123rd SHS Alumni Banquet is in the books

by Mary Lou Clifton

Photo credits Judy Williams

The SHS Class of 1969 enjoying the 123rd Alumni Banquet. Back Row: David Cowan, Mike Otis, Duane Schoonover, Kathy Fletcher Roberts, Dan Holloway, Kathy Jerrell Myers, Dan Wilson, Middle Row: Jeff Schooler, Don Hannewald, Sue Lehman Deaner, Doty Dancer Bloxom, Nancy Cowan Cooper, Randy Myers, Linda Mackinder Morton, Sally White Layton, Joan Boyce Noel, Darrell Willliams, Front Row: Tom Stephens, Linda Myer, Carol Schoonover Myer, Julia Morgan Woodling, Diana Whitaker Bunker. Missing from the photo are Bruce Barbour and Lissa Price Barbour.


June 8, more than 100 Panthers gathered at Heritage Elementary to reconnect with friends of old and reminisce on days gone by for the 123rd annual Alumni Banquet.
The event began with three generations of the Reilly family, all veterans of the armed services, leading the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The class of 1969 was recognized for their 50th anniversary of their graduation. They conducted a touching remembrance ceremony for those in their class who have passed.
Throughout the evening, tributes and responses abounded. Dorene Glenn White represented the class of 1940, the earliest class in attendance. Following close on her heels were Donna Wilson Stephens, class of 1944, and Jack Richmond, class of 1949.
Mary McArthur and Ruth McArthur Bessey were thanked for their years of organizing the banquet as they relinquish that role. As is the practice, the class of 2019 was welcomed into the Alumni association. In keeping with tradition, the school song was sung, as was “Auld Lang Syne,” with Roberta Barbour Sweet in accompaniment on piano.
Many attendees indicated they were already looking forward to next year’s banquet.


The evening starts with the Pledge of Allegiance led by James Reilly, Jr, Zachery Reilly, and James Reilly Sr. Photo credit Linda Stephens


A packed house as 87 alumni and their guests attend the 123rd Annual Alumni Banquet.


Mary Lou Shellenbarger Clifton, class of 1965, welcomes SHS grads and their guests to the 123rd Annual Alumni Banquet.

Dan Wilson, Master of Ceremonies, praises the Stockbridge Community School District and the community.




SHS graduates sing the school song accompanied on the piano by Roberta Barber Sweet.

SHS High School Principal Jeff Trapp speaks about his father Robert Trapp, deceased member of the class of 69.

Memorial to the 21 deceased members of the Class of 69.


Ann Myer Taylor, class of 1968, gives a tribute to the class of 1969.

Elvis, AKA Jeff Schooler, of the class of 69 rocked the event.

Making this a family affair is standing: Zac Reilly (06), Emily Biehn Reilly (08), Teresa Reilly, seated: Taylor Reilly Fletcher (11), Evan Fletcher (14), and James Reilly Jr. (84).


Enjoying the evening are (standing) Bob Hannewald (60), Carol Hannewald, Jeff Trapp, Beth Grosshans. Seated: Claudia Trapp (wife of Bob Trapp, deceased member of the class of 69) Jack Richmond (49), and Keith Grosshans.


Sharing a table with the eldest alumnus are standing Becky Harvey Wild (70), Ken Biehn (74), Christine Esch Biehn (82), and (seated) Larry White. Dorene White, the class of 1940 was the most senior alumnus attending the banquet.

Girls’ night out for (standing) Kathryn Dancer (99), Rebecca Dancer (09), (seated) Sandy Diefenthaler Risner (80), Debra Diefenthaler (82), and Linda Diefenthaler Dancer (76).



Friends forever are, back row Reid H. Hartsuff (64), Judy Hamlin Hartsuff (65), Clair Risner (61). Seated: Linda Risner, Vickie Nagley Osborne (65), Lynn Osborne (64), Beckie Rathnaw, and Ron Carlson.

Smiling for the camera are Debra Lewis, Emma Somervel, RoxAnn Moekel Jarrell (74), Wendell Moeckel (61), Sally Houston Lewis (60) and Phil (81).

Donna Stephens, Class of 1944, has been attending the Alumni Banquet for many, many years.

SHS 1960 alumni share memories. L-R: Ken Stoffer(60), John M. Reilly (60), Richard Ramsdell (60), Ev Stoffer, Linda Reilly, and Mary Ellen Knott Ramsdell (60).

The 2019 Alumni Committee have reason to smile after pulling off a successful event. Committee members are Christine Esch (82), Chita Moeckel Kunzelman (65), Betsy Moeckel Lewis (84). Seated: Mary Lou Shellenbarger (65) and Ruth McArthur Bessey (54). Sue Wireman (66) not in the photo.


Members of the class of 1967 continued the party. L-R: Ellen O’Brien Boring, Judy Donohue Williams, Doug Sommer, Ruth Camp Wellman, Sue Brown Wagner, Bobby Burton, Judy Stephens, Danny Bloxom, and Mary Reed. Missing from photo is Linda Stephens.










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