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November 2, 2017:

We have learned of the passing of Lois Ilene Anseth Simmons. You may read her obituary by clicking here. Lois' services were held in Fargo, North Dakota on August 5th.

October 24, 2017:

Our class column from the Spring 2017 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Spring issue click here.

October 23, 2017:

We recently learned of the passing of Barbara Nelson Cheek. You may read her obituary by clicking here. Barbara's services were held in Puyallup, Washington on Qctober 14th.

September 18, 2017:

We are happy to announce that based on your input we have selected Thursday, July 26, 2018 for our 65-Year Reunion. We understand that some of you may not be able to attend at that time of year but we chose to follow the wishes of the majority. Perhaps this early notice will permit you to make some adjustments in your plans for 2018.

The success we experienced in 2016 by holding the reunion at the Lynnwood Convention Center has dictated a return to that venue. We do have attendance minimums that we must exceed to make this plan financially satisfactory so we will be coming back to you later to determine the likelihood of your attendance. But retaining the same room as 2016 assures us that we will have room to accommodate everyone who wishes to join us for this milestone celebration.

We will not be mailing invitations to street addresses until early 2018. So, be sure to let your friends who do not receive email know about our reunion plans.

August 12, 2017:

Thank you for all of your comments regarding the passing of Phil Unick. Please feel free to comment on future obituaries. Let the class know some of your memories about the deceased.

Phil Unick's celebration of life will be held on September 8th. See the details at the end of his obituary comments by clicking here.

July 21, 2017:

Phil Unick passed away at his home in Arlington, Washington on June 27, 2017. You may read what we have for an obituary by clicking here. Phil attended Haller Lake Elementary School and Alexander Hamilton Jr. High School before starting at LHS in 1949. If you have additional information that you would like to add to his obituary, please let us know.

June 7, 2017:

Our class column from the Winter 2016 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Winter issue click here.

June 7, 2017:

Two more members of our class passed away recently. We learned of the passing of Joyce Newgard Adair and Brad L. Everson. You may read their obituaries by clicking here. If you are aware of other classmates who have passed away and not yet recognized on our website, please let us know.

April 6, 2017:

We recently learned of the passing of Don Bishop and Thomas Dyrness. You may read their obituaries by clicking here. Don's services will be held in Morton, Washington on April 19th at 1 PM in the Morton Methodist Church.

February 1, 2017:

Our class column from the Fall 2016 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Fall issue click here.

December 9, 2016:

We recently learned of the passing of Perry Kennedy. You may read his obituary by clicking here. You will learn that there is still time to attend his very interesting memorial in January.

October 4, 2016:

In recent weeks we have become aware that five more classmates have passed away. Very abbreviated obituaries are available for your consideration by clicking here. If you have additional information to include for one or more of these classmates, please advise the webmaster.

September 11, 2016:

Our class column from the Spring 2016 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Spring issue click here.

August 26, 2016:

Our 63-Year Class Reunion was held on July 28, 2016 at the Lynnwood Convemtion Center. To read about the reunion and see pictures taken at the event please click here.

June 21, 2016:

Our class column from the Winter 2015 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Winter issue click here.

June 16, 2016:

We have recently become aware that three more classmates have passed away. Their obituaries are available for your consideration by clicking here.

February 8, 2016:

Our class column from the Fall 2015 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Fall issue click here.

February 5, 2016:

We were advised that Nels Elmer Person passed away on October 3, 2015 by his daughter, Patty. Nels resided at Grapeview, Washington. You will find his obituary by clicking here.

November 19, 2015:

The Seattle Times advised us that Sharron Welsch Reams passed away on November 10, 2015 in the Bellevue, Washington area. Sharron was a Songleader at Lincoln High and later a cheerleader at the University of Washington. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

November 8, 2015:

We were just advised that Mary Jane Muenter Krie passed away on November 4, 2012 in the Seattle area. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

October 26, 2015:

Marylynne Ketzenbarger Larson passed away on October 9, 2015 in Edmonds, Washington. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

September 27, 2015:

We just learned that Yvonne Taylor Michl passed away on September 18, 2015. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

September 24, 2015:

Our class column from the Spring 2015 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Spring issue click here.

The Class Reunion Committee just announced that our 63-Year Reunion will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center on July 28, 2016.

September 9, 2015:

Two more classmembers have passed away recently. Don Olson and Margaret Joan Evans Krueger passed away this summer in California. You will find their obituaries by clicking here.

June 21, 2015:

We have learned of the recent passing of Bernita L. Tausan Howard. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

June 9, 2015:

We learned of the recent passing of Karla Lois Bridgham Dittman. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

Our class column from the Winter 2014 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Winter issue click here.

April 27, 2015:

We learned of the passing of Richard (Bud) Seslar. While we had not been aware that he was a classmate, a picture of him was located in our sophomore annual. You will find what we know of his passing by clicking here.

April 8, 2015:

We learned of the very recent passing of George Ralph Holmstrom. You will find his obituary by clicking here.

February 19, 2015:

We have experienced the loss of two of our classmates this month: Ron Williamson and Barbara Kimbrough Calderon passed away within a day of each other. You will find their obituaries by clicking here.

February 11, 2015:

We recently learned of the passing of Marjorie Ann Dopps. You will find her obituary by clicking here.

January 12, 2015:

Our class column from the Fall 2014 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Fall issue click here.

December 4, 2014:

We have learned of the passing of Shirley Janette Lothe Hogle and Barbara Lou Atkins Green. You will find their obituaries by clicking here.

September 21, 2014:

Our class column from the Spring 2014 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the Spring issue click here.

August 13, 2014:

We learned recently of the passing of Betty Jean Torkelson Paradie. Betty passed away on December 20, 2013. She lived in Lynnwood, Washington. You will find the obituary for Betty by clicking here.

August 7, 2014:

We just learned of the passing of Rita Corina Sanchez Harr. Rita passed away on June 2, 2014 in the Everett, Washington area. You will find the obituary for Rita by clicking here.

June 25, 2014:

We learned recently of the passing of Helen Loraine Argus. Helen passed away on June 12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. You will find an abbreviated obituary for Helen by clicking here.

May 7, 2014:

Our class column from the Winter 2013 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the winter issue click here.

April 29, 2014:

We learned today of the passing of Bonnie LaRae Berrett Dalton. Bonnie passed away on April 13, 2014 in Provo, Utah. You will find her full obituary by clicking here. As a close personal friend of Bonnie I believe that it would be very hard to find someone who disliked her. She was the friend of everyone and that is reflected in her obituary. I will miss Bonnie.

April 9, 2014:

We have been advised by the daughter of Carmel Blaschka Bowers that her mother passed away in California on March 10, 2014. You will find her full obituary by clicking here.

April 5, 2014:

We have learned of the passing of Robert Earl Smith. You will find his obituary by clicking here.

January 29, 2014:

We have learned of the passing of another classmate. You will find her obituary by clicking here. Grace McAvoy Kunzler's funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington. .

January 1, 2014:

The Class of 1953 column in the Fall 2013 issue of Totem II has been posted to the website. It may be found by clicking here.

December 31, 2013:

We have learned of the passing of two more classmates. You will find their obituaries by clicking here. Those who have passed away are Arline Shulmier Daniel and Arlene Munn Robinett.

October 23, 2013:

We try to keep track of 653 classmates (565 of which graduated with our class). Up until this update of the website the class roster has been scattered around the website. The roster has now been consolidated under one link on the home page. Please click on "Class Roster" in the left column or the top banner of the home page. You will find in one place all "Then and Later" photos. If you find yourself in the "Then Only" category, we would love to include a later photo of you. Remember... we are all in our late 70s! Please don't be camera-shy.

If you would like to check out the new "Class Roster" section, please click here.

September 17, 2013:

The Class of 1953 column in the Spring 2013 issue of Totem II has been posted to the website. It may be found by clicking here.

Thursday evening, August 29, on the KOMO-TV local news there was a segment about the Class of ’43 reunion, held that afternoon at Ivar’s on Lake Union. You may find this 3 minute clip from KOMO-TV interesting to watch. Click HERE to watch it. You must wait for an ad to be shown before the story comes up.

At our 60-Year Reunion Gary Keffler gave me a newspaper clipping describing Gary's contribution to Diving in the Pacific Northwest. It appears that Gary is "Legend" in the Diving World. Check it out by clicking here.

June 24, 2013:

The photos taken by Larry Wagle and others at the 60-Year Class Reunion held on June 11, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, Washington are now available on our class website. The website updating project went much faster than your webmaster anticipated. If you would like a print of one of the photos, please contact Darrell Bangerter.

You may access the 60-Year Reunion section of this website by clicking here.

June 17, 2013:

We have received notice of the passing of another classmate. You will find his obituary by clicking here.

The 60-Year Class Reunion was held on June 11, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, Washington. Attending were 82 classmates, 3 members of the Class of '54 and 28 guests. Some attendees had never joined us for a past reunion. The committee was pleased with the participation and the reunion overall. We hope to have photos available on the website by the end of July. You will be notified when they are. In order to plan for future reunions we need your thoughts on this subject. Please share them while the most recent event is still fresh in your mind.

June 4, 2013:

We have learned of the passing of another classmate. You will find his obituary by clicking here. Dave Steffen played trombone in our LHS Marching Band and as you will see continued his music career throughout his life.

May 22, 2013:

We have learned of the passing of two more classmates. You will find their obituaries by clicking here. Those who have passed away are Howard Meacham and Irene Klave Helm.

April 29, 2013:

The Class of 1953 column in the Winter 2012 issue of Totem II has been posted to the website. It may be found by clicking here.

We have learned of the passing of two more classmates. It has been impossible to obtain full obituaries for these classmates but you will find what we have by clicking here. Those who have passed away are Dona Nita Cloud and Cliff David Lawson.

April 27, 2013:

As a result of the recent mailings related to our class reunion, we have learned of three more deaths among our classmates. Unfortunately, it has been impossible to obtain full obituaries for two of these classmates but you will find what we have by clicking here. Those who have passed away are Beverly Slusser, Rod Hilderman and Jim White.

April 4, 2013:

With the return of reunion luncheon flyers we learned of four more deaths among our classmates. Unfortunately, it has been impossible to obtain full obituaries for these classmates but you will find what we have by clicking here. Those who have passed away are Ken Hauselman, Craig Stonehocker, Gerald Pattison and Richard Legler.

March 22, 2013:

Warren Olson passed away on July 11, 2010 in Chenoa, Illinois. His obituary may be found by clicking here.

March 18, 2013:

Joy Proffitt Schaefer passed away in 2003 in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Her obituary may be found by clicking here.

January 17, 2013:

Sandra Arnstein Naon passed away on November 30, 2012 at home in Seattle, Washington. Her obituary may be found by clicking here.

January 15, 2013:

The Class of 1953 column in the Fall 2012 issue of Totem II has been posted to the website. It may be found by clicking here.

December 31, 2012:

Don Bonner passed away on October 9, 2012 in Selah, Washington. His obituary may be found by clicking here.

November 1, 2012:

Don Bjornsen passed away on February 1, 2012 in Kenmore, Washington. His obituary may be found by clicking here.

October 1, 2012:

The Spring 2012 issue of the Totem II has now been posted to the website. Check out the Class of '53 news from the Spring 2012 issue by clicking here.

August 23, 2012:

Earl Lane passed away on June 10, 2012 on Whidbey Island. His obituary may be found by clicking here.

The annual Lincoln Lynx Alumni Association (LLAA) all-class luncheon was held on June 16th at the Nile Country Club. There was a great alumni turnout this year and a number of members of our Class of '53 were in attendance. I took some photos with my phone but they are rather blurry so we will forgo a photo album. Those from our class attending the luncheon were: Pete and Janet Olson Bradford, Sue Dippert Calvert, Marilyn Christy Derouin, Jim Green, Barbara Atkins Green, Gerald Helman, Joanne Oden Knutson, Don and Diane Lundberg, Steve Sourapas, Gail Weld Vanderhoof, Faye Lee Lermond, Jackie Miller Engstrom, Yvonne Taylor Michl, Mavis Dodge and George Erb, Bill Koons, Darrell Bangerter, Judy Fosse Snider, Donna Palladin Holt and Phyllis Radka King.

Perhaps the most interesting announcement at the luncheon was the possibility that Lincoln High School may be reopened in a few years. For the story please click here.

We just learned that one of our class authors, Mary Fowler Trimble, has released her latest book, "Tubob: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps". It is "a memoir of a newly married couple who discover themselves in new light as they work and learn about a different culture in a third-world country. They find frustration and strength in trying to make a difference among a struggling people. Caught up in a military coup, they seek refuge in a house with 116 other people, and wonder if their lives will ever be the same." To read more about Mary's new book click here.

I received a bio from Ken Donohue some time ago but forgot to post it on the website. That oversight has been corrected. To read it please click here.

June 6, 2012:

The Reunion Committee has now contracted with Embassy Suites in Lynnwood for our 60-Year Luncheon Reunion to be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. I highlighted the year because several of you have assumed that we were meeting again in 2012. Perhaps we started talking about this gathering a little early.

Not knowing the likely attendance, we chose to offer enough space to accomodate everyone who wishes to participate. For those who suggested other venues, let me assure you that we carefully evaluated several before settling on Embassy. As our class continues to shrink other venues will be re-evaluated in the future. Please share our plans with your friends in our class who for various reasons may not be receiving these emails. More information coming...

The Fall-Winter 2011 issue of the Totem II has now been posted to the website. The alumni association recently began offering Totem II online in the PDF format. It really is great if you can tolerate reading your news on a monitor. And a big plus for me is that it is never partially destroyed by the US Postal Service. Check out the Class of '53 news from the Fall-Winter 2011 issue by clicking here.

April 17, 2012:

The latest issue of the Totem has an article by Diane Linneman Bicknell on the Seattle World's Fair. It refers the reader to color pictures available on our class website. These photos have now been posted for your enjoyment. You will find them by clicking here.

April 8, 2012:

Clint Howard passed away on March 31, 2012 at the American Lake VA Hospital. A memorial service will be held April 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Epiphany Parish, 1805-38th Avenue, Seattle, WA. His obituary may be found by clicking here.

March 12, 2012:

Donald Otto Evans passed away on September 6, 2003. A brief obituary may be found by clicking here.

January 3, 2012:

Our class column from the Fall 2011 Totem II has now been posted to the website. To read the Class of 1953 news from the fall issue click here.

Sue Dippert Calvert recently submitted several photos for inclusion on our website. To walk down memory lane with Sue's memorabilia click here.

Bill Koons recently celebrated his 77th birthday. He was caught on camera and now the video clip appears on YouTube. We shared the link by email in December. Now it is being formalized on the class website. Check it out if you haven't already done so here. Bill is considering a sequel.

December 4, 2011:

Peggy Ullman Hedstrom passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011. Her services will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, at 11:00 am at Berean Bible Church, 2345 185th. St., Shoreline, Washington. Peggy's obituary may be found by clicking here.

October 26, 2011:

Martha Gebert Houk passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Her services will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Evergreen Washelli funeral home at 10:00 A.M. Martha's obituary may be found by clicking here.

October 9, 2011:

The Class of '53 news reported in the Spring Totem II has now been posted to this website. You will remember that we have an agreement with the alumni association to delay posting it online by one issue. To receive your Totem II news and the news for other LHS classes in a more timely manner, please consider joining the alumni association. For more information go here: http://www.lincolnhighlynx.org/index.php. To read the Class of 1953 column in the Spring 2011 issue click here.

After several months of struggling with a new Guest Book, I have decided to go back to the old one. More than 99% of the entries were spam. Access the Guest Book in the same way as before. Make your entry and click submit. To get back to our current website either click on your "Back" arrow (upper left corner) OR click "Home". If you click "Home", you will be taken to the old site where you can click on the link to return to our new home page. Maybe you can experiment with the Guest Book by making an entry.... :-) You can post a Guest Book entry right now by clicking here.

Barbara Nelson Cheek has provided bio information. Check it out by clicking here

October 5, 2011:

Another obituary: Orville Pettibone passed away at home in Snohomish, Washington on September 5, 2011. Orv's obituary may be found by clicking here.

October 1, 2011:

We recently learned that David McAllister passed away in May. Dave's obituary may be found by clicking here.

September 11, 2011:

We lost another classmate. William (Bill) Squibb passed away on September 1, 2011. Bill's obituary may be found by clicking here.

July 2, 2011:

At last the photos taken by Larry Wagle at our recent reunion at Ivar's have been posted to this website. The comments regarding the reunion shown with other news on June 16th have been included in the "Reunions" section of our website. They will be removed from Class News soon. Check out the Reunions section and the reunion photos by clicking here.

June 16, 2011:

No website updates since mid-April means lots of news! But first, let your webmaster summarize his take on the recent 58-Year Class Reunion:

THE 2011 REUNION - Measured in terms of the surprisingly large turnout for our 58-Year Class Reunion and by the enthusiastic smiles on most attendees we believe that it was a success! A number of classmates expressed interest in a 60-Year reunion. We even had one attendee who said, "As for my time spent there, it’s an event worth repeating annually." Another classmate reported that her non-classmate spouse, when asked if he enjoyed this reunion, responded, "YES, I did.... very...., VERY...., VERY MUCH!" (She said that she had never heard him say that about anything before!)

Was it perfect? No. The food was great in the minds of a number of classmates. But others found it uninspired, cold and in short supply at one time. Personally, I expected better. But if you went for the clam chowder, you probably were not disappointed. One attendee wrote, "The food could have been better, but who cares, that was a very small part of the opportunity to see some old friends and meet some very interesting new ones. The weather was lousy, but the fellowship was great. I'd never been to a reunion, so this was a real adventure for me. What fun to see familiar faces from the distant past. It was a good thing our youthful pictures were on our name cards. I would gladly come to the next one."

Our cruise aboard the Olympic Star was pleasant despite the inclement weather. It offered us the opportunity to socialize in a more relaxed atmosphere. And the boat picked us up at the Ivar's dock. Now that was convenient! And for someone headed south on I-5 after the event Seattle traffic was more gentle than I had expected. (Don't believe anyone who says Portland's traffic situation is better than Seattle's.)

Some may wonder why we scheduled the reunion at a venue like Ivar's with no available room that would house all of us. Frankly, we were surprised at the size of the group. We had about the same attendance as the 30, 35, 40, 45 and 55-year reunions. And this with 157 of our classmates having passed on. By the time that we realized the enthusiasm for this reunion luncheon it was too late to change venues. We really needed everyone in the same room rather than being scattered in three different areas.

All in all we have learned many things by running our own reunion (without professional help) for the first time in quite a while. We are already starting to work on the next reunion by looking for a better venue. We hope that the health of our classmates will permit a few more good reunions. We appreciate the suggestions Loretta has received. Please feel free to let us know your thoughts. I have to apologize for my personal failure in successfully forecasting the weather. Remember, I wrote, "We expect beautiful weather on that day!!"

I have received the photos from Larry Wagle and am in the process of organizing them to be posted on our class website. If you would like prints of these photos, please feel free to upload them to Costco, Kodak or some other photo processor and order the prints you desire. If any of you would like me to order prints for you, please let me know. The only cost to you will be the out-of-pocket costs - the prints and postage. I expect to have the photos posted before Independence Day.

Thanks to a great committee and for your happy participation!

Darrell Bangerter

WEBSITE UPDATES - Many areas of the website have been updated since my last email to the class. A few bios have been updated or added. The missing list has changed since we found a number of previously lost classmates. But that group has been partially offset by several other classmates going missing. We have added three more classmates to our Memoriam page: Mildred Reski Falkenhagen, John Chapin and Ruth Benedict Lotzenhiser. (See the Memoriam page here.) You will find whatever obtituary information we have here. Also, a complete obituary for Art Hunt has been added.

Also on the Recent Obits page you will find a tribute to one of our notable LHS alumni from the Class of 1941 - Norma Larsen. Okay, you may know her better as Norma Zimmer - the Champagne Lady! Judy Turner recently read Norma's autobiography and asked me if I knew a Norma Larsen from Seattle. Judy enjoyed the book.

The Address section now includes "recent" photos of Richard Aigner, Lael Bean Call, Gil Braida, Harriet Galber Gray, Henry Gee, Patricia Gilmore, Wendell Hall, Lois Robison Dawson, Betty Torkelson Paradie, Patty Whitham Kennelly, Shirley Wheeler Smith, Carmel Blaschka Bowers and Diane Lembo Talley. Check them out starting here.

TOTEM II - Our class news from the Winter 2010-11 issue of Totem II has been posted to the website. Check out the stories and miscellaneous news by clicking here.

YOUR PHOTOS - Myrtis Rehbein Holdren recently submitted a photo and a couple of news stories from the past. Check them out at the end of our "Your Photos" section or go directly to her contributions by clicking here.

April 17, 2011:

Those of you who have been following Art Hunt's health condition on CaringBridge are aware that he passed away on April 16, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. Art cut short a vacation cruise in December 2010 due to various symptoms. Upon arriving home he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and three lung tumors. Brain surgery and other cancer treatments were not successful. Check out a preliminary obituary here.

April 13, 2011:

Marilyn Spurr Rall passed away on April 9, 2011. Check out the obituary information we received from her husband (and our classmate) Ron Rall here.

March 20, 2011:

We have lost another Lynx but not one of our classmates this time. Coach Byng Nixon passed away on March 17th at the Warm Beach Senior Community Center in Stanwood, Washington. He was 92. You will find his obituary here.

March 16, 2011:

More reunion flyers have been returned. Efforts to find the missing classmates have disclosed the passing of two more members of the Class of '53. You will find what we have in the way of obituaries for them here. We lost Ronald Douglas and Wilbur Clarke in 2009.

Dick Rovig and Bill Koons sent me an article from the March 5th edition of the Seattle Times. It involves mostly LHS students observing a fight near the high school. Go to the link below and see how many of the young men in the photo you recognize. When you open the article you may see a couple of old folks reenacting the fight. Just click on the "NEXT" above the picture to see the boys. Send your identifications to the webmaster so that they may be reported later. Just click on the following link to go to the story: LHS Fisticuffs

For those who remember Maryann Cook at Lincoln, you probably saw in our obituaries that she passed away in 2006. Her son would like to talk to some of her friends from high school days. So any of you who knew Maryann please get back to the webmaster and he will put you in contact with her son.

March 6, 2011:

Recent efforts to find classmates have resulted in the identification of four more classmates who have passed away in recent years. The webmaster was not able to locate full obituaries for all of them. If you have access to any obituaries, please share them. We have added Richard Danielson, Arlene Gaskell Bristow, Louise Shapely Holm and Richard Ploof to the Memoriam page and you will find them shown on the Recent Obits page.

March 3, 2011:

Ed Bennett notified us this morning of the passing Roy Layne Ray in Everett, Washington on February 27, 2011. We also recently learned from Chris Tollefson that her husband, our classmate James Tollefson, passed away in September 2010. They lived in Modesto, California. You may read their obituaries by clicking here.

One reunion flyer unearthed a mystery. I suppose that most of us were 17 or 18 years old in 1953 when we graduated from old Lincoln High. Did you know that one of our fellow classmates that graduated that year was actually 36 years old? A family member of this graduate returned the reunion flyer with a note stating, "Just wanted you to know that Lena passed away in 1999. Save your postage." I was ready to accept her death and report it on the website. But, I decided to check it out in the Social Security Death Index and I discovered that the Lena (Fylena DYK) who lived in Ellensburg was actually born in 1916. I decided that it was a mistake - our Fylena must be still alive but lost. Then I checked back with the relative who reported that Fylena lived in Seattle during the early 1950s and that she completed a correspondence class in 1953 to get her diploma. According to the Seattle School District Fylena was a resident of Firland Sanatorium. So, now we have Fylena Dyk, our 1953 classmate who died in 1999 at age 83. I'll bet not one of you knew Fylena. Her obituary may be found by clicking here.

I suppose that many of you did not know that a group of our classmates never saw the inside of Lincoln High. They were patients at Firland Sanatorium who had been instructed by our teachers at Firland. Here is a quote from a Northwest Public Health history:

"Once they were well enough to move around and perform duties, patients had many choices in what they could do. Firland had a farm, large storage facilities for food and supplies, a print shop, a laundry, kitchen, bakery, mechanical arts, photography, domestic arts, barber and beauty shops, clerical work, and radio. Some were even paid positions. During the Depression, the WPA contracted with the Firland facility to train workers from the outside community to learn trades such as sewing and printing. Additionally, patients could “go” to school, studying both elementary and high school subjects—students graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle, sometimes while still flat on their backs in bed. College classes were available as well. Instructors from all three levels regularly visited the Firland campus to administer lessons."

See also: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=3928

You might like to see photos of the 141 members of the Class of 1953 who have passed on. If so, please go to the
Memoriam page.

February 23, 2011:

Last June Clint Pelto realized a lifetime fantasy and he is sharing with the readers of Totem II and our LHS Class of 1953 website audience. Read what happened when Betty Jane came to town by clicking here.

February 18, 2011:

The reunion flyer that we sent to Ben MacWatters was returned by his wife with the notation that Ben had passed away on October 27, 2010. Ben and his wife Rose were longtime residents of Oklahoma. Ben's obituary may be found by clicking here.

Hopefully everyone received notice of our planned reunion luncheon celebrating 58 years since our graduation. It will be held on May 25, 2011 at Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union. We need all classmates to give us an idea regarding their intentions to join us for that event. That information would greatly assist our planning activities. Please advise the Webmaster of those intentions.

January 20, 2011:

With a little help from a friend we have learned that we lost Joan Yvonne Brockey Sullivan in 2008 and Marcelle Jean Cole Spath in 2009. We also learned the whereabouts of four missing classmates: Harold Dull, Lila Louise Heywood Hageselle, Mary Carmel Blaschka Bowers and Shirley Mae Wheeler Smith.

The obituaries for Joan and Marcelle may be found by clicking here. You will remember that we no longer publish address information for our classmates on this website. However, if you find a friend's name in the "Addresses" section, please email the Webmaster to obtain address information for that classmate. You can send a note to: Webmaster

 

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