Heartbreaking News…

It is with heavy hearts that we report that the man who was murdered on a local trail here in Bellingham was a member of our class.  Donald T. Alderson was found stabbed Saturday, 06 October 2018 .  Click here  for the initial story and then a follow-up story on Don:

Crime Story

Friends Remember Don


Sunnyland Reunion 2018

The Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch enjoyed their annual luncheon at Bob’s Burgers & Brew off the Cook Road today.   This was the 14th reunion for this group and it just seems to get better every year what with good laughs and great memories of grade school.  A special treat was Sally Gustafson Lindskoog joining us all the way from Arizona!  (If you have pictures of a reunion or other event, please send them along as we’d love to post them.)

2018 Reunion Reminder!

Next month – on August 18th – our Great-Class-of-’65 has been invited to join the Classes of ’66 and ’67 at Don Pulver’s Party Place 649 Old Samish Rd. All you have to do is sign up, show up, and come up with $10, which will provide you with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.  To sign up click on one of these links:

janstarr03@gmail.com   or cindymellema@comcast.net  and leave a message with either Janet or Cindy that you plan to come.  It would be fun for others in our class if you would also scroll down to the LEAVE A REPLY box on this post and enter a comment that you plan to come. Check back often on our Blog to see other replies.  (The last Blog post “The Rock” got 2 replies: Nancy Anderson and Diane Ross.  Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!)

Hope to see you on Saturday, August 18, any time after 4:00pm!

-Bev Dawes Belka



BHS Reunion for Classes of ’65, ’66, and ’67 on August 18, 2018

OK, 65ers!!! Here is a chance to get together with some (very) OLD friends in a beautiful setting and no one has to plan it! Just doesn’t get any better than that!
The Class of ’66 has invited our class along with the Class of ’67 to a party at Pulver’s Party Place.  They are asking for a donation of $10 which includes beer (thanks Micky Vitt) and wine, wonderful 60’s music, and Don Pulver’s venue, 649 Old Samish Rd.
A taco truck will be on board from 4-6 if you want to purchase some tasty tacos, etc.
Please email Janet Starr:  janstarr03@gmail.com
Cindy Fields Mellema:  Cindymellema@comcast.net
The party starts at 4:00 and goes until the last person leaves.

Another Farewell…

Once again, we bid adieu to a fellow classmate, Mike Anable. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. His obituary appears below as well as on our “In Fond Memory” page.

Michael Dean Anable passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018, at the age of 71, from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Mike graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965 and was in the United States Airforce from 1965 to 1969. Mike also served in the Air National Guard of Washington and the Reserve of the US Airforce from 1969 to 1978. He worked for many years, as a machine operator, at Georgia Pacific in Bellingham, WA. Mike was a very intelligent and caring person, who you would have definitely wanted to be on your team for a game of trivial pursuit. He was also an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan. Over the years, Mike often traveled with his brother, Jim, to Maui where they made many lasting friendships. Mike’s passing comes one year after his brother Jim passed away. Mike is also preceded in death by his mother Harriet Anable. Mike is survived by his brothers Dan Anable and wife Kay, and Greg Anable and wife Kathy, along with his nieces Tracy Anable and Jennifer Anable, and grandniece Emily Morgan. A casual afternoon memorial service will be held to honor Mike on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00pm, at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA. To share your memories of Mike, please visit www.molesfarewelltributes.com

Save the Date!

You are invited to attend a reunion of 3 classes this summer: BHS Classes of ’65, ’66, and ’67.
We will be gathering at Don Pulver’s wonderful party place on Old Samish Highway on August 18, 2018. Much more information will follow.
Be there or be square.


John H. Hocking

John H. Hocking, 71, a longtime Mount Vernon resident, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 after a battle with cancer.  John was born in Bremerton, WA on January 3, 1947, the son of Norman and Dorothy (Hogan) Hocking. The family later moved to Bellingham, where John was raised. He attended Shuksan Jr. High School and graduated with the class of 1965 from Bellingham High School.

Always a hard worker who wanted to make his own way, John was on a boat graduation night headed to Alaska to begin commercial fishing. During the fishing off season, he worked for Bellingham Cold Storage.  A few years later, he moved to Mount Vernon where he worked for Skagit Valley Trucking. Soon after he began his career in real estate, first with Countryside Realty, then later earning his Broker’s license and opening his own agency, J&J Properties. John found his passion in real estate development. He was proud of his accomplishments and grateful for the life he was able to lead.

John was forever teaching his children and grandchildren the value of a dollar. He loved animals, especially his beloved dogs, Otis & Rose. His favorite pastimes were walks at Washington Park in Anacortes, and driving up into the mountains to enjoy the snow.  John will be remembered by his friends and family for his love of making a deal and living life on his own terms.

John is survived by his daughters, Rita Hocking-Kombol (Aaron) of Saudi Arabia and Bellingham and Cheri Wisdom (Brett) of Kirkland; four grandchildren, Lauren & Morgan Kombol, Mitchell & Sam Wisdom and several extended family members.

At John’s request there will be no services. Private inurnment will be at Greenacres Cemetery in Ferndale. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233 in honor of John.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.

We Say Goodbye…

We were saddened to hear of the loss of another classmate, Judy Corne Bray. Judy attended Bellingham schools throughout her formative years. She was a steadfast member of the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch and missed only two of the annual luncheons in over ten years. She will be missed at those gala events. Our condolences go out to her husband, Paul, and her family and friends. Her obituary also appears on our “In Fond Memory” page.

Judy Louise Corne Bray

Judy Louise (Corne) Bray was born March 9, 1947, and passed away December 2, 2017, in Tacoma, Washington.  She grew up in Bellingham, Washington, attended Bellingham schools, and was graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965.   She married Paul Bray and together they raised three children:  Jeff, Kris, and Anjee.  Judy is survived by her husband of 51 years, her three children, eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  She also leaves two sisters, Joyce and Janna.  She will be dearly missed by her family.  Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Tacoma, Washington.



Reunion Luncheons…

A delightful time was had by the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch as we celebrated our 2017 luncheon at Bob’s Burgers & Brew on the Cook Road today; this is our 13th annual get-together.  It seems that as time passes these events become more meaningful as we reconnect to share laughs and old memories from when we were young.  If you have a photo you’d like to share with our classmates, please send it along to us.  We love pictures!