Mary Jo (Trimbach) Koverman
Hard to write what all has happened in 50 years, but here is a Reader’s Digest condensed version.
After high school, I worked as a secretary for one of the administrative executives at Monsanto Mound Laboratory. Those were very interesting and educational times.
The wonderful time was when I married William Koverman from Centerville in 1963 and soon to have our 50th Anniversary in 2013. The exciting times were when our first daughter was born January 1, 1965, and another daughter in 1967, and our son in 1970. We lived in Centerville while they were growing up.
Our adventurous times began when we moved to Breckenridge, Colorado, in 1988, and do a lot more outdoor activities at an altitude of 10,000 ft. or more. One of the adrenaline rush times is when we are alpine skiing which we do about 75-80+ days a season. It does make the winters pass quickly.
The blessed and special time is having our children, their spouses, and 5 grand children (3 boys and 2 girls) all living in the vicinity to us in Colorado.
The fun times are traveling which is and always has been a big part of our lives. From the extremes of camping to almost 20 times at resorts in Mexico. Cruising has also been an enjoyable time in recent years with traveling to the Caribbean, Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Mediterranean, etc.
has been a good life, and hopefully, it’s not over yet!
Carol (Toms) Curp
(Moved prior to graduation)
33865 Honeysuckle Lane, North Ridgeville, OH 44039
to start? 50 years, Wow. I was married to my best friend for 44 years
and then I lost him to cancer about 6 years ago. I retired at the end of
2004. I've worked in the accounting field most of my life. Now I
volunteer at my senior center a couple of days a week. I enjoy playing
cards(euchre & pinochle) and am an avid reader. I also enjoy spending
time with my family.
I have three daughters and six grandchildren ( three of each). Will be a Great Grandmother in November. (Whoa how did that happen ?????)
I'm so looking forward to our reunion!!! See you all there!
Linda (Turner) Harris
Ed and I have been married 42 years last October. We live in a hud facility for low income seniors. We are monitors, which means we are on duty every other week, taking care of any emergencies or concerns after 4:30 when the office closes and all day Sat. and Sun. It is quite rewarding working with the folks here. Ed is still on disability and now I am since Jan. of '01 when I died in the recovery room after a routine hernia out-patient surgery. It left me with stage 2 heart failure, threw me into fulfledged diabetes, memory loss and my kidneys cannot maintain potasium or magnesium. I guess my work here is unfinished because I am better each day and thankful for the life I have.
We have one daughter and two sons, three wonderful spouses and seven great, beautiful, loving grandchildren. Four girls and three boys! They bring such joy into our lives. Three, 2 girls and 1 boy live in Tucson, AZ. We don't see them as much as we would like but are happy when the opportunity arises. The other four live in Msbg. and attend Bear, Kinder and Middle school.
Ed's parents live in the facility so it is easy to help them out and keep an eye on them. My Dad died 7 years ago this coming June and Mom is in a private home and suffers from Alzheimer's. Such a sad thing!
I, fortunately, get to see some of the classmates that live in and around Msbg. I do, however, look so forward to seeing the rest at the reunion. There just is nothing like old friends. I guess we all qualify for both meanings of old! I want you to know that I love each and every one of you as much now as when we were growing into our life clothes!
I cannot forget to mention our two babies, Xena, a toy female poodle and Buddie, a long haired male Chihuahua that weighs 2.7 pounds. Spoiled rotten with love and affection!
Well friends, I will not talk of my bowel action, my sagging bladder, nor all my doctors. You see, that is a sign of old age – and we are not old. I truly cannot believe it is our 50th reunion. I am looking forward to seeing all that will attend, but, most certainly will miss those unable to attend. This anticipation also brings to mind and heart our dear friends looking down on this great gathering. May God Bless us all.
A short version of my past five years involves heartache, blessings and great joy!
I lost my dear sister Judy to Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005. She was finally diagnosed in late February as being in stage 4 and passed on October 11th. I still go to pick up the phone and call her with the news of my family and our friends. Then, my dear Mother passed in May. Of course, I had lost her completely a few years before. Mom suffered from severe dementia, so we lost her more each year from late in 1999. l thank God every day for giving me the love and caring of our classmate and my Angel, Barbara . When Eddie and I were no longer able to take care of Mom, after my sudden illness, Barb took her into her home and loved her for 6 years. This falls under heartache and blessings.
I have suffered several set-backs in my health these past 5 years, but, as I promised, I will not go into detail and act old!! Just be assured it all falls under blessings.
I will now elaborate on my great joys. We were blessed with another grand-daughter in March of 2007, making our family count 14. We have 3 wonderful children with 3 wonderful spouses, 5 grand-daughters and 3 grandsons. Our oldest is now 19 and our youngest 3, they bring us great joy! I had the privilege of visiting my dear friend Kaarn Weaver, her husband Bruce Gray and her dear Mom and sister, Jane and Janine. They have always been very dear to me and I so enjoyed my visit. Jane and Jim always treated me to their love and generosity of life. One of my greatest joys is my husband, Eddie. We will celebrate our 48th (if he behaves) anniversary in October. He falls under my great joy and my blessings. We have been through many things in our married life, good and not so good, but our love for each other helped us endure it all.
I told Eddie in 2001, after my close call with death, that evidently the Lord had something for me to do. I believe it was to be here for the heartache, blessings and great joy!
I love all of you. Hugs, Linda
Dwenva (Vaughn) Richardson
20 New York
Miamisburg, OH 45342
retired in March of 2006 from Health Serve LLC in Centerville, OH after
7 years of service as a Medical Biller. Before that I worked for
Daytronic Corp. in Miamisburg as their Service Coordinator and in my
20th year, the company was sold and my job moved to New Jersey.
I have three daughters, Lynne, Robyn and Jodi. Proud grandmother to three grandsons, Ryan, Dustin and Grant and four granddaughters, Heidi, Morgan, Emylee and Miranda. My life has been blessed with a healthy family and some good friends.
My wife Diana and I will celebrate our 36th anniversary on July 14th of this year. Life has been good! We have lived in Lebanon since shortly after being married. I worked in the fundraising business with schools until retirement in 2000. Diana has always stayed busy in church music in addition to other employment. Currently I drive a school bus to “keep me busy”, and we thoroughly enjoy our grandchildren.
We have one son, Anthony, who was married to Jennifer in 2003. They gave us a granddaughter, Anniston, on January 15, 2008 and a grandson, Avery, last year on June 2nd. Anthony is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and was recently ordained into the ministry. Jennifer taught 4th grade in Lebanon until she chose to be a stay at home mommy. We enjoy many hours of playing with the grandkids in our pool! (Anthony will be the disc jockey at the reunion)
2004 we began a non-profit foundation named Omega TV Foundation. Its
purpose is to allow Christian athletes to share their faith via 30 or 60
second spots on the internet, television, or radio. Our ultimate goal
is to show these spots during major sporting events such as the Super
Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, etc. You can check it out at
Kaarn (Weaver) Gray
The one thing
I hoped for in life was that it never be boring. And except for the last
few years, it has been anything but.
I left Vassar College in 1964 with a degree in Zoology and the promise of medical school at Case Western Reserve. I had been admitted to Case as an alternate for that year with a guarantee of a start the in the fall of '65. Carefree, I boarded an old Dutch Navy ship bound for Europe with 950 other students and no clue about what to do two months hence, or that an unexpected turn would decide for me. After nine days, a couple of nasty North Atlantic storms and little sleep thanks to some fellows with a trumpet in the next room, we landed in Amsterdam where our guide, an Argentine/British student at Cambridge University, was waiting.
We traveled all over Europe and the Middle East, and by the end of the summer, my student guide and I were more than friends. I decided to stay in the U.K. until time for med school and was able to find work in a university lab in Cambridge researching fetal physiology in hopes of developing an artificial placenta. Some of my first professional colleagues were pregnant sows.
I loved Cambridge. Unlike many of the students, I attended lectures on literature, art, you name it; and I made lifelong friends. Return to the US in the summer of '65 was bittersweet, especially as I had begun to have second thoughts about Case. My very astute father noticed my lack of enthusiasm, we talked, and I set about finding lab work in hopes of saving enough money to return to Cambridge as a student. I ended up at Good Samaritan Hospital doing biochemical research on otosclerosis.
When I had earned enough, I sat the entrance exams in biochemistry. In 1968, I returned to Cambridge, and to my by-then British fiance, as a student at Newnham College. After a year of science, I was really bored and managed to convince my tutor to allow me to switch to economics. When I asked about preparatory reading, she gave me a book which she said would teach me all the basics. Over the summer I read "How to Run a Bassoon Factory" and then immersed myself in economics for the next two years.
I left the UK in 1971 with a Masters in economics and hopes of working for the Labor Department. I took the Civil Service exam but was told that Lyndon Johnson's job freeze prevented any hiring. But there was this other exam, they said, for the Foreign Service. What was the Foreign Service, I asked? I took the exam, passed, and was called to Washington for the final cut, a three-hour oral. Following the oral, I was told that I was in and would be put on a rank-ordered list which would be drawn from as orientation classes were formed. It would likely be a year before I was called. Two months later I was asked to report to the State Department. That was the beginning of a rewarding 26-year career in public service.
Throughout I alternated between tours abroad and tours at State. Coming from a very close family, it was hard being separated from my mother and sister for long periods. I specialized functionally in economics (trade) and regionally in Asia, particularly China. Abroad I served in Tokyo, Taiwan for Chinese language study, Hong Kong twice (two years in the 70's and three years in the 80's), Beijing, and Canberra. In Washington, I worked on UN affairs; the Taiwan desk; commodity trade, particularly oil and gas, as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Economic Affairs; and the GATT, NAFTA, and WTO as Director of the International Trade Office. I did two excursion tours, one to the Hill, where I handled international matters for then-Senator Bob Packwood, the other to the Office of the US Trade Representative where I was a textile agreement negotiator. Along the way I acquired a husband, another Foreign Service Officer, Bruce Gray, whom I met in Chinese language training. We were married in Hong Kong in 1979, listed on the marriage license in true British fashion as "bachelor" and "spinster".
Then the unexpected: In 1993 Bruce began having falls, too many, and was diagnosed with spastic paraparesis and possible MS. He continued working but in 1995, by then on two canes, State medically evacuated him, with me as escort, to UCLA for a definitive work-up. The diagnosis was primary lateral sclerosis, a variant of Lou Gehrig's disease. We returned to our posts abroad, Bruce with a wheelchair, and awaited the inevitable decline. At the time, we were both serving as Deputy Chiefs of Mission, Bruce in Fiji and I in Australia. When Bruce's tour ended a year earlier than mine, he took leave-without-pay and came to Australia to finish out my tour. It was clear by that time that he could not manage at home by himself. During that last year in Australia Bruce became wheelchair bound and began losing the fine motor control in his hands and intelligible speech. We returned to the US in 1997 with the knowledge that both of us would have to retire. Bruce could by then no longer carry out the duties of a diplomat. I would have to sacrifice an Ambassadorship to take care of him. Bruce was diagnosed with full-blown ALS (Lou Gehrig's) in 1998 with a life expectancy of another 3-5 years.
Life then became increasingly difficult in our split-level house in Virginia, so we decided to move to Florida where we could customize a new home to accommodate Bruce's disability. We did so in 1999. Bruce has since lost entirely his ability to speak and, after a bout with aspiration pneumonia, now has a permanent feeding tube. He is able to do nothing independently save type with two fingers on his computer keyboard, but he has defied the gloomy prognosis for 12 years. Admirably, he has just finished a novel set in Hong Kong and China in the 70's and is hoping a literary agent will pick it up. We have a part-time health aide, but my time is still consumed taking care of Bruce, handling his medical affairs, and managing a household which includes my mother. I manage to squeeze in tennis but not a lot else. I certainly never envisioned a retirement like the one I have, but you play the cards you are dealt. What else can you do?
Glen E. Williams
We are now in our new
home for the last 2 years. We really like having a Miamisburg mailing
address and phone number again. I've already started adding a room in
the basement as my bar and work room.
We have added another granddaughter to our family. Making 5 Grandchildren.
still working at Ace Hardware part-time and playing golf. I just
completed my 33rd year in the Miamisburg Lion's Club. Marty is still
volunteering at the local elementary school one day a week. Our son,
Dr. Mark Williams has just been named Chief Medical Officer and Vice
President of Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Oh. His three
children are in the Miamisburg Schools, Megan will be a senior and is
active in the marching band, jazz band and symphony, Mitch will be a
sophomore and is acitive in Boy Scouts, marching band and drum line, Mia
will be in 7th grade and competes in dance competition, she is also in
the Jr. High Band. Our daughter, Tracey is Managing Director and
Regional Manager for fixed income at Goldman Sach in Chicago. Her son
will enter 1st grade next year at Latin School and her daughter will
enter pre-school at Latin. My Dad is 91 and living in assisted living
and Marty's Mom is 98 and in a nursing home. We are both their only
children around to take care of them. We still love to cruise and go to
our Grandchildren's activities. See you all in June. Happy 50th!!!
Cynthia Lou (Wilson)
I have had a good 45 years.. 38 years married to Bob Lloyd, Jr. We had two children named Robert Scott and Robyn. I now have 4 grandchildren who are my world. I spent most of those years working in Third National Bank and Key Bank. Being a teller, foreclosure work, collections and bookkeeping. I always did love meeting people.
Also working with children, my own, girl scouts , boy scouts, and my church....I now work at a Little School daycare in West Carrollton, Ohio. Done a lot of traveling and seeing the world. I have also found that there is life after divorce.
Ha. Ha. I really wish lots of love and wonderful memories to all my class mates, for there were a lot of them.
613 Sabal Avenue
Clewiston, FL, 33440-5007
Landon (8 mth's)-Great grandson of Sharon and Gary, Just getting some beach time
at Sanibel, Florida. Click
picture to enlarge.
Watch out girls!
My last 50 years have been busy, exciting, rewarding, dangerous, and anything but boring.
Fifty years ago I thought I was ready to do anything but quickly found out I knew very little about the world. Someone told me I had to leave the Burg if I wanted to make any money, so I made my way up the highway and gained employment with NCR. I stayed with NCR long enough to make enough money to marry my high school sweetheart (Sharon Goins-Class of 1961) and stayed in town until October 1963 when I was placed on active status in the Navy.
I did not realize it but service people have a good chance they will never get back home on a frequent basis. Enjoying the Navy and planning to make it a career, I decided to better my opportunities and agreed to attend various schools which also meant I would remain in the Navy an extended time. Hence, my first major life lesson, you do not get something for nothing. (Out of eight years of marriage, Sharon and I saw each other a total of 5 months! Not a bad way to avoid a divorce?) After attending many schools, four trips to the Mediterranean area, and assignments we cannot talk about, it was time to visit Vietnam. What a beautiful opportunity (just kidding). How do I tell Sharon she cannot go. So in1967 I am off to Vietnam while Sharon raises our daughter Shelley.
Vietnam, a real life changing experience especially when my ship a supercarrier named USS Forrestal CVA-59 experienced the worst US carrier fire since WWII. Hence, my second major life lesson. I had every thought of staying in the service but it was time to leave. Various government bodies offered me employment but I thought it was time to go back to school to finish my formal education while working for General Motors. It was at this time Sharon started to talk to me again! It was not until 1979 I graduated, and just 19 years behind my class members.
I continued to work for General Motors (home office) until 1983, traveled the United States training and trouble shooting until they wanted me to move to Lockport, New York. Do you remember the Love Canal? Hence I retired from GM and moved to Florida.
We moved to Florida in February 1983, Shelley married Wayne Davidson (a crop geneticist) in 1985 and they adopted Jennifer our one and only granddaughter in 1990. Shelley is in Marketing and enjoys her job. I continued to work for the sugar and citrus industries until my retirement in 2000. It was at this time I became very active with Rotary International and was elected as District Governor representing the western part of Florida. It was this job that caused me to travel more than ever before. But, Sharon and I love to travel.
Today we enjoy doing all the things people of Florida enjoy. Sharon is now able to enjoy her love of golf. We also continue to enjoy spoiling the granddaughter and as of a few weeks ago (Dec 2009), enjoying our new great grandson, Landon. Oh, did I tell you how beautiful he is!
Now I feel like a true Floridian, year round Bermuda shorts, pace maker, dinner at 5:00 pm, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a life!
Today I continue assisting people with computer problems and developing and supporting websites. A job that helps keep the mind active even though the body is wanting to slow down.
To celebrate our Senior status, Sharon and I have have started visiting different places to eat here in Florida. Talk about fun, and a great way to see Florida, what a huge state. Hope to see some of you as we journey around the state.
I hope all enjoy the reunion and continue to send me your updates for this website. I believe in doing so will help our class continue to be the greatest class to graduate from Miamisburg High School!
(Personal Note: The Forrestal is scheduled to be
sunk and used as a reef shortly. A sad day for me. If you would
like to read more about "her",
can do so at the following link. Just click:
It was John McCain's plane that was involved in this terrible explosion
and before his capture.)
After graduation had several jobs until 1964 when I joined the navy. Spent 6 years in the silent service until being discharged in 1970. Worked for various air compressor repair companys, then hired by Miami Valley Hospital to become a plant services plumber in 1985.
Stayed put until my
retirement in 2002. Now living in sunny and toasty sun city with my wife
of 33 years Shelley.
I enjoy my retirement
because Shelley is an RN working for hospice of the valley, for a few
Since we have been married almost as long as we have been graduated from MHS, we
have to send a dual update. We’ll do it by decades.
Years of having daughters, April,1963; Becky, 1964; and Melanie, 1970. Years of going to Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing (Betsy), only because Jack was willing to work 3 jobs and take care of kids while Betsy studied. Era of cheap vacations, (camping);
and cheap eating out (going to our parents’ houses on Sunday). We bought our first home (new) for $18,300.
Decided to move to Colorado where the sun shines 300 days a year and the air is clear.
Sold the house & moved to Monument (between Denver & Colorado Springs) in 1974.
Jack was the Fire Chief in Monument, Betsy was a surgical nurse in Colorado Springs.
In 1978 we moved to Glenwood Springs, CO. This is a small town with a culture similar
to Miamisburg. All the girls graduated from high school there. We learned to ski &
had a family pass to the local ski area for many years, also to the large outdoor hot springs
Jack was a ski technician and instructor for several years, also was an EMT and ER
Assistant at the local hospital. Then was Maintenance Manager at Colorado Mountain College. Betsy was an RN in surgery, and the Director of Nursing at Valley View Hospital.
These were the years of daughters’ weddings, 4 grandchildren, building 2 homes, and a lot of great vacations. Our daughter April graduated from nursing school in Colorado Springs.
Added 4 more grandchildren this decade for a total of 5 grandsons and 3 granddaughters.
Left Glenwood in 1992 to begin a life of travel & work. Betsy could get agencies to find short-term nursing assignments at hospitals all over the US. Jack found jobs wherever we landed, he’s a “Jack of all trades”. We mostly stayed in the eastern & southern US, and did a 6-month stint on St. Thomas USVI. When we completed 3 years of the travel life we relocated to Grand Junction CO, on the very west border of Colorado. Betsy worked at St. Mary’s hospital, in surgery, and Jack worked for Office Depot. We bought a 35 acre piece of heaven in the mountains and Jack built us a cabin. And, of course, lots more really great vacations.
Jack retired from work in 2002 and Betsy started working for the travel agencies again. This time we went to the southwest and northwest US. Betsy retired completely from working in 2007. We keep finding new & wonderful places for vacations. Did a 2 ˝ month trip to Alaska in the summer of 2007. We bought a piece of property in Belize & built a beach “cabana” where we spent 6 winters out of the snow & cold. However in 2009 we decided that we really didn’t want to be in the same place each year. So now we have a motor home & plan to go to different areas to find warm weather each winter.
Two of our grandchildren are married & in 2009 we added a great-grandson and great-granddaughter to our family. April’s daughter will get her degree in nursing this year, which will make 3 generations of RN’s.
We have loved our life, as much as each other. No regrets, wouldn’t change a thing.
leaving Miamisburg in the early 70's, we have made Wilmington our home.
Bonnie and I have 2 married daughters and 5 grandsons We will be married
44 years this summer.
We accepted the Lord in the late 70's and since that time have been involved in Church and a ministry called Young Life.
We owned and operated Zink Meats
of Centerville for 17 years and after selling the business did some
traveling. We are currently running a small seasoning business and we are
planning to move to the Hillsboro area and open a bed and breakfast with
in house dining.