Aimee Wilkinson’s Mother

Aimee Wilkinson’s mother recently passed away, and there is a memorial at Frederick Meijer Gardens on Sunday,  September 25th, 2016, from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Many in our class had Aimee’s mom as a kindergarten teacher. We are so sorry to hear of her passing, and she will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aimee and her family in this sad time.

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Mark Chandler (1964-2015)

Mark ChandlerMark Steven Chandler, age 51, of Downingtown, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 4, 2015, after a long battle with cancer.

A beloved son, husband, father, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend, Mark leaves behind many who will miss his charm, smile and exuberant spirit.

Mark is survived by his parents, James T. and Kay (nee Kirkby) Chandler of Ocala, Florida; his wife, Amber Chandler (nee Pfeiffer) and daughter, Amanda; brother Eric Chandler (Cheryl) of Aberdeen, NJ; and sister Lisa Chandler of Starke, Florida. Mark was predeceased by his sister Lynn Chandler Monea.

Born in Detroit, MI in 1964, Mark grew up near Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from Forest Hills Central High School in 1982. He served honorably in the US Navy for six years as a Submarine Sonar Technician in the Charleston, SC area before returning to the University of Illinois to receive a BS in 1992. Mark met Amber in college and they were married on August 1, 1992 in Springfield, IL. Mark continued his education throughout his career, receiving his Master’s degree from Penn State University, as well as several professional certifications.

After early stints with General Electric/Lockheed Martin and MBNA America, Mark spent more than nine years with Hyperion, a job which allowed him to live in Sydney, Australia, and travel around Southeast Asia for several years. This fueled his lifelong love of travel, a passion he was delighted to share with Amber and Amanda. For the past seven years, Mark was employed by SAP, most recently as Support Services Director in Newtown Square, PA, outside of Philadelphia. Along the way, Mark’s fun-loving nature and optimistic attitude turned many colleagues into friends.

Mark lived his life fully. He was an avid sports fan, rooting loyally for his boyhood-hometown Detroit Lions. He was very fortunate to share with family and friends many good times: good meals (some made by Mark himself: he was a great cook); good wine; good trips (Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America); and good days of skiing. But he considered himself never more blessed than by his marriage to Amber and the birth of their daughter, Amanda.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate that contributions be made to Cure4CAM Childhood Cancer Foundation, www.cure4cam.org.

Friends and family have also set up a fund to assist with Amanda’s college education. Donations can be made at www.ugift529.com, code: Y73-G6P.

Services are private. A memorial gathering and charity golf outing are intended in the fall.

Arrangements by The Donohue Funeral Home, 43 W Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335, 610-269-3080.
Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com.

Ed Jackoboice

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Edward James Jackoboice, 1935-2012

After 4 1/2 months of proving every prognosis wrong, my father passed away peacefully at home, just after sunrise, as the mallard and Canadian Geese began to fly over his favorite Michigan and Hudson Bay waterways. He died on the morning of Friday, December 14. For those of you that knew him, his fight until the end would never surprise you. Rest in peace, Dad. You were the strongest man I ever knew.  Tim.

Viewing will be on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525-111th Ave N., Naples, FL 34108. 239-597-3101. (off Immokolee Rd west of US-41.)

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00am, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave., North Naples, FL, 34108. 239.566.8740. (also off Immokolee Rd west of US-41, next to Hodges Funeral Home.)

Todd DeGreen: Heroic Rescue of 2 Men on Mt. Rainier

A great tribute to Todd DeGreen by the American Red Cross in Seattle, recognizing his heroic act of saving the lives of 2 men trapped in a crevasse on Mt. Rainier. A great tribute for an extraordinary act. Click on the link below the photo to view the video. Thanks to Pat Pullen, via John McIntyre (FHC ’76), for forwarding this great story.  — Tim Jackoboice.

(Here’s the email John sent to Pat’s brother Chris:)
“My nephew Todd who lives in Seattle was honored recently for a rescue he made while descending Mt. Rainier.  I understand “Hero’s Breakfast 2011” was quite an affair with some 850 people in attendance including major businesses and political leaders, there were several people honored. The Red Cross among others put together a nice award presentation including a professional video that they played at the ceremony.  Pretty cool!”


http://www.youtube.com/user/SeattleRedCross#p/u/4/DKBC_erRLnQ

The following is a message received through the site from Kim Schatz — more good cancer news, or as good of news as can be received regarding cancer. In other upcoming news, rumor has it — coming from the soon-to-be-groom himself — that Jeff Washburn is tying the knot in June. Could it be that Mark Chandler’s and Eric Engel’s babies aren’t the last to be born in our class?
 

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I have been hard to find on the class reunions. Moved a few times and been keeping pretty busy, as I am sure all of you have.

October of 2009 I was diagnosed with stage zero  breast cancer. I caught it early on a routine mamogram.  and had a double mastectomy, being I inherited the cancer as a BRCA 1 carrier from my mother and grandmother.

Because I am BRCA 1 I also underwent a total hysterectomy and i am still currently going through breast reconstruction and also treatments for gastroparesis. I am doing fantastic however!  After so many operations and hope all of you are as well and good health!

I currently own and operate my grandmothers Saint Bernard kennel that used to reside on Cascade Rd just down from the school back in the days.

Hope to see you all maybe at the next reunion! Time seems to go by so fast.

Take care everyone!

Kimm (Schatz) Bettinghouse

Email: simba00@verizon.net
Websitehttp://www.schwarzwaldhofkennels.com

Great News from Mark Wandas

The following is an email with some great news from Mark Wandas today, that he wanted to share with the Class:

Thanks for all the well wishing. Good news is that the Cleveland lab said my biopsy in not malignant. It has really been a roller coaster ride for me.

I got the news that I had a tumor two weeks ago. Co-workers and friends said all would be fine. You will beat this. I was worried. Some of you were positive and said I would get through it. Someone told me “God just wanted to get my attention”. It was tough to hear, but as much as I was worried I was glad that all my back trouble finally had a diagnosis. The news of my diagnosis spread like a cancer. I had been to two different chiropractors, a massage therapist, physical therapy and a MD. It seemed at times like the therapy was working. For almost ten months I’ve had some ups and downs in my ability to play volleyball, play golf, and get moving in the morning. It took me a while to figure out that over time my back had steadily gotten worse.

By February of this year I could not wash my feet in the shower. My Doctor said I had been patient enough and ordered a MRI that showed the tumor. It was a hard way to start my spring break with my daughter. The doctor scared me by asking question like if I could stand or use the bathroom. Good news is I finally got some better drugs, a shoe horn as long as a yardstick and a sponge on a stick. I had a CT guided biopsy and was told it was Cancer. I saw an oncologist who said that she was not familiar with this rare type of aggressive cancer and would refer me off to the University hospital in Denver. My ex-wife went with me and with her hand on my shoulder we saw a councilor where we got help on how to talk to our daughter. I went in for a $10k Pet scan where they give you radiation (watch you for an hour to make sure you do not morph into the hulk) and then scan the entire body. My mind raced when the doctor didn’t deliver the results on time. They found the cancer had not spread. I told people who had been praying for me that the prayers had been working. Thank you all again for your prayers, support and concern.

Some of you even told me of miraculous stories where people had cancer and then without treatment had been cured. It was overwhelming. Meanwhile my biopsy went to Cleveland (the premier cancer lab in the USA) and they assured my doctor it was not a cancerous tumor.

Well, we could look at this and say that the bumbling doctors and lab workers in my small town misdiagnosed me all along wasting my time and money, or we could think it is a miracle. I don’t know the answer to that, but I guess we just have to have faith. I do know that my back pain has been a real pain in my rear. The MRI did show that I have a fractured L3 and two herniated disk, some pinched nerves and a tumor wrapped around my spine that will be hard to reach. Surgery is still the most likely option. So I am still keeping my appointment with the neurosurgeon. It has been nice of you all to send all that positive energy my way. It sure did help me keep a good attitude for the ten days I had cancer. I feel weird now, while not having had cancer but still having had so much of your concern. I just told a friend and he said, “No one is going think this is not good news”. I hope you too will see it that way. It was nice to hear from some of you that I had not had a recent or close connection.

I am not under the delusion that anything so far has been miraculous, but just in case, since those prayers worked so well, so far, I could still use some help getting my back healed. It will be nice to play golf and volleyball again. Maybe do some fun things with my daughter again. Stay around here to watch her grow up. So thank you again.

Thank you
Mark Wandas

P.S. Would this be the wrong time to ask to win the Lottery? Now that,
would be miraculous!

An Email from Rob Pease about Mark Wandas:

The following is an email I received from Rob Pease about Mark Wandas. Sad news, but something I’m confident Mark will fight through successfully, with prayers and support from friends like us. Feel free to contact Mark at his addresses below, that Rob included in his email today:

Hi Tim,

I wanted to let you know that Mark Wandas was just diagnosed with cancer. He had been having pain in his back for the last 9 months, then went in for an MRI where they discovered a tumor on his spine. They confirmed it was cancerous with a biopsy. He is going in for a full body scan on March 23 to see if it has spread anywhere else. He will likely undergo chemotherapy, radiation and possibly surgery soon.

He is handling the bad news with great courage, as you would expect from Mark. I was hoping you could pass the word on via email to fellow FHC classmates if you have that ability – or post on the FHC ’82 website. I know he would appreciate any support and prayers from his friends.

Mark’s contact info:

Mark Wandas
1050 N St. Vrain A
Estes Park, CO 80517

mark.wandas@gmail.com

Thanks,
Rob Pease

(p.s. I asked Mark if he would mind if I spread the word about this and he was good with it)