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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Nine from PHS Class of 1955 reunite

  • Nine women, all 1955 Pittsburg High School graduates, keep their friendship going through a round robin letter and, every few years, getting together for reminiscing and having a little fun.



    Their most recent gathering was Nov. 11-13 at the Marriott Residence Inn on the Kansas City Plaza.

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  • Nine women, all 1955 Pittsburg High School graduates, keep their friendship going through a round robin letter and, every few years, getting together for reminiscing and having a little fun.
    Their most recent gathering was Nov. 11-13 at the Marriott Residence Inn on the Kansas City Plaza.
    Attending were Judy Heller Seifert, Kansas City, Mo.; Beverly Wesonig Herron, Carmel, Ind.; Carol Zacarello Hollis, Topeka; Janice Croker Charter, Haysville; Marcia Bierlein Green, Falls Church, Va.; Kay Branaman Eakin, Mesa, Ariz.; Judy McMillan Anderson, Tulsa, Okla.; Marilyn Milligan Tindel, Pittsburg; and Bonnie Green Williams, Leawood.
    Tindel, who prepared the report on the gathering, said that she and the others had all attended Lakeside Elementary School, coming at various times during grade school, Lakeside Junior High School and, of course, all graduated together in 1955.
    Two of them married classmates. She married Dick Tindel, and Beverly Wesonig married Jon Herron. Another four, Tindel said, didn’t marry classmates but did marry PHS graduates.
    After their graduation, the friends pursued their lives, attending various colleges  or universities and/or began various careers.
    “Marriages followed with young children, careers and many moves, which interfered with us keeping in close touch with one another,” Tindel said.
    In 1990, at the class 35th anniversary reunion, one of the friends, Martha Crowley Edwards, suggested that the group really should stay in touch better than they had been doing. The round robin letter started at that time and continues today. The letter usually makes the rounds every eight to nine months.
    Following Martha Edwards’ sudden death, another group member, Sherry McAdams Ball, invited all of the friends to get together at her lovely lake home on Table Rock Lake.
    “Unfortunately, Sherry could only briefly attend as her husband needed emergency surgery in Springfield,” Tindel said.
    However, the friends had such a good time touring Branson and just visiting that they have tried since then to get together as often as  possible between class reunions.
    Sherry McAdams Ball has since passed away, leaving the current group of nine.
    Tindel said that the friends have shared many happy memories over the years, reminiscing fondly about other classmates, the pranks they played at Girl Scout camp at Camp Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah, and their Girl Scout leaders, the late Ruth Thornton and the late Edythe McNally.
    “We remember being in Rainbow Girls and the dances where the girls invited the boys,” Tindel said. “What a big event that was.”
    They also have fond memories of Teen Town, held at the old Pittsburg YMCA at Fourth and Pine, and of sock hops, with 10-cent admission.
    Not all memories are good. Four of the women are now widows, and one has lost two of her four children to death.
    Page 2 of 2 - Being of a “certain age,” they also now discuss aches and pains, serious illnesses and surgeries.
    “We are slowing down some, but all of us are able to enjoy life and many enjoy trips abroad,” Tindel said. “One of us still sails on her sail boat, two still have jobs and almost all have grandchildren to brag about. One even has great-grandchildren.”
    While in Kansas City they added to their memories with a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, the new Kaufman Center for the Arts and the Webster House, a red brick schoolhouse near the Kaufman Center that has been restored by the Helzberg family and is now a boutique and restaurant.
    They also went to the restored Union Station, which brought back memories of riding the passenger train to Kansas City to shop and visit.
    “We spent the evenings gabbing and catching up on each other, and we were all sorry to depart for home,” Tindel said. “We plan to do this again in a few years.”

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