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50th Reunion


55th Reunion

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Sheila Nygaard (From her son, Perry Armstrong III)

Hello, my name is Perry Armstrong III(Sheila's son). I'm sending you this picture for the upcoming reunion. My Mom doesn't have an e-mail address. She is currently retired and living in Madison.

Sheila Nygaard  Sheila Nygaard


 
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MargaretAnn Reigle

My time is spent trying to stay healthy and ahead of our 3 year old grand daughter that my husband Ken (class of 60) and I babysit twice a week. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 by going to Hawaii. Last year we took trips to Omaha, NB Myrtle Beach, SC and Portland, OR. Our trips usually involve train historical societies or model railroading. It is a good thing we are both retired. See you in August.

MargaretAnn Reigle


 
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Mike Harris

Hi gang. Since last we corresponded, I have retired from my 41-year tenure at The Associated Press. I pulled the plug in July of 2009 while living in Wake Forest, NC and assuming Judy and I were going to spend the ensuring years as adopted Southerners. That’s when our daughter, Lanni, who was approaching her 35th birthday, informed us we were finally going to be grandparents. That came shortly after I told Judy that since she had followed me around for all those years to support my career, the next 40 or 50 years were hers to do with as she wished. Upon learning of Lanni’s pregnancy, Judy said, ``We’re out of here.’’ Within weeks, we were on our way to the Boston area to become daycare grandparents. Our granddaughter, Liliana Rose Isenberg, was born on Feb. 12, 2010 and we were living in Newton Center, a western suburb of Boston, and doing daycare five days a week from the time she was four months old. It was marvelous and exhausting. In August of 2012, Milo Lee Isenberg arrived and added to our duties. Now, Lili is in kindergarten and Milo in preschool and our ``jobs’’ have gotten considerably easier. We lucked out by meeting some active and fun couples here, so our social life is also very lively _ a lot of Boston Pops, shows at the Berkeley School of Music, plays at some of the 28 four-year universities and colleges in the Boston area and lots of eating out. After retirement, I managed to lose 90 pounds and start working out on a regular basis. It’s hard, but most of the weight has stayed off and Judy and I are in pretty good shape for old codgers. Now, we’re just trying to enjoy our family, including son Tory, who is single and living in NYC, stay healthy and remain active. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends in August. Happy New Year to all – Mike Harris

Mike Harris  


 
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Jeff Bartell

A few years before our last Class of '61 reunion, both Angie and I retired -- me after practicing law for more than 40 years, and Angie after serving as a Dane County Circuit Judge for more than 30 years. The trauma of my retirement was eased somewhat by the fact that, at the time I retired in 2008, I was serving a seven-year term on the U.W.-System Board of Regents (along side our classmate Dave Walsh) -- a fun and fulfilling assignment. Angie's retirement was eased by the opening of her mediation and arbitration business, which has become very successful and somewhat remunerative.

We spend much of the winter in Tucson, AZ where we own a small home near Ventana Canyon.

Among our five kids, we have 10 grandchildren -- six in Madison, two in Evanston, IL and two in Portland, OR. Family get-togethers are loud, boisterous and . . . great fun. We are blessed.

In retirement, I am spending my time serving on several boards, including Edgewood College and a not-for-profit neighborhood assistance agency in Tucson. We also ride bikes, play a little golf, hike the mountains around Tucson, take a few classes at the University, and regularly attend classical and jazz concerts, theater and dance performances in both Tucson and Madison.

Recent vacation trips include Viet Nam and Cambodia, Israel, Spain, Morocco and Egypt. In September, we will be visiting Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

It is wonderful to have the time and energy to travel and do the things we love to do. But we are both starting to feel our age. And since we now are spending nearly half the year in Tucson, AZ, we decided it was time to downsize in Madison to smaller, single-level home that we could easily leave in the winter. So, as of this July, we moved to a development in southwest Madison called Prairie Point, where someone else mows the grass, shovels the snow, washes the windows and fixes anything that breaks.

As Angie and I start this next chapter in our lives, I look back and remember those I grew up with at West, including those who are no longer with us, and I think how lucky I have been -- lucky to have been able to stay in Madison for my career; lucky to have kept in touch with long-time friends; lucky to have found a life partner whom I love; lucky to have successful children and beautiful grandchildren -- the oldest of which will be a sophomore at West this year; lucky to have been able to travel and see other parts of the world; and lucky to be alive and relatively healthy as I approach my mid-70s. I wish all my West classmates similar good luck.

Keff Bartell


 
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Lois Joyce Montague

Attended St. Mary's Hospital School of Radiological Technology. Married Kent Montague, still together after 51 years. Raised two boys, Scott and Kevin, who have turned out to be fantastic young men. Scott is married to Laurie, they are both at Lands End in Dodgeville. They have our two above average grandchildren, Grace is 16, Austin is 13. Kevin and his wife Kate live in Northern Wisconsin. He is a very busy drug and alcohol abuse counselor, Kate is a social worker, in charge of "foster care". Kent and I spend our summer and winters in Breckenridge, Colorado. We love to ski, hike and bike. We go back to Wisconsin in the spring and fall to catch up with family and "old" friends. I am meeting Sandy Colvin, Nancy Raymond, Linda Billington, Mona Stein, and Peggy Ahlgren in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a wonderful warm week in February. Can't wait. Life is good.

Kent

Lois Montague


 
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Maggie Rioux

My spousal unit Terry and I have now retired from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - on the same day! - March 31, 2010. Since then we have been enjoying traveling, both on our own and with Road Scholar, which is educational travel, mostly for seniors. We've been to Iceland twice, done a train trek clear across Canada, and last fall did two weeks in Scotland. We are still on Cape Cod in Falmouth and loving it. I volunteer one morning a week with the medical library at our local hospital and we just retired from 20-odd years of medical volunteering at the Falmouth Road Race and the Cape Cod Marathon. All is well.

The pic was taken in Iceland last June. Terry and I are standing holding hands across the rift in the mid-Atlantic ridge - he's in North America and I'm in Eurasia. Cool! Maggie Rioux


 
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Amanda Harding

Amanda Harding  


 
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Tom and Sue (Henkel) Deans

Since our retirement, Tom from the FBI and Sue from teaching, we have found many things to do to keep busy. Often we wonder how we found time to go to work full time. We have continued to enjoy water sports such as sailing, kayaking, swimming and other boating as well as bike riding and exploring new interests like bird watching and photography. Tom, as always, has been a car enthusiast and has managed to collect two Corvettes. The last 5 years we have headed to Florida as snowbirds for several months in the winter. Can't say we miss the cold and snow in Wisconsin. We have also managed to take some exciting trips. The most extraordinary one was to the Galápagos Islands. Last summer we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with our three children, their spouses and the youngest 4 of our seven grandchildren by chartering a classic old wooden boat for a dinner cruise around Lake Geneva.

Tom and Sue Deans


 
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Sandy Brown (Peterson)

Sandy Brown (Peterson) is retired and loving it. Good health has allowed me to do lots of volunteering, reading, exercising and traveling. During the past 5 years my sister Pat and I went with Overseas Adventure Travel to Peru, Turkey, and Costa Rica , and to Paris with Rolf to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, Also we have had trips to Florida, Calif. and all the Northwest National Parks. Last summer we drove the support cars for a bike tour with our son and family from Acadia National Park to Niagara Falls to celebrate his 50th birthday. When we can, we get to North Carolina and Chicago to visit our children and grandchildren and also up to Wis. to visit Rolf's siblings. We still enjoy living in the DC area and attending the rallies, museums and celebrations that go on here. I look forward to being at the inauguration of our first woman president next Jan. We adopted a 6 year old Polish lowland sheep dog in Aug. 2015 that was born in Wis. so we couldn't resist. He is already slowing down our freedom to travel last minute but is keeping us healthy and in good shape.


 
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Larry Ozanne

Hello Classmates,
I retired in July, 2013. Since then, I have been helping my extended family and a special neighbor. I care for my grandsons when my older son and daughter-in-law need to work extra hours. Their boys are ages 5 and 6 now, and are fun but tiring. My wife, Marilyn, and I have been spending a weekend a month visiting our younger son in North Carolina, though he should be moving back to DC about the time of the reunion. I have continued to oversee my mother’s finances while my brother Roy lives with her in the family cottage. The cottage is located on a beautiful dune along Lake Michigan, just north of Two Rivers, WI. My special neighbor was here when we arrived in 1978 and has been a friend of our whole family since. By the time I retired, she was no longer able to care for herself and she has no family to help. I have been helping her arrange for caregivers and manage her finances since. When I retired, I took over the cooking and grocery store shopping from Marilyn. Those tasks are still new enough that I mostly enjoy them; after 40 years, Marilyn was glad to give them up. I am spending less time on some activities than I imagined before I retired. We have taken few trips and I have fixed up few of the problems around our house that I had been postponing until retirement. I do attend occasional seminars and parties related to my job as an economist at the Congressional Budget Office. I suppose these activities seem boring, but I find then meaningful. They are also a refreshing change from my career.

The picture I am including is of Marilyn and me in front of our house. If you happen to have a West High year book from 1958, she will be in there as Marilyn Metz.

Larry

Larry and Marilyn


 
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Sue Buenzli Hutchison

I retired five years ago from the Dane County Library Service where I worked for 46 years. My life is now full of exercise classes, entertaining, travel and babysitting. My husband Ben and I have been married 47 years. We have three grandsons all under five and unfortunately two of them live in California so we don't see them as often as we would like. We don't travel as much as we used to but this year we went to Germany and Poland and in 2017 we are cruising from South Africa to the Canary Islands. The last few years we have been spending time in Palm Springs in the winter months.

 
     
 

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