DECEMBER 14, 2015 – Today was a very special day for the Class of  ‘57 as we made our annual donations to local charities.  We had  23 in attendance to present the checks of $500.00 each to South Zanesville Food Pantry, Zanesville Parkinson Group and Transitions, for this year’s distribution in the amount of $1,500.00.  We are starting off the next year with $369.00.  You should all be very proud to be a part of such a giving and kind class. We are always open for input for the donations as we vote in November for the recipients. Our class has now donated $3,800.00 to local charities.  KUDOS TO EACH OF YOU.

Each recipient of the checks gave a short talk on the charity they represent and were very appreciative to receive such a nice donation to their cause.

Earl Sims will make any of you a cross for your yard if you will let us know you would like one.  Please refer to last month’s news for the information regarding the cross.  They are popping up around town.

Our waitress, Angie, who has been with us since the beginning gave us a very nice box of chocolates which we were unable to deny ourselves and enjoyed very much.  She is a real sweetheart and always knows what we want and need.

I am sorry to report that we have lost another classmate.  Margaret Crist Stansberry died on November 16, 2015 at her home. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Brian Crist, Terry Fisk, Mark Crist, Jeff Crist, Cheri Williams and Cathy Wilson.  Our condolences to her family and friends.

We sent a card to Janet Bryan Hall, who had a fall and will now have surgery on her back.  Please remember her in your prayers.  Once again, if you know of a classmate who would like to hear from us, please do not hesitate to let us know, we do not want to leave anyone out.

Pauline Snelling Davis gave the invocation and now we look forward to another year.  May God bless and keep all of you safe and have a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Keep us in mind and come join us in the new year.

NOVEMBER 8, 2015 – The weather was a bit chilly today, but as twenty-two gathered for the monthly get together the weather changed and the atmosphere was delightful.  We had a great discussion on the distribution of the money we collected all year long. The decision was made to hold back a small portion in the fund for next year and distribute equally to the South Zanesville Food Bank, Transitions (abused women and children) and the Zanesville Chapter of the Parkinson  Group.  All should be very proud of this class as we strive to do good things for our community.

We remember all the veterans and their service to our country along with all the men who are now called upon to serve for our protection.  SALUTE to each of you.

We sent get well cards to Eileen Slater Sgontz, who recently had knee surgery, and Willa Ruth Garich Deveny, who had gallbladder surgery.  Speedy recovery to each of you.  If you know of or are one of the classmates who are ill and would like to hear from us, just let me know.

The following is one of the discussions we had today and this is lengthy but didn‘t want to leave anything out. So here goes:

Have you noticed in any of the front yards lately, A WHITE CROSS?  The crosses are been place in the yard to represent Christianity in the community.  It all started in Frankenmuth, Michigan, as a result of an atheist living there complaining about two crosses on a bridge in town. He requested they be removed and the town did so.  He then decided that since he was so successful with that, the city shield should also be changed since it had on it, along with other symbols, a heart with a cross inside signifying the city’s Lutheran beginnings.  At that point, residents decided they had enough. Hundreds of residents made their opinions known by placing small crosses in their front yards.  Seeing this quiet but powerful statement from the community, the man removed his complaint.  Those simple crosses remain in those front yards today.

Don’t know who it was but someone after passing those crosses for two year, decided if a small cross in millions of front yards across our country could provide a powerful and inspiring message for all Americans passing them every day.  We have an administration that says “we are not a Christian Nation” and everywhere you look the ACLU and others are trying to remove from our history and current lives an reference to God, prayer, or the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.  Our administration cannot bring themselves to talk about “radical Muslins or Islamic terrorists for fear of offending them, but they can talk about Americans “Clinging to their guns and their religion”. The majority of Americans are Christians, why are we letting this happen to us?  It’s time to stand up and make a statement. A small, quiet, but powerful statement.  Stand up for America with a small white cross in your yard and know you are not along.  It would be a beautiful thing to see crosses all across America.  In God We Trust.  Earl Sims has been making these crosses for our community and today brought them for the classmates who wanted to display them.  Such a kind and generous thing to do, Earl has a heart of gold, and we thank him.

When I say we have kind and generous classmates, I say it from the down of my heart.

After all our discussions, Connie Honesty Watiker led the invocation and chow time began.  Next month will be exciting as we invite the recipients of our charity fund to join us for lunch and receive their checks.  Come be a part of the celebration and enjoy the fellowship of your classmates.  Each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and the blessings of the day.

October 12, 2015 –  The monthly luncheon resumed today after last month’s was cancelled due to the closure of the Golden Corral from a water break.  So we are back at it today with 18 in attendance.

I am sad to report that we have lost three classmates in the last three weeks.

Curtis G. Soter passed away on September 25, 2015.  Curt is survived by his wife, Marilyn, whom he married  February 19, 196l; a son, Scott (Dana) of Cambridge; two daughters, Stacia Soter of Columbus  and Claudia Newman of Hutto, Texas; five grandchildren and one great grandson; two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

Saundra Sue Morgan Mayle-Beard passed away on October 2, 2015, after a long battle with lung cancer.  She is survived  by her most beloved Maynard Honesty (cousin by blood, brother by heart); Ferris Beard (spouse); three children, Chris Anna Mink (Richard); Karen Mayle Williams (Timothy), Kenneth Mayle (Jeanette); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many cherished cousins and friends.

Mary Ann Freeman Mikulic passed away on October 2, 2015.  She is survived by two sons, William and Ernest Mikulic and spouse; two brothers, Bill Freeman and Tom Freeman and their spouses; one sister, Martha Freeman; and several grandchildren, all live in the California and Oregon areas.  She was predeceased by one son, Andrew Mikulic.

Please remember all the classmates who are deceased and our condolences to their family and friends.

Suzanne Barker Nasser Diehl’s son, Scott Nasser, donated her Comets and memorabilia from reunions, which I shared with the classmates today.  They were happy to get them and we thank Scott so much for thinking of us.  Thanks, Scott.

Robert Reed (former Hancock teacher) donated a stool which came from the old Lash High School, then Hancock Junior High. Tom Hall was going to refinish it.  Thanks to Mr. Reed for thinking of us.

Our charity fund is now at $1,820.00, thanks to the generosity of this amazing class.  Next month I encourage everyone to attend the luncheon or at least contact me, as we will be voting on the charities to receive the money.  We would like the input of all involved as you all have a say in what we do with the funds.  Don’t hesitate, be involved.

Earl Sims gave the benediction and the chatter started.  Have a happy Halloween, and don’t eat too much candy.

September, 2015 – No Lunch

August 10, 2015 – Today the classmates met for the monthly luncheon with 21 classmates and spouses.  Nancy (Veyon) and Bob Patterson from Virginia; Ed and Shirley Irwin from Alabama and Nellie (Norris) Evans from Florida joined us today.  Picture is on the shutter fly account.

We sent a card to Douglas Taylor who is now at the Cedar Hill Care Center. Eleanor (Norris) Whitehouse and Jeanette (Harmon) Hennessy are both having knee replacements next week and we wish them both a speedy recovery.

There are several birthdays this month, please refer to previous years for listing. Those having birthdays and attending today were Earl Miller (August 7), Ron Davis (August 8th), and Nellie Norris Evans (August 27th).  We wish them and all the August birthday classmates, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

The charity fund has now risen to $1,754.00.  If any of you would like to make a suggestion as to where you would like to see the money, please let us know.  The decision will be made at the November luncheon.  We welcome your input.

Ron Davis gave the invocation and the fellowship began.  Here’s to next month, hoping to see more of you in attendance

JULY 13, 2015 –  So far the rain has held off and the classmates gathered for the monthly luncheon.  Even though some of the regulars were unable to attend, we had a good turnout with 19 classmates and 1 spouse.  It was good to see Linda Lichtner Lee, Carolyn Gebhart Filkill and Mabel Carrel Dale back, along Darryl Goff and first timer, David Gale. David’s picture will be on shutter fly.


The main discussion today was on the Quarter Auction held on Saturday for our annual get together.  It was very successful and we raised $656.25 toward the give away in December.  The total is now at $1,745.00.   I have always said we have the best class with such caring and generous classmates.  You should give yourself a pat on the back for being a part of this group.  If you have suggestions for the distribution of the money in December, please voice your opinion soon.

Marlene Wiseman Jones is a little under the weather and a card was sent to her today.  If you know of anyone in the class who is ill or yourself, please let us know.  We don’t like to leave anyone out, but we have to be told.

We received a nice card from David Anderson who is now located in Arizona.  If you are traveling that way he says he has a spare room. Let me know and I can give you his information.

Shirley Bennett gave the invocation and a lot of chatter began.



Our annual get together was a little different this year.  The decision was made to hold a Quarter Auction to raise money for our annual charity give away in December.  Classmates were all involved by donating items, getting businesses to donate and others who couldn’t attend sent money for the cause. The money donations were included in previous reports.  The money raised from the auction was $656.25.  The turnout was a little less than we hoped for, but all in all, it was a good evening. Ron Wetherell came from Florida, David Gale and Linda Lichtner Lee were here from Alabama, and Peggy Taylor Smith from North Carolina. We appreciate their traveling to be with us.quarter

We had pizza, salad, snacks and cupcakes for the get together and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. If any of you would like a list of items and winners, just let me know and I will see that you get one. Looking forward to having another get together next year before the big 60th  in 2017.  We are open for suggestions, so don’t be shy, tell us what you are interested in.  I will have some pictures posted on our shutter fly account.  I did miss getting a few people and regret it, because we were happy to see everyone.  Thank you for another year.

JUNE 8, 2015 – On a humid and rainy day, 14 classmates and 3 spouses got together for lunch to discuss the upcoming reunion on JULY 11th.  The number is slower than we anticipated for the get together and there is STILL time if you would like to join us the Quarter Auction and Pizza Party.  If you are planning on coming get those reservations in ASAP.  Looking forward to a fun time.

I would like to thank Willits Sawyer and Sherrie Supplee Brubaker for their kind donations to our Charity Fund since they are unable to attend this year.  It is so great that even though classmates are not physically here for our events,  they still participate and are a big part of the success we have.  We are just sorry that each of you can’t be with us.  Please know we appreciate ALL of the classmates.

We sent a card to Barbara Toler Dalton who is have health issues.  Please keep her in your prayers.

If you know of classmates who would like to hear from us, just let me know.

Please remember bring lots of QUARTERS to the auction as we have many great items that have been donated through the generosity of classmates and local businesses.  We really appreciate everything.  I will have a complete list after the reunion along with the money raised.  As of today, the total we have now is $1,053.00.  WONDERFUL!!!

Shirley Bennett gave the invocation and another luncheon got under way.  HOPE TO SEE YOU ON JULY 11TH.

May 11. 2015 – What a good turnout today for the monthly luncheon, good weather and good friends coming together  in friendship.  Linda Lichtner Lee is visiting from Alabama and found time to join us along with Carol Gebhart Filkill and Mabel Carrel Dale. Pauline Snelling Davis, who has had a four month ordeal, was back and it was great to hear her “laughter” making a total of 23 classmates and 5 guests.

Our Charity Fund is growing and we now have $907.00.  We would like for the auction to be a success, but reservations are slow coming in.  It should be a fun time and great items for really good prices.  Gift cards, flower pots, autographed sport pictures, pottery, OSU throw, frame puzzle picture by Mary Ann Bucci of the Y-Bridge, books,  Longaberger baskets. and numerous other items.  If you would be looking for gift items, you will be able to bid on a various of items.  So, don’t hesitate, get your reservations in, save your quarters and join us – you don’t want to miss out.

A card was sent to Sondra Lewis Wiezbiski, who has some health issues.  Please keep her in your prayers.  If you know of anyone in the class who is ill, just let us know and we will see that a card goes out.

Phyllis Young Bradshaw gave the invocation and the good time began.

APRIL 13, 2015 – With all the wonderful warm weather today, we had 16 classmates and 3 spouses in attendance.  It was a nice time as we are getting in items for the auction at our reunion on JULY 11th.  Reservations are slow coming in and if you are planning on attending, get yours in as it is going to be a fun time and productive at the same time raising money for our charity distribution.

We have heard from a few of the regulars who are going to be unable to attend, and we appreciate knowing in advance what our turn out will be.  Here’s hoping to hear from you soon.

We lost another classmate on March 25, 2015 – Larna Jean Moyer Newell passed away at the home of her daughter, Carol Sue.  She leaves two sons: Randy (Jenny) Newell of Zanesville and Steve (Kerri) Newell of Coshocton; two daughters, Carol Sue (bud) Krouskoupf. Of Zanesville, and Karen (Scott) Devoll of Newark; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are three brothers, two sisters, a half-brother, half sister and several nieces and nephews.  Our condolences to her family and friends.

Pauline Snelling Davis is recuperating at Primrose Care Center, and our prayers are for a rapid recovery.

The Charity Fund now stands at $852.00 and we are only in April.  Thanks go to all of our generous classmates.

Eleanor Norris Whitehouse led the invocation and  we enjoyed a few laughs and good time with friends.

MARCH 9, 2015 – The sun is shining brightly and the temperature is rising, what more could we want after such a miserable winter.  I hope we have now seen all the snow and very low temperatures for a long time.  We had 17 in attendance today.

I want to bring you up-to-date on your classmates’ kindness.  We have received some very generous donations to our charity fund from classmates who are unable to attend this summer’s get together.  We sincerely thank Steven Sturtevant from Poway, California, Maynard Honesty in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania and Donna  Mercer German  in Sun City, California for their contribution to our charity ensuring that we will have a very successful year for charity work.   We are very blessed to have classmates who attend the monthly luncheons and donate to the fund, and fortunate to be able to include the ones who are unable to get with us and are certainly a part of the class.  Go Class of 1957 – You are the best.

We are starting to get items for the quarter auction and hoping that it will be a lot of fun for all.  Please try and make the event and enjoy being with old and dear friends.  If you haven’t received your information, please let me know, as we have had a couple returns with no forwarding addresses.  Remember if you have moved you need to let me know your new address so we can keep you informed.

Vonda Moore gave the invocation and we had a fun time just being together.  Looking forward to hearing from more of you next month.  Until then, take care.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – 24 Classmates and spouses gathered for the monthly luncheon today.

Update on Pauline Snelling Davis – she is now home from her open heart surgery and doing well.  Continue to keep her in your prayers.  Reminder, if you know of any of our classmates who are ill and would like to hear from us, just let me know.

The annual get together is now in place.  Mark your calendars for JULY 11, 2015.  The information is being mailed tomorrow and if you don’t receive your letter, or if you have any questions about the event, please give me a call.

We had a drawing for a valentine gift and Tom Hall was the winner.  Picture will be on the shutter fly account.

Terry Timson gave the invocation and the laughter began.  If you haven’t been to our luncheons, give it a try.  The classmates enjoy getting together.

January 12, 2015 – Well, we got the new year started with a bang.  Icy Monday morning with temperature around 32 and freezing rain, but 10 classmates and 3 spouses managed to get out and join together for lunch.  We sure are a devoted group, maybe a little crazy, but at 75 years old we don’t have to make excuses for our behavior.

We don’t have much news this month, but here goes – We are working on plans for a summer get together and information will be available in the near future.

I had received a nice card from Roberta (Conkle) and Larry Watton, which I shared with the group today.  We enjoy hearing from classmates who are unable to attend our luncheons.

Pauline Snelling Davis had open heart surgery on Monday and is now recuperating.  If any of you would like to send a card, please let me know and I will forward her address.

Our charity fund  is already growing and we now have $49.00, thanks to our generous classmates.

Joe Kennedy gave the invocation and the chatter began. Here’s hoping the weather will improve and more classmates will get out next month.  Have a warm and cozy month.

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