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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 37.5%

A:   93   Joined
B:   155   Not Joined

Lee M Thurston High School
Class Of 1962


Betty Cullen Stankoff Annual Memorial Golf and DinnerOuting

A golf and dinner outing is being planned for Thursday, August 6th at Hickory Creek Golf Course, which is located at Ford Rd. and Napier, just west of Canton  Golfers should arrive at 11:30 a.m. for a 12:00 start time.  Dinner will follow in the clubhouse.  Classmates attending dinner only may gather in the clubhouse at 4:30 for drinks, and dinner to follow around 5:30.  Friends and relatives are welcome for dinner and/or golf!

The cost for golf is $35.00 per golfer, and the buffet dinner which includes a chicken dish, potatoes, salad, vegetables, rolls, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and tip is $15.00 per person.  Please send your checks for golf and dinner to me, Susan Morman, at 48672 Chambury Ct., Plymouth, MI 48170 by July 26th.  Also, please call me at (734) 414-9941 or email me at if you plan to attend golf and/or dinner. 

Last year's outing was so well-attended that I hope we can get as many classmates and friends here this year to honor the memory of our dear classmate and avid golfer,




Next Luncheon Planned for March 2, 2015

Just heard from Shonie! We're on for lunch at Mama Mia's at 27770 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI on March 2, 2015 at 11:30am! Please let Shonie know if you're planning to come so we can give Mama Mia's the correct count.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible!



It's time to mark your calendars for the next classmate luncheon.  It will be on Wednesday December 3rd at 11:30 at the Courthouse Grille in Plymouth.  The restaurant is located at 41661 Plymouth Rd., just west of Haggerty  We all had such a good time at the last luncheon, and this will give us a chance to kick off the holidays with good friends.

Please call or email Sue Morman at (734) 414-9941 or by November 18th to let her know if you are coming, so that she can notify the restaurant.  We will have a separate room, and hope that we can fill it up.  Looking forward to seeing everyone for a fun afternoon.




Information from our website designer:

Today we are pleased to announce we have launched a brand new What's New page. The new What's New page includes a graphic redesign, several enhancements as suggested by users and a handful of bug fixes.

Information from around your web site is reported to the What's New page. Most "Notify Me" items now make the What's New page, such as classmate birthdays, profile updates, site page updates etc. Comments made around the web site are also aggregated onto What's New.

The What's New page is a terrific way to stay in touch with what's going on around the web site all from one convenient location. If you're out and about on a mobile phone it's also an easy way to see what your classmates are up to and participate without ever leaving the page.

You can think of What's New as a central hub for all information passing through your class web site. It's much more than just a collection of new information -- you can post content, photos and videos directly on the page. You can also respond to all existing site activity from the What's New page.

We are seeing far more engagement on sites utilizing the What's New page. i.e. more logins, more time spent on site, more content going through the site, etc. Some have chosen to deactivate old forums and only utilize the What's New page as the hub of class communication. The What's New page has quickly become the most popular page on many class web sites.

You might consider changing the name of the What's New page (from your Edit Site pages area) to something unique to your site. Examples:

  • Class Feed
  • Class Hangout
  • The Hub
  • Let's Talk
  • Class Chatter
  • Class Catchup
  • Meeting Place
  • The Huddle

Let all classmates know your What's New page is the main hub for classmate communication and interaction on the web site. It's something most classmates will want to read regularly.

Please note the What's New page is a work in progress. It will continue to evolve over the coming months based on user requests.

The First Annual Betty Cullen Stankoff Memorial Outing and Dinner was held on August 7th at the Hickory Creek Golf Club. and was a great success.  Twenty golfers showed up for a great golf scramble, and the weather was beautiful!  We had about 42 at dinner, including 14 of Betty's family members. 

The prizes for golf included the men's longest drive which went to Todd Sims, ( Betty's nephew)  and ladies longest drive, which was won by Jeanni McAbee (a friend of Sue and Betty).  The closest to the pin prizes were won by Gary Schafer (Shonie's husband), Roger Hamilton and Joyce Sullivan (Betty's friend).  The winning scramble team was Doug Coburn, Jeanni McAbee, Sue (Hughes) Morman and Myron Serbay.

Everyone agreed that we should make this an annual event, so mark your calendars for August 2015 and come and join us to honor the memory of Betty Cullen.  Thanks to all who attended this year!


Some exciting news from Shonie for those of you interested in buying a copy of her Shutterfly reunion book!  Shonie did a great job creating the book from all our reunion pictures! Here is how to get your copy from Shonie:

"Great News!  I was able to purchase eight more Shutterfly Reunion Books (7" x 9" soft cover) for only $27.00.  I can mail them out to any Alumni that may want one for $32.00 which includes the mailing.  I have two left from previous order for a total of 10 available for purchase.  It will be on a first come first served basis.  After that if there is still more interest, I will be able to order more when Shutterfly offers additional discounts.  This is usually every other week or so. 
You can send your checks to me at:  
Shonie Schafer, 16049 Fairlane Dr., Livonia, MI 48154
Be sure to include your correct mailing address so I can get the book to you!"



Attention All Thurston Class of '62 Classmates and Friends!


A golf and dinner outing is being planned for Thursday, August 6th at Hickory Creek Golf Course, which is located at Ford Rd. and Napier, just west of Canton.

Golfers should arrive at 11:30 am for a 12:00 noon start time.  Afterwards, socializing begins around 4:30 followed by dinner around 5:30 in the clubhouse.  The cost for golf will be $35.00 per person, and the buffet dinner which includes chicken, salad, rolls, potatoes, vegetable, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and tip is $15.00 per person.  Remember that classmates, relatives and friends can come for golf and/or dinner only!

Send your checks for golf and dinner to Susan Morman, 48672 Chambury Ct., Plymouth, MI 48170 by July 26th.  Please call Sue at (734) 414-9941, or email her at to let her know if you will be golfing or attending the dinner.

As many of you know, Betty was an avid and excellent golfer, so we hope many people will attend this second Memorial outing in honor of our dear, wonderful friend and classmate, 

Betty Cullen Stankoff.   



Here are the arrangements for Betty's visitation and funeral from her family.  We are still planning to have the luncheon on Wednesday at the Brighton Bar & Grill at 11:30 AM to have a time to grieve together as well as to celebrate Betty's wonderful life.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have to share the news of the passing of beloved Betty - wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and great friend to many. Sadly, Betty suffered a severe stroke from which she was unable to recover. She passed peacefully on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Santeiu and Son Funeral Home 1139 Inkster Rd. Garden City, MI
Tuesday June 17: 2-8pm
Wednesday June 18: 12-8pm

Thursday June 19: St. Theodore Catholic Church 8200 N. Wayne Rd. Westland, MI
In State at 10:30am
Mass at 11:00 am

-The Stankoff Family

From:  Malori Torey

Hello, my name is Malori Torey. I was awarded The Thurston Class of 1962 Scholarship in June. I am so sorry it's taken so long to thank you guys but it was hard to find a way to contact you. I just wanted to say thank you for the scholarship! I have no idea why or how I got it but I appreciate it so much! I am currently attending Schoolcraft College and I did very well this past semester; the money is currently going for my books. A lot of my family had attended Thurston - Diane, Roger, Ruth, and my mother Barb Campbell - so I am very proud to have graduated from the same school as they did. I hope everyone had a great and safe Holiday and got to spend it with their loved ones! Again Thank You So Much!

~Malori Torey, Class of 2013

Our 50th high school reunion was fantastic!

The fun began on Friday, September 7 with a golf outing organized by Betty Cullen Stankoff and Sue Hughes Morman at St John's in Plymouth that included 18 holes of golf, cart and prizes.  Two teams tied for first place:  Jim Carothers, Betty Cullen Stankoff, Doug Coburn, and Ed Dahlka were on one winning team, and Bob and Michele Curtis and Mary Armstrong Scott and Joe Scott were on the other winning team.  Coming in second was the team of Sue Hughes Morman, Kent Garbin, Bob Livingston (Donna Shereda Livingston's husband), and Betty's friend Jeanne McAbee.  The longest drive awards went to Myron Serbay and Michele Curtis, while the closest to the pin awards went to Bob Livingston and Doug Coburn.

5:30 p.m. Friday began the Meet & Greet in the atrium of the Embassy Suites of Livonia.  Many of us hadn't seen each other in 50 years, but any signs of aging quickly disappeared as the stories of our youth brought out the same personalities we knew and loved and filled the atrium with laughter!  We also found that many of us had experienced similar ups and downs in life and shared our tales of survival.  Retired teachers Coach Don and Barb Riehl joined us with their own stories about our class and those around ours.  Don is now the published author of a book entitled The Legends of Starvation Lake

Saturday, September 8 we met at Thurston at 10:30 a.m. for a tour of the high school.  Once our tour guide appeared (a glitch at the THS end of the planning!), we had a great tour of the school.  There were a lot of conversations about what the school looked like when we were there compared to what we were seeing!  Because of an $8 million renovation bond, "state-of-the-art" are the words that probably best fit the new auditorium, TV-video studio, another gym, large weight room, just to name a few!  Numerous computer labs were certainly not there in 1962!  Probably the most remarkable and funniest part of the tour happened when Shonie deVries Schafer went to her locker, remembered the combination, and opened her locker 50 years after she last used it!  Check out the picture in the Picture Gallery! 

Saturday evening the Dinner/Dance at the Embassy Suites was fantastic!  At the registration table, we received our reunion booklets, a CD with songs of the '60's from Danna Woelke Bowersox, and our name tags with -- thankfully -- our yearbook pictures on them so we could recognize each other!  Then it was on to more conversation during the cocktail hour.  During a delicious buffet the DJ played the old hits and then ramped it up after dinner.  The dance floor was filled with light-hearted dancers.  Our retired teacher Barb Riehl taught us the Cupid Shuffle and kept the momentum going!

We all had so much fun that we really didn't want it to end.  Since we didn't want to lose touch again, we decided to have mini-reunions in the months and years ahead for anyone who can make them.  We're going to renew this website for at least another year to keep everyone updated about the future events.  We'll announce the time and place and look forward to seeing you!  If you have any ideas on a fun way to get together, please let us know, too.  We hope you will join in the conversation, too, and make this site a means of communication, funny stories, and updates.