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.


Catherine Montana Rinehart, 80
APRIL 4, 1937-JULY 19, 2017


Mrs. Catherine Montana Derr-Rinehart, born April 4, 1937 in Hagerstown, Md., passed away at her fourth-generation home on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was a homemaker and genealogist. Her photographic mind and memory placed her in high demand as a multicountry, well-known genealogist.
Being in the genealogy field, and with her work ethic and deep knowledge of specific family heritage, she helped to write several books, with dedications inscribed to her.
Her many gifts included playing eight different musical instruments. Her band, in her early years, the Twilight 5, gave pleasure to many in the boogie-woogie music era.
Her love of church and God kept her going.
She instilled her love of music in her children and their children.
Her loves, in later years, were her ticket jars, her church, her home, her family and the ol' mighty blessed God.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Harry George Rinehart Jr., June 13, 2017; her son, Lance "Tony" Bradley Derr, May 18, 2017; her parents, Worthy Derr and Flora Kelbaugh Derr; and her sisters, Evelyn Boward, Flora "Peggy" Duffey and Ruby Reed.
She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Catherine Rinehart-Heinbaugh and husband, Leonard C. Heinbaugh Jr.; and her beloved grandchildren, Leonard C. Heinbaugh III, Aleigha Catherine Heinbaugh and Andrew Bradley Leer.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. James Moore officiating. Interment will follow in St. Marks Lutheran Cemetery, Smithsburg, Md.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Baptist Church, 951 Woodland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21742


Patricia Kay (Lewis) Brown, 78

JULY 30, 1938-JUNE 28, 2017


Patricia Kay Brown, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Saturday, July 30, 1938, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Milton R. Lewis and the late Kathryn (Brown) Lewis.
Patty graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956. She was employed with the Washington County Library, retiring in 2017 after 30 years of service. Patty was also an active member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Roy Brown; two sons, Joel R. Brown and wife, Jennifer, and Jeremy J. Brown, both of Hagerstown; two sisters, Rebecca Hebb of Hagerstown, and Judy Wilhide and husband, Robert, of Hertford, N.C.; brother, Terry Lewis and wife, Pat, of Waynesboro, Pa.; three grandchildren, Grant E. Brown and wife, Gill, of Baltimore, Md., and Seth M. Brown and Madeleine E. Brown, both of Hagerstown; also numerous nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, with the Revs. Dionne T. Osuji and Ken Fizer officiating.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 10 a.m., with services at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.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