Chris Calma, 1976, (FL)
Judy Frimmer Dow, 1963
Grace Callegas Way, 1950
Wendy Harris Ascenzo, 1968
Pat Burton Pirkle, 1968
Bob Karen, 1964
May Perduto Horn, 1958 (FL)
Harriett Harri Molese, 1956 (NY)
Kurt Stietz, 1960 (NY)
Clem Baldwin Moors, 1961 (FL)
Ginny Mohr Trombetta, 1957 (L.I.)
Belated April wishes to Rose Marchese Genovese
(19), Roz and Shelly Goldmacher (21), Joyce Thornburn
Jurgensen, 1976 (HX) (21).
Just a reminder if you would like your
birthday listed in the newsletter during the correct
month, please send us the info before the 25th
of the preceding month.
5/4/1963 Anthony and Rosaria (Marchese)
5/10/1958 Tom and Carole (Kiever) Ohliger
5/19/1969 June (Olsen) and Ed Cullen (FL)
5/25/1991 Susan (Voelbel) and David Dalton
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Welcome to Our New Readers
Edna Giese Rusch (Mrs. Ray), 1946 (FL)
Bonnie Kieman Fogelberg, 1961
William Hackman, 1966 (HX)
Christina Moulton Morian, 1968 (TX)
Roger Weiss, 1969 (MA)
Frederick Heck, 1970 (FL)
Walter Weller, 1971 (TN)
Claudia Handwerk Engel, 1983
Tony Walker, 1988 (L.I.)
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News, Notes and Memories
The Glass Menagerie's Spring concert will be held
Friday, May the 7th at 8 p.m. The concert site will
be St. Lukes on Hudson St. at the intersection
of Barrow St. (Manhattan, NY) This is our 20th anniversary
concert and will include works by Britten and Dvorak.
A retrospective of previously performed works will
round out the night. It will show you how far we've
come over the past two decades. And it is in no
small part due to your continued support.
If any of you require lodging, let me know. I may
be able to arrange for discount rate at a local
hotel if I am given sufficient lead-time. As usual,
we will be going out after afterwards to celebrate
the performance. These post concert gatherings can
get large, so I need to know if you planning to
attend so that I can make arrangements.
I hope that you all can make it.
David Teitel, 1968
To All Hicksville High School Alumni:
I find it hard to begin this long overdue letter
to all of you.
First of all, I want to thank everyone for the
many cards, letters and concern for me and my family
on the passing of my husband, Ray Rusch, in January
of last year.
Ray loved all his students and always spoke about
"his kids". He was at Hicksville High
from 1949 through 1981, starting as a teacher, then
Assistant Principal and then as Principal for his
last sixteen years.
I never realized how many lives Ray touched until
I read the many cards and letters he received during
his illness. I saved each and every one of them
and re-read them over and over again. I loved him
very much. His whole family was so proud of him.
He taught so much to so many people, and gave
them so much love - this was his greatest gift!
I am sure all of you have experienced this in your
Ray always wanted everyone to be the best person
they could be and he was always the best he could
be for them.
We are all sad because we lost him, but we should
be happy we had a man like him in our lives. I know
He had a full life with no room for regrets. We
will all meet again some day.
Thank you all so much. I love all of you. God
Mrs. Raymond L. Rusch
Hello To Everyone At Hicksville Newsletter
What a great website you have put together. There's
not much covering the time I graduated (1988) but
it didn't matter. I enjoyed looking at the pictures
and reading about good old Hicksville.
The reason for this email is to tell everyone about
a fun and inexpensive night out.
My dinner theatre company, Drop Dead Comedy, performs
murder mysteries and variety shows all over Nassau
and Suffolk. Come on out for a night of great food
and unforgettable laughter. If you know of a restaurant
or club looking to bring in some entertainment,
or a firehouse or organization looking for a fundraiser,
contact Drop Dead Comedy and you won't be disappointed.
Check out www.dropdeadcomedy.com for all the info
If you could put our link on your site, we will
do the same for you.
Thank you so much.
Class of 88
Klek Productions presents
THE ODD COUPLE
starring John Klek & Jeffrey White
Hugh Bogan, Jerry Gulizia, Don Meginnis, Mitch Miller,
Amy Horlock and Amanda McCreary
May 20 & 21, 2004, 7:00 PM, Monteleone Meadows,
General Seating $7.00
Seniors & Children $5.00
Tickets on sale - May 1, 2004
Yankee Clipper Family Hair Salon
40119 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, C-101 Murrieta
Call to reserve your tickets!
(will hold for 4 days)
Jeffrey White (class of '73) will be starring as
Oscar Madison in THE ODD COUPLE. Jeff was last seen
as the Rev. Shaw in the musical FOOTLOOSE. Jeff
credits Mr. Crucilla for his career in theatre and
always thinks of him when he starts a new production.
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Allen G. Stippell
STIPPELL-Allen G., of Hicksville, LI, on April 7,
2004. Beloved husband of Suzanne. Loving father
of John and Michael. Cherished son of Uldine and
the late John. Devoted brother of John (Norvelle),
Deborah Brigandi (Keith) and the late Irene Schreiber
(Paul). Dear uncle of many. Loving Godfather of
Alex and Jenna. Also survived by many brothers and
sister-inlaws. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday
2-5PM and 7-9:30PM at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral
Home, Hicksville Chapel, 47 Jerusalem Ave. (2 blocks
South LIRR, corner W. Marie St.). Mass, Monday 9:45AM
at St. Ignatius RC Church, Hicksville. Interment,
St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
Published in Newsday on 4/9/2004.
...link to Al Stippell Album on Classmates
Please feel free to make comments in the space
below the pictures
Marilyn A. "MeMe" (Pilero) Guarascio
(class of 1974)
GUARASCIO-Marilyn A., "MeMe" (nee Pilero)
of Hicksville L.I. on April 12, 2004. Beloved wife
and best friend of John F. Devoted daughter of Daniel
and Florence Pilero. Loving sister of Danny and
his wife Betty. Adored aunt of Daniel, Christopher,
Elizabeth and her many other nieces and nephews.
Visitation Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 PM at Vernon
C. Wagner Funeral Home, 125 Old Country Rd, Hicksville
N.Y. Funeral Mass Friday 9:45 AM at St. Ignatius
R.C. Church, Hicksville. Interment Pinelawn Memorial
Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in
Marilyn's Memory to Good Shepherd Hospice.
Published in Newsday on 4/14/2004.
Third generation Marine killed in Iraq
BY MARTIN C. EVANS
April 16, 2004
His grandfather, a corporal, had survived a World
War II amphibious landing on a bloody speck of Pacific
Ocean coral known as Peleliu. His father, also a
corporal, had made it out safely after fighting
in Vietnam's jungles near Danang. But luck did not
smile upon Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm, the third generation
of Kolm men to serve in the Marines.
The Hicksville High School graduate was killed
Tuesday as Marines struggled to quell the two-week
uprising in Fallujah, west of Baghdad. (Class of
"My son was where he wanted to be, doing what
Marines do," said Kevin T. Kolm's father, Thomas
Kolm, yesterday from his Hicksville home. "He
was with his brothers, defending other Marines."
Kevin T. Kolm, who was killed Tuesday in Fallujah,
is the third Long Island resident to be killed in
Iraq since President George W. Bush sent troops
there one year ago. Pfc. Raheen T. Heighter, who
was posthumously promoted to corporal, was killed
July 24. Pfc. Jacob Fletcher, who was posthumously
promoted to specialist, was killed Nov. 13. Both
were from Bay Shore.
Another Islander, Sgt. Michael J. Esposito Jr.,
of Brentwood, was killed March 18 in central Afghanistan
while trying to suppress resurgent Taliban activity.
Thomas Kolm said he believes his son, who was a
member of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st
Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, was
part of an effort to rescue a group of Marines who
were pinned down in Fallujah when his own vehicle
came under attack. He said one other Marine was
killed in the incident.
Kolm's death came during what has been the deadliest
period for American troops since the war began.
As of Saturday, 64 service people had been killed
over the previous seven days. At least eight more
service members, including Kolm, had been killed
between Sunday and Wednesday, according to the Defense
In all, 687 soldiers have been killed in Iraq as
of 10 a.m. yesterday, according to Defense Department
Thomas Kolm said his son enlisted in the Marines
four years ago, when he was 19, and that his tour
of duty was to be over this September.
After graduating from Hicksville High School in
1998, he had worked as a carpenter and had taken
classes at Nassau Community College. But always,
his father said, there were thoughts of joining
"I never said to him, 'I want you to join,'
but it was always around the house," said Thomas
Kolm yesterday, as he sat near the folded American
flag that had adorned the coffin of his father,
Ralph Kolm, who died in 1978.
Kolm, 23, served as a crew chief for an amphibious
assault vehicle, a lightly armored troop carrier
capable of landing on a beach and then driving on
shore, his father said. He landed in Iraq on March
20, as part of the Marine contingent that replaced
the Army's 101st Airborne Division in the Fallujah
He called home three times from the battlefield.
On April 4, as Marines were massing around Fallujah,
he telephoned with a cryptic message, saying something
big was about to happen and urging his family to
"watch the news."
Thomas Kolm said he last heard from his son at
dawn Monday. "He said 'Dad, I just have a moment.
Love you guys. Don't know when I'll be able to call
back,'" his father said. "Twenty four
hours later, he was dead."
Word of Kolm's death spread sadness through Nassau
yesterday. County Executive Thomas Suozzi said all
flags at area buildings will be flown at half-staff
from today to Sunday in Kolm's honor.
"Kevin gave his life protecting the freedom
of others," Suozzi said in a release yesterday.
"My deepest sympathies go out to the entire
Kolm family for their loss."
In Hicksville, flags also flew at half-staff at
the school district's nine school building, including
at Hicksville High, where Kolm was known as a gregarious
"Kevin is fondly remembered by his teachers
and administrators as an enthusiastic and energetic
student," Hicksville School Superintendent
Maureen Bright said in a statement yesterday. Bright
said flags would remain at half-staff throughout
the district until after Kolm's funeral, which so
far has not been scheduled.
Several of his grieving friends chose to honor
him by having the word "Release" - the
title of a song by the rock group Pearl Jam - tattooed
on their arms. Kolm had worn the same tattoo on
"You can tell the kind of person he was by
the support we have been getting," said Bob
Rutigliano, 35, of Holtsville, who is engaged to
Kolm's only sibling, Christine.
As his family grieves, Thomas Kolm said he was
particularly comforted yesterday by a telephone
call from Marlowe Fletcher, of Island Park, a veteran
who also lost a son to the fighting in Iraq.
"We bonded immediately," Kolm said. "He
just said all the right things. He was very emotional,
very supportive. It's good to speak to someone who
Kolm said he felt "consummate pride, consummate
grief" and hoped his son's death would not
be used for partisan advantage by people who support
the war or oppose it.
Asked what he wants the world to know about his
fallen son, his voice broke, but he did not hesitate:
"That I'm proud of him."
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I just received this from Aida & John Econopouly
(class of '49 & '50) members in the Hicksville
High e-mail Club. You may want to put it in your
next "Newsletter" Feel free to Edit it.
Enjoy your Newsletter; pass it on to all the members.
Take Care, Art (Lembke, 1949)
Lorraine McNamara Schack, wife of Howard Schack
passed away Friday, April 17, 2004 at their winter
home. She was a victim of MS and suffered greatly
the last three years.
Both Lorraine and Howard taught at HHS and retired
from that district. They lived in Farmingville,
N.Y. for many years and the last past three years
spent the winters in Lutz, FL.
Aida and I were personally very close to both Lorraine
and Howard; they worked in the Sweet Shop during
their HS and college years.... they were part of
Services will be held on Long Island but as of now
no info is available. Those wanting to send cards
to Howard address them to 35 Mount McKinley Ave.,
Farmingville, N.Y. 11738
Fippinger, Evelyn A.
FIPPINGER-Evelyn A., 68, of Livingston Manor, NY
and Hicksville, NY, on April 18, 2004. Retired Records
Manager for Geico Insurance Co. Daughter of Edward
R. and Antonette Popielski Wagner. Evelyn was born
April 19, 1935, in Carle Place. Survivors include
her husband of 51 years, Frank F. Fippinger; five
children, Gary Fippinger and his wife Karen of Hicksville,
John Fippinger and his wife Deborah of North Merrick,
Lynn Gross and her husband Hank of Hicksville, William
Fippinger and his wife Virginia of Hicksville and
Susan Jones and her husband Allan of Livingston
Manor and ten grandchildren. Her family meant everything
to her. She was predeceased by one son, Frank. Services
were held privately and cremation was held at the
convenience of the family. Arrangements were under
the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home,
Published in Newsday on 4/20/2004.
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George Harrison, with "My Sweet Lord,"
was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single
following the group's breakup.
The Beatles' 1st song to hit the UK charts was
"From Me to You" in June, 1963
The Beatles were depicted in wax at Madame Tussaud's
Wax Museum in London, in 1964, the first pop album
stars to be honored.
The Beatles were George Harrison, John Lennon,
Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. But there were
also two lesser-known, previous members of the band:
Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe.
Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national
television in 1956. He sang Blue Suede Shoes and
Heartbreak Hotel on "The Dorsey Brothers Show."
In 1962, the Mashed Potato, the Loco-Motion, the
Frug, the Monkey, and the Funky Chicken were popular
Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer
responsible for such songs as "Aqualung"
and "Thick as a Brick." Jethro Tull is
the name of the band. The singer is Ian Anderson.
The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist
who invented the seed drill.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison were
all 27 years old when they died.
MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01
a.m. on August 1, 1981. The first music-video shown
on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately,
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.
MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina
Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.
The 1st annual Grammy Awards were awarded in 1959.
The Record of the Year was "Volare" by
Domenico Modugno, the Album of the Year was "Peter
Gunn" by Henry Mancini and the winner of the
best R&B performance was "Tequila"
by Champs. (For info on the latest awards click:
The first CD pressed in the US - for commercial
release - was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)
Bob Casale, 1961 (HX)
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