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It's hard to believe, but the Duluth Central Class of 1966 50th reunion was over 3 years ago!
That reunion was unforgettable!
At the end we made a commitment to meet in 2021 and create new memories and adventures for our 55th... but in a more relaxed locale.
Plans are already in the works for a week-end full of fun and easygoing events to give us time to talk and reminisce.
Now that the holidays are over, you've probably started filling in the empty blanks on a brand new calendar. It's amazing how fast the days and weeks get filled in.
We know it's still over a year away, but we want to remind you to block off the weekend of
September 17-18-19 on your 2021
calendar for another memory-making reunion!
Thanks for sharing, Ruth.
He was such a great guy.
Obituary notice for Jan Simonson
found this notice from Rochester Post Bulletin 2011.
Ruth Mallon Smith
Mrs. Rogina has passed away
Myrtle C. Rogina
Myrtle C. Rogina, 94, lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.
She was born in Duluth, November 15, 1923, the daughter of Carl and Caroline (Moller) Halvorson.
Myrtle was a graduate of Denfeld High School’s class of 1942 and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree from the Duluth
State Teacher’s College in 1946, and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 1964.
She was united in marriage to Joseph Rogina, June 14, 1947 and together they made their home in Superior in 1955. They celebrated fifty-five years of
marriage before Joe’s passing in 2003.
She retired from teaching American History, English, and advising on the school paper at Duluth Central High School in 1985 after thirty-seven years
She was a member of Faith United Methodist church and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of, and served as president of, Beta
Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chapter E, P.E.O. Sisterhood, St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary and St. Mary’s Hospital Superior Auxiliary. Other
memberships include the Duluth Area Retired Teachers Association, Democratic Party and the Duluth Woman’s Club.
Myrtle is survived by her sister, Joanne Hagen, Duluth, MN; nieces, Linda Halvorson, Centennial, CO, Kim (David) Kelso, Circle Pines, MN, Karen
(David) Johnson, Duluth, MN, Kathryn (Rockne) Johnson, Duluth, MN, and Kirstin (Kerry) Leider, Duluth, MN; nephew, Robert (Melanie) Halvorson, Oak
Park, IL; and several grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe; parents; and brother, Robert Halvorson.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Avenue, Superior, and will continue
until the 11:30 AM Funeral Service with Pastor Joel Certa-Werner officiating.
Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Myrtle’s name to Faith United Methodist Church, or the Humane Society of Douglas County, 138
Moccasin Mike Rd., Superior, WI 54880, or the Duluth Central High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, 222 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802.
The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the
guestbook, please visit our website at www. downslesage.com.
Class Get together
Hope everyone is doing good. For those that aren't on Facebook this message is for you. Somehow I got on with the Class of Duluth Central 67. They had a reunion last night at Clyde Inon. 40 Plus showed up.
How about if we get together maybe the first week in October? Many hands teaming up emailing and calling I think we can do it.
Feel free to message on this page, call me (218-722-6828) leave a message. My email address is email@example.com.
PS My Don Class get together every year. They have been doing it since their 50th. It is held the last Wed of September. St. Cloud Cathedral Class of 1961.
Charlene - (McKeever) Shimmin
1990 Classmate Looking for Pop Concert Music ...Can Anyone Help?
Hello, I’m in process of obtaining & digitally archiving all DCHS music from 61-91. This includes all Pop Concert & any other music in any format (reel to reel, tape, vinyl) then digitizing. I will then supply Old Central Museum with a free library of our music history since they have none. I will then make available to all alumni all years through a website since grads are all over the world.
I need your help in obtaining the last few Pop Concerts I don’t have. 68,69,70,72. I’m told there is no 67. I have every other year from 70s and forward and earlier from 61-63 Dr. Clayton Hovda. Please help me locate these albums so our music history can not only be preserved but played. The website will be designed to bring all classes together in a music community rather than individual classes. I can be contacted at 218-348-3792 and firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m doing this at my own cost for what Central has done for me. I am in FB and my page is dedicated for this purpose alone. Respectfully, Michael Bryant class of 1990.
Our classmate, Bob LeFavor, passed away on July 20th, 2017. His obituary has been posted on the "In Memory" Page
Our classmate, Jim Wagner, passed away on August 8th. His oituary has been posted on "In Memory" page.
DCHS Class of 1967 could use some help!
The class of 1967 is still trying to locate some of their classmates for their 50th reunion. Contact information for the classmates listed below is still missing. If you happen to know the whereabouts or have contact info, please contact Phil at 218-348-2718 or email Bonnie at email@example.com:
Kathy Agre (Schweitzer)
Lila Battleson (Kallberg)
Charlene Benton (Bodin)
Arlis Berg (Twaddle)
Barb Blais (Hamilton)
Beverly Burke (Clark)
Claudia Campanella (Lindberg)
Leslie Deal (Griner)
Judy DeLawyer (Hall)
Terry Elmore (Pickrell)
Barb Engstrom (Tuck)
Loretta Erickson (Negaard)
Joy Esterbrooks (Koivisto)
Chris Filozi (Blais)
Mary Garvey (Derryberry)
Carol Gerads (Skare)
Clyde Hamilton – Sacramento CA?
Jane Hudson (Whetzal)
Elizabeth Johnson (Miller)
Mary Johnson (Cozzi)
David Kenyan (Kenyon?)
Barbara Kephart (Christiansen)
Sharon Kirsh (Ackerstrom)
Cheryl Kunza (Davis)
Janice Lavamaki (Anderson)
Karen Leone (Howard)
Julie Marchand (Kromschroeder)
Maxine McKinley (Glapa)
Liz Mohn (Bittner)
Susan Nelson (Lindberg)
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Inez will come back to Duluth...
Inez, based on your heartfelt comments about Duluth as well as you and your husbands experience at our 50th Class Reunion... It is a GIVEN that you both will be back to share another Reunion. WE NEED BOTH OF YOU HERE...
We will forward the next Reunion Plans to you as soon as they are developed.
Thank you for being here this fall...
Thank You Inez
Inez, it was great speaking to you on the phone before the reunion then getting to really meet you and your husband. I am so glad you enjoyed being in Duluth again. i wish you and your family a healthy New Year. Arlette
Merry Christmas to all classmates and their families.
What a wonderful time of celebration. I have always thought of Christmas as a very magical time you can feel it in the air around you with all the lights, hustle bustle of the shoppers, the smell of making cookies, Christmas music, families coming together even the ones that do not see each other all the time, sharing of gifts and the great meaning of the season. Not just the idea of Santa but also when the greatest gift bestowed on mankind was sent to us on earth. How could I not feel this overwhelming joy that takes me over. This Christmas wish comes from our home to all of you and your families may the new year bring you all peace, joy and great blessings. I was sadden to hear of classmates that have pasted away in this year they all seemed so young and had so much more living to do. Our condolences to all of their families in this time of their loss. I would also like to give my great thanks to all of the people that took so much time and effort to make our experience of the 50th reunion a memory my husband and I will always treasure. He was so impressed by the city of Duluth, the surrounding country side and especially Central High and all of its history. We both visited areas that I wanted to see and just to walk about the housing area of Aspenwood (aka:Capeheart) base housing was amazing. It was like being in a dream of time that had past for me. The time I spent in your beautiful city, attended Central High and made wonderful friends so many years ago will always be dear to my heart. I probably will never go there again but I will always have wonderful memories that I think of so often.
Inez Salas Lavery and Michael Lavery
Inez Salas Lavery
MERRY CHRISTMAS CLASS OF 1966
I was so excited to see so many classmates this past Fall in Duluth. We have been blessed with so many wonderful miracles of life, families, travel, friendships. I just wanted to wish all of you the best and most wonderful holiday season in 2016. To all of you that our paths cross our lives intermingle it's such happiness and memory making for me. If you are ever in the Big Lake, MN area (near St. Cloud) stop to refresh and say hello. Merry Christmas and a very Blessed Happy New Year.
Sharon (Hayes) Robinson
One of the Greatest Student Teachers we had...
So very sorry to learn of Brian's, (Mr. B's), passing. I met Brian and one of his sons a few years ago at a job site. Low and behold, he remembered me. It is tough to loose classmates as well as Student Teachers. He was an awesome person... So Sad...
BRIAN P. BLATNIK
Brian P. Blatnik, 76, of Duluth, Minn. died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at his home.
Brian was born Oct. 31, 1940 in Winona, Minn. to Frank and Dorothy Blatnik, and they moved to Duluth when Brian was a child. He graduated from Duluth East and went on to UMD, where he received an educational degree in biology and a master's degree. Brian taught biology, anatomy and physiology for 35 years at Duluth Central High School, where he was known as "Mr. B.", retiring in 1997. He married the love of his life, Janet Klein on Aug. 19, 1961 here in Duluth. He began working in construction during the summer breaks, and had projects going throughout his life, including building his home. Brian loved being at the family cabin he helped build on Island Lake, spending time on the pontoon, walking with his wife and the dogs, enjoying time with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Dorothy.
Brian is survived by his wife Janet; their children Stephen (Ann Marie Curtin) Blatnik, Mark Blatnik, Chris (Lori) Blatnik and Andrea (Brett Wist) Blatnik; grandchildren Billy, Frank, Brandon, Stephanie, Jamie and Kelly; sister Barbara Blatnik; and his brother Michael Blatnik.
VISITATION: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the Dougherty Funeral Home, where visitation will continue 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service on Monday, Nov. 28.
Very sorry to hear of Scott's passing.
My thoughts and I'm sure those of our other classmates are with you.
Scott's brother, Mark, just posted the following message:
"Informing you all that Scott Martin Overland passed away on October 9 2016 in St. Mary's hospital."
Scott has been in the Bayshore Nursing Home for several years, occupying the room next door to classmate Carl Peterson. Al Eastman has visited him during that time, and the day after our Reunion Henry Djerlev visited and brought a copy of our Class Memory Book.
Mark Overland (brother)
DCHS Class of 1966 Donation to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
If you were at our 50th Class Reunion Dinner/ Dance on Saturday night, you know that we held we held an auction with the goal of donating all of the proceeds to cancer research. We auctioned off class memorabilia, Duluth mementos and even a new laptop computer, all donated by classmates and family and friends of classmates.
The enthusiastic bidders opened their hearts and pockets to raise $940.
With the help of one of our classmates, we were able to make a direct connection with the a group who are doing dedicated research on pancreatic cancer ... a cancer that affects both men and women.
We rounded those auction proceeds up to $1,000 and made a donation in the name of the Duluth Central HS Class of 1966.
We just received the following message as a "Thank you":
Thank you, Duluth Central, for making a life-changing gift today to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. You’ve just helped create a brighter tomorrow for pancreatic cancer patients.Your support allows us to continue to provide comprehensive information, resources and hope to patients and their families, bolster our community outreach, enhance our government advocacy efforts and contribute to scientific research by funding grants. With your help, we will reach our goal of doubling pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. Thanks to you, we are able to Wage Hope every day.
Oops! We made an error!
If you've received your copy of the class photos taken at the 50th Class Reunion, please note that we made a mistake!!
On Photos #3 and 4, in the row-by-row listing that was included we made an error on Row 3. We accidentally identified Elwood Muncy as Mark Roussy :-(.
Elwood is in between Al Eastman and Edna Adamski (just in front of Greg Twight).
Elwood, we apologize! You can thank your old school chum Tom Blomstrand for pointing you out and sending the following message: "It was great seeing you at the mixer, Elwood, along with our other fantastic Grant Elementary alumni!"
Endion and Jefferson Elementary Student?
I've posted some photos on the "Elementary School" tab. It would be great if folks could try and identify the students in our class photos. We've got a few identified, but there are many more that need to be! Thanks
We want to thank the many classmates who made generous donations to our 50th Class reunion!!
Those donations helped us put on a very special celebration, and allowed us to provide "scholarships" for classmates to participate who might not have been able to afford to otherwise.
We have paid all of the bills and made the donation to cancer research, leaving us with a balance of $83.26 in the checkbook. That money will be used to support this website for another year.
We offer up a rousing Trojan Thank You to all who donated and attended !!
Hello from Joe (Jose)Waldemar
Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the 50th reunion. I have mentioned how much I loved the 45th, when I came with the Kozlows, my host family. In fact I have attended the 10th, the 30th and the 45th. Book me up for the 55th! This time someone else should receive the prize for coming from the farthest spot. My wife and I have five grandchildren and are lucky enough to spend lots of time with them. I still working part time as a child and family psychiatrist, also teaching at the post graduate level. I have all the pains and arthritis as everybody, but functionally I am fine. I have to repeat again how important was my senior year with you for all my life. I have a son who lives in Paris now and is a french citizen as part of my international curricullum. Have fun and see you next time. I am enclosing a recent picture with my wife, Olga.
Jose (Joe) Walemar
Henry, Marla Regarding Carl Peterson:
Regarding Carl Peterson:
I also remember Carl. My name is Larry Peterson and I spent a lot of time in home rooms and standing in line by alphabetic order with Carl, I thing it all started across the street at Washington Jr. High school.
After graduation I entered the Army, and headed for Germany and later Vietnam.
I came home to Duluth and I happened to run into Carl again in 1972, at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior. Carl was smart and always helpful. We were both interested in electronics and after 2 long years we earned an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology.
It is strange the things that one remembers just musing about the past. The first integrated circuits (very primitive) had just come out on the market, and the 1972 presidential election was just getting underway. There was a small auditorium at the school and a candidate for president showed up to make a speech; New York City Mayor - John Lindsay.
I’m starting to feel my age. Does anyone remember “Clap your hands; Stomp your Feet, Central High School can’t be beat.” At one of the home coming pep rallies in the auditorium the “Stomp your Feet” part caused the plaster ceiling in the Cafeteria below the auditorium to collate and hundreds of pounds of plaster fell off the ceiling. Fortunately, no one was hurt. After that no more “Stomp your Feet”, but I did wiggle my toes in my shoes.
Larry G Peterson
Larry G Peterson
Thanks for those memories of Carl!
I enjoyed your memories of Carl Herbert Peterson. I grew up in his neighborhood and we all called him "Herb". Your ri ght he was very smart and in my opinion had a photographic memory. I recall that he could resight the bore and stroke of every engine made by an American automaker. He was also a self taught WWII history expert and had served in the Navy during Vietnam.
Along with you comments I also recall sitting in the Central Auditorium for study hall and having rain falling into 40 gallon garbage cans in the asiles. The Janitors would empty those cans more than once in a 1 hour period when it was really raining.
Are you coming to the 50th?
I have never attended a reunion before but I was hoping to be able to attend this one. It is with mixed feelings that I say I cannot attend. Mixed because I am fortunate enough to have my 96 year old mother still alive and living with me and my husband. But since I am her full time caregiver, I am unable to leave her to travel from Florida to Duluth.
I hope the reunion is a huge success and look forward to seeing the photos posted afterwards.
Jane Mickelson Merzwski
Jane, We're so happy you still have your Mom with you and so sad that you won't be able to join us!
We will definitely post many pictures and will know that you are with us in good old Central spirit!!
Jane Mickelson Merzwski
50 Years - Today!
Just a quick note to celebrate 50 years! It was Wednesday, June 8, 1966 that we graduated - and here we are Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Congratulations, Trojans! See you at the reunion in September.
Looking for old home ec recipe
Does anyone ( girls most likely ) still have recipe cards from Home ec class? Need recipe for ginger creams. Thanks for any help
Janice Maki: I might. I'll look. I have many of the recipe cards:). If I didn't want the school recipe I flipped it and used the back of the card :)
Janice Maki: I found it!
Ruth Mallon: Thank you Janice ! Much appreciated ! 😊
A copy of the ORIGINAL recipe card is attached but is a little blurry. For clarification, the recipe ingredients are as follows:
1 c. sugar 1 c. shortening
2 eggs 1/2 c molasses
3 c flour 1/2 t salt
1 t ginger 1/2 t cloves
1/2 t cinnamon 1 t soda
1 c lukewarm water
Ruth Mallon Smith
I was so looking forward to attending our 50th reunion since I've never made it to one before. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able to make this one either. I'm really disappointed but our finances aren't going to allow me to spend the money on airfaire, motel, food, transportation, etc., plus my hubby will not be able to take care of my cats so I'd have to pay a petsitter to come in and take care of them. I will really miss seeing everyone and don't know when I'll ever make it to Duluth again. Unless things change drastically for me, I won't make it. I've been doing a lot of soul searching and have decided this is the best thing. I'm so sorry but hope everyone has a very enjoyable time.
Bonnie Thorseth Niven got together with Sue Lundin Brown when I was in town September 19th. This is the first time we have seen each other since 1967.
Sue Lundin Brown
Classmate in Duluth News Tribune - 09/11/15
Nice article about our Classmate - Alan Decker:
One of my "Home Room" mates also!
Aaniin, I was wondering if one was inclined to contribute to the cost currently incurred for the 50th class reunion how would one go about doing so.
If anyone would like to donate to the 50th reunion fund in advance, you may send it to my attention:
11491 Gull Lake Dr SW
Brainerd, Mn 56401
I may set up a little "Thank You" message on the website so we can keep thank all the classmates who donate, and so you will know that it has been received.
Thanks for asking!!
Carl H. Peterson
Of course with 'alphabetical home rooms' that would place you with Carl! Just to let you know- Carl's "mellow humor" continued throughout his life. I'm still hoping to find some older photos of Carl that I could post here.
In Memory of Carl H. Peterson (Class of 66)
Yesterday I attended the funeral of one of my closest childhood friends. Carl "Herb" Peterson lived less than one block from my house in the Central Hillside Area and we attended school together over the years. Our Birthdays were only 3 days apart and we had many of the same interests.
Herb suffered from many medical issues, but always kept his head held high and complained little. He was one of the smartest people I had ever met and he held his friends close.
The service was very emotional, but at the same time uplifting. Family, friends and workmates related their memories and I've seldom attended a memorial that had the sparkle of Life. Thanks to the Pastor and Family members that made it VERY special.
I'm so glad to know that you were at Carl's funeral. For all our years in junior and senior high we were in the same homeroom, and I always enjoyed his mellow humor and ready smile.
July 23, 1971
How many of you were at your 5 Year Class Reunion on this date? It was the All School Reunion and our class and the Class of 1965 jointly had theirs together. Does anyone remember where? I remember but do you? More to this story tomorrow.
Charlene McKeever Shimmin
I absolutely concur with Joanne that the reunion committee deserves recognition for their efforts. None of this would happen without them, and then I'd never have a good excuse to get back to Duluth.
I'd also like to thank Marla and the reunion committee for their efforts.
How about some fund solicitations to offset these early costs?
Thank you Marla and the reunion committee for all the work you do in setting up our reunion. The rest of us don't realize how much work is involved and that the venues have to be set up and paid for so far in advance.
Thanks Gary for checking on the rooms. My inquiry was also personal since I still have done 18 of the last 19 inline marathons, and hope to do it this year and next year with the reunion. my other thought is if we had it during the week the venue and hotel rooms would be cheaper as well as cheaper air fare and not as crowded in Duluth. Since most of us are retired or have seniority to take time off Could it work?
Hotels and reunion
A good question was raised regarding the dates of our 50 year reunion being held at the same time as the North Shore Inline Marathon. The concern was for the availability and cost of hotel rooms. I have spoken with a half dozen managers of hotels in Duluth and have found that the marathon does not fill all the rooms in Duluth. In addition there are new hotels in the process of construction that will be opening soon adding to the inventory.
I also found that the cost of rooms is about the same (outrageously high---(gouging?) from June through September so no matter when we have the reunion during this four month period we will pay the price. As you all know September is a beautiful time of year in Duluth so the rooms traditionally are in high demand because of fall colors. Perhaps all the new rooms will make a difference.
I am trying to negotiate a "hold" on some rooms with a discounted price. I'll keep you informed as information becomes available.
I hope to see you all in 2016. Hurrah for the Red and White!
Hello to all
I have not been on this website before and just want to say that it is great. Good job to all of you who have done the work.
Looking forward to actually being able to attend a reunion next year and reconnecting with old friends (no pun intended).
Alice Davis Olmschenk
Coach Hastings passes
A great man passed away over the weekend. Coach Jim Hastings is gone at the age of 90. The link below takes you to a story appearing in the Duluth News Tribune. Reprinted with permission.
"Duluth basketball coach influenced decades of players"
Wow... Lots to catch up with...
I have to learn to take some time to do the things that matter... I should have been on here a long time ago...Sorry for my delay.
The site looks awesome... Nice job to Jim, Marla, Gary, etc... I don't know if I missed someone.
I look forward to being on here a lot.
Gloria, Sorry to learn about Red's passing and Great to learn that you finally have a computer. It is a lot of fun.
Now I have to get used to the facebook thing.
This site is great. To everyone who helped to put it together, thank you.
Thanks to the organizers.
What a great resource for our Class of 66. Thanks to all involved!