Fall 2011 Retired Teachers' Luncheon
Front row seated: Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63, Susie Buchanan
2nd row: Ann Williams, Betty Brown, Susie Griffith Conrad '64
3rd row: Roger Savage, Ray Lambert, Jesse Nelson, Barry Stebbins, Pat Nelson, Roland Lane '63, Diane Krebs, Joe Herman
Spring 2010 Retired Teachers' Luncheon
row seated: Sara McPeek Sampson ’69, Babette Davis, Susie Buchanan
2nd row seated: Donna Spellman Berndt ’44, Betty Brown, Ann Williams,
Susie Griffith Conrad ‘64 3rd row standing: Beverly Fatig, Jesse Nelson,
Rae Lambert, Diane Krebs, Jerry Ocock, Barry Stebbins, Roger Savage
last row: John Morlan, Ray Fatig
Fall 2009 Retired Teachers' Luncheon
seated - Ann Williams, Betty Brown, Sara Sampson McPeek '69
middle row - Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63, Jesse Nelson, Susie Griffith Conrad '64, Diane Krebs, Sonia Heminger
back row - Rae Lambert, Barry Stebbins, Joe Herman, Jerry Ocock
Leaving before the picture was taken - Susie Buchanan and Barbara Hegler
Once again the semi-annual retired teachers' luncheon was held at Friendship Village, on Riverside Dr. in Dublin, where Betty Brown lives. The group was seated in their private room where a very good (and affordable) lunch was served. When our server learned it was a group of West teachers, he let them know he lives on the westside.
Everyone took a turn updating the group onhis or her recent activities. Joe Herman related that he spent Halloween Beggars Night at a friends home. He was seated in a chair in the drive with a bowl full of candy. The friends had many 'special' effects arranged to scare and delight those who came to get their 'treat.' Joe wore a scary wig! Lynn Johnson said that although she had given up bowling, she was still golfing and gambling! She and her husband enjoy going to Las Vegas. Her mother, Anne Hoddy Fullerton ‘33 is 92 and in an assisted living facility. Lynn encouraged everyone to take the time to drive to Westgate Park to look at the new three section mural that was recently painted there that depicts the history of the Hilltop and Westside. It is near the tennis courts. Susie Buchanan is staying busy watching her two grandchildren, the oldest who is in kindergarten.
Betty Brown said she is not traveling any longer, but she has traveled throughout the world and enjoyed all of her trips. Her favorite trip was to China. She said like Jack Benny, just had her 39th birthday - again! She stays busy at her retirement facility. She said nearly every day there is something - a committee meeting on something, etc. She enjoys living there. Jesse Nelson also watches his grandchildren. He and his wife were flying to Houston the following morning to visit with their family there and watch their grandson play a football game and their granddaughter play a volleyball game. He and his wife took a trip to Europe last summer going to Germany and the Czech Republic. He felt that Germany was still depressed since the fall of the wall. They were in Prague in the Czech Republic. He said the crime rate wasn't bad in either country and they enjoyed the trip.
Ann Williams said her husband had knee replacement surgery over the summer, so that took some of her time. They have a granddaughter getting married in a couple of weeks, and they plan to go to their place in Florida, near Stuart, for two months this winter. Barry Stebbins, who coached volleyball at West for five years, said he started riding an old bicycle of his this summer, putting about 2500 miles on it just in the Columbus area. He and his wife are taking a cruise to Acapulco soon and will also be going through the Panama Canal. After retiring two years ago, as a result of a grant the school got, he is back at West working about twenty hours a week - back in the technology area.
Jerry Ocock has been retired for twenty years this year. He is enjoying retirement by traveling, being involved in his church, gardening, and enjoying family activities. He has gone on some church related trips where he has video taped some programs and then made them available to the church on video and DVDs. Sara McPeek retired in 2006 but is still substitute teaching at West, although only averaging about two days a week so far this year. Her husband, Mark, is the West Band Director, which also keeps her busy. The Columbus schools do not have any music program budget money available, so the program struggles. The 'feeder' schools have minor programs so it is difficult to get the students involved in a band program when they haven't been involved in music already. The band had twenty members this year, up a little from last year. There were only five in the Band Parents Organization. They need instruments, so if anyone has any instruments they do not need or want any longer, let her know. The band program cam make use of them in some manner. Their oldest son is twenty and going to Capital University. He plays soccer for Capital. Her two younger sons are seniors at Hilliard Darby.
Sonia Heminger taught at West for sixteen years, from 1987 to 2004. She also stays busy with her grandchildren. Rae Lambert took a trip to Cape Cod over the summer with her mother. She and her husband are currently having a 1 1/2 car garage added to their current two car garage. She said with their two cars AND three motorcycles getting larger, they just need more room! Since the garage remodeling was her husband's idea, she hopes to get a kitchen remodel done over the winter.
Susie Conrad let the group know about the recent Alumni Hall of Fame program and that recent Honoree Joe Johns '75 was probably a former student that several there remembered. One recalled Joe having a great speaking voice in school and wasn't surprised when she learned he had gone in to broadcasting. Susie did let the group know that Joe's father, Rossell, had just died this past week. He lived in Washington Courthouse. Susie related a couple of the stories Joe spoke about when he talked at the Hall of Fame dinner.
Susie Conrad is the 'unofficial' organizer for the retired teachers' group. They usually have lunch the 4th Wednesday in April and October each year. All retired teachers are welcome to join them. For more information, contact Susie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2002 Retired Teachers' Luncheon
Front row- Dick Weber
'43, Donna Berndt, Frances Evans,
At the luncheon they announced the group had made a donation in memory of former West teacher Margaret Harold and former West Principal Bob Darrow, both who had passed away since their last meeting.
Diane Krebs said she stays busy with her church. She took a trip to Cape Cod this past summer. Joe Herman frequently eats at Champs and says on OSU Football game days it is twice as busy - they have a big screen TV! Since it was near Halloween, Joe brought a Halloween decorated basket filled with candy for everyone. Frances Evans has been busy remodeling two back rooms. Donna Berndt has been traveling a lot, often to Dallas. And since her son has moved to Alabama, she will probably be going there some. She did recently take a trip to Sault St. Marie and went through the locks.
The Webers, Donna and Dick, would be leaving for Texas the following week. They felt this might be their last winter trip there. They are planning to sell their Columbus home and move there permanently. Dick told the group about a situation he had last May. He had a pain in the neck (which he confirmed was not his wife). An MRI disclosed an abscess on a disk. He was told if he waited for surgery he could be paralyzed. He had the surgery then had to wear a neck collar until September 9! For those who know Dick's humor, he said, "They took the replacement disk from a cadaver - so now I'm a walking CD!"
Al Kennedy is still enjoying retirement. He is involved with the Pastors for Peace and World Wide Humanitarian efforts. Cy Sedgewick had recently attended a Mid-Shipmans School Reunion for Northwestern University. He said he had 'eight rich years' in the Navy. He plans to attend his 60th high school class reunion in 2003. Beverly Fatig had been working on her family history. She volunteers with the gorillas at the Columbus Zoo. Elaine Burkel had a trip to Las Vegas and meet her brother there. Barbara Hegler was going to Mexico in a few weeks and hoped to go to Florida in January.
It was reported that Steve Chapplear, a West Alumni, is currently president of the Ohio Bar Association.
Sharon Buchanan said her husband's office had closed. He was now working at home. This is resulting in her being his personal secretary. She volunteers one day a week at Avery School in Hilliard doing 'reading recovery.' Pat Paoletti has been to Indianapolis where her son and daughter-in-law live and had recently both run a marathon. Pat had fallen and had knee surgery. She enjoys attending band, cross country, and soccer meets for her grandchildren. Rae Lambert is making very interesting and different Christmas ornament hangers and selling them on e-bay. Per Rae, getting on e-bay can be obsessive.
Spring 2002 Retired Teachers' Luncheon
Front row- Dick Weber '43
and Donna Inboden Weber '45, Howard Wilson '32
Middle row- Alice Smith(leaning in), Donna Berndt, Sharon Buchanan, Pat Cozad Paoletti, Susie Griffith Conrad '64
Back row- Joe Herman, Don Srail, Cyrus Sedgewick, Elaine Burkel, Diane Krebs, Beverly Fatig, Alan Novak
At the luncheon, Barb Hegler reported she continues to travel a lot, her last trip being to Morocco. Dick and Donna Weber would be leaving after the last O.S.U. football game (Dick has ushered there for many years) for Texas, where they spend their winters.
Pat Paoletti announced she and her husband had just celebrated their 1st anniversary. Between them they have 15 grandchildren! They attend sporting activities for the grandchildren an average of 3-4 nights a week. Howard Wilson said he recently retired, for the 2nd time. After leaving West, he has had a private law practice for many years. He had his wife will celebrate their 60th anniversary this year.
Don Srail has a grandson 'into hockey,' so Don is now learning hockey! He is also involved in school programs for children and encourages all to do this. Alan Novak was taking an 11 week course at the Westerville Volunteer Policy Academy.
Beverly Fatig is the VP of the Franklin County Retired Teachers' Association. She volunteers at the Zoo, and for a 3rd grade class where her daughter is the teacher. She has been doing some genealogy research in the New England area. Also, she and her husband were celebrating their 50th anniversary July 26. Their children were sending them to Hawaii for an anniversary gift. Both Beverly and her husband, Raymond, retired from Columbus Public Schools.
Cy Sedgwick brought his wife, a North High School Alumni, to the luncheon. They have one son who is a professor at the U. of Mass. Cy has been involved in Vaudvillities for 19 years.