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12/06/17 01:15 PM #101    


Raymond Scheele

The recent passing of several of our classmates has brought each of us to reflect, again, on our many friends, those with whom we grew up, and those we learned from throughout our Poky High years. Guy Gertsch's passing touched us all.  Clearly, he was known by all of us.  The memories of Guy posted on this website denote his impact.  Guy authored four books.  You can purchase three of them from Amazon and the latest one published this year and will soon be listed.  How do we go about keeping his memory and those of so many other departed classmates in our thoughts through time?  I contacted the Poky High Bursar, Ms. Cindy Parker.  I asked Cindy if there was a way in which members of the Class of 1961 could make donations to Poky High in memory of one or more of our departed classmates.  Cindy said that the Poky High Foundation receives donations but having individuals from a Class memorialize their deceased classmates, by name, has never been done.  I immediately thought that this is ready-made for our class:  We always have done things that no other class has ever done!  We already have a history, for our Reunion Committee authorized a $500 donation to the PHS Foundation a few years ago, with the funds to be used for students.  Rita Haggardt made the connections.  Cindy Parker will establish a "Class of 1961" account.  You can send a check written to the Pocatello High Foundation, Class of 1961, stating that the donation is in memory of one or more of our deceased classmates whom you wish to memorialize.  You can send a donation any time of the year.  The funds will be spent only for teachers and students, such as class items and field trips.  You can also target the use, such as for a scholarship, which, through time, could provide a student with additional education.  If you want more information, you can reach Cindy at 208-233-2056, extension #4.  The address for your donation in memory of a classmate is:  Pocatello High School Foundation, 325 N. Arthur, Pocatello, Idaho, 83204.


12/09/17 10:16 PM #102    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I was saddened to learn of Guy's passing.  I have known him since junior high, always admired his athletic abilities and enjoyed his writings.  So sorry for your loss Mary Nell, but what a beautiful love story that you found each other, hugs to you and Guy's family.  

06/07/18 11:45 PM #103    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I am saddened to announce that we have lost another classmate.  I talked with Martin at our 50th, and he told me how lonely he was with out Cheryl and how often he woud come to Pocatello to visit her grave.  So I can take comfort in knowing he is with her again, RIP Martin. 

.Bert MARTIN Foster (January 3, 1942 -June 2, 2018)

Bert Martin Foster passed away at his home in Evanston, Wyoming on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the age of 76  He was born on January 3, 1942 in Pocatello, Idaho to George and Mae Foster.  He attended Pocatello High School.

Martin enjoyed hunting and ammo reloading, fishing and boating and spending time at his cabin in Alpine, Wyoming.  He enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He and his wife, Cheryl married June 15, 1962, after marriage moved to Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas for several years.  They resided in Evanston since the early 80's and continued raising children and grandchildren.

Martin is survived by his children Candace (Steve) Bindrup; Heather (Jesse) Schurz; Tate (Angie) Foster; and Whitney Mitchell.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Cheryl Ann Fosdter; parents George and Mae; brother George Lynnwood Fosterl and brother Jon Dale Foster.

Graveside services will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11 am.

On-line condolences and guestbook at




06/08/18 07:27 PM #104    


Patricia Walsh (Turman)

We have lost another classmate Shirley Kay Williams Rose 75 of Idaho Falls passed away peacefully June 5th 2018 at Morning Star Senior Living Center surrounded by her Family. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday June 9,2018 at the Idaho Fall LDS 31st Ward (1165 Azalea Drive) The family will visit with friends on Friday from 6:30pm To 8:00pm at Wood Furneral Home 273 N Ridge Ave and Saturday from 10-10:45 am prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cememtery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer"s Association in her memory at

06/09/18 10:29 PM #105    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

We were notified by Patricia McComb Larsen of the passing of LaVera McComb Borowy in August 2017 in Walla Walla, WA.  LaVera was born on March 25, 1942 and was a vetern of the U.S.Army.  She is survived by two sons, Floyd Weeks and Mchael Bair.  

I worked with LaVera in the Clerks Union at the UPRR, RIP LaVera.  


07/11/18 10:39 PM #106    


Patricia Walsh (Turman)


Patricia Vigliaturo <>

Jul 8 (3 days ago)


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I am working on the "Over 50 Class Reunion"  We have posted the registration on the Over 50 class website to be downloaded if anyone is interested in the reunion.  Can you post to on your class website the information for this reunion.  63 and 62 were able to get it on their websites.  Thanks for any help you can give me.  Pat Vigliaturo 208-339-2244

09/05/18 04:21 PM #107    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

For the out of town people who may not know....Ray Snyder had heart surgery to replace a valve on June 6th at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.  Subsequently, he has had 8 more surgeries, been on dialisis, and in ICU for 3 months.  Today or tomorrow he will be moved to a different floor, which is great news.    He has been one terribly sick man, and I must say he is one tough Marine.  Keep him in your prayers.  If you would like to send a card the address is....

Joyce Snyder

827-1 3rd Avenue

Salt Lake City, Utah 84103


09/05/18 04:23 PM #108    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Elanore Mulick Hughes is doing better since her recent back surgery.  If you would like to send a card her address is:


Elanore Mulick Hughes

Gables Assisted Living

1405 Curlew Drive
Ammon, ID 83406

09/05/18 04:29 PM #109    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Pat Walsh Turman went for an eye exam and the doctor sent her to the hospital.  It was determined that she had 2 brain tumors.  She had brain surgery on August 28th and during surgery a third tumor was located which had metastasized.  She is now home healing and waiting for decisions on further treatments.  Please keep her in your prayers.  If you would like to send a card her address is:

Pat Turman

2081 N Inkom Road

Inkom, ID 83245  

09/05/18 04:35 PM #110    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Karen LaChance Hartford's husband Bill is ill with blood cancer.  If you would like to send them a card the address is:

Karen LaChance Hartford

4534 Sarah Loop

Chubbuck, ID 83202

Phone:  208-242-3997

09/06/18 12:48 PM #111    

Davis Katsilometes

Thank you RaNae for your communications on our classmates. Kind regards, Davis

09/06/18 01:32 PM #112    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Congratulations to classmates Sandy Parkin Mangum and Tom Yunker on their recent marriage.  Sandy recently returned from a check up at Huntsman Cancer Center.  She is still in Stage 4, but doing well and remaining positive.  A big Thank You to Tom for taking such good care of this beautiful lady.  We wish you many happy years together.   

09/28/18 12:16 AM #113    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

A couple of weeks ago we attended my husbands 60th Poky High reunion.  Upon signing in I noticed that Carolyn Poore Rhondeau had signed in, and I was tickled thinking I could get a current address on our classmate Rita Rhondeau.  I was saddened to learn that Rita had passed away, and requested Carolyn furnish me more information so I could update Rita's information.    I received the following in an e-mail tonight.

"Rita Rhondeau Marsh passed on May 31, 2012 in Reno, Nevada suffering a heart attack while visiting the family's summer home at Lake Tahoe.  She was married to George Marsh where they lived in a Del Webb Retirement Community in Roseville, CA.  She is survived by her husband, George, and children, Lorna Kae Culligan of Lincoln, CA, son, David Culligan of Loomis, CA, and grandchildren Justin and Taylor Culligan and Alexandria Culligan and numerous nephews and nieces.  One brother, Willard (Bill) Rhondeau of Citrus Heights, CA survives.  Rita is predeceased by her parents, Jack and Rosella Rhondeau, her sister, Marianna Cole, and three brothers, Jack, Ronald and Robert (Bob).   Thank you for asking about Rita.  I loved her like a true sister.  Carolyn."

Rita was shy, had a very kind soul and was fun to be around.  RIP my friend.



11/16/18 02:50 PM #114    


Glenn McMinn

I see Eugene Richards name with no notations on it.  I don't remember the year or even what to relate the time wth, but I remember being told that he was killed in a car accident in Mexico.  I am guessing it was in the 70's or early 1980's that it occurred.  His wife had lived in Mexico and I think he was there on a visit.  

11/17/18 05:46 PM #115    


Craig Callaway

Thanks, Glenn.  I've wondered many times over the years about what happened to Eugene.

01/13/19 12:01 PM #116    


Glenn McMinn

I was talking with a veteran that was in submarines in the Navy.  I then thought of Terry Bowman, who was a Naval Officer and wondered if anyone knows his status.  I would love to make contact with Terry, if it is possible.  He is not on the website at all.  If you have info--post, or message me.  Thanks Glenn

01/14/19 12:46 PM #117    

Scott Bistline

Hi Glenn,    While Jack Bradford (lives in Alabama) was visiting me this summer I got in touch with Terry.  He lives in Eagle and came over to Meridian (where I live) and the three of us played golf and then his wife joined us for dinner.  First time I had seen him in years.  His phone nuymber is 208-939-8158.  I'm sure he would love to hear from you.  Hope all is well with you.  Scott Bistline

01/15/19 02:22 PM #118    


Glenn McMinn

Scott:  Jerry Lowe gave me his email and we have already shared a newsy letter.  We are looking forward to a lunch sometime in the future.  Thanks for replying.  Great to hear from you also.  


03/06/19 06:02 PM #119    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

We have been notified that classmate Eugene Richards passed away in 1992, from a car wreck. 

03/06/19 06:17 PM #120    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Steven Delorr Farnsworth passed away on February 21, 2019.  Obituary states his wife Lanette Barker, also a classmate, preceded him in death.  Will try to get her information to update our  "In Memory" section.  Obituary follows:

"Steven Delorr Farnsworth, 76, died peacefully, February 21, 2019, following a short battle with stomach cancer.  Dad was born on July 28, 1942 to John and Jennie Farnsworth.  He was the oldest of 4 boys.

He grew up in Pocatello and went to grade school at the high school annex, Walshington, Green Acres, Franklin middle school and Pocatello High School.  Dad wrestled at Franklin middle schol and was good at it.  While attending Poky, Dad broke his neck jumping on the trampoline.  He had to wear a half body cast for 6 months.  He grew 2 inches during that time.  It was also at Poky that he met the love of his life, Lanette Barker.  They graduated together and were married on December 27, 1961.  

Dad joined th Navy in 1962 and was stationed in San Diego, Calif.  He would go out to sea for months at a time.  It was while serving that he learned how to cook and it became a life long love of his.  After being honorably discharged, he went to work for Challenge, then on to Boise Cascade, Anderson Lumber and Lamb Weston.  Mon and Dad opened their own bakery called The Bread Basket Bakery.  The would make delicious donuts and rolls and delivered them to many businesses throughout the city.  People refered to Dad as "the donut man".  They retired from the bakery in 2008.  Dad loved to fish and would always have a pole ready to go.  Dad was a big and friendly man.  He knew people everywhere he went.  If you weren't a friend, he hadn't met you yet.  Bill Jolley has been his best friend his whole life.

He is survived by 4 children, Lauree (Mike) Snooks, Kay Wulf, Kelli Farnsworth, Steve (Kerrie) Farnsworth, 3 brothers, Keith ("Cheryl), Galen (Kathy) and Kenny Farnsworth.  10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 2 beloved cats, Missy and Mittons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lanette, his daughter, Deana and his parents, John and Jennie Farnsworth.  No services are planned at this time."

RIP Steve



03/06/19 06:30 PM #121    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Clasmate Lanette Barker Farnsworth was born on March 14, 1943 and passed away peacefully at her home in Pocatello on February 22, 2016.  Lanette married classmate Steven Farnsworth.  She was buried in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Pocatello, Idaho.  

RIP Lanette


03/25/19 03:03 PM #122    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate  "Madeline "Sammie" Hill Steely 76, of Pocatello was born on March 7th, 1943 in Pocatello and passed away on March 17, 2019 in Pocatello.  She attended Emerson Elementary School, Irving Junior High and Pocatelo High School.  Madeline spent her 34 year career as a Bartender/Cocktail waitress in Pocatello, where she worked at the Ginza bar, The Spaghetti Mill, The Bannock Hotel, The Grand Saloon, the Center Street Clubhouse, the Elks Lodge and finished her lengthy career at Fitzgerald's Casino in Reno, Nevada.  She met the love of her life Charles "Chuck" Steely while working at the Elks Lodge.  She is survived by her spouse Chuck, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  

There will be a celebration of life being held at Cornelison Funeral Home located at 431 N. 15th Ave, Pocatello on Saturday the 30th of March 2019 at 2pm, and we will be having a gathering to continue the celebration at the Elks Lodge at 410 S Main St., Pocatello.  We ask everyone to join us at this wonderful celebration of our Mother and please remember this is a "Celebration", Mon wants everyone to be smiling and laughing like she always did.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at  208-232-0542."


RIP Madeline

03/28/19 10:18 PM #123    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Following is obituary for classmate Linda May (Newsom) Merrill:   "Age 75, daughter of Earmal and Elnora May Newsom born in Pocatello, Idaho, fought a valiant and courageous fight with Parkinsons and FINALLY got to go home to God's loving embrace February 23, 2019, exactly at midnight.

Her love and determination set an exceptional example for her three living children to follow:  Russ (Linda) Lewis, Connie (Bob) Sistrunk, and Shannon McNeal along with 7 granddaughters 8 greatgrandsons, and one great granddaughter.  She is also survived by her brother, Blaine (Terry) Newsom and sister Sandra (Jim) McKinley, and sister in spirit and best friend Pat Bailey.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Merrill, and her brother, Wade Newsom.  She was an avid reader, a fisherwoman and loved to help people and make them laugh and smile!  Honoring her wishes, her remains will be cremated through Downard Funeral Home, and no public services will be held.

The family wishes to thank the exceptional nurses, CNAs, housekeeper's and staff at Gateway Transitional Care Center (her second family) and Dr.Nielsen, nurses, minister and social workers at Encompass Hospice.  Your kindness, hugs, and love given was and is truly appreciated."

RIP Linda

04/05/19 10:21 PM #124    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Karen LaChance Hartford called me this evening and requested that I advise fellow classmates that her husband Bill (who is under Hospice care for leukemia) was hospitalized today with pneumonia.  Please keep Karen and Bill in your prayers.  If anyone would like to call the number is 208-242-3997 and their address is 4534 Sarah Loop, Chubbuck, ID 83202.  

04/08/19 05:07 PM #125    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Karen LaChance Hartford's husband Bill passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  She will meet with family and friends at Cornelison Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  They will proceed to the cemetary for a couple of prayers, then to St. Anthony Church (approx 1:30pm) for a luncheon.  

Hugs to Karen

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