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’70 Turns 70 Birthday Party

Plans are underway for the J.W. Sexton Class of 1970 70th birthday celebration.  Since we had to postpone our grand 50th class reunion event for yet another year, we thought it would be fun to get together to celebrate the milestone of our 70th birthday.

               Date:            Saturday, August 13, 2022

           Events:            Morning tour of Sexton & evening party at Reno's North Sports Bar & Grill

             Attire:            Casual – school colors!

               Cost:            $10 to cover cost of appetizers and birthday cake (pay at the door)

                                    Cash bar and full dinner menu

                                    Indoor seating and outdoor dancing

SURVEY - Please respond via email or Facebook comment to help with party planning.

  1. Name
  2. Do you think you’ll attend the tour?  The party at Reno's?  Will you bring a spouse/guest?
  3. Will you need overnight lodging?  Friday & Saturday nights?  Saturday night only?  Should we arrange for a discounted block of hotel rooms in an area with good shopping and restaurants?
  4. Are you interested in purchasing a Class of 1970 J.W. Sexton tee or sweatshirt?  Let us know and we’ll open our online store this spring.

Your survey responses are essential to helping us plan for a great party.  More specific details will be posted as we get closer to the celebration. 


~Your Class of 1970 Reunion Committee




50th Reunion Postponed Again & 70th Birthday Party

Fellow 1970 Classmates,

It is with deep regret we announce yet another postponement of our 50th Class Reunion.  The reunion venue, Michigan State University, has announced mask restrictions will continue throughout 2022.  The mask requirement will be strictly enforced; anyone not complying will be asked to leave.  As a result, we would not be able to have the type of festivities we planned.  The new dates for the reunion are AUGUST 11-12, 2023.

There is good news for 2022!  We decided to throw an informal 70th birthday party in addition to the 2023 reunion.  Mark your calendar for SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022 for the Class of '70 Turns 70 Birthday Party (stay tuned for further information.) 

Yes, unfortunately the amazing reunion celebration we planned is postponed until 2023.  This celebration will be well worth the wait.  The planning committees of both 1970 and 1971 are in agreement, this will be a once in a lifetime extravaganza.

Friday, August 11, 2023, will be the dinner and program held at the Kellogg Center.  For those who reserved rooms at Kellogg Center, those reservations will again be transferred to 2023.

Saturday, August 12, 2023, will be our chance to really celebrate at the Breslin Center.  The bands that have been kept secret should make you jump at the chance to join us and revel in the music of our youth.  Ready??

The opening band is THREE DOG NIGHT!!  Oh yeah...CELEBRATE, BLACK AND WHITE, JOY TO THE WORLD, MAMA TOLD ME...you get the idea.  And then...hold your hats, the music that had the gym floors bouncing at Sexton...the headliner is the TEMPTATIONS!  Can it get any better than that?  No, it's not JUST MY IMAGINATION.  So, GET READY, it will be Motown revisited and rocking just for us!  This is the WAY WE DO THE THINGS WE DO.  Big Reds forever.

We are as disappointed as you must be that we have to wait another year for our 50th reunion turned EXTRAVAGANT PARTY.  If you registered for the 2021/22 reunion, you will be automatically registered for 2023.  If you find that you won't be able to attend the 2023 events, you have two choices.  First, consider your money paid as a donation to your class treasury.  Second, if you want a refund, please contact one of the class committee members.  If you're feeling a BALL OF CONFUSION, don't!  This will be the place to be in twenty-three!

The class website (www.jwsexton70.com) will continue to be available for classmates to create profiles before reunion registration reopens in the future.


1970 50th Reunion Core Planning Committee (aka MY GIRLS)


1970 Big Red Donors

  • Bob Carr
  • Diane (Tanner) & Phil Thomas
  • Don Kill
  • Gary & Linda (Rochon) Eberly
  • Mark Ciolek
  • Dale Calomeni
  • Gary Hufnagel
  • Gary Gifford
  • Doug Mills
  • Judy (Farr) Foster
  • Marsha (Thomas) Frain
  • Lisa (McCampbell) Miller
  • Robyn (Saul) Mosher
  • Kay Lynn (Mansberger) Duncan
  • Tricia (Street) Fraas
  • Debbie (Burnett) Lonik
  • Anonymous

Contact Information Needed

If you know classmates' email or street address, please let us know or give them the web site URL or class email.  Website:  www.jwsexton70.com     Email:  JWSextonClassof1970@gmail.com

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•   Ken Smith  2021
•   Joseph Salminen  2022
•   Robert Hannah  2022
•   Patricia A. George  2016
•   Michael J. Boyd  2014
•   Sheila Clay  2008


•   Mary Bills  3/16
•   Theresa Tisdale (Hubbell)  2/23
•   Susan Blakeslee (Schlak)  2/20
•   Thomas Bryant  2/13
•   Linda Clague (Miller)  1/21
•   Roger Groves  11/18
•   Janet Nemetz (Cools)  10/27
•   Debbie Burnett (Lonik)  10/3
•   Kathy Abood (Johnson)  10/1
•   Bob Carr  9/13
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 30.6%

A:   127   Joined
B:   288   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)