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)
Elder Care Divorced 2
After a career as a legal assistant, I presently work part time in elder services enabling me to enjoy semi-retirement. I have two sons, one who lives in Rhode Island, and my younger son lives in Nashville where I enjoy visiting to enjoy the music! My four grandsons live in Rhode Island. My interests over the years have included Wellness & the Healing Arts; travel, the Arts, music, dance, and travelogues of authors who discover the joys of living in Italy or France. Living in the Boston area since 1965 has afforded me and my family a wonderful lifestyle of activities and culture.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!
recycling consultant Married 2
Local residents complete circle
Hersey leaves Beloit, founds Abilene
Carol leaves Abilene, teaches in Beloit;
marries Tim Matas, returns to Abilene
ABILENE, Kan. -- When Carol Stroede left for college she had never heard of Beloit, Wis. Upon graduation she was assigned to teach at St. John's Lutheran School, 1006 Bluff St. Tim Matas, returned home after earning a journalism degree at Whitewater, began working for "The Beloit Daily News" in 1968 and upon rejoining church choir he met Carol, 10 months later they were married.
They traveled to several states including Illinois, Texas, Iowa, Dodge City, Kan., and Nebraska before an illness brought them to the Stroede Family farm for six months and then to their own home in Abilene.
That's when Tim learned that atop the very site where Tim Hersey built a mud hut on Mudd Creek to begin Abilene, Kan., in 1857, was a huge mansion owned by Carol's cousin, Fred Vahsholtz. Tim Hersey, originally from Quincey, Ill., spent his teen years in Beloit, Wis.
Not long after founding it. Abilene got too big, there were too many Indian fights and the cowboys finishing the Chisholm trail were too much for him so he moved about 60 miles north and west and founded another town, Beloit, Kan.
The Matas family has resided in Abilene for about a quarter century which allowed their two children to attend school where their mother did. While Tim and Carol live in town, near the Vahsholtz mansion and within site of the Dwight D. Eisenhower boyhood home, they have a farm near where the John Cameron Swayze and the Bill Kurtis families are from -- Hope, Kan.
Shortly after they moved here Tim became owner of a shopper and two small newspapers but that was all sold to a larger paper in 1999. Since then Tim has operated the farm and run a recycling business while Carol is the social services designee for the Chapman Valley Manor Nursing home.
While the circle has been completed from Beloit to Abilene, from Abilene to Beloit and once more from Beloit to Abilene at one time Tim and Carol were thinking about one more spin -- from Abilene to Beloit, for retirement. But, as Tim points out, "With a son and daughter-in-law in Columbus, Neb., expecting their first baby in December and a daughter and son-in-law in Hays, Kan., raising their step grandchild, Kade Rittenhouse, 13, we would prefer to retire close to one of them and we just love eastern Nebraska and have become great Husker fans."
Linnea Maxworthy (Norman)
February 10, 1945 Retired Married 2
Graduated from UW-Madison in 1967 and moved to the suburbs of Detroit where my husband, Robert and I raised two children, Kristofor and Kirsten (yes, named after Kirsten Everson). Worked in the travel industry for some years and consequently travelled much through work and pleasure. We're now enjoying our four grandchildren and looking forward as to where our oldest granddaughter will be going to college. It's a full circlc!
January 26, 1945 Concierge in Casino
I lived in Beloit after graduation for a few years and went to Whitewater. I later moved to Fort Lauderdale. For two years I traveled the U.S.A. I sold blood and worked day jobs. I moved to New Jersey and worked for Regal Beloit. I married and had two boys. Rob is in San Louis Obispo, CA and works for Charter Cable, and Jeff is in Pell Lake, WI and is a high school biology teacher. After moving back to Beloit and finishing my degree at Whitewater, I moved back to Fort Lauderdale and worked as a purchasing agent for Bendix Avionics, a military production company. I remarried and have a third son David. He works for Disney in Orlando.
My father is 99 years old and lives in Beloit. I retired when I was 50, but started again a few months ago as a concierge at a local casino. My wife is a nurse and an attorney. We live in an apartment on the beach in Fort Lauderdale.