2019 Emails from Classmates

As soon as our Broadcast Emails go out, we begin hearing from classmates, and I'm sharing these emails with you.

Clicking on the senders' email addresses should open an email window, but if that doesn't happen, you might need to copy and paste the address into your browser to make it work.  Judy

J. Craig Scherf, Duluth MN   I deeply regret I cannot be with all of you at this reunion.  My commitments to my job as church organist and to our local library in the midst of its annual book sale which I chair preclude my coming. 

While it is true as Thomas Wolfe says “You Can’t Go Home Again,” it is nevertheless something in our very nature that makes us reach back to touch what in retrospect seem golden days.  That time seems so very distant in years, but almost perilously close in sentiment.  The friends I left behind after that graduation day never really left me, and their impact and memory linger on in recollection in ways I could not have predicted then.

My career took me mostly to St. Paul, so it was rare I ran into any of my former classmates, and it was the gift of the various reunions that brought those memories back so vividly. The war, the violence of the days that followed in the 60’s and 70’s are themselves only a memory now.  Some did not return from that war, others came back injured and maimed.  Nothing was ever quite the same after those more innocent days when the world looked so promising to us all.

Football games seemed really important, as the stars of our class won titles. 
Some people were lost within a few years to tragic diseases; others moved far away and were present to us only in memory.  Paging through the yearbook before reunions we saw faces not yet changed, but still touching us after all those years, Proustian memories stirred by just a photograph.

For a few of you, I went to school with you for twelve years, in those days when people stayed put and neighborhoods meant something.  To those in that group I give a special greeting.

I have myself left my neighborhood and city behind after retiring from Dayton’s/Macy’s and have built something of a new life in Duluth/Superior. 
It is somewhat ironic that instead of returning to my ancestral South that I moved further North.  The flags of Maryland and Missouri fly over my home overlooking the St. Louis River, mystifying those who pass by I suppose.
I would truly invite anyone from the class who visits the area to give me a call so we could meet and remember old days, old friends. Know that a warm welcome would await you.

It remains only for me to bid you all a fond and affectionate greeting on the occasion of this reunion.  Know that I will be thinking of you as you meet.  AHStephens@hotmail.com

Phone Call from Janie Howdeshell Cronin, Clearwater FL   Janie called to say that she'll be coming to the reunion with her son Noel (a Delta employee). She said she planned to stay with him, his wife and their two grandkids. He's going to be her escort to the Reunion, and will join for dinner.  flavince21@gmail.com
Gary N. Gustafson, Anchorage AK  Thinking of many of you has been a pleasure throughout life. I'm still in Alaska, as I have been since 1966 except for the year in Vietnam, and now in Anchorage again after 19 years in Fairbanks. My regret is that I'll be unable to attend the reunion. Best wishes to all of you. ggus.6946@gmail.com

Mura Caverly D'Angelo, Escondido CA  Thanks to everyone who organizes these things. Can't believe it's been 55 years! That makes me how old? I'm still in California, but remember "fondly" those blizzards and crunching snow as we slid down the hill at Minnehaha Creek. Glad they are only a memory. Now I only have to deal with earthquakes! Anyway, I probably won't make it, planning a trip to Italy for same time. My thoughts are with you. Arrivederci amici.  muradangelo2@cox.net

Jerry Anderson, Texas City TX  Can't be at the reunion this time because my wife and I will be traveling to California. Any band members identified for our class? I played trombone, FYI. Does anyone remember how many were actually in our graduation class? My wife graduated from a Los Angeles high school and thinks her class was larger.   jerry_anderson@juno.com

Gerry Harding Cronquist, Eagle River AK   I won't be able to attend the reunion this time. During the last two Novembers I have been going to Europe for the Christmas Marts in Germany and France. This year I'm going to Prague. My girlfriend and I only go for a week but it's been lots of fun.  gerry@teamcc.com

Darlene Issacson Kruger, Maple Grove MN   Does anyone from our class know how to get in touch with Jeff Arnold? If so, please contact me.  dustydarmn@gmail.com

Kathy Selvig Grambsch, Vancouver WA   I'm unable to attend this time.  I'm still doing gigs with my accordion and have 2 commitments on Sept 13 at Mt Angel Oregon Octoberfest (look it up), and Sept 14 at Ridgefield Washington (their Octoberfest celebration). Don and I will be in Mpls for a Grambsch "reunion" over Labor Day week-end, and now he’ll stay for Twins games and the Washburn 55-Year Reunion. I look forward to photos and stories. If YOU have time when I’m in Mpls (August 28th to Sept 4th ), join me for lunch or ?  kgrambsch@comcast.net

Connie Rondeau Johnson, Colorado Springs CO  I'm hoping to make it but just not sure yet. I won’t know till sometime next month. If I can't I'll definitely be there in spirit. Not sure if you heard, but we moved to Colorado Springs last December. I'd love to hear from anyone who'd like to catch up. Here's my new contact info: 8910 Edgefield Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. My cell is 612-390-2168.   wectex@hotmail.com

Paige Van Vorst, Chicago IL   Glad to hear reunion planning is underway. I’ll mark the date on the calendar. I’m still working full time to my wife’s eternal chagrin. I love it and I’m able to build up my retirement nestegg while at the same time reducing the number of years I’ll have to provide for in retirement.  Paigevan1@earthlink.net

JoAnne Digree Fritz, Apple Valley MN   Wish I could come but have a wedding that night in Owatonna. Thanks for planning the reunions. I love them!  Joey.  joeyfritz@aol.com

Karen Lindelin Pettersen, Greenwood Village CO  Wish I could join you all for our high school 55th reunion but I will not be able to come.  I did want you to know that I am still alive and well living in Denver, Colorado.  texaskaren220@att.net

Michele Murnane, Seattle WA  So glad the reunion team keeps on stop of these reunions. I won't be able to come this time.  Still living in Seattle. We are having our grade school reunion this year too.  I went to a Catholic school and we spent 9 years together, so I will be at least one school reunion this year. Have a great time!

​Jane Clark Truesdale, Estes Park CO  
I won't be able to join you at the reunion in September and I'm sad because I've been to all the others. I'll be in Spain hiking the El Camino de Santiago at that time. You probably think I'll be doing this with my husband Roger, but he will be meeting me at the end in Santiago in a car.  I am doing this pilgrimage with 3 other women.  Two of them are from MN, but you do not know them; and the other is a friend of mine from Estes Park.  Actually it would take us about 5 weeks to complete the entire trek, but we will be doing as much as possible in a month.  One of the gals from MN is Jewish and needs to be home for Rosh Hashanah in early Oct.  Thus, in order to start and finish, we will be taking a bus through the middle section of desert where it is not as scenic and there aren't as many accommodations.  It is required to walk the last 100km in order to get your certificate of completion.  We plan on doing more than that. I will start in France and hike up and over the Pyrenees into Spain.  I have started training, and hope to be as fit as possible in Sept. Roger and I, along with the other couple from Estes Park, will then go to Portugal and Paris.  I am sorry to miss the reunion, but cannot pass up this adventure. Please greet everyone for me, and tell them I would like to be there.   janetruesdale2@gmail.com

Toni Okada, Mercer Island WA  There’s a chance I will be in MN around the reunion date. I should know more after I see my cousins in June. So right now I’m a “maybe”. Thanks for organizing!  td.okada@yahoo.com

Michele Murnane, Seattle WA  Nice hearing from you. So glad the reunion team keeps on top of these reunions. I won't be able to come this time.  Still living in Seattle. Have a wonderful time.  MMurnane@msn.com

Gerry Clark, Creve Coeur MO  Thanks to the committee so much for doing all of this.  I have been snooping around it for two hours. We can’t thank you enough!!!  See you September 14th.     Warmest Regards, Gerry  gerald.j.clark@gmail.com

Ellen Goldenberg, Long Beach CA  Thanks Judy and committee for just in time date announcement! I will be there and register soon. Just rushing off to a yoga stretch class. Ellen  ellenfaye@gmail.com

(Karen) Sue Johnson Cummings, Phoenix AZ  GREAT Idea!  Wish I lived in Minnesota so I could help you!  Kindest Regards, Sue   sue@kscummings.com

Jerry Anderson, Texas City TX  Judy, great to hear from you and glad to see the reunion plan. Unfortunately I will be in MPLS in June, but in September will be traveling to California so will not be able to attend. Warmest regards to all who attend. Planning to be back in Mpls Oct 22, for a week to celebrate step-mom's 90th birthday. Jerry  jerry_anderson@juno.com