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Claire Rumpel (Thoen)
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August 21, 1944 Artist Single Again
Hello everyone.

When I was 9 years old I went with my mother to a class reunion of hers at St. Olaf which convinced me that day that I, too, would become an Ole.  So that's what I did (with a junior year abroad in Germany).  My school year in Europe convinced me to become an art major.

The war in Viet Nam convinced me to become involved in public policy which is where I have spent most of my working life; working in state government and non-profits.

Some of our classmates have noted that we attended school during a time of nearly universal support for public education and we all benefited from that support.  Likewise, I was involved in public policy at a time when there was much more common purpose and civility than there is now.

I am now a full time artist (trying to "earn" my art degree) working primarily in imagery to bring old (800-1800) Nordic folk art forms into new narratives.  If you have time and an interest in this subject, my website is: www.claireannethoen.com

Many thanks to our classmates (and others) who are helping us connect with one another.

(how do people find images of their "then" selves to upload?)

Claire



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cathy Sarner (Schmit)
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June 29, 1944 retired Widowed 5
I sure miss the good old days at RHS!I have 16 grandchildren,love them all.Looking forward to the reunion,we sure have changed a lot. Send cathy a MessageSend cathy a Message
Lyn Satterstrom (Meresman)
April 19, 1944 Married 2
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Stephen Saunders
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March 14, 1944 retired Married 2
   After graduating from Richfield high school I attended the University of Minnesota. I intended to get a degree in business or economics, but through unusual circumstances I ended up with a degree in elementary education.  If anybody in high school had told me I was going to become a teacher, let alone an elementary teacher, I would've thought them totally insane.  After graduating from the university, I got a job with the Wayzata School District and taught there for 35 years.  While I was teaching, I earned a masters degree in elementary education from Saint Cloud State University.  I thought about going for a PhD.  But when I looked at all the people who had a PhD., they were not in the classroom and I wanted to stay in the classroom.  It's funny how fate steps into your life.  I loved teaching and it was truly my calling.

 

While I was going to collage I worked as a janitor at a restaurant  supply company were I met my wife Betty.  I was the janitor and she was the boss’s secretary.  We had two lovely daughters (Jenny and Becky).  In March of 1987 Betty had a stroke.  She was paralyzed on her right side and could no longer speak.  As you can imagine, this drastically changed our lives.  My wife Betty is the bravest person I know.  She is a true “Profile in Courage”.  My daughter Jenny went on to become a lawyer and Becky became a teacher.  

 

After I retired from teaching, I took a part time job with The Minnesota Historical Society.  For 10 years, I was a tour guide at the State Capital with an emphasis on Minnesota's participation in the Civil War.   After that, we built an addition on to my daughter Becky’s house.  We presently live there and baby-sit my grandchildren.

 

I am enjoying my retirement, playing a lot of golf, building model ships and doing stuff with my grandkids.

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Carol Scott (Wicklund)
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October 29, 1944 Retired Educator Married 2


After reading everyones comments I also can't believe it's been fifty years.  The best thing is that I'm still young at heart and feel like I'm 21.  I have had a wonderful fulfilled life and thanks to an understanding family have done so many things.  After graduation I went off to St. Cloud State University and recieved a double major in art.  During the next 25 years I taught elementary through college level art classes, was a member of the Kinesia Dance Co., worked part time for the Minnesota Art Education Consortium got my Masters Degree, and opened and ran two dance schools in St. Cloud and Cold Spring, Mn.

I retired from dancing when I was about 44 because we were all getting to old to keep up the pace.  So I went back to school and got my specialist degree and became a principal in a small elementary school in St. Cloud that emphasized the arts. After the district downsized I was transfered to Talahi Elementary School where I remained as principal until I retired.

From here my husband and I sold everything and moved to Indiana where our two children Carey and Erick now live.
I have four grandchildren and love spending the summers playing and cooking for them.

We bought a fixer upper high on the banks of the Tippecanoe river.  My husband remodeled everything.  Encluding a small garage and that is nowmy art studio where I oil paint and dye silk.  

In the winter we go to Tucson, Arizona and live in a 55 and older community called Rincon West.  They have great art rooms for jewelry, clay, painting, quilting and more.  

My husband does trap and skeet shooting and I make art and my one vice is I love playing Texas Holdem. I'm always so greatful that I have my health and lots of energy!!!! 

  

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Jane Seamans (Webster)
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May 24, 1944 Retired Married 3
After high school and a short marriage, I became a single mother with a wonderful daughter.  I began working as a legal secretary, and after many years my experience afforded me to become a paralegal.  I then met my husband through some great friends.  His job took us to Seattle, a fantastic city.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Rain?  What rain?!  It was forever green and no snow or frigid temperatures!  What a great place to live!  I ended my career working for a terrific attorney.  Nine years ago we began our retirement and moved to Phoenix, valley of the sun.  A new experience in life, and we are loving it.  We've discovered that retirement certainly isn't the life of leisure.  We are too busy for that.  There's golf, vacations to enjoy, riding the Harley, happy hours and pool time.  And then there are the visits back to Seattle and the Twin Cities.  I have a fantastic daughter and two wonderful step-sons.   And, of course, the best part of all, my two sweet granddaughters--so far!  We are so blessed! Send Jane a MessageSend Jane a Message
Frank Shemonek
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May 14, 1943 Retired Married 3
Hi Classmates of 1962, I have a good life, lots of family, lots of love, I am very blessed. When I think back in time, I remember you all like you were 17 years old, and now we are in our 70's. This must be what 'Friends forever' is like. Send Frank a MessageSend Frank a Message
RICHARD SILBERNAGEL
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October 07, 1944 Retired Married 2
FAMILY: My wonderful wife and best friend, Loy and I have been married for 48 years now.  We have two daughters, Angela and Jennifer.  Their husbands are respectfully-Steve and John.  Grandkids, now we're talking! We have five: Angie and Steve's are Rachel 19, Blake 17, Braden 15.
Jennifer and John's are Cassidy 13 and Cameron 11.

After high school:  4 years with Uncle Sam (USAF); 18 month Toro, MN.; 41 years with CMI/Terex (Road Building Equip.) as a senior project engineer (mechanical and civil). I retired April, 2009.

HOBBIES: family; traveling; cruising the Caribbean (11 cruises for the wife, and 9 for me); we still dance now and then; we faithfully support the local and out of state casinos.
 
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Larry Skoglund
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May 21, 1944 cattle farmer Married 2

After HS graduation, took a shot @ the Un of MN, 3 years of Mech Eng, dropped a class in spring of 65 and surprise surprise was drafted.  In a pvt, out a Cpt, that’s a good thing.  Got my tail  shot up in Viet Nam in 1967 requiring a couple of years at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver.  Ski bummed for a year, back to the U of  MN, finished with a degree in Voc Ed.  Married  Ann Grunditz (class of ’65) in 74. Taught in Hastings for 10 years, worked for myself for ten years in a Porsche related business, sold that and went back to teaching for 10 years in Hutchinson.  We now live in the rural Alexandria area on the farm my great Grandfather homesteaded in 1878 raising grass fed organic beef.  Not real sure what the next 10 year cycle with bring along………… We’ve 2 awesome boys, 32 and 34 that are doing really well, living So Mpls.

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Richard Smith
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October 12, 1944 finance Married 5

Graduated Minnesota State Univ. Mankato  Moved to Montana in 1974.  Retired from US Bank in late 90's. Went back to work out of my home in 2000 financing trucks (eighteen wheelers)  Enjoy the 4 grandkids (youngest Cassie 3 spends a day or two every week with us) 
 Sad to see those who passed on.  Best wishes to all.

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