Retired Army and State of WI Married 3
Went to UW-Platteville 3 years in Engineering and (though in good standing as senior) tried to transfer to Whitewater in 66 but was drafted during the 2 week start time difference then. To then get a skill I preferred, I enlisted because they would not change my draft status. Somehow, because of my credits already achieved, I was fast tracked to OCS at Ft. Sill, OK thus becoming an officer after becoming a DI corporal enroute. Went to Vietnam and then returned to P-Ville graduating in Jun 1971 with a Comprehensive Science&Mathematics plus Psychology degree (enjoyed college a bit to much) after 3 years of active duty then. Surprise, surprise...I was retained in the active reserve system with two recalls to active status along the way till retired with near 23 years in 1988 and finally discharged/released on my 60th birthday. Unplanned but great military career retiring as a Major. Other civilian periods along the way included working as a policeman, mental health counselor in Rock County, small business owner of plating company, nationwide commericial smokehouse salesman, even drove over the road semi between jobs onetime, maint. supervisor at a local foundry and last job as Nuc. Engn. Specialist for State of WI as a FDA X-Ray inspector certifying mammogram programs at hospitals&clinics. Seems all my jobs involved lots of travel. Good ride but happy to be retired with Army and State pensions plus the usual SS stuff. Planning to visit my kids and spoil my grandkids as much as possible where ever in the world or states they may be. Looking forward to seeing former classmates. Hoping many come to our 50th. Can't believe it is going by so fast but have enjoyed everyday. Too many are no longer with us! I roomed in college 1 year with Eddy Brown before he was killed in vietnam. Appreciate the bio's posted by many of you. One regret is not going in Navy with Wayne Grundy who was my childhood best friend and very respected achiever. We grew up at a good time. Hoping to see other classmates who are special to me also. Will miss especially some who are no longer with us. Great Class with class.
Retired Married 1
After a 4 year tour in the Navy I met my future wife Jane in the summer of 1968. We were married in February 1969. We recently celebrated 44 years together. Our daughter and her family reside in Madison. She owns a private music studio there.
My working career as a Controls Engineer consisted primarily of installing and servicing compter control systems on large paper machines throughout the upper midwest. I enjoyed employement with Honeywell, Georgia Pacific, and GE.
In retirement I am active in my church, community (school tutor), jail ministry, and I teach a personal finance class to low income families through a local civic organization.
We have been blessed and enjoy extending the blessing to others .
See you at the reunion!
Mary Kuhnle (Swezey)
June 05, 1945 Retired Married 3
We have 2 wonderful grandkids -- one 24 years old and one 10 years old. I work a bit part time and am active in my church. I've been married to Tom 18 years now.
Sharon Kurth (Jensen)
August 26, 1945 Realtor Married 4
I married Neil Jensen (also class of 1963) in 1969. We are blessed with 4 children, 3 daughters and a son, as well as 3 sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. The joys of our life are our 8 grandchildren who range in age from 18 (a freshman at UW Milwaukee) down to 14 months. We split our time between our home in Kohler and our lake home nearby.
After enjoying several years as a "stay at home mom," I've worked for Kohler Company the last 28 years, first in International Sales, and the last 20 years on the Real Estate side.
Besides family time and my grandkids, I enjoy kayaking, biking, swimming, quilting and singing in my church choir.
June 20, 1945 Retired Married 2
I attended Milton College and Whitewater St. after graduation. Joined the Air Force, spending 3 1/2 years in Coco Beach, FL supporting the space program, requiring travel around the world at the equator. After 4 years in the Air Force I returned to Beloit, met and maried Maureen Cairns in 1971.
We moved to El Paso, TX to take an electrical engineering position with Phelps Dodge Copper Mining Company. 35 years later, I retired as an account manager with Phelps Dodge Corporate Copper Sales Group, .... or so I thought! I happily assist my wife in her medical company, Pediatric Therapy Services.
We have two beutiful daughters, two great son-in-laws, and two grandsons, Cale and Ryland (4 and 2 years old).
We will be moving from El Paso next year to take up permanent residence in our lake side retreat in Sunrise Beach Village, TX, only an hour away from our "boys" in Austin.
We look forward to seeing everyone to reminisce of the good old days at BMHS.
Donna Larsen (Rule)
February 20, 1945 Real Estate Broker Married 2
I traveled to Florida, Mexico and Nevada whilebeing a real estate instructor.
I have 2 grown grandchildren.
My husband Wilfred and I are celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in July. We own the Rule II Apartments, LLC, and Rule II Property Management, LLC.
January 01, 1945 Retired Widowed
Interests: NASCAR, hunting and fishing
Jeannine Lovaas (Bown)
Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
I've been married for just about 48 years to Gerald. We have two sons, Jerry and John. We also have two grandsons--one for each son! Walker is 17 and Carter is 1 1/2. I babysit for Carter two days a week. The rest of the time I garden, read, and enjoy looking into the past to learn about my ancestors. The things I've found out...!
May 03, 1945 Microscope Sales & Service Married 8
The Quick 50:
BMHS > University of Colorado ’63 –‘67 > US Navy Naval Aviator ’67-’72, Flower Shop > Construction > Microscope Sales & Technical Assistance ~ 35 years > BMHS 50th.
Along the Way:
There has been one son, seven stepchildren and seventeen grandchildren. My son and four stepchildren were from my first marriage. The other three stepchildren arrived when BMHS Class of ’64 Mandy Smedstad (Sheahan) and I were married in ’86. Of the amazing seventeen grandchildren my son Kirk has a set of fraternal twins and Mandy’s son Brandon has recently had one set of identical twin girls followed in 18 months by a set of identical of twin boys. Kirk and Brandon have both stopped drinking the water.
While I was out doing my selling Mandy taught elementary kindergarten and first grade. Raising and showing dogs became a passion after the kids left. She has been retired for several years now and still enjoying the dogs.
In addition to the family participation activities of hockey, baseball, ballet, and beauty pageants I thoroughly have enjoyed cycling the varied terrains of Colorado, serendipitous birding, remodeling our home, boating and photography.
Three years ago Mandy, the dogs and I moved to Rio Rancho, NM due to a change in my job requirements. (I’m way too young to retire). We have been thinking of our time here in the “Land of Enchantment” as an adventure, which it has been. However, we are now excited and focused on returning to Colorado early next year before this becomes “the land of entrapment.”
We are excited to be attending the 50th. From reading all of the posted blogs I hope there will be enough time to visit with everyone.
Judy Marske (Zizza)
After a career as a legal assistant, followed by seven years in home health care, I am now retired. My older son and my four grandchildren live in Rhode Island; my younger son lives in Arizona. My interests over the years have included Wellness & the Healing Arts; travel (domestic and foreign), the Arts, music, dance, historic fiction . Living in the Boston area since 1965 has afforded me and my family a wonderful lifestyle of activities and culture.