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Robinson-Himpelmann, Smith-Steinke and O’Brien-Bauer in Munich

We ALL married Germans!  Had a wonderful visit with Linda at her home outside Munich in August.

Mary Smith
Kent Kittel

This photo of Kent is part of Robin Arnold's posting.  It was taking in 2017 during one of our reunion committee meetings. 

Vickie Gilligan
Update on Kent Kittel

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:

Robin Arnold
John Baird Celebration of Life
Barbara J. Fisher passed away August 5, 2019

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

Barb Fisher passing

Barbara Jean Fisher

born: 8-3-1948

died: 8-5-2019


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Keith Jory Boudrie Passed away February 9, 2019

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: Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Coach Wolfgang Dozauer passed Nov 20,2018
Casual Get Together on September 23rd, 2018

Here’s a photo from our recent gathering at Revel and Roll.

Cynthia Payne
Casual Get Together

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

Cynthia Payne
Class of 1967 Casual Get Together

Date:  Sunday, September 23rd 6:00 p.m.

Place:  Revel & Roll –

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


Peter Kempf
Kempf, Peter C. 1/22/1949 - 9/11/2018 Ann Arbor, MI Peter Charles Kempf, age 69, died on September 11, 2018 at the Arbor Hospice Home in Saline, Michigan. He was born on January 22, 1949 to Richard and Carol (Hauser) Kempf in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He recently resided in Pinckney, Michigan. Peter graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Industrial design, 1976 and received his master's in Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Human Factors Engineering, 1995. Peter was active in the Navy Reserves for over 22 years and worked over 30 years in various engineering roles for General Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Sikorsky Aircraft Company, AM General, and recently retired from HumanProof as Senior Humans Factors Engineer. He also proudly served on the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology Alumni Society board for many years. Peter is survived by his wife Karen (Evans) Kempf, daughter Sherry (JC) Irvine, brother Dan (Raynetta) Kempf and many nephews and great nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Carol Kempf. Services have already taking place. Contributions made in honor of Peter C. Kempf can be sent to the Yankee Air Museum (, Arbor Hospice ( or American Cancer Society (

Published in Ann Arbor News on Sept. 20, 2018

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Roger Wenk

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.

Published in Ann Arbor News on June 24, 2018
Reunion Slide Show Now Available

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:





History of Ann Arbor Schools


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.


Pat Miley Martell

Pat Miley Martell passed away 5-5-2018

Martell, Patricia L. 5/3/1949 - 5/5/2018 Grass Lake Patricia "Pat" Martell (nee Miley), age 69, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Grass Lake, Michigan. Her humor, courage, and grace throughout her brief and unexpected battle with cancer is admired by all those who loved her. Pat lived her life in Michigan, growing up in Ann Arbor, raising her family in Chelsea, and retiring in Grass Lake. Pat truly lived life to the fullest by appreciating life's simple joys and laughing easily, devoting her time and love to her children and grandchildren. She was very proud of her children's lives and accomplishments. She is remembered as a kind, gentle and patient soul with a wonderful sense of humor. Even in her final days, she continued to crack jokes, lifting the spirits of her loved ones. Pat is survived by her four children and their spouses: Pamela (Carlos) Garcia, Bradley (Jessica) Martell, Sarah (Eric) Holmstrom and Jeffrey Martell; six grandchildren: Alex, Taylor, Itsari, Veronica, Nicklas, and Lucille; four siblings: Robert (Ann), Kenneth, Mary Lou, Sue (Larry) Nix; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard E. and Lucile R., and brother, John. A funeral mass will be held in her honor at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 10 am on Thursday, May 10 with a visitation and reception to follow at Muehlig Funeral Chapel from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Ann All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society

The family would also like to express their sincere gratitude to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor and Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice for their dedication to Pat's comfort. Muehlig Funeral Chapel

Published in Jackson Citizen Patriot from May 8 to
May 10, 2018
liz kostora
Ron Hatto


HATTO, Ronald  was born June 25, 1949 in Ann Arbor MI, the son of Robert and Eleanor (Bryan) Hatto. Ronald graduated from Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor MI in 1967 and in the following year on October 3, 1968 he married his high school sweetheart Dianna Lynn (Crise). Ronald served in the Army National Guard from 1968-1974. Ronald enjoyed the company of friends and family. He will be remembered for having a larger than life personality and a big spirit. He had a great many friends throughout his life from the young to the elderly. Ronald is survived by: his two sons, Paul Hatto (Robin Tyde) of Ormond Beach FL and Scott Hatto (Heather Mang) of Cape Coral FL, his partner Cindy Potts, five grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, brothers Robert, Jeffrey and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dianna and brother William. Cremation has taken place.

Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018

Bill Munz Passed Away
In Memory of

William Frederick Munz

March 18, 1949 - November 30, 2017


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:


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Peter Palmer Teacher from Ann Arbor Pioneer high School

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.


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Sue Hackbarth Sartori was a great one

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

Susan Finnegan
Sue (Hackbarth) Rickard-Sartori

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.

Irma in South Carolina

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.  

All the best to the both of you and enjoy this last week of summer.

Wendell Haight
Hurricane Irma

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!

Rebecca (Becky) Davis

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.

Dean Tangalakis

Dean Tangalakis
Comments from our friends along the way of Irma....

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)


Hey Vickie,

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)


Thank you! 

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

No weather problems in Virginia

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)

Bev Byrn
News from Texas Hurricanes...

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


Memory book

I will keep the memory book going. Please inform me at 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

liz kostora
Bob Klose passed away July 10, 2017


My deepest sympathies and condolences to all

his loved ones.


Bill Fox

Dear John;

 My SINCERE CONDOLENCES for Your loss. My thougts and prayers are with You and Your loved ones


My Sincere Sympathy;


Bill Fox









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