South High School
VOLUME XX, ISSUE 1 SPRING 2012
The Voice of the South High School Alumni Association
MARGIE KRAKOWSKI CALAMIA SPECK-1940 – REMEMBERED HER ROOTS
Margie is our heroine! She was a woman athlete before such sports were sponsored in our schools. She successfully played both basketball and baseball in a multi-state region. Her softball team was named the Ambassadors and the basketball team was sponsored by H. P. Smith Motors. If you were from that era and know more about these teams, please share your memories with us. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in 1936, and then moved on to SHS, which was dubbed by many as the largest “Catholic” public school in the Midwest. After graduation, she attended business school and became a bookkeeper. She was married and divorced. At age 28 she married Waldon Calamia. After they married in 1951, she helped him run several successful businesses in Omaha. They decided to move west and settled in the Los Angeles area where they ran a successful business connected with the food industry. It was here that Margie became an avid golfer. Margie served for 20 years as an unpaid Director of the Temple City, California Chamber of Commerce, and organized the annual Camellia Festival parades. She also was a leader in the Temple City Women’s Club. She gave generously to charities, including Sacred Heart Catholic School in Palm Dessert, CA where the school building bears her name. After Waldon’s death in 1987, Margie con-
tinued her golfing and met a widower named Dale Speck, an attorney who eventually talked her into marrying him. He said she agreed to marry him in spite of his unusual golf swing as a lefty. They were married 22 years and enjoyed many years of companionship and golf until Margie fell ill from Parkinson’s disease in 2003. She died on April 9, 2011. Dale wrote lovingly of her when he told us about the gift she left the South High Alumni Association. He said that she enjoyed her 50th SHS class reunion in 1990 immensely and they had an extremely favorable impression of the school and the Alumni Association. She was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, received our mailings, and decided to leave a generous bequest to help students at SHS. Dale and Margie’s representatives wrote to our Alumni Association to notify us of the future gift, and were puzzled as to why we never responded. After much detective work, we discovered the original letter was incorrectly sent to the SHAA at an old Central High Foundation address. Upon receipt, the Central High Foundation personnel called someone they knew at SHS, sent the letter to them, where it sat all summer. Eventually the Dale and Margie Speck Trust of Rancho Mirage, California, sent a check for $667,042 to the same address in error. When they finally called the Alumni Association office we were surprised and thrilled that we were going to receive a generous check from the estate of Margie Krakowski Speck, and we corrected our contact information with them so future correspondence would not be delayed. When the check arrived, we marveled at being able to photograph it and hold it before it was deposited. And by a strange coincidence the bank teller was excited also, as she was a South High graduate named Evelyn from the class of 2002. We thank Margie and Dale Speck from the bottom of our hearts. Their generous gift will ensure scholarship funds to needy students at SHS as well as funding teacher grants and various projects. What a gift – what a lady!
SIX OUTSTANDING ALUMNI INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI INDUCTED INTO 2011HALL HALLOF OFFAME FAME 2011 The following six outstanding alumni were inducted into the 2011 Omaha South High Magnet School Hall of Fame at a 10 a.m. brunch held Saturday, 10-8-11 at the Livestock Exchange Building. 1949-Irene (Bowman) Astleford has served as a community volunteer, educating students about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. For her efforts, she received the Omaha Education Association’s School Bell Award, the Omaha Board of Education’s 4PC (Parent/Peer/ Prevention/Power Club) Award, and Dr. Tom Osborne honored her at a spring football game. She initially worked with Columbian School 6th graders, eventually expanding the program to include fundraising projects, and then further expanding it to include all OPS 6th, 7th and 8th graders. They later included Boys Town and Murdock, Nebraska schools. She organized a Drug Rally at Rosenblatt Stadium including transportation, where attendees pledged to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco. She has held leadership positions and devoted countless hours to the Assistance League of Omaha. She is a Deacon and holds leadership positions in her church and also serves on numerous boards of charitable and school organizations. She is member of the Questers which preserves antiques, artifacts, memorials, buildings and landmarks for educational purposes. 1967-Diane (Galloway) Battiato is the Douglas County Register of Deeds, and has been a real estate broker and owner of Battiato Real Estate since 1986. She previously served on the Papillion City Council for five years, including two years as President, until moving back to Douglas County in 2002.
Page 2 She received the prestigious Certified Public Official Award in 2009, and is one of only 19 Certified Public Officials in the country. She is a member or officer of numerous national and Nebraska land records associations, Property Records Industry Association, national and local realtor associations, charitable organizations, Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, League of Women Voters, South Omaha Merchants Association, and several human rights organizations. 1955-Col. Gilbert Dunne USAF Colonel (Retired) received a bachelor’s degree in education from UNL before attending Squadron Officers’ School and Air Command and Staff College. A decorated war hero, he logged 324 fighter combat missions in Vietnam, served as Squadron Commander, Operations Officer/ Vice Commander/Commander of 326 AIR Division, and was Vice Commander of USAF Inspector General. His honors included: the Top Gun Award, 19 medals including Air Medal with 13 clusters, Air Combat Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and USAF Legion of Merit. While attending South High School he was named All-City for baseball twice, was Boys State Representative, and was elected Home-
South High School ALUMNI TOOTER coming King. At UNL he received a baseball scholarship, captained the 1959 team, and coached the 1960 freshman baseball team. He has been involved in fundraisers for handicapped Japanese of Okinawa, has organized aid for Vietnamese refugees from the Vietnam War, and has helped raise funds for high school scholarships in Hawaii. 1982-Lalinda Krug is currently the Legal Administrator for a local Credit Union. She previously has held positions in the legal field, and is a self-employed business owner. Ms. Krug received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from Metropolitan Community College. The video of her acceptance speech for this award was uploaded on the White House’s website and presented on 10-5-10 at the National Summit Hearing regarding federal funding for community colleges. She attended Bellevue College (now Bellevue University) and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and was the first member of her family to graduate from college! 1952-Lt. Col. Stanley O. Schaetzle, USAF (Retired), Sumter, South Carolina, was a career Air Force helicopter pilot. Among his many assignments, he commanded a Helicopter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base,
Page 3 South Carolina and was the Operations Officer (Second in Command) of a Local Base Rescue Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. His decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal as well as other military awards. He also served on the USAF Headquarters Staff in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and Commanded an NCO Academy at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. He is or has been a member or officer of several military and veteran’s organizations as well as the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and various religious and community organizations. While completing college at the University of Nebraska - Omaha (UNO), he earned letters in football, basketball, and baseball. His single game scoring record of 46 points in basketball still stands. He received the UNO J. Gordon Roberts Outstanding Athlete Award in 1957, was inducted into the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and was inducted into the South High Packer Greats Hall of Fame in 2001. He currently is a Marketing Executive for Melaleuca, Inc. on a part-time basis. 1946-Bette (Erca) Swanson enjoyed a 24year career at Philips Stores in South Omaha, where she was a buyer and coordinated the style shows which were fundraising events for many churches. She became merchandise manager of the ladies and children’s division. After she retired, she became the President of the Bellevue Little Theater; as well as chair for production, finance, advertising, promotion and fundraising. She began her career with the theater as an actress and singer, and eventually became a producer. She received the Theater Arts Guild Production Award in 1988 and was the Bellevue Leader’s 1994 Person of the Year. She received the Theater Arts Guild Lifetime Award in 2000, was named Bellevue Volunteer of the Year in 2002, received the Bellevue Worthy Woman of Distinction Award in 2010, and the Bellevue Public Schools’ Champion for Children Award. She is a member of the Bellevue Women’s Club, Altrusa International of Bellevue, and the City of Bellevue Business Improvement District. She has served as President of local PTA Councils, and is active in her church. Bette was Chair of the South Omaha Council of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to these outstanding Packers!
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We have held two Board meetings since my last report, and one special meeting when we learned of the generous Dale and Margie Speck Trust gift to our Association. That bequest is our dream-come-true. Now we’ll be able to help even more SHS students earn their college degrees. The 2011 Hall of Fame and the 2011 Packer Sports Greats Hall of Fame last fall were outstanding events planned to honor our amazing alumni. Nominate your heroes using forms in this issue. Upcoming events include our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 24 and Bowling Tournament on Saturday, March 31. The Poker Run will be held on Saturday, May 19 with a party after the Run. Also, sign up for our Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 24. Details of these fun events are on flyers and reservation forms which are in this TOOTER.
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Our mission is to: Organize, develop and build a dynamic group of Alumni. Promote the success of SHS, its students and faculty through a variety of events, projects and scholarships.
We need prizes for each of these events, as well as workers to help with registration, set up, serving, prize awards, selling tickets for prizes and many other duties. If you have any time to volunteer for one or more of these events, or want to buy tickets or sign up to participate, please let us know. We need your attendance and support and want you to have as much fun at these events as we have. Rent our bay adjacent to our office for dinners, showers, family reunions, card parties, birthday and holiday parties, etc. Call the office to book your date early. Come in to see the space when you are in the neighborhood, but call first to be sure the office is open. We always need more help to mail TOOTERS to our 20,000 plus alumni list. Volunteers tab and label each issue before mailing while catching up with classmates and making new friends. Please call the office to offer any time you can spare. Also, please contact the office if you would like to establish scholarship memorials for your classmates, family or friends; help us fund teacher grants, or provide other financial assistance needed by your school. Most of all, we need your membership dues! Your Alumni Association, SHS teachers and students are very grateful for your help. Please tell us about your family, vacation, new car, etc., so we can share news with your classmates and friends about you and your family in our AlumNotes section. Send us news of your athletic feats for our Sports Corner. Please continue to share your ideas and encouragement with us as we can’t do it without you. We welcome your ideas and thank you for your continued support. Respectfully submitted, SHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Judi (Clark) Koubsky, Secretary
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SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jackie Casper Jackie Casper Carol Cleaver Carol Cleaver Mike Contreras Fred Colanino Debbie Contreras Debbie Contreras Julie Diehm - Vice President Julie Diehm - Vice President Walta Sue Dodd Walta Sue Dodd Jackie Dower Jackie HeleneDower Elsasser Helene Elsasser Dick Gulizia Dick Gulizia Lori Hunter Lori Hunter Sandie Knudsen Sandie Knudsen Scott Knudsen Scott Knudsen- President Paul Kracher Paul Kracher - President John Krayneski John Krayneski Judi Koubsky – Secretary Judi – Secretary JerryKoubsky Porterfield – Treasurer Jerry – Treasurer Dean Porterfield Rezac George Reid Vic Riha Dean Rezac Lisa Rushlau Vic Riha Carole Safley Lisa Rushlau Judy Storm Patty Svajgl Svajgl Patty Judy Tesar Judy Tesar Rudy Tesar Tesar Rudy Evelyn Winther Evelyn Winther Christina Christina Zorko Zorko
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AGAIN, WE SALUTE PACKER SPORTS GREATS 2011 INDUCTEES! The following outstanding athletes and individuals were inducted into the 2011 Packer Sports Greats Hall of Fame on 10-26-11 at Anthonyâ€™s Restaurant: Steve Cavlovic-1950 again did a super job as Master of Ceremonies. Information about each honoree was included in our Fall, 2011 issue, but photos were not available at that time. We are pleased to share photos of the honorees below.
1963 Football Team
Coach-Player Lad Nemecek-1960
Community Award winner Jerry Bartee
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1931-Antoinette K. (Jaksich) Merwald wrote: “I enjoy the TOOTER. There aren’t many left from my class of June 1931.” Thanks for writing!
1932-Frances J. (Olderog) Petersen of Laguna Woods, CA wrote “Just a note from some of your ‘older’ friends. My lifelong friend and classmate is Aliene (Kelp) Hammer-1932 of Omaha. We are both in good health and keep in touch regularly. Also, my friend Jack Williams class of 1934, still lives in Omaha. Thanks Frances and so nice that once a SHS friend, always a SHS friend! 1939-Lydia (Bovick) Seely from Kirkland, WA wrote; “Many years have gone by since I attended South High, but I still cherish my time there, along with wonderful friendsboth students and teachers.” We’re glad to hear from you Lydia!
1940-Josephine (Citta) Godown, a lifetime member of the Alumni Association was one of several alumni who sent notes with their raffle tickets saying they received only one book rather than two. She is pictured above with her lifelong classmate and friend Betty Jo (Offerover) Harker-1940. Thanks Josephine and we apologize that a change in printers resulted in one book of ten tickets vs. two books of five tickets being sent. Our transmittal letter didn’t reflect this and caused some confusion. 1940-Harold Skripsky played football, was heavyweight wrestling champ for two years, and was on the track team while at SHS. At UNO he played football until he injured his knee in a farm accident. One of his classes at UNO was welding aircraft tubing. He
said that class later came in handy many times while he was in the Air Force. He was a machinist apprentice for Union Pacific Railroad Company, a member of the Omaha National Guard, an Air Cadet and a P. 61 specialist before joining the Night Fighters Squadron in 1944. Harold sent a most fascinating diary of his WWII days titled “Melanesian Memories” and included photographs, detailed sketches and maps of the area. Another document is the topography of the South Pacific Airfields. He generously donated his memoirs to the Alumni office so when you are in the area, we invite you to stop and enjoy the package. We will have more information to share about Harold in the next issue. Thank you, Harold, for the wonderful archive material you sent. 1942-John and Lorry (Fucinaro) Gomez Family, was saluted as Leadership Honorees by Heartland Family Service. This award is given to families who have provided outstanding guidance and assistance to their community. Their adult children have carried on the legacy of community service and support of their parents and are well known for their leadership. Together the family has provided more than six decades of outstanding leadership to the Omaha Community. Congratulations to each of you for this well-deserved outstanding honor! 1943-Wally Hopkins and 1944-Frances (Walsh) Curran. Frances wrote that the classes of ‘42, ‘43 and ‘44 held a joint reunion on 10-19-11. A trip down memory lane included a “Tour of South Omaha” on Ollie the Trolley. Their tour guide was retired South High teacher Gary Kastrick-1970, who collected memorabilia of the school and South Omaha. A lunch buffet followed at noon at Anthony’s Restaurant with entertainment by Johnny Ray Gomez. Many couples were honored for being married 60+ years. This will be their last formal reunion which they ended by singing “South High Will Shine Tonight.” They said they are very grateful for the education they received and for all the friends they made to last all these years. Wally and Frances were co-chairs of this wonderful event. Congratulations on so many successful reunions over the years, and we hope the informal gatherings will continue!
Spring 2012 1946-Bette (Erca) Swanson - wrote, “Dear Friends, A note of sincere appreciation for honoring me at the South High Hall of Fame. The brunch and the commemorative trophy were both outstanding and beautiful. I was so pleased to see so many old friends and happy too that my children were able to attend. Please call on me if in the future I could be of some help.” We will do that – thank you so much and again congratulations! 1947-Alice (Winther) Trullinger lives in Marco Island, FL and was in Omaha recently for a Clarkson Hospital Nurses’ reunion. After she called the Alumni office, our staff met with her in South Omaha to give her 2011 Spring and Fall TOOTERS and to add her to our database. She said she hasn’t had any contact with her classmates or been notified of any reunions. She remembered her teacher Miss Eads (who was there during the 60s also). Alice was also excited that she and her daughter went to LaCasa’s for lunch to have their “GREAT” pizza. Thanks for the visit, Alice, and we hope the Alumni Association helped you find some of your friends! 1948-Dale Rowe donated his senior Yearbook titled “Pride of the Packers” for our archives. The donation was made with the assistance of Fred Colanino-1962. Thank you, Dale and Fred, we sure appreciate having this treasured issue. 1948-Draga Vermillion wrote, “Enclosed is a check in memory of Frank Young-1948 who died 7-30-11. He was president of the January class of 1948 and was active in our reunions. This is from our reunion committee and the Class of 1948. We’d like this to be put toward the scholarship fund.” Thanks so much for this wonderful memorial to your classmate. 1948-John Wiren was quoted in an interesting article dated 7-12-11 about Air America by a freelance writer who interviewed him via telephone. John flew for Air America from 1962 through 1968. Once described as “the world’s most shot-at airline,” Air America operated mainly in Asia between 1950 and 1975. The airline provided operations in support of Laos and supported Lao and South Vietnamese military units, the Hmong, and other CIAbacked clandestine troops. They provided invaluable support to the U.S.military,
Page 6 and moved cargo for other customers. It is only in recent years that crews have begun telling their stories. “Information was classified for 30 years,” said Wiren. “We didn’t talk about Air America for so long that it became a habit not to talk. There are still a few guys out there today who deny any involvement with Air America.” John, thank you for your service to our country! 1950-Steve Cavlovic will be one of seven people receiving a “Heroes Award for Community Service” at a luncheon on Wednesday 3-1412 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the La Vista Embassy Suites. Cost is $50. Congratulations! 1951-Shirley Johnson wrote “The class of 1951 is making a $100 donation to the alumni fund.” Shirley also shared comments from Howard Tefft and Clarence Wilsey. Howard said that this is the first reunion he has ever attended and he is now aware of what he has missed and is hoping for a 70th reunion. He wants to thank the committee for all of their hard work. Clarence also expressed a BIG THANKS for all of the work and effort that went into making their 60th reunion a success. Thank you for the donation and we’re glad the reunion was so much fun! 1951-Rose (Chaka) Schreiber sent her TOOTER mailing fee to the office and wrote that she loves getting her TOOTER. She said it is so nice to read about all the alumni and their successes and all the things going on. She also wrote “You are doing a great job, so keep mine coming.” Thank you, Rose, for your nice comments! 1953-Joe Sousa’s daughter Jeannie surprised her dad with a Memorial Brick for Christmas. Since the weather was good, we installed 24 more bricks around the flag pole in November including Joe’s. Jeannie took a picture to show off his wonderful Christmas present and said they all looked fabulous. Thanks Jeannie and what a great gift idea for those who have everything! 1955-Fred “Fritz” Adams said he has written another book titled Blackbird Shouts Ring Round About. It is available through Amazon.com, or RosdogBooks.com, or you can call 1-800/834-1803 to order one. You can also order it through your local bookstore. Fred has an advertisement for
South High School ALUMNI TOOTER his book in this TOOTER. He sends his best to all. Good luck on your book sales, Fred! 1959-Kathy (Coco) Wieczorek wrote “The class of 1959 would like to donate $76 to the alumni fund.” Thanks Kathy and the Class of 1959. This is the kind of support we need to keep us up and running. 1959-Beverly (Maliszewski) Sladovnik’s children threw a great surprise party in honor of her 70th birthday celebration at Omaha Country Club on 8-13-11. Happy Birthday Bev!
1960-Jim Collin’s wife and daughter threw a surprise party for him in honor of his 70th birthday party. It was held at Darby’s Tavern in South Omaha. Many alumni were in attendance as well as family and other friends. Jim was also honored with a 70th party in Hot Springs Village Arkansas where he now lives. Happy 70th, Jim! 1961-Betty (Lannon) Clapp is the receptionist at Plaza Buick GMC greeting callers and visitors with her friendly personality. Nice to see you there, Betty! 1961-Dr. Richard Gulizia took a lot of ribbing and laughter when he drew winners at the annual West Omaha Cosmopolitan Club’s annual “Gonk” dinner, dance and auction–and drew his own name! He insisted it wasn’t “fixed” and we believe him and congratulate him for his work with Cosmo and winning the big prize! 1961-Marian “Mimi” (Russo) McKeon reported storm damage at their home in Quincy, IL, when they encountered 80 mph winds last July. They were without power
Page 6 for two days and had to deal with tree and fence work following the storm. Thanks for the update and we hope you are back to normal now.
1961-Joe and Mary Pat (Henningsen) Sacco are pictured above by the carved ice sculpture car at their 50th wedding anniversary party on 11-25-11. Their children hosted the celebration and were joined by many relatives and friends including three great-grandchildren. (Their latest great-granddaughter Bentley Rae Sacco was born 7-21-11.) Congratulations!
1961-Mary “Gerry” (Siedlik) Purnell was married at age 19 and widowed at 22 when her husband died of a brain tumor. She later married Mike Purnell, her husband of 44 years. When they moved to Virginia in 1974, she became one of the first female sales reps for Pitney Bowes. As one of the company’s top five sales reps in the country, she was rewarded with a trip to the Bahamas, but on the day the plane left she gave birth to her only child David. When David was a year old, they moved back to Omaha so he could know the love of Grandma and Grandpa Joe Siedlik-1940, and his aunts and uncles and cousins. A career move took them to Kansas City when David turned five. Although David was a small boy, he had a desire to kick a football in high school, college and in the NFL. He worked hard and was Northwest Missouri State University’s highest scoring kicker and one of the most accurate. He played in two national championship games which they won, and he was honored as a first team All-American. After graduation he signed with the Green Bay Packers as a
Page 7 back-up kicker, later trying out for the Kansas City Chiefs. He is now married and a Kansas City fireman/paramedic. Incidentally during David’s college years, they became “empty nesters” so adopted a nine-year-old girl. She is now 22 and attending college. Mike and Mary are both retired and are active volunteers in their church. Mary sent a beanie and other memorabilia from her SHS days for our class archives. Thank you so much for the wonderful update and the archive material! 1961-Margaret Sova and her husband, Bob Kreitner, were featured in the 2011 University of Nebraska at Omaha Portraits of Philanthropy book. They were honored because of their commitment to helping students obtain their education through their sponsorship of scholarships, books, and personal interest in the students. Congratulations on receiving this welldeserved recognition! 1963-nellie (sudavicius) macCallum is the marketing director for Nebraska Shakespeare which produces “Shakespeare On The Green,” now in its 26th year. Save June 21 through July 8, 2012 for the Festival per nellie! They also produce the October “Shakespeare On Tour,” now in it’s 7th year. She started as a volunteer back in the late 90s and did a little bit of everything from souvenirs to souvenir program production. She became a parttime employee in 2005. Her duties include concessions, souvenirs, media relations, sales and production of souvenir programs, in-kind donations, social media and website development. She said that she enjoyed Shakespeare at SHS but was intimidated. Now she enjoys the language, and is having a ball. Genesis Communications, which nellie began in 1990, is still doing advertising for clients in the greater Omaha
South High School ALUMNI TOOTER area and donating services for many non-profits. nellie was inducted into the SHS Hall of Fame in 1999 for her many volunteer efforts. Congratulations, nellie, and what a neat way to support the arts in Omaha. P.S. Readers –her name in lower case is nellie’s trademark! 1965-Gary W. Thompson wrote “I got to see the fruit of our donations and the Association’s work to bring about the new football stadium. What a wonderful sight! Thanks for all your hard work on that project. Now, if I could only turn into a teenager again and get back on the field.” We’re sure they could use you to their advantage, Gary! Thanks for the nice note. 1966-Sally Ganem, Nebraska’s First Lady, was featured in an Inspired Home Omaha magazine issue in 2010 showcasing her beautiful Christmas decorations at the Governor’s Mansion. Sally and Governor Dave Heineman open their home each Christmas holiday season to the public for tours as well as an open house celebration once each season. Thank you for your hospitality! 1966-Ron Schmidt and 1965-Shirley (Ryan) Schmidt celebrated their 45th anniversary with family and friends. Congratulations!
Page 7 FAREWELL TO MISS JEAN AND HER FAMILY AFTER 55 YEARS ON TV Submitted by Miss Jean’s daughter, Eileen (Schnase) Thornburg-1968 1948-Norma Jean (Kelly) Schnase has been the star of “Jean’s Storytime”-- a bible study program for children aired on KMTV for the past 55 years! “Miss Jean” was the host, and her son, 1970-Fred Schnase was the puppeteer since his high school days. She said they aimed to teach, not entertain the viewers. Children sent their drawings each week to illustrate the lessons of the day, and Miss Jean made sure each drawing was shared with the audience. Eileen said she was on the program as a child, and later her children and Fred’s children sang on the program. Their grandchildren drew pictures for the programs – thus involving four generations in the show. When Miss Jean’s health caused her to step down in 1994, her daughter-in-law Maribeth volunteered to keep the show going. She starred as “Miss Jean” for the past 17 years. Maribeth had never been on television, nor imagined being married to a puppeteer, but they had a great run. Norma Jean said she never thought of herself as a star, but rather as one who wanted to share her love of God with unchurched children. Her life was changed when she attended a Sunday school service as a youngster and learned from the teacher that God loved her. She wanted all children to learn that lesson and by all accounts her wish was fulfilled. She asked us to pass along a simple message to all her viewers: “Thank you for being my friends!” Thank you and congratulations on the successful run you and your family have had teaching the children of our area! Readers – if you have Miss Jean stories to share, we will forward them to her.
Why try to cram a lot of people into your home for a baby or wedding shower, birthday celebrations, family reunions, card parties, receptions, meetings, etc.? Rent the lovely new office bay next to the SHSAA office at 5080 South 107 Street (off 108th & Q Streets) for only $75 for three hours for your festivities. ($25 an hour extra for more than three hours.) Refrigerator, table and chairs, and handicap accessible restroom provided. Occupancy limit is 50. Contact the Alumni office for more information or to schedule your event.
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FAREWELL BOARD MEMBERS
years, and joins his wife, Debbie (Moody) Contreras - 1977 on the Board. He is a former VP and board member of Midwest International Trade Association, and a former board member of the Nebraska Export District Council, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He has been VP of International Operations for International Logistics, Inc., a Transportation Specialists Limited Company in Omaha since 1995.
1974-Judy (Renner) Storm received her BS in Education from UNO in May 1980 and is a certified K-6 Elementary Education teacher, certified K-8 Self-contained Classroom, and certified Mild/Moderate Disabilities Special Education teacher K-12. She is in her 32nd year in the Omaha Public School system, having taught at Indian Hill Junior High, Bryan Junior High, and is presently at Central High School. She is the Department Chair for Special Education at Central and supervises 14 certified staff and six paraprofessionals. She also sponsors Student Council and is the Prom coordinator/planner. She received the Don Darnell Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the Student Council, and also received the prestigious Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher award. She said she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading and watching Nebraska football – GO BIG RED! Judy is the sister of our office’s own Mary (Renner) Urkevich - 1963.
Fred Colanino, we thank you for serving on the Hall of Fame selection committee, and handling public relations for us during your tenure. You will be missed. George Reid died 1-28-12. He served on the Foundation Board, and Hall of Fame committee, and was a consultant to the Executive Board. He was a loyal supporter of our fundraising events, SHS and South Omaha. We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Mary, and family. We will all miss him.
WELCOME NEW SHSAA BOARD MEMBERS
We welcome the following new Board Members: Mike Contreras, Carole Safley and Judy Storm. 1975-Mike Contreras has been a hardworking volunteer at our spaghetti dinner and Poker Run events for several
1976-Carole Safley worked in administration 14 years for the Omaha Police Department while attending the College of Saint Mary and Metropolitan Community College to complete the Paralegal program. She has been Administrative Coordinator for over 16 years for Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Her volunteer work includes co-chairing the Millard South Post Prom Decorating Committee. She has served for 25 years on her SHS reunion committee.
We look forward to working with you on Board activities and thank you for your willingness to serve!
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CONGRATULATIONS 2011 LOTTERY WINNERS!
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Chuck Curtis-1971 Pam (Morton) Landrum-1964 Sally (Peterson) Quarles-1968 Gary Tasich-1969 Carolyn (Claycamp) Shulo-1978 Kim Weeks-non alumnus
Bill Wichita of Wichita Heating & AC is shown drawing the winning tickets from the drum in our office on 12-16-11.
INTERNATIONAL WEB PAGE FEATURES GEORGE DARE-1971 Alumni can click on http://www. firefightersong.com/ and see the familiar face of composer George Dare. The 1971 grad composed the song “Proud To Be By Your Side,” which was first unveiled at the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) convention in Las Vegas, NV. An instant success with the rank and file, this song has spread throughout the world and is known as the International Firefighter’s Theme Song. It is used at rookie graduations, award banquets, retirement parties, and Last Call. George offers the song at no charge for firefighters everywhere. Also available on this web page is another of George’s original songs, the police theme song “Men and Women in Blue.” The firefighter and police song site had 3,000 hits after only six weeks. George’s inspiration to honor firefighters
began in South Omaha when he was a child who watched firefighters work successfully to save his little brother’s life. His brother had been struck by a car in front of their house. The firefighters also battled flames from a major fire at that home a few years later. Coupled with his musical talents was a desire to recognize firefighters and police officers for their valor. As a professional singer, songwriter and music producer, he has found a way to thank our modern day heroes for all they have done through these two musical compositions. George is a member of the South High Hall of Fame and has also served as master of ceremonies for one of our scholarship fundraisers. Congratulations and thank you for honoring our firefighters and police officers!
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Memorials were given in honor and memory of the following: Joe (Pep) Riha-1935 deceased 9-19-11 from the Riha Family. Norman Sorensen-1933 deceased 8-24-11 from Ruby and Wesley Turtscher. Frank Young-1948 from the 1948 Class Reunion Committee. Rose Ann Clark-1959 deceased 1030-11 from Ed and Julie Diehm, Bill and Ann Allen, Diane Atkins, Virginia Aulner, David and Lodine Christiansen, Carolyn Collins, Tom and Julie Dunn, Meyle and Nancy Fritz, Charlotte Gouger, Jack and Loreen Haupt, Joan Heck, Duane and Janet Katz, Lenny and Jo Ann Kozeny, John and Joyce Kurtz, Bob and Karen Machacek, John and Louise Mikovec, Steve and Bobbie Owens, Carol Rayer, Vic and Bev Riha, Mike and Sue Seiter, Margaret Sova, Rudy and Judy Tesar, Don and Karen Warrick, Don and Kathy Wieczorek, Karen Wilson, Denny and Judi (Clark) Koubsky. Poppy Polites from son James Hristakos-1966. Virginia R. Jones-1937 deceased 4-28-11 from son, Leon R. Jones.
Memorial Prayer In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them. In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them. In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them. In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them. -Author Unknown
In Memoriam Corrections and sincere applogies We were incorrectly notified that the following alumni were deceased and printed that information in the last TOOTER. We are happy to report that both are alive and well and we sincerely apologize for the error. 1961–Robert J. Berka corrected by classmate Jack Gewinner-1961. 1987-Kenneth M. Brown corrected by his sister Laura Brown Reyes.
We thank you for setting the record straight. Our classmates are gone but not forgotten. May they rest in peace. 1926-Alice (Pakieser) Rand of Omaha died 10-09. 1930-Josephine T. (Stanek) Sterba of Omaha died 12-6-11. 1932-Elsie Sue (Walker) Bredesen of Raeford, NC died 1-12-12. 1932-Helen (Chapek) Bubak of Omaha died 10-17-11. 1931-Wayne Hill of Columbia, MO died. 1933-Viola “Ruth” (Smith) Gall of Omaha died 10-14-11. 1933-Margaret (Klinefelter) Rhoten of Bellevue, NE died 8-7-11. 1933-Norman L. Sorensen of Omaha died 8-24-11. He was a teacher, and a football and wrestling coach at Central High School for over 30 years, after which he worked in administration for Omaha Public Schools at the Castle. He was inducted into the South High Hall of Fame, and the Sports Greats Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He will be missed by all because he touched so many lives and inspired them to achieve their goals. To say he was a special person falls short; he was a “supreme legend” to many. 1933-E. Virginia (Johnson) Marburger of Humboldt, NE died 6-21-11. 1934-Helen (Lierley) Strnad of Omaha, NE died 1-6-12. She was a well-known civic leader in Omaha, and led the Field Club Homeowners League for 35 years. She was past president of the South Omaha Sokols and participated in the Army Corps of Engineers Wives’ Club. Portions of Turner Blvd (in the Field Club neighborhood) were renamed “Helen Strnad Blvd.” in her honor. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank-1930. Survivors include her
Page 3 daughter, Linda Jensen-1958 of Newtown, PA, and sons Alan-1956 of Flagstaff, AZ, Gary-1962 of Cody, WY, and Robert-1968 of Omaha, all graduates of SHS. 1935-Joe H. “Pep” Riha of Omaha died 9-19-11. 1935-Irene (Baird) Haman of Sioux City, IA died 5-11. 1935-Stella (Cupich) Sheehan of Omaha died 12-17-11. 1936-Alice M. (Lynch) Lang of Omaha died 9-17-11. 1936-Henry “Hank” Vacek of Omaha died 11-27-11. He is survived by his wife Marie (Nemecek)-1938 and three daughters and their families. 1937-Frederick H. Keller of Arlington, NE died 11-11. 1937-Pauline (Swoboda) Rockwell of Bountiful, UT died. 1937-Ruth (Satteriee) Owen Tyler of Omaha died 1-14-12. 1938-Otis A. Hildebrandt of Phoenix, AZ died 8-9-11. 1938-Lola (Smith) Kinsley of Omaha died 4-14-11. 1938-Patricia Jane (Schneider) Mangiameli of Omaha died 9-1-11. 1938-Doris Viola Brown of LaVista died 9-20-11. 1938-Marjorie (Hoffman) Vander Laan of Omaha died. 1938-Birdean Mikos of Seward, NE died. 1938-Robert “Mack” Martin of Omaha died 12-11. 1939-Ida (Nigro) Castro of Omaha died. 1939-Lillian B. (McNell) Grimm of Omaha died 11-11. 1939-Frank S. Santi of Omaha died 9-3-11. 1939-Rose Mary (Stillmock) Jakubcewicz nee Mary Rose Jacobs of Jacksonville, FL died 6-19-10. She attended a business school after graduating from SHS and became the Chief of the Underwriting Correspondence Section for World Insurance Company. She married Arthur J. Jakubcewicz in 1951. Rose Mary was an active member of St. Stanislaus and St. Francis of Assisi parishes. 1939-Joseph A. Totusek of Mesa, AZ died 4-7-11. He was in the Air Force for 30 years and during WWII was part of the 91st Bomb Group, 322nd Squadron. After Joseph retired from the AF, he worked at Williams AFB, where he opened and operated the plating shop. 1939-Margaret (Newidouski) Kosik of Oak Park, CA died. 1940-Margaret (Lesac) Diamantis of Omaha died 11-11-11. 1940-Helen Ann (Sempeck) Hasiak of Omaha died 10-9-11. 1940-Margaret A. (Szalewski) Helmark of Omaha died 12-20-11.
Page 2 1940-Thomas T. Gradina Omaha died 1-9-12. 1940-Betty June (Lilley) Croft of Omaha died 1-22-12. 1941-Henry R. Koziol of Bellevue, NE died 10-30-11. 1941-Irene “Renie” (Kosiski) Tomasek of Omaha died 1-16-12. She was preceded in death by her husband, longtime Omaha City Councilman Steve Tomasek. 1941-Betty (Hodgen) Turley of Omaha died 10-10-11. 1941-Olive (Coufal) Wiese of Madison, NE died. 1941-Betty J. (Van Cleve) Zachary of Omaha died 12-6-11. 1942-Lelo (Schroeder) Dabelstein of Omaha died 9-2-11. 1942-Joseph R. Gunis of Omaha died 11-14-11. He was a retired U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of WWII. 1942-Fred J. “Fritz” Hanak of Omaha died 10-21-11. He was a veteran of WWII. 1942-Mildred (Panuska) Gorup of Omaha died 8-14-11. 1942-Thomas Jones of Livermore, CA died 1-21-12. His family said that Tom had good memories of SHS and enjoyed reading the TOOTER. 1942-Anna Lou (Wilson) Record of Gig Harbor, WA died. 1942-Bobbette (Helen) Schultz of Omaha died 8-8-11. 1942-Mary (Jacobs) Wollen of Omaha died 10-18-11. 1943-Marie E. (Schmidt) Beeghly of Omaha died 8-26-11. 1943-Clayton L. Cowan of Chino Hills, CA died 7-27-11. 1943-Ardis (Butler) James of Omaha died 7-7-11. Her husband of 62 years wrote that Ardis received a great education at SHS. She graduated from Doane College and received an Honorary Doctorate degree. She was instrumental in conceiving and building Quilt House at the University of NebraskaLincoln. 1943-Robert John Mertz of Riverside, CA died 1-11. He left SHS shortly before graduation to join the war effort, and received his GED upon his return. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Sudekis, during his Army training. They were married for 54 years until her death in 1997. Bob married Gail Knott in 1999. He was an Army veteran of WWII and returned to the battle sites of his 15th Infantry with Gail. They visited Paris and toured the Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes and Rhineland areas. He remembered crossing the Rhine on the Ludendorf Bridge and meeting the Russians at the Elbe River. He received a
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Combat Infantry Badge for his service to our country. We thank Bob and all veterans for fighting so bravely for our freedom! 1943-Julia Mae “Judy” (Camp) Ponce of Perris, CA died 9-9-11. 1943-Edward L. Zyla of Ocean Springs, MS died 8-2-11. 1943-James E. Robinson of Omaha died 12-1-11. 1944-Theda “Teddy” (Getter) Bizzarri of Omaha died 6-14-11. 1944-Ted T. Golka, Jr. of Bellevue, NE (formerly of Lyons, NE) died 9-19-11. 1944-Charles C. Ira of Omaha died 11-15-11. 1944-Harry “Nick” Nekonchuk died 3-23-11. He was a Coast Guard WWII Veteran. 1944-Dolores (Welchert) Rimington of Omaha died 12-25-11. 1944-Betty Jane (Zarp) Gilster of Camarillo, CA died 12-1-12. 1945-Dorothy M. (Rasmussen) Beam of Omaha died 9-2-11. 1945-Doris (Dollen) Lewis-Burgess of Omaha died 11-10-11. 1945-George Reid of Omaha died 1-28-12 of complications from a stroke. He attended Omaha University and became executive director of the YMCA and stayed in that field his entire life. He influenced and mentored many young men, and later served as a consultant for the YMCA. He was a devoted SHSAA Board Member for many years, and a staunch supporter of South High and South Omaha. In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by a daughter, Mary (Reid) Simon and sons Lt. Col. R. Brian Reid and Kevin D. Reid and their spouses and children. 1945-Lawrence L. Routt of Bellevue, NE died 11-13-11. He was a retired Omaha Public Schools Administrator. 1945-Helen (Travnicek) Smisek died 9-6-11. 1946-Edward Fuerst Jr. of Lee’s Summit, MO died 10-7-11. 1946-Alyce M. (Diggins) Hanlon died in 1995. 1946-John J. Swoboda of Omaha died 9-15-11. He was the longtime owner of Swoboda Music Store located at 5130 S. 20 Street. He and his wife of 62 years, Arlene, raised 13 children in their home above the store. 20th Street between Q and P Streets was renamed by the city as “Johnny and Arlene Swoboda Street” in 2009. 1946-Joseph J. Lorkovic of Lake Havasu, AZ died 9-1-11. 1946-Betty C. (Smith) Rybar of Bellevue, NE died 12-23-11. 1946-Robert Segrave of Omaha died 3-30-11.
1946-William “Bill” R. Van Sant of Omaha died 6-30-11. 1947-Richard Novak of Elkhorn, NE died 12-15-10. 1947-William P. Homan of Omaha died 12-10-11. 1947-Dale P. Glup of Omaha died 1-1-12. 1948-Barbara (Forsberg) Bidroski of Omaha died 7-14-11. 1948-Virginia R. (Sempak) Richter of Omaha died 8-15-11. 1948-Gene H. Williams of Lodi, CA died 8-11-11. 1948-Norma (Siegele) Greaves of Mesa, AZ died 11-3-11. 1948-Beverly (Buras) Martin of Aurora, CO died 10-10-11. 1948-Fae M. (Sovereign) Wehner of Fremont, NE died 12-6-11. 1949-Betty (Crouch) Cassity of Kansas City, MO died 5-17-11. 1948-Gary J. Hoffman of Bellevue died 12-28-11. 1949-Richard “Dick” Lang of Simi Valley, CA died 11-3-11 after a long courageous battle with cancer. In his youth, he was active in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a Korean War veteran who served in the US Navy. He attended the prestigious Art Center in Los Angeles and became a commercial artist. He was art director and illustrator for many national magazines including Motor Trend Magazine. Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jacqueline, their three children and a brother and sister. 1949-Clara M. (Wolf) Phillips of Omaha died 9-20-11. 1949-Anne (Susnjar) Kapfer of Omaha died 12-11-11. 1950-Maureen (Almquist) Adams of Omaha died 3-27-11. 1950-Patricia Ann (Keeley) Palestino of Omaha died 9-2-11. 1950-John M. Hansen of Omaha died 11-5-11. 1950-Joann F. (Gibson) Melena of Omaha died 12-11. 1951-Raymond A. Sena of Omaha died 11-29-11. 1952-Joan M. (Mirasky) Bader of Omaha died. 1952-JoAnn (Jones) Krmpotic of Omaha died 11-22-11. 1952-Joann (Nekola) Urban of Omaha died 10-3-11. 1952-Clyde “Bob” Stillmock of Omaha died 12-22-11. He was a US Army Korean War veteran and retired bailiff for Douglas County Court. 1952-Dolores (Dudzinski) Kudlacz of Omaha died 11-14-11.
Page 12 1953-Jack Granger of Omaha died 6-2-08. 1953-David C. Sandstedt of Crofton, Nebraska, had an accident near his home and died 11-6-11. After graduation, David worked at several companies in Omaha including Beebe & Runyan Furniture Company, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Met Life Insurance Company and King Coil Mattress Company. He and his wife Jacqueline (Covington) moved to Lewis and Clark Lake. David operated furniture stores in Hartington and then in Crofton. He enjoyed his family, travel, animals, and working on his cars and showing them at car shows. David was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Chorus, Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, the Crofton American Legion and was a retired member of the Air National Guard. 1953-Frank Perrotto, Sr. of Omaha died 12-12-11. 1953-Norma J. (Lemon) Gyhra of Omaha died 12-30-11. 1953-Sylvia Jean (Steyskal) Wulf of Papillion died 1-3-12. 1954-Kenneth W. Lampman of Omaha died 8-9-11. 1955-Antony (Tony) Mylnarik of Council Bluffs, IA died 9-11-11. 1955-Geraldine”Gerry” (Hobbs) Hendrix of Omaha died 9-19-11. 1955-Peter Burzdzius of Mokena, IL died 2-17-11. 1955-Donna J. (Pechar) Odom of Omaha died 10-24-11. 1955-Donald R. Push of Omaha died 10-31-11. 1956-Richard L. Maly of Omaha died 10-11-11. 1956-Eugene “Gene” F. Kozol of Omaha died 10-30-11. 1957-Lloyd “Roger” Bauerkemper of Omaha died 11-9-11. 1957-Vincent Kotlar of Marietta, GA died 4-23-11 of heart disease. He was the ROTC Lt. Colonel in 1957. 1957-Gerald Rosendahl of Columbus, NE died 3-11-11. 1957-Ronald L. Swanson, of Fremont, NE died 12-31-11. 1958-Glenace “Penny” (Lapham) Beezley of Springfield, MO died 9-21-11. She is survived by Charles, her husband of 52 years. 1958-Joe Comstock of Napa, CA died 3-30-11. He is survived by his wife Roxie. 1958-Chris (Owens) Schoening of Kearney, NE died 11-21-11. 1959-Rose Ann Clark of Omaha died 10-30-11 of cancer. She is survived by her brother, John C. Clark and sisters Judi (Clark) Koubsky-1961 and Alice (Clark) Bonne-1964. A SHS scholarship memorial has been established in her honor by family and friends.
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1959-Nancy (Gash) Cox of Dauphin Island, AL died 10-11-11after a five-year battle with multiple myeloma. She is survived by Bill1959, her husband of 48 years, and her brother Wayne Gash-1956 of Cincinnati, OH. She graduated from Wayne State Teachers College and taught for 20 years in Virginia, IL. She served 18 years as an EMT for the Dauphin Island’s Fire and Rescue Department. 1959-Catherine A. “Kosh” (Koperski) Santee of Omaha died 12-19-11. 1959-Douglas Worley of Denison, IA died 1-10-12. 1960- Janet L. (Palmer) Johnson of St. Edward, NE died 1-26-11. 1960-Gerald “Jerry” Kamphuis died 9-30-11. Jerry recently received the Golden Anniversary Team award from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame for being a member of the 1959-60 Omaha South High Basketball Championship Team, which was known as the “Mythical Five.” Jerry was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle Choir. His special calling was to be God’s faithful servant, spreading the word, playing his guitar and singing gospel music. 1961-Caroline (Moessner) Dallman of Tampa, Fl died 7-21-10. 1962-John Volcek of Omaha died 11-26-10. 1962-John Strazdas of Fairfield, IA died 1-20-11. 1962-Joy V. (Swaney) Knorr of LaVista, NE died 1-14-12. 1963-Shari (Killham) Markussen of Wildomar, CA died. 1963-John David Mixan of Omaha died 9-14-11. He had many wise sayings that were printed and shared at his funeral, including “Don’t collect too much stuff. You’ll have more time, money, and fun.” His classmate Nancy Shelton shared this with us – thank you! 1963-Edward D. Olsson of Omaha died 12-7-11. 1963-Donna M. (Hill) Gosetti of Omaha died 1-10-12. 1964-Colleen (White) McGuire died 1-14-11. 1964-Thomas Paul Pope of McAlester, OK died 12-4-11. 1965-Charles “Chuck” William Cummings of Noblesville, IN (formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN) died 8-27-10. While at SHS he was active in choir, All-City Musical Festival, Ambassadors, and Thespians including playing Buffalo Bill Cody in “Annie Get Your Gun,” and acting in other plays. He also played baseball, basketball and football. He earned his Masters in Business Education from Indiana University, and was a planning engineer for the Telamon Corporation for several years. In addition to his church, he was a member of the American Morgan Horse Association, and the U.S. Equestrian Federation.
1965-Charles L. Skokan, Jr. of McClelland, IA died 12-14-11. He was best known for his long-time role as Santa Claus. He loved music and played the accordion, among other instruments, for different groups and venues. 1965-Nancy Ann (Kudlacz) Rosmiarek of Omaha died 12-22-11. 1965-William J. Sedlak, Sr. of Omaha died 12-20-11. 1965-JoAnne (Spariosu) Janus of Omaha died 12-14-11. 1966-Jacqueline (Usasz) During of Salem, MO died 12-20-11. 1967-David “Pozzi” Johnson of Evanston, IL died 5-5-05. 1968-Caryl (Kroeger) Mustin of Glenvil, NE died. 1968-William Louis Talmon of Omaha died 8-27-11. 1969-Mary (Filipowicz) Krayneski of Omaha died 1-13-11. She is survived by her husband, Larry-1967. 1969-Miles Hansen of Mission, KS died. 1969-Kathleen”Dee”M. (Hospodka) Swoboda of Omaha, NE died 10-1-11. 1971-Daryl Kirk of Omaha died 8-11. 1971-Paul D. Rock of Omaha died 8-7-11. 1972-Rev. Mr. Robert M. Jergovic of Omaha died 11-9-11. 1972-Janet Marshall of Omaha died 4-23-11. 1972-Gloria (Moss) Rock of Omaha died 12-27-11. 1973-Raul Falcon of Orlando Fl died 9-29-11. 1973-Bernadette M. Mahoney of Omaha died 11-7-11. 1974-Cathy Anderson of Omaha died 10-23-11. 1974-Patricia A. (Shaffer) Larson of Omaha died 12-10-11. 1977-Dr. Wanda (Schlayer) Clarke of Council Bluffs, IA died 8-9-11. Wanda was Past President of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS). She was a retired Omaha Public Schools educator, science supervisor and administrator. Dr. Clarke lived in Silver City, IA for 20 years with her husband until he died and she moved to Council Bluffs. 1977-Tom Stutzka of Omaha died 12-11. 1979-Mary (Churchich) Holliday died 10-4-11. 1979-Michael E. Odom of Bellevue, NE died 8-9-11. 1980-Carl E. Hardman of Omaha died 1-16-12. 1980-Margaret Ann (Hunt) Mackey died 7-4-93 of a heart attack. 1984-Michael “Big Daddy” and “Cheese” J. Williams died 11-7-11. 1994-Robert Joseph Hurley, Jr. of Bellevue, NE died 11-27-11. 1994-Louis Johnson of Omaha died 3-2-11.
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SHS Packer Greats GOLFTOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF MARGIE( KRAKOWSKI) SPECK (Class of 1940) SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012 TREGARON GOLF COURSE Shotgun start – 7:30 a.m. Sharp!! (please allow time for check-in and any practice prior to the start) Entry Fee - $75.00 per person 4-person scramble format; 18 holes of golf plus cart, beverages, men & women teams, flag prizes, team prizes, raffle prizes, lunch to follow at the course. Entry deadline–July 16, 2012. Limited to first 144 golfers so please send your entry early to guarantee your foursome. Mail completed entry along with check payable to: South High Alumni Association 5082 South 107th Street • Omaha, NE 68127 South High Golf Tournament Committee: Carole Safley, Carol Cleaver, Mike and Deb Contreras. For further information call SHSAA (402 738-9493)
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starters are “kids who play hard, play smart and play together.” He notes that the team has eight returning lettermen this year who are kids who worked hard in the off season. “I have a lot of youth to build on,” he adds. He is into his seventh year at South but has been a head basketball coach for 30-plus years.
have a good work ethic and play hard, so he enjoys coaching them. He mentioned Bree Greenhagen-2012 as another important player, and Akai Brown, Jamilah Adams, Chelsea Chapman, Adrainna Beck, Kaylee Kastl and Clara Zollicoffer as key team members. Good luck!
15 SHS and North High School students were commissioned to work together on a graffiti mural on the north side of Deportes Goooool, a soccer store at 24th and H Streets. Check it out when you are in the neighborhood.
ALERT BYSTANDER SAVES COLLIN FIELD BLEACHERS
An alert bystander saw two men and a teenager dismantling sections of metal bleachers at Collin Field and called the police immediately. The police recovered the bleachers stashed nearby and arrested the trio as they dismantled more of the section. Thank you for saving our bleachers!
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Dr. John Mackiel, OPS Superintendent, has been a good friend and supporter of all our schools and activities. The SHS Alumni Association will especially miss him at our future events. Enjoy your upcoming August 2012 retirement date and best of luck to you in the future.
BASKETBALL COACH CHUBBICK SETS SIGHTS ON STATE TOURNEY By Judy (Sebron) Yacio-1960
Whether you’re a current student, faculty, staff member, or a Packer alum, Coach Bruce Chubbick’s focus on returning the South boys’ basketball team to excellence and dominance has to resonate with you. The head boys’ basketball coach says, “It’s been an enjoyable ride returning the Packers to the level of excellence that was experienced in the past.” He credits the team’s success last year to his focus on recruiting good players and emphasizing work on the fundamentals to provide structure. He said his main goal is to “get back to the state tournament and provide the kids with an environment that is fun.” One way he motivates his players is to “share with them the vision I have for their potential.” He adds that what he looks for in
Teacher Death Raymond Elwell of San Jose, CA died 2-10. He was a teacher at SHS from 1955 to 1962 in the Social Studies Department.
ANOTHER RECIPE FROM OPS CAFETERIA CLASSICS
Cherry Crisp Coach Chubbick cites his most memorable game as last year’s district championship game with Millard North. That win ended the long drought for South and earned the boys a berth in the Nebraska State Basketball Tournament. In addition to boys’ basketball, he also has coached football, baseball, track and girls’ basketball. Coach Chubbick graduated from Abraham Lincoln in Council Bluffs in 1969. He is a graduate of Briar Cliff College with majors in biology and physical science and a minor in physical education. He and wife Dianne have two sons – Bruce, 41, and Joe, 33 – and two grandchildren. He can bank on his team having the support of all Packers – old and young.
The Omaha World-Herald’s March 2011 feature stated that many OPS basketball players were immigrants who had never picked up a ball before coming to America. SHS’s standout player Duol Mayot, a Sudanese refugee who came to Omaha in 2000, was cited as an example. We welcome Duol, and others like him, to our team and to our country!
Girls’ basketball player standout leader Raine Dunkin-2013 said Packer Pride has returned as they enjoyed a successful season start. New coach Matt Curtis said the girls
5 lbs. frozen cherries, thawed 4-1/2 cups flour 2/3 cup sugar 4-1/2 cups oats 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 lb. brown sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 lb. butter Place cherries and cherry juice in a 12 x 16 pan. Mix sugar and cornstarch together. Stir into cherries, add lemon juice. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and butter. Spread on top of cherries. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until juices are thick and clear. Serves 20.
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SHS SPORTS GREATS HALL OF FAME TROPHY CASES ARE BEING REFURBISHED Dennis Loftus, Vince Toledo, Mitch and Vince Emery, Steve Cavlovic, Ron Dixon and Paul Kracher, with SHS staff approval, have been working to replace the velvet in the original cases and lining the new additions with felt. Mitch and Vince have started refurbishing sports trophies, adding new plaques, replacing trophy name plates as needed, and placing the trophies in order. Lettering reading “PACKER SPORTS GREATS” has been installed over the new trophy case area. This project is a continuing work in progress since there are a lot of trophies needing attention. Thank you for all your hard work!
Please send us name, address and telephone number changes, as well as names and addresses of friends, family and classmates who are not currently receiving the Alumni TOOTER. Be sure to include class year and maiden name where applicable. We need this information to keep our database updated. It costs us $.83 for your new address each time someone has moved and we have not been notified. Also, please send ALL information updates, clothing orders, membership payments, donations, archival contributions, inquiries and all other correspondence to: Dr. Richard Gulizia – SHS Alumni Association Office 5082 South 107th Street Omaha, NE 68127 or call 402-738-9493
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John Stella-1953 was inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame on 2-12-12 at the annual banquet at Aunt Mary’s restaurant in Beatrice Nebraska. He coached baseball at SHS from 1985 through 2001, and has coached American Legion baseball from 1982 to the present time.
TWO PERFECT 300s AND HIGH SERIES! Frank Petello-1959 bowled a 300 game and 813 series in the Friday morning men’s league at Mockingbird Lanes on 1-14-11! He also bowled another 300 game at Maplewood Lanes. Marge Hrbek Collin-1961 and her friend won second place in the Hot Springs Village Women’s Golf Association Margaret Griffin Invitational tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Congratulations to all!
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17th ANNUAL BOWLING PARTY Alumni and friends welcome
Jackpot Shots Door Prizes Colored Head Pins Shots
March 31, 2012 Mockingbird Lanes 4870 S. 96th Street Omaha, NE 68127
Omaha South High Alumni Association Proceeds Fund Scholarships One session only: Check in noon.
Start 1:00 p.m.
Prizes awarded for each High Game and Series
Complete information and return with check to: South High Alumni Association 5082 S. 107th Street Omaha, NE 68127
For additional information call either SHSAA at 402/738-9493 or Denny Koubsky at 402/331-9033 or Chris Saklar at 402/333-8348
$15.00 per bowler
Name: ____________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ City, State & Zip: ____________________Phone #________________ E- Mail Address: ___________________________________________ Please include the names of your team members: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
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Nominate a worthy candidate or team for next year by returning the form below to the Omaha South High School Alumni Association.
SHS SPORTS GREATS NOMINATION FORM
Name______________________________________ Years Attended SHS__________ Address_______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip_________________________________________________________ Telephone_____________________________________________________________ E-Mail Address_________________________________________________________ I nominate the above individual who earned _____ Letters while at SHS in the following sports _______________________________________________________________________ Sports Honors – such as All City, All State, Team Captain, etc._____________________ _______________________________________________________________________ College or Professional Information__________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Business Achievements____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Civic Involvement or youth coaching or any other information about the impact this individual made on fellow citizens or country. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
Name_________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip__________________________________________________________ Telephone______________________________________________________________ E-Mail Address__________________________________________________________ Please return completed form by June 1, 2012 to: SPORTS GREATS COMMITTEE • SHSAA – 5082 S. 107 STREET - OMAHA, NE 68127
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1952 The class of 1952 is planning a luncheon/get together sometime in 2012. Details will be sent after the first of the year. Contacts for information are: Jerry Korisko 402/291-8463, Dolores (Himmelsehr) Holubar 402/733-3795 or Alice (Vodicka) Stanek 402/733-4914. 1957 The class of 1957 has started planning their 55th reunion. Save the weekend of 9-15-12 for a banquet on Saturday night at the Millard Social Hall. Friday night is still in the planning stage. Contacts are: JoAnn (Pospishil) Pechar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley (Erb) Shiery at email@example.com. 1962 We are planning our 50th Reunion on Saturday, 7-14-12 and have reserved the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave. Friday, 7-13-12 will be a casual informal night. Information will be announced at a later date. Contacts are: Bob Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org, Bev (Moravec) Krayneski at 402/734-6617, or Chris (Mactier) Hand at 402/331-8171. 1967 Although no 45th class reunion will be held, Mike Sheehan and Pat Cunningham are having a get together at Hill Side Bar, 3906 L Street on 6-9-12 at 6:00 p.m. First keg provided. Everyone is welcome. Questions call Pat at 402/359-1736. 1972 Grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and cowboy (girl) hat and come to SHS class of 1972 40th Reunion BEACH PARTY!!! Get your cowboy (girl) outfits out for Friday, 6-29-12 at Bushwacker’s (74th & Main
Street, Ralston) for drinks. Wear your Hawaiian shirts for Saturday, 6-30-12 at the Fireman’s Hall (60th & Grover) for dinner and dancing. Detailed invitation will follow in 2012. Contact: Deb (Stanek) Ray at email@example.com or 402/321-1463. 1977 Plans are being made for our 35th SHS Reunion. It will be at South Omaha Knights of Columbus, 4323 Washington St. on 6-30-12. More information will follow. Contacts are: Debbie (Moody) Contreras at 402/339-7428 or Mark Martinez at 402/681-8925. 1982 We have selected 7-28 and 7-29-12 for our 30th class reunion. I can’t give any other specifics at this point. We have over 100 members on our class Facebook page and some other email addresses. Contacts are: Craig Curran at 1744 County Road M, Wahoo, NE 68066, 402/443-5471 or
Page 20 Byron Boldt at 4009 N 158th St., Omaha, NE 68116, 402/496-2953. 1997 Please join us for our 15-year reunion on 8-3-12 at the Fox & Hound, 120th and Dodge St. at 7 pm. On Saturday 8-4-12 a school tour will be scheduled. We will meet later for dinner at Lo Sole Mio. Information will follow at a later date. Contact: Christina (Tynski) Zorko at cdzorko@ cox.net.
1958 The class of 1958 has started planning their 55th class reunion/get together in 2013. When a date, time and place are scheduled (and because no mailings will be sent out), we will include that information in the next TOOTER.
Everyone’s welcome to participate in
South High Alumni Association’s
POKER RUN WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012 WHO: Anyone! If you have a vehicle -
two, three, or four wheels you’re in! TIMES: Registration: 10 AM
COST: $15 donation per person
$25 donation per couple RIDE STARTS:
Darby’s Tavern (6503 Sunshine Blvd.) *Route stops will be given out at check in.
Joe Banana’s Food & Spirits (1022 S. 10
PRIZES: 1ST, 2ND & 3RD place payouts
The more that come means more to win!
* To qualify for the poker payouts you must be checked in no later than 6 pm. Poker hand winners announced at 6:30 pm.
QUESTIONS: Contact Willie Nalley (402-660-8880), Tim Campbell (402-813-4418), Paul Kracher (402-981-1204), or contact the SHAA office at 402-738-9493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The party is open to all and you don’t have to participate in the run to have fun, just show up at Joe Banana’s and enjoy! All proceeds benefit the South High Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. GO PACKERS!
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OMAHA SOUTH HIGH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CLOTHING CAPS: EMBROIDERED WITH EITHER SOB / SOUTH OMAHA BOY _____ All RED CAP with WHITE SOB and BLACK SOUTH OMAHA BOY $15.00 Ea.
_____ All BLACK CAP with RED Embroidered “S” Mesh panel sides (Velcro strap for size adjustment) _____ All RED CAP with Omaha South Alumni w/bull Logo) (NEW)
$15.00 Ea. $_________
_____ All STONE CAP with Omaha South Alumni w/bull Logo (NEW)
$15.00 Ea. $_________
$15.00 Ea. $_________
RED COTTON T-SHIRTS ____ All RED Cotton T-shirts w/SOB printed in White-Short Sleeve 2XL/3XL sizes (South Omaha Boy printed in black lettering)
$13.00 Ea. $_________
____ All RED Cotton T-shirts w/SOB printed in White-Short Sleeve L&XL sizes (South Omaha Boy printed in black lettering)
$13.00 Ea. $_________
_____ All RED 50/50 T-shirts w/South High Alumni printed in White- Short Sleeve
$13.00 Ea. $_________
_____ All RED T-shirts w/South High Alumni printed in Black with white outline / left chest imprint-Long Sleeve
$15.00 Ea. $_________
____ White Cotton T-shirts w/Colin Field printed in Color-Short Sleeve
$13.00 Ea. $_________
EMBROIDERED CREWNECK SWEATSHIRTS _____ SMALL ALL RED Embroidered Crewneck Sweatshirt
_____ MEDIUM ALL BLACK or RED Embroidered Crew Sweatshirt
_____ LARGE ALL BLK, RED or GREY Embroidered Crewneck Sweatshirt $35.00 Ea.
_____ X-LARGE ALL BLK, RED or GREY Embroidered Crew Sweatshirt
$35.00 Ea. $_________
_____ XX-LARGE ALL BLK, RED or GREY Embroidered Crew Sweatshirt $35.00 Ea. $_________
SCREEN PRINTED RED HOODED SWEATSHIRTS _____ LARGE ALL RED Screen Printed Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt (Full Front Imprint)
_____ X-LARGE ALL RED Screen Printed Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt (Full Front Imprint)
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_____ LARGE ALL RED Screen Printed Hooded Zipped Sweatshirt (Left Chest Imprint)
$30.00 Ea. $_________
_____ X-LARGE ALL RED Screen Printed Hooded Zipped Sweatshirt (Left Chest Imprint)
_____ XX-LARGE ALL RED Screen Printed Hooded Zipped Sweatshirt
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RED STADIUM BLANKET (New Items) _____ RED Fleece Blanket Embroidered w/South Omaha Packer & Bull Logo $18.00 Ea. $_________ _____ BLACK Plastic Mug with Red South High Alumni Logo Imprint
_____ RED Foam Koozie with a White South High Alumni Logo Imprint
_____ WHITE Lined Note Pad (3 1/12 x 8 1/2) with Bull Logo Imprint
_____ BLACK/RED Pen w/white Omaha South High Alumni Imprint
Note: Add $5 to your order for postage & handling for one item, plus $3 for each additional item. My check (payable to SHSAA) is enclosed in the amount of $_______________ (which includes shipping and handling fees of $__________). For a credit card purchase order, call 402-738-9493 to place your order.
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South High School ALUMNI TOOTER
2012 Calendar of Events 3-24-12 17th Annual SHSAA Spaghetti Dinner at Sokol Hall South Omaha. See flyer in this TOOTER.
7-18-12 Board of Directors Meeting – 6:30 pm at Alumni Association Office.
3-31-12 17th Annual SHSAA Bowling Tournament at Mockingbird Lanes. Information and registration form in this TOOTER.
7-22-12 2011 Packer Greats Golf Tournament at Tregaron – Sign up flyer in this TOOTER.
4-14-12 Board of Directors Meeting – 9:30 am Alumni Association Office. 5-9-12 South High School Senior Honors & Award Night 7 pm at SHS Auditorium. 5-19-12 8th Annual Poker Run – see flyer in this TOOTER. 5-20-11 South High School Graduation Class of 2012 6 pm at the Civic Auditorium.
8-20-12 South High School – The first day of class for 2012/2013 school year. TBA
South High School Homecoming Football Game
9-8-12 Hall of Fame Brunch at the Livestock Exchange at 10 a.m. COST - $25 10-24-12 2011 Packer Greats Sports Hall of Fame – at Anthony’s. Complete details in Fall TOOTER.
ALL ALUMNI ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ANY AND ALL OF THESE ACTIVITIES. PLEASE NOTE SOME OF THE EVENTS REQUIRE TICKETS AND/OR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. PLEASE CALL THE ALUMNI OFFICE @ 402/738-9493 IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND A BOARD MEETING OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS.
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