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S: the dash between the years

FC: the dash between the years | O'Rourke/Sprung

1: Pittsburgh, Oct 1930; view of the point and Mt Washington and the South Side | Railway Station and Mt Washington - 1908

2: John Wiggant O'Rourke Jr. Born 9 Sept 1926 in Pittsburgh PA to Alice (Nelligan) O'Rourke and John W. O'Rourke Sr. | John Jr (aka Jack, Jackie, Little Oak, Oakie, Oak) lived in Pittsburgh on Mt Washington in several houses: Ruxton St 175 Plymouth St 1106 Grandview Ave (5-6 yo) 108 Hallock St 155 Meridan St (13-17) (1st house owned) 211 Hallock St (after the Navy) | John had one sister, Alice Letitia O'Rourke, born 23 Sept 1929. Sadly, she passed away on 11 Dec 1929. No picture exists

3: with John Sr at Jersey Shore | with Uncle John Nelligan | ~1928 to 1931 | with Uncle Roy Nelligan

4: John Jr started school in 1932 Grade School - St Mary's High School - St Mary's of the Mount | First Communion | Above L: Uncle John and Uncle Roy Above R: 'The Meridan Street Gang' circa 1938

5: Mary or Sarah Conway, Grandma O'Rourke, John Jr, Joe Conway | At Cook's Forest State Park (John spent several summers camping there) | Aunt Loretta Conway, Grandma O'Rourke, Mary Conway, Sarah Conway, Aunt Agnes O'Rourke, John Jr, Aunt Mary O'Rourke (Ochs), Frank Windish (adopted son of Mary & Harold), Harold Ochs

6: Circa 1942 - John & Clarence Rice in 'The Unexpected Guest' school play | 'The Corner' - Red McLaughlin, Oak, Joe Smallhoover, John Doyle | 1943 Kennywood Park - senior trip

7: Boys of the class of '44 (John 2nd row, 2nd from left) | Pictures of the cast of the junior or senior play - St Mary's

8: John enlisted in the US Navy on 13 June 1944 and activated 23 June 1944 at Camp Peary, VA.. After graduating his basic training, he was shipped to Camp Parks, CA where he became a Machinist Mate (MM) in the USN CBs (Construction Battalion). He left CA on 27 Nov 1944 landing in Hawaii 8 Dec 1944. While in Hawaii he was assigned to the 128th ABCD (Adv. Base Construction Depot). In June 1945, he left for Okinawa and had a bout with malaria during the journey. They landed at night on 14 July in Buckner Bay and were met by sniper fire. He was assigned to Company D, 146th NCB until his departure in May, 1946. For the Seabees, he worked in spare parts, was the Master at Arms as his unit drew down and left Okinawa a MM2/c (he was promoted 4 times during his time in the Navy). While shipping home, he was disciplined (Captain's Mast) for a night he cannot remember in San Francisco, causing his homecoming to be a few weeks later than scheduled. He was honorably discharged on 31 May 1946 serving a total of 1 year, 11 mos and 19 days in the US Navy. His awards include: Pacific Theater Ribbon (1 star), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal

10: After service in the Navy, John attended Duquesne University and received his bachelors degree in education August 1949. He was also a football coach at St. Mary's | graduation with his mom & dad

11: In 1950, John began teaching at Avalon High School in Pennsylvania. He taught French, English and Social Studies until 1962 (less one year in Jamaica). | 1947 | 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | March, 1951

12: Lois Matilda Sprung Born 4 August 1929 in Pittsburgh PA to Anna (Miller) Sprung and Cyril H. Sprung | Sadly, her mother, Anna, died 12 Feb 1933. | Circa 1929-1930

13: The Sprungs lived at 241 Sterling St and then moved to 2304 Spring St to live with Cyril's mother Mary (Sprungs on Spring St) | Cyril married Mildred E. Haney 1 Sept 1937 who became mother to Lois and Joan | 1928 Cyril and Anna (Miller) | 1940 Cyril and Mildred (Haney) | Lois had one sister, Joan Catherine, born 29 May 1931. | Clockwise: Lo & Joan ~1934 on Sterling St; Lo circa 1934; Lo in St Henry's May Crowning; Cyril & Uncle Mike with Gussie, Joan, Lo, Earl and baby Jimmy; Lo, Tom, Dick, Joan ~ 1934

14: Lois started school in 1935 Grade School - St Henry's High School - St Mary's of the Mount | 1936 | 1936 | 1938 | 1937 | Lo & Joan | 1935 | Lo & Joan | Earl, Cyril, Gussie Joan, Jimmy, Lois

15: 1943 | 1940 | Joan & Lois - circa 1938 | Lois, Gussie, Earl, Joan, Jimmy at Uncle Mike's farm | Lois & Joan playing badmitten with friends | Circa 1942 - Skippy Haney (Mildred's nephew), Joan, Mary Margaret, Lo with Kathleen Carney, Danny Carney, Laverne Haney (niece to Mildred)

16: Geneva, PA, 1943 Lois, Skip Haney, Joan, Laverne, Bobby | 1943 Joan and Lo | 1943 - Lois, Fran, Sylvia | 1944 May Crowning at St Henry's | 1944

17: August Sprung, father of Cyril, founded the Sprung Hardware Store, 2317 Arlington Ave. Cyril ran the store and it was a central part of Lois' early life story. | Peg and Lois, 1944, Grandview Ave | Sylvia and Lois - 1944 | St Mary's 1946 | Lo - 1945

18: Cheerleading - 1946/47; above right cheerleading practice - Marg, Mary Rita, Lo | 1946 - Aunt Teen, Grandma, Kay Deborson, Lois, Joan, Tom | 1947 Lois in senior play | Lois 1947 Spring St | Lo - class of '47 | 1947 - backyard | Mary Rita & Lo | Mary Rita, Peggy, Pat, Lois, Sylvia

19: The cottage on the Pymatuning was a big part of life for the Sprungs. These pictures are from 1946 and 1947 - Lois and friends celebrated the end of school here in July 1947

20: Clockwise:1947 Pymatuning; 1949 portrait; 1949 Joan; Christmas 1950 Lo, Mildred, Joan; circa 1947 Lo, Grandma Sprung, Kay; circa 1950 Sylvia, Kathrine Carney, Lo, Helen Giesler; Spring St 1949 Cyril, Lo, Mildred with Loretta (Quinlan) and John Haney (Mildred's parents)(Loretta is Mildred's stepmother and aunt); list of places where Lois worked

21: From 1947 to 1953 Lois worked in various companies as a secretary in downtown Pittsburgh | 1950 - Lo, Dick,Aunt Catherine, Aunt Jean | 1950 - Mildred in back of house on Spring St | circa 1949 | 1950 | 1948, Andover, OH Joan, Lo, Peggy Sylvia | Dec 1949 office party at Lit. & Ht | Lo, Kay, Tom in Pittsburgh, 1950

22: John and Lois knew each other from high school although they were 3 years apart. They did write each other during the war but never dated. They began dating in 1951 and were married in Nov 1951 | Although they did not honeymoon immediately after the wedding, in June of 1952, they did vacation to Williamsburg, VA and Garden City, SC. We will never know if the real reason for the delay was basketball season...

23: 14 November 1951 wedding party - William Hughes, John Doyle, Peggy Keaney, Oak, Lo, Joan Sprung, Joe Smallhoover, Willie Walsh

24: 1951-1960 | - John continued to work at Avalon HS - They lived at 22 Kenwood Ave in Pittsburgh. - In June of '53, John received his master's degree. - Lois stopped working outside the home in April, 1953 - Kevin was born 9 Aug 1953. - In 1955, they purchased their first home - 99 Plainfield St, Emsworth, PA for $9,500. - In 1956 Oak started officiating football - 11 Nov 1957 Sean was born. - John awarded Fulbright Grant and they left for Jamaica Oct 1960 | Kevin 1954 | 1958 | 1958 | 1954 | 1954 | 1959 | 1954 | 1957 | Sean 1958 | 1953

25: Cyril & Mildred Sprung, Alice and John O'Rourke Sr. December 1952 | 99 Plainfield St, Emsworth, PA | Nov 1958 Nancy, Bobby, Joan, Sean, Lois; in front Diane & Kevin | 1958 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1959

26: 1961-1969 | - 22 Feb 1961 Kieran is born in Jamaica - Oct 1961 move back to PA - Oak teaches French at Shaker Heights HS 62-65 in Ohio - Summer of 1962 move to 23309 Vera St Warrensville Hts. OH ($18,900) - Jan 63 Lo gets driver's license - 6 April 1963 Brendan is born - Oak transfers to Orange HS as Asst Principal Sept 1965 - 9 Dec 1965 Erin is born - Dec 1966 bought house at 9470 Hyde Park Dr, Twinsburg, OH (abt $27,900) - 10 Jul 1967 Kelly is born - Oak becomes Aurora HS Principal Sept 1968 | Jamaica | Kieran Dec 61 | Dec 1961 | 23309 Vera St | 4 generations - 1962 | abt '63 | 1968 | 1962 | Dec 1961 | Aug 1962

27: Erin 1966 | Kelly 1968 | Brendan 1964 | 1968 | 9470 Hyde Park Dr | 1968 | 1969 | 1969 | 1966 | 1966 | 1963 | 1964 | 1966

28: 1970-1979 | - Family vacations to Florida (70), Canada (71), Annapolis/DC (72), Long Beach Island, NJ (73), Jamaica (74), Boston (75), Loop out west (76), North Carolina (77), Williamsburg, VA (78), - Kevin graduates HS 1971 - Cyril and Mildred pass away (11/11/72 and 8/22/72 respectively) - Kevin graduates from Kent State 1975 - Sean graduates HS 1976 - Alice O'Rourke passes away 24 Jan 1978 - Kieran graduates HS 1979 | 1970 | 1970 | 1972 | 1970 | 1971 | 1971 | 1971 | 1975 | 1975 | 1971 | ~ 1975 | 1971 | 1972 | 1975 | 1973

29: 1970 | 1971 | Fort Desoto Park, FL | Hill Island, Canada | 1971 - Alice & John with Kevin | 1978 | 1974 Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica | 1977 - N. Carolina | 1975 | 1974 | 1979 | 1977 | 1979 | 1976 | 1975 | 1976

30: 1980-1989 | - 1981 Bren graduates HS - 1981 Sean graduates from Humbolt State, CA - 1982 - Sean graduates master's program, Humbolt - 1983 Oak officiates last football game (438 total) - 1984 Erin graduates HS - 1984 Kevin marries Amy - 1985 Kieran graduates Akron Univ, OH - 1985 Kelly graduates HS - 1985 Kieran marries Kerrie - 1985 Oak retires from the teaching profession - 1986 Brendan graduates Bowling Green Univ, OH - 1986 Sean graduates Univ of Oregon Law School - 18 May 87 Kaitlin is born - 1988 - Erin graduates from Sienna Heights College, MI - 25 Nov 88 Morgan is born -1989 - Kelly graduates from USMA | 1980 | 1980 | 1983 | 1984 | 1981 | 1984 | 1981 | 1981 | 1984 | 1985 | 1985 | 1985

31: 1985 | 1985 | 1986 | 1986 | 1985 | 1986 | 1988 | 1987 Gramme & Kaitlin | 1989 Papa & Morgan | 1989 | Jean, Oak, Joan, Dick, Lo, Elmer

32: 1990-1999 | - John W. O'Rourke Sr. passes away 6 Feb 1990 - 1990 Sean marries Kathy - 9 Jun 91 Tierney born - 1991 Kelly marries Jeff - 1992 Sean earns PhD - 1992 Erin earns DPM - 1992 Kevin marries Vickie - 12 Feb 93 Cameron is born - 23 Apr 93 Connor is born - May 93 Lo & Oak spend a month in Germany - 22 Feb 95 Nathan is born - 9 Dec 95 McKenna is born - Jun 96 - Family reunion in Florida - Jul 98 - Family reunion in SC - 6 Apr 99 Daniel is born - 1999 Bren marries Kim | Gramme & Tierney 1991 | 1993 France and Poland | 1990 | 1992 | 1991 | 1992 | 1992 | 1992 | 1992 | 1992 | 1993 Connor & Papa

33: 1999 | 1993 - Philly | 1993 Gramme, Cameron, Papa, Connor, Katie, Tierney, Morgan | 1995 with Nathan | 1995 with McKenna | 1999 with Daniel | 1995 with Connor & Cameron | 1991 Nancy, Lo, Joan, Bobby | 1994 - 50th HS reunion | 1999 Lo & Joan Notre Dame | 1996 - Florida | 1998 - Myrtle Beach | 1999 | 1996

34: 2000 - 2008 | - Jul 2001 - Family reunion - N. Myrtle Beach - Nov 2001 - 50th anniversary celebration - 20 May 02 - Meghan is born - Jul 2002 - mini reunion at Conneaut Lake Park, PA - Jul 2003 - mini reunion at Conneaut Lake Park, PA - 6 March 2007 - John O'Rourke passes away - 23 Jun 2008 - Lois O'Rourke posses away | 50th | Hawaii | 2000 | 2001 | 2004 | Girls of '47 - Mary Walsh, Mary Rita, Sylvia, Lo - 2001 | 2003 | 2002 w/ Meghan | 2001 | 2002 w/ Meghan | 2005 | 2003 the Spillway

35: 2006 | 2004 w/ McKenna | 2006 | 2007 | 2007 | 2006 | 2006

36: Lois and John O'Rourke 2001

37: Forever in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for putting a lot of life and love in the dash between the years.

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