Who’d of Thunk We’d Be Around 50 Years Later???

OHS 1964 HOMECOMING 50TH REUNION

UPDATE FROM MARCH 9TH, 2014 COMMITTEE MEETING

DATES: Friday, October 3rd, 2014 thru Sunday, October 5th, 2014              

  • Sending out of the invitation has been pushed back from April to May 2014.

  • The 2nd page of the invitation had a couple of changes but is currently more than one page and we will try to take out things to keep it to a one page limit.

  • Sunday brunch is being planned.  Burke’s Lakeside in Oconomowoc (Old Chucks Supper Club) will be checked out for availability and prices.

  • We have tentatively planned to use Fowler Park as a staging area for people to gather to attend the parade which starts at 5:15 PM. Parking will be an issue for the parade and the game.

  • DVD’s of website material are again going to be available to all even those without a computer etc.  More information will be available closer to the reunion date.

  • The printed Memory Book has been tabled for now.

  • We will be acknowledging those with Military Service.  However, we can only recognize these people if we know who you are so PLEASE remember to forward that information to us.

  • We will work on making a Memorial Wall to honor our deceased classmates.

  • We are looking for a VOLUNTEER to emcee.  It would entail a few words of wisdom at the football game as well as at the banquet.

  • Alumni hoodies or sweatshirts are available on line from Oconomowoc Alumni Site and we are hoping to pick a particular logo and have each of the committee members purchase one if they so desire.  More information will follow.

  • All snail mail information was sent by Monday, 3/10/14.

  • Any classmate that is in phone contact with another classmate please forward an email (preferably) or any contact information to us if you know they are not hearing from us.  Several members of the committee have tried to track down classmates and it is very difficult and time consuming.  PLEASE HELP!!

  • Please remember to send in a bio (with or without a picture) to Dave Linscott or Craig Olson to let us know what has happened in the last 50 years.  At least an update in the last 5 years!!

  • The song “When I’m 64” by the Beatles will not be played at the game.  

The next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 16th at 1PM at Roots in Oconomowoc.

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February Update

OHS 1964 HOMECOMING 50TH REUNION

UPDATE FROM FEBRUARY16, 2014 COMMITTEE MEETING

Save the Date:  October 3rd, 4th and 5th 2014.

 Have you been checking out the website frequently??  http://ohs1964.com

Be watching for new things that may lead to treasures!!

WE NEED YOUR BIOS!! Please send them to Dave Linscott.  If you can’t find a picture just do the bio.  Even if you do not plan to attend let us know what you have been doing for the past 50 years, where you are and how you are.  Bios can be updated and pictures added at any time.

  • The main focus of the meeting was on the invitation.

  • We are hoping to have them sent via e-mail or snail mail in April.

  • It will be in two parts.  The invitation itself will have only the basic information as to the events, time, and $$ amount.

  • The RSVP to include your check will be attached.

  • It was decided that there will not be any online options for payment of the event fee.

  • Check or money order only sent to Ann Eddy-Zimmerman.

  • There will also be a second part explaining what the price includes, more specific place and time details and what you can expect to happen at the banquet.

  • We ask that all classmates confirm your attendance and send in the fee as soon as possible to help us plan the menu.

  • We have a time line established that will help keep the focus on our projects.

  • Several people are working on finding classmates.  All changes or new information will be added to our on line spreadsheet.  Anyone with information should please contact any committee member.

  • There is not a limit as to how many cars can participate in the parade. However, we do need to know who would like to participate and one entry will be made by the committee.

  • We will be notifying many of the churches, the school and placing an ad in the local paper asking for help in getting the word out for this Reunion and finding all our classmates.

  • The song “When I’m 64” by the Beatles has been requested to be played at the game.  We are working with the Football game announcer to give us a Shout Out as well as play the song.

  • We are hoping to be able to bring you a slide show, at the banquet, of all the goodies we are collecting between now and then.

  • Please send any ideas or suggestions that you have to the committee.  A table will be provided to accommodate memorabilia at the dinner.

  • A printed Memory Booklet as well as DVD’s will be available.  Only the original school picture will be used for the booklet.

  • Name tags will be worked on as we get closer to the date of the reunion.

  • Committee members that are using Classmates.com have found out we cannot link to our web site in the Classmates.com reunion announcement or in messages sent to classmates.

 The Committees next meeting is set for March 9th so please keep in touch!!

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January Update

OHS1964 HOMECOMING 50TH REUNION

UPDATE FROM JANUARY 26TH, 2014 COMMITTEE MEETING

  • The Reunion has been set to kick off on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 with a Homecoming parade which will start at 5:15 PM.  The Corvette Club has been asked to participate in the parade as well as anyone else interested in participating by entering your own vintage or classic car.

  • Following the parade we will assemble to attend the Homecoming Football game that will start at 7:15 PM..  We cannot reserve seats but will assemble and go into the bleachers so we are able to sit together.

  • Our Friday night meal is on our own at our own expense.  Convenient places to go will be provided.

  • Golf will be part of the Saturday, October 4th, 2014 agenda.  Time, place and cost will be announced in a later update.  In addition to 9 or 18 holes, miniature golf may be available.

  • Main Event/Banquet has been confirmed at Olympia Resort and Spa in Oconomowoc.  The Westlake Room is available from 4 PM to 12PM.  Food selection will be announced in a later update.

  • Rooms are available at this location.  Other accommodations will also be provided also.

  • Hopefully we can keep the price down with an excellent turn out!!  Cost appears to be in the $70 per person range at this time.

  • Bonnie Jaeger-VonRueden has offered to provide a Jukebox for music.

  • Dave Linscott has many, many discs with songs from the 60’s.

  • Feel free to use the website http://ohs1964.com to make your personal favorite request.

We have been notified of two classmates that have passed away in the last three months.

James L. Michalsky on November 14th, 2013.

Barb Mack-Lenz in January 2014.

Please visit the website http://ohs1964.com often!!

We would appreciate any and all help you can give us with locating classmates.  Please contact any close acquaintance or friends that you know to obtain e mail addresses.  This is a great way to cut some our expenses for mailing.

Our next meeting will be 2-16-14.  Please check back for more information.

Reunion Committee

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  1. Bob – I guess my brain cell was not at 100% when I put the banner together. I missed one group of 5 pictures. You are now officially back in the class! Sorry for the error!

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December Update

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The 50 year reunion of the Oconomowoc High School class of ’64 is in the early planning stages.  We will keep this site updated with the latest news.

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December 1st Meeting Update


We had a good meeting on December 1st.  Carol Mainz-Allison has joined the committee. The big questions right now are which facility to use for our banquet and how to collect for the down payment.  The places under consideration now are Delafield Brew Haus, Country Springs Hotel, Oconomowoc Community Center, Ixonia Fireman’s Park.


We will do our own picture name badges.  We are making a list of the returned snail mail envelopes so we can send these out to classmates and see if anyone knows their whereabouts.  Jan Bennett Parkinson and Judy Humphrey Podolske will then use their detective skills to locate as many of the remaining “lost” classmates as they can.

Next meeting is January 26th.

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  1. Doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? I noticed, in looking at the pictures that mine wasn’t there. Was it too ugly to display or what? I know I wasn’t the most popular student of the class but I don’t think it merits loosing my picture. I believe I did graduate with the class of ’64. Maybe not, but I will be there at the reunion, regardless.

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November Update

The next meeting is Sunday, December 1st, at Burke’s Lakeside, 11AM.  We hope to have an idea of the headcount by then as we would like to make reservations soon.  If you haven’t been receiving snail mail or emails from Bonnie, please get in touch with us using the “Contact Us” page so we can get you on the mailing list.

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It is time to do the 50th reunion update letter to everyone – including the “Snail Mail” classmates!!  The meeting was the same time of year that our reunion will take place in 2014.  The weather was beautiful, sunny with beautiful fall colors.  Of course it was beautiful to us from Wisconsin at upper 60’s low 70’s but for the south & west classmates it would be COLD and sweater weather.

Write down these dates:  Friday, Oct. 3rd, Saturday, Oct. 4th and Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Friday, Oct. 3rd  OHS Homecoming 2014 and 50th Class Reunion.   Homecoming Parade – then Wisconsin Traditional Fish Fry place of your choice.  We will have a list of places and menus and prices for you to chose from – then football game if you choose and for others a place to sit and talk with music for those that want to dance at Burke’s Lakeside.  Maren Jensen Carlson is taking all entries for the parade.  We know there are classmates with collector cars that would like to enter them in the homecoming parade.  Maren’s phone number is: 262-xxx-xxxx. Please go to the website and view the parades we had in the 60’s!! We built some awesome floats!!  Some even had moving parts!!

Saturday, Oct. 4th is golf in the morning (weather permitting) for those that golf.  Arranged by Phil Zweig, Kathy Lane Phillips, & Dan Raasch and Sat. afternoon you are free to do whatever or get together somewhere and at 5 pm it is gather for dinner and reminiscing and 60’s music on the jukebox!!  David Linscott has been getting cd’s ready with all our favorite high school hits.

Sunday, Oct. 5th will be the brunch and good-bye “Till We Meet Again” party!  Place to be decided.

I have read all the notes and E-mails from the classmates and we have been working on places and food. Here in a nutshell is what we have found out.  We need to know how many are coming to the reunion, we need to know what kind of reunion you want which means expensive or non-expensive.  We can get a sit down dinner with 3 choices of meat which is the high price or we can get buffet style with 3 meat choices which would be medium priced or buffet style with 2 meat choices which would be less expensive.   So we can NOT make those decisions until you let us know what you want and how many of you are coming.  We don’t want to pay for a large place when all we need is a large room NOT a banquet hall.  Places in the running are Country Springs (hotel & banquet in same building), Western Lakes (old Tumblebrook) golf here and banquet here.  Delafield Brew Haus banquet hall.  Hotel across the street.

We  also want to know with your reply, if you were in the service and what branch of the service you were in.  To let us know if you are coming, you can return an E-mail to me or go to www.OHS1964.com  This website is very important to update with your “This is My Life” paragraph which will be turned into the booklet for everyone at the banquet.  I will start sending to David the paragraphs that I received for  45th reunion and it is up to each of you to update that paragraph.

We talked about inviting the teachers for our class and those still living in Oconomowoc are:  Carl Duch, Charles Hocking, Dave Reul, Joe St.Thomas, Dennis Zastrow other teachers we don’t know about are Kay Carter, & Bill Elstrand. For the 45th we had Lyman Humphrey attend and he remembered a lot of classmates by name!!  Not just the trouble makers and not just the “A” students he remembered all.  He was thrilled with the students that came to say hello to him and to thank him for their great education!

We have 26 deceased classmates.  That leaves 268 to come to the reunion plus spouses would be 538.  I know there are several of you who have lost a spouse and I am sorry for your loss.  If you come alone this will decrease the number of 538. In my sister’s 55th reunion, a classmate would come with one of their children as a guest so we would be back up to 538.  Much bigger room needed than for 268.

Now you can all understand how very important it is to find out how many will be coming.  We will have to reserve the place ASAP.  I need a head count by Sunday, Dec. 1st our next Committee Planning Meeting at Burke’s Lakeside.

To give a rough estimate it will be between $65 & $85 per couple.  This price depends on whether we chip in for the dinners of teachers attending or whether we ask for volunteer donations to pay for guest dinners.  We will also ask for a donated dinner for a classmate that can not afford the dinner.  Names will be kept anonymous.  There will be separate charges for the booklet and the photo c.d.  Optional to buy for you to print whichever photos you want or just keep the cd for viewing.

Here is one more thing for you to help us with.  We can’t find some of our classmates.  Before we have to spend money to find them, could you help us??  We are looking for Bonnie Amborn, Della Finkenbinder (Mrs.Ron Wheeler), Gordon Fleury, Jim Hockenberger, Mike Hughes, Paul Jensen, Paul Jones, Gary Lukowicz, Faith Marschner, Sandra Ruder, Dale Schuett, Diane Schultz, Peter Schulze, Bob Shotola, Larry Sjoberg, Ralph Stubbe, Henry Testin, Jerry Westphal, James Wittnebel.

We will send a letter to all churches in Oconomowoc hopefully their families are still in the area.  We will also put an ad in the paper a couple months before the reunion. The committee will divide the names we can’t find and use Facebook, or Twitter or white pages to try and find them.

Craig Olson is a member of Classmates just in case anyone goes there to find out if we are having a 50th reunion.  The high school is also aware of our 50th Reunion dates.

The answer to Ron Maas question about our school song.  The tune was When Those Cassons Go Rolling Along and the words from Barb Holland were Let Us Cheer Cooney High, Hail Our Colors as They Fly.

Be sure to look at www.ohs1964.com website!!  Check it often.. new pictures and news are always being added.   Several sections are in place.  A photo gallery to see pictures past and present.  “Who’s coming?” will show you who is coming to the reunion so far!!  As you can see that is also a great place to put a recent/current picture and a brief bio of what you’ve been up to since 1964.  The Video and Oldies sections are self-explanatory…important to note, if you choose an oldie song, it will play right from your browser!

Please E-mail pictures and bio’s to Craig Olson  or to Dave Linscott at  or to Bonnie.   Or, if you need to mail your info send to Craig Olson.  If you need email or snail mail address use the “Contact Us” page to get that information.

Your committee members are:  Long Distance:  David Linscott (website designer) North Carolina;  Phil Zweig – Tennessee; Craig Olson – Texas;  Jan  Bennett Parkensen – California;  Local committee:  Maren Jensen Carlson; Judy Humphrey Podolski; Barb Holland Loppnow, Kathy Lane Phillips, Kathy Duchow Schroeder, Bonnie Jaeger Von Rueden and Ann Eddy Zimmerman.  Also attending 1 meeting were Larry Raether, Bill Daley and Ellen Heitka Allison from Georgia.

This is your update as of Nov.12, 2013.   Please help us out by returning the info we ask for so we don’t have to hire a company to find you.

Thank you in advance for your prompt return of information!!

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  1. I am overwhelmed to say the least–looking forward in seeing EVERYONE–we DID have a fabulous class!! See you in October!

  2. Planning to come to reunion with husband Leroy and bring Barb Tiedeman Kloth and her husband and my brother Al. We are still living in Dane county, Oregon, Wi. Have been retired for a while because of disability. Have raised 3 great kids and have one 15 year old granddaughter. Have done some traveling and now enjoying each new day! I know that Mike Hughes mothers name is Ruth and she lives in Va. some where. Hope to see a lot of classmates in Oct.

  3. I have been living in Milwaukee for 49 years, I have bachelor and masters degree from UWM and have been teaching for 40 years. I still substitute part time. My kids are 25 and 28 and I have the most beautiful grandson in world-in Tokyo! I have been a widow for 5.5 years. I am looking forward to the reunion.

  4. Diego (Dave) and I are retired and just keep busy. Although I live in Illinois, our cabin offers me an escape to lovely Wisconsin. I wish I could be there to help make the reunion a big success that I know it will be. Thank you for keeping me in touch. Sincerely, Joan Schultz Vick

  5. Hi, After school I traveled a lot, The last 25 years have found me in central america, More specifically Nicaragua.
    I am by profession a Regestered Investment Advisor.
    I live on a small farm in the Driftless region of sw wi.
    Feel free to say hello. I get back there quit a bit as I still have clients in se wi. Looking back, Growing up on Chestnnut St. Hmm, Oconomowoc It’s a pretty cool place
    don’t you think?………..steve11

  6. I stayed out of school for a year, then I went to Oshkosh, graduated in 1969, the same year I married Mary, my wife of 44 years. I got a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation from UW-Milwaukee in 1971. I retired in 2002 from the State of Wisconsin after over 30 years of employment. We have two children and four grandchildren. I have been playing baseball in the MSBL since 2008.
    I enjoy golfing and working around the house. Mary and I plan on traveling to visit our grandchildren as we have two in Omaha, Nebraska and two in Beaumont, Texas.
    I look forward to the reunion.

  7. After Cooney, went to Whitewater for a year. College and I were not on the same schedule. Joined the Navy saw the world and returned to college to graduate from UWM. Sent 30 years in the Automotive supply industry in Human Resources before retiring. Presently living in sunny Florida and loving it. No snow!

  8. This is a great feature of the website. We don’t have to pay a fee to get a classmates E-mail address. This will enable us to make plans to meet with those certain friends for and during the class reunion. The booklet will also contain all names and E-mail addresses but this preview BEFORE the reunion will enable us to contact and plan!! Great Idea!!

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Marlene Kosanke

**************************************************************************************************    We have just learned of the passing of another classmate, this from her son:

Marlene Kosanke Huckstorf passed away in 1994 at the age of 49 from a heart attack.  She was a heavy smoker which obviously didn’t help.  After she graduated from high school she married Jeff Huckstorf.  She went on to work at Allen Bradley for a number of years while raising me (I was born in 1971).  Later on she worked at Kohl’s Dept. Store.  Her life was all about German Shepherd dogs.  She always had a least one around the house.  She also collected dog figurines and other memorabilia. She started up her own newsletter called the K-9 Classifieds which reached out to others who had similar interests.  She struck up many friendships across the United States based on this newsletter.  That indirectly led me to start writing and self-publishing.  She led a fruitful life and even though she was taken away much too early I am proud that I was able to be around all those years with her.

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Jim Michalsky

James L. Michalsky, 67, born September 17, 1946 of Oconomowoc, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 14, 2013 while at his cabin in the woods. James is preceded in death by his parents LeRoy Mike (Janette) Michalsky and brother Everett.
James was born and lived in Oconomowoc, WI his entire life. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. He worked for Wisconsin Electric as a foreman until his retirement. Jim loved to fish, hunt and work in his garden. He also loved to take many aerobic classes and socialize at the Lake Country Racquet and Athletic Club in Hartland.
James is survived by daughter Julie (Tod) Kinunen of Mukwonago and their 4 children; Elias, Olin, Linnea, Elsa, son Michael (Erin) Michalsky of Wisconsin Dells and their 3 children; Will, Luke and Maya, sister Susan (Richard) Indermuehle of Manitowish Waters, WI and his nephews Richard and Theodore.
A memorial gathering for James will be held at Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc on Thursday, November 21, 2013 beginning at 5:00 PM. A time of remembrance followed by military honors will take place at 6:30 PM, all to be held at the funeral home.
Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to the VFW Post #2260, 830 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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  1. My sister Connie Rhoades graduated from OHS in 1964. Connie died in 1994. She married John Lynch in 1966. She had two children, a son Sean and a daughter Kyan. She and John lived in Libya for several years and Singapore for several more because of John’s career with Sun Oil. They settled in Corpus Christi, Texas with their family until their deaths. John died at 42 with heart problems and Connie at 50 from a brain tumor.

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