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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Charles Meredith (1979)  5/21
•   Deborah Lynn Soles (Shaver) (1979)  5/11
•   Joseph Frederick Jernigan (1972)  4/22
•   Don Reed (1961)  4/3
•   Robert Karl (1964)  4/2
•   Anne Elizabeth Bomar (1981)  3/21
•   Maronee Mae Drummond (Townsend) (1966)  3/20
•   Paula Ann Helzer (Mancini) (1977)  3/20
•   John McDonald (1990)  3/4
•   Carmen Cavallo (1976)  3/3
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MISSING CLASSMATES


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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Toni Ann Brunett (Ricer) (1978)  5/24
•   Bob Gore (1963)  5/24
•   Michael Burnside (1994)  5/25
•   Linda Lou Lieving (Whitehouse) (1959)  5/26
•   Robert Franklin Pocius (1977)  5/26
•   Stephen Sandor  5/26
•   Rick Tennant (1962)  5/26
•   Rick Tennant (1962)  5/26
•   Skip Kaminsky (1962)  5/27
•   John Kisner (1963)  5/27
•   Charles William Morris (1960)  5/27
•   David Pyles (1965)  5/29
•   Robert S. Radabaugh (1997)  5/29
•   Joan Marie Toothman (Grubler) (1980)  5/29
•   Gretchen Knox (Smith) (1956)  5/30
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WHERE WE LIVE


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4 live in Alabama
15 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
15 live in California
7 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
3 live in Delaware
1 lives in District Of Columbia
82 live in Florida
19 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
14 live in Illinois
8 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
3 live in Kansas
10 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
47 live in Maryland
6 live in Massachusetts
6 live in Michigan
3 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
2 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
4 live in Nevada
2 live in New Hampshire
6 live in New Jersey
3 live in New Mexico
9 live in New York
56 live in North Carolina
62 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
56 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
40 live in South Carolina
16 live in Tennessee
24 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
81 live in Virginia
4 live in Washington
442 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Argentina
2 live in Japan
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
11,867 location unknown
1,423 are deceased

Rewind for 5/24/16

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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 84 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.

Fairmont Senior High School State Champions

The legacy: 1927, 1939, 1942, 1949, 1996 AND 2016.

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL  All listed in newsletter under announcements below.

 

1.  The address of FSHS Foundation  P.O. Box 91, Fairmont, WV 26555-0091.  Inquiries may be sent by email to FSHSfoundation@gmail.com

2.  Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.

I am in touch with the yearbook advisor who has copies of Maple Leaves from the 60s to 2000 for $30.00. Send me a message if you are interested in purchasing a copy so she can check on availability.

 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS the generous support of a $500.00 donation to support the mission of the Foundation 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett

Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley

Mario J. Roman

Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson

Orlando and Virginia Meffe

Virginia and Peale Davidson

Nick and Carmella Fantasia

        Dr. Mohammad Roidad         

Bill and Linda Furgason

Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart

Janice, Stephanie, and Megan Denison

Thomas Bradley Miller

Thomas S. Miller, M.D.

Adam S. Miller

Mrs. Carroll Ramage

William South

Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni

James P. Davidson III

Anne Bomar

Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay

Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family

Diane Hutchinson Parker

Sara Harrold Miller

William Beckers

Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh

Becky Hoult Cassidy

Robert Petres, M.D.

Thomas Llewellyn

Gary, Bonnie, Kerry, and Laurie Earp

Carol Amos and Linda Morgan happily announce the launch of a Facebook page as they continue to research and write a book documenting the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  Join us, won't you?

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

Graduates, faculty, parents, and the community of Fairmont WV are part of the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  As Carol Ballah Amos and Linda Orr Morgan research and write a history of the school, we invite all those interested to share memories and/or pictures for consideration in the publication.

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School
facebook.com/VoicesFromFairmontSeniorHighSchool
email: cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

We welcome and encourage your comments and ask contributors to maintain dignity and decorum appropriate to the mission of documenting the diverse history of an institution. LOM and cja will moderate comments using these guidelines:

Please keep comments relevant. Irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive comments may be edited and/or deleted.

No profanity. No spam. No sexually explicit or discriminatory material. No personal attacks.

The responses remain public. All readers can enjoy reminiscing about the high school experience. If your comment is chosen for the publication, editing may be necessary. 

Ask your friends to LIKE the page and join the discussion.

If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a story or pictures, please send to cjamos64@gmail.com.

 

National Blue Ribbon School  http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/

Fairmont Senior was named as a National Blue Ribbon 

 

Class of 1966 Reunion

Save the Dates:

Class of 1966 will convene at the Fairmont Field Club on September 24, 2016 for their 50th class reunion.  Contact Cecilia Gallucci Price for more details or see updates here.

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmfdfeTqdnM

Congratulations to the 2015 Foundation Scholars.  Secure an application for 2016 from a counselor or by clicking on the link to the left.

NAMED
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Bethany Anne McPherson 
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Kayla Marie DeLorenzo 
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship--Steven Matthew Riggleman
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Michael Anthony Shaw
Davidson Family Scholarship--Dalton Alexander Okel
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Holly Lynne Bogdanich

Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship--Sarah Marie Topardo

GENERAL
Baylee Alexis Abbott  

TingTing Chen

Sarah Emily Cox 

Francisco Misael Guerrero

Sean Michael Riggleman

Halie Kay Rooks

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Landon Paul Owens

Madison Allyssa Schell

Create a profile to receive free monthly newsletter:  Follow directions below to create a profile.  Graduates must verify interest in receiving newsletter email by registering.  Please tell classmates and spread the word.  

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Under Classmate Profiles, click your year of graduation. 

When the list of graduates appears, click on your name.

When registration is complete, click SAVE and I shall verify your identity.

Private information like your email address, home address, and phone numbers will not be visible to fellow classmates unless you check the box that gives your permission.

Your registration will satisfy the classcreator requirements and you will receive the free monthly newsletter.  It will also assist classes with planning reunions without expense of mailings.

Don't forget you can log back into your account any time by using the gray login box in the upper right corner of our site's home page at http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  

REMEMBER WHEN:

Photo credit to Aaron Naternicola:  December 11, 2014 before home wrestling match

FOUNDATION BROCHURE:  See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alumni, and the community.

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Karen Finamore, Interim Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Suellen Lemley
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Leah Welty

Fairmont Senior High School 

U.S. Department of Education names Fairmont Senior High School a High Performing

National Blue Ribbon School

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012.

 
 RENOVATION SLIDESHOWS:  CLICK ON FOUNDATION Above in left banner

64436  Can you guess what it's counting?

 

Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade

 

WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.      

   
     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013

          

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS

Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.

DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE SENT TO:
 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091

Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter,  Darlene Boyles, Interim Principal Karen Finamore, Eddie Parker, 
Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti, and Suellen Lemley.  Vera, Rodney, Darlene, and Eddie have profiles on Facebook. 

 

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS             April 25, 2016

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm   Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Renee Maruka LeDonne is still searching for contact information for 1976 grads of Fairmont Senior High.  The reunion is scheduled for this July 29-Aug.1.  Send the info for you or a classmate with whom you remain in touch to Renee at bazookasis3@yahoo.com or message Rick Angeline or Renee through Facebook.

Signed to play at the next level:  Ryan Ricer will play baseball for Marshall.  Dom Smith to Marietta, Ben Stewart to WVWC and Michael Nuzum signs with Fairmont State.  Fairmont Senior’s Darhius Nunn will get the opportunity to play against his half-brother, former Fairmont Senior standout Jarin Hilson, at least twice a year in college for the next two seasons.

Nunn just signed to play his college basketball at Glenville State College and Hilson signed to play at Wheeling Jesuit. Both schools are in the highly-talented Mountain East Conference.

IN THE LOOP

Softball:  There are going to be six senior members of the Polar Bears’ softball team recognized tonight at Rivesville Middle School, but Fairmont Senior coach Josh Leep knows who the leaders are.  Becca Glover and Lexi Seremetis are both natives of Rivesville and have instilled that kind of confidence in him, since he began coaching when they were sophomores.Glover also lets her play doing the talking as she is second on the team in batting average with a .471 average and 10 RBIs. Seremetis also is batting .282 and has two RBIs.

Baseball:  It wasn’t perfection, but Fairmont Senior’s Steven Swiger came as close to it as you can.  Swiger pitched a complete-game one-hitter in five innings for the Polar Bears’ baseball team April 22 against Notre Dame.  Swiger also struck out seven in the 10-0 win.  For his efforts, Swiger has been voted this week’s I-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian Player of the Week.

After falling behind 3-0 in the third inning, the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears came back and defeated cross-county rival North Marion 6-4 recently at Mary Lou Retton Park.  Fairmont Senior collected 10 hits in the game with Lovejoy accounting for three, Valentine and Sabatino each collecting two and Austin Kuhn, Ryan Ricer and Austin Burr having one apiece.

TRACK:  The girls’ team from Fairmont Senior High School finished sixth with a team score of 42 points in an invitational at North Marion, just the second on the new track.  Fairmont Senior’s top finisher was Emily Hershberger, who took first place in the high jump with a leap of 4-feet-10.  The FSHS girls’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Hershberger, Seneca Williams, Merissa Mundell and Bethann White also took first place with a time of 1:12.09.  One spot behind the girls from Fairmont Senior was the girls’ team from East Fairmont that finished with 33 points.

Andrew Bundy in the 200-meter dash (23.71), Brian Curry in the 110 meter hurdles (15.77) were individual winners from Fairmont Senior.

Winning relay teams from Fairmont Senior came in the 4x100 meters with Ben Stewart, Michael Nuzum, Caleb Walker and Bundy (46.80), the shuttle hurdle team of Nuzum, Stewart, Curry and Dominic Smith (1:01.27) and the 4x200 team of Stewart, Nuzum, Bundy and Walker.

Interesting discovery:  A graduate recently asked me if diplomas could be replaced.  I did not know the answer to her question; however, when I called the school, the secretary referred me to Patricia in the counselor’s office.  Phone 304-367-2151 and ask for Patricia.  For $50.00 they can order a replacement diploma.

TW Moore, an optometrist at Dunbar Eye Associates, will be among 30,000 runners competing in the Boston Marathon Monday.

Every stride counts across the approximate 26.2 miles of a marathon, and few know that better than South Charleston resident TW Moore.  Moore, 32, will compete in the 120th annual Boston Marathon Monday. He’ll start in Wave One, Corral Two among the event’s most elite athletes, after missing the race by fewer than 30 seconds the previous year.  See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160416/GZ02/160419592/2007072127#sthash.lCTx3Sde.dpuf

Raymond Alvarez invites you to a dedication of a headstone marking the grave of Fairmont's last living slave which is planned at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th at Evergreen Cemetery, located at the end of Maple Avenue.  This date marks the 75th anniversary of the burial of Harriet "Aunt Hat" Whitely at Evergreen. The GFWC Woman's Club of Fairmont raised funds for the headstone at my request when I was researching her history last fall for an article published in the Spring 2016 Goldenseal.  At 3:00 p.m., the Woman's Club will have a tea and I will be presenting a short program on the life of "Aunt Hat."  I will also have copies of the Goldenseal magazine to give away to attendees.  There is no cost to attend and I hope you can attend and/or share this with your friends.  Stop by the Fleming Mansion at 300 First Street after 3 p.m. to see a display about Harriet and to learn about her life, and why she is very significant to Fairmont's history.

OBITUARIES

Dennis William Hermosilla, 61, of Mount Vernon Avenue, Fairmont, passed away early Thursday evening (April 7, 2016) in his residence.

He was born July 22, 1955, in Fairmont, son of Frances Alessio Hermosilla of Fairmont and the late Michael A. Hermosilla.

Dennis was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School in 1973, a graduate of Fairmont State College in 1980, and obtained his master's degree from West Virginia University. He was employed with the Marion County Board of Education as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator, with 30 years of service. Dennis started the fourth-grade girls' basketball league with the all-girl team at Watson Elementary. He also developed Race Class Gender Curriculum for all Marion County high schools.

Dennis was also very active for 26 years instructing basketball camps with Morgan Wootten in Maryland, obtaining his Lifetime Achievement Award. Following retirement, fulfilling a lifelong dream, Dennis became involved in the food industry. He catered many weddings and events. Recently, Dennis and his family established Hermosilla's Deli in Fairmont. Dennis enjoyed family activities and was a true family man.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Patty Louise Hermosilla of Fairmont; a son and his fiancee, Nick Joseph Hermosilla and Sheray Efaw, both of Fairmont; two daughters and their husbands, Ali Raye and Chris Gross of Fairmont, and Dominica and Klint West of Bridgeport; his grandson, Aidan Gross of Fairmont; a brother and his wife, Michael Jr. and Ann Hermosilla of Fairmont; his father-in-law, William Smith of Fairmont; three sisters-in-law, Nikki Hermosilla of Fairmont, Susie and her husband Dale Moran of Fayetteville, Tennessee, and Robin and her husband Doug Hannah of Fairmont; a brother-in-law and his wife, David and Vicki Smith of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Hermosilla; his mother-in-law, Dolores Smith; and a nephew, Anthony Hermosilla.

Dennis has chosen cremation services. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Buckland officiating.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Fairmont Soup Opera, 425 Quincy St., Fairmont; Scotts Place, 215 Scott Place, Fairmont; or HOPE Inc., Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 626, Fairmont.

Michael Alan DeCarlo, 65, of Orlando, Florida, passed away Sunday (March 6, 2016) after a long illness. Mike Sr. left this life peacefully into the arms of our Lord, embraced by his beloved son, Michael, and his devoted wife of 43 years, Donna.

Mike was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

A native of Fairmont, Michael resided for more than 30 years with his family in North Miami, Florida. He retired to Orlando, Florida, in 2009.

He was the son of the late Frank and Jean (Forchi) DeCarlo.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Mac and Christine (Zevel) Forchi; and paternal grandparents, Mike and Christina (Nucciarone) DeCarlo. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Naomi (Ornowski) Bacco; father-in-law, Joseph A. Bacco; brother-in-law, Allen V. McDade; and cousins, Richard DeCarlo, James V. DeCarlo Jr., Joe DeCarlo and Diane Marie Glover.

Mike attended St. Peter's Catholic School, Miller School and Fairmont State University, a 1976 graduate of Florida International University with a degree in recreation administration. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Little Rock and his tour included the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

He was employed by the City of Miami Beach for more than 30 years, supervising senior programs at the community centers. While in North Miami, Mike was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He was a volunteer for non­profit organizations raising funds for children's issues. He was a mentor and dad to Moral and Gary.

Mike was a huge Mickey Mantle fan, the Pittsburgh Steelers, West Virginia University and later supported the Miami Dolphins, UM and UCF. He was a vivid storyteller and often spoke of his antics with childhood friends, John Michael, Alfred, Joey, Joe and Bernadette. His passion for sports was ongoing. Mike was restoring his 1995 Mustang for his grandson, Mikey. The DeCarlo guys always enjoyed local car shows. In Orlando, he was a member of the American Legion and St. James Catholic Church. Mike and Donna often volunteered to bake and pack care packages for the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they supported the local arts.

Mike is survived by his wife, Donna (McDade) DeCarlo; son, Michael Anthony DeCarlo; daughter-in-law, Brenda DeCarlo; grandchildren, Michael Anthony Jr., Viviana Celia and Valentina Marie of Oviedo, Florida. Mike is survived by his sister, Frances Pignanelli and husband John of Gold Canyon, Arizona; brother-in-law, Rick Bacco and wife Kathy; nieces, Courtney and Taylor of Cooper City, Florida; his nephews, Brian Pignanelli and wife Ana Henry of Denver, Colorado, and Jason Pignanelli and wife Jesse of Great Falls, Montana; nephew, Craig McDade and wife Theresa of Huntsville, Alabama; and nieces, Rebecca (McDade) Moran and husband Chris of Fairmont and Kaitlin McDade of Oakland, Maryland. He is also survived by paternal aunts, Nancy Sciubbo and Mary Adduchio of Fairmont; his maternal aunt, Maryann Glover, and cousins, Charlotte Glover and Deborah Glover, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; many other cousins, including Patti, Larry, Paul, Linda, Sandra, Michael, Judy, Christine, Bob, Diane, John, Frank, Rosalie, Ginny, Chris, Kim and Jim; and great-nieces and -nephews, Jordan, Cecelia, Allen, Sophia and Asher.

Michael chose cremation and requested a burial at sea in Miami Beach, Florida. Final arrangements made by Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home in Orlando. A celebration of life for Michael "Mike Sr." is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 18 at St. James Catholic Cathedral where the U.S. Navy will perform military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the humane society of your choice.

Rodney Brent Knisely, 46, of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday (April 14, 2016) at his home.

Born Dec. 5, 1968, in Fairmont, he was the son of George and Shirley Perkins Knisely.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served two tours in Iraq. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his daughters.

Rodney is survived by two daughters, Sydney Avery Knisely and Bella Knisely; one brother, Gregg Knisely; one sister, Wendy Fulk and husband Shannon Manning; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. today at Brown Funeral Homes' South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. Family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the chapel in Inwood prior to the service.Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com

 

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

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Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

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     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2016

 

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS         

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm   Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc. sponsors an Elimination Dinner on Friday, April 15, 2016 with a $1,000.00 grand prize.  A $50.00 donation per couple helps the Foundation provide scholarships for advanced study after graduation from FSHS.  Social Hour is at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive.

38TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE ANNALS OF FHS EARNED BY DAVID RETTON’S BASKETBALL TEAM IN 2016

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1927  BOYS' BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1939  BOYS' BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  CLASS A  1942  BOYS' BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1946  FOOTBALL

WVAHSAA STATE CHAMPIONS  CLASS A  1949  BOYS' BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1960  WRESTLING

STATE CHAMPIONS  1977  BOY’S CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1988  BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1989  GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1991  AAA CHEERLEADING

STATE CHAMPIONS  1992  CHEERLEADING

STATE CHAMPIONS  1996  GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY  

STATE CHAMPIONS  1996  BOYS’ BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1997  GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

STATE CHAMPIONS  1997  BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1997  GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS 1998  GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1999  BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  1999  CHEERLEADING

STATE CHAMPIONS  1999  GIRLS’ TRACK

GEISA STATE CHAMPIONS AWARD

STATE CHAMPIONS  1999  BOYS’ SWIMMING  

STATE CHAMPIONS  2000  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2001  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2002  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2003  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2003  GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS  2004  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2005  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2006  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2006  GIRLS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2007  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS  2008  BOYS’ SWIMMING

STATE CHAMPIONS 2008  GIRLS' LACROSSE

STATE CHAMPIONS  2009  BOYS’ LACROSSE

STATE CHAMPIONS  2009 GIRLS' LACROSSE

STATE CHAMPIONS   AA/A  2012  BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY

STATE CHAMPIONS AA/A  2015  BOYS' SOCCER

STATE CHAMPIONS AA/A  2016  BOYS' BASKETBALL

Boys’ Basketball:  Fairmont Senior (23-5) dominated from start to finish on Saturday, winning its first boys’ basketball championship since 1996 with a 55-37 victory over defending champion Poca.

It was a rematch of the 2015 Class AA title game, which saw Poca erase a 20-5 deficit to complete a perfect season.

Nunn led Fairmont Senior with 18 points and 10 assists in the win, while Zyon Dobbs added 10 points. Dobbs played a key part in limiting Poca’s Frampton to just six points on 3 of 14 shooting.

With the win, Fairmont Senior ended Poca’s 51-game winning streak against in-state opponents.

Nunn finished the tournament with 54 points, 21 assists and 15 steals over the three games.

The Class AA all-state boys basketball team, as selected by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:  Darhius Nunn, Fairmont Senior, Sr. (capt.)  HONORABLE MENTION:  Zyon Dobbs, Justin Lee, and Brennan Moorhead.

Swimming:  Fairmont Senior's Kelsie Drennen had a dominant week in the pool for the Lady Polar Bears last week.

That performance earned Drennen the regional title in the backstroke and the 100 free.

Drennen broke her own school record in the girls’ 100 free with a time of 54.76 and then set the regional record in the backstroke with a time of 1:00.62. Drennen also set the regional record with a time of 3:55.15.

For her efforts she was voted this week’s 1-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian Player of the Week.

FSHS trio headline Big 10 swim awards

By Matt Welch Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior’s swim team has once again made a splash in the end-of-season awards. 

For the third-straight year, FSHS has taken home top honors within the Big 10 Conference, and this year was no different.

Fairmont Senior coach Dion Bright, just in his third season at the helm, has been named Boys’ Coach of the Year for the third-straight time, an honor he’s always given his swimmers credit for.  In addition to Bright, Isaac Kinder and Kelsie Drennen have been named the conference’s Boys’ and Girls’ Swimmer of the Year, respectively.

Most recently, Kinder placed second in the 100-yard freestyle while Drennen posted third and fourth in the backstroke and 100 free, respectively. Both are also vital members of several relay teams, including Kinder on the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay which just won a state championship.

Both swimmers were also named to the Big 10’s first team.

Joining Kinder on the boys’ first team were teammates Austin Joseph, Jeremy Sheppard and Ben Stewart, all of which made up that championship-winning relay team.

For the three seniors — Kinder, Sheppard and Stewart — the selections mark the third-straight first-team appearance. Joseph made the jump from second team to first team this season with a strong junior year.

Joining Drennen on the girls’ first team were teammates Adriana Abruzzino and Leah Mazelon.

Abruzzino also notched third- and fourth-place finishes at the state meet while Mazelon medaled on a relay squad.

It’s Drennen’s second-straight appearance on the first team and both Abruzzino’s and Mazelon’s first.

Earning second-team honors from Fairmont Senior were Meredith Muller, Jacob Ralston, Cam Smith and Max Stewart.

Email Matt Welch at mwelch@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV

Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming  FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior’s Kelsie Drennen and Isaac Kinder have been difference-makers in the pool all season.

That showed in the 2015-16 WVSSAC State Swim Meet at the WVU Natatorium.

As individuals, Kinder took home a runner-up performance in the 100-yard freestyle, while Drennen finished third and fourth in the backstroke and the 100 free.

In addition, Kinder helped the 200-yard freestyle team to a state title, while Drennen helped the 200 free to a third-place finish and the 400 free team to a fourth-place finish.

For their efforts, both have been named this year’s Times West Virginian Swimmers of the Year.

Kinder, a senior, took over a leadership role for the Polar Bears this season after learning from standout swimmer Taylor Campbell.

Make no mistake about it — the boys’ fifth-place and the girls’ sixth-place finishes at the state tournament undoubtedly came due to Kinder and Drennen’s performances.

Girls’ Basketball:  By Garrett Cullen in High School Sports, Sports | March 11, 2016 at 11:38AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fairmont Senior advanced into Saturday’s Class AA state championship game for the second straight year, beating No. 7 Grafton 76-58 in a physical matchup from start to finish.

The game set a girls’ basketball state tournament record, for all classes, with 67 combined fouls, shattering the previous record of 54, set in 1994 and again in 2000. Fairmont Senior also set an overall tournament record with 35 team fouls in the game. The previous record was 33 set back in 1987.

The two teams combined for 96 free throws in the game.

Girls’ Basketball:  When Fairmont Senior girls’ basketball coach Corey Hines saw his team get down in a game this season he turned to his bench. The result was his reserves tallying 37 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in an eventual 83-59 win on Saturday at the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Fieldhouse.  Reason enough to look forward to next year.

Congratulations to Erica Bowles who was named Times-West Virginian Player of the Year.  She eclipsed 1,000 in February this season which is her junior year.  Coach Hines hopes that the girls can return to the state tournament during her senior season.  

Wrestling:  Fairmont Senior’s Danny Booth and North Marion’s Caleb Kuhn kicked action off in the 145-pound weight class in a match that has become one of the better ones around the state.

Booth led the match 2-0 after two periods but Kuhn managed to tie things up with just 50 seconds left in the third period, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Kuhn earned two quick points and a win over Booth, who had held a 2-0 mark over his head all season.

A wrestler from North and West hadn’t wrestled each other in the state finals since 1999.

For West, Jake Abbott came up against a brick wall by the name of Noah Adams from Independence, one of the state’s top wrestlers at any weight class.

Abbott, wrestling for his first title, put up a fight but ultimately fell to Adams in the second round.

For Fairmont Senior, which finished 12th, growing pains have strengthened Delligatti’s group.

Wrestlling honors:  Congratulations to all the Polar Bear Wrestlers qualifying for the state tournament!

Tavian Richardson, Kevin Brewer, Khaleb Fazenbaker, Danny Booth, Caleb Masters, Spencer Long and Jake Abbott.

FAIRMONT — The Polar Bears’ Darhius Nunn had a career week against Preston and Bridgeport when he averaged 29.5 points over two games.

Nunn began his onslaught against Preston when he scored 33 points in a 113-28 win on Tuesday.

In the second game Nunn had another impressive showing with 26 points against Bridgeport on Friday, but the Polar Bears fell to the Indians 56-47; however, Nunn and the Bears avenged that loss in the semi-finals of the State Tournament.

Nunn’s performance earned this week’s I-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian Player of the Week.  He concluded his senior season as MVP of the state tournament.  

Boys’ Basketball:  Congratulations to Fairmont Senior's Darhius Nunn who scored his 1,000 career point in the Polar Bears' win tonight.

Finamore named interim principal at FSHS; Womble new dean of students

BY KELSIE VANDERWIJST TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN 

FAIRMONT— An interim principal has been named for Fairmont Senior High School.

On Jan. 4, FSHS principal Tyson Furgason was asked to leave the school due to his behavior at work, then as of the Marion County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Furgason was suspended.

As a result, during Monday evening’s BOE meeting, Karen Finamore was named as interim principal for the school by board members.

“Right now, we anticipate that it could be as long as for the rest of the school year,” Gary Price, superintendent for Marion County Schools, said.

Finamore was serving as assistant principal at FSHS at the time of Furgason suspension.

“Ms. Finamore has a great deal of previous experience in administration, including as a principal,” Price said. “We have every confidence in her ability to handle the situation and provide Fairmont Senior High School with the guidance needed to see through the spring activities.”

For additional support for administrative duties, the BOE members have hired a dean of students.

“That person is Jamal Womble and he is a physical education teacher at West Fairmont Middle School,” Price said. “We hired him as the dean of students for the remainder of the school year to assist with the administrative duties.”

Price believes that Womble is a good fit for the job at the high school.

“Jamal will be a very comfortable fit, especially with the students, since he had the vast majority of them in his physical education class at West Fairmont Middle School,” Price said.

Dear 1967 FSHS Classmates,

I am trying to garner excitement and enthusiasm for our 50th Reunion the summer of 2017. In hopeful anticipation that we can get something together, I am gathering mailing addresses and especially emails so we can keep in close communication. We do have a Facebook page set up which is “Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1967” so if you are on Facebook, please join this group. My email address ispsnyder127@aol.com so please send me your address and email if I don’t already have it. If unsure, send anyway. If you are in contact with other classmates, please send me their information or encourage them to do so. Thanks Polar Bears!!  

Also, in preparation, I want to collect pictures of our school life which could include elementary, junior high and high school. So, if you have any pictures to share, please scan and email to me at above address or mail to me at 832 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. I will be happy to scan for you and return them to you. I have already scanned our 1967 yearbook, and it is on Carol Amos’ FSHS Classmates page so it will be included. A special thanks to Carol for all she does for FSHS! There is also a google photos account, so if you are really techie and would like to just drag your pics there, just contact me and I will give you the login information. 

Thanks all! Looking forward to hearing from each and every one of you!

Pam Janes Snyder

IN THE LOOP

FAIRMONT— Fairmont Senior High School students Ashley Bright and Timothy Suder have been named January Elks Students of the Month.

Bright is an honor roll student of four years, a three-time state qualifier and also team captain for swimming, lacrosse letterman for two years and a four-year letterman in swimming.

She is the daughter of Dion and Michelle Bright and plans on majoring in nursing at Fairmont StateUniversity.

Suder is an Eagle Scout, a member of the NationalHonor Society, a member of MuAlpha Theta, a member of the Science Honorary and placed inMath FieldDay.

He is the son of Mark and Margie Suder and plans on majoring in chemistry and has not decided about college.

FAIRMONT — Olivia Moroose and Steven Swiger have been named December Elks Students of the Month at Fairmont Senior High School.

Moroose is an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, the student body vice president, 2014 cheerleading regional champion and part of the Madrigals. She plans to attend West Virginia University to study nursing.

She is the daughter of Steven and Tina Moroose.

Swiger is a National Honor Society member, on the varsity baseball team, part of Mu Alpha Theta, an FBLA member and the Boys State attendee. He plans on attending Fairmont State University to study civil or safety engineering.

He is the son of Bill and Michelle Swiger.

from John Veasey's Column:  John reports, “J.L. Abbott called to have me warn the public about a scam that affects his school.

The Fairmont Senior High School football coach said he had received two calls letting him know about a company in Texas that was raising money for his football program.

But J.L. did some checking around and learned that neither the Polar Bear Boosters or any other group had sought any fundraising help.

“This is just another of those scams,” he said. “I wanted to let the people in Fairmont know so they would not give any money to this group if called.”

These scam operators will try anything to con people out of their money, won’t they? 

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Mary Jo Nash Tork, 78, of Wheeling and formerly of Fairmont peacefully passed from this life surrounded by family this past weekend ( March 26, 2016, 2:31 PM) at Wheeling Hospital. She was born in Fairmont on August 20th, 1937 a daughter of the late Nicholas and Cora Vozzo-Nash from Calabria-Italy. 

She was a Christian, a coal miners daughter, head majorette at Fairmont Senior High, a Gray Lady volunteer for The Red Cross, the only one to make a movie-film of her husbands world record in the pole vault and her husbands only pole vault coach, traveled and lived all over the country, was blessed with contagious laughter, adored music, was a Marine Corp wife and mother, and a grandmother to two Army soldiers. Her cinnamon rolls and daily phone calls will be deeply missed, but what she will be most remembered for is: her stories, her laughter, and her perpetual need to take care of everyone. 

Mary Jo is survived by her husband of 61 years, David E. Tork of Wheeling; one brother John Nash of Fairmont; one sister Lillian Ann "Zeke" Hanes of Virginia Beach, VA; five children; Diane Strutz and her husband Gary of San Jose, CA; Patricia Standring and her husband James of Portland, OR; Sheri Tork of Wheeling, Paula (Tork) Lane of Wheeling and John Tork and his wife Lisa of Wheeling; 10 grandchildren, Nick Kaiel, Noelle (Kaiel) Mason and husband Justin, Lisa Strutz, Corinne Tork, Jackie (Heatherley) Fether and husband Scott, Mary Strutz, Leon Lane and Emily Tork; 3 great-grandchildren; Baylie and Taylor Mason and Tristan Oyola; one sister-in-law Frances Nash and one brother-in-law John Allevato; also a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers; Larry, Joseph, Dominick and Vincent James Nash and 4 sisters; Nellie Bogovich, Rose Urbanick, Mary "Theresa" Maunz and Minnie Frey-Allevato.

A friends and family funeral service will be held at Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A) 320 Madison Street Fairmont, WV on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM-4:00PM. Her final resting place will be in the WV National cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.freyhomeforfunerals.com or fhff320@aol.com.

Robert “Bob” Ott, of Bellview community, Fairmont, went home to be with the Lord on Monday (March 14, 2016) at Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

Bob was born Jan. 8, 1945, (class of 1963) the son of the late Charles Glenn Ott and Susie Elizabeth Harker Ott.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Marjorie Ann Duncan Ott.

Bob is survived by his two sons, Robert “Robbie” and Christy Ott of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Ryan and Krysta Ott of Falling Waters. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Lauren Ott, Brady Ott and Chad Wall IV; and by one brother, Jeri Ott of Paden City. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Susie Kniceley of Rivesville.

Along with his parents and beloved wife, Bob was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie, Jack and Don Ott; and by three sisters, Shirley Brumage, Maxine Yost and Norma Jean Ott.

Bob was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Jason AR-8. He was a former member of Pitcher United Methodist Church and retired in 2000 as a meter supervisor for the City of Fairmont Water Department.

Bob was one of the original founders of the fifth- and sixth-grade Marion County basketball leagues and a former president of the Fairmont Little League. He was a member of Fairmont Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M. Masons and a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, Wheeling Consistory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion County Rescue Squad, 400 Virginia Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Stanley Merrifield officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover. There will be full military honors provided by the Marion County Veterans Council, and the Fairmont Lodge No. 9 Masons A.F. & A.M. will hold rituals at the graveside.

Nancy Pollock Wolff, 60, died Sunday (March 27, 2016) at Baptist Health of Louisville. She was a native of Fairmont, born July 6, 1955, to Elaine Markowitz and the late Norman Pollock. Nancy was a 1973 graduate of Fairmont High School, a retired concierge with the Monogram Experience Center at General Electric and a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

She is preceded in death by her father and her sister, Susan Pollock.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Wolff; her daughter, Alyssa Goldwater (Adam) of Chicago, Illinois; her granddaughter, Miriam Sheva Goldwater; her mother, Elaine Markowitz Pollock of Fairmont; her sister, Cookie Kushner (Stuart) of Savannah, Georgia; her brother, Scott Pollock (Marcy) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her niece, Michelle Barsanti; her nephews, Jordan Pollock and Brandon Spellman; and her aunts, numerous cousins and many wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky with burial to follow in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

Theresa Marie Damico, 90, of Monongah, (class of 1944) passed away Sunday (Feb. 14, 2016) of natural causes.

Theresa was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Fairmont, to the late John and Mary Bluemetto Bonfantino.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Alfred Bonfantino, John Bonfantino II and her nephew John Bonfantino III.

Theresa was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and would eventually work for more than 30 years in the meat department of Thorofare Market on Country Club Road. While at Thorofare, she became active with the United Food and CommercialWorkers Union as a steward and organizer, often taking a leave of absence from the store to help with Union organization campaigns. In 1982, she became the Marion County senior aide director where she remained until her retirement in 1991.

She is survived by her daughter, Trudy Anderson and husband Charles of Fairmont; her brother, Lenny Bonfantino and wife Linda of Monongah; her sister, Rosemary Newbrough of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Natalie Jefferis and husband Andrew of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Meredith Dailer and husband Jacob of Wheeling and Tyler Anderson of Morgantown; her nephew, Frank Bonfantino and wife Linda of Fairmont, her niece, Marlene Gaston and husband Stanley of Mannington; and three greatgrandchildren, Trey Jefferis, Tessa Dailer and Cal Dailer.

Nana, as her grandkids and great-grandkids called her, was an avid sports fan and loved watching her Mountaineers and Steelers. For years, she also enjoyed local bingo games often attending with close friends. Above all, she cherished her time with her loving daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. Fairmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Father S.A. Arokiadass as celebrant. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Deacon Louis Belldina officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh. com.

Veda L. (Smith) Reed, 101, of Fairmont, (class of 1934) departed this life while at the home of 75 years on Saturday (Feb. 13, 2016).

She was born on May 23, 1914 in Graysville, Pennsylvania, to the late David L. and Etta L. (Henderson) Smith.

After moving to Fairmont with her family in 1933 and graduating from Fairmont Senior High School, she was employed by G.C. Murphy Company and Golden Brothers until she married and devoted her life to her husband and the raising of five children.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Reed and his wife Karen (Carter) of Garner, North Carolina, Donald Reed of Brockport, New York, Gary Reed of Fairmont and Kenneth Reed and his wife Roberta (Greer) of Fairmont; grandsons, Rick Reed and his wife Lisa (Roberts) of Cary, North Carolina and David Reed of Fairmont and great-grandchildren, Madison and Logan Reed of Cary.

Also surviving is a sister-inlaw, Nellie Crossland of Fairmont, formerly of Davis; a brother-in-law, Randall Reed of Canaan Valley and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Barbara (Finnerin) Small of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lindsey Reed Jr.; her daughter, Kathryn J. (Jeannie) Reed; and her sister, Georgia (Smith) Finnerin.

A private graveside service will be held at the Buena Cemetery in Canaan Valley. Services are under the direction of the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont.

Online condolences may be sent to the Reed Family at www.carpenterandford.com.

Eric Matthew Shimer, 54, (class of 1980) formerly of Fairmont, passed away suddenly on Tuesday (Feb. 23, 2016) at his home in Henderson, Nevada.

A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Eric continued on to earn an A.A. in sociology from Garrett County Community College in Maryland, a B.A. in recreational management and physical education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and a master’s in sports coaching and administration from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama.

Through his early love of sports playing in the backyards of his Brackenridge neighborhood, Eric formed friendships that continued throughout his life. While he played football and basketball, his true love would always be baseball.

At Garrett Community College, Eric was awarded with two-year, back-to-back honors as team MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Regional Player of the Year in 1981-83. He was a JUCO All-American. In 1983, he was proud to be a member of the United States Pan American team. As a two-year baseball starter at Flagler College in 1983-85, he received the Leadership Award in 1985 as a member of the All-Flagler team. Eric was drafted by the Detroit Tigers minor league, played as catcher and was compelled to move on due to a severe knee injury.

Eric’s career included positions as assistant baseball coach at Palm Beach Junior College and Polk County Community College in Florida, head coach and instructor at Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale and baseball coach recruiter for Polk Community College in Winter Haven. From there he accepted a position at the University of Georgia. Throughout the years, Eric embraced timeless respect for and gratitude to those he valued as most having contributed to his baseball successes: coach Dan Kupets, coach Phil Caruso and coach Glen Aspinwall. In 1996, Eric relocated to Henderson, Nevada, where he created the successful Fletcher’s Sports Consulting service.

Eric is survived by his love and beloved companion of more than 20 years, “Jerri” Geraldine Sandman; his sister, Wendy Shimer Brown and her husband Clayton Brown; and the other loves of his life, rescued dogs, Bernie Brillo and Mina, cats, Nipper and Peanut; as well as many cousins and lifelong friends.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Mary Jo Shimer; his older brother, Kevin Shimer; and his rescued dogs, Fletcher, Mango and Milo.

Eric did not wish to have a visitation or service. A celebration of life to share with family, loved ones and friends will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to an animal welfare organization of choice, a youth sports development program or to the family at P.O. Box 1763, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Samuel “Sam” Frances Underwood, 90, of Fairmont, (class of 1944) passed away Friday (Feb. 27, 2016) at the home of his daughter, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Feb. 10, 1926, the last surviving child born to Leeman Roy Underwood and Hazel (King) Underwood.

Samuel was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, to whom he was deeply devoted, Alma Lee (Satterfield) Underwood, in February of 2011.

Mr. Underwood graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from Mon Power as a maintenance electrician after more than 30 years of service.

He and his late wife, Alma, spent many years volunteering with the American Red Cross in Disaster Services. He was an instructor trainer in first aid for the Red Cross. Family and friends will remember Sam as someone that was always available to help anyone who needed it.

He is survived by a son, David F. Underwood and his wife Jean of Fairview; two daughters, Genny Zbach and her husband Larry of Fairmont and Sarah Summers and her husband Butch of Fairmont; six grandchildren, Samantha Rayburn and her husband John, Seth Underwood, Aaron Underwood and his wife Julie, Jessie Yamanouchi and her husband Taka, Ezra Zbach and Micah Kress and her husband George; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Underwood; and three sisters, Maurice Norman, Evelyn Lockwood and Eloise Janzen.

Friends and family may call from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home in Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Butch Summers and David F. Underwood officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover.

In honor of his service to the American Red Cross, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 405 First St., Fairmont, WV 26554.

Online condolences may be sent to the Underwood family at www.carpenterandford.com

Kari Sue Robertson Dorrian, 49, (class of 1985) went to be with the Lord on 3/3/16 after a brave, but short battle with cancer. Kari was born to James and Myra Robertson in Washington, PA and grew up in Fairmont, WV. She was the devoted wife of Kevin Dorrian and loving mother of three sons, Daniel, James, and Declan. She will be deeply missed by her sister, Kim Robertson and her brother, Scott Robertson and his wife May and their children Ericka and Connor. 

Kari was valedictorian of her class at Fairmont Senior High School, received her B.A. from Drew University and M.Ed. from Old Dominion University. Kari loved to read, garden, travel, and was an avid genealogist. Nothing could tear her away from the TV if the Steelers were playing. Kari also enjoyed playing video games and following the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

A funeral service will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel, on Monday, 3/7/16, with visitation at 1:30 pm and service beginning at 2:00 pm. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Hilton Oceanfront immediately following. 

Interment in the Washington Cemetery in Washington PA will take place on 3/10/16.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation @ tnbcfoundation.org, online condolences may be made at hdoliver.comPublished in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 5, 2016- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=kari-sue-dorrian&pid=177944966&fhid=15635#sthash.NgXHdKWX.dpuf

GREENSBORO HUGH ECKESS JONES, JR., 83, FSHS 1950, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016, at his home in Colfax, NC. Eckess was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, on November 28, 1932 to the late Hugh Eckess Jones, Sr. and Lillian Hall Jones.  Eckess graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1954 and then served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 1954 to '56. He married Anne Nelson Jones in 1956, and they moved to Greensboro, where he owned Jones Fur Service until his retirement in 1994. Eckess was a longtime member of the Greensboro Rotary Club (past president), Jaycees, the Natural Science Center (past president) and General Greene Boy Scout Council (past president). Eckess was Scoutmaster of Troop 216 for ten years and his leadership produced 42 Eagle Scouts, including his three sons. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1977 from the Boy Scouts for distinguished service to youth. Eckess enjoyed travelling, hiking, biking and working with wood, producing many beautiful bowls and wonderful furniture pieces. He and Anne spent many summers at their home on Beech Mountain, NC.  Eckess is survived by his wife, Anne, of 59 years, of the home, his sons, Hugh Nelson Jones and wife Sally of Greensboro, David James Jones and wife Catherine of High Point, Andrew Alan Jones and wife Cara Mia of Boca Raton, Florida, daughter, Molly Jones Burns and husband Joseph of Greensboro. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren, Molly Brooks Jones of Greensboro, Katherine Jones Breeding and husband Matthew of Charlotte, Margaret Jones Ott and husband Taylor of Greensboro, Hugh Graham Jones of Anchorage, Alaska, Laura Jones Davis and husband Ryan of Roanoke, Virginia, David Nelson Jones of Jackson, Wyoming, Joseph Eugene Burns, Jr, John Beauregard Burns, and Marguerite Anne Burns, all of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, John Grady Davis of Roanoke, Virginia, and Sullivan Claire Ott of Greensboro. Eckess is also survived by his brother, James Edward Jones and wife Sandra, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Funeral services will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm. A private inurnment ceremony will be held prior to the funeral service. The family will receive friends after the service in the Virginia Gilmer Room. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Old North State Boy Scout Council, 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408.Online condolences may be made through www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

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Obituary for Mary Jo Tork
Mary Jo Tork, 78, of Wheeling and formerly of Fairmont peacefully passed from this life surrounded by family this past weekend ( March 26, 2016, 2:31 PM) at Wheeling Hospital. She was born in Fairmont on August 20th, 1937 a daughter of the late Nicholas and Cora Vozzo-Nash from Calabria-Italy.

She was a Christian, a coal miners daughter, head majorette at Fairmont Senior High, a Gray Lady volunteer for The Red Cross, the only one to make a movie-film of her husbands world record in the pole vault and her husbands only pole vault coach, traveled and lived all over the country, was blessed with contagious laughter, adored music, was a Marine Corp wife and mother, and a grandmother to two Army soldiers. Her cinnamon rolls and daily phone calls will be deeply missed, but what she will be most remembered for is: her stories, her laughter, and her perpetual need to take care of everyone.

Mary Jo is survived by her husband of 61 years, David E. Tork of Wheeling; one brother John Nash of Fairmont; one sister Lillian Ann "Zeke" Hanes of Virginia Beach, VA; five children; Diane Strutz and her husband Gary of San Jose, CA; Patricia Standring and her husband James of Portland, OR; Sheri Tork of Wheeling, Paula (Tork) Lane of Wheeling and John Tork and his wife Lisa of Wheeling; 10 grandchildren, Nick Kaiel, Noelle (Kaiel) Mason and husband Justin, Lisa Strutz, Corinne Tork, Jackie (Heatherley) Fether and husband Scott, Mary Strutz, Leon Lane and Emily Tork; 3 great-grandchildren; Baylie and Taylor Mason and Tristan Oyola; one sister-in-law Frances Nash and one brother-in-law John Allevato; also a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers; Larry, Joseph, Dominick and Vincent James Nash and 4 sisters; Nellie Bogovich, Rose Urbanick, Mary "Theresa" Maunz and Minnie Frey-Allevato.

A friends and family funeral service will be held at Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A) 320 Madison Street Fairmont, WV on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM-4:00PM. Her final resting place will be in the WV National cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.freyhomeforfunerals.com or fhff320@aol.com.

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS          Happy Valentine’s Day, 2016

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"Into my heart's treasury

I slipped a coin

That time cannot take

Nor a thief purloin, --

Oh better than the minting

Of a gold-crowned king

Is the safe-kept memory

Of a lovely thing." Sara Teasdale

Happy Valentine's Day to all those who have contributed lovely memories to my heart's treasury.  I am particularly mindful of those treasures as I celebrate my milestone birthday of three score and ten years.

IN THE LOOP

The Polar Bears have crowned FOUR individual Big 10 Champions: 132 Khaleb Fazenbaker, 145 Danny Booth,170 Caleb Masters, & 195 Jake Abbott!

FAIRMONT — The face of East Fairmont’s sophomore guard Jesse Maddox said it all as he headed to the bench in the fourth quarter against Fairmont Senior. 

The Bees were thrashed for the second time this season by nearly 30 points as the Polar Bear’s senior guard Darhius Nunn scored 19 points in a 76-47 win on Wednesday at the 201st Fieldhouse. Junior guard Justin Lee also had a big night with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Nunn started the game on point as his three treys helped the Polar Bears get out to a 15-6 lead.

East Fairmont’s Michael Gaskill did his best to keep his team up as he inserted an authoritative dunk, but the Bees still trailed 20-10 after one quarter.

Nunn went cold from beyond the arc on his next three attempts, but Lee was able to pick him and finish with eight first half points and seven rebounds.

Fairmont Senior also rode a 67 shooting percentage from the field to pull ahead 34-20 at the half. The Bees could not match the same intensity as they shot 40 percent.

The bigger statement of Fairmont’s defense was the fact that Maddox, senior guard Ty Lawson and junior guard David McQuain were held to five points combined.

Maddox had been held scoreless in the first two quarters, but opened up with a trey to open the second half and quickly followed with field goal after a beautiful spin move.

The Polar Bears proceeded to go on a 27-14 run in the third quarter to go up 59-34. The Bees struggled to score as they seemed to take ill-advised shots in front of Fairmont Senior defenders.

The majority of the fourth quarter was more of the same as Fairmont outscored East Fairmont 17-14 in the period and forced Asterino to wave the proverbial white flag with three minutes left in the game.

Stephen Godwin Jr. can be reached at sgodwin@timeswv.com or on Twitter @StephenGodwinJr

Polar Bear Swimmers  Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 3:30 pm

By Sean McNamara Times West Virginian

FSHS boys take first at Big 10 Championship swim meet; FSHS girls second

FAIRMONT — As all the swim teams in the Big 10 conference gathered at Fairmont State University Saturday to battle for conference supremacy, the boys' swim team from Fairmont Senior High School ran away with a win for the day, and with it, the Big 10 championship.

The Polar Bears, led by Isaac Kinder, Ben Stewart and Jeremy Shepherd, all of whom were named All-Conference swimmers as well, scored 252 points as a team, 53 points better than second-place Bridgeport.

The boys' swim team from North Marion finished fourth with a total of 93 points.

In the girls' competition, the Lady Polar Bears from Fairmont Senior battled, but came up four points short of champion Bridgeport, taking second place overall.

Adrianna Abruzzino and Kelsie Drennan were named All-Conference as a result of their performances.

All five county swim teams will now move on to regional competition at Shepherd University on Feb. 6

Regional Competition:  These kids left it all in the pool today!! They showed Region 2 what Polar Bears are made of!! Heart, sportsmanship, and Polar Bear Pride!! The Boys won the Region and the girls were a close second with meet and school records broken by the boys and girls!! It was a great day to be a Polar Bear. Regional qualifiers will compete at the state meet next weekend.  Records and results will appear in the next free, monthly newsletter.

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 4:00 am

By Matt Welch Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Dante Stills was sitting in class at Fairmont Senior when he received a letter.

Stills traveled to Texas — for the first time — last week for the three-day event at the Alamodome.

Wearing the number 583 on his back, he went through agility drills, ran the 40-yard dash and the pro shuttle, tested his vertical and broad jump and worked on power drills.

As a sophomore, Stills said he competed against many older players.

“They were more experienced than me. I went up against a lot of juniors,” he said. “I felt good going against them because that makes me see what I’ll see at the next level.”

Stills said the combine allowed him to work on improving his game, specifically his quickness coming off the ball and using his hands when engaging blockers.

“It taught me a lot. The biggest difference was size,” he said. “I thave to fight off the ball quicker and use more of my hands for leverage. I had to use so many moves down there and use my hands and quickness.”

During the winter months, Stills plays forward for the Fairmont Senior basketball team.

But when basketball season is over, training for football begins again. And Stills hopes to take what he’s learned from events like the U.S. Army National Combine and put it to good use come football season.

“I just want to play and compete at my highest potential,” Stills said of his plan for his junior and senior season.

Stills already has an offer on the table from West Virginia University with more likely to come.

That letter was an invitation, asking him to attend the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

“I felt honored,” Stills said of receiving the invitation. “Not a lot of sophomores get to do something like that.”

Stills, a sophomore defensive end for the Polar Bears’ football team, is a familiar face among some of these combines, saying that it may have been his performance at a West Virginia event last summer that helped him receive this invitation.

“I did pretty good in a combine at Nitro and got the MVP,” he said. “I think that helped.”

Email Matt Welch at timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.

BOOKS:  Daddy’s Ledger remains available:  “I’ve been reading Diane Parker's book and having a Fairmont "revisit." When she tells about Eddie's birth at FGH, she mentions her nurse Albertha Rosier. Miss Rosier was a roomer (as they called her) at the Robey's. She had the downstairs bedroom to the right and I can still remember the furnishings. She was a very large woman with long, dark hair, which she wore up, and she had a wonderful smile. She must have worked a lot of nights, because I can remember hearing her come in very late when I spent the night there (upstairs). I don't know where she went when she left Locust Ave. I actually never knew her first name until I saw it in the book--Mema and Popop always called her "Rosier." Good memories.”  Ann P.  **Editor's note:  Rick and I raised our family here and have lived in the home built by the Robey family for forty-one years.  I love to hear her stories. I'm sure that Diane's book brings back memories of Fairmont to many of the readers.  I miss dear Diane and think of her daily.

Anne Jones Graziani (class of '69) has written and illustrated a children's book, "Charlie Walker and the Pot of Gold". Anne uses the pen name Anne Parsons and describes the book as one that encourages children to believe in the treasures within. Anne's book can be purchased from the publisher through a link on her web site www.authoranneparsons.com or through the publisher's site at rslaunchpad.com. A hard copy is available, and electronic versions for Kindle and Nook are also available. Anne currently lives in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Morris Morrison:  Overnight Success: An Inspiring Story About Culture, Results & The American Dream  Many people have already experienced Morris Morrison’s highly inspirational message on stage. Next, follow the journey of one of America’s fastest-growing motivational speakers that took him from the bright lights of New York City to the coal-mining hills of West Virginia, where a hospital doctor changed Morris Morrison’s life - forever. As you read along, the spirit of the American Dream will unfold before your eyes, and you’ll be inspired as Morris Morrison exposes the #1 killer facing our world today - our desire to have instant gratification and Overnight Success. Overnight Success vividly illustrates Morris Morrison’s journey to survive after losing his birthparents in New York City and his second set of parents as a teen. This unforgettable message reads like a Hollywood script that you just can’t put down, as Morris Morrison uncovers the unexpected connection between culture, spoiled soccer kids, Netflix, country music and the #1 topic dominating everyone’s mind today - how to get what We want…. faster.

A mystery to be solved.  I’m actually doing it for my friend, Lou Ann Bunner Farrar (Class of ‘66).  When I saw her this summer, she handed me a FSHS class ring and said that I might be the one to look into this.  I thought that you might be able to include this in your next newsletter.  It’s the only way that I knew to get the word out.  You can leave my name out of it and write it from Lou Ann’s viewpoint. 

“I have a FSHS class ring in my possession and it doesn’t belong to me or my siblings.  I found it when cleaning out my mother’s house after she died.  My brother, John Bunner, graduated in 1960, my sister Sally in 1961, so the owner could have been friends with them.

Description:  Class of 1957 solid gold cigar band FSHS ring (no stone)

Found in the Bunner’s house  / either at 854 Virginia Avenue (most likely since this is where my family grew up) or at 952 Coleman Avenue where my parents moved later on.  Woman’s ring.  Approximate size:  5 – 5.5  Only identifying mark are the initials on the inside J S.”

Wonder if J S would like to have her ring back?  Let’s see if an appeal in your newsletter might help.  You can use Lou Ann’s name since she found it.  However, I am in possession of the ring.  If anyone responds, have them contact you and then you can contact me.

Let’s see if we can solve this mystery. 

FSHS Class of '59 75th Birthday Party, July 22-24, Jacksonville FL. For details, contact Lina Shone Ingraham at lingra9@yahoo.com   This will be our 10th party in Jacksonville

Reunion:  The class of '71 is planning our 45th class reunion for the weekend of September 9 & 10

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Dr. Jerry Zane “Doggie” “Doc” Kendrick, 76, passed away Thursday, (January 28, 2016) at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born October 26,1939, the son of the late Gerald Zane “Red” and Marion E. Kisner Kendrick. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Linda J. Fultz Kendrick and brother-in-law Donald Seay. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Susan Mason Kendrick; two sons, David Zane Kendrick of Houston, TX and Jeffrey Scott Kendrick of Waxhaw, NC; one sister, Joan Seay of Albany, GA; grandchildren Jacob Zane Kendrick, Grace Noelle Kendrick, Lindsey Marie Kendrick, and Kelly Lynn White. A 1957 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Jerry excelled at football and basketball. He attended Fairmont State University and completed his undergraduate work at West Virginia University. Jerry graduated in 1963 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force where we achieved the rank of Captain. His seven-year tenure included assignments to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; an epidemiological unit in Manila, Philippines; and the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, PA. During that time, Jerry earned an M.S. in Laboratory Animal Medicine from Texas A & M University and went on to complete his board certification in that field. Affectionately known as “Doggie,” Jerry returned home to Fairmont and founded Middletown Animal Clinic. There, he utilized his gifts-his intellect and kind, gentle and loving spirit-to care for animals and mentor future veterinarians for 41 years. An avid golfer, Jerry played courses across the U.S. and abroad. He enjoyed years of memorable golf outings as a longtime member and past board member of Fairmont Field Club. He was also a member of Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport and a former Rotarian. “Doggie” was a devoted fan of WVU sports and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While stationed in Colorado Springs with the Air Force, he learned to ski and enjoyed skiing in West Virginia for many years. Jerry seized a life he lived to the fullest. His easygoing nature and fun-loving personality blessed all those he encountered. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jerry's memory to the Pet Helpers, Inc., 726 East Park Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554: the Marion County Humane Society, P. O. Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26555; or the Humane Society of Harrison County, 2450 Saltwell Road, Shinnston, WV 26431. Friends will be received at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 2 " 8 PM, and on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 11 " 1 PM. A celebration of Jerry's life will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1PM with Dr. Gary McCutcheon officiating. Internment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown. Military Graveside rites will be held by the Marion County Veterans Council. Online condolences may be made at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Daniel Robert “Robbie” Abruzzino II, 49, of Hedgesville, formerly of Fairmont, died Friday January 29, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Fairmont on June 20, 1966, son of Daniel R. and Constance “Connie” Martin Abruzzino of Fairmont.

He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a graduate of Fairmont State University with a degree in Business and Accounting. Thereafter, obtaining a MBA from West Virginia University. 

Robbie was a pitcher for Fairmont State University following a successful high school career where he was named "Outstanding Senior Baseball Player" at FSHS in 1984. Robbie was also an avid softball player, golfer and hunter.

Robbie worked as a commercial lender with BB&T Bank, Huntington Bank, Planter’s Bank in Winchester, Virginia, and Sovereign Bank in Hagerstown, Maryland. He also worked for Dan Ryan Builders in Martinsburg before working for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town as a Duel Rate Supervisor. 

Robbie was affiliated with the Rotary Club and the United Way of Martinsburg, the Knights of Columbus, Big Brother Program, and the Berkeley County Senior Center.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving children Christopher Anthony Abruzzino and Gianna Marie Abruzzino both of Hedgesville; a sister and brother-in-law Debra Abruzzino Coleman and husband Daniel of Naples, Florida. He is also survived by several uncles, aunts, cousins, and close friends, and his beloved dog Abbey.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents “Nanny” Rose and “Poppy” Aniceto Martin Martinez and Frank and Mary Abruzzino, and a dear friend Bobby Beafore.

Robbie was a loving and caring son, brother and a wonderful father who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Friends may call from Noon until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Avenue in Fairmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church on Maryland Avenue with Fr. Walter Jagela as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

A vigil service led by Sister Stella Cronauer will be held at 7:45 P.M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

In an effort to cultivate a baseball scholarship that honors his memory, family requests that memorial contributions be made in the name of "D. Robert Abruzzino" to the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. 1300 Locust Avenue, Fairmont WV 26554.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com

Robert Louis Carpenter, 94, of White Hall, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Fairmont Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fairmont.

Bob was born April 2, 1921, in Marion County, to the late Thomas Mancel and Florence Lillian (Vanata) Carpenter. He was a 1939 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII.

Robert was a member of the Whitehall Church of Christ. He retired from the Owens Illinois Glass Plant in Fairmont with 38 years of service. In addition, he loved working on his farm.   He also cherished the winters he spent in Florida with his late wife.

He is survived by his son, Robert L. Carpenter, jR., of Belington; his daughter, Patricia Lynn Carpenter of Virginia Beach, VA; a brother, Donald “Donnie” Lee Carpenter of FL; his grandchildren, Cristin Dusenberry and husband Rhett, of Elkins, Jeffrey S. Carpenter and wife Roberta, of Belington; his great grandchildren, Jorey Carpenter and Jaxon Carpenter; nephews, Eddie Carpenter, Terry Carpenter, Dan Tonkery and nieces, Joyce Webb, and Kathy Tenney.

In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Virginia Helen (Kostoff) Carpenter in April of 2009; his brothers, George M. Carpenter, Paul E. Carpenter; his sister, Doris Jean Tonkery; a brother-in-law, Thomas H. Tonkery; two sisters-in-law, Betty Jane Carpenter, Ethel Carpenter; and a nephew, David Tonkery.

Friends and family may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home 209 Merchant Street on Sunday from 1pm – 5pm and at the Whitehall Church of Christ on Monday from 12pm – 1pm. The funeral service will be 1:00 pm Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Church with Evangelist Kevin Lough officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Full Military Honors will be conducted at graveside by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard. 

Condolences may be expressed online at www.carpenterandford.com.

Arlie J. “Rumpy” Harrison, 73, passed away Saturday January 30, 2016 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.  Arlie was born in Fairmont, WV March 30, 1942, the son of the late Arlie “Bud” Harrison and Maxine Collier Harrison.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Solomon Harrison; his daughter, Kimberly Denise Anderson and her husband Dale Anderson of Fairmont, WV; a very special grandson, Zachery Thomas Anderson of Fairmont, WV; two brothers, Bradford C. Harrison and wife Judy of Richmond, VA., and David Ross Harrison and wife Mary of Murrells Inlet, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Arlie was preceded in death by three brothers, Franklin Lee Harrison, Marvin W. Harrison, and James Harrison.

Arlie attended Fairmont Senior High School.  He was employed by Construction and Laborers Union No. 379, and was a member of the KIBO’s.  He enjoyed watching Zachery participate in sports, WVU football and basketball, and socializing with his friends.  He was also skilled in using a wood lathe and wood working. 

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. Fairmont, Tuesday February 2, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.  Interment will follow at the Chapel of Tranquility in the mausoleum at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com

Mary Jane Criss Wade (1941 – 2015) was born in a North Central West Virginia home without running water or electricity to devoted and hard working parents. Mary grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia and met Frank while they were in the third grade.  When she was fourteen her family moved to a new home just four doors from the Wades.

Mary graduated from Fairmont State College with a degree in Elementary Education and taught at McArthur School on Janney’s Lane while Frank was a student at Virginia Seminary. The Wades moved back to West Virginia and served churches in Charles Town (where their two children Steven and Jennifer were born), Charleston and Parkersburg. In the latter community she taught in Special Education and served the community as a leader in establishing the first hospice in West Virginia and building a new YWCA. 

The family moved to St Alban’s Parish on the grounds of the National Cathedral in 1983.  Mary continued as a substitute teacher at Beauvoir and St. Patrick’s schools. She was a founding board member of what is now a multi-faceted poverty program in DC and Virginia called Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.  Her life long love of children found expression in service as a board leader for St Alban’s Early Child Care Center. She and Frank led eight pilgrimages to Christian sites in Europe and Middle East, each one begun with a meal, prepared and hosted by Mary, in the cuisine of the countries to be visited.  Mary was known for her great warmth, gentleness, and abounding hospitality. She always made time to support and care for others. She and Frank opened their home to scores of people who lived with them for weeks and months at a time. In addition to these, hundreds more shared meals and moments with Mary and her family. There was always room for one more at dinner. 

The Wades moved to Goodwin House in 2012 where they both have been delighted and enriched by the community and its varied resources. Mary died in her sleep without symptoms and without pain on December 13.  In her wake she leaves hundreds of better lives including those of her husband, two children and five grandchildren. Her ashes have been interred at St Alban’s Parish. 

Gifts in her memory may be made to Samaritan Ministry, 1516 Hamilton Street NW, Washington DC 20011 designated to Mary Wade Memorial

David R. Dowdell, 67, of Monongah, passed away Thursday (Dec. 10, 2015) at his residence. 

David was born in Monongah, on Dec. 28, 1948, son of the late DavidW. and Betty R. Dowdell. 

Surviving is a brother, William C. Dowdell of Cocoa Beach, Florida. 

Cremation was chosen as his final disposition. 

Online condolences may be made to the family through Domico Funeral Home at www.domicofh.com. 

James William Neely, 67, of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, formerly of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 9, 2015) at Ruby Memorial Hospital. 

He was born May 5, 1948, in Fairmont, a son of Mary Elladeen Floyd Neely and the late Clarence Neely. 

James was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and had been employed as a machinist at Swanson Plating. 

In addition to his mother, James is survived by his wife, Cathy Mayersky Neely; one sister, Linda K. Drake and husband Chuck of Fairmont; two brothers, Perry L. Neely and wife Diana of Clarksburg, and Kevin E. Neely and wife Diane of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews. 

James was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Francis Neely. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Beverly Hills Cemetery with Pastor Micah Blanks officiating and military funeral honors conferred by the Westover VFW Post No. 9916 and the WVANG from Camp Dawson. 

McCulla Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcculla.com.

Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 4:26 am

Lolita Halfkenny entered into eternal peace Wednesday (Jan. 27, 2016) in Lawrenceville, Georgia, after a long, hard battle with cancer. A beloved mother, godmother, daughter, sister, friend, caregiver and mentor to so many, her beautiful spirit will illuminate our lives forever.

Lolita, affectionately called Lola or Lo by relatives and family friends, was born to Juanita Hines Arnold of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Berton Halfkenny on Oct. 28, 1962, in New York, New York.

Always a loving, sweet person, she will be surely missed by her family, her neighbors and her friends. Lolita leaves to cherish her memory by her daughter, Dawnisha Celeste Halfkenny of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers, George Farrow of Fayettevelle, North Carolina, and Pierre (Anita) Halfkenny of Monroe, Georgia; sisters, Anita Halfkenny Arnold of Miami, Florida, Zina Halfkenny of Columbus, Ohio, Donnita Porter of Fairmont, Dineen Halfkenny of Monroe, New York, Leslye Flores of Coconut Creek, Florida, Marilyn (David) Helm of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hasha Martin-El of Baltimore, Maryland; stepmother, Bernice Halfkenny of Monroe, New York; loving cousin and caregiver, Crystal Stevens; caregiver and friend, Ellie Lawrence; uncle, Chester (Janet) Hines; aunts, Wilma Reeves, Nellie Hines, Mary Hines and Helen Hines; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Eugene “Dominick” Arnold; her siblings, Genevieve “Jennifer” Bracy and Darryl Banks; and her brother-in-law, Celester Porter.

Lolita Halfkenny attended Fairmont Senior and North Marion High School. She went on to study at Bauder College, West Virginia Career College and Hall Real Estate Institute. Lolita possessed a true entrepreneurial spirit, starting World Follow-Up LLC. Prior to her illness, she was business manager at RS Lighting. She held positions in business development at Rick Case Auto Mall and Gwinnett Place Honda. Lolita previously lived in Killeen, Texas, working at Sears Automotive in recruiting and sales, and flourished as a Realtor at ERA Realty. In her spare time, Lola participated in the Discipleship Program at Hopewell Church and was a notary public.

Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. Monday at Flanigan Funeral Home, 4400 S. Lee St., Buford, GA 30518. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. with Minister Torrence Green officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to Lola’s You Caring fundraiser at https://www.youcaring.com/lolita-halfkenny-463547 or send donations via mail to Dawnisha Halfkenny, 1002 Pennsylvania Run, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

William Harold Payton Jr., 57, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, passed away Friday (Jan. 8, 2016) in Winston-Salem.

William was born in Fairmont, to William Sr. and Dorothy Payton, on Sept. 28, 1958.

He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1977. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as an aviation ordnanceman. Bill traveled North America as a long-haul truck driver for many years.

He was a member of Crusaders for Jesus Christ Church. Bill was a gifted artist and enjoyed painting and singing.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William H. Payton Sr. and his grandparents, Raymond and Nettie Shaver, and Harry and Lulu Payton.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy L. Payton of Monumental; brothers,

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"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

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FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS            Happy Thanksgiving        

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm   Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail.

 

Maple Leaves:  Many have inquired about buying a copy of Maple Leaves.  The FSHS yearbook advisor, Rebecca DeWitt, has many surplus yearbooks from the 60s to the 00s. She is selling them for $30 each, less if there is cover damage.  

Send queries directly to her and she can reply as to the availability, set up a purchase time, etc.  rmdewitt@k12.wv.us If no response, please contact cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Ways to support the school:

Celebration of the Arts to include a presentation of a framed Monet print created by the class of 1994 for the 1993 prom. If you served on the committee or were a class officer, please email if you want to be involved in a special event this spring. If you are an author and would like to present your book to the library, we invite you to make us aware of your interest. Art students will display works. We’ll contact Greg DeVito and John Schneider (2003) for interest in sharing music for the evening’s reception.

Hall of History: Principal Tyson Furgason requests artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.

LOM and I continue our research on a book about the school we both love. Please send memories of a page or two. All vignettes will be considered for publication.  We want stories from your school experience i.e. favorite teacher, assembly, thuse, East-West spirit week, club, class, sport, friendship...literally a vignette is a brief evocative description, account, or episode.

Pictures of special school events would be greatly appreciated.

Auditorium project: all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934), which was his assigned seat when he was a freshman.  Tom Llewellyn sponsored three seats on the front row balcony section for his family AA40, AA41, and AA42, which were their season family seats.  Sara Harrold Miller has the seat next to the legend. She also generously became a lifetime member of the Foundation with a $500.00 donation. Her name is engraved on a plaque of distinction in the main hall next to the office along with the other Lincoln Life members listed below.  

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie, and Megan Denison Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.
Thomas Llewellyn
Gary Earp 

A $200.00 donation to sponsor a seat in the auditorium to the Foundation is acknowledged with a plate on the seat.  Make checks out to FSHS Foundation with auditorium as the memo and send to PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091  Attention:  Ed Cheslock, treasurer.  I'll list the designated seats by row in future newsletters and on the website.

SOCCER:  BECKLEY — To knock off defending state champion and perennial West Virginia boys high school soccer power Charleston Catholic in Saturday’s Class AA-A state championship game, it was going to take a monumental effort and perhaps a little luck.

Fairmont Senior got both.

Senior Caleb Anselene poked a loose ball into the net off a corner kick from twin brother Justin Anselene with just more than three minutes to play to provide the difference and the Polar Bears beat the Irish 3-2 to claim their first state title in program history.

The Polar Bears (21-3-1) played with 10 players for the final 23 minutes after junior Aaron Saymansky was issued a red card for shoving Catholic’s Kendy Peyton to the ground. Catholic’s Lucas Gocke was also kicked out of the game with just more than 13 minutes remaining in the second half, but because he was issued two yellow cards as opposed to a straight red card, the Irish did not have to play a man down.

Despite still being a player down, the ejection lit a fire under the Polar Bears that propelled them to a state championship.

“It seemed like right after that we picked our game back up,” Fairmont Senior coach Jim DeNardi said. “We started playing better. We started pushing the defensive back line up and we were getting our offense together again after that stretch of not doing much but clearing the ball out of our end. Once that happened and we started getting our offense back, I thought we had the better opportunities.”

Fairmont Senior opened the scoring in the first half when sophomore Ike Swiger beat Catholic goalkeeper Ethan Malinowski with a shot in the 19th minute. Catholic (19-1-1) responded with a goal from junior Luke McKown two minutes later.

The Polar Bears went back on top late in the half when Caleb Anselene assisted on a goal to Justin Anselene in the 36th minute.

“I thought Fairmont Senior played a good game,” said Catholic assistant coach Sam Fox, standing in for head coach Dom Cipollone, who declined to take part in the postgame interview session. “They possessed the ball well and from our perspective, we never got in front of the game. We were always playing from behind and even when we were a man up, we felt the momentum and felt like we were going to get that next goal, and it just never came.”

Catholic senior Joey Trupo, the Gazette-Mail Kanawha Valley Player of the Year, was held scoreless for a second consecutive game but did have one very good opportunity in the first half on a diving header that was saved by Fairmont Senior’s Childers at point-blank range.

Saturday’s game was Fairmont Senior’s third appearance in a boys' soccer state title game. The Polar Bears lost to Parkersburg 1-0 in 2005 and fell 5-0 against Charleston Catholic in 2013, when the current Polar Bear seniors were freshmen.

For Charleston Catholic, it was the first state championship game loss for the program in six appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014).

All-State AA-A recognition by West Virginia Sports Writers Association:  F — Ike Swiger, sophomore, Fairmont Senior; M — Justin Anselene, senior, Fairmont Senior; D — Aaron Semansky, junior, Fairmont Senior; Second Team—F — Caleb Anselene, senior, Fairmont Senior; Honorable mention:  David Childers, Fairmont Senior; Nick Mazeon, Fairmont Senior; Robbie Potesta, Fairmont Senior; - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151117/GZ02/151119504/1115#sthash.YhcYaQVW.dpuf

Second-round shootout Fairmont Senior defeats Keyser 58-42 in playoffs

BY SEAN MCNAMARA TIMESWESTVIRGINIAN 

FAIRMONT— Two teams with vastly different approaches engaged in a shootout Friday night in a ClassAA second-round playoff game at East-West Stadium with Fairmont Senior emerging victorious 58-42 over the Keyser Golden Tornado.

The Polar Bears, coming off a first-round victory over Lincoln, were focused on their aerial attack against the ground-dominated Golden Tornado.

Both squads had success offensively with what they were trying to do, with both teams combining not only for 100 total points, but also 1,057 yards of total offense.

Early on, Keyser’s rushing attack set the pace for the game.

In the first half, the Golden Tornado ran the ball for 305 yards and 27 total points with quarterback Brady Ours rushing for two touchdowns and Deavante Johnson and Colten Rodeheaver scoring once each.

The Polar Bears kept pace with the Golden Tornado in the first half, although they did so through the air.

Senior quarterback Dominic Smith threw the ball 23 times in the first half for 221 yards, connecting on touchdown passes to Michael Toothman, Bryson Gilbert and Nick Davisson.

With Fairmont Senior trailing 27-18 in the final minute of the first half, Keyser drove the ball to the Polar Bears’ 39 yard line and looked to set up a screen pass.

Gilbert, however, read the pass and intercepted it before racing 61 yards for a touchdown.

A missed extra point and three failed two-point conversions were the difference at the half and Keyser carried a 27-24 lead into the locker room. 

As the second half began, the Fairmont Senior defense got a few key stops that changed the course of the game. 

After the Polar Bears engaged on a long drive that ended with a Gilbert 2-yard touchdown run, they captured their first lead of the game and forced the Golden Tornado to play frombehind, limiting their rushing attack. 

Throughout the game on several third downs, the Fairmont Senior pass rush got after Ours, compiling six sacks in the game, with Jake Abbott picking up one and brothers, Darius and Dante Stills, each picking up 2.5. 

The Stills brothers and the rest of the Polar Bears combined for 17 tackles for loss over the course of the game. 

Keyser did battle to take the lead back after a 26-yard pass from Ours to Johnson, but Fairmont Senior put their foot to the gas and continued to move the ball with ease. 

Once Smith completed a 21yard touchdown pass to Michael Nuzum, Fairmont Senior captured the lead 38-34 and never looked back. 

Smith completed 27-of-40 passes in the game for a total of 427 yards and threw six touchdowns to five players in the game. 

Joseph Leon, Nick Davisson, Gilbert, Nuzum and Toothman all caught touchdown passes in the game, with Davisson and Gilbert breaking 100 yards and Leon coming up just short of the centurymark at 99.

Smith’s big night put him at 3,031 passing yards on the season with 34 touchdown passes, which is believed to be the best performance by any quarterback in school history. 

Abbott credited the Polar Bears’ offensive line with a hard-fought game that allowed them to protect Smith in the pocket and allow him to find his receivers. 

Gilbert led the way on the ground, rushing for 70 yards on seven carries and scoring three touchdowns on offense to go along with his defensive score. 

Coming from behind, the Golden Tornado’s rushing attack, which gained 397 yards in the game, could not keep them in it late.

Keyser picked up one touchdown in the fourth quarter on an Ours run, but it wasn’t enough and the Polar Bears won the game 58-42. 

They now advance to play Big 10 rival Bridgeport this Friday at 7:30 on the Indians home turf.  I'll post the results on the school website.

Swimming

Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 11:51 pm  Staff report

BECKLEY — The Beckley YMCA pool was surrounded by 127 swimmers on Saturday for the first Southern Coal-fields Classic Swim Meet, co-hosted by Shady Spring, PikeView and Woodrow Wilson high schools.

Fairmont Senior High School won both the boys and girls team titles.

FAIRMONT — Both the boys’ and girls’ swimming teams from Fairmont Senior dominated the competition at the first annual Southern Coalfields Classic at the Beckley YMCA on Saturday.

The boys’ team won its side of the event with 165 points while the girls’ team scored 198 points to win. Hampshire was second on both sides with 114 and 97, respectively.

The Polar Bears picked up numerous wins on the day from both sides.

On the boys’ side, individual winners included Isaac Kinder in the 200-meter freestyle, Jacob Ralston in the 100-meter butterfly and Ben Stewart in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the girls’ side, individual winners included Meredith Muller in the 200-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle, Kelsie Drennen in the 200-meter IM and the 100-meter butterfly, Adrianna Abruzzino in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke and Lydia Demyon in the 100-meter freestyle.

Relay teams to pick up wins included the girls’ 200-meter medley relay team of Abruzzino, Savannah Moore, Drennen and Muller; the boys’ 200-meter medley relay team of Max Stewart, Ben Stewart, Kinder and Jeremy Sheppard; the girls’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Abruzzino, Leah Mazelon, Moore and Drennen; the boys’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Ben Stewart, Austin Joseph, Kinder and Sheppard; the girls’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Muller, Kerry Carpenter, Audrey Hannah and Demyon; and the boys’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Kinder, Max Stewart, John David Smith and Sheppard.

Other individuals to score points for the Polar Bears included Abby Wadsworth (2nd in girls’ 200 free, 3rd in girls’ 100 backstroke), Moore (4th in girls’ 200 IM, 5th in girls’ 100 breaststroke), Mazelon (2nd in girls’ 50 free, 6th in girls’ 100 breaststroke), Bright (5th in girls’ 50 free), Max Stewart (2nd in boys’ 100 backstroke, 3rd in boys’ 200 IM), Sheppard (2nd in boys’ 50 free), Ben Stewart (3rd in boys’ 50 free), Smith (2nd in boys’ 100 fly), Hannah (4th in girls’ 100 breaststroke, 5th in girls’ 100 free), Joseph (2nd in boys’ 100 free, 3rd in boys’ 100 breast), Gage Monteon (2nd in boys’ 400 free), Demyon (2nd in girls 100 backstroke) and Ralston (4th in boys’ 100 breast).

Other relay teams to score points included the girls’ 200 medley team of Demyon, Mazelon, Carpenter and Bright (2nd); the boys’ 200 medley team of Smith, Joseph, Ralston and Hunter Corley (2nd); the girls’ 200 free team of Bright; Wadsworth, Carpenter and Hannah (3rd); and the boys’ 200 free team of Christopher Ash, Smith, Corley and Ralston (3rd).

Fairmont Senior is off until Dec. 5 when the Polar Bears swim at the Rotary Invitational at the Clarksburg YMCA.

1963 with the organization of Gary Earp and others in the class the group came together to celebrate the occasion of their 70th birthday year.  

SPECIAL thanks to Greg DeVito for providing a command performance of the Madrigals.  Prior to their annual photo op on the grounds at Ross Funeral Home, they shared their beautiful a cappella music.

Gary and Bonnie Earp donated $500.00 to the Foundation and became life members.  If others in the class want to give back to the school that we love, please contact me atcjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

They also donated their daughters’ beautiful Madrigal costumes to the group.  

Additional thanks to Rick Ressenger for sharing an amazing photo of the All-State Band with an unprecedented five bandsmen who travelled to Seattle for the World’s Fair in 1962.  Those who auditioned and were chosen to represent the school and the state were Don DeLuca, Rick Ressegger, John Chamberlain, Philip Hatfield, Don Wood, Carol McGowan, and Mary Beth DeLaReintrie.  Walter Moore served as president of Band Masters Association.

Trollies:  When did the trollies stop running in Fairmont?  I have a friend who is interested in pictures of the railroad in Fairmont, especially the front of the Round House in Bellview.

Foundation: 

1. Mark your calendar-- Elimination dinner to be held April 15, 2016 at the Knights of Columbus. Cost $50.00 and tickets will be available beginning in December. 

2. Ramage Scholarship presented to two worthy graduates of FSHS who have entered a medical field at West Virginia University-- Andrew Marra in dental school and Camille Leon in medical school. 

3. Megan Brown received a mini-grant for the purpose of purchasing 10 new sewing machines and fabric/notions for her Fashion classes in the Family and Consumer Science Program 

4. Welcome two new Lincoln Life Members-- Thomas Llewelyn, Class of 1962 and Gary Earp, Class of 1963.

FSHS Foundation appreciates all the support from alumni who have made donations or purchased school prints, ornaments of the school and postcards with fall and summer scenes. The enthusiasm shown by graduates during the tours of the school displayed their continued "Polar Bear Pride."

FSHS FOUNDATION 

P.O. Box 91

Fairmont, WV 26555-0091 

fshsfoundation@gmail.com

Mural from First Methodist, recently razed, is now in Visitor’s Center.  As Jim Pitrolo mentioned at the class reunion, that was the Children’s Shelter which was disassembled and reassembled on the Gateway Connector.

DD Meighan needs  a 1962 Hi-Life from fall.  Please let me know if you would copy and share.

Thespians established in Spring, 1929  **FSHS is #2, chapter

"In a small West Virginia town, three educators—Dr. Paul Opp, a professor at Fairmont State College, Harry Leeper, a teacher at East Fairmont High School, and Ernest Bavely, Opp's secretary—begin a series of meetings to discuss the creation of an honorary organization for high school theatre students. In short order they have written a constitution and a member induction ceremony. The organization, which will consist of troupes of students who earn membership by doing good work in their school's theatre program, will be called National Thespians ("Non-secret, non-social"). A charter for Thespian Troupe 1 is issued to Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, where Dr. Earl Blank, who had made the original suggestion for the honorary society to Paul Opp, is a teacher."

June, 1929  By the end of the 1928-29 school year, seventy-one troupes are chartered in twenty-six states.

Read more about the international organization started in a “small town in WV” FAIRMONT. https://www.schooltheatre.org/internationalthespiansociety

https://www.schooltheatre.org/about/history

30 Year Reunion  for class of 1986  Save the Date  July 29/30, 2016.

“William Keefe Mason, class of 1981, contact Dennis @russell149@yahoo.com

We found a class ring on a railroad track in Orrington Maine from the class of 1981, we think part of the name is William Keefe something.  If you know him have him contact me.” 

**Anne Bomar or anyone in the class, please advise William of this discovery as he does not subscribe to the newsletter.

http://time.com/4080734/barack-obama-heroin-opioids-west-virginia/  Mike Brummage returns to WV for a prestigious position and meets with President Barack Obama.

Here is your TV19 Schedule for Nov. 2015 on Time-Warner Cable.

NOV 2015 TV19 SCHEDULE: All programs on web at: http://gfcc.peg.com  

Program on web at http://tv19fairmont.blogspot.com

07:00             INTRODUCTION     

07:02             FATHER RODNEY TORBIC

07:22             UNITED WAY VEASEY GOLF

07:30             ITALIAN FESTIVAL  PARADE

07:45             DANCING WITH THE STARS: 2015

09:21             POLE VAULTER DAVID TORK

09:30             INTRODUCTION

09:32             WOMEN’S HEALTH AWARENESS DAY

10:16             EAST-WEST BAND SPECTACULAR

11:22             DISASTER EXPO

11:42             HISTORICAL MUSEUM TOUR

11:49             VETERANS PLAZA PROGRAM: 06/24/13

12:00             COUNTY COMMISSION            09/16/15

12:43             RONNIE JONES & MATHENY

12:48             CITY COUNCIL                             09/22/15

01:15             COUNTY COMMISSION             09/23/15

01:37             COUNTY COMMISSION             10/07/15

02:36             CITY COUNCIL                             10/13/15

03:17             DAVID TORK                                10/13/15

03:24             COUNTY COMMISSION              10/21/15

03:50             52nd REUNION of 1963 CLASS    10/01/15

04:00             CONSUMER NEWS -200

04:23             CONSUMER NEWS -201

04:46             CITY MANAGER TIMELINE           10/26/15

04:51             ROBIN GOMEZ-PUBLIC FORUM 08/20/15

05:14             WILLIAM “SPORT” HOLLOWAY

05:27             WOMEN’S NETWORK                   09/10/15

05:39             SWAP MEET INTRO- 2015            10/23/15

05:41             SWAP MEET 2013                         10/23/15

06:05             DIANE HUTCHINSON PARKER    12/06/14

06:16             2009 VETERANS PARADE            11/14/09

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Lenora Lee Franks, 69, of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2015) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Lenora was born Nov 8, 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Jack and Norma Corbin.

She was a longtime member of LIFE United Methodist Church. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1964 and from Fairmont State College with a degree in education. She taught adult education at the White School for 18 years and was a member of the National Literacy Volunteers.

As a young adult, Lenora enjoyed water skiing and performed with the Woods Boat House Ski Team.

Lenora was a very special loving and caring person, and was a primary caregiver for her beloved family. She also loved animals, especially her canine companion, Cotton.

Survivors include children, Nikki Franks of Fairmont, Melissa VanEerdewyk of Katy and Zachary (Kodie) Franks of Fairmont; sister, Deborah (Robert) Barr of Columbus, Indiana; grandchildren, Marie Jones, Grady (Abby) Franks, Gage and Brodie Franks, and Raven and Jasmine Kronenwetter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Doris and Harold Heater.

Honoring Lenora’s wishes cremation is planned, and a memorial service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston.

Condolences may be sent to the family at fhff320@aol.com or www.freyhomeforfunerals.com.

Mildred Leasor Hale, 93, of Bridgeport, formerly of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2015), at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

Mildred was born in Fairmont on April 19, 1922, a daughter of the late Robert Daniel Leasor and Vesta Thompson Leasor.

Mildred is survived by her two sons, Philip Hale of Bridgeport and Ned Hale and his wife Kim of New Jersey; her daughter, Barbara Lucinda “Cindy” Buffington and her husband Barry of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Robert Buffington and his wife Cristy, Matt Buffington and his wife Tiffany, Drew Allen Hale and his wife Shawna, Jalen Hale and Colin Hale; and five great-grandchildren, Conner Buffington, Addyson Buffington, Sydnie Buffington, Kase Hale and Jaxon Hale.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hale was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edwin Jackson “Jack” Hale; her brother, Keith Robert “Bud” Leasor; and her sister, Marian Scott.

Mildred was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College and earned a master’s degree in home economics education from West Virginia University. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a school teacher at Fairmont Junior High School, Fairmont Senior High School and East Fairmont High School for more than 30 years. Mildred was a former member of Oakwood Road Church of Christ in Fairmont and a current member of the Bridgeport Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Evangelist Brent Gallagher officiating. A committal service will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes. com

Mr. John Carlson, age 49 years, a resident of Elkins, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2015 at his home. He was born January 2, 1966 at Fairmont, a son of the late Christopher Carlson and Dorothy Updike Carlson who survives at West Union, WV. Also surviving is one son, Christopher Nichols, Farmington, WV, two sisters, Kari Carlson Coffindaffer, Lost Creek, WV and Angelia Carlson Mackey of Houston, TX. Also surviving are his former companion, Sheree Nixon, a special aunt Harriet Woods with whom he lived, a niece, Carissa Coffindaffer and a nephew, Carl Mackey. John attended the schools of Marion County, had worked at the 1863 Tavern and owned Express Towing and transported Classic Cars throughout the country. He was employed as a Sales Representative at Auto Zone at the time of his death. He was an advocate for the protection of animals and a member of Pet Helpers, Inc. of Fairmont, WV. At the request of John, his remains were cremated. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24th from the Tomblyn Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Helpers, Inc., 726 East Park Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 in memory of John. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for John Carlson. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Patrick Harry, 68, of Fairmont, passed away Sunday (Oct. 11, 2015) at his home.

He was born April 28, 1947, in Fairmont, a son of the late Gazil and Louise (Carlomagno) Harry.

Tom was a graduate of Fairmont State College where he received a degree in education. He taught in both Marion County and Virginia.

Tom was Catholic by faith and attended St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, and had a great love and passion for the game of golf.

He is survived by his son, Gordon Thomas Harry of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; two uncles, Frank Carlomagno of Virginia and Joe Carlomagno of the D.C. area; his ex-wife, Nancy Brown of Fairmont; and a special friend, Linda Layman of Fairmont.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Joseph Harry.

Tom chose cremation as his final disposition, which is being arranged by Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online at www.domicofh.com

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

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FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           Happy New Year, 2016      

 

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Rose Bowl Parade will have a float representing the mountain state.  The Rose Parade theme, “Find Your Adventure,” is the first representing WV since 1963.  The 55-foot Children’s Miracle Float will represent the Wild and Wonderful adventures that can be found in WVU Children’s Hospital’s home state of West Virginia.  Our hope for the New Year is that however you define it, you will find your adventure and enrich your life.  Rick and I sponsored a miracle rose in honor of our children, Reid (1989) and Rikki (1993), their spouses, and our grandchildren, as well as his sister, Linda Amos Wilt (1961) and her family, and in memory of our very dear friend, Deanna Asterino Weaver (1959).  When you watch the grandaddy of all parades celebrating new beginnings, please know that many survivors and others are represented by roses embellishing the float.  We recognized family and friends honoring the blessing they are in our lives while giving hope and healing to sick children.  I add one special note about sweet Simon Rohaly, son of Adam (1997) and Misty Rohaly .  You can follow his journey at Simon Rohaly's Journey on Facebook.  On December 8, 2015 Simon was diagnosed with stage IV, high risk, neuroblastoma at the age of 2 1/2.

POLAR BEARS CLASS OF ’85 – celebrated their 30th Class Reunion at the Copper House Grill in Fairmont on Saturday evening, November 28. They did not do a sit down dinner but had a variety of appetizers and a cash bar.

Class ring:  Mykie Wilson Reagan (1963) reminds me that she is in possession of a FSHS class ring that Lou Bunner found in a dresser.  She has checked with family and now asks if it might belong to a friend who visited their home.  Do you know where your class ring is?  If you are friends with Lou, it might be in Mykie’s safe-keeping.

PARKERSBURG – The WVSSAC Board of Directors established the following guidelines to determine school classification for the 2016-2020 school years during their regular meeting last week.

A: 0-459

AA: 499 - 932

AAA: 933-1965

Full list below:

AAA

1 Cabell Midland High School 1.965

2 Morgantown High School 1,808

3 Parkersburg High School 1,798

4 Huntington High School 1,658

5 Parkersburg South High School 1,576

6 Musselman High School 1,525

7 Jefferson High School 1,515

8 Wheeling Park High School 1,514

9 Woodrow Wilson High School 1,351

10 Martinsburg High School 1,313

11 Capital High School 1.275

12 University High School 1,264

13 Spring Mills High School 1,252

14 Hurricane High School 1,237

15 Hedgesville High School 1,228

16 Riverside High School 1,207

17 Preston High School 1,205

18 Washington High School 1,172

19 Greenbrier East High School 1,171

20 George Washington High School 1,098

AA

1 Lincoln County High School 871

2 Winfield High School 861

3 Oak Hill High 851

4 Shady Spring High 849

S Elkins High School 833

6 Fairmont Senior High School 811

7 Robert C. Byrd High School 780

8 North Marion High School 775

9 Herbert Hoover High School 770

10 Bridgeport High School 762

11 Nitro High School 759

12 Lewis County High School 757

13 Logan Senior High School 757

14 Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School 751

IS East Fairmont High School 746

16 Nicholas County High School 720

17 Berkeley Springs High School 719

18 Wayne High School 715

19 Mingo Central Comprehensive High School 699

20 Chapmanville Regional High School 697

Football

Fairmont Senior's Dom Smith has been chosen as the Times West Virginian Offensive Player of the Year for the 2015 football season.

USA Today puts Dom Smith on its Al-West Virginia second team

Congrats to Polar Bear All-State selections:

1st team QB - Dom Smith, sr

1st team WR - Nick Davisson, sr

1st team Def-Utility - Jake Abbott, jr

2nd team DL - Dante Stills, soph

2nd team LB - Michael Toothman, sr

Special Honorable Mention

Bryson Gilbert, soph

Joseph Leon, sr

Honorable Mention

Peyton Ozie, sr

Congrats to QB Dom Smith, RB Bryson Gilbert, OL Peyton Ozie, WR Nick Davisson, WR Joseph Leon, LB Jake Abbott, DL Darius Stills, & DL Dante Stills on being named to the All-Big 10 Team

By Sean McNamara For The Register-Herald

Basketball  FAIRMONT — From the opening tip to the final whistle Friday, the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears’ boys basketball team controlled the game against the Wyoming East Warriors en route to a 101-52 win at the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Field House in the Polar Bear Tipoff Classic.

Coach David Retton’s team wasted no time jumping on the Warriors as a 3-pointer, two steals and two layups allowed the Polar Bears to pull out to a 7-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game, setting the tone for what would be a dominating performance.

Offensively, 12 different Polar Bears scored, with all 13 seeing action in the game.

By Sean McNamara Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The boys’ basketball team from Fairmont Senior could not have scripted the start to its 2015-16 basketball season any better as it improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 79-50 win over Greater Beckley Christian at the 201st Fairmont Senior Field House in the Tipoff Classic. 

Out of the gate, the game looked like it may be a back-and-forth affair, with the Crusaders from GBC trailing by just two at 7-5.

After coach David Retton sent in his first set of substitutes for the Polar Bears, sophomore Bryson Gilbert took over to close the period, and he set the tone for the rest of the game.

With a two-point lead, Gilbert, who finished with a team-high 19 points, scored 11 straight points on three-consecutive 3-pointers and two free throws in the matter of a few minutes and the lead quickly ballooned to 18-5.

Wrestling

Polar Bear leaders at this week's East Duals:

9-0 145 Danny Booth

8-1 152 Quinton Thomas

8-1 160 Justin Wells

8-1 170/182 Caleb Masters

8-1 182/195 Spencer Long

8-1 195/220 Jake Abbott

7-2 132/138 Austin Taylor

6-0 170/182 Tre Lewis

6-2 120 Kevin Brewer

5-4 132/138 Micah Abel

4-3 285 Hakkiem Ervin

4-4 106 Tavian Richardson

4-5 126 Antonio Parsons

4-5 285 Nathaniel Greenlee

Oak Glen 39, Fairmont Senior 35

106: Ty Logston (OG) fall :20 v. Tavan Richardson

113: Kevin Brewer (F.Sr) 10 v. Shawn Moore 1

120: Logan Konchar (OG) won by forfeit

126: Trey Wright (OG) fall 1:00 v. Caleb Darsons

132: Robert Bozek (OG) fall 1:13 v. Michan Abel

138: Khaleb Fazenbaker (F.Sr) 6 v. Jacob Debee 2

145: Danny Booth (F.Sr) won by forfeit

152: Alex Shuman (OG) fall 1:40 v. Quinton Thomas

160: Devon Chadwick (OG) 3 v. Justin Wells 1

170: Caleb Masters (F.Sr) 5 v. Stevie Cool 4

182: Spencer Long (F.Sr) won by forfeit

195: Jake Abbott (F.Sr) won by forfeit

220: Dakota Price (OG) won by forfeit

285: Nathaniel Greenlee (F.Sr) won by disqualification

See more at: http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/570941/Oak-Glen-sweeps-quad-duals.html?nav=5008#sthash.jUF6OhVO.dpuf

The wrestling team picked up two wins at the 201st Fairmont Senior Field House Saturday.

The Polar Bears edged Morgantown 37-36 and beat Class AA’s eighth-ranked team from Roane County, 36-34.

Class AA’s third-ranked team from Oak Glen defeated Fairmont Senior 39-35.

On the day, Kevin Brewer, Danny Booth and Jake Abbott all went 3-0.

Khaleb Fazenbaker, Quinton Thomas, Justin Wells, Caleb Masters, and Spencer Long all went 2-1 on the day.

Nathaniel Greenlee went 1-1 while Tavian Richardson went 1-2 on the day.

Austin Taylor, Braden Tennant, Tre Lewis, and Hakkiem Ervin all won exhibition matches as well.

The Polar Bears will compete again at the East Fairmont Duals on December 29.

Polar Bear wrestling leaders heading into Christmas break:

145 19-0 Danny Booth

113 18-1 Kevin Brewer

170 18-1 Caleb Masters

152 16-3 Quinton Thomas

182 16-3 Spencer Long

138 15-4 Khaleb Fazenbaker

160 13-6 Justin Wells

195 7-2 Jake Abbott

285 10-8 Nathaniel Greenlee

182 4-0 Tre Lewis

106 5-4 Tavian Richardson

SWIMMING:  FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Senior boys’ swimming team took first place at the Mohawk Invitational Saturday with the girls’ team finishing fourth at Morgantown High School.

The boys’ team scored 358 points, edging the second-place team from Morgantown by 24.5.

Highlighting the day for the boys’ team were first-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Scoring points for the Polar Bears were Max Stewart, Ben Stewart, Cam Smith, Jeremy Sheppard, Gage Monteon, Jacob Raleston, John David Smith, Hunter Corley, Isaac Kinder, Austin Joseph and Michael Nuzum.

In the girls’ competition, the Lady Polars’ 299 points earned them fourth place, 10.5 points behind third-place Morgantown.

Highlights on the day included a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle by Adrianna Abruzzino and wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke by Kelsie Drennann

Also scoring points for the Lady Polar Bears were Savannah Moore, Leah Mazelon, Meredith Muller, Lydia Demyon, Ashley Bright and Audrey Hannah.

Both Fairmont Senior swim teams will be back in action Saturday when they travel to the Wheeling Park Invitational.

Wheeling Park Invitational:  Congrats to both the men's and women's Polar Swim Team at the Brooke High School Winter Invitational. The women were edged out in the last event with a strong overall second place finish. The men placed first and continued their undefeated season. Both the men and women swam great today with 3 swimmers making the all tournament team.

TV Schedule for Jan. 2016 on TWC, Channel 19. You can also view these shows on web at http://gfcc.peg.tv

7:00 CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP- 2015 

7:13 CHAPLAIN APPRECIATION DAY 

7:52 THE 60’s & THE 80’s 

8:09 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

9:12 TIME MAGAZINE IN PICS 

9:20 MARCH 2015 SNOWS

9:30 INTRO & 2015 OLDIE DANCE

9:51 COAL MINE SWAP MEET

10:42 CHRISTMAS PARADE

11:19 CHURNING OF THE WATERS

11:44 2 THANKSGIVING SONGS

11:48 GOVERNOR’S VETERAN TREE

11:54 THROWER- HEART IS YERNING

12:00 INTRO & CITY COUNCIL: 11/24/15

12:27 COUNTY COMMISSION: 12/02/15

1:12 CITY COUNCIL: 12/07/15

1:49 CITY COUNCIL: 12/15/15 

2:08 COUNTY COMMISSION: 12/16/15

2:28 FIRST CHRISTIAN (MORGANTOWN)

2:45 CHRISTMAS 2000

3:03 FAIRMONT SCENES 1800-1956

3:33 COUNTRY ROADS WV

3:36 FAIRMONT SCENES

4:00 INTRO & 5th STREET REUNION 

4:43 ANNA PISHNER HARSH INTERVIEW

4:46 ITALIAN DANCE DOCUMENTARY

5:20 SEVEN FISHES FEAST

5:40 FSU JAZZ BAND CONCERT

6:21 ARGYLE KAUFMAN SINGS

6:30 WVU NEWS & SPORTS

Visit our Blog Page for a description of each program at http://tv19fairmont.blogspot.com

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Mary Frances Brake, 60, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Wednesday (Dec. 16, 2015) after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Fairmont on June 2, 1955, and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1973. She graduated from Fairmont State College in 1976 with a bachelors degree in education and then earned her masters degree in education from West Virginia University.

Mary Frances taught elementary school in Marion County for over 33 years, which included White School, Dunbar School, East Dale School and Jayenne School. After retiring from the classroom, Mary Frances started working full-time in 2010 with the Marion County Assessor’s Office.

Mary Frances was a most caring person. She always had a smile on her face and did what she could to put a smile on yours. She was a very active member of Central United Methodist Church of Fairmont where she was a member of both the sanctuary and the handbell choirs. She was also active with the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

Mary Frances is survived by her father, Robert V. Piscitelli of Fairmont; her loving husband of 38 years, Terry; and their three children, Danielle and her husband, Greg DeVito, of Fairmont, Ryan Brake and his fiancé, Bethany Brinkley of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Roxanne Brake and her boyfriend, Ralph Petrella of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She is also survived by her brothers, Robert V. Piscitelli and his wife, Linda of Fairmont, and Dr. William P. Piscitelli and his wife, Kami of Richmond, Virginia; her mother and father-in law, John C. and Patty A. Brake of Buckhannon and Punta Gorda of Florida; sister-in-law, Ann Phillips of Winston Salem, North Carolina; brother-in-law, David Brake and wife, Vicki of Port Charlotte, Florida; brother-in-law, Pat Brake and fiancé, Amy Summerfield of Buckhannon, sister-in-law, Cheryl Friend and her boyfriend, Jeff Hamman of Bridgeport; brother-in-law, Chris Brake and wife, Lisa of Buckhannon; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Amendolia Piscitelli; and her nephew, William Piscitelli.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where she was a member of the Marion County Courthouse Team “Positivity” in care of the Marion County Assessor’s Office, 219 Adams Street, Fairmont.

Friends are invited to attend the visitation from 1-8 p.m. on Friday at Central United Methodist Church, 301 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hal Heavener officiating.

James David, 57, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday (Dec. 17, 2015) at the Fairmont Health & Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Arbors). The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Reverend Hal Heavener officiating. A committal service will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont. Online condolences may be made to the family atwww.fordfuneralhomes.com

Charles “Chuck” Edward Hawkins, 70, of Monongah, passed away on Saturday (Dec. 19, 2015) at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family with prayers led by Deacon Lou Belldina and Father S.A. Arokiadass from Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Chuck was born Dec. 28, 1944, in Fairmont, son of the late Earl Hawkins and Betty Ridgely Hawkins.

Chuck was retired from the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Local 152. He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah, where he was very active in the church. He was an Eucharistic minister, worked Holy Spirit bingo and was the delivery driver for the Woman’s Easter Eggs. He volunteered at the Soup Opera and the SalvationArmy where he helped with the Christmas toy drive and many other projects. He was a member of the Democratic Men’s Club and was the 2014 Democratic Man of the Year. He was a member of the Fairmont Marian Council Knights of Columbus and a 4th degree member. He was on the bocce ball and the bowling league.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra Lipinski Hawkins; his mother-in- law, Goldie Lipinski, whom he visited twice a week at the nursing home; a brother, Richard Earl Hawkins of Fairmont; a sister, Patricia Richards and husband Jim of Fairmont; a sister, Lynne Waller of Fairmont; sisters- and brothers- in-law, Judy Cook and the late Joseph Mickey Cook, Donnie and Joyce Evans, and Fred Hawkins and the late Henrietta Hawkins; and special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit from 1-9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 GastonAve., Fairmont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Father S.A. Arokiadass as Celebrant. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Monongah. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home with Deacon Louis Belldina officiating. There will be a Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh. com

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

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The Class of 1931          12 January 2016
 
The Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1931 included 120 graduates.  There were 64 
 
women, and 56 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their 
 
lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, 
 
grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.
 
As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic 
 
anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country 
 
was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.
 
Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City 
 
Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth 
 
dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National 
 
Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  
 
The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in 
 
June, 1931.  Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor 
 
died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and World War II took several classmates during the next decade; 
 
but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.  
 
Of the 91% of classmates that have been located, Nelle Boggess (Hawkins) lived in West 
 
Virginia until 2014; at her passing, Mrs. Hawkins was over 100 years old.
 
  
 
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a 
 
few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College 
 
and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George 
 
Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his 
 
graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. 
 
Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.
 
At least 100 members of the Class (83%) became married.  In four cases, both the 
 
husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Ed Shroyer and Jane Morris married just 
 
after graduation, in Fairmont.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, also in Fairmont.  Floyd 
 
Patton and Sally Prickett married, as did Ross Talbott and Mildred Wright.
 
At least 20 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the 
 
call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended 
 
in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking 
 
of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, 
 
and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a 
 
Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  
 
Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  
 
Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated around the 
 
country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.
 
The Class of 1931          12 January 2016
 
In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they 
 
graduated from FSHS – or perhaps because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging 
 
lives.  You can read more about them through the Class Profile page on this site.  
 
Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have 
 
information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos, at this 
 
link:  cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

First row:   Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row:  Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row:  David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row:  David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row:  Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row:  Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row:  Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row:  Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison  Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.

 

Diane Parker was kind, loving, thoughtful, funny (intentionally & unintentionally), gracious, smart & strong. She will be missed but has left a wonderful legacy in her children & grandchildren! Rest in peace, Gammy. Video created by Jill Carpenter Zundell.

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Diane's book, Daddy's Ledger, is reviwed below and remains available for sale.

Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals.  The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history.  The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.

Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy.  She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.

With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed.  Built to replicate Inverness  Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.

Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.

Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.

Purchase the book at http://www.dianehutchinsonparker.com

Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso

Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy

Class of 1931

The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.

As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.

Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  

The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
 
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.

At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married.  The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.

At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  

Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated across the country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.

In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives.  You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site.  Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Researched and written by Anne Bomar

I have now published the book, "life in small bites - moments in time," and it can be found on Amazon.com in both soft cover and Kindle edition.

To find the e-book edition, you need to look search under the 'Kindle' tab on Amazon. This book is a collection of 50 or so entries that I thought provided life lessons...at least for me.

 


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A West Virginia School of Excellence

A Benedum Professional Development School

A 2007-2010 HSTW Pacesetter School

A 2008-2009 SWPBS "Exemplar" School

US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

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Fairmont Senior High School invites the community to visit the school on Monday, April 22, 2013 for an open house from 5-7.

 

Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

- See more at: http://timeswv.com/local/x986699416/-Massive-undertaking-PHOTOS#sthash.UdqVUy57.dpuf

 

US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia/districts/marion-county-schools/fairmont-senior-high-school-21382

 

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Amanda Oakes Shabatura--Polar Bear II from Pittsburgh Zoo

 

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Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song

 

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Amanda Oakes Shabatura shot video at Pittsburgh Zoo

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