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Welcome to the Woodland High School Message Forum.

The message forum is an ongoing dialogue between classmates. There are no items, topics, subtopics, etc.

Forums work when people participate - so don't be bashful.  But be respectful.  This may seem like a private chat room, but 800 of your classmates have access to it (and ~two dozen of your former teachers), and many more read than participate.  

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.  Access and participation on this forum is not a right, it is a privilege and abuse may result in suspension or revocation of WHS60s site access at any time.  Abuse includes but is not limited to personal attacks, offensive, demeaning, excessive or nonsensical posts, badgering, foul language, etc.  The forum is not a place to disparage others, especially deceased classmates.  The website was continued after the reunion for the enjoyment of the members.  They shouldn't be subjected to annoying posts when they come to the Message Forum.  Just remember the sandbox rules.

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02/06/18 11:36 AM #5969    


Carol Dunton (Stone) (1968)




Hi Jeanie,

You should find it if you put up in the search bar 

Woodland High Class of '68 Reunion

Actually if you just put Woodland High you may see it.  Let me know


02/06/18 04:10 PM #5970    


Gary Wegener (1966)

An amazing 2 letter English word which most of you have heard already.

  A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition

UP   Read until the end ...  you'll laugh.

  This two-letter word  in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.'  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n]  or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak  UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a  report?  We call UP our friends, brighten  UP a room, polish  UP  the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean  UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix  UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning.   People stir UP trouble, line  UP for tickets, work  UP an appetite, and think  UP excuses.

To be dressed is one  thing but to be dressed UP  is special

And this  UP is confusing:  A  drain must be opened UP because it is stopped  UP.

We open  UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of  UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.   In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes  UP almost  1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are  UP to it,  you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind  UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains,  the earth soaks it UP.  When it does not rain for awhile, things dry  UP.  One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!

Oh . . . one more thing:  What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?



Did that one crack you UP? Anyway...

Don't screw UP.  Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book ... or not... it's UP to you.

Now I'll shut  UP!  (Norma made me do this...)

02/06/18 09:14 PM #5971    


Gary Wegener (1966)

Carol, your facebook link is on the announcement on the website home page now.

02/07/18 08:52 AM #5972    

Paul Lieberum (1968)

Carol- Thanks for setting up the web page but I couldn't bring it up either

02/07/18 08:58 AM #5973    

Paul Lieberum (1968)

Just found the facebook page....make sure you search with Upper case : Woodland High Class of' '68 reunion

02/07/18 09:48 AM #5974    

Robert Cowing (1965)

   Delores Kareofelas    Nov. 7, 1923 - Feb. 2, 2018 

Delores was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Jim who died on April 12, 2009. Delores was the daughter of Lester and Eleanor Kline. She was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Monrovia, CA and was a lifelong California resident.

She spent her early years in Southern California and graduated from Burbank High School. While working for North American Aviation, she met and married Jim Kareofelas. The family moved to Woodland at the end of World War II. A lifelong, devoted Catholic, Delores was a member of Holy Rosary Church until she and Jim moved to Knights Landing where she became a member of St Paul's Church

Survived by her sisters, Grace Prueter and Eleanor Kinsella (Frank); sister-in-law, Georgia Scribner; son, Greg Kareofelas (WHS 1962); daughters, Sue Russell (WHS 1964), Jean Kareofelas (Romie Holland) and Patti Neary (Don).

Except when he was in the military, Jim and Delores were never apart now they are once again together. Delores was a wonderful mother and her children referred to her as the "Best Mother Ever", which always brought a big smile to her face.

Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William and David Kline; sisters, Rita Sauer and Mary Kocher. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to St Paul's Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Church. Funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m., at Kraft Brothers Chapel, 175 Second St., graveside to follow at St. Josephs Cemetery.   Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, 2018

02/07/18 10:24 AM #5975    

Aileen Jull (Martinez) (1964)


My condolances to Greg and Sue (Kareofelas) for the loss of their mother.  So sad to hear of her passing.  However, I'm excited to hear that she was a devoted Christian and right now there is a party going on in heaven celebrating her arrival.  God be with you and your family at this time and give you peace knowing you will see her again in heaven.


02/07/18 10:58 AM #5976    


Carol Dunton (Stone) (1968)

So here's the deal (Class of '68),  on Facebook, search for "Woodland High".  Ours will be the #1 answer.  Or you can use the URL:

This is way too techy for me, but my co-administrator says this will work. 

02/07/18 09:15 PM #5977    

Jean Duncan (Miller) (1968)

Carol, someone added me to the page, so all is well now.  Thanks!

02/08/18 09:38 AM #5978    


Gail Smith (Maxwell) (1964)

My condolences to Greg and Sue Kareofelas on the passing of your mother.  I hope you can find solace in that she is in a better place.  May she rest in peace.

02/08/18 03:01 PM #5979    

Glenda Smith (Stone) (1968)

Can someone add me to the page too, for the '68 reunion. Thanks

02/09/18 12:10 AM #5980    


Carol Dunton (Stone) (1968)

Glenda, please see my post(s) above.  You have to go to Facebook, search for our page (see above) and then you can join.  Hope this helps. 

02/09/18 08:40 AM #5981    

Robert Cowing (1965)

Thelma Walton Jennings    Feb. 18, 1949 - Jan. 12, 2018

Thelma was born in Woodland and passed away Jan. 12 in Rodgers, AR.

Thelma graduated from Woodland High School in 1967.

Thelma was loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her son, Bobby (Donna); grandchildren, Kelly and Kristy Walton, Samantha Haisten; great-granddaughter, Madison; brothers, Denny, Robert (WHS 1964), Doug, Kenny and Alvin, and sisters, Lyn, Tess and Lori. A Celebration of life, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., at VFW Hall, Woodland.  Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 9 to Feb. 17, 2018

02/09/18 10:11 AM #5982    

Melinda Leiser (1962)



So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.  May this part of life’s journey be tempered by the lifetime of good memories.


02/09/18 10:14 AM #5983    

Dee (Marilee) Damsen (Kindelt) (1965)

Was so sorry to have read about Don Schattauer - another one from Cacheville (Yolo grammer school) and Woodland class of 65.  My thoughts and condolences to his family from a long time friend and classmate.

02/10/18 12:52 PM #5984    

Robert Cowing (1965)

Jean Kay Johnston began her 83-year adventure through life in Elkhart, Indiana on June 15, 1934. Her journey ended peacefully in her home on January 24, 2018, after a two-year long battle with pyoderma in her left leg.

Her husband, Adreon Beauton (AB) Johnston of 43 years and their son, Adreon Brent, preceded her in death. Their adopted daughter Young Chong (Richard Britzman) and adopted son Young Chul Sim (Ellene) and four grandchildren; Rachel, Alexander, Enoch, and Anna survive Jean. Her two step-daughters, Carol Weinmann and Gale Emmons, their six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren also survive her.

Jean graduated with a Bachelors of Art from Manchester College, IN and a Masters of Art from UC Davis, CA. She taught various art classes at the Whittier School District where she met her husband AB, and in Woodland Lee Junior High School until her retirement in 1983.

She enjoyed painting, sandblasting glass, pottery, traveling, and friendship most of all. She and her husband AB enjoyed flying their own airplane for several years before turning to an interest in antique cars. She was a member of the Sacramento Reliable A's, Model A Ford Club of American and the Sacramento Valley Model T Cub and Model T Club of America.

Friends, family, and students are invited to bring a story to share and attend a Celebration of Life for Jean Kay Johnston at 1 pm, Sat, February 10, 2018, at her home in Carmichael, CA.

Printed in Sacramento Bee February 09, 2018 and special thanks to Pam Wohlfrom Wohlfrom-Johnson, WHS 1969, for alerting us to her former teacher's passing.

02/10/18 01:02 PM #5985    

Robert Cowing (1965)

Donald F. Schattauer   Oct. 29, 1946 - Feb. 4, 2018

Donald Schattauer, age 71, passed away at his home in Aloha surrounded by family, Feb 4, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. 

Don was born in Hawaii and after serving in the Army during the Vietnam War he spent the majority of his career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in California and Oregon. Throughout his life, Don took great joy in rock collecting, fishing and traveling in search of treasures. Don graduated from Woodland High School in 1965.

Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; his children, Alia and Jason; three grandsons; and his brother, Paul. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Willamette National Cemetery.
Please sign the online guestbook at
Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2018

02/11/18 08:17 AM #5986    

Robert Cowing (1965)


"Thursday night’s school board meeting, Trustees officially approved an additional $1 million of funding for the stadium project, bringing the total funding to $3.5 million.

Brian Meyers of HMC Architects laid out the timeline for completing a stadium in time for the 2019 football season as well as showing off an artist’s rendering of what a completed project would look like.

Meyers’ timeline included a design development phase through March 2018, estimated approval of the design by the Division of State Architects on October 1st, 2018, and construction from November 2018 to August 2019.

The centerpiece  . . .  or ultimate design, which would come in at an estimated $8.1 million, included new bleachers, lighting, an all-weather track with considerations for field events including high jump, triple jump, long jump, pole vault and shot put, new concessions and restrooms and an entrance plaza. The track’s dimensions will be changed from 440 yards to 400 meters while allowing enough field space for soccer to be played. Meyers worked with a stadium design sub-committee of community members to ensure all needs are addressed.

Site preparation/demolition, utilities, home and visitor side bleachers, making the site ADA-compliant, as well as any soft costs incurred, comes out to an estimated $4.014 million.

With significant steps taken to address the most immediate needs of the stadium site, focus in the community will shift to finding what will likely have to be outside funding for the rest of HMC’s design. To that end, a fundraising committee headed by Karen Gossard will be meeting in the Woodland High School weight room at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 to begin those conversations."

By Matt Murphy –

Matt Murphy is the sports writer at The Daily Democrat and has been with the paper since August 2017. He graduated from Chico State with a B.A. in Journalism in 2015 and grew up in Woodland, attending Woodland High from 2007-2011. Matt loves all things sports but does not want to talk about your fantasy football league or the 2017 SF Giants. Reach the author at:  (1) or follow Matt on  (2) Twitter: @woodlandsports.

NOTE For an unedited and complete report please SEE Woodland Daily Democrat, 02/10/2018

02/13/18 07:39 AM #5987    

Robert Cowing (1965)

    Irene Gall   Dec. 13, 1936 - Jan. 11, 2018 Jan. 11

She was born in Lower Swatara, PA on Dec 13, 1936. Mrs.Gall married Don Gall in 1955 (WHS Teacher) in Modesto. She worked 26 years at WJUSD as a Teachers Aid. However, her greatest passion was raising three children and her beloved grandchildren, as well as an assortment of dogs.

She is survived by her son David Gall of Woodland and daughter Genise Park of Bozeman, Mont. and sister-in-law, Judy Shelton,  of Modesto.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Gall, daughter Gennette Gall, and daughter-in-law Lynn Gall.

A graveside service for immediate family only at Monument Hill Memorial Park. Donations can be made to the Yolo County SPCA P.O. Box 510 in lieu of flowers.  Published in Daily Democrat on Jan. 21, 2018

02/17/18 09:23 AM #5988    

Robert Cowing (1965)

GANGS IN WOODLAND CALIFORNIA - (an edited and incomplete article)

(1)    The FBI targeted Woodland and Yolo County along with 10 other counties in a massive raid against street gangs Wednesday morning.

“A violent criminal organization ("Varrio Bosque Nortenos") that started out in Woodland years ago and spread throughout Northern California faced a day of reckoning today,” said U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, opening a press conference at the Robert Matsui federal courthouse in Sacramento. “... several agencies culminated this morning in the execution of 39 federal search warrants and 30 parole and probation searches at locations in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and (11) California counties.”

The raids were in no way affiliated with immigration issues, and in fact, Scott said nearly every arrested individual was a U.S. citizen.

“Yolo County has been especially impacted by the violent crimes committed by the members of this gang,” he said. “Guns, drugs, and violence are the trademarks of this gang ... for many months, the shootings and assaults connected with this gang were occurring with such regularity in the city of Woodland that it felt like we were under siege.”

The Democrat went live with this press conference and the full coverage was posted on The Democrat Facebook page.Contact Hans Peter at 530-406-6238.

(2)   (An edited and incomplete article) :

"Authorities arrested 31 people Wednesday who they said are connected to a violent, drug-running multi-state street gang directed from inside one of California’s most notorious prisons. (Names of those arrested are available, posted in Democrat article.)

The operation was directed by two inmate members of the Northern Structure prison gang who used smuggled cellphones to communicate from inside Pelican Bay State Prison, federal and state officials said.

The inmates directed a subgroup of the Norteno street gang that grew in Woodland in recent years. Both are affiliated with the Nuestra Familia gang.

 . . . the investigation revealed that at least nine other California counties were negatively impacted by these criminal organizations including Sacramento, Sutter, Colusa, Yuba, Del Norte, Solano, Fresno, Santa Clara, and Siskiyou.

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press, and Daily Democrat staff



a. "Operation Silent Night  - spotlights Woodland as gang hub."

b.  "Statewide violent crime investigation encompasses Yolo and 10 other  California counties."

02/17/18 09:36 AM #5989    


Nancy Rollins (Gantz) (1968)

It sounds like the FBI got a good start in those two counties.....such challenges we are confronted with these turbulent times.

02/17/18 10:10 AM #5990    

Dee (Marilee) Damsen (Kindelt) (1965)

I guess as the rep for the class of 65, it is my job to convey news about our classmates.  I wish it was good news but it seems that all I have been posting is condolescenes to family and friends of our classmates.  It is with much sadness that I report the passing of another 65 classmates:  Kathy Thomas Swigert.  It is very hard for me to post this one!  So from all of your classmates, Kathy, we hope you are no longer in pain and our condelescenes to your family and to all of your many, many friends.

02/17/18 06:08 PM #5991    

Paul F. Aoki (1967)

Gary, You do a great job administering the site. It must take a lot of your time. Is there any way that I can help you? If you need any financial/accounting work, I am a California CPA  you might need budgeting or analysis of spending or financial projection  let me know, but I am not local in Woodland  I live in the Bay Area-Milpitas  



02/18/18 07:09 AM #5992    


Mike Miller (1966)

Has anyone still living in Woodland been aware of the gang activity? Any "bad guy" sightings? Quite amazing Robert. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. And just when I was thinking about moving back to Woodland.

02/18/18 09:33 AM #5993    


Theresa Eve (1964)

It was very disappointing to learn about the Woodland Gang situation.  Never the old Woodland we all recall.  But, times have changed, and not for the best, with guns on the streets in most anywhere.   We can only hope and pray that the good will out shine the evil.  And, may our Country be a better example of intregity and righteousness.   Prayers for all those lost in Florida.  May the good men and women  step up and turn this around.  It appears some of the young students have the right ideas and used their voices.

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