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Gateway Hockey Sends Four to Juniors

(Monroeville, PA) - In Gateway Hockey's 40th year, the celebrations continue.

Four Gateway Gators will be playing Junior hockey next season. It is believed that no western Pennsylvania high school program has sent as many student-athletes to Juniors in their entire history. Coach Gene Perhac is certain though that sending four student-athletes to Juniors in one year is a feat unachieved by any western Pennsylvania high school to date. Junior hockey is played throughout the United States and Canada by players 18-20 years of age. Playing Juniors allows for a greater challenge than available through their Prep School team, High school varsity or club team, or area Midget teams. American Juniors differ from Canadian Juniors unique as players are immersed into an elite hockey environment without losing their amateur eligibility. As such, American Juniors is the most common pathway to playing elite hockey in college. Nearly all collegiate freshman hockey players have spent one to three years playing post graduate junior hockey. In fact, over the last decade the average age of an NCAA Division One Hockey freshman is nearly 20 years old. This foursome of Gators has led Gateway to success not seen since the turn of the century. Prior to the 2011-2012 season, Gateway hockey had not visited the post season in nearly a decade. These players are part of a core that sent the Gators to Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) playoff appearances in each of the last two seasons. This group of Gators also delivered the greatest number of career wins and the first PIHL section title since 2001. The Gateway Hockey Club coaching administration, coaches, players and parents wish good luck to the following Junior-bound players.

About Junior Tyler Perhac
Although most people consider hockey hotbeds to be in cold climates, Tyler will be headed in the opposite direction to south Florida. Tyler has signed with the Palm Beach (Florida) Hawks of the Empire Junior Hockey League. The Empire JHL has 28 teams in locations from south Florida to western New York to New Hampshire. In addition, Tyler will attend Lake Worth (FL) High School while playing hockey daily. The Hawks have placed 11 players into colleges over the last two seasons. Tyler has played for the Gateway Hockey Club since his fourth grade season was a three year varsity starter as a goalie. During his time in the black and gold, Tyler was a two-time PIHL AA All Star. He was near the top of the leaderboard in all classes of the PIHL for saves in each of his three varsity seasons. Included in these numbers are three games this past season with over 40 saves and one game with 55 saves. Tyler is an Honors student at Gateway and is the son of Gene and Roseanne Perhac.

About Senior Camden Cacolice
Camden's journey to Junior hockey will return him to the area where he was raised. Camden has signed with the Springfield (Massachusetts) Junior ?Pics of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). While growing up in Enfield, Connecticut, Camden played for the youth branch of this club as a Squirt. During his three year Gateway career, Camden was a two-time PIHL AA All Star and a Post-Gazette East ?Stellar Six?. Due to Gateway?s limited defense corps, Camden was moved from his normal forward position back to defense as a sophomore. Although still playing forward for his amateur team, he has played defense almost exclusively for Gateway. Camden led the Gators with 32 points during his senior season including an impressive 13 game point streak. Camden ranks third on the club over the last decade with a 1.33 Points Per Game average. Camden graduated as an Honors student from Gateway and is the son of Paul and Carolyn Cacolice.

About Senior Jon Kasper
Jon will also be taking the trek to Massachusetts as well after signing with the Springfield Jr Pics of the USPHL. The USPHL has 15 organizations from Pennsylvania to Maine. Jon drew interest and an offer from the Junior ?Pics organization last season, but he chose to return for his senior season so he could graduate from Gateway High. Jon will be playing for a Junior organization that has seen an impressive 37 NHL draft choices from their ranks (including NHL Penguins Dan Lacouture, Colin McDonald and Bill Guerin). Even more impressive are the regular player commitments to NCAA teams each season. Jon was a PIHL AA All Star in 2011-2012. He led or was tied for the Gateway team lead in goals for both his junior and senior seasons. His productivity was even more impressive with limited participation in each of his seasons due to his amateur team schedule. Jon ranks in the top five in Points Per Game over the last decade with more than one point per game. Jon graduated as an Honors student from Gateway and is the son of Joe and Judy Kasper.

About Senior Jordan Mardiorssian
Jordan is the fourth Gators preparing to play Juniors in 2013-2014. Currently, he has been tendered offers from both the Portland (Maine) Junior Pirates and Boston (Massachusetts) Junior Bruins both in the USPHL. Jordan played for the Pittsburgh Pens Elite for the past several years. Although he was not able to play for Gateway this past year due to his amateur schedule, he was an important offensive contributor for the Gators each of his freshman, sophomore and junior years. Jordan was in the top four in goals scored each of his years wearing the Gateway black and gold. In 2011-2012, he was named to the PIHL AA All Star team. Jordan graduated as an Honors student from Gateway and is the son of Laurie and Red Mardiorssian.

About the Gateway Hockey Club
Established in 1972, Gateway Hockey has a proud tradition of promoting athletic and academic excellence. The club provides Gateway School District students in grades six thru 12 with the opportunity to play ice hockey at the AA level of competition, and has enjoyed tremendous success building the character, skills, and winning attitude of its players. Without question, the Club's goal and expectation is to win at every level of play, whether Freshman, Junior Varsity, or Varsity, but the true strength of this program is that winning is always judged by more than the score on the board.

1959 Gateway Grad to do coast-to-coast bike trip for dyslexia

On May 13, 2012 Larry Emigh will embark upon a bike (bicycle) trip from L.A. to Boston at the age of 70. Purpose of the trip is to bring awareness to children with dyslexia. He will arrive in Boston on June 29th. Alumni are encouraged to meet him along the route. Full details of the biking venture are listed on my website, which is: Thanks in advance for any help you can give to Larry.

Ken Notary, Class of 1969

Ken Notary, husband of Janey Notary, both class of 1969, died suddenly on Oct. 6 of a heart attack at the age of 59 while doing consulting work in TX for Air Products and Chemicals, the company from which he had retired in June after a 34 year career. Ken was Director of Primary Energy and Energy Economics. He served on the Natural Gas Advisory Board for the New York Mercantile Exchange and on multiple energy related professional organizations. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and an Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon where he was first in his class. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England where he spent a year analyzing world and U.S. energy trends.

Ken was active in his community where he served on several boards and in his church where he served as an elder and bible study leader..

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, Joseph Notary, his sister, Sharon Notary, class of 1967, his brother Alan, class of 1971 and his three sons, Matthew, Michael and Jonathan. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Josiah, Seth and Savannah.

He was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend with a ready smile and a servant heart.

Obituary / Guestbook Ken Notary, Class of 1969

Anthony "Tony" Mignogna, Class of 1982

Anthony "Tony" Mignogna, age 46, Class of 1982, passed away suddenly of a heart-attack on October 19, 2010. Anthony has lived in Pitcairn all of his life and was a life member of Pitcairn Volunteer Fire Co. #2. Anthony was the son of Mildred Mignogna of Pitcairn and sister of Michelle Mignogna Rakow, Class of 1984. Anthony was a sweet, loving, caring man with a constant smile and he will be missed by many. Funeral arrangements are through Pearce Funeral Home in Pitcairn with viewings on Thursday and Friday. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Pitcairn on Saturday at 10 am. Please read his obituary and sign his guest book:

Anthony "Tony" Mignogna, 1982

Heather Panzella, Class of 1988

On Sunday, September 27, 2010, the beloved sister (Jennifer) and daughter(Jane Panzella, Evergreem Elem Music Teacher), HEATHER JANE PANZELLA of Huntington Beach, California, passed away. She was a third grade teacher in Ocean View School District. Heather's beauty, sense of adventure, and love of life will always be remembered. She will be loved and missed by friends and family. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 12 noon at the Westminster Memorial Chapel, 14801 Beach Boulevard, Westminster, CA 92683. (714)893-2421. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the American Lung Association or the ASPCA.

View Online obit & guestbook here

4th Annual Golf Outing in memory Demi Brae Cuccia

Thank you to everyone that attended the 4Th annual "A ROUND FOR DEMI". For future events please visit (Demi Cuccia) and follow "Events" link. 

The web page is no longer active however  information can be found @

Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jodi Miceli (Cuccia)

Richard T Organ Memorial Golf Outing

Join us for a charity golf outing on October 9th at Oak Lake Golf Club in New Kensington, PA. The format is a 4-person scramble and will start at 10am (shotgun). Men and women are invited.

This outing benefits the four children of 1982 Alum, Rick Organ, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in July at the age of 46. Money raised will be put into trust funds for his kids, ages 11, 14, 16 and 18. All of the details related to the outing can be found on our website: HERE

As you know, Rick was also the son of former Gator Football Coach, Tom Organ, and brother of Randy ('83) and Rob ('88).

We would love to have a foursome (or two) of Rick's classmates. We know some of you enjoy charity outings. For an $80 entry fee, you will get a round of golf and cart, water, beer and pop, a t-shirt and cooler bag, and a catered luncheon following golf.

Also, there will be a $300 prize for the winning team and $200 for second place. Individual skill prizes will be awarded as well. Other prizes include: $10K hole-in-one contest, raffle for 40" Toshiba TV and other door prizes, an auction for Steeler tickets, and a 50/50 raffle.

You can register and pay (via Paypal) through the website link above.

Thank you in advance. Best wishes and prayers to all of you.

Gateway Hockey - Final Alumni Honor Roll Election Ballot for 2010

Download and complete the final ballot Here

Class of 1986 25th Reunion Picnic - Sat. August 20, 2011

Location: New Community Park Pavilion 2, Monroeville


Friday Night: Adult Only Mixer (TBD)
Saturday: Family Picnic/Pig Roast - Food, Beer, Wine, Fun!
Sunday: Tour Of Gateway

More Info To Come!

Mark Your Calendar Now!

Class of 1970 40th reunion - Homecoming Weekend October 8 - 9, 2010

Join Your Classmates From The Class Of 1970 For A Reunion And Weekend Full Of Fun!

Events For Friday Include:Homecoming Game At Gateway. Saturday There Will Be A Tour Of Gateway High School And Saturday Evening A Reunion Party Is Being Held At: Pugliano's Italian Grill--Grand Ball Room Rt. 286 In Plum.

For details contact Jane (O'donnell) Bobich

We Hope To Hear From You!

Richard T. "Rick" Organ, Class of 1982

Rick Organ, age 46 and Class of 1982, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday, July 26. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Jobe Funeral Home, Monroeville, Thurs. 7-9 PM, Fri 2-4 and 7-9 PM, Funeral Sat 10 AM, North American Martyrs Church. Rick is the son of Mary Catherine (Babe)(Nicolazzo) Organ and Tom Organ. Brother of Randy and Rob Organ. Please read the article below for full obituary and sign his guest book:

Rick Organ, 1982

Larry J. Mignogna, Class of 1976

Age 52 of Monroeville, born and raised in Pitcairn, died suddenly on his birthday, Monday, July 26, 2010. Please read his obituary and sign his guest book:

Larry J. Mignogna, 1976

Cliff Parsons, Class of 1965 and Gateway Sports HOF inductee

We received word that Cliff Parsons, a former star basketball player at Gateway, and Gateway Sports Hall Of Fame member, passed away unexpectedly in Annapolis, MD on July 21, 2010. Please read his obituary and sign his guest book:

Cliff Parsons, 1965

Conrad Guenzel, Class of 1984

Chris Guenzel dropped us a note that his brother Conrad Guenzel, who graduated Gateway in 1984, passed away last week. Here is his online obituary and guest book:

Conrad Guenzel, 1984

Gateway Class of 1965 will hold their 45th reunion

Gateway Class of 1965 will hold their 45th reunion on Oct 22 and 23, 2010. The reunion will be held at the Lamplighter restaurant on Rt. 22 in Delmont. Friday (Oct.22) we will have a casual get together at 7:00 at the Lamplighter. There will be a cash bar and hor d'oeuvres.

Saturday (Oct. 23)- There will be a cash bar at 6:00pm Dinner & DJ at 7:00pm. The cost for both nights is $50.00 per person.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn, Delmont. The hotel is located directly behind the Lamplighter. Call 724-468-1050 and specify the Gateway Reunion Package.

1986 Gateway Football team named to WPIAL HOF

We are pleased to announce tha the AAAA Champion 1986 Football team has been selected to the 2010 Class of the WPIAL HOF. We are actively seeking all the players on the 1986 team... if you are in contact with one please refer them to one of our sites.

Click here for full details on the HOF selection as well as Banquet ticket information

Click here to view the roster from the team photo Help locate your teammates! (OPEN YOUR WINDOW TO FULL SIZE and scroll to read all names)

Gateway Hockey Golf Outing

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 9:00AM @ Murrysville golf course
Click here for a Word Doc that provides event details...

JON HAHNFELDT, Class of 1966

JON HAHNFELDT, 62 of Stamford, Jon died April 18th of a brain aneurysm. Jon was well known in Connecticut and throughout the United States as a swimming and diving coach.

Jon was Pennsylvania State Diving Champion for Gateway High School and always loved Monroeville and Pittsburgh.

Jon's Greenwich High School divers are the reigning Connecticut State Championships and Jon was honored as the 2009 Connecticut Diving Coach of the Year. In forty years Jon coached hundreds of diving champions. He was a high school and collegiate All American diver and winner of numerous state and national competitions. Jon is survived by his brothers Ed (GSHS '61), Don (GSHS '62, Fred (GSHS '64), sister Suzan (GSHS '72), and many close friends in his extended family in Connecticut. Condolences may be sent to Suzan Hahnfeldt, 1396 Work Drive, Sigel, Pa. 15860.

Warren King, Class of 1970, guitarist for The Silencers

If Pittsburgh had a bona fide guitar hero in the 1970s and '80s, it was Warren King. He put the fire in such bands as Diamond Reo and The Silencers. Mr. King died Friday of liver cancer, just 12 days after he played his final gig. He was 57. He is survived by his mother, Norma King, and his sister, Diane Ghezzi, both of Carlsbad, Calif.; and brother Dennis, of Bellingham, Wash. A memorial service will be held Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross.

Gateway loses 2009 GSHOF inductee - Dr. Jeff Shogan, 56

January 10, 2009---From the Post-Gazette:
Dr. Jeffrey Shogan, the director of business services and the chief business officer for UPMC Cancer Centers, died yesterday. He was 56.

Dr. Shogan died from cardiac arrest, according to the medical examiner's office.

According to a biography posted on the UPMC Cancer Center's Web site, Dr. Shogan also served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Gateway Gators Class of 1977 - 50th Birthday Reunion Recap

class of 1977 Gateway
The class of 1977 - 50th birthday party was a big success - everyone who attended was glad they did.

We had over 100 at the bar on Friday night - and over 50 at the picnic on Saturday (see pic). Thanks again to Todd and Alice Leighton for making the picnic happen. The park was perfect and the weather even cooperated.

The most commonly heard expression at the reunion was "I can't believe we are 50". If you haven't been to a recent reunion - let me assure you that it isn't like high school. We are all grayer and heavier than we used to be - nobody brags about themselves anymore (we talk about kids and grandkids and the good old days) - and all the old cliques have faded away. It was just a group of 50 year olds getting together and talking. It was fun to see all of our old friends and to make some new friends.

After 32 years many of the details of high school have been forgotten. I overheard 2 of our classmates talking - and one said "I can't believe you don't remember me - we went out once in high school".

We were a little disappointed at the turn out of the local Gators. Many traveled hundreds of miles to attend and were surprised that many local Gators wouldn't drive 10 miles to attend. Don't worry because all will be forgiven if they attend the next reunion.

Our next reunion is our 35th - we have selected August 4th and 5th, 2012 for the 35th reunion. More details will follow - and we will need to decide on format - picnic or more formal dinner or???.

Please plan on attending - and please check the Gator website every couple months.

I am proud to say that the class of 1977 has 213 registered on the website - the highest number of any class.

Hope to see you Aug 5th 2012.

Click Here to open the FULL SIZED class photo
Note: after you open the photo, RIGHT CLICK and "save as" to save it to your computer to keep a copy.

Class of 2009 video online...

We wanted our alumni to take a trip down memory land and remember their graduation. Best Wishes to the 2009 Graduates!

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James "Jimmy" Allen Tavis, age 39

Nov 9, 1969 - Aug 12, 2009.

Tavis James A. age 39 of Las Vegas, NV formerly of Monroeville on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. Beloved husband of Andrea Tavis. Beloved son of Bernard Tavis Jr of Monroeville and the late Dolores Tavis; loving brother of Bernard Tavis III of CA. also several nieces & nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday 10-11 AM with a blessing service to follow at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of Beatty Rd. & 48 North, Monroeville (412 856-4747) Private interment will take place at Crossroads Cemetery.

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FLORENCE BALEST, former teacher

Of Turtle Creek, age 89, on Sun., July 26, 2009. Florence was a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran. She received her BS and her Master's in Education from the University of PIttsburgh. Florence taught second grade for 40 years in the Gateway School District, mostly at Evergreen Elementary School. Beloved sister of Alice Balest; aunt of Lewis, John and Richard Balest and Margie Conley. Her service and burial with Military Honors were privately held. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 412-823-9350. Send condolences at

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Robert (Bob) Charles Larkin, age 51

Robert (Bob) Charles Larkin, age 51, of 9228 Manchester Road passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 27, 2009.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of Robert Larkin and Dolores Larkin on April 2, 1958. He grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Gateway High School in 1976. Bobby received a full four-year football scholarship to the University of Maryland. He graduated from college in 1981 and resided in Maryland until his untimely death.

Bobby was an entrepreneur who enjoyed a fruitful career in land acquisition and real estate development. He had a passion for sports and was an avid Steelers fan. Bobby was a born leader who enjoyed traveling and lived life with great spirit. He had a "big brother" personality with a quick wit. He will be truly missed by all.

Bobby is adored and survived by his only son, Ian and his beloved wife, Raquel. In addition to his surviving parents ,Robert and Dolores Larkin, are his sister Linda Benyo and her husband Chris of Greenville,SC; his sister Kathy Henderson of Murrysville, PA; his sister Debbie Larkin of NY, NY; his brother David Larkin and his wife Karen of Greensburg, PA; his brother Greg Larkin and his wife Adrienne of Cranberry, PA and his sister Tracy Lippert and her husband Rob of Columbia, SC. He is also survived by twelve nieces and nephews.

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Class of 1974

Class of 74 35th Reunion Weekend: August 7, 2009 - golf outing at Meadowink 1pm > Gateway Grill gathering 7pm. August 8th - picnic reunion at the new Monroeville Park on Tillbrook Road > Noon to 8pm > final details still being determined. Looking forward to a great turnout - please RSVP and direct questions/comments to Mark Miller(; Rob DiNardi (; or Jan Nejman Verost (

Class of 1977 reunion

August 7th and 8th 2009 - We are turning 50 Birthday Party. Class of 1977 is having a free reunion for members of the class and their families. The main event will be Saturday 8 August at the new park in Monroeville - Monroeville Park on Tillbrook Rd. The picnic will start at noon and run all day. We will provide free burgers and dogs and beer. The event is free - but we ask everyone to bring a beverage (soda or water or ??) or a side (salad, cookies, etc.) to share. Todd Leighton has reserved a pavilion that holds 250 people and include BBQ grills. Will will have music and games to play. It will be a great time to visit with all your classmates. Friday night 7 Aug we will have a class party at the Bella Luna Bar (Lisa Uren McFadden's bar). Please tell all your Gator friends to register on this website and plan to attend the party. For questions feel free to contact Jeff Weil 918-527-5782,Ron West, Todd Leighton, George Klipa, Sue Baxmier Keane, Linda Knabe Kelly or Jamie Rose. We hope to see everyone there

Click here for directions

Passing of Laura Mikesell - July 3, 2009

Laura passed away peacefully at 6:03am on Friday, 7/3.  Her sister and I were holding her hand...she will be greatly missed.  Thanks to each of you for your prayers, cards, calls and kindness, she appreciated it more than you could know. 

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Class of 1989 reunion

Save the date! The GHS Class of 1989 20-Year Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 25th at Olive-Or-Twist and the Lounge Upstairs is an upscale venue located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

We set up a blog so people can ask questions, post comments, and connect with long-lost classmates. Please visit: for more info and regular updates.

Inventor Heather (Mohan) Knox (1987) in legal battle

In 2006, she applied for -- and got -- a patent for her "multi-layer uplift bra." Last week, she filed a federal lawsuit against Victoria's Secret and its manufacturer, claiming that the new BioFit 7-way bra infringes on her patent. Click here to read the article »

Class of 1999 reunion

The GHS Class of 1999 10-Year Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 (Memorial Day Weekend) from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Rick's Sports Bar (5400 William Penn Highway on Route 22) in Export, PA. We will be having a buffet, a cash bar, and our own private room and bartender. The cost will be $20 a person.
Please feel free to bring your spouse or significant other with you just please let us know how many will be attending. Please RSVP and mail your checks by May 3, 2009.

Also, if you have any pictures with fellow GHS Class of 1999 Graduates during/after High School, please mail a copy of the picture(s) with your check. If you are unable to attend the reunion and have any pictures that you would like us to use at the reunion, please feel free to send them to us at the above address.

Please also send Melanie Titus & Wendi Goodlin your contact information (address, e-mail address, & phone number) to Even if you are unable to attend the reunion, please still send us your contact information for future news, events, and reunions. Melanie & Wendi will be the only ones handling this information.

Information about hotels and rates will be available soon!

Remember to please keep spreading the word about the reunion because there are still a lot of people that we have been unable to find/contact. Thank you!

We hope you can all make it! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Melanie & Wendi

Class of 1967 reunion

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY TO '67 GATORS!!!!Our awesome Class of '67 had so much fun at the fortieth reunion we are all celebrating our 60th Birthday Party together. To all our classmates that has not been contacted..

Don't miss it..

June 5, 2009 (Friday) - Informal get together at D'Imperios at Penn Center 6:00-? (cash bar & food for purchase) June 6, 2009 (Saturday) - '67Gators 60th Birthday Party (didn't we just graduate from Gateway??) Wooden Nickel in Monroeville 5:30-? Price $30 per person with a buffet bar RESERVATIONS REQUIRED


Later '67 Gators!

Time Capsule to be Opened at Evergreen Elementary School

It is time to open the "time-capsule" that was buried a decade ago when our current high school students were in Kindergarten, First, and Second grade.

Sophomores, Juniors, and the Class of 2009 are planning to attend as the time capsule is opened to reveal the treasures that were buried 10 years ago.

The capsule opening will take place in front of _*Evergreen Elementary School, located at 3831 Evergreen Drive in Monroeville,*_ on _*Tuesday, June 9, 2009^ at 7 pm.*_ Light refreshments will be waiting for you.

Please RSVP your plans to attend to Cara Zanella, Director of Communications, Gatetway School District, at 412-373-5718 (direct),412-973-7443 (cell), or

Many photo ops will be available.

Carol Kunig Markowski, Class of 1968

Carol Kunig Markowski passed way on May 24th, 2009. Click here to read her obit »

Gateway Hockey Alumni Golf Outing on June 13th 2009

You are invited!!! Gateway Hockey Alumni are sponsoring a Golf Outing on June 13th 2009

Click here to view the flyer »

Joe Zaccari, retired teacher

Joe Zaccari, who was a teacher for 35 years at Monroeville Junior High and also was a football , ice hockey and volleyball coach, passed away on Friday March 20, 2009.

His memorial service will be Tues, Mar 24th at 2pm at St. Martin's church in Monroeville.

If you have any questions you can reach his daughter Robin at 609-668-8053

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Tom Brody - Class of 1979

THOMAS BRODY of Monroeville, on Monday, March 2, 2009, age 48. Beloved son of Gilbert T. and Shirley A. Brody; beloved brother of Jacque (Jim) Jenko, Mary Beth Brody and Kathleen (Frank) Eppink; beloved Godfather of his niece Sarah Colvin; uncle of Evan Colvin and Christopher Jenko; loving companion of Sonja Jonnet. Tom was the owner of Brody Tree Service and was actively involved in youth deck hockey. Friends received at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTER OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (1 block East of Mosside Blvd.-Rte. 48) (A Golden Rule Member). Visitation Thursday 7-9pm and Friday 2-4 & 7-9pm Mass of Christian Burial at North American Martyrs Church on Saturday at 10am. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to The American Heart Association. Corl Family Directors 412-372- 2100

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Mr. Robert Moyer, orchestra director, 2009

Mr. Robert Moyer, long time orchestra director and instrumentalist at Gateway died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
You may send sympathy cards to Bob's parents address: Robert & Phyllis Moyer, 243A West Fairview St., Somerset, PA 15501

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Monroeville Chiropractor Bleeds Steelers Black & Gold

Dr. Robb Fishman and his lifelong friend, Lou Franconi came up with a music video that you can watch here

Congrats to Holli Novelly (Ackerman) Class of 1973 for being our 5,000th registered user

Holli became the 5,000th registered user since the site was launched on November 30, 2005.

Gateway Sports Hall of Fame - Class of 2008

Congratulations to the following who will be inducted into the GSHOF: PIAA Champion Swimmer Scott Shearer, - 4 Time Section Tennis Champ and 4 Time PIAA Tennis Qualifier Pam Perrotta, High School All American Football Player and Basketball Star Joel Williams, 1985 WPIAL Championship Team Star Football Player And Baseball Letterman John Washington, Championship Wrestler and Outstanding Fullback On the 1985 WPIAL Championship Football Team R. D. McKinley, Gateway Career Long Teacher Bill Lukitsch, Career Long Gateway Teacher and current Voice of the Gators Coach Rege Giles, 1988 Girls PIAA Swim Champions
visit for full details and ticket info

Any ideas for our site?

Do you have any ideas on new features, usability fixes, or upgrades to our site? Email us your ideas - and please be AS SPECIFIC as possible.

Calling all former Gateway Football Players...

The coaching staff is working on compiling a list of all former Gateway football players that went onto to play college football at any level - Division I, I-AA, II, and III. If you know of anyone from your year or surrounding years, and where they went on to play college level football, please email us the info

50th reunion of Class of '59

For more information, read our posting here

Gateway Hockey Alumni Reunion Game

Alumni game is going to be at 7:00pm on Dec 28th at Center Ice Arena in Delmont. We'll also have a skills competition at 5:30. Cost for participation in both events will be $45 and players will be able to keep their jerseys. The opponent has yet to be determined. Contacts are Steve Biancaniello( at 412-373-9106 and RoseAnn Perhac( at 412-733-2307.

Dust off your old skates and join your former teammates - IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY!!!

Click to download the UPDATED/FINAL WORD DOC flyer

Class of 1983 Informal 25th Get Together Announcement

Since a formal reunion seems to have passed us by, an underground movement is pleased to announce two dates over this holiday season to allow those visiting or locals to get together without waiting another five years.

The plan is to converge at the Rivertowne Pour House (the old Parkway Tavern) on the following dates:

12/27/08 (Sat) - 7pm-?

It's (still) a family restaurant, so if you want to show off your little ones - please do (with the caveat that others will no doubt be imbibing).
Dress is casual.

Again this is an impromptu affair. The restaurant has not been reserved, so it is recommended to make a reservation for a table if you plan on dining or just want to lock down some seating - otherwise we'll see you at the bar.
If you can make it, we'll see you there. If you can't; hopefully, we'll see you in five. Either way - spread the word...
Rivertowne Pour House
312 Center Rd
Monroeville, PA 15146

Brandon Paul Kuster, 15, of Monroeville passed on 7/23/08

Suddenly on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, Brandon Paul Kuster, 15, of Monroeville. Beloved son of David P. and Darlene M. (Hartin) Kuster; dear brother of Justin and Veronica "Roni" Kuster; grandson of Josephine and the late Ronald Kuster and Burley (fiancee Joan Kotz) and the late Carol Hartin. Brandon is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Friends received Thursday 7-9 PM and Friday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Avenue, Pitcairn. Mass of Christian Burial, North American Martyrs Church, Monroeville, Saturday at 10 AM

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Mark Louis Garbin, 45, passed away July 21, 2008

Mark Louis Garbin VIRGINIA BEACH - Mark Louis Garbin, 45, passed away July 21, 2008, in a Virginia Beach Hospital. Mark was born April 24, 1963, in Pittsburgh to the late Anthony John Garbin and Anna Mae Kibbler Garbin. He was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. A restaurant manager with more than 20 years of experience, he was currently serving with the Smokey Bones restaurant. Mark was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was an avid Steelers fan. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Garbin; son, Joshua Adam Garbin (17); sister, Cathy Betz (Robert) of Wilmington, N.C.; brothers, John Garbin (Kathy, deceased) of Pittsburgh and Tony Garbin (Rhonda) of Ohio; and his aunts, Honey Blankenbehler and Pat Steffey. A memorial Mass will be conducted at noon Friday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, by Father Esteban DeLeon. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes Mass Cards in Mark's memory. Mass Cards can be obtained through Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

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Demi Cuccia memorial - THANK YOU

The Demi Cuccia M.S.F would like to thank all of those who helped out with, played in and attended the 1st annual "A Round For Demi" Golf Outing/Dinner Party. To say it was a success would be an understatement. We had 134 golfers and 125 of Demi's friends and family attend the event which was held Saturday, October 6 at the Murrysville Golf Club. A great time was had by all and we are looking forward to seeing all of you again for next years event. To see pictures of this years event and for more information on the Demi Cuccia Memorial Scholarship Fund please visit our web site at
Thank you. Paul Chambers

1985 Gateway Varsity Football team selected for Gateway HOF

The 1985 Gateway Varsity Football team will be inducted into the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame on November 10, 2007 at the Churchill Valley Country Club. This team will now join Gateways' other four football championship teams - 1969 - 1972 - 1974 - 1986. The 1985 team tied North Hills 0-0 in the championship game at Three Rivers Stadium. At the time, North Hills was ranked nationally. Gateway was extremely fast and very solid up front. The teams matched up well.

If you were a coach, team member, trainer or manager, we are holding a complimentary ticket for you. To reserve your ticket and purchase additional tickets for $40.00, call Tony Petrocelli at 412-373-3373. John Washington is working closely with the HOF committee regarding the team induction ceremony and team bio. If you have any questions for John, call him at 412-373-2535.

Dance-For-A-Cure marathon - October 27

The Gateway High School National Make a Difference Day Taskforce is hosting a Dance-For-A-Cure marathon at Gateway High School for all students on October 27. The event will benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Breast Cancer Foundation. The students are seeking the support of the local business community, through sponsorships and in-kind donations.

For information on this event and ways you and your business can support the students' efforts, click here.

Calling All Gateway Alumni...

I'm organizing, hosting & DJ'ing a fundraising dinner on Sunday, October 21, 2007 for a girl named Shelly Pearson.

Download the flyer here
She had the very first pediatric double lung transplant in the country at Children's back in 89. Sadly, 18 years later, her body is rejecting the organs! She will need another miracle. Her mom Darlien left her life behind in Tacoma, WA to be by the side of her 32 year old "baby girl". Costs are ENORMOUS, so I thought I could help. I have the Gateway Clipper Fleet reserved for a benefit dinner cruise & auction on the date above! I NEED YOUR HELP spreading the word, and getting donations from local businesses. I'm also working hard to secure a few PREMIER prizes that will help me sell 540 tickets (Majestic capacity) at $100 per plate! I'm begging anyone with contacts in the automotive sales or local sports industries to request a generous donation!!!! Car/truck for auction, ticket packages, autographed merchandise etc... Also looking for official sponsors (this will be in the news)! Any and ALL assistance greatly appreciated! Please call 412.266.5089 or email with good news! You may also contact my wife Melody @ or 412.216.6044 to purchase your tickets for this event. Sincerely, Matt Porter

Tragedy hits Gateway community...

Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of these youths...
Demi Cuccia, 16, a junior, was stabbed to death Wednesday, August 15 off route 22 in Monroeville. Her 19-year-old former boyfriend, John Mullarkey, was found nearby after apparently trying to kill himself with a knife.

Demi's obituary
Post your memorial of Demi here on our site...

Article from PG (8/16)
Article from Trib (8/16)
Article from PG on Gateway School Counseling(8/16)
Facebook site for Demi

WTAE Channel 4 would like to hear from people -- friends, neighbors, extended family -- about their memories of Demi Cuccia.
Contact WTAE: here

WTAE story (with video): Here

Ross McKeag Jr. - Class of 1972

Ross McKeag died on June 28th, of an aortic aneurism. It was a complete shock as he was always very healthy. He was glad to be connected to info of his old classmates. You can go to to view his obituary. Ross was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We all miss him terribly. Read his obituary here

Target clock with 1983 yearbook photos!

Target clock Lisa (Corl) Zapalac, Gateway Class of 83 sent us this tidbit:

I just came across this while I was in Target spring of 2006 and noticed this clock on the shelves that caught my attention because it looked like old yearbook photos. The clock was designed to put your own photos in them where the numbers would be. When I looked closer, I realized that the stock photos were a page out of the Gateway yearbook - and the photos were seniors from the class of 83. I bought the clock and emailed a few people who's faces were on it, and put it up. I got a new scanner and was cleaning out a closet today and found it, so I took it apart and scanned the pictures as they are arranged on the clock. I couldn't believe it. Of all of the photos that Target Corp. could have used it was a page from our high school year book and my class. And it was in a Target in Houston!

I wanted to send it to you and didn't know if there is anyway to post this, I am sure people would get a kick out of it. I also think that some Gateway grad must work for Target at the corporate level :)

Click Here to see the full sized scan

Gateway Class of 1972 - missing classmates list

Please help the Gateway Class of 1972 locate some of their missing classmates. Download this PDF and see if you know the wherabouts of any of them...

IMPORTANT MESSAGE to alumni with EARTHLINK email addresses

We have 47 alumni with email addresses...

Due to inbound email blocking by Earthlink (which generates an email back to the sender and requires them to go to a page and type in a passcode...), you will never receive a message from our site. We suggest you immediately update your profile and change your email address on file to a different email address OUTSIDE the earthlink network, OR add a trust for email sent to your mailbox from

Obituary: Cody Michael Moy - Class of 2005

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Brandon N. Conley Memorial Scholarship

We are throwing a party Saturday May 26th during Memorial day weekend. After you do your family cookout, come check us out at Mighty Dog's in Penn Hills. Normally, we have a party during Thanksgiving weekend but wanted do something in the summer time also. Great food and cold drinks will be served. There will also be a cash bar. However, this is a family affair so don't worry about the baby sitter, just bring the kids along.

All that we ask is a $10 donation and kids are free! All proceeds go to the Brandon N. Conley Memorial Scholarship. Therefore, please make out any checks to the Brandon N Conley Memorial Scholarship.

Since we started this reunion, we have given out over $4500 in scholarships to Gateway High School graduates. However, our new goal is to raise $10,000 for an endowed scholarship at IUP. Please pass the word and come out for a fun night and to see old friends.

Date: Saturday May, 26th 2007

The Mighty Dog Restaurant
10604 Frankstown Road
Penn Hills, Pa 15235

Time: 8pm - 1am

Contact Info:
Courtney Ramsey - (412)999-8777
Keith Gardner - (412)242-3647
Derek Handley - (412)965-8333
Nicole Lenear - (704)299-5435
Alison Conley - (704)968-0423

Monroeville dealt blow by Westinghouse

Monroeville's largest employer - Westinghouse, who has been a staple in the community for more than 35 years, has dealt a big blow to Monroeville - and Gateway School District - by deciding to move to Cranberry Township. The big winners - Butler County and Seneca Valley School District, will reap the rewards of a 3,000+ person workforce headed their way by 2009/2010 and taking their $70,000 average salaries with them to Butler county. By leaving the 138 acre campus where many of our mothers, fathers, neighbors and classmates worked, Westinghouse will leave a large void in Monroeville. The repercussions of this decision by Westinghouse not only impacts Monroeville, but also surrounding communities and school districts, such as Churchill, Penn Hills, Plum, Murrysville, Penn Township, and others, where many of the 2,100 Monroeville based employees live.

Read full article here...

3,000 members!

March 5, 2007: Congratulations to Daniel Stell (Class of 1998) for being the 3,000 Gateway alum to signup!

New- Alumni Photos!

You can now upload photos to your profile and share them online from our site. Login to see the menu choices...

Thanks to Jim Kinter, class of 1959 for being the first alumni to upload!

New Features!

Now available - Jobs Available (Post jobs available at your workplace), and Job Seekers (if you are seeking a new position). Both are available in the LEFT NAVIGATION. Note: You must be LOGGED IN to access these resources.

Michael O'Toole - past Principal at Gateway

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Retired Gateway Elementary School principal Bruce Short can still picture Michael O'Toole, then principal of Gateway High School, sitting at his desk in his office with a cigar in his mouth.

"He always told you the way it was," Mr. Short said. "He was firm but fair."

Mr. O'Toole, who died at the age of 89 at Braddock Hospital on Sunday, was a no-nonsense principal.

Read the complete life story here


Site updated...
September 21, 2006

The site now properly supports international registrations. If you live in a foreign country, you can now select that country and enter your address into the system, as well as edit your profile to change your info.

Help connect lost classmates
August 1, 2006

Be sure to read our Alumni Lost-n-Found page each time you visit. You might be able to assist your classmates in reconnecting with a long lost friend...

2,000 members reached!
July 18, 2006

Congratulations to Steven Hickman (Class of 1988) for being the 2,000th alumni member to register! article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
February 16, 2006

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review published an article about the web site...

Alumni reconnect through Web site  (February 16, 2006) article in the Times Express
February 15, 2006

The Times Express published an article about and the sister site

Gateway alumni site on Web draws users  (February 15, 2006)

1,000 members reached!
February 14, 2006

Congratulations to Ronna Safka (Class of 1981) for being the 1,000th alumni member to register!

Site updates

January 16, 2006
A/V Crew (remember, the people who delivered the film strip projectors, VCR's and 16mm projectors to your classrooms), and the Biology Club have been added to your EXTENDED PROFILE as new choices of clubs & activities.

The LEFT NAVIGATION has been updated a bit, as well as the MEMBER HOME PAGE, where we added a new area "who updated their profile" so that you can see who updated their profile since your last visit.

How YOU can help...

January 9, 2006
Thank you to all the alumni who have signed up so far...

We've had great success, but we really need a few minutes of your time in the following ways:

1) Forward this site's address to any Gateway Alumni FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, etc. This is a GREAT TIME to reconnect with a Graduate you haven't spoken to or heard from for a while.

2) If you are a member of a "Class Committee", please forward this web site along with an invitation to join to your entire list. We will be glad to post your committee info to this site, but we are trying to build the "one point" master directory of all Gateway alumni.

3) If you have or are part of a Gateway affiliate site, such as Gateway Soccer, Gateway Band, etc. Please POST A LINK from that site to our site. Let us know you are doing this and we will link back to you.

4) If anyone has a CD-ROM version of the Gateway Alumni directory which was published around 1998, Please Contact Us

Important info about the authentication emails...
When you initially Join this site, you will receive an automated email with an authentication link. You must click that link to get full access to the site.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing about a 10% failure rate on the automated emails... mostly due to Spam filtering beyond our control. In most cases the emails are blocked by your ISP or are moved right into your JUNK MAIL FOLDER.

If you JOIN this site and don't receive an authentication email WITHIN 10 MINUTES, please contact Us and we can manually authorize you. is one month old!

January 5, 2006
The site has been up for about 35 days and we now have 270 registrations and counting. Thanks for your help in building this site. Remember to FORWARD THIS SITE ADDRESS to all your classmates!

Site update 1/6: The interactive map has been rewritten to be much quicker. So many people signed up we had to re-engineer it to be quick. While we were at it we also added the ability to filter the map by class year...

Check out our Class Contacts, Classifieds & Memorials & Lost-n-Found pages...

These pages - which can be found in the left navigation - are for YOU to post messages to your fellow alumni... Make use of them!

Class of 1986 - 20th year reunion info

The Class of 1986 reunion committee is hard at work planning the 20th year reunion... click here for more info - and don't forget to register online here so that we can keep in contact with you! - whether or not you want to attend the reunion.

New Feature - Interactive Map of Registered Alumni

interactive mapNow Available - a new, real-time interactive map of all registered alumni. You can now see who lives in your area! Check it out today!

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