Hi from Karen Manke Weiss,
Sheila Sipher Lopour got a message call from Danny's Hickory Banquet Hall asking if we still planned on having our class reunion there on Sept. 11th.
Sheila, Jeanne Jensen Murphy and I had discussed whether we should have the reunion because of the Covid still hanging around and whether many classmates would want to come.  After much thought we figured it would be best to not have it, but before we canceled, Jeanne called Infusino's to see what dates they have available in the summer of 2022 which they did.   So, we booked Saturday, the 30th of July thinking it might be a nice change of time of the year to have it.  They didn't require a down payment and Danny's was thrilled as someone wanted it for a wedding.   They have sent Sheila the $250.00 down payment back.
We know many classmates want a reunion, but the numbers just won't be there to support anything like what we've had.  We lucked out with our last 3 great reunions, but the one we would have had in 2020 would have been awful as the weather was terrible that whole weekend.
So, we'll have an 80th Birthday Party July 29-30, 2022!
(can you believe it, "80") lol
We are forming some ideas of what we would like to do.
It would be so nice if we knew how many of you check out our class website.  So, when you receive a Broadcast Email which is sent to all the classmates we have email addresses for, it would help us to let us know you received it.

Hi, I just sent out an e-mail about the class DVD.  Please let me know by Oct 15th if you are interested in getting a copy.  Cost will be $15-20 including mailing to your home.  I'll have payment options once I get a count of those interested.

Class of 1960 DVD, runs about 1 hour has music and lots of old pictures of Park High from 1929 thru 2004, cost will be around $16-17 dollars, let me know at flyerskip10@aol.com by Oct. 15th if you want a copy.
Class of 1960 DVD, runs about 1 hour has music and lots of old pictures of Park High from 1929 thru 2004, cost will be around $16-17 dollars, let me know at flyerskip10@aol.com by Oct. 15th if you want a copy.

  Gloria Davis Hess
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Hey Karen, Many thanks for all you do arranging the reunions! Since I turned 80 yesterday-can't believe we are becoming Octogenarians-I really hope to see you at the 22 reunion    Best Regards, Gloria HessaA
  Karen Manke Weiss
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Birthday Celebration Is All Over!  Saw all of you that  attended.  All the pictures Jane & Karen took are posted on our Website
on the Welcome page and in *PHOTOS NEW & OLD*, also on Facebook's private group "Park High Friends"
  Kate Speer Ely
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Looking forward to seeing everybody! Just read the string of messages and find there was a lot more going on at Park High than I knew about. Wouldn't you love to go back in time for just a day? Preferably during basketball season the year we went to state. And GeForce just a day. See you this weekend.
  Kathy Driskill
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Hurricane Harvey  or not I will be there!
  Sally von Gonten Dunbar
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Comments: Wish I could be there to celebrate our 75th birthday together but, I can't... so have a blast and "may you stay forever young" Sally
  Lynn Bratley
Sunday, August 27, 2017
I am so looking forward to our 75th birthday reunion and celebrating together. 75? How did that happen? And we all look so young for our age. By the time the reunion comes around, I will be retired from the company I founded 33 years ago - a move two years in the planning. It's a good story - you can read about it on www.improbableplayers.org. My adopted hometown, Watertown, MA named 08/08/17 as Lynn Bratley Day. One of those bittersweet things you just want to share with your parents. So I'm glad I have you to share it with: http://watertown.wickedlocal.com/news/20170816/watertown-artist-and-producer-lynn-bratley-honored
  Kathy Olson Driskill
Monday, August 21, 2017
I am excited about our Birthday Bash but sad to see that many cannot make it !!!  I guess there are some of us that cherrished our years in the the Halls of Washington Park High, even though Mr. McKintosh took me to the principals office many times for skipping his class and I found it more rewarding driving around in the 1955 Buick and chasing all those guys from St. Cats, I sooooooo  enjoy seeing everyone on these wonderful Get Togethers!   I will be there all the way from TEXAS!!!!!! Kathy
  Ken Mee
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Jeanne spoke with Ken Mee today and Ken regrets he will not be attending, however he is doing well.   We'll miss him, but are glad to hear from him.  Several classmates have asked about him, therefore this report :-)    
  Dennis Danner
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Comments: Sorry we will be unable to attend. Stuck here in Olive Branch Mississippi with two 120 lb Bernese Mountain Dog puppies who would not travel well. Regards to all for surviving so long. Special shout out to my long time friends Jerry Franke, Dan Amundson, and those that will not be attending, Lance Anastasio (lives in Florida) Jerry Kreuser (lives in Switzerland) The photos brought back memories of my old departed close friends Dave Witipil (boating accident in Alaska) Larry Seager (died on a mountain top in Arizona so I'm told, Dan Foley (unknown) Valdis Jaunkalnietis (unknown) Have fun and enjoy your good fortune to still be around to celebrate.
  Dean Theos
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Karen, sorry to say we will not be able to attend as a family commitment has come up. Great job to all reunion committee.  A lot of hard work.     Hope to see all @ the 60th. Dean & Karen Theos
  Norm Jensen
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Hi Karen,   Have now permanently settled in Roatan, Honduras.  Will not be able to attend the 75 party as we don't go back to the States.   We absolutely love it here.  Also, it's a wonderful place to vacation. Come visit.   Sincerely, Norm Jensen

I just watched these movies of where Norm is living.  Wow! Norm looks the same

Additional note from Norm & Maggie:
 Roatan is one of  the Bay Islands approximately 30 miles north of mainland Honduras. It is approximately 30 miles long and 2 to 3 miles wide - mountainous and beautiful.  People are extremely friendly and helpful and most speak English.  The island is developing rapidly, but we were able to find a remote little spot.

This is the link to movies we have made since we first bought to show the development of our property and adventures in Roatan.  


This link works now.
  Karen Manke Weiss
Saturday, August 19, 2017
I inquired how Ken Mazmanian is doing.  Jan, his sister-in-law said Ken is doing good at Racine Commons on Corporate Drive. The west building offers more intensive assistance. This is an assisted living facility. He is doing pretty well.  He has been diagnosed with Lymphoma for which he has been receiving treatment. As a result, he has had several hospitalizations and pneumonia.  His memory is spotty. If someone asks how he is doing, he always replies "Getting better every day". 
  Sharon Farina (Woiteshek)
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thanks for the invitation to the 75th Birthday Party.  However, I won't be able to come.  I booked a condo in Florida for the month of Sept. already back in April.  Have fun.
  Lois Carroll Fredericks
Monday, August 7, 2017
From:     Date:     Message:   Comments: sorry I will not be able to attend the birthday bash.
  Karen Manke Weiss
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Kathy: Your check has been received and I'm having a problem with my entries showing up on the Who Will Be there List.  I've entered everyone that has paid as of today after talking with Jeanne, however several are not showing up.  I do have an email into MyEvent requesting help on this matter. I added 15 but some just aren't showing.  I'm sure it will be corrected soon.
Added: Suzie & Karl, Penny, Gus & Jan, Vincent, Gene, Donna Anderson, Sheila, Joan Q, John Guenther, Lynn & Chuck, Ken & Jacque, Josephine & Sue Ellen, Karen & Ron, Judy Spencer & Kathy & James.
  Kathy Olson Driskill
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Hi guys,  Looking forward to seeing  everyone in a month,  Jeanne I did not see my name on the list but sent you a check for $153 on 7/11,  I did not send the forms as I was having Fiber optic installed and a few other things done to the wiring in my home!!   Let me know if you got it,  James does want to play golf and I will come to lunch.  We want to do the pizza party Friday and the Saturday Dinner!  Again we look forward to the 75 get together!!!   YIKES 75 !!!!!!!!!!!! Kathy
  Tom Henrickson
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Comments: heard about reunion from dave henry a few days ago...interested in attending..email info...i will make sure that leaker dave henry comes this time..unless he is banned from coming which is understandable
  Patricia Pierce Merlo
Monday, July 31, 2017
Hello, Karen I am sorry, but I will not be attending the 75th reunion of Park High School. Will you ever have a reunion that will not play golf? I do not play. An old-time sock hop would be more fun! I write poetry and children's stories, and I am going to online college for Complementary and Alternative Health. I am a senior this year. I will receive a Bachelor's degree in June 2018. Best regards, Patti Pierce (Patricia Merlo)
  Ann Bingham Newman
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Got it! Not sure I can attend. I do have a room though . New baby and others , so  too many places I have to go! Ann
  David Webb
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Karen, thanks. Freudian slip, sorry.  Jean not Joan. Go Mitchell. David
  Dave Webb > Look on Welcome page
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hi Karen, It looks like I will be attending Saturday event. My relatives are planning big family party, so a lot will be going on. Having get together Thursday with Hugh, Ken, Art and Willard, my fishing buddies  How much, and whom do I write check to? Thanks for being there for Team '60, you have been amazing. You might post this recent pic of mine if you can I can't tell if I look 65 or 86, that' for all my Park girls to say.    ***(Will put picture on Welcome page)*** Whoopee, David  Say hi to my true love, Jean (corrected)
  Ellen Arneson Wagner
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hi this is Ellen Arneson Wagner Hope everything is going great for you, it is great for me.  I will not be attending the reunion I hope you have a great turn out. I was wondering if Joan of Arc still in the area of the big front doors and the library. I still have my Kipi yearbook. Let me know how the reunion goes and how big of a turnout you got. Have fun
  Kathy Foss Jacobs
Friday, July 28, 2017
Kathy Foss Jacobs also sends the following comments: "Enjoying reading all the info, thanks for all your hard work!"
  Bill Nelson
Friday, July 28, 2017
I will miss not playing in the golf scramble, but look forward t seeing all Friday and Saturday. Bill Nelson
  Barb Mayfield
Friday, July 28, 2017
Sorry I have not viewed the website yet -- alot has been going on.  I do plan on attending reunion a will get payment to Jeanne Murphy before August deadline! Barb Mayfield
  Tom Howell
Friday, July 28, 2017
I can't make it.  Sorry.  Hope the group has a great time!
  Cliff n Patty Miller
Friday, July 28, 2017
Very sorry we can not attend.  We believe it would be a fun time.   Thanks for the invite.   Cliff n Patty, (Donnelly), Miller
  Jerry Hefferon
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thank you for the invitation but I won't be attending. Good to hear from you and I would appreciate being kept up to date in the future.  I hope all is well with you and the rest of our class? I'm doing fine and staying active. Take care of yourself!   Sincerely,   Gerald (Jerry) Hefferon   P.S. I still get back there occasionally for a Kewpee and a walk by the lake!
  Gail Severson Clark
Friday, July 28, 2017
Dear Karen      I will not be attending the reunion again this year.  Unfortunately my health does not allow me to travel.  I will be looking forward to the wonderful photos and comments from the students.  You all have done a fantastic job with these reunions and should be commended on a fantastic job well done.  It's so wonderful to see and read about all the students etc.  It brings back so many memories.  Hugs to all of the students and you who have put this together.  Take care and God bless you all. Go panthers. Lovingly, Gail Severson Clark 
  Al Draves
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hi Karen:   I was going to try to make it, but can't do it.   Sorry, my disappointment.   Thanks.   Al Draves
  Dotty Infusino Butts
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hi, it has been a busy year, not in a good way.  A new cancer came up and took up a great deal of my time. I was hoping to make this year a big travel year.  Still I am happy to be here and hope I will be able to play tennis again at some point.  I would love to have more info on the rest of our group, since I will not be able to attend this time. I will try to look at info which I am really bad at and call if I need help.   All myinfo is the same.  I promise to come on the 80th or any time before that.  Keep up the good work.   Dotty Butts
  John O. Johnson
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thanks for the information.  My wife and I will be at the pizza party.  Looking forward to it.
  Richard Van Dyke
Thursday, July 27, 2017
thanks for the invite and the update too.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend.   Dick Van Dyke
  Mary-Ellen Daubert Felts
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thank you for the notice and invitation. I will not be able to attend.  However , you all have a great time.   Mary-Ellen Daubert Felts
  Chuck Sorensen
Thursday, July 27, 2017
As much as I would like to attend I am running the Chicago Marathon in early October and am reluctant to make two trips to the midwest from Arizona within such a short time of one another.  Since I'm still active with my business it is not practical for me to make an extended stay and do this all in one trip.  Guess I'll just have to wait until 2020 when you will most likely plan a 60th bash.  Needless to say I wish you all a good time.  I would like to see everyone and would have liked to participate in the golf.  Maybe next time.   All the best,   Chuck Sorensen
  Geoffrey Thielen
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sorry I won't be able to make it. Hope you all have a wonderful time.
  Larry Bergeson
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Copies & pasted from Larry's entry  to the Blog:   Larry Bergeson on July 3, 2017 2:58 PM Hi all,  As I won't be able to be at the 75th birthday party thought I'd drop a short note. Haven't been to a reunion since the first one in 1970.  Still alive and married to Gilda Bakus (Park class of 1966) for almost 49 years. One son Todd who is a pilot and a Lt.Col. with the Tennessee Air Guard and also with Delta Airlines. Was at SC Johnson from 1960 till 1999 going from the factory floor to International R&D during that time. I am currently working on my sixth passport having filled many with travels through SCJ. Been to Africa, South America and through out Asia for the company and also spent 1964/1967 in the USAF where I visited Viet Nam, Thailand and Phillipines during the 16 months I spent overseas. Currently Gilda and I are living in Florida where we have been for the past 18 years.  Trips to visit our son and two Grandsons occupy us and we also enjoy Cruising. Cannot believe that I am still alive after all these years. Anyone wants to chat please send a note to the above email address. Best regards to all of you, Larry Bergeson (Bergy)
  Mark Stirle
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Cannot Attend
  Pat Beggs Erickson
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thanks Karen for the update, but we are now residing in Ft. Myers, Fl. and will not be able to attend. Have a great time.  
  Karen Westrich
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Got it 
  John Williams
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Hi Karen, I would love to attend the reunion but will have to send regrets . I am doing well and will be enjoying Maine with my family. We spend several months a year up there,  the rest in Charleston South Carolina.  I had a nice visit this Spring with Sam Rogers who visited me in Charleston. Turned 75 in June. Doing well and keeping busy doing architecture.    John H. Williams Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sue Tohm Bolander' message copied and pasted 
I am sad to miss seeing my classmates at the reunion but I will be visiting the Maritime Islands during that time.  This has been a year filled with travel: cross country skiing in Banff and Sun Valley, a service trip with Sierra Club at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and two weeks in Russia in June.  My health is good and I am trying to squeeze in all I can while I can.  Life is good!   Sue Tohm Isely Bohlander
  Sandra Kinard
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sorry,   I was hoping to attend this year,  but plans were already made for NYC.                  I enjoy all of the pictures and updates.  Have a great time.
  Ted Christensen
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I will attend and look forward to seeing all my classmates who attend.
  Bonnie Miller Gagnon
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sorry I will not be attending the Party as Al and I are traveling to Spain at that time.  Have fun, as I know you will
  Dick Klofanda
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Vicky and I will not make the reunion as we will be in Europe.  Hope you all are in good health and do have a great time.
  Dennis Otwaska
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Darlene and I will not be able to attend the get together as we will be somewhere in the Rocky Mountains at the time. Hope you all have a great time.
  Russ Schroeder
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I get the emails, thanks for all the work everyone does to keep us in the loop.  I hope to make the 75th, but have never missed the opening of Grouse season in 44 years ......so plan to hunt for a couple of hours Sat am and then head down......
  Larry Bergeson
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Hi all, posted a longish note on the blog page so I wont repeat it here.  Still cannot believe I'm still here after all these years.  Feel free to send an email.  Larry
  Mark H. Bondo
Monday, July 10, 2017
 Erika and  I were looking forward to the reunion; however, personal reasons will not allow us to attend. With God's grace we will attend the 60th reunion.   Mark and Erika Bondo
  Karen "Manke"
Friday, May 19, 2017
If you have Questions or a Message, Enter it in this area "What's New 2017"    Hope you were able to download the flyer and that we will be hearing from you all soon. have a great summer and don't forget to send in your registration by August 25th or earlier.
  Karen Manke Weiss
Saturday, April 29, 2017
2017 -  This is probably the best place to post a message.