SALLY STILLSON BARTLETT

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SALLY STILLSON
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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Mesa, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Walter Wilde Bartlett 1959-1981
Occupation: Retired Admin Assist/Freelance Writer
Children: Children--Robin, born 1960; Bryan, born 1962, deceased 2010; Brooke,born 1963--Grandchildren, Tony 1985 More…and Gina 1987 (Robin's) and Brynne 1993 and Bryce 1995 (Brooke's)
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Update 2014 I moved twice this past year! I have come to the place in life where I do not want to be a homeowner as a single woman with maintenance to worry about. I want a nice cozy little apartment now with someone to call for maintenance problems. Found what I thought was perfect, only to realize I was wrong after 6 months and found something I liked better...Thus TWO moves in a year. Do NOT recommend it. I have made some good strides in my writing career. I not only write short articles and blogs by request on one website but I have a business arrangement now with a man in the UK to supply him with as many articles or blogs on ANY subject I choose! WOW I am having fun with this. I feel like a reporter or investigative journalist or something, and it is very nice. Great outlet for a retired person like me.
Update 2011: Lost my son Bryan last December (on Wally's Birthdate--12/11) to Alcoholism. He struggled with it his whole life and the sadness of losing a child is so strong...but the rest of my family is here in AZ around me and I can be happy with that. None are married yet, so no great grandchildren yet...although Tony is 26 and Gina is 24. Brynne and Bryce are in HS and Brynne will be going off to college next year hopefully with an academic scholarship....she has a 4.0++ gpa....don't know how that happened in our family! lol I was one of the first in our class to hit the big 7-0 last Feb---quite a shock! But I get a kick out of still looking and acting younger. The family just spent a couple days at the Point Hilton Tapatio Peaks in Phoenix and I actually went down this huge water slide! I am very active in my over 55 Mobile Home Park where I am retired, and I do the calendar and newsletter and social events work among other things. I have 2 cats now for company and love the computer...you can find me on Facebook any time of day!


I kept diaries for the entire 4 years of HPHS! I condensed some entries that make mention of things we might remember from that time period and posted them in our Message Forum if you want to have a few giggles!



Wow 50 years! How on earth did that happen! I have been through many "stages" of life and found out that I am a "Door Closer" and move on quite quickly and easily to a new stage and don't look back much. Not sure if this is good or bad, but it is me.
I had the married stage right after HS at age 18, had 3 children by age 22, and pretty much a stay at home Mom and Wife for 15 years. I was married to Wally Bartlett our Junior Prom King if you remember, and getting married too young finally caught up to us and we divorced after 20 years. Wally did remarry, but unfortunately he died of cancer in 2002 at the much-too-young age of 60. In many ways I feel like a widow now, even though we had been divorced.
I went through my career phase in the 1970s and 1980s going to college in the evenings and working as a trainee at work in the computer field, attaining my goal of Computer Programmer-Analyst and enjoying jobs with several companies until all my past experiences and expertise culminated in the best job of my life--my final 7 years before retirement where I was the Admin Assistant to the CIO and VP of MIS at the headquarters for Crate & Barrel in Northbrook, IL. I now am retired and living in Arizona, but still do computer work at home for my daughter Robin's company.
Other stages of my life included Sports (Avid bowler and golfer), Social (hung with a crowd from work), Grandmothering (started in 1985 and I have 4 now--23, 21, 15 and 12), Theatrical (was in community theatre for 10 years as an actress, board member, costumer and back stage person), Dating (started dating again at age 57 but right now still single and looking) and the stage I am in now...RETIRED, THINKING OF NOTHING BUT BEING HAPPY!

In 2012 I found the perfect retirement job, and finally fulfilled my journalism itch! The internet is a wonderful thing and I consider myself computer savvy. I am a freelance writer of articles and website content on a website called Fiverr. I can pick and chose which assignments to accept and have received some wonderful comments about my writing which is good for the ego!

School Story:

I always had the urge to be an actress hidden deep inside me...I took Drama and even had Mrs Olson the drama teacher as my session teacher and we were located beneath the stage...a great omen I thought. Never joined Garrick though...wish I had. Anyway...my story:
Sophomore year I tried out for the Spring play "Dear Ruth" and made recalls for the lead! I was so excited and auditioned again against a Junior girl Margie Embich. Well the powers to be told me it was a close call, but since Margie would be graduating sooner and I still had 2 years left, they gave her the part. In my Junior year, I was going to try again, but I made the Senior Penguin club and had to make a choice...so I was proud and honored to be a part of that show that overlapped the same time period. Ok...Senior year...had to be my year to finally act in a Spring Play and satisfy my passion...right? Wrong! They chose a musical and I CAN NOT SING! That was one of my biggest disappointments of HPHS. But 22 years later I became a thespian after all when I joined Village Theatre Community theatre in Palatine, IL and enjoyed 10 yrs of acting. I was right...I loved every minute.

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Posted on: Jul 16, 2019 at 8:02 PM

Hello everyone! I will not be attending this year's reunion and doubtful any in the future. I am still in good health, retired in the Valley of the sun in AZ with my 2 cats Riff and Raven but really don't care to travel anymore. plus, and this was a big plus....the air went out of my sails and my enthusiasm for reunions really took a hit when Eric Engberg left our planet. I loved working with him both back in HPHS and on the 50th reunion. Hope you all have a great time. My new master photo is me and my daughters Robin in back and Brooke to my left.

My family of daughters and 4 grandkids still are either living out here in AZ also or are temporarily absent. My granddaughter Brynne is in law school in Boston and my granddaughter Gina is a manager of a restaurant at Lake Powell near the Arizona Utah border. My grandsons Tony and Bryce are working and living in Arizona. None of my grandchildren are married and there are no great grandkids in my life.

PS I got a piano for my 78th birthday and am enjoying playing again!

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Omg Susan, we had such a good chat last night! So envious of your creative accomplishments your fairies are so beautiful! Now that I am not working at all I think when I look back my most satisfying work was when I was trying to run a costume business. I was always getting close when I was young and I think I had dreams of being a designer of some type. Anyway I lived so close to you and saw you so much and was surprised shocked at some of your disclosures on here to other classmates I guess I was pretty naïve. Sorry I wasn’t a better friend!

Oct 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Trying a volunteer job now as a literary tutor. My students is a 46-year-old grandmother who left school at 16 to have six kids and now wants to get her GED .

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Haven’t written since 2014 and I am still in my cozy little apartment but I have another retirement now and that is from writing. It was nice while it lasted but the man I was working for in the UK was not making his goals and has closed all those websites but it is all right with me I am a door closer No regrets. Since I last wrote I rescued another kitten from my apartment complex where it was abandoned in 2015 and had three cats for couple years until my beloved Romeo became sick and died this year age 13 so I still have two Raven and riff who are my sun and stars ha ha. Made it back to Illinois this summer to visit my brother who is 83 and still lives in Wheeling and found the 70° summer weather a great reprieve from our Arizona heat. If we have a 60th reunion at this time I am planning to go so that I can visit him again. My main goal in life right now is just to stay healthy enjoy my freedom and my cats and try not to stress too much about who is POTUS!

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Mar 29, 2016 at 9:33 AM

I can not believe Eric is gone!  He just helped me publish a memorial to my BFF at HPHS, Janet Bruce, and now here they are, both listed as most recent! Just a month ago we engaged in some email about the pitfalls of getting older and how he had fallen and broken an ankle. Seems like those type of falls are sometimes preludes to the end of life.  

Eric was my editor in chief on the Shoreline at HPHS and I always admired him.  Later, working so closely together on finding everyone for our 50th reunion, we attained a friendship that has lasted now over the years. I periodically wrote him for political advice (and some type of understanding!), as a democrat living in a largely republican state. I will miss him, and it is really great we found everyone for the 50th and have this wonderful site to stay connected now, because there will never be another Eric Engberg to lead a finding committee.

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Jun 01, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Richard Stirsman and Peter (Skip) Arne were both classmates of mine at Deerfield Grammar School (DGS). Richard has kept in contact with me since the 50th reunion and notified me of Skip's death. I notified Eric Engberg who was the head of our student-finding committee and he has gathered some information on Skip's life and hopefully will post some of it here.

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Posted on: May 23, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Hi Eric...well Skip Arne avoided us to the end. Richard Stirsman just told me he has passed on. I asked him to give me details so we can update his file, but thought you might share the humor in this...we were sure Richard knew of his whereabouts....wonder why he was so reclusive? I am going to to watch your debate with Bill O'Reilly....I hate that man.

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2014 was a very good year for me. I sold my mobile home in Arizona because I am sick of being a single homeowner with maintenance problems and have finally arrived at that place in life where I just want to be stress free and happy. It took me a while to find the right apartment...I moved TWICE in one year, which was horrible, but I have a cute apartment in Mesa, AZ and nice management in a small complex where rent does not go up every year. My two cats and I are very happy.
BEST of all, I have finally found my outlet for writing. Since my journalism days in HS, I have always wanted to write. Several attempts at books didn't work, so freelancing on the internet seemed to be the answer. After working on a writing site for a couple years I found this young entrepreneur in London who loves my writing and offered me a job writing for him on any topics of my choosing and as much or as little as I want and he has two news websites. I am in my sixth month now and love it. The two sites are cliip.net and biztekmojo.com if anyone wants to check them out. I am a published journalist now, following news trends and writing daily. I even spout off once in awhile in a personal opinion blog. Money is starting to be made from advertising and now I am also head editor and manager of a few others who are working with us too. My pen names are Bella Rosa, Freddy Wynn, Blackie Hawk and of course my real name too.
The perfect career for my retirement.

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good for you...I admire men who love cats! I am glad you have all ages it helps when they leave us...I lost a 17 yr old cat and a 14 yr old dog the same year...now I have them separated by 6 years big boy cats; 18 pound Romeo 10, 15 pound Riff 4.

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happy Birthday Eric....I am finally writing on a regular basis for guy who owns several websites in UK. I can write about anything I want and as much as I want...how much better can it be? Oh yea money sucks but it is a great joy and at least I am getting paid I would probably do it free ha ha

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM
July 3, 2011 at Point Hilton Tapatio Peaks in Phoenix for a mini "Stay-cation" (we all live in AZ) from left: my daughter Brooke, her boyfriend Mike, me, my daughter Robin, my 17 yr old granddaughter Brynne (Brooke's daughter) and my son-in-law Joe.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Me in my spiffy new hat at Tapatio Peaks in Phoenix. 70 is the new 50!
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My Family at Christmas 2010--Grandson Tony 25, me, daughter Robin, 50. Back row Grandson Bryce 14, Granddaughter Brynne 17 and Daughter Brooke 47. Missing: Granddaughter Gina, 23 who was working and my son Bryan is deceased.
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Vacationing in Costa Mesa CA July 2010
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Mini Reunion March 2009 in Tucson. Jackie Migdal Quast, Roger Zanarini, me, Jeanne Gourguechon and Tony Lamanna
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"Italian Thanksgiving 2008 in Scottsdale, AZ!"
The whole Bartlett family-Back row: My daughter Brooke, me, my daughter Robin, Wally's sister Susan, Wally's deceased sister Helen's daughter Erica. Front row: My 15 yr old granddaughter Brynne, my 12 yr old grandson Bryce, my 23 yr old grandson Tony, Erica's little girl Kate and my son-in-law Joe. My 21 yr old granddaughter Gina and my son Bryan are missing from picture.
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Tony Lamanna, Jeanne Gourguechon, Me, Roger Zanarini and Jackie Migdal Quast in Tucson, AZ on April 7, 2009.