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There’s a reunion scheduled for my highschool graduating class, however it’s scheduled the exact same date as Printers’ Row in Chicago, the biggest out of doors e-book honest in the USA. I’ve participated in Printers’ Row a few years as a member of the Illinois chapter of Nationwide Presswomen. This reunion is a full 6 many years put up highschool. How most of the 12 ladies in my circle are even alive? What number of who’re alive could be attending? (From the newest stories, solely 35 individuals have signed up in any respect, and that features spouses, so a category of 110 has shrunk to maybe 20, tops.)

(L to R) Connie, Marcy, and Sweet.

I ran by the names and statuses of the ladies I ran round with in highschool:

Jane – died at age 69.

Marcia – died from a mind aneurysm whereas mowing the garden.

Joan – died from an enormous stroke in October after a lifetime of chain smoking.

Linda – died of most cancers

Carol – died of most cancers

Kaye – lifeless of suicide

Nonetheless residing?

Sweet, Beverley, Marcy, Pat and me.

I additionally am conscious that my highschool regular boyfriend died on Might 20, 2021, throughout some routine upkeep on his tempo maker. (RIP, Verne).

So, I organized a Mini Reunion, which concerned three (of 5) of the remaining class members. It simply so occurred that there was additionally imagined to be one thing referred to as Music on Predominant involving stay music, supposedly, on important avenue the evening that we chosen (Aug. 11th). We did  go downtown to discover this exercise late (9 p.m,) nevertheless it appeared to be extra “canned” music than “stay” music and there have been just a few highschool aged individuals out and about. It was a stunning evening and we loved the stroll previous previous companies that we keep in mind from our youth, which now have new features.

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Marcy’s soon-to-be Corvette, as restored by husband Dave.

Initially, I drove to Alburnett, Iowa and joined forces with Marcy, who lives close by. We traveled the remainder of the best way (a roughly 2 and ½ hour journey for me) in Marcy’s automobile, however I need to share the venture her husband is engaged on for her proper now.

We dined at Denali’s on the River (prime rib) and caught up on what has been happening in everybody’s life. Sweet’s husband simply had open coronary heart surgical procedure. Marcy had simply attended not less than three funerals for shut associates. I’m nonetheless staying on prime of 1/27/2022 most cancers surgical procedure, and Sweet has some mobility points she is addressing.

We raised our glasses to our three great husbands. We additionally had a drink in honor and in reminiscence of the feminine associates who’ve shuffled off this mortal coil, and wished Beverley (far away in Oregon) properly together with her personal battles with colon most cancers and power ache.

I didn’t attend the 50th class reunion—additionally in battle with a movie competition dedication. It appears that evidently Sweet, who’s a quilt-maker par excellence, has actually excelled on this post-career pastime. Marcy has traveled extensively (China, Egypt) and she or he and her husband, Dave, will have fun his 80th birthday on August 17th.

Dave has had each hips and each knees changed and in addition had a corneal transplant. He’s retired now, however farmed 2,000 acres at one time, with companions. Their dwelling was destroyed by a twister in 2009 and so they constructed a brand new dwelling excessive on a hill in a really beautiful pastoral setting. Certainly one of their youngsters lives slightly below the hill the place their home is positioned.

Sweet has 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, with the longest marriage of the three of us (59 years, I consider). All collectively, all of us have been married over 50 years, with our 56 years this 12 months coming in as shortest time span.

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Entrance to the brand new home.

I polished off the weekend staying in a single day with Marcy and speaking till 1:30 A.M. Within the morning, we drove to my nephew’s new dwelling and obtained to see it the very day they had been transferring in. It’s a palace. I couldn’t be happier for Chris, D.J., Sophia and Owen.

It was a memorable Mini Reunion, and I’m so glad that the three  of us may get collectively. I want the remainder of my classmates properly as they collect at Wolfie’s (in Quasqueton, Iowa, which is a city I had by no means visited for causes I don’t completely perceive). Subsequent time, possibly the variety of nonetheless cell graduates might be so small that we are able to collect in  DeNali’s small banquet room. Or possibly one other restaurant on the town will open, because the one which the locals appeared to favor (Invoice’s) was not solely closed, however boarded up.

We did stroll up and down Predominant Avenue, discussing the varied companies that exist there now and people of yesteryear. I discovered that my father’s Safety State Financial institution now goes by NSB, that means Northeast Safety Financial institution. It says there are 8 branches and that the financial institution, based by my father (John Corcoran, Jr.) in 1941 is owned by Independence Bancshares, Inc.. and has property of $427,617,000. The places had been listed as being Independence, Dysart, Fredricksburg, Decorah, Fairbank, Sumner, Rowley, and Fayette.

Since my father began out within the financial institution in Fairbank, Iowa, as a cashier, and the financial institution listed agri-business as its chief focus, it appeared that it would nonetheless be holding agency to his imaginative and prescient of serving the agricultural group and never turning into a part of an enormous chain like Wells Fargo or Financial institution of America.

I’ll report extra on my stroll down reminiscence lane after subsequent weekend’s journey to view Underground Independence. (google it).


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