Nine of our Central teachers were able to attend our 45th reunion at
the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minnesota,
on Friday, June sixteenth, 2006:
Mr. Ausemus, Miss Corbey, Mr. Frank Johnson, Mr. Murray Johnson,
Mr. Kacalek, Mr. Lund, Mr. Mallinger, Mr. Robideaux, and Mrs. Schmit
(and 3 of their spouses).
June 2006: Letter from Miss Corbey [Mrs. Doyle] to Barb Leaf Sommers
Dear Barb and Reunion Committee,
Thank you for inviting me to the Forty-Fifth Reunion of the Class of 1961.
The buffet was absolutely delicious and visiting with the other teachers during dinner
was so very enjoyable. But the highlight of the evening was hearing from class members
about the impact Central teachers had on their lives. It was so gratifying to know that
we influenced your lives in such positive ways.
I will long remember the evening of June 16.
For your thoughtfulness…
Elaine Corbey Doyle (Mrs. Joseph)
June 2006: E-mail from Mr. Robideaux
Subj: 1961 Reunion Party
Date: 6/19/2006 2:04:27 PM Central Standard Time
From: bevgordon at comcast.net
To: Dave Morton
Sent from the Internet
I want to thank you for inviting my wife and me to your 45th reunion party.
It was nice to see and visit with some of my former students and fellow faculty
members. Having over one hundred of the graduates at this reunion must have
been satisfying to the Reunion Committee. We enjoyed being your guests, but next
time would it be possible to confer with the weather-person before setting the date
or maybe having them change the rain for another night. I hope that your Saturday
night party was "less wet" then the main event.
Thanks again for inviting us.
Gordon L. Robideaux
Subj: Re: 1961 Reunion Party
Date: 6/20/2006 3:06:17 PM Central Standard Time
From: Marspyrs at aol.com
To: bevgordon at comcast.net
CC: (Sandy G Rutzick), (Stu Marofsky), (Jack Mueller), (Barb B and Ted Hagberg),
(Dave Morton), (Jan R Godes), (Val B Ettinger), (Lyba D Vinitsky), (Sandy K Satz),
(Ardie G Blumenthal), (Barb L Sommers)
Thank you, Mr. Robideaux.
I shared your letter with the rest of the committee.
We enjoyed having all of you!! It was quite a thrill for many to see and re-connect with
our teachers from 45 years ago. What was surprising to me was that two of the teachers
I spoke with actually remembered me! I hope that's a good sign... :)
The effort to invite the teachers was spearheaded by Barb Leaf and Sandy Kahan, who
did most of the work; the rest of the committee supported them however we could.
Actually, we did confer with the weather-person for Friday night's weather, and he
promised us weather. We got it! We forgot to ask for GOOD weather. I hope you
didn't get soaked coming or going. I think it was a timing issue: If people arrived or
departed at a certain time, they were lucky and didn't get wet. The Saturday night party
was less wet, and most people sat outside at tables around the pool.
Thanks again for being our guests. We thoroughly enjoyed having you.
CC: Reunion Committee
Obituary of John T. Lackner, the principal of Central High School during our time there,
taken from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He died in August of 2005.
Lackner, John T.
37 Years St. Paul Public Schools
Graduate of St. Vincent's Grade School, Washington High School, St. Thomas College (B.A.)
and the University of Minnesota (M.A.).
Teacher for the St. Paul Public Schools; Principal of Mechanic Arts High School and
Central High School; taught high school in Rouchefort, France; Deputy General
Superintendent Department of Defense School in Europe and Africa; Deputy
Superintendent for St. Paul Public Schools and Acting Superintendent for St. Paul
St. Thomas College "Mr. Tommy"; All-State Football Center; football coach at St. Thomas
College and Hamline University; hockey coach at Washington High School, and named one
of the 100 Outstanding Athletes of the Century in St. Paul.
Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Rose Lackner; sisters, Lucille Jungmann, Marcella Anthone,
Lois Lackner; brother, Don Lackner.
Survived by wife of 59 years, Amy; brothers, Russell (Loretta) Lackner, Lyle Lackner; sister,
Audry (Jerome) Hughes; sisters-in-law, Marie Lackner, Marvella Lackner; brother-in-law,
Leo Anthone; many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 10:00AM at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC
CHURCH OF LITTLE CANADA, 380 E. Little Canada Road, Little Canada.
Interment St. John's Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 5-8PM and one hour prior to mass at church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the church. Sandberg Family F.H. 651-777-2600
Published in the Pioneer Press from 8/22/2005 - 8/23/2005.
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