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Hazleton Senior High School
Class Of 1973



As you know, Music is copyrighted and can no longer be used on websites like ours. You Tube Videos are our only replacement. You may Play ( > ) as you scroll down to read our Obituaries and other site content.

Daniel M. Higgins

Daniel M. Higgins, 69, of Hazleton, passed away in his home Wednesday evening, 09/06/23.

Daniel was the son of Lawrence and Bernadette Higgins. While he worked most of his life in the electronics field, his true passion was always music. Before moving to the West Coast 20 years ago, Daniel performed with many local bands and was well known amongst the local live music scene.

Daniel is survived by his children, Daniel Higgins and Dawn Otte; and siblings, Elizabeth Fay, Mary Theresa Astrino and Joseph Higgins.

A memorial service in his honor will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Towers Bar and Restaurant, Fern Glen. It will be a casual affair and anyone who knew Daniel is welcome to stop by to raise a glass in his honor and to share their favorite memories of him.

Published by Standard-Speaker from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2023.


Kathryn Kenny Kelsey

April 10, 1955  -  August 23, 2023

Kathy Kelsey peacefully passed away on August 23, 2023 in League City, TX after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on April 10, 1955 and raised in Hazleton, PA. Graduating from Hazleton High School in 1973 and Penn State University in 1977, she led successful careers in both pharmaceutical and electronics sales until her retirement in 2008. She accomplished this while never missing any of her children’s events, always providing home cooked meals, and cheering on her Nittany Lions during football season.

Kathy is survived by her two children, Ryan Scott Kelsey and Katelyn Marie DuBois, along with many lifelong friends. Her siblings Peggy Piccola, Patsy Fickner, David Kenny, and Tim Kenny also survive her. Her parents, Hilda Marie Kenny and Jack Kenny, preceded her in death along with her brothers, Jackie and Billy. During this trying time, she found joy in the company of her friends and family who surrounded her with love and stories. Their calls remained a highlight of her days and kept her laughing and hopeful until the end.

Our entire family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital as well as Orchard Park at Victory Lakes and Casa Hospice for their compassionate care.

A private memorial will be held for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society in her honor.

Helene Kaup Derks

From our classmate Molly Lutcavage: Sorry to report that my dear friend Helene Kaup Derks, who was among the missing from the 1973 grad list, succumbed to breast cancer in March, 2022.  She was happily married to yacht broker Jim Derks, and had been living and working in Delray Beach, Florida.





September 23, 2023

Edgewood, 22 Edgewood Lane, Drums 18222

5:30 – 6:30 pm       Cocktail Hour with Appetizers, Cash Bar

6:35 – 6:45 pm       Group Picture*

7:00 – 8:00 pm       Dinner – Family Style:

Garden Salad, Warm Rolls

Stuffed Chicken Breast, Roast Beef Au Jus, Haddock in Lemon Butter Sauce, Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Roasted Italian Potatoes, Vegetable Medley

Chocolate Mousse

Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks

8:00 – 11:00 pm     Entertainment: Music by our own Angelo Yanuzzi

            *Event Photographer: Claudine Gallagher

               Cost:                     $50 per person

Payment by:

PayPal/Credit Card via website 50th Reunion Registration


OR    Send Check Payable to HHS Class of 73 to:

Jane Medvecky, 37 S. Old Turnpike Rd., Drums, PA 18222



...and yes, Dennis, there will be Nametags! laugh

Other Events planned: Pickleball Tournament* (Jane Medvecky), 50/50 and Gift Raffle (Merri Damico) at Reunion, Breakfast/Brunch*

*If you are interested, please check box on the Registration Form.

More details BELOW.


Pickleball players meet us Saturday morning 10 AM at the Stanislaus Playground on 17th and Seybert Streets. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday at 9 AM Breakfast will be at Antonio’s Breakfast World, 1348 N. Church St., Hazle Township, 18202 (across from the old Genetti’s on 309).

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Volunteers are always welcome in website administration, classmate search team, and planning our reunions. If you would like to join the team, or help in any way, please "Contact Us!"  to provide your name, email and phone number to Jane Medvecky and Nancy Drost Miller, who we are once again lucky to have as Chairs of the Committee. Merri Damico will also be sponsoring and organizing the gift raffle if you would like to contribute/help. Please feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions, questions or problems.


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Lawrence Hamilton  10/15
Philip J. Marnell  10/15
John G. Kollesar  10/20
Kathleen Gius (Mumie)  10/23
Sharon M. McGowan  10/29