1956 HeiskeliteYear Book
Our Deceased Classmates
Photo Album Class of '56
35th Reunion
40th Reunion
45th Reunion
50th Reunion
55th  Reunion
60th Birthday celebration
70th Birthday Celebration
75th Birthday Celebration
1953 Heiskelite Yearbook
1954 Heiskelite Yearbook


Welcome to the Hagerstown High School Class of 1956 Web site! (Please visit links on left side of page)


                                                                           In memory of Richard A. Wade 1938 - 2001     (click)  

 The Class of '56 welcomes all, but especially our classmates to share events, news, and information of the graduating class of June, 1956.

This is a very active high school class that has reunions every 5 years and "special" events, such as class "Zero & 5th" Birthday Celebrations, Luncheons and picnics held in the Hagerstown, Maryland area, and participation in the Annual HHS Florida Gathering.

80th Birthday Celebration - Hagerstown High Class of 1956
                                                            September 14-16, 2018

                                                   Photos  (click) ...


Edith (Solliday) Tyler von Jess, 80


Edith (Solliday) Tyler von Jess, 80, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at Magnolias of Chambersburg. Daughter of Benjamin Hubert and Elizabeth Derr (Kremer) Solliday she was born November 13, 1938 in Waynesboro, PA, graduated in the last class of Hagerstown High School and attended Goucher College. Following her marriage to Robert Rutherford Tyler she moved to New England, where she spent the next 35 years of her life.

Shortly after the introduction of computers for commercial use in 1960, she became a programmer for GenRad in Concord, MA. Later, at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA she served the capacities of Systems Analyst, Manager (of software development) and Senior Software Projects Consultant, retiring in 1988. During this time she also owned and managed small business in Rockport, MA.

An avid traveler, she made several dozen trips to Europe, Central and South America. For many years she rented a “cottage” on the coast of Bermuda. With her second marriage she discovered, and greatly enjoyed wandering around, the U.S.

Her first husband died in 1964. She is survived by a borther, Benjamin H. Solliday of Bella Vista, AR; a niece; and numerous nephews. A brother preceded her in death.

Services will be held 2:00 Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Calvary Chapel Beartown, 13318 Mentzer Gap Rd, Waynesboro, PA with Pastors Jody Barthle officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M., Tuesday afternoon, in the church.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.

Herbert Martin “Herb” Schlotterbeck Jr., 80
Herbert Martin “Herb” Schlotterbeck Jr., a resident of Bloom at Kokomo, Indiana, died of natural causes at 12:35 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the age of 80. His family was present with him to bring him comfort and surround him with love.
Born in Hagerstown, Maryland on November 14, 1938, Herb was the son and youngest child of the late Herbert M. Schlotterbeck Sr. and S. Esther (Hutson) Schlotterbeck.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia A. (Schlotterbeck) Thomas.
The Schlotterbecks were long-time members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.
Herb is survived by his former wife, friend and caregiver, Carol J. (Olson) Schlotterbeck; his eldest child and daughter, Amy L. (Schlotterbeck) Lucas and her husband, James E. Lucas Jr.; his daughter, Lara C. Schlotterbeck; his son, Geoffrey D. (Schlotterbeck) Hutson and his husband, Thommy J. (Wojciechowski) Hutson; his granddaughters, Brittany J. Lucas, Emily M. Lucas and Harper A. Hutson; and several other close relatives.
In 1956, Herb was a member of the last class to graduate from Hagerstown High School. He gathered with his classmates in October 2016 for a 60th reunion in Hagerstown.
Herb attended Wittenberg University in the 1960s and graduated from Hamma School of Theology, now Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in 1966. Herb also studied Child Developmental Psychology.
As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Herb first served the congregation at Grace Lutheran Church, in Dover, Ohio, as Associate Pastor and Organist until 1970, when he and his family relocated to Vincennes, Indiana for a calling to serve as Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In 1984, he joined the staff at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Kokomo, as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music. Herb also privately taught voice to several students while in Kokomo.
After moving from Kokomo to Indianapolis, where he lived for more than 25 years, Herb became an active member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints and supporter of Damien Center.
He loved gardening and put his green thumb to use at the Nuthatch Bed and Breakfast, and around his home at Franklin Trails, where he had been on the board of the Homeowners’ Association.
Throughout his life, Herb embodied the colorful and passionate soul of an artist, musician and performer. Among his many endeavors, he was an avid participant in community performing arts as an actor, director and set designer for multiple productions of the Old Town Players in Vincennes, including runs of “The Second Shepherds’ Play” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and with the Kokomo Civic Theater.
Herb was also a long-time season ticket holder for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, sang with the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, supported Indy Film Fest, and volunteered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
A memorial service and celebration of Herb’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a gesture in Herb’s honor are encouraged to support the local arts in Indiana and make a donation to the Kokomo Symphonic Society (kokomosymphony.com, 765-236-0251), Dance Kaleidoscope (dancekal.org, 317-940-6555), another favorite performing arts organization, or the Episcopal Church of All Saints (allsaintsindy.org, 317-635-2538).
Shirley and Stout Funeral Home, Kokomo, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.

Leslie (Stouffer) Leidig, 80


Leslie Virginia Leidig, 80, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019.

She was born on August 31, 1938 to the late Wilbur Stouffer Jr. and Pauline Benner Stouffer.

She was a member of AMVETS Post 10, the Williamsport Red Men Tribe 84, the VFW Post 1936 and the American Legion Post 42.

After many years, she retired from Angstrohm Precision Inc.; and, most recently, she was employed part-time at Sam’s Club in Hagerstown.

In addition to her parents, Leslie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Leidig I; her son, Charles A. Leidig II; and her brother, Gary Lee Stouffer.

She is survived by her siblings, Norman L. Stouffer and wife, Susie, and Melodie Schutte and husband, Richard; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are welcomed for a visitation on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Online condolences may be made at www.minnichfh.com

Catherine LaRue (Everitts) Crane, 80


C. LaRue Crane, 80, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center, Chambersburg.

Born November 10, 1938 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Henry and Rosanna Garry (Secrist) Everitts.

LaRue was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and a member of Salem Reformed Church.

She was the former owner and operator of Crane’s Custom Center in Delaware.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth D. Crane Sr., on November 7, 2010.

LaRue is survived by two daughters, Debbie Eichelberger of Decatur, IN and Margo Terry of Akron, OH; two sons, Kenneth Dwight Crane Jr. of Akron and James Robert “Bob” Crane of Pueblo, CO; two sisters, Thelma Brewer of Hagerstown and Nancy Eichelberger of Chambersburg; one brother, D. Garry Everitts of Hagerstown; two grandchildren, Becki Eichelberger and Bradley William Henry Eichelberger; one great-grandson, Noah Eichelberger; niece, Kelly Shoop; nephew, Archie Brewer; great-niece, Erin Clark; great-nephews, Brian and Patrick Brewer; great-great-niece, Taylor Clark; and great-great-nephew, Camden Clark.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Renner and Jane Bussard; and a brother, Eugene Everitts.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Salem Reformed Church. Pastor Eric Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Reformed Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Salem Reformed Church, 13182 Salem Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.



Alice Faye (Mills) Yeates, 80
         Alice Yeates, 80
Alice Faye Yeates, 80, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Hershey Medical Center.
Born July 9, 1938 in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Stewart and Agnes Corea (Newman) Mills.
Alice was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School and was retired from Standard Federal and Sears and Roebuck Co.

She loved the beach, laying in the sun, playing slots and going to the casinos.
Alice loved spending time with friends at the club and was an avid duckpin bowler for many years.
She was a loving, caring and giving wife, mother and grandmother.
Alice always took care of her family and would help and support anyone in need.
She was the Boss!
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Henry Lee Yeates; three daughters, Kim Moore, Karen Thomas and husband, William, and Kathy Schlotterbeck and husband, Doug; one sister, Shirley Shirey and husband, Warren; six grandchildren, Dustin Younker, and fiancée, Jessica, Brandon Wilson and wife, Elizabeth, Travis Yeates and wife, Rachel, Ashleigh Martin, Kelsey Moore and boyfriend, Brad, and Kelbey Nelson and husband, Jon; eight great-grandchildren, Cameren, Sage, Caleb, Kristen, Madi, Caitlin, Breanna and Alexis; niece, Deborah Smoot; and nephew, Randy Shirey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Kelli M. Yeates; great-grandson, Tyler Patrick Simons; and son-in-law, Robert F. Moore Jr.
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pastor Christopher Schlotterbeck will officiate.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 13, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.


PHOTOS-HHS Class of 1956 60th Reunion !!!
September 16-18, 2016

Here are some links to click on for photos from our 60th Class Reunion, September 16-18, 2016.
(recommend to choose "Slideshow" option toward top of page after photos come up- then you can go right or left if you choose )

Friday Evening at the Bowmans (click)

Saturday Afternoon at Redmen “Crabfest” (click)

Sunday Breakfast @ Redmen (click)

South Potomac JR High Classmates of HHS Class of 1956