Class of ‘68 today. Back Row: Nora (Isaman) Hutchings, Art Costigan, Marlayne (Fisher) Robinson, Frank Chinn, Terry Chapman, Nancy (Jones) Paul, Alan Willis, Carolyne (Starling) Willis, Malcolm Fischer, Glen Robinson, Diane (Robinson) Grainger, Judy Birdsell, Dorothy-Ann Haug, Lyle Smith, Mr. Henry Eliuk (first year of teaching in Stettler). Front row: Marilyn Martin, Karen (McKay) Hayden, Dawn (Stewart) McKay, Linda (Stanvick) Jones, Carol Isaman, Clara (Hart) Sinfield, Gwen (Hallett) Bowden, Joanne (Currie) Korotash, Dianne (Streit) Robinson and Sandy (Cox) Allsopp. Missing: Dawna (Crawford) Deleeuw, Pat Giltner, Rilla (Jackson) Bevan, Elvia (Jones) Twa and Gary Konschuh.

Stettler’s Class of 1968 holds 50th reunion

Wm. E. Hay students reunite

The Prairie Steam Train and Prairie Junction were the sites for a reunion 50 years in the making. The graduate class from 1968 of William E. Hay got together on June 9 and 10 to renew friendships, relive old memories and catch up with each other. Graduates from as far as California and Ontario returned to Stettler for the weekend of fun and reminiscing.

The activities began with a train ride to Big Valley.

“It was just like high school,” said Carol Isaman, who helped organize the reunion.

“No one was staying in their seats. Everyone was moving around, reintroducing themselves to each other. It was like we had never even left town.”

The fellowship continued around the dinner table at the event tent at the Big Valley train station, followed by self-guided walking tours of the village and the train ride back to Stettler, complete with on-board entertainment.

The evening was capped by a social event at the group events building at Prairie Junction. Pictures were taken and stories from long ago were swapped. Although the weather didn’t permit a campfire, the hall at Prairie Junction was a great venue for the grads to view 50-year-old souvenirs, read messages from those unable to attend, and reflect on the grads who had already passed.

The following morning featured an extensive tour of Wm. E. Hay, conducted by Dawn Mackay, a grad of ‘68 who spent most of her teaching career at the school. The tour brought back additional memories and even more stories and recollections were recounted.

“We had an exceptionally great time, made even better with the help of all the volunteers from the class of ’68. New bonds were formed and connections made that will last for years to come. People are already talking about the next reunion.”

– Contributed

 

Class of ‘68 then. Back row: Michael Layton, Bryan McKay, Roger Mallet, Jack Walker, Jim Kayin, Keith McKay, Lorne Haner, Harry Anderson, Raymond Hennel, Bill Masters, Frank Chinn, David Pasula, Dave Pearson, Gerry Muhlbach, Roger Brewster, Malcolm Fischer, Jim Wyse, Ron Hennel, Harold Hansel, Bob Storek, Larry Nelson, Colin Brodie. Fourth row: Rita Rueffler, Wanita Johnstone, Gail Large, Julie Pickett, Diane Robinson, Jill Armstrong, Connie Tremmel, Gwen Hallett, Kathy Richardson, Arlene Kueffler, Jane Carlson, Ellen Lee, Bonnie-Jean Crawford, Alice Seyer, Dawna Crawford, Audrey Kromm, Dorothy Haug, Jean Skocdapole, Mary Ellen Baugh, Carolyne Starling, Charlotte Brooks. Third row: Ricky Capel, Bob Tornack, Lynn Combest, Conrad Garrett, Greg Wood, Roy Johnston, Guy Walstrom, Alan Willis, Steve Ltvak, Rodney Heater, Gary Konschu, Lyle Smith, Glen Robinson, Dewayne Quesseth, Larry Neher, Murray Tornack, Robert Nelson, Allan Proctor, Rene Gendre, Greg Brown, Danny Preidt. Second row: Brian Garrett, Verna Lake, Ruth Harrison, Judy Harrison, Judy Walgenbach, Joanne Currie, Irene Reinbold, Pattie Scott, Carla Hart, Trudy Willi, Marilyn Martin, Dianna Viske, Judy Birdsell, Carol Isman, Marcene Carey, Lynda Cordel, Karen McKay, Linda Innocent, Joan Reinhold, Lynda Stanvick, Melodie Bergman, Lynda Evans, Sharon McLean, Arthur Garrett. Front row: Marg Hill, Sharon Nemetz, Rilla Jackson, Iris Cornelssen, Sharon Clark, Diane Streit, Pat Giltner, Amy Kelly, Laurel Grant, Marlene Fisher, Becky Kerbes, Judy Roth, Berta van Groen, Denise Barnes, Nancy Jones, Shirley Kellough, Judy Raidan, Lynn Lowis, Judy Howard, Dawn Stewart, Sandra Cox. Class of ‘68 then. Back row: Michael Layton, Bryan McKay, Roger Mallet, Jack Walker, Jim Kayin, Keith McKay, Lorne Haner, Harry Anderson, Raymond Hennel, Bill Masters, Frank Chinn, David Pasula, Dave Pearson, Gerry Muhlbach, Roger Brewster, Malcolm Fischer, Jim Wyse, Ron Hennel, Harold Hansel, Bob Storek, Larry Nelson, Colin Brodie. Fourth row: Rita Rueffler, Wanita Johnstone, Gail Large, Julie Pickett, Diane Robinson, Jill Armstrong, Connie Tremmel, Gwen Hallett, Kathy Richardson, Arlene Kueffler, Jane Carlson, Ellen Lee, Bonnie-Jean Crawford, Alice Seyer, Dawna Crawford, Audrey Kromm, Dorothy Haug, Jean Skocdapole, Mary Ellen Baugh, Carolyne Starling, Charlotte Brooks. Third row: Ricky Capel, Bob Tornack, Lynn Combest, Conrad Garrett, Greg Wood, Roy Johnston, Guy Walstrom, Alan Willis, Steve Ltvak, Rodney Heater, Gary Konschu, Lyle Smith, Glen Robinson, Dewayne Quesseth, Larry Neher, Murray Tornack, Robert Nelson, Allan Proctor, Rene Gendre, Greg Brown, Danny Preidt. Second row: Brian Garrett, Verna Lake, Ruth Harrison, Judy Harrison, Judy Walgenbach, Joanne Currie, Irene Reinbold, Pattie Scott, Carla Hart, Trudy Willi, Marilyn Martin, Dianna Viske, Judy Birdsell, Carol Isman, Marcene Carey, Lynda Cordel, Karen McKay, Linda Innocent, Joan Reinhold, Lynda Stanvick, Melodie Bergman, Lynda Evans, Sharon McLean, Arthur Garrett. Front row: Marg Hill, Sharon Nemetz, Rilla Jackson, Iris Cornelssen, Sharon Clark, Diane Streit, Pat Giltner, Amy Kelly, Laurel Grant, Marlene Fisher, Becky Kerbes, Judy Roth, Berta van Groen, Denise Barnes, Nancy Jones, Shirley Kellough, Judy Raidan, Lynn Lowis, Judy Howard, Dawn Stewart, Sandra Cox.

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