Hi Everyone,

Hopefully I will connect with many of you at the Reunion but for those not attending here is a brief update on my 50 year journey.

After somewhat of a delayed start I continued my education acquiring degrees in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling, Social Work and then a Master's in Pastoral Studies (Loyola-New Orleans), and a Master 's in Women's Studies (UNI). Much of my employment has been in the social work/mental health fields in administrative positions. I published a few articles in a Social Work Journal.

I have a son, Daniel, Educational Coordinator at Living History Farms Des Moines; a daughter, Valerie, Executive Director of Alumnae Relations at St. Benedict's College and a step-daughter, Marquesa, a social worker in Des Moines. I have one step-grandson.

I am so grateful I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world. When arthritis started attacking my body I made up my mind to travel. I've climbed the Great Wall in China, stood in awe in the Acropolis in Greece, entered the Blue Mosque in Turkey, rode a camel in Jerusalem, had High Tea in Singapore and climbed to the top of St. Peter's in Rome, to name a few. I watched the sunset in Aruba and was detained crossing the border between Israel and Egypt! I also had a wonderful experience doing ministry work in Haiti .

After 2 years of study I became a Consociate with the Sisters of St. Joseph a year and a half ago in St Paul. I serve on the Justice Commission and the Anti-human trafficking working group. I have worn many different hats over the years but this work appears to be my true calling.

I currently live in St Paul. I work in a crisis agency as a mental health practitioner and am just beginning to think about retirement-maybe in a few years, Then maybe not. I love what I do. Life has not always been easy but it has has variety. Looking forward to seeing everyone.


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Nothing like waiting until the last minute to send some information about myself.

Jerry and I married after college and started our teaching careers with the Solon Community School District in 1967.  After a two year stint with the Army and Viet Nam, Jerry and I returned to Solon. I continue to work for the school district as the administrative assistant  working with our five, four-year-old preschool classrooms.  In addition, I do long term substituting positions.  I keep quite busy and am thankful for that.

Our three children all live in Solon. Our son Todd teaches with the Iowa City Community Schools.  He and wife Lisa have two sons. Logan is a senior in high school and Tyler a freshman in high school.  Our daughter Amanda teaches with Solon Comm. Schools. She and husband Adam Stahle have 3 daughters, Mia 3rd grade, Piper 1st grade, and Libbie 22 months.  Our youngest daughter Beth teaches with the Linn Mar School District.  She and husband Casey DeVries are still discussing the possibilities of parenthood.  I am fortunate to have all my children and grandchildren close by.

In 2001 Jerry was diagnosed with Alzheimers.  It was a journey of nine years watching the disease take hold of him mentally and physically.  I cared for him at home until the last 23 months of his life when he needed to be placed in the Solon Care Facility.  He passed away on March 4, 2010 with his family by his side.

I consume my days with work and attending the many extra-curricular activities my grandchildren are involved with.  I am a real 'bleacher grandma' and enjoy every minute of it.  Likewise, I continue to be involved with the community of Solon serving on several community foundation boards and committees.  Little did Jerry and I realize 47 years ago that Solon would become our home for life.

Life has brought about many challenges, but many blessings as well.  I move forward and take each day as it comes.  I look forward to attending our 50th class reunion 
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From. Robert Matt
I reget to say that Iam going to miss the opportunity to reconnect with all of you I Will be in Florida attending a wedding.
After graduation I was in the Navy for 3 1/2 years. Worked for Link Belt Speeder for 17 years till they moved out of state. Self employed for 2 years then worked with a local construction company for 8 years. Was hired by the city of Cedar Rapids and worked in maintenance at the sewer plant for 23 years. I retired four years ago moved to an acreage two years ago. Being a landlord keeps me out of trouble. But am looking forward to retiring from that as well. I have three children. Michele (a CPA). Bobbi Jo. (Manager at the cancer registry in Iowa City). Ben (inspector for the city of Cedar Rapids streets) No grandchildren but keeping busy with lawn mowing and rearranging the garage and enjoying retirement Married 43 years
Robert Matt

From Jerry Nierling to the Class:

I made numerous trips for my past employer.  The longest to San Diego, CA for 13 days and to  Atlanta GA for a week.  On April 20, 1968 began longest trip when Betty Riha of Protivin, IA decided to become my wife.  We have three great children and four greater grandchildren.  They are all living in Cedar Rapids.

When I began ill in April my #1 wife became my #1 Caregiver and nurse.
Jerry Nierling

I married Roger Holthaus. We had been married for 28 years at the time of his death in May 1997.

I have lived in West Union for 45 years.

We have three children:

Todd, who is married and has 4 children. He lives in Marana, AZ where he is a girl's basketball coach at a community college in Tucson, AZ.

Wendy, who is married and also has 4 children. She lives in Oak Park, IL and teaches in a private school in Chicago, IL.

Christopher, who is married and has 2 children. He lives by Waverly, IA and is in the insurance business.

After graduation I worked at the Winneshiek County Auditor's Office for 5 years until we got married.

I currently work part-time (semi-retired) for a company for which I have been employed for the past 27 years in their accounting department.

I enjoy visiting our children and grandchildren.  I especially love spending time with our grandchildren and making lots of memories.

Bernice Balk Holthaus

From Margaret Thiel Anderson to the Class:

Where has the years gone?  We can't be old enough for this yet!  Time flies when we are having fun.

We will not be attending the reunion.  We have a busy weekend.  My oldest grandchild will turn 27 on Sept 27th.  He will be married on October 4th in Lacrosse, WI.  We'll have company from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma City, and Florida.

I would like to greet everyone at the reunion.  I hope everyone has a great time.  We live on the West Union air-port road.  I am retired but I stay very busy.  I garden, quilt, walk, active with ladies groups at church, love to shop with my daughter and love being with our children and all our grandchildren.

We enjoy going out in our 1965 red T-Bird Convertible.  The spring of 2013 I took a trip to New York City with the South Winn School.  My grandson, who was senior asked me to go along.  I really enjoyed that.  Greeting to all.  God Bless!

Margaret Thiel Anderson 

Dan Martinek words to Class

WOW! It seams way to early to reflect on the most interesting moments in my life.  I'll try to break it down and skip a few of the difficult times.

Travel:  I have had the opportunity to go to Europe 5 times & once to Australia.  Observed good friend compete in the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii.  Went salmon fishing in Alaska and I detest fishing.

Family:  Not what I imagined 50 years ago, I have been blessed and married twice to two women that I loved and as a result have son, 4 step-daughters and 1 step-son.  More grandkids and great grandkids than I care to count.

Rewarding:  About ten years ago I attended the three year Lay Formation program from the Archdiocese, as a result I have been very involved in my parish (St. Ludmila) and really appreciate the Catholic Faith that my parents passed on to me.

Regrets:  Too few to mention.

Dan Martinek

From Bob Bodensteiner to the Class

I have been married to Virginia Roethler for 46 years.  We have three children:

Kristi, our special needs daughter, who lives and works in Decorah
Keri, who is married with three children and is a college professor of speech communications.
Kent, who married with 2 children and is an English teacher.

I have lived in NE Iowa since military service.  I have been a John Deere dealer for 35 years with stores in 10 NE Iowa communities.

Our fondest memories have been spending time with our children and grandchildren and looking forward to making many more.

Bob Bodensteiner

From Al Sampson to the Class

I have lived in Dubuque since 1967, and my wife and I will celebrate our 47th  wedding anniversary in October. Our three children have provided us with six grandchildren, all of whom are in the teenage years, and one starting college this year.

I retired at age 60 in February 2007 and have enjoyed many activities with family and friends during the years that have followed.

One of the most interesting things I have done happened this year when I was the presider of the  wedding ceremony of my nephew in West Des Moines. It is perhaps the last thing I ever expected to do, but life has a funny way about it from time-to-time.

God Bless You!
Al Sampson

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