Wednesday, January 28, 2009


"...Down Boy.... Nice Doggy..."


In 2011, Downingtown West Campus 
was ranked #339 in the top 500
high schools in the country

Is that good..???  
I'm not sure...

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The 35th Annual Class of 1977 Reunion

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Village Room at the
Lionville Fire Company

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 Janet Reed Mento, Stephanie Low, Cyndi McCafferty, Cathy Pease, Pam Wight and Steven Fiedler

Andrea Deufel Rogers, Sandy Berry, Tony Celli, Anne Fisher

Nancy Sack, Anne Fisher, Donna Benton Irey

Bernie Punt and Barb Bradley

Cathy Pease and Mary Murray

Michaele Howington-Zito, Darla Woodward, Donna Benton Irey, Susan Reed

Darla Woodward, Susan Reed

Darla L Woodward, Jeff Reed, Susan Reed, Bob Johnson, Mimi Price, Kimberly Brown Johnson

David Sanko, Jan Sanko, Jesse Shutt

Donna Benton Irey, Nancy Sack, Karen Marie Madrigale and Anne Fisher.

Donna Benton Irey, Michaele Howington-Zito, Darla L Woodward, Pam Wight, Sue Whitmore, Karen Marie Madrigale

Douglas Swimm, Doug's Date and Bernie Bjc Punt

George Young, Jeff Hoehing, and Michael DiSantis

Jan Sanko, David M Sanko, Frank Styer and Glenn Seel

Joyce Castaldi and Danny Castaldi

Kathy Risbon-Valletto, Mitzi MaryBeth Lynam Hiddleson, Carol Risbon, Valerie Hilton Sciarretta and Laura DesRuisseaux Ryan

Mike Donlon and Barb Bradley

Michael Madrigale, Andrea Deufel Rogers, Rich Rodgers

Michaele Howington-Zito, Pam Wight,  Roch Anthony Ruffini Sr, Karen Marie Madrigale

Steve Fiedler and Tim Velte

Jan and David Sanko, Dawn Davis Lauzus and Frederick Lauzus

Chad and Tony

Janet Reed Mento, Cathy Pease, Stephanie Smith Low, Kelli Stevenson, Anne Fisher, Mary Murray, Cyndi McCafferty, Nancy Sack, Pam Wight

Mary Murray and Sandy Berry











DHS CLASS OF 1977 IN 2006


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Classmates Who Have Passed On

Kathy Bates
Keith Bedwell
Heather Bullock
Greg "Bucky" Caldwell
Marjorie Charles
Darrell Dilibero
Larry Dunleavy
George Grandizio Jr.
Jesse Hamilton
Rich Hipple
Alan Laird
Brian Malloy
Beth Piersol
Gordon (Bill) Roepe
Edgar Ross
James Smyth
Anthony Sweeney
Cheryl Wojtowicz

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Bucky Caldwell

June 27, 2011

Gregory S. "Buck" Caldwell, 52, of Downingtown, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Lebanon.

Born in Wheeling, WV, Greg was the son of Gaetano E. "Pop" and Bertha (nee Pritt) DiPietro of Meyerstown.

Greg was a 1977 graduate of Downingtown High School.

He lived most of his adult life in Downingtown but previously resided in Pottstown.

Greg was a printer by trade and worked for various employers including Reynolds Metals.

He was a member of Minquas Fire Company.

Greg enjoyed playing sports and loved his Phillies and Eagles. He liked music and to fish; especially surf fishing off the Indian River Inlet. He also liked hunting in West Virginia. But above all, his greatest joy was his children.

In addition to his parents, Greg is survived by his loving daughters, Casey N. and Kellie F. Caldwell, both of Downingtown.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 7th at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, where family and friends may visit from 10:30 - 11 a.m.

Greg fought a courageous battle to recover from a brain injury. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in his honor. Donations may be sent to the Greg Caldwell Memorial Fund c/o Citadel Federal Credit Union, 520 Eagleview Blvd., Exton, PA 19341.

Bucky Caldwell's guestbook -

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Keith Bedwell

Sept. 20, 2010

We just heard that Keith Bedwell passed away over the weekend. It will probably be in Tuesday, Sept. 22nd newspaper.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bedwell are benefactors of the Brandywine Valley Association in West Chester.

Keith Bedwell and Jesse Hamilton at the DHS 30th reunion

Sophomore year

Gordon (Bill) Roepe
June 18, 2010

Gordon W. Roepe

Roepe, Gordon W., 50, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, passed away on June 18, 2010. Barbara Falowski Funeral & Cremation Services, Ft. Lauderdale.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 24, 2010


Jesse Hamilton
Sept. 3, 2008

My husband and I have been good friends with Jesse and Ronda for many years.

We are putting together a memory book for Ronda
and would like to ask for your help.

If anyone has funny story or a fond moment they remember about Jesse, they can type it up and e-mail it to me at

We're not looking for anything long, just a few sentences decribing the incident or memory they recall. It won't be ready in time for the service on Sunday, so there is no immediate rush, perhaps by next weekend would be good.

Thanks for your help.
Sincerely, Marianne Biffel

Daily Local News

Jesse Hamilton of Chester Springs passed away suddenly on Sept. 3, 2008.
He was born on March 26, 1959, at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

He grew up in West Bradford, Chester County.

He was a 1977 graduate of Downingtown High School and a 1978 graduate of Malvern Preparatory School. He graduated from West Chester College.

He and his family own Dane Decor in Downingtown, a Scandinavian contemporary furniture store.

Jesse married Ronda Cline in December 1980. They have two sons, Sean, 20, and Eric, 14.

He was a loving husband and best friend and the best father any child could want. His passions were his wife, his two sons and youth football. He was a coach for 10 years at Marsh Creek Eagles and several years with Lionville Middle School.

He loved coaching. Next to being home with his family, his favorite place to be was on the football field with his team and coaches.

His loss is immeasurable to his wife, children, family, football family and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Dane Decor, 216 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. A reception will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The DASD Jesse Hamilton Student Athlete Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Paul Hurley, 50 Devon Drive, Exton, PA 19341.

Final thoughts from Jesse would have been "I love my family" and "It's a great day to be a football player."

Arrangements are being handled by The Donohue Funeral Home, Downingtown,, 610-431-9000.

The memorial service is Sunday, September 14th.

Dane Decor
216 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

There will be no burial service as it was Jesse's wishes to be cremated. There will be a one hour service followed by a reception with the family.

Early information is that the family will be starting an athletic scholarship fund in Jesse's name in lieu of flowers.

Cards and notes can be sent to:

c/o Ronda Hamilton and family
20 Sycamore Lane
Chester Springs, PA 19425

Dave Salinas, Dean Warner, Jesse Hamilton, 2007

Coach Jesse Hamilton and kids

Jesse Hamilton, 1976

Sent: Wed Sep 03 17:28:30 2008
Subject: Very sad news about one of our classmates


No other way to say it............Hours ago I received a call from Rhonda Hamilton telling me that Jesse had a heart attack and died this afternoon.

She requested that I tell his friends and I will be forwarding information about funeral services tomorrow. She also asked, as a courtesy, not to call nor email her in the next 48 hours as she is having a difficult time dealing with the loss, as you can well imagine.

I am sure you are all going to provide support and prayers to the Hamilton family. It is a tragic loss of one on the finest people that I have ever known. He will be sorely missed.

Dave Salinas

Jesse Arrangements September 14‏
From: Ellen Tauber

Ken - I was searching for stuff on Jesse and found your web post. Passing this on to you.

Begin forwarded message:

From: Andrew Tauber
Date: September 4, 2008 5:59:44 PM EDT

Subject: Jesse Arrangements September 14

I wanted to get this message out to all of you knowing that Jesse's friends will pass this along to a bigger audience.

The memorial service is September 14, a week from this Sunday. There will be no burial service as it was Jesse's wishes to be cremated. It is being held at Dane Decor at 1PM:

216 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

There will be a one hour service followed by a reception with the family. Please check the newspapers as well; we are hoping that there will be an obituary/announcement is this Sunday's Philadelphia inquirer and I am assuming that it will be in the local paper as well at some point. Early information is that the family will be starting an athletic scholarship fund in Jesse's name in lieu of flowers.

Please do not hesitate to check-in with Ellen and I.


Eric Stockhausen also posted the following message last night:

(Eric posted this message on the website of the band Marah that Eric actively follows)

"It's a great day to be a football player" and a very sad day out here in
Downingtown, PA. Local businessman (he and his brothers owned the
specialty furniture retail chain, Dane Decor), beloved youth football
coach, father, husband and everybody's friend Jesse Hamilton died this
afternoon of a heart attack in his car on the side of the road, way way
too early. I think he was 48 or 49.

I had the privilege of coaching Pop Warner football for the Marsh Creek
Eagles with Jesse for several years, since our boys are the same age. He
gladly accepted me as a coach when I had recently moved to the area and
made me feel very-welcomed, much like my Marahstafarian friends. There's
even a picture of our football team after a game at Villanova, holding
Marah (IYDLYC promotional) posters, which I entered in the Yep Roc
contest a few years back. [I wish I knew how to post pictues]. People
thought I was his little brother since we sorta resembled each other. He
also helped coach the local middle school team (Lionville) and played
locally for Downingtown High School and West Chester University. If
you're from the Downingtown area, you probably know him or one of his

Every practice and game for a Jesse-coached team started and/or ended
with Jesse (with a beaming smile) yelling "It's a great day", and his
players and parent/coaches smiling and responding back in
call-and-response fashion "to be a football player". Win or lose, good
practice or bad, he'd say it, and with Jesse you usually couldn't tell
whether you won or lost a few minutes after the game was over. To him it
didn't matter, as long as every kid had fun. He was competitive as hell
during the game, but once the game was over, you moved on to the rest of
your life. He coached for all the right reasons, which you don't often
see in youth sports. He wanted to teach the kids how to play the game the
right way, and have a lot of fun doing it. I never heard him scream or
berate a kid - ever, always encouraging them.

The last few times I saw he and his lovely wife, Ronda, at his store's
Grand Reopening last year (it burned down after being struck by
lightning) and at our kids' school orchestra (his son, Eric, plays the
drums), I got to see another side of Jesse, away from football. He showed
me his new, bigger office, and the pictures he had collected for his
upcoming 30th high school reunion, which he was helping to organize.

He loved his wife, his kids, his friends and life in general more than
anyone I've ever seen. And everyone loved him back. A physical giant of a
man (he was about 6'4" and over 300 lbs.), he was a giant in life. I
guess God needed another big pass-blocking OT.

We're gonna miss you a lot, big guy - "it's a great day to be a football

Eric Stockhausen

Good Morning.

In the Daily Local News today there is sad news that our classmate Heather Bullock passed away this weekend. I remember Heather as a funny, warm and caring girl who was in our musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Please pass along to other alumni.

You can log on to to read her obituary. Services are Monday October 22 in Downingtown.

Take care,
Karen Edwards Madrigale

Heather L. Bullock, formerly of Downingtown
Heather L. Bullock of Washington, D.C., formerly of Downingtown, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, one day short of her 48th birthday.

Heather was an outspoken, energetic advocate and a living inspiration for people who must struggle with disabilities.

Born in Waukegan, Ill., she was the daughter of Judith M. Bullock of Downingtown and the late Heaton L. Bullock.

She also leaves one brother, Jeffrey A. Bullock of Parkesburg.

Heather graduated from Downingtown High School in 1977, attended Edinboro University in Edinboro, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., in 1982. In the year following, Heather took a supplemental course in technology training at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In 1984, Heather moved to Washington, D.C., where, over the years, she found that city a friendly one to the disabled, and she worked for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Veterans Affairs, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, and as an information technology specialist at the Department of Education from 1992 until her passing. Heather brought a unique personal charm and charisma to everyone she met.

She took an intense interest in the rights of animals, and contributions in her memory may be made to the Humane Society.

Services will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown, on Monday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m.

Burial is planned to be private.


I have a funny story about Heather.

When we were seniors she had an operation that put her in a full cast on both legs. We all know how little Heather was and with her casts on she could not lift her leg high enough to get up the steps to move from class to class.

Therefore, I was assigned to escort Heather to her classes - specifically helping her get up the stairs. I remember the first time I was in front of her holding her hands and pulling her. That took quite long and I was afraid to pull her arm out of her socket. So we improvised. I picked her up like a football and carried her under my arm as we raced up the steps. It was so funny because each time I lifted her up she would squeal with laughter as this big guy would sweep her off her feet.

Here is another fond memory that Heather used to tease me about. When we were sophomores I didn't really know her because she did not go to Downingtown Jr. High. So one day in the beginning of the year I was sitting in class near the door. I heard this scratching noise again and again. If you recall those doors had a small vertical glass window so you could see out. I looked through the glass and saw nothing . . . however the scratching continued. Then I twisted the knob to unlatch the door and gave it a push. Well, Heather was on the other side and when I pushed the door open she got whacked and went flying across the hall and smashed into the lockers. I ran out of the room to go assist. I helped her up and picked up her books and we walked back into the class together. Everyone cracked up because I got chewed out by the teacher.

It is amazing to me that little tiny Heather made a huge impact on our lives.

Jesse Hamilton

From Heather's entry:

Hi Everyone! I'm a Computer Programmer Analyst working for the US Department of Education in Washington DC. I love using the web and having my kitty cat curl up next to me while I do.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

2007 - 30th REUNION PHOTOS

Class of "77" 30th Reunion

Hello Everyone! If you attended the reunion you know first hand the reunion was the best we've ever had! Everyone had a BLAST! The total attendance was approx. 145 people. The celebration went on with many classmates staying in town for the whole week. It allowed for many to catch up on literally "OLD" times.

The weekend actually started Friday morning with golf at the Ingleside golf Corse. Jeff Hoehing was in charge and did a great job . There were 5 foursomes and the winning foresome was Bob Diberadinis, Ken Porter, Wes Gabriel and Steve Gehrlein. They were caught on the course being alittle stay tuned to the blog for some great laughs!! PICTURES

Awards for the longest married with 29 years was given to Donna Benton Irey.

For the Furthest traveled to the reunion from Okinawa, Japan (you figure out the Miles), goes to Dean Warner.

For the most times Married...4 Times, that would be Debbie Rowley Richard.

The most Number of children goes to a very busy man...Fred Minahan with 5.

And last, but not least, the award for the most grandchildren goes to Kimberly Brown Johnson with 8 Grandbabies.

The D.J. was one of our own "77" classmates Rick Barringer. He did a wonderful job keeping the class involved and sometimes calming the troops. Karen Downing Brown took control of the dance floor in her sundress and cowboy boots! (check out the pics)

An informal vote was taken and the Male and Female classmates who are the "BEST PRESERVED" were...
Male: Nick Zaferes...Looking exactly the same as high school and IF HINDSIGHT WERE 20/
In the female category there was a tie between... Anne Fisher looking mighty CHIC in her Armani outfit. AND Karen Protivnak looking Beautiful and well preserved without a wrinkle in her face!! WHAT IS YOUR SECRET?? Every woman wants to know!! Contact Michaele and she will pass it along! lol.(we're just jealous Karen)

Congrats and Gratitude from the whole class of "77" to Joel Ashinhurst and Madison Westmoreland on Your Retirement from the Marines and Navy respectively, and for Protecting our Freedom.

A special note: To Ken Borland, Everyone asked for you and sent their thoughts and prayers. We all enjoyed the pictures from the yearbook that you sent on disc for us. We hope you receive the pictures we took and post them on the blog. We love you and Thank you for EVERYTHING!! DON"T think for one minute you have gotten out of dancing with Karen or promised. After seeing some of the pictures you may now be very afraid!

Karen Downing Brown Made 30th reunion T-shirts and they are still availabe for purchase. Memory books were done by Joyce Isabella Castaldi and Karen Downing Brown and they can still be purchased too. Contact Karen by e-mail

We missed everyone who could not be there and those we could not find. Stay tuned for updates.

Our goal is to have a picnic every year and a larger get together every 5 years. We hope to see all of you again real soon. Keep your eye out for classmates we couldn't find. Let's not let the years pass again without seeing each other! Stay tuned to the Blog for updates!! I would like to take this time to say I was honored to work with such a hard working group of people. I do not have to name any names, you all know who you are. This reunion rocked b/c of you. I am honored to call each and everyone of you my friends. Love ya Lots!! Michaele Howington Zito.

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