Alumni Bulletin 2013

Dear Alumni: Summer has just begun and it is time once again to reserve that special social day on our Alumni calendar.  I hope you will be able to attend this year’s Social Fun Day scheduled for Saturday September 14th.  The school has set Saturday the 14th for our get together and the doors will … Continue reading Alumni Bulletin 2013

Norman Anderson Passed Away

We’ve just learned that 1955 WPSBC graduate Norman Anderson passed away.  Norm taught at WPSBC for a time, and then his career took him to the Maryland School for the Blind, where he also taught.  Do rest in peace, Norm.    

Ilene Sirocca Passed Away

We learned recently of the passing of 1966 WPSBC graduate Ilene Sirocca, who was best known around Pittsburgh for her singing and piano-playing abilities.  Included   here  is a recent performance by the Morningside native.  Enjoy.  Rest in peace, Ilene.  Wherever you’ve gone, they’ll truly appreciate your singing.      

Karen Irvine Passed Away

Just received word that 1973 WPSBC graduate Karen Irvine passed away last weekend, from a sudden heart attack.  Karen attended the alumni convention back in 2008 (I think), and was often accompanied about by Jim and Linda Davis; good friends they were.  She lived in the Philadelphia region.  Rest in peace, Karen.    

WPSBC Graduates List

For those of you looking for the complete list of graduates of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, you can view it at  .  You can also find it by entering “graduates list” into the search box, which is located near the top right on most pages on this site. Contact me with any further questions.    

Joyce Teese Passed Away

Friends, We learned yesterday of the passing of teacher and administrator Joyce Teese, who lost the battle overnight with adrenal cortical cancer.  Mrs. Teese taught many of us eighth grade during the 1970s as well as techniques of daily living (TDL) to fifth graders in her early years at the school  She arranged those yearly spring … Continue reading Joyce Teese Passed Away

Janet Kopcic Kallao Passed Away

We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of class of 1955 graduate Janet Kopcic Kallao.  We have little more information about here than that she graduated in the mid 50s.  Feel free to share anything you know about her here.  

Wayne Pittman Passed Away

The Alumni Association of the Western PA School for Blind Chidren would like to acknowledge the passing of class of 1965 graduate, Wayne Pittman.  Wayne was employed for several years by the city of Harrisburg, PA, and he will be sadly missed by many of his friends.  Rest in peace, Wayne.  

2012 Alumni Convention Attendance Stats

We enjoyed a pretty good-sized crowd throughout the entire convention weekend.  Here’s the statistical shake-out: There were 63 paid members and guests that stayed at the school. For the Friday night cook-out, we had, in addition to that base count, 19 extra folks showing up. For lunch on Saturday, we had 6 extra people. For … Continue reading 2012 Alumni Convention Attendance Stats

Ellen’s 2012 Alumni Convention Wrapup

Reunion, 2012 Friday, August third, arrived in a sweltering fashion. Joining the growing throng of excited alums in the reception area of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, my classmate, Mike Rupert and I were instantly engaged in some great conversations with many of those assembled for the purpose of a raucously enjoyable get … Continue reading Ellen’s 2012 Alumni Convention Wrapup