Diane (Sauer) Hughes reports: It is with regret that I inform you that we have lost one of our classmates this month, Vernyce Benson Ellickson. Below is a message I received from her husband, Jim, along with a link to the obituary posted from Clear Lake, Iowa, where they live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Verny’s family.
From Jim Ellickson in a message to Diane and classmates: "I am Verny’s husband. I regret to tell you that she passed away last Monday, February 1st. She had been fighting a chronic illness for the last 13 years – in fact, her doctors at Mayo clinic told her 13 years ago that she probably had less than a year, so we are all grateful for the bonus years that we had with her.
"I know she enjoyed the HiLiners61 newsletter that you would send out. She would have loved to visit one of the gatherings in Valley City but her illness prevented any extended travel. Thank you for the memories you gave her with your newsletter." - Jim
To read Vernyce's obituary from the funeral home's website, click here. - LG 2-9-2016
Hiliners61 Communication Team
Our 2010 reunion (50th Year celebration held during our 49th year since graduation) created a "Hiliners 61 Communication Team." This sub-committee continues to provide information and connections for you and all of our classmates. It's our gift to each of you and to ourselves as we enjoy our interactions with classmates as they contribute stories, ideas, news items and words of encouragement. We urge each of you to send us emails and/or place comments on the blog. - Barb (Sheppard) Lang, Diane (Sauer) Hughes, Larry Gauper and Ron Morsch - Email addresses for communication team members are available on the ABOUT THIS BLOG page. Click to it on the right side of this screen. NOTE: If you're viewing this on a smart phone and you can't see the Remembrance List or the "bios" on the right side of the screen, scroll to the bottom of the site (on your phone) and click on "VIEW WEB VERSION."