The last five years...well, five years ago we were still spending 7 months during the winters in Arizona but in June of 2016, my husband passed away unexpectedly while at a family vacation. So my life changed. I sold the house in Arizona and moved back to the CR area full time. I still feel very lucky to be surrounded by family and friends! I've got 5 grandkids that I'm able to see more often now. My life is wonderful and I feel very blessed every day. Really looking forward to the reunion and reconnecting with classmates.
Sandy Taylor Brown - Richsandy5@msn.com
The last five years has been a continual change. I was part of the Center Point-Urbana School District for 45 years. I finished my career teaching 6th grade math. The last two years in education was as an Instructional Coach. Last spring Herb and I retired from 88 years of combined teaching. We are now enjoying the blessings of grandchildren.
Dilyn (Ledvina) McNeil - firstname.lastname@example.org
Married to David 45 years. Retired from Physicians Clinic of Iowa (24 years) as Patients Accounts Rep and Medical Records. Prior to that 20 years at Mercy Hospital Insurance Dept. I am loving retirement. Interests or hobbies would include Scrapbooking/card making, teapot collection and having tea parties at churches, care centers and ladies events. Involved in various ministries at First Church of the Nazarene in Cedar Rapids.
Madilyn Frantz Beaner - email@example.com
After 35 years of service, I retired from Moody Bible institute in 2014. I continue to live in Chicago and keep busy with various church activities including the tutoring program where we work with local elementary students. My library skills and reading interests are kept honed with the local public library friends group, the church library and several book clubs. I am also involved with a cancer survivor art therapy group and am working on family genealogy. My mother turned ninety last October and I return to Cedar Rapids often to visit.
Lori Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been serving as the 55+ Connection Pastor at Hill Country Bible Church in N. Austin, Texas. We have about 3000 people in that stage of life. We hold church services, Bible studies, socials and plan a cruise nearly every year. God has added to our family. We now have 18 grandchildren. Our four sons have great families. Bob has 3 girls and a son and serves as the Chief Operation Officer of Mission of Hope in Haiti. He lives here in Cedar Park. David has 7 children and is a Pastor in Jasper, Indiana. He also serves on a national board to oversee an association of churches. Brian has 2 boys and a girl and is a Sr. Executive VP for Chase bank here in Austin. Tim has 3 girls and a son and will soon be a full-fledged RN here in the Austin area. Marilyn manages Central Texas Auto Care. I am hoping to make it back to CR this summer. Our 1968 class is something very special. Psalm 37:4.
Bob King - email@example.com
Live in Bella Vista, AR. Married Gary L Fisher (Class of 65) in 1970. (Kinda) retired as a Nanny. Worked as Sp Ed Aide 20 years - HeadStart 5. Last 5 years...Volunteer (a lot) American Legion Post 341. Travel to see family on East Coast, West Coast and in between. Spend time following granddaughters where ever their activities lead us. New found passion...Painting (indoor/outdoor garden) paver stones. On FB.
Leah Fisher (Steyne) - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am still working part-time as a graphic artist for the t-shirt shop in Lisbon, Iowa. My husband Moe retired from Rockwell two years ago but then decided to flip houses with our son-in-law. Of course that lead me into painting, cleaning and whatever other menial task they need me to do to help them. We now have 12 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter that we love dearly. My main hobby is my three horses that help me to keep my sanity. My dad turned 92 and lives alone so I go over every evening to give him company for a few hours. Life has been very good to me and I feel very blessed.
Dixie (Schutt) Kassem - email@example.com
Last 5 yrs...discovered taking meds can b a food group :) Own Landscaping company in K.C. Area 22 years now. www.thereadycompany.com...Two daughters. Adopted Samantha 20 years ago from China, then 4 years later went back to China and adopted Faith. Married to my best friend for the last 38 years.
Steve Hatfield - Stevelandscaper@gmail.com
Retired from a house cleaning business. Having a great time with my 4 grandchildren. Keeping busy with hobbies, and enjoying life.
Sally (C00k) Hehlke - firstname.lastname@example.org
Will attend reunion (2) persons. Living in Pollok, Texas.
Chuck Stewart - email@example.com
I retired from the Cedar Rapids Fire Dept. in 2010 after 37 years. After that I worked for Allegiant airlines for a year and 1/2, and now having been driving a school bus for College Community School district for 5 years. Our two daughters and 8 grandchildren (9th is on the way) live in town and my wife and I enjoy seeing them frequently. We also have an unmarried son living in Boise, Idaho. I like biking, some running and still try to play a little bit of softball, and being involved in church activities. Hoping to see a lot of you at our 50th reunion.
Duane Usher - dsajusher@juno,com
Larry and I are celebrating 49 years of marriage this August! We were fortunate to be able to retire from our careers in our early 50's. Since our retirement, we have been spending the winters in Florida and the rest of the year at our home in Freemont Hills, a golf community south of Springfield, MO. We enjoy golf, volunteering for charitable events and spending vacation time on river cruises in Europe. We are blessed with a son, daughter, and 4 grandchildren who live close by. We are sorry we are unable to attend the reunion and wish our classmates the best!
Larry & Vickie (Akers) Darrow - firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband and I have been married 41 years. My family now consists of 4 daughters, 3 son-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren. They all live within minutes of us - we are so blessed. I haven't worked since our first child was born and am very busy with our adult children and grandchildren.
Pat Kemp Ports - Patp6962@aol.com
My husband and I are semi-retired. He continues his business on a very part-time schedule. I work 12 hours a week at an oncology clinic and I also substitute teach grades k-12. We have 5 grandchildren and love to spoil them. I continue to b a gym rat and workout 2 hours a day. Love to hike, canoe, bike and anything outside. I want to move where it's warmer, but I'll never convince my small town at home hubby. So anybody who has a second home down south can always invite me down. Go JHawks.
Gayle Smith-Wilhem - email@example.com
Well the last 5 years I sold my two businesses - my Commercial Art Studio and my Silk Screening shop but I kept one business - HogIowa T-shirts. Most of all I am enjoying retirement.
Gary Port - firstname.lastname@example.org
I retired from teaching and coaching in 2014. At the time I was caring for Jackie's mom and enjoying life. A year later her mom had to be put in a facility, and my life switched to looking for things to keep me busy. Everything was going fine until Jackie's breast cancer returned after 20 years and we began a fight for her life. She died May 19, 2017 and I entered another difficult time of life. Since that event, I have been enjoying our two grandchildren, and working with the athletic department of Garland ISD. I also spend time with our youngest son Brian and several friends.
Larry Kuenzi - email@example.com
After 35 years of teaching, coaching and Athletic Director at Williamsburg High School I retired in 2007. Since retirement I've moved to Iowa City to enjoy whatever life has to offer. Yep I bleed black and gold. I spend a lot of my time starting track and cross country meets throughout the state. I work over 70 meets a year and have done several National track & field meets as well as being a State Meet high school starter each spring at Drake Stadium. My hobbies include biking, fishing, running, golfing and recently kayaking. Life has been good to me as I have two daughters (Amy and Beth) and three grandchildren. Grandpa is always happy to visit and spoil them. This will be my first class reunion since graduating. Never felt I had the time to go to a reunion. It has been on my bucket list for sometime so I'll be there in August.
Bill Neal - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been retired from General Mills for the last 5 years and have been traveling as much as possible. I spend the winters in the Keys and tried out South Padre with friends a couple years ago. I took a Panama Canal cruise in 2016 and went to Cuba for 10 days this year. I take a Girls trip with friends every year and still love to go camping whenever I can. When I'm home I'm pretty busy with gardening and taking care of my home. I spend every minute I can with my four Grandkids, they are the best. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone in August!
Vickie Stolba - email@example.com
Still live in C.R. on the west side. Retired from 30 plus years as a large loss insurance adjuster. Sandi and I have one son who also went to Jefferson and is a UNI grad. We spend about half the summer in MN. We both like the water and have made many friends up north. Hope winter ends soon. Hope to see everyone this summer.
Rich McSweeney - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am still a Realtor with Iowa Realty...selling houses is my thing. I play bass guitar in the Rugged Cross Gospel band and in the Cowboy Church band. My husband and I have been married 45 years and love to travel. I have two twin four year old grandboys plus a two year old grandboy. I grow organic vegetables in the summer, love antiques. It's a good life. Can't believe this is year "50" since graduation!!!!
Jackie Pazour Pollock - Jspollock@imonmail.com
Travel and enjoying grandchildren, normal retirement activities. Getting out of Iowa for a while during the winter.
Bruce Reynolds - Brukay@q.com
I am still working at Solar Turbines Inc. I have been there for 41 years. I will be retiring next year. I mostly sit out by the pool when the weather is nice, which is most the time here in San Diego. I will be celebrating my 45th wedding anniversary this Oct. I am thankful to be healthy and happy. My daughter will be getting her Masters degree this year in History & Education. I have traveled to several European Countries and to Hawaii. We bought a house last year and enjoy doing, as my wife likes to call them, Honey-do's!
Mike Osmanski - email@example.com
My "normal" for 45 years has been teaching French (38 yrs.) followed by subbing (7 yrs.) However, 2017 brought a new "normal" to my life due to my husband, Clarence's, health issues and the passing of our daughter, Alyssa, on Thanksgiving Day. I have always valued family time, and even more so now, choosing to spend as much quality time as possible with our family: Heather, James, their spouses, and our 7 grandchildren. We try to give them memorable experiences as we cherish our time together. We continue to attend my home church, Hus Presbyterian, where I serve as a deacon and teach a multi-age Sunday School class. In my spare time, I have made over 100 felt sequin and beaded Christmas stockings, several tree skirts and yearly tree ornaments for family and friends. I am looking forward to reconnecting with members of our great class of '68!
Wendy (Benesh) Walton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn (LaSalle '74) and I are celebrating 41 years of marriage. We have been blessed with 4 children and 6 grandchildren so far. I worked with CR Youth for Christ for several years then moved to Chicago for seminary at Trinity International Univ. Was an associate pastor at two churches in Mpls. St. Paul area and just retired after 27 years from being the lead pastor at Grace Community Bible Church in Kirksville, MO. I enjoyed serving the Lord in a small university and medical school community populated with a lot of smarter people than I am. During my time in KV I was able to coach wrestling for 5 years, but it was good to keep my "day job" at the church. I am just getting use to this retirement thing...but I plan on a lot of kayaking and fishing and cheating at golf. My wife is the compliance and risk management manager for ATSU, the medical school. Between family in Boston and various conferences across the country that Dawn has to attend we are able to travel a lot...including to CR for family. I am looking forward to renewing friendships at the reunion this summer. In reflecting upon my life I believe the Psalmist said it well "...the boundaries have fallen in pleasant places for me" (Psa. 16)..
Robert (B0b) Shaffer - email@example.com
Retired in 2012. Have 2 beautiful grandkids. Go to their sporting events. Live on Hunters Ridge Golf Course, so basically just play a lot of golf.
Robin Hanover - RHANOVER50@GMAIL.COM
Greetings all. The last 5 years: Married 35 years to Lisa Riley Thirnbeck. Moved from Green Valley in CR to Pinney Woods. Still working at D. C. Taylor Co. Senior VP Technical Services. Retiring after 40 years in June. My father John (Mick) Thirnbeck passed away at age 90. 3 children. Caitlin - 3rd year medical school. Tyler - Goose Island Brewery, bartender, brewery tour guide and comedian. Parker - State Public Defender in Mason City. 2017 trip to the lands - Iceland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. 2016 Danube river cruise _ Prague to Budapest. Back to my roots in Ontario and Quebec. 2015 Southern Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. 2014 Nantucket Island, MA, St. Andrews, Scotland. 2013 England. Very sad to see all those that have passed. I have pictures of several of them in my mind but they all appear to be 17. Looking forward to seeing all of you if possible. Feel free to give me a call if you are in town and would like to get together. 319-929-1629 (until June) then I don't know yet.
Greg Thirnbeck - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
I retired from Mercy Medical Center after 22 plus years in 2014. Was delighted to see my daughter get married later that year - we love to visit her and her husband in San Diego! Tom Brown and I got married two years ago after! We look forward to seeing everybody. I forgot to mention I volunteer at the Radiation Center at Mercy two mornings a week - it's good to be of service, and stay in touch with my friends of so many years!
Sharon Klouda Brown - Tab49ers@yahoo.com
I retired from Teaching in 2013. I spent most of my career in small Alternative Schools. The last one was in Saint Ansgar, Iowa which is located just before you get to Minnesota on highway 218. I did spend 3 years teaching English in Estonia where I met my wife Anu. We have been married 22 years. I spend a couple of months each summer living in Estonia. It is much like Iowa except with more trees and better bread. On the downside Estonia has Russia for a neighbor which isn't the kind of neighbor say Wisconsin is. I like biking. I went to Tasmania last year on a bike tour. Tasmania has better food than either the United States or Estonia but an overabundance of steep hills and poisonous snakes. I have no children and don't go to church much. The first because my students advised me not to reproduce and the latter because my prayers to be a famous baseball player sadly was never answered. I went to Paris last year because my wife likes art and use to be a director of an art museum. Well that is about it. Like we use to say in Alternative School "Look, if you want to be the worst kid in class, you are going to have to try harder."
Roger Hemesath - firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired in 2012 and started teaching Yoga. I really love being retired. I have 5 grandchildren. The oldest has graduated from college and plans to get married next summer. The others are all in school yet. My mom will be 90 this year. She inspires our family to stay active and young at heart. Hope to see you all in August.
Cindy McCright-Hathaway - email@example.com
From Nov 2011 - Dec 2016, I was my husband John Leasher's caregiver. The song, Live Like You Were Dying, by Tim McGraw was John's song. We did everything together, camping, NHRA MEETS, NASCAR Talledega, zip-lining, hiking, Kayaking, planned motorcycle trips, ATV rides in the many ATV parks, vacations with our grandchildren to places on our bucket list. John passed Dec 2016, but our bucket list remains, active. I bought a small 31', FR3 motorhome, Tanzi my Yorkie is my co-pilot. Feb of this year I spent 21 days in Germany visiting friends. I also continue the support group for Head and Neck Cancer...
Susan Edmunds - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Everyone!! Unfortunately, we will be in Seattle that weekend for a mini family reunion. Would love to see my old classmates. I have lived in California since 1971. I miss Iowa spring and autumn. But NOT the winter!! We have been doing a lot of travel. England always because my mother we English, Scandinavia, Iceland, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic. This year Portugal and Spain. And we have a 4 year old granddaughter who is the apple of my eye. Ok I started a little later. Lol. Enjoy the reunion!!!!
Gail Paulsen - email@example.com
Masters Degree from Iowa State in Electrical Engineering. Thirty year high tech career working at Apple Computer, General Electric, etc. Owned several businesses: Visiting Angels, Aamco, house building, and land development. Play pickle-ball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Attend 3 bible studies weekly. Many projects for our house in Hunters Ridge Golf Course and our second house in Guttenberg overlooking the Mississippi. Wife works at Rockwell, older son is a fireman in Marion and younger son attends Kirkwood.
Roger Rompot - firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2009 I had both of my knees replaced, and because of the Downword market in real estate I retired. Did not like it so I went back to work last year part time. I like to spend going to S.C. to visit my son and his family, or coming back to Iowa to see my daughter and her family. I have 11 grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren. None of them live close. Still not sure if I will make the reunion. So sad to read the list of people from our class who have passed.
Penny Sheneberger Walters - Mthigal@aol.com
I retired at the end of June 2014. I have loved retirement, but I was concerned that watching too much TV would make my mind mush. I decided I needed to do some volunteering. I am volunteering at a food pantry one afternoon a week. I am also a Docent at the George W Bush Library and Museum, which I really enjoy. I also do some volunteering at church. I still live in Frisco Texas - I moved back to Texas in Oct 2005 and don't plan to go anywhere else. I am trying to do some traveling - last summer Alaska and the Yukon and this summer after the reunion I will be heading to Europe. Very excited about this.
Gerry Cerveny - email@example.com
Live in Murray, Kentucky, near my daughter and her and her husband's home; where they live with my seven grandchildren. Recently I've been involuntarily semi-retired due to medical issues.
Larry Karns - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Classmates - The last reunion I attended was in 1978, 40 years ago. My boyhood friend, Jay Evers, did kindly send me several photos from the 45th reunion. The last 5 years have been challenging primarily because of my realization that I am no longer young. In 1976 I moved my family from Des Moines to Boise, Idaho. My wife, Kathy, and I raised 3 fine sons here in Boise. Kathy taught in the Boise schools. Our sons, Jake (41 y/o) and Nick (35 y/o) live in Denver. Jake is married (Emily) and has 2 daughters (Sage 3 y/o and Brooke 1 y/o). Nick and Erica will be married Sept. 16th in Crested Butte, Colorado. Our son Andy passed away in 2010 but left us with a beautiful granddaughter, Ella 9 y/o. After 27 years of marriage Kathy and I divorced in 1999. Following several years of bachelorhood I married Peggy, a wonderful woman. Peg has 2 daughters (Summer 37 y/o and Kaysha 35 y/o and a son (Austin 22 y/o) a student at Boise State. Through Peg I inherited 2 additional grandchildren, (Kia (17 y/o) and Koda (15 y/o). Peg is a real estate agent here in Boise. I have practiced law in Boise for the past 42 years. Over the years I have taken advantage of living in the beautiful northwest. Camping, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and travel, all with my family, has been my source of fun. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and hearing about your past 50 years.
Jon Steele - email@example.com
New place of residency - 5414 Eagles Point Circle, Sarasota, Florida. Still have our summer home in Wisconsin.
Ron Pierce - firstname.lastname@example.org
Still married to Carol J (Hoyum) Foss. Class of 69 Jefferson. 30+ years working as a union Pipe/welder retired. Helped Carol form her own company, Carol Foss Creations - she makes men's, children, & women's aprons, pot holders, table runners, micro wave bowl covers, pan handle covers. All 100% cotton. I have started my own company - Robert Foss Promotions LLC. Registered in both MN & TX where we spend our winters now for the last 5 yr's.
Robert Foss - email@example.com
Hello, everybody. I'm still alive. I live in Duluth, MN now, and as I write this it's snowing outside (though probably the last snowstorm of April). I don't think I'll be able to make the 50th event in August, but it does sound fun. I haven't been back to C.R. for many years, but I remember Ellis Park very well. That's where my first girlfriend use to meet and walk around...so long ago. I'm retired now, and have been for approximately five years. I've been married for 29 years to my fine wife Zabelle, and we're really enjoying our retirement life in northern Minnesota, though before this we lived for 33 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. I spent most of my working career as an engineer for Verizon Wireless, designing fiber optic networks and other telephone business stuff. That's about it. Not exactly a storied career...Now, I'm just excess capacity laying around. Fifty years, huh? All the best to all of you and any who may remember me. Take care.
Bob Stodola - firstname.lastname@example.org
After an 8 year stay and a great adventure, we moved back from the Czech Republic to Cedar Rapids. Although I have kept my license good, I practice very little. Mostly I and my husband own and run The Czech Village Antique shop down in Czech Village. We are also quite active in the Village Merchants association and are working hard to keep this historical area of Cedar Rapids alive (and not swallowed up by the "New Bo" yuppies!) We still travel a lot. Last year it was the Czech Republic and all over the Roija wine valley of Spain.
Pamela Watson (Lewis) - email@example.com
Since moving back to CR in 2008, both of my parents have passed away and my husband and I have started doing a lot of traveling. We have a motorhome and have been spending winters in Edinburgh, TX enjoying making new friends, playing cards and other games as well as taking in local attractions. Last year we traveled to Seattle to see our two grandsons and are flying out to see our new granddaughter this fall. I belong to many card groups here in CR and play bridge as often as I can. My husband, Kurt, builds and flies model airplanes. Retirement agrees with us and we are appreciative of being healthy enough to travel. My double knee replacement in 2012 limits many activities I used to do, but I'm thankful to be able to travel. We haven't had much success getting some of our old friends to visit us in Iowa, but we enjoy going to see them all over the country. Looking forward to the reunion.
Janet (Smith) Falkenstein - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! 50 years!! You've got to be kidding me!!! Well, it's been a good ride...and to all my friends...er...uh...J-Hawk family, miss you all! So, let's see, 50 years ago I left CR for college and, well, unfortunately never found my way back. So here's what I've been doing for the last 5 freakin decades!! College, marriage, college again, kids (two), divorce, college - again! - work, then fun work, and, well, there ya go. OK, OK, OK...so maybe I left out a few high points there. Started at USC after Jeff graduation throwing that steel ball and did ok - but missed the Olympics though, by breaking my knuckle one month before the Olympic trials! Ya, go figure that one out. Still pisses me off to no end (sorry about the language, kids!!). I was ranked 6th in the world that year and had a shot (no pun intended) to a medal in the '72 games. But - didn't happen. So I finished USC with a degree in Psychology but with a sans athletics in my future went back to school and got a dual degree in microbiology and biochemistry at a California state university in Northern California. That got me into working in clinical laboratories. And those of you who knew me "back in the day' knew I loved that field. Well, finally got there. That work actually led me to get an MBA in finance which led me to working with a pharmaceutical company based in London - SmithKline Beecham Corp., now GlaxoSmith Kline - and that's where things hit hyperdrive and got really interesting. I had the pleasure to work business development for the company in the first human genome project that launched all the gene-based things you see today which literally took me to all parts of the world. And from there things just kept getting more interesting... Incredible work and people but there was a downside. Just for example, the travel was so extreme I literally would put something on the bed stand next to me in every hotel room during the travel just to remind myself in which country I was! KRAZY!!! Sounds truly nuts-so, right?!? Here's the zinger...woke up in the middle of the night one night and didn't recognize where I was. Nothing on the nightstand next to me (dumb!!). I fumbled for the light, found it and turned it on and...to my shock and surprise...I was in my own house in Philadelphia! Yep - now truly krazy!!! Whoa, cowboy...what the freak is THAT all about. Well, long story short, I kinda realized that maybe, just maybe, there MIGHT be an eetsy, teetsy, tiny little imbalance in my life?? Yeah, ya think, bozo!! Well, true story, I submitted my resignation to the company four months later (they truly thought I had lost my mind - no kidding!), moved back to California and set out to re-stabilize my life. And, oh yes, there was first a four week hiatus in Cedar Rapids, thinking if it's time to re-think my life and my future I needed to regroup where it all began...right there at home in CR. Mission accomplished (I'm VERY happy to say)! Back in CA I started working with young biotech companies in the San Francisco Bay area and truly found what I loved doing! Never had so much fun working in an entrepreneurial environment which is what I'm still doing 20 years later. Today, I have an advisory services business helping start up and early stage companies, focusing on biotech and tech companies. You can see my stuff at my biz website, if you'd like, at: www.douglasclane.com. I know, I know...pretty arrogant naming a company after yourself, but hey...give me a break...I'm now an old fart and had to pick a name even I could remember!!! Of course, NONE of you have ever had that little ditty starting, right?? :) That biz occupies most of my time, but as Mr. Pink told me in 9th grade - which I seemingly intended to never pay attention to, " Focus on one or two things, Doug." Yes, dear Mr. Pink, that was great advice but just not in my nature. Oh well...Soooooo... Today I also teach biotech and MBA courses and at a local university and finally started a voice over career about three years ago. Yeah, I know, "Hollywood FINALLY got to him. Told ya so!" Truth is, I was introduced to a quirky little niche that not only do I love but I'm actually making something of it! And, much more importantly, it will keep me busy, employed, and active for the rest of my life. Not that I really need to be worried about ever being active. So if you've got a 'hankerin' to hear what the world of voice over is all about you can visit my website at, www.RedDoorVoice.com, and on the second page there's a video and audio player where you can see and hear all the voice over stuff I do: radio and tv commercials, promos, narrations, business stuff, medical stuff, audiobooks, and movie trailers. It is a blast and besides, here in LA LA LAND, well ya 'gotta be "in the biz" or folks think you're just a little weird. And that in itself is pretty weird!!! So today Vicki and I live as far west of Los Angeles as one can and still be in LA county. We're in Malibu with our little girl. No, not our biologic little girl, but a simply amazing African Grey Parrot, Bela!! Such an amazing little girl. Truly, one pound of fun. Don't know if you know about these parrots but they have the intelligence of a 5 year old human. And man do they talk. This little has a phenomenal vocabulary. She calls me "Daddy", and I mean she SAYS D A D D Y!! Sits on my arm and says, "I love you, Daddy." NO KIDDING FOLKS _ FOR REAL. And every now and then she'll share a little 'blue' language she picked up from Miss Vicki (God don't tell her I'm telling you this!!). But from time to time, at the MOST appropriate times, you'll hear coming from Bela's cage, "What the ---k!" I kid you not! A little embarrassing at times but a show stopper. She also tells us when she wants to get up in the morning, "Go Get Breakfast"; when she wants to go to bed at night, "You Wanna Go NiteNite SWEET Girl?"; and always bidding friends farewell with a typical Bela, "Uh - Bye, Bye". So...I'm so looking forward to seeing all of you. Wouldn't miss THIS gig for the world!!! BIG, HUGE thanks to Dixie, Pam, Duane, Gary, David and Denny. You folks have done such a tremendous service for all of us. I, for one, am truly appreciative. OK everybody, if you haven't made your plans and reservations yet, get off your duffs and let's make this happen in a BIG way!! By the way, people out here on the west coast are always asking me how Iowa is different from LA. So I make it very clear for these folks to understand. I simply tell these good people who's three major food groups are organic, non-gme sprouts, vegan-burgers, and whole goat's milk that in Iowa our three major food groups are beef, pork, and bacon!!! Nuff said??! See you all in a short eleven weeks or so. Let's PARTY like it was 1999!! Or, '68...or whatever!! BE THERE...sooo much to catch up on!!! Ciao, from the 'bu.
Doug Lane - email@example.com
Well, silly me, I left a message, but did not write anything informative, so here we go. How do you condense 50 years into something, hopefully, semi-interesting? Met my wife (married 45 years this summer) at UNI and graduated with science/math/teaching degree. Lived in Palatine, Illinois for three years before moving to Muscatine to teach. Close enough to Iowa City, we were season ticket holders for 30 years in FB, BB, and wrestling. BIG FANS. Got to go to Wilson in CR for an NCA Evaluation once in the 1990's. What a trip down memory lane! There were several of our teachers still there. I am sure seeing me shocked them. Retired after a total of 33 years teaching/coaching middle school. I received 4 awards from the Roy J. Carver Excellence in Education Charitable Trust and recognition from the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa for teaching the Talented and Gifted. My wife retired after 30 years in HR at Monsanto. We have 2 boys and a girl, and 7 grandkids. I am happy to say that in 1980, I survived 2 surgeries and 5 bouts of chemo. In 2016, I had one by-pass and a new aortic valve put in. I now can do anything! I was a runner, but wanted to give my joints a rest, so now I use a recumbent bike a lot. We sold our house 7 years ago, moved to a condo. Found out that is not the life we want, sold the condo and bought another house. We travel. Our favorite spot has been on the Riviera Maya. Been to our favorite resort 12 times since we retired in 2005. Charlestown, SC is a close second. Would love to hear from any of you when you have the time, so send an e-mail or feel free to call. Sorry I cannot attend the reunion due to a family commitment.
Gary Lentz - firstname.lastname@example.org
My wife Michelle and I have been living at our horse farm south of Swisher, IA since 1999. We operate a vocational economic consulting business.
Kent Jayne - email@example.com
After graduating from Oklahoma State University, I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where I assisted my brother-in-law with research he was doing for the University. During the summer, the two of us canoed extensively throughout the Yukon River System to study wildlife. Since that was in the early '70's and before the pipeline, it was still wilderness. After that, I worked in a sawmill before moving back to Oklahoma. I enrolled in graduate school at OSU, where I met my wife of 43 years, Deb. After graduation, we were both hired to teach in Tulsa. A few years later, we decided to build a home on farmland my family had homesteaded during the Land Run. We continued our teaching in nearby Cushing. I was hired as Principal of Harrison Elementary School, where I stayed for the remainder of my thirty-seven years in public education. For a few years during this time at Harrison School, it was fun to have our whole family in the same building since our two sons were students there and Deb was our Special Ed teacher. After retiring, Deb and I moved to Colorado, where we worked for a while at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Conference Center. We currently live in Loveland. We enjoy the outdoors and traveling. During our travels we have visited all fifty US states, four Canadian provinces, twenty-five foreign countries and six of the seven continents (with Antarctica still on our bucket list). Our elder son, Reed, and his wife, Karen, are both pediatricians in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our younger son, Neal, is an architect in Boulder. CO, where he has his own firm and also teaches architecture classes at the University of Colorado. Unfortunately, we have no grandchildren yet to brag on, but we're hoping for that situation to be rectified soon.
Jay Evers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Two years ago I retired from Spring Arbor University where after 28 years I was excited to experience life in the "slower" lane. I have 6 grandchildren, the latest one being just 4 weeks old. I enjoy lots of activities with my church, friends, traveling, and of course spending time with the grandchildren here in Michigan. I also work very part-time working with senior citizens to help them remain in their homes. And yes, I know I am a senior citizen as well! My husband J.R. and I have been married 11 years. Life is good!
Joyce Hollingshead Cole - email@example.com
I retired June 30, 2018 after 18 years at Kirkwood High School Completion.
Cathy (Morris) Fuller - Cathylfuller1@gmail.com
Hello Fellow J-Hawks, 50 years does not seem possible!!! I live on a small farm just outside of Monticello. I have been retired from the Cedar Rapids Water Department Customer Service and Utility Billing now for 2 years. I worked there 20 years. At the current time I work part time for a Podiatrist in Anamosa and help out at Monticello Schools when needed. I have had a very full life. Rusty and I were married for 38 years before he passed away from cancer. We had a farm operation raising hogs, corn and beans. I helped with that and worked part time in town also. We have 3 wonderful children and 6 amazing grandchildren. I still live on the farm and my son Aaron runs it, so I really have the best of both worlds. I get to see my grandsons almost every day. We just have grain now and the boys have sheep. My daughters live in TN and KC and I am very lucky to visit them often. I love attending my grandchildren's events and cherish them all. I have a wonderful group of friends and widow friends and we do some traveling, they keep me out of trouble...well kind of just ask Gayle...haha. Enough of this, can't wait to see you all!!! Thanks to Duane and the other committee members for putting this all together!!!
Becky Kessell Orcutt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa! The past 4 years have been very busy for me due to several medical problems in my family. 2014: Moved my parents from Cedar Rapids to a care center near me. 2016: Very sad year...Both my parents passed...Dad in June and Mom 6 weeks later. They were married 75 years. Fun event: traveled to the 2016 Rosebowl with the University of Iowa Alumni Association. 2017: Retired from Pioneer Hi-Bred after 30 years as a web publisher/electronic communications. 2018: Stayed 3 weeks in Cleveland. Ohio while my husband had high-risk heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Due to the power of prayer and grace of God, the surgery was a success and he is recovering well. Roy and I will celebrate our 46th anniversary in June. We have 2 daughters and 1 amazing 4-year-old granddaughter. Looking forward to attending our class reunion and talking with classmates!
Lorna Rocarek Jones - email@example.com
Fifty year reunion, never thought I would live to be 68. Well August 21st to go. Like some of you, I did not know what to do with myself after High School so I joined the Army. Probably the best thing early in life that I did. Went to college on the G.I. Bill and met my wife at NMSU in Kirksville, MO. Life has been good to me with the exception of losing my wife three years ago. She was the best part of me and I miss her everyday. I have found someone new and she is also special. I do not like typing and who knows how many grammar errors are above. If you are ever out golfing in the Eastern Iowa area that is where you will find me. Stay healthy my old J-Hawks.
Dennis Brant - firstname.lastname@example.org
In the last 15 years I've had the privilege of creating a robust education program for the West Maricopa Association of REALTORS and helped to build the association from 1800 members to 8000. It's been a great ride! I semi-retired 2 years ago, but can't seem to walk away totally yet. The day will come. My husband and I have finally been able to do some traveling in the last 8 years, and have had some amazing adventures in Hawaii and The Caribbean islands! Can't wait for more!
Melody (Dessinger) Hoover - Mhoover6778@gmail.com
Shortly after our 45th reunion I gave up my mowing, snow plowing and landscape business and now I deliver car parts for Barron Motor Supply. I don't think I will ever quit working completely. Most weekends I spend with my 11 yr old grandson fishing or at the shooting range where he is still trying to out shoot me. My wife Dee and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 20th this yr. In 2016 we gave up our season tickets at the Iowa speedway so we don't camp as much but still enjoy it when we can. Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.
Marvin Olver - email@example.com
50 years, wow. As I read over all of the life stories of everyone, I think boy have I lived a boring life. I was married for 25 years to Van Faulkner and then divorced, but we had 3 beautiful children. I then married Bill Clinton, he was my first boyfriend in 7th grade. He has a daughter by his first marriage. So in total we have 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. I retired from Toyota Financial after 19 years. I still needed to be active so I am a volunteer for the Crisis Text Line and I am also on the board of the Iowa Foster Care Review Board. My daughter passed away of leukemia last August leaving 4 children, her two older kids were 20 and 21 so they went on their own. My youngest son took custody of her two youngest age 3 and 10. Just came back from a trip to Mexico with most of the grandchildren. I really hoped I could attend our 50th reunion but having shoulder replacement done that week. I hope to see lots of pictures. After surgery I will be called the bionic woman. I have had both knees replaced, both hips replaced and the rotator cuff in my other shoulder replaced. But I act and feel like I am still in my twenties. As Bugs Bunny said "That's All Folks"
Pam Bell Clinton - firstname.lastname@example.org
The last five years includes the last portion of 16 years working for the Linn County Sheriff's Office as a secretary in the Detective Bureau. In January 2016, I retired from my position. I enjoy my retirement by knitting, crocheting, and making quilts. I also enjoy reading mysteries and suspense stories as well as doing volunteer work through my church. A dream I have is to become a home-based entrepreneur that involves my craft creations as well as locating and repurposing items that can be saved from the trash pile, which in turn, helps saves the environment. I stay within relatively close contact with my son and my six-year old grandson and love spending as much time as possible with them.
Diane King - email@example.com
My wife Julie and I have been married for 36 years. We have a wonderful daughter and 2 grand children. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007 after 33 years as a letter carrier. I play trumpet in a concert band sponsored by The University of Northern Iowa. My main interests are playing the 1000's of 45s I have collected to play on our juke box and acquiring Red Wing stoneware.
Gary Dlask - firstname.lastname@example.org
In July, 2013 my husband and I retired. We started traveling to Arizona for the winter but are here for holidays. Our children and grandchildren live in the area, which we enjoy. The summer of 2017 we sold our house and downsized to a condo and love it! Nothing to do but play!
Sandy (Knoblauch) Valentine - email@example.com
My husband, Michael and I retired in 2015 and have been enjoying life to the fullest. We sold our Harley and bought a 5th wheel camper and travel to Arizona for the winter. We also bought golf clubs and have really been enjoying the game. What's not to like, fresh air, sunshine and good friends. We sold our house of 21 years in Cedar Rapids in 2017 and moved to a beautiful condo in Fairfax. Best decision ever! Life is good! See you all for our "50th."
Jeanne (Vogel) Vice - Jvice50@gmail.com
I retired last year after working at Kirkwood for 18 years, most in the High School Completion department. I married Tom Fuller from the Jefferson class of 69 and we have 2 adult children, both living in Cedar Rapids. Our daughter, Melanie Van Weelden is married and has 3 very active daughters. We follow their sports around the Midwest. Our son, Mark, is single.
Cathy Fuller - firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband Bruce and I live in The Villages, Florida. We enjoy our life there and find many opportunities to fly back to Minnesota to spend great times with our family and friends. Activities that we enjoy are golfing, relaxing at the pool, pickle ball, and a variety of classes that we can attend. In the past we have enjoyed fantastic trips to both Germany and Mexico. Traveling is one of our favorite things to do. We are loving the lifestyle!! Come see us as visitors are always welcome at our home!!
Sue Sova Johnson - email@example.com
The last five years have been a busy retirement schedule involving an additional 5 grandchildren bringing us up to 11. I stay busy doing weddings, funerals as a "retired" preacher. Electrical jobs as a "retired" electrician. Also volunteering as an athletics announcer for Jefferson (football, basketball, baseball and track). MC at the Jefferson talent show and singing anthems all over the place. God has been good to us. Terri and I will celebrate 43 years of marriage on June 28th. Hope to see many of you at the reunion! Blessing!
David Dyrland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers to my classmates of 1968! I have lived in Northern California for 45 years and love this place on earth. After working 20 years in hospitality in the wine industry, I was very happy to retire, having worked non-stop for 50 years. I married my husband Dan, 36 years ago and am stepmom to two sons, Ryan and Sean. No grandchildren to spoil, but we enjoy our family and also, my dear family back in Iowa. Both of my parents are still with us at 91 years old! Dan and I love to spend time golfing, gardening, cooking and enjoying some very close friends and also fine wines up here in wine country. Travel has always been a big part of our lives and our bucket list has grown long, facing retirement! We hope to continue seeing the world! Earlier this year, was a lovely trip to Costa Rica. I will travel to Iowa in August and hope to visit with lots of you then!
Jan Briggs Gianni - email@example.com
Rob Anders (AKA at TJHS as Bob). Well, I originally typed this info into a MS Word document and then pasted that text into the Class-Reunion comment space. But that did not appear to work. So here I go again... I have not reported any of my life activities to class-reunion publications since the 10-year class reunion. So please forgive me if I briefly review a bit more than the requested five years. FAMILY -- Married with three daughters, one stepdaughter, and five grandchildren, currently living in Plant City, Florida (near Tampa). Fortunately, all the children and grandchildren live within an hour's drive, or less, except my stepdaughter who lives in NYC. MILITARY -- US Army (1970-73), E-5, paratrooper, served 2.5 years at Ft. Bragg, NC. EDUCATION -- I graduated from Iowa State (ISU) in 1979, and the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in 1981, with degrees in Urban Planning and Urban and Regional Planning, respectively. EMPLOYMENT -- After graduation I was employed as follows: Planner, City of Plant City, Wisc., 1981-85; Principal Planner, Alachua County, Florida (Gainesville), 1985-88; Planning Director, Polk County, Florida (pop. 200,000+, lived in Lakeland), 1988-98; Planning Director, City of Plant City, Florida (pop. 35,000, near Tampa) 1998-2010. TRAVEL -- International Travel (since 2010 -- my wife likes to travel): England and Paris, France, Italy, Greece & Turkey, China & Tibet (getting a Visa for Tibet was a pain); Switzerland, Liehtenstein, Germany & Austria; Dubai, UAE & India; Peru (Machu Picchu+); Japan and Guatemala, Honduras & Belize. US Travel (since 2010); North Carolina & Tenn. (whitewater rafting); Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bryce Canyon, & Mesa Verde; and NYC & Wash., D.C. We have recently reduced our traveling because we are caring for my wife's parents, who are 94 and 93 years old. (My wife, "Susan Nadelman Anders", is better than me at posting travel photos on Facebook. I am "Rob Anders" on FB.) Sorry I'll be missing the class reunion. Hope everyone has a blast.
Robert Anders - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been continuing to work full time at Solar Turbines, Inc. (Catapillar Co.) I just finished my 42 year with them. I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in Dec. 2016 and had surgery to remove my prostrate in Jan. of 2017. I am recovering nicely and no return of the cancer. My Daughter completed her Masters in History/World Religion and is now a teacher. I am celebrating my 45th wedding anniversary this Oct. 2018. Life is good. And I also am a vet from the Navy from the Vietnam war.
Michael (Mike) Osmanski - email@example.com
Not much has happened in the last 5 years. I retired the week before the last reunion and have been enjoying doing things when I want to and when the weather permits. No longer forced to do things after work or on the week-end. We enjoy time spent with the granddaughters and traveling to OR to visit our daughter and her family. Now that we are retired, our granddaughter from OR spends a month with us here in IA during her summer break.
Sandra Drees - firstname.lastname@example.org
My wife (Becky) and I have been living in St. Louis for the past 35 years. Following High School and Kirkwood, I did a tour in the Navy. After the Navy I received my BS degree from Taylor University in Indiana. Moved to St. Louis and opened a ServiceMaster business, doing Disaster Restoration, and Construction. We recently sold the business to our daughter and son in law. Spending time in Florida in the winters and St. Louis in the Summers. We enjoy traveling, sports, and are very involved in our church, and supporting organizations like FCA.
Bob Smith - email@example.com
Five years ago we Nancy, Grant, and I had just relocated back to the Cedar Rapids area from Fort Worth, Texas; it was in time for the 45th reunion, where I won the award for having the youngest child at home. Grant turned 5 years old three days after the reunion and as a stay at home dad he's been the major reason for most, 'what am I doing', events. Driving him to school his kindergarten yr. and to just about every other thing he gets involved with since. Baseball practice/games, wrestling practice/meets, and this year it was basketball. And helping with school work and projects. You all probably did this as well but at an earlier age. I guess this is my penance for waiting to get married later in life. NO, that can't be it; maybe it was signing up to be a Cub Scout Den Leader so I could work with 10 boys at once. You know hiking, BB guns, archery, and camping out. It was Grant's and my first as well. IT RAINED!! Or could it be that I volunteer at the school correcting papers for teachers or helping in the library (I've spent more time in St. Pius library than I did in the Jefferson Library). Lately I've been helping the kitchen crew serve lunch. We've done our share of travel; St. Cloud/Minneapolis, Wisconsin Dells/Milwaukee, Grant and Nancy flew to Germany earlier this year, family event. At the end of May we all took a road trip visiting the National Parks of Bad Lands, Glacier, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Grand Teton. A lot of road work but it was a beautiful trip. I guess the common denominator would be a water park. That's a snap shot of what's happening with the Birkicht's. Hope to see you all at the 50th.
Dennis Birkicht - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Duane, for posting the yearbook photos. I tossed my yearbooks out in a fit of downsizing a few years back. It surprises me how many of you I do know but also, how many I never knew throughout high school. The downside of a big graduating class, I guess. Also, judging from the 45th reunion photos, my brain's facial recognition software isn't functioning. Please wear your name tags with BIG print at the reunion! It has been 45 years since the last time I attended a class reunion so I'll give a little more info than the last five years. I went to U of Iowa right after graduation and ended up with a BA degrees in English and Spanish. I thought I would teach. After a successful student teaching experience at CR Kennedy I decided, "Hell, no!" Went back to the U of I and got a masters in library science and decided I wanted to work in a community college. That started a 32 year career at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, originally called Hawkeye Institute of Technology, where I wore a number of hats with grandiose job titles. My last five years I did research and planning for the college and headed up its accreditation program under the Higher Learning Commission. Funny how the guy who avoided every math class he could ended up working with statistics to finalize his career. (I once sweet talked Miss Ricky into raising my algebra grade from the D I earned to a B). I retired in 2006 so this retirement business is not new to me. I met my wife of 46 years at U of I but we cannot agree on when exactly that was. I do remember returning to my dorm room after a freshman dance and telling my roommate that I had met the girl I was going to marry. It was love at first sight for me. Not for her. After a series of stumbles and fumbles the deal was formally completed at a little country church, August 5, 1972. Since 1974 we have lived in the sleepy little town of Hudson which borders both Cedar Falls and Waterloo. We have produced three sons who in turn have provided us with four granddaughters and three grandsons, ages ranging from 9 months to 14 years. We spend a lot of time attending theater and concert events and keeping the state's wineries in business. We are not avid travelers so our travel pales in comparison to most of the rest of you. I'll leave that part of my resume blank. We live in the same house we built when we were 25 years old. It has had additions and refurbishings so that it makes a comfortable retirement habitat. We have outsourced most of the maintenance, including lawn care so it is pretty much a condo. I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new ones at our reunion.
Robert (Bob) Chittenden - email@example.com
1968-1973 United States Coast Guard. 34 years Industrial sales. Married 34 years (Carol) 2 children, 1 from first marriage. Soccer coach 12 years club and high school. Past 7 years process/production consultant.
Kevin Melsha - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Hi Class of 68. I moved back to Iowa in 2012 from Rapid City, SD. I lived there for 12 years. Took an early retirement at 62 to help take care of my parents when their health wasn't too great especially my mother who was 91 and my dad was 95. Mom died in 2012 then my dad died in 2016. They would have been married 70 years in 2013. Then in 2016 my sister died in March. She was 50 years old. I still have 3 brothers younger than me. When I moved back I got hooked to Rita Kaill who I use to give a ride to school in my senior year and she was a sophomore. We hadn't seen each other for 50 years. In 2017 we got married. When I got back I started working at Kirkwood as a CDL Trainer. Training CRST students for 3 years and then CRST started their own CDL school. After that I started working for Barrons Motor Supply delivering parts to IC, West Branch and Tipton stores. I work part-time 4 1/2 days in the morning which is great. In 2013 I had two cornea transplants done at U of I Hospital. Now I can see very Well! I have 3 kids and 4 grandkids. My hobbies are fixing up cars and trikes. If the weather is good I'll drive each one to one of the Friday night and Dinner. Hope we can all make it to the reunion.
Roger Guyer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired since 2012. Sewing for craft sales and since 2014 sewing for a mission project. Went on a mission trip to South Africa in 2015. Frequent vacations with family to Rocky Mtn Natl Park. Married to husband Gene for 46 years. Two daughters, five grandchildren.
Joan (Ellickson) Mollenhauer - email@example.com
I have been to only one prior reunion and unfortunately I will miss this one. Over the last fifty years I went to Central college for 3 years, quit and moved to Oklahoma for 6 months where I married my wife Kathy. We moved back to Cedar Rapids and I completed my college at Iowa. In 1974 I joined the Police department. We have a son and daughter with 4 grandchildren, 3 girls and 1 boy. In 2005 I retired and did nothing until 2010 when we moved to North Las Vegas, Nevada. Here in NLV we live 1 mile from a golf course where I play 5 days a week usually. I hope everyone has a great time at the reunion.
Tim Huston - firstname.lastname@example.org
US Navy 1971 to 1975. Retired from Quaker Oats in 2015. Spend time with family, work around home and take road trips with our Mustangs. A 1967 (wife Shirley's, she is 2nd owner. She purchased it from her father) and a 2005 convertible. Just enjoying life.
Raymond Kilts - email@example.com
The last five years added two more granddaughters to the family tree in 2013. Now I have 3 granddaughters and 5 grandsons to keep me busy going to events in Minnesota, Florida and Cedar Rapids. 2014 I spent a couple months in Florida taking care of our new granddaughter since my daughter-in-law had to return to work & baby had to be 3 months before going into daycare. I was honored to be able to spend January and February in warm weather but most of all spending it with family. 2015 I learned a lot about gardening and canning with the help of my niece. First time planting a garden since my husband's death in 2010 (he was the gardener and harvester). I would say I had a lot of guidance from above! 2016 traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend my great niece's high school graduation. Last year I experienced my first hurricane while visiting family in Florida, my flight was canceled so my stay was extended by a week. I believe it was Gods way of saying my grandchildren needed me more than being back home in Iowa. To add to my hectic schedule I have undergone 3 more foot surgeries and 4 surgeries on my right hand and lots of therapy over the past 5 years. RA has not been kind to me, I've dealt with it over half my life but it has not defeated me!! I regret that I will not be able to attend our 50th class reunion, yes you guessed it, I will be in Florida taking care of my 3 grandchildren while their parents are working. I will be thinking of everyone and hope that you have a great time. I look forward to reading what everyone else has been up to over the past five years and hopefully see you at the next class reunion.
Jennifer Arduser - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been married now 45 years. Irene is the best of our lives together. The dog, Angel makes up for what the kids forget. I retired from Clinical, Corrections and Consulting work in 2016. In 2017, I returned to Golf as a left hander and we began dancing lessons. My Stone sculptures and Painting have seen an upturn and my Writing is at a stand still. I regret I will not make it to the reunion, please be in touch; I do not do Facebook, however, I do e-mail and text.
Virgil Matheny - email@example.com
The last five years have been busy years. My husband, Dean, and I moved both our mothers to Methwick in the same year. We were busy with clearing out and selling two houses. Our grandkids, eight of them, are growing up fast so we are involved with their school activities and sports all year long. I love that our grandkids live in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. I have been a volunteer for Child Evangelism Fellowship for the last 5 years in the Marion area. It's such a rewarding organization. Dean and I have traveled abroad a couple of times since the last reunion. My love for traveling is still something I continue to do. Traveling will never grow old for me. I still have a flower garden that I tend to and try to dodge poison ivy . All in all, I still have good health as does my husband and we are glad that we are still able to get around and enjoy the days that the good Lord has given us.
Coleen Pata (Boardman) - firstname.lastname@example.org
I worked 1 year after graduation at the Linn Co. Courthouse in the Drivers License Dept. Then Marilyn and I went to American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduating, I worked for an independent insurance agent for 4 years and then moved to Tulsa, Ok., where I worked for Terra Resources in Accounts Payable. I met my husband in Tulsa where I attended church. He was music director for Easland Baptist. In Feb., 1976, we were married and lived there for 18+ years. It was there I had twin girls in 1982, Melinda and Melissa. I worked for a CPA firm processing tax returns. In 1994 we moved to Waco, Tx because of David's job as music director at Bellmead Calvary Baptist Church. I worked for MHMR as secretary and also for Texas Veterans Dept. I have enjoyed living in Waco which thanks to Chip and Joanna Gains, Fixer Upper, we have many tourists. Currently I am watching my 3 granddaughters for the summer! I have four granddaughters and another baby on the way! Looking forward to seeing everyone in August!
Marilyn Pafford - email@example.com
Enlisted in the Army Security Agency in 69 and served till 73. Never worked any one place much more than 5 years. Doing mostly mechanics. Moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA in 86 and still live there now. I volunteered at a hobby shop for close to 20 years. I still enjoy doing radio controlled cars, boats, helicopters, drones and airplanes. Living alone been divorced twice. The last few years I have returned to CR area in the spring to help my nephew with his IMCA sportmod dirt race car Racing at Independence, IA.
Craig Uridil - firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband, Will, and I have been married 42 years now and finally are in the Grandparent titles. We actually have twin girls that are adorable, of course. We've
recently moved from an 8 acre two story house to a half acre ranch home and are in transition but are still in southeast Michigan. We enjoy traveling and doing short term mission trips around the world. God has blessed us and we're living life to the fullest.
Barbara Hoffmeier - email@example.com
Many years ago we graduated from Jefferson, I then went to the University of Iowa and graduated in 1973 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Married in 1973 to Marilyn, who graduated in 1973 from the College of Pharmacy University of Iowa. I retired in 2015 from Diversified CPC International. My job there included Engineering, Environmental, Health and Safety for the firm. Part of the job took me to Shanghai, China to construct a plant to separate mixed hydrocarbons. Have a consulting firm to stay active and occasional do some work. We have 4 children and 7 grandchildren all living in Iowa. We currently live in Illinois but have plans to move to Iowa in the future. We have enjoyed travel in the US and Internationally. UK, France and Grand Cayman Islands are our favorites. We attend the University of Iowa Football Games.
Steve Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello J-Hawk classmates! After reading the 50th reunion website last night, I was overwhelmed with great memories shared with many of you. At the same time, it was sad to learn of former classmates that are no longer with their loved ones, including fiends. Sheila (a Washington Warrior grad) and I feel very blessed. We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary this past Saturday. Our two wonderful married daughters and son-in-laws have given us a gift of six precious grandchildren. Our faith and our family is what we cherish. The rest of the journey and life to this point has been very similar to all of our paths since high school. Education, work, and raising a family. Graduated from the University of Iowa, service as an Army Officer, graduated with a Master's degree from Texas A & M, and had a successful 37 year business career enabling me to retire in 2012 as President of several well-known consumer products businesses. Sheila and I are both thankful for the solid foundation that we received from the Cedar Rapids school system, in addition to the work ethic and values learned from being in the Cedar Rapids community. Looking forward to re-connecting with fellow J-Hawks, Roosevelt Roughriders and Taylor Elementary grads.
Ron Wilkinson - email@example.com
Like many of you I retired from work, teaching preschool and finally retired from subbing a year ago. Even though we moved my 95 year old mother into a care center, my time is spent visiting her and running her, to her many appointments. Since turning 60, I have run in six 5K races with my daughter and two grandkids, finishing first in the grueling Fairfax Fun Days run. I still spend a great deal of my time on the golf course, but it's watching my grandkids compete. One of our greatest joys, is during Christmas season , when our house and yard in Fairfax is turned into an interactive Christmas light show. Every week hundreds of cars drive by, many stopping to let their children be a part of the display while they sing on the live mike. Once again we will be attending the reunion with my longest and dearest friend, Wendy Benesh Walton, who introduced me to her cousin. Steve and I will be celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary next month. See you soon.
Sandra Tomash - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much to the reunion committee for all their time and work!! I have two terrific sons and our family of 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren makes for a fun time. I retired from COE College business office 4 years ago, miss them but there are not enough hours in the day for everything. Grandkids are #1!! Love being mom and grandma Barb. Looking forward to seeing so many J Hawks.
Barb Angerer - Barbgrove@yahoo.com
I have been happily retired from Mayo Clinic since 2014. I started there in 1996 and worked mostly in the Cancer Center supporting cancer research. In 2004 I bought a little farm (11 acres) in NE Iowa in the Decorah/Cresco area and still live there. I'm on a long-term quest to implement a permaculture ("permanent agriculture") design. Theoretically that means that someday I will not have to spend so much of my time weeding and mowing, but I'm not there yet. I've done some traveling and have a beautiful place to call home. Next adventure, chickens!
Linda (Scott) Long - Islawng@harmonytel.net
Hi. I don't know where to begin...first of all, my life since high school graduation has been full of life! - I guess that's the most accurate way to describe what I've been doing the last fifty years!! - all be it, not as exciting as some of you!! I've lived in Colorado since 1973, both in Boulder & Denver, but mostly Denver. I have a son, Aaron, who with his wife, lives in Sedona, Arizona & he is the daddy to the most wonderful, beautiful, special, now 14 year old granddaughter ever!! They lived about two blocks away until 3 years ago, when a work opportunity surfaced. Damn!! My daughter, Kristen & her husband, & 2 grandsons, 4 & 8 live in Houston, Tx. & guess what? - they are the cutest, most entertaining, dirt monger, sports loving little guys ever!!! They too used to live close by, but again a position with the Houston Rockets presented itself for Kristen's husband. All this left a heartbroken, retired grandma and Papa, who now get to travel & be guests at their homes - although they all prefer to come here and be the kids again!! I used to love to do the same thing to my parents!! We don't get back to CR as often as I'd like since my parents are gone, but both of my brothers still live there. They tend to come here more often. We were just there the end of June, wish I could have planned better so I could have gone to the reunion! I'm so sad to hear of those we've lost!! I don't know what else to say here! I retired from the medical field (27 yrs) & then from a child development center (5 yrs), & have been permanently retired & loving it ever since!! My husband (I got a good one the second time around, now 21 yrs married) retired a couple of years ago. We mostly (mostly) enjoy each other's company, travel when we can (love Mexico!!) & continue to get the house ready for the next influx of visitors - but always something to look forward to!! I wish you all well & would love to hear from you.
Joanne Kotaska Grafsgaard - email@example.com