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50th Reunion

55th Reunion

Info Pack


John Wettengel and Judith Troia Wettengel

John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 10, 2015. That’s a lot of years, especially when you include the seven years of dating! We were introduced to each other by Al Durand just weeks before our sophomore year at West.

Between then and now we both managed to complete higher education and we both had careers. After John graduated from Miami U in 1965, we married and moved to Akron, Ohio, where he worked for BFGoodrich Tire & Rubber Company. After a couple of years, we ended up in Paducah, Ky, with BFGoodrich Chemical. We were there for 8 ½ years. We moved to Milwaukee in 1976 for a job with Miller Brewing Company, where John spent over 25 years. I completed my education (BA and MSW) at Mount Mary College (now University) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee respectively while raising our two sons. We have five wonderful grandkids that bring us much joy. We have traveled to many wonderful places in the world and have been thoroughly enjoying retirement. Life has been good to us since West ’61.

Most of our friends have been busy “downsizing,” but we have gone the opposite direction. About five years ago we put an addition on our home that doubled its size, and we haven’t stopped since (next was a remodel of the “lower level,” then the garage, then the front of the house (after a massive, very old black ash in the front yard had to come down). We decided the house needed a “facelift,” which resulted in a beautiful portico with copper roof, a lovely stone porch and stone walk. That led to a need for a complete landscape do over. Funny how these things “mushroom”.

Why the “upsizing”? We needed more room for when our children and grandchildren visit from their homes in Salem, MA and Tampa, FL. Most of the time, though, it is just the two of us. And we really do use every bit of the space. We are thoroughly enjoying our larger “nest.” As long as we can have the Merry Maids to help us keep things clean, we are happy where we are and will never leave. We love Wauwatosa, we love Milwaukee, and we love our close proximity to Madison. We also love the four seasons and have no desire to head South or West.

John keeps busy with various roles at church. During the summer months he often sails with a friend. For many years he crewed racing on sail boats on Lake Michigan. We are both voracious readers, and we have season tickets to the Badgers football games, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Milwaukee offers so many cultural activities that we could be busy every day and night of the week. It truly is a great place on a great lake.

True to my family heritage, I spend a lot of time cooking (have a large library of cookbooks). The addition included a brand new kitchen in which to indulge this passion. I have always loved fashion, but these days seem to live in leggings and tops. No place we go requires getting dressed up. That’s okay, I’d rather buy books. Because I love books, I have amassed quite a library…floor to ceiling book shelves across the family room. Actually, books everywhere in every room. I am a knitter, a sometime weaver, and sometime painter. I am into mindfulness meditation and hypnosis. I also enjoy keeping up friendships near and far.

We look forward to seeing many of you in August.

John, Judy, and family

The photo is of our family, Our son Christopher and his daughter, Amelia (17), son Joshua (16) and daughter Jessica Grace (12); my mother, Elizabeth Troia who is 91 and still living in her own home in Madison; and our son David, his wife Elizabeth, and two sons Alexander, 10, and Elias, 5.

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Mary Gilson Feay

I worked for ATT, Bell labs, and Lucent. I retired in 1996. My husband Bruce retired in 1999 from BP - Amoco. To read more, look at my home page, and Christmas letters at http://sites.google.com/site/mrfeay

We’ve lived in Naperville, IL for 30 years and enjoy traveling. We enjoy our involvement with many cultural organizations: In Chicago – The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, Remy Bumppo Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Teatro Vista Theatre, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Also: National Geographic in DC and Bat Conservation International.

Mary Feay


Sharon Lewis Ruben

We have finally retired after 30 years in our own business and then moving to the east coast of Florida and working for Crate and Barrel for 10 years. In 2011 we said enough is enough and left the east coast of Florida and moved to the west coast of Florida. We now live in Ft. Myers.

We have 8 grandchildren, 7 boys and one girl. Our daughter has 6 children (5 boys and the one and only girl). Our son finally got married 10 years ago and has 2 boys. The still live in Wisconsin so we don't get to see them as often as we would like.


Sharon Lewis Ruben


Linda Kailin Dizon
Andrew Dizon

Time flies, another five years, and reading the "In Memorium" page, more of our classmates gone. I was especially saddened to see that Karen Larson was on the list. She was my closest friend in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Randall. I have such wonderful memories of time we spent together, thoughts and secrets we shared. She was a great friend. I've always had a great fondness for her.

Life is good here in the Twin City metro. It?s over ten years now that we came back from San Diego to the Midwest. Even the winters are great. Lots of family is in the area - daughter, sister, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews. And we've made wonderful friends. That "Minnesota nice" you hear about is real.

Madison is still my all-time favorite city and we come to visit often. There are changes, of course, but much is the same - old neighborhoods, great parks, beaches, the Capitol, and the pizza at Paisan's.

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Robert Buran

Bob Buran

As a single Dad to a 15 year old boy, retirement or even days off, is something others do. But the truth is I love being busy all the time.

I continue to run a web site at www.short-term-stocktrading.com. I trade my own money and manage a few million of OPM (other people’s money) and am still keeping my head above water. I just bought a new house out in the country a few weeks ago.

I also increased my diet and exercise fanaticism. We have about 50 miles of cross county mountain trails across the street from our new home. On a good day I can keep up with my 15 year old but only if he lets me. Erik gets better grades than I did and starts 10th grade in a few weeks. And in a few months he gets a drivers license. Oh my God.

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Jessica Hagan Tesarik
Ron Tesarik

Jessica Hagan and Ron Tesarik

Always have been happy and blessed — love my family, a lot of good friends, and interests!!

Retired from Marshall Field's parent store as a Fashion Coordinator. Now we are residents of Naples, FL — only returning to Lake Forest on Chicago's North Shore in June through October.

It's a fabulous life !!!


Al Strauss
Sally Strauss

Still working 4 days a week as a Sales Trainer at SCI. My son Keith runs the firm and I only do what I really enjoy.


Joe Schiro

We lost the Matriarch of our family in February 2015. Our 92 year old mother Marjorie had 22 great-grandchildren.

We have lots of grandchildren (8), plus many great-nieces and nephews. We go to lots of sporting events, concerts, and sitting. Still love the woods, water, hiking, shooting, and sports. Wouldn't change a thing.

Bought a brick for West High Vets; go read it. God bless to all those who are on the other side. Miss you!

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Leroy Sumwalt
Betty Sumwalt

My wife Betty and I are now retired. I was a pastor for 35 years, and my wife was a nurse for the same amount of time. We live in the south valley of Central California where we have been for about 24 years. My wife and I celebrate 50 years of marriage this year. We enjoy doing short term missions trips each year.


Rick Stege

Rick Stege

2016 is my retirement year. For me, it is a process, not an event. I will be teaching at the local law schools, doing law related projects, and refurbishing our house, inside and out. I have nor regets on my career as a lawyer.

I was shocked and saddened to read the list of so many of our classmates and friends (about 20%) who have passed away. That is very humbling and reminds me of my place and purpose in this life.

My marriage is wonderful. All is not well with my daughter in France. Let's hope for a better repost in five years.


Jon Mikalson
Mary Villemonte Mikalson

Since the 50th reunion we have continued to enjoy watching our two daughters, their husbands, and the five granddaughters thrive and pursue the many interests of the new generations. And Shadow, a black lab / beagle mix puppy, has brought new energy to our homestead here in Crozet, Virginia. For Jon dog-walking has replaced running, and Mary spends many a day hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with friends. Jon is still writing and teaching at the University of Virginia, to retire in May, 2017, and Mary is enjoying grandmothering and the many pleasures of retirement. Since the 50th we have travelled a lot, to the Black Sea, Russia, India, the Mediterranean islands, and, just this summer, down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Pacific, in the wake of our 19th century neighbor, Merriwether Lewis. And we always enjoy our annual family reunions at Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Next year we’ll try the Baltic Sea and then back again to Greece where we spent a couple of our more youthful years. We’ll miss seeing everyone at the 55th, but we’ll be there for the 60th.


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