**Karen's Updates***

AUGUST 2018 Update

 

This is a mid-August Class Update, as promised in the early August publication. It's primary purpose is to convey final details for the 56thReunion of our Class. However, since I will not publish a September Update, I'm including some other miscellaneous news received since the earlier publication.

 

CLASSMATE SADNESS:

 

I am very sorry to report Frank Ennis and all his siblings just lost their matriarch, Bonnie Maxine Ennis. She was 101 years old and up until just recently was at home with help. Her gentle and loving spirit has endeared so many friends to her. We all send our condolences, Frank and Georgeanne, for this loss. Yet, you have been so fortunate to have her presence for so long and I know that softens the pain. God bless you all.

 

MISCELLAEOUS TIDBITS:

 

Our community volunteer Tura Crone Lamar once again had her photo and words in the Reporter (even though she prefers to remain in the shadows). She presented keys to a new owner of a Habitat for Humanity home. Tura is on the HFH Board and devotes her life to those extremely worthy endeavors. Kudos to our caring and loving Tura and thanks for sharing the love.

 

Talked with and hugged Diana Hatter Tolley this week. She and Charles just returned from FL. They sold their home because it was too costly maintaining two abodes, but they still go and visit several weeks a year. Diana still struggles with respiratory problems but couldn't be more upbeat and positive. It seems our Class members all share that admirable trait—smiles in the frowns of adversity. As I've mentioned before, if I ever have a major health issue, I will expound on my misery ad nauseum. None of this brave front for me. I want sympathy. Anyway, great to see you Diana and you just keep your gentle and sweet countenance.

 

Linda Gibbs Gehring wrote that her heart issues are improving but she has slowed down some. I'm sure no one reading these words won't laugh at that thought. From what I hear, we are all slowing down. She is looking forward to the reunion after having missed last year because of health issues.

 

Harry Maginity thanked me for the kind words I expressed about him in the earlier Update. He wants me to share that the highway department does not have a conspiracy to obstruct traffic at every turn and reminded us that “patience is a virtue.” I think the pressures might be getting to him because he said he will finally retire the end of this year. It's about time, Harry!! Harry plays music in a band and hopes to have more time for that true passion. Enjoy retirement, Harry.

 

Judy Garrett Knose wrote of her appreciation for the monthly communication. (In fact, many express that thought, for which I am grateful and appreciative.) She did say she was “depressed you have to report so many health issues.” So am I, Judy. Sometimes when I re-read the Updates it seems there is nothing but bad news. Oh, well, at least we all can share concern for each other. She and Paul also have their health struggles but enjoy each day. 

 

Steve Koons wrote he hated to miss our fair visit with Stony. He would have enjoyed the old farm equipment and chatting with long-lost friends. Said those were his fondest memories of growing up. He said he “was not living in the past but enjoying it more every day.” Steve is looking forward to the reunion hug event.

 

Wish I could report definite news on Richard Hamilton. I only know he is still in Methodist Hospital and is awaiting transfer to The Springs rehab center in Mooresville as soon as they believe him strong enough for that transition. Whether or not he will be on permanent dialysis is still uncertain, depending on how much his good kidney rebounds. Richard has been touch-and-go all month. If anyone can pull off this miraculous healing, it's Richard. I know we are all thinking about and praying for him. Send notes to 560 E. Columbus St. in the 'Ville.

 

REUNION FACTS:

 

With the advice of a couple of classmates, we have planned the menu. After reading the Reporter articles on all the other local MHS reunions, I was convicted that my menu planning has cheated you folks. So, to rectify, this year we are upgrading our meal. Renda will serve:

 

Baked pork loin, garlic cheese mashed potatoes, BBQ green beans, slaw, sourdough bread, MHS English toffee, and brownies, along with iced tea of both varieties. The Class of '65 had this menu and are still raving about it. 

 

The cost will be a bit more than usual—up from $12 to $14 per person—but I think this group can afford that. If not, just let me know. We have plenty in the treasury to pay the bill. Don't ever let cost keep you away. This group wants friends and not money.

 

An anonymous classmate sent me, against my advice, $150 to cover cost of Connie Etter's photography. Thank you generous classmate. That means all the class funds will cover is $4 per person per meal. We need to lower our funds from $1,000 to something around $500. Think of ways we can do that while benefiting Martinsville. 

 

Don Burleigh asked me to inform you that only Curt, Stony and he are committed for golf. This PGA event will occur either Fri. or Sat., Sept. 7 or 8, depending on the vote of those playing. Please call Don at 317 502 0937 or write to furr1944@live.com to register to play with the group and vote on the date. It will be held at the Martinsville Country Club. He needs to know soon in order to reserve a tee time. Come join their fun. 

 

I need your checks in hand for head count no later than SEPTEMBER 1. We need to give Renda ample time to plan. Please send $10 per person attending to:

 

Karen Smith

740 E. Washington St.

Martinsville, IN 46151 

 

Some of us will arrive around 10:00 to set up but official start time will be 11:00 to ?. Eat between Noon and 12:30 with Class photo to follow that. Connie will be shooting impromptu shots throughout the day for the album. She hasn't yet given me prices, but she said cost would be much the same as last year. I remember the 8x10 was $10 but can't remember price of album. Seems like it was somewhere in the range of $25 to $30. Please come prepared to pre-pay for the photos you purchase so she doesn't have to up-front the cost.

 

Call me at 765 315 0397 if you have questions or need directions to Bob's. Most will know the way to 5009 Old Morgantown Road, Mart., but I sincerely hope we have some spanking new faces that need directions. I look forward to receiving lots of reservations BY SEPT

 

JULY 2018 UPDATE

Happy 4th of July and End of Korean War (1953) holidays this month. Also, remember the greatest show on earth begins on July 28 thru August 4—the Morgan County Fair. It truly is a highlight of my year (guess that is a good view of my life)—the livestock and manufacturers' tent, grandstand events, carnival, and, of course, food tents and “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” (For those of you who, unlike me, aren't still inundated with Disney, that's a quote from the Wizard of Oz.) The state fair has nothing on our party. The best part is you can say hi to so many folks you know. Try that at the state fair. OK, enough for my Martinsville grand-standing. On to July birthdays—other memorial holidays during July.

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS:

 

Don Donoho, Betty Maners Wilson, Mary Frances Pope Boner, Lila Pruett White, Sharon Robertson Anderson, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, and Richard Young. HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS TO EACH OF YOU.

 

MEDICAL UPDATES:

 

After receipt of the June Update, Dan St. John wrote with some comments about our group activities. He also mentioned his wife had fallen and hurt herself quite badly and that he also cares for his 90+ year old mom daily. Sue can't move her arms much, so she asked him to latch her bra. Dan said he was all thumbs, since he only had experience unlatching bras. With all that, his attempts to attend the WBB have faltered, but he promised to rectify that soon. We would love to hug you again, Dan. Sure hope your mom and Sue are back on top.

 

Also received a call from Vicki Toon Woodall. You may remember Vicki has had several health problems in the past couple of years. Just recently they located a blockage in her small intestine and a hernia. She was scheduled for surgery on June 21 at IU Med. Ctr., followed by a few weeks of rehab. I'll try to get a medical report on her progress by August updaate.

 

Learned at the WBB that Mary Pope Boner had been hospitalized for five days with pneumonia. While she is recovered, she still needs to regain stamina. Don't believe I have ever known Mary to be sick. She is such a strong person. Guess pneumonia doesn't care about that. 

 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NEWS:

 

On June 23rd I attended the Morgan County Antique Machinery Show at the fairgrounds. I do love to walk around and touch all those old pieces of history. But even more, I enjoy watching the pride and joy in the faces of the “older gentlemen” who have lovingly restored them and shared them at the show. (That goes for you, too, Steve Koons.) You can tell that those old machines are loved second only to their families. I just pray their children and grand-children carry on the tradition when they are gone. One day these our mighty John Deere tractors will be relics enjoyed by our ancestors. But, I digress—again. My goal in mentioning this was to recognize Joyce and Richard Hamilton and Nick Zoller, among others, for making this show possible. They have expended hours in preparation for and participation in the event and deserve accolades. Keep doing it, folks. Many folks enjoy the fruits of your labor. I also used this social event to hug Frank and Georgeanne Ennis, only this time they were not selling food but fleas in the flea market. 

 

Becky Pratt Bock, now of FL fame, wrote to thank me for the updates and said she especially looks forward to them since she is so far from home. She asked me to send her love to all reading this.

 

Rick Blunk also wrote: “Thought you might be interested to know that there will be slightly less of me in the future. I had a fight with my table saw and lost. Now I have two fingers that are just a bit shorter than they used to be. First accident in over 50 years of woodworking. Healing just fine, though.” So glad it wasn't worse, Rick. I shudder to think what you might have been reporting.

 

Jim and Lu Brunnemer just returned from DC following their grandson and his Fishers High teammates for a US Constitution competition. His group finished 8th out of 52 other states—quite a feat. He and Lu visited many sites while in DC and really enjoyed the visit. Never been there but it's on my bucket list—if someone else will drive.

 

Also received a call from Stoney. He reports he is playing 36 holes and doing fine—so long as he uses golf cart. Says this sport is not for exercise but rather to hone his eye sight and improve mental acuity. He does walk at the local high school and rides a stationary bike to build up strength in legs. He is interested in coming to town during fair. He will combine the trip with visit with Henry Gray and others. Henry might be talked into attending fair with us. Perhaps others will want to join us at the fair grounds for a nostalgic trip around the grounds.

 

Dick Elmore also wrote to thank me for his birthday greeting. He said he had a great summer day. He further mused: “At our stage in life, I am very thankful for health, mobility, and FRIENDS. Thank you for being one of them!” Thank you, Dick.

 

Last but not least, received a great note from Ed Underly. He commented on my mention of Danica Patrick and the Indy 500 the end of May. He shared that his mother always wanted to be the first lady to drive in Indy. According to Eddie, she was the best woman race driver he knew. She raced in Paragon and at other tracks. Guess Ed's father didn't share in her racing enthusiasm and threatened divorce if she didn't give it up. Being a devoted wife and mother, Emilee Ruth Underly never got to see her dreams of racing at Indy come true. Maybe that's for the best Ed. 

 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

 

Wonderful crowd at this event. Those attending during June were Katherine and Bob Etter, Karen and John Stewart, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Linda and Don Burleigh, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Jim Brunnemer, Kay and Kim Selch and their darling granddaughter, Ellie, Brent and Curt Boner (Mary was sick), Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Bill Fulford, Marty Akart Short, and me. With such a large group we had chairs pulled to every inch of the table. A great time was had by all. Next breakfast will be Monday, July 9, 10:30, Forkey's. Come if you can.

 

As I proof-read this document prior to mailing, I realize I took a few too many journalistic liberties with the info, which produced a longer-than-necessary document. I promise to be more concise in the August update. 

 

CHUCKLES FOR THE MONTH:

 

(Shared by Wayne Haase) 

My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

Some days you're the top dog; some days you're the lamp post.

It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wiser.

I wish the buck really did stop here—I sure could use a few of them.

Kids in the back seat cause accidents. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

It is hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

The world only beats a path to your door when you're on the toilet.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.

 

Love to all, karen

 

 

 

JUNE 2018 UPDATE

As I begin composition of this June Class Epistle, the Indy 500 Race is blaring on my radio. Don't misunderstand—I know little about the racers (except I am rooting for Danica Patrick to win, of course). Yet, I just can't imagine missing the pageantry, excitement and history of this event with which I grew up. I even attended one year, long ago, and am grateful for that experience. However, a pit crew member was killed right in front of my group on that occasion, which ruined any desire of mine to return. I much more enjoy following events in my comfortable family room. 

 

Happy Flag Day, Father's Day, and First Day of Summer this month. I hope all of you fathers and grand-fathers have a wonderful day on the 17th.

 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS:

 

Curt Boner, Jim Branham, Judy Caldwell Hamilton, Cora Capshaw, Dick Elmore, Bob Ely Brown, Bill Fulford, and Eddie Kent. 

 

HAPPY, HAPPY BD TO EACH OF YOU ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

 

CLASS MEDICAL UPDATES:

 

Richard Hamilton had a worrisome month of May. He was hospitalized for kidney issues and dehydration. The wonderful health staff pulled him through, and the last time I hugged him he was so much better. We close to Richard call him the Energizer Bunny. He has overcome so many serious issues to bounce back. Even though his mobility is limited, thanks to his wife Joyce he doesn't allow that to keep him from going out. Thank God, he just keeps on keeping on.

 

Sue Hart, Mike O'Neal's SO, fell and received head and face injuries. Mike said she still thinks she's 20 and over-exceeds her mobility. Don't we all! While she was recovering, Mike was forced to stay indoors because his lung issues prevent his breathing outside. Both of you just take it easy and lean on each other. 

 

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS:

 

Kudos to Don Burleigh. He had the courage to join the Stoneheads, our cemetery search club, when we called for help. We were facing a very old and unkempt cemetery which required the use of weed-whips, saws, shovels, etc. Don brought his entire garage and tackled the underbrush so the gravestones could be recorded for Find-a-Grave. Thanks so much, Don. We will try not to make this need a regular occurrence.

 

Attended an estate sale at my neighbors not long ago. Who should I see serving hotdogs but Frank and Georgeanne Ennis. It was great to hug them both. Frank whispered in my ear that he felt I had said some harsh things about him in the past. I admitted I might have exaggerated his antics a bit and would endeavor to be kinder to him in the future. We love you, Frank.

 

While working in the yard, I received a pleasant visit from Karen Arnold Pottorff. She wouldn't stay but we did chat in the driveway. She shared that her hubby, Cam, had suffered a diabetic spell while driving and had a fender bender. Scared her to death but he is back out on the road and dismissing the event as insignificant. So glad for your good news, Karen.

 

Right before closing this Update for publication, I received a call from “Ray” Pearcy. I answered by asking if this was an obscene call, because I didn't know a “Ray” Pearcy. It was such a pleasant surprise that Stony didn't want anything except to say he was thinking of me and wanted to hug telepathically. He says he and Bob Ettertalk often just to stay connected. What a great idea for all of us to emulate. When I bitched over the heat/drought the 'Ville was suffering, he said to hold on because a tropical storm Alberto was on its way. Said they are floating away in TN and it's heading IN's way. Thank heavens. Stony is on the course three times a week and, although not totally pain free, he doesn't let that stop him. He also said if things worked right he would come home to attend the Great Morgan Co. Fair with me. I'm going to hold that to him! Thanks, Stony, for being such a wonderful friend.

 

Eddie Neal's Veteran Memorial Banner, which was purchased by the Class, is once again displayed on Morgan St. (These have to be renewed every two years.) I called to see if we needed to pay a fee for its reinstatement and was told his boys were the first to appear with the $100 for that purpose. My heart always beats a bit faster when I see the banner. It shows a sweet kid, sucking on a lolly-pop, that was the Eddie we passed in the hallowed halls of MHS, without the mustache. God bless his soul.

 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

 

Because of a personal conflict, I could not attend this auspicious event in May. Bless Linda Burleigh for sending me a report. She said her health was threatened if she shared any of the gossip, but she did send attendees. (Actually, she said: “Not much news—just a lot of BS from the guys end of the table.) Those enjoying the company were Bob and Catherine Etter, Bill Fulford, Jim Brunnemer, Carol Dow Teague, Janet Brummett Britton, and Don and Linda Burleigh. Hope the June WBB will have a larger crowd. 

 

REMINDER FOR CALENDARS: Frequently I am asked to reiterate the date of our 56th mini-reunion. Here it is: Saturday, September 8, beginning anytime after 10:00 AM and ending when the Etters kick us out. It won't cost much to attend because the Class will cover most expenses. Be there or be square. 

 

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

 

(Shared by Russ Knapp

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

The easiest and quickest way to find something you lost in the house is to buy a replacement.

 

(Shared by Wayne Haase)

 

I started out with nothing and still have most of it.

My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

Some days you're the top dog; some days you're the lamp post.

It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wiser.

 

Thanks to everyone who shares smiles with the group.

 

 

 

Love to all, karen

 

 

 

May 2018 UPDATE

Happy May Days to all! This month we celebrate Mothers Day as a tribute to the sainthood deserved by Mothers. Yes, Fathers are critical, too, in teaching the foundations of life, but what Mother hasn't surreptitiously interceded between child and Father to prevent homicide??? We also honor our Armed Forces with a special day and the dead with Memorial Day (and the running of the famed Indianapolis 500). Several auspicious holidays in May and I hope all of you honor and enjoy them all.

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS:

 

Don Billings, Jerry Collier, Irene Cure Conte, Connie Denny Martin, Linda Fisher Phillips, Oren Flake, Norris Griffin, Larry Lambert, Roy Joe McGuffey, Jim Morgan, Jane Reese Thompson, Jim Rusie, Carol Schell Maxwell, and Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush.

 

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY. WE ARE ALL GLAD YOUR FORTUITOUS BIRTH LANDED YOU WITH THE MHS CLASS OF '62.

 

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATES:

 

Jim Brunnemer wrote that he underwent revision surgery on his right knee in March. The original surgery was 24 years ago with an estimated life of 12-15 years. He feels very fortunate he got so many years from his original investment. He noticed his knee got wobbly and he fell a couple of embarrassing times, so he consulted original surgeon. There were a myriad of possibilities but, fortunately, he only required a replacement of the lower cap. Jim's rehab has gone well. Lu hid his car keys for a couple of weeks but has since returned them. All is well in Jim's world. Great job, Jim!!

 

PS: He also said to relay to Stony that knee replacements don't improve a lousy golf game. As Jim's son tells him, “It isn't the bow and arrow—it's the Indian.” Sorry Stony!

 

Irene Cure Conte reports both she and Rick had a bad winter. Rick was hospitalized twice. She is concerned that he is less active and weaker now. Rick still tries to do things but needs to rest often. Irene still has breathing problems and generalized pain. She is going to try physical therapy again. She hopes both she and Rick can come to town in September for our 56th. Get well soon, folks.

 

CLASSMATE FAMILY UPDATES:

 

Sadly I report Curt and Brent Boner lost their older brother, Larry, in April. Larry was 78 and had been in ill health for several years. Still, you can imagine how hard that is on the family. We all send our sincere condolences to Curt, Brent, and Mary Pope Boner on their loss.

 

Sonnie Myers Gano is one of my eyes-and-ears-on-the-world reporters. She called my attention to the fact that Cora Capshawrecently lost her sister, Gloris. I'm so sorry I missed that, Cora. We all send our belated condolences on your sadness.

 

CLASSMATE MISCELLANEOUS:

 

Kay and Kim Selch seem to be improving. Regardless, Kay always maintains a sunny attitude. He sent this joke: “What did the egg say to the boiling pot of water?” “It might take me some time to get hard because I just got laid.” He then added that it would take the Class guys a while to get the punch line on this one. Kay and I reminisced briefly about the infamous Pool Room which his Dad bought and opened in 1946. Wow, had no idea it was so long in existence! Kay said Reuben got sick so Kay and Jim Adkins bought and continued operation a short while in 1972, but after his Dad's death sold it and got out of the business. While as a girl I wasn't allowed in that inter-sanctum, I've heard many stories by local guys about the fun and mischievousness that went on there. Thanks for the memory, Kay.

 

Steve Koons wrote that they lost Aggie the Airedale and Asti the Wire Haired Fox Terrior early this year. For the first time since returning from VietNam in 1973, the Koons house is void of pets. They miss them dearly but honestly don't want to go through losing another one again. How well I, as an animal lover, understand that. Yet, I'll take bets that by September Steve will be proudly flashing photos of their new “child.” Anyone want to take that bet?

 

One of my benevolent Class Wine Purveyors, Austin Gray, honored me with yet another bottle of Indiana wine. When he and Chyrel take a Sunday drive to visit wineries, I am the beneficiary of their largess. This one was blackberry and it was much enjoyed--purple tongue and all. Thanks so much dear friends. 

 

Our Class novelist and chronicler, James Brunnemer, is once again putting mind and pen to paper. I don't know if this work will be published. Rather, he is putting his memories and lifetime observations to paper in a journal for the benefit of his children and grandchildren and beyond. He shared a portion of that with me and, as always, Jim's erudite words were humorous and thoughtful. Here is a brief excerpt from that:

 

“Throughout my lifetime, nothing has lifted my spirits or provided me with such joy as a clever quip or a well-told tale. I've tried to be a conveyer of good feeling through humor. According to one source--

'Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, often with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling moral values.'”

 

“A good friend once said to me, “Jim is the consummate raconteur,” (a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.) If by that he meant that I liberally infuse my stories with exaggeration, irony, self-denigration, and embellishment in my intent to relate amusing and farcical observations, I plead guilty.” 

 

These are but two of the interesting observations Jim relayed in his chapter entitled “Liar Alert.” Wish I had more room to impart the rest, but perhaps Jim will share his journal when we are together. Proud of you, Jim, for following your dreams.

 

Steve Hiatt wrote that he and Diane will be heading back to IN in a couple of weeks from FL. They have a home in Indy in which they spend warm weather months. He said they are timing their return to the good weather promised us from mid-May on. Safe travels, folks.

 

CLASS TREASURY UPDATE:

 

We received an anonymous $50 contribution to the fund this month, bringing our total to $1,209.97. Thanks to our anonymous Class friend. We'll spend down some of that on our 56th Gala on SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, 11:00 AM, BOB ETTER'S SHELTER HOUSE. Mark your calendars in big letters for this red letter occasion. Remember, “You never get a second chance to make a new OLD friend.” Let's enjoy to the fullest what we have cultivated during our many years on life's path.

 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

 

Good crowd at April's soiree, consisting of Linda and Don Burleigh (yes, Linda is out and about although still under watchful eyes of physicians for her head injuries reported last month), Austin and Chyrel Gray, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush (back from FL), Janet Brummett Britton (a wonderfully surprising new visitor), Catherine and Bob Etter (back from FL), Mary Pope and Curt Boner, Carol Dow Teague (another wonderfully surprising new visitor), Marty Akard Short (who was surprisingly well-behaved), and me (always well-behaved). Next Brunch will be May 14, 2018, 10:30 AM, Forkey's. Hope we have even a larger crowd attending. We do have such fun catching up. 

 

SMILES FOR THE MONTH: (provided by Karen Wilson Brummett )

 

(Quips by Phyllis Diller) 

The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps parents going.

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. 

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle—keep away from children.

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing.

 

HUGS TO ALL, karen

 

 

APRIL 2018 UPDATE

 

The daffodils and crocus are blooming in Morgan County, birds are chirping, and we have April Showers, so it's obviously Spring and you Snow Birds can return. (I'm watching a hopping Robin out my window as I type.) We look forward to having you back among your lifelong true friends. This Update will be mailed on Easter Sundayand April Fools' Day, so a very happy holidays to all of you. That is the good news. The bad news is April also brings the dreaded Tax Day (17th in case you forgot). Commiserations for that holiday celebration.

I have racked my brain (small as it is) to insert an April Fool's joke in this issue. Several years ago I inserted a paragraph about Jim Brunnemer's news that Lu was pregnant. It didn't fly then and it certainly wouldn't fly to 70-plus year olds reading this. No joke again this edition. Everything you read herein is the truth and nothing but the truth. 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS:

Rick Blunk, Johnie Boles, Jerry Crismore, Tura Crone Lamar, Bob Elliott, Marvin Henderson, Steve Hiatt, Tish Scherer Hartley, and Eddie Underly. A VERY HAPPY, HAPPY SPECIAL DAY TO EACH OF YOU. 

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Wonderful news from Linda Gibbs Gehring. March 1, 2017, was the date of her heart attack and March 1, 2018, was her first day off blood thinners since her attack. Still takes heart meds but says she is feeling good. She promised to come home for a visit when weather improved. You go girl!!

Unfortunately, Judy Wolff-Parretts writes that she is now having some issues with chemo. That isn't good to hear. She still says a possible trip home for the reunion is within the realm of possibility. Sure hope so, Judy. You can overcome all things with your steadfast spirit.

Received a welcomed note from Joyce Bowman Branham with update on their lives. Jim is having trouble with his back and was sent to surgeon. He ordered CT scan. That didn't explain his back problems but revealed the thoracic aortic aneurysm which had been found at his last scan. Great news is it isn't enlarging, but he is sending Jim to a specialist in this field. She promised to keep us advised. I hope to report good news in May. They both deserve some good news for a change. UPDATE: After writing that first part, Joyce just today sent another report. Aneurysm is still small so they just keep watching it. However, Jim had a spell at home where he couldn't breathe. Tests discovered his blood level was very low and basically contained no iron, which explained his low energy level. They gave two IV's of iron and meds to build his system back up. Now they think the back problems were related to this blood issue. She said it would take months before Jim will get back to full strength. They feel so blessed that the good Lord was looking out for them so the doctors could properly diagnose some of his problems. She will continue to update us. (Maybe low iron explains my lack of motivation and energy.) 

Stony Pearcy has completed physical therapy after second knee surgery. He says the strain placed on his other knee is now causing some problems, but he is regularly visiting fitness center to regain strength and coordination in both knees. He says he WILL BE on the golf course this month. As part of his rehab, he and Carol are heading to FL to visit friends and let the sun, water, and happy hour help his recuperation. Well, that's his reasoning anyway. I know we all look forward to learning Stony's golf game has benefited from these two painful surgeries.

Bill Fulford informed us that his CAT scan revealed a couple of kidney stones, but no plans for procedure until they get worse. He will re-scan every six months to keep track of situation. His colon surgery was a complete success. Bill is back to his more animated self and is still selling real estate. Some folks just don't know when to call it quits and grow old gracefully.

Marvin Henderson called with shocking news that Deanna had heart surgery for AFIB (erratic signals to heart). She was in Gainesville hospital for almost a week, but the condition was very treatable with her surgery and she is so much better. We are thrilled Deanna is mending. Marvin said Janet Brummett Britton and her husband had dined with them recently. He said they visited so long the restaurant almost closed around them. It's always fun to learn class friends visit when away from home.

Karen Wampler has finally been approved for cataract surgery in both eyes during April. She has waited a long time for them to “ripen” and allow insurance coverage for the procedure. She is thrilled that she will once again see things clearly.

And speaking of cataracts, Curt Boner just had both eyes operated on this week. Mary wrote to say he is doing well and hopes this will allow him to once again see. I can't see but they tell me mine aren't yet ready and may never be ready. I guess I'm just resigned to having limited vision. 

Unfortunately, Don Billings has not yet been approved for knee surgery. He said these things take a long time. I know mobility would be so welcomed by Don. 

CLASSMATE FAMILY UPDATES:

It is with great sadness to report that Jane Reese Thompson lost her husband, Earl, in early March. He had been battling liver disease for a long time. During the last eight months his kidneys also began to fail to the point they wouldn't sustain life. Sadly, Earl wanted to make it to July 13—their 50th wedding anniversary—so they could dance to Frank Sinatra's Time After Time. Jane, you have our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for God's peace.

Becky Pratt Bock recently said goodbye to her sister, Bettie Fletcher, 87. Bettie was one of seven children of Archie and Ruth Pratt, many of whom were in the hallowed halls of MHS in our era. Of course, Becky was our dear classmate. Becky and Frank now reside in Brooksville, FL, and we miss visiting with them around town. God bring you a lighter heart and brighter days soon, Becky.

Don's wife and our adopted classmate, Linda Burleigh, put us through a scare during March. She was at the Univ. of Indy observing her granddaughter participate in a track and field event. As she walked across the track before the activities had begun, she was hit by a runner practicing his sprints prior to performing. They didn't see each other and Linda suffered for that. Don sent me a photo of her after being released from hospitalization for concussion, black eyes, sprained shoulder, and road rash. Her face was so swollen I scarcely knew her. Stitches were removed mid-March and her vitals are now good. She is confined to a month of home rest but says Don is a great nurse and her daughters bring food regularly to compensate for Don's lack of culinary skills. Linda is always so positive that not even this freak accident will keep her down. She promises to join the WBB in April.

I am proud to report that Joyce Griffin Hamilton, Richard's wife and another adopted classmate, was recently recipient of the Spirit of Ruth Rusie honorarium. Every year the Chamber of Commerce acknowledges citizens who go above and beyond in serving Morgan County needs through volunteerism. No one deserves this more than Joyce. I typed her resume for consideration by the Chamber and it was three full pages of volunteer activities. I wrote to Jim Rusie and asked him to relay this info to his mother, Ruth. He informed me that she very much approved, having worked with Joyce for many years in various local endeavors. Actually, Ruth is being recognized in April at the United Way's 100 year celebration (at which she will also be celebrating her 100th birthday). What a beloved lady!! And no one more exemplifies Ruth's spirit than Joyce. Congrats. 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE TIDBITS:

Dan St. John wrote that his wife, Sue, is dragging him all around Florida as she attends work-related events. She forced him to lay around in Sarasota and New Smyrna Beach (temps in 80's) during March so all he could do was enjoy the sunshine. He said, “It's tough but I have to do it.” Hah, hah, Dan. Our tears fall for you. 

Also received a note from Wayne Haase. He and Cindy truly hope to be back in town during May to catch up with those available to share a meal and group hug. Sure hope it works out. He also hopes to meet up with Rick Blunk while he is near St. Louis. Hope they make contact. I received his note while we were struggling with a heavy snow fall (4”) and mentioned this to him in my e-mail. He wanted the last word and shared that during the last three weeks they have experienced four nor'easters which dropped 8, 18, and 16 inches, respectively, with another 13 plus on the way. In case you forgot, Wayne hails from Massachusetts. I promised never again to complain to him about our winter weather.

Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush wrote to say she and Perry were to arrive home in mid-March and asked that I turn the heat up to around 75 degrees. I hope it's zero when all the Snow Birds arrive in the 'Ville. They deserve a bit of comeuppance for sending me weather updates from warm climes all winter. 

While attending a local event, stopped and talked with Mark and Vicki Cohen and we had a nice visit. They have a booth in the Art Sanctuary (old Methodist Church on Sycamore) where Vicky sells her crafts. Mark still dabbles in antiques. Both looked and seemed great. It had been probably a year since I last visited with them. Folks, sure wish you would grace us at a WBB some month. You would be very welcomed.

Bob and Catherine are expected in town by April 1. Really look forward to hugging Catherine and welcoming her home, but not so much Bob. My life has been hassle-free since he left for FL. I'm expecting much harassment upon his return. 

ADDITION TO CLASS SNAIL-MAIL:

I'm often reporting that we lose contact with class friends for various reasons, not the least of which is death. (I sometimes feel like the messenger of death.) That's the down side to my self-appointed Class Social Secretary role. Yet, occasionally I can happily report an addition to our little group. This month I am very happy to report we have added Jenness Northerner Perlmutter to our umbilical cord of contacts. Bob Riffel brought all of this about when he sent us her website and inquired if we had tried contacting her. Yes, I had sent her a couple of e-mails over the last few years through her website e-mail. However, she never responded so I assumed there was no interest. But, Bob tickled me to reach out once more with a snail-mail letter to her studio address. Much to my surprise, I received a lovely letter in early March in which she indicated she would love to be included on the monthly Update mailing list and back in contact with her 'Ville friends. While I had assumed the best way to reach her was electronically, she informed me that, despite the appearance of her website, she isn't at all tech savvy and doesn't do e-mail. She said it's embarrassing but true. If she only knew how many of her '62 friends struggle with that same malady. Anyway, she said: “Please send my best wishes to all.” She also said she enjoyed reading news of the familiar cast of characters written about. See, we never forget out roots, no matter where life takes us. Welcome aboard, Jenness. (PERSONAL NOTE: Some time when you have a minute, Jenness, could you send me your birth date so we can include you in monthly birthday wishes. Or, call me at 765 315 0397 with that info. Thanks.)

UPDATE ON OUR 56TH REUNION CELEBRATION:

Bob and Catherine have blocked their social calendar for Sat., Sept. 8, for our reunion. In addition, I have contracted with Renda Trimble, caterer, and Connie Etter, photographer, to be in attendance and provide us their usual great service. So, be sure your calendars are marked for this auspicious date. During July and August, I will need a head count, but the Class will pay most of the expenses of the event. I may need to ask for $10 per head to buffer Class funds for costs. However, I doubt $10 will adversely affect the welfare of any of us. If it does, Class will even handle that. What better way to use our money than to kick up our heals together and once again hobble down memory lane.

REMINDER: The September Wild Bunch Brunch happens to fall on Monday, September 10, so that anyone interested in extending visitation time can join that frolicking occasion before returning to parts far away. 

CLASS TREASURY UPDATE:

Thanks to all who responded to my request for guidance on Class/Snail-Mail funds. At least for those who responded, it was unanimous that I combine all monies into one and no longer segregate them. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence in my honesty and fiscal responsibility. However, I should remind you I failed Maggie's algebra, so you may rue that decision. In keeping with my promise to be more fiscally responsible under this new regime, here is your first bank accounting.

I began with a balance of $1,422.87 after commingling funds. I then reimbursed myself for snail-mail expenses (envelopes, labels, paper, ribbons, postage) for the period Sept. 2017, through April 2018, in the amount of $263. That leaves a balance in our funds of $1,159.87. Since snail mail averages $33 per month, we should be very liquid in that account for a long time. God forbid we have any memorial flowers for the next ten years. If things stretch too thin, I'll send out an SOS for financial help. 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

John and Karen Stewart came back home for the March WBB and we had a surprise visit from Dick and Angie Elmore. We were very glad to welcome those folks after a long absence. Others attending were Chuck Vogus, Curt Boner (Mary was sick), Brent Boner, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Kay Selch (Kim also sick), Bill Fulford, Don Burleigh (Linda also sick), and me. April's WBB will be Monday, April 9, 10:30 at Forkey's. Many Snow Birds should re-join us this date. Be there or be square.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

I am blessed with folks who send me funnies to share. This month I'm taking examples from some of those submitted and will try to include more in months to come. 

From Cora Capshaw: My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work. 

Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.

Getting lucky means walking into a room and remembering why I'm there.

The day the world runs out of wine is just too horrible to even think about.

 

From Harry (Russ) Knapp: Today I was in a store that sells sunglasses and ONLY sunglasses. A young lady walks over and asks, “What brings you in today” I looked at her and said, “I'm interested in buying a refrigerator.” She didn't know how to respond. (Don't mess with seniors!)

I've decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.

When people see a cat's litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?” Just once I want to say, “No, it's for company!”

Employment applications always ask who is to be called in an emergency. I think you should answer, “an ambulance.”

The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then ;your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

Hugs to all karen

 

MARCH 2018 UPDATE

 

As I look at the calendar for our MARCH Update, I realize that several momentous events are just around the corner--Daylight Saving Time Begins (11th), St. Patrick's Day (17th), FIRST DAY OF SPRING (YEAH!!) (20th), Palm Sunday and Good Friday the week of the 25th. I wish each of you more sunshine and warmth until the next Update.

 

MARCH BIRTHDAY HONOREES:

 

Karen Arnold Pottorff and DeWayne White.

 

Wow, a very small but select group. Wonder where our parents were in June 1943. They obviously weren't procreating. A very happy birthday Karen and DeWayne. Make it very special.

 

Let me usurp some space for a personal thanks to all who sent me birthday wishes. Thanks also to Karen Arnold Pottorff who enclosed a contribution to snail mail in her card. Jim Brunnemer wrote demanding I report he was only 43 on his February birthday and to state he welcomed the attention of “cougars”. He is such a whining cry-baby.

 

As Steve Koons shared in his note: May we all have as many more as we've already had. (Well, maybe half that many would be more appropriate.)

 

A SAD ANNIVERSARY:

 

On March 24, 1971, we lost our beloved Eddie Neal in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Eddie was killed in a helicopter crash in that hostile territory on that date. Every time I drive by our Class memorial banner to Eddie on Main Street, my heart sheds a tear. He will never be forgotten to us.

 

CLASSMATE FAMILY DEATHS:

 

Dwight Arthur lost his son, Larry, in February. Larry was a 1989 MHS graduate. He left a wife and three children and a brother. Dwight also lost his wife, Dorothy, several years ago. Much sadness for our dear classmate. We all wish you brighter days and a lighter heart, Dwight.

 

Mark Dillender lost his sister-in-law, Joyce Haggard Wagoner, wife of Ronnie for those of you who remember him. Bill Fulford tells me Ronnie ran with several boys in our Class. Bless you Mark and, of course, your wife Carol, and Dwight and his family.

 

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

 

Cora Capshaw called to say she hibernates in her home in the woods with her chickens and birds until warmer weather. Still struggles with coughing, although they cannot determine the cause. Cora is faithful to remain connected with me.

 

Karen Wampler reports that except for mobility issues (lot of that going around), she is fine. Karen loves staying in touch with us through the Updates. Thanks, Karen.

 

Irene Cure Conte and her husband, Rick, have both been hospitalized with pneumonia. Rick also suffers with heart failure and neuropathy, but, in spite of some fearful days, he is now getting better. Both have spent the winter on antibiotics and steroids. Hopefully more sunshine and fresh outside air will be the best medicine for you both, Irene.

 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS UPDATES:

 

We received a sincere thanks from Georgia Barrick acknowledging our Class memorial which sat at the head of Jimbo's casket. It meant a great deal to her and Jim's family. She once again stressed how much Jim cherished the Updates because they were his few sources of friendship. Bless all of them. It was very sad when I had to remove Jim's name from snail mail labels.

 

Bob Riffel sent me a copy of Jenness Northerner Cortez's website at Perlmutter Gallery in NY. Bob drools over her art but says he'll never be able to pay for it. Several years ago I sent her a personal Class letter to that studio but never received a reply. Well, I have tried once again to reach her hoping she didn't receive my earlier communication and would, indeed, want to re-join us. I hope in April I can report a new addition to our contacts. Either way, it is obvious our Class artist is doing very well with her artistic passion. Thanks, Bob.

 

Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush wrote with her vote for the 56th reunion agenda and had to mention she and Perry are having a great winter in sunny FL. She knows I requested no weather updates from the Snow Birds and just had to rub it in. Sharon always had a vengeful side.

 

Lila wrote to say she has finally fully retired after 31 years at Purdue. Congrats, Lila. Speaking for most of us, you will love this stage in our lives. She and Dale are moving closer to marriage. Maybe she will have good news by September when they attend the reunion. Great happiness in this new era in your life, Lila.

 

Received a note from Janet Brummett Britton. She said some very kind words about my contributions to the Updates which made me blush even though they warmed my heart. She also mentioned receiving a Christmas card from Betty Scherer. Now, for those of you ladies who don't remember, apparently she was our junior/senior gym teacher. (I knew Janet was memorable, but she must have made a lasting impression on Betty.) Janet said Betty lives in Los Vegas and will celebrate her 90th birthday this year. I had to admit to Janet that I had no memory of Betty but that was because I immensely disliked gym and blocked out all memories EXCEPT the horrid green one-piece suits cinched with a belt we were required to model. Thanks, Janet, for sharing the memories.

 

CLASS FINANCIAL MATTERS:

 

This segment will be wordy, but I want you to have all pertinent information so you can make a decision.

 

Our treasuries are secure. We have $767.07 in Class treasury and $655.69 in snail mail, for a grand total of $1,422.76. For reasons I have explained in earlier Updates, I now monitor both funds with no oversight. I work to keep funds allocated appropriately, pay expenses, and report to you periodically of balances and expenditures. In case you don't remember, we originally kept snail mail funds separate from Class monies because, as that cost grew, there was some fear expenditures from that fund would evade Class funds used for memorials, reunions, and other Class activities. Well, you folks have been so generous to both funds that I no longer fear we will run out of money. I receive funds when I don't even ask! Moreover, I am very certain if our funds dwindle to a danger point, all I have to do is ask for replenishment.

 

So, would there be any objection if I combine all our funds into one account and forget allocation? I have no problem with this—except that my activities will have little oversight. One person asked if my estate would know that some of my funds belonged to the Class, and that is a viable concern. I told them and tell you that my estate documents clearly denote account numbers of Class funds and my funds. In addition, I have told my executor(s) about Class funds and made note of the account numbers in my file.

 

A convenience to this is when we receive a bill, especially for memorial flowers, I merely make an on-line transfer from Class funds to my checking account and deliver the payment, keeping records of the transaction. No trudging to the bank to get a cashier's check and no cost.

 

If we go with one account with me as owner, I promise to report frequently on all expenditures and balance. Anyway, think about this and let me have your thoughts. We can always go back to one or two accounts in another bank with two signatories required, which would preclude any chance that Class funds are misplaced. Undoubtedly, that is the best business practice, so I would understand if you choose to do that. Please send me your ideas. I will not be insulted or unhappy. Let me know any questions you may have that I have not covered in this dissertation.

 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH (WBB).

 

Those attending in February were Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Curt and Mary Pope Boner, Harry McGinity, Jim Brunnemer, Bill Fulford, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Charlie Vogus and me, with Tish Scherer Hartley kibitzing from the next table. The Class presented me with a birthday card and bag of Thin Mints, which, of course, are long gone. Thanks to all of you for remembering me. Next WBB will be Monday, March 12, 10:30 at Forkey's. We should have a few Snow Birds rejoining us at that soiree. Hope to see many of you then.

 

56TH REUNION UPDATE:

 

Received unanimous vote to meet on September 8 (Labor Day weekend) at Etter's Paradise with same caterer. Now, we have to sit tight until Bob and Catherine give us the green light on date. They return in April so by May Update we can nail it down. We may need to tweak the date depending on their property calendar.

 

SMILES FOR THE MONTH: (from Stoney)

 

I talk to myself because there are times I need expert advice.

The biggest lie I tell myself is--I don't need to write that down because I'll remember.

I have days when my life is just a tent away from a circus

These days, “on time” is when I get there.

I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

Even duct tape can't fix stupid—but it sure does muffle the sound.

My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance for idiots that needs work

Lately, I've noticed people my age are so much older than me.

Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering why I'm there.

Some days I have no idea what I'm doing out of bed.

I thought growing old would take a lot longer.

 

I believe this explains to all our Stoney and his aging progression.

 

LOVE, karen

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE

 

A cold February hello to all from the 'Ville. So many of you receiving this are not within the confines of that spot on the map, so I feel compelled to report we are all looking forward to warmth and sunshine in the March Update. We all are praying that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow in Gobbler's Knob on Feb. 2, which would indicate an early Spring. Phil and his progeny have been helping forecasters with the weather prediction since 1887 and has had as much luck as NASA. If you saw Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, you believe in the validity of PP. In the meantime, let's find joy in Valentine's Day. (BTW, Feb. 16 is Chinese New Year of the Dog, in case you are interested.) Hug your loved ones a bit tighter and longer on that holiday. Make certain your life is in order when you repose at night, for tomorrow is uncertain.

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS:

 

Nancy Alexander Foley, Dwight Arthur, Liz Brummett Peterson, Janet Brummett Britton, Jim Brunnemer, Billy Joe Craven, Frank Ennis, Bob Etter, Terry Fleener, Steve Koons, Kathryn Mason Hill, Marcie Murphy Bolin, Stony Pearcy, Gary Stafford, Judy Wolff Parretts, Ruth Woolbright Dunigan, and me.

 

A stupendous birthday wish to all of you. May your year be blessed with contentment no matter what life throws at you.

 

CLASSMATE DEATHS:

 

It is with sorrow I announce we lost two more Class friends during January, bringing that total to 73 of which we are aware. Those on e-mail know Jim (Jimbo) Barrick passed on January 22 after several years of illness. His wife, Georgia, has been wonderful to keep me posted, even though the news I reported wasn't happy. Marilyn Dyer Hornberger and I visited with her and her two sons at calling. Georgia said Jim kept every Update in a pile and re-read them often. Some may remember Jim had four brothers and three sisters who grew up in town. I only remember beautiful red-headed Pam, who graduated in 1960. Steve Koons reminded me he played trombone in the Marching Artesians. God bless his family as they walk without Jim.

 

Sonnie Myers Gano wrote that we also lost Rhea Donna Forbes Fee. I could not find that in the paper but contacted my friend and funeral director of Neal & Summers seeking details. There was merely a blurb in reporter which stated “no service.” I wanted to send our Class tribute to her family anyway, but my contact reported she had no family at all. I had tried to reach Rhea by mail a couple of times but never received any word from her. I was crushed to realize one of us had walked this life fairly alone. Sadly, she must have preferred to live silently. God bless Rhea's soul.

 

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

 

Now, on to a less depressing topic.

 

Richard Hamilton is still more house-bound than not. He faces tremendous mobility issues but his mind is as sharp as ever. I call upon him when I need Martinsville history or familial relationships. As weather improves, I know Richard will once again be out and about. 

 

Don Billings reports he is still doing therapy and depends on in-home health care daily. However, you would sense no sign of pity when talking with him. He called me as this Update was compiled and expressed sadness at the news of Jim Barrick, saying he remembers many happy school days spent with him. Keep on keeping on, Don.

 

Stony wrote that after his Dec. 26 second knee surgery, he is “sore but OK.” This was his worst knee medically. He said the extent of the surgery made this knee harder to heal and caused more pain. His doctor told him he should “be more patient.” Obviously that doctor doesn't know his patient well. We all know Stony lacks patience. You'll be on the golf course in April, Stony. We all know your resolve. 

 

Once again had my Walmart visit with Joyce and Jim Branham in January. I always look forward to those hugs. They admitted they come to Wally World for winter exercise a couple times a week pushing a cart all around the huge building pretending to shop. Joyce said she had threatened Jim on that particular day that they would not spend a cent, since their home was overflowing with spontaneous purchases. 

 

Have been in contact with Gini Fulford Watts. She is excited to report her upcoming move to The Retreat in the 'Ville. This is a renovation of the old Martinsville Sanitarium. We will be glad to have her back home after many years of residing outside the county. In that call she also reported having been in the hospital for several days with what turned out to be a kidney stone which required removal. They also discovered gallstones with which she will someday need to deal. However, she said her relocation had to come before any further medical issues because she is truly excited to be moving into her new local apartment.

 

Also heard from Kay Selch. His leg is almost healed, although he still keeps it wrapped. Requires a bi-weekly visit to check condition but he is very close to being back to pre-hospitalization condition. That is marvelous news. Kay and Kim have not had a good year in terms of health but happily report there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Most of you will remember that last year upon Bob Etter's arrival for his winter hiatus in FL he ended up in hospital with sepsis. Well, he's done it again. Hadn't been in FL two days when he was admitted for double pneumonia and spent his first five days in hospital. When will he learn to stay in IN??? He said he knew things weren't good when they left, but he was determined to be in FL if he had to rehab. That way he can walk outside to his lawn chair and bask in the sun and warmth. When we talked, he was a bit breathless but seemed to be coping well. They are camped in Port Charlotte, about 30 miles from Ft. Myers. Plan to return in late March or early April, depending on weather. On their return trip, they hope to visit with Bill and Portia Craven, John and Karen Stewart, Marvin and Deanna Henderson, and Bev and Kenton Smith. Sure hope those plans come to fruition. Stay well, Bob.

 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NOTES:

 

Received a great note from Ed Underly. He still hopes to some day attend a Class reunion. Loves staying in touch with all of us. He said, “They say you can never go home again, and in some respects that is true. But, they didn't say you can't carry home with you in your heart and mind, as I have all these years for Martinsville.” He commented that his parents were friends with Jim Barrick's parents and he remembers well the times he and Jim spent together. Great to have you with us, Eddie, after so many years of absence. You are so right that home is where the heart is and where our story begins.

 

Jo Nutter Lasiter is back in FL until late April. She says things are fine with her with the exception of still suffering the recent loss of her sister, Jill. I have always felt the loss of a sibling is more painful than loss of parents. It closes a chapter in life. 

 

Bob Riffel wrote in early January wishing everyone a Happy New Year. He mentioned that not too many years ago the thought of being 74 was very far removed from his youthful reality. Now, it seems so young. Bob lives in AL where it's usually warm, but he said they just had 10 inches of snow and lost electricity for three days. Reminded him of his childhood in Morgan County. 

 

You might remember my report in January about the clandestine pornographic meeting in Forkey's attended by Don Burleigh, Jim Brunnemer, and Jim Branham. I asked for any info as to the nature of that gathering. Marty Akard Short wrote she had it on good authority they were looking at recent pictures of her in various cheerleader contortions and were astounded at how much younger she looked then they did and that she could still get her body into those positions. Marty, I'm sure you are right but they will never admit that. On the other hand, Jim Brunnemer wrote to say I had hurt his feelings. He said contrary to my unwarranted accusation that they were involved in some evil behavior, the truth was that he was providing much needed moral teachings and admonitions to the other two wicked sinners. His words, not mine. I welcome the “other side of the story” from Jim and Don to set the record straight. Jim and Marty can be less than trustworthy.

 

This is very important. Marcia Short Schweitzer wrote to say she was entering data into her 2018 calendar and wanted to block our 56th reunion activities. Wow, Marcia, you are smart to preplan, but I hadn't given it a thought. So, for those of us who do plan ahead, can we at least begin a conversation of the date and plans. For purposes of discussion, I'll throw out Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, which is the second Sat. in Sept., as we have always done, with a wonderful catered picnic at Bob's. That's just a suggestion. Please send me comments on ideas for different format, date, food, etc. I certainly don't want to be accused of bulldozing my ideas through the group on this important event. Speak now or forever hold your peace. Once we have a consensus, I'll block the date with a venue and food vendor of your choice. Probably should have this done by April 1. Thanks, Marcia, for keeping us on track. She also sent her best wishes for a Happy New Year to all and reminded us to “keep smiling.” 

 

As a miscellaneous note from me: I want to tell those of you who haven't been home for a year or so that you won't know your town. A group purchased 22 of the dilapidated buildings around the square for renovation. It is beginning to look great. There will be all variety of restaurants, apartments, businesses, and boutiques. When you add the new facades to the revived Martinsville City of Mineral Water sign overlooking the courthouse, it's almost picturesque. The improvements and new life and vitality will make you all proud. 

 

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

 

Because of a family issue, I couldn't attend the January WBB. However, I asked our trusty back-up reporter, Bob Etter, to send me info to share. He was short and sweet—“the Selches, the Greys, and the Etters were the only attendees.” My guess is they slandered those of us missing so he couldn't include conversations in his report. I'm sure that even though the crowd was slight, it was nevertheless rowdy and embarrassing to us all. Hopefully we will have a few more attendees on February 12 at 10:30 for the festivities.

 

SMILE FOR THE MONTH: (compliments of Stony) An Ode to His Wine

 

Wine is now cheaper than gas, so Drink Don't Drive.

Wine pairing in the Stone Age: If it tries to eat you, serve with red. If it runs away, serve with white.

A meal without wine is called breakfast.

Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.

The secret of enjoying a good wine: 1) Open bottle to allow it to breathe. 2) If it does not appear to be breathing, give it mouth-to-mouth.

In wine there is wisdom. In beer and liquor there is freedom. In water there is bacteria.

I tried cooking supper with wine tonight. Didn't go so well. After five glasses I forgot why I was even in the kitchen.

 

Love to all, karen

 

January 2018 UPDATE

The festivities are a memory as I begin to compose this January 2018 epistle. It was a great holiday for me celebrating with almost all my family. We even had snow on Christmas. On the downside, the Colts lost again. Next year is OURS. I'm actually praying for losses at this point so we get better draft picks. Enough. Happy 2018 to each of you. May we bless God this year and may He shine on our little group.

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

JANUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES:

    

Marty Akard Short, Virginia Fulford Watts, Judy Hacker Fraker, Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Frances Hatley Fisher, Diana Hatter Tolley, Connie Shields Lowry, and John Stewart.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on your special day to each of you. Make it count.

 

CLASSMATE MEDICAL INFO:

 

Judy Wolff-Parrets says she is getting healthier all the time. I'm so proud of her positive attitude and fighting spirit. Keep on keeping on, dear Judy. She thanks Charlie Gardner for his “laugh for the month” in December. Actually, I had several folks comment on how much that made them laugh. Great—laughter is the secret to a happy life.

 

Received a call from Jim Barrack's wife, Georgia. Jim has throat cancer and has been fitted with a permanent trach and feeding tube. Jim is also in a wheelchair from mobility issues. He began with sore throat before Thanksgiving, but was consistently misdiagnosed with a virus. Their continued search for an answer to his problems finally led to further tests and diagnosis. Not what they wanted but at least they know with what they are dealing. Jim has to be in nursing home because of needs for oxygen and feeding. Needless to say, Georgia and their two sons aren't happy with this decision but are dealing with it as best they can. When we spoke, Georgia didn't know where he would finally call home but promised to keep me posted on placement and progress. She said Jim's biggest gripe is that he wants his donuts and coffee. Georgia said Jim reads and re-reads the Updates to stay in touch because he hasn't been able to physically participate with us. Jim, we miss you but are here if we can do anything to help.

 

After some prodding, Linda Gibbs Gehring finally reported her cardiologist didn't change her meds and is happy with her progress. On March 1 she acknowledges the one-year anniversary of her heart attack. It changed her life greatly but, like so many other Class of '62 folks, has a great attitude and spirit. She sends her love to all. 

 

Bob Elliott chastised me because he didn't receive the December Update after calling to be reinstated. My fault. Forgot to add him to snail mail labels, but that error has been rectified and he did receive the Update a bit late. Bob is going through a series of stress tests. So far they show lesions on the lungs but not cancerous in nature. Bob will join the WBB as soon as his strength allows. Hope all tests come out benign.

 

CHRISTMAS COMMUNICATIONS:

 

I love the Christmas season because it is a time when we tend to communicate with others more than usual. My contact with classmates is no exception. Here are some greetings with which I was personally blessed. (PS: My Updates are my Christmas card greetings, so please don't think me unfriendly when you don't receive my card.)

 

I think my first card this year and in many previous years was from Curt and Mary Boner. They always send a new year calendar in conjunction with a Christmas greeting. I post that beside my computer and use it daily. Thanks C and M for including me on your list.

 

Linda Fisher Phillips always sends a yearly recap with her Christmas card. This year she says they are doing well and accept anything that comes their way. She feels blessed when she reads of other Class friends issues. Their family continues to grow with the addition of their 4th great-grandchild. At last count their family of five has evolved to 23 and counting. They are already shoveling snow and being blasted with winter. She said if this pattern continues, Santa will need chains on the sleigh.

 

Karen Arnold Pottorff appeared at my door with two goodie bags for Sarah and me. Among the gifts were beautiful, huge rooster mugs and rooster kitchen towel, which we have used often. She is aware of my fanaticism for all things chicken/rooster. She also included a scented candle and gloves. Thank you much, Karen, for always being so generous and thoughtful to us. 

 

Janet (Elmore) and Don Donoho sent a card thanking me for keeping us together and wishing a Merry holiday season. You're welcome to all. She also included a snail-mail contribution. Thank you both for staying close.

 

Stony will have his second knee surgery on December 26th. Stony and Carol and Henry Gray surprised the Wild Bunch on December 10 with a visit. We had a marvelous visit. It gave us a chance to really know Carol. I used to kid Stony that I didn't even believe he was married because Carol was a ghost. In reality, she is a charming, articulate, youthful, cheery lady who takes good care of our Stony. She is the one chauffeuring him around and waiting on him during his rehabilitation. She confided she wished he would wait longer for his second surgery because she is exhausted after the first. However, Stony won't even consider that because he wants to be on the golf course in April. Knowing Stony, I'm certain he will fulfill that goal. Thanks, Carol, for allowing us to make you feel welcome as an adopted Class member. Henry was his usual talkative self (Not!). Since we didn't sit close I didn't get to inquire of his lifestyle, but he looked great and appears to be fine. 

 

Also received a beautiful card from Don and Linda Burleigh and an e-mail from Judy Knose wishing me a wonderful holiday season. Marvin Henderson even called to send their best wishes. Marvin really enjoyed the December Laugh for the Month (which several seemed to enjoy). Remember the “Strip Down, Facing Me” NRA laugh? He said on first reading he thought I was relaying my true story. Marvin, that isn't so incredulous. At this time of life I might do anything and not realize it's inappropriate. He and Deanna send their love and an open invite to visit if you ever get to the Ocala area.

 

And last, but certainly not least, thanks to Austin and Chyrel Gray. They presented me with a bottle of blackberry wine from Friendship Winery and the best banana nut bread that has ever touched my tongue. (Chyrel, please bring recipe to next WBB.) Austin and Chyrel are generous with wine throughout the year, and I very much appreciate their thoughtfulness and friendship. 

 

Sure hope I didn't forget to mention anyone. Believe me, I appreciate every contact and good wish and thank everyone for remembering me.

 

CLASSMATE FAMILY LOSS:

 

Received a note from Jo Nutter Lasiter on December 24 that her sister, Jill, peacefully passed this day. I had corresponded with Jo earlier in the week, having heard Jill had taken a turn for the worse, and she shared that it would be only a few days. The family was with her to the end. Horrible way to spend Christmas Eve. Jill married Bob Keller many years ago. Bob has cared for her diligently during the many years she struggled with mental issues. That type of debilitation makes illness even harder to accept. God bless Jo and her family during this valley in life. Jo, please know you have many who love you and share some of your pain. Her e-mail address is jody944@sbcglobal.net or you can find her on FB.

 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE INFO:

 

First off, let me ask – do I owe anyone 8x10 photos of the reunion activities? My limited memory seems to remember someone telling me they didn't receive what they ordered. If so, please contact me because I now have those. Sent Eddie Underly his photos and hope he enjoys trying to figure out who is who after 60 years. I promised to assist him if he asked.

 

Another one of our own celebrated a 50th during 2017--Frank and Georgeann Ennis. A daughter posted on FB that “they have done a wonderful job with a crazy life.” She even posted a photo of their wedding day. You would not recognize them. Frank actually wore a white jacket with tie  and was all spiffed up.  Story goes that they met in a grocery store and the rest is history. Congrats, Frank and Georgeann. Personally, I think Georgeann is a saint for making it 50 years.

 

This wasn't a happy holiday for Dewayne White. I saw an “in memoriam” for his wife Diane, on FB. This is his second Christmas without his soul mate and it hasn't gotten easier. We are just glad he is finally back with us and connected. Thankfully, he has a big family to help bolster him as he walks alone—like several of us. 

 

A little birdie swooped down and whispered to me that there was a clandestine “man party” with three of our illustrious classmates during December. Seems Jim Brunnemer, Don Burleigh, and Jim Branham were seen in a back booth at Forkey's, purportedly sharing pornographic photos. Now, the aforementioned activity was not verified by independent sources, but knowing those three jocks, it makes sense there was some nefarious activity being conducted. If anyone has further info on this surreptitious meeting, please inform me so I can share with all.

 

Received a thanks from Wayne Haase for including him with all of us. He even called me a “treasure.” Many of you met Wayne again at the reunion. He now joins in our news and keeps in touch. He also included some “quips,” some of which I will share in future Updates. Thanks, Wayne, for your contact, for re-joining your OLD friends, and for making me smile.

 

This is a shout-out to Jim Barrack and Larry Lambert. Fellows, I notice that Morris Richardson supposedly lives at 88 Laveianan Court. We have never been able to contact him. Perhaps that's because he does not want to be connected. However, since he might be your neighbor, if either of you have the chance to ask him if he wants updates on his Class friends and if he says “yes,” would you let me know. I would like to have him back with us. Jerry Massey also lives close to you folks, but at the last purge he didn't express any interest in continuing contact.

 

WBB:

 

We had a great crowd during December. As I mentioned earlier, Stony and Carol Pearcy and Henry Gray were special guests. Others attending were Bill Fulford, Charles Vogus, Bob and Katherine Etter, John and Karen Stewart, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Don and Linda Burleigh, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Brent Boner, Sonnie Myers Gano, Jim Brunnemer, and me. Many of those folks will be evacuating town by the time you receive this Update. We all send them safe travel prayers and our promise to keep Hooterville in line until they return.

 

Next WBB will be Monday, January 8, 2018. (My apologies to Don and Linda Burleigh. Apparently I neglected to give them credit for attendance at the November WBB. I wondered why Don kept coming up to me and making certain I took note of his presence. Sorry folks. First mistake ever as you all know!!)

 

LAUGHS FOR THE MONTH: 

(Compliments of Marilyn Dyer Hornberger) Our life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “holy shit what a ride.” 

 

(Compliments of Sonnie Myers Gano) GOD'S PLAN FOR AGING

 

Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys, and other things, thus ensuring more exercise.

 

Then God made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things, requiring them to bend, reach and stretch.

 

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise.

 

So, if you find as you age you mutter about getting up and down more, remember it's God's will. It is all in your best interest.”

 

That perfectly explains everything so that even seniors understand the plan. Thanks, Sonnie.

 

Love and Happy New Year to all,

karen

DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE

As I begin to pull together this December Update, the Colts are playing behind me with the dome open (they lost AGAIN), the sun is shining, and it's 52 degrees in Hooterville (as Don Billings lovingly calls our home town). You all know that we are nearing the holiday season which ushers in a New Year. Let me be the first to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. But, let's not forget that Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day, an epoch event in our lives, and the 21st is Winter's Eve. May we all be blessed during 2018 with Peace on Earth and may it begin with US.

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

 

Dee Ann Evans Little, Russell Knapp, and Sue Weddle Myers. You may be small in number but you are large in importance to us. Make this year very special.

 

CLASSMATE FAMILY GRIEF:

 

Jim and Sue Ham lost their son, Bradley, during November. I had the pleasure to know Brad and his wife, Teresa, and know how loved they are in the community. Brad's loss is felt deeply. Can't imagine the pain for Jim and Sue. Keep them in your prayers and thoughts. You can write Jim at j.ham44@yahoo.com. God bless and hold them.

 

As the WBB group arrived at Forkey's on Nov. 13, a beautiful lady sat at a nearby table and was talking with some classmates. I inquired of her identity and was told it was Marcie Murphy Bolin. I ran right over and hugged her. Hadn't had that pleasure for over 55 years. If you remember, I reported in July that she lost her step-father, Arthur Wigal. Marcie informed me she had also just lost her mother. Can't imagine her pain and struggle to pick up the pieces. God bless Marcie as she seeks brighter days and a lighter heart. I have no doubt her faith will allow that to happen. Come join the WBB this winter, Marcie. You and Wendy will be heartily welcomed.

 

MEDICAL UPDATES:

 

Prayers do work. Richard Hamilton pulled through his latest serious hospitalization and is now rehabbing at home and with three weekly trips to the St. Francis rehab center. He has far to go to regain his strength but is working hard to accomplish that. I do hope we get a personal visit at the December WBB.

 

Bill Fulford attended WBB in November and looks fantastic. He has received a clean bill of health from his tests and is already back to work as if nothing had ever bothered him. We are a tough group of old-timers.

 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

 

Since I have mentioned this soiree several times already, I'll give you a full report now. Those attending were Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, John and Karen Stewart, Charlie Vogus, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Bill Fulford, Jim Brunnemer, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Bob and Catherine Etter, Marty Akard Short, Harry Maginity, and me. If you add Tish Scherer Hartley and Marcie Murphy Bolin who sat close to our table and joined in the conversation, that made 16 enjoying the cold, gloomy November morning. 

 

John and Karen leave right after Christmas on a flight to FL; Sharon Tutterow and Perry Quakenbush have already left for FL; and Curt and Mary leave mid-December and return early January from FL. Curt said Brent is fine but has been spending most of his time on his farm in Madison. 

 

Next WBB will be Monday, Dec. 11, 10:30, at Forkey's. The size of the group will begin to dwindle but the camaraderie of those attending will be strong.

 

RETURN TO CLASS FOLD:

 

Received a call from Bob Elliott who asked to be reinstated to the distribution. He said he misunderstood instructions and thought no contact would mean he would automatically be continued. I had wondered why there had been no contact and was hoping it wasn't a medical issue. Bob shared he has lost 85 lbs. and is still having tests to determine why. He is facing an MRI and colon tests. Certainly hope they find the problem and get Bob back to his former spunk.

 

Also had a very nice telephone visit with Francis Hatley Fisher. She stated she didn't want to lose touch and was sorry she hadn't made contact. She explained she just lost her husband, Delbert, after an extended illness and that many things fell through the cracks. I was delighted to learn she didn't want to leave us. She is suffering mightily but has the support of their seven children. Now that Frances isn't confined to home by care-giving, she promised to join us again at WBB. 

 

Welcome back Bob and Francis.

 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS COMMENTS:

 

Elizabeth Brummett Peterson sent me a great photo of she and I at Bob's shelter house. Liz looks great and is as sweet as ever. Thanks, Liz, for remembering me.

 

Beverly Parker Smith wrote a nice note thanking me for keeping the '62 connection together. It was great to know she is connected by our long-distance umbilical cord. Thanks, Bev. My pleasure.

 

Upon sending a birthday greeting to Marcia Short Schweitzer, she wrote back her love and thanks and said she spent a happy day with kids/grandkids who baked her a special Coco Rice Krispies BD cake. Interesting, Marcia. Maybe I want that recipe. 

 

Mike O'Neal touched base to say he is fine although staying in much of the time because of his COPD. He says he keeps busy around the house and yard. Always good to hear from Mike.

 

Also heard from John Jones saying he enjoys reading the monthly news and thanking me for keeping him informed. You're welcome, John.

 

Charlie Vogus let me know he and Janice just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and said he didn't want to be left out of the accolades. Congrats, Charlie. Janice is a saint.

 

Ed Underly wrote to order an 8x10 of the 55th reunion activities. (Those are on order, Ed.) I told him not to laugh at his classmates upon viewing. He said he would never laugh at us but might with us. Said he still thinks of us as when he left town in our much younger years.

 

If you folks will remember, a few years ago our Class donated funds to repair the “Martinsville City of Mineral Water” sign which sits above the Union Block Building on the square. It was re-lit to much pomp and circumstance but lasted only a few months and then no one came forward with funds to keep it going. There isn't a one of you who won't remember that landmark fondly. It is one of the few reminders of the city's history as a destination for visitors to the sanitariums (now all gone) that once dotted our town. In addition to renovations on the sign, the entire building will soon be revitalized to its original glory, including the leaded glass skylights. They believe the sign arrived sometime between 1929 and 1938 but no clear records exist. It has been dark for 14 years, much to the chagrin of we locals. Very happy to report an entrepreneur has once again refurbished the sign and we had another lighting celebration. Folks, be sure to see it. It will make you proud. BEAUTIFUL!! This benefactor has vowed to not let it be darkened again. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Craig Fenneman.

 

SMILE FOR THE MONTH: (compliments of Charlie Gardner)

 

“Yesterday I got my permit to carry a concealed weapon. so today I went over to the local Bass Pro Shop to get a 9mm Glock for personal protection.

 

When I was ready to pay for the pistol and ammo, the cashier said, 'Strip down, facing me.' Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader?

 

As a senior citizen, I do not get flustered often, but this time it took me a while to get my pants back on. I've been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little clearer.”

 

NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE

 

Happy November to all. Okay, it's a dreary, cold Sunday afternoon. I'm waiting for the Colts game and thought it best to begin composing the November Update. In two days our home will be inundated with, if history repeats, over 800 little gremlins in Halloween costumes. I have laid back $45 in candy and told Sarah, my emissary for the festivities, that when that is gone the lights go out. I know, heartless. Remember Daylight Saving Time changes, election day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day for WWI, and, of course, Thanksgiving. May we all bless God during this month of Thanksgiving for all we enjoy. Do you realize that the next time I write it will be to say Merry Christmas!!??

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Mark Cohen, Jim Ham, Barbara Hicks Richardson, Larry Martin, Johnny Russell, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Charlie Vogus, Richard Walters, and Danny St. John. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH OF YOU. 

LOST SHEEP RETURN TO CLASS FOLD:

I'm happy to report we did reinstate three of those earlier purged, bringing our connection number to 119. Let's agree to lose no more classmates for any reason.

Received a call from Brenda Asher, Ron's wife, who said, “Ron really enjoys keeping in touch with his Class friends, so please don't delete him.” She went on to say they just returned from Hawaii. Wow, what a way to enjoy retirement. I also know from Facebook posts that Ron is really into fishing. Even though he never contacts us, he is out there thinking of us warmly. 

Also very glad to hear from DeWayne White. He said, “I am finally back in contact with the world. Had a couple of rough years since losing Diana.” He said his health was great and he is working part time to stay active. Welcome back, DeWayne. You were missed and your mental state was concerning. 

Surprised and happy to receive a warm letter from Marcie Murphy Bolin. We haven't heard from her for years. Guess I thought she didn't want Class contact. Yet, she said, “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't take me off your list!! I get a cup of coffee and go to a quiet place to read and enjoy all about my classmates. It's a real highlight for me.” She thanked me for acknowledging the recent death of her stepfather. She now has her Mom, aged 90, living with her. Marcie sent a generous contribution to snail mail. Thanks and welcome back, Marcie!

In connection with the purging communications I received welcome comments from Richard and Connie Young from Spring Hill, FL. They like their new home and, thankfully, were unaffected by Irma. He did say, though, they went to Mississippi just in case.

have also learned that Bill and Portia Craven and Marvin and Deanna Henderson also came through the storm unscathed. Wonderful news. 

Equally glad to hear from Ed Underly. Ed commented, “I enjoy hearing about all my friends in Martinsville …. I have never forgotten any of you. I might not recognize you from photos of today because in my minds eye we are just like we were in the 7th grade together. Love Ed.”

CLASSMATE TIDBITS:

Frank and Becky Bock left for their new home in Brooksville, FL. They were filled with mixed emotions, but I'd bet by this writing they are already settled in and loving the new lifestyle. Becky said to share their new address is 4323 Andrew Lane, 34601, and encourages anyone travelling in their area to contact them. They would most certainly welcome any and all visitors. Stay in touch, Becky.

Sharon (Tutterow) and Perry Quakenbush will leave for Tampa after Thanksgiving. Their property too was spared serious issues, even though they spent many fearful hours to learn that. She always attends WBB and will be missed. Bless your trip, Sharon.

Sonnie Gano related that she and Walt will cruise to Europe in April for two weeks. She mentioned some destinations but, being unfamiliar with Europe, I can't remember. I just know they will have a marvelous experience. Just don't fall again, Sonnie!

Stony sent to e-mail recipients a number to call Anheuser-Busch direct in Missouri if you wish to comment on the NFL players kneeling during the anthem. A-B wants to know how the public feels as to whether they should continue supporting the NFL through advertisement dollars. It is legit because I called 800 342 5283 and gave my opinion. Respond as your conscience dictates if you have feelings about this issue. 

Steve and Diane Hiatt are off to FL for the winter. He asked me to “keep herding this group of cats up here.” I'll do my best, Steve. Enjoy your winter in FL as we fight ice, cold, snow, and clouds.

Joyce Hamilton was instrumental in organizing and effectuating a wonderful event at our FFF this year. The FFF Committee set out to honor Vietnam veterans--a long overdue endeavor. At least 80 conflict Vietnam vets attended and were honored in an emotional ceremony. I believe all who attended, many of whom I personally met when they registered, appreciated the salute to their sacrifice. That's our group and several of us are still suffering from that sacrifice. God bless you all.

Speaking of the FFF, two of our own were honored at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Marilyn (Dyer) and Richard Hornberger and Jim and Sue Ham. I am in awe of their accomplishment. Congratulations and may you be granted yet another 50 years of wedded bliss.

Heard that Janet Hart Kilty has passed. Janet graduated in 1960 and is known by several of you. Janet's sister, Sue, is Mike O'Neal's significant other and has attended several of our functions. So sorry about this loss, Sue and Mike. Janet was a terrific high school friend for years.

For reasons of friendship, Austin and Chyrel Grey appeared at my door during October carrying a bottle of Elderberry wine made in IN. They never forget me when visiting new wineries in the area. I had just completed all the wine Stony presented to me on his reunion visit home. Thanks so very much, dear and thoughtful friends. The gifts remind me of a little quip Stony sent for my use: “Every time I say a dirty word, I have to wash my mouth out with wine and chocolate.” You have no idea how much that applies to me.

REUNION RECAP:

All albums and 8x10's are in the mail. If you paid for a memory and haven't received same, please contact me immediately and Connie and I will make it right. Things got a bit confusing during our festivities and mistakes could have been made. If you did receive photos, hope you enjoy them asmuch as I did. Connie, as always, did a superb job for us. Folks have no idea how much time she spends at the computer to pull all that off, not to mention her time behind the camera. She is terrific to us and I know all of us appreciate her loyalty. 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Small group at October gathering. Those eleven attending were Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Bill Fulford, Don Burleigh, Austin and Chyrel Grey, Curt Boner, Sharon Quakenbush, Sonnie Gano, Charlie Vogus, Tish Scherer Hartley, and me. Other faithful attendees were MIA for one reason or another. Next breakfast will be at Forkey's on Monday, November 13, at 10:30. Be there if you haven't flown South.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

I saved the unhappy subject of health problems until last, so as to not begin with distressing subjects. Yet, here goes info for our prayer concerns:

Kay Selch was hospitalized for cellulitis. He struggles with this issue often but usually not so much that it requires hospitalization. Kay, so very sorry to learn of this. Please recover very quickly. We miss you at WBB.

Stony had knee surgery early in the month. To hear him tell it, he is ready to run a marathon. Yet, we all know he always thought he had the physical prowess of an NFL linebacker. In other words, he wouldn't tell us if he was struggling. He told me his other knee is scheduled for Jan. His goal is to be back on the course by Spring. You can do it, Stony. No doubt!!

John Stewart wrote that Karen had her last chemo and it looks like she will be ready to fly to FL on Dec. 28. They have both faced this challenge with aplomb and will continue so to do. God bless you, Karen. Hurry and regain your strength so you can enjoy the warm FL breezes.

Bill Fulford will have had a tumor removed from his kidney when you receive this (Oct. 30). I promise to determine how that turns out and report in Dec. All our thoughts are with you, Bill, during your recuperation. We know all will end well.

Just came from a party where I learned that Frank Ennis has also been hospitalized with pneumonia. Glad to learn you were home, though, Frank. We have had perfect weather for this type of respiratory condition—damp, up and down temps, gloomy, pollen, etc. Everyone be careful.

I saved the worst and yet best 'til last. Our great friend and Class supporter, Richard Hamilton, has been hospitalized for most of Oct. and now faces most of November in The Springs Rehab Facility in Mooresville. Some of us locally have known that he was literally “clinging to life” and have held our breaths. The good news is Richard once again beat the odds and surprised all with his Energizer Bunny performance. It would be easier to list things that haven't caused Richard concern. To summarize and not in chronological order: double pneumonia, high fever, A-fib, kidney and liver failure, dialysis, congestive heart failure from fluid retention, coma, etc. Yet, looking at that list, I am thrilled to write the good news of his miracle recovery. Yes, he has far to go, but Richard will overcome.

Thoughts and prayers for all our Classmate health issues—those known and unknown. 

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

(Jim Brunnemer: Having survived the antics of two teenaged sons, Jim says he can sympathize and empathize with this vignette--

With a look of unease creasing his weary countenance, a man before a judge asked, “Your honor, how many years would I spend in the slammer for murdering my 16-year-old son?” The judge paused, then responded, “Sir, there's not a jury in America that would convict a father for killing his teenage son.”

(From Carol Dow Teague: Why I like Retirement)

When is a retiree's bedtime? Two hours after falling asleep on couch.

How many retiree's to change a light bulb? Only one, but it may take all day.

Biggest gripe of retirees? Not enough time to get everything done.

Formal attire for retirees? Tied shoes.

Why don't retirees clean out basement? As soon as they do, kids want to store stuff.

Love to all – karen

 

OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE

In the 'Ville, the weather is fall-ish, which means we are preparing for
Fall Foliage Festival activities and Halloween.  The summer has been great
here, and we hope that bodes for a mild and short winter with lots of
physically, emotionally, and mentally healing sunshine.   Seasonal affective
disorder (SAD) tries to defeat me during the winter months, so I am diligent
to defend against it.  Those of you in sunshine states wouldn't understand
that malady, but, trust me, it is real and it can be debilitating.  I offer
a toast to the Sun God!

CLASS BIRTHDAYS:

Jim Barrick
October 20
67 Laveianan Ct,
Mart. 46151

Lorraine Dunn Richardson
October 7
Rainrich@sbcglobal.net

Richard Hamilton
October 1
Chuckndi46151@yahoo.com

Alice Lehr Hornaday
October 30
14 E. Main St.
Mooresville 46158

Mike Myers
October 14
Mmyers001@ma.rr.com

Becky Pratt Bock
October 1
Obbk41@yahoo.com

Glenn Sheeks
October 10
Glennsheeks@sbcglobal.net

Tish Sunderman Haskett
October 6
Tishhaskett@gmail.com

Judy Tapp Sidebottom
October 9
Dad_mom_99@yahoo.com

           A very happy birthday to all of these Class friends on their
special day.

HAPPY OCCASIONS:

Judy Garrett and Paul Knose celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss in
September.  Congratulations honey-mooners.

HEALTH UPDATES:

Marvin Grimes stopped by in Sept.  He has some breathing issues but those
don't slow him down.  He was on his Harley, and he and his son were enjoying
a beautiful Sunday with the wind in their faces and bugs in their teeth.
Marvin seemed well.

DeWayne White also stopped briefly to ask if the reunion was a success.  He
and Diana were out of town with a grandson's sports team.  As a matter of
fact, many of those who responded they could not attend the reunion
indicated it was grandchildren activities that took priority.

Dan Broyer also stopped in.  He registered to attend the reunion but it
wasn't a good day for his energy level.  While he is no longer taking chemo,
it still lingers in his body and causes fatigue.  They tell him it might
take a year before he feels more like his old self.  Don't give up, Dan.

Talked with Mary Anderson, who was one who couldn't attend reunion.
She is seeing an orthopedist about arthritic knee issues.  She will not
have surgery at this time but will try intense therapy and exercise to keep
her more mobile.  This coupled with other health issues makes it hard for
her to make plans even a day ahead of time.  She said she will shoot for
next year's reunion.  Good luck, Mary.

CLASS BREAKFAST:

The Monday Morning Munch Bunch were pleased that some new faces were in the
group.  Bill Craven was in from Florida.  He and Portia drove to the 'Ville
on Sunday from Pigeon Forge to visit family.  While they couldn't make the
reunion, we were pleased Bill joined the breakfast group.  He arrived in his
fully restored 1939 Grassyfork Fisheries delivery truck.  (I'm sending a
photo to Jane for the website.)  Bill Fulford and Steve Koons also joined us
for the first time.  It was like a continuation of the reunion.

Remember to mark your calendar for the second Monday of every month,
Forkey's,
9:00, for this rowdy affair.  Next gathering will be October 14, which is
the day after the FFF Parade.  Come join us if you want to begin your week
with a smile.  We never know who will walk through the door.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:

My home is located at 740 E. Washington Street on the parade route.  I offer
an invitation to family friends to join me for the parade activities.  I
furnish chili (both chicken and hamburger), cheese & crackers, corn bread,
veggies, dessert, and iced tea.  Food contributions aren't requested or
necessary but would be consumed if added to the smorgasbord.  Please accept
this invitation to enjoy the parade with us on Sunday, Oct. 14, beginning at
1:00.

Bob Etter called in response to the reunion wrap-up letter soon to be
published in the local paper.  Bob said Kenny Lewis has passed, although he
doesn't remember exactly when. That makes 47 friends lost so far as we can
ascertain.  Bummer!

REUNION RECAP:

I am enclosing a copy of the group photo and post-reunion newspaper article
for all snail-mail recipients and earlier sent e-mail recipients the same
info. Wish more could have shared the love with us.  Six classmates who had
sent reservations didn't come, which was a disappointment.   Maybe next year
there won't be so many calendar conflicts.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

For the next few issues, I am closing with "Great Truths That Little
Children Have Learned."  I hope these make you smile.  Do not be embarrassed
if some of you adults are learning these for the first time.  It's never too
late for intellectual growth.

No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
If your sibling hits you, don't hit back.  They always catch the second
person.
You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

Love to everyone -- karen

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE

 

This will be our 55th MHS Class of '62 reunion wrap-up. For those who attended, much of the info won't be news. However, there were many, many on our connection list who did not attend, so this info is for their edification. Let me state, before I forget, that if anyone out there still wants to order a 24-page hard-cover photo album of both events, including two group photos, you must call me at 765 315 0397 immediately. I will also need $38.50 quickly after placing the order. Connie, Bob (if I can drag him kicking and screaming into the process), and I will choose appropriate photos, Connie will send our design to publisher, and I will then mail to recipients. It could be end of September before you receive this work of art. Take my word that it contains views of many beautiful, talented, ageless and wonderful faces. First, let's not forget --

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Julie Arney Crawford, Ronnie Asher, Brent Boner, Joyce Bowman Branham, Carol Dow Teague, Janet Elmore Donoho, Joyce Favour Greenwalt, Judy Garrett Knose, Austin Gray, Marvin Grimes, Jerry Massey, Steve McIlwain, Jo Nutter Lasiter, Mike O'Neal, Bob Riffel, Chuck Ritter, Virginia Toon Woodall, Karen Wampler, and, last but not least, Nick Zoller.

Wow, lots of special days celebrated during September. Honorees, all your classmates send you a blessing for the best year ever. Make it happen.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

One of the good things to come out of getting together was that I received health updates which otherwise would not have been shared. Here are a few that I can remember:

Irene Cure Conte just returned from a trip through Little Rock, AR, during which she visited with Kenny Hacker. Kenny received six heart stints. As you can imagine, he has a long recuperation ahead of him, but Irene reported he looked good and, now that blood flow has been restored to his brain, he is much more alert and talkative. Thanks so much, Irene, for sharing that good news with us. Hurry and get well quickly, Kenny. Irene is also having some medical testing and will let me know how that turns out. Great luck, Irene. 

Cora Capshaw called to say she is still a bit immobile and short of breath and not able to venture out much. Otherwise, she would have gladly joined us. Good news, though, all cancer is gone. Thanks for that good news, Cora. 

Linda Gehring Gibbs missed her first reunion in my memory. As you might remember, she has had a series of heart attacks and is on medicine and still under doctor's frequent care. She isn't able to sell much real estate but hopes to be back soon. She wants mightily to be removed from some of the blood thinners and heart pills because she believes she will feel better. Linda, please know your absence was noted. You just concentrate on full recovery so you can attend in 2018.

Sue Weddle Myers called to say she and Bill would attend. During the conversation she shared that she struggles with carpel tunnel, bursitis, and rotator cuff dysfunction. She will not let them inject or operate on spine but would rather depend on meds. Sue, I hope that works. 

Heard from Marvin and Deanna Henderson that they were returning from FL for our shindig. Learned that Marvin recently suffered a stroke. It affected his speech and balance. He was in hospital for a week and rehab a week. While in hospital they discovered one carotid artery was 90% blocked, so he had surgery to correct that in June. However, I am very happy to report he looked and acted like his normal jovial, loving self at the reunion. That was such a relief to see first-hand. Bless you, Marvin.

Received a note from Judy Wolff Parretts. If you recall, she is overcoming bone cancer treatments. At time of writing in early August, she reported that, aside from extreme lethargy, she is doing OK. A few more chemo treatments to endure and then, hopefully, this will be behind her. She exuded her usual upbeat and optimistic self and also said she would definitely miss visiting with her favorite people. You were missed, Judy.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NEWS:

Tish Sunderman Haskett wrote to say she was sorry to miss. Her husband's 55th Class reunion was the same weekend in Elwood, IN. Since he was unable to attend his 50th because of health issues, she felt it only fair to attend with him. She also sent her love and best wishes to all and said she was looking forward to next year's event. You were missed, Tish.

Dick and Angie Elmore are selling and moving to the north side of Indy to be closer to their grandsons in the Zionsville/Carmel areas. Thank heavens they aren't moving to FL or to Vermont, where their other grandson resides. We would miss them at our WBB soirees. 

Gini Fulford Watts and Mike O'Neal called to say severe allergies kept them from joining us. Eyes were so swollen they could barely see. You both were missed.

Lorraine Dunn Richardson shared that hubby Keith was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and is undergoing treatment. She needs to stay home and close to him. He doesn't get out much, yet. Keith is one of many who are fighting fiercely against cancer. Keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen Wilson Brummett had a brighter reason for missing a reunion (and she seldom misses). She and her sister had a two-week vacation planned down South. She and hubby Bud just returned from a three week vacation in the Northwest and CA. They drove over 6,600 miles plus took a seven-day cruise on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. It goes without saying they had an absolutely wonderful time but were tired and ready to return to the 'Ville. One of their highlights was a visit to Mt. St. Helens 37 years after the gigantic eruption and it was “an awesome sight, very interesting.” They also visited Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and Lake Tahoe. Karen, I'm truly jealous. Now that is my idea of an idyllic vacation. She closed by saying, “Sorry I will miss seeing all '62 classmates but tell everyone hello for me.”

Lila and her significant other registered to attend, but at the last minute her son had health issues. She was heartbroken to miss the weekend but sent her love to all. We, too, were disappointed at your absence, Lila.

I noticed in the Reporter that Slug Wigal, 88, of Martinsville passed. In glancing through the article, I learned that he is the father of our classmate Marcie Murphy Bolin. Very sorry to learn of your heartache, Marcie. We all hope for brighter days and a lighter heart very soon.

Ran into Frank and Becky Pratt Bock at the Fair. They have had a sale of all unnecessary items and are awaiting sale of their home so they can begin life in FL. Those of us locally will miss them, but the smiling countenance they exhibited tells me of their excitement at this new venture. Good luck folks. You have loads of 'Ville friends to visit at your new FL home.

Soon Bill Fulford will have surgery to remove a tumor on his kidney. We wish him great luck in the outcome. He promised to keep me advised of his progress, and I'm holding him to that.

Stony also will be having double-knee surgery between now and end of year. He wants to be totally rehabilitated by golfing season next Spring. Given that motivation, I am sure he will obey doctors orders and fully rehab. Nothing stands between Stony and his golf clubs. Let us know, please, Stony as this process proceeds. 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Great crowd during August. This event was held Monday, August 28, to accommodate those who remained after the weekend events for one last chat and hug with friends. Those who joined from out of town were Steve Koons, Rick and Marcia Blunk, and Irene Cure Conte. We all appreciated spending more time with them. Others attending were Austin and Chyrel Gray, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Bill Fulford, Don and Linda Burleigh, Kay and Kim Selch, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Bob and Katherine Etter, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Tish Scherer Hartley, and me. REMINDER: No WBB during September. Next brunch will be at 10:30 AM, Monday, October 9. Be there or be square.

REUNION TIDBITS:

Where to begin. The Saturday dinner was attended by 66 people—38 of whom were classmates. The Sunday picnic hosted 43 attendees—27 classmates. Those traveling the farthest to join us were Steve Koons and Stony Pearcy from TN, Irene Cure Conte from VA, Bob Riffel from AL, Marcia Short Schweitzer from OH, Rick Blunk from MO, Marvin Henderson from FL, and Wayne Haase from MA. Many others came from outside the 'Ville. We all sincerely appreciate the effort these folks made to join us. It wouldn't have been the same without them. We did miss many of you locals, though.

If the name Wayne Haase throws some of you, here is the story cut from an e-mail sent to attendees prior to the reunion events:

“….Rick Blunk and I have found another lost Class friend—long story. For those of you in Marie Welch's first-grade class during 1950-51, you may remember Wayne Haase. He only attended with us that year, but we are so unforgettable he actually remembered us fondly. Rick and I have studied all the faces in Ms. Welch's class and discovered many of that group have left us—Alice Myers, Juetta Hamiton, Donna Townsend, Grace Cooper, Wilburn Trisler, Bobby Hicks, Danny Newman, and maybe others unidentified. The only other kids in that photo that we recognize are Jim Branham, Mike O'Neal, Ruth Woolbright, Diana McCloud, Irene Cure, Paul Goodnight, Larry Martin, Norris Griffin, Bill Cravens, Rick Blunk, and Cam Hacker. Only Rick and Irene are attending this year. If you were in Ms. Welch's class, let me know. Maybe you can identify other smiling cherubic faces. All of this history is to help you identify and make welcome the unknown faces at the events—Wayne and Cindy Haase. We welcome Wayne's homecoming after 55 years. He's lived an interesting life since we parted but still has family in the 'Ville and hasn't forgotten his roots. Should you wish to renew old friendships prior to the reunion, you can contact him at waynehaase@comcast.net.”

Wayne and Cindy were charming, warm folks who were enjoyed by all. We have added Wayne to our distribution list in hopes he will be inclined to join us again. His family owns a farm along White River behind the sawmill, so they return to their roots often. We hope to share time with them often now that we have reacquainted. 

Another highlight of the picnic was compliments of our own Stony. He donated two cases of his home brewed wine for sale at whatever price customer wished to pay. We collected, for the treasury, over $300 on that venture. A huge thanks to Stony for his generosity. I must also confess he left me personally with several bottles—only a couple of which I shared at the picnic. Selfish, I know.

All classmates attending one or all events over the weekend:

Jim Rusie, Curt Boner, Mary Pope Boner, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Steve Hiatt, Bob Etter, David Chandler, Steve Koons, Bill Fulford, Stony Pearcy, Marcia Schweitzer, Bob Riffel, Harry McGinity, Karen Arnold Pottorff, Terry Fleener, Kay Selch, Sharon Robertson Anderson, Janet Brummett Britton, Carol Dow Teague, Austin Gray, Charlie Vogus, Dick Elmore, Don Burleigh, Judy Caldwell Hamilton, Marvin Henderson, Richard Hamilton, Dan St. John, Wayne Haase, Sue Weddle Myers, John Stewart, Sonnie Myers Gano, Elizabeth Brummett Peterson, Glenn Sheeks, Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Don Billings, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Henry Gray, Jim Brunnemer, Tura Crone Lamar, Irene Cure Conte, Rick Blunk, Marty Akard, and me.

Update on the class financial condition. When I went to withdraw funds from Home Bank to pay for expenses, the remaining balance would have been about $489. She told me when that balance reached $350 we would be charged a monthly service charge. At about $55 per memorial tribute, we could pay for two more before paying service charge. So, I withdrew all the funds to hold until the final accounting from the reunion was available. Here it is in abbreviated form:

Home Bank funds withdrawn ($1,489), plus reservations, wine, free-will offerings totaled $2,343. Expenses totaling $1,518 were paid from that total, leaving a balance of $825. We were able to spend down $665 of our beginning balance. The $825 is a safe cushion for memorial floral tributes plus any other class venture we decide is appropriate. Judy Fraker Ford and I will discuss how best to handle those funds to provide smooth, cheap, and effective payment of class expenses. All records of the above amounts is available for any one to view at any time. I welcome oversight.

I should also make it known that those funds are separate from snail mail. That fund still has about $600 and all expenses have been paid through September. I hold those funds in my credit union clearly designated “Class Funds” and my executor is well aware that whatever is in there upon my mental or physical demise should be passed to a classmate. You will need to trust that all your monies are secure. And, all books are open to any one at any time for inspection and explanation. If I could figure a way to have dual treasurers without causing delays in mailings, I most certainly would do that. I run the expenses on a spread sheet and repay myself every quarter for funds expended for class purposes. You will be glad to know I won't need any more money in that account until early next year.

CLASS DISTRIBUTION LIST PURGING:

IT IS TIME AGAIN TO PURGE OUR DISTRIBUTION LIST. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 42 ON SNAIL MAIL AND 83 ON E-MAIL. OTHERS RECEIVE NEWS THROUGH THE WEBSITE. IF YOU ARE SNAIL MAIL AND WISH TO BE REMOVED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. E-MAIL FOLKS WILL BE SENT A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO WHICH THEY CAN RESPOND. HOPE WE DON'T LOSE ANY CLASSMATES, BUT WE DO NOT WISH TO RETAIN YOU IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN CLASS NEWS AND BEING CONNECTED. SNAIL MAIL CAN CALL ME AT 765 315 0397 OR WRITE TO 740 E. WASHINGTON ST., MARTINSVILLE 46151, IF THEY WISH TO BE REMOVED. HEARING NOTHING, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES VIA MAIL. THANK YOU.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

Of late I have become a serious student in the subject of psychological personality profiling by way of tee-shirt reading (OK, I get bored). Not only does the script tell a story of the wearer's (dys)function, but they can be extremely hilarious. I rush home, write down the memorable ones, and try to find ways to use them in speech. Here are just a few I think are worth sharing:

You matter...I mean, not to me, but to someone.

Remember back when Sarah Palin was the craziest person in politics—great times.

Physically I'm here but mentally I'm in a Galaxy far, far away.

I saw people through the window today. That's enough social interaction for me. 

I think I still have some unfinished procrastinating to do from yesterday.

I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.

After Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W.T.F.

I'd grow my own food if I could just find bacon seeds.

No, I don't need anger management--you just need to stop pissing me off!!

Love to all, karen

 

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE

 

Because some of this information requires quick attention, I am sending the August Update a few days early. Furthermore, let me comment that September's Update may be a few days later than usual, because of all the Class activities the end of August--(my apologies to the Sept. birthday honorees). Never fear, though, one will be sent which will give an overview of all reunion activities.

CLASS AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:

Mary Anderson, Ralph Berry, Don Burleigh, Dave Chandler, Richard Cramer, Judy Fraker Ford, Linda Gibbs Gehring, Henry Gray, Virginia Haviland Hamblen, John Jones, Sam Lasiter, Ellen Miller Little, Sonnie Myers Gano, Kay Selch, and Karen Wilson Brummett.

Happy Happy day and year to all of you. May you all be blessed.

ANOTHER CLASSMATE DEATH: 

For those on snail mail, below is a note sent to e-mail classmates on July 17 2017:

Extremely sad to report Melissa (“Missy”) Jane Swisher Thomas passed from our midst on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Franciscan Health Hospital in Indy.  Missy was to celebrate her 73rd birthday tomorrow, July 18.  Missy leaves behind her husband, Glenn Thomas, sons William, Bill, Jerry, and Tony, and daughters, Brenda and Mitzi.  She is also survived by a sister and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I know all of you will remember Missy’s giggle and smile.  She was full of life and seemed to enjoy every minute God gave her, in spite of hardships.  For a couple of years she has suffered strokes, which, until recently, didn’t stop her from enjoying the group at the Wild Bunch Brunch.  We loved the laughter she always brought to the table.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, July 19, from 5:00 to 8:00, and Thursday, July 20, from 9:00 to 10:00, prior to her celebration of life service.  She is resting at Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center.  Missy will be greatly missed by us all.  She joins the known 69 other Class friends who have gone before.  What a party they must be sharing now that they are back together.  I have no doubt they sing the Artesian fight song prior to their gatherings. 

 Hugs.  Karen

Our class floral tribute sat next to Missy. Her husband, Glenn, commented on its beauty and his appreciation. I saw at least ten classmates at the calling and know that several attended the funeral. Missy would be very touched at the mutual love from her Class of '62 friends.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATE:

Kenny Hacker needs our thoughts and prayers. Since last writing, he has had 4 stints placed after suffering a heart attack, has had a UTI which developed into Sepsis, and had surgery for bed sores. He has been in the VA hospital for over a month and is preparing to be transferred to a rehab center for several more weeks. As most of you know, Kenny struggles with Parkinson's and is fighting to keep his legs from becoming paralyzed. Kenny and Melinda have been great to keep me advised of progress, so I will pass that info on to you. Kenny, keep on keeping on. Be blessed.

Judy Wolff Parrett wrote that she is getting better and hopes she is nearing cessation of her chemo treatments. Judy was diagnosed with lymphoma several months ago. Blessings to you, too, Judy. Keep on with the health reports. We all care mightily.

CLASSMATE FAMILY HEALTH UPDATES:

John Stewart stopped to chat in early July. His wife, Karen, has cancerous tumors in the abdomen and is undergoing chemo treatments. These came on and enlarged within a couple of weeks. John says she is in Simon Cancer Center in Indy and will be there until tumors shrink sufficiently to allow her to begin rehab. Surgery not an option for fear of rupturing bowels. Terrible way to spend a summer. John and Karen, we all pray the conclusion will be much improved health so you can head back to your Florida home for the winter. God bless.

CLASSMATE TRIVIA:

Becky Pratt Bock wrote to say they just listed their 'Ville home to join all the other classmates who now reside in FL. She said her love for her hometown and old home made it a difficult decision, but the love of FL weather won her over. You will be missed, Becky, but bless this new adventure. Based on other first-hand reports, you won't be sorry.

I have it on good authority, because you all know I would not stoop to gossip and innuendos, that our goody-two-shoes classmate, Donald Burleigh, got a bit inebriated while tasting wines at various wineries with is family. Apparently, he really got into the 4th of July celebrations. Thank goodness his wife, Linda, had the good sense to remain sober as the designated driver. I heard, however, the next morning was a bit rough for this old man. I will not judge Don for this indiscretion when he is asked to offer grace at our gatherings. God and the Class of '62 forgive missteps. 

Jim Brunnemer wrote to say he and Lu just returned from the West. Flew to Sacramento to be with his sister and then went to Nevada City, CA, for dinner with other family members. Spent four days on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Let me remind you that Jim had his life-altering motorcycle experience in OR a couple of years ago. He wanted to share the location with Lu, so they made a detour to Enterprise, OR. He actually had dinner with the guy who bought his Goldwing. Then he and Lu traveled thru OR, found the spot where he wrecked, headed through a slice of Washington State, on to Idaho, and then into Montana and down to Wyoming and Yellowstone. Also visited Colorado and stayed with Tom Bowman overnight in Lafayette, CO, near Denver. Flew home next day from Denver, which ended their Golden Anniversary adventure. Wow, Jim, I'm exhausted just typing about your trip but so envious of that marvelous adventure. Thanks for sharing your experience with us vicariously.

Stuck in my mailbox in July was a large envelope with a return address of “Sue Hill.” I'm so proud that I immediately knew that was none other than Kathryn Sue Mason of '62 fame. Couldn't imagine what Kathryn (sorry, Sue, you'll always be Kathryn to me) had sent. When opened, out dropped an Artesian Herald dated May 20, 1962, (with Steve McIlwain as valedictorian staring at me), a Baccalaureate program from our graduation dated May 20, 1962, a program from the Senior Class of '62 “Bull in a China Shop” performance of our class (directed by Roger Hunt, in case you forgot), a program of our Senior Honor Day Program dated May 17, 1962, our Commencement announcement dated May 24, 1962, and an Official Basketball Program of the January 27, 1962, Martinsville vs. Crispus Attucks extravaganza (surely you remember that). By the way, did we win that game? Wow, what a blast from the past. I read through all of them for a walk down memory lane. Thanks so much Kathryn for sharing those priceless mementos. I'll be sure to take them to our nostalgia table at the 55th reunion. Sure wish you could join us. Kathryn thanked me for the monthly info which she enjoys, even though she doesn't get home much. That makes me feel very good to know she still cares even though time and distance separate us—close always in spirit for all of us in the Class of '62.

Karen Wampler's great-grandson, Noah, is a participant in the Greatest Morgan County Fair Baby Contest in August. To say she is proud is an understatement. Great-grandma will have a front row seat as he aspires to win the cutest baby contest. Good luck, Noah, and Karen.

Here's a blast from the past. Remember Stacy Shireman? That is a name that hadn't been mentioned for almost sixty years and yet I immediately called him to mind. Stacy had a meek countenance and soulful eyes and was one of our Class friends (and there were several) who would have excelled with special education classes before there was such a thing. Ran into his sister at the beauty shop and asked of him and got this rundown. She reminded me that because he couldn't keep pace in normal classes, he began to “act out” as he aged. His parents finally removed him from school when we were entering our junior year. I always wondered what happened to him. She said after that he lived around town with various relatives until about ten years ago when he took up residence in a special facility in Franklin. She said he is thriving there at his own pace. I can think of several of our group whose lives might have been so much better had society realized the challenges special people faced and tailored education to fit their needs. OK, enough said and enough of my soap box.

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

July was well attended with Bob and Catherine Etter, Don and Linda Burleigh, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Sonnie Myers Gano, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Curt and Mary Boner, Brent Boner, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Kay and Kim Selch, Tish Scherer and me. As always we had a great time just chatting—men at one end and ladies at the other. Seems to work better in that format.

REMINDER: Next WBB will be Monday, August 28, 10:30 at Forkeys, to accommodate anyone who can stay over from reunion activities to join us before departing for home. There will be NO SEPTEMBER WBB. Beginning on October 9 we will be back on schedule for the second Monday of each month. Join us and stay connected.

55TH REUNION UPDATE:

Ok, we are down to the wire and I need to begin gathering a head count for both the Sat., Aug. 26, and Sun, Aug. 27, events. PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL (klssas740@att.net), OR SNAIL MAIL (740 EAST WASHINGTON ST., MART., 46151), OR TELEPHONE CALL (765 315 0397), WITH YOUR INTENTIONS FOR ATTENDANCE. If you are attending only the picnic, I will need in hand a check for $12 per head. If you are attending only the Sat. night event, all your expenses will be paid by the Class treasury, BUT I STILL NEED YOUR HEAD COUNT. So, no matter what you are attending, I need to know. I pay the caterer per head and cannot deal with her without the number of mouths she will feed. I sure hope many of you will attend both events. If you miss either of them, you will miss out on a chance to touch hearts with other Artesian Class friends. 

I NEED THIS HEADCOUNT NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, SO PLEASE TAKE ACTION SOON. 

Another thing, Stony wrote to inquire of the dress code. He wondered if he needed a tux or sport coat. I told him he could come in skivies if he wanted, to which he commented that that would be an event- killing occasion. In summary, come dressed for comfort, not to impress. We all know our limitations so don't try to fool us. 

REMINDER: Don Burleigh is coordinating the golf rally to be held Sat. morning, August 26. Please contact Don at furr1944@live.com or 317-502-0937 for details and to make reservations to play. From what I hear, that bunch always has loads of fun and laughs and giggles. 

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

Murphy's Other Fifteen Laws--

God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

The 50-50-90 rule—Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone from California would be stupid enough to try to pass them. (Sorry Kathryn Mason and Don and Janet Donoho)

When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

 

Love to all, karen

 

 

 

 

JULY 2017 UPDATE

 

Happy 4th of July. I will be sitting in the alley with Sarah and her SO, Tom, and lots of neighbors watching the event. Don't think I've missed a 4th fireworks display in the 'Ville ever, unless I wasn't in the vicinity. My father and his friends were instrumental in bringing this tradition to town, and I remember well how he spent his holiday on the Park Hill shooting off pyrotechnics. Can't believe ordinary businessmen handled this activity without anyone ever being seriously hurt or worse. They were, indeed, the Greatest Generation. And, if you are so inclined, you can also celebrate the great Morgan County Fair extravaganza beginning the last weekend of the month.

JULY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO –

Don Clay, Don Donoho, Linda Drake Davidson, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Cam Hacker, Betty Maners Wilson, Mary Pope Boner, Lila Pruett White, Sharon Robertson Anderson, Missy Swisher Thomas, and Richard Young.

Your Class friends send each of you the warmest birthday wishes possible. Remember, if you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to. Age has other advantages, too. For example, at our age when the brain says, “you probably shouldn't do/say that,” we can think, “what the hell, let's see what happens.”

CLASSMATE DEATH:

Sonnie Myers Gano called today to share that Rose Marie Sutton Phillips of CA passed June 26. She received the call from Rose's husband, Dave. Sonnie and Walter had spent many happy days with Rose and Dave on exciting vacations all over the world. Rose had suffered from asthma all her life which weakened her immune defenses. However, Sonnie said she always maintained her bright, sweet attitude and sharp wit. Rose left us after her junior year because of family dynamics and was transferred to a living center in Indy. She always regretted not being allowed to graduate with the MHS Class of '62. God bless Rose and her family. 

CLASS FAMILY DEATHS:

Right after sending the June Update, I read in the paper that Lisa Myntti (age 50, MHS 2007 graduate) had passed. That name meant nothing to me but for some reason I gleaned the obit. The name “Linda Drake Davidson” popped out at me and I realized that Lisa was Linda's daughter. My heart stopped for Linda and I sent her a personal note of condolence. However, I want all of you to know that Linda needs our thoughts and prayers because of this deep ravine she is traversing. God bless you, Linda. No parent should ever bury a child. It's not the natural order of life.

Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush lost yet another sibling during June. Her brother, Jim Tutterow (aged 80, 1955 MHS graduate), passed after a long illness. I'd bet many of you remember Jim. Sharon said, “He was the last of the true gentlemen” and then explained he spit-shined his shoes every morning and clothed in dress pants and an ironed shirt—always showing pride. Sharon went on to say that out of nine kids, only four of the Tutterow clan remain. The sadness those siblings have faced! She asked for prayers for their family and especially Jim's widow, Louise, who was his devoted life companion. God bless you, too, Sharon.

While this isn't a death, it is about classmate family. Received a note from Rick Blunk saying his sister, Melissa Gladson, fell and broke her hip and is scheduled for surgery. He also said his step-dad, Adrain Stanger, is now in a nursing home recovering from his broken hip. Wow, two broken hips in one family. Rick said they should put them in side-by-side beds so they could bemoan their injuries. He closed by sending all of us his love and saying he would see us in August.

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATES:

First off, from FB and rumors, I believe Karen Stewart, wife of John, has some health issues. I don't know the nature of the problems, but we should keep John and Karen in our thoughts and prayers. Karen has been an adopted Class of '62 member for as long as I can remember. Get well very soon, Karen.

Judy Wolff Parrett called to tell me she is fighting lymphoma. She has had two chemo treatments and has four to go. These treatments are administered five days a week per month for six months. She was happy to say that the two treatments behind her have produced a great reduction of the cancer in her white cells. Judy received her diagnosis in August 2016 but, at first, didn't want to talk about it. She regrets that she wasn't receiving yearly blood work which might have given her more time to fight the cancer, especially since her family on both sides has a prevalent cancer history. Because of her dislike of a blood draw, she disregarded her doctors. Now she talks openly about her situation to encourage people to listen to their doctors and get regular thorough check-ups. She is working three days a week and rebuilding her stamina. Judy, if anyone can beat this, it's you. No one is more positive and uplifting than you. Please keep all of us advised of progress as you pass over this bump in the road.

Missy Swisher Thomas is back in Miller's Merry Manor in Mooresville. I don't know for sure the problem, but suspect it could be yet another stroke, since she is prone to this occurrence. I promise to keep all of you advised as I get information. Missy has pulled through so much medical adversity that I can't help but be positive she will get back to the top of the mountain again.

Bev Sheeks wrote to say Glenn is still having numerous problems. Currently they are awaiting a surgery date but she didn't say why. Glenn has a pace maker which helps his AFIB. He has some mobility and energy challenges--but don't we all. If you remember, Glenn had Guillian Barre in 1998 which exacerbated other issues. Bev said I could report whatever was appropriate about his health, but he was easily embarrassed about that because “he still wants everyone to think he is macho.” Glenn, never fear—you are still our big, huggable teddy bear who we always allowed to think he was macho. Thanks so much, Bev, for the update. We really appreciate that.

Don Billings called to report he is closer to a knee replacement. However, they are still trying meds and rehab to avoid that outcome. Don's outlook is always upbeat. He says God willing he will join us at the 55th reunion. I just hope he is mobile, but his son, Brandon, who has joined our group many times before, will get him there in his wheelchair, if necessary. Don shared that his interest is in mining investments out West, and he wants to get mobile so he can venture out there and be involved. I sure hope they produce great wealth for you, Don. 

Also had a call from Bob Elliott. He called mid-June to say he is now home after a four-day stay at the VA. He fell at home and they determined it was a result of some meds and his emphesema. Bob, along with Mike O'Neal, and probably others, struggle during the oppressive hot and humid weather because of compromised lungs so can't get out to enjoy life. Both are on continuous oxygen. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

While these are the only specific health concerns of which I have been made aware, I know there are many other Class friends, mentioned in previous Updates, and those who struggle but don't share. Keep every Class friend close to your heart because we don't know the burdens on their hearts. Just because your name isn't mentioned, you are still in our thoughts.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS TIDBITS:

Jane Reese Thompson sent a picture to those on e-mail of her latest prized possession. All of you remember, I'm sure, the Big Boy logo on our favorite cruising drive-in when we were so young and innocent. Seems a guy she worked with had one of these Big Boy replicas on his desk. She had long coveted it in her heart. One day he kindly offered it to her, so now this true Martinsville Memory moved to her desk. Way to go, Janie. Wish I could somehow share the photo with snail mail. Brought back so many happy memories.

Richard and Joyce Hamilton and Nick Zoller, along with others, completed yet another successful Antique Machinery Show during June at the Fairgrounds. They work so very hard bringing this nostalgia to the 'Ville. Since fewer and fewer folks care about the “old stuff,” it's harder to entice the public, participants, and helpers at the event. As grandfathers and fathers get too old to restore this antique machinery, their offspring don't share their passions. These three were instrumental in making it happen again this year. Congrats to you all. 

Karen Arnold Pottorff paid me a surprise visit in June. She came bearing gifts—a check for snail mail and a bag of my favorite snack, chocolate bark thins. She found a bag at Krogers and remembered my love for them. Thank you so much, Karen, for both gifts. 

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

We had eighteen at the June extravaganza. Our surprise visitors were Rick and Marsha Blunk. They were in town for a weekend family reunion and stayed over for a brief visit with us at WBB on Monday. Thanks, Rick. 

Others attending were Don and Linda Burleigh, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, Marty Akard Short, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Bill Fulford, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Kay and Kim Selch (Kim looks marvelous thanks to her new kidney), Bob and Catherine Etter, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Tish Scherer Hartley, and me. Lots of laughs and conversation. 

I did overhear Marty, Curt, and Don planning their traditional golf outing prior to our reunion. Stony usually joins them, too. Anyone else interested in this activity should send Don Burleigh an e-mail at furr1944@live.com or call him at 317 502 0937. Don says they will tee off about 9:00 but he isn't sure if it will be Sat. or Sun. Needs to talk with those coming in from out of town to get their schedules. Let him know of your plans so he can get a tee time at the course. Surely most of you men won't miss the chance to play with (pun intended) our Class Cheerleader and Sex Goddess, Marty.

Speaking of golf, just yesterday someone sent me an e-mail titled “13,000 people go to the emergency room each year from the golf course.” It was so funny I sent it to the four duffers cited above. Of course, Stony had to make a smart reply. He started out saying, “There are a couple of activities shown in the video that I am old and smart enough not to try—especially the one lying on my back and letting some other hacker try to hit a ball off my balls.” He went on to say neither Don nor Curt would allow that trick either, but said he couldn't know Marty's perspective on the topic. I'm certain she will have a caustic comeback in this discussion. Stony closed his message with, “Fondly and with a glass of wine to us both, your aging and lifelong friend.” I hereby toast all of you with that thought.

55TH REUNION THOUGHTS: 

First, let me reiterate the pertinent information. We will meet on Saturday evening, August 26, at 5:00 at the REMC Community Room for dinner and catch-up. Then, on Sunday, August 27, beginning about 11:00, we will convene at Bob Etter's lake-front shelter house for lunch and continuing walks down memory lane.

I have determined that the Class funds can defray all the costs of the Sat. event, including the photographer. Unfortunately, we do not have enough funds to also pay for the meal on Sunday, so cost will be $10 per person. The food, furnished by our ever-helpful caterer, Renda Trimble, will be:

Saturday dinner --

Baked pork loin, garlic-cheesey mashed potatoes, California blend veggies, Caesar salad, homemade bread, tea/lemonade/coffee, and cheesecake with various toppings. She will furnish all this food for $12 a head.

Sunday picnic lunch -- 

BBQ sandwiches, hot baked potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chips, carrot cake and brownies, unsweet/sweet tea. She will also furnish all paper products and ice for $10 a head. 

I personally think her menu, cost, and service is terrific and hope you all agree. I'll ask for money and headcount for each event in my August 1 Update. I need to give her this info no later than August 21. As I've said before, I hope every one of you reading this will attend both events. At the very least, please attend one.

Steve Koons has already notified me that his tractor group will run the sawmill at the state fair the same weekend as our 55th. I have begged him to get enough cover for those activities to at least attend one event, if not both. No matter what weekend we picked, it wouldn't fit everyone's schedule. 

The September Wild Bunch Brunch, currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, will be moved to Monday, August 28, to accommodate anyone who can stay over for breakfast with us.  

I'm still working with the photographer, Connie Etter, about the photo album. We have the added challenge of getting individual photos of every classmate from two events into one small $30 album. I'll report in August what we decide—either get a larger album at a higher cost OR just settle for two group photos—one from each event. If you have a vote, please let me know your wishes. 

LAUGHS FOR THE MONTH:

(from Karen Wilson Brummett) As a little boy stood waiting for his mother, a man approached him asking directions to the post office, to which request the little boy complied. The man thanked him kindly and said, “I'm the new pastor in town and I'd like you to come to church on Sunday so I can show you the way to Heaven.” The little boy pondered and then replied, “You're bull-shitting me, right? You don't even know how to get to the post office.”

(from Judy Wolff Parrett) Suggested remedies for good health from a 105-year-old woman. 

“For better digestion, I drink beer. In the case of appetite loss, I drink white wine. In the case of low blood pressure, I drink red wine. In the case of high blood pressure, I drink scotch. And when I have a cold, I drink Schnapps.” The friend asked, “When do you drink water?” Old lady replies, “I've never been that sick.”

If things and people get better with age, then we must be close to freakin' magnificent --- love karen

 

 

JUNE 2017 UPDATE

 

Welcome June!! On the 21st we will embrace the First Day of Summer. If we get through tornado season and the very moist Spring, we will all be happy about that special time. Also this month we celebrate you fathers and grands and great-grands out there. I hope all of you get to celebrate that special occasion with your off-spring. 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS:

Curt Boner, Jim Branham, Judy Caldwell Hamilton, Cora Capshaw, Dick Elmore, Bob Ely Brown, Bill Fulford, Eddie Kent, Jean Szatkowski Morgan, and Sam Weaver.

We wish all of you a very special day and the best year you have ever had.

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATE:

Richard Hamilton keeps plugging along with his fight for mobility. Weekly chiropractic sessions have given his spine some relief. However, now he is looking at cataract surgery on both eyes. Richard, keep on keeping on. Things are bound to get easier.

On May 5 I received a much welcomed phone call from Ken Hacker. He said he wanted all his class friends to know he was still “alive and kicking.” (I pray all of us can share those three words for MANY years to come.) Kenny developed a UTI and was hospitalized in February, which put him in rehab for a bit. He is now making friends with a wheelchair. The VA has revamped his house to accommodate this change in lifestyle. Kenny hopes this is merely a temporary set-back in his health struggles and maintains a marvelous attitude in the face of his adversities. He said he and Melinda are planning on attending the 55th in August. That is great news.

Bill Fulford underwent the onerous colonoscopy for a possible blockage. Also had a CAT scan, but he felt these were merely preventative maintenance. He promised to keep me advised of progress and has a bright outlook on fixing whatever problems might be found. 

Eddie Kent posted on FB that the results from his recent blood work were that his A1C is in normal range and he feels good. All other tests were good. So long as he remains on meds, he gets a blue ribbon. Yippee, Ed.

Linda Gibbs Gehring finally sent me a medical report. She said, “Every day is a challenge but I am OK.” Sees cardiologist this month and has more lung x-rays. Her biggest complaint, after the heart attack, is, “I just don't have the energy I used to have.” But, her ending line was, “Tell everyone I'm just fine!” Sure hope Linda can join us in August. She hasn't missed a hugfest for years. 

During May I also received a wonderful call from Janet and Don Donoho. If you remember, the end of last year I heard rumors from Janet's cousin, Dick Elmore, that Don was having some health problems. However, I never received an update on that and often wondered about Don. Janet said he developed double pneumonia and then sepsis. He was on life support for ten days and in rehab seven but is now home and doing much better. (Actually, now I'm glad I didn't know all those facts because I would have worried even more.) She said Don really doesn't want folks to know his ailments and health struggles, but I know many of you will be glad to learn he is now doing fine. Janet and Don have five children and are expecting their 10th great-grandchild. Janet said their only complaint now is getting older. I assured her there are about 150 dear friends who also suffer that malady, so they are in good company. Yet, we are still “alive and kicking” and connected with one another, so how much better could we be. Janet also commented she was so glad to learn her very old friend, Brenda New Arnold, was doing well. Said she had been thinking of her and then a mention of her being back in our Class fold popped up in the May Update. Thanks a million, Janet, for taking time to call. It meant so much to me. 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NEWS:

Terry Fleener scared me to death during May when he reported the death of Willie Nelson. After exhaustive search of news sources, I discovered, as I'm sure did Terry, that this was “fake news.” Can't bear to lose one of the last great icons of my lifetime. Willie represents a better time in my youth. I'm certain Terry was as happy as me when he discovered Willie is still smokin', drinkin', and singin' as he traverses the US entertaining. And, speaking of Terry, he and Janie have sold their large property and are now happily ensconced in a condo in the 'Ville. Didn't think they would ever really make that step, but, according to my visit with Janie in Wally World, they love this life change. Congrats!

My apologies to Connie DENNY Martin who I incorrectly called Connie MARTIN Denny in last month's update. Bill Fulford caught my faux pas in the May birthday wishes. Connie, I really do know the correct placement of your name. Sorry.

Had a surprise and welcomed visit from Irene Cure Conte and her sister, Susan, just today. They chatted for about an hour before heading back to Virginia. Much of the conversation centered around genealogy, since they, like me, are really into that sort of thing and very few people want to talk about dead ancestors. Irene reports hubby Rick is doing OK considering only 35% of his heart muscles work. At least he is much better than six years ago when he had the heart attack and almost didn't make it. Irene and Susan will be at the 55th. Great news. 

Since confession is good for the soul, I have one to make. Frank Ennis publicly noted my absence from church services several times lately and inquired of my reasons. He said I'm always quick to condemn his missteps and, in the interest of fairness, should admit mine in public. If I don't admit my backsliding, Frank and Georgeanne will make me suffer. I promise to do better, folks. (ARE YOU HAPPY, FRANK??!!)

Dan St. John sent me an Internet connection leading to SweetJordans.com. Jordan is their grandson, and Dan's son and wife are opening a bakery and ice cream shop in Paris, TN, staffed mostly with Downs Syndrome people. You all know that is a subject dear to my heart. God's Special People can be such an asset to any community. So proud of your son, Dan.

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Great crowd in May—what with return of Snowbirds and warm weather. Those sharing time were Austin and Cheryl Gray, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Dick and Angie Elmore, John and Karen Stewart, Bob and Catherine Etter, Jim Brunnemer, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Marty Akard and granddaughter, Jordan, Tish Scherer Hartley, Bill Fulford, Don and Linda Burleigh, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Harry Joe Maginity, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Melissa Swisher Thomas, and me. 

Next WBB will be Monday, June 12, 10:30 at Forkeys. You will be glad you joined. 

And, speaking of WBB, I'm going to announce this now but will remind later. I have been asked by several classmates to move September's WBB to Monday, August 28, (rather than Monday, Sept. 11, as scheduled) to accommodate more visiting after the 55th activities weekend. I am unilaterally making the decision to make that switch. Mark calendars for WBB on August 28 and delete Sept. 11, 2017. While you're marking calendars, be certain the 55th activities on August 26 and 27 are clearly delineated. More on the 55th will be published in July Update. Several folks have indicated they will attend, so I think we will have a good turn-out.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH: (compliments of Judy Wolff Parretts)

I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

Someday we old folks will use cursive writing as a secret code.

When I'm an old lady, I'm going to leave snacks in little bags on the floor all over the house in case I fall down.

Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be older...This shit is not what I expected.

Think old and you'll be old. Think young and you'll be a delusional old fart.

At the age of 65 my grandma started walking five miles a day. She's 92 now and we have no idea where she is.


 

Love to all, karen 

 

MAY 2017 UPDATE

 

Happy, happy May to all my dearest friends. This month we remember our Mom's on Mother's Day, even though most of us no longer can personally hug and thank them. We also celebrate Armed Forces Day, honoring veterans past, present, and future. Hug a vet because they made it possible for us to live free. And, last but not least, honor Memorial Day by devoting a part of your day remembering those who no longer walk this path with us. God bless them all and us. And also celebrate our May birthday friends --

MAY BIRTHDAYS:

Don Billings, Jerry Collier, Irene Cure Conte, Connie Martin Denny, Linda Fisher Phillips, Oren Flake, Norris Griffin, Larry Lambert, Roy McGuffey, Jim Morgan, Jane Reese Thompson, Jim Rusie, Rufus Simpson, and Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush.

After the April Update was mailed, I became re-connected with Brenda New Arnold through her daughter on Facebook. Brenda no longer has an e-mail and had changed addresses, so I lost contact. I am happy to announce she is now back with us on snail mail. Therefore, HAPPY BELATED APRIL BIRTHDAY, BRENDA. Welcome back. 

HAPPY, HAPPY SPECIAL DAY TO EACH OF YOU. Make this a very special year.

FOR SNAIL MAIL RECIPIENTS:

 

YET ANOTHER CLASSMATE LOSS:

Just this morning (March 31) I received word that Ilene Suter Terrell passed earlier in the week at Grandview Health Center in Martinsville. Marilyn Hornberger and I used to visit with Ilene when we visited Mabel Wise at Grandview. At that time, she was being transferred to another facility, so we lost communication with her. Apparently, she came back to her hometown but didn't contact me. Ilene married Donald “Woodie” Terrell in 1964 (died in 2009) and they raised three sons and a daughter. I'm sure you remember that Ilene and Ione Suter were twins, and both were '62 Classmates. Calling will be Saturday, April 1, 6:00 to 8:00 at Neal & Summers and funeral is Sunday, April 2, at 2:00. She will be laid to rest in New South Park with Woodie. Our Class tribute will accompany Ilene in this journey. May she rest in peace after years of physical challenges.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NEWS:

Sharon (Tutterow) and Perry Quakenbush have returned from FL and are back among their friends in the 'Ville. Sharon has had some heart concerns. She visited her doctor upon return, and he determined her heart is skipping a beat every 6th time. They have changed her blood pressure meds, but those take some time for adjustment. She says she can't abide “adjusting” because she is in a hurry and tired of taking pills. Yet, she counts her blessings daily and is thankful for the health she and Perry share. 

I wrote Marvin Henderson a happy birthday greeting in April and he called to thank me and chat. He wants me to remind all his '62 friends he often thinks of them fondly and makes an open offer to anyone who visits Ocala to visit with he and Deanna. I assured him I would accept their kind offer—if ever I make it to FL. They hope to return for the 55th reunion activities. This is appropriate timing because they also celebrate 55 years of marital bliss this year. Congrats to you both.

Received a note from Steve Hiatt in FL in response to my birthday wishes. They are fine and are looking forward to coming home for a visit soon. He also shared that this year they celebrate 50 years of marital bliss, even though he said they were much too young for that occasion. He sent his best to all his friends and hopes to see some of them this summer. Maybe at the reunion, Steve.

Don Billings left a voice mail saying his numbers are improving and he is doing better. He really called to see if the 'Ville was floating. We have had almost 4 inches of rain in the last couple of days, and remembering 2008 that is certainly a distinct possibility and a dire thought. Don, we haven't flooded yet. Maybe you will be well enough to attend the 55th reunion on August 26-27.

For those of you who aren't on e-mail, wanted to share with you yet another famous celebrity from our midst. Harry Maginity works with INDOT and in that capacity has been on local news updating the public on road building activities in central Indiana. I sent copies of the newscasts Harry made to e-mail folks but hope many more of you saw him on local TV channels. However, even Harry can't tell us Artesians the plans for I-69 as it relates to the 'Ville. We are hearing all sorts of rumors as to how this will affect our city. After years of back and forth discussions, we just want them to decide and get it done. Harry, use your influence to push progress in this matter. 

Another of our illustrious classmates, Jim Brunnemer, sent me one of his astute literary pieces, and I want to share it here with all of you. It's titled, “God's Painting.”

Driving home from the east one late afternoon I was treated to yet another of God's unmatchable paintings. There, as the sun slowly descended in the western firmament, was a vast canvas, priceless in its beauty, reverent as an affirmation of God's eminence.

Hiding slightly behind a bank of hazy clouds, the steadily falling sun reflected awe-inspiring beams of vivid hues on the cloud formations spread across the horizon. All colors of the rainbow in varying shades—red, violet, blue, yellow, green, orange, indigo—mesmerized the observer. The myriad contours of the clouds conveyed the glory of the Higher Power.

God is the original impressionist. His craftsmanship humbles even the perceived masters of art in the human race. And He creates a new masterpiece daily—for all eternity.” 

Beautiful, Jim. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Those attending the April soiree were John Stewart, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Brent Boner, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Bobby Elliott, Don and Linda Burleigh, Bob and Katherine, Sharon (Tutterow) Quakenbush, Jim Brunnemer, Tish (Scherer) Hartley, and me. A good time was had by all. The next event will be Monday, May 8, 10:30, Forkey's, and we hope for a large crowd. 

55TH REUNION UPDATE:

I realize we have a few months to prepare for this event, but I did want to book a location and set a firm date. This will confirm we will meet at the REMC Community Room on Saturday evening, August 26th, 2017, beginning at 5:00. Renda Trimble will cater our meal, and more about that will be shared at a later date. A group photo will be taken about 7:00. 

Then, on Sunday, August 27th, we will all meet at Bob's lake property about 11:00 AM for more meet-and-greet activities. Lunch will be served at Noon, catered by Renda Trimble, and a group photo will be taken about 1:30. 

I fervently hope you will attend both events. If you don't, you will miss visiting with some of your friends. I remember at the 50ththat some attended the dinner and some the picnic, and if you didn't attend both, you didn't get the full benefit of the opportunity to reminisce with everyone attending. Please mark your calendars for these dates and make plans to attend. We will discuss details in July. At that time I will have an idea of costs and can share with you how many of the expenses will be defrayed by the Class Treasury, pursuant to popular vote. 

LAUGHTER FOR THE MONTH:

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what I say.

Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn't make a decision.

If a woman says, “First of all...” during an argument, run away. That means she has done research and prepared data, charts, and Powerpoint presentations and will destroy you.

People say love is the best feeling. But I think finding a toilet when you desperately need it is better.

Yes, officer, I did see the speed limit sign. I just didn't see you.

 

Hugs to all. karen

 

 

APRIL 2017 UPDATE

Happy APRIL to all, and I include in that greeting a blessed Easter. That holiday always invokes my memories of white gloves and hat, shiny patton leather shoes with matching purse, and a frilly dress. My wonderful Mom did all she could to make a demur lady out of me. Unfortunately, you all know it didn't work. My idea of an appropriate Easter outfit is my rhinestone-studded blue jeans from Rural King and an equally sequined sweat shirt. Thankfully, my dear Mom doesn't know that I have become more red-neck as the years march on. 

YET ANOTHER CLASSMATE LOSS:

Just this morning I received word that Ilene Suter Terrell passed earlier in the week at Grandview Health Center in Martinsville. Marilyn Hornberger and I used to visit with Illene when we visited Mabel Wise at Grandview. At that time, she was being transferred to another facility, so we lost communication with her. Apparently, she came back to her hometown. Ilene married Donald “Woodie” Terrell in 1964 (died in 2009) and they raised three sons and a daughter. I'm sure you remember that Ilene and Ione Suter were twins, and both were '62 Classmates. Calling will be Saturday, April 1, 6:00 to 8:00 at Neal & Summers and funeral is Sunday, April 2, at 2:00. She will be laid to rest in New South Park with Woodie. Our Class tribute will accompany Ilene in this journey. May she rest in peace after years of physical challenges.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS: Let's all celebrate with –

Rick Blunk, Johnie Boles, Jerry Crismore, Tura Crone Lamar, Bob Elliott, Brenda New Arnold, Marvin Henderson, Steve Hiatt, Tish Scherer Hartley, and Eddie Underly.

May we all share many, many more special days together.

CLASSMATE FAMILY LOSSES:

Just learned that Glenn Sheeks lost his sister, Doris Gastineau. Doris was 79 but I'm sure many of you remember the large Sheeks family—David, Glenn, Erma (Scott), and Marlene (Ham), Fred, Duane, Robert, Janet (Harrison) and Janice. Glenn, we all send our condolences on your loss and pray that very soon you will be smiling at the happy memories you have of Doris.

FOUND CLASSMATE:

Several months ago I lost electronic and snail-mail contact with Brenda (New) Arnold (Cam). Then, a few days ago I was perusing Facebook and noticed their names mentioned, so I sent a message to the person mentioning them. Turns out it was their daughter, and she informed me her parents could no longer receive e-mail service. She gave me their new address and I have added them to our snail-mail mailings effective with this April Update. Welcome back Brenda. It saddens us when we can't reach out and touch all Class of '62 friends.

FUNERAL HOME VISITS:

Sad as it is, many of my visits with Class friends occur at funeral homes. Sharon Bales' service was no exception. While I didn't talk with those who attended calling, I noticed many of us were there. However, at the funeral I talked with Gini Watts, Judy Ford, Judy Hacker Fraker, Marilyn Hornberger, and Roy McGuffey. Besides those, the occasion afforded me a surprise. A distinguished gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and stared at me. I knew this was an embarrassing moment because I couldn't recall our connection. After an awkward silence, he introduced himself as Richard Walters. I don't recall seeing Richard for many, many years, although he and Jennifer are on our e-mail connection. It was nice to hug them both, even under the circumstances. 

As Lila so aptly pointed out in an e-mail, we all need to get our affairs in order because no one knows the time. Just live every day to its fullest and be prepared but mindful of our MANY blessings. 

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATE:

While I honor privacy requests from all, I can say that Lila Pruett White has some silent prayer requests concerning her personal and family health issues. However, she also has praises for healthy grandchildren and a blossoming relationship with a male friend. You go girl!! God bless all of you.

Shared a good phone conversation with Sue Weddle Myers. She and husband Bill are very active with grandsons' sports. We commiserated over our mutual age-related complaints (eyesight, joints, lack of motivation/mobility, incontinence, etc.) but were grateful we could still talk about those. She shared that Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham was doing well, except she just passed the anniversary of Bob's death and is still struggling with the loss of a daughter-in-law. Keep Emma Lou and her family in your prayers. 

Iren Cure Conte sent in a vote and with that a health update. She has struggled with persistent pneumonia, which really drug her down. Then she had reactions to morphine and fentanyl, which complicated the issue. At the time of writing, though, she was better. Looking forward to a Texas trip this summer and promised to stop in the 'Ville for a hug. Glad you are bouncing back, Irene.

Also received a newsy note from Dan St. John. To summarize that, he said he and his wife Sue are following the regime of a Wisconsin nutritionist with great success. His son had introduced them to this new doctrine consisting of a very restrictive diet. The loss of many pounds has made a huge difference for their son and for them. I suspect when we next visit with Dan he will be svelte and bouncy. If anyone is interested in learning more about this program, contact Dan at “saint381@gmail.com”. Because of the additional pounds I have accumulated this winter through inactivity and a diet rich in chocolate chips and chocolate-covered pretzels, I should take this advice to heart (but probably won't). Good luck, Dan and Sue. 

Visited with Kay Selch at Forkey's. Said Kim is doing very well, although she is restricted to home because of compromised immunity after surgery. When her immunity increases, she will join all of us at a WBB. Kay still struggles with his own health concerns, but said he and Kim are both on top of the world because of Kim's successful kidney replacement and renewed lifestyle.

Also ran into Melissa Swisher Thomas at Forkey's. (In case you didn't notice, Forkey's has become the meeting place of choice in the 'Ville, replacing Frisch's Big Boy of yonder years.) She is once again home and under Glenn's and Visiting Nurses' care and seemed to be happy and more mobile. Said they get out every day to dine and to keep moving. She still smiles and giggles much and expresses a love of life. You go girl!!

Received a distressing e-mail from Linda Gibbs Gehring in response to my March 1 notice of Sharon's death. She expressed sorrow that she couldn't attend the funeral because at that very moment she was in ICU awaiting tests for heart problems. During the next couple of days, she relayed that she did have a heart attack and received subsequent tests and meds to open blockages. I breathed a sigh of relief to learn they believe a change in lifestyle and use of blood thinners will ease her problems. She will continue with her cardiologist and on-going testing. She said, “Tell everyone I'm doing OK but just a little slower than usual.” Linda, we could use recurring progress reports so we don't unduly worry. God bless.

Also received a call from our own Gary Stafford reporting their return to the 'Ville. He said Sarah takes very good care of him. His big concern is that he couldn't pass his DOT physical and wants to lose weight and have stronger legs so he can pass it next year. For insurance reasons, Gary doesn't want to give up that permit, even though I can't see him heading over-the-road anytime soon. Said The War Department (Gary lovingly refers to Sarah as The War Department) is doing very well with her pacemaker and cancer survival. I would have to add “taking care of Gary for 53 years” to her list of problems. Gary attributes that marital record to his learning the correct response to any conversation is “yes dear.” Then, out of nowhere, Gary asked if I knew Linda Fisher was his first crush and kiss. Needless to say, to say, I didn't. He said they went to Judy Wolff's front porch and “smooched.” During his school years he “loved” every girl in the class and carried Gini Fulford Watts' band instrument home for her. Then he related that he and Bob Riffel had a duel in the middle of the football field. John Mann had to break up the fight. Gary says he would have won had it continued. Right, Gary??!! Talking with Gary is always a hoot. Either he has a marvelous memory or an exaggerated imagination.

Talked with Bob Etter from FL. Said Katherine was ready to come home (grandkids, you know) but he isn't. Will wait until mid-April when he is certain he returns to warmth. Bob shared they visited with Bev and Kenton Smith while in FL. Bev recently had knee surgery and is doing fine. When asked what he does every day in FL, he said Katherine keeps busy quilting and shopping and he stays home and eats. Actually, I believe that. Hurry home, friends. You are missed at the WBB. 

MARCH WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Those attending were Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Chuck Vogus, John and Karen Stewart (welcome home), Jim Brunnemer, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Bill Fulford, Don and Linda Burleigh, Roy McGuffey, Marty Akard Short (very late, as usual), Gini Fulford Watts, and me. Tish Scherer Hartley also dropped by the table and chatted, as well as Melissa Swisher Thomas. Mary, Curt and Brent Boner were granted an excused absence because of illness. 

Marty admitted her cheerleaders could not do what they to today—pyramids, choreographed shows, contortions, etc. She said they thought their purpose was to cheer the fans and team to win and not perform circus acts. Of course, she next admitted to running naked in Indy, so I'm not certain we should take her thoughts into serious consideration. Didn't fully understand the reason for her nudity display, but I'm sure if asked she could explain the entire situation. I tried not to listen so as not to sully the reputations of our Class of '62 cheerleaders.

Jim Brunnemer let all of us know he was still teaching a seminar for those too busy or tempted to get busy in their lives. The course is entitled, “How to Waste Time—and Not Feel Guilty.” It's a short course—the sum and total is writing the course title 125 times on an old blackboard from Tillie McKrill's algebra class (“Do you see what I mean!?). He'll waive tuition for '62 Classmates. Jim also brought one of his short essays jogging our collective walks down memory lane. It is too long to include in this note (have to keep it to four pages or pay additional postage). However, some of his “do you recalls” were Charlie's hamburger stand, outdoor movie theater, skating rink, south side Bucket Factory kids, Ike and Eva's, Red Root Beer Barrel's iced mugs of root beer, Red's Mission ruled over by Rev. John Stewart providing moral teachings and admonitions to his flock. Jim went on and on about Charlie's exquisite cuisine for the discriminating gourmand. Strange how I don't remember using those words to describe the greasy burgers and fries I consumed at that illustrious establishment. Ah, memories are so diverse?!

Next WBB will be Monday, April 10, 10:30 at Forkey's. Hope to see many of you there. It's a great way to begin your busy week of retirement.

55TH CLASS REUNION:

Thanks to all of you who responded to my call to action regarding plans for this stupendous occasion. By far the majority voted to have a dinner Sat. evening followed by picnic lunch at Bob's the following day. That vote allowed me to begin our search for a location and date. After careful consideration of several calendars, I have reserved the REMC Community Room beginning at 5:00 on SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017. It will be catered by REMC's official caterer and our beloved caterer, Renda Trimble, who has always done our yearly picnics. She has also agreed to serve our casual picnic lunch on SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, NOON at Bob's lake. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THOSE DATES. Now, we can sit back and relax and not worry about details like menu, reservations, and money until July. 

And, speaking of money, Judy and I want to make a suggestion. We currently have $1,600 in our account at Home Bank. Judy Fraker Ford, our class treasurer, and I have talked and believe it is not a good idea at this point in our lives to keep that much money laying around. (Judy aptly said, “The money should be used while we can still walk and talk.”) We wondered if you would want us to spend down about $1,000 of that by defraying expenses for the 55th, leaving available $600 to cover funeral arrangements. Should additional money be required for the floral tribute fund, we know you all would pitch in, as needed. $1,000 will cover much of the cost of both events. Of course, donating the money to a worthy 'Ville cause is another suggestion, but nothing came to our minds that merited consideration. If you have any suggestions on that, let me know. Once again I ask that you think about this and send me your thoughts. Majority Rule will prevail.

I sincerely hope that those of you reading this who did not vote are nevertheless planning to attend. (Steve McIlwain, put this on your '17 Bucket List.) It would be glorious if all 136 Class friends could be together. Remember, we aren't getting any younger and very old friends are the best.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH: (compliments of Karen Wilson Brummett)

Every time you talk to your wife, your mind should remember that … this conversation will be recorded for training and quality purposes.

Some things are just better left unsaid--and I instantly realize that right after I say them.

Arguing with a woman is like reading the Software License Agreement. In the end you just to ignore everything and click “I agree.”

Never make a woman mad. They can remember stuff that hasn't even happened yet.

Remember, women always have the last word in an argument. Anything a man adds after that is the beginning of a new argument.

(My apologies to all men reading this who have absolutely no idea what they have done wrong!)

Hugs to all, karen

 

 

 

MARCH 2017 UPDATE

It's March and I'm receiving messages from our winter-coward Snow Friends that they are making plans for a trip North. However, you know it takes older folks longer to form, organize, and execute a plan, so it may be weeks yet before we see their faces. This winter in our area has been a breeze. It would have been cheaper for them to stay home. We get the last laugh.

Let's deal with our sadness first--

ANOTHER CLASSMATE LOSS—NO. 66:

Judy Fraker Ford just sent me a brief note stating Sharon Fraker Bales was found dead this morning in her home.  Apparently, whatever happened occurred around 10:00.  While I have not seen the obituary, I do know that Sharon had two boys and a girl and lots of grand and great-grandkids around whom her life revolved.  Sharon had suffered for several years with serious medical issues, including diabetes and heart problems.  However, she had visited at my home about a month ago and looked and acted as healthy as I had seen her for a while.  When she left I truly believed her health concerns were under control.  That makes this all the more shocking.  Calling will be Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 PM to 9:00, and funeral Thursday, March 2, at 1:00 PM, at Neal and Summers Funeral Chapel on Poston Road.  Judy asked me to spread the word because, “Sharon dearly loved her classmates.”  Thanks, Judy, for the sad notice.  Our Class memoriam of red and blue will be with Sharon on her last journey. 

MARCH BIRTHDAYS:

Hard to believe, but we have only three friends celebrating their special day this month: Karen Arnold Pottorff, Rose Marie Sutton Phillips, and DeWayne White.

HAPPY, HAPPY BD friends. You may be small in number but you are large in heart and importance.

Speaking of birthdays, thanks to those who sent me best wishes on my special day. It swelled my heart to realize so many took time to acknowledge that occasion. Karen Wampler also brought me a Sweet 16 card (said she picked up the wrong card!?) and a bag of chocolate covered pretzel bark. Best candy I ever had. Thanks, Karen. There was also a sweet card at my seat at the February WBB which read: “Thanks for all you do for the Class of '62!” Then, the flower shop delivered a beautiful planter from the Class (purchased by Don Billings). I promise to keep it alive for at least three months. Thanks, all of you, for your thoughtfulness on behalf of the Class. 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS TIDBITS:

Speaking of Don Billings, in a phone conversation he shared that he was anticipating a visit with a hypnotist to seek alleviation of his essential tremors. Sure hope that helps him. Don also struggles with eye problems and mobility issues, as well as high blood sugar. Yet, he is upbeat about his future. He said for me to convey his affection to all his Hooterville friends. 

The Branhams and I had our regular four-month Wally World Hugfest during February. They both look great!! I told them I almost doubted they had any health issues. Unfortunately, Jim does still struggle with anxiety and the doctors have told him there is nothing more they can do to correct his body's chemical imbalance. On the brighter side, he recently had a new pacemaker installed, and thus far it is working great. I'm sure that gives Jim some peace of mind. Joyce said they stay optimistic by getting out on good days and being thankful for every minute they have. I told them I speak for all of us when I encourage them to join us at one of our events because mutual hugs from very good friends are great medicine.

Received a “wish you were here” e-mail from Marvin Henderson on my birthday. He and Deanna are in good health and love living in Ocala, FL, but promised they will return for the 55th reunion. Thanks, Marvin, for sending an update on your lifestyle.

Also heard from Cora Capshaw in February. Doctors say she is cancer free and has been removed from all meds. Said osteoporosis is her only complaint. I assured her many of us share that malady. Cora's life centers on grandkids and church and regaining energy she lost during cancer treatment. Promised to come to WBB when strength allowed. 

Richard and Joyce Hamilton missed the January WBB because both were sick Dec. and January. Richard added 25 pounds of fluid, and you can imagine what that did to his quality of life. Meds are now adjusted and he is feeling much better. Great news.

While visiting at the last Wild Bunch Brunch, we all noticed Melissa Swisher Thomas and Glenn come in for lunch. That was a thrill because no one knew how she was doing after her last stroke and subsequent rehab. Melissa seemed to remember all of us and was happy to see us. She is frail and needs to regain her mental and physical capacities, but with Glenn's help and time she knows it will happen. It truly was wonderful to get hugs from her and know she is back home and out.

PS: After writing the above, I just received word that Missy is back in ICU. All I know is that she has C-Diff, among other problems. This is bad news when considering her compromised health. Keep Melissa in your prayers. 

Jim Rusie wrote to say he and Becky, Steve and Diane Hiatt, and Dick and Angie Elmore had a Wild Bunch Brunch in Florida in January. They all sent their “warmest” wishes from Florida and told us to stay warm. Some folks are just mean-spirited. What would you bet they included alcoholic beverage at their WBB?

Also received a nice note from Irene Cure Conte. She commented on the weird weather of late. She lives in Stafford, VA, and mentioned it had been 72 and sunny that day but snow was forecast for the next. She and Rick stay close to the fireplace. 

Karen Wampler finally found her forever feline companion. She is now mother to a four-year old sweetheart named Arnold Fluff-o-nator (renamed Bamie). Every human needs a cat to keep our ego in check. Dogs idolize us and we begin to believe our greatness. But cats let you know humans are nothing more than their minions. Congrats, Karen, on making this decision to adopt. 

Also received a nice note from Linda Fisher Phillips. They sent me a Christmas card with updates on their lives and I responded. In my note I asked if Gregg Phillips (Linda's brother-in-law) was still receiving snail mail updates and did he wish to stay connected. I never hear from Gregg and never want to intrude on anyone with unwanted mail. She said he is enjoying the updates and wishes to remain connected, even though he isn't much on communicating and never gets back to town. That was good news. Glad you feel that way, Gregg. Mail contact is infinitely better than no contact.

During the WBB I talked with Sonnie Myers Gano and learned she is serving as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for the local courts. She enjoys that activity and knows how worthwhile it is for children who have no one else to speak for them. I'm proud of and admire you, Sonnie, for your selfless heart. I have a hard enough time dealing with homeless pets at the Humane Society and could never stay sane doing so with children.

FEBRUARY WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

We were glad to welcome back Curt and Mary Boner after their return from FL. Besides them, we also welcomed Brent Boner, Harry McGinity, Sonnie Myers Gano, Rick Blunk (a terrific surprise visit), Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Marty Akard Short, and me. Tish Scherer Hartley also chatted with us and, as mentioned earlier, we had a visit with Melissa Thomas. All in all, a good crowd for February.

Conversation at this event turned to Brooklyn Elementary experiences. Mary, Brent and Harry remembered teachers smacking their knuckles with a ruler if they misbehaved. Sounded as if they received more than their share. Maybe only the “bad” kids remember these events. I expressed my gratitude that Mary Moore of Central never resorted to such corporal punishment. Rick Blunk interjected that neither did Marie Welch. But, then, Central did harbor the cream of the class crop.

Poor Harry. He works for INDOT, so every month he is quizzed about the plans for I-69 through the 'Ville. We are all eager to learn the final decision on Martinsville interchanges. Harry always pleads the 5th and swears he knows nothing. Oh, well, Harry, we love having you join us even if you don't bring secret information.

Mary Boner brought a bag of chocolate heart Valentine candy for our desert. Each heart was covered in a fortune-cookie style wrapper. We went around the table reading our fortunes. Marty Akard Short announced loudly that hers said, “Every person with whom you breakfast today will give you $20.” After the booing subsided, she slunk back to her seat and left broke.

Marty also mentioned a joke I made in the January update about the backwards stripper. She said shortly after she and hubby Dave drove to KY to visit family, some of whom she had never met. When they asked her what she did, she told them she was a pole dancer. She further explained she used to be a naked dancer until the crowd began to yell for her to redress. Now, she only works at senior centers because they can't see or don't care about clothes. The pay isn't great but it keeps her off the streets. She ended by emphatically stating I should not bring a pole to any future class event. That's our Marty.

REUNION DISCUSSION:

Believe it or not, I am getting questions about our rapidly approaching 55th reunion this year. Most of those revolve around when it will occur. Some folks want to plan trips home around the event. I don't even know where to begin. No matter what date we pick, it won't work with all schedules. One class friend has said he requests we pick something other than the second Sat. in Sept. because of a conflict with a military reunion. He wishes to remain anonymous because he does not want date planned around him. Of course, after picking a date, we must decide what we want to do. As I see it, here are choices:

1. Saturday late afternoon dinner at Art Sanctuary here in town.

2. Saturday late afternoon dinner at restaurant out of town.

3. Saturday dinner followed by Sunday picnic at Bob's.

4. Saturday picnic in the format of our regular yearly mini-reunions.

5. Any combination of the above or totally different suggestion.

Would you PLEASE send me your vote for this gala event. Let me know when and where you would like to meet. It is true that to book meeting facilities we should begin very soon, and it would help those coming home from far away. Please e-mail, snail mail, or call me with your ideas in the next two months: 740 E. Washington St., Martinsville 46151–765 315 0397—klssas740@att.net

SMILE FOR THE MONTH: (provided by Karen Wilson Brummett)

The fact that there's a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic patterns.

So, when is this “old enough to know better” supposed to kick in?

Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered...who ties your shoelaces?

Be careful when you follow the masses...sometimes the “M” is silent!

When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. It's the same way when you're stupid.

Love to all, karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATE

 

Well, in the 'Ville it's one of a long-line of days where the sun has refused to appear. All of us in this and surrounding areas spend much time peering into the horizon for assurance that the life-giving orb does, indeed, still exist. Yet, life goes on, albeit a bit in depression and lethargy. Hurry April Showers to bring May Flowers.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS:

Nancy Alexander Foley, Dwight Arthur, Elizabeth Brummett Peterson, Janet Brummett Britton, Jim Brunnemer, Billy Joe Craven, Frank Ennis, Bob Etter, Terry Fleener, Steve Koons, Kathryn Mason Hill, Marcia Murphy Bolin, Stony Pearcy, Gary Stafford, Judy Wolff Parretts, Ruth Woolbright Dunigan, and Yours Truly.

Happy, happy birthday to this large group of friends. I hope the entire group feels as young physically as they envision themselves mentally. As John Stewart said, “I am older but I am not dead.”

FOR SNAIL-MAIL ONLY:

I'll begin with bad news so we can end on a lighter note.

Most of you won’t be too surprised at this note.  Our cheerleader and bouncy blonde class friend, Carol Jane Pearcy, passed this morning (Jan. 1, 2017) at the nursing home.  Since her sister, Sharon, is my sister-in-law, I’m one of the first to know.  Wanted to share with you before it comes out in the news.  There will be no public service.  She requested that, as well as cremation and interment next to her parents, brother, and sister in Nebo Memorial Cemetery.  Carol began suffering dementia/Alzheimers about eight years ago and has steadily failed mentally and physically since then.  Her sister, Carol, and her brother, Bill, are all that is left of the Pearcy family we all remember.  She hasn’t even known Sharon for about a year.  So very sad.  God spare any of us that ending.  This is number 65 and awful that it occurred on New Year’s Day.  I prefer to think that means there will be no more announcements of this nature the rest of the year. 

CLASS MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Lots of tidbits this month.

Want to begin with wonderful news. Received a call last week from Kay Selch. I knew from the sound of his voice he was calling with good news. Kim finally received her new kidney and all is going well. She was up and walking the next day. He is hoping she will be home by Feb. 10. They and their families are ecstatic that this long-awaited and prayed-for event is behind them and Kim anticipates a normal life going forward. 

KAY DID NOT ASK ME TO SAY THE FOLLOWING. Hope he isn't mad. He mentioned it will be $10,000 a year for rejection meds for the rest of Kim's life. If you are so inclined and find unneeded money laying around, they are beginning now to pay those bills. You can send your check payable to Kay at 260 North Grant Street and he will deposit that into a dedicated on-going fund for this purpose. Can't think of a more worthy destination for my charitable contribution. 

Received a note from John Stewart. He told me he keeps playing the dogs but continues losing. John always had perseverance in spite of the obvious. He said he and Karen came home for Christmas, but it would probably be the last time for that trip. Said it was very taxing and he didn't like the cold weather. He said they will fly North in late March for Spring. 

I had written John on his birthday and in that note I asked about Melissa Swisher Thomas, knowing they stay in frequent contact. He said Missy is home and doing better with rehab. She is regaining speaking ability and mobility after her recent stroke. I'm hoping Melissa or Glenn will write or call me direct with an update on her progress. Even better, I hope to soon run into them at a local eatery so we can hug and catch up. 

Found Terry Fleener at Kroger looking for sales. He said Janie is retiring from the kennel business so they can sell their country home and downsize to town. I was glad he didn't announce they, too, were moving to FL. Terry still works part-time and loves that. No plans to retire for him.

Saw on Facebook that Tishy Scherer Hartley and ten close friends debarked in January for a Caribbean Cruise. Judging from the pictures, I'd say they gave the ship's crew a run for their money. It was obvious they were rowdy, raucus and rebellious. You go, ladies!!

Pursuant to Linda Hamilton Stevens' suggestion, I have added Julie Arney to our snail-mail distribution list. She lives with her sister here in town. Her sister said she has good and bad days with her mental agility, and that she would enjoy the Updates on her good days. Keep on fighting, Julie, to regain tip-top health. So glad you're back with us again after a long absence.

Mary and Curt Boner spent Dec. and January in FL at their condo. We missed them at the WBB in January but hope they will return in February. They are constants in that group. 

Johnny Russell caught an error in my last Update. I stated that Steve Carroll was buried in Hilldale Cemetery. I knew better. Steve is buried in Mt. Pleasant in Hall. According to John, Steve's parents owned a farm just East of the cemetery and that Steve loved that area. Thanks for keeping me on the journalistic straight-and-narrow, Johnny.

Jody Nutter Lasiter is also flourishing in FL during the winter months. She is in Cape Coral just across the bridge from Ft Myers and loves it. Who wouldn't!!

Linda and Don Burleigh also reside in FL. She gloated that they were happy, warm, and sober (ugh!!).

After church last week, Frank and Georgeanne Ennis invited me to join them and family for lunch at a local restaurant. While I was pondering my calendar, Frank hung his head out the window and mumbled, “I'll even pay,” For those reading this, you will be aware of two astonishing things: Frank goes to church and he isn't as cheap as we thought. Thanks, Frank, for mellowing into your current flower-child personage.

Virginia (Toon) Woodall lost her husband, Kenny, in late January. Just last month I asked for prayers for Kenny, who was facing surgery. Now I ask for prayers for Ginny as she faces her new reality without her soul mate. Bless you, Ginny. 

Received note from Gary Stafford asking that I begin sending snail mail to their FL place. Gary's two titanium knees have allowed him to enjoy their travels once again, even though he says he still waddles. He used to suffer great pain in mobility and thanks God for His gracious healing. Gary said he was planning to send me a page of Algebra problems to keep me from getting bored and rusty. Gary (like Matilda McKrill) knew how I mightily struggled with the algebraic concepts. You could have offered to help back then, Gary!!

WOW, as I type this I wonder who is left in town. This yearly evacuation from the 'Ville is becoming epidemic. Who will next report they too are with the rest of our classmates in the Sunshine State.

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

In January our numbers were down but that did not diminish our love. Those attending were Marty (Akard) Short, Bob Etter, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Marilyn (Dyer) Hornberger, Bill Fulford, Tish (Scherer) Hartley, Gini (Fulford) Watts, and Roy McGuffey. The latter two were first-time attenders and quite a pleasant surprise for all of us. In fact, received a note from Roy after that occasion in which he said he truly enjoyed the gathering and would try to be a more frequent attender. (He still farms some so doesn't have much spare time during the good weather months.) He also sent a generous contribution to snail mail. Thanks so much, Roy, for your kind words and financial assistance to the Mail Fund. (I learned after the event that both Richard and Joyce Hamilton were too sick to attend.)

Marty kept us in stitches, as usual. We were dishing the current craze wherein life revolves around cell phones. You could tell all present were old and yearned for the personal contact of earlier times. Anyway, most felt that while they were useful they didn't have a place in the bed or bath rooms. That lead Marty to ask Bob which hand he wiped with. Unfazed, Bob responded that he used his right and asked which hand she used. Marty said, “Ugh, I use paper.” We all rolled at Bob's come-uppance. It's usually Bob who has the upper hand in one-liners. See the excitement you miss when not attending.

Next WBB will be Monday, February 13, 10:30 at Forkey's. Hope to see anyone who still lives in this area to join us.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:

Not a month goes bye that I don't receive some expression of appreciation for compiling our monthly Update and supporting me and my efforts profusely. I don't mention all of those for fear of seeming boastful. Just know that not a one of them goes unremembered or unappreciated. You all know how to motivate my efforts by being the best cheer club to graduate from MHS. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

I've decided on my new career. I'm going to be a backwards stripper. I come out onto the stage naked and they pay me to put my clothes back on.

The scariest feeling in the world is the split second when you lose balance in the shower and think, “Oh, God, they're going to find me naked.”

And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world Then, He made the earth round…..and laughed and laughed and laughed.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone that can never repay you.

Love to all, karen

 

JANUARY 2017 UPDATE

 

Happy, happy New Year to each of you and yours. Thankfully there are still so many of us around and connected as we delve into a New Year's adventure. We pray it will be a better year than we probably deserve. God bless us each and every one on this planet, and help us all to remember that peace on earth begins with ME.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS:

Marty Akard Short, Virginia Fulford Watts, Judy Hacker Fraker, Kenny Hacker, Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Frances Hatley Fisher, Diana Hatter Tolley, Connie Shields Lowry, and John Stewart.

Happy birthday to each from all your Class of '62 Friends. Remember, “We aren't getting older, we are flower children gone to seed.” (Compliments of Ginny Toon Woodall: She interpreted that to mean we still have life-producing moments laying dormant and ready to sprout into action when energy moves us. Thanks so much, Ginny, for that nascent reminder of our fertility.) 

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS:

I sincerely appreciate the cards and notes received from some of you. A special thanks to Karen Arnold Pottorff and Austin/Chyrel Gray for the care packages they delivered. All of the remembrances make me feel shoddy, as I don't send gifts or cards. Just know my thoughts went to this group on more than one occasion over the happy holidays. I hoped that each of you was sharing a memorable time with someone you loved.

CLASSMATE FAMILY NEWS:

Irene Cure Conte sent a note stating her husband, Rick, who has attended some reunions with us, had been hospitalized. Pneumonia and a serious infection proved formidable for his body. She even indicated that they “almost lost him” at Thanksgiving. However, at the time of her note, she said, “He is better now...even though he takes lots of naps and is no longer the Energizer Bunny.” Irene and Rick have much to be thankful for as they celebrate the New Year. God bless you both.

CLASSMATE MISCELLANEOUS UPDATES:

Eddie Kent wrote, “I'm still plugging along. Happy New Year to all.”

Richard and Connie Young “have made the big leap and moved to Florida.” Don't yet have a permanent home but will send new contact info when that phase of the move is complete.

Steve and Diane Hiatt have also sold locally and now settle in Florida seven months out of the year. Guess they also live a few months in Indy close to their daughter. He said it was a chore to move from a home in which they lived for 43 years. I personally promised my family I would never make them move me again. Everything will be sold from the house as it sits. 

Steve also shared that he visited with Steve McIlwain last summer when they passed through New Mexico on vacation. He said they shared a great evening rehashing old times and debating lots of issues. Steve also said he enjoys debating views “but will never win an argument with McIlwain.” Knowing Steve M., that made me laugh. He always knew where he was going and was steadfast on his journey—witness, his bucket list. Thanks Steve H. for the wonderful newsy update on your life. It was great to hear from you.

Others who reported in that they had flown South are Sharon (Tutterow) and Perry Quakenbush, Gary and Sarah Stafford, Don and Linda Burleigh, and Bob and Catherine Etter. Sharon even sent a weather report from their new homes. I would earnestly entreat each of you to send me updates on your lives while away from us, BUT I equally entreat you not to include temp./weather information. I view that as gloating, and that is beneath any Class of '62 Friend.

Linda Fisher Phillips sent a warm update from cold PA. She said her health is improved but they don't do much travelling. When they do, they go to, of all places, colder Vermont to visit grandchildren. Linda and Gordon are now welcoming great-grandchildren. Thanks Gordon and Linda for your newsy card. I love the Christmas season, because many send life events in their greetings. It's hard going a year without information on each of us. Keep that in mind when the urge to report to all of us hits you. 

It was also great to hear from Ginny (Toon) Woodall. As reported in earlier Updates, Ginny faces major health issues. However, her card said she wanted prayers for husband Kenny, who faces arterial surgery early this year. While it is always dangerous to have surgery, she says clearing his carotid will add much quality of life for him. As for her, the PET scans for her come every four months now, as there is indication of cancer but not strong enough to locate the exact problem area. She said, “I just might begin glowing from all the radiation.” As all of you can see from her quote in the birthday segment above, her faith is strong and her spirit bright. God be with both of you, Ginny, during the New Year. (She also enclosed a snail mail contribution because she looks forward to the Update every month.)

Was also glad to hear from Don and Janet (Elmore) Donoho, although they didn't share any yearly updates with us. I did learn, however, from Dick Elmore at the WBB that Don has had some issues. I do hope one of them writes with a good report on their lives.

Another card was from Eddie Underly all the way from Oregon. He said, “Thank you Karen so much for letting me back into the flock of 1962 classmates.” Let me say, Eddie, thanks to you for seeking to come back. The pleasure is ours.

Russ and Connie Knapp from TN celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during December with their two children. Actually, his note said they celebrated their “adversity.” I laughed because I don't know if that was a typo or intentional. I'm assuming it was the former in view of 50 years. Congratulations folks. And speaking of Russ, Jim Brunnemer said the two of them shared a telephone call during December wherein they caught up on their lives. Jim shared that Russ has lost over a hundred pounds—a marvelous achievement. Jim also wished all of us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Received a warm call from Marvin Henderson, another of us who, with wife Deanne, has also permanently relocated in FL. (You know, I wonder if FL is sinking a bit from the weight of all these extra bodies??) Marvin said they are healthy and happy in their new home and wish all of us could be with them. He read about the Heckman graves in Hilldale in last month's Update and wanted me to know that Steve Carroll is also buried there with his parents. I am glad to know that so I can be certain to find and record it next Spring when my cemetery group goes there for recordation. Thanks so much for your call, Marvin. Always love talking with you.

Don Billings is also hanging in. Awaiting leg surgery to give him more mobility but finds lots to keep him busy even though wheel-chair bound. Has a great attitude and looks for the silver lining.

Marcia Short Schweitzer did “put in her 2 cents” regarding an earlier comment about our 55th reunion this year. As you may remember, Rick Blunk made a suggestion we include other classes at this occasion, and I asked you all to think about and report back to me with your ideas. Paraphrased here is what she said: Perhaps a two-day event wherein Class only on one day and guests invited to the other. She said, “I wouldn't mind visiting with other classes, but I really want time to visit with my Class family, too.” Think about this because this milestone is approaching rapidly. 

Note from Me: I received MANY e-mails, cards, notes, etc., indicating your appreciation for my “keeping us together.” All of those encourage me to move forward until there is no longer interest—which I pray never happens. If I didn't receive those kind words occasionally, it would not be so easy for me to continue. My true reward is knowing my contribution is meaningful. THANK YOU!!

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

December attendance was great. I think I counted about twenty. Those attending were: Sonnie Myers Gano, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Don and Linda Burleigh, Brent Boner, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Bob and Catherine Etter, Kay Selch (Kim couldn't join him and she was missed), Dick and Angie Elmore (we hadn't seen them for a while and had a great visit), Bill Fulford, Tish Scherer Hartley, and SURPRISE, Harry Joe Maginity. Harry found us last year and is very happy to be reunited with his Class of '62 friends. He still works for INDOT and was besieged with questions from around the table on the I-69 Project. Unfortunately, he would share no secrets about plans for same, but we love him anyway and hope he again joins us on the second Monday of every month. If you count all the attendees who have become Snow Birds, you will realize that attendance during the winter months is depleted. Come join us on January 9, 2017, 10:30 at Forkey's and welcome in the New Year with the longest-tenured and best friends you will ever have. 

END-OF-YEAR HOUSECLEANING:

As is my custom, in January I always seek input as to individual desires regarding distribution of the monthly Update. If you no longer desire to receive same, now is your chance to speak up. On occasion I do receive requests to be dropped and, while that saddens me, your wishes are always honored. Either send e-mail (klssas740@att.net) or snail-mail (740 E. Washington St., Mart. 46151), or call me (765-315-0397) IF YOU WISH TO BE ELIMINATED FROM DISTRIBUTION. Hearing nothing from you, no changes will be made to your current situation. As always, I WELCOME ideas for changes, additions, deletions, etc., from the current format of the Update. I am not the dictator. I am your subject. I need to have ideas for improvement because, as a creature of habit, it won't change without nudging me.

We enter 2017 with 125 connections on our distribution list—78 on e-mail and 46 on snail-mail. For you math gurus who immediately know that totals 124, let me remind you I count me, too; hence, 125. Yet, even that figure is incorrect. It just occurred to me that some of us married classmates. When I re-figure, I come up with 130 connected. I am always hoping that number goes up and not down.

ONE FINAL COMMENT FOR SNAIL-MAIL ONLY:

During December, those on e-mail were made very aware that my comments supporting Trump in the election greatly offended some of you. In fact, one classmate requested to be eliminated from distribution because I allowed my political views to enter into the Update. Talk about “nudging me” to change, consider me nudged. I will never again allow that to happen and I apologize to any of you on snail-mail who were also offended. I have already done the same to the e-mail recipients. To quote my comments to them, here is the apology I have made:

“ Well, by now, most of you on the e-mail chain know what happened by virtue of my mention of Trump in the last Update.  Suffice it to say, the outcome was totally unintended and unexpected.  Undoubtedly I take some responsibility because I should have been more sensitive to the political divide of late.  Regardless, the damage is done and we have lost one of our classmates from connection.  My apology was not accepted.  This makes me sad, since we try so hard to add names to our connection and lose way too many to other causes.  Thanks to those who have sent me encouraging notes to soften my angst.  They truly are appreciated.  The good thing is that, at least to this point, no one else has dropped from our midst.  Let me say to any out there who are disheartened that I expressed my political stance in the Update that it will never happen again.  Let’s try to overlook the incident and continue on our friendships path with no hard feelings.  Love to all.  Karen”

ENOUGH SAID!!

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast that life. (Linda Burleigh)

I'm so glad friends don't come with price tags. I could never afford the wonderful friends I've got.

Show respect even to people who don't deserve it—not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.

Growing old is hard work...The mind says “yes” but the body says “what the hell are you thinking.” 

Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpeting to manually change the TV channel.

And my personal favorite: You know you're getting' old when you can't walk past a bathroom without thinking, “I may as well pee while I'm here.”

Love to all,

karen

DECEMBER   2016 UPDATE

As I begin to compose this month's Update, it is two days past Thanksgiving, one day since Black Friday, and the calendar is rushing toward Christmas. In case you don't know my pet peeves, one of them is heralding Christmas before December 1. I'm no Scrooge but am very opposed to so much Christmas before our Thanksgiving holiday. We should take time to digest the meaning of Thanksgiving. OK, off my soap box. Sarah is thrilled that very soon she can begin using all the Christmas words, play the Christmas albums (yes, black vinyl 33-1/3), and begin to discuss her wish list.

Hate to share that I broke my code just a bit this year. I purchased my Christmas present for myself the day before Thanksgiving. (I swear I have been a very good girl all year.) I have wanted a new up-dated TV for years but was too cheap to purchase it. However, after considerable mental gyrations and realizing the long winter months of confinement were fast approaching, I took the plunge and bought a 55 inch 4HD TV. Problem is, didn't have a clue how to sync it to my AT&T U-verse source. Therefore, I have spent literally hours on the phone with Samsung and AT&T trying to get a picture and sound. If you have ever had to problem-solve over the phone with folks from the other side of the world, you will understand my nervous and frustrated state. You hold the phone in one hand while operating two different remotes as instructed. At times the frustration is very obvious on both ends of the line. Well, I just now accomplished the task and PRAY it keeps working. Couldn't stand another minute on the phone discussing inputs, sources, cables, etc. God is good to me!!

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

DeeAnn Evans Little, Harry (Russell) Knapp, and Sue Weddle Myers.

Their number isn't great but their special days are nevertheless monumental. I assume each of you will reach the 73 threshold on your day (although, I beg for forgiveness if you young ones are only now touching 72). As I always say, age is merely an insignificant number. It's mental attitude that really counts. Happy, happy birthday to each of you. Kick up lots of dust. You've earned that privilege.

ANOTHER CLASSMATE LOSS:

Thanks to Norris Griffin's detective work, we now know that Robbie Sparks has passed. Robbie left our group after our junior year, but we always counted him as one of us. Norris talked with Robbie's sister who informed him that Robbie died in Florida around Thanksgiving 2015. So sorry we didn't know. Norris tried to find an obit on line, but was unsuccessful in his search. Apparently, Robbie and his younger sister weren't close. Even she didn't seem to know much about his life. Regardless, I am pained to announce our loss of number 64 from the marvelous Class of '62. God rest Robbie's soul. I remember him as jovial and somewhat of a prankster. So sad that we lost contact with him long ago.

CLASSMATE FAMILY SADNESS:

Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham lost her daughter-in-law, Lauren, in November. She was the wife of Emma and Bob's son, Brian, and was only 39 years old. It has been yet another devastating loss for the Lanham family. We feel deeply for your loss.

Another family loss was for Jerry Crismore. Jerry's mother-in-law, Norma Jean Myers Siddons, also left us in November. Many of you will remember that Norma and Fred Myers provided us with hours of enjoyment through Frisch's Big Boy way back in the day.

Sorry to report Chuck Vogus also has sadness with the loss of his half-sister, Patricia Poe, of Mooresville. It has been a sad month for several of our dear friends. God bless you all.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Don Billings called to say he is keeping-on keeping-on. Don struggles with several physical restrictions but maintains his can-do attitude. Thanks for the call, Don. Stay in touch.

Wish I could tell you more, but Melissa Swisher Thomas suffered yet another stroke—at least that's what the grapevine says. All I can find out is that she is in rehab. We all know Melissa struggled mightily to overcome her other strokes and had made great progress. Just pray she can get back to her happy self very soon. Glenn and/or Melissa, call (765 315 0398) and let me know how things are going. No one seems to have contact with you. God bless you, Missy.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE NOTES:

In connection with a group of genealogists I work with, lovingly called the Stoneheads, we had occasion to record Hall (Mt. Pleasant) Cemetery during November. We came upon four graves and my breath practically stopped when I read the names. It said, “In Loving Memory of Chad, Rick, Jane and Bob Heckman.” I hadn't thought of those names for at least 50 years but I knew immediately my connection with them. The occasion of their deaths caused the loss of our innocent youth. I'm sure many of you remember when their dad, in order to save their souls from a wicked world, shot and killed the boys and his wife early one Sunday morning in 1956. Rick was 12 and Chad was 11. They attended Brooklyn Elem. School and would have been joining all of us in middle school that year. Some of you boys probably remember them well from sports. Don Burleigh said they played sports with them on occasion. I remember I was infatuated with Rick. He was such a sweet and handsome boy. Don said their father, Bob, served many years in prison, but no one knows what happened to him after that. I only offer this tidbit as a sad walk down our memory lane. More than likely Rick would have walked across the podium with us in 1962.

Rick Blunk asked for us to consider inviting the classes who graduated in 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1964 to our next reunion. He thinks we would enjoy their company since we did attend the same school. I told him I would be very willing to attempt to contact them if the Class decided to attempt that. We've got a year to think about our 55th. We have lots to decide—where, when, what, who, etc. It's never too early to begin thinking about this momentous activity.

Frank and Becky (Pratt) Bock have flown to FL. She said to wish us all a warm winter and said she would keep us in her prayers. Thanks, Becky. We need all the prayers we can get.

Sharon (Tutterow) and Perry Quakenbush also headed south during November. She will be missed at the Wild Bunch Buffet for the next few months.

Bill Fulford has moved to 1850 White Oak Lane in Martinsville after settling up Dottie's affairs. We all hope you like your new home, Bill, although without Dottie it will undoubtedly be a lonely place. Stay strong.

Received a great update from Barbara Hicks Richardson. She still works at Indiana Title Searching Service in Indy and has no desire to retire. She said she feels appreciated and can still contribute even at her age. She said they make her feel necessary. That's reason enough to work. However, she was traveling to Missouri over Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with her daughter and family. Family is extremely important to Barb, and she realizes the need to spend every possible minute enjoying them. God bless, Barb. If I ever need a title searched, I'll give you a call.

Austin Gray and I will publicly admit we are Trump supporters. Since the election is behind us, I don't mind mentioning that fact for I fear no recriminations. Anyway, I had a Trump sign in the yard and promised Austin he would be the proud owner after the election. Well, someone threw it in the street, where it got damaged. I resurrected and reattached it in the yard. Then, someone stole it. I dreaded telling Austin I would have to renege on our agreement. Luckily, my neighbor had two. Upon explaining to him my plight, he gave me one of his. Austin got the sign. He cut it in half so we each had a memento of the most insane election in my lifetime. He already has his framed, according to Chyrl, and hung in his house. We both hope DJT makes us proud.

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Those attending in November were Don and Linda Burleigh, Bob and Catherine Etter, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Austin and Chyrl Gray, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Tura (Crone) Lamar, Sharon (Tutterow) Quakenbush, Marilyn (Dyer) Hornberger, and me. It was a lively group. Tish (Scherer) Hartley enjoyed her dessert (several bowls of chocolate pudding) at our table and joined in the laughter. Tish has a way of always trying to shame all of us for not joining her in the exercise classes at the YMCA. Sorry, Tishy, it isn't working. I'm not old enough to join the Silver Sneakers. But, you go right ahead and keep the group bending and stooping and gyrating. Our group will become progressively smaller as the Snow Birds leave us. A small group of us must hold the banner high and maintain the Class of '62 integrity in their absence. Be safe, all of you. Stay in touch.

Next WBB will be Monday, December 12, 10:30 at Forkey's. Join us if possible. You won't be sorry.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH: (shared by Lila Pruett White)

My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds—only 15 to go.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really, just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. Ok, cheese too. FINE, it was a pizza.

I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

(Thanks, Lila, for the laughs. We need so many of those.)

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MY FAVORITE PEOPLE. LOVE YOU ALL. MAY GOD BE GOOD TO EACH OF US AND OUR FAMILIES DURING 2017 AND MAY WE DESERVE HIS BLESSINGS.

karen

 

NOVEMBER UPDATE

Happy November to all. Enjoy celebrations of Daylight Saving Time ending, Election Day (yeah!!), Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving. I hope each of you have special plans for at least one holiday. God ESPECIALLY bless our patriots—past, present and future—for their sacrifices. 

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Mark Cohen, Jim Ham, Barbara Hicks Richardson, Larry Martin, John Russell, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Charlie Vogus, Richard Walters, and Danny St. John. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH OF YOU. Make this year your best ever and kick up some dust.

CLASS FAMILY LOSSES:

I was distressed to learn that Chyrel Gray, Austin's wife, lost her mother, Erlene Sichting. Erlene's husband was Keith, and the Sichtings are a well-known name in the community. Sadly, Erlene was also the sister of another of our classmate family--Ruth Woolbright's husband, Lloyd Dunigan. Wow, what sadness in that family. We wish the Sichting family God speed in their healing.

Lorraine Dunn Richardson said goodbye to her brother, Tom, in Oct. Everyone in the 'Ville knew and loved Tom. He was a 1964 graduate of MHS. Tom had been fighting with mesothelioma for many years and, in spite of his struggles, had lived several years longer than had been projected because Tom refused to give up. God bless you, Lorraine, and Tom's wife, Karla Burleigh Dunn, and families, and all of Tom's friends.

For snail-mail only: At the end of September and included in the electronic Update was news that Judy Fraker Ford lost her mother Ruth. Ruth was 95 years of age but continued to amaze and amuse her family and friends to the end. Ruth was also Sharon Fraker Bales' aunt. Hope you will be smiling at happy memories very soon, Fraker family.

Wow, our family had lots of losses and sadness last month. Bless you all with a peaceful acceptance of your losses very soon.

CLASSMATE HEALTH:

Received a happy note from Bev Sheeks stating that Glenn returned home from the hospital/rehab three days before his Oct. birthday. Since there was some doubt that would happen, Glenn and family were thrilled at that present. She says he is doing pretty well with a walker. They will do all they can to keep him home. Bev, please keep us advised; Glenn, keep on keeping on!

Gini Fulford Watts underwent cataract surgery in Oct. As some know, Gini never does anything the easy way. There were complications so it took her two weeks to finally complete the procedure to a favorable end. Thankfully, all's well that ends well. My opthomologist says my cataracts are “half ripe.” Wouldn't you know. When I want something to go wrong, it doesn't. He says I'm probably not going to outlive the insurance timetable that allows me to have great vision again. Oh, well, just thankful that's my greatest concern.

CLASSMATE TIDBITS:

John and Karen Stewart will head for Florida in a week and may not return until the weather warms to their liking. Linda and Don Burleigh will follow the end of December. They will be missed at our Wild Bunch Brunches. Good luck to all of you Snow Birds in your winter hiatus. We look forward to your return to the 'Ville.

Had a welcomed call from Linda Drake Davidson. She called to order a reunion album. She said, and I quote, “You should take some of the money and buy yourself a big bottle of wine for all your Class work.” I thanked her profusely but reminded her that we were going to be sending Updates until we were 90 and would need all the funds available. Thanks, though, Linda for your thoughts and contribution.

I mentioned last month that Irene Cure Conte was seeking info on Julie Arney. Well, Linda Hamilton Stevenson had some info which she shared through her sister, Marie Dake. Linda says Julie is living with and being cared for by her sister, Lana Arney Gadd, who lives in town. She gave me Lana's cell number, and I plan to call to get more info. Julie struggles with MS, Lupus, and Dementia. How awful. Julie was always so social. She smiled all the time and loved her family and friends. God be with Julie as she walks this tragic path.

Speaking of our Classmates Linda Hamilton and Leroy Stevenson, they have moved closer to Sister Marie Hamilton Dake. I have changed Class records to make certain they remain connected. Marie is celebrating being closer to Linda. I know together they can't stay out of trouble. Thanks, ladies, for this update information.

Those who have attended a reunion will remember Mike O'Neal's SO, Sue Hart Jarrett—whom we have adopted as a classmate. Mike tells me Sue took a bad tumble and now is great friends with neurologists and orthopedic specialists. We all hope Sue totally overcomes her injuries and is back with us very soon.

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Shamefully, I have to admit my absence at the October WBB. However, my efficient secretarial back-up, Mary Pope Boner, took notes so I could share with you. Those attending were Curt and Mary Boner, Catherine and Bob Etter, Sonnie Myers Gano, Jim Brunnemer, Dee Ann Evens Little, Dick and Angie Elmore, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Missy Swisher Thomas, and Tish Scherer Hartley. What a great crowd. Marilyn Dyer Hornberger and I were sad to miss the auspicious occasion with this star-packed crowd. Next WBB will be Monday, November 14, 10:30, Forkey's. Be there or be square.

REUNION WRAP-UP:

As promised, those on snail mail will find a class photo attached to this Update. Hope you enjoy. Those on e-mail should have received an electronic copy from Connie Etter and me. However, if for some reason you didn't, let me know and I'll resend.

All albums and photos should have arrived at the appropriate addresses by now. (Ed Underly and Linda Davidson, your order was submitted late but they will be here soon, I am promised.) If you paid for an album and/or 8x10 photo and haven't received it, please contact me immediately. I am always terrified I will make mistakes in the order and fail to deliver as promised. You can either write me at klssas740@att.net or 740 E. Washington St. 46151, or call me at 765 315 0397

Many have requested I try to put faces with names of the 37 classmates on the photo. I'll do my best. Here goes –

 

Wheelchair: Kenny Hacker

First row left to right (also includes those standing immediately behind first row): Karen Lesser Smith, Rick Blunk, Lila Pruett White, DeeAnn Evans Little, Marty Akard Short, Karen Wilson Brummett, Judy Caldwell Hamilton, Melissa Swisher Thomas, Linda Gibbs Gehring, Gini Fulford Watts, Mary Frances Pope Boner, Marcia Short Schwitzer, Curt Boner, Richard Hamilton, Marvin Henderson, Liz Brummett Peterson, Brent Boner, Janet Brummett Britton, Don Burleigh, Sharon Robertson Anderson, Tura Crone, Bob Etter.

Top row left to right: Charlie Vogus, Austin Gray, Steve Koons, John Stewart, Danny St. John, Kay Selch, Carol Dow Teague, Stony Pearcy, Henry Gray, Jim Brunnemer, Bobby Elliott, Mike O'Neal, Bill Fulford, Terry Fleener.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

The best thing about the Good Old Days is that I wasn't GOOD and I wasn't OLD.

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as the coffee maker.

These days, about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “for fast relief.”

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Love to all, karen

 

OCTOBER  2016 UPDATE

Happy October to all. I hope all of you have a wonderful Columbus Day, United Nations Day, and Halloween. Because I have lots of news this month, I'll get right to the class update.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:

Jim Barrick, Lorraine Dunn Richardson, Richard Hamilton, Beverly Parker Smith, Becky Pratt Bock, Glenn Sheeks, and Patricia Sunderman Haskett. Happy, happy birthday to each of you. Make it count!

CLASS FAMILY LOSS:

Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush lost her brother, Randy, in early Sept. This prevented Sharon and Perry from attending the reunion and Wild Bunch Brunch. Marilyn Dyer Hornberger and I visited with Sharon at calling. She has buried two brothers in very close proximity. Yet, Sharon's faith carries her through with grace. God bless you, Sharon, in your grief.

It just came out in today's paper that Judy Fraker Ford lost her 95-year-old mother, Ruth, on Sept. 29. Judy and her brothers, David, Bill, Tim and Dan, are struggling with grief as I type. Calling will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4:00 to 7:00 with services at 7:00, at Costin Funeral Chapel on East Washington St. in Martinsville. Most all of us have experienced the loss of a parent, so we understand the book that has been closed for the Frakers. God bless them. 

CLASS MEMBER LOSS:

Those on snail mail might not know that we lost our 63rd Class friend during September—Jack Lee Hammack. About a month ago, Jack stopped in to give me snail mail money and his change of address to Indy. When I quizzed him about his health issues, he was very vague and obviously didn't want to discuss it and didn't want it published. However, he was so upbeat I certainly didn't think it was deathly serious. He insinuated that, in addition to his health problems, he was very concerned about Kathy's mental health. So very sad that such an ardent supporter of our Class is no longer connected. Curt and Mary Boner went to calling in Indy on behalf of our Class and talked with his wife, Kathy. It would appear that she may have some mental issues because there was no recognition of Jack's class friends. So very sad. God bless the Hammack family.

CLASS MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS:

Sadly, I received a note from David Boys asking to be removed from the distribution list. He offered no reason. I'm sorry we have lost that contact.

Irene Cure Conte called this month. She was actually seeking information on Julie Arney, with which I couldn't help her, but we talked about her life. She still struggles with weight control and the incumbent side effects of being heavy. Since her dad's death, she doesn't get back to town very often. However, she promised to make contact when she did come home to see her brother, Tony.

Received a call from Russ Knapp. He was so upset about Jack's death, as they were best friends in school. Russ is diabetic and struggles with weight, although he has lost 50 pounds which helped lower colesterol. He is active in senior citizens in Hohenwald, TN, and writes and produces for their performance. He is also active in Trivia Contests and wins often. Since I can't remember what I had for breakfast, I envy his agile mind. Way to go, Russ. 

Sharon (Robertson) and Don Anderson have sold in FL and moved to Columbus, IN. Their daughter is not well, so they have come home to care for her and her family. While we are not happy about the circumstances, we are very glad they are closer to home now and perhaps can hug us more frequently. Attendees were thrilled to have them join the reunion activities. (Thanks so much for the Mary Kay lotion, Sharon.) 

At church I personally thanked Frank Ennis for his generous snail-mail contribution (yes, you read that right—Frank does attend church). He retorted, “Well, what else could we do. You were begging.” I want to adamantly state I did not beg, I simply sniveled about the state of our treasury. It worked. Your generosity will be shown below in the contribution reconciliation. 

Received a note from Eddie Underly ordering an album and group photo. However, he reminded me that those of us who have been together over the years have an advantage in identification, so he wondered if I could help him identify faces. He said that he remembers us in junior high and can't identify the present-day versions. I'll try to help him. I sent to the e-mail list photos of Eddie from elementary through today. In the last photo taken recently, he's holding a sign saying, “Hello to my Class of '62 friends.” He's right. The changes are great. He went from my chubby, shy friend to a distinguished gentleman of unknown identity. Thanks, Eddie, for sharing an update.

On Sept. 23, Martinsville celebrated the Indiana Bi-Centennial anniversary with torch ceremonies on the square. In conjunction, several classmates were allowed to meet and greet each other. Those meeting at Los Reyes were Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Kay and Kim Selch, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, and me. After gorging on Mexican we made a stop at the Candy Kitchen for sweets and then walked to the Veterans' Memorial where we heard Ruth Rusie, honorary torch bearer, remember Martinsville. There we met Larry and Connie (Peggy Denny) Martin, Tura Crone, Richard Hamilton, and Jim Rusie. It was a very enjoyable way to spend Friday afternoon. Wish more could have joined us.

I always host an open house during the Fall Foliage Festival Parade on Sunday, October 9. I have available red and white chili and coney hot dogs, tea and coffee. Everyone brings a covered dish, lawn chairs, and drink of their choice if tea/coffee doesn't fit their palate. Please join me on that day from Noon (parade begins about 1:30) until late afternoon. It's very informal and lots of fun sharing time with all ages of visitors. Another highlight is that BIGG COUNTRY BAND sets up and plays two yards down. If you aren't familiar with them, you are missing a terrific performance of country sounds. Hope several of you will join me at that Fall event. 

WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Great and rowdy crowd during September. Those attending were Bob Elliott and his son, Rob, Don and Linda Burleigh, Rick and Marsha Blunk, Marilyn (Dyer) Hornberger, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Bob and Catherine Etter, Austin and Chyrl Gray, Steve Koons, Dick and Angie Elmore, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Bill Fulford, Jim Brunnemer, and me. In addition, Tish (Scherer) Hartley, Diana (Hatter) Tolley, and Melissa (Swisher) Thomas were with other groups and stopped at the table to hug friends. We were pleased that Steve Koons and the Blunks could delay their return home after the reunion to join our breakfast groove. Next Brunch will be Monday, October 10, 2016. Hope to see you there.

REUNION NOTES:

Sixty-five people attended this event. I am attaching to this e-mail a copy of the article which went into the Reporter. I am also enclosing a hard copy for snail-mail. Connie Etter has sent to e-mail subscribers information on how to access the photo yourself. In fact, you can view all shots taken that day on her website. In November I will send a copy of the group photo to snail mail. We had many attend who haven't been with us for some time and some every-timers who couldn't make it. I did get messages from several of those sending their love and regrets.

While the article will give you the bones of the event, here are a few tidbits to flesh out those bones.

Harry Maginity had registered to join us at the reunion. That was a nice surprise after having lost Harry to us in the 9th grade. However, his band, Convergence, scheduled a performance on reunion day in Indy, so he wrote to say he would have to see us next year. We'll hold you to that, Harry.

Karen Wampler called to say her birthday celebration with family fell on reunion day. Some day her schedule will accommodate a Class function.

Don Billings had registered but called the day before saying he was too ill to attend. I did talk with Don on the 18th and he informed he is now fine. He ordered an album to see if he could identify his age-progressed friends. Please note his new e-mail address: don@billings.ws

Janie (Reese) Thompson sent a snail mail donation and stated a visit from out-of-state guests prevented them from attending. I told her to bring them with her but guess she didn't think that would be appropriate entertainment. 

A huge thanks to Linda Burleigh and Joyce Hamilton for their hands-on help at the reunion. They shoved me away from the serving table with an admonition to visit while they set up and tore down from the lunch. I want to also acknowledge Brent Boner on the clean-up team. He pitched in and proved he knows his way around kitchen messes. Thanks to them, after all had left there was nothing for me to do but bid farewell.

Stony produced several bottles of his home-made wine. He shared with me after quizzing that he and Carol have a wine cellar with about 2,000 bottles of wine. I definitely want to visit them soon. Stony walked the crowd offering samples. He also sold bottles from his trunk. Money for those he donated to snail mail. Since I received four bottles, I also contributed to the kitty. Money very well spent. I've had Stony's home brew before and can vouch that it is top drawer. Thanks, Stony, for your hospitality and generosity to the coffers.

Many of you know that Marty (Akard) Short often arrives late and claims directional challenges. Happily, this year she got it right and arrived on time. In fact, she had played golf with Curt, Stony, and Don Burleigh the day before at the local country club. I am told she swings a mighty club. Next year they want to enlist more classmates to join them in 18 holes.

Every year we all wonder in what form of transport Karen (Wilson) and Bud Brummett will arrive. This year, according to Bob, it was a shiny bright lipstick-red 1950 modified Ford convertible. Needless to say, many were seen coveting it. 

We had several folks attend that haven't been with us for some time. One of those was Emma Lou (Hamilton) Lanham. While her attendance reminded us of Bob's passing, it was great to know she is coping and moving on with her life. It's what Bob would have dictated. 

Received a sweet note from Janet and Don Donoho in California, which included a contribution to snail mail. She loves receiving all the Class news and wishes they could be more involved. Janet and Don, be assured that even though you are a world away, we love and miss you and are still tied by the bonds of very old friendships.

Just want to comment that even after 54 years, I find it extremely easy to carry on a conversation with each classmate. It's as if we were just together yesterday. What a warm feeling to be so comfortable with very long-tenured friends. I sincerely hope every attendee feels the same comfort level. As I walked the crowd eaves-dropping, that certainly seemed to be the case. 

 

If you would like to order an album of photos that chronicled our 54th reunion, let me know ASAP at 765 315 0397 or by e-mail. It isn't too late to order. Cost is $35 which includes postage. Or, if you want an 8x10 color photo, cost is $11 which includes postage. Albums should be delivered by early November.

I am gratified to report that not one soul: got lost in the woods, fell in the lake, broke any bones, used drugs, participated in heated arguments, dressed indecently—and no police calls were necessary. In other words, every person heeded my earlier publication of reunion etiquette. Bob says no claims have been filed on his liability insurance. I'm extremely proud of my Class of '62 friends. 

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST: A huge thanks to Bob and Catherine for being such wonderful and gracious hosts at their perfect lake-front shelter house. Every year they allow us to enjoy the beauty and seclusion--an experience which so many others covet. Thanks friends.

SNAIL-MAIL FUND RECONCILIATION:

Almost everyone added extra to their registration checks. Those that didn't register delivered contributions to my door or mailbox. You folks are just awe-inspiring. I know of no other class which is financially sound and yet still contributes to community and Class endeavors. I will not need to “whine” for funds for two years.

Income: $2,525 (includes photo and postage collection)

Expenses: $ 715 caterer

$ 636 albums and/or photos 

$ 100 Connie's fee for time/expenses 

35 postage/envelopes 

$1,486

SNAIL-MAIL CONTRIBUTION: $1,039

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:

I want to close out 2016 reunion news with this appropriate comment:

“I hate it when I see an old person and then realize I went to high school with them.” (Sound familiar?) 

Love to all, karen

ANOTHER CLASS LOSS

 

Earlier this week, while working on reunion paperwork, I realized that we had been extremely fortunate that the Class hadn’t sent any memoriam flowers for almost a year (Oct. 2015 for Danny Broyer—No. 63).   Well, that thought cursed us.  Judy Knose just sent me a note saying that today’s Reporter printed an obituary for Jack Lee Hammack of Indy.  She wondered if that was our Jack.  Sadly, it is.  About a month ago, Jack stopped in to give me snail mail money and his change of address to Indy.  He shared that both he and Kathy were having some health problems and were downsizing to Indy.  When I quizzed him about his health issues, he was very vague and obviously didn’t want to discuss it.  However, he was so upbeat I certainly didn’t think it was deathly serious.  So very sad that such an ardent supporter of our Class is no longer on our distribution list.  Since the service is tomorrow, I cannot get a floral arrangement delivered before the service.  That saddens me greatly.  I will, though, write a sympathy note from our Class to Kathy.  She had joined us on many occasions and was very much an adopted classmate.  Here is what the obituary said:

 

“Jack Lee Hammack passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016.  He is survived by his wife, Katherine; daughter, Sandra; sons Michael and David; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  Jack was proud to have served his country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.  Services will be held at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East St., Indianapolis, on Friday, September 2, 2016, at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 AM until time of service.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at orileyfuneralhome.com.”

 

This is very sad news coming on the eve or our 54th reunion.  Yet, I know Jack would want us to live every day and every experience to the fullest.  

 

Sadly, karen

 

REUNION UPDATE - 54th

This really isn't an Update but rather a recap on some reunion information. I mostly want to share some very good news. In the last Update, I mentioned that attendance seemed to be down at this year's 54th reunion, which was a bit discouraging. I also requested some money to refresh the snail-mail fund. WOW, guess I should whine more often. You all came through with flying colors on both accounts. We have money to pay all our obligations with enough left to continue snail mail for over a year. (In fact, had our funds not been so generously replenished, I would not have felt free to mail this additional update.) Moreover, 33 classmates and 17 guests have registered. That's the biggest crowd we've had since the 50th, if memory serves me correctly. I don't yet have an official financial accounting to report but will share that in the October Update. I don't often mention donors and amounts, but you know who you are. THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US. 

MISCELLANEOUS HEALTH NEWS:

Melissa Swisher Thomas was rushed to the hospital by her husband, Glenn, and great friend John Stewart. She was too weak to walk and they didn't know why. Turns out tests detected internal bleeding and doctors are attempting to determine the source. That is a real downer because it probably prevents her from joining us. Get well very quickly, Melissa. You will be missed. If you feel like coming out briefly to join the photo op and wave hello, even if you can't stay, please do that. I hope to have a good report for you in the October Update.

Marilyn Dyer Hornberger underwent surgical varicose vein removal. That has slowed her down some, although not much. We aren't certain if she will join us or not. Either way, Marilyn, get well soon. It's important you keep Richard working on his to-do list. Don't want him getting lazy.

Not great news on Glenn Sheeks. He didn't return home after his multiple surgical procedures in late July. Rather, he is in the Willow Springs rehab center in Indy. You probably remember that Glenn has been faced with a multitude of medical issues for years, not the least of which is diabetes. For that reason, he hasn't bounced back as fast as we all wish he had. His devoted wife, Bev, keeps me posted. Here again I hope to have much better news about his health improvement in October. Glenn, we sure wish you and Bev could be with us, but we will think of you and the many others who are missing from our flock.

REUNION REGISTRATION UPDATES:

Don Burleigh talked with Marty Akard Short. She has a wedding scheduled for reunion day. It's family so, although a tough decision, she opted to miss our stupendous gala. So sorry, Marty. I still think they could reschedule the wedding in view of our conflict. After all, what is most important—a few hours with much loved Age Progressed Friends or a lifetime of marital bliss. No contest!!

When Austin Gray brought me his check and contribution to snail mail, he also handed me a bottle of Brown County Red Port nerve relaxer. He vouched from personal experience it works. Can't wait to try it. Thanks friends.

Along with his money, Harry Maginity sent along his business card for CONVERGENCE, a group playing jazz, bop, blues, ballads, Latin swing, and all requests. Music is Harry's true enjoyment; his job with INDOT pays the bills. Between the two, he is very busy. This will be Harry's first reunion ever. He was reintroduced to our class list in June of this year, after he found us on our Web Site. Welcome Harry. You will find we are the same sweet, naive, marvelous humans you knew when you left us in middle school. Very happy to be re-acquainted with Harry after so many years.

Other great news is that Marvin and Deanna Henderson will once again join us from FL. It's always wonderful to hug them after a year's absence. Deanna recently received a clean bill of health from her doctors, so the days are now much brighter for them. Wonderful news, Deanna.

Sharon Robertson Anderson and her husband Don are also in from FL and will join us. It will be terrific to see them after a long hiatus. In addition, Dan St. John is making a return appearance. Guess we didn't scare him off last year. Elizabeth Brummett Peterson will also be with us this year after many years of absence. She will be joined by her sister, Mary. 

Sonnie Gano wrote to say she was so sorry she couldn't join us this year. She doesn't miss many Class functions. Seems her family's 100th year reunion will be held on the 10th. She said it was truly a special day for her mother's family, as many don't get to experience such a milestone. She hopes to join a Monday Wild Brunch Bunch affair soon. 

Also heard from Eddie Underly. Eddie said, “Karen, I wish I could be there, but since the loss of my wife, it took the wind out of my sails. Maybe one day I will drop in. I miss the greatest bunch of folks ever in my life.” We, too, wish you could “drop in” soon, Eddie.

I am really looking forward to a terrific rekindling of old friendships. 

UPDATED REGISTRATION LIST:

Bob and Catherine Etter, Don and Linda Burleigh, Rick and Marsha Blunk, Bill Fulford, Charles and Janice Vogus, John and Karen Stewart, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Brent Boner, Stony Pearcy, DeeAnn Evans Little, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Steve Koons, Karen (Wilson) and Bud Brummett, Marvin and Deanna Henderson, Lila Pruett White and guest, Dan St. John, Judy (Caldwell) and Leon Hamilton, Henry Gray, Austin and Chryl Gray, Jim Brunnemer, Sharon Bales, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Roy Elliott and friend Donna, Harry Maginity, Frank and Georgeann Ennis, Sharon (Robertson) and Don Anderson, Karen Arnold Pottorff, Elizabeth Brummett Peterson and sister Mary, Carol (Dow) and Jim Teague, Terry and Janie Fleener, Linda Gibbs Gehring, and me. 

A few others have given verbal acknowledgment of attendance, but I don't count heads until I am certain of attendance. It isn't too late. Show up for the fun, and only pay for the meal if you enjoy the luncheon buffet. Don't forget photo money (about $32 plus postage). You will be surprised if some show up as late registrations and not on this list. I dare not wait any longer to place this important missive in the hands of the USPS.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST—RULES OF REUNION ETIQUETTE:

In order to maintain order and decorum, please memorize these few simple rules for civilized classmates;

A modest dress code is mandated, which means –-- 

No skin visible above knees and below chin (this also applies to the male members present). It applies regardless of the sex with which you have chosen to identify. 

Shoes should be orthodic, flat, rubber soled, laced securely to top of foot, to prevent trips and falls and a claim on the Etters' liability insurance.

EVERYONE MUST WEAR UNDERGARMENTS for purposes of sanitation and odor control.

No flashy jewelry permitted which might reflect sun rays into weak, cataract- and glaucoma-riddled eyes. 

Hair will be suitably coiffed for women. Men are requested to oil balding pates to prevent blinding. 

No skin-tight garments of any kind. It is no excuse that you have gained weight and outgrown your wardrobe. To prevent prurient re-actions, wear a toga sheet, if necessary.

Makeup will be subdued and modest. Sweating does not do well with paste cosmetics, and we tend to sweat a lot from the exertion of sitting and talking.

Absolutely no weed or hard drugs will be allowed on premises—except cigarettes, of course. This does not preclude prescribed opioid drugs for purposes of keeping body parts functioning, moving, and pain free. However, Bob and Catherine have blessed wine and/or beer in moderation. 

There will be NO DISCUSSIONS involving:

politics (the names Trump and/or Clinton will not be uttered), religion, alternate lifestyles, birth control, gun control, sexual prowess then or now, youth-promoting cosmetic surgery or bottled hair color, teenage standards of this period versus the angels with whom we walked the hallowed halls of MHS, State of the Union, NFL/NBA/ABA/PGA teams, and/or any other topic which could give birth to volatile reactions. Volatility tends to incite increased blood pressure--not to mention brain farts. REMEMBER: Morgan County first responders are always accompanied by the crack Distorter reporter Keith Rhoades, which could spell disaster for what small amount of credulity our reputations carry in the community at this time. 

No attendees will leave sight of the group for nature walks. We cannot risk anyone getting lost or pregnant during officially sanctioned reunion events.

No high diving from the board into the lake and no climbing the Park Slide and zooming to the bottom. Remember the Distorter admonition.

Boat rides are permitted so long as life jackets are snugly and appropriately secured and the water craft remains tied to the dock at all times.

Fishing is also permitted if the fisher person remains at least 20 feet from water's edge and no barbed hooks are attached to the pole. We will not have adequate first-aid equipment to treat blood loss from any orifice.

These rules are being published and served upon all classmates. They will be presented in any court action in which one of these rules was violated, We must eliminate any possibility that the MHS Class of '62 could be disparaged or considered an accessory after the fact. Be advised--we have no funds for court costs and legal counsel. Consider yourself WARNED. 

 

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

(Russell Knapp) There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2025 there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs, huge erections, and absolutely no recollection of what to do with either.

(Karen Wilson Brummett) 

--My wife's female intuition is so highly developed that she often knows I'm wrong before I've even opened my mouth.

--My boss said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. No I'm sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.”

--Some things are better left unsaid--which I generally realize right after I have said them.

--I might wake up early and go running. Then again, I might wake up and win the lottery. The odds are about the same either way.

See some of you soon. Really wish that applied to everyone receiving this Update. 

Hugs to all. karen

 

 

SEPTEMBER UPDATE - 2016

 

Because I want to reiterate and add to some 54th reunion details, this will be the September Update early. Happy Labor Day, Patriots Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Grandparents Day, and Autumn Begins celebrations (ugh!!). And, happy special day to --

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Ronnie Asher, Brent Boner, Joyce Branham Bowman, Carol Dow Teague, Janet Elmore Donoho, Joyce Favour Greenwalt, Judy Garrett Knose, Austin Gray, Marvin Grimes, Jerry Massey, Steve McIlwain, Jo Nutter Lasiter, Mike O'Neal, Bob Riffel, Chuck Ritter, Virginia Toon Woodall, Karen Wampler, and Nick Zoller.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF OUR SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY HONOREES. We all wish for you the best day and year ever. 

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Had a great telephone conversation with Mary Anderson. She has been silent for several months as she struggles with some health issues. However, when we talked, she said things were brighter for her in terms of mobility (neuropathy) and cancer remission. She said her cat Sam, like Karen Wampler's dog Webster, was so smart and helpful that Mary has all the assistance she needs. They spend a lot of time in teaching/learning new tricks. She is always so positive and gives me the usual line--”I'm not as bad off as most, so I don't want to bore others with my issues.” 

I'm putting all of you on notice right now that I do not subscribe to the theory that we suffer in silence. When I have an illness, you will know the what, why, when, how--plus all the gory details. I will want attention, sympathy, flowers, and candy from all. Just be prepared for the updates wherein you learn of all the agony in my medical malady. 'Nuff said.

Snail mail went out in July a day before I received this news. Received a note from Bev Sheeks telling us that Glenn was to have open heart surgery. They did an aortic valve replacement, two bypasses, and inserted a pacemaker. It was a 5-6 hour surgery at St. Francis on Emerson in Indy. This was very serious and he was in induced coma for many days. I was very concerned. But, Bev wrote several days later to say he was showing signs of recognition and moving some. She couldn't believe his progress. Since I haven't heard anything to the contrary, I am assuming he has continued to improve and will be home soon feeling better than ever with this new-found strength. Send Glenn a note at glennsheeks@sbcglobal.net. Bev is wonderful to relay all notes. Remember Glenn and Bev as you go about your day. God bless them as they traverse this bumpy road.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS:

While attending the magnificent Morgan County Fair, I noticed a Cub Cadet tractor in the parade line which was registered to Nick and Edwana Zoller. I hung around in an attempt to catch them but somehow we missed each other. However, when I got home, I sent Nick an e-mail telling him how regal he looked atop his tractor. He responded with a nice note saying he was sorry we didn't get to meet after 54 years. He mentioned he also ran into Jim Ham. I'm bummed that I missed both of them. I'll probably have to await the 2017 fair to attempt another contact—unless they surprise us with an appearance at the September event. It is clear Steve Koons and Nick Zoller have much in common with their love of tractors. Way to go, Nick, for participating in the first ever MCF Antique Machinery Parade. I loved it.

By the way, hats off to Richard and Joyce Hamilton, who are largely responsible for the antique machinery events at our Fair (as well as a lot of other Fair activities). They work tirelessly to make certain the events go smoothly. Thanks so much, Joyce and Richard.

Gini Fulford Watts has left the 'Ville for Bargersville—of all places. No slam intended for Mary and Curt, who also call that beautiful burg home. She lives on a county road in Johnson county that she says can't be found on GPS. Can't wait to try to find her for a lunch date. She promised she would join us in September. Kay Selch shamed her into attending. Way to go, Kay.

Learned that Karen Wilson Brummett has been in NY with her sister for two weeks. I swear, she has been on vacation all year. Now I know why she doesn't feel the need to retire. You go, girl! 

SNAIL-MAIL RECONCILIATION:

I seldom discuss the specifics of snail-mail costs. However, it occurs to me that, before I ask for money, you should have some idea of how I spend your donations. I'll try to give you a snapshot of how those expenses accrue. You can extrapolate the yearly expenses from there. 

For the months of May 1 through September 30, I spent:

Postage $120.32

500 sheets of paper $ 5.00

Envelopes $ 11.68

labels $ 8.84

black ribbon $ 34.00

$179.84

During the months of November 2015 through April 2016 I transferred from the fund to me $175.00 to cover costs of the same itemized expenses. So, on average it costs about $35.50 a month. I wish I could offer to pay the approximate $425 yearly cost out of my own pocket, but sadly the Retirement God won't let that happen. 

This is all by way of telling you that our snail-mail balance at present is $44.68. That's enough to cover the October Update costs. If you are on snail-mail and enjoy staying in contact, if you haven't contributed in the past, if you want to continue the snail-mail function, AND if you can afford to do so, could you see your way clear to send me a small donation to 740 E. Washington St., Martinsville, IN 46151? Any amount will help but you won't be dropped if you don't contribute. 

OK, I hate this part of my job and don't like to ask for money. I fully expect donations to be offered without further requests because this group has always been extremely generous. Thanks for any help you can give.

WILD BRUNCH BUNCH:

I deeply apologize that in the last update I had the wrong date for our next Wild Brunch gathering. I skipped August and went right to the September 12 occasion. Don Burleigh quickly rubbed my face in this error, even though Don is the classmate who frequently forgets to show up at Wild Brunch. I tried to notify everyone who usually attends of this change and hope this didn't cause anyone to miss this stupendous occasion. Those attending the August 8 gathering were Mary and Curt Boner, Linda and Don Burleigh, Catherine and Bob Etter, John and Karen Stewart, Kay and Kim Selch, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Brent Boner, Sharon Quakenbush, Marilyn Hornberger (I apologize that I inadvertently left her name off the attendance roster for the June occasion), CharlieVogus, and me. Marty Akard Short must have gotten lost on her way because she didn't make this brunch and she was missed. Melissa Swisher Thomas and Tish Scherer Hartley also stopped by the table to chat. If I've counted correctly, that makes 19. Summer attendance at our monthly gatherings is great, but come Fall, the Metamucil Migration will deplete our number. Enjoy the happy times while you can. 

Don't forget the next Wild Brunch Bunch will be Monday, September 12, 10:30, at Forkey's as usual—the Monday after our Saturday reunion.

REUNION TIDBITS:

We aren't showing a very big turn-out this year, which is sad. With our age and health conditions, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to join souls. I hope I hear from several more of you that you can come. Just call me at the number below and make your reservation. You can pay me at the reunion if you don't have time to render a check. Here is the agenda: 

Meet and greet 11:00 AM at Bob Etter's shelterhouse located at 5009 OLD Morgantown Road. Here are Bob's directions:

Go about ¾ mile from the 37 Bypass east on St.. Rd. 252 toward Morgantown. At that point Old Morgantown Road angles off to the left (at Eastview Christian Church). Go about 3 miles east on Old Morgantown Road to the first crossroad—St. John Rd. goes North or left and Bob's driveway goes south or right. That is 5009 Old Morgantown Road. If you get lost, call my cell at 765 346 9346(MARTY AKARD SHORT SHOULD PRINT THIS OFF FOR HER TRIP. SHE GETS LOST EVERY YEAR AND AMBLES IN LATE.)

We will enjoy BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, hot baked potato salad, slaw, chips, carrot cake, brownies, and sweet and un-sweet iced tea.

Here are the expenses: $11 per person to Renda; $100 to Connie Etter for trolling the crowd for great photo opportunities and putting together the photo albums; table covers and small decorations; and $32 class expense for Bob and Catherine's headcount. Bob and Catherine have persuaded me they do not want and will not accept any money for use of their facility. Thanks so much, Class friends, for your kindnesses. If you can afford $16 per person to attend and if we have a minimum of 35 people attending, we will pay all expenses.

If you want to order a photo album, Connie says an 8x8, 20-page hardcover booklet, which will contain the large class photo, will run $30 plus tax. An individual 8x10 class photo will cost $10. Stick some money in your pocket for your order if you are so inclined. Connie needs money before placing order for photo albums. 

If you have a photo album mailed to your home, please pay ME an additional $2.50. If you order just the 8x10 class photo, pay ME $1.00. That money goes to me for postage, as I mail them to you. The $30 plus tax album cost goes to Connie for her expenses. If you are local and want to have them delivered or retrieved at my home, no additional cost is required. 

I need to furnish Renda with a firm headcount and have money in hand no later than Monday, September 1. If you can attend, please send to me your check in the amount of $16 per person to: 

Karen Smith

740 East Washington Street

Martinsville, IN 46151

765 315 0397

klssas740@att.net

As always, if you cannot afford to pay to attend, please let me know in any manner shown above. You can be assured your cost will be paid anonymously. Many of our classmates generously send me extra money to cover the cost of anyone needing assistance. (You know who you are and thank you so much for your kindnesses.) As I always say, we need YOU much more than we need your money. 

It's not too late to attend. Just call me at above number so I can add your headcount. You can pay me at the reunion.

Those who have registered to attend are:

Bob and Catherine Etter, Don and Linda Burleigh, Rick and Marsha Blunk, Bill Fulford, Charles and Janice Vogus, John and Karen Stewart, Mary and Curt Boner, Brent Boner, Stony Pearcy, Gini Fulford Watts, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, DeeAnn Evans Little, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Steve Koons, and Karen Wilson and Bud Brummett. A few others have stated they will attend and that the “check is in the mail,” but I can't count heads until money is in hand.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: (Compliments of Hazel) 

“I know you have been laying awake at night wondering why baby diapers have brand names like “Luvs,” “Huggies,” and “Pampers,” while undergarments for old people are called “Depends.”

Well, here is the low down on the whole issue.

When babies crap in their pants, people will still Luv'em, Hug'em, and Pamper'em. When old people crap their pants, it Depends on who's in the will.

Glad I got that straightened out so you can rest your mind.”

SEE SOME OF YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!

HUGS, karen

 

August  2016 Update

 I'M SENDING THIS OUT A COUPLE OF DAYS EARLY BECAUSE IT CONTAINS TIME-SENSITIVE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SEPTEMBER 10 REUNION

 

Hello August—the month of no holidays—unless you count the RNC and DNC extravaganzas. Therefore, I hereby declare this “Celebrate Ourselves Month.” We've made it 70 plus years and lived through tears and laughter. We have fought a valiant fight to leave a decent life for our offspring. We aren't perfect and we have made mistakes, but we have survived with dignity and pride in our contributions. Over sixty of us can't celebrate this occasion. The mere fact that we each made a conscious decision to be connected to each other after decades is testimony that our memories and special connections are strong. A toast to each of us! And, we can celebrate our August birthday celebrities –

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:

 

Mary Anderson, Ralph Berry, Don Burleigh, Dave Chandler, Richard (Butch) Cramer, Judy Fraker Ford, Linda Gibbs Gehring, Henry Gray, Virginia Haviland Hamblen, John Jones, Sam Lasiter, Ellen Miller Little, Sondra Myers Gano, Kay Selch, and, last but not least, Karen Wilson Brummett.

 

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to each of these special friends.

 

MEDICAL UPDATES:

 

Received a call from Cora Capshaw. She, like several others, received too late her invitation to visit with Ellen Miller Little and wished she could have joined our group. I apologize that several expressed distress that they received the notice in Wednesday's mail—after our Wednesday noon gathering. Ellen, just know that more would have greeted you had they received proper communication. Anyway, Cora struggles with arthritis and the manifestations of scar tissue in her chest. Yet, she is, like everyone in our group, positive and hopeful about many more years to enjoy the good life.

 

I saw a photo on Facebook of Ed Kent decked out in his oxygen mask. He told me he has had it about four years but is still “hanging in there.” He, like Cora and others, said “it could be a whole lot worse.” He also asked that I relay to all his classmates his well wishes.

 

Mike O'Neal and Bob Elliott also need oxygen on occasion. This hot, humid weather is adding pressure to their labored breathing and keeping them inside. However, Mike did join the Wild Brunch in July and looked and acted better than I had seen him lately. Thanks for joining us, Mike, and please come often.

 

Kenny and Melinda Hacker joined the July Wild Brunch on a trip home from Arkansas. Everyone was pleased they could do that. Kenny is holding his own and both he and Melinda face life's mountains with aplomb. Come back very soon, Kenny.

 

Catherine Etter told me Bob did very well with his colon cancer surgery. There was no cancer in lymph nodes so radiation is not necessary. Doctors feel all cancer cells were removed and, except for periodic check-ups with blood work, he can get back to harassing me.

 

Kim Selch shared that she is expecting a kidney yet this year. She can't be more than a six-hour wait from IU Med. Center in case she gets the call. Kim, all of us are cheering for the way you have handled this serious illness and are praying soon you will enjoy a better life.

 

Don Billings called to say he is out of the rehab facility and at home with RN and TP help. Many of his problems began when, a couple of years ago, he fell and broke his foot and damaged lower spine. After that incident, insurance wouldn't cover extensive rehab so he sat around too much and muscles atrophied from disuse. This time around he does have ancillary help so we can hope the result will be better. He wanted me to ask Stony to bring him more wine at our reunion because it was the best he ever had and he will pay for that. Well, Stony, I, too, appreciate your gifts but I am poor and cannot pay.

 

Snail mail went out today (July 28), so those folks won't get this info until next Update. Just received a note from Bev Sheeks. Glenn goes in July 29 for open heart surgery. They are doing an aortic valve replacement, two bypasses, and inserting a pacemaker. It will be a 5-6 hour surgery at St. Francis on Emerson in Indy She has faith that all is well but said extra prayers and thoughts couldn't hurt. Remember Glenn and Bev as you go about your day. I'll send news as soon as I hear from Bev on his progress. God bless them as they traverse this road bump.

 

Several other class friends have shared with me health issues which they don't want published. They always say that their problems are no worse than any others and no big deal. Just remember to think of the unknown folks who struggle silently.

 

CLASSMATE CELEBRATIONS:

 

Beverly and Glenn Sheeks celebrated 54 years in July.

 

Jim Brunnemer said Lu is considering the signing of a one-year marriage contract for the 49th consecutive year. Good luck, Jim. We all hope Lu will take pity on you and be your life guide until the 50th contract comes around.

 

Karen (Wilson) and Bud Brummett celebrated their aniversary on a cruise. I met Karen in the Clerk's office when she came to my rescue in a title search. She looks rested and relaxed in spite of a 40-hour work week schedule. Karen is not ready to retire. My personal opinion is she and Bud don't think it's safe for their marriage to spend 24-7 together.

 

FOR SNAIL-MAIL READERS ONLY:

 

After I mailed the update for July, this news came in and was shared with e-mail recipients:

 

A HAPPY AND SHOCKING BIT OF NEWS:

 

You folks aren't going to believe me, but I just received a call from Judy Wolff PARRETTS. Yes, she finally took the plunge and married her ten-year live-in male friend, Jeff Parretts. I have met Jeff on a couple of occasions and knew immediately he was a great match for Judy. However, she rejected any entreaty that she make it permanent and that worked for a long time. Don't know what he did to overcome her reticence, but I suspect the six-island Southern Caribbean cruise for a honeymoon might have sweetened the pot. Judy always loved traveling. She said photos of the wedding are on her Facebook page and I intend to visit that soon. She also wrote a poem which is shared on FB. She and Jeff remain in Pompano Beach. They both work full time and have a very active lifestyle. She sounded over the moon happy, and it made me very happy, too. I did ask about her brothers, JL and Mike, whom many of you will remember. They both live close to Pompano Beach and have provided her with 8 nieces/nephews and 13 great-nieces/nephews. If you would like to send Judy best wishes, send those to judywolff@bellsouth.net. Bless your new adventure, Judy. Just come home to visit soon so we can walk down memory lane.

 

JULY WILD BRUNCH:

 

We had another good turn-out and several surprise guests. As I stated earlier, Kenny and Melinda Hacker and Mike O'Neal supped with us. Also there were Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Bob and Catherine Etter, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, Kay and Kim Selch, Brent Boner, Tura Crone Lamar, Marty Akard Short, and me. Also swinging by the table to hug were Melissa Swisher Thomas, Tish Scherer Hartley and Don and Linda Burleigh. As seems to happen frequently, Don and Linda strolled in for lunch, saw our full table, and gasped. They forgot about us—again. Henceforth, I'm calling them the morning of the event to make sure their aging memories are engaged. The next Wild Brunch will occur the Monday after our 54th reunion—Monday, September 12th. This provides those out-of-town guests attending the Saturday reunion to continue visiting if their schedules will allow.

 

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS:

 

Jack Hammack made a generous snail-mail contribution. Thank you so much, Jack, for your thoughtfulness. We pray for health for you and Cathy.

 

While attending a graduation celebration for the granddaughter of Frank and Georgeanne Ennis, I had occasion to enjoy sitting with them. Frank still runs his food cart at selective events, but says he loves staying home and doing nothing. I reminded him that was not new information to share.

 

Facebook is wonderful for keeping me abreast of friends. Just happened to see a post by Richard Young to the effect he and Connie sold RoJe Hill, the old family farm on Maple Turn Road, and are moving. They are heading to the Tampa-Clear Water-Spring Hill area. Big chickens. Can't take the winters and will become, like so many others of our group, FL residents. I wish them all the luck in the world, and hope they can make at least one more Wild Brunch gathering and perhaps the reunion before leaving. DICK, be certain to send me your new contact info so you don't get lost.

 

54th REUNION PLANS:

 

I received fewer than ten comments on my request for input on our reunion, and all of those voted to keep the format casual and much like our last three gatherings. Based on that, I am proceeding to arrange caterer (Renda Trimble) and photographer (Connie Etter). The event will happen on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Here is what I suggest:

 

Meet and greet 11:00 AM at Bob Etter's shelterhouse located at 5009 Morgantown Road. (If anyone needs further directions, call me at 765 315 0397.) Bob says we can stay until time for bed and/or medication. Lunch will be served at Noon and will include--

 

BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, hot baked potato salad, slaw, chips, carrot cake, brownies, and sweet and un-sweet iced tea.

 

I have asked Renda to provide, in addition to the above food, all paper products, ice, table service, and incidentals. I have purchased, out of pocket, our traditional red/blue table covers and a couple of table decorations in keeping with the Arty theme. I plan to use those purchases as a quid pro quo for my $16 meal. Renda will make it incredibly easy for me by taking care of almost everything so I can show up and just talk—which, you all know, is what I do best.

 

Here are the expenses: $11 per person to Renda; $100 to Connie Etter for trolling the crowd for great photo opportunities and putting together the photo albums; $32 class expense for Bob and Catherine's headcount; and $50 to Bob and Catherine to help defray miscellaneous expenses for our visit. (He doesn't want this but I feel this is the appropriate thing to do.) If you can afford $16 per person to attend and if we have a minimum of 35 people attending, we will pay all expenses.

 

The winner of the prize for “first reservation received” is Don Burleigh. I earlier mentioned to Don the price and next thing I knew he was at my door, check in hand. Thanks so much, Don.

 

If you want to order a photo album, Connie says an 8x8, 20-page hardcover booklet, which will contain the large class photo, will run $30 plus tax. An individual 8x10 class photo will cost $10. Stick some money in your pocket for your order if you are so inclined. Connie needs money before placing order for photo albums.

 

 

I need to furnish Renda with a firm headcount and have money in hand no later than Monday, September 1. If you can attend, please send to me your check in the amount of $16 per person to:

 

Karen Smith

740 East Washington Street

Martinsville, IN 46151

 

765 315 0397

klssas740@att.net

 

As always, if you cannot afford to pay to attend, please let me know in any manner shown above. You can be assured your cost will be paid anonymously. As I always say, we need YOU much more than we need your money.

 

Hope to receive many registrations for the 54th reunion.

 

SMILE FOR THE MONTH:

 

Our smiles for this month are compliments of Karen Wilson Brummett. It was labeled, “How to maintain a healthy level of insanity in retirement.” I intend to start with the first and work through the list before our 55th reunion. Thanks, Karen.

 

At lunch, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on, point a hair dryer at passing cars and watch them slow down.

On all your check stubs, write “for marijuana.”

With a serious face, order a Diet Water with your meal.

When money comes out of the ATM, jump and shout “I won! I won!”

When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the car yelling, “Run for your lives--they're loose.”

Tell your children over dinner, “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go …”

Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy, go to the clerk and ask where the fitting room is. (Well, I probably can't pull this one off.)

Go to a large department store's fitting room, drop your drawers to your ankles, and yell, “There's no toilet paper in here!”

 

 

Hugs. karen

 

 

 

JULY 2016 UPDATE

Happy July 4th to all. That is the only holiday during the month, so enjoy it to the hilt. Remember, the stupendous Morgan County Fair begins July 29. You all know I'm a big fan of both the County and State fairs. Maybe we'll run into each other on the midway. Look for me at the food booths or in the livestock barns.

JULY BIRTHDAYS:

Judy Brummett Cross, Don Clay, Don Donoho, Linda Drake Davidson, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Sharon Fraker Bales, Cam Hacker, Betty Maners Wilson, Mary Frances Pope Boner, Lila Pruett White, Sharon Robertson Anderson, Melissa Swisher Thomas, and Richard Young. A very happy birthday to all of you. Let's all hope for at least another ten.

ADOPTED CLASSMATE LOSS:

Our class always makes honorary classmates of spouses or significant others who join with classmates. One of those who has been loyal and very enjoyed is Bill Fulford's soulmate, Dottie Stapleton.

Dottie entered the hospital in early June with possible stroke or seizure. Bill was optimistic they could stabilize her and she would go home. Tragically, they discovered cancer had spread to her brain. They tried chemo again, but she was too weak for many of those treatments. I am very sorry to relay that Dottie passed on Sunday, June 26. Bill tells me a memorial service will be held at Jones Funeral Center, 4161 E. Allison Road, just north of Mooresville on 67, on Thursday, July 7, at 7:00 PM. Calling is from 4:00 to 7:00 on that day. I know he would appreciate some of us attending to pay our respects and bring a little light into his life. If you want to extend thoughts to Bill, his e-mail is bill_fulford@hotmail.com.

A HAPPY AND SHOCKING BIT OF NEWS:

Let's follow that sad news with some happy info. You folks aren't going to believe me, but I just received a call from Judy Wolff PARRETTS. Yes, she finally took the plunge and married her ten-year live-in male friend, Jeff Parretts. I have met Jeff on a couple of occasions and knew immediately he was a great match for Judy. However, she rejected any entreaty that she make it permanent and that worked for a long time. Don't know what he did to overcome her reticence, but I suspect the six-island Southern Caribbean cruise for a honeymoon might have sweetened the pot. Judy always loved traveling. She said photos of the wedding are on her Facebook page and I intend to visit that soon. She also wrote a poem which is shared on FB. She and Jeff remain in Pompano Beach. They both work full time and have a very active lifestyle. She sounded over the moon happy, and it made me very happy, too. I did ask about her brothers, JL and Mike, whom many of you will remember. They both live close to Pompano Beach and have provided her with 8 nieces/nephews and 13 great-nieces/nephews. If you would like to send Judy best wishes, send those tojudywolff@bellsouth.net. Bless your new adventure, Judy. Just come home to visit soon so we can walk down memory lane.

LOST CLASSMATES:

Not much luck on our search to round up missing classmates, even though many of you sent me tips. I did, however, get an e-mail from Bob Haskett by way of a tip from Steve McIlwain. Bob says he isn't much interested in his youth at this point but did ask me to say “hi” to all regardless and he hopes all are well. At least we know he is well.

For those of you on snail mail, I found out after your letters were in the mail last month that we also found Harry Joe Maginity. He found us by way of our website and reached out for contact. (A huge thanks to our Website Angel Janie Reese Thompson for making the website available to those looking to reattach. We also found Dan St. John on that site.) Harry attended Brooklyn Elementary and middle school with us but moved about 12 years of age. Harry still works for INDOT and travels a lot. In his spare time he plays bass in a jazz band. He has five children, 18 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren and lives in Greencastle. Like Eddie Underly, Harry says that even though he graduated from Greencastle, he always considered Martinsville his real school home. I am so glad he is now on the e-mail distribution list, and I hope he and his wife can join our 54th reunion on September 10 (more on that event will come in August).

Bill Fulford sent a couple of tips but none of those panned out. Jim Brunnemer said a couple of years ago he ran into Julie Arney. He said she was a bit aloof when he tried to breach a conversation. He pointed us to Jenness Northerner Cortez by way of her website, but Jo Nutter Lasiter and I have both reached out to her several times that way to no avail. At Tom Bowman's reception, Jim also asked Mike Kelly about his sister and our classmate, Janet, but Mike didn't share much info. Jim also pondered whether Robbie Sparks had passed. Anyone know? Hey, David Boys, you are connected with us. Any chance you have contact info for Marla Stanley? Do you know if she is still alive and, if so, where she is located? I know it might not be proper etiquette to ask ex's for info, but I'm fearless.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Harry Russell Knapp received a new left knee in early June. He is home rehabbing and in very little pain. Way to go, Russ.

Don Billings is in Manor Care Rehab Center in Greenwood with complications from liver problems. He asked me to say hello to all in this Update. Too much ammonia built up in his blood and pretty much shut him down. Said he should be home by July 1. You can write Don at don@billingsinc.com. We hope you will be able to walk into our September Bash, Don.

Our class troublemaker, Bob Etter, underwent colon cancer surgery on June 28. Catherine tells me he came home on the 30th and is doing well. They will learn more next week at after-surgery visit with surgeon. I do know doctors were relatively unconcerned about this surgery and indicated it is one cancer that is easy to correct. I chided him that this small bump in the road would not excuse him from hosting our Sept. 10th extravaganza. You can write Bob at rdetter5009@yahoo.com. Get back into tip-top shape very quickly, Bob.

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Jim and Joyce (Bowman) Branham celebrated their 47th anniversary in June. Their daughter posted a wonderful photo of them with four grandkids on Facebook. Both looked marvelous. We all know Jim struggles with health issues. Sure wish they would surprise us with a visit in September.

Gary Stafford is once again back home in Indiana. Gary struggles to control his blood pressure, panic attacks, weight control, and heart palpitations. Doctors changed his meds and took away his coffee, so when we spoke he was a bit testy. He also has hereditary diarrhea—it runs in his jeans. He said he wasn't sleeping very well because he had to lay next to a 70-year-old woman. According to Gary, his wife, Sarah (who is an angel to live with him), is “meaner than a junkyard dog.” She has a pacemaker, is a breast cancer survivor, and “lives with hemorrhoid problems--named Gary.” Talking with Gary is laugh after laugh. He is always so light-hearted. He closed by saying, “Karen, if you ever need anything, call me, but if you ever need money, call Bob Etter.” For your info, Gary--Bob Etter wouldn't give me the time of day.

Lila Pruett White wanted to share her great news—her son Mike and wife Melissa are expecting their fourth baby and her daughter Janet and hubby are finally expecting a first child after many years of fertility efforts. Lila is haunting yard sales for baby items and loving every minute. She also shared that she is working full time at a Purdue residence hall but hopes to attend a Wild Bunch Brunch gathering before summer's end.

Eddie Underly wrote to let us know all is well in Oregon. He mentioned the Indy 500 and shared that he drove super modifieds in North Dakota while stationed there in the Air Force. He even came close to buying a Novi in the 60's. I'm glad that didn't work out, Eddie. Like Steve McIlwain, you seem to be an unnecessary risk-taker. Eddie told me he really enjoyed my joke last month—Senior Trying to Set Password.” He could relate.

Curt and Mary Boner visited Mackinac Island on a group tour and loved it. Unfortunately, they had to miss the June Wild Bunch Brunch.

Dick and Angie Elmore spent several days in the Boyne-Charlevoix-Petoskey, Michigan, area doing some hiking, shopping, and sleeping. They often attend Wild Bunch and he says “it is so nice that we can all mature (or grow older, whichever applies) together.” Dick, I can think of many to which the word “mature” will never apply.

Karen Wilson Brummett and hubby, Bud, are visiting New York City and enjoying a cruise on the Queen Mary 2. Bud's new knees allow more trips now.

Earlier I mentioned that Ruth Rusie had relocated to Bloomington, but Jim corrected my information. He said Ruth is in a “retirement apartment” and not an “assisted living facility” and that Ruth would be insulted if folks thought she couldn't take care of herself. That's our proud teacher.

Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush responded to the tidbit shared last month about her and brother Bill chucking rocks into the city water meter reservoirs. To my shock, she said the entire story was true. She said back then they had to make their own entertainment. They did receive punishment, however. Sharon forbid me from talking with her sister-in-law, Sharon, ever again. Our Sharon also recently had cataract surgery. I haven't received a report but certainly hope all is well with her. Because of that she too had to miss the June Wild Brunch.

Judy (Garrett) and Paul Knose have returned from Booth Bay, Maine. From photos on Facebook, I'd say they had a marvelous time at Seanook. Glad you're safely home, Judy.

Karen Wampler is a grandmother to Webster, a baby Yorkie about 2 months old. She has been seeking a small companion baby for months (since the loss of her former companion) and couldn't be happier that it finally came to pass. She named him Webster because he is the smartest dog to ever live. Congrats, Karen.

Stoney called to say they sold their house boat but kept the pontoon for lake outings. He sounds exhausted from his wine and soap making, golfing, and napping. Poor Stoney!! Says Carol won't allow him to mow the yard because she doesn't like the way it looks. He admitted he intentionally did a poor job knowing her obsessive/compulsive personality would preclude him from doing the job. No one ever said Stoney wasn't cagey. We saw that tendency in grade and high school.

JUNE WILD BUNCH BRUNCH:

Even though several regulars were missing, we still had a great crowd. Those attending were Carol Dow Teague, Kay and Kim Selch, Bob and Catherine Etter, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Marty Akard Short, Linda and Don Burleigh, Dick Elomore, Jim Brunnemer, and me. Melissa Swisher Thomas and Tish Scherer Hartley also briefly visited with us. It truly is great that, as Dick Elmore said, we are all maturing together. Marty Akard Short had us all laughing when she said that a recent study found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it. Next event will be the second Monday of July—July 11, 10:30 at Forkeys. You will leave with a warm heart if you join us.

SEPTEMBER 54TH REUNION:

Does anyone have suggestions for our menu? I was thinking of doing what we always do—arrival about 11:00, catered meal by Renda Trimble to be served about Noon, class photo following at 1:30 by Connie Etter. If anyone has other suggestions, please let me know by August 1. I am guessing the cost will be around $16 per person. This allows payment to caterer and photographer plus paper products. I think it would also be appropriate to give Bob some reimbursement money for the mower gas and preparation time. Send comments, please. Let's try for 100 people at the 54th reunion. As always, the Class will cover costs for anyone who needs financial assistance. Just let me know for anonymous assistance. We don't need money—we need everyone present.

CLASSMATE WELCOME-HOME VISIT:

Ellen Miller Little visited Martinsville with her family on June 29. Ellen resides in Phoenix, AZ, has four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grands. A pizza open house was held at the American Legion. Elaine Roe Hacker planned the event and asked me to notify Ellen's classmates. I sent an e-mail and also snail mail to local folks I thought might be able to attend. Those available were Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, John and Karen Stewart, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Becky Bock, Ellen and me, as well as various other local friends and family. All the classmates sat at a table with Ellen and shared memories for over an hour as we enjoyed pizza. It truly was a wonderful visit with all. I took photocopies of Ellen in our 1958-1960 annuals. While her Class friends remembered the Ellen in the photos, her grandchildren were fascinated at their grandma so many years ago. Ellen looks great and is the same sweet, soft-spoken soul she always was. Just sorry we had such short notice to rally the troops so more could attend.

SMILES FOR THE MONTH:

Jim Brunnemer closed a note by telling me he is finally beginning to understand the full meaning of what his Grandpa Millis used to say when Jim asked him how he was feeling. Grandpa's reply was-- “Not so good, Jimmy. I think 'bout one more clean shirt'll do me.” (I sure hope Jim doesn't really feel this way.)

Pearls from Charlie Gardner:

Since the snow came, all the wife does is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I'll have to let her in.

After years of research, scientists have discovered what makes women happy—nothing.

Wife gets naked and asks hubby, “What turns you on more, my pretty face or my sexy body?” Hubby looks her up and down and replies, “Your sense of humor,”

Love to all, karen

JUNE 2016 UPDATE

As I settle in at the computer to write this June Update, it's Sunday afternoon, May 29, and I just wiped my eyes with joy that a 24-year old rookie American, Alex Rossi, has won the 100th running of the Indy 500. It's also the first time I've actually watched the race since the mid-1950s when the intolerable blackout of our area was instituted.

It's a beautiful day in the 'Ville to celebrate Memorial Day. This morning I took a few minutes to reflect on the fact that our freedom to celebrate isn't free, and I thanked God and all servicemen and women who have served during the last 200 years to protect that freedom. I now pray our Country is up to the task of preserving that hard-won freedom.

CLASS JUNE BIRTHDAYS:

Curt Boner, Jim Branham, Judy Caldwell Hamilton, Cora Capshaw, Dick Elmore, Bob Ely Brown, Bill Fulford, Eddie Kent, Jean Szatkowski Morgan, and Sam Weaver.

A very happy birthday to each of you on your special day. May this be a terrific year for you. You are loved by many.

MISSING CLASSMATES SEARCH:

As I ran through our class list for birthdays, I realized several folks are still missing from our realm of knowledge. Please allow me to run that list by all of you to see if, perhaps, anyone might have some information on any of these 37 missing class friends:

Julie Arney Crawford, Philip Asher, Mike Brock, Lee Anna Brummett Sturgeon, Mary Ann Clodfelder Ennis, Richard Cohen, Nancy Sue Collins Smith, Phil Cramer, Sheila Duckworth Branam, Rhea Donna Forbes Fee, Paul Goodnight, Jim Leroy Hamilton, Robert William Haskett, Jim Holden, Mark James, Janet Kelly Ramsey, Jerry Kindred, Denny Lind, Shirley Littell Ferrand, Ron Marsh, Cheryl Mitchell Allen, Kathleen Morris Cramer, Brenda New Arnold, Linda Norman Scroggins, Jenness Northener Cortez, Janice Parmerlee Sloan, Marilyn Quakenbush Gano, Morris Richardson, Bobby Sparks, Marla Stanley Reed, Carol Stewart Davis, Ilene Suter Terrell, Karen Swenchi Seegers, Judy Tapp Sidebottom, Sheila Thacker Ferrand, Susan Traylor Fox, and Marilyn Yutmeyer Curtis.

At various times we have had contact with some of these folks but, for some reason, lost that contact. If you happen to be acquainted with anyone on this list, please take any opportunity to get their contact information and pass it along to me. This is far too many class friends about which we know absolutely nothing. I hope some day we can rectify some of these absences by realigning them with the remainder of us.

ANOTHER LOST SHEEP BACK IN OUR CLASS FOLDS:

Today I received a call from Harry Joe Maginity. He had seen the name Karen with a phone number on the Class website and thought he would try to reach someone from the Class of '62. (A huge thanks to our Class Website Fairy, Janie Reese, for making us visible and bringing many friends back to us.) He asked who I was and I introduced myself as Karen Lesser, to which he responded that he remembered me. We had a great conversation. Said he went to Brooklyn, Bethany, and middle school for two years but moved when he was around 12. While he graduated from Greencastle, he, like Eddie Underly, said Martinsville was always his school home. After much traveling around, he and Sue are back in Greencastle to settle down. I promised he would be added to our list and would receive all the updates. I also asked him to come to the next reunion or a breakfast and he said he would. Problem is, he still works for the State of IN in the DOT and travels a lot. I told him that we found Danny St. John after years of absence and he remembered Danny. Maybe they will both see us in September. It was fun catching up with Harry. He has five children, 18 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He plays bass in a jaz band for fun. In case you want to touch base, his e-mail address is maginity@usa.com. Always great to bring more of us together.

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS:

Irene Cure Conte is back on e-mail, after a year or so on snail mail. Her address is: irenecc1944@gmail.com. Thanks for sharing that info, Irene.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Diana Hatter Tolley still suffers with asthma. She is back on steroids, which she hates because it makes her hold water and gain weight. Yet, better to be bloated than not breathing. In spite of her health challenges, she has a wonderful attitude and never complains. Hope your health takes a turn for the better very soon, Diana. (PS: Love my chickens lovingly hand-painted by you, my friend.)

Received an e-mail from Russ Knapp just today in time to include in this month's review. He is facing a left-knee replacement on June 8. I told him I have heard from others that it isn't fun but well worth the effort in terms of unfettered mobility. Good luck, Russ.

Bill and Dottie couldn't make the May Wild Brunch because Dottie was weak and nauseated. She still struggles with the aftermath of chemo. We all hope she can rejoin the group at the June breakfast. Bill asked for continued prayers for her. Get your strength back soon, Dottie.

Jim Rusie wrote to say his mom, Ruth Rusie, is doing fine in her assisted living facility in Bloomington. She has been there six months and has adjusted very well. Martinsville celebrated Ruth's lifetime community achievements at a ceremony in April. She was honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash award. No one deserves it more. Jim also took the opportunity to tell us his son, Andy, and family are moving back to the US after years overseas. Jim and Becky are very happy about having them closer.

MARK THE DATE:

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 10, 11:00 to nap time for our 54th reunion activities. Bob and Catherine have once again invited us to share and enjoy their beautiful property for our party. Unless anyone has other ideas, we will use the same format as the past several years. We'll arrive about 11:00, have lunch served about noon, coordinate class photo at 1:00, with visiting before and after those agenda items. Really hope we have a great turnout again this year.

WILD BRUNCH GATHERING:

May saw a goodly number of friends gather to touch souls. Those attending were Marty Akard Short, Bob Etter, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger (she is now retired and looks forward to being a regular attendee), Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Don and Linda Burleigh, Tura Crone Lamar, Curt and Mary Boner, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, John Stewart, Tish Scherer Hartley, and me. Jim Brunnemer, like Bill and Dottie, sent apologies. Jim had a very bad cold and didn't want to share it with “old people.” Isn't he thoughtful!!

The topics were all over the board but I do remember hearing Bob and Catherine celebrated 50 years of marital bliss during May. God bless Catherine. My notes say we also discussed guns, the lack of proper husband training, and Marty's purse. I mistakenly thought by jotting down a word or two I would be reminded of the meat around the words. Sadly, I was mistaken. I'm certain, though, they were scintillating conversations regardless of the contents. Join us on Monday, June 13, 10:30 at Forkey's for a wild time.

MISCELLANEOUS COMMENTS:

Marcia Short Schweitzer wrote to say she was thinking of me. I get worried when she doesn't check in every three months or so, so I was glad to learn she has just been busy. For Mother's Day, her daughter and family took her to Columbus, Ohio, to visit with her son, Scott, and family. She was very happy to spend the special day with both children and grandkids. Marcia was coming home in late May for a reunion with her sister, brother, and cousins. She hasn't seen her brother for two years and cousins for many. You can guess she was very much looking forward to that reunion. Marcia still works three to five shifts a week at a movie theater. Says it keeps her in pocket change and out of trouble. She closed by saying she was looking forward to our September get-together. She sends Happy Spring greetings to all of you. Thanks, Marcia!

Jim Brunnemer wanted me to mention that he received, for the Class of '62, a classy note from Tom Bowman regarding his Hall of Fame recognition. Tom wrote “...the week of March 23, 2016, was one of the most memorable weeks of my life...” The Class of '62 played a role in those sentiments. I know you are all proud we contributed to Tom's thrill and memories.

My off-the-cuff remarks about the loss of Merle Haggard and statement that, except for Willy, he was the last of the oldie-but-goodie Country genre. I was surprised to learn I'm not the only one who enjoys their style and swagger. Terry Fleener wrote to tell me Merle died on his birthday. Jo Nutter Lasiter sent me a link from the Internet (Old Farts & Jackasses) of clips of many of the greats: Buck Owens, Merle, Willy, Porter, Johnny, and several others. I watched all of the clips more than once because I so enjoyed the music. However, a couple of folks reminded me I didn't mention Patsy Cline, Dolly, Reba, etc. How could I, of all people, forget about the female country legends. Karen Wampler also made me aware that legend Kris Kristofferson is still alive (my bad, I thought he had passed). Their accomplishments will never be matched by those who follow. It thrilled me to learn that many in this group have refined tastes to match mine.

I sent Sharon McDaniel Raymond a happy birthday and received a thanks from her. In that note she lamented that, since the death of her mother, she doesn't get back to town as often. She said her time is consumed caring for two adorable grandchildren. However, she still has a brother in town and promised to plan a visit with him during our September reunion. Certainly hope that works out. We would love to spend an afternoon with her.

In a conversation I had with Bill Tutterow's wife, she shared some shocking history on one of our own. She said that Bill and Sharon (yes, our sweet, kind, reserved Christian classmate, Sharon) used to throw gravel and rocks into the water meter cavities so the reader couldn't see the usage. He had to get down on his knees and scrape out the debris in order to properly do his job. Sharon didn't know if law enforcement was ever involved in a resolution to this juvenile delinquent activity. I was incredulous that two such upstanding citizens could stoop to this level of depravity. Can't wait to hear Sharon's rebuttal at the June breakfast.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:

I receive wonderful jokes and sayings from many of you on occasion and try to use all of them eventually. Thanks for sharing. This month I received a thought-provoking story from outside this group which so fit my experiences that I have to share it with you. If you've seen this before, just conclude reading, and we'll talk again on July 1.

Senior Trying to Set Password –

Windows: Please enter your new password

User: cabbage

Windows: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters

User: boiled cabbage

Windows: Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces

User: 50DAMNboiledcabbages

Windows: Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively

User: 50damnBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYou Don'tGiveMeAccessNow!

Windows: Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation

User: ReallyPissedOff50DamnBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDontGiveMeAccessNow

Windows: Sorry, that password is already in use.

I have laughed so hard as I typed my eyes are filled with tears. Haven't you found yourself in this same situation? If not, you probably won't enjoy the outright indignant humor of this scenario.

Love to all for June,

karen

APRIL 2016 UPDATE

 

April has arrived and it must be Spring. The election signs are popping up in literally every yard. Didn't realize we elected so many officials. Besides the election-year signage, we also have tornadic winds and torrential rain. Yes, Spring has Sprung. It's an exhilarating and unsettling feeling all rolled into one emotion. We look forward to warmth and sunshine and also grass and weeds. We also look forward to celebrating April Fool's Day, Earth Day and Passover this month. I'm certain we all hope Summer is as kind to us as was Winter in our area. 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS:

Rick Blunk, Johnie Boles, Jerry Crismore, Tura Crone Lamar, Bob Elliott, Marvin Henderson, Steve Hiatt, Tish Scherer Hartley, and Eddie Underly.

All of your Class of '62 friends wish you a happy and blessed special day this month. Make it count by helping someone in need.

SPECIAL SECTION:

Somewhere in the classmate ranks is a sneaky financial coordinator. All of a sudden I began receiving money in the mail from many of you to help defray the cost of my new computer. I fought mightily against contributions because you all bought my first computer set-up, which was so above and beyond. This time around I felt it was my responsibility to fund my own equipment. However, people are shoving money into my pockets and mailbox so much so that I can no longer refuse it, and I don't want my protestations to be confused with ingratitude. I spent about $700 for upgrades, and the many contributions nearly covered the entire amount. God bless you all for your generosity. What a marvelous group of friends. I have to say, though, that the notes that came with the checks were far more valuable to me than the money. They told me in so many ways you appreciate my contributions to our Class. I love you all for wanting to stay connected after 53 years. (While I love my new Dell computer and keyboard, I hate Windows 10!!)

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATE:

At church two weeks ago I learned through a prayer request that Frank Ennis had been hospitalized twice with pneumonia and bronchitis. I'm so glad that as I write this Update I have a current good report. I got to hug Frank at church this morning and can report he is still warm and smiling. He is having another CT scan in April to make sure infection has cleared, but everything looks bright now. He and his wife, Georgeann, thanked all his Class friends for their concern and prayers.

Dewayne White wrote to tell us he is “doing pretty good.” He has begun working part time to help him work through the devastating loss of his wife, Diana, last year. He promised to stop by some time to catch up. We have several class friends who have lost their soul mates and are struggling to even put one foot in front of the other. Let's keep all of them in our prayers.

Last month I reported Melissa Swisher Thomas was finally enjoying better heart health. Yet, that good report was followed just yesterday with a call from Missy saying she will once again enter the hospital in mid-April. She began to experience dizziness and weakness, which sent her back to the cardiologist. He diagnosed that the top and bottom halves of her heart are out of sync. So, he will stop her heart and then restart it in the hopes of putting it back in sync. Melissa is well aware that this type of medical procedure is “old hat” these days, but she also is mildly terrified because it is her heart. If all goes well, she will be out of the hospital in a day or two and I'll report next month on her progress. Keep Melissa in your thoughts and prayers.

I also know there are many of our group who struggle with issues they don't wish to share with others. Please pray for their speedy road back to emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual wellness.

TOM BOWMAN HALL OF FAME ACTIVITIES:

Tom's induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame occurred on Thurs., March 24. Mayor Kohl made a proclamation and friends gathered to re-acquaint with Tom and friends. It was a joyous occasion. Our Class received the following note from Joyce (Bowman) and Jim Branham regarding our contribution to Tom's special honor:

“On behalf of Tom, Jim and I would like to thank the Class of '62 and Jim Brunnemer for supporting Tom's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. We know Jim put in a lot of time and effort into making this happen. Tom was so honored to be selected for this award. All of Tom's family, which includes four daughters and eleven grandchildren, attended the banquet. I'm sure it is bitter-sweet for Tom that his wife couldn't be there to share this special time with him. He lost her two years ago to cancer. However, this is the first time in many years that all of our families will have the opportunity to get together. Again, please convey our thanks for the Class support. We are honored to be a member of the Class of 1962. Love, Jim and Joyce”

Several classmates wrote me and/or Jim Brunnemer to express appreciation that the Class honored Tom and Eddie Neal—noteworthy Artesians. I still can't report Eddie's banner is displayed, but I have it on good authority it will be hanging very soon along Morgan Street. 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS TIDBITS:

Steve and Diane Hiatt wrote to say they are still in Bonita Springs, FL, and won't return until June. The grapevine tells me they will be permanently settling there very soon. Florida's gain will be our loss.

John and Karen Stewart have also returned. Maybe they will rejoin the Wild Bunch soon. 

Ron and Brenda Asher celebrated their 32nd anniversary in March. Congrats Ashers. Based on his Facebook posts, I'd say Ron's second love is fishing. He has posted photographs with some large catches.

Just efore the publication deadline of this famous news epistle, Karen (Wilson) Brummett wrote with good news—and we always want to publish praise notes. Bud finally got a new right knee for his March 15th birthday—on his third try to accomplish this feat. Both previous appointments last year were foiled by the discovery of blood clots. Thank heavens the surgery went well and was successful. She did ask that we keep them both in our prayers during his rehabilitation. I suspect Karen needs the prayers more than Bud. Thanks for the cheery note, Karen. 

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

We had a great crowd once again. So many have returned home to roost for the summer. Those enjoying the camaraderie were Jim Brunnemer, Bob Elliott, accompanied by his daughter Nikki Helton, Kay Selch (Kim wasn't feeling well enough to accompany Kay and she was missed), Dick and Angie Elmore, Tura Crone Lamar, Bill Fulford and Dottie, Charlie Vogus (Janice, please join Charlie next meeting), Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Bob and Catherine Etter, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, Brent Boner, Tish (Scherer) Hartley, and me.

Don and Linda Burleigh also “sort of attended.” Yes, they are back from the South, BUT they didn't show up. Seems as they entered Forkey's dining room for lunch that day and saw our group filling the center section, they realized they FORGOT. I told them I couldn't let this faux pas slide unmentioned. Shame on the Burleighs.

Conversations are all over the place at these events. With twenty plus folks all talking at once, it is hard to hear all that is said. I did, however, hear Kay Selch tell a story about a time when a trailer caught on fire and Crafty, not knowing if the children were at home, dashed into the burning unit to save any victims. Fortunately, it was devoid of humans and Crafty was not hurt. Then Kay equated Crafty to the Class of '62 Fonzie. Astute analogy, Kay. He certainly was unique.

Come meet us at Forkey's at 10:30 on Monday, April 11. You won't be sorry.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

More of Stony's Truths for Seniors:

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again. I still have cassettes and 8-tracks in the drawer.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of a Word document and it asks me if I want to save any changes made to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. 

I'm still trying to figure out how to save contacts to this darn smart phone, just so I will know not to answer when they call.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay. A couple shots of Jose Cuervo helps a whole lot more.

 

Love to all, karen

 

MARCH 2016 UPDATE

Let me begin by telling you this is not March 1, when the usual update 
should arrive.  Your calendar isn't wrong and you have not lost the last 
week in February.  My beloved computer, which you all generously purchased 
for me back in 2008, has finally given up the ghost.  In spite of my many 
entreaties on its behalf and band aids along the way, it is giving out.  A 
new one is on the way, expected to arrive sometime the first week of March. 
In fear that it will totally crash before then, I'm sending this while it 
has a breath left.  Hopefully, I will have learned my new system by April 
and can get back to my timely monthly news letter.

MARCH BIRTHDAYS:

First off, let's honor our March birthday celebrants.

Karen Arnold Pottorff, Rose Marie Sutton Phillips, and Dewayne White.

Though few in number, they are mighty in deserving of our best wishes for a 
wonderful special day and the best year ever.  Be sure to tell them that.

As we speak of birthdays, thanks to all those who sent me e-mails and cards 
on my special day.  I am grateful for your best wishes.  I also received, 
from a local florist, a beautiful planter from Don Billings on behalf of the 
Class of '62.  Thanks, Don, for such a thoughtful gesture from all our class 
friends.

In a birthday card, Karen Pottorff also included a snail-mail contribution. 
Thanks for that, Karen.  Because folks often voluntarily send contributions, 
our account is solvent through this year.

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATES:

Received a call from Melissa Swisher Thomas.  You will remember that she has 
struggled with heart issues for several years.  However, she reported her 
heart is now the best it has been since 2001 when she started having issues. 
The stints and medication are doing as they should, and I could tell in her 
voice that she truly is enjoying better health.  Only scheduled for yearly 
check-ups.  Way to go, Melissa.

Karen Arnold Pottorff's husbnd, Cam, whom many of you know, is in a rehab 
center following open heart surgery in January.  It has been a trying time 
for both of them, but things were looking up when we talked mid-February. 
As you can imagine, Cam isn't taking well to the confinement of a rehab 
facility.  Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS NEWS:

I didn't hear it from her but from a reliable source--Tura Crone Lamar has 
finally retired.  I hope to talk with her soon to determine what she is 
doing with all her free time.  It is a well-deserved rest.

Received a nice note from Ruth Woolbright Dunigan thanking me for 
remembering her birthday in the February update.  She said her husband, 
Lloyd, prepared her a great supper and cleaned up the kitchen while she 
propped up her feet and watched TV.  She knows she is very spoiled and doesn't 
take that for granted.  They live in Georgia and, although they miss "home," 
they love GA and being around many of their children and grand-children. 
She said she envies the Wild Bunch Buffet gathering and thinks nostalgically 
when she pictures the gathering.  Hopefully, they will get back for another 
reunion very soon.

Linda and Don Burleigh and Bob and Catherine Etter are expected home 
mid-March.  I expect all the Snow Birds to begin flying north very soon.

Curt and Mary Boner celebrated 52 years of marital bliss in February.  They 
became a couple in our senior year.  What an accomplishment.  And they said 
it would never last.  We were very happy to have them back with us at the 
February Wild Bunch.

The Reporter printed a neat feel-good article in a February edition.  It was 
a story of two local graduates--Art Sullivan and Donna Sowders--both of whom 
attended Green Township School in the mid-fifties and later MHS.  Art gave 
Janet a ring in his eighth-grade and her sixth-grade year, but when he was 
shipped to high school, they lost track.  Time flowed by (63 years), both 
married, raised families, lost spouses, and then circled back to reconnect 
at a class reunion.  Donna says they visited Green Township School on a 
date, and Art asked her to "go steady" again, with the same ring she had 
received in grade school.  Warmed my heart and I wish them much happiness.

Now, as I think about our group, I wouldn't suggest this plan.  As Dick 
Elmore pointed out in a recent e-mail, his line is related through family 
lines of many prominent names in the county; i.e., Janet Elmore, Tura Crone, 
Linda Fisher, Steve Koons, Larry Dilley and Tommie Ann Neidigh, to mention a 
few.  I personally have discovered a familial connection to Jim Rusie and 
Don Billings.  Who knows how far this ancestry reaches.  Small world.  Dick 
ended with this comment:  "The days are lengthening, the sun is getting 
warmer, and the mushrooms will come."  Meet you in the woods, Dick.

EDDIE NEAL BANNER:

I received overwhelmingly positive responses on this class funds 
expenditure.  The banner has been finalized and should be displayed soon. 
Before I approached the sign maker, I thought to call Eddie's much younger 
half-brother, Doug Arthur, to confirm their family had no plans to honor 
Eddie thusly.  As it turned out, they were discussing the project.  He asked 
if we minded if the banner could be sponsored by them and our class.  I told 
him we already had the money allocated and would be happy to add them as a 
sponsor.  After several phone calls, he asked that the sponsor be listed as 
follows;  "Eddie's Kids and Class of '62."  He said Eddie's three children 
were overwhelmed that we wanted to do this.  He also said he wished we could 
meet them and them us, because he said they were fine human beings and very 
proud of their dad's legacy.  I hope all of you can see the banner soon. 
The photo we used, furnished by Eddie's half-brothers, is "our Eddie" in 
fatigues in Nam.  He looks so young and vibrant and mischievous.  Makes my 
heart ache.  Doug and Don want to meet some time with any of us who are 
available to toast and commemorate the banner and honor Eddie's memory. 
Perhaps we can invite them to our September reunion.  They are wonderful 
people and would make Eddie very proud.

TOM BOWMAN HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION:

Jim Brunnemer has shepherded this project to fruition.  He will share the 
final product at an upcoming Wild Bunch Buffet and reunion, so you can see 
your class funds at work for a great cause.  Thanks, Jim, for making this 
happen.

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Crowds are swelling with the return of warmer weather.  Those attending in 
February were Bill and Dottie Fulford (she looks and acts great considering 
her continuing chemo treatments), Curt and Mary Boner, Richard and Joyce 
Hamilton, Marty Akard Short (yes, she was there at the correct time for a 
change), Jim Brunnemer, Bob Elliott (glad he could join us after a long 
absence), and me.  Jim shared a mock-up of the Bowman ad.  You will be 
proud.  I apologize to all for my faux pas in the February update by stating 
the wrong date for this group to meet in February.  Thankfully, some caught 
it and called to confirm we were, indeed, meeting on February 8 and not 
March, as I had typed.  I would love to blame my computer issues for this 
problem, but you are smart enough to know that didn't happen.  Join us next 
on Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 at Forkey's.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

Your friendship has planted a little garden in my heart.  My life is full of 
its blossoms now.  (Karen Wampler)

Don't have kids unless you can deal with your heart running around outside 
your body.  (Jim Brunnemer)

Of course I talk to myself--sometimes I need expert advice.
Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage 
to change the things I can, and the friends to post my bail when I finally 
snap.
                                             (Stoney Pearcy)
Love to all, Karen

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE

Welcome to February, friends.  We have much to celebrate this month, such as
Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day, and President's Day.  Here in Indiana it has
been cold, snowy, and gloomy.  I know many of you reading this will chuckle
as you enjoy warmth and sunshine.  However, I ask that you cease sending me
notes to this effect, under the guise of keeping in touch.  I feel the mirth
in your words.  I wouldn't have believed any of my '62 classmates would
stoop to such cruelty.  OK, enough soap box.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS:  (Many of us celebrate this month.  May 1943 was a busy
month for our parents.)

Nancy Alexander Foley, Dwight Arthur, Elizabeth Brummett Peterson, Janet
Brummett
Britton, Jim Brunnemer, Billy Joe Craven, Frankie Ennis, Bobby Etter, Terry
Fleener, Stevie Koons, Karen Lesser Smith (please note that Feb. 15 on the
calendar is, and rightly should be, a national holiday), Kathryn Sue Mason
Hill, Marcia Murphy, Stony Pearcy, Gary Stafford, Judy Wolff, and Ruth
Woolbright Dunigan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE AND ALL.  Kick up lots of dust.  Make our Class proud.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS NEWS:

Jerry and Janice Massey celebrated their 50th anniversary in January.  Quite
an accomplishment.  Congratulations.

Had a great visit with Jim and Joyce Branham in Wally World.  Wish it could
have been longer, but we take what we can get.  Jim looked great.  However,
he said it was the first time he had been in a crowd for some time.  He
usually sits in the car while Joyce runs the errands.  As most of you know,
Jim suffers from extreme anxiety exacerbated by heart problems.  No
medications thus far have been effective in helping him achieve his
youthful, outgoing, Class President self.  God bless both of them as they
struggle with daily stresses.

Kenny Hacker called to wish me a Happy New Year.  It was great to hear from
him and Melinda.  Kenny is doing as well as can be expected with his
Parkinsons.  He and Melinda have custodial custody of three grandchildren,
which keeps them both fit, trim, and mentally sharp.  Can you imagine
raising teenagers at this point in our lives???  God bless you both for your
sacrifices.

Karen Wampler is a very proud great-grandmother.  Karen is great to call
occasionally to say "hi" and let me know she is still upright.  This new
addition will give her lots to keep mind and body busy.

Snail mail received a nice contribution from Elizabeth Brummett Peterson.
She sent it along with a Happy New Year card wishing all of us a great New
Year.  Thank you, Elizabeth.

Bob Elliott suffers from COPD and is down from 210 to 150 lbs. but they 
don't
know why this is happening in spite of many tests.  At least they haven't
found a serious reason this his weight loss.  He said he misses the buffet
with friends and hopes to attend soon.

Bob tells me Mike O'Neal also suffers with COPD and, like Bob, is somewhat
housebound.   They stay in contact.  Bob says Mike's knees cause problems
with mobility.  Maybe both of them can lean on each other and come to a
buffet soon.

Received a nice "thinking-of-you" e-mail from Steve Koons which included
great photos of--guess what--his tractors.  He's preparing for a trip to a
Cubfest in Sneads, FL--poor baby.  He also included some shots of him with
his grandson, Brady, working on those vehicles.  So cute.  Steve looks as
young and fit as ever.  I told him when we are all attending a reunion in
our motorized devices, he would be bounding around caring for our needs.  I
suggested his busy schedule and passion for life are his secrets.  Keep on
keeping on, Steve.

Also received a New Year's call from Don Billings.  He keeps busy working on
genealogy for his family tree, as well as helping me with mine.  Seems we
are somehow related, details to be disclosed later.  Thus far I seem to be
related to Rick Blunk, Jim Rusie, and Don.  I have a feeling if others dug
deep into their family tree, they would discover many of us are
inter-related.  I remember Mary Lynn Wise Wright used to name off all the
classmates she was related to, and I often wondered if all of us were
border-line incestuously connected.

Don Burleigh's wife, Linda, who is an adopted Class of '62 member,
celebrated her birthday in Florida in January.  Her two daughters and close
friend drove through ice all night to surprise her.  They stayed for four
days, and Don bemoaned that it was like having a high school slumber party.
He lost lots of sleep and relaxation.  Linda said she feels like one special
lady.

Bill Fulford's significant other, Dottie, who often attends events with us,
has received news that most of her cancer is cleared up.  Unfortunately,
they found one spot on her lung and one on her liver.  She has started a
different chemo treatment which they pray zaps this problem.  Dottie shares
the same oncologist that Dan Broyer used, and they all believe he is
excellent.  Bill and Dottie thank everyone for keeping them in our prayers.

Received a nice New Years e-mail from Steve McIlwain.  I had inquired of his
"2016 Bucket List" plans for the New Year.  He responded that he wanted at
least one more skiing adventure and then zip lining and will keep us posted.
Even though his diabetes usurps some of his energy these days, he said he is
willing to try almost anything.  I expressed my admiration for his courage
and bravado.  A real test for him would be another trip Home very soon to
hug OLD and less adventuresome friends.  In his note, Steve said it saddened
him to read of our deceased classmates but he always is reminded of a
quotation attributed to Oscar Wilde which keeps him optimistic--"Life is too
important to be taken seriously."  He said many of his friends tell him it
is an "inappropriate" comment to make to those in grief, but Steve said "who
ever said I was normal anyway".  He went on to explain that moments of
sadness and grief should be acknowledged, but he is uplifted by Wilde's
words because it puts life in perspective.  Couldn't agree more, Steve.

Terry Fleener, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Jim Rusie, Steve McIlwain, and Bill
Fulford send their best wishes for the New Year to all Class friends.


TOM BOWMAN HALL OF FAME CONTRIBUTION:

Jim Brunnemer is single-handedly spearheading the solicitation of ads to
honor Tom in the publication distributed at the March HOF ceremony.  What a
great endeavor!  Most of you will remember that Tom graduated MHS in 1959 by
leaving his legacy as a fine human being and sports star, holding the MHS
banner high.  As I reported in the January Update, our Class was considering
the placement of a full-page ad in this booklet sharing our pride with Tom
at his induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  I received
several e-mails indicating support for this project from Class funds in the
amount of $200.  I also solicited input at the Wild Bunch Buffet.  While
that isn't representative of all 126 of us connected, I received NO negative
feedback.  Therefore, Jim and I are moving forward to make this happen.  We
will include our 50th reunion photo and verbiage of appreciation and
congratulation to Tom and acknowledging that two of our classmates (Joyce
and Jim Branham) are family members.  I'll scan our ad and include it in
some future update.  Thanks for your generosity in this worthwhile cause.

SNAIL-MAIL FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING:

As of this writing, snail mail has a balance of $384.  An approximate
monthly cost of snail mail is $35.  That means we have enough funds to
continue the activity until the end of this year.  I'd say we are very
solvent, thanks to generous contributions from class members.  Wish our
government could balance funds as well.  Thank you.


WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Very slim crowd at January buffet, as was expected.  Those attending were
Jim Brunnemer with special guest, Lu, his wife, Brent Boner, Tish Hartley,
Bob and Catherine Etter, Marty Akard Short (yes, she got the time right this
month), and me.  We all enjoyed the time together and snubbed our noses at
those deserting us.  Next buffet will be March 14, 10:30, Forkey's.  I know
there are others still around the 'Ville and hope they will join us, too.

The highlight of the conversation was a story shared by Brent.  Seems when
he was in Green Township elementary, he had some problems with "refrains
from disturbing others."  On one occasion, the teacher left the room and
told the class there was to be total silence until her return.  Brent
apparently didn't listen and began talking.  When the teacher returned, she
asked if all behaved.  What a surprise that Frankie Ennis and Mitsu Cragen
"ratted" (Brent's word) on him, which was followed by appropriate
disciplinary action.  I'd guess this betrayal is still festering within
Brent's breast.  For what it's worth, Brent, I am shocked at the betrayers
and am sorrowful for your pain.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??:

You can blame me totally for this idea.  But, again, it isn't the first time
I've been accused of pushing the envelope (pun intended as you read on).

Local county veterans are sponsoring a show-your-Veteran pride event in
Martinsville.  This program places very tasteful banners of vets, including
a photo, rank, branch of service, and sponsor, on light poles along Main and
Morgan Streets beginning at Garfield
Street and ending, depending upon response, about Hill Dale Cemetery on
Morgan.  The banners will be displayed for a year, with the possibility of
extending for an additional year for a fee.  My family proudly purchased a
banner to honor our father, Major Albert E. Lesser.

While in the shower yesterday morning (I do my best work in the shower), it
occurred to me highly decorated Spec. 4th Class William Edward (Eddie) Neal,
who gave his all at the age of 27 in 1971, should be sponsored by the Class
of '62.  Thus, this insert into the February Update.

Cost to produce and display a banner is $250 yearly.  I have checked with
Home Bank and determined that after the $200 withdrawal for Tom Bowman and
the $250 for Eddie, we would still have $1,650.  Would this be a worthy use
of some of that money?  We have always said it was to be used for
community/school causes.  Please think about this and let me know.  I will
personally handle all details and shepherd his banner to completion.  Bear
in mind that these funds can always be replaced should some dire emergency
withdrawal be necessary.  As I've always said, our Class members are
extremely generous.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:  (more truisms for seniors compliments of Stony)

     You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you
know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of
the day.
     Map Quest and Google Maps really need to begin their directions on #5.
I'm pretty damned sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
     Why do bad decisions always make great stories?
      I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was
younger.

Love to all, karen

 

JANUARY 2016 UPDATE

Welcome to the New Year, dear Old friends.  I sincerely hope your holiday
season was the best ever.  For me personally, the hustle and bustle bothers
me a bit more than it used to, and I'm a little happier when all the
decorations, cooking and shopping are completed.   Best part is being with
family at such a joyous time.  Hope each of you were with family, too.

Before we move on to lighter topics, please take a minute to reflect on our
losses during 2015:  Portia Dalton Samuels, Patsy Lavender Durbin, Linda
Worland Summerlot, and Dan Broyer.  May they each remember the Class of '62
kindly.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Marty Akard Short, Gini Fulford Watts, Judy Hacker Fraker, Kenny Hacker,
Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Frances Hatley Fisher, Diana Hatter Tolley, Connie
Shields Lowry, and John Stewart.

Happy, happy special day.  Make this year your most fun by doing something
out-of-the-ordinary and exhilarating.

CLASSMATE FAMILY DEATH:

Those on snail mail may not know that Rick Blunk lost his brother, Tom
Stanger, during December.  Tom graduated in 1964 and is survived by five
children, his father, Adrian, and five siblings.  Marilyn Dyer Hornberger
and I (along with other classmates) met Rick at the funeral home to pass
along our condolences.  Rick said Tom had been ill for some time and died
from pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia.  Rick's mother, Vivian, has also
passed and his father is 94 years old. Rick's e-mail address is
Richard_blunk@yahoo.com or his address is 4442 Bristol Bend, High Ridge, MO
63049.  Keep Rick and his family in your thoughts as they cope with their
loss.  Not many of us still have parents to grieve.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Marvin Henderson wrote from Florida to wish me a Merry Christmas.
Unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with shingles and was very
uncomfortable at time of writing.  His wife, Deanna, is struggling to keep
her thyroid under control but otherwise is good.  They continue to love
living in Florida, so I guess we won't be getting them back home.  Florida's
gain is our loss.

Gary and Sarah Stafford are back in their Winter Haven home until Spring.
Sarah is a breast cancer survivor and also has a pacemaker.  However, Gary
said she is so vibrant and active that her health condition is giving him
heart problems.  She never gives up.  Gary, on the other hand, is a wimp.
Said his knees are bad and he struggles with mobility.  When I asked if he
was considering surgery, he said, in only Gary's style, "If God had wanted
me to have aluminum knees, they would have been part of the original mold."
He never changes and I always laugh loads when he calls.  Stay healthy,
friends, and stay in touch.

Eddie Kent said he is hanging in and is better than he expected to be after
the life he has led.  Eddie gave up has home and lives in KenMar Apartments
and seems to be very settled and content there with few responsibilities.
He has a walker and gets out regularly to visit with friends.

Carol Dow Teague had breast surgery in early December and just received the
pathology report stating there is no more cancer.  She thanked all of you
for the prayers you sent up for her.  What a wonderful Christmas present for
Carol.

Jim Brunnemer, on top of all his other surgeries following his motorcycle
wreck, also just had cataract surgery.  However, he said it was the best
thing he had ever done and highly recommended anyone who struggled with
sight to have it done.  He commented that colors are very vivid, things
clearer, and that he no longer needs glasses.

Virginia Toon Woodall wrote saying her latest PET scan showed more cancer in
left lung.  BUT, because it is small, they are doing nothing now.  She is
uncomfortable with that diagnosis and will seek another opinion.  Good for
you, Vicky.  She also asked for prayers for her daughter, who is also
suffering with cancer.  Boy, I can't wait until they cure that dreaded
disease.

Prayers and thoughts to all our friends who enter the New Year with health
concerns--those mentioned and those about whom we are unaware.

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Sixteen folks gathered at the December get-together.  Those were Richard and
Joyce Hamilton, Bob and Catherine Etter, Kay and Kim Selch, Mary Frances and
Curt Boner, Don and Linda Burleigh, Charles and Janice Vogus, Richard
Yhoung, Jim Brunnemer, Marty Akard, and me.  Tish Scherer Hartley also
stopped by the table to say hello when she saw our gathering.  Jim Brunnemer
had been to visit Joyce and Jim Branham.  Said Jim is still somewhat
house-bound but he sent is best wishes to all of us.  We will lose several
attendees for the next few months as they become Snow Birds, but those
remaining will uphold the honor of the Class of '62 in their absence.  Next
buffet is 10:30 AM, Forkey's Restaurant, Monday, January 11, 2016.  Please
join us if you can.

I cannot miss the opportunity to poke Marty Akard Short.  She is one of the
folks who said she would benefit if we moved the meeting time from 9:00 to
10:30, to give her more time for travel.  Well, what does Marty do?  She
shows up at the restaurant at 9:00 and had to await our arrival for over an
hour.  Marty isn't the sharpest pin in the cushion.  (Just kidding, Marty.
We love you.)

MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHTS:

Jim Brunnemer has been in contact with me regarding the fact that Tom
Bowman, brother of our beloved classmate, Joyce Bowman Branham, will soon be
inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  I'll bet there isn't one
of you who didn't see Tom make our basketball program look good during his
years at MHS.  Well, they are compiling a book for the occasion and Jim is
looking into a special page honoring Tom.  One way to do this is to sell
"advertising space" in the book.  Bottom line is our Class would pay to put
a message in the booklet to honor Tom.  Jim wondered if our Class might
consider doing that, and I told him I thought that would be well received,
especially since our treasury could afford a small contribution.  Stay tuned
for details.  Once I know more, I will share details with you.

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS:

I want to thank every one of you who sent cards, e-mails, candy, wine,
candles, jewelry, telephone calls, cookies, etc.  I felt very blessed by
Santa.  Almost to a person they each asked that I also share their Christmas
and New Year's best wishes with everyone in this Update.  Here is a list of
those folks:

Austin Gray, Karen Arnold Pottorff, Mary Anderson, Marty Akard Short, Don
and Janet Elmore Donoho (they also sent a contribution to snail-mail
fund--thanks so much!), Sharon Robertson Anderson, Virginia Toon Woodall,
Beverly Parker Smith, Don Billings, and Janet Brummett Britton.  I sure hope
I didn't forget anyone.

Thanks for all the kind words to me regarding our communication network.
That makes it all worthwhile.  However, time spent keeping us together is my
gift of love to the best class that ever graced the hallowed halls of MHS.
I was so lucky to share my youth with this entire group of wonderful people.
Thanks for validating my contribution.

I hope I don't seem presumptuous, but just in case you are already compiling
your 2016 gift list, I would surely love a 2016 fully-loaded,
top-of-the-line F150 Ford truck.  Color at your discretion.  No obligation,
of course.  I merely aim to make your holiday gifting easier.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

Stony sent me a Merry Christmas and happy New Year e-mail with truths for
seniors.  I felt sharing these with this particular group would be a public
service--------
 Sometimes I'll look at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what
time it is.
 Nothing sucks more than that instant during an argument when you realize
you're wrong.  (Or worse yet, when you have a vapor-lock in midst of winning
that argument.)
 There is great need for a computer sarcasm font.
(More exciting truisms next month.)

Luv, karen

DECEMBER 2015 UPDATE

I am sitting down to draft this update at 4:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day after
consuming way too much turkey day food and wine.  Who knows what the fingers
will type based on what the brain feeds them.  If something makes no sense,
consider my drowsy and totally relaxed condition.  Sincerely hope all of you
spent some time this day with family and friends and that you are blessed
with good health and love.  Now we move on to December and the Christmas
holidays.  Let me be the first to wish you a very merry Christmas and the
happiest of New Years.  Also, don't forget that Dec. 7 we honor Pearl Harbor
Day from 1941.  Take a moment to reflect on that auspicious event in terms
of our lives over the past 75 years.  God bless our soldiers past, present,
and future.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

DeeAnn Evans Little, Russell Knapp, Carol Jane Pearcy, and Sue Weddle Myers.

Happy, happy special day to each of you.  Make your birthday something
memorable.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Last month I reported the good news that Becky (Pratt) and Frank Bock had
purchased a winter home in Brooksville, FL, and were excited to begin this
new adventure.  Unfortunately, their first few weeks in the new home didn't
go as planned.  In mid-November Becky fell, hitting her head causing a brain
hematoma.  She was rushed to the hospital where she recuperated for many
days.  It was scary during that time because until she regained full
cognition they wouldn't know how severe or long-lasting the brain damage
would be.  I am thrilled to report she went home a few days ago after a
miraculously (doctors' words) speedy recovery.  It appears Becky will not
suffer any long-term mental issues as soon as all the swelling has subsided.
In case you would like to write Becky, her e-mail address is
obbk41@yahoo.com.  She would be thrilled to learn you are thinking of and
praying for her.  Her strong faith, bright spirit, and loving family and
friends will be her salvation.  God bless, Becky.

Karen Wampler called to report a conversation with Mary Anderson.  It seems
both ladies are doing well, all things considered.  They each share their
home with a lively and cuddly kitten, which helps ward off depression.  As I
reported earlier, Mary is back in her home after a long rehabilitation.  I
was very glad to hear from Karen and happy to receive an update on her and
Mary.  Call again ladies to keep us advised.

Bill Fulford sent a note saying he and Dottie were soaking up the sun of
Cancun for a week before Dottie commits to her eighth chemo treatment.  We
all pray this will eliminate all cancer so that she can put that ordeal
behind her.  God bless you, Dottie.  Hurry back to a Wild Bunch Buffet.

Carol Dow Teague reported she, too, is fighting breast cancer.  (We have way
too much of this scourge in our group.)  It is stage 1 but still requires
surgery before the New Year.  As soon as Carol completed all the pre-surgery
testing, she and Jim joined her brother and his wife for a trip to Branson,
MO.  It had been planned for months and nothing would stop Carol from
enjoying that adventure.  She asked for any and all prayers and promised to
keep me posted of progress so I could pass that good news on to all her
Class of '62 friends.  God bless, Carol.

Some really good news is that a heart problem detected by Sharon Tutterow
Quakenbush's doctors turned out to be nothing serious.  In fact, her doctors
told her to proceed with their winter-in-Florida plans and see him when they
return in the Spring to keep a check on the anomaly.  Thank God it wasn't
anything serious.  I love it when some good news comes our way.  Sharon is a
regular at our Wild Bunch sessions and will be missed during the winter
months, as will all our Snow Bird friends.

Dewayne White's wife, Diana, passed away on Nov. 29 of cancer she had been
battling for over a year.  Even though I knew she was very ill, it is still
a shock to learn of her passing.  God bless Dewayne and his family during
this terrible time of loss.

At last month's Wild Bunch get-together, someone asked me about Jim
Brunnemer.  I said I had no news about him since his July motorcycle
accident but would seek out information.  I came home and sent Jim an e-mail
inquiring of his health.  He wrote that his fractured rib and fibula were
mostly healed.  However, his shoulder separation around the collarbone
produced a protruding bone and drooping shoulder which won't get much
better, although there is little pain at this point.  He was fortunate to
regain almost a normal range of motion in his shoulder.  He ended his
explanation by saying, "long story short--I'm fine."  I think that's a bit
cavalier of him but not unexpected from our Jim.  We sincerely hope to visit
him at a buffet soon.

Charlie Vogus wrote to thank me for my birthday wish last month.  He said to
celebrate, he, his wife, and two grandsons drove his Olds 442 to Brown
County for lunch in Nashville.  They were having a great time until his
wife, Janice, tripped on the sidewalk and fell on her face.  Thankfully, she
was given a clean bill of health after the cuts, abrasions, and bruises
healed.  Great news!

Rick Blunk wrote to say his brother, Tom, who has attended many of our
reunions with Rick, was in Bloomington hospital.  He broke his hip and went
there for surgery but he has since contracted pneumonia.  He also suffers
with heart problems.  Oxygen level is so low they may start a feeding tube.
Rick asked for prayers.  If you wish to send him a good wishes card, mail to
289 S. Lincoln, Martinsville, where he shares a home with his father.

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Jim Rusie wrote with some bitter-sweet news.  He and his brothers moved our
beloved "Class Mom," Ruth Rusie, to Belle Trace assisted living in
Bloomington.  She is now 97 and realizes she shouldn't live alone any
longer.  Jim said he has no doubt that after a month or so, as soon as Ruth
is settled in, she will be running the organization and organizing all sorts
of entertainment for the residents.  If you know Ruth, you will agree with
his synopsis.  Mighty powerful lady.  God gave her the ability to make
others happy, and that gift will be fully realized at Belle Trace.  We pray
she likes her new home and finds lots to fill her heart with happiness.

If you have ever been to my home, you know I collect roosters and chickens
of all shapes, sizes, and kinds.  Well, Diana Tolley knew this and surprised
me one day with a gift to two chickens she had painted in her ceramics
class.  Diana does fantastic work and they are beautiful.  They sit in a
place of honor in our family room and remind me of a dear friend.  During
her visit she mentioned she copes with COPD and asthma.  The steroids bother
her almost as much as the COPD, but said it's a minor price to pay to have
better breath capacity.  She and Chuck will head for Florida after Christmas
for a few weeks.  She has an unfailingly positive attitude and counts her
blessings all the time.  Enjoy warm weather, Diana.

Received a surprise call from Linda Drake Davidson.  Linda has been on our
snail-mail list for years but I hadn't actually spoken to her in 53 years.
She relayed her new address  in Legendary Hills so that she could stay
connected to us.  In our conversation, she shared that she, too, has had
breast cancer, a knee replacement, and also fights diabetes.  In spite of
that, her attitude is bright and she laughs and giggles a lot.  It was great
to talk with her, and I appreciate that she gave me her new contact info.

Also received a note from Janet Brummett Britton.  It's been too long since
she has joined us for a Class event.  However, she said she thinks of her
classmates often and was sorry she missed our 53rd reunion.  Apparently,
something happened to change her plans to attend, but she will try to get to
a Wild Bunch event soon.  She said she enjoys the updates and thanked me for
my efforts to keep us together.  I get those comments a lot, which
encourages me that the updates are enjoyed and appreciated.  Makes my
efforts worthwhile and enjoyable.

Barbara Hicks Richardson sent a lovely note thanking me for her birthday
wish.  She said her special day was filled with family and friends and that
she is, indeed, blessed.  However, no matter when Barb writes, she always
considers herself blessed and exudes the confidence of her faith.  She, too,
shared some appreciative thoughts on her monthly update which made me feel
very special.  Thanks, Barb and Janet, and all the others of you who never
miss a chance to tell me of your appreciation.  I feel, in some small way,
important to your lives.

Don Billings called to say he has purchased a home in town and is coming
home to live.  He is looking forward to being able to join his local friends
in some activities.  His sons live fairly close so they will be available to
assist, when needed.  I told him we would look for his attendance at our
buffet as soon as he gets settled in.  Sure hope Don enjoys this new
adventure.

Last but not least under "Miscellaneous"  is to report on a wonderful visit
I had last month with Kathryn Sue Mason Hill.  She was visiting family from
California and her cousin, Sue Etchison, arranged for the three of us to
meet for breakfast during her stay.  She is delightful and not much
different than she was 53 years ago.  Still smiles a lot and is as gracious
as always.  We picked up right where we left off all those many years ago
with no awkwardness.  We laughed a lot at nothing in particular and each
shared a recap of our lives since we walked the hallowed halls.  It is
wonderful to have found Kathryn and now include her in our fold.  She
promised for more advance notice in the Spring when she comes home so that
we can arrange for more friends to join the party.  Thanks for contacting
me, Kathryn.

WILD BUNCH BUFFET:

Since we meet at 10:30 now, I have to change from "breakfast" to "buffet."
We must be grammatically correct.  November's bunch consisted of Don and
Linda Burleigh, Lila Pruitt White, John Stewart, Kay and Kim, Mary and Curt
Boner, Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Tish Scherer, and me.  We were thrilled
to have some new faces in Lila, John, and Kay.  Hope they will make their
appearance a regular event.  Jim Brunnemer tells me he will join us on
December 14 at Forkeys.  This may be our last large-crowd hoorah since so
many folks are leaving town after Christmas.  It won't be the same without
them.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:

Jim Brunnemer shared this monthly thought with me a long time ago and I
would like to share some of it in each month's update.  Thanks, Jim.

"September 1961--When we, as eager teenagers, returned to begin our final
year at MHS together, here is what the world offered:

John Kennedy was in his ninth month as our president.  Barely two years
would pass before the young and dynamic leader would be cut down.

The Cuban missile crisis, which brought us to the brink of a 3rd world war,
was still a year away.

The US advisers were in a small inconsequential country called Vietnam, and
in a matter of months we all knew about Nam and the war that took lives of
thousands of young Americans, including Eddie Neal.

Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Ed Sullivan Show were among our TV favorites,
far behind Huckleberry Hound, of course."

More of this walk down memory lane next month.  This is truly relevant
history for all of us.

Love, karen

November 2015 Update

 

Happy November to all you pilgrims.  It's the month when many of our Snow
Birds head south.  It's also the month when we celebrate the end of Daylight
Saving Time, Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and most importantly, Veterans
Day.  The older I get, the more I understand that Freedom isn't Free.  God
bless our past, present, and future Veterans.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Mark Cohen, Jim Ham, Jack Hammack, Barbara Hicks Richardson, Larry Martin,
John Russell, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Charlie Vogus, Richard Walters, and
Danny St. John.
HAPPY, HAPPY SPECIAL DAY TO EACH OF YOU THIS MONTH.  May it be the best day
and year ever.

LOST CLASS FRIEND:

For those on snail-mail, we sadly lost one of our biggest supporters
mid-November.  Danny Broyer passed at home on the 15th surrounded by his
children.  He joined our other 61 classmates in the heavenly MHS cheering
section.  When Dan had good days, he stopped in to chat and was so
enthusiastic about MHS--past, present and future.  He always said he was
improving and would soon be well.  That's why his passing shocked me.  His
daughter, Deb, told me he didn't want anyone to know his health status
because he didn't want to worry his friends. You may remember he lost the
love his life, Marti, in 2011 after 43 years of marriage.  He was buried
beside her in Nebo Memorial Park.  His children told me he couldn't wait to
join Marti and that now he was happy.  Their marriage greeted two sons and a
daughter and five grandchildren, which were the joy of his life.  Dan was
still serving as Jackson Township Trustee at the time of his death.  Besides
his children, Dan is survived by two brothers, Jack and George, and a
sister, Karen Hayden.  Our Class floral arrangement sat proudly at the head
of his casket.  God bless Dan's family as they face life without both
parents.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Received a much anticipated call from Mary Anderson stating she was finally
home after months in the hospital/rehab.  She has been a true trooper in her
struggle to once again walk.  Upon returning home, she wrote to say the boot
should be removed soon.  She also relayed that a rescued Siamese kitty now
shared her life.  Being an animal lover, especially the rescued kind, I know
how much joy her new housemate will bring.  Thanks so much, Mary, for
keeping us informed of your progress.  Maybe soon you can join a Wild Bunch
Breakfast.

Received a note from Beverly Sheeks about Glenn.  She apologized they don't
stay in touch more, but said there never seems anything positive to report.
Glenn, doesn't want friends to worry about him.  She did tell us he now
struggles with an aortic valve problem which cannot be repaired at this time
due to his numerous other health issues.  She said it wasn't the kind of
retirement they had planned or expected but said they weren't complaining.
She said they vowed 53 years ago that it was a journey for better or for
worse and they meant it.  Thanks, Bev, for sharing Glenn's situation with us
and bless you both in your daily struggles.

On July 31, Kay Selch was taken to St. Francis with cellulitis (not
gangrene, as I erroneously report last month), which is an inflammatory
infectious disease.  As many of you know, Kay suffers with diabetes, which
complicates everything.  He has a three-inch hole in his right leg which
just doesn't want to heal.  He was in the hospital for 20 days, went to
rehab for 20 days, came home for a week, went back to hospital for a week
and then another week of rehab.  He finally came home on October 3.  As you
can tell, the last two months have not been good for Kay.  He hopes another
month or two will make a huge improvement in his lifestyle.  Keep fighting,
Kay, and share good news with us soon.

Was talking with Mike O'Neal's significant other, Sue, during the FFF.  She
gave me happy news about Mike.  He has lost lots of weight, which has
relieved some breathing issues for him and given him more energy to cope.
She said he gets out more now and is enjoying a better quality of life.
Maybe they too can soon join a Wild Bunch Breakfast for some personal
contact.  Keep on keeping on, Mike.

OCTOBER WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this auspicious event, so Mary Frances
Boner sent me the information to include in this update.  Those attending
were Curt and Mary Boner, Brent Boner, Bob and Catherine Etter, Jim and
Carol (Dow) Teague (they had just returned from vacation), Austin and Chyrel
Gray, and Dick and Angie Elmore (who were heading for beautiful Brown County
for the day).  Mary said the new format for the breakfast seemed well
accepted by the group.  If you remember, we now meet the second Monday of
each month at 10:30AM at Forkey's.  This gives a bit more time for old
people to rise and shine.  I know regulars Don and Linda Burleigh were in
Florida and Joyce and Richard Hamilton had an appointment.  Maybe we will
have a full house on November 9.  Join us if you can.

CLASSMATE TRAVEL:

Talked with Becky (Pratt) and Frank Bock at the Fall Festival.  They are
preparing to leave for Florida (somewhere around Tampa) in early November.
They have purchased property and plan to spend six months every year in
warmth and sunshine.  They both beamed as they discussed their winter plans.
Good travel, folks.

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS:

I always say that nothing can surprise me at this point in life.  But this
month I did get a surprise--a call from Sam Lasiter with an e-mail address
and request to be included in our class information chain.  His contact is
salasiter@hotmail.com.  Welcome, Sam!

MISCELLANEOUS INFO:

Received an e-mail from Danny St. John.  He said, "Thank you and the rest of
the class for inviting me and accepting me at the reunion.  I was very
nervous as I had not seen or talked with anyone since I was 16.  Everyone
made me feel welcome."  He went on to say that after the reunion, some of
his amnesia subsided and his memory brought folks into better focus.  He
said there are many things over the years he wishes he had done differently,
and at the top of the list is staying in touch with his old school friends
after moving.  He noted that as we get older, family and friends become more
important.  Right on, Danny.  We all hope you will no longer be a stranger
and that we can share more time together.

Four classmates joined me at the Fall Foliage Festival Parade.  Linda Gibbs
Gehring, Lila Pruett White, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, and Karen Arnold
Pottorff kicked back for the festivities, although I must confess the four
of us talked more than we watched.  So much to catch up on and so little
time.  The Bigg Country Band was set up two doors down which allowed us to
drink even more beverage after the Parade.  Thanks, ladies, for making my
parade day especially enjoyable.

Received a telephone call from David Chandler.  He says he is still doing
construction and maintenance work around town and has no desire to retire.
David tells me in sorting through old boxes he discovered an old Reporter
which he wondered if I wanted for the Class archives.  Remember when the
paper used to picture every MHS senior graduate with a short summary of
their high school accomplishments?  Well, he has the one for the illustrious
class of '62.  David will get it to me some time to share when we are all
together.  Good thing each photo will be identified by a name!  Thanks,
David, for salvaging that slice of time for us 53 years later.

FINANCIAL UPDATE:

I sent Jane Thompson a check for $247 to pay for three more years of website
privileges and additional space and $38 for use of our domain name.  Judy
Fraker Ford, our treasurer, withdraw $54 for Danny's memorial basket.  These
funds came from the class account.  That leaves a balance of $2,100 in the
account.  That is more than adequate to cover class expenses, since our
reunions pay for themselves.

I spent $37 on postage for the reunion photo booklet albums.  That leaves a
balance in the snail-mail account of about $320, which is more than enough
to cover several months of snail mail.  Once again, thanks to all of you for
your generosity in keeping these accounts financially sound.

Even though not one person has ever asked Judy Fraker Ford or me (both
signatories on the class account) for an accounting, we want to keep you
advised of how we handle your funds.  Here is that explanation:

We have always had a savings account at Home Bank and are required to pay
for cashier's checks ($5) when paying bills.  To eliminate the $5 check
charge, we would withdraw cash and then pay with our personal checks.  That
works but it means more paperwork for us to substantiate the
withdrawals/payments from our personal accounts.

We are considering opening a new free personal checking account and
transferring the savings account into that.  We certainly don't earn much
interest.  It would mean we could write checks ourselves to pay whatever
bills are accumulated at no charge, which eliminates going to the bank and
arguing with them about the $5 check charge (we never win that argument).
The down side to this arrangement is that we have to open it in our
individual names and not "class of 1962," which denotes a business account
and not personal checking.  Unless there are any objections, Judy and I will
look further into this change and make a decision for the class.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

Karen Wilson Brummett sent me the cutest e-mail, and I think it qualifies as
a thought for this month.  It says, "it's not just us getting old, it is
happening to everyone."  Consider these important folks in our lives who are
aging along with us:

Tom and Jerry    Born 1940   75 years old
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote Born 1949   66 years old
Goofy     Born 1932   83 years old
Donald Duck    Born 1934   81 years old
Tweety & Sylvester   Born 1942   73 years old
Bugs & Lola Bunny   Born 1938   77 years old
Daisy Duck    Born 1940   75 years old
Porky Pig    Born1935   80 years old
And, last but not least,
Mickey & Minnie Mouse  Born 1928   87 years old

Now, don't you feel better.  If they're still going strong and making folks
laugh and feel good, we are in great company and still have loads to share
to make others happy.

Until December (can't believe I'm typing that),        Luv, karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2015 UPDATE

Let me be the first to wish you happy Columbus Day and Halloween.  Fall is

here!  Here locally we also celebrate the Morgan County Fall Foliage
Festival--Oct. 9-11--culminating in a parade on Sunday, the 11th.  Since I
live on the parade route, I always have an open house pitch-in at my home.
All of you are invited and would be welcomed with open arms.  You might
bring your chairs (and blankets, if appropriate) and drinks and a covered
dish.  There will be lots of food, friendship, frivolity, and fellowship for
all.  Come to 740 E. Washington Street for a day of fun.

So this Update won't be too unwieldy, let's get right to friends' October
birthdays.  This month we celebrate the special day for the following:

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:

Jim Barrick, Lorraine Dunn Richardson, Richard Hamilton, Beverly Parker
Smith, Becky Pratt Bock, Glenn Sheeks, and Patricia Sunderman Haskett.

A very wonderful birthday wish to each of you from your Class friends.

CLASSMATE FAMILY LOST LOVED ONES:

On Sept. 12, as we celebrated our 53rd mini-event, I couldn't quit thinking
of one of our own who was spending that day in sorrow.  Our class friend,
Becky Pratt Bock, and her siblings (David, Betty, Vivian, Donna, and Patty)
were mourning the loss of their youngest brother, Philip Pratt, 62, a
graduate of the 1971 Class of MHS.  In fact, I've thought of the Pratt
family almost daily since Phil's death from a motorcycle accident on
September 3.  In that accident, his wife Linda was severely injured and has
many months of rehab facing her.  Please keep the Pratt family in your
thoughts and prayers.  You can send Becky a thinking-of-you note at
obbk41@yahoo.com.  May God bring you brighter days soon, Becky.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Mary Anderson continues to improve at Wellsprings Rehab facility.  She has
been wonderful to call and keep me posted on her situation.  The last
message I received a couple of weeks ago indicated she was hoping to go home
in early October.  I certainly hope the November Update relays that she is
home and in great shape.  Great job, Mary, working through this adversity.

I received info that Camden Hacker is back in a rehab.  Bless Rufus Simpson
for providing me a phone number for Cam's daughter, whom I called to inquire
of Cam.  She confirmed he has had a couple of TIAs in the last few months
which have impeded his mobility.  On top of that, he is diabetic and suffers
maladies associated with that disease, including being totally blind.  Lynn
told me he hopes to be released to home in early October.  She and her
sister, Lisa, care for Cam.  Lynn gave me her e-mail address so I could
continue to stay connected with Cam.  They read all his mail to him.  God
bless Cam in his many health struggles.

Don Burleigh tells me that Kay Selch has been struggling with his diabetes
and the ramifications of that awful disease.  Kay developed gangrene in a
leg and it took a while for the antibiotics to kick in.  Kay was in the
hospital for some time.  That's all I can glean from the grapevine.  Kay,
when you read this, please send me an e-mail or call me or Don to bring your
Class friends current.  Keep up the good fight.  I hope Kim is taking good
care of you, as you are her.  Love you both.

CLASSMATE FAMILY HEALTH UPDATES:

Received a note from Johnie Boles.  He had somewhat abruptly dropped out of
our earshot of late and folks were really wondering why.  Johnie tells us he
and ChiChi went to Oregon in July for a family wedding.  ChiChi developed a
UTI, among other things, and spent several days in the hospital.  Johnie
said they had hoped to attend the reunion, but it was not to be.  Johnie and
ChiChi, please hurry back to the Wild Bunch Breakfasts as soon as possible.
You are missed.  Get well very soon, ChiChi.

CLASSMATE DISTRIBUTION LIST PURGING:

Unfortunately, we seem to have lost three Class friends from our
communication chain.  I never heard from Judy Tapp Sidebottom, Mark
Dillender, and Dewayne White.  If they read this and wish to be reinstated
to our group, I hope they will send me proper info to:  Karen Smith, 740 E.
Washington St., Mart. 46151, klssas740@att.net765 315 0397.  Hearing
nothing, they will be dropped from e-mail.

In connection with this purging project, I did receive some nice notes from
several out-of-town friends, stating they wished to be closer to home so
they could hug friends.  It is always great to hear that our contacts among
each other bring smiles to cheeks and warmth to hearts.  Thanks to everyone
who never fails to thank me for keeping our past close to our presdent.
That ignites me to do even better at adding a small amount of value to our
lives.

NEW FOUND CLASS FRIEND:

Happily, we gained a new e-mail contact during September.  Dan St. John
fortuitously ran across the Class of '62 Website and from that contacted
Steve Koons.  (Turns out they are cousins.  But then, who isn't Steve's
relative!)  Seems Steve was in Dan's wedding in 1966 and then life got in
the way of their contacts.  When he told Dan about our Class communication
chain, Dan wrote me and asked to be added.

He and I exchanged info over e-mail.  I apologized that I didn't remember
him UNTIL I went to our junior year annual and looked at his photo.  That
brought him into focus for me.  When I apologized for not remembering him,
he graciously got me off the hook by saying:

"I'm not surprised you don't remember me.  I was never part of the popular
crowd and was quiet and shy and blended into the background (still me).
Since I went to Green Township school grades 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8, I knew
everyone from there, like Brent and Curt Boner, Rufus Simpson, Frank Ennis,
Nick Zoller, Cora Capshaw, Karen Arnold, Judy Garrett, Don Cragen, Bobbie
Barger, Ronnie Rhude, Joe Plummer, etc.  Then I went to school at Brooklyn,
my 4th and 5th grades.  The teacher would read to the class from Black
Beauty books and Jenny Northerner would draw horse pictures while she read
and then the teacher would share them with the class.  During our freshman
year, when I came with the Green Township group to MHS, I ran with VocAg
kids"  He also remembered Bob Etter and Stony (who could forget either) and
Stony is also a distant cousin.  This is taxing my memory, so I will move
along."

He tells me his family moved from Martinsville mid-junior year to Fillmore,
IN.  He married Sue and they will celebrate 50 years next June.  They have 2
sons, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  Dan retired from the
corporate world (computer technology) and now enjoys his free time
publishing books for his wife.

Everyone was thrilled that Dan joined our 53rd reunion festivities.  We all
enjoyed getting re-acquainted with all attendees, especially our newest
addition Dan.  If you would like to contact him, send e-mail to
saint381@gmail.com or write him at 5379 Carnoustie Circle, Avon, IN, 46123.
Once again, Dan, from all of your classmates, welcome back to your MHS
foundations.  Fillmore can't have a thing over us and MHS.

SEPTEMBER WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

Nice group this month.  Those attending were Bill Fulford and Dottie
Stapleton, Don Burleigh and Linda, Mary and Curt Boner, Sharon Quakenbush,
Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Rick Blunk and Marsha, Sonnie Myers Gano, Marty
Akard Short and me.  Everyone of those had attended the 53rd reunion and
enjoyed continuing the fun on this day.

At the close of this gathering, folks were sitting around chatting and a few
said they knew of other out-of-town classmates who might attend if we held
our breakfasts a bit later in the day to allow travel time for those old
people who can't rise early.  So, it was decided we would try a new format
for a while to see how it works.  We can always go back to the 9:00 start
time if this doesn't fit schedules.  Therefore, beginning with the October
12th breakfast, we will meet at Forkeys at 10:30 rather than 9:00.  This way
we can have either breakfast or lunch.  Reservations have been made with
Forkeys for the second Monday of October, November, and December beginning
at 10:30.  We hope more of us will be able to enjoy this monthly group hug.


53RD MINI-REUNION INFO:

The reunion event began on Friday evening, Sept. 11, when about twenty
classmates held an impromptu dinner together at the American Legion,
organized by Stony.  It was just a way to jump-start the weekend.  Very
sorry more couldn't be with us.  I'll bet this first annual Friday kickoff
will become an annual event.  Next year I'll try to publicize the info in
advance,

For snail-mail folks, I am enclosing a copy of the article which appeared in
the Martinsville Reporter on Friday, September 25.  I'm also attaching this
article for e-mail recipients.  This will let you know who attended and a
few basics of the event.  There was a very good photo along with this
article in the Reporter if you care to get a copy from the newspaper's
office.  Many attendees ordered an album from Connie Etter during the
reunion so they could have the group photo (shown in the paper) as well as
many impromptu shots of the crowd during the afternoon.  (For e-mail
recipients, I have attached a jpg photo of the class.  Beautiful group.)

The reunion was well attended by 36 classmates and 18 guests.  Those coming
the farthest were Marvin Henderson (Ocala, FL), Stony Pearcy (Piney Flats,
TN), Steve Koons (Lebanon, TN), and Rick Blunk (High Ridge, MO), as well as
many from Indiana sites outside Martinsville.  Truly, everyone very much
enjoyed being together on a beautiful Fall day at Bob and Catherine's
gorgeous facility and walking down memory lane.  Just wish there had been
more time to visit.  Too much to say in too little time.

Here is a financial accounting of funds for this event:

Collected  $880; spent so far $625; expense to mail albums to purchasers
estimated to be about $50.  That means I will be depositing into our snail
mail account about $200.  While I did build in a bit extra this year for
tickets, a good chunk of that $200 came from those who sent more than they
owed for tickets.  Thanks to those excess payments our mail account should
be liquid through mid-2016.  Of course, if anyone wants specifics about use
of funds, I will gladly provide a full accounting.

MHS KEYSTONE MOVING FROM MY FRONT PORCH:

As you may remember, our class friend Dan Broyer, who grudgingly
participated in the destruction of MHS (boo-hiss!), generously brought me a
Keystone from our beloved high school and it sits proudly on my front porch.
I have had the pleasure of its company now for over a year.  Well, at the
reunion, I noticed all the memorabilia  Bob has incorporated into his
lifestyle from that same institution, including but not limited to the
bricks which built his house, lighting, wood, etc.  Bob tactfully hinted the
Keystone would fit in nicely with those other beloved items.  I knew
immediately he was right.  He has the perfect home for this wonderful piece
of history.  Therefore, Bob and his sons will soon retrieve the Keystone and
place it an honorable spot at his home.  If he respects it as much as I do
(and I'm sure he will), it will be very happy there for many years to come.

Until November, love to all, karen

 
 
 
 
September 2015 Update
 
I remember stating that there would be no September Update.  However, it is
my prerogative as a woman and Class recorder to change my mind.  There is
some important reunion information to share before September 12, and this
Update is the best way to communicate with all of you.  But first, let's
celebrate our September birthday honorees:

CLASS SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:
Ron Asher, Joyce Bowman Branham, Brent Boner, Carol Dow Teague, Janet Elmore
Donoho, Joyce Favour Greenwalt, Judy Garrett Knose, Austin Gray, Marvin
Grimes, Jerry Massey, Steve McIlwain, Joe Nutter Lasiter, Mike O'Neal, Bob
Riffel, Chuck Ritter, Virginia Toon Woodall, Karen Wampler, and Nick Zoller.

A special wish this month to each of you.  Make it a very special occasion
and celebrate life to its fullest.  HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

CLASSMATE DEATH:
Those of you on snail mail may not know that we lost from our group Linda
Worland Summerlot during August.  Linda had suffered through three strokes,
the last one so severe she did not survive.  Her husband, Ron, called a few
days after the funeral and tearfully told me how astonished and grateful he
and his children were at the outpouring of support from Linda's Class of '62
friends.  I don't know who all called at the funeral home/funeral, but you
know who you are.  Ron specifically asked me to share his appreciation to
all those who personally came to see Linda one last time or expressed
condolences in any way.  He also mentioned our memorial bouquet, which sat
under a photo of Linda taken around graduation.  We never know when our
small acts of humanness will make another's walk easier.  I told him how
proud I was to be part of this unique MHS Class.  God bless Linda and her
family who must now walk without her at their sides.

CLASSMATE EXTENDED FAMILY LOSS:
Sadly, Steve Hiatt lost his 95-year-old mother, Treva, during August.  Many
of you will remember Treva and Lloyd, who were active in educational
pursuits in Martinsville.  So very sorry for your loss, Steve.

Shirley Littell Ferrand lost her brother, Warren, during August.  Warren
graduated with the class of 1961, and I'm certain many of you remember his
huge smile and soft mannerisms.  So very sorry for your loss, too, Shirley.

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS:
As a result of our bi-yearly distribution list purge I discovered Sharon
Robertson Anderson's new contact address is:  shar44don3846@yahoo.com.  She
wrote to say she is doing better after being hospitalized with a bacterial
infection and then pneumonia.  Both she and Don have struggled with health
issues lately.  It was great to learn both of them are so much better.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:
Last month I reported on Dick Cramer's health issues and reported he was
mending and on the good road.  Then, this month, his sister-in-law, Sonnie
Myers Gano, told me he was back in the hospital with further heart issues.
Thankfully, before sending this note, she confirmed and I can report he now
has a pacemaker which has greatly improved his well-being.  She commented on
how much more color he has now and that for the first time in many years he
doesn't live with heart flutters.  Great job, Richard.  Just get well enough
to let us visit at the reunion.  It's been way too long since that has been
possible.

Lorraine Dunn Richardson had a heart cath.  She was having anxiety attacks,
among other problems, and they determined it was because of the heart.  Do
so hope this allows Lorraine to once again be her exuberant, positive self.
On top of her problems, Keith has also been sick, but he, too, seems to be
improving.

Mary Anderson is still in a rehab facility but has her sights set on once
again being independent in her own home.  If anyone can accomplish that, it
is Mary.  If you wish to call Mary, her room number is 317-600-3932.  She is
working very hard to regain mobility.  I know we all wish her success in her
efforts to rejoin our activities.

I know there are many more of us who struggle daily with health concerns
about whom I have no information.  Let's just each of us pray for all of us
that we will be healthy and independent and still connected and going strong
for twenty more years.

CLASS PURGING UPDATE:
As of this writing, we may have lost four of our group from our
communication chain.  In spite of two e-mails and a personal letter, I have
not received any confirmation of connection from these four folks:  Judy
Tapp Sidebottom, Mark Dillender, Dewayne White, and Cam Hacker.  I certainly
don't want to lose their connection and can only hope they will contact me
in the future to be re-connected with us.  They can call me at 765 315 0397,
use e-mail at klssas740@att.net, or mail contact info to 740 E. Washington
St., Mart., 46151.  I look forward to getting them back and perhaps even
finding missing Class friends in the coming months.  There is strength in
numbers and we need as many of us as possible caring for each other.

AUGUST WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:
Small group in August--Linda and Don Burleigh, Curt and Mary Boner, Bill
Fulford and Dottie Singleton, Bob and Catherine Etter, and me.  Diana Hatter
Tolley also stopped by the table, just as we were adjourning, to say hello.
The next breakfast will be Monday, Sept. 14, 9:00 at Forkeys.  That is the
Monday after our reunion on the 12th, and I'm hoping we will have a big
group to close out the reunion activities.  Be there or be square!

CLASS 53RD REUNION WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
I'm continuing to receive checks and/or calls saying the checks are in the
mail.  So far, about 40 people are expected to join together at Bob Etter's
home at 5009 Morgantown Road beginning at 11:00 on September 12 to renew old
friendships.  I laughed when I received Dick Elmore's check along with a
note saying, "Angie and I are looking forward to sharing aches and pains
with other elderly people."  Speak for yourself, Dick.  I am thrilled to
report that Marvin and Deanna Henderson are visiting from Florida to join
us.  That was wonderful news to receive.  We haven't seen them since they
deserted us for a full-time living arrangement in FL several years ago.

For those who might need directions to Bob's wonderful facility, go about
one mile from the 37 bypass east on St. Rd. 252 and veer left onto
Morgantown Road.  Take that road almost three miles until you see St. John
Road to the left.  Bob's driveway is directly across from that road.  At the
end of Bob's lane, you will see the shelter house on a hill off to the
right.  Park behind the shelter house for easy access.  Call my cell at 765
341 4116 should you get lost.  Don't want you wasting time wandering around
the country trying to find us.

If you haven't yet registered, the price is $15 per person for a wonderful
home-cooked meal.  Mail or bring to 740 E. Washington St., Mart. 46151.
Looking forward to receiving several more registrations before the deadline
of September 7.  Lunch will be served about Noon.  Class photo will be taken
around 1:00.  If you are interested in purchasing a photo album of the day's
events, bring about $25, which includes postage to mail to you upon
completion.

Don Burleigh and Stony Pearcy are arranging a golf outing at the
Martinsville Country Club Friday morning, Sept. 11, between 8:00 and 9:00,
and would love to have as many interested golfers as possible join them.
Stony said he caught so much grief last year from Marty Akard Short about
not inviting women to join the festivities (which he adamantly denied) that
he wanted me to specifically invite all female classmates to join in.  Of
course, non-Class spouses or significant others are certainly included in
this and all other Class activities.  If you can play with the group, TEXT
Don at 317 502 0937.

ALSO, as those on e-mail know, we are also arranging a casual dinner for any
interested Class member on Friday evening, September 11, 6:00 at the
American Legion, 701 East Morgan St.  Thus far, about 18 people have
responded favorably to attending this event.  I have reserved several tables
in close proximity so that we can combine friendship, food, frivolity, and
libations in a raucous celebration of our reunion weekend.  If you can join
us, please contact me in any of the modes of communication I mentioned
earlier so that I can alert the Legion to an approximate head count.  Hope
many of us can use this opportunity for further visiting during the
too-short weekend.

Sure hope I have covered all the important facts for September.  Really
looking forward to personal visits with many of us at one or all of the
planned events.  I encourage all to join us if possible.  Feel free to
contact me for any information.

Love to all.                       karen
 
August 2015 Update
 
Can you believe the kiddies are returning to school, county fairs are
bustling, and the summer is ebbing?!  We all know what that portends.
Depresses me already.  I must drink more wine and cheer up.   This month of
August brings no national holidays but two momentous occasions--Morgan
County Fair and first COLTS game.  I have my Colts blue shirt and nail
polish to match and am ready for another season of the greatest team in the
NFL.  Well, I have lots of news this month so I best move forward quickly.

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:

Mary Anderson, Ralph Berry, Don Burleigh, David Chandler, Richard Cramer,
Judy Fraker Ford, Linda Gibbs Gehring, Henry Gray, Virginia Haviland
Hamblen, John Jones, Ellen Miller Little, Sonnie Myers Gano, Kay Selch, and
Karen Wilson Brummett.

Happy belated birthday also to Sharon Robertson Anderson.  I tried to think
of a good excuse for why I neglected to report that in the July update but
came up with nothing.  First mistake I ever made.  So sorry, Sharon, you are
getting this wish late but it is nonetheless sincere.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH OF YOU ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

CLASS FAMILY INFO:

Karen Wampler lost her brother, 91 years of age, during July.  He lived
out-of-state, so there were no local calling.  Very sorry for yet another
sibling loss, Karen.

John Jones' mother, Velma Jones, celebrated her 90th birthday in July with
fanfare from family and friends.  Her children honored her for this
auspicious occasion with an open house and pitch-in.  John is one of the few
of us who can still honor a living parent.  Glad for him.

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATES:

Ran into Joyce Bowman Branham at Walmart a week ago and inquired of the
health of her and Jim.  She looks younger every6 time I see her.
Unfortunately, Jim is not responding to any medications to aid his phobia of
being out of his known environment or being with people.  Joyce says they
both talk of their class friends often and appreciate the updates, even
though they can't take part in any of the activities.  We can all pray that
medicine will find something to aid Jim in returning to our super athlete,
class president, and ever-present friend.  God bless you both.

Lorraine Dunn Richardson dropped by for a chat last month.  She and Keith
have been under the weather.  She actually was diagnosed with whopping
cough.  I wasn't aware that malady was still around.  I had it as an infant
and was told it's a dangerous ailment.  She did look great and said all is
now well.  Unfortunately, Keith's heart problems still plague him and he
severely cut some fingers on a table saw.  Was in hospital to stench
bleeding because he takes Cumoudin.  She did say he is now better on both
counts.

Received a note from Sharon Robertson Anderson sharing that she has also
been in the hospital.  She was diagnosed with a bacterial lung infection.
After medication she got worse.  Doctor changed meds but she is scared
because her lungs "do not look good" and she may be facing hospitalization.
She asked for our prayers that they will heal.  You've got those, Sharon.
Please send  an update soon that I can share with all your class friends.

Mary Anderson remains at Wellbrooke in Avon rehabbing from foot and leg
surgery.  She suffered some serious breaks which left her with no
weight-bearing ability.  However, she thinks a return to home might be just
over the hill.  I hope she is there by the Sept. Update.  We will miss you
at our reunion, Mary.

(Kenny Hacker and Irene Cure Conte medical updates are below)

CLASSMATE MISCELLANEOUS:

This is somewhat a medical update and also a miscellaneous tidbit.  Received
a note from our class published author, Jim Brunnemer.  It seems Jim set out
on July 11 for his annual solo Goldwing bike trip.  This year he headed for
the northeast and toured Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota,
Montana, Idaho, headed for his destination, the Wallawa Valley in Oregon.
Jim loves the Rockies of Montana and the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho.  He
said neither words nor photos can do them justice.  Jim promised his wife,
Lu, before leaving that this would be his last motorcycle adventure.  At 70
he is less confident in his ability to handle the 850-lb Goldwing cruiser.
He planned to pass it to his sons to enjoy upon his return.  As bad luck
would have it, on July 17, as he neared his hotel in Wallawa Valley, OR, pea
gravel (which he describes as small ball bearings) threw him and the bike.
He made it to an ER where they diagnosed a fractured rib, severely bruised
shoulder, and a fracture of the fibula at the ankle joint.  He was forced to
sell his bike in Oregon and catch a flight for home, since he could no
longer ride the cycle, and arrived home on July 19.  Jim is philosophical
about his misadventure and is thrilled he will one day be good as new
without the necessity of surgery.  He says he will always cherish the
memories he made on the Goldwing.  Maybe another book is lurking in the back
of his mind.  We are proud of you, Adventurer Jim.

Received a much appreciated and enjoyed note from Bob Ely Brown.  I had
wished him a happy birthday in June and he responded with a note.  Don't
hear much from Bob but am always glad to learn that he is still attached and
enjoys our class news.  He just recently retired after working 59 years and
said, "I am doing fine and really embracing this thing they call
'retirement.'"  He said if he ever gets to town to visit his brother,
Richard, he would call for a cup of coffee.  I threatened him that if I ever
learned he was this close and didn't at least call that I would hunt him
down and break golfing arm.  It's been 53 years since hearing his contagious
laugh and seeing those twinkling (mischievous) eyes.  Thanks for the note,
Bob.

FOR SNAIL-MAIL ONLY:

On the last day of June, prior to mailing the July e-mail update but after
mailing your letters, I received a call from Sonnie Myers Gano.  I shared
this info in the July update but want to now share it with you
snail-mailers.

Sonnie and her husband, Walter, and another of our classmates, Rose Sutton
Phillips, and her husband shared a cruise in May from LA along the West
coast toward Vancouver for Sonnie's 52nd anniversary.  They had a great
escapade.  Unfortunately, toward the end of the Vancouver stay Sonnie fell
face down on an escalator and broke her arm.  She then proclaimed to find
the Canadian health system is horrendous.  Luckily, they had purchased
travel insurance, which covered thousands of dollars in medical, hotel, and
flight expenses.  She eventually made it back to the States where they
inserted a plate in her arm to repair the damage.  As of the last Wild Bunch
breakfast, Sonnie looked great and said that continuing rehab is allowing
her to regain full use of her arm.  In spite of all of this, she said the
cruise was worth the problems.  What a positive attitude in the face of
adversity.

As another medical update, she shared that her brother-in-law and our
classmate, Dick (Buth) Cramer, had been in the hospital for congestive heart
failure.  They removed 52 lbs. of water from his body.  He should be home
now and we all hope he is doing well.

Early in July I got a call from Roger Coffin saying his cousin and our
classmate, Jean Szatkowski, was coming to town and wanted to visit with as
many friends as possible during her visit.  I was thrilled to send out a
local bulletin asking for those available to meet with Jean at Bynum's
Steakhouse for dinner and a chat during her stay.  That event came about and
was attended by Jean, Roger Coffin, Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Sharon Fraker
Bales, Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Tura Crone LaMar, Sue Weddle Myers, and me.
We all laughed, talked, ate, and talked more, and a great time was had by
all.  Jean looks wonderful (didn't she always!).  She lives in Port St.
Lucie, FL, and has had a significant other for many years.  Her children are
close by.  She struggles with fibromyalgia but still works in interior
design/sales and care-giving to elders.  Jean finally remembered to share
with me that her birthday is June 11, so we all owe her a belated Happy
Birthday.  She will be included next year during her special month.  She
hasn't changed much from the blonde, smiling, vivacious lady we remember and
loved 53 years ago.  Thanks, Jean, for giving us a chance to touch souls.

WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

The July session was extremely well attended, in part because of visits from
out-of-town visiting classmates.  We were joined by Kenny Hacker and his
wife Melinda and Irene Cure and her sister Susan.  Kenny shared that he
still struggles with Parkinson's but with physical therapy and by
controlling his diabetes he is doing well.  He looked good.  Irene, Marilyn
and I spent an evening together while her sister, Susan, attended her 40th
class reunion.  It was terrific to have a few hours to touch base with
Irene.  She has fallen several times and broken bones but doesn't let that
stop her, even if she is a bit slower than she would like.

The regulars attending were Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Austin and Chyrel
Gray, Bob and Catherine Etter, Sonnie Myers Gano, Mary Pope and Curt Boner,
John Stewart and Karen, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Brent Boner, Linda
Burleigh and me.  Don Burleigh stopped by the table to give his condolences
that he couldn't attend this breakfast.  Seems a golf outing was more
important than breakfast with Class friends.    Guess we found out which
member of that couple is our strongest advocate.  I told Linda we liked her
better anyway, since he deserted us to chase a small ball.   Next session
will be August 10, 9:00, at Forkey's.  If you miss you lose.

Also, if any of you come in from out of town for our September 12
mini-reunion, try to stay one more night and attend our Wild Bunch Breakfast
on Monday, September 13--extend your time to visit with great friends.

CLASS DISTRIBUTION LIST PURGING:

Every couple of years I send out an e-mail to our distribution list asking
recipients to confirm that they are still receiving class info and that they
wish to continue receiving that mail.  Through this snail-mail letter I'm
asking for the same confirmation from recipients by mail.  If you are
receiving these updates by either e-mail or snail mail at the correct
address and wish to continue that format, you need do nothing.  If you wish
to be moved to e-mail, please send me (klssas740@att.net) your new e-mail
address.  If you wish not to receive these updates, please send me a note to
740 E. Washington St., Mart., 46151, or call me at 765 315 0397 so you can
be removed.  I certainly don't want to lose any of the 133 of us who are
connected, but neither do I wish to inundate you with e-mails or letters you
don't wish to receive.  I'll let you know next month if we lose any
classmates through this purging or if we have new contact info to share.
Thanks to all of you for your cooperation in this project.  At latest count
we have 81 on e-mail and 51 on snail mail and me.

53rd CLASS GET-TOGETHER:

Here is final information on our upcoming mini-reunion:

September 12, 11:00, Bob Etter's campground at 5009 Morgantown Road,
Martinsville.  Should you get lost, call my cell that day at 765 341 4116
for help.  Last year a few got lost and drove for a long while trying to
find us.

Here is the menu Renda Trimble and I have arranged:  BBQ pork, hot baked
potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chips, buns and condiments, sweet & unsweet
tea, and Renda's special carrot cake with creamed cheese icing.  We will
plan to eat shortly after noon.

As in the past, Bob's daughter-in-law, Connie Etter, will troll the premises
snapping photos for an album to be produced after the event.  Class photo
will be taken at 1:00.  Connie will produce an 8x8 soft cover 21-photo album
with the class photo as front page for a cost of $25 (which includes postage
fee to mail to you).  An 8x10 class photo will cost only $5.00.  If you wish
to order either or both of these items, please bring your money and be
prepared to pre-pay.  Connie can't be expected to up-front her costs on our
behalf.

Our cost per head for the meal is $15 each.  This amount includes a small
amount to help pay for incidental expenses of the event plus Connie Etter's
fee for spending the afternoon photographing us.  Believe me she is working
cheaply for us, and, thanks to the generosity and kindness of Bob Etter, we
have no expense for use of the beautiful lake-front facility.  I hope you
will find that the $15 cost per ticket to be entirely fair.  However, if any
of you cannot afford to purchase a $15 ticket, just let me know and the
Class treasury will happily pay the tab.  We would far rather have you with
us than have your money.  Moreover, no one but you and I will ever know of
this transaction.  Also, bring lawn chairs for lake-side sitting and a cold
drink if you don't want iced tea or water.  Bob does allow alcohol but will
check ID's for appropriate age consumption.  Of course, you need not eat the
food provided.  If you prefer, bring your picnic lunch and join us at meal
time.  Park around the shelter house, as we did last year, but be sure to
park in such a way to make room for as many cars as possible.

Okay, I think I have covered all the details except to ask you to mail your
check for $15 per attendee to me at 740 E. Washington St., Martinsville, IN,
46151, or drop it by my house (come to alley-side door under carport).   I
will need to confirm attendance to Renda for headcount no later than
September 4.  I sincerely hope we have a great crowd again this year.  I
know you won't regret attending.  I look forward to receiving many checks.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:

My thought for the month in July was that half the stuff in my shopping cart
said 'for fast relief.'  Steve Koons noted:  "Heck, who needs drugs and
alcohol when I can get the same effect just standing up too fast!!"  Well
stated, Steve.

I apologize for the small print this month.  I realize this is a visual
challenge for many of us.  However, I tried to keep snail mail to 5 pages
and one stamp.  Also, because of the reunion on Sept. 12, there will be no
September 1 Update.  Rather, the October Update will recap the reunion plus
include all new information.

Love to all,

karen
 
 
July 2015 Update
The only holiday greeting I can send you this month is "Happy 4th of July."
I don't know if it can be counted as a holiday, but we also acknowledge the
end of the Korean War (1953).  That occasion affected most of us in one way
or another.  We were around nine but we knew men who fought in that
conflict.  July is another opportunity to thank all Veterans from 1776
through our great-grandsons serving today.  America, Bless God!!

JULY BIRTHDAYS:

David Boys, Judy Brummett Cross, Don Clay, Don Donoho, Linda Drake Davidson,
Marilyn Dyer Hornberger, Sharon Fraker Bales, Cam Hacker, Betty Maners
Wilson, Mary Pope Boner, Lila Pruett White, Melissa Swisher Thomas, and
Richard Young.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FIRECRACKERS.  May each of you enjoy your best year
yet.

HEALTH UPDATES:

Mary Anderson is sill in rehab in Indy recovering from several foot
surgeries.  Her spirits are high, considering her prolonged issues.  Mary is
a trooper and doesn't give in to medical infirmities.  She promised to keep
me advised of her progress.  No return-home date yet.

For Snail Mail folks, Bill Fulford sent an e-mail to Class friends stating
that Dottie has cancer for the fifth time and hasn't been feeling her best.
She started chemo again in early June.  If these treatments work as well as
the ones she had last round, she may beat this monster yet again.  They ask
for prayers for Dottie.  Thanks so much, Bill, for keeping us advised.

Dan Broyer called the end of June to say "I feel like 100 but want to feel
like 30."  Know that feeling.  He said he was in an induced coma from Jan.
20 to end of Feb.  Routine tumor removal surgery gone awry.  Came home on
Memorial Day weekend on walker and with help.  He is back on bi-weekly chemo
treatments.  Keeps him sluggish.  He is fighting with all he has to beat
this.

Karen Arnold Pottorff stopped by to report she is free and clear of breast
cancer pursuant to her last test.  She truly looks radiant and has a huge
smile.  How wonderful to get that kind of report.  We need more of those.
Congrats, Karen.

The last post I saw on Face Book from Dewayne White was encouraging.  Diana
seems to be improving daily.  What a blessing that is.  Dewayne is good to
post updates so their friends can be updated.  Thanks, Dewayne.

Kay Selch's wife, Kim, if you remember, has been struggling with chronic
kidney disease for many years.  She was just recently placed back on the
kidney donation list after receiving a clean bill of health for other
issues.  She needs a new kidney, but this costs lots of money.  She has
partnered with the Great Lakes Kidney Transplant Fund, HelpHOPELive, to help
raise the necessary matching grants.  For those of us who don't know how or
want to donate on the internet, I chose to send Kay and Kim a blank personal
check for their use as deemed appropriate.  They can either forward to the
fund or use for expenses.  I couldn't send nearly as much as I would have
liked, but every little contribution gets her closer to a normal life.  If
you would like, send your checks or notes to Kim at 260 North Grant St.,
Mart., 46151.  While they certainly didn't ask me to include this request in
the Update, I know they will appreciate any financial assistance or kind
thoughts.

After snail mail was already sent, I received a call from Sonnie Myers Gano
with news I'm including in e-mail but will need to mention in snail mail
next month.  Sonnie and her husband, Walter, shared a cruise in early May
with Rose Sutton Phillips and her husband.  For Sonnie's 52nd anniversary,
they went to Vancouver from LA along the West coast and thoroughly enjoyed
the escapade.  Unfortunately, at the end of the trip, Sonnie fell face down
on an escalator in Vancouver and broke her arm in two.  She explained the
Canadian health system as horrendous.  She should write a book on that
experience.  Suffice it to say, they had purchased travel insurance which
covered thousands of dollars in medical, hotel, flight expenses.  She came
back to the states and had a plate inserted in her arm to repair the damage.
As of end of June, thankfully she is recovered with only therapy facing her.
She said the cruise was worth the hassle.  I am amazed at her positive
attitude in the face of problems.

Sonnie also shared that her brother-in-law and our classmate Dick (Butch)
Cramer is in the hospital for congestive heart failure.  They have removed
52 lbs. of water from his body.  He hopes to return home within a few days.
Dick would love to hear from his friends at brcramer@att.net or 8515
Stonewall Dr., Indy 46231.

Each of these and many more unmentioned need our thoughts and prayers and
notes/cards.  There are so many of our Class friends who are struggling with
health concerns and huge medical bills when they should be enjoying
retirement time and funds in some other way.  I pray miracles happen to give
these folks peace of mind and a lessened load.

MISCELLANEOUS TRIVIA:

I have no idea where to include this little gem of information.  Somehow I
became privy to some notes between Jim Brunnemer and Rick Blunk.  Right
there you should realize where this is going.  Apparently they have had
serious discussions from their youth about killing, singeing, plucking, and
cleaning chickens.  Their exchanges provided all the gory details as to how
to carry out this feat.  (I'm really not unfamiliar with the technique since
I observed this ritual from my grandmother on many occasions.)  But, the
difference is I was appalled and they seemed to enjoy recounting the morbid
deed.  Will be eager to learn where this line of thought leads them.
Another book, perhaps?!

THE JUNE WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

You aren't going to believe this--I can't find my notes about the event.
The sad thing is, I can't even remember those in attendance and whether or
not there were any raunchy discussions.  "My memory's not as sharp as it
used to be.  Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be."  I apologize
for my faux pas.  However, I do know the July breakfast will be held on
Monday, July 13, 9:00 at Forkey's.  Please join us.  No matter who comes, we
have a great time for an hour or so a month.

REUNION:

Moving along with plans.  Have reserved Bob's facility, the caterer, and the
photographer.  Be sure your calendars are marked for Sept.12 from 11:00 to
?.  More details to follow.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's
permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.  I decided to start
with an aerobics class for seniors.  I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and
down, and perspired for an hour.  But, by the time I got my leotards on, the
class was over.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For Fast Relief."

Love and best wishes to all --
karen
 
 
June 2015 Update
Happy June.  Sorry this Update is later than usual.  As mentioned in last 
month's report, I did take a week away from the 'Ville for vacation. 
Traveled to KY, WVA, and VA, ultimately reaching Virginia Beach.  Scratched 
from my bucket list "boating on the Atlantic."  Visited Williamsburg 
(another of my long-time desires), Yorktown, and Jamestown.  It was fun and 
I'm glad I did it but decided no more large tourist areas for me.  Traffic 
was horrendous.  Give me Indy traffic congestion any day.  Next year I think 
I'll camp in the mountains.  Enough about me.

This month we celebrate Flag Day, Father's Day, and Summer Begins.  Happy 
Fathers Day to all you dads out there.  We also honor the following special 
days:

JUNE BIRTHDAYS:

Curt Boner, Jim Branham, Danny Broyer, Judy Caldwell, Cora Capshaw, Dick 
Elmore, Bob Ely, Bill Fulford, Eddie Kent, Sammy Weaver, and Linda Worland 
Summerlot.  HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF YOU ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.  May 
this be the best year ever for you.

ARTIE FEST:

Don't yet have any details on this event, except to mark your calendars for 
July 10-12 if you want to participate.  Once they publish the schedule, I'll 
share it with you.  If anyone intends to participate, let me know so we can 
try to pull together a Class group.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

I'm happy to report I don't have many medical issues to share.

Don Billings called to say he has been down for several weeks with a brown 
recluse bite.  Guess this is excruciatingly painful.  He can't put pressure 
on his foot and leg and the wound has to be cleaned daily by removing dead 
skin and applying antibiotics.  He hope to be through this in another week 
or so and then he would like to join the gang at breakfast and the reunion. 
Keep healing, Don.

Received a call from Irene Cure Conte last week.  She said she is coming 
home for Artie Fest this year because she will attend her sister's 40th high 
school reunion.  Said those who are available will try to meet for lunch 
during her stay.  She will let me know closer to time her plans so we can 
discuss a quick visit.  She probably won't be back again in Sept.  Bad 
timing.  She also shared several medical issues for her of late caused by 
some falls with fractured bones.  Glad to learn, though, she is progressing 
and hopes to be back to normal by her visit home in July.  God speed 
recovery, Irene.  Look forward to your visit.

Just this morning Kay Selch called to say he and Kim missed today's Wild 
Bunch Breakfast because he has diabetic sores on his feet and can't walk 
much.  Has been treating with doctor and believes the worst is over.  I told 
him their absence was noticed.  He said Kim has learned she has to raise 
$9,400 out-of-pocket before she can be considered for a kidney donation. 
Said they were looking to do some fund raising to help with that.  He said 
it was horrible to be in a position of "begging" at this point in their 
lives, but medical insurance has lots of strings attached.  I told him to 
let me know how our Class could help with fund raisers, etc., when those had 
been finalized.  No one we would rather help than dear friends.

Great news on Duane White's wife, Diana.  All her cancer numbers are good. 
She will continue Chemo for a bit longer and then a CT scan to evaluate. 
Duane says her appetite is good and she can walk better daily.  She now sees 
light at the end of this long tunnel.  God bless your continued recovery, 
Diana.  Duane, thanks for keeping us updated on Facebook.  It's great to 
read good news.  We all need that.

For those who aren't local and may not know, last month Bob Etter's son, 
Patrick, was involved in a serious auto accident which landed him in the 
hospital and has him laid up at home for weeks.  Pat is an IN state trooper 
whose car was rear-ended, seriously injuring his neck and back.  Not clear 
yet whether or not Pat will be cleared to work or when.  We all pray for his 
total improvement and return to his normal lifestyle.  God is so good that 
he wasn't killed in the accident.  It could have been much worse.

WILD BUNCH REPORT:

I missed the May breakfast, but Linda Burleigh kept minutes.  Those 
attending were Curt and Mary Boner, Brent Boner, Bob and Catherine Etter, 
Kim and Kay Selch, Joyce and Richard, Don and Linda Burleigh, and Tura 
Crone.  She said there was no stimulating conversation involving sex, 
affairs, trysts, etc.  Guess when I miss they clean up their conversation.

I did attend today the June breakfast.  Very light crowd--Linda and Don 
Burleigh, Bob and Catherine Etter, Sharon Quakenbush Tutterow, Mary and Curt 
Boner, and me.  Even though we all would easily have fit at one table, the 
males quickly leapt to a separate table, far from the females.  We just can't 
understand why they always fly away.

Next breakfast at Forkey's will be Monday, July 14, 9:00.  Hope more will 
join the fun group.

CLASS OF '62 53RD REUNION:

As I reported earlier, we will gather again at Bob and Catherine Etter's on 
Sat., Sept. 12, 11:00 for a catch-up session.   Hugs, laughs, talk, food, 
frivolity, friends, and many more fun events will be the order of the day. 
Only three people responded to my request for input, and all three said they 
liked the arrangements we had last year and would repeat those.  As a 
reminder, we were catered by Renda Trimble.  We ate at noon and then spent 
the PM sitting by the lake lying about our school exploits.  Group photo at6 
1:30.  Cost will probably be around $15 per person (factoring in the rising 
cost of living), but I will know for sure when we set the menu (choices to 
be provided later) and the caterer shares that info with me.  I will need a 
definite commitment for lunch by mid-August.  Please mark your calendars and 
plan to come home for this important occasion.  Lost lots of friends in the 
last few years.  Let's enjoy every minute together we can.  Friends are the 
sugar of life.

Slow month on the news desk.  That's all folks.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

Definition of Old .

I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair.  She 
turned to me and asked, "Are you having it catered?"  And that, my friends, 
is the definition of OLD.

Reporters were interviewing a 104-year-old woman.  "And what do you think is 
the best thing about being 104?--the reporter asked.  She simply replied, 
"No peer pressure."

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and make final arrangements and 
told her preacher she had two final requests.  First, she wanted to be 
cremated, and, second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. 
"Wal-Mart" the preacher exclaimed.  "Why Wal-Mart?"  "Then I'll be sure my 
daughters visit me twice a week."

Love to all --
karen
 
 
 
 
May 2015 Update
 
Happy Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Cinco de Mayo Day (for the partiers
among us), and Memorial Day during May.  Hope all of you have fun-filled
holidays this month.  For me, it's still too cold and windy to seriously
work outside, but before the next time I write I hope to have all my plants
pruned, planted, and primed for a summer season of beauty.  That might make
you think I have a green thumb, but don't be led astray.  While I seldom
succeed in my botany attempts, it's not for lack of trying.

MAY BIRTHDAYS:

Don Billings, Jerry Collier, Irene Cure Conte, Mark Dillender, Connie Denny
Martin, Linda Fisher Phillips, Oren Flake, Larry Lambert, Sharon McDaniel
Raymond, Roy McGuffey, Jim Morgan, Jane Reese Thompson, Jim Rusie, Carol
Schell Maxwell, Rufus Simpson, and Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of you this month.  Kick up some dust--you have
earned that privilege.

FOR SNAIL-MAIL RECIPIENTS ONLY:

Those on e-mail already received the sad news that we lost yet another two
classmates during April.  Portia Dalton Samuels passed peacefully in her
Brooklyn home on April 2.  She is survived by three children and lots of
grand- and great-grandchildren.  The obit said Portia was a nurturer and
caregiver and always encouraged others to laugh despite circumstances.  We
had lost contact with Portia several years ago, but I always hoped she would
some day be connected with us again.

Then, on the 6th, we lost Patsy Lavender Durbin.  Patsy is survived by her
husband, Ralph, and four children and lots of grand- and
great-grandchildren.  Patsy rejoined our connection via snail mail many
years ago and occasionally wrote to say she enjoyed being in touch.  These
deaths bring our losses to at least sixty.

I'm going to quit looking at obits in The Reporter.  Too many names I
recognize.  God be with Portia's and Patsy's families as they learn to cope
with the huge voids in their lives.

SNOW BIRD UPDATE:

Those who have reported to be roosting at home now are Judy and Paul Knose,
Sharon and Perry Quakenbush, Jim and Becky Rusie, and Dick and Angie Elmore.
There are probably others who didn't report to me their new nesting
location.  The 'Ville is once again buzzing with activity as the
white-haired crowd returns.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS INFO:

Betty Wilson wrote to tell me her son-in-law is critically ill and needs a
double transplant.  His name is Adam Ward and he and his wife have five
children.  Betty shared a website to visit for updates on his health and to
donate toward expenses, should you be so
inclined--http://e.gofund,me/AdamWard.  She asks for us to join many other
friends in praying for his successful transplants. What a strain this is on
Betty's family.

Russ Knapp tells me he is now a playwright for his Senior Citizens Center,
of which group he is a founding member.  He wrote a comedy/mystery play to
be performed in May. I wish we could all enjoy the fruits of his labor with
him. When he gets a square on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we can say we knew
him when.  Good luck, Russ, on opening night.  Break a leg!

Duane White's wife, Diana, is almost through her chemo treatments.  Duane
said her numbers are improving and she has gained a few pounds.  Her bone
marrow is producing white blood cells now, which improves her resistance to
disease.  He said she is eating him out of house and home.  He is grateful
for all the prayers and financial support that have come her way and shares
that they are working.  His comment was, "I never knew there were so many
swell people out there.  There is no way I could thank everyone in person
but you know who you are."

Rick and Marcia Blunk celebrated their 35th anniversary during April.
Congratulations.  That's quite an accomplishment, Marcia.  Rick was so
fortunate to find you for love.

Speaking of Rick, he called to say his brother, Bob, has been in the VA
Hospital in Indy in isolation with possible renal failure.  He asked for
prayers that it is only the flu or anything other than renal failure.  I'll
report on progress in the June Update.  Sure hope Bob gets through this with
no long-lasting problems.  Bob has attended several of our reunions with
Rick, and we always enjoy his company.

NEW CONTACT INFO:

Jerry Crismore's new e-mail address is jeromecrismore@gmail.com.  Please
change that in your records.

APRIL WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

What a nice group we had in April (22 guests).  Those attending were Frances
Hatley Fisher, Jim Brunnemer, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Jim Rusie, Don and
Linda Burleigh, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, Tura Crone Lamar, Sonnie Myers
Gano, Lila Pruett White, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Richard Young, Rick
Blunk and his brother Tom, Tish Scherer Hartley (thanks so much, Tishy, for
the contribution to our snail mail fund), Joy (Favour) and Larry Greenwalt,
Dick and Angie Elmore and me.  We filled several tables.  Wish we could have
that many or more every month.

I sent two pages of color photos of this illustrious group by e-mail.  I
wish I could copy those and enclose with this snail mail, but it is very
costly and slow to run 100 colored copies on my old system.  However, if any
of you want those, just call me at 765 315 0397 and I'll send them.

I received an e-mail from Ellen Miller Little in AZ after receipt of these
photos.  She asked me to identify those in the group because she was certain
she didn't know any of these old folks.  Ellen hasn't been with us since
graduation, so you can imagine she might have difficulty identifying her OLD
friends.  However, I thought it was a bit snarky of her to blatantly say it
(just kidding, Ellen).

Next soiree is Monday, May 11, 9:00 at Forkey's.  Please come.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Becky Pratt Bock had two basal cell carcinomas cut from her face.  If tests
show cancer, she will need them removed and plastic surgery.  She said,
"Wish they would pull up, pleat over, and tuck my extra chins behind my
ears.  Of course, it might make the ears stick out like wing nuts.  But, at
least Frank would have something to lead me around with!"  That's
Becky--always cheerful even in a shadow.  Good luck, Becky, with whatever
the result.

Danny Broyer had additional cancer surgery in January, which I knew nothing
about. They removed a growth from his liver.  There were complications so he
is back in rehab at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Renaissance Way, Room 408,
Greenwood, IN 46143.  He would love to receive cards and notes.  No
projected date for discharge, but he told me probably mid-May.  Get well
soon, Danny.  Prayers coming your way.

Vicki Toon Woodall broke her wrist and now takes therapy to regain use.
Vicki has had a series of medical problems and can use our thoughts and
prayers.  Don't lose faith, Vicki.

Mary Anderson had surgery in April and is still in rehab.  Doesn't know when
she can return home.  Keep the faith, Mary.

I received word that our friend Carol Schell Maxwell has joined our friend
Carol Pearcy in the Alzheimer's unit at The Waters Nursing Home in
Martinsville.  Both Carols reached a point when that was the only option for
their safety.  God bless them both.

God bless all our classmates, either known or unknown, who are struggling
with health issues (and who of us isn't).  Keep our little group in your
thoughts and prayers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The June Update will arrive during the second week of June.  I will be on
vacation from the last week in May through the first week in June.  But, the
Update will be published, so please send me news to report.  I need the
good, the bad, and the ugly events in our lives.  Also, remember that in
just three months from June's Update (September 12) we will celebrate our
53rd Class of '62 yearly picnic at Bob Etter's home.  Be thinking about what
you want to be served for lunch.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get
re-acquainted with precious friends.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  (once again compliments of Sharon Tutterow
Quakenbush)

Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will
get you in bed earlier.
A person has reached old age when they are cautioned to slow down by the
doctor rather than the police.
Hummm.and yet another day has passed and I did not use Algebra once.very
interesting.
Why does toilet paper need a commercial?  Who is not buying this stuff?

Love to all,
karen
 
APRIL 2015 Update
Happy Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Cinco de Mayo Day (for the partiers
among us), and Memorial Day during May.  Hope all of you have fun-filled
holidays this month.  For me, it's still too cold and windy to seriously
work outside, but before the next time I write I hope to have all my plants
pruned, planted, and primed for a summer season of beauty.  That might make
you think I have a green thumb, but don't be led astray.  While I seldom
succeed in my botany attempts, it's not for lack of trying.

MAY BIRTHDAYS:

Don Billings, Jerry Collier, Irene Cure Conte, Mark Dillender, Connie Denny
Martin, Linda Fisher Phillips, Oren Flake, Larry Lambert, Sharon McDaniel
Raymond, Roy McGuffey, Jim Morgan, Jane Reese Thompson, Jim Rusie, Carol
Schell Maxwell, Rufus Simpson, and Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of you this month.  Kick up some dust--you have
earned that privilege.

FOR SNAIL-MAIL RECIPIENTS ONLY:

Those on e-mail already received the sad news that we lost yet another two
classmates during April.  Portia Dalton Samuels passed peacefully in her
Brooklyn home on April 2.  She is survived by three children and lots of
grand- and great-grandchildren.  The obit said Portia was a nurturer and
caregiver and always encouraged others to laugh despite circumstances.  We
had lost contact with Portia several years ago, but I always hoped she would
some day be connected with us again.

Then, on the 6th, we lost Patsy Lavender Durbin.  Patsy is survived by her
husband, Ralph, and four children and lots of grand- and
great-grandchildren.  Patsy rejoined our connection via snail mail many
years ago and occasionally wrote to say she enjoyed being in touch.  These
deaths bring our losses to at least sixty.

I'm going to quit looking at obits in The Reporter.  Too many names I
recognize.  God be with Portia's and Patsy's families as they learn to cope
with the huge voids in their lives.

SNOW BIRD UPDATE:

Those who have reported to be roosting at home now are Judy and Paul Knose,
Sharon and Perry Quakenbush, Jim and Becky Rusie, and Dick and Angie Elmore.
There are probably others who didn't report to me their new nesting
location.  The 'Ville is once again buzzing with activity as the
white-haired crowd returns.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS INFO:

Betty Wilson wrote to tell me her son-in-law is critically ill and needs a
double transplant.  His name is Adam Ward and he and his wife have five
children.  Betty shared a website to visit for updates on his health and to
donate toward expenses, should you be so
inclined--http://e.gofund,me/AdamWard.  She asks for us to join many other
friends in praying for his successful transplants. What a strain this is on
Betty's family.

Russ Knapp tells me he is now a playwright for his Senior Citizens Center,
of which group he is a founding member.  He wrote a comedy/mystery play to
be performed in May. I wish we could all enjoy the fruits of his labor with
him. When he gets a square on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we can say we knew
him when.  Good luck, Russ, on opening night.  Break a leg!

Duane White's wife, Diana, is almost through her chemo treatments.  Duane
said her numbers are improving and she has gained a few pounds.  Her bone
marrow is producing white blood cells now, which improves her resistance to
disease.  He said she is eating him out of house and home.  He is grateful
for all the prayers and financial support that have come her way and shares
that they are working.  His comment was, "I never knew there were so many
swell people out there.  There is no way I could thank everyone in person
but you know who you are."

Rick and Marcia Blunk celebrated their 35th anniversary during April.
Congratulations.  That's quite an accomplishment, Marcia.  Rick was so
fortunate to find you for love.

Speaking of Rick, he called to say his brother, Bob, has been in the VA
Hospital in Indy in isolation with possible renal failure.  He asked for
prayers that it is only the flu or anything other than renal failure.  I'll
report on progress in the June Update.  Sure hope Bob gets through this with
no long-lasting problems.  Bob has attended several of our reunions with
Rick, and we always enjoy his company.

NEW CONTACT INFO:

Jerry Crismore's new e-mail address is jeromecrismore@gmail.com.  Please
change that in your records.

APRIL WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

What a nice group we had in April (22 guests).  Those attending were Frances
Hatley Fisher, Jim Brunnemer, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Jim Rusie, Don and
Linda Burleigh, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner, Tura Crone Lamar, Sonnie Myers
Gano, Lila Pruett White, Sharon Tutterow Quakenbush, Richard Young, Rick
Blunk and his brother Tom, Tish Scherer Hartley (thanks so much, Tishy, for
the contribution to our snail mail fund), Joy (Favour) and Larry Greenwalt,
Dick and Angie Elmore and me.  We filled several tables.  Wish we could have
that many or more every month.

I sent two pages of color photos of this illustrious group by e-mail.  I
wish I could copy those and enclose with this snail mail, but it is very
costly and slow to run 100 colored copies on my old system.  However, if any
of you want those, just call me at 765 315 0397 and I'll send them.

I received an e-mail from Ellen Miller Little in AZ after receipt of these
photos.  She asked me to identify those in the group because she was certain
she didn't know any of these old folks.  Ellen hasn't been with us since
graduation, so you can imagine she might have difficulty identifying her OLD
friends.  However, I thought it was a bit snarky of her to blatantly say it
(just kidding, Ellen).

Next soiree is Monday, May 11, 9:00 at Forkey's.  Please come.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Becky Pratt Bock had two basal cell carcinomas cut from her face.  If tests
show cancer, she will need them removed and plastic surgery.  She said,
"Wish they would pull up, pleat over, and tuck my extra chins behind my
ears.  Of course, it might make the ears stick out like wing nuts.  But, at
least Frank would have something to lead me around with!"  That's
Becky--always cheerful even in a shadow.  Good luck, Becky, with whatever
the result.

Danny Broyer had additional cancer surgery in January, which I knew nothing
about. They removed a growth from his liver.  There were complications so he
is back in rehab at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Renaissance Way, Room 408,
Greenwood, IN 46143.  He would love to receive cards and notes.  No
projected date for discharge, but he told me probably mid-May.  Get well
soon, Danny.  Prayers coming your way.

Vicki Toon Woodall broke her wrist and now takes therapy to regain use.
Vicki has had a series of medical problems and can use our thoughts and
prayers.  Don't lose faith, Vicki.

Mary Anderson had surgery in April and is still in rehab.  Doesn't know when
she can return home.  Keep the faith, Mary.

I received word that our friend Carol Schell Maxwell has joined our friend
Carol Pearcy in the Alzheimer's unit at The Waters Nursing Home in
Martinsville.  Both Carols reached a point when that was the only option for
their safety.  God bless them both.

God bless all our classmates, either known or unknown, who are struggling
with health issues (and who of us isn't).  Keep our little group in your
thoughts and prayers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The June Update will arrive during the second week of June.  I will be on
vacation from the last week in May through the first week in June.  But, the
Update will be published, so please send me news to report.  I need the
good, the bad, and the ugly events in our lives.  Also, remember that in
just three months from June's Update (September 12) we will celebrate our
53rd Class of '62 yearly picnic at Bob Etter's home.  Be thinking about what
you want to be served for lunch.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get
re-acquainted with precious friends.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  (once again compliments of Sharon Tutterow
Quakenbush)

Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will
get you in bed earlier.
A person has reached old age when they are cautioned to slow down by the
doctor rather than the police.
Hummm.and yet another day has passed and I did not use Algebra once.very
interesting.
Why does toilet paper need a commercial?  Who is not buying this stuff?

Love to all,
karen
 
 
 
MARCH  2015 Update
 
Welcome March, which brings Daylight Saving Time, St. Patty's Day, SPRING
BEGINS, and Palm Sunday.  It's a good month when spirits lift even if
weather throws us a few curves.  Snow birds begin traveling home, and
everyone ventures out to clean winter debris from the yard, trim bushes,
wash grime from surfaces, and all the other spruce up activities.  Maybe
when I next affix fingers to keys to talk with you there will be buds and
birds in my yard.

Classmate Birthdays for March:

Karen Arnold Pottorff, Rose Marie Sutton Phillips, and DeWayne White

Happy birthday to each of you.  May the year be your best ever.
(Let me take just a small amount of space to thank all of you that
acknowledged my special day in February with cards, letters, phone calls, or
e-mails.  You made me feel very special and it is appreciated.)

Class Travels:

Bill Fulford and Dottie were in Cancun during early February and met with
Dottie's sister for  a reunion.  They love to travel to celebrate Dottie's
recent fourth defeat of cancer.  You go kids!!

Becky (Pratt) Bock and Frank spent several days in Florida.  They visited
their son and had a wonderful time.  Guess he kept them very busy because
Becky said, upon return, that her body felt very entertained.

Tish (Scherer) Hartley has been globe trotting yet again--this time to
Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, etc.  They came back through Florida and visited a
few days with friends.  Tish loves to travel and takes advantage of every
"budget" deal she can find.

Linda and Don Burleigh have spent a month in Florida.  Linda and I are
members of the Stoneheads and pursue our passion for Find-A-Grave
activities.  She wrote several times on FAG business but never missed a
chance to share their weather and activities on the beach.  (Linda can be
very hateful.)  Sounds like they will be repeating this Snowbird hiatus in
future years.

Bob and Catherine Etter have also been in Florida visiting with many other
local Snowbirds.  I hear from Bob weekly.  He seems to be feeling very well
and enjoying the social life in warm climes.

Received an e-mail from Steve Hiatt.  I hadn't heard from Steve for months
and was a bit worried.  He tells me they now spend half a year in Bonita
Springs, Florida, and may soon move there on a more permanent basis.  They
have a daughter in this area so want to keep a presence in Indiana, but I
read between the lines that we may lose them to all the other Morgan County
folks in Florida.

I'm certain I will have lots more travel news to report in the April Update
as the Snowbirds flock home.  I'm very happy this lifestyle makes them so
happy.

Class Medical Updates:

In Cora Capshaw's birthday card to me (thank you, Cora), she said mostly she
is fine and in God's light.  She struggles with shortness of breath and
weakness and has a low immune system but she is thankful no more chemo.  Her
faith and optimism will serve her well.  Good for you, Cora.

Dewayne White puts regular updates on Diana's health on Face Book (thanks
Dewayne).  Last one was Feb. 20, wherein he reported they were doing more
chemo.  The last series of chemo left her very depleted, so they dread this
new series even more.  However, Dewayne says her appetite is returning and
her attitude is marvelous.  God bless you both as you traverse this valley.

February Wild Bunch Breakfast:

Very small crowd but what we lacked in quantity we made up for with quality.
Those attending were Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Curt and Mary (Pope) Boner,
Brent Boner, and me.  Because of the limited number of attendees, the men
were forced to sit at the ladies' table.  While I'm sure their conversation
was stunted by our presence, they behaved like perfect gentlemen.  Hope to
see many more on March 9 at 9:00 at Forkey's.  It's really great to begin a
month in the company of wonderful long-time friends.

Classmate Family Deaths:

Those on e-mail already have this information, so you can skip to the next
sub-section.  I share this for those on snail-mail.

Bob Riffel lost his mother, Gladys, during February.  She was 94 years old
and in Grandview Rehabilitation Center at the time of her passing.  Gladys
and Harold were parents to six living children--three sons and three
daughters--plus three children who have passed.  Their legacy, besides the
six remaining children, includes 22 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren,
and 39 Great-great grandchildren.  Harold passed in 1954, so Gladys was both
mother and father to the children.  Anyone who knew her knew what a loving,
determined, and hard-working woman she was for the benefit of her children.
God bless those she leaves behind with this great void.

Another of our parents joining God during February was Mary Lynn (Wise)
Wright's mother, Mabel.  Mabel was 101 and also died at Grandview
Rehabilitation Center, where she has lived for the past three years.  Mabel
possessed a very sound mind but failing body.  She and her husband, Bill,
were parents to Mary Lynn and a son, Mike, who survives.  They also have
seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great
grandchildren, all of whom Mabel was extremely proud.

Marilyn (Dyer) Hornberger and I made a promise to Mary Lynn on her death
bed, pursuant to her entreaty, that we would adopt Mabel as our Mom and care
for her the way Mary was denied.  It was our privilege to honor that promise
by visiting Mabel weekly for the past five years and right up to her last
breath.  She knew many of you in your youth and adopted each of  Mary's
friends as her own.  We reported all Class news during our weekly visits, as
that always interested her.  Mabel will be sadly missed but remembered with
smiles for her spunk and positive attitude.  God rest her soul and bless her
family in their personal loss.

Miscellaneous Class News:

Karen (Arnold) Pottorff brought me money for snail-mail, along with a
beautiful birthday card.  Thank you, Karen, for both.  Thankfully Karen is
doing very well following her breast cancer chemo treatments, and it appears
she has smooth sailing ahead.  God is good!

Lila (Pruett) White tells me she likes her new full-time job at Purdue and
appreciates the paycheck even more.  She is Assistant to Director of Purdue's
Homeland Security Program.  She shares that Purdue is the leading university
working with government agencies in training people to work with all types
of emergency situations.  She says the job is actually fun and stimulating
and she is thankful to have been chosen for it.  Good luck, Lila.  I have no
doubt you will succeed.

It was good to hear from Ruth (Woolbright) Dunigan that she and Lloyd are
truly enjoying life in Georgia surrounded by two of their children and many
grandchildren.  However, two daughters live in Indiana, and it is hard being
away from them.  She hinted that Georgia weather plays a big part in their
staying put. Ruth and Lloyd are surrounded by many church friends and family
and are full of love for life in God's hands.

Henry Gray ran into Ron Asher and scouted out Ron's new address in the huge
metropolis of Gosport.  We lost Ron for many years, so I was thrilled not to
lose him again.  Thanks, Henry.  Ron, you can run but you can't hide from
your Class friends.

Curt and Mary Boner celebrated 51 happy years of marriage during February.
They quietly celebrated surrounded by good friends, family, and food.  As
most of you know, Curt and Mary have ALWAYS been huge supporters of our
Class and never fail to pitch in at all events.  Mary also helps me keep
track of our departed Class friends and houses a huge assortment of Class
memorabilia, which she shares at reunions for our reminiscing joys.
Congrats, wonderful friends.

Thoughts for the Month of March:  (once again compliments of Stony)

The biggest lie I tell myself is . "I don't need to write that down because
I'll remember it."
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Even duct tape can't fix stupid . but it can muffle the sound.
Why do I have to press one for English when you're just gonna transfer me to
someone I can't understand anyway.
I don't have gray hair.  I have wisdom highlights.  And, my people skills
are just fine.  It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

Love to all,
karen
 
 
FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE

Welcome to February, dearest Class friends.  This month we celebrate
President's Day, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and, most importantly, the
February birthdays of our Class friends, not the least of which is yours
truly.  Having said that, however, I for one would just as soon never
celebrate again.  Reaching 70 was bad enough but adding to that number is
unthinkable.  I want to live to one-hundred but forego the reminders of how
fleeting are the years between celebrations.  Enough.  Let's highlight all
those February celebrants who deserve accolades.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS:

Nancy Alexander Foley, Dwight Arthur, Elizabeth Brummett Peterson, Janet
Brummett Britton, Jim Brunnemer, Billy Joe Craven, Frank Ennis, Bob Etter,
Terry Fleener, Steve Koons (well sort of for this Leap Year Kid), Karen
Lesser Smith, Kathryn Mason Hill, Marcia Murphy Bolin, Stony Pearcy, Gary
Stafford, Judy Wolff, and Ruth Woolbright Dunigan.

A very happy special day to each of us.  May we share many more as we walk
together down this life's path.

CLASS BREAKFAST:

Once again we had a small group.  I think our attendance problem is a direct
result of the cowardly Snow Birds fleeing the 'Ville for warmer climes.  I
refer to this exodus as "THE METAMUCIL MIGRATION."  Be that as it may, we
wish them well and hope they will return to the Wild Bunch Breakfast soon.
Those joining together on January 12 were Joyce and Richard Hamilton,
Catherine and Bob Etter, Don and Linda Burleigh, Tura Crone Lamar, and me.
Diana Hatter Tolley came in with her husband and stayed to talk with us
before leaving.  Even though one table would have accommodated our small
group, the men chose to sit isolated far away from the ladies.  I knew this
would become a custom once they tried it.  As usual, a good time was had by
all, even with our segregation.  Our next session will convene on Monday,
February 9, 9:00 at Forky's.  Hope to see many more of you then.

CLASS FAMILY NEWS:

I am sincerely sorry to report that our classmate, Sharon Tutterow
Quakenbush, lost her brother, Bill Tutterow, on Jan. 26.  I'd bet all of you
remember Coach Tutterow, who earned many awards during his career, including
being inducted into the IHSAA Coaches Hall of Fame, the U of I Athletic Hall
of Fame, and the MHS Hall of Fame.  He also received numerous "Coach of the
Year" awards.  Bill was a 1965 MHS graduate who made our hallowed halls very
proud.  He played sports with many of you and was loved by all.  Bill had
struggled with mental deterioration for many years, but even though
thousands of prayers from his beloved friends were said, God's will was
done.  God bless his wife, two children, grandchildren, and our classmate
Sharon during this horrible grief.  Sharon wrote to say they have come home
from Florida for the funeral.  You can contact Sharon at
sharonquakenbush@yahoo.com.


Pursuant to a call from Gary Stafford, I learned his wife, Sarah, who has
joined us on many occasions, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She has had
the lump removed and had one radiation treatment.  Unfortunately, doctors
found more cancer cells in another lymph node, so she may be facing more
radiation.  This development prevented them from fleeing to their beloved
Florida.  They need our prayers and thoughts.  You can write Gary and Sarah
at 7356 North Stafford Lane, Martinsville, to let them know of your concern.

Frank Ennis lost his sister-in-law, Judy Riggs Ennis, during January.  Judy
was the wife of George.  I'm certain many of you knew the Ennis family.  I'm
certain this has been a blow to Frank and his wife, Georgeanne.  You can
send Frank your notes of encouragement to 5095 Cragen Road, Martinsville.
On behalf of all your Class friends, Frank and Georgeanne, we are very sorry
for your loss.

Linda Worland Summerlot lost her father-in-law, Roland Summerlot.  Many of
you knew Linda's husband, Ronald.  Linda and Ron, we send our sincere
sympathies on your loss.  You can write them at 6650 North Gray Road,
Mooresville 46158.

Those on e-mail already know that Jim Brunnemer lost his brother, Jack,
during the month.  Jim and his wife Lu drove to Valdosta, GA, for the
funeral combined with a reunion of Jim's living siblings.  As many of you
know, Jim's large family was broken up when they were very young, so his
siblings are scattered across the nation.  They have in recent years become
reacquainted and very much enjoy a chance for reunion.  There were nine
Carpenter children originally, and three sisters remain with Jim.  God bless
you and your family, Jim and Lu.

Dewayne White posted on Face Book that his wife, Diana, is doing better.
She had her third chemo treatment mid-month but is home recuperating.  She
is facing more treatments before a CT scan will show progress and direct her
future medical needs.  This is a bad time for the Whites and they need our
thoughts and prayers.  They, too, have a wonderfully bright attitude and
won't
give into this.  They thank everyone for the support they have received.
You can write Dewayne and Diana at 6435 Herath Lane, Martinsville 46151.

CLASSMATE HEALTH UPDATES:

Mary Anderson still suffers constricting blood vessels in her legs which
causes mobility problems for her.  She is under good medical supervision,
but there isn't a lot that can be done to aid her distress.  In spite of
that, she maintains a very positive attitude and refuses to allow this
infirmity to attack her spirits.

Received a note from Johnie Boles excusing himself from the January Wild
Bunch Breakfast because of an impending medical treatment.  He said doctors
would address kidney stones which are causing him a great deal of distress.
He didn't let me know how that went.  Sure hope he and ChiChi will be with
us at the February breakfast and that he is back in tip-top shape.

Received word from Gordon Phillips, Linda Fisher Phillips' husband, that
Linda is struggling again with mental health issues.  Linda has faced these
trials since the 1970's with on and off bouts of serious depression.  Gordon
said she was in the hospital for three weeks the latter part of 2014, came
home, but then went back in January.  They, too, need our thoughts and
prayers.  Linda would love to hear from us.  You can write to Linda at 721
Columbia Avenue, Lansdale, PA 19446.

CLASSMATE DEATH:

Sharon Bales reminded me that I didn't mention in the January Update the
December death of our classmate, Judy Darlene Albertson Carpenter.  I
apologize that snail mail folks are only now receiving this information.  I
try to remember to include information in the monthly updates that is passed
by e-mail mid-month.  Thanks Sharon for reminding me I missed this one so I
can now pass this sad news along.  Judy is survived by her husband, Charles,
three children, and many grand and great-grandchildren.  She was the 8th
classmate death during 2014 and the 58th lost classmate.  I pray that 2015
is not so sad for our group.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS NEWS:

For a change, this is good classmate news.  Sam Lasiter has remarried.  He
and Jan (?) have been in a relationship for I'd bet twenty years, so I
didn't
think he would ever take the marital plunge.  Very happy they did and
congratulations to them both.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  (compliments of Stony)

The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about!
I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks!
Old age is coming at a really bad time!
I don't need anger management.  I need people to stop pissing me off!

Love to all, karen

January 2014 UPDATE

Happy New Year to all 133 of us connected by this missive.  I pray I can
give that same salutation on January 1, 2016--with at least the 133 and
maybe a few more.  I also pray 2015 will bless our group and the world in a
proportion more generous than humankind probably deserves.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS:

Marty Akard Short, Gini Fulford Watts, Judy Hacker Fraker, Kenny Hacker,
Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Frances Hatley Fisher, Diana Hatter Tolley, Connie
Shields Lowry, and John Stewart.

Happy birthday to each of you on your special day. Do something
unforgettable!  Mark off another milestone on your Bucket List.  If you
don't
have a BL, start one.  Steve McIlwain highly recommends that form of
activity to stay young.

CLASSMATE FAMILY UPDATES:

I am very sorry to report Jerry Vogel lost his wife, Lisa, in December.
Lisa and Jerry were married for 38 years and were the proud parents of two
children and many grandchildren. The love of music brought Jerry and Lisa
into this long and happy union, which probably doesn't surprise anyone,
knowing Jerry.  I extend sympathy, Jerry, from all your '62 friends and pray
God will soon bring you some degree of healing with brighter days and a
lighter heart.

Received a wonderful telephone call from Marvin Henderson in Ocala, FL.  It
was great to hear Marvin's voice.  They have been gone over a year and are
missed at our events.  Marvin said they loved their Florida lifestyle. On
the day we spoke, it was 70 degrees and sunny.  Deanna has had heart
problems which required hospitalizations and stints but thankfully is now
almost back to her exuberant self.  In spite of my jealousy of their FL
existence, I am thrilled to learn they are well and happy.

I reported last month that Dewayne White's wife, Diana, was struggling with
pancreatic cancer.  Dewayne posted a note on Facebook which read as follows:
"Just had Christmas morning with the whole family.  Great presents for all.
My greatest present was having Diana here to enjoy the grandkids.  Lots of
laughs and good food.  A lot of this was made possible by the friends who
came to the Benefit for Diana which helped with medical bills.  There is no
way to thank everyone enough.  Just hope you all have the merriest Christmas
ever.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, LOVE YOU ALL.  Dewayne and Diana White."  God
bless you all, Dewayne, through this valley.  We will continue to pray for
Diana.

CLASSMATE MEDICAL UPDATES:

Received this note from Rick Blunk.

"Hate to add news like this.  Would rather it be positive but it could be
worse --

I suffered a small stroke the day before Thanksgiving.  Results so far are
reduced vision in right eye and some 'wooziness' but no loss of balance.
Stroke was so small the CAT scans missed it but MRI picked it up.  Going to
wait for vision to stabilize and then see about some new glasses.  Added
Plavix to my medicine, upped the aspirin dosage, modified my diet, and added
some exercise."

That is really good news, Rick.  I always feel these small incidents alert
us to problems which can be addressed prior to becoming large incidents.
Keep in touch with your doctors and continue lifestyle changes.  I know
Marcia will assist in your wellness. We want you with us for many more
years.

CLASSMATE ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES:

Jim and Becky Rusie are probably already in Florida for the winter.  They
are among the many Snowbirds who forsake Indiana when weather becomes a bit
chilly.  Such wimps!

Karen (Wilson) and Bud Brummett took a Mississippi River cruise aboard the
American Queen Steamboat for Karen's 70th birthday, following which they
visited a few days in Mississippi with Karen's sister.  They had a wonderful
time and she highly recommends
that trip to all of us.  She said it provided relaxation, wonderful food,
and beautiful sights from Memphis to New Orleans.  What is the next
destination on your Bucket List, Karen?

We all have been apprised of Steve McIlwain's Bucket List activities this
past year.  His next goal is to take a trip to Jackson, New Jersey, to ride
Kanga Ka--the highest roller coaster in the world and fastest in the US
(second only to one in Abu Dahbi, which may take him a little longer to
achieve).  Steve truly has encouraged me to think about my own Bucket List,
although my items would be much less risky than his.  If any of you are
marking off BL items, please share with me so I can share with your Class
friends.

John and Karen Stewart were in town for about ten days over Christmas.  They
scurried back to FL on December 27.  Couldn't take the "cold" temps (in the
40's). I shouldn't make fun of John.  He presented me with 12 bottles of Bud
Light Lime for Christmas.  They were exactly the right size and color and
will help me celebrate the New Year.  Of course, I'll have to begin drinking
them about 5:00 on the 31st because I have to be in bed by 9:00.  Won't see
the ball drop again this year.  Thanks, John, for thinking of me.

CHRISTMAS COMMENTS:

As you all know from my December Update, an anonymous donor offered $100 to
any Class member needing a "lift" for Christmas.  I did, indeed, learn of a
Class friend who could greatly use this generous gift and made sure that
person received a $100 check.  The recipient was extremely grateful and
asked that I share those thoughts with the donor.  I have reached out to the
donor with a personal message.  All of this has been done anonymously, as
requested.  Thanks again for the act of kindness on behalf of our Class.

I must state that I struggled with my choice of deserving Class friends,
since two people reached out for consideration.  I'm sorry I couldn't choose
Marty Akard Short and do hope that decision didn't too adversely affect her
holiday spirit.  Marty wrote me this sad note in an effort to be considered:
"I saw the note about the anonymous donor.  I see he wants to help those in
need.  I had to throw away 16 old Coach purses, so I am in need of a new
one.  Please give him my info for consideration."  My heart ached for
Marty's
plight, but I was charged with a huge responsibility to choose the most
deserving recipient.  Maybe next year, Marty.

I received many beautiful Christmas cards, notes, and telephone calls from
Class friends expressing appreciation for my journalistic efforts on behalf
of the Class.  What wonderful holiday gifts those thoughts are for me.
You're
all very welcome. Janet and Don Donoho and Austin and Chyrel Gray also
enclosed checks for the Class accounts.  (Austin and Chyrel also feted me
with delicious cookies--which are already gone--hint, hint). Thank you
folks.  I always add donations to the snail-mail account but would, of
course, transfer to the regular account should that ever be necessary.
However, we have sufficient funds to insure Class memorial tributes will
accompany all those who leave us so they don't make their last journey
alone.  God rest their souls.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSMATE INFO:

The Class of '62 has yet another published author in our group.  I believe
this says a great deal about the education we received in the hallowed halls
of MHS.  Lorraine Dunn Richardson presented me with a book entitled "Stories
from the Heartland" published by Heartland Christian Writers. Three of her
short stories.  The paperback is full of inspirational short stories by
local authors and I have thoroughly enjoyed the reading.  Congrats Lorraine.
What's next--a movie?

WILDBUNCH BREAKFAST:

Nineteen friends gathered at the December Christmas breakfast.  Happily the
group seems slowly to increase in number and enthusiasm.  Those attending
were:  ChiChi and Johnie Boles, Dottie Stapleton and Bill Fulford, Austin
and Chyrel Gray, Linda and Don Burleigh, Joyce and Richard Hamilton, Mary
and Curt Boner, Angie and Dick Elmore, Bob and Catherine Etter, Karen Arnold
Pottorff, Brent Boner, and me.  The group was so large it required that the
men sit at one table and the ladies at another.  Actually, based on the
joyful expressions of those at the men's table, I would almost bet this
becomes the norm.  For some reason the men frown on the topics put forward
by the female contingent and vice versa.  Our New Year breakfast will be
held on January 12, 2015, 9:00, Forkey's.  Please come join us.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:

For the ladies:  I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and
renamed it the Jim.  I feel so much better saying "I went to the Jim this
morning."

For the men:  Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart women
who'll argue with you.

For all of us:  Know how to prevent sagging?  Just eat 'til the wrinkles
fill out.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.
GO COLTS!!!

Hugs -- karen

 

 

December 2014 UPDATE

Well, as usual, I have lots to cover this month so I will get right to
business.  We all know the holidays to celebrate in December--Christmas and
New Years, the official beginning of Winter, and Hanukkah.  But you should
also know we celebrate more important occasions--Pearl Harbor and Battle of
the Bulge remembrances and the Official End of WWII.  These battles affected
all of us directly, as our relatives were instrumental in their success. God
bless our veterans and their sacrifices.  May we be worthy of their valor.

I have vowed to keep these Updates shorter and was so proud last month that
I only covered three pages.  Then, to my horror, I realized I had eliminated
honoring the November birthday celebrants.  Duh!!  My pride was misplaced.
Please forgive my  Senior moment.  So, this month I will honor both November
and December birthdays.  However, I am henceforth changing the format to
save space.  I will merely list the monthly birthday celebrations.  It
doesn't
matter what day they celebrate--it only matters that we honor them.  And,
even a belated wish is worth its weight in gold, so contact the November
folks, too, to let them know you care.

November Birthdays
Mark Cohen, Jim Ham, Jack Hammack, Barbara Hicks Richardson, Larry Martin,
John Russell, Marcia Short Schweitzer, Charlie Vogus, and Richard Walters,

December Birthdays
Dee Ann Evans Little, Russell Knapp, and Sue Weddle Myers.

Happy belated and current birthday to all of you.

LOST CLASSMATES:

Those on e-mail know we lost yet another classmate during November.
Following is the information I sent to them:  "Eva Brummett Daniels passed
on the 19th at Grandview Health.  Eva worked at Walmart, Harman-Becker, and
the Clothes Depot for many years and was a familiar face around town.  She
is survived by her husband, four children, and many grandchildren and
siblings.  Our Class floral tribute accompanied Eva in her last journey.
Eva was the 56th classmate to leave us.  I know it's part of the Circle of
Life, but this is happening much too frequently to comprehend.  God bless
Eva's family and us all."

We also said goodbye to Michael David Myers on November 23.  Mike has fought
cancer bravely and mightily for years.  He is now pain free.  I received a
call from his wife of 34 years, Katherine, to personally inform me.  She
said Mike would have wanted that--he loved his Class friends.  Mike and
Katherine have four daughters and several  grandchildren.  He also leaves
one sister and two brothers.  Mike's family was the highlight of his life.
Mike was a proud Vietnam War Marine Corps vet.  He will be laid to rest on
Saturday, November 29, in Terre Haute, IN.  Our class floral tribute will
accompany him on his final journey.  God bless his family.

You all know we lost Alice Lehr Hornaday during October.  What you might not
know is Alice's legacy in and around the county.  A local reporter, Amy
Hillenburg, honored Alice in a newspaper column titled "Missing Biff's
Counter Lady."  Kay Selch saw the article and was kind enough to have that
article copied for all you snail mail folks and it is enclosed.  I have
scanned and attached the article to this Update for e-mail recipients.
Thank you Kay.  We are all proud of Alice's quiet love of mankind.  God rest
her soul.

COMMUNICATION UPDATES:

Ilene Suter has moved from Grandview to an assisted living center out of
town.  She hasn't yet furnished a forwarding address, so we have lost her
connection.  I hope she sends me new contact information.

Marty Akard Short has been moved from snail back to e-mail.  Marty promises
me she has now mastered her computer skills and can get our Updates
electronically.  Knowing Marty, I am nervous about our connection. Her
e-mail address is marty11190@yahoo.com.

Nancy Alexander Foley called me in early November to say she has a new
address for snail-mail.  That is:  Country View Apartments, 396 Country View
Court, Apt. 8, Martinsville.  Nancy is very much struggling with her new
lifestyle since the death of her husband, Marvin, in February.  She had to
sell their home and is adjusting to apartment living.  She would love to
hear from all her Class friends and would welcome personal contact.  Call
her to reconnect--765 346 0915.  I'm so glad Nancy reached out to me with
her new contact info.  We certainly don't want to lose any Class friends
from our communication chain.

MEDICAL UPDATES:

Karen Wampler has dealt with double pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, and the
flu.  When we spoke in early November, she was feeling a bit better.

Kay Selch's wife, Kim, has been in the hospital for renal infection.  As I
reported earlier, Kim is trying to get well enough to be a kidney transplant
recipient.  Kay told me she is now home but still struggles with pain and
lethargy.  She needs to recoup her health so the transplant can proceed.

Vicki Toon Woodall still struggles with colon cancer but is holding on to
hopes of complete remission.

DeWayne White's wife, Diana, has been hospitalized with pancreatic cancer.
She had surgery for that but then displayed spots on her liver.  She is now
on chemo and doing as well as possible.  DeWayne, Diana, and their family
need our prayers and thoughts.  Diana is an "adopted" member of our Class.
I will let you know more in the next Update, and I pray that is good news.
DeWayne asked me to share with you his wishes for a happy holidays.

Kay Selch tells me he ran into Glenn Sheeks at the doctor's office.  (Kay
says this location is his constant source of contact with friends.)  Glenn
will have open heart surgery soon.  I will stay in touch with his wife,
Beverly, another adopted class member, and let everyone know Glenn's
outcome. He has fought so many medical emergencies and deserves a better
life.

So many of us have serious medical problems.  God bless each and every one
of those mentioned and all those who may have health issues of which we are
not aware.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS NEWS:

Marilyn Dyer Hornberger and I provided lunch for the Habitat for Humanity
Build, on behalf of the MHS Class of '62, on November 1, pursuant to
permission and encouragement many of you sent about this Class cause.  As
reported last month, I didn't spend the $150 authorized, so I told Ruth
Rusie (Jim's mom, as most of you know) to call me again when help is needed.
Pursuant to that offer, Ruth needed a small amount of assistance at the
November 22 build.  I spent an additional $15 on items and delivered the
lunch to them.  That is a total expenditure for H4H of $75.  That still
leaves me with enough authorized funds to help again when the need arrives.
If you folks could see first-hand the good this cause does, you would be
very proud that we are helping in a small way.  Affordable housing for those
having none is a marvelous gift of love.  Thanks Class friends for making me
so proud to represent you.

As an aside, Jim Rusie warned me that Ruth could be a scam artist and that I
should be careful in my dealings with her.  I ignored him and find Ruth to
be one of the most sensitive and passionate people ever known.  Shame on you
Jim!!

WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

The November breakfast was very well attended, after an extremely small
group in October.  Those attending were:  Emma Lou Hamilton Lanham, Sue
Weddle Myers, Marty Akard Short, Bob Elliott and his sister, Pat, Richard
and Joyce Hamilton, Linda Burleigh (proxy for Don who was in California,
even though she is another adopted Class member in her own right), Bill
Fulford and Dottie Stapleton, Mary (Pope) and Curt Boner, Brent Boner, Jim
Brunnemer, Tura Crone LaMar, Sharon Tutterow, Tish Scherer, Bob and
Catherine Etter and me.  If our little band continues to enlarge, we are
going to need a bigger facility--and, we would welcome that problem, so
please join us if you can.  Next breakfast and last one for 2014 will be
Monday, Dec. 8, 9:00 at Forkey's.

Dottie Stapleton sent me photos she took of this illustrious group, which I
forwarded to the e-mail group.  Unfortunately, to make colored copies for
the fifty folks on snail-mail would be very expensive, so I'm not including
that photo with this Update.  However, if anyone requests a copy, I will
gladly furnish one.  Just let me know by calling 765 315 0397.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS TIDBITS:

Those who use the website probably saw photos of Steve McIlwain daring fate
when he drove a car at Bondurant to celebrate his birthday.  Wish all of you
had access to a computer so you could see everything that is shared by your
friends.  I just hope the next item on Steve's Bucket List is less dangerous
than some of his earlier feats have been.  He isn't getting any younger and
he isn't as agile as he thinks he is.

Rick Blunk is looking to find a photo of his 4th grade Central class.  He
has photographic evidence of his education for every year but that.  He
thinks it was the class of either Alma Smith, Sylvia Smith, Marie Oldham,
Ida Blunk, or Pearl Slaven.  If any of you were with Steve in the 4th grade
and can furnish authenticity of his attendance in that educational venture
(which I doubt), please contact him at Richard_blunk@yahoo.com.

Speaking of Class photographic archives, Don Billings asked about all the
Class materials (especially of North School) that Ione Suter had
accumulated.  I contacted her daughter and asked if she would allow us to
copy Ione's memorabilia for our archives.  She is more than willing to
furnish those and will contact me when she finds them.  She knows of Ione's
love of her Class friends and wants to support what she knows would be
Ione's
wishes.

After the Update had been mailed to snail-mail folks, Kay Selch sent me a
great letter, which is self-explanatory.  I have attached it to this update.
Thanks, Kay, for the funny story.  I had no idea you guys were so awful, but
considering those involved I shouldn't be that shocked.  God bless Bobby and
Steve!!  Kay's idea about including more "fun stuff" is great.  I will
always make room for memories.  We need more of that.  I will make copies of
Kay's letter and include it in the January Update for snail-mail.

A classmate who wishes to remain anonymous has sent me $100 in honor of the
Christmas Season.  He said he tries to help those less fortunate all the
time but especially around the holidays.  This year he wants to help any
Class of '62 friend in need.  He trusted me to pass along this donation
anonymously for both giver and receiver.  If any of you are struggling with
holiday financial woes and could be helped by this classmate's largesse,
please let me know (765 315 0397, klssas740@att.net).  You and I will work
out details in private.  A huge thank-you to this generous and kind class
friend.

Well, I see I'm on page 4.  Better wrap up our monthly Update quickly with
the Thoughts for the Month.  However, let me take space to wish each and
every one of you a marvelous holiday season.  As I always say, I hope next
year will be your best ever.  Tell your family and friends how you
feel--life is fleeting.  God bless us all.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  (We need a little laughter)

You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands.
If they are holding a gun, she's probably angry.

Gone are the days when girls cooked like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.
Love you all, karen

November 2014 UPDATE

November brings more important events in our lives:  Daylight Saving Time
Ends (ugh!), we vote on Election Day, we honor our veterans, and we
celebrate Thanksgiving.   Let me wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving
holiday filled with faith, family, fun, and fabulous food.  Let's all pray
that God blesses our nation in much greater proportion than we deserve and
that he gives us courage to make the changes necessary to get back to His
teachings.

I promise, now that the reunion is only a memory, my Updates will shorten.

CLASSMATE DEATHS:  We'll begin with the bad news first.  Those on snail-mail
may only now learn that we lost Alice Lehr Hornaday during October.  As I
reported in earlier Updates, she has been battling cancer for over a year
and never gave up hope.  She passed on Oct. 16 at St. Francis in Greenwood.
I visited her on the 11th in the hopes of finding her in recovery but that
was not to be.  Our Class tribute floral arrangement accompanied her on her
final journey.  God rest her soul.  She was our 55th departed Class friend.

52nd REUNION HIGHLIGHTS:  All of you should have a photo of attendees and a
summary of events.  Twenty-eight of us gathered at Bob Etter's shelter house
on a gloomy day.  It wasn't a big crowd but those attending left overflowing
with loving friendship.  We have plenty of memories to provide constant
conversation and sincere hugs and huge smiles.  If any of you want a booklet
of photos of this event, write me a note or call 765 315 0397.  Cost would
be about $20.

CLASSMATE FAMILY DEATHS:  Our classmates, Linda (Hamilton) and Leroy
Stevenson lost their brother-in-law, Doug Dake, at the age of 75.  Doug was
married to Linda's sister, Marie, whom many of you may remember.  God bless
their family in this time of grief.

CLASS MISCELLANEOUS:  Bill Fulford wrote to say he and Dottie were traveling
to Punta Cana, DR, for a vacation.  Can't wait to talk with them about their
experiences.  They have become quite the travelers.

Jim and Becky Rusie are in China for a month visiting their son and family.
Wow, what an opportunity for an exciting destination.

ERRATA:  I reported about a year ago that, through genealogy, Jim Rusie and
I discovered we are related about five or six times removed.  We got a lot
of laughs about that and still call each other "Cuz."  Well, now I am
advised by Jim and Rick Blunk (both of whom are accomplished genealogists)
that all of us are cousins several times removed through the Hadley lineage.
Oh, brother, what other skeletons are in my closet and how many other black
sheep will rear their ugly heads.

Jim Brunnemer sent me information on some excitement in his life.  His book,
The Hoosier Game, inspired Charles Rosin, a TV writer, to visit with Jim and
Lu to discuss Jim's experiences in small-town basketball for his (Mr. 
Rosin's)
research on a new screenplay.   Jim is excited to be even a small part in a
possible future TV series or documentary.  Jim would be thrilled to see
Indiana basketball highlighted in a TV program.  Wouldn't we all!

WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:  October was a very small group.  Some absences were
attributable to Fall Break in the schools and other travels.  Those
attending were Mary and Curt Boner, Kay Selch, Frances Hatley Fisher, Tish
(Scherer) Hartley, me, and a new attendee, Emma Lou (Hamilton) Lanham.  We
were so glad to see Emma.  Since Bobby's death, she has struggled not only
with emotional pain but with knee surgery and other physical ailments.  She
did say, though, that things were looking up and she hoped to return to next
month's breakfast to a full complement of Class friends.  If you can join
us, come to Forkey's on Monday, November 10, at 9:00, and enjoy lively
conversations and warm smiles.

FINANCIAL COMMENTS:  A huge thanks to Eddie Kent and Stony Pearcy for
unsolicited contributions to the snail-mail fund.  We are very solvent in
that account and in the Class treasury--thanks to the unparalleled
generosity of this group of friends.

CLASS COMMUNITY OUTREACH:  I received a call from Ruth Rusie mid-October
asking if our Class would, once again, furnish a lunch for the Habitat for
Humanity build in November.  I immediately sent out an SOS to the e-mail
group asking if they approved spending $50 or so out of Class funds for this
worthwhile cause.  The response was overwhelmingly in favor of getting
involved with this wonderful endeavor.  Therefore, Marilyn (Dyer) Hornberger
and I will take lunch, on behalf of the MHS Class of l962, to the build on
November 1.  Thanks so much for offers to help but two of us can handle it
easily.  I'm so proud, as I said above, of how generous this group is with
their love and money.  In fact, we didn't spend all the money authorized by
the response, so I will tell Ruth our Class will serve another lunch
whenever needed.  What a wonderful cause for us support!

CLASS MEDICAL UPDATES:

Brent Boner had a hip replacement in mid-October.  Mary wrote to say he is
doing very well and won't let this slow him down.  Hope to see him at the
November Wild Bunch breakfast.  You go, Brent.

Karen (Arnold) Pottorff stopped by to say she had completed her thirty-plus
radiation treatments for breast cancer and was very glad to have that ordeal
behind her.  She looks great and none the worse for wear.  She regretted
missing the reunion because of her treatments but promised to join us in
Sept. 2015.

Received a newsy note from Barbara (Hicks) Richardson.  She now lives in
Franklin and still works at Indiana Title Searching Service.  She relayed
that 2014 has been a trying year for her.  She fell and crushed a bone in
her left arm and fractured her shoulder and is still in physical therapy to
regain full mobility.  She gives all the glory for her improvement to God
and a wonderful orthopedic doctor.  She minimized her issues and said they
pale in light of the difficult journeys of many of her Class friends.  That
personality trait permeates every one of us connected through this Class.
Without exception, no one knows the meaning of pity and every one is
optimistic, caring for others, and grateful.

Also received a note from Steve McIlwain.  I sent him a birthday greeting
chiding him about his advanced age.  In retort, he informed me his children
gave him a day of open wheel race car driving at Bondurant driving school in
Phoenix--something he always wanted to do.  He shared it was one more thing
off his bucket list.  After telling me of this exciting birthday present, he
said he has experienced a heart attack and other cardiac events, insertion
of arterial stents, cataract removal from both eyes, and prostate cancer.
The good thing is he said all of these health events have made his bucket
list longer (and attending another reunion is on the list).  So long as he
has a full list, he will be around.  What a wonderful attitude!

Ran into Jim and Joyce Branham at Wally World.  They apologized for not
attending the reunion and Wild Bunch breakfasts.  Jim still struggles with
panic attacks in public which impinge upon his social activities.  I told
them how much they are missed and expressed our hope for their quick return
to the fold.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH:

I'm not saying to kill all the stupid people.  I'm just suggesting we remove
all warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds.  People move out of the way much
faster now.

You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands.  If they are
holding a gun, she's probably angry.
 

October 2014 UPDATE

Fall is upon us.  In celebration of that, we honor several holidays:  Yom
Kippur, Columbus Day, anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis (I remember
this well), and Halloween.  Here locally we also celebrate the Morgan County
Fall Foliage Festival--Oct. 10-12--culminating in a parade on Sunday, the
12th.  Since I live on the parade route, I always have an open house
pitch-in at my home.  All of you are invited and would be welcomed with open
arms.  You might bring your chairs (and blankets, if appropriate) and drinks
and a covered dish.  There will be lots of food, friendship, frivolity, and
fellowship for all.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:

Jim Barrack
Oct. 20
67 Laveianan Court, Mart. 46151

Lorraine Dunn Richardson
Oct. 7
Rainrich@sbcglobal.net

Richard Hamilton
Oct. 1
Chuckndi46151@yahoo.com

Alice Lehr Hornaday
Oct. 30
53 E. Main St., Mooresville, 46158

Mike Myers
Oct. 14
Mmyers001@ma.rr.com

Bev Parker Smith
Oct. 1
Bsflgram@gmail.com

Becky Pratt Bock
Oct. 1
Obbk41@yahoo.com

Glenn Sheeks
Oct. 10
Glennsheeks@sbcglobal.net

Tish Sunderman Haskett
October 6
13790 Driftwood Drive, Carmel, 46033

Judy Tapp Sidebottom
Oct. 9
Dad_mom_99@yahoo.com

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS CELEBRATING IN OCTOBER.  MAY THEIR
SPECIAL DAY AND ENTIRE YEAR BE THE VERY BEST EVER.

CLASSMATE DEATH:

Those on e-mail already know that we lost number 55 during September with
the passing of Ione Suter Thacker, who succumbed to cancer.  Ione had
valiantly fought this disease for years and always with a huge heart for
others and a positive attitude.  Even those of us who knew of her struggles
were shocked at her passing--it's impossible to prepare for that news.  Ione
lost her husband, Kenny, two years ago and always talked of her joy when
they could be reunited.  God bless her family, especially her twin sister
and classmate, Ilene, during their time of grief.  Of course, our
traditional bouquet accompanied Ione on her last journey.

CLASS MEDICAL UPDATES:

Cora Capshaw (4695 Cragen Road, Mart. 46151) called to apologize for missing
the reunion.  She very much wanted to attend but only recently completed the
last of 33 radiation treatments for breast cancer.  She is doing well and
swears she will be with us next Fall for the 53rd.  Her attitude is
wonderfully healing.

Mike Myers (mmyers001@ma.rr.com) also wrote to say he was thinking of us.
He is now on daily chemo pills rather than infusion type.  He has lost lots
of weight but hopes now to begin to rebuild that for more energy.  Cancer
has not grown or spread.  Praise God!  He sends love and best wishes to all
of us.

As those who attended the reunion know, Don Billings (don@billingsinc.com)
is out of the hospital and joined us in the 52nd celebration.  For those on
snail mail, he was hospitalized for anemia but didn't know what the problem
was.  After treatment, he bounced back and he enjoyed sharing good times
with us at the reunion.  His son was kind enough to bring him and sat
through all the "remember when" conversations without batting an eye.
Thanks, Brandon.

Karen Arnold Pottorff also missed because of her on-going chemo treatments
for breast cancer.  She is facing many such treatments but has a strong
sense of victory and is a fighter.  If you want to contact Karen, write her
at 889 E. Pike St., Mart. 46151.  Karen is a strong class supporter and
hopes to visit with many of us at the 53rd reunion when she is free of the
cancer.

Mary Anderson (jelliebaby@hotmail.com) was released by her neurosurgeon
because of her marvelous recovery from brain surgery.  She also regretted
not being with us but had only been released a few days before the 6th.
Mary, too, is strong in her resolve to return to normalcy very soon. We chat
frequently about life in general, and she always has interesting tidbits to
share.

Dan Broyer (jacksonmorganco@phenxt.com) attended church yesterday and looks
good.  His chemo treatments ended about four weeks ago and he is slowly
regaining strength and mobility.  He lost his hair during the treatments,
and I love rubbing his head for good luck.  It's returning even better than
before, he says, but I like his new look.

Many of the above friends had registered to attend the reunion but were
thwarted by illness.  Believe me, all of you were missed and your absence
noted.  Maybe next year many more of us can join together in laughter.  God
bless you all and bless the wonderful attitudes every one of you projects.
Mental tenacity is 75% of the battle for survival, so all of you have no
problem overcoming.

CLASSMATES' FAMILY DEATHS:

Sept. was a month for deaths in our little group.  Carol Schell Maxwell lost
her brother, Melvin, 78.  Kathryn Sue Mason Hill (ksh1944@sbcglobal.net)
lost her mother at 91.  Sharon McDaniel Raymond also lost her mother at 93.
Thankfully, those class friends have longevity in their genes.  I know I
speak for the entire class when I extend to these friends our condolences on
their losses and our wish that soon their grief will fade to fond memories.
It's so very hard to lose a parent or sibling.  Yet, the book of our lives
is now on the last chapter.  So goes the Circle of Life.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASS NEWS:

I received a much appreciated e-mail from Ed Underly
(elunderlys44@live.com).  Ed wanted to let me know he is still connected and
enjoying the updates even though he doesn't write much.  He thanked us for
not giving up on him as a lost classmate even though he left us before
graduation.  He lamented that learning to exist without his better half,
Janiece, is hard emotionally, mentally, and physically.  He had to learn
about running the house and finances, among many other tasks, and he regrets
he didn't appreciate all she did long ago.  He regrets missing the 52nd but
hopes next year he can pull together a trip to the 'Ville.  How fun it would
be to hug him again after so many years of absence.  He must be of sound
mind because he signed off with -- Go Hoosiers. Just wish he had also added
Go Colts.  He said to share that his thoughts are often with all his '62
friends.

Marvin Grimes (2004 N. Auburn, Indy 46224) sent condolences for his absence.
Marvin still works part-time and worked that weekend.  I suspect he has to
pay for the huge and beautiful Harley Hog he occasionally rides to my back
door.  He sure enjoys that form of adventure and it seems to fit him.  His
health is good. I sent him a photo of the Wild Bunch breakfast in Aug.  He
asked me to tell the group that we looked like we needed prune juice.  Shame
on you, Marvin.

Ed Kent has finally moved from Grand View to his own assisted living
apartment at KenMar, 210 W. Pike St., Apt. 309N, Mart. 46151.  Ed suffers
with COPD and is on oxygen and a walker, but he is thrilled to once again
have his own place.  Good luck, Ed.  Maybe next year you can join us at the
53rd.

Chuck Ritter also called to say fate conspired to prevent his attendance
with us at the reunion.  Chuck's son developed blood poisoning and was
hospitalized in Indy for many days.  When I finally found out why he was
AWOL, his son was back home and improving.  It was a scary time for Chuck
and his family.  So glad it had a happy ending.

Joy Favour Greenwalt (thegreenwalts@indy.rr.com) sent reunion regrets
because they were with family in North Carolina. She sent Hugs to all.

Your scribe has once again committed a journalistic faux pas.  I stated that
Bill Fulford's friend, Dottie "Singleton", took the great photos of the Wild
Bunch breakfast.  Bill reminds me her name is "Stapleton."  Dottie, please
forgive me if I promise never to make that mistake again.

WILD BUNCH BREAKFAST:

We had a good group at the September party.  Many of the regulars were there
but some faces that we haven't seen before--Jerry Massey, and a first-time
attendee Francis Hatley Fisher.  She has been a stranger since graduation,
as life got in the way of her participation in any of the reunions.  Yet,
she still enjoys contact with us through the Update and hopefully the
breakfasts.  Her husband is house-bound so she finds it difficult to leave.
We were also blessed with a visit from Steve Koons, who had been at the
reunion but stayed over for brunch before returning to Tennessee.  Others
attending the breakfast were:  Bob and Catherine Etter, Don and Linda
Burleigh, Johnie and ChieChie Boles, Curt and Mary Boner, Brent Boner,
Richard and Joyce Hamilton, Steve Koons, Austin and Chyrel Gray, Tish
Scherer Hartley, and Tura Crone LaMar.  Next brunch will be Monday, Oct.13.
Hope for another great turn-out.

REUNION UPDATE:

Earlier I sent to e-mail recipients a photo of the reunion group and a copy
of the newspaper article.  I am enclosing herewith for snail mail a copy of
that photo (not the greatest quality print), and the newspaper article is
copied at the end of this Update.  Maybe the names listed in the article
will help you attach faces with names.  After all, none of us have changed
much in 52 years.

I do want to add that I believe everyone who attended had a wonderful time.
We are all so grateful to Bob and Catherine for helping make our events such
a success.

The only thing left to do to close up the 52nd reunion is an accounting for
funds.  I hope you approve of my stewardship of the funds provided and
spent.  Here it goes:

I received $765.00 for reservations and gifts to the class funds.
I spent for the reunion $680.90 (paper products, extra postage, cashiers'
checks, class paid meals, caterer, class archives album and 8x10 photo,
photographer, envelopes and postage for album mailing).

This left $84.10 for the snail-mail fund.  I did not need to take a cent
from the Class treasury to pay for any part of the reunion, plus I have
additional funds for snail mail.  Thanks to everyone for contributing for