Members of the Class of 1958 had a wonderful 59th reunion celebration on Friday, September 22 at The Junction Restaurant in Perry at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon.
The class gathering started with a warm welcome by Ann Kohl followed by a memorial poem given by Dianne Ennis Six. The 14 deceased classmates were Tom Garnett, Leroy Patterson, Ron Ohnemus, Arnold Gatson, Charles Potter, Margaret Carr Willoughly, Linda Roark Heisten, Joan Hawkins Driver, Bob Scott, Virginia Goran Luetji, Darrel Aderton, Marsha Branstetter Montague, Sue Martin Gabbett, and Patsy Livers Bouchant.
Prayer before lunch being served was given by Sonny Wright.
Letters and e-mail were received from Leslie Bell, Morris, Ill.; Mary Ann (Kirtlink) Davison, Springfield, Ill.; Brooks Brown, Yakima, Wash.; Glenna (Oliver) Barwick-Rhodes, St. Louis; Rev. Earl Ferguson, Plainfield, Ill.; Harrell and Betty Aderton, Centralia. The e-mails were read by Marilyn (Nation) Breneman, Jean Barnes, Denny Wright, and Roger Montague.
The true highlight of the day was shared by all with updates of their personal lives and reminiscing on the memories of school days. Most classmates are retired and deemed this was one of the best reunions. Special thanks also went to the entire committee who worked diligently to have a memorable reunion. It was decided that there would be the 60th Class Reunion on September 28, 2018.
Sonny and Alice Wright; Marilyn (Nation) and Jerry Breneman; Norma (Breneman) and Ron Galloway; Ann (Mottaz) Kohl; Dotty (Coss) Morris; Marilyn (Wells) Burget; Vivian (Smith) Davis; Virginia (Kisor) and Richard See were all from Vandalia.
Those traveling from various cities in Missouri were Eugene and Carol Kirtlink, of Perry; Jean (Smith) and Dwaine Barnes, of Farber; Mary Helen (Johnson) Hubert and daughter Marilyn Hubert, of Curryville; Doris (Lovelace) Hendricks, of Montgomery City; Ruth (Luebbers) Hill, of Columbia; Delores (Woodson) Bealmer, Denny Wright, of Laddonia; Dianne (Ennis) and Kenny Six, of Jefferson City; Carolyn (Clithero) Peterson, of St. Charles; Joyce (Roberts) Botts, of Hannibal; Roger Montague, of Mexico; Connie (Hobbs) Wright and son, of Holden.
Out-of-state attendees were Brenda (Dougherty) and Geoff Davis, Normal, Ill.; Dr. Larry Griffith, Phoenix, Ariz. and guest Onita (Sheridan) Brown, of Mexico; Sandy (Smith) Gromacki, Debbie (Gromacki) and daughter Zembo, Salado, Texas; sister Annette (Smith) Adams, of Sarasota, Fla.; and Janet (Franke) Hubbard, Canyon Lake, Texas.