Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

93-year-old ready for LHS reunion

July 21, 2005

This weekend's Lansing High School All-Class Reunion will be nothing new for Mae Florence Stiglmire.

As a member of the LHS class of 1930, she will easily be the oldest LHS graduate in attendance.

"It's been 75 years since I was in high school," she said. "Kind of scary to think about."

Stiglmire, who now lives on the outskirts of Lansing, will be 93 in the fall. She has already been to several high school reunions, most recently her 55- year reunion.

She said she didn't remember all that much about her high school days but said things were a lot different back then.

"I think it only took four subjects to graduate," she said. "The school was so much smaller then, too."

The class of 1930 consisted of only 15 members, and Stiglmire said she kept up with her classmates over time.

She's not expecting to see any of them at this reunion, though. At her home, she has pictures of her graduation day and 55-year LHS reunion, but she said she thought only one of her classmates was still alive.

"Leona Weimer may still be around," she said. "She lives in Arkansas, though."

Needing some friends to go along with, she will be attending the festivities with three of her nieces who graduated from LHS.

Stiglmire said she was looking forward to the event and that she wouldn't mind if she received some kind of award that joked about her age.

"It doesn't insult me," she said. "I know I'm old."

Since her days at Lansing High, Stiglmire has raised quite a family. She said she has three kids, five grandkids, and four great-grandkids.

If that wasn't enough, last year she got her first great-great-grandson.

Much of her family still lives in the Lansing area, and Stiglmire said with their help she is able to live by herself.

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