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Lee Abbott (Smith)
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May 29, 1942 Retired Social Worker Married 3
After Highschool I attended UW Oshkosh where I met Tom.  We were married 46 years ago.  Tom and I have 3 beautiful children, Michele Suzanne, Tomas Abbott and Mitchell Allan. 

We have 10 splendid grandchildren ranging in age from nine to twenty two.  If i'd known how much fun grand children are, I'd have had them first, as the saying goes. 

We  have also had many wonderful Boxers,  Clifford being the perfect one, plus Cleo, Morgan,and tequilla all passed away. Now, Reiley and Brodee keep us busy.

After college we moved to Milwaukee, then transford to Troy, Ohio.  After a few years we moved back to West Bend, then to Onalaska and finally to Idaho.  We've been her for 30 years.  We live in a place called Swan Valley.  It's a beautiful valley on the South Fork of the Snake River with mountains surroundiing it. 

Four wheeling, snow mobiling, floating the river and campnig are our favorite pass times. 

We've had a wonderful life together.  I'll talk about it to anyone interested when we see everyone. 

I want to take time to tell the committee what an amazing job you've all done.  The web site is excellent and the planning that has gone into this reunion is just wonderful.  Thank you so much.

I am excited to see old friends and look forward to our fiftieth reunion.

See you there,
Lee Abbott Smith 


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Jim Abrahamson
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March 08, 1942
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Karen Adams (Found)
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October 11, 1942 teacher/preschool director plyn@karo-ent.com Married 6
Married classmate Rodger Found 1964.  BS Elementary Ed. UW Oshkosh 1964.  Traveled with husband in Navy untill 1982. Have lived near Black River Falls since 1983. Teacher and Director at Learn and Play Preschool and Day Care since 1991.  Six children, seven grandchildren.  17 road trips to Alaska since 1992 (see web site). Stiill working. Send Karen a MessageSend Karen a Message
James Airoldi
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October 07, 1942 Retired Married





editor's note - Jim passed away January 7, 2013. Please see our In Memoriam Section.

Lois Andres (Kahn)
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February 27, 1942 Retired Divorced 1
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Sandi Armstrong (Kasel)
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Sue Ashley (Braunschweig)
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June 12, 1942 retired Widowed 6
Many years ago, while talking to my mom about her up-coming 50th class reunion from Bay View High School, she said they were having daytime events. And I thought " of course that's what you do when you're that age". Now that I'm also "that age", I can't conceive of that notion. I've worked on all 8 of our class reunions and realize they become more important with each one.
In the past few years, I've been fortunate to have a nephew and niece chose destination weddings, one in Costa Rica and the other in the Grand Caymen Islands. I was the oldest in a group of 20 people to go zip lining in the Costa Rica forests. My brother Scott and I celebrated our mutual birthdays together at the Grand Caymen wedding by swimming with the stingrays. What a thrill! My daughter-in-law and I went parasailing in a 2-seater while we were there. It's been something I've wanted to do for so long. I believe we have to be ready to embrace life's challenges and check them off our "Bucket List".
I'm looking forward to September with great anticipation. Please express your appreciation to Karla Piepenburg Meyst for her dedication to making this the best reunion ever!
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Kathy Balcer (Hazlett)
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October 25, 1942 Pathology Office Coordinator Married 9

50 years already, where did it go?  After graduation I moved to Milwaukee and lived there for about six years, before we packed up and moved to California to get some warm weather and sunshine.  We lived in California for about seven years and then made another big move to Washington State.  We lived in a little town in the foothills of Mt Rainier called Enumclaw.  We loved it there but then moved to Bellevue to be closer to work.  After 20 years in Washington we went off in search of the nice warm sun again and ended up in central Florida where we lived for twelve years and then decided we really wanted to live near the ocean, so five years ago we moved to South Florida and now live in Sebastian, a sleepy little fishing village.

Bob and I have been married for 40 years, we have a combined family with 9 children, 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

I work at our local medical center as the Pathology Office Coordinator and love my job and have no plans to retire at this time.
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Mary Barnes (Ricci)
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  I started nursing in college, finished up in business which took me from Tucson, to Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Francisco. I left the corporate world & moved to Bend, Or. where I met and married my Jim 21 years ago.  We sold our business 4 years ago and now have the time to do everything and sometimes nothing at all!
 I have happily reconnected to my piano and my paints. Our two children live in Bend, Or. No grandchildren. We live in the country on a river, we’re an hour from the ocean. Life is truly great.
Sorry I can’t be there this time. Thanks to all for your good wishes. And to all that put this together. It’s wonderful.
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Gary R. Baureis
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Patricia Becker (Karaffa)
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May 19, 1942 semi-retired cleaning service Married 6
Wow it's like going back in time--remember when!  I've been married 47 years and have 6 children, all except my youngest son live near-by--one son is Army ready to retire in state of Wash.  We have 8 grandchildren ages 25--8.  Jack and I enjoy gardening and enjoying/baby sitting grandchildren.  Family get to gethers are top priority.  Still work part-time with my sister.  We've been working together for 25 years. Send Patricia a MessageSend Patricia a Message
Kathleen Bergo (Carr)
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March 01, 1942 Reitred Married
Great Idea - Thanks Mike !  Looking forward to Sept.   Send Kathleen a MessageSend Kathleen a Message
Patricia S. Betlej (Waranka)
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November 18, 1942 Retired after 31 years in offices Married 1

Enjoying retirement after 31 years of working in offices as legal secretary,executive secretary, executive assistant.  Enjoyed all those years of doing the job I wanted in my life.  Have been happily married to my husband, David, for 44 years.  We have one beautiful daughter, Rebecca, and two great granddaughters, Jenna and Corrine, who live in southern California, a trip of only 705 miles each way.  We try to visit them as often as we can.  We have a lovely home with enough backyard for a beautiful garden -- our hobby.  In addition, we have a dog named "Lady" and a cat named "Buddy".  They manage to keep us busy as well, and we consider them to be our current four-legged "kids".  Life is good!  Hello to all my classmates!

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Helen Blanchard (Whaley)
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June 16, 1942 Retired Married 5
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Marion Brandt (HAMP)
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December 17, 1941 retired Married

We have been married for almost 50 years but have only one grandchild who is now 30.  We retired and built our home in the northwoods near Spooner in 1996.  It is in the middle of the forest with no neighbors except 4 legged critters who visit often.   I enjoy gardening, reading, quilting, walking and hunting.

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Carolyn Buerger (Thomas)
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January 20, 1942 Retired Married 2
I am so looking forward to the reunion and seeing all of you.  My husband is Bob Thomas, WHS class of '58.  It's a great ride.
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Grant Burdick
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June 23, 1942 Dairy Farmer Married 4
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Kathryn (Kitty) Burke (Curran)
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September 05, 1942 Retired Married 2
This is a true story:
 
I found an old photo of myself with a cute collie puppy.  For weeks it bothered me because I could not figure out whose puppy it was.  Finally, it dawned on me that I could probably look in my diary.  I did find it.  The dog belonged to our then next door neighbor.  It was 1956. 

The real point is while browsing thru the diary afterwards I came upon this: 

Wed., April 6, 1960 - "We had the AFS Auction at school today.  Mike Rose paid $6 to get a wheelbarrow ride to two classes. . ."

I laughed and decided I had to share the memory.   What fun we had.

Mike, you were a good sport then and still are with all you're doing for our 50th Reunion. Many thanks to you and the committee!

My husband Jack and I have lived in the same house for 39 years;
too much work to move so we added on.  I enjoy working in the yard on my various landscaping projects while he chops wood for the fireplace insert we use in the winter. 

Our two sons and two grandsons are living closeby and we get to see them often.

We playedtennis on state league teams, tournaments, etc. the first 20 years of our marriage.  Now in retirement he plays golf and we hike in the woods and parks and are very busy all the time it seems.

My husband's 60th HS class reunion will be a week before ours, in Wausau; we should be able to make both events.

Hello to everyone!
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Bert (Alberta) Busby (Lantz )
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October 23, 1942 Retired educator Married 1
My husband, Jon, and I have been married for 46 years, have 1 son, and 4 granchildren.  Jon retired from the School District of Watertown in '99 and I retired from the School District of Waukesha in '02.  We recently moved here (Aurora, IL) to be closer to our son and his family. We love to be with family and friends, golf, travel, and "putter" around our home and yard.  This is such a great idea!!!  See you all in September '10! Send Bert (Alberta) a MessageSend Bert (Alberta) a Message
James Cadd
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JANET CESAR (GROGAN)
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December 29, 1942 florist,still working, dental hygienist retired alfawedding.com Married 3
I had a great 50 years since graduation.  Danny and I own our own business, the alfa flower shop and our daughter will be taking over as we slow down.  I worked part time at the flower shop and in dental hygiene for most of those years.  As it was a family business our children often worked with us,  Our two sons live in California.
I love to travel and have been to all 50 states, most of Canada and a lot of Europe. 
Now I spend my time taking care of grandchildren, golfing, quilting, reading, working when needed. and you guessed it traveling.
I remember high school fondly and look forward to seeing some classmates at the reunion.
 



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Frances Charles (Lyon)
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September 05, 1942 Retired Married 2
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. We had a great time at the 45th. Send Frances a MessageSend Frances a Message
Fred Chlupp
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David Christensen
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David Clowers
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September 02, 1942 Attorney at Law Divorced 2
Since leaving high school, I attended Kalamazoo College, the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.  Along the way, I taught English Lit at Drake University, and practiced law in Milwaukee for 25 years, before moving up to Door County and opening an office in Sturgeon Bay nine years ago.  During this time, I have also done the Legal Aid Clinic for Door County.

I married twice and have two children, one still in school.  My daughter spent 2 & 1/2 years in the Peace Corps in Africa, and now recruits for them in California.  My son studies acting in North Carolina.  Since moving to Door County, I've become active in community theater, writing, publishing and teaching poetry, sailing and training for triathlons.  I just moved into town after living in a small cabin that I built myself on thirty acres of woods I own in the center of the county. The condo I bought is right on the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, where I also keep my boat.  I hope to finish a book, next year, about my experience of spending nine years living off the grid.  My first book of poetry will also be published later this year.  

Here's my poem for our reunion:

In Memoriam, Class of 1960

The emptiness of names

not lived in nor with us   

stirs echoes of feelings

that can no longer warm us

but reach into hollows

once filled with their hopes

for our present

and ours for their touch.

© David R. Clowers, September 18, 2010

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Robert Cramer
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January 21, 1942 Professor of Finance Married 2
I am still teaching part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Business School about "Yikes" financial markets.  During the summer I play golf on occasion about 5 or 6 days a week. 
I have been married to Jane for 43 years.  Otherwise I would be a clueless male wandering the earth.  We have two wonderful children, Rob and Rebecca.
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Jane Crouch (Petrie)
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In these profiles, the reoccurring theme seems to be “life is good – even with bumps in the road”. I agree!
Mike’s persistence has paid off – this web site is wonderful. Now I must do some homework to reconnect to high school. See you in September.
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George Danner
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June 03, 1942 agricultural consultant Married 4
Since high school graduation I have been involved in agriculture.  Progressing from hired hand to consultant with time spent getting a degree from the University of Wisconsin, marrying another Waukesha South graduate (Nancy Oeser) and raising 4 children on our own Grade A dairy farm in Sauk County, Wisconsin.  I have performed consulting assignments in Ukraine, Somalia, Mexico, Algeria and the Russian Far East.  Currently, I am an independent organic farm inspector/document reviewer,  having worked for 7 different organic certifiers in 9 different States.  Nancy and I live 3/4 mile off the blacktop in Northern Wisconsin, gardening, watching the wildlife and enjoying our 10 grandchildren. 

Reviewing the life histories of fellow classmates was very interesting.  Great job on the website.  Enjoy the festivities. 
Jay Davies
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April 20, 1942 Human Services Researcher - Retire Married 3
After 4 years as a math teacher, 5  as a graduate student,  3 as a naval officer, 7 as a university professor and a bunch more doing health, education and human services evaluations for various North Carolina agencies, I came to realize that I couldn't hold a job so I retired. My wife and I live in Raleigh, NC. We have 2 unmarried sons, 36 and 34 and a daughter, 29, married with a two year old daughter and a baby boy.

I now spend my days as a volunteer helping international students and scholars adapt to life at North Carolina State University.  I still run, swim, bike, play tennis, and piano. 

Viewing this web site I am amazed that I remember the names and faces of the vast majority of our class. Good memories.

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Peggy (Margaret) Davies (Van Hemert)
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February 25, 1942 Retired Married 7
How grand it is to have caught a glumpse of yesteryear.  We all look so different and yet the same.  We sure were a good looking graduating class weren't we?
My life has been a whirlwind of events just like everyone elses has been I'm sure.  After having 3 wonderful sons who now live in the Great State of Washington (the main reason we live here) and 4 great step kids I have had a lot of reasons to work hard for my kids and for my sanity.  (***SMILE***)
I worked for 17 years for Waukesha County Public Health and Court System; then worked for another 18 years for Siemens Water Technology in Waukesha.  Where that time has gone I will never know. 
We are living in a wonderful area of Renton WA and have many blessings that have been so graciously given to us by God.  I truly praise His name.

I sure hope to be able to finally attend a class reunion but the distance is such a factor.  We'll see what happens. 

Hope to see many of you soon.
Peggy Davies Van Hemert

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