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Michael Hayes has reported the death of Karen Hayes, class of 1959 on 17 January 2018. He adds that "Karen followed TCHS football her entire life."
Reports on Facebook tell of the passing of Jon Greene, class of 1960, in February.
Jon served as a Los Angeles police officer for many years.
Jon was instrumental in organizing a class reunion in 1995. He arranged for a meeting facility at the Police Academy, an unusual reunion venue, but one much appreciated.
We'll have more information later.
Lenore Tijerina Smith writes: Hey Temple City Peeps, come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while supporting Temple City Grad Nite 2018!! I’ve got tickets for sale, only $25 includes dinner, gambling, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 Bingo, green beer and fun!! Tickets: 626-497-3906 or follow the link at end of this post. Click image for more information.
We have it on good authority that the Class of '88 is planning a 30 Year Reunion.
When: 7/21/2018 at 7:00 pm; Where: Tahiti Village Resort; 7200 Las Vegas Blvd.; South Las Vegas, NV.
You may learn more here or contact the Reunion Committee here.
12/30/17—Darlean Dattola has notified us of the passing of her brother Ron Blankenbaker class of 1974.
Kathy Keithley and Brad Fagan have announced plans for a Class of '78 reunion September 15 in Pasadena.
Peter Bentz '67 was last seen by a friend in Ocean Beach last November. He never arrived for a family Thanksgiving dinner. He does not have a history of unplanned absence and is normally in contact with friends and family. The accompanying notice was posted on Facebook in December by a fellow alumnus. Can you help friends and family?
UPDATE 1/24/18 — No further information in the case has been received.
Pasadena Star-News reports: Authorities on Sunday released the identity of an elderly man who was found stabbed to death inside his Temple City early Saturday, Dec. 16.
Martin Leska, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene once he was discovered by deputies suffering from at least one stab wound just after 6 a.m. Saturday inside his home in the 500 block of Alessandro Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and coroner’s records.
(UPDATE: January 10, 2018 — Members of a related Temple City site on Facebook.com have reported that a suspect in the crime was apprehended and to be charged with the crime. According to the Pasadena Star News, "Homicide detectives have identified a man already in jail in Orange County as a suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 83-year-old man inside his Temple City home last month, officials announced Thursday. Jose Rosales Casas, 28, is suspected of murder for the slaying of Martin Leska, whose body was discovered on the morning of Dec. 16 at his home in the 500 block of Alessandro Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and Orange County booking records. He has been behind bars in Orange County since Dec. 15 due to an unrelated criminal case, records show." See also This report.
(Leska was a former science teacher at Temple City High School. Many former students have commented on a related page at Facebook.com.)
No motive or suspect description was known in the attack, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Detectives have learned that at approximately 5:50 A.M., Temple Station deputies responded to the location regarding a ‘check the welfare’ call,” she said in a written statement.
Deputies discovered the elderly victim had suffered, “at least one stab wound to the upper torso,’ Navarro-Suarez said. An autopsy was yet to be completed, coroner’s Investigator Rudy Molano said.
Public records indicated Leska had owned the home for more than a decade.
(The accompanying photograph is from the 1959-60 Temple City High School yearbook.)
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
From the Pasadena Star-News 17 Dec 2017: 83-year-old man found stabbed to death inside his Temple City home identified By BRIAN DAY,San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: December 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm
Dixie Crosby '67 recently published the following poem via Facebook.
We’ve had a complaint that the recent Class of ’77 reunion was not sufficiently reported on this site. We posted news of the reunion in our calendar in August. We’re sensitive to such comments, so we did a little homework.
We did a Google search for tchs high school reunion 1977 with time set to past year. Temple City ’77 appears second in the list of results (as of this morning 9/24/17). There are also numerous other mentions in search results. (Note that “TCHS” is not a unique acronym. E.g., Tates Creek HS, KY; Traverse City HS, MI; Trinity Catholic HS, CT; Todd County HS, KY; Tuba City HS, AZ; Tell City HS, IN; Tuscaloosa County HS, AL; Technical College HS, PA; and many more.)
The event is mentioned in at least two Facebook threads/pages.
We have no link to the school, nor do we have anyone on their staff sharing news. Reunions are independently organized, and if they don’t keep us apprised of plans we are unaware of events.
Finally, although we can send bulk mailings on behalf of event organizers, we do not publish our address lists in order to keep our promise of confidentiality to registrants. And unregistered users can see only the public sections of the site and do not receive group mailings.
We would be pleased to appoint class coordinators, as we have mentioned often in the past, but the silence of potential partners is deafening.
We can only do what we can do. Register, and we can do more together.
The following registered alumni have addresses in states in the path of Hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey or H. Irma. For reasons of privacy, we cannot further specify the locations of those who may be in the area affected by the storm. We wish them well in this difficult time and hope they will check in by posting an update in their profiles or by commenting on this article.
Texas: Dennis McLain, 1955; Carl Conger, 1957; Elinore Pascoe Cumings, 1959; Elaine Kempsky Kincheloe, 1959; Homer Cox, 1960; jim Graham, 1961; Ray Watters, 1962; Joseph Glockner, 1962; Roger Osborne, 1966; Richard Veit, 1966; Gene Miller, 1968; Christy Hinshaw Buchanan, 1971; Michael McLaughlin, 1972; Mark Holderman, 1973; Sue Cutler Leininger, 1974; Deb Edis Teuscher, 1976; Marivic Tabora, 1979; Tim Gil, 1980; John Bozzi, 1981; Debra Kohnle, 1981; Mike Johnston, 1982; Gabriel Field, 1983; Jami Flint, 1984; David Lee, 1986; Danielle Jaberg, 1987; Patricia Zahm, 1988; Karen Koski Kraft, 1991; Braxton Gregg, 1992.
Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, which were on the storm path, are home to Steve Gerhart, 1965; Donald Paul, 1990; Steve Gerhart, 1965; Donald Paul, 1990; Ray Finkle, 1962; Cheryl Kane Roe, 1971; Richard Schilling, 1981; Greg McDonald, 1988; Sue Scorcia Vititoe, 1989.
And now with H. Irma, we add Florida: George Olney, 1957; Kent Altman, 1957; Doug Lindsey, 1959; Beverlie Bigenwalt Falley, 1960; Harmon Heed, 1960; Bob Divale, 1962; Don Birkemeier, 1963; joan Bartlebaugh, 1966; Linda Paternostro Huntley, 1967; Barbara Varnes, 1977; Glenn Davis, 1978; Sherry Weaver Cirmo, 1978; Corinna (Susie) Reidelbach Miller, 1982; Craig Goolsby, 1982; Kim Brodersen Smyers, 1986; Lee Leschi Ferreira, 1986; Eric Arenas, 1993; George Lopez, 2001.
Irma is headed north into Georgia: Gary Lineback, 1972; Tod Jones, 1973; Sheree Friedel Gossling, 1974; Jim Spillers, 1981; Omar Contreras, 1990; luke lin, 1995; Lindsay Ellingsworth, 1998; Billy Wyatt, 1999. Alabama: Michael Abrams, 1970; cherie lytal, 1981; david douglas, 1983; Marie Norum Powell, 1986. South Carolina: Roger Heineman, 1959; Bill Morris, 1981.
Of course, if you're listed herein but have moved, please sign in and change your address; your friends are worried for no reason. (Updating your address will not correct this article, so please sign in and append a comment.)
We do not send spam, and we wish others would follow the same policy. Unfortunately that is not the case.
We've been bothered since 2010 by someone who sends spurious member registrations to our server, apparently in an attempt to gain some sort of benefit we cannot fathom. No harm is done, and they do not get any benefit, but they keep doing it. Sometimes you'll see their phony names in the New Member list. We delete them as we spot them, but we cannot watch the site 24/7.
Based on the spelling of the phony names, we infer the attacks are coming from Russia. The poor scoundrels are more to be pitied than scorned, as that is apparently their best shot at earning a living. (Russia is, of course, famous for inventing what others have already invented. A 1950s joke said that the most successful Russian inventor was Comrade Reguspatoff. Think about it.) So, Pоссийский Γовноед, иди в жопу!
(If you understand Russian and are not among the culprits, our apologies. Superior culturally aware insults are invited.) -RC
Save the Date!
The Class of 1967’s 50th reunion will take place from 5:00pm to midnight, September 30, 2017 at the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel. The order of events will be cocktails (no host), dinner, live band, dancing and reminiscing.
Cost is $100.00 per person. Dress is casual.
Email us here for ticket order information and form.
We will update this article with comments, and we welcome yours (registration required). See also our Facebook group: temple city high school class of 1967: The Beginning (you’ll need to be a Facebook user and join the group to see all information).
UPDATE: The Class of '97's 20th year reunion will begin at 7:30 pm, September 23, 2017, at Villa Catrina, 251 N. Santa Anita, Arcadia, CA. 91006.
Price of $55.00 per person will include dinner, desert and one drink ticket plus a grab bag. Dress is semi-casual.
** Please bring I.D. and please contact me via e-mail if you plan on attending but you will be paying at the door . Deadline September 10th.
Make payment via Paypal to: Harmony Plantenga (acct. ID Proudparentofptboyz@gmail.com); or email Harmony Plantenga for alternate payment options. Please pay by August 21 to avoid a higher fee.
Additional information can found on our Facebook page or classmates.com.
Hope to see you all there!
Harmony (Brown) Plantenga
Harmony Events and Services
This building nearing completion in Temple City has drawn considerable attention on Facebook, etc. Few if any of the comments are complimentary. If you were at this corner, what would you be seeing? Suggestions have included a prison, an office building... Weeping is an acceptable response.