The following members of our class are deceased.  Please let us know if you are aware of others.  Since our 50th reunion, we lost Bill Hyman, Linda Harris (Haberman), Roger Lange, Greg Kane, Bill Piggott, Richard Sherman, Mark Garfien, Marcia Zientara, Joyce Friesser, Alice (Alyse) Booth, Sherwin Hammer, Howie Zeitz, Heather Shubart (Morris), Karen Rahe (Wildrick), Susan Dulsky (Liberman), Ronald Alpert, Barry Bennett, Lucile Reals (Day), Ruth Hinsley (Cortilet), Suzanne Cohan (Lange), Sandy Gail, Phyllis Schechter (Blumenthal), Ruth Israel (Shulman), Arlene Boshes (Hirschfelder), Dennis Black, Allen Cherin, Diane Skidell (Felsenthal), Bernie Kerman, Judy Skurow (Podgorny),  Rhoda Tannenbaum (Alexander), Karen Mer (Gerwanter), Connie Anton (Christopher),  Bonnie Zafferas (Selimos), Arvin Levin, Jack Grawoig, Susie Merlander (Dickman), Robert Higginson.


Ronald Alpert

Birth Date: 1943-09-28
Deceased Date: 2019-07-03
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Connie Christopher (Anton)

Birth Date: 2023-10-26
Deceased Date: 2023-06-30
Constance Christopher Obituary

Constance A. Christopher nee Anton. Beloved wife of the late Philip C. Christopher. Loving mother of Chris (Michelle) Christopher & Dean (Marika) Christopher. Cherished grandmother of Evangelia, Viviana & Philip. Dear sister of the late Kathryn (Alex) Garcia. Fond godmother & aunt of many nieces & nephews. Long-time friend of Marina (the late Nicholas) Pitsoulakis. Funeral Thursday July 6th 9:00 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn to Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 11025 S. Roberts Rd. in Palos Hills for Services at 10:00 am. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, July 5th from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home with the Trisagion Service at 6:00 pm. 708-425-0500

Published by Chicago Tribune on Jul. 4, 2023.
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Sheila Wickert (Appell)



Sheila Wickert, 67, beloved wife of Steven for 45 years; loving mother of Debbra, Linda (Joe) Koppe and Jeffrey; cherished grandma of Sarah and Hannah Koppe and Joseph, Paige, Michael and Alexis Wickert; dear sister and friend. Graveside service Tuesday 12 noon at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
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Gail Backer

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John Barham

Deceased Date: 2023-10-26

Barham, John

John Barham, age 78, of Tinley Park. He will be greatly missed by his loving daughter, Bridget; brothers Michael (Nancy) Barham and Fred (Maureen) Barham; sisters-in-law Anita Butler and Maureen Fleming. He will be fondly remembered by his five nieces, including his goddaughter Erin (John) Day and Cathaleen (Dan) Novak; 13 great nieces and nephews with a very special and close bond with Mia, Natalie and Tommy Day; and many dear, close friends.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Janet (nee Butler); his mother Lanore (nee Slattery) and nephew Matt Barham.

After graduating from South Shore High School, John proudly served four years in the Air Force as a staff sergeant. He drove for Sinclair Gas for 10 years making him the go-to guy to call for directions anywhere in the city and suburbs. He was a volunteer fireman/fire chief in Riverdale and superintendent of Riverdale Public Works for 32 years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed driving the sports team bus for St. Laurence High School.

John never met a stranger he didn't know. He was an avid fisherman, golfer and Northwestern football fan – hosting some of the best (self-proclaimed) tailgates for 20+ years. But he may be best known for his love of St. Patrick's Day – his, Janet and Bridget's annual parties are legendary and brought together family and friends from near and far.

Visitation Friday, June 3, 2022, 4pm to 8pm at Brady Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Funeral Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10am from Brady Gill Funeral Home to St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church, 17500 84th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60487; Mass at 11am. Interment is private at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 W. Monroe Street #1510, Chicago, IL 60661 or a charity for your choice.
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Barry Bennett

Deceased Date: 2020-01-01
Dr. Barry P. Bennett, 76. Beloved husband of Evie; dear brother of Warren Bennett; will also be deeply missed by nieces and nephews. Graveside service Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Jewish Oakridge Cemetery, 4301 Roosevelt Rd, Hillside IL. Please call funeral home for service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Reese Health Trust, 150 N. Wacker Dr, Suite 2300, Chicago IL 60606 to support oral health grants. For info: 847-256-5700.


Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 6, 2020
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Helen Berkovitz

Sharon Silverman - August 6th, 2011
 Helen was a wonderful, warm, and loving friend.  She adored her three children and left them a wonderful legacy of loving care, spirituality, and respect.  
Kathy Rand - June 3rd, 2011
Helen was a good friend of mine at South Shore.  She was such a kind and sweet person who died way too young.

Robert Bessinger

John Burger - January 30th, 2011
Robert was my cousin.  I went him as Bobby.  The Bessingers lived East of the IC at 73nd Street.  I ate Thanksgiving dinners at his house.  I have a picture of our family at a wading pool in Hyde Park at 52nd near the lake.

Dennis Black

Birth Date: 1944-05-29
Deceased Date: 2022-01-12

Dennis B. Black died of brain cancer on January 12th at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Joyce, proud father of Adam (Stephanie) and Brian (Heiji), grandfather of Aidan, Aaron, Cyrus, Sebastian, and Thea, dear brother of Buddy (Barb). After South Shore High School he went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1965. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1968 where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Returning to Chicago, he served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He began his law practice in Chicago at Hopkins & Sutter before joining Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz as a founding member. In 2009, he joined Mesirow Financial as general counsel, served on the firm’s board of directors and became senior advisor to the Chairman. Dennis devoted his time to several organizations including as President of the Standard Club, board member of North Shore Congregation Israel, active member in the Lawyers Division of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago, director of the Cornell University Posse Program in Chicago and member of the Cornell University Council. He was also a longtime member of Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield. He was a class act. Brilliant, non-judgmental, empathetic, a dedicated mentor, he was a great believer in second chances. A loyal friend. An avid reader and gifted artist, he traveled the world, enjoyed jazz and classical music, loved to dance and was famous for his margarita recipe. Funeral service will be private, but can be found streaming Friday Jan.14 at 9 AM at Interment private. A gathering in his memory is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ACLU,, JUF,, or the Posse Foundation, For funeral info: 847-256-5700. 

Kathy Rand - January 13th, 2022
Denny was the heart and soul of our class.  I know we are all heartbroken by his loss.  Rest in peace, dear friend.  We will miss you.

Roger Bogin

Sharon Silverman - August 6th, 2011
 Roger's smile and warm, loving ways are a beautiful memory.  Sorry I didn't stay in touch over the years, but I remember him fondly.
Carla Kelson - June 26th, 2011
 Loosing Roger is a profound sadness. His warmth and constancy brightened so many lives.
Mary Livingstone Huske - May 26th, 2011
 Roger was such a fun guy.  Over the years he used to call me every now and then from Michigan.  I really enjoyed those calls.  Now I know why they stopped.
Susan Quale - May 14th, 2011
I remember Roger from SSHS and his kindness to me then. One of the nicest things ever said to me was a genuine compliment from Roger at our 25th HS reunion. I will never forget it, or him.
Steve Mann - May 4th, 2011
I knew Roger from way back and we were on his farewell tour.
He knew that he was dying from the chemicals used in the Vietnam
war and he sought out the friends he wanted to see before he died.
We would get occasional emails over the years and then we got a phone call.
Roger came over for dinner and we spent the evening going over old memories. He knew exactly what was happening to him, and he said that he wanted to spend time with his old friends while he was still here. We were grateful that he included Vicki and me.