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02/02/19 07:54 AM #1514    

Robert Ayre

I am very saddened to hear of Donna's early return home to God. It is the memories that we will all hold on to. My sincere condolences to Steve and all of Donna's family.

02/06/19 10:33 AM #1515    


David Frazer

Just curious... anyone else able to attend the celebration service in remembrance of Donna at the American Legion in North St. Paul?  Lord willing, the three of us (Sue, Gabe and myself) plan to attend at 2:00 pm for a bit. 

02/06/19 02:25 PM #1516    

Robert Ayre

Yes Dave I will attend

02/07/19 10:02 AM #1517    


David Spiess

Debbie and I will be there in spirit we are currently in AZ.

Please relate our condolances to Steve and the family.

02/08/19 09:13 AM #1518    


David Frazer

Bob, I am excited and look forward to possbily seeing you again!  Dave and Debbie, I will convey your condolences.

  Someone said, "We were only in high school for a little bit, why is the connection so important to you?"  My answer is that if I was a casting director, I would not cast myself in the role I played in high school.  But also, time was so much longer then, 1/15th to 1/18th of our lives versus today's 1/63rd.  And besides, never to late to learn about others' history and present lives.  So, if you share... I will enjoy hearing! Blessings on you!

02/08/19 01:18 PM #1519    


Mary Ann Etzler (Etzler-Phillips)

hi everyone:  I will not be able to attend Donna's ceremony.  Wish I could but family matters will keep me in Florida.  Please give my condolences to Donna's family.  I didn't know her very well in school, but getting to know her on this forum has been really wonderful.  I truly wish I had been able to connect with her when I was up in St Paul last summer, but it was such a short family reunion (weekend up -and back) that I could not squeeze in the visit.  Boy how I wish now I could have done so.

broken heart-Mary Ann

02/11/19 11:47 AM #1520    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Donna's Celebration of Life last night was beautiful. Such a sad event, but was able to reconnect with friends I have not seen since high school, so am feeling blessed. I wish I had been able to spend more time with Donna...possibly in another life, right? Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable day! We have more snow coming! 🤗✌🏻🌷

02/16/19 12:26 PM #1521    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Hey, we're trying to get a small(or large) group together soon, for morning coffee, lunch, dinner and drinks for those that work. Any preferences? Let me know and we'll get some dates together! Hugs!

02/16/19 09:17 PM #1522    

Robert Ayre

Thanks,I look forward to getting together just let me know when, where. I have to inform the zoo keeper to let me out.

02/16/19 10:45 PM #1523    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Will do Bob! I shared the website with some other classmates so hope to get more interest in staying connected. Take care...

02/17/19 12:37 PM #1524    


David Frazer

Yvette,  Timing will be everything for my attendance; I would enjoy getting together and do my best to be there!  My schedule is just being built with clients; however, right now Wednesdays and Thursdays are my late night days (closes at 9 pm if I have clients on those days).  In saying that, I understand it is when the majority can make it.  Thanks for doing this!

02/19/19 01:13 PM #1525    

Robert Ayre

Dave I have a couple of pic from Donna's celebration of you,Sue and you son. Where can I send to.

02/19/19 01:19 PM #1526    

Robert Ayre

Yvette, thank you for trying to keep things going. You are like Dorothy and the wizard of oz in helping people and finding time to stay together. Do you have anything in that black bag for me? If you have balloon material I could fill it with all my hot air.

02/19/19 07:24 PM #1527    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Bob, I will see what I can find. Wouldn't want you to fly to far off with all that hot air and miss the party. I guess you could take all of us with you...that would be a fun ride!

02/21/19 03:31 PM #1528    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

March 16th! Trying to get us together for an evening to reconnect! Let me know if you are interested and I will get some further details finalized. Hope you can make It!

02/22/19 11:04 AM #1529    

Robert Ayre

Sounds good just let me know time and where. Thank you

02/22/19 11:36 AM #1530    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Hey, a group of are going out to see Grand Funk Railroad tomorrow night at Mystic Lake Casino! If anyone is interested let me know and we will try to coordinate tickets! Would have to know soon though as tickets are limited.

02/22/19 06:13 PM #1531    


David Frazer

Yvette, I am surprised that Bob hasn't asked, "Is that an American Band?"  laugh  I think I saw them in concert back in the 70's.  I also saw a movie or a newsbit they made about the band, it was late night at a theatre in St. Paul.  Have a great time!

02/22/19 06:27 PM #1532    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Ha! Give him time..Cant you make it? I know it is last minute, but some times it's more fun that way! Apparently, it's the band's last your. We will get together soon. Does March 16th work for you?

02/24/19 03:10 PM #1533    


David Frazer

Yvette,  How was the concert last night?  I wondered if you went with the snow coming/here.  I will try to keep the 16th of March open; that should be a fun time! 


02/24/19 04:05 PM #1534    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Hello David! Concert was really fun! We ended up sitting right next to Carmen having no idea that's where her seats were located! Truly a blessing! March 16th for sure! Enjoy your Sunday!

03/06/19 08:06 AM #1535    


David Frazer

Hey, classmates!  Is anyone ready for winter to be over?  Hard to believe we have Daylight Savings begin this Sunday at 2:00 am (is anyone a type 'A' and wake up to set it exactly at the time?).  Well, it is a beautiful view out the windows. indecision

03/06/19 03:42 PM #1536    


Yvette Fuchs (Nierenhausen)

Sun is shining bright! It's only a matter if time before we are outside enjoying the warmth! No cmplaints here!

03/13/19 06:59 PM #1537    


Jessica Aasved

Happy soon to be spring day!  Actually the first day of spring (usually) is my birthday and I'm always happy and thankful for both.  It has been awhile since I posted, although I do frequently check in to see what is going on and how people are doing.

2018 and 2019 so far have been hard on the class - too many lost.  As I get older these events serve to remind me that I too am aging.  You can't deny what you are, so I use the reminders to help me remember to enjoy and LIVE my life.  With that said however, I must say that I have felt Donna's loss more keenly than expected.  I didn't know her well in high school, nor - to be honest - very well since high school.  But one thing that I came to appreciate very much was her cheerfulness, sense of humour, and kindness that I would see (and sometimes experience directly) via this site.  So, for one final time - cheers Donna!  You made a positive impact farther than you know.

How are things going for everyone?  I'm lucky enough to be in my final year of what I call Phase II of my life (Phase ! = school, Phase II = work, Phase III = FREEDOM (aka retirement)).  And I'm loving the anticipation and planning that goes into getting ready for it!  Current plans have me retiring at 64, and as part of that I'm getting ready to sell my condo in Woodbury.  After 23 years here I have WAY too much "stuff" and weeding through it is quite the daunting task!  Ha!  I am using the currently popular method to decide what to keep - if it doesn't give me JOY, then out it goes (sold, donated, recycled, or trashed as best fits).  Keeps me busy and out of trouble.

But trouble is half the fun of life!  :-)  Speaking of trouble, I have read that there is a gathering planned for 3/16 and I'm sorry that I won't be able to make it.  Even though there is so much time between now and our high school days, it is still very much fun to catch up and see how our lives have evolved.  I won't be there in person, but will be there in spirit!  I am hoping there will be other occasions.

Enough for tonight.  Take care everyone - stay dry and hang in there!  Spring is coming!


03/16/19 05:50 PM #1538    


Steve Hardy


That seems like a very nice time to have a birthday, the first day of Spring.  Speaking of special days for one's birthday, my wife Julie's birthday is May 30th.  When she was a little girl, one of her family members told her that the yearly big parade in town was to commemorate her birthday!

Now she says that, someday when we're in a nursing home, she's gonna demand that everyone line up in a procession of walkers and wheelchairs and have a Memorial/birthday parade in her honor!

Should be something to look forward to . . .

By the way, everyone please pray about the flooding that will be occuring in the weeks to come!

We've been clearing culverts and storm drains here in the Hastings area and along US 61, and the rural stretches of highway have had water running over them from the saturated farm fields. This saturation weakens the foundations of the roads for some vital portions of infrastructure.  Especially with the rains, there is a serious threat to the roadways and, more importantly, the homes in this area.

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