Activities gather Ayersville Class of 1971


Defiance High School class of 1971 recently celebrated the 40th anniversary since its graduation. There were 50 alumni and two honored guests in attendance.

Activities for the weekend included a mixer at the Station on Friday night and a dinner reception on Saturday at Defiance Elks Lodge.

After dinner Bob Gutman, chairman of the event, thanked the committee members for organizing and planning the event.

Committee members included Teri (Struble) Westrick, Becky Hees, and Pat (Hoover) Bragg. Jack Palmer then took over as master of ceremonies; a moment of silence was observed for the 25 deceased class members.

Two special guests were recognized. Vince Polce, then DHS band director, was honored along with class members sharing their memories of their days in the DHS Band of Class.

Betty Pickering was also honored with fond memories of her as the high school secretary.

Special awards were given to classmates with the most grandchildren, the one who traveled the longest distance, the classmate married the most years, and the oldest and youngest classmate attending. A prize was also given for the best dressed "hippie" at the Friday mixer.

Attending from out of town were the following:

Becky (Bauer) Carpenter, Ft. Wayne; Mike Elberson, Elmgrove, Wis.; Becky (Engle) Copalla, Knoxville, Tenn.; Ted and Linda (Gustwiler) Feeney, Villa Rica, Ga.; Hector Gonzales, Mentor; Deb (Heller) Ebaugh, Sherwood; Charles Krumel, London, Oh.; Melody (Maisenbacher) Creeger, Tiffin; Hope (Manriquez) Sanchez, Houston, Texas; Tighe (Meyer) Duston, Union, Ky.; Diane (Oberlin) Lagerstrom, Petoskey, Mich.; Jim Pixler, Cincinnati; Norm (Powell), Baxter, Minn.; Annette (Rettig) Kretz, Boulder, Colo.; Sandy (Smith) Blackard, Round Rock, Texas; Jane (Wachtman) Jackson, Auburn, Ind.; Bonnie (Weaks) Kirkpatrick, Columbus; Cris (Westrick) Small, Greenville, N.C.; Janet (Whetstone) Foster, The Woodlands, Texas; Michelle (Wilhelm) Brown, West Mansfield; Karen Zabinski, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; and Joan (Zeller) Bonin, Rodchester, Mich.

Alumni attending from Defiance were:

John Behringer, Carol (Bergman) Mangas, Besty (Boehm) Hileman, Jennie (Burger) Shindler, Rick Davis, Nancy (Feeney) Stone, Joe Geiger, Bob Gutman, Becky Hees, Eric Hench, Pat (Hoover) Bragg, David Karr, Cindy (Korhn) Lehman, Rafael Manriquez, Patti (McCann) Parks, Jack Palmer, Becky (Parish) Gutman, Rex Sierer, Lisa (Small) Sealscott, Bob Steffel, Teri (Struble) Westrick, Nancy (Stuckey) Coe, Mike Wallen, Lonnie Warncke, and Cathy Weber.

The next reunion will be in 2016 with Bob Gutman serving as chairman.

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