Welcome to the Ladue High School Class of '58 Web Page!
Happy New Year!
Our best to Morty Gelber who had a heart attack on New Year's Eve Day and spent a week at
Missouri Baptist Hospital and another few days at his daughter's house.
He assures everyone he is fine now!
A message from Barb Russell Harry about the next RamBelles Luncheon:
Happy New Year!!! Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season. We've decided to try to avoid selecting a luncheon time that will get cancelled due to inclement weather. (Of course, we can not predict the future weather any better than the meteorologists that have degrees in the subject and get paid for telling us what they expect to occur.) In any event, we are selecting Friday, March 31st (at Marcy's) in hopes of catching "snow birds" coming home and before Spring "break" vacationers leave town. For now, just mark your calendars and we'll be in touch closer to the time with specifics. If at the present time you are sure that you can't attend on that date, let me know. If enough people are unavailable, we can try to find a different date.
May this year be full of blessings for you.
Some sad news: (Charles) Kemper Deicke died December 28, 2016.
He had been in the Air Force, last stationed in Omaha, and continued to live there.
Deicke, Charles K. Jul 30, 1940 - Dec
28, 2016 Preceded in death by parents, Carl and Florence Deicke.
Survived by wife Nancy of Papillion; son and daughter-in-law, Carl and
Kristin of Omaha; daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Matt Meschke of
Andover, KS; and grandsons, Mason, Logan, and Gavin. MEMORIAL SERVICE on
Thursday, January 5, at 11am at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary. No Visitation.
Inurnment in Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice
Looking for some new photos and stories. The first to respond are Hector, Schwartz and Werber!
See Family Photos.
Where is Karen Hanke Weeks?
A note in Family Photos from Harriet Stemme Mayberry who is planning a big move....and several others.
Many new pictures in Family Photos...
Breakfast Club, January 11
Morty Gelber (back in gear!) with Mike Freund
Morty, John Gast and Bill Reisse
Paul Ware, Ken Kastsner, John Camie and Robert Pass
Bill Reisse, Charlie Cooper, Jim Portmann, Howard Handelman, Mike Freund
Paul Ware and Howard Handelman
Rambelle Luncheon, October 14, 2016
Once again the women gather for a quarterly lunch at Marcia Coltman Pass's home.
Marcia always sets a welcoming table.
Visiting before lunch. Helen Z, Marguerite Gisburne Likes, Joan Rothaus O'Brien
Lois Feigenblatt Rubin, Helen Campbell Wiese and Barbara Felder. Francine
came from California and Barb from Florida.
Cookie, Lois and Francine trying to figure out new phones.
Marvina Kastner and Marcia getting ready in the kitchen.
Helen Ziercher and Marguerite Likes. Both live in St. Louis.
Joan O'Brien, Helen Wiese, Marcia and Francine Cohn
Marilyn Ham coffman and Marguerite
Lois, Barb and Helen Z
Joan and Barb Russell Harry
Cookie telling a story.
Betty Lee and Francine
Here they are attending friends' anniversary party. Mickey came to our last
reunion. Deedy has three sons and eight grandchild
Helen Ziercher's Special Reunion!
Judy Young Doty missed our 75th Birthday Reunion literally by inches. She was in town and planned to attend when she
got word that her husband was ill and she had to return home to northern California just before the festivities began. She
so regretted not being there. Recently she returned to St. Louis for a short time to see family there and in Illinois and Helen Ziercher
took advantage of the trip to have a luncheon open house for any classmates who wanted to see Judy. Here are some
photos of the September 30th get together!
Welcoming Judy are Bill Reisse and John Camie
Joan Rothaus O'Brien and Barbara Russell Harry
From the left: Mike Freund, Bill Reisse, Marilyn Hardt Felter, Barb Harry, Joan O'Brien, Pat Peeper Klein, Judy Young Doty, Helen and John Camie
Joan, Barb, Helen, John and Bill
Judy, Mike, Marilyn and Pat
Judy, Joan and Helen
FAMILY PHOTos....and some news.
Barb Felder and sister Madeleine in Key West. Barb with grandson
Maverick (that's right, that is his name) near his home in
Sante Fe. Barb has two sons and a daughter, 5 grandchildren.
Barb lives in Miami.
Marilyn Butler Ware and Paul Ware. Christmas. Remember these
are classmates who spent forever at Ladue and grade schools too
and didn't meet until after graduation! How could that be?!
They live in St. Louis.
Helen Ziercher and Sam Bertolet at a Christmas Party at the Racquet
Club in Ladue. They didn't tell us the bear's name. Helen broke
her wrist, falling on the ice.
Gary Taryle and wife Joan at their daughter Whitney's wedding at the
Japanese Garden in the Missouri Botanical Gardens this summer. The Taryles
live in St. Louis.
Deedy Krasner Oberman
Deedy lives in Beverly Hills. She has been seeing Mickey Meyers for 4 years.
Mickey attended our last reunion with her. Deedy has three sons and
Remember Don Wilson? He was a classmate for quite a
while before continuing at Country Day. He is a retired
architect and he and wife Carol live in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. He says hello to all who remember him!
Howard and Alice Handelman
Howard and Alice live on Conway Road in St. Louis. 50th Anniversary. Alice says:
We have three daughters: Karen Handelman married to Marc Hirshman. St. Louis; Marjorie Handelman, New York; Patty Bloom married to Jonathan Bloom, St. Louis
Four grandchildren: three girls and one boy.
Bonnie Frederich Halls
Bonnie in Montevideo, Uruguay on a 2016 South American Cruise.
Bonnie[and Gary] hosted a CLEVELAND HIGH Class get together. It was full of "old people" who were boring....
not at all like a Ladue reunion.
I am teaching drama and writing scripts for young actors in our Church Youth Program.
Speaking of dramas.....I was sorting through old pictures and papers and found the "program" for CHARMED I'M SURE.
If you remember...Beverly Yates and Jim Stribly wrote the Musical and...a lot of us were in it.
I remember putting black dye on my hair because I was supposed to be from South America!!!
I( am thinking we had a lot more "fun" getting an education than do our offspring!
Marguerite Gisburne Likes
Marguerite Gisburne Likes and husband Ted. They live in Creve Coeur.
Caroline Carpenter Dunning
I wish I could give you some really exciting news from the Dunning's, but I can't. My husband and I lead a fairly quiet life doing what old people do! Shuffling along, helping out our adult kids by taxiing our grandkids here and there when their parents cannot.
Right now, until April sometime, we are in Florida enjoying beautiful weather, and chuckling because we don't have to shovel and salt the driveway in Pennsylvania. That, alone, is exciting!
Hubby and I were in St. Louis in September visiting my brother-in-law, his daughter, my niece, and her extended family. We had much fun seeing everyone. Sadly, my sister, Duckie, passed away in July, 2015. I do miss her.
That's about as exciting as my life is. My husband and I are lucky because we can still travel and we appreciate every moment we have with each other and our wonderful family.
Caroline (Carpy Carpenter) Dunning
Marilyn Hardt Felter
Marilyn Hardt Felter, husband Dick and son Rick, daughter-in-law
Kim (Jack Julier's daughter) and grandsons. The Felters
live in St. Louis.
Mike Freund sent this message:
I am still working at Washington University as I am enjoying working here as it is the best place to work. We have a staff of 285 people, and openings for 30 people which we cannot seem to fill. I work for the Executive Vice Chancellor of Alumni & Development Programs and I have a lot of fun while working here. We are finishing up a 8 year campaign - which concludes on June 30, 2018. We wanted to raise $2.2 BILLION but now have raised $2.4 Billion. We need to raise $600 more million and we have achieved $3 Billion, and I think we can do it. That is a huge number and only a handful of Universities have achieved - raised - that amount in a fund-raising campaign.
On a personal front, I plan to again go a Disney cruise with my two Chicago grandchildren and my daughter and son-in-law, on their Spring Break. We took a Disney cruise last Spring Break and we all had a blast.
And, without grandchildren (I have 5 in St Louis) my friend and I are going on a 10 day Alaskan cruise in August and then stay in Vancouver for a few days at the end of the cruise.
I am treasurer of my condo- the same building that Helen Ziercher lives in- and that keeps
me busy. I am reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and learning a lot of what Senator Lewis forgot to have us memorize.......
Sorry no pictures for now.
Jim Brown with his newest grandson, #6. Jim and wife Gladys live in Louisiana.
Tom Chused and wife Judy in Vaucluse, France. They spend part of the
year in Paris and their home base in Washington, D.C. They were in
New York for New Year to visit daughter Amy, a hospitalist physician and
her daughter Diana.
Marilyn Huntington Berkey
Marilyn Huntington Berkey and husband Brent with their grandchildren.
Granddaughter Ashlen competes in Irish Dancing and had to take off
a year because of hip surgery. They Berkeys live in Ridgway, CO.
Jim and Linda Freund in Hawaii celebrating their 53rd as they celebrate every
anniversary. They live in Beverly Hills, CA.
With kids and grandkids....
Our ever active classmate, Rob Samuels, still lives in St. Louis. He is a retired attorney. As you probably remember, he is an exceptional speed skater,
having taken it up later in life, he has won many races, trained with the famous skaters from the U.S. Olympic Team AND, best of all....he is a
surrogate father and trainer to his daughter's son Jack who is now a promising skater too!
Rob and Ann in Israel
With son in Japan
Rick Hesse has moved from teaching in California to Tennessee. This is what he says:
(He is trying on his beret for graduation AND on January 3, 17 when he turns 76)
I've just completed my first year as Professor of Business Analytics at the Business School of Lincoln Memorial University, here in the Cumberland Gap in Harrogate, TN. We are in the corner where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet, and the school is dedicated to educating students who have at least one parent in the Appalachian area who never graduated from college. We also have graduate programs and I'm a part of the new MS in Business Analytics.
It's wonderful being near my adult children in Atlanta (Debby, her husband Joe Scerno, and son Jason - 15), Dan and his wife Beth in Asheville, and Doug and his wife Nancy and two children, Xen (12) and Willow (6) who live in KC. We've had several visits already and much more than we could manage when Gerry & I were living in California. Gerry and I celebrated our 40th anniversary last November and enjoy the simple life in a town of 1600 people.
This is Jay Handelman at his home near Mt. Shasta.
Betty Jaeger Portmann
Here is a verbatim message from Betty Jaeger Portmann and Jim. They live
in suburban St. Louis:
We are still enjoying our home and property, but it is a lot of up keep. Not the
house as much as the property. A lot of mowing for Jim and a lo of work for me in my perennial gardens. Jim's health is good. He attends the breakfast club with some of the other high school buds. I belong to a hiking group and we meet on Wednesdays. Unfortunately, I have a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. There is no known cure right now. I also have severe osteoporosis which puts me at severe risk for fracture.
Right now I have a pelvic fracture. Bummer . However, I am still very active and enjoy life. .
I am active in bible study also. Jim loves music and has quite a record collection. We have family in North Carolina some in Asheville where we go for hiking . Some live in Wilmington near the
ocean. Life is good !
Karen Hanke Weeks
Karen Hanke Weeks and husband Kent with their grandchildren.
Karen and Kent live in Nashville:
"Kent and I with youngest granddaughter
Sydney after a soccer game at the local middle school (where our own kids
attended some years ago. I am pleased to say that all six of our grandchildren
attend public schools--three in Chapel Hill NC, 1 in Birmingham AL, and 2 in
Nashville TN. All six grandchildren after a recent hike."
Marlene Markert Quinn
Marlene Markert Quinn and husband Mike at granddaughter's wedding. The Quinns
live in Wilmington, DE and Marlene is sorry she is not smiling in this picture, but she is in this year's Christmas gathering!
Cookie Kornblum Simon
Cookie Kornblum Simon on a recent vacation to Portugal AND
at her oldest son's wedding (has 3 sons). Cookie
lives in St. Louis.
Here's what Rod Susman who lives in southern California has to say:
Happy New Year to you. All is OK here. Been more active than in the past as to my auto race school instruction. At the various race tracks around CA on average of two times monthly. Hitting tennis balls about twice a week limited by a bad hip.But stiii out there. Wife Karen is doing well still enjoying her gardening and hitting balls as well.
Our best to my classmates
Have a good 2017 & stay well. Rod
Sandy Smith Kilbride
A note from Sandy Smith Kilbride who lives in Margate, Florida:
I'm still teaching ESL for about 33 weeks a year for 3 hours a day, actually just monitoring a computer lab, which gives the students time toward the requirement of class time per week for the student visas. They have exercises to do on the computer.
I've been able to put a little money away, and am going to spend 6 days in London next May. I've already made arrangements to see Stonehenge, which is on my bucket list.
No pictures. I don't photograph well.
Ronnie and Jan Pass in Colorado with their 6 grandchildren who live in Phoenix, Winston-Salem and St. Louis. Ronnie and Jan spend
most of their time in Naples, FL and St. Louis as well as Colorado.
A note from Harriet Stemme Mayberry. Picture to follow later!
Happy New Year to everyone. I'm working very hard to downsize possessions before
going to a wonderful retirement community in Silver Spring, MD outside DC. I have
friends there and my son and his family live a 40-minute drive away in Vienna, VA.
I'm looking forward to having time to paint, perhaps sing in a choir, read, and just
relax for once while I can still enjoy it. There is a wonderful concert hall near there
and I will take full advantage of that, plus the theater and museums of DC.
Here are Werber, Schwartz and Hector vacationing this summer
in Traverse City, MI.
The next two pictures were taken at the Schwartz home. Hector and Schwartz
live in Michigan and the Werbers live in Illinois.
Bonnie Hirsch Hurwitz with son Andy, future daughter-in-law and
husband Howard at Rehearsal Dinner on October 14th. They
all live in St. Louis area.
Natale Lentin Potchen and her two daughters, Kim and Cynthia Lieberman and
Kim's daughter Stephanie. Natale, Kim and Stephanie live in Florida and
Cynthia lives in ST. Louis.
This is Ron Anderson and wife Paddy. They live in Eagle's Nest, N.M. (not far from Taos). Ron had been active in local
politics and now is the town librarian. These photos are from their 50th wedding anniversary party.
Paul Louys writes the following from St. Louis:
. We don't have any photos from far off exotic places due to my health problems dating back to May when I had a pacemaker put in that had to come back out before the end of June due to infection - very unusual!! The sad thing is we missed a wonderful weekend with our friend Garrison Keillor June 18 & 19th for his last Prairie Home Companion show in St Louis. So it's been a quiet summer for the Louys, however feeling much better now and looking forward to the fall. This photo is from a local restaurant in St Louis (before all this happened). Paul.
Sandy Smith Kilbride and Kathy Francis Shoop
Sandy Smith sent the following picture. Sandy lives in Florida and Kathy has lived forever in Minnesota.
I recently visited my sister in the Twin Cities area and while there went to Stillwater to visit Kathy(Francis) Shoop. I saw her for tie first time in fifteen years and only the second time in over 50 years. We both lived in the area at the same time for 7 years, each being unaware that the other was there.
Francine Friedman Cohn and husband Marc spend summers in Hood River, OR and just said "Safe journey" to their son Bart who lives in Hood River
and is embarking on a 4,000+ mile solo bike trip across the country from Astoria, OR to Newport News, VA. His pack weighs 85 pounds. He hopes
to average about 50 miles a day. He will keep in touch by cell phone being charged with the solar panel on his bike!
Update: After several thousand miles, Bart has gone off the trail to stop in St. Louis for a few days:
Although Jane Krauss Hibbetts has endured MS for many years, she is doing
well. Here she is celebrating her birthday in April, 2016 in Galveston, TX. She
is with her son's twin daughters and son. Jane is the second youngest
person in the class; she turned 75.
Barbara Felder and her grandson Maverick. She is visiting her
son Loren in New Mexico. Maverick is named for the waves at
Half Moon Bay in California! Barbara lives in Florida.
Mike Freund and the "Chicago Branch" of his family and grandchildren took a 4 day Disney Cruise in April.
Mike lives in Clayton.
The two Lloyd Russells. This is Lloyd in his yard and
read about his son in the article below.
Lloyd and wife Susan live in La Jolla, CA.
Click on this below:
Gary and Joan Taryle in Pouerto Vallarta in February. They
live in Chesterfield.
Bonnie Hirsch Hurwitz and husband Howard spend the winter near Palm Springs, Ca.
Here they are at Bonnie's brother's home in L.A. with their two granddaughters, Alexis
and Zoe during Spring Break. All four live in the St. Louis area.
Barb Hatcher Boelling and husband Mack are retired in Port Townsend, WA and are
currently involved in developing a senior community nearby.
HELEN Z AND SAM BERTOLET AT THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA
WHILE ON A CRUISE FROM BARCELONA TO ROME IN FEBRUARY, 16.
Here is a picture of Nancy Roth Elam and her three daughters. She lives
in Valencia, CA. Two of her daughters live in California and one lives in St. Louis.
Sonny Nielson and wife Carol live in Alexandria, VA. Here is his description of this picture:
The occasion was Bobo Brooks' (one of our neighbors here in Alexandria) 89th Birthday dinner at a restaurant here in town. Bobo grew up in Norway but came to the US after an interesting escape from the Nazis to Sweden on skis. Her family owned one of the major Aquavit distilleries in Norway and she throws great parties.
Three pictures of Jean Leutwiler Brandenburger, husband Don, children and
grandchildren. Jean and Don live in Hillsborough, CA and spend a lot of time
in Sun Valley. Here they are celebrating their 50th anniversary in June. They
rafted down the middle fork of the Salmon River for 6 days.
With their five grandchildren
Jean and Don at a symohony concert in Sun Valley.
Cliff Bragdon and wife Sarah.
Cliff said about these two photos:
Pic 1 is at the Disney Boat House where these amphicars go into the water for a wonderful 30 minute ride.
Pic 2 is at Hemingway's where we dined for our 50th. They were delighted to have us since Ernest Hemingway and Hadley was my great aunt and uncle. Aunt Hadley and Uncle Ernest are featured in this months Smithsonian Magazine (October). Ernest declares she was the only women/wife he truly loved and Hadley Richardson lived near us on Cabanne Way in St Louis when I was very young.
John and Amy Camie and sons, Justin and Christopher.
Remember Marie Gruetzmacher (Meezie!)? She and husband
are retired and living where they have been for many years,
Leawood, Kansas. They have two children, one in Darien, Ct
and two in Leawood. Two granddaughters in each city.
Judy Hall Foote has moved from New Mexico to Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and
is still a real estate agent. She moved to be near her son.
Ann Wasserman Solomon and husband Mike on a recent
trip to China. They live in Highlands Ranch, CO.
Bill and Rosemary Reisse touring California. Here in front of the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Bill Pixley and wife Betty, their three sons and grandson earlier this year.
Bill and Betty with two sons and wives on Christmas.
Ken Flanery and wife Gene in Pittsburgh, their home.
Jane Krauss Hibbitts with Helen Ziercher in the lobby of Helen's condo building.
Jane is a widow who lives part of the time in Assisted Living in Webster, Texas and
sometimes stays at a home she and her husband built in College Station, TX which
is completely outfitted for a handicapped person. Jane was diagnosed with
Multiple Schlerosis in 1988. She was in St. Louis for her sister Carol's 80th
birthday. Jane has two daughters and a son. She also has a sister you
might remember: Sue who lives in Memphis. Jane has three
Judy Morse Harrington and husband John with their two sons and daughter and family.
Grandson Jack who is 15 (behind Judy) has inherited her musical ability. Judy and
John live in Long Island, N.Y.
Marcia Shaw Codling visited Marguerite Gisburne Likes in St. Louis in March.
They are with Carey Hager Woods, class of '59. Marcia lives in
Here is Marcia with her granddaughters Megan and Kate and her daughter
Carolyn at the zoo. Marcia said she loved showing her family where she
Chris and Paul Joenk moved to Massachusetts from Arizona to be near
granddaughters, Ellie, 5, and Emmy, 7.
Pat Peeper Klein , husband Bill and all their grandchildren at their home in St. Louis.
Alcatraz photos taken by the class pro photographer, Jim Freund,
and the story by "activist", Lloyd Russell, follows. Notice Jim isn't
in any of the pictures.....
Did you know who they were? Did you think there were more
Planning the "prank". "Dick, be sure and get paint that will wash off!"
Lloyd helping Jim Brown up.
The lookout..Mike Schwartz
"What do you mean you didn't buy washable paint, Dick?!"
The roof today.
Click here to read the story of the Alcatraz
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(Charles) Kemper Deicke
Jonne Jean Eber
Sharon Esses Spern
Beverly Feldman Kraus
Harriet Gomberg Barenfeld
Joan Speed Gilbert
If you have to "snail mail" a picture instead of e-mail it, send it to:
48-345 Paso Tiempo Lane
la Quinta, CA 92253-6200
Francine will mail the photo back to you!
They are not at large anymore, but it took so much work to put this headline
together, I can't bear to erase it......