Change in Website Provider
Square, parent company to our website provider, Weebly, is now transferring accounts to work under the umbrella "Squareup.com". Should be an interesting time and learning experience for the webmasters. We're told we will now have access to additional apps and features that could be used to enhance our site and will be exploring those in the coming months. For now, we've created our new Square account and are working to assure ourselves and our classmates that wego1963.com continues to load and work exactly the same as when it was just a Weebly site.
Please let us know if you have trouble logging in or browsing our class website after the Squareup switch is thrown on October 6th. Thanks, Your webmasters....
Fran Kammes Celebration of Life
Fran's daughter, Donna, sent the following message on 9/11/2022 and asked to have it posted here:
Francis James Kammes, Jr. was born June 6, 1945. He lived the majority of his life in the West Chicago/Winfield, IL area. He passed away at 77 years of age in Mesquite, Nevada (where he had retired to) on August 22, 2022.
He is survived by his Sister, Karen DiPentino (Al ) of Mesquite, NV; his two Daughters, Donna Marie Kammes (Jeremy Allenbaugh) of Colorado and Kathryn Louise Kammes of Chicago, IL and his Nephews & Nieces: Lance (Kellie) Kammes, Al, Christine & Mark DiPentino, Kevin Van Norman & Kandee Simpson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty & Francis Kammes Sr., his two brothers, Jack (Diane) Kammes & Joseph Kammes, and by his wife, Lynne Louise Kammes.
Fran worked for the DuPage County Board of Review, York Township Assessor's Office and he was a Winfield Township Trustee. For awhile, he worked with Merrill Lynch as well. He was the owner/proprietor of a real estate appraisal company Kammes & Associates.
We will be hosting a Celebration of Life Memorial on Sunday, October 9th from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the old Kammes farm; currently known as the Arrowhead Golf Club/East Ballroom located at 26W151 Butterfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189. Appetizers will be served, so please be sure to R.S.V.P. to Donna Kammes via e-mail at email@example.com.
Feel free to add a memory to Fran's Neptune Society page.
On September 30, we received to following update from Donna:
In case anyone cannot make my Dad’s Memorial on Sunday, October 9th between 12:30-4:30 at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, IL; please join us on ZOOM by clicking the following link. There may also be a recording available afterwards. Thank you, we hope you can join us!
60 Year Reunion!
The following e-mail was sent to all classmates on record as of 11 July 2022. If you didn't receive your copy, please check your SPAM/Junk mail box. If it's not there, perhaps we don't have your current e-mail address. Please Contact Us!
Greetings from the CO 1963 Reunion Planning Committee
After an enjoyable lunch and meeting concerning the 60-year reunion, some of the following topics were discussed: When, Where, Plated or Casual Buffet, Afternoon or Evening, Anticipated Head Count, Lost Classmates since the 50th. There was the customary banter about offspring and their offspring, places visited, and what happened over the last two years.
For a quick bit of information, since June of 1963 with a graduating class of 140 people, we have lost the ability to communicate with 54; 34 have passed on and 20 are missing.
Getting down to business, I had a discussion with the new head of sales at the Holiday Inn of Carol Stream and what was once a need to reserve space for an event a year in advance has transformed to two months being the new norm. Giving thought to our age, current inflationary pressures, and uncertainty of what lies around the corner, we thought two months was a good number to use at this time.
One of the lessons we’ve learned repeatedly, is the fact this class does not enjoy showing any sign of preference until things are cemented in place. So, for now, there will be no formal news about a reunion until we are approximately six months out from having to make a choice.
If the desire to contact a committee member strikes, click here for a list of options and scroll down the left column.
This website will still be a source of information of any discussions taking place prior to the next committee meeting sometime in March or April of 2023. I’m hoping we can convene in February for the pizza and discussion event we used to enjoy prior to all the commotion. Until another time, have fun, do what feels good, and keep those cards and letters coming.
Committee Chair Person
WCCHS - It's not Your Father's High School!
Heck, it's not even our high school either!
Remember our 50 year reunion in 2013? The planning committee had arranged for a tour of our alma mater. Many of us took that tour and were impressed with several additions that had been made since our graduation 50 years earlier.
Well, District 94 has done it again! In 2015 they started a 7 year, multi-phase expansion and improvement project. Take this virtual tour and let us know what you think.
Electric Trains in West Chicago!
WebMaster's Need Your Help?
Please help us keep this site interesting, current and relevant by submitting memories, stories and/or pictures form our high school days. Have you taken an interesting trip? Did you recently visit, or were your visited by, a follow classmate? What's happening in your life today?
While we can use all most anything, we are particularly interested in the following:
The hosting company for this site is changing. See details in left column.
Oct 9 - 12:30 - 4:30 PM
A Celebration of Life Memorial for Fran Kammes. Updated details in the left column!
Oct 15 - 2:00 PM CT
See Co63 Lounge for details
Nov 19 - 2:00 PM CT
See Co63 Lounge for details
Dec 17 - 2:00 PM CT
See Co63 Lounge for details
Recent Site Changes
10/2/2022 - Added West Chicago makes the 2022 Fortune Top 25 Best Places to Live for Families.
10/1/2022 - Updated Fran's Celebration of Life information.
9/24/2022 - Updated our Contact Info download file.
9/17/2022 - Updated our 27th monthly zoom session with our 28th.
9/11/2022 - Updated Fran's obituary.
9/5/2022 - Updated Fran Kammes' a Celebration of Life.
9/4/2022 - Add a Celebration of Life info for our most recent classmate to pass on. See our Classmate News page.
9/1/2022 - Made minor changes to our About Us page to eliminate references to our long gone BLOG pages. Also revised our description of how we use links on our site.
8/22/2022 - Updated our Classmate News page with the passing of another one of our own.
8/20/2022 - Replaced our 26th lounge meeting with our 27th meeting.
7/30/2022 - Updated our Contact Info download file.
7/16/2022 - Replaced our 25th lounge meeting with our 26th meeting.
7/12/2022 - Updated our Contact Info download file.
7/11/2022 - Added a note about our 60 Year Reunion to this page.
7/1/2022 - Added a note from another classmate to our Classmate News page.
6/26/2022 - Updated our Contact Info download file.
6/19/2022 - Replaced our 24th lounge meeting with our 25th meeting.
6/15/2022 - Added the White Hat Restaurant to our Local Business page.
6/2/2022 - Added the Planning Committee meeting to calendar.
6/2/2022 - Updated the Planning Committee page.
5/26/2022 - Added "To Gather or Not..." to this page and updated page headers.
5/21/2022 - Replaced our 23rd lounge meeting with our 24th meeting.
4/27/2022 - Updated our Classmate News page.
4/23/2022 - Added "It's not Your Father's High School".
4/17/2022 - Replaced our 22nd lounge meeting with our 23rd meeting.
4/11/2022 - Added a link to an external website about the CA&E railroad in West Chicago to our Community menu.
(1) Removed the Roundhouse page from the Remembering menu and added it to the Community menu.
(2) Archived Bring On Spring countdown.
3/19/2022 - Replaced our 21st lounge meeting with our 22nd meeting.
3/12/2022 - Added a note about the passing of another classmate to our Classmate News page.
3/12/2022 - Corrected the Spring Countdown Timer on this page.
2/19/2022 - Replaced our 20st lounge meeting with our 21st meeting.
Site Changes are continued on our Site Change Log page.
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