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Washington Park High School
Class Of 1965



Welcome to the Park High Class Of 1965 website.
50th Reunion August 2015
70th Birthday Party July 2017
70 never looked so good
Send those registration forms for the Summer Party July 26-27 in TODAY!  If you need one, call Kathy at 920-362-8281.  
New signups included below
These folks will be attending, Sharen Breidinger, Linda Campeau, Chuck Carothers, Sheila Dermody, Bonnie Fell, Diane Fergus, Ellen Gilmore, Sharon Green, Bill Guenther, Chuck Henning, George Jaunkalnietis, Jim Jenkins, Diane Kaestner, Marilyn Kayon, Barb Kemnitz, Nibs Kosterman, Dave Manchester, Rich Pankoff, Art Rozzoni, John Salvo, Kathy Sidwell, Trudy Slesarenko, Carol Tyree.  
Don’t see YOUR NAME?  Send in your registration TODAY!!!
New to Racine is SC Johnson’s $6.5 million dollar aquatic center.  It consists of an activity pool which includes a climbing wall, large water slides, a water spray feature plus a  lap pool, and a zero entry toddler pool at Pritchard Park. It will be administered by the YMCA.  

Next Brunch is July 18th  at the DYNASTY

Next  Panther Lunch will be at the end of summer, maybe late August

PANTHER BRUNCH July 18th at 10:30.  Come join the gang.  Call Skip Meekma for reservations at 262-633-7019  

Paul Dorsey, Trudy Slesarenko, Diane Kaestner, Nibs Kosterman, Dan Hiatt, Eric Guttenberg, Diane Fergus, Carol Tyree, Dave Manchester, Marilyn Kayon, Sheila Dermody, Art Rozzoni

JULY 26-27 

2018 Summer Party

To the greatest Class from Park High School...1965, we said we were going to keep the 2018 version of our string of Summer Parties goin’

Thursday, July 26th 

10:30 Mini Golf at Mulligan.  Shotgun start. $7. Stay for Lunch optional  

 5:00 Reefpoint Brewhouse   $25

Heavy Appetizers, Dessert, Music, Dancing

Music and dancing are a must this year, or I ain't comin'.

Friday, July 27th:

9:00 Bike Ride.  Begin at the zoo, break for refreshments, return to the zoo.  Bikes for rent. Meet at Kewpees for lunch afterwards


5:00 Italian Fest...Green Room...again, thanks to Artie!!  Free admission tickets.  Come for food, music, fireworks

January 2018

February 13th

Peter Winnen organized the Florida Panther Lunch Group and they met  in Orlando.  Peter brought all the ladies pink roses!  From left:  Karen Yurk and husband Bob, Peter Winnen and wife Carole, Chuck Gausche and wife Renee, Ken Rigby and wife Carol, and Dave Manchester.  


What some classmates are up to!  

Jim Jenkins on a Colorado Road Rally


Dave Manchester and granddaughter at the Brewers game



Jane Miller and Tom Langdon 6/10/2017

Jan Zierke & Bill Boeck 9/17/2017

Trudy Slesarenko & Art Rozzoni 2016

Karen Klingenmeyer & Mike Loomis 8/12/2017

Cheryl Moherek & Pete Buckley 

Shirley Weisbrod & Dale Gayhart 2016

Skip and Cindy Meekma 9/16/2017

Bud & Glenda Gayhart 6/24/2017

Bud and Glenda moved to Racine on 6/23 and spent 6/24 their 50th anniversary opening boxes reminiscent of their wedding 50 years earlier! 

Anybody else? Email


70th Birthday Party Memories  

GOLF OUTING at Petrifying Springs 

Kathy Talsma, Jim Talsma, Peter Winnen, Carole Winnen, Laura Carothers, Bette Usty,  Carothers, Bud Gayhart, Linda Campeau, Al Singstock, Dick Pankoff, Ken Mills, wife Francoise Lesage, Dave Manchester, Peter Kirkegaard, Dennis Treu 


Laura Carothers and Bill Guenther

Paul Dorsey & Peter Kirkegaard


Diane Fergus, Kathy Sidwell, Dave Manchester, Sharen Breidinger, Sharen's husband Bill, Sandy Hansen

Mike Holland and Sandy Hansen

Gary Howards, Dick Pankoff, wife Donna Pankoff, Art Rozzoni

Lynda Zamagni, Guy Rannow, Bette Usty


Peter Winnen and wife Carole

Bonnie Fell and Sharen Breidinger

Cousins!  Marilyn and Jon Kayon

Dave Huck and wife Rose Anne

Bette Usty and Linda Campeau 

Longtime buddies and college roommates, Marilyn Kayon and Barb Kemnitz

'65 Sisterhood--Linda Jahn, Judy Schenkenberg, Sue Greer, 

Back row: Judy Mentch, Joanie Foldy, Rusty Stirle, Carolyn Siler

Our exciting Birthday Party

Nibs Kosterman--too much drink?  Too much dance?  Just too old?

The end of a fun night at The Reefpoint

Tour de Bash Bike Tour Dave Manchester & Mike Holland

John Winkler, Francie McGuire Winkler, Peter Winnen, Jim Jenkins, Bill Smith and wife Sharen Breidinger Smith, Dave Manchester, Mike Holland and Dick Hobbs

Dave and Tito providing adult beverages  


Post bike tour at Kewpees  John Winkler, Francie McGuire Winkler, Dick Hobbs

ITALIAN FESTIVAL A huge thank you to Art and Trudy Rozzoni for securing the Green Room at Festival Park for our 70th birthday celebration.  We also were thankful for the free admission.  

Sheila Dermody and Carol Julius Mattes

Nibs Kosterman, Carolyn Siler, JoAnn Lumia, Bob Schneider's wife, Bob Schneider 

Janice Kirby and Fanny Smith

Karen Klingenmeyer and Mike Loomis

Some of the Mitchell Bunch-- Mike Holland, Diane Kaestner, Sheila Dermody, Judy Schenkenberg, Karen Klingenmeyer, Marilyn Kayon, Carol Tyree, Karen Yurk-- that girl has not changed one bit!


One week after the 70th Birthday Bash, Barb Kemnitz turned 70!!  

Park High Class of ‘65 70th Birthday Bash

One of the big differences between the World’s Greatest 50th Reunion and the 70th Birthday Bash was that at the 50th reunion we were all trying to figure out who everybody was, while at the Birthday Bash, it was all about learning who everybody is. 

Two summers ago, we squinted to read name tags of long-lost pals and find out how the years had treated us all. This summer, we recognized each other, forgot about the past and enjoyed the present. We’re now friends in the here-and-now!

Another big difference, for Sue and me, was that, while the Fiftieth was about renewing old friendships, this time we got to meet new people… classmates we never knew that well, back in the day. That was really fun. 

So here’s my description of the events we attended. I hope other people pitch in and talk about some of the events they enjoyed but we missed. 

The Waterfront Restaurant, Burlington

The first activity Sue and I joined was the outing to the Waterfront on Browns Lake. ‘61 grad Mike Hammes really rolled out the carpet for his fellow Park alums. We had a cold one or three, ate some Brusha’s pizza, cruised the lake and pitched beanbags at the fabulous hand-painted Park Panther cornhole… er, beanbag toss,  game, later won in a drawing by Jim Hunnicutt. 

We chatted with Jim Hunnicutt and Kevin Ylvisaker, learned about their art fair itinerary for the summer, and about Kevin’s recent trip to Russia, where he attended a conference, but had enough time to rocket around Moscow on a Honda Gold Wing. We learned about Rusty Smith Stirle’s art work and Carol Julius Mattes’ teaching career. A real surprise and treat was seeing Gary Howards again… he moved to Madison before his senior year and graduated from West, but came to join his Park classmates at the Waterfront. We’re just more fun than those eggheads at West. 

Reef Point Brew House

The next night we attended the gathering at the Reef Point Brewhouse, another beautiful waterfront retreat. Poor Dave Manchester. He’d worked for weeks setting up a playlist of music, which was drowned out by all the conversation and laughter through the evening. Dave spent much of the evening trying to gin up interest in Karaoke, promising that he knew all the actual words to Louie, Louie and would sing them for anybody who’d listen. No takers. 

A real treat was getting to know George Jaunkalneitis. I remembered George as a football lineman back in the high school days, but we learned that he’s a big opera fan and expert, who travels to regional opera all over the Midwest. He’s also taking voice lessons and participating in a choir at Parkside. 

Chuck Henning had a few copies of vintage Park Beacons which were fun to read and which only coincidentally had accounts of his cross-country and track victories. 

The evening was punctuated by Carol Tyree Haider coming up to us repeatedly and… encouraging (note I didn’t say “badgering”) us about taking a few hundred of the leftover orange and blue balloons home with us to decorate the next morning’s Tour de Bash Bike and Submarine Race. Finally we agreed that we would take care of the excess balloon problem by having a mass ascension/balloon release at the end of the evening. To the off-key strains of someone humming Louie, Louie in the background (give it up, Dave!), it was a stirring sight seeing hundreds, maybe thousands, nay, millions of festive balloons rising to the stars. And many of them sinking. Truly inspirational. 

Our final event was the First Annual Tour de Bash Bike and Submarine Race, also known as the  “Race for the Coveted Red Cup.” An intrepid crew of athletes and bon-vivants took to the mean streets of Wind Point for the competition. Stage 1 ended at the Wind Point/Shoop Park Parking Lot, known locally for steamed up windows and weekly submarine races. Stage 2 ended at Francie McGuire Winkler’s lovely home, where Judy Hoppe served us Kringle, fresh raspberries, granola bars and iced tea. 

After tasty refreshments and conversation, including descriptions of juvenile hijinks (and my reassuring Peter Winnen that if no deaths were involved, the statute of limitations has run on his particular story) (no, Peter, I’m not a lawyer), we got back on the road for the third and final stage of the Tour. This included the largest climb of the race, a block-long incline that was skipped by half of the participants. Dick Hobbs entered the climb valiantly but discovered that he was in top gear and had to bail before the summit.

While Sharen Breidinger Smith and hubby Bill wore the yellow jerseys for the entire race, the race for the Coveted Red is Cup was declared a tie, as Manchester and his pal Tito filled the red cups with refreshing Tomato juice, cheese curds and veggies. It was truly restorative. Once the bikes were stowed, we were off to Kewpees for the first annual Tour de Bash Ceremonial Banquet. 

That was the extent of our (Sue’s and my) participation. We missed the golf outing, a major relief to Chuck and Laura Carothers, and also the ethnic chow-downs at O&H Kringle and Italian Fest. We’re no better at pool than golf, so we passed on Nibs’ Kosterman’s Billiards tournament, though we did get to hear Nibs describe how, even though he was kicked out of both Park and St. Cats, he’s now on the reunion planning committees of both schools. Take that, Permanent Record!

Just like the Fiftieth, the Birthday Bash was huge fun. Thanks to everybody who planned it and each of the events. Now on to Sue’s Class of ‘67 fiftieth, this weekend! We may have to rent an apartment in Racine. 

Jim Jenkins


  There is a link on the left column, Scholarship Stories.  This features the ten recipients of the Class of '65 Scholarships.  There is a photo, short bio and their thank you note.  $19,650 total dispersed.  Way to go!

Plus a little extra from our 70th Birthfay Party brings the grand total to $24,500 in scholarships that we have given back!


Final Tally 

for the Class of '65 Scholarship Fund  



The following photos from the Park Tour on Sunday, complements of Ace photographer Dennis Treu.  Thanks, Dennis!

Everyone is still greeted by Joan

Sunday morning Park Tour  Remember some of these good lookin' classmates?

Bring back some great memories?  Who was your locker buddy?  Mine was Lynda Zamagni!  


The FINAL REUNION WRAP-UP, following the Wednesday, September 2nd Committee meeting

Wednesday, September 2nd,  21 members of our planning committee met once
again at The Summit restaurant for a final wrap-up.  So did we make seven scholarships?  Yes!  Did we make eight scholarships?  Yes!  Did we make nine
scholarships?  Yes, but in fact we will award TEN SCHOLARSHIPS of
$1965 each.  We, the committee, thanks everyone who
contributed in any way to this monumental achievement.  So here is the breakdown
$4225--Rounding up our registration fees
$4570--Auction--includes $1965 football bids by Ken Bengtson
$5590 scholarship donations during and post reunion including $1965 each
from Dick Hobbs and Peter Kirkegaard
$3900 from the 50th($900+) and 40th ($2900) reunions



The Best 50th Reunion Ever is in the rear-view mirror.  
It was fun; it was spectacular; it was fabulous. 
Some of our former teachers who joined us at Infusino's on Friday night. Catch this photo in the JT September 25th. 
Bottom Row:  Ruth Ann Baumann, Carol Hatch, Jack Parker, Jane Holroyd
Top Row: Paula Von Scheidt, Ron Gardina, Robert Holroyd, Jeanne Ferraro
Thank you to these  great teachers for coming to the Friday pizza party.
World Class (of '65) Reunion Weekend
By Jim Jenkins 

You can now find all of Jim's stories on the left link--Jim Jenkins' Stories. Jim has promised more down the road. So stay tuned.