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Welcome to the Fairmont Class Of 1975 site!

Hopefully this website will make it easier to get in touch and enjoy each other's company.   

You can check out all the classmate's Senior photos by clicking on the "Show Yearbook Photo" box in the Classmate Profile section. 

Above all, enjoy the site and have fun sharing with the rest of us. Thanks for checking in! 




Dorothy I. Marquardt Bahr

March 22, 1923 - October 11, 2019

Dorothy Marquardt Bahr passed away Oct. 11, 2019 at her home in Fairmont.

Dorothy Irene Sheely was born Mar. 22, 1923 to Fred and Alma (Martin) Sheely, in Waverly Township near Ormsby, MN. In 1924 they moved to Fairmont where Dorothy attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Fairmont Public Schools.

She married Francis “Bud” Marquardt of Winnebago Sep. 20, 1940. While Bud was serving in WWII in Europe, Dorothy worked at Fairmont Canning Company. She then briefly worked at Gunther’s IGA, and then at 3M for 32 years before retiring in 1985.

Bud died Jan. 29, 1979. Dorothy married Walter Bahr of Swea City, IA Mar. 30, 1984. They lived in Fairmont and spent many years traveling and camping during the warmer months and wintering in the southwest.

In July 2008, they moved to Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont. Walt moved to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth in 2011 and died Aug. 30, 2016.  

Dorothy enjoyed traveling, cooking, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with friends. She was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. The most important part of her life was family.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Sandra Heatherly, Sharon (Tom) Roble, Wayne (Jean), DeeAnn (Art) Houck, and Kevin (Melanie), siblings Donald Sheely, Grace Siebrass, and Ilene Callstrom, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, husbands, brother Gilbert Sheely and son-in-law Larry Heatherly.

Robert "Bob" Clark

October 02, 1929 - September 20, 2019

Funeral Service for Robert “Bob” Vaughn Clark, age 89, of Fairmont, MN will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial will be at Welcome City Cemetery.  Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Bob passed away on Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert “Bob” Clark was born October 2, 1929 in Mankato, MN, son of Fred and Anna (Olson) Clark. He received his education in Mankato and Fairmont schools and Mankato State College. On September 7, 1951, he married Barbara Meyer at the Welcome Methodist Church. He and his wife owned and operated Clark’s Variety Store in Sherburn for 17 years. In 1970, they moved to Fairmont where he worked for Stokely Van Camp, Armour, Greyhound and Fairmont Foods. He retired in 1992.

Bob was a member of the Fairmont United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. He was a member of Rose Lake Golf Club. Bob was an avid golfer, loved to shop and spend time with his family. The highlight of each year was planning and hosting the family Christmas celebration.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara Clark; daughters, Valarie and husband Reginald Hawes of Tintah, Rebecca and husband Joseph Meyer of Madison Lake, Cynthia and husband Douglas Flitter of Mankato; eleven grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, seven brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.

Memorials are preferred to Welcome Cemetery Association or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Duane A. Maakestad

December 10, 1934 - September 16, 2019

A celebration of life service for Duane A. Maakestad, age 84, of Fairmont, MN, will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Duane passed away on Monday evening, September 16, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Duane A. Maakestad was born on December 10, 1934, in Leland, IA, the son of Maynard and Jennie (Langfold) Maakestad.  He began his education attending school in Leland, IA and graduated from Forest City Highschool in Forest City, IA, where he excelled in football and track.

Early in his career, Duane worked as a paramedic.  He then worked for over 30 years for IMC (International Mineral and Chemical) as an Account Executive.  In 1956, Duane was united in marriage to Jean Nessa.  The couple would be blessed with four children.

Duane was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and served as an usher for 50 years.  In his spare time, he loved spending warm summer days on the lake fishing and cool crisp fall mornings hunting.  Duane treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Duane was proud to be 100% Norwegian and was well known for his Ole and Lena jokes!  He will be greatly missed by those that loved and respected him.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Jean Maakestad; children, Terry (Jean), Kelly (Mike), Kris, and Jon (Jill); ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bob Katzenberger; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Jennie Maakestad; grandson Tyler; five sisters and one brother.

The family requests memorials be left in Duane’s name to Grace Lutheran Church of Fairmont.


45th Class Reunion Preliminary Plans

Plans have begun for our 45th (gasp!) reunion! Linda (Thate) Eisenmenger asked me to let you know some of the PRELIMINARY plans:

  • The school doesn’t have the calendar done for the 2020/2021 school year, but they did say Homecoming for this year will LIKELY be 9/25/20. Linda looked at the Yacht Club website and found the rental to be quite reasonable ($400 for non-wedding related and $1400 for a wedding reception).
  • So tentatively set aside September 25th, 2020 for the Homecoming parade and game, and the Yacht Club for September 26th for an informal gathering.
  • Some reunion ideas would involve a tour of the high school, maybe a downtown tour, a visit to the historical society, maybe some pontoon rides around the lakes (weather permitting), appetizers and BYOB for the Yacht club event.
  • Linda is looking for volunteers to help make the gathering a success.  Linda (Roalson) Yesnes and Julie (Swenson) Andrews have already volunteered. The more, the merrier! You can respond to Linda by phone at (507) 235-3142 or email LINDA@LTECPA.COM.