Jane Jones (Kruse)
April 08, 1943 Retired Occupational Therapist Married 3 5 grandchildren and 1 deceased grandson. Yes and enjoying it.After graduating from Southeastern, I went to Adrian College, graduating with a BA degree in Sociology. I then went to Wayne State Univ and received a post degree certificate in Occupational Therapy. I then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where I met my my husband. My husband Al Kruse is a retired Lutheran Pastor. We have lived in rural Fremont, Nebraska. This was a culture shock after growing up in Detroit, Mich. From Fremont, we moved to Eldorado, Iowa. A small town in the northeast part of Iowa. From there we moved to Cushingt, Iowa which is in northwest Iowa. From there we moved in Carthage, Illinois. After being in Carthage for 8 1/2 years we moved to Readlyn, Iowa. We lived there for 14 1/2 years. During most of this time, I have worked as an occupational therapist with a state agency called Area Education Agency. I worked in various school systems with children who had fine motor difficulties and physical disabilities.
My husband and I have retired to Washington, Iowa which is south of Iowa City, where that football team called the Hawkeyes are. I manage to keep busy in retirement. Over the years I have developed a hobby of making homemade bread. Washington has a Farmers's Market every Thursday night from the middle of May to the middle of October. I take my bread there. It has been a wonderful experience. I also keep busy with 5 grandchildren. Jake, who is 12, Megan who is 9, Hannah who is 10, Lacey who is 7 and Sophis who is 4. Since most of you still live in Michigan I have to telll you that our kids when they were young would tease me about who would win the Iowa-Michigan footballgame. I am sorry I will not be able to make the reunion. My husband and I are planning to come to Michigan the following week.
Janet Blackstone (Lake)
April 15, 1943 retired Married 2 2 yes Spending time up north at our cabin in the summer and playing golf, I was lucky enough to get a hole in one last year.We have done a little bit of traveling and snowmobiling during the winter.The rest of the time we spend spoiling our two grandsons.
Jo Pellerito (Lesperance)
August 23, 1943 Married 3 5 yes We are blessed with great childern and even greater grandchildren. We travel a little and belong to traveling old car club and take short trips with them. Chuck works on his cushman motor scooters and plays alot of golf. I do alot of volunteer work, I also like to go to the casino. I guess to sum it up I would have to say we should have retired long ago. Sorry we will not make the party. hope you all have a good time and be safe.
Chris Kryger (Markey)
March 07, 1943 Registered Nurse, regional director Married 4 7 not yet After graduation, I went on to become a registered nurse. I am still working full time as an RN, Regional Director for Mobilex USA. I will probably retire in the Spring. I have 7 grandchildren to keep me busy.
Over the last ten years, my husband and I have traveled to many "warm sunny places". We truly enjoy the outdoors, water and sun. Since we live a few blocks from Lake Erie, for 10 years we have enjoyed boating during our free time. Currently, we are RVing with family and friends. We enjoy our grandchildren, which between the two of us equals 18.
Elizabeth Prechtel (McClellan)
August 14, 1943 Registered Nurse 4 12 - see below! not yet I still love my work (at least most of the time) as a midnight nurse, both long-term and Sub-acute Rehab, at Cherrywood Nursing and Living Center in Sterling Heights - help out with all those grandkids whenever I can and eat out more often than I should. For the last few years I have been working with a dear friend on an important humanitarian issue with a politically based component. Please, ask me about "Just_Justice" - I'll be happy to tell you.4 children - 12 grandchildren, 9 are biological the other 3 are bonuses.
I can hardly wait to see everyone at the reunion in the fall - we are having such fun planning it! Hope you all can come.
gail smith (meyer)
May 03, 1943 retired Married 3 10 yes We love to travel and golf. The rest of the time we are busy going to all the grand childrens soccer, basketball,track, baseball and volley ball games.
February 16, 1943 retired Married 3 four yes Golfing,enjoying our cottage in Pt. Austin Mi. and baby sitting our grand children.Also had the opportunity this year along with my wife to appear in a movie filmed in the Detroit area called "Mary's Buttons".
Janet Drake (Monsour)
January 01, 1943 Retired as a Technical Writer. But, also I was a Computer Programmer Analyst, WSU Curriculum
Advisor, Teacher (And I find I st Married Yes About 9 years ago:
* There was a scarcity of jobs in my field and of decent jobs. After searching for about 2 years and knowing my dear husband Shaw (of 34 years) enjoyed having me home when he arrived from work, I applied for early Social Security. It worked out well because within a couple of years Shaw was offered a "Special Early Retirement"; thus, it made it easier for us to decide to accept the offer!
Since 2002 at various times:
* I've been busy taking care of my step-mother; elderly dog and then young dog; Shaw after back surgery, which involved an extensive recovery period with lots of physical therapy; and then me after several different surgeries.
Now on to happier involvements:
* Have volunteered for about 1 1/2 years at our local museum known as the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse.
* Became involved with American Indian groups in metro Detroit and have gone to 2 pow-wows this year!
* Made new friends and renewed and/or became reacquainted with former friends/acquaintances in various age groups and ethnicities, all of which I find invigorating.
* Have done some dog sitting for friends and neighbors.
* Trained my new dog and taught him tricks. (Can you tell I like dogs, especially well behaved ones?)
* Taken Tai Chi classes, which are quite relaxing.
* Taken more computer related classes.
* Worked numerous elections as an Election Inspector: Met some politicians as a result.
* Became more involved with political issues, attending meetings and several rallies for candidates and issues pertaining to maintaining our liberties, Constitution, etc.
Hello dear classmates,
It has been a long time since we've seen each other. I've enjoyed reading your profiles and looking at all the photos on this Website. Oh my, there are so many memories that come rushing back to me!
I've had some health issues. So, I'm very glad to be here and able to attend our big 50 Year SE Class Reunion. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you soon!
Do any of you know or remember Sandra Westerfeldt (Sp.?) SE Class of 1961, who many years ago married Carl Hoerauf (He is a brother to Ruth Hoerauf '61.)? Well, FYI, as the saying goes, "she made her transition" last year. May she rest in peace.
Sorry some of you can't attend our upcoming reunion. Hopefully, you will be able to attend the next one!
All of you try to stay well and hang in there for as long as you can and then we can meet again (Maybe even before our next formal Class Reunion?) for a 55 Year and/or at least the 60 Year SE Class Reunion, and beyond if at all possible! Wow, how time flies!
Reunion committee, thanks for all your efforts -- a job well done!
Bye for now, until we communicate again.
November 10, 1943 Finance Manager - retired Married 2 3 yes I retired in 2008, and can not believe I ever had time to work. I am so busy now I don't know where the time goes, but am enjoying every day I have. My kids are great and the grandkids are the light of my life. The last fifty years of my life has been great Ihave seen many things from computers people landing on the moon,and many new techincal things
September 23, 1942 Retired Industrial Designer Married 1 yes Where does one start after 50yrs of life. Well, after Southeastern I attended Detroit Business School to study accounting.That just wasn't me. I then was invited by Uncle Sam in 1962 to see the world. Of course he didn't tell me that my world would be seen in Virgina as an Army Military Policeman. My tour of service lasted two very good years allowing me to grow up before returning home.
Returning home I worked for J.L.Hudsons, Spartan Bread, as a breadman, Koeplingers, also as a bread man, and finally back to J.L.Hudson as a Manager in Men's Fashion division.
I was restless, sooo, in 1969 I decided to return to school. I Enrolled in Wayne State's 4 year Industrial Design Program.Upon graduation I had the good fortune to land a job with Chrysler in 1973 when jobs where very hard to find in my field of study. Long story short, I started my career at Chrysler as a car designer working on the board. Later, I was promoted to manager of a production studio. After 32 yrs of very interesting and mostly fun work I retired in 2004.
Of course, there is much more. I have a son. His mom and I found different paths in life but remain fast friends to this day. I am freshly remarried (6yrs ago)and live in Green Acres (actually Highland, Mich). I spend most of my time now, being retired, working on the property and my collection of interesting 40's and 50's automobiles.
Yes,there a many details and snipettes that space and time (and I'm not writting a novel). will not fit here. Just have to show at the reunion to, as they say, "Get the rest of the story".
Looking forward to touring the School and meeting with Classmates and friends. See you there.