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Our Town Waukon - The Breakfast Club
WAUKON - 50 years ago, they spent much of their day together in the classroom, and now they're still getting together, in the town they grew up in.
For the past two years, Waukon's class of 1959 have been getting together to have breakfast. Every Wednesday, the group meets at a different restaurant in town. They laugh, eat, and share stories of their younger years. It started as a reunion for an ill classmate, and after his passing the gatherings never stopped and the breakfast club was born.
It's a class reunion that has no end in sight.
"One of the guys wives said, do you think we will run out of things to talk about and he said at our age we don't remember from week to week," said Revelyn Lonning, Class of 1959.
With memories spanning over four decades this group has more than local gossip to talk about.
"I think in a small town people are closer together. You know your neighbors. They help each other when help is needed," said Carol Sivesind, Class of 1959.
It's been over a year since Gloria Hertrampf moved to Waukon. It was her husband Bill who brought her back to this small town. Bill was in the final stages of Lou Gherig's disease and decided it was time to come home.
"They kind of surprised Bill and it was right here at the Waukon Inn. And so when we got here Bill was just surprised because just like this it was a long table with everybody," said Gloria Hertrampf, honorary class member.
Years had passed, but Bill's classmates came together to welcome him home. For three months the class would gather with Bill. Breakfast was their chance to remember and celebrate the time they still had together.
"So when we got back home I said to Bill, would you really want to move back to Waukon and he said, yes I really would like to. So we put our property up for sale and we moved back," said Hertrampf.
The couple left their dream home in Washington. Bill would spend his final days with his friends, and Gloria would begin a new life, a journey of her own.
"I didn't know any of these people until I lived here. They have been such a great support to me. I don't know what I would have done without them," said Hertrampf.
After Bill passed, Gloria decided to stay. She found a way to remember her husband, through the friends and memories the class of '59 shared together.
"I'm an honorary classmate and you could not have any better friends. They're just fantastic," said Hertrampf.