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94 live in Michigan
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•   John Gajda  11/29
•   Carol Baker (Campbell)  12/2
•   Sally Devitt (Meitz)  12/12
•   Roger Hamilton  12/15
•   Kenneth Bresnay  12/19
•   Bob Polley  12/23


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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

Time for the Class of '62 Holiday Luncheon!

Our thanks to Shonie (deVries) Schafer for scheduling our holiday luncheon.

Date and time:  December 9 at 12 noon

Location:  Corrati's On Main, Milford MI. The address is 335 N Main St.

Shonie says the food is reasonable and delicious, and the restaurant is more accessible for both east and west-siders.

Please RSVP to Shonie at if you can make it. Sounds like some out-of-state classmates will be able to join us this time. Hope you can make it!

We learned some very difficult news from the daughter of Emily Jo (Barnett) Williamson. Here are Amy's words from her Facebook post:


For those of you who don't know me, I'm Jo's daughter Amy. Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting all of you, I feel as though I have because she speaks of all of you often and fondly. I am writing today to let you know that Jo's breast cancer has spread to her brain. She is still full of good humor (sick as it may be at times) and welcomes any phone calls or cards you may wish to send. She does not have access to the internet at the moment, but I will be sure to share with her any posts you may make.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues on what she has termed, "Jo's Excellent Adventure." If you need a phone number or mailing address, please private message me and I'd be happy to provide it to you.

Finally, thank all of you for the love and support you've shared with her over the years.

With gratitude,

For those who would like to be in touch, cards can be sent to Jo at 942 New Haven Ct, Northville MI 48167.



Thank you to all those who attended the golf outing and dinner to honor the memory of Betty Cullen Stankoff.  We had three foursomes for golf, about 30 for dinner and a beautiful day for both!  I think everyone had a good time, judging by all the talking and laughing.  I really enjoyed playing golf and catching up with classmates, and was one of the last to leave.  Hope to see everyone and more  at  the next gathering in the Fall!  

New feature for our website:

Recently a new Image Editor was added to our class web site. The Image Editor allows you to fix numerous photo problems, such as adjusting an incorrect photo orientation, or making a simple color tweak.

Here is an overview video:

I encourage you to go into your Profile and upload a new image. Give the new photo editing tools a try and play with the various features. With these new tools the images you share with classmates will look their very best!

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.

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.