Classmates for Life
in Memory of Our Deceased Classmates.
Classmates of ’59,
I am saddened to learn of the deaths of two of our classmates on the same weekend. I fully understand that we are at the stage of life that will find us experiencing this more frequently, nevertheless it produces sadness in me—I value the years we spent together growing up in Pontiac, working, going to school, having fun, playing sports, in the band, the choir, the plays, establishing relationships and friendships that are resumed with every reunion—preparing ourselves for our life ahead, wherever it took us and learning what life is all about. Mary Ann and Mary Lou are a part of my life, of all our lives—for a short, but formative period in our history they were there laughing and crying with us, enjoying all the same activities in which we all participated. We all have memories of each one—may we cherish those and resolve to keep all members of the Class of ’59 somewhere in the backroads of our memories, thoughts, and prayers. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it—we were and are a very special class.
Fondly remembering Mary Ann and Mary Lou and all of the Class of ’59,
Pontiac Township High, Class of ‘59
(In memory of our deceased classmates)
Seems like only yesterday,
When we were kids in school.
Together, trying to make it through,
Classes, dates and being cool.
Laughter, tears we shared it all,
Back in those high school days.
Band and choir and games to win,
Sock hops and proms and plays.
Then, graduation finally came,
We went our separate ways.
Miles and years, so long ago,
Those precious youth-filled days.
Through the years, we’ve said goodbye,
To those no longer with us.
Classmates found in yearbooks now,
One by one, we turn the pages.
The hallways echo all your names,
We won’t forget your faces.
Our hearts embrace your memory,
No one can take your places.
The moments that we shared live on,
In the back roads of our minds.
All Hail, once more, to the Orange and Blue,
God Bless the Class of ’59.
Copyright © 2011 LeRoy Dean All Rights Reserved
Our Deceased Classmates and Friends (37)
JOHN D. BLAIR 8/12/2011 (age 70)
Bryon Craig Brunskill 10/04/2013 (age 72)
JACK CASEY 2/4/1994 (age 52)
BARBARA (DURHAM) SCHOPP 1/14/1992 (age 50)
CHARLES EHRHARDT 2/23/2012 (age 70)
CARL FLESHMAN 10/23/1999 (age 58)
CARL FRANZO 7/9/2004 (age 63)
ROBERT L. GOODART
MARY ANN GRUNDLER 4/2/2011 (age 69)
CAROL (GSCHWENDTNER) EVERSOLL 4/27/1995 (age 53)
Carolyn “Joy” (Hendershot) Franklin 12/13/2012 (age 71)
WILLIAM HOGGINS 6/22/1989 (age 49)
JANET (HOWARD) CORRIGAN 9/16/2001 (age 59)
BARBARA J. (JOHNSON) JENSEN 10/12/1994 (age 53)
DON Z. JONES 10/15/1997 (age 55)
MARY (LAMBRICH) DUFFY 8/6/1997 (age 55)
MARY LOU (LARDINOIS) HINRICHS 4/14/2011 (age 69)
GEORGE E. LECKIE 10/15/1998 (age 56)
WESLEY McCAWLEY 1960 (age 19)
EARL MEIER 5/22/1984 (age 42)
JAMES L. MILLER 12/2/2011 (age 71)
DON MINAR 2003 (age 63)
ROSE ANN (NELSON) SCHUSTER 11/3/1992 (age 50)
RUSSEL NEUBAUER 5/27/1984 (age 43)
ROBERT PETERSON 8/29/1979 (age 37)
CARL FREDERICK “FRED” RONNOW JR. 2/17/2012 (age 71)
JOHN SCOTT 12/27/02 (age 63)
MELVERNE (SHOOP) WEBER
LINDA (STAHLER) LYONS 1/22/12 (age 70)
JAMES STEIMLE 7/2/06 (age 65)
DORIS (STUDEBAKER) WELLS 9/8/02 (age 61)
SHARON (WHITMORE) CORNWELL 6/29/09 (age 67)
HOWARD WILLIAMS 4/11/03 (age 61)
MICHAEL WILLIS 5/19/63 (age 21)
NANCY (WINSTEAD) BAKER 10/21/04 (age 65)
JOHN WYNANT 5/8/94 (age 53)
***Rest In Peace***