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Joy Trover (Borgman)
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November 18, 1943 Kissimmee, Florida '' US Married 2 Wayne Vogelsmeier Sydney Australia Too many to count... I loved it all...starting with Dear Mr. Sexton, bless his soul. It was freshman year, homeroom 105. Among other tricks, some of our fellow classmates set off an alarm clock so he would think class was over; they climbed out a window and came back in through the door to muddle the attendance count...etc, etc! I was mortified, Wow...if this is high school, it was really going to be something to behold. was! I loved every minute of the muddiest, coldest football games imaginable. I loved all the activities, all the friends. My biggest regret is losing contact with so many after we graduated. My wish would be for one of the more IT literate among us to set up a 1961 FB account to make it easier to follow each others' walk in faith. We still can remember, rekindle, and nurture those happy memories into relationships in the future. As full as life is now with kids and grandkids, I still like to page through the yearbook and can remember something good about each and everyone in our class. Now that I am a Southerner, I truly can say I love ya'll!


I attended UMSL for one year and then followed Alice Tinnin to SMS, Springfield where we each earned a B.S. in 1965. I loved working with youth groups in the Ozarks as an MU Extension Agent (1965-67); completed M.S. at MU, met and married Gary in 1968. Upon earning his DVM in 1969, he was assigned to USAF Ruislip UK, and I accepted a DOD teaching position at London Central High, a school for US military dependents. We learned to travel far, pack light and pray my brother Phil would return safely from Viet Nam. (He did.) Our son Wesley was born at RAF Lakenheath five weeks before we returned to the states in 1972. Daughter Michelle joined our family through adoption in 1980.


Gary took a one year internship position in West Palm Beach, FL; then founded Kissimmee Animal Hospital in 1974, and we are still here! He has kept me actively involved in its operation…to the point I felt compelled to acquire a second masters degree (Human Resources - Rollins College) to better navigate the changes and challenges, and to nurture the people and pets of a growing veterinary practice. We are both still actively involved with the animal hospital, and professional associations, but tapering off…and we are now content with only one high maintenance dog…and a calico cat.


I taught for many years in public schools; my final assignment was working with at-risk youth. In 2002, I was offered a position with the University of FL Extension Division to teach Serve-Safe food safety certification classes for commercial food handlers, and other topics for county workers, youth and adults; and still enjoy presenting workshops in a layman’s version of MBTI  (www.SpectrumDevelopment .com). Extension was not a tenure track position at MU, but it is in FL…so I was required to go through the process, and had the dubious honor of receiving tenure and promotion at UF exactly two months before my October 2010 retirement.


Update 2014: We have been blessed with nine grandchildren; We no longer all live in the Orlando area. Our daughter and son in law, Michelle and Gary Lorant, and three granddaughters moved to Chattanooga in 2013, so we have good reason to make the 8 hour trip often. Our son received a DVM from Mizzou 30 years after his Dad and has a veterinary hospital in Sanford.  He and wife Jennifer have three girls and three boys. We are very active Grandparents. Gary likes to garden, I like to cook; we both love to dance. We travel when we can.


Trinity Lutheran in Kissimmee has been our church home for these many years and we stay active at various levels. Our new and dynamic pastor graduated from Seminex.


You may have heard that we lost my brother Jody (class of ‘60) to cancer April 28, 2010. I feel so much older now. Jody’s family is still centered in STL with two of his four children living in CA and NV. He is sadly missed by family, including 13 grandchildren. Brother Phil and his children and grandchildren (11) live nearby as does my perky 94 year old Mom.

     I have happiest memories from the reunion, and a Gold Club reunion that we were able to attend. We will plan to attend other Gold Club reunions in the future, and I hope you will too.  Heartfelt thanks to those who work so hard to make these events happen. 

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Jeanne Verga (Stoetzner)
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November 11, 1943 No email US housewife and mother Married 5 Dorothy Caemmerer Puerto Rico Tons of transfers on the bus to get there every day!!

Mrs. Schroer did a "shock" thing the first day of class....she took the role of a drill sergeant and scared us all to death.

After graduating from Lutheran High School Central, I attended Iowa State University, where I met my husband, Robert Stoetzner.  After his graduation in 1963, we moved to New York, Robert’s home state.  We lived in the Utica area until his retirement from NYSDOT in 1995.

We have 3 sons:  Robert J. Jr., Edwin Lee, and John W.  and 2 daughters: Karen J. and Beth Louise.   And now we have 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren!

Besides our home in Utica, NY, we have also lived in these places:
1995-97 - Chattanooga, TN
1997-2005 - W. Palm Beach, Fl
2005-11 - Zephyrhills, FL

Currently we live in FL from November to May and in Utica and Otter Lake, NY from June to October.

We especially enjoy visiting the children and grandchildren as we travel between our two homes.  They are in Florida, Georgia, W. Virginia, New York and my mother is in Arkansas.

I am thankful I was able to attend LHSC, and I appreciate the dedicated teachers and the Christian influence there.   I am also most thankful that in 1965 I came to understand John 3:7,16; Jer 17:7; Col1:12-22; Rom 10:11-13.

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Joyce Warmann (Ferrill)
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July 03, 1943 St. Louis MO US retired Married 1 Mr. Kirchhoff Germany Christmas program, as a choir member my
senior year,

I have been married to my husband Phil for 48 years.  We have one daughter, Cathy, and two grandchildren - Andrew, 14 and Kayla, 10.

After high school I worked for Southwestern Bell where I met Phil. After working for SWB for five years as a clerical and than as a manager I resigned to raise a family. 

When Cathy started kindergarten I worked as a seamstress and later started an alteration business.  This eventually lead to my applying for and being hired as the Alteration Manager at Saks Fifith Avenue.  I retired from Saks at the age of 62.

Phil and I enjoy traveling as well as spending time at our country home in Osage County, Missouri. 

Phill retired from Southwestern Bell after 30 years and from the Communications Workers of America after 15 years.

We live five minutes from Cathy, Andrew and Kayla so we get to see them frequently.


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I have been blessed by a GREAT GOD, a wonderful wife and family, and a healthy life.
After graduation from LHSC, I spent two years at SPC, Concordia Mo. I then took a break from my studies to work and  to serve  3 1/2 years in the USAF, which included 370 days in Vietnam.
While on leave on1966, I met my future wife, Mary E Stewart (Beth). We corresponded the total time in Vietnam and were married 9 days after returning to the states, 12.15.67.
The next few years we spent working, playing softball ,starting a family, and trying to continue my education at UMSL. After the second child arrived, Beth became a stay-at-home mom until our four chrildren completed high school in Webster Groves
I spent 14 years in the food service industry, from airline catering to being Food Service Director of three different hospitals (all named St Elizabeth), in Danville Il; Lincoln, Ne; and Granite City, Il.
I also completed my business degree at UMSL in 1981.
From 1986 to 2001 I become self-employed in the field of landscaping- basicly lawn mowing for over 200 yards in the St. Louis County area. During this time I completed an associates degree in horticulture at Meramec.
After reaching  the age of 60, there was  a need to reduce my working hours to 40/week, so I took a position on a golf course at the Lake of the Ozarks. The business stayed in the family, operated by the oldest and youngest sons.  I plan to retire at the close of 2011  and Beth in the summer of 2012.
Beth and I have been blessed with 4  cheldren and 11 grandchilren in our 43 years of marriage. We traveled to Europe twice. We took a fabulous trip to Israel in 2008 to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  Lately we have made annual trips to Jupiter, Fl. to watch Cardinal spring training.
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Carol Weiss (Lestina)
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July 14, 1943 Savannah GA US retired Married 3 Mr. Marty Australia and New Zealand Some good memories of those days include slumber parties (making Chef Boy-R-Dee pizzas),other parties and Steak n Shake with friends; Glee Club, GAA and Swim Club after school; My dad, who drove me and others to school and many activities.
After graduation from LHSC, I attended Valparaiso University and graduated with a B.S. in Education degree.  I taught third grade for 3 years in Morton Grove, IL and then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  I also obtained certification for teaching children with learning disabilities and then taught a Learning Disabilities course at Northeastern University.  My work history included a 30 year Private Practice tutoring children with LD, 9 years part-time LD teacher at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, IL, and finally 16 years doing educational evaluations and remediation in the Evanston Hospital Evaluation Center, Department of Pediatrics in Evanston, IL.  I also did Cognitive Rehabilitation of teens and adults who had lost skills due to accidents, strokes, tumors etc.

I met my husband Bob at Valpo, and we just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska.  Bob worked in Venture Capital at Allstate in the home office in Northbrook, IL.  We have 3 children. Lisa is a Gastroenterologist, Mark
is Group Segment Director-Healthcare Services for Waste Management, and Laurel is Senior Manager of Communications and Special Programs for McDonald's/Ronald McDonald House Charities with particular responsibility for their worldwide Care Mobile program.  They have married and blessed us with 7 wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 4-10 years.

Our family resided in Arlington Heights, IL for 36 years.  In 2004, Bob and I retired to become active in a community called The Landings at Skidaway Island off the coast of Savannah, GA.  We keep very busy with golf, bridge, church, volunteer work, socializing etc.  We frequently travel for pleasure and often to see the children and grandchildren in Chicago and Cincinnati.

Life has brought many pleasures and also some challenges which I think is probably true for most of us.

I am excited to attend the reunion and see all of you other '61 grads and especially several I've known since Ebenezer grade school days.  Thanks to all who are working to make this reunion happen.
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Walter (Gerry) Werner
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January 06, 1944 Arnold MO US draftsman Married 3
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Vi Wesche (Pope)
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July 23, 1943 Glendale AZ US Occupational Therapist/ Co-owner: Vi and Kirsten's Healthy Stuff Married 2 Ralph Lee Sweden

After graduation from LHSC. I went to St. John's College in Winfield, KS, as a liberal arts student. I met my husband John there before transferring to Washington University, School of Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy, to complete my degree. I worked as an occupational therapist for 29 years in various specialties: physical disabilities, chemical dependency, eating disorders, chronic pain and stress management, and home health. When required paperwork became more time-consuming than patient care, I retired from the system, but not from continuing to be a problem solver and making a difference in people's lives.

John and I were married in May 1966 after his first year at Concordia Seminary. Our vicarage assignment was in Phoenix. We were back in Arizona a year later to start a new congregation. After three years in the parish, John left the full-time ministry for a career in law enforcement with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He began as a highway patrolman and retired 21 years later as a commander. During those years, he stayed involved in some type of ministry and became affectionately known as “Pastor Pig,” “Father Fuzz,” or “Holy Smokey. In retirement, he continues to stay busy with part-time ministry activities.

We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kirsten and Jennifer, great sons-in-laws Mike and Chris, and three talented granddaughters, Kayla 18, Madison 15, and McKenna 13. We are fortunate to live close to each other and love spending time together.

Kirsten and I are co-owners of Vi and Kirsten's Healthy Stuff. We have worked together since 2003 and are passionate about helping people create healthier lives. We specialize in working with those who are looking for simple ways to get fit, get healthy, and have more energy so that they can look and feel younger as they get older. It's a real treat to work together.

Travel is our favorite hot button! Every year we make sure that we have at least one family trip, one couples trip and some business trips planned in fun places around the globe. In my 60s, I've learn to kayak, snorkel in coral reefs and zipline through rain forests.

I have gratitude for my health, my family and friends, and for all my life experiences. I am thankful for my Christian education and am thankful that my children and grandchildren have had that same experience.

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Diane Wiese
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October 04, 1944 Woodbury MN Employment Counselor for State of MN Single Mr. Kirchoff Romania Receiving my "Sweet 16" corsage....

After I graduated, my family moved to northern MN, where my father started a radio station.  I settled in Minneapolis and went to the U of MN, and received a BA degree in Sociology/Psych. 

I started working for the State of MN and stayed there for 43 years and retired in June, 2010. I was a Disability Determination Specialist for the last three years, which was very intense, giving me lots of vacation time, but no time to take a vacation....

However, earlier in my career and since I retired, I have traveled a lot with friends, going to Europe, 5 cruises, Alaska, Panama Canal, and Romania.

Now I am concerned with the failing health of my brother, which will likely keep me from attending the reunion.   I hope everyone has a GREAT time! 

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Kathleen Wilkerson (Rees)
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March 14, 1943 Jacksonille FL Restaurant owner; now retired Married 6 Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Faszholz and Mr. Kirchoff Bahamas, Mexico, San Diego Freezing cold bus transfers with a long walk to school, Glee Club, Choir, and the Christmas concerts
In 1961 I started working for Bell telephone on Delmar and Skinker.  In January, 1965, I got married to Harry Mahoney and children followed soon after.   My first arrived in 1966, then another in 1967, another in 1968, and another in 1969.   The last two came along in 1971 and 1975.  In 1973 I drove a schoolbus for Hazelwood School District for a while.

In 1974, we left St. Louis with 5 kids, 2 dogs and whatever would fit into our 1972 Chevy Impala and moved to warm Jacksonville, Florida.  (This was after the 3rd ice storm in St. Louis .)  In 1975 and for the following 11 years, I managed Centurion Truck Stop Restaurant.

Then, in 1984, I suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed my left side.  I had to retrain what was left of my brain cells by learning to eat, read, write, walk, talk and to do the things that I had previously taken for granted.   My children's love and prayers and everyday therapy were my blessings.  The doctor told me that I would never be normal again.   So, what is normal?  It is so overrated....and it has taught me that God is always in control! 

Being deaf I learned sign language and I interpret for the deaf and teach sign language classes in my home and at children's church.   I am an advocate for the hearing impaired as well as a speaker against domestic violence.  If I can keep one person from this situation, then I feel that I have fulfilled my mission.

In 1987 I opened and managed my own restaurant.  I am proud to say that it was a restaurant where you could come and socialize with good southern cooking and it was my dream come true.

I divorced the father of my 6 children in 1990 after being in a physically and mentally abusive marriage for 25 years.  So you see, because of God's mercy and grace, I am a survivor.

In 1991, I married Everette (Buddy) Rees, Jr.  Buddy also has two grown sons.  In 2004,  Buddy and I had a wreck with a semi-truck (the truck won) and I had to have surgery to replace both knees.  I also had a torn rotator cuff, an elbow fracture and a broken nose.

I needed emergency surgery in 2005 to install a pacemaker and in 2008, another surgery on my right wrist to fuse it, because of 6 falls in 6 months.   Praise God that I can still sign.

My children are:

Scott, 45, Nuclear Egineer in Denver
Kimberly, 44, RN, Wound Care Specialist, Breast Cancer survivor
Jill, 43, Sr. Account Manager, LeRan Gas Products
Deborah, 42, Customer Service Rep, LeRan Gas Products
Kelly, 40, National Bus Dev Officer, LeRan Gas Products
Amy, 36, Sr. Account Manager, Le Ran Gas Products
Buddy's Boys:
Donald, 49, Code enforcement officer for Duval, Cty, Jacksonville
Wayne , 45, Baptist minister and also employed by Dept of Corrections, Gainesville, FL

I love to cook.  I love signing.   Buddy and I love to travel, especially to Denver and  to St. Louis.  And we enjoy spending time with our 8 children, 27 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

I want to take a moment, to thank all of you for making this reunion possible, especially to you, Diane, for keeping us connecting throughout the year.   See you all in October!
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Judith Wischmeyer (Sanford)
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September 20, 1943 Tucson AZ teacher, educational therapy, Married 2 Mr. Wallace Israel Playing volleyball; went to Jr. Prom; the whole thing about changing classes...lockers in the basement, up and down,etc.;
Mrs. Caemerer...very nice and helpful.
I went to Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL.  From there, I went to Mill Neck Manor Lutheran School for the Deaf in Nassau, NY.   While there, I started on Master's right away at Syracuse University.  I taught there for about 8 years, during which time I met my husband at one of the local congregations, when he was doing his seminary fieldwork. 

We were married in NY in 1972 and two years later we had our first child, our daughter, Rebecca.   Two and a half years later our son, Bill, joined us.

After Rebecca was born, I quit teaching until our son started kindergarten.  Then I started teaching in their Lutheran school.  We were in NY until 1988, when my husband took a call to Edmonton, Alberta, CA.   I was then a stay-at-home mom who volunteered a lot in the schools.   We were in Canada for 4 years.  

In 1992 we moved to Tucson, AZ.   I taught one year at a Lutheran School and then started teaching at a non-denominational Christian School.  In 2000, that school closed and 3 of us started a new not-for-profit business: Educational Special Needs Services, which served children with learning disabilities.   We go into Christian, Charter and Parocheal schools to help them out, as they don't usually have enough funds for these services. We also work with home schoolers a lot.  Now we are semi-retired, but I continue to work part time in this business.

I enjoy the warmer weather here and not having snow to shovel.   Snow is visible on our mountains, but not a problem on a daily basis.

Our daughter, son-in-law and 4 granddaughters live in Winnepeg and we love to visit them as often as possible.  Our son is in Tucson and is still single.
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