Denver Lutheran High Class of ‘67

Kay (Dube) Allensworth

These are exciting times for me and my husband, William. We are expecting our first grandchild, we just downsized to a high-rise apartment in downtown Austin (from a large suburban house on 1 acre), and we will be heading for our summer home in Powell River, BC, soon after the reunion. Our older son, John, is a computer game programmer, and our younger son, Will, is the father to be and just made partner at Allensworth and Porter, a construction law firm. His wife, Anne, is wonderful. They all live in Austin, so we're truly blessed.

 

Mary Lou (Hitztaler) Boydstun

My husband of 48 years, Loren, and I are both retired and split our time between Arizona (in winter) and Colorado. We have 2 children and 6 grandchildren, ranging in age from 9 to 19!  We have found that we are far busier in retirement than when we were working.

 

Mike Fegter

My current info:

Retired

4 Children, 11 grandchildren

Married 40 years

I live a quiet life with my wife. We enjoy our family immensely. The Lord has been good to us. I am still the same Fegter that you might remember, but with a little polish, very little.

Best wishes.

Carol Hall

Oh darn, will not be able to make it this year. We have moved to Chuckey, Tennessee, this past November and are getting settled into our new home. We had decided two years ago it was time to retire and move closer to family. Two of our three sons live here in the South; the third one is still in Washington - hoping to get him down here soon. Living is nice and easy as well as laid back. And the people are the best.

If any of you are ever in the area give me a call.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing pictures.

Darrel Kirch

Thanks so much for the photos!  By the smiles I can tell that everyone had a terrific time. I was hoping to make it from DC, but life intervened. I=ve attached a photo of our family. Samantha (holding her rescued beagle) has a master=s degree in education and teaches 3rd grade in a Spanish English immersion program in Northern Virginia, which nicely makes it possible to see her often. Madeline recently finished her MPH degree and lives in San Francisco, where she does health promotion work for Cigna. Deborah has retired from her psychology practice and enjoys the freedom. After my time as medical school dean for Georgia and Penn State, I=m finishing my stint as president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (which represents medical schools and their teaching hospitals) in two years, and then we plan to split our time between our Colorado house near Carbondale and our house in Potomac just outside of DC. That means much more time for fly fishing, hiking, golf, and skiing, and hopefully a chance to reconnect with some classmates!

Mark Leising

Mark has been a bass for the church choir for several years. He is also currently the Head Trustee for the church (Peace With Christ Lutheran in Fort Collins). Mark is retired and is kept busy with home maintenance (a couple of acres and a very old house).

 

Lynn (Krause) Madsen

New daughter in law; downsizing thoughts (better too early than too late; kitchen remodel, so we can enjoy it before then); Colorado trip for family (8) planned by eldest son; January and February at Daytona Beach (with family and friends); grandsons= (ages 8 & 10) activities; great church; musical and sports activities.

 

Carol (Besel) Matthews

Larry and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary in April. We have two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Larry worked as a highway heavy construction project manager/estimator and company VP for 45 years and I was a retail manager for 35 years. Since our retirement in 2014 we have traveled to Europe and to places in the US sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives. Larry is a Dive Master and he runs a local scuba dive club. Just to keep our blood pressure soaring, Larry was elected to the Wheat Ridge City Council in 2016, I was appointed to the Cultural Commission this year and we are active members of Wheat Ridge Lutheran Church. Retirement has been Great and we often wonder when we had the time to work!

 

Kris (Bond) Van Gorkom

Dear Classmates,

It was so much fun catching up with everyone who was able to attend the reunion. I hope we are able to do it again.

Attached is a snapshot of our family members and pets, minus the cats who, unfortunately, did not cooperate.

I retired seven years ago as Exec. Dir. of the Washington Assoc. of School Business Officials. Prior to that, my career included experience as Deputy Secretary of the WA. State Department of Health, lobbyist for education and public health organizations, and policy staff for the Washington legislature. My husband, John, and I married in 1969 while attending CSU. We have three sons, three daughters in law, and five grandchildren. We share our time between Olympia, WA and Sedona, AZ. Three activities I enjoy most right now are traveling, playing tennis, and learning duplicate bridge.

Roger Pietz

I’m sorry I won’t be able to make the reunion. Sounds like it will be a great time of memories. Attached is a picture of my family and myself. Here is a quick summary of life today. I seem to keep collecting titles. In order of priority I am Papa, husband, and Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader and Engineering Consultant. My wife of almost 40 years and I have lived in Fresno, CA for the past 30 years. We have raised two boys and now have two grandsons and a new granddaughter. God has richly blessed us in body, mind and spirit.

Glenn Prebble

Thanks for all your work in organizing the reunion. I will not be attending, but wanted to provide you with a brief synopsis of what is going on in my life. After teaching in the Jefferson County Public Schools for thirty years, I am happily retired and living in Lakewood. Linda and I celebrated our forty eighth wedding anniversary in March of this year. We try to travel when we can, and also enjoy spending time with our four grandchildren. I try to get out once a week and play golf when the weather cooperates. I remain actively involved as a member of the Antique Bottle Collectors of Colorado, and have authored a couple of books for the club. I also enjoy spending time researching our family genealogy and keeping up with numerous projects around the house. Please give my regards to our classmates.

 

Jo Ann Suriskey

After high school I attended Western State College of Colorado (now Western State Colorado University), where I received a BA and MA in Elementary Education. Then on to teaching second grade in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for ten years!  What a great experience!

After my father passed away, I returned to Denver to help my mother and ended up teaching kindergarten at Mount Calvary Lutheran School and Child Motivation Center, and second grade at Gilpin Grammar School.

Then I worked for the Federal Government B Department of Veterans Affairs as secretary to Chiefs of Environmental Management, Psychiatry Service, and Psychology Service, but missed working with children. Transferring to Buckley Air National Guard Base (now Buckley Air Force Base), I started the Enrichment Program (kindergarten), became Assistant Director then Director of the Child Development Centers, retiring as Family Child Care coordinator.

The year my father would have been 100 years old (1994) I decided it was time to settle down and finally get married. Butch and I met in 1959 at Zekendorf Plaza (May D&F ice skating rink). . He attended Abraham Lincoln High School but left to enter the Marine Corp during the Viet Nam War. After the war, one of his jobs was to install all the tire shops for Pace Warehouse from Alaska to Puerto Rico (many trips I was able to accompany him).

During our retirement years we spend time camping with the cat, Sandy, and the dog, Cruiser. The grandchildren - now a senior at UNC and junior at Prairie View High School - are too Abusy@ to go camping with the older folk. We bowl on a senior league where everyone has fun B no competition, and volunteer at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. . Many early mornings and late evenings we are outside watching the Space Station pass over Denver, what an accomplishment for man.

We attended ASanta School and graduated with a BS (Bachelor of Santa). We have been Mr and Mrs Santa for Buckley Air Force Base since 2000 and Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum since 2013. We (Mr & Mrs Santa) also visit the Family Child Care homes. It is so much fun. If you have grandchildren who would like a visit from Mr & Mrs Santa just give us a call.

Ron Tanner

Jim I got your email I will try to send photo, I am married 20 years to a Philippine lady, now living in Yucaipa California. Retired from CalTrans as land surveyor. Not able to attend due to health problems. Good to hear from you.

Dave Walker

Hi fellow classmates,

Wow, 50 years. My, how time sure flies by!  I wish I could be there, but work and my 96-year-old dad who lives with us, don't give me the freedom to travel right now.

I am now living in San Diego, CA, and went into business when I moved out here in 1986. Most of my work before the demise of the real estate market came from builders who built large custom mansions in very affluent areas of San Diego. . Thankfully, am now working with companies that specialize in flood and fire restorations. Much less stress and payroll!!

I have two great sons who are very successful and am the proud "Poppy" of twin granddaughters. I love their visits, which are not often enough, as they live in Chino, CA.

Since my divorce, I have been with a wonderful lady for the past 20 years. She has been amazing with my Dad. Without her, I don't think he would be with us today. I know I don't have much time left to share with him, and appreciate each day that he is with me. My Dad seems happy living here in San Diego out of the cold and that makes me happy.

One last thing, want to mention what a small world this is, one of my girlfriend’s best friends is Charlene Schmidt (class of '66) and we get together with her family during holidays and other visits to San Diego. We keep the Colorado connection going, sharing stories and updates from family and mutual friends.

Please keep in touch. Hope to hear from you.

Sally Walker

After high school, I attended UNC in Greeley and became a Speech, Drama, and English teacher (thank you, Mr. Sloan for the inspiration!). I hurried back to Colorado after living in Texas and Indiana for a few years. My husband, Everett, was a school psychologist    so we always had summers off and made great use of time to travel and play with our two children, Meghan and Scotty. After many years as both a teacher and counselor, I retired in 2003, returning to work as a contract counselor for a few years. When my first grandchild came along almost 4 years ago, I let my license expire and have focused on family and fun. We now have 2 grandchildren, with another arriving in November. Both Meghan and Scotty live close by  - and Sunday dinners are a fixture. We are so blessed!  I love being Nana!  I also love traveling and was fortunate to visit my 7th continent, Antarctica, this past March. I hope to visit my 67th country by the end of 2017    in honor of the Class of '67 (or that might be a coincidence  :o).  I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the reunion and to reading about everyone's life's adventures. God's blessings and my best to all for a continued happy life here and forever in heaven.