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Barb Heitsch (Burkett)
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May 26, 1952 Granite Falls WA IT Planner, Communications Married 4
Published 3 novels, 2 years as sous chef for governor's mansion, patented several tea rose hybrids, runner-up in 7th Iron Woman triathlon, invented electronic instrument for use by oral surgeons, created several board games for elementary school use, appeared with Clinton and Stacy on TLC's What Not to Wear, herbal essence therapist, fan club now over 10,000 members.

NOT. I wish. Truth? Once I lived in a white house. And I did publish a journal article years ago. I STILL like my job. I have a lovely garden with roses and more. I practice Yoga and teach water aerobics, raised two wonderful kids, two step-kids, now a grandmother and...! married over 27 years. To the same man.
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Mary Henderson (Danner)
November 06, 1952 Wausau WI Retired dental hygienist Married 3
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Jean Hospodar (Donatiello)
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December 03, 1951 Driftwood TX Married 1
I was a working mom, spending twelve years in health care/hospital administration until my husband's job required us to move around the country. (John has held global positions in service and manufacturing for energy-related companies.)  We moved to Houston in '85.  I spent six years as a stay-at-home mother of a teenager, volunteering on junior and senior high PTO boards and comittees.  Had a blast.  Our son left for Texas A&M in '92 and as empty nesters our lifestyles changed.  John began extensive worldwide travel and to keep myself occupied, we bought a home in Galena, IL where I was happy to be near my parents.  They had retired there, and I took over my Mom's seasonal gift shop business (already 18 years in the making).  I loved being a retail owner and found it to be the most fulfilling thing I've  ever done.  We'd close down during the winter months and I'd become a snowbird  - off to California or Texas - wherever my husband's company required us to maintain residency.  Six years ago we closed the 30-year old  business,"consolidated" our homes and moved to Austin, TX to be near our son's family.  Since then, it's been all about our grandchildren; Siena is eight, Price is six. I have spent many, many happy hours putting my endless creative energies to work planning and executing ambitious theme playdates and overnights for them, full of crafts, cooking, science projects, games and just plain fun.  (As "Grandma Jean", I now consider myself to be in the business of making meaningful memories because a grandparent's relevance should never be underestimated or forgotten.)  Since I love to express myself through creativity of all kinds, the adult members of my family are occasionally subjected to my zany ideas, decorations and approach to get-togethers at our house.  Recently they reluctantly participated in a Retro-60's party for my Mom's 88th birthday.  By day's end, they finally succumbed to the group photo shown here - which really sums things up!

PEACE and LOVE to you all!

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Aldie Jakus (Boggs)
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October 27, 1952 Arlington MA I.T./Telecom Salesperson Married 2
After OPRF, attended/graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, with a Bachelor of Music Ed degree.  Taught elementary music for 4 years in Lake Bluff, IL, while getting my Masters of Music at Northwestern.  Through a mutual friend of dear classmate Priscilla Mims, I met my husband David Boggs, who was getting his MBA at Northwestern.

The rest is history – fell in love, married and moved out east (closer to his family) – and we’ve lived in the Boston area since then.  Raised 2 sons – one of whom lives in Austin, TX; we visit our favorite “other” city as often as possible!

In Boston, I took a management job working in sales for “The Phone Company” – AT&T at first, then New England Telephone and its various "morphifications" into what is now Verizon.  Left Verizon awhile back and continued to sell telecommunications/cloud services for an IT firm based out of Rhode Island and then Virginia, the last 10+ years or so working from home and selling to businesses in New England.  Planning on retiring soon!

For fun, we enjoy traveling & planning trips (our favorites recently have included exploring various parts of Germany & Austria).  We spend a week each summer on a chain of lakes in The Adirondacks of NY State – heaven for those who love nature, hiking, watersports, available services but no crowds.  Hobbies include running, pilates, swimming, Qi Gong, dancing (swing and most recently Country 2 Step), music (piano and voice), cooking and gardening, including growing our own hops and brewing our own beer!
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Bill Jersey
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August 21, 1951 Fox Lake IL Married 3
Sorry I was not able to make it this year, We had a family wedding in Gettysburg that weekend.  I met my wife Liz while working in Glenview. been married 32 years, with three great children, the youngest (26) is still at home (will he ever move out) the other two are in Pittsburgh and Washington DC.  Have been commuting from Fox Lake to the Loop daily for 30 years, in Banking IT department.  Work by Union Station if anyone wants to get together for lunch.

Guess I'm still a geek at heart, my son has gotten me in ANIME and we have a good time with it (father son bonding I think).  

Have developed a passion for Genealogy and (don't laught) Needlepoint.  actually have taken first place in National Competition and getting ready to teach when(if) I retire.

Hope to see you all in 5 years  
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Don Kessler
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June 10, 1952 Saint Joseph MI Real Estate Married 2
Graduated from Elmhurst College...taught for 8 years in Dwight IL...moved back to chgo area for 16 yrs of industrial sales...then off to Michigan in 2000..currently own/operate apartment complex and Commercial Real Estate Sales Send Don a MessageSend Don a Message
Ernie Kilgallon
May 24, 1952 Orland Park IL Retired Married 3
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Sharon Knapp (Buyer)
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December 05, 1951 Elmhurst IL Psychiatric nurse Single 1
Been working for the past 20 years at the Dupage County Health Dept, mostly as a mental health nurse. Right now I work at the PSR program in Wheaton. Graduated from SIU in 1974 (BA English) and then from Wesley Passavant School of Nursing in 1978. I became a grandmother last summer to Jacob. Still love SciFi.
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Tina Larson (Schleiter)
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January 26, 1952 Schaumburg IL teacher/librarian Married 2
After graduating from college I married Jim and we will celebrate our 34th anniversary this August. I was a 4th and 5th grade teacher for several years and then stayed home for 18 years to raise our 2 children. My daughter is an attorney and my son is a music writer/producer working on his second album, they both live in Chicago which is great!

I went back to education 9 years ago as a K-6th librarian in the public school near our home and I love it! It has been fun catching up on everyone, I have wonderful memories of OPRF, it was the best!
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Lillian Lee
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July 10, 1953 Menlo Park CA business analyst/developer Married 2
I have fond memories of OPRF (when I can remember anything from that long ago!), and I appreciate much more in retrospect what a good high school it was.  It took me awhile, through college and for several years after, to settle down in one occupational direction, but it's all worked out in the end.

I went to Harvard to major in Applied Math (there was no Computer Science then), but ended up as an Art major and actually worked as an Art Editor for Houghton Mifflin Co. for four years, in Boston.  Around that time, China was just starting to open up and our family went there in 1977, the first time for Lisa and I.  After that I got interested in learning Chinese and Chinese history, and I successfully applied to a Master's program in East Asian Studies at Stanford.  Although I never did finish the Master's, I did meet my delightful hubbie in a Chinese literature class there (his Chinese is really good), and I found interesting and rewarding work at Stanford, which has lasted just over 30 years now!

The specifics of my work at Stanford has varied over the years, as I've been in different jobs in different areas, but it's basically always had to do with both people and computers.  Right now I am the project lead on the launch of a new student reporting system -- which is going live on 10/19 or I would've tried to make the reunion.  I've very much enjoyed working at Stanford -- it's a beautiful campus and there are always interesting things going on -- recently Doug and I attended a taiko drumming workshop!

The best part of these past years, for sure, has been having a family and getting to raise two wonderful children to adulthood.  I still miss them, though they've been out on their own for awhile now -- Nick is in New York City, working for Google and Allie is in Kunming, China, teaching English.  We had a great family trip to visit her this past summer.

Good wishes and greetings to everyone, and maybe I can make the next gathering!
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