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Patti West Sooy
Posted on the 2022-06-12 at 20:00
Man Alive it's our 45!  Excited to be seeing many of you in August.  I am still living in Cheney, WA with my husband Jim of 37 years.  I will retire at the end of June from dental consulting and spend more time seeing friends and family as well as adventuring in the US of A and seeing new sights.  Not that much new since our 40th-except wait- we had a pandemic!  Covid threw the world upside down and I'm so glad that we are gettig back to a more normal living pattern. See you all in August to share more stories.
Catherine Coucoules
Posted on the 2022-05-12 at 20:00
Hello Everyone, Now retired after giving nearly 38 years to Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.  Now living near Palm Spring for about 2.5 years. Happlily married to my wife going on 32 years together. Have not made a reunion yet and will probably not this time.  Have fun and post pictures. 
Tammy Riley (Guill)
Posted on the 2022-05-04 at 20:00
Hello!  It has been a minute, hasn't it?  lol   Hope to see everyone this year at the 45th Reunion!  Was happily married for 35 years, and now widowed for two.  I have a great life, a few pets that are family, and am self-employed as a tourism consultant.  See you in August!   
Romero Iral
Posted on the 2017-08-01 at 20:00
Flying out west today and really looking forward to catching-up with all at our 40th.  Many thanks again to the reunion committee for your diligent efforts in organizing this gathering and enabling us to stay connected with one another.  Looks like we'll be having a typical late summer "East Coast" type high temp day at the reunion; but hopefully, minus the East Coast humidity!!
Tony Aldridge
Posted on the 2017-07-30 at 20:00
G'day Classmates, I must send in my apologies. I won't be able to attend this Grand event happening August 5th. Wow, 40 year reunion, how I envy all who are going. Wish I was there. Have a GREAT time and enjoy!!! 
Patti West Sooy
Posted on the 2017-07-14 at 20:00
Can't wait to see so many of you.  Life is still excellent in my neck of the woods (Cheney, WA). My husband is mostly retired, I am not-my work keeps me busy zipping around the states and meeting so many great people.  I work with the nicest crew.
My son married a wonderful young lady 2 years ago and they just bought their first home- he brews beer and she teaches at MSU in Bozeman.  Happy!
My memories are fading and they start blending together when you;ve lived away for so many years, but I still remember the important stuff.

Thanks to all the reunion team for all the hard work.  I appreciate all you do!
Kelly (Flores) Andringa
Posted on the 2017-07-06 at 20:00
It's hard to believe that we graduated 40 years ago.  Boy has time flown by.  The last few years have been a whirlwind.  I am still married to my wonderful husband David and my two daughters are grown and moving toward new adventures.  My oldest, Taylor, just got married on July 2nd, 2017 and my youngest, Olivia, just graduated from UW Tacoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education. As for me, I sold my business in 2015 and got my real estate license.  I am thoroughly enjoying life as a realtor as it allows me to work plus continue to hike or do other outdoor activies.   Most of all I am looking forward to preparing for my retirement.  I hope to join my dear friends and classmates Carrie (Morris) Burchard, Brooke (Norton) Upton, Raema (Tellez) Hickey, and Maggie (Vlaming) Hayden in some fun adventures traveling, RVing and whatever else life brings our way. Looking forward to seeing you all at our 40th Reunion.  Class of '77 still rocks!
Joye Jepson
Posted on the 2017-07-02 at 20:00
A lot has happened in the last ten years.  I received my PhD in Leadership and Change - I like the idea of Dr. Joye!  I retired from The Boeing Company after 27 years.  I was successful in implementing a Leadership Program for all of IT as well as putting in place numerous programs for organizations, processes, products and operational management/performance.  I was ready for a new chapter in my life.  Unfortunately, I was derailed for a little while.  I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutch and UW Physicians Network were so awesome and I can say that I am cancer free now!!!  That experience really made me look at my life and what I wanted to do.  My husband Rob was such a great support - he also retired from Tacoma Police Department and we moved to Tennessee.  Our daughter had moved to Florida where she is a Senior Financial Analyst for Disney and our son moved to Tennesee where he is a Versalist Supervisor for Nissan.  He is married with two beautiful children (I'm not biased at all).  Rob and I wanted to be closer to our family.  We bought a beautiful home with 10.5 acres, a pool, volleyball court, playground, soccer field, basketball court and plenty of room for having fun.  We have had plenty of friends and family come down to see us as well as visit and relax.  We are truly blessed and love being retired.  We play golf, bowl and travel a lot. We've been on many cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and Australia.  We have taken trips all around the US and we are going to Athens, Israel and Italy this year.  We joined a travel club, World Ventures, that enables us to have premium experiences at reduced prices all over the world.  I hope you all have a great time at the reunion.  40 years sure seems like a long time yet I still have great memories that seem like yesterday.  Take care all and come see us in Tennessee if you are in the area!!
Rosy Mezias-Newlun
Posted on the 2017-05-11 at 20:00
I'm so sorry to let everyone know that my younger brother, Roy Mezias, class of 1977 died unexpectedly of a heart attack last week at home while working to protect the USA over in England. I hope it is ok to post his memorial folder here. He will have a military service in the morning just north of England and a Buddhist ceremony in the afternoon. I was class of 76 and wish you all the best of health.  The below information will be posted in the News Tribune once the military and UK govt release a death certificate.  I don't know how to post a photo of him in this message. Roy Anthony Mezias, was born August 23, 1959 to parents Casmer and Lisa (Ayako) Mezias, both preceding Roy in death. Roy died unexpectedly at his home in Peterborough, Britain on May 1, 2017. Roy grew up in a family rich with military service and moving around. In 1977 Roy graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, WA. He entered the USAF, retired after 20 years and then continued to protect our country both here and abroad in roles of national security. He is survived by his wife Anna, sons Mikhael and Nikolas Mezias, daughters Jeannette Faignard and Julia Haas, brothers Joseph, Michael and Casmer Jr., sisters Akiko Mimura and Rosy Newlun, five grandchildren, many nephews, nieces, more family and countless friends. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 at the NATO NIFC auditorium in Molesworth, UK and later the same day at 2:30 pm at the RAF Chapel in Alconberry UK. Condolences may be sent to Mezias Family, PSC 46 Box 361, APO, AE 09469. Cremation followed by scattering of ashes at sea in England. With our aloha, Rosy Mezias - Newlun and family  
Christie Irvin-Johnson
Posted on the 2016-09-01 at 20:00
Hi Lancers (and Pirates!) Looking forward to the 40th. I inherited my parents home in Steilacoom so didn't make it far. I share it with a cat and an occasional sleepover with a grandchild.  Have worked at St Clare and St Joe's for the last 34 years. I type this I realize how boring my life is. Excited to reconnect with old friends. Keep me posted!  
David McNeel
Posted on the 2016-08-29 at 20:00
I'm looking forward to the 40th reunion.  I've been retired from the Federal Aviation Administration for a year now.  I'm enjoying traveling, hiking, camping and remodeling my home in Puyallup, Wa.
Mona Sapsford
Posted on the 2016-08-06 at 20:00
Can't wait!  I've been away forever, but will always consider Washington as home.
Laura Beverly
Posted on the 2016-07-17 at 20:00
I am so looking forward to our 40th reunion everybody. Yeah. See you in 2017 until then take care my friends. Smooches..
Theresa Rosell Mason
Posted on the 2016-07-14 at 20:00
I doubt anyone remembers me. I came to Lakes in April of Junior year and left for college in Kansa after graduation. I married and lived in Kansas ever since. I have 4 grown children and 4 grandsons. I am an RN Nurse manager. 
Rita Weeks Bohn
Posted on the 2016-07-14 at 20:00
Hi All, I am looking forward to our 40th reunion!  Can't believe how time flies...Go Lancers!! I live in Portland, Oregon.  Would love to be a part of the reunion committee if there is still room...let me know. Rita Bohn
Jamie Vanderlaan
Posted on the 2013-02-04 at 19:00
 My dad is Calvin Vanderlaan, class of 78\', and went to school with all of you at Lakes. He passed away in 97\'. If any of you knew him I\'d really like to get in contact with you.  Please email me
Patti West Sooy
Posted on the 2012-08-11 at 20:00
Had a blast at the reunion.  I don\'t know how some of you can stay up so late anymore.  I was pooped by 11:00.Enjoyed my time around the pool with Nancy Howell and Linda Carberry this year.  I\'m still in the dental field but not in an office anymore.  I get to work with offices all over the country.  Loving my freedom to come and go on my schedule.  Great seeing my Lake City friends.Can\'t wait till #40.
Jo Anne Washburn Lippert
Posted on the 2012-08-08 at 20:00
My congrats to the reunion committee, once again another fun evening with old friends.  See you at the 40th!
Melodie Bauermeister
Posted on the 2012-03-24 at 20:00
wow, I can\'t believe it\'s been this long already. I missed all the re-unions except for the first one. Looks like i\'m going to miss this one too!!! Hope to see lots of pictures. Maybe i\'ll make it for the next one.
Cheryl McColm
Posted on the 2012-02-26 at 19:00
Its been already five years....My Dad & my Sister passed away and I am a survivor of Thyroid Cancer Surgery in October of 2009. In Real Estate Sales & Investments also not married still. Guess I can\'t say Iam divorced. My boyfriend is young and I have issues with that sometimes always hoping to find Mr Right! I guess. I just cannot wait to see all of you at the Reunion I have not missed one of them since graduating. Hope you all can come this time. See you soon, Cheryl
Coretta L. Davidson (Hills)
Posted on the 2012-01-26 at 19:00
 Looking forward to Class of 1977 reunion...35!
Jowena (Hafford) Moffis
Posted on the 2011-09-05 at 20:00
 Aloha all,I have been living in Hawaii for 26 years.  I am single and have a son who works in film production.(Hawaii 5O and Pirates of the Caribbean fame).   I am an RN manager and work for United Healthcare.  I have two condos one in Hawaii and another in Oakbrook so I travel back and forth.....Go Seahawks!!!
Wes Manz
Posted on the 2010-03-03 at 19:00
I am looking forward to the next reunion. Hope to see alot of old friends there.
Posted on the 2008-05-28 at 20:00
Mary (Hooks) Callahan
Posted on the 2007-08-12 at 20:00
I had been looking forward to our reunion for over a year, but my sister's funeral was on August 3rd, and I just couldn't bring myself to attend (the reunion, not the funeral). I'm really sorry I missed seeing old friends, and I hope those of you who were present had a wonderful time. See you in 10 years?
kelly (burk) blank
Posted on the 2007-08-12 at 20:00
A HUGE thank you to all the comm. members who made it possible to shake our grove thangs once again. Just when I wonder how we're going to top the last one... well ya did it! Henry Stockman and Dave Fejeran... who knew they could dance like that???? Patty doing the gator,the soul train line, that annoying girl with the whistle... You guys rock. Much love to you!~ Kelly
David McNeel
Posted on the 2007-08-11 at 20:00
What a fantastic weekend! Kudos to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend such a success. Good times with good friends - it doesn't get much better than that. It was really great that we could all take a little time to be together again and celebrate our years at Lakes High School.
Nancy Howell Brinson
Posted on the 2007-08-10 at 20:00
Hey Everyone, I didn't think we could top the 20th reunion, but we did it! Thanks to the committee for all of their hard work. It was so awesome seeing all of you, and I can't believe how much I miss the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Hope to see you at the next gathering....let's do it sooner rather than later. Cheers, Nancy
Linda -Fisher- Bornander
Posted on the 2007-08-09 at 20:00
Hey Everybody! What a weekend, huh?!! Just wanted to pass along the message that if you go to the "order photos" section of this website, you can order a CD slide show of "at least 250 photos of the entire reunion event" for $35! The photographer says he was there "from start to finish," even the after-party! Sounds like a great way to relive a wild weekend! My best to all of you!
Ed Fernandez
Posted on the 2007-08-08 at 20:00
Hello to all! I like to say that this reunion was the time of are life, and to see everybody in good spirits, just touched my heart. I like to thank the commitee for the hard work they put into this website, and the event was something to remember!
Keith P-Fox Palafox
Posted on the 2007-08-08 at 20:00
Lakes High Reunion Committee - Awesome Job!!!! Since I was not able to attend both the 10th & 20th, I was going to do everything I could to make the 30th. Rose really enjoyed the reunion, meeting all my classmates, and catching up on the past 30 years! I am very fortunate to have been a member of the class of 77!!! Planning on doing a better job keeping in touch with you all. Again, Mahalo Nui Loa to the Reunion committee!!!
tom hale
Posted on the 2007-08-06 at 20:00
Hats off to the reunion committee. You guys did a great job of putting together a wonderful time. It was great renewing old friendships and memories from a great time in our past. Can't wait till the next reunion, 35 sounds good. Let me know when the time comes around, I'll be more than happy to help with anything. Again enjoyed seeing everyone, it was a blast. Hope the web site stays up.
Posted on the 2007-08-05 at 20:00
To mike Jahns, Hey sorry I missed the reunion but my work would not let me off. Please e-mail me if you would like. I live in UP. Would like to talk with you. Your friend Chris. P. s. I have some old soccer pictures from my Dad if you would like them
Jani Cadungug
Posted on the 2007-08-05 at 20:00
I would have liked to have been there, but, unfortunately, circumstances didn't allow it. I know you all had a great time catching up and marveling at how everyone is! Thanks to the committee for all of their hard work; just wish I could have been there to experience the results. Hopefully, there will be a 40th?
Yvonne (Nehl) Ginoulis
Posted on the 2007-08-02 at 20:00
30 years and seems like 10. I posted to the Classmates section so you can read about my life. Just wanted to shout out to everyone hey and that I look forward to seeing everyone. I missed the 20 but with the coercion of Liz (Roldan) Gonzales, I won't miss this one. I apologize in advance if I don't remember you and accpt your apology for not remembering me but it has been 30 years and not only has time changed, but my mind and body have too!!! See Friday and Saturday nights!!!! Yvonne
Linda (Fisher) Bornander
Posted on the 2007-07-22 at 20:00
I'm lovin' this website!!! My compliments to "the committee." I've had such fun reading about all of your interesting lives! I can't wait to read who/what's new each time I sit down at the computer! Looking forward to the Memory Book as well. Sounds like we've all been busy growing up?! What a hoot! See you soon~
Leslie Cleveland (Simmonds)
Posted on the 2007-07-20 at 20:00
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and catching up. See you at the reunion........until August 4
Kym Payton Clark
Posted on the 2007-07-10 at 20:00
What a fun website. I salute the web masters and web servants for there many hours of work! It has been a winding road from our twentieth reunion to our 30th. The only continuity is that we still live in the Washington, DC area. While most of you were busy sending your children to college or becoming grandparents, I gave birth to our daughter McKenzie in September 2001. My dear husband of 22 years, Ben, has been deployed at least seven months out of each year since 9/11, so leaving the Feds to become a stay-at-home mom seemed like the best decision. It has been a truly unparalleled adventure. Looking forward to seeing you in August! Namaste
Posted on the 2007-07-05 at 20:00
Triente anos! Chuleta! Where does the time go? Briefly, got BA degree from WSU, but haven't really used it. Was an actor for about 13 years, but had to support that working for the federal government, have been with Social Security for way too many years! Own a residence in the North End of Tacoma (the poorer side!) Married in 1990, daughter born in 1991. She attends Tacoma School of the Arts. Have two stepdaughters, 19 and 22. Latter is studying to be a pharmacist; former still trying to figure out what she wants. Spouse is a UW graduate, but that's okay and with the Feds as well. Like Diane Stockbridge, I too have a black belt (taekwondo). Got dual citizenship in Panama, which is like my 2nd home. Health is okay except for the torn rotator cuff and achilles tendon, which are still mending.
caren moritz (waggoner)
Posted on the 2007-06-29 at 20:00
Thanks to all of you that have worked hard to put this together. I have lived in eastern washington for 30 years. My husband is an orchardist and I a teaching specialist. We have two children, Andrew and Amy, 20 and 18. I have had the most blessed life and think of high school with a big grin on my face. Won't make the reunion but will think of all of you. Have a blast!
Patti Sooy
Posted on the 2007-06-26 at 20:00
Let's see, since the last reunion I have gone to about every sporting event possible in middle school and high school. My son loved to participate. I still work in dentistry,, but also started my own consulting business. My husband and I started selling our beef locally rather than at market (naturally raised), so I don't sit still for very long at a time. Many of you knew my mom and she passed away in 2000-my dad died right after our 10th, so I've been an orphan for the past 6 years. But my siblings are still alive and kicking! Makes you realize how important every day is with your loved ones- ok enough of the sappy stuff. Who's ready to have a blast? I think we need to get a little wild and crazy-who's with me. See you soon.
Terese Tveten-High
Posted on the 2007-06-26 at 20:00
Hi there! I just want to make sure that everyone has received information about the reunion by mail. If you haven't please email me at so I can get info out to you and we can get you signed up for the reunion. Its going to be a wonderful time and we need YOU there! Look forward to hearing from you.
Tom Peterson
Posted on the 2007-06-20 at 20:00
I can't have been 30 years! I know I don't feel that old! Living in Las Vegas for the last 19 years. Two kids and two step kids. Mine are in Hollywood and Lakewood. My other two are in Vegas, but in college. Three years ago, I married the best woman I've ever met. Even though we've only known each other for about five years, it's like we've know each other for our whole lives. No longer a stock broker, now I'm the Risk Manager for McCarran International Airport (fifth busiest in the country - busiest in the world between 9 pm and 12 am!). Still hiking and camping as often as we can! Hope to see lots of you in August!
Melanie Sullivan (Warmbier)
Posted on the 2007-06-18 at 20:00
Hey all, I'm not lost, just living a fabulous life with my husband of 25 years! Kids were not in our picture so we do the best we can by spoiling each other. Can't believe I was so lucky to find the love of my life. Sean's a 3rd grade teacher and I have worked for 20 years at the University of Puget Sound. We have a home in Puyallup. No one will be surprised that I won't be at the reunion. Instead we will be in Orlando -- Yes, I know it will be hot, hot, hot...but, I'll still have fun, fun, fun. If any of you find a way to slow time down -- fill us in, will you? I'll be watching the postings. I think of so many of you often. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy the reunion!
Diane Stockbridge (Mortheim now)
Posted on the 2007-05-13 at 20:00
Greetings to everyone! It's been a whirlwind ten years! I recieved my second degree black belt - not bad for a 48 year old grandma! My oldest daughter graduated her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (did not get my math brain). She got a great job re-storing salmon habitats and doing good for the environment at Geo Engineers. My youngest is working to be a head Chef - go girls! I am recently a grandma of a beautiful 15 month old grandson. It's much funner than I thought. I didn't want to be a grandma and suggested I be called "Auntie Diane." That didn't go over so well, but grandma is good now that I'm used to it. My mom and dad still live on Lundstrom Dr. and are happily retired. My sister Karen is an RN and happily married to a dentist. They live in Bellevue with their four wonderful children. Karen's ten year old daughter has taken after horses like mom, entering and winning lots of big name horse shows in the area. My husband and I still own a business - we've migrated into software development. We now support software for over eighty government/State businesses. Keeps me stressed out but busy. Hope this finds all you well and anxious to get together - I'm looking forward to touching bases with everyone again. Best regards, Diane Mortzheim (Stockbridge)
Kay (Smith) Johnson
Posted on the 2007-05-04 at 20:00
30 years already. We are so old! I have enjoyed reading everyone's updates. I'm not sure I will make the reunion but it sounds like a good time. I have lived in Minnesota for 16 years and love it! Bruce and I have been married for 25 years and our three sons are in various stages of grad school and college. I am an RN at the Mayo Clinic and my husband works there too in Preventative Cardiology, he also does research (he took his lab to the South Pole last year). My years at LHS were blessed with great friends and memories.
David Fejeran
Posted on the 2007-04-20 at 20:00
I'll be doing a rememberance display for our reunion of any of our lost classmates, if you know of any please email me so we can include them. We're also looking for any additional contacts for our reunion. Let us know if you have any names, emails, addresses or phone numbers. Thanks!
Gina (Mercier) Harada
Posted on the 2007-04-13 at 20:00
Don't know how I missed the 20th reunion but am looking forward to the 30th. I moved to Federal Way after finishing UPS. Went back school when my first son was born(now 17!) and got my teaching degree from CWU. Youngest son is 11 and still married to the same guy for 21 years! Look forward to seeinh y'all!
Kari M. Gonter
Posted on the 2007-04-12 at 20:00
I can't wait to see everyone again. I am very excited and wish I was flying up right now for the party. I have been living in Southern Californiafor the last 25 years. I have 1 son KG2 and he is 13. Currentlly single so look out ladies! I have the greatest job in the world, love it and love the people I work with. I miss a lot of you and can't wait to see you all.
Mike A. Wilson
Posted on the 2007-03-27 at 20:00
Since the 20th, much has changed... and much remains the same. I am no longer married. I am a single dad raising my 12 year old son. I am no longer on TV. After nearly 19 years, Q-13 (FOX affiliate - Seattle) and I parted ways. I am now General Sales Manager for a local cable advertising company. I am still living in Lakewood. My son will be attending Lakes in 3 more years. And I am blessed, and very happy to say that my parents are both doing well, and still living in there same house on Lake Steilacoom. I have heard from several (old) classmates over the last few month. It is wonderful to catch up with you. I look forward to seeing many more at the reunion in August!
kelly (burk) blank
Posted on the 2007-03-19 at 20:00
Oh ya baby!!! I have pix from 30 years ago that will be on this page very soon. Some of you should be afraid...very afraid!!! xo Kelly
Tony Aldridge
Posted on the 2007-03-11 at 20:00
I'm flying up from Australia, I've been here since our 20 year reunion, 16 years and counting. I'm looking forward to our big 30 High School Reunion. For those who can make it, I look forward to seeing you. Those whom can't make it I hope you have the time to tell everyone about your lives over these past years. See you there.
Lester Ogburn
Posted on the 2007-03-09 at 19:00
This is a nice website. Compliments to everyone working on this project. I made the 20 yr. but I doubt I will be able to make this one. This does bring back memories though.