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12/18/18 01:13 PM #1626    


Bill Boyd

June - that is so cool - I am always thrilled to spend time with my daughter. 

HEY! Are we going to have a 70th birthday party?  That's about a year out, or so.  That would be a perfect excuse for me to be there.  Not that I need an excuse.  But If we are, can we plan it for either Spring or Fall?  August is just too hot.  I would be glad to help out any way I can.  I'm going to make a Railer (art) Quilt to be raffled for part of the class expenses.  I'll need some opinions on that, too.  I don't want anybody to knock themselves out working on it, but let's talk about it.

Let me know what you think.

12/19/18 12:19 PM #1627    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Sounds good to me Bill. Maybe I will be able to help more this time.

12/23/18 06:07 AM #1628    


Bill Boyd

OK! Terry and I are going to have a 70th Birthday Party.  What about everybody else? 

BTW - I have lost 65+ pounds in the past year.  I'm not thrilled about the way I did it, but it feels pretty good.

12/24/18 12:15 AM #1629    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Okay Bill, let's do it!

Congratulations on your weight loss. Sorry you had to do the way you dit it.

Merry Christmas!

12/24/18 09:47 AM #1630    


Monica Schmidt (Thompson)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and happiness.  🎄☃️🎁🎉🥂

12/31/18 12:12 PM #1631    


Martin Libhart

It has been an enjoyable year for me while re-connecting with many of you, being involved with our 50th Reunion, and of course attending my Tuesday lunch every week with the old "Talko-Tuesday Gang". (Imagine, if you can, 7-9 old guys sitting around the lunch table for 2+ hours every stories and laughing as though we had never heard them before.) Are we getting older? Of course, but let's take it in stride, and always remember the following:

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” 

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”

“Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My new goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.”

"Beautiful old people are works of art. Like a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged face.”

“Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones”.


12/31/18 06:20 PM #1632    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you Martin for the "suggestions" you shared with us. Very wise words!

Happy New Year to all our wonderful classmates!

01/01/19 05:53 AM #1633    


Bill Boyd

One more cycle of chemo, this time.  I'll go back the week after my birthday and then I get a couple months off.  Then more scans and see what's next.  I'm going to find a way to go to Kansas soon.  Incidentally, my idea for a 70th birthday was a bit outrageous.  But we've still got a year.



01/03/19 06:00 AM #1634    


Brenda Drake (Anderson)

Praying for you, dear Bill.


01/07/19 08:06 PM #1635    


Veronica Camargo

I'm so sad to share with all of you that our classmate, Janet Beard, passed away today. Don't have details other than she drove herself to the hospital this morning and died there.

01/07/19 09:09 PM #1636    

Erle Miller

So sad to hear about Janet's passing. Prayers lifted for her family.

01/07/19 11:05 PM #1637    


Susan Brainard (Ashcraft)

So sorry to hear this about Janet! Prayers are with her family!

01/08/19 10:04 AM #1638    


Connie Hale (Rhodes)

Sharing part of a message from Janet dated Dec. 21, 2018.

“Connie, we share in common. I’ve had a rough year due to back surgery I had about six months ago and still trying to recoup. However, I continue to press on regardless of any setbacks that may occur. Hope to see you soon. Continue to help keep the class together. Blessing my friend. Janet”

I will always be blessed through Janet’s insight, inner strength, and friendship. I will cherish all the suportive heart-felt things we shared together. I too truly appreciate our class website that gives opportunity to keep in touch. May we all be filled with inner peace, be strong in our faith, and may we all continue to press on regardless. Connie

01/08/19 10:34 AM #1639    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you Connie for sharing Janet's message to you.  Janet was such a great friend to me in high school.We shared a lot of laughs. I hope and pray that we all stay connected even if it is only on our website. I am thankful for the class breakfasts that keep us together. It is always a joy to see all of you.

01/08/19 09:51 PM #1640    


Vicki Daily (Chambers)

So sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. Prayers for her family. Thanks, Connie, for sharing your message.

01/09/19 11:54 AM #1641    

Prudy Hutton (Fitzpatrick)

So very sorry to learn about Janet. It must have been hard to loose her son Jason plus have back challenges. My condolescences to her family & all who love her.  

02/20/19 01:49 PM #1642    


Leroy Buller

Steve Rice, the Husband of Marion Voth Rice passed away.  Steve Lee Rice, 69, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date by Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, Hutchinson, Kansas.

Please respond if you can to her through the web site.  Go to her profile and you can see how to contact her.


Lee Buller


02/20/19 06:08 PM #1643    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thanks Lee for letting us know about Marion's husband.

03/05/19 10:48 PM #1644    


Martin Libhart

Once again, I just now enjoyed reading Tom Collier's post from over 2 years ago. Worth reading once again, so here it is........


Out in my garage I have a couple of “old” bench high wooden stools that I purchased many years ago at an auction. They are are basic, simple round spindled stools - no turning or ornamentation - and I sit on one of them (the other I save for guests) nearly everyday, but the wear and tear has loosened every joint to the point where it wobbles without constantly “tapping” everything back in place. A little simple maintenance is overdue - it’s time to glue all the joints, clamp it and restore it’s solid stance.

We ALL have simple maintenance that we do everyday, particularly around the house - leaking faucets, broken window or screens, replacing a faulty flush/fill valve or "flapper" in a toilet, replacing a broken electrical outlet/switch, do a little touch up painting, patch a wall crack, get an oil change for the car, have the furnace checked and on and on. We do it, not necessarily “gladly”, but because it needs to be done.

Which brings me to the point of this story . . . there are a large number of classmates (and their families) suffering through some form of medical/health problem. We wish ALL of them the best and send prayers for speedy recoveries. A little simple maintenance is in order here, too. A check up with your doctor or dentist can help avoid (or at least postpone) many problems, and could give you an early warning about more concerning issues.

Now I’ve gone and done it, Mary is chuckling - she says I’m good at giving advice, but poor on following it myself. Okay, fine - but this is something we ALL need to do. Visit your doctor, make YOUR health (and the health of those you love) important and please - Be Well.

03/06/19 12:03 AM #1645    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Thank you Martin for sharing Tom's post. He is right. I would like to add that all of us are at the age where we may end up being caregivers. When you are a caregiver you tend to not take care of your own health. It is very important for caregivers to take care of themselves also. It is very hard to remember that by taking care of your own health you are able to take better care of those you are caring for.

03/07/19 07:12 PM #1646    


Leroy Buller

Next Breakfast for the Class of 68 will be Saturday March 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Bill Boyd says he is going to be in Newton the first week in April, so the breakfast will be the first Saturday, April 6, 2019


Location is The Breadbasket in Newton.

03/07/19 11:19 PM #1647    


Arlys Kessler (Nilles)

I had planned to be in Newton the weekend of April 13 for the class breakfast, using the excuse that I had to pick up the final tax return for my mother. Now that the class breakfast has been moved to April 6 because Bill Boyd will be in town, l’ll change my plans to be there April 6.  Looking forward to seeing you, Bill, as well as all the rest of you who can make it. 





03/08/19 08:33 AM #1648    


Bill Boyd

That's great, Arlys, glad you were able to adjust your plans.  Mine aren't so flexible.  Looking forward to seeing you.


03/08/19 04:18 PM #1649    


Terry Bernowich (Schmitz)

Sounds great Arlys and Bill!!! Looking forward to seeing both of you!

03/15/19 09:23 AM #1650    

Thomas Jackson

A Celebration for Stanley Joe Koehn will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the McDowell Creek Community Center, 12510 Lower McDowell Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502.

Chili and Potluck at 6:00 pm

Program at 7:00 pm. Music to follow.

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