Alumni News
June 2, 2012

Unfortunately we lost another classmate, Katherine Melonides (Orals) informed me that Katherine Lagos had died on July 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 75. (7/11/1935 to 7/8/2011)
April 24, 2013

Our 60th Class Reunion was held at the Des Plaines Elks Club on April 13, 2013. Twenty-four classmates plus their guests had a great time reminiscing and getting caught up. Many attended a no host breakfast the next morning at the Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel in Rosemont which was used as the Host Hotel.

Many thanks to
Ron Miller for suggesting the Elks Club and help as a possible place for our reunion banquet, it proved to be the perfect place.

Photos are posted in the Reunions Section.
February 8, 2013
I just discovered that our classmate Jim Black died in his home in Farmington, Connecticut on January 19, 2013. He was 78 years old. (1935 - 2013)

For additional information go to the Our Class page.
June 23, 2012

I was just informed that we lost another classmate, Pete Garcia, he died peacefully on March 19, 2012 in Sacramento, California. I was informed by his son Pete Jr. He was 78 years old. (1/10/1934 - 3/19/2012)

He was a decorated Air Force veteran having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star for heroism in aerial combat during the Vietnam era. He served in the Air Force for twenty years.

For additional information go to the Our Class page.
May 5, 2013

I was just informed that we lost another classmate, Pat McLennan (Johnson) on May 3, 2013 in Bozeman, Montana.

Wally, her husband, said an intestinal blockage problem that began a few days ago, along with some other longer term issues, got worse and there was no further treatment possible. The decline that caused her death began last November with major surgery for ulcerative colitis. She fought valiantly for the past six months, but it was not to be.
May 30, 2013

The June 1953 class had their 60th Reunion on May 18th at the Greek Islands restaurant in Lombard. Twenty-six of their graduating class and their guests had a great time getting reacquainted.
March 21, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I tell you that George Andreos passed away on February 17, 2014 in Poway, California after an extended illness. I know in my heart that while we mourn his going away there are those on another shore who joyfully shouted, "Here he comes." Semper Fi - For additional information go to the Our Class page.
January 29, 2014

Happy 61st Year Anniversary - January 29, 1953 - January 29, 2014
March 25, 2014

I have just discovered that we lost another classmate. Paul Fink passed away on November 9, 2012 in Schaumburg, Illinois. (12/7/1934 - 11/9/2012)
March 26, 2014

I have just verified that we lost another classmate. Jack Carlson had passed away on December 10, 2008 while living in Bridgman, Michigan. (2/7/1935 - 12/10/2008)

For additional information go to the Our Class page.
June 1, 2014

The Big 8 "0" - this month starts the milestone birthday of the following classmates with
Paula Catranis (Athans) having the distinction of being the senior member (of those we have their birthdate) of our class.

June 1st,
Paula Catranis (Athans) - June 7th, John Kammerer - June 15th, Roger Schoner - June 18th, Sam Conti and June 22th, Dick Sershon.
August 1, 2014

More 80th birthdays this month are Don Pearson and Bill Wilhelm. Don does not want to have any contact with us and Bill has never been found. August 6th, Don Pearson - August 31st, Bill Wilhelm.
September 1, 2014

Bill Abernathey checks into the Big 80 club on September 9th. He is at The Arbor of Itasca Nursing Home in Itasca, Illinois.
November 1, 2014

Two more 80th year additions check in this month, November 23rd Phyllis Widegren (Brownell) and Katherine Melonides (Orals) on November 27th.
December 1, 2014

Six more additions to the 80 year club this month, December 5th Georgiann Maier (Zenner), December 10th Carl Berggren & Nancy Guth (Thompson), December 27th Herb Mende, December 28th Jackie Ernst (Dietz) & Don Rock.
November 27, 2014

Bob Brownell just informed me that his wife, our classmate, Phyllis Widegren (Brownell) passed away on July 25, 2014 in McHenry, Illinois. For additional information go to the Our Class page.
November 28, 2014

Jon Perry has informed me that his mother, our classmate, Freddy Brunner (Perry) passed away on November 26, 2014 in Des Plaines, Illinois. For additional information go to the Our Class page.
December 2, 2014

I have just discovered that we lost another classmate. Mabel Jonasen White passed away on May 26, 2014 in McHenry, Illinois. For additional information go to the Our Class page.
December 2, 2014

I also discovered that Bill Wilhelm passed away on August 4, 2013 and is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.
December 18, 2014

Classmate Carol Traverse (Dacier) has been found and living in Rio Vista, California. We now are missing only Jackie Parrino (Stern).
December 19, 2014

Ron Miller and his wife Sharon have moved to Sarasota, Florida.
January 1, 2015

Six new additions to the 80 year club this month, January 1st
Kathy Ranke (Hoh), January 9th Pete Nikias, January 10th Bob Davidson, January 13th John Pastos, January 16th Lee Moyland, and January 17th Elaine Taylor (Alengo).
January 29, 2015

Happy 62nd year Anniversary to our class - January 29, 1953 - January 29, 2015
February 1, 2015

Eight new additions this month to the 80 year club, February 2nd Barbara Dallia, February 10th Donna Haase (Calvin), February 12th Elsie Lindquist (Lindgren), February 13th Nancy Lindholm (LaChance), February 14th Nancy Frisk (Zelken), February 15th Dean Rhodes, February 23rd Carol Abbott, February 26th Bob Furniss, February 27th Sophia Primis (Demoglis).
February 4, 2015

Jim Bozzelli discovered that Irene Chialtas (Childs) had died on July 17, 2013 in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
March 1, 2015

Nine new members this month to the 80 year club, March 4th Ron Miller (who with his wife Sharon just recently moved to Sarasota, Florida), March 5th Sam Gianaras, March 8th Alice Markin (Bowker) & Bernice Markin (Garber), March 12th John Danielson, March 14th Diane Havorka (Carlson), & Fifi Kalfas (Bilder), March 28th Diane Werner (Connor/Parker), and March 31st Sylvia Zamp (Zeitler).
April 1, 2015

Only two new members to our 80 year club, April 1st Dolores Sadowski (Petersen) and Arlene Olson (Cobble) on April 10th.
May 1, 2015

Three new members this month to our 80th year club, May 9th Marjorie Lind (Eklund) & Attie Tap, and Beverly Strang (Smith) on May 11th.
June 1, 2015

Only two new members to our 80 year club, June 12th Gail Achtner (Hawk) and Joyce Rieger (Pottinger) on June 27th.
July 1, 2015

Two more new members to our 80 year club, July 12th John Lindgren and Kay Kenna (McMaster) on July 24th.
August 1, 2015

Three new members to our 80 year club, August 10th Roberta Bruns (Oleson), August 12th George Kemptner and Judy Hennig (Bray) on August 21st.
September 1, 2015

Five additional members to our 80 year club this month, September 6th Ralph Hedlund, September 15th Audrey Kohnke (Tofano), September 24th Esther Alessi (Whitty), September 28th Joel Andresen and on September 30th Lillian Larson (Krause).
October 1, 2015

Only one new member to our 80 year club this month, October 3rd Mary Mocknik (Tassi).
November 1, 2015

No classmates have birthdays this month. The U.S. Marine Corps will celebrate their 240th birthday on Novemeber 10th.
December 1, 2015

Two classmates will join our 80's club this month, Jay Kusch on December 8th, and Joan Neuwirth (Mulligan) on December 21st.
December 29, 2015

Happy & Healthy New Year to all. . . .


March 1, 2016

We have our youngest classmates getting ready to join our eighties club, Jim Bozzelli on March 12th and on April 15th, Sue Benham. To our knowledge these are the last to join our exclusive club.