After LHN, received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Roosevelt University.
Retired VP/GM of International Manufacturing for Honeywell, VP/GM for Sears Product Repair, now happily volunteering for Humanitarian Service Project as a fund raising corporate speaker. Occasional consultant for offshore labor issues and facility management.
Enjoy travel with 72 countries and 48 states and hopes for more. Love family, friends, dancing, reading…
Widowed, snow bird who spends time at home in either Lisle or Naples, Florida.
Two terrific, adventurous, and kind adult children who make me smile.
After my graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, I returned to Chicago and received my MBA. I enjoyed a stint on the faculty at my alma mater, but Chicago called me home. The bulk of my career was with a large Chicago area not-for-profit, and my areas of responsibility included labor relations, governmental affairs, facilities management, building construction oversight, and in later years, I.T. (sometimes in the not-for-profit world you wear many hats). My working life proved to be very fulfilling. I am now enjoying retirement, living in Northbrook. My wife and I love to travel, and I enjoy a variety of activities and hobbies. I spend as much time as possible with my two adult children who are the light of my life! Retirement is wonderful….. I sometimes wonder how I had time to do all these things while I was still working.
After working as an Administrative Assistant for 30 yrs. for a Lutheran School & District office, I retired in 2016. I currently live in a suburb west of Chicago with my husband. Our two daughters & their families live nearby. Our two grandsons are the loves of my life. I’m kept busy with volunteer work at my church, bowl, watch my grandsons play baseball & enjoy an occasional trip to a casino. Love being retired!
After LHN, degrees from Wilbur Wright Jr. College and Roosevelt University followed. Worked most of my life on Michigan Ave. selling advertising :30 units on television stations nationwide which included WFLD, WLS, WGN, and Fox Sports Net. Still selling Closed Captioning sponsorships in all 50 states. Finally, fortune was on my side when I met an angel named Maryknoll. We were married in 2013 and have an adopted son named Marc Anthony in the Philippines. Getting him to the U.S. is very difficult. Some things never change, still a loyal Packer Backer!
After graduation I attended Concordia, River Forest for two years. I continued my education at various institutions, but never quite earned my degree. Instead of becoming a teacher, I began what would become a 40 year career in life and health insurance. I was “forced” to retire in December 2011, and have, at times, worked part-time to keep busy. I currently live in Niles, IL and am extremely active in my church, Ascension Lutheran Church, Niles. I am very much looking forward to our 50th reunion and touching base with many old friends.
I have lived in Mount Prospect for the past 30 years and have 2 fantastic daughters. Widowed in 2015 suddenly retirement wasn’t as enticing so I continued to work until July 2017 when I finally retired after 22 years as an accountant for a design/build firm. In October 2017 I finally became a first time grandparent to twins! Needless to say, my retirement so far has been enjoying and babysitting my precious grandsons.
I always tell people I could of made a career out of high school with all the parties on weekends. I have been blessed to work for the last 47 years with the Rainbow company as a distributor. Married to the love of my life for 47 years and counting. Three wonderful children and 7 adorable grandchildren that keep us going! Enjoy the Bulls, Blackhawks, and Bears and playing Texas holdem. Played in a charity poker tournament for the Blackhawks a few years ago and sat next to Jonathan Toews! See you all in October.
After graduation from Luther, I went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education. Met my husband, Wayne there and married in 1972. Taught 4th grade for 12 years until our first child was born. We have 2 adult wonderful kids who both live in sunny California! Wayne and I got our real estate licenses in 1990 and have been realtors ever since. I would love to retire because I love the sunshine, but I love real estate even more. Life is really good!
Almost all of my working career was in the travel business. Over the years I spent time in 152 different countries. I sold my travel company, (Custom Group Tours) and retired almost 20 years ago. Since then I have lived on Lake Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand from October to April. The other six months I’m in Sunriver, OR in the Cascade Mountains. My wife is named Jean and she worked with me in the travel business. We still travel quite a bit. Last June we were gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda and we just got back from diving with the manta rays on Yap in Micronesia.
Dating as seniors, who would have thought that Wayne and Martha would eventually get married?! In 1972 we started our married life, had two children, Sara, 1975, and Tim, 1978, and 6 grandchildren We moved to St. Charles, MO in 1987 and still reside there today. Martha taught 32 years in the Lutheran School system, and Wayne worked 42 years in the airline industry. We travel often to visit our children and grandchildren in Phoenix, AZ and Houston TX. We enjoy all outdoor activities and have a trip to Israel planned after the reunion. God has richly blessed us.
After college, I started my insurance career, working for several agencies, then as an underwriter and finally settling as the owner of an independent insurance agency in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. I’m semi-retired, but still active in the agency, maintaining relationships with my clients.
I’ve been married to my HS sweetheart and lovely wife, Marlene (Bergmann), for almost 46 years and we have 4 wonderful daughters and 9 grandchildren. We live in Long Grove, enjoy traveling the world as much as we can and spending time with family at our other home in Northern Wisconsin.
After Luther, I attended art school in Chicago and spent several years working in the creative department at Walgreen’s and part-time as a beautician. I’ve been married for almost 46 years to my fellow Luther classmate, Karl Riehn and my “career” has been as a homemaker and part of raising our 4 wonderful daughters. We’re blessed with 9 grandchildren who keep me busy. Karl and I have been lucky to have traveled extensively throughout the world and hope to continue doing so in the future. My hobbies include anything with my family, traveling and spending time at our home in northern WI.
After Luther North, I went to Concordia Chicago (River Forest). I asked to be sent to the Midwest for my call and I was sent to Winston-Salem, NC. I taught for ten years and then went into insurance. After that, I joined Wachovia Bank in the Trust Department. I worked in trust real estate, trust tax, employee benefits and ended up in charitable trust. I retired in June of 2015. I am loving being retired. I visit elderly members of the church, help in the school library, teach preschool Sunday School and keep the nursery at church. I also help with Hispanic tutoring.
I went to Valpo 1 year in the Nursing program and decided blood and shots were not for me. Have been married, divorced and widowed twice but have 2 great children and 3 (soon to be 4) beautiful grandchildren. Retired from one of the hospital systems in Springfield from doing medical coding and insurance billing. Have a wonder life partner now and we enjoy traveling with our 3 little dogs in our travel trailer.
I worked as a personal injury paralegal for 20+ years in Atlanta and then opened a health food store/wellness center in west Georgia, which is still a viable entity after 30 years. I jokingly describe myself as a peripatetic peripatetic. Was very involved with several non-profit organizations (VASA Order of America, Scandinavian Foundation of Georgia, Scandinavian Festival) but am taking a much needed break from volunteering so I can focus on travel, two grandchildren, my garden, and life in general.
I dropped out of Utah State and finished college and grad school years later while I was custodial single parent of four kids. I’ve been teaching English, journalism, American lit and film at Illinois Wesleyan Univ. for 30 years, and have been married to my second wife for 23 years. We enjoyed taking students on short terms in Europe. In addition to four grown children and seven grandchildren, I have a son who’s a sophomore at NCC and a daughter at Bloomington HS. I keep busy as a film reviewer, writer, Hemingway/Updike scholar, and Twin Cities Ballet board member.
50 years and soooo many blessings!
52 years in the workforce (45 in management) and still going strong
Married Bob in 1972. (He passed away in 2005 after a long battle with MS).
2 wonderful sons, Bobby in St Louis and Jimmy in Chattanooga and
4 just Wonderful grandchildren.
Have a B.S. in Organizational Management from Bethel Univ., McKenzie Tn
Breast Cancer survivor since 1993 – YEAH!
Thankful for each new day and continue to serve an Awesome God.
For me, the LHN years loom large since it was there that I met Ruth, my wife of 46 years; a marriage blessed with seven children. It was there too that an appreciation for the arts was cultivated through Thespians and choir, as well as a love of reading and writing. I spent 40 years in the check processing industry in three different locations; Chicago, Des Moines, and Milwaukee, where we retired in 2015. I also sold insurance in Iowa with AAL for five years. Retirement has afforded us the opportunity to travel, volunteer at church, and in my case, begin playing softball again!
Time keeps ticking by-but that many ticks? 50 years! Four years at NIU for a BS in Home Ec/Family Life & Child Development prepared me to be a SAHM. What a blessing that was, though Gary worked to bring home two incomes. Now I’ve used these skills with a care-giving agency, Rent-A-Daughter the past 12 years. Children are now spread around WI to IL, GA & Taiwan. I volunteer with LWML both local & district levels & have gone from sewing costumes to quilts for h.s. grads, military service personnel and VA hospital patients. Family gets together when we can (29 & counting) & we enjoy having them.
After graduating from Valparaiso, I returned to Chicago to start a business career with Ernst & Young became a CPA and obtained an MBA from Roosevelt. I have twins, Alexis and Eric, age 36. I lived in several North Shore communities, raised my children in Lake Forest and currently reside in Glenview with my second wife, Debbie. I joined Rust-Oleum and over a 21 year career rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In 1994, I joined Pfingsten Partners, a private equity firm, as Partner. In 2001, I founded Maplewood LF Investors, a private equity firm. I am still active in business.
I joined the Chicago Police Department in 1971. Ten years after graduation, I met my wife, Lorelei Tesak (LHN 69) and married in 1980. We have one son who brings joy and laughter into our life. We survived a near fatal motorcycle accident in 1983, so we now enjoy less hazardous activities such as tennis, boating, beach walking, hiking the National Parks and church volunteer work. I retired in 2000 as a Violent Crime Detective and I still run my own small insurance agency. We now live in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Seafood is great but we miss Chicago junk food.
Majored in English & Sec Ed at Valpo, intending to be a teacher, but somehow wound up with a career in IT as a Business Analyst, which I loved. Just retired in April this year – wish I could have done it sooner, I LOVE IT!! I’m not committing to much yet, still just want to enjoy the freedom and keep my options open. I do a lot of volunteer work at church, enjoy reading, music & theater. Never married and had kids, so my extended family means everything to me – three first cousins with wonderful children and grandchildren that are the lights of my life. Really looking forward to October!
In 1980 I moved to Springfield and started a private law practice. My wife, Joyce, and I married in 1986, and spent wonderful years raising three children. In 1996 I was appointed as an associate judge in Sangamon County, where I remained until my retirement in January, 2016. I am working at my retirement skills through travel, biking, exercise, gardening and stained glass. Joyce works as a contract lobbyist, so one of my new skills is as a homemaker. We have a daughter and two grandchildren in Pensacola, a daughter and an infant grandson in Springfield and a son in Chicago.
I went to Valpo and to the U of Illinois -UC, where I earned a Ph.D. in physiology. In 1975 I married Keith Olson (’68) and after grad school we moved to the Detroit area. Until the first of our 2 sons was born, I worked as a research associate at Wayne State University. When asked to fill in as a Lutheran high school biology teacher, I discovered my dream career. Two years ago I retired, and now have time for gardening, reading, and volunteering at church and with ANACHEM. Most of all I enjoy taking trips with Keith to places “off the beaten path.”
After high school, I attended Concordia River Forest where I met my husband, Gary Pikalek. I taught 32 years at St. Paul’s in Chicago Heights. Gary and I have two children, Lisa and Jim, and 4 grandchildren. We are now both retired from teaching and are enjoying traveling and spending time with our family.
It was in an economics class at North Park College that I met my husband, Andy, we married in 1973. After graduating, I worked in banking as a financial analyst for 26 years and then went into elementary ed administration until our first grandchild was born. We have 3 wonderful children Bill, Chrissy, Andrea and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Retirement is much busier than we expected as we still own rental property and babysit our two granddaughters full time. More time to travel is something we hope for!
After graduation from LHN, I continued my education at Valparaiso University and at the University of Illinois where I received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. Christine Bieze and I married in 1975. We have two adult sons, Samuel and Erik. My 35-year career as an analytical chemist at the General Motors Research Laboratories was focused on automotive research. Education that started at Messiah Lutheran School and at LHN enabled me to serve in various professional societies for chemists and at St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI. (I’m still one of Ron Taylor’s science nerds.)
My work history ranges from civil rights community organizer in the Bootheel region of Missouri, to Director of UC San Diego Upward Bound, and 20 years as a Campus Planner at UCSD. The highlight of my career was planning the first public university based Charter School in California. The Preuss School at UCSD serves low-income middle and high school students who represent the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year university. It is nationally very highly ranked by US News and World Reports.
I am no longer a member of any organized religion. I am a secular humanist.
I am married and have fostered kids and have volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Youth). I have been retired for 9 years. Hope that the reunion is fantastic!
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow many of my passions into my careers. Owning two catering businesses gave me the joy of cooking, party planning and working with great people. As the owner of a corporate fitness business through the 80s and 90s I designed facilities and programs for a number of international firms. I also wrote two heart healthy cookbooks that tied into my culinary background. Finally as a “gaslight girl” I sang professionally.
I am now semi retired, helping my son Karl with his business. I enjoy cooking, writing, going to concerts, visiting museums with my granddaughter and traveling throughout the American Southwest.
I am the same person I was 50 years ago except for the two artificial hips; those are new!!
I have been married to my wife Bonnie for 44 years. We have 3 children: Joshua 39, Janessa 35, and Trisha 33. I am proud of all 3. I also have 4 grand children, and one on the way. Aiden, Derek, Jack, and Charlie (a girl). My working life was in paving and grading construction. Went from laborer, to grade checker, to foreman, to superintendent. I retired at age 58.
I received my Bachelor of Arts at Concordia Teachers College, and my Master of Arts in Education at Concordia University, River Forest Illinois.
I have taught in LCMS schools for 42 years, and I am now retired, living in Winter Springs, Florida.
I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, volunteering at church, and substitute teaching. My favorite vacation spot is Hawaii, the temperature is perfect.
Thinking back on my years at Luther, I appreciated the caring attitude of my teachers and the quality education I received as well as enjoying playing in the LHN band.
After LHN I was an Admin. Assistant, I met my husband and we married in 1981. We have two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Rachel. I was a stay at home mom and completed my degree at St. Xavier University. I taught second grade in Orland Park until we moved to O’Fallon, Missouri. We moved back to Orland Park and I taught third grade for 13 years and retired in 2015. We moved to Ft. Smith, Arkansas where I loved having the time to volunteer at various homeless organizations. My husband retired and we moved back to Mokena, IL to be closer to our daughters and enjoy our granddaughter, Chloe.
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