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11/14/08 02:42 PM #1    

Vicky McDonnell (Franks)

Welcome to the Montebello High School Class Of 1959 forums. Please press "Post Response" to participate in the discussion.

03/15/09 03:57 PM #2    

Marsha Nikitin (Purrington)

Hi Everyone! I just visited section with our classmates that have "passed". I was very surprised and saddened that so many have left us. While I was reading their names I had many fond memories of our wonderful Montebello years together. They are missed. Marsha

06/03/09 02:36 PM #3    

Vicky McDonnell (Franks)

Hi Marsha,
I know what you mean. But I think we are really fortunate that after 50 years we actually don't have a large amount of deceased classmates. It's sad to have them gone though and I miss all of them.


09/03/09 10:16 AM #4    

Patricia Parades (Nicolaysen)

Regarding the deceased classmates! Does anyone know how many were in our graduating class? I rememember it was the largest in the school history, but how many of actually made it to graduation? I know Gloria Jerzy quit in our junior year to get married. Her married name is Jones. She was in my wedding (guest book) in 1963 along with Donna Drake.

10/07/09 08:23 PM #5    

Vicky McDonnell (Franks)

We started out with about 900 in our sophomore year and the Derrick Diary claims we gratuated 605. I think I counted more names than that on the commencement program. Some dropped out, some of the boys who turned 18 in our senior year were drafted into the military even though they hadn't graduated yet. Plus the school district boundries were changed causing many to have to finish at Garfield High School.

10/27/09 03:07 PM #6    

Donna Goodman (Ferrari)

Is any one going to post some picture of the reunion? I would love to see them and I know others would also like to view them.

12/01/09 01:07 PM #7    

Phyllis Harlow (Harlow)

I don't remember how many of our graduating class of 1959 might have taken the drama class with Mr. Warren Vanderschuit (stage name Vanders), but for those of you that did I wanted to tell you that Warren passed away this past Friday at the age of 79 years, he had cancer. I kept in touch with him over the past 50 years and we were good friends. There will be a tribute to him on Tuesday, December 15th at the Pasadena Senior Center located on Raymond at the corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street at 4:00 pm for anyone that would like to pay there final respects.

Phyllis Harlow

12/17/09 02:39 PM #8    

Vicky McDonnell (Franks)

I have added just a few pictures fromt the reunion to my profile. If you click on my profile and then scroll all the way down there are just a few. We have put 13 pages of candid picturs in a collage in our memory book which should be mailed the beginning of January.

Vicky McDonnell Franks

12/19/09 12:29 PM #9    


Arleen Paul (Wiener)

Everyone have a Happy and a Safe Holiday Season

07/17/10 12:07 PM #10    

Gwen Hall (Westeren)

Hey all you Oilers out there, this is Maureen Desatoff, writing to you from beautiful Port Angeles in Washington state. I am here with Gwennie Hall, visiting and enjoying the beauty of this state. I know now why Gwennie and Tom came here and never went back to LA. There are soooo many things to see and places that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is in His heaven and created His beauty for us to enjoy and treasure.  i talked to my son this am and he said that the devil called him yesterday in LA and told him that he didn't want any of his demons to come home from LA to Hell, because after being in the heat of LA they come back to Hell all grumpy and he can't deal with them. We have been to a Lavender Festival, Hurricane Bluff, saw the Indian tribes bring their canoes into port with much ceremony, rode the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and then to Gwen's incredible home where her neighbor feeds the eagles. and all that we did in the space of 3 short days. PS we ate a lot and we are just getting started. Love to all of you and I hope all is well with all our classmates, bye for now, Mo  

08/08/10 10:15 AM #11    

Darlene Schafer (Belles)

maureen and gwennie   maureen you made gwens place sound like heaven on earth.... maybe vicky and us can get up there this next spring.would love tosee the beauty..history..and just share good times together best to all   darlene (schafer) belles class of 59   wow that was in the last decade:)

10/16/10 02:21 PM #12    


Arleen Paul (Wiener)


I found a number for Helen Dwojak someone ask me for it at reunion I finally found it

714 8708766?

04/30/14 08:12 AM #13    

Richard Ochoa (57)

One who is missed was my old High School girl friend, JoAnn Ayers!  I was lucky enough to have met with her at the Rebel's Lunch meeting in Santa Ana about a year before she passed & that was just a couple years ago! JoAnn went with me to my Senior graduation party for the Class of '57.  She was a sophomore at the time!

05/01/14 12:34 PM #14    

Rosalie Drexler (McKenzie)

I didn't know she had passed (Arlene Weiner).  I remember her at the 50th.  She had so much energy and was enjoying her life to the fullest.  So sad that she is gone.  Im sure she has a special place up there.


02/15/15 11:00 AM #15    

Richard Ochoa (57)

Vickie, don't you think that the Message Forum needs to be updated?   I left several messages & only ONE response & that was about a year or so ago!  There Must be more people responding and/or sending messages to others, besides me???

06/14/16 04:06 PM #16    

Robert McLeod

It is with great sadness that I must share with you the passing of Ron Gilmore.  His birthday was today and there were several of his friends that posted memorial comments about Ron.  In researching the Fort Meyers newspaper obits I learned that he passed away a year ago--6/13/15.  Now I know why there was no return Christmas note from Ron.  My closest high school friends are all gone.  Ron, Dennis Filmore, Gary Glasgow and I had close ties.  We swim together & played water polo.  You may recall memories of us riding around in Gary's Willys Jeepster with the torn, ragged top.  With Gary's crazy driving it's a wonder we made it to graduation.  Ron flew Navy E-121s out of Guam during the Viet Nam War and then went to work for Frontier/Western/Alaskan airlines and at the time lived near Seattle.   In recent years, Ron moved to Florida, residing in the Ft. Meyers, Naples area.  Rest in peace, my long time friend. 

12/22/21 02:18 PM #17    

Linda L Hayward (Linsky)

Rest In Peace John Samoff. You had a beautiful soul and have always loved you for that. You were my champion in school and will never forget you. May God hold you in his arms and give you peace. Love and prayers for your family. Linda (Hayward) Linskey. 

05/01/23 01:59 PM #18    

Joyce L. Heyl (Thomson)

Don Travis….Yes, I was married to Ken Thomson for 51 plus years!  We have three children, two granddaughters and three Great Grandchildren.  He passed away in 2012.  No I did not pass on, I am still very much alive and living with my daughter in Waynesboro. Pa.  If you want to know more contact me through my profile….same email.  Joyce (Heyl) Thomson

06/18/24 06:25 AM #19    


Christina Shepherd (England)

Hi Vicky, just wanted to let you what a wonderful job you are doing on the website.  Looks like a few of us are still around. . . . . . Not too many postings, though, which is sad.  I'm still in Tucson, AZ  temperatures have been  105 the last week or so, but it's a dry heat 😂.  I'm doing well, still playing golf 3 times a week and staying very busy.  I'm sure not too many people know who I am but would love to hear from anyone.  Hope all is well with you.  Chris Shepherd England 

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