Madison West, Class of 1954

West High School, Madison, WI, 1954

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High Times, Apr. 1, 1954
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The Committee
Feb. 8, 2012.  Jacquie Poehling Adams died recently in Winter Park, FL.  Thanks to Sue Filek Henderson for telling me about this.  She's listed on the Deceased Classmates page, with her obituary.

Keith Meyer died Jan. 9, 2012 in Milwaukee.  Thanks to John Werth for telling me about this.  I found an obituary for him, and there's a link to it on the Deceased Classmates page.  I had a nice phone conversation with John, and he's enjoying retirement in Boulder Junction, WI.  He lives there year round and enjoys fishing.  Boulder Junction is close to our cabin in Three Lakes, so I hope to see him this summer.

Dottie Jones King sends her annual valentine.

 See the Class News, 2011 for more on the Willis Jones Leadership Center.

Cindy Barrett Wilson and Bruce are on another cruise.  She writes:

Bruce and I are taking another cruise. This time we head for the Mediterranean from Ft. Lauderdale, making several stops before entering the Black Sea. After visiting Odessa,Ukraine, we return to the Med. stopping at several other ports before returning to Ft. Lauderdale. We sail on the Prinsindam on March 12 and return to Middleton on May 14.

To follow them, see  They had an exciting day on March 22, with a daring rescue of some fishermen at sea.

John Myers died June 9 in Madison.  See the Deceased Classmates page for his obituary.  Thanks to Joyce Grieger Abegglen for alerting me to this.

June 27, 2012
Here are some pictures from Alice Ragatz White, which were taken at the Spring Showcase on April 29 at the Weston Bristol Hotel in Toronto. How’s that for an active senior citizen? Not many of us that can move around like that now, so keep it up Alice. How many of you guys in the class remember dancing with Alice in high school? She outclasses us now!

Alice is dancing the Tango with Richard Velasteguie, one of her teachers.

She has just finished dancing the Fox Trot with Carlos Lourenco, her main teacher.

Here Alice is dancing the Rumba with Carlos Lourenco. This was a solo routine in which the two of them were on the floor all alone.

When I visited Alice at her house in Mississauga, ON, I met Carlos and saw them dance in a Spotlight session. They practice their dances and then once a week perform them in a Spotlight event. What is accomplished in spotlights goes into the showcases and, if you wish to take the dance to a higher level, then it is on to international competitions, such as CanAm, which she did last August. This is all very competitive, but lots of fun.

Do you remember Sherry LaFollette?  I do. She left after her junior year to attend a private school.  Ruth Rapoport Stotter sent me a link to this obituary.

Isabel "Sherry" LaFollette-Zabriskie, Laingsburg, MI, Formerly of Brooklyn, NY Actor, film director, and author died of cancer on October 29, 2002 at the age of 66. Sherry was born on February 22, 1936 in Madison, WI, the daughter of Wisconsin Governor, Phillip Fox LaFollette and Isabel Bacon LaFollette and the granddaughter of Governor and Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" LaFollette. She attended Bennington College and chose theater over politics. Her acting credits include appearing on Broadway in Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse's last play, "Tall Story". Most recently she appeared as a recurring character on the Conan O'Brien TV show. She was a member of the Screen Actors' Guild and Actors' Equity.

In 1962 she married documentary film maker, George A. Zabriskie. Together, they made dozens of films throughout much of the world. They were the first American film makers behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe. They were in Budapest during the Cuban Missile Crises. They produced films in Egypt, Western Europe, and North and South America. In Argentina they made "Far Away and Long Ago", a dramatic documentary based on William H. Hudson's book about the Argentine gaucho way of life. They produced, "Barge Music, Brahms and Olga Blume" about Brooklyn's unique floating Concert Hall. In 1974 they produced, "Summerdog", a "G" rated feature film which opened at the Guild Theater in Rockefeller Center in New York City and is still available on video.

laFollette.jpg (5173 bytes)Sherry's writing credits include the screen play for "Summerdog", a cookbook, "Empanadas" (Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.) published in 1983 and "Belle" (Beaufort Books), the biography of her paternal grandmother published in 1986. Sherry's most recent employment was with the law firm of Thacher, Proffit and Wood, which, until September 11, 2001 was located in the World Trade Center.

She and her husband lived for many years in Brooklyn Heights, NY. In September of this year they moved to Laingsburg, MI to be with her family. Sherry is survived by her husband, George A. Zabriskie; her son, Oliver Zabriskie (Rebecca Mushkin) of Framingham, MA; her daughter, Tavia LaFollette (Gary Huck) of Pittsburg, PA; her granddaughter, Madeline Nunez of New York City; her brother, Robert M. LaFollette III and sister-in-law, Lou LaFollette both of Laingsburg, MI; her sister, Judith Sorem of Pullman, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of St. Katherine's Episcopal Church in Williamston on Saturday, November 30 at 11:30 a.m. and in New York City at Trinity Church in Manhattan next spring--date to be announced. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the caring doctors, nurses and other medical and non-medical staff of the Breslin Cancer Center and Ingham Medical Hospital. The family is being served by Gorsline-Runciman Williamston Chapel.

Since Sherry didn't graduate with us, I didn't put her on the Deceased Classmates page.  Does anyone remember what happened to her?  I found that she had a brother, 10 years older, that graduated from West.  How about you people from Randall grade school, if you know where she went for high school, please drop me a line.  Anyway, an interesting career, and it would have been nice to know her later in life.  Thanks for passing this on Ruth.

Marge Hickey Sherlock died on July 16, 2012.  I quote from her son Dan's email:

Due to the unexpected circumstances of Margaret's passing, and the questions many of you have, I thought it important to share with you that Margaret was diagnosed with acute anemia after being rushed by ambulance to the hospital this past Sunday evening. The cause of the anemia is uncertain. Treatment for her anemia required a blood transfusion. Further compounding the situation, Margaret had an extremely rare blood type to match and quite simply we were in a race to find matching blood. The blood did arrive, but her heart finally gave out in the moments of its arrival prior to transfusion. Despite efforts to revive her, Margaret joined her loved ones who have passed before her. We are left with the lessons she taught and memories created.

Marge was a frequent attendee at our reuniions, and we'll miss her at the next one. Let's hope Bill can make it. Thanks to all the clasmates who alerted me to this.  Her obituary can be found on the Deceased Classmates Page.

I visited John Werth in Boulder Junction on July 26. He and his wife, Gale, retired there in 1998 and are enjoying life in the north woods. Prior to that, John ran the family mink farm south of Madison and was the third generation to run the farm. John attended Randall School by having his dad drive him to school in the morning and picking him up at the end of the day. He walked to his grandmother’s house on Jefferson Street for lunch and again after school.

John does a lot of fishing, sometimes with Gale. Their house is on the Manitowish River flowing into Boulder Lake, so they have good canoeing and kayaking there. John has both a fishing boat and a pontoon boat and take both on nearby lakes. The pontoon is great for entertaining guests.

Top of the menu is fish fry any night of the week, or blueberry pancakes served all day.

Here are some pictures:

John and Gale on their porch.

John's wood pile, Indian style.

The two Johns.  Notice the decorative wood on top. 
He uses the wood on the bottom.

A loyal Badger fan!

That's the boat house in front and their living house in the back.

John and Gale on their dock.

Gale served a delicious lunch - BLT sandwiches with peanut butter. That was a new one for me, but delicious. Then there were the brownies - frosted with a cream cheese, egg and sugar mixture. Was that ever good.

John welcomes classmates, so let him show you the north woods, Boulder Junction style!

Claudia Schroeder Gitelman died on August 7, 2012 in New York City.   Thanks to Ruth Rapoport Stotter for alerting me.  I copy the email sent to Ruth:

Together with my sisters (cc'ed on this e-mail), I am writing with great sadness to inform you that our mother, Claudia, passed away at her home late Tuesday night. She had a precipitous drop in health in early June and she deteriorated from there. My sisters and I attended to her throughout the summer.

At this time, we are hoping to organize a celebration of her life in early September. A piece of hers, Inside Sam, is being performed at the American Dance Guild Festival on September 8, and it might be nice to have a memorial
reception to coincide with that. More details to follow.

You are receiving this note because we know how much you meant to Claudia, and we hope you will join us in celebrating her life. I apologize for any duplication of e-mail addresses---I have done my best to copy Claudia's contact list. Please feel free to pass this along to others we may have missed.

Warm regards,
Alix, with Lisa and Hillary

Jack Conway sent me some pictures, which he found while clearing stuff out, saved by is mother.

classnight dancing
Class Night dancing, Sue Boesel,
Jack Conway, Cindy Barrett gazing into
Andy McBeath's eyes.
Class Night, Dave Johnson, Connie
Jack Conway and Judy Bruce
Standing: Skipper Bill Sherlock, John  Napper,
Joe Conrad, Jack Conway, Mr. Headlund
Knealing: skipper Phil Henderson, Andy McBeath,
John Doerfler, John Lonergan was absent.
more curlers
The Sherlock Rink: Joe Conrad,
Bill Sherlock, Joe Irwin, Jack
class officers
Class Officers: Bill Hammill, Judy Bruce,
 Peter Pleune
shorewood dance
Julie Dunn, Sue Boesel, John Dutton,
Jack Conway

Anybody recognize other people in the first picture, please let me know.  Thanks to Jack for sharing them.

Sally Haugen McCrank died Sept. 5, 2012 in Milwaukee.  Thanks to Willie for alerting me.  Her obituary is on the Deceased Classmates page.

William "Toby" Hammill died Nov. 21, 2012 in Menominnee, MI.  I'm glad he made it to the 55 year reunion, but am sad that he can't make it to the 60th.  He went to Dudgeion grade school, as did I.  I remeber he lived on Paunack Ave., west of Westmorland Ave.  The picture of him on the Deceased Classmates page sure reminds me of his dad.  Looks just like him, same mustach too.  His dad was active in Boy Scout Troop 18 where Toby and I were members, so I remember his dad.

Thanks to Willie for alerting me to this.