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Hawthorne High School Class of 1959 50th reunion Official Website for Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:21:29 +0000 en test Mon, 26 Oct 2009 18:34:17 +0000 Admin hanson is great

shortway's pre-reunion

pre-reunion at shortway's

California Dreaming Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:35:06 +0000 Admin Great state with beautiful views.

Trina Smid Jaconia Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:40:48 +0000 Admin Tom and I were married in 1960, in Pennsylvania My family moved to Pa. in December of my senior year at HHS. We had two sons, Thomas Jr., and Timothy, and after several years settled in Mahwah, N.J.

Tom gave up his singing career and went into a wholesale book business, Educational Publishers Specialties, which we owned and operated for over 20 years.

Through the years, I was a Financial Aid Director for the American Instute For Paralegal Studies School, procuring loans for students in 15 states. Leaving there I purchased the Community Shoppe, the local Coffee / Luncheonette Shop in Mahwah and after several years sold it and secured a position as a Purchasing Agent for Coach USA Bus Company, retiring after 10 years.

In the meantime I was blessed with 2 wonderful grandchildren, now 12 and 16 years old who keep me busier than ever. They live in Mahwah and we see them almost every day.

I still love to paint (water color and acrylics) and was fortunate to travel to some great places around the world and the U.S. Did some really fun things with my sons, hunting, fishing, skiing, motorcycle, quad and horseback riding.

I was very active in all aspects of Mahwah’s Community Theatre, Small Town And Fancy Players for over 25 years, a member of the Mahwah Recreation Committee for 4 years and presently a member of the Mahwah Beautification Committee.

A 50 year reunion , what a blast!

Dianne Wilhelm Ledder Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:03:29 +0000 Admin It has been fun reading what everyone has done in the past 50 years.  It is amazing at what has been accomplished.  It is only fair to let you know what the last 50 years has been like for me.


After graduation, thanks to Gail Simerock, I waitressed for the summer in Ocean Grove, NJ.  It was a wonderful summer.


The day I registered for classes at Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison, I met Tom Ledder, a sophomore.  We were married in 1963, the Saturday between my finals and graduation,

and immediately settled in Scotch Plains, NJ, where we now live in our third home there.


After a year of teaching sixth grade, I determined that it would be easier to raise my own kids and was fortunate to be a stay at home mom to Tracey, now in Wisconsin with her daughter; Erik, who is in Massachusetts with his family; and Scott, who lives the closest, in Jersey City.


During those years I kept busy and happy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission, the F-SP Service League, the YMCA and my church.


About 11 years ago, I retired from retirement and now work for a company that monitors coupon redemptions for a number of manufacturers.  I get to talk to irate retailers from around the country (maybe one of your favorite grocery or convenience stores) who want to know why they are not being paid for the coupons they have submitted.  There is a lot of money involved with coupons and many ways to use them dishonestly, otherwise my employer would not have a business.  Fortunately, not all retailers are dishonest and my company helps establish that.


One day, back in the early 1980’s, I happened to find the name Joel Bolton in the phone book.  Could there be another Joel Bolton?  A call to the phone number confirmed that it was the same one who graduated from HHS in 1959.  He and his wife, Barbara, lived in the neighboring town of Fanwood which shares a school system with Scotch Plains.  It was a joy to get together with Joel and Barbara while they lived in Fanwood and before they moved to Florida.


In August, we spent a week at the Outer Banks of  North Carolina where we have gone for our vacations every year for the last 36 years.  All of our children and grandchildren as well as other friends were there (some years our group has numbered in the 60’s).  Somehow, the Carolina salt water has gotten into our veins and we need to return each year for replenishment.


It is reunion time.  I will not be there but am sure it will be a wonderful weekend.  The reunion committee has done one great job.   I am not on Facebook, but can be reached at

Claire Macko Vannatta Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:43:37 +0000 Admin Hatched and matched (twice) in New Jersey, and plan on being dispatched in beautiful New Hampshire. My husband Tom Vannatta and I retired in 2002 to Newbury, New Hampshire to our world of golf, boating, travel and community service.

Upon graduation from William Paterson University in 1963 with an eager desire to teach first grade in Elmwood Park, and marrying my first husband in that same month of June, my story begins. Three years later, our first daughter Claire was born. Two years later our second daughter Lisa arrived, and lastly a son Arthur brightened the family three years later. Now mature adults with families, I am blessed with Dr. Claire, a Pet Doc, her husband and her two boys ages 10 and 13. Husband Greg has a boy and girl from a previous marriage who live in New Hampshire.  Second daughter, Dr. Lisa Griggs works as a physical therapist, and resides in Newton, MA. with husband Scott who attends to his law practice. Their three children make their family complete. Son Arthur owns the family business in New Jersey. He and his pharmacist wife Julie have three sons.

My life changed considerably with a divorce in 1984. Time was devoted to teaching in Prospect Park School #1 and attending graduate school. Completing a Masters in Education and Vocational Counseling in 1990, I worked in the classroom during the day and nights at my counseling practice in Oak Ridge.

A very happy chapter in the book of my life began when Tom and I married in 1997. His two sons live in New Jersey .The boys are very successful accountants enjoying the fruits of their hard work. With their 2 girls and 3 boys collectively, we are very fortunate to have 15 grandchildren to spoil.

Currently I am serving as a Trustee of the Trust Funds for Newbury, a commissioner and town representative for the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Planning Commission, and as treasurer for the Center Meeting House Board of Directors.


Barbara Abbink Lindemulder Walker Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:42:04 +0000 Admin

This "Five-Generation" photo was taken in 2004 during a visit to Great-Great Grandma


      In 1962 I married Jerry Lindemulder, who was stationed in the Army in Ft. Lee, Virginia.  I left NJ to be with my husband.  During this time we had our first child and then Jerry was sent to Florida awaiting deployment to Cuba.  Thankfully, the crisis was settled without any military intervention. 

After the service we returned to NJ, bought a home in Midland Park, and had two more children.  Jerry and his father had a carpentry business and I was a stay-at-home Mom. The future looked bright.  However, after we were married for nine years, Jerry passed away from cancer at age 33.  Somehow, I was able to raise my three children in the same house we had purchased and lived there for a total of 35 years.


      Eleven years ago, I purchased my present home in West Milford where I met and married Robert (Bud) Walker.  After our divorce, we realized that we were better friends than marriage partners.


      In 2004, I retired from Amica Mutual Insurance.  I love being retired and being able to do more of the things I did not have the time for before, especially more time with my younger grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I love to cook!  I also enjoy gardening, and gathering and drying wildflowers.


      My life has been blessed with three wonderful children, five grandchildren and two great-grand children, ages 5 and 1.  All my family members are nearby and since I am also a cancer survivor, as well as many of our classmates, I can truly say “Life is Good”.

Barbara Nuss Gilroy Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:03:29 +0000 Admin After graduating from Montclair State College, I taught Business Education in Manchester Regional High School and later New Providence High School.  In the meantime, I met and married my husband, Bill Gilroy,  a PGA Golf Professional.  We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary last December.
After five years of teaching, I left the profession to become the manager of the Golf Shop at Warrenbrook Country Club in Warren, NJ where Bill was the Golf Professional.  During those ten years, we spent our winters traveling throughout the state of Florida in our RV while Bill was playing the golf mini tours.  When Bill was named the Golf Director at Noyac Golf and Country Club in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, we moved to Southampton where we lived and  worked for seven years.  We decided we were ready to own and operate our own golf facility and it was then that we purchased Apple Valley Golf Course in Lewiston, Maine, which we owned and operated for nineteen years until our retirement. 
After retirement, I became involved with the Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association in Portland, Maine, a regional association of the United States Golf Association.  I  became their Executive Director, a position I have held for five years.  We have nearly 500 female golfers from 53 member clubs and run two golf tournaments each week at various country clubs in southern Maine from May until October.
Although we are Florida residents legally, we still consider Maine our home.  We spend six months in Maine, where Bill also keeps busy giving golf lessons, and six months at our home in Saint Lucie West, Florida where we play golf at the PGA Golf Club and  relax with our four-year old long-haired black kitty, Mia.
What could be better-summers in Maine and winters in Florida?  We certainly are enjoying the best of both worlds!
John Gado Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:51:33 +0000 Admin It seems just like yesterday we walked off the field after graduation. I’m sure the reunion will be a wonderful event and regret we are unable to attend.  

My sixty nine years have been a wonderful adventure. I have been married three times, unfortunately no children. I taught school for twenty six years and managed my rental properties and investments for the last twenty  years. Susan and I sold our home in Jackson Hole, WY four years ago and are full time RV’ers the last four years. Our South Dakota address is just a PMB box. We live in Island Park Idaho just outside Yellowstone Nat. Park for six months. The other six months we travel and live on Pine Island just off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.

I enjoy some golf in both Idaho and Florida. Susan and I are dedicated fly fishers and do a great deal of bird hunting with our two bird dogs.

We would love to hear from anyone traveling in either of these areas for some fishing , golf or just visiting.  We love outdoor activities in ID and have a flats boat in FL.     

Our address in Idaho ( June to Sept. )is, Sawtelle Mountain Resort, 4133 Quakie Lane, Island Park, ID. 83429.   We are just 16 miles from West Yellowstone, Montana.

Our other address is Tropic Isle Park Resort, PO box 26, Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida 33922.  We only use cell phones.  201-657-0217  Our e-mail is

I will miss seeing all of you and look forward to hearing about the event.

Jack Westerholt Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:32:25 +0000 Admin
Its hard to believe 50 years have passed since my twin brother George and I walked each morning to Hawthorne High from our house on Parmalee Avenue. From that short walk until today, my life has been a wonderful, adventurous and rewarding journey.
      After George and I both graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Business Administration, I attended Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island, was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and then completed my Navy tour of duty.
I joined E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. Medical Products Department as a Sales Representative in Indiana, moved to Chicago as a Territory Sales Manager and then to Wilmington, Delaware as Manager of the Technical Services & Research Laboratory. Atlanta was our next stop where I assumed the position of Southeast Region District Sales Manager and where our family enjoyed swimming and boating on beautiful Lake Lanier.
      I met my lovely wife Laurie one evening at the Bull & Bear Pub in the Chicago Financial District, married in 1969 and then were blessed with two wonderful sons, Jack & Steven. We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this past August. As a Speech Pathologist, Laurie taught in the Georgia Public Schools and we both enjoyed the slower Atlanta southern lifestyle. After 25 years with Dupont, I decided it was time to try something new and different and so we moved even further south to West Palm Beach, Florida where I started a second career as an Employee Benefits Consultant.
My life continues to be filled with exciting challenges, memorable experiences and so far excellent health. Although I am still active with my Benefits Consulting work throughout the state of Florida, I consider myself semi-retired and work on my own time schedule. Laurie and I continue to enjoy living in the warm South Florida weather where we relax by swimming, playing some tennis and fishing with our son Steve and brother George during his visits to Florida. As a licensed private pilot, I have also enjoyed the joy of flying high above our beautiful earth and sharing my experiences with friends and family.
      It has been interesting reading the Bio’s of my H.H.S. Classmates and although we will not be able to attend the class reunion, our thoughts will be with everyone as you relive past memories and share life experiences. During the past year Laurie and I have enjoyed a dinner reunion with Harold Pomper, Bob Gashler and Joel Bolton. We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner evening with Jim Caratozzolo and his wife Gail and I also had the opportunity to visit with Rob Montano at his lovely home in Venice, Florida. I am also fortunate to see my brother George and his wife whenever they travel to the East Coast from California.
May all my Classmates enjoy happiness with family and friends and continue to live life to the fullest.
James Convery Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:31:04 +0000 Admin Monmouth College (B.S.); William Paterson (Masters/ED); New England School of Law (J.D.); N.Y.U. (Masters/ International Law); Teacher; Attorney Private Practice: New Jersey and Massachusetts; Passaic County Counsel/Passaic County Administrator; Retired 2004; Present:  Golf in Florida during the winter (Ocean Ridge); Golf during the rest of the year at our Sea Oakes Residence;  We live off the first green.  Married 47 years to my wife Jane, we have three children and five grand children; One Great Life!