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61st Reunion: See Pictures Here!

Wow! What a weekend! Time seemed to stand still as friends caught up with one another, classmates re-connected, and many stories – old and new! – were shared during the Class of 1961’s 61st reunion. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.  Scroll down to see snapshots of the weekend’s festivities, and feel free to share any pictures that you took.

Class of 1961….we’re lookin’ good!

Jeff Williams, Dave Walsh, Tom Rogeberg, Mike Spangler, Dave Marsh, Robin Allin, Peggy Ahlgren, Joan Milesky Gaberman, Dan Schuette, Peggy Burgdorff Douglas, Karen Hult Scheele, Paul Sorum, Betsy Paddock Halpren, Rob Engelke, Sue Royston Ullsvik, Suzanne Buenzli Hutchinson, Jack Novick, Suzanne Henkle Deans, Randy Marks, Gilbert Youmans, Ralph Farmer, Sandy Brown Peterson, Pat Slattery, Jon Mikalson, Mary Villemonte Mikalson, Mary Thomsen, Jeff Bartell, Donna McDowell Beestman, Bill Muehl, Pam Sandrock Dannenberg, Eric Rosenthal, Dan Stiehl, Chris Johnson Dicke, Hallie Krider, Mike Bunch, Karen Daggett Wertymer, and Denis Hansen. Front row: Kathy McEldowney Moren, Sandy Colvin Wittmayer, Libby Barnard Farmer, Ann Dieter Glascoff, Margaret Ann Curry Reigle and Mike Harris. Missing in the photo: Elaine Voss Monis, Jane LaCourt Ebert and Joan Ranney Westgard (they left early) and we think Tom Deans might be hiding behind Jack Novick. (It is an old FBI trick.)

Share your story

We want to hear from you! Where you are at, what you are up to, and what are you enjoying these days? Share your journey.

To help us stay connected we have created a new section called MY JOURNEY. It is a section for recent biographies. We would like you to write a relatively short bio. ( See Suggestions) Our Class is a very special and interesting group. We’ve heard from many of you, some with happy stories and some sorrowful. We want you to share them all. Write!!!

Story Suggestions

  • A recap of what you did before retiring (if you are retired!)
  • What you have been doing since then. (We realize that with COVID-19 many of your activities have been put on hold.)
  • But how are you? What have you been doing during your quarantine?
  • What do you hope to do once we have a vaccine or some meds and hopefully life returns to a new normal?
  • Most of you have done a good job of updating us on your kids and grandkids (all available on our updated website), so we hope the emphasis is on you or you and your spouse.
  • One or two photos would be great.

Email your stories to:

Peggy Ahlgren: pahlgren@merr.com

Robin Allin: rnallinjr@gmail.com

Libby Barnard Farmer: ralphandlibby@gmail.com

If you don’t use a computer send your story and photos to:

Peggy – 3542 Valley Ridge Rd, Middleton, WI 53562.

Robin – 420 Farnsworth Circle, Port Barrington IL 60010

Libby – 7325 Southern Oak Place, Madison, WI 53719

We will get them posted.

New Webmaster

Hi fellow West ’61 classmates! 

Just wanted to let you know that we have again changed webmasters.  We want to thank Bob Buran and Ed Grob for their hard work maintaining the site, covering a span of almost 20 years!  We would also like to thank Ultratec (Rob Engelke’s company) for taking over the technical support of the website going forward.