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Thorson, Karen (Swoboda) Tom

4717 Apple road

Appleton, WI 54913

tkboda@new.rr.com
I retired from nursing in 2002. I manage to stay busy by babysitting, scrap-booking and camping. We have our 5th Wheel parked at our daughter's cottage, which seems like we have a cottage! We have three daughters and one son. We also have seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Tischleder, Carol (Johnson) Darwin

W5971 Blazing Star Drive

Appleton, WI 54915-7419

920-574-3805


After graduation, I did secretarial work. In 1964 I married Darwin from Menasha, who was in the army so we moved to Tacoma, WA. Soon after moving there, he was sent to Viet Nam for one year. In 1966, we moved to Newport News, VA until he was discharged. In 1967 our daughter, Darla was born and a son Scott was born in 1970. We have done some traveling, but haven't been able to since 2009 when Darwin was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He has had radiation, chemo and surgery. Thankfully, he is still here! We have three grandchildren; Dillon 19, Nick 16 and Megan 11 and a wonderful son-in-law Gregg. Last year, after living in the same house for 42 years, we moved to Darboy and love it!
Tonn, Jerry (Joan)

2086 East 5950 South

Ogden, UT 84403-5248

801-476-0577



jtonn@sitestar.net
Upon graduation from high school, I attended three University of Wisconsin campuses–finally

graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. I then enlisted in the United States

Air Force (USAF) and attended Officer Training School at Lakeland Air Force Base (AFB), San

Antonio, TX. I was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1967, returned to Neenah, and married Joan

Gehrke in November 1967. We then proceeded back to San Antonio, TX, for undergraduate

pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base, TX. I graduated from undergraduate pilot training in

March 1969, and Joan and I went to Altus AFB, OK for training to fly the C-141 heavy-lift jet

transport. My first C-141 assignment was to Charleston AFB, SC, where our daughter, Andrea, was born. While flying the C-141, I got to go to many locations worldwide. After a year at Charleston, I received

orders to helicopter transition training at Shepherd AFB, TX, and then to Elgin AFB, FL, for H-53 helicopter ground school. My first job flying helicopters was at Patrick AFB, FL where I was a member of the Launch Recovery Team for Apollo space flight launches from Cape Canaveral. Also while assigned at Patrick, I was selected to be one of the pilots on the first trans-Atlantic ferry flight of a H-53 helicopter from the states to the United Kingdom. After 15 months at Patrick AFB, I was assigned to fly H-53 Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopters at Danang Air Base, South Vietnam. While enroute to Vietnam, I completed basic, jungle, and water survival programs. While at Danang, I became a combat rescue instructor pilot. I also was fortunate to have rescued a downed F-4 Phantom Weapons System Officer who already had four enemy aircraft kills to his credit. He returned to his unit and shortly thereafter was instrumental in shooting down his fifth enemy aircraft, thus becoming an “Ace.” He was recalled back to the states and in route stopped at Danang and threw a party honoring me for rescuing him which enabled him to become an “Ace.” In December 1972 my unit at Danang was moved to northern Thailand. After being overseas for a year, I returned to the states to a desk job as a Central Base Personnel Officer at KI Sawyer AFB MI and flew a T-29 base support aircraft part-time. I later became chief of that organization. Our son, Brian, was born in Michigan. In 1976, our family was transferred to Hill AFB, UT, where I again flew H-53 helicopters and became an Instructor Flight Examiner doing mid-air retrieval of military packages descending by parachute. I was also involved in numerous classified projects. We spent 11 years at Hill and retired in September 1987. I was then recruited by Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Systems Test Pilot and Flight Test Director. This necessitated a move to the Los Angeles, CA, area. After 5 years in the LA area, Northrop Grumman transferred us back to Ogden where I was a Test Site Manager. When the program I was working terminated, I transferred to another division working ICBM guidance systems in Ogden. When this contract was modified I elected to leave Northrop Grumman rather than to return to the LA area. I then worked for a number of government contractors supporting the F-16 fighter worldwide and finally retired from active employment in 2006. I’m now actively engaged in working on a 40+ year honey-due list!
Tuchscherer, Konrad

P.O. Box 16

Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

843-842-7173


Tyriver, Mary (Lee) Dick

W5072 Fargo Springs

Hilbert, WI 54129

920-989-1131


Van Gompel, Nancy (Zolkowski) Jack

162 Andrew Avenue

Neenah, WI 54956

920-722-5704



jackjzolkowski@new.rr.com
Hello fellow classmates. Jack and I have raised our three children two boys and a girl; Chris, Craig and Cathy. We enjoyed being involved with their sports, music, and gymnastics. Now our lives have gone to the dogs. We started with one dog, a Lhasa Apso. She was not a good dog because she was not trained and ruled us. I was not going to have another dog, but as fate would have it we got another dog named Pepsi. He was a Shih Tzu. When we put our Lhasa down we go another Shih Tzu and named him Cola when we started the Soda Pups. We decided to get some people training to help our two dogs. As fate would have it, we rescued a Pomeranian from the Neenah Animal Shelter and her name was Lacey but to go with the pop theme, we called her RC. So when taking classes RC was so intelligent I began competing in obedience trials and then agility. At that time Nita Woulf was working tor Theda Clark Medical Hospital and she was starting up a Pet Therapy program and asked if I would be interested. Jack and I joined the volunteers at Theda in 1996. Currently we are do Pet Therapy at five hospitals in the area. We also do a 45 minute dog show called the Soda Pups Dog show. We do a safety presentation at schools, entertain at Nursing homes, and follow the Library theme at Libraries. We have put down six dogs so far and have four left. The six in doggie heaven are Tonya, Pepsi, Cola, RC, Cinder, and Mellow

Yellow. Now we have left are all Pomeranians Squirt, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, and Ginger Ale.


Yes our dogs have taught us all we need to know about life!

Veeser, Lee

N3168 Hwy. 110

Weyauwega, WI 54983

920-867-3377


Voster, Ronald (Beverly)

833 Betty Avenue

Neenah, WI 54956

920-725-5953


I've been retired for almost 7 years now, after working for Alcan as an industrial electrician for 39½ years. Our three kids pretty much left our house, but live in the area. I've gone fishing up in Canada at least once and sometimes twice during the summer for the past 20 years. I'm into genealogy and have almost 1900 people in my family tree.

Webb, Gary (Barbara)

236 Stevens Street

Neenah, WI 54956

920-722-4900



ghwsbl@sbcglobal.net
In 1965, I received a B.S., Business Administration from Carroll College, and in 1967 M.B.A., Marketing, Indiana University. 1967-70: Enlisted US Army; 1st Lieutenant, Infantry; 1969-70 in advisors' Intel Ofc, IV Corps, Vietnam. 1971-90: merchandising and purchasing with Zellerbach Paper Co (paper and packaging distributor), Seattle and mostly Portland. In 1980, I married Barbara (met at work) and gained a 12 year old son Jeff. We were married by my brother Mark, Episcopal priest (deceased 1986); Barbara is one of ten children. In 1990, we moved to Neenah; worked at Central Products, Menasha, and School Specialty, Greenville. I have been retired since 2008 and Barbara retired in 2009. We are now able to make more visits to son (no grandchildren) and other family in the Portland area; also enjoying nephew Chris Webb and family, St Paul. I have been both a Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Neenah.
Wells, Toni (Mueller)

632 South Commercial Street

Neenah, WI 54956

920-725-6806



tonimaemueller@hotmail.com
Wenneche, Alice (Millis) Hugh

21746 President Point Road

Kingston, WA 98346

360-297-3751


Wenzel, Tom

7190 County Road M

Winneconne, WI 54986

920-582-4781



stwaldo@dishmail.net
I am a widower with two daughters; Tiffany lives in Grand Prairie, TX and Tammy who lives in

Stoughton, WI. I have two black labs that keep me company; Maddy and Cally. I retired in 2002 and l am loving it. I enjoy hunting and fishing. I am busy remodeling a home on the river in Weyauwega.


Wetzel, Patricia (Cespedes)

1909 Ainslie

Chicago, IL 60640
Wickham, Dick (Marge)

1646 East Bishop Drive

Casa Grande, AZ 85222

520-423-8381



rmwickham@cox.net
I took an early retirement from The Operating Engineers after working many years in construction.

I enjoy spending my time working on projects around the house and doing planting and yard work.

We have lived in Arizona for over 17 years and enjoy it. The summers may be hot, but it sure

beats the freezing cold temps and all that snow you have in Wisconsin. This climate is better

for the arthritis too. Guess we are all getting old and feeble. If you are ever out this way, give us a call. Marge and I would be happy to see you! Have a good time if you are at the reunion! Sorry we can't make it. All for now.
Wilms, Kathy (Eger)

31598 Jestice Farm Road

Laurel, DE 19956

302-430-2657



kathy.eger@gmail.com
I attended Wisconsin State College-Oshkosh where I obtained a degree in Library Science.  I worked my way through school at places such as Plywood Oshkosh, Marathon Corp. and the U.S. Post Office. After graduation, I moved to Cleveland, OH where I began work at the Cleveland Public Library, and also met my husband-to-be.  After our marriage in 1969, we moved to Nashville, TN where Tom worked for DuPont. While there, we had 2 daughters, Lisa & Margaret.  I was able to tour parts of Europe while Tom worked in Luxembourg and I did some family tree research in Denmark. In 1977, we moved to Seaford, DE (Home of world's first nylon plant).  Our son, David was born here.  Fortunately, I was able to stay home to care for my children for many years.  I re-entered the work force about 1990, about the time of my divorce, starting with the Sussex County Dept. of Libraries as a catalog librarian, where I still am. That's my day job! My passion is sharing groundbreaking discoveries for Wellness from a social entrepreneurial company dedicated to affecting the lives of the millions of children suffering from inadequate nutrition.

Wilms, Rachel (Umland) Gene

9621 SE 173rd Lane

Summerfield, FL 34491

352-245-5286



younglady@centurylink.net
I worked at American Can and then Menasha Corp until my marriage on February 10, 1968. In 1975, I was introduced to Jesus Christ as my Personal Savior. He has made all the difference in my life-always answering my prayers. My husband Gene and I welcomed a son on February 5, 1976. Brad is married teaching 4-6 grade Sunday School. I also volunteer at our small Christian Academy.
Winkler, Dale (Mary Ellen)

3606 Breezewood Lane

Neenah, WI 54956

920-836-3431



dalemary65@centurytel.net
Retired from the printing industry in 2003. Still living west of Neenah on a farm with Mary Ellen and our two dogs; Stanley and Steemer. I enjoy farming, gardening, birding, reading and taking daily walks with Mary and our dogs. Still like getting together for weekly breakfast(s) and a weekly board meeting with (old) classmates at the local 'Pub'.
Witt, Dennis (Viola)

P.O. Box 1706

Lucerne, CA 95458

707-274-2860



Wolf, John

N5386 Puls Road

Shiocton, WI 54174-9070

920-986-1134


Wruck, Ronald

1801 East Lindbergh

Appleton, WI 54911

920-734-0319


Yaeger, Carol (Beadle)

10519 Sandy Springs Drive

Nekoosa, WI 54457

715-886-4841


My husband, Jerry, passed away on December 17, 2010 and I have just been swamped with all the things that had to be and still have to be done. On top of the normal stuff, the neighbor's tree fell on our house the week before Easter leaving three good sized holes in the roof! Hopefully to be fixed soon! I do not plan on attending the class reunion, but my best to all of you.
Young, Bill (Judy)

208 St. John's Riverplace Lane

Switzerland, FL 32259

904-610-9080



bill@ipsjax.com
Judy and I moved to Florida in 1973 and live in Switzerland (about 5 miles south of Jacksonville). We moved to Florida in 1973 and live in Switzerland (about 5 miles south of Jacksonville). We have been married for 44 years and have 2 children; Mark (38) and Allison (36) and one grandchild, Samuel (arrived in April 2011). I am an electrical engineer and the President of Industrial Power Systems, Inc. (IPS); designers and manufacturers of electrical controls, switchgear and automation systems. (ipsswitchgear.com). I have maintained my lifelong hobbies, collecting Austin Healey's, amateur radio (W4WWY), and attending traditional jazz festivals.

Zarnoth, Judy (Stockman)

1407 Cooke Road

Neenah, WI 54956

920-722-6294


Zeinert, Judy (Brockman)

202 Spruce Street

Neenah, WI 54956-3321

920-729-5592


Zimmer, Ed

2275 Shady Lane

Neenah, WI 54956

920-202-1215



You can't change the past, but you will ruin the present by worrying about the future!

Our Daily Bread

Editor's note.....we would be remiss if we did not include this illustrative autobiography!
Significant Happenings Over the Past 50 Years
After a stifling, religious childhood, I couldn’t wait for freedom and vowed to experience everything I possibly could for the rest of my life. I feel pretty good about having achieved that goal, so far.

  • Got fired in 1961 for being a “N----- Lover” and lost PGA Scholarship as a result. Didn’t think of myself as a Civil Rights person, but guess I was.

  • Seven years of college; transferred 5 times and changed major 13 times – still no degree. Hated every minute except the parties.

  • Worked as a writer for two newspapers

  • 5 year careers with Pitney-Bowes, American Can, Ingersoll-Rand, and New England Motor Freight (Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New York City)

  • Wrote sales development text and taught in 13 countries as well as US

  • First person in the world to teach seminars simultaneously broadcast to three US cities via satellite – AT&T’s first commercial use of the first satellite in 1977

  • Connected with famous Psychologist (Dr Herb Hamsher) to write sales text. He was “shrink to the stars” and got me involved with Harry Chapin, John Denver, Judith Light, Valerie Harper, Raul Julia, and others. Focused on The Hunger Project.

  • Dated Judith Light and escorted her to Emmy Awards at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC

  • Spent time with Buckminster Fuller and worked on project to provide cheap, dome housing for poor in China

  • Learned and taught Critical Thinking/Personal Psychology Seminar to major businesses in 23 countries over 6 years – Time Magazine hired me to deliver seminars in Borneo/Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/Hong Kong areas

  • Contracted to write “Inner Game of Selling” with Timothy Gallwey (“Inner Game of Tennis”) – Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich company went bankrupt before we could complete project – never published

  • Contracted to write Biography of famous artist, Noel Quinn who was personal friend of Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and knew Adolph Hitler. He invented a system for blind people to “see” art work. Quinn died before project was completed – never published

  • Made it completely around the world two times (a childhood goal)

  • Ran a coffee house – Moonshadows – in Waukesha

  • Became a House Father for my old fraternity at Carroll College ending up getting kicked off campus with the fraternity – (Great fun!)

  • Entered the movie business in 1995 working on three theater released, horrible movies: “Yellow Pages”, “Natalie’s Rose”, and “Reggie’s Prayer” (starring Reggie White, Brett Favre, Mike Holmgren, many other NFL greats, and Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid”), and Cylk Cozart (“Eraser”, “White Men Can’t Jump”, others), and Malcolm Jamal Warner (a real scumbag, IMO). All titles available on DVD, but don’t buy them!

  • Raised $4.6 million by myself to shoot and produce “Reggie’s Prayer” by making phone calls randomly, starting with friends. Took 38 days. One man finally invested the entire amount; current owner of Colorado Avalanche hockey team. (He lost about $4.6 million!)

  • Close personal friendship with Pat Morita for 10 years until his death in 2005. He was a great friend and a huge talent; very, very funny.

  • Eight years selling residential real estate and coaching other Realtors in Milwaukee

  • Fell while listing a home and injuries have crippled me for life… and didn’t even get the listing.

  • Looking for more adventure and influencing three sons and six grandchildren to squeeze as much adventure and learning into their lives as possible.

  • Struggling to write a book about my adventures. Having moved… physically changing addresses… exactly 80 times. May add to that before I’m done.

  • Found my best friend, Tom Mott, at our Reunion in 2000 after losing track of him for 30 years.

Not much else. Dave McKellips

A special thank you to Betsy (Johnson) Jensen for doing all the research and conducting the interviews with our former teachers.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO.............

Helen Firkus Menning

2601 S. Elm Place, Apt. 129

Broken Arrow, OK 74012-7885

(due her memory difficulties, if you write, please include a copy of your yearbook picture and/or certainly your maiden name)
Teaching Home Economics at NHS, all or the majority of her teaching career.
“When I taught, I wanted to give love & attention.” So spoke Miss Firkus (as she was known to most of us) in a conversation in Autumn 2010. She was then 88 and living in an assisted facility. “I have some dementia < but good long-term memory>. After 2 hip replacements, God did a miracle for me; I walked with no pain after the first day! I now run down the hall to the ‘angle’ & then walk ‘like a lady’ into the dining room.” She may be someone who moved quickly all her life – teaching a full hour of sewing or cooking or later expanded Home Ec with rapid fire instructions but with “heart.” She eventually taught student teachers from UWO and UWST. In the summers she worked at the bank or traveled. In the 1980’s one of her students introduced Helen to the student’s father, whom Helen married. They had 6 happy years until his sudden death from a heart attack. After retirement, Helen followed a longtime desire to move to OK where she became very active in Christian fellowship and study. Ever the hospitable hostess, you can imagine she was well known for her giving heart and delicious meals. She lives quietly now but is very grateful for her blessings and the care there.
William (Bill) Haidlinger

1013 Michigan St

Oshkosh WI 54902

(Suggestion: make any notes/cards to him using large and dark print for his diabetic sight.)
At NHS 1958 – 1963 teaching General Science, Biology, and Chemistry

(also one year as Dean of Boys. “It was like being a cop!”)


After Mr. Haidlinger had served in the Army during the Korean War, he attended UW Oshkosh on the GI bill. Several things mixed together to land him at NHS in 1958: a teaching assistantship in Chemistry, a work study program, and a need for a temporary replacement for Mr. Christoph who had some surgery. Eventually he stayed until 1963. Later his skills paved the way for Research & Development work at American Can and in education at Fox Valley Technical College. At FVTC he taught and created the curriculum for the Pulp & Paper Chemical Technology program. He married but is now widowed, no children. He stayed in Oshkosh where he lives independently at age 82 despite his reliance on a wheelchair and in having some diabetic needs. Humor is not forgotten with such stories as the sodium explosions in Lake Winnebago (and again every time it came down!) and solid fuel rocket experiments in Oshkosh parking lots. A classic is the tale of his driving Mr Spoo (another NHS employee living in Oshkosh who owned a Chrysler Imperial!) to and from their jobs through the winter snows in Mr H’s VW Bug! Justifiably there is a good laugh at the Oshkosh end of the phone AND one at this writer’s end of it too
Harland Carl

1419 N Douglas St

Appleton WI 54914-2514

Teaching and coaching at NHS ’58-’66 - Phys Ed, Asst Football Coach and Head Track Coach


Football – an integral part of Harland Carl’s life from his early days playing for the Chicago Bears to his return to Madison from where he’d gotten his Masters. This time, he was there as Asst Football coach and Mr Braun always felt he should have been Head Coach!! Coach Carl called those Madison days “probably the most stressful of jobs” with the black and white issues on campus then and the pressure for the team to win. For 10 years afterward, he was involved with Sales for what became School Specialties. Sales in sporting goods would take him all over the state and the UP. And during this time he and his brothers developed and manufactured a hardy, basketball carrier, its manufacturing being done in Wausau. His family consists of 1 daughter and 3 sons and cause re-visits to Madison where 2 sons live. At 80 years of age during this autumn 2010 phone conversation, he was feeling quite fit! He has fond memories of Mr Braun with whom he coached while at NHS. And as far as teaching, “I miss the kids!”


Lier Tellekson

4300 West River Pkwy S. #276

Minneapolis MN 55406
1957–1959 NHS History & Forensics
How lucky I was to get a job at Neenah High School in 1957!

I loved teaching there as well as the community itself.” With one more year of teaching in MN, her official teaching career changed to that of a Lutheran pastor’s wife in 1960. For the next 18 years they lived in a variety of communities between IL and MN with their three children, and although they seemed to move about in a small area of the nation, their international travel ranged from Israel to Scandinavia to Germany and England. By far the most unusual place they lived was Tanzania in East Africa where she taught English 1 year and where “we experienced living in a 3rd world country w/o car, dependable electricity or water . . . and loved it!Now as a retired couple in a Minneapolis Senior Living Co-op, they keep active with volunteer work, reading, walking & biking along the Mississippi, and cross country skiing (except for the year of the fractured ankle!) “NOW: there are more countries with exciting current events and financial & military crises in THIS era’s history, than were in the 1950’s! [and to you former students:] Even though many of you are retired, keep reading and staying involved . . . politically and socially. Live well! [Although] I will not be able to attend, I have very fond memories of Neenah, the school and kids and faculty - it would be fun to be there. Best wishes to all of you.”
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