December 8, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today. We had 24 classmates, 8 spouses and 1 granddaughter attending. What a nice turnout for the holiday season. We wish each and every classmate and their families a wonderful holiday season. With all the turmoil in the world, we must be grateful for and enjoy every day. All the classmates, spouses and others who attend really enjoy being with old friends. A picture is included in the Photo Gallery.

We have learned that we have lost another classmate. James D. Maxwell passed away November 24, 2008, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Warren Maxwell. Also, surviving are two daughters, Amy (Forrest) Gibson of Columbus and Jennifer (Mark) Chambers of Westerville; a grandson, Max Owen Chambers and a sister, Joan D. Maxwell of Delaware, Ohio. Our condolences go to his family and friends.

We are taking time to acknowledge the following classmates who have passed away during the year 2008 that we know about: Robert McGuire, Samuel D. Moore, Jack D. Nicholson, Karen Watson Christy, French Ralph Graves, Jr., Robert Blackford, Janet Williams Mees, and James D. Maxwell. Their families continue to be in our prayers. If anyone has information regarding any classmate, please forward to us.

Remember if you have a picture you would like to share with the class, please e-mail it and we’ll make sure to include it in the Photo Gallery. There are now three parts to the Gallery, check them all out. We are still waiting for more classmates to join the BB.

Please watch your mail for information from the Class Committee, regarding June 20, 2009! It will be coming after the holidays.

NOVEMBER 18, 2008 – We regret to inform you that our classmate, Janet (Williams) Mees, passed away at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. Janet is survived by her husband of fifty years, James Mees; son, Mark (Amy) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; twin daughters, Debbie (Kevin) Philip and Dee (Paul) Perry of Zanesville; grandchildren, Matt Philip, Chris Philip, Chad Perry, Jamie Morgan, Marc Perry, David Mees and Emma Mees; great grandchildren, Aaron and Andrew Philip, Sean Perry and KJ Morgan; and sister, Sherry (Mike) Luc of Canal Fulton; and niece, Shawnda McCollum. Note: Janet was our Senior Class Secretary. Our condolences go to her family and friends.

November 10, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today at the Golden Corral. We had 19 classmates, 5 spouses and one grandchild. Ron and Pauline (Snelling) Davis brought their grandson, Kolton, with them. Picture in Gallery. No new faces this month, but Roger Cramer came by to see us after recovering from his heart surgery a couple of months ago. We are pleased to see him doing so well.

Elizabeth Jackson Dunlap presented us with a puzzle picture she worked on titled “Congratulations Class of 1957”. We appreciate all her work.

A new item has been added to the web site. Each month we will feature a classmate and bring you up-to-date with a short profile on his or her life. We are starting with the members who are attending the luncheons. Not wanting to leave anyone out, we ask you to send in your information.

We have also made some changes on the pictures and now there will be additional topics in the Photo Gallery. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with the class, please feel free to get them to us. Right now, we are starting with family pictures. The list could be endless, but that is up to you.

October 13, 2008 – We have just learned that our classmate, Robert E. Blackford, passed away July 1, 2008, after 3½ years fight with lung cancer. He attended the 50th class reunion and his wife stated he really enjoyed himself. He is survived by his wife of 6 years, Lynda; his daughter, Lisa Mayne; mother, Helen Young; sister, Barbara Crosby; two granddaughters, Malissa Murphy and Diana Mayne; and one great granddaughter, Ryleigh Ann Murphy. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

October 13, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today at the Golden Corral. We had 22 classmates and 5 spouses in attendance. It has now been one year since we started the luncheons and the consensus is that we continue each month on the 2nd Monday. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Mike Erichsen, Connie Honesty Watiker and Shirley Suttle Bennett were recognized for attending all of the luncheons for the year. Marlene Wiseman Jones, Marcia Nethers Imlay, Earl Sims and Tom Hall have attended 11 of the 12 luncheons. Congratulations to all for making the effort each month . We had one new face this month and you will find Bill Bowman’s picture in the Picture Gallery. A picture of Earl Sims REALLY enjoying dessert is included. We continue to hope for more classmates to attend the luncheons.

Classmate Sue Morgan Mayle-Beard was recently honored by Democratic elected offices, family and friends as “Woman of the Year” at a dinner held September 11. Sue now resides in San Diego to be near her family. Proclamations and citations were received from Governor Ed Rendell, Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll; Senator Bob Casey; Legislators Flo Fabrizio, Pat Harkins and John Hornaman; The County Executive Mark Devechio; Joe Sinnott the Mayor Erie, Pa; City Council; the Democratic Party, the PA Fereation of Democratic Women; the Erie County Democratic Women’s Council. Congratulations to Sue.

If you have information that you would like to pass on to classmates, please let us know.

September 8, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today and once again we are pleased at the turnout. We wish more classmates would attend, as all seem to enjoy each other’s company. We had 21 classmates, 6 spouses and 2 grandchildren in attendance. Since there were no new faces, you will find a picture of Earl Sims and his granddaughter, Alivia, and Earl Miller and his niece, Caitlyn, in the Photo Gallery. So if you’re babysitting, don’t let that keep you from coming, please feel free to bring the children along.

We only have 19 classmates signed up for the bulletin board. Once again, the bulletin board is an easy access and has information that is not on the website, and is only available for classmates. We would like to post as many birthdays as we can gather, but that is up to you to provide us with the information. Remember we are waiting to hear from you.

August 11, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today and what a nice turn out. Even though it is Fair Week, we had 23 classmates and 10 guests. New faces included Jerry Norman and his wife, Sondra; Vicki Vickers Sttotsberry and husband, Gary; and Margaret Taylor Smith, who was visiting from Matthews, North Carolina. Picture is in the Photo Gallery. Mary Lou (Fraunfelter) and Sam Gantz brought her sister, Buzzy Mills, to join us. Carole (Osborne) and Tom Huey had their daughter, Patti, with them. It is really nice to have the classmates take an interest in reconnecting and having a good time. The old clock just keeps on ticking.

Carole Osborne Huey said of the Can You Guess picture, it was fun back then to go downtown and be on the corner of Fifth and Main. Everything changes and not always for the good. We welcome more comments about the downtown.

Since the website is only updated once a month, we encourage each of you, who visit the site, to join the bulletin board. It is very simple, just request a username and password, then you will be able to view what is posted. Right now we are working on birthdays, and would like to add as many classmates as possible. You will only be able to see them on the BB, so we urge you to join it.

July 14, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held at the Golden Corral. 14 classmates and 9 spouses were in attendance. Jeanette Harmon Hennessy brought her granddaughter, Jordon Balsey, and Judy Bintz Doll stopped by with two of her grandchildren. It is always good to share special time with friends. Roger Cramer came for the first time today. He is going to have open heart surgery within a couple of weeks, so keep him in your prayers. Picture is in the Gallery. We love to see new people come and hope to have more in the future.

We have started a birthday list and if you would like yours listed, please let us know. This month the only one we have thus far is Jo Ann Longstreth Mount, which is July 25th. To see August, you will need to go the bulletin board under birthdays. Please remember if you have not signed up for the BB, you will be unable to access it. You will need to go to Feedback to Register and I will send you your username and password. It is really easy to get started, so please sign up. The birthday list will be posted each month (on the BB) as we receive your information. Keep in mind if you don’t have a classmate’s address and would like to send a card, it can be furnished to you through Feedback. We would like to list everyone, so it’s up to you to give us your BIRTHDAY!

With the help of all of you, we are able to find information that otherwise gets overlooked and the website is a good opportunity to do so. We were advised last week that David Mott Morton had passed away six to seven years ago with complications of surgery. We have no additional information other than he did live somewhere in California.

The Bulletin Board has been slow getting classmates to sign up. It is really easy to register and the site is secure. Just go to FEEDBACK TO REGISTER and the rest is easy. It is a good way to keep in touch.

Since we normally only update the website once a month, by using the bulletin board we can communicate daily if we have information to pass along , etc. So don’t miss out by not registering. We would like to see all classmates who visit the site be a part of the BB. If you have any questions, please go to Feedback and let us know.

June 9, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held at the Golden Corral. We had a good turnout with 23 classmates and 6 spouses. We had three new faces this month and you will find their picture in the Photo Gallery. Tony Courtney is visiting from North Carolina, Suzy Barker Diehl from Florida, Judy Bintz Doll from Beaver, Ohio and Louis Lacey, local boy. We are always happy to see new faces and continue to enjoy all of the faithful classmates who attend regularly.

We are still waiting for you to identify the “Can You Guess Who” from last month. When we take the picture down, there will not be any photo until we get input from you, so if there is a picture you would like to see there, submit it.

We hope that classmates traveling back here will set the vacations to coincide with the second Monday of the month, so you can join us for lunch.

The Bulletin Board is now up and running and waiting for you to join in. The bugs have now been hopefully worked out. If you have not already registered for the BB, you must go to Feedback to Register and I will then give you a user name and password. This is the only way we know at this point to keep the bad stuff off of our site. If you have any questions, please go to Feedback and voice your concerns. If you are already registered, you are set to go and continue using the BB without any further problems.

May 12, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held at the Golden Corral. We had a great turnout with 22 classmates and 6 guests, including Mary Lou Fraunfelter Gantz’s daughter, Lori Clapper and Carol Paisley Kreps’ granddaughter, Mikki Kreps. We had three new faces and you will find their picture under “Can You Guess Who?” Give it a try, go to FEEDBACK, and let us know who you think they are.

We are so blessed that we can get together and have a good time sharing memories and trying to remember events, etc. from the past.

The Can You Guess Where photo was first identified by Jo Ann Longstreth Mount and it was Hall’s Brown Cow. She remembered working there. Leon Fischer was second to identify the place. Congratulations on having a fine memory to both of them.

You will notice that we now have a new addition on our site, it is a bulletin board. We can use it in several different ways. It is easy to log on and it will be secure as no e-mails are shown and hopefully we won’t get the garbage we were getting on the Guest Book. The Guest Book is still there, with the comments that can through it, but no longer available to use because it became a hassle to delete the stuff every day that was coming in.

We hope you will use the board. Pick a topic and let’s see how it goes with each other. Robert Hupp would like to see some communications. Let’s not disappoint him. Get the chatter started.

Please feel free to go to FEEDBACK to make comments, etc., that does not appear on the site. They will be answered personally and not through the bulletin board unless you approve.

On a sad note, we have now lost another classmate. French Ralph Graves, Jr., of Hooppole, Illinois died Saturday May 10, 2008 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Corl; two sons, Joshua (Toni) Graves and Daniel Graves; four daughters, Cagalena (David) Reul, Colleen, Kelly, and Susan Graves; six grandchildren and a brother, Ralph (Sally) Graves. Our condolences go to his family and friends.

APRIL 18, 2008 – Classmate Willits Sawyer was honored recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He received the prestigious Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award is given to individuals for exceptional service to AFP, the fundraising profession and the philanthropic community. It was presented at the Awards for Philanthropy banquet during the International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, CA.

Willits not only served countless churches and nonprofit organization during his nearly 40 year career in fundraising profession, but he also changed the face of the fundraising landscape by pioneering the use of electronic funds transfer for charitable contributions.

He founded EFT Corporation, which focused on applying technology to charitable giving. EFT processed the first electronic funds transfer donation for a nonprofit organization in the United States. The company has set up electronic fund transfer programs for numerous charities over the past three decades, many of which now receive more than 100,000 such donations every month.

Our congratulations go to Willits for his fine service.

April 14, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held at the Golden Corral. We had a great turnout with 21 Classmates and 6 Spouses. New faces were Gloria Tracey Denny and Mabel Carrel Dale. Picture is in the Photo Gallery. It is great to have all the faithful classmates coming each month and always is pleasant to see the new ones. We hope that during the coming months we will have even better attendance.

We did learn that Linda Lichtner Lee is recovering from open heart surgery and our best wishes go out to her.

We have many classmates celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. Since we do not want to leave anyone out, just know that we congratulate each of you on obtaining a wonderful milestone. Know how blessed you are that you still have each other, and cherish your relationship as time marches on.

The Can You Guess Where is still on the site. It has been guessed, but we’re leaving it there a while longer to see how many correct guesses we can get. So far there has been only one correct answer. Put your thinking cap on and give us a guess.

Robert Hupp has posted a note in the Guest Book and would like to see classmates posting messages. Anytime you want to advise the class members of an occurrence in your life, please make use of our GUEST BOOK and post it for all to see. Use the Guest Book as your message board. If you need any information or want to comment directly, please take advantage of our FEEDBACK. The web site has been set up to keep us all in touch.

March 10, 2008  – Following a “blizzard” this past week-end, we had 16 classmates and 6 spouses dig out and attend the monthly luncheon.  KUDOS to the following:  Joe and Janet Burns; Ron and Pauline (Snelling) Davis; Mike Erichsen; Tom Hall; Francis and Shirley Holzschuher;  Jeanette (Harmon) Hennessy; Connie (Honesty) Watiker; Karen (McGee) Goins; Marcia (Nethers) Imlay; Earl and Sarah Sims; Virginia (Reid) and Bob Stockdale; Shirley (Suttle) and Virgil Bennett; Vonda (Wittlinger) Moore; Marlene (Wiseman) Jones; and Phyllis (Young) and Bill Bradshaw.

Phyllis Young Bradshaw entertained us with the following:

A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment. As he stood there, he noticed that some souls were allowed to march right through the pearly gates into Heaven. Others, though, were led over to Satan who threw them into the burning pit.  But every so often, instead of hurling a poor soul into the fire, Satan would toss a soul off to one side into a small pile. After watching Satan do this several times, the fellow’s curiosity got the best of him. So he strolled over and asked Satan what he was doing. “Excuse me, Prince of Darkness,” he said. “I’m waiting in line for Judgment, but I couldn’t help wondering. Why are you tossing those people aside instead of flinging them into the Fires of Hell with the others?” “Oh those, Satan groaned, “They’re all from OHIO, They’re still too cold and wet to burn.”


Maybe our classmates, who live out of state, might want to reconsider and move back home. But then again, Phyllis lives in Florida, and can hardly wait to get back there.

Joe Burns recited a few words of wisdom to us, one being, “What’s goes up, but never comes down?”  The answer:  OUR AGE.

Please remember to keep us informed of any changes in either your e-mail or address. Lots of answers on the Can you guess where picture, but no correct ones yet.  Keep guessing.


February 23, 2008 – February has not been a good month for the Class of 1957, as we have lost two more  classmates:


February 15, 2008 – Karen M. (Watson) Jones Chrisley passed away at her home in Marion, Illinois.  She is survived by her husband, James; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa (Jones) Slinkard of Marion, Il; daughter, Cherie Jones Carroll of Marion, Ohio; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeremiah Stephens, Matt and Teaya Slinkard and Katie, David and Mikey Carroll; great-granddaughter, Abigayle Stephens; her mother, Edna Mitchell Watson, and sister, Shirley Menzie, both of Owensboro, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.  Our condolences go to her family and friends.

February 12, 2008 – Jack Melvin Nicholson passed away at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital following a long illness.  He is survived by his wife, Rachel Covert Nicholson; two sons, Raymond (Teresea) and Timothy (Sandy) Nicholson, both of Zanesville; a daughter, Sarah (Dave) Scott of Heath; two sisters, Nancy Barker of Roseville and Janis (Lewis) Miller of Lebanon; a brother, Jerry (Cheryl) Nicholson of Hopewell; an aunt, Edith Barnes of Cambridge; four grandchildren Janette and Adam Nicholson and Jane and Nelson Scott; five step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  Our condolences go to his family and friends.

February 11, 2008 – The monthly luncheon was held today, on one of the coldest days of the year, and we had 16 classmates and 3 spouses in attendance.  Kudos goes to all who attended.  Phyllis (Young) and Bill Bradshaw from Kissimmee, Florida, and Ruthanne Lincicome Cassidy of Middletown joined us today.  Earl Miller recited a reading on how every man should respond to his wife’s words. Very interesting!!  Pictures are in the PHOTO GALLERY.


(1) Dave Anderson is putting together the biographies on the classmates, who submitted the information at the last reunion.    If you haven’t received an e-mail regarding the news from him, let us know thru FEEDBACK and you will be added to the list.  Dave will also offer hard copies of the document at his cost to the classmates who do not have e-mail addresses. If you did not submit any information, have not heard from him and would like to participate, Dave graciously stated he would update the document. Just go to FEEDBACK and let us know.  For the classmates who said they would like to hear about each other, this information will help.  A BIG THANK YOU TO DAVE for all his hard work.

(2) If you are interested in reading the history of Zanesville High School, please go to http://zhs1955.com/ZHS_history.htm.

(3) On a sad note, classmate Samuel D. Moore passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008.  He is survived by his wife, Amy; stepson, Michael D. Kahler; a sister, Vivian Nader; two brothers, Earl D. (Betty) Moore and Donald W. (Charlotte) Moore; a sister-in-law, Patricia Moore and many nieces and nephews.  Our condolences go to his family and friends.

(4)  There was no response on the Can You Guess Who Picture.  The picture was passed around at the luncheon and Marlene Wiseman Jones guessed correctly.  The picture is of Tom Kinnan (who is now deceased) and JoAnn Wiles Baker.  Take a look at it, as it will be removed next month.

January 14, 2008 –   We think the year is getting off to a good start.  The monthly luncheon was held today and we had 18 classmates and 5 spouses in attendance.  A picture of new faces is in the Photo Gallery.  Mr. Coultas (who taught Science at Hancock Junior High) stopped by to say hello to some of his former students.  We even had a four year old have lunch with us, he was with his grandmother, JoAnn Longstreth Mount.

We have decided to put the Bus Trip on hold for lack of interest at this time. We have had no one identify the Can You Guess Who Picture yet.  Put your thinking caps on!!!!!

January 4th, 2008 – Classmate Robert (Bob) McGuire passed away at his residence in Tampa, Florida.  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Ricer McGuire; a son, Bob McGuire; a daughter, Annette Sisk; several grandchildren and a brother, Gary McGuire of Zanesville. Our condolences to his family and friends.

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