LUNCH BUNCH April 14, 2015



Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's party!"  ~Robin Williams


Spring has sprung, and we are ready.  The crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia are blooming, and we had a perfect weekend!  We had 18 at our lunch today.


Bill and Marlene Rushay brought a lovely bouquet of different colored Daisies in memory of Bill Ferguson.  It was the center piece on the table.  We all signed a card to send to Cornelia.  We hope she will soon be back with us.


We are looking forward to seeing Carl and Becky Factor as well as Tom and Mary Ellen Hale at our May lunch.  We should have beautiful weather and a huge turnout in May.


Bill Factor very kindly gave the blessing.  And then we ate and chatted until 1:30.


Classmates to keep in your thoughts and prayers:  Marty Tanner, David Roberts,  The Ferguson family, Doug Palmer, Jim Morgan, and Roger Humm. 


We were very saddened to learn that Bill Ferguson passed away on Thursday, March 26.    He touched so many of our lives.  He was a true gentleman, had a 50 year high school and college mathematics teaching career, and was an accomplished musician.  So many of us enjoyed hearing him play his trumpet, and some of us were fortunate enough to hear him play in the Rick Brunetto Big Band where he was trumpeter.  Our sympathy goes out to Cornelia, her family, and everyone who loved Bill.


I had a lengthy conversation with Douglas Palmer.  He had total knee replacement on January 13, 2015.  At his two week checkup after knee replacement, his orthopedic doctor told him he had better see his primary doctor immediately.  Doug did, and he was hospitalized for ten days.  He had gained over 40 pounds of fluid during that time, and was released from the hospital feeling much lighter.  He said that they checked his heart and lungs and all is well.  In the meantime he has lost another 40 pounds.  Keep it up Doug!!! 


Doug and Mary Jane will be leaving on April 15 for a one month vacation visiting areas in Arizona and California.  He said he is sorry to miss the May lunch, and to say "hello" to everyone.  They will be visiting with Jim Morgan in Tucson, AZ.  Jim has had knee replacement and a hip replacement.  He was recently in an auto accident and needs a Rotator Cuff replacement of one of his shoulders. 


Doug also talked with Professor Roger Humm in Muncie, IN.  Roger has had some heart problems, but is otherwise well.  When Doug visits there they hope to go to the race track since they both love racing.


Bill Factor brought a big board with three options for payment for our 60th class reunion.  We voted and it was decided to let the committee work out the details after they finalize the finances we will be spending on the reunion.  Thank you Bill.  Everyone should have gotten a post card from Gwen Downing regarding dates and place, and we thank her also.


Jim and Pat Burkhart have returned from Florida and were present today.  Also Nancy Cohen Fawcett and Barbara Campbell Williams were at the lunch after a long absence.  It was nice seeing all of them again.  The last I heard Gwen and Jack Downing, and Sue and Chuck Gause are still in Florida.


I am looking forward to seeing all of you next month on May 12 at 11:30 at the Golden Corral.


I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in spring.  Who can resist the feeling of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?  ~ Edward Giobbi


Martha K. Cannon