Please take a moment to honor these classmates who left us all too soon. We could not find pictures of Victor Canastrino, William Colbert or Gregory Juarez..
See a tribute to Thomas below.
See a tribute to Thomas below.
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John 'Roski' Coykendall  (from 1967 yearbook)
John "Roski" Coykendall (from 1967 yearbook)
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Greg Simmons  (from 1967 yearbook)
Greg Simmons (from 1967 yearbook)
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Thomas Barnes

December 6th, 1951 - October 18th, 2007

Thomas Barnes had a nack for photography, business, climbing, and fishing. He attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara and was inspired by Ansel Adams. He was the CEO of an INC 500 Company, Computer Service Supply, INC, in 1994. He enjoyed climbing half dome in Yosemite. He loved fishing, he had fished the Pacific ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the gulf of Mexico, and finally near Baja California where he fished for marlin in Mexico and caught one, in the 90s. The one he never caught, a blue fin tuna. He loved the ocean and all its creatures, he dove with the sharks in Florida. I miss my dad often, when I look at certain art pieces or think of the ocean, I think of my dad.

God grant that I may fish for trout until my dying day, and when I come to my last cast I'll then most humbly pray, when in the lord's safe landing net I'm peacefully asleep, that in his mercy I'll be judged as good enough to keep.

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Thomas "Tom" Barnes passed away in Clearwater Florida on, Oct 17 2007, where his last days he lived with his parents, he was struggling with Diabetes and eventually passed due to complications. He is survived by, his mother Nancy, Brother David, Niece Kendra, and his daughter Alicia, and 4 grandchildren; Daniel 30, Brittany 28, Chelsea 24, and Megan 21, and 3 gt grandchildren: Eli 8, Ryder 3, and Emma 2.

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Larry Dionne

December 23rd, 1950 - March 17th, 2011

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Lawrence Edward Dionne

Resident of San Jose

Passed away March 17, 2011 of natural causes.

Larry was born in Logan Utah, December 23, 1950. His family moved to San Jose several years later where he graduated from Willow Glen High School in 1969 and attended San Jose State University majoring in Environmental Studies, while also spending time as an Air Force Reservist. He was married to Debbie Cogliandro on August 03, 1975 and they resided in San Jose where their daughter Brianna was born in 1984.

Larry spent twenty years with the Carpenter's Union working for multiple major construction companies in the Bay Area and recently retired from the city of San Jose where he was employed for over eleven years as a Senior Construction Inspector.

Larry was predeceased by his father Professor Edward Dionne and is survived by his daughter Brianna R Dionne, his mother Charlene L Dionne, Pamela D. Harding and numerous other family members and friends.

His presence in our lives is a gift we will always be thankful for and his loving and generous manner will be missed by all.

Services will be held at St. Christopher's Church, 2278 Booksin Ave. San Jose, CA. 95125 (on the corner of Booksin and Curtner Ave) March 31, 2011 at 11:00am. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in his honor at Il Fornaio restaurant in the Hotel St. Claire, 302 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113.
 
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 27, 2011
 

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Rory Gnekow

June 21st, 1951 - September 20th, 1995

Rory Gnekow and I were next door neighbors on Jansen Avenue in Willow Glen for 15 years.  I got to know the Gnekow family quite well during that time.  Rory went to private school and I went to public school at River Glen Elementary.  It is always very sad to hear that someone has left us early in life.  I try to remember all the fun things we did as kids on Jansen Avenue and in the prune orchard across the street.  We love you Rory and miss you!

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Melanie Juarez

November 17th, 1951 - November 15th, 2014

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Charles Thorsell

September 28th, 1951 - January 7th, 2016

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Charles Henry Thorsell, born September 28th 1951, living in West Linn, Oregon passed away January 7th, 2016. 
 
After graduating from Willow Glen High School, he went on to earn an A.S. in Electrical technology from ­San Jose City College.
 
Sometime later he joined IBM Corp. where he fulfilled a diverse set of technical and leadership roles, including Programmer, System Support Specialist, and later Technical Lead, and Project Manager by the time he retired after 19 years there. During his time with the company he met his future wife in 1986: Kim Ann Tran who also worked for IBM. They married August 12, 1989.  In 1996 he retired from the professional workforce to become a full time dad.
 
He is survived by his loving wife (Kim Thorsell), daughter (Kimberly Thorsell), son (William Thorsell), two brothers (Greg & Leonard), and sister (Dianne). All miss him dearly.

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From Kim Thorsell on March 5th, 2019
My dad was often found at the side of a lake, with a ranger hat tipped over his eyes, and fishing pole wedged into the ground. At other times I recall him spending an entire day tinkering in his shop. He laughed easily and cherished his friends and family. It seems to me that he found his greatest joys in the simplest things in life.
 
He told me once, it's not all about the quality of time you spend with those you love, it's the quantity too. He always made the effort to be present in our lives. He supported us, cheered us on, and always made sure each and every person felt appreciated and knew that they mattered. He held us all to high standards with his belief in each of us.
 
Charlie stayed true to his simple, straight forward, and often unintentionally eccentric nature until the very end of his 5-year battle with Leukemia. He requested a simple and no fuss funerary arrangement. He insisted on a cremation, without service, and that his ashes be carried out in nothing more ostentatious than a coffee can. In fact, he bought the coffee can. It was from Costco.  I still chuckle about this whenever I think about it; I think he may have intended it that way.
 

Frank Woessner

May 10th, 1951 - -

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