Driver Married 1Hoping to see many, many classmates in August.
After graduation, I ran away to the military where I served 12 years with the US Marine Corps. I thought it would help me to grow up. I specialized in repair of electronic encryption devices. Following the Marines, I worked as manufacturing engineer and manager with two different companies manufacturing communications equipment destined for military purposes.
I’ve managed the inventory plus shipping and receiving for an international group of companies.
I’ve started three different businesses and also worked in a cubical providing escalated computer support for an international company.
Over the years, I have worked as a teacher, trainer, supervisor, writer, transcriptionist, manager, technician, manufacturer, tutor, counselor, driver. When I graduated from Penn State University at Millersville with a BA in Psychology, the guidance office recommended I seek a career as a generalist. Fat chance! I wanted to be guidance counselor, knowing I could give better service than I received in High School, but couldn’t afford to complete Grad school.
I’ve never really had a bucket list because I’ve always gone ahead to pursue whatever dream activity I thought about.
I’ve been married three times. My forever wife, Joyce, has the same first and middle name as my first wife, but the names are switched. I guess grabbed the wrong part of destiny first.
If you look me up on the Internet, you can read about how I posted a sign in my front yard telling the community how I needed work after we moved from Pennsylvania. After all, who wants to hire a former business owner to work for them? The sign worked!
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Lane County chapter of the international ministry Love In the Name of Christ, and I transport patients from emergency rooms to treatment facilities around the state where they can get the long term help they need.
RoseAnn Ziniker (Cross)
Retired Married 2I stayed anchored in the Eugene area. I have loved my last two years of retirement after 35 years working for the Springfield School District in everything from IT to alternative schools. Retirement gave me more time with my two grandchildren and my son and daughter. It always provides time for jeep and Harley outings with my outdoor-loving husband of 33 years. I've enjoyed several trips to Europe, wine tasting and distillery hopping, and river rafting with good friends. Life is good - retirement is great!
Sheryl Winchester (Hackett)
Retired Married 2How do you sum up 50 years? After attending 3 years at the U of O I transferred to OSU for my senior year then back to the U of O to graduate. Although I am 1/4 Beaver I am still 100% a Duck fan. After graduation I worked 10 years for the Lane County DAs office as an investigator. There I met my husband of 43 years who retired as a Lieutenant from the Lane County Sheriff's Office. After our two children were born I went to work for the City of Veneta as Court Clerk, Planning Specialist, and City Recorder. My husband retired early and began a consulting business and worked part time at the Oregon Police Academy until I retired in 2011. At that time we gave up country life and moved to Bend where we currently reside. We spend our time hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and skiing. My first time on ski's was the winter before I retired and my first time skiing the summit at Bachelor was on my 62nd birthday. Lots of hobbies but my passion is genealogy. We have two children, daughter is a doctor and son an attorney which sounds like we have great access for health care and any legal matters, except she specializes in pediatric cardiology and he in bankruptcy so hopefully we will never need their services. We have 4 exceptional grandchildren that we enjoy spending time with. We have done a lot of traveling to watch our oldest granddaughter play softball. The three youngest are all boys and every summer we host them for a 1-2 week "Cousin Camp". Keeps us young (and exhausted).
Susan Weatherly (Biles)
Business Owner Divorced 2After graduating from OSU I took a job in San Francisco as a retail management trainee (translation: grunt) I naively rented a studio apartment in the DT red light district but was never approached for special services. When my fiance joined me we moved 'uptown' to Harvey Milk's gay district. Again, I was completely safe.
After 2 very fun, but expensive, years in SF we moved to Washington and I went to work for the Bon in Seattle - buying children's sleepwear and later working in store managment. We relocated to Portland 7 years later and I became a domestic goddess tending to my 2 adorable children. 4 years of goddessing wore me out. I returned to retailing - a much easier job. This time I worked as Executive Training Mgr. for Meier & Frank.
Eventually my life long yearning to own my own business became more than I could bear. I bought a maid service in LO. It was an employee nightmare. I lasted 7 years and then sold that business and bought an awards and recognition store in DT Portland. I have been the owner/manager for 19 years and I'm still there. It is a delight.
People Stats: 1 Husband - 29 years, Divorced - 17 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren (all exceptionally bright and gifted of course)
Hobbies: bridge (social not duplicate), Happy Hours, movies, Words with Friends, travel, family time
Favorite TV: GOT, BB, AR, etc. As you can tell...anything really classy and educational
Favorite Politician: Seriously?
Retired Married 2After Churchill, my family wanted me to teach English like my deceased father, even though my interests were more with quantitative rather than qualitative reasoning. So, to please my family and because I had toxic experiences with math and science teachers at Churchill, I majored in English at the U of O. The professors from whom I learned the most were the creative writing instructors, because words matter, each one must be carefully chosen. The lessons of structure, organization, clarity and economy from Strunk and White have stuck with me all of these years.
I just wasn’t ready to join the career rat race straight out of college, but began taking business classes at night because they interested me, I didn’t want to teach English, and did not want to work the graveyard shift at Weyerhauser. The best class was business law, which taught me to think and argue in terms of issues and concepts. After a year or so I landed a job on a survey crew where I used math extensively but also wrote—or re-wrote—the surveyor’s letters for him, so others could actually understand them. After a year of that, I was hired as a junior accountant with a large state agency. I stayed with accounting for about 20 years, became a CPA and managed a large accounting staff.
Bored stiff with the repetition of accounting, I joined the labor relations staff as a numbers cruncher and novice negotiator. Apart from crunching the numbers, I met with unions and management to settle disputes, wrote detailed analyses of contract language, gave sworn testimony in contested hearings, wrote the closing legal briefs. The ability to analyze, think and communicate in terms of issues in the pressure-cooker of negotiations propelled me to the front ranks of negotiators. In labor relations, choosing word carefully mattered a lot!
For the last 25 years of my career, I became a senior negotiator and then was appointed head of Labor Relations for the State. In that role I directed labor negotiations for 25,000 employees, frequently working around the clock to settle contracts with assertive and politically connected unions. Despite the workload and the unpredictable politics, one of the things I insisted the negotiators do was write professionally. For me, that meant their writings were to be done with Structure, Organization, Clarity and Economy. Thank you, Messrs. Strunk and White, apparently nothing I learned in creative writing was wasted!
Of course, accountants have an eye for figures and know how to multiply! I got married, divorced and then married again, to a great gal from eastern Montana. We have two fabulous grown daughters and two small grandchildren. Both daughters have two degrees each; one is a high school English teacher and the younger one just finished her second degree and is sending out resumes, trolling for a job. She has a novel in the works, and is burning up her computer writing it.
Every two years we used to travel almost to North Dakota to visit Sherry’s mom, 5 brothers and numerous cousins until Sherry’s mom died in 1999. We still have Williams family reunions, but here in Oregon, not eastern Montana. The most recent one was this summer at Eagle Crest.
I retired a couple years ago and occasionally help my daughter the English teacher evaluate student writings. I also publish articles from time to time; at present I am working on a mid-length mental health piece. And, I help baby sit my grandchildren at least once a week. Life is good!
It was great to catch up with everyone at the reunion. Hope to see everyone again in five or 10 years.
Wendy Henke (Knoeppel)
retired MarriedGosh--to wrap up 50 years of ones life, in a few sentences, is daunting!!! Wonderful to read everyones' bios---very impressive. Our High School teachers should be very proud of all their efforts. And speaking of efforts...many thanks to Roger and reunion crew for their diligence and persisitence in putting this reunion and all its parts, together. Now---2nd marriage in 1976 to David and still going strong...he brought along a daughter that has lived in Ireland for many years. By default, I ended up a Registered Nurse---best choice of many options I contemplated!! Loved it and retired age 64. Spent most of the years in Emergency or Surgery or a surgical environment. As a working young adult I started in the Psych Dept at Sacred Heart and within a few months got started as the only RN on the night shift in Emergency. Talk about growing up warp speed both professionally and personally. After David came along we spent a year in Las Vegas (UNLV), back to Eugene...then Indianapolis for 3 years of school...a year in the Bay area, California, then to Everett, WA for 13 years . Tried my hand in professional acting/modeling along the way which was fun but not financially supportive long term! The past 20 years we have lived on 37 acres of old family property just off the Toutle RIver, downstream from Mt St Helens. I am not into travel---just love our wooded enviornment, garden, canning, closness of family, friends, small community (2500 people!!) and our wonderful little church family. Later life has called me to be caregiver for domestic animals in need of a home, care and love. We currently have 1 horse (again), 6 dogs and 3 cats---and thanks to my husband for his tolerance of it all!! Life has not been without its trials but all is good we have been blessed indeed---Praise be to God!!! See everyone soon.