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
In memory of Richard A. Wade 1938 - 2001  

 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.


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60th Birthday celebration   70th Birthday Celebration   75th Birthday Celebration   1953 Heiskelite Yearbook    1954 Heiskelite Yearbook 

NEW! - Photo from April 26, 2023 Quarterly Lucheon (click)

Mark Your Calendars!
85th Birthday Celebration
August 18-19, 2023

Friday at the Bowmans' "Barn" 3-7 PM

Saturday at the Redmen  3-7 PM

List of Our Deceased Classmates  - (as of April 2023)

Recently Deceased Classmates:

   Larry W. Royce

        Larry Royce obituary, Chambersburg, PA

Larry W. Royce, 86, of Chambersburg, PA passed away Friday, April 7, 2023 in Paramount Nursing and Rehab, Fayetteville, PA. Born March 19, 1937 in Hagerstown, MD he was the son of the late Wilbur and Marguerite (Stull) Royce.

He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School with the Class of 1956
Larry was employed as a forklift operator at Corning Glass, Greencastle, PA. He retired in 1999 after 38 years with the company. Larry was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary (Kane) Royce; two sons, Jeffrey Royce and his wife Lori of Smithsburg, MD and Douglas Royce and his wife Judy Ann of Fayetteville, PA; a grandson, Ryan Royce and his wife Kayla of Seven Valleys, PA; and a great-grandson, Owen. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Constance "Connie" Martin.

Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday April 14, 2023 in the Chapel of the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 1702 with Pastor Ruth Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, PA.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Friday morning in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Road W., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Online condolences may be expressed at geiselfuneralhome.com.


    J. Edward Penn Profile Photo

J. Edward Penn

February 13, 1938 — April 12, 2023


J. Edward (Eddie) Penn, age 85, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Wednesday, April 12, at his home.
Born February 13, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Jack and Anna Penn. Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Suzanne Guiney Penn. 
He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School class of ’56 and Hagerstown Junior College. After serving two years in the Army he went to work for Auburn University as a TV director and producer for their educational program. From there he went to Weirton, West Virginia and served as the supervisor of audiovisual aids for Hancock County. After working in Weirton, he worked at the University of Delaware, establishing their educational closed circuit system. Following his time in Delaware, Edward concluded his career working at the Alternate National Military Command Center, “Site R”, retiring after 28 years in the chief of operations division. During retirement, he spent 17 years as a starter/ranger at Whitetail Golf Resort.
He is survived by three children, Edward B. (Nina) Penn, Missy (Richard) Crilley, and Christopher Penn, all of Beaver Creek; five grandchildren Alex (Joey) Penn Rice, Morgan Crilley, Emily Penn, Chandler (Hannah) Penn, and Brock Penn; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown with Celebrant Rev. Ernest Cibelli officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Beaver Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 1710 Underpass Way, Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com. 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of J. Edward Penn, please visit our flower store.


Patricia A. (Weicht) Petre, 84  

      Obituaries in Hagerstown, MD | The Herald-Mail

Patricia A. (Weicht) Petre, 84, died on March 25, 2023. She was born April 2, 1938, daughter of Ronald and Agnes Weicht and lived her early years in Kitzmiller,
and then moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. She was the wife of Dr. Richard Petre.

She was a graduate of Hagerstown High School, class of 1956 where she was active in Civil Air Patrol. She graduated from Frostburg State University,
class of 1960with high honors where she served as President of Phi Omicron Delta. Upon graduation, she began her career as a teacher with
Frederick County Public Schools at
Lewistown, Walkersville and Thurmont Elementary Schools and as a Reading Specialist at Thurmont Middle School. She received her master's degree from the
University of Maryland. She lived most of her adult life in Walkersville, moving with Richard to Homewood at Frederick in January 2011.

In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by her daughters, Dr. Kristine Pearl (George Pearl) and Kendra Heyde, CPA (John Krucenski), three grandsons;
Dr. Kevin Pearl (Kelly Brasseau) Ryan Pearl (Jessica Sardella) and Charles Pearl (Chelsea Smith) as well as one great granddaughter, Stella Pearl. She is also
survived by many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Ronald Weicht, Jr.

Always ready for an adventure, she traveled with her daughters throughout the US in the 60's and 70's. Later she and Richard traveled throughout
Europe, Russia,
Canada and Morocco. She also traveled with friends to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Alaska and Hawaii.

During her retirement she volunteered with the Walkersville Food Bank for twenty years. She was a longtime member of Glade Valley Church of the Brethren
andattended the Evangelical Lutheran and the Homewood at Frederick Chapel. Per her wishes, her body will be donated to science. A Memorial Service will
be heldat the Homewood Chapel, 7407 Willow Road on April 13 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Frederick County Retired School Personnel Association, Dr. Richard and Patricia Petre Scholarship fund
through the Community Foundation of Frederick County
 https://www.frederickcountygives.org/feature-stories/retired-educators-support-inspire-future-teachers/ or the Alzheimer's Association https://www.alz.org/


Delores Juanita (Crabtree) Swartz, 84,

   Obituaries in Hagerstown, MD | The Herald-Mail

Delores Juanita (Swartz) Crabtree, 84, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away peacefully at Doey’s House in Hagerstown on Monday, March 20, 2023.Born on
July 8, 1938 in Hagerstown, she was the only child of Charles J. Swartz and Myrtle Irene Alder Swartz. Delores was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School.
She worked for Washington County Department of Social Services from 1976 until her retirement in 2004. She was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist
Church where she was baptized on March 25, 1951. She was very active with the church her entire life, serving as the Sunday School Secretary, assisting with the
church’s REACH program, and participated for many years with the Sunday School bowling league. She volunteered at Coffman Nursing Home helping with
bingo. She enjoyed aerobics at HCC until she was 75. She and her cousin/travel companion Kathy Brashears took every opportunity to hop on a bus to
Myrtle Beach, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Cape Cod; however, she was sure to never miss a single sporting event of her grandson, Ryan.

She is survived by her two sons, Brian Crabtree and wife, Carol and Steven Crabtree and wife, Emily; grandson, Ryan Crabtree and wife, Miranda and
great-grandson, Ryker Ardel Crabtree.

The family will receive friends from 10-11am on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Her funeral service will begin at 11am and interment will follow in the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
Grace United Methodist Church, 712 W. Church Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to Doey’s Hospice House, 11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.rsthvn.com


      Obituaries in Hagerstown, MD | The Herald-Mail

Margaret C. Longnecker, Gardenhour, Martin, passed away, Friday, February 24, 2023 at her home. Margaret was born and lived in
Chewsville, Md. in her early life. Margaret was the daughter of the late Lewis H. Longnecker & Barbara Hartle Longnecker. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Phillip A. Longnecker (Jan. 2018) and her sister Connie Jean Wiles (Nov. 2009). She graduated
from Hagerstown High School with the class of 1956. She served on the class reunion committee for many years, attended Columbia Business School,
and Wharton Business School. Margaret's first marriage was lived in Smithsburg, Md. and was associated with Gardenhour Orchards, Inc.
for 22 years. She was sales manager of radio station WRCV for 1-1/2 years before becoming V.P. and General Manager of VerStandig Broadcasting
from 1981-2003. After semi-retirement, she remained at VerStandig Broadcasting as a consultant 1/2004 until 12-31-2006, she then worked part
time at The Jewlery Shop in Greencastle from 3/2007-12/2014. She is survived by children; son Bill Gardenhour (Julia) Smithsburg, daughter
Susan Gardenhour Mackert (Jack) Florida, son Mitch Gardehhour (Michele) Smithsburg; grandchildren: Sawyer Gardenhour, Zane Gardenhour,
Garrett Gardenhour and Kenedy Gardenhour; and a special niece Barbara Dagenhart and other nieces and nephews. Margaret served as V.P.
and President of The Womens Auxilary to the Md. Horticultural Society, was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Smithsburg, where she had,
in her early life, served as Primary Sunday School Superintendent & teacher, past member of American Business Women's Assoc, served on the
board of RAB in N.Y., the American Red Cross and the PAB. She was named to "Who's Who in American Bus." Women in 2003. At her request,
there will be no viewing, and in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro,
PA 17268. She had a great love for animals all of her life. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church,
16 North Main St., Smithsburg, MD. A visitation will be held from 2pm to 3pm with a service to follow. Arrangements have been entrusted to
Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at 




Photos- Our 65th Reunion!!  August 27-29, 2021 (click)  

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

                                                   Photos  (click) ...

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