Saturday, February 28, 2015

Current News about John

It seems wrong somehow to try and make John Spencer's medical issues humorous anymore.  I say this because his most recent back surgeries have made a bad situation so much worse and have caused him much pain. And there's nothing funny about that.

As you read in the e-mail I sent, John's original surgery was 1/26; it was intended to repair an impingement in his neck. Due to post-op complications, John was back in surgery 1/28 to repair bone perforations of the spinal sheath; this resulted in the fusing of C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, and T1. After a time post-op, John was transferred to a rehab hospital some 100 miles away, BUT when he developed a staph infection in the incision, he was transferred back to the hospital where he underwent more surgery to clean out the wound and incision and rid John of the infection. And that's where things are now. He's waiting to get the go-ahead for a transfer back to the rehab hospital so he can begin/continue with his recovery.

As I said in the e-mail, cards and/or e-mails would certainly cheer him up. But please don't call him because he is having difficulty managing his phone. He appreciates the thoughts but for now, it's too hard for him to deal with.

I'll try to keep this updated as best I can. It sounds like John is out of the woods but has a great deal of work ahead of him. Please keep him and Ann and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Exciting Chapter of "Bionic Man from 1957"

We haven't heard the last of 57's own bionic man. A recent e-mail from John Spencer told of a forthcoming (January 26) "cervical laminoplasty", neck surgery to correct poorly located calcium deposits that are, no doubt, encroaching on the spinal cord. Though we make light of the situation, we're all pulling for you, John; good thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Keep us posted.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sad Farewell to Two More Classmates

Perhaps I've been remiss in not posting these in a more timely manner, but please know it's getting harder and harder for me to write obits for our classmates. We seem to be losing more and much more frequently than in the past. I guess that's the hazard of aging, but the sadness it evokes in me makes it difficult to write and post these announcements. That said........

Dorothy Spletter Yackley e-mailed John with the news she had heard from one of Virginia Maller Hartmann's kids telling her that Virginia had passed away August 4 from cancer. She was living in Vacaville, CA, at the time.

Two months later, John received an e-mail from Becky Daly, Dave Amundson's daughter. She was notifying us of Dave's passing in  his sleep on November 17 from congestive heart failure. He was at his home in Holiday, FL, at the time. Further information regarding a memorial may be forthcoming.

It goes without saying our sympathy goes out to both these families. Perhaps it will help them to know we share their grief.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another Classmate Reaches 50 Years of Wedded Bliss

We received an e-mail from Al Panek telling us of the 50th wedding anniversary celebrations enjoyed by he and his wife Marguerite along with their kids  Brian and David; their daughters-in-law Chris and Kendra; and their grandkids Sara, Meghan, and Gabrielle. A gathering was held in September at Al's home in Naperville for 50 friends and family members. And Al, Marguerite, and their kids and grandkids enjoyed cruises to Hawaii and Alaska earlier in the year.
Al sends his best to all members of our class --- and we send our heartiest congrats to Al and his wife for this achievement.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Mini-Reunion

Received the following from John Spencer who received it from Dave Schoenbacher -----

"Last year I found that one of our old 1957 classmates lived in Jacksonville, IL, just about 20 miles north of my place. We made contact that we would get together sometime soon. Well, that was last year; finally this year I called again and asked her to lunch. She said yes, and we enjoyed a mini-reunion for lunch that afternoon. That classmate of days gone by was Sharon Sanders Edwards. My wife also attended and enjoyed hearing some stories of my past. Sharon and I had fun going through old yearbooks trying to remember who was who. Sharon is fine and in good health; her daughter lives about 15 minutes away and helps her mom out when needed. I've attached this picture of us 2 old folks."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Been Almost 60 Years -- Where Have You Been, Tom??

Do you remember our 8th grade dance class? And do you remember who was one of the best dancers?  He danced a lot of the time with Diane Nordin; he is Tom Chess, who apparently can still cut quite a rug.

At the end of our freshman year, Tom moved with his family to, I believe, Massachusetts. He graduated from high school there and went on to become a dentist, ultimately settling in southern California with his beautiful family.

 But Downers was never far from his thoughts. When he started hearing about his class reunion, DGHS came to mind, and with a little effort, he found the DGHS Class of '57 on the internet and called Norma Deardorff Plummer. There's more to the story, but for now, this will suffice. He's asked for and received contact info for a few of our classmates. And Norma has managed to scrounge up a 50th reunion class directory which is on its way to him in Pasadena CA. If any of you are interested in renewing old friendships with Tom, let one of us know, and we'll furnish you with his contact information. By the way, he's still actively practicing dentistry and is now in partnership with his daughter.
It is indeed a small world........

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And Now From Newport Beach CA ........

It's none other than Curtis Keller and Scott Butler. Friends since 4th grade, they reconnect whenever and wherever possible. Looking good, guys...........