Mimi Palmisano (Ropp)
August 06, 1944 retired MarriedPerhaps a condensed version of the past fifty years is the best version.
After a very nice career as a cosmetologist/salon co-owner for about 30 years, I decided to cut loose and live a dream of being a jewelry designer and learned what real work and money was. Great freedom but also great commitment.
I was married for seven years and I thought that would be quite enough. Especially with the sole responsibility of three children and two grandchildren.
Then suddenly after forty years of being free, single and quite independent, a fabulous gentleman sat next to me in church one Sunday in Arizona on one of my winter escapes. The rest is history. We got married last October and I now live in sunny Arizona. Am now spending my first summer here in Sedona at our summer cabin. Oh yeah, he talked me into retiring. I guess it was about time but I still have my art studio if I want to tinker around a bit.
I'm looking forward to seeing all my classmates in September and comparing notes.
Janice Pearson (Carroll)
January 06, 1944 Retired Married 3
I didn't plan much of my life - it just happened. Married-Divorced. Married-Widowed. Married-still. At the 40th reunion, we were newly-weds. My 3 kids have given us 17 grandkids and 3 greats. Grandkid Katie is 7 mo younger than her nephew Grant (daughter Connie is the prolific one). Ken has 3 kids and 3 grandkids. Ken & I live in my parents' home (where I lived when I graduated). Christmas is a wild, giggling zoo, and Bob Jacobson, our classmate who died a few years ago, once played Santa. Our family grew when 14 year-old granddaughter Mollie came to live with us; she attends Richfield High. Talk about Deja Vu. I get lost in all the additions at RHS, and never found my old locker (or Mimi's where I stored most of my stuff). The Principal looks 10 years younger than my kids. I spent most of my working life as secretary and bookkeeper. Recently I retired from my part-time job as server at a deli-cafe. Ken has worked for same company for 38 years - and will retire one of these years, but not until he gets his mancave built at the cabin on Lake Frances. Over the years, I played and umpired softball for a long time, coached the kids teams, served as treasurer on a couple of political campaigns, served on a park board, ran adult softball leagues and saw many John Command musicals. I babysit grandkids and like to read (mysteries on real paper). I've recently discovered I love reading law and court decisions - probably missed a calling there (wonder if it's not too late!) Garrison Keillor once asked "Looking back, was my life all I wanted it to be?" His answer was, "Well, maybe it was good enough." So after all the dreams, very few goals, many stumbles, and some good choices, "good enough" makes me happy - and ready for more.
September 07, 1944 Travel Agent Single
December 01, 1944 Semi-retired Married 2
One week after high school graduation I found myself in Buenos Aires Argentina. After that it was college, army, marriage and kids, not in that order. Those things worked out pretty good especially the marriage that is still going after 45 years. Leslie and I have two kids and six grandchildren ages four through eleven, five boys and one girl. Four of the boys are ‘Pfaff’s.’ We have lived in Southwest Wisconsin on a 77 acre hobby farm for the past 21 years. My family is my most important priority.
My career has consisted (mostly) of various management positions at Control Data and Hartford Steam Boiler. The most interesting work experience was when my friends in Kuwait made me a sheik, and renamed me “Sheik Bill.” This was done on a goat farm outside Kuwait City in a building decorated like the inside of a Bedouin tent. They gave me a suit of winter and summer clothes so often times I would come to work dressed and looking like Lawrence of Arabia. I retired in 2007 but as my wife says I have failed retirement three times because I am still doing independent management consulting. When not involved with a consulting engagement I have found community theater to be a rewarding activity that wasn’t even on one of my “Bucket Lists.”
Susan Pinkham (Petersen, Johnson)
July 07, 1944 Retired Widowed 2After graduating, I started nursing school and left after one year to marry Allan Petersen, RHS ’60, in 1963. Our son, Mark, was born a year later.
In 1965 there was a boating accident at Prior Lake. A 12 year old boy driving a 180 hp full out ran into the stationary boat my husband and brother-in-law were in. Allan took the full force of the impact of the 18’ inboard/outboard trying to save his brother, who died. For the rest of his life, Allan suffered and struggled with his injuries.
In 1966 we moved to Milwaukee where our daughter was born, and in 1968 to Villa Park, IL where I developed an allergy to the cold (believe that????). The doctor said I had to move away from the cold, or I could die. We had never been west of MN, but in the summer of 1970, after selling everything we had except what would fit into our 1968 Vista Cruiser station wagon, we headed west. We couldn’t believe what we saw – mountains, prairie, and finally cactus. It seemed as if we were driving through a cowboy movie, and we were. When I stepped out of the car on 16 June in Phoenix, the temp was 116, and I could hardly believe that anything/anywhere could be that hot!!! We bought a home in Scottsdale in 1971.
The most important event in our lives happened in 1972 when we became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). The questions we had about where did we come from; why are we here; where are we going were answered. We found what we had been prayerfully searching for in this Christian church. I continue to live it and love it.
In 1980 we moved to Thousand Oaks, CA. Our house was always full of teenagers. I remember several parties for 50-60 teens. In September 1987 Allan’s doctor said he had six weeks to live. Allan wanted to move to Prescott, AZ, which we did. He died six months later at the age of 45.
I married again in 1990 to Nolan Johnson, a widower, and moved to Sacramento, CA. From 1993-1995 we went on a mission for the LDS church.
In 1995 I took this Idaho boy through “MY” country of WI and MN, where my family had lived for several generations, and we did some genealogy. We visited family and saw Richfield High and homes where I lived. It was so long ago. I have not been back to MN since then.
We lived in Salt Lake City for several years, then moved to Mesa, AZ, in 1998. Nolan died in 2008. We had been married over 17 years.
As far as employment, I worked for many company presidents and company hierarchy large and small over the years. I was an executive assistant and did company relations with cities, was able to organize events for foreign dignitaries, company shows, and events for school children.
I am retired. I’ve done some traveling, I’ve written quite a few family history books as well as a few life stories for people. I continue to write, research and do genealogy as well as enjoy friends and family.
My favorite things are being a forever daughter, forever wife and forever mom. I have 2 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 greats.
Betty Pope (Mjolsnes)
September 06, 1944 Retired Married 2
After high school, I attended the University of Minnesota and became a dental assistant. While attending school I met my future husband who was attending dental school. We dated for a year and were married in 1967, two years before his graduation. We set up our dental practice in Edina, and we worked together in our office until the birth of our first son in 1975. I became a stay at home mom and office manager during his years of practice. We sold and merged our practice 18 months ago and he will fully retire early next summer.
We have two wonderful sons and four grandchildren. They live close to us and we are very lucky that we get to see all of them often. Through the years, we have lived in many unique homes and have loved to improve, redesign, and create new spaces. My husband is designing a new flower garden now…
We enjoy traveling, and look forward to even more, after my husband fully retires.
Looking forward to attending our 50th reunion and saying hello to everyone…See you there.
Jan (Bill) Pope
Retired Married 3During my high school years I dated Donna Logan from Bloomington. We were married in June of 1963 and have lived our entire married life in Bloomington.
We have three sons and four grandchildren and are fortunate that they all live in the area. I retired from being a pipefitter in 1998. We have enjoyed traveling to Europe and numerous trips to Mexico. We are enjoying our retirement years spending February and March in Florida, going to our lake cabin in the summer, and spending time with our friends and family. We are blessed with good health and very thankful for that.
Sharon Raymond (Underwood)
October 06, 1944 Domestic Engineer Married 2
I have enjoyed reading everyone's profile. You have done a great job putting this together.
March 06, 1944 Retired Divorced 21968 Married Linda Kueker from chicago.
My son Marty was born first baby of 1969.
Marty and his wife have a daughter Sofie 5yrs
And son Nicholas 1yr.
My daughter Marley has Ashley 13, twins Abbey
And Amber 10. God blessed me with wonderful children.
1962-1965 Joined the Army. Basic in Fort LEonard Wood Misspuri(nick named little Korea) Terrible place to do basic. Vietnam Vet I was stationed in Roberts Wi at a missile base Which meant we protected all my class mates
Jerie Robison (Smith)
March 23, 1944 Volunteer Coordinator Committed Relationship 3
I haven’t traveled far from Richfield and now live with my best friend in Bloomington. Our partnership brings together our two grown daughters and their partners, a grown son and two grandkids ages 1+ and 15. My mother is 98 and holding! All live close and we see them often. . . probably now in later years more often than they might like because we need their technological skills and heavy lifting to maintain our home.
After a long career in campus ministry as adjunct staff at the University of MN, I was honored to be asked to consider a full-time position at the U. The major portion of my work is with the sexual assault center on campus but I also work with several other initiatives with social justice themes. I am privileged to work with great students, faculty and staff as well as many dear colleagues in what appears to be my second career instead of retirement.
Some of what I thought I believed is no longer true which often leads me to awe and wonder and openness to consider the next question. I have traveled some, studied a lot, been involved in the construction of a retreat center (I am a skilled sheet rock sander), learned more than I thought I would ever know about racism, sexism, homophobia, autism and mental illness and continue to attempt to walk my talk concerning justice.
I am grateful to be in pretty good health, to enjoy gardening, good friends, books and wine, have owned 6 Volkswagens (6 beetles and 1 karmman ghia) and now co-own a very sweet mini cooper.
Look forward to seeing you all and checking in about life!