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Diana Gessner Zeitsoff passes

Diana Gessner Zeitsoff passed away on August 14, 2018.    She was married to Vern Zeitsoff for many years and lived in Oxnard.

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Neil Bjornsen, Jeff Dunstan and Maureen Strong

In preparation for Saturday’s big 55th Class of 1963 Celebration at San Marino’s famed Old Mill historical site, I have updated the List of classmates who have passed away. Sadly, I must add 3 more to List- two passed sometime ago- and one recently.

Neil Bjornsen passed on January 29, 2014, and Jeff Dunston passed on August 26, 2017. Maureen Strong Brantley passed on May 23, 2018.

Additionally, I have added two new tabs on our webpage ( Deceased by Date of Death– and Deceased by Last Name. Both have identical names- just sorted in a different way.

If you hear of a classmate’s passing, please notify us with date- and, if possible, a link to obituary.

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55th Reunion Part- Save the Date- July 7, 2018

Hello All-

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for our Class of 1963 55th Graduation Anniversary party. This affair will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at San Marino’s famed Old Mill historical site. Cocktails will start at 6PM- followed by dinner.

This is the only formal activity planned. Since we will all be staying near San Marino, we are investigating a possible tour of SMHS Friday afternoon.

Details will be coming shortly from Pam and Caren. For now just BLOCK THE DATE, July 7th.

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IN MEMORANDUM: Janet Fraser Peet

Jane Fraser Peet passed away on February 14, 2018.    She is survived by her loving husband, Jim, and her four step children.  They were married for 43 years.  Jane was an active skiier and tennis player, and a member of many organizations,   She will be very missed by all her friends and family.   A Celebration of Life  will be held on March 10.
Elks Lodge # 6289
120 E. Colorado St.
on Saturday, March 10th
at 12pm.
818 242 2105

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IN MEMORANDUM: Wendy Hammack Hunter

This email from Jon Kidder was forwarded to me a few minutes ago by Caren Curry Cameron. I am truly saddened. Wendy was a HUGH part of our 1963 class, both when we attended SMHS, and long after as a very active member of our Alumni group. My condolences to both her and her family.

Dear Extended Friends,

We wanted you to know that Wendy Hammack Hunter passed away on Wednesday, May 24th at 8 pm. She died peacefully without pain and was surrounded by her family.

The service will be at 1 pm on Sunday, May 28th, and will be followed by a gravesite burial, and then a reception with light sandwiches all at the same location.

It will be an open casket funeral and people wishing to view her body prior to the service will be able to do so between noon and 1 pm. Individuals needing wheelchair assistance should bring their wheelchairs and others will be able to assist them.

The service will be held at:

Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary, and Crematory
1999 El Camino Real
Oceanside, California 92054-5754 US
(760) 754-6600

In lieu of flowers, Wendy wanted people to know that if they wanted to do something in her honor, they could make a contribution to the PEO organization she was dedicated to, which focuses on stewarding philanthropy to support women’s education and advancement. In particular, Wendy wanted to support Cottey College, which is affiliated with PEO. You can click here for more information.

Prior to the service on Sunday at 1 pm, we are recommending that people eat lunch because the reception with food will be around 3 pm.

Wendy very much wanted the service to be a celebration, and following the main portion of the service, there will be an opportunity for family members and friends to say a few words in honor of her extraordinarily life.

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Meryl White turns 100

Most of us in the SMHS class of ’63 attended Huntington School and had Meryl White as our music teacher in 7th and 8th grade. Ken White, now deceased, was our principal at Huntington and their son, Craig, was in our class. Anyway, Meryl White will be celebrating her 100th birthday in May. Meryl’s granddaughter asked me to see if the following request can be posted on and distributed to our classmates. I figured you would know how to make this happen. Posting follows:
Thanks for your help and let me know if there is a problem,
Ron Rider

Dear friends and past students of Meryl White,
Meryl will be celebrating her 100th birthday in May. We know she would love to hear from you, and enjoy stories from the “good ol’ days”!
If you are able, please send a card/note to Meryl in care of her granddaughter, Jen Cleven, to 12055 Seabeck Hwy NW, Seabeck WA 98380. If you wish to email (, Jen will print these and share them with Meryl at a celebratory gathering at her residence in May.
Thank you so much for helping to make this milestone a special one for Meryl!
Jen Cleven and family

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IN MEMORANDUM: Casandra Renzetti, Linda Miller Ellerbroek, and Charles Reinhart

It is regret that I report the recent passing of three classmates:

Casandra Renzetti  (married name unknown) and Linda Miller Ellerbroek in November. Unfortunately details are not known.

Charles Reinhart passed away on December 6th:

Hello, Wendy. My name is Malcolm Reinhardt (SMHS 1964) and Charles Reinhardt (SMHS 1964) was my brother. It is with a great sense of loss that I regret to inform you that Charles passed away on December 6. There will be a small private service for family members pursuant to Charles’ wishes. Knute Grani gave me you contact information as the person who would update the class records to reflect Charles’s passing. Please contact me by replying to this email if you require any additional information. Thank you and best wishes, Malcolm Reinhardt

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Mr Purga Recommends…

This story is too funny not to tell. And I realize how much grief it will bring upon myself.

This weekend in Seattle was stormy. Perfect time to do some deep cleaning in my office. I discovered a forgotten envelope where my Mom had saved my report cards- 1st grade through college. Two things became self-evident immediately: First, I have no idea how I ever got accepted into any college with my grades! And secondly, it became crystal clear why I did not graduate magna-cum-laude from college.

But my 6th grade report card, 1955-56, from Mr. Purga is classic. Note his comment about me in the first quarter- then his final thought in the fourth quarter.

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IN MEMORANDUM: Marcia Pierce Neville

Pam Bryan writes that Marcia Pierce Neville passed two days ago. 

Marcia’s memorial is on Sunday, August 7th. 

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to me so that we can get an idea of head count. 

Please click on the link below for more information


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