Class of 1961



Class of 1961 Contacts:


Brenda (Heckman) Wood                   Larry Black
9 Surrey Lane                                    14 Kingsbridge Circle
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-7801        Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-766-6331                         Phone: 717-243-8920
Email:         Email:

Barbara (Romberger) Wiser               Sam Padjen   
1104 Pine Road                                  287 Founders Way     
Carlisle, PA 17013                              Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: 717-486-7333                         Phone: 717-458-5031    
Email:               Email:

Ann (Kronenberg) Sawyer                  Donna (Burgner) Frederick
923 North College Street                    1022 Rockledge Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013                              Carlisle, PA 17015
Phone: 717-245-0910                         Phone: 717-243-5864

The 50th Class Reunion of the Carlisle High School Class of 1961 was held at the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse on Saturday 15 October 2011.  

As anticipated, the turnout was the highest in many years with 57 classmates and 41 guests attending. Additionally, 6 classmates and 4 guests paid, but were unable to attend. Everyone had a great time socializing with classmates while reminiscing about the past, present and future. During the evening a highly successful silent auction was enjoyed by attendees. Since the 50th was a “special” reunion the committee planned other events during the long weekend to make this reunion more than just a 4-5 hour social gathering:

ü  Since the 1961 CHS Football Team was undefeated and conference champion and was the last undefeated football team under Coach Ken Millen at what is now known as Ken Millen Stadium, the team was honored on Friday 14 October 2011 at the stadium during the 2011 Homecoming game with Chambersburg HS. Ironically, it was Chambersburg that the Herd defeated 25-0 to win the South Penn Conference Championship in 1961. A group of former players and other classmates attended the game. After the game a reception was held at the Rustic Tavern in Carlisle and everyone enjoyed an evening of relaxation and story-telling.

ü  Thanks to Jack Afflebach, a golf outing was held at the Carlisle Country Club on Friday morning, but unfortunately, inclement weather shortened the outing to only nine holes with only 7 players, but everyone still had a great time including a nice lunch in the club lounge afterwards.

ü  Thanks to Ed Owens, a Sunday brunch was held at the Old Town Mountain Lodge to complete a great reunion weekend.

It is now time to start thinking about the 55th. Information will be provided via this website, email, Facebook and/or mailings as time progresses. Please feel free to contact any committee member listed above with information, ideas/suggestions, concerns, etc. We really want the 55th to be as good or better that the 50th and it takes all of us to make that happen.

Barb Wiser continues to arrange a classmate luncheon every other month at the Rustic Tavern in Carlisle. She notifies classmates via email for which she has an email address prior to each luncheon. If you would like to attend and have Barb add you to her list, please contact Barb vai phone or email as shown above. 

On a more somber note, 2 ½ years have passed and we have lost 12 classmates during that time:

Kenny Baughman, John Bear, Tom Boyer, Terry Calaman, Ronald Leidigh, Barbara March Craig, Ed Owens, Donald Shearer, Majorie Shearer Houck, Gerald Stover, Pauline Toner McAlister, and Shaubut (Bud)  Walz.

As before, you can help the committee by doing the following: (1) Please inform one of the committee members above of changes to your home address, email address or phone number or data for other classmates whom you might have relocated in recent  years, (2) continue to monitor this website and Facebook for updated information regards the reunion, (3) please keep other classmates informed and finally…

Help us Locate Classmates

We have lost contact with the classmates listed below. If you know of their whereabouts, please provide current address, telephone and/or email information to any of the committee members using email addresses or phone numbers shown at the top.

Patricia Balkman Peterson

John Birrell

Lois Boswell

Jack Brougher

Gloria Carey Reed

David Danner

Barbara Failor Sangree

Suzanne Fulmer Shuman

Frederick Harvey

Lois Hess Helems

Andrea Holland Magnuson

David Kerr

Linda Lindsey Miller

Nancy McCoy Snyder

Carolyn McElwee Holmes

Helen McNamara Kroll

Ellen Mick Gardner

Eric Miller

Nancy Plasterer Yoder

Margaret Prather Paradise

Mary Price Salisbury

Phillip Ross

Linda Salamone

Carol Smith Porter

Tom Stayer

Larry Strawser

Caroline Strong Keller

Donald Wagner

Albert Waldman


If you would like a listing of classmate information sent to you via email, please email Larry Black at and he will forward the most current information available. If you have more current information, please let Larry know.