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A 'blast from the past'

9/23/2012

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

There were reunions all across Hays on Friday and Saturday, with alumni from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School celebrating the school's 2012 homecoming festivities.

Each year, TMP honors the 25-year and 50-year classes, and recognizes the 40-year class and all "golden alums" as well.

The oldest of those golden oldies -- the 50-year-plus crowd -- had a good turnout as 14 members of the class of 1947 returned for their 65th reunion.

The class decided not to ride in the parade, but instead watched from the porch of one of the classmates as floats and other parade entries went by her house at the corner of 15th and Main.

"We're too old to ride in the parade," said Cotty Seitz-Miles, who offered her porch as an alternate location to watch the parade. "You've got to remember, we're 83 years old,"

Seitz-Miles said there were 65 boys in the 1947 class of St. Joseph Military Academy and 33 girls in the same graduating class from Girls Catholic High.

Of those 98, more than half of them still are alive.

"We made phone calls and wrote emails," Seitz-Miles said of her efforts to contact classmates about attending the 65th reunion.

"And some we wrote personal letters," she added, "because some people don't have computers."

Seitz-Miles does, and she let people know on her Facebook page Friday night that the class of '47 still could have some fun.

"Who said 83-year-olds can't have fun at their class reunion?" she posted. "They are mistaken. We had a blast from the past."

John Rupp from Ellis wrote letters to his St. Joseph classmates, and Bob Sandmeyer made it all the way from Oklahoma.

Coming the farthest distance for the '47 class from Girls Catholic High was Wilma (Koerner) Clark from Kentucky.

Seitz-Miles said as expected, the number who attend the reunions dwindles each time, adding this year's group was smaller than five years ago.

"Since we started planning this (reunion) about six months ago, we've lost three of them," she said of her classmates.

That hasn't stopped Seitz-Miles from thinking about another reunion.

"I don't know about five years though," she said. "That would be our 70th reunion. I was joking and said maybe we need to do this every year from now on."