Traer, Traer-Clutier and North Tama's alumni will gather on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9 for a reunion coinciding with the Winding Stairs Festival celebration. Six classes have been invited to the festivities: the Traer classes of 1954 (60 years), and 1959 (55 years); Traer-Clutier Class of 1964 (50 year); and the North Tama Classes of 1969 (45 years), 1974 (40 years), and 1989 (25 years).
A committee representing the six classes: Ramona Vanicek Snow (1954); Ron Mason (1959); Rosemary Sealock Vaughn (1964); Larry and Susan Pusteoska Nachazel (1969); Joyce Kutin (1974); and Christina Cochran Wrage (1989) have issued the invitations to the special event. There are also several members of the 65 year (1949) class who plan to attend this year's reunion and that group is being organized by Maxine Valenta.
In addition, those who have graduated from Traer over 50 years ago may wish to attend the Saturday evening (Aug. 9) informal dinner, to be held at the Traer Memorial Building following the Grand Parade. Those reservations should be made immediately by calling Ellen at 319 231-7654 or 478-2367.
Those attending the alumni weekend are reminded that alumni festivities begin with an informal social gathering at the Traer Memorial Building on Friday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. The 25-year class will be furnishing snacks for that occasion, with a cash bar.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday there will be alumni tours available at the North Tama School if you would like to see the changes there, hosted by the administrators. Golf is also available this weekend.
On Saturday evening, an informal picnic-style buffet will be served to the honored classes at the Traer Memorial Building, beginning about 7 p.m. following the parade; reservations are required to attend. Group photos of the honored classes will be taken.
On Sunday morning, area churches will welcome alumni to attend services, and the North Tama Booster Club welcomes all to take part in a golf tournament at the Traer Golf Club beginning at 11 a.m., and an "open to all" brunch will be held at the clubhouse.
General chairman for the Traer/North Tama Alumni organization is Ellen Young, who coordinates the reunion activities with the Winding Stairs Festival. Treasurer is Diane Earley Panfil, and historian is Mary McLean. If you will be in an honored class for next year and would like to help with planning that event, please contact Ellen. For general information about the reunion, contact her at 319-231-7654.
The Star-Clipper is again graciously printing the names of those in the six honored classes for this year, furnished by the class chairmen, with those who had made reservations by July 30 marked with an asterisk. Those classes are:
Traer Class of 1954:
Bill and Joyce Thistlewood Altenhein, *Bryce Bohnsack, *Shirley Brubaker Hendershot, *Norman Chizek, *Richard Dahms,
Shirley Dalziel Ludeking, Shirley Deke Blaze, *Keith Earley, LeRoy Haenze, *Alvin Hendershot, Max Kriz, *Richard Martin,
Carmen Manfull Wray, Tom Paul, *Darlys Philp Hulme, David Stavely, Willa Stevenson Shafer, Walter Trimble,
*Ramona Vanicek Snow, *Beverly Wendt Santman.
Deceased class members: Bernadine Baker Kopriva, Richard Foster, Vernon Hoeg, Joyce Kadrmas, LeRoy Kopriva, Terry Martin, Marilyn Stevenson Harl, JoAnn Strachota, Bill Young.
Traer Class of 1959:
Gary Banes, *Judith Miller Baych, *Sharon Whannel Bolt, *Merle Draper, *Craig Earley, Judy Hlavacka Eisele,
Robert Eisele, *Donald Garvey, *Rose Ann Janson Garvey, Marian Dvorak Gauch, Gretchen Mehulka Goswick, Glen Jordan,
Ronald Karr, Ellen Neidick Kern, JoAnn Kopriva, *Tom Lane, Kay Tams Mairs, Larry Manfull, *Ronald Mason, *Sandra Maust McLean,
Tony Philp, *Lawrence Podhajsky, Jim Powell, *Darrell Sivertsen, *Ron Stuart, Garry Thompson, Marilyn Dvorak York, Gordon Young. Also, *Frank Hendershot.
Deceased class members: John Childs, Mike Johson, Darrellene Sivertsen Lane, Mirvin Dalbey, Gary Adamek, Darlys Behrens Gula, Jere Ewing, Paula Thomas, Ernie Pusteoska.
Traer-Clutier Class of 1964:
Marlys Alcorn Dietze, Carole Arp Behrns, Sharon Caslavka Sichra, Joyce Chizek Powers, *Robert Chizek,
Donna Creswell Penning, Kathryn Dietrich Plummer, Patty Eckhardt Thede, Pat Eyres Gleeson, Marilyn Flowers, *Donna Foley Vesely,
Charleen Garvey Horn, *Lynn Gruchow, Delbert Hall, JoAnn Hlavacka Foulds, *JoAnn Hoeppner Nickel, William Howard,
*Jerry Hulme, *Margaret Keith Stone, David Kremenak, Patricia Kremenak Ross, *Robert Kroymann, Mary Kucera LeClerc,
Doris Mannel Williams, *Lynda Mason Robison, Jerald Morrison, Marlys Nation Horn, *Janet Neymeyer Jesch, *Betty Paustian Erickson,
*Darrell Paustian, Nancy Paustian Hardister, Darrel Podhajsky, *Judy Posusta Parizek, *Rosemary Sealock Vaughn, Greg Sorrell,
*Garry Staker, *Robert Staker, Leland Stein, Janice Thoms Schleisman, *Karla Weaver Casey, *Richard Wiebbecke, *Barbara Young Nelson, Carol Zhorne Tuttle. Also, *Chuck Viers.
Deceased classmates: Lester Boerm, David Fleming, Vicky Harrison Lomax, Dean Niedermann, Delores Philp Fairchild, James Stark, Harold Van Gorp, Clark Wood. Others: Shirley Kos, Carole Andrews, Peggy Rasmussen, Dixie Teckenberg.
North Tama Class of 1969:
*Vicki Adam Pecenka, *Bill Anderson, Linda Andrews, *Ardene Arp Staker, *Steve Barge, Anita Bartos Green, *David Beecher,
*Janet Beenken McKenna, *Diane Bohnstengel Caloud, *Lloyd Bohnstengel, Monnie Boldt, *Bill Bonewitz, *Barbara Brackett Dolash,
*Jennifer Breckenridge Springer, *Delbert Caloud, *Barbara Caloud Perry, Steve Caslavka, *Jim Chizek, Dennis Cizek, *Delane Cizek,
*Connie Claussen Jones, Dawn Cufr Mason, Kenneth Dedic, *Joan Dinsdale Reuman, Mark Dostal, Dennis Dvorak, Vicky Ebaugh Fitzhugh,
*Nancy Eckhart Yuska, *Brenda Fehr Kritser, Tom Foley, Richard Hala, *Dennis Halupnick, *Kathy Halupnick Flack, *LaVern Hanus,
*Annie Hatton Dengler, *Carolyn Hayek Bohnstengel, *Debra Hladik Halupnick, Donna Hutson Pippert, Carol Kaskie, Marcia Kokesh Rathert,
*Tom Kopriva, Vicki Kostlan Nielsen, *Ron Kubik, Terry Kucera, *Ron Kucera, Gerry Kucera, *George Kupka, *Duane Kupka, Carolyn Lunde Lewis,
Rick Mason, Joan McDevitt Heitman, Patricia McKinney, *Bruce Morrison, *Judy Mundt Burghart, *Larry Nachazel, *Steve Nagel,
*Suzanne Novotny Svoboda, Paul Opperman, *David Papesh, *Kathryn Pecenka Johnson, *Kevin Pecenka, *Marilyn Peters Mason, *Robert Petersen, Steven Pokorny,
*Kim Powell Knight, *Susan Pusteoska Nachazel, *Raquel Rodrigez (Vicky) Wolfe, Linda Ross Bevins, *Ronald Sell, *Jean Sevcik Ferguson,
*Dennis Smolik, *Cynthia Stary Drajna, Kent Tanner, Connie Thede Armstrong, David Thierer, Kenneth Thomas, Dan Thomas, *Janice Thompson Wobeter,
Gary Tomlinson, Patricia Vojtech Arp, *Roger Vorba, Denise Wiedner Clapp, *Scott Whannel, *Rick Wilson, *Karl Yuska, *Linda Zhorne Cloud.
Deceased class members: Roberta Benda, John Chizek, Gay Harrington Allen, Mike Hubler, Maurice Kvidera, Diane Parizek, Dwight Sienknecht, Mike Tudor, Lynne Wilson Bryson.
North Tama Class of 1974:
Marlene Arp Schulz, Nancy Babinat Bloom, Penelope Beecher Stoakes, Denny Berger, Janet Blocker Ogesen, Pamela Blohm McKinley,
Lee Caslavka, *Susan Catron Thompson, *Paul Corbin, Penny Crawford Hubbard, *Nancy Currens Pinkston, John Danker,
Tom DeVries, *Darla Dostal Wills, *Lynnette Drinovsky Gregory, Patricia Drinovsky McKinney, Vicki Erickson Chien,
Mary Ewoldt Homplane, *Jolene Fehr Spurgeon, Jeri Fleming Egli, Teri Franklin McLaren, Robert Froehlich, Katheryn Gates Smith,
Kristine Gates Ashworth, *Teresa Halupnick Schafer, Luann Hall Schneiders, *Debra Hatton Hamilton, *Kathryn Hayek Goulden,
Norman Hayek, Cheryl Herink Crelly, Nancy Herink Sorenson, *Debra Hulme Schirm, Dwayne Hulme, Dwight Hulme,
*Sharon Ingle Stoakes, *Mark Janssen, Mary Ellen Kubik Bader, Melody Fassett, *Martin Kucera, *Joyce Kutin,
Michael Martin, Gary McEwen, *Jane McWhirter Crisp, Kevin Morrison, Brian Munger, Janice Nowotny Ives,
Phillip Opperman, Terrence Otting, Jerry Podhajsky, Joleen Podhajsky Sell, Donald Rhodes, *Gary Schlichting, Carol Jean Schmidt Kohles,
Sandra Seda Jacobs, Gene Staker, Paul Svoboda, Jolene Thompson Lorenzen, Craig Tomlinson, *Lee Valenta, Nancy Valenta Hanken,
Julie Velky Murray, Jill Vorba Berger, Mark Wilson *Kevin Wood, Janice Wrage Schultz, Dan Yanda, David Zimple, Galen Zimple and Collene Zmolek Gorrell.
Deceased class members: Cynthia McKinney Forbes, Douglas Olin and Debra Schultz Bradley.
North Tama Class of 1989:
Melissa Bandfield Wood, Sheri Banes Sadowski, Matthew Beenken, Alan Brennan, Deborah Buchholz Knabe, *Michael Calderwood, *Scott Cizek,
*Christine Cochran Wrage, Steven Cox, Adam Dinsdale, Lyle Donald, Jill Dvorak Zouras, Terrance Dvorak, *Mark Earley,
Kenny Erickson, Janel Hlas Hernandez, Jeremy Horning, Sheri Hosek,* Jammie Howard, Rachael Hulme Hayek, Jay Kopriva,
*April Kopriva Krebsbach, *Stacey Kramer Ward, Rhonda Larsen Hall, Tamara Leeper, Greg Mohr, *Brian Morrison, *Shawn Neidick,
Scott Nickel, Chris O'Malley, Courtney Pecenka, Denise Popelka Hemann, Doug Pusteoska, *Renee Reuman Meth, *Danita Rickert Shumard,
Trina Sell Wright, *Kelli Seda Wensel, *Angela Svoboda Christensen, Jared Svoboda, Kelly Svoboda Kretlow, Kathryn Vojtech Allen,
*Tara Wood Raue, Christoper Wagner, Chad Waller, Jason Weida, Lynda Wood.
Deceased class member: Mike Stoakes.