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Online Baum Newsletter

The Online Baum


Presidents Message


     I hope that everyone is doing well and surviving this crazy weather that we have been having.  I know it has been a long time since we were able to publish a printed issue of “The Baum” and send it out to our membership.  Since Barbara passed away in June of last year we have had to move the complete operation of publishing the newsletter from her house down to Mastbaum.  It has taken us longer than we thought it would and whatever problems we could encounter, we have encountered.  We finally have the equipment set up in our room down at the school, now we just have to get it to cooperate with us.  We hope that we will be able to publish the next copy very soon and get it out to you and pray that it will be easier to get future copies published once we get the first one done. 

      We are in the planning stages for our events for the coming year.  First up will be our Annual Alumni Day at the school, we will have Alumni Day on Wednesday April 10, 2019.  At 10:30am we will meet at “The Thinker” to begin tours of the school and see the classes and shops being taught at Mastbaum now.  Then following the tour we will have lunch in the Panther Café, prepared and served by the Culinary Arts Students under the direction of Chef Robin.  Lunch tickets are available through the website for $15 per person. 

     The next thing on the agenda will be the Alumni Basketball Game on Friday April 26, 2019 at 6:00pm in the Ralph “Bones” Schneider Gymnasium.  Entrance is through the door in the rear parking lot off of Emerald St. and a $5 donation at the door with all proceeds going to the Ralph Schneider Graduation Award Fund.

     Hope to see you all at one or both of the these events. 

                  Doug Smart, Jun '71



What's New at The Baum

Dear Mastbaum Family,

The end of the calendar year is soon approaching. This past year has been filled with wonderful memories, some sad and many happy ones. Let us start with how much we miss our friend and colleague, Barbara LaRue. When she visited Mastbaum in April, she imparted her wisdom onto the students about how she, as well as, many  have been successful in life due to the training and education they received from their alma mater. She encouraged them to always appreciate their teachers, to learn all they can while still in school, but most importantly, never to forget to “give back” and return to Mastbaum as part of the alumni association.                                                                                                                                                     

Mastbaum staff and administration have been busy preparing for the PA State APE Review for several months. After the official visit during last week in November 2018, Mastbaum has been commended for the excellent job they are doing throughout the school, but especially in the Career Technical Education Programs/Shops.  As with many high schools, we will always have improvements and updates that need to be done. Congratulations to all for the hard work and dedication of Mastbaum coming out with flying colors!            

 The “Bones Schneider” School Gymnasium has had some renovations that include a New Scoreboard, a shiny new gymnasium floor and a 1000 point Basketball banner! The Cheerleaders participated and represented Mastbaum at the 2018 Citywide Cheerleading Contest held at Temple University. Mastbaum was open an evening for a community night to welcome parents, students and the community to discuss ways to make Mastbaum safer for all. There were several speakers, including the Philadelphia Police Department, as well as, prizes and giveaways for all. It was very successful with many in attendance. We are looking forward more new and exciting celebrations in the New Year, including a winter celebration and senior pledge night.                                                                                                         

   Just a reminder for everyone to take a moment to go online to update your information on the JEMAA website; stay tuned for the Alumni basketball game and Alumni Day at Mastbaum.  We are looking for alumni members like you! We would love to have you join us at the monthly meetings. Enjoy the winter weather and stay warm,



In Memoriam



Francis Florian Faber

Francis F. Faber passed away on April 20, 2018 one week shy of his 89th birthday.  He was preceded in death by his Wife of 60 years, Mary Buggy Faber.  He was survived by his 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 sister.



Alvin G. Walcott

Alvin passed away on August 30, 2018 at Christ’s Home in Warminster, PA at the age of 87.  He was the husband of Patricia R. McGuire-Walcott for 62 years.  He is survived by his 3 childen, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.



Victor T. Aristeo

Victor T. “Shadow” Aristeo passed away on Seotember 14, 2018.  He was 87.  Born to Italian immigrant parents, Victor grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Mastbaum High School in 1949.  He served his country during the Korean War.  In addition to his 3 children, he is survived by an older sister, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.


   1955 June

Karl A. Alscher

Karl A. Alscher passed away on March 29, 2018 in Colorado.  He  was  80 years old.  He is survived by his 2 daughters, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Pamela Mack Alscher and 1 grandchild.



1955 June

William J. Kinney

 William J, Kinney passed away on July 22, 2018.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years  Rose.



             1955 June

Leonard S. Okupniak

Leonard passed away at home on April 25, 2018.

                        Submitted by Sue Egner Tull




James Cooper

   James  passed away on March 2, 1999  at the age of 62, in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.  He is survived by his  2 daughters and 1 son.  Submitted by his daughter Kathleen Schoonover.



1956 June

Dorothy M. Dutill-McDevitt

    Dorothy passed away on September 3, 2009.  She was the wife of James C. McDevitt, sister of  Edward Dutill and Karen Dutill-McGovern.  Submitted by Carolyn Francis-Swartz.



1956 June

Joan K. Francis-Shew

    Joan passed away on March 26, 2006  at 68 years old, in Sicklerville, NJ.  She is survived by a daughter and a son and 5 grandchildren.  Submitted by Carolyn Francis-Swartz.



1956 June

Florence (Floss) Frost-Smalley

    Florence passed away on September 1, 2006  after a courageous battle with colon cancer.  She was the wife of the late John Smalley.  She was survived by her daughter, 3 sons and  8 grandchildren.  Submitted by Carolyn Francis-Swartz



1956 June

Viola F. Murphy-Welsh

   Viola “LuLu” passed away on September 18, 2018 at the age of 79.  She was the wife of Henry J. Welsh for 61 years.  She was the mother of 4, grandmother of 7 and great grandmother of 2.




Joseph E. Krecko

Joseph passed away on July 16, 2018 at age 78.  He was the husband of the late Barbara (Tinsley) Krecko  and is survived by his 5 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.




Barbara E. Tinsley-Krecko

Barbara E. Tinsley-Krecko passed away on July 15, 2018 one day before her husband Joseph E. Krecko.  She is survived by her 5 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.



1959 January    

Barbara E. Walker-LaRue

Commerce and Stenography


Barbara passed away on June 6, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Barbara was a very vital part of JEMAA, she was a past president, treasurer, historian and with her husband Phil published and edited The Baum newsletter, which she continued to do after he passed away.  Barbara lived for Mastbaum and the students both past and present.  She will be greatly missed by all of those who worked with her as part of JEMAA as we continue to struggle along without her.



 1959 June

Ida Mae Smith-Grant

Ida passed away on July 5, 2018 at the age of 76.  She is survived by her husband Jack.  She is also survived by 2 sisters Doris and Marion and 1 brother Richard.  Submitted by her friend of over 62 years, Helen Loligian-Moore.



 1960 January

Patricia B. Sachs-Leppert

Patricia passed away on September 19, 2018 after a long struggle with ALS.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth and by her eldest son David.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren.




David A. Dampman Sr.

David passed away on December 11, 2018 at the age of 74.  he is survived by his wife Shirley, his children, grandchildren and a brother.



1965 June

Margaret Baxter-Gliwa

Margarest passed away on December 20, 2018.  Margaret was her class valedictorian.  Submitted by her daughter, Jessica.



1971 June

Chie Langjahr-Riley

Chie passed away on September 8, 2007.  She was survived by her Husband Brendan, son Raymond and daughter Rowena.



 1982 June

Earnest Langjahr

Earnest passed away on January 11, 2008.  He was survived by his wife Michelle and daughter Melody.



1994 June

Richard W. Hause Jr.

    Richard passed away on December 14, 2018 at the age of 43., in Boiling Springs, SC.  He is survived by his parents, a daughter and a sister.




P.O. Box 655
 Ocean City, New Jersey 08226-0655

 E-mail to: jemaa1971@aol.com

    This space is provided for correspondence from classmates and present or retired faculty.  please write and tell us what has happened to you since graduation or your retirement. are you married, how many children, grandchildren, etc.?  Did the training you received at Mastbaum assist you in your career opportunities? 

             Faculty, let us know how you are enjoying your retirement and maybe some amusing stories about your years at Mastbaum. 

             We truly would LOVE to print something other than “enclosed is my check …..”  Help me out here!

Don’t be shy, pick up a pen, pencil, typewriter, word processor, computer or smoke signals and let us hear from you!

All correspondence received can be published unless we are specifically notified by you otherwise


Sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing.  It was a shock.  Thank you and the committee for all you do for the alumni.  Anything I can do to help let me know.  God Bless.


Dan Melnyk



      Sending in my donation in memory of my classmates George Cressman, Anthony “Blaz” Blazjewski and Fred Ziegler.

1951 January

Paul Unger

Norwood, PA



   I was wondering if they stopped “The Baum”.  I have not received anything since the Spring 2018 issue. My membership dues always was due October 31 each year and for some reason the label on “The Baum” says 7/31/18.  I sent a check on 5-11-18 which covered the renewal could you check and see what happened. 

1951 June

Mary C. Zollner-Muni

Ed. Note—Mary you are up to date we did receive your check.  We have not published a Baum since the Spring 2018 edition due to circumstances beyond our control.



     Enclosed please find my check for membership dues.  And Thank You for the wonderful job that you do.


1953 January

Ann Sabato Di Lisio



     I am sending this donation in Memory of Barbara La Rue.


1955 June

Nancy Richards-Simpson



       I am renewing my membership for 2 years for “The Baum”.  I enjoy reading it and seeing if I know anyone from my class or my husbands class (January 1953).  I was so sorry to see the news of the passing of Barbara Walker-LaRue.  I didn’t know her personally but knew her from ‘The Baum”, prayers go out to her family and friends.


1955 June

Dorothy Britland King



     We are sorry to read about your battle with cancer; may God give you the strength to continue the fight and result in a cancer free diagnosis.  

      You wrote asking for something other than “Here is my check”’  so here is one for you:

       Nine girls of the June 1955 class formed a sorority to perform an on-stage skit for “Senior Class Talent Day”.  We called ourselves HASH-E-BAMMA-GAMMA and practiced our song and dance routine for weeks before the show.  We practiced outside in the street because none of our houses had room for the nine of us to go through our dance steps.  To give us a touch of “professionalism” eight of us rented jail-bird costumes of wide striped black and white uniforms consisting of cap, jacket and pants.  Dolly Dougherty rented a policeman outfit.  During our dance routine we sang to the tune of “One more day and we’ll be free” using our own Mastbaum-specific lyrics.  For the “grand finale” we jail-birds turned our backs to the audience, bent over, flipped up our jackets to show that each girl had one letter pinned to her rear-end spelling M-A-S-T-B-A-U-M.  What fun!  The applause was worth all the work we put into our show.  Lets hear from some of the other girls of HASH-E-BAMMA-GAMMA!

      Enclosed is my check for 3 more years of membership, plus a small donation to each of the seven memorials listed.  Thanks for your hard work in publishing an excellent newsletter.  Sincerely and blessings to all. 


1955 June

Leona Jorska-Cronin


Editor Note:  This is something that Barbara would have loved to read.  Unfortunately she succumbed to her illness before she could.



      I sent a check to keep getting “The Baum” which I enjoy reading.  I have not received it, I also sent my husband William Kinneys obituary he passed away in July, I was looking forward to seeing the memorial.  If you have an extra copy please send me one.


1955 June

Rose P. Kinney


Ed. Note :  Rose, your husband Williams memorial is in this edition which is the latest edition.  I will continue to send you future editions.



I am renewing for 2 years, I am married 61 years, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  I spend half the here and half in Florida.


1958 January

Barbara Dager-Graham

Avalon, NJ



I am enclosing a check for 1 year membership for me and 1 year membership for my niece Karen Kunzig.


1958 January

Doris M. Cox-Diano

Brigantine, NJ



      So sorry I couldn’t make the 60th Class Reunion.  I’m sure a good time was had by everyone.  It’s always nice to receive “The Baum” and catch up with some news.  Some good news, I had my first great grandchild, a little boy, he’s 7 months old.  Enclosed is my check for 2 years membership. 


1958 June

Marge Shuttie-Costa



     I have been sick for the last year from March 16th to now.  I lost a leg, had 2 strokes, 3 heart attacks and I just lost a finger all due to diabetes.  But I am still here. 


1960 January

Paul J. Gregory


      I walk and talk.



       Enclosed is my check for the Jemaa membership dues.  I find it hard to believe that it has been 57 years since Andy & I graduated from Mastbaum. (January 1961).  (It seems like yesterday).  It is always nice to look back on our high school years.


1961 January

Diana (Dryslewski) & Andrew Royds



I wish there was something more we could say or do in honor of the legacy that Barbara left us. Personally, there are not enough words of thanks for me to say for the help that she gave to me over the years with the reunions that I headed for the classes of January and June of 1961. It was such a pleasure to work with her and her encouragement was unending. Despite her illness she was always concerned that the Alumni Association would not survive as we got older and that no one from the younger classes would step forward to keep it going. I pray that in her honor that there will be some from the younger classes who will step forward to help keep her legacy going with the Alumni.

1961 June

Carole Dowd-Leidy



      Sitting and Re-Reading 2018 Spring Edition of the Baum, and noticed that my membership has expired.  Please accept my apology for the oversight of nonpayment and renew my membership for a period of 2 years.  The check is included with this correspondence.


June 1962

Robert G. Terwilliger



      Enclosed please find  my check for 2 years membership dues and a donation to the Sprague Memorial Fund.  I fondly remember Mrs. Sprague who was one of my favorite teachers.


1963 June

Kathryn Karcher Becek



Enclosed is my membership payment for the next year.  I was so sorry to hear of Barbs passing, She was the heart and soul of the Alumni Association.  Our condolences to her family.  Looking for more alum from our years to make their presence known.


1976 June

Steve & Debbi McCullough-Taylor

Camp Hill, PA



     Some people enter our lives like a gentle wind.  Barbara LaRue entered mine like a class 5 hurricane. 

     Get me an alumni mailing list.  How much can we give as scholarships to Mastbaum grads?  Lets schedule meetings.  What else can we do to make Mastbaum better?  Lets have an annual reunion.  Who sells Mastbaum Memorabilia?  My brother owns a printing shop so we can print a newsletter.  And yadda, yadda, yadda. 

    No one can deny her heart belonged to her Alma Mater.  Even a bout with cancer didn’t slow her down until her children stepped in.

     Although I did not graduate from Mastbaum, I taught there from September 1964 to June 2000.  A lot of students passed through my life and made me a better person for it.  I have many friends both teachers and students from Mastbaum.  Due to the efforts of Barbara, some of those grads are active alumni members and a few help out with the Alumni Associations many activities. 

    I’m sure if any alumni are in heaven, Barbara is leading them singing “Hail to the Red and Blue.”


Faculty, Biology Teacher

                  Edward P. Mc Keogh



   You can find details on all of our annual events also on the Website by clicking on the JEMAA Events Tab and then clicking on the appropriate tab.