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“Make new friends…but keep the old; one is silver and the other’s gold.”

On May 9, members of Waite High School’s “Golden Class of 1964” had a chance to catch up with old friends at their 50th class reunion at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

The celebration kicked off the evening before when fellow classmate Ray Frick hosted a gathering at Fricker’s in Perrysburg.

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At their recent 50th reunion, members of the Waite Class of '64 honored 19 of their classmates who served in the military.
Fourteen veterans who have passed away were also remembered. (Submitted photo)

The class originally numbered 359 and after 50 years, organizers were pleased that 88 attended the event, according to reunion committee member Joanne (Hecklinger) Crandall. With spouses and guests the total number attending was 145.

“Endless hours of research went into updating the mailing list, which over the years had become obsolete,” Crandall said. “In the end, the committee was able to locate all but about 30 individuals.”

A moment of silence, a memorial video and two memorial scrapbooks honored the 66 members of the class who have passed away.

“The class produced 33 veterans. Sadly, 14 have passed away,” Crandall said. “We were proud to welcome all of the 19 who are still living.”

Because this was a special reunion, which was being held at the same time as Waite’s 100th anniversary, the committee didn’t want to celebrate with an ordinary cake. “We contacted PM Frosted Fantasies in Maumee, and they created a beautiful replica of the school building,” Crandall said.

“Our principal, Leonard Hendrickson, told us at graduation, ‘It is a fact that no matter how seriously you pledge and plan, you will never be together again as an entire group after graduation night. You will go your separate ways and then fate will intervene. However, you can remain as a group in mind and spirit and heart, remembering all the fine things that happened to each of you as you have grown in the past four years,’” Crandall said.

“His words still ring true today, because that weekend we were again all together as a group in mind and spirit and heart,” she said.

Additional members of the organizing committee included Jack Romp, Betty (Hatfield) Pavuk, Sharon (Szegedi) Romp, Nora (Gallaher) Longsworth, Mary Ann (DeShetler) Clark, John Talip, Rick Hoffmann and Barbara (Ball) Baumgartner.


At their recent 50th reunion, members of the Waite Class of 1964 honored 19 of their classmates who served in the military including Don Clark, Walt Habel, Bill Kain, Richard Ignaczak, John Talip, Rick Hoffmann, Al Crum, John Schwarzkopf, Jim Hirzel, John Hirzel, Bob Thiebert, Mike Jesion, Jerry Karwhite, Tom Webber, Tom Helbing, Gary Krall, Ron Marshalko, Jim Markin, Jim Frye. Fourteen veterans who have passed away were also remembered. (Submitted photo)