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Neal Sanders
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April 30, 1943 Retired Married 2
In the fall of 1961, I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I was fortunate enough to earn my B.S. degree in agriculture in four years.  My social highlight was attending the 1963 Rose Bowl game where Ron Vanderkelen and the Wisconsn Badgers were almost able to pull a fourth quarter victory against Southern Cal.

During the spring of 1965, with my college deferment about to end, I chose to enlist in the US army.  I did this after I was guaranteed by the army the opportunity to attend Officer Candidate School.  I completed OCS at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in July 1966 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the field artillery.  Immediately after receiving my commission, I went to airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where I served for a year.  Like all other junior army officers at that time, I was then deployed to Vietnam in 1967 where I served for a year with the 25th Infantry Division with a field artillery battery in the southern part of the country.  After being separated from active duty, I served three years in the active reserves.

After leaving active military duty in 1968, I tried my hand at dairy farming.  It didn't take me long to discover the long days of farming did not mesh well with equally long nights partying on Milwaukee's east side.  In 1969, I landed a job with the City of Milwaukee as a dairy sanitarian.  Unfortunately, this job was eliminated at the end of 1971 when the city turned its dairy program over to the State of Wisconsin.  This turn of events led to me getting a job with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture in 1972 as a food and dairy sanitarian.  I remained in this capacity, working primarily in southeastern Wisconsin, for over twenty years.  In 1992, I took the job of Food Compliance Chief for the department and remained in this capacity until I retired in May of 2000 after almost twenty-nine years of state service.

My wife, Joan, and I were married in 1972.  Joan was a public school teacher for thirty-five years with thirty-three of them in the Menomonee Falls school district.  She retired in 1999.  We bought our first home in Menomonee Falls in 1974 and have lived there ever since.  We have two children, ages 37 and 33.  Our son, Steven, is a police sergeant with the Menomonee Falls police department.  He and his wife, Therese, have two children - Ava, who is 6 and Austin, who is 3.  Our daughter, Allison, works as a research scientist for a biotech company in Madison.

Joan and I are enjoying retirement.  Since retiring, we try to take an extended trip every spring and fall.  In addition to travels in the United States, including Alaska, we have been to Canada, England, France and Italy.  This fall we are going to Ireland and in 2012 we are traveling to Australia, New Zealand and fiji.  I spend a lot of time at our eighty acres of woods in Marinette County improving the property and hunting.
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Nancy Schuetze (Sampson)
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March 11, 1943 Professor of Management Married 2
What an accomplished group of classmates!  Fifty years must allow for that.  Most those years have found me "in" school, primarily at the University of Denver as a student and a faculty member.  Much of my service relates to university committees and to my role as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA.  I tell people that my husband (Emory) has allowed me to have the best paid hobby in the world for a career.  Working with young adults gives me energy.

Our children have taught us many things, including that, regardelss of ages, they are always our children.  Our daughter is a talented vocalist and artist.  Our son is an outdoorsman teaching others to flyfish, whitewater raft, and snowboard in Montana.

The "now" picture was taken during the 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction as I thanked everyone in attendance (including Jean Oettinger) for being PIONEERS on that special recognition for me. 

It is regretable that many of those graduating from high school these days did not experience the dedicated teachers and administrators we had---50 years ago.
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Mary Shabaz (Maiorano )
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August 08, 1943 Retired Food Service Manager Married 4
Just like everyone else, I can not believe it is 50 years. There are times I don't even feel 50.
My husband Jim and I are married 33 years and between us we have 4 children and 6 grandchildren and a very spoiled cock-a-poo. We live in a condo in New Berlin 6 minutes from the farm house I grew up in. Jim is retired from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and I am a retired  Food Service Manager. We spend most of our time in New Berlin. We both enjoy golfing, playing cards and spending time with our family and friends. In the winter we spend  4 or 5 months in Arizona. We feel very fortunate to be "snowbirds".
I am looking forward to our reunion. Thank you to the committee for all the work they have done.
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Daniel Steffen
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September 03, 1943 Professor Emeritus waukeshablackshirts.blogspot.com/ Married 2

After graduation, I earned a BS and MS from UW-La Crosse in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology.  I continued to date my high school sweetheart, Donna Gruett '62, and we have been happily married for forty five years.
In 2001, I retired from my position at Carroll College (now Carroll University) after working there for twenty-seven years.  I was a professor in Physical Education and during my first years coached football and baseball.  I later changed to coaching women's basketball and volleyball.
We have two daughters, one in Michigan and one in Illinois, and four grandchildren.
Since retirement, we've spent much of our time enjoying our grandkids and all their activities.  We love Wisconsin, but do enjoy leaving each winter for a warmer climate.  Some of my most satisfying times during retirement have also been reconnecting with some of the special people that had influenced me during my life.  Most recently, I have experienced great pleasure working with Mike Galles founding the Blackshirt Breakfast Group that began over a year ago and continues each Friday.  Blackshirts from several classes gather to greet former coaches, teachers and classmates to reminisce.
I'm looking forward to our 50th !!!

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Ronna Swift
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November 24, 1942 retired educator/school counselor Married 4
I still live in Appleton, WI, along with my husband of 32 years, Ron Wahl, from Wahl Organbuilders.  My sons have 3 kids between them and my step son and his partner have 2 little ones (they live in Appleton).   
I am still hauling my bass to Fox Valley Symphony, active with UU Fellowship/LWV/ and very am a long time activist in the community and state. 
I started the Fox Valley Peace Coalition almost 20 years ago where we advocate for veteran benefits, lobby legislators, and intentionally witness for peace.  We still are on Houdini corner on College Avenue in the downtown area the first Saturday from 11-12.
2 ye ars ago I started working with Congolese refugees and have been adopted by a family of 7 where the kids call me grama and I am "Sister Ronna".  Now I am working with World Relief getting ready for the approimately 100 Afghanistani refugees that will start coming any day.
I am very aciive in the area of dealing with LWV dealing with climate change, also diversity and inclusion.  
I love to walk/hike, have a large yard of native plants and garden, and travel. 10 years ago I organized the neighborhood to fight off developers on the 72 acre old golf course immediately behind me.  It became an organic urban farm with trails, hoop houses, bees, bike trails, work hardening site, Earn a bike, etc. 
In recent years we have taken 5 river trips in Europe and Russia. We love Viking and WPR trips.  I went to Santa Fe and NY to the MET to see a local woman who is now an international star, Brenda Rae.  I went to Romania for 2 weeks for a Unitarian pilgrimage to celebrate 450 years of our faith.  i am headed to Door County on October 3rd/2021, to take a 5 day class bassed on the book by Mary Beard called SPQR.  This is about Roman times and how their political ways came to us. I still read non fiction, a lot.
I am in very good health other than glasses and hearing aids, and blessed to have family in town.  Sister Connie and her daughter's family live near me and brother Keith died from Covid pneumonia in January.  
As I write this I am looking out an 11 foot window at my 230 deep backyard that ends in a ravine bordering the urban farm.  I am in the middle of Appleton on the south side.  There are deer, turkeys, fox, raccoons, groundhogs, hawks, owls, etc. that wander through.  I have a wonderful squirrel free bird feeder with room for 8 feeders just out outside my window.  13 years ago I designed and did my own contracting to knock out the kitchen wall (remodeled kitchen) and created a green room.  My modest home meets top LEED energy standards according to the state energy audit.  My home is ready for old age with grab bars in the bathroom and on one floor.  My husband still lives across the river near Lawrence University in our lovely Queen Anne.  It is an unusual situation with a commuter marriage of 7 minutes.  We made a Wall Street Journal article about senior couples that don't live together.  I have the best of all worlds.  If you are coming through, please give a call at 920-205-2589 and stop by.
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Jean Sydow (West)
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June 19, 1943 retired Married 1
I attended Lawrence College (now University) in Appleton, WI, majoring in Classical Languages with a minor in French.  I came back to Waukesha early in 1965 to teach French at South Campus.  Then, in the space of one week, I graduated from Lawrence, finished teaching, and got married to Robert (Mac) West, whom I had met at Lawrence.  We celebrated 51 years of marriage this past June.

Mac and I have lived in various parts of the midwest and east as his career evolved.  I taught high school for several years and then became a travel consultant for the next 30! We both love to travel and have managed to visit many fascinating parts of the world, and will continue to do so as long as we are able.

Our son Chris and his family--lovely wife and two charming daughters--live in Denver, so we moved there four years ago to be closer to them.  I have mostly retired from the travel business, but I have gotten very involved in tracing family histories and geneaolgy, which brings me back to Wisconsin regularly.
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Keith Tarr
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March 10, 1943 retired Married 8
 I am retired after 7 years in the Air Force and 30 years in data processing. I was one of the founders of Fiserv based in Brookfield Wisconsin. 

I am married and have an extended family of 8 kids, 16 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. 

We spend our winters in Tampa Florida and our summers in Milwaukee.

Life is good.


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Lyn Thierfelder (Weigel)
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November 07 nurse Married 2
working part time an lpn  oncall/prn.
love the ability to call my own days an
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have 2 grandchildren  now 4yrs Hunter
and Hannah Daye 7 years.
Public relations and board member of the
Venivce newcomers club
activity director for the club.
now in florida for 2 1/2 years.
look forward to see you all again in 2011
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Lyn Thierfelder (Weigel)
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November 07, 1943 Nurse Married 2
2 grandchildren.  10 & 13 in WI
My life is great since I moved to Fl
many clubs an associations which I am active in.
the best thing
i can go barefoot in my driveway 365 days a year
Miss Waukesha.
Retirement is good
Hugs to all my classmates




 
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Mary Sue Treado
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November 12, 1943 Principal Trainer Single 2
This is sooo cool, Well here I am with my two children  I have two wonderful children a son Keith who lives in KY and a doughter Karol who lives in Colorado.  I have 5 grandkids from age 21 to age 10. They are expensive right?
I am still working, like what I do, good thing cuz I can not afford to retire!
Marilyn Condella and I ended up in the same Healthcare Industry.  I find if interesting that we ended up in the same field.
My oldest grandaughter is in her 3rd year of college on a softball scholarship in KY.  My 13 year old grandaughter is also a softball player and they both are pitchers.  i do enjoy watching them play when I can.
The picture is of myself and my two children, taken at Hilton Head Island summer of 2011. It is not my age that matters it is when I have to tell people how old my kids are that is overwhelming!  It was so good to see everyone, thanks to all who made it happen.
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