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•   Sue Bumpus  10/14
•   Mary Cutler  8/19
•   Jacqueline Pallett (Cade)  7/7
•   Melanie McBride (Springer)  7/7
•   Victoria Case  7/2
•   Gloria Baldwin  6/18
•   Kathleen Brown (Atkins)  5/4
•   Kathy Wycoff (Peterson)  3/14
•   Dixie Saboe (Henckel)  12/4
•   John Greer  11/18
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 39.1%

A:   68   Joined
B:   106   Not Joined


•   Paul Youngs  11/28
•   Karen Anderson (Snyder)  12/3
•   Dixie Saboe (Henckel)  12/3
•   William Robertson  12/25



Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
1 lives in Arizona
3 live in California
5 live in Colorado
8 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
1 lives in Indiana
3 live in Kentucky
2 live in Maryland
1 lives in Massachusetts
120 live in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
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
6 location unknown


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

Plainwell Class of 1968
Home of the Mighty Trojans



                          "Dull November bring the blast

                     The leaves are whirling fast."

                                               -Sara Coleridge



                       "November comes

                       And November goes,

                       With the last red berries

                       And the first white snows.

                       With night coming early,

                       And dawn coming late,

                       And ice in the bucket

                       And frost by the gate.

                       The fires burn

                       And the kettles sing,

                       And earth sinks to rest

                       Until next spring."

                                    -Elizabeth Coatsworth






     "Over the river and through the woods

     To Grandfather's house we go,

     The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,

     Through the white and drifting snow."

                           - Lydia Maria Child-Thanksgiving Day, 1845




Gloria Baldwin                         11/04

Jean Bradshaw Nichols         11/06

Dennis Nelson                        11/08

Mia Gerdin                              11/10

Millard Doster                        11/13

Melvin Valkner                      11/15

Shawn O'Boyle Haines        11/24

Paul Youngs                          11/28





In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a national Day of Thanksgiving.



                 The year has turned its circle,

                The seasons come and go.

                The harvest is all gathered in

                And chilly north winds blow.

               Orchards have shared their treasures,

               The fields, their yellow grain.

               So open wide the doorway -

              Thanksgiving comes again!



Important Days in November:

Nov. 1st:  Daylight Savings Time - Fall back 1 hour


Nov. 11th:  Veterans Day

          We salute our Veterans...

Nov. 26th:  Thanksgiving


Nov. 27th:  Black Friday

     Shop till you drop...


Nov. 29th:  Advent Begins



         Aviation History Month

        Peanut Butter Lovers Month


        Native American Heritage Month


            Child Safety Protection Month




                      Give thanks with a grateful heart...





                         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.


                                               OUR FRIENDS...

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.


                                          OUR TOWN...

Farmer's Market:

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





                                HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!                                                                                                            



                                 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

                   Murray Harrison


           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...




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 2014


                         Sheila, Kathy, Jo and Bonnie


           Kathy (Brown) Atkins:  Coordinator/Website Administrator

           Bonnie (Mills) Hoffman:  Treasurer

           Jo (Reed) Golden:  Secretary

          Sheila (Gregory) Howard:  Public Relations             


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

is hard to believe that it has been 47 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 2015 and recently enjoyed our 45th

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.