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     Welcome to the Class of 67 news center. Here you will find news about alumni, past events, upcoming events and who knows what else Veronica can think of. Be sure to check back often so that you can stay up to date with what our class is, has and will be doing.
If you have any interesting news that you feel we need to post here please feel free to email it to Veronica Otremba. She will then review it and forward it to Al Caruso so that it can be posted here.


Submitted by Rich Paryz
December 15, 2002

I just saw a spectacular performance at the Geary Theater in San Francisco called "Lackawanna Blues" Written and performed by Rubin Santiango-Hudson and HOT blues guitarist Bill Sims Jr.

Have you heard of this incredible live one-man theater piece? It's about Rubin and the characters he meets in his growing up across the bridge in Lackawanna during the late '50's - 60's!! It is an awesome performance piece. I got to meet Rubin after the performance in San Francisco at Ponzu, this great bar in Union Square. What a great guy.

Submitted by Al Caruso
December 15, 2002

I recently received word from one of our classmates. Tom Berry a reserve soldier was recently activated for the war duty effort. He will be departing on January 8th. He had knee surgery and once he is off of the crutches he will be moving onward. His battlion is going to Fort Carson for a couple of months to mobilize all the of the military being mobilized at the end of January. His battalion is the advanced party for all units west of the Mississippi. He said that he is combat packed and ready to get rid of, as he stated, the fool in Iraq for the US and our children and grandchildren.
Perhaps we can all place Tom and all of the soldiers oversees in our prayers and pray for his and their safety and return. If you wish to send Tom a message regarding his upcoming departure the following is his email address:


Are you in need of some assistance or information with caring for elderly parents !!!

Well we have discovered that Florika Brazdes does community education & business development for Tender Loving Care Staff Builders HomeCare. She has told us that she would be more than happy to be a resource person for any of our classmates who find themselves caring for children and also their elderly parents but know not where to turn for help or info.

She belongs to several organizations that are comprised of many health care providors ranging from adult homes to Elder Law . Whose goal is to assist the adult children in making educated decisions for and with their elders. She has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years and would like the opportunity to share her knowledge with any of our classmates. If anyone needs help or information please feel free to email her at

Submitted by Barb Ribarich
April 29,2003

Just to let all our 67 Classmates know that Karen (Skoczylas) Moore, just got some bad news the other day.
Her cancer has spread to her brain, she will be having surgery sometime within the week. Please lets all pray that her surgery is a success and her recovery is speedy. Thank you all.

Submitted by Barb (Zelanis) Kaczmarcyk
July 7, 2003
On the evening of July 2nd Karen (Skoczylas) Moore ended her long struggle with cancer. She is with God, and hurts and suffers no more. She was born in Lackawanna NY, on November 7, 1949 to Arthur and Eva Jean Skoczylas.
She is survived by her husband Richard, and children Paula and David, her sister Judy (Jim). To say she will be missed by her family and friends is a severe understatement. There is not enough space in this paper to talk about her life, and what she meant to her family and friends.
We will say good-bye to Karen, Sunday, at East Lawn Palms, 5801 East Grant Road. Visitation will be 12:00 to 2:00. Followed by a service at 2:00. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Submitted by Cindy Balcarczyk Feb1,2008

McGEE--SANDRA ANN (SASSY) Formerly of Lackawanna, NY, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, in Hudson, MA following a lengthy illness. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 20 years, George E. McGee. She was born on February 19, 1948 to the late Roy and Adele (Karolczyk) Johnson. Besides her husband, she is survived by her sister, Gale (Patrick) Coady of Orchard Park, NY, her brother, Roy M. Johnson of Buffalo, NY, and her sister-in-law, Pat Pazzaneze of Marlborough, MA, as well as her stepson, George McGee Jr. (Janet) of Daytona, FL, and her step grandchildren, Montana and Dylan. She was a loving aunt to seven nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Family Motor Coach Assoc., and talented volunteer of St. Joseph's Parish in Berlin, MA. She was a manager for the former Digital Equipment Corp. and was always active in local community affairs. Services were held Friday, January 25, 2008 in Hudson, MA. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 9:45 am at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park, NY. Donations can be made in her name to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 or a charity of your choice.

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