Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I have to apologize for not being in touch but I've been on a wonderful sunny and warm southern caribbean cruise and just got home yesterday to a cold and snowy Utah. I hope the Christmas season finds everyone healthy and making plans to be with family and friends. I know all of you have been very busy also and may have forgotten to get your reunion registration in the mail in time to be included in the free room drawing. Since I've been so out of touch and unable to send a friendly reminder the committee decided to give everyone 4 more days to get you reunion registration in the mail. So absolutely the last day to have your registration included in the free room drawing is Friday the 19th of December. That is, you must have your registration postmarked by Friday the 19th of December.
Registration forms can be printed out at
Christmas shopping idea - A weekend trip to Reno makes a great Christmas gift to yourself or for someone you love!
No real news to report today but have you given thought to what you'll be eating for Christmas dinner. And while we're thinking about all the good food you'll be having for Christmas have you checked out the menu for the reunion satuday night buffet.
Butter leaf lettuce with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, pine nuts and Feta Cheese Crumbles
Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Pasta Primavera Salad
Carving Station: Barron of Beef roasted to perfection with all the trimmings
Italian Chicken Marsala served with Portabello Mushrooms and a side of Angel Hair Pasta
Roasted Pork Loin with a Cherry Mango Chutney
Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Fresh Seasonal Steamed Vegetables
Fresh Baked Rolls and Butter
Freshly brewed coffee and tea
Merry Christmas to one and all
Monday, November 24, 2008
We received a letter today from Stefni's husband Jerry notifying us of Stefni's passing.
Stefni Anne Winter Agin died September 4, 2008 after a 17-month battle with cancer.
She was born in Long Beach, CA, in 1946. Her parents met each other folk dancing, but her father died when she was only 5 years old. When she was 16, her mother started taking Stefni to folk dances in the San Francisco region. She loved it, and soon was a participant in Scottish Country Dance under the direction of Stuart Smith, and a member of the Sokoli Balkan Dance Ensemble.
She met her husband Jerry at a Kolo dance. Jerry had two children from a former marriage living with him, Rebecca and Miriam, who were 7 and 5 years old at the time Stefni and Jerry married. Stefni took over the mothering duties, and helped raise these two girls to adulthood.
The family moved to the Pittsburgh region in 1979. Stefni and her husband were members and participants in the Tuesday Night Folk Dance group and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. She was a frequent attendee at folk singing and storytelling events.
In 1975 and 1976 Jerry and Stefni attended a summer camp at Sweets Mill, California, which became the precursor to Balkan Music Camp. Stefni first went to Balkan Music Camp at Buffalo Gap, WV, in 1986, and she and Jerry have attended every annual camp since then.
She earned a B. A. from San Jose State University. She studied in the Folk Arts Program at the Tamburitzans at Duquesne University, but did not complete her Masters degree. From 1987 until 1998, she was employed by the University of Pittsburgh as a secretary in the Intelligent Systems Program. For the past 10 years or so, she has been active as a volunteer tutor of English as a Second Language through the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Stefni was a founding member of The Balkan Babes, a women's vocal group that has performed at festivals around Pittsburgh for over 15 years.
She was a collector. She owned approximately 30 complete folk costumes from around the world, principally the Balkan region of Europe. Many of the costumes were purchased on any of numerous trips overseas. She had an extensive collection of books about costumes and folk music, as well as records, CDs, and tapes.
In 2007, she was found to have an extremely rare type of breast cancer known as malignant adenomyoepithelioma. A lung was removed in April of that year, and she was believed to be free of cancer until a CT scan in November showed new metastases. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy, but none of them proved effective. She died peacefully at home with her husband at her side.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Agin, her daughters Rebecca Agin of Mountain View, CA, and Miriam Riles of Waco, TX, her brother Charles Winter of Corpus Christi, TX, and two grandsons.
A memorial gathering for Stefni Agin was held at 3 PM on Sunday, September 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Donations may be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, 100 Sheridan Square, 4th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Pictures of Stefni's life have been posted by her husband Jerry at
and her obituary was taken from her husband's website http://intonia.com/stefni/
If you would like to share a memory with Jerry or offer your condolences, he can be reached at http://email@example.com
Sunday, October 26, 2008
All reunion reservations are 100% refundable until May 1, 2009. After that date we reserve the right to issue partial refunds if sufficient funds are not available. This is because we have to provide guarantees close to the reunion and may have to pay for meals not eaten, etc.
ALSO Don't forget about the free room drawing. A drawing will be held for one night's stay at the Holiday Inn during the reunion from those registrations that are paid in full and postmarked by December 15, 2009. Last time we had this drawing Diane Rasmussen Myers was the lucky winner.
Our list of attendees is getting longer and we're excited to see that and looking forward to seeing everyone. To register go to http://www.westmoorhighclassof64.com/orderform.htm . To see a list of who's coming go to http://www.westmoorhighclassof64.com/whoiscoming.htm
Birthday wishes go out to:
Belated October Birthdays
Walter Bachman -October 15th
Elaine Roccos - October 16th
Elaine Sublow - October 27th
Gloria Nepstead - November 5th
Lois Carlson - November 10th
John Tyson - November 13th
Mike Gallagher - November 14th
Darlene Brown - November 16th
Thomas Slavin - November 19th
Lorraine Prout - November 20th
Marian Howard - November 22nd
Connie Sanchez - November 22nd
Richard Davis - November 23rd
John Yamada - November 24th
Kathy Dearer - November 30th
I apologize in advance - I don't have everyone's birthday so email me if I've missed your birthday and I will add you to the list.
Email address changes this month on website:
Saturday, October 25, 2008
45th Reunion for the Class of 1964
Westmoor High School
May 15th, 16th and 17th, 2009
To be held at the Holiday Inn, Sparks, Nevada
Friday May 15th 2009 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Start the weekend off by meeting old friends and picking up your registration materials. Snacks will be provided and no-host cocktails will be available.
Saturday May 16th 2009 8AM to 10 AM
Saturday May 16th 2009
Proposed activities are: A day at the Spa, National Auto Museum, Railroad Museum, Virginia City Excursion, Gaming Academy, Summit Sierra Shopping Center Adventure, Lake Tahoe Excursion, A day of Golfing, Bowling, Luncheon at hotel and Ball Room Decorating Party, Scrapbooking Tour of Reno
Saturday May 16th 2009 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday May 16th 2009 7 PM to Midnight
Buffet Dinner, Door Prizes and Dancing
Individual and Group Pictures
Dress - Semi formal
Dancing to the sounds of our DJ - Dick Stoddard http://www.dickstoddard.tv/
Sunday May 17th 2009 11 AM to 1 PM
Going Home Buffet BBQ
Cost per person
Early registration is $90 until January 15, 2009
$105 from January 15th to April 1, 2009
$125 after April 1st
All reservations are 100% refundable until May 1, 2009. After that date we reserve the right to issue partial refunds if sufficient funds are not available. This is because we have to provide guarantees close to the reunion and may have to pay for meals not eaten, etc.Go to http://www.westmoorhighclassof64.com/orderform.htm to print out a copy of the reunion registration form.
We have an incentive for you. Everyone who sends in their reunion registration form postmarked by no later than December 15th, 2008 will have their name entered into a drawing for a free one night stay at the Holiday Inn for the reunion.
In other news we have new email addresses for all of you from Renee Snyder, Yvonne Gonzales Westre and Larry Westre.
To see the email addresses go to our website at
Lanette Howard writes that she has just taken a pulpit in Grass Valley at the Sierra Center for Positive Living. It is really beautiful there and she is enjoying the community. To read about her work, go to http://www.sierracenter.org/newsletter/2008/2008_Newsletter_Oct_Nov.pdf
Our sympathies to Renee Snyder whose parents have recently passed on and to Lanette Howard whose significant other passed away recently.
We have heard from three of our classmates that the current economic crisis has caused them to lose their jobs because their employers closed their doors. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this critical time in our nation's history.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sue Payette - October 1st
Janice Williams - October 2nd
George Mitchell - October 8th
Robert Mathes - October 10th
Robert Arch - October 13th
Jim Hunt - October 16th
Linda Brewer - October 18th
Michele Colby - October 18th
Mary Ellen Sregzinski Daiss - October 19th
Lorraine Colclough - October 19th
Karen Patrick Pera - October 22th
Sharon Killin McCluney - October 31st
Steve Baker - October
New email addresses for the following classmates have been added to the class website.
Karen Hughes Eberle
We are saddened to report the death of
We received information that Michael and his wife Lynn had been living up in the mountains above Stockton. Mike had been suffering with Diabetes for many years and was found to have a serious infection. He was taken to Roseville, CA to a hospital which has the equipment that was needed. He was told it was just a matter of days before his death and he had received his Last Rights. His wife Lynn (Terra Nova Class of 65) is staying with Mike’s sister back in the Bay Area for the winter season and is planning to return to the mountains when the weather permits. The park where they keep their house on wheels is closed from before fall through the winter.
We're still waiting on signed contracts for the reunion and will contact everyone as soon as possible after that.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We have lots of new email addresses for everyone. If you see someone on the lists you haven't heard from in awhile, drop them a note and say Hi. They'd probably love to hear from you. We've had lots of people getting excited about the next reunion and we're receiving new alumni contact information every day.
The latest email addresses added to our list are
Connie Green Tarczy
Kathy Bertolani Hardy
Alison Trigg Willians
see the website for their addresses
Also on a sad note we have information that 3 of our classmates have passed away over the last few years. We have found these people thru research in databases so we did not receive personal confirmation from anyone. If you have any information on these classmates please let us know. We don't want to post incorrect information. We have written to the newspapers to try to obtain obituary information.
Born: 28 Nov 1946
Died: 2 Jul 2006
Friday, August 29, 2008
The class of 64 has lost a great friend. Jim was very involved with the 40th reunion, writing newsletters for us all the time and helping to find lost classmates. I had many great conversations with Jim as I know many of you did. Jim was very intelligent, gifted with many talents, had a great sense of humor and was lots of fun to talk with.
We will miss you Jim.
Another reminder of what a brief time we all have. It was yesterday that we all walked the halls of Westmoor together. Each with our own unique personalities......we never thought of leaving this world, at that time. Now another friend, classmate and dear soul has no more halls to walk in this world. For his wife and family, I am so sorry for your loss. For Jim, thank you for being who you were on this joyous and sorrowful planet. For all of us, for this moment......we still have time to slow down and love what has been given us - to have another moment in time to be the best we can be and cherish what we have,God bless you Jim and your family. See you in the halls of tomorrow.
Although I had classes together with Jim we never really knew each other well at Westmoor ,.. but in our dotage Jim contacted me through classmates .com and over the past 5 years we have been e mail friends. The past 3 years have been a time of transition for me and no matter how down I was Jim had a word of encouragment and hope. I will sorely miss his emails, and most of all his friendship. These memories I will cherish as it is not often this late in life you develop this kind of friendship.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Gary Mendoza family has permanently moved to Southern California and they are looking inPasadena for a home.
John Restivo and family moved from Auburn 3 1/2 years ago to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they are having a wonderful time. They work(volunteer) two days a week at Vista Vallarta Club de Golf and they play 2-3 days of golf each week. They love it there, especially the Mexican people. They say they are very busy and seem to run out of time each and every day.
We found Steve Zarate in Irvine contemplating retirement. He was getting an early start as he called the committee from a vacation over the arctic circle.
Pamela Karp Addington is in Oregon and very involved with horses and charity work. She is the coordinator for the Oregon High Desert Classics, the principal annual fundraiser for the programs of J Bar J Youth Services, a non-profit organization established in 1968 offering services to at-risk youth and families. The programs of J Bar J Youth Services include the J Bar J Boys Ranch, Cascade Youth and Family Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon and The Academy at Sisters.
David Mahoney is also involved with volunteer work - he works with Saddle Pals who work with special needs children and horses under UCP and he volunteers with Master Food Preservers teaching home canning and food safety thru the UC Davis Cooperative.
New email addresses are in for
Carol Hilton Jordan
See our website for their addresses
Monday, August 25, 2008
Pamela Karp Addington
you can see their email addresses as well as everyone else's on the website at
We're trying to get an idea of how many people to plan for at the next reunion. Would you either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up on our webpage to let us know if you plan on attending. That page is located at http://www.westmoorhighclassof64.com/whoiscoming.htm
If you have already signed the page at classmates, you need not sign again.
We welcome your comments and opinions regarding the upcoming reunion.
Your alumni committee
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The alumni committee is getting together in September to finalize plans for our 45th reunion, so look for more information in the next month.
We'd enjoy hearing from some of you on what is happening in your life, great trips you took, friends you've gotten together with, retirements, new grandchildren, anything you'd like to share. We love pictures also. If you don't want to post directly to the blog, send me an email with your info and I'll post it for you.
Looking forward to hearing from everyone
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
A wonderful individual who put development of youth above wins and losses.His friendship will be lost forever; never to be replaced; but committed to memory. Rod, you left a whole group of successful people out here, who, were it not for you, would be worse off. You will be missed. No place can we go and smell the unique aroma of those cigars, admire the sleek older cars you kept in perfect condition, and smile at your dapper ways and positive behavior patterns you instilled in all who worked along side side of you and had you for a teacher : no, more of a parent. You were there to fill the gaps in our lives when our own parents were not. You taught fairness and acceptance of outcomes. Who can we look to to see those cardigan sweaters, clear blue eyes, and wonderful sense of humor. It is a rarity that someone with all of your attributes could be there in tiny Daly City. Generosity, understanding, and friendliness do not even begin to tell the loss we now feel.
Barbara, we are so sorry for you in your loss. Please accept our sense of loss and sadness of Rodney as our attempt to tell you how much we envy you for being able to spend time as a dear part of his life.
I feel a chunk of my life is gone. Tony, Pete, Byron, Rodney...never will there will there be a partnership in schools to duplicate your dynamics.
Rod, I, and all to whom I have spoken , miss you, love you, and you will forever remain in our hearts.
Westmoor High School
Class of 1964
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Losberger family. "Coach" was a role model to many of us at Westmoor High School and his "smile" was infectious. While short on words, his wit always made us think and his humor always made us smile. There was no ego with Coach Losberger, just sincere and true concern for his students and players. You will be missed. Our hope is that you knew the impact you had on so many of us over the years and the legacy you have left behind.
Gary and Cheryl Mendoza
May 3, 2008
Thanks, Rodney, for teaching me more than baseball. Thanks for teaching me that I can't always be the best, but I am still part of a team and play my part in the wins and losses. Many more life's lessons than I expected to get on a foggy hillside baseball field in Daly City, California.
May 9, 2008
I was in the class of '64 at Westmoor High School but never graduated with my class. I was so involved with music that I neglected my studies. (One year I got 3 A's and 3 F's - A good C-average but that didn't impress my folks.) I was very active in the music at Westmoor High School. Maybe you remember that piano player (I even started playing the clarinet and saxophone) - but that was many years ago.
In the mean time I continued persuing music. So much that when I was drafted into the military, I went there to inlist! I was thinking: "If I'm drafted, they can do with me what they want; if I inlist, I'm in the drivers seat." I went to the Oakland Army Terminal and auditioned for one of the clarinet chairs. (I went there as a pianist, but was told there was no piano player MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) in the Army. But there was one for clarinet and since they needed a clarinetist I was there man. I had to go to Norfolk, Virginia (Navy) for further studies on the clarinet. On the first day of theory class, the commanding officer asked the class: "Do we have any piano player MOS's?" I was surprised that a number of students raised their hands. I mentioned that I was told there wasn't such an animal but they explained to me that because the Oakland Army Terminal needed a clarinetist they told me that. To make a long story short I recieved a secondary MOS on piano.
Since the Military likes to play with their soldiers, after one year at the Oakland Army Terminal I was sent to Europe to be stationed at Stuttgart, Germany. (I was reminded that it was a one-year guarantee at the place of my choice. That year was up!) During my stay at Stuttgart I became acquainted with many other musician-soldiers, one of which was a trumpet player I gigged with in Oakland. He was stationed in Heidelberg which was the headquarters for the military band. This trumpet player informed me that they had a piano player but a real song-and-dance man and they really needed someone of my caliber. But, because my primary MOS was clarinet, there was nothing that could be done. I travelled to Heidelberg to talk to and play with the other guys since I was told only the best musicians get chosen for that gig. After playing (auditioning) I was asked into the commanding officer's office and was praised for my talent. I was once again told there was little that could be done at that time. But, one of the clarinet chairs would soon be vacant and that I could come as a clarinet player. And since the piano player would also soon leave I could change my primary MOS to piano and clarinet would become my secondary MOS.
Well, it turned out that my stay at Heidelberg proved successfull. I became famous, so to speak. There was one professional musician that would come to the military base and pick out musicians he needed. One day he walzes in and says he needs a piano player. So I started gigging with him.
The rule of the United States Military is that if you are stationed in a foreign country, you can stay in that country for up to one year and the United States would still pay for your trip back to the States. I took advantage of that one year and it became 20 years. I was gigging so much that I had jobs all over Europe. At the end I had my own band and we gigged in Finland. One evening a Swedish agent heard the group and asked us if we wanted to play at Luleå (å=o) Sweden. I met my wife and sent the musicians back home to Germany.
Now it's been about 25 years and I have become an accomplished musician here in Sweden. I started off this letter with how much I was a sort of late reactor. I have been following the reunions of the class of '64 realizing that I live so far away there wasn't much that could be done. It's not like hopping on a bus for a visit! During the years I got in touch with Mel Ellison one of the saxophonists at Westmoor High School. We have been corresponding on and off for awhile and he has sent me one of his original compositions. I am planning to send him some recordings I have made here. You see, when I was at Westmoor High School I wasn't much of an improvisor in music, wasn't into jazz that much. 45 years have passed and I have excelled in almost any form of music there is - even becoming a composer and arranger. (I have lead the local Big Band here in Luleå and written nearly 200 arrangements for them.) I suddenly had this urge to meet with Mel once again and show him how much I've developed. I have been listening to some of his works on the internet and was very impressed. I had the memory of his saxophone playing still ringing in my ears after all of this time. Now I wanted to show him what I've been up to. He invited me to come over to his house in South San Francisco - but, once again, it's not like just taking a bus - but who knows what time will tell.
I still have the yearbooks and occassionally browse through them - especially when I hear of a certain achievement from one of the alumni.
Carl Thomas John Jacobson
Friday, May 2, 2008
Doelger Center Main Hall
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30PM
The short (half-hour) version of my Westlake documentary is finally ready to roll. The History Guild of Daly City/Colma will be showing the documentary as the main feature of their meeting and I'll be doing a little question and answer session afterwards. Free admission and snacks, dress casual. Don't sweat it if you can't make it, because someday you'll have a chance to watch the 1-hour version. But it would be nice to see you. Thanks for your support.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Debbie and I just celebrated our 27th anniversary and our two sons are both in college..one at SF State and one at City College San Francisco. Our daughter graduates from Terra Nova in June and we're planning a trip to Hawaii this summer to celebrate. I try to schedule time each day for a power walk on the beach or a stop at the gym. Makes those visits to In-N-Out Burger feel less guilt ridden.
Can't believe our reunion is just about a year from now. Wow
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I've been lucky enough to do some traveling in the last few months. I've started taking one child at a time on a special vacation. Last winter I took my son Ryan (25 and single) on a mediterranean cruise which started in Venice. We thought Venice was magical.
I also just returned from a week in Seattle with my daughter Yvette (29 and married). Her husband was good enough to babysit all week so she could go. We found lots to do there and had a wonderful time. Since I have many children there are more trips planned in the future.
I had surgery in December and have recovered well and am feeling wonderful. Many of the calamities in life turn out to be blessings in disguise. Mine have.
I'm excited to get started on the next planning phase of our 45th reunion. Hope to see everyone there. We'll keep you posted on events.
Love to all
Dear Family and Friends,
Surrounded by his loving family, Thomas James Baran, 64, went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 29, 2008. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 460 Belle Terre Pkwy. , Palm Coast , FL. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South , Flagler Beach , FL.
Tom was born on June 8, 1943 in New York . After retiring from the NYC Police Department, Tom moved to Miami . Two years ago he and his wife retired to Palm Coast . He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in New York . He enjoyed playing golf, gardening and was an avid sports fan. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Kathleen, daughters, Pamela Callahan of NYC, Debra Mosley of Miami, FL, Adele and her husband Fernando Cruchaga of Plantation, FL, Melissa and her husband William Tillman of Palm Coast, son, Richard Wean of Arcadia, FL, his sisters, Patricia and her husband Frank Komornik and Linda and her husband Bill O’Dell all of Yorktown, VA, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be sent to the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, 150 Memorial Medical Parkway , Palm Coast , FL 32164 . Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Charlotte Pack Bond
We are excited to announce our next party on Feb 29th, 2020, that's in 76 days from today. It will be a lunch in Folsom, CA at the ho...
We are excited to announce our next party on Feb 29th, 2020, that's in 76 days from today. It will be a lunch in Folsom, CA at the ho...
Since we received notice that our friend Bruce Hix passed away a few days ago, many have come forward with stories about Bruce that th...