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Darlajo Williams-Altman
A Note From Darla


I was going through some old papers and came across an obituary I’d

like to share. Maybe some of you remember our friend and classmate,

 Kathy Kasten. She was in our class in 1957 and made her transition 

on August 26, 2005. She was married to Karen Weber’s brother (Karen 

is also a classmate). Kathy’s full obituary can be found in the IN MEMORY 




Condolences to the Relatives of Merrie Ann (Heyn) (Hurtienne) Pankratz

Read in the Sheboygan Press ~ Merrie Ann (Heyn) (Hurtienne) Pankratz’s obituary.

She made her transition on March 10, 2017.  It stated that she was married to

LeRoy Hurtienne…and that she graduated with CHS class of 1956.  I think this was

an error, as she is in our 1959 yearbook, which means she graduated with us in

1959.  She later remarried in 1973 to Gerald Pankratz, who also preceded her

in death.  Leroy, did not graduate…he is listed up through our 1957 yearbook. 

He preceded Merrie Ann in death in 1971.  (SS Death Index: LeRoy Hurtienne

was born on July 21, 1940 and passed away June of 1971 at the age of 30).

Our condolences to the family of Merrie Ann and LeRoy.  Obituaries will be posted

 in the "In Memory " portion of our site.

Darla Jo

Memories of Sheboygans'

As Winter wanes and the brisk breezes that come down across the lake remind those of the "nautical bent", in particular those who depend on the wind for locomotion,of travel by boat as it used to be. I thought that some of those and you all, might enjoy a picture I came across of Sheboygans' own, Sabre. It comes from a book (which is available on Amazon) written by Henry Beard and Roy McKie, entitled: Sailing A dictionary for landlubbers, old salts, &armchair drifters. I think it may be one of the very first of the "Sabre".


Bob Schmidt

Let's Go Down by Prange's once, enso?

Don’t you sometimes wish you could just hop in your old car and do some serious cruisin’

up 8th Street?!!!!  There would always be some of your friends doing the same thing.  (horn

blows/toot toot!).  Or:  there would be some of your friends ‘walking’ home from CHS and

you’d give them a ride home.  Ah yes, thank goodness for 8th Street and old friends.


Terry's lunch southside Sheb. bus. Hy 41

Great sandwiches, great memories, and good looking Terry Terhardt at you service!  :)

Gary Richter
Yes, Darla, I do remember!

It is Terry Terhardt in the picture at Terry's.  Not only did I love their hamburgers ($.25 each), but one year during Bratwurst Days, his father let several of us set up a grill outside the building by the highway.  While people were stopped for the back up traffic coming into town, we would run down and take orders.  As they got closer to the grill, we would deliver to their cars.  I can't remember who else besides Terry and I did this or how much the brats were, but it was a fun experience.

Jack Zore

I just "know" that Jack Zore is going to come up with a comment on the "WHO, WHAT, WHERE" post!!


Darlajo Williams-Altman
Who, what, where, and when?

Okay people…do you know who this is on the picture?




Think hamburgers with ketchup and pickles/booths/southside-Sheboygan/popular place/


maybe tabletop jukeboxes/building no longer in existence.  Not sure what the flower signifies.


Darla Jo

NUMBERS: As of February 12th 2017

Statistics show females live longer than males.  Of the 100 grads and near-grads for the CHS Class of 1959 listed on our In Memory page we have lost 64 males and 36 females.  The good news is that our classmates on the whole are statistically showing remarkably good longevity.





darlajo Williams-Altman

Roses are red, violets are blue,

I sure am glad, I went to school with you.

Roses are red, and some are white,

CHS colors, oh, whatta sight!

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Valentine wishes, going straight to you!

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darla williams-altman
In Remembrance...

To those of you who remember our late classmate Kenneth Heisler, it was in the Sheboygan Press that his wife made her transition  Thursday February 2nd, 2017. She and Kenny were married in 1962 and had three children together. Her maiden name was Nancy Carol Berg, she graduated from North in 1960.

Nancy Carol (Berg) Heisler

I don't really know how we were connected, but Kenny was somehow related to my late Uncle Milton Williams.  I remember him coming to visit at my uncle's house.

Condolences to the family.

darlajo Williams-Altman

I should mention that Matt Tevsh is Darla Jos nephew.

What you see below are excerpts from an article published by Matt, If you would like to see the article in its entirety use the link at the end of the article excerpts.




Invoices for Green Bay Packers season ticket holders were due last week.  That got our Matt Tevsh thinking about times when home game tickets weren’t as difficult to obtain.


Imagine walking up to the Green Bay Packers ticket office just a few days before a regular season home game and reading this sign: “Have Tickets, Will Sell.”  Believe it or not, there was actually a time in the fabled history of the Packers when this was the case.  Specifically, it came in late November 1959 at the downtown headquarters for the team on Washington Street in Green Bay.  The Packers were enduring yet another forgettable season – this time under a stern new coach – that had many fans wondering if the fortunes of their beloved team would ever change.


(Note from Darla: Little did we know, huh?!!)


The 1950’s represent the worst decade in Packers football.  Besides losing, there was another commonality ~ witnessing Lambeau Field at less than sellout capacity for a regular season game.  Lambeau’s aluminum bleachers looked oddly empty in October 1987 when replacement players took the field for back-to-back games during a players strike.  More than 20,000 seats were exposed!


On November 22, 1959, however, in an official league game against the Washington Redskins, just 297 tickets went unsold, so it was a little more difficult to notice even at the reduced capacity of 32,150 at the time.  That was the last home game at the stadium – not counting the replacement games – that failed to sell out based on the team’s count of 317 straight games through the 2015 regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.


Like recent postseason contests in Green Bay that had plenty of tickets available in days leading up, there was a public effort to push for a sellout for the 1959 Redskins game.  The Packers were posturing to schedule more home games at new City Stadium (later renamed Lambeau Field in 1965).  In 1959, they played four games at City Stadium and two in Milwaukee, continuing their long-standing tradition of also playing home games there.  In 1995, the Milwaukee tradition ended when the Packers played all eight home games in Green Bay.  Vince Lombardi was far from a legend to fans at the time, as was quarterback of his, Bart Starr.  Starr entered the league in 1956 and split time with other quarterbacks during a revolving period for the Packers.


The Packers notched their first shutout in 10 years and won all four league home games in Green Bay.  In the process, the five-game losing streak was over, prompting Lombardi to say, “I was wondering if we ever were going to win another one.”  Lombardi never lost more than back-to-back games again.  With three straight road wins following, the Packers finished the season 7-5, missing out on the postseason but posting their best record since the 1944 championship season.  Bart Starr would take over as the full-time starter in 1960 and the Packers would never have to really worry about selling tickets again. This is a link to the entire published article:


Matt Tevsh has covered the Packers since 1996.  Email him at

Pic #1 GO PACK – IN 1959!!!!!

The year was 1959 ~ November 22nd ~ either before or after a Packer Game.  I obviously was there...with Cynthia Machut and Karen Weber.  Hate to admit this, but do you know that I don't remember a thing about the game...or being there?!!  Now that's a shame!!  Anybody recall this day?  Also have no idea who that guy is.  Notice the VERIFINE sign on the wall in the background. :o)

Pic #2 GO PACK – IN 1959!!!!!

The year was 1959 ~ November 22nd ~ either before or after a Packer Game.  I obviously was there...with Cynthia Machut and Karen Weber.  Hate to admit this, but do you know that I don't remember a thing about the game...or being there?!!  Now that's a shame!!  Anybody recall this day?  Couldn’t have been very cold out/looks like that woman is eating an ice cream cone.)



Pizza.  Who doesn’t like pizza, right?  Well, there was a time (only one time tho)…that I didn’t.

It was the first time I had experienced it ~ and I thought what the heck is this?!!  But of course, I have come to love it…very much so!!

But let me tell you what I’m getting at here.  Does anybody remember this?  If you do, please, let me know!

The year was probably 1957, 1958, or so.  I recall going on a bus trip…to a TV station in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  I don’t remember who was in this group, but Ericka Lueck might’ve been one of them.  We were scheduled to “appear on TV” and do some dancing: American Bandstand style.  :o)

That’s about all I remember.  And of course, back then we didn’t have VCR’s to record it off the TV (unfortunately).  Wouldn’t that have been a great video!!?!!!

But I do remember going somewhere for a pizza (in Green Bay) after our “few minutes of fame.”


My first taste of the Italian delight.  And I didn’t like it.  Little did I know.  :o)

Darlajo Williams-Altman

Our sincere condolences to classmate Betty Reineck, in the transition of her daughter, Victoria Ann Schlichting on December 25, 2016.

Darlajo Williams-Altman
I Remember

Yes, Darla, I remember the picture you found of the Broadway Ave overpass, and it did bring back some memories.  But as I remember, the driver tooted the horn and everyone  in the car had to touch the roof of the car.  I can't remember what or if there was a penalty for being the last one to touch the roof.  

For those of you who went to Franklin, do you remember city workers putting up wood panels to protect us from the north winds in the winter, as we walked to school on that bridge?

Thanks for posting the picture, Darla.  

Jack Zore


May the New Year be a safe and Happy one. Go class of 1959.

Ray Kramer


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Darlajo Williams-Altman

Want to express my sincere condolences to our classmate, John Kobelsky, in the loss of his mother-in-law Miriam Grauman ~ and his wife, Karen Grauman (CHS Class of 1960).  Miriam ("Mimi") and her husband Herb, were good friends with my parents.  My Mom and Mr. Grauman have made their transitions earlier/and my Dad just celebrated his 100th birthday in October.  It is rare and fortunate to continue to have your parents live to be 100 years "young."  My thoughts are with the family.  

Love, Darla


Darlajo Williams-Altman
In case I put the wrong one on the site here is the other YouTube by the same group
A Very Merry Christmas to ALL From Darla
Happy Thanksgiving

From Darla: Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

Remember This??

How many times did you go under this and toot your horn?


Darla Found this someplace and we thought it might bring back some memories.






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Darlajo Williams-Altman
Condolences to Classmate Sharon Stuefen Korlesky

Sincere condolences to our friend and classmate, Sharon Stuefen, in the loss of her daughter, Michelle (on November 3, 2016).

Darlajo Williams-Altman
You know you NEED one of these??!!

Can be worn to mini-reunions or not. Would also be appropriate for breakfast at McDonalds. The professional model is wearing the 2XL version of those available. XL and 2XL  Oh I can't fail to mention that this can also be worn to establish your "Senior Citizenship Status". To order call Bob Claus (his design,kinda) at 314-956-0425

Condolences to the family of Eugene (Gene) Babcock

Gene Babcock passed away July 23, 2016.  To read the obit, please go to the "In Memory" section of this website.

Donald Meyer

To read more info on Donald Meyer, please go to the IN MEMORY page.  Thank you.

Keeping My Fingers Crossed.

Some may think I am rushing the season a bit, but I figured this would be a good time rather than waiting till a few weeks before Christmas when everyone is planning for the holidays and the many things it entails. So here it is: Do you have, or know of someone who might have a recording of the Christmas program that we used to do in the auditorium for the entire student body? I would love it if it was the 1957-58 school year, but any would do.

Sincere Condolences

Sincere condolences are expressed to classmate Tom Fox in the loss of his mother, Loretta G. Fox, on August 25, 2016.

In Our Thoughts

Extending condolences to the family of our classmate Donald Meyer, who made his transition on August 26, 2016, in Graham, Washington.  Thank you to Bill Julius, who brought this to our attention.

Darlajo Williams-Altman
This website is great

A lot of work was put into this website, it is great. It's hard to believe that 50 years has passed since those High Sckool pictures were taken. After all that time a person can still see his class mate, when they meet today. Jack & Geri, you've done a great job on this website.

James (Jim) Fritsch
Death of a classmate

Got a message last night from his brother that Don Meyer died on Friday of cancer.  

He lived in Graham,  Washington.  Please post it so everyone knows.   Thanks, Bill Julius

(August 28, 2016)


william julius
Best Birthday Present Ever!


For my 75th birthday our daughter, Kayleen, gave me the best present I ever received! She arranged for me to get a lesson from three time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Ian Crocker.
I'm the one not wearing the three gold Olympic medals🙂

The lesson was absolutely awesome! Ian says I may need a "bit" more practice before I'm ready for the 2020 Olympics!🙂
Phil Schaefer

Jerry & Doris Feustel, tailgating with their family at a Milwaukee Brewers game.  ---Sheboygan Press 8/4/2016

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JERRY GOES FISHING! No big ones got away!

Jerry Sabrowsky of Howards Grove, and Gary Kohl of Sheboygan, showing off their JUMBO Perch caught while ice fishing on Lake Waubay, South Dakota.  (Sheboygan Press-5/25/2016)

Darlajo Williams-Altman
Thank You for the music too.

The music provided by an anonymous classmate was awesome.  Thank you.  The music was a very nice addition to the gathering.  It was easy to listen and dance to the music.  Thanks again.

Geri Zore
Thank You Note

I think it is a good practice, in working with others, to give them accolades for their efforts when the job is done.

So Thank You So Much to all the members of the committee for putting together another yearly "Social Gathering".

A very special Thank You to Dennis and Judy for the great photo of those who attended.


Sheboygan Central High School, Class of 1959, held their 57th Reunion Social

at Al & Al’s Steinhaus on July 30, 2016. 

Those present included: 

Phil & Carla (Huibregtse) Swart, Rita (Landgraf) Moreau, Carol (Burkhardt) Rautmann, Jerry & Doris Feustel, Dennis & Judy (Beiersdorf) Schwartz, Bob Dotz, Valerie Schneider (guest), Karen Bruinooge, Ray & Sue Kramer, Phil & Judy Thiel, Geri & Jack Zore, Erich Ziller, Herb Henning,  Don Walczak, Kay Schill, Margene Reyer, Clyde & Sharon Kometer, Jerry & MaryJo Bolf, Emmett & Kathleen (Haack) Wessel, Jim & Kathy Protsman, Marv & Pat (Schmidt) Jumes, Bob & Nancy Claus, Jerry Grohskopf, Richard Sorenson, Phil Knauf, John Kobelsky, Jerry & Audrey (Yurk) Sabrowsky, Wally & Jackie Simonich, and Darlajo Williams-Altman.

{Photo by Schwartz Photography}

Darlajo Williams-Altman
From Darla

Sunday July 31, 2016 ~~~ Seriously: "All my 'good' friends 'came over' to Al & Al's last night!"  

Good morning!  Well, our 57th reunion social is over.....and it was a rousing success!!  I gotta tell ya ~ to those of you who were there: it was truly great seeing all of you once again!  To those of you who couldn't make it (for whatever reason): you were missed.  And those of you who didn't 'want' to come: you missed a really good time!  

Many thanks to Dennis and Judy who supplied us with a great class picture once again.  Watch your Sheboygan Press for it.  If anyone wants to save their copy for me ~ I sure would appreciate it!

If I had written this last night I woud've said, as my father-in-law used to say: "Good food, good drinks, good friends, goodnight!"  

Well, gotta git ~ have a bunch of pictures to work on and share with you!  

Make it a great day! 


Darla Williams-Altman
If anyone has pictures of the latest gathering at Al & Als' ??

Just go on and post them on the website page called 2016 Al & Als' !!

Promotion of Jack's nephew

On 24 July 2016, Lieutenant Colonels, Geri & Jack Zore promoted their nephew, Thomas J. Geffert (Betsy's son) to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.  As retired officers, Geri & Jack are authorized to do this.  Since Tom's promotion coincided with his trip to WI for his niece, Emily Broesch Vazquez (Betsy's granddaughter) wedding the day before in Watertown, Tom requested we officiate his promotion at his sister, Mary Broesch's home in Menominee Falls.  Who would have thought that Jack still fits into his uniform after 31 years of retirement!  The attached picture is proof.  Hubba Hubba!  Posted by Geri Zore


To My High School Friends. . . . .


Thank you, I'm sorry, and everything else I never got to say.

High School was a tumultuous time for the majority of us, let's be real. Looking back, I don't know how I ever could have done it without my crazy, wonderful, and beautiful group of friends. When we graduated, we all got so wrapped up in starting our new beginnings we never properly ended our chapter. With that in mind, there are a few things I just want to say.

Thank you.

Thank you for all the laughs, the tears, and everything in between. Thank you for the hilarious lunch table conversations, inside jokes, and group messages. Thank you for the numerous concerts, football games, parties and dances we all went to together. Thank you for the support and advice you all gave me (you were right about most things). Thank you for the crazy nights that left us with stories we will never forget. Every single one of you made my high school experience memorable (and bearable), and for that, I am forever grateful. Essentially, thank you for being my best friends.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for every time I was too caught up with myself and my life to make time for you. I took you for granted, and we started to drift away. I'm sorry if I was ever petty, or talked behind your back. I'm sorry if I wasn't always the friend you needed me to be.

I'm so proud of you and will always support you.

Even if we don't talk anymore, I want the best for you. I am always rooting for you. We are all doing very different things with our lives, and it's so cool to see us on the way to accomplishing things we could only dream about in high school. It's amazing to see how far we've come. I'm so proud of the people you are becoming, even if I don't take the time to tell you.

I will never forget you.


Even if months and years pass us by, even if we never speak again, you have left your mark on the four most challenging years of my life as the girls  (and guy 'friends', too) I have loved the most. You have been my most trusted confidants, my go-to shoulders to cry on, my partners in crime, and my support group. No matter where this crazy life takes me, just know, I will never forget you, and you will always have a friend in me.

Darlajo Williams-Altman
Danke, Gracias, Salamat, Merci, Tsaug, Grazie, or just thanks

I am pleased to announce that because of the generosity of some of our classmates (who shall remain nameless) in responding to my request to "help a guy out". This site is up and running for another year. In the "spirit of CHS " I thought I would share something "Funny", well some think it is.....funny, that is. Well I think it might be.


Bob Schmidt

Speaking of Veterans

Compliments of: Darla Jo

Who do you know that can give a guy a little help??

Confession is "good for the soul" so I must confess that I really enjoy seeing how some of the people I knew waaaayyy back in those great years at Central are doing. This site is probably one of the best investments we have made for keeping abreast of what is happening in the lives of those we used to see almost every day but now only see on the occasion of the "Reunion" or the casual reunions at Al and Als' in Sheboygan (which is, by the way, looming closer, the 30th of July). The premium site membership that we have allows for the posting of pictures (thus saving tens of thousands of words) and is an excellent way of keeping abreast of what's going on in Sheboygan and the many places so far afield which our classmates have chosen to call "Home".


OK, so here comes the pitch: The reunion committee is planning for the 2019, sixty year reunion and would like to keep as much money as possible in the "kitty" for mailings and the many other little details which need doing to make for a pleasant get together. "How can I help", I hear you ask yourselves? It's very simple. Just go to the site, and look at the banner on the right hand side of the page. Click on the link to Sponsor My Site. If you have a business which you would like to advertise on the site you may do so while sponsoring. If you only wish to sponsor ...... well it's pretty intuitive. It costs $120 for a full year, which I believe can be reached by multiple persons contributing $30 or $60 or just hitting the "sweet spot" of $120. I'm sure that many of you are, like me, retired and on that"fixed income" thing, so I am going to "Prime the pump" by sponsoring at the lowest level,$30.




Bob Schmidt


Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Sponsoring Class Quest Website

Bob, thanks for getting it going.  I am also adding $30.  I might say that if we fill up the first year's fee, more sponsoring just applies to 2017 and then 2018 etc.


Clyde W. Kometer
Donations for the website

I have a suggestion, why not have a collection box at the upcoming reunion social ? I'm sure a lot of our classmates if not all would be more than happy to contribute to the fund .

 Wally Simonich

Wally Simonich
The Perils of getting on in years
Darla this is for you cause you think I don't post often enough. I received this from an "old" shipmate of mine in a e-mail
This is what all of us: 70+, other seniors, and kids (south of 60)
have to look forward to!! This is something that happened at an assisted living center.

  The people who lived there have small apartments but they all eat at a central cafeteria.
One morning one of the residents didn't show up for
breakfast so my wife went upstairs and knocked on his door to see if
everything was OK. She could hear him through the door and he said
that he was running late and would be down shortly so she went back to the
dining area.
An hour later he still hadn't arrived so she went back up towards his
room and she found him on the stairs. He was coming down the stairs but was
having a hell of time. He had a death grip on the hand rail and seemed to
have trouble getting his legs to work right. She told him she was going to
call an ambulance but he told her no, he wasn't in any pain and just
wanted to have his breakfast. So she helped him the rest of the way down the
stairs and he had his breakfast.
When he tried to return to his room he was completely unable to get
up even the first step so they called an ambulance for him. A couple hours
later she called the hospital to see how he was doing. The receptionist there
said he was fine, he just had both of his legs in one leg of his boxer shorts.
It's truly those little things that get you, right? 
Bob Schmidt
Okay - I'm in!

Hope you all have a wonderful time at the reunion.  Glad to help with the site!


Dianne (Felde) Powell

Dianne Powell
Judy Schaefer Retires!



I'm guessing Judy was the last full time teacher from our class that was still teaching. She just finished her last year and happily retired. She went out with a bang!


Judy gave the International Baccalaureate Commencement Address for Trinity HS. Her speech was a roaring success! It was humorous and spot on. The kids loved it! She had to pause for laughter many times. When she finished she got a standing ovation and many of her students went up to the stage to hug her and give her flowers. She really felt good...really good...a great night for her! The students said it was the best speech ever and the adults were also highly complimentary. The district's superintendent sent a copy of it to all of his principals.


Judy left for a three week retirement trip to Germany two days after she retired. She'll be back on June 27.




Phil Schaefer


Working Out With Phil

On a much less interesting item, our recreation center celebrated its one year anniversary last month and they took photos of folks working out.


I didn't even see the photographer take this shot. The only reason I can think why they included it in their slide show was because they needed to be politically correct...they were looking for an overweight 75 year old, I guess.




Phil Schaefer



Congratulations and best wishes to Richard & Janet Kuehl!  Hopefully, we'll see some pictures!

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Darla Williams Altman
Congratulations are in order!


Congratulations to our classmate, Richard Kuehl, and his lovely bride, Janet, on their recent nuptials.  We were honored to be present at their lovely wedding in RI.  We had a wonderful time.  The bride and groom looked great and danced until 11:30 PM. 

Jack & Geri Zore

Class Reunion/Dinner

I noticed that our message did not include that food would be at everyones own expense. The social before would also be on their own. Hope to see a lot of you there.  Ray K

Raymond (Ray) Kramer
Just a reminder

Notice – 2016 Social & Dinner

Saturday, July 30th is the second of our annual class reunion socials with dinner. It will be held at Al & Al’s Steinhaus Tavern, 1502 S. 12th street, Sheboygan starting at   5:00 pm. Dinner will be off the menu with seating for dinner between 6:00 and 7:00. It will be a very casual get-together. We prefer that you let us know if you plan to attend but.please, just come, even at the last minute.

The first Social held in 2015 was quite successful with 25 classmates and 13 spouses attending. We hope even more will attend this year. 

Please notify any classmates who may not receive this Class Quest information on the internet. Please respond via Class Quest or call Clyde @ (920)918-2521. 

 This get-together was planned to coincide with Miesfield’s Lake Shore Weekend extravaganza which will be held Friday thru Sunday in the South Pier area near Blue Harbor. Much information about entertainment and events is available on the internet at: 

Based on the discussion held at the 55th Class Reunion dinner, we will continue these annual socials and also hold a traditional 60th Reunion in 2019 at a date to be determined.



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Darlajo Williams-Altman
Young and carefree

I remember a night when Terry had his dad's car. It was,I believe, a 1958 Olds with a BIG V-8 engine. Just bunch of guys out to have fun. We went down to North Point to hassle the lovebirds,we didn't have to try very hard to get Terry to "lay rubber", I wonder if his dad thought those tires seemed to be wearing out awfully fast.

Bob Schmidt


Terry Meyer was small on stature, but big on personality!

Jim Protsman

Darlajo Williams-Altman
“Just me and my car”

Those are the words beneath Terry Meyer's picture in our yearbook.  I am saddened to have received a letter last night from his family ~ informing me that Terry made his unexpected transition on Saturday morning, May 14, 2016.  Terry wanted his info to remain private, so I will respect his wishes.  Rest in peace, my friend.

Darlajo Williams-Altman
Condolences To Dave Garton and the Garton family

Our sincere condolences to the family of our classmate Dave Garton on the passing of his brother Tim.  Some of you may remember him being a year behind us at Central and others may have read his many accolades  for swimming in national Masters championships as well as election into the swimming Hall of Fame.  His obituary is attached.



From Darla

Since today marks the anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam in 1975.

Korean War Veteran Willard Beringer, foreground, assembled photos of every Plymouth serviceman and woman who died during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Dennis Schwartz, of Schwartz Photography in Plymouth, donated window space and the reprinting and framing of the fallen soldiers. ~~~~~~~~~~ Sheboygan Press/May 23, 1998


Thank you!

Thank you, Judy!  Appreciate your help.  I will look into that.....first chance I get!

Darla Williams Altman
jill bushman/drews


Darla, Jill Bushman/Drews is related to Maryann "Sugar" Meyer.  you said

you were looking for her.  Judy Pickhardt Keller

Judith (Judy) Pickhardt Keller

I walked with Karen Simolke and Kathy Keller from North 16th street to Central...Sometimes Karen`s mom would drive us to school....That was the highlight of our day....haha

Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz

Do you remember MR. SANDMAN ~ LOLLIPOP ~ EDDIE MY LOVE ~ BORN TO BE WITH YOU ~ JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME?  Those were big hits made famous by Sheboygan’s own “Chordettes.”  I used to listen to them all the time in high school (and all through the years since).  I got to thinking about all this when I read Dorothy Schwartz’s obituary in the Press the other day.  She made her transition on April 4, 2016 at 89 years young.  She was an original Chordette, traveling all over the country with them to perform.  I think their big break came when they appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scout Show in New York.  They had some good songs and we were proud that they were from our hometown, Sheboygan.  “Just between you and me,” if you want to reminisce, you can listen to those great old songs just by punching in “Chordettes-YouTube” in Google.  Enjoy!


 This "adding more info" IN PARENTHESIS comment is attributed to Clyde Kometer. All the rest is compliments of Darla.

( Adding more info, Jill Buschman/Drews, who's husband Tom Drews was co-owner of the Hoffbrau for many years, was  daughter of one of the Chordettes and graduated from North in '59 after attending Jefferson grade school.  Her brother Tory Buschman, several years younger, passed away recently.  I don't remember her mother's name but you may come up with it easily if you wish to expand the story.) 

  The Chordettes were organized in Sheboygan, in 1946.  Past members of the Chordettes:  Jinny Lockard (previously Osborn), Carol Buschmann, Margie Latzko, Lynn Evans, Janet Ertel Bleyer, Dorothy Schwartz, Nancy Overton.

Jinny Lockard (previously Osborn)  She was born Virginia Cole, the daughter of O.H. “King” Cole, who was president of the Barbershop Harmony Society (then known as SPEBSQSA), and Katherine Flack.  She was the founding member of the Chordettes.  Jinny died in 2003.

Carol Buschmann – Is the longest living member of the Chordettes, who has sun on all the Chordettes’ recordings, both a cappella and Candence recordings.

Margie Latzko – now lives in Delaware.

Lynn Evans – replaced Dorothy Schwartz

Janet Ertel Bleyer – died in 1988.

Dorothy Schwartz – died on April 4, 2016.

Nancy Overton – died after a long health battle.

Margie Latzko, Carol Buschmann, and Lynn Evans are the only living members of the group.

A Prompt Response to Don's Question

The exact time and other particulars for the "Mini reunion" are yet to be determined.


What time does the reunion start at Al & Al's?

Don Walczak
Attention, Achtung, Attenzione!!!!

What does Saturday, July 30th 2016 have in common with a day in July last year, that would be 2015??
July 30th 2016, will be the day that another of the now famous MINI Reunions of the class of 1959 of CHS will be held a Al and Al's!!!

One of a Kind: A letter of recommendation

Something Darla found in her "stuff".

Walking home for lunch

Memories of walking----I remember walking home from Immanuel School for lunch, too, and it was a mile each way.  Took fifteen minutes in good weather :-)  so that was four miles a day, and we thought nothing of it at the time.  These days when I walk four miles with my dog, I take a nap when I get home ;-)    ~georgine littmann hinz

Georgine Littmann Hinz

Wishing you a rainbow, for sunlight after showers ~

Miles and miles of Irish smiles, for golden happy hours ~

Shamrocks at your doorway, for luck and laughter, too,

And a host of friends that never ends

Each day your whole year through.


May the luck of the Irish be with you,

Darlajo Williams

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 


Darlajo Williams-Altman
Up hill Both ways

Yes, when I lived on the bottom of the 17th st hill the walk to Central was up hill both ways.  Up New Jersey Ave. down Penn across the river, and then back up to the good ol' CHS. Did that for two years untill we moved down on Wisconsin Ave. right next to Kingsbury.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Memories of walking!


Your recent posts about walking have sparked some of my walking memories.  I went to Franklin school from 19th and Georgia across the 14th St. viaduct, and in the winter the city put up boards on the railing to protect us from the wind.  In  5th grade, I was transferred to Sheridan school because my brother was a baby boomer, and to keep the family together, my sister, Betsy, & I were transferred to Sheridan.

Then in our freshman year, it was on to South Side Jr. High.  Jerry Erzen and Erich Ziller lived at 21st & Georgia, and even further was Georgine Littman & Dick Kuehl who lived on 23rd/24th St and Georgia.  We all walked to school in the winter and rode our bicycles in the Spring and in the Fall. 

You are right, Dianne, in those days we did a lot of walking, to include walking both ways uphill with the wind in our face to school, movie theaters on 8th St, and to Roosevelt Park for ice skating.

Jack Zore


Diane:  Oh, now it makes more sense.  I was wondering why you would walk to school over the 14th Street bridge if you lived down near 8th Street.  Tee Hee.  Yeah, we sure did alot of walking.  When going to South Side Junior High I used to walk all the way home to 17th & Arizona Avenue ~ "four" times a day ~ even in winter.  We must've had a long lunch hour to be able to do that. 

Sometimes I went to my Grandma's house, too, though ~ which was on South 13th and Union.  So that was closer.  Then, I had another Auntie that lived on Wedemeyer Street.  Sometimes she would make lunch for me, too, and then we'd play a game of Canasta before I headed back to school.

Central High: I took the city bus, twice a day.  Either took my lunch of ate in the school cafeteria.  (fun times!).  Then, of course, I became "sweet sixteen" and got my driver's license. With my Dad being gone on the road (drove truck for Allied Van Lines), I had the family car pretty much to myself.  :)  Later "bought" my own car.....a neat '52 Chevy.  And the rest is history ~ I've loved many cars since then.  :)

Darla Williams Altman
A memory lapse...

Thanks, Bob Schmidt for reminding me of something.  It wasn't the 14th Street Bridge that I used to walk back and forth to school, it was the Pennsylvania Bridge.  I used the 14th Street Bridge to go to rollerskating or my friend Sandy's house or to walk to Turner's.  A genuine "senior" moment.  We did do a lot of walking then, didn't we?  Thanks Bob!

Dianne Felde Powell
A Spark!

Dianne sparked a memory in my mind:::::I had dreams for years, that I couldn't find my locker, couldn't remember my combination, or couldn't find the next classroom.  I think those dreams subsided when we started having our reunions and acquired this (great!) website.  Yeah, that school was BIG!!  But eventually, we all found our way through.  :)  :)


Darla Williams Altman
I remember this place and they are good memories...

I remember thinking that the school was "ginormous" and that I would never find my way around.  My brother (he was a senior when I became a freshmen) told me not to be "stupid."  Of course, he was right.  :-)  It was truly a good school and my memories are of nice kids, teachers and lots to do.  Could have done better with my classes but always was a slow starter. 

Close to home (could walk back and forth) and the 14th Street Bridge was always interesting.  It was pretty much "all good."


Dianne Felde Powell
Sweet Memories of CHS

Thank you, Bob, for posting the great picture.  I realize 1947 is a little bit before the time we got there, but I think this picture shows pretty much how most of us remember it.....trees, bushes, shades on windows, and maybe the old street lights were still there, too, in 1959.  :)  :)   Okay people, step away from your Facebook pages and tell us on this site, if you "like" this picture and agree with me.  :)   :)

Darla Williams Altman
New View of the Old School

Here it is Darla, just what you wanted.

Judy ( Verhulst ) Bennin

Our condolences to the family of our classmate, Judy Verhulst Bennin.  Complete obituary and option to sign Guestbook is located in our IN MEMORY section.

Phyllis L. (Mohr) Hunter

Our sincere condolences to the family of classmate Phyllis L. (Mohr) Hunter. Her complete obituary will be posted in the In Memory section of this site.

Darlajo Williams Altman
Dorothy Dault

Hi Darla,

"Thank-You "News" reports, you do such a good job...

Stop over for a visit some time...I see Steve in the church parking lot doing the shovleing and taking care of the church..What a wonderful guy--eh?

In friendship,




Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz

Valentine's Day is not only for the people you are in a relationship with.  It's for the people you care for and love!  Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends!  


Darlajo Williams Altman

Sincere condolences to Jeanne Roewardt Maersch in the loss of her husband, Bill Maersch, who made his transition on Saturday, 9 Jan 2016.


Sincere condolences to Jim & Nancy (Dexheimer) Thomas in the loss of their son, Jeffrey, who made his transition Sunday January 3, 2016.

Darla Williams Altman

New Year's Day ~ Friday January 1, 2016 ~ 8:05 a.m.

Good morning everyone.  Hope you all did a little celebrating for 'me' last night.  I've spent the last week with a flu bug that took up residence at my house (ugh!).  Went to bed at 8:25 p.m. last night and slept good.  Did wake up at 11:58 p.m. and again at 12:01 a.m.  "That" was 'my' celebration.  "Big Whoop!" as my friend, Shelby, used to say.  :)  :)   

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!!  I appreciate your friendship.  You know what they say:

"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."  

Some of us have been friends since grade school.  Now 'that' is something to be appreciated and to be thankful for.

Happy New Year, my dear friends in the "Class of '59!!"

In friendship,



Darla Williams Altman
Phyllis (Schultz) Welsch

11/28/2015 ~ I attended my friend, Phyllis Schultz's funeral this afternoon at Good Shepherd Church in Sheboygan.  The service was very nice.  She has a lovely close-knit family ~ something that is quite possibly rare these days.  I spoke with her daughter and son...they both look a lot like Phyllis.  They even had a picture up on their memory board of me and Phyllis, from when I went to visit her in June.  Phyllis and I go way back to grade school.  She was a good friend.  I will miss that ever-present smile.

Thomas (Tom) Baalke Died November 12, 2015

His obituary will be posted in our "In Memory" section.

Nice and Totally Agree!

Truly nice commentary, Bob.  Couldn't agree with you more.  Thank you for posting and sharing your thoughts with all of us.

Dianne Felde Powell
Time To Give Thanks

It has been over fifty years since I walked (rapidly) these halls. Oh, (rapidly) because we only got three minutes to pass from one class to the next, but I digress. Fifty years of life as it really is, and guess what, my mother was right. She said I should enjoy my time in school (and I did) because I would have to work for a long time. While I was enjoying my days in the sun at CHS I didn't overthink how the classes I was taking there were actually going to be instrumental in preparing me for what lay ahead. I am both pleased and at the same time amazed at how stable the educational foundation which was laid here and for that matter in all of the school system in Sheboygan County has benefitted me all these years. So..... Thank You.

Bob Schmidt

HOWARD PANTEL is also the same day as my (late) Mom.....November 28th.  

Darla Williams Altman
Howard Pantel

Howard would have celebrated his birthday on Noveber 28th, the same day as my daughter.

Don Walczak

Happy Fall Y'all!

Darlajo Williams Altman
Mary Ann Mayer

Judy: Would you happen to know her married name?  That would help alot in our research.  Or does anyone else remember Mary's married name?  Thanks to everyone's assistance with this.

Darla Williams Altman
Mary Ann Mayer

Mary Ann died quite awhile ago.  Judy K.

Judith (Judy) Pickhardt Keller
Asking For Help?

Hey “kids” ~ we are still in the process of trying to locate missing classmates.  We’ve been kind of “stuck” on Mary Ann Mayer.  Would any of you remember who she hung out with in high school, or if she was married (husband’s name?), etc.  If you can help with this please email us or send a message via the website.  Would appreciate any help you can give us with this.  Thanks!

Darla Williams Altman



I will have to make my rounds and go to see Phylis,,,,we had some good times together...

Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz
Hey Phyllis!!

Phyllis, I was wondering where you were!  This is Judy Pickhardt Keller.

I hope you are doing alright and can answer this.  Haven't really been to Sheb

lately except to visit my younger sister Jeri.  She has been very ill the last 

2 years and passed away 9/21.  I hear from Pat Molitor via facebook.  Take care, 


Judith (Judy) Pickhardt Keller
Old friends meet again!
I recently visited Phyllis (Schultz) Welsch at Countryside Manor. She has a wonderful apartment there and is living in a really nice place. We had a good visit and talked about "the good old days."
We used to "chum around" together when we went to South Side Junior High. :) :)
On behalf of Phyllis, I know she would want to say hello to everyone_-_ and give them her famous, nice smile!!  Plus: I say "HELLO", too!!
Howard Pantel

Friends of Howard Pantel can read his obituary in the "In Memory" section of the site.  It is with sadness that I learn of his passing.  He and I had a great visit at our 50th Reunion. 


Darla Williams Altman
Couldn't have said it better, Dot!

I, too, love reading the news about our class and seeing the pictures.  Thank you to all that do this and especially Darla.  


Be well.




Dianne Felde Powell

Thank you to everyone for your kind words, commenting on my submissions to the website. But please let it be made known that it is not just takes our committee, working together, to get these results.  And I received alot of help from them.  Special thanks to Clyde, for helping us to continue to run smoothly and to Bob Schmidt for maintaining the website.

Thank you to our entire committee!


Darla Williams Altman




thank-you for all the work you have done on this page.  I love to go to my computer and see the news that you have reported to all.  

You are a Special gal






Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz


Our first annual Reunion Social and Dinner took place on July 24th at Town & Country Club.    We had 25 classmates and 13 spouses making a total of 38 attendees.  Everybody had a good time enjoying a relaxing time together downstairs in the Miller Pub. The only problem resulted when most people wished to eat upstairs in the dining room instead of bar food off the menu in the Miller Pub.  It was eventually solved to everybody’s satisfaction but caused us to consider looking elsewhere for next year.


At our post reunion meeting Thursday, August 6th, we considered where to hold the 2016 reunion.  We discussed over ten options and finally decided unanimously on Al & Al’s SteinhausTavern (1502 S 12th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081) where we hold our meetings.  It will be held on Saturday July 30th again in conjunction with Miesfeld's Lakeshore Weekend.


Our Condolences go out to Classmate Richard Kuehl

Richard'sister, Joanne R. Fugate (nee Kuehl) of Grafton, died peacefully at Lawliss Family Hospice in Mequon, WI on August 11, 2015 at the age of 84.

Below is the complete Obituary:

Obituary for Joanne R. Fugate

Joanne R. Fugate (nee Kuehl) of Grafton, died peacefully at Lawliss Family Hospice in Mequon, WI on August 11, 2015 at the age of 84. Joanne was born in Sheboygan, WI on May 18, 1931 the daughter of the late William and Hildegard (nee Heimbach) Kuehl. Joanne was united in marriage to the late James Fugate on May 31, 1952 in Sheboygan, WI. Joanne enjoyed reading and taking care of her plants in her home. Joanne was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church where she ministered to those in need through cards, calls and prayers. Most importantly she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joanne is survived by her children: Christine (Fred) Timm, Vicki Fugate, Thomas (Jean) Fugate and Betty (Michael) Cibulka; grandchildren: Andrew (Jenna) Timm, Emily (Leopold) Shircel, Jacob Sigler, Caleb Sigler, Robert Fugate, Joseph Fugate, Adam Cibulka and Abigail Cibulka; great grandchildren: Arthur and Renee Timm; Remington Sigler; brother Richard (Janet) Kuehl. Joanne is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton on Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 4:00 PM. Rev. Paul Bulgerin will be officiating the service. Family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church appreciated.

A message from Darlajo

Hello friends and classmates.  Just wanted to say it was great seeing you all at the 56th Reunion Social.  More memories were discussed…and made.  Sorry it took so long for me to get the pictures posted ~ as I was having some major computer issues.  All is fixed now, so I got to that project as soon as I could.  I want to express a special thank you to Geri Zore for taking many of those pictures, for me.  Her work and dedication made for a better photo presentation on the site. (I was having so much fun visiting ~ I didn’t take as many pictures as I had planned to)!  J  Thank you, Geri!  Meanwhile, try to keep in touch, everyone!  And we’ll see you next year!



Our condolences to classmate Wayne Vetch and family

Vetsch, William EarlWilliam Earl Vetsch, 85, of Redding, CA, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Shasta Regional Medical Center. He was born On March 31, 1930, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to William E. and Jeanette (Degenhardt) Vetsch. Bill lived across the street from Sheridan Park, attended Sheridan Grade School and graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan In 1948. Bill married Norma Theune on February 4, 1950, and they just celebrated 65 years of a very happy life together. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 children, Gary (Jeniffer) of Reno, Nevada; David (Sally) of Redding; Deborah Reed and Julie (Thomas) Watson of Odon, Indiana; 10 grandchildren, Andrew (KatLyn), Hannah (Zachary), Susanna, Edward, Harley, Violet, Sarah (David) and Suzie (Chris) and 5 great-grandchildren; also a sister, Geraldine (Don) Beebe of Medina, Ohio and a brother, Wayne (Barbara) Vetsch of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. - See more at:

We are sorry

The information for next years gathering was not accurate. We apologize and will repost  soon. The picture of this years group will be back as well.

Boy, there are some good-lookin` girls on this page.....

Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz
Another picture
Really? It's been 56 years?
Our condolences to our classmates Ray Hoffman and his wife Su Ellen (Stoltzman)


Hoffmann, R. RossSeptember 6, 1964 - July 27, 2015Due to injuries from an accident on 7/17, Ross Hoffmann has passed from this realm to another, leaving behind his beloved daughters, Sadie Brooke and Kaitlyn Rae Hoffmann.Ross was born in Sheboygan on September 6, 1964, to Ray and Sue Stolzmann Hoffmann. Except for several years in Madison, he lived his entire life in Sheboygan County. He graduated from South High in 1982. He graduated with highest honors from LTC several years later.He and Tammie Lee Wasmer married in March 1996. Tammie died in February 2000 in an auto accident.Ross, in his life of 50 years, had significant accomplishments. We believe he would say his most profound achievement were his two daughters, whom he raised as a single parent from the time their mother died. He was there for them in their time of need; they were there for him when he was injured. We are grateful that he lived to see his younger daughter, Kaitie, graduate from Sheboygan Falls High School this past June. Further, he lived to know that his older daughter, Sadie, is expecting his first grandchild. Ross will live on in this world as in another.He was a fine son to his birth parents, Ray and Sue, and to his parents through marriage Norma and David Wasmer of New Holstein. His last entertainment was the dinner he cooked for his dad for Father's Day. He brought us joy, laughter, and the gift of his daughters.He was also a good brother. Though Ross had no biological siblings, his cousin Bill and wife Nancy were brother and sister to him. Further, his wife's sisters and brothers were not "in-laws" but as Ross would say, "the real deal".Ross from his earliest years had a gift for friendship. His many loyal friends were there for him when his wife passed away and when he, himself, fought for his life at Theda Clark hospital. We're confident he would be deeply touched and thankful for all their support, as are we, his family.A great achievement was his career as tool/die designer/maker. He served his apprenticeship at Watry Industries, achieved his journeyman license, and continued in their employ for 25 years. When the company closed its tool shop, he went immediately to Razor Machine in Plymouth, where he continued on projects for Watry and others. He mainly designed via CAD programs.Besides his parents and daughters (and soul mates Luke and Nate), Ross is survived by Bill and Nancy Stolzmann and their family. Ross and Bill own homes on Paradise Lane in Town of Wilson. They are one family in two houses. That will continue. Also surviving are cousins Art (Diane) Stolzmann, Steve (Linda) Stolzmann of Sheboygan; cousin Joel (Mary) Stolzmann of Colorado Springs and their families. He leaves behind his Hoffmann aunts/uncles and cousins: Roger and Shirley Hoffmann; Robert and Roxanne Bubnes of Sheboygan, Vicki and Tori Hoffmann; Bradley, Gary, and Lori Bubnes -- and their families.Very dear to Ross were his wife's family, Norma and Dave Wasmer of New Holstein; and their children Troy, Tracey, Tina, Tim and Nicole (and their families).To welcome Ross to God are his maternal grandparents William and Freda (Kasten) Stolzmann and Ray and Carol (Bushner) Hoffmann. Also uncle Royce Stolzmann.A memorial has been established in his honor. A service of celebration and remembrance at St. Luke United Methodist Church is being planned and will be announced later.Our family is deeply grateful to Dr. Yasbek and all of his nurses at Theda Clark.He is in a perfect circle of love--on this side and the other. "God gifts all life. All life returns to God. Blessed is the Spirit of God". - See more at:


Don't Be left out!

July the 24th is getting closer. I have it from a very reliable source that Bob Claus has been able to gather a few more of those unique "Redmen 59" T-shirts. These are the sizes and quantities( 3-med, 4-large 4-XL 6-XXL). Only $12 for the Med, Lg, and XL, sorry the XXL is $15. Call him to negotiate or just to say hello  

Bob Claus

will be attending with 2 other people-  jerry Grohskopf

Jerry Grohskopf
Interesting, very interesting!

Darla Jo also found this view of CHS.

For those who came via SSJHS

Darla Jo found this on a Sheboygan website.

Just a Reminder about

Notice – 2015 Social & Dinner


Friday, July 24 th is the first of our annual class reunion socials with dinner. It will be held at Town & Country Club downstairs in the Miller Pub starting at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be off the menu with eating when you wish. It will be a very casual get-together. Please let us know if you plan to attend but if not, please come anyways! Dinner is not necessary. Please notify any classmates who may not receive this Class Quest information on the internet.


This get-together was planned to coincide with Miesfield’s Lake Fest extravaganza which will be held Friday thru Sunday in the South Pier area near Blue Harbor. Much information about entertainment and events is available on the internet.


Based on the discussion held at the 55 th Class Reunion dinner, we will continue these and also hold a traditional 60 th Reunion in 2019 at a date to be determined.

A video about the Sheboygan Redskins and Classmate Jack Lautenschlagers' Dad

Those of you who came to Central from South Side Junior High might remember Mr. Lautenschlager. 

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Our condolences to classmate Richard Bemis

Dicks' sister, Catharine (Bemis) Stayer. Her obituary appears in the Sheboygan Press.

Our condolences to classmate Jim Protsman

Jims' sister, Jean (Protsman) Radtke. Her obituary appeared in the Sheboygan Press this week.

Remember the Hotel Foeste?

......I, Darlajo Altman, would like to submit this memory picture (and the memories, too, if you think that’s okay)...........of where we had our


Senior Banquet in 1959.    I remember it being a very fancy affair.  I’m quite sure I have the “program” somewhere in my archives! 


I think this is a really great picture and it was probably taken in the 50’s.   I wish I had seen some of the hotel rooms there.


I was never upstairs.  Was anybody?  I noticed that there’s “one” window in the hotel with air conditioning.  Wonder whose room that was?!


That ‘52 (?) Buick coming up the road, could’ve been me.   (That’s the car I drove and took my driver’s test Dad’s big Buick.  Passed,


too!!  Had to parallel park in front of the Majestic Theatre). 


It seems that there’s always that Buick when I see pictures online of the 50’s in Sheboygan.  Guess I was just driving around EVERYWHERE! 


Was sooooo happy to get my license.  I took the test during school hours and I remember going back to Central and walking past Study Hall to


wave to my friends, to tell them that I passed!!     Sweet memories.


That second green car (‘52 Chevy) in the lower left hand corner of the picture --- now that might’ve been “my” car, too, maybe.  That was the first


car that I actually “owned” and bought from my uncle. 


Joe Hauser’s Sport Shop ~ I’ll bet some of the guys have memories of that place.  And notice that WHBL was located in the old hotel.  When you


look at it, it was really a very huge building!


I’m sorry.........I get so carried memory of the Senior Banquet just led to another.........and another.  


Free Beer on Sunday Nite? Not anymore!

Only in our memories.

"Patio destruction" photos courtesy of Darla Jo


I remember when my brother's HS friend had the Patio...Lonny Krueger.  It was always such a great place with kids from all over...Kohler, Oostburg (and, yes, they do drink beer) as well as all facets of the local H.S.'s.  Thanks for doing this.


Dianne Felde Powell
The End of an Era?




It’s the end of another era, folks.  I went out to the “Patio” this morning ~ it will be torn down tomorrow.  Spoke with the manager and asked for some souvenirs.   He said to go on in and take what I wanted.  I told him we used to go there in the 50’s, when it “actually was” a “patio”.  Drove right up to the picnic tables with our cars.  Remember?! 




Well, the place was pretty well cleaned out already.  I didn’t think it would be, because they were still open on Saturday night yet.  I found a coupla trinkets and was just about to leave, when the manager came out of the new building and asked, “Would you like the “OPEN” sign?  (electric window sign).  Oh boy, would I?!!!!!  So, I got the sign ~ my souvenir of our “good old days” at the Patio.....and some newer days, too, when we had our reunions there.  It’s a good thing we did it when we did.  Just thought I’d share this with you.
 Darla Jo
Have Fun All!

Am so sorry that Ken and Dianne Powell won't be able to attend the fun time in Sheboygan with the Class of '59 this year.  Between our annual family reunion in early July in Wisconsin and Ken's Army reunion in Pennsylvania in late's just not going to happen.  Hope you all have a great time and we've already put the 60th Reunion in our plans!  Enjoy.



Dianne Felde Powell
July Social

William and Judith Block will not be able to attend the July event as the month of July is filled with family events.  Have a great time everyone.     William Block

William Block
2015 Social and Dinner


Notice – 2015 Social & Dinner


Friday, July 24 th is the first of our annual class reunion socials with dinner. It will be held at Town & Country Club downstairs in the Miller Pub starting at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be off the menu with eating when you wish. It will be a very casual get-together. Please let us know if you plan to attend but if not, please come anyways! Dinner is not necessary. Please notify any classmates who may not receive this Class Quest information on the internet.


This get-together was planned to coincide with Miesfield’s Lake Fest extravaganza which will be held Friday thru Sunday in the South Pier area near Blue Harbor. Much information about entertainment and events is available on the internet.


Based on the discussion held at the 55 th Class Reunion dinner, we will continue these and also hold a traditional 60 th Reunion in 2019 at a date to be determined.


Respond to:


Death of Classmate Harold (Harry) Greenwald
Greenwald, Harold V. "Harry"

Harold V. "Harry" Greenwald age 73, of Knoxville, Illinois, passed away Sunday April 26, 2015, at St. Mary Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Harry is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Audrey; brother, Donald (Darla) Greenwald; one son, Robert (Barb) Greenwald of Elkhorn, Wisconsin; one daughter, Kelly (Dave) Milligan of Galesburg, Illinois; six grandchildren, Jacob, Nicholas and Ian Milligan of Galesburg, Illinois; and Alex and Arianna Greenwald of Bloomington, Illinois; and Andrew Greenwald of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Paul Greenwald, and his brother, Kenneth Greenwald, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Harry graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1959, and from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Harry worked part-time for Waukesha Transit during his senior year at college. Following graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and taught there for thirteen years. As a teacher, Harry taught economics, political science and citizenship. Harry also was a play-by-play sports announcer for the Plymouth Panthers for many years, including announcing football games at Lambeau Field. This began his career in broadcasting working at WHBL in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, WIZZ/WLAX in Streator, Illinois and WGIL FM-98 in Galesburg, Illinois.

Harry eventually went back to his motor coach career and worked at Peoria Charter and finished his career with Galesburg Transit. His life came full circle, wanting to teach, driving a bus and "playing radio".

He was a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers even to the point of painting yard markers and Lambeau Field on his blacktopped driveway. He loved his family and enjoyed traveling, watching Wisconsin sports on TV, reading about history, his cat Susie and especially telling stories.

Harry was a lifetime member of Galesburg Elks lodge #894. He attended the Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois and served as Lector, Usher, and a member of the Congregation Council, Property, Memorial and Cemetery Board committees.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Michel D. Clark will officiate. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation or the Grace Lutheran Church. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent to

Funeral Home
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes
120 South Public Sq. Knoxville, IL 61448
(309) 289-4121

- See more at:

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
A Blast From The Past!

This picture comes to us compliments of Darla. If you think you recognize any of the faces in it, feel free to comment.  It is the 1st or 2nd grade class of Sheridan School, circa 1947 /48? You can see some of our class of 59 classmates.

Front row_ LtoR Tucker Burt, Darla, Errol Wittstock, Laurel Trepanitis, Jerry Tessin, Leroy Hurtienne............................. how many do you know?

I think I see Dorothy (Adamavich) Ayers and Wayne Vetch in row 2.  Jerome Fox and that might be David Gordon in row 3. Thomas Rosenthal, Judy Rodemark, and Ronald VerStratte in row 4.

Behind Thomas to his left is Roland Gossen. He graduated from North in 59.


Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Congratulations Judy

Inspirational Judy.  Obviously it is your program even though the talking heads get the credit' Your students show the results and what is needed elswhere.  Everyone needs to speak English to eventually become truly American (US) citizens but your students show something even greater than that.  Clyde Kometer

Clyde Kometer

If the link in Phil's message doesn't take you to the article (it didn't work for me) just cut and paste the link into the browser search liine and refresh.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
One small reason Judy Schaefer is still teaching.

Judy always gives the credit to others, but that's who she is. Her efforts to create this successful program at Trinity High School might be an interesting read.


Phil Schaefer

Okay people, I have contacted three of my friends: Rita, Judy and Erika ~ to update them on reunion information.  We have been told that if we know anyone without a computer, to relay the latest plans for the next reunion to them.  If you have anyone in mind or a friend/classmate without a computer, please "adopt" them and let them know what's happening.  Thanks.  See you in July!  It'll be here before you know it!!!!!

Darla Jo Williams Altman
New address and Phone for Dennis Reimer

Dennis Reimer

3400 Yorkshire Lane

Apt # 313

Manitowoc, Wi  54220

Phone   920-717-0189

Jerry Grohskopf
Just a Reminder

We will have an annual reunion.  The first of these casual get-togethers will be held Fri. July 24th, 2015 at Town & Country downstairs in Miller’s Pub .  Dinner will be off of the menu. This date was chosen to co-ordinate with Miesfeld’s (two day) Lakefest extravaganza at South Pier lakefront.  If you know of any classmates who do not have a computer, please notify them.  The committee decided to hold a “normal” 60th reunion in five years, also based on input from the 55th reunion.


Robert (Bob) Schmidt


Thank you to Dick Kuehl for submitting the "sparkly" pictures of me.  :)  You are too funny!  Margene Reyer and I had planned to "get in on some pictures" but we got so busy - it didn't happen.  Well, at least there are a few, so you "do" know we were there!  :)  I do have a "sparkly" picture I could submit.  :)  See it below if it gets ok’d by the organizers.  Smile  If it doesn’t “pass” ~ you won’t see any picture.  Smile

Thanks to the person who put this on the site with all the kind words! It was a great reunion, as per usual.  They always are! 


Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Another picture of Darla Williams Altman at 55th reunion

Another picture submitted by Dick Kuehl of Darla taking pictures at the 55th reunion.  Check your reunion pictures, and let's post as many as we can find of Darla.

Picture of Darla at our 55th reunion found.

Darla took most of the pictures at the reunion, so she was not in most pictures posted.  This is for Darla, who put a lot of time, effort and money into making our 55th reunion special.  It shows Darla with her new sparkly shoes, beauty salon haircut, along with her mother's earrings, necklace and rings. Thank you Darla for everything.  Maybe some other classmates will find more pictures of you to post.  Thank you, Dick Kuehl for submitting the picture.

Good job Larry, you are very successful in your adventures.

The book looks and sounds great (wish I knew how to read) haha

Keep me posted on your future success!

Have a very "Merry Christmas"


Dottie (Dorothy Dault Konz)

Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz
New Children's Book Published by Larry Lee Fickau

I have been working on getting my second children’s book published.  I am happy to report that it is now printed.
The Trouble with Johnny…He Can’t Read! was picked up by Headline Kids, an imprint of Headline Books, Inc.  This is an independent publishing company located in West Virginia, which has won numerous awards over the years.
The Trouble with Johnny…He Can’t Read! deals with the issue of literacy and tells the story of what happened to poor Johnny who thought reading was boring.  This is the second book for my company, Kids Want 2 Read, LLC (
Sending greetings and good wishes -


Larry Fickau
Our condolences to classmate Marlene Pirrung

Theckla A. Pirrung, age 98, of Sheboygan, died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the Golden Living Center.
She was born in the Town of Lima on May 24, 1916, the daughter of the late George and Magdelena Lindmann Van Treeck.
She attended local schools in the Sheboygan area. Theckla was united in marriage to Leander Pirrung. He preceded her in death in 1986.
She was a homemaker and very much enjoyed raising her four children. Theckla was also employed at Wisconsin Metal Finishing for fifteen years.
Theckla was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan. She also enjoyed playing cards, bingo, chatting with friends and family, going to parties and socials, praying the rosary and listening to music. Theckla was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Sheboygan Falls. Survivors include her four children, Marlene (Gary) Bretzmann, of Sheboygan Falls, Gary (Colleen Levine) Pirrung, of Sheboygan, Roy (Chris) Pirrung, of Plymouth and Don (JoAnn) Pirrung, of Sheboygan; eight grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, her three sisters, Cecelia Schnur, Dorothy Schmidt and Clara Becker; a brother, Bob (Laree) Van Treeck, and her sister-in-law, Genevieve Paske. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, three sisters and other relatives. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 327 Giddings Ave., Sheboygan Falls, with Rev. Richard Cerpich, officiating. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 A.M. until the time of Mass at 10:30 A.M.. Burial will take place at St. George Cemetery in Six Corners.
Theckla's family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living for the compassion and care that was given to her the past nine years.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in her name.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt

Wow, what computers can do, no more phone calling, just internet......Love it..

Leaving for a week for babysit for our grands, lookiing forward to it....Hope the weather is good.....


Chat later----Dottie Konz

Dorothy (Dobbie) (Dot) Dault Konz

P.S. Don't forget to set your scale back 10 pounds tonight!  :)  

Darlajo Williams Altman
Darla’s “Blast from the Past”

Darla’s “Blast from the Past” at the ELVIS/ORBISON SHOW at the Weill Center

on Saturday night November 22, 2014. 
Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Amazing feature! Where are they now?

Give it a try. I should mention, it is featured on the Classmates section of this site?

Robert (Bob) Schmidt

I am in the middle of submitting my pictures from our fabulous reunion.  I finally know what I'm doing (I think).  :)   During this process, I came across an interesting observation.  I realized that I have only gotten on about one or two pictures!  What da?!!  I spent alot of thought, time, and money on preparing for this big shindig.  My daughter-in-law took me shopping, I ordered new sparkly shoes online, and I even got a haircut at a beauty salon.  And I only get 'one' picture?!  Hmmmmm.  Guess I'll have to put a picture in my memory album somewhere.  :)  (one that was taken when I got home).  My earrings, necklace and rings were special, too ~ they were my Mom's.  As Joni Simenz once said: "I don't want to brag or anything, but I can still fit into my earrings I wore in high school."   :)    Hope you are enjoying the memories and pictures of your 55th reunion!   

Darla Jo Williams Altman
You Did It!

More pictures.  Great job!  Thanks for all your hard work, Darla Jo and the entire committee.  Love the pictures.

Dianne Felde Powell
Pictures Of Reunions

It is very easy to post pictures to this site. You can do it yourself or send them to and I will do it for you. You can do them for any one of the reunions. If you have any of the 20th or 25th we can open an album.

From Darla
Dear fellow out-town-classmates:




I am thinking of all you out-of-towners this noon as I devour my single brat sandwich ~ and a Leinie’s Red beer.  I feel bad that you couldn’t join me for a late lunch.  Just thought I’d rub this in and make your mouth water a little bit.  :)    ( I had to have the beer with the sandwich ~ beer goes with brats like whipped cream goes with pumpkin pie!).    :)

Darlajo Williams Altman


Darla Jo Williams Altman

Please note that some pictures that are submitted are from "previous" reunions.  We have receieved several messages where people were confused - to see that Jerry Erzen was on a picture.  Fact of the matter is, that was a picture from our 40th reunion in 1999.  Just thought I'd bring this to everyone's attention.  Thanks and have a good rest-of-summer.

Darla Jo Williams Altman

darla jo williams altman
Texas TV Interview

Thought somebody might get a kick out of this. I was interviewed live by Channel 58, CBS's Milwaukee affliate, at the Final Four in Texas last April. I had a lot of fun doing it, but if I had a day job, I'd certainly keep it :-) Judy laughingly complimented me after she saw it by saying, "You sound like you're from Sheboygan." 

Go ahead...waste two minutes of your life :-)

Keep smiling, Phil Schaefer
Phil Schaefer
Planning for Future Reunions

We will have an annual reunion.  The first of these casual get-togethers will be held Fri. July 24th, 2015 at Town & Country downstairs in Miller’s Pub .  Dinner will be off of the menu. This date was chosen to co-ordinate with Miesfeld’s (two day) Lakefest extravaganza at South Pier lakefront.  If you know of any classmates who do not have a computer, please notify them.  The committee decided to hold a “normal” 60th reunion in five years, also based on input from the 55th reunion.


Think about it.....isn't it wonderful to be able to go to a big party and "know" the 80+ people there!?!!  :)   'Twas great seeing everyone at our 55th!  See you next year!!

Darla Jo Williams Altman
If you have pictures or reunion info to post!

If you have any pictures or information of classmates or class reunions, please send to your administrator, Bob Schmidt ( for posting to our website.  You are welcome to post pictures yourselves, but they will have to be authenticated before they are displayed.   Thank you.

Sorry for the old email concerning Larry being sent!

Our internet mail server is updating their equipment and ran into a glitch which sent out old emails on the server.  We are sorry for the old email concerning Larry's heart issue back in 2011.  By the same token, we are sorry to hear Larry and Judy will not be able to join us at this reunion.  Our prayers are with you, Judy.  Get well soon.  You and Larry will be missed.

Jack & Geri Zore

PS:  Nice picture Judy & Larry!

Central High School 55th Reunion

Greetings to all of our Classmates from Larry and Judy Schroeder.  We were planning on attending the 55th reunion but Judy had a minor health issue that forced us to cancel.  This is the first reunion we have missed and we pray we can attend the next reunion hopefully next year.  For all attending have a wonderful time.  We will miss seeing you all.

There was an e-mail sent out by mistake pertaining to a heart health issue for Larry which was an old e-mail sent out in 2011.  Larry is doing just fine and his heart is still beating and he is in good shape.  Please disregard this old e-mail.

So long for now classmates and God Bless!

Larry and Judy Schroeder


Larry Schroeder
Looking for information & or pictures of past reunions.

If you have any information or pictures for any of the previous reunions, we would appreciate you emailing them to, or mailing them to Jack & Geri Zore, N10533 Forest Rd, Wausaukee, WI 54177, so we can add them to our class website.  Thank you in advance.

Jack Zore
News Flash!

Although the time for the movie, "Pillow Talk" has changed from 4:00 PM to 1:00 PM, it is FREE to all classmates of CHS class of 1959.  Come join us at the Sheboygan Theatre/Weil Center on Friday, August 15th at 1:00 PM.  

Jack Zore


Time has changed

THE TIME FOR THE MOVIE AT THE SHEBOYGAN THEATRE/ WEIL CENTER ON FRIDAYAugust 15th, has been changed. The showing will be at 1:00.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
55th Reunion

Dear Classmates,

I will be having a surgical procedure done just one week before the reunion and feel it would be best not to travel just yet.   Have a great time everyone !

William Block


William Block

What?  You haven't sent in your donation for your 55th reunion yet?  Well, you better get to it!  Time's running out and we're waiting to hear from you!!  See you there!!!!!

Darla Williams Altman
T-Shirt design available at this reunion.

These will be available at the reunion in a limited supply, see Bob Claus. If the supply runs out they can be ordered. 

Cannot attend reunion in August

Hi all   Thanks again for all your hard work with the planning of the reunion and this website.  Unfortunately, we have a conflict in August, so we will not be able to attend.  I hope all who do have a great time reminiscing and being in Sheboygan again.  We are now married 51 years, and last year, visited all the places that we have lived instead of having a party.  It was fun for us to reminisce what we were doing in those years.  We continue to travel, and see our daughter, hr husband, and 2 grandkids.  We don't get to Sheboygan very often, since parents and brother have died, but still have a niece and nephew who live there.  The longer we live, I realize what a great beginning Sheboygan provided for us -- a lot of support, great education, and safe environment.  Thanks again.  Doris Oldenburg Thomas

Doris Oldenburg Thomas
Clint Eastwood

Darla, I think you are right!!  Judy Pickhardt Keller

Judith (Judy) Pickhardt Keller

I think Richard Makrevis looks like Clint Eastwood on that picture!!  :)  Anybody else see the resemblance??

Darla Jo Altman
Perhaps this will set the mood???

Give this a listen, it might give you some ideas.

55th class reunion

Sorry to say that I will not be able to attend our 55th class reunion because Celeste and I will be in the middle of our Kona Coffee harvest. Mahalo for all your hard work and have a wonderful time. 

Richard Makrevis


Richard Makrevis
Getting really close

 CHS Class of 1959 Reunion    
     Sunday August 17, 2014
       RSVP:  June 15th, 2014                                                                 
It’s time to sign up for our 55th class reunion.  You are invited to attend the following activities to occur over several days.
Friday, August 15 @ 9:00 A.M. Golf:  9 holes at Town & Country Club (T&C).  Please sign up so we can reserve tee-times which are being blocked for one hour.  This timing allows you time for lunch after and to relax before the 1959 movie if you wish to attend.  We will meet at the Pro Shop after checking in.
Friday, August 15 @4:00 P.M.  In honor of our CHS Class, the 1959 movie PILLOW TALK starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.  This will be at the old Sheboygan Theatre (beautifully renovated as the Weill Center) downtown on 8th Street. Entrance fee payable at the door: $2.00.
Friday, August 15 Social at Miller’s Pub (downstairs) at T&C. Dinner will be served from 6:30 until 8:00. If you wish eat at the social, the cost will be $10.00 for two sandwiches (chicken or hamburger) and several sides.  You must pay in advance with your reunion signup.  If you can’t join us for dinner, please join us for a drink.
Friday, August 15 @8:30 A.M. Kohler Co offers factory tours in groups of 10 people.  We can accommodate as many classmates as wish to go but we need to  know how many to schedule guides.
Various days, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  Many activities are available throughout  Sheboygan County.  The attached list points out many.  Please google on the Inter-net or through the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce on the Inter-net.
Sunday, August 17 @ 4:30 P.M. Cocktails and 6:00 Buffet dinner at Town & Country upstairs in the dining room.  50’s music will be available via a jukebox.  Two meats and a Seafood will be served.  Cost will be $30 per person.

The buffet dinner is $30 per person and the Friday social is $10 if you chose to eat with the group.   Golf, movie and other activities will be paid separately at the venue.  Please fill out the invitation at the bottom of this page.  Return it with your check, payable to CHS Class of 1959 and mailed to Judy Schwartz , 206 Willowbrook Drive, Plymouth, WI  53073.
1.  Including yourself, number attending Friday Social @ T&C __________, cost is $10 per person
2. Including yourself, number attending the Reunion on Sunday @ T&C_____, cost is $30 per person.
Please print your full name/nick name (including maiden name)& your guest(s) name.

3. How many in your party  intend to golf at T&C  on Friday am ___________
4. How many in your party intend to attend the movie at the Weill Center_______
5. How many in you party wish to participate in a Kohler Co tour on Friday___
6. Please refer to the attached information about hotels.  We have not been able to block rooms so you must make reservations ASAP.  Please call the hotel at their direct number listed on the attached list.
Your Reunion Committee


Bob Schmidt
Reading The Elle Article...

Awesome article for an awesome mom.  Great job, Phil and Judy. 


Dianne Felde Powell
Our 55th Reunion

Judy and I are disappointed we won't be able to get back home this August to celebrate our 55th. We sincerely appreciate the hard work you all put in to make the reunion a complete success...and we are sure it will be a complete success!

Our daughter wrote this article in ELLE for Judy on Mother's Day:


Some of you might get a kick out of reading about a CHS class of '59 graduate!
Fondly, Judy (Pfister) and Phil Schaefer
Phil Schaefer
55th Class Reunion

Dear Reunion Planning Committee:

I am so sorry that we are unable to attend the 55th Central High School Class Reunion in August.  Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to plan this event and it looks like it will be great!

Unfortunately, we have a conflict on that weekend.  Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to see you all, again, very soon.

Thanks for this great weekend and very sincerely,


Dianne Felde Powell


P.S.  Need I say, "Have a great time?"

Dianne Felde Powell
Some Suggestions of what to do while at this reunion.

CHS Class of 59 Reunion  Sheboygan County Activities

Hiking - Maywood Environmental Park
Kohler Andre State Park
Kettle Moraine State Forest
Bookworm Gardens - self guided tours
Space Port
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Wade House with new Carriage House (Greenbush
Sheboygan County Historical Museum - located on Erie Avenue
Kohler Design Center - open to the public daily
Sheboygan County Aviation Heritage Center
Kayaking Surfing Paddle Boarding- Lake Michigan
Lake Shore Culinary lnstitute - Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
Charter Boat Fishing (approximately 25 charter boats in the area
Twilight Concert Series (free at Fountain Park)
Weill Center Friday Movie both 4 pm and 7 pm (See Pillow Talk, Friday August 15)
Plymouth Downtown - full building painted historical murals
Yacht Club - Lightning North American Championship - August 8-16
Elkhart Lake - Downtown Night
Sheboygan A's baseball
lndian Mound Park - self guided tours
Waelderhaus House Tours - free tours - 2-3-4 pm daily except holidays
Plymouth Stockcar Racing - dirt track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds

Google individually or through the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce

Watch your mailbox!

 CHS Class of 1959 Reunion    
     Sunday August 17, 2014
       RSVP:  June 15th, 2014                                                                 
It’s time to sign up for our 55th class reunion.  You are invited to attend the following activities to occur over several days.
Friday, August 15 @ 9:00 A.M. Golf:  9 holes at Town & Country Club (T&C).  Please sign up so we can reserve tee-times which are being blocked for one hour.  This timing allows you time for lunch after and to relax before the 1959 movie if you wish to attend.  We will meet at the Pro Shop after checking in.
Friday, August 15 @4:00 P.M.  In honor of our CHS Class, the 1959 movie PILLOW TALK starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.  This will be at the old Sheboygan Theatre (beautifully renovated as the Weill Center) downtown on 8th Street. Entrance fee payable at the door: $2.00.
Friday, August 15 Social at Miller’s Pub (downstairs) at T&C. Dinner will be served from 6:30 until 8:00. If you wish eat at the social, the cost will be $10.00 for two sandwiches (chicken or hamburger) and several sides.  You must pay in advance with your reunion signup.  If you can’t join us for dinner, please join us for a drink.
Friday, August 15 @8:30 A.M. Kohler Co offers factory tours in groups of 10 people.  We can accommodate as many classmates as wish to go but we need to  know how many to schedule guides.
Various days, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  Many activities are available throughout  Sheboygan County.  The attached list points out many.  Please google on the Inter-net or through the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce on the Inter-net.
Sunday, August 17 @ 4:30 P.M. Cocktails and 6:00 Buffet dinner at Town & Country upstairs in the dining room.  50’s music will be available via a jukebox.  Two meats and a Seafood will be served.  Cost will be $30 per person.

The buffet dinner is $30 per person and the Friday social is $10 if you chose to eat with the group.   Golf, movie and other activities will be paid separately at the venue.  Please fill out the invitation at the bottom of this page.  Return it with your check, payable to CHS Class of 1959 and mailed to Judy Schwartz , 206 Willowbrook Drive, Plymouth, WI  53073.
1.  Including yourself, number attending Friday Social @ T&C __________, cost is $10 per person
2. Including yourself, number attending the Reunion on Sunday @ T&C_____, cost is $30 per person.
Please print your full name/nick name (including maiden name)& your guest(s) name.

3. How many in your party  intend to golf at T&C  on Friday am ___________
4. How many in your party intend to attend the movie at the Weill Center_______
5. How many in you party wish to participate in a Kohler Co tour on Friday___
6. Please refer to the attached information about hotels.  We have not been able to block rooms so you must make reservations ASAP.  Please call the hotel at their direct number listed on the attached list.
Your Reunion Committee


I have heard rumors that the snowfalls you have been experiencing have abated and it is safe to venture out. I also heard that "you aren't out of the woods just yet. Thinking of you.

Bob Schmidt

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
From Bob Schmidt- Can you believe it?

While on a recent trip to the Bahamas, some sailor tried to pick up my wife, using his ugly dog as "bait"! I've got a picture to prove it happened!

Our condolences to classmate Mike Kuether

Elva Klein, age 98, of Sheboygan passed away Saturday evening February 8, 2014 at Prairie Crossing in Sheboygan Falls.  Elva was born March 16, 1915 in Sheboygan to the late Phillip and Anne (Margraf) Eirich.  Elva enjoyed bingo, reading, word games, latch hook and miniature bowling.

Survivors include her children Nyle (Sandi) Kuether, Mike (Carol) Kuether, Carol (Tullio) Sheffield, Helen (Karl) Perleberg; extended family Diane (Bill) Werner, Mary Herzog, Kathie Hoffmann, Char (Larry) Halverson, Guy Klein, John (Bonnie) Klein, Mike (Gloria) Klein and two sisters Ruth Stegemeyer and Anna Gross.  Elva is further survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herbert, five sisters and a brother.

Family and friends may call at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 10 A.M. until the time of service.  Memorial service will be held 11 A.M. at the funeral home with the Rev. James Hartman, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at

With apologies to Mr. Chipman,Ernst, Groenke, and North: Reminder? We don't need no stinkin' reminder!
Our condolences to classmate Jerome Fox


Bertha Fox


Born in Wausau, Wisconsin on Dec 04, 1911


Died on Mar 04, 2014 and resided in Sheboygan, Wisconsin


Bertha H. Fox(nee Fischer) Born on December 4, 1911 in Wausau, WI and passed away on March 4, 2014 at St. Nicholas Hospital.Bertha is survived by her son Jerome (the late Barbara); daughter-in-law Maryann Fox; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John Fox Sr. and her sons John (the late Shirley) Fox Jr. and James Fox.During her life she owned The Old Lodge, Johnny's Supper Club as well as Westside Bowling Ally's.Visitation will be held at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St. Sheboygan, WI, on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 4PM until 7PM. Private burial will be held at Sunrise Memorial Garden, Town of Wilson, at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at


Blessings and Sympathy to the Wiegand Family

I knew Mr. Wiegand from the time I was a little girl at Trinity.  He was always kind to all the kids and loved to sing and smile.  He was truly a "hero" to even the "great generation" of our parents.  My mom and dad liked him, too.  Eddy, Jr. had his dad's sweet smile.  Blessings on the entire family and sincere sympathy to all who knew Mr. Wiegand.


Dianne Felde Powell

Dianne Felde Powell
Obituary of Edwin Wiegand, Father of Classmate Ed Wiegand

Edwin Wiegand, age 98, of Sheboygan, went home to his Lord and Savior Monday morning, January 13, 2014.He was born June 29, 1915 in Sheboygan to David and Elizabeth (Reimer) Wiegand.He attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and Sheboygan Vocational School.On November 25, 1939 Edwin and Frieda Wagner were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church. Frieda preceded him in death on February 9, 1996.During WW II Edwin proudly served his country in the US Army Air Force in the European Theatre, receiving an honorable discharge. In 2012 he was honored as the oldest WW II veteran during the Vet's Roll trip to the WW II Memorial in Washington D.C. Barbara Sather assisted Edwin on that trip and became a dear friend.He worked at Dillingham Mfg. Co for eight years before beginning his thirty-five year employment at Armour Leather, retiring from the maintenance department in 1978.Edwin was a lifelong, faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he sang with the choirs for thirty-three years and also served on Trinity's school board. He was also a member of the American Luther Association and Sheboygan Lutheran High School Tap Root Group, the VFW Sheboygan Memorial Post #9156, and he enjoyed senior league bowling. He was an avid golfer until the age of eighty, achieving a hole-in-one in 1984.He is survived by his son, Edwin E. Wiegand of Oceanside, CA; his daughter, Susan (Dr. Vincent) Bolton of Kennebunkport, ME; four grandchildren, Michael (Sheila) Bolton, Michelle (Daniel) Haim, Megan (Dr.Erik) Kabela, and Meredith Bolton; seven great-grandchildren, Rachel, Jason, Celeste, Josephine, Matilda, Abigail, and Esther; one brother, Carl Wiegand of Florida; two sisters, Wilma (Kenneth) Allwardt of Kaukauna and Martha (Alan) Herzog of Sheboygan.In addition to his wife, Frieda, he was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Wiegand and four sisters, Emma Herman, Marie Sprengel, Betty Brand, and Esther Wiegand.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 936 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan. Rev. Timothy J. Mech, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow at Lutheran Cemetery. A time of visitation and support will be held at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name for Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Choir and Sheboygan Lutheran High School.

Thanks for Site Upkeep

Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" to all of the "worker bees" who keep this site current.  It is so appreciated.

Dianne Felde Powell
Pobody is Nerfect!

Your reunion committee needs your assistance. If you have location information on any of the below listed classmates, please contact me at:  or

Any information, phone, e-mail, business address or phone.


Joanne Mersberger Hesslink

Jacklyn Ellenbecker Bennin

Arthur Schildbach

Judith Zittel Walter


Thank you for your help.

Blessings and Hugs...

...your family was so blessed to have such amazing parents, Darla.  It so helps to explain the "who" and "what" you are.  What a blessing you "were" to your mom and "are" to your dad.  My prayers and love to all of your family.  God is hugging each of you.

Dianne Felde Powell
Obituary of Joan V. Williams, Mother of Darla (Williams) Altman

Joan Williams(1918 - 2013)
Williams, Joan V.

Joan V. (Prescher) Williams, age 94, made her transition on October, 16, 2013 at Terrace Estates in Sheboygan. She was the daughter of Walter and Alma (Kohls) Prescher. Joan was born November 28, 1918 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Joan had fond memories of working at Kiddies Camp at Evergreen Park. She had a great love of dance, performing in recitals at a very young age. Joan and her husband, LeRoy had a fondness for ballroom dancing and traveled to various dance events throughout the country. She attended Franklin Grade School, South Side Junior High School and Sheboygan Central High School.

Joan was a founding member of Unity Christian Fellowship Church. Her Unity beliefs became her 'way of life'. She served as a Sunday School teacher, Board Member and was a faithful member of the Unity Prayer Circle. Joan devoted her life to raising her daughters, spending time with her grandchildren and keeping a neat and tidy home.

Joan is survived by her husband of 73 years, LeRoy; daughters, Darla (Steve) Altman and LeAnn (Michael) Tevsh; a brother, Roger (Marilyn) Prescher — all of Sheboygan. Sisters-in-law: Betty Oldenburg of Sheboygan; and Amanda Williams of St. Augustine, Florida; also brother-in-law, Charles "Spike" Williams of Sheboygan, and many other relatives and friends. She will be fondly remembered by her six grandchildren: Randy (Rene) Thimmig, Rickey Thimmig, all of Sheboygan. Melissa (Charles) Lacasse of Onalaska, Wisconsin; Allison (Steve) Zittel of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Matthew Tevsh of Green Bay, Wl; and Clay (Kathy) Altman of Delafield, Wl. Five great-grandchildren, Patti (Ben) Belger (West Bend, Wl); Henry & Elliot Lacasse of Onalaska, Wl, Sam & Jakob Altman of Delafield, Wl; also: three great-great-grandchildren: Lucia, Lainey and Sierra Belger of West Bend, Wl. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law: Margaret and Benjamin Williams; a granddaughter: Becky Altman; sisters-in-law: Annamae (Teddy) Buechler, brothers-in-law: James "PeeWee" Williams; Bobby Williams; Lester Williams; and Benjamin "Benjie" (Arcedyth) Williams.

A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at Unity Church of Sheboygan, 2409 North 8th Street, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 with Rev. Pat Brown and Rev. Ginny Stuve officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Joan's name.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stillwell, the staff of Terrace Estates and Hospice Advantage Home Care for their loving care.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary of Peter Bemis, Brother of classmate Dick Bemis

Bemis, Peter

Peter F. Bemis, President, CEO and co-owner of Bemis Manufacturing Company, died of cancer on Thursday, October 10 at his home in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He was 66 years old. Peter was born April 21, 1947 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to F.K. "Pete" Bemis and Grace (Carlson) Bemis.

Peter leaves behind a legacy of innovation and a reputation as an industry and civic leader, and a forward-thinking processing maven who pushed the boundaries of technology.

Peter attended Sheboygan schools, and graduated from Carroll College (University) in 1969 with a degree in business administration and economics, with a minor in philosophy. After graduating, he joined his family's business as a clerk, processing time cards and job tickets. Restless, he began spending his time on the manufacturing floor, and tinkering in the machine shop. Here he found his true passion. He was soon promoted to manufacturing manager of the company's then-seven-press injection molding operations.

Over the years, Peter rose through the ranks at Bemis, earning 27 process and design patents, while pioneering the use of multi-layer extrusion and co-injection molding, which, each year reuses millions of pounds of recycled plastic. He introduced statistical process control throughout Bemis in 1975, decades before it was widely employed within the manufacturing community. Peter formed a strong alliance with the plastics machinery maker Cincinnati Milacron, Inc., and, inspired by Peter's challenge, together the two firms developed and built the world's largest horizontal co-injection molding machine. Bemis first used this massive 550,000-lb. press to mold large plastic components for agricultural applications. Products up to nine feet in size and weighing as much as 60 pounds continue to be built today.

Peter served on the Midwest and National Boards of The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) for many years. He was past Board Chairman of the National Plastics Museum, and in 2003 received their Plastics Pioneer designation. He was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2006, along with fellow luminary Jack Welch, past CEO of General Electric. He was also elected to the GE Quality Council and the Supplier Council of Harley-Davidson.

Peter's most recent recognition was the 2013 Unity (a.k.a. Man of the Year) Award from the National Plumbing Union Contractors for his visionary leadership. "You proved the experts wrong," said Trustee Bob Melko of Bemis not only surviving, but thriving by manufacturing American-made products with unionized employees.

Besides leading the company, Peter was well known in the community and served on the Board of Directors at St. Nicholas Hospital and Lakeland College for many years. He was active in other community organizations as well. Said recently retired Lakeland College President Stephen Gould, "During his 34 years in service at Lakeland, Peter advised and counseled three of the college's presidents, and played a decisive role in virtually all of the initiatives that have made Lakeland College the vital and robust institution it is today."

Peter was serving on the Board of Directors of Bemis Manufacturing Company, and was President of the F.K. Bemis Family Foundation.

Peter is survived by his wife Susan (Fleming). Peter is also survived by his children, son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Dana (Broberg) of Sheboygan, daughter Rebecca of Sheboygan, son Peter (PK) and daughter-in-law Nena (Jakovac) of Sheboygan, and stepdaughters Aleah Altmann of Philadelphia, PA and Nadine Altmann of Seattle, WA. He is further survived by his grandchildren Katherine, Margaret, Elizabeth, Caroline and Lukas.

Peter is also survived by siblings Patricia (James) Schreiber of Sheboygan; Richard (Kristin) Bemis of Sheboygan; Catharine Stayer of Elkhart Lake; Mary Louise "Lulu" (Joel) Lubbers of Sheboygan; stepbrother Steven (Katy) Larson of Plymouth; and Linda (Thomas) Ottensman of Boulder, CO.

He is further survived by his father-in-law Edmund Fleming of Sheboygan, sister-in-laws Nancy Fleming of Shorewood, WI, Patti (Randy) Schilling of Northfield, MN, Mari (Todd) Gutschow of Poway, CA, brothers-in-law Edmund Fleming Jr. of Chicago, IL, and William (Jessica) Fleming of Mequon, WI. He is also survived by former spouse Wendy, and by many nieces and nephews.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Josephine (Larson) Bemis, and stepsister Sarah Mabey.

Visitation will be held at Ballhorn Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Oct 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Sheboygan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to memorial funds at Lakeland College or Sheboygan County's Generations: An Intergenerational Center in the name of Peter F. Bemis.

Peter devoted his life to building a company that is today stronger than ever. His devotion and his values have left his imprint on all he knew.


Obituary for Alexia (Skeris) Altmann

Alexia R. Altmann, age 72, passed away, Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Nicholas Hospital. She was born February, 3, 1941 in Sheboygan to parents Alex F. and Eugenia T. (Cizauskas) Skeris. Alexia graduated from Central High School in 1959. She attended St Mary's School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan and Milwaukee. She married Neal L. Altmann on February 3, 1968 at Immaculate Conception Church, Sheboygan. Alexia was active in the Cub Scouts, attaining the Wood Badge Leadership Training. She was also active in the Pigeon River PTA, and enjoyed bowling, card clubs and family. Alexia worked at North Bowl for over 20 years. Alexia is survived by two sons; Kyle N. (Katie) Altmann and Colin A. Altmann. Four grandchildren; Andrew, Anna, Benjamin and Daniel Altmann. Two brothers; Rev. Robert A. Skeris, and Peter J. Skeris, one sister; Catherine C. Skeris. Also loved by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, husband, brothers; Eugene F., Philip J. Skeris, and sister; Barbara A. Elmer. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 26 at Zimmer Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center (Hwy 42 & JJ), from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM followed by a Rosary Service. Continued visitation on Friday, September 27, from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM at Holy Name of Jesus Parish (807 Superior St., Sheboygan). Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with Fr. Robert A. Skeris presiding. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery. - See more at:

Bob Melzer brings his boat home

Kali Thiel/Sheboygan Press Media
Bob Melzer of Sheboygan recently purchased a 41 foot wooden cutter that was originally built in Sheboygan in the 1960s. The boat, originally called "Colleen," was launched in 1969 and is now docked at the Sheboygan Yacht Club, awaiting its maiden voyage with its new owner.

Death of Roland Goosen, husband of classmate Louise Daehnert

Goosen, Roland G.Roland G. Goosen, 72, of Sheboygan passed away peacefully with his family beside him on Sunday evening, August 25, 2013 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center.Roland was born on November 17, 1940 in Sheboygan a son to the late Joseph and Helen (Voigt) Goosen. He graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1959. On April 29, 1961 he was united in marriage to Louise Daehnert in Sheboygan. He had been employed in the shipping department at Plastics Engineering for 33 years. Roland served in the National Guard. Roland enjoyed spending time with his family and being in the outdoors. As an outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting and fishing.Roland was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.Roland is survived by his wife, Louise; two sons, Mark Goosen (girlfriend, Chris) of Sheboygan and Daniel (Peggy) Goosen of Chippewa Falls; three grandsons, Justin (Jena) Goosen of Howards Grove, Cory (Katie) Goosen of Chippewa Falls and Kurt Goosen of Sheboygan; a brother, Ronald Goosen of Sheboygan; brothers-in-law, Harold (Karen) Daehnert and Gene (Margaret) Mohr, both of Sheboygan and sisters-in-law, Ruth Suprick, Dorothy Daehnert and Karen Daehnert all of Sheboygan and Patsy Daehnert of Las Vegas. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Donald Daehnert, Warren Daehnert, Donald Daehn and Jerry Suprick.A funeral service for Roland will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, August 29 at the Chapel of Eternal Light of Greenlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Dana Loney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Family and friends may gather at the chapel, 6706 Superior Ave. on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.A memorial fund has been established in Roland's name.Roland's family would like to extend a grateful and sincere thank you to the staff of Sunnyridge Health Care Center and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for all the care and compassion they gave.Online condolences may be expressed at


Man, you guys are lookin' good!  Happy 50th Anniversary to our "King and Queen! --- Dorothy Adamavich and Bobby Ayers!!  Love to you both!!  


Darla Williams Altman

Darla Williams Altman
Congratulations Bob and Dotti

I agree with Diane.  It's great to reach 50 years together and you look great.  Dotti, it was nice to see you at a recent reunion meeting and hope to see you at the meeting on September 5 as well as at the 55th.


Clyde Kometer

It's a blessing to be together as long as the two of you.  Sincere congratulations to you and your family on this wonderful day.  Hopefully, you feel as good as you look. 

Hope to see you both at the 55th.

Your former neighbor and friend.

Dianne Felde Powell



Dianne Felde Powell
Fifty Year Anniversary for Bob and Dot Ayers

Bob and Dot Ayers celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 10, 2013. They were married in Sheboygan WI, honeymooned in Niagara Falls, settled in Manitowoc, and make the world more beautiful and special wherever they or their art, plants, woodcarving, crafts, stories and generosity are. With gratitude and humility: kids, Beth, Sara and John: and grandkids Zoe, Cristina, Antonio, Jake and Leah. 

Published in the Sheboygan Press on August 11, 2013

Those of you who came to CHS from South Side Junior High School.

Dorothy (Dottie) E. Simon

Dorothy E. Simon, age 96, of Sheboygan, passed away Wednesday morning, July 10, 2013.

Dorothy was born April 14, 1917 in Madison, WI to Harry and Meta (Manthey) Simon. She attended grade school and high school in Baraboo, WI and was a graduate of Platteville Teachers College with a degree in Elementary Education, Class of 1939.

In September of 1939 she began her teaching career in Sheboygan at South Side Junior High School (now Farnsworth Middle School) teaching third grade. She later taught at Wilson Elementary School, retiring in 1980 after forty-one years of teaching. Her graduate work was done at Milwaukee State Teachers' College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Through her life, she was deeply involved in her church, First United Lutheran, as a faithful worshiper, generous giver, weekday church school teacher, Senior Citizen group member, and a church office helper.

In addition, she was a member of Sheboygan Women's Club, Maywood -Ellwood H. May Environmental Park, Sheboygan County Audubon Society, Sheboygan Camera Club, Sheboygan County Retired Teachers' Association, and a life member of the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association.

Dorothy (Dottie) had many varied interests. She was an avid lover of nature. She enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, biking, hiking and traveling, especially to the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. She was also the recipient of numerous awards for her photography.

She is survived by special friends, the Rocca and Clark families of Iowa, the Jeffrey Brunner family of Greenfield, Wisconsin, good neighbors and many other friends in the Sheboygan area and beyond.

Funeral services for Dorothy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at First United Lutheran Church, 2401 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan. Pastor Todd Smith will be officiating. A time of visitation and support will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will follow at Garden Terrace Mausoleum.

A memorial fund has been established in her name for First United Lutheran Church.

To sign the guestbook, light a candle, and/or send flowers in memory of Dorothy (Dottie), visit,

Mark Your Calendars, Please.

The Central High School Class of '59 Reunion Committee today reserved Town & Country Club Restaurant for our 55th Class Reunion in 2014.  It will be held on SUNDAY, August 17.  More information to come in the next few months.

The planning of the pre-planning stage.

Our reunion committee is working at putting together a gathering for next year. Looks like the time frame is August (not Brat Day) specific dates to be determined.

If you have some ideas or insights you want shared at our next meeting E-Mail them to:

Clyde Kometer; or Bob Schmidt

Death of wife of Classmate Leo Bersch

Bersch, Annette R.

Annette R. Bersch, age 70, of Sheboygan, went to her heavenly home on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI. She was born in Sheboygan on May 24, 1942 the daughter of the late John and Goldie Obbink Wondergem.

Annette attended local schools and graduated from the last class of Sheboygan Central High School in 1960. On June 17, 1961, Annette was united in marriage to Leo Bersch at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Annette was a full-time homemaker and took great pride in raising her six daughters.

Annette was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and served the Lord by playing in the Hand Bell Choir. She enjoyed baking, art and craft projects, painting, and spending time with her Red Hat friends. She was an accomplished bowler and was a member of the Sheboygan Bowling Hall of Fame. Annette was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Little League Baseball.

Survivors include her husband, Leo Bersch; six daughters, Pamela Ourada, Sandra (Kurt) Spatt, Karla (Ross) Saeger, Donna (Larry) Krueger, Rebecca (Jay) Gonia, all of Sheboygan, Brenda (Phillip) Ulmen, of Waukesha; fifteen grandchildren, Allyssa, Kayla, Joshua, Samantha, Kasey, Mark, Jenna, Adrianna, Jordan, Evan, Ryan, Adam, Elias, Gray and Phynn and her two great-grandchildren, Pierson and Carson. Annette is further survived by her two sisters, Jean (Marko) Zagar, Marilyn (Hank) Kalkopf, both of Sheboygan; two brothers, Adrian (Ann) Wondergem, of Sun Prairie, Gary (Ann) Wondergem, of Elkhart Lake and her sister-in-law, Mary Green, of Sheboygan. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Dee Wondergem.

Family and friends may call at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan on Wednesday evening, TODAY, May 8, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and on Thursday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. A funeral service for Annette will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Marcus Powers officiating. Entombment will take place at the Garden Terrace Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Annette's name. A heartfelt thank you is extended to Dr. Brauer, Dr. Haller and the staff at St. Nicholas Hospital and Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Bob Schmidt
The Winter of Life

This is a very much truncated version of something sent by one of our classmates. Strange, isn't it how there are times that we sit around and think.....but wait, that is the message of the note.

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you
unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was
young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by
Where did my youth go? I remember  seeing older people through the
years and thinking, those older people were years away from me and
that winter was so far off.

But, here it friends are retired and getting grey Some are in better and some worse shape than me. I see the great change. No longer the ones
that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age
is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to
see and never thought we'd be.
And I enter into this new season of my life somewhat unprepared for
all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and
do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know,
that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how much longer it will
last...this I do know, that when it's over on this earth, a new adventure will begin!


Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Nancy Jacquette

I'm sorry this is so far behind Nancy's passing. Her daughter said it was OK to post, so if you feel led to contact the family please do so.

D'Agostino, Nancy Ann (Nee Jacquette) Born to Eternal Life on Sunday, August 26, 2012, age 71 years. Preceded in death by her husband John and brothers -in-law Carl, Joe, and Peter. Survived by her dear daughter Karen Ann (Joe) Bova. Grandmother of Danielle and Kimberly Bova. Great-grandmother of Izaiah and Hailee. Sister to Dale (Tina) Jacquette and sister-in-law to Rosemary, Mary (Jim) Murtaugh and Donna. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends especially Dorothy Stamos and friends at Layton Terrace. Nancy was an RN at Columbia Hospital for many years.

Bucket List

Just Cut and paste this in an E-Mail, fiill it in and send it to folks in your mailing list circle of friends.


Bucket List - please play along - you would be surprised at the responses. It's fun to learn or remember things about each other.   Whether you've done this before or not , be a good sport. Do it again (and take a brain break for a minute).
Hit forward and place an x by all the things you've done, remove the x from the ones you have not. Change the age at the bottom for yours and send it to at least six of your friends (including me).
Well, hopefully, I'm a friend.


At some time in your life have you ever:
(     ) Shot a gun
(     ) Gone on a blind date
(     ) Skipped school
(     ) Watched someone die
(     ) Visited Canada
(     ) Visited Hawaii
(     ) Visited Cuba
(     ) Visited Europe
(     ) Visited South America
(     ) Visited Las Vegas
(     ) Visited Central America
(     ) Visited Asia
(     ) Visited Florida
(     ) Visited Alaska
(     ) Visited Mexico
(     ) Visited Washington, D.C.
(     ) Seen the Grand Canyon
(     ) Flown on a plane
(     ) Served on a jury
(     ) Been lost
(     ) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
(     ) Swam in the ocean
(     ) Cried yourself to sleep
(     ) Camped in a trailer/RV
(     ) Ridden on an elephant
(     ) Ridden on a camel
(     ) Eaten just cookies or cake for dinner (and/or breakfast)
(     ) Been on TV
(     ) Been on Radio
(     ) Stolen any traffic signs of any kind
(     ) Been in a car accident
(     ) Been in the hospital in the past 24 months
(     ) Donated blood
(     ) Gotten a speeding or any other type of ticket
(     ) Had a piercing (ears or other body parts)
(     ) Gotten a tattoo
(     ) Driven a four-door car
(     ) Ever owned your dream car
(     ) Been married
(     ) Been divorced
(     ) Fallen in love
(     ) Fallen out of love
(     ) Flown in the Goodyear blimp
(     ) Flown in a hot air balloon
(     ) Flown in a helicopter
(     ) Ridden on a snowmobile
(     ) Gone parasailing
(     ) Jumped out of an airplane, why would you do that?
(     ) Caught a fish over half as long as you are tall
(     ) Touched Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid
(     ) Became a parent
(     ) Ridden a Segway, speaking of which.

You Are Currently How Old? :

What is the farthest place to which you will send this? 

Who will respond fastest? 

Mr. Jaeger

Jaeger, Earl Charles

Earl C. Jaeger died peacefully at home Monday morning, February 18, 2013, surrounded by family. Earl was born March 3, 1921 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Ernest and Elsie (Schmidt) Jaeger. He attended Solomon Juneau High School where he became a champion track athlete and cross-country runner. As a Junior, he set a state record of 22' 6 ½" in the long jump. He received many medals as a participant in city-wide track meets. Entering Marquette University on a track scholarship, he continued his athletics and was a member of the NROTC. He served as a Naval officer during WWII before returning to Marquette to complete his B.A. degree in Education. He received his Masters degree in 1955.

Earl began teaching English at Central High School in Sheboygan in 1947, and continued at South High until retiring in 1983. He was very proud to have coached track & field, as well as cross-country from 1948 until 1993. Many school records were set during his tenure as coach. In 1999 he was elected to South High's Athletic Wall of Fame. Earl and Barbara also escorted students on the annual Eastern Tour numerous times. He will be remembered fondly by countless students and athletes whom he mentored over the years, as well as by his colleagues.

Family camping trips to all parts of the United States and Canada were taken in the month of August after Earl finished his summer employment. After retirement, tours to Europe and China were enjoyed. In 1990, Earl and Barbara taught English in Prague, and for nine years escorted teams from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia as they played basketball at colleges throughout the eastern half of the U.S. Several close friendships were made as a result of these experiences.

Earl married Barbara Van Handel on June 9, 1950 He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 62 years, and their seven children: Larry Jaeger and his wife Sheila; Margie Apodaca and her husband Ray; Peg Jaeger; Diane Thomas, her husband Jack, and their son Scott; Julie Kampmann and her husband Bob; Bob's daughters Anna Walvoord and her husband Kipp; Martha Schisel; Lisa Wills, her husband Chris, and their daughters Sydney and Lauren; Steve Jaeger, his wife Venda, and their daughter Anna; Dan Jaeger, his wife Helle, their daughter Amelia, and Helle's daughter Isabella DePhillipo. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Carole Van Handel and Marjorie Van Handel; his niece Linda Roesler, her husband Dave and their children Nicholas and Erin.

Earl was preceded in death by his brother Ernie and his wife Mary Jane, and their daughter Kathleen Stein; and his brother-in-law Robert Van Handel. Earl and Barbara were extremely fond of their Esslingen, Germany exchange daughter, Ute Drechsler-Dietz, who died in 2000.

The family would like to thank the kind caregivers at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and their wonderful neighbors.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Kiwanis Park Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a time of sharing at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to establish a scholarship fund to be awarded to a track or cross-country scholar/athlete from South High School.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit


 Published in Sheboygan Press on February 21, 2013

High School Reunion: or Perhaps this has happened to you?

A, perhaps in it's essence, "true story", submitted by one of our classmates.














Submitted by: Darla J. Altman
I came across an older newspaper this morning (from July of 2012) and read about
"one of our own"....Mr.Brandt.
I remember him from South Side Junior High School. He was my Art teacher/and one of
my memories is: we were told to draw something (which included straight lines).....
without a ruler. Well, I did that.....and Mr. Brandt couldn't believe that I did it
without using a ruler. I insisted that I did.....but he still didn't believe me. :o)
Maybe I should've gone into an art career. LOL
For those of you who had him, and remember him.....please read his extraordinary obituary.
(see below). He was a teacher we can be very proud of. He graduated from high school
the same year I was born. And it is true.....he 'was' well-loved by his students.
I remember him as a kind and gentle man.
Brandt, Michael

Michael Brandt, age 90, died peacefully at his home on July 24, 2012. He was born July 13, 1922 in the village of Kohler, Wisconsin, the son of the late Michael and Anna Brandt of Kohler. Michael graduated from Kohler High School in 1940. The Kohler Company employed him as a draftsman immediately following his graduation. He entered military service in January, 1942 and honored his country by serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and took part in the battle of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe with five battle stars. He was cited for bravery for going to rescue nine fellow soldiers on December 24, 1944 and was awarded the Soldier's Medal for valor. He married Kohler High School classmate Ruth Ring on December 15, 1945.

After his release from service, he attended Milwaukee State Teachers College receiving his Bachelor's Degree in 1948 and a Master's degree in Art Education in 1951. He began his teaching career in Sheboygan at the Southside Junior High School, and then moved to Sheboygan Central High School in 1954. In 1956 he joined the staff at Appleton West High School and taught there until 1960. He returned to the University of Wisconsin for his Fine Arts Degree and joined the Lawrence University faculty as Assistant Professor of Art in 1961. In 1963 he accepted a position as Chairman of the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and taught there until his retirement in 1983. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1965 and to the rank of Full Professor in 1970. He was given the title Professor Emeritus upon retirement.

During his tenure at Oshkosh, he became nationally known for his work in metals and jewelry and exhibited widely throughout the United States. He was honored in 1970 by having his work and a short biography published in a book titled "Objects: USA". He had works purchased by museums and received numerous awards in major shows. His work was also featured several times in a "Court of Honor" at exhibitions with Wisconsin Designer Craftsmen. His work was never stagnant and continued to evolve into new forms. He loved to investigate new materials that brought forth themes from nature. These themes gave his jewelry substance and produced a language of its own that spoke to the viewer in some mystic way.

He was well-loved by students and was an outstanding teacher and artist. He always gave credit to students for his success, stating that he learned just as much from them as they learned from him. Throughout his teaching career, students remembered him for his teaching ability and thanked him for his incredible gift.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh where he served as Vice President, Chairman of the Board of Elders and Chairman of the Planning Board. He is survived by one son and two daughters: John of Germantown, Wisconsin, Robin (Craig) Passow of Orono, Minnesota and Wendy (Tony) Hurley, of Appleton, Wisconsin and six grandchildren: Kendra and Kellan Passow, Ashley and Courtney Schmuhl, and Elizabeth and Michael Hurley and one brother: Jack Brandt of Etowah, North Carolina. Ruth, his wife of 65 years and three siblings Harvey Brandt, Dan Brandt and Virginia Pluskat preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at Living Waters Lutheran Church (1585 S Oakwood Rd.) on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:00 am with the Rev. John Dorn officiating. Family and friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. A memorial has been established in his name for Living Waters Lutheran Church. Final internment will be at Woodland Cemetery in the village of Kohler, Wisconsin.

Michael's family would like to thank the staffs at Preferred Home Health Care and Aurora VNA Hospice, especially Joan Sievert, for all there support and care.

Tiny Little Mini Reunion

Today Clyde Kometer and Bob Schmidt enjoyed a burger at one of Garner, NC's local watering holes. A place called, "Locked and Loaded". Clyde was in the area visiting family and gave me a call. The food was good and the fellowship fine. Thanks Clyde! Oh, and just so you know. Folks around here think the only kind of mustard on the planet is yellow hot dog mustard. So if you want a burger  with onions, mustard, and pickles, better bring your own.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Fourty-nine and counting

Sorry I missed putting this on our site. Wish them a Happy 49th.

Don Walczak and his wife Diane, celebrated 49 years of wedded bliss on the 30th of November

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Giving thanks

Fom my wife and I, we wish all my classmates and our hero's in uniform a healthy and safe thanksgiving holiday.  Ray and Sue Kramer

Ray Kramrt
Thank you Geri and Jack!

Thank you both so much for all your hard work for the Central Class of 1959.  You are both amazing and so very appreciated.

To Bob, Darla and Margene:  Thank you all for volunteering to do this work for all of us.  

I can't speak for anybody else but I truly am a happy recipient of the results of your labor.

Warm regards to all of you.




Dianne Felde Powell
New Classquest Website Administrators

For your information, our classquest website has new administrators:  Bob Schmidt (,
Darla Williams Altman (, and Margene
Reyer (  Thank you Bob, Darla, and Margene.  All questions about the website or information
needing to be posted should be referred to one of the above
classmates.  You are still encouraged to post, but it will not
be reflected on the website until one of your administrators
authenticates your post.

Geri & Jack Zore
Jim Fritsch TIP

Subject: Do Not Call Lists
I just reregistered all three of my phones and decided to pass the link along to everyone.

Jim Fritsch
Congratulations and thanks

First of all, let me congratulate all who are or will celebrate 50 years of marriage to the same woman. second of all, my wife and I thank the good lord for the safe return and retirement of our son Steve after 28 years of service to his country. This year will mark the first time in 28 years, that we will get to have him home to celebrate thanksgiving and christmas without being deployed somewhere in the world. We pray as well for the well being and safe return of all our troops.  Ray and Sue Kramer

Raymond (Ray) Kramer
Congratulations on your 50th Wedding anniversary!
Don't know what ever happened to the record, but here is the label. At the time of this post (approx) Nancy and I were waiting outside the Clark County Court house in LasVegas till after mid-night. This was so the date on the license would match the date engraved inside my ring. That would be fifty years ago and I love her still.
Thank you for Caring.

Ray:  You are good to notice the comments.  So glad you're doing well and feeling well.  We truly are a generation coming from super Wisconsin stock, right?  It's all good.  Hope to see you soon. 


P.S.  I was the only one on our rivercruise NOT frozen in Budapest!  Like I said, super Wisconsin stock!  Layer, layer, layer.


Dianne Felde Powell

Diane, thank you for reminding those of us who don't have to deal with any health issues, that there are many people who suffer in silence one ailment or another. Many times we go about our daily lifes not thinking or caring about the many who struggle just to exist from day to day. I thank you for reminding me of how lucky I am, and to be more aware of the circumstances and issues that others have to endure.   Ray Kramer

Raymond (Ray) Kramer
NOT RAIN, NOR SLEET NOR.............

Submitted this picture to THE SUN PHOTOEXTRAVAGANZA...and it was featured in the October 4th, 2012 edition. :o)

"Not even a car accident could keep Darla Altman of Sheboygan from the 53rd Central High class reunion."


Raymond and Susan (Schmitt) Kramer of Sheboygan Falls celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 1st, 2012 with a special blessing at Blessed Trinity Parish in Sheboygan Falls.  The couple was married on September 1st, 1962 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Sheboygan.  They have four children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  They spent a special weekend at Christmas Mountain in Wisconsin Dells with their family.

Sheboygan Central High School Swim Team 1959

Submitted by Robert Schmidt

Please do not judge what you don't understand!

Hard to explain to someone who has no clue. It's a daily struggle being in pain or feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your Facebook status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness (Cystic Fibrosis, Cohn’s, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Diabetes, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, MS, ME, Arthritis, Cancer, HEART DISEASE, EPILEPSY, Autism, M.D., Histiocytosis etc.) " Never judge what you don't understand, or like the saying goes, "Never judge a book by its cover".


Dianne Felde Powell




Neil & Judy Jensema of Sheboygan Falls celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 11, 2012 at Klemme's Wagon Wheel...with a dinner hosted by their children.  They were married on August 11, 1962 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.

Judy was born February 14, 1941 in Sheboygan.  She was employed by Heidenreiter Bus Service for 27 years, retiring in 2004.

Her husband was born May 3, 1938 in Gibbsville.  He was employed by Kohler Company for 37 years., retiring in 2000.

The couple has two children, Scott (Heidi) Jensema of Antigo and Greg Jensema (fiance Courtney) of Sheboygan Falls.  They have two grandchildren.


Darla Jo Williams Altman

For those of you who have not seen it yet.....I thought I would post these two links for your enjoyment.  I love watching the videos.....they bring back so many memories of when life was more "simple."  There is a big Buick that is always driving by in the videos.  Maybe that was me!!  I took my driver's test (and passed!) in my Dad's big '53 aqua Buick! I remember I had to 'double park' in front of the Majestic Theatre (watch for the theatre on the video!)  :o)  Enjoy!  Oh, to be 18 again!  Here are the links of Part 1 and Part 2:
Sheboygan 1958 video.........Part 1 ---
Sheboygan 1958 video.........Part 2 ---


Darla JoAnne Williams Altman

Our current Classquest website administrator (Geri Zore) of the Class of 1959 is running out of energy due to medical complications.  Accordingly, the class is seeking someone to take over the administration of the website.  It can be done on either a PC or an Apple computer, and according to my wife, Geri, and the website staff, it is very user friendly.  The Classquest staff is very easy to work with and will provide all the help needed.  Now that the website is set up, updateing is not that complicated.

Congratulations to Ray & Sue Kramer, who celebrated 50 years of marriage on 1 Sep 12.

Jack Zore

53rd Reunion Pictures

We have started posting the pictures taken at the 53rd Reunion Activities.  When you go to one of the albums, the pictures will appear very small with the names hard to read.  However if you double click on any of the pictures, they will get larger up to full size so that you can read the names.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.  We have only posted the CHS tour album so far, but we will keep working on the rest as fast as we can.  We would like to thank Darla Williams Altman, Jerry Feustel, and Dick Kuehl for providing us pictures to share with you.

Geri & Jack Zore, assisted by Betsy Zore Geffert

Geri & Jack Zore

Want to say thank you to everyone for your lovely cards, prayers, kind emails and "gentle" hugs at the reunion.  Still moving a little slow with my injuries from our car accident, but I do feel improvement everyday.  Just have to put my polka dancing on hold for a little while.  :o)  Have the balloons from our picnic in my livingroom....they keep me smiling.  :o)

Darla Jo Williams Altman
Central High's 53rd Reunion Cookies!

So many of you inquired about the beautiful cookies my niece made for our 53rd Reunion.
Weren't they just awesome?!! I thought I would share her link with you/in case you want
more information.
Darla Williams Altman
PS:  I got the following message from my niece with the picture of the cookies served at the reunion picnic.
Got this on FB from Missy ... and she wrote:
The last of my cookie creations until the cookie sheets are unpacked in the new digs.
These were for my Auntie's high school reunion last week.
(They are moving to Onalaska soon).  

Darla Jo Altman
Pictures of Reunion Activities

If you took any pictures of the reunion activities this past week-end, please email them to Geri Zore, at  I lost a lot of the pictures I took, but will post any I receive plus the few I still have ASAP.  

The reunion was a great success.  All who attended seemed to have a great time and  a lot of fun.  The variety of food was good. The music was great.  We had attendance from classmates from many states including RI, CA, MT, FL, TX, TN, and the Carolinas.

 Some of you showed some concern for the cost of $30 per person for two events, the Patio on Friday and the Picnic on Saturday, however the cost was not just for food and drinks.  The cost of reunions covers, mailings (stamps, paper, ink, envelops), the cost of the web site, decorations, park rental fee, name tags, posters and other incidentals.  The reunion committee did a lot to keep the price as low as it could have been.  Special thanks goes to Darla Williams Altman who provided many memorable items for display and viewing, and to Dieter Helm for the music.  

How to get a year book replacement, for those of you who asked!

You can now buy or replace a Lake Breeze 59' yearbook at: (this is not our website). Once you are there, go to yearbooks and order a reprint. Black & white costs $39.95 and color costs $59.95. Darla Williams Altman



Thank you to everyone who made our 53rd reunion a great success!  As you know I am still recuperating from my I will write more later.  I am just glad that I was able to get there.  It was the most wonderful picnic...great place, great food and great friends!  Love to you all.


 P.S. Thank you to everyone for your "gentle" hugs!!  :o)



Darla Williams Altman
Message from Harry Greenwald

Last time I talked to Jack, I told him that I was to have some minor surgery. Not so!  I am now
in chemo.  Things seem to be going well.  Wish all my classmates well.  Have a great
time at the 53rd.  Harry

Anniversary cake, anyone?

"Whew!  Can't wait to dig into my anniversary cake!"


Couldn't happen to a nicer couple. 

Jerry Grohskopf
Congratulations to Dieter and Marianne Helm

Dieter and Marianne Helm's kids threw a surprise anniversary party for them on July 28th at Al & Al's.  The happy couple thought they were going to a birthday party. Surprise, Surprise!

Congratulations Dieter and Marianne.


CHS Logo Outer Wear

       If you are interested in the class logo outerwear, (hat $10, polo-shirt $19, sweatshirt $20 or hooded sweatshirt  $26 in colors red, white, etc), see picture for more information or go to web site  You can still order, but you must order direct from Wally Markgraf, and you must pay for your order before Wally will make it for you.  To place order call 920-458-5459   

David Risseeuw sends kudos !

Regret I cannot be with you all at the reunion... duty at the hospital calls.  Have a great time !!

David Risseeuw
ATTENTION: Calling all former REDMEN basketball
and football players!  I hope you are coming to our
reunion in August because there's a special treat in
store for you!!!  :o)


Darla J. Williams

Darla Jo Williams Altman
ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS submitted by Darla Williams Altman
Aarpp Bulletin/ March 2012/By Ann Rodgers, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Some people faithfully attend school reunions.  Others scoff and wonder if it isn't a bit crazy to fly halfway across the country to see folks who, except for maybe three or four, are not aquainted with who you are now and certainly don't care.  So why go?
My high school experience is best summed up as awkward and interminable.  Though adulthood has shown me to be a clear-cut extrovert, I was unable to access that quality amind the agony of self-consciousness that drowned me in high school.
So---once a decade---reunions have become that rare opportunity for a do-over.  I can mingle with people I was once too shy to speak to, be friendly, be the person I wanted to be in high school.  It's a chance to spruce up outdated recollections steeped in angst-filled teenage introspection and self--absorption.  Rewriting history this way has become a big lure of reunions.  But it didn't start out that way.
Because I have not lived in my hometown since I left for college, I went to my 10th high school reunion out of curiosity.  I was depressed and a bit horrified to find many classmates still clinging to their outdated cliques: Cheerleaders were still with cheerleaders.  Same with the band kids and athletes.  I went to my 20th out of perversity, I suppose, with low expectations---and was delighted to discover my fellow grads had bome to see that what bound us together was much more important than those small differences that separated us in high school.  It was a fun night.
My recent 40th reunion included a tour of the old neighborhood by my best friend from grade school.  I was shocked to see that the lawn space between his house and the next-door neighbor's was tiny, 4 to 5 feet.  I remember flying kites from that spot and learning to twirl a baton there, in what I'd recalled as a vast expanse.  How could all those bright memories fit into such a small space?
At our high school, were my friend and I were part of the third graduating class, I teared up as we pulled into the parking lot.  "Just think, 40 years ago this was brand-new," he said.  And so were we, I thought.  We were embarking on complicated lives we could in no way predict.  In that moment, the passage of 40 years was an exceedingly difficult concept to absorb.
But those experiences are why I'm willing to make the long journey home.  What a gift it is to come face-to-face with the tangible reminders of youth, which rekindle those priceless memories.
Okay, assuming you have read the previous article, don't you kind of wish this Ms. Rodgers had been a little older, so we could've read about her 50th reunion?!  In my opinion, I think our reunions just keep getting better.....simply because "friendship" continues to get better, too.....and more precious as we get older.  Our last reunion was above and beyond my expectations.  So, I'm not going miss the opportunity to attend the next one.  And we all kind of hope that we at least can live to see the next one, and more that follow.  That's what makes those get-togethers so precious.  What amazes me how I formed "new" friendships through our reunions.  "Kids" I hardly knew personally, in high school, have now become my best friends.  I can say this truthfully, because such was the case with Jack Zore...and his wife, Geri, whom I've never met before. 
I think we really do become much more mellow as we age.  Things that used to bother us or upset us years ago, we can take with a grain of salt now.  We just seem to appreciate everything much more.  That is the case with me anyway.  So, that said, I'm going to be appreciating your presence and looking forward to meeting up with all of you at our 53rd Mini-Reunion.  If you haven't sent in your application yet, please do so asap.  It won't be long now!  See you there!!  Go Redmen!!!!!


I will not be able to attend the reunion.  Thanks for

all you have done.  Love this site.

Judy Pickhardt Keller

Judith (Judy) Pickhardt Keller
Will Miss You All!

I'm sorry that Ken and I will be unable to attend the Reunion in August.  Still trying to make it happen, though!  Hope everybody has an absolutely wonderful time. Thanks so very much to all of you who make the reunions happen.  It is appreciated.  Special thanks to Geri and Jack for the website.

Dianne Felde Powell

Dianne Felde Powell

Dear Class of 1959,  Regrets that we will NOT be attending the August Reunion.  We pray for safe travel, good weather, and all the best for those who are able to attend.  WILLIAM AND JUDITH BLOCK, APPLETON, WI.




William Block

Lowell Johnson's father, Gordon S. Johnson, 93, of Winter Haven, FL died Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Life Care Center of Winter Haven.   Condolences and prayers, Lowell, for you and your whole family.  


I am sorry to say I will not be able to attend the reunion this summer.  Wishing you all good health and a good time. 

Thanks for all the hard work of this site, it's great and I appreciate all the updates.  Gail Zinkel (Grosskopf)

Gail Grosskopf Zinkel
Sheboygan History!

Author of Children's Books
"As announced in my bio, I am an author of children's books.  Together with my illustrator partner, I run the website (also on facebook) where the books are sold.   If you are interested in checking it out, please visit, leave a message, and vote for your favorite character!  I can also be reached at"
Larry Fickau


Congratulations to Tom Gruenke, who was recently named the 2012 Slovenian Union of America Member of the Year!  

Prayers for all Ill classmates!

In updating the class reunion headcount, we have found out that several of our classmates are ill or under going surgery, and will not be able to attend the next reunion, although they would like to attend.  Do not forget to include in your prayers all of our ill classmates, whomever they may be.  As we age, more and more of us will not be able to attend a class reunion.   We would appreciate an RSVP from all classmates, especially all who have been blessed with health.  Let us know if there is anything you want us to share with other classmates on our website.  Thank you.

Jack & Geri Zore


Becky Altman, daughter of Steve and Darla (Williams) Altman, passed away May 9, 2012.  Condolences and prayers, Darla, for you and your whole family.


Janet Willmite Erdmann's mother, Edith M. Willmite, 89, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at her home.   Condolences and prayers, Janet, for you and your whole family. 


Terry Terhardt's mother, Dorothy L. Terhardt, 95, died May 6, 2012, at Westminster Towers Health Care Center, in Bradenton, FL.  Condolences and prayers, Terry, for you and your whole family.  

Message from Bob & Dot Ayers

Bob and Dot Ayers are sending our regrets to the reunion.  We praise the fun and friendship we shared and now "toast"  to their new celebrations.

Wonderful Site

What a wonderful website! I am honored to have attended CHS with the people shown here. Loved the biographies and am extremely impressed with all the achievements!!

Grace Reinbold

Aloha Dianne Felde

Aloha Dianne Felde,

Sorry we missed you in Hawaii. The next time you visit, please contact us at our Blue Moon Kona Coffee web site. We live in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.


Richard and Celeste Makrevis

Richard Makrevis
Excellent Site!

Excellent site.  Photo of my wife, Joan, and myself, Herb Weber.  Tentative for the reunion. 

Condolences and prayers

Verne Reinemann's sister passed away.  Our prayers and condolences, to Verne and his family.


Jack Lautenschlager's mother passed away last Friday, 30 March 2012.  Our prayers and condolences, to Jack and his family.


Dianne Felde Powell's brother Gary passed away March 10, 2012.  He fought a good fight and was okay about finally going. His family, friends and all who knew him will miss him. Gary LeRoy Felde was born December 23, 1937 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and he died March 10, 2012 in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. He always loved living there.  Our prayers and condolences, Dianne.

I Remember Tom and Betty's Wedding Well!

I was at their wedding 50 years ago and they haven't really changed.  So happy for both of them and know that, if it's allowed, they will be together for another 50 years!  Thanks for posting.

Dianne Felde Powell


I'm So Sorry, Joni.

Dear Joni:  I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband.  Would love for you to “get away” for a while and come to North Carolina .  I remember you, your family and our time together when we lived on Indiana Avenue and Alabama Avenue .  You were an “early” friend and always so much fun.


Please do write. or call (252) 634-9468







Dianne Felde Powell
Condolences and prayers

Joni Simenz Minier's husband recently passed away. Our condolences and prayers are with you, Joni.

Class of 1959

Fred Lang

It is a shock to hear about Fred.  I chatted with Fred at the bar for a bit at the end of the 2009 Class Reunion.  He was always great to talk to.  He will be missed by many.   Clyde

Clyde Kometer
Get Well Wishes for Dick Sorenson & Clyde Kometer

Dick recently had open heart surgery and Clyde is battling excessive calcium in his heart.   They are both doing fine now, but please keep them in your prayers for continued good health.

Jack & Geri Zore
Classmate passes away!

Frederick F. Lang

Frederick F. Lang, 70, formerly of Sheboygan, died 11-17-2011.

Published in Sheboygan Press on November 29, 2011

Our condolences and prayers to the family of our classmate, Frederick F. Lang, CHS class of 1959.

Hung out with Fred a few times during our high school days, fun to be around, good guy. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Best   .......  Gary Richter

Jack & Geri Zore

 Our condolences and prayers to James Zimbal, whose wife recently passed away, and to Phyllis Crneckiy Weber, whose brother recently passed away also.  

You are so dear to post the information about my brother, Gary. He's doing better but is still so very, very sick. The Fundraiser is going well and, hopefully, lots of folks can come. I've added a great North Carolina golf get-away for those who like to golf and a friend of mine is donating a wedding event at the "Whitford Plantation" in New Bern. Check out their website. It's beautiful. Maybe the Zore's can do a recommittal ceremony there? :D Anyway, thank you so much, once again.

Hugs and Blessings to all. Dianne

Dianne Felde Powell
Congratulations Sharon Stuefen & Theodore Korlesky

Sharon and Theodore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1, 2011 with a dinner at The Cedars in Manitowoc, hosted by the couple's children Michael (Lori) Korlesky and Michelle Korlesky.  The couple was married July 1, 1961s.  Sharon is a homemaker and a graduate from Central High School class of 1959.  Her husband retired from the Vollrath Co.

Jack Zore
Fund raiser for Dianne Felde Powell's brother, Gary

We just received an email from Dianne Felde Powell and her husband Kenneth R Powell.  Dianne’s brother Gary has cancer.  Some good friends of Gary and his wife, Connie Felde have set up a fund raiser account for Gary at Wells Fargo.  If you can and want to help, you can make the check out to Felde Fundraiser and mail it to JoAnne Harrison, 729 N 8th Street, Oostburg, WI 53070.  Questions or comments can be sent to  Thanks in advance for any donation you can make.

Jack & Geri Zore

Ss. Cyril & Methodius 55th grade school reunion

We had a lovely reunion this past summer at Nino's.  We all felt as if we were right back there in the classroom and playground together again!  In no way did it feel like 55 years had passed!  We laughed about how our "Mountain Climbing Club" Pat Schmidt, Judy Hoffman, and Marilyn Smith broke a window at Jung's Shoe Factory climbing the snow piles and how the Nuns came after us to make amends! 

Marilyn Smith Virtue
In appreciation for Darla's help!

As assistant administrator, Darla Williams Altman has been a great help in setting up this website and in getting the mailing into your hands.  Thank you very much, Darla, for a job well done and all the help you have given your administrators, Jack & Geri Zore.

Great idea! Thanks.

What a great idea....thank you to all who are responsible for developing this site.............I look forward to "keeping up with the latest".  Pat Schmidt Jumes

Pat Schmidt Jumes

Thanks for keeping us updated.  Doris Oldenburg Thomas


Thanks for all your hard work.  Bill Keppel


Thanks for all the updates. Great job!  Gary Richter

Gary Richter
You Guys are Amazing!

I just want to say "thanks" to all of you, too.  It's not an easy job but it is honestly so very much appreciated.  Dianne Felde Powell

Dianne Felde Powell
Reunion in 2012

I think that moving the next reunion back to 2012 is a Very good idea.  Wally Simonich


Kudos for putting together this awesome project. It was wonderful to scroll through the classmates.  I missed the 2009 reunion, but I will be there for the next one.  Thank you so much for doing this.  Marilyn Smith Virtue

Thank you!

Thank you, thank you for all of the excellent work you have done to get this website.  WELL DONE!  William Block


The website looks great!  Thanks for all you do to keep our class involved and "in touch".  I look forward to getting updates.   The updates are wonderful and remind me of how many classmates continue to do truly unique and special things with their lives.  Wish I had received the update on our Hawaii resident, Richard Makrevis, sooner.  We were in Hawaii for almost two weeks in September and bought a Lot of his coffee.  Would have loved to have seen him.  Dianne Felde Powell

Lake Breeze 59' Yearbook

You can now buy or replace a Lake Breeze 59' yearbook at: (this is not our website).  Once you are there, go to yearbooks and order a reprint.  Black & white costs $39.95 and color costs $59.95.  Darla Williams Altman

How about a casual picnic?

You have done a fantastic job!  The golf outing was so much fun.  How about a casual picnic next time?  It will be easier to get around to more classmates, read their name tags and hear the conversation!  Sarah Miller Damske


Thanks for keeping everyone informed.  Bill Norris


Thanks ever so much for ALL the updates.  Dolly Oppeneer Weber

Nice work!

Very nice work on the Class '59 website.  What a wonderful tool.  Thank you.  Sue Ellen Stolzmann Hoffmann

Let's have it!

I am up for the reunion.  We might even be in Sheboygan at that time for my wife's 50th reunion.  She is a 1962 North graduate.   Bob Schmidt

Thanks for DVD!

Thank you for the DVD!  Carl Stecher II

As I've been looking through the site it occured to me how much time and effort has gone into cutting and pasting and putting this "labor of love" together. Thank you !  Bob Schmidt
Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Nice job!

Nice job, administrators.  Owen Balde

Thank you!

Thank you for all the e-mail updates.  Bonnie Beyer Schneider

Thank you!

Thank you!  Jack Even

In Appreciation!

I appreciate what you are doing!  Katherine Herber Degenhardt


Thanks for all you do!  Pat Kallien Cerny


Thanks for all your work!  Richard Kuehl

Thank you!

Thank you for all your hard work.  2012 is probably a wise decision.  Richard Makrevis

Troops & Vets

Please support our troops & Vets.  Thanx.  Denny Masbruch

Visit to Hilton Head Island, SC

Anyone coming to Hilton Head Island, SC, please contact me by email at  Joni Simenz Minier

Appreciate your hard work

Thanks for all the hard work put into this for us to enjoy.  Appreciate it very much.  Gail Grosskopf Zinkel

Gail Grosskopf Zinkel
Remembering those who have served or on active duty

Spent the day on the golf course, but not without remembering those who have served or are now on active duty, including my son Steve and grandson Austin. My thanks also to Jack and Geri Zore for their service to our country on our behalf. Thanks also , for the many updates on our classmates. We live in a great country that has had its ups and downs. Remember, there are no bad days, just bad moments in a good day.  Ray Kramer

Raymond (Ray) Kramer

The site and all your efforts are greatly appreciated.  Phyllis Crneckiy Weber

Phyllis Crneckiy Weber

Thank you for taking on this huge endeavor.  Sandra Schmidt Bawden

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month!

Reminder....all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive  sales calls.  You will be charged for these calls.  To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:  888-382-1222.  It is the National DO NOT CALL LIST.  It will only take a minute of your time.  It blocks your number for five (5) years.  You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.  You cannot call from a different phone number.  You can go to for additional information.  Darla Williams Altman

Well Done, Karen Bruinooge

This article was in the Moxie Nov 12, 2010.  
 Karen Bruinooge plays the piano (on picture) for the Sheboygan senior chorus: FRIENDLY VOICES.  The group performs a handful of times a year, with its spring and Christmas concerts being its biggest shows.   They gather weekly in a big assembly room in the basement of Sheboygan Senior Community.  Members range in age fro 70-88.
"It keeps their voices stronger," said Karen Bruinooge, the group's accompanist.  "I think for some of them it is their favorite activity, (being) in the group.  If they are musical, it gives them a chance to keep up singing.  Bruinooge, an active 70-year-old, provides accompaniment with her 1928 violin, the organ and piano.  She has been with the group almost since the beginning.  Submitted by Darla Williams Altman
Excellent website

This is a fabulous website.  I appreciate all of the effort to keep us informed.  What fond memories.  Richard Hammes

Richard Hammes
Poem by Janet Leahy

We sit at the table of celebration class of '59

Our fiftieth reunion

A string of yesterdays have brought us to today

Robert Frost's roads taken and roads not taken tell our stories

Not all are at the table

The Memory Board holds 57 classmates

Yearbook pictures flash their young smiles

We linger here... knowing this slate of names will grow as years go by

But tonight time is on our side

We are the lucky ones gathering to renew acquaintances

We pass memories around the table like fine wine and give thanks

for our place at this celebration.  

Janet Leahy

Great Idea!

This website is a great idea!  Thanks.  Joanne Mersberger Hesslink

Great site! Let's do it!

Great Site!! Great time in 2009, let's do it every year!  Lets do it in 2012!  Bob Becker

Great Idea, thanks!

What a great idea this Web site is. Thanks to all who worked on it.  Jean Hertel Payne


Thanks for your work and commitment to 1959.  Tom Gruenke

Thank you!

Thank you!  Kathy Haack Wessel

2012 really soon!

I do think that 2012 is really soon, but will probably attend either reunion.  Carol Schultz Watson

Terrific Web site!

A terrific Web site.  Thanks for all your work and dedication to the "cause".  Jim Harff

Nice Web site!

Very nice Web site!  Lloyd Jaeger

Great Job!

You are doing a great job on the Web site!  Cindy Machut Beimel

Great website!

Great website!  Joanne Bruckschen Van Calster 

Thank You!

Thank you for the 50th Reunion DVD (great oldies soundtrack!) and especially for setting up the Class of 1959 website. It was great looking at those old yearbook photos again (my old yearbooks are hidden in storage somewhere in my basement), although sad to see that so many of our classmates have already passed on.   Tom Thompson

Looks great, thanks!

Web site looks great, thanks for all of your efforts. It is appreciated! Georgine Littmann Hinz


It has been so great to read the messages from old friends and people we haven't seen or heard of since June of 1959.  Even though we still live in good old Sheboygan most of the year, we seldom see classmates.  Thanks so much for the time and trouble it took to set up this site.  Hope to see many of you at the next reunion.  Carla (Huibregtse) Swart

Carla Huibregtse Swart

I would like to wish all of my former classmates a wonderful thanksgiving that will not result in added weight. and now, a little prayer for you. Bless the lord for these thy vittles, may they nurish our souls and not our middles. God Bless Our Troops.  Ray Kramer

Raymond (Ray) Kramer
Central High, Class of 1959 - Back on the Map!

Thanks to Jack & Geri Zore and those who developed this website.  Some of us have been out of the loop for the past half Century. Through the website you have made it possible to reconnect and informing us on the life journeys and acctivities of our fellow classmates. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

Larry L. Fickau

Larry Fickau




Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.


It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'le

Trained Birds

Jack, that is a great picture of you, your dog, and all those trained birds. How did you ever get them to all keep so still that close to that dog? Wow! You are one heck of a bird trainer.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt
Central High School Class of 1959 Trivia

There were 394 graduates:  217 were male and 177 female; males outnumbered females by 40.  

Currently these are the 10 most popular names for girls:  1. Emma; 2. Isabella; 3. Emily; 4. Madison; 5. Ava; 6. Olivia; 7. Sophia; 8. Abigail; 9. Elizabeth; and 10. Chloe.

In our class the most common girls names were:  Judy (17); Mary (14); Karen (10); Patricia (8); Janet/Janice (9); Carol (7); Diane (7); Joanne (6); Kathleen/Kathryn (6); Barbara (4); Dorothy (4); Sandra (4).

Currently these are the 10 most popular names for boys:  1. Jacob; 2. Michael; 3. Ethan; 4. Joshua; 5. Daniel; 6. Alexander; 7. Anthony; 8.  William; 9. Christopher; 10. Matthew.

In our class the most common boys names were: John (15); Richard (15); Robert (12); Tom (12); James (11); William (10); David (6); Dennis (6); Gary (6); Donald (5); Gerald (5); Jerry (5).

The most popular songs in 1959:  "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"- The Platters; "Stagger Lee"-Lloyd Price; "Venus"-Frankie Avalon; "Come Softly to Me"-The Fleetwoods; "The Happy Organ"-Dave "Baby" Cortez; "Kansas City"-Wilbert Harrison; "The Battle of New Orleans"-Johnny Horton; "Lonely Boy"-Paul Anka; "A Big Hunk O' Love"-Elvis Presley; "The Three Bells"-The Browns; "Sleep Walk"-Santo & Johnny; "Mack The Knife"-Bobby Darin; "Mr Blue"-The Fleetwoods; "Heartaches By the Number"-Guy Mitchell; "Why"-Frankie Avalon.

Submitted by William Block

My Children's Book - Now Online

Hello to all,

I have written a children's book. Together with my business partner, who is the illustrator, I started our publishing company Kids Want 2 Read, LLC.

Our first book "Monkey Mike and the Magic Mirror" is now available. Please visit our website at for more information.

The book is written for children in elementary school.

Larry L. Fickau

Larry L. Fickau
Good job, Bill!

Loved Bill Block's submission on the names and the songs of 1959.  Good one!!!  Thanks, Bill!

Darla Williams Altman
Great Job

I just want to thank all of you on the Board. You are doing a great Job. keep up the good work.

Jerry Feustel

Jerome Feustel
Great Website!

Great website!  Seeing the yearbook pics brings it all back.

David Risseeuw

Nice article about Jerry Huber and his family in Sheboygan Press

This is a wonderful article on one of our classmates.  God bless you and your wonderful family!

Article Title: 
Father's time: Jerry Huber reflects on raising 19 adopted children with his wife

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