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03/31/19 03:07 PM #1285    

Sylvia Lovegren (Petras)

The poll about the 2020 70th reunion party is on the Facebook page

Franklin High School Quakers Class of 68 50th Reunion Seattle

06/05/19 01:39 PM #1286    

Ric Rivera

Good health to everyone! Summer is upon us. Sad news although, class of  '67 two notables passed away within days of each other - Honorable Judge Ron Mamiya and HS quarterback David Zauhar

This location popped up on the old PC. I wondered if clansman John MacLeod has a long genealogy history dating back to the 16th century of the builders, the other Clan MacLeod of Ardvreck Castle on the shore of Loch Assynt? Aye, surely you do of the Highlands rule me, lad?smiley

08/04/19 01:03 AM #1287    

Ric Rivera

What is summer without hydroplanes on Lake Washington, then came the Blue Angels as part of the Air Show that was added in 1972.

08/06/19 11:07 PM #1288    

Mark Weaver

Just got some really sad news, our classmate, Bob GLover's cancer has returned and has spread to his liver. There isn't anything they can do about it. He is in hospice care and I was told he is not eating. HIs wife, Jan said he going down fast. Please pray for Bob, Jan and their family at this difficult time. This a tough one for me too. Bob is one of my closest friends.

08/07/19 10:16 AM #1289    

Sylvia Lovegren (Petras)

So sorry to hear that, Mark.  Bob was always such a nice guy.  Please pass on my prayers and thoughts to Bob and his wife, and to you, too.  Holding you all in the Light.

08/07/19 10:37 AM #1290    

Mark Weaver


Thanks Sly.


08/07/19 10:54 AM #1291    

Robert W Talbot

I’m so sorry Mark. I just lost my oldest and dearest friend to pancreatic cancer in January. I miss him every day and find myself wanting to call him and discuss daily happenings. Hang in there and give him all the love and support you can give him.

08/07/19 12:26 PM #1292    


John MacLeod

Sad to realize that we are entering the last stage of our life.  Sorry to read about Bob.

Mr. Talbot.  I know exactly how you feel about losing close friends that you interacted with every day.  I got lucky with one friend's passing.  His daughter kept his phone and message.  I still get to call him, leave a message and get a call back.


08/07/19 12:40 PM #1293    


John MacLeod

Well, after 10 months on my sit down I am finally back to work.  I guess my various joints were only rated for 68 years.  I am now right there with the six million dollar man.  Only I am more like the $6.50 man.  I am about to break the 20 minute mile on a downhill slope and tail wind.

Ric,  Thanks for the picture of one of the Clan's castles.  I am laying low on that rehab project.  Family always wants to nickle and dime you and then still wants a discount.

I have said before that my profession has always been my hobby.  It feels good to be back.


08/10/19 04:52 PM #1294    

Mark Weaver

First of all I want to start out by saying thank you to Bob Talbot, John Macleod and Sly for your comments of sympathy. Bob Glover passed away last night. Bob was a good man and a great friend of mine for many years. I will miss him greatly. Please keep his wife, Jan in your prayers. As expected this is really a difficult time for her.


08/10/19 10:12 PM #1295    

John Hein

Mark, that is very sad news, but thanks for letting us know. I didn't know Bob very well, but he always seemed the perfect gentleman. Sincere condolences to his family & friends. Never a good time for such a loss, so please try to find solace in knowing his suffering has ceased. Bob, RIP

08/11/19 10:25 AM #1296    

Sylvia Lovegren (Petras)

Mark, I'm so very sorry.  Big hugs to you.  Please pass on my condolences to his wife and family.  

08/12/19 03:22 AM #1297    

Susan Niven

So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. I remember him as a gentle soul. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

09/03/19 03:39 PM #1298    

Nancy Raetzloff (Groth)

Has anyone heard anything about the death of classmate Barbara Davidson?  Sandy Smith Hanson, thinks she read something about our Barbara, but can't find the info now.  If anyone has any info, please post here or contact me.




09/27/19 01:24 PM #1299    

Mark Benecke

I hope this note finds you in good health and enjoying this special time of year.  Our 2019 65 & Over tennis team, playing out of Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, WA, competed earlier this month in the USTA Sectional Tournament in Sun River, OR.  Other participating teams included Robinswood of Bellevue, Jupiter of Tacoma, Amy Yee of Seattle and club teams from Eugene, Salem, Tualatin & Eastern WA.  Our team finished with a 1 - 2 record with losses to Jupiter and Amy Yee..and a win against Eugene.  Amy Yee won the tournament by going undefeated and finishing with a perfect 4 - 0 record.  It was fun for me to play against Amy Yee, knowing their home court location is on MLK Way, not far from Franklin and our old Mt Baker neighborhood.  Our Amy Yee match featured 5 of the 6 sets decided by a tie-break and two of the three matches going to a 10 point match tie-break.  In my 18 years of playing USTA tennis, I've never been involved in a match that close.  (In the USTA 65 & Over league, all matches are doubles.)  I have a feeling a few of Amy's players were likely Franklin alums or at least from Mt Baker or Rainier Valley.


Only the three kneeling players in our team photo are from Washington.  Arvid on my right is from Vancouver and Jim on my left is from Richland.  Other home states include Oregon, Illinois, Utah, South Carolina & New York.  4 players are between 65 & 69, 4 are 70 - 77 & one is 83 years young!!


Wishing you all the best!










09/28/19 01:10 PM #1300    

Janice Lynn Ferrera

Hey Mark - congrats on making it to sectionals!  I didn’t play on a 65’s team this year but I think your team played against my boyfriends team from Jupiter!  They went 2-1.  Right now I’m playing on a 55’s team out of Galbraith.  Hope all is well.


09/29/19 09:53 AM #1301    

Mark Benecke

Hi Janice.  Yes....I actually met your friend last November at the 2018 Sectionals in Tacoma.  He made some nice comments about how my partner and I played against his Jupiter teammates at the #1 position. We won our individual match in a tie break but lost the team match 2 - 1.  We were talking after the match and I mentioned I grew up in Sattle and graduated from Franklin.  He asked if I new you and of course I said yes.  It was a very enjoyable conversation.  We've played Jupiter several times at Sectionals and although the matches have been very close....we've never beaten  them.  I've gotten to know several of their players on a first name basis.  They're all good sports and really good players.  I'm playing in the 55 & Over league too so maybe I'll see you down the road at next year's Sectionals.  Hopefully one of these years we'll find a way to defeat Jupiter!  Thanks Janice!          

09/29/19 11:47 AM #1302    


Eddie Lau

Men's 55+ 7.0 Section Finals, we lost 2-1 to Pinole, CA

09/29/19 11:48 AM #1303    


Eddie Lau

Congratulation to all of us for being able to get out and play!

09/30/19 12:12 PM #1304    

Ric Rivera

WoW! Congrats to you all for being active and for sharing your joys certainly a benchmark especially at the golden age level! yes

09/30/19 12:24 PM #1305    

Ric Rivera

A connection with the present and the past. 

Our Facebook Class Site is now named “Franklin High School Quakers Class of 68 Seattle” leaving off the 50th Reunion to the past.

a Private group

As posted on Facebook,  DID YOU KOW these other Facebook groups exist on our greater community featuring RAINIER VALLEY & SEATTLE conversation. You may want to peek see and JOIN them to widen & share your experiences.


09/30/19 02:24 PM #1306    

Mark Benecke

Thanks for the kind words Rick.  I'm a lot more conscientious of my fitness today than I was way back when we were young, fresh and fearless.  Just trying to beat those longevity odds.....

Great team picutre Eddie!!  Great to see you're still playing tennis and looking so healthy and happy.  A big congratulations to you and your team on making it to your Section Finals!








12/30/19 08:51 PM #1307    

Susan Niven


Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!


12/31/19 08:42 AM #1308    

Donna Amira

Thank you! May 2020 bring you great health, happiness, prosperity and the fulfillment of your heart's deepest desires.

12/31/19 03:43 PM #1309    

Ric Rivera

As the 2019 Chapter ends another, another page, a wiser chapter begins. Wishing ALL the very best Health and Well-Being going forward. We are ALL interconnected no matter how far we are apart.  

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