December 12, 2011 – Another year is coming to an end and we are so grateful for all the blessings in our lives. The luncheon was held today with 24 classmates, 7 spouses and 1 granddaughter.

I had received notes from Robert Hupp in Arizona and Phyllis Bradshaw in Florida, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Also, heard from Paul (Buddy) Cheek, who informed me that his wife, Christa, had passed away this year. Let us all remember the classmates and spouses, who are no longer with us, and keep their families in our prayers. Just a reminder that if you have anything you want to share, please contact me and I will pass it on.

Classmates were recognized for their attendance at the monthly luncheons: Joe Kennedy, Karen Goins and Marcia Imlay attended all but two luncheons in two years; Connie Watiker and Mike Erichsen attended all but one luncheon in the two years; and Tom Hall and Shirley Bennett attended all the luncheons. We are now going into our five year and the attendance is growing, so we are starting over in the attendance record.

We will continue to recognize the efforts the classmates put into getting together.

Mike Erichsen led the prayer and we enjoyed the friendships. Then we had a White Elephant exchange. It was suggested by Marlene Jones and approved by everyone attending, that starting next year we will begin a fund and in November decide how we will use it to help in the community with a project.

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.

Classmate, Jim Lucas and his wife, Linda, co-owners of Highlander Cleaners, have partnered with the Salvation Army for Coats for Kids for twenty-five years. Donations of new and gently used coats are dropped off at their business, cleaned and given to the Salvation Army for distribution to children and adults. Our kudos to Jim and Linda for their caring about the community.

John E. Passwaters, who was a part of our class through junior year, passed away on October 24, 2011, in Spring Hill, Florida, after a long courageous battle with mesothelioma. He is survived by three sons: John Passwaters of Brooksville, Florida, Eric Passwaters of Zanesville, Ohio, and Robert Passwaters of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Passwaters of Zanesville; two step-sisters, Linda Crum of Parkersburg, WV, and Carol Hayes of Quaker City, Ohio; a niece and several cousins. Our condolences to his family and friends.


November 14, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 29 classmates and 9 spouses. This was one of our better turnouts. No new classmates, but it was sure nice to have the number we had today. We recognized those present who are veterans: Tom Hall, Tim Jones (class of 56), Mike Erichsen, Earl Miller, Joe Kennedy, Gary Bowles and Roger Cramer. A salute to all of our classmates for your service to our country.

Bithdays for the month of November: Betty Rollins Clark – Nov. 5th; Eleanor Norris Whitehouse – Nov. 6th; Francis Holzschuher – Nov. 19th; Willa Ruth Garich Deveny – November 23rd; and Laura Jean Moyer Newell – November 27th. Happy Birthday to everyone.

The price of the shirts have gone up: Short sleeve blue – $8.60; and Long sleeve blue or white – $12.50. If ordering by mail, please add $3.25 for shipping. Any questions, please give me a call.

Next month we will have the White Elephant for anyone who wishes to participate. Even if you don’t, let try and have a HUGE turnout for the end of the year.

We are sad to announce that we have lost two more classmates this past month:

On October 19, 2011, JoAnn Farmer Pletcher passed away in Wilmington, Ohio, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and more recently Cancer. She is survived by her husband, Earl Pletcher; daughters: Erin of Blanchester; Leigh Ann (Jamie) Spell of Irmo, SC; and Elaine Vastine of Columbia, SC; three granddaughters: Hannah Spell, Peyton and Kendall Vastine and one grandson, Kyler Spell. Also, surviving is her sister, Marguerite Loomis of Avondale, Ohio. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

On November 7, 2011, Esther M. Pollock Caruso passed away at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, in Joliet, Illinois. She is survived by two sons: Raymond (Kim) Pollock and Craig (June) Greiner; three grandchildren: Katherine Pollock, Alyssa and Kevin Greiner; two brothers: Russell (Kathy) Pollock and Norman (Mary) Pollock. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends

Robert Hupp sent in a picture of himself at Disney Land and you will find it in the Photo Gallery. Also, a picture of Mike and Maxine Erichsen’s belated Anniversary. Once again, if you have pictures to share, please send them to me and I will try and have them on the website, along with a book I am keeping for the reunions.

Eleanor Englehart Ingram led the prayer and we had a great time visiting and bringing everyone up-to-date.

October 10, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with a rather small group of 17 classmates and 3 spouses. The weather is beautiful and it is Columbus Day, so the classmates must be busy in their yards, etc. It was great to see everyone. No new faces this month.

Marlene Wiseman Jones had a knee replacement on Friday and will now begin rehab. Hopefully, she will be back with us soon.

Francis and Shirley Holzschuher celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 30, 2011. Hopefully, we will have a picture in the Photo Gallery next time. Congratulations to them.

We have lost another classmates. Fayne Ellen Dalton passed away on September 26, 2011, at her residence surrounded by family. She is survived by four-half sisters: Rachel Dalton, Mary Dalton, Bonnie (David) Lett and Carolyn (Pete) Starks, all of Zanesville. Three half-brothers: Robert Dalton of Zanesville; Richard Dalton of New Concord; and Roy (Mandy) Dalton of Zanesville and several nieces and nephews. Our condolences to her family and friends.

We have also been advised on the death of Charles Young, but I have no further information regarding him.

If anyone can provide me with details, please get in touch with me.

Shirley Bennett led prayer and we had a very enjoyable visit today.

September 12, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 19 classmates and 5 spouses. Several classmates are on vacation trips. No new faces to report this month. Everyone was talking about the good time at the picnic last month.

Francis Holzschuher was recognized for bringing the speaker system to the picnic, as it helped a great deal. JoAnn Wiles Baker was also recognized for her hard work in preparing the crafts and the lovely stones.

Marlene (Wiseman) and Tim Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2011. You will find their picture in the Photo Gallery under Special Events. Congratulations to them.

Birthdays for the month of September: Joe Burns – September 1st; Ron Vandagriff – September 2nd; Joseph Kennedy – September 4th; Robert Hupp – September 6th; Gary Bowles – September 10th; Carole Osborne Huey – September 15th; Charles Fields – September 16th; Richard Mason and Larry Watton – September 22nd; Shirley Suttle Bennett and Beverly Murphy Factor – September 26th; Larry Agin and Mary Ann Freeman Mikulic – September 27th. Happy birthday classmates.

The class presented Shirley Bennett a gift for her efforts for the class. She was very humbled by the effort, and accepted the gift and in turn gave it to the class for future events. Shirley said for the reunions and picnics, there is a committee and everyone (not just the committee) helps make the events successful and all should share. She truly appreciated the kindness and thanked everyone from the bottom of her heart.

We are already planning the 55th reunion. Mark your calendars NOW for July 27 and 28, 2012. More information will be available soon. Tom Hall led us in prayer on this beautiful day, and everyone enjoyed the friendships.

Check out the Photo Gallery for new pictures. Also, if you have a picture to share, please let me know.

August 8, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 25 classmates and 8 spouses. New faces were Dale Richards and his wife, Mary. They were here from Arizona/Florida, and Jim Martin. Pictures are in the Gallery. Phyllis and Bill Bradshaw are here from Florida again and will also be attending the picnic on Saturday. Nancy and Bob Patterson were here on their way to St. Louis to attend Magician convention and will not be able to attend the picnic. With a few of the regulars missing and a few of the frequent attendees, we had a nice group. Lisa Harper, a representative from Humana, did a presentation on all the different programs available through Humana. She also paid for all the lunches of the attendees.

We lost two classmates in the month of July. July 28, 2011 – Karl E. Snack passed away following a lengthy illness. Karl is survived by his wife, Joan (Crom) Snack; ten children: Jackie (Jeff) Jadwin, Joe Snack, Kimberly (Jay) Welsh, all of Zanesville and Karla (Tom) Clark of South Carolina; Nancy Jo (Donnie) Watts, Rick (Cathy) Wofter, Raymond (Chantell) Wofter, LeaAnn Wofter, Belinda Wofter and Lester Wofter, all of Zanesville; 27 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two sisters; Norma Jardine and Eleanor (Frank) Williams; one brother, Larry Snack, all of Zanesville. Our condolences to his family and friends.

July 17, 2011 – Suzanne Barker Nasser Diehl passed away after a brave struggle with brain cancer. Suzy is survived by her husband, Wendell Diehl; one daughter, Debra (Dennis) Custer of Lodi, OH; three sons, Mark (Marsha) Nasser of Zanesville, Charles (Kyle) Nasser of Arizona and Scott Nasser of Daytona Beach, FL; 12 grandchildren, Misty, Michael, Shaun, Brandy, Josiah, Caleb Zachariah, Grace, Lydia, Isaiah, Janna and Derek; 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Carole Donley of Zanesville; two step sons, David (Annalee) Diehl of Canal Fulton, OH and Dr. Thomas (Sherry) Diehl of Zanesville; a step daughter, Susan (Bob) Newman of Columbus; and 6 step grandchildren. Our condolences to her family and friends.

On a better note, John and Lois Singleton celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 5th. Congratulations to both of them. Hopefully I will get a picture to post.

Birthdays for August: Earl Miller and Sharon Bowers – August 7th; Ron Davis and Connie Davis McGee – August 8th; Ruth Lincicome Cassidy – August 9th; Jim Roberts – August 10th; Roger Cramer – August 12th;

Sandra Johnson Dougherty – August 12th; Darryl Goff – August 16th; Vonda Wittlinger Moore – August 24th; Jack Hardwick and Nellie Norris Evans – August 27th; John Singleton – August 29th; and Curtis Soter – August 31st. Happy Birthday Classmates.

After the presentation, Connie Watiker led the prayer and off we went to eat ourselves. It was a good day and everyone seems ready for the picnic on Saturday. We have 99 reservations. Say a little prayer that the weather is good. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

July 11, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 23 classmates. 6 spouses, 2 grandchildren and Willa Ruth Deveny brought her daughter, Traci Couch, with her. What a fun time today. Everyone was brought up-to-date on classmates with illnesses. Mabel Carrel Dale, one of our regulars at the luncheon, had been visiting her son and had a heart attack. Again being taken to the local hospital, she was Med-Flighted to OSU Medical Center and ended up with a stent and a short stay at the hospital. She is now home and doing ok. I might mention again anytime you would like for your classmates to know about you, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.


If you haven’t sent your money for the picnic and still want to join us, the dateline is July 18, 2011.

Another classmate, Juanita M. Mitchell Burns, passed away on June 23. 2011. Juanita was a very active member of St. Nicholas Catholic church; singing in the choir and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Society. She is survived by Robert Burns (classmate); one daughter, Tina Spinks, of Zanesville; two sons, Mitchell (Trudy) Burns and Robert Burns, Jr.; four granddaughters: Kaly, Cassi, Alyssa and Ariel Burns; two great grandchildren: Eden and Hannah; four sisters: Nancy Glover of Columbus, Esther Roulette of Portsmouth, Ruth Childs of Columbus and Nasonia Mitchell of Los Angeles, CA and numerous nieces and nephews. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Classmate Saundra Sue Morgan Mayle-Beard, a retired advocate for the cities of Utica, New York, Zanesville and Erie, Pa., has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in her career. She spent 55 years focusing on neighborhood development, personnel and nutrition in various government positions in the various cities. She is a lifelong Democrat who has worked on many presidential campaigns, from John F. Kennedy’s to Barack Obama’s. Sue is quite accomplished, being certified in food service management, a certified interior decorator and former second assistant director of the Golden Hawks Drum and Bugle Corps in Utica, N.Y. Her affiliations include the NAACP, National Federation of Democratic Women, National Red Cross, League of Women Voters and United Church Women of America. She owned and operated two businesses: the Cookie Car in Zanesville, and the Kitchen (a restaurant and catering operation) in Erie, Pa. Congratulations, Sue.

Birthdays for the month of July: James Chidester – July 2ND; Don Mann – July 8TH; Raymond Watiker – July 7TH; Sandra Hina Jarrett – July 9TH; Judy Pettit Caldwell- July 12TH; Richard Smith – July 20TH; Roberta Lind Mugford – July 20TH; Richard Young – July 21ST; Joann Longstreth Mount -July 25TH; Phyllis Scott Wilson – July 25TH; Nancy Veyon Patterson – July 26TH; Carolyn Gebhart Filkill – July 26TH; Virgil Mast – July 29TH

Francis Holzschuher led prayer and the luncheon continued on until nearly 3:00 P.M.

June 13, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 25 classmates and 6 spouses. Eleanor Dunmire Jones (picture in the Photo Gallery) attended for the first time today. Nellie Norris Evans was here from Florida and Richard Hunter was back. It is always good to have new classmates join us.

There was a short meeting to see what is going on to share with classmates.

We have lost two classmates this month: Margaret (Jane) McCoy Barnes passed away on June 2, 201l, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jane was a nurse, loved to travel with her husband and was an avid golfer. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Roderick W. Barnes; daughter, Maryjane (Jeff) Shackelford of Newark; son, John W. (Roxie) Barnes of Mt. Perry; brother, John W. (LaRaine) Barnes of Gahanna; five grandchildren, Mackenzie “Mack” Fuller, Reisce Barnes, Raven Barnes, Rachel Barnes and Rhett Barnes; and two nieces and one nephew. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Carol Paisley Kreps passed away on June 8, 2011. Carol had been a greeter for Walmart North and will be missed greeting everyone at their door. She is survived by her husband, Robert Kreps; her daughters Lynda Gilliland of Mt. Gilead and Layne Harris of Zanesville; her three brothers, David Paisley, Roger Paisley and Ronald Paisley, all of Zanesville; her grandchildren Alex, Mikki, Alicia, Meranda, Mikah, Bobby, Neil and Cory and her two great grandsons James and Christopher. Our condolences to her family and friends.

On the lighter side of life, Toby Ruby, who lives in Hawaii recently attended the 25th National Golden Age Games (for Veterans). She placed 4th in the Shuffleboard, 4th in Air Rifle, last in 9 Ball and ok in the outrigger Canoe Event. Toby also attended a great luau and had a wonderful time the entire week. P.S. She has such a “hard” life living in Sunny Hawaii. Picture in Photo Gallery.

Classmate, Ron Davis, was honored by the Ohio High School Athletic Hall of Fame at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 11th. Ron began umpiring in 1967 and continued for 44 years with games from Muskingum University to the Babe Ruth State Tournament. He is now enshrined into the Ohio High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Ron.

Reservations are coming in for the upcoming picnic. Don’t forget to get your reservation in so we will have a lunch for you.

Earl Sims led us in prayer and the chatter began.

May 9th 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held at the Golden Corral today with 23 classmates and 4 spouses in attendance. The weather was finally beautiful and some of the classmates stayed home to mow the grass. Not much news this month, but we always inquire about the classmates and if any are having health issues. We are interested in ALL classmates and wish them well. When we know, a card is sent, so if you would like to hear from us, please keep us updated.

The reservations are coming in and we have about 48 thus far. We are hoping to get to the magic number of 100 to make it worth the effort. We are asking that you get your reservations in as soon as possible if you plan on attending the picnic.

I must comment on receiving updated information on classmates when you move or change your email address. Thank you. You don’t know how much this helps when we are planning events. Keep up the good work.

“Someone” got hungry, so Mike Erichsen led the prayer and they hurried off to fill their plates. If you haven’t joined us, please give us a try. Remember the second Monday of each month at the Golden Corral.

Birthdays for the month of May are as follows: Judy Bintz Doll – May 7th; Karen Erickson Freudenreich- May 14th; William Taylor – May 15th; Robert 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. Happy Birthday to each of you.

April 11, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with 20 classmates and 8 spouses. It was a very warm day and quite a change from the winter weather we had become accustomedto. Phyllis and Bill Bradshaw surprised us with a visit from Florida. It was good to see them and enjoyed their company.

It was nice to see Joe Kennedy back after hernia surgery. Vicki Miller, Earl’s wife, had applications for membership in the Zanesville Alumni Association and they were passed out to classmates. If anyone is interested in joining the Alumni Association, please let us know. Earl Miller led prayer and once again we had a good time visiting.

Birthdays for the month of April are: Roberta Conkle Watton – April 3rd; Elba Wilson – April 8th; Maynard Honesty – April 8th; Louis Lacey – April 9th; Jeanette Harmon Hennessy – April 12th; Diane Decker Sleek – April 13th; Edward Shultz – April 14th; Connie Honesty Watiker – April 16th; Mary Lou Fraunfelter Gantz – April 20th; Jane McCoy Barnes – April 21st; Vernon Robinson – April 23rd; Sally Barrick Towning – April 24th; Joy Shinn McCallister – April 25th; and Eleanor Williams Klein – April 27th. We wish you a very Happy Birthday.

We regret to inform you that classmate, Robert Charles Riggle, passed away March 26, 2011, at the Earl B Hadlow Center Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Florida following a short illness. Robert is survived by his wife of 54 years. Jean A. (Smith) Riggle; one son, Robert C. (Kelly) Riggle II of Orange Park, Florida; two daughters, Joan A. Adams of Orange Park, Florida and Alesia E. (Mark) Flower of Rising Sun, Ohio; one sister, Barbara Corder, and one brother, Terry (Debbie) Riggle, both of Zanesville; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Please keep the Box Lunch Picnic in mind and get your reservations in as soon as possible.

March 14, 2011 – Today, it was sunny and cool, and we managed to have 18 classmates and 6 spouses join in for lunch. We had one new face today, James Robert Jardine, who has moved back here from Grove City this past week. Welcome home! Bob is also our profile of the month. I might mention that we are in need of classmates’ profiles. If you are interested, please let me know or soon we will be discontinuing that part of the site.

Happy Birthday to our March classmates, Tim Coffey – March 13th; Wilma Steed Batstra; Ken Weber – March 15th; and Judy Pearson Blair – March 25th.

There were three 50th Wedding Anniversaries this month.  Curtis and Marilyn Soter, Joann (Farmer) and Earl Pletcher and Virginia (Reid) and Bob Stockdale. The Stockdale’s picture is in the Photo Gallery. Congratulations to all.

ZHS has an Alumni Association, which was originally organized in 1994 and reorganized in 2010. They are having an alumni gathering at Adornetto’s Pizza on April 11, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will receive all tips and a percentage of proceeds from the sale of pizzas or salads. Dine in or Carry out. Memberships are available: $10.00 per year; $50.00 to lifetime members graduating 50 years or more. THAT WOULD BE US! Members will receive a pen, membership card and quarterly newsletters. The alumni gives a scholarship to one graduating senior each year.

When we receive any information about the school, we like to pass it on to the classmates who aren’t at the monthly luncheons. The same is true with the classmates, we like to bring everyone up to date on the happenings in your lives, so keep us informed.

The reservations are coming in for the Box Lunch Picnic. We look forward to having a great turnout, so get your reservation in soon.

Marlene Wiseman Jones led the prayer and a good time was had by all.

February 14, 2011 – The monthly luncheon was held today with a great attendance with 27 classmates and 8 spouses. We finally had a decent day and friends were able to get out. We had a new face today. Richard Hunter attended for the first time and you will find his photo in the gallery.

Since it was Valentine’s Day, we had a drawing for a box of candy and flower candy arrangement and guess what, Richard Hunter was our winner. You never know what will be going on, so if you haven’t attended, we ask that you give us a try. There is always a lot of conversation with new faces and old faces that don’t make it every time, but we are very pleased to see everyone.

If you haven’t received your notice on the Box Lunch Picnic, please let me know. The reservations are starting to come in and we hope to get a good turnout. Remember, put August 13, 2011 on your calendar.

Jeanette Harmon Hennessy led the prayer and we had a great time. I might mention that a classmate had sent me five things you need to know about your cell phone. It was quite interesting and everyone received a copy. If you are interested in one, e-mail me and I will send you a copy.

Birthdays that I have for February are as follows: 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; and Eileen Slater Sgontz – Feb. 25th. If you don’t see your birthday, it’s because we do not have it and would like to add you to the list.

I might mention several classmates are now using Face Book. Look them up. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

January 10, 2011 – This is the beginning of a new year and hopefully it will be a good year for all of us. In 2010, we lost 8 class members and we realize the importance of staying connected. The weather today was very cold, but it didn’t keep the classmates from gathering at the Golden Corral. We had 22 classmates, 6 spouses and 1 grandchild. Phyllis Young Bradshaw had delayed her trip back to Florida, so she and Bill could attend the luncheon, and we were all very happy to visit with them. Hopefully, they will not get snowed in here and have to stay a little longer as we have a storm coming in tomorrow.

Judy Barnes Zinn is recovering at Willow Haven Nursing Center from a heart problem due to her oxygen level and should be home within the week. All present signed a card for her wishing a speedy recovery. If you know of a classmate who would like to hear from us, please let me know. Joe Kennedy led the prayer and we enjoyed bringing everyone up-to-date after the holidays.
The Box Lunch picnic has now been planned and it will be held August 13th at 12:30 p.m. at the Park Central (Old Armco). You should receive your information in the next couple of weeks. If not, please notify us.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS: Marcia Nethers Imlay – Jan. 2nd; Elizabeth Jackson Dunlap – Jan 7th; Eleanor Englehart Ingram – Jan. 21st; Karen McGee Goins – Jan. 25th and JoAnn Wiles Baker – Jan. 31st. Remember if your birthday is not listed, please send me your information.

Leon Fischer sent me some very useful information that I am passing on to you. If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, Please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides Free housecleaning – once per month for 4 months – while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign-up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. “Cleaning for a Reason” will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It is our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along. http://www.cleaningforareason.org.

We regret to inform you that we have lost another classmate. Sally Woerner Seaton passed away on December 22, 2010 at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Rodney E. Seaton, adopted daughter, Shirley Starcher; a step sister, Carol (Rick) Blair, a step brother, Carl J. Woerner, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Sally bequeathed her body to The Ohio State University Anatomical Donation Department to help with research. Our condolences to her family and friends.

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