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How many children? Grandchildren? Great-grandchildren? Years married? Anything special you'd like to share about your family?:
I have one daughter, and no grandchildren.
After a 9-1/2 year relationship, I married and had my daughter when I was 38-1/2 . . . she's kept me young. Within 1-1/2 years I divorced and became a single mother with no husband or family within 1,000 miles.
How are you staying busy? Are you still working or have you retired? What activities do you enjoy?:
I'm still working . . . nearly 14 years with an animal health pharmaceutical company (in the R&D Department where we formulate new drugs for puppies and kitties, which includes laboratory testing and documentation thereof . . . that's where I come-in . . . I'm the Archivist and in charge of ALL the paper). By the time of our Class Reunion, I'll be within 6 weeks of retiring (end of August 2022). I enjoy spending time with my daughter, travel, a certain amount of crafts (mainly crocheting), and of course cooking and baking.
What are your fondest memories of OCHS / living in Oak Creek?:
Mr. McKenzie's US History class. Student teaching (FTA - I was President our Sr. Yr.) at Edgewood Elementary during my back-to-back Study Halls (I was assigned to MY 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Knudsen). Pep Rallies and the Friday night football games at home. Ice skating (during gym class) on the pond next to school. Pizza burgers and the cafeteria's grilled cheese.
Where did life take you after OCHS? Places you’ve lived, Places you’ve visited:
Wow . . . you don't have the time, but I'll try to keep it brief:
-- Worked at Tri-City (Produce Dept) until about October 1972
-- Worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company / Yellow Pages (downtown Milwaukee - 16th & Wisconsin Avenue) until June 1974
-- Attended Sawyer Business College (Legal Secretary) until May 1975
-- Left home for San Francisco, worked/lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a month of so, then ended-up in Boise, Idaho
-- Worked for the American Cancer Society / Idaho Division as Receptionist until September 1977
-- Worked for Morrison-Knudsen Corporation (Construction/Engineering/Mining), beginning as a Project Secretary, promoted through the ranks as Executive Secretary-Personnel, and Personnel Specialist. All in all, over 12 years.
-- Married my 9-1/2 year partner on November 17, 1989 and left the next day for St. Louis, Missouri.
-- I worked part-time for ERM (engineering and consulting), until they hired me on full-time. I worked there for 15 years.
-- In 1993, we had our daughter, Laralee Cecilia. When she was 8 weeks old, I went to Cheyenne, Wyoming to visit my parents. Five months after her birth, I filed for divorce.
-- Before Laralee was a year old, my "husband" returned to Boise . . . leaving me a single mother with no family or support system. But we survived.
-- In 1997 (when Laralee was 4), I bought a house in O'Fallon, Missouri (just west of the Missouri River and St. Louis "proper"). We're still here to this day.
-- In 2005, when I was laid-off from ERM . . . I vigorously sought employment and worked several "temp" jobs during my job search.
-- From Sept 2006 - April 2008, I worked for a marketing firm in Creve Coeur, Missouri . . . the absolutely worse job I've ever had . . . horrible, unethical people!!
-- In May 2008, I hired on at Virbac Animal Health as the R&D Dept's Admin Asst/Archivist (a glorified paper pusher!!). I'll retire from Virbac at the end of August 2022.
---PLACES I'VE VISITED---
Washington DC (3 times)
Sydney, Australia (Cairnes and Palm Cove)
Wyoming, of course . . . my parents and brother Adam live there
South Dakota - Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, etc.
Florida - Disneyworld
California - Laguna Beach, San Francisco, San Diego
Nevada - Reno and Wells (ex-husband's family)
Idaho - Sun Valley, Arco, Fruitland
Oregon - Coastline, Tillamook, Astoria
What Teachers/Coaches do you remember? Can you share a story?:
Mr. McKenzie - US History
Miss Ankerson - Spanish (FTA Sponsor)
Mr. Lemke - Speech
Mrs. Schaefer - Business (Typing)
Mr. Hartung - Biology
Do you have inspirational words or quote to live by?:
Don't talk so much . . . listen . . . you learn more.
What were your favorite High School era songs?:
Anything by CCR, the Eagles, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkle.