WARSAW, Ill. -- The Warsaw High School Class of 1971 held its 40-year class reunion on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16.
Bruce Watt of Australia, was the first-ever foreign exchange student to attend WHS. He graduated with the Class of 71. He returned for this year's reunion. He had also previously attended the five-year and 20-year reunions. Watt and his wife, Kate, have four daughters and live in Bathurst, Australia. They have a small farm with about 60 head of cattle and plenty of kangaroos. He and Kate are both veterinarians. WAtt invited the class to come to Australia for its 45th reunion.
The class had a mixer in the home of Marlene Beeler on Friday evening. Twenty-five classmates attended the Friday evening activities. They enjoyed the lakeside view from the deck, and the many finger foods brought by classmates.
On Saturday, Martha (Jones) Winkle, a member of the class of ‘/71 and current WHS secretary, led the group on a tour of the school facilities. Twenty-seven classmates met at the Warsaw Brewery where a meal was served. A slide show of pictures of the class from the early years through high school was created and presented by classmate Sue (Stewart) Woodruff. A book with information about the classmates and answers to "It's Your Turn" questions also were created by Woodruff, with each class member receiving a copy.
Those traveling the farthest were: Bruce Watt, Australia; Rick Sowers, Reno, Nev.; and Liz (Hendricks) Phillips, San Diego.
The class has held eight reunions (every five years). Eight classmates have made all eight reunions. They are Karen (Bentzinger) Bisby, Marilynn (Kamps) Davis, Mary (Kraushaar) Doyle, Tim Etter, Ed and Marilee (LaBonte) Jacquot, Martha (Jones) Winkler and Sue Woodruff.
Six members of the class are deceased. They are Donna (Barton) Simpson, Cindy (Lee) Dayton, Martha Ann (Henson) Hanson, Rick Heisler, David Rae Roth and Linda Arlene Wepner.