Class of 1956
The Paynesville High School graduating Class of 1956 held their 57-year reunion in Paynesville on Thursday, Sept. 26. Pictured from left are (front) Harvey Kascht, Allen Hertzberg, teacher Harry Schuelke, Kathy Chesness, Marjorie (Thomsen) Schmidt, Alice (Wallace) Liebrenz, Marcella (Driver) Lang, Barbara (Arnold) Nathe, and Mary (Behr) Hahn; (middle) William Muggli, Donna (Lounsbury) Burr, Deloris (Kalkbrenner) Johnson, Rodney Schultz, Richard Loesch, Clarence Glenz, Emilie (Ytzen) Haagenson, Elizabeth (Nehring) Schwarze, Vangie (Lind) Rowell, Mary (Starken) Valdivia, and Dallas Schultz; (back) Bill Knisley, Donald "Coldshot" Schmidt, Kenneth Eells, James Putzke, Arlie Manz, and Lawrence "PeeWee" Thielen.
Class of 1951
The Paynesville High School Class of 1951 held their 62-year reunion at the Paynesville American Legion in September. Pictured from are (front) Bernette (Bauman) Helling, Charles Chesness, Joanna (Waldorf) Pendergast, Beverly (Anderson) Haagenson, Dorothy (Eliason) Surma, and Deloris (Everson) Pfau; (middle) James Muggli, Frances (Heinrich) Nierenhausen, Beatrice (Jenkinson) Camp, Mary (Christenson) Wood, Rita (Grismer) Wolford, Harold Knutson and Larry Haines; (back) Jerome Mackedanz, Leroy Jonas, Maynard Wood, Elvin Lieser, and teacher Harry Schuelke.
Class of 1978
The Paynesville High School graduating Class of 1978 held their 35-year reunion in Paynesville on Saturday, July 27. Pictured from left are (front) Keith Lang, Pam (Dilley) Mitchell, Karen (Koshiol) Breuer, Sandy (Lieser) Hemmesch, Jeanne (Lounsbury) Miller, Betty (Orbeck) Schmidt, Bev (Adams) Olson, Mary (Garding) Laib, Sharon (Gully) Welke, and Sharon (Werner) Blender; (second row) Gwen (Allen) Thomas, Dave Heitke (Class of 1973), Dale Lauer, Keith Hemmesch, Craig Olson, Randy Mayer, Ken Utsch, Duane Fischer, and Gordon Buermann; (back) Marlin Pauly, Sue (Daniels) Litzau, Sue (Easterday) Putzke, Patty (Hendrickson) Neal, Randy Anderson, Kevin Lang, Jeanne (Torborg) Bales, Jackie (Meagher) Braun, Gretchen Anderson, Rich Sturtz, Donna (Peltz) Stone, Tim Deadrick, MaryAnn (Kuefler) Schmidt, Harvey Lieser, Bev (Schaefer) Sauer, Valerie (Hedeen) Olson, and Marcy (Schoenherr) Houk.
Class of 1948
The Paynesville Area High School graduating Class of 1948 gathered for their 65-year reunion on Thursday, July 25, in Paynesville. Fourteen members of the class attended, along with a few spouses and a granddaughter of a classmate. Pictured, from left, are: (front) Carol (Zimmerman) Heitke, Faye (Anderson) Schultz, Ruth (Nauman) Deadrick, Jean (Wegner) Moe, and Betty (Knebel) Coulter; (second row) Bill "Willie" Schultz, Betty (Thompson) Sotendahl, Adeline (Rud) Lang, Jaunita (Lang) Moser, and John Kost; and (back) Ronald Thorson, former teacher Harry Schuelke, Louis "Red" Thielen, and Harold Fangmeier.
Class of 1943
The Paynesville High School Class of 1943 held their 70-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Paynesville. Of the 39 members of the class, nine are known to be living; four are living, but out of contact, and 26 are known to be dead. Pictured are: (front) Dorothy (Pederson) Hendrickson, Charlie Ampe, and Clarice (Haagenson) Rudd; and (back) Jean (Nelson) Schultz, Phyllis (Rutgers) Pearson-Gelinas, and Ruth (Knebel) Hoeft.
Class of 1950
A dozen members of the Paynesville High School Class of 1950 gathered for a reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Paynesville. Pictured at the reunion are from left: (front) Darlene (Olson) Glenz, Laura (Jones) Bloomquist, Deloris (Krueger) Schoenherr, Gladys (Mackedanz) Orbeck, Evelyn (Foreman) Moore, and Melvin Spanier; (back) Maxine (Kalkbrenner) Kubesh, Stan Rausch, Marilyn (Brick) Golembeski, Ellen (Foreman) Bills, Wes Nehring, and Martin Schmitz.
Class of 1958
The Paynesville High School graduating Class of 1958 held their 55-year reunion in Paynesville on Thursday, Sept. 19. Pictured at the reunion are, from left: (front) Lorraine (Nathe) Putzke, Diane (Nelson) Schultz, Ramona (Schmidt) Frank, Jeanette (Weber) Mackedanz, Lucy (Lounsbury) Urdahl, Gayle (Harnit) Miller, and Kathleen (Heinen) Nett; (middle row) John Olsen, Nick Schmitz, Don Liestman, Viola (Utsch) Kremer, Warren Nehring, Marie (Hoeft) Deadrick, Judy (Haagenson) Schmidt, and Devonna (Krupke) Thompson; and (back) John Unger, Manford Steele, Gilbert Stadley, teacher Harry Schuelke, Louis Leyendecker, Art Voss, Dan Deadrick, Ken Pung, and Don Jones.
Class of 1945
Five members of the PHS Class of 1945 met in August in Buffalo, Minn., for their 68-year reunion. Present were: (left to right) Les Herzog of Litchfield; Lee Herzog of Paynesville; Vern Fischbach of Richfield; Dick Kannenberg of Paynesville; and Evelyn (Wahl) Carlson of Eden Prairie. Of the original class, 15 of the 31 members are still iving. They plan to meet again next year and are starting to make plans for their 70th reunion in 2015.
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