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Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Arch will begin receiving some new surroundings. A lid will be built over the I 70 depressed lanes so that one can walk uninterrupted from the Old Courthouse to the Arch grounds. This project, funded by MoDOT and a grant, probably some federal funds too, is promised to be finished by the 50th anniversary, which all of us know only too well will occur in 2015.
The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a tour, CDs, a movie and lots of fun appearances. That's another mind-boggler to me. Although I must say Brian Wilson has not fared so well as many of the men in our class!!!! However, his sound is still great. They'll have a tour in April. Ninth grade was a good time for us as a group I think, I'd love to hear some of YOUR 50 year old memories - would you want to be 14 again? I'm not sure I really really know that answer for myself. Of course, YES jumps right out, but maybe not, it's a crazy and often stupid world out there 50 years later!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Dear Family & Friends-
I hope that this email finds all of you well and that you are enjoying the time before the holidays. A number of you have reached out to me and my family and I apologize if I have not been able to respond to you but know that your kindness and love has been appreciated. It’s been awhile since I last updated you on my health so I would like to take this opportunity to do so.
My awesome doctors & nurses have helped me beat the pneumonia and whatever other infections were troubling me. Unfortunately, the tumor in my lung is growing at a very rapid pace and my body is too weak to start chemotherapy or any other cancer treatment. With the help of my children, we have made the difficult decision to come home and work with a wonderful hospice organization that will help us manage this process. Although the prognosis is dire, I am uplifted by my faith, my family and my friends.
Please feel free to contact Tracie or Eric (contact information below) if you would like additional information. I am having difficulty speaking so the best way to contact me is through email or my children; I may not be able to respond but I will make sure to read your message. I know that God is with me in this journey and there are great things in store. Until we meet again, I love you all. -Pam
Tracie Mann: 913-544-3038, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Mann: 913-515-7783, email@example.com
Thanks to Janet Porte Fatall, Ric Porte & Peggy Kramer for making sure I had this information so I could share it with our classmates. Another of our friends gone way too soon. So long dear friend. Go to www.khs65.com, 2010 album page 9 and 10 to see several photos of Pam and pals at our 45th reunion.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Yesterday Sharon Purdy Gilliam and I had a great brunch in Midway, KY, very close to her home town of Versailles, at Holly Hill Inn, a National Trust recognized home now serving as a great restaurant. You can learn more about them at www.hollyhillinn.com. The food was incredible; Sharon had pork, I had fried green tomatoes Benedict with the poached eggs atop the FGTs and bacon in between with the Hollandaise on the side. For dessert we had chocolate bread pudding with a killer bourbon sauce. After all, we WERE in Bourbon country...what a wonderful part of the country Kentucky is! Sharon looks like a million as you can see and we had a good time chatting. After brunch we drove around the quaint town of Midway, a railroad town with loads of Victorian architecture, cute shops and zillions of yummy looking restaurants. A great reuse of the older buildings in the town. The weather was spectacular, not as much fall color as one could dream of, but I did find a bit more color in western KY and eastern IN on my way home. I'd been in Lexington for a Board Meeting - great food (and to-die-for Bourbon Slushes) there too! The highlight of the weekend was receiving my Commission as a Kentucky Colonel! You may now call me The Honorable Leslie Vander Meulen Canavan - jeez, what a mouthful!!! I think Leslie will do just fine, but it's a great organization and I'm thrilled to be a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, commissioned by Governor Beshear. Thanks for a great day Sharon, I'll be back and we can attack some other towns! I'd been hankering for fried green tomatoes, so this was just what I needed!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I love Bill Watt's email title! One can tell he's a proud grandpa, no doubt about it! Thanks for sharing Bill! She is a beautiful Tierney Elizabeth Landgren born 10/5/11 and weighing in at 6 lb 9 oz. I also love it that at the end of his email he closed with GO CARDINALS, we folks really do now how to keep our priorities in order don't we! Bill Watts is a cousin of Kathy Watts, a darling girl who started with us at Robinson then moved. He will always have a special place in my heart for bringing some grade school pix to me, both from his own archives and from Kathy. Because we moved in second grade from Wichita to Kirkwood (altho I was born here, we'd been gone 3 years) I was not in the 2nd grade photo at Robinson and had never seen it! Last summer, 2010, Bill walked into PJs with an envelope for me, which included the elusive 2nd grade photo. Made my week! Be sure to go to the website, www.khs65.com to see a lot of grade school photos.
Thanks again for sharing Bill and CONGRATS on your gorgeous new baby grand-daughter, and congrats to her mommy and daddy too!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
From Bob Leonard in Texas comes word that Gil Sylvester, a good KHS65 supporter and reunion attendee, needs our prayers. Thank you so much Bob for keeping us posted on Gil's situation, we appreciate all our members who so generously share. And note Gil has taken his KHS spirit all the way to Oregon!
"Our friend, Gil Sylvester, needs our prayers. Gil has cancer of the tongue, an especially aggressive form of throat cancer. He was recently operated on to remove the cancer but it is unclear as to whether they got it all. [see below for update] He had throat cancer a few years ago with radiation. My understanding is that, for some reason, he cannot receive radiation in the same location twice and chemo is not an option. His days are up and down although he remains a "glass half full" kind of guy and, like us, continues to follow the Cards' run for the pennant. His wife, Sylvia, is a strong woman. This bout with cancer is relatively recent, having just been discovered in August.
I hope some of you that know Gil might send him some greetings to help cheer him and let him know we're rooting for him. firstname.lastname@example.org is Gil's email and I have his current home address in Bend, OR if anyone wants to send a note. Please email me if so. Today's prognosis is different, it appears the docs feel they got the cancer and will proceed with a month of radiation and chemo, hoping that the more aggressive treatment may serve well to delay or preclude a recurrence. In any case Gil needs our prayers, good vibes, and all other manner of helpful, hopeful thoughts we can send his way.
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Monday, October 3, 2011
ANTIQUE LIMOGES CHINA SET
ANTIQUE OAK TABLE, LEAVES AND 6 CHAIRS
WOMENS' NECK SCARVES, DECORATIVE SILKS AND YUMMY WARM HATS AND SCARVES FOR WINTER
SEWING MACHINE IN CABINET
OLD FREEZER PROBABLY GREAT FOR VENISON, FISH, ETC., IN BASEMENT, LOOKS OLD AND A BIT CRUMMY BUT IT FREEZES
ANTIQUE SOLID WOOD INLAID ROCKING CHAIR, GORGEOUS!!!
ESTATE SALE GOING ON YET TOMORROW, 9 AM TO 4 OR SO, HALF PRICE ON MOST ITEMS. One of this morning's first visitors was from KHS74, a cousin of Rich Rychlewski and Bobbie Jo Leach. We had a nice chat. Very first visitor was khs66...a nice day in Kirkwood! This is the sort of weather for which we natives wait, in January and August we dream of days like today, this whole week is to be fabulous!
IN MY BUSINESS I HAVE AN ELDERLY FRIEND WHOSE SON IS CLEANING OUT HIS MOTHER'S HOME. THE HOUSE IS AT 1049 NORTH TAYLOR, THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE RIGHT going south, JUST SOUTH OF MANCHESTER. THE SALE IS THIS COMING WEEKEND, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 8 AND 9 FROM 9AM BOTH DAYS. More details are coming, and there should be an ad in the paper this weekend. Parking on the commercial building lot on the south side of the lot, which adjoins the house, will keep the street from being so crowded. Please obey street parking signs, and no blocking of driveways! I know I shouldn't have to say that, but one might be surprised....
It's a small house with a LOT of stuff. The owner was a school teacher and collector. There is a lot of large size women's clothing, most of it very nice, well known labels, think Eddie Bauer, St. John's Bay, Preston & York (Dillards), zillions of warm soft fluffy neck scarves many w/ hats to match, lots of gloves, Eddie Bauer fleece vests for winter, and lots more. There is a nice wood and wood-look tall bookcase, dark wood, nice condition and some office and teacher supply type things. There is so much household stuff it's hard to describe. Much of it is new or very gently used. A crock-pot, pots/pans, blankets, throws, storage cabinets, an old freezer that looks less than great but works. Did I say a lot of clothing for a larger woman? Much of it like new. Vera Bradley purses, gloves, and so much more! A few lamps, a nice antique floor lamp.
There is also a very good wheelchair ($200) and a few other medical items - knee & ankle braces, etc., not much but a few things of this nature for elder care and sports injuries.
There is a huge amount of kitchen miscellaneous! A great way to furnish a new home, a young couple's first house, a country cabin or a camping outfit. Other household things like iron, ironing-board, etc. Also we have lamps, a bit of silver plate hollow-ware, two china cabinets, an electric clothes dryer, and a LOT of great Christmas decorations, ornaments, etc. Very nice quality, plus other holiday items. Lots of bath towels, a Singer sewing machine in cabinet with drawers, sewing notions, storage cabinets and more. There are some crystal glasses, and a few antique ceramic items. There is also a microwave, bought new in 2008, used about 2 months then stored away, works just fine and looks very nice, instruction book included.
The best part is a gorgeous round, 4' diameter, oak table with leaf & six chairs. It's from the family, 100 years old or so. One of the chairs needs repair, but we know of a firm here in town who would be able to fix it I'm sure. There is also a gorgeous set of Limoges Old Paris china, place settings for 12 and in gorgeous condition, 4 veg bowls, 2 platters, gravy boat, gold ceramic salt & pepper 2 sets, and compared to retail, our price is a steal, come see!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sculptor and City Museum founder and leader Bob Cassilly was found dead in a bulldozer today at the site of his new "Cementland" in North St. Louis. The 'dozer had rolled down a hill sideways and he was not wearing a seatbelt; it's being called an accident on the TV news. Bob was a well-loved St. Louis figure of our generation. Born in 1949, he grew up in Kirkwood and graduated in 1968 from Vianney. Watch the St. Louis Post, Facebook, and The Beacon newspaper for more news. I'm sure he'll be featured in Riverfront Times and Webster-Kirkwood Times also. There is a Facebook page to remember him, it is here. If you're interested watch tonight's news around our area, and the Internet. His sculpture is also found in Dallas, Brooklyn, NY, Virginia and San Diego to name some other places. Here we see the turtles along highway 40 as we head eastward and of course the City Museum is his main site. Cementland has been under construction for 10 years up on Riverview Blvd. Bob was trained as a sculptor, and graduated from Fontbonne. St. Louis will be less without him.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"Sharon Purdy stopped in Phoenix overnight with her husband Sam on the way to visit their son in Hawaii. Francey took Sharon, Sam, Cindy and I on a fabulous tour of the Phoenix Art Museum where she is a docent. Then on to dinner at a famous local Mexican joint. Great time and fun visit! I've attached a photo of the three amigos that always sat in a row one behind the other in classes seated alphabetically."
Notice 46 years later they are STILL in alphabetical order, old habits.......
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Here is Annette's obit from the Post, you can go to www.stltoday.com to leave condolences.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
In going through Paul's scrapbooks in his study tonight, I found a few pix of the Friday evening hotel hospitality room set-up the night before our Silver Anniversary Reunion party. Not only is Paul gone, but so are two of the folks in the pictures. Check them out at the website, khs65.com they are in the 2011 album. Chuck Cross was such a great supporter of KHS65, and loved working on the reunions so much. His life was way too short, a great loss to those who were privileged to know him. One of these days I'll look to see what other photos I have of that reunion, I know I have some.
I decided to post this one here. Paul was notorious for taking pix of female rear ends, here he caught Joanne Cross helping stock the eats at the bar in the hotel hospitality suite. I can't believe I am knowingly posting a photo of me with curlers and a scarf! It looks like I just took a swig of that Coke or ate a cracker, dumb look on my face and dumb picture, but it brought a smile to my face all these years later. Can we believe it is nearly another 25 years since that magic night in 1990???
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
As an aside, you'll note the photo credit under the picture of the statue is to Katherine Bish. When we first lived in Hampton Park, on Clayton Road, the doorbell rang one day and I answered to find a darling young gal with a camera in hand. She was a recent college grad, her husband had taken a job here in town, they were from Illinois I believe, and she was trying to build a portfolio to get into the photog biz. Having a number of photographers in my family, I was inclined to let her in to photo our house. She had been driving around looking for things to photograph and just wanted to take pix of a big house, which she did. We have corresponded since, and I have watched her then-fledgling career with interest. I see her layouts frequently in the local magazines and newspapers. Obviously she was a go-getter, which is what impressed me when she rang the bell making that 'cold call' so bravely.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
(l to r Dave Beardsley, Eileen Beardsley, standing Bob O'Neill, me and Paul)
I'm pretty sure that this picture taken at Bob O'Neill's 65th birthday party in February, 2011 is the last photo of me and Paul together, and I also believe the last picture of Paul.
Paul was born at Josephine Heitkamp Memorial Hospital, on South Grand and lived all his life before college in South St. Louis City, in a big old home on Lafayette Avenue. He was a 1968 graduate of Southwest High School and attended Wade Elementary School. It always amazes me the times one of us would connect up with someone in his class or a close one and would remember him from wrestling or something; just like we KHS65s find one another in situations we don't expect. After a couple of other scholastic adventures (NW MO State @ Maryville for one), Paul graduated with a BS in Biz Admin from the University of Houston, and did his stint in the Army and National Guard. Paul is survived by a son who adored him, Michael, a professional free-lance photographer living in downtown Chicago with his fiancee, Colleen, a darling girl of Irish heritage...imagine that! Paul's mother Jerry lives in a nursing home in Jefferson County and has now outlived both of her children, not what God normally has in mind for us. She is a real trooper, a stoic German lady who is also a Sappington. Paul was VERY excited to learn only a few years ago that he was a Sappington, a direct descendant of John & Jemima Sappington who came to MO from KY with Dan'l Boone and settled most of south St. Louis County. I plan to spread his ashes on John & Jemima's graves in the Sappington Cemetery in Crestwood on his birthday in September. I think he would like that more than any other idea we ever discussed. Paul had not been in good health of late, and there are a number of sudden fatal heart-attack deaths in the males in his family tree, and an uncle who died very young also. He had bought groceries, in this awful heat, come home, put them all away just as I liked, and sat down, probably to rest, and had the attack in our breakfast room. He was gone only part of an hour before I got home from an errand, and the paramedics told me that I probably couldn't have saved him even if I'd been here at home. Paul and I met as employees at Barnes Hospital in 1967 and were friends, then we and our spouses were a four-some as good pals, and our children were friends, then we were friends again, then we became lovers and partners. We were married in December, 1996 in Edinburgh, Scotland after having been "engaged" for 7 years or so - our accountant said we had to get married! We then didn't actually live together full-time until we bought a home together in 1998. It was odd the first time I brushed my teeth in the same bathroom with him after all those years!
The paramedic squad which answered my 911 call is with Metro West here in West County and some knew Gary Stobbe when he was a Manchester city fireman before the communities here in west county joined together as Metro West. Gary lived in the house right behind mine when Lou & I were divorced and I moved to Manchester with my children. AND the policewoman who came, and was SO nice to us, was the daughter in law of a jeweler here in West County who went to high school with my ex, and from whom I bought our wedding rings when Paul & I got married. It was like old home week here as the paramedics and then the attendants from Bopp took care of Paul. The representative from Bopp walked in the front door and said, "Aren't you part of the Cavic/Lombardi family?" My son smiled when everyone was gone and said, "Mom, Rachel and I cannot believe it, but you REALLY DO know everyone in St. Louis". We were able to have a smile together at a sad moment.
Should anyone wish to make a memorial donation in Paul's name, I am associated with a wonderful place for children from dysfunctional homes in New England. Donations might be sent to Ms. Gail Thomas, Treasurer General, NSNEW, 379 Chester Road, Candia, NH 03034-2609; please be sure to specify that the donation is in memory of Paul and is to go to Kurn Hattin Homes. Should you wish to learn about this wonderful place for children, which I have supported for many years, please go to www.kurnhattin.org, you'll fall in love.
Thank you to everyone who has called, sent cards, emailed and sent me greetings on Facebook; your friendship is always important to me, but at this time has been especially meaningful to me. May we all have our friends and families when we need them the most as I have had you all.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
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and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlEUaKPHuQo&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlEUaKPHuQo&feature=uploademail then go to the panel on the right and view the others uploaded by KAVISKI1, his youtube ID. They are interviews with a WWII veteran, highlighted by stills which illustrate what Joe the veteran is talking about. The quality of the videos is great, and the subject one we should all be thinking about and sharing with the youth of today. Actually, after you get through with those videos, click on the upper left part of the screen and just click KAVISKI1 link, then go to the bottom of his list of videos and click Part One of his Normandy visit in 1994 for the anniversary of D DAY. It's another great video, in two parts. Kert & his lovely wife Barbara went for the ceremonies, beautiful footage and narration. Thanks for sharing Kert, I love you. Another KHS alum doing good!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thank you to Yvonne, aka Vonnie now, for checking in. You have hit the nail on the head, about the time we all began turning 60, folks have come out of the woodwork, all using that same word, reconnecting! A lot of it going on these days. I am delighted to post your update and hopefully some of your KHS friends will see it and want to reconnect with you! Our condolences on the passing of your mom, indeed a sad thing we all have either worked through or are going to soon.
I thought it was about time I wrote something about myself. I’ve been retired from teaching for about two years now. My husband and I have lived on a tree farm east of Salem, OR, since 1973. We raised our two girls here and now work producing lots of veggies and flowers in our big gardens. Last year we bought a winter home in Oro Valley, AZ, in order to escape the dreary winters here. It seems a perfect combination. I find plenty to do with volunteering as a master gardener and literacy and Spanish teacher, keeping up with friends and family, hiking, playing the piano and trying my hand at painting.
I was in Kirkwood this spring to pay a last visit to my mom before she passed away in March. It was sad to say good-bye, but she lived a good, long life and was looking forward to moving on. My dad died in 2005, so now I have only my two brothers and their families left in the St. Louis area. Our two daughters, one son-in-law and two precious grandkids all live in the Seattle area, so we take trips up there regularly to visit them.
I’ve connected with a few KHS friends on Facebook but otherwise don’t have much contact with anyone from that far back. Many from KHS knew me as Yvonne Ringis. Everyone now calls me by my family nickname. As I get older, it seems more important to reconnect and remember those simpler days! Glad you’ve taken it on yourself to keep up a blog.
Thanks, Vonnie Ringis Lincoln
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I've NEVER been a beer drinker. Oh, it's not that I don't like beer, there are many I do like, but I only like them really cold and I drink beer, and most other liquids, too slowly so by the time my beer is half gone, it's warm and the rest goes to waste; consequently I rarely touch the stuff. I LOVE to cook with it, my beer batter bread and beer batter deep fried onion rings are killer and my barbeque beer soaked ribs are always a huge summer hit! The other day I was at Schnuck's and wandered by a case of cold wines and beers. As I longingly looked at several bottles of champagne trying to decide which one I wanted, I spied a beer label on a large bottle, a full pint, and the label's design called out to me. But as I read along, the name Charleville shouted at me! I have known for a long time that Joal and family are in the winery biz in Ste. Genevieve, but I didn't realize they are now brewing specialty beers. I looked at two different labels, and couldn't resist the Half Wit Wheat! I took it home, got it really cold in my freezer for a bit, popped the cap and found it delicious. Hubby walked into the kitchen and nearly fainted when he saw me taking a long swig! I think he feared I was having a mid-life crisis. But he loved the taste too. I have to admit I had to put it back in the fridge twice before I finished the pint, but I didn't share it with Paul! It was great by itself and also with a steak fresh off the grill! I think beer is probably very good for us too; Paul's grandmother lived to 104 and she was a big beer drinker. I think it was all those B vitamins that kept her healthy until she died, annoyed that she didn't die earlier because she was bored - no friends left, no one to talk to her about anything she wanted to discuss and p'od that she couldn't go to the local pub for a brew!
I love giving our KHS65 mates a plug here and there, so I highly recommend the Charleville Vineyard Brewery of Ste. Genevieve. On the label it says, "Charleville's Half Wit Wheat is brewed in our little brewery in the woods. We hope that you will enjoy this refreshing wheat ale and will come to visit us soon." What a great outing that would be! If you can't get there, try some from Schnucks! Joal, add a comment to tell us all where else it's available for sale. I'm going to try soaking off the label, but if it doesn't work, I'm going to be asking Joal for a fresh label! Bottoms up!
Check out the winery's website at http://www.charlevillevineyard.com/ and on Facebook Charleville Winery and Microbrewery
SOMETHING tells me I've left out a part of this story that matters. I ran into Jim Bilhorn not too terribly long ago and I believe he and Barb, his wife who is also a former neighbor of ours in Sugar Creek Ranch, as well as a KHS alum, have joined Joal and crewe in the winery venture. Recently someone pointed out to me that his address & Joal's are on the same street. That reminded me that I had forgotten!!! Sorry Jim and Barb! Truthfully, I don't know for sure what the relationship is, maybe it doesn't matter, but I think it is very nifty that these KHS65 members are still connected after all this time! Perhaps for our 50th Reunion we should find a venue which will allow us to bring in our own beer and wine, from youknowwhere!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
One young man on his way to South Dakota to spend Easter with his dad is a KHS student and was interviewed last night. He had been on one of the 3 planes which was stuck on the tarmack, unable to get to a jetway, too much debris on the runways...those people finally got off the planes and into the terminal. One of those planes was blown into another. One plane this morning has a huge piece of sheet metal stuck in its tail, like someone had slit a balsawood model and inserted an extra piece perpendicular to the tail; that plane also has nose damage, the only one of the 5 planes on the ground that was actually damaged, some had some scrapes but nothing serious...
Having spent much of my life flying in and out of Lambert, going there to fly with my dad, a hobbyist pilot, and being at the airport the day it opened, it's difficult to see the coverage of the airport so damaged. On TV now is showing the workers pushing out the remnants of broken glass from the frames, it's heart breaking. They say now MAYBE airport can open on Monday. Just heard that flights were diverted to KC, and now those passengers are being bused here from KC.
We are SO fortunate to be where we are, but oh so many have had their lives uprooted like the huge trees in their yards. Several churches are without rooves, many homes are totally ruined, large and small homes, businesses...it's awful... Stay tuned to your national news programs, we're getting a lot of international coverage. One person had a 4AM text message from relatives in Turkey hearing about our disaster on their TV!
I have a hard time even saying Happy Easter! But hope you are enjoying a lovely spring and Easter weekend wherever you are!
Later, 750 homes at least in one community, 1150 some in another; some will be condemned, others repaired. The airport will accept a few flights inbound tonight, they are thinking they'll have some in and out tomorrow but there is still no electricity and fuel pumps have not yet been tested. They may truck in fuel for the planes; there has been a report of a possible fuel tank problem... they have released realtime surveillance footage in the terminal from last night which is amazing! The damage from this storm has been rated as F4, which is the second worst rating. Only .7% of tornados rate this high in damage...
MONDAY, statistics after the investigators reported: What is being called the Good Friday tornado was one long-track tornado 22 miles long, .4mile wide. The most severe, in Bridgeton and airport area, was damage level EF4, on a scale from EF1, lowest, to EF5. Only 7/10 of one percent of all tornadoes are EF4 and EF5. EF4 is partially defined as bearing 166 to 200 mph winds. St. Louis now has the honor of being the city with the most damaging tornadoes of any city in the US. Places like TX, OK and Kansas have tornadoes too, but frequently theirs happen in areas with large open spaces, farms, ranches, etc. where the damage may be widespread, but population is low density, not many structures, etc.
We had a rainy dreary Easter Day, sun is shining today, but storms have been predicted for today and/or tonight, more tomorrow. ugh...... Hope everyone had a nice Easter day!
Monday night, more statistics: There were 4 separate tornadoes from west of the airport to Highland, IL which had an EF2 damage rating. Waterloo, Il was an EF1 hit. Lambert is 90% functional at this time, with Concourse C closed indefinitely. At the worst, 46,000 customers were without power in St. Louis County, the number now being down to 3566. There were 1041 homes in Maryland Heights damaged with an additional 69 condemned which I believe will be leveled as opposed to being rebuilt, not positive about that. And I still have heard of no deaths. Amazing!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Yvonne Ringis Lincoln's mother Naomi passed away March 31st
Judy Matthew Gibson's mother Dorothy passed away March 11th
Recently I was working on elementary photos on the picture gallery, www.khs65.com, and noticed Mrs. Duchek was a teacher at one of the schools. I see she passed away 3/2/2011 at age 90. You can go here to read her obituary.
Carol Stalzer's father must have known mine, Ron Masters', maybe Peggy Belt's and some others of us whose fathers were at McDonnell Aircraft, especially those in the space program. I do not remember my dad ever mentioning him, but that doesn't mean much. Here is Theodore Stalzer's obituary:
Died: Monday, February 28, 2011
Theodore R. Stalzer, a longtime resident of Kirkwood, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
Mr. Stalzer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an electrical engineer for McDonnell Aircraft Co. and a guidance and control engineer for the NASA Mercury and Gemini Manned Spacecraft Program. He was also a semi-professional operatic tenor who performed at numerous area churches, including First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood and St. Louis Grand Opera Guild.
Mr. Stalzer was the husband of the late Geraldine Stalzer (nee Crump) for 65 years; father of Carol (Ron) Koch and Larry (Sandra) Stalzer; grandfather of Katherine (Matthew) Williams; brother-in-law and uncle.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m., at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road in Kirkwood. Interment Valhalla Cemetery. Visitation is Friday, March 4, 4 to 8 p.m., at Bopp Chapel. Memorials are preferred to the St. Louis Symphony. Online guest book at www.boppchapel.com.
Cathy Whitmire lost her mother some time ago, but I do not believe I reported it. I recall someone asking me how to contact Cathy at the time, but don't think I realized Mrs. Whitmire had so recently passed away. Go here to read about this lovely lady.
Larry and Sheila Barnett lost their aunt last year, here is the obituary:
Died: Friday, December 10, 2010
Mary C. "Chris" Hamlin (nee Dougherty), a longtime resident of Kirkwood, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
Mrs. Hamlin was the wife of the late Harry Hamlin; aunt of Larry Barnett, Sheila Haverman, Jack Barnett and Kelly Barnett; aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt and friend.
Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirkwood. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children.
Here is an interesting lady of whom I was not aware, the last surviving grand-child of Francis Nipher, for whom Nipher Jr. High was named. Go here to read about Jean Pollard Gould.
Gosh, I'm going to have to keep up with the obituaries on a more timely basis. Here is another interesting one from late last year, the wife of Mr. Beltz of Nipher administration fame. Go here to read about Mrs. Beltz.
And we must not omit Irene Spencer, wife of the founder of one of our favorite eateries all our lives. Yes, it's still there and yes, the food's still great! Go here to see the information on Irene.
If you look thru the older posts you will find information on Mrs. Brooks, and her obituary, but I'm thinking not this particular obituary. Go here to see a nice photo of her and a shorter obit.
That's it for now, may all of these people who have touched our lives in some way rest in peace and love.
Died: Saturday, April 09, 2011
Carol Lynn Mathis (nee Crady) of Clayton, formerly of Kirkwood, died Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Ms. Mathis was a 1965 Kirkwood High School graduate and a 1969 Bradley University graduate. She retired from the Missouri Division of Family Services.
Ms. Mathis was the daughter of Lera Crady and the late Curtis Crady; companion of Charles Darden for 32 years; sister of Perry Crady; aunt, great-aunt, sister-in-law and friend.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m., at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road in Kirkwood. Interment private. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or the American Lung Association.
Lynn lived very close to my shop in Clayton and I called her a couple of times when we were working on reunions, but unfortunately I was never able to engage her in our activities. She has been on our mail and email lists for many years. I have known for awhile that she was not well, but not the nature of her illness. If any of you attended her Memorial Service, I'd love to post any comments you might care to make. Another of our classmates gone way too soon.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Today as I was cleaning out an old file, I found an undated letter from Linda to me after she read the letter I sent to Madelyn. Some of us have been discussing our mothers' passing on Facebook lately, and my parents' birthdays would have been in the past couple of weeks, so parents are on my mind. I decided I would share the letter I received from Linda so that any of you who remember her might have a bit of insight into this very nice family who shared our Kirkwood upbringing. You'll probably recognize bits of their habits from your own childhood.
The letter you wrote to Madelyn was heart-warming for me to read and realize how much my mother's life touched you too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories.
Our holidays, like yours, are full of wonderful memories and all sorts of items made by Mother. [I still have little table favors Margie made for our Mayflower meetings for many years.] Everyone who enters my home during the holidays shares her many treasures. From the decorations we had throughout our childhood to decorate the many Christmas trees, to Easter placecards, to the massive Thanksgiving items to the seashells. I miss her so much but plan to divert all the attention to my father who is also coping with the loss of his wife. I purchased a home for him here in Oklahoma City, went and moved him and his beloved cat (the entire universe to my mother-quite a cat!), and have him unpacked and doing quite well. I have 24 hour care for him, just in case, but he is pretty active for 89! He of course has his own health issues but we plan to make the most of time we have together. All is well~ Sincerely, Linda"
Marge died 3 July 2005 and her husband, Linda's dad Leroy, died 13 Jul 2006 ; Linda died in November of 2008. So sad to lose our classmates so early.
I almost forgot, there is a funny story, really not so funny, a good "small world" story. When I was at UMSL & Washington University I worked at Barnes Hospital in the admitting department. My first assignment was admitting officer for Maternity and McMillan hospitals. In those days the famed Dr. Masters and Mrs. Johnson, the sex therapists, had their offices in Maternity Hospital so I was acquainted with them and their staff. One such person was a Mrs. Carole Lane. One night years later when my kids were little and everyone was hungry at 5:30 and mothers are always harried, my phone rang. It was a wall-mount phone, on which I could talk while standing at the sink peeling potatoes, & staving off crying kids hanging onto my legs. I answered and a lady said, "Mrs. Cavic, you don't know me but I want to join the Missouri Mayflower Society and I was told to call you, I am Carole Lane...." I nearly dropped the phone and began laughing. I said, "Well Carole, you DO know me, I am Leslie Vander Meulen and we've known one another for years!" Of course the conversation was lively; she joined the Mayflower Society and New England Women, and was a fun member for years, along with her SISTER, Marge Barclay! It was already a small world even before email, websites and Facebook! I have other such stories but this one is at least pertinent to this post, so I won't bore you with more!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Here is the obituary for Larry's mother, Catherine L. Allin, from the Webster Kirkwood Times:
Catherine L. Allin, 89, of Kirkwood, formerly of Henderson, Ky., died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at SSM St. Claire Health Center in Fenton.
Mrs. Allin was a member of Kirkwood Baptist Church. During World War II, she worked as a welder at the Evansville Shipyard in Evansville, Ind.
Mrs. Allin was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Allin, in 1998, and parents Mack and Molly Newman. Survivors include her children, Larry Keith Allin and Linda D. (Dennis) Clary, and two grandchildren, Sara E. Allin and Zachary M. Allin.
Graveside services and interment were held March 5 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Henderson. Memorials to St. Anthony's Hospice, 2410 S. Green Street, Henderson, Ky. 42420-4621.
Dick Pfaus was known to many of us since he accompanied Diane to some of our KHS65 functions over the past years. Also from Webster Kirkwood Times comes his obituary:
Richard Myles "Dick" Pfaus of Kirkwood died Saturday, March 5, 2011.
Mr. Pfaus was the husband of Diane Pfaus (nee Bofinger) for 25 years; father of Christopher (Jenn) Pfaus and Elizabeth (Georges) Habalian; grandfather of two; brother of Thomas Pfaus, Cathy (David) Blankenburg and Garry (Deena) Pfaus; son of Frances Pruner and stepson of Mary K. Pfaus. He was preceded in death by his father, Miles Pfaus. He was a stepbrother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11, 11 a.m., at Church of St. Michael and St. George, 6345 Wydown, 63105. Interment, Valhalla. Memorials to the Humane Society of Missouri or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Bopp Chapel.
And from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the obituary just running now, even though Dr. Trueblood died last month:
Trueblood, Alva Cooper Jr., M.D.Ace, Bud 92, of Kirkwood died Thursday, February 17, 2011, at St. John's Hospital. He was born March 15, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Alva Cooper and Leona Wahlert Trueblood. Dr. Trueblood graduated from Washington University (B.A. 1940) and Washington University School of Medicine (M.D. 1943). He married Jean McLeod on September 1, 1942. Dr. Trueblood served with the U.S. Navy from November 1944 - November 1945, earning a Bronze Star for meritorious service as a medical officer in the Philippine Islands. Upon returning from World War II, he completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University and practiced obstetrics and gynecology in St. Louis County from 1949 until his retirement in 1983. He provided free care at the Grace Hill Settlement House and served on the Missouri State Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Outside of his professional life, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, canoeing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, including his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers. Dr. Trueblood was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Mary Catherine Evans (David); and his nephew, David Evans. He is survived by his wife; daughter Patricia Post (John) of Nashville, Tenn.; son Michael Trueblood, M.D. (Mary) of Cape Girardeau; nieces Suzanne Evans Morris of Faber, Va. and Catherine Evans Geiger of Reno, Nev. and grandchildren Gavin Post of Asheville, N.C.; Gaines Post (Fiona) of New South Wales, Australia; Andrew Trueblood, M.D. (Amy) of Cape Girardeau; and Emily Gardner (Erin) of Kirkwood; and greatgrandchildren Abigail, Catherine, and Margaret Gardner, and John Trueblood. The family is grateful to the staff at McKnight Place, where Dr. Trueblood spent the last year of his life, and to the Visiting Angels of Webster Groves, who provided in-home services before Dr. and Mrs. Trueblood moved to McKnight Place. Services: Memorial Service and interment were held Saturday, February 19, 2011, at Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. A.C. Trueblood, Jr., at McKnight Place Extended Care, Two McKnight Place, St. Louis, MO 63124. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, Inc., 2524 Hadley, St. Louis, MO 63106 (314) 898-1700 www.gracehill.org/donate/ or to the charity of your choice.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Yesterday I drove into Kirkwood to fetch Steve Huber's mom, Nancy, to go to a luncheon & meeting with me. We both belong to several hereditary societies and see one another frequently. On the way home I took Manchester Road west from Geyer. I always look around when I hit Des Peres because we lived in Harwood Hills for several years from mid-11th grade & I like to see how the area is doing. As I passed thru the light at Bopp Road I saw on my left a tall construction fence and could hardly keep my eyes on the road! The whole block from Bopp to Lindeman on the south side of Manchester is GONE! I don't know how deep, there were houses behind that area of commercial buildings (Biederman's Furniture at one time, later a bookstore, and many other stores), so maybe some of them were leveled also! I immediately called my best Kirkwood-go-to-information source Peggy Entenman Kramer, who tells me Dierbergs grocery is going in there!!! Not so amazing, Dierbergs is still expanding BUT if you recall, just west of Bopp on the north side of Manchester is Schnucks!!! [NOT, please see the comments below, I completely forgot about the new Schnucks super store at Ballas! What was I looking at when I drove by it Saturday? My phone probably, I think I called Peggy right away as I was so amazed!] So what's that going to do to the grocery biz in Des Peres?????? Some of you marketing types might understand this better than I do... The point of my telling you all this is that I was just amazed that the whole area is GONE! I had JUST been talking to Nancy on the way to our luncheon about how things are changing in Kirkwood; streets with teardown houses replacing those we remember, streets being changed, etc., but that when I am in Kirkwood I always know exactly where I am and how to get where I'm going even amidst change. If you haven't been back to Kirkwood in awhile, better start planning to attend our 50th Reunion, it'll be here before we know it. Maybe you should come sooner before too much of our memory is bulldozed under! And if you live here in St. Louis County, better just make a run thru Kirkwood soon!
I'm not here to recommend one's buying a classmates.com membership, but if you already have one, by all means check it out now, and if you can get a preview, at least check it out. Might be very useful. The Life magazines are of use to me in another project, but I can't seem to print the pages from this site like I can others. Well, you can purchase a copy! Enjoy~!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Markieff Morris scored a career-high 26 points and added 15 rebounds, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to an 89-63 victory over Colorado on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.After not having a rebound in KU's game Monday against Kansas State, Markieff made 8 of 10 shots and 9 of 12 free throws while tying his career-high for rebounds. The effervescent personalities of Mssrs. Holley, Greene, Ferree and Olson no doubt spurred KU on to victory this afternoon. Bet those boys had a FUN day today! - Our KHS65 classmates who also graced the KU Campus, or still go there for sports events, have great taste in teams! See below for more KU BBall info.
Brady Morningstar contributed 16 first-half points on 6-for-8 shooting. He also made 4 of 5 three-pointers.
Morningstar attempted just one shot in the second half, missing a three. He finished with five assists, no turnovers and two steals in 36 minutes.
Marcus Morris (16), Tyrel Reed (13) and Tyshawn Taylor (10) also added double figure scoring.
With Texas' 70-67 loss to Nebraska on Saturday, KU pulls to within a game of the Big 12 lead.
KU (25-2) will play host to Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Monday.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
What a fun evening 2/5 sharing with Bob's family and friends as they surprised him with a great 65th birthday party at the Kirkwood American Legion Post 156 Steamboat Room. His sister drove in from New Jersey to surprise him~ he was also surprised by a slip on the ice and a broken arm! (It's all your fault Georgann, you started all these broken bones! My ribs are nearly well thankfully! Hope you are also repaired!) A special treat for the KHS65 crowd at last night's party was seeing Art Stout. He's aging of course, but getting around well. Back when Bob and CJ were married, many of Bob's pals were either off at college or off at war, so Art graciously served as one of Bob's groomsmen, pretty cool huh? Pat Moisio was there, aglow with Peter's latest news ~ a speaking engagment for the spring, and doing very well in his own apartment. Check out our other posts for information on her brother Peter who is a Down Syndrome success story!
Rox (Guels) and Jay Rassi are taking to the road. They leave next week for a few months in their new digs in Mesa, AZ. They will then return to a new home in Illinois northeast of here, closer to their children. We'll miss them right here in St. Louis County, but she promised to stay in touch electronically AND we're welcome to get in touch when in Arizona. Her email address & cell phone # are remaining the same. SO glad we got to see you guys last night Rox, and thanks again on the photorescue!
Darlene & Ken McBride joined the fun last night too as did Dave and Eileen Beardsley who are having another grandson in June! The guys seemed to be enjoying visiting with Art Stout. I enjoyed one of the three birthday cakes, two of which had edible pix of the birthday boy...one special picture from his childhood, the other a later portrait. Photos of him were spread around the dining room, and the festive streamers and balloons in red, white and blue set a nice patriotic ambiance for the evening. GREAT food too!!! If ya gotta have birthdays, doing it this way is a good thing! Thanks for including us CJ, and take care of that guy's arm!!!
Check out the website, http://www.khs65.com/; in addition to 13 pix from last night's party, I've finished posting all the elementary school pix I had in my "to do" stack. There are many missing names though, so I hope everyone will take a look and email names to me. The comment utility on the website is still down, haven't had time to delve into what sort of solution I can find to the spam problem on that site. All the pix from last night are posted in the top album, and many more in the Elementary School Pix album. You can SEE earlier comments, you just can't ADD comments! So please email me your identifications of our classmates.