Unless we were touched by death in our younger days, we tended to spend our youth oblivious to the fact that we would not be here forever.In 1961, we were not focused on our lives ending, but on what they would become in the decades and decades that we assumed were ahead of us.
The following members of our class have completed their time in this world.Whether or not you knew them well, their individual spirits were part of the unique energy of those wonderful years we will celebrate at our reunion….
For everything there is a season……a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…………Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
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We have had requests for an opportunity to share a memory of a classmate on this page. Please feel free to jot down your favorite memory of some of the great times you had with these special friends who are no longer with us.
Mary (or Sue as her husband called her), was one of my best friends at SE. In fact, she introduced me to my husband; I stood up in her wedding and she was going to be an attendant in mine, but was very pregnant at the time. We shared many good times together and I know Jerry and the kids are left with many good memories.
I can't say Jim and I were bosom buddies but we knew each other and had some fun times. He was the kind of guy you liked to hang out with he was fun to be with. I'm always sorry to hear of someone's passing. Each year it seems like someone dies too young and we'll probably say that as long as we are alive. Rest in peace Jim, you really were to young.
From Sharlynn (Shari) Serra on September 5th, 2011
I was so very sad to see that my good buddy Vince had passed away. We spent many long hours over the years discussing everything from school to life in general. He was a special friend, and I am better for knowing him.....RIP my good friend.
Jimmie Goad was my best friend through Jr High and SE. and I am the better for it. Jimmie was grounded, smart, funny, a good athlete, and just a great guy. My best memory of Jim was how relaxed he was with the ladies (he was very good looking), how he stood his ground with the coaches and what a supportive teammate Jimmie had been. I spent a lot of time trying to convince Jimmie to formally shorten his name to Jim to no avail. His Kentucky born parents whom he cherished named him Jimmie and he was adamant there would be no change. The last time I saw Jimmie, I flew to Seattle, dialed his number and within 25 minutes we were together as though the many years between had vanished.
I learned of Jim's passing recently and am greatly saddened by the news. He was a good bud. My best to his family.
From Pete Coutsos on September 8th, 2011
Jimmie and I grew up on Montclair Ave., attending elementary, junior high and high school together. As kids we would play baseball down at the Lingemann Elementary school-yard just about every day in the spring and during summer vacation. Being a bigger kid, Jimmie would hit more home runs than most of us. My favorite memory of him was when we were playing baseball, he hit this towering shot up against the schoolbuilding....way up on the second floor and shattered Miss Neyer's classroom window. Not only were we excited that we won the game, but it happened to be the window of the meanest teacher at Lingemann Elementary. Naturally, we all scattered .....except Jimmie. As I was running, I remember looking back and seeing him calmly standing there, with the bat still in his hand, and a big grin on his face, staring at that broken window, obviously admiring his massive "home run"...and probably thinking how nice that it was Neyer'swindow. Nowadays, we would call that an "instant street cred" moment. Of course, no matter hard we tried, us little guys never came close to matching "the shot heard around Montclair". Jim was a good guy and we're going to miss him.
Mike Jaco was one of my closest friends. We hung together from I don't know when till he went into the navy. He was one of just a couple friends that ever visited us at the Jeffries Housing when I was going to Wayne, he was that kind of friend. He'd come home on leave and come down to the apt.
Between Mike Jaco and Mike Marcum the name of my son was a no brainer. He died too young and just as he was getting his life together.
I wonder if his brother Don ever realized that Corvette he had could carry 5 people. Three in the seats and 2 in the trunk. Thanks for the memories, Mike.
From carol Schumacher Scott on September 27th, 2011
"Gault"--isn't that what most people called her--or maybe it was just the guys that did. Anyhow , she was the epitome of "cool" to me. And I think that's a pretty high compliment especially in high school! Kathy , you died too young!!! We will always miss you.
From Lois Kingshill Kohler on September 21st, 2011
I always loved Kathy. She was so much fun and a neat person to know. She made me and Dan Hill famous in the yearbook. I was so sad to have her leave us so early in life. Bless all her grown family.
To those friends of Mike's who posted a tribute to him, I must apologize for my error in accidently deleting your thoughtful posts. I was in the process of adding his photo, given to us by his good friend Chuck Koory, when I hit the wrong botton.
Please feel free to re-post your favorite memories of Mike.
Mike Marcum, probably a "good ole boy" before they even called people that. I wasn't allowed a motorcycle so I never was able to go riding but Mike loved his. Can't remember but Maico sticks in my mind.
To say Mike was a bit of a hell raiser would not be hyperbole. He had fun and all with him had fun too. I have some fond recollections of Commodore's (father) Catalina. That baby could fly pretty good, good enough to beat a '57 Chevy badly down Chandler Park Dr. one Sunday.
Along with Mike Jaco, the choice of my son's name was simple. This Mike also died too young. I don't think he ever knew he was my son's namesake.
From Roy Bolling on September 17th, 2011
Mike, Was a close friend in Jr High. We had a million laughs at a carefree time... He departed far to early....If anybody, has information about Mike, I'd be most eager to hear from you.....Thanks
From Naida (Kleefuss) Okray on September 5th, 2011
I am so happy I had the chance to see Judy at the 40th reunion. She and I roomed together at Albion College. We were such good friends all through high school, both involved in Future Teachers, and later both becoming teachers.
I miss you Judy. I know you'll be with us in spirit at the reunion.
Where do I begin? My first crush in high school. Of course, it had to be to a "Casanova"! The girls all loved him and he loved them. It was great to be in so many S.E. plays with Shelby. I was so glad to see Shelby in Las Vegas around '02 or '03. He didn't look like his old self. His arm was in a cast and he looked like he was in pain I now wish I had known I wouldn't ever see him again. It breaks my heart. Rest in peace. With love, Mary
From Chuck Koory on September 16th, 2011
Shelby was the "Fonz" of our time in school, ever cool, ever under control he was the go to guy. He is missed.
From E.J. Vaughn on September 8th, 2011
Murphy, as we called him, was the coolest and most discreet guy of all. His understated charisma allowed him to move effortlessly from group to group and crowd to crowd. His frisky behavior was never revealed as he was too confident and mature to talk or boast of it.
I admired, enjoyed and celebrated Murphy in his pursuits. It was no surprise that he would go into the travel industry, see the world and enjoy its pleasures.
Some of my fondest adolescent memories are of Murphy. His spirit, which we shared at the time, continued throughout his adult life, and is sustained now by all from school who connected with him.
Murphy was the coolest of us all.
From Roy Bolling on September 5th, 2011
Shelby Murphy was my Jr High and High School buddy....I'm sorry to learn of His Passing....If anybody has information I'd be thankful to learn more.....
Rosalie was one of the sweetest girls at SE. I always enjoyed her humor and friendship. I was sorry to hear she had passed, but it is ovious that she left a great legacy behind through her children and grandchildren. I loved your mom and will always remember her sweetness and kindness.
From Kimberly Reiter- Ayrault on September 16th, 2011
We were so fortunate to have our mom Rosalie. She brought so much to our daily lives. 11 years ago she was blessed to receive a heart transplant. Unfortunately, we lost her on November 12, 2008 suddenly. Rosalie was married to Richard Reiter for 41 years before her passing. Richard passed away on May 1, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.
Rosalie had two children Scott and a wonderful daughter in-law Kristen and Kimberly and terrific son in-law Andrew. She also had six incredible grandchildren who were the pride and joy of her life, Benjamin, Joseph, Julia, Alexander, Adam and Annabel.
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of our mom, she was a role model and a true inspiration to all of us.
I too like Carol, was so sorry to hear of Diane's passing. Judy Lamparter, Diane and I lived blocks from each other and also hung out in the neighborhood. She was so sweet and all would agree, a beauty. I remember when she was an airline Stewardess for American Airlines. I was so proud of her. It was a big deal then. So glad we got to see her at the meet and greet. She will be in our hearts always.
From carol scott on September 28th, 2013
I was so sad to hear of Diane's passing.We all had the chance to see her at the meet and greet for the50th reunion, and that was wonderful. Diane was a sweet person and, to me, an icon of beauty. Her pink cheeks and large brown eyes were remarkable! Jackson Jr. High days were when we hung out as part of a group who were all in Mr. Rockett's homeroom,316. We gathered after school on Mondays for girl talk over coke, chips, and the ubiquitous french onion dip. I was thrilled to find this old photo of the group tucked in my yearbook bottom row: Cathei Woodham,Diane Suydam,Edna Petit; top row: Geri Rini,Carol Schumacher, DIANE, Beverly Bobish, and Janice Smith.
I won't ever forget the beautiful and sweet Diane Thomas. Sincerely, Carol Schumacher
From Carol Schumacher Scott on September 27th, 2011
Harold was a good buddy of mine, always teasing and being a good natured "pest". I always wished I would've asked him to the senior prom. (In reality I had a blind date--fixed up by my mother or sister!!). Harold and I had lunch together most of the time, and he always shared his mom's yummy baked goods;e. g. apple cake. I've been thinking of him lately and hoping he would come to the reunion--our paths had not crossed since "61. So this makes me very sad. May your spirit soar, Harold.
From Lois Kingshill Kohler on September 21st, 2011
I knew Betty since the 1st grade. She and Sandi and I paled around together in Jr High. Hung out at her house and called her mom, Aunt Nim. She had alot of spirit and we had alot of fun together. I lost contact with her over the years, but always saw her at the reunions and will miss her this year. Have many great memories of her.
From Sandi Jasper on September 12th, 2011
Betty and I have been good friends for the past 42 yrs - went through school together and was fortunate enough to share the celebration of our weddings, birth of children and even grandchildren. Throughout these years, although we may not have seen each other as often as we would have liked, our relationship remained strong. I was so glad to have seen her just before her untimely and tragic death. Good friends are like stars - you may not always see them - but you know they are always there!