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03/04/16 12:01 PM #25    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)


Sweet of you to ask.  It's called Surf Shop Sisters, a prequel to my YA Double Take released in 2014.

My women's contemporary novel The Breeding of Lilacs is scheduled for release in May.  It's about Barbie Bentley, the mother of Brooke Bentley the protagonist in Surf Shop Sisters. 





03/20/16 10:39 AM #26    


Diane Lindberg (Lee)

Looking forward to the September "75th yesr" celebration.

 Anyone want to meet for lunch before that let me know by the private message on this web site.  I can fly to Minnesota.  (I work for an airline.  Will finally retire soon.) or I can fly to whatever state you are in.   :)




03/27/16 12:18 PM #27    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

​Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  Wishing all of our amazing classmates an awesome day of celebration!  May you enjoy the beauty of the season!  Color is in abundance here in the Northwest--tuliips, daffodils, rhododendrons, camelias and more.  The forsythia have lost their blossoms already and green leaves are bursting forth eveywhere!  'Tis a gorgeous season, for sure!

04/05/17 06:22 PM #28    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)

I never realized that famous pop artist James Rosenquist was a student at Roosevelt H.S.,  graduating only seven years before we did. Amazing!  I always loved his art.  I'm a real pop art fan.  Do we have any of his art work in The Roosevelt Standard? Laura (McClain) Kennedy-Bell

04/06/17 11:38 AM #29    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

Laura--It's possible that when James Rosenquist was a student at RHS, some of his artwork might have appeared in The Standard.  But since he graduated well before us, none of our issues had his art in it.  I had read in great detail his obituary and did not realize that he was one of our Hall of Fame Inductees until I did a bit of research!  He was pretty amazing.  Patti

04/07/17 12:33 PM #30    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)

Is there an archive of Roosevelt Standards from the period when James Renquist attended our school?  If there is, such an appearance of his early art would be invaluable.  Maybe some of our classmates with older siblings may have a few issues of the Standard stashed away.

04/08/17 01:54 PM #31    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

Hi, Laura!

You could contact RHS about that!  I do not have the answer.  I scanned all of ours, so that is why we have them on the website.  Thankfully, we had classmates who have save their original copies.

It does not appear that the Class of 1952 has an active website, or we could check with them.


08/15/17 01:50 PM #32    

Helen M. Olson (D'Andrea)



Hi Patty,    Just wanted to tell you that my birthday is August 21 and it never is published in the e-mails. 

Hope all is well.  

Helen D'Andrea (Olson)

08/19/20 12:27 PM #33    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)

Am such a Luddite don't know which screen to use to wish Fran Herman a Happy Birthday.  Looking forward to seeing her and the 1959 class sometime in the relatively Covid 19 free future, hopefully by 2021.  

Have been thinking about Minneapolis alot recently in that I just finished a novel set in our city during the 1950s. Had a lot of fun writing it. 

Have two new YA novels coming out next year.  Entitled Suddenly Singapore and Singapore Unveiled, they will be released by Melange, a small, independent publisher.   They were inspired by a trip to Singapore with my husband in 2012. 

03/21/21 01:30 PM #34    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)


Long time no e-mail.  Just want to let you know I've just released my third YA novel, Suddenly Singapore, acquired by Melange, a Minnesota publisher.  Inspired by a trip to Singapore with my husband a few years ago, you may find it intriguing.  Funny thing, the model used on the cover resembles the way I looked in high school.  Am I right?   Laura (McClain) Kennedy







03/22/21 11:08 AM #35    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

Hi, Laura!

You are right!  I have not done a group e-mail in awhile!  So glad to see that you are still writing!  I looked up your new book, and that girl on the cover looks like a girl I have seen in a yearbook photo!  So clever of you!

I still want to do an "80th" Birthday Luncheon in September, so stay tuned!  Good to hear from you!

Patti Bluml Timmons 


04/04/21 01:37 PM #36    


Laura McClain (Kennedy-Bell)

Love the new photo of Northrop Grade School 6th graders.  Now all you have to do is identify them.  (I went to Bancroft.)  Think I recognize Birget Palm and Marlene Anderson.

Happy Easter!

Laura (McClain) Kennedy-Bell  

04/05/21 10:05 AM #37    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

Hi, Laura!

We've added some names to the Northrup Grade School photo.  Hoping others would recognize more!  Many of these students would eventually graduate from Washburn after attending Ransey Junior High, while others went to Folwell, then Roosevelt.

It's fun to see these young, well-dressed sixth graders!😊


04/12/21 01:43 PM #38    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

To the Class of '59!

During 2021, the majority of us will turn eighty--some already have and some will turn in 2022.  Without overlooking anyone, I would like to ask for those who would like to, please send early 80th birthday greetings to Gail Omvedt, via U.S. Mail, or Facebook.  Gail has lived in India since her graduate school days, working on behalf of the citizens of that country that they might have clean water and be rid of the caste system.  Unfortunately, Gail is experiencing serious health problems, and her husband, Bharat Patankar, would love for people to send her birthday greetings.  I do not have an e-mail address for them, thus the U.S. Post Office, or Facebook, would be the way to reach her.  While her birthday is August 4th, it would be best to send cards or greetings early.  I put a card in the mail today.

Her mailing address is:  Gail Omvedt Patankar, Kasegaon, District Sangali, India 415404.

Birthday Greetings to all of you!  Plan on our "80+/-" Birthday Luncheon on September 10th.

Thanks for all that you do!

Patti Buml Timmons


06/06/21 11:38 AM #39    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

To the Class of '59!

Our beloved classmate, Kathy Wagnild Fuller, is in hospice care in La Mesa, California!, due to failing health.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Patti Bluml Timmons


06/08/21 03:56 PM #40    

Carlene Rae Fredricksen (Dater)

I'm sorry to report that Kathy Wagnild passed away this morning. She was a great friend and a wonderful person.

Carlene Dater

06/12/21 12:24 PM #41    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

RHS '59 Classmates--

Does anyone know what branch of the military that Charles Rudsdil was in??  I would like to add it to his "In Memory".


Patti Bluml Timmons


06/15/21 02:44 PM #42    

Arlene Bjurstrom (Telke)

Happy 80th birthday, Bev Mattson Baker,

I see you celebrated 80 with a huge family party at your lake home...........which you modified to sleep about 40 or more people.  That's a fun party house and I recall playing "hand and foot" all day and all night with your Chicago friends there, and also vividly recall your boat docking techniques.  The kids bunkbed room looks like an army barracks.  You made a great family get-to-gether place.

Arlene Bjurstrom Telke

03/28/22 11:56 AM #43    

Janetta DeRoma (von Rabenau)

Janetta von Rabenau's news address, Winter, 49 Rivo Alto Drive, Miami Beach FL 33139, Summer, 465 Outing Street, Williams Bay, WI 53191


07/08/22 12:26 PM #44    


James G. Marshall

When is next reunion?

07/09/22 10:55 AM #45    


Patti Bluml (Timmons)

Jim Marshall & Classmates--


We will tentatively plan for our "65th"-Year Class Reunion in September 2024!  Please mark your calendars!!  💖😊💖

05/04/23 02:48 PM #46    


James G. Marshall

Hi!  These birthday celebrations could be every day of the week our class was so big.  I have #83! Coming up on Sunday 5/7. Yikes! AND TYG for life.

05/09/23 09:32 PM #47    


Bruce Wakefield

I was with Bob at his Mesa Az. hospital a few days before he passed. They put him on oxygen that brought his lung capacity up to 50%. He told me he knew his lungs were compromised because of his job as an electrician working in old buildings close to asbestos and other hazardous materials. Just a few months before, he was skiing for a week in northern AZ. with his son. He than returned to his regular schedule of golf three days a week. Prior to entering the hospital, he played in a four day golf event that ended with him being overcome by the heat. After a short time in the hospital, he was told to get his affairs in order. Always smiling, always a positive attitude, he was one of my favorites. I know he will be missed by all that knew him.

05/10/23 09:57 AM #48    


Dr. Ronald B Faanes

Bob was a grea guy never knew him well until he started playing with the 59 Pucskters in the Annual RHS HOF Golf Outing.  Last year having a couple drop outs from our usual 3 foursomes Bob was my cart partner.  We had a great 5 hours togehter learned of our growing up years and how much we were very similiar in our ambitions both of us were long time downhillers.   We will miss him this year in our rapidly dwindiling longest sucessive group in the HOF Golf event we have not missed a year since it started 10 years ago.  

08/26/23 08:48 AM #49    

Richard R. Shetler

Hello Roosevelt Sr HS family,


Obituary of Richard Raymond Shetler


In Loving Memory of Richard “Dick” Shetler.

Age 81, from Minneapolis, MN. Passed away at home on Friday, August 11th, 2023. He was born on August 13th, 1941, to Raymond and Eleanore Shetler, at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital.

A lifelong fan of Brazilian Bossa Nova, automobiles, especially Lotus Cars, and disciple of The Meditation Center.

He married the love of his life, Maria Lopez on January 26th, 2007 in Mexico City.

He was preceded in death by parents Raymond and Eleanore Shetler and brother Jerome Shetler, survived by loving wife Maria Lopez-Shetler, Minneapolis, MN, brother James Shetler, Minneapolis MN, and sisters Judith Hegstrom, Superior, WI, and Janet Shetler, Minneapolis, MN.

Family and friends are invited to join in commemorating Richard’s life during the service on Sunday, September 24th at Minnehaha United Methodist Church at 3701 E 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Service will begin at 3:00 pm followed by a reception as we gather to celebrate Richard’s life.

In lieu of flowers, we kindly request donations be made in Richard’s memory to the Animal Humane Society.


Thank you!

Maria Lopez-Shetler

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