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•   Billie Poulson (Lenz)  9/17
•   Doc Baldwin  9/8
•   Stephen Mellor  8/25
•   Douglas Lane  8/16
•   George Schabloske  7/11
•   Larry McChesney  7/5
•   Bette Harding (Wright)  6/27
•   Kathleen Durham (Davis)  6/26
•   Terry Busskohl  6/26
•   William Utley  6/26
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

2 live in Alabama
1 lives in Alaska
6 live in Arizona
17 live in California
9 live in Colorado
1 lives in Connecticut
8 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
3 live in Illinois
8 live in Iowa
4 live in Kansas
1 lives in Maine
2 live in Maryland
3 live in Minnesota
4 live in Missouri
3 live in Montana
59 live in Nebraska
9 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Hampshire
1 lives in New Mexico
2 live in North Carolina
1 lives in Ohio
1 lives in Pennsylvania
3 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
3 live in Tennessee
16 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
2 live in Washington
1 lives in Wisconsin
1 lives in Mexico
44 location unknown


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Westside High School
Class Of 1961

Welcome to the Westside High Class of 1961 website! We hope you enjoy your stay here enough to make this a regular stop during your visits to the web.

We have a new jukebox at the bottom of the home page which links to the greatest hits of 1961 on a website called "The Nostalgia Machine." Play a song or create a playlist, then come back here to get in touch with some of your oldest friends or just enjoy a stroll down memory lane.




We have at least one instance of a reunion registration not getting delivered to Gary because of errors made on the registration form sent in the email and on the website (now corrected). Gary acknowledges each registration, so if you don't hear back from him within about a week of mailing it in, please contact him at

So far we have paid-up reservations from the following people: Dick Treakle; Connie (Fleming) and Chuck Colvin; Linda (Peterson) and Alan Rogers; Jane (Reichman) and Dan Olson; Tom and Clare Burton; Billie (Poulson) Lenz and Bruce Bennett; Linda (Siert) and Dick Johnson; Ann (McDaniel) and Ken Stinson; Ron Thorngren; Bill and Mimi Kovar; Carol (Thomsen) and Larry McChesney; George and Jean Schabloske; Ron and Kathy Jessen; Felix Meyer and Jean Lake; Jo (Poulson) and David Baxter; Sandi Jenkins. Now in the mail: Carol (Hoemann) Farnnam; Tina (Swanson) Waters.


60th Reunion Plans Are Set

Oct. 15, 16, & 17

Our Hotel

A  brand new Marriott Autograph hotel opened up at 12th & Farnam May 1, and we have secured a block of rooms for our reunion at a $50/night discount. The hotel is named The Farnam, its theme is the history of Omaha, and the price for a king room for members of our group will be $146/night. The direct link for our reservations as well as more information about the rooms and the hotel is  here.  The hotel will appreciate our reserving our rooms as soon as possible. To get the reduced rate, you must reserve by September 15th.


Lobby of The Farnam

Friday Night

Friday night from 6 PM until 8 PM will find us enjoying cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres at a Registration/Reception while looking out at Omaha and the surrounding area from the top of the First National Bank Tower at 16th & Dodge. We'll be guests of Bruce Lauritzen, chairman of the bank, our classmate through his Freshman year at Westside, and good friend of Ann (McDaniel) Stinson and her husband, Ken. 

Afterwards, we can informally catch up with what everyone has been doing in the lobby bar at The Farnam.


First National Bank Tower


At 10:00 in the morning we gather in the ballroom of The Farnam for coffee, tea and conversation overlooking the Gene Leahy Mall.  Ken Stinson, co-chair of Omaha's Riverfront Development Project, will give us a slide presentation and insider's account of the the $300,000,000+ project. 

At 2:00 we invite all of those interested to take a tour of Westside. A lot has changed in the last 60 years and we'll be especially interested in the brand new state-of-the-art, first-in-the-nation golf practice facility.

Other options for the day include watching a little football together at The Farnam's lobby bar; playing some golf; walking to Iowa (and back) on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (grab a selfie with one foot in Iowa and the other in Nebraska); hiking Fontenelle Forest; visiting SAC Air Force Museum, the Henry Doorly Zoo, Joslyn, or Durham Western Heritage Museum; shopping or just hanging out in the Old Market area; trying your luck at the casinos and dog track in Council Bluffs.

At 5:30 Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft St.) opens its doors to us. Everyone can enjoy the Gardens on foot at their leisure. Twenty-minute tram rides giving passengers an overview of the facility will be available at no cost until approximately 6:30.


At 6:00 a cash bar will open in the Great Hall.


At 7:00 our catered buffet dinner featuring a roast tenderloin carving station will open. Johnny Ray Gomez has agreed to provide entertainment for us.

Sunday morning: optional farewell breakfast to be arranged by attendees.


Comprehensive Fee:


To attend, please print the registration form, fill it out, and send it with your check to 

Gary Hannibal

4251 S. 94th St.

Omaha, NE 68127

Who's planning to come?  Here are those who have expressed interest so far (in addition to the committee). We'll keep this list updated as reservations come in.

The Reunion Committee:



Top Row: Larry Hammer, Linda (Siert) Johnson, Ann (McDaniel) Stinson, Bill Kovar

2nd Row: Larry McChesney, Carol (Thomsen) McChesney, Dan Olson, Gary Hannibal, Tom Burton

3rd Row: Roger Ball, Bid Taylor

Not pictured: Steve Durham, Suzie (Falk) Ahlstrand

Live Chat is now on.  If there's another member of the class online when you are, you can have a conversation.  Give it a try by clicking on "Live Chat" in the menu on your left. 

Play the Old Song



We have pictures of the 50th!

You attended the 50th reunion, have lost track of the class photo you bought, but want to see how terrific you looked just 10 years ago. We're here to help you out! See yourself and your fellow reunion attendees as the 68- year old version of themselves here.


We also now have the snapshots taken during the 50th reunion weekend posted. If you were at the reunion, relive it; if you were'nt, enjoy it vicariously. And, while you're at it, have a look at the pix from the 40th reunion we just got around to posting.

Did you take pictures, too?  Let us know about them, and we'll get them up so everyone can have a look. 

Help!  Our needs are great!

We are having a 60th reunion, so we'd really like you to join the website if you haven't already, and if you have joined, this would be a great time to update your profile!  The heart and soul of this website are the stories we have to tell of our lives since graduation.  

We still have about 90 (!) classmates we can't locate.  Please take a look at the Missing Classmates page and see if there's anyone you know on it.  If there is, please contact us with address, phone number, and/or email address.

Ed Reitan agreed to be an associate webmaster back in 2011. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after our 50th reunion and we haven't replaced him. We need at least one person to volunteer to help out, at minimum to hold a spare set of keys to this car. Several volunteers would be even better.

 Though a rudimentary knowledge of HTML is helpful, it's definitely not necessary: the site interface makes adding and subtracting text, photos, graphics, music, and videos pretty simple. Ideal volunteers are those of you with ideas for things we can add to make this spot a happening place. Right now this poor website is stuck with someone with little interest in nostalgia and who really hates Facebook. If you have any interest at all, please get in touch.




When you look at the "Classmate Profiles" page, you will see we have some "guests" listed in addition to classmates. Guest privileges are granted by the site administrator to classmates' family members and friends and to fellow WHS alums who express a desire to be admitted to the site.  You will be able to identify in the guest's profile his or her relationship to the class of '61.


This will open a new window or tab which will show up directly on top of this window. Select your tune or tunes from "The Nostalgia Machine," then come back here to browse.

You can get back in two ways: 1) by clicking on the tab (directly above this window) for Westside61. That will make this window reappear and leave the window for The Nostalgia Machine open and still playing your music. 2) by dragging the Nostalgia Machine window off to one side, revealing the Westside61 window. To do that, click next to "The Nostalgia Machine" in your browser's address bar and drag it off to the right or left.