This page is dedicated to our friends from the Class of 1973 who are no longer with us. May we treasure friendships we have today and not forget the ones from our past...
Darlene Ahmann-Cohen (9/14/1995)
Charles Martin Armstead (1/17/2010)
Arthur Thomas Bimson 8/1984) Thomas Bray (4/26/2011)
Curtis Burke (11/14/2004) Albert Eberle
Bruce Eustace (8/31/1996) Eric Graf
Betsy Grimes-Thomas (5/30/2008)
Brian Hatzai (5/4/2009)
Paul Hoifjeld (4/14/19) Craig Holt Holly Hrinkovich-Thomas Virginia Johnson
Jim Kennedy Richard Kroll
Todd McCormick(6/5/2019) Betsy Morris Barbara Mosteller
Jon Raphaelson (1-13-15) Renee Schoenfellinger-Kinee Susan Shigeoka-Gero (11/26/2012)
William Stremme Jack Szabo
Richard Taylor Bob Thomas David R. Twaddle (12/30/2009)
Connie Williard-Rhoads (12/14/2013) James Wolff
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CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
St.Petersburg - 1992
Darlene Ahmann-Cohen - 1955 - 1995
We are sorry to hear of the death of our classmate, Darlene Ahaman-Cohen. Dar's older sister Cindy Ahmann (UD '70) sent this for us to remember our friend, Darlene. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After leaving UD, Darlene worked for Equitable Insurance Company, first in the Philadelphia area and later on Long Island in New York. Later she worked for an independent third party insurer in NY. In 1990 she married Alan Cohen and was a stepmother to his two children, Matthew and Hilary. She traveled frequently, cruising the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas and the Bahamas. She died from complications of AIDS on September 14, 1995, two months shy of her 40th birthday and six months shy of the introduction of the breakthrough cocktail of medications that keep so many HIV carriers alive today.
BRAY, THOMAS J., age 56, of Valley Brook section of Gloucester Twp., passed away on Tues., April 26 at home surrounded by his family and friends. Dearly beloved husband of Eileen (nee Lambert) and loving father of Kelli (Ira) Harris-Altman and Jason (Christine) Harris and devoted grandfather of Brandon, Bennett, Lucas, Mykenzie, Madelynn, Morghan and Ava. He is survived by his father William W., Sr., (Ann) and predeceased by his mother Anna Mae (nee Dyer) and also survived by four brothers William, Jr. (Kathy), Tim (Melissa), Terry (Michele), Daryl (Helen) and three sisters Cathy (Dave) Kalick, Sue Schaible, Colleen (John) Bianchini, twenty-four nieces and nephews and many wonderful and special friends.
Tom was a partner of Air-Vent Duct Cleaning, Inc. of Hammonton, NJ and Telford, PA. A member of the Atlantic Chapter of NJFOA, he was an avid golfer and a huge sports fan.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial Service at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 29 at St. Agnes Church, in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Gloucester Twp. The Viewing will be from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Thursday eve., April 28 and after 9:30 A.M. on Friday morning at THE FUNERAL MANOR, 1585 Hider Lane, Gloucester Twp. The family requests donations be given in Tom's name to the Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market St., Ste. 750, Phila., PA. Interment is private. For further information and condolences please visit thefuneralmanor.com
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on April 27, 2011
Curtis Burke died Sunday Nov 14, 2004. He was the beloved son of Alma and the late Henry Burke brother of Virginia Burke and uncle of Tara Katzman and her husband Adam. For many years, Curtis was the supervisor for holiday decorations for Ambler Borough. He also worked as a flower arranger at The Flower Shop at Spring House. Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 1 p.m on Wednesday at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home 501 N Easton Road Willow Grove where friends may call after 12 noon. Interment will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park. Donations to his memory may be made to the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Montgomery County, 1006 Edge Hill Rd., Abington, PA, 19001. Wetzel & Son Funeral Home, Willow Grove, www.wetzelandson.comMonday, November 15, 2004Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Feb 24, 1955-Aug 31, 1996
1955 - October, 1981
Betsy Grimes-Thomas - 1955 - 2008
We are sorry to hear of the death of our classmate, Betsy Grimes-Thomas.
THOMAS ELIZABETH "BETSY' (nee Grimes), May 30, 2008. Dearest wife of Paul J. Loving mother of Gregory and Ryan. Dear daughter of Barbara Grimes and the late Albert T., Jr. Dear sister of Debra Wills (Charles), Barbara Tucker "Tammy' (Michael), Albert Grimes, III "Chip' (Sheri). Betsy was a loving and caring mother and friend. Sadly missed by her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Wed. June 4, 2008 at 10 A.M. St. Alphonsus Church, Conwell Drive, Maple Glen. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30 A.M. Int. private. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Abington Memorial Hospital Oncology Dept., Living Tribute in memory of Elizabeth C. Thomas, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001.
JOS. T. SEKULA F.H. INC
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 6/2/2008.
BRIAN SCOTT, 53 of Phila. on May 4, 2009 in Nazareth Hospital, after an extended illness. He is survived by his mother, Edith, brothers Stephen (Philadelphia) and Glen (North Carolina), sister Meredith Kelly (Pottstown), son Christopher of Philadelphia, daughter Alyse of Quakertown and his partner of 8 years, Sandy Anderson. We will all miss him. An excellent cook and avid Philadelphia sports fan, he played club ice hockey and loved the Flyers. Brian was a graduate of Upper Dublin High School (1973) and the Maxwell Institute. He worked for years at Conrail and Siemens as a Computer Programmer and most recently served as a Senior Program Analyst at Transcontinental Direct. Final arrangements are being handled by AUER CREMATION SERVICES OF PENNSYLVANIA. A memorial service will be held prior to his interment at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn on a date to be determined.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 5/13/2009
Here are the entries to his guest book online
Brian Scott Hatzai
Obituary Guest Book comments on Legacy.Com and Philly.Com, deleted from their site 13 May 2010
May 19, 2009
I would like Brian's children to know what a wonderful person their father was. He was a great friend, always quick to lend a hand or a smile. He always made me feel welcome in his home. I will forever think of Brian with that grin on his face. Please know that Brian will not be forgotten.
May 18, 2009
Brian was always a bundle of energy in school and a lot of fun. I had the pleasure of seeing him a few years ago and he had not changed a bit. A genuinely nice, nice guy. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
May 16, 2009
My sincere condolences go out to Brian's family. We shared many classes together throughout high school. When I picture Brian, I picture his smiling face. He will be greatly missed. Blessings to his dear family.
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
May 15, 2009
I went to high school with Brian. He was always energetic and smiling and such fun to have in class. My first Phila. Flyer Ice Hockey game was with Brian and Sue Bond. It was such fun - they threw raw meat on the ice to get the players pumped. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Missy (Thomas) Rigler,
May 14, 2009
Brian was the funniest person I knew growing up. He was always entertaining us and, I must admit, I have stolen some of his material to entertain my children (Betty Botter bought some butter....). He was from a whole wonderful family and I know they miss him. RIP, buddy.
May 13, 2009
I have distinct memories of Brian as a happy smiling guy from first grade through high school. We were frequently in the same class; he could always be counted on for some fun insight. I'm thankful for the happiness and good cheer he always had with him.
May 13, 2009
Brian was a brilliant kid and a lot of fun to grow up with. Like Steve Johnson, I too have a lot of memories and regret not keeping up with him through the years.
Voorhees, New Jersey
May 13, 2009
Brian was a great friend and neighbor. I enjoyed growing up together, sharing birthday parties, going to school, playing ice hockey and going to Flyer's games. Time passes too fast and even though we lost touch, he will always be in my heart.
Monroe Township, New Jersey
May 13, 2009
As chairperson of the Upper Dublin Class of 1973, we wish Brian's family our deepest condolences. Our class just had their "36th" Reunion on March 28, 2009 and Brian's smile was missed at the party.
May 13, 2009
Brian was a great friend to grow up with. I have so may great memories. I am sorry I lost touch with him over the years. My deepest condolences.
Paul Luther Hoifjeld of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Phoenixville Hospital. He was 64 years old. Paul was born February 20, 1955, beloved son of Rev. Clairold and Virginia Hoifjeld (nee - Helberg); brother of Grace Esther Klick and her husband Ronald, Mark Wesley Hoifjeld, and Ruth Deborah Hoifjeld.
The following obituary was composed and submitted by Grace Klick.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another”
Such a simple premise, and yet seemingly far too difficult to find in the world of today. My brother, Paul, in his own version of life, chose to grab hold of this Christian concept for as far back as I can remember. Outside of the now insignificant sibling rivalry that escapes no family, Paul’s outlook on life, and the way he treated others, was nothing less than kind and compassionate.
Being born into a strong Christian household does not guarantee that one will automatically follow Jesus’s teachings and apply them from the heart. Somewhere along the way, very early on, Paul developed a sincere desire to be interested in other people. It was not his place to judge, and he knew that internally from a very young age.
Paul’s integrity is what inspired me most. At the age of seven, I learned that Paul (who was eight at that time) had something that I wouldn’t develop for years. I didn’t know what it was back then, but I knew that I wanted to have it.
I’ve heard it said that, “The person you are is not determined by how many people you love ... but by how many people love you.” Whether or not anyone might debate that is neither here nor there. Paul loved many ... and so very many loved Paul.
Countless stories and experiences have come my way since Paul died. ... Stories from friends, relatives and acquaintances. ...Stories of Paul, at all points in his life, giving of himself to help another. Some of these I knew. Many just reinforced what I already knew. Paul was special.
Although later in life, Paul developed a number of illnesses, it is the wonderful gifts that God bestowed upon him that people remember.
Paul was brilliant. He was put on independent study in Junior High School because the teachers didn’t know what else to teach him. He received the science award at his graduation in a class of four hundred.
Paul was able to hear a song on the radio and sit down and play it by ear on the piano. He taught himself how to play the guitar as well.
Paul had an amazing artistic sense. His paintings and drawings were something beyond good.
Through his adult years and different illnesses, I was blessed to know Paul in a different way. As he acted less on his God given talents ... he maintained an outward expression of care and concern for others. He would meet someone of a different background and he would learn what he could of their language. He would talk to others of a different religion and he would ask them questions about their beliefs. I never saw or heard him judge anyone.
Paul was named after the apostle in the Bible. One of the last times I spoke with Paul on the phone he was saying, “Praise God!” All things considered, it seems appropriate that we close with some words from the apostle Paul. ... Words that reflect how Paul lived his life.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
1 Corintihians 13:4-8
Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 2:30 P.M. and memorial service at 3:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046.
Craig Holt-Graduation 1973
Craig Holt - 1955 - 2004
Craig Holt graduated from Upper Dublin with us in 1973 and attended Penn State University. Graduating with a major in land management, he moved out west to seek employment. Eventually he settled in Roseburg, Oregon. He worked for the US Dept of Land Management in the capacity of managing log contracts in the Oregon area. Also, he was an active forestry fire fighter, and even worked in Alaska fighting fires. A real outdoorsman, he loved to ski, bike, and hike throughout the Oregon wilderness. Divorced with a daughter, he would come back “east” each year to see his family and close friends. Unexpectantly and without prior medical issues, just prior to his 50th birthday in 2004, he died of a sudden brain aneurysm.
Raised in Fort Washington, PA, Todd was the son of the late Frank "Lab" and Marie "Mitzi" (Mendenhall) McCormick.
Todd was a 1973 graduate of Upper Dublin High School. He became a master plumber and joined his father Frank in the family's plumbing and heating business.
Todd was a talented drummer and played with the bands: Black Knights Blues & Boogie Band, Neighborhood Dogs, Concrete Sneakers, Dead Supermodels, Analog Dinosaurs and most recently "Tru Blu". He was an animal lover and had many cats over the years. He had recently adopted two kittens (Cali and Marty).
Todd was the loving father of Shawn McCormick and his wife Julie of Eagleville; and Shannon Blanchette and her husband Colin of North Wales. He was the proud grandfather of Abigail McCormick.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002. Todd's memorial service will begin at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Todd's memory to Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org would be appreciated by the family.
WORCESTER - Jonathan Raphaelson, 60, of Worcester, passed away peacefully in his sleep early the morning of Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Arnold and Ruth (Caman) Raphaelson. He leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Tracy (Gaumond) Raphaelson, and three children, Becca Raphaelson, Vanessa Gaumond of Worcester, and Jake Raphaelson of Santa Monica, CA; his two brothers, Marc Raphaelson and his wife, Amanda of Upperville, VA, Josh Raphaelson and his wife, Kelly of Santa Monica; and his sister, Yuka McGreen and her husband,
PJ of Cornwall, New York; his aunts, Fern Caman of Upperville, VA and Charlotte Raphaelson of Delray Beach, FL; his in-laws, Penny Gaumond, John Gaumond and Judy Ferrara of Worcester; and his best friend John Simpson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jon was a talented musician, writer, and sound engineer. He grew up in Bangor, ME and Dresher, PA before returning to Worcester to attend college. He received a bachelors degree from Clark University and an MBA from Lesley University. Jon worked for over 15 years as the house sound director at Foothills Theatre in Worcester before moving on to the computer industry. He owned and operated the Sound Thinking Associates Recording Studio and toured with many bands. Before running his own consulting business, Jon was a course designer and instructor for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and HP. His peers revered him as an intelligent and hard working man with a quick wit who always gave more than expected with any project. He traveled the world extensively for business and enjoyed collecting handmade artifacts by local artisans in each country he visited. His collection is now in a local museum. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 15th at the Temple Emanuel Sinai, 280 May Street, Worcester under the direction of RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERALHOME OF HOLDEN. Burial will be in BNai Brith Cemetery in Worcester.
Memorial Observance will be announced at the time of the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Aquarium
in Boston at http://www.neaq.org.
Susan Y. Gero
Susan Y. Gero, of Lower Gwynedd passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. She was 57.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Edward Shigeoka, M.D. and Dorothy (Arista) Shigeoka. She was the wife of the late Fredrick J. Gero.
Susan was the sister of John Shigeoka, M.D. of Utah and Roberta Vogel of Hawaii and is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Valley Square, Suite 133, Blue Bell, PA 19422 would be appreciated. Louis Swift Plunkett Funeral Home, Hatboro
Richard H. Taylor (1955-2018)
Bob Thomas - 1971
David R. Twaddle, Sr. - 1955 - 2010
We are sorry to hear of the death of our classmate, David Twaddle.
DAVID R. TWADDLE Sr.
TWADDLE, DAVID R. SR., died suddenly on Dec. 30, 2009 of East Norriton. Beloved husband of Perrine M. (nee Mannocchi) Twaddle. Dear father of Jaclyn R., David R. Jr., and Eric W. Also survived by his mother AnnaMae (Massing) Twaddle, his brothers William and Frederick Twaddle and his sisters Nancy Yates, Wilma Organist and AnnaMae Kerrigan and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends invited to his viewing Thursday 9 to 11 A.M. followed by Prayer Service 11 A.M. at the RAFFEO-DICECCO MEMORIAL HOME, 707 West Germantown Pike (at White Hall Road), East Norriton. Int. Westminster Cem. In lieu of flowers donations in David's memory may be made to Arthritis Foundation , 111 So. Independence Mall East, Ste. 500, Phila., PA 19106.
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on January 5, 2010 , Go to the "Guest Book" on the Phila. Inquirer website to write a note to the family to express your condolences.