On September 29, 2012 at 10 in the morning we gathered in the Little Theater at the high school for a Memorial Remembrance for our deceased classmates. It was a time of remembering, and sharing and celebrating the lives of those who could not be with us on our 50th reunion weekend.
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Stephanie Diamond Papas
Maryann McEvoy Vizioli
Patricia Fennessy DiBon
Elaine B. Hazelwood Clark
Robert E. Amon
Louise Richman Levine
Carol Northcutt Nyegaard
Mary Adams Finney
Dallas Alton Hilliard
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Mariann Abbate of Rosewell GA passed away on March 11, 2011. Born September 12, 1944 to Louis and Jenny Abbate. She was a graduate of White Plains High School. Mariann retired from the accounting Dept of Sears and Robuck after 25 years. She leaves behind her companion of 20 years Jean Murdock, a brother Anthony and wife Eda. Also nieces and nephew's. Services were held in Rosewell GA.
Carol Anne was my cousin, and she played the bells on the footbal field and in the band. She and her family lived in Peru NY, upstate near the Adirondack Mts. She was a nurse in the area and was 50 when she passed. Gary Ackerly
Mary Adams Finney passed away in 2014 (I think that is the correct year). Mary retired and lived for many years in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Nancy Walker Bolton
Bruce died of a heart attack. He was married to Kathy Frey, also a White Plains High graduate and swim coach Frey's daughter. Richard Berger
We were advised by Robert's son that his father had passed away in 2012, we have no additional information.
Diane passed away in 2006 from complications of a surgery. She had married but had had no children. Susan Rossney Endres
We heard from Larry's daughter Julie that he passed away in April of 2008.
Andy died accidentally in the year 2009. Ed Rosenberg
Linda's sister Ann, WPHS '58, told us that Linda passed away in 2006.
Bjorn died in the year 2000 as a result of injuries from the Viet Nam war. Ulla Lindgren Neufeld
We have no further information.
Linda was living in the greater Philadelpha, PA area when she passed away in 2011. I have no further information. Andrea Coleman
Beverly had been living in Florida but she passed away in Maryland in 2011. She was receiving cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins. Constance Corbett
Karen Bor passed away this year (2012) of cancer. She was unmarried but very close to her sister and her family, who held a memorial service. Nina Galpeer Danielson
Beverly passed after moving to Florida. We do not know the date. Ida Wright
Peter died in 1989 per his divorced wife Lynda. She did not know the cause as they divorced before Peter passed away. Bill Barish
Vivian's husband William told us that she died of an illness in 2008. Neal Zimmerman
Pat passed away quite a number of years ago. I do not remember the cause. Andrea Coleman
Ronnie's widow Linda told us that they had spent many years in Virginia. Ronnie had kept in touch with some of his classmates from White Plains. He died of cancer in 2002. Linda has moved back to Westchester.
I don't remember when he passed. I had worked with his mother for a short period of time but she never spoke about his death. I remember Hardy as being a very sharp dresser - Ida Wright
Upon returning from a stay in Europe, Clarinda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She moved to Cooperstown NY to be with her brother Charles. She passed away in September of 1977.
She enjoyed a satisfying teaching career guiding classes of elementary school children to develop and grow. Stephanie was super neat, organized and good with numbers. Through the years she excelled at tennis and later on knitting. She had the knack to keep everyone in her wide social circle on schedule to get together. In her last year Stephanie did "what she needed to do" to battle cancer with courage and determination.Stephanie will be in my heart forever and I'll cherish her memory.
Stephanie died in March 2013. In place of flowers, her family has requested remembrance contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society. Audrey Dawson
Marcia died after a long bout with cancer. She loved touring the country with her husband, Gary from the Class of 1961, before returning on her final trip home to Tennessee. Neal Zimmerman
RISER, MARCIA DICKINSON - age 64, of Oak Ridge,TN a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 9th surrounded by her loved ones at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Marcia was born on September 18, 1944 in New York City, and spent her childhood in White Plains, NY. After graduating as a math major from Ohio University, Marcia married her lifelong partner and high school sweetheart, Gary Riser, on December 30th, 1966. They first moved to Oak Ridge in 1967. During her early years in Oak Ridge, Marcia's primary job was the one she most enjoyed - being a mother and caring for her children. She pursued additional education in accounting, and later worked as an accountant for many small partnerships and as the controller of PAI Corporation. Marcia was very active in the community and spent many years dedicating her services to the Childbirth Education Association and the YWCA. She also supported many other community organizations over the years, including school PTAs and the Knoxville Ski Club. In 1993, after 26 years in Oak Ridge, Marcia and Gary moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they learned to love the Southwest. Upon their full retirement in 1998, they sold their house and embarked on ten years worth of travels around the world. Most of their time was spent RVing full time in a large motor home. Marcia enjoyed her travels, seeing the beauty of the world and making many great friends along the way. She was proud to have spent time in all of the states, as well as most of the Canadian provinces. Marcia settled back into Oak Ridge this year with Gary, after a 15 year absence. She wanted a home to share with her children and grandchildren, and she returned to Oak Ridge because of the wonderful sense of community she felt here from all of her special friends. Marcia always enjoyed life and brought many smiles to those around her. She was very generous with the heartfelt love she spread among her family and friends, especially her four grandsons. She will be terribly missed. Marcia was preceded in death by her parents John and Mildred Dickinson. Marcia is survived by husband, Gary Riser of Oak Ridge; son, Greg Riser & wife Jennifer of Mooresville, NC; daughter, Gretchen & husband Joe Mauney of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Grant and Austin Riser, and Benjamin and Brandon Mauney; brother, Jack Dickinson and wife Camille of Madison, Wisconsin. A celebration of Marcia's life is being held at the Doubletree in Oak Ridge on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 4:30 - 6:30. Those unable to attend are encouraged to leave a fond memory of Marcia in the Guestbook at www.caringbridge.org/visit/marciariser. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Methodist Medical Center Hospitality House (865-835-4358), the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), or the charity of your choice. www.knoxnews.com
Bob and I were married at ages 20 and 19. After the Marine Corps and Viet Nam we settled in Chicago and raised 4 kids (with a set of twins!). We lived on the river in Algonquin IL and boating was a big part of our life. Bob was a senior golf distribution manager for Wilson sporting goods. He died in April of 2004 of liver disease while waiting for a transplant. He never got to see his 4 grandchildren, but have no doubt he was well loved. Cathy Dunphy
Cynthia was a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing class of 1965.
Donald was hit by a car and killed in the late 1960's. It was shortly after he had returned home from military service. Elsa Amelio, Helen Hinklein
We were advised by Patricia's husband, Tom, that Patrica passed away January 16, 2014.
He died a few years after high school graduation. Nancy Walker Bolton
Andrea Seixas Forster, died in her sleep of lung cancer on February 8, 2008 at age 64 in her Hartsdale, NY home. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was predeceased by parents Jean Seixas and Irwin Forster, and sister Lee Seixas Forster. She will be deeply missed by the family she loved so much: her loving husband, Al, her devoted children and stepchildren and their spouses, Jessica Lee Seixas (John) Fulton, Joshua Seixas Howard Fausty (Edvige Giunta), Robert (Kathleen) Ossip and Ron (Amy) Ossip; and by her grandchildren, who added so much joy to their Bubbe's life: Big Emily, Little Emily, Samantha, Muriel, and Matteo. She was a devoted cousin, niece, friend; a trusted advisor, mentor, confidant. A graduate of Dean Junior College and Suffolk University, Boston, she did graduate work at the Bank Street School of Education. An early childhood educator, she helped raise dozens of children in her home childcare center and kept in close contact with many. In sickness, she lived her life as she always had: nurturing and cherishing relationships, old and new, with her large circle of family and friends. Jacquie Gabbe Goldman
Fredda was my twin sister. Unfortunately, I lost her in October of 1995. We loved being twins and performing as the head baton twirlers in our senior year at WPHS. I love and miss her very much. She loved to laugh and have a good time. Jacquie Gabbe Goldman
Helen was living in New York City when she passed away on June 26, 2010. She worked for the Metropolitan Opera at the time; she had previously had been with the Guggenheim Mueum and the New York State Council on The Arts. She was a graduate of Hunter College.
After a career with SONY Corporation, Jeff died circa 2007 in the Los Angeles area. Michael David
Cary's passing was reported to us by his brother Malcolm, '63. There was no further detail.
Gail succumbed to cancer in 2007 after retiring from teaching, she and her husband George resided in the Syracuse area. They had two sons and one grandchild.
David's widow Nancy told us that David died of cancer in 2007. David and Nancy were both professional musicians, had raised a family, and had lived in Queens, New York City for many years.
Nancy died circa 1992. No further information is available. Connie Serpaglia DeFilipis
After hearing rumors about her being sick I set out to find her but not successful. Today 2/26/14 , I discovered in a search engine Elaine B. Hazelwood Clark died January 6, 2014.Elaine and I attended Battle Hill School together and later for a short period of time worked at the same company. After her marriage I lost contact with her. I do know that she was a devout congregant at her house of worship. I have no further information.
Abe recently passed away from prostate cancer. Trish Carter
Charlie passed away in 1995 of cancer. He left a legacy of being a monumentally gifted athlete and an even greater human being. The Charlie Jenkins Memorial Award is in his honor, and in our 50th reunion year, 2012, the Class made two awards. Marc Weinstein
You can make a donation by mailing a check to the high school. Click on link for the Charlie Jenkins Memorial Award page.
She predeceased her mother and died prior to 2007. Jo-Anne Douillard Hall
Susan was a longtime dear friend of mine. She died of an illness in September of 2009. Jane Bernstein
Roger passed away on April 17, 2012. Roger attended Harvard University and started a business headquartered in White Plains. His first marriage was to Connee Weintraub, a member of our class. John "Corky" Gardner worked with Roger for many years. We received the following from Roger's family. It is with great sadness that I am letting you know that after a long and hard fought battle with leukemia and its complications, Roger passed away last night. While we are sad, we were blessed to have the opportunity to say goodbye and know that Roger is resting easier now. Roger's charm, mischievous sense of humor, and obvious love for his family, especially his 8 grandchildren, will be greatly missed.
Although one always wishes for better times, please know we greatly appreciate the support we have received during this difficult time. Roger (and our family) received unparalleled treatment and support at Mass General. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers or food that donations be made to: The Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital In Memory of Roger Kaufman
Sidney died in Florida where he had settled. Jacquie Gabbe Goldman
George's brother Walter, also in our class, told us that George died in 1982 after a long term illness. George and Walter were good friends of mine. Eric Newmark
Roy died of an illness in December 2010. He had lived in Texas for many years. WPHS Alumni Association Newsletter
Ray died in October of 2003 in Westchester of an illness. The Journal News
Mark drowned during a family outing in the summer of 1964 on Long Island Sound. Nick Riviezzo
John A. Lukacovic, 55, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14,1999. He was born Feb. 6,1944 in White Plains, NY. The son of Nicholas and Helen Anderson Lukacovic. He was a real estate agent for Eagle Realty in Cape Coral, FL.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anne Lukacovic of Lansing; brother, Nicholas (Barbara) Lukacovic, Jr. of Cape Coral, FL; sister, Maureen (John) Firmes of Cape Coral, FL; brother, Donald (Rosemary) Lukacovic of East Fort Myers, FL and sister, Gail Lukacovic of Cape Coral, FL.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Lukacovic.
Richard's stepmother Kathleen told us that Richard died in a car accident in 1969.
Gene passed away on August 1, 2012. He was a resident of McDonough, GA . Gene and his wife, Jeanette, were married for 45 years. He and Jeanette had three children, two of whom predeceased Gene. We do not know any additional details of Gene's life
James became an attorney and lived in Croton-on-Hudson for many years. He passed away in September of 2006. Jeff Fink
The following was provided by Maryann's husband, Roger, and daughter Christine.
Peter died circa 1995 of a brain aneurism. He was Sandy McKean's twin, also in our class. Nicki Morelli
Allen was married, had two children, settled in Larchmont, and was an officer in the New Rochelle Police Department. He was tragically killed in the line of duty on Feb 14, 1977 along with 6 others in what became known as the New Rochelle St. Valentines Day massacre. New Rochelle Talk of the Sound via Robert Jackson
Ross passed away due to an accident while biking in August 2006, something he loved to do. We met at Penn State University. Ross was in a fraternity in high school and kept in touch with a number of his brothers as well as members of the football team and other friends at WPHS. He received a Purple Heart while serving in Viet Nam. Ross was an educator in Bergen County, New Jersey and was a high school principal....beloved by many. Peg Medlar
Breina owned and operated an interior design company for many years in Massachusetts. She married and was a mother of two sons. She died of an illness in June of 1999. Branches & Leaves
Charles was killed in action in the Viet Nam war. Some years ago a memorial was established at City Hall and a service was held where Bill Barish attended as well. We learned, sadly, that Charles was among the first to die from White Plains and from our high school. Randy Holden, Calvin Johnson
Joan died many years ago. I do not remember the cause. Andrea Coleman
Gloria and her husband William had settled in Thornwood, NY. Gloria passed away in 2006. Jeff Fink
Ronnie died a number of years ago in an automobile accident. Randy Holden
John was married to Sieglinde Krainz in our Class. He died in December 2010 of an illness. Neal Zimmerman
Mynda passed away June 21, 2001. She was survived by her husband Mel Barenholtz, son Daniel Barenholtz and two sisters.
Mynda was a Child and Family Therapist.
Bobby died in a military plane crash as a pilot during a training exercise in California about 1967. Neal Zimmerman
Carol E. Nyegaard, an Atlanta, Ga and former White Plains resident, died March 18, 2017 at the age of 72. She was born December 12, 1944 in White Plains to the late Mildred and O.V. Northcutt.On August 2, 1990 she married Edward Nyegaard. Carol worked for many years for the Chicago Title Company, retiring in 1999.She is survived by her husband Edward and her children, Michael (Laura) Peller of White Plains and Jeffrey (Megan) Peller of Alpharetta, Ga, her stepchildren, Julie Nyegaard and Eddie Nyegaard, both of the Bronx. She is also survived by her brother Kenny Northcutt of White Plains, her grandchildren, Austin Peller, Christopher Peller, Melissa Peller, Roarke Peller, Vincent Somuk and Katherine Peller and two nephews.
Rita became a nurse and later was certified as a nurse anesthetist. She and her husband lived in Pennsylavania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia with their two children. She passed away from an illness in January of 2008. Frederick News Post
Sandy died when he was about 48 years old of a heart attack. Sally Egan
Peter J. Patch, 71, of Holliston, MA passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his home. Born in White Plains, NY, he was the son of the late Bianca (Provvedi) and Richard Patch. He was the husband of Mary (Roszkowski) Patch of Holliston.Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Marc Patch of Framingham, MA Kandis Patch of North Carolina, and his daughter-in-law Lillian (Tromp) Patch of Rhode Island; two brothers, Todd Patch and his wife Suzanne of CA, Raymond Patch and his wife Dorothy of Peabody; a cousin, Peter Notch and his wife Barbara of NY; a great-uncle, Joe Sarafin, sister-in-law, Michele Gall and her late husband Gordon; brother-in-law, Walter Roszkowski and his wife Margie, all of CT. He also leaves behind a grandson, Jesse Lee Patch and his grand-dog, Sampson. He is predeceased by a brother-in-law, Stanley Roszkowski.
"Bunny" died in May of 2011 from a relapse of cancer. Robert Myerson attended our 50th reunion memorial service on September 29, 2012 and wrote what appears below. It was read at the service.
"All of you knew her before I met her again for the first time. Our lives intertwined many times before we met and as I look back over 45 years of marriage, I think how blessed I was to have been her husband. Her essence was huge and what her friends, colleagues, patients and family saw in her, I was privileged to experience on a daily basis. Bunny honored me with that every day we were married, her time was much too brief for someone that had such a positive impact on so many people."
This was the dedication to the book I crafted that mirrored my life with a very special person. From the letter I received from Bunny asking for my telephone number, I began to see a quality I could not pass up in a potential life partner. I was not wrong. Our relationship grew and we became one. As in all relationships, ours was not perfect, but it survived the worst of times when Andria passed away. Together we created a journey filled with mutual respect and trust. I could not have had, or dreamed of having a better mate.
With all my love, forever and a day ... Robbie
Gene E. Pentenero, a longtime resident of White Plains, passed away on Saturday January 16, 2016.
Gene, beloved husband, father and grandfather was born July 12, 1943 to the late Albert and Elsie Pentenero. He is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Ann G. Pentenero, his loving daughter, Gina A. Romano-Sahakian, son-in-law John Sahakian and two adoring grandchildren, Anthony (A.J.) and Nicholas Romano. He is predeceased by his nephew Kenneth Dinger.
Gene was raised in Scarsdale and attended private schools in Massachusetts and graduated White Plains High School. He worked for the City of White Plains Parking Authority and retired from the Westchester County Parks Dept.
Gene’s greatest love, pride and joy was his family, and being surrounded by them. He was better known as “Bo-Bo” to all the children and families that came to “Nee-Nee” and “Bo-Bo’s” house. His second passion was classic “loud” cars, especially “The Pumpkin”, his 1948 sunset-orange Ford Coupe. He loved his cruise nights and car shows with his wife by his side and all of his car buddies. Gene always said, “Keepin’ Grandpa’s Dream Alive”. He was a member of Shiftmasters of Westchester II and Rock ‘N’ Rods of NY.
Gus died in August, 1999 at the age of 54. The cause was not mentioned. Jeff Fink
Linda died of cancer. Bill Barish
POLTARAK--William "Bill". November 2, 1944 - March 6, 2017. Beloved husband of Susan, father of Max (Jess) and Ben (Amanda). Grandfather of Brandon and Sophie. Brother of Anne Grimes. He cherished his family, friends and community.
Services were at Temple Israel in White Plains on March 8. I am posting, having read this notice in the NYT but have no further information.
May Billy rest in peace.
Douglas died in California within a year or two of 2005. Jo-Anne Douillard Hall
We had remained friends since Eastview Jr. High. We had chatted and laughed, as we often did just two days before he passed from a heart attack in May, 2011. Imagine how honored I felt when Earl's daughter asked me to speak at his funeral. Randy Holden
We learned from Bob's widow that he passed away several years ago. She provided no further detail. Bill Barish
John had been living in North Carolina. He passed away some years ago in a car accident. Andrea Coleman
Louise passed away on June 6, 2015 with her family by her side. She is survived by her beloved husband, Neil Levine MD; children, Michael (Melissa) Levine, Jonathan (Angie) Levine; grandchildren, Danielle, Meredith and Charlotte Levine; brother, Martin Richman. Louise was a clinical research physician with Eli Lilly for 31 years, retiring in 2006. The family requests that memorial contributions can be made to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation or to the Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.
Charles and his wife Carolyn spent many years in Buffalo NY and had many relatives still in the White Plains area. They raised 3 children. He died in May of 2009 from complications of Lupus. BuffaloNews.com
Dorothy and I bonded when we were in Girl Scouts and later hung out as young adults after high school. When her parents retired to South Carolina back in the seventies Dorothy decided to leave White Plains and move closer to them in South Carolina. Ida Wright
John died of an accidental fall in his home many years ago. Harriet Rudloff
Walter had moved away from White Plains before graduation. He died in a car accident in 1973. David Lull
Ingrid died circa 2000 of cancer. Nino Getts
Sally succumbed to a relapse of lung cancer in September 2004. She was married to her husband, Elliot, for 37 years. After marriage they lived in Philadelphia while Elliot was in medical school, after graduation they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where they lived for the remainder of Sally's life. They had no children.
Sally was a dear friend and I miss her.
Barbara died within a few years of graduation. Nancy Walker Bolton
It was reported in a west coast newspaper that John died in 1990. Frans Seastrand
Judy was a longtime resident of Valhalla. She passed away in May of 2002 of an illness. She and her husband Morris raised a son, Thomas and a daughter Deborah. She was active in community work, a past Queen of the Joan of Arc Triangle in White Plains, and a member of the Ladies Auxilliary of the Valhalla Fire Department. The Journal News
Margaret had settled in White Plains, was active with her church, and was a member of the Voices of Trinity of the Trinity United Methodist church. She survived her husband, they raised a daughter, Whitney, and had many family members in the Westchester area. Margaret had retired from the US Postal Service. She died in February of 2000. The Journal News
Peter left WPHS before our graduation to serve our country in the military. He was a resident of Stuart, Florida for many years. He was on a trip to Augusta, Georgia the weekend of June 7, 2015 when he fell ill and was taken to a local hospital where he passed away.
Martha earned a BA degree in physical therapy from Northeastern and had a long career specializing in the treatment of children with neurological diseases. She and Bruce Hamill were married, settled in Maryland, and raised a son, Jonathan. She earned a Master's degree in human development in 1980. She was chief physical therapist for Johns Hopkins Hospital and taught at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She passed away unexpectedly of cancer in November of 2002. The Howard County Nesw
We were able to determine that he passed away in July 1999.
We received the following note from Patrick Wheeler's daughter, Christy Wheeler-Brandt: My father, Patrick Wheeler, passed away on February 19, 2014. He had been to the doctor the day prior and was told he had heartburn but then had a massive heart attack the next day. He was a wonderful man and we were lucky to have him as a father.
After earning a Masters degree in English literature, and embarking on a PhD in the same field, Bill switched to law. Upon graduation and passing the bar he served as a representative in the Oklahoma State Legislature for several terms. When he retired from politics he started a public relations firm which proved very successful. During this time he took flying lessons and earned his pilot's license. At the age of 55 Bill decided to go to seminary and was ordained as an Episcopal priest. Bill was serving as pastor to a church in a small town outside Tulsa when he died in the crash of a plane he was piloting in October 2007. Claire Laton-Taylor
Jamie had settled in Connecticut and raised two sons with his wife Judith. He retired from IBM after 34 years of service and was a volunteer for Senior Net. He died of a stroke in November, 2007. Memorial Networks
We recently learned that Betsy passed away in March 2018 after a long battle with cancer.