Tonawanda High School
Class of 1963

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Tonawanda High School Faculty & Staff

Robert Smith


Sadly, Mr. Smith died of Alzheimers several years ago.

Stuart Tuck

Assistant Principal

Adolph Kapuza

Guidance Counselor

Irma Bagdy

Guidance Counselor

Clinton Small

Pupil Personnel Services

Anthony V. Amarante

Social Studies

Darwin W. Anneler


Dorcas Billings


Myrna Blair


Myrna only taught school for a couple of years and our class had the honor of being one of them. She attended our 50th reunion with her husband.

Margaret Buck


Susanne Clapham


James R. Cowles

Driver Education/Albegra

Gail Cunningham


Robert J Dawe


Carl L. Deni


Loyola Dougherty


Mary K Fayerweather

Social Studies

Paul M. Fenwick


Mr Fenwick went on to be principal of the school a few years later

Mr. Fenwick passed away recently. Here is his obituary: FENWICK, Paul M. 80, of Largo, passed away Feb. 1, 2010. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and was the High School Principal at Tonawanda High School, Tonawanda, NY for many years. Paul was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater and served in the US Army during WWII and graduated from Westminster College in PA and received his Master's degree from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. He was an avid private pilot and played the bass for several bands. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mona Frank Fenwick (formally of Clearfield, PA); a son, David; daughter, Karen Killough; a brother, Carl; 2 sisters, Marilynn Day, Mildred Nietmann and 4 grandchildren. Many of you may remember his wife, Mona, she was our substitute music teacher.

Eldon R. Francisco


Jean W. Gilmore


Hope Hamilton


Warren F. Helwig

Industrial Arts

Dorothy Homeyer


Bernice Hopkins


Theodore Hopkins


Robert & Gladys Lloyd

History & Business
Home Economics

Robert and Gladys Lloyd of North Tonawanda, centenarians who 'always did things together'
May 18, 1906-Oct. 10, 2009.....Nov. 30, 1904-Oct. 11, 2009

Robert and Gladys Lloyd were married for 74 years, and during that time, the North Tonawanda couple were never far apart.
"They just always did things together," said their daughter, Martha Kirk. "If my father went, my mother went with him." That would be true to the very end.
Mr. Lloyd, a retired high school teacher, died Oct. 10 in Elder Wood Health Care at Crestwood in Wheatfield at the age of 103.
Mrs. Lloyd, a former teacher herself, died the next day in the same nursing home. She was 104. "It's amazing," Kirk said. Mr. Lloyd was born and raised in Buffalo. A graduate of Technical High School, he attended the University of Buffalo and then the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1929.
She was born Gladys Hepworth in North Tonawanda, where she went to the high school. She earned a bachelor's degree at Buffalo Normal School, now Buffalo State College, and a master's at Columbia University.
The two were married July 15, 1935, at her sister's house in Port Chester.
He taught history and business at Tonawanda High School, retiring in 1966. She was a home economics teacher for many years, mostly at North Tonawanda High School.
The couple lived on Falconer Street in North Tonawanda for 30-plus years, raising two children and taking care of her parents.
Both were active in the First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda. He was a Boy Scout leader and the city's historian during the 1960s, as well as a member of the Buffalo Coin Club and the Western New York Railway Society. She was active in the Historical Society of the Tonawandas.
But both liked spending time at home, Mrs. Lloyd sewing and cooking, Mr. Lloyd working on his model trains.
"They thought of each other before themselves most of the time," Kirk said.
In their retirement, they traveled to Europe seven times, and in recent years lived with their daughter. It was only last month that they went into a nursing home.
Surviving in addition to their daughter is a son, David.

Cecelia Major


Ruth W Mesmer


George H. Miller

Physical Education

Douglas Morris

Social Studies

Francis M. Murphy

Social Studies

Anne L Neasmith


Ruth Oskin

Social Studies

Walter Pearson

Driver Education/Auto Shop

Charlotte Price


Ronald F. Reid


Alfred Scipione

Social Studies

Muriel Segal


Virginia Sentz


Edward J. Sereno


Judy Seyse

Physical Education

Ernest F.W. Springer

Industrial Arts

Stephen Stepus


Lawrence P Titzler


July 2014: Lawrence Titzler was awarded the Bronze Medal for his activities in WWII. A lot of local dignitaries were there and it was very nice and well attended. Way to go Mr. T!!!

July 2014: Lawrence "Mr. T" Titzler, one of our teachers, is receiving the Bronze Star Medal of Honor. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2nd on Kinney Field on Brighton Road and Colvin Blvd in Town of Tonawanda. If any of you live nearby, it would be great if you could attend the ceremony. I know he would appreciate it. There have been some newspaper articles written about him and his many accomplishments while in the service. They are enlightening to read and we are grateful for his service to our country. His wife died recently after a long illness. If you want to send him a note of congratulations, please email me at kmarshall5@roadrunner.com

May 2014: There was an article in the paper about Mr. Lawrence Titzler's (Mr. T) wife's death a few days ago. She had been quite ill for a long time. If anyone also wants to send him a note, I know he'd apreciate it. He wasn't able to attend our reunion, but said he'd really enjoy hearing from any of our classmates. Our class, of course, our THS Class of 1963 was one of his favorites. Call him at (716) 694-1215

For those of you who remember Mr. Lawrence Titzler (Mr. T) he is still alive and kicking. He would love to hear from any of his past students. Call him at (716) 694-1215.

Erma Traver


Alise C. Van Wie


Lois Wilcox


Frances Wulf


Tonawanda Junior High School Faculty & Staff

Duane Runyon
Social Studies
Do any of you remember Duane Runyon, our Social Studies Teacher in Junior High? I found him through an old employer and was quite excited to contact him again only to discover that he died about 5 years ago from complications of surgery. He lived in Largo, Florida at the time. Some of you may recall that he left teaching and went into banking a couple of years after he was our teacher. He was 82
Richard Perry
Jr High Principal
Obituary - Richard Perry (Our Junior High Principal and father of Ann Perry Goltz)
Richard E. Perry, age 92, of the City of Tonawanda, died Monday, February 23, 2009, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Tonawanda, he was the husband of 63 years to Elizabeth M. (nee Prohaska) Perry, who died in 2003. A US Navy Veteran of World War II, he was a 1934 graduate of Tonawanda High School, a 1938 graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College and received his Masters in Education from Canisius College. Mr. Perry began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher at Tonawanda Junior High School in 1939. He was also a Guidance Counselor and Principal at Tonawanda Junior High School during his 40 year career. In 1979, Mr. Perry retired as Superintendent of City of Tonawanda Schools. He was a member and former Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. In 2000, Mr. Perry was honored as “Caretaker of the Year” at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. He is survived by three children, Richard J. (Alice) Perry of Potsdam, NY, Ann K.(Richard) Goltz of Tonawanda and Thomas E. (JoAnne) Perry of Studio City, CA. Also survived by nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

William J. Hurley

Social Studies & Math

Mr. William J. Hurley Age 84, of the City of Tonawanda, June 18, 2014, husband of 63 years of Marguerite "Peggy" (nee Buscani) Hurley; father of Dawn M. (Joseph) Riggie, William J. (Paula), Christopher J. (Karen), Kevin J. (Margaret) and Patrick J. (Michelle) Hurley; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; son of the late William Joseph and Margaret Hurley; brother of Margaret (late Franklin) Boehler, Sally Hurley and the late Robert and David Hurley; brother-in-law of Lucille (late Robert Hurley) Rowley; also many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday (June 23) in St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 150 Broad St. in Tonawanda. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Outreach Program. Bill was a 1948 graduate of Canisius High School and was a graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College, receiving his Bachelors in Secondary Education and his Masters in School Administration. In 1953 he began teaching both Social Studies and Math at Central School and also Tonawanda High School before becoming Principal at Fletcher Elementary School in 1956, serving for 25 years and also Mullen Elementary School serving for three years, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where he served as an usher, administrator of the CCD Program and a volunteer with their Parish Outreach Program. He was also a member of the Delaware Hose Volunteer Fire Co. and the Tonawanda Exempt Volunteer Fireman's Assn. Following his retirement, Bill and his wife Peggy loved to travel throughout the United States and Europe. They especially like Italy, where they were fortunate enough to have a private audience with Pope John Paul II in 1994.
John Wactawski
Gym Teacher
WACTAWSKI - John Stanley Age 80, of North Tonawanda NY, on October 23, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of his wife of 56years. He had been in a nursing home for several years with alzheimers

Lawrence Titzler
Mr. T



Jay Holler Jay has been an institution in Tonawanda for all these years. He is retired, yet active in many civic activities like the Historical Society. He attends the Golden Warrior Picnic each year. Did you know that Jay graduated from Tonawanda High School?

Robert "Hap" Holliway


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