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Alumni Banquet set for this weekend in Ritzville


Last updated 5/23/2019 at 10:06am

Ritzville High School Alumni/Lind-Ritzville High School alumni will gather for the 114th annual banquet and meeting this Saturday, May 25 at Gilson Gymnasium.

Alumni who have not yet received their tickets and name badges need to contact Marilyn Sielaff as soon as possible at 509-347-6188 or e-mail at [email protected]

A total of approximately 260 alumni will spend the evening at the event, which is catered by Classy Country Catering of Ritzville. The banquet begins at 6 p.m.

The toastmaster for the evening is Eric Rosentrater from the class of 1994.

Visitors are welcome to check out the display of alumni memorabilia at the railroad depot.

The 6 p.m. banquet will feature the traditional roll call of classes, induction of the incoming class of 2019 and special recognition of the class of 1919, 1944, 1969 and 1994.

The association will induct this year’s Lind-Ritzville High School graduates: Hannah Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Hayley Bogart, Morgan Brausen, Kelcee Carlson, Bailey Dennis, Benjamin Dennis, Maisa Ferderer, Dylan Gaede, Else Gielisch, Cinthia Guizar, Bryce Hansen, Eric Hayes, Jessa Hoeft, Bryce Kelly, Brianna Kin Kade, Brooke Koch, Caden Liberty, Lorria McCauley, Madison Melcher, Raymond Melville, Jacob Miller, Lacey Miller, Cristobal Oliva, Lakai Panter, Josiah Pence, Matthew Pence, Faith Saint John, Devin Schafer, Kierstin Witt, Aaliyah Yaeger and Shontz Yaeger.

Any class wanting a picture to appear in the Ritzville Adams County Journal needs to be sure the photo is taken at the highest quality/resolution possible to guarantee good reproduction in the newspaper. The newspaper will need those photos by noon on Monday, May 27 with all people identified and with names spelled correctly, for publication in the May 30 issue. Emailing of photos is encouraged to [email protected] The Ritzville Adams County Journal will also be at Gilson Gym Saturday evening at 5:30 to take pictures of honored classes.

Officers for the RHS Alumni Association are Colby Schell (1983), president; Marsha Reimers Smith (1960), vice president/recording secretary; Stacey Schoessler (1978), treasurer; Marilyn Sielaff (1970), membership secretary; Gwen Benzel Schaefer ( 1964), Mary Rowe Arlt (1970), Michele Kagele Kiesz (1979), Directors and Thomas Pulliam (1994) is Web master of the alumni website.

Reunions for several classes will take place during Friday and Saturday. Party plans at press time are as follows:

The Class of 1954 will meet at the Legion Hall at 2:30 and then will attend the alumni banquet. They will return to the Legion Hall after the banquet.

The Class of 1959 will meet at 1:30 at the Bronco Inn and then attend the alumni banquet and return to the Bronco Inn afterwards.

The Class of 1967 will gather at the former Circle T or Memories Diner, now Mi Jalisco on Saturday from 1:00-5:30 p.m. They will have lunch together and celebrate their #70 birthdays.

The Class of 1969 will be meeting at the home of Bruce and Vicki Benzel on Friday night. On Saturday they will meet at 2 p.m. at the Bronco Inn and then attend the alumni banquet.

The Class of 1974 will meet at the Grade School for pictures on Saturday and then will go to the Bowling Alley.

The Class of 1979 will get together at the Pastime on Friday night. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be golfing for those that are interested. At 4:30 p.m. they will get together at the bowling alley and then those that want to attend the banquet can at 6 p.m. On Sunday they will have a brunch at the home of Brad and Debbie Gering.

The Class of 1989 will meet Friday evening at the Pastime. There will be a band. Saturday evening will be meeting at the bowling alley, there will be a band with a cover charge. Sunday morning will meet at Jakes for a no-host breakfast, figuring around 10-11 a.m.

The Class of 1994 will meet at the Pastime on Friday night. On Saturday they will attend the Alumni Banquet and then gather at the Legion Hall following the banquet.

The Class of 1999 will meet at the Pastime on Friday night and then on Saturday they will gather at the Wheat Growers Building. On Sunday they will have a brunch at the home of Morgane and Damon Roth.

Members of the 25-year class of 1994 with tickets to the banquet as of Monday, May 16th are: Ryan Atkinson, Jeff Kissler, Thomas Pulliam, Derek Schafer, Traci Schoessler and Reid Templin.

Golden Grad members from the class of 1969 planning to attend the banquet are: Doris Jean Adams Rocha, Gary Anderson, Ray Bernard, Patricia Evans Cairns, Diane Greenwalt Peltier, Randall Heimbigner, Connie Heinemann Meyer, Robert Hoff, Christina Janzen Smith, Jay Kagele, Vicki Kramer Benzel, Charles Krause, Howie Kubik, Gail Meyer Carda, Mark Meyer, Sandy Moeller Heupel, Vicky Rehn Lucas-Hogeweide, Rex Rosenoff, David Russell, John Slipper, Neil Telecky, Garrett Templin and Molly Woodbury Drew.

Members of the 75-year class of 1944 with tickets to the banquet are Delmar Borgens,

Deloris Borgens Allert, Allison Marti Heimbigner and Betty Schaefer Schwisow.

The list of alumni attendees also includes: 1938-Chester Templin, 1947-Martin Gering, 1948-Clarence Ed Glenn, Richard Kagele, 1950-Richard “Duke” Heimbigner, John R. Miller, 1951-Mary Eckhardt Millard, Violet Janssen Hott, 1952-Barbara Freese Jolly, Mildred Van Buren Olden, 1953-Thomas Edwards, Gayle Gering, 1954-Beverly Allert White, Delmar Becker, Vincent Evans, Wilmer Grams, Larry Kison, Carol Krehbiel Muirhead, Ralph Leisle, Gerald Schoesler, Trevor Thompson, Donald Van Buren, Michael Weber, Jacob Weber, 1956-Joan Artz Kison, Donna Thoe Stenerson, Gaynel Wellsandt Gering, 1957-A. Wayne Carter, Ellen Reimann Robey, Del Schwisow, 1958-Dena Freese Roberts, Ron Kison, Jerry Schell, Marva Schoessler, 1959-Gerald Braun, Carole Ann Carter McClimon, Curtis Gering, Janice Jaeger Cathey, Ronald Knight, Yvonne Knuth, Harvey Koeplin, Charlene Miller Clark, Karen Schwisow Miles, Sherryl Sielaff Evans, Georgene Thoe Farmer, Linda Wellsandt Howell, Kerwin Ziemer, 1960-Judy Blankenship Cogswell, Nancy Hebard Schell, Michael Howell, Gary Jantz, Jeanette McRae Harris, Sharon Pflugrath Speas, Marsha Reimers Smith, Dennis Schafer, Bruce Telecky, Max Webb, 1961-Katherine “Kae” Braun Koch, Larry Koch, David Steinmentz, 1963-Carrie Reimers Knight, Larry Schafer,1964-Gwen Benzel Schaefer, Rick Moore, 1965-Sherie Eichner Schafer, Nancy Evans Pulham, Joyce Klein Preston, Cheryl Ragsdale Eng, Myra Rowe Walter, Kathy Schutz Staley, Garnet Templin Imel, Nina Thoe De Fratis, 1966-Peggy Oestreich Crossler, Paul Schwisow, Rick Seim, 1967-Kathy Beale Ream, Jeanne Benzel Englund, Bruce Benzel, Anita Benzel Walli, Steve Heimbigner, Allan Little, Michael Schrag, Dawn Schwisow Jones, Jeff Snider, Hugh Gannon, Margie Montague Gannon, 1968-Janie Mae Adams Harding, Tom McLain, Mikki Sanger Kison, 1970-Dale Anderson, Barbra Geiss Fox, Hattie Gunsch Werner, Marilyn Minion Moore, Mary Rowe Arlt, Marilyn Sielaff, 1971-Shannon Ahern Alberts, Carol Gibler Russell, Nancy Scott Slipper, 1974-Colleen Ahern Jacobsen, Ronald Hennings, Jeffrey Lenhart, 1975-Randy Kiesz,1976-Diane Kagele Borth, 1978-Stacey Schell Schoessler, 1979-Kathy German Mason, Michele Kagele Kiesz, Eric Koch, Sandra Stanton Heimbigner, 1981-Michael Miller, Jean Schwisow-DeBuhr, 1986-Keith “Marty” Erdman, 1989-Linda Foss Erdman, Allison Hille Nichols, Angela Madden, Kim Miller Yaeger, Angela Steinmetz Melcher, Rebecca Weber, 1990-Eric Atkinson, Scott Yaeger, 1993-Tana Kimble Atkinson, 1996-Marci Kison Miller, 1999-Neva Staley Malby, 1983-Colby Schell and 2002-Andrew Dale Carlson.


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