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Ron and Susan (Wehrle) Quisling
Susan and I still live
in Gainesville, Florida. Susan does whatever she wishes, while I am
still tied down as the director of Diagnostic and Invasive
Neuroradiologic Imaging at the Univ. of Florida Med Center. We have
had a wonderful run of it here in Florida. We have two offspring.
Our daughter, Laura, is married, lives in Gainesville FL, and is a
first grade school teacher at the local Catholic Grade school. Our
son, Scott, is also married and is an Orthopedic Surgeon in suburban
Atlanta, GA. We have two grandchildren and look forward to more, God
willing. I'm still playing hoops with the boys-in-the-hood, but my
game is now being played well below the rim. Half the people I play
with are under 30, so they can't even fathom a 40yr high school
reunion. We hope to make it back; it hinges on getting free of the
Call-schedule. If not, we wish all of you the best and we will try
to stay alive for the next round 45th? 50th? Who can believe it?
Middleton, WI 53562
Children: Lance (28) Staci (22)
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Occupation: General Contractor
Spouse: Patti (Supervisor, Ella’s Deli)
Children: Cheryl Nellen (38) Gregg Raether (36) Jeff Raether (35)
Grandchildren: Tonya Raether (13) Zackery Raether (12) Kayla Raether (6) Trevor Nellen (11) Marissa Nellen (6)
I have been a retailer of oriental giftware and home accessories for 31 years. I finally
married in 1986 and my wife gave up a career as a police officer to
become my full time partner in the store. We travel the far East on
a regular basis and enjoy everything but the flight. No kids (except
me!), I golf as much as I can so I can stay out of the way at work.
What more can I say? Things are good and we look to a great future.
The past 40 years have flown by and I am looking forward to seeing all of you in August.
After high school, I attended UW-Madison graduating with a BA in
Sociology (useless but fun) and MS in Education (useful - I taught
2nd grade for 2.5 years at Randall School here in Madison). I am
still married to Jim Westgard --36 wonderful years this September --
and living in Madison where Jim is professor in the UW Madison Med
School's Dept of Pathology.
We have two adult children - both West High grads. Kris is a trial
attorney with Dorsey Whitney in Minneapolis, is married and lives in
Minnetonka. Sten is 30 and lives with his wife, Jill, and baby
daughter, Maren, in Connecticut. He works publications coordinator
and webmaster for Westgard QC (see below).
In June 2000 I retired from my position as Budget Director of the UW
System. I was responsible for working with the 26 state campuses,
the Governor and the Legislature to develop the $3 billion annual
budget and $6 billion biennial budget for higher ed. Needless to say
it was stressful!
Since retiring, I have worked with my antique business --Pieces of
Time -- located in the Middleton Antique Mall. In addition to
selling antiques, I rent out pieces for photo shoots to businesses
such as Pleasant Co, Land's End and Better Homes and Gardens.
Also, Jim and I are partners in Westgard QC, a laboratory quality
software and training business. You can visit our website at
www.westgard.com. This business takes us all over the world - Europe
- especially Scandinavia, China, New Zealand, Australia. As part of
his University work Jim has taken several sabbaticals so we have
lived in Hartford, CT, Uppsala Sweden, and Odense Denmark.
Its been an exciting and wonderful time -- see you soon.
Doralle Rauch - Buggs
I've really enjoyed reading the bios - thanks to all of you whose
hard work made this possible.
After graduating from UW in 1965, I got married and we moved to New
Zealand to live and work. It was great while it lasted, but then
Uncle Sam called and we had to quickly leave so Steve could report
for his physical. The next stop was Milwaukee, where Steve went to
Marquette Law School. After he graduated, we moved to Platteville
and we've been here ever since. I'm a systems analyst for
McKessonHBOC in Dubuque.
We have two children. Jillian, 31, is a CPA and stay-at-home mom.
She and her husband Chris are the parents of 22-month-old Stephen,
with grandson number two due in August. They live much too far
away - Cleveland.
Our son Jamie is 16 and is goalie on three different soccer teams
(now there's a juggling act!) so we spend a lot of time sitting
outside and cheering ourselves hoarse.
Last month my parents moved from their retirement home in
central Florida to Platteville so we could help take care of my dad,
who has Parkinson's Disease. It's a joy and blessing to have them
Have a great reunion!
Nancy Raymond Cappel
Greetings all! Thanks to all who have worked on the reunion preparations & this
After graduation, I attended MATC taking the Medical Assistant
course. I worked at Jackson Clinic for about 7 yrs.--loved
that--never dull--every day was different. Got married in Aug. 1962,
lived in Sun Prairie & had 3 terrific kids. Worked seasonally at
Wisconsin Cheeseman for 5 yrs. which worked well becuz I was off
when the kids weren't in school--I could spend the summers with
them, going to the various lessons, games, etc.--I really did enjoy
it--I'm very good at "audience"! With all the transportation I
provided, I felt I could pack my jammies & tooth brush & live out of
my car. In 1978, I went across the road from the Cheeseman & went to
work at GTE. I survived the many changes & downsizings in different
departments for nearly 21 yrs. I escaped there & retired 2 1/2 yrs.
Retirement is wonderful! Highly recommend it! Along the way, I got
divorced in 1981. In 1984, I married Dave & he's still able to put
up with me. He is Chief Pilot at Wisconsin Aviation, who bought out
Four Lakes Aviation, with bases in Madison, Watertown & Juneau--very
busy charter business thanks to the wonders of commercial
airlines--very crazy, irregular, unpredictable work schedules. We
love to travel & have had some great trips to Europe, Jamaica,
Mexico & several U.S. states. And, no, I don't get to go flying with
I've learned to play golf--sort of. I'm pretty terrible but I figure
I really get my money's worth with all the strokes I have to
take--really need LOTS more practice. Dave loves golf & does quite
well--would probably be pretty good if he just had more time to
play. He also likes tennis but since my coordination has always been
lacking, I don't play if he gets very intense about it.
My kids are my treasures! Kristi is almost 38, single, a workaholic
with a full & part-time job, lives on far west side of Madison in a
lovely apt. with her 2 cats, Duke & Earl. Neil is 35, the only one
married, also a workaholic with full time job as well as his own
business of custom helmet painting which has grown to near full time
hours also--has won awards on custom painting on midget race cars &
also does work on motorcycles, sporty cars & did a small plane
once--check out his website at nsdesigns.com. He & wife, Gina, live
5 minutes away between Sun Prairie & DeForest near Token
Creek---this is a good thing cuz they have blessed us with a
beautiful, sweet, funny, adorable little granddaughter, Holly Marie,
who had her 1st birthday in June. Talk about instant, unconditional
love--she's awesome!!!!!! They also have 2 yellow lab dogs, Lacey &
Sasha. Susie is 32, engaged to be married to Mike Jones, Feb. 2,
2002, lives in Neenah, works at Menasha Corp. as a Technology
Analyst (Kristi says that translates). We've lived in DeForest
for over 11 yrs. now & are looking into switching to a condo--tired
of lawn & snow care--last December's snow took care of that! Have
just started looking, so wish me luck.
Working at GTE, if nothing else, I learned the only thing that is
consistent is change. And haven't we all?! I try not to think about
getting older but then, the option to that isn't good at all. So,
let's just say we're all mellowing like fine wine--now that IS good!
Not sure if I'm going to make it to the reunion--better get these
tentative plans firmed up! If I don't get there, I'll be thinking of
you--have a great time!!!!!!!!!
Naples, FL 34119
Children: Todd Reimer (29) and wife Alicia, Kristi Reimer
Michalowski (26) and husband, Brian
Grandchildren: None as yet, but I am providing lots of
Graduated UW-Madison in 1966. Moved to St. Louis in ’66 and returned
to Wisconsin (Racine) in 1974. Worked for Golden Books Publishing
for 25 years. Started my own publishing company (Frederic Thomas) in
1998 and recently moved to Naples, FL.
Upon receiving my MBA degree from the U. of Wisc/Milwaukee, I began a career of working
for some of the top Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs,
Lehman Brothers etc.) in Chicago, New York and London. After a lot
of business travel and moving the family, dogs, cats and one horse
back and forth over the Atlantic twice to New York's Long Island, I
have attempted to slow things down a bit.
Earlier this year, I was recruited as Senior Analyst, European Bond
Markets, by the Investment Banking/Capital Markets Group of IFR
(International Financing Review), a European economic think tank. I
am working with another batch of 25 - 35 year old wiz kids who
suddenly realize that this older guy can still get off the sidewalk
and move in the fast lane.
Married in 1970 (Columbus Ohio), divorced in 1978, two daughters,
one in Hollywood CA, the other in Miami FL. In 1985, I met a young,
beautiful Finnish girl in Helsinki. Married in 1986 (Valkeakoski
Finland), Minna is now (39), one daughter named Celina, aged (11).
We live 100 miles west of London, near Bath, at Great Chalfield
Manor in beautiful English countryside. With our six dogs, four
cats, three horses, sheep, goats, etc., our interests definitely
revolve around the outdoors and animals. My wife is an avid horse
rider and we enjoy the foxhunting crowd.
Unfortunately, we will be involved in a business/holiday commitment
in Finland during the time of the reunion. Needless to say, I hope
it will be the best reunion ever and my thoughts go out to everyone.
I surely hope that there will be more to come.
San Diego, CA 92127
Children: Elisabeth (39) Patricia (38)
Grandchildren: April (7) Alexandra (6) Aspen (2)
I was married for 30 years to John Greisen. We are now divorced and
I live alone with my little dog. I work as a volunteer for the
American Cancer Society and play a lot of bridge. I have a
sweetheart who also loves bridge and we both adore the Padres. My
health has not been the best for about 14 years, but I make the best
of things. I won’t be coming to the reunion (originally I had
planned to) because I get very ill when I travel. I had to make a
choice and I chose to stay home. I will miss everyone.
Occupation: V.P. Mfg.
Children: Stewart (31) Erin (26)
Grandchildren: Someday we hope
Wendie, my wife of 37 years, our two children Stu and Erin, are all happy and
productive. Wendie has her own interior design business and I continue with
Research Products Corporation as V.P. Manufacturing. Stu is living in
Albuquerque and loves it. Erin is in Madison finishing her Masters. I’m involved
with civic activities, a number of boards, building, flying and judging aircraft
and travel with Wendie. Favorite get-a-way is our place in Door County.
I am a high school science teacher, teaching earth science, ecology, and astronomy at
Berthoud High School in Colorado. I arrived here by the following
B.S. U. Wisconsin, M.S. U. Montana, Ph.D. U. of Kansas. I taught
high school for 3 1/2 years after my bachelors' degree, went back
for a doctorate (I studied the movement and behavior of Rocky
Mountain goats in Montana) and then taught biology subjects at a
college in Indiana. While there I also worked as a Park Ranger at
the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. My wife, Lynn, and I escaped
back to Colorado, where I sold computers for 7 years, and then I
went back to high school teaching and have been there since. At
Berthoud High I worked to build an observatory, which now houses an
18" computer guided telescope.
We have two children, Leenya and Vale, both of whom live in the big
Apple and perform in musicals. Our current hobbies include bike
touring and canoe camping, performing folk music, as well as ski
touring. Lynn and I both ride recumbent bicycles, and I've written
several articles about my bike tours, several of which were for more
than 1,000 miles.
How could 40 years have gone past so quickly?! I won't be at the reunion but have enjoyed
looking through the website.
Like the rest of you, my kids are grown, and while my daughter is
happily single and about to start on her PhD, my son Mike has
presented me with two little grandkids. The second one is only 3
months old, but the older one, Libby, who is 2 1/2, spends alternate
weekends with me. I'm attaching a picture of her. She is wonderful,
and I am finding grandparenting just awesome!
I am a senior software engineer for EMC Corp, having been with
Digital/Compaq from 1987-2000. I've taught elementary school,
aerobics, adult ed and junior college computer classes, and - my
favorite - ballroom dancing over the past years. Am still dancing
and loving it.
Have fun at the reunion, everybody! Hope to get an email or two from
some of you.
Don't miss Marcia's beautiful grandchild, Libby.
Jody (Ripp) Ponty
Married 37 years to Mike Ponty (Edgewood, class of ' 61)
3 kids, 3 grandkids
Retired yesterday after working in Information
Technology since 1963. Created the Y2K problem, then stuck around
to fix it. (Job Security)
Hobbies - miniatures (dollhouse stuff), motorcycling, military
vehicle restoration. I'll take a picture of Mike and I with our
jeep, and send it later. I've attached a picture of the grandkids.
Have fun at the reunion, and don't try hand springs at our age.
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Occupation: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Coral Ridge Ministries,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Children: Timothy James (29) John David (21)
God has taken us on an incredible journey these 40 years – from
southern Wisconsin, now to South Florida. I always wanted to make a
positive difference in people’s lives and live surrounded by palm
trees; and now we have that privilege, leading Coral Ridge
Ministries, the evangelical and patriotic broadcast ministry of Dr.
D. James Kennedy. Now, if only our sons didn’t live so far away in
California and Alaska.
Dorothy Rollefson Erickson
Providence, RI 02906
Occupation: Clinic Director, Planned Parenthood of RI
Children: Kristin (24) Bjorn (22)
Both of our children have finally graduated from college and are on
their own – and so are we! (except, of course, for the dog and cat).
We’re planning to begin taking life a little easier now – not
exactly retiring yet, but thinking of it. We’re still living and
working in Providence, but spend time when we can at our cabin in
the Berkshires – hiking the AT, canoeing and, in the summer,
enjoying frequent concerts at Tanglewood. Life could be worse!
St. Charles, MO 63301
Children: Brad (34) Deanne (31) Emily (29)
Grandchildren: Alexis (9) Lauren (5) Ryan (1) Brandon (1)
Self employed for 18 years and sold out in ’99 to enjoy retirement.
Awaiting wife’s retirement in two more years. We have time to enjoy
the kids and grandchildren and also spend as much time as possible
at Lake of the Ozarks. After 25 years in the same house we built a
new home a year ago and enjoy it tremendously.
I have spent my life so far enjoying the benefits of being born and raised in Madison and
even more the opportunity to raise a family here. Life's been good
here and my class of '61 helped make the memories ever present.
Sue Royston Ullsvik
I graduated from the UW-Madison in 1965 where I met my wonderful husband of 35 years who
was a '60 graduate of East High. We have lived in the Madison area for
most of our lives and have raised 3 children: Erica (a social worker),
Trevor (in construction) and Kaisa (a graduate student in Boulder,
CO). Our two golden retrievers are temporarily taking the place of
grandchildren. I have been employed at Oakwood Village Retirement
Communities for 13 years and have overall responsibility for 800+
volunteers and donated assets of $6.5 mil (which is amazing for
someone who barely made it through Geometry class). One of my greatest
pleasures has been getting to know so many wonderful Oakwood residents
and volunteers who are parents of my former classmates. Tom and I
enjoy traveling, gardening, hiking, reading and time at our cabin in
the north woods. We have recently taken up golf again, even though
retirement seems a long way off.
Helena, MT 59601
Occupation: Retired Lutheran campus pastor
Children: Anne Ruedisili Langdji
Grandchildren: Micah Langdji
8 years of school and 32 of Lutheran ministry = the past 40 years.
Throw in: love, fly-fishing, Africa, tennis, some good books and
mediocre cars, back-packing