Welcome to The Cardinal's Nest . . .

to the NEW Cardinal's Nest! This site is home for San Bernardino High School's Class of 1956!  We hope you enjoy your stay and return often.  Maybe, you will leave a message for other classmates to see. Let us all know how you are doing. Click on Blog.

We also welcome our Pacific High School 'Pirate' friends to the site and hope you too enjoy your stay!

We continue to mourn the loss of our classmate and friend Jack Brown, however, we must move on with our lives...always keeping him in our thoughts and prayers.

Card Nest Hard Drive Crashes!

The process of trying to recover pictures and information  for the Cardinal's Nest after a hard drive crash wiped out most of our data has been very trying! Those people who are into computers know that this is a common disaster....but we still ask, "Why me!"? Sadly, my backup drive also crashed at the same time, so it has been a real problem. However, we are getting things together and moving forward.

Lois (Thumma) Hannah & Molly (Sefton) Keller @ 60th Reunion

Jack H. Brown's Memorial Service - November 20, 2016

Mary Lou De La Torre Observations

"As I prepared myself to attend our brother Jack Brown's Memorial Service, I thought about our Class of '56 and how proud he was to be in our class. This memorial was held at Stater Bros. Corporate Office on Tippecanoe Avenue. The sidewalks were adorned with American flags. So heartwarming. As I approached the main gate, I gave my name and parked in front of this giant building. Right in front was an old Stater Bros. delivery truck with flags and a banner that read, 'Rest in Peace'.

Once inside, I signed the book, the ushers checked my name and I was ushered in to my seat, which had been reserved with my name.  I was given a package of tissues and a red and blue pin. When I was seated, I was given a beautiful Memory Book. The service was so inspirational.  The prelude song was, 'Oh Shenandoah' by Tennessee Ford. The eulogy prayers were delivered by Rabbi Cohen. 'God Bless America' was sung, along with a color guard from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department presenting the colors. Very impressive. Jack's favorite song 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' was sung by Ashley Runner, a Stater Bros. employee, followed by the postlude song, 'Happy Trails To You' by Roy Rodgers.

Jack's wife, Debbie, was presented an American flag and the coffin was then draped with the flag. The room was filled with large American flags, along with a huge picture of Jack. It was so beautiful. The motorcade to the cemetery was very impressive.

The reception was a glorious meal. Beautiful red, white and blue bouquets with flags adorning them were on the tables. I honestly felt like royalty!  I could go on and on, but the day was very emotional for me.

Jack was a giant of a man, so giving and thoughtful.  I heard many wonderful stories today.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and observations with you."

Mary Lou AKA LuLu

A meeting of the Committee with Jack Brown


Our Joan Hunter McCook Passes

Joan Hunter McCook passed away peacefully at home in San Clemente, CA on January 22, 2017 while surrounded by her family at 78 years old. Her battle with Parkinsons disease came to its end.  She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth (Berthie) Torrez, her son K.C. McCook and his partner Hal Valentine, and her daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Craig Birmington and their children Allyson & Blake. Joan touched everyone she met with her authentic kindness and wonderful smile. Rest in Peace our friend and classmate Joni.

50th Reunion Revisited






HELP us find lost classmates . . .

Help US . . .We have "undeliverable" mail from our first 55th Reunion flyer !


Click here to see the list of classmates we have not found!