Class of 1957 celebrates 50th reunion

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— Amidst changing autumn colors and a mixture of sunshine and rain, 27 members of Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 1957 gathered in Steamboat the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16, 2007, to celebrate their 50th class reunion. Those responsible for organizing the special event were Barbara Williams, Peggy Medina, Bonnie Freeman, Sandra Sherrod, Jo Semotan and Viola Look.

The class enjoyed supper at Riggio's on Saturday evening, with Class President Ray Heid serving as master of ceremonies. They met again Sunday morning at the home of Fred Duckel on Mad Creek for a picnic luncheon prepared by Linda Long. Peggy Medina's mother, Berniece Anderson, of Brush, was a special guest during the weekend. Susi Crowner was presented a Hallmark gift certificate in recognition of organizing past reunions and recording the memories in scrapbooks and photo albums.

Classmates able to attend were: Andy and Peggy (Anderson) Medina of Grand Junction; Victor and Jean (Balmain) Bakke of Kremmling; Ron Barrett of Pine Junction; Dick and Sue Bedell of Clark; Robert and Earline (Belton) Barnhill of Canon City; Doug and Jan Boggs of Litchfield and Pine Top, Ariz.; Van and Judy Card of Denver; Dave and Susan (Faler) Douglas of Albuquerque, N.M.; Jerry and Barbara (Gordon) Muirhead of Westminster; Susi (Harris) Crowner of Yampa; Carmen Hawley of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Wayne Morton of Hayden; Jim and Kay Heath of Klamath, Ore.; Claudette (Nelson) Hixon of Anchorage, Alaska; Dale Hudspeth of Lingle, Wyo.; Bonnie (Mahan) Freeman and Sherrill Cox of Grand Junction; John and Marge Sauer of Lyons; Irwin and Carrol Ann (Stukey) Grant of Northglenn; Larry and Dorothy Stukey of Akron; Elvin and Carolyn Tufly of Grand Junction; Barbara Williams of Grand Junction; and locals Lupe and Shirley (Chura) Arroyo; Fred and Sunny Duckels; Ray Heid; Jo Semotan; Sandra Sherrod; and Viola (Stonebrink) Look.

Special tributes were performed at each event remembering the class' deceased members: Marjorie (Kelton) Vanetta, Ray Werner, Richard and Patsy (Truax) Wilhelm, Sharon (Bryan) Sills, Richard Jensen, Sigga Bidd Petursson, Bob Bedell, Joan (Worm/Warren) Lewis, Linda (Crawford) Brown, Patricia Bradley, Doris (Franz) Paulson, and Delores Overmeyer.

Other schoolmates who stopped by to visit were Barbara (Trogler) Hudspeth, Chris Andrew, Fran Werner, Jackie (Sherrod) Grimaldi, Jack Pluta, and Mike Harding.

A fun time was enjoyed by all with plans to meet again in five years.

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