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Don Nemerov
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I graduated Penn in 1972, played varsity football into my junior year, then moved on to other interests.  I moved back to TC area & graduated from U of M grad school in 1976; married in 1984 (Marie), outdoors at the Arborateum; lived in TC area until 1985; career move to Chicago area (Lake Forest) in 1986. Entered the consulting world in 1989, and never looked back.  We have two chidren -Lara is 31 and Alex is 29 years old, our daughter in Chicago and our son in San Diego, both launched and with great jobs/careers. Both still single so no grand kids yet. I stay active and fit (I weigh less than I did in HS) - play tennis in summer and paddle in winter, downhill ski out west. Still work though starting to wind down, no more internaitional travel, except for pleasure. Unfortunately, I am not going to make it to the reunion, too many conflicts have come up, am disappointed. Memories - we had a large very diverse (before the word became so overused) class, there was something for everyone @ Park High. My favorite class and teacher was German with "Herr" Russell, he was special. Only "now" photo that is handy is in my biz attire, sorry. I hope everyone has a great time! Send Don a MessageSend Don a Message
Barbara Nilva (Nevin)
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I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion!  I am currently a senior attorney and law firm adminstrator at  Milavetz, Gallop and Milavetz. for 30 plus years. I also enjoy being a part time conciliation court referee in Hennepin County. I raised my  two sons, Eddie and Sean.  Eddie was in the US Marines for four years and did two tours in Iraq as a translator of Arabic for his unit.  He now is a safety manager for PCL Construction, after graduating from the U of M in middle eastern studies.  My younger son married his high school sweetheart and is a Hamline graduate, and lives in Dallas with his wife and  my two grandchildren.  My husband John passed away from cancer a few years ago, and I am now in a committed relationship with Ben Jeffrey who is from Alabama and was a former US Marine officer, during the Viet Nam era. Ben and I are traveling around the world and we are active in my City of Chanhassen Rotary.  I also chair the senior commission for my city.  When I fully retire I intend to substitute teach English.  I am definitely enjoying my senior years and looking forward to many new adventures with Ben and my family!   I would like to add that my dad Sam Nilva who many in our class worked for, is doing very well living at Knollwood Place at age 99,  and is a neighbor of many of my classmates parents.  
 
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Greg Peterson
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I moved to Las Vegas 6 years ago to retire.  I still play golf a lot and I am loving the desert life!  Send Greg a MessageSend Greg a Message
Laurel Reinhardt
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After high school I went on to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of MN. I practiced for about 20 years in various settings, always with a focus on dreamwork. (I led dream groups for over 20 years, wrote two colums on dreams for newspapers, and still offer dreamwork to individuals.) But I became disillusioned with how insurance was interfering with what I viewed as "soul" work, so I gave up my practice and moved to North Carolina in 2001 where I finished a book on how to journey safely through our health care system, and began my life as a fiber artist. Eventually, my love for books took me to the local library (I worked in our high school library, if you recall), where I have become the main cataloger; I also continue my work with fiber. (You can see some of my work at InnerLandscaping.com; a link will take you to my etsy shop.) I am social media avoidant, and created a Facebook account primarily to communicate with my two goddaughters, one of whom helped create Cafe Ena in Minneapolis, while the other is becoming a talented photographer. I live with my two cats, RastaFyre and Luna, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, but am considering a return to the upper midwest at some point in the future. Alas, I will not make it to the reunion; my trips north always happen around Thanksgiving. Best wishes to everyone. Send Laurel a MessageSend Laurel a Message
Janice Roberts (Martin)
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 I left Minnesota after my jr. year at UofM in 1971 for California, where I met my husband--a native of NY city.  We came to the 10th year reunion in 1978, and he was shocked that I couldn't remember all of my 700+ classmates!  We recently went to his 50th high school reunion with a class size of 100 and he personally knew all 25 people who came to it. I hope I can do better this time.

Although I was back for visits, they were short ones.  But most recently, I spent a lot of time in 2010 and 2011 in St. Louis Park to help my 95-year-old mother after a stroke.  That meant emptying her home of 60 years of accumulated STUFF and navigating the health care and nursing home/assisted living labyrinth.  My older brother was living with Mom and he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Mom passed away in 2011 and within months my brother followed.   Throughout this trying time, I had been loved and supported by my Mom's friends and neighbors and Westwood Lutheran Church.  I came to realize what was so special about St. Louis Park. It made me want to reconnect with my former classmates.

My husband and I will celebrate 44 years together this year and those years have really flown by.  My personal favorite times have been watching our two beautiful thirty-something daughters venture out into the world and explore their options, make life choices, find their mates for life and now make their mark on the world.  Of course, there were mundane times of being overworked and stressed out with major moves from Palo Alto, CA to Rochester, NY to Ridgefield, CT and then to Syracuse, NY where we were for 16 years.  The most recent move was to St. Louis, MO in 2001 and we are still here.  Being in the middle of the country (literally) has its advantages and it has made a good base for us to explore all 50 states as well as about 100 countries.

My family didn't travel far when I was growing up (usually "up North"), so I looked forward to going places with my high school classmates. 
have fond memories of the History trip to Washington DC and the Amish country and to New York with the Drama club, and hiking, camping, and canoeing with my Girl Scout troop.  I also have fond memories of the horrible sunburn I got in Galveston, TX after meeting Mr. JC Penney (my "boss') in Houston at the DECA convention.

My husband is from New York City and a math and finance person,  so he's the 
ying to my yang, as I pursued psychology, sociology and
anthropology (with an Art hobby on the side) in college, graduating from San Jose State.  We met when I was working at Stanford University in Educational Psychology and he was getting his MBA there.  In 1974, we had an intimate wedding in a garden in Afton, MN.

He started out in finance with a major corporation in Rochester, NY while I worked in research at the University.  It turned out I loved writing (non-fiction) as well and that took me on and into many areas of volunteer and freelance journalism work as we moved our family from state to state.  I also was able to incorporate my love of photography which I can trace to my maternal grandfather and my mother and which became a career path for one of my daughters. The travel bug was also passed along to our kids and we enjoyed taking them along as kids and now as adults. One is a pediatrician in Oregon and the other is working with non-profits on urban revitalization in Kansas City, so travel to visit them is also high on our priority list.

Considering that we're "approaching" 70, we thank our lucky stars we can still do all the things we would like to do.  But we never know when that will change and the day will come when we are forced to slow down.  Then I hope to find the time to write...about those travels, or my memoirs, or a mystery-thriller...something Fiction for a change.
 
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Margit Robl (Detchons)
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I can’t believe it’s been 50 years! When I think about how I laughed hysterically at my parents having their 50th reunion...what goes around, comes around!

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend. I am coming to Minnetonka in August to attend my granddaughter’s wedding and I cannot make it up again in September. I will be there in spirit, though!

After being widowed suddenly in 1995 (after 20 years of marriage), I took my children and moved to Fort Myers, FL following my parents, who had just moved down here. These days I keep busy babysitting my 4-year-old granddaughter and working part time doing Radiology transcription for the four local hospitals (at home). My children live nearby, so I am never lonely.
Wish I could be there!

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Gordon Sanderson
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Ginny Saunderson (Blade)
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Living and working my passion in Child Welfare! Send Ginny a MessageSend Ginny a Message
Suzanne Seydel (Johnson)
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Even though I have lived in Iowa for the past 45 years I still miss the cities. I have fond memories of Park High and miss so many of you. I feel very lucky; my life has been filled with many blessings and much happiness. After finishing at St. Cloud State, I moved to Bettendorf, Iowa to teach fifth grade.  That was the start of my 40-year career in education, 20 years as a teacher and 20 years as an elementary school principal.  I met my husband, Curt, in 1973 and we have been married for 43 years. We have two children in their late 30’s, Megan is a manager for John Deere in Portland, Oregon and Matthew is a corporate strategist and branding consultant in Richmond, Virginia.  Through the gift of adoption, we have been blessed with three grandchildren, Cinetta age 10, Chanaya 7 and DeAntwan, 7. The grandkids live in Davenport so I am able to see them frequently.  Curt and I are retired and divide our time between our home in Bettendorf and our home in Lynxville, Wisconsin. We cherish our time in Wisconsin when we can fish, garden and just enjoy the river and bluffs.
Unfortunately, it looks as though I will not be able to attend the reunion.  In January I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and have been undergoing chemotherapy.  I am scheduled to have a stem cell transplant and will be in the hospital for most of September.  I will be thinking of all of you the weekend of the 22nd.
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Marcy Shapiro (Huggins)
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50 years!?  Yikes.  Finally retired after many years working at accounting and statistics firms.  Spending VERY happy retirement quilting, traveling, and playing nerdy games with husband of 35 years.  My late stepbrother, Chuck Goldstein, asked me to go with him to a reunion some years past.  I declined.  Sadly he passed away from pancreatic cancer not long afterwards.  I have regreats and hope to attend this reunion for both of us. Send Marcy a MessageSend Marcy a Message
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