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.

Here is a link to a nice article about our 1956 classmate, Don Bowman:
Bowman named Person of the Year


Barbara Jane Garling de Reyes, 79

APRIL 23, 1938-JAN. 28, 2018

  Barbara Jane Garling de Reyes 

Barbara Jane Garling de Reyes, formerly of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at her home in Quito, Ecuador.

Barbara was born April 23, 1938, the daughter of Nelson Garling and Jane Hose of Hagerstown.

She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956.

She was married for 54 years to Dr. Herbert Reyes.

In 1958, she left Hagerstown to go to Quito, Ecuador, living there for 60 years.

Barbara was a dedicated, caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Nelson Garling Jr.; her husband, Dr. Herbert Reyes; and her daughter, María Margarita Reyes.

She is survived by her daughters, Jane and husband, Luis Proaño; María del Pilar and husband, Leonardo Hernández; Bárbara Reyes; and María Dolores Reyes; her sons, Herbert Reyes and wife, Beth; Luis Miguel Reyes and wife, Myriam; Juan D. Reyes and wife, Amy; and Francisco Reyes and wife, Ana María; her grandchildren, Victoria, Ana Lia, Luis Antonio, Sebastián, Andrés, Carolina, Nichalas, Jacob, María Gabriela, María Paula, Josie, Ian, Lola, Iris, Camila, Sara, Jorge Luis and Ana Julia; and great-granddaughters, Valentina and Macarena.

The funeral services were held Jan. 29, 2018, in Quito.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Dorothy Day Outreach Center, Saint Francis University, PO Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940.




Joan Blondell "Noanie" (Rider) Buchanan, 79

SEPT. 21, 1938 - JAN. 20, 2018



Hagerstown, MD – Joan Blondell “Noanie” Buchanan, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center, Rockville, Md.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1938, in Hagerstown, to the late Milton Brondell and Doris Lucille Reedy Rider.
She was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. “Ted” Buchanan III, on March 24, 2002.
Noanie was a homemaker most of her life. After raising her children, she enjoyed working at Gibney’s Florist and was a hostess at the Tortuga Restaurant for many years in Hagerstown.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Noanie was a 17 year breast cancer survivor.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Amvets Post 10 Hagerstown; Dixon Troxell Post 211 American Legion Auxiliary, Funkstown, Md.; Conococheague Tribe 84 IORM, Williamsport, Md.
She enjoyed dancing, singing Karaoke, and especially traveling to spend time with her grandchildren.
Noanie was an avid sports fan and followed local sports very closely. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and New York Yankee fan.
She is survived by her daughter, Melinda S. Yates and her husband, Jeremy, of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; son, Kevin L. Buchanan of Liberty, Mo.; partner, A. Tom Hawks; sister, Judy A. Johnson of Hagerstown; brother, Milton “Bubby” Rider of Hagerstown; grandchildren, Alaina, Brett, Cal Buchanan of Liberty.
She was predeceased by her brother, Ronald L. Rider.
The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. Prayers will be offered at 6 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. on Wednesday for the convenience of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Father T. Mathew Rowgh officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.
Memorial donations may be made to: BCA-CV Breast Cancer Awareness Cumberland Valley, Inc., 12916 Conamar Drive, Suite 201, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences may be made to the family at:


Shirley Jean (Breth) Brown, 80
NOV. 8, 1937-DEC. 20, 2017

Shirley Jean "Breth" Brown, 80, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Clary Grove.
Born Nov. 8, 1937, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Clara May Baker.
She was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and attended King Daughters Nursing School.
She was employed as an OR tech at King Daughters Hospital.
She began working at Western Electric, then with AT&T, and retired from Acatel-Lucent.
She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Wilkinson and husband, Jim, Robin Weaver and Carol Brown; four grandchildren, Aaron Butcher and wife, Cheryl, Geoffrey Weaver, Rachel Weaver and Danielle Wilkinson; three great-grandchildren, Jaxon Fleming, Isabelle Butcher and Brady Butcher; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Brown.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
The funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.
Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com.



Philip Lee Hebb, 79

FEB. 19, 1938-DEC. 5, 2017


Philip Lee Hebb, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center.
Born Feb. 19, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Chester I. Hebb and Margaret (Sweeney) Hebb, who preceded him in death.
He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Hebb and Stephen Hebb.
Philip graduated from Hagerstown High School in the class of 1956.
Upon graduation, he was employed by Cushwa Brick Yard as a mason. He later went to work for the Department of Corrections at RCI and MCTC and retired after 30 years as a lieutenant.
Philip was active in Washington County Civil Defense Rescue Co. 28.
He was always planning vacations. He and Judy traveled to Africa, Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii and too many more places to mention, as well as cruises.
He enjoyed flying, acquired his private pilot's license and owned a small plane for about eight years.
He was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy (Heil) Hebb; daughter, Robin Sutton of Hagerstown; granddaughter, Tiffany Gillmore (Frank) of Hagerstown; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Jackson, Camden Gillmore and Marleigh Gillmore; sister-in-law, Bonnie Turner (William); aunt and uncle, Joan (Sweeney) and Keith Stemen of Hagerstown; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Online condolences may be made at www.minnichfh.com.