The following is from the South Shore News Spot Newsletter – a free monthly email newsletter – to receive your copy email  – Contact information for these entries is located in this newsletter so if you know any of these folks and want to get in contact, please jump on and join us.


Looking for lost South Shoreites?  Email and I will try to put you in contact.  Note that sharing your story gives me permission to use your name & email address in the newsletter and the blog. 

I already received a note from one of your readers.  I would like “old” pictures from the 82nd street area from around the 50’s.  Don Reisse  

My name is Sarelle Fields married name Povitsky. I am looking for a girl by the name of Jan Fisher who graduated from Bowen possibly in 1967. I just sent an email to Helene Gingiss who was an old friend who had a reunion in Arizona.. I am also looking for an old boyfriend by the name of Ralph Oko.  He graduated South Shore in 1963.  I would love to know what happened to him. I am also looking for Helena Schrieber who graduated from O’Keefe Grammar School.  She and I were close friends from O’Keefe until we graduated and went to different high schools. I hope that by putting out your feelers, we can find these people.  I graduated South Shore in 1964 and I would love to hear from the graduates of that year.

I am SO delighted someone has the interest and energy to take up the task of creating a place for all South Shoreites to share.  My parents and I absolutely loved living in South Shore.  It’s nice to know there are – not just some – but many people who feel about South Shore as I.  If our old South Shore still existed, I could easily be convinced to move back to Chicago…. yes, even from Alabama! Anne Funderburk Dinkins   SSHS Class of ’65

Gareth and Susan Quale are wondering if anyone has current information about Janet Walquist, our neighbor who lived at 7600 Crandon. I believe she was SSHS class of 1960 or thereabout. Thanks! Sue Quale 

Does anyone have current email addresses for these three SSHS pilgrims?  Jerome Chambless, Maynard (Noots) Thompson (both class of Jan ’54) and Nancy (McCaslin) Whatever (June ’56)?  Larry Kilcran

My name is Edward Oppenheimer and I am a former Southsider 79th and Essex Avenue.   I went to Myra Bradwell & South Shore. I have lost contact with everyone. The only one I am in contact with is Betsy Zellermayer my ex wife. I live in south Florida since 1963. I graduated from Bradwell in 1944. Ed Oppenheimer 

This is Elsa Sommers Auerbach – Dixon Elementary School 1956 and South Shore summer of 1959 (Hirsch High for the first two years). Has anyone ever put together a reunion from Dixon Elementary School in Chatham for classes in the 1950″s?  Many of my friends from Dixon moved away before high school graduation.  Elsa and Mike Auerbach (Luella 1954 and Bowen 1958)   

I noticed in your column that you mentioned the name “Shirley Hoff, Class of 48′ Reunion.” Although I did not go to South Shore, this young lady at one time, a long time ago, was a babysitter for me and my sister. Is there any way that I can get in touch with her?   Robert Trodden     

Gerald Lewis is writing a book on South Shore.  He is looking for Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Jews who lived in South Shore and were members of the South Shore Jewish community from 1945-1970. Contact Gerald

It’s been fun finding and being found by others.  Now I’m looking for anyone who knows how to reach Karen Weintraub, South Shore, ’60.   Joyce Klinenberg Glass, Bowen ’61.

I reside in Los Angeles with my husband who also went to Bowen, Michael Winicour. I was Diane Neuhauser, graduated in 1966, Mike graduated in 65. He is still friends with Alex Pappas, Dave Sohn, Leroy Rubenstein, big Barry Cohen. We are friends with Cary and Suzi Reisman, Charles and MiMi Hamrell, and Helene and Barry Cohen.  I am looking for my old flame, Lawrence Rudolph last residing in Maryland. Diane Winicour     

My name is Jerry Kalwasinski.  I lived in South Chicago most of my days as a young man at 84th and Mackinaw in the Mill Gate area of US Steel. I remember going to the Avalon Theater many times it was such a nice place inside. South Shore was really such a pleasant neighborhood in the 50’s and 60’s. I’m trying to find information on a tragic murder that happened in 1954 on Feb 9th. A young girl named Corrine Baldwin 16 was killed behind the old Walgreen’s at 7500 S. Exchange by a fellow that is still in prison. I have a number of newspaper clips on this and I’m still trying to locate more on the story. Thank you, Jerry Kalwasinski   

In one of your recent Newsletters, you made reference to a restaurant owned by a/some SSHS grads. It is located somewhere in the greater Glenview (I think) area. I would like to contact them for a near future event. I live in Southern Calif. but the event is planned for the greater Niles area. Appreciate any help you can provide. Len Borok SSHS June 46. 


Thanks for the mention of Andrea T. Eliscu, my sister.  Andrea was Andrea Trock when we lived on 79th & Oglesby in the 50’s and 60’s.   Rick Trock    

My name is Arlene Pearson/Voll. I am a graduate of SS in January 1958. I have been reading the newsletter from my brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert Pearson and Nancy Currie (Pearson).  It is so wonderful to have this connection after so many years. Arlene Pearson Voll  

Send a shout out to Bob Levi who recently had hip surgery.

My name is Bonnie Mastro Pons and I have lived in the Cleveland, Oh area for 33 years. I would love to know if any Jan. ’60 grads live in this area. I would also love to hear from any Akovah bbg’ers from ’57 to ’60. 

I would love to reconnect with old friends from Faulkner School – Raechel Hall   

The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let her know. Old Age, I decided, is a gift.  I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body: the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my father or mother), but I don’t agonize over those things for long. I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life or my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. 


23 Responses to “Chicago South Shore Area News – 1945-1970”

  1. 1 Richard J. Chroman November 27, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    To Ann who is planning a 50th reunion of Hyde Park High School. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a 50th reunion this year. Please contact me if you are REALLY planning a reunion. Richard Chroman (Dick)

  2. 2 Bowen Class of 1969 December 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    There will be a 40th reunion of the class of 1969 on 7/25/09.

  3. 4 Louise E Burg July 10, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I am a ’66 graduate of The Faulkner School for Girls (now closed), which was originally located at 4746 S Dorchester in Kenwood (next to Hyde Park). In 1959, the school moved to 7138 S Coles in South Shore. I would welcome contact from any Faulkner students (grads or former students who might have left for other schools). Rachael Hall, I don’t see a note the years you attended Faulkner. Hi to Rachael, Marta Lazar ’68 and everyone. We just celebrated an all-class reunion at the end of June (2008) and plan another in 2013. The coordinator has been Barbara “Sammy” Samans ’63.

    • 5 Anne johnson east January 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm


      I was in Mary ellen’s class at Faulkner. She always helped me get started with English assignments. She was a godsend. Have recently connected with Cindy Herst and Harriett Silverman. Until the early ninties I was in touch with Gayle schlossberg and Darlene mackaye. Do you know anything about Doris swain our math teacher? Anne Johnson east

  4. 6 Louise E Burg July 10, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I forgot to add to my earlier message that I remember you, Anne (Funderburk), from Penny Tri-Hi-Y. I was the only Faulkner girl in the club. Do you keep in touch with any of your SSHS classmates or Penny members? My best friend was Hollis Delaney (Bernstein) ’67 who has lived in Oak Park for a long time. I also remember our club president, Karen Daly, and Priscilla Leutiger (spelling?), who belonged to my church at the time. In 2003, I re-met Sally Decker (Smith), who is a librarian in a Chicago suburb, but I can’t remember which one. I attended an ALA convention with my brother, Bruce E. Burg SSHS ’64, who owns West Circle Books in Franklin, IL, which sells books to libraries (school, public, military, hospital etc). Sally looked exactly the same! I also remember Marion (can’t recall her last name), Annette Vanderveen, Patty & Nancy Vance. Alice Caspar and Clara Evans (Cooper) also friends from SSHS but can’t recall if they were Penny girls. I have many happy memories of our Tri-Hi-Y, still have my pin and a photo of Hollis, Alice, and me with our boyfriends at the “Snow Ball”, the winter dance. I haven’t seen Hollis in several years, but I just visited my friend, Chuck Kincaid SSHS ’67, when I was in Chicago two weeks ago. It was great to see your name again, Anne. Louise, The Faulkner School for Girls ’66

    • 7 AliceCaspar Dixon February 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      I was just sitting here for some reason thinking of Hollis and googled her and here I am. What good times we had in “Penny”. I saw Hollis at a SSHS reunion several years ago. The following summer she came here to Pensacola for a visit. We kept in touch for awhile but you know how that goes. I do know that she has a son but have not talked to her in years. Glad to hear that you are out there and doing well….keep in touch…What a great find this site is….

  5. 8 Jack Manasek July 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Where are Faulkner grads: Sara White, Jeannie Maurey (sp?), Janice

    • 9 Barbara Samans October 9, 2016 at 5:18 am

      Hi Jack

      Jeanne is in CA , Sara White is in Beverly and when we last talked which was in regards to an all classes reunion we were having she told me how once when she was younger but after she graduated, and in the Alps going up the mountain in a ski lift chair or compartment, she started talking with a woman and they began asking where they each lived. Chicago both replied. Then the neighborhood came up..Both from same. and then the high school and both said Faulkner. What made that story interesting to me is that the woman was older than she by about 20 years and they were in the Alps going up a mountain and they met one another. I mean from abt 1940 to 1975 we figured there were about 450 people who passed through that school. What are the odds?? Anyway, if you email me I will send along for you your request to make contact with each and see what happens. The emails are from 2008 that I have but ya never know. for Janice Marks no one seems to know her whereabouts as of 2008.

  6. 10 tom horwich July 23, 2008 at 1:53 am

    will you add me to the mailing list for the newsletter. Thanks

  7. 11 Gayle Temkin October 1, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Elsa I went to Dixon, graduated in 1958 and then went to South Shore, graduated in 1962. I plan to be at the class reunion in November. It is late here in Austin, TX and I will write more another time.

  8. 12 Dan Harris '67 November 10, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I’m replying to Louise Burgs post. I went to South Shore and managed to graduate in 1967. I read with great interest your comments on Penny Tri-Hy-Y.m almost all of those names rang a bell with me. I had a crush on Hollis and walked from Bryn Mawr to our homes with Nancy and Patty Vance. Alice was a close friend and I saw her at one of the reunions.She now lives in FL.

    My sister Donna was a member of Of Penny. I think she may have been a former President.

    Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the memories and hope all is well with you.

  9. 14 barbara sturtevant haddix September 27, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I have lived in florida for 20 years now in ocala. I did not know that faulkner school had closed I graduated in 1962. does anyone know where irene kamberos, kathy rummel,diane frank,sue gorman, kathy goodman harriet askounis are now? my father had south shore community church as pastor in the seventies. if there is a reunion for our class please contact me.

  10. 15 Marge Barton January 27, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Last night (oh so many years later) I began to think about the murder in 1954 of Corrine. I could not remember her name but do know the murderers name…Lee Parker. I was searching for info and found this wonderful newsletter from South Shore….my old neighborhood. Thanks for printing Corrine’s name. I was acquainted with her and attended her funeral. So, so sad. I too would like info on Lee Parker. Would like to hear from you.

  11. 18 dic f February 1, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Karen Weintraub (also her friend Judy Oppenheim) went to U of I Navy Pier with Karen.

  12. 19 kathy barrett February 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Yes, I remember Anne Funderburk from the class of 1954 SSHS. I went there also and my best friends were Cynthia Albritton and Barbara Hess. I would love to hear from you or anyone else from our class. I am still in Chicago and retired.
    Hoping to hear soon.

  13. 20 John S. Burger August 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    My name is John Burger. I graduated from O’Keefe in 1957 and Hyde Park in 1961. I wonder if there is anyone from O’Keefe who would contact me? John

    • 21 George Kerman September 8, 2015 at 12:35 am

      John, it’s 2015, 5 years after you wrote this, but I am just reading it. I remember you because I graduated with and was buddies with your brother, Jim. I have thought about Jim over the years and still get a kick out of what he wrote in my autograph book for our O’Keeffe graduation. I have no idea if you will receive this, but if you do, please give my best to Jim, and if he likes, he can drop me a line.

      George Kerman

      P.S. I believe that you graduated with my brother, Bernie..

  14. 22 Steve Pulik February 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

    My name is Steve Pulik. I lived in South Shore from 1950-63 (2031 E 71st St) and went to SSHS from 1959-60. I went to Harvard School for Boys in Hyde Park from 60-63 when I graduated. My parents moved to 7900 S Merrrill ave in 1963. I went into the Navy in 1965 and stayed 5 yrs. I’ve been married for nearly 44 yrs and have lived in many places during that time. I have been in Knoxville TN since 1995 and have been retired for the past 5 yrs.
    I found this web site when I “googled” Ralph Oko. This message is for Sarelle Fields married name Povitsky: Ralph and I grew up together when we were at Bryn Mawr Elementary. We often double-dated thru our high school days (he had access to a car). After hs graduation, he went to U of Illinois in Urbana for 2 yrs and later transferred to Drake University where he graduated in 1967. He married Nancy Newman (also from South Shore) who he met at Drake. Ralph fixed me up with a blind date (I married her 2-1/2 yrs later) just before I went into the Navy. After that, I lost track of him. The last known addr I found was in Vero Beach, FL but have not contacted him.
    If Sarelle Povitsky wants any other info about Ralph, she can contact me thru my e-mail addr

  15. 23 Nancy Apel jones March 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    sarelle fields were you friends with Maxine Graff?i was in the class of June,1965.nancy apel jones

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