Saturday, August 26th, was my husband’s sixtieth highschool reunion.
The Class of 1963 of Alleman Excessive Faculty was, initially, a category of 221. Of that quantity, we have been advised that 58 have died.
The reunion venue was Riverfront Grille in Rock Island. Roughly 35 hardy souls confirmed up for the celebration.
One class member (Bob Hafner) simply spent every week within the hospital, however he and Marvis made it to the occasion.
A few of these celebrating got here from Tennessee and different far-flung locales.
As you head into your seventies, with a median life span of 76, the reunions appeal to fewer and fewer class members. Within the case of my very own highschool class of 110 members, scheduled to have a reunion on September 9th, solely 35 folks, together with spouses, will probably be in attendance.
I keep in mind that Joan Clark (of my previous class) spoke of the 50th highschool reunion because the “final one” that folks would attend. She shared this perception with me once we traveled to Nuevo Vallara collectively in 2007. In her personal case, that turned out to be prophetic, as she died of an enormous stroke in early October of this yr.
Once I organized a “mini reunion” of the eleven women who ran round collectively in highschool, solely 5 of us have been nonetheless alive and solely 3 of us have been capable of attend. My previous highschool boyfriend died on Might 20, 2021, at age 76. He had gone in for some tinkering along with his pacemaker and he didn’t survive the operation, which everybody had thought can be a minor little bit of surgical procedure. He had simply been inducted into our small hometown’s Athletic Corridor of Fame.
Class member Kathy Dunaven Meadows with Tim Kennedy, husband of the night’s Mistress of Ceremonies.
So, if you’re developing on a reunion to your highschool throughout this yr (or any yr), remember that, with the passing of years, you’ll lose many classmates, so if you wish to see any of them in life, attend at the very least as much as the 50th
as a result of, after that, the herd will skinny significantly. (Extra photos to comply with).
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