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07/16/20 07:28 AM #126    


Betty Horvath (Byrne)

Thanks Wayne. We value your insight. I take the virus and social distancing very serious since I lost a VERY dear and close friend to this horrific virus. He was tested negative on Thursday, after being exposed, and in the hospital the following Tuesday, coming down with symptons 3 days after negative testing.  He passed 3 weeks later.  Watching someone die via facetime was lifechanging for me. Not being able to help with any of the new drugs, since they were only distributed to "certain" research hospitals, was frustrating. Couldn't be with him, couldn't have a funeral - awful.  Be careful, my friends!  I'm working virtually only, and yes, it gets lonely since I love people, but it's what we have to do for the time being.  MA is in great shape now, and for the most part everyone is being smart here, but as I see resurgenece in other states, it encourages me to ride the tide longer. My children are my angels who still deliver everything I need, plus a lot of on-line ordering.  One daughter has a home in NH on a Lake, and that's been a great escape. I sure have gotten to know my neighborhood by sitting on my front porch, and taking daily walks.  Enjoy the outdoors, family, and friends in different ways.  I too pray for and end soon.  I'm in for a Zoom call, I'm on them everyday with work.  God Bless you all!    

07/16/20 12:43 PM #127    

Jackie Oliver (Cohen)

Dear Wayne,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful post. We are living in a nightmarish time. My husband just lost his brother and one of my best friends lost her father, whom I had known since his grandkids and my kids were babies, to COVID. My husband and I remain vigilant. I haven't been inside a grocery store since early March; we use delivery. We see our Denver daughter and family from a distance outside. The three-year-old cries that he wants to hug his Nana. I used to pick him up from school twice a week; now I see him for maybe an hour once a week. I missed the birthdays of both Seattle grandchildren; my sole granddaughter is distraught that I can't visit; we do a lot of FaceTime. I won't even contemplate a plane ride.

I read a lot. I try not to read all the news and commentary but find myself compulsively going from one news site to another and reading all the science articles I can find. I walk twice a day to stay sane. I garden. I compulsively keep my house spotless. I'm even ironing t-shirts! There are days that I am bored beyond belief! I miss my friends and family.

When I read the stats on the increasing number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in way too many states, I grow increasingly despondent that this will be our way of life for a very long time. I fear that we have become inured to the climbing numbers, unless we personally experience the death of a loved one. Our country is losing the battle against this virulent virus. It doesn’t need to be. Other countries are faring far better than we are. “Last Sunday, Germany (population 80.2 million) had 159 new cases of covid-19; Florida (population 21.5 million) had 15,300” (Washington Post).

We need to come together as a nation and fight this together. Wearing a mask should not be a political decision. We each should wear a mask to protect others. Masks do work to stop the spread. A very recent study has shown that masks protect the wearer as well, so to wear a mask has a potential win-win outcome. We need to always socially distance, even when it is tempting to hang out with friends and family with whom we do not live. I see in my neighborhood large groups ignoring the Denver directives, usually young families, partying with no masks and everyone on top of each other.

We need to be socially responsible to protect ourselves and others. There are many who are exposed because they are on the front lines, working in our factories and processing plants, grocery stores, and of course, in our hospitals. All of these individuals literally risk their lives to serve the rest of us. We must not be cavalier about our behaviors as they who have no choice do their best to engage in safest practices. We owe it to them to take this pandemic seriously. We must practice safe and responsible behaviors. We need to respect the safety and heath of others. That includes following directives. If some states closed to us, such as New York, New Jersey, and New England, require quarantine, we need to respect that directive. I know someone who recently flew to New York City, and is completely ignoring the quarantine. Somehow, they think that they are virus-free (no test) and don’t need to quarantine. I also know a Canadian citizen who just returned to Canada from the US. He had to provide to border agents details regarding where and how he would be conducting that quarantine. Four days later he was contacted by the RCMP, checking on him, at which time he was reminded that if he did not obey the quarantine regulations, he could be subjected to a $1,000,000 fine and three years of prison! Canada is protecting their population. It’s up to us to protect our population.

We can each encourage our local, state, and national representatives to do their job to develop a plan to keep us safe, to reduce the numbers, and reverse the runaway course we are on with this virus. Write to your representatives. But ultimately, it is up to each of us to look out for not just ourselves, but for each other. Finally, as Senator (R) Mark Rubio urged, “Just wear the damn mask!”.

I pray that you, my classmates, remain safe and well. For those of you personally touched by this virus, I feel your pain and sorrow. For those of you who have dark days, I can relate. My hope is that we come out of this stronger as a nation - “one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

Jackie Oliver Cohen
Denver, CO

07/16/20 04:26 PM #128    

Jackie Oliver (Cohen)


I’d like to add a post note. My Seattle son-in-law teaches his son and daughter to always look for the silver lining, no matter how upsetting they may find a situation.


My silver lining is that I live a comfortable life, I have children who look out for me, I have loving family and friends, and foremost, I am in good health. I try to remind myself daily to be grateful for that which I do have, rather than that which I am missing, especially when I find myself feeling hopeless.


Jackie Oliver Cohen

07/16/20 05:42 PM #129    


Yvonne Pelino (Pelino)

Amen Jackie. We all need to count our blessings. We still live in a Free country.  Take care.



07/16/20 10:18 PM #130    


Wayne Schuricht

WOW, what a nice surprise to see notes from so many classmates.  I recently called and talked with Gary Cunningham, who lives near Buffalo, NY, and happily he and his family are well.  There are a lot of classmates who have been pretty much absent from this website, so in Covid boredom I started looking through our 63 class reunion book, and guess what, there are lots of phone numbers and email addresses in it - DUH!!!  So I have decided to pick up the phone and call some of those folks.  Gary was thrilled I called and we had a great chat. So if you want to connect with some one look in your reunion book if you have one.  And if you don't have one call me 817-689-8640 and we can chat and I'll look throught my book for you and maybe find that special number for you! All your notes today made this one of the best days I have had in months.  Thanks to all , stay safe and keep in touch!  Wayne

07/17/20 12:17 PM #131    

Jackie Oliver (Cohen)


I am so sorry for your loss. What I found most difficult is not to have a funeral and being able to sit shiva (Jewish tradition is to receive family and friends at your home for seven days to share in your morning). It makes the death surreal. My sister-in-law had no family with her as she mourned the loss of her husband. She could not see him and as so many others he died alone. 

I am happy for you that you have caring family, work, and a place to escape.  Stay well. 

Jackie Oliver Cohen



07/18/20 12:36 PM #132    


Angela Redding (Reiter Hill)

Hello Wayne and thank you for your wonderful note.  We are blessed with good health, two loving kitties, and plenty of projects and crafts.  We really haven't had that big of a change in our lives during this time, except for seeing some relatives.  Doing good and hoping for a more peaceful world in the future.  Take care and be well.  Angela

07/18/20 06:25 PM #133    


Wayne Schuricht

Good to hear from you Angela and glad you are all healthy and safe.  I know I sound like a broken record, but we do live not too far apart.  So once it is safe to gather, let’s do it before it is too late.  You and Ron come visit us here in the real Texas “ Cowtown or Panther City”, and we’ll come to the upper crust!!!

07/28/20 10:42 PM #134    


Jackie Anderson (Donley)

Hi Everyone 

I wanted to let you know that I have quite a few program books from the 50th Class Reunion. I know it was in 2013 but it has a list of all the classmates with their contact information.  

I would be willing to send you one if you're interested. Maybe you came to the reunion and misplaced it or you just weren't able to make it, I would be happy to mail you one.

Also I make an effort to update any information regarding changes in emails, phone numbers and addresses so if you are one of those who made some changes since 2013, please let me know.

Thank you and let's stay positive and hopeful in this new world we're living in today.



07/29/20 01:07 PM #135    


Wayne Schuricht

Thanks Jackie, that’s is very nice of you!  Just think, only 3 more years to 60!  Here’s hoping we will all be around to make it!!!

07/29/20 06:31 PM #136    

Jeffrey Stayer

Jackie -

Thanks but I still have are another of our guiding lights!

Jeff Stayer

07/29/20 07:40 PM #137    


Jackie Anderson (Donley)

Thanks Wayne and Jeff, I'm happy to do that, anything for our classmates!


08/03/20 05:11 PM #138    


Wayne Schuricht

Hi 63er’s, I posted a picture on my page with the classmates who attended our last mini-reunion in Nov 2019.  See how many you recognize and can name.  Then maybe we will post the real names in a few weeks, if we remember!!!

08/23/20 01:16 PM #139    


Jackie Anderson (Donley)

08/23/20 02:52 PM #140    


Wayne Schuricht

Ok 63er’s, Thanks to Jackie for figuring out how to post the picture on this message forum, we will now post the answers for those interested.  Present from left to right are, John Dudkowski, Jack Trezciak, Yvonne Pelino, Jean Hutchinson (Aresto), Bill Baker, Marilyn Hawkins (Claassen), Fred Grau, Gary Shank, Pat Aresto, Jim Antoniono, Sue Ann Baldwin (Masnick), Karen Lahr (Petrarch), Bob Sellari, Jackie Anderson (Donley), Wayne Schuricht (yes, I grew 8 inches since high school - unfortunately around the middle), Jennifer Esmour (Swierczewski), Bernie Moret (Paulovich), and Janet Kelly (Curry).  Not pictured but attended was Alvin Zito.  This mini-reunion was held in Oct. 2019 at the VFW in Lower Burrell.  We all had a great time visiting with each other and hopefully once the “virus” is over we can plan another, possibly in the fall of 2021.  That will be 58 years since our graduation, and then in 2023 we can plan for a BIG BLOWOUT!!!  Take care everyone, be safe and keep in touch.  This web page is obviously a great way to do so!!!  All the best, Wayne

12/18/20 12:49 PM #141    


Wayne Schuricht

Howdy all yinz 63er”s.  Well so far it looks like most of us have weathered this terrible year, thank goodness.  Now with the availability of new vaccines to combat the Covid virus, hopefully we can look forward to a much better, happier new year.  Here’s wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a much, much, much better New Year.  But until you get the “SHOTS”, be smart, considerate to your fellow man, and stay safe.  Cheers, Wayne

12/19/20 01:53 PM #142    

Jeffrey Stayer

Same to you, Wayne! Keep on truckin' and blowin' that horn!


12/22/20 12:38 PM #143    


Frances Massi (Haradzin)

Merry Christmas dear Wayne and all Classmates!

I pray this little message finds you happy, healthy, and totally in love with the "Spirit of Christmas."  All is going well here with my dear husband, Ron, and our remarkable family.  We work hard at keeping our minds, legs, and attitudes moving in positive ways otherwise it could all go south very quickly.

Please!  Keep your faith, your health, and your sense of humor.  Have a very happy and blessed Christmas.

Much love from your 1963 Ken Hi Classmate...Fran

Dear is always awesome how you initiate communication.  You are great, dear friend!

12/23/20 10:21 AM #144    

Chris Dominik (Cross)

Thanks, Wayne!  It will be a relief to close the door on 2020 and to welcome 2021 with hope and open arms.  We are now three quarter of a centuriers and life becomes even more precious. Blessings to you and your family and all of our '63 classmates. ❤️

12/23/20 11:14 AM #145    


Barbara Vestrand (Shema)

My husband and I are doing well as we've remained caustious during this difficult time. He has been working remotely and will continue to do so glad we love each other! Please be well and be safe in the months ahead. Wishing everyone peace and joy in the year ahead. My best to all...Barbara

12/23/20 04:49 PM #146    


Tom Orszulak (Tom Orszulak)



Thank you Wayne for starting  text zoom meeting. Hope all are ready to let 2020 expire quickly and move on to a much more peaceful and safer New Year. Brenda and I braved the airports to fly to Rochester, MN to spend Christmas with her kids and our grandkids. I know I know but there is only so much time she is able to be away from family.......other than yours truly. We will return to SC New Year's eve and begin a slow drive to. check out Tucson AZ for the rest of the winter. This week in MN, which to have a blizzard tonight and tomorrow will more than fulfill mu winter and snow quota.

Wishin gall of you and yours the most joyous Christmas and a very peaceful New Year  


12/23/20 04:50 PM #147    


Tom Orszulak (Tom Orszulak)

Excuse the typos..It's Christmas 😏

02/10/21 11:13 AM #148    


Wayne Schuricht

Greetings to my fellow Red Raiders(thank goodness they were foxes!).  Just a quick note to remind all the fella’s to remember their “Special someone” in a few days.  It looks like it might be the coldest Valentines Day in many years, so a good time to snuggle up with your honey and a glass of your favorite beverage and watch a favorite movie.  One of ours is the “Sound of Music”!  For me, the most beautiful love scene ever recorded on the big screen is the Austrian Folk Dance with Maria and the Captain, (may he Rest In Peace).  Not a word spoken, no sex, just pure emotional realization of the love that was obviously developing.  Anyone else have a favorite?  Let us know!!!  Cheers, Joann and Wayne

02/11/21 11:45 AM #149    


Scott Hunter

Wow!!! It's been a while since I've been on this site. Thanks, Wayne, for the message. Here goes mine. Despite COVID-19, 2020 has been an excellent year for me. First of all, I got hard copies of my memoir, And the Monkey Let Go: Memoirs through Illusion and Doubt, and became a published author on April 7th with the public release. That was the same day that Massachusetts shut down along with most of the rest of the US. I lost all of my book signings and marketing shut down as well. I did get some newspaper coverage in the spring and sold a few books, but the summer was discouraging. In August, I decided to brand myself on Instagram and Facebook and post about meditation, addiction and emotions, and serendipity three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The posts @andthemonkeyletgo on IG and FB are cool, dope, or fly, depending on how old you are. It has been good for me to post about my journey becoming the main character in my life. Check it out.  I've looking forward to doing virtual presentations and hopefully when the vaccine is widely available and life returns to a new normal, I'll do some real presentations. Kate and I have been spending time in Provincetown, Mass at a bayside condo we're sub-renting and looking forward to traveling to Canada and more of the US.  Life is good. I wish you all a happy 2021.  Scott

04/01/21 12:39 PM #150    


Wayne Schuricht

I hav e long wondered if it is politically correct to wish anyone “Happy April Fool’s Day”?  Probably not, but this year and early in April, it is appropriate to wish younz’all a Blessed and Happy Easter.  And for our Jewish classmates, ziessen Pesach!  Here’s wishing for a good year for all of us.  By the way, Yvonne is planning a mini reunion at the end of May, the 28th or 29th in New Ken.  Keep tuned in!!!  All the best to you and yours.  Wayne

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