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Catherine Anne Hirth, 70 of Niwot passed away September 30, 2019. Cathy was born March 4, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Howard ad Lillie (Mohr) Hirth. She grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967.Cathy earned a master's degree in speech pathology from Western Michigan University. She worked as a speech therapist in the Los Angeles School System for many years.On March 30, 1980 she married Eugene Morgan in Palm Springs, CA. They later divorced in 2001. In 1988, Cathy moved to Longmont, CO. She was a longtime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and volunteered with the Longmont Humane Society.Cathy was an avid reader and enjoyed playing piano, horseback riding and sewing. She is preceded in death by her parents. Cathy is survived by her beloved children; Eric and Melissa Morgan of Longmont, a brother, Charles Hirth of Palm Desert, CA and her former husband, Eugene Morgan of Oro Valley, AZ.A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 11 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Longmont Humane Society or to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
For those of us that went to Slauson jr high I'm sorry to say that our beloved teacher Ted Palmer passed away 1-27-2021. The obit is on mlive funeral Thursday February 4 at 1:00 p.m. at staffed-Mitchell funeral home in Chelsea.
Palmer, Edmund (Ted) L. 9/8/1923 - 1/27/2021 Ann Arbor Age 97, he died at his Ann Arbor, MI home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Elaine M. (Hadley) Palmer. Born in Toledo, OH to Mabel and Herbert Palmer, he lived most of his life in Ann Arbor, where his father had a successful photography business, Palmer Studios, in the Michigan Theater Building. After graduating from Ann Arbor High School in 1941, he served in the CBI (China Burma India) Theater of War during World War II. He was a military policeman and motorcycle dispatch rider at Kurmitola Air Base in India, where transport and bomber planes-including those of the famous Flying Tigers-took off to fly "the Hump," the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with three bronze stars for his military service. After the war, he lived briefly in California, where he delivered blocks of ice to homes and restaurants and managed a bowling alley. After returning to Michigan, he earned both his BA and MA degrees and began a long career of teaching at Slauson Junior High School in Ann Arbor. He is fondly remembered by his students for stories that brought history alive, field trips to Tigers Stadium and Greenfield Village, and visits to his own "general store," a recreation of a 19th century establishment. After retirement, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and driving his 1930 Model A Ford. He created beautiful gardens at his home, and spent many hours at local golf courses, where he maintained a highly-respectable eight handicap. He put his many home repair skills to work, helping friends and neighbors in Ann Arbor and on Fripp Island in South Carolina, where he and his wife maintained a vacation home for 36 years. On the island, he and his wife and dogs walked on the beach, enjoyed the native wildlife, and golfed at the island golf course. In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and many close friends in Michigan, California, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings and several beloved cocker spaniels. A funeral service is scheduled on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m., at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, Reverend Robert Livingston officiating. Visitation is on the same day at the funeral home, noon until the time of service. Funeral directors are following current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for COVID-19; only 10 people are allowed to pay their respects at one time-those attending will be instructed accordingly, and masks must be worn. Interment is private at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
So there I was, sitting in summer school because "the teachers really didn't know how to teach". Uhh... The next thing I know, I am getting called to see Mr. Schreiber.
"David, I just wanted to ask you if you would like to go to Sweden for the summer?"
"Wow..Sweden!! The capital city is Copenhagen", I said to myself. As you can tell, it's obvious why I was in summer school.
"Yes, Mr. Schreiber, that would be incredible." I returned to class, only to be summoned back to his office 10 minutes later. I immediately thought that they were going to tell me that the trip had been called off.
"Dave, the trip for the summer is off: they want you to stay for 15 months!"
I was floored. What would follow would set things in motion that would allow me to experience the most amazing 15 months of my life!
Thank you Vickie Martin for reaching out and encouraging me to share some of my experiences. Over the weeks ahead, I will share some of the things that I was able to experience. Things that ranged from going to West Berlin, visiting the Berlin wall, touring one of the concentration camps, visiting a library that had the largest collection of Rembrandts anywhere in the world, experiencing the first teacher strike in Sweden's history, breaking my wrist, having a former Olympic champion as my track coach, and soooooo much more!
Pioneer High was one of the greatest high schools in all of America, with the greatest classmates that a person could ever have asked for. So much happened in those turbulent 60's that would shape our city and our world. I was so blessed to have been a participant during those times.
Stoll, Charles Leo Willis/Ann Arbor Age 71, passed away November 14, 2020 at home with family at his side. He was born January 16, 1949 in Ann Arbor to Richard and Phyllis (Wood) Stoll. He was the youngest of three brothers, elder to two sisters, and husband of 47 years to Anne Faulhaber, who survives. Chuck graduated from Pioneer, earned his teaching degree at EMU, and taught math before proudly serving in the U.S. Postal Service for over 31 years. After retirement in 2005, he happily returned to teaching and served as London Township Treasurer 2006-2012. Chuck was a determined and joyful man who fought lymphoma for 8 years and bone marrow transplant complications for over a decade. He was kind to a fault and had a deep commitment to family and love for nature, puns, politics, and travel. He would always stop for a stranger and couldn't resist taking apart a computer or reading a sci-fi story. A lover of Doctor Who and Star Trek, Chuck looked to the stars and God above for guidance - May he find rest there and in the hearts of all he loved. He is survived by his wife, Anne - four children: Mary Lyn Stoll (Dan Palmer), Tim (Meghan) Stoll, Sara Stoll and Jeremy Stoll - three brothers: Mike (Jane), Richard and George Stoll - two sisters: Mary Melissa (Kris) Williams and Anne Stoll – and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan on Friday, November 20th, with Rosary. Social distancing and face masks are required. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Whittaker on November 21st, and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Whittaker. Contributions may be made to the National Lymphoma Society, and a larger celebration of life will be held next summer. www.ochalekstark.com
Teresa (Terry) Cunningham Beem
March 9, 1949 – March 23, 2020
We are very sad indeed to report that our dear friend and classmate Terry Cunningham succumbed to pancreatic cancer on March 23, 2020, in Evanston, Illinois. She is survived by her beloved sons, Nicholas Beem and Christopher Beem, and three adorable grandchildren, Jasper, Stella and Jack Beem.
After graduating AAHS in 1967, Terry matriculated at Wellesley College, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in three years’ time. She taught private school in Princeton before moving to Evanston, Illinois with her former husband, Marc Beem. Terry lived in Evanston until her death. (AAHS French students of Roger Swanson may remember that Evanston is the “land of milk and honey.”) She continued her education at Chicago’s prestigious Erickson Institute, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Child Development. Terry was an early childhood educator and consultant all of her professional life.
At AAHS, Terry distinguished herself as an excellent writer (she was the Co-Editor of Omega, the literary and arts magazine), a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, and a civil rights activist, beginning with FAIR. Throughout her life, Terry was passionate about the Beatles, Motown, nature, children, choral music, yoga, and most of all, her loving and accomplished children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed reconnecting with AAHS classmates at our 50th reunion in 2017. Terry’s many devoted friends, colleagues and family members were inspired by the optimism, love, and enormous courage she demonstrated until the end of her life. We deeply mourn her loss.
This story section will only allow "one" picture at a time to post, unless there is a way to post more pictures and I just didn't figure it out! So here is one more picture to show ... sorry if I got your curiosity up! If you want to see more pictures, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send all of them.
I have been wanting to share some pictures of things I have kept all these years ...
I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane. Does anyone else have our Class sweatshirt or other high school treasures to share?
Blessings to all! Toni Perry
Ms. Kathleen “Kathy” Ruth Poole Hill was born October 14, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Ruth & Richard Poole. She passed away at the age of 70 in her home in Auburn, AL on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
She is survived by her daughter: Christie Leigh Hill McHugh, her son-in-law Cooper Davis McHugh Jr.; former spouse: Robert Lloyd Hill; nieces: Stephanie Hill, Kim Foster Hensley, Kelly Foster Amerson, Jennifer Hill, Aly Hill Hoch; nephews: Matthew Foster, Alex Hill, Brian Hill and Ramsey Hill. She also leaves behind several grand nieces and nephews & her beloved dog, Aubie.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Mr. Richard Adam Poole and Mrs. Ruth Bock Poole.
Kathy was the sweetest, most caring mom and friend. She loved the Auburn Tigers, lunch dates with her family and friends, and rescuing and rehoming dogs from the streets. She did absolutely everything for her daughter and loved spoiling her family and her dog. Kathy was so thankful to have had the opportunity to move to Auburn to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law.
This is our daily view,of course many don’t take the virus seriously 😒 Otherwise we exercise, keep busy, read etc. It might even snow this weekend. Peter.🚣🚴♋️
It's a strange new world. We have been hunkered down in Orlando doing all the common sense measures that keep us healthy. Let me emphasize....common sense. Card games, board games, gardening (after all, it's Florida), and plenty of wine have made for a tolerable isolation. We are looking forward to easing of restrictions so we can enjoy our summer home on Lake Charlevoix. We count our blessings every day!!!
One of the most important things is: Thank God I really like the person I live with!!!!
Prayers are going out to those in trouble and wishing everybody good health.
I wanted to check on all of you. It might be fun/interesting to see how everyone is spending your time while staying home. I have been tackling a giant project organizing boxes of old photos that never found their way into albums. It's fun to look back on those good memories. Also I've been making bread, sewing masks, and putzing around the house. Others might like to hear from you and would be interested on any clever or fun things to do.
I also want to thank all of the first responders who are putting their lives on the line each and every day. Not just the medical professionals but all of the support personel for doing their jobs. The truckers, grocery clerks, farmers, police, etc, etc. It takes a "village" to keep things going.
I hope you are doing well during these terrible times. Remember, we are all in this together. Stay safe and well!
Kittel, Kent 7/10/1949 - 10/30/2019 Northville, MI Age 70, went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He was born July 10, 1949 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of John N. and Margaret (Gafner) Kittel. Kent was a 1967 graduate of Pioneer High School. He later went on to join the electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was an active and proud member of the Union Local 252. He carried on a Kittel family tradition of working as an electrician and being involved in the union. As his career developed he went on to be a Job Site Manager. He was passionate about his career and truly enjoyed his working life. Kent was also a very devout Christian and a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church since 2003. He attended Salem Lutheran Church previously. Kent was always a perpetual optimist and cared selflessly for others. He was above all else a family man. His love and affection for his family was far reaching. He will be missed. Survivors include: two sons, Jamie and Jody Kittel; three grandchildren, Maggie, Cheyenne and Maija Kittel; two brothers, Dennis and Wayne Kittel; and nieces and nephews, Case, Ross, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jessica. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Muehlig Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11 AM at St. John Lutheran Church 2945 E. Northfield Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 with Pastor John P. Gierach officiating. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting generous donations to the American Diabetes Organization and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. www.muehligannarbor.com
I am so saddened to hear of Kent's passing today. He called me a few weeks ago and we had such a nice conversation. We discussed how we were both doing and he sounded so good and was always so positive and encouraging. He will be missed by many. ❤️Lynne Lowry Acree
"Kent's Children". I made mistakes twice to Kent's name. Shame on me.
My brother Jamie and I are saddened to inform those who knew our father Kent Kittel passed 10/30/19. Not only was/is a loving and wonderful father, but an exceptional human being with who put others welfare before his own. He touched many peoples lives and everyone he met touched his life and made a place in his heart. Arrangements :
Viewing is Friday 11/08
From 5pm to 8pm at Muehlig's
403 S 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Service is Sat 11/09 at 11AM
St Johns Church
2945 East Northfield Church Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
In lieu of flowers the family asks for your generous donation to be made to the American Diabetes Association. Or The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.
I was just notified by Clyde Gibson of Ken's passing. His blood pressure was very low and he had an infection near his heart. I will send details when I see the obituray. We have just lost a great man. Rest in Peace Kent.
We ALL married Germans! Had a wonderful visit with Linda at her home outside Munich in August.
Kent has done such a great job over the years keeping us updated on our classmates and I thought it was time someone returned the favor for Kent! I am posting this on Kent's behalf and with his permission.
Kent has faced some some really big health challenges over the past 6 months. In March he started on kidney dialysis, in July he had his other leg amputated and last month he had to have a finger amputated due to a complication from this dialysis fistula. He has the most positive attitude, remains optimistic and has proven he is very resilient! He would love to hear from anyone who might have time to visit, email, send a card or call. He has been at the Regency Bluffs Rehabilittion Facility in Ann Arbor since March. He is unable to text on his phone, but can answer emails on his Ipad. Here is contact information for Kent: Regency Bluffs, 355 Huronview Blvd., AA 48103. Phone: 734 645-7586. Email: email@example.com
FISHER, BARBARA JEAN Ann Arbor, MI Novi, MI, age 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019. Barbara was born August 3, 1949 in Harper Woods, MI, the daughter of Robert T. & Dorothy M. (Dyar) Fisher. Barbara received her B.S. and M.A degrees in Education from Eastern Michigan University. A lifelong educator, state certified since 1971, Barbara taught at Whitmore Lake Public Schools and Chelsea School District including elementary, middle school and alternative high school focusing on special education programs. After retiring from Chelsea School District, Barbara returned to her love of teaching at COPE Alternative School. Barbara has been a resident of the greater Ann Arbor area for 60 years and recently moved to Fox Run in Novi, MI. Barbara enjoyed traveling with friends and family, Parkwood financial club and mostly importantly entertaining and socializing with those dearest to her. Outside teaching, Barbara's most proud achievement was her son Ryan; she was an entirely devoted mother spreading love at every turn. Survivors include her son, Ryan K. Fisher and his wife Barbara M. and granddog Arbor of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Patrice (Patrick) Pergolski of St. Germain, WI and Beverly Adams of Springfield, VA; two brothers, Robert (Pam) of Higginsville, MO and Gary (Brenda) of Estero, FL; dear friends William Sverdlik and Karen Schulte of Ann Arbor, MI; goddaughter Sarah Chew Stawowy (Nicholas) of Ypsilanti, MI; and several nieces and nephews. According to Barbara's wishes she was cremated and in honor of her love for a great social event, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at Zingerman's Greyline in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 pm. All are welcome to attend this event including family, friends, former colleagues and former students with a close bond to Mrs. Fisher. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea - Cancer Center. Arrangements by Shelters Funeral Home Pinckney, Michigan
Barbara Jean Fisher
Boudrie, Keith Jory Age 69, of Independence, passed away at home on February 9, 2019. He is preceded in death by his son, K.C.; parents, Ken and Wanda; and brother, Bart. He is survived by wife, Susan; daughter, Meredith; daughter, Alison (Jeff) Hoernemann; grandchildren, Jace, Blythe and Jory Hoernemann; brother, Brian (Elizabeth); cousin, Jane Worden; and other loving relatives and friends. Keith had a passion for life. He was an entrepreneur and a proud farmer. He loved his John Deere and could drive a Bobcat like no other. He had countless hobbies, a mind for business, and heart for family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 PM with a visitation 1hr prior at Huber Funeral Home, 520 2nd St, Excelsior, MN 55331. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery next to his son, K.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Cancer Center: philanthropy.mayoclinic.org Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595 huberfunerals.com
Here’s a photo from our recent gathering at Revel and Roll.
We had a good time at Revel and Roll Sunday evening! 22 Classmates attended with various partners and guests. We met in the Coaches Room, a private meeting room off the bar, thanks to Bob and Susie Ufer. Hope we can do it again next year for our 70th birthday year (Jacquie Baird suggested that). I would be happy to organize it, more in advance this time, so more classmates can plan to attend. What time of year is best? I was thinking about Pioneer High’s Homecoming weekend, and attending the football game and festivities, what do you think? I’d appreciate your input if you have a preference. Here’s a photo of the group and the attendance list:
Karl Diez, Carol Hanna, Susie (Reichmann) Ufer, Bob Ufer, Robin (Arnold) Lammers,
BOB Kurtz, Pat (Stalker) Richards, Bill Minion, Doug Morningstar, Sandy Christopherson Nelson, Susan (Jahns) Ristow, Jane Ann (Howard) Jibson, Clyde Gibson, Wayne Esch,
Susan Jacob, Judy (Bradley) Burt, Steve Towery, Jim Richardson, Jacquie Baird, Kent Kittel, John Ford and Cynthia (Payne) Jones**************************************************
Date: Sunday, September 23rd 6:00 p.m.
Place: Revel & Roll – www.revelandroll.com
1950 South Industrial Highway Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Old Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley)
Pay for your own drinks and food
Organized by: Cindy Payne Jones
Please contact Cindy with any questions
Published in Ann Arbor News on Sept. 20, 2018********************************************************************
Wenk, Roger 8/27/1949 - 6/18/2018 Chelsea, MI Roger A. Wenk of Chelsea, MI age 68, passed away on June 18, 2018. He was born August 27, 1949, the son of Henry "Al" and Marian (Monje) Wenk. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967 and Michigan Tech in 1971. He was retired from Chelsea Proving Grounds. He is survived by a daughter Brianne Webley, his grandchildren Starlite, Raine & Phoenix, a brother Richard (Jody) Wenk of Chelsea, MI; sister Corrine Schwartz of Missoula, Montana and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald of Chelsea, MI and Herbert of Tennessee and sisters Jeri Cooch and Karen Cooch of Ann Arbor. A private gathering by the family is planned. Cremation arrangements are being made by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI.
We have had numerous requests asking for a copy of the slide show that played during the AAHS 50th reunion.
Thanks to Nancy Lutkehaus for preparing a wonderful PowerPoint slide show for the 50th AAHS reunion. She has now made the slide show available (in a compressed powerpoint format) to share.
Unfortunately, I cannot attach it to the website, but Nancy is happy to send it to anyone who is interested in viewing it.
Just drop her a note: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Jacquie Baird for the following link on the Tappan website and thought it would be nice to link it to the AAHS website so we don't lose it. We think you'll find it interesting and will enjoy the historical value of it. It's a very lengthy article so make yourself comfortable.
Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018
William Frederick Munz, 68, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on November 30, 2017 at home after a difficult journey with prostate cancer. Son of the late William Carl and Anna Rose (Binder) Munz, he was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 18, 1949 and is preceded in death by his sister, Susanna Rosina (Munz) Kosmalski. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967 and attended The University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He was married to Lori Beth Munz (Woolley) on October 21, 1978 and is also survived by his daughter, Stephanie Marie Munz, DDS of Ann Arbor, Michigan and their cats, Duncan, Sasha and Spencer.Bill had a career in the defense industry, starting with AM General Corporation in 1976 and ending with Roush Industries as Director of Business Development from 2010 through the present. He was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He is known for his enduring loyalty and commitment to his family and to Michigan football, passion for automobiles, especially his 1915 Model T Ford, and fondness for the game of golf. He traveled around the world and gained many wonderful friends and colleagues through these endeavors.His funeral will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 7, 2017 with visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 am and a gathering at the St. Thomas activity center to follow burial at Arborcrest Memorial Park. Pastor Brian Chabala of St. Irenaeus will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy and remembrance for Bill may wish to consider memorials to the Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund: http://www.blueboxerfund.org.
Peter Palmer teacher of physical education and baseball coach died on November 7,2017. The obituary was in the AA news on November 12. Per Jack Knowles. Liz K.
We chatted at the reunion, she still had her humor and "out of the box" thinking which I always liked. She never let on about the challenge she was facing, brave soul. She was the only one who could run ahead of me, those long legs kicking up dust as she crossed the finish line. We always need someone to push us to be better. Best wishes to her huge family, I know she will be looking down on all those she loves. Susan Finnegan Fefferman
Rickard-Sartori, Jennifer "Sue" 12/28/1948 - 9/25/2017 Jennifer "Sue" Rickard-Sartori, aged 68, died peacefully on September 25, 2017 at home in Grass Lake, MI, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sue was born December 28, 1948, in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Oscar and Edanna Hackbarth. Sue graduated from Ann Arbor High School, recently attending her 50 year reunion. She loved attending these reunions and the annual townie party and staying in touch with her high school friends. Being such a social person, she easily adapted to life as a hair dresser, and loved all of her clients. Her clients were like family. She also loved animals, wildlife and the outdoors, and was known for rescuing hurt or abandoned animals, including raccoons. With horses and chickens and a dog named Hula at home, plus tons of wildlife surrounding her, there wasn't any place she would rather be! Sue had two loves of her life. Her first husband, Mickey, was her high school sweetheart and introduced her to Harley Davidson's and they would often travel together across the country on the motorcycle. When he passed in 1990, she learned to ride the Harley herself and went on many more adventures and trips. She shared the motorcycle passion with her second husband, John Sartori, as well as their love of horses. They loved spending time together at their home in Grass Lake, and watching the kids and grandkids play. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Hackbarth and husband, Mickey Rickard. Sue is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Pam Rickard (Carl), and Sarah (Chadd) Hogle; step-daughters, Melissa (Tom) McPherson and Angela (Mike) Kreuger; God-daughter, Sheri (Fred) Burke; grandkids, Mike, Vince, Taylor, Kiera, Mickey, Bella, Jake, Libby and Johnny; her siblings, Carolyn (Dave) DeBorde, Sandy (David) VandenBosch, Jerri Cole (Todd) and Steve (Lori) Hackbarth; numerous nieces and nephews as well as her extended hair family (including her clients and many co-workers over the years). Sue donated her body to Wayne State University, and a memorial service will be held at Sue and John's home in Grass Lake this Saturday, September 30th at 2pm. Please bring a chair and dish to pass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Sue's name to the Huron Valley Humane Society or Arbor Hospice. Arrangement's entrusted to Sherwood Funeral Home, Grass Lake.
Thank you once again for your concern and wishes. We got lucky with Irma unlike Matthew last October that did some damage to our property and all of the Lowcountry. We ended up with 9" of rain over about a 8 hour period of time and had constant 40 mph winds with gusts hitting 67 mph which was pretty scary when you have several 80' and 90' tall pine trees around your home. We could actually see the trees swaying as much as 20' in each direction and banging together which brought down several limbs but the trees stayed standing. So bottom line is no damage this time around but there was some flooding from the rain and storm surge in the area. My brother questioned us as if we made the right move down here seeing we have had two hurricanes in the past 11 months but when there are no storms it is absolutely beautiful down here.
Our winter home of Venture Out on Cudjoe Key was hit pretty hard by Irma. Fortunately for us, we rent an RV lot and live in our motor home. The lot looks good! But many people either suffered significant damage to their homes or lost them entirely. Still, as we are able to view the photos and videos that trickle in, it could have been much worse. No one who didn't stay is allowed back in yet. They are waiting for road clearance, water, power, etc. it wil be an interesting winter!
It was late when Irma decided to take a golf slice to the east and put Orlando in her crosshairs. We are safe in our Charlevoix home but the damage from fallen trees to our home in Florida is going to hurt. Although we stressed out, we were glad to be up in Michigan watching instead of hunkering down in a bathtub in Florida waiting for a tree to crash onto us.
Hope everyone affected by Irma and Harvey are ok. Prayers go out to everyone.
Mike works for NOAA so he is very involved with the storms:
Thx. Vickie, knew I shoulda retired past year. Might as well wrap this career with a busy season. Just kidding; More on site later.
Mike Hilla (Florida)
We just finished putting up all of the covering over our windows here in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina but the NOAA website as of 11:00 a.m. in now suggesting the Hurricane Irma is heading further west and that we might not get hit too hard so instead of leaving today for higher ground we are going to wait and see where this hurricane goes.
Thanks for staying in touch.
Wendell Haight (South Carolina)
Bruce Maslin (North Carolina)
My Florida wind-turbine automation project is totally on hold. Water, water, everywhere but none to drink. Luckily I live in Ann Arbor.
John S. Wolter***
Since Virginia is the northernmost southern state and Richmond is about 100 miles from the coast it looks like we will not be bothered by the hurricane. We were planning to host my stepson's family from Lakewood Ranch Fl. but they waited too long and weren't able to get out on the interstate which is now more of a parking lot. Richmond has been more involved in the recent ruckus about removing Confederate statues. Since this was the Capital of the Confederacy the statues are pretty much everywhere.
Bev Martin (Byrn)***
Palacios, Texas was blessed. Destruction all around us, but we only had a few tree limbs down. Because we were not harmed, we have been able to give aid to other communities. Thank you, for thoughts and prayers. May God Bless,
Fran Cook Callahan
I will keep the memory book going. Please inform me at email@example.com of anyone passing and I will include them into the book. Since the reunion Lynne Acree informed me of the passing of Robert Klose 7-10-2017. Thank you, Liz Kostora
What a GREAT GUY!. — A Great TRAGIC LOSS!
My deepest sympathies and condolences to all
his loved ones.
My SINCERE CONDOLENCES for Your loss. My thougts and prayers are with You and Your loved ones
My Sincere Sympathy;