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•   David Schuiteboer  8/12
•   David Conner  8/11
•   Darwin Myland  7/20
•   Nancy Schiffer  7/18
•   Jim Boyce  7/17
•   Betsy McCormick (Tutchton)  6/3
•   Don Bergmann  4/18
•   Kathleen Keith (Hughes)  1/12
•   James Weekes  12/28
•   Dixie Saboe (Henckel)  9/5
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 43.7%

A:   73   Joined
B:   94   Not Joined


•   Richard Hemminger  10/19
•   Jim Boyce  10/21
•   Geraldine Keeney (Clark)  10/22
•   Michael Petersen  10/31
•   Jean Bradshaw (Nichols)  11/6
•   Dennis Nelson  11/8
•   Mia Gerdin  11/10
•   Millard Doster  11/13
•   Melvin Valkner  11/15
•   Tyler Shelton  11/17



Who lives where - click links below to find out.

2 live in Alabama
1 lives in Arizona
4 live in California
4 live in Colorado
9 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
1 lives in Indiana
3 live in Kentucky
1 lives in Maryland
1 lives in Massachusetts
112 live in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in Nebraska
1 lives in New York
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Pennsylvania
2 live in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
2 live in Texas
2 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
1 lives in Wisconsin
1 lives in Luxembourg
1 lives in Sweden
5 location unknown


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

Plainwell Class of 1968
Home of the Trojans


I'm so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.

                                                  - L. M. Montgomery


To everything there is a season, and a time to every

purpose under the heaven. 

Class of 1968 Tree Dedication

In memory of our classmates

Our earliest friends

Our best friends

Our first loves

We planted this tree.


May your roots find nourishment as ours did

here at Plainwell High School.


We planted this tree with memories

of the kid we sat by in history,

the girls we giggled and laughed with,

the bright spirit wheelchair bound

we passed in the hall.


To the war in Vietnam

we lost our first classmate, Phil Wilson.

Jr. High, in Mr. Barton's class, I sat next

to Phil.  Once correcting his paper,

I thought his answer incomplete and asked

Mr. Barton should it be marked wrong?

He said "Take it with a grain of salt."

That lesson has stuck with me all these passing years.

"Take it with a grain of salt."

The decisions we are asked to make

are not always right or wrong, black or white, hard and fast.

In memory of Phil Wilson, we planted this tree.


In memory of Cathy Brunner, the happy twin of Connie,

my friends at Gilkey, we planted this tree.  Together we stomped

puffballs in the field behind their house, delighted, laughing.

I never understand how the art teacher  Mrs. McAndrew

couldn't tell Cathy and Connie apart, they were so distinct

individuals.  But then, Mrs. McAndrew saw people's torsos

as triangles, their arms, elongated ovals, and I didn't see that.

In memory of Cathy Brunner, we planted this tree.


Cindy Boulter, her zest for life snuffed early.  Memories

of Cindy include: our first two piece swimsuits,

Fish Lake, quitars and banjos, overnights and double-dates.

In memory of Cindy Boulter, we planted this tree.


We planted this tree with memories.

Becky's smile, Craig's sideways wry laugh,

Locatis's low bemused chortle.  We see them,

hear them still.  We hold them in our hearts.


Five years ago at our forty-fifth reunion

we lit lanterns, watched them drift into the night sky

thinking of those we'd lost;

Phil and Cathy, Cindy, Becky Shearer, Craig Nelson,

Suzanne Edgerton, Karen Retherford, Mary Vist,

Paul Rinehart, Ed Marcinkowski, Terry Kelly.


The number has doubled.

Some who were with us that night,

now are gone:  Murray Harrison,

Sharon Spencer, Steve Locatis.  Dear

departeds.  So imbedded in our lives.

We planted this tree in memory, with thanks and love.


Paul Sherwood, Donald Keech, Mary Austin,

Dean Boulter, Randy Weaver, Debbie Andrus,

Lyle Carpenter.


We planted this maple in your memory.

May your seasons be as full as ours have been

with the budding joy of spring

the green growth of summers

the blaze of color that comes in Fall

and as winter bares, your limbs will stand out against

a field of snow as if in quiet contemplation.


All the classmates, friends that have passed,

you are part of our strength, our lives

so we planted this tree in memory with thanks.

                                      - Jill Doster Marcusse



Our 50th Class Reunion has now come and gone.  What a wonderful weekend of fun, laughter 

and cherished memories.

Thank you so very much to all those who worked so diligently to make this

a successful reunion: Bonnie Hoffman, Sheila Howard and Jo Golden.  I definitely could not

have done it without these precious ladies.  Thank you to Sheila and Dave for opening their beautiful home to

host our casual night get-together.  

A big Thank you to Jill Marcusse for her moving heartfelt poem in tribute to our deceased classmates.

It definitely touched each of us with cherished memories of our dear friends.  

Thank you to Cathy Motter for stepping up and being a part of the USA Senior Sychronized

Swimming team.  After only one practice, she knew the routine perfectly.  It only took the rest of us

about two months. LOL

A huge Thank you to our husbands Earl, Jim and Dave for always being there for us and making our

ideas become a reality.

And, a great big Thank you to all of you who gave extra donations to benefit our reunion efforts!  We

have enough to plan our 55th reunion in five years.  God bless all of you.


Pictures from our Class Reunion are in the 50th Class Reunion Pictures section on the upper left..... 



"October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came -

The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band."

                    - George Cooper, October's Party




Dean Graham                                                                    10/07

Kathy Stephens Powsang                                                   10/08

Ann Gager Hill                                                                   10/09

Sue Haskell Nelson                                                            10/10

Mary Kirvan Veenhuis                                                         10/13

Steve Chase                                                                      10/14

Mike Colasanti                                                                    10/15

Bonnie Mills Hoffman                                                           10/16

Richard Hemminger                                                             10/19

Jim Boyce                                                                          10/21

Geri Kenney Clark                                                               10/22





"Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect

pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."

                                                - Carol Bishop Hipps


Listen!  The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,

We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"

                                              - Humbert Wolfe



Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses.  In the sky

the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds.

                                             - Eleanor Estes, The Witch Family



Important Days in October

Oct. 1st:  National Homemade Cookies Day


Oct. 8th:  Columbus Day


Oct. 20th:  Sweetest Day


Oct. 30th:  National Candy Corn Day


Oct. 31st:  Halloween




National Pizza Month


National Popcorn Popping Month

National Apple Month




Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn...                  



                          A New Year 2018

      05/07:  The Class Reunion Committee members are:  

                         SheilaJo, Kathy and Bonnie 

07/27:  Sue (Barber) and Jim Newcomb are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Wishing them many more years of happiness.  Enjoy your special day.

04/06:  If you are interested and would like to donate to the planting of a tree to honor our deceased classmates at Plainwell High School, please mail your donation to: Bonnie Mills Hoffman, 1014 Goodsell Street, Otsego, MI  49078.

 If you have any questions, please call Bonnie at (269)694-6059 or Kathy Atkins at (269) 685-8293. Deadline for accepting donations is May 11th.   We would like to plant the tree sometime in May.

Thank you very much.

03/20:  I talked with Laurie, Assistant General Manager at Comfort Inn in Plainwell.  She is reserving a block of rooms (8) the weekend of our class reunion.  They will give a discount of 10%.  If you are planning on staying there, let them know that you are part of the PHS class of 1968 when making your reservation.  Their telephone number is:(269)685-9891. You have to make your reservation no later than June 24th for them to hold the eight rooms..

01/17:  The Reunion Committee mailed out the "Save the Date" post cards for our 50th class reunion.  Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 10, 2018.  The committee is now going through e-mails and current addresses to contact everyone about the upcoming Reunion.  In order to assist us, we are asking for you to upate your contact information on your Profile.  We would like you to at least check and, if neccessary, update the following information:  e-mail address, mailing address, home/cell phone numbers. This will give the committee more accurate contact information.  

Thank you for your time and we hope you can attend the 50th Plainwell class of 1968 Reunion on August 10, 2018 at Lake Doster Golf Club.

                                                Happenings of 2017

11/19: Dixie and Bob Henckel were re-married on November 19th on the deck of their new home in Inverness, Florida.  Congratulations; and may God Bless you both with many more years of happiness.


11/06:  Mr. James Bump, age 78 of Plainwell, MI and Tucson, Arizona passed away on

November 6, 2017 at the Tucson Medical Center.  Jim was born at the William Crispe Hospital

 in Plainwell on March 26, 1939 to Elmer and Evelyn (Lett) Bump.

Jim has been revered in Plainwell as he taught high school history classes until he retired in 1990.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the Plainwell Methodist Church;

200 Park Street in Plainwell at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. 


Wishing Millard's parents a Happy 75th Wedding Anniversary on October 22.  What a wonderful blessing.

03/02:  Lyle Carpenter passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  

07/05:  Debbie Andrus Pillars passed away Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.  Please read her obituary information on our "In Memory" page.

05/10:  Randy T. Weaver passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his home in Otsego.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  Please read complete obituary on our "In Memory" page.

03/23: Congratulations to Denver Cade, grandson of Jacquie Pallett Cade for being part of Buckley's first ever undefeated basketball team.  The team went on to Lansing to play in the class D semi finals. They won the first game, but lost to another northern town; Powers.  Way to go Denver!

03/01: Congratulations to Virginia Belcher Nendel and Roger Minor on their marriage, Tuesday, March 1st. Wishing you both love and happiness on your journey together.  Love and blessings.

02/19: Sue Haskell Nelson's dear Mother, Ellen J. Haskell passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 24th-5-8 p.m. at Langland Funeral Home, Burdick St. Kalamazoo.  Funeral service is Saturday, Feb. 25th at 11 a.m. at 1st Congregational Church, W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and her family.


                                            Happenings of 2016

11/27:  Mr. Ronald Lude passed away on November 27, 2016 in Oro Valley, Arizona.  He was born on October 31, 1935.  He was a great teacher, counselor and coach.

07/18:  Sheila Gregory Howard's mother passed away on Monday, July 18th.  Visitation is Sunday at Winkel Funeral home in Otsego between 3-6 p.m. Funeral service is Monday at the Alamo Community Church at 11 a.m. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and her family.

07/16:  I just learned of the passing of Dean Boulter on April 29, 2016.  Services were held at the Life Story Funeral Home in Plainwell on May 3.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Dean's family.  His obituary is on the In Memory page.

06/24:  Sue Barber Newcomb's mother passed away on Friday, June 24th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and her family.

06/21:  It is with sadness that we lost our classmate and friend, Murray Harrison.  Murray passed away on June 21, 2016. Friends may visit with Murray's family at St. Margaret's Church in Otsego, MI on Friday, July 8th at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass service at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Donald Klinger officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.  Arrangments by Life Story Funeral Home - Plainwell.

05/31:  Woody annouced that he is retiring from Sherwin Williams on June 16th.  Enjoy your retirement Woody! God Bless.... 

05/31:  Linda Lovelace Discher had back surgery on May 11th in Ann Arbor.  Praying for a speedy recovery. 

05/31:  Alice Nocis TerMeer had surgery on May 26th.  The doctors removed the bottom portion of her left lung due to lung cancer. Possible treatment plan is pending following next weeks Dr. appt.. Please pray for a complete healing.

04/10: It is with sadness that we lost another classmate and friend; Sharon Spencer Lober. She passed away early this morning.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this most difficult time. A graveside service will be held at the Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell on Tuesday, April 12th at 2:00 p.m.  A celebration of life gathering will be at the Moose Lodge in Otsego  following the graveside service. 

03/16:  Our classmate and friend, Mary Austin Rouse passed away today.  She has battled cancer for a number of years.  Her Mother also passed away yesterday.   Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time. Visitation begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Otsego until the time of the funeral at 11:00 am.  Read Mary's obituary in our "In Memory" section.

03/08:  Requesting prayers for peace and comfort for Mary Austin Rouse.  She is in the hospiital because her cancer came back again.  All prayer warriors needed...

02/27: Woody sent a message and wanted us to know that his beloved Mother-in-law passed away on Thursday, February 25th.  Let's keep Woody and family in our prayers.



             *We now have a Facebook Page... Plainwell Class of 1968   




                                  HAPPENINGS OF 2015



                        65th "Survivor" Birthday Party

               The Class of 1968 SURVIVOR WINNERS:


  Gail, Sheila, Nancy, Steve & Edith Sanders and Larry Peterson

                     (**ALL Pictures are under Survivor Party 2015)

We thank Sheila and Dave for opening up their home for our Survivor Party.  It is such a beautiful home with a perfect setting.  We are all very blessed to have been classmates in our youth and to become good friends in the present.  (August 8th, 2015)


Woody is requesting prayer for squamous cell skin cancer which is scheduled for Dec. 18th.   This is his 3rd surgery for skin cancer.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.               

10/19/15:  Our dear classmate and friend, Paul (Doc) Sherwood passed away on Monday, October 19th 2015 at his home.  He was born on September 19th 1950 in Plainwell.  Visitation will be Wednesday, October 21st from 4-7 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home in Plainwell.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 11 a.m. at the same location.  Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to Heartland Hospice.  You can read Paul's life story in our In Memory section.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family. 


0/04/2015:  Congratulations to Nancy Schiffer and her Husband on the birth of their precious first Grandson Reef Ian Howerton born to their daughter, Amelia and her husband on October 4th. Everyone is doing great.  What a blessing!!

09/30/15:  Recieved word that Carole Sharrard Morely's husband passed away a couple of months ago.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Carole and her family.

I heard from Melanie McBride Springer on the "Message Forum" regarding the loss of her precious step-Grandson, Brian on July 20th at age 26.   No words can describe the heartache of losing a loved one at such a young age.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Roger, Melanie and family.

Some of the classmates were talking at our 65th party; and stated that if anyone of us needs  prayer, that we should start a prayer chain going.  Please let Kathy, Bonnie, Sheila, Nancy Colgrove, Linda Glaz and Woody know, so that we can pray for your specific prayer request.  You can contact us either through the website or facebook.  Remember, prayer changes things! 

*I can NOT find the following classmates:  Gene Little, Michael Colasanti, Karen Schmidt-Rocha, Michael Carpenter and Ben Koetje.  I received their postcards back for our 65th party.  If you know where they are, please let me know.

7/08:  Received word from Virginia Belcher Nendel that she is buying a house and moving to another town in Florida in a few weeks.  She is really excited.  Enjoy your new home!!

July 1:  Mary Austin Rouse is undergoing chem treatment right now.  Wishing her a complete recovery.  God Bless you Mary.

Carol Heenan Seajay's Mother passed away on Thursday, May 28th 2015.  She was 88 years old.  Sincere sympathy to Carol and family.

Murrary Harrison's Mother passed away on May 4th 2015.  She was 98 years old.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Murrary and his family.

Gloria Baldwin's Mother passed away on Saturday, May 9th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and her family.

Jim (Tiny) Cowles, a former classmate of ours who went through the 2nd grade with some of us at Gilkey passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from complications from diabetes.  He still lived in Plainwell.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Gloria Chase Brainard's Husband, Roger passed away on Sunday, March 8th, 2015.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and her family during this most difficult time

 Mary Austin Rouse will be having further cancer surgery on January 26th.  Please keep her in your prayers or send her a card of encouragement.  Send to her new address: 290 S. 16 ST, Otsego, MI  49078.

Kathy Keith Hughes had minor surgery on March 2nd and is doing great.  Wishing her a speedy recovery.

Margaret Polasek Korabik's Sister, Jeannette (Classs of '67) passed away January 11th from cancer.  Please keep Margaret and family in your thoughts and prayers.  Margaret took great care of her Sister during her illness..

Mike Kingsbury's Father passed away on January 4th in Smithville, TN.  Please keep Mike and family in your thoughts and prayers.                                                                                       





I'm not sure at what age you realize what a gift it is when someone offers

you his or her friendship.  Perhaps we know it intuitively as children, when we

enviously eye the cliques that form among our peers--but I doubt it.

I think then we want the companionship but we don't yet understand the gift and

obligations of a good friend.  It is not until years later; when we've lost friends or

outgrown them or failed at the attempt to reconnect with an old friend, that we

realize just how valuable a commodity a friend is.

Friends are one of the great wonders of life.  They are the gift you never expected,

rarely deserve and always treasure.                                                     





Although it is unfortunate that we have lost some of our classmates over the

years...We can help keep their spirit alive by posting a funny story or

a kind remembrance of them. 

         Visit "In Memory"



           Plainwell High School Class of 1968 - Sweet Memories...




Barry Cunningham          Navy Reserve

Bill Robertson                   Army

Bruce Snow                      Army

Craig Nelson                   Air Force (deceased)

Darwin Myland               Army

David Thomas                Army

Dennis Gillette               Navy

Dennis Nelson                Army

Gene Little                     Navy 

James Weeks                Marines

Jerry Roden                   Army

Jim Boyce                      Navy

John Greer                    Air Force

Larry Foster                  Air Force

Lee Gorton                   Seabees

Linda Mapes Glaz        Air Force

Melvin Valkner             Army

Paul Sherwood            Marines

Phil Curtis                    Army

Phil Wilson                  Army (died 12/16/1970-Viet Nam)

Randy Weaver             Army

Rick Hughes                Army

Stephen Sanders        Navy

Terry Kelly                Army (deceased)








        What made us friends so long ago when we first met?

        Well, I think I know.  The best in me and the best in you

        found each other because they knew that always since

        life began...our being friends was part of God's plan.






Your site was created to help promote, celebrate and reconnect with classmates.  It

is hard to believe that it will be 50 years since we walked the halls of Plainwell High

School.  Throughout those years we have managed to keep in touch through reunions --

but the internet has provided us with a much easier means of communication --through 

email, facebook and now our website.  Your participation is essential for the success of this site.

Please use and enjoy it!  As you know, our class is exceptional and it's worth the time

and effort to help keep us connected.  Now, here we are in 2018, and looking forward to

celebrating our 50th class reunion!   WOW! where have the years gone.


If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve this website, or would

like to see something added, please contact us. If you have any childhood or

updated pictures, please e-mail them to Kathy (Brown) Atkins 

      We would love to put them on the site.      

         SMILE!!  Start clicking those cameras.  



Also, please remember if your Home Address, E-mail Address or Phone Number

has changed, please give Kathy Brown Atkins a call at: (269) 685-8293

or e-mail her 

                We don't want to lose contact with any of you. Remember, we are ALL important!!!                                 




If you have any problems or complaints--     


Feel free to contact us.