Sequenced by Classmate First Name
- Annette Hudson Rose - I have lived in the San Joaquin Valley most of my married life....Dinuba to be exact. I retired from Pacific Bell some 21 years ago, and now work as a raisin inspector for USDA when the crop comes in during the fall of the year, and as a rodeo photographer. I have one son, Hudson, who is married to Lizzy. They blessed me with a grandson, Wyatt, in 2006 who began a long journey August 17th with his first day of school. I am so going to miss his telephone calls saying, "I want to come to your house, GrandmaNette." If I'm lucky, he will still want to come to my house even though he is all grown up and in Kindergarten. I still enjoy my horses and roping...not bad for a gal my age. Won a few saddles even with the handicap of being almost "over the hill'. Wyatt is a chip off the old block and is quite a roper for a little guy. He even sang at the opening day of a rodeo in Reno a couple months ago. Can you tell I'm just a wee bit proud? I enjoy running with the roping crowd and have been the official photographer for many roping events and rodeos. I have also been doing genealogy work for the past 14 years, so if you have relatives that have any ties to Noxubee County, Mississippi, we should discuss that? Interesting to find out where you fit in the whole scheme of things. I look forward to using my photo skills at the Class Reunion. Have I told you lately that I love you. Updated 8/18/2011
- Barbara Miller Holt and Wayne Holt - Wayne and Barbara moved to Rocklin, CA in 2000. Wayne retired from Pacific Bell after 32 years of service and Barbara retired after 22 years as a school secretary. They live in an active adult community and they love it. Neither one liked retirement all that much so Barbara now works part time for the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Wayne started a small business and now drives his new toy, a water truck, on construction sites. Talk about re-careering! He only sub contracts to his sons (two of them have construction companies) so he and Barb can travel whenever the desire hits. They love road trips and cruising, especially European river cruises. They raised three boys, all of whom were student athletes and played college ball. Their eight grandchildren keep them very busy as they are also very active in sports, lots of soccer, basketball and baseball games to watch. One grandson also plays piano in music competitions. Life is good for the Holts and they are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 50th. Added 3/8/2011
Barbara Storer Sims - My flight was cancelled, so could
not make the reunion. I left Watsonville in 1960 when my parents moved to
Bakersfield Calif., so I didn't get to graduate with you, but was in the
class since 3rd grade. My friends were Sally Mason, and Chris Harris (her
married name). I e-mail Annette Hudson and William Paxton once in a while. I
will attach a picture. When the gray started I became a blonde, see me in
the year books under Barbara Storer. Added Oct., 2001
George - I was born in Watsonville, California's Community Hospital,
USA. I graduated from Watsonville High School in 1961.
I stopped off in Aptos, Cabrillo College and
San Jose State) for about 9 years,
earning an AA, BA and MBA. I worked for Lockheed and since 1978, for Kaiser Permanente in
Information Technology in Walnut Creek, CA.. I've developed some competitive skills playing
duplicate bridge, becoming an ACBL Life Master
in Unit 500 of District 21 in 1979. I have enjoyed
learning about the Internet and creating Web
Pages for the last several of years. Diane and I met at a Computer User Group meeting.
Diane and I have been happily married since Feb 14, 1982.
Diane has a similar passion for computing and is an accomplished miniaturist.
I've helped to start three computer user groups, all of which continue to
this day. I retired in 2007 from IT and am spending much of my time learning and teaching genealogy. I'm digging into family history and have even started another Computer group, http://www.macgen.org. See also, my personal web site at http://www.billgeorge.com. Updated 4/5/2011.
Bill Shott - Our families still live in Watsonville so we go
back ever so often to visit them and all the friends we still have there. We
have had several to come up here to visit also. I collect old pocket knives
and watches (repair them too) so always go to the flea markets. We did Moss
Landing last summer with Bill and Linda Minugh, they were not classmates
but we always have a good time with them. We live in Bozeman Mt and are in
the apartment rental business and have a small ranch over in Three Forks Mt.
I like to fish and hunt but spend most of my time restoring old pocket
watches. My other favorite pass time is shoveling snow and knocking off
icecycles from the roof just good Montana fun, Ha! The best part is riding
the ATV and snowmobile in the back country. We like to camp out at the ranch
and hope to build a stone cabin out there this summer. I was a stone mason in
Watsonville for about 25 years and the place is covered with moss rock
perfect for the job.
I can hardly believe 40 years have gone by since school I guess a
busy life makes it that way. Wish I still had my 48 Merc Coupe or 34 Ford
Pick-up, anyway have a few pictures and the Rod Runner Plate.
Added Oct., 2001
- Bonnie Ellwood Furman - After graduating, I attended Oregon State University, and earned a BS degree in Health and Human Sciences. My work history is as follows: The Emporium, retail executive, in San Francisco and San Jose for five years; Insurance industry, from trainee to regional claims manager for about thirty years in Fresno, Sacramento, and Seattle, Washington--executive recruiter for six years in Seattle and Southern California. I'm now semi-retired in La Quinta, California (a great desert area near Palm Springs), and I work part time for an online matchmaking company as “Director of Operations.” I've been married, widowed, married, divorced, and have spent the past 12 years with a wonderful man who has two darling grown sons. I have no children of my own. I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, biking, gardening, and animals. My “15 minutes of fame” came to me as a published author – “Chicken Soup for The Loving Couples’ Soul” which is my short story about the death of my first husband, which was selected out of 8000 submissions! Please give my best to everyone. I have fond memories of high school and our growing up adventures. Looks like a lot of work has gone into this event, and I know it will be a big success. Wish I could be there! Added 8/16/2011
- Carl (Arthur) Highman - After graduation I went to Cabrillo, playing percussion in the bands there. For the second year I was changed over to Sousaphone. In '63 I went on to school in San Francisco, returning to Watsonville in '65, hiring out for the railroad and getting married. Two kids followed in '66 and '68. The railroad moved me back to San Francisco where I finished my AA (Skyline '71) and my BA (Golden Gate '74). The railroad then moved me to Houston in '79 where I was on the Texas State Railroad Championship (softball) team in '83. In '84 we had our 3rd child and in '84 I started playing tuba with the Shrine band. In '87 our first grandson was born. In '88 our youngest started T-ball and I retired from softball. '98 found the railroad moving me to St Louis, where I spent my spare time playing in six bands, the youngest started college in '02, where he got married and had our second grandson in '07. They still live, going to school part-time and working in Columbia, MO (Mizzou). The railroad moved us to Omaha in '04, where we settled in Papillion, and I retired in '08 with 43 years of service. Prior to retirement I started to looking for something to keep me busy. I had already been through the line with several Masonic bodies and knew that the secretary did the majority of the work, so when the recorder of the Cryptic Masons in Bellevue had to go into a home I volunteered to cover his position. When elections came, I got the job, also for the Commandery in Omaha. Quickly following was the Lodge (Papillion) and then York Rite Omaha (dues collection for the two RAM chapters, the CM council and KT commandery) and Royal Arch Masons (Papillion). At least I can do most of the paperwork out of the Lodge office, with only some of the filing at the house. I'm still playing tuba in four bands, with occasional gigs with a pep band (Cass County Renegades Semi-pro Football) and for musicals. I change to percussion when needed and am currently looking for a group, probably C&W, as a place to play my steel guitar. As a hobby, I buy, clean, repair, replate, and sell brass mouthpieces for brass instruments on ebay, the company is Heavy Metal Mouthpieces (Tuba, the original heavy metal). Added 4/24/2011
Clinesmith Bryan - For many years, I worked as a workers' compensation insurance adjuster/paralegal. First for an insurance company, and then for an attorney in Fresno, California for 16 years,. My husband, Jerry, was a professor of International Marketing at Cal State Fresno for over 25 years. After our retirement in 1998, we spent six months in England, and then worked about half time for the next five years. We've been fully retired since 2003. We built a home in Fountain Hills (a suburb of Phoenix) and are both docents at the Heard Museum (featuring American Indians of the Southwest) in Phoenix. We recently sold our home in Fountain Hills and have moved to a senior community in Sun City (another suburb of Phoenix). We have four children and five granddaughters. In our spare time we love to travel and also to hike in the desert and mountains near our home. We manage to combine our travels with our passion for genealogy and history – especially history of the west. Added 4/14/2011
- Charlie Johnston - Graduated Cabrillo College in 1964...graduated San Jose State University in 1967 with degree in Police Administration. Married Bonnie Stephan in 1967 (a 1961 WUHS graduate). 1968-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in U.S. Army. 1969-served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam; receiving 4 Bronze Stars for heroism in combat and a Purple Heart for wounds received in action. Served as Bob Hope's bodyguard during his 1969 Christmas tour. 1970-joined the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department (140,000 population). 1980-became Chief of Police for the City of Lakewood and remained Chief until 2001, when I retired. Bonnie and I were divorced in 1990 (Bonnie passed away in 1993). We have two sons, Mike, a West Metro Denver Firefighter and Chris, a Hollywood Director and Producer of movies and television. I married Joan Pedersen (from Montana) in 1994. We presently live in Bridger, Montana. I'm enjoying retirement by building hot rods and driving race cars and demolition derby cars. Also, I get in some hunting and fishing as often as possible. Still producing the "Worlds Greatest Practical Jokes" and laughing every day. Added 4/8/2011
- Corky Tyler Peterson - After graduation, I attended Cabrillo College, and then attended San Jose State University graduating with a degree in microbiology. I married Mike Peterson in 1967. Mike was a “migrant worker”, working for IBM (I’ve been moved) so we have had a chance to see the country from New Jersey, Houston, San Diego and the Silicon Valley. With each move I managed to work as a clinical microbiologist in a hospital laboratory. In 1999, we retired and chose Fresno. Where else are you forty-five minutes from the entrance to three National Parks? We have one daughter who is married and lives near Orlando Florida. Susan teaches science in Junior High and her husband teaches math. In my retirement I have become an avid genealogist. I joined DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution--you need to do some genealogy to join) and have become very active in that group. I also belong to the Mayflower Society and Vasa (Swedish Heritage) for Mike’s ancestry. We love to travel by car in the United States, Hawaii and occasionally to Sweden. In my spare time I enjoy quilting. Added 8/11/2011
- David Becker - After graduation I attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo majoring in Electronic Engineering. Ted Bohrer was my roommate our Freshman year. My dad passed away unexpectedly in 1962 and I stayed home to be with my mom for the next year and a half working for Pacific Plantronics in Santa Cruz as a Quality Control Inspector. I returned to Cal Poly in 1964 to continue Electronic Engineering, graduating with a BSEE degree in 1967. I met my wife Eileen in SLO in 1964 and we were married in 1965. We will be celebrating 46 years together this year in August. I accepted a job after graduation as an Electronic Engineer with Raytheon Company in Goleta in 1967 and we moved to Santa Barbara. I worked for Raytheon and went to graduate school half time earning a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Worked for Raytheon "Electromagnetic Systems Division"-Goleta until moving my family to Alaska in 1973. We bought a hotel and restaurant in Homer, Alaska and expanded the 20 room Heady Hotel to 44 rooms and ran the business until selling out in 1980. In 1978, we formed "Peninsula Communications, Inc" putting our first FM radio station on the air in 1979. We have been in the broadcasting business now for 32 years and own and operate 4 AM/FM radio stations (3 FM stations and 1 AM) serving the Kenai Peninsula, including Kenai - Soldotna, Homer, Seward , Kodiak Island and Delta Junction - Fort Greely 75 miles south of Fairbanks. Our FM signals are also broadcast in many of these locations by means of 24 additional FM translator broadcast stations. We have two pending FCC applications for 2 more AM broadcast stations for the Kenai Peninsula. We have also started a second communications business "Becker Rentals, LLC" that leases tower space and power to other communication services such as cell phones and wireless internet providers from our various tower sites. This business has grown rapidly in the past 5 years with the advent of new technology such as cell phones and wireless internet. We have 4 boys (including a set of identical twins) and an adopted daughter. My oldest son, Jeff, is career Air Force Major stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station-San Diego with wife Annie and 2 boys. Our twin sons, Gary and Mike, both live in Alaska. Gary sells VW, Audi and Porsche autos in Anchorage and is married to Sherry with 5 children. Mike is single, lives in Homer and is a Program Director for our radio stations, also doing advertising sales and has been my right hand assistant. My youngest son Jonathan is married to Amy, expecting their first baby this April. Jon and Amy moved back to Alaska from Kentucky last year. Jon is currently doing sales for our radio stations, but will be transitioning to a new job as a sales agent with State Farm Insurance starting in June at a new branch office in Homer. My daughter, Amber, was adopted at 2 years old (in 1986). Although disabled, Amber is very active and skillful at making hand crafted jewelry and knitted clothing items. I have served the past 36 years on the Board of Directors for Alaska Village Missions which operates the Alaska Bible Institute in Homer (www.alaska bible.org). I have built 10 FM translator radio stations for AVM that rebroadcast Christian programming of the Moody Broadcasting Network-Chicago 24 hours a day in Homer, Kenai, Soldotna, Kodiak, Valdez, Unalaska-Dutch Harbor and Delta Junction-Fort Greely, Alaska. Our family is politically active as conservative Republicans (we love our former Governor Sarah Palin), are dedicated to our faith in Christ and active in our church. The Lord has blessed us with a good life, a happy marriage, 5 wonderful children, 3 great daughters-in-law and 8 precious grandchildren. Alaska has been a wonderful place to live and raise a family!! It has truly been a great adventure living in the "Great Lland" of Alaska these past 38 years. Also a great place to vacation and visit. If you ever make it to Homer, Alaska, be sure to look us up. Added 4/24/2011
- Diane Secondo Holley - Upon graduating from Watsonville High School I went to Dominican College for Women in San Rafael ,which is now a co-ed part of the University of California. It's still a very beautiful campus and dear to my heart. Since I changed my major from Art to Occupational Therapy, I transferred to San Jose State where I met my husband, Coral. We have been married 48 years and have five children and sixteen grandchildren. We live in south central Idaho on a ranch. We also have an assisted living facility for the elderly in Jerome, Idaho. Our children have all helped us build our business, and most of them now have their own businesses. They are all also in the medical profession. The love of my life is the outdoors, be it organic gardening (we own a small organic apple orchard which is more of a challenge than a profitable business) or helping with the beef, sheep, pigs, goats or chickens on the ranch. Sounds rather "hoakie", but it's rather lovely and fulfilling. We also have a cabin in the mountains where the south fork of the Boise River passes just behind. Life has been good to me with many blessings, especially my favorite ministry which is the St. Jerome's Soup Kitchen. I love to cook there and no one seems to complain about my cooking. We are most happy to host guests most anytime....just call ahead for a reservation and know you may end up helping at the soup kitchen on Monday and Wednesday nights. Guess I must confess that I do miss Watsonville. I still have my Model A in the garage here in Jerome. Added 9/6/2011
- Don Cole - This should be interesting considering I can’t remember where I put my keys ten minutes ago. After graduation I went to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I married Diane Chisholm (WUHS - MCMLXII), graduated with BS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Mathematics and completed ROTC, served two years as an Air Defense Officer in the Army with an 18 month duty in Korea, worked various engineering/computer software jobs in California while being active in the California Army National Guard, and used my military GI bill to get a couple of MS degrees. I guess I had a thing for school, although Diane said it was my escape from her infamous “ TO-DO” list. We had two sons and a daughter before moving to Washington State in 1978 where we currently reside for just half the year. We have a “warm” home in Arizona (Sun City Grand) where I've been working until recently as a private contractor for Honeywell on the Boeing 787 simulators. Every so often I retire, then find working easier than the dreaded “TO-DO” list, but basically I’m a computer nerd who loves to play baseball. I play hardball when it is available; otherwise, I have had to resort to softball. We have been very fortunate to be able to travel for business, baseball, and pleasure and have visited many wonderful places all over the world. Health has been pretty good, although we find it challenging to keep up with our six grand children (four of which only live a couple blocks away from our Washington home). I look forward to attending the 50th reunion in September. Added 8/27/2011
- Edith Pepin Fagundes - I've owned and operated my own business, Majestic Curl, for 43 years. I'm now trying to retire, but find it difficult to put down the tools of my trade....scissors, combs, curlers, and blow dryers.. In between working, marriage and raising a family , I managed to become an Associate Pastor at Aptos Christian Fellowship for 18 years. I worked in the church's day-care center where I learned how to love and nurture other people's children which filled me with great joy. God blessed me with three daughter's of my own...Laura , Suzanne and Cara. Laura Plouchart works for a doctor in Monterey. Suzanne Fagundes has a government job and is presently in Afghanistan, but lives with me when she is home. Cara and husband, Ron Blocher, blessed me with my only grandchild ten years ago, Andrew, who is the love of my life. Cara and family live in Southern California and I enjoy spending my free time visiting with them. Cara is a stay-at-home mom and Ron is in charge of animation for Disney. My husband, Vincent Fagundes, passed away about three years ago. We were married for 47 years, and adjusting to life without him has been a challenge. My hobbies include stamp and coin collecting, painting, and travelling. I'm looking forward to attending the class reunion and have offered to be a greeter at the sign-in table. I'm excited about seeing all my "old" friends and former classmates. See you in September! added 8/8/2011
- Evelyn Foxworthy Coelho and Tony Coelho - Tony and I were married in 1961. Tony joined the Air Force and served for 21 years retiring in 1982. While he was having his military career, we were also raising two daughters, Catherine and Sandra. After 10 years of marriage we were sent to Alaska and fell in love with everything Alaskan, the wonderful summers and the busy winters. We immediately got involved with commercial fishing and retired after 30 years of fishing. I went back to college in 1980 and earned three degrees with multi-majors. I worked as a teacher, predominantly in adult education and also at the University, and as a counselor in a crisis facility. We have traveled to most of the 50 states, missing one or two on the east coast. We feel that we grew up in the right place at the right time, and when you get right down to it, we had a ball in high school and still feel we have special friendships with former classmates. The last ten years have been anything but dull. In that time, we have acquired a grandson-in-law and three great grandchildren. Our oldest daughter still lives in Texas, but closer to us now. Her three children (Amanda, Justin and Cory) are grown and the youngest is in college. Her oldest son is in Basrah, Iraq on his second tour of duty. We pray for him daily. Our youngest daughter lives in Watsonville with her husband, Mikell, and their daughter Jessica and her husband and our three great-grandchildren. Sandra's son Jared is in Plattsburg, New York attending college and playing soccer. Tony and I bought a small ranch in May, Texas where we have been for the past nine years. We live about fifty miles south east of Abilene. We have a small herd of cattle, two Jenny donkeys, two dogs and a cat. I amuse myself by doing basket making demonstrations at the different art clubs around the area. I have taken up quilting (we are in the heart of quilting country) and stone carving. Tony spends his "fun time" driving his tractor and his "not-so-fun time" building or repairing fences. He still hunts and reloads, and we both work on our three-acre yard. We are taking Tony's mother, along with two of his four sisters, and all three of my brothers and their wives on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our 50 years of marriage in July. Our anniversary is actually in October, but we've been celebrating all year long. Of course we will take another trip to California in September to celebrate with our family, and to attend our 50th class reunion. We are definitely slowing down and will leave the ranch next year for closer medical services and less work. We plan to move to Sun City (outside of Georgetown and north of Austin, Texas). It's time to really retire and perhaps just play and enjoy a leisurely life. Added 5/31/2011
- Frank Hamisch - Attended Cabrillo then went off to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado on a football scholarship. Married Mary Lee (Foster) a school teacher from Golden, Colorado in February 1967 while an Army Infantry 2nd Lieutenant. After the Army, I returned to school and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Petroleum Engineering in 1972 We have 2 Children, B. Tarl (Physician in Corpus Christi, TX) and Jenna (San Antonio, TX) Tarl is married to Mary Joy, an Ob/Gyn physician and they have our 2 wonderful grandchildren, Catie (age 5) and Brandon (age 2). Retired in 2000 from ARCO International Oil and Gas Company after a 21 year stint as a project manager/engineer in various places, including Australia (5 years), Indonesia (5 years), China (1 year), Los Angeles and Dallas. Unretired in 2001 and spent a year in Amsterdam and 2 years in Cape Town, South Africa for Pioneer Natural Resources. Retired again in 2004. Unretired again in 2005 and went to Azerbaijan with British Petroleum (BP - you know, THOSE GUYS). Retired again in 2007. Unretired again last October and am currently Project Manager for a little gas compression plant project with DFW Midstream, a natural gas gathering company in the Barnett Shale Gas Play. For the first time in my career I am working less than 15 miles from my home in Mansfield, TX. As you can see from the above, retirement really does not sit too well with me. Boredom sets in at about 6 months after I get all of the pent up “honey-doo’s” complete and I start looking around, as Lee Marvin sang in the song “Wonderin’ Star” in the movie “Paint Your Wagon” - “When I get to heaven, tie me to a tree, for I’ll begin to roam and soon you’ll know where I will be.” My Mom and sister, Diane Strehlow, still live in Watsonville and I do return to town occasionally. I look forward to more information about the planned reunion. Added 2/1/2011
- Frank Seman - I graduated from Cabrillo College and attended the University of Pacific in Stockton for two years on a full-ride football scholarship. I taught school in Moss Landing for one year. I married Kathy North in 1969, and got out of the National Guard in 1970 as an E6 Tank Commander. While living in Santa Cruz, I entered the construction world in 1970. Our three children, Derek, Scott and Danette, were all born in Santa Cruz. I owned my own business for 17 years as a drywall contractor, and also worked as a park manager with Thousand Trails for a few years. In 1977, we moved to Grass Valley. Kathy and I have been married for 41 years and enjoy living on top of Vandevere Mountain near Grass Valley. I'm retired so I'm able to play lots of senior softball. I've attended the World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, and at age 60, received the Gold Medal for the long jump. This year I'm on three softball teams; one local team that plays week days, one local team that plays Saturdays only, and a tournament team that travels on some weekends. On occasion, I also still work construction if anyone has any work these days. We have five grandchildren at the moment, but will have three more by November of this year. Add 'em up....that makes eight! I'm a Hamm Radio operator (Extra Classification which is the highest classification). My call letters are KF6BV V, in case there are any fellow operators out there. Looking forward to the 50th reunion in September. Added 6/6/2011
- Gene E. Petty Corso - 40 years is
a lot of years to cover in a short time, but here goes.......I was Gene E.
Petty in high school (now Genie (aka Rocky Gene) Corso, Lakeside, OR (just
off 101 on the Central Oregon Coast). After graduation from high
school I spent a few years at Cabrillo, but didn't get a degree in
anything. My folks wouldn't let me get my own apartment, so I showed
them....I got married....did I mention I was blonde...... I suffered
with that for several years...I did get a wonderful son out of the
deal. Then I managed to have a wonderful 25 year marriage to Tim
Gannon. He struggled with a bad heart and diabetes for quite some
time...that's why we moved to Oregon, so he could spend some time fishing in
God's country. He passed away almost 3 years ago. Last year I met Tom
Corso and this February we were married. Going to work on another 25
or so years of happiness. I worked at the Santa Cruz Sentinel in the
business office for 18 years before moving up here to Lakeside, OR. I
worked in the business office of Coos Bay's newspaper for a year. Then
I tried to do stained glass full time. I got burned out on that after
two years. I like to do what I like to do, not 3 dozen of stuff I don't
really care about. Since then I have worked in two health clinics and
now at the area's largest, most modern hospital on the Oregon Coast. I
just celebrated my 6th anniversary in the business office as one of the
patient reps. The people that are in my group don't have insurance, so
I have to come up with some creative ideas to help them pay their bills,
because as we all know, nothing about a trip to the hospital is
cheap. My son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons live in
Reedsport, OR which is about 15 minutes up the road. Tom's kids and
grandkids are all over the United States, so we'll have fun for the next 25
years or so, traveling for me to meet them in a few years, after I
retire. Some of my hobbies are raising roller pigeons and I have
recently earned my Tech. ham radio license....K6RGC....Tom is K6TC.
Keep up the good work everyone. Sorry we couldn't make it down for the
reunion. We'll make the next one for sure. We went to Tom's 40th in
South Pasadena and had a royal blast.
- Gene Wada - See Marsha Tsuda Wada and Gene Wada added 5/28/2011
- Gilbert L. Taylor Sr. - After high school, I stayed around Watsonville for a couple of years, and then moved to Santa Maria, California. From there, I moved to San Jose, where I went to work for Pacific Telephone Company in Sunnyvale. My next relocation took me to Coos Bay, Oregon. Unable to find a job with an operating telephone company, I moved to Venetta, Oregon and traveled all over the North West contracting telephone work with whoever needed temporary help. My family was living in Hermiston, Oregon at that time, and when I got a contract close to them, I went to visit. That's where I met my wife, Jane. I quit contract work and moved there and eventually went to work for an operating company in Boardman, Oregon. Jane and I were married, and we would have stayed in that location, but the company transferred me to Depot Bay on the Oregon coast. I was later transferred to Lebanon, Oregon, where I eventually retired. Added 4/3/2011
- Jean Wilt Pini I have been married to my husband, Dan (Class of 1957), for 49 years. We met when I was a Junior in High School. We were both born and raised in Watsonville where Dan attended Hall District Elementary and I attended Pajaro Elementary School. Our children, Rick and Sherry, also attended the same elementary schools. We built our first home on Fruitland Avenue in 1970. Dan was working for Farmers Mercantile in Salinas. We also owned Countrywide Sweeping Service, doing all PG&E parking lots and the Telephone Company lots, as well as many stores. We sold the business in '68 to a friend, who years later would buy our home. I worked at Notre Dame part time, and was very involved with the school PTA, and served on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board. In 1977, we sold our home in Watsonville and moved to Talent, Oregon where we lived for 29 years. We visited the area while on vacation and fell in love with the valley and all the beautiful mountains for camping and snowmobiling. Dan was working for the IHC Company in Medford as a tractor mechanic. In 1980, we decided to start our own business, which started out small and over the years grew in size to being one of the many tractor/retail stores and repair shops in the valley. When our son graduated, he came to work for us, and we soon had to hire several employees. I knew nothing about farm equipment, but over the years became quite knowledgeable and was able to help in most everything that was needed to be done, except working on equipment. I said, “No way“. We retired and turned the business over to our son in 2006. We didn’t know anyone when we moved to Oregon, but over the years all of my side of the family have moved here from Watsonville, and all love it. Dan and I enjoy going on cruises and over the years have gone on seven. We traveled to Italy several times, and the family went with us in 2000. That was a real "experience". We have four lovely grandchildren. Rick has the oldest, a son 22, who works with his dad, and daughter 18, who plans to go to dental college. Sheri has an 11 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. We enjoy attending their games, baseball, wrestling, 4-H and FFA events, as well as beauty pageants, ballet dancing, and horse shows. We watch the younger ones once a month when our daughter goes to Portland on business. She is a Farmers Insurance Auditor and her husband is an electrician. Since retiring, I had been taking care of my Mother and hadn’t been able to go too far away from her. Mother passed away on Christmas Eve this past year from a sudden stroke. It has been sad. We have always wanted to take a trip in our motor home across the states for a month or two. Dan and I have decided that we’re going to make our dream trip. With diesel at around $5.00 per gallon, and the motor home with a 125 gallon tank which gets about 7 miles to the gallon, I can see where all our retirement income will go. Both of us share driving the RV. I know we have several more scratches on it and we both don’t how it happened. We don’t want to look like those OLD PEOPLE you see on the road and say, “They have no business behind that wheel“. I’m looking forward to attending my 50th reunion and seeing all my friends. Added 4/24/2011
- Jeannie Gray Schmidt - (aka AJ Schmidt): 1st stop after graduation was E. Los Angeles. It was different then - often forgot to lock my door. Worked for GE Computer Dept finally being promoted to Regional Exec Sec'y. Met my husband, Mike, at GE & we were both xferred to SF & then Mike got a job with Hughes & I was xferred back to LA this time to Century City. Next thing I know is I'm having a baby girl and 1 yr later we are headed to Sydney, Australia for a 3 yr stint w/CSC. We both loved it there and our son was born at the Royal No. Shore Hospital. Now that was an experience! I also entered the healthcare field by taking nite classes. When our tour was up, we returned home tho' Mike would have opted for another 3 yrs. I had discovered I was a PATRIOT & loved America. Next stop was Tri-Cities, WA. where Mike worked for Boeing as Proj Mgr. We've moved in and out three times, all w/Boeing, & have found there is no better place to retire. We live on a golf course w/a great view. I've worked in doctor's offices, both front & back, always winding up as office manager. Tho' I've loved every job I've had, my favorite was as Director of Physician Services for a hospital which involved recruiting docs, project and clinic personnel management, & eventually contract development and policies. Hobbies: I volunteer at 2 hospitals in the emerg rooms, one of which I instigated the program; golfing; traveling, crocheting; and loving my family which consists of hubby (46 yrs), children Christy & Todd & their resp spouses, Jeff Wyborny and Tena; Update 4grandchildren, ages 25, 16, 4 & 2. Christy has the babies and Todd has the older ones. Added 3/6/2011
- Jennifer Jordan Davis Decker - (50 YEARS OF JENNIFER JORDAN DAVIS DECKER)--Intermittent work at Goodale Manufacturing, United Foods and Green Giant between stints at Stephens College, UC Davis, San Diego State, Universidad de Guadalajara and UC Santa Cruz, and resident in Denver and various parts of Mexico. Married, drove some great sports cars, met a lot of artists, musicians and writers, divorced, went to work for the Community Action Agency and moved through the ranks to Executive Director. One son--Jordan; married Roy, acquired another son--Sean; had a daughter--Quenby. Bought my family's 1892 Santa Cruz Victorian, living there 26 years, doing my own construction work on additions. Scores of birthday parties, and hundreds of soccer games later, Roy died in 1994. During construction of La Posada senior housing, I was hired as Administrator, oversaw completion, set up programs, staffing and facilities, then moved to County government. Transferred over to the Seniors Council as Executive Director, operating programs in three counties, retiring from there in 1998. Moved to San Bernardino to marry Mike, whom I'd known professionally. Worked a few years, then moved to Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert where we've bought and rehabbed unique houses. Our real mutual passion is our five wonderful kids and seven amazing grandchildren. Added 9/8/2011
- Joan Terry Lohr - After graduation I had the perfect job, I worked at Watsonville Community Hospital in the office from 3 to 9pm, which gave me plenty of time to play. In 1962, I started working full time for Wells Fargo Bank in Freedom (which started me on a career path in banking for 15 years). This career took me from being a teller to a loan processor. I married my first husband in 1963 with whom I had two children, Scott and Kimberly. My husband was in the military (Army), which took us to Baumholder, Germany from 1964 to 1967. He went on to Vietnam while I moved back to Watsonville with our two children. We stayed in Watsonville until 1975, then moved to Wenatchee, WA for two years before moving to Kalamazoo, MI. I was born and raised in Watsonville, and it was hard to take this California girl out of the sunshine state and put her down in the Midwest. Great people, but Michigan's weather did not agree with me, and neither did my ex-husband. We divorced in 1985 after the kids were out of school and I moved back to Watsonville. Tana and her husband Rick were there to help me readjust. I worked for Watsonville Federal Savings & Loan for a couple of years and eventually moved to San Jose where I worked for a mortgage company. I met my husband, Gary, after moving to San Jose. We were married in 1990 by my uncle, retired Judge Kenneth Blohm, in a small ceremony that took place in my mother's home (where I had grown up) on Hall Road. I went to work for the DMV in Los Gatos in 1988 and stayed with them until March 31, 2003. I thought it was best to retire while I still liked people. When my Mom had a stroke (after the 1989 earthquake), and could no longer live alone, she came to live with us in San Jose. We enjoyed having her with us and have many fond and happy memories of our time together. We have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We are now both retired and live in Pleasanton, CA. We bought a small motor home in 2005 and have logged thousands of miles seeing some of our country's beautiful scenery, and have some wonderful memories of our adventures and the people we met along the way. After staying in our RV for the past six years in Palm Desert, CA, we liked the area so much we bought a one story condo there this year and have been busy putting it together and fixing it up as a second home & rental. Our combined families are excited to have this great place to go, which will give us some quality time together. I have had more fun than rough times in the last 50 years and feel grateful that I am still able to enjoy life and look forward to more adventures. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our 50th Class Reunion, and hope a lot of my Hall District School classmates will be in attendance. Added 4/27/2011
- John Toay - After graduation I left for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I had planned to study to be a teacher but was bored stiff and switched my major to law enforcement (maybe not that much different from teaching today). I pledged Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, one of the best moves I ever made. I made friends for life who taught me which fork to use, how to dress, how to socialize and how to discipline myself into good study habits. They also taught me how to drink beer! College was never discussed in my home, never looked at as an option. If it hadn’t been for the examples of my WHS classmates like Carl Hansen, Ted Bohrer, Mike Lopes, Bob England, Jeannie MacQuiddy, the Betz brothers and too many others to name, I’d never have even considered it. You guys literally changed my life at a critical moment. Otherwise, I’d probably still be working in a cannery or picking fruit. I worked my way through school rounding up cattle the old fashioned way in the summers and working in educational TV production during the school year. I love Nebraska (it’s more home for me than California), am a dyed in the wool Cornhusker and bleed “big” red. I graduated from UN-O with a triple major (for those of you who remember my academic performance in high school that will be a big shock), married a UN-O math major and my son was born in Omaha. I joined the Omaha Police Division where I was assigned to work midnights in an extremely violent high crime area. My territory was 4 blocks by 5 blocks and had four projects in it. I was good at my job, loved the variety of the work, the people and the steady diet of excitement. I was in four or five riots, more fights than I ever thought possible, have an assortment of scars and a serious phobia about being in crowds (got stabbed in them twice) or having my back to a door or a crowd. I was involved in two shootings but was never shot and have no regrets, loss of sleep or nightmares about the guys I drilled. I lost three good friends to bad guys and part of my hearing in a bombing so I don’t waste much time worrying about the ones I put holes in. They made their own beds. My son, Michael, was a 3 ½ month preemie, weighed in at 2 lbs. Before he was born we were told he was dead. When he was born alive we were told he was going to die and asked to leave the hospital because we didn’t have insurance. When he didn’t die they told us he would probably be physically and mentally handicapped. We moved him to the now University of Nebraska Medical Center where he fell into the hands of Dr. Byron Oberst who was specializing in preemies. What we ended up with was a jock who graduated with honors from SMU in Dallas. He’s a screenwriter commuting between Castaic, CA and Vancouver, BC with his Canadian wife who has patents pending for her development of 3-D movie and TV production equipment and training simulators. I left the PD and moved to Connecticut where I spent a lifetime for 18 months. Too many people, too small a space and no elbow room. After all the open spaces of Nebraska I was miserable and couldn’t wait to get out of there. The upside was that while I was there I got involved in some Intel work with some law enforcement agencies. Great experience with some scary lessons. I was fortunate to sign on as the Director of Public Safety for a central Ohio university where I ran the police department for several years before transitioning into insurance risk management and going into the private sector for three very large companies. I learned to sail on Lake Erie and spend as much time on a boat as I can. On the way I picked up an MBA from Ohio University. I spent 19 years in Ohio and because of my law enforcement and Intel exposures became a consultant developing E 9-1-1 systems in several Ohio counties and cities. Almost as satisfying as being a cop. While I was consulting, my wife got promoted and transferred to Annapolis, Maryland where we moved and eventually divorced after 25 years. I met Ellen, my wife of 21 years there, spent as much time sailing and exploring the Chesapeake Bay as we could and eventually got one of those job offers you can’t refuse. We moved to North Carolina where I became the Director of Risk Management for a major retailer (6,000 stores in 42 states, $35 million budget). After I burned out on that job, I hung out my consulting shingle again and we moved to our condo in Myrtle Beach, SC while we built a house just south of there. We’ve been here for the past 10 years, a total of 21 years in the south. Ellen came with a built-in family of two sons and two daughters. We fly in the face of the stereotypes that say second marriages fail and the kids hate each. Everyone gets along beautifully and visit whenever they’re close to each others homes. We now have five grandchildren, three boys and two girls, ranging from age 6 up to 18 with the oldest heading to college in the fall. Unfortunately, they’re in Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin, too far away to see as often as we’d like. I’ve been running my risk management consulting business for 12 years and spending a lot of that time traveling this country and some others practicing my trade. Just recently returned from Grand Cayman and will be heading out to Texas in June, then to Europe later in the year. I just completed a complex risk management program for a security company with ops. in South America, Iraq and Afghanistan. I followed that one with an assignment for a North Carolina college. Ellen is a consultant in her own right, specializing in social media marketing. She designs top flight marketing websites, develops Facebook pages for businesses, works with Google listings and a bunch of stuff I’ll never understand. Her client base is growing every day. I’m a political conservative and very involved in South Carolina politics. I’m a delegate to the state GOP convention, know and think highly of Joe (you lie!) Wilson, Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint, all of whom we need more of to get us out of our national fiscal nightmare. I’m looking forward to helping make a significant change in Washington politics next year. Added 4/12/2011
- Judy Bilicich Lowrey - Since high school, I have been married twice (both short term). I have two sons from my first marriage. My oldest son, John, will be 50 this year (can you believe that?). He works in heating and air conditioning and lives in Watsonville. My youngest son, Tony, is autistic and still lives at home. I have lived in this area all my life except for some travels. My home is off Pleasant Valley Road in the Corralitos area where I've been since 1979 and never want to leave. My careers have almost all been in the medical management field. I co-owned a health club/physical therapy business in Santa Cruz for 16 years. I'm still working two days a week for a private practice medical group in Gilroy. I don't have any grandchildren, so I pour most of my love into my dogs, especially my 105-pound Lab. For recreation, I take my dog for runs (he runs and I jog very slowly), and sometimes I go to West Coast Swing Dance classes. My mom passed away a couple years ago at age 94, so now my sister, Pat who lives in Rio Del Mar, and I are the senior member of our family. I hope to see many of my friends from high school at the 50th reunion. I missed our 45th so I'm really looking forward to the upcoming reunion. Added 3/11/2011
- Kay Callaway Rindal - I spent the summer of 1961 working at a church retreat center in New Mexico, before moving to St. Paul, MN, to attend Macalester College -- graduated from there in 1965, and 4 days after graduation married Mike Rindal in St. Paul. Forty-six years later, we're still in St. Paul -- and after our 14" snowfall this past Sunday-Monday, I'm having trouble remembering why I love it up here! We've had about 78" of snow this winter. I believe that's the third most snow in one winter, to date, and March is our snowiest month....ah, yes, Minnesota! We adopted a red-headed boy in 1969, Eddie, who has given us two wonderful grandsons, now 9 and 11. In 1970 we acquired boy/girl twins -- the hard way! Having three children in eleven months, we didn't even dream about attending high school reunions. If I remember correctly, the fifth-year reunion was a beach party which sounded like so much fun! My parents remained in Watsonville until the late '80's, but we only got back for family visits once or twice. It was much easier and less expensive for two adults to travel to Minnesota, than for five folks, with 3 little ones, to travel to California. My husband is older than I, so when our classmates were being drafted, he quickly reached age 26, and was no longer draftable. And though he was older, he worked after high school, and went back to college after I was through college. He spent 31 years teaching sixth grade in the St. Paul Public Schools, and retired very young, in my estimation. Unfortunately, he passed away last June, 2011. Besides raising the 3 kids, I worked 12 years for the St. Paul Public Library -- left there and filed a class-action law-suit against the library! You wouldn't have expected that from me, I'll bet. After almost two years, the library settled with our group one week before our court date! Then I worked at Concordia University, St. Paul for 18 years, and another 10 years at Bethel University, St. Paul. My higher education career was in student financial aid -- and yes, I'm ecstatic to be retired from that!! It was enjoyable at the time, but the changing rules, regulations, and economic situations made it more and more challenging. We've done some traveling over the years -- to Germany and Austria, for the Passion Play, in 2000. Also went with the Bethel soccer team to England. We've been on several bus tours in our "old age," and enjoy leaving the driving to others! Health issues recently have slowed us down a bit, but in our heyday, we did a lot of motorcycle trips. No, I don't drive, I navigate from behind the driver! Our most ambitious jaunt was a month-long trip to Alaska, staying in motels only 3 nights of the 28 we were on the road. While working full-time, I eventually went to Luther Seminary earning an MA in Theology and Doctrine, graduating in 2000! So, if it interests you, my theory is, go for it! You may surprise yourself! I hope I get to see many of you this coming fall. Added 3/11/2011
- Kim McClane - After graduation, I went to Cabrillo Community College where I majored in Electronics Technology, graduating in 1963 with an "AA" degree. I joined the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) in April 1964, and earned my Wings of Gold; was assigned to an Attack Squadron based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, CA flying the A1 Skyraider; and then, deployed to aircraft carriers off the coast of North Vietnam. In February 1967, I met an Army Nurse (Genie Doyle) who was stationed at the Presidio Army Hospital. Then in April, I deployed back to aircraft carriers off the coast of North Vietnam for my second tour returning in September, 1967. Genie and I were married a month later in her hometown of Burlington, New Jersey. In December, I transitioned to jet attack aircraft, and in August 1968, I went to NAS Glynco Georgia and was trained in programming in order to train students in combat situations. While in Georgia we had our first daughter (Kristina 1969). In December 1970, I was assigned to an Attack Squadron and assigned to Carrier Air Group 15 attached to USS Coral Sea (CVA 43). During
the next year and a half, while the Coral Sea underwent overhaul we had our second daughter (Kelly 1971). In December 1971, I was back off the coast of North Vietnam for my third tour which ended in July 1972. On one of the last flights, I had a very hard landing (9+ G's) due to battle damage (any Navy landing you can walk away from is a good landing) on the carrier. I had shooting pains in my lower back and the flight surgeon told me it was just a strain and placed me back in flight status. I flew about 20 more flights after that incident.
During my three tours in the Vietnam arena, I flew over 300 combat missions over North Vietnam. I was awarded the following awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal with Combat V, Gold Star and Numeral 31, Navy Commendation with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation with 5 bronze stars, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, several Joint Services Commendation Medals, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals (Vietnam and Korea), Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Cross of Gallantry Medal Vietnam, plus several other Vietnam service medals. When I got back to NAS Alameda I got checked out at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA. The doctors decided that I had severely injured my lower back (disk L5) and operated, but I still had pain in my lower back and right leg. The problem was that L4 was the primary injured disk. My third daughter (Karina) was born in April, 1973. Towards the end of 1973, after being selected for the rank of Lieutenant Commander (Major for non Navy types), I was given a Honorable Discharge with a disability rated at 30%.
I then went to work for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Columbus, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) as a Systems Engineer. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees, and graduated cum laude in both, Business Administration and Accounting. The next move took me to Dayton, OH to work for NCR. I attended the University of Dayton and earned an MBA degree, then applied to Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and was accepted, got a job with Bank of America as a Major System Program Manager, and we relocated to Walnut Creek, CA. Our next move took us to Benicia, CA, when I went to work for Wells Fargo Bank as the Director of Programming for Payroll projects, and I then worked for Integral Systems Inc (ISI) as a Senior Project Manager.
While at Wells Fargo, I graduated with my Juris Doctorate Degree and passed the California State Bar exam. I was making too much money to go into law right away, so I stayed working in Data Processing for ISI. During my time at ISI, my wife and I realized that we had drifted apart and we got a dissolution of marriage. I got custody of our daughters (one of the first fathers to get custody), my oldest daughter was attending college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and my middle daughter turned 18 and moved to Spokane to be with her older sister. While at ISI, I joined the International Division, and I worked for 6 months in Toronto, Canada, then over 2 years in Wellington, New Zealand, and a year in Singapore. My youngest daughter, Karina, accompanied me to New Zealand and Singapore.
While working in Singapore, I spent a weekend in Puket, Thailand where I met my soul mate, Frances Mink from Toronto, Canada. She was there while exploring South East Asia with her girlfriend (on a 3 month leave of absence). I invited both of them to stay at my residence in Singapore instead of paying for a hotel as I was going home to Singapore the next morning. They accepted and the next afternoon they arrived in Singapore. Fran and I spent the evening out having dinner and going to a jazz concert. After we got home that I opened two bottles of Dom Perignon (it's a wonderful ice breaker and bed warmer!). Fran and her friend had to leave for London, England the next day. She "accidentally" left a jacket at my place in Singapore when she left the next day, so I returned it to her, accompanied with a bottle of 'Joy' perfume. Fran was planning another 3 month leave of absence on one of the Caribbean Islands (Saint Lucia) from her job as the Director of Speech Pathology at a hospital near her home in Burlington, Ontario. I sent a dozen roses each week for the next 4 months and telephoned her every day, and talked her into coming back to Singapore instead of Saint Lucia and she agreed. We were engaged within 2 weeks after she arrived. I proposed to her while riding a tri-shaw, like a rick-shaw but the driver rode a bicycle. Her answer was, "What?", but she accepted a day later. She stayed with me until May and we were married in October, 1991.
An interesting point is that: 1) When I worked in Toronto, Fran lived about 3 blocks away. 2) When I was working in New Zealand, Fran was also in New Zealand. 3) When I was commuting to New Zealand, about once a month, I would take a stopover for a few days in Morea, French Polynesia, Fran was also in Morea. All the passing but no meeting until God wanted us to meet in Puket, Thailand.
After getting tired of data processing, I opened a law office in Fairfield, CA from 1994 thru 1997 as a sole practitioner, and then joined a law firm for 3 years. I then went back to being a sole practitioner in 2000. I also served as a Family Law Judge (pro tem) for Solano County.
On our honeymoon, I introduced Fran to scuba diving. We were on a diving/sightseeing trip to Egypt. In Egypt at Luxor there was a statue of a scarab (a beetle). It was said if a couple goes around the statue 9 times they will have a baby. We went around 9 times and about 9 months later we adopted our first child (Lia Jean, born 2/26/95). She was about 8 months old when we got her. We then adopted our second child (Luisa, born December 9, 1997), and our third child (Hope, born April 20,2002). All the girls are from China. They are now 16, 13, and 8.
I've had the rare opportunity to raise a new family with the time to NOT make the same mistakes I did with my first family. As for getting rest in my "golden" years, I wish I could, but with my young children, there is no rest. I cannot send them home to their parents as most of you all do with your grandchildren!
About 5 years ago, I started to get sever pains down my right leg. I checked with the Veterans Administration (VA) and found out that my back problems were related to my service connected injury and I was eligible for medical services through the VA. They also determined that I have Type II Diabetes (Agent Orange) and I had/have been suffering from Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) for over 30 years. I had surgery to "fix" my back, but it was unsuccessful and the pain was much worse. I was prescribed pain pills (Vicoden, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Phentanol, Morphine and Methadone) which took over my life. A judge once had to tell me to go home because I was not helping my client. As a result of PTSD, back problems, diabetes and drug problems I was rated as 100% disabled by the VA and was forced to retire from my law practice. It took me over a year to get off the pain killers and rejoin the living, thinking world.
With the help of our Lord, I've now learned to live with the pain without 'a little help from my friends' (see above). I'm enjoying being retired and spending more time with my wife and daughters, but I feel I should be doing something productive at times. I've been getting involved with Veterans organizations and am currently serving on the official Honor Guard for the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Added 4/5/2011
- Linda Dempsey Hill - After graduation, I started working while attending and attended Cabrillo College, but found juggling work and school took too much time away from my small daughter. I gave up school and went to work full time. I met my husband, Art, in 1963, married him in May 1964, and our daughter was born in May, 1965. Art had two children from a previous marriage, so almost instantly we had a family of four. Art was working in construction and got his general contractor's license and became self employed. I was very blessed with not having to work while our children were young. In 1979, the kids were older so I went to work in the school cafeteria in Springfield, Oregon. We eventually moved back to Watsonville where I went to work for food services in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District for 19 years, and then retired and moved to Medford, Oregon. I became restless so I went back to work for food services in Medford for an additional six years. Art is just now thinking about retirement, but works off and on. For both of us, I guess you can say we are semi-retired. We enjoy our church, our kids, our six grand kids and nine great-grand kids. Life is good. I'm looking forward to the 50th Reunion. Added 8/23/2011
- Marie Roche Cikuth - I was hoping
to make it to this reunion but instead I was in the middle of moving to our
new house in Redding, CA. Eddie has retired and I don't think I will
be far behind. I am currently working at Mercy Medical Center in
Redding as the Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist. That only means I
try to help people manage their diabetes. I certainly hope I can make
it to the next reunion and please tell everyone hi for me.
- Marsha Tsuda Wada - I attended cosmetology school after graduating. I married my high school sweetheart, Gene Wada, in 1964. I was able to be a stay-at home mom when our children came along. We have two daughters and five grandchildren. Courtney lives in Slidell, Louisiana, with her husband, Chris D'Amelio, and children, Taylor , Matthew, and Mia. Courtney is a stay-at-home mom and Chris is a Commanding Officer at Station New Orleans with the US Coast Guard. Brooke and her husband, Dave Hofkins, live in Aptos. They have two children, Andrew and Natalie. Brooke is Vice-Principal at Radcliff Elementary School in Watsonville, and her husband Dave is the service manager at Stevens Creek Audi in San Jose. Luckily, I'm able to take care of the grandchildren who live close by a couple days a week. I do enjoy travelling to Louisiana to visit the other grand kids and to see the sights around Lake Pontchartrain in the southeastern part of Louisiana. My "Louisiana grandchildren" are learning some real southern manners using, "Yes, ma'am" and "No, ma'am", as part of their daily conversation. It's a wee bit interesting to see and hear half Japanese/half Caucasian children with southern accents. They do turn heads. Don't tell anyone, but I was able to sample some "white lightning" while visiting the South...it went down real smooth, much to my amazement. Gene worked in the banking business for many years and also owned a golf shop in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center in Aptos. Retirement came early for Gene when he had a liver transplant in 1989 (one of the first on the West Coast). I went to work for Great Western Bank which later changed to Washington Mutual Bank in Watsonville. I recently retired from the banking world. Gene and I live in the Rio Del Mar area, where we enjoy playing golf twice a week (no golf cart). We both feel very fortunate for his life saving surgery and for me being able to say, "I'm a cancer survivor" (ten years). Working on the reunion committee has been great....the laughter and good times are the most fun. Added 5/28/2011
- Mary Brewington Johnson - I graduated from Cabrillo College and then UC Berkeley. I married Ed Patrick in 1965, and obtained a teaching credential in 1966 from Cal State Long Beach. I taught first and second grades until 1968 when our daughter, Joanne, was born. Our son, Michael, was born in 1970. I was divorced in 1974. At the same time, I was earning my Master of Library Science degree from Cal State Fullerton. I then met and married Chris Johnson in 1976. After many years in Southern California, where I worked at various libraries and Chris pursued his career in human services, we moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I accepted the position of Deputy State Librarian of the Arizona State Library. After a long career in libraries, begun in the Watsonville Union High School Library with Miss Fuller, I completed my library career in 2008 as Library Operations Manager for the Scottsdale Arizona Public Library. Now blissfully retired, I have time for my passions -- quilting, cross stitch, needlepoint, hiking, reading and traveling with Chris, who retired in 2009. I also volunteer at a non-profit needlework store. Joanne graduated from San Francisco State, and recently moved with her husband to Pasadena to accept a position managing computer systems security for a large health care organization. Michael lives in Los Angeles and is an independent contractor creating computer graphics for television and movies. We are enjoying the southwest in spite of the heat (116 degrees recently), and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. Added 8/24/ 2011
- Maurice Carrillo - I graduated and moved to Santa Cruz. On June 23, 1962, I fell off a ride at the Boardwalk (I survived) and quit smoking. From 1962-1987, I worked for and helped build a one-store operation (Bowman-Forgey Stationery ) in downtown Santa Cruz to four stores in the county and became one of the owners. I became a community leader with various organizations during that time including Salvation Army Board of Directors Chair, Downtown Association President, Santa Cruz Jaycees President, Chamber of Commerce committees, City Advisory Committee, City Parking Commission, California Downtown Association, Governor of Stationers of the West Coast, and Rotary Club of Santa Cruz (still an active member). In 1966, I joined the California National Guard and served five years. I married Sarge Soria of Santa Cruz in 1971. We had three children, Michael, 39; Deana, 37 and Daniel, 35. I am now the grandfather of 5 ages are 3, 6, 9, 11, 16. The 3 year old is in Kentucky and the rest live in Santa Cruz. The two youngest are girls. In 1986, I came "out of the closet" and my wife and I divorced in 1988. She died in 2000 from lung cancer. Sadly, she only got to see our first grandchild. A twenty-two year career followed with TOTLCOM, Inc., specializing in voice and data systems, based in Watsonville. In 1995, I had a commitment ceremony with my partner, Curt Keyer. We have lived in our home in Santa Cruz near Morrissey Boulevard for eighteen years next month. We both have served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project. Curt served for five years and I served for eight years after him. Together, we have held fund raising events to benefit the Santa Cruz AIDS Project in our home since 1997. Our accomplishment over those many years resulted in raising more than $160,000 for the agency and very successful food drives for their clients. We have many generous friends. We support the Diversity Center for the GLBT community in Santa Cruz, as well. I have another significant man in my life, Larry Dwyer, from Concord, California, for the last seven years. He is a close companion and my travel partner. Our second trip to Paris will be in November for three weeks. March 31st, this year, I retired from TOTLCOM, Inc., and the next day stepped in as an interim Executive Director for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project. I volunteered my time to help the agency through tough budget times. I was forced to retire from that position May 17th because of the need for a quad by-pass and valve repair that required open heart surgery. I am still in recovery mode from that experience...the good news is that I dodged a heart attack. That makes twice that I dodged the bullet. After years of playing gay volleyball at the main beach by the Boardwalk, I'm sidelined for now. I've given up inline skating and have stepped up my photo hobby. Next I will work on digitizing the thousands of photos I have in bins from many years of snapping pictures. I will be back at the gym, Spa Fitness, now In Shape, soon. My teenage dream was to someday have my own convertible. The closest was a '57 2-door Buick hard top when I was a junior at Watsonville High and a '63 maroon Grand Prix many years later. I rewarded myself with a 2005 Audi A4 Cabriolet. My dream fulfilled, but I wish I still had that Buick. My greatest joy is being with my grandchildren. Watching them grow and become such beautiful individuals is the biggest success of all. Thanks to all of you for the hard work it takes to do this event. Updated 9/15/2011
Mike Novak - What a
great idea this website is. We didn't make the 40th reunion due to my
stepdaughter's wedding and really missed seeing everyone so it is great
looking at the pictures. After high school I went to Cabrillo and
worked as a draftsman for Pacific Extrusions. Joined the Air Force in
1964 and was stationed in New Mexico and North Dakota. That started a
career in data processing. Worked for County Bank of Santa Cruz for a
couple years then went to San Diego State. From there we moved to
Santa Rosa for a job with State Farm Insurance and I stayed with them for 27
years until I retired in 1998. We now live in Shingletown (about 30
miles east of Redding). My son and daughter both live in the North Bay
and we are expecting our first grandchild in December. I am still best
friends with Jim Kendrick and Ted Crosby like we were in high school and we
get together often.
Added 2001. 4/5/2011 - Mike is deceased
- Phil Perrault - After graduation worked as an auto mechanic in Salinas for a few years, got drafted in 64 and went into the Navy. Trained as an electronic tech and had three tours of duty in Vietnam. Got out in 68. Next College in Saratoga for two years where I met my wife, Carolyn Bolt. Finished my college in Fresno with a degree in Psychology. Carolyn got her degree from San Jose & Hayward in Education. I spent the next 20 years working in Silicon Valley in manufacturing management. In 1992 asked to move a company to Seattle, we (our two boys, rabbit, dog, cat) came to the Northwest and never left. I retired about 6 years ago, but then decided to finally go back into Social Services. Since then I have worked with kids with problems, run a prison work release, and now I am a Case Manager in a Homeless Shelter in Vancouver, WA (by Portland, OR). Carolyn is an Area Manager for Head Start. We live out in the country on a river with our latest family member, Louie, a rescue "doodle". Added 2/1/2011.
- Priscilla Baclig Hedgpeth - I didn't stray far from my birthplace of Watsonville and have lived here most of my life. There was a brief period of time when my husband, Roland (Class of 1960), and I lived in Eureka, California for about five years. We returned to Watsonville in 1969 when Roland began his teaching career. I was a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters, Stephanie and Stacey. Those daughters are now married, teach and have given us five grandchildren, Emily, Eli, & Benjamin and Sam & Katie. In June, 2007, I retired from the Pajaro Valley Unified Scholl District after working 33 years as an Instructional Assistant in the Resource Specialist Program. I also retired as a leader from Weight Watchers in 2009 after 20 years of helping hundreds of people reach their weight loss goals. Retiring from Weight Watchers was good and bad....my original loss was 45 pounds and I was able to maintain that loss throughout the years I was there...now, I am challenged to keep those pounds away while I enjoy retirement. Retirement has been great, but I never cease to be busy. Living close to three of our grandchildren, we are constantly on the go. Since Roland STILL coaches soccer at WHS, I've become a pretty avid fan. The highlight of last year was attending one of the World Series games in San Francisco where we surprised our sports-loving daughter and grandson with tickets for the big day. I think I have become a GAMER! Roland and I have enjoyed travelling and cruising with family and friends, and hosting different relatives from France and Germany We've made several trips to Europe, twice with soccer teams and once on our own. It's so absolutely beautiful there. It was a real experience to take a team of 16 young men to Germany and Spain, with side trips to Switzerland and France. I play Bunco twice a month with several friends from high school, and I love to cook and bake. I like the "oldies" and music of the 40s and love to dance even though the opportunity doesn't present itself often unless we are on a cruise with the Sha-boom group... you may remember them from our 25th reunion at the Cocoanut Grove. They are a really fun group! I'm enjoying good health and want to live forever. Looking forward to our 50th reunion in September. It's been fun working on the committee, and I hope to see you all there. Added 6/6/2011
- Richard Crocker - Theresa and I just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. I have two sons from a previous marriage, Rick and Steve, ages 48 and 44, two grandchildren, Rickey and Samantha, ages 22 and 19. I completed my college education at San Jose State University with a major in business. I founded several businesses including a chain of fast food restaurants, a chain of self-storage facilities in California, and developed housing projects and commercial and industrial real estate properties which include parks and apartment properties. I am still active in real estate investments and management of the properties I have developed. I serve on various boards which include Cabrillo College Foundation Board and the Stanford Orthopedic Council. My wife and I are active in outdoor sports and have biked across America, climbed Kilimanjaro, Mt Whitney, a part of Mr. Everest (not the summit), and peaks in Chili. We both enjoy traveling to all parts of the world, but in the past few years have stayed closer to hone with our 12 year old lab. We typically spend the summers at Lake Tahoe. We both remain actively involved in community and volunteer projects. Added 4/11/2011
- Ronald French - After graduating from high school, I attended Cabrillo College for a couple of years. Needing to support myself, I obtained a job as an Engineering Aid for San Jose Water Works in 1964. While working for San Jose Water, I attended evening classes at local colleges and took some business classes at San Francisco State. After ten years in the Engineering Department, and working my way up to Chief Estimator with limited potential for further advancement, I resigned and went to work for one of their contractors, Fairley Constructors, as a supervisor. I began by working in the field, supervising some of the construction crews. After a few years, I became more involved with the estimating and began to spend most of my time in the office. The estimating at that time was all done by hand with the aid of only a ten key adding machine, a pencil, and lots of erasers. Eventually, I purchased the first company computer and developed estimating and billing spreadsheet programs. In 1989, the owners of Fairley Constructors decided to retire. With the help from a couple of partners, I formed R. W. French Construction, Inc., and we were in business. I purchased the equipment from Fairley Constructors, renegotiated the contracts with San Jose Water Company and the various unions, and hired most of the employees. Since we took over in the busiest time of the year, we had to hit the ground running. In one day, we went from no employees to a company with over 50 employees and a payroll to match. Less than a month later, we experienced the Loma Prieta Earthquake. There was a considerable amount of damage to the water infrastructure in the South Bay area and we worked around the clock for several weeks repairing leaks for both San Jose Water Company and the City of San Jose. I spent the next thirteen years dealing with typical construction issues such as either having too much work and not enough employees, or not enough work and too many employees. By 2003, I had had enough of the construction headaches and decided to retire. Although construction had been very good to me, my real love was aviation. I had always wanted to be a pilot and would have worked for the airlines, had my eyesight allowed. Instead, I obtained my pilot’s license in 1968. It wasn’t until 1985 that I was finally able to afford to fly on a regular basis. When I was about ten, I was given a ride at Watsonville Airport in a plane called a Navion. I fell in love with this brand of airplane and was finally able to buy my own Navion, a 1948 model, in 1988. In 1991, I sold this Navion and purchased a much nicer one, a 1949 model. I spent the next sixteen years restoring, flying and showing this airplane. I had turned it into a show plane which I enjoyed taking to air shows competing for trophies. I won awards at all of the major California air shows and many at the national level such as the Oshkosh Wisconsin fly in. Working on the airplane was a great stress reliever and an escape from the pressures at work. During this period I was fortunate enough to log over 1800 hours and earn an Instrument Rating. After retirement, the expense became unjustifiable, so I reluctantly sold my plane in 2007. My final trip was to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to win one more trophy and then to deliver the plane to its new owner in Pennsylvania. In 2002, my wife Diane and I moved to Anthem, Arizona, a new development at the North end of Phoenix. Because I like to work with my hands, I started looking around for another project after selling the Navion. I finally purchased a 1941 Chevy hotrod that I enjoy tinkering with and driving. I also volunteer my time with the local Homeowner’s Association to keep busy and keep the creative juices flowing. We enjoy traveling a lot and try to get away somewhere several times a year. We love Italy and Greece and have spent several long vacations in each. We are planning another three week trip to Italy shortly after the reunion and looking forward to a trip to Australia and New Zealand after the first of the year. I won't be bringing the '41 Chevy to the reunion as I have yet to complete the interior. Now it is too hot to work on it (110-113 degrees all next week). We are looking forward to the reunion. It will be great to take a break from the heat. Added 6/26/2011
- Sharon (Kusanovich) Stevinson I've been married for 49 years to that guy I met at a beach party blind date. We spent the first couple of years following Air Force assignments in Sacramento where our first daughter, Lisa, was born, and Anchorage, Alaska, where in 1964 we rocked and rolled during the 8.0 earthquake. We were living off base in a small trailer....what a ride! I felt like Lucille Ball in the long, long trailer....I could hardly stand up. Returned to Watsonville and Jim went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric in Moss Landing. He retired 16 years ago. We had our second daughter, Cara, in Watsonville, and have lived in the same home for over 40 years. I spent many years doing the stay-at-home mommy stuff with a part time job at the local newspaper. Then I took a job as a bookkeeper for a soil amendment company and retired after 20 years. Jim and I enjoy cruising the seas and rivers with friends and making new friends. We have gone on several cruises as "groupies" for the band that played at our 25th class reunion, Shaboom. We love their music and don't miss a dance. Our daughters are both married and live close by. We have 2 granddaughters, Carly, 15, and Brynna, 11. We love to fill in when their mom needs to have them picked up at school or for overnight visits. Brynna said, "Grammy, I'm going to cook all the good things my grand kids love to eat, just like you do". I want my granddaughters to have happy memories of their grandparents, and I think they already have some. Did anyone tell you that there is a big sign in front of my house that reads, "Welcome Stray Cats"? It's an invisible sign only readable by four footed fury fellas. They come into our yard and immediately apply for adoption. At the present time, we have about 6 (some come, some go, some live and some die). Also, when Jim and I leave this world, our daughters are having a Giant Yard Sale. It's our gift to them. This way, we don't have to worry about throwing away anything we have collected throughout the years. Maybe someone should call the "pickers" of TV fame. They would have a heyday. Looking forward to renewing old friendships at the 50th Reunion in September. Added 4/5/2011
- Sharon Wilson Carmichael - My high school graduation present from my parents was a trip to Scotland to finally meet a pen pal. Little did I know that I would meet my future husband, Robert "Scotty" Carmichael, on the same trip. My father was Scotty's sponsor when he immigrated to the US. We were married in 1964. Scotty was an electrician working in the San Jose area on commercial projects. He is now retired and keeps busy doing lots of "honey-do" projects around our home. I worked for Wells Fargo Bank before our marriage and for a short time afterwards until our children, Heather and Ross, arrived. Heather and hubby, Wells Wenger, have two children, a daughter Ashlyn, who is now 16, and a son, Trevor, aged 13. The Wenger family lives in Freedom. Our son and his wife, Priscilla, live in Hollister and have two daughters, Kourtney (age 12) and Bailey (age 9). Ross is an electrician (a chip off the old block) and Priscilla teaches Kindergarten. My hobbies include cake decorating, sewing, making personalized greeting cards, and playing on the computer. I enjoy helping my granddaughters with sewing projects for the Santa Cruz County Fair. I've entered some of my own projects and have taken home a few prizes myself. We especially enjoy our annual New Year's Eve party. It starts at 3:30 p.m.in the afternoon because we celebrate ringing in the new year on Scotland time, 4:00 p.m. our time. My husband and some of the grandkids wear kilts and we've been known to have a bagpiper and Scottish dancer perform for the guests. Most of our guests have a hard time making it to the stroke of midnight here. We never send out invitations because if you've ever attended, you will always be welcome and know the party is on. Our whole family of 10 will be making a pilgrimage to Scotland in June. Scotty promised the grandchildren he would take them to visit his homeland. Then the moms and dads wanted to go. That's a lot of suitcases to pack for one trip. The relatives in Scotland are eager to have us visit, but they will probably be glad when we wave good-bye as family vacation ends. Added 4/5/2011
- Sheila Cassin - After graduation I went to school at
The University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain. Once the Berlin Wall
began to be built, my father sent a cable telling me to come home as soon as
the Summer Session ended. I was planning on going to The University of
Barcelona, but that dream never came to be. From September of 1961 to
June of 1963 I was a student at Cabrillo majoring in Spanish. I had
panned to go for only one semester, and transfer to one of the state
colleges. However, once there I would not leave until
graduation. 1963 to 1964 were very difficult years. so many of
my Spanish classes were not recognized by the four year institutions, and it
seemed as if my major were electives!!! Finally, I landed at Cal State
Hayward which, at that time, was only admitting juniors, seniors, and post
graduate students. It was there that I earned my degree and my
Elementary Education Credential. Upon graduation in 1965 I headed
"North to Alaska" and taught kindergarten, and later second grade,
at Fort Richardson. LBJ stepped up the war, and emotionally, I
couldn't handle the war issues. I left very suddenly and came
home. Through Cal State Hayward and one of my professors, I was hired
by Murrary School District in Dublin, CA. (It is now Dublin
Unified.) I think I suffered from what is now called "culture
shock"! To make a long story short I ended my career teaching for
Lake Tahoe Unified School District for a total of 30 years. Most of my
experience was with third and fourth grade. During those 30 years I
was an exchange teacher to El Dorado County's Sister City, Warabi,
Japan. I was invited to teach English to 7th, 8th and 9th
graders. That, too, was a thrilling experience. I have been to
Europe and Asia many times. In June of 2000, and two years ahead of
time, I threw out the chalk and erasers for the last time. I moved to
Sun City Roseville and remodeled my home that I purchased when the area was
developing. I really don't miss the classroom, but am saddened when I
think about how I longed to join the teaching profession, and I truly
enjoyed it. Then came the time when I realized that 35 years were
enough, and no matter what, I could not go to 37. Today I am very
happy and thrilled with retirement. I am attempting to play golf,
reading all those novels I never had time to read, playing cards, and am
truly enjoying "Golden Pond." I am looking forward to
meeting some of my "old friends" in the WUHS Chat Room. EAR
was surprised to hear from me. Oh, well, you never know who might show
up----or rather----walk in!!!!!
Added 11/17/01. Deceased added 4/5/2011
- Shirley Coffey Roberts - I didn't actually graduate with the class in 1961, even though my picture is in the Manzanita as a graduate. I married John Camren in December of 1960 and moved with him to San Diego where he was stationed. He was also in the Class of 1961, but joined the Navy in July of 1960. I went to Pajaro Elementary School with many of our classmates. John went to Aptos Elementary. He was stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Station in California, and then deployed to Fallon, Nevada. We had two daughters while in the Navy, Kelly and Kimberly, who are just two years apart. After John's discharge from the Navy in 1964, we settled in Carson City, Nevada, where John worked for the United States Post Office, and I was employed by the State Industrial Commission. In 1970, we relocated to Reno, Nevada, where John worked as a produce manager for a local chain store for nine years. I worked for the State Adult Parole and Probation Department in Reno. Our son, Christopher, was born in Reno. In 1979, we vacationed in Yakima, Washington, and liked the area. We moved our family to Selah, Washington, where John went to work for Safeway as a produce manager. I worked for Yakima County Juvenile Probation. In 2002, John and I divorced after 42 years of marriage. John is still in Yakima, retired from Safeway, and has remarried. He is involved in competitive rifle and bow shooting. Our daughter Kelly, attended Central Washington University, and is a registered nurse; our other daughter, Kimberly is a school principal in Chehalis, Washington; and our son, Christopher, is a federal police officer. We have seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. In 2005, I married Dave Roberts from Boise, Idaho. Dave has two children and seven grandchildren, so I am really blessed. I retired from Yakima County three years ago, and Dave works two days a week. We love to travel, love major league baseball (he's an avid San Francisco Giants fan so he said, "Sure", we can go the reunion, if it includes a Giants' game."), college football (Go Boise State Broncos!), and of course those grandchildren doing anything and everything. We are active in our church (Selah Covenant), and are enjoying life. I haven't attended any of the reunions, so far, so decided it was time. I still have family in the Watsonville area, so I'm looking forward to our visit and excited to reconnect with classmates from the Class of 1961. Added 8/10/2011
- Susan Seiferling - I moved to Watsonville for my junior and senior years, so I didn't grow up with my classmates. I transferred to Watsonville High School from Monterey Bay Academy. I wasn't very outgoing at that time, but enjoyed the school very much. Right after graduation, I worked for a few years as a telephone operator in Watsonville. I was then able to attend Bible school in Portland, Oregon, and relocated to Colombia, South America, in 1970, as a missionary. I had a great many adventures in that beautiful country and worked in several capacities. Since 1990, my principle assignment was literature and writing Bible study material for children, youth and adults. Much of this material has been published and is being used in thousands of churches, schools, and home Bible studies throughout Latin America. I retired in 2010 and settled in Twin Falls, Idaho. I am currently preparing another book to be published in Colombia, and adapting some of the material into English to be used for personal and group Bible studies. By the way, I didn't marry, so can't share about children and grand-children; however, if I were to include spiritual children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, I wouldn't be able to name them all. It has been a good life, and I'm still enjoying it. If it weren't for the persistence of a friend from my early high school days at Culter Academy in Los Angeles, your committee may not have located me either. My friend took a chance and called a committee member after finding my name listed on the Class of 1961 website. Not only have I reconnected with my friend, I was able to reconnect with the graduating Class of 1961. Isn't technology amazing? Added 7/28/2011
- Tana Bowen Roberts - I've been married 47 years to that Freshman guy I met in my Senior year. Guess we've beat the odds with some ups and downs along the way. We've lived in Watsonville most of those years with a couple of moves--3 years in Bakersfield and 3 years in Smith Valley, Nevada. I worked off and on for 17 years as a service representative with the telephone company in Watsonville, Bakersfield, Hollister, Capitola, San Jose and Salinas. I retired from the City of Watsonville after 20 years where I held the position of Deputy City Clerk. Rick retired after 37 years with Oroweat/Entenmann's where he was a Division Manager in Santa Cruz and Monterey. We have 3 grown children. Damon, our oldest son, lives in Watsonville and is married to wife Kimberly (Salyer). He makes neon for signs ("glass bender") and works at a Santa Cruz sign shop. Thearon, son #2, is a musician (guitar and sings) and enjoys writing music and recording his songs. Our daughter, Tristan, is married to Jason Norris. They have a 13-year old son, Treyton Dane and a four year old daughter, Magnolia Belle. Needless to say, the grand kids are the "loves of our lives". They live in Camino. Tristan is busy being a mom and Jason works for a local sign shop and has his own tattoo shop in Placerville. Confession time----I have no "real" hobbies and I don't exercise. My Mom lived to be 95 so I told Rick he's in it for the long haul. I do enjoy working crossword puzzles, and I've been playing Bunco with some friends from high school since 1970. I like to cook and enjoy having my family and friends come for dinner or to spend a week or so. Some of them call our house the "Roberts Bed and Breakfast". You will always get biscuits and gravy for breakfast at least once during your stay. We live in the Amesti area on a 1/4 acre of an old apple orchard we subdivided into four parcels back in the early '80's. Retirement is wonderful. We've been lucky to be able to travel with a group of great friends. Don't ask me about Matzatlan, Mexico or Montreal, Canada. "What happened there, stays there". Being a part of the reunion committee has been fun and challenging. Sometimes the planning and preparation is more fun than the actual event. Maybe we are on overload by the time the big day arrives. The 50th Reunion is a real milestone for the entire Class of 1961. I can't believe it's been 50 years...where did the time go? Added 2/28/11
- Tony Coelho - See Evelyn Foxworthy Coelho and Tony Coelho
Wayne Holt - See Barbara Miller Holt and Wayne Holt