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Jerry Autrey

January 16th, 1943 - July 6th, 1966


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Military services for Gerald Brian Autry, airman second class, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Lovell, of 604 East Seventy-fourth Street, will be at 11 o’clock Saturday at Mount Moriah cemetery.

He was killed July 6 while operating a motorcycle, in Thailand, where he had been stationed since November.

He was born in Hartford, Conn., and lived here most of his life. He had been in the Air Force 6 ½ years and was a radar technician. He was graduated from Southwest high school in 1961.

Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers, Bruce Autrey and Ben Autrey, and three half brothers, Donald Lovell, Stuart Lovell and Christopher Lovell, all of the home. Friends may call at the chapel after 1 o’clock Friday.

 

Kansas City Star

July 14, 1966

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Carol Babcock (Mitchell)

July 30th, 1943 - March 26th, 2008


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Carol L. Mitchell, age 64, of Roach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Lake Regional Health System. She was born July 30, 1943, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of L.W. and Lucille Hill Babcock. Carol was a homemaker who enjoyed plant and flower gardening, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas Mitchell of the home; one son, Todd Mitchell and wife Toni of Blue Springs, Missouri; one daughter, Jill West and husband Tim of Kansas City, Missouri; her parents, L.W. and Lucille Babcock of Kansas City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Tara Richardson and Michael Mitchell both of Blue Springs, Missouri; one great-granddaughter, Allison Richardson of Blue Springs, Missouri; two brothers Larry Babcock of Mission, Kansas and Richard Babcock of Bonner Springs, Kansas; and may other relatives and friends.

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From Bill Alden on September 6th, 2011
Just a fine looking gal. She was somewhat unapproachable due to her relationship with Ronnie Damico.  I was impressed with her 46 marriage and expanded family noted in the obit. Appears she was part of a genuine family situation. 
 

Meredith Ann Bly (Lillie)

January 30th, 1943 - January 8th, 1982


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Meredith Bly Lillie

Mrs. Dale (Meredith) Lillie, 38, of 401 E. 65th St., Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 8, 1982 at Trinity Lutheran Hospital.

A memorial service was held Sunday 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Lillie was coordinator of crisis and reception services at Johnson County Mental Health Center. Recently she was instrumental in developing the support group to aid those affected by the Hyatt Hotel disaster.

She graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., and received a master's degree from the University of Kansas. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and leaves her husband, Dale G. Lillie and two stepsons, Jason D. and Jack J. Lillie, all at home, and a sister, Mrs. Cynthia Armstrong, and her mother, Mrs. Barbara Carpenter, both of Kansas City.

Yankton, SD Press & Dakotan

January 11, 1982

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From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 5th, 2011
Meredith was a good person and so caring.  We did a lot of things together - French Club, Revels, Finian's Rainbow. How sad it is that she died so young, but how like her to be helping those from the Hyatt Hotel disaster.
 
From Bob Woodling on May 21st, 2012

I will always remember Meredith as the wonderful and cheery dark-haired girl who sat in front of me in Miss Schroer’s senior English class. I could completely hide my face behind her long black hair and whisper silly little jokes that would make her laugh. Miss Schroer, of course, would immediately notice the disruption and scowl in Meredith’s direction. I believe that Melcher, who sat to my right, and who was also in Schroer’s line of sight, probably caught some grief also. So I apologize, Meredith, for any issues that I might have caused between you and Miss Schroer.

 

Annette Bray (Fraser)

January 3rd, 1944 - April 28th, 1975


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MRS. ANNETTE B. FRASER

Mrs. Annette Bray Fraser, 31, of 9938 Madison, died Monday at Research Medical Center. She was a lifelong Kansas City resident. Mrs. Fraser was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She leaves her husband, Wayne Fraser of the home; a brother, Daniel P. Bray II, Blue Springs, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Hoover, Lee's Summit. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church; burial in Calvary Cemetery, The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, where friends may call after 4 p.m. today. The family suggests contributions to the Kidney Foundation.

Kansas City Star

April 29, 1971


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From Stephen Hammond on February 1st, 2014
I have fond memories of Annette when we were friends during my junior and senior years at SWHS.  I am saddened to learn that her life was so short.  Given her always friendly and outgoing personality, I am certain that she brought much joy to her family and those who knew her.   ---Steve Hammond, Class of 1960
 

Lynne Kathleen Churan (Frey)

November 16th, 1943 - February 25th, 2006


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Lynne Kathleen Frey, 62, passed away at her home in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, February 25, 2006. Lynne loved nature and life, which she lived to the fullest. She was a true and loving friend to many, whose lives she enriched and who will treasure memories of her great zest for life. She was the first female union carpenter in Kansas City and helped pave the way for all women in the construction trades. She later started her own construction company. Lynne was preceded in death by her parents Lorraine and G. Castle Churan . She is survived by her best friend and life partner, Gaylon Umbarger; daughter Tracey Lynne Frey Harris and husband Steven Harris; brother Jeffrey Churan and his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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From Herb Simon on April 17th, 2011
What a wonderful person Lynn was. I remember her from grade school at Hale Cook. I always remember a ready smile and kind hello. After 1961 I ran into Lynn several times. Once at the Zoo where she worked, and another time when I was delivering phone books, and her house was on my route.  I met her young daughter Tracey and had a pleasent chat. In her case the lyrics to the sone that only the good die young proves  true. We should be sad when someone dies, but we  should be happy that we had the chance to meet them and share some time with them
 

Laurence S Clootz (Clutz)

February 15th, 1943 - July 23rd, 1991


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Laurence S. Clootz, 48, Overland Park, died July 23, 1991, in London. He was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Clootz was an underwriter for Media Professional Insurance Inc. for the last six years. He was a graduate of Ottawa University. He was a reserve police officer in Overland Park. He was a member of Greenpeace U.S.A. and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Clootz, a son, Gregory Clootz and a daughter, Tricia Clootz, all of the home; and his mother, Thelma Magariel and two sisters, Linda Cohn and Marcia Tropp, all of Overland Park.

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From Harriet Goitein on October 4th, 2010
Larry, was in my Sunday school class.  So we spent not only highschool days together but several hours every weekend.  A pleasant, and good looking guy, I am sorry to learn that he didn't have an opportunity for a longer life.  48 is really awfully young.
 
From Patty Kaplan on May 30th, 2011
I knew Larry all through high school and at Sunday School as well.  He got along with everyone and tolerated the jokes about his last name.  He was a good person, and everyone got along with him.  How sad it is that he died so young.
 

Sandra Day (Stokesbary)

January 8th, 1943 - April 30th, 2010


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Sandra C. Stokesbary, 67, Hampton, MN died April 30, 2010.
The daughter of Merrill and Kathryn Day, Sandra was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in Kansas City and was active in school band and orchestra. She graduated from the U of Missouri with a double major in botany and zoology.
Sandy married Daryl Stokesbary in 1966 and they moved to St. Paul in 1970. She was active in the arts. She joined the National Organization for Women and became the chairperson for the Twin City chapter. She served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Zoo.
She worked for Northwestern Hospital for 13 years and then went to school to learn flower arranging. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed decorating their yard and home.
In 1988 they moved to start a new life chapter with a sheep farm operation. Sandy joined the Cannon Valley Sheep Association and became a great friend with breeders in the area.
Survivors include her husband, Daryl; children Gretchen (Jean Mayer) Stokesbary and Heidi (Matt) Obrig; grandchildren Mark and Jason; mother Kathryn Day; brothers George (Jan) and Merrill Day; nieces and nephews.

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From Bill Alden on September 6th, 2011
Dated Sandy some but we didn't get real close.  I remember that she was somewhat unique and some had thought her to be a little on the beatnic side.  To me it was just part of her unique outlook.  She was very intertested in music and I'm not surprised about her affiliation with NOW
 

Charles (Chuck) Dixon

February 27th, 1943 - September 23rd, 2008


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CHARLES ( CHUCK ) W. DIXON
Age 65, Chuck died at home, in Santa Fe, on September 23, 2008.
A resident of Santa Fe since 1999, Chuck was the spouse of Mary Eileen Dixon.
He was born February 27, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ida and Charles S. Dixon. He earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He began a distinguished 30 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1969. Highlights of his FBI career included trips to Hungary and Russia as the "Cold War" was ending to advise officials of those countries of the proper role of counter-intelligence agencies in democracies.
After his retirement from the FBI in 2000, he returned to Washington, D.C., for a short period as a staff member of the Commission for the Review of FBI Security Programs.
Chuck was very active in community affairs both in Alexandria, Virginia, where he resided for more than 25 years, and in Santa Fe.
In Alexandria, he was an elder and choir member at Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of the Alexandria Harmonizers.
In Santa Fe, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity for seven years, and served as the Board's Chairman from 2005 to 2008.
A fundraising drive in Chuck's honor by Habitat for Humanity over the past several months resulted in the groundbreaking, on September 13, 2008, of a "House of Hope" in Chuck's name. A member of Santa Fe's First Presbyterian Church, he co-chaired its recent successful Capital Campaign.
Chuck was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed hiking in Santa Fe's foothills.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Mary Eileen; his daughters: Kathryn Ness (Erik) of Santa Fe and Elizabeth Cannon (Michael) of Alexandria, VA; granddaughter, Caroline Ness of Santa Fe; his mother, Ida of Kansas City; and brother, William, also of Kansas City.

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From Patty Kaplan on September 30th, 2010
Chuck was a very specioal person.  Throughout our shared experiences in Southwest's musicals, we had mutual respect and appreciated each other.  His role as Woody Mahoney in "Finian's Rainbow" will always be a part of my memories of a magical senior year.  Chuck was someone you knew you could count on; he would say to me "if there's anything I can do for you, just let me know."    
 
From Dixon Bill on December 3rd, 2011
I remember watching and admiring my accomplished  big brother when he performed in Concert Choir, Operettas, and Redskin Revels. He was a hard act to follow, but worth emulating. That remained the case throughout his life. I miss him.

Bill Dixon, SW class of '65
 

Judy Dloogoff (Montgomery)

August 26th, 1943 - February 7th, 1996


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Judy Montgomery, 52, Prairie Village, KS, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 1996, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests contributions to The ReStart Program at Temple B'nai Jehudah.

Mrs. Montgomery was born in Kansas City, MO, and was a life long area resident. She and her husband, Bruce, owned ''Namely Yours'', a printing service, for 15 years. Mrs. Montgomery graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, in 1965, with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Jehudah, and its Sisterhood, and was co-chairman of The ReStart Sunday Dinner Program at the Temple. She was a past president of Beth Horon Chapter of Jewish Women International (B'nai Brith Women).

Surviving are husband, Bruce L. Montgomery, of the home; a daughter, Elyse G. Montgomery, Houston, TX; a son, Jay A. Montgomery, Breckenridge, CO; parents, Henry and Anita Dloogoff , Kansas City, MO; a sister, Gerre D. Wade, Overland Park, KS.

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From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 5th, 2011
Judy and I were friends at school and outside activities.  She had an infectious smile and was always ready to laugh and have fun.  She was also someone with whom you could share serious thoughts.  I remember when my mother told me of her passing and what a loss that was to all who knew her.
 

Dr David Ellis

December 2nd, 1943 - December 1st, 1991


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Dr. David Ellis, 47, Overland Park, died Dec. 1, 1991, at Research Medical Center.
Dr. Ellis was a board-certified general surgeon in the Kansas City Surgical Group for 17 years. He served on the staff at Humana Hospital-Overland Park, Saint Joseph Health Center, Baptist Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center and was director of surgical services for Humana-Prime Health.
He was a member of the Jackson County Medical Association and was treasurer of the Kansas City Surgical Society. He was a member of the American Medical Association and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He was a police surgeon for the Kansas City Police Department from 1975 to 1980, and he was a staff physician for the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Mo., since 1989.
He served his internship at the Akron (Ohio) City Hospital and his residency at Washington University-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis from 1969 to 1974.
He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign in 1964. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1968.
He was member of Congregation Beth Shalom where he served on the board and was a member of its Men's Club. He was a member of B'nai B'rith. He was a member and past board member for the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. He was a member of the Jewish Community Center. He was a member of the Oakwood Country Club. He was a lifelong area resident. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Ellis; two sons, Jonathan Ellis and Joshua Ellis; and a daughter, Elizabeth Ellis, all of the home; his mother, Rose Ellis, Prairie Village; a brother, Saul Ellis, Prairie Village; and a sister, Rita Goldman, Olivette, Mo.

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From Herb Simon on April 17th, 2011
What a wonderful person David was. We became fast friends when we attended Hale Cook together, along with Gary Cohn we became known as the 3 muskateers, where one was the other 2 were close behind. From snowball fights to playing ball at 69th and Ward Parkway we were always together. I remember going to David's Birthday parties and attending other events with him. What a shame that some one so good should die so young. I had the opportunity to host a bridal shower for some young people at my house and Davids son Johnathan was invitied it was great to touch base with him and tell him how good a person his dad was.
 
From Gary Cohn on April 22nd, 2011

When some people die we say, "it's for the best", and when other's die no one seems to care and then when someone like David dies we ask why?

It wasn't enough for David to be a great surgeon at one hospital; he had to practice at all of the major hospitals in the Kansas City area.  He had to go the extra mile by not only being on the board of each hospital but to hold an office on each  board.  When that wasn't enough he had to go out and volunteer his time with different non profit organizations and once again become a board member with each and an officer with most.  All of this was done while being married and rearing two sons & a daughter which have now turned into 7 grandchildren.  His youngest son is now a Rabbi in Katowija, Poland and will eventually return to his home in Israel.

David was suffering from a splitting headache the night before his death.  He couldn't find time to seek help that night or the following morning at Baptist Medical Center for himself.  He first had to make rounds to make sure all of his patients were doing well and then he would check on his painful headache.  But before that would happen, he would make his way to Research medical Center to check on his patients that were recovering there.

Not being able to withstand the pain any longer, he finally found a vacant gurney that morning to lie down.  A nurse came over to check on him and he opened his eyes and told her his head was killing him, and it did.  He died of an aneurism in the brain, in the hospital, in the emergency area with doctors and nurses all around him, but you can be sure of one thing, he had checked all of his patients that morning and they were all doing well.

David was my best Friend since grade school at Hale Cook.  If it wasn't for him, I'd still be in Rhetoric 101 at the University of Illinois.  When I think of him, I can only wonder what more could he have accomplished if he could have only been fortunate enough to be living at our 50th Reunion?

 
From William Soltz on July 17th, 2011

I knew David since we were in Hebriew School. Somehow, I always thought he would become a lawyer but no he was a doctor. I remember  talking to him at Mu  and he explained how he became interested in Medicine. Dave was a great person. However, I recall that in High School he use to steal his parents car and he would pick several of us up and we would run around. mischief. He always seemed so reasoned and intelligent. I admired him. 

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From Lawrence Zalcman on August 19th, 2011
David was a lovely guy, always smiling, and with a great sense of humor. We served together on the Senior Business Committee and were presidents of Summus in successive semesters. David  also knew how to write. To this day, I remember one very short story he wrote. Entitled "So Long, Sam," it told the tale of Sam, an impecunious and asocial postal clerk, who decides to give himself a Merry Christmas at the expense of others by purloining packages sent in the mail. Opening one particularly large package, he reads the accompanying note: "Dear Rocky, This is from your 'friends' in the slammer, you dirty, rotten stool pigeon. In exactly 10  seconds, your Christmas 'gift' will blow you to smithereens. So long, Rocky." The story ends ironically with the line "So long, Sam."

From what I read, after high school, David developed his talents in a different direction. Obviously he raised his kids right, since one of them moved to Israel. More than that, David left the world a better place than he found it. Of how many of the rest of us can that be said?
 
From Gary Cohn on September 9th, 2011
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From Harvey Saferstein on September 21st, 2011
David was such a memorable part of our high school gang. He was smart, friendly, and, most of all funny.  What i remember most was his laugh.  It was a crazy laugh and you had to laugh with him.  David had the most blue shirts and khaki pants of anyone in the class.  The reunion will not be the same without him.
 

Elaine Ernstein (Goller)

July 25th, 1943 - November 1st, 2005


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Elaine Ernstein Goller,

62, of Leawood, KS, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2005, at St. Luke's Plaza Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, November 3, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Avenue. Kindly omit flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah or its Sisterhood. Elaine was a real estate agent for 21 years, the past seven years with Reece-Nichols Company. She had also been in merchandising with Edison Brothers in St. Louis, MO. Elaine was a member of The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah and its Sisterhood. She was a member of the Kansas City Realtors Association. Elaine was born in Kansas City, MO, and returned here from Houston, TX, in 1990. She was preceded in death by a brother, Don Ernstein . Elaine is survived by her husband, Albert Goller, of the home; mother and father, Grace and David Ernstein , Overland Park, KS; brother and sisterin-law, Scott and Ruthy Ernstein , Houston, TX; aunt and uncle, Shirley and Eugene Novorr, Leawood, KS; sister-in-law, Roxene Sloate, Del Ray Beach, FL; nephews, Drew and Kenneth Ernstein ; many cousins; and numerous friends.

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Lynne Flapan (Zidell)

June 12th, 1943 - December 21st, 2011

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LYNNE ZIDELL 1943 -2011  age 68

Lynne Zidell, 68, of St. Joseph, Missouri died Wednesday, December 21, 2011. She was born June 12, 1943 to Max and Ida Flapan in Kansas City, Missouri. Lynne married Elliot Zidell January 12, 1964 who preceded her in death on September 10, 2005. Mrs. Zidell was a member of B'Nai Sholem Temple. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
(Survivors:)  her son, Jeff (Katie) Zidell, Clarendon Hills, Illinois; daughter, Julie (Scott) Loy, Bloomington, Illinois; grandchildren, Caroline Zidell, Hannah Loy, Sarah Zidell, Carter Loy.
(Graveside Services and Interment:) 3:00 P.M. Friday, B'Nai Yaakov  Cemetery, St. Joseph. In Lieu of flowers the Family suggests memorial contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Saint Joseph Telegraph, The (MO) - Thursday, January 12, 2012
 

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Bill Freeman

July 27th, 1943 - March 8th, 1986

 

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F. William Freeman, 42, southwest Kansas City, president of the Income & Retirement Security Corp., died Saturday, March 8, 1986, at Baptist Medical Center.

Mr. Freeman was chairman of the Legacies and Planned Giving committee of the American Cancer Society of John-County. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City and national chapters of the Financial Analysts Federation and Kansas City Tomorrow. He was graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity alumni club.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the Mission Hills Country Club. He was born in Kansas City.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Betty Matlock Freeman of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Freeman, Kansas City; and a sister, Mrs. Sheryl F. Matthews, Spokane, Wash.

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From Herb Simon on May 15th, 2011
Bill always talked about golfing. even to the point of changing my name to from Herbert to abear (pronunciation) after the golfer Herbert. He was always quick with a smile and I can never remember him with a frown on his face. A very naice person and and a joy to be around. I only hope there are courses in heaven.
 

Sandra Gessner (Jelden)

December 12th, 1943 - April 28th, 1994


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SANDRA J. JELDEN, 50, WAS GARDEN CENTER VOLUNTEER

Sandra J. Jelden was a volunteer for the Garden Center of Cleveland and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of the American Association of Medical Technologists.

Mrs. Jelden, 50, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Luke's Medical Center.

She was born in the Panama Canal Zone. She came to the United States as a child and graduated from high school in Kansas City, Mo. She began studying pharmacy at the University of Missouri but switched to medical technology.

Mrs. Jelden enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening and cooking.

She lived in Shaker Heights with her husband, Dr. Gwynn L. She is also survived by a son, Byron of Los Angeles; and a brother.

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From Patty Kaplan on May 30th, 2011
We were friends throughout the years, and I felt so sad when I read Sandy's obituary. She was living in a city right next to us, and I never knew that she was here.  She was a good person who saw good in others.
 

Elizabeth (Susie) Godfrey (Salyer)

September 7th, 1943 - September 29th, 2006


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Elizabeth "Susie" Godfrey Salyer, age 63, Kansas City, MO died September 29th 2006 at Timberlake Care Center.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the M.S. Society, Mid America Chapter, Kansas City Branch, 5442 Martway St. Mission KS, 66205. Susie was born September 7th, 1943. She was a native of Kansas City, MO, graduating from Southwest High School and MU with degrees in French and Elementary Education. During college, she was very active in her Tri Delta sorority, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Upon graduation, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she worked for several years as a firstgrade teacher. In the early 1970's, she returned to Kansas City and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which drastically changed the course of her life. Despite her many challenges, she taught French, pursued a master's degree, volunteered at her daughter's school (Loretto in Kansas City), and sang in the church choir. She will always be remembered for her optimistic spirit, sweet disposition, and steadfast bravery despite insurmountable obstacles. Her family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful caregivers who touched Susie's life. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Salyer, and her grandparents, Elizabeth and Wheeler Godfrey. Survivors include her mother, Betty G. Hall, of KCMO, her daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Trevor Stone, and her twin grandsons, Evan and Leo Stone, of Olathe, KS. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Sudie Salyer, two nephews, Greg and Keith Salyer, and dear, lifelong friends, Judy Jackson, Pam Green, and Andrea Klingner.

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From Pam Latshaw on May 24th, 2011
Susie and I became great friends in second grade at Border Star and we continued to be close throughout high school and college despite our allegiances to different schools.  I was pleased to be in her wedding and she accepted the responsibility of acting as Godmother for my daughter Sarah. It was at the time of my daughter's birth that Susie was in the hospital being diagnosed with MS (at age 27).  She continued valiantly fighting this disease, continuing to volunteer at her daughter's school, among many other volunteer activities. She remarried and placed great emphasis on her relationship with her husband.  She never complained throughout the many setbacks she experienced.  Eventually the disease progressed to the point that she required full time assistance in a nursing facility. Again she was always cheerful and very appreciative of life, no matter the form it took.  She taught all who knew her how to be gracious under adversity.
 

Eleanor Goodson (Schnettler)

March 20th, 1943 - November 25th, 2012

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Eleanor Goodson Schnettler, March, 20 1943 - November 25, 2012.

Eleanor (Ellie), daughter of Louis and Dorothy Goodson passed away peacefully after a 7 month battle with cancer. Ellie grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Accounting. She lived a full life and enjoyed many things including reading, taking walks, riding her bicycle and painting. She appreciated music and played piano her whole life as well as other instruments such as the bassoon, accordion and the saxophone which she played in the Sycamore Community Band. She enjoyed many crafts and especially sewing. She was an avid quilter and was a member of a local quilting group for several years. She also loved playing games including card games, word games, board games and jigsaw puzzles. She was deeply religious and was a member of the Dominican Third Order at St. Gertrude Catholic Church. She listened to Sacred Heart Radio daily and attended church regularly. Ellie is survived by her husband Richard and her two children, Gary Schnettler and Wendy Meyer. She also has three Grandchildren, Emily, Lauren and Peter Schnettler and two sisters, Marilyn Logan and Cynthia Helphingstine. She loved all of her family members very much. Services will be held at St. Vincent Church in Kenwood, with visitation at 9am and Mass at 10am on Friday, November 30, 2012. Memorials may be made to City Gospel Mission, 1419 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. She will be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.
 

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Paula Claire Griffith (Schoolland)

January 30th, 1944 - May 20th, 1981


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Paula Claire Griffith Schoolland

Memorial services for Mrs. Paula Schoolland, 37, Overland Park, former co-owner and vice president of Air Distributors Inc., who was killed Wednesday [May 20, 1981] in a car accident near Wornall and Red Bridge roads, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Moriah Chapel; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Mrs. Schoolland was former owner and had been vice president of the firm since 1976. She also had been marketing director for R.G. Wallace Inc., Los Angeles, six months.

She was graduated from Ohio State University, Columbus, and had attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute.

She was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church and the Saddle and Sirloin Club. She was a lifelong area resident.

She leaves her husband, John Schoolland of the home, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Griffith, Prairie Village.

Kansas City Star


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Ginny Hall

August 26th, 1943 - February 17th, 2013

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VIRGINIA LYNN HALL
Virginia Lynn Hall (Bop-Bop), 69 of Kansas City, MO, passed away on February 17, 2013. Virginia was born in Quanah, TX on August 26th, 1943. She graduated from Southwest High School and continued on to receive a Master's Degree in Journalism from Kansas University. Virginia worked as a writer/editor for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years. Her column, Random Views was well-known by her readers and covered a variety of subjects. She retired in 1998. She enjoyed taking care of her granddaughter, Ella Craig. Virginia is survived by her brother, Rudy Hall, daughter, Alysan Craig, and granddaughter, Ella Craig. She was preceded in death by her father, Hulan Hall and her mother Alice Hall. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to VITAS Community Connection c/o VITAS Innovative Hospice Care 4041 S Lynn Court Drive Suite 300 Independence, MO 64055 The family of Virginia Hall wishes to thank Research Medical Center's Cancer Care, CAPPS Outpatient Program, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and the Radiology Department. Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.muehlebachchapel.com Muehlebach Funeral Home & Cremations.
 
Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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From Diane Varnum Musick on February 19th, 2013
What does one say about your best friend?  Ginny has been just that since third grade.We spent hours on our front porches on Wyandotte street  going over the ups and downs and in betweens of life at Bryant and Southwest High.  After highschool she was off to KU and me to Arizona. We went our separate ways as life would have it until about 15 years ago when our paths crossed again. We took up where we left off and never missed a morning of scrabble via Iphone/ Ipad or Kindle...always quipping about various aspects of life.  Ginny was quick with her wit and wisdom.  She lived a daily life of love for her family (daughter Alyson and grand-daughter Ella) and was actively a part of their lives until the last week when she entered the hospital.   This past year I have managed to get to Kansas City frequently(from my home in Florida)  and always we would meet at Winstead's and  relive fond memories of our friendship.  I will miss my friend of many years and still wait for the ping each morning announcing another round of scrabble.
 
From Bill Alden on February 20th, 2013
February 20, 2013
Absolutely the loss of a "significant other" among the Southwest alums. She helped make our high school years a great experience.
Sincerest sympathy to her family and closer friends.

 
 

John Hall

August 14th, 1943 - December 25th, 2010


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From Bob Woodling on May 8th, 2011
I found this on John's Facebook page:

AM AN HOPEFUL-NOT HOPELESS ROMANTIC.

BORN IN ARKANSAS, GREW UP IN KC MISSOURI, 20 YRS SERVICE WITH QWEST TELEPHONE, 4 YRS IN US AIR FORCE. RETIRED SINCE 1990. LOVE TO SING ALONG TO COUNTRY, 50'S, 60'S & GOSPEL MUSIC. LIKE TO READ BIOGRAPHY, NON-FICTION & BIBLE PROPHECY. LOVE TO TRAVEL IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY-THE USA!
 
From Bob Woodling on May 9th, 2011
Image Attached is John Hall's facebook photo.
 

Sandra Hall (Kean Powell)

December 28th, 1943 - July 16th, 1996


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SANDRA LEE ( HALL ) KEAN POWELL

Sandra Lee (Hall) Kean Powell, of Independence, MO, passed away July 16, 1996, at Woodbine Health Care Center. Cremation.

Mrs. Powell was born December 28, 1943, in Kansas City. She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Powell, of the home; one daughter, Siobhan Kean-Weber, Kansas City, MO; one brother, Michael E. Hall, Mission, KS; one sister, Deborah D. Hall, San Francisco, CA; and one grandson, Bryce Kean-Weber. She will be missed by family and friends.

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From Penny Messer on May 4th, 2012
I remember Sandra J.C. Nicholls grade school.  We would go over to her house and we hung out along with Sue Roberts.  I always liked her so much and she was a good friend. How sad for her family and friends.
 

Sam Henderson

February 9th, 1942 - May 25th, 1979


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Samuel Wilson Henderson, Jr.

HENDERSON, SAMUEL W. age 37 of Santa Ana, born Feb. 9, 1942, Kansas City, Missouri, lost his life in American Airlines plane crash Friday, May 25, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. Survived by mother, Esther Ruth Henderson, uncles Walter D. Anderson of Santa Ana, Paul W. Anderson, Seminole, Oklahoma, and Chester Anderson of Springfield Missouri. A computer specialist with Canon in Santa Ana, he was returning from a business trip for his company. He was a graduate of California State University Fullerton with a major in communication. He was in Boy Scout work for many years, more recently with Troop 150 & Explorer Post 651. Memorial Services will be at the First United Methodist Church, 609 Spurgeon St, Santa Ana on Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m.

Orange County Register
May 30, 1979


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From Bob Woodling on June 21st, 2011

Sam died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on May 25, 1979. He was 37 years old.

 All on board Flight 191 were killed when an engine fell off the DC-10 during takeoff. 258 passengers, 13 crew and 2 on the ground were killed. It is still the worst U.S. airline accident to have occurred in the US.

 Below is an article from the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California, dated Sunday, May 27, 1979:

 The seven teenage boys in Explorer Post 651 in Mission Viejo lost their friend and scout advisor when Flight 191 crashed with Sam Henderson of Santa Ana on board.

Henderson, a computer specialist who worked with ITT Cannon in Santa Ana, had been advisor with the post for four years, according to William Vert of Mission Viejo, whose son, Chet, is in the post.

Vert said Henderson was the guiding force behind the post that specialized in backpacking and rock climbing. "He had a relaxed attitude and great rapport with the boys," Vert said. "He allowed them a lot of independence."

Vert said he and another father will try to keep the post operating through the summer, but with its leader gone, it is unlikely that the post will survive.

"They will undoubtedly disband without Sam," Vert said. "The post depended on Sam. Without him it can't go on much longer."

Vert had the unhappy job Saturday of telling the scouts that their leader was dead.

"They took it pretty hard," he said. "Some of those boys were awful close to him."

Vert said Henderson, a bachelor, lived with his mother, Ruth, in Santa Ana.

 
From Lawrence Zalcman on August 30th, 2011
     Sam Henderson and Pete Winett were my two best friends at Southwest. Both of them died violent deaths in major disasters.
     So far as I recall (and my memories here are very vague), Mr. Sanders had praised a piece of Sam's writing so extravagantly that I decided I'd better check it out. Somehow, I managed to get hold of the piece in question (most likely, I simply asked him to show it to me), and it blew me away. It could have been written by Montaigne. I decided on the spot that this was someone worth getting to know. Sam must surely have been bemused by my attentions, but he did not discourage them; and eventually we became friends.
     Already during senior year, Sam moved with his mother from Kansas City to Santa Ana in southern California. From that time on, for almost 18 years, we corresponded on a regular basis. His very first letter, postmarked May 31, 1961, is written entirely in Latin (which Sam knew very well) and decorated with a very funny and somewhat risque original line drawing depicting an orgy. You never knew what to expect in the mail from Sam: a manifesto, a confession, a reverie, or possibly just a newsy chat. One of his more memorable missives is a very matter of fact account of how earlier that day he had saved the life of a boy he found lying unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool and of the extraordinary exhilaration that kicked in only hours afterward.
     During all this time, I can recall visiting him only once, in the late sixties or early sevenies, on a trip down from Stanford to LA. He was then living on a houseboat in Venice, and the three of us had a jolly time together.
     Sam loved the outdoors and the wild California landscape. For many years, he ran a store, The Open Trail, for hiking and backpacking equipment in Santa Ana. After the store closed, he became the adviser of an Explorer Scout post that specialized in backpacking and rock climbing.
     Sam had literary aspirations, taking as his model Ambrose Bierce. What Wikipedia says of Bierce applies to Sam as well: "Virtually everything that came from his pen"--and Sam wrote everything out in longhand, with a fountain pen--"was notable for its judicious wording and economy of style." He even took up journalism, Bierce's profession, for a while. I believe he also had success getting some of his stories published in science fiction magazines, but the part of the correspondence that deals with this seems to have been misplaced.
     At the time of his death, Sam was working in computers. In his very last letter to me, dated January, 1979, he asked for advice on how to go about getting some ideas he had in logic evaluated and (possibly) published. I suggested that he talk to logicians at UCLA or Caltech; I don't know whether he found the time to take this advice.
     Shortly after his death on the ill-fated AA Flight 191, I received a letter from Sam's lawyer, informing me that he had left me his extensive library in his will. In fact, his mother exercised her prerogative to keep it. Who could blame her? In a letter of condolence to her, I wrote, "Your son was an individual of great gifts and greater potential. We are all the poorer for his passing. I, for one, will miss him very much."
     I still do.
 

Gerald Henkel

March 29th, 1943 - July 3rd, 2012


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Gerald H. Henkel

March 29, 1943 - July 3, 2012

Jerry Henkel, a native of Kansas City, Mo., died on July 3, 2012, in Sarasota, Fla., after a brief illness. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated from the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving his deployment overseas as an army journalist. During his long career in publishing, he was circulation director for Writer's Digest in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Essence Magazine in New York City. He was the founder and president of Direct Communications Corp., a marketing consulting firm located in Rutland, Vermont. He spent the past five years in Sarasota, where he is survived by his wife, Margaret, their daughter, Maja Sanchez and her three children, also of Sarasota. Two sons, Ryan Henkel of Boulder and Matt Henkel of Denver, live in Colorado. He is also survived by his two sisters, Janet Arthur of Overland Park and Peggy Walker of Prairie Village Kan. He was a loving family man and loyal friend and will be deeply missed.

Published in Kansas City Star on August 25, 2012


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Jerry Thomas Huff

March 27th, 1943 - July 22nd, 1997


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Jerry Thomas Huff

     Jerry Thomas Huff was born on 27 March 1943 at Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri. He married Lorraine Aleen Horton, daughter of William Horton and Nadine Alfreda Spellman, on 14 July 1967 at Country Club Christian Church, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Jerry Thomas Huff died on 22 July 1997 at age 56.

Children of Jerry Thomas Huff and Lorraine Aleen Horton:

Gary Patrick Huff

Larry Matthew Huff

Regina Lynette Huff

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From Herbert Simon on May 15th, 2011
Jerry was probably the most mechanical person in our class. He was active in the audiio visual department, and working as a stage hand in most of the productiions. He was a good person to know, and a good friend.
 

Martin Hunter

July 1st, 1942 - August 13th, 2012


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Martin Peters Hunter, Jr, 70, passed away Aug. 13, 2012, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. The son of Dr. Martin Peters Hunter and Dorothy Schlueter Hunter, Martin was born July 1, 1942, in Waco, TX, where his father was stationed in the Army Air Force. A graduate of Southwest High School, Martin went on to attend Baker University. After taking a "little" time off for fun, and work, he received his degree in Accounting at the age of 40. A resident of Kansas City since he was 3, Martin loved his hometown and had a particular fondness for Westport, where he served on several community improvement committees. He was a founding partner of Trapp & Co., having started in the floral design business with Liesvelds as a teenager. A skilled contractor, he worked until this past spring restoring and maintaining the historic Bingham- Waggoner Estate in Independence. A true people person, Marty was generous with his time and affections. His friendships were for a lifetime and included people from all walks of life. Dogs and the hunt for interesting items- sometimes, but not always, antique, consumed much of his leisure time. Family easily consumed the rest. With no children of his own, his five siblings provided him with many nieces and nephews, and he was a special part of each of those families. He was also a second papa to his wife, Marganna's, children and grandchildren. Martin was blessed by the love of many people throughout his life. Martin is survived by his beloved wife, Marganna, her children Tabbie, Casey and Fred Rice, and five grandchildren; his siblings; Susan Kircher, Julianne Kohlmeyer, Mary Folck, Marshall Dean and Vincent Dean; 15 nieces and nephews and his 4-legged buddies Abby and Hunter. He is predeceased by his parents, his step-mother Thelma Dean Hunter Olson and his nephew Stuart Mann. At Martin's request, no service will be held. If desired, the family suggests donations be made in Martin's memory to Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 S. Pacific Ave., Independence, MO 64050 or Wayside Waifs, Inc, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137

Published in Kansas City Star on August 15, 2012
 

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From kirk vaughan on August 29th, 2012

What a great and true friend, from Southwest through the end of his life. I will miss his friendship.

 

Elaine Hydeman (McNabney)

February 9th, 1943 - June 17th, 2005


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Elaine H. McNabney

 Died Friday, June 17, 2005 after a short illness with lung cancer. You are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate her life, which she so enjoyed, at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 55th & Oak St., KCMO. Kindly omit flowers; but, if you wish, memorial gifts in her name may be sent to OCTA Endowment Fund, PO Box 1019, Independence, MO, 64051-0519, or to Second Presbyterian Church Local Mission Fund. "I was born February 9, 1943, in Kansas City, MO, to Violet Marie Snodgrass Hydeman and Arnold Henning Hydeman . I attended Border Star Elementary School, graduated from Sourthwest High School, graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Nursing, and worked as a nurse at Kansas City General Hospital, now Truman Medical Center. A life-long Kansas City resident, I was a member of many civic organizations and volunteered for Historic Kansas City Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Bridging the Gap and in several capacities for the mission of Second Presbyterian Church where I served as a deacon and elder. I was a charter member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), opened and managed its national headquarters in Independence, MO, served as editorial assistant to the editor of it's quarterly magazine, Overland Journal, and was honored to be named the organization's first Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. I spoke to many civic groups about the Oregon Trail and performed the play "Little Elaine Goes West," interpreting a child's view of the long walk west, for civic and school groups. My beloved husband, W. Kendall McNabney, whom I married March 15, 1969, survives me. I also am survived by my son Lucas Henning McNabney and wife Jeanne; my step-children Carrie O'Brien and husband Brett; Anne McNabney; and Matthew McNabney and wife Laura; and by my grandchildren, Christine, Eva, Aaron and Adam. My sister Carol Hydeman Bowers and her husband John of Tucson, AZ, my favorite travel companions who joined Kendall and me on many trips, also survive, as do my niece and nephew, Heather and Todd Bowers. My life was enriched beyond measure by my family, friends, experiences and the Thursday School group--a wonderful life.

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From Janet Oliver Nelson on November 22nd, 2010
Elaine and I knew each other at Border Star but didn't really become close until we were at Southwest.  I am sure that I spent an inordinate amount of time at her house and thought the world of her parents.  I remember when the family sponsored an exchange student, Yoshi, who was from Japan (I believe).  She enjoyed her time in the States because of the Hydeman household.  Elaine was one of many that I would pick up to go to any school sporting event and I know that today I would be arrested for having that many people in a car.  It was like unloading the clowns!!  We did quite a bit of socializing during the years at SW and almost got arrested at the infamous "picnic by the creek" which was raided by the police.  The beer went into the stream and we were all sent home.  Some people just can't take a joke.  Elaine was one of the people that I counted as a "best friend" until I moved away and just lost track when she went off to Duke.  Kansas City and surrounding areas owe her a debt of gratituce for all that she did for the community.  I am going to miss her at the reunion because I have so many fond memories of her.  I would raise a beer to her but I can't stand the stuff.  Hope she will be O.K. with a glass of wine !!!
 
From Mickey Anderson on January 14th, 2011
Elaine lived only 4 blocks from us and we saw a lot of each other. Our mothers knew each other thru bridge games I think. We used to double date with friends and she was just a gem to be with. So happy and had such a great smile! My dad just loved redheads and always thought I should go out with her but we were always be just good friends. My wife had her children in her kindergarten class and stayed close to Elaine through PTA. Rest in peace.
 
From Ann Morgan Woodling on February 15th, 2011

Elaine Hydeman McNabney was a friend since grade school. We attended Border Star and joined the Girl Scouts. We both had red hair; but she had many more freckles than I.

We enjoyed many activities at SW. After high school we attended college – I at KU and she at Duke. She became a nurse and I became a librarian working at the Seattle Public Library.

Our paths crossed again in the 1990s. I began visiting my mother (who still lives near SWHS) every fall. Each year Elaine found a day we could spend together. We’d go out to lunch, then she’d drive to a new antique mall and we would shop all afternoon.

She spotted rare finds for me that I usually bought. I have missed spending a day with her during the last six years. Her energy was boundless!!!

Ann Morgan Woodling

 
From Bill Alden on July 25th, 2011
Just absolutely one of the best memories I have of SW was her sparky, vivacious and friend-to-all demeanor. Hard to lose folks like Elaine !
 
From Gary Cohn on September 9th, 2011
Image If one was to look up the definition of "Southwest High School" in Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, there would be a picture of ELAINE.
 

Mary Jackson (Buchko)

January 11th, 1944 - October 7th, 2004


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Mary Buchko


A service for Mary Buchko, 60, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be private. Mrs. Buchko died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004. She is survived locally by two sons, Michael and Richard Draper.

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From Herb Simon on April 17th, 2011
Mary was a wonderful person, and a lover of animals. SHe raised a german shepard named Prince that she had to give away when she joined the WACS. Mary had wanted to be a veterinarian, but she setteled to be an army vet instead. When Mary gave me her dog the agreement was I would come get her when she came to town and bring her to see Prince. We reconnected in about 1 year, and that is when she told me she was married, and llife was great. That is the last time I saw her 1963 One of my true sorrows that I never got the chance to tell her what wonderful dog Prince was, and what a favor she did for me.
 

Lelaine Jarrett (Smith)

March 2nd, 1943 - April 11th, 2011


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LELAINE SMITH

Lelaine Smith, 3/2/43 - 4/11/11, Hairstylist, loving mom, grandma, sister & friend. Survived by brother Richard, grandchildren Allie, Tyler & Christian, & numerous friends & loved ones. Memorial service Sat. 5/14/11, 7:00 PM, Wesley Chapel, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood.

Kansas City Star, May 8, 2011

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From Herbert Simon on May 8th, 2011
Lelaine and I had a common relative. My sister in Law had a sister that was married to Lelaine's brother Richard. We actually lived in the same apartment complex after I got married. I would run into her every so often even to taking care of her prescription needs and talking to other members of her family. Lelaine was a very sweet person and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. You will be missed Lelaine.
 
From Patty Kaplan on August 16th, 2011
Lelaine and I knew each other throughout ouryears at Southwest.  She was such a warm and friendly person.  Although it had been many years, I hoped to see her again.  She had such a great smile
 

Gayland Eugene Keroher

October 7th, 1943 - February 7th, 1969

GAYLAND EUGENE KEROHER

 
1LT - O2 - Army - Reserve
18th Eng Bde

Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Aug 24, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 7, 1969
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

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LT. GAYLAND E. KEROHER

Lt. Gayland Eugene Keroher, 25, of Ft. Ord, Calif., formerly of Kansas City, was killed last Friday [February 7, 1969] in South Vietnam.

Lieutenant Keroher, with the 86th combat engineer battalion, went to Vietnam in August after being graduated from the Officers Candidate school at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

He was born here and lived here before entering the Army. He was a graduate of Southwest high school and received a B.S. Degree in geology at the University of Kansas in 1965.

He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity. Lieutenant Keroher was an Eagle Scout and was a warrior in the tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Penelope Keroher, and a daughter, Kimberly Kilburn Keroher, both of 426 Greenway terrace, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. Keroher, 11835 Locust.

 

Kansas City Star


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From Bob Jennings on October 16th, 2010
I found this at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site:

J.D. Caven, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
jcaven002@charter.net
Gayland and I were pledge brothers
272 Brookhaven Lane
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079 USA
Gayland and I were pledge brothers in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Kansas. We often double-dated since he had a really nice set of wheels and I had none. Our paths parted when I changed schools but I learned of his death in Vietnam after I had entered the Air Force. I have visited the Wall several times and always go to his panel. I spent three years in SEA as a Forward Air Controller and unfortunately know too many names that are there with Gayland's. He is a hero as are all the others who share space with him on the Wall. God rest his soul and I pray for the family he left behind.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
 
From Herbie Simon on April 20th, 2011
I remember Gayland as a quite yet strong individual. I never knew him that well, but his father and mother became very good customers of the pharmacy that I worked at. Over the years we talked about Gayland, and his father had nothing but the highest praise for him as a son and as a good person. He was extremly complimentary to Gayland's wife Penny for making sure that he was able to be part of his sons twin daughters life. Gayland left his mother and father (Peter) and his wife Penny (Class of 1960) and twin daughters that he never saw. It is with great sorrow that I viewed the Wall in Washington DC where Gaylands name is
 
From Bob Woodling on May 9th, 2011
Image Gayland was another one of my friends with whom I attended grade school, high school and college. I remember him as quiet, but very self-assured.
Attached is his graduation photo from the 1965 Jayhawker yearbook.
 
From ELIZABETH ENNIS-THOMAS on June 29th, 2011
Gayland was a patriot who passed too early. God bless his family and all of us who have always missed his presence at reunions.

I am grateful for his friendship during high school and college and for his service to ensure our freedom.
 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 5th, 2011

I knew Gayland at J.C. Nichols and Southwest.  He was a special guy and always someone on whom you could count.  He was diverse...band and football.  We grieve for his loss and be grateful for all he did for everyone. 

 

John Kiser

December 6th, 1942 - May 21st, 2013

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JOHN W. KISER, D.C.
 
John W. Kiser, D. C., passed away on May 21, 2013. He was born on December 6, 1942 and was a life-long resident of Kansas City, MO. He was a Southwest High School graduate and attended the University of Kansas, becoming a loyal Jayhawk forever. He enjoyed nearly 47 years as a second generation chiropractor. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathleen; two sons: Ch (LTC) John Jr. and wife Sonia, Eric and wife, Christine; daughter, Holly and husband, Matthew Leighton-Floyd; and seven cherished grandchildren: John III, Kasey, Bailey, Julia, Kyle, Joshua, and Ryan. A Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, 100 N. Pleasant St., 64050, 816-252-6662. Visitation is scheduled at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Independence. (Arrangements Cremation Society of KS and MO, 5561 NW Barry Rd. online condolences www.kccremation.com (816) 822- 9888) Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri. www.kccremation.com
Kansas City Star,  Sunday, May 26, 2013

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Rosamand Rae Korn

January 12th, 1943 - October 8th, 2007


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Rae (Korn), Rosamond, 64. Died October 8, 2007 at her residence in Pinellas Park, Florida. She was born on January 12, 1943 in Leavenworth, Kansas. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1949 and to this area in 1998 from Overland Park, Kansas. Rosamond belonged to Kehilath Israel Synagogue almost her whole life, and was a member of its Sisterhood. She and all of her children had their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs there. She was involved in Young Judea, BBG, Pioneer Women, B’nai Brith, ORT, Hadassah, Planned Parenthood, The Dream Factory, Safehome and Rose Brooks Home for Abused and Battered Women and Children. She mentored for abused children through Rose Brooks Home, The Wholeperson Inc. (disabled adults and lectured for them in schools and colleges etc.) in Florida. She was involved with Hadassah in Clearwater, The Gulf Coast Agency Mentoring and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers). She was an advocate for St. Jude’s Hospital since 1975.

Her late parents were, Minnie and Ben Gurovitz, and her grandmother was Faga Botwinik.

She leaves her children (she was so honored to be an Eagle Scout Mother), her grandchildren, many cousins, and close friends.

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From Harriet Cooper Goitein on August 22nd, 2013
Rosamond Korn's life was so unusual.  I knew her and grew up with her in Border Star and in the Brownies and Scouts and in Sunday school. I moved away from the states, but heard about her through family.   I missed knowing a valiant person. I am in awe.
Harriet Cooper
 

Deborah Lanham (Lindsey)

November 28th, 1943 - November 10th, 2010

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DEBORAH J. LINDSEY

Deborah J. Lindsey, 66, Louisburg, KS, passed away on November 17, 2010, at the Kansas City Hospice House after a brief battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, at the Country Club Christian Church Combs Chapel, 61st and Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO, with visitation beginning at 12:30. Inurnment will be at a later date in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Haven. Deborah was born on November 28, 1943, in Webb City, Missouri. She is survived by 5 children: Daniel Lindsey, Louisburg; Robin McQuown, Henderson, NV; Katherine Hoover, Overland Park; Scott Lindsey, Lenexa; and Christopher Lindsey, Overland Park; and 9 grandchildren. Charter Funerals, 816-921-5555

Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Sunday, November 21, 2010
 

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Rebecca Lawrence (Tobias)

March 10th, 1943 - March 31st, 2010


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Philadelphia Inquirer- April 6, 2010

 

Rebecca Lawrence Tobias , social worker, ceramic artist

 

Rebecca Lawrence Tobias, 67, of Mount Airy, a social worker and ceramic artist, died of brain cancer Wednesday, March 31, at the Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice of Philadelphia. Mrs. Tobias ended a 40-year career in March 2008 when she retired as director of social work at Living Independently for Elders (LIFE). A decade earlier, she helped establish the program, which is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and benefits several hundred older adults in West Philadelphia. Previously, Mrs. Tobias had been volunteer coordinator at Wissahickon Hospice, had provided social services for the home-care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, had provided social services to geriatric patients at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and was a social worker in Kentucky and California. She also lectured, trained and conducted workshops for professionals, volunteers, and the public. "She believed social benefits are a right, not a privilege, and was a fierce advocate for her clients," her husband, Stephen Tobias, said. Mrs. Tobias' ceramics were exhibited at local galleries, and her contemporary soup tureen was in a show at the Campbell Museum in Camden. Her work won awards at juried shows, including at the Main Line Art Center. In 1990 and 1992, she was one of the organizers of "Art at the Armory," an artist-run exhibit and sale featuring the work of 400 artists. Mrs. Tobias grew up in Kansas City, Mo. She earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Ohio and a master's degree in social work from Wayne State University in Michigan. She and her husband met in college and married in 1968. They traveled extensively and lived in Morocco for four years in the 1970s when he was working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. They moved to Philadelphia in 1987 when he took a position with the American Jewish Congress. In January, Mrs. Tobias and her husband were featured in the four-part PBS television series This Emotional Life. They appeared in the first episode, "Family, Friends, and Lovers," as an example of a couple who had benefited from marriage therapy. She was a frequent contributor to The Inquirer's letters to the editor column on a variety of subjects including politics, education, and the Phillies. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Tobias is survived by sons Jacob and Zachary, and a sister

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From Barbara Molotsky on August 24th, 2011
I had a long conversation with Becky at our 40th reunion, something I had never done before.  I thought she was interesting and delightful.  Sorry I didn't pay more attention to her in high school, but that was the way it was.
 

Fred Lewis

April 2nd, 1943 - March 22nd, 2012


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Frederick “Rick” Lewis, 68, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at his home.
Rick was born in Salem, Illinois, on April 2, 1943. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Miami (Florida) and received a JD degree from the University of Denver.
He served four years in the US Army Security Agency attending language school in Monterey, California, and was stationed the last two years in the 54th Special Operations Unit in Berlin.
In Rick’s early professional years he served as a clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, practiced law in Denver, Colorado, and was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming. He also was a law professor and Associate Dean at the Oklahoma City University School of Law where he taught constitutional and environmental law. Later he served as Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar Association.
Rick was an avid fly fisherman and he particularly enjoyed fishing on the flats of the Florida Keys and Rocky Mountain trout streams. He was a prolific reader, engaging debater, and challenging card player.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick D. Lewis; his mother, Lois V. Lewis; and a brother, Daniel Lewis. He is survived by a brother, Craig Lewis of Moscow, Idaho; his sister, Diane Lewis-Farrell of Venice, Florida; a niece, Cyndi Faircloth; a nephew, Adam Lewis; and very dear friends, Bruce and Phyllis Salzburg of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Friends who wish may contribute in Rick’s name to the American Heart Association, File 30947, P.O. Box 60000, San Francisco, CA 94160.
Private family services will be held in Florida at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home
 

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Georgia Lonnecker

December 15th, 1943 - April 16th, 2012

The April 25, 2012 Kansas City Star ran the following Obituary on Georgia Lonnecker, who had lived in Germany for the last 40 years.  A memorial to Georgia that appeared in a publication in Germany, as translated for us by Greg Dolan, appears below under Tributes.

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Our beloved sister and aunt, Georgia Lee Lonnecker died on April 16, 2012 in Aachen, Germany, after a long illness. Georgia was born on December 15, 1943 in San Francisco, California, and moved to Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Southwest High School and earned degrees from University of Nebraska, University of Washington/Seattle and Arizona State University. She was a dedicated educator changing the lives of her many students and a published author. Georgia lived and worked for 40 years in Aachen, Germany, a city she loved. She was fluent in four languages and traveled extensively. She is preceded in death by her mother, Leela M. Lonnecker, her father, Paul L. Lonnecker, her brother, Paul L. Lonnecker, Jr., and her brother, Joseph Adrian Lonnecker. She is survived by her brother, Thomas M. Lonnecker of Houston, Texas and her sister, Sara M. Dreiling of Beaumont, Texas and her niece, Rebecca Dreiling-Thomas and her nephews, Mark Lonnecker, Alex Lonnecker, Matthew Lonnecker, Jeffrey Lonnecker, Jake Dreiling, Luke Dreiling and Paul Dreiling. She was a wonderful sister and aunt and will be missed by everyone who knew her. A private family service will be held Kansas City in July. Memorials can be sent in lieu of flowers to: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, S200, Alexandria, VA 22314, in memory of Georgia Lonnecker.

Published in Kansas City Star on April 25, 2012

 

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=georgia-lee-lonnecker&pid=157225599#storylink=cpy

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From Reunion Committee on May 1st, 2012
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The stunning photo on the left was taken in the early 1980s in the woods of Aachen, at a party with German learning students, a type of event she loved to plan.
Many thanks to Greg Dolan for translating the following obituary that was created by the school in Aachen, Germany, where Georgia taught for many years. The German language version is on the Internet at:

http://www.vhs-aachen.de/tpl/vhs2/1_2012/Nachruf_Georgia_Lonnecker.pdf

 

Georgia Lonnecker

December 15, 1943 to April 16, 2012

The College of Adult Education at Aachen has lost a personality in Georgia Lonnecker, who was in many ways far ahead of her times. Georgia Lonnecker joined the faculty of the College in 1974 and taught German for foreigners as well as dance and motion until 2008. Under her guidance the department grew to become an inspiration for the entire College and its faculty.

As a young American, Georgia arrived in Jülich (city near Aachen) in 1971 to teach English there. She had studied the German language and literature, Spanish and sports in college. Early in her career she recognized the particular needs of her students, who wanted to – or were required to- learn German and suffered from various learning disabilities. For these individuals, Georgia Lonnecker developed special programs at the College of Adult Education at Aachen. Her goal was to make life and living in Germany possible for those immigrating to Germany. Her attention was focused on persons with learning disabilities or those who had discontinued their education at an early age. With her textbook, German for Beginners, appearing in 1998, Georgia Lonnecker broke down old barriers to learning German and created a textbook, which has become the standard for this discipline since then.

Her great love was the dance. Beginning in the 80´s Georgia began organizing courses and workshops for dances from throughout the world and for dance festivals.

Georgia brought a multitude of nationalities together for dance festivals, which are remembered by generations even today. Georgia was a successful role model for living in and integrating a multi-cultural society.

Georgia Lonnecker´s most personal style, with which she very pragmatically sought solutions to extraordinary questions and problems, created for many people new areas of competence and work. With an unerring instinct, Georgia Lonnecker would identify exactly the right person for a given task or set of responsibilities, who would later become an outstanding member of her department. Her constructive approach, her flexibility and creativity, but more importantly her enormous knowledge guaranteed a consistently enriching program characterized by both high professionalism and the trends and spirit of the times.

Georgia Lonnecker was always a stimulating, captivating and demanding colleague and to some she was also a loyal friend.

We thank Georgia Lonnecker for her enormous accomplishments, which not only contributed to the success of her own department but to the success of the entire College of Adult Education at Aachen.

The Volkshochschule of Aachen

(College of Adult Education, City of Aachen, Germany)

 
From Steve Melcher on June 2nd, 2012
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Georgia had a lot to give and she gave it all. a beautiful, talented treasure who contributed so much to our class in high school, and to others afterward. She will be missed

Update, June 2, 2012:

I received the following email from Dolly Dahmen-Delis, a long time friend and colleague of Georgia:

"Dear Steve Melcher

On July 13th 2010 you wrote an email to the Volkshochschule Aachen to ask about an address of Georgia Lonnecker. I was the one who gave your email to her but I don't know whether she ever answered you.

As she was my superior and good friend for 32 years we always kept in contact even when she retired and was ill.

I read your tributes from the SW'61 memorials and saw that you found one of the two obituaries which were published from our school in the newspaper. Our department (Georgia`s former department) had a second obituary [below] on April 28th to show our deepest sympathy for her. Maybe you also want to translate it for your tributes. By the way- the picture of Georgia was taken by me in our office in 1998.

Thank you for keeping Georgia alive with your tributes- she was a wonderful person and gave us all so much!"

 Best regards from Aachen, Germany

 Dolly Dahmen-Delis


Here is my reply to Dolly:   
We searched for her for a long time and finally I ended up calling her long distance and we had a conversation.  She gave me her email address.. She did send me two short emails. One was to let me know I had her right address. The other was to tell me she had been sick and had moved. And that she would send a long email later. I never received the long email that we wanted so much for our reunion book. But at least I received two emails from her and now the obituary tributes serve as her reunion biography

steve

Dolly later emailed me that"Georgia didn't write much--we all waited for "a longer email." So be thankful for every email you got from her! I know I could have given you her email address when you first contacted me. But I decided not to --I wanted her to decide that."  

Obituary published by her friends and colleagues on April 28, 2012:

 Georgia Lonnecker

15. 12. 1943  to 16. 4 .2012

 

After becoming the first person appointed to the position of Director in 1974, she remained the face of this department, both within the Volkshochschule and outside it, for more than 30 years, as it steadily grew in size and significance.

Those of us who worked with her and had the opportunity to learn from her for many years will remember her as a person who stood up for and assisted people who were disadvantaged and ignored by society, with all the passion this task calls for. An outstanding example of her efforts is the broadly conceived and widely recognized set of teaching materials she developed for literacy courses aimed at illiterate foreigners living in Germany.

Integration and intercultural understanding were her overall guidelines, perhaps because of her American roots, at a time when everyone else in Germany was still speaking of "guest workers", meaning "social separation". This is also documented by the dance courses she offered as the Director of the Sports and Dance department of the Volkshochschule, in which she brought together people from many different cultures early on. The wonderful courses and workshops on dances from all over the world and the unforgettable dance festivals she organized here created an atmosphere of understanding between peoples that also transcended language barriers.

All of us experienced with great sadness the fact that she of all people, the woman who was so active and activating, was robbed of her capacity to move by an insidious disease.

Those of us who accompanied her for a longer or shorter part of her journey thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her far-reaching ideas and her lasting inspiration.

Her colleagues and her friends






 
From Suzan Pitt on May 3rd, 2012
 I was so heart-struck and sad to hear that Georgia has passed away, but happy to read about her wonderful acomplishments (thank you Greg Dolan and Steve Melcher).
Georgia was my very special best friend for many years- we lived close to each other over by Bryant elementary where we went to grade school.  We played together and laughed together and I adored her. Her family was very large compared to mine, lots of kids and action over at Georgia's house- I delighted in going there because there was always a feeling of borderline chaos, everyone very active and talkative and her mother and father were both very cool and accepting and bright.  I remember especially dinner time with what seemed to me like dozens of plates set at the table and an enormous mound of spaghetti and everyone talking- I loved it over there! 
Our houses were close to St Theresa college so we used to sneak around over there ( age 10 or so) peering in hallways and then running, hiding under bushes and burying our boxes of treasures (plastic beads taken from broken jewelry and other odd bits).  One day we managed to climb up onto the roof of a utility garage at the edge of the property (I think experimenting with a cigarette was involved) and in an attempt to get down I fell onto the concrete below.  Pretty soon my arm swelled up like a baloon and her father took me to the emergency room.  My parents were at a baseball game at the KC stadium and were called by the loudspeaker "there is an emergency..."
When my parents came running into the hospital they found Georgia pushing me gleefully around in a wheel chair, I mean we were doing "wheelies" with the chair and laughing like crazy!  they weren't too happy about that!
lots of other memories of sweet sweet Georgia... I loved you 


 
From Sara Lonnecker Dreiling on May 3rd, 2012
Susan..thank you so much for your thoughts.  It meant so much to me to read your tribute.  Georgia always regarded you as a life long friend...Sara
 
From Nella Spurlin on May 4th, 2012
She taught at Millard Jr-Sr High School in Millard, Nebraska from the mid-60s through 1969; I was in her class for two years (’67-69), but I know she’d been there longer, I would think 2 or 3 years before that.  She taught German and Spanish and was the drill team coach, but in 1968-69 the school and the languages had both grown to where she taught only German, and she organized a trip to Germany; 11 or 12 of us were able to go.  We spent about three weeks with host families in Schwandorf in southern Germany and also did a week of traveling. 
She was such a wonderful teacher—we all thought she was so cool, and so energetic.  You always wanted to learn from her.  At least 5 of her students went on to become German teachers, some for a short time, some for longer, which is an amazing record for a teacher from a little 7th-12th school of 400 kids for 5 years.  I got to see her in 2001, when I was in Germany with my group of students; we came to Aachen, and while the kids were off with their hosts, we got to sit down and visit and have supper together.  When I went back for my high school reunion later that summer, several classmates asked about her and reminisced about how much they’d enjoyed her class.  She really changed lives and left a huge impression in her short time in Millard.
I was so sorry to hear that she’d passed away.  It’s great that her classmates are keeping her in their memories.
Nella Spurlin
 
From Jan (Boyer) Rainwater on May 4th, 2012
Georgia was among many exceptional and gifted leaders of our class.  And I think, to be remembered so fondly by classmates of over fifty years ago, that this reflects what a truly remarkable person she was.
 
From Richard Rosenwald on May 4th, 2012
Though I have not seen or spoken to Georgia since at least our graduation from High School, she will always be fondly remembered for being the very bright, friendly, and personable human being she was.  The sadness of losing her is only mitigated by the distance in miles and the intervening years for us, but her obituary brought back memories of what an exceptional and wonderful person we all knew her to be in high school. My condolences go out to her family, friends and those whose lives she touched in Aachen.
 
From Patty Kaplan on May 11th, 2012

I feel Georgia's loss very deeply.  Our unique tie was writing for productions and assemblies, etc.  We were members of the committee that developed the script for the 1960 Redskin Revels show "Petticoats and Politics."  We were far ahead of the times, writing a storyline about women taking over a country from men and governing it successfully. And the country we created was LONEISWINGO (Georgia Lonnecker-Patty Eisberg-Lynne Swingley-Gene Owen).  We had a lot of fun writing the script and worked hard putting the plot ideas and the talent together so that Revels had a real story, not a series of numbers. We wrote songs and skits including our last great hurrah, the Senior Assembly; the boys octet drove Mr. Western crazy.  We wrote some original words for Steve Melcher to "Hey Look Me Over" which he sang at an assembly, and those words are still in his head today.  I will always remember her wonderful laugh and her wit as we fed each other ideas. Georgia had so much going for her and did so many incredible things in her life...a very special person in our class who brought her many gifts to us.  How sad it is to lose her.    

 
From Bill Alden on June 28th, 2012
Typical of Georgia, this is what she wrote in my '61 Sachem:
"Willy,
Honest Willy, you are one of the funniest guys I know.  I'm so glad we got to be friends. Ever since the great white bunny- Best of luck always-
                    Love,
                       Georgia
                        "61"
I really think she must have been the "great white bunny."

Really sad about her passing !

 
 
From Bill Alden on March 6th, 2013
Georgia's brother Thos. called yesterday (3/5/13) due to a message I left for the family on the Legacy web site.
He asked that I convey to everyone who passed along their condolences, whether in writtten form, thoughts, or prayers . . . that the entire family will always be overwhelmingly grateful to you all as they grieve the loss of Georgia. Your concern for them has helped very much with the closure process.
 

Andrew Duncan Lyons

October 1st, 1942 - November 26th, 2006


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Kansas City Star - November 29, 2006
Andrew Duncan Lyons, 63, of Leawood, Kansas, a lawyer, and co-owner of Clay and Bailey Manufacturing, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2006, at home. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park. Visitation will be one hour prior at the chapel. Andy graduated from Southwest High School in 1961. He attended the University of Kansas, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in 1965 and was later awarded his Juris Doctorate from KU in 1968. He was licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri, and was admitted to practice in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations. Mr. Lyons was a former member of the Leawood City Council. He enjoyed traveling and especially loved to spend his summers at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was also a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, Mo. His daughter Jennifer M. Lyons preceded Mr. Lyons in death. He is survived by his wife Carol Lyons and daughters Kristine A. Lyons, Chicago, Ill., and Karen E. Lyons, Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his sister Mary L. Randall, Chesterfield, Mo., and stepdaughters Kari Ain, Overland Park, and Stephanie Thompson, Olathe, Kan., and six step grandchildren.

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From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 5th, 2011
Andy was a great guy and a good friend....through the years at J.C. Nichols and at Southwest.  I appreciated his singing voice and his participation in our shows.  We always had a lot of fun. 
 

Radine Mankwitz (Lewis)

June 4th, 1943 - January 28th, 2003


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Radine Mankwitz Lewis, 59, of Leawood, KS, passed away January 28, 2003, at home. Private services are pending. No flowers or contributions, please. She is survived by her husband, Gary, daughters, Erika and Ingrid, brother, Van Mankwitz , and son-in-law, David. She was a member of the New Reformed Temple.

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Marlene Marks (Saltman)

October 1st, 1942 - October 14th, 2002

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Marlene D. Saltman, 59, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, October 14, 2002, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. . Marlene was born November 1, 1942, in Kansas City, MO. She had been a resident of the Red Bridge area for the last 23 years. Marlene worked as a Medical Transcriptionist at Prime Health/Humana for over 20 years and at Mid-American Rheumatology for the past year. Marlene was a loving mother, and good friend. She had a great sense of humor, was quick witted, a hard worker and was never shy to offer her opinion. She was preceded in death by her parents, Seymour and Anna Marks. She is survived by her loving son, Mark Saltman and wife, Aggie of Albuquerque, NM, and loving daughter, Julie Ann Dickey and husband, Mark of Mundelein, IL.

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From Herbert Simon on October 17th, 2010
Marlene was a very sweet person, who gave a lot of joy to her friends. I always enjoyed talking to her and was very much saddened when she revealed she was fighting lung cancer. She may be gone, but the many funny things she did and said will llive on
 
From Barbara Molotsky on July 3rd, 2011
Marlene Marks was the first person I met when I came to Southwest from Troost School.  She was less than 5-feet tall but she was a sparkplug when it came to energy and humor.  We became fast friends and she always had me in stitches with her wise-ass remarks.  After 8th grade, we both moved on but I will always remember her as that miniature firecracker person who was so kind to me that first year.
 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 1st, 2011
I knew Marlene throughout high school.  She had such a great sense of humor, and she was always ready with a snappy remark.  She could always cheer you up with something funny to say.  She made you feel happy in her company.
 

Mary Sue McDonald

May 8th, 1943 - October 17th, 1967


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Mary Sue McDonald

Miss Mary Sue McDonald, 24, of 7141 Washington, died yesterday at St. Luke's hospital. She was a lifelong area resident. Miss McDonald was a former secretary for Beta Sigma Phi, an international businesswoman's sorority. She attended Northwest Missouri State college, Maryville, Mo. and Central Missouri State college, Warrensburg, Mo. Miss McDonald was a member of the Broadway Methodist church. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Park L. McDonald II; a brother, Park L. McDonald III, and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary F. DeHority, all of the home, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence Oliver, 48 East Sixty-eighth. Services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday at the Freeman chapel; burial in Forest Hill cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Kidney Foundation at the hospital.

Kansas City Star

October 18, 1967


 

 

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From Jerry McDonald on June 27th, 2011
 
Mary Sue was a good friend and a wonderful person. We first met somewhere around the 4th Grade when my folks moved to the 7100 block of Washington St. We grew up like cousins even though there was no family relationship between us, just the same last name. Our parents had known each other even before we moved there and were quite close.
 
I visited her at St. Luke’s about six weeks before she passed away, just before I left for Vietnam. She was not doing well, but she really didn’t want to let that show. I left thinking she was sick, but I really didn’t expect it to be fatal. It was a very sad day when I heard she was gone.
 
There was one thing we used to do that years later I thought how dangerous and it’s a wonder no one ever got hurt. There were a great number of trees on Washington and in the fall we would rake all the leaves into a pile in the street along the curb. We’d dig out the center and that would make a great fort we could sit in and talk during the early evening hours. The sides were high enough that you really couldn’t see anyone sitting inside. My house was the second house off Gregory and cars would sometimes take the corner pretty fast. Occasionally the leaf pile would make a perfect target for someone to drive through and scatter them all. Luckily none of us were ever inside when that happened.
 
I’m glad we were able to find her obituary and post it. The endeavor became quite a consuming quest, but she deserved all of our efforts. I definitely lost a good friend.
 
 

Bob McMeachin

December 20th, 1942 - October 13th, 1995

 

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Robert Paul McMeachin, 52, San Francisco, CA, (formerly of Kansas City, MO) passed away October 13, 1995, at home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 30, at Ressurection Cemetery, Kansas City North.

Mr. McMeachin was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus of Kansas City. He was a career employee of the Social Security Administration. Survivors include his son, Jason, and daughter, Rachel; two grandchildren, Nathan and Joshua; his mother, Pauline McMeachin, Castle Rock, CO; his maternal grandmother, Betty Jeffries, Kansas City; a sister, Linda Fogel, Castle Rock, CO; a brother, James McMeachin, Kansas City, MO; and five nieces and nephews.

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Michelle A Metzger (Levin)

April 5th, 1943 - February 25th, 1981


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LEVIN, Michelle A. Beloved wife of Irving H. Levin; dearest mother of Jana & Jill. Cherished daughter of Mrs. Joseph (Serena) Grinpas and Jerome Metzger; adored sister of Carol Brightbill; loving granddaughter of Bella and Hy Vile; great-granddaughter of Mrs. Sarah Wengrover.

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Tommy Michael

- - April 28th, 1970


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Thomas R Michael

Thomas R. Michael, 27, of 8114 Wyoming street, critically burned in an explosion March 17, 1970 at the Paniplus company laboratories, died yesterday at St. Mary’s hospital.

A machine making baking additive tablets had exploded, touching off a small but intense fire.

Michael was an employee of the company. He was a lifelong Kansas City resident.

He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Michael of the home; a brother, Johnny Michael of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Loris, 106 West Armour, and Miss Judy Michael, 3435 Central, and his parental grandmother, Mrs. Maude Michael, Jameson, Mo. Services will be held at the Newcomer chapel, Brush Creek and the Paseo; burial in Summit Heights Memorial Gardens cemetery. Friends may call after 5 o’clock tonight at the chapel.

Kansas City Star

April 29, 1970

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From Bill Alden on July 23rd, 2011
Just one all round nice guy.  Was in Civics class with Tommy and he was always very friendly and very likeable.
 

Carol Nelson (Frey)

April 5th, 1943 - September 22nd, 2009


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Carol Nelson Frey

Carol Nelson Frey died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Carol is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bob Frey; her daughters Carrie Humphrey and Lindsay Craven (Dr. Scott); grandchildren Olivia Humphrey, Mason Craven and Millie Craven, and siblings Nancy Nelson (Eugene), Jill LaBelle, Rebecca Smith, and David Nelson, and their children and grandchildren. Carol's parents, Virginia Appel Nelson and James Nelson, Jr., are both deceased. Carol, a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, graduated from Border Star Elementary and Southwest High School. She received both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Carol practiced psychotherapy at Midtown Psychological Services from 1995 until the present. Carol, a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, belonged to the Kansas City Chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). She enjoyed playing tennis and golf, as well as bridge, with her many friends. An avid dancer, Carol is remembered by all as the life of the party.


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From Barbara Molotsky on September 21st, 2010
Carol was such a force in past Southwest reunions, she is sorely missed for this one.  Having stepped into her shoes, I can tell you she did a lot of work to make these happen.
 
From Janet Oliver Nelson on November 22nd, 2010
Since I moved away from KC to go to Arizona shortly after graduation, my memories of Carol are from when we attended Border Star together and then went on to Southwest.  However, mainly our friendship grew from living next door and seeing how much havoc we could cause in the neighborhood.  Summers were great on Greenway Terrace and Carol and I were reasonably inseperable except for the weekends that I went to my grandparents farm in Stanley (which is now just another neighborhood in Kansas).  Sometimes she went with me to my grandparents and I was forunate enough to go to the grandparents Appel's farm upon occasion.  We spent the night at each other's homes all of the time and shared all of the secrets that kiddos of that age can possibly have.  She was a good friend except when one of us got mad for some stupid reason and didn't speak for at least 2 days.  I was always jealous of how 'cute' she was but I grew out of that when we got to SW and then I was REALLY jealous of her looks and figure.  She was my friend through it all even if she pledged Philo and I was a Theta.  Oh the honking that went on as we passed each others houses after my family moved to a place on Valley Road.  I loved Carol until the day she was taken from us at too young an age (or at all)  We had reconnected while she was going through her illness and we traded many memories of the great times that we had together.  Carol will certainly be missed by me. 
 
From Gary Cohn on April 1st, 2011

Whenever anyone mentions Southwest, the first name that pops into mind is CAROL NELSON.  She set the standards by which I measured other girls.  She was cute, vivacious, friendly, outgoing and of course a Philo.  In the 21st Reunion Book, I wrote that I still wanted a date with Carol.  At the 40th Renunion Bob was gracious enough to give Carol to me for the evening, but wasn't willing to let me take her home. 

Maybe she could be the reason I never got married, since no one like her ever crossed my path or if they did I never noticed.

 

Thomas Nitardy

July 18th, 1943 - December 10th, 1989

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Thomas H. Nitardy, 46, southwest Kansas City, died Dec. 10, 1989, at Saint Joseph Health Center. He was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Nitardy was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Beta fraternity. His father, Arthur W. Nitardy, died in January 1950. His mother, Doretta M. Nitardy, died in September of this year. Survivors include an uncle and two cousins.


 

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From Bob Woodling on May 9th, 2011
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This tribute is every bit as much for Tom as it is for his mother, Doretta. Tom lived on the same block as me and we were friends throughout grade school and high school and college. That we became friends is mainly due to the perseverance of his mother. Tom’s father died in 1950 and Doretta was determined to keep the house on 70th Terrace so that Tom could attend J.C. Nichols school. She took a full time job and took roomers into her house to help with expenses. She was a den mother for our Cub Scout troop and she drove us to movies and other places. I frequently ran into Tom when we were at KU but I lost track of him after I moved to Seattle. Attached is Tom’s 1965 graduation photo from KU.

 
From Patty Kaplan on May 30th, 2011
I knew Tom all my school life in Kansas City - at J.C. Nichols and at Southwest.  We were always friends.  Like me, he loved the drama department and music, and we bonded over the productions.  I remember him being there to help me, and it meant a lot.  It's so sad that he died so young.
 
From Bill Alden on July 26th, 2011
Used to walk home from J.C. Nichols with Tommy and Penny Grant.  We all had a lot of fun even though "visiting" was not all that lengthy.
Always think of him when I think of grade school.
 
From Penny Grant Messer on May 4th, 2012

Tom lived across the street from me on 70th Terrace.  He was a good friend to me.  My family and I moved there in 4th grade at J.C.Nicholls School.  During grade school years Tom and I hung out alot together.  We even smoked our first cigarette together.  (Secretally of course)  He was a very loyal and good friend to me and I will never forget him. 

 
From Jack Turner on November 30th, 2013
Tom and I were best frfiends all throuigh grade school. I used to go to his house after school and we would play together, enacting all kinds of fantasies. I remember a neighbor died and his heirs left his books in the garage. Tom and I spent hours going through them. There were a lot of books written in foreign languages and that sparked my lifelong interest in learning about other countries and their native tongues. One of the things that brought Tom and me together was the fact that we were both outcasts. Neither of us fit in with the other kids in school, so I guess that helped us be friends. I moved away from Kansas City after 8th grade, so I didn't go to Southwest High School and lost contact with him, as well as with the other students I went to school with for eight years.. When I finally tried to reconnect, I found out that he had died. I think about him a lot, as well as about those days at J. C. Nichols school.
 

Gene Owen

May 11th, 1943 - December 19th, 2012


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LOYD EUGENE OWEN, JR.
 
Gene Owen, born May 11, 1943, passed away on December 19, 2012. Gene grew up in Kansas City and attended Southwest High School. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri. Soon after school, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda. It was with great pride that Gene soon after joined the US Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Captain and received the Bronze Star. On his return to Kansas City, he welcomed his only child, a daughter, and began his law career at Gage and Tucker. He worked as a labor lawyer and later became a managing partner of the firm. In the course of his career, he developed many strong friendships which remain a support for his daughter to the current day. Even in retirement, Gene was not satisfied with idleness. He began his own company, Starco, manufacturing and distributing streamlined refuse removal units of his own design. Gene had an avid interest in boats and yachting, which broadened his family to those in Turkey and the Caribbean. Hunting, fishing, and marksmanship were among Gene's favorite pastimes. He was a lung cancer survivor and a man of strong character and unmovable will. Gene was a loyal friend and his door was always open. He was an amazing, supportive father and an adoring grandfather. His keen intelligence and quick wit marked him on the memory of all he met. A man's man, he was never as happy as to have a grandson. He is survived by his daughter, Tish, son in law, Mathew, granddaughter, Michaela, and grandson, Laith. He also leaves his most valued companion, Elle, his faithful dog. A small family has just become smaller, but friends and family will find a smile in all the stories we can tell. It was a lovely cruise. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Lung Association in Gene's name.
 
Kansas City Star- Sunday, December 30, 2012

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From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on May 11th, 2013
Gene Owen was a special member of the Class of 1961 and a special friend of mine.  If I'd known the meaning of the phrase "Renaissance man" back in the day, he could have been identified as such -- Student Council officer, orator, stage crew, member of the 1960 Redskin Revels script committee (we created a country for the show called LONEISWINGO > Georgia Lonnecker, Patty Eisberg, Lynne Swingley, Gene Owen), piano player, lead in the Senior Play "Ask Any Girl."  He definitely had many facets to his persona.  Consider his life after Southwest -- law student, husband, father, grandfather, U.S. Army officer, Bronze Star recipient, managing partner of a labor law firm, hunter, fisherman, lung cancer survivor, an inventor and entrepreneur after he retired.  Once again, the phrase "Renaissance man" comes to mind.  In whatever guise you knew him, Gene was a great guy and a good man.  He loved being at the 2011 reunion weekend.  After 50 years, the two of us reconnected like so many others did, as if no time had passed.  We shared our various life experiences, and since then, resumed a friendship that had its roots on stage, back stage and in the classrooms of our high school.  I will miss Gene.  He died too soon, too young; it's very sad to lose him.   
 

Barbara Page (Neal)

December 10th, 1942 - August 16th, 1998


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Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - August 19, 1998

 

NEAL Barbara P. Neal, age 55, of Westerville, August 16, 1998 at St. Ann's Hospital. Retired Psychologist, State of Ohio. Survived by husband, W. David Neal; son, Jason P. Neal of Westerville; brothers, Charles (Judy) Page of Leawood, Ks., Steven R. Page of Chittenden, Vt.; cousins, Beth (Charles) Bales of Leawood, Ks. and Glen (Karen) Froehlich of Topeka, Ks.; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Robert A. and Virginia Page, parents-in-law Dr. William J. and Lousie Neal. Retired Physician, Archbold, Oh.

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Chuck Page

December 10th, 1942 - May 13th, 2013

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CHARLES ROBERT PAGE
 
(Dec 10, 1942-May 13, 2013) Charles Page was born December 10, 1942 to his parents Robert and Virginia Page in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Southwest High School with the class of 1961. He attended college at The University of Missouri-Kansas City where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering. Chuck was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Judith Ann Page. He is survived by his loving children Jennifer Page, Jonathan and Darcy Page, Stephen and Heidi Page, his 5 grandchildren (and 1 deceased) and his 2 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, May 17 from 6-8pm, and funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 10am. Both will be at D.W. Newcomer's and Sons, Floral Hills Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens located at 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64133. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Leukemia Society or the American Cancer Society . Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneral home.com. Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., K.C., MO 64133

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From Doug Zetmeir on May 16th, 2013
Chuck and I were good buddies in H.S.  He was somewhat of an enigma ... wanted to look like an escapee from West Side Story for a really intelligent guy.
 
Two incidents come to mind ... Once we were drinking a few brews over at the Rainbow Tap Room when we were Jr's or Sr's.  We were having a good time until Chuck started saying something about our Southwest Indians.  That babe of a bartender looked at us and said, "High School?  I thought you two were at J.C.  You've got to get out of here!"  LOL  Probably the first underage customers who ever got kicked out of the Rainbow Bar.
 
Another time, some of us were cruising to the Coke Bar in Grandview.  Chuck had some fire crackers including some cherry bombs.  As we were driving out old 71, Chuck thought it would be a good idea to light the bombs and throw them out the window.  He lit one and was throwing it out the window when it hit the pillar and bounced back on the floor of the backseat.  Suddenly, 3 guys in the back seat were all sitting on top of each other and Jim Freet was yelling, "I'm going to get my ass blowin off!  I'm going to get my ass blown off!"  LOL  He didn't ... no one got hurt other than the floor of my Mom's car.  Then we went to the Coke Bar ... had cold brews in the trunk.  We left the CB and drove out on a Grandview Road to drink some beer.  I pulled off but the car got hung up on a tree stump.  As we were getting it un-hung, the cops pulled up.  Took us all in and called our parents to come get us.  They couldn't get hold of Chuck's Dad ... so he got off scott free.  I was grounded forever.   LOL  Mike Burnett was carrying a big, illegal switchblade ... he threw that into an open field when he saw the flashing lights.  Oh well... great times ... great memories ... no one got hurt.
 
Chuck was a really good guy, we lost touch but I followed his career surepticiously ... he was a very accomplished architect.  It was a real privilege to know him and share some good times being teens in a simple era.
 
From Herb Simon on May 16th, 2013
Charlie was truley a nice person. Whenever I ran into him he always had a smile, and a ready handshake. He will be missed by many, and my condolences go out to his family.
 
From Bill Alden on May 17th, 2013
I did not know Chuck well but he always seemed to be well grounded with focus on his future. He also seemed to be one who just was himself and was comfortable with not having to prove anything to be an integral part of his community.
 
 
 
From Jerry Peterson on May 18th, 2013
I was over to his house just this last winter.  He was showing me his new '57 mint red T-bird.  I had offered to help him get it ready for the upcoming concours this summer.  He seemed to be aging faster than us, and was noticably slowing down.  I guess you need to pay attention to your physical capabilities as you get older and adjust as needed.
 
Too bad.  Chuck was a nice guy.  Judy, his wife, developed a very rare cancer right after the reunion and died 3 months later.  This depressed him quite a bit but seemed to be getting over it last winter when I was there.
 
From Larry Reyburn on May 18th, 2013
Chuck was in Drafting Class and 2nd Yr. Algebra.  He was really a nice guy and had a good grasp of the stuff I didn't understand.  He was always very cordial and I'm sorry to hear of his demise.  Chuck was a good man and I'm happy I knew him. Only the good die young.
 
From Steve Melcher on May 28th, 2013
Chuck and I met when we were five years old and kept in pretty close touch ever since. He was one of my heroes. He came from poor circumstances but went on to pay his way to college and become one of the prominent structural engineers in the Midwest. He did all of Frank Morgan's work including the tallest building in Missouri--One Kansas City Place.
This is a story that I call "The Big Haul."
In 1979 I was working at the First National Bank of Kansas City(now the Public Library). I got a call from Chuck asking if we had any very large safe deposit boxes--not one you could walk into, but maybe half that size. I checked it out and found we had several suitable ones that ran about $500 apiece per year. I inquired why he wanted the box. He said the new Susan B. Anthony dollar coins were coming out and he was going to buy $25,000 worth and put them away for several years. He said he could double his money with uncirculated coins in mint condition.
These were in bags of $1,000 and had to weigh about 100 pounds each. Hauling them to the bank would not be easy. If you put them in the trunk your car, your front tires would be in the air. I guess he had it all figured out with his structural engineering expertise. I didn't see him bring them to the bank and i never asked him how he did it.
Five or six years went by and I asked Chuck how he made out on the dolllars. He timidly told me he was lucky to get $1 back on each one because no one wanted them. And he had to pay $500 for the safe deposit box. Seems the Treasury minted 600 million of them and flooded the market with what turned out to be an unpopular coin. They are still worth $1 today. How he got rid of them I don't know. Brink's? Did he rent a truck? It was a really big hauling job.
 
Most of Chuck's ventures went as planned. This didn't. But he had a good story to tell and got some laughs out of it.
 
He was a great guy and as loyal a friend as you'll ever find.
 
 
 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 10th, 2013
Chuck was one of the good guys.  I know he acted tough, but his heart was soft.  And I  thought he didn't want anyone to know how smart he was because that wasn't the image he pursued for himself.  I always remember the Name Buttons he made for the Class of 1961 at our 28th reunion.  The other three classes there on Saturday night (1958, 1959 and 1960) were jealous of us.  It was so good to see him two years ago; it's a big loss.
 

James Max Parkison

January 12th, 1943 - October 1st, 2002


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James Max Parkison,
59, of Bedminster, NJ, and formerly of Kansas City, MO, passed away October 1, 2002, in New Haven, NJ. A graveside service will be at Grandview Cemetery, Sidney, IA, on Sunday, October 6.
Jim was born in Kansas City on January 12, 1943, to Amherst Max Parkison.
For the last 12 years, he served as Clerk of the court for the federal Southern District of New York in Manhattan. Prior to that Jim was the Court Administrator for the Supreme Court of Missouri before serving as the administrator for the Trial Court in Burlington County, New Jersey. He was also Assistant Director of the Institute for Judicial Administration, New York University. After graduating from UMKC Law School in 1968, Jim served in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) prior to working as an attorney at the St. Louis Public Defender's Office. Jim, a graduate from Grinnell College, 1965, and Southwest High School (Kansas City), 1961, was an Eagle Scout from Kansas City's Troop 50.
Jim is survived by his wife, Anne Hale Parkison, Bedminster; son, Christopher Parkison, Washington D.C.; brother, John Keith Parkison, Kansas City; niece, Kate Migneron, Kansas City; and nephews, Gabriel Parkison, Kansas City, David Hale, Columbia, MD, and Peter Hale, New York City.

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From Bob Woodling on July 3rd, 2011

Jim and I were good friends during high school. We were both TWA brats (Jim’s father, Max, was one of the first TWA pilots to fly the airline’s Boeing 707 jets). We worked together on the 1960 and 1961 Sachem yearbook staffs. Jim was editor of the 1961 Sachem, one of the last editions to be printed by the letterpress process, which is much more tedious and time consuming than today’s modern offset printing. Jim did a masterful job coordinating the publication of the yearbook with the printer, while stimulating an atmosphere of teamwork among the yearbook staff. We learned about Jim’s illness prior to the 40th reunion and were saddened to hear of his death the following year.
 

 
From Bill Alden on July 26th, 2011
Attended Broadway Mehodist Church with his family; parents knew each other mostly because we were Boy Scouts together.  We ran a scam for several semesters.  Jim brought his lunch - a brown bag.  He used to give me the bag and he would carry his sandwich, etc without the bag. I would present myself at the cafeteria door-for-lunch-toters with an empty bag; checkers never caught us cause it always looked like I had a lunch from home. I would therefore beat the majority of hot lunch folks.  We were such rascals !
My folks always spoke well of Max and Tip, Jim's parents.
 

Jim Peil

August 30th, 1943 - April 23rd, 1996


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JAMES M. PEIL, 52, found peace on April 23, 1996. His life was filled with true love and contentment that he shared with Marsha, his wife and best friend. His spirit, determination and car­ing for his loving family and many friends is a blessing and a gift that has inspired and allowed us to meet life's challenges with a more positive energy and great sense of humor. We invite you to help us celebrate the joys of Jim's life and to reflect upon your own, at a me­morial service at the Chapel at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe, at 1:00 pm Friday, April 26,1996. In lieu of flowers, donations to help con­tinue Jim's caring for others should be made to CanCare of Houston, 9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 240, Houston, TX 77024.

 

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David Reed

May 29th, 1942 - February 21st, 2012

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Joanne Rosenhaupt

- - November 30th, 1998


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Joanne Rosenhaupt, 55, Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, November 30, 1998, at St. Luke's Hospital. Memorial graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers, family suggests contributions to Temple B'nai Jehudah.

Ms. Rosenhaupt was in cosmetic sales with Halls Crown Center for seven years. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Jehudah. Ms. Rosenhaupt was born in Kansas City, lived in Los Angeles, CA, for 15 years, before returning to Kansas City in 1991. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth S. Rosenhaupt, in 1996. Ms. Rosenhaupt is survived by her father, Julian M. Rosenhaupt, of the home; cousins also surviving.

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Richey Rowley (Hulshof)

February 4th, 1943 - January 26th, 2006


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Richey Rowley Hulshof

Richey Rowley Hulshof, 62, Overland Park, KS was welcomed into heaven on Thursday, January 26, 2006. Richey was born on Feb. 4, 1943 in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Southwest High School in 1961. At the University of Missouri, Columbia, Richey was a member of MO Maids, the synchronized swimming team, and Chi Omega sorority. Her career as a real estate broker began with Eugene D. Brown Realtors in 1972 and continued until 1987. In 1987, she started her own firm, Richey Rowley and Associates Realty, which continues to the present time. Richey married Gerard Hulshof on Nov. 7, 1980 and enjoyed celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Richey was devoted to her family and committed to her faith. She was ever grateful to her grandfather, Tom Dunphy, for his model of faith-filled witness. His loving influence brought her to the sacraments of faith at Easter of 2002 when she was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. Richey's faith, centered on the hope of Christ, served as an inspiration to many, even as she waged a strong, six year battle against cancer. Through the intercession of Blessed Kateri, Richey witnessed to others about the power of prayer. Her devotion as a wife, mother, and grandmother gifted her family with a wonderful legacy of love. Her fondness for animals blessed her family with treasured pets. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Dorothy Dunphy Rowley. Survivors include her husband, Gerard Hulshof of the home; cherished daughter, Kimberley Kleb of Shawnee Mission; precious daughter and son-inlaw, Lisa and Kevin Mercer and her beloved granddaughters, Barbara Sue and Kelly Elise Mercer of Kansas City North; dear sister, Pamela Rowley Condon of Louisville, KY; cousin Jerry Rowley of Foley, Alabama; and her aunt, Ginny Nicholson of Shawnee, KS. Pallbearers are nephews, David, Kenny, and Tony Hulshof and friends of the family, Randy Duncan, Virgil Lane, and Harry Fritz.

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From Barbara Molotsky on May 6th, 2011
What can you say about Richey Rowley?  That she was beautiful.  That she was a character.  That she was a star.  Can any of us say we didn't know her?  She was truly memorable.
 
From Patty Kaplan on May 8th, 2011
Richey was our class drama queen in every sense of the phrase.  She was beautiful, she was classy, she knew how to perform.  She projected an image that we in Thespians appreciated and admired  On stage and off stage, her presence was special. We were colleagues and collaborators before we understood the meaning of those words. And she was my friend ... she is missed.
 

Paula Sue Russback (Myers)

April 10th, 1943 - January 19th, 2009


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Paula Sue Myers, 65, of Kansas City,  Mo., passed away Monday, January 19,  2009. Memorial services will be 3 p.m.  Saturday, at Marts Memorial Services.  Cremation.  Paula was born April 10, 1943, in Kansas  City to Charles and Doris (Marr)  Russback. She was a member of Bethany  Family Christian Center. She was  preceded in death by her mother, her  husband, William Myers, and a son,  Blaine Barry. Her survivors include two  sons, Terry Michael Myers and Shawn  William Myers; three grandchildren; her  father and step mother, Charles and  Martha Russback; two brothers, John  Russback (Jean), and David Russback  (Sarah); two sisters, Kay Neighbors  (Steve), and Nancy Smith (Carl); her ex-  husband, Jimmy Barry; a lifelong friend,  Carol Baker; her aunt, Mabel Steinbaugh  (Gene); numerous nieces, nephews,  other relatives and friends.

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From Herb Simon on April 17th, 2011
Paula was one of the first people that I remember meeting when I went to Southwest. ALways kind and quiet, she never talked a lot but I always got a smile and a hello.
 

Lynn Ryerson (Perniciaro)

June 29th, 1943 - December 13th, 2004


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Lynn S. (Ryerson) Perniciaro, 61, passed away Monday, December 13, 2004, at Truman Medical Center West with her family at her side. Lynn was born June 29, 1943, in Denver, CO. She attended Southwest High School, where she graduated in 1961, and then attended IBM Technical Institute for two years, earning her Associates Degree. Lynn was a devoted wife for 36 years, a loving mother, and the best grandmother a child could have. She gave of herself often, asking not much in return. She was happiest spending time with her family and friends, and enjoyed time spent at her home at the Lake of the Ozarks. It was the one place she felt most comfortable. Lynn enjoyed nature and all things beautiful. She loved to garden and enjoyed watching her flowers blossom. She was an active part of both of her sons' lives and activities, and was involved and devoted to her granddaughter. She always took an active role in her community. She was active in the Boy Scouts of America with her family, and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, Stan and Pauline Ryerson, and infant grandson Anthony Vincent Perniciaro. Survivors include her husband Anthony Perniciaro; sons Joe Perniciaro, Anthony Perniciaro; granddaughter Christina Perniciaro; brother and sisterin-law Dean and Jane Ryerson; motherin-law Carrie Perniciaro; sisters-in-law Carol Perniciaro, Kim Perniciaro; aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Lynn was devoted to her family and faith, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. To our Mom and Nana: You were our angel and we will miss you and keep your smile and soft touch in our hearts forever.

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Judith Gail Shawgo (Groves)

June 8th, 1943 - September 15th, 1993


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Judith Gail Groves, 50, Raytown, died Sept. 15, 1993, at the home. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Broadview Christian Church. Friends may call after the services Sunday at the church. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Groves was a lifelong area resident.

She was an art teacher at Bingham Junior High School in the late 1960s. She was a member of the church. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Groves, a son, Scott Groves, and a daughter, Patricia Groves, all of the home.
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Harry Shrago

December 7th, 1943 - February 19th, 2012

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Harry Daniel Shrago, 68, of Marietta, passed away February 19, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Shrago; son, Eric Shrago; and his sister, Kate Campbell. A graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Park at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or www.cancer.org. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770.451.4999.
 
Express condolences at mdjonline.com
 
Marietta Daily Journal (GA) - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Dr Richard Errett Smalley

June 6th, 1943 - October 28th, 2005


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Nobel Laureate and Rice University Professor Dr. Richard Errett Smalley, Ph.D. passed away on Friday, the 28th of October 2005, after a seven-year battle with Leukemia. He was 62. His extraordinary scientific contributions were recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1996 with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery in 1985 of the Carbon 60 molecule, Buckminsterfullerene, which he nicknamed "Buckyball." He shared the prize with Rice University Professor Robert Curl, and Sir Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex. At the ceremony, Smalley named two people who made vital contributions to their research, James R. Heath, Ph.D. and C. Sean O'Brien, Ph.D who were then Rice graduate students. Smalley was born June 6, 1943 in Akron, Ohio, to Frank Dudley Smalley, Jr., and Esther Virginia Rhoads and was the youngest of four children. His interest in science began in his early teens while his mother was working on her Bachelor degree. Together they collected single-cell organisms from a local pond and studied them with a microscope sparking his long scientific career. He began his academic career at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and later transferred to the University of Michigan where he earned a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 1965. After an intervening four-year period as a research chemist with Shell, he resumed his studies at Princeton University and earned his M.S. in Chemistry in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1973. During a postdoctoral period with Lennard Wharton and Donald Levy at the University of Chicago, he pioneered what has become one of the most powerful techniques in chemical physics; supersonic beam laser spectroscopy. He joined Rice University in 1976 and was named to the Gene and Norman Hackerman Chair in Chemistry in 1981. He was a founder of the Rice Quantum Institute in 1979, and served as the Chairman from 1986 to 1996. In 1990 he became a Professor in the Department of Physics and was appointed University Professor in 2002. Smalley was the founding director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice in 1993, and became the Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory in 1992. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the recipient of many other awards including the 1991 Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the 1992 International Prize for New Materials, the 1992 E.O. Lawrence Award of the U.S. Department of Energy, the 1992 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry, the 1993 William H. Nichols Medal of the American Chemical Society, the 1993 John Scott Award of the City of Philadelphia, the 1994 Europhysics Prize, the 1994 Harrison Howe Award, the 1995 Madison Marshall Award, the 1996 Franklin Medal, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the 1997 Distinguished Public Service Medal awarded by the US Department of the Navy, the 2002 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award of Small Times Magazine, the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College, and the 2005 SPIE Visionary Award. He received three honorary degrees in 2004-an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Richmond; a Doctor Scientiarum Honoris Causa from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Science from Tuskegee University. Rice University President David Leebron said of his passing, "We will miss Rick's brilliance, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and humanity. He epitomized what we value at Rice: path breaking research, commitment to teaching, and contribution to the betterment of our world. In important ways, Rick helped build and shape the Rice University of today. His extraordinary scientific contributions, recognized with the Nobel Prize, will form the foundation of new technologies that will improve life for millions. His life's work and his brave fight against a terrible disease were an inspiration to all." He is survived by his bride, Deborah Sheffield Smalley, two sons, Chad Richard Smalley and Preston Reed Smalley; two sisters, Linda Rings and Mary Jill Olson; one brother, Clayton Smalley, two step-daughters, Eva Kluber & Alison Kluber, and one granddaughter, Bridget

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From Bob Jennings on April 26th, 2011

This from a friend who was a student at Rice when Smalley won his Nobel.

 

Bob,

 

Here are a couple articles I came across (see below). I remember attending the reception mentioned in one of them. A lot of the student body showed up. The campus was pretty excited. I don't think there was any beer though, which was strange for Rice. The school had enough money that pretty much every event had University subsidized kegs or buckets full of ice and beer around. It was Texas after all. And it was probably hot.

 

I liked the quotes from the university president that Rice's Nobels in literature and other categories were surely just right around the corner. We always had a bit of an inferiority complex towards larger better known Universities. In searching the archives there were a lot of articles on the nanotechnology research being done in the months leading up to the prize award. So they must have known they were doing something right. Even now a lot of people draw a blank face when you mention going to Rice, so everyone was excited to get on the map for something like this. It was a big deal. Even in the larger context of Houston it was exciting. This was proof that it could compete intellectually with cities like Boston or Berkeley and that Texas' best and brightest did not have to leave the state to get a world class education (unlike say Stanford, where its harder to get in if you are from California because they want geographic diversity, Rice gives preference to kids from Houston and Texas in general because their founding mission was to educate Texans).

 

Rice was the first place I remember where I knew people casually mentioning that their family friends had Nobel prizes (those people were mostly from the Northeast). It blew my mind a little that one could have a sleepover at a Nobel Prize winner’s house. Certainly not my experience growing up in middle class suburbia on the west coast. I'd guess that less than half the adults on my block growing up had college degrees.

 

Anyways, hope all this helps.

 

Regards,

Chris

 

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Chris Andrejko
Rowell Brokaw Architects, P.C.

 

 
From Bob Woodling on May 11th, 2011
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Rick was a whiz at chemistry and physics at SWHS, but was not too good at H-O-R-S-E or P-I-G, even though he beat me a couple of times. A master of sarcastic wit, Rick kept me on my toes during those games in the driveway at his house. I tried to tune out his bantering but it was impossible to keep from laughing.

I knew Rick would have a successful career but I never imagined him winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His Nobel lecture is a mixture of his science and his wit.

The photo shows Rick accepting the Nobel Prize.

 
From Robert Curl on May 16th, 2011
Image I shared the Nobel Prize with Rick and knew him for many years.  He was a genius.  I feel that he was he most brilliant person I have known and I have known quite a few really smart people.  I would be surprised if he were regarded that way in high school. Rick's personality changed over the years.  It seems I knew several different Ricks. Rick was a very good friend.  I miss him. The picture of him looking sort of wild shows him on top the apparatus on which the discovery was made. 
 
From William Soltz on July 17th, 2011

Rick and I became good friends during our senior year. I do not remember how it took place. But we would spend time at night smoking unfiltered Camels, drinking his father's scotch and making and exploding small harmless bombs. Rick was a natural sciientist with an  insatiable curiosity. He loved Dave Brubeck and jazz in general. He was especially fond of "take five." His sense of humor was sometimes difficult to follow. Rick was a character and very likeable. He was always laughing. We drank, talked girls and generally were up to no good. I never saw Rick or talked to him after graduation. He had a rich and productive life. I was fortunate to have known him. I heard him several times on NPR after the prize and it sounded like he never had changed. I am sure he will be missed by his family , friends,  professional people etc.

Sincerely, WH Soltz

 

Jim Smith

August 1st, 1943 - October 6th, 2005


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James D. "Jack" Smith

 

James D. "Jack" Smith, 62, of Linton, passed away at 2:56 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana.

Born Aug. 1, 1943, in Marshall, Mo., he was the son of James Franklin Smith and Mary Jane (Mayfield) Brown.

He worked for GIBCO Motor Express as a truck driver, was retired from Crane NWSC where he worked in security and as a truck driver, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 19 years during the Vietnam War and then in the Army National Guard, retiring from the reserve in June 1991, and was a member of the Sullivan Christian Church.

Survivors include: his mother Mary Jane Brown of Kansas City, Missouri; his wife, Vonda K. (Kristler) Smith of Linton; three daughters, Margo A. Morrison of Lewiston, Idaho, Heather and her husband Eric Christensen of Bremerton, Wash., and Amanda and her husband John Giles of Linton; a son Tim Smith and his wife Melissa of Linton; a sister Linda D. Curtis of North Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and his mother-in-law, Deloris Kristler, of Linton.

He was preceded in death by his father and his step-father, William Hardy Brown.

Greene County Daily World

Friday, October 7, 2005

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Don Sneed

February 3rd, 1943 - May 17th, 2012


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Donald Glenn Sneed Jr., 69, of Lake Quivira, Kan., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2012, with his loving family at his side. Don was born Feb. 3, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., son of Donald and Elizabeth Sneed, and he graduated from Southwest High School in 1961 and attended Pittsburgh State University. He worked for Hopkins Mfg. in Emporia for many years and, in 1991, he became the President and partner of Jasco, which developed the first fully adjustable drink holder called the "Spillmaster." In 1997, he became a partner with his son, Brett in a business named BLT ("Better Life Technology") that is a leading manufacturer of garage and specialty flooring. He loved and cherished his family and friends as he was an active part of their lives. He was an avid sports nut and did whatever it took to win. It was said by one of his close tennis companions, "Don never made a bad call. . . according to him!" He is survived by his wife of 48 years Joannie (Schembri) Sneed, son, Brett (wife Shelley) Sneed of Lake Quivira, daughter, Christi (husband Mark) Metivier of Pewaukee, Wis., daughter, Whitney (husband Scott) Coulson of Lake Quivira, and eight grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203. Mass will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the burial. A celebration of life reception will occur at 4 p.m. at Lake Quivira Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Don's name to St. Joseph Catholic Church 11311 Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66203 or the Amyloidosis Support Group at www.amyloidosissupport.com 232 Orchard Drive Wood Dale, IL 60191. Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com Arr.: The Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory, (913) 631-5566. The Amos Family, 10901 Johnson Dr, 913-631-5566

Published in Kansas City Star on May 20, 2012

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From steve melcher on May 20th, 2012
don sneed was a very funny guy. in fact, he was voted most humorous in our class. he was zany. my favorite sneed story occurred in the early 1970's. jim davis and i worked together at the continental bank in chicago. we sat a couple of desks from each other. i think davis was traveling so i got a phone call at 9am one morning. it was sneed. he said he was in chicago for the day to buy a house and wondered if we would finance it. he had a real estate agent. he was going to move to chicago for business purposes, but had no idea where he wanted to buy. he was leaving at the end of the day and would call me with an update at 4:30. he also mentioned he brought his tennis clothes and racket and wondered if i could play a match with him. i told him i had to work.
at 4:30 sneed called and i asked him if he bought a house.  he said he bought three! they were all over town. i asked why he bought three and he said because he liked them all. (he also got in a game of tennis with his agent.) i was somewhat stunned and told don to call me back when he had figured out the house he wanted. i had no idea how he was going to get out of the contracts.
he never called back. i told davis about it and he said to wait for sneed's call. after about a month with no phone call i think davis called him and sneed said the chicago business deal had fallen through so he, (in a way only he could, miraculously) cancelled out of everything.
 
From Robert ("Robbie:) Bretz on May 20th, 2012
Don was a unique and wonderful person who succeeded in life - - marrying a wonderful lady, creating a marvelous family that adored him and in his sports and business endeavors - - beyond even his own (and I am sure his parents Betty and Doc's) expectations.  One can only be proud of all Don accomplished.  Don was a good friend (really a soul mate) who will very much be missed by me and his large circle of friends. 
 
From Herb Simon on May 20th, 2012
When I think of Don, I immediatley go back to our grade school, Hale Cook. Don and I went to each others house to play, and I always thought of him as a friend. Our teachers even called us Mutt and Jeff. I won't say who was who. His humor and presence will be missed.
 
From Bill Alden on June 28th, 2012
Don is a very unforgetable, humorful character.  Things that stand out in my memeory of Don:
Wilson Tanner's story about Don with two fellas in his head-locks, running at a wall and Don mistakenly hit the wall first;
Mr. Cirrinccione mimicing Don's humor and gestures during class  . . . . apparently the class eventually settled down;
Don being rolled up in the tarp at the ball park . . . made Life magazine.   
Totally unique and extremely memorable!  Definitely a "stand out" !   
 

Suzanne Soard (Good)

February 24th, 1943 - July 8th, 2011

 

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 Suzanne Doris Soard Good 


Suzanne Doris Good, age 68, of Hays, Kansas passed away Friday, July 8, 2011 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  She was surrounded by her family and friends. 

Suzanne was born February 24, 1943, in Monroe, Louisiana to Hartsell and Doris (Richmond) Soard.  She graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music from the University of Missouri in 1965.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Fort Hays State University in 1973. 

On June 23, 1967, Suzanne married Dr. Larry R. Good in Kansas City, Missouri.  To this union was born three children, Jeffrey, Gretchen, and Heather. 

Suzanne is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Larry R. Good; her son, Jeffrey Good of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter, Gretchen Good McIlnay and her son-in-law, Dr. Bradley McIlnay, of Leawood, Kansas; and daughter, Heather Good of Fairway, Kansas; her grandchildren, Charlotte, Ted, Maeve, and Peter McIlnay; her brother, Hartsell Soard, and sister in law, Melanie Soard of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Suzanne loved music and dance.  She was a dancer with the Kansas City Ballet.  She was a dedicated teacher and inspired many children through education and dance.  She was a dance teacher for 16 years and an elementary special education teacher for 12 years at O’Loughlin Elementary School in Hays. Suzanne was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, Chi Omega Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O. (BQ Chapter), and the First United Methodist Church.  She was a former Navy wife.  She loved her country and had great respect for members of the Armed Services.  Suzanne always had a positive outlook on life and greeted everyone with a smile and hug. 

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 7th and Ash in Hays, Kansas.  Burial will be in the Mt. Allen Cemetery in Hays.  Friends may visit the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine, on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Suzanne Good Memorial Fund of the First United Methodist of Hays or the Chi Omega-Rho Scholarship Fund Foundation.  The scholarship fund may be mailed to the Chi Omega Foundation, 3395 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, Tennessee 38125. 

She influenced many family members, friends and students throughout her lifetime and will be missed tremendously.  Condolences to the family at www.haysmemorial.com 

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From Reunion Committee on July 14th, 2011
Image The attached photo of Susie was published with her obituary.
 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on July 16th, 2011
Susie was the "dance queen" of our class.  And it was magical to watch her perform.  In "Brigadoon" and Finian's Rainbow as well as the Revels, she was a shining star as actress and dancer; she also sang in Choir so she was a triple threat.  More importantly, she was a good friend and a good person.  How sad for all of us it is to lose her.
 
From Ray Falkenberg on July 25th, 2011
During my senior year I had the good fortune to know Suzie through my participation in musical support of the various theater productions.  I could see that she was a very special person, talented, sincere and kind.  I can imagine how her friends and family have benefited from her generosity of spirit over the years.
 
From Janice Motley on August 31st, 2011
 susie and I were friends since first grade we stayed friends after highschool we have gotten together several times throught out the years she was a great friend i will miss her!
 
From Penny Grant Messer on May 5th, 2012
Susie was a warm and wonderful person.  I knew her in high school, but became good friends while we were in college.  We double dated and she introduced me to my first husband Dan.  I enjoyed keeping contact with her every year at Christmas and I will miss her yearly Christmas letters.  She loved her family and it was so much fun reading about them. A lovely person has left us much too soon.
 

Paul Spencer

August 12th, 1943 - May 8th, 1976


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Paul L. Spencer, 3136 Grand,  was found dead Saturday, May 8, 1976, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Spencer, 2101 W. 121st, Leawood. He was born in Chicago and had lived here 20 years. Mr. Spencer was graduated from the University of Kansas and was a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He was a member of the Kansas City Civic Choir. He was a
member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Kansas. He also leaves his wife, Mrs. Martha J. Spencer, Kansas City, Kansas, and two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Rieling, Kansas City, and Mrs. Jean Larson, Stillwell in Johnson County.

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From steve melcher on August 17th, 2011
I first knew Paul in 6th grade when his family joined Second Presbyterian Church. He was a solid guy who had varied interests. At Southwest he was Honorable Mention All-City at guard in football and also lettered in track. His main love was singing. He was in every major musical his last two years always as one of the featured performers. Patty Eisberg Kaplan reported that every time he sang to or with a girl, all the girls volunteered. He was charming,talented, low key and very popular. He was President of the Concert Choir second semester senior year, he performed in the male quartet at our graduation, and was a member of the Male Octet and Southwest Singers. He belonged to the Engineers' Club and was an Eagle Scout.
He graduated from KU with a degree in Math, then had a succession of jobs including working in a bank. But he always was into music as his love. He was a member of the Kansas City Civic Chorus and of his church choir. He performed in musicals in small theaters around town. At the time of his death he was seeking a degree in Performance Arts at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 5th, 2011
It would be hard to add anything to what Steve Melcher wrote about Paul.  He was such a special part of our various productions, a great voice and a great person.  
 

Mary Storm (Sparks)

- - March 19th, 1982


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Mary Joan Storm Sparks

A Kansas City woman was killed about 11:30 p.m. Friday [March 19, 1982] in a traffic accident near 102nd Street and Wornall Road.

Police said Mary J. Storm Sparks, 38, of 303 E. Woodbridge Lane, was driving a car north on Wornall when a southbound car driven by Scott C. Ely, 19, of 7536 Wyandotte St., crossed the center lane and collided with her car head-on.

Ms. Sparks, a nurse at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, was dead at the scene.

Police said Mr. Ely was cut on the nose and that two other men in his car were not seriously injured. Ms. Sparks had worked at the hospital one year and previously had worked as a manager for Chasnoff's Stores. She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

She was a lifelong area resident.

She leaves six brothers, John Storm, Huntington Beach Calif., William Storm, Springfield. Mo., and Frank Storm, Christopher Storm, Kevin Storm and Michael Storm of Kansas City; four sisters, Mrs. Peggy Houke, Miss Patricia Storm, Miss Kathy Storm and Miss Eileen Storm, her father, Frank Storm, her mother, Mrs. Patricia H. Gibbons Mangan, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hogan, all of Kansas City.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church; burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Muehlebach Chapel, where the rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Kansas City Star


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From Herbert Simon on May 15th, 2011
Mary was a very nice person, friendley and yet quiet. She grew up around Hale Cook grade school, which is where I met her. She was always kind and very happy person.
 

Ira Swearingen

January 14th, 1941 - October 24th, 2009


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Norman Wilson Tanner

July 31st, 1943 - June 29th, 2008


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Norman Wilson Tanner, Jr. Died June 29, 2008 He was born to Norman W. Tanner, Sr. and Esther Englund Tanner on July 31, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. Before starting and operating two billboard companies of his own, Wilson’s career in the billboard industry included many years as a lobbyist for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America in Washington, DC and working for billboard companies in Boston, MA and Kansas City.
Wilson and his wife Vicki also owned and operated a diner and T-shirt shop on Chincoteague Island, VA for a number of years. He returned to Kansas City and enjoyed 17 wonderful years at Lake Quivira.
Wilson graduated from Southwest High School in 1961 and Baker University in 1966. He served in the Army National Guard.
Wilson is survived by his wife Vicki; son David; daughter Susie Murray and her husband, Adam, his grandchildren Annie and Joe Murray, their mother and grandmother Mimi Ambrosi; a nephew, Eric Williams; and many friends.
Wilson was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Karen Williams.

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From Steve Melcher on September 13th, 2010
The thing I remember most about Southwest High School is that it was located at 65th and Wornall.
                                                            Wilson Tanner 1989

A TRUE TALE
Foreword

Wilson Tanner was a legend. Legends are those who have stories told about them. Not ordinary stories, but stories that describe heroic or extraordinary feats, often performed with remarkable flair or braggadocio. These stories are passed along from person to person, and as we know, the more the retelling the greater the propensity for inaccuracy and the compounding of such inaccuracy.  
The following story was originally told to me about 30 days after the event. I don't remember exactly who told me first, but i did check it out with Wilson very quickly thereafter. Of course, Wilson had a knack for turning a rather mundane tale into special entertainment at the expense of some facts, but i believe the following is as close to an accurate recounting of a story that portrays the real Wilson Tanner as well as any other story I've heard.

The Tale Itself
Wilson was living in Washington, D.C. circa 1980. He decided to make one of his frequent weekend flights back to KC so he boarded a jet bound for LA with a stop in KC. His assigned seat was next to an attractive young lady.
Those familiar with Wilson know that if he had a captive listener there would be a conversation within 5 minutes at most. Here's how it reportedly transpired:

"Where are you heading?" asks Wilson.
"LA," says the young lady laconically. After a long pause, she politely says "How about you?"

"KC" says Wilson. "I used to live there but moved to DC due to my business."
"Oh," she replies, "I'm going to LA to see my boyfriend. He's from KC."

"If he's from KC I bet I know him," Wilson says braggingly. "I know everyone in KC."
She responds, "Well, he hasn't lived in KC since 1961 so it's highly unlikely you would be acquainted." 

"But I know everyone in KC," says Wilson." Really, what's his name?"
"Over 1 million people live in KC," she says. "don't be ridiculous."

"Just try me," pleads Wilson. "If I don't know him call me a liar and a fool."
"To prove that is the case," she counters, "his name is Bob Bretz."

Wilson's on fire. He's off to the races. He starts spilling over with words, tumbling headlong out of his mouth.

"Bob Bretz, also known as Robbie Bretz and Robert Howe Bretz. Born August 8, 1943. Mother Joan and Father Lewis(called Lewie), who divorced and are now deceased. Sister Lynn. Lived at 443 West 66th Terrace. Prior to that lived at 36 West 69th Street. Phone Jackson 3-6957. Border Star Grade School and Southwest High School. Played varsity basketball. Attended the University of Arizona for about 10 years. Want any more? I got it."

The young lady was stunned into speechlessness. So Wilson, who had a terrific memory, began recounting every significant day in Bob Bretz's life from third grade up to and including the infamous New Year's Eve pajama party in Bretz's basement 12/31/61.

The attractive young lady is Gretchen Jaeger, who amazingly is still with Bob Bretz going on 40 years. And she will corroborate this story as being essentially correct.
 
From Lynn Bretz Whitcher on April 8th, 2011
Wilson was such a fabulous friend to me from  my age age 5 until his death...one of the very best privileges of being Robbie Bretz's little sister. His talent, memory and humor are sady missed by many.Boo Ray will never be the same without him!
 
From susie tanner-murray on April 14th, 2011
thanks for all the great stories, you guys think you've heard them over and over, well I being his daughter who didn't even know any of you heard them on a monthly basis "did I ever tell you this one he'd say".  No dad tell me, and on and on for years and years I felt as if I knew a little bit of each of those who meant so much to him. God bless his soul, there will never be another one like his.
susie tanner

 
From Various Friends on June 20th, 2011
 
I am speaking to you from the Great Boo-Ray Game in the Sky (having previously had all the fun I could in my prior living among you existing folks, I have passed to a higher plane). Up here, there are better players, playing for larger stakes; but I am still the best Boo-Ray player I have ever met. By the way, unlike Lake Q, where I am now everyone's driveway is flat and smooth (no cracks).

After High Scool I attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. I later attended and graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. I remember when I was at WJ, I didn't really apply myself like I should have, and I was asked to leave. I decided to try to hitch-hike back to KC and while I was on the highway I was thinking about what story I could make up to tell my parents and others about why I left WJ. The car that actually stopped and picked me up was Robbie Bretz's mom, Joan; and the first thing she said to me, after I got my stuff into the car and we got back out on the Highway was: So, Wilson, I heard you got kicked-out of William Jewell. After college I went to work for the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors (Kirk Vaughan got me the job - - he and my good friend Dave Edwards both worked at GM), and (although I was destined to be a big shot at GM) I decided to get into the billboard (outdoor advertising we call it) business with Eller Outdoor in KC, later part of the Gannett family of companies. I eventually accepted a position as the head of the outdoor advertising association in Washington, D.C. - - we met and socialized with legislators and lobbied for laws that would help advance the cause of our member firms. Although I did get into advertising in the broadest sense of the word, I think I may have missed my real calling as a creative ad man. I was really one of the "Mad Men" at heart before any one knew that was cool. After I did the DC thing, I opened a bar in Chincoteague Island (Virginia Shore)named Tanner's Diner, where I met my second wife "Miss Vickie". Kirk Vaughan and Rick Jeter came to visit me once, and they talked a young lady (who looked like she might be a prostitute) into coming into the Bar. She flirts, calling out my name very loudly and claiming to be one of my best "girl friends" - - to which my immediate response was to answer back "Where are Vaughan and Jeter" (there is no foooing an old fooler). Vickie and I finally got back to KC, and we lived at Lake Quivira - - where the Whitchers (Bretz's sister Lynn and her husband Ed), Sue Funck's sister Carol and Don and Joanie Sneeds lived. Great time at Lake Q. When I was golfing, I was Club Champion; when I was in my fishing phase, I was Club Champion. We liked Lake Q so much we hardly ever left the place. Great 50th B-Day party VIckie threw for me out on our dock at the Lake with Tom Galley, Kirk Vaughan, Andy Lyons (who was my attorney then, Carl Helmstetter helps with my estate now), Jimmy Cox and some other SW folks in attendance to help me celeberate. As a retirement thing, I started up a billboard company with Cox using land his dad purchased in Branson, Missouri before it became so popular. We had a good business partnership; but, following Jim Goar's advice to me, I always said "No Thanks" when Cox asked me if I wanted to take a short ride with him in his car. 

When it was time for me to move on to where I am now, friends and family organized a great wake (celebration of life it is called these days) for me at the Club House at Lake Q. Must have been a hundred plus people who came and tried to remember and tell their best Wilson Tanner story. Vaughan and Edwards were the MC's, and my kids also told some great "roasting" stories about me. I had a great time seeing all the faces and listening to all the stories. Mimi was there, she had just lost her second husband a few weeks before my wake. Sadly, I have to report that shortly after I left Lake Q, Miss Vickie left and came up here to be with me. We smoke and drink, and play Boo-Ray (we always win), up here all the time; and no one ever complains. 

At one of the last Boo-Ray tournaments we had at my house at Lake Q, we played all night (until day light) on the screened in porch while it rained with some pretty great lightning; and, naturally, I was the big winner. Before the game started, we spent about two hours telling Southwest stories (Patti Koch was there that night with Spence Valentine), and Bretz brought a copy of a video Steve Melcher made of an old home movie of the 1st Boy-Girl Party we had (Border Star days - 6th Grade) in his basement. Naturally, all the cool girls (Carol Nelson, Jan Milligan, Elaine Hydeman, Carol Printz(who was at that awkward age was taller than I was), Maribeth Brown, Elaine Kratchman, Jackie Walter) wanted to dance with me and Steve. We progressed from Melcher's basement to the basement at Elaine Hydeman's house after school (you will recall Elaine lived accross the Street from Millie Hilgert) where we played spin the bottle with Elaine, Millie and any other girl we could talk into coming. Elaine's younger sister, Carol, says she used to spy on us while we were in the basement; and threaten to tell their parents if Elaine didn't do what Carol wanted her to do from time to time. Pretty racy stuff back then.
What are your BEST and WORST memories of your days at Southwest?:
BEST MEMORIES include lettering and starting in every sport at Southwest, and looking forward to marrying my High School sweetheart Mimi Fessler - - and being together for the rest of our lives. (Actually Mimi and I gave that "Best Couple" thing a run for the money). We had two great kids, David and Susie, who both still live in KC. I wonder what my kids did with all my stuff, including my Pez dispenser collection, my pink poker chips and my prized collection of Happy Meals and anatomically correct plastic bulls. 

One thing I never understood was why every one thought Doug McGaughy was such a great fighter in High School. I was actually much stronger and tougher than McGaughy. I remember I was out with Don Sneed one night (we had both been drinking a bit)and Sneed got into a fight with two guys. Don was able to get both guys in a head lock (one under each arm with their heads facing forward), and he started running toward a brick wall with the idea that he would ram their heads into the wall and win the fight. Unfortunately for Sneed as he ran toward the wall with each guy under his arms his face hit the wall first and he knocked himself out cold. I think it is also time to tell the truth after many years about the rock that was thrown at Linda Elliott's Birthday party at Lake Tapawingo which hit Linda in the head causing a big gash, much blood and a rush to get Linda to the hospital that ended the party. Although I took the blame for throwing the rock, I think it was actually Bryant Upjohn's rock that hit Linda - - not mine. 

WORST MEMORIES. It bothered me that Gerry Arni was voted Best Looking - - when clearly I was the best looking guy in our class (I always figured he got elected because the guys who voted were trying to get on the good side of his sister, Marsha). I also wish that I had been able to dance more with JoNell Davis at Teepee Town dances. Also, I am pretty sure that if I had tried to race Jim Goar to the top of the WDAF ("Eye Full") TV Tower that night, I would have won.
 

John Thomson

July 26th, 1943 - August 16th, 2013

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John Corbett Thomson, Sr, 70, of Ann Arbor, MI died August 16, 2013 following a brief illness. John was born July 26, 1943, in Kansas City, MO to Albert and Betty (Brown) Thomson. He moved to Ann Arbor, MI in 1972 and married Carroll Lanzen in 1976. John is survived by his wife Carroll; sons John (Diane) Thomson of Dexter, MI; Bryan (Shawn) Young of Petoskey, MI; daughters Aimee (Steve) Gassman of Colorado Springs, CO; Debbi Spencer of Westland, MI; brother Robert (Paula) Thomson of Kansas City, MO; sister Barbara (Steven) Flack of Colorado Springs, CO; granddaughters Samantha, Ashley, Jordan, Lindsay, Molly and Katherine. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a lifelong automotive enthusiast and racer, and an accomplished automotive engineer at EPA, Ford Motor Company, and Roush Industries. He and his wife Carroll enjoyed travelling with family and friends, and loved learning about food and the culinary sciences. Together they owned and operated Carroll's Corner and the Trellis Cafe and Tea Room in Ann Arbor, and actively participated in Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and volunteered support for the Langone Culinary Archives at the University of Michigan. John was an avid gardener and loved to share this interest with family and friends through photos and sharing summer vegetables. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:00 am at First Congregational Church, 608 E. Williams Street, Ann Arbor. Memorial visitation will be held Monday, August 19, 2013 from 6:00- 8:00 pm at the Nie Family Funeral Home-Liberty Rd. Chapel, 3767 W. Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Family requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made in John's name to the American Cancer Society.
Please visit www.niefuneralhomes.com to sign John's guest book and leave a memory.
AnnArbor.com (MI) - Monday, August 19, 2013

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From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 1st, 2013
John was a very good guy.  I got to know him through Redskin Revels, Finian's Rainbow and the choir (great voice).  He always had a smile for everyone.  It was good to see him at the 50th reunion.
 

Harvey Throop

May 23rd, 1943 - September 19th, 2012

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THROOP, HARVEY GIBSON May 23, 1943 to September 19, 2012

Rev. Harvey G. Throop, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on September 19, 2012. Harvey was born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 23, 1943, the second of four children to Dr. Harvey M. and Helen E. Throop. He received a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO in 1961, and a M.Div. degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA in 1968. In 1967 Harvey married Joan, his loving wife of 44 years. He was ordained into the ministry in 1968. He served churches in Minnesota and Iowa before he was called to become Pastor of Palisades Presbyterian Church in San Diego in 1979, where he served for more than 33 years. He was a gifted writer who wrote and published Christian education curriculum. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Youth Club Program, nationally known as LOGOS SystemAssociates, for many years. He will be remembered for his love of preaching and the compassionate care he gave his congregations. Harvey was a great family man with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved spending time with his grandchildren at his lake cabin in Minnesota. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joan, their children Sheryl, Susan (Jay), Lisa (Laird), and Brian (Ellie), six grandchildren, sisters Carolyn Blaine and Judy Nelson, brother Rev. F. David Throop, and the countless people whose lives he touched. A celebration of his life will be held at Palisades Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the American Cancer Society .

Published in U-T San Diego on Sept. 23, 2012

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Judy Tompkins (Minor)

October 4th, 1943 - December 5th, 2012


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Judith Lee Minor, 69, of Warsaw, MO, passed away December 5, 2012, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Ken and Elaine Robb. A Celebration of Life will be held at Loch Lloyd Country Club, 167th & Holmes Rd., Belton, MO, on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 12-4 p.m. Judy was born October 4, 1943, in Tomah, WI, to Clyde and Olivia Tompkins. She was preceded in death by her Mom, Dad, in 1995, and her beloved husband John Morris Minor, 1996, and her brother Richard Dale Tompkins in 2006. She was a lifetime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, MA. Judy had several different vocations through the years, but being a Christian Science practitioner was her most cherished calling. She had lived in Kansas City, MO, Missoula, MT, Lindstrom, MN, Juneau, AK, and Gig Harbor, WA. She is survived by her son Eric David Minor, of Gig Harbor; daughter Amy Beth Moritz, of Houston TX; two grandchildren, Andrea and Alex Moritz, also of Houston; 3 brothers, Clyde Shipley, and Kenneth Dean Tompkins, both of Raymore, MO, and Gregory Curtis Tompkins, of Davenport, FL; and 2 sisters, Donna Lorraine Reams, of Australia, and Elaine Lenore Robb, of Warsaw.
 
Published in Kansas City Star on December 13, 2012

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William Arthur Voss

July 29th, 1943 - September 29th, 1968

WILLIAM ARTHUR VOSS

 
1LT - O2 - Marine Corps - Reserve

Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Jul 28, 1968
Casualty was on Sep 29, 1968
In QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
 
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LT. WILLIAM A. VOSS

Lt. William A. Voss, 25, of 5532 Westover road, was killed September 29 in a helicopter crash in Vietnam. He was born in East Chicago, Ind., and had lived in the Kansas City area 21 years.

He was a graduate of Southwest high school and Northwestern university. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He also attended Chicago university’s graduate school of business administration. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say.

He joined the Marine corps in October, 1966, attended officer’s candidate school and took flight training in Pensacola, Fla. He left for Vietnam July 29. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jean Voss, Pensacola; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Voss, a brother, Richard Voss and a sister, Miss Barbara Voss, all of the home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Frieda Voss, Munster, Ind.; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Attie Atkinson, Danville, Ill. Services will be here.

Kansas City Star, October 5, 1968


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From Bob jENNINGS on October 16th, 2010
I found these comments at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site:

Ralph Matkin
rmatkin82@aol.com
Northridge, CA
I didn't know Bill well only met him twice when he was on breaks from college. I was dating his sister, Barb. She really looked up to him, and I could understand why just from my brief encounters with him bright, good looking, full of convictions, and a superior law student at Northwestern Univ. His death broke her heart. It moved me as well, because he was the first person I actually knew who was a victim of that war. (I gaze at his name every time I visit The Wall in D.C.). Thanks, Bill. And thank you as well, Barb, for visiting my parents after learning I had been wounded several years later in Vietnam.
Thursday, October 14, 2004

Jay  Gauthier
bevjgauthier@yahoo.com
Cousin
227 N. Lafayette Sy Griffith Ind. 46319 USA
Raised together as brothers
I remember our dads who fought in WWII so that we would never have to fight a war. We were raised as brothers wihile our dads were serving our Country. Then it was your turn. You just got married. Then you paid the surpreme sacrifice for your Country. I will never forget you. You and all who served in Vietnam are the Heros, never to be forgotten. I keep in contact with your mom. We both talk about you. You are a Hero.
Jun 1, 2008

 

Joan Meredith Waugh

- - February 28th, 1969


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Joan Meredith Waugh

Memorial services for Miss Joan M. Waugh, a former Kansas Citian will be held at 3 o’clock Friday, March 7, 1969 at the Westport Presbyterian church following private graveside services in Mount Moriah cemetery at 1:30.

Miss Waugh, who lived in Gainesville, Fla., was fatally injured in a head-on collision with a transport truck near Darien, Ga., last Friday. Also killed in the accident was a passenger in her car, Mrs. Joyce Middleton, also of Gainesville.

Miss Waugh was a graduate of Southwest high school. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Florida. At the time of her death she was a teacher at the University of Florida in the psychiatric nursing division. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau honorary nursing sorority.

She was a member of the Westport Presbyterian church.

She leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Waugh, 1319 West Fiftieth; two brothers, Robert James Waugh, 614 East Thirty-fourth, and Steven Louis Waugh, 4125 the Paseo, and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don W. Fauble, Harlingen, Tex.

She was on her way to the wedding of Steven Louis Waugh in Jackson, N.C., at the time of the accident.

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From Bob Woodling on May 9th, 2011
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Barbara Abend received the attached photo of Joan Waugh and this note from Linda Waugh, Joan’s sister-in-law:

Barbara –

We actually did have a picture of Joanie here at the office, so I'm forwarding that to you. Thank you for doing this; I think it really means a lot to Joan (Joanie's mom). I know she spends a lot of time wondering what it would have been like if Joanie had not been killed at such a young age.

Linda Waugh

 
From Bob Woodling on May 9th, 2011
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Attached is Joan's graduation photo from KU nursing school in 1965.

 

Judy Wells (Ishmael)

August 5th, 1943 - January 9th, 1986


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MRS. JUDITH A. ISHMAEL

Mrs. Judith Ann Ishmael, 42, Union City, Calif., formerly of this area, died Thursday at a hospital in Fremont, Calif. She was born in Kansas City and had lived in Union City six years. Mrs. Ishmael was an administrative assistant for Cura Inc., Fremont. She leaves her husband, Terry Ishmael of the home; a stepson, Clarke Ishmael, Independence; and her parents, William and Arminta Wells, Union City. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel, Fremont; cremation. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Kansas City Star

January 9, 1986


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Richard Wells

November 6th, 1941 - December 5th, 2002


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From Bob Woodling on June 22nd, 2011

I received this email from Richard’s brother, Chuck Harmon:

Bob,

Thank you for following up on Richard. I helped with our class of 68 SW reunion and appreciate your trying to reach my brother. There was not an obituary. He attended the KC Art Institute and lived in Boston, San Francisco and Hollywood. He was a generous brother and I miss him. He died in his sleep and was buried in KC.

I would be happy to talk to any friends who might have any interest. Have a great reunion. Don't forget to note academy award winner Chris Cooper who graduated from SW in 69. Southwest has so many wonderful memories and it's great your class is getting together. Thank you again for checking on Richard. He would have liked that I think.

Chuck Harmon

(for Chuck Harmon’s contact info, contact Bob Woodling through his profile on this website)

 

Jimmie Whited

June 10th, 1942 - August 2nd, 2001


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Jimmie D. Whited, 59, Kansas City, MO, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2001. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 6, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest, Kansas City, MO. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Charter Funerals/Earp & Sons Chapel, 5000 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or American Lung Associations. Mr. Whited was born June 10, 1942, in Jackson County, MO, and was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He served in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Whited, father, William Whited, stepmother, Virginia Whited, sister, Sharon Stuart, and nephew, Greg Stuart. He is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Larry Rawson, Raytown, MO, five nephews, and one niece.

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Bruce Ralston Williams

March 2nd, 1943 - April 20th, 1996


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Bruce Ralston Williams
Of Columbus, Ohio, born March 2, 1943 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, passed away at home on Saturday, April 20, 1996. He moved with his parents to Kansas City, Missouri at 3 years of age. Bruce attended Border Star School and graduated from Southwest High School. He was a graduate of The University of Oregon and a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Following graduation, a Bachelor's of Science Degree was awarded. Bruce received an MBA at The University of Washington in Seattle. From there, he became Financial Manager of Battelle Memorial Institute at the Hanford Atomic Energy Plant, Richland, Washington. He was an active member of the Jaycees and president of the Municipal League. Bruce was transferred to the corporate headquarters of Battelle in Columbus in 1975. During the next years, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University with honors, including the Order of the Curia and was a member of the Ohio Bar Association. While at Battelle, he was co-founder of the Project Management Division. He also served on the Board of Opera in Columbus. In 1996, Bruce joined KPMG Peat, Marwick. He was preceded in death by a brother John Woodbridge Williams. He is survived by his wife, Carol Hines Williams of the home; daughter, Hilary Williams of Mazatlan, Mexico; step-son, Matthew Paulson and step-daughter, Katherine Paulson, of the home; father, Robert Keck Williams; and mother, Betty Smith Barnes, of Kansas City, MO; brother, David Keck Williams of Oklahoma City, OK; and sister, Joanne Williams Hindman of Kansas City, MO. He also leaves nieces and nephews; and a grand-nephew.

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Susan Williams

November 14th, 1943 - April 17th, 1995


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Susan Elizabeth Williams

Susan Elizabeth Williams, 51, Gladstone, Mo., passed away Monday, April 17, 1995, at Tucson, Ariz. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Walnut-Park Retirement Community Chapel, 13060 Metcalf, Overland Park, Ks.

Susan was born September 13, 1943, In Kansas City, Mo. Survivors Include her sons, Chris Foree, Kansas City, Mo., and Sean Foree, Tempe, Ariz.; and her mother, Hildagarde Williams, Overland Park, Ks. (Arrangements: Mount Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home)


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Paul William (Pete) Winett

June 3rd, 1943 - July 13th, 1981


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Paul William "Pete" Winett, 38, of 6528 Reeder, died Friday, July 17, 1981(at the Hyatt Regency Hotel when a walkway collapsed during a tea dance held there). He was born in New York and lived in this area 31 years. He was treasurer of Paragon Products, Inc., in Herington, Ks., for more that 19 years.

Mr. Winett was an Army veteran who served in Korea. He was a member of the Jewish Community Center and its Singles Club.

He is survived by a son, Aaron Winett, and two daughters, Miss Rona Winett and Miss Lisa Winett, all of Olathe; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Winett, 7439 Harrison; a brother, Donald Winett, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Wendy Costello, Upland, Calif.;and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Winett, 7801 Holmes.

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From Gary Cohn on March 20th, 2011
Every time the disaster at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is mentioned I think of Pete. For it was on that day he had called me to go with him to the "Tea Dance".  He had been trying to get a date with a certain lady for some time and he finally got it and he wanted me to meet her.  I remembver telling him that I didn't even know what a "Tea Dance " was and I really didn't want to go but I would meet him and his new lady another time.

I often wonder if by me being there, maybe, we would have been standing in another location and not under the walkway.
 
From Patty Kaplan on May 8th, 2011

Like Gary, I think of Pete when anyone mentions the Hyatt disaster.  I remember my parents and in-laws sending me clippings from the Star.  How sad for us to lose Pete in such a tragic way. He was a good person and a good actor.  We were always friends.

 
From Lawrence Zalcman on August 19th, 2011
Pete Winett was one of the relatively few classmates with whom I had a social relationship independent of school.We'd known each other from JCC activities even before his family moved into our neighborhood. Pete managed my pioneering (though ultimately unsuccessful) election campaign for Critic of the Student Council at the end of our freshman year, and I have fond memories of our working together on campaign flyers, stickers, and the like. Pete was a really bright guy who chose to focus as much or more on nonacademic activities as on his studies. I remember, for instance, a test we took for the National Honor Society Scholarship competition. It involved solving various sorts of puzzles (including crossword puzzles) and was altogether more interesting (and more challenging) than the usual run of the mill fare turned out by ETS. Pete was one of the high scorers, and it took a while for the rest of us to figure out why his name did not appear on the list of finalists. Finally it dawned on us: Pete was not a member of NHS.
Here is a poem Pete wrote way back when. I liked it so much that I kept a copy.

Falling,
Over the lip of the abyss
Over the endless waste of the bottomless pit
Falling,
         falling
                 endlessly
Into---

The title of the poem is "Watch Out, Brother, the Next Step's a Lulu."

Was this  a premonition? 
My son Joel's birthday is tomorrow; he will be 41. Pete only made it to 38. That's way too early to cash in your chips.
 

Bill Zimmerman

December 24th, 1942 - March 13th, 2005


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Kansas City Star - March 14, 2005

William R. "Bill" Zimmerman, 62, Gladstone, MO, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel, 6600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO. Private interment Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Action, 13905 E. 39th St., Independence, MO, 64055. Bill was born December 24, 1942, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Alfred W. and J. Louise Dorvitt Zimmerman. He was a former member of Hillcrest Country Club. Bill retired from Goodall Rubber Co. in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Janet Beades Zimmerman, Gladstone, MO; and his niece Lisa Allender, Kansas City, MO. (Arr. D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel, 816-452-8419)


Copyright (c) 2005 The Kansas City Star

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From Bill Alden on August 15th, 2011
Bill had no siblings and therefore was his folks ultimate focus.  He was very mild mannered and a gentleman, which was due to proper rearing.  Before first grade at Nichols, Bill and I messed around in the
72nd Terr and Oak area, which was a really long time ago. In his early years he tended to be a loner which apparently he overcame later with family.  
 

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From Lawrence Zalcman on August 21st, 2011
I was in Miss Shipley's Special Math class sophomore and junior years. During that extremely formative period, she gave me exactly what I needed most: encouragement, friendly support, and wise guidance. Most important of all, she decided that I should attend an NSF summer institute for mathematically talented students being run by Dartmouth at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, the summer between our junior and senior years. What's more, she actually saw to it that I got accepted into this program (which was by invitation only). My experiences there that summer put me on the career path I have followed ever since.

Almost 40 years ago, as a small token of my appreciation, I dedicated the paper I am still proudest of having written to this remarkable lady. And today, I want to say again: Thank you, Alma, for everything.
 
From Gary Cohn on August 23rd, 2011

Lawrence Cannon:  Have you all read his Memorial in the Faculty Memorial section?

It's no wonder Southwest ended up going downhill after Mr. Cannon retired.  He was in a class of his own.

 
From Reunion Committee on August 31st, 2011
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  •    From Anne Louise McLeod Morris, one of Dorothy McLeod’s nieces:
   Regrettably my family didn't travel much when I was a child, so I never knew my grandparents, Dorothy's mother and father, nor did I know Dorothy in person. I vaguely remember the one and only family trip to KC when I was about 7 or 8, and Dorothy tried to teach me some French phrases. She came to Houston in 1978 when my father died, and I had not seen her in person since my childhood trip to KC. I grew up in Texas and was in my 40's when my husband Eddie Morris and I visited Dorothy in her home in KC. The attached photo is from that visit. We returned to KC for Dorothy's funeral.   Her home address was 21 East 55th Terrace, KC, Missouri, where she lived until she left the family home (I think she was in her 90's) and moved to Kingswood Manor.   She did not tell me that she was selling the home and moving. Since she was not married and did not have family in the KC area, I do not know who helped her move. Unfortunately the family Bible with names and dates disappeared in that move. I would love to be able to track down that Bible.
 
    I have memories of a lifetime of beautiful letters from Dorothy — always written with a fountain pen, blue ink on nice white paper. And she always remembered us at Christmas. After her move, the letters continued. I remember her describing the hand of God in a sunset she saw from her Kingswood window. She always had a bright spirit.
 
    I know she was active in her church, a Kansas City Presbyterian Church, but I don't have the funeral info available without looking for it, and I don't recall the name of the church.    I think she also belonged to an organization that included teachers and colleagues from her Southwest High School teaching years. Apparently she was happy at Southwest in that she taught there for so many years.
 
    Even though I can count on one hand the brief days I ever had with Dorothy in person, I loved her dearly because of her thoughtfulness and kindness, and I appreciated her continuing to stay in touch with me. I am privileged to have items in our home that came from her home. When my husband and I moved to a wonderful old house here in San Antonio a few years ago, it was Dorothy's bequest that helped us. I know she loved all things French, and in tribute to her, I have the fleur-de-lis as the symbol in the gates on our driveway.  

  • From Camilla Cesarini, one of Dorothy’s nieces:

Dorothy would travel to visit us in Southampton, usually on her way to somewhere exotic. We eagerly anticipated her visits. She never forgot our birthdays and we always looked forward to her Christmas box.

 After retirement, Dorothy had the time to travel and did so extensively. She went to the Far East and the Middle East and places in between. She was in Israel during the Six Day War and managed a jeep trip to the Golan Heights. She was a tireless and fearless traveler. She took many pictures and upon her return, would give travel talks and slide shows to organizations around Kansas City. She was meticulous about her notes and pictures and thoroughly enjoyed giving her talks.

Dorothy was very proud of her Scottish heritage. Our ancestor, John McLeod, emigrated to Philadelphia in the mid-eighteenth century from the Isle of Skye. She had visited the ancestral home, Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye and encouraged all of us to go there as well which many of us did. She cherished her membership in the Clan MacLeod Society of America.Dorothy was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was very sustained by her faith.

 
From Patty Eisberg Kaplan on September 2nd, 2011
There was only one Mr. Sanders, and he was the most extraordinary teacher.  He made you think, he made you listen, he made you aware of the world.  I feel very fortunate to have been in his English class for two years (because one was not enough).  He was a powerful influence on my life because he made me believe that anything was possible.  I remember him telling our class that our lives were a blank page, and it was wtihin our power to make our lives what we wanted them to be.  And he was right.  I think he was teaching in a high school to get material for future use as an author; I don't want to imagine how many of us were in his stories.  Who can forget how he would walk into the classroom after the bell rang and expect that we would be sitting in silence, waiting for him to speak. One thing I will never forget is how he insisted on the importance of a good vocaublary.  He handed out 50 words a week for us to learn, understand, find in a variety of magazines that he insisted we read so we could learn to use those words.  He was a fasciating and quirky individual.  How fortunate we were to have a teacher of the caliber of Tom Sanders as part of our high school faculty.
 
From Penny Grant Messer on May 5th, 2012
The teacher at Southwest who I remember the most was Caroline Atwood.  I had her for Alegebra.  Her class was unique.  The girls and the boys were separated.  She had you go up to the blackboard and I was always scared to death that I would make a mistake.  I was afraid of her but I respected her.  Math was rather threatning to me, but I learned it from her.  She was a excellent teacher.  I wish that I had more teachers like her--I think that I would of been a better student.  I will never forget her. There was no nonsense in her class and she was so structured.  What a teacher. The next year  i was hoping that I would have gotten her for Geometry.  But she was not teaching it.  What a letdown.