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Brandt Widdoes, deceased 10/20/12.
Brandt Widdoes, deceased 10/20/12.
The following classmates are deceased.

Paul F. Abbott, Deceased 7/7/99
Paul F. Abbott, Deceased 7/7/99

 

As the years go by, I miss my brother more each day. Paul was a wonderful person in more ways than words can really express. He loved this family very much and was highly respected by coworkers and friends alike.

Paul was deeply involved in ASF in High School and continued to reach out to foreign students in the years that followed.

When all is said and done, a person is defined by the impact he has had on others in his life..I know that's true because I've witnessed the impact such an exception man has left behind. 


Chris Abbott 
 

Ara 'Chuck' Artinian  Deceased 4/25/08
Ara "Chuck" Artinian Deceased 4/25/08

ARA CHARLES, "CHUCK', age 68, on April 25, 2008, entrepreneur, magician, and bon vivant. Ara was the son of Armenian immigrants Anna Saniossian Artinian and Charles Bajaksusian Artinian. He died from complications connected to esophageal cancer at his home in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Artinian, well known for his exuberant character, his skill as an entertainer and magician, and also his success in business. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the Lansdowne section of the city. After graduating from Lansdowne High School in 1957, where he was captain of the football team, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from Drexel University in 1962. There he was President of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, Master of Ceremonies at weekly Great Court rallies, and features editor of the University newspaper. After completing his studies, Mr. Artinian's business acumen and love of meeting new people, exploring new places, and facing new challenges took him across the country. For ten years he worked as distribution and marketing manager for two national corporations in California, Minnesota, Georgia and Pennsylvania. During this time he was Charter President and founder of the Stone Mountain Industrial Park Management Association in Georgia.
From 1968 onwards, Mr. Artinian lived in Chester and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania, working first for the Green Giant Corporation, then for Hayes Real Estate and finally for himself, founding his own brokerage company, ARA Real Estate, and later also the real estate holding company ARA Consulting Ltd. Close colleague Gary ("The Cowboy") Stapleton remembers his business drive and creativity: "Chuck never failed to remind me that the man who said 'it couldn't be done' should never interrupt the cowboy and magician - who were already doing it.'"
During this time he served in a number of public offices, including: President of the Octorara Rotary Club, Vice Chairman and Board Member of Central and Western Chester County Industrial Development Corp., Borough Councilman of Christiana Borough, Lancaster County, Township Supervisor of West Sadsbury Township, Chester County, and Vice Chairman and Board Member of the Municipal Authority Sadsbury Township, Lancaster County. He also served on the Fulton Bank Advisory Board for Gap, PA for over eleven years.
Beyond his achievements in business and local government, perhaps Mr. Artinian was best known for his gregarious character and love of life, connected to which was his much esteemed talent as a magician and entertainer. In 1977 he opened the Corn Crib Restaurant in Christiana, PA, where he became known as The Great Zucchini for his impromptu tableside magic, something he later always took with him to places near and far - performing tricks spontaneously everywhere from corner pubs in London, to real estate settlement meetings, to the Paris metro.
In keeping with his sharp sense of humor, part wit and part irreverence, Mr. Artinian authored the book Rhyme and Punishment, a collection of his locally inspired puns and insights. He was also well known for his sartorial creativity, rarely seen without his bowler hat and mutton chops, which he began sporting after an appearance as a movie extra in the film "Beloved."
With his compassion and concern for others, he had a deep influence on many around him, particularly younger people. Danny Walker, son of longtime business partner Don Walker, says, "His humor and outlook have had a big impact on me. It's also occurred to me that he's probably never taught anyone all those amazing magic tricks. Just how is that dice trick done?"
Mr. Artinian recently achieved a long held goal by visiting his ancestral homeland, traveling to Armenia (his parents originated from Malatya in Eastern Anatolia) and visiting Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Orthodox Church. He was a lifelong member of the congregation of St Gregory's Armenian Apostolic Church in Philadelphia.
Mr. Artinian was predeceased by his younger sister, Betty Ann Artinian. He is survived by wife Marian Artinian, daughter Emily Artinian-Smith and her mother Jane Artinian, nephew Paul Karabashian, and the Bajakesian family in France.


George C. Bessey, died 6/18/09
George C. Bessey, died 6/18/09
BESSEY, GEORGE CHRISTIAN 69 - Born on November 22nd, 1939 in Philadelphia, raised in Lansdowne and a 21 year resident of San Jose, CA.  Died on June 18th, 2009 in Jeanes Hospital, Philadelphia.  After a stint in the United States Coast Guard, his career began with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) upon his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.  After leaving "The Agency," he worked in Government Security with Perkin-Elmer in Danbury, CT; Itek Corporation in Lowell, MA; ESL in Sunnvale, CA and GTE in Mountain View, CA. After his retirement in 1994, he began his final and most rewarding career as a fisherman, golfer, leisure traveler and wine enthusiast.  He graduated from Lansdowne-Alden High, Class of 1957, and the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1963.  George was a founding membver of the Industrial Security Working Group (ISWG).  He was also a proud member of the Industrial Security Working Group (ISWG).  He was also a proud member of The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), The American Legion (Somers Point), and Sigma Nu fraternty.  Preceded by mother Margaret C. (Robertson) Bessey and George Bessey of Longport.  Survived by devoted and loving wife of 44 years Margaret J. "Peggy" (Ulrich) Bessey of Longport; two children Christian Andrew Bessey of Santa Clara, CA and Cheryl Ann Bessey of Ventnor; brother Robert and sister-in-law Carolyn of Medford and Longport.  Also survived by more than 60 nieces, nehews, grand-nieces and nephews.  Service was held at Epiphany Catholic Church, Longport at 11:00 am on June 20, 2009. 
William R. Clos, Deceased 7/85
William R. Clos, Deceased 7/85
 Bill joined our class in 1955, having moved from San Diego to Aldan to live with his aunt and uncle.  While at LAHS he participated in baseball and intramural sports.  In l958 he joined the Air Force and served for 4 years.  After his return, he had 2 different jobs and moved to New York and Connecticut.  He was married and had 4 children at the time of his death in 1985 .
Ruth Mary Cook Novino,  deceased 3/3/03
Ruth Mary Cook Novino, deceased 3/3/03
Remembering Ruth Mary Cook Novino with love from Lynne

A ready smile and an infectious giggle — I could not have asked for a better friend to sharejunior & senior high school with me. It seemed we did everything together hanging out at the hoagie shop in Aldan, working at Sandier’s Pharmacy, Friday night movies at the Lansdowne Theatre, sneaking smokes wherever, going to the shore to get the perfect tan, sleepovers, waiting on the steps of St Phulomena’s for the bus to Aldan after hockey practice while sharing a /2 dozen “Virginia donuts” and many, many double dates. She was a great keeper of secrets and good listener. I admired her through the years for the way she loved and raised her children (pretty much on her own). “Cookie” is and always will be missed.
John Cosner, Deceased 6/26/97
John Cosner, Deceased 6/26/97
John A. Cox, Deceased 6/8/99
John A. Cox, Deceased 6/8/99
Allen Cullen, Deceased 7/15/91
Allen Cullen, Deceased 7/15/91
Mahlon A. Davis, Jr.,deceased 5/86
Mahlon A. Davis, Jr.,deceased 5/86
Guy G. Galantino, deceased 4/70
Guy G. Galantino, deceased 4/70
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Joseph J. Jenzano, 67, a longtime Aldan resident, died June 28, 2006, at Williamsport Hospital in Lycoming County.

 

Born in Philadelphia, Joe was reared in Lansdowne.  He was the son of the late Ralph and Rose Schiavo Jenzano.

 

Mr. Jenzano graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in 1957, starring as a halfback on the All-Delco football team.

 

He was president of Scully Welding Co. in Collingdale and president of the Penna. Trappers Association District 12.  He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.

 

Mr. Jenzano was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who enjoyed spending time at his farm, “Windy Hill,” in Lycoming County, where he hunted, fished, rode horses and trapped.

 

Survivors:  Wife of 45 years, Jeane Scully Jenzano of Aldan; children Jeanne Jenzano Richards of Honeybrook, Joseph R. Jenzano of Folcroft, John Jenzano of Unionville and James J. Jenzano of Gap; sister, Theresa Melvin of Rhode Island; nine grandchildren.

 

Bruce Alan King, deceased 8/81
Bruce Alan King, deceased 8/81

Bruce King with love from his wife, Linda

 

Brain Cancer took Bruce from us in 1981.  Chad was 10 and Susan was two.

On a scale from 1 to10 in fatherhood, Bruce scored well above 15.  He took Chad everywhere with him.  They went fishing and camping in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and it was the best for both of them.  Bruce was in a bowling league on Thursday nights, and Chad went with him.  Riding in the little 240Z that he loved so much.  (I should have kept that car)

 

Bruce did not get to spend much time with Susan.  She was a year old when he got sick.  He loved her dearly, but she does not remember a thing about him.

 

Bruce was the best dancer.  I always tell everyone, that I married him because he was the best dancer I knew.  Every event we went to, the ladies wanted to dance with him.  I was so jealous.  But I should have let them have more dances.

 

He was a good neighbor; still, when I see our old neighbors, they remind me how many wonderful things he did for them.  He was also a special friend.  He told the same funny jokes over and over.  Sometimes I would shout out the punch line just before he got to it.  He wanted to kill me.  We always laughed over that.

 

He loved Lansdowne, his cars, TV, sports, his old girlfriends, working for Philadelphia Electric, the Marines and me.  Thanks Bruce, you made my life better in every way.

 

I wish I had known him when you were all in high school.  I did not meet him until he was 25.  I had him for only 17 years.

 

Good looking, fun, strong, sweet, considerate, and he was a good, fair fighter too.

 

 

Patricia Langley Tanner, deceased 5/23/00
Patricia Langley Tanner, deceased 5/23/00

Pat Langley Tanner and I were good friends from Kindergarten on.  Pat went to Ardmore Avenue School and then transferred to Highland Avenue when they moved to Congress Avenue.

 

I remember going to Pat’s summer home on LBI (Brant Beach).  Carol Yeaman, Karen Kinkel, Astrid Johansson and I would spend weekends down there.

 

Pat and Bob loved to travel and right before Pat died they took a month long trip to Australia to see Bob’s sister.  Pat died of ovarian cancer.

 

Pat and Bob had two children, Jennifer and Jeffrey.  She had one grandchild by Jennifer at the time of her death.

 

I often think of Pat and miss her very much.

 

                                                                                  Pat Fuller Scheerer

Sandra Kurtzman Wasserman, deceased 12/92
Sandra Kurtzman Wasserman, deceased 12/92

Sandy and I were best friends in junior and senior high school.  Every summer we would have to babysit Sandy’s brother, Fred, and we would play canasta on the porch.  Fred was 8 years younger than us.

 

Sandy was to be in my wedding on May 26, 1962, but she was 9 months pregnant.  She made it to the wedding since Adam did not come until June, 1962.

 

Sandy died of breast cancer.  She had two children, Adam and David, and two grandchildren by David.

 

Sandy and Bob loved the Eagles and had season tickets to the games up until the day she died.  They also had a home at the shore.

 

I always think of her and miss her very much.

 

                                                                          Pat Fuller Scheerer

Ducky McCarthy, deceased 1/2/02
Ducky McCarthy, deceased 1/2/02
Robert J. Pinkstone, deceased 12/12/05
Robert J. Pinkstone, deceased 12/12/05
James Royal - deceased 1/19/90
James Royal - deceased 1/19/90
James Shillingford, deceased 1/9/99
James Shillingford, deceased 1/9/99
Malin G. Safford, Deceased 1/15/96
Malin G. Safford, Deceased 1/15/96

A  Friend

 

of Lansdowne

 

 

     A wise old guy ( my Dad ) once told me to never forget the early friends you make in life.  Malin Safford was an early friend.  He was a friend OF and a friend TO Lansdowne, the town, the school, and his classmates.

    Malin cherished the memories of the Lansdowne experience more than any of us can imagine.  Simply put, he loved it so much that he saved every physical morsel of memorabilia from grade school valentines to newspaper clippings of classmates accomplishments.  He carried some in his wallet!  To Malin, it was not about the gathering of paper but real love for the place and the rest of us.

    As we remember Malin's humor, humility, and friendship we are once again reminded how fragile and fleeting our life on this Earth is.  I regret not having told my friend how much we admired his loyalty. 

       
Maybe  #27 will see this.

 

                                     Ara

   

 

 

Peter C Gable  Deceased March 2, 2008
Peter C Gable Deceased March 2, 2008

THE PINK ROSE by Florence Gable

 

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME i EVER SAW YOU,

yOU HAD DARK BROWN EYES AND MINE WERE OF BLUE.

 

a GOTEE AND  MUSTACH MADE YOU A HANDSOME YOUNG MAN,

A MUSCULAR BODY, AN ATHLETE WITH A PERFECT BRONZE TAN.

 

yOU WENT OFF TO fLORIDA THAT SUMMER TO WORK FOR YOUR AUNT.

IN THE HOT BLAZING SUN YOU LEARNED MORE ABOUT PLANTS.

SUMMER WENT FAST AND OUR BIG SENIOR YEAR CAME,

SOMEHOW WE  KNEW  THAT OUR LIFE WOULD NOT BE THE SAME.

 

AS CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM YOU WERE A POPULAR MAN,

IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR YOU TO ASK FOR MY HAND.

YOU GAVE ME YOUR ID BRACELET,  AND GOLD FRIENDSHIP RING.

IT WAS SURROUNDED WITH HEARTS, WHAT A THOUGHTFUL THING.

 

SOON IT WAS PROM TIME, GRADUATION AND SUCH.

YOU SAID THAT YOU LOVED ME, SO VERY MUCH.

YOUR MOM ONCE TOLD ME THAT YOU WISPERED IN HER EARS,

"IM GOING TO MARRY THIS SPECIAL GIRL IN A FEW YEARS."

 

wILLIAM AND mARY cOLLEGE ACCEPTED YOU FOR YOUR fRESHMAN YEAR,

THE DISTANCE AND TIME APART MADE US SHED MANY A TEAR.

DREXEL OFFERED YOU SEVERAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND OFFERS TO CHANGE,

THIS BROUGHT YOU MUCH CLOSER, OUR RELATIONSHIP NOW CLOSE RANGE.

 

IN 1962 ANOTHER GOLD RING YOU GAVE TO ME,

AND THIS WAS A PLEDGE TO SHARE OUR LIFE COMPLETELY.

A COVENANT WE PLEGED TO EACH OTHER FOR LIFE,

IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH, AND SHARE ANY LIFES STRIFE.

 

OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER GREW AS MANY YEARS PAST..

RAISING OUR 5 CHILDREN MADE OUR MARRAGE GO BY FAST.

OUR TIME FOR EACH OTHER WAS SCARCE, AND BECAME PRECIOUS YOU SEE.

BECAUSE LIFE WAS MOVING TOO  FAST, HOW COULD THAT BE.........

 

OUR 30S, 40S, AND  50S QUICKLY ROLLED BY,

OUR PARENTS MOVED IN, AND OUR LIFE STARTED TO FLY.

OUR AGE CAUGHT UP, AND OUR HEALTH GAVE US FEAR,

AS MY KNEES, AND YOUR HEART GOT WORSE WITH EACH YEAR.

 

OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER GREW STRONGER WITH TIME.

AND OVER ALL THOSE YEARS, I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE MINE.

WITH EACH PROBLEM WE GREW CLOSER TOGETHER AGAIN,

NEVER DOUBTING THAT ALWAYS YOU WERE MY VERY BEST FRIEND.

 

WEVE SHARED MANY SORROWS AND HAPPINESS TOO....

AND THROUGH ALL 42 YEARS  OUR LOVE GREW AND GREW.

LIKE A SEED THAT YOU PLANT, A FLOWER COMES SOON,

OUR LOVE WAS THAT SEED AND SOON CAME TO FULL BLOOM.

 

LIKE A BEAUTIFUL PINK ROSE WITH FRAGRANCE SO DEAR,

WE DEPENDED ON EACH OTHER MORE WITH EACH COMING YEAR.

OUR FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE MADE US REALLY BECOME ONE,

 OUR FAITH TOGETHER GREW DEEPER WITH THE LOVE OF GODS SON.

 

YOU HAVE PROVIDED HAPPINESS AND LOVE FOR ALL OF US TO SEE.

FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN A ROLE MODEL YOULL BE.

MY HOPE AND PRAYERS  FOR THEM IN THE FUTURE IS TO FOLLOW YOUR WAYS,

FAITH, LOVE,  AND RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER FOR THE REST OF THEIR DAYS.

 

Carol Yeaman,deceased January 2, 2009
Carol Yeaman,deceased January 2, 2009

When on our flight to Ft. Lauderdale recently, my thoughts turn to my good friend Carol Yeaman.  Carol's last months were difficult, first selling her beloved home to move to Maris Grove in Glen Mills, PA.  Shortly thereafter she broke her leg and moved to two assisted living places.  The last was Ann's Choice in Warminster - too far away and too brief a time for friends to visit.  On December 20th we persuaded Carol to attend the HS girls' luncheon at the Towne House in Media.  Carol was a bit reluctant to go because she had a bad cough and did not want anyone to catch it, but Bill, my husband, got on the phone and told Carol to get dressed because we were picking her up, and Carol was ready to go when we arrived.  Since Carol was unable to visit her family over Christmas, we all brought her gifts.  She was quite surprised and we all had a pleasant time.  Carol did on January 2, 2009, with her family by her side.

I first met Carol in Miss Hunsburger's first grade class at the Ardmlore Avenue School.  She was chosen to be Mother Nature in a play, and she was to approve or disapprove of our handiwork.  She disapproved my work, and I wondered why because she was a friend of mine, but I got over it.

In seventh grade I persuaded Carol to go out for field hockey.  She surprised herself by making the cut, but then she dropped out.  I think it was in ninth grade when we both took Spanish with Miss Adams.  When I passed Carol in the hall and asked her how she like Spanish, she said you have to remember that all nouns are either masculine or feminine.  How could you remember that, I thought. 

After graduation Carol studied to become an x-ray technician and worked at Philadelphia General Hospital and Lankenau Hospital.  A debilitating illness forced her to relinquish her job.

About 12 years ago I received a puzzline call on my answering machine.  The voice said, "Other people are calling you, so I thought I would too."  She left her phone number but did not leave her name.  I did not recognize the voice.  I returned the call to find out it was from my dear old friend Carol Yeaman.  Many years since then, four, five or six HS girlfriends have visited me in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island for a luncheon and a time of catching up during the summer.  Carol looked forward to this day saying to me this was her one day of vacation the whole year.  She loved LBI, and always brought us fresh corn and tomatoes.  Thanks to Marian Whayland Mulholland and last year Phyllis Blair Totaro for driving everyone to Harvey Cedars.  Carol was a dear sweet friend, had a wonderful sense of humor and was such fun to be with.  We will all miss her very much.

Astrid Ottey

Melvin Schucker, deceased May 19, 2008
Melvin Schucker, deceased May 19, 2008
Sue Roddy Kaminsky died on March 21, 2011.
Sue Roddy Kaminsky died on March 21, 2011.
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John Hartle passed away on April 23, 2011.
Richard Kwiatkowski, deceased Spring, 2011.
Richard Kwiatkowski, deceased Spring, 2011.
Derrickson, Alice Shana  deceased 2/1995
Derrickson, Alice Shana deceased 2/1995
Brandt Widdoes, deceases 10/20/12.
Brandt Widdoes, deceases 10/20/12.
Ernestine Sharpe Jenkins,deceased 10/7/12.
Ernestine Sharpe Jenkins,deceased 10/7/12.
Bettye Crocker Smith, deceased December 24, 2012.
Bettye Crocker Smith, deceased December 24, 2012.
Marshall Miller died July 5, 2013.
Marshall Miller died July 5, 2013.
                            Dick (Oots) Davies died on June 9, 2013.
Dick (Oots) Davies died on June 9, 2013.
Marie Harney Lockbaum died on January 11, 2014.
Sue Speers Champion - Died June 24, 2015.
Barbara Paul Henslee died December 23, 2015.
Thomas Ferrier died on 9/26/2014.
Judith Heller Watkins died on April 2011.
​Barbara Mason Wall died on 3/13/2013.
Harriet Howland Stamback died in 2011.
​Barbara Paul Henslee is deceased.
​Nancy Rogers Koza died in 2016.
​Steven Schoenstadt died in 2016.
​Stephen Boyd
Carol Altemus Wigfield
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