Mary Jo McCluney (Christiansen)
March 11, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org Green Valley AZ US Semi-Retired Married 1 Marshall Jr. High
50 Years. Yikes! Who are all these old people????? And oh my gosh very sad so many are dead, although I remember quite a few were gone after just five years. I am still married to the same guy I married in 1969 and Minnesota was home for 10 more years. Then we moved to Montana for skiing and golf, adopted a son, owned a restaurant and other businesses for 25 years and have semi-retired to sunny Arizona and love it. Short haircut is compliments of chemotherapy, but doing very well. We both continue to golf a lot and travel to Montana to see grandchildren. I still have relatives in Minnesota, but don’t think I will make it to the reunion. Kudos to those who put this all together. Very well done.
Karen McConnell (Schwieger)
August 12, 1944 email@example.com Hastings MN US retired Married 2 MarshallIt's been a wonderful and exciting 50 years - and I'm lookng forward to the next !!
Carol Melbye (McCarty)
May 10, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org MN US retired educator Divorced 1Wow! After 50 years I hope we will all be given name tags with our "then" pictures on them.
St. Paul MN 3Amazing, wonderful kids; amazing, wonderful grandkids! Nice to be retired. Life is good.
Reunion Committee: Great job!!
Nancy Miller (Solem)
February 08, 1944 email@example.com Eden Prairie MN US Retired Workers Comp Specialist Married 1 GrovelandI was married at 20, divorced at 23 and raised by son, Dan as a single Mom. I am married now to the "boy across the alley" growing up, my best friend's little brother.
We have been married for 14 years and live in Eden Prairie. My son, Dan, who is 47, married and lives in California. Two grandchildren, 15 and 13. Retired a year ago and love being away from the stress, getting more sleep, etc.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
I like being older and hopefully, wiser.
September 17, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org Minnetonka MN US Retired Married 2 Highland Park Junior HighIn terms of career path, after high school I set my sites high. So, I began by installing ceiling fans. Then, given my knowledge of aeronautics, I turned to developing wings on panty liners. Finally, given my interest in hygiene, I ended my career cleaning the fish tanks at the Mega Mall Aquarium.
My wife Judy has been nominated for sainthood. Her "miracle" is staying married to me for 45 years. We have 2 boys who are married and have moved as far away from us as possible. We have 4 grandchildren, one of each.
In my spare time, I'm into BASS (blues, alcohol, sex, and sports). I also enjoy dogs. I've helped raise Finn, Mick, and Casey, all soft-coated wheaten terriers. I now spend my time with Thumbs (named for Perry Cohler), a border collie who keeps me moving.
November 30, 1944 email@example.com wilmette IL US retired Divorced 3
Jeri Moe (Rodenkirchen)
February 27, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org Florence SC US Home Maker Married 2 Randolph Heights
First I want to thank Marda for tracking me down or I never would have known about the reunion or this site. Thanks again sweetie. Shame on you Mike Tenney, We're friends with John Huntley and he knew where to find me ...LOLOL
January 25, 1944 email@example.com Sagamore Beach MA US Retired Speech-Language Pathologist Married Randolph HeightsWhere have the years gone? I retired June, 2010 after 42 years working as a speech-language pathologist in both the hospitals and public schools. I graduated U. of M. and went to grad. school at Univ. of Okla. Medical Center both in Speech. I worked in St. Louis for three years. In 1971 I visited Boston and decided to stay and work there for one year. The rest is history. I love New England and have decided that I must be near the ocean. I waited to marry until age 50! My husband Roy Zahreciyan is a native Plymouthian. We live about 15 miles from the famous Plymouth Rock and about 1 mile from Cape Cod. Although we have no children we do have a dog, Max who thinks he is human. I visit St. Paul about every 5 years or so and do miss the rivers and the lakes. Please say "hi" to all at the reunion. I will be going to the Herzl Camp Reunion in late August and just couln't fit both in. Please get in touch with me whenever you are visiting Boston, Plymouth or Cape Cod.
Hansueli Mueller (Mueller-Yersin)
May 24, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org Amden SG '' CH ecologist / mediator / wood sculptor Married 3
After returning to Switzerland from my AFS-year in St. Paul, I studied biology at the University of Zürich and graduated with a PhD in behavioural sciences, based on a 2 year field study on baboon hybrids in Ethiopia. Soon after I spent a year in Sumatra directing the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center at Bohorok. Back in Switzerland, together with 3 other biologists, I founded one of the first ecological consulting firms (then a rather ‘exotic’ endeavour) and helped to initiate the Swiss Association of Professional Ecologists. From 1984 – 1990 I worked for WWF Switzerland. Realizing the urgent need to resolve environmental conflicts more constructively, I went back to the classroom and trained as a mediator. The last 20 years I have been professionally active either as an environmental consultant or mediating in environmental conflicts.
Privately Catharina, my second wife, and I materialized our sailing dreams: 1992 we found an old wooden sailboat (Hillyard, *1957, 33 ft x 10 ft) that conquered our hearts and since has become part of our family life. It has been taking us around the Mediterranean and through the French canals and is presently stationed near Barcelona, Spain.
Sailing, making music (sephardic, medieval ballades: together with Catharina and her sister, we form the trio 'Buen Mazál'), wood sculpting and reading take up most of my time between working (and occasionally earning some money, too). We had many 'Buen Mazál' concerts and exhibited Catharina’s aquarelles and my wood sculptures several times.
Looking back, I had a very rich life and I am very happy with my wife and the three children. Lea and Julian live by themselves and Sarah is studying art at University of Bern. We are living in a small chalet in an alpine village at 1’000 m of altitude. I had hoped to spend some years aboard the 'Mary Kate' with Catharina, but we had to redimention our plans after I found out, that I suffer from Parkinson’s disease. However, with some medicine, cranio sacral therapy and acupuncture I live "happily never after, but very now" !
I am very grateful for the time I could spend as an AFS-exchange student in St. Paul, and at the Central High School ! I am still in loose contact with Jerry, Harvey and Julie Pogoriler (my 'american family'), although both my 'american parents' have died.
I cannot come to St. Paul in August, but I do hope, you all will have a happy reunion ! As a ‘mental gift’ I send you my ‘philosophy of wishes’:
As mountain people we hope that all our
indispensable wishes will come true !
As sailors, however, we hope that the
dispensable-ones will 'stay ashore',
and that our secret wishes will wait close under the horizon
to show up at the right moment !
and a love-poem of mine:
we met like lightning and resounded like thunder
the rain caressed our smiles and embraced our happyness
the moon filled our nights with gentle
tenderness flowing into the pond of
knowing and love
the sun turned dew into jewels and blazed the horizons
the flowers kissed our eyes with
color and joy
the autumn mist sponged the tears of our sorrow
the wind carried our fancies out
into the open
and soothed the pain of saying
I love you, fare well
Much love from the Swiss mountains and the Mediterranean sea,