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 www.reinboldfh.com
With apologies to Mr. Chipman,Ernst, Groenke, and North: Reminder? We don't need no stinkin' reminder!
Our condolences to classmate Jerome 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 www.reinboldfh.com.
New House for Boston Marathon Blast Family
Richard Kuehl is the architect for a new home for the Corcoran family to be built in Massachusetts. Celeste lost both of her legs in the blast and her daughter was also injured. Their story can be seen on the internet at Celeste Corcoran Facebook. The family has been followed by the media since the tragedies occurred, and continue to be followed on FOX, NBC, CBS. It has been wonderful working with the family during the design process to experience their strength and sadness.
We hope to start construction this spring (if it ever comes). I will update you as the project proceeds
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
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Joanne Mersberger Hesslink
Jacklyn Ellenbecker Bennin
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.
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 www.reinboldfh.com
Obituary of Peter Bemis, Brother of classmate Dick Bemis
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: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sheboyganpress/obituary.aspx?n=alexia-altmann&pid=167124994&fhid=14116#fbLoggedOut
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 www.reinboldfh.com
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
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.
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
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, www.ballhornchapels.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Bob Schmidt email@example.com
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 www.reinboldfh.com
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.
AND THEN IT IS WINTER
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 is...my 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 so...now 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
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.
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?
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 www.suchonfh.com.
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.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN GUILTY OF LOOKING AT OTHERS YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, SURELY I CAN'T LOOK THAT OLD?
MY NAME IS ALICE , AND I WAS SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NEW DENTIST.
I NOTICED HIS DDS DIPLOMA ON THE WALL, WHICH BORE HIS FULL NAME. SUDDENLY, I REMEMBERED A TALL, HANDSOME,
DARK-HAIRED BOYWITH THE SAME NAME HAD BEEN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SOME 30-ODD YEARS AGO.
COULD HE BE THE SAME GUY THAT I HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON, WAY BACK THEN? UPON SEEING HIM,
HOWEVER, I QUICKLY DISCARDED ANY SUCH THOUGHT.
THIS BALDING, GRAY-HAIRED MAN WITH THE DEEPLY LINED FACE WAS WAY TOO OLD TO HAVE BEEN MY CLASSMATE.
AFTER HE EXAMINED MY TEETH, I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD ATTENDED MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL.
'YES. YES, I DID. I'M A MUSTANG,' HE GLEAMED WITH PRIDE .
WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE?' I ASKED.
HE ANSWERED, 'IN 1975. WHY DO YOU ASK?'
YOU WERE IN MY CLASS!', I EXCLAIMED.
HE LOOKED AT ME CLOSELY.
THEN, THAT UGLY,OLD,BALD,WRINKLED FACED MAN SAID, REALLY, WHAT DID YOU TEACH?
REMEMBERING MR. BRANDT
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.
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
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
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.
New Classquest Website Administrators
For your information, our classquest website has new administrators: Bob Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Darla Williams Altman (email@example.com), and Margene
Reyer (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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
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.
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
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."
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
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 AND JUDY (MUELLER) JENSEMA
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.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO JUDY AND NEIL!
Darla Jo Williams Altman
REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN SHEBOYGAN
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 --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeMgki8oYoA
Sheboygan 1958 video.........Part 2 --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RwQgdcjimc
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.
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
THANK YOU'S ARE IN ORDER!
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
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 email@example.com. 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: http://www.classmates.com (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! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who made our 53rd reunion a great success! As you know I am still recuperating from my accident.....so 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)
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.
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 www.susiesemb.com. 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 !!
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.
ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
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!!!!!
Remember what Ms. Rodgers said: WHAT A GIFT IT IS TO COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE TANGIBLE REMINDERS OF OUR YOUTH, WHICH REKINDLE THOSE PRICELESS MEMORIES.
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
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.
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
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 kidswant2read.com (also on facebook) where the books are sold. If you are interested in checking it out, please visit kidswant2read.com, leave a message, and vote for your favorite character! I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org."
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.
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!!
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
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.
CONGRATULATIONS BETTY & TOM REPENSHEK ON YOUR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. BETTY & TOM CELEBRATED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB . THEY HAD A LOVELY COCTAIL PARTY. ELVIS APPEARED AND HE SANG LOVE ME TENDER TO WHICH THEY DANCED. ELVIS LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THEY CAN'T BELIEVE A WEEK HAS PASSED SINCE THE CELEBRATION. ALL HAD A GREAT TIME.
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. email@example.com or call (252) 634-9468
Condolences and prayers
Joni Simenz Minier's husband recently passed away. Our condolences and prayers are with you, Joni.
Class of 1959
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
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, 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.
HUGS & BLESSINGS
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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 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: http://www.classmates.com (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
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
Nice job, administrators. Owen Balde
Thank you for all the e-mail updates. Bonnie Beyer Schneider
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 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 email@example.com. 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
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 https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx 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
This is a fabulous website. I appreciate all of the effort to keep us informed. What fond memories. 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.
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! 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
You are doing a great job on the Web site! Cindy Machut Beimel
Great website! Joanne Bruckschen Van Calster
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
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
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
A REUNION POEM BY BEVERLY PLIER SCHULTZ
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
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
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
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 www.kidswant2read.com 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!
I just want to thank all of you on the Board. You are doing a great Job. keep up the good work.
Great website! Seeing the yearbook pics brings it all back.
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!
Father's time: Jerry Huber reflects on raising 19 adopted children with his wife
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