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•   Charles Peitso (Peitso)  8/26
•   Linda Schoeder (Brown)  9/29
•   Richard Brumbaugh  9/3
•   Patricia Conley  9/3
•   Kathleen Jacobson-Graber  9/2
•   Mary Nudell (Nudell)  8/26
•   Debbie White (Stofer)  8/21
•   Jeanne Stroud-Hessel  8/19
•   Doreen Horazuk (Drake)  8/16
•   Gaya Erlandson  8/6
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2 live in Arizona
3 live in California
1 lives in Colorado
1 lives in Florida
1 lives in Kansas
2 live in Massachusetts
32 live in Minnesota
1 lives in North Carolina
2 live in Washington
1 lives in Saskatchewan
1 lives in Israel
86 location unknown
35 are deceased


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West (closed) High School
Class of 1968
Elena Schroeder

Hello Friends. As you may know, Elena had been battling cancer. She passed away on Oct 3. This summer we sent her a flower bouquet which she greatly appreciated.

Elena W. Schroeder

Schroeder, Elena W. 69. Born August 4, 1950 - died October 3, 2019. Survived by her sister Tamra Sharp. Preceded in death by father Ordell Schroeder, mother Wynnette Schroeder, brother Douglas Ziesmer and sister Sharolynn Nelson. Elena was a dedicated educator and administrator in the Mpls School District for over thirty years in a number of schools. An exceptional artist, lover of animals and all causes related to their well being, loving sister, aunt and caring friend to all she met. A special thanks to Healtheast Hospice for their support and kindness over the last several weeks. We will have a celebration of life on Saturday, October 19th from 11 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Please join us at Jimmy's Event Center, Vadnais Room, 1132 Co. Rd. E, Vadnais Heights, MN to share your thoughts and to celebrate Elena's life. We will have a short program at approx 12:30 p.m.





June 1. 2019

From Tim Brady

I have just been diagnosed with and aggressive form of cancer called B cell lymphoma with + FISH.  I am still learning about it but very intense Chemo starts Monday along with further diagnostic work.  The oncologist says there is a 40% cure rate after an ongoing Chemo treatment of 6 months minimum.  I am sad but positive and am going to fight as hard as I can.  I ask for your prayers for my recovery, and peace of my for myself, family and friends.  Thank you all, Tim


Please send Tim e-mails at






Post reunion report.

The feedback was that the reunion was a big success. Everyone attending had a good time.

The reunion committee decided to go for more party time, and as everyone in the class will be turning 70, it was proposed that we have a group 70 year birthday party at a time and place to be determined.


Also in the works, a supplement to the "yearbook" produced for the reunion updating classmates profiles.


In order to produce the updates to the yearbook we are asking for photos and information that people want to have added. We also have a few corrections to make.

In the supplement will be photos from the reunion.

Please contact Robert Sykes if you have corrections, photos or additions.

Robert Sykes <>



May 13, 2019 status of Supplement

The “staff” for the 50th anniversary reunion Hesperian of the West High Class of ’68 is putting together the Spring/Summer Supplement to our 50th anniversary reunion. The plan is for it to be 8 to 12 pages plus cover. To do this well, we need content contributions from our classmates:


1) We invite you to send photographs of the 2018 reunion events at Theodore Wirth Chalet and the Park Tavern. We would also like photos from past reunion events. If you have photos, we need them!


2) Last summer we had to go to press with some classmate profiles incomplete. Others found out too late to be included and they were not able to complete their profile the 1968-2018 classmate entry section in time for us to include them. The supplement is an opportunity to add more people and complete published profiles. We also want to fix any errors and unintentional omissions.


3) Sadly, we also learned of more classmates who have passed away. If you know of others we missed, we want to include them in the supplement. If you have obituaries or dates of death, please send along. Our chief sleuth, Steve Kahm, will do the research to find their obits.


4) There will be contact information updates for those who want to add their info.


5) If you have additional ideas for content, we’d like to hear them!


If you have anything to offer in the above categories, please send an email describing what you have to: That email account is handled by Bob Sykes and John Hoagberg. They will respond with information about the specifics they would need for those items and how to submit them. DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IS JUNE 15TH.  We anticipate sending out the supplement at no cost to you. Those who missed getting the original "Reunion Hesperian" will be able to purchase one for $10.00 and get the supplement for free.


If you have moved please send cahnge of address information to Raleigh Ressen Kaminsky.

Raleigh's cell phone is 612 210 5557 email






WEST HIGH ALL CLASS REUNION, AUG. 10, 2018 at Williams Pub. 




A committee has been formed to plan the West High School Class of 1968 50th reunion.

The committee is headed by Wendy Weisberg Fine and Raleigh Ressen Kaminsky.


Watch for invitations in the U.S. mail and RSVP  ASAP.

Cost $68 per person.


Wendy's cell phone is 612 423 6322 email

Raleigh's cell phone is 612 210 5557 email


Save the dates

Thursday August 23, 2018 and Friday August 24, 2018


Thursday August 23. 2018 will be a bar night at Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Ave. S., St. Louis Park, MN.  Gather at 7p.m.

The previously announced location, Bar Louie, has closed. Park Tavern is the place to be.


The class reunion will be held on Friday August 24, 2018 at the Wirth Chalet in Wirth Park.

1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422


6:30 meet and greet and cash bar

7:15 dinner

8:15 - 11 have fun



After Party.  11PM - 2 A.M.

After Friday nights banquet. Go to JJ's Clubhouse next to Ramada Inn (The official West High Hotel). 6300 Wayzata BLVD

763 546 6277





Dinner Buffet

Dinner, dessert and drinks will be served.


A cash bar will be availabe (cash only)

Last call at 10:30 closes at 11:00


We have secured a block of rooms at the Ramada Hotel on 394 and Louisiana Avenue. The address is 6300 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley. The rate for a standard king is $90 and $95 for a standard double queen. The hotel offers free hot breakfast and free high speed wireless. To make a reservation call 763-546-6277 (don't call an 800 number). Ask for the West High School 1968 Reunion block of rooms. Rooms will be held until 8/2. Please book early to ensure you get these rates.
The Great Minnesota Get Together  - aka The Minnesota State Fair - starts on August 23, so you can extend your stay to enjoy this end-of-summer Minnesota tradition.


Plan on buffet dinner, cash bar, music, lots of fun and surprises.


Contact Raleigh or Wendy with suggestions or to be added to e-mail list or update your contact information.

Sometime in May you will receive a mailed to your home invitation with specific information about the events. There will be registration and payment information as well as a request for a bio update. We'd like that information even if you are unable to attend the reunion. We would greatly appreciate your timely and early responses so we can stay on track with the arrangements.




Please go to classmate profiles to update your information.

Please go to Missing Classmates to help locate them.

Please add to the in memory page.









We need help locating the following classmates.

No information on these classmates as of 5-23-18


Michael Ackerson

Karen Anderson

Roger Anderson

Ron Anderson

Rebecca Baker Ziegler

Margaret Bailey

Shirley Berg

Stephen Blumberg

Harry Bowron

John Brazil

Constance Brown

Maureen Buckley

Linda Bulman

Jerry Conley

Linda Lee Davis

Marion Dennig

Dawn Fenske

Marion Gerlach

Darelyn Gordon

Carolyn Graber

Lorelei Gravett White

Roger Hagen

Frederick Hanson

Valerie Hartman

Marci Houle

Kathy Jordan Wawracz

Linda Keeper

Eileen Kokx

Dennis Kreeber

Gary Lawrence

Alice Leung

Sylvia Long

Mike Matterson

Carol McGinnis

Philip McKay

Margaret Jo Meyers

Laurel Miller

Lois Miller

Mary Moletor

Patrick Morris

Terrance Mulligan

Valerie Nash

Norman Oppegard

Mark Oudal

Reid Papke

Donald Paulson

George Pink

Charlotte Prickett Strausburg

Cynthia Ramaker

Pamela Rhodess

Linda Rickett

Ann Rislov

Beryl Rivers Wallick

Patricia Rotnem

Margaret Ryan

Patricia Ryan

Teresa Saman

Joyce Sanders

Marea Sankey

Lawrence Schram

Carole Shelton

Peter Skujins

Brenda Smith

Belle Solberg

Janet Surgeon

Patricia Standish

Paula Swenson

Mary Tarn

Mary Ann Toohey

Mary Jo Togerson

Yvonne Tousely

Rochelle Ukes

Dennis VanLaanen

Michael Vetruba

Geraldine Wheeler

James Williams

Charles Wolf

Lynne Wood

Gary Zatbursky



To see class yearbooks on line for West and all Hennepin County High Schools see the web page from the Hennepin county library at: