Joseph A. Raaf, 77, of Medina, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Medina. He was born October 8, 1937, to the late Raymond and Mary (Barclay) Raaf.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. Joseph retired from Motorola after 30 years of service. He will always be remembered as a Ham Radio Enthusiast, an avid trout farmer, and an all-around outdoorsman. He is survived by his children, Rick Raaf, Margie Raaf, Barbara (Darryl) Riggenbach and Paul (Ellen) Raaf; grandchildren, Kelly, Joey and Katey Riggenbach; great-granddaughter, Eva; and brothers Raymond and Robert Raaf.
Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Susan (Sorbitz) of 47 years.
We received word of the passing of '55 classmate, John Colombo. John and wife, Mary, lived in North Carolina. John, 77, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. John died on Friday, Oct. 24, due to complications following a heart attack.
John was the son of the late Angeline and Charles Colombo and the brother of the late Charles Colombo, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Reinhardt Colombo; his son John Edward Colombo and fiancee Dolores Meier of Godfrey, Ill.; granddaughters Samantha and Amber Colombo of Fargo, N.D.; sisters-in law Carol, Ann and Jean Reinhardt; and many nieces and nephews.
John attended Christian Brothers College High School, Cardinal Glennon Seminary and St. Louis University. John was a member of the Army Reserves for six years. He was the owner of Colombo Dental Laboratory in St. Louis before moving to NC where he was Production Supervisor at both Borg Warner and Champion Products.
Later in life he worked as a dental technician at UNC and taught several dental courses at the UNC School of Dentistry, Wake Tech, and the Women's Prison in Raleigh. John greatly loved teaching and regretted not having followed that path earlier in his career. John developed many friendships over the years, maintaining membership in The Knights of Columbus (Sir Knight, 4th Degree, Council 9709 at St Francis and Assembly 2446, Cary/Apex), the Italian Club, the Raleigh Sports Club and the Crabtree breakfast group.
He was exceedingly generous, giving to many organizations that provided food for the less fortunate. He loved shopping for the children at the Oxford Home each Christmas, and one winter donated 100 pairs of gloves to the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Having rescued an abused dog in childhood, he contributed throughout his life to various animal welfare organizations.
William P. Giesselmann Jr., age 76, died 3/25/14. Memorial service was Saturday, 3/29/14 at Our Savior Catholic Church at 10 am. Ken Hogan of our class chatted with Bill's wife in learning about Bill's passing. Prior to his death, Bill weighed around 258 lbs but dropped to 190. He had cancer, pneumonia, COPD, 22 radiation and Chemo treatments and other ailments.
Giesselmann was married 46 years. He and his wife raised 4 children. Here are some of the comments taken from the web site of the funeral home.
These are just a selection to give you some insight into Bill's work and life in Mobile, AL
~ May 19, 2014 Bill Giesselman was my teacher and a great man. He did not put up with mischief in his class and if caught he would paddle you while playing the song by Johnny Cash, "Burning Ring of Fire". I got more than one paddling but am a better person because of Bill. ~
Tim Dees, Daphne, Alabama April 06, 2014 Sorry to read that "Doc" has passed. I worked with him at Vigor and he really loved the students and was a man of great integrity.
~ Rev. Frank Turner, Saraland, Alabama March 30, 2014 A great writer, a great mind, a great principal, a great friend to students, an amazing memory, altogether great human being. ~
Carolyn Taylor March 29, 2014 Doc will truly be missed. He was a wonderful principal and really cared about his students. ~
March 29, 2014 Thank you Doc for giving your time to many young people ~ Linda East Moore, VHS 1981 ~
March 29, 2014 Sorry to hear about the passing of such a kind caring and gentle man. He was still the same person 20 years after I finished school. Condolences to the family. Terrence Brown VHS C/O 1988
Donald D. Hollander of Oak Ridge TN died suddenly with a heart attack on January 7, 2014. He was 76.
Hollander moved to Tennessee 27 years ago. He was employed for 25 years with Hoffman-La Roche in Nutley as corporate executive and as president of Roche Dermatologics. he retired in 1994. Away from the office, Hollander was a former board member and past president of The Fairways homeowners association, a communicant at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and an avid sports car enthusiast.
Hollander is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Loeffelman Hollander, daughters; Donna Ryan and husband Robert of Roswell, Ga., Deann Hollander and husband Dan Mitchell of Lake Mohawk and Dayna Cagarli and husband Turgut of Rockaway; brother Claude Hollander; and seven grandchildren
Dr. Louis Richard Fuka, 76, of Hilo, Hawaii died December 1 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility.
Born in New York, he was a mechanical and structural engineer for the federal government; worked at McDonnell-Douglas, helping design the Saturn rocket and C-5A cargo jet, and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, working on the Antares laser fusion and superconducting magnetic storage projects; and was a member of Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church.
Survived by wife, Mary Fuka of Hilo; daughter, Mary Z. Fuka of Colorado; sons, Louis T. (Lisa) Fuka of Austin, Texas, Joseph (Jean Moore) Fuka of Albuqwuerque, NM, and Daniel (Melissa) Fuka of Ithaca, NY, sisters, Carol (Larry Bereswill) of St. Louis and Mary Ann (Jim) Bolt of Atlanta; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
We learned this past week of the deaths of classmates Tom Abrahams and Vic Oldani. Both died years ago, however, we did not learn of their passings until now. We have little information on both. Tom died on November 20, 2010 in Banning California. He has lived there for many years. He never attended any of our class reunions, thus the lack of information on his work and family.
Vic Oldani lived in south St. Louis for many years and also never attended any of our lunches and reunion gatherings. Vic died in 1989.
Upper photo is Tom Abrahams. Lower photo is Vic Oldani.
Raymond Evans, 76, class of CBC '55, passed away on February 5, 2014. Services were held at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Ray was born April 25, 1937, the only child of Earl Thomas and Helen Ann Cobb.
Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He owned and operated Evans Optical before his retirement. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol. He leaves three children, Steve, Cathy and Mary, as well as four grandchildren. RIP
Nick Grbcich. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Friday, December 27, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Grbcich (nee Albanese); loving father of Charles G. (Amy) Grbcich; proud grandfather of Brendan and Luisa; dear brother of Carol Martens and Cathy Tow. Proud member of National Society of Professional Engineers and ASHRAE. Services.
Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Some of us remember Nick for another reason of being a high school classmate. I (Bill Rogers) remember Nick from grade school as we both attended St. George School in Affton along with about a half dozen other guys that went to CBC
A group of '55 grads helped celebrate Bob Liss' 50th anniversary as a priest at a mass and social gathering at St. George Church in Affton (top photo) and at another gathering at his church in Richwoods.
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Pictured above are Mary Ann Rogers, Bob Liss and Sharon Schulte
From Nick's wife, Barbara - "Nick went home to be with the Lord yesterday, July 2, at 3:40 in the afternoon. He was surrounded by his loving family as Jesus came, so gently, for him. As you know, he has endured much,
and I will add, he never complained, not once. The extreme nature of his rare condition, prompted a body donation to St. Louis University Medical School.
We will have a memorial service at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 9321 Litzsinger Rd. (near Tilles Park in Brentwood) at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, July 6.
I want to thank all of the CBC men who have reached out to help me in so many ways during this very difficult time. Nick would have been very grateful to all of you for the way you embraced us."
Bob Frein, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age of 76. Bob's wife, Beverly, advised Bob passed away at home.
He had been diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma fourteen years ago. In Dec. of 2012, Bob's cancer transformed to Large B Cell Lymphoma. It was a very aggressive cancer and nothing would stop its growth.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Paul Frein.
Bob enjoyed traveling, golf and spending time with his grandchild. He was a member of St. Cletus Catholic Church. Bob loved church history and world history.
William McConnell of Hillsboro, Missouri passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at his home. He was born June 15, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Lorraine Helen (nee G'Sell) McConnell of Affton, Missouri and the late William James McConnell.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife Brenda (nee Osborn) McConnell.
He was a 1955 graduate of CBC High School in St. Louis, served in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis and retired from St. Louis Litho as a Maintenance Mechanic. He was Past Master of Joachim Masonic Lodge #164, member of the Shriners of St. Louis and Scottish Rite Bodies of St. Louis, Past Guardian of Jobs Daughters Bethel Lodge #56 of Hillsboro and Council member for Hillsboro Chapter of DeMolay.
There is a rather interesting publication on the ISSUU.com web featuring the history of CBC basketball from 1924 to 2011. Click on the link below to access. It's a 106 page document and includes names of some our class from 1955.
Unknown to most of our class, some of our guys tried out for the Chippendale dancers some years past. We discovered a long, lost video of their audition. The dancers included Gene McLaughlin, John Rappold, Joe Schulte, Jay Schicker and Bill Rogers. Click on this link to view. This is a video file which may take a minute or two to download.
Mike Douherty passed away on December 23, 2012 of an apparant heart attack. He had a bypass and pacemaker installed 5 or so years ago, but everything had been fine up until now. Mike was a popular classmate at CBC having played basketball and football.
Reverend Robert Liss, class of 1955 celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest with a mass and dinner on November 25. More than 100 parishioners, friends and classmates attended the parish dinner in Richwoods, MO. Father Liss has been pastor of St. Stephen's parish in Richwoods since 1992.
He previously served as pastor at St. Casimir Parish (Hathway Manor, MO), St. Lucy (Jennings), St. Francis (Luebbring, MO), St. John the Apostle (downtown St. Louis), St. Norbert (Florissant), St. Gregory & Holy Trinity (St. Ann) and St. Gabriel (St. Louis).
CBC was well represented at the mass and dinner with over a dozen classmates and spouses present. Present were Joe Dierker, Gene McLaughlin, Bill McConnell, Bill Rogers, Dave Schroeder, Art Lassa and Joe Schulte.
More than a dozen fellow priests were also present to honor Bob.
Does anyone have any Jay stories? That was a question posed by one of Jay's nephews speaking about Jay at his funeral mass. Jay passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012 from a heart condition that plagued him for over 14 years.
Jay's son told a story about his dad playing baseball for Murray State College in Kentucky. At a particular game the opposing coach came over to the Murray State coach and asked him who the player was in left field. The coach said it was Jay Schicker. The other coach replied, "What? He was here 6 years ago."
Jay always told the story about his mom who told him not to get any stripes at CBC because she didn't know how to sew.
That was Jay. One of his best traits was getting people to smile. And the list goes on. Jay will be missed but not forgotten.
Parishoniers at St. Stephens Church in Richwoods, MO sponsored a 75th birthday party for their pastor and our classmate, Bob Liss, and invited his CBC '55 class. Pictured below are a few of his class who were in attendance. (Come to think of it, most of use are celebrating a 75th birthday this year. Are we celebrating or mourning?)
Bill Rogers recently obtained seven boxes of club records, photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia of the St. Louis Browns dating back to 1936. Bill is president and chief operating officer of the St. Louis Browns fan club. The organization is in the process of setting up a museum display at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis along with that of the Cardinals, hockey Blues, basketball Hawks and others. Much of the memorabilia acquired will be on display at the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.
Among the contents of the box was a reel of movie film labeled “World Series – 1944.” The fan club will have the film analyzed and hopefully converted to DVD for distribution.
The Browns won their only pennant in 1944 playing against the Cardinals. It became the only World Series played entirely in one ballpark west of the Mississippi.
According to Bill, “The movie film could be priceless depending on its condition and content. I am working with a local studio to see what we have. The box also contained giant size photos of the Cardinals and Browns first game of the 1944 in series along with newspaper clippings, baseball books, plaques and more.”
We received word our classmate, Steve Heckemeyer, passed away on November 4, 2011. Steve suffered from Alzheimer and Parkensons' for the past several years. Steve and wife, Lana, lived in Arizona City, AZ. The following note was received recently from Lana.
"Steve died on Nov. 4, 2011. I want to thank all of you who prayed for him. He died peacefully in Hospicecare. He had something similar to Alzheimers, Lewy Body dementia with Parkensonism. He diagnosed in 2006, and little by little,just like Alzheimer's, slipped away. He truly wished to go to the 55th. reunion, but going that far by plane and all that it entails for me, we didn't go. Thank you all again for your prayers, they did help us both."
John Zander fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tues., Sept. 13, 2011. Beloved husband of Carol Zander (nee Zwick); dear father of John (Jeanette), Ann (John) Hallquist, Lynn Zander and Robert Zander; dear grandfather of Heather, Emily and Timothy; our dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.