Edward Torchy Smith

Profile Updated: December 25, 2020
Residing In: Solon, OH USA
Spouse/Partner: Peggy Sue
Homepage: View Website
Children: Halley Firstenberg (Husband - Josh)
Matthew Smith ( wife - Rebecca )
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For those of you who need help on this site and/or want to talk to me...my cell is 440-382-3866.
We can also face time if you have an I- phone. But NOT like that Anthony Weiner guy.

Have a favorite school story? Funny memory? This can be used for anything you'd like to share.

Good experiences from our teachers were appreciated I am sure. On the other hand, directly across the hall from our home room existed a miserable teacher. At least she was to me. Yes sir…is true that I was trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with me and I was not joining the boys band. Sorry I am getting carried away here, but now, as I look back, I can envision every punishment that I deserved from those that were just spiteful. I now have a much clearer perspective. With that in mind…something was definitely wrong with Miss Dorothy Lungmus, who taught American History, other than really bad hair.

When I was in the 11th grade my father died from a long illness. I was pulled out of class and told in the morning by Ed Stock. Miss Lungmus was told that I would not be in class by more than one of my friends prior to attendance roll call. Word spread very fast. I was not on the absent tee list so she had the gall to turn me for skipping her third period class. When I returned to school Zip Zednick called me down for skipping her class. No other teacher turned me in. My other teachers that day knew that nobody would not have the balls to skip class and make up such a story. When I was summoned down to see Zednick, who was not the sharpest pencil in the basement, he looked at me and said “ oh yeah it is you….go back to class” without even making eye contact. If you remember he was ahead of attendance. When I asked Miss No Lung Bust “why she turned me in”. She just walked away from me. It was rumored that she hated men. This was not the only bad incident I had with her but probably the most memorable. And I was not even someone who goofed around in her class. Years later, when I was a college student at Kent State, I saw the spinster Lungmus at Blossom Music Center dragging a lawn chair out of her car by herself on a Sunday afternoon. Who goes to a concert on a Sunday by themselves? I wanted to flatten her tires but I didn’t. She was already pretty flat and she would be most likely be flat for the rest of her life without my help. She actually looked a little pathetic. The weird thing is I watch The History Channel all the time now.

If you have a good/bad story about a Shaker High experience feel free to post it here. Or any other story you would like to GET OFF YOUR CHEST.

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440-382-3866

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Jan 13, 2021 at 4:26 PM

This is From JERRY KELLER 

From:  Jerry Keller
Email:  jerry_keller@sbcglobal.net


Karen lived five houses down from me when I first moved to Shaker, and we hung out most every day together until that X and Y factor started kicking in. I’ll always remember her as a good friend,and very caring toward others. At both of our last reunions I found myself spending blocks of time hanging out with her and reacquainting myself with the comfortable relationship we had as youngsters. It was a memorable and cherished part of my reunion experience. My wife passed away a few months ago, and each time I see a classmatepassing on, I now remember all of the health aphorisms our parents used to espouse. If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything important. Hoping everyone is taking good care of themselves through the pandemic, physically and mentally. Cherish each day, So that we may go to sleep thinking our world is a better place for how we lived this day.

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Dec 20, 2020 at 1:24 PM

GERRY:  That was really a very good addition to Terri's "In Memory" section.  Our families didn't seem to move around frequently which resulted in school friendships much stronger than those today with our children and grandchildren. I also new Terri from Lomond School and saw her from time to time after graduation.  I had dinner with Terri and Terry (her husband) last spring right before the Covid outbreak.  There were some other Shakerites also at that dinner in Florida.  Now I feel like the Angel of Death announcing all these on our website.   On the other hand the flashback memories such as the ones you wrote about here makes it worthwhile.  It generates a perspective of our youth and people we miss.  It is always worthwhile to express yourself to the rest of our class.  Knowing Terri she would appreciate every word.  She was always an UPBEAT person and very expressive.  My message to all of you is feel free to add your 2 cents on any of our deceased classmates.  Simply click on the IN MEMORY on the left side.  A list will appear alphabetically ( please note they did not die alphabetically).  Click on the name and an area will appear to write your condolences.  Then click on to post.  When you are done hit SUBMIT below.   The class will get an email with that a new link has been added to the posting you just created. 
 

Dec 20, 2020 at 1:19 PM

GERRY: That was really a very good addition to Terri's "In Memory" section. Our families didn't seem to move around frequently which resulted in school friendships much stronger than those today with our children and grandchildren. I also new Terri from Lomond School and saw her from time to time after graduation. I had dinner with Terri and Terry (her husband) last spring right before the Covid outbreak. There were some other Shakerites also at that dinner in Florida. Now I feel like the Angel of Death announcing all these on our website. On the other hand the flashback memories such as the ones you wrote about here makes it worthwhile. It generates a perspective of our youth and people we miss. It is always worthwhile to express yourself to the rest of our class. Knowing Terri she would appreciate every word. My message to all of you is feel free to add your 2 cents on any of our deceased classmates. Simply click on the IN MEMORY on the left side. A list will appear alphabetically ( please note they did not die alphabetically). Click on the name and an area will appear to write your condolences. Then click on to post. The class will get an email that a new link to that posting.

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Dec 19, 2020 at 8:11 AM

From:  Susan Atleson Fingerhut
Email:  lusya@cox.net


I am so sorry to hear about teri’s passing. We were great friends in high school and carpooled to school with Gerry biggin and Nancy Ludwig. I was able to keep in touch through her brother and nephew who live in phoenix. Rest in peace

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Dec 10, 2020 at 1:46 PM

It was great talking with you today Bennett. I hope many others from our class are not shy and pick up the phone and call once in awhile. We need to all keep in touch that way.
Texting and email is just not the same. You don't need a long distance operator now. Tell you kids about that !!!

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Nov 19, 2020 at 12:04 PM
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Oct 30, 2020 at 1:18 PM

Robert was one of my first playmates going all the way back to Mrs. Brunner's Nursery School.  He lived one street away from me on Avalon.  That side of Avalon went to Byron and the other side went to Woodbury.  I lived on Riedham so I went to Woodbury.  That boundary cut off a few streets from the Lomond School group of kids where most went to Byron.  During those years we drifted away but there was still a strong tie to our families.  My father played poker with his father in the basement of the KUMIN FUNNERAL HOME with all the caskets and my mother was on the phone with his mother all the time . Or so it seemed. Also at one time my bother was friends with his brother, Jerry.  A lot of memories are rushing by.  And they are all good.  Since his death of a few days ago  I have thought about him almost every day.  I think that may be a common practice  when a past friend dies who really meant something to you from the past.   Robert did very well as you can see from his obit.  I hope others here remember him fondly as I do.  My last time seeing him was at our 50th reunion.  He was not much different than the first day we met. Of course back then we were rolling around in the back of a stationwagon with no seat belts and being jammmed in with other 4 year olds. We laughed a lot on both occassions. Robert had the same good natured personality all through his life.  

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Sep 18, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Posted on: Sep 18, 2020 at 8:28 AM

EARLY: Happy Birthday. Thanks for buying my book.

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Aug 30, 2020 at 7:58 AM

I forgot. Who are you?

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Jun 11, 2020 at 8:52 AM

Posted on: Jun 11, 2020 at 4:10 AM

Keep up your happy Birthday Greetings to all our class members. So now It's your turn. Hope your wine making keeps you happy as a great hobby.

Jun 11, 2020 at 4:05 AM

According to Ed Stock , our class counselor, we would all be truck drivers. Too bad we are not I could meet and see you again when on the road again. Let's all sing that Willie Nelson Song. I remember your freezer always had Hamburgers from the Pewter Mug and once in awhile we ate them in the kitchen of your Dad's restaurant before going to a Indianian 's game. Stop on by next time you are in Cleveland.

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Apr 15, 2020 at 12:33 PM

From:  Diana Hartman Levinson
Email:  dianalee@me.com


Sorry for not adding more information about Joel. Joel died on January 1, 2020 of esophageal cancer at the age of 72. He leaves behind a wife but no children.

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Apr 06, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Happy Birthday Torchy. Thanks for all you do!

Apr 06, 2020 at 4:36 AM
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Mar 30, 2020 at 8:33 PM

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM JERRY KELLER

Torchy - If you could post this for Connie Zucker’s page, I’d appreciate it.

 

There could not have been another female classmate whose demise would have had as much of a shock as hearing about Connie’s passing. My memory is of her warm and tender heart, shining face, and magnetic personality. We went out to many functions over the matter of our years in high school,, and whenever she accepted my date offer, it always felt the world was right again. 

      I played Saxophone in the Sunliners with Ronnie Carren and 

Howie Weiner, and whenever we played the song Misty, for some reason I would think of her. After quite a hiatus, I picked up the Sax again, and whenever Misty is requested, it still gives me flashbacks to memories of Connie. 

 

  I am sure knowing that Connie is gone, playing Misty will not just pull on the strings of my heart, but will also create a tear in my eye.  

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Mar 28, 2020 at 12:33 PM
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Mar 16, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Posted on: Mar 16, 2020 at 1:11 PM

How are you hitting them? It's the only thing left to do now that we are all shut ins.

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I am 16 here on the New York Trip sponsered by the high school. Mr Robert Morse and Mr Fred Heinlen were the guys who put the trip together. We went by train.
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I finally made the big time.
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My grandson Eli. Matt's son.
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Bryna with her grandmothers
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Torchy Smith Showing Mimi Becker's Art work at Miles Market in Solon

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