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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Susan C Jensen (Neebel)  8/19
•   Robert May  8/23
•   Pat Hermansen (Petersen)  8/24
•   Joan Pederson (Lesko)  8/24
•   William E Peterson  8/24
•   Linda Roberts (Eisel)  8/24
•   Patricia-A HerBerg  8/25
•   Barbara Hoffman (Bergstrom)  8/27
•   Roger Nordstrom  8/27
•   Lynette (Lyn) LaFournier (Zaehler)  9/1
•   Robert A Yust  9/3
•   John Salvo  9/5
•   Grace Bengston (Hasler)  9/8
•   Kenneth Bengtson  9/8
•   Randall Berner  9/9
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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Elise Orr  8/19
•   Donna Hammes  8/19
•   Ruth Couture (Hart)  8/19
•   Bruce Thorsen  8/19
•   Jay Chadwick  8/19
•   Cynthia Jepsen (Cook)  8/19
•   Gail Junion-Metz  8/18
•   Jon Dennison  8/18
•   Hope Hansen (Hansen-Moir)  8/16
•   Harold "Skip" Meekma  8/13
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
12 live in Arizona
16 live in California
8 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
32 live in Florida
12 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
15 live in Illinois
6 live in Indiana
5 live in Iowa
2 live in Kansas
3 live in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
4 live in Maryland
8 live in Michigan
10 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
3 live in Missouri
2 live in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
3 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Hampshire
1 lives in New Jersey
3 live in New Mexico
5 live in New York
5 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
5 live in Washington
336 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Manitoba
1 lives in New Brunswick
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Norway
98 location unknown
109 are deceased

MISSING CLASSMATES


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.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page. New things are added weekly. 

 

The PGA golf tournament is taking place the week following the reunion for anyone interested, August 10th-16th, 2015.  It will take place in Kohler at Whistling Straits.  Avid golfers might want to stay in town to attend the tournament.
http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2015

 

Countdown to the Reunion

WOW!  As you can see from our Countdown Timer, we are under a year until our Big Reunion. Can you believe all this started only one year ago?

We have been working on contacting the remaining classmates either by phone or by mail. Thanks again to the Committee Members who made calls almost a year ago and recently to Paul Dorsey and Skip Meekma trying to track down classmates who we have lost contact with. In the past few days we have spoken to the owner of Apple Holler in Sturtevant, the CIO of Kandu Industries in Janesville, and a recently retired minister in Freehold, New Jersey. Who are these classmates?  Remember Dave Flannery, Ursula Haertel and Bill Frederickson?  We also found Gail Junion who is a retired librarian at UW and Indiana University. She now is a national champion pastry chef at Sweetie-licious in DeWitt, MI. Stop by if you're in the area!  She is pictured below lower left.

 

 

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Don Piggins has sent photos of past and current interests. Please scroll down below the Reunion information to view the terrific photos he has sent in. Thanks to all of you who are sharing your interests. It makes this site all the better. 

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From Don Piggins--What I've Seen

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

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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!

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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.  

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Mark Krogh and Al Singstock vintage photo. 

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

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Marilyn Kayon, Sheila Dermody, Diane Kaestner & Carol Tyree discussing decorations for Saturday night. 
On May 20th about 24 of our classmates met in Racine to continue planning the Reunion.  What a great group this has been to work with.  We are hoping to make this one weekend to remember, with something fun for everyone.  Here is the latest and greatest:
  • Friday Golf Outing will be held at Meadowbrook.  Tee-off at 8:00.  33 currently interested.  $32.50/person includes cart
  • Friday Tour of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread 1:30-3:30  NO CHARGE
  • Friday Infusino’s Pizza Night 6:00-11:00 Pizza, Salad, Soda $15/person  50/50 Raffle for Scholarship Fund  Almost 200 people have indicated they will be attending.  Wow!  Maybe a few former teachers might pop up too.
  • Saturday SCJ Campus Tour 9:15-12:30  Movie, Admin Bldg, Fortaleza Hall, newly opened Research Tower NO CHARGE
  • Saturday Roma Lodge Dinner 5:30-11:30 Dinner, Short Program, Auction and 50/50 Raffle for Scholarship Fund, a Live Band, the Doo Wop Daddies.   Photographer Skip Simonsen taking candid photos from Friday and Saturday nights (mailed to you in a CD format) and Class Directory included with this fee.  $50/person includes everything!  Over 200 people have indicated that they will attend this big event. 
  • Sunday Park High Tour 10:00  NO CHARGE Kringle, coffee, juice

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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.

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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.

ksmirish@gmail.com 

 

Watercolors done by Marilyn Kayon McGoldrick

 

Tom Gustin selling s ome 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.

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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?

 

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OUR CLASS OF '65 HAS TEN CLASSMATES THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE PARK HALL OF FAME--CLICK ON PARK HIGH TRIVIA TO SEE WHO THEY ARE  

 

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.

FRIDAY:

  • 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

SATURDAY:

  • 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

SUNDAY:

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

All of the tours are free!