About Tosa East '76 Website


Google Group Email List - Tosaeast1976

We are utilizing the email feature of Google Groups to do our emailings. Those messages are archived on Google, but you need a Google ID in order to view them. If you don't wish to get one, no problem. We are archiving all the emails right here. Here are the messages we've sent in descending date sequence. Everyone who has given us an email is automatically added to this list. So if you haven't, please send us your email.

If you're familiar with Google Groups, it's generally used as a forum for participants to email postings that are then seen by the entire group. However, we are simply using it for one-way messaging, mostly for important messages of interest to our class including future reunions and obituaries. Using Google Groups as an email server gives us the following: 1) It's free, 2) It hides the emails of the group, and 3) Allows for easy administration of the emails in a secure environment, and not on this website.

In Memoriam - Jon Spencer



It is with sadness that I have to report that our classmate, Jon Spencer, passed away on January 24th at age 62. He was battling pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed 28 months ago.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Jon's family.

The funeral service for Jon will be held at on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:00PM and held at Terrace 167, 3210 Highway 167 in Richfield, WI. The family invites everyone who attends to stay after the services and continue to celebrate Jon's life from 5-8pm and encourages you to wear your best Green Bay Packer gear in honor of Jon.

You can find more information in his obituary posted here.

45th Reunion

Nothing has yet been decided, but look for a message from me announcing that we have a questionnaire to poll the class of what they might want or not want. We won't even think about the planning until we can gear the level of enthusiasm for this event. We will be doing something, but if there isn't enough support, we will only do a few informal gatherings.

Gene Hanson

45th Reunion Questionnaire / Poll


Hi Class!

It's time to start our initial planning for a possible 45th reunion next year. Though we will certainly do something, the big question is whether we do a full formal reunion or just something informal along the lines of our "unofficial" reunions we do from time to time. So now with us being so connected we thought we might simply have a poll of our class to see what you might want in a reunion and especially to gear the enthusiasm.

The poll is on our website and here's the link:


Not only are there the questions, we've provided information about what's been done in past reunions. And if you really want to take the easy way out, you can simply respond to this email with the two most important questions: (1) In general would you like to attend a 45th reunion, and (2) If you do favor attending, do you favor a formal or informal event. But we really value your opinions so answering via the website is preferred.

Important: We're just looking for your opinions. You are not committing to anything!

Reunion Committee

Informal 45th Reunion


Hi Class!

You haven't heard from me in a while! Partially great news as no one has reported any classmates who have passed away. But the last time you did hear from me I put out a 45th reunion questionnaire. Sadly, that was on March 5th of last year and then COVID-19 hit throwing serious doubt that any reunion could happen.

Questionnaire Results

Positive Responses: 69
Formal reunion: 29 (42%)
Informal: 40 (58%)

Obviously, there was not enough support for a formal reunion, COVID or no COVID. But informal reunions are not very difficult to pull off so we can have them regardless of any special graduation anniversary. With the great improvement of the COVID-19 situation, I feel comfortable that an outdoor informal reunion can happen. If you feel differently, that is your decision and no one should try to talk you out of it! With that said, here are the responses for popularity of venues.

Hoyt Park Picnic: 42
Hoyt Landing: 43
Tosa Fest: 37
Tosa East tour: 36
Pep's Place: 29
Boat Cruise: 20
Summerfest: 16

In retrospect, Hoyt Park picnic and Hoyt Landing should have been combined and I should have probably provided a map because what I was thinking was going for the picnic area directly in front of the bridge to the pool area. Hoyt Landing is right there. That picnic area was the Sunday venue for the 20th reunion. The great thing about that is with that as a picnic location, we have easy access to food and drink (plus restroom facilities). So when I combine the two, 51 classmates chose either one or both. If a 45th reunion will happen, this will certainly be a venue.

Hoyt Park Picnic Areas and Bathhouse proximity

Hoyt Park Pool area

Though Summerfest wasn't a popular choice, this year they moved the event to 3 weekends in September. We have a lot of experience holding unofficial reunions at Summerfest and it's a difficult venue. However, it will be noted below because it might be something you want to attend outside of the actual reunion.

What I'm now asking is for those wishing to attend what weekends work for you. I'm not doing a regular questionnaire via a form, but simply asking you to choose from the list of weekends by replying to this email. (I've included other activities going on over the weekend. This does not necessarily mean they would be included in the event.) Please pick the weekends by putting them in order of the most desirable to least. Leave out any weekend that doesn't work for you! And, of course, comments are always welcome.

Jul 24-25
Jul 31-Aug 1
Aug 7-8
Aug 14-15
Aug 21-22 - Irish Fest (Aug 20-22)
Aug 28-29 - Mexican Fiesta (Aug 27-29)
Sep 4-5 - Summerfest (Sep 1-4), Labor Day weekend
Sep 11-12 - Tosa Fest (Sep 10-11), Summerfest (Sep 8-11)
Sep 18-19 - Summerfest (Sep 15-18)
Sep 25-26
Oct 2-3

From the responses we'll decide what weekend works the best for the class.

Gene Hanson

A message from Mark Sommerfeld



Here is a message from our classmate, Mark Sommerfeld:

"Sorry for the short notice been in town for a few days to see my mom things have been kind of hectic but my wife and I will be at Walters around 7 Thursday night that's tonight if anybody wants to stop by and say hi - Mark"

As a note I need to remind everyone that you cannot directly send out messages to the group as I've set it up for one way communication. But if you have a message of interest to the class I'm happy to forward it!


45th Informal Reunion - Save the Date



The result of my survey (my thanks to all who responded) showed the September 18-19 weekend with the most support. I'm very sorry to the classmates who indicated that date would not work for them.

What I can tell you right now is we will meet in the late afternoon and early evening of September 18th. We reserved Picnic Area 2 in Hoyt Park. This is one of the two areas closest to the footbridge and within 300 feet of The Landing. Figure on a start time of 4:00PM and it will go on until whenever.

Note: There is no cost to the participants other than your own food and drink. The only hard cost was the picnic area reservation fee, but that was donated.

At this time no other activities are on the agenda. We will consider Colonel Hart's (Pep's Place) either after we break up at Hoyt, or on Friday night. But obviously this will be an indoor activity and not everyone may want to participate.

I took a trip into Wauwatosa to take a serious inventory of the facilities at Hoyt Park and here's what I found:

Hoyt Park - Aerial showing The Landing and Picnic Area 2

  • Picnic Area 2 has 10 picnic tables, but it looks like some shuffling of tables can occur from Area 3 which is adjacent. Though that is probably more than enough tables, we'll want to bring along some camping type chairs. Debbie and I have 8 of them which we will plan to bring along as well as a bean ball toss game. We also solicit any attendees that have pop up tents in case of rain.
  • If you remember the old grills, they are completely gone. But what they do have are charcoal barrels for disposal of hot charcoal so people can bring their own grill.
  • Hoyt Landing closup.

    The Landing has 50 large picnic tables that easily hold 8 people each.

  • There is concession stand immediately at The Landing area.
  • There are also 2 separate concession stands on either side of the pool (Men's side and Women's side) which serve both the pool area and the park side.
  • The menus for The Landing are different from those for on the Men's and Women's sides.

There is entertainment at the stage both on Friday and Saturday night starting at 5:00PM. Also, there will be some sort of food truck.

Keep in mind this is a "bring your own" affair. We are not supplying any food or beverages. We are also not charging anything.

I have a new area on the class website for this 45th reunion where I have more information and a gallery of pictures of Hoyt. I will be keeping that up to date, but of course I will also be sending out additional emails.


Construction Projects

While I was in Tosa to take pictures, I thought I'd stop by the sites of 4 different school construction projects. Two of them are complete: Lincoln and Tosa East. Two of them are ongoing: McKinley and Wilson. These were all part of the $124.9 million School Funding Referendum that was approved by voters in 2018. Every school got various upgrades, but 4 of the elementary schools got major projects. The other elementary school was Underwood which along with McKinley are getting completely new buildings.

Tosa East

The Tosa Aquatic Center at Wauwatosa East.

This is the SE corner of Tosa East is where the "new" pool area was. When I say "new" it was brand new when we attended. They demolished the entire pool area including the lockers to construct the new facility which is called the Tosa Aquatic Center. Though this was technically part of the referendum, this $10.4 million renovation was made possible because the majority of money came from a large donation from John & Tashia Morgridge. This is the same couple who were largely instrumental in making the new Hoyt Park pool and building a reality. I will be posting more photos in our school building section of the website:



Lincoln Elementary after 2019 remodel.

The Lincoln remodel was finished in 2019 in time for the start of the fall classes. I think they did a phenomenal job matching the new section to the old building. I'll be posting more pictures in the Lincoln section of the website:



Old and new McKinley.

The new McKinley building is basically done, but obviously they still have landscaping left. About 3 weeks ago on the very last day of school, I was privileged to get a tour from the Principal with a group of 8 former students of the old building. It was the first time I was in the building since graduating in June of 1970. It was a little disappointing from a getting pictures point of view because the classrooms and especially the hallways were littered with boxes as much of the contents would have to be moved to the new building in less than 2 weeks as the old building would soon be demolished. I'll be posting some of the interior and exterior pictures in the McKinley section of the website:



Wilson Element remodel rendering

I was thwarted in getting any pictures of the ongoing construction because with the end of the school year they've closed off the streets on either side of the existing building. I don't know with certainty, but from the looks of things they appear to be seriously behind in the schedule as the new part is supposed to be done in time when classes resume in September. The Wilson project is like Lincoln in that part of the old building remains and the new section is integrated into it. Though I won't have any pictures of my own to share, I have the plans with renderings in the Wilson section of the website:



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