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Thomas Mammoser
Posted on the 2023-09-21 at 20:00
Just saw the pictures from the 50 3 reunion. They are fantastic. So a big THANK YOU to all the photographers and to John and everyone else that have made them available.
Thomas Mammoser
Posted on the 2023-09-09 at 20:00
Had a great time at the reunion! Thanks to to the committee and all involved, you did a great job and it was greatly appreciated.
Victor Sowers
Posted on the 2023-08-23 at 20:00
Greeting to everyone. Sorry to here about our classmates that have past away these last few years. I would like to come, But Jane and I bought the Money Pit, Porcupine Walker, Gyssp Moth Ranch, in northern Wisconsin. So money is tight. But we love it up here! One thing I remember about 1960-70s, my parents almost never locked the house doors. Try that today.  
Sarah ware hewitt
Posted on the 2023-08-14 at 20:00
I will miss our reunion. What an amazing event our  classmates have created! I am looking forward to seeing pictures! sarah Ware Hewitt Boerne,Texas
Posted on the 2023-08-13 at 20:00
Sorry that I will miss the reunion!
Debra McCabe
Posted on the 2023-07-10 at 20:00
Hello better late than ever but i signed in today ! Was up in Door County and completly forgot . Looking forward to seeing everyone and also for visting Fitzgeralds a place i just lived down the street from . Have a great summer ! 
Holger Paetau
Posted on the 2023-06-18 at 20:00
My flight is booked. Looking forward to seeing everyone. I will be flying in on Thursday and leaving early Tuesday. If there are other plans for the long weekend let me know.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2023-06-14 at 20:00
Very sorry to hear that Ron Sherman has passed. Just made plane reservations to attend the "50th" in September.
Russ Blumhagen
Posted on the 2023-06-06 at 20:00
Sorry to hear of Ron Sherman's passing. He was a great friend. We had great times together.
Barb Heitsch
Posted on the 2023-03-07 at 19:00
Hi everybody! Let,s see those profiles! How can I be coaxed into attending if I can't be reminded of who you are? ALL YOU PEOPLE who are on the "Who's Coming" list should write a funny, friendly, fascinating profile. I KNOW you've been having one adventure after another since high school. Or since the 20 year reunion which is the last one I attended.  :)  <3
Kurt M Svoboda
Posted on the 2021-09-28 at 20:00
Just wanted to thank all my classmates that offered condolences to me on the loss of my wife Heidi on August 19. The family appreciates it. We had 47 years together and three wonderful " kids " helping each other to pull through. Please support the ALS FOUNDATION if you can. Thanks. Hope to see you all " someday ". Thanks Bruce for your support.
William Till
Posted on the 2021-05-07 at 20:00
Who would have thought that we would ever see the day when our school, (OP&RFHS) would be highlighted in the news, for something as disgusting as this? While I never had children, if I had they would NEVER have seen the inside of a OPRF classroom, that now preaches Marxism to it's students. Unbelievable! And what is even more unbelievable are the property tax paying parents in that district, that allow this to take place.
Margaret “Peggy” Hanson
Posted on the 2020-09-24 at 20:00
Hi everyone!  Have not attended any reunions but was just looking through yearbook.  50 years - just doesn't seem possible does it?  I'm wondering if anyone can help me locate classmate Kathryn Levine?
Robert Aurbach
Posted on the 2020-05-01 at 20:00
A bit sad... I missed our 40th because I'd just moved to Australia, and now it looks like I'll be missing our 50th beause of travel restrictions on international travel. I'm particularly hoping to catch up withany of the old Horace Mann group... Please email me at to get in touch and perhaps set up a Zoom or Skype meeting.... Stay healthy Bob
Kurt Svoboda
Posted on the 2020-03-31 at 20:00
Sorry to learn we lost another classmate. Tom Sheehan succumbed to the effects of the coronavirus. Rest in peace.
Linda Beers (Onash)
Posted on the 2020-02-08 at 19:00
WOW 50 years, OH MY! Was just contacted by the reunion committee this year (2020).  Living in Florida since the 80's and now the retired life - lovin' it! Very sad to report about the passing of two of my closest friends, Ellen Gould (several years ago) and Debbie Kincaid (just last month).  I know their friends and family miss them so much.   Feel free to email if you like.  I won't make it to the 50th reunion, but y'all have a blast.  Yes, I said "Y'all", I've been southernized  - but just a bit - they still say I have a midwest accent.  :-)  
Victor O Sowers
Posted on the 2019-12-19 at 19:00
Guess I let the time slip away. Retire two years ago. Sorry to here about   "Coon Dog" (Chuck S.). Glad some of us are still having fun.
Thom E. Mammoser
Posted on the 2019-12-12 at 19:00
I recentley learned that Scott McParland passed away back in January. Here is Scott's obituary ...
Denise Wendt
Posted on the 2019-11-22 at 19:00
I should have done this sooner. Bill Bradfield passed away November 8, 2015.  He had been living in Arizona, and came back to Illinois (I think once a year) to visit.
William Till
Posted on the 2019-11-16 at 19:00
I found out that Walter (Doug) Lull passed away in February 2017. He was living in Huntley, Illinois, where he retired after a career in the U.S. Navy.
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2019-11-07 at 19:00
Ted Hoagland reports that Rock O'Connell has passed away. There will be a visitation service at the Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Glenview, Illinois from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, November 10th. The street address is 1104 Waukegan Road and the phone number is 847-901-4012.
Bob Wenzel
Posted on the 2019-11-07 at 19:00
I'm saddened to inform all that friend and classmate Paul Roman passed away September 4 2019
Thom cullen
Posted on the 2018-03-20 at 20:00
Saw your notice of chucks passing . Brings up old memories all the people I  meet growing up  your mom worked at cock robin  is dug lill in contact with anyone  a valiant with push button shifter 
William Till
Posted on the 2018-03-10 at 19:00
Charles (C.D.) Schroeder, (Class Of 1970), passed away this past August of natural causes. He was living in Haugen, Montana where he was a part of the U.S. Forest Service for many years. I knew Chuck since the 6th grade. He will be missed. Here is a link to an article about him in one of the local papers.


Karla Rees Grundin
Posted on the 2017-12-03 at 19:00
Don Rees lost his battle with cancer on November 27, 2017.  His obituary can be found at  There you will find a picture of Don at the  class of 1970 40th reunion wearing his hat and jersey at the homecoming game honoring the 1969 state championship team.  A very proud moment for Don.  Gone too soon.
Charlie Hambrook
Posted on the 2017-11-29 at 19:00
Pete Opela just told me he saw Don Rees\' obit in the Chicago paper. What a great guy and a real asset to our great football team. Can you believe 21 grandkid.
Jim Hedger
Posted on the 2017-07-21 at 20:00
Does anyone know where Sharon Oreilly of class of 73 is?
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2016-12-31 at 19:00
Happy New Year OPRF Class of 1970!
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2016-04-16 at 20:00
Gerry Sullivan's wife, Liz Sullivan, sent us the following message on April 17, 2016:

My husband Gerry Sullivan and I just saw that footage from Concussion featured Oak Park scenes. Gerry, a graduate of OPRF and member of 1969 champion team, is also featured in quick clip in beginning of movie during Webster Hall of Fame speech. It's a Browns v Steelers game. Gerry is #79 on Browns. Just a neat tie-in and FYI.
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2016-01-06 at 19:00
Attention St. Edmund's Class of 1966!

It has bee 50 years since we left St. Edmund's and who is up for a reunion? Nothing fancy, just a bunch of old friends getting together for some snacks and drinks. As of right now I'm thinking the end of September or the beginning of October.

If anyone is interested, just let me know.
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2015-12-24 at 19:00
Merry Christmas Class of 1970!
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2015-12-02 at 19:00
Denny Corry has died. John McHugh reports that Denny died of a heart aneurism on December 3, 2015.
Phyllis (Erickson) Olins
Posted on the 2015-11-09 at 19:00
Thanks, Bruce, for your amazing organizational skills.  What a fabulous party!  We're still talking about the great weekend.   
Mary Marshall Blanc
Posted on the 2015-10-26 at 20:00
WOW--What A Great Reunion Weekend! ( It's been 10 days & I've almost recovered ; ) Really Looking Forward To Our Next--Gathering of The Forces--IN 2020 !!
Rich Ramey
Posted on the 2015-10-19 at 20:00
I also want to thank Bruce for all his hard work in setting up the reunion. It was quite an affair, and I just hope Bruce got to spend a few minutes and enjoy the festivities. 
Paula Corlett Mintek
Posted on the 2015-10-18 at 20:00
Huge thank you to Bruce and the reunion committee. Even though Rian and I couldn't attend this time, we know it takes endless planning to make something like this happen. We are both sorry we had to miss it. First one we've missed! Here's to our 50th in 2020!!
Ron Sherman
Posted on the 2015-10-17 at 20:00
A huge THANK YOU! to Bruce and entire organizing team and volunteeers for a wonderful 45 Year Reunion.  It was a very special night.
Tasia Kapolas Russo
Posted on the 2015-10-14 at 20:00
I will be attending the reunion on Saturday night!7
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2015-10-11 at 20:00
Message from Glenn Rierson, dated October 12, 2015:

I will not be able to make it up north this weekend.

Say hey to all of the Washington Elementary alumni!!!!
Have a great time one and all!!

Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2015-10-08 at 20:00
FYI: I'm playing with two bands at FitzGerald's SideBar on Friday night October 16th from 8PM to 11PM or so. There's no cover:
Ronnie Baker Brooks is also playing in the club that night for a $20 cover:

Bill Kavanagh

Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2015-10-08 at 20:00
According to Rich Holmes, Ed Vincent ('70) has died. Ed's obituary notice is at, the online newspaper he published. A remembrance of Ed's life is scheduled to take place Friday, Oct. 9, at the Oak Park Arts Center, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will be missed.
Albert mazeika
Posted on the 2015-10-04 at 20:00
Sorry I will not be in attendance for this weekend's Reunion. Wish I could.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2015-09-13 at 20:00
Obituary for Jeanine Besch (Cockerill), who passed away Saturday, 09/12/15.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2015-09-11 at 20:00
Sorry to be the messenger on this one: Jeanine Besch (Cockerill), OPRF Class of 1973 passed away this morning in Omaha, NE. Jeanine was my neighbor and friend on South Wenonah for about 15 years and we saw her and her wonderful family often thru the years here in Tucson after her parents, Bob & JoAnne Besch, retired here. Jeanine is survived by her wonderful husband, Rick, 3 children and two grandchildren. Sad, sad day, folks.  
Dave Mullin (not one of the Bobs)
Posted on the 2015-09-08 at 20:00
Hey eveyone, it's good to be this side of the asphalt.  I'm retired after a rewarding career, and love being the Pater Familias. I'm still playing with cars and having a ball.  Life is good with my one and only best girl Donna Jo and our big family. Hope to see some old friends, (and I mean old in the nicest way), at the Friday night gig. Dave If you want to contact me, go ahead.  Here's my email:
Jolyn Chiero Crawford
Posted on the 2015-09-03 at 20:00
As Linn Breimer from WXRT: we're the ones lucky to be alive. So live a little. It will be fun to party again....and re-live old memories and share stories...I'm sure we could all write book!
Moe (Rupashevski) O\Connor
Posted on the 2015-09-02 at 20:00
I will thinking of everyone as you celebrate with friends and sorry to miss such a great event.  I will do a dance that evening in celebration of all the fun times we had at OPRFHS! De have a toast to good times Moe (Rupashevski). O'Connor
Moe Rupashevski
Posted on the 2015-09-02 at 20:00
Many thanks to Bruce and his team for making this happen at such a grand scale.  Please feel free to stay in touch as I will be there in spirit! Moe O'Connor.  (Rupashevski)
Sharon Cassin Frame
Posted on the 2015-08-09 at 20:00
I think all of my siblings and I, who went to OPRF, fall within the years 1968-1978. I'm going to contact all of them.

A family reunion AND a high school reunion, all at the same time? :-)

Even our mom went to OPRF. Guest Numero Uno?

Peter Lucht
Posted on the 2015-07-18 at 20:00

I'm sorry to miss this reunion. I live in Idaho. and have a grandson. There were many wonderful times at OPRFHS especially the orchestra and jazz band.  Enjoy your time together.

Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2015-07-07 at 20:00
I hear you, Tim! Still a bit "iffy" for me to make this one. 1st Grandchild is due about that time.
Tim Kelly
Posted on the 2015-07-05 at 20:00
I hear there is a reunion coming up.  I look forward to seeing all of you. Holger, Peggy, Mark, Al, Suzi, Chuck, Rich?  Are you listening?
Beth (Tieman) Anderson
Posted on the 2015-05-26 at 20:00
I can't wait to attend. Should be fun times.
Eric \Hunk\ Anderson
Posted on the 2015-05-25 at 20:00
A titanium hip, two radical head and neck surgeries and a ton of shit later I am stil, alive and kicking. When I first found out I had neck cancer I told my surgeon I did not want to survive, I wanted to thrive. Lifs is a wonderful, precious thing that can't be bought or sold, and I am grateful for every second I get to keep haning out. Bless you all
Thomas Mammoser
Posted on the 2015-05-24 at 20:00
Have a Happy & Safe Memorial Day. Keep our service men and women in your prayers and thoughts.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2015-03-27 at 20:00
In Memorium: My big brother, Christopher Mazeika, Dec. 19, 1948 - March 27, 2015. OPRF Class of 1966.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2015-01-01 at 19:00
Happy New Year, ALL!
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2014-12-31 at 19:00
Happy New Year OPRF Class of 70!

Looking forward to our 45th.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-11-30 at 19:00
Happy December!

You may NOW begin playing Christmas music.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-11-16 at 19:00
Happy Birthday to noted OPRF Almna, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-11-04 at 19:00
"On top of spaghetti...all covered with cheese...I saw my first meat ball...'til somebody sneezed...."
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-11-03 at 19:00
Better late than never, Rich! Thanks for the recap.

Happy November, everybody!
Rich Ramey
Posted on the 2014-11-01 at 20:00
A little late, Albert, but here ya go:

The Ides 50th anniversary was great. I was in the front row balcony in the middle. The show was 2 sets; the first was just the Ides (the originals, fronted by Jim Peterik, and a small horn section). Dick Biondi and Bob Sirott were the MCs (and no, Dick didn't sing On Top of a Pizza or Spaghetti or anything, and no WC jokes). Anyway the first set was all Peterik-penned tunes, many from his days with Survivor (including a small tribute to Jimi Jamison, who passed away in August). They did play "L.A. Goodbye" and "Vehicle" to end the set.

Second set the 4 original Ides' performed "You Wouldn't Listen", and then the guest stars came out and performed with the Ides being the backup band. Tom Doody of the Cryan Shames (who I thought was dead), Ronnie Rice of the New Colony 6, Jimy Sohns of the Shadows Of Knight, and Carl Giammarese of the Buckinghams. They each performed some of their hits. The finale was everybody doing a 10-minute or so version of "Eye of the Tiger". Dick Biondi joined in to an extent, he actually didn't look too bad for a guy in his 80s.
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2014-10-17 at 20:00
Thanks for the positive feedback April.
April Moon
Posted on the 2014-10-17 at 20:00
Both great venues. See you in 2015.  April Ross Moon  
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-10-13 at 20:00
A day late but, here's my Columbus Day joke;

Columbus got GREAT milelage!

He crossed the Atlantic Ocean and only used

Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-10-07 at 20:00
Trivia Time! Well, sorta.

I was scrolling thru the SILVER DOLLAR SUVEYS in the WLS and WCFL section here.
The fourth one, for Janauary 1, 1965, only lists the top 20 songs of that week BUT also list the top 20 Best Selling Songs of 1964.

I found 15 of those Best Sellers  that I currently have on CD in my home. They are

#s 1,2,3,4,6,7,8, 10,11, 12,13,14, 15, 18 and 20.

I suspect there may even be a couple more in my CD collectionon 60s compilations that I have forgotten I have.

Since am am a dinosaur who STILL makes his own mix CDs, most of those songs STILL play regularly in my automobile.

They make that trip from Tucson to Gilbert to visit the daughter just FLY by!

Nothing starts the trip better than hitting the On Ramp to I-10 and firing up the Beach Boys and DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-10-06 at 20:00
Rich Ramey, we will expect a full report here on that IDES OF MARCH event.

I, for one, want to know if Dick Biondi sings ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-09-30 at 20:00
Happy October!
Rich Ramey
Posted on the 2014-08-30 at 20:00
Hello all! Looking forward to September and fall but not winter. It will be busy for me, as i have a grade school reunion in a couple of weeks. Also I'm going to the Ides of March 50th Anniversary in Glen Ellyn in a few weeks. Dick Biondi will be hosting, that should be fun!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-07-31 at 20:00
Happy August!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-07-20 at 20:00
40 years ago yesterday. Where were you when Buzz and Neil set "The Eagle' down on the Sea of tranquility? We were on a Friend's farm near Terre Haute, Indiana.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-07-10 at 20:00
I second that emotion!
Mary (Marshall) Blanc
Posted on the 2014-07-01 at 20:00
Holy Mackerel--Bruceman...
How'd Ya let the 45th reunion sneak up on us so close so soon ?!

I haven't completely recovered from the damage done by the 4oth yet !!!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-06-30 at 20:00
Happy July, boys and girls! Where did THAT 1/2 year go!?
Albery Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-06-24 at 20:00
YIKES! I am exactly 2 years away from The Beatles "WHEN I'M 64". Heck , I've ALREADY got the "When I get older losing my hair..." part down!
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2014-06-24 at 20:00
Al - we're not getting older - we're GETTING BETTER!!! (From the same Beatles album: "I used to get mad at my school; the teachers that taught me weren't cool")
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2014-06-11 at 20:00
Reminder: It was a Thursday night, 44 years ago today we were marching around the field house for the Class of 1970  Commencement Ceremonies.
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2012-08-06 at 20:00


I think (but have not confirmed beyond all conceivable doubt) that the Harris Connect project is legit, because they\'re recommended on the OPRFHS Alumni Association website.

Specifically, at the first item listed on the right of that "News and Events" web page — under "Upcoming Events" — reads as follows:


The Harris Connect publication office is collecting information to publish a new OPRFHS Alumni Directory. The last directory was published in 2007.

We encourage you to call Harris at (800) 705-0895 to update your contact information.

Sharon Cassin Frame
Posted on the 2010-11-25 at 19:00
I echo Al\'s praise of John\'s work on the Reunion DVD! Great job, John!

Thanks once again to Ron & Bruce & Peggy for their hard work and dedication, and now for the continuation of the website!! Let\'s continue to make this a living, breathing "yearbook" by posting entries and profiles!

It\'s been SO nice and memorable to read the words and see the faces of classmates and friends! Here\'s hoping that a joyous holiday season awaits each of us!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-11-21 at 19:00
John Meyer stikes, again!

Another GREAT job on the Reunion DVD!

Mine arrived Saturday and showed me, among other things, that I managed to MISS seeing Mr. Gail Goodwin, my homeroom teacher, at the reception!
Would loved to have aid \'hi\'.

To quote another famous OPRF Alum:

Posted on the 2010-11-13 at 19:00

Thanks to those who added a little uplift and signed the guest book.Sharon Cassin thanks for the compliment it was 43 years ago at 206 in your kitchen and you offered me a cup of coffee i said sure.Not knowing the bowl on the table was not suger it was salt i drank it anyway.I\'ll touch base with Doug,and  I found it the 8th grade RFJH School picture if anyone wants it email me or the others i had at the reunion.Best wishes to all as this site expires soon.My grandparents settled in River Forest in 1902 and soon there won\'t be any more family here but at least we can say We were there. If anyone has the  photo of the River Forest group please email it to me.

Jean Donatiello
Posted on the 2010-11-08 at 19:00

Hey Classmates!  My return to OPRF has compelled me to write an essay of sorts.  Charlie Hambrook wrote earlier, "Let\'s have some fun out of this," so here goes . . .

               by "Jeannie" Hospodar

I FOUND that most returning students on our tour of OPRFHS did not know the tunnel existed.  At their request I was delighted to have the opportunity to go through it once again.

I FOUND that I became emotional while sitting in our Greek revivial classroom where I took my favorite class - etymology. 

I FOUND that watching OPRFHS football
as a spectator from the stands was fun, but being a cheerleader on the gridiron for conference/ # 1 state-rated champions, to be much better!!!!

I FOUND that my grade school, Emerson, had been raised and that a new structure stood in it\'s place. (I am lucky to have a 1920\'s Emerson school desk  which my grandchildren now use.)

I FOUND that I still remember the stores of Lake Street - Little\'s Music Store, Lyttons,The Fair Store, Wieboldt\'s and of course, Marshall Fields, but I am glad that the Lake Street Mall is a thing of the past.

I FOUND that Parky\'s hot dogs, fries and RC Cola are not as good as I had remembered.

I FOUND that our family home which my Dad "modernized" in the 1950\'s had dramatically changed in appearance.  The old and rotten front porch which my Dad removed was now replaced with an arts and crafts style one, and that the diseased  Dutch elms, which I sadly watched get cut down, were now replaced by 40-year old shade trees.

(I must mention that many of you may remember my house at 315 Home, as I "hosted" various weekend "social events" there.  One such event was a \'69 Homecoming Dance pre-party.  I recognize our lovely blue wallpaper, gold drapery and shutter doors  in the photos someone submitted in the "Reunion Photos" section.  If you\'re wondering why my date, John McHugh, is smiling ear to ear, it\'s not because he\'s happy to be with me.  This was intended to be an alcohol-free party and my Dad had just confisgated John\' bottle of rum!)

I FOUND that as much as I enjoyed visiting the places of my past, it was my 1970 classmates who I enjoyed the most.  There was so much to share with so many, but so little time to do it and I regret missing so many of you.

I FOUND that our aforementioned reunion organizers deserve the "school spirit award" for their year-long efforts in putting on our wonderful event.  It\'s all so appreciated. Thank you.  Thank you.

(Now, for the corny conclusion.)

I FOUND that I will always be a sentimental DOOPER, a midwesterner and a kid at heart.  I know how lucky we are to have had the OPRFHS experience and to know that our school motto still applies . . .

       "Ever changing, yet the same"
 that\'s our high school motto\'s claim.
   Yes, we\'ve changed, we\'ll all agree,
      but we\'re still the kids of \'70.

Ed Pearlman
Posted on the 2010-11-04 at 20:00
The reunion was great -- a bit noisy, but great.  Very good to see so many people from so long ago, and even to recognize many of you!  I\'m sure there were some people there that I knew but didn\'t happen to see...  I\'d be happy to hear from anyone I knew way back when.

It was fun to bring my family in and play music for the Friday night at the Irish pub, and also to do a show at the 19th Century Club on the Sunday, which I saw some classmates came to.  Too bad there\'s no contact book, but there\'s the profiles (and I should add mine) for this month at least, and if you email me we can stay in touch...
Ed Pearlman
Posted on the 2010-11-04 at 20:00
Hi all -- I wrote a novel this past year, which was a lot of fun, and it was just published, so please check it out and pass the word!  It\'s called Franck\'s Wild Ride

You can either read about it and hopefully order it from the publisher at this link, or if you want to order directly from me and get it signed by the author (who he?), you can find it on my website

Speaking of all this, the book has just come out on as well and if anybody wants to help with its ranking, I\'m told that just clicking on that link and looking at the page will help (so will buying it of course!). 

However you do it, if you do get to read it, I hope you enjoy it.
Sharon Cassin Frame
Posted on the 2010-11-03 at 20:00
I\'m loving reading everyone\'s messages. It sounds like the reunion was fantastic and folks can\'t wait for the next one! Bruce, Ron, Peg (and with a grateful bow to Chuck, r.i.p.), you are awesome. I look forward to seeing many of you out there at upcoming local events. OH, by the way ....... newborn grandbaby Charlotte is a little jewel of a girl, beautiful in every respect. 13 days old! Doug Faulds, get in touch with Deed or me ... Greg Scott, you haven\'t lost your smooth touch! TMammy, come by 206 some time. Mom would love to give you a hug! See the locals soon I hope, maybe on the 18th at Healy\'s???
Chris Gianakopoulos
Posted on the 2010-11-02 at 20:00
Heya... I had planned to attend this reunion, and it sounds like everyone that was there had a really fun time!  As it goes, it got really busy at work, and I wound up working even on the weekend of the renunion.
Maybe next time.... :)

Chris G.
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2010-10-29 at 20:00

It has been a couple of weeks to collect my thoughts but I keep coming back to the same one .... "That Was GREAT!"  Friday night at Molly Malones, the tour of the school, the football game, the 19th Century Club, the Ale House, reconnecting with old friends, making a few new ones and just having a great time has me looking forward to the next one.

Rich Ramey
Posted on the 2010-10-17 at 20:00
I feel badly about not being able to attend the reunion. I came down with a sudden illness, and couldn\'t attend anything that weekend. I especially wanted to sing along with Cliff and Bruce, and go to Molly\'s and everything.

I do hope everyone enjoyed themselves, and I very much hope we can all get together in 5 years again.

Please feel free to write me at and say hi, I\'d love to hear from you. Take care.
Cathy Nikolas Koch
Posted on the 2010-10-12 at 20:00
What a wonderful week-end. Thank you Bruce, Peggy and Ron for taking care of every detail! I only wish I had more time to see and connect with everyone. I spoke to my 86 year old mom today and thanked her for raising me in this great area and seeing the wisdom in sending us to my dad\'s alma mater:  Oak Park High! (Dad had life long friends from OPRF, too, many who came to is funeral in 2002.) Steve Weinstein summed it up perfectly when he said: "We were lucky to go to school with so many nice people." Blessings to everyone.
Charlie Hambrook
Posted on the 2010-10-12 at 20:00
Bruce, Ron, Peggy, and everyone else that was involved,
Grrreeaat Job!!!
So get to work on the 45th
Jeff Padden
Posted on the 2010-10-12 at 20:00
I am really looking forward to everyone\'s photos being posted.  They are all appreciated.  Thanks to all for all the hard work.  I hope to keep in touch.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-10-11 at 20:00
I came 1800 miles for THAT?!
Damn right I did and worth every mile of it! Whether it was Molly Malone\'s, the football game (Huskies 46 - Morton 0), the 19th Century Club or The Ale House, I enjoyed myself, mightily, at all 4 venues. Thanks again, Peggy, Ron, Bruce and all the volunteers. I am grateful to each and every one of you for affording us this opportunity to gather. Hope I didn\'t run my mouth TOO much, but hey, some things never change, even after 40 years. Great to see you, classmates and alumni, especially the old Emerson School gang! It was a blast!
Kurt M. Svoboda
Posted on the 2010-10-09 at 20:00
Hope you all have a great time. Please stay in touch if you can. The Class of a class all it\'s own. Take care everyone. I miss you all. Thanks for doing this Bruce, and the entire gang of volunteers.
Posted on the 2010-10-09 at 20:00
Bruce Lehman, Peggy Minnick, and Ron Sherman


Linda Bauer (Clark)
Fred Bernacchi
Mary Marshall (Blanc)

Judy Breit (Simon)
Sharon Cassin (Frame)
Paula Chernyshev (Finnegan)
Dee Even (Cermak)
Pam Glasser (Phillips Weston)
Gary Greenbaum
Bob Jacobs
Tom Kadon
Chip Kramer
Fran Krasnow (Pike)
Thom Mammoser
Roger McCaffrey
John McHugh
John Meyer
Claudia Nelson (Frey)
Debbie Raleigh (Porcelli)
Pam Ransom
April Ross (Moon)

Doug Sanderson
Peg Schackmann (Amidei)

John Sfondilias
Eric Swanson
Mary Wachman (Karsten)

Sue Wiedow Giorango

John Wilcox
Sally Wilkinson (Gilbert)

Bob Wright

debbie dillon-mccabe
Posted on the 2010-10-09 at 20:00
hi there!
Just wanted to thank all for putting together such a great get together for all of us!  The food and drinks were wonderfully planned and the location was also very nice to hold such a crowd as ours comfortably. Seeing old friends and all the memories was warm to all our hearts. The only regret I have is not being able to stay awake to go see Cliff  perform but it was fun to meet up with my friends Diane, Claire, Anne and Jeanne whom I haven not seen since graduation along with Ron who was a great friend all thru school and after.  Thanks for the memories!
Jolyn Chiero Crawford
Posted on the 2010-10-09 at 20:00
Good party....great to see classmates from class of 70 & 71; Hatch School 66 & 67; Mr. Haye\'s homeroom; orchestra and all the people who came from near and far. Simply the best!
Jeff Padden
Posted on the 2010-10-07 at 20:00
Was planning on attending, but schedules have a way of changing your plans.  I think the reunion being in Oak Park is great.  I will miss seeing many of you, especially Sam & Tony.

I would still enjoy keeping in touch / getting together.  Feel free to contact me.

I have been married for over 30 years, and have 3 "Kids" Tim, 26 (Chicago) a DePaul Grad, Emily, 24 (Milwaukee) a Marquette grad, and Ariana, 5, just started kindergarden.  I bet I have the largest age span of kids in our class.

Wish I could be there.  Enjoy the memories, and those yet to come
Jack Lepper
Posted on the 2010-10-06 at 20:00

Thank you for keeping the old class of 69 web site alive. I am enjoying all of the information about your class.  October 9 is my wedding anniversary (34 years) and we decided last year that we would celebrate our anniversary and participate in activities when homecoming does not fall on 10/9.  I make it back to Oak Park from Gurnee about 3 times a year and I never miss Johnnies in Elmwood Park and a drive past the HS and my old house.  I hope all of the OPRF alum enjoy homecoming and your reunion. Great job by all of the volunteers that will make your reunion a smashing success!!


Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-10-05 at 20:00
I second that emotion!
Charlie Hambrook
Posted on the 2010-10-03 at 20:00
How about more profiles people.  Let\'s not have all of Bruce\'s hard work go to waste.  Let\'s have some fun out of this
Sharon Cassin
Posted on the 2010-10-02 at 20:00

Okay, that previous guestbook entry is from me ... forgive the blooper. Testing a laptop .... and not liking it very much, after that! Have fun, folks! Hope to see some locals another time. Doug Faulds, you need to contact one of the Cassin girls!!!

Posted on the 2010-10-01 at 20:00
Well, Boo-hiss! I won\'t be able to attend after all, even though I thought it would come together even up until 6 weeks ago. Like another classmate, my older daughter is having a baby, and I\'m going out to LA to see her before the wee one arrives. My trip happens to be the same weekend. My best wishes for fun and great memories to everyone. I hope you all have a rollicking good time!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-09-30 at 20:00
My tickets are punched, Boys & Girls!

"In for a penny, in for a pound".

Looking forward to seeing folks at Molly Malones, the football game  AND the 19th Century Club!

Only going to be 100 here in Tucson today (Friday, October 1st)  so anything below 60 degrees at the football game, I\'LL be the one in mittens and a PARKA!

Safe travels, everyone!
Jolyn Chiero Crawford
Posted on the 2010-09-27 at 20:00
I can\'t believe all the classmates from 1971 that are attending ... should be a fun time!
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2010-09-16 at 20:00

OPRFHS Class of \'70 graduate Gerry Sullivan was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame\'s Class of 2010 at its 14th Annual Induction Awards Dinner on September 15, 2010. Gerry played football for Oak Park River Forest High School, followed by a career at University of Illinois, and eight more years with the NFL Cleveland Browns.  

Tickets are available now by visiting Individual tickets are available for a donation of $125 and tables of 10 are available. Further information is available at the website or by calling Mr. Fagan at 708-780-3679 or 708-426-5212.

Dennis Corry
Posted on the 2010-09-14 at 20:00
I will not be in attendance at the reunion. I have fond memories of my days at OPRF and many of you, as well. I decided after attending the 10 year anniversary to leave my memories where they were. If anyone wants to contact me feel free: I will accept your Facebook request if you desire. Have a great time, be careful...any time I think of saying good night to Cliff Johnson at 4:00 AM gets me nervous...that is about the time I get up...yikes!!! All the best. 
John Wilcox
Posted on the 2010-09-11 at 20:00

A special thanks to Bruce and everyone who has put forth a special effort to help this come together. Let\'s all chime in, in a timely fasion to help the planners put the final numbers on each event. We are only going to do this one time. Sort of like High School.....

John Wilcox
Posted on the 2010-09-11 at 20:00
Richard C. Byrne are you there???
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2010-09-07 at 20:00
Any St. Edmund\'s alumni want to meet up and catch up Friday and/or Saturday? Let me know and let\'s get together.
Lee Darrow
Posted on the 2010-09-06 at 20:00
Sorry I won\'t be there - I\'ve been booked for paying gigs on both nights.  Welcome to working as a professional entertainer - the show must go on!  Have fun!Lee Darrow,
robert wright
Posted on the 2010-09-06 at 20:00
just to let you know that i am thrilled to be coming to my 40th high school reunion. i am married with six children and 5 grandchildren. i am living in peachtree city ga and have been working for delta airlines for 32 years. i have had my ups and downs but still enjoying life because it is a blessing to be alive. looking forward to seeing everyone espcially if i will be able to see my one best friend that i have know before kindergarden and is not doing to well with his health right now.
                robert a wright 
Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2010-08-18 at 20:00
That is Great News about Gerry Sullivan! I know Freshman & Sophmore years we went a lot of 1 on 1! Congratulations Gerry!
Marsha E.
Posted on the 2010-08-16 at 20:00
lots to celebrate this year!

best wishes to all from Marsha Ebel
(and her folks, Bob-math teacher and Marge-vocal coach)

Sue Hildebrand Harte
Posted on the 2010-07-17 at 20:00
My husband Al and I are coming from Cleveland for the Re-Union!  Can\'t wait to see my OPRF friends, as I have been out-of-state since our graduation!  Hope more classmates will sign up..this should be great fun for all of us! Thank you Bruce and your team for all your efforts!!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-07-15 at 20:00

It was a great visit, Holger ! If you see a 6\'5" guy ride by on a nice BMW motorcycle, wave. It just could be that travelin\' man, Hogie! Anyone remember the CAMP DUNCAN 3-Day field trip? I think we did it at Emerson in 6th grade. Holger was my bunkmate. He had the upper, I had the lower.  As I recall, one of the girls in our class fell in that little lake or creek on that trip while collecting science specimens!

Holger Paetau
Posted on the 2010-07-11 at 20:00
Was planning to attend the reunion but my older daughter decided to have a baby just about that time.   I\'m writing this while at a B&B in Brighton, Ontario, CN.  In the middle of a 12,000 motorcycle trip.   Had a chance to see Al Mazika while on this trip.   Enjoyed getting together with you Al.   Have been living near Los Angeles since 1974 so I have not seen a lot of people.   Would love to hear from everyone...  TAJ7074@AOL.COM
Cathy Trankina Flodin
Posted on the 2010-07-10 at 20:00
 Wow! I didn\'t know I was missing! Anyway, I\'m still here. I don\'t live in Oak Park anymore but am in Woodridge, Il. I\'m married and have two daughters. I\'m a veterinary technician. I\'m really enjoying my job, kids and animals. I would really love to come to the reunion but I don\'t know if I can make it yet. About that senior thing? Speak for yourself! My parents are 81 and 82. I\'ve got at least another 20 years in me.
Mary (marshall) Blanc
Posted on the 2010-07-02 at 20:00

Hey Tim - I also sent Shima an email boost ... and got some lame excuse about starting a new Cardiology Practice in East Texas ... blah blah ... probably can\'t get the time off ... blah blah--I\'M NOT GIVING UP YET.

Rob Schimek II
Posted on the 2010-06-23 at 20:00
Hey.....what a ride life has been so far! Just remember "life is a bear....a big brown bear."
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-05-19 at 20:00
Major Props and  Kudos to Chip Kramer for sharing that graduation film.

BTW, That\'s me seated right in the middle at 3:11 into the clip.
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2010-04-25 at 20:00
Greetings, fellow Huskies!

After being AWOL for the 30th & 35th reunions, and at the risk of prompting a flood of CANCELLATIONS, I plan to BE THERE in October for the 40th.

OK,  Bruce Lehman, I submit that we are NOT "Senior Citizens".
At least not just yet.

I say it\'s not OFFICIAL until the DISCOUNTS kick in!

Very sorry to know that Chuck Zamutt will not be there in October. Aside from being a big part of the reunion committee, he was as nice a guy as you\'d want to know.

My only Chuck story is remembering him bringing in color photographs of one his surgeries to Band one day!

FYI, In the past year, I have made on line contact with then Band Director, Ronnie "That sounded like a B-29 landing!" Holloman, and English Lit instructor Joe "I once went skinny dipping in a pool full of Jell-O" Granias.

This is for my ex- RICKETTS HOMESTEAD Pony League teammate, Thom Mammoser:

I have been living in Tucson, Arziona since late 1974 and working in local TV (visit our site at production since early \'75. Married with 1 daughter. At the time, I never intended to stay here for the next 35 years but, as with a lot of us I\'m sure, life happened while I was making other plans!

Looking forward to October 8th!
Sue Wiedow Giorango
Posted on the 2010-04-19 at 20:00
Hey,  Sharon another female is responding and who would have guessed another St. Ed\'s graduate!  I\'m so sorry to hear about Chuck Zamutt\'s passing we shared a homeroom for 4 years.  Looking forward to the reunion and seeing lots of "old" faces.
Mike Panter
Posted on the 2010-04-17 at 20:00
Chuck was a beacon of light to us.
Rich Ramey
Posted on the 2010-04-15 at 20:00
Very sad news about Chuck. He was one of my best friends in HS. We talked and emailed alot these past years; I remember sitting with him and having a long chat at the 30th reunion. I\'ll miss him so, such a great friend.
Mark Zamutt
Posted on the 2010-04-14 at 20:00
Hi, I just wanted to let my brother\'s classmates from OPRF class of 70 know that you lost one of yours yesterday. My brother Chuck Zamutt passed away yesterday morning 14 days after successful liver cancer surgery. He just never could quite get over the hump to recover from the surgery I guess. As most of you know, Chuck was sick most of his life, but always had a smile on his face and was always a happy guy. You never would have known that he was always sick. He will be sorely missed.
Mark Zamutt class of 73
Paulette Catalano Velasco
Posted on the 2010-04-10 at 20:00
40 years for us, and never would I have dreamed that I\'d have a dughter just graduating high school now. Life\'s been full of surprises, and a move out of state. Oak Park still remains my favorite Chicago suburb. Some of the best music & melodies are from those years.
Jim Vorderbrueggen
Posted on the 2010-04-08 at 20:00

Seems like only yesterday... well... only a few years... ok, it\'s been quite a spell hasn\'t it?

Wish I could make the trip; alas I cannot.  All the best to you all.

I\'m still in the SF Bay area, married and our son is in the Marines.  Hope to retire from Shell Oil in a couple of years.

I was really saddened to learn of Ron Roller\'s passing.  He was my best friend in those years.  If anyone has any information about it, please contact me.

Rob Vorderbrueggen

Thom Mammoser
Posted on the 2010-03-28 at 20:00

Just posted the St. Edmunds Class of 1966 graduation picture.

Thomas Mammoser
Posted on the 2010-03-21 at 20:00
Sure would be nice if a few more classmates started to post their profile along with what is going on now.
Sharon Cassin (Frame)
Posted on the 2010-03-20 at 20:00
Surely I\'m not going to be the only lady to post here. I\'ll keep checking back to see ~ I hope to see some female names in here shortly. I don\'t know yet if I\'ll be able to make the reunion, but I\'ve enjoyed seeing familiar names and photos! All the best to everyone!
tim kelly
Posted on the 2010-03-09 at 19:00
I keep forwarding the reunion info to Shima but I don\'t see his name on the list.
John Wilcox
Posted on the 2010-03-07 at 19:00
This will be interesting....
Richard Sadove
Posted on the 2010-03-07 at 19:00
John Wilcox called me today. What fun. It was so nice to hear from him after 40 years and have some good laughs. Looking at some of these photos, makes me aware of warm and affectionate feeling toward so many. We all lead busy lives. It would be great fun to come back for a weekend reunion.
Best wishes to you all.
Ron Sherman
Posted on the 2010-01-25 at 19:00
Bruce, we don't even get senior discounts yet! Looking forward to re-connecting with many good folks.
Bruce Lehman
Posted on the 2010-01-11 at 19:00

Greetings fellow senior citizens. If you can contact anyone shown on the Missing Classmates page who’d like to join us, please direct them to the RSVP page of this website. All former OPRFHS teachers get two free tickets – if you know any, please invite them and tell them Thomas Tegge, David Gore, Marlene Spicuzza, and maybe Don Rehkopf plan to come!

tim kelly
Posted on the 2010-01-03 at 19:00
Happy New Year.

I am here in Oak Park keeping everything safe for the reunion.  I am in the building business and emabarass my family on a daily basis.  But then, everyone should have a hobby.

Lee Darrow
Posted on the 2010-01-03 at 19:00
 Yes, I am alive and still kicking, tho not in competition any more!  I work both for myself and for Quill Office Products (now as a technical Sales Specialist and for myself as a stage entertainer (for companies including Sandals Resorts, Oprah Winfrey and even the US Government). Drop by my website at www.leedarrow or my MySpace or FaceBook pages to say HI!
Albert Mazeika
Posted on the 2009-12-17 at 19:00
Hi folks. My apologies for letting my Alumni membership lapse. I am sure you were  ALL deeply concerned to see MY name appear on the list of the "missing". Well, OK, maybe 1 or 2 folks were concerned.
Still alive and kickin' in Tucson. Still married, still working. Best regards and Happy Holidays, classmates!