School: Spencer H.S. Class
of 1969 (50th Reunion – 2019)
Surnames: Kilty, Beisner, Ponkratz, Kelsey, Berger, Pribbernow, Harrell, Manina, Aneshansley, Potz, Oelrich, Metcalfe, Hoops, Freeman, Dunbar, Huber, Weis, Dreikosen, Hardrath, Reno, Nowak, Grieser, Dean, Bushman, Dorst, Scheer, Hamilton, Jonett, Schumacher, Barkow, Weix
Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 16 Oct 2019
The Spencer High Class of 1969 held its 50-year reunion on Sept. 21, at the home of David and Mary Kilty. The class
graduated May 31, 1969 -- the fi rst class to spend all four years at what was then the new school. Sandy Beisner kicked off the event by presenting her graduation speech “Memories” from 50 years ago. Attendees all agreed that it was the perfect recap of
all their high school years.
Special guest singer Dakota Ponkratz (a local Elvis tribute artist) then entertained the group with their class song “The Impossible Dream” followed by a fantastic performance of favorite 50’s/60’s oldies, and a specially gyrating tribute to Elvis Presley.
Veterans in the class were honored with a special song and applause of appreciation for their service to our country. Nine deceased classmates were remembered fondly as well. A meal was catered by Nutz Deep II, and the group enjoyed a fun fi lled evening of reminiscing, singing and dancing.
On May 31, 2019, the anniversary of their graduation, a group of classmates visited the graves of several deceased class members: Mary (Berger) Kelsey, Roger Pribbernow, David Harrell, Francis (Manina) Aneshansley, Sandee Lee (Oelrich) Potz, Ted Metcalfe, Sandie Lynn (Oelrich) Kilty, Darrel Hoops and Scott Freeman. A memorial bouquet of yellow roses (the class flower) was placed on each local grave.
Organizing the reunion were Sandy Beisner, Judy Metcalfe, David Kilty and Mary Kilty. Plans for the next reunion are already underway.
Attendees at the 50-year reunion were: Judy (Dunbar) Metcalfe, Mary Oelrich, Sandy (Telford) Beisner, Judy (Herbert) Huber, Kathy (Weis) Dreikosen, Fay (Hardrath) Reno, Darlene (Weis) Nowak, Davie Grieser, Darvid Potz, Roger Dean, Marlene (Weis) Kilty, Diane (Huber) Bushman, Dave Kilty, Tom Forst, Sheryl (Scheer) Hamilton, Mike Jonett and Dennis Schumacher. Absent from the picture was Judy (Weix) Berger and Sandy Barkow.
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