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Judy Besel (Trautwein)
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January 24, 1944 Retired Married 2

The Lord has blessed me. I graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a specialization in Textiles, Clothing and Design. After graduation, The Emporium in San Francisco hired me for their buyer-training program.

In San Francisco, I was active in Young Democrats and the Bobby Kennedy campaign for president. 

After two years in San Francisco, I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I helped open a new department store, Meier and Frank. I eventually moved to Portland, Oregon where I met my husband, Bob.

We moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where he was a librarian and I received my Master of Science degree in Home Economics with a specialization in consumerism.

At 33-years-old, I gave birth to Nathan then in 1979, Luke was born.

We moved to Columbus, Nebraska where Bob was director of the Library.  Until I retired in July 2009, I worked at Cornhusker Public Power District as Information and Marketing Director. I loved working every day.

We now have three grandchildren.

I am an active member in our Presbyterian church, P.E.O., Columbus Area Recreation Trails, Formal Dancing Club, and charter member of Columbus Morning Rotary.  I have co-chaired three annual Rotary rode bike fundraisers to END POLIO NOW. I belong to two book discussion clubs.

I was very involved in helping each of our sons achieve Eagle Scout.
      In August 2011, I was crowned Queen Isabella because of my community service to Columbus.

Over the years Bob and I have enjoyed backpacking and still enjoy tent camping.  Our favorite place is the Wind River Range in Wyoming. 

For seven years we rode our road bikes across Iowa (RAGBRI), across Nebraska (BRAN), down the Oregon coast, around Columbus, Ohio (GOBI), and around Missouri.  Our last ride in 2009 in hilly Brown County Indiana pooped me out.  Now we will ride trails.

For fun, I love entertaining by having dinner parties or cocktail parties. I always make everything from scratch.

Our family has hosted several exchange students who have added a wonderful dimension to our lives.  We hosted students from Paris, Canary Islands, Mexico and India. Our sons have been Rotary exchange students to Venezuela and Chile.

Every year we travel out of the country.  We have traveled to Paris, Argentina, Egypt, India, Spain, China, Venezuela, Chile, Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.
  
We have one life to live, so live it to the fullest!

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Caroline Darrow (Taylor)
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February 05, 1944 Retired teacher Married 2 Football, basketball games (being in Pep Club), Senior year - prom, making posters for games, goofing off with friends Mr.Tippet, Miss Tschapppet (gym teacher) Cruising around in evenings, sleepovers with friends, most school related activities - just being able to be free to be a kid!
Did a lot of traveling with my husband while he was in the Air Force.  We retired to Colorado 20 years ago. I  then went to college, graduated, and  began a career in teaching pre-school and kindergarten children in Montessori schools.  Retired 5 years ago and now do field consulting for Montessori teachers in training.  Have two children and three grandchildren (grandkids are great fun). We are now traveling as much as possible and just "goofing off".  It's a good life style!
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Claudia Haase (Elkins)
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February 07, 1944 retired research chemist Married 1
Living the good life in rural upstate NY after working in chemical industry over 30 years.  Married to same crazy guy, Steve, for 44 years.  We have a son, Hal, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Amy, plus 2 dogs. Send Claudia a MessageSend Claudia a Message
Dennis Smith
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May 10, 1944 CPA, Business sales & Intermediary, Build business value and ready for sale www.a4s.com Married 2 Parties and dances. Trip to Mexico with Steve McNall, Hank Litchfield and Mike Day ... creating memories! John McWilliams, my favorite spanish teacher. Ski club, dancing and fooling around.
My Mission:  As a man among men, I help create a world of peace, through transparency, trust, honor  fun and adventure.

My professional career began with my first CPA firm set up in 1972 .. I have been in professional practice since.  My focus is setting up successful business so they are attractive to buyers, at a high price.  Our CPA firm is Accounting for Success, PC. 

My partners and I planned for and executed a merger with a larger CPA firm in November, 2011.  Since then, I continue to work with the firm and specialize in Business Exit Planning, mentoring the business owner to prepare for the most finanicall significant event of her life. 

My personal life has been blessed by my two sons, Dean and Steven, who have both become CPAs and have successful businesses of their own.  Each of my sons is blessed with a wonderful wife, and three children .. who all are living nearby.  Libby, my wife, is also a partner in our CPA firm.  We just celebrated our 25th anniversary.  She is also head of the Vestry, in our church in Castle rock.  I love my wife, my family, and my chosen profession. 

Adventure in my life includes photographing wild animals in the tundra in old mining and railroad lines in Colorado and Wyoming (ATVs); Motorcycle touring .. just traded our Harley Ultra Classic (75k miles) for a new Harley Ulta Classic Trike (kinda reminds me of my first trike at 3 years old).  Scuba in Mexico and many Carribean islands, and sailing....and skiing & snowboarding in as many areas as I can (21 times last year)

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Reunion.  God Bless each of You!
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Diane Mayer (Sprague)
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October 31, 1944 retired Widowed 2
 I graduated from CSU with a degree in microbiology.  The next four years were spent in Alaska, after which we moved back to Wheat Ridge.  I was a stay at home mom for 19 years before I went back to work for the FDA.  After retiring we moved to Northeastern Colorado to a small acreage where we have a large garden, an orchard and raise chickens. Send Diane a MessageSend Diane a Message
Barb Lazzeri (Herring)
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May 23, 1944 Homemaker Married 2 Farmers' Barn after football games Miss Lynen...a great teacher! Making posters at pot luck dinners, Sadie Hawkens Day, Pom Pom Girl, basketball games

After high school, I worked a year at Mtn Bell to save enough money to go to CSU.  Did that, and after three weeks, decided it was not for me.  Worked for U.S. Forest Service two years, followed by two years with United Air Lines (flight attendant).  Then on to Ball Aerospace (secretary) where I met Dick.  We married and I  "retired" very early to stay home to enjoy our two children which I found to be the hardest but most rewarding job of all.  Now enjoying grandkids, gardening, golf, bible study, and travel.  I have been on two of my husband's mission trips to northern Thailand, where he, with others, has built schools, churches and a medical clinic for the hill tribes.  We have been blessed!

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Beverly Jarrett (Jump)
May 26, 1944 Tourism Married 2
After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Arizona in Tucsoon, AZ, I moved with husband - Richard - to New Jersey where we lived 22 years 2 long.

I was lucky to be a stay at home Mom and raised two children Jay & Robin.  Jay is a successful lawyer inSeattle, WA and has recently started Seven Bays Winery in Davenport, WA.  Robin is a MD/Phd specializing in infectious disease and a research scientist. 

I worked with husband in New York City on Wall Street as Financial Printers.  We moved to Colorado in 1988 where I was fortunate to start a new career in tourism as a Tour Director, Tour Planner and finally a Tour Operator with my own business Tumblewqeed Tours. 

After 9/11 fiinancial printing dried up in New York and tourism also took a dive.  We started a new ventur Bankruptcy Mailing Service.  We chose to sacle down and moved toTucson in 2005 where it is always warm and sunny - sometimes downreight hot - and continued  Bankruptcy Mailing Serivce.

I have recently started to volunteer at the Arizona Historical Society and they have asked me to plan their fund raising trips and guide enrichment programs.  It is a life line for me as I really miss tourism.

Who knows what is around the next corner.

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Dora Heiter (Black)
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August 21, 1944 Married 2
During high school I had no plans to attend college but after being laid off from my first "real" job I attended Colorado State University in 1963.  Through the years I also attended Metropolitan State College and Red Rocks and Front Range Community Colleges.  My entire career was as a secretary; my last employment was with the City of Westminster (1976-1991).

The summer of 1963 I married my first husband and we had two daughters; we divorced in 1966.  I married my second husband in 1967 and we stayed together for over 13 years (happy for the most part); we divorced in 1980.  After two tries I had no intention of a third marriage but in 1989 I married my current husband, James Black; we will celebrate 23 years this summer.  Jim was a Professional Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor and retired in 2004 after 20 years with the City and County of Broomfield as Community Development Director.  When we married our four children served as witnesses.  Unfortunately we have lost all three of our daughters: his daughter (1971-1994) died in an auto accident, my oldest daughter (1964-2000) died from a rare lung disease, and my youngest daughter (1965-2012) recently died from a heart attack due to hypertension.  Our remaining son/stepson lives in Federal Heights with his wife, daughter (age 7), and son (age 2).  After completing degrees from CU and DU he got itchy feet and traveled through Europe for a time but ended up in Taiwan teaching English to Chinese children and where he met his wife.  He has his MSW and works with families who have substance abuse problems, and he and his wife recently opened a Chinese language school in Broomfield.  My youngest daughter gave me three grandchildren: Jessica (27 in June) lives in Nebraska with her husband and my two great-grandsons (ages 3 and almost 2); Marc (21 in Sep) is in the Air Force stationed in Florida and just married last March; and Amy (16 in Aug) lives in Colorado Springs and this fall will begin her sophomore year in high school.

Jim and I are beginning to feel the effects of the aging process and no longer are able to do all the things we used to.  He has COPD and last fall I had a minor stroke that continues to annoy my left foot.  Since 1991 I have spent -- and still do spend -- many, many hours pursuing my interest in family genealogy.  We reside with our two cats in Westminster in the house I have now been in for the last 36 years and we have no plans to leave until God says it's time to move on.  I hope everyone has a fantastic reunion!
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Elizabeth Alcamo (Wayland)
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September 25, 1944 Retired ewayland@new.rr.com Widowed 3
Hello everyone,
I have been retired for 5 years from Miller-Coors.  I had a wonderful husband for almost 50 years.  He passed away 4 years ago.

I have 3 grown sons and 4 granddaughters.  They are the joy of my life.  I miss Colorado a lot.  Mostly you miss your wonderful friends who help you during your time of need. 

I am a volunteer at the hospital and meeting lots of friends in Wisconsin.  I cannot make the reunion.  Just  want  everyone to have a great time.  I am there in spirit.   

Want to say thanks to Scott for all his hard work.
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Leonard McBroom
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August 21, 1944 Retired Married 4 Going to to the games (especially Basketball)

After a year at CSU I dropped out to work for a year and ended up joining the Army.  I was trained as a "Heavy equipment operator" and spent a year in Thailand building roads.  The rest of my service time was spent in Missouri and Louisiana.  After I returned to Colorado I went to work for Coors where I had several careers while the company paid for my education.  After 35 years I retired as an Engineering Technician.
I got married in 1970 and we had two boys.  I was divorced in 1977 and spent close to ten years as a single Dad.  I married Bernadette Medina in 1987,we celebrated our 25th annaversary this Spring.  Bernadette has a boy and a girl, so for a while we had up to three kids in college at one time.  So far I only have one grandson. 
Since retiring I have been active with the Golden Elks Lodge.  Bernadette and I enjoy travel, hiking, and golf.  My latest personal adventure is learning to throw potts on the wheel at the Arvada Center. 

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