March 2022 Update

Dear Classmates, we are writing with our 6th monthly update regarding the plans for the 50th West High Reunion. With less than six months to go, our plans are starting to take shape. Here are a few simple things that you can do to help us:

  • Add a tribute on our memorial page. Since our last monthly update, we have learned of the passing of three classmates, including Jesse Gruman, Larry Stormer, and Laurie Beckwith. Please visit our memorials page and add a tribute to classmates who you knew:
  • Keep in Touch: There are several ways for you to keep in touch as the reunion approaches:

-Register on our “MyEvent” reunion webpage:

-Join the Facebook Group at:

-Email us at:

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions—or if you’d like to join us in our monthly planning meetings. We hope to see you on Sunday, March 20th

Your 50th reunion planning committee: Bob Curry (NEW MEMBER~!), Betsy (Payton) Duren, Bob Emmerich, Ellen (Roenneburg) Emmitt, Laurie Levin, Bob Lucas, Sue (Greene) Meyer, Linda (Connelly) Peterson, Bear Phillips, Kate (L’Heureux) Remington, Pat Remington, Ginny Rohlich, Sandy Rotter, and Ken Saiki.







Results from our interest survey (as of 3/15/22)


Consider donating to the reunion to help cover the costs of planning and the event: As of March 1, 2022, we have received donations from 27 individuals, totaling more than $3,000. Thanks to Bob Lucas, Pat and Katie (L'Heureux) Remington, Stephanie Quinn, Ginny Rohlich, Bear Phillips, Thom Potratz, Sandy Rotter, Bob Emmerich, David Berlow, Michael O'Brien, Jay Simon, Terry (Smith) Hoxmeier, Jeff Gusinow, June (Miller) Wolf, Mark Hambrecht, Dianne (Owen) Bowman, Ilsa Schwarz, Tom Bradley, Dirk Bakken, Lisa Korf, Monty Schiro, Sherry (Guimond) Pender Auker, Kathy and Dave Waisman, Ellen Simmons, Kristin Hovanec, Mike Lunda and several anonymous donors!

To donate, go to:  


Monthy Zoom Gatherings

Eleven classmates gathered on Zoom on February 20th, and shared updates and ideas for the reunion. We’re holding these on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at 5 PM CT.










Check out the recent classmate updates

We now have over 370 email addresses, and about 120 people have signed up on the MyEvent website. These classmates have signed up on MyEvent since our last update: Deb Kreutzer, Joan Lutz, Steve M. Bennett, Nito Panganiban, Ann Lindholm, Tom Geppert, Susie Koch, Dan Flaten, Michael OBrien, Deb Hosman, RuthAnn Schallert-Wygal, Craig Horswill, Mark Jaunzems, Joe Knight, Lynne Stoeker, Ku-chuan Hsiao, Helene Whittingham, and Lisa Korf. Read their updates at:



Please register on our reunion website ( We will use this website to communicate about the reunion, and for people to pay for the costs of the event. To register, simply follow these four simple steps:

  1. Go to “Menu” in the upper right corner and select “Classmates” and click on “” It will ask you for your first and last name, an email address, and a secure Password. Please note that emails and contact information won’t be shared publicly.
  2. Once registered you will be asked for optional contact information. If you give a city location, it will show on the map on the “Where Are They Now”
  3. To help connect with your classmates, please answer the four questions about your:
    1. Work life,
    2. Family,
    3. What you are doing today, and
    4. What is on your bucket list?
  4. Finally, upload a “now” photo (headshot). After you finish registering, we will upload a “then” photo using your headshot from the West 1972 Yearbook.