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The Polaris is the high school annual from Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois.

All text and photos Copyright 2002 - present Robert L. Bike, except for direct quotes from the Polaris, uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1966

1966 Polaris

The 1966 Polaris

FHS seal

The cover of the 1966 Polaris features two seals. The FHS seal shows the tower, an open book with a foot with wings, an atom and the year 1850, the words Freeport H S, and a Pretzel.

seal of the city of Freeport

The seal of the city of Freeport features the words City of Freeport, Ill., Incorporated 14th Feb. 1855, Praesto Et Persto (literally, "I Undertake and I Persevere" or "To Stand Out and to Stand Firm"), and drawings of a star, a steam locomotive, a figure with a tool, and a crest with four more symbols: a caduseus, bow & arrow, a plow, and another symbol which I cannot make out.

The Class of 1966

(I've included some people who were with our class at some point in high school, but who may not have graduated with us. Underlined names are links to more information, including, unfortunately, memorials.)

Linda Ackerman, Linda Alexander, Mary Allen, Pamela Anderson, Michael Arola,

Martha Babcock, Margaret Backus, Patrick Baker, Suzanne Balthazor, Michael Banks, Judith Barkau, Vicki Barrett, Constance Basse, David Bast, James Becker, Pamela Becker, Mary Beckman, Janice Beckmire, Roger Beldt, John Bell, Galen Bertram, Gary Besley, Janice Best, Robert Bike, Cathy Bishop, Lynn Blust, Georgia Bokemeier, Lynn Bokemeier, Lynn Bolender, Peggy Bolles, Michael Bollinger, Gary Bollon, Jerry Allen Bons, Lawrence Bordner, Vicki Bradford, Edwin Bradley, Paul Brauer, Ruth Brick, Michael Brock, Karen Brokhausen, Dawn Brown, Keith Brown, Nancy Brown, Theresa Brown, Cheryl Brubaker, Glada Brubaker, Deborah Bruce, Lloyd Brumfield, Donald Bryan, Linda Bucher, William Burchell, Stephen Burd, Kimberlee Burdick, Sandra Burris, Jeanie Buss, Pamela Buss, Phyllis Byers,

Richard Campbell, Anthony Cannova, Marcia Carpenter, Bill Carroll, Christine Carter, George Caruthers Jr., Thomas Cary, David Chapin, Crystal Cheeseman, David Christensen, Vicki Christian, Arnold Clark, Onalee Clark, Craig Cline, Arlen Colberg, Linda Cole, Patricia Collins, Patsy Cook, Douglas Coomber, John Coon, Sherry Cordes, Sylvia Cosgrove, Loreli Covert, Jane Craft, David Credicott, Randy Criddle, Linda Cummings, Cynthia Cummins, Craig Cuplin, Richard Cuplin, James Cutler,

Gloria Dahl, James Dailey, Sharon Daley, Carol Dame, Marybeth Davis, Rodney Davis, Suzanne Davis, Richard Deemer, Barbara Delong, Frank Demichele, Douglas Devidal, Sharon Devon, William Dickens, Paula Dickman, Steve Diehl, Morayne Dir, Diane Dixon, James Dixon, Cynthia Dollarhide, Ray Dominguez, Diana Dooyen, Linda Downing, Michelle Drake, Gary Dubey, Charlene Duitsman,

The basketball team won 20, lost only 7Dennis Eade, John Edison, Louise Eichmeier, Eddie Ellsworth, Linda Endress, Gary Engbert, Linda Lou Erving, Margaret Euler,

Jack Faessler, Patricia Fambro, Larry Fargher, Dennis Farrar, Manette Fine, Richard Florell, Wendy Fluegel, Jeffrey Forsythe, Randall Frankenfield, Robert Frankenfield, Donald Franz, Linda Frende, Peter Frey, Michael Fryer, Ronald Fusco,

Betty Gammon, Lee Garner, Eugene Gassman, Robert Gassman, Steven Gaulrapp, Warren Geisler, Barbara Gempler, Donald Gennusa, Sandra Gerloff, Barry Gillespie, Diantha Gimple, James Gitz, Marilyn Gitz, Gary Glidden, Judith Gonder, Jeannine Gordon, Steven Gorham, Marcia Gorman, Linda Grabow, Robert Grabow, Richard Graff, Ronald Green, Sue Green, David Greer, Dennis Greier, Diane Griffin, John Griffin, Mary Ann Griffo, Lawrence Griswold, Pamela Groves, Pamela Guenther, Figen Gurdol, Charles Gutchins,

Pamela Haas, Linda Hahn, Pamela Haight, David Hainke, Ronald Hainke, Nancy Halstead, Terry Hannah, Sharon Hanson, Ronald Harbers, Elizabeth Hardinger, Marta Hargett, Dennis Harnish, Michael Harnish, Pamela Harnish, Holly Hart, Jonathyn (Mike) Hartman, Michael Harvey, Randall Hawley, John Hayes, Cheryll Heck, Pamela Heck, Robert Heck, Kathleen Heidenreich, David Heinrich, Gail Heitter, Terry Heitter, Regan Heitz, Linda Hendrickson, William Henning, Lynn Henry, Sally Herbig, Terry Herbig, Barbara Hewins, Michael Hilden, John Hill, Ardell Hilton, Earl Holden, Zena Holloway, John Holm, James Holt, Bruce Holtan, Nancy Homan, Mark Hornbogen, James Hunt, Charles Hutchins, Terry Hutmacher,

The Pretz News StaffI worked in sports on the Pretz News my junior year.

Cathy Ifert, Sherry Ingram, Daniel Irwin,

Richard Jacobs, Laura Jaeger, Jeanne Jeffrey, David Jenkins, Jerry Jenner, Joyce Jewell, Betty Johnson, Caroline Johnson, Danny Johnson, Deborah Johnson, Edith Johnson, Linda Johnson, Marilyn Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Suzanne Johnson, Walter Johnson, Cynthia Jones, Michael Jones, Sarah Jones,

Gregory Kaiser, Larry Kaiser, Craig Kaney, Victoria Karstedt, Donald Keep, Dennis Keith, Joseph Kent, Jean Kerchner, David Kerr, Rita KIrchberg, Thomas Kirchberg, Jon Kirkpatrick, Clifford Kleindl, Kathryn Kling, Eugene Klinger, Rebecca Kloepping, Dennis Koehn, Sheldon Koester, Gordon Kohn, Susan Korf, Thomas Kortemeier, Richard Kraft, Linda Krull, Jeff Kryder, Sue Kuntz, Jeannine Kuntzelman,

Francine Laible, Karl Lamb, Ann Laurence, Michael Lausch, Cheryl Lawson, Gary Lawson, George Lazarus, Linda Leahy, Marsha Lebaron, Carol Leemhuis, Linda Lehman, Scott Leininger, Sherry Lender, James Leverington, Earl Lieske, Julia Lincoln, Gary Long, Linda Long, Jenean Lorenz, Michael Lovelace, Marsha Ludolph, Linda Lumby,

Mary Lou Macklin, Janet Madison, Natalie Maines, Susan Mandrgoc, Michael Mansheim, James Manske, Gary Manthei, Randall Manus, Wayne Marassa, William Markwardt, David Marsh, Julie Mast, Jo Ann Mattison, Douglas Maurer, Teresa Maurer, Ronald McAllister, Miriam McDonald, Angela McIlvanie, John McKinney, Elmer McLain, Ronald McWilliams, Karla Meier, Barbara Mellen, Nancy Memmer, Jim Mertz, Kristi Messing, Mary Mettelka, Doris Meyers, John Meyers, Linda Meyers, Patricia Meyers, Thomas Migliore, Joseph Miller, Robert Miller, Diana Mims, Gerry Minear, Michael Monigold, Darrell Moore, Lorae Moore, Kenneth Mordick, Larry Morhardt, Verna Moriarty, Linda Moritz, Terry Moss, Karen Murray, Marcia Myers,

Tenniscopic view of the 1965 tennis team that went undefeatedDennis Nampel, Jeff Nash, Thomas Naylor, Diana Nelson, Nancy Nesemeier, Alan Nettles, Larry Nevenhoven, Christine Nichols, Robert Nicodemus, Patricia Norman, Richard Nyborg,

Daniel Olson, Helen O'Neal, Patsy Ortmeier, Robert Ostendorf, Craig Otte, Marchia Otto,

Jami Parker, Donna Paul, Annie Pearson, Sharon Peck, Janis Perry, Gary Peters, Vicky Peterson, Sylvia Pfeiffer, Darius Picking, Dennis Piefer, Vicki Pizzolato, John Place, Deborah Plantan, Phyllis Pleasant, Kathie Poe, Marta Pontual, Diana Powell, Charles Pulfrey,

James Rafferty, James Rawson, Deborah Reed, Frank Reed, Lynnellen Reed, Raymond Reed, Janice Reeves, Barbara Reimers, Barbara Reuber, Judi Rexilius, Mary Reynolds, Keith Rice, Kenneth Rice, Sheldon Rinehart, Linda Roach, Michael Robertson, Sally Roemer, Lana Roen, Melanie Roenneburg, Carol Rohr, Richard Roodhouse, Cathy Rosenberger, Jan Ross, Larry Ruckman, Lynn Rudy, Pamela Ruthe, Rebecca Ruthe, Foreign Exchange students Peter Frey and Figan Gurdol made it to our 40th reunion. Marty Pontual and Monika Wyra did not.

Teresa Sabin, Gary Sager, Larry Salter, Mary Salter, Vicki Sarles, Thomas Sanders, Gary Scheider, Peggy Scheider, Dennis Schmidt, Joan Schmidt, Kathleen Schmidt, Kenneth Schmidt, Gerald Schneiderman, Karen Schnitzler, Kenneth Schnitzler, Cherie Schofield, Valentina Schriver, Larry Schroeder, Elizabeth Schubert, Vicki Schulthess, Kathy Schultz, Stephen Schwendiman, Dennis Scofield, Jerry Scovel, Curtis Scudder, Mary Scudder, Dolf Seeds, Larry Seidemann, Delores Senn, Michael Shain, Linda Sheetz, Pamela Shores, Kathy Schultz, Richard Sielaff, Robert Sieveking, Allan Sikes, Darlene Smith, Katie Smith, Linda Marie Smith, Wayne Smith, Karen Snyder, Carolyn Soldati, Charles Sorn, Marsha Spangler, Darla Springer, Timothy St. Andrews, James Staas, Anita Stearns, Robert Stebbins, Steven Steenrod, Lorna Steffen, Sharyn Steinhagen, James Stingley, Kenneth Stingley, Craig Stocker, Michael Stodden, Rory Stoner, William Strawn, Bruce Strayer, Nancy Stuart, James Sturtevant, Roger Swank, Bruce Swartz,

Gregory Taylor, Harry Taylor Jr., Herbert Taylor, Sally Thoman, Julie Thomasson, Sandra Thompson, Alan Thruman, Frederick Thruman, Daniel Tretter, Clarence Triplett, George Trout III, Lillian Truckenmiller, Priscilla Tucker, Gregory Turner,

Donald Van Matre, Patricia Van Matre,

The Polaris StaffI was sports editor of the Polaris my senior year.

Ellen Waggoner, Holly Wahler, Paula Wallock, Sally Wallock, Eddie Washington, Fred Washington, Sigrid Waterhouse, Orania Watter, Wayne Watz, Thomas Weaver, Anne Weckerly, Ronald Weckerly, William Wegner, Cynthia Wehrenberg, Karla Weier, Jack Welty Jr., James Welty, Janet Wiegmann, Kathleen Wiemers, Gale Wilhelms, Arnix Williamson, John Wilson, Judith Winters, Linda Wise, Marcia Wiskochil, Becky Witt, Frances Witte, Susan Witte, John Wolfe, Ted Wolfe, Kay Woods,

Nancy Yokers,

Mark Zinser.


The information in this section is derived from obituaries, on-line sources, personal recollections and other sources. The information is not guaranteed to be accurate. If you have obituaries, photos, dates of death and marriages, spouses names and children, or information about our classmates and what they did for a living, please forward the info to me.

Pat Baker with grandchild and catPatrick Baker died January 23, 2017, after a lengthy illness.

He lived in Port Charlotte, Florida, with Sue, his wife of 45 years.

They had five children, Greg, Brian, Matt, Jon and Amanda, and eight grandchildren.

Pat worked for the Postal Service in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also worked as a sales rep for many years.

Pat was just 68 years old.

James A. Baker died May 2, 2017, of cancer.

Jim married 1966 classmate Nancy Stuart on October 3, 1993. Nancy died April 14, 2008.

Jim was survived by two sons, Jeff and Brian, and two grandchildren.

Jim Becker was 70 years old.


Pam Becker

Pamela Corinne Becker died January 11, 2003 at age 54 after a long illness.

Pam married Larry Slaght on September 16, 1990. Larry preceded her in death on August 22, 2000.

They lived in Freeport.

Pam Slaght is buried at Grandview Cemetery.

Roger Beldt

Roger James Beldt died July 15, 2012.

He graduated from the University of Florida and Emory University School of Dentistry.

He was an accomplished dentist and pharmacist.

For most of his life, Roger was a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines. He started flying for Northwest on February 6, 1978. He and his family lived in Destin, Florida.

He was survived by his wife of 34 years, Gisele, daughter Lindsey, and son Bret.

Roger was about 64 years old.

John Bell

John BellJohn Bell, Jr., died on October 8, 2015, in Orange, California.

He was survived by a son, John, and a daughter, Kyong.

John "Booga" Bell was 67 years old.

Gary Bollon died on January 5, 1979, presumably of cancer, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gary appeared in the Polaris in our Junior year.

Gary Lee Bollon married Vickie Lynn Leatherwood.

Gary and Vickie had three children, Joshua, Michael and Kelly.

Gary was 31 years old.

Michael Allen Brock died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mike worked at Burgess Battery and then at Honeywell for more than 40 years.

Mike married B. Kaye Maize on December 23, 1995. He is survived by his wife and his step children.

Mike's body was cremated.

Mike was about 68 years old.

Linda L. Bucher died on June 17, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

She moved to Algoma, Wisconsin, where she worked for nearly 30 years for the von Stiehl Winery.

She had a special talent of gauze wrapping certain wine bottles, and did that for many years for the winery.

Linda married Orville Moreau on December 7, 1984. He preceded her in death. She was survived by two sons, George Nath and David Nath, three sisters and three brothers.

Linda Moreau was 66 years old.

Billy Burchell

Billy Joe Burchell lived in Freeport in 1991, but was listed as deceased in our 40th reunion booklet in 2006.

He worked for Micro Switch, and later Tech Pacific Scientific in Rockford.

In 1970 he married Margaret Jean Winters, Class of 1969. They divorced in 1977.

Kim Burdick

Kimberlee A. Burdick died June 20, 2004, in Rockford, of diabetes. She was 56.

Kim attended Southern Illinois University and Columbia College at Highland Community College studying psychology.

Kim worked for GTE Telenet as an instructor, and was an avid writer. She had eight published poems.

Kim lived in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, in 1991.

Kim was survived by her mother and three sisters. She was cremated.

Jeanne K. Buss died April 5, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida.

Jeannie married Michael Hiveley in Freeport. They resided in North Port, Florida.

She was survived by her husband, sons Troy and Chad, a sister and two granddaughters.

Jeannie Hiveley was 68 years old. She died just 16 days short of her 69th birthday. Her cousin Pam died just two months before her.

Pam BussPamela S. Buss died February 2, 2017, at her home in Neponset, Illinois.

A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Pam married Ernest H. Benecke on January 23, 1973. Ernie died May 18, 2011.

Pam worked as a tech at the Walmart Pharmacy in Kewanee for 20 years, and later at a Publix grocery store in Florida.

Pam and Ernie had three children, Tiffany, Shanna and Matt, and were also survived by two grandchildren, Kara and Nolan.

Pam was cremated, and per her wishes, no memorial service was held. Pam was just 68 years old.

Richard Campbell died January 11, 1998. He was about 49 years old.

He lived in Oakland, California for two years, then lived in Monroe, Wisconsin.

Richard was a tree trimmer, then a carpet layer for Carpet Village before he became ill. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles.

Richard was survived by his wife, Sharon, and children Gidget and Jason.

Richard is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.

Tony  Cannova

Anthony C. Cannova died July 4, 2012 of cancer.

He retired from Honeywell in 2006 as a senior buyer.

Tony was the drummer for many Freeport bands, most notably the Nomadds, and after retirement, the MADDmen.

On October 1, 2010, he played in the sold-out Nomadds Reunion Concert, the first time they had played together since 1965!

He was survived by his wife, Tina, and daughters Maria and Christina.

He is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Tony was 64 years old.

Marcia K. Carpenter died October 24, 2013, in her home in Davis, Illinois.

Her married name was Vondra. She was about 65 years old.

Marcia was retired from Union Savings Bank in Freeport.

She enjoyed gardening, hiking, riding motorcycles, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was survived by her mother Charlotte Harris, her fiance Rod Slamp, brothers Robert & Mark, sister Diane M. Semmen; her daughter Susan Johnson, and three granddaughters.

Marcia Vondra touched many hearts with her beautiful spirit.

Chris Carter

Christine Carter died July 14, 1984, of cancer.

She married Gerald Crouse on March 31, 1973. He died in 2005.

Chris Crouse was survived by her husband and two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer, who was an outstanding basketball player for the Pretzels, the University of North Dakota, and several professional basketball teams around the world.

Chris was just 36 years old.

Jon Coon

Jon Coon died August 6, 1976, at his home in Rockford after a brief illness.

He was survived by four brothers and five sisters.

Jon is buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

John Michael Coon was 30 years old.

Cynthia Cummins

Cynthia Cummins died on April 17, 1999 on her 51st birthday.

She married Robert Lestikow on August 29, 1972. He died April 12, 2008.

Robert and Cynthia Lestikow were survived by a son, Timothy.

Jan Doelker

Donald Jan Doelker Jr. died July 30, 2004, in New York.

Jan went through school with us, but in junior high, he suffered a devastating injury from weight-lifting, and missed a year of school.

He graduated in 1967.

Jan was survived by his wife Deborah Hope Doelker.

He is buried in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Jan was 56 years old.

Dennis Farrar

Dennis Farrar died in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 16, 2005, at the age of 59.

His twin brother, David Farrar, Class of 1965, died September 12, 2009, in Portland, Oregon, at about age 64.

Dennis was a musician and employee of Taylor Park School. He was also employed by Walmart in Madison.

He was survived by four brothers and two sisters.

Dennis is buried in City Cemetery in Freeport.

Randy Frankenfield

Randy Frankenfield died on January 3, 2002, at home in Freeport.

He attended Highland Community College and Northern Illinois University.

Randy served in the army in Vietnam and Cambodia.

He was survived by his brother Robert, also Class of 1966, and sister Cheryl, Class of 1967.

Randy is buried in the Memorial Gardens of Chapel Hill Cemetery.

He was only 53 years old.

Robert Frankenfield died on February 9, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his brother Randy, also Class of 1966.

Robert married Sarah Hille, and they had a son, Anthony.

Robert is survived by his mother, his son Anthony, and his sister Cheryl, Class of 1967.

Robert Miles Frankenfield is buried in the Memorial Gardens of Chapel Hill Cemetery.

He was 70 years old.

Mike Fryer

Mike Fryer died March 12, 1996, in Clinton County, Indiana, at age 47, from complications from diabetes.

In 1971 he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. He was a production analyst at Federal Mogul, a company that makes aftermarket automotive products.

Mike served in the Navy Reserves.

Mike married Linda A. Dubley on August 26, 1972. They moved from Rochelle, Illinois, to Frankfort, Indiana, in 1978.

He was survived by his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Katie.

Larry Griswold

Larry Griswold died after a brief illness on March 6, 1997, in San Francisco. He was 49 years old.

He served in the army in Vietnam, receiving six medals, including the Purple Heart.

In 1975 he graduated from San Francisco State University. He was the national sales manager for Furuno USA, a company that makes marine electronic equipment.

Larry was also a poet, a championship-caliber pool player, and a "renaissance man." Those who knew him described him as a person with a superior intellect and an extraordinary ability to help others.

His sister, Pamela Pohlman, died of cancer on July 7, 1996.

Pam Harnish

Pamela K. Harnish died January 31, 2012. She was about 63 years old.

Her married name was Wise.

She worked at Burgess Battery.

She was survived by a daughter, Lisa Otto, of Freeport.

Pamela Wise was preceded in death by a grandson, SPC Norman Cain III, who was Killed In Action in Afghanistan in 2009 .

Mike Hartman

Jonathyn (Mike) Hartman died January 5, 2005 in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Mike served two tours of duty in the army, in Okinawa, Japan, for more than two years and in Germany for four years.

He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and management from Madison Business College.

Mike drove for JB Hunt Transportation for 10 years.

He married Elaine Joyner on March 7, 1992, in Lowell, Indiana.

Mike was survived by Elaine and their children Mike and Kristi.

He was about 56 years old.

Pam Heck

Pamela Marie Heck died at home in Freeport on December 7, 1971, after an extended illness.

She married Class of 1964's Terry E. Sueltman in September 1970.

She attended Highland Community College, where she was a cheerleader.

Pam Sueltman was just 23 years old.

Ardell Hilton

Ardell Hilton died on October 25, 2014, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

At FHS, he was a member of the A Capella choir.

He served in the army as a drill sergeant.

Ardell worked at Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 33 years.

He was survived by three children, his wife, brothers and sisters, including his twin sister, Estelle, who graduated in 1965.

Ardell was 67 years old.

Charles Hutchins

Charles M. "Chuck" Hutchins died of lung cancer, on July 1, 2016, in his home in South Beloit, with his wife by his side.

Chuck served in the United States Navy from 1967-1971 as a radio operator.

He married Mary Pike on November 26, 1993, in Rockford.

Chuck worked as an accountant with Cable Vision and River City Millwork.

Chuck's lifetime goal was to have a farm, and his passion was growing vegetables for the farmer's market in Beloit, farming, reading, and his love for dogs, especially cocker spaniels.

He is survived by his wife, Mary and his two dogs, Amos and Freckles. He is buried in Westminster Columbarium, Rockford.

Chuck was about 68 years old.

Dan Irwin

Daniel James Irwin died January 20, 2011 in Houston, Texas, of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 62.

In 1991, Dan lived in Appleton, Wisconsin.

He worked as a training consultant and civil engineer with Flight Safety Company.

Dan was a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He earned a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.

He married Camelia on May 12, 1971, in Colorado Springs.

By 2006, Dan lived in Houston, Texas.

He was survived by his wife, Camilia Simona Irwin.

Dan is buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery in Houston.

Richard Jacobs

Richard L. Jacobs died of cancer on February 12, 1991.

He was a market manager for Hy-Tek, a material handling company for industrial truck applications in Columbus, Ohio.

He was survived by his wife, Estella Poling, daughter Jennifer, and a brother and a sister.

Richard is buried in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

He was about 42 years old.

Jerry Jenner

Jerry Jenner died in an auto accident on October 7, 1968.

He was home on leave before being sent to Vietnam.

More about Jerry on his Vietnam Memorial section.

He served with Company D, 63rd Engineer Construction Battalion.

Jerry is buried in the Garden of Devotion, Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Jerry was about 20 years old.

Larry Kaiser

Larry L. Kaiser died August 26, 2010, at Rockford Memorial Hospital of a brain hemorrhage.

He went through most of school with us. When he was starting high school, his parents moved to Orangeville, where he graduated.

Larry worked for Kelly Springfield for 35 years, retiring in 2005. After "retirement," Larry worked part time for the Freeport Park District as the "duckmeister," restoring the duck barn that was destroyed in a flood.

He married Judy K. Steve on June 8, 1968. She died December 15, 2005. On October 4, 2007, Larry married Connie Foulker in Freeport.

He was survived by his wife Connie and children Tim, Tracy, and Tammy; and Steve, Donnie, Tim and "Toby." Larry was about 62 years old.

Don Keep

Donald Keep was Killed In Action in Vietnam on January 8, 1968, during the Tet Offensive in the Mekong Delta.

His mother, Jennie Keep, was presented his medals and citations, which included the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster for bravery in action, and the Purple Heart for wounds that took his life. Don was Cited for returning enemy fire and refusing medical evacuation after suffering severe wounds.

More about Don on his Vietnam Memorial section.

He was buried with full military honors in the Chimes Tower Garden at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Don was just 19 years old.

Clifford Kleindl

Clifford Kleindl died May 8, 2007 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 60.

He was an Air Force veteran in Vietnam.

He was a route coordinator for Golden Meals in Freeport for many years.

Cliff was survived by a son, John, and four daughters, Amy, Michelle, Cher'ie, and Krissy, and special friend Bonnie.

He is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Cliff was 60 years old.

Sheldon Koester

Sheldon Lee Koester died on May 5, 2000, from an enlarged heart and ankylosing spondylitis.

He lived in Tucson, Arizona.

Sheldon was survived by his wife of 30 years, Pamela, a son Danny, and daughters Dionne and Kirsten.

Sheldon studied fashion and merchandising in Chicago. He married Pamela Shuminas on February 14, 1970. They moved to Arizona where he graduated from Pima CC and in 1972 he graduated from the University of Arizona. He earned two masters in education and counseling from the University of Phoenix. He was working on his doctorate at the time of his death.

He was an art teacher for pre-k through grade 3 at the Drachman School in Tucson. Sheldon had previously been a junior and senior high school teacher and advisor.

Sheldon was only 51 years old.

Tom Kortemeier

Thomas Henry Kortemeier died December 18, 1981 in his home in Los Angeles, California.

He was a 1971 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

Tom moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and became a part owner of Many Horses Art Gallery.

He is buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Tom Kortemeier was just 33 years old.

Richard Kraft

Richard Kraft died April 2, 2011 in Freeport.

He was an army veteran, serving in Vietnam.

Richard married Vickie Worley on June 17, 1974, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was employed by Thermos until his retirement.

He was survived by his wife, Vickie, and three sons, Richard, Dustin and Clayton.

He is buried in the Garden of Our Savior, Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Richard was 62 years old.

Karl Lamb

Karl Lamb died July 28, 1992.

He was an aircraft mechanic on the aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy.

He lived in Jacksonville, Florida from 1985 to 1992. He also lived in Dekalb, Ill.

He is buried in the Garden of Devotion at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Karl was 44 years old.

Linda Leahy

Linda Leahy died April 12, 1994, in Freeport.

She lived in Phoenix, Arizona.

She is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Linda was 46 years old.

Scott Leininger

Scott W. Leininger died on February 12, 2004, in Tucson, Arizona, after a long illness.

Scott married 1966 classmate Misty Drake in 1968. He attended Highland Community College and the University of Montana.

Scott was the proprietor of the Packing Shed Restaurant in Charlotte, Virginia, and sold time-share condominiums in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Jamaica.

Scott was survived by son Chad and daughter Tiffany.

Scott was 55 years old.

Michael Carroll Mansheim died October 7, 1997 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Mike went to college to be an electrical engineer. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army in Vietnam.

In addition to his work as a mechanical and industrial engineer, Mike was a police officer and an EMT. He was Vice President of the Stephenson County Sheriff's Auxiliary in the 1980s. He had a tool for every maintenance job.

Mike married Julie Rehor on March 17, 1993, in Freeport. They lived in Amery, Wisconsin, and later Almena, Wisconsin. He was survived by his wife and three children, Brian, Bernice and Basil.

He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hayward, Wisconsin.

Mike was 59 years old.

Dave Marsh

David Marsh died of a heart attack on December 10, 1988.

He was a marketing representative for 7-Up Kemmerer Bottling in Rockford.

David was a past president of the Freeport Jaycees, a member of Evergreen Masonic Lodge, Freeport Consistory, St. John UCC, and was a commissioner and coach for Freeport Junior Tackle.

He was survived by his wife, Anita, son Todd, daughter Stacey, and a brother.

David is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Dave was just 40 years old.

Julie Mast Julie Mast reportedly died in late September, 2017.
Jon Meyers

Jon R. Meyers died September 14, 2013, at his home after a four month battle with cancer.

A Vietnam veteran, he served four years in the Navy.

He was employed by the Freeport Post Office for 30 years.

Jon was survived by a daughter Angela, a son John, grandchildren, his parents, and three brothers, Jim, Pat, and Kevin. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel.

He is buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Jon was 65 years old.

Gerry Minear

Gerry Minear died June 21, 2014.

He and his wife owned a swimming pool company in Palm Harbor, Florida. He also managed his son's physical therapy clinic. He was retired from 17 years at GTE.

Gerry was survived by his wife Diane (Stake, Class of 1965) and son Todd. Gerry and Diane were married for over 44 years.

He was a 1970 graduate of Iowa State University, where he was a Phi Delta Theta.

According to his obituary in the Tampa Bay Times, he was a gregarious man who never met a stranger and lived every day to the fullest.

Gerry was just 66 years old.

Larry Morhardt died March 29, 1993, at age 44.

Larry was pictured with us in our Sophomore year in the 1964 Polaris.

Larry James Morhardt married Barbara Louise Meyer. They had three daughters, Beth, Lori and Jill. Barbara died in 2002.

Larry and Barbara are buried in the Garden of Hymns at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport.

Vicki Pizzolato

Vicki L. Pizzolato died August 16, 2003, at age 55.

She was married to Jason Kerlin.

Vicki Kerlin lived in Freeport in 1991.

Mary Reynolds

Mary E. Reynolds died June 7, 2005 in Freeport.

She married 1966 classmate Paul Brauer on April 23, 1968.

She was a career military wife.

They lived for many years in Redlands, California.

They had a daughter, Amy, and two sons, Christopher and Steven. Mary was involved with both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for many years.

She was survived by Paul and her children.

She is buried in the Garden of Hymns at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mary Brauer was 57 years old.

Melanie Roenneburg

Melanie J. Roenneburg died December 15, 2003, in Rockford.

She lived in Freeport and worked as a word processor for Viking Insurance Company.

Melanie photographed live concerts.

She is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Melanie was 55 years old.

Larry Ruckman

Larry RuckmanLarry Ruckman died August 5, 2017, in Dixon. He is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

Larry married Joan Mattic on July 12, 1968. They had two sons, David and Douglas.

Larry served in the Army Reserve until 1974.

He co-owned LeBaron and Ruckman Furniture in Freeport until his retirement in 1999.

Larry was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers in his garden and greenhouse.

Larry was 69 years old. His wife, children and four grandchildren survive him.

Lynn Rudy

Lynn Rudy died September 8, 1992.

He farmed near Freeport.

Lynn was survived by his wife Connie, daughters Tricia and Tonya, and son Troy.

He is buried in the Chimes Tower Garden at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Lynn was just 44 years old.

Gary Sager

Gary Lee Sager, Sr. died December 23, 1988, at Clark Air Force Base, in the Philippines.

He served in the Air Force for 21 years, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.

Gary was survived by his wife Evelyn, sons Eric and Gary Lee Jr., and daughters Melinda, Michelle and Mileitt.

Gary is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

He was 40 years old.

Mary Salter

Mary Salter died in January 1991.

Mary Lyndia Salter or Mary Linda Salter Parker was about 42 years old.

Ken Schnitzler

Kenneth E. Schnitzler died July 6, 2004, at the University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ken SchnitzlerHe married Dawn Capps on December 11, 1970.

He attended college in Chicago before returning to Freeport to work at Micro Switch.

Ken loved playing golf and was very involved with his five grandchildren.

He is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.

Ken was 56 years old.

Vicki Schulthess

Vicki Schulthess died on November 28, 2014, after a brief illness.

Vicki SchulthessVicki was in our class through our sophomore year.

She married Richard Anderson on April 3, 1971. She worked for Micro Switch, Thermos and Anchor Harvey.

Vicki L. Anderson was survived by her husband, two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Vicki was 66 years old.

Curt Scudder

Curtiss Dean Scudder died March 24, 2004, in Freeport.

He is buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Curt was 58.

Dolf Seeds

Dolf Warren Seeds died December 17, 2012.

He retired in June 2012 after 14 years as a bus driver for Shelby County, Alabama, Schools.

Dolf married Anne Loyd.

After serving in the U. S. Navy, he and Anne ministered to the addicted in Ireland, Kazakhstan, New Jersey, Atlanta and Birmingham.

Dolf was an accomplished linguist, author, artist and graphic designer. He owned the Center for Bible Linguistics.

He lived in Montevallo, Alabama. Anne preceded him in death; he was survived by their son, Peter.

Dolf was 64.

Linda Sheetz

Linda K. Sheetz died October 25, 2005, in Belvidere, Illinois, following a six-month battle with cancer.

She married Terry Wickler on July 9, 1966, in Freeport.

They lived in Belvidere for 30 years.

Linda worked for Northwoods Health Care Center for 20 years.

She was survived by her husband, daughter Rachel and son Robert.

Linda Wickler was just 57 years old.

Tim St. Andrews

Timothy A. "Saint" St. Andrews died November 3, 2016.

SaintTim moved to Freeport in 1965, and joined us for our Senior year.

He married Mary Marten on April 24, 1971. They had two daughters, Kim and Michelle.

Tim owned and ran Mort and Saints Bar and Grill, and also worked for Northern Illinois Outdoor Advertising.

Tim St. Andrews was 68 years old.


Robert Stebbins

Robert Stebbins died January1, 1980.

He was 31 years old.


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Jim (left) and Ken Stingley from the 1964 Polaris

Jim Stingley and Ken Stingley were both in our class up through our sophomore year, but did not graduate with us.

Identical twins, I could never tell them apart.

Kenneth Lee Stingley died on June 10, 2005. He was a Vietnam veteran. He had been married to Linda Cali from the Class of 1968, and was survived by son Michael, daughters Lisa and Amy, two brothers and two sisters. He was an Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. Ken was 57.

James L. Stingley died January 17, 2009 at the Stephenson Nursing Center. He was a bartender in Freeport for many years. Jim was 60.

Nancy Stuart

Nancy J. Stuart died April 14, 2008.

She was married to 1966 classmate James Allen Becker.

They lived in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Nancy was a purchasing agent, receptionist, and a computer programmer.

Jim survived her by nine years.

She is buried in the Chimes Tower Garden at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Nancy Becker was 59 years old.

Julie Thomasson

Julie J. Thomasson died July 25, 2010.

She married Robert Skaggs in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. They lived in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Julie graduated from the LaMolla School of Beauty in 1972.

Julie Skaggs was a hair stylist at the Blue Fox Hair Salon in Atlanta.

Her husband survived her.

Julie was about 62.

Clarence "Kip" Triplett

Clarence "Kip" Triplett died December 18, 2012, from prostate cancer, one day after his 64th birthday.

He legally changed his name from Clarence to Kip Eugean Triplett in 1970.

From his formative years in public housing, through the psychedelic sixties, to bookstores, the west coast, the midwest, and New York City, he remained true to his pursuit of individual intellect and spiritual curiosity.

At various times Kip lived in San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Chapel Hill, Gallup, Seattle and Portland. He mostly worked in publishing sales and marketing, especially audio books. He rarely lived in one state longer than three years. Kip was a national sales manager in a publishing hall in New York City, one of the first African-Americans at that level within the company.

He spent a lifetime in pursuit of knowledge and his own path through life. His life and wisdom touched many with his infectious laugh and warm smile. Kip was my friend for many decades.

Kip was survived by two sons, Damion and Merlin, and his fiance, Susan.

Don VanMatre

Donald E. VanMatre lived in Freeport in 1991, but was listed as deceased in our 40th reunion booklet in 2006.

The 2011 Social Security Death Master File indicates that Don died October 27, 2000.

He was about 52.

Orania Watter

Orania M. Watter was listed as deceased in our 25th reunion booklet from 1991.

According to our class files, Oriana died in January 1989.

She married George S. Jones in November 1969.

Both George and Orania Jones worked at Burgess Battery.

Oriana was 40.

Wayne Watz

Wayne Watz died February 2, 2009, at University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

He married 1966 classmate Barbara Hewins on June 28, 1969. They lived in Baileyville, Illinois.

Wayne served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He had worked for Honeywell for 40 years, and at the time of his death was employed at Wahl Clipper in Sterling.

Barbara survived him, as did their two sons, Randy and Jayson.

Wayne was 60 years old.

Tom Weaver

Thomas Weaver was killed December 7, 1969, while serving in the navy.

More about Tom on his Vietnam Memorial section.

He was married to Patricia A. Weaver.

He is buried in the Chimes Tower Garden at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Tom was 22 years old.

Anne Weckerly

Anne Louise Weckerly died August 6, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

Anne WeckerlyShe married Class of 1966's Ron Fusco in 1969. They had a son, Todd. Anne and Ron divorced in 1987.

A longtime resident of Springfield, Illinois, Anne was an artist. She was active in the Springfield Arts Council, First Night Springfield, and New Salem's Theatre in the Park.

She was known for award-winning baskets and her nature photography.

She was cremated.

Anne Fusco was 66 years old.

Janet Wiegmann

Janet Wiegmann died February 10, 2005.

She was married to Raymond D. Heister.

Raymond and Janet Heister lived in Freeport in 1991.

He survived her, as did their two children, Robert and Angela.

Janet was about 56.

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Donald Jepson, Robert Rimington, Harold Born, John Korf, Thomas Ennenga, Douglas Graves, Robert Pashby. Dr. David Ponitz resigned as superintendent and left Oct. 30, 1965. Theodore Carpenter, assistant superintendent of schools, assumed the responsibilities.


Reuben Baumgartner, Principal
Ruth Ann Gruenau, Dean of Girls
Doctor Evans, Administrative Assistant

Mae Boswell, School Nurse
Vernon Ruthe, Business Manager
Mary Ellen McPherson, Librarian

Guidance Counselors
Jeanette Lloyd, Karl McWilliams, Richard Lumby, Ronald Norman

Florence Schoonhoven, Laura Enstrom, Donna Knapp, Anna Mae Lyon, Doris Kirby, Martha Cutler, Rachael Rutter

Mary Leuzinger, Supervisor

Elwyn Jones, Supervisor
Ruth Burgett, Dick Minear, Clyde Jackson, Spencer Stebbin, Charles Johnson, Chester Meier, Alfred Gebennus, Lawrence Fransen, Harold Homan


Merritt Allen, Physical Education, Director of Athletics
Dwayne Ayer, Biology
Douglas Baldwin, Physics, Algebra
Joyce Baltzer, History, International Relations
Alan Bassuener, Physical Education
Camille Baumgartner, English
Farrell Benefiel, Physical Education, Health & Safety, Coaching
Vernon Bokemeier, Vocational Agriculture, Biology
Ernest Boltie, Mathematics
Dewayne Burck, Metals, Machine Shop
Eleanor Chance, Home Economics
William Chance, Social Studies, Coaching
Wade Collier, Electronics, Machine Shop
Mary Collins, French
Mary Copeland, English
Eugene Cyphers, Business
James Davis, English, Debate
Sheila Doden, Vocal Music
John Egan, History, Government
Delbert Eilders, Business
Ralph Enstrom, Speech
Douglas Firebaugh, Chemistry
Edith Groom, English
Helen Hamil, U.S. History
Dagmar Hansen, English
Geraldine Hayner, Business
Elizabeth Heiland, Physical Education, Health & Safety
John Hull, Chemistry
Mary Johnson, English
Nate Johnson, Physical Education, Drivers Education, Coaching
Gina Jordan, English
Marjorie Kephart, English
Edsel Langdon, Physics
Jeannette Lloyd, Speech, Drama
Mary Luebbing, English
Richard Lumby, Social Studies, Counselor
Lucille Madden, Art
Eugene Marks, Technical Drawing
George Martin, U.S. History, Speech
Lillian Matthiesen, Home Economics
Gerald McElroy, English, Publications
Alex McKnight, Drivers Education, English
Ada Meyers, Mathematics
Roy Modlinger, English, Reading
Dorothy Nelson, Vocal Music
Ronald Norman, Health & Safety, Counselor, Coach
Minor Ocker, Biology
Terrance O'Neill, Woodshop
Lois Pash, Mathematics
Donna Reed, Physical Education
Carl Reuter, Mathematics
Frances Ritzinger, Business
Raymond Robbins, Mathematics
Rosalee Rockman, Art
Doris Roen, English
Martha Rohlfing, German
Willard Rubendall, Mathematics
Ann Salmela, Physical Education
Dean Sayles, Band
Dorothea Schmidt, Spanish
Paul Schmidt, Latin
Russell Schoenig, Business
Ernest Seeman, Orchestra
Irene Sullivan, Mathematics
Maxine Triff, German
Mardelle Voigt, Spanish
Allan Walter, Power Mechanics
James Yde, U.S. History, Geography
David Youker, Biology

Mary Margaret Luebbing, a Freeport High School English teacher for 23 years, died Wednesday, March 23, 1966, of a heart attack at age 45. She was a lifelong Freeport resident and a graduate of Freeport High School and the University of Wisconsin. Miss Luebbing had taught in the English and French departments at FHS for 23 years. In 1965-66 she was coordinator of the junior English program and editor of the school handbooks for students, parents, and faculty. In previous years she had been advisor for student publications and the French Club. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Martha BabcockMartha Babcock played cello in school. I remember listening to her play. I'd be sitting in Zero Hour, Freeport Junior High School's version of detention, and I could hear her playing after school in her homeroom classroom, down that long linoleum hallway, the sounds of the cello echoing eerily in the distance.

Martha joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973, was appointed assistant principal cello of the BSO and principal cello of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1982, and became associate principal cello of the BSO in 2013.

Martha began studying music at age six, and by age 10 began her focus on the cello. She made her solo debut with orchestra at age 14.

At age 19 she began her professional career with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

After high school, she graduated from Radcliffe, and attended graduate school at the Boston University School for the Arts. Her teachers included Lowell Creitz, Aldo Parisot, and George Neikrug. (The BSO website says she was a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University!)

She won the prestigious Piatigorsky Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center. Martha has played solo with the Boston Pops on many occasions, collaborating with conductors Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Ronald Feldman, and Erich Kunzel in concertos by Antonin Dvorák, Luigi Boccherini, Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann, and Eugen d'Albert. She is active in solo and chamber music performances in the Boston area and at Tanglewood.

Martha has played with the BSO Chamber Players and has recorded Dvorák's String Sextet with the group for Nonesuch, as well as contemporary works for CRI and chamber music of Rebecca Clarke for Northeastern Records. Her recording of Camille Saint-Saëns's The Swan is featured on the Boston Pops CD "Pops in Love," conducted by John Williams. She also plays on a solo recording of James Yannatos's Sonata for Solo Cello, released by Albany Records.

Martha's cello, the "ex-Feuermann," was made in Rome in 1741 by David Tecchler.

Both the BSO and the Boston Pops are frequently featured on public television, and it is easy to spot Martha.

The Blackhawk Powwow
March 21, 1960
Blackhawk School, Grade Six
Glada Brubaker, Marilyn Johnson, Ellen Waggoner, Editors
Carol Leemhuis, Lana Roen, Copyreaders
Mr. Kuhlemeier, Teacher

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My father's 1966 license plate.

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As a reward for graduating from high school, my grandmother gave me my grandfather's 1957 Chevy. This is the first plate I put on that car. The car was silver, 4-door, and had a 283 V-8 engine. It was sweet!

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Ellen Waggoner and Sharon Steinhagen-Mustari sailing out of Everett, Washington, in September, 2011.

The Class of 1966 as Juniors
in the 1965 Polaris

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The Class of 1966 as Sophomores
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