May Happy Hour!

It’s Spring at long last—late May should be perfect weather for an outdoor happy hour—with plenty of indoor space if we do need to escape rain/hail/wind/tornado or anything else that Central Ohio can throw out there!!

Details

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
4:00 PM til ?
Woodlands Backyard Bar
668 Grandview Avenue, Columbus 43215
(614) 488-2114

A couple dozen attended our April get-together. Hopefully with the weather improving and the ability to be outdoors we will see an even larger crowd this month! We are all getting older, but for certain we’re still young-at-heart! Would love to see as many of you as possible! Please spread the word!!

—Kathy

55th Anniversary RSVP

The final attendance count is needed in less than 4 days (May 9, before 3:00 p.m.) for our 55th Anniversary Class of ’67 Reunion in July. We already have a large number of RSVPs, yet not everyone has checked in, so if you have not already done so, we’d like to hear from you; please RSVP to Tracie. If you’re bringing a spouse/guest, please include their name with your RSVP.

Event Details

Bishop Watterson Class of 1967 Reunion
Saturday July 9, 2022; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Griggs Boathouse
3033 Thoburn Road, Columbus 43221

The $60 (p/p) fee includes food (cookout catered by PC Events on the Scioto River, a beautiful location!), adult as well as non-alcoholic beverages. And some of the best people around! We anticipate having music of some sort (preferably we can talk Jimmy Lee out of retirement for one more gig!) Come on Jimmy! You can do it! If not, we’ll supply other music.

Payment is made to Tracie McGarity via either Venmo or a check (3800 Lyon Dr, Columbus, OH 43220). If any questions, call me at (614) 395-9777. We will take walk-in guests who pay at the door but greatly prefer prior payment! We look forward to seeing you in two short months, or maybe even at the upcoming May get-together.

— Tracie McGarity

Street Players’ party!

Fifty-eight years after the “Mystics” I’m still playing in a band! After years of playing with bands such as Five Mighty People, I joined the Street Players in 1991.

The band is celebrating its 42-year anniversary on March 26 at Villa Milano Banquet & Event Center (1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, 43229). The celebration includes reserved-seat buffet dinner following which the Street Players take the stage from 8pm to 11pm to put on a great show.

Tickets are $40 p/p or $350 for a table of ten. More details are found on our Facebook page. Would love to see and entertain you there!

— Steve

Class Reunion 2022

Here are more detailed plans set for our Class Reunion at our 55th Anniversary:

Bishop Watterson Class of 1967 Reunion
Saturday July 9, 2022; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Griggs Boathouse
3033 Thoburn Road, Columbus 43221

Casual Cookout
Catered by PC Events
$60 p/p; Cash Bar

It is now less than six months away, so make sure it’s in your calendar now and start to make any arrangements to attend. We’re so looking forward to spending the evening together! See more details»

Robert “Bob” Cotter

Robert Ross “Bob” Cotter, age 72, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home. A retired educator, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and coach. With a career spanning 40 years, Bob was a former principal at both Fairborn High School and Warren High School and served most of his tenure at Marysville, where he taught and was assistant principal at Marysville High School. His coaching career included varsity football and varsity wrestling. For many summers, he was the Marysville Municipal Pool manager and sports editor and writer for the Marysville Journal Tribune. A 1967 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree from Wright State University. Bob was skilled in so many areas, as he wasn’t afraid of hard work. He was a dearly devoted husband, father and grandfather.

An avid reader, golfer and Neil Diamond fan, he was known for “never knowing a stranger” and his storytelling. Bob loved to help and serve others. His positions of servitude included, an honorable discharged member of the US Army, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, …

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home [Marysville] where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville, Ohio.

Read full obituary »

Our deepest condolences to classmate Kathy and family! Save us a place, Bob!

Mark Barrett, Gone Ahead

Mark J. Barrett, age 72, passed away on December 8, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mark graduated from Bishop Watterson in 1967 then became a MP in the Army and was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism. He furthered his education and was a graduate of Park College class of 1976 and Capital University class of 1982.

He originally started March 30, 1970 as a Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office—he was promoted to a Sergeant October 7, 1979—was promoted to Inspector… He retired January 31, 2014 as Chief Deputy.

Friends may call Tuesday, December 14 from 4pm – 7pm at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 West Broad, where service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, Fr. Leo Connolly officiating.

Read Mark’s full obituary »

Sail On, Mary Lynn!

Mary Lynn (Hall) Stillinger died early Friday morning, November 26, 2021 at Brookdale Marysville after a brief illness. She was a fighter till the end; she is now looking over her loved ones as a very special guardian angel. Mary Lynn was born September 29, 1949 in Columbus to the late Lawrence and Mildred Hall. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Joan Hall. She was a graduate of the Mount Carmel School of Nursing and was incredibly proud of being a registered nurse.

A very spiritual lady, her faith meant a lot to her throughout her life, and her love of angels embodied her love for her faith. She treasured Lake Erie, and spent her free time boating up at Marblehead with her husband, Mike Stillinger. While she loved many aspects of her life, nothing compared to the love Mary Lynn held for her grandbabies and being their Mimi. They were her greatest joy.

Read Mary Lynn’s entire obituary at Ingram Funeral Service.

Gathering This Week!

Stop the Presses! Searching for a less noisy yet public gathering place, we’ve scheduled a get-together at the Don Tequila Mexican Grill in Upper Arlington at 3140 Kingsdale Center, 43221 (next to First Watch). And it’s this week— Friday October 29 arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m., staying until ??

Optional drinks, optional food, mandatory fun.

If you’ve been to our recent gatherings this summer, you’ll know that we’ve had a fine turn-out and lots of enjoyment catching up with the greatest bunch ever… so all of us, cancel your other engagements (grab the next flight, some of us?) and come say hello. What could be better? We hope to see you Friday!

Save the Date for the 55th!

Hello classmates!

It was encouraging to have received all the positive responses from my email suggesting a Grand Reunion for next summer’s 55-year anniversary of our graduation. Thank you to all those who were able to reply so quickly! So…

Save the Date—I have now reserved the Griggs Boathouse on the Scioto River (just south of the Fishinger Road bridge) for July 9, 2022, from 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. It’s a great combination indoor/outdoor facility.

If you have not already, please check your calendar and email me (if possible in the next couple days) Tracie McGarity with your ability to attend and include an estimated number in your party. As mentioned earlier, our thoughts are to keep it on the casual side and to include as many of our classmates (and family) as possible. Any ideas are welcome… Thank you!

—Tracie

Dance in November, NYC

Want to see an Eagle soar? If you’re ready to visit New York City in November, come see my dance concert! Titled “POP: Then until Now: Vicki Angel, Eric Barsness, & Carol Clements in Concert,” the Gibney Dance Studio describes it, “Then until Now offers a look at a forty-year choreographic span, with past and present juxtaposed in the bodies of three “mature” dancers. Angel, Barsness, and Clements resurrect solos from the 1980s and make new dances, too. A surprise comic trio is the finale. Out with the new and in with the old!”

Tickets are (a quite reasonable!) $15 – $20; read the specifics on the Gibney Dance website »

A few classmates are already planning to attend. You know, a 71-year-old classmate can still perform!

All the best, Vicki