Penncrest High School
Class Of 1973
Sharon Teeple Rafferty
|Philadelphia, PA USA|
|Naomi, 1976. She has two children, Winter (8 years old) and William (5 years old).
Virginia, 1978. She is 15 months younger than Naomi. She's widowed and has one daughter, Isabella (9 years old).
Questions & Answers
I enlisted in the Army in September, 1973 when I was 18. (I thought at the time, I'll "Join the Army and see the world!", and "Be all that you can be" - which I did!) Enlisting was probably one of the smartest things that I ever did. I served as a Communications Center Specialist, with the 141st Signal Battalion, in Ansbach, West Germany (about 35 kilometers from Nueremburg - Geez, I hope I spelled that right.)
My 1st husband was stationed in the same unit as I was. We got married in December, 1975, in Germany. After our honorable discharges, we moved to rural Alabama, where he was from. Jimmie Landers & I had 2 daughters. After two years and too much abuse, my daughters and I escaped and moved to South Philadelphia, where my Dad moved after Mom died. I've lived in South Philadelphia ever since.
Two years later, I met Richard Rafferty. I was 25 and he was 36. He and I raised our daughters (and as far as we're concerned, he's always been their Dad!) Richard was my best friend, the love of my life, my everything. He passed away 9 years ago, from cancer. Richard worked for 31 years as a deckhand on tugboats. I work for the Federal government. Anyway, we worked hard, bought a house, raised our girls, watched them grow, get married, and now I am blessed with 3 grandchildren. I wish Richard could've lived long enough to see them, but I get the feeling he watches over us every day. My family, and especially my grandchildren, bring me so much joy!
In spite of all the tradgedies and drama over the years, I try to live a very quiet, peaceful life. I hope that anyone who may read this is as lucky as I've been and has as wonderful a life!!
Media was a great place to grow up, Penncrest was a great school, and I knew some really special people.
I haven't been back to Media in a long time. Perhaps I'll take the train out some day, and take a walk around. Who knows, maybe I'll run into someone I know!
Graphic Arts & Photography and Metal Shop were my two favorite classes at Penncrest. I learned a great deal. I hope they still offer the variety of classes that we had the opprotunity to enroll in when we were there.
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