Jean Eastman Purzes passed away in November of 2001. They were married 47 years and had five children and six grandchildren.
  • In searching for classmates for our upcoming reunion, we've found five more classmates listed in the Social Security Death Index: James Silverman Stanton (10-96); Robert Callanan (5-99); Arthur Dederick (4-01); Walter Keller (1-86); Joyce Marsiglia (8-89). Our condolences to their families.
  • We were informed by her son, Ty, that Lydia Colon Melrose passed away in February. I sent condolences from our classmates.

Carol Alger Way — Carol and husband John retired this year and moved to Maine in December. She's involved in nature-related organizations; husband John with the Maritime Academy.

Elaine Burney Hazell — Purchased motor home and spent six months in Florida. Visited with Sue Gustafsen Hennessey and husband Paul, as well as Blossom Diener Grimm and Fran Robbins.

Rita Deschler Yeazel — Our resident class gourmet, Rita, tested bread recipes for "Artisan Baking Across America" by Maggie Gletzer, published in March 2000.

Cathy Dina McCabe — Cathy was recently elected president of the Rochester Council of the Navy League of the US; she's been a Councilwoman for the Town of Henrietta, NY since 1993. Elected first lady president of the Kiwanis Club of Henrietta. Presently is secretary. Charter member of "Operation Welcome Home." Co-owner of DINA Enterprises ( And check out her web site at:

Bette Lacza Raymond — She and husband Bill celebrated 41years of marriage last June. Three children, five grandchildren.

Virginia Mecking Hennig — Married 42 years to Bill; two children and six grandchildren. Retired from banking and lives in New York and North Carolina.

Robert Nufer — Retired from IBM; has over 60 inventions and patents, a Fellow of Society of Plastics Engineer. Broker/owner of Seven Oaks Realy in Dutchess County, New York.

Fred Quaderer — Fred has been a contractor/carpenter for many years.

Bob Raacke — Retired Director of Guidance at Riverhead High School.

Russ Randall — Russ is a retired aeronautical engineer, living in Oregon.
Russ RandallClick here for some photographs of Russ and his bride of three years, Cathy.Still retired, bikes and hikes a lot.

(Click on photo for larger photo).

Robert Remski — Retired International Manager at Honeywell in Minneapolis. Working part time as consultant enginner. Graduated California State with a BSME. Four daughters.

Al Ristori — Al lives the best life! Fishing and writing for a living! Type his name into the Google search engine, and you'll find some of his writing, photos. Click here for his latest letter to us.

Kathleen Shannon Neumann — (Inverness, Fl) Kathleen tells us that she has been married 46 years, has four children, eight grandchildren. She is employed at Citrus High School and oversees the student information systems and computer operations. Hobbies were and still are car racing and restoring vintage autos. Her two boys are now running their auto upholostery shop in Inverness.