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•   Bob Polley  4/15
•   Roger Hamilton  3/25
•   Paul Voorheis  3/24
•   Nikki Gedeon Black  3/12
•   Bob Palmer  1/18



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1 lives in Alaska
5 live in Arizona
3 live in California
3 live in Colorado
1 lives in District Of Columbia
16 live in Florida
2 live in Georgia
2 live in Indiana
1 lives in Maryland
98 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in New York
3 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oregon
1 lives in Pennsylvania
1 lives in South Carolina
4 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
2 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
2 live in Wisconsin
91 location unknown
45 are deceased


•   Dennis Ellison  4/18
•   Ron Celano  4/20
•   Karen Anderson Gack  4/25
•   Russ Ostrem  4/27
•   John Pikkarainen  4/30
•   Doug Coburn  5/5
•   Jim Urick  5/7
•   Darlene Sundquist  5/10
•   Jim Preston  5/11


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Lee M Thurston High School
Class Of 1962

Another mini-reunion lunch gathering is coming up!

Our next Class of '62 lunch gathering will be on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Macaroni Grill (39300 7 Mile Rd, east of Haggarty on the north side of 7 Mile).  Connie Johnson Hurns and Kathy Johnsen Best are some of our classmates who couldn't make the 50th but plan to be with us this time.

Please RSVP to Shonie Schafer at by March 25 so we can give the restaurant a count.

Hope to see you there!

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 THS website will continue for another year.  It's been great to have a way to keep in touch.  Thanks to a Class Creator promotion, we were able to get the website for another year for $83.

Class Creator has created a brand new Classmate Profiles format that it feels is more dynamic and engaging.  We hope you'll enjoy it.

Here is the information that Class Creator sent us:

Log into the site and click your "Edit Profile" link to see the changes. You can now do some new things like:

  1. Upload a "Then" photo of how you looked in your high school years.
  2. Upload a "Now" photo showing what you look like today. It's interesting seeing the Then & Now photos side by side.
  3. Upload a "Yearbook" photo (if one has not already been provided)
  4. Click the photo gallery icon in the upper right to add more Profile photos. It's now faster and easier to add any photos you want.
  5. Click the videos tab then paste in a video link, such as a Youtube video link (just copy the web address of the video from your browser's address bar). Voila, the video has been added to your Profile!
  6. Quickly toggle back and forth from Profile Edit view to Profile Preview view by clicking the button at the top of your Profile.

The Profile display now includes 2 new engaging features:

  1. Classmates can make comments on various items throughout your Profile. Give it a look! If you prefer others not comment on your Profile items you can remove the ability to comment by clicking Edit Profile and turning off the Comments feature.
  2. A "Latest Interactions" section is now included. This is an aggregation of interactions you have made around the web site. Note this new section is not displaying behavioral tracking. For instance where you go and what you do on the site is private and not listed here. Latest Interactions only displays an aggregation of interactions already available on other areas of the web site.

Please log into the web site and take a look at both your Profile Edit screen and the Profile Display. We hope you enjoy these great new features!

Hi all--

As of today, September 25, 2013, there are 74 days left on this website subscription.  If you feel it has outlasted its usefulness, please let us know.  Our thought was that we would use it to keep in touch in these post-reunion days and to announce our upcoming activities.  Is it worth the $97/year to do that?  Your input would be great appreciated!

Once all the reunion expenses were paid, our class had $500 left.  The money has now been sent to Thurston on behalf of the Thurston High School Class of 1962 for a scholarship to any deserving student regardless of grade point. Thank you for your part in helping a student with some future educational expenses! 



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.