Who believed day’s beauty could be so short. Would not warm sunshine, clear blue skies and a rose’s sweetness make day triumph eternity? Sips of life could never drain the goblet. We would drink and drink. Each day filled with minutes, full of seconds, it would never pass.
So much in life to discover. Delicacies to taste. Jewels to marvel. Experiences to cherish. Paths filled with ambition. Steps taken towards dreams. We searched for meaning. What would it be? What would make life most worthwhile? We didn’t know at the time.
They stood beside us. We were not alone. Most wonderfully we were not alone. There were others on the path. We loved having them comfort us. Sharing laughs, protected from danger, they walked beside us. They were our partners, comrades on the journey. Nothing like them brought such joy. Senses love so much in life, yet hearts can only love when in their presence.
As children, it all seemed so perfect. How could you pick one blessing over another? Time, however, makes one choose. Who knew what would be life’s greatest treasure? The photographs on this page so captivating. What power these faces possess to make so many feelings rise within us? Who would have thought life’s most precious blessing could be these faces? Our partners on the journey. Valued in life. Treasured in passing. Not memories, but dear pieces of our hearts. They live inside us, making us capable of loving. We walk the path without them. Our love for them carried till our journey is complete.
From Lee-Alison Blum Sibley on November 18th, 2017
Marcia and her mom were so kind to me at a time when the words she spoke meant a lot and helped a lot. Marcia made me feel "pretty" and it all came about in the PE locker room. I think she sensed I was upset about something in our senior year when there was a lot to be upset about. She volunteered comforting words even though we weren't close friends. I have remembered those words all these years and I've always tried to do what she did and spontaneously be kind to someone when they needed help. Still in shock she's gone!
Ira passed away his senior year of college from cancer. He attended
George Washington University. He was a wonderful, brother, friend and son. He has been missed.
From Sheila Brayman Borgese on January 8th, 2018
Oh Lois, I am so sorry that you lost Ira, especially so young. So many classmates through the years have asked me about the 'when and why.' Thank you for adding your Tribute. I hope we'll get to hug at our 50th Reunion. xo
From Lois Cohen Kessler on January 11th, 2018
Thank you Sheila, for the kind words. Hopefully, I'll see you at the reunion.
Edward James Goller Jun 21, 1951-Sep 24, 2015 Aftermath of 911 took yet another...
VSN Class of '68 ...battle with cancer ended. He passed away at home, on LI, quickly and not in pain. He was a NYPD officer and detective, a husband, a father, grandfather and loyal friend! His responsibilites as a detective took him to the Trade Towers the days rt after the 911 disaster...and he will remain another NOT incl in that horrible death toll.
Ed and his family lived across the street from my family and me, while we were going thru VSN. He loved to fish. RIP
From Sheila Brayman Borgese on November 16th, 2017
Mona and I had been friends since fifth grade, in Willow Road with Mr. Muckle. We loved working on projects together and enjoyed the praise Mr. Muckle would shower us with (we were his old-fashioned "teacher's pets). I spent lots of time at Mona's home and she had a warm and wonderful family. Mona, I will miss you always. xo
From Linda M Balogh on February 12th, 2018
Still my best friend.
From DAVID FARRUGIA on March 11th, 2018
I also remember Mona and was in Mr Muckles class, a great teacher. It is hard to see someone like Mona leave us so early. I knew her from Willow Road and North. She is missed. Dave
From Sheila Brayman Borgese on November 13th, 2017
Pam was my first non-Willow Road school friend when we started out at VSN by sharing a locker. We became fast friends and our closeness was sealed forever when we discovered that we shared our birth date. I have zillions of memories of time spent with Pam and her amazing family members. I cherish each of those minutes. I miss you, Pammie.
Shocked and saddened when I heard of the passing of Jack. A wonderful man and a fiercely loyal friend. One of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. I am blessed to have called him my friend. RIP-Jack.
I still remember Kenny as if high school was yesterday, when he taught me how to ski and pass notes to each other in the halls. I guess now the students just text each other all day long. I miss you Kenny and am still so sorry we lost you so early in life.
You will never be forgotten.