NEWS AND UPDATES:
DECEMBER 9, 2019 – On a rainy day for December, the luncheon group gathered for the last get together of 2019. Dick Smith was visiting from Tennessee and joined us, which always makes us happy to have our out of town classmates include us in their plans.
I am sorry to report that we have lost another classmate, Chester Larry Hamilton. He passed away on November 14, 2019, He is survived by his son, Tim (Candice) Hamilton of Purvis; two sisters, Jean Mauk of Elyria, Ohio, Wanda Baker of East Fultonham; two grandchildren, Jessica (Caden) Davis and Jacob (Tori) Hamilton and five great grandchildren. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Today was a special day for us as we gave out our money from the charity fund. Homeless Hands of Zanesville received $1,000.00 and All Shook Up Parkinson Group was given $500.00. Each recipient gave a presentation on their organization. It was very informative, also making us more aware of how blessed we care. We have now given over $8,000.00 to local charities. So proud to be a member of the ZHS Class of 1957.
I received a note from Roberta Conkle Watton who stated she would like to hear from classmates, who still write letters. So, if you are interested in corresponding with her, let me know and I will see that you get her address.
Plans are being finalized for our annual get together. You should receive your letter after the first of the year. Heads up – It will be held at the Coburn United Methodist Church on Maple Avenue on July 11, 2020. It will be catered by David’s Catering. So mark your calendars.
Shirley Bennett gave the benediction and a good time began with lots of laughs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and everyone. Remembering Jesus is the reason for this season.
NOVEMBER 11, 2019 – It was a very pleasant day to get together at the Golden Corral for our monthly luncheon. We had 17 classmates and guests in attendance. Now we are waiting to see if we get the 1-3 inches of snow the weather bureau is predicting by morning. Here is hoping it goes north of us as we can actually wait a little longer for snow.
There was a great deal of discussion today as to where to make our yearly charity donation. The decision was made to give to the Parkinson Group All Shook Up and The Homeless Hands of Zanesville Group. Thanks to all who have participated in giving funds this year. I will announce the amounts after next month when the donations have been made, as we like to surprise the recipients. If you would like to be present when the money is distributed, join us on December 9th at the Golden Corral at 11:30. Here is hoping to see many of our classmates in celebration and fellowship.
I ask that you keep Roberta Conkle Watton in your prayers as she is beginning chemo again as her cancer has returned. If any one knows of a classmate who would like to hear from us, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Connie Honesty Watiker gave the benediction and we all hurried off the make several trips to the buffet. To all our veterans we salute you and thank you for your service to the United States of America. We are proud of all of you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, keeping in mind how blessed we are in so many ways. God Bless the ZHS Class of 1957 for their generosity and being the best class ever.
OCTOBER 14, 2019 – Eighteen classmates and friends came together for the monthly luncheon.
The charity fund continues to grow with the total now at $1,674.00, thanks to a very generous donation from classmate, Steve Sturtevant. He lives in California and gives his support to our class with his kindness. There is one more month before we make our donation. If you would like to have an input as to where the money will go, it is very important that you attend the November luncheon. We will take a vote at that time. If you have any questions and unable to attend, please contact me.
We have lost another classmate. Wendell Dreier passed away on October 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Judy Hardman Dreier; two sons, Kevin (Acelia) Dreier of Zanesville and Craig (Tessa) Dreier of Dresden; two daughters, Kandie (Eric) Gates of san Antonio, Texas and Christal (Joe) Settles of Dresden; Eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving one brother and one sister, one sister in law and several nieces and nephews. Our condolences to his family and friends.
If you have any information you would like to share, just give me a call.
Earl Sims gave the benediction and another day of fun with the classmates. Take care and hope to see more of the classmates next month.
September 9, 2019 – Today was a slow day for the class as we gathered for the monthly luncheon. The group was smaller than usual but we still accomplished our goal.
We are in the process of deciding where to hold the annual get together next year. I will have an update in October, so you can all mark your calendars and join us.
The charity fund has now grown to $1,340.00 and we will be making a decision as to where we want the money to go in November. If you have any thoughts, please let us know so they can be considered.
The picture turned out good from the reunion. I have posted it on our web page or I can email or text the picture to you if you are interested. Just let me know.
Shirley Bennett gave the benediction and the chatter began. Have a good month and look forward to seeing more of you at the next luncheon.
AUGUST 12, 2019 – What a good day with 22 classmates and friends joining together for lunch. Nancy and Bob Patterson were in town and came to be with us. It is always good to have our out of town classmates make it a point to come when it fits their agenda.
I don’t have much news this month as we had the reunion on July 27th with an excellent turnout of 79 out of the 81 reservations.
We have begun to discuss next year’s get together and what we should do. We are thinking of something on a Saturday afternoon. If you have suggestions, please let me know. As soon as we know more and have a date I will post it, so you can all mark your calendars.
The luncheons are fairly well attended but know we can do better. If you have thoughts about coming and don’t want to come alone, bring a family member or a friend to accompany you. Everyone is welcome.
Our classmate, Joe Kennedy, is presently at The Oaks at Bethesda, 2971 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. Since Joe is our only surviving class officer, we thought it would be nice to send him birthday cards for his birthday on September 4th. I hope each of you will also consider being a part of the card shower.
Shirley Bennett gave the benediction and the visiting began. Until we met again, prayers for all of our classmates, who are ill. God bless each of you.
JULY 8, 2019 – The classmates gathered together today at the Golden Corral for their monthly luncheon. There was not much news this month but we have a lot of chatter.
One sad note is that we lost another classmate. Roberta Hern Gee passed away on June 26, 2019. She is survived by her husband, James Gee, who is also a member of our class. She is also survived by her sons, Danny (Janice) Gee, Jeffrey (Ryan) Gee, Jimmie R. (Angie) Gee, Jr; sisters, Ida Labaki, Patty (Bill) Hern Murgatroyd; grandchildren, Derek (Lindsay )Gee, Michelle (Jeremy) Tilton, Heather (Matt) McCorkle, Joey (Jessie) Gee, Hannah (Scott) Wheeler, several great-grandchildren and several nieces an nephews. Our condolences and prayers to Jim and her family and friends.
Kenny Weber is recovering from his second back surgery in nine months and was back with us today. Keep up the good work.
The charity fund now stands at $1,100.00 due to the generosity of the monthly attendees, and this month we received a generous contribution from Dale Richards, who resides in Arizona. Thank you so much, Dale. A huge thank you to all who attend the luncheons and make contributions each month. This would not be possible without your kindness.
The reservations are in and it is about time for the 80th birthday celebration. Remember, it will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on July 27th. The event will begin at 4:00. It will be nice to celebrate this milestone with so many of our classmates as we are all in the same boat, “the Prime of Life”. Come, enjoy and be thankful for all the friendships.
Marcia Nethers Imlay gave the benediction and another month of togetherness.
JUNE 10, 2019 – There were 18 classmates and friends attending the monthly luncheon today. It is always good to see one and other on a monthly basis. Nellie (Norris) Evans is visiting from Florida and was able to attend today. We are so blessed that we can come together with our stories and enjoy each other’s company.
Mike Erichsen was there to tell about his fantastic trip on the Honor Flight Mission #96. Mike had a full Navy career and was abroad the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War and part of the flight crew on several inland missions. He had retired after 26 years of service. This was quite an honor for him to go to Washington as a part of the Honor Flight. Once again, congratulations to Mike. We are proud of you and all our classmates who have served in the services of our great country.
We have received word that both Roberta (Hern) and Jim Gee are having health issues. Kenny Weber is scheduled for surgery on his back on Friday and Darryl Goff will be at Cleveland Clinic for testing on Wednesday. Pauline (Snelling) Davis is recovering from a compression fraction. I ask that you keep all of the classmates in your prayers. If you would like to send a card, please let me know and I will pass along mailing information.
The charity fund continues to grow and now stands at $1,025.00 through the generosity of our classmates.
The birthday party is approaching and the deadline is near for our annual get together. The reservations are coming in and the deadline is June 20, 2019. The party is on July 27th at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Come join us as this 80th year is a blessing in that we are still able to get together, so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with “old” friends.
Sandy (Wright) Douglas gave the benediction today. Happy July 4th to everyone.
MAY 13, 2019 – With the temperature at 50 and a rainy day, a group of 17 loyal classmates and friends gathered at the Golden Corral for the monthly luncheon. Richard Hunter was back after several months’ absence and Bill Taylor has returned from his winter in Florida. It is always good to see our friends together.
Mike Erichsen has received the honor of being selected to go on The Honor Flight from Columbus to Washington for the day on May 18th. The trip honors veterans of World War II, Korean War and Viet Nam War with a day in Washington. Congratulations to Mike, we are proud of your service along with the many others who have served our great country. Salute to you.
We sent a card to Sandy Wright Douglas, who is recovering from a week in the hospital with lung problems. Get well Sandy, we miss you. Eleanor Norris Whitehouse, who had a knee replacement three weeks ago, is doing good and was able to attend the luncheon today. Way to go, dear friend.
The charity fund has now reached $980.00 and continues to grow through the generosity of so many classmates.
Reservations are coming in for the upcoming birthday celebration. If you haven’t sent yours in yet, please do. The time is rushing by.
Phyllis Young Bradshaw gave the benediction. Happy Memorial Day to each and every one.
APRIL 8, 2019 – It was a good day for the monthly luncheon even with the clouds, the temperature is rising. We had a nice time visiting and catching up from last month. We always look forward to seeing one and other and today Jim and Pat Jardine joined us. It was good to see them back.
We received a nice contribution to our charity fund from Willits Sawyer. We can’t thank all of our classmates who participate in our collection of money for the community.
We are always interested in what is going on with each of you. A bit of news is that Joe Kennedy is now at the Oaks at Bethesda as he has fallen several times, and with Parkinson Disease it is a struggle. Vonda (Wittlinger) Moore is also at the Oaks for rehabilitation after several bouts of the flu and a fall. Eleanor (Norris) Whitehouse is having knee replacement on April 23rd. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Also heard from Linda (Lichtner) Lee from Alabama. She has had several health problems over the last 10 months and will be unable to attend the reunion in July. I ask that if any of you have information you would like to share, please let me know.
The charity Fund is now $944.00 and it is only April. Way to go classmates.
The reservations are coming in for the birthday celebration. We are looking forward to seeing you on July 17th, so get your reservation in and join the party.
Shirley Bennett led the prayer and the visiting began. Happy Easter and may God bless all of you in the coming days.
MARCH 11, 2019 – Here we are in another month. March came in like a lion and hopefully will soon turn into a lamb. The winter has been ugly for us but we keep on going. We had 19 classmates and friends attended today.
We have lost another classmate. Sylvia Sebaugh Lanning passed away on March 1, 2019. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Leonard Lanning; son Robert (Rene) Lanning; daughters, Lee Ann (David) Near, Emily (Frederick) Shumate; daughter-in-law, Boni Satterfield; in-laws Sally Dingey, Richard (Linda) Lanning; eighteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Our condolences to her family and friends. Please remember her in your prayers.
Our classmates, Vonda Wittlinger Moore, is having health issues and I ask that you keep her in your prayers. If any of you know of a classmate who is ill and would like to hear from us, please contact me.
We received a very generous check from Charles (Chic) Fields, who lives in Florida, for our charity fund. A sincere thank you goes out to him for his kindness. Our classmates are very caring and kind individuals. The charity fund for 2019 now stands at $839.00.
The reservations are coming in for our 80th Birthday celebration. If you have not received your information, please let me know. If you are planning on attending, please get your reservations in and help your committee.
Jeanette Harmon Hennessy gave the benediction. Happy St Patrick’s Day to each of you.
FEBRUARY 11, 2019 After a Sunday evening of 1 ½ inches of snow, following by freezing rain and the temperature rising to 35 with rain to melt the snow and ice, 14 classmates and friends gathered for the monthly luncheon. I am so proud to be a part of this great group of friends.
The reservations are coming in for the summer birthday party with 19 responses so far. I am also hearing from classmates, who will be unable to attend, but still want to remain included in our activities. Keep the reservations coming as it should be a good time.
The charity fund is climbing and the new balance is presently $614.00.
If you have information you would like to have shared with classmates, please let me know.
Phyllis Young Bradshaw gave the benediction and the usual chatter begin.
Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you.
JANAURY 14, 2019 – Can you believe we are now in 2019? Do you ever think, where has all the time gone and how the world has changed since we were born? Yet, here we are and still able to muddle along in our 80thyear. Today, even though the weather could have been better, 16 classmates and friends gathered at the Golden Corral for the monthly luncheon.
The letters for the 80thbirthday party to be held on July 27, 2019 went out today. If you do not receive your letter within the next 10 days, please let us know.
After last month when we gave $1,000.00 to The Salvation Army, the charity fund is on the rise again. Steve Sturtevant has sent us a generous check to build on for this year. After today the fund now stands at $598.00. We are grateful to Steven for his help, thank you Steve.
We all realize how blessed we are that we are able to get together and form deeper friendships with our classmates. Come join us as we go forward in 2019.
Joe Kennedy gave the benediction and the chatter continued. Have a great month and hope to see you in the coming months.