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.

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

Photos  (click) ...


Mary Alice (Snively) Fritts, 80


Mary Alice (Snively) Fritts, 80, of Williamsport, MD, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Meritus Medical Hospital.
Born March 31, 1938, in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late Donald Snively and Hazel Routzhan Snively.
Mary graduated from Washington County Hospital School of Nursing as an RN.
Mary retired from the Jefferson County Health Department as a public health nurse.
She was an avid sports fan, enjoyed playing boardgames, and cross-stitching.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Jenkins and husband, Dennis; one son, William “Bill” Fritts II and wife, Becky; four grandchildren, Travis Coon and wife, Amanda, Shane and Jenny Fritts, and Ivy Jenkins; great-grandchildren, McKinsey and Easton Coon; brothers, Charles “Dick” Snively and wife, Evelyn, and Donald “Donnie” Snivley and wife, Beth; and numerous nieces and nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bussie” Fritts; one brother, Jackie Snively; one sister, Constance Raffensberger; and grandson, Zachary Scott Fritts.
Family will receive friends Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Services will be Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; or Shepherd University Foundation, PO Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.


Richard “Dick” Miller, 80


C. Richard “Dick” Miller, 80, of Hagerstown, passed away Friday, March 22, at Catonsville Commons nursing home after suffering post-operative complications.
He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in Hagerstown, the son of the late Ethel Grace Wolfkill Miller and Charles Wesley Miller.
He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956. During his high school years, he caddied at Fountain Head Country Club under golf professionals Hank Haneke, Bill Strasbaugh, and also worked for his parents, who operated Crestwood Golf Driving Range on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.
After high school, Dick attended the University of Maryland before joining the United States Air Force. While serving as a military police officer in Colorado, he met his wife, the former Beegee Mounts of Denver. The couple had two sons, Doug and Mike Miller. Following his time in the service, Dick entered the Maryland State Police Training Academy before joining his father in business at the Pleasant View Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown. Dick managed the business from 1961 through 1974, when he bought the business. He continued to operate the tavern until 1985, when he remodeled to create a fine dining restaurant. The business continued until 1987, when it failed.
At age 47, Dick began a new career in automobile sales with Massey Ford, then as a manager with Hamilton Pontiac-Cadillac-Nissan. After leaving Hamilton, he worked in sales with Younger Toyota, Opequon Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Fredericktowne Motors in Frederick before returning to Hagerstown. In 1995, Dick and his second wife, Mary Anne Day, purchased the Long Meadow Liquor Store, which he operated while she practiced law in Frederick.
Dick returned to auto sales in 2005 with Hoffman Chevrolet, then went to Massey Hyundai the following year. He retired in 2008.
He officiated high school football from 1973 through 2008, and high school and college baseball and softball from 1967 to 2014. He began his officiating career at National Little League in 1967, graduated from Little League Umpire’s School in 1970, and over his years in Little League, he was umpire-in-chief at the National, Halfway, American and Federal leagues in Washington County.
Dick was a past board member at Fountain Head Country Club, where he was a member for 40 years. He was a past exalted ruler of Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378, where he was a member from 1960 until his death. He served on the board of the Washington County Department of Social Services from 1999 until 2005, the year he served as chairman. He was a past secretary of the Maryland State Department of Social Services from 2002 through 2004, then served as chairman in 2005. He was a past president of the nonprofit organization Teens Have Choices. He was a past president of Potomac Ridge Condominiums, where he served the board from 1999 until 2016.
He is survived by his companion, Beegee Miller; his brother, Ronald L. Miller of Chambersburg, Pa.; children, Douglas R. Miller of Columbia, Md. and Michael R. Miller of Hagerstown; and grandchildren, Kamiron Miller, Julia Miller and Hannah Milagio.
Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown



James Healey, 80


       James Healey 80

James A. Healey, of Frostburg, MD, left this life peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Jim was born on May 28, 1938 in Hagerstown, MD, the son of the late Albertus B. Healey and Martha Tombaugh Healey.

Mr. Healey was preceded in death by his youngest brother.

Jim is survived by his wife and best friend, Beth Miller Healey; and sons, Jim and wife, Ellen, of Augusta, GA, and their daughters, Amber and Rachel, and Philip and wife, Carole, of Hagerstown and their children, Katherine, Lauren and Matthew. In addition, he is survived by brother, David Healey and wife, Nancy, and family; and sister, Ann Kline and her family, both of Hagerstown. Also surviving is Jim’s mother-in-law, Shirley Miller of Bedford, PA; and several members of Beth’s family.

Jim served in the Army after high school, spending most of those few years in Europe which led to many stories to be told over the years.

After 30 years with the Bon-Ton, he retired in 1992 as the general manager of the LaVale Country Club Mall store. He enjoyed many years there with store associates and customers. Years after retirement, he would be met in public and hear the comment “that store hasn’t been the same since you left.”

After retiring, Jim assisted Beth with the operations of Travelworld, the business they opened in 1991 and still operate today.

Jim loved spring and the new life that came with it. He looked forward to his annual trips to “the Masters” golf tournament.

Jim’s favorite pastimes were playing golf and traveling. He was quick to say his favorite trip was to Australia.

He especially enjoyed rounds of golf with his boys. Jim and Beth played golf during their travels and his endless patience tolerated her game.

In later years, he enjoyed a glass of rum punch with Beth while gazing over his large scenic yard and a dog at the end of his hand.

Jim had a special spot in his heart for his beautiful golden retrievers, Bessie and Sophie. The girls were waiting for him at the rainbow bridge.

Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A gathering of family and friends will follow the next day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and conclude with a brief service on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Allegany County Animal Shelter, PO Box 566, Cumberland, MD 21502.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown. They and Jim never gave up trying to defeat his illness.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family following the obituary at www.durstfuneralhome.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