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Classmates Gone

How many classmates are on the other side
And with their maker they abide;
Because they are gone from this place
Doesn't mean we can't see their face,
Just turn back in time in your mind
And seeing them again you will be inclinded;
For no one is ever completely gone
Because in our memories they live on.
Memories don't have to fade away
When we think of all our yesterdays;
All our classmates will live as long as we
Because they are each a memory.




1913  -  2001 

Angela was known to all as Angeline during her teaching career at Blakely and Valley View. She attended the Blakely schools and upon graduation entered Marywood College. Angela received her teaching certificate on July 25, 1934 and was employed by Blakely High School in 1934. Her teaching crredentials were in English, Italian and Social Studies. She later became certified to teach French. At the time, Mr. Carvolth was the French teacher and when he was elevated to Superintendent, she succeeded him in that position.

Students who had gone on and became French and language teachers credited her with their success.


Angela's teaching career ended at Valley View High School, where she also taught Italian. She was cited in 1973 as "Outstanding Educator of Amereica," in honor of her professional and civic achievements, as Education was her passion.

Written by nephew: Jack Galuardi
Submitted by nephew: Jim Galuardi





Sgt. Jan Argonish

1981 - 2007


Born Feb. 6, 1981, son of Nancy and Michael Argonish, Peckville, Sgt. Argonish was a 1999 graduate of Valley View High School, where he played football and was a member of the swim team. He joined the National Guard as a junior, with his parents' proud consent.

An accomplished soldier, Sgt. Argonish was a graduate of the Army's infantry and mortar schools and the tanker school at Fort Knox, Ky. He also served two years as a military recruiter. During his tour in Iraq, his duties included the capture and detention of several high-level fugitives.

He received numerous service awards, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Medal, Gen. Thomas J. Stewart Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon and the Army Achievement Medal.

Sgt. Argonish was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Peckville, and VFW Post 5544, Jessup. Since February 2006, he was employed as a corrections officer at the U.S. Penitentiary Canaan in Waymart.

An avid outdoorsman, Sgt. Argonish enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles with his son, Jakub, and Talia Walsh, whom he planned to marry and called his "better half." He loved country music and classic cars, and attended a car show in Atlantic City, N.J., with his father every February. He missed the traditional trip just twice, when he was deployed.

Jan gave his life to secure a better, safer future for his son, family and all Americans. He believed in what he was doing and died defending his fellow soldiers against overwhelming opposition. He was a true hero who will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. There are many such lives, but there was only one Jan.

Tom Evans


1940 - 2008

Class of 1960


A great classmate, friend and an outstanding Bear




Albert Galuardi Sr.

1901 - 1978


Starred in Blakely and Mansfield College Sports


Al played both baseball as a shortstop and basketball as a guard during student days at Blakely. During his scholastic career his nickname was “Kootch” and his long time close friend Joe Shaute was the southpaw pitching star in 1918 when Blakely won a league championship.
Al then graduated from Scranton Business College where he was captain and guard on great basketball clubs. His teammates included such greats as Kenneth Golden, Petey Rose, Ken Polley, Tony Ostrowski, Joe English and Harry Roos.

Mansfield State Normal School, now named Mansfield State Teachers College was Al’s next educational stop. He performed as a guard in basketball, end in football, and right fielder in baseball and Mansfield. The same Joe Shaute was a Mansfield diamond colleague.

After collegiate years Al played half-back and served as business manager of the Peckville Alerts, and independent football troupe. Al joined the Mid-Valley Old-Timers Athletic Association in 1948, served to terms as membership chairman, one year as vice president, two years as President.

The Mid-Valley Old Timers has aided the sale of tickets for the Scranton Lions club annual “Dream Game” with proceeds aiding the blind and other charitable promotions.

I am honored to say... He was my father.
Jim Galuardi – Blakely Class of 1955




1926 - 1954


The Air Force and the nation suffered a real loss on July 10th, 1954, when Captain RICHARD THERON CARVOLTH, III crashed while making a night instrument take-off at Oxnard Air Force Base, California. There is no doubt that had he lived Dick would have made a large mark on the military service and very probably the nation. But there is no necessity to dwell on what he might have achieved: in twenty-eight years he lived a fuller and more worthwhile life than most do in sixty or seventy years.


Born in Blakely, Pennsylvania, on June 24th, 1926, Dick was brought up and went to school there. With both his parents in prominent positions in the school system, a lot was expected of him, both in class and out. He never disappointed anyone and graduated from Blakely High School as valedictorian, his closest competitor for academic honors being a Miss Margaret Dudley, who both envied and disliked him for his grades and the ease with which he attained them. Five years later, Margy and Dick were married on his graduation from the Military Academy.


From Blakely Dick volunteered for the Navy V-5 program and was sent to Brown University. By the end of his first year he had won an appointment to West Point as a qualified alternate and joined the Class of '49. By the end of Plebe year, Dick had such high grades that the only question was not who would rank first in the class, but who would rank next after Carvolth. He devoted fully as much time to such activities as Sunday School teaching, the Howitzer, and the Honor Committee as he did to academics, but by First Class year his outstanding record made him a Corps myth while still a cadet. Who in the class of '49 will forget standing during the Awards Parade while Dick received his "wheelbarrow" full of trophies? To no one's surprise he also won a Rhodes Scholarship, which he took up after his graduation and marriage. At Oxford he again distinguished himself academically, and managed to visit and observe almost all of Western Europe in his spare time.


On his return from England nothing would do but that he must be a pilot, and preferably a jet pilot. Dick didn't embark on his pilot training lightly, or just from a love of flying. As in everything else he did, he considered all sides, and then decided that as a career officer in the Air Force, knowledge and experience in the primary field of Air Force service was an obligation as well as an advantage. He never regretted that decision.


But Dick was more than just a "brain"; in fact one had to know him well or hear of his record to discover it. Nobody who knew him could ever dislike him, and his cheerful outlook and mature dignity naturally won him many close friends. He loved an argument and would take either side in most subjects; he enjoyed the little things of life as well as the big, and entered whole heartedly into whatever he did. His religion was a part of his life, and he was one of those unusual Christians who lived his beliefs daily. One couldn't pick a quarrel with Dick; he had too much of a sense of humor to let you or himself become angered.


It is impossible for anyone who knew Dick after graduation to think of him without thinking of his wife, Margy. Dick and Margy were a pair who complemented each other in every way, and the appearance of a son, Ricky, made Dick a complete family man. His relationship to both his old family and his new one was the warm and sincere kind for which everyone strives. There are not many people about whom all his friends can sincerely say, "I am a better person for having known him". Dick was one of them.

-D. L. M.

Gino J. Merli


1924 - 2002


The following are excerpts from an old copy of
The Scranton Times, Monday, June 18, 1945.


Midvalley Honors Its Winner of Congressional Medal of Honor


All Blakely Borough and a good part of other communities in the Midvalley turned out last night to give a hero's welcome to PFC Gino J. MERLI, twenty-one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Egisto Merli, 724 Ridge Road, Peckville, who last Friday received from President Harry S. Truman the nation's highest military award - the Congressional Medal of Honor. A colorful parade and exercises in front of the Blakely Borough Building formed the young hero's homecoming as members of the American Legion and other World War I veterans joined with public officials, the Red Cross and other groups in doing Merli honor. The demonstration was hurriedly arranged when word was received at the chapter house of the Red Cross here yesterday that Merli was en route home from Washington, where he had been decorated by President Harry S. Truman in ceremonies on the White House lawn Friday. Representatives of the Red Cross Motor Corps., with Capt. Margaret RICHARDS and Mrs. M. HARRIS in charge, immediately arranged to go to Northumberland to meet Merli. In the meantime, members of the A. Pierson Hurd Post No. 236, American Legion, Peckville, undertake preparations for the demonstration to be staged in the young soldier's honor. Musicians were rounded up to form a band and a platform was hastily erected at the borough building, and by 6 o'clock, everything was in readiness for the welcome to Merli.


Joe Shaute

1899 - 1970

Joseph Benjamin Shaute (born August 1, 1899 in Peckville, Pennsylvania, died February 21, 1970 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played 13 major league seasons as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. He pitched from 1922-1934. He attended Janiata College and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He won 20 games in 1924. Mansfield Baseball Stadium named in his honor.




Helen Bernat


Joe Bevalaqua




Paul Botek





Richard "Dick" Bray, DDS

1936 - 1986


Dick Bray, my father, was a proud graduate of Blakely High School, class of 1954. He had the honor of playing baseball under the guidance of "Papa Bear" Henzes.


After graduating from Blakely, he entered the United States Navy. After leaving the service, he attended the University of Scranton (where he played baseball and was the recipient of the prestigious Pete Fidati Award) and later received his DDS from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. In 1968, he moved back to the area and opened a general dentist practice in Jermyn and resided in Peckville.

My father took great pride in the community for which he was raised and later served as a dentist until, his untimely passing from cancer in 1986. A sports enthusiast, he was a loyal supporter of all Valley View athletics. He could always be seen at a football, basketball, or baseball game. He has been truly missed by his friends and former patients, but more so by his family! He is survived by three children (Lynn Bray, Erin Bray Glennon, and Rick Bray, DMD) and five grandchildren.

Rick Bray, VV Class of 1988



James Capezio

1946 - 1992


Jim loved sports of all kinds but mostly football. He was a four-year varsity player, captain of the team and an All Scholastic recipient. He was a loyal devoted teammate. His toughness as an interior lineman and nose guard can be attested to by his teammates.

Jim grew up quick and raised a family early. The confident manner in which he faced his responsibilities in life always inspired me. His three sons, Jim Jr., Jeffrey and J. T. (Joseph Thomas) had an amazing father. Jim and his wife, the former Jane Thomas, worked hard to raise their family. His life's focus was his family-always eager to provide for them. Jim struggled, but he never complained and embraced his life with wonder. He worked hard and eventually got involved in the trucking business as a salesman. His latest position was a terminal manager for a large trucking company at the ripe old age of 30. When he was 33, he decided to give it a try on his own. He quit his high paying job and started a pallet/packaging company. He became an entrepreneur running several successful businesses. His energetic personality and desire to succeed was his formula for success. Jim retired at age 42, built a log home on 80 acres in Yelm, Washington, and raised horses as well as other critters. At 46, Jim was killed by a drunk driver.

Our family is very proud of all his accomplishments. He touched all of us in so many ways. Our hearts will always hold fond memories of him and the love we shared.
Tom Capezio, Class of 1965


Richard Carvolth






Ricky Casagrande

Class of 1962





Robert "Maverick" Castellani

1942 - 2006


Bob was better known as "Maverick" by his buddies because of his talent as a horseman and his excellence at playing poker. His love was hunting and fishing, but the Castellani family wanted him to join their tradition of playing football for Papa Bear. His contributions on the field had great impact on the 1960 winning season.

Bob, whose birth name was Baldo, was born on St. Ublado's day. He was a member of St. Anthony's organization. He carried the Vorella of St. Anthony in Jessup's Race of the Saints and also in his later years, added color and pageantry to the Race by leading the parade on horseback.

Bob spent his birthday, May 16, in the hospital where he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He accepted his cross and carried it the same way he carried the ball for Papa Bear-fearless-with love and dignity. In his last days Bob thanked God for his family and wonderful parents. He adored his wife and children and his wishes were for his family and friends to stay united and to be buried in the family plot next to his beloved father. On July 2, 2006 his prayers were answered when he was call by our Father in heaven.

Brother, Joey Castellani


Mary Chase


Vincent (Chucky) Coccodrilli

Class of 1955


Jim Cruse

Class of 1957


Russell H. "Snooky" Davey

1940 - 2004


Russ loved life and his family, his wife Shirley, his daughter Michelle, and granddaughter, Taylor. He was a great sportsman who loved football, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling around the United States in his motor home. I wish I could have seen him play for the Blakely Bears. He left us too soon. We love and miss you.
Wife, Shirley


John Dewey

1945 - 1972


"Big John," a true competitor, took advantage of his size and speed. He played with the fierceness that Blakely linemen were noted for. John was the main ingredient of a resurgent "Bear"-a Bear team that brought back to Blakely an Eastern Conference game that had been missing for many years. His positive attitude and refusal to lose gave him an all-scholastic berth and made us all better players. I know his friends, who think of him now, can't help but smile.
Your buddy, Erv Brong


William Egroff

Class of 1962


Ted Elvidge

1935 - 2003


Ted, my older brother, was a fullback for the Bears. He graduated in 1953 and then joined the Army. After serving our country, he graduated from Keystone and Bloomsburg Colleges. He received his degree in business and taught school and coached football in Newton, New Jersey. Later he formed his own tax accounting business, also in Newton. He was a very quiet, patient man whom I always admired. I'm very proud to say - "He was my brother."
Bob Elvidge


David Evans

Class of 1962


Mildred Fenwick





Al Galuardi

Class of 1947

1928 - 2007


Al, was a strong, physical football player and was selected by the opposing coaches and media as an ALL SCHOLASTIC end for the 1946 Blakely Bears. He graduated in 1947. After serving our country, Al played football for the semi-pro Jessup Leopards. With the help from his friend Pete Bononni, Al Received a football scholarship to the University of Detroit.

Al became the starting defensive end in his sophomore/junior years for Detroit. In his senior year, he wanted to become an offensive end. His lack of height and offensive inexperience made it appear that he would be at a disadvantage in trying for a starting offensive role, but as a result of his performances in preseason scrimmages he moved ahead of three other candidates and took over the wing post for the quarterback Ted Marchibroda (who later became head coach for the professional Baltimore Colts.)

I'm proud to say...he was a competitor.... he was my brother.

Jim Galuardi
Class of 1955


Andy Gerek

Class of 1958


Pat Grande

Class of 1958


Everett Keller



Stanley Kubash

1917 - 1973


Mr. Kubash was born and raised in Blakely. He graduated from Blakely High School in 1935 and went on to the University of Alabama. He participted on the track team (440 relay) and the varsity baseball team. One of his teammates and friend was the future Governor of Alabama, George Wallace. After graduation his first job took him to Butzville, New Jersey where he taught chemistry and math. Mr Kubash came to Blakely a couple years later. He became a fixture there both as an educator and Coach Henzes's right hand man. He later became principal at Valley View High School when Blakely, Jessup, and Archbald merged.

Mr. Kubash had a passion for his students. He could be tough and if we got out of line, well-- there were consequences. I truly believe, however, he always had our best interest in mind. I don't believe there is anyone who didn't have the highest respect for this remarkable educator. We will never forget our friend and teacher--"Mr. Kubash."
Joe Weston, Class of 1962


Carol Ligi

Class of 1962


Melba Mayne


John Mc Andrew

Class of 1954


Harry McConnel

Class of 1956


Charlotte McHale


Anna McKeon


Wayne Miller

1940 - 1999


Most people will remember Wayne from his "Blakely Bears" football days. Coach Henzes lauded him as a "great athlete." The newspapers applauded his skills sometimes calling him "swivel hips" because of his ability to use his hips to shake off would be tacklers. No matter how many yards he averaged or touchdowns he'd score, he would always credit good blocking by his teammates.

Wayne received many honors and awards for his athletic abilities in football and baseball. While stationed with the army in Germany, he had the opportunity to play football with the Berlin Bears. Wayne loved music. He played the trumpet and French horn and had a beautiful baritone voice. He retired from Fairview State Hospital after 30 years of service as a psychiatric security aid.

Wayne loved his family. His wife, Arlene, has many stories to tell!! Most of all Wayne was proud of his daughters, Lea, Lori and Lynn, and loved babysitting for his grandchildren.

I chose to remember all the good times. In school I was always known as "Wayne Miller's sister"-- not a bad title.

Janice Miller Browning, Class of 1962


Roger Neri

1925 - 2005


Roger played right tackle for Papa Bear in 1943, putting his heart and soul into every game. He was elected to play in the 1943 Dream Game and was an All-Scholastic. He was awarded a scholarship to Lafayette College but was called to the service before he could attend. He was a good husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. We miss him.
Joseph Neri, Brother


Louise Nicolai

Class of 1962





Violette Owens


Dan Pavuk

Class of 1953


Bob Pompey


Richard Rauner

Class of 1958


Mabel Richards


1916 - 1962


I would like everyone who went to the old Columbus School to remember a wonderful teacher, Miss Mabel Richards. She was a warm, compassionate teacher who was kind to all the young children she taught. I was very fortunate to be one of those students.

I will always remember her pleasant, gentle manner. She was truly a person to be admired. Respectfully,

Joe Weston, Class of 1962


Karl Robinson

Teacher - Faculty Manager - Administrator


Karl Robinson was a teacher, faculty manager, and administrator at Blakely High and also later served as superintendent at Valley View High School.

He was a true friend to everyone--students and faculty alike. Mr. Robinson made time for everyone and did his best to assist anyone in need. He was compassionate, understanding and possessed a great deal of empathy. He always exemplified the highest ideals of honesty and integrity. We lost a great human being in the passing of Karl Robinson.

Frank Pazzaglia,
Former faculty member at Blakely and Valley View High Schools


Joe "Kokomo" Rossi

1944 - 1970


I loved my brother dearly and he is sadly missed by our family. He was such a joy to have around. Kokomo's biggest enjoyment in life was his daughter, Josette, who was only 2 ½ years old when he passed away. Our prayers are always with him. May he rest in peace in heaven.
Bob Rossi

Joe Rossi, All Scholastic Tackle, Class of 1962-strong, fast, and tough, affectionately known as Kokomo-Josette's father, Bob's brother, and my friend.
Joe Weston

Robert B. (Smiler) Sebastianelli


Robert B. Sebastianelli was a gifted athlete. He enjoyed and excelled at sports so they became a major part of his life. His friendly disposition and broad smile earned him his nickname, "Smiler." In high school he played varsity football and baseball. His talent on the football field was further recognized by being the recipient of the Maxwell Award while attending college at the University of Pennsylvania. Smiler (Smiley, as he was known on the campus) graduated from Penn with a Bachelor Degree from the Wharton School of Finance. He made the traveling squad as a sophomore. On a trip to play the California Golden Bears, he substituted himself into the game without the coach's permission. "If I am going to fly all the way out hear, I am going to play at least one down." Smiler's outlook was that anything was possible. His friends and family knew a man who was capable of the most wonderful thing, "making great friendships." He continued to be a big fan of all types of athletics. He was a stockbroker by profession. In his spare time he chose to explore his athletic talent on the golf course-he did get the illusive hole in one. His children and grandchildren are proud of his legacy and his active interest in a variety of sports. Smiler is remembered with pride and affection among his family and friends.
Son, A .J. Sebastianelli

Richie Shamon

1929 - 2006


This man was truly the standard by which all athletes should be measured and never really received that which was due him. He epitomized the word "team-mate". Although he rarely, if ever, started, he was a vital cog and an integral part of what our team accomplished. He did everything possible to help the team. His personal sacrifices and demeanor truly exemplified what a true athlete should be like. He gave of himself to help our team. He was an outstanding baseball player and just as good a football player. He had a heart so big that his body just didn't seem big enough to hold it. He never ever complained would do anything everything to help the team. Beyond all these virtues, he was an even better person off the field and among the finest of people I have ever known. Our class was blessed with many good athletes, including Pete Krochta, Bob Thomas, Al Galuardi, Norm Woodworth-but no one had aheart like Richie.

Respectfully, Billy Krohto Class of 1947


Dr. E.R. Simpson

School Physician


Judy Stine

Class of 1962


Bob Thomas

1929 - 1976


Dearest Bob


You have been gone for so many years.
Your smile and kindness are always with us.


Your children - Robert, Roy, and Lyn are now kind loving caring adults.
Who love you and dearly miss you.


The splendid years you have given, will remain with us forever.
We shall love honor and cherish you always

Love you,
Floss & Children
Robert - Roy - Lyn


Michael Tomasetti

1949 - 2003


Mike was a four-year starter for the Bears, graduating in 1967. Although he had a quiet demeanor off the field, Mike was a fierce competitor on the field. He was one of Blakely's great middle linebackers. He was well-liked and is missed by all who knew him.

A scholarship fund, honoring the senior who best exemplifies Mike's characteristics on and off the field, has been set up by his fellow teammates.
Ben Sebastianelli


Rudy Valentini

Class of 1946


My dad, Rudy Valentini, was a very proud Blakely Bear football player, class of '46. He used to tell my sisters and me how he loved the game and was a very good player. At first, we didn't believe him, he barely stood 5'6'' tall, but it was true. We have photos of him playing and recently a photo was in the paper of the All Star team for which he played. He told us of the many Bear Banquets held at his RuVal Lounge on Route 6. My father loved the fact that he was a Bear...and that love spilled over to the Valley View Football teams. His bar the "Ruval" was a place to meet before and after the Cougar games.

The players of the '92 Championship team donated the field goal post to my dad, signed by all players, which he proudly displayed in the bar for many years. We donated it back to the district to be put in the new facility for all past and current players to see and enjoy. Sadly, my dad passed away in 2004. I hope all his buddies remember the good times spent at my dad's bar.

Donna Valentini, VV Class of 1982


Ruthie Bevilacqua Valentini

Class of 1954


I just wanted to mention my mother's name on this website, Ruthie Bevilacqua Valentini. She was a Blakely Bear and graduated in 1954. My mom passed away in 1992 and is greatly missed. Her good friends were Roseann Henzes and Barbara Butler. I know she was on the Color Guard and was a great sports fan, and would have really enjoyed this website.

Donna Valentini, VV Class of 1982

Thomas Walker





Art Williams

Class of 1937

1920 - 2000


Uncle Art attended Number One School, and then his beloved Blakely High School. He was a Co-Captain of the first team to ever play for Blakely, the 1936 season. He then graduated and served as Master Gunnery Sergeant in the European and Pacific Theaters. He returned home safely, and still loved football, especially the Blakely Bears.

He was everybody's Uncle Art. I remember him as a gentleman. He and I never missed a Blakely game from when I was in third grade until I started playing in high school. Then, he never missed a game while he watched me play, and long after.

It is with great pride and respect that I ask you to remember a great Bear, my Uncle, Art Williams.

John C. O'Connor, Class of 1964

William D. Williams

Class of 1962





Dorothy Wilson




Roger Wolf

Class of 1941

1921 - 2004


Roger was one of the original Blakely Bears. He played for the Bears from 1938 to 1940. He always had the utmost respect for Coach Henzes, calling him the best coach ever. Roger excelled in all sports: football, baseball, and track.

After graduation he went into the Navy, serving on various U.S. Naval ships during World War II. Roger was one of a group of service men who took care of our war prisoners and because of his admirable work, he received a meritorious performance medal.

After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945 Roger returned to Blakely and married his wife, Holly. Roger also had two brothers who served our country, Nick in the Air Force and John in the Army.

Our Love and Peace to all
Wife Holly and Daughters Judie and Pat


Nick Wolf

Class of 1939

1919 - 1985


Nicholas Wolf, our Dad, was one of the original Blakely Bears learning and playing under the exceptional coaching of John Henzes during the years 1936-1939.

After graduation, "Nick" joined the US Army Airforce and served as a Sergeant during World War II in the New Guinea Campaign. He received many awards including a Presidential Unit Citation while he was with the 321st Bomber Group. After discharge, he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Phyllis, where they raised four children. Also an excellent baseball player, Dad was one of the initial participants in "Little League Baseball" when the first youth leagues were forming in the Boston area. He retired after 32 years of employment with the Boston Edison company.

Even Though we have spent most of our lives in Boston, Dad instilled in his children a warm and strong connection to the Blakely area. Our annual trek "back home to the Valley" was the highlight of each year when our family clan would gather at Grandma's house relishing the home made bread, Kutsop's kielbasa, pierogis, all spiced with Dad's stories of family and friendships made during his years at Blakely High and on life in the Valley. We miss our Dad but memories of his life and of his hometown live on in our hearts.

His loving children,
Lynda, Jeannette, Susan, and Thomas



Frank Gaudenzi

The Bears have lost one of their greatest supporters--Frank Gaudenzi. Frank passed away December 31, 2008. He was president of the Blakely Booster Club for many years and a board member of the Papa Bear Club. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1941, but after moving to Peckville he became a Blakely Bear fan. Frank was one of a kind and a friend to all!

Raymond G. Cordelli

Raymond G. Cordelli, 75, of Hedgesville, died Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at City Hospital. Born January 25, 1933 in Eynon, Pa., he was the son of the late Settimo Cordelli and Letizia Brunamonti Cordelli. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a graduate of the University of Scranton and was inducted into the North Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He was retired as President of Cordelli and Associates, Inc., and had retired from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Mr. Cordelli was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary L. Kinney Cordelli; two daughters, Carol Lynn Tiedeman and husband, Anthony, Red Bank, N.J., and Valerie Struve and husband, David of Charles Town; three grandchildren, Christine and Anthony Tiedeman and Mary Elizabeth Struve; one brother, Peter Cordelli, Peckville, Pa.; and one sister, Carolyn Farrell, North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Bob Evans

Class of 1954 lost another member on 10/18/2008. Bob Evans of Endwell NY passed away. He had been sick the past few years. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years Marge,2 sons Robbie and Rick and a daughter Becky. Also his twin sister Roberta also class of '54. Bob was retied from I B M.

Deborah Kohut Sheridan

Deborah Sheridan from the class of '69 sadly passed away August 3rd. Debbie was a proud and active member of the Papa Bear Henzes Club. She also was a cheerleader during the last season Blakely fielded a football team. She is survived by her husband Charles 'Bucky' Sheriden,son Charles & two grandsons Jake and Jack.

A Bear from the Class of 1954 has died.

Darius Thomas died July 11, 2008. He had been ill for some time. Please put his wife, Geri and his family in your Prayers. GOD Bless all of YOU, Al Gerek


Paul Oles died Saturday June 28th. He was known as the voice of the Blakely Bears and later for the Valley View Cougars. His name stands alone in the world of local broadcasting. His work in radio and television will never be forgotten.

Blakely Graduate From The Class Of 1959 Has Died

John Hensley, D.M.D. died Friday June 20th. He was a 1959 Blakely graduate. His mother, Jeannette, was a former teacher at Blakely.

Another BEAR has died

Ellis F. Riebel, Blakely High Class of 1946 has died. Ellis died on June 3rd. He was the husband of Joanne (Evans) Riebel, Class of 1954. Please put Joanne and her Family on your Prayer List.

A Bear From The Class Of '59 Has Died

Harold McCusker died Sunday, May 15th after a long illness. He was a member of the 1959 class. He was employed as Blakely borough manager for more than 30 years. His name was synonymous with the borough of Blakely; he was well-known and respected throughout the area.



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Blakely High School

Papa Bear Club

6th annual picnic

was held on Sunday

August 8th, 2010 

12:00 to 6:00pm

At The

Montdale Country Club





Carole C. Coccodrilli

125 River Street

Jessup, PA  18434

Please call 570-489-0819 or 570-335-

with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Memberships can be obtained by mailing the membership fee to 125 River Street, Jessup, Pa 18434.

Yearly membership cards are $5.00 each and are available through Carol Coccodrilli or any board member.

Contact Carol C. Coccodrilli by calling 570-335-2993 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Jack Henzes Inducted


National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame



"Once a Bear, always a Bear."

John Henzes, Sr.
Blakely High School
Coach - Educator
November 1935 to June 1969



“Mr. Football,” “Maker of Champions,” “Molder of Men,” are a few of the titles bestowed upon the late John Henzes, Sr., who is best known as “Papa Bear” for his outstanding football record established by Blakely High School teams over 33 years.

“The boys must learn to take their bumps on the field which will be their guideline to the hard knocks of life ahead,” is the way Coach Henzes commented concerning the development of championship football teams at BHS.

In his 33 years as head coach of Blakely High School, Coach recorded 242 wins, 52 loses and 14 ties. He had 17 undefeated seasons and 37 championships.

During Coach Henzes tenure the Bears recorded a 49-game winning streak between 1961 and 1966. Sixty-five of Coach Henzes' players gained "All-Scholastic" honors.

Coach Henzes also directed Blakely High baseball teams to three Lackawanna League titles and four divisional crowns. His track teams won District 2 honors and participated in the Penn State Track Carnival. One of the girls' basketball teams he tutored also won a championship.


Coach Henzes' Career Record


1936 8-1-1 1953 7-2-0
1937 8-0-0 1954 5-5-0
1938 8-0-1 1955 4-6-0
1939 5-1-1 1956 5-3-2
1940 7-1-1 1957 9-1-0
1941 8-1-0 1958 9-0-1
1942 5-1-0 1959 9-1-0
1943 6-0-1 1960 9-2-0
1944 9-0-0 1961 3-6-0
1945 4-4-1 1962 9-1-1
1946 9-1-0 1963 11-0-0
1947 10-0-0 1964 10-0-1
1948 10-0-0 1965 10-1-0
1949 7-1-1 1966 9-1-0
1950 8-2-0 1967 7-3-1
1951 5-3-1 1968 12-0-0
1952 6-3-0 TOTAL 251-51-14


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