December 10, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 21 classmates, 3 spouses and 2 guests.  Today was especially rewarding to each of us as we were able to present checks in the amount of $350.00 each to Christ’s Table and Avondale Children’s Home from the generosity of all the classmates who participated in the donations all year long.

Keeley Warden from Christ’s Table spoke to the group regarding the workings of the organization and we were delighted to hear about how much the community is helped by having this facility available to it.  She also said they are always in need of volunteers to serve or deliver meals to the shut-ins and would love to see us volunteer.  Sherry Holstein from the Avondale Children’s Home explained the operation of the home and how it has changed over the years from an orphanage to a treatment center for the youth.

We sent a few cards today to the following classmates:  Earl Sims is recovering from open heart surgery and is on the recovery road. We miss him and wish him a speedy recovery.  Mary Lou Fraunfelter Gantz, who is a regular at the luncheons, fell and broke her foot and will not be attending for a couple of months. We wish her the best. Gary Bowles is having health problems and we ask that you keep him in your prayers.  Roger Cramer is still struggling with his cancer and putting up a courageous fight.  If anyone would like to send cards and need addresses, please let me know.

Birthdays for the month of December: Mabel Carrel Dale – Dec. 5th; Pauline Snelling Davis – December 8th; Leon Fischer – Dec. 8th; Gloria Tracey Denny – Dec. 12th; Tom Hall – Dec. 16th; Dave Anderson – Dec. 17th; Phyllis Young Bradshaw – Dec. 18th; Bill Bowman and Gene Moore – Dec. 20th; Jerry Norman – Dec. 22nd; Alice Barker Nessline – Dec. 25th; Marilyn Daily Shaffer and Nancy Sommers Rarick – Dec. 31st – Happy birthday to all our classmates. If you had a birthday and it is not on the list, please let us know.  This will be the last month I am posting the birthdays as I have no new ones to add and you can always find each month’s birthdays from the last year.

Last month I gave a class picture mug to the attendee of the most luncheons, and I was asked to order some for the classmates who wanted to purchase one for themselves, which I did.  It is black with the class picture on it.  If anyone is interested I will order them for $14.50 each.

Everyone received a 2013 calendar with the class picture on it.

You will find the picture of the class presenting the checks in the luncheon gallery.  You can also find pictures from the attendees in the http://zhsclassof1957pictures.shutterfly.com.

Connie Honesty Watiker led the invocation and a wonderful time ensued.  As I close for 2012, may you all have a Blessed and Wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May we see many new faces in the coming year?

November 12, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 20 classmates and 6 spouses.  It was a good of turnout in spite of the rain, considering the last few days were beautiful.  We had one new classmate today.  Alice Dodson Blake is visiting from Florida, and you will find her picture in the Photo Gallery. We were also glad to see Roger Cramer join us.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers as his cancer has progressed.

We recognized our veterans who were present, namely, Mike Erichsen, Tom Hall, Jim Martin, Joe Kennedy and Roger Cramer.  We thank them for their service and to all who have served and continue to serve this great UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Birthdays for the month of November:  Betty Rollins Clark – Nov. 5th; Eleanor Norris Whitehouse and Willits Saywer– Nov. 6th; Francis Holzschuher – Nov. 19th; Willa Ruth Garich Deveny – Nov. 23rd and Laura Jean Moyer Newell – Nov 27th.  We wish each of you a great birthday.

The Christmas Fund reached $700.00 today.  THANKS CLASSMATES.  We will make the donations at the December luncheon to Christ Table and Children’s Home.

Another year has come to a close regarding the luncheons since we started them in November, 2007.  For those classmates who have not attended, we keep an attendance sheet.  For this year, Michael Erichsen, Tom Hall, Shirley Bennett and Joe Burns attended all the luncheons. Joe Kennedy, Karen Goins, Earl Miller, and Marcia Nethers Imlay attended eleven luncheons and Eleanor Norris Whitehouse attended ten luncheons.  There was a drawing between the classmates who attended all of the luncheons and Mike Erichsen won the mug with the class picture. You will find their picture in our shutterfly file under http://zhsclassof1957pictures.shutterfly.com.   Congratulations to ALL the classmates who attend the luncheons and make them such a success.

Pauline Snelling Davis led the prayers and everyone had a chance to visit.  HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVINGS and pray for those who are less fortunate.

October 8, 2012 -The monthly luncheon was held today with 17 classmates and 4 spouses.  We held the discussion on distribution of the money collected throughout the year (including the raffle).  After several options were discussed, the decision was made to donate to the Avondale Children’s Home and Christ Table.  The final amounts will be determined at November luncheon.  As of today, the total amount is $653.55.

We have lost three classmates this month.  George E. Spence passed away on September 21, 2012.  He is survived by his wife, Debbie Spence; one son, Marc Spence of Coshocton; two daughters, Vicki Chapman of Zanesville and Kim Hernandez of California; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; one brother, Jack Spence of Mount Perry and one sister, Mary Lewis, of Somerset.

Tom V. Moorehead Jr. passed away on September 23, 2012, at his residence following a sudden illness. He is survived by his wife, Sandy;  a daughter,  Kara Manz of Pickerington; a son, Tom V. Moorehead III of New Port Ritchie, Florida; two step sons, Rick Passwater, of Columbus and J.D. Passwater of Pataskala; five grandchildren, Chloe Manz, Jessica Passwater, Caitlin Passwater, Taylor Passwater, and  Hunter; One sister, Jan Freisinger, four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

Nancy Hoffer Woods passed away on September 30, 2012, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.  She is survived by a sister, Martha Cramer of Zanesville; three nephews, Albert (Nicole) Cramer, John (Rita) Cramer, Jr. and Brian (Chris) Cramer; five great nieces and nephews; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one step-son, Michael.

Our sincere condolences to all of the families and friends of the classmates.

Birthdays for October – Bill Gonda and Marlene Wiseman Jones – October 8th; Roger Penos – October 9th; Linda Lichtner Lee – October 13th; Earl Sims – October 14th; Tony Courtney and Darrell Smith – October 22nd.  Happy  Birthday  Classmates.

Earl Sims led the invocation and the conversations began.  See you next month.

September 10, 2010 – The monthly luncheon was held today with a small group of 15 classmates and 3 spouses.

The main business today was to get ideas for the Christmas Project. Hopefully, next month there will be suggestions on how to distribute the funds. With today’s contributions, the fund stands at $636.55 and the feeling is that we will donate to several projects. If any classmate has a suggestion, we would appreciate hearing from you.

We lost one classmate this month. Nancy Kinney Filkill passed away on August 13th. There is no additional information available. She was married to classmate, Dean Filkill, who passed away in August , 2009. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

The ZHS Alumni Association is sponsoring a dinner in the ZHS Cafetorium on October 12th before the Homecoming Game. The menu will be lasagna, salad, garlic breadstick, dessert and beverage. Tickets for the dinner are $7.00. Tickets for the game may be purchased at the dinner for the game for $4.00 each which is a savings of $2.00. (Tickets are $6.00 at the gate). You may watch the game through the windows, on the big screen on the stage in the cafetorium, or in the Alumni section in the football stadium. If you would like further information, please give me a call or send an email.

Birthdays for September: Joe Burns – September 1st; Ronald Vandagriff – September 2nd; Joe Kennedy – September 4th; Robert Hupp – September 6th; Gary Bowles – September 10th; Bod Glademan – September 11th; Carole Osborne Huey – September 15th; Charles Fields – September 16th; Richard Mason and Larry Watton – September 22nd; Beverly Murphy Factor, Shirley Suttle Bennett and Caralee Saad Davisson – September 26th; Larry Agin and Mary Ann Freeman Mikulic – September 27th; HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLASSMATES.

We received thank you notes from Sherrie Supplee Brubaker, Elieen Slater Sgontz, and Rose Ann Achauer James for the cards we sent from the reunion. They thanked the class for remembering them.

Tom Hall led the prayer and a good time for all followed.

August 13, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today at the Golden Corral with a small group of 20. Discussion was held on the survey taken at the dinner.  Results show that a majority would like to have an annual picnic with the Box Lunch style.  Also, the majority would like a two day event of some type for the 5 year reunion.  July was the month most preferred, followed by August.  To all who filled out the questionnaire, we thank you for your input.  We can never please everyone but we do our best and are open for any suggestions that come our way.

The Knight of Columbus hall had asked to be considered for our monthly luncheons.  I explained what they offered and a vote was held.  The decision was to stay at the Golden Corral.

The Zanesville Alumni Association has been selling trees with a plaque showing the class name for $400.00 and we took a vote at the reunion and it was decided we would purchase the tree.  We took the funds from the treasury and the purchase is now complete.  When the dedication is decided I will put the date out for anyone who would like to attend.  It will either be late fall or spring, depending on the number of trees sold.   There has already been one ceremony for the first 16 sold, and we are in the second group.

The class picture taken at the reunion was donated by Pauline & Ron Davis and passed out to the attendees.  The remaining pictures will be mailed to the classmates who attended the dinner.

I have set up an addition to this web site.  It is http://zhsclassof1957pictures.shutterfly.com.  The purpose is to display more pictures and news on a weekly basis if necessary.  When you click on it, you will need to register to become a member to view the site, make comments, etc.  All pictures are labeled with the classmate’s name, when you click on the individual pictures.  It would also be nice to hear from you regarding the site and if it is feasible to keep it up.  So far it has been very favorable. We are doing away with the Blog for lack of interest.

Birthdays for the month of August are: Earl Miller and Sharon Bowers – August 7th; Ron Davis and Connie Davis McGee – August 8th;  Ruthanne Lincicome Cassidy – August 9th; Jim Roberts – August 10th; Roger Cramer and Sandra Johnson Dougherty – August 12th; Darryl Goff – August 16th; Vonda Wittlinger Moore – August 24th; Jack Hardwick – August 27th; and John Singleton – August 29th.  If your birthday is in August and you don’t see it listed please let me know.

The Christmas Fund is now at $610.55, thanks to our generous classmates and the successful raffle.

We lost two classmates in July.  Thomas H. Wilson passed away July 11, 2012.  He is survived by Diane Osborne Wilson (classmate) and his children, Christopher (Sally) Wilson, Stephen (Juanita ) Wilson, Melissa (Rich) Mullinnex and Laura Davis, who was loved and raised by the Wilsons; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and three sisters, Kathleen Chema, Floleen Williams and Connie Cooper.  Our condolences to his family and friends.

Thelma Holbert Williams passed away July 14, 2012.  She is survived by her husband, Jim Williams; two daughters, Mellissa & Byran Harris and Imeida & Robert Newman; two sons, James Williams, and Michael (Jodie) Williams; one daughter in law, Reonita Green;  six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Holbert; one sister, Rachel Russell, and numerous other family members.  Our condolences to her family and friends.

Marcia Imlay gave the invocation and great fellowship  followed.

July 9, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today and even with the power outages over the last week and a half and the extremely hot weather, there were 21 classmates, 6 spouses and 1 grandchild in attendance.

It gave us the opportunity to discuss the update reunion on July 27th and 28th.  We have 96 reservations for Friday and 109 for Saturday, so it looks like we will have a pretty good turnout for the 55th.  We have several classmates or their spouses who are ill and won’t be attending this year. To each of you, we will miss you and hope to see you next time.

The Christmas Fund continues to grow and is now at $247.00, and we are truly thankful to all the classmates who contribute each month.

Roger Cramer continues to have his health problems and will start chemo at the end of the month, but he is planning on attending the reunion.  After the reunion, Earl Miller will be having back surgery on August 1st.  We need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Birthdays for the month of July:  James Chidester – July 2nd; Raymond Watiker – July 7th; Don Mann – July 8th; Sandra Hina Jarrett – July 9th; Judy Pettit Caldwell – July 12th; Richard Smith and Roberta Lind Mugford – July 20th; Richard Young – July 21st; Joann Longstreth Mount – July 25th; Nancy Veyon Patterson  and Carolyn Gebhart Filkill – July 26th and Virgil Mast – July 29th.  Happy Birthday Classmates.  Another year older with many more to come.

Pauline Snelling Davis led the invocation and the chatter began.

Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.  Drive safe and pray for good weather.

June 11, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today at the Golden Corral with 18 classmates and 4 spouses.  Smaller group today, but there was lots of fun for everyone.

I must mention that our Christmas project fund is growing especially with the help of classmate, Sondra (Lewis) Wiezbiski.  She made a generous contribution to the fund, and we thank her very much.  Our classmates are the best.

Hot Flash from our classmate, Dave Anderson – He is a volunteer at his local police department, doing paperwork in the evidence room and working as a volunteer patrolman.  He does work that sworn officers would otherwise have to do or not get to at all, such as vacation house checks and taking documents to the County Attorney’s office, located at the county seat of Bisbee; he also does traffic control around accidents, etc.  THE BEST is that he get to wear a snappy blue uniform, which is a real “chick magnet”, assuming that the “chicks are 94 and up.  Dave is never at a loss for words, and we enjoying hearing from him.

Classmate Roy Shultz, a veteran, and his wife, Glenna, recently donated a POW/MIA flag to the veteran complex on Maple Avenue.  Thanks to Roy.

I am sorry to report classmate, Peggy Hoover VanVacter, passed away on June 4, 2012.  She resided in Kansas City, Mo, and is survived by her husband, Robert VanVacter, brother and sister-in-law, William and Brenda Hoover, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Glee VanVacter.   Our condolences to her family and friends.

Birthdays for the month of June: Betsy Charles Sharp – June 9th; Roger Steffy – June 23rd;; and Judy Barnes Zinn – June 29th.  Happy Birthday to each of you.  I know there are more, but this is the list I have.

The reunion is approaching and I remind you that the deadline for reservations is June 30th.  We will only have Box Dinners for the reservations we get in.  Please don’t delay, get your information in.

Sas (Johnson) Dougherty suggested that we take up a collection and buy a tree at the high school.  Motion was made, seconded and the agreement was made to pursue the matter.

Remember this is your class, and we always want your input or any information that you want to share with us.

The blog is not going well.  We suggest that you give it a try.  I have put instructions on the Blog page.  If you have any trouble, please email me and I will try to help.

Bob Jardine gave the invocation and the fun began.

May 14, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 19 classmates and 4 spouses.

Roger Cramer had his surgery to remove one kidney on Friday, May 11th.  Our thoughts are with him and hope he is back with us soon.  Pauline Davis, Mary Lou Gantz, Vonda Moore, Jeanette Hennessy and Jo Ann Mount were all back after their various illnesses, and it was good to see each of them.

We had one new face this month, Wendell Dreier and his wife, Judy.  Wendell has a putt putt course in Dresden if anyone would want to visit it on our picnic day.  Their picture is in the Golden Corral Photo Gallery along with picture of Mike Erichsen, JoAnn Mount and Marcia Imlay having a good time with the cotton candy.  We really do have fun during our get together.

We have started a Blog and have had several missteps getting started and for that we apologize.  So if you want to join in – here’s the instructions:  Click on the Blog icon and when the blog appears, scroll down and look at the right hand side for the list of items.  Click on Register and enter the username you would like to use and your email address.  The blog then sends you back your password (which you can change after you log in if you prefer). The email will come from Word Press.  For some computers, the email is going into the junk mail, spam or trash and not the regular mail.  If you don’t receive the password within a few minutes, look through those items and then contact me and I will enter your information and send the password back to you.  Then you can log in and use the site.  Comment on what’s there, but I encourage you to start your own topics as well and get a dialogue going.

Birthdays for the month of May are:  Judy Bintz Doll – May 7th; Karen Erickson Freudenreich – May 14th; William Taylor – May 15th; Bob Jones – May 17th; Terry Timson – May 19th; Jan Bryan Hall – May 25th; Saundra Edwards – May 27th; Sandra Wright Douglas – May 27th; Ron Wetherell  – May 28th; and Mike Erichsen – May 29th.  Birthday wishes to each of you.

Reminder – The reunion is approaching and if you are planning on attending, please send your reservations in.

Invocation was led by Mike Erichsen, and we raced off to get the food.

APRIL 9, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 19 classmates and 11 guests. Louis Lacey was celebrating his birthday and brought his wife, Sandy, son and granddaughter with him today. We always enjoy getting to meet members of our classmates’ families.

We have received word that classmate, Mary Ann Freeman Mikulic, is recovering from two major surgeries and is now home after two months in rehabilitation. Francis Holzschuher continues to recover from his back surgery as well as Mary Lou Fraunfelter Gantz from her ordeal. Jeanette Harmon Hennessy will have shoulder replacement surgery next week. We ask that you keep all the classmates in your prayers. If you have any information that you would like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

The reservations are coming in for the 55th reunion. If you are planning on attending, get your reservations in as soon as possible. The Christmas fund continues to grow each month thanks to the generosity of our classmates.

Birthdays for the month of April are: Roberta Conkle Watton – April 3rd; Elba Wilson and Maynard Honesty – April 8th; Louis Lacey – April 9th; Dick and Bob Gatchel – April 11th; Jeanette Harmon Hennessy – April 12th; Dianne Decker Sleek – April 13th; Edward Shultz – April 14th; Connie Honesty Watiker – April 16th; Mary Lou Fraunfelter Gantz – April 20th; Vernon Robinson – April 23rd; Sally Barrick Snyder – April 24th; Joy Shinn McCallister – April 25th; and Eleanor Williams Klein – April 27th. Happy birthday with many more to come.

Shirley Grubb Rice, who was a classmate through junior year, passed away on April 6, 2012. She is survived by one son, Richard Rice; two brothers Richard Grubb of Indiana and Bob Grubb of Zanesville; one sister, Geraldine Wohs of Las Vegas, Seven Granddaughters; 12 great grandchildren; and special friend, George L. Sheppard. Our condolences to her family and friends.

We are starting a Blog for the web site. Only classmates who register will be able to post but anyone will be able to look at it. It might be a great tool for out of town classmates to come into the conversations. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Francis Holzschuher gave the invocation and lots of food and conversation began. Have a great April and look forward to seeing some new faces in May.

March 12, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 20 classmates and 6 spouses, even though it was a miserable rainy one. It is just nice to get out and be among friends for a few laughs and get caught up in what is going on.

The Christmas Charity Fund is growing each month through the generosity of all the classmates who attend the luncheons.

The reservations are coming in for reunion, and we ask that if you are going to attend to send your reservations in as soon as possible. It helps us with the planning.

Roger Cramer is having some health issues with his kidneys and is seeing a surgeon today. Francis Holzschuher had back surgery last week and after a rough time is trying to get back on his feet. Mary Lou (Fraunfelter) Gantz is having surgery to remove fluid from her brain on March 20th. Vonda (Wittlinger) Moore is still recovering from the shingles and the reactions to the drugs she was taking. We need to keep them and all classmates who have health issues in our thoughts and prayers. The flu has been spreading and several classmates have been battling the effects.

Doris (Jewett) and Gary Flynn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 17th. Our congratulations to them.

Classmate, Thelma Pettry Minner, passed away February 18, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Gary Lee Minner; son, Bill (Berniece) Minner of Nashport; daughter, Rhonda Pope (Phil Randall) of Reynolsburg; brother, Chuck Pettry of Zanesville, Sister, Kathleen Klinger of Zanesville; four grandchildren, Chris Minner of Nashport; Josh Minner of Zanesville, Tawnia Pope of Reynoldsburg and Ryan Pope of Westerville; and four great-grandchildren. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Birthdays for the Month of March: Tim Coffey – March 13th; Wilma Steed Batstra – March 14th; Ken Weber – March 15th and Judy Pearson Blair – March 25th. Happy Birthday to all the classmates with birthdays in March. I’m sure we have many more and would like to post them. If you don’t see your birthday listed, please send it in to be included.

If you have information that you would like to share with the class, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Shirley (Suttle) Bennett gave the invocation and an enjoyable time was had by all. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish, and a blessed and glorious Easter to all the classmates and their families.

February 13, 2012 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 20 classmates and 8 spouses. A good turn out for a cold winter day.

Phyllis Young Bradshaw sent a note to thank everyone for their support during her loss of her best friend and partner, Bill. She stated that it warmed her heart to see so many from the class who showed her love during a very difficult time for her and her family. Our thoughts continue to be with her.

The reservations are coming in and we are now at 21. We appreciate getting them as soon as possible, as it makes our job a lot easier. Remember – The event is July 27 and 28th. If you did not receive your information, please contact me. There are no returns, so we have to assume everyone for whom we have an address have received the information.

Birthdays for the Month of February: Lynn Deavers – Feb. 3rd; Judy Stolper White – Feb. 6th; Sig Illing – Feb. 7th; Peggy Taylor Smith – Feb. 15th; David Gale – Feb. 16th; Alice Dodson Blake – Feb. 20th; Eleanor Dunmire Jones – Feb. 23rd; Eileen Slater Sgontz – Feb. 25th. Happy birthday, Classmates.

We have been advised that our classmate, Murl Norman, passed away on August 31, 2011, at Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Essie Norman; son, Jerry Norman of Port St. Lucie; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Our belated condolences to his family.

We had a drawing for a couple of Valentine Day gifts and Sarah Sims (Earl’s wife) and Tom Hall were our winners. Congratulations. The Christmas fund is growing and we should have a nice fund come November. Jeanette Harmon Hennessy led the prayer and we had a very enjoyable time.

JANUARY 9, 2012 – What a great day for the monthly luncheon, with the weather in the high 40’s, we had 20 classmates and 7 spouses in attendance.

Marlene Wiseman Jones has set up a Marlene Jones Scholarship for a student enrolled in a masters in education program. The first scholarship recipient was honored in January. Marlene states that she wanted the scholarship started while she is still around to present the award. Our Kudos to Marlene for her generosity in giving back to the community.

Ed Walsh of the ZHS Class of 1956 informed us that he has written a book, Live Life My Way. A book about his answer to people who have grown tired of their lifestyle and are seeking a new one. A change of lifestyles, one from the 40 hour week doldrums of surviving from paycheck to paycheck to one which offers the meeting of new friends, world wide travel, adventure and exploring. The new lifestyle he chose was to do these things aboard a sailboat where living costs are low and adventure is high. His book talks about how to survive in the new lifestyle. It is available at the following: www.amazon.com (click on the books link and then type “Live Life My Way” in the search box). Or www.createspace.com/3677635 (this is the publisher’s site and the quickest shipper). You can also contact him for a signed copy by e-mail, ezed56@hotmail.com. Price $10.75 plus $2.90 shipping.

Birthdays for January: Marcia Nethers Imlay – January 2nd; Elizabeth Jackson Dunlap – January 7th; Eleanor Englehart Ingram – January 21st; Karen McGee Goins – January 25th; and Joann Wiles Baker – January 31st.

Happy Birthday to each of you.

The reunion letter is going out this week. Please check in over, mark your calendars and plan on joining us on July 27 and 28, 2012. If you have moved and your letter comes as forwarded, or if you do not receive the letter, please contact me so your address can be updated.

Check out the Photo Gallery for picture of BJ Baker Clemson and family.

We now have a fund started for the donation we will decide on and make in December, 2012. Joe Kennedy led the prayer and a good time was had by all.

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