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Hicksville High School

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Hicksville, New York

Around Hicksville
Congratulations, HixNews on the 20th anniversary of providing us with great news
and memories. I look forward every month to seeing the latest news on all my
1961 class friends. Thank you so much for your time and energy and love you
spend for providing HixNews.

Bill Canham 1961

Any talk about a 60th reunion for the class of 61?


Walter Search

No one has come forward to take the reins on a 60th reunion. The two who
organized the last were Dennis Naso and Vin Luna. Both have passed and the
others part of the team have not come forward. I could post a note in the October
2020 Newsletter to ask if our classmates would be interested in a reunion? Are you
interested in being part of a team should a reunion be wanted by a majority? Let
me know. Hope you are well.
Buffalo Bob

Kim Bruckner graduated with me, Carolee Bruckner and Craig Bruckner.
Look at the yearbook, or I have mine if you would like to borrow it.
Carolee Stumpf Bruckner 1971

What list are you referencing? Thanks.


Buffalo Bob

HHS!!! On the graduation list for the year 1971, Kim Bruckner, married name
Smith.
Carolee

Carolee...I added Kim to my master list. If you wanted her name added to the
online spreadsheet that presents our current membership, that cannot be done.
That list was password protected and since Henry passed, we cannot access that
list.
Buffalo Bob
Bob, thank you so much for adding her on. Since we as family graduated together,
it seemed strange for her not to be there. Happy holidays!
Carolee

Thank you for thanking me. See attached that is my master mailing list for 1971. If
you know of others who are your friends, send me their names.
Buffalo Bob

Hi Bob, I have graduating books for 1969, 1970, and 1971. If you want, you could
use them for a time. They sit in my closet, remembering. You are more than
welcome to go through them and use what you want. I am still in Hicksville and
you might find them interesting.
Carolee

Thanks for the offer. I have almost every yearbook from 1957 to 1988 in my
library and now classmates has many from 1990 to 2015 that I can access. Still in
Hicksville all these years??? I moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2009 from Hicksville.
My ex was living here and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I moved here to
become her caregiver. Did that for 4 years until she died in 2013. If not for that, I
might still be in Hicksville. Thanks again.
Buffalo Bob

Bob, good, you have all the names. Yep, still in Hicksville. My son Thomas was
class of 1991, my son Brian was class of 1996 and my daughter, class of 2001. We
live in the house I grew up in. Sweet memories. So sorry for your wife's passing.
I'm sure you brought her much comfort by being there. But I'm sure it was hard on
you. You hate to see someone you love to slip away. You do a fantastic job with
the website. It brings lots of memories back. Keep up the good work...we are all
depending on you!
Carolee

Anyone grow up in the neighborhood across from the High


School on the other side of Newbridge road?
(for example I lived on Albany St where I could see the tennis
courts from my front door)? Old timers will remember when the
school administration building was in an old farmhouse on
Newbridge Road?

Ken Marcus 1967


I do remember that old farmhouse. That’s where you went to pick up
books if you went to a Catholic High School, which I did for 9th and
10th grade.

Maureen Kelley Conlon 1978

I believe I had to go there for my working papers?

Karen Braches Shafonda 1970

I did too.
Barbara Kargauer Castonguay 1970

I remember that old farmhouse I lived off Newbridge across from Holy
Family.

Lisa Dorais Wissler 1971


Near carvel?
Ken M.

Holy Family church…No!!! Holy Trinity was across from Carvel


Lisa D.
Sorry. Got my Holy’s mixed up. But I’m playing for the other team. So
what street is across from Holy Family? Is it the Levitt B section?
Ken M.

Yes & No; Elmira is across from Fordham Avenue. Fordham Avenue is
the street Holy Family is on.
Lisa D.

Yes, the B section was behind some streets across from Holy Family
surrounding Elmira.
Maureen K.

Elmira is right across from Fordham Avenue. Walk away from


Newbridge down Elmira and then the “B” section starts. We lived on
Bishop Lane walked Bishop to Beech to Blueberry to Elmira and
crossed Newbridge to go to Holy Family for Mass.
Laurie Grech DeGarmo 1978 (shown above with daughter Cheryl)

U Thank you for the birthday card…

Mrs. Nichols & Norm Nichols 1952


Beth Reilly Bianco 1959

Lorraine Miltenberg Dalaimo 1960


Larry Senn 1964

Mary DeFelice Stea 1965

Thank you for the anniversary card…

Some Thoughts About Birthdays &


Anniversaries…

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of us. It was much appreciated. This is
our 64th.

Jennifer MacLean Bausk and Joe Bausk 1950


Our 64th Anniversary dinner picture.

Barbara Fellows Cava 1956 & Charlie Cava 1955

Hi Bob…Thanks for the birthday & anniversary cards. My husband Larry & I
share 3 fun filled celebrations every year...his birthday, 10/7, our anniversary10/9
& my birthday, 10/10. Our most memorable anniversary was swimming in the
Ocean as the full harvest moon came up around 10 at night. We had our golden,
Pierre swimming with us. We were in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico where we spend
our winters. Also, the best trip we've had in the last 2 years was to South Africa ...3
weeks with 2 safaris a day. We saw all the animals up close & personal! Such a
great treat. I'd recommend this trip with OATS (Overseas Adventure Travels) the
best & least expensive....when Covid is over???
As ever…

Judy DeVincentis Morgan 1958

Thank you, Bob and the gang at , for remembering our 57th Wedding
Anniversary!!

Bill & Bonnie Kiernan Fogelberg 1961

Thanks, Bob and the HixNews staff, for always remembering my birthday! A
most memorable one was a day of golf and fun with my buddies while still living
in the Chicago area many years ago. My family has always been there for me on
my birthdays too!! All the best

Joe Carfora 1962 (Joe with Sharon back in the day)

Hi Bob…Thank you for the birthday card. It certainly feels good to be


remembered on your birthday especially at this awful time. Hope all is well with
you and you’re staying safe

Dana Jackson Hayden 1962

Thank you for the birthday card…Actually, this will be a memorable birthday
because not only did I turn 75, a truly milestone birthday, but I was only able to
celebrate with my husband, .no children and no grandchildren because of COVID-
19! This whole year has been a bust, but I guess we must make the most of it.
Thankfully, we have plenty of masks...LOL!!!

Helen Luna Carr 1963 (shown with David)

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of me. It was much appreciated. It’s 51
years in 2020. Celebrated #50 touring England and Scotland. Then we met family
in Italy. Great trip. Will be glad when 2020 is over.

Carol Dukeman Piacenti &Vince Piacenti 1965

Hi HixNews, thanks so much for the great anniversary card. This year we
celebrated the BIG one!! Yes, it was our 50th. Our 3 daughters gave us a most
memorable day to cherish. From ZOOMING with our entire family, spread out all
over the states; to having all we know to send video messages of congratulations
with stories from the past to the present. Some just said, “Welcome to the 50 club”,
others were more elaborate. The best was a giant sign 25 feet across our lawn
saying in colorful, giant letters, saying “Happy 50th Anniversary Mom & Dad”!! It
was an Incredible day, and our daughters gave us the most amazing memorable
celebration under these trying times. Thanks again and stay safe.

Michael Schwartz & Francine Phon Schwartz 1965

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of us. It was much appreciated. Hard to
believe we’ve been married 50 years.

Cheryl Canfield Ward (Bay Shore High 1966) and Bob Ward 1966
Hi to Bob and the gang at HixNews…Thank You for the BDAY card I found a
great LI Winery to sit outside and celebrate.

Jim Dolan 1966

Hi, Robert! And the gang at HixNews. Thank you for the card. Juan has been ill
for several months, so this anniversary is very special.

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Felipe and Denise Eisele Felipe 1969
I want to personally thank you and the staff of the HixNews for the thoughtful
anniversary card. it was special being our 40th anniversary… not bad for a Hix
Boy and Bethpage Girl
Thank You

John Ohrnberger 1976

Dear Bob and the gang at HixNews…Thank you for the online anniversary card.
It was appreciated. My wife and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. We have
been in Connecticut for 20 years now. I hope all Is well with the Hicksville News
staff.
Regards,

Philip Chester 1981


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U Flashback
You're a 19-year-old kid.
You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central
Highlands of Vietnam.
Its November 14, 1965. LZ (landing zone) X-ray.
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards
away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to
stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not
getting out.
Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see
them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

You look up to see a Huey coming in. But it doesn't seem real because no
MedEvac markings are on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.
He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call.
He decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.
Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a
time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and
safety.
And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!!
Until all the wounded were out.
No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in
the legs and left arm.
He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it
without the Captain and his Huey.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army, died at the
age of 81, in Boise, Idaho.
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing

Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman.


Now... YOU pass this along.
Honor this real hero.
Lawrence Dagna 1968

U Honoring Our Veterans


A man went to the Great Lakes Military Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. He took
some photos while reflecting on what’s going on in our country today.
Then he wrote this simple poem:

I don’t see any color here,


The headstones look the same.
No black no brown no white skin tone
There’s no one here to blame.

These soldiers fought and died for you.


Their color you can’t see,
Your rights are still protected.
Here’s the place to take a knee
U In the News
With the booming from hundreds of thousands of pounds of rocket thrust,
NASA astronaut and Napa native Kate Rubins was boosted toward her second
journey to the International Space Station. A three-stage rocket successfully
boosted a Russian Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft carrying Rubins, who spent 115 days
aboard the space station in 2016, and two Russian cosmonauts from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome, lifting off at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (10:45 p.m. Tuesday Pacific
time), on Rubins’ 42nd birthday. The craft achieved Earth orbit within nine
minutes, according to NASA TV. Kate is the daughter of Jim Rubins, class of
1967. Astronaut and Vintage High School graduate Kate Rubins makes a point
while meeting with a small group of students following a pair of assemblies at
VHS before going into space.
The Sears Hicksville store was the second largest Sears store in the country in the
late 1970's. The largest was the store in Alexandria, VA. The property where the
Chase Manhattan Bank and Red Lobster are located across Nevada Street was
originally part of the Sears parking lot.

I was last in that store in 2010. The hardware department had declined terribly
from what it had been in years past. I went into the Sears store on Beverly Road in
Brooklyn about two years ago with Shop Your Way rewards to use and the
hardware department was even more pathetic than what I saw in Sears Hicksville.
The vacuum cleaner display with the vacuum cleaners on shelves was laughable
compared to the Vacuum Cleaner Department of the 1970's with the rugs and the
vacuums ready to be demonstrated. What a shame! The company now known as
Sears Holdings was originally Kmart Corporation. In the late 1970's Kmart became
a larger chain than Sears. I worked at Sears Hicksville for almost 5 years from
1974 to 1979. After graduating from Adelphi with a BBA in Accounting, I went to
work for the New York State Insurance Department where I worked for over 39
years.
Thank you for the great job you do putting together HixNews. From what I read,
you live in Augusta, GA the home of the Masters. Augusta National is too rich for
my blood. I fondly remember the old Huntington Golf & Tee on Jericho Turnpike.
Reasonable greens fees, not too hard a course. It's such a shame it was plowed
under and houses went up there.
George Brady 1975
U New Readers
Hello…I used to be on the mailing list for the Newsletter and dropped off – please
add my name – Arleen Brigandi. Thanks, I look forward to receiving emails again!
You all do a great job putting the letter together – thanks for the memories! Take
care.

Arleen 1961

I grew up in Hicksville and graduated from HHS. How do I get connected to


Hixnews?

Hank Scarangella 1965

HixNews.com publishes the new edition by the first of each month. All you need
to do is remember to visit the web site. hixnews.com
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Roger Whitaker, webmaster for hixnews.com


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Rick Russo 1970
Grace Lamberti Russo1971

Kim Bruckner Smith 1971

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Hi Bob…Did you know

Joseph Pitchell had died? I was friends with his sister, Dorothy growing up. I
knew his parents very well, but I never met Joe as he was older and, in the military,
then moved out of NY. Also

Mary Jane Leo (Alfo) August 29, 1951 – December 17, 2014…had passed but I
think I sent that to you. I last saw her in June of 2014 going into her car with her
husband. They lived across the street from us. We would send each other
Christmas cards. She had severe diabetes and passed from failed kidneys. Here is
a link to her info:
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/hicksville-ny/mary-alfo-6243836
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I hope you are recovering well and stay safe.


Here’s the link to Joseph's info:
https://www.mcalister-smith.com/obituaries/Joseph-Louis-Pitchell-
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Barbara Maraldo 1972

I found out that

Charles Schuster from the class of 1964 died. We were friends from age twelve to
the time of his passing. He will be missed by his friends. May he rest in peace.

Larry Senn 1964


A sad note...

Virginia Cabbe Reinhardt from the class of 1964 has died. Although I didn’t know
her personally, we became friends through a Facebook relationship. Virginia was
witty and quite often commented on posts I made. She will be missed.
Buffalo Bob

I’ve met her and she’s such a sweetheart!! She knew my parents and grandparents
as she graduated with my cousin in high school. Small world!! She always bought
crafts from me and I used to meet her at the Empire diner. She’s always in my
thoughts and prayers.

Patricia McGrane Johnson 1983

Sooo sad because Ginny was such a sweetheart classmate. Loved our reunions and
get-togethers with fellow classmates. She will be missed.
Maureen Uss Bensen 1964

Who in Hicksville didn’t know Virginia or her late husband Marty? They were
awesome people who cared for everyone. I’ve never heard a bad word about them.

Carl Calma 1976

She was a sweet, fellow member of the Hicksville Fire Department Ladies
Auxiliary. She had a tough couple of years. She was always upbeat, positive and a
true fighter. May GOD Rest her Sweet Soul.

Christine Moore Newins 1983

Hi everyone…it comes with a hurting heart I relay this message

Denise Theinert Koegel, 64, of Merrick, NY, died on September 10, 2018 at Mercy
Hospital in Rockville Centre, NY. Denise was born in East Meadow, NY, to
William and Patricia Theinert. She graduated Holy Trinity High School in 1972.
She went on to earn a B.S. and Master's in Mathematics and Secondary Education
from Adelphi University. She worked as a math teacher for over 30 years inspiring
students daily at Hicksville and Syosset High School. Denise is survived by her
husband Kevin, children Christopher, Keri and Maureen, grandchildren Rebecca,
Claire and Grace, and brother Jim. She is preceded in death by her parents and
brother Bruce. Denise married Kevin Koegel on August 17, 1979. She enjoyed
running, being near the ocean and caring for family, friends, students, everyone.
Funeral Mass was at Cure of Ars R.C. Church, under the guidance of Msgr.
Francis Caldwell, on Friday September 14th. Burial followed at The Cemetery of
the Holy Rood, Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to Strongpoint Theinert
( https://josephjtheinertmemorialfund.orginmemoryofdeniseko... ) in honor of her
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nephew 1st Lt. Joseph J. Theinert.


Lynn Judith DaSilva 1979

If I'm not mistaken

John Kerti and me, we had Miss Theinert together for Geometry. Her name came
to me for some reason on a long drive tonight, so I sought her out. She was a
wonderful teacher. We didn't deserve her when you think about it🙄. My
condolences to her family. She was one of the good ones you meet in life. RIP.
Bob Kappel 1981

Buffalo Bob...hope you are doing well!!! Can you include my Aunt's name in the
Hix News memoriam section? Anita Stamos Tarantino, class of 1949, 22 Oct 1930
- 7 Oct 2020. Thanks!!!

Nick Stamos 1971.


Actor Martin Milner

Officer Pete Malloy answered his last call in Adam -12. He died last night at the
age of 83. Come on! How many of you remember "1 Adam-12?"

People Looking for People

I am trying to find

Joan Paszel from the class of 1966 and


Patty Walker from the class of 1967. Does anyone have contact info for these
folks?

Linda Loeffler Shepski 1966


U Vietnam Memorial Update

Bill Walden in front of the Memorial on Veterans Day 11/11/19


Bill showing the Memorial after2019 Veterans Day ceremonies to state, county &
local dignitaries that were present. From left to right, with Bill, are NY State
Senator Jim Gaughran, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Salandino & Nassau
County Legislator Arnold Drucker. Not pictured is Nassau County Legislator Rose
Walker, to whom Bill showed the Memorial later that day.