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What's on your mind

This is a place to post comments, photos, whatever...about growing up in the Hialeah Area...or anything else that is on your mind. In the past, we've been using our individual webpages for this purpose, but now we have a dedicated forum on our website. Please note that this forum is "not secure" and that comments you make are available to anyone that visits this website.   Vince "Vinny" Rusinak

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11/17/19 05:51 PM #224    


Ray Valdez

To all of you Toni, Pat, Sergio, Arlene,Tom, Joe & Diane you all made my Day and I thank you

11/27/19 06:46 PM #225    


Ray Valdez

11/28/19 06:32 AM #226    


Ray Valdez

Stay strong Richard life sometime throws us a curve ball.....knock it out of the park. God bless you!

11/29/19 10:14 AM #227    


Bonnie Porth (Coffeen)

This is Bill Coffeen

i am spending the week in the San Destin area at the Mediterrana Condos on Miramar Beach, Florida ...

if you are in the area ... let's get together for Coffee or Lunch ...

call me ... 251-751-5702

Happy Holidays

Bill Coffeen

11/29/19 04:57 PM #228    


Richard "Tr" Anderson

Like many of you just found out about Rich Powell's set back. I've asked Vinny to report Rich's home address so we can flood his mail box with our well wishes for his speedy recovery!! Just a heads up and suggestion!

12/03/19 10:45 AM #229    


Vince "Vinny" Rusinak

To protect your privacy, I will only provide personal information to classmates and guests on this website...email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, etc...that classmates allow me to provide. Richard did give me permission to provide his email address, which I did through a separate email, to our classmates and guests on this website, but not his home address. By the way, Richard said he has received many emails and appreciates our concern and support! Reconnecting with and supporting our classmates in times like this is what I believe our high school class website is all about...and it's working...thanks to all of us!

12/21/19 10:25 AM #230    


Ray Valdez

Merry Christmas to All Classmates of Hialeah High

12/27/19 03:57 AM #231    


Ray Valdez

Happy New Year 2020 to all Classmates of Hialeah High

12/28/19 06:59 AM #232    


Melvin "Jack" Krouskroup

Thanks Ray, and back at you. My dad once told me "the older you get the faster time goes." seems he was right another year has swiftly gone. 

March is coming on fast, put our Ormond Beach reunion on your calender, date to be determined .


12/29/19 07:14 PM #233    

Deidra Williams (Kennon)

That is so true jack. My dad told me that all the time and time does go bye to fast.

12/29/19 08:35 PM #234    


Ray Valdez

Jack You're right about Ormond Beach it's coming soon

01/02/20 04:42 PM #235    


Ray Valdez

Vinny thank you for looking out for our Veterans

01/03/20 04:00 PM #236    


Bill Coffeen

Bonnie Coffeen passed away this morning ... Hialeah High Paper Doll ... PBX operator for the school ...  National Airlined Stewardess... Mother of 3 ... loved partner for 55 years.

01/04/20 11:45 AM #237    


Larry King

Bonnie was truly loved by everyone that ever met her. Heaven is now better off. Bill, our sincere condolences to you and all of your family and friends.  Rest In Peace Bonnie. You will surely be missed. 

01/04/20 03:20 PM #238    


Steve Jenkins

Bill we are so sorry for your loss of Bonnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

01/04/20 03:43 PM #239    


Melvin "Jack" Krouskroup

Bill, sorry for your loss, go forth with happy memories.   Jack  

01/04/20 04:27 PM #240    


Michael Wills

Bill: So sorry to read about Bonnie. She will be missed by all who knew her.


01/04/20 10:19 PM #241    

Pat Pierce

Rest in peace Bonnie.
Bill, deepest sympathy to you and family.
Know that all of us are with you in thought.

01/05/20 11:15 AM #242    


Bill Coffeen

I have received many thoughtful comments from classmates about Bonnie Porth Coffeen passing.

Bonnie and I are very private and there will not be any obituary in the paper, but you knew her in her young life so I will share this with you.

You may remember Bonnie from school. She was a good student, she wasn't in any clubs, but worked in the office as the PBX operator (the phone system), she was a Paper Doll and worked after school at Hialeah Hospital in a school early release program, I can't remember the acronym...

We only lived 4 blocks from each other but I never knew her. I went to Hialeah Elem and Miami Spring ... she went to South Hialeah and Filer ... this is because we were separated by 4th Avenue.

i met her late in our senior year and were engaged that Summer. She went on to be a National Airlines Stewardess ... and I went to College. We got married my Senior year ... and we moved to Long Island NY, my first job.

Bonnie is my Hero ... she believed in me and helped me financially get through my last 2 years of college. She followed me through my career moves and never complained. I dragged her to NY where we had 2 children ... then back to Miami, then to Chattanooga, and Pittsburgh, Hartford, CT, Indianapolis (child #3), Nashville and Mobile.

All of this while I was being recruited and promoted from one place to another ... flying from here to there and gone all week ... working in England for weeks ... South Africa for weeks ... speaking or chairing conferences for a week at a time ... she was selling our house ... buying a house ... packing up ... unloading our stuff ... flying to the new city ... with little children ... and she was somehow getting children through the snow to school by herself. We never lived by family. She never had anyone to help her.

i was Obilvious to this ...

I finally realized this ... and told her many time how I admired her and that she was my hero.


To our classmates, thank you for caring.


Bonnie had Parkinson's. I worked to give her the best quality of life that I could ... I was able to take her out to diner ... traveled to see her children ... She wanted to do things ... she kept trying ... but in the end ... it took her in her sleep.


love you Bonnie


Bill Coffeen



01/05/20 11:46 AM #243    


Toni Canonico (Nasco)

Bill, thank you for sharing that loving tribute with us. I have to agree with Larry King...”Heaven is better off”...an Angel who is beautiful inside and out has been added! All who knew her were blessed...especially you and your family. May God enfold each of you with His love and peace.

Sincerely, Toni

(I sent a message to your phone.)



01/05/20 12:15 PM #244    


Bill Coffeen


my phone is



i think messages are being sent to Bonnie's phone number which had been disconnected.

01/05/20 01:02 PM #245    

Donna Thacker (Baro)

Bonnie will always be remembered as so sweet and kind and humble.  God bless your family

01/05/20 02:15 PM #246    


Sharon Facente (Hills)

Dear Bill, what a sweet tribute to a beautiful person, your lovely wife, Bonnie. She was so kind and had the best disposition, so it's no surprise that she handled the changes you mentioned in such an accepting manner. You two are fortunate to have found each other and I have no doubt that you gave her every ounce of love and compassion possible during her illness. I'm so sorry for your loss of her presence here on earth, and I pray that you feel her soul's love and light surrounding you every day.



01/05/20 06:01 PM #247    


Richard "Tr" Anderson

W.G. (Bill),

Eileen and I have been out of town over New Year's and just returned to the local (Niceville) area. Words cannot express how sad we were to read the news of Bonnie's passing. We so enjoyed our visit with you both,  over the Thanksgiving week. Your having her at that beautiful condo in Destin was, we are sure, a shot in the arm. She was such a lovely person and I found her to be an absolute match for you. You and I have been friends for close to 65 years and I count you as one of my dearest and closest friends. In  my  40 years of military and civilian service to our great country we have a saying "Any place any time." For you, any place any time you need me I will respond.




01/06/20 08:07 PM #248    


Lynn Anderson (Dewhurst)


Thank you for sharing your life story with Bonnie with your friends and classmates. Over 50 years of marriage and many moves is hard but what a wonderful person and support Bonnie was. Although I have known you my entire life, like Richard "TR", I only knew Bonnie in high school. I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

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