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Clark Jorgenson
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September 01, 1943 Happy Married
After goofing off in college for two years. Begin working for REA Express in Milwaukee. Working any job they wanted me to do. Worked in Waukesha for a few mouths training as there Agent (manager). Transferred to Fon du Lac as there Agent until they consulated the office with Oskosh and a number of other offices. Appointed Agent Manitowac. Feb. 1967 transferred to Chicago as supervisor accounting. Married my wife Kay and after 5 1/2 years. Appointed Manager Government Accounts Chattanooga, TN. REA Express filed bankruptcy 1977. Went to for for photo lab. company in Cleveland, TN. After 2 1/2 years they had cuts backs was layed off. Went to work at Home Depot for 11 1/2 years and retired. Send Clark a MessageSend Clark a Message
gary kline
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electrian retired Married 2
After graduation I took a job at Heale Mfg. co.not knowing what i wanted to do and coulden't afford to go on to college.I worked my way up the ladder to a supervisory position. I owe a lot to H.R. & Dorthy Heale they had faith in me,they started a second shift just for me so i could build my house during the day and work at night. I obtained my city of Waukesha electrial license but didn't use it for years.
  I got married a year out of school& started a family. My son Jeffery 1963 & daughter Karrie in 1965. Judi & I built our own house in Wales Wi.in 1966 our self it took us 2 years to compleat.In 68 we moved to California to try something new, but with in a year we moved back to wisconsin.
  We started Kline Electric in Alma Wi. and opperated it untill i injured my back. not knowing if I could work we closed shop & moved back to Waukesha.I recdived a call from Waukesha Memorial Hospital , they wanted to hire me for a 3 month wiring project, well 3 months lead to 25 years. I retired in 2008.
  My daughter died in july of 2005. she had 2 girls witch we see often, my son has 1 daughter we also see often.the loss of my daughter hurts ever day, i'm just glad i can be their for the girls.
In retirement I work in my wood shop building furniture for Judy & the grand kids they seem to like the things I build.i now teaching my self to carve, i been doing it about a year now.
  hope to see you all at the 50
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Gerald Klinefelter
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April 02, 1943 Chemcial Engineer, Retired Married 2
After high school,  I went to UW at Madison and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  While attending college, Donna and I got married, and we moved to Midland, Michigan upon graduation.  There I worked for the Dow Chemical Company in process research for about 20 years and then Environmental Services until my retirement.  Shortly after retirement we moved to the Traverse City, MI area and love it. 

Donna and I have two wonderful daughters---one is married, and the youngest will be married this September.  We have one grandsom who is two and 1/2 years old and is such a darling.  We enjoy the four seasons and like to snow ski, sail, and hike. 
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Norma Knas (Jeseritz)
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November 16, 1942 Retired Divorced 5
Sorry to have missed the 50th reunion, but hope to get to the next one.  I'm now living in beautiful Lake Mills, Wi within easy reach of my five daughters and 10 grandchildren. I have worked a variety of occupations since college:elementary school teacher, church office administrator, and church organist ( which I still do).  The job I'm most dedicated to and love is being a mom and grandma. My girls range in age from 37 to 49 and the grandkids are growing up too soon (aged 10-18)  I like to tell them about the "dinasour days" when I went to WHS.   Aren't we glad we all went to high school in the "Happy Days" period! Send Norma a MessageSend Norma a Message
Ron Knox
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October 17, 1942 retired Married 2
Completed a 4 year stint in the Navy after High School .  Then started a 5 year apprenticeship in Fire Protection (automatic sprinklers) where I worked in the trade for
30 + years .A job transfer took me to Dallas Tx. area  27 years ago-------Dallas Cowboy Football country!  But I'm still a Green Bay Packer Backer!
Married  44 yrs. to Beth (Johnson) class of 62'.  We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Hope we can make it to the 50th!!
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Connie Kovacic (Christensen)
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September 08, 1943 Retired (part time Instructor) Single Again 3

After graduation, I went to work at Wisconsin Bell as a Long Distance Operator. In 1962, the travel bug bit classmates Mary Ojeda, Jackie Mathews and I so we toured northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada in my ’57 Chevy. After a year of saying “Operator,” I quit and went back into healthcare at West Allis Memorial Hospital.

 

In 1963, I married classmate, Delbert Couillard and we have three children (two daughters and one son), 7 grandchildren ranging from ages 9 to 25 and one four year-old great-granddaughter. Three grandchildren reside in Texas and four live in the Milwaukee and New Berlin area. At age 36, our son lost his 5-year battle with brain cancer in 2008. Delbert and I divorced in 1981.

 

While raising a family, I continued to work in healthcare and later at the Amron Corp. as a Quality Control Inspector during the 60’s and 70’s. After my divorce, I went to work as an Advertising Exec at The Waukesha Freeman. There, I had the creative opportunity to develop my writing and designing skills for the print media.

 

In 1987, I married Jerry Christensen and his job with AT&T relocated us to Eau Claire. Together, we had six children. We spent 10 years renovating a 1920’s home while enjoying our little cabin in the north woods, Winter, WI. We enjoyed building and refinishing furniture, bow hunting, boating, fishing and x-country skiing while we raised 
my son and his two sons (our daughters were grown and in pursuit of their own dreams). We traveled the entire southeast of the country. My oldest daughter lived in
Charleston, SC for 7 years and after the Army, my son lived in southeast Texas until his death. Jerry and I also spent many years tracing and archiving our ancestral roots.

 

While living in Eau Claire, I attempted to make some career changes. I fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a Clown and working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I attended and graduated as “Smiles the Clown” from the world-known Clown College at UW-La Crosse in 1990. There, I met many clown wannabes from different countries. However, I did flunk “Juggling” —don’t laugh! Juggling is hard, as it requires one to use both sides of the brain at the same time.

 

At the same time, I obtained my state license as a Hearing Aid Specialist and worked for Beltone before pursuing a college degree as an Educational Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired. I wanted to clown for deaf and hearing-impaired children. However, after three years of study, arthritis impaired my hands and my dream died.
 
In 1994, I finally graduated from College with a Marketing Degree, honors and chosen as the Student Commencement Speaker. Two community and public relations college internships provided an on-going format for clowning around. In 1996, my husband and I treated ourselves to a cruise as we both had quit smoking and I finally got that degree. 

 

In 1996, I traded in my bow, skis and fishing pole for dance shoes. I joined The Arthur Murray Dance Studio where I worked part time as the studio's  Marketing and Event Coordinator and learned Ballroom, Swing and Latin style of dance. I competed in regional dance competitions and won several awards. Dancing is in my blood, so yes, I do watch “Dancing with the Stars!”

 

During college, volunteer work led me to the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild where I worked on all aspects of community theatre and continued to volunteer with the Eau Claire chapter of Make-A-Wish until I was hired as Special Event Coordinator for Reinhart Retail Group’s 12 retail stores. It was a blast—creating promotions and having my store managers win some event competitions. But, after budget cuts (downsizing) and a divorce in 1997, I left Eau Claire and relocated to Madison. Who doesn’t love Madison?  There, I established myself as a certified Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer on how to use humor to manage professional and personal stress. After two years, family circumstances brought me back to Milwaukee with numerous other stories I wish I could share. Who says you can’t go back—I now live in West Allis, a few blocks from where I was born.

 

In 2003, a MVA forced me into early retirement. For the last three years, I have been involved in a new creative passion, Loom Knitting. As a Fiber Artist, I design apparel and home accents and teach this old art of no-needle knitting at several Senior Centers in the Milwaukee area. To keep the spirit going, I formed Club Loomineers for social networking, supportive help and for sharing ideas. The club donates their handmade items to charitable causes in Milwaukee and Waukesha County. In addition, in 2011 I formed H.O.L.Y. Loomers Ministry (Hooked On Looming Yarn) at my church to knit hats and scarves for needy parishners.

I still dance, but ballroom, not so much. I've been taking Irish Folk
Dance lessons and hope to dance at Milwaukee's Irish Fest.
 
Besides watching my grandchildren and great- grandchildren grow and blossom, some of things on my "Bucket List" include finding FUN again, to travel to the northeast and northwest, Branson, Europe, Ireland, cruise the Mediterranean and Alaska, attend a Jimmy Buffet Concert and finish writing my stories and publish all of my ancestral data into a family DVD and book.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all at the 50th - as Elvis would sing... "It's NOW or Never"—so don't miss the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

 

P.S. A real NOW picture coming soon. . . . 

 

 

 

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Richard Kranpitz
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May 27, 1943 Retired Married 3
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Don Krause
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December 19, 1942 Retired Married 2
I left Waukesha and spent 10 years in the Army and Air Force. After completing two tours in Southeast Asia I decided to leave the service. I joined Bell Helicopter and lived in South America for another 10 years. I returned to the states and remained in the avaiation industry unril retirement. During my employment I worked in Central & South America, Europe, Middle & Far East and the states.
My wife Dianne and I raised two children who are both doing well. We have lived in Texas, California, Virginia, Colorado, Florida and Caracas, Venzuela. We have been in Melbourne, Florida for the past 12 years and have no plans to move.
I have had a great 50 years and now enjoy cruises, visiting friends and motorcycle trips in the states.
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Jean Laak (Truesdale)
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October 24, 1943 retired educator Married 2

   

 

I attended UW-Madison in ILS and Elem Education after high school. Met and married John while there. After teaching grade school in Waukesha and Hartland, I earned an MS at UWM in Except. Education. When John joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater, we moved to Whitewater. I taught part time at the university while staying home with our two daughters. Then, in 1977, I was hired by the Kettle MoraineSchool District where I taught until I retired

In a weak moment, during a 1986 political battle over replacing our old city library, I ran for the city council and won. Two years and one new library later, I was still on the council, chairing a BID group, serving on the Planning/Architectural Review Board, heading a committee to save a historic building, and on a commission to improve our schools. It was a surprising education in how communities and coalitions work and provided an opportunity to make many new and lasting friends.

Our daughters graduated from UW-Madison after taking the “scenic tour” through college, studying and doing internships abroad. So, as empty nesters in the ’90’s, John and I followed their lead, attending EU conferences in higher education, teaching and learning while getting to know interesting people, visiting university campuses, and also spending time with our exchange students’ families. We traveled all over and came to especially love the Alps above the Lautenbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.

Our daughter, Liz, is an attorney and started a Montessori charter schooll. Her sister, Sara, develops and runs trade shows for a national trade association. Both live in Wisconsin with their terrific husbands and our four delightful grandchildren - 2 boys and 2 girls - with whom I have lots of fun. Will, 11, and I just returned from our engineering classes at UW’s Grandparent’s University - our third year together taking a different “major” each year. Grace can’t wait to start next year.

John’s avocation as a sports official took him to Fort Myers with UW-W baseball and softball teams each March to officiate during colleges’ spring training. After I retired and went along, we bought a condo there where we’ve spent the last seven winters - a joke at our house since I swore I’d never live in Florida like our parents did. My brother, Dewey, and wife Jan are 20 minutes away. We’re really enjoying life on the Gulf Coast and love to have Northerners visit when they escape the cold. Still, I’m just as happy to return to Wisconsin each summer and fall, to hang out with family and friends and relearn how to play golf on northern turf.

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Peter Lee
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July 17, 1943 Retired - English as a Second Lg Married 1
 Happily retired after 30+ years teaching. Devoted to bike touring, travel, and autoharp music. Also do some work with renewable energy. Looking forward to seeing many at the 50th reunion. Hard, very hard, to believe! Send Peter a MessageSend Peter a Message
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