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CHS Class of 1953 holds reunion

  • Chester High School Class of 1953 reunion attendees included, Front row from left, Betty Mennerich Wagner, Violet Diercks Luedeman, Nick Colbert, Fern Wright Winter, Gladys Zang Carter, Darlene Bollman Gillilan, and Alice Moeller Hollmann. Back row from left, Joe Schirmer, Don Wingerter, Louise Thomas Greenwood, Jack Lindsey, June Hohgrefe James, Dale Grott, Edna Dethrow Thomas, Don Welge, Ruth Schroeder Tiller, and Jim Bivens.

    Chester High School Class of 1953 reunion attendees included, Front row from left, Betty Mennerich Wagner, Violet Diercks Luedeman, Nick Colbert, Fern Wright Winter, Gladys Zang Carter, Darlene Bollman Gillilan, and Alice Moeller Hollmann. Back row from left, Joe Schirmer, Don Wingerter, Louise Thomas Greenwood, Jack Lindsey, June Hohgrefe James, Dale Grott, Edna Dethrow Thomas, Don Welge, Ruth Schroeder Tiller, and Jim Bivens.
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updated: 9/5/2018 9:39 AM

The Chester High School class of 1953 held their 22nd reunion Aug. 25 at Reid's Harvest House in recognition of their 65th anniversary since graduation with 18 classmates and 16 guests attending.

The class has held reunions every five years, but have held them more frequently for the past several years. Classmates traveled from Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois to attend the reunion.

Betty Wagner welcomed everyone and asked the classmates to introduce themselves and their guest. Don Wingerter then gave the dinner prayer, and the buffet meal was enjoyed by all. A beautifully decorated cake with the school colors was served following the meal.

After the meal, each classmate was called on to tell something about themselves. It was noted that most everyone is now retired and has a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wagner read the correspondence from many classmates who were unable to attend this year and everyone enjoyed hearing from them. She also reported that she was unable to contact several class members. A few classmates reported on their contact with some of the members. The Class Will of the classmates attending the reunion and a few of some of the classmates who were not in attendance was read. The contents of some of them were hilarious and received many laughs from the group.

The Class of 1953 graduated with 87 members and, to date, 35 members are deceased. Since the last reunion in 2017, four classmates has passed away, including Betty Tindall Berger, Lucille Prange Koester, Joyce Kirk Brieger, and Hilda Hartman Dilday.

In addition to the class claiming to have held the most reunions, they also claim to hold a marriage record with many classmates who have been married more than 54 years and include Louise Thomas and Lawrence Greenwood -- 65 years; June Hohgrefe and Danny James -- 64 years; Ruth Schroeder and Harold Tiller -- 64 years; Darlene Bollman and Ned Gillilan -- 63 years; Dorothy Herschbach and Paul Koopman -- 62 years; Alice Moeller and Harvey Hollmann -- 62 years; Don and Jerry Wingerter -- 61 years; Jim and Jeanine Bivens -- 61 years; Betty Mennerich and Roland Wagner -- 61 years; Joe and Ruby Schirmer -- 61 years; Fern Wright and Larry Winter -- 61 years; Don and Mary Alice Welge -- 56 years; and Edna Dethrow and Joe Thompson -- 54 years. In addition to those listed, many classmates who were unable to attend this reunion have also been married more than 50 years.

As the class has done for several years, donations were accepted for the CHS music department for their next Florida trip. This year, a total of $365.00 will be presented to Steve Colonel, CHS band director, and his students. Wagner thanked everyone for their generous donation.

A survey form was distributed for classmates to indicate if and when the next reunion should be held. The results will be reviewed at the next classmate lunch date on Sept. 20. Wagner announced that a group meets the third Thursday of each month for lunch at Reid's, and all classmates are invited. She also said they also meet when a classmate visits Chester and wants to meet with former classmates.