Shawano Class of ‘58 celebrates 60 years


Contributed Photo The Class of 1958 for Shawano High School includes, from left, Alice Laux, Priscilla Jacobs, Genevieve Bartline, Virginia Andrus, Jeri Popke and Sally Raddant; second row, Bonnie Rosenow, Virginia Prey, Viola Maltbey, Sally McBeth, Janet Habeck and Dorthy Gouine; third row, Dick Dittmann, Wayne Pues, Patsy Kuse, Sharon Blum, Karon Badeau, Natalie Alsteen, Marie Merrill and Diana Bohn; fourth row, Don Thaves, Bert Glough, Dennis Wegner, Joe Thelen, Larry Jeske, John Ainsworth, Don Wege, Jim Ziemer and Tom Spohn; top row, Dave Hansen, Dohn Zimmerman, Paul Timm, Franklin Hornburg, Harold Bauman and Bill Griesbach.

The Shawano High School Class of 1958 celebrated its 60th class reunion Aug. 11 and 12.

The festivities began Friday at The Bamboo Bar with a wonderful breeze coming off Shawano Lake. On Saturday, the group of 59 classmates, spouses and guests enjoyed a family-style meal at the Shawano Golf Club. One of the organizer’s granddaughters made a special cake for the occasion.

At the reunion, classmates reminisced about the Shawano High School band, which had 23 of its 66 members from the Class of 1958. At the Wisconsin State Music Meet, the class was represented by Ferial Deer, Nancy Kroenke, Fred Lang, Ginny Gross, Leola Vigue and Viola Vigue. The band director was Mr. Brockman.

Of the 191 graduates, 125 are still going strong. The reunion saw 35 classmates attend, many from the Shawano area or throughout Wisconsin. The three who came the farthest were Paul Timm, of Iowa, Dick Dittmann, of Minnesota, and Franklin Hornburg, Arizona.

The reunion committee of John Ainsworth, Marie Merrill, Tom Spohn, Don Wege and Betty Zeman had been planning the event since February. The class will have its 62nd class reunion in 2020.