Website Updates

Well, we are back “home”!    Furniture arrived on April 8th, and unpacking has begun.  It is great to be back.

An addition to the “60th Reunion Bio Page” has been added for Sharon Gerson Glass.  Click here to go to the page, and scroll down.



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News from Barb (Watts) Ploetz and Carole Aebischer Shand

JoAnn Salin passed on the following note and photo she received from Barb:
“Barbara Watts Ploetz was at a dress rehearsal of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans on April 11 and was able to see Carole Aebischer Shand.  Carole has played viola for LPO since 1966.”



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Out of touch for a few days….

I’ll have limited computer use from April 1st to about April 8th.

Why, you ask?  Where moving.

Where you ask?  Back home!

Mary and I decided in December that we wanted to be back in Wisconsin, COLD weather and all.

Movers are coming on April 1st to pack, and April 2nd to load and go.

We found a senior “55+” community in Cottage Grove, about 10+ minutes from Madison.

If you have any messages or notices during that time, please send them, but realize it may take a few days to act or respond.



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“West Guys Lunch”

Classmate John Lorimer sent me some photos a recent lunch outing of the “West Guys”.  The group gathers monthly at local Madison eateries.

Can you pick out

  • Jim Bakken
  • Bob Hartwig
  • Dick Anderson
  • Doug Haag
  • Dennis Raffel
  • Tom Thompsen
  • Ron Haessig
  • Jim Kurtz
  • Bill Lautz

(L-R)  Dennis Raffill, Jim Kurtz, Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompsen, Bill Lautz


(L-R) . Jim Bakken, Doug Haag, Ron Haessig, Dennis Raffill


(clockwise) Dick Anderson (back to camera), Jim Bakken, Doug Haag, Ron Haessig, Dennis Raffill, Jim Kurtz, Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompsen, Bill Lautz


(L-R) . Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompson, Bill Lautz, Dick Anderson, Jim Bakken

(L-R) . Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompson, Bill Lautz, Dick Anderson, Jim Bakken


(L-R) . Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompson, Bill Lautz, Dick Anderson, Jim Bakken, Doug Haag


(clockwise) Dick Anderson (back to camera), Jim Bakken, Doug Haag, Ron Haessig, Dennis Raffill, Jim Kurtz, Bob Hartwig, Tom Thompsen, Bill Lautz


(L-R) Jim Bakken, Doug Haag, Ron Haessig, Dennis Raffill, Jim Kurtz








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More sad news…

John Lorimer emailed me today to say that Sue Asperheim Pope passed away, and provided the link to the obituary that appeared in the Madison media.



Sue A (Asperheim) Pope

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Sue A. Pope, age 78, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Edgerton, Wis. on March 14, 1940, the daughter of Harold and Genevieve (Hyland) Asperheim.  She grew up in Waterloo, Wis. and graduated from Madison West High School.  Sue married James L. Pope on October 10, 1964 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Madison, Wis.

Sue was active in PTO, was a Cub Scout den leader, and was also on the youth group board at church.  Throughout her life, she worked at Selective Service, the V.A. Hospital and the Waisman Center.

Sue is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, James (Carolina) Pope, Steven (Beverly) Pope and Thomas Pope; grandchildren, Amber, Helena, Kaili, Claudia, James, Anthony and Jordan Pope; sister, Dr. Mary (Lou Molnar) Favaro; sister-in-law, Sue Pope; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law, Dorothy Hamm; brothers-in-law, John and Larry Pope, Steve Hamm and Phil Favaro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler presiding.  Visitation will be held at church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Sue will be laid to rest at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison.

A special thank you to the staff at All Saints Memory Care and Agrace HospiceCare, and to Dr. Orest Kostelyna and Dr. Ethan Silverman for their care and guidance.  Memorials may be written to All Saints Memory Care, Agrace HospiceCare, or the charity of your choice.

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Roger Perkins has a new email address

I received a note from Roger to say he has a new email address.  I have updated his profile in my classmate database.

Anyone wanting Roger’s new email address. contact me using the Contact Form. Click here




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More sad news…

JoAnn Salin notified me today that we have lost another classmate, Bob Risley.

Bob’s obituary is shown below.





Robert Frederick Risley

Naples, FL

Risley, Robert Frederick, completed his life’s journey here on earth on Jan. 27, 2019. Born Nov. 27, 1939 in Madison, WI and most recently a resident of Naples, FL. Bob enjoyed a blessed and wonderful life, living each day of his 79 years to the fullest.He was the son of the late Marion and Dorothy (Rennebohm) Risley of Madison, WI. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Audrey (Hebrer) Risley, his

daughter, Susan (Robert) Dreyer, two sons, Stephen (Jennifer) Risley, and David (Beth) Risley, and a daughter-in-law Shelley (Brad) Bondurant, a sister-in-law Rita (Bob) Santanello and a a sister-in-law, Ellen Risley. He is also survived by two sisters, Jan (John) Idhe and Anna Risley. Seven grandchildren also survive, Samuel, Joseph and Adeline Dreyer, Ethan and Karl Risley, and Margaret and Ally Bondurant. He is preceded in death by a son, Frederick (Fritz) Findley and a beloved brother, Donald. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He graduated from Madison West High School in 1958 and was a 1964 graduate of The University of Wisconsin with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. A leader in beverage engineering, Bob worked for Schlitz, Anheuser-Busch, and Pepsi among others and eventually owned and built his own company, Material Handling Systems (MHS) in Savage, MD before selling the business to Intralox, headquartered in New Orleans, LA in 2007.

Bob was a doer who liked to get involved, usually taking a leadership position. He was a past president of The International Society of Beverage Technologists, a past chairman of The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, and chairman of multiple professional committees. Being always curious, problem solving and possessing an infectious enthusiasm, Bob got involved in many interests: home brewing, car racing, car and firearm collecting, hunting, fishing and anything else that came along. If there was a club regarding any of those interests – he joined it, if there wasn’t, he’d start one. He loved “when a plan came together,” and never saw “problems,” only “opportunities,” constantly evaluating how things might be improved with a tweak here or a new approach there, acquiring over a dozen U.S. patents in the process.

He will be missed by his loving family, his PMMI friends, his car club buddies and his many friends he accumulated over the years. He will be remembered for his smile, his jokes and his many stories.

Bob leaves an empty spot in our hearts but he will be remembered by all who knew him. Cremation will be entrusted to The Beachwood Cremation Society, 4444 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, Florida. Services will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in Freeburg, IL. The family expresses its appreciation to the staff of Avow Hospice. Memorials can be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL

Published in Naples Daily News on Jan. 29, 2019


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