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Dawn Marie Holmes (Marie
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The last reunion (and only one) that I was able to attend was our tenth. We were all
still relatively young and new in what we were doing. I had been
married and divorced and had one daughter. I was attending the UW at
I was doing a sports TV show on Fridays (football season) with Lee
Stevens of WMTV (then on channel 33) for three years (1970 to 1972)
called Dawnís Pix. I was a football prognosticator predicting
Saturdayís wins and upsets. I graduated from UW in 1973.
My daughter passed away in 1974 from leukemia.
In 1975 I married Will Holmes (from Madison) and we moved to
Boulder, Colorado. We built a Ramada Inn and I managed that. In 1979
we moved to Glenwood Springs, CO and built two more motels. I
managed one of them. I got my Real Estate license at that time. My
husband developed housing projects and I sold the houses.
In 1984 we moved to Scottsdale, AZ and I got back into TV with some
commercials and promotions. I also got my certification for teaching
aerobics and taught at Lighten Up. Will took a job in Watertown, NY
building for the AFB off we went again in 1988. 1 worked that year
at the YWCA teaching floor aerobics and aqua aerobics.
Off we went again to the west coast, Monterey, CA for a few months
and finally to Las Vegas in 1989. That was enough moving for me.
I got divorced in 1990 and worked as a Casino Host at the Las Vegas
Hilton and later the Aladdin. I also did some TV work again,
promotions and extras with the Baskow Agency. I got my Real Estate
Brokers license in 1994 and opened my own office, D. J. West Realty
in 1997. I work with investors on commercial (rental) properties and
some residential. For me, I buy bank repos, rehab them and resell
I bought a townhome in Breckenridge, CO in 1999 and go there as
often as I can for R & R, ski and enjoy the mountains.
Iím still a faithful Green Bay Packer fan and, of course, Wisconsin
Badger fan. We have a restaurant bar here that has all the
Packer/Badger games. Always a good Wisconsin time. Iím looking
forward to our reunion to get reacquainted again. It should be
Retired Airport Manager, Los Angeles, California
Susan Nelson Goldsmith
How short can we make 40 years?!? I've been married almost 33
years to Rich Goldsmith who is a lawyer and art enthusiast. We have
two fabulous (of course) sons: Andy is 25, in the Coast Guard, lives
in San Diego though is on-the-water 6 months out of 12. Matt is 22,
just graduated from Pomona College, wants to be a history professor
eventually and is currently looking for a job in the San Francisco
area. The Monday after our reunion I will start an interdisciplinary
PhD program in environmental design and planning at Arizona State
University - my emphasis will be on Arizona populations (human and
non-human) 100 years from now.
Old news: After a government major at
Lawrence College (now Lawrence University) in Appleton, Wisconsin, I
spent two years in Cote díIvoire, West Africa with the Peace Corps,
and then a third Peace Corps year in Louisiana training volunteers
to go to French-speaking West Africa. In the summer of 1968 I
reconnected with Lawrence graduate Rich Goldsmith and we were
married that fall. After a couple years in Chicago, we traveled for
5 months in Europe and then moved to Tucson where Rich went to law
school and I wrote copy for and managed an advertising agency until
returning to school for a masters in urban planning. In 1973 we
moved to Phoenix (all the interesting Arizona law practice was here)
and have been here since.br>
Iíve raised kids, done a wide variety of
community work (from neighborhood organizing to freeway commissions
to Unitarian Church boards), been an occasional consultant in
planning issues, served eight years on a school board, been District
Director for a local congressional office, travelled some, collected
art and books, and have come to love the desert and the rivers of
the desert country. As I head for full time graduate school, Iím
down to four boards, including the Lawrence Board of Trustees. The
world seems endlessly interesting, and endlessly in need of all the
good we can give it. As Pogo put it - We seem to be confronted by
It's great to read of long lost
friends - and to see your smiling 18 year old faces again! I look
forward to seeing many of your smiling 58 (what?!?!?!) year old
faces in Madison!
After graduating UW in 1966 with a BS in Math (with a year out to
study in Israel), I taught Math, Science and Computer Programming in
the Madison schools for 20 years. During that time I was married,
had 2 great daughters and got my Masters from UW In Curriculum and
Instruction. I left the schools in 1986 and worked at CUNA Mutual as
their Information Systems Manager of Training and Education. I
worked at CUNA Mutual until 1994 when I was divorced, moved to Grand
Rapids MI and was remarried to my wife Jeanne Englehart. I did
computer training and consulting until last summer when I was
downsized. I took a job with the Grand Rapids Public schools
teaching Pre-Calculus and geometry. My oldest daughter Amy is
teaching music in the Chicago schools and my youngest daughter Pam
just graduated from the University of Kentucky and is seeking
Madison, WI 53705
Children: Per, John, Chad, Shawna
Grandchildren: Jake Tyler (5) Hannah Gabriella (2 Ĺ) Odin Tor (19 months)
3607 Legation Street
Washington DC 20015
I am an economist working for the Congressional
Budget Office in Washington DC. My wife, Marilyn, graduated from
West in 1958. We have two adopted sons ages 24 and 18 who are
leaving the nest.
The main news since the last reunion is that my boys have blossomed
into men. Damen is married and working; Dustin is finishing his
junior year in high school. Since the last reunion, I have wilted
some more, but this probably isnít news to my
classmates. I have kept the same job analyzing tax policies and
forecasting revenues at the Congressional Budget Office. I am
enjoying it now more than ever.
Two inspirations for attending this reunion have been the reports
from my wife and my older brother who both enjoyed their 40th West
Read Dave's obituary
I am enjoying my 36th year in real estate here in Madison. I graduated from college with a
BBA in accounting. I have been married to Joanne (Neu) for 30 years.
Joanne and I own Peterson Management Co. where we own and manage
over 750 apartments, 2 shopping centers, 3 large office buildings,
and 125 mini warehouses. We have two children. Jeff, 28, graduated
from the UW in Molecular Biology and went on to UW Law School and is
now an Intellectual Property Attorney with Michael Best & Frederich
Law Firm here in town. Jeff is married to Andrea who has a Masters
from the UW in Epedemiology and is in research at the UW. Kristine
(27) graduated from Ripon College with a BS in History and has a
Masters in Commercial Interior Design. She is single and employed in
Milwaukee as a commercial designer. So, no grandchildren yet. We try
to spend a good share of our weekends at our summer home in northern
Wisconsin just south of Minoqua where we have a year around home on
4 acres with 300 feet of frontage on Lake Mildred.
After an unfocused 3 semesters at UW Madison (Major(s) pinball and beer), I worked my way
through the ranks of a Menswear outfit called Hughes & Hatcher.
In 1964 I married Jeanne Dewey and we had 2 children, Adam and Jeremy.
Divorced in 1981 and married Noreen in 1987 and she remains the love of my life.
Adam has made me a Grandfather twice over (See pix of Pflug Boys)
and Jeremy is having fun as a single chef, musician, and HTML web
designer. My mother is still leading the pack of staunch Senior
Republicans in southern California, and at age 88 is a "pistol." I
have my own computer software company and sell PC speech recognition
software and training to business & professional customers. Noreen
and I live on a Pfarm just north of Pittsburgh and enjoy sailing,
travel, motorcycles and visiting with old friends.
See you at the 40th!
Occupation: Bricklayer at the UW
Children: Christina Holmberg (29) John Ponti (28) Benjamin Ponti (27)
Grandchildren: Adam David Holmberg (4) Holly Mariah Holmberg (2) Dawson Jacob Holmberg (2 Ĺ months)
4-year apprenticeship in bricklaying after high school. 2 years in Army (in Viet Nam) September í66-September í68.
Married in 1971. Divorced in 1995. I live in an old one room school house out in the country and love it.
I drive a state van back and forth from Marshall to the University in Madison where I work.
I love to hunt and fish and canít wait till I retire so I can do these things daily.
I only went to West for 1 year, my senior year after attending Edgewood for 3 years.
Susan Powers Kane
Sebastolpol, CA 95472
Occupation: Program Manager, Marin Co Health & Human Services
Children: Jessica Kane (17)
Grandchildren: (step) Nainoa (3) Melia Lani (1)
I moved to San Francisco in 1963. In 1966 I enrolled at San
Francisco State College, the beginning of a very memorable period of
the 60ís. I graduated with a Bachelorís Degree in Social Work. In
1971, during that time, I also worked for a well known family
therapist and spent several summers at Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
I graduated from the U of Calgary in 1973 with a Masterís Degree in
Social Work. I married my husband, Bill, at the ripe old age of 39.
We have a daughter,
Jessica. Since 1980 we have lived on one acre in beautiful Sonoma
Co. I started working for Marin Co. Health & Human Services in 1974.
I have managed the Adult Social Service Programs since 1984. I
eagerly await retirement in 2004.
Ginger (Virginia) Powers, Staley, McCauley, LaMotte
Children: Ronda, 41; Tracy, 38, Sean, 34
Grandchildren: Meghan, 20; Emily, 17; Greg, 16; Sam, 8; Step
Grandchildren: Jake, 7; Nick, 3; Austin, 2
Ginger and her great-grandson
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Wow, life has been busy. Just look at my last names! Glad to say
things are wonderful now after several painful years. Jim and I have
lived in St. Croix Falls, WI for 11 years, we have been married for
9. Before that I lived in St. Paul, Minocqua, WI, Dallas, TX,
Atlanta, GA, Lima, OH, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Wisconsin Dells. My
girls live in St. Paul, Ronda married with 3 children and Tracy
divorced with 1 child. Sean lives in Cedar Grove, NJ, and single. My
one prayer is that he will soon marry and settle down. My mom is
still alive and is 91. She is wonderful. Lost my Dad 30 years ago.
My sister Bobby lives in Hudson, WI.
I worked in printing and graphics for 25 years as a graphic designer
and then managed the electronic publishing division of a large
printer in Minneapolis. That finally wore me out so took time off
and now am working in long term care for the St. Croix Valley Good
Samaritan Center here in town. Absolutely love it! Making a
difference in peoples lives every day is truly a blessing.
Love to quilt and paint. We have a cabin up near Hayward, WI and
enjoy every minute we are there. Jim loves to fish and is getting
ready to retire from his sales position with Wellington Windows in
the Twin Cities. We have a lovely vintage home which is now for
sale. Looking forward to scaling down to something smaller. I feel
truly blessed and am thankful everyday for my dear family, and
So enjoyed the bios. So saddened by those who are gone. Have never
been able to come to a reunion. However, will be there in August 06
no matter what! Looking forward to seeing everyone. Blessings to you
Ethel Pregler Johnson
Madison, WI 53716
Read her obituary
Children: Denise (32)
Iím a survivor! Iíve survived 37 years of marriage, 32 years of
being a mother, and itís been 3 years since cancer surgery. I
collect all sorts of things and have many interesting hobbies.
Susan Pride Callum
Peggy Ahlgren shamed me into writing this after she coaxed me into checking out Bob Buran's
great web site. My thanks to them, Karen Hult Scheele and all the other '61 hard workers.
So here's my 40 years' worth: After working as a secretary in the UW
Med School's Division of Child Psychiatry, I graduated from UW with
majors in English and political science and worked as a research assistant in
a UW Ford Foundation-funded education center. The job ended when my
husband Steve graduated from UW Law School and our first son,
Andrew, now a Madison attorney, was born in 1967. We lived in
Williamsburg, VA and Ft. Lewis, WA before Steve was sent to Vietnam.
Our second son Jeffrey, now an MA English as a Second
Language teacher in St. Paul, was born in 1969.
After leaving the army as a captain, Steve accepted a job with a law
firm in Columbus, WI and we lived there until a too-good-to-refuse
offer came from an old Madison firm, Aberg, Bell, Blake & Metzner (now Bell, Gierhart &
Moore). We moved back to Nakoma in 1970, and have lived on Ottawa
Trail ever since.
Our third son, Christian, was born in 1973. Chris golfed for UW from
'93 - '97, is married to Amy Kurth, lives in my childhood home on
Hiawatha Drive and is a commercial real estate broker for
Grubb-Ellis Oakbrook Corporation. Our only daughter, Melissa, now an
outward bound-type camp counselor at Phantom Lake YMCA camp, but
next year (we think) headed to law school, arrived in 1978.
Steve built a brilliant career defending doctors sued for medical
malpractice, while giving me the freedom to be a stay-at-home mom
and do volunteer work. My passions involved fund-raising for Blessed
Sacrament School's athletic committee and Edgewood High School's
flea market. All four of our kids are EHS grads -- sorry to be such
a turncoat, everyone. At least we all, plus our dear
daughter-in-law, graduated from UW.
This week I was named recipient of the Edgewood High School
Appreciation Award for Edgefest Market fund-raising. A friend and I
spearheaded a work force that raised over $350,000 for EHS in the 33
days the resale Market ran from 1986 - 1996.
I've now recycled my Edgefest work into a related field, Touch of
Pride Sales (We're ToPS), an estate sale business. We specialize in
helping older Madisonians profit from selling the household goods
they no longer use. Carolyn Milestone VanSickle from our Class of
'61, and a true friend since Cherokee School days, works with me, as
does her husband Andy and a group from Edgefest Market days. Our
motto is reuse, recycle, reap profits, but our greatest pleasure
comes from helping the frail elderly and their families cope with a
Sorry I can't join you at the reunion. Our family is celebrating son
Jeff's return from four years abroad teaching in Japan and China at
our second home in Minocqua that week. Best wishes for good times.