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Updated 6/13/2024




Welcome to your class of 1961 web page, and our new site, last updated on June 13, 2024. 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, <>. The formating has changed due to this change, so items may appear differently than before. And in some cases you may get a mesage that our site is not secure. I assure you it is. I have manually employed the https:// protocol to every link because my editor is older and does not jive with the new server as it did with the old server. I do not want to learn a whole new html editor unless I have to. So, in summary, typing in only will pull up the page on any computer and it is secure. But if you include the https:// part as shown above, it will not show that message as the "s" means secure. Whew, that's the story. Sorry to bore you with computer code.

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.


We will be having a mini-reunion at Buddies in Holt on August 17 from late afternoon to early evening. The exact times will be be available here upon finalizing plans with the establishment. The menu will be as before with various pizza choices, beverages (alcohol must be purchased by you) and appetizers. The food will be paid for by the committee via our funds. Please consider attending this get-together. Any questions should be directed to Jerry or Donna by clicking on the "contact us" tab to your left on the contents menu.

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.

We have been informed that Sandy Johnson died on October 30, 2020. His wife, our classsmate Helen Waterbury, had died two months earlier.

Classmate Carol Marker passed on November 9, 2020.

Judy Teachout Borden passed away in Texas recently.

It is with a heavy heart, and sadness, that we report our classmate George Moberg passed away July 7, 2021. George had been a fixture with our class reunion activities for many years.

Ruth Ann Ross Cheney passed in late fall of 2021. She was a '61 alum committee member for many years.

We just learned of the passing of Mr. Jerry Cushman, aged 86, who was a resident of Greenville, MI. Jerry taught biology and coached several sports during his tenure at Everett.

Sadly, we've just heard that on Tuesday December 6, 2022 classmate John Warren has died. John was a brilliant guy who had some tough times in his path through life. John was a kind, gentle man.

We just learned of the death of Ralph Koren in early March of 2023. He was an active part in nearly all the reunions and will be missed. Ralph was one of the good guys who always had time to talk with everyone and help if you needed it.

Fellow classmate Rockney Wing passed in April 2023. He contacted Covid early on, then it turned to pneumonia, and struggeld with the complications. He had been a pastor for many years in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

Just heard of the passing of Jerry Mizger. He was at the last meeting at Buddies, the first one he had attended. He was retired and worked part time repairing and selling used bikes in the St. Johns area.

We just lost Bonnie McCaige in early Febrary. She and her sister Barb had been present and many of our reunions.


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


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Although the lion's share of COVID is over, there is still the strong possibility of becoming infected by the mutants. These new varients/mutations now number over 200 and will grow. This virus will always be with us. I am going out on a limb and saying this will be endemic. Since 6 out of 7 deaths from Covid have been people above age 50, please consider getting updated on your vaccinations as they become available. We are all almost eighty and our immune systems are getting weaker. Since we are all in the 80 range, especially don't forget the respiratory virus shot.

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

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.

I have received a bunch of archived stuff from Donna recently. I will be putting it up soon.

Have a great spring.


Jerry Blair on behalf of the 1961 Reunion Committee

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