55th Reunion Part- Save the Date- July 7, 2018

Hello All-

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for our Class of 1963 55th Graduation Anniversary party. This affair will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at San Marino’s famed Old Mill historical site. Cocktails will start at 6PM- followed by dinner.

This is the only formal activity planned. Since we will all be staying near San Marino, we are investigating a possible tour of SMHS Friday afternoon.

Details will be coming shortly from Pam and Caren. For now just BLOCK THE DATE, July 7th.

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IN MEMORANDUM: Janet Fraser Peet

Jane Fraser Peet passed away on February 14, 2018.    She is survived by her loving husband, Jim, and her four step children.  They were married for 43 years.  Jane was an active skiier and tennis player, and a member of many organizations,   She will be very missed by all her friends and family.   A Celebration of Life  will be held on March 10.
Elks Lodge # 6289
120 E. Colorado St.
on Saturday, March 10th
at 12pm.
818 242 2105

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IN MEMORANDUM: Wendy Hammack Hunter

This email from Jon Kidder was forwarded to me a few minutes ago by Caren Curry Cameron. I am truly saddened. Wendy was a HUGH part of our 1963 class, both when we attended SMHS, and long after as a very active member of our Alumni group. My condolences to both her and her family.

Dear Extended Friends,

We wanted you to know that Wendy Hammack Hunter passed away on Wednesday, May 24th at 8 pm. She died peacefully without pain and was surrounded by her family.

The service will be at 1 pm on Sunday, May 28th, and will be followed by a gravesite burial, and then a reception with light sandwiches all at the same location.

It will be an open casket funeral and people wishing to view her body prior to the service will be able to do so between noon and 1 pm. Individuals needing wheelchair assistance should bring their wheelchairs and others will be able to assist them.

The service will be held at:

Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary, and Crematory
1999 El Camino Real
Oceanside, California 92054-5754 US
(760) 754-6600

In lieu of flowers, Wendy wanted people to know that if they wanted to do something in her honor, they could make a contribution to the PEO organization she was dedicated to, which focuses on stewarding philanthropy to support women’s education and advancement. In particular, Wendy wanted to support Cottey College, which is affiliated with PEO. You can click here for more information.

Prior to the service on Sunday at 1 pm, we are recommending that people eat lunch because the reception with food will be around 3 pm.

Wendy very much wanted the service to be a celebration, and following the main portion of the service, there will be an opportunity for family members and friends to say a few words in honor of her extraordinarily life.

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Meryl White turns 100

Most of us in the SMHS class of ’63 attended Huntington School and had Meryl White as our music teacher in 7th and 8th grade. Ken White, now deceased, was our principal at Huntington and their son, Craig, was in our class. Anyway, Meryl White will be celebrating her 100th birthday in May. Meryl’s granddaughter asked me to see if the following request can be posted on smhs1963.com and distributed to our classmates. I figured you would know how to make this happen. Posting follows:
Thanks for your help and let me know if there is a problem,
Ron Rider

Dear friends and past students of Meryl White,
Meryl will be celebrating her 100th birthday in May. We know she would love to hear from you, and enjoy stories from the “good ol’ days”!
If you are able, please send a card/note to Meryl in care of her granddaughter, Jen Cleven, to 12055 Seabeck Hwy NW, Seabeck WA 98380. If you wish to email (techmomjen@gmail.com), Jen will print these and share them with Meryl at a celebratory gathering at her residence in May.
Thank you so much for helping to make this milestone a special one for Meryl!
Jen Cleven and family

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IN MEMORANDUM: Casandra Renzetti, Linda Miller Ellerbroek, and Charles Reinhart

It is regret that I report the recent passing of three classmates:

Casandra Renzetti  (married name unknown) and Linda Miller Ellerbroek in November. Unfortunately details are not known.

Charles Reinhart passed away on December 6th:

Hello, Wendy. My name is Malcolm Reinhardt (SMHS 1964) and Charles Reinhardt (SMHS 1964) was my brother. It is with a great sense of loss that I regret to inform you that Charles passed away on December 6. There will be a small private service for family members pursuant to Charles’ wishes. Knute Grani gave me you contact information as the person who would update the class records to reflect Charles’s passing. Please contact me by replying to this email if you require any additional information. Thank you and best wishes, Malcolm Reinhardt

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Mr Purga Recommends…

This story is too funny not to tell. And I realize how much grief it will bring upon myself.

This weekend in Seattle was stormy. Perfect time to do some deep cleaning in my office. I discovered a forgotten envelope where my Mom had saved my report cards- 1st grade through college. Two things became self-evident immediately: First, I have no idea how I ever got accepted into any college with my grades! And secondly, it became crystal clear why I did not graduate magna-cum-laude from college.

But my 6th grade report card, 1955-56, from Mr. Purga is classic. Note his comment about me in the first quarter- then his final thought in the fourth quarter.

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IN MEMORANDUM: Marcia Pierce Neville

Pam Bryan writes that Marcia Pierce Neville passed two days ago. 

Marcia’s memorial is on Sunday, August 7th. 

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to me so that we can get an idea of head count. 

Please click on the link below for more information


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IN MEMORANDUM: Jerry Pollock Passes

Jerry passed away in late May in Newport as reported by Dick Fyke.

Jerry’s Memorial Service.

Thursday, June 16, 4 pm, Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrews Rd., Newport Beach, 92663.  Ph. 949-631-2880.  They have a web site.

Celebration following at 5 pm., American Legion, 215 E. 15th St., Newport Beach, 92663.  They have a web site.

There will be an opportunity to make comments if you want.

Dana’s address is 312 Lugonia, Newport Beach, CA. 92660

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IN MEMORANDUM: English Teacher John Ryan

Our junior year English teacher, John Ryan, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  He died peacefully in his sleep.  Although his teaching career at SMHS was brief, he touched many of the lives of those in the SMHS class of 1963.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years – Rita, 5 children, many grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Info from Bob Hunt

NOTE: Some of you were sent this notification twice. My apologies- we have had some “bad-end” issues with our ISP (GoDaddy) that now have been resolved.

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SUNDAY, JAN 31: 2 to 6 PM- a Celebration of Andy Leaf’s Life

IMPORTANT: Time adjustment for Andy’s Leaf’s celebration

Celebration of Andy’s Life, SUNDAY, JAN 31   2:30- 5:30 PM – Please join us! Open to everyone           Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne’s Dr., Laguna Beach 92651

Additional information please contact: Shannon Cargo Ferguson at: shannon@shannonferguson.comJune 13, 1945-Dec. 21st, 2015

Andy passed away peacefully at home in Laguna Beach, surrounded by love, family & friends.

Celebration of Andy’s Life, SUNDAY, JAN 31   2 – 6 PM
Please join us! Open to everyone
Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne’s Dr., Laguna Beach 92651

Additional information please contact: shannon@shannonferguson.com

DONATIONS: You may contribute to Andy’s legacy by donating directly to SEED at this link. http://www.disabilitybiz.net/pages/support-us/. Any size donation is greatly appreciated.

A short video that Andy sent for the 2013 Reunion can be viewed by clicking here.

1963 Andy graduated from San Marino High School. Like the rest of us, he was full of hopes & dreams for his future. In 1964, Andy was in his 1st year of college when a body surfing accident rendered him a quadriplegic for life. For the next 51 years, Andy’s true warrior spirit spurred him on as he returned to college receiving a Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine & a Master’s Degree with honors from Pepperdine in 1980. But that was just the beginning of Andy’s new journey. Andy became one of California’s 1St quadriplegic drivers in a specialty built van. He was an excellent driver, as I witnessed 1st hand, when he drove me to a board meeting for SEED in the late 90’s.

1993: Andy’s true passion in life was helping the disabled. He formed the non-profit organization SEED which was all about educating the disabled community and providing each person with solid business tools. These skills allowed disabled people to work from home by becoming entrepreneurs. The many special people that Andy was able to reach were given a sense of value, renewed self-esteem & a way to supplement their very meager disability income. Andy represented hope, encouragement, friendship & compassion to so many people. Right up until the end, Andy continued as the CEO & guiding light of this organization. Andy would have wanted us to thank all you who so generously contributed to SEED over the years. He was forever grateful to each of you who helped him make a difference.

2001: Andy received a Presidential Citation.

2013: 50th reunion for Andy’s 1963 graduating class of San Marino High School. This reunion was dedicated to Andy & he was honored as “Our Hometown Hero”.

2015: Andy had many, many friends & was highly respected for his courage & his drive to make a difference in other people’s lives. We celebrated his 70th birthday in June & lots of Andy’s longtime friends attended the party at his house. We enjoyed music, great food & entertainment that was arranged by his caregivers. He was up in his wheelchair & enjoyed every minute.

This last September, Andy received a Proclamation from the City of Laguna Beach, for his work with the disabled, which was a wonderful salute to who Andy was. It was a thrilling evening for him. A group of about 10-12 of Andy’s friends showed up to cheer him on!

I saw Andy for the last time, when his brother Bob was at the house, a few days before he passed away. He was still trying to seek medical help to keep him going just a little bit longer. Andy had such a passion for life, plus an iron will commitment to serve others. Andy has left an inspiring legacy & we will truly miss him! From Andy: “Life is full of challenges, what is important, is how you handle what life has presented you!”

Andy is survived by his brother Bob, his sister Yolanda, as well as numerous nieces & nephew.

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