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Remembering other friends who have left us
John Little, class of '68
John passed away on August 12, 2013 of a very fast growing cancer. The sudden and untimely death stunned his family and friends. He and Donna Knight Little ('69) had 3 girls (now all adults) and lived in West Chester, PA - a suburb of Philadelphia. The first grandchild is due this fall. John's twin brother Don ('68) and his wife, Pat Prescott Little (class of '69) live in Michigan. This was a true Bay High family! Sherry Korsgaard Kalita said, "Donna was my one of my dearest friends at Bay High and John, Don and Donna were the heart of my high school life. This is such devastating news and makes me so sad. Life is very fleeting and feels as if we are 'all hanging by a thread.' " His obituary can be found at: http://donohuefuneralhome.tributes.com/obituary/read/John-W.-Little-96263852
Teri Mengert-Madden died July 6, 2009 from cervical cancer. The obit announcement from the Plain Dealer is here: http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=129413095 Teri was in the class of '68. She was one of principal Phil Mengert's three daughters, played the flute in the band and was a majorette. She was sweet, had a great sense of humor and a bright outlook on life. We were told she taught high school in North Olmsted for a career.
The following obituary was in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Curt Crews was 6-foot-3 and broad, with a booming bass voice, so he was often cast as a heavy. Offstage, said his daughter, Joy Crews Lubeck, "He was a big mushball." Crews, a prolific actor, singer, director, producer and choir master, died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at his Cleveland home after a long case of cancer. He was 83.
He worked in dozens of shows at the Beck Center, Huntington Playhouse, Clague Playhouse and other local theaters. He also led choirs at Bay Middle and High schools and several churches. "Curt had a bass voice like no one else's," said Scott Spence, artistic director of the Beck Center. "We used to call it the voice of God," said Tom Meyrose, managing director of Huntington Playhouse. "It was so deep and booming and alive." Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer music critic, once wrote that Crews sang with "sonorous confidence." Crews often played villains like Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd" or pontificators like Matthew Brady in "Inherit the Wind." Out of character, colleagues said, he helped to put them at ease. An actor was nervous about having to slide his hand up the leg of Crews' wife, Charlotte, while her husband directed them in a play. Curt said to relax. "She'll stop you, and if she doesn't, I'll stop you."
Crews was the youngest of 10 children in Conneaut. He served as a quartermaster on the USS Sea Robin, which sank Japanese ships during World War II. He got a bachelor's degree in music at Baldwin-Wallace College and a master's degree at Northwestern University. He also was a John Hay Fellowship Scholar at Colorado College.
Crews was director of choral music at Bay Middle and High from 1952 to 1980. Early on, he persuaded Danco Metal Products to make and donate a Singing Christmas Tree still in use in Bay's holiday shows. He ended most shows with "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."
He was also choral director at Fairview Grace Lutheran Church, Lakewood Congregational and West Shore Unitarian Universalist. After retiring from the Bay schools, Crews continued to help with their choir shows. He also recruited students for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and directed activities for Lakewood's Barton Senior Center. There he promoted "Hug Therapy" and circulated "Hug Certificates," payable on demand. On the side, he was president of Clague's board.
Robert Kitzerow - Bay Middle School Principal
The following obituary was found related to the passing of Robert Kitzerow who died on April 7, 2012:
Robert C. Kitzerow age 91, entered into rest peacefully at home Saturday April 7th. Bob was a Master Sgt in the US Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Novak) loving father of Jackie and Leslie Kitzerow. Dearest grand father of Johanna Hoelscher (Jason) of CO. Dear great grandfather of Joshua, Juliah, Jordan, Joey and Jill. In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to the West Tech High Alumni Assoc., The Bay Village Alumni Assoc. and the Findlay College Alumni Assoc. Online tributes and condolences may be view and expressed at catavolosfuneralhome.com