April 30, 1943 Retired Married 2In 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.
Nancy Schuetze (Sampson)
March 11, 1943 Professor of Management Married 2What 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.
Mary Shabaz (Maiorano )
August 08, 1943 Retired Food Service Manager Married 4Just 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.
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.
November 24, 1942 retired educator Married 2I graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in music and taught 2 years in Menasha next to Appleton. Back "in the days", in the Appleton area, you had to resign when you wre 4 months PG. I taught piano for 25 years part time in my home. I married Tom Tasch, an art prof who did life size figures and bronze castings. He also turned out to be an extremely introverted anarchist who listened to the Wagner Ring Cycle 2 times a week and did not connect. He is still a friend. There are 2 life size female nudes in my living room by my Steinway upright. We had 2 sons, Greg and John. We divorced in '75. I single parented 14 years and had many great adventures including meeting a man at Mother Earth News campground in NC in 1980 and the following summer building an underground house with him north of Port Huron in southern Ontario. At that time I was running the study skills center (Educational Development Program) at Lawrence University in Appleton. I earned a masters in counseling and taught call staff at Fox Valley Technical College briefly. Then I worked as an independent consultant in the think tank at Kimberly-Clark (huggies) for 1 1/2 years. I did work as a music teacher, guidance couselor, an on call run away worker, stage manager for Fox Valley Symphony (I still play double bass), case managed 175 general assistance clients, and ended up in prison. Well, I taught at Oshkosh Correctional Institution near highway 41 for my last 15 years. I taught the jobs class, life skills, anger management, reintegration program, etc. I loved it. Finally knowing that I am AD/HD, wondered all my life, I now know why my teaching style is like an M-TV show. I advocated for vets, minorities, etc., and in general gave the warden a hard time. I loved this job. I have been a member of Fox Valley Unitarian Fellowship (700 plus members now and building again) and sing in the choir and am involved with various other activities. My older son has a 1 1/2 year old daughter and 3 1/2 year old son and lives in Denver. I will be there just before the reunion. I raised my kids to have a wanderlust (we camped alot - I was quite poor working 3-4 jobs so I could raise the kids - even though I had a masters plus), and the kids wandered. Son John took his viola talents and ended up being a very popular/crazy teacher in Stillwater, MN. Their son is 7. John also is known as "Jack Trash" in the music industry. He spins 3 tables at a time and runs a company called Sound in Motion that brings in international djs for clubs in downtown Minneapolis. He used to be at 1st Ave where Prince came from.
I remarried 22 years ago to Ron Wahl, from Wahl Organbuilders. He has a grown son and daughter. We bought Temple Zion, the liberal Jewish temple in Appleton from 1884 that is on the National Historic Registry. Houdini's father would have been the rabbi but when they were building it he refused to preach in English so they kicked him out. Ron and the workers including his son are packing a 20 stop organ right now, mid August, that is going to Augustana Lutheran Church in Hyde Park, IL (near Obama's home). Ron designs and builds like an old German builder. He apprenticed in the organ shop while also earning a degree from Northwest in electrical engineering. I married my dad, basically. I go on Road Scholar trips (Elderhostel) like the one at Eagle River, WI, at Trees for Tomorrow (old CCC camp) and canoed for 5 days. I was a Acadia National Park last fall and hope to do more Road Scholar canoe trips in other parts of the country. I have a solo flat water kayak and a canoe. I also bike, walk alot, turned my entire front yard into a garden, and am active politically. This has been quite a year in WI. I was in Madison many times and am meeting with Reid Ribble, the Tea Party House of Rep. from the area, this Saturday. I have led the peace movement locally since 1989. I have participated in peace gatherings in D.C. and Chicago. My son Greg, has been to Afghanistan twice working on C130 planes. I have pushed hard for vet benefits, particulary for the National Guard and Reserve folks. My mom, Betty Swift, is 89 and has Alzheimers but still knows us. She lives in an incredible place in West Bend, WI, Cedar Community, in assisted living. Dad died 7 years ago. He had Lewy Bodies dementia. Long story. My brother, Keith, lives in Appleton. Sister Connie lives near Guttenberg, Iowa.
I have been extremely active politically in WI this past year. Madison was really energizing and now with 2 new Dems in the state Senate, maybe there is a possibility of some connecting. While I understand what Walker is doing in terms of trying to save money, I totally disagree with the tactics and the hypocritical games that have been played. We need civility and communication. Right now I am coordinating the neighborhood and working with city hall and the board of Riverview Country Club golf course (behind my house), to save the open space from a developer and have it turned into a preserve for folks to enjoy. The club went belly up. My roles in life have to make music, still, to connect the dots with various folks on different projects, to save the planet, and to be the best person I can be every day. I am blessed with a good family and many friends, some of whom are scattered around the country. I am blessed with the Swift good genes (grandparents were 98) and intend live life to the fullest as long as I can. I will always be a community activist. As I look back I have memories of so many things like the various choirs I acompanied, Methodist Youth Fellowship, Girl Scout Troop 14 that my mom and Beety Bahr ran, working at Rode Pharmacy, Brigadoon, etc. A big thanks to those that planned this reunion and set up this great web page!!! Collectively we have certainly had great lives oveall! See ya soon. Ronna
And, thanks to the web writers for allowing me to edit my hastily typed story. I hope to figure out how to bring in a new photo.
Jean Sydow (West)
June 19, 1943 retired Married 1I 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.
March 10, 1943 retired Married 8I 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.
Lyn Thierfelder (Weigel)
November 07 nurse Married 2working part time an lpn oncall/prn.
love the ability to call my own days an
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
Lyn Thierfelder (Weigel)
November 07, 1943 Nurse Married 22 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
Retirement is good
Hugs to all my classmates
Mary Sue Treado
November 12, 1943 Principal Trainer Single 2This 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.