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Charlotte Sole (Trewhella)
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After graduation from high school I attended the U of M and attained an elementary teaching degree. I then married Mark during his first year in dental school.  My degree helped us financially get through 3 more years of his education.  I taught one more year while "we" were in the Air Force in Texas in the late 60s.  When we returned from Texas with our first daughter I gave up teaching to raise our family.  We were fortunate enough that I could stay home with the girls, and become involved with their activities.  Along with the ability to be astay-at-home Mom, I was able to become involved with volunteer work.  My biggest accomplishment came throught he Minneapolis Children's Hospital Association.  When our youngest daughter entered middle school I began working in Mark's dental office--which was another form of "volunteer" work.  It lasted for 16 years.  His retirement was bitter sweet for both of us having spent so many years getting to know the patients well, and starting to see the second and third generations of patients.

Our next adventure was relocating permanently to our home in Scottsdale, AZ.  Again we embarked on it with very mixed emotions.  Having lived in the Twin Cities area all of our lives we had many friends and most of our extended families still there including my aging parents.  One of the best parts  about moving was that we would be near our two daughter again--not to mention in a more tolerable climate.

My volunteering continues here having become heavily involved with the Terravita Women's Golf Association.  I am now in my second year of a three year commitment as president of the 18-hole group.  It has been a LOT of work, but challenging and enjoyable all at the same time.  I may miss the daily tasks involved, but will cherish the many good friendships I have made in the process.

We are close with our girls, our son-in-law, and the new boyfriend by getting together nearly weekly.  Tami, the oldest, live on the other end of the Valley of the Sun in Chandler, and Kelly lives in a more downtown area of Phoenix called the Biltmore area.  Tami has been a pharmaceutical rep for over 10 years, and Kelly has worked for Bank of America in the card fraud department for the last three + years.  There are no grandchildren in our immediate family; only grand-dogs and cats.  We live vicariously through the grandchildren of our sisters and brother.

We look forward to getting together in September.
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Marsha Sorenson (Evenson)
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October 04, 1944 retired Married 2
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reinfried spazier
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May 08, 1945 consultant Married 5
I hope you are all well, sorry to miss you.
After Richfield graduated in Salzburg, got a doctrate of law (U of Vienna) and an MBA at Insead (Fontainebleau, France)

20 years with L'Oreal as MD of Austria, GB, Germany.
Bought a ski-company (Kneissl), invented Big Foot, the Carving ski (Ergo)
Started consulting, Worked for 12 years for a lingerie company, creating distribution facilities all around the world.
Now back to consulting.

Kids all finished with U-degrees. Spent time in Canada, Spain, Roumania, GB, Germany, Russia.

Hobbies: Sports (Tennis, Skiing, Former Austrian champion in high-diving), friends, travelling.
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Richard Stanley
Graphic Designer/photographer Single Again

Greetings to everyone from the East Coast!

I'm a semi-retired graphic designer and educator with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a MA equivalent from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. Following four years in the USAF, I co-founded and directed a graphic design business in Sacramento before going abroad to attend grad school. I remained in Europe as Design Director for Raychem Corporation in Belgium and Germany before returning to the US headquarters. I have lived in Baltimore for 34 years: 19 years as Creative Services Manager for PHH Arval, freelancing, teaching at area colleges and universities, and now continuing to pursue fine arts interests. 

I'm living single with Murphy, the family Chocolate Lab in my 1887 historic home outside Baltimore. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit me at swisstrix.com.

Lee Stokes
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March 04, 1944 self employed commercial artist, semi retired Married 2
Life is pretty good in fly over land, both sons live here we have 3 grandsons, married 47 years to Deanne.

I am semi retired as a commercial artist (retoucher / illustrator) worked for most regional, national ad agencies.

Play lots of racqueteball and ski in New Mexico in the winter. Some traveling when there are no hockey or soccer games with the grand kids. Do some gardening & puttering.

My brain says I am still 18, but the body says no!
(thank goodness for new parts)

Looking forward to seeing everyone this fall...


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Michael Strand
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Wow!  Where did 50 years go?  Life has been busy and good.  Time just seems to be flying by!

I spent two years at St. Olaf College and then transferred to the University of Minnesota to study chemical engineering.  The day after I received my B.Ch.E. degree in March 1967, I married my St. Olaf sweetheart, Priscilla L. Lovestedt (Rochester, MN), and she has had to live with her questionable decision for the past 45 years!  I was accepted into the graduate school at the University of Washington and in August 1967, we moved to Washington state and have lived in the Seattle area ever since.  We have one son, David, who came along after 16 years of marriage.  He is currently in graduate school in Madison, WI, working on his Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin.

Priscilla taught elementary school in Richfield for one year before we moved to Seattle.  While teaching in Seattle, she obtained her Master's in Librarianship degree from the University of Washington.  I received my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1973 and joined the faculty at UW as a Research Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering.  I spent the next few years doing research relating to the artificial kidney and sickle cell anemia.

After leaving the UW, I opened a small consulting engineering office and worked on projects involving heat transfer for industry and the recovery of ethylene glycol from used antifreeze for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Much of my work involved mathematics, computers and programming.  As an outgrowth of my experience and interest in computers, I approached friends with the idea of creating a company to do billing for physicians.  We founded Medical Data, Inc., later renamed to Med-Data, Incorporated.  I held the position of vice-president throughout my career at Med-Data and was responsible for software development and the technical aspects of the company.  The company began by providing services to physician's offices, but migrated to becoming a full service billing office for hospital-based physicians (emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, radiologists).  Med-Data had offices in Seattle, Spokane, Salem, Salt Lake, and San Francisco when I retired.

The Pacific Northwest has provided many opportunities to enjoy the beauty and bounty nature has to offer.  In my younger years I was an avid skier.  I still enjoy sailing and bird hunting, and I plan to do more fishing as time permits.  I play ice hockey weekly, but the pace is a bit slower than it was when we won the Lake Conference championship in our senior year!

To make certain retirement does not become boring, Priscilla and I bought a farm / cattle ranch about a year and a half ago.  It is located in the coastal region of Washington on an island in the middle of the Columbia River.  The setting is unique, as every ocean-going ship en route to or from Portland, OR, goes right past the front door of the house.  While I have been unsuccessful in convincing Priscilla to make this our primary residence, I am consoled by the fact it makes a pretty nice hunting and fishing shack!

I am looking forward to the reunion and hearing about everyone's life experiences.

 

Mike

 
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Roger Tadsen
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November 18, 1944 Securities Broker-Municipal Bonds Married 3

Has it really been a half century since we graduated from high school?  I have missed the last several reunions but will be there for this one.  The "Big Five O."   I look forward to seeing everyone at the party.

After graduating from the U of Mn. in 1966 with a teaching degree, I had the opportunity to attend Penn State for my masters.  I came back home and was fortunate to teach at RHS for 15 years.  I met my wife Sharon in its hallowed halls.  We have been married for 41 years.  We have 3 married sons and 2 grandkids who live way too far away.

I am still working as a municipal bond broker and have no plans to retire anytime soon.  We spend most every weekend at the cabin on Sullivan Lake. 

I hope to see all of you at the reunion.  Now all I need to do is lose about 50 lbs. so I can look really good for all my old girl friends.

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Susan Tapp
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August 24, 1944 technical writer Divorced

I live in south Minneapolis, in a little house in a great neighborhood. No kids, two cats. Was married to Tony Stark for about 20 years. Not anymore. Worked at various jobs from applications analyst/project manager to assistant to the director at an art museum and lived in various places (Texas, Boston, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, England). Now doing part-time contract technical writing and freelance editing. I like the work and am not ready to retire yet.

I’m a neighborhood activist and volunteer for a number of organizations. I mentor a 12-year-old girl who lives in North Minneapolis, and would encourage any of you who are interested to look into mentoring (Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or Bolder Options). It’s fun and it makes a difference in a kid’s life.

I like going to plays, movies, concerts, meals at interesting restaurants, reading good books, and trying to make my yard and garden look good.

Memories of growing up in Richfield: Crisp fall evenings at Spartan football games, strawberry pie at Nelson’s Restaurant, Pizza at the Fireside, movies at the Richfield theater. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion.

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Ione Teigen (Daniels)
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Graduated from U of Minnesota with a major in French, a minor in math.  At 20 yrs old I went to Europe and spent two years in France and Germany.  I speak French fluently and German poorly.  I married Doug Daniels in 1968.  We met in French classes, and Doug went on to get his Ph.D., then accepted a job in Bozeman on the faculty of Montana State University where he worked until he retired.  He was a well loved teacher; his last five years he was department head. 
           I began working for Sandy Kraskin's dad in the baton business when I was in 7th grade.  I have worked steadily until I retired in 2005.  With my French major, I became a French translator off and on throughout my worklife.  

  But meanwhile I studied and became a court reporter, and this was my main work.  I worked five years taking the record in district court, then opened a free-lance business and worked until my retirement at 60 1/2.  In retirement I took up watercolor painting and returned to piano lessons.  These activities are the joy of my life.  I've been painting now for ten years.  I paint and make prints for blank greeting cards and am just now just beginning to get the originals framed.
      We adopted two abandoned children from Korea back in the '70s.  Later on a group of us  founded Montana Intercountry Adoption Agency which placed Korean babies across our state. 

Our son Nick lives in Great Falls, a few hours away from us.  He's a graphic designer for the local Tribune up there.  Delphine pursued higher education and received a Masters of Philosophy and finished all but dissertation for her Ph.D.  She lives in New York and works as marketing director for an architectural firm.  
     In 2008, Doug and I and a therapist published a book of parental tips about what can happen in adoptive families if the parents don't understand what the child's behavior means. We told the story of our difficulties, and then the therapist wrote the second half explaining our family's dynamics as a whole and how we would have handled our problems if we had known about abandonment and attachment issues in adopted children.  This book is being offered on line for therapists this fall, and our therapist is teaching the course.
Neither of our children married, though each had a serious relationship at one point. 
        My marriage of 45 is the highlight of my life.  Doug and I are like a couple old dogs now, just usually together and living independent lives alongside each other.  We fell very hard for each other.  That was 45 years ago.
     I bumped into Karen Erickson one day in Bozeman.  She is also a painter.  Keith Koentopp, upon whom I had just about the world's biggest crush in senior high, lives just up the road in Belgrade.  Back then, he was very shy but I never gave up pursuing him at all his baseball games and wherever else I could accientally just happen to be where he was! 
       We love our life in Montana.  We go to Florida in January for 3 weeks, and then in September we travel to visit a network of friends we have acquired over the years in France.   We rent a house and I paint while Doug reads. 
        
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Audrey Thompson (Ohlgren)
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December 08, 1944 Retired Divorced 1


It's been great to read everyone's profiles!  I am really looking forward to visiting with many of you at the reunion activities.

Upon graduation, I received immediate employment at Control Data Corporation.  It was the result of all the good training in Shorthand and Office Procedures by my teacher, Miss Ruth Dittes.  She actually called without my knowing it and arranged for an interview.  Needless to say, she opened the door for me.  I worked my way up to executive secretary and had many great experiences there.  It was there that I met my husband, Earl Ohlgren.  He afforded me the luxury of being able to stay home and raise our precious daughter, Lisa, who is now 36.

I did a lot of volunteering with Lisa's school and church activities, and I'm so grateful that I was able to be there for her every day, before and after school.  We were able to make wonderful memories together, such as watching Little House on the Prairie, playing games, having devotions, and talking about everything under the sun!  She tells me that I did a particulary wonderful job as a homemaker, with memorable meals and always allowing friends over, and a home that was "clean and cozy all the time" according to Lisa.  It was the desire of my heart to live that life style.

For over 10 years, I was the hostess for a women's group called "Spice of Life" at our church.  It was a group of about 70-80 women that met weekly.  This was a very gratifying experience for me as well, as I discovered that I had a gift for public speaking and humor, and making others feel comfortable and good about themselves.  It was an awesome experience for me to stretch and grow in new ways.

As a family, we did a lot of traveling:  to Hawaii several times, New Orleans, Europe several times, Mexico, Florida, California, Boston, etc.  I'm happy to treasure these memories and feel blessed that Lisa was able to visit so many places.  I must say that I am now quite content to be at home without a strong desire to travel much anymore.

During the early 1990's we were blessed to build a log home on a lake in northern Minnesota.  This home offered many opportunities for memorable vacations with family and friends.  In a pristine location with crystal-clear water, we were able to bless other families with waterskiing, boating, fishing, and a relaxing get-away.

Once Lisa grew older, I worked for twelve years at a privately owned Ophthalmology office in Edina.  There, I built wonderful relationships with co-workers, four great doctors, and many dear patients.  It was fun to discover some of our classmates were  patients there as well.

I now have an incredible son-in-law named Jason, and a grandson named Jack!  Lisa's little family is close and so very precious to me.  I travel with them for Spring Breaks and we get to spend extra time with each other.  They live in Rosemount where they built a lovely home.  We are close enough to get together frequently.

We did go through two very scary journeys with Lisa having cancer (breast and brain) and are so thankful that she is now healthy and whole, going to Mayo for follow-up periodically.  We have seen the miraculous works of Jesus Christ and no one can take that away from us.  At one point, Lisa was even in hospice care, but walked out of that and went to the State Fair THREE times; and then off we went to Disney World!!

I've learned that life is a combination of wonderful times and difficult challenges.  We must seek to focus on the positive and "press on."

"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wonderously reached out for me.  Friends, don't get me wrong:  By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward -- to Jesus.  I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."  The Message (Philippians 3:14)

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