I spend a few minutes each week remembering those dear classmates who left us already.  Many died young, never to know marriage and families, some died before graduation.  The remarks made by many of their friends / family who are gone are uplifting and thank you for having this as a part of the data online.  It helps us all to realize how important every day can be.  Some are called home early, but their memories live on always!
Fondly.
Beverlee Parenteau (Orluske)

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Bill Bendell


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 24th, 2011
I do remember Bill having a great sense of humor and being an active part in any classes.  Will miss him.
 

Phil Polly

1943 - 1960


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 22nd, 2011
Such a sad loss, Bonnie Sturman and Phil, both in accidents.  So young, and so much ahead of them both. Those times stay with those of us who were there at the time.  They are always young and missed so much, but live on in our memories.  Miss you, Phil.
 

Bonnie Sturman

1943 - 1959


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From Mike Winge on August 23rd, 2010
Bonnie...so full of fun and energy. We lost you too soon.  You will be in my heart forever.
 
From Carol Stodola (Oie) on September 23rd, 2010
How I still remember that night and how very sad it was to lose you.  You were a dear, dear, gal.  I remember thinking it was the first funeral service that we all, at our young ages, attended, and it was extremely  tough for all.  Truly for you, "gone too soon".
 
From lynn beckman davis on January 22nd, 2011
memories stay in our hearts forever and that is a wonderful thing what a fun and loving friend you were
 
From matti stulberg on May 1st, 2011

Oh Bonnie, even all these years later, the loving memories of our friendship are so vivid.  The sadness of your untimely death still horrifies me.  You were my first and best friend when I moved to Hopkins, and we were like sisters when you left us.  My mother considered you her "more manageable" daughter, as you were always around, and so sweet.  I remember our times at your house, be-bopping to records and waiting for your big brother to bring his cute buddies around.  I think of you often, and especially now.  I met your niece last summer, and she is the perfect image of you.  Your shining light and loving heart will never be forgotten. Love always,  Matti

 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 22nd, 2011
It was so sad to lose both Bonnie and Phil Polly in our early years.  Both accidents were something that have stayed with many of us.  She was such a happy person and suddenly gone from us!  It has been hard to even write about it, as I remember it as if it were yesterday!  It is the wish all parents have, to never lose a child.  Miss you, Bonnie...
 

Robert Benson


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From Fred Finch on February 22nd, 2011
Bob got his B.A. from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts "on time" in 1965.  He then enrolled in a Masters in Teaching program at Harvard University, where he obtained his M.A.T.  He became a history teacher in a public school in Massachusetts and married.  He was enthusiastic about Massachusetts politics and the potential of the new generationi to reform American Society. 

Bob notice the symptoms of Lupus as early as his sophomore year of high school.  It is a progressive disease and its grip on Bob tighened after college.  It finally claimed him in 1970.  Several of us from the class of '61 attended his funeral and toasted his memory from, of all places, the back room of the Bullpen on Main Street!  Bob was a first class guy, a friend to everyone he met and he left us far too soon!

 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 24th, 2011

My family knew Bob from his work while in school and my Mother called when he passed away.  I remember thinking how young he was and Lupus was something we were not very familiar with at that time.  Since that, I have been tested for it myself and thankfully, have not been diagnosed with it, but he had a delightful personality and was so enjoyable to be in classes with or visit with out of the school.  A real loss...

 
From grant trygstad on January 28th, 2013

A great person ,who i looked up to. we had many great times in track and high school i think of him often. tryg

 
From Tom Auran on May 28th, 2013
I accidentally ran into Bob around noon on a summer day in 1968.  We impulsively went to a Twins ball game that same afternoon and lucked out on the weather.  I had not seen him in many years.  He will be missed.
 
From Fred Finch on September 14th, 2017
Take a look at my post under Mark Josefson's memorial for a true story about an episode that I am reasonably sure Bob was part of.
 

Donna Brenna


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Donna was a sweet person, rather quiet during classes, but seemed so nice and we will surely miss her! 

Beverlee
 

Jayne Dolan


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Jayne was a very friendly member of our class and fun to be around.  I remember her always being very happy at HHS.   Sorry she won't be with us for our reunion.

Beverlee
 

Marlene Lindbery


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Marlene seemed like a busy classmate and I usually ran into her between classes somewhere, hurrying along.  Nice person and pleasant all the time. We will miss her!

Beverlee
 
From Roberta Pudil Bixby on June 14th, 2011
I remember Marlene from our grade school days at Harley Hopkins.  She was always quiet and unassuming but I will always remember her singing "You are my Sunshine" during a Talent Show Program.  She had the sweetest and most wonderful voice and I so admired her poise and grace while standing there performing that song. 
 

Gary Moores


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on April 3rd, 2011
Gary was our Senior Class President and had a good sense of humor, from what I remember.  I heard  he died very young. My thoughts were that he would have been an excellent professional in whatever capacity he chose.
 

Beverly Olsen


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Bev and I sat close to each other, as our names fell in the same grouping.  She was quiet, but nice and always helpful if you had a question.  Sorry she is gone.

Beverlee
 

Robert Piepho


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From Pam (Douglas) Svihel on May 18th, 2010
Bob served in Viet Nam and died in a car accident just before mustering out.  Chad Robert Svihel, the son of Chuck Svihel and Pam Douglas Svihel, was named in honor of Bob.
 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 25th, 2011
Bless Bob for his service to our country and so sad to read what happened with his accident.  What a loss...
 
From Chuck SVIHEL on February 11th, 2012
Still think about you. A good friend and a good person
 

Merrilee Stennes


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From Sue Doss-Bicknese on May 21st, 2010
My Fellow Cheerleader & Former Homecoming Queen.....You will be missed for your bright shining smile...Love, Suzy Doss
 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 22nd, 2011
It so saddens me to learn that Merrilee is gone and that she also died very young.  We used to  kid some about the fact we both had all those e's in our names.  I loved her name, but not my own, until I turned 50 and then decided, well, why not?  But she had such a lovely nature, was loved by all, and our last Homecoming Queen too!  Her beautiful hair and big smile were so nice and inside she was a special person too! Miss you, Merrilee!
 
From Roberta Pudil Bixby on June 14th, 2011
Merrilee and I were friends for so many years sharing in many great times in school and church activities.  I remember many meals at her home on 11th avenue.  As the years went by we kept in touch through her moves to Walker and Rochester.  She loved her children very much.  Always such an upbeat person, it was so hard to see MS consume her life and make her so dependent on others for her every need. She would have loved attending the 50th and remembering all the crazy and wonderful things that happened during those years.  I miss you and think of you often.
 

Bob Svela


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From Jim Jorgenson on May 17th, 2011
Bob was a very close friend until we went our separate ways.  My parents used to laugh because Bob would show up at our home every Sunday morning after church.  Mom would be fixing Breakfast and always invite Bob to join us.  He would always say no thank you and then sit down and eat a huge plate full.  I don't know for sure how Bob died but I have heard that he died in Viet Nam.  Does anyone know for sure?
 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011

Bob was such a nice guy and had a lot of friends who he enjoyed laughing with a lot!  Always thought his sense of humor was one of the best!  We will miss you, Bob!

Beverlee

 

Duane Wyman


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Duane was in some of my classes and always fun to visit with as we were waiting for the bell to ring.  A nice classmate and sorry he is not with us. 


Beverlee
 

Bill Granger

- - November 13th, 1964

Bill was in the Air Force and home on leave when he was killed in a car accident.

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 25th, 2011
So sad to read what happened with Bill, after serving for our country and returning home.  Bless his life!
 

Patrick Connolly


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From Steve Puck on May 28th, 2010
You and I shared alot of laughs and good times Pat. I think of you often. You went far, far too early.
You deserved so much more.
We can laugh again when it is my turn to come over.
 
From Dick Seelye on July 27th, 2011
 Pat was one of the funniest people I have known. Too bad the it had the Irish curse and departed so soon.
 
From tom auran on May 25th, 2013
Thanks for making us laugh through school.  You had a talent.
 

Kathryn Lahre


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
I liked Kathy a lot and also loved the way she spelled her name.  I have known many other Catherines so I liked her name.

Kathy was a nice gal and seemed to enjoy being around people a lot, I thought.  We laughed occasionally at things that happened in school...not close friends, but we will miss her smile at our gathering.

Beverlee
 
From Dave Lau on July 20th, 2017
I knew Kathy casually in High School and we reconnected for a bit at the U of
Mn. Life then sent us our separate ways. in the mid '90S a friend of mine from the running world, OC Williams, showed up at my office needing computer guidance. His wife, whom I'd not met was behind him and after mere seconds we recognized each other.
OC and Kathy, at that time, were involved in producing a 50k run (the Trail Mix) at Hyland Park in Bloomington. OC was the frontman and Kathy did all the paperwork given she was an accountant at the FBI. OC recruited a bunch of Comittee folks (myself included) from the Twin City Marathon to put on a fantastic event each spring. We all had fun and Kathy did most of the work. All profits from the event were donated to Three Rivers Park for Handicapped Access Equipment, Probably in excess of $50,000 over the years. So the next time you are at a Three Rivers park and see a kid riding an adaptive bike or rowing an adaptive boat, think of Kathy. That's her legacy to all of us.

 
 

Neil Johnson


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
I do not remember being in many classes with Neil, but he was part of our class and so we will remember him...

Beverlee
 
From Barry Welch on June 10th, 2011
I was in the Army at White Sands Missile Range and after one year a new GI joined our company and here it was Neil. We went to Oaknoll Elementary together. What a coincidence. Neil and i went skiing together and became friends. He was one of my groomsmen at my wedding in 1968. I had heard about his passing years ago.
 

Janet Anderla


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 24th, 2011
So sorry you are gone, and did not know you well, but  you were part of class of 1961, so we will miss you.
 

Don Diekman


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Don was very studious and did well in his classes.  I did not know him well but he was part of our class of 1961 and we will miss him at our reunion.

Beverlee
 

Darlene Morse


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From Beverlee Parenteau (Orluske) on July 8th, 2010
What a dear and brave soul you were with the polio and had a smile on your face at our scout meetings all the time...you were such a positive person and your whole family was wonderful.  I read later you became quite a painter...bless your heart always and rest in peace, dear Darlene... Beverlee
 
From Fred Finch on February 22nd, 2011
Darlene Morse was proof that life isn't fair.  She was my classmate at Katherine Curren eElementary School.  She also attended sunday school with me.  She was an active, fun girl.  This was back in the days when parents didn't let their kids go to the beach or to public gatherings in the late summer because they were afraid of polio.  We learned on the first day of school one year that Darlene had polio -- and had it bad!  I knew several kids who got polio, but Darlene was the only one who ended up in an iron lung.  Our Sunday school class would go to her home a couple of times a year and share a lesson with her.  I would be depressed for days. 
I don't know what was in her mind about her situation, but I think she was one of the bravest people I have ever known. 

 

Mike McLaughlin

May 31st, 1943 - June 22nd, 1995


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From gayle grimme on April 27th, 2011
always had a crush on Mike
 
From Jim Shane on November 16th, 2011

Mike and his "Merc". He was a good friend during his junior/my senior year when I moved to Hopkins from St Louis Park.
I think we both spent our first night ever in jail together on St Patrick's Day 1960 (Hennepin County). David Perkins had to drive the merc home. I think of Mike every year on St Patty's Day and will miss him more now that I have learned of his passing. Mike had a very funny and unique outlook on life and I feel lucky to have known him.

 
From CHUCK S on February 11th, 2012
BEEN A LONG TIME MIKE . HELPED ME OUT A COUPLE TIMES.THANKS 
 
From terry olson on March 5th, 2013
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Richard Hoganson


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Sadly, another member gone from us, but we can remember him from our classes and other activities at the school.  We will miss you, Richard.

Beverlee
 
From Patrick Barbeau on July 31st, 2012

I graduated from Hopkins High in 1962 but Richard (Dick) was the best friend I ever had. He had an intellegently unique personality, and he was a great guy. We grew up together. He llived next door to me, we had many adventures together when we grew up together. We were in Boy Scouts together, we did a lot together and with other friends that we had, asomg wiith my two step sisters, I am very sad to hear of his passing, I will miss him.

 

Joan Winship


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
I did not know Joan well, but she was a part of our class of 1961 and unable to join us, so we will surely remember her!


Beverlee
 
From Scottie Flynn Ryan on May 18th, 2016
I was so deeply saddened to see that Joan Winship is no longer with us anymore. Joan and I were both horse-crazy and spent a good deal of time going out for long, enjoyable rides on the trails in the beautiful woods and streams not far from where she lived. We weren't always dry by the time we made it to the other side of the stream as we had horses that couldn't always fight the urge to take a plunge! That huge wooded area was just spectacular for trail riding. Joan's horse was an 'American Saddlebred' that was absolutely exquisite! I don't think I've seen one more beautiful than him in all these years since those days so long ago now. He had the spirit of a Saddlebred but was wonderfully well mannered, as well. Every chance we got we were astride a horse and enjoying it immensely! How I wish we could turn the clock back and do it again!
When we were in school, Joan would go about her business, attending her classes and doing anything she was required to do. She had a fairly quiet demeanor and never caused not one problem that I was aware of. She was level headed and very intelligent. Thank God for  weekends! While we were riding horses, Joan did manage to losen up enough to teach me several Russian swear words which was always a 'hoot'! Just try to swear in 'Russian'!
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Sarah Winn


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From Beverlee Orluske on October 25th, 2010
Sarah and I knew each other in Jr. High.  We had some fun times together before she moved away, I believe. Somehow, we lost track of each other, but she was a spirited soul and a lot of fun. May she rest in peace.  Beverlee
 

Steve Hooper

October 8th, 1943 - March 25th, 2003


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Though I did not know Steve well, he was such a happy camper in classes and various games, etc. where you would see him.  Sad that he is gone, but we will remember him.

Beverlee
 

Susan Klouda

1943 - May 4th, 2010


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From Beverlee Orluske on September 3rd, 2010
Susan, we were 2nd cousins and though we did not spend a lot of time with each other, you were always fun to be with.  I am sorry I was uanble to see more of you through the years after we were out of school, since I moved away. Rest in Peace, Susan...Beverlee
 
From Mary Topka Lathrop on March 12th, 2011
Oh, Sue!  I remember the good times that Judy Hoover and you and I had, and now you're both gone...far too soon.  You were such fun and always had a smile and laugh and I can still hear your laugh and see you swinging that pony tail as you laughed.
Oh, too soon.
Mary
 

Bruce Winther

1943 - October 26th, 2010


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Another nice classmate who seemed to enjoy HHS a lot!  Sorry he is gone and we will definitely remember him!

Beverlee
 
From Adam Winther on January 15th, 2014
He always spoke fondly of his high school days. Miss you, dad.
 

Bette Kinsman

1943 - August 16th, 2008


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From Bette Kinsman on September 3rd, 2010
Bette Kinsman Roaderick passed away on August 16th 2008 at home in Weirsdale Florida after an 18 month battle with lung cancer.  She was surrounded by her family and many friends.  She left behind her husband Charlie deMenzes and  three chlidren and three grandchildren; Jeff (Patti) and Nick Roaderick, Julie (Dawson) and EmmaRae Crowley and Jason(Mindy) and Cole Roaderick.  Her father, Bob Kinsman and Sister Patti Clawson still live in Hopkins and her brother Jerry lives in Ocalla Florida.  Bette had retired after selling her very sucessful ladies consignment store in Ocalla and was very happy being home and being a wife, mother and of coarse "Grammy". 
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From Ric Andre on October 4th, 2010
Bette will always be in my heart.  She was one of my best friends.  I'm so sorry that I won't get a chance to see her at our 50th reunion.  Let her rest in peace.

Ric Andre

 

John Klobe

- - August 30th, 1990


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From jim klobe on April 23rd, 2011
      H i    John ,      only the good  die young    ,  actually  , had you  lived a little longer , you  may  have become bad             , some what like me   ,
They say      ;    Heaven is  a chance to  make  up  some  of the  opportunities     that  we  messed up on earth      See you  there  .  BUT not for a while yet             love  jim
 

Susan Lionberger

January 2nd, 1943 - July 18th, 2003


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From Sue Doss-Bicknese on May 21st, 2010
Oh Susie - - I am so sorry to hear you are not with us anymore...YOU were such a special person in my life and so was your Dear Mother.  You were the first real friend I had when I moved from Sioux Falls to Hopkins - we certainly had fun dancing in your basement rec-room and watching American Bandstand every day after school....I will miss seeing you at the 50-year class reunion....Rest In Peace Old Friend..Love, Suzy Doss
 
From Beverlee Parenteau (Orluske) on July 8th, 2010
Dear Sue...we were dear friends at John Hus Presbyterian Church for a long time and close friends in our  younger days for sure...you were such a dear soul and I loved all your family.  I hope Jere and your family are okay...bless you and rest in peace, dear Sue...your smile always uplifted my spirits. Beverlee
 
From Rich Van Bergen on April 6th, 2011
 Susie was my first "girl friend" and she lived just up the block on 16th Ave. N.. I remember waliking home, holding hands, from Katherine Curran Elementary.
She was always a friend.
The Reunion will have one star missing.
Rich 
 
From matti stulberg on May 1st, 2011
Sue, I really enjoyed the memories of you in high school, but was also looking forward to renewed times with you, as we were lake neighbors for 7 years, but never knew it.  I will miss your wise and friendly ways.                  Matti
 

Danny Sulander

September 18th, 1943 - December 2nd, 1966


Danny was a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam and was shot down while trying to rescue a special forces patrol that was under fire in Laos.

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From Carol Nelson (Huntzicker) on September 23rd, 2010
I saw your name on a Viet Nam Memorial that came to town in 1993. I was saddened to know that you were gone. I remembered the hours that we had spent together in conversations in our neighborhood. You were a wonderful friend and now I know that you died a hero! We'll meet again.
 
From Tam Rapps ('62) on April 4th, 2011
My Dear Dan,  I'll never forget all the wonderful times that we shared, starting with skating on the pond and Civil Air Patrol.  Thanks for all the things that I learned from you.  You were a very special friend.  Don't worry, I'll always remember the "glitter" thing.  From one of the "Two Sleepy People".
 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske orluske@aol.com on May 25th, 2011
Danny had a delightful way of making you laugh, his smile was known to everyone.  I heard that he had died in Viet Nam and thought what a hero he was, along with all of those who served, particularly those who gave the supreme sacrifice.  Miss you, Danny, but those memories stay with us! Bless you...
 
From Don Michel on March 17th, 2014
Hey pal, I still miss you!  All the stuff we did together from grade school to college were adventures only best friends could share.  I regret the years we missed.
 

John Styve

1943 - December 12th, 2001


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From matti stulberg on May 1st, 2011
I was saddened to learn of your death, John, as I really looked forward to seeing you again.  Because you were always alphabetically sitting behind me in class, we caused some commotion, and it was me who got in trouble, and then
moved!!  You had that sly "who me?" look, and managed to charm old Rose. You were such fun, so sorry you have left us only the memories.        Matti
 
From Jim Launstein on April 30th, 2013
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Sorry to read about your passing.I had just looked at the 1961 Hopkins High School website (a lot late).
We sure had a lot of fun goofing around you with your buick and me with my ford,even getting in some mischief.
You really helped me out one time and drove me all the way to Camp McCoy
Wisconsin, then we lost touch. Lots of memorys.
Jim Launstein
 

Gary Boese


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Another member gone from our class.  Sorry to learn you are gone, Gary and we will remember you from 1961.

Beverlee
 

Jerry Rogers


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
A very friendly guy, always!  Smart and easy to visit with at all times.  Sorry you are gone, Jerry.  We will miss you.

Beverlee
 

Bob Wibstad

December 25th, 1943 - April 25th, 2003


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Another member of the class who enjoyed laughter more often than not!  Bob seemed to add humor to most days.
Rest in peace, Bob.

Beverlee
 

Barbara Jean Edgar

- - January 9th, 2011


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From gayle grimme (schunk) on April 27th, 2011
my cousin and best friend I miss her.
 

Cynthia Camp

February 16th, 1943 - September 11th, 2001


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 22nd, 2011
Seeing the date that Cynthia died took my breath away.  I have no idea if she was part of all the tragedy in those many areas on that day or not.  Either way, we will miss her and remember she was very bright and seemed to love her classes a lot, as I remember.  She was very studious and on task with her classes at all times. 
 

William Marsh

May 12th, 1943 - October 4th, 2001


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Bill was a nice guy, very friendly always.  I believe he lived close to a dear friend of mine, and we would see him from time to time, waving and being on his way.  Remembering him now...

Beverlee
 

Sally Blohm

1943 - June 29th, 2011


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Judy Christiansen

- - 2004


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
Judy was such a nice gal and her smile always met others immediately.  She was a most friendly person and liked by all.  We will miss her!

Beverlee
 
From Bob Irwin on July 23rd, 2011
Judy became my bride in Oct 1963.  We raised 2 sons and 2 daughters.  Judy loved her family, but also loved helping others.  She was always active in something, even in her last several years.  Judy died in April  2004, after a long illness.
 

Lee Gerde


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From Fred Finch on January 31st, 2014
Lee graduated from Wabash College in Wabash, Indiana and the University of Indiana Medical School.  He completed a residency in Ophtalmology and practiced opthalmology in and around Brownsville, Texas for many years.  He married and had two children, a girl and a boy, both of whom earned PhDs and became college professors.  Lee was divorced prior to his death about ten years ago. 
 

Judith Anderson

- - December 25th, 2011


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Sharon Michaletz

- - March 3rd, 2012


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on March 12th, 2012
Sharon, you were missed at the reunion as we heard you were ill.  And now we have heard you had more
problems that arose. Your family and your friends will
keep you in their memories, Sharon.

Beverlee
 

Kathy Jindra

- - June 21st, 1995


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From Beverlee Orluske on September 3rd, 2010
Kathy, you were always such a happy soul and brought a good spirit to those around you.  It was a surprise to see you are gone already and we will miss you.  Rest in Peace, Kathy. Beverlee
 
From Christie Coffin on May 30th, 2011
When I think of Kathy, my memories are of a generous intelligence that asked for little and gave a lot.  Christie
 

Ron Secor

August 21st, 1943 - June 5th, 2011


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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011
So sorry to hear that Ron died this week, just before our reunion.  He was a fun person to be with in classes and upbeat all the time.  We will surely remember him along with the others who are gone.

Beverlee
 
From Gordon Duda on June 7th, 2011
 Visited Ron three times,  just before and on Easter. He looked, and      sounded real good. I took a laptop and showed him the reunion          website. We both enjoyed it a lot. Ron was a real good guy.
 

Bonnie Skottegard

October 28th, 1943 - February 18th, 2013

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on February 21st, 2013

Bonnie, so sorry to learn of your death. Your notes sent in for the

reunion were interesting, your travels, etc. Sorry your husband

preceded you in death, but now you are together forever. I do

remember calling you "Scotty" sometimes when we talked, and

would laugh together at something. Good memories to hold...

Prayers are being sent up for your family.

 
 
From Nancy Ferris (Groetsch) on July 28th, 2014
She was a wonderful friend who kept in touch thru the years.
Always made me laugh and I miss her fun spirit.
 

Nancy Bettschart

1943 - April 26th, 2013

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 9th, 2013
Nancy, I really did not know you very well, but was sorry to learn of your recent death. Surely you enjoyed being from Hopkins and graduating with our great class.  We will all remember you when honoring those who are gone...rest in peace.
 
From Jerrilyn Hoekstra on July 2nd, 2013
Nancy & I were great friends in high school. Although we drifted apart after graduation, we re-connected later in life. Nancy was a strong, caring person whom I miss.
 
 

Tom Good

February 5th, 1943 - May 25th, 2013

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From Beverlee Orluske on June 3rd, 2013
Tom, you always had a generous spirit about yourself. We are
sorry to learn of your passing, and know that disease is a long
good-bye for families and friends. You will be missed at the
70th gathering in September, but be remembered...
 
From Suzy Doss-Bicknese on June 21st, 2013
Tom - - I so remember you from Choir you and Brian Magnuson were the two biggest guys standing in the last row at our concerts.  I missed you at the 50th - - Rest In Peace.  Suzy
 

Dave Skaalerud

August 22nd, 1942 - February 8th, 2012

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Donald Schober

1943 - 2000

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From Steven Puck on April 15th, 2011
Sorry you are gone Don. We lived close to each other and we spent time working/playing on his family's farm on the hill. And the many bus rides together to and from school. RIP Don
 
From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 7th, 2011

Don was just a nice guy and seemed to enjoy himself in the classes as well as at activities.  Always seemed happy. We will miss you, Don.

Beverlee

 

Joanne Ceryes

1943 - August 1st, 2010

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From Bev Jacobson on October 11th, 2010

Joanne was a strong and couragous woman, loving wife and mother with a zest for living life to the fullest.  She was my friend for 50 years and God mother to my daughter.  I will miss her always. We spent most of our lives being friends, My family and her family.
 
From Bev Jacobson on October 13th, 2010
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From Pat Strand on June 8th, 2011

JoAnne and I were wonderful friends during hihg school. We had lots of fun & laughs and she was funny & a great person. I lost contact after high school and was so sad to here of her passing.
 

James Anderson

- - February 3rd, 2014

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on February 15th, 2014
So sorry to learn of your death now in 2014. You were a very congenial person, laughing easily and so remembered for being easy going. We hope your life was a happy one, and know you will be missed by your classmates.
 

Mary Lou Sodoma

1943 - June 4th, 2014

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 9th, 2014
I have heard through the years that Mary Lou had medical problems and she went about her activities as best she could, enjoying times with family and friends! She was very brave to be handling that for a long time. Surely those of us who knew her remember her kind ways and smile that always greeted us.  Bless her memory and thankful we knew her.
 
From Carol Smith-McCrillis on November 21st, 2017
Mary was a lovely, friendly, brave woman.  The women of The 61' Group all miss you.
 

Judy Zeik

May 21st, 1943 - November 9th, 2013

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on August 22nd, 2014
 Judy, you retained your smile through the years and the photo for your obituary showed that. You were a lovely classmate and we will remember you as an important part of our class...may your family and friends be grateful for your life...
 

Judith Johnson

August 9th, 1943 - November 22nd, 2014

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on December 7th, 2014
Judy and I spent a good share of time together while growing up. We kept in touch in the early years after graduation until I moved away. Yet we would contact each other occasionally but I have not seen her for some time due to living farther away. The memories will stay happy ones, as her laughter was such a joy, and her parents and Bill, her sibling, were nice to me always. May she rest in peace now.
 

Irv Dunsmore

August 25th, 1943 - December 30th, 2014

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on January 12th, 2015
Sadly, another friendly classmate has passed away. I had a chance to visit with Irv at the 50th reunion and he introduced his lovely wife, Bunny, to me. His smiles and good attitude were always present when I was with him during classes or later in life. He is now with his son and others gone before him. Bless him and his family...
 

Kathleen Uram

April 4th, 1943 - June 18th, 2015

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on July 1st, 2015
Kathi was a gal with a great sense of humor, and though I was not a real close friend, we always greeted one another in the hallways and laughed at various things that would happen during games, etc. Another loss in our group and to be remembered, and always remember the good times!!
 
From Rich Van Bergen on January 22nd, 2016
Kathi was a very good athlete, a fabulous swimmer. That was a time when many schools did not yet recognize all of the talents our beautiful ladies had.
 

Ray Wipson

March 20th, 1943 - December 17th, 2015

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on January 23rd, 2016
Ray was always the "humorous"  one in my classes, always a happy camper, as they say. Sorry for another loss in our class. He will be remembered as a nice classmate, for sure!
 

Judy Schulz

1943 - January 2nd, 2016

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on January 23rd, 2016
Judy was a wonderful classmate, friendly, creating joy around her always, from what I remember. Through the years we rarely saw each other, but I had learned some time ago she was fighting cancer for a long time. She was very brave and went to functions until near the very end. Bless her memory...dear classmate!!
 

Judy Hoover

March 24th, 1943 - December 1st, 2008

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From Mary Topka Lathrop on March 12th, 2011
Judy and Sue Kouda and I were great friends. And now both are gone.
For a couple of high school years I could be found at Judy's house more often than my own.  We carpooled to the U together and were each other's maids of honor at our weddings.  Judy babysit my older daughter while I finished my last grad school class.  Judy moved to Iowa after her husband graduated from the U, and for years she worked for the Iowa Dept of Transportation. (I bet she was a fantastic secretary.)   She had two children and several step-children with her second husband.  Most of all, she was a wonderful Grandma and enthralled with that role.

We saw each other rarely after she moved to Iowa, but often spent a long time on the phone, keeping up with each other's lives and children.  I remember the frightened voice with which she told me that she had cancer.  Yet she was very positive and hopeful until the end.  I miss her very much.  Mary
 

Steve Gray

1943 - February 26th, 2016

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From Marjorie (Scottie-name I go by) ) Flynn-Ryan on July 21st, 2017
I was just 'sick at heart' to learn that Steve Gray has passed on. He was one of the kindest, most considerate, friend's and classmate I ever dated and he had the good looks to go with that! I'll always have the highest regard and admiration for Steve. I was also good friend's with Steve's beautiful sister, Sue. I've tried to find her but have had no luck, so far. Sue, if you see this, please get in touch with me.  It would be so great to hear from you and start 'catching up' on all these years we've missed! If anyone knows where she is now, I'd deeply appreciate getting that information.
God Bless you, Steve. You will always be fondly remembered!
Marjorie (Scottie) Flynn Ryan
 

Duane Gess

- - September 22nd, 2007

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From neill luebke on December 14th, 2010
When I think of Duane, I have one wonderful story that I have repeated to anyone who would listen.  We were early in the year in Mr. Cook's 9th grade chorus class when Mr. Cook was late and the boy's were acting up.  Mr. Cook suddenly appeared but Duane's back was to him.  We all scrambled to our seats when the imposing figure of Mr. Cook loomed over Duane and asked him, "What is your name?"  Duane shaken and cowering said, "Gess".  Mr Cook roared, "What is your name"?  Softer and further into his seat he said quietly, "Gess".  By now Mr. Cook was enraged until someone in the back said, "His name is Duane Gess".  Mr. Cook righted himself and calmly said to Duane, "Young man for what you are thinking, you could be expelled".  I'll miss you at the reunion but you will live on in MY memory.

Neill
 
From Keith Rhoades on May 23rd, 2011
Neil,

I remember that incident very well.  Mr. Cook was indeed, imposing and could scare anyone.  I think Duane had a good time with his last name all of his life.  I was one of the people that shouted out that his name was "Duane Gess".  Sorry to hear that he is no longer with us.
 
From Dick Seelye on July 27th, 2011
 And in the same Mr. Cook class, Duane and I had to sing a duet together. I hoped he could carry me since I am unable to sing, but, alas, he was just as inept as me. Fortunately, about half way through our song Cook said that we would just sit down and be quiet, we would get a C! Whew!
 

Carole Deghetto

1943 - 2013

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 16th, 2016
Carole was a lovely classmate. I do remember visiting with her during some classes, though we were not close friends. She had stunning black hair and the smile was always present. Remembering Carole...
 

Mark Josefson

- - June 5th, 2016

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on June 29th, 2016
Though I did not know Mark really well, he and I were in some classes together through the years in Hopkins High School. As I remember, he was easy going and seemed to enjoy school.  Remembering Mark as those gather now for the 55th reunion. 
 
From Fred Finch on September 14th, 2017
OK,  after all these years, I've gotta share this one.

It was October 1960.  John F. Kennedy was running for president.  Mark Josefson and I were on the debate team (and had othewise been engaged in various nefarious activities over the years).  Jack Kennedy was going to appear and give a speech at the DFL Bean Feed at the Minneapolis Auditorium.  Somebody got ahold of a bunch of tickets to the bean feed.  About two carloads of us decided to go to the bean feed and listen to Kennedy.  I can no longer remember exactly who the participants were, but I remember that Mark Josefson was one of us.  Other likely suspects were Jim Conover, Jan deVries, Bob Benson, Bill Fleeson, Tom Polivka, maybe Allan Odden.  Most are still able to post a denial.  We got in a couple of cars and drove downtown.  We found that you couldn't get within half a block of the Minneapolis Auditorium because a huge crowd had showed up  We confered. 

We knew Kennedy was staying at the Leamington Hotel.  We decided to go over there to try to see him.  We got to the hotel and found a huge crowd in front of the main entrance on Third Street, waiting for Kennedy. 

Somebody had the brilliant idea of going into the hotel through a side door to see if we could meet Kennedy.  We did.  A couple of people (don't remember who, but it wasn't me) took the elevator up to the top floor where Kennedy was staying.  They wandered through the corridor looking for the Presidential Suite.  They ran into Orville Freeman, who was either the current Minnesota Governor or a recent past Governor- and later the Secretary of Agriculture in the Kennedy administration.  He told them that Kenndy was resting and they should go down to street level and wait by the elevators for him to come down on the way to the Auditorium. 

Whoever it was that spoke to Freeman came down to street level and told the rest of us what Freeman had said.  We decided to wait for Kennedy by the elevators. Since we came from inside the hotel instead of through the front door, we were able to do so.  

That year, trench coats were in style.  We were all wearing tan trench coats.  At some point, Mark Josefson walked from the elevators out the front door of the Leamington, took off his hat, and waved to the crowd.  The crowd thought he was someone important and gave him a huge cheer. 

Mark came back in and we resumed waiting for Kennedy.

At length, Kennedy emerged from an elevator, accompanied by all of the DFL bigwigs of the time, including Orville Freeman and Hubert Humphrey.  They made their  way from the elevators to the front entrance, down the steps and into convertables waiting to ferry them to the Bean Feed.  This was well before the Secret Service provided protection to presidential candidates and there was no visible security.

The bunch of us simply fell into line behind the bigwigs and marched out the door to the cars.  We lined up on either side of Kennedy's car (a white 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertable), and walked with the car to the Bean Feed.  Each of us shook Kennedy's hand several times while progressing through the huge crowd.  When we got to the auditorium, there was pandemonium and we got separated from Kennedy and the motorcade. 

We were in awe of what we had managed to accomplish on the spur of the moment.  One of the high points, however, was remembering Mark Josfson standing on the front steps of the Leamington, waving his hat at the crowd and getting a huge ovation.
 

Matti Stulberg

July 21st, 1943 - June 28th, 2016

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on July 11th, 2016
Matti, you will always be remembered for your great smile and friendly attitude with everyone you met. Though we were not close friends, you were always a sociable person and everyone enjoyed you. Most recently, you were part of the team setting up the reunions, and it was so nice seeing you on our 50th. You loved being a Mom and Grandma you said...glad to have known you!!
 

Judi Harrison

April 24th, 1943 - July 1st, 2016

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on August 5th, 2016
I did not know Judi very well, but do remember her as a friendly soul, quiet, but cheerful when I would see her. I cannot remember having any classes with her.  Those of us who think of her can have fond memories of another classmate who has passed, but is remembered.
 

Sharron Crandall

March 22nd, 1943 - November 30th, 2016

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on January 14th, 2017
Sharon and I sang together in early years, as we were both sopranos. Her voice was always far better than mine, but we enjoyed singing and sang at our church for some time. Later, she became part of the wonderful sextette at HHS...and did well performing for several years with them in the school, Southdale and other venues where they performed. She had a great timing for laughter...we would nearly fall over sometimes with funny things we shared. Lovely person, will be missed! 
 

Paul Lapic

1943 - July 2nd, 2017

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on August 4th, 2017
Paul was a happy student and classmate. He had a lot of friends, we were not in a lot of classes together, but meeting him in the hall, he would always acknowledge me. Not sure why, but it was nice of him to do that.
Memories of more classmates who are passing, but we hold the memories close of the times we shared long ago in Hopkins, MN, a great place to grow up and a school that was great!! Remembering Paul!
 

Bob Ewald

April 19th, 1943 - August 5th, 2017

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on August 29th, 2017
Now Bob was a really nice guy, always easy going and I am not sure how many classes I shared with him, but he was known as one of the good guys around, from what I remember. Will remember good times meeting him in the hallway and that smile...rest in peace, Bob! 
 

Sharon Pierskalla

1943 - December 23rd, 2017

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on February 9th, 2018
Sorry to learn of Sharon's passing. She was always a cheerful student and another nice classmate of 1961. Though we do not always see our classmates very often, when we hear they pass, it leaves yet another void in our lifetime. May she rest in peace.
 
 

JoAnne Else

1943 - February 1st, 2018

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on February 9th, 2018
Remembering Joanne's sister writing when we had our 50th stating that she was going through severe memory issues at that time. I have thought of her since and wondered how she was getting along and happy that family were nearby. Those illnesses are difficult for the one who has them and very difficult for the caregivers. Bless her family for her care, and remembering a lovely classmate!
 

Bette Wesen

1943 - July 19th, 2017

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on February 9th, 2018
Trying to remember if Bette and Connie were related? Here was a fun gal, laughter was a distinct part of her personality. We were not close friends, but I always enjoyed being around her in any classes. Prayers for the family.
 
From Suzy Doss-Bicknese on February 10th, 2018
Dear Miss Bette-Boop......I was looking for you ever since the 50th Reunion but to no avail please know I truly missed visiting with you after all these years.  Know you will remain in my mind and heart always as I think back to the fun times we enjoyed both in High School and later in life.  Rest In Peace Dear Friend - - Love, Suzy
 

Ralph Hilla

1943 - April 29th, 2018

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From Beverlee Parenteau Orluske on May 20th, 2018
I did not know Ralph well, but I do think he was in a few of my classes through the years. At this time, that is hard to remember, but losing a classmate always takes you back to the earlier years, not so many worries and concerns, and life is ahead of you. Let's remember to think of those gone and hold good memories and treasure the ones still alive for us to enjoy!!