September 25, 1943 Retired environmental engineer Widowed 2After graduation from WHS in 1961, I attended the University of Wisconsin Madison. I received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in January, 1966. My UW classmate was our senior class president, Jerry Klinefelter. I then studied Sanitary Engineering at UW for a year.
I married Nancy DuBois on January 28, 1967.We moved to Midland, Michigan, where I worked for Dow Chemical Company as a Waste Control Engineer. It’s interesting to note that the Midland plant of Dow is where Jerry worked for his career.
After being laid off by Dow, I started work in October, 1969 for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Public Health Engineer, working out of an office in Madison. Through the years, I continued to work in this field office and mostly worked in wastewater treatment. I visited many treatment plants in southern and southwestern Wisconsin. It was really interesting to see a lot of towns and villages, some of which I never heard of. Also, I learned which places NOT to have lunch.
I retired on February 1. 2001. I’m proud to have been a part of the tremendous improvement in surface water quality that occurred during my career at DNR. Many DNR employees, municipal officials, treatment plant operators, industrial officials, and consulting engineers made this improvement happen and share the credit.
My wife, Nancy, and I had two children, Grant and Amy. Unfortunately, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982 and died in 1985 after surgery and extensive chemotherapy. I live near Middleton, Wisconsin.
I have three grandsons. Grant and his wife, Anne, have two boys, Andy, age 3 and Aaron, age one. Amy and her husband, Nick, live in Minneapolis with their son, Jack, who will be 4 in August. Grant is a high school guidance counselor at Lodi High School where Anne is a special ed teacher. Amy and Nick work for the Minnesota Department of Family Services. Both my kids were involved extensively in soccer and Grant continues his involvement as an assistant coach for the Lodi HS girl’s team.
I am a longtime season ticket holder for UW football and have attended a number of bowl games including the 2011 Rose Bowl. I have been a paid tax preparer since my retirement, but now am an unpaid volunteer preparer for AARP’s VITA program. I’m also active in Middleton Outreach Ministry, a multi church program to assist people with needs for food and clothing and assistance with rides and chores.
As a bus student from Sussex, my involvement in activities was somewhat limited at WHS. I was a member of AFS committee, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, an honorary math club. The last few months before graduation my family moved to a farm near Mapleton , WI( near Oconomowoc) so I remember driving every day to school. I remember attending an AFS carnival on April 15, 1961 and driving home in snow that ended up totaling 4”.
I’m looking forward to our class reunion this summer, especially seeing classmates like Mike and Dan, who went to Sussex School in the same class.
Mary Loden (Patz)
June 26, 1943 Retired Single 1I live in Mukwonago,WI. I retired two years ago,after 38 years of service with a local bank. I worked in all of the bank's departments and served as a Branch Manager for my last 18 years with the Citizens Bank of Mukwonago.
Retirement has freed up my time to golf, bowl, or just to do whatever.
I have one son and two grandchildren who live nearby.
I hope to see alot of my fellow "Class of 6l" classmates at the re-union in August. The committee has planned alot of activiities.
March 15, 1943 Retired Married 4
Bill Longbrake has extensive experience in finance and investments, macroeconomics and monetary policy, risk management, housing, and public policy. He has served in business, academic and government organizations.
Beginning in June 2009 he became an Executive in Residence at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and participates in the Center for Financial Policy. He spends one to two weeks monthly working on a variety of business, policy and governance issues with faculty, students, business leaders, government policymakers and executives of not-for-profit organizations.
He is chairman of the board of HOPE LoanPort, a non-profit organization that provides a data management and communications web portal to housing counselors and home mortgage servicers. He is a nonvoting member of the Washington State Investment Board, which manages approximately $70 billion in public employee retirement funds, and serves on the Audit and Public Markets Committees. He is a director of City First Bank of DC. He currently is Chief Financial Officer of BroadcastURBAN Filmworks, LLC.
He is a member of several committees of the American Bankers Association, including those for Federal Home Loan Banks, government sponsored enterprises, mortgage markets and corporate governance. He serves on the boards of trustees of Auburn Theological Seminary and the College of Wooster. He is chairman of the board of trustees of Lift Up Africa, a charitable organization that finances humanitarian and economic development initiatives on the continent of Africa, and is president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Longbrake Family Foundation.
He was a director of First Financial Northwest, a community bank located in Renton, Washington from 2008-10; a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle from 2002-10; and a director of the Washington Financial League from 2002-10.
Between September 2006 and December 2008 he served on a half-time basis as the Anthony T. Cluff Senior Policy Advisor for the Financial Services Roundtable. Members of the Roundtable include the largest financial services companies in the U.S. He assisted in the preparation of “The Financial Services Roundtable Blue Ribbon Commission on Mega-Catastrophes: A Call to Action” and “The Blueprint for Financial Competitiveness”. During his time at the Roundtable he also advised the HOPE NOW Alliance and was responsible for coordinating the collection of loan servicing and loss mitigation data.
Longbrake joined Washington Mutual, Inc. in August 1982 and served in many positions until his retirement in September 2008, except from February 1995 to October 1996 when he was chief financial officer and deputy to the chairman for finance at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). During his years at Washington Mutual, he helped build the company from a $2.5 billion mutual savings bank located in Washington State to the sixth largest depository institution in the nation.
From 1982 to 1994 Longbrake was chief financial officer of Washington Mutual except for a two-year stint when he was the principal executive responsible for retail banking and home lending. When he returned to Washington Mutual from the FDIC in 1996 he resumed the position of chief financial officer until 2002 when he became the bank’s first chief enterprise risk officer. In 2001, Longbrake was named CFO of the Year in the Driving Revenue Growth category by CFO Magazine. From 2004 until retirement he served in a non-executive position as the company's liaison with regulators, legislators, industry trade organizations, and government-sponsored enterprises.
He began his career in Washington, D.C. in 1970, where he served in various government positions until 1982, including acting senior deputy comptroller for policy and senior deputy comptroller for resource management for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and financial economist, acting controller and special assistant to the chairman at the FDIC.
He earned his bachelor-of-arts degree in economics from the College of Wooster in 1965, graduating with honors. He earned his master’s degree in monetary economics in 1968 and his master of business administration degree in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland in 1976.
Longbrake is active in numerous academic, business and community service organizations, particularly those involving issues surrounding affordable housing and education. He chairs the Washington State Citizens Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. He is a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and the Task Force for Reform of Executive and Legislative Procedures Dealing with Tax Preferences for Washington State. He is a member of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business Advisory Board and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Advisory Board. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Financial Services Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council.
He previously served as chairman of the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Threshold Housing, the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program, and served as a member of the board and chaired the Audit Committee of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), which provides affordable housing nationwide. He is past president of the Washington State Chapter of Financial Executives International and the Puget Sound Council of Financial Institutions. Previously he was a member of the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council, the Thrift Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the board of directors of America’s Community Bankers. From 1993 to 2002 he served on the board of directors of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.
Longbrake has published extensively and currently writes a monthly economic newsletter for Barnett, Sivon and Natter. He has taught courses in business administration and finance at the University of Maryland and Seattle University. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award from the Robert H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland.
Carolyn Mahnke (Loutzenhiser)
September 18, 1942 Retired Teacher Married 1
First I am very excited to attend our 50th reunion. I also did not know about our other reunions. I did attend our 10th, so I was elated to find our super 1961 web page. Thank you to all our class members who have given of their time in planning this reunion.
Following graduation, I attended UW LaCrosse and graduated with a BS degree. I taught first grade one year in St. Paul MN, followed by 34 years teaching in Rochester MN.
My parents retired in 1975 and moved to Minnesota to be closer to us and their only grandchild. Their move from Wisconsin ended our many visits back home. We did make a visit in the late 80’s to show our daughter where I grew up. She now calls the Chicago area home.
John and I were married in 1967 at the Congregational Church in Waukesha. He was with IBM Rochester, thus my move to Rochester. Rochester was a great place to live and raise our daughter. John retired from IBM after 31 years, then the next 13 years with Seagate Technology in Shakopee, MN. The commute from Rochester made for some long days so we made the move to Savage. John retired in 2009, but I have enjoyed free time since 2001.
Pamela Mansur (Ryall)
January 04, 1943 Retired med. tech. MarriedI attended LaCrosse State majoring in medical technology. I then worked at Waukesha hospital and then West Allis for many years, mostly in hematology. I sat at a microscope a lot and of course then we never heard of ergonomics so ended up with neck and back trouble. I had 2 operations and happily retired. I married John Ryall, a dentist, practicing in Burlington, Wi. We have always been attracted to water, first living on the river in Waterford and then and still on Lake Beulah, East Troy. We have no children but sure do spoil our dog. We have been campers and fishermen and love kayaking. I wear a back brace so do not do a graceful job of getting in or out but I make it. We have a Klepper fold boat so take it along on vacations. In it we have caught everything from sharks to chinook to blue gills. We recently bought roughing it property in Mo. I love flowers and gardening and have mastered planting and weeding laying on my side. I raise and tag monarch butterflies, and recently cecropia moths. The cecropias were a challenge as they mate at 2-3 a.m. and to keep the female is tough. She then can lay up to 200 eggs. The caterpillars eat for almost 3 months and get huge so require lots of food. I had a monarch that I had tagged recovered in Mexico. I volunteer with handicapped youth and adults and treasure my friendships with these friends.
Judy Martin (Towner)
December 11, 1942 retired teacher Widowed 2
Nancy Martin (Whitehouse-Knoebel)
December 12, 1942 Waitress Widowed 3Just like all of us, I can not believe 50 years have past. I am a widow since 2002. I have 3 sons, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I live in Muskego and am still working part-time as a waitress at the Rainbow Restaurant in Muskego. All my family live in the area and I feel very fortunate to have them close. I love to garden and I have a large vegetable and flower garden. I belong to the "Sweet Adelines". I still bowl once a week and I enjoy traveling.
Mary Montgomery (Rogalski)
September 02, 1943 Retired Married 2I attended UW Madison for several fun years, spent a couple summers in San Francisco and Denver, before marrying John 43 years ago. We have lived in Decatur, IL, Marshall, MN, and Tomah, WI, and now are enjoying our home on a golf course at Lake Arrowhead.
We are blessed to have two wonderful sons and two equally wonderful daughters-in-law. Mike and Shari live in Eden Prairie, MN with our two grandsons, 6 and 3 years old, either of which could easily hit the winning home run in the 2030 World Series. Joe and Liz were married last September and are living in Sydney , AU, hopefully only for two years.
I have enjoyed mini-careers in real estate and retailing, and have been actively involved in politics and the pro-life movement.
Currently I am interested in gardening, genealogy, buying and selling good junque on eBay and sitting on the deck watching the Bittersweet grow.
It would be great to see more Zion Grade School grads at the reunion!-- Connie, please email me.
Thanks to the committee for all your work over the years!!!
Karen Neumann (May)
December 12, 1942 library/media/research center Married 4
Nice website Jack!!
Tad & Sandy Oelstrom
February 14, 1943 educator Married 3
Tad and Sandy (Illing) have been dating for 52 years. We left Waukesha for Colorado where we attended nearby schools-- Air Force Academy and Denver University, respectively. We spent 35 years in the AF, most of which was flying jets, with one diversion- the final assignment- as Superintendent of the Air Force Academy. We raised three pretty special daughters (a doctor, a lawyer and a business woman..) amid 30 moves,living and working in 6 countries and 3 continents. Currently we are in our tenth year in Boston with Tad teaching at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Sandy dividing her time between Boston area volunteer jobs and five grandchildren in the DC area. It's been a GREAT 50 years!