1956 HeiskeliteYear Book
Our Deceased Classmates
Photo Album Class of '56
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75th Birthday Celebration
1953 Heiskelite Yearbook
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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)
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.
Our 65th Reunion!! August 27-29, 2021 (click)
Celebration - Hagerstown High Class of 1956
September 14-16, 2018
Photos (click) ...
Nelson Henry "Jack" Burkett
Nelson Henry Burkett, "Jack", 84, of Hagerstown, passed away on
Monday, September 5, 2022 at Meritus Medical Center. Born on March
8, 1938, he was the son of the late John William Burkett and Alice
He attended Hagerstown High School and served in the U.S. Army
Reserves. Jack was employed at the Western Maryland Railroad, later
retiring from Fort Ritchie, Maryland. In his younger years, Jack
enjoyed going to the racetrack and betting on the horses. Mr.
Burkett had a passion for antiques and enjoyed going to auctions,
especially his brother's.
Jack loved his fur babies: lap dog Bella "Bell-Bell" and cats "Tuffy",
"Mr. Wilson" and "Miss Daisy". He was a very kind person and will be
greatly missed by all who loved him.
Mr. Burkett is survived by his beloved companion of 35 years, Amy
Carpenter Snyder; Three daughters: Kelli L. Meyer, Kimberly D.
Abbate and Kristine D. Hughes (Jerry); Four grandchildren: Erica
Stuby (Tim), Erin Taylor (Glenn), Dylan Burkett, and Jason Davis as
well as great-granddaughters, Emilia Stuby and Jaida Davis and
great-grandson Jaxon Davis. He is also survived by a brother, Harold
Wise, Jr. (Lisa); a sister-in-law, Sheila Burkett as well a number
of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Loretta W. Burkett, Two brothers: Donald L. Burkett, Sr., Richard L.
Burkett; a sister, Betty J. Burger.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 9, at 10:00 AM
at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro.
The family will receive friends an hour prior to service time.
Interment will be at Benevola United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the
family at www.StaufferFuneralHome.com.
Robert G. Schleigh
Robert G. Schleigh, 84, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on Sunday,
August 14, 2022, at Meritus Medical Center.
He was born in Hagerstown, MD on August 9, 1938, to the late Charles
M. and Catharine I. Schleigh.
Robert was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He served in
the United States Air Force.
He was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served
as an usher for over fifty years.
He served on the Hagerstown City Council for two terms from 1981-1989.
He also served on the Board of Directors for Bull Dog Credit Union.
He was employed at Mack Trucks, Inc. for over 35 years, retiring in 2000.
He enjoyed his garden, taking walks, and spending time with the
family and his animals.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patsy J. (Hull) Schleigh; two
daughters, Melissa A. Langford and significant other, Tony King, and
Melody R. Frederick and husband, Thomas, all of Hagerstown; one son,
Eric T. Schleigh and wife, Deanna, of Hagerstown; four
granddaughters, Jennifer R. and Julie A. Seal of Hagerstown, and
Erianna T. and Erilyn T. Schleigh of Hagerstown; one grandson, Corey
M. Mentzer also of Hagerstown; two great-granddaughters, Alon-ee and
Zoe Beckett of Hagerstown; a sister, Kathleen Gossard and husband,
Bill, of Waynesboro, PA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three
brothers, Charles Jr., Thomas, and Richard Schleigh, and an infant
son, Todd A. Schleigh.
Per Robert’s request, his body is being donated to science to better the
lives of others.
A funeral mass will be held in Robert’s honor at 10am on Thursday, August
18, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 224 W Washington St,
Hagerstown, MD. Father Ernest Cibelli will officiate.
The family would like to have a Gathering of Friends to share fond
memories of Robert on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 6-8pm at
Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.
Nancy Carol (Murray) Heiston
Nancy Carol (Murray) Heiston, 84, of Hagerstown, MD passed away on
Monday, July 4, 2022, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born April 8, 1938, in Washington County, MD, she was the daughter
of the late John E. Murray and Evelyn M. Keyfauver.
She was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Before retirement, Nancy was an Instructional Aid for the Washington
County School Board for 26 years.
She was also a member of the Funkstown American Legion Auxiliary and
the Clear Spring Historical Society.
In her spare time, Nancy was an avid reader who loved being around
her family. She also loved to travel and sight-see with her husband.
Nancy is survived by her beloved husband, Ronald L. Heiston, Sr.;
two daughters, Rhonda Higgins (Craig) and Karen Faith (Dale); son,
Ronald Heiston, Jr. (Lisa); four grandchildren, Kimberly, Heather,
Ronnie, and Garrett; two great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Emma; and
sister, Barbara Buch (Richard).
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
brother, John Murray, Jr. and one sister, Sue Huff.
A funeral service will be held on
Friday, July 8, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Rest Haven Funeral Home,1601
Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown with Father Todd Young officiating.
Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Martha Jane (Ambrose) Wyand, 83, of
Williamsport, MD, passed away, Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Casey
Born Thursday, December 8, 1938 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter
of the late George D Ambrose and the late Agnes Estella Summers Ambrose.
She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer David Wyand.
Martha graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956. She was employed
as an interior designer with Home Interiors, Inc. Martha was a member of
Virginia Avenue Church of God. Martha 's greatest joy was spending time
with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol L. Hyndman and husband Tom of
Olney, MD; son, Mickey Maris Wyand and wife Kendra of Murfreesboro, TN;
Grandsons, Adam T. Hyndman and Aaron M. Hyndman; two granddaughters,
Victoria L. O'Neill and Casey and Samantha J. Wyand; sister, Virginia
Krempels and husband Robert; great- grandsons, Declan Casey O'Neill,
Kipton Elmer O'Neill and Archer Maris Kimsey.
Services will be held Friday, July 1, 2022, at 11:00 am, at the Douglas
A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with
Pastor Thomas Hyndman.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, July 1, 2022
from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
Interment will be at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
Phyrne Louella (Hatfield) Higman, 83, of
Maugansville, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Autumn Lake
Healthcare at Glade Valley, Walkersville, MD.
Born on January 12, 1939 in Fiddlersburg, MD, she was the daughter
of the late Alice Romaine (Hatfield) and step-father, Charles
William Price, Sr.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband
of 60 years, Harold Richard Higman, who passed away January 18,
2022, and step-brother Charles William Price, Jr.
Phyrne graduated from Hagerstown High School, class of 1956.
Phyrne worked for 40+ years as a secretary for J.W. Sachs & Beckner
Phyrne was a lifetime member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed crafts, baking and cleaning, especially laundry.
She is survived by her Daughters, Cynthia Davis and Julie Higman;
Granddaughter, Casey (Davis) Cauffman and husband Tyler; and many
nieces, and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 11 AM at Rest
Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown with Reverend
Mark Mooney officiating.
Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. Family will
receive friends one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of
Washington County, 11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences can be made at www.rsthvn.com.
Nancy Jean Cunningham Reese
Nancy Jean Cunningham Reese, 83, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away,
Saturday, June 11, 2022, at her home with her loving family.
Born Tuesday, January 24, 1939 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the
daughter of the late Walter (Bill) Daniel Cunningham and the late
Laura (Dolly) R. Cunningham.
She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956.
Nancy began her career at Potomac Edison then left to be a homemaker
and raise her two daughters. She returned to work several years
later and retired from First Federal Bank in 1992.
After retirement she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren in the
summers and spending the winters in Florida with her husband, Perry.
During her lifetime, Nancy was involved with the LCW, the Red Hat
Society and many church activities. She participated in her very own
art show and several quilt shows.
Nancy was very active. She enjoyed sewing, painting, reading,
gardening, baking and traveling. She was a devoted wife for 63
She is survived by her two daughters, Tamara Derr and friend Doug
Snodderly of Hagerstown, MD, and Teresa Jensen and husband Duane of
Charles Town, WV; grandson, Joshua Konecki of Hagerstown, MD;
granddaughter, Elizabeth Roane and Ryan Akers of Williamsport, MD;
two brothers, Walter G. Cunningham and wife Nancy, and Thom
Cunningham and wife Carolyn; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Franklin Reese.
Family will receive friends Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Asbury United
Methodist Church, 110 West North St., Charles Town, WV 25414 from
1:00pm to 3:00pm for visitation. The service will be at 3:00 with
the Rev. Thom Cunningham and Pastor Duane Jensen officiating. There
will be a meal to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made in Nancy’s name to Hospice of Washington
County,11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
Richard Eugene Miller, Sr.
Richard Eugene Miller, Sr., 84, of Hagerstown, MD, went to be with
his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, March 25, 2022, at Select
Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg, PA. Born July 15, 1937, in Welsh
Run, PA, he was the son of the late Charles Harvey and Clara Belle
(Brothers) Miller. Richard was a member of the last graduating class
of Hagerstown High School in 1956. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air
Force, serving for 3 ½ years with the last occupational troop in
Germany. Richard retired with over 30 years of service from Eastalco.
He was a member of Masonic Salem Lodge in Smithsburg, Eastern Star
Chapter 89 and Hagerstown First Church of God where he served as a
Sunday School Teacher and an elder for over 34 years. Richard loved
his family, going camping, travelling, growing vegetables and
gardening. He could grow anything. He enjoyed riding motorcycles
with his pastor and son. He is survived by his wife of 60 years,
Emma Jane Miller; one son, Richard “Rick” E. Miller, Jr. (Lori); one
daughter, Theresa Ann Kendall (Greg); one brother, Joseph James
Miller (Peggy); six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren and
one due in May. His favorite past time was spending time with his
family. Richard was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles
Harvey, Miller, Jr.
Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at
Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD. Pastor
David Sword will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial
The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at
the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hagerstown
First Church of God, 1015 Rose Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.
Paul C. Knode ( Tubby )
Paul C. Knode ( Tubby ), 84 yrs. old, of Brookview,
MD, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
He was born in Hagerstown, MD on March 26, 1937.
Tubby moved from Hagerstown, MD to the Eastern Shore
of MD at the age of 18 years old.
On March 14, 1958 he married JoAnn Armstrong. She preceded him in
death on July 20, 2015.
Tubby is survived by his daughters and a son, Cheryl Wanex (Mark),
Donna Lauck (Michael), David Knode (Lorra), and Christine Walton
Tubby (aka Pop) is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason, Katie,
Alyssa, Krystle, Jessica, Ashton, Nash, Dylan, Tanner, Kevin and
Jeremy and great grandchildren, Kenny, Lizzie, Ciera, Nate, Aubrie,
Kobe, Piper, Nayeli, Gunner, Lexi, Will, Naomi and Jeremy Jr. He is
survived by one brother, Terry ( Maggie ) of Green Castle, PA and
sister Clara (Boo) of Cincinnati, Ohio and sister Sherry ( Raymond )
of Hagerstown, MD.
Tubby was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Pearl Knode,
his son, Paul Eric Knode and his grandson, Kenny H. Walton III,
three brothers, James, Donald & Robert Knode.
Tubby was a member of the UA Local 486, Plumbers & Steamfitters for
56 years. Tubby worked wherever he needed to, so his wife could be a
stay-at home Mother. His work took him many places and would always
speak of the jobs he had worked. He began his retirement on
03/01/2002. After which, he spent his time at home, fiddling in his
trailer, tending to a garden, and sitting on porch watching the cars
go by, or just being Tubby. He so enjoyed being with his family,
looked forward to holiday dinners at his son’s house.
Tubby’s body was donated to the MD State Anatomy Board, per his last
Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial celebration that
will be held on Saturday, March 26th ( his 85th birthday ) from 1 pm
- 4 pm at the Eldorado / Brookview Volunteer Fire Department in
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eldorado / Brookview
Volunteer Fire Department at 5752 Rhodesdale Eldorado Road,
Rhodesdale, MD 21659, or UA Local 486 Bernard J Vondersmith Memorial
Scholarship Fund at 8100 Sandpiper Circle, Suite # 200, Baltimore,