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09/08/18 11:18 AM #1590    


Veronica Camargo

Stan and I used to sit together at the summer matinee movies at the Fox theater during our middle school years. We saw the Beatles movie, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and he kept singing the song through the whole movie!

Such a funny and nice guy!

09/08/18 10:53 PM #1591    


Mike D. Roberts

I’m happy that I got to catch up with Him at Tom’s wake.  Relived some good memories.  May he RIP!

09/10/18 12:23 PM #1592    

Peter Preheim

I had the good fortune of knowing Stan from early elementary all the way through our years at NHS.  I have many fond memories from those days.  Always sorry to hear of friends passing.  RIP Stan!

09/10/18 04:19 PM #1593    


Nathan Stucky

Stan and I lived close to each other in North Newton from grade school on; we ran around together as kids, rode our bikes everywhere and made up various "clubs" of which we were always founding members. He was a great guy. Condolences to his sister, Virginia, and the rest of his family.

09/11/18 11:48 AM #1594    

Prudy Hutton (Fitzpatrick)

I have such fond & fun memories of attending grade school then high school with Stan and always enjoyed seeing him at reunions. He was very kind.  This is very sad. Condolences to his family. 

09/11/18 12:14 PM #1595    


Richard Martinez

Rest in peace buddy.we had a great ride

09/16/18 10:11 AM #1596    

Cheryl Dawson (Stallard)

Stan's obituary is in today's' Manhattan Mercury.  He he led a full, interesting life.  


09/17/18 12:59 PM #1597    


Dennis Schmidt

Thanks, Cheryl.  I've updated the In Memory Page.


09/25/18 05:45 PM #1598    


Martin Libhart

Our sympathy goes out to classmate Carol Campa, who lost her husband Kit on May 29th of this year. We were unaware of her loss, and thanks to our classmate Maureen "Reenie" Koehn Fast for sharing this information with us.



Sanchez, Kit Paul "Buster" 67, died Tues., May 29, 2018. Rosary, 9:30 a.m; Funeral Mass, 10 a.m., both Mon., June 4 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Graveside Service, with military honors, 11 a.m., Wed., June 6 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Buster was a U.S. Marine Vietnam Warveteran and served in the National Guard until 2004. He played Mexican League Softball, graduated from North High in 1968 and was a WSU Honors Graduate with degrees in Administration of Justice and Minority Studies. He was a former Director at American Red Cross and SER Corporation. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Kittie. Survivors: wife, Carol; son, Paul "Homer"; daughters, Jessica (Alberto) Portillo and Jennifer Sanchez all of Wichita; grandchildren, Liliana, Andrew, Aniela, Adrian and Ronald; sisters, Paula Garcia, Sherry Ramirez, Linda Spurrier, Cecilia Sanchez and Nancy Sanchez. In lieu of flowers, memorials to La Familia Senior Community Center, 841 W. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67203. Downing & Lahey West.

09/25/18 06:46 PM #1599    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you to the classmates who have reached out to me after my husband Jerry passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

09/26/18 11:09 AM #1600    

Erle Miller

So sorry for your loss Terry! Prayers for comfort and peace lifted for you and your family!

09/26/18 12:31 PM #1601    


Marci Phillips

Terry so sorry to hear of husband Jerry's death. I did not know. Prayers and thoughts for you and family. You have really had your hands full as of late. God Bless!!!

09/26/18 01:59 PM #1602    


Veronica Camargo

I was not aware that your husband had passed. Please accept my condolences. May you rest in peace knowing you were the best caretaker he could have had. Treasure all the memories!
Sending hugs,

09/26/18 04:15 PM #1603    


Roger Morton

Dear Terry, I’m so sad to hear about Jerry’s passing. May the peace of the Lord be with you in these difficult times. 

09/26/18 08:11 PM #1604    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you all for your prayers. Jerry passed away peacefully. He never struggled for one breath. I was always afraid he would die like some Parkinson's patients do, some choke to death or have a real hard time, struggling until the end. We had a lot of family and friends around the clock telling Jerry how much he meant to them, especially the close friends of my sons. He was like a father to all of them when they were growing up.

I would like to give a shout out to Heartland Hospice from Wichita. They were absolutely wonderful!They had someone here 24/7 and we had 4 different chaplains that took turns staying with Jerry and the family in addition to nurses and aides. God Bless them all!

Three of my sons and Tristan's fiancee are living with us so they are all a big help. I think my mother sent Tonya Garcia to us because she knew we needed a great cook in this house! I think Jerry thought he died and went to heaven because Tonya loves to cook and bake. The best thing she did was buy him non dairy ice cream. He always told me not to be afraid to fill the bowl up!

Thank you all and God Bless all of our wonderful classmates!

09/27/18 11:36 AM #1605    


Monica Schmidt (Thompson)

Terry,  I am so sorry to hear that you lost your husband. I know that you have many fond memories of times together and I'm glad you had such a strong support system there to help you through this difficult time.  I'm thinking of you and your family. 

09/27/18 12:17 PM #1606    


Barbara Gabel

Terry: So sad to hear about Jerry. I so enjoyed his company at the various reunions n when you two came out to the bookstore for my signing. Thank the Lord for His granting peace to such a sweet n gentle man. You have given so much to his care and others. Rest n take care of yourself during this quiet time. May God’s peace n love surround you n keep you. My tears flow with yours.

09/27/18 02:57 PM #1607    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Kim Saylor called me today and we had a very nice conversation. I know most of you didn't know Jerry had passed away.  I should have posted something immediately but I thought since it was in the papers and on facebook I didn't think about posting it on our class web site. You all are very wonderful and I look forward to attending our class breakfasts at the Breadbasket. I haven't attended one for awhile because of Jerry. Hope to see some of you soon! I had a wonderful time at the one during our class reunion!

09/27/18 04:13 PM #1608    


Martin Libhart

Terry, we were all very sorry to learn of your husband Jerry's passing, and regret that we did not see the obituary and inform our classmates of this sooner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we are glad you are surrounded by your family. 

Below is the obituary as it appeared in The Kansan on September 20th. 


On Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2018) evening, Jerome Schmitz passed away peacefully in his home in Newton, surrounded by his close family and friends. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 1999. He was 76 years old. He was born May 11, 1942, on the family farm in Baileyville. His parents were Silverius "Sap" Schmitz and Viola Bergman Schmitz. He attended St. Mary's Grade School from September 1948 to May 1956 and St. Mary's High School from September 1956 to May 1960 in St. Benedict. He enlisted in the Air Force out of Kansas City, Missouri, on Aug. 31, 1960, through May 1, 1964, and remained in the reserves until Aug. 30, 1966. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He completed special equipment training at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. After serving in the Air Force, he graduated from Wichita Technical Institute. He retired from Honeywell after 31 years as an Avionics Electronics Technician. He enjoyed tuning organs. He was an artist who favored the grid method. He loved to sing, especially at church. He sang for friends' and families' weddings. He married Terry Margaret Bernowich on Nov. 25, 1972, in Newton. He was preceded in death by parents, Silverius and Viola Schmitz; and his son, Jerrod Schmitz. Survivors include his wife, Terry Bernowich Schmitz; sons: Jason (Melody) Schmitz, Darren Schmitz, Chad Schmitz and Tristan Schmitz, all from Newton; siblings: Kathleen (Richard) Hylton of Topeka, Diane (Alan) Schultz of Berryton, Esther (Jack) Shattuck of White Oak, Texas, Marilyn Egan of Topeka, Cecelia (Elton) Olberding of Seneca and Michael (Linda) Schmitz of Baileyville; and three step-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 21, 2018), with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2018), both at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. The casket will be open between 1 and 5 p.m. Friday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home. A memorial has been established with the Parkinson Foundation. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114. Condolences may be left at Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. Published in The Kansan on Sept. 20, 2018

09/27/18 05:06 PM #1609    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you Martin. I truly understand how it is so easy to miss reading about friends passing away. In no way am I upset over people not knowing about Jerry. I know I have the most wonderful and caring classmates any one could ask for. I look forward to seeing all of you at the next reunion or birthday party for when we turn 70!

Thank you everyone and God Bless all of you!

09/30/18 04:20 PM #1610    


Nathan Stucky

Terry, I just checked in and saw the notices about Jerry's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

09/30/18 06:30 PM #1611    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you Nathan. I really appreciate the thoughts and prayers. God Bless you!

10/11/18 10:03 AM #1612    


Leroy Buller

The monthly breakfast is this Saturday at 9 am at the Breadbasket in Newton.  Good food, good fun, good friends.  Hope to see you there.

Dutch Treat!


10/25/18 11:29 AM #1613    

Peter Preheim


Received your request for donations from Class of '68 for the Class Fund.  My $25 check is on the way.

Fellow classmatess: send Lee YOUR $25 checks!



10/31/18 02:34 PM #1614    


Leroy Buller

I have sent an email to the class thanking all of you for the donations for the web site.  The cost of the web site is covered.

Thank you so much for the donations.



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