News Posted 7/12/17 - 11/28/17


Husband of Sue (Jarrett) Martinetti has Died at 81

(posted 11/28/17) ROCKFORD, IL — Donald G. Martinetti, the husband of classmate Sue (Jarrett) Martinetti, died Monday November 27, 2017. Don could often be seen at various reunions over the years accompanying his wife Sue who almost always had a camera in hand working with the reunion committee. The couple can be seen in the photo at the right taken during the 55th reunion. They were married June 6, 1964 in St. James Church in Rockford.

Don graduated from East High and spent most of his career teaching and coaching at Jefferson High School.

A funeral service to honor Don’s life will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. Visitation from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Don Martinetti Cup, a golf tournament benefitting R.P.S. #205 golf programs. Share condolences and memories at  See his obituary for more details.


Trish Corirossi Passes on at 75

(posted 11/16/17) HARBOR CITY, CALIFORNIA — Patricia Ann (Trish) Corirossi died October 19, 2017 at the age of 75.

Trish graduated West in 1959 and Washington Junior High before that. She could be seen at most major reunions over the years visiting Rockford often and spending time with her original West High "potluck" group. The group still meets regularly today.

Trish was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1967 and has strugled with serious medical issues over the years including dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant.

She has donated her body to Science, therefore, there will be no burial. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home at 1:00 pm with visitation at 12:30 until time of service. 

See her obituary for more information.


Partner of Joan-Picken-Bailey-Murray has died

(posted 11/10/17) ROCKFORD, IL — Joan (Picken) Bailey-Murray has lost her partner John Thomas Startzel who passed November 2, 2017 from complications of post polio syndrome.

John was a former Master Bridge player and antique dealer who spent his winters in Florida with his companion Joan as told in his obituary. There will be no visitation or service but a celebration of his life will be at a later date.




Travel Connections and Memories by Ron Ingrassia

(posted 8/23/17)
In a visit with Jerry and Judy Johnson at their home in Millidgeville, Georgia, they showed the following photo from their school scrapbook taken prior to the ROTC Military Ball in February 1959:

L to R Al Acker, Shirley Wilson, Jerry Johnson, Marge Hetrick, Gordy Hall, Judy Joanason

Of course Judy Joanason is now Mrs. Jerry Johnson and they have been married for over fifty years and have three children!

The Johnsons have a charming southern home with beautiful artwork in almost every room.  They drove my wife Patty and I around Millidgeville to show us some of the history and architecture of the town of about 19,000 population northeast of Macon, GA.  We talked for hours, had dinner, and a wonderful visit.  The photo at the right was taken of the Johnson’s in their home.


After spending some time with my younger brother Leonard in Rotunda, Florida, Patty and I found ourselves in the Jacksonville Florida area doing some house hunting as we had already designated the Florida panhandle area as a likely retirement destination.  We managed to connect with classmates Bill Carriere and John Contarino.  The photo was taken at the Mandaloun Mediterranean Restaurant in Jacksonville – L to R Ron and Patty Ingrassia, John Contarino, Sara Beth (Sally) and Bill Carriere.

John looks great as he has radically changed his diet and was able to get off his medications.  He moved to Jacksonville from Bloomington, IL to be near his daughter.  Bill Carriere is an MD who came to Jacksonville early in his career and loves his work.  He feels he can make a difference by remaining active in various clinics as there is so much he can still contribute to the medical profession with all of his experience.

After considerable scouting around with real estate agents all around the Jacksonville suburbs, we found a new subdivision that we liked in Yulee, FL called Oaks at Bristol where they would build a home on the lot of our choice.  We expect to move in sometime toward the end of the year (2017).

During another road trip this summer, Patty and I found ourselves visiting friends and relatives in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.  While we were in Colorado, we made the trek well over a mile high and treacherous in places to visit our classmate Lyle Clugg in Montrose, CO.  It was well worth the journey as we found Lyle and his wife Jo Ann (shown in the photo at the right) to be a very gracious and interesting couple.

After retiring from his job in Austin, Texas, Lyle looked for a small town in Colorado and settled in Montrose.  There he met a Montrose girl, Jo Ann, who was a PE teacher and loved hiking and biking as did Lyle who is a true outdoorsman and had run in several marathons.  They married and built a new house together.  They took Patty and I on a tour of Black Canyon National Park, where Lyle manages the annual foot race, and we hiked some of the trails and experienced spectacular views.

Lyle, has traced the geneology of his “Clugg” family, entering the data in a Legacy database and sending copies to the LDS (Later Day Saints) registry in Utah.  He also discovered he is a 6th cousin to our class of 59 band leader, George Trumbull.  [George died December 15, 2003 at the age of 91].

As part of his geneology hobby, Lyle photographs the cemetary stones of several local cemetaries sending the photos, names, and GPS coordinates to the website as a service for other geneologists.

If any of you who are reading this have recently visited with other classmates and have stories to tell, please send the stories and/or photos in an email and I will add them to the website.

Ron Ingrassia


Barbara (Budde) Arvan Died Shortly After Husband

(posted 7/20/17)
UNION GROVE, WISCONSIN — Classmate Barbara Marie (Budde) Arvan died Sunday June 25, 2017 just five months after her husband Patrick D. Arvan died January 2, 2017. They both lived to age 75. Barbara was a resident of Rockford where she attended Roosevelt Junior High and Graduated from West in 1959 then attended Illinois State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Education. After their marriage July 16, 1966 in Rockford, the couple moved to Kenosha and then Union Grove, Wisconsin where Patrick worked as a process engineer for JI Case company and Barbara as an elementary school teacher.

The couple had two daughters and spent their winters in a lovely home in Leesburg, Florida as remembered from a visit by our classmate Sandy (Smith) LeVasseur.

Barbara is shown in the photo at the right at the 50th Class reunion in 2009. A couple of years before that, she had been diagnosed with dementia that steadily degenerated to the point that she needed constant care. Luckily she had family nearby but it was a long hard ordeal particularly for her husband Patrick who was her constant caregiver even after she was admitted to a care facility during the last two years of her life. Patrick finally died of sheer exhaustion January 2, 2017 - his obituary is given here for reference.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12 Noon at Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home in Union Grove, WI. Relatives and friends can visit with the family from 10:30AM on Saturday until time of service at the funeral home. Burial for both Barbara and Patrick will take place at 2:30 at the Union Grove Cemetery.  See her obituary for more information.


Lifetime Rockford Resident Harry Schelling Died at 77

(posted 7/12/17)
ROCKFORD, IL — Harry Gordon Schelling died peacefully on Tuesday July 11, 2017. He was a resident of Rockford where he attended Roosevelt Junior High and Graduated from West in 1959. He leaves his wife Tani after 57 years of marriage.

Harry and Tani were regulars at our class reunions including attending most of the recent mini-reunions. The photo at the right is the couple at the 55th reunion.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00am on Friday July 14, 2017 in St Anthony Church with Franciscan Friars officiating. Interment to follow in Calvary cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday July 13, 2017 in Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Friends may call again Friday morning in the church from 9:00am until service time.  See his obituary for more information.