Horace Greeley High School
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Debbie (Gillett) Hermansen - HGHS 1990
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Debbie's death after a seven year battle with breast cancer. She was the bravest person I have ever met.

Debbie Gillett Hermansen, age 40, died peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2011 surrounded by her family in her favorite place, Deer Isle, Maine. She was born May 21, 1971 in Mount Kisco, N.Y., the daughter of Ken and Sally Gillett. Debbie was raised in Chappaqua, N.Y. She graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, and Connecticut College as a member of the Class of 1994. She married her high school sweetheart Eric William Hermansen on April 27, 1996 in Elmsford, N.Y. For the past thirteen years they have been residents of Bethel, and have spent their summers on Deer Isle. Her love, kindness, and energy were amazing and boundless. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she was a role model to all. Her passion was her family, followed closely by her wonderful friends. She inspired all who knew her with her spirit, strength, and courage, especially during her valiant battles with cancer, both as a child and over the last seven years. Debbie lived her life to the fullest and always reached out to others. Before having children of her own, she taught preschool and kindergarten in Chappaqua. She then volunteered in her children's classrooms and parent-teacher organizations. She was never far from a child and always had their best interests at heart. She loved sharing her talents and creativity with those around her by teaching both children and adults alike how to make her original crafts, such as jewelry and note cards. Debbie was a dedicated member of many clubs and organizations. She was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Bethel, and The Sunset Congregational Church on Deer Isle. She was never happier than when participating with her family in activities at the Island Country Club and the Deer Isle Yacht Club. A founding member of the "Pink Ladies" Relay for Life Team of Bethel, she helped raise record-breaking funds for the American Cancer Society. In recognition of her perseverance and courage, she was once named the Honorary Chairman of the Relay. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by her close-knit family, extended family and friends, and the communities in which she lived. She is survived by her husband, Eric, and her three beloved children, Timothy William, Allison Elizabeth, and Amy Caffee Hermansen. She is also survived by her devoted parents, Ken and Sally Gillett of Newtown, and Deer Isle, ME, as well as her sisters, Patty Gillett Elliott of Columbus, OH and Jean Gillett Gresham of Guilford, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two memorial services are planned to honor Debbie's life. The first one was Friday, August 19, at the Sunset Congregational Church on Deer Isle, Maine, and the second will be at the First Congregational Church of Bethel in Bethel on Saturday, August 27, 2011. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to Ann's Place Cancer Support Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road #17, Danbury, CT 06819; The SCOTTY Fund, PO Box 1080, Bethel, CT 06801; or The First Congregational Church of Bethel, 46 Main Street Bethel, CT 06801.

Published in News Times on August 19, 2011

Wanting to find old friends
Hi All -

I know it's been along time. Moving away immediately after High School I lost touch with everyone. I miss my roots and old friendships. It's been 15 years - WOW! So please drop me an email if you read this message to get back in touch. Thanks.

My best to you all.


Our Little Peanut
I would like to announce the birth of our third daughter Sasha Belle Reyes. She weighed 7lbs. 3oz. ,our smallest. She is joined by big sister Samantha and now middle sister Skylher. Things are going well, but our house is very busy.

Moved away, but still remember
Hi everyone,
I left right before 9th grade, but my years in Chappaqua were certainly memorable. I think of a lot of people often, and would love to get back in touch. Aly Peduto, Julia Beame, Julie Vozick, Kumi Aruz, Mel Fava- WOW that was a long time ago. My life kept going full force...i live in Nashville now and own a company called Snappy Auctions http://www.snappyauctions.com Lots of great memories from all of you!

The Deep Dig is a short film I wrote, am producing and acting in. The website is a source of information for those who want to get involved or just stay updated on production. Micah Green (HGHS '90) is providing us with some music and Paul Wilamoski(HGHS '90) is bringing his film background to the dig. It takes a village to make an independent film, so if you have any ideas, please let me know! Thanks.

If Saturday Night Live is more your humor than Moliere, than this play is for YOU!

a play that pushes the button

Presented as part of this year's New York International Fringe Festival.

featuring Kate Roe as the First Lady

Wed. Aug. 18 (at) 4:45 pm
Sat. Aug. 21 (at) Noon
Wed. Aug. 25 (at) 9:45 pm
Thurs. Aug. 26 (at) 10:15 pm
Sat. Aug. 28 (at) 3:45 pm

Greenwich Street Theatre
547 Greenwich St. (Charleton & Vandam)
C or E to Spring
1 or 9 to Houston

for tickets ($15):

Our New Princess
We would like to announce the birth of our second daughter Skylher Brooke Reyes. She was born on April 9th 2004 weighing 7lbs 15oz. Her big sister Samantha loves her so much, sometimes to much. We are all adjusting to our new addition.

Self promoting once again. I'm in a new, very funny play in NYC.
The info:

April 1 - May 1
at the Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm

tickets ($15) at smarttix.com or call 212.868.4444

More info at http://www.kateroe.com. Thanks! (And if you do come, make sure you stay afterward so I can say hi and thank you in person!)

Wedding in Westhampton
Andrew Vincent was married to Rachel a beautifull bride on April 5, 2003 at the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club. Those from the class of 1990 that attended included best men Tim Hudson and William Winstanley. Also Mike Klebanow and his wife, as well as Greg Frank were there. Andrew's Brother Bradley and his wife and many friends and family all had a wondefull time!

Kate Roe ('90) in new play
March 20th-April 13th.
Thursday-Saturday (at) 8PM, Sunday (at) 3PM
Theater for the New City
(155 1st Avenue (at) 10th Street)
Reservations: 212.254.1109 or

A docu-comedy set in St. Louis, 1858 about the lesbian actress, Charlotte Cushman.

I want to announce the engagement of my sister Marnie Cohen (1993) to Shaun Levine.
May they have a lifetime of happiness.
A June 2003 wedding is planned.

Kate Roe '90 in new play, NYC
"LAST DAY" at Altered Stages. That's 212 West 29th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave) on the nights of November 14, 15, and 16 at 8pm. The play opens on the 2nd, but I will be performing the 14th-16th only. Tickets at http://www.smarttix.com or 212.206.1515. For more information you can go to my website: http://www.kateroe.com. Come! It's a comedy!

Alexandra Farquhar Marries on Cape Cod
Hi all -

For those of you from the Class of 1989, I wanted to pass along the good news that my sister, Alexandra, was married this weekend to Philip Reagan. They married in Chatham on Cape Cod - and a great time was had by all. Lots of people/parents from Chappaqua there! Hope everyone is well.


Anyone in London?
Living in London now with my new hubby and would love to know if any of my old compatriots are here as well. I'd love to get together over a pint of local brew. Give me a call! 07810-752-797. Kate Roe - Congrats on your latest triumph! Gillie - Call me god damn it! Jen Ciraldo - Where are you?

All the very best,

Liz Nash Crehan


Featuring KATE ROE '90

War Bonds explores the neglected story of women pilots and women in the army in World War II. Inspired by interviews with veterans and other research, the play evokes the spirit of the daring women who braved the prevailing attitudes of the day in order to contribute to the war effort on their own terms. No World War II story would be complete without the requisite canteen. War Bonds has its own canteen and canteen singer, who performs seven "original" World War II songs.

April 4-April 21. Thurs-Sun at 8pm. Theater for the New City is located on 1st Ave, between 9th and 10th Streets. Tkts: $10. Reservations: 212 254-1109

New Baby Girl
I am proud to announce the birth of my daughter Rachel Viola who was born on December 27, 2001. She joins big brother Zachary who was born in October 1999. I am working for Blue Sky Studios who just released their first animated movie "Ice Age" that will be released on March 15 so please go see it.

I've just launched my website, http://www.kateroe.com.

It's generally an acting website. You can play clips of some film and TV work, see headshots, printwork, and my resume, and go to a special skills section featuring my artwork.

Check it out -- feedback welcome -- and pass it on! Thanks.

Elizabeth (Nash) Crehan's Wedding
A quick note to let classmates know that Liz Nash was married last evening to Richard Crehan at the Knickerbocker Club in Manhattan. After having their wedding postponed because of the events of 9.11, the celebration finally went off without a hitch. Maggie Leary and Emma Pack were bridesmaids and the ceremony and reception were stunning. Liz and Richard reside in London. Hope everyone is well.

our little princess
My husband Mel and I are proud to announce the birth of our new daughter Samantha Beatrice who was born on June 7, 2001 weighing 8lb 4oz. We are all doing well, even though we are losing lots of sleep.

Liz Nash's Engagement
Elizabeth Nash (would have graduated in '90) got engaged this past week to Richard Creehan of London, England. They plan to marry in September of this year in Manhattan.

Speros Manzares '65
Speros (Sonny) Manzares, class of '65, passed away on Dec 30, 2000. His wife Donna (Polcari) Manzares '68, and children Chris Manzares '88 and Angela Manzares Fay '90, were all Greeley graduates.

Tom Beach '90
Hope everybody is well! I am in SF now (August 2000) working at Thomas Weisel Partners, a technology investment bank. My number is (415) 567-5124, if anyone is nearby or swinging through town. Does anyone have information about our class's 10-year reunion???
All the best!