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03/03/17 11:45 AM #33    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Kathy (Kate) Delessio is in a very difficult struggle as her father has entered hospice care. Only a year after the loss of Kate's mother & her sister, Linda ('76), you can only imagine the depth of her loss. Please keep Kate & her brother, Mike ('71) within your hearts. 

03/06/17 10:01 PM #34    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Dan Shearen has suffered the passing of his mother, Jean, only 6 wks. following his father, James. Most of us have lost one or more parent, but so close is a difficult type of sorrow. Dan's wife, Lynn is also our classmate, so we extend our sympathies to her as well.  SERVICES: Memorial at First Lutheran Church, 4000 Linden St., WBL @11:00am. Visitation will be 1 hr. before the service. Internment will be at St. Mary's Cemetary.

I will send a card on behalf of all of us, but you should feel free to send individual thoughts as well.

03/21/17 04:01 PM #35    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Several people have commented that they would like a Facebook page for the class. The site would remain the official source of information. It would be easier to talk back & forth with long ago friends who are on FB. Sometimes their profile gives you all you want to know or you find several friends, & it's pretty fun to see where life has taken them. Some class members are on FB but don't know to join this site.

Because I send out "Bear Hug" cards, I've found several people that were unaware this site was here, but they are on FB. Missing students were found & we now have an address to send notices. Please check the list & contact the people you know & encourage them to join. Do you remember our foreign student, Fuad Bizri? I found him in Iran! Jeesh we should be able to find a classmate who lives a block away!

Let me know what you think.

03/21/17 09:38 PM #36    

Dayle E. Peak

Ok It's a great ,amazing idea I'm in

03/22/17 12:00 PM #37    


Renae Roelofs

Charlotte-like the FB idea. Amazing that you found Fuad Bizri....I used to study with him and I remember he always carried a sheepskin shoulder bag.  Do you have his contact info? If you do please send it to Thanks.  Renae Roelofs

03/22/17 01:11 PM #38    

Scott Dixon

Great idea for a Facebook page...

03/22/17 10:05 PM #39    

Laura Hansen (Pool)

Great idea to have a Facebook page. Once it's set up, post a link to the You Know You are From WBL page. Thanks for managing the WBHigh73 site for us, Char!

03/23/17 11:25 AM #40    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Actually, Eunice Cote Lundgren is the Admin. for this site. I'm just horsing around with Bear Hug cards & trying to whittle away at the "Missing" list. Thanks for the compliment, 'tho.

03/29/17 10:02 PM #41    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Our friend, SUE LETOURNEAU (JOE MCFARLANE), has suffered the loss of her 100 yr. old mother, Margaret on 3/22/17. Sue's dad, Gerald, predecessed Mrs. LeTourneau many years ago. Margaret was a kind & gentle woman who lovingly cared for her 10 children. SERVICES: Visitation will be Sat. 4/1/17 from 10:00 - 12:00 at St. John the Baptist, 14383 Forest Blvd.N., Hugo. Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 pm. Memorials are preferred to Sharing & Caring Hands. Information is available from Sandburg Funeral Services (651-777-2600) or

Sadly, another classmate is also experiencing the passage of a parent:

DAWN (SCHOSSOW) WITTHAUS (Marc) and her family had their father with them for 90 yrs. Dr. Geo. Schossow walked on to his next life on 3/23/17, after being cared for by Dawn, her husband & daughter. Many of us knew Dr. Schossow from his medical practice in WBL during our childhood. He created numerous inventions that strengthened our society & medicine. SERVICES: THURS. 3/30/17 at the WBL VFW from 2-5 with a presentation at 3pm. (Public parking is available across the street, alongside of Hwy. 61, within the Boat Works). You can contact Dawn at: 

Bear Hugs will be mailed to both classmates, however if you'd like to send your own card, feel free.


04/13/17 05:33 PM #42    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Rodney Lillie, brother of LouAnn (Lillie) Kaar, passed away on April 10th. He was 71 yrs. old. Of course we send our sympathy to LouAnn & her family.  SERVICES: Celebration of Life will be held Sat., April 15, 2pm at Johnson Peterson Funeral Home, 2120 2nd St, WBL.

A BEAR Hug card will be sent, but feel free to send your own condolences if you would like. 

04/21/17 09:12 PM #43    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Pat Kuchera's mother has walked on to her next journey, leaving her husband & four children, but joining her son who pre-deceased her. Her services were today @ St. Pius where Mrs. Kuchera was a 50 yr. parishoner & her family worshipped.

A card will be sent, but please feel free to send your own condolences I'd you'd prefer.

04/27/17 06:42 PM #44    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Donald R. Skaar, father of our classmate, Rebecca (Skaar) Garey has passed away. Becky 's dad is survived by his wife Elaine, his children & Becky's siblings are Sarah & Eric, 3 grandchildren & 3 great-grandchildren. Services for Becky's dad are at 11am at St. Andrews Lutheran, 900 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi. Visitation is at the church is 1 hr. before the service. Memorials are preferred to St. Andrews Resource Center.

A card has been sent on behalf of all of us, but feel free to send your own if you prefer.

05/03/17 03:00 AM #45    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)




Hi Classmates!

As some of you suggested, we have our own Facebook page! Brand new & in need of friends, it's named the same as the website: White Bear High 1973. Instead of posting announcements of deaths & birthdays on this site they'll be done on FB. Birthday wishes as well. If you need a card sent, just drop a note on our FB page & one will be sent. Thanks to Eunice who is the Admin for our website, lots of us know automatically of birthdays, so I will use that info to post it on FB & to the classmate via their FB pg. Hopefully, having a FB pg. will a) keep you from constantly seeing my face every time I add to the world's longest conversation thread & b) keep the website clear for official notices for our class from Eunice. Please visit, like & invite other classmates to visit & contribute to our Facebook page & join the website as well.

REMEMBER: THE WEBSITE WILL BE THE OFFICIAL PAGE FOR NOTICES TO OUR CLASS (although I'll try to echo them on FB in hopes of catching everyone.

Thanks guys & see you on Facebook, I hope!



05/04/17 09:01 PM #46    


Brenda Niemi (Alanen)

Hi classmates.  I would like to thank Charlotte for keeping this site updated  I wish I haf known about it sooner because I hadn known about our 40th reunion.  It's a great way to keep in touch  now I'll know about the next one 😊



05/05/17 06:52 PM #47    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Eunice Lundgren Cote is the Admin. for this site. I've just been doing Bear Hugs & Birthdays. Our new Facebook pg. will echo information from this website as this is the official site.

Visit FB & chat with us! If we weren't friends in school, we can be NOW! Those years were long ago, but they were IMPORTANT years. will get you there!

06/18/17 11:02 PM #48    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Patty Odean, Janis Olson Peterson, Greg Orloff, Debbie Orthel Paulson, Dale Ostlie, Mar ge Pippin Humbert, Dale Peak, Denise Peltier McNeal, MaryJo Peltier Reil, Barb Perron Vincent, Keith Peterson, Vic Pipars, Mickey Pitcher Preston, Tom Runestrand, Dave & Cindy Ryan, Patti Sali Pollack, Karen Sandvig, John Schauer, Barb Schelling Sittard, Pam & Dan Preisler, Julianne Schweitz, Stephen Scidmore, Lois Semph Beaudry, Doug Sheeley, Ross Sinclair, Heidi Scotnicki Caskey, Andrew Sorenson, George Stallings, Susan Stanga Sorenson, Gail Susmilch Kalli, John & Cheryl Moody, Janet Trunkey, Judy Robbins Gehler, Renae Roloffs, Maren Rolland Hayes, Anna Pizza Counihan, Jenny Plombon, Cathy Polley, Charlie Prokup, Kathy Quest Harper, Chris Ransom Belkowski, Linda Rinehart

Have you visited, liked & friended our new class Facebook page? Other classmates have & it's been fun to hear what's become of them, reminisce or make friends that you never had the chance to waaaay back in '73. Birthday wishes are posted there as well as info on classmates who are facing a challenge & would like encouragement from an unexpected source.

Of course it's been a long time & we were only all together for such a short time, but those were such IMPORTANT years, those last days of childhood.

We're waiting for you....      

Go to Facebook: White Bear Lake '73











06/22/17 12:54 PM #49    


Charlotte Phillips (Downing)

Carrie Robinson's father has passed. Please go to our new Facebook page @:  white bear high 1973 for more info.

07/30/18 11:34 PM #50    

Jennifer Plombon

Of course I remember Fuad Bizri. He was so exotic for WBL! How is he, Char?

Jennie Plombon

09/22/18 01:03 PM #51    


Renae Roelofs

So, I attended our 45th H.S. reunion this past weekend and either you were there or you missed it and I talked to you or I didn’t.  Either way, I know I had a great time and in my extroverted way let everyone know exactly how I felt about my high school memories. It was all in good fun! I would like to thank the entire reunion team (you know who they are) for their continued efforts in making our reunion events happen. I am sincere in my offer to assist (long distance) in the planning of the 50th reunion. I would like to encourage everyone to fill out their profiles on the WBL Class of 73 website.  Please include a previous and present photo and a short synopsis of your life thus far. Also, if you know someone on the “missing classmates” list, please ask them to do the same. With the limited amount of time we have to talk to each other at an event, this information is very helpful. Thanks and see you in 5 years.

09/22/18 07:41 PM #52    

Jennifer Plombon

The Reunion was FABULOUS! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to plan it; I had a great time seeing everyone and catching up. Loved Karen Pew's "survey" and talk.

Jennie Plombon


10/06/18 06:26 PM #53    

Gregory Maynard

No pictures of the 2018 Reunion, what's up with that?

10/06/18 09:41 PM #54    


Renae Roelofs

I have photosof the reunion I would like to share but I have not received instructions on how to post them on the site. Eunice....can you help with this please?

03/01/19 03:20 PM #55    


Renae Roelofs

I am still trying to get help with posting the photos I took at the 45th reunion! It is not as simple as it seems.

03/02/19 02:08 PM #56    


Brenda Niemi (Alanen)

where are you trying to post them? 

03/02/19 05:06 PM #57    


Renae Roelofs

On this and or the facebook page.

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