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•   Dian (Kaydian) (Twirly) Wehrle  2/2
•   Beatrice Hansen (Marion)  2/5
•   Carolyn Siler (Willing)  2/5
•   Joyce Orthey (Laehr)  2/6
•   Linda L Bodenbach (Clarke)  2/7
•   James Christoff  2/7
•   Mark Eckblad  2/9
•   Linda Campeau  2/10
•   Marilyn Kayon (McGoldrick)  2/10
•   John Weibel  2/14
•   Carol Gabbert (Lansing)  2/16
•   Errol "Mic" McNeely  2/17
•   Ken Mills  2/19
•   Susan Ballantyne (Betts)  2/22
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•   Peter Winnen  1/24
•   Timothy D Johnson  1/23
•   Allen Mueller  1/20
•   Robert Jacobsen  1/20
•   Timothy Just  1/18
•   Thomas Andersen  1/14
•   Joan Syslack (Niebuhr)  1/14
•   Sandy G Peterson (LaPoint)  1/10
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

2 live in Alabama
13 live in Arizona
16 live in California
8 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
1 lives in District Of Columbia
33 live in Florida
12 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
14 live in Illinois
7 live in Indiana
5 live in Iowa
2 live in Kansas
3 live in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
3 live in Maryland
1 lives in Massachusetts
9 live in Michigan
10 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
3 live in Missouri
2 live in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
4 live in Nevada
2 live in New Jersey
3 live in New Mexico
5 live in New York
6 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
5 live in Oregon
4 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
3 live in South Carolina
4 live in Tennessee
8 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
7 live in Virginia
6 live in Washington
351 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in Manitoba
1 lives in New Brunswick
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Norway
63 location unknown
110 are deceased


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

Washington Park High School
Class Of 1965
Welcome to the Park High Class Of 1965 website, created to promote our 50th Reunion and help us re-connect with classmates from the Class of 1965.  We are open to all suggestions and as is life, this is a work in progress, so stop back often.

Reunion dates are AUGUST 7th, 8th and 9th.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for details, or click on the Reunion Information to the left.  

REMEMBER THESE?  We were 10 years old--1957.

Want more?  Click on Racine Trivia.  Thanks Don Piggins


Latest news on Brian Peterson scroll below Reunion article.  





Big things coming in the days ahead. 

Registration will begin in February and keep in mind that it's First Come, First Served for some events--particularly Roma Lodge and possibly some tours.  Hopefully we will be able to register on this website as well as by email, and conventional mail.  If we have your email address you will NOT receive any Reunion information by means of the Pony Express or US mail, so check your emails frequently.  The Hotel Information,  Reunion Tour Information, and all Reunion Information  are now located on the left side of the page.  Just click to get room block information for several Racine hotels, details regarding all three no-charge tours, and all information regarding events on all three days.


Hi Everyone:

Well, just to let everyone know.  All is on schedule and Brian will be admitted to Froedert Hospital tomorrow, Jan 23rd.  He will have 5 days of chemo, 1 day of rest, and the he will receive the transplant on January 29th.  How long he will be in the hospital just depends day by day how everything goes.  Some are in longer than others, and some shorter than others.  

FYI – For those who think this is some type of surgery, it is not.  The transplant is given just like a blood transfusion and is done right in his room probably by the nurses on duty.  They just hang the bag up and connect thru his pic line that he has on his chest.  They will monitor him constantly, and they told us the first 100 days are the most critical.  So, if by May all is going well, he should be on the up-swing and working his way back to a normal life.  He will be monitored for a year or so by his Dr. from Froedert.  

I thank all of you for all the well wishes since this started and for all your prayers for Brian.  I know you all will continue these well wishes and prayers and Brian and I appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.  

It is going to be a long year for Brian and I, but we got through it this far and we are not giving up now!!!!

If any major changes occur, I will try to let everyone know.

Love, Mardelle & Brian


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Every other Wednesday morning, you can meet with classmates at The Dynasty on Lathrop Ave. for the Panther Breakfast and if you can't make that, then two weeks later, meet for the Panther Lunch at the Charcoal Grill on Washington Avenue. Get on the email list by calling Skip Meekma in Racine. 262-633-7019 or First come, first served. 

Top Row:  Paul Dorsey, Chuck Carothers, Guy Rannow, Jonnie Rasmussen, Bill Guenther, Mike Loomis, Linda Campeau

Bottom Row:  Lynn Cutrell, Jim Beyer, Sheila Dermody, Carol Tyree, Art Rozzoni, Karen Klingenmeyer, Judi Mentsch, Judy Shenkenberg, Lynda Zamagni


Lunch get-together

Linda Campeau, Diane Kaestner, Sandy Hansen, Carol Tyree, Lynda Zamagni, Jonnie Rasmussen


Porter's Furniture-- A Before and After Story

In March, the former Porters of Racine, a high-end furniture store that lasted 152 years, started to become something else: building materials for others.  The deconstruction of the 80,000-square-foot structure is beginning to wind down this month. By the end of this month, property owner Micah Waters hopes to start the process of toppling the walls as he marches toward creating a clean, 1-acre Downtown development site.

Porters closed in spring 2010. 

The building, 301 Sixth St., which started as five separate buildings when connected in 1939 and ultimately expanded to nine buildings and 80,000 square feet, will be “deconstructed” to clear the site for new development.   The property represents nearly an acre in Downtown Racine, located between Sixth and Seventh streets, Wisconsin Avenue to the east and College Avenue to the west.

In one of the largest real estate deals in Racine during the 1930s, the Porters Furniture Co. purchased the Sixth Street offices of the Wisconsin Gas & Electric Co. for the sum of $110,000 in August 1938. Five separate storefronts had previously occupied the property.

The agreement, signed by President Ted Gottlieb and Secretary Gladys Gottlieb of Porters and the Wisconsin Gas & Electric Co., when adjusted for inflation, would be equivalent to $1.8 million in today’s dollars.  The purchase gave the Porter Furniture Co. 12,000 square feet of space on the ground floor alone, along with 120 feet of valuable frontage on Sixth Street and an additional 88 feet along Wisconsin Avenue.   The new store was the culmination of 15 months of planning, and when customers got an early look at the store on May 10, 1939, during a store preview in which no items were sold, they were treated to floor-to-ceiling street-level display windows that extended the entire length of the store, representing 13 unique display windows of more than 208 lineal feet. 


Kudos to Skip Meekma for initiating the Classmate Breakfast every other Wednesday at The Dynasty Restaurant on Lathrop.  From left:  Lynda Zamagni, Jim Beyer, Art Rozzoni, Mike Holland, Skip Meekma, Diane Kaestner, Trudi Slesarenko, Sheila Dermody, Jonnie Rasmussen. Photo taken by Linda Campeau. 


Countdown to the Reunion

WOW!  As you can see from our Countdown Timer, we are about 7 months out until our Big Reunion. Can you believe this all started in mid 2013?  The Reunion Committee has set room blocks with several hotels.   

Information on all three tours can be found under Reunion Tour Information at the left.  New to the website are pages from The Beacon school newspaper that many of you worked on. Check the ones posted currently under Memorabilia and The Beacon.  Hotel information is located also under Reunion Hotels on the left.


Anyone needing to board a pet, there is an excellent dog hotel and day spa states Lynn Cutrell.  Dogs aren't crated and staff is on site 24/7.  Check out and then call owner Eric Marcus about special rates.


Reunion Events

THURSDAY EVENING:  6:30pm  Chuck Carrothers suggested that we add an informal gathering at Buckets Pub 2031 Lathrop Ave, known far and wide for its great wings and burgers.  Anyone in Racine early for the Reunion, as well as those living in or near Racine presently, is welcome.  We will have our own private room at Buckets Pub, Best of Racine 2014 for their Wings. 


Golf outing morning Meadowbrook $32.50 with cart

1:30-3:30  Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Tour afternoon (FREE) Originally was the H.F. Johnson family home
6:00-11:00  Pizza night at Infusino’s $15/person pizza, salad, soda Casual Dress



9:15-noon  SC Johnson Administration Building, Fortaleza Hall, & Research Tower Tour (morning)  (FREE)
5:30-midnight  Dinner at Roma Lodge $50/person. Business Casual Dress
Featuring the LIVE BAND Doo Wop Daddies from Milwaukee area



10:00 Tour of Park High with Kringle and Coffee (No Charge)
All of the tours are free!


The Dynasty Breakfast Group. 


Art Rozzoni, Bob Zigas, Jim Beyer, Al Sinstock, Bob Schneider.  Taken by Skip Meekma. 


Jonnie Rasmussen, Diane Kaestner, Marilyn Kayon, Lynda Zamagni-seated, Carol Tyree, Linda Campeau met for dinner in Racine. 

Michele & Rich Caskey, Bill Guenther, Bob Ziegler, Kathy Sidwell Smullen, Dave & Jeanette Fegler Zimmerman, Barb Packard Ziegler, and Mike Holland met in Door County.  


Don Piggins has sent photos of past and current interests. Thanks to all of you who are sharing your interests. It makes this site all the better. 

From Don Piggins--What I've Seen


From Don Piggins:  currently accompanied Rikki Maragos to a Greek family wedding in Detroit. 


Trudy Rozzoni working her last day Totero's Restaurant on Mead St. Totero's, a Racine institution closed after being a destination in Racine for 39 years. The last plate of Lasagne was auctioned for $200!


According to John Weibel,  we can blame it all on a sociology class assignment. The end result was Rocky Falaschi, John Weibel, Skip Meekma, Mike Snyder and Al Singstock wowing the kids at Southern Colony with a skit that involved plenty of smooth moves and, yes, singing.  
 Because it was the holiday season, I believe the tune was "Jingle Bells".  Skip Meekma was the choreographer, drilling us thru all our intricate moves the day before in Park's 1st floor hallway. We did get an "A", and I can remember that because there were few, if any, other A's ever to appear on my report card. The pic I submitted for the classmates site is one of 3 I found tucked into my kipi, all pretty much the same, but with slight variations. John Weibel


Mark Krogh and Al Singstock vintage photo. 


Sheriff John Charewicz and Bailiff Tom Gustin in a rare appearance working together at court. 


SCJ OPENS RESEARCH TOWER TO TOURS (our tour is Saturday morning). 

RACINE — The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower opened Friday to public tours and strong reviews.

For 32 years the tower, on the headquarters campus of SCJ at 1525 Howe St., was used by company scientists who invented such household products as Raid, Glade, Pledge and Off.

The tower, on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of alternating squarish floors and cantilevered round mezzanines. Each mezzanine is open to the floor below it to allow scientists to communicate more easily. Wright coined the term “taproot” to describe the unique foundation to his design.

Two floors of the 153-foot-tall tower have been set up much as it would have been in the 1950s. Along the countertops are flasks, beakers and test tubes; a centrifuge; molecular models; vials of colored liquids and jars of brightly colored crystals; an old journal; and much more.

Those items are accompanied by vintage SCJ ads from magazines and one playing on a TV screen.


Class of '65

What are some reasons nobody forgets their high school years?  This was the place we grew up.  This was the place where we were safe.  This was the ground where the seeds of later-life got sowed.  These were the people who were the friends upon which we learned who we were, and who we would become.  These people were the teachers of all the really important lessons of living and of life.  To forget your high school years is to lose a major part of you. It isn't over, of course; we are only 66 or 67.  The members of our class, they teach us now of the importance of holding life in reverence.  They teach us the critical importance of enjoying the moment and living well in it.  

So in this vein I thought it might be fun, interesting, or just plain weird to see what we are doing in retirement.  Photography, water colors, quilting, woodworking, car restoration, biking, carving, model trains, writing poetry, pottery, gardening, volunteer work, etc.  Just email me a photo and I will place a few each week on this page. 





Watercolors done by Marilyn Kayon McGoldrick


Tom Gustin selling some of his woodcarving projects.  A style of Native American Flutes.  All completely hand carved. Tom graciously donated one of his flutes for the auction on Saturday night at Roma Lodge. 


Jim Hunnicutt keeps very busy with his garden railroad that fills his backyard. Currently there is almost 850 feet of track on which five separate lines run. Four of the lines are continuous loop lines and the fifth is a point to point trolley line. The four main tracks are all controlled with the AristoCraft Train Engineer and the trolley line is controlled with a 10 amp MRC controller.

Fifteen tons of assorted rock make up the "Rocky" part of our railroad. Much of it is exposed as decorative elements and landscaping and the other is used as construction material. Kevin is the gardener and the railroad is planted with over five hundred miniature trees, ground covers and bulb stock. All plants are labeled for identification. There are five small "lakes" and two waterfalls in the layout as well.


These photos were from the 1964 cheerleading squads.  Anyone remember which one of these lovely ladies became the Park Panther mascot the following year?  Anyone besides Skip Meekma guess Cheri Krueger?





Washington Park High Class of 1965  50th Reunion Weekend

SAVE THE DATE:  AUGUST 7, 8 AND 9th 2015

We have picked the dates & have reserved the halls for our 50th Reunion.  This will be a really fun and memorable weekend—not just a one night stand.


  • Golf outing morning Meadowbrook $32.50 with cart
  • 1:30-3:30  Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Tour afternoon (FREE) Originally was the H.F. Johnson family home
  • 6:00-11:00  Pizza night at Infusino’s $15/person pizza, salad, soda


  • 9:15-noon  SC Johnson Administration Building, Fortaleza Hall, & Research Tower Tour (morning)  (FREE)
  • 5:30-midnight  Dinner at Roma Lodge $50/person
  • Featuring the LIVE BAND Doo Wop Daddies from Milwaukee area


  • 10:00 Tour of Park High with Kringle and Coffee (No Charge)

All of the tours are free!







I thought you might like to see some of my watercolors I'm doing to enjoy retirement. Jim