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Alumni from far and near were in town for the Class of 1983's 30th Reunion this past weekend and we hope to get pictures to share soon for those that could not attend. Next month, the Class of 1978 will have their 35th Reunion on July 6th, the Class of 1973 will have their 40th Reunion on July 19th, also on the 19th, the Class of 1993 will have their 20th Reunion, and on July 27th, the Class of 1988 will have their 25th Reunion.
Class of 1988 Alumni should check out a recent post on our Blog page by Tina Wilt about what Greg Phillips is working on for the afternoon of July 27th! She also mentioned that Bobby Stell will be the DJ that night after dinner at the BiCentennial.
On the left is a photo taken by Robbie Skinner that is part of a state wide contest sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller, former President of Wesleyan, resident of Upshur County, and of course two term Governor of WV.
If you are on Facebook and would like to help promote Upshur County in this contest, please click on the "Like" button for the photo of Wesleyan's Chapel before Thursday on Jay Rockefeller's "Celebrating the Counties of West Virginia" Facebook page by clicking HERE.
On Sunday, we added Charlotte (Samples) Lewis '69 who became the latest Alumnus to join giving us information now about 69 classmates from the Class of 1969.
In May, Dianne (Fultz) Dean '69 and Wimpy Linger '69 also joined from the Class of 1969.
If you are looking for work, know of someone who is, or are looking to hire, check out the Upshur Portal's "Jobs" tab at www.UpshurPortal.com.
RECENTLY UPDATED PROFILES
Check out the list on our "Library" page of Alumni who have recently updated their profiles like the few posted below and remember that we would enjoy reading about you too, so please take time to tell us or update what you've been doing in your profile since graduation!
On Wednesday, June 19th, Michelle (Baldwin) Riffle '93 of Buckhannon wrote; "
Since graduating in 1993, I graduated from WVWC with a BA in Elementary Education in 1997 and from WVU with a MA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood in 2001. I substituted in Upshur County, taught at Head Start, taught kindergarten at the CDC, and finally landed full time in Upshur County in 2002 teaching second grade at Academy. I then spent the next two school years teaching second grade at Rock Cave and then was RIFFED for a year causing me to substitute once again. However, I was rehired in 2006 as a pre-k teacher at Academy in collaboration with Head Start. This is where I am still and where I met my husband the only other Head Start teacher in the building. We got married June 21, 2008. It is so much fun to be with someone who has the same passions of early childhood and children as I do! On April 2, 2010 we were blessed with the birth of our daughter Addison Leigh. She is now a spunky, independent three year old and keeps our household on our toes!
On Wednesday, June 19th, Connie (Ware) Marple '72 of Buckhannon wrote; "
Since graduating in 1972, I've stayed in Buckhannon working for the Oil and Gas industries after 1981. I am currently the administrative assistant at PDC Mountaineer. I am married to Mark Marple (brother of classmate Jackie Marple Bennett)Mark and I are Godparents of a beautiful little girl named Haley Elizabeth.She will be 4 soon. My life has changed many times since graduation. But, having cancer and the tragedy of losing my brother David Ware this past year have changed me forever. Some things have went way down on my list of importance. Living a good Christian life is top priority to me these days.
On Sunday, June 16th, Mark Cerullo '79 of Buckhannon wrote; "
I feel very blessed at this point in my life. I had the opportunity to attend Marshall University, Then began my long career in Public Service, Law Enforcement, Corrections and then the private sector of the industry. Now at this time I find myself retired. I married my best friend and partner in crime, Rhonda Sinsel,'75, We have been blessed with two wonderful Grandchildren, Kendall, 7 and Tristan, 4. We also have the honor of watching our great-niece Morgan and great-nephew Blake grow into their own. I'd love to hear from my fellow classmates. God bless you all.
On Sunday, June 16th, Lydia (Long) Cutright '78 of Buckhannon wrote; "
Since graduating in 1978, I married Keith Cutright ('75)in May of 1980. I have two sons, Corey 29 ('02)and Codey 27 ('04). Corey graduated Fairmont State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger on Ocracoke Island, NC. Codey graduated Fairmont State as well with a degree in Business Management and he is working as a substitute teacher while working toward his teaching degree. I have been employed wtih the Upshur County Head Start program for the last 22 years as the Health Coordinator. Keith and I enjoy spending time together camping and fishing when we can.I am hoping to hear from some classmates that I have lost touch with through the years. God Bless!
On Sunday, June 16th, Pat (Lamb) Bumgarner '67 of Reedy, WV wrote; "
Since graduating in 1967, I've.been married to Tom for 44 years, had 2 children, and 3 grandchildren. My daughter Mandy is 42, teaches high school Math. She has 2.children, Hannah 16, Hunter 14. My son Matt is 40, is a CPA for Public Debt, and has 1 daughter Andrea who just finished her first year at WVU.
On Friday, June 14th, David Wolfe '56 of Buckhannon wrote; "
After almost 20 years (1965 - 1985) teaching chemistry at WVWC, and almost 20 years (1992 - 2012) inspecting environmental laboratories for the WV-DEP, I decided to retire. In the fall of 2003, I married Sandra Sue Bergstrom (BUHS - 1959). After 6 years as Director for the Upshur County Service Unit of The Salvation Army, Sue retired on 1 October 2003. She and I were married on Saturday, 25 October 2003, at St John's Lutheran Church, Davis, WV. With my 3 kids, Diane (BUHS - 1980), Ed (BUHS - 1983), and Eric (BUHS - 1985), and her 2 sons, Rand (BUHS - 1978) and Dave (BUHS - 1981), we have 5 great kids. As a big bonus, we have 3 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, and several great-grandkids.
On Thursday, June 13th, Lucy (Lee) Davis '77 of Hedgesville, WV wrote; "
I have been married to Dan Davis (class of 76) for 37 years this Dec. We have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. We came back home to WV in 2005. Dan works in DC as a contruction inspector and I have been with HR Block for 31 years. So, at the end of day, we enjoy our quiet little country community.
On Wednesday, June 12th, Missy (Howard) O'Keefe '91 of Buckhannon wrote; "
Since graduating in 1991, I have pretty much stayed living in Buckhannon and I am now a hair stylist at Buckhannon SmartStyle inside Walmart. I have a wonderful husband named Jon and we have two adorable children.... a daughter named Skylar and a son named Joshua.
On Monday, June 10th, Jennifer (Dean) Ervin '96 of Volga, WV wrote; "
When graduating I went to Fairmont State for two years. I then went and got my CDL licenses. I worked at McDonalds as a manager for awhile the worked at Long John Silvers for awhile, then I went to work at the sewing factory for almost two years. Scott and I were going to team drive cause he has his CDL license too, but we decided to have a child and we have a little boy named Cameron which I had on October 6, 2003. Scott and I were married on October 7, 2000. So I guess you could say we don't have much of and anniversary anymore. Now I am a stay at home mom. Scott and I are living in Hodgesville now. Well you can say the heck with the stay at home mom now. Cameron started pre-k on September 2, 2008. He loves it. So now that he has started school Monday thru Thursday I clean houses for a few people. I stay pretty busy all the time. The next thing Cameron wants to do is start playing t ball or some kind of a sport so that will be fun.
Remember that we have a list on our "Library" page of updated profiles over the past sixteen days!
Over the past 8 years, information about 4,428 Alumni has been added to our website, including 7 Alumni in May and 2 so far for June. Listed below are those whom have joined recently and our library page has a list of Alumni that have joined over the past few months.
- Dianne (Fultz) Dean '69
- Jim Beer '64
- Michael Black '93
- Mike Corley '68
- Charlotte (Samples) Lewis '69
The list below includes those who have recently or are about to celebrate a birthday! Be sure to include your birthday in your profile to get on the list.
Visit the Homerooms of those class years listed below for details & send any details that you would like posted about your upcoming event to our Webmaster.
6th, 1978 35th Reunion
19th, 1973 40th Reunion
19th, 1993 20th Reunion
27th, 1988 25th Reunion
2nd & 3rd, 1968's 45th Reunion
10th, 1963's 50th Reunion
13th-15th, 1958's 55th Reunion
14th-15th, 1953's 60th Reunion
RECENT ALUMNI PICTURES
Below are a few pictures that we've received recently and you can send any pictures to our Webmaster that you would like included in your profile.
Carolyn Golden '63
Polly Bailey '66
Steve Brown '66
Larry Marsh '70
Bob Brinthaupt '74
Katie Squires '05
Services were held recently for Arnold Guy Wentz '55.
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Roger Marsh '70 posted on our "Blog" page recently that his brother, Bill Marsh '64 passed away.
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Fonzo Vincent passed away, the Father of David Vincent of Buckhannon, Sandra Grubbs '67 and Sonja Carlson '69 of Knoxville, TN, and Nancy Sanders '74 of Mt. Clare, WV. To view his obituary, visit www.UpshurPortal.com, click on the "Obituaries" tab, then click on his name.
We've also received word from Carolyn (Golden) Patterson '63 that Roger Underwood '60 passed away on May 4th in Bogart, GA and added a profile in rememberance of him to the Class of 1960's Homeroom page that contains his obituary. His brother was Bryan Underwood from the Class of 1963 who survives. To leave your online condolences for the family, click HERE.
We recently received an email from Dottie (Paugh) Denison who would have been a member of the Class of 1954, but moved to Virginia in 1952, that her close friend even after she moved away, Wayne Kiddy, Class of 1952 passed away on May 14th in Pascagoula, MS at age 79.
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