Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The Post Cards - shown in the post below - will be for sale at the Paradise Reunion Saturday.

If there are some with a stamp and postmarked for a keepsake, they are $1.50 each.
The unstamped cards will sell for $1.00 each.

Again, Thank You Brad Thompson, the alumni committee -  Eric, Deb, Dan & Joyce - and for our Postmaster, Lucy, for the time each of them spent in preparing the sale of these postcards at the reunion two years ago and again this year.  Brad, we are very proud of the post cards.
This was another neat Alumni Effort.  Jim Harrell suggested that we all need to start saving our Paradise postmarks (at that time, we thought the Paradise Post Office would be closing soon but have since found out that it will be open for two more years), Janette (Angel) Ross suggested we have a Paradise Post Card to have a Paradise postmark on, Brad Thompson accepted the challenge to design and have a post card printed, he sent the post cards to Joyce Thompson and she has taken them to Postmaster Lucy for some of them to be stamped and postmarked.  They will be at the Paradise Alumni Reunion Sat evening for sale.




The $24 per person reservation includes the $4 dues. 
Anyone who has already registered and overpaid 
will be reimbursed at the door the night of the reunion.


I have been asking for pictures of a view of Paradise from the Miller Farm road for two years.
These were sent to me this past week. Thank You very much!
They are absolutely perfect - just wish the grass was greener.  That will probably be another year.

It sure helped to have a better camera for a distance that far.  Thank You again!
This is the picture that we took two years ago when we were leaving Paradise on Sun. after the reunion

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Monday, June 23, 2014



Carol L. Mead 64, 
died Friday, June 20, 2014 
at Schowalter Villa – Hesston, Kansas.

Carol was born May 9, 1950 in Concordia, Kansas to Albert and Lois (Douce) Ryser, and was the youngest of four children. Carol and her brother and sisters grew up with a love of music and singing, and prayed together every morning before catching the bus to school. 

Carol met Stephen Mead and married her best friend on June 5, 1971, a day she described as the happiest in her life. Carol and Steve had two children, Jay Mead and Angela Mead. Steve, Carol, Angela and Jay built their home in Hesston, Kansas from the ground to the roof. Carol considered herself fortunate to have a home she could share and family to love in it. Carol and Steve collected many things in their home, and Carol’s most prized possession was the many fond memories made there. It was that collection that mattered to her most, and which connected Carol to the goodness of life and God’s presence in it. Carol enjoyed nurturing her children, family and friends in that home, filling it with love. Carol’s nurturing personality was expansive, she used her talents to build relationships and connect with others as a member of the Alter Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Newton, Kansas, and as a receptionist at Knudson Monroe where she worked for 18 years. 

Carol loved to give good gifts; and always knew that even the simple gift of her warm smile could make the difference for family, friends and clients. Through the trials that Carol and her sister have handled with grace and fierceness, they have earned the nicknames Pansyana, Pansylene, and Pansylou. Carol and her sisters knew that the pansy only appears to be fragile. It is however the heartiest of flowers with lots of personality, able to weather the bitterest of winters with beauty. Carol, like the pansy, endured a battle with brain cancer with a humble courage that was inspirational to friends, family and others fortunate enough to know her.

Carol is survived by her Husband Stephen Mead of the home; 
a son: Jay Mead of Memphis and his Wife Anne Mead and their daughter Madeline Mead, 
and a daughter: Angela Mead of Austin, TX; 
a brother Charles Ryser of Haddam, Kansas; 
two sisters: Mary Ann Fox of Ft. Collins, CO and Ilene Roy of San Antonio, TX .
 Carol is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 
at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 
with The Reverend Jim Mainzer presiding.  
 Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening 
with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. 
at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel.  
The family will receive friends following the Rosary.  
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Newton, Kansas

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the St. Mary’s Alter Society or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

Steve Meade is a 1967 graduate of Paradise High School.



      Lloyd R. Schneider
     88, of Coffeyville, Kansas and former Russell resident, 
     died on Friday, June 20, 2014
 at the
     Windsor Place Nursing Center of Coffeyville, Kansas

Lloyd was born on December 14, 1925, in Bazine, Kansas, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Strecker) Schneider. He grew up and attended school in Paradise, Kansas. He joined the United States Army in 1942 and was discharged in 1946. He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Marjorie (Hoopes) Schneider on June 07, 1953 in Paradise, Kansas. From this union Lloyd and Marjorie were blessed with seven children Alice, Henry, Martin, Beverly, Carlene Jo, Timothy, and Diane . The Schneider family made their home in Russell where Lloyd lived most of his life.
He worked for U.S.D 407 Public Schools for over 20 years. He worked at both Russell High School and Bickerdyke Grade School before retiring in 1989. After he retired in 1989, he moved to Coffeyville, Kansas, where he lived for over 20 years. He was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell and was a longtime member of the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240. He enjoyed working at the school, remodeling their home, raising rabbits and he loved cleaning, washing and waxing his cars on the weekends. Most of all he enjoyed spending time at home with his family.
Surviving family include his daughter Alice Morris and husband Derrick of Coffeyville, son Henry Schneider of Salina, Kansas, son Martin Schneider of Russell, daughter Beverly Hartsook of Russell, son Timothy Schneider and wife Dawna of Thornton, Colorado and daughter Diane Bell and husband Tom of Emporia, Kansas; sisters Catherine Barnes of Dodge City, Kansas, Alda Weigle of Texas and Grace Michaelis of Russell; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marjorie on June 02, 1986; daughter Carlene “Jo”, October 1989; daughter-in-law, Shirley, July 2006; daughter-in-law Debra, April 2012; 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
A graveside service to celebrate Lloyd’s life will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Russell City Cemetery in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Earl Haggard officiating with burial following the service. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to Windsor Place Nursing Home, Alzheimer Unit and sent in care of the mortuary. 
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.
Marjorie (Hoopes) Schneider was in the class of 1953 at Paradise High School.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014



The 2014 Rodger & Hoisington Whole Grocery reunion was held this past week end in Kansas City.
This is a reunion of cousins, all graduated from Paradise High School.  They have a bi-annual reunion.

Front row -  left to right
John Hedrick, Jan(Rodgers) Hedrick (Class of 1956),
Bill Hanzlicek, Diane (Hoisington) Hanzlicek (Class of 1957).

Back row - left to right  
John Rodgers (Class of 1953), Van Hoisington (Class of 1958),
Mona Hoisington, Jeanne Hoisington and Dan Hoisington (Class of 1967).

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


To class of 1961

This is Stanley "Rex" Pitts. I understand you need an address for me.
I will not be able to attend the 2014 reunion because of illness.

Address is
Stanley R. Pitts 

% Shelly West 
72 Lakeview Circle 
Conway, Arkansas.
Rexda 72032 

Thank You Stanley.  I'm sure your classmates will appreciate this.  We are very sorry that you will not be able to attend the reunion, but do take care of yourself.
Shelly West is Stanley's daughter.