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Penny Dresdow (Skyrud)
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January 22, 1943 Retired Licensed Practical Nurse Married 4
My second husband & I have 2 daughters & sons, 3grandgirls & 2grandboys. One daughter lives in Grand Rapids, MI, the other in Osage, IA. The two boys are in WI.

I'm a retired Licensed Practical Nurse, & Hubby from the State Patrol..He was the Communications Sup. in Waukesha..We are both enjoying retirement except for our health issues.

We love being in Waupaca, WI. Just like being on vacation all the time..We watch the tourists return home in Sept. & we get to stay.. ;o) We enjoy the wildlife & birds we see everyday..

I enjoy the computer & make greeting cards to send. I used to love to crochet prayer shawls, but am finding my hands are getting worse w/arthritis. So one of my great pleasures in life is becoming a thing of the past.

Anyway; GO PACKERS!!! I'm not a huge fan, but love it when they win..  ;o)




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Bill Dubats
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July 06, 1943 Somewhat retired Married 3
Fifty Years??  Indeed five decades of good fortune and good times !

Before graduating from Stout in '65, I married Jan, the girl of my dreams.  She has been an incredible partner, mom, homemaker, grandma, and volunteer worker, contributing greatly to the whole family's joy.

After getting an MBA From the U. of Minn, and 29 years with a BIG co. we "retired" to run our own commercial real estate development & management firm.  Retired a 2nd time in '03 when capital gains rate went down to 15%. 

Was a Lions District Governor & Lions Cabinet speaker for 17 years.  Now serving on the Board of Directors for Model T Ford Club International, and 3 local antique car Club Boards.  Write & publish 2 old car newspapers.  Jan does so much volunteer work with various organizations I don't know where to start.

The six grandkids (ages 1 through 16) are a delight and a source of joy to Jan & I.  All three kids and 6 grandkids live nearby.

Now spending much time restoring, maintaining, and driving antique vehicles, including manufactureg. of "Made in USA" crankshafts for Model T Ford cars, and other old car parts.  Still enjoy motorcycling, snowmobiling (40+years), hunting, fishing, and time at the WI lake home.  We also enjoy ocean cruises and other traveling.  Planning Dec. & Jan '11 trips to Vegas, Hawaii and S. Carolina.

Fifty years?  Yes, but 50 years of good fortune seems like a short time.  And I would rather be lucky than smart any day !
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Marlea Duescher (weiss)
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February 17, 1943 Retired Married 3

After graduation, I married my high school sweetheart - Jim Weiss.  I started a secretarial job at WHS working with Mr. Dyvad, Miss Compton, and occassionally Mr Duckett.  A month after we married, Jim was called to active duty and stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington.  A couple months later, I quit my job to join him.  We lived there about a year and our 1st son was born there.

Returning to Waukesha, I chose to be a stay at home mom.  Eventually, we had 2 more sons.  When they went off to school, I went to work as an aide in the Waukesha School district (the last 27 years in Bethesda Elementary Library) 

Besides being blessed with 3 great sons, we now have six wonderful grandchildren. (Ages 10 - 22)  They are the joy of our life.  We enjoy all their activities - baseball, basketball, football, golf, skiing, crosscountry, and concerts.  We also enjoy spending time with family and friends.  We live in the country and love the changing seasons and wildlife.  Our main vise is visiting casinos.  We used to travel to Vegas yearly, but now our travels are to visit the grandchildren at their colleges and homes.  Our kids got us out of the country twice (Mexico and Canada)  Otherwise we are happy to be homebodies.

I enjoy working on the reunion committee.  They're a great bunch to meet with every month.  My picture was taken at one of the meetings and you can see the fun we have!  Hope to see you there!!!

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Anthony (Tony) Dunn
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September 13, 1943 Retired Married 2
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Jean Eldredge (Paszkiet)
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June 03, 1943 Massage Therapist Married 6
I am living in a lovely rual area north of Delavan.Our kids are grown and spread from one side of the States to the other.  Our oldest grandson has entered Beloit College.  The second oldest goes to college in 2 years, the youngest two are in a STEM school in Waukesha.  I am partially retired, my husband is retired from a printing company.  We enjoy working on the landscaping of our house.  I have recently taken up quilting. Send Jean a MessageSend Jean a Message
Norman Florence
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February 25, 1942 Retired Married 2

 
My life after graduation from WHS has had a few twists and turns . My working career was kicked off with an opportunity with the Godfrey Company (Sentry Foods).  I attended  night school and received on the job training in Retail Planning .
 
In 1964 I married my wife Gerry.  We have two children and three grandchildren.  We are looking forward to our 50th wedding anniversary in the near future .
 
My working career took me into retail sales with the Boston Store and then on to production supervision and district sales with The Pabst Brewing Company.  When Pabst was brought out, downsizing caused me to lose my job.  I was able to secure a position with Waukesha Power Systems as manufacturing supervisor.  In 1998 this company was brought out and I was offered an early retirement package.  I accepted the retirement package and we relocated to the Wisconsin Dells area and our summer cottage.  Along with retirement we have enjoyed cruises and travel in our RV . We have become Snowbirds and been able to enjoy our winters in sunny Texas and Florida .
 
I have encountered some health set backs of late but am hopeful that is behind me . I appreciate all the good wishes I received .
 
I have been able to stay in touch with a number of our classmates since graduation and look forward to seeing all at our 50th reunion.
 
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Wendell Florence
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September 30, 1943 Retired Single Again 3
I will work on this section with Dirty Dan sooooon. :)..... Send Wendell a MessageSend Wendell a Message
Jean Freiberg (Guse)
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March 31, 1943 Retired Teacher Married 2
It is amazing that 50 years have gone by since high school. Send Jean a MessageSend Jean a Message
Mike Galles
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December 09, 1942 retired Married 3
"It seems like only yesterday", words frequently spoken when friends haven't seen each other for a long time. I would like to start with that thought so let's go back to the first experience I had with Waukesha High School.
 
Living in the small Village of Sussex, my good friend Dan Steffen and I, attended 8th grade there. We had the opportunity in fall every Friday night to take the special school bus to the WHS football games. It was big time for the 2 of us, riding on a high school bus with a bunch of high school students, life doesn't get any better!  You couldn't help but dream about the next school year when we would be riding this bus for real, just to go to class. We would go to the games and talk about our dream to play football for Waukesha South. It just doesn't get any better then this! I guess those fond memories are something I will never forget, they were indeed special and that was a dream the two of us had and it was a dream that ultimately came true.  Dan played left guard, I played right guard! We had the pleasure of playing 2 seasons on the varsity squad and despite two ties we never lost a game. We had a great group of guys  and coaches to work with.
 
After WHS I worked 2 jobs and went to school. Through hard work and determination I worked my way into management at Wisconsin Electric. I really enjoyed the new  responsibilities I was entrusted with. Within a 5 year period I had a terrific position, I married a Hartford High School girl, Marilyn Becker, we started a family, twin boys Dave and Don and 2 years later a daughter Susie.  
 
My kids have been my reward in life, I am very proud of what they have achieved and they did it all on their own. Dave is a doctor, Don is an engineer and Susie is manager of training. 
 
Some years after Marilyn passed away I married a Muskego High School grad, Donna Ristow. We both enjoy exercise, Donna hikes and I ride bike. We travel with friends that also enjoy biking and hiking. We like to entertain, play cards, dine out, travel and the greatest joy of all, do things and go places with our 3 grand sons, Mitch, Nick and Ethan.
 
One of the greatest enjoyments I have had recently was "reconnecting" with my 8th grade classmate and friend, Dan Steffen. The two of us teamed up with Tony Gabrysiak '60, Windy Florence '61, Dave Mickler '64 and Bill Schley '62 to take our former football coaches, Ken Hollub and Don Marks out to breakfast. As word got a round about a breakfast meeting of Blackshirts all of a sudden this high school group started to grow and 20 months later, it is still growing and there are now over 420 classmates involved with grad dates from 1940 to 2010.
 
The dream that 2 grades school kids had 54 years ago came true and in the last 20 months I have been able to relive the dream all over again! I am thankful that WHS was there 50 years ago and that I had the opportunity to take advantage of it, not once, but twice!
 
So in closing I want to thank our 1961 reunion committee that has worked so hard for so many years to allow the Class of 1961 to utter those words, "it seems like only yesterday"! 

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Gerald Ganiere
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March 11, 1942 Retired and Advocate of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Universal Accessibility Single Again 1


Occupation:  Retired and Advocate of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Universal Accessibility

Marital Status:  Wife of 45 years recently deceased – July 27, 2011 – but remains a huge part of my life – Kathleen (Kathy) Ganiere (Clark)

Family:  One son and his wife and two children

From Jerry:

After graduating from Waukesha H.S., I immediately entered UWM and obtained a B.S. Degree, majoring in Pre Med and English, and I was subsequently accepted into the UW, Madison Medical School. However, I was also pursuing my wife to be, and she won, and so did I. And being honest with myself, I do not think I was mentally prepared for 4 long years of medical school, a year’s internship, and anywhere from 3 to 7 years in study in a specialty field. I never regretted my choice as evidenced by those 45 wonderful years with my wife.

My grades and course work did enable me to obtain an advanced in-hire  job in the Federal Service which ended up providing me with a lifelong 35 year career in Human Resources with significant opportunity for increased responsibility, upward movement, and advancement in both operational and managerial roles. I started work in Chicago, got married, and was fortunate to get an early transfer to Colorado in 1967 where I then completed 25 proud years working for the military with 24 years in Colorado Springs -- 12 years in NORAD and another dozen years at the Air Force Academy (although I did not cross assignment years with LtGen Oelstrom -- smile). And I didn’t wear a uniform, carry a rifle, fly a jet, or attend basic training, but I did do pretty much everything else the military did to include evaluations, IG Inspections, war planning, operations planning, using military quarters on TDY’s (yuck), etc., in addition to my primary work in nearly every area of Human Resources over the years, including Computer and Data Management.

To improve my retirement package, we moved to Golden in the Denver area in 1991, where I worked for the Bureau of Reclamation (we built and managed dams in the western half of the US such as Hoover Dam) for the next 10 years. I then retired in 2000 and soon became a minor thorn in the side of the City of Golden by promoting ADA and Universal Accessibility -- with some fairly decent successes.

I was going to end my profile at this point, but then I decided I might allay some repetitive questions by addressing my handicap. Yes, I am old school regarding this term and said “handicap”. I was born a paraplegic, but I only had a few problems until I was 13 when I spent a year in hospitals and bed with surgeries and rehab for those many months. I ended up missing a year of school and entered high school after a year’s absence, which explains my earlier birthday than most of my 1961 classmates.

 

I had pioneering surgery to correct a birth defect back problem, but spent years recovering, and with a lot of hard work, I managed to enter high school standing upright, but carrying canes and wearing braces. I continued rehab and managed to get down to only need one cane by the time I went to the south campus, and I stayed at that level through most of my working years which made working easier than if I had not had the radical surgery. I started a gradual physical decline, probably about age 50, and although I had always viewed using a wheelchair as being a defeat, I was persuaded to try one in 1997. It turned out to be a wonderful  move, and using a wheelchair at this stage of my life restored me to living freely on my own once more after having become debilitated to the point of being almost a recluse often unwilling to attempt to go outside. I now go where and when I want to, completely on my own once again.

My wife was also handicapped. She was an above the knee amputee as the result of a boating accident. I met her in the hospital where she was a patient after her accident, and where I was working while going through pre-med at UWM. We made a pact early on in our marriage to divide responsibilities. I would work and bring home the pay check, and she would become full time home maker, mom, and financial manager. We fortunately both loved our roles, and we enabled each other for 45 years by recognizing each other’s roles and not interfering with them. And even now, I try to remember how she did things and I try to emulate her.

There is one more part of my life which I greatly enjoyed, and that was spending 12 years coaching youth soccer, serving as youth Soccer Club Director, and being on the Board of Directors of the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association. This also happened to partially cross my years at the Air Force Academy, and I used my contacts in the Athletic Department to help stage and direct some youth soccer tournaments. This included participating teams from around the entire country. It was quite an awesome sight to view the playing field from atop one of the lookout spots and see as many as 50 teams playing at one time on 25 soccer fields with maybe a couple of thousands spectators there as well.

I attempted to throw a very tiny bit of humor in this too long piece, especially with respect to the Air Force Academy and my years working with the military. I hope it worked. It’s also longer than I intended, but so be it. And maybe a little wordy is okay since this is the first time I’ve offered anything in the last 50 years.

 

 

 

 

 


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