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Updated 6/6//2021




Welcome to your class of 1961 web page, and our new site, last updated on June 6, 2021. This page is best viewed using Mozilla Firefox. To make sure you are looking at the most recent page, please refresh your browser. We have moved to a new server, and a more appropriate web address, <>.

Not getting the Newsletter? Contact Donna [from panel on the left] to sign up. These newsletters have a lot of current information about classmates and are only $5 a year. Newsletters are published in April and October. Sorry for the late April newsleter this year. The folks who print our newsletter are considered a non-essential business.

We have just been informed that one of our classmates, Beverly J. Reeves Andrews, passed at the end of February, 2020. Bev was a fixture at nearly all of our reunions and will be missed.

We are also saddened to hear about the passinng of Gary Hogle in mid May of 2020.

Fellow classmate Joe Ervin passed away recently.

We are sad to report that Helen Waterbury passed in mid August, 2020.

One of our former teachers, Mr. DeRose, passed away on April 30, 2020 at age 92.

Mike Martens died in early December from Covid-19. See story below.

We have been informed that Sandy Johnson died on October 30, 2020

Classmate Carol Marker passed on November 9, 2020

Judy Teachout Borden passed away in Texas recently

A complete list of all class members we have lost can be found on the link to the left entitled "1961 Class List & Obituaries."


Covid-19 update

We have become aware that Mike Martens and his wife [Sue] both contracted the virus recently in Muskegon. Sue had a milder case and survived. Mike was hospitalized and put on a respirator. He improved and was later moved to a rehabilitation center, but had a relapse and died.

My wife recently found out about one of her classmates [Sherre DeLoach, EHS '63] who, with her husband, both contracted the virus and died. I am sure there are others we don't know about.

The frightening thing about this virus is the wide scope of medical maladies associated with it. Some people are asymtomatic, especially the younger ones. These are the people who are the most dangerous as they, and the ones who they're in contact with, are not aware of the danger and pass it on. They are a human petri dish.

Some lose their sense of taste and smell. Some have strokes. Some have heart problems. Some have nervous system problems. Some have severe fatigue, dizziness and headaches. The list goes on and on. This virus is looking for a host in every possible way. You cannot let your guard down.

The new threat are the varients (mutations) which will follow the original virus. Whenever you have DNA, you will for sure have mutations. That's why it's so critcal to get vaccinated. You cannot have a varient if you do not have the virus in the first place. So, all those folks who refuse to get vaccinated, are creating a problem down the road for all those who did. And the cycle will keep repeating itself. Who knows, will we have three waves, four waves, or more? If things keep going as they are, with less than 80% vaccination rate, we will never have true herd immunity. And without that, every year will create a new crisis. Please consider those facts.



All of us are now aware of the COVID-19 virus and the havoc it is having on lives. Unfortunatley, many people are hoarding suppies and some stores (shame on them) are charging high prices for some products, including sanitary gel like Purell, and some of the alcohol products. And be aware that there is a lot of Chinese hand gel on the market that contains methyl alcohol. Many stores have pulled it from their shelves, but one cannot be sure that all have done so. I have seen some bottle labels written totally in Chinese, so unless you are fluent in Mandarin, beware of them. Methanol (aka) Methyl alcohol is a poisonous substance that is absorbed through the skin, where it can cuase some serious side effects. Use over a long time period will cause liver failure, kidney failure, and in some people - loss of vision which is not reverseable. Simply breathing the vapors is dangerous. Please be aware of what you are using.

We need some help in locating classmates who had the most recent newsletter returned as undeliverable. If you know anybody from the list below, please ask them to contact us. Or, if you know someone who knows them, please ask that person to help provide a contact.

Do you have contact information for any of these people?

Sheila M. Thomas Heiser
Mary Lou A. Sleeper Tiedeman
Judith A. Phillips Pierson
Maxine Underwood Wainwright
David M. Castillo
Russell L. McElmurry
Richard D. Silcox
Dan B. Carpenter
Thomas C. Price 
Dorothy M. Stewart Franks
Bruce D. Smith
Kal Ryder
Colleen L. Fournier Olson
Mary J. Kramer Brown
Jerri-Lou Elya Gray
Jerry Ericks

On the left panel, You can also select links to the content pages. "Archives" are 1961 yearbook photos, teacher photos, and other photos of general interest. "E-mail addresses" are listed for those who have given us permission. "Reunions" are pictures from past reunions going back to the 45th. "1961 Class list" is a list of all members in our class. Sadly, there is also a link to classmate obituaries that we are aware of. "Juke Box" is a music player that has the top songs from every year during the 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond including some original video - plus some other neat stuff. This replaces another juke box that was getting some copyright issues. "Nostalgia" is an area to rekindle old memories; we currently have a story about JD's and links to some old Lansing landmarks. "Missing people" is a list of classmates we cannot locate. "News" is about some things going on relating to our classmates.and sadly some obituary notices. Use the "Contact Us" link to share information or ask questions. We're always in search of information pertinent to a former classmate.


Have a great summer! Keep your guard up and be safe.


Your Committee


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