60th Year Reunion

60th Year Reunion
June 11 – 12, 2022
 
Another milestone reunion has come and gone.  It was held as a two-day event, taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Our events were attended by an enthusiastic group of 52 classmates and 31 guests.  Not every classmate and guest attended both events.  This was the best attended event since the 50th Year Reunion in 2012!
 
The main event of our reunion weekend was a dinner held in two adjoining private rooms at Bella Milano, located in Shiloh/O’Fallon, IL. Some early birds arrived prior to our 4:00 pm starting time. Beverages and conversation was enjoyed while individual menu choices were made prior to dinner.  While waiting, guests were greeted by Bob Englebretson, who also offered some amusing words of wisdom and introductions.  Joyce Zimmerman Dyer said the benediction.  We vacated the premises before 10 pm.  Who knew we could stay out so late!
 
Our final weekend event, the class picnic, was once again held at Melvin Price Memorial Park in Swansea, the location of several previous picnics.  Already at 11 am, the day proved to be a sunny, very warm day, so no jackets or warm gear were required. As always, Clete Duke proved to be the perfect chef, grilling hot dogs, along with our new menu items. Brats, Bake Beans, chips and cookies completed our menu. No hot coffee needed this year!  By early afternoon, many classmates who attended our Picnic departed to begin their journey home.
 
Statistically, classmates came from ten different states, from the west coast to the east coast and states in between:
 
     Illinois – 34                       Florida - 1
     Missouri – 8                      Iowa - 1          
     California – 2                    Kentucky – 1
     Oklahoma - 2                     Maryland - 1
     Colorado – 1                      Texas - 1
 
 
If you were unable to attend either of the events, you will find a listing of classmates and their guests who attended each event below.  These lists were compiled from the sign-in lists and may not be complete, so if you notice any omissions, please send corrections by using the Contact Us link at the top of the page.
 
Saturday Dinner Attendees
 
   Classmates  (49)                                     Guests (31)
 
Frank Batha                                                                                                     
Donald R. Brewer                                         Roseann Brewer
Pat Butz (Merriman)                                    Joe Merriman
Gail Carpenter (Brazle)
Karen  Dunn (Cates)
Jean E. Ehret (Watson)                               Dennis Watson
Carol Emig (Coulson)                                  Michael Coulson
Robert Englebretson                                    Peggy Cole                      
Jim Erb                                                           Mae Dean Erb
Elissa Feickert (Feldmeyer)                        Bruce Feldmeyer
Carolyn Gain (Faries)                                   Edward McClain
Sandra Hambleton (Woods)                       Jim Woods 
Gary Hearne                                                   Laura Hearne 
Bonnie Jewett (Bauer)
Sandy Kapes (Wheeler)
Todd Keller                                                    Rosie Parker 
Dee Kohlenberger (Hoffman)                    Richard Hoffman 
Jane Kroesen (Windsor)                             Edward Windsor
Mike Lacy                                                       Barbara Lacy
Delores Lampkin (Duke)                             Clete Duke
Donna  Lidisky (Thomas)                            Jim Thomas
Suzanne Lutz (Billhymer)
Patsy Mueller
Bonnie Neuman (Gain)                                Luther Gain
John Neuner                                                  Jill Neuner 
Kenneth Randle                                             Linda Randle
Betty Rehg (Leppard)
Sandra Richter (Sparks)
Bill Riley                                                          Allie Riley
Tim Ritter                                                        Sandy Ritter
Karmen Ruse (Schaumleffel)                      Bill Schaumleffel
Carole Saltzman (Wilson)                            Kenn Wilson 
Bob Schorfheide                                             Becky Sanders
Jane Schrempp (Schoeber)
Kathy  Schulze (Rogers)                               Tom Rogers 
Beverly Severit (Clark)
Joyce Stegmeyer (O'Donnel)
Michael Sterling                                             Betty Sterling 
Marilyn  Sutter (Hughes)                             Harold Hughes
Diane Teel (Denison)
Carol Vogel (Bueckman)
Connie Vogt
Bill Watts                                                          Linda Watts
Curt Wear
Beverly Winker (Scranton)
Tom Wolff                                                        Kathie Wolff
Richard Woodward                                        Ann Woodward
Melvin Zielinski                                              Linda Zielinski
Joyce Zimmerman (Dyer)
 
Sunday Picnic Attendees
 
   Classmates (30)                                      Guests (14)
 
Frank Batha  
Donald R. Brewer                                           Roseann Brewer
Pat Butz (Merriman)                                     Joe Merriman
Robert Englebretson  
Jim Erb                                                             Mae Dean Erb                                  
Jane Farquhar (Yemm)  
Elissa Feickert (Feldmeyer)                          Bruce Feldmeyer
Sandra Hambleton (Woods)                        Jim Woods
Diane  Hollerback (Wilkerson)  
Bonnie Jewett (Bauer)  
Todd Keller                                                      Rosie Parker
Jane Kroesen (Windsor)                               Edward Windsor
Delores Lampkin (Duke)                              Clete Duke
Donna  Lidisky (Thomas)  
Bonnie Neuman (Gain)                                 Luther Gain
Betty Rehg (Leppard)  
Sandra Richter (Sparks)  
Tim Ritter                                                        Sandy Ritter
Karmen Ruse (Schaumleffel)                      Bill Schaumleffel
Bob Schorfheide                                             Becky Sanders
Beverly Severit (Clark)  
Diane Teel (Denison)  
Carol Vogel (Bueckman)  
Connie Vogt  
Bill Watts                                                         Linda Watts
Curt Wear  
Mimi Wiatt  
Beverly Winker (Scranton)  
Richard Woodward                                        Ann Woodward
Joyce Zimmerman (Dyer)  
 
The Reunion Committee would like to thank Pat Butz Merriman’s husband Joe, who served as “official” photographer again this year.  Joe has created separate YouTube videos for each event with a combination of still photos and short video clips with sound.  To view his videos, click on the links below:
     Saturday dinner video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhd8uzV9E6U
     Sunday picnic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BKrMR4n18Q 
 
What’s going to be our encore?    Our next event?  Talk at the reunion and on this website indicates a desire for continued events, so an 80th Birthday Celebration in 2024 is a possibility.  Any input regarding the number and types of events, time of year for best weather and fitting in with your schedule, etc. would be welcomed.  Feel free to contact any or all of the reunion committee members listed in the column on left side of the homepage under Future Events, Reunion Committee.
 
This website is the primary method of contacting our classmates so be sure to review/update your contact infomation by clicking on the Edit Contact Info link in the left column.  Be sure to click on the SAVE button if you make any changes.