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06/02/21 01:30 PM #3775    

Pam Galbraith (Hudson)

Jim and Nancy,

Well said about Memorial Day!!!!  Thank You!!

06/02/21 01:30 PM #3776    

Richard Burr

So well said, Nancy. Younger people haven't a clue. Some are even trying to remove the holiday, as they say, it's a non-event to them.   Only a long weekend. Hmmm..........was that said already?! Allen, who was a close friend I grew up with, class of '68 Whitmer HS, was piloting a med  evac helicopter in Viet Nam, removing wounded U.S.Soldiers from a "hot zone" when his chopper was struck by enemy fire July 17, 1971 and went down killing all on board. Allen volunteered for duty as a pilot in Viet Nam. Was married for less than 1 1/2 years.  Allen is honored on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC. R. I. P. Allen, you live on thru memories๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ A true hero. I think of him a lot, especially Memorial Day. A true hero!  

06/03/21 02:31 AM #3777    


Dale Benington

Just a quick reminder, we have scheduled a "Fundango" for Thursday, June 3rd, starting at 4:00 pm, at Tekela's Mexican Cocina y Cantina, and that would be today.
Ed arranged for us to have two tables in the back room, and asked that I remind you that all of their appetizers and margaritas are half price during their 3:00 to 5:30 Happy Hour. 
The address is 5147 S. Main St Sylvania, OH 43560, and once again the date is Thursday, June 3rd (today!!!). Hope that you all can make it, and fully enjoy a non-pandemic "Fundango," with no nomandated COVID restrictions to follow.

06/03/21 10:27 AM #3778    


Mark Cramer

I don't think that most Americans (young or old) know much about the origins of Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day).

Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang, and celebrated.

06/03/21 04:01 PM #3779    

Deborah Jo Cotterman (Keller)

Rick Boyd, I lived across the street from Eddie. We used to have "talent shows" in his garage. It was a neighborhood production. I remember well the day the Cross family found out they'd lost Eddie. They were expecting him home any day and instead found a stranger on their porch. They had stocked the fridge with steaks for him. It was a terrible time.

06/04/21 07:23 PM #3780    


Nancy Wolff (Szymanski)

OK my fellow Spartans, one of our own is a bit "under the weather".  Frank Fischer's birthday is June 15th & I'm asking that we all flood him with birthday wishes - either on this site or on Facebook or if you want to send a card, message me & I'll give you his address.  He needs a boost to his spirits.  Thanks!  

06/04/21 09:10 PM #3781    

Marge Updegraff (Mendeljian)






Linda Carstensen (Chip's wife), Sue Albright, Jan Fought

Elaine Worley, Chris Grevis, Lisa (Chris's cousin)

Sherry & Mike Nutting

Jackie Hanna & Paul (Jackie's husband)

Bill Carstensen (CHEERS!!!!)

Nancy Wolff & Kathy Storm

Marge Updegraff and Chuck (husband)

Pam Galbraith and Ron (husband)

Bill & Cathy (Burcewicz) Carstensen

Dale Benington & Kathy Storm

Chip & Linda Carstensen

Rick Boyd & Dave Dugai

Harriet Brown and husband Terry

Joe (Kim Wening's husband) .....Kim still selling tickets!

06/05/21 05:56 AM #3782    


Patrick Gilbert

Great pics Marge! Thank you.

Bill you look like you are healthy as a bull.. Keep on keepin on. So nice to see Elaine Worley in attendance. Chris you look 20 years younger after loosing the beard. Chip and Dave DiGai?? What is your secret of youth?? Not to mention all of our Spartan ladies.. Looks like the fountain of youth is in Toledo!!  You all need to share it with the rest of the class! Love seeing all of you stay well gang. We are looking forward to the next reunion..


Pat & La-Li Gilbert

06/09/21 05:48 AM #3783    


Janis Fought (Brown)

Karen White Lauber passed away. Her obituary is in today's s Toledo Blade.

06/09/21 05:56 AM #3784    


Janis Fought (Brown)

A contribution in her memory has been sent to Hospice of NW Ohio on behalf of the Class of 68.

06/10/21 06:56 AM #3785    

Gary McMahon



Karen Lauber, whose finesse with customers, clients, and colleagues won her respect as she became a leader in banking and real estate, died May 29 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. She was 70. She had cancer, her husband, James Lauber, said. Mrs. Lauber was president in 2001 of the Toledo Board of Realtors. She was the board's Realtor of the Year for 2000, in recognition of her work as a volunteer officer of the organization. She served on the Ohio Association of Realtors' executive committee and was a former trustee of the National Association of Realtors. "She just really was a wonderful leader," said Paula Hiett, former chief executive of the Toledo Board of Realtors, who became a close friend. "She was direct and spoke her mind, but did it in a diplomatic kind of way. She sought out everyone's opinion and did her homework on whatever the issue was." Mrs. Lauber in the late 1980s came to real estate sales from banking "to do something different and new," her husband said. She sold houses and through the years was affiliated with DiSalle Real Estate; Welles Bowen Realtors; Lance Tyo & Associates, and Sulphur Springs Realty. Al Hotchkiss, a former board of realtors president, said: "That's why she was so good. She was compassionate." Mrs. Lauber and her husband retired in 2013 to Angola, Ind. They later returned to Sylvania Township, after which she became a property manager for Mr. Hotchkiss' company, Noral Property Management. She oversaw rentals and management of condominiums. She also fielded calls for repairs and put the appropriate subcontractor on the case. "She was a lifesaver. She did everything for me," Mr. Hotchkiss said. "Everybody felt like they were her friend." Mrs. Lauber was born Oct. 26, 1950, to Bernadine and Clifford White and grew up on Elmhurst Road in West Toledo. She was a graduate of Start High School in 1968 and attended Davis Business College, as it was then known. After work at a finance company, she was hired by the former Ohio Citizens Bank to be a receptionist. Mrs. Lauber became a teller and, in 1982, was named manager of the Holland branch. She later managed branches at Miracle Mile and Saxon Square shopping centers. She became an Ohio Citizens assistant vice president. "She was very customer-service oriented, and the bank took notice of that and started moving her along in the branch system," her husband said. Surviving are her husband, James, whom she married Nov. 5, 1981; daughter, Kelly Kubiak; stepdaughters, Lisa Jorgensen and Amy Gorman, and five grandsons.

06/15/21 02:55 PM #3786    

Marge Updegraff (Mendeljian)

Rest in peace Karen.

06/15/21 02:58 PM #3787    

Marge Updegraff (Mendeljian)

Happy Birthday Frank!
Enjoy your special day!
Take care, Marge

06/15/21 10:25 PM #3788    

Rick Boyd

Question. How many of our classmates married fellow classmates?

06/20/21 07:36 AM #3789    


Janis Fought (Brown)

Harold Leiter, Class of 68, passed away June 17, 2021. A contribution in his memory will be made to TPS for SHS.

06/20/21 09:31 AM #3790    

Gary McMahon


Harold "Hal" Ellsworth Leiter, III 

8/17/1949 - 6/17/21

Harold Ellsworth Leiter, III, age 71, of Sylvania, died Thursday evening at the Defiance In-patient Hospice Center.

His Legacy… Harold was born August 17, 1949 to Harold Ellsworth, Sr. and Lillian Frances (Sradeja) Leiter in Toledo. He graduated from Start High School in 1968.  On April 27, 1985, he married Tina M. Szymanski at St. Mark's Episcopal. He retired from World Tire Corp. and Michel Tire.

His Family… Surviving is his wife, Tina; children, Keri (Doug) Hoellrich, Holgate, Annie (Brian) Nowicki, Stafford, VA, and Kevin Leiter, Wyandotte, MI; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Pat (Eric) Snyder and Kathy (Matt) Adams; and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Leiter. Harold was preceded in death by a son, Jason Wade Leiter, and a brother, Robert "Joe" Leiter.


06/20/21 01:54 PM #3791    

Rick Boyd


06/20/21 07:18 PM #3792    


Jeff Willets

May God Have Mercy On His  Soul

06/21/21 03:58 PM #3793    


John Lipski

We mourn the loss of another fine classmate. Rest in peace Hal.

06/21/21 06:04 PM #3794    


Scott Nellis

RIP Hal. Remeber him well and pleasantly so. The double edged sword of a long life, is saying goodbye to those who helped make it meaningful. Going for 71 this year, who'd a thought. 


06/22/21 11:37 PM #3795    


Dale Benington



If you haven’t heard by now, our June “Fundango” was one of our most fun and successful. We had close to 30 participants and there was a lot of good conversation and laughter. I got to hear some stories that I had never heard before, perhaps the most entertaining being the $20 worth of dinner frustrations that Rick Boyd had to endure on his prom date with Pam Galbraith. Then too, Cathy Burcewicz was showing off some claw like object that came out of Billy Carstensen’s neck vein, that looked like something from an alien possession movie.


I am looking forward to the encore performance which is scheduled to happen at our July “Fundango” on Tuesday, July 6th, out on the Lost Peninsula, at Tony’s Quarterdeck, located on 6215 Edgewater Dr.


Our July “Fundango” location came to our attention as a result of being highly recommended by Kim Wening, and we are assuming that its riverfront location should make for an ideal setting on a warm summer late afternoon. So plan on joining us at 4pm and on staying until your classmates run out of Start High School memories to share or money to spend (whichever comes first). Hope to see you there.

06/29/21 04:49 PM #3796    


Janis Fought (Brown)

As many of you know, we established a Memorial fund for the Class of 68 at our last Fundango. We raffled two Ohio State jackets. Winners were Rick Boyd and Dave Dugai. The raffle raised $110.

The fund will provide a way for the Class of 68 to acknowledge a member who is ill or has lost a spouse. In addition the fund will provide a memorial gift to a charity listed in an obituary in memory of the classmate that has passed. If none is listed, a donation will be made to Toledo Public Schools Foundation, restricted to Start.                        

Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets at the Fundango. A special thanks to John Lipski who read about our new fund and sent a very generous check.





07/09/21 12:15 PM #3797    


Janis Fought (Brown)

Good news, non-OSU fans. Michigan windbreakers for the next raffle at the August Fundango wherever it may be.

07/28/21 10:32 PM #3798    

Marge Updegraff (Mendeljian)

Pat Gilbert received this and asked me to post on our Message Forum.


07/29/21 09:33 PM #3799    


Kathy Storm (Wenniger)

Who wants to go? I do. I've been there on the highschool night, it's a good time. Right Rick Boyd?

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