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.
My first memory of Ellen was in Mrs. Schlange's third grade class. She pointed out that I had spots appearing on me. I had the German Measles. Through the years at Our Lady of Lourdes we jumped rope at lunchtime and suffered through the strict rules. Then the Beatles came and the British Invasion followed. Ellen's mom was always driving us into the city to see whoever was in town. We met Gerry and the Pacemakers in a pizza place next to the Ed Sullivan Theatre. I wish I still had the autographs. We were in the audience of TVs Hullabaloo for Herman's Hermits.
When we got to North we still stayed friends but with more people around. There were teen dances in Elmont and parties. A couple of years after school we ran into each other. We were both single moms with a son. We got together for lunch while our kids played a few times. Then we lost touch. When Facebook came along we reconnected. She was married and living in Iowa and had 4 more grown kids. I filled her in on my life. I almost contacted her to reminisce about our teeny bopper days. I guess it was Classmates.com that notified Ellen had passed in December 2014.
Patti and I go way back to elementary school-St. Catherine of Sienna. We had fun for those 8 years and continued our friendship at North High. We enjoyed many birthday parties, sweet sixteens and crazy sleepovers (actually awake overs, as no one slept). When we were old enough we went to clubs to dance and meet guys. In fact, back in 1972, we went to “The Quiet Village” where I met a guy (Bill Rusie) who I married 2 years later. Patti and I kept in touch for a while but lost contact over the years. Patti was from a large, loving family. She was the sweetest friend and I am honored to have many good memories of her.
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.
My VSN Classmates and Friends,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of our beloved Willow Barel Rittner's passing this morning (Sunday, Juy 8, 2018). Willow's wonderful daughters, Lindsay and Ashley were with her as she passed away peacefully. Willow was a warrior battling cancer many times. Now we pray she is no longer in pain. Willow will have a special place at our 50th Reunion as will the other classmates we have lost.
Willow and I went to Corona together but then coincidentaly discovered we lived only blocks away from one another in Plantation, years later, I'm not even sure how. I was recently divorced, it was wonderful to re-connect with a high school colleauge! Willow will always be remembered for her warmth, her compassion, her strength and her love for family, friends and life.
It's terribly unfair to have to struggle as she did, but her optimisim and spirit, smile and strength will always an inspiration!
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.
May your soul rest in peace. A truly beautiful person inside and out. Always miss you. xo Judy
From Jane Sheridan Gilmore on July 22nd, 2018
Josephine was in my class forever. We used to have to take turns reading aloud, a paragraph each kid. Josephine would always read it very expressively making us laugh as she kept a straight face. I got in alot of trouble laughing as she put on a serious face. I remember going to a party at her house and meeting Martha McGee from across the street. She was a little older and put make up on us and showed us some dance moves. I ran into Martha a couple of times in my later life.
In Our Lady of Lourdes we always had to use our full names. Josephine carried it over to high school.
She would see someone approachig and OH she would get so excited and say there name. Eventually everyone had a code name in case she blurted it out. Her joy was infectious and she frequently had quite a few people around her. Judy was always by her side rolling her eyes and quietting her.