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.


Martha Jane Crane, 78

DEC. 31, 1938-JAN. 12, 2017

Martha Jane (Newkirk) Crane, 78, of Lemont Furnace, Pa., passed away at St. Andrews Village in Indiana, Pa.

Born in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of John D. Newkirk and Mary Floretta (Hicks) Newkirk.

She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956 and Towson State Teachers College in 1960. She taught English for several years in Baltimore and at South Hagerstown High School in 1963.

Jane is survived by four children, Melanie Rowan and husband, Gary, Harrisonburg, Va., Julia Pavlok and husband, Tom, Jupiter, Fla., Dr. Rick Crane and wife, Kristina, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and Russell Crane and wife, Cheryl, Indiana, Pa. Also surviving her are sisters, Joanne Fritter, Lombard, Ill., and Jean Holliway and brother-in-law, Robert, Hagerstown; 10 grandchildren: and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Robert Fritter.

A memorial service will take place in Uniontown, Pa., and her ashes will rest at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.


Harry T. 'Bud' Barger Jr., 78

OCT. 25, 1938-JAN. 6, 2017


Harry T. "Bud" Barger Jr., of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully at his residence Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

He was the son of Harry T. Barger Sr. and Rachel Irene Stenger Barger.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956.

After graduation, he joined Pangborn Corp. where he worked from 1956 to 1958.

In 1958, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served with Naval Intelligence. He spent time with the Naval Security Group in Charleston, S.C., until 1961.

On March 4, 1961, he married the former Rose Marie Nigh of Hagerstown.

From 1961 to 1964, Harry was stationed in London, England, with the Naval Security Group. His first son, Kirk, was born in London.

Harry, Rose and Kirk returned to the States in June of ‘64. His second son, Eric, joined the family in 1965.

Upon being discharged from the Navy, Harry joined IBM Corp. in Hagerstown where he worked as administrative analyst until 1975 when he transferred to Baltimore, Md., and then on to Rockville, Md., as operations manager. In 1979, he became branch administration manager in Baltimore until 1983. At that time, he returned to the Hagerstown Office as operations manager. Upon his retirement from IBM in 1993, he became director of development for The Salvation Army and served in that position until 2013. He also served as a member of The Salvation Army Board for 20 years.

Harry served as national director of Grace Brethren Fellowship Estate and Financial Planning Ministry from 1998 to 2006. He and Rose traveled to Grace Brethren Churches across the U.S. and presented seminars.

He served on the GBNAM Board and was chairman of the Chaplaincy Committee. He also served on the Board of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation.

Harry was a member of Hagerstown Kiwanis Club from 1985 to 2015. He served as president in 2002 and many years on the Board of Directors.

Harry also served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Washington County.

Harry has been a member of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches since 1973, serving as Sunday school teacher, vice moderator, deacon, Sunday school superintendent and choir member.

He currently attended Maranatha Brethren Church.

Harry is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Nigh Barger; sons, Kirk Lynn Barger and wife, Annette, of Leesburg, Ind., and Eric David Barger and wife, Carol, of Hagerstown; and grandchildren, JoyLynn Nesbitt and husband, Matthew, and children, Jade and Amelia, of San Antonio, Texas, Ryan Barger and wife, Alejandra, and son, Elliott, of Houston, Texas, Melinda Kline and husband, Abram, of Jenison, Mich., Hannah Dean and husband, Orland, of Hagerstown, Landon Barger and wife, Brianna, of Lafayette, Ind., and Harrison Barger of Hagerstown.

Harry loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching his grandson, Harrison, playing baseball, soccer and basketball.

Harry also is survived by one maternal aunt, Shirley Stenger Rider and husband, Jim, of Asheville, N.C.; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Jeffrey Dunkle, the Rev. Dan Thornton and the Rev. Roger Myers will be officiating.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

Gifts may be made in Harry’s memory to Maranatha Brethren Church, 19835 Scott Hill Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Grace Academy, 13321 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.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