Plainwell Class of 1968
Home of the Mighty Trojans
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
-Edwin Way Teale
"Hebe's here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey."
-Thomas Bailey Aldrich, May
White Coral Bells
Upon a slender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh! don't you wish that you could hear them ring?
That will happen only when the fairies sing."
A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
Cathy Gilmore Motter 05/01
Linda Keith 05/02
Murray Harrison 05/03
Bruce Gelbaugh 05/04
Rick Hughes 05/04
Nancy Schiffer 05/14
Kathy Brown Atkins 05/18
Pam Montgomery Markillie 05/20
Important Days in MAY:
May 1st: May Day
May 5th: Cinco de Mayo
May 7th: Kentucky Derby
(NBC at 6:30 pm EST)
May 8th: Mother's Day
May 20th: Armed Forces Day
May 30th: Memorial Day
(Plainwell's Parade starts at 11:00 a.m.)
National Bike Month
National Barbecue Month
National Salad Month
City of Plainwell
Farmer's Market Opens May 20th - Tues. 3-6 pm & Fri. 10 am-4 pm. Open weekly.
Former Plainwell Paper Mill - Parking Lot off M-89.
"Oh! that two were Maying
Down the street of the soft spring breeze;
Like children with violets playing,
In the shade of the whispering trees."
"The maypole is a tall wooden (traditionally) maple, hawthorn or birch, sometimes erected with several long coloured ribbons suspended from the top, festooned with flowers, draped in greenery and strapped with large circular wreaths, depending on local and regional variances. What is often thought of the "traditional" English/British maypole a somewhat shorter, plainer version of the Scandinavian pole with ribbons tied at the top and hang to the ground is a relatively recent development of the tradition and is probably derived from the picturesque Italain dances performed in mid 19th century theatricals. It is usually this shorter, plainer maypole that people (usually school children) perform dances around weaving the ribbons in and out to create striking patterns.
A NEW YEAR: 2016
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.
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)
12/09/15: Sharing the Christmas season with wonderful friends. Thank you Bonnie for hosting our party in your beautiful home. A great turnout from the ladies in our class.
Linda Glaz, Nancy, Linda Discher and Geri Clark
Sheila, Sue Nelson, Kathy, Sue, Cheryl and Laura.
Jo, Karen and Bonnie.
Jacquie, Kathy Peterson and Vickie.
12/08/15: Woody emailed me and is requesting prayers for surgery 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.
11/17/15: Sheila, Laura and I met Jacquie in Big Rapids for lunch. Had a wonderful time with great friends.
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.
Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in parking lot of the former Plainwell Paper Mill through Nov. 20th.
The Old Mill Brewpub & Grill was voted the 3rd best restaurant in west Michigan. Congratulations!
Girls trip to Jacquie's - Sept. 10-12 2015
Dean came for dinner. We had a great visit.
Laura, Evelyn and Jacquie
Girl's trip North - May 26-28 2015
Our December get-together at Nancy's home.
Vickie, Jo, Kathy, Bonnie, Nancy, Laura and Sheila
"When we are connected to others, we become better people."
-Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture
We now have a facebook page: Plainwell Class of 1968. Come join us!
Just because you didn't ask...
October Ladies day at the Art Prize 2014
August Ladies Get-together at Sheila's.
Cheryl, Linda, Kathy, Nancy, Sarah and Vickie
Sue and Laura
Laura, Jill and Sheila
Bonnie and Laura
July Ladies Night Out at Fricano's...
Lt: Nanette, Vickie, Jill, Sheila and Sue
Rt: Sharon, Kathy Peterson, Kathy Atkins, Jo, Cheryl and Sarah
June ladies night out at Pizza Hut...2014
Sharon, Suzie, Vickie, Sheila, Kathy Hughes, Kathy Atkins, Laura, Jo and Nannette.
Kathy Hughes, Laura, Kathy Atkins and Jo
A Fun Day in South Haven - May 28, 2014
Sheila, Bonnie, Kathy and Jo
Jo, Laura, Sheila, Bonnie and Kathy
Our ladies May gathering at the LYNX
Geri Keeney Clark and Sheila
Linda, Sue, Vickie, Jo, Karen, Cheryl, Kathy, Bonnie and Geri.
Our April gathering. Had a lot of fun and lots of laughs.
Love these Ladies! (2014)
L: Bonnie, Ann, Kathy Peteron, Jo, Sheila and Cheryl.
R: Nancy, Kathy Hughes, Vicie Case Reid, Kathy Atkins, Suzie and Sarah.
Sheila, Kathy and Cheryl.
Sarah Siva Chavez and Sue .
Jo, Sheila and Cheryl.
Sarah, Sue, Vickie, Kathy Hughes and Nancy.
Bonnie, Ann and Kathy Peterson.
Our March ladies afternoon out at the Old Mill Brew Pub (2014)
Here are some Pictures from the 45th Class Reunion:
Our Tribute to our Veterans
Honoring our deceased classmates
Getting ready to launch sky lanterns to honor our 10 classmates who have passed on.
Can you see the all 10 sky lanterns? We will never forget...
The Cooper Coolies:
Woody, Ken, Bruce, Bob and Laura
The Gilkey Kids (Eastside)
BR: Bruce, Paul, Joyce, Dean, Millard and Nanette
FR: Betsy, Sheila and Kathy
The Gilkey Kids (Westside)
BR: Dan, Gail, Nancy and Bob Wellington
MR: Cathy, Bonnie, Ann and Jill
FR: Steve Sanders
The Starr Kids
BR: Karen, Kathy, Ken, Bruce, Linda and Nancy
FR: Sue, Cheryl, Sharon and Murray
Millard receiving his long lost lunch bucket from long ago.
Sheila, Bruce, Kathy and Millard
Anne Hill, Karen Rocha and Linda Discher
Roger Pease and Karen
Bruce Snow who graciously donated this beautiful painting. What a fantastic Artist!
And....the lucky winner is: Linda Discher
Steve Sanders and his wonderful wife Edith
Steve Locatis and Kathy Keith Hughes standing in background
Jill and Laura
Bob Wellington and his lovely wife, April
Kathy with my husband, Earl
Roger, Bruce and Denny
Kathy, Laura, Jo, Bonnie, Karen and Betsy
Sheila and Paul
Nancy and Don Colgrove
Cheryl and Laura
Bonnie and her husband, Jim
Ken Madden and Cathy Motter
Laura, Bruce and Sue
Rick Hughes, Dan Holmes and Ken Madden have great singing voices!
Sue Nelson and Denny Norman
Kathy Peterson, Bob Wellington and Sue Bumpus
Kathy, Dean, Cathy and Nancy
We had an AWESOME Photo Booth! Bonnie and Kathy
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...
THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS
Barry Cunningham Navy Reserve
Bill Robertson Army
Bruce Snow Army
Craig Nelson Air Force (deceased)
Darwin Myland Army
David Thomas Army
Dennis Nelson Army
Jim Boyce Navy
John Greer Air Force
Larry Foster Air Force
Lee Gorton Seabees
Linda Mapes Glaz Air Force
Melvin Valkner Army
Phil Wilson Army (died 12/16/1970-Viet Nam)
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.
CLASS REUNION COMMITTEE 2015
Sheila, Kathy, Jo and Bonnie
Kathy (Brown) Atkins: Coordinator/Website Administrator
Bonnie (Mills) Hoffman: Treasurer
Jo (Reed) Golden: Secretary
Sheila (Gregory) Howard: Public Relations