60 Reunion Update #7

Here is the latest news from JoAnn regarding the West High tour:

“Gene Brown sent the following information.  

Looks like the Ash Street entrance is where we will meet, (outside if it’s nice, inside the Ash Street entrance if it’s raining), 10:00 am on Saturday the 15th is the time.  Street parking seems to be the way to go.

I requested that we see the Voc. Ed. area.  Let me know if there is anything specific you want to see.


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60th Reunion Update #6

Here is the latest 60th Reunion news from JoAnn Salin:  ChuckR


Well we’re inching closer to 100.  Below are the newest registrations I’ve received and our total number of classmates (with spouses/guests) is now 95 !!!!!  A few weeks ago I thought we would be lucky to reach 70 at our reunion.
Bakken – Jim & Hope Dahle Bakken
Fellman – Laura Fellman
Perkins – Roger Perkins & Sandra Stephens
Rafoth – John Rafoth & David Johannsen
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60th Reunion Update #5

Here is the latest update from JoAnn Salin:  ChuckR


We’re up to 90 !!!!

Below are the newest registrations I’ve received and below that the entire list.  Plus, Phyllis Mintz Eisenberg has been calling our classmates  and has convinced several more to register!

By the way, people have asked, “What to wear?”  Please feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Those attending the Badger football game (starting at 2:30) will be dressed casually.  So you can choose casual or dressy.  After all, we’re senior citizens and can do, “Whatever we “damn” well please ;-)”

Newest registrations:


Kahl – Karen Kahl Roberts & Arden Shumaker

Koltes – Chidie Koltes Farley & Phil Farley

Lorimer – John Lorimer

Mintz – Phyllis Mintz Eisenberg

Raffill – Denny & Cindy Raffill

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John “Jack” Olson Obituary Found

Thanks to “Field Correspondent” JoAnn Salin provided a link she found about Jack Olson’s passing in 2009.

John C. “Jack” OlsonIMG_4588

OLSON, John C. “Jack” Age 69, of Clearwater, passed on Dec. 24th. He was born in Madison, WI and moved to Florida in 1981. Jack was an avid race car spectator and loved NFL games. Jack is survived by two sons, Clifford, of Denver, CO, & Justin of Oveido, FL; daughter, Michelle Keller of Denver; former wife and friend Debbie Olson; & five grandchildren. A visitation will be held Wednesday Dec. 30 at 10am-12pm at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Dunedin Chapel with a 1 pm graveside service to follow at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery, Largo.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 28, 2009
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David Wilking Obituary Notice

Thanks to JoAnn Salin and Phyllis Mintz for providing me with the following information about David Wilking’s passing. ChuckR

David C. Wilking – Obituary



Date of Birth : Nov 22 1940

Date Deceased : Mar 22 2018

Location : Oak CreekWisconsin

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David C. Wilking of Oak CreekWisconsin, who passed away on March 22nd 2018, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. He was loved and cherished by many people including : his spouse, Sandra; his child, Kim

Wilking; his grandchild, Jeremy Wilking (Trisha); his great grandchildren, Samantha, Lindsey, Kayla; his sibling, Werner (Tessa); his sibling-in-law, Michael (Cinda).

He was also cherished by other relatives and many friends. For the visitation and funeral service information please see event section below.


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60th Reunion Update #4

JoAnn Salin has added to the list of reunion attendees:


I received new registrations from the following classmates:

Cline – Ellen Cline Sperling & Keith Sperling
Gill – David Gill
Grosshandler – Nancy Grosshandler Rane & Phil Rane
Kaeser – Bill Kaeser
Lautz – Bill Lautz – Natalie Paalu
Paulson – Jerry Paulson
Tortorice – JoAnn Tortorice Baker
Vanderheiden – Karen Vanderheiden Wallander & Jerome Wallander



Click here to view the complete Attendee Page

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60th Reunion Update #3

Here is the latest news from JoAnn Salin on the 60th Reunion activities:


Great news.  Gene Brown has arranged a tour of West High School for us.  He sent me the following information.

“In connection with our 60th reunion, Principal Karen Boran has agreed to lead us on a tour of Madison West at 10:00am on Saturday, September 15th.  Information on where we will meet will follow closer to the event.  Gene”

Won’t that be fun  😉




Thanks so much to Gene Brown, Tim Harrington, Alice Dean,  Phyllis Mintz, and Gina Ward for planning additional events to enhance our reunion weekend.

You all got my email earlier from Gene about the West High Tour.  And Alice, Phyllis, and Gina will be hosting a luncheon on Sat. noon at the Nakoma Country Club for the West ladies (more information to follow later).  And Tim Harrington has compiled a list of things to do and see around town which I’ve printed BELOW..

Phyllis has been making lots of phone calls to track down and encourage more classmates to attend our reunion.  If you know anyone to contact, please do.  Even though the deadline is tomorrow, there’s some extra time for late registrations.

It’s not long now — only six week away.  “See you in September”.



Hi Friends,

For those coming from elsewhere for our September 14-16 reunion weekend, here are some thoughts about what you might enjoy in Madison in addition to these scheduled events:

Fri. night 7:00 pm to “whenever” – Get together in the bar for drinks, Holiday Inn

Sat. morning 10:00 am – Tour of West

Sat. noon 12:00 – 2:00-3:00 – Ladies luncheon, Nakoma Country Club

Sat. afternoon 2:30 pm – Badger Football game

Sat. evening 5:00 – to “whenever” – Cocktails and Dinner, Holiday Inn

Sun. morning 11:00 am – Brunch, Holiday Inn

Since the reunion hotel, Holiday Inn, 1109 Fourier Dr, is on the Far West Side, I’d encourage you to consider venturing in from the suburbs to enjoy the campus and Madison’s vibrant downtown.

The weekend will be dominated by the football game at 2:30 on Saturday which will make for crowds all weekend and booked up restaurants, so make any reservations 3-4 weeks ahead to secure your preferences. The other main event worth considering is the Forward Theater play “Skeleton Crew” with curtain times Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM at the Overture Center on State Street. It’s a great company and a great venue. The Isthmus is a free weekly newspaper with listings for music and other entertainment venues.

Top drawer restaurants now abound in downtown Madison near the Square, generally in the $$$$ – $$$$$ price range for those who want to venture out on Friday or Sunday evenings. Fresco, Graft, Sardine, Tempest Oyster Bar, The Tornado Supper Club, and Cento are my favorites for a special meal. Lombardino’s is still a hidden treasure on the West Side at Old University Avenue and Highland. There are several fine spots in Middleton too, and less expensive places all over town, including ethnic restaurants, although again, expect last minute tables to be limited.

On Saturday morning, the downtown farmers market on the Square is worth seeing, and there are many restaurants open for brunch and lunch. The Union Terrace and the Dockside at the Edgewater both offer access to Lake Mendota, and a stroll around the totally redesigned Lower Campus Mall and Alumni Park next to the Union are time well spent, especially if the weather cooperates.

See you then,

Tim Harrington

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