Tuesday, June 29, 2010


see ya in a few days - behave !!

in the meantime - send in your reservations !

Monday, June 28, 2010


Received this in an email today:

"I don't want to brag or make anybody jealous or anything,
but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school."

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Rick Gallagher and his wife LuAnn are living in Arena, WI. They have two children: Tony is 28 and Mitchel is 20.

Rick is the owner of Steel Forms Construction.

I do hope you'll join us in July - it's a short drive!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Mark DiRienzo and his wife Becky live in Denton,NC. They have two children: Michelle is 36 and Anne is 32....and they have three grandchildren.

Mark's working: "I work for Piedmont Triad Anesthesia PA., as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), in Winston-Salem, NC. "

And what else has been doing ? "Primarily, I have provided Anesthesia services, at the 2nd largest hospital in North Carolina, Forsyth Medical Center. I have also enjoyed being an Anesthesia Clinical Instructor, for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and have served on their Admissions Board. I love being a father, and a grandfather, and spending time with my family! We are very involved with our Church, and consider the members to be our family in Christ. We live on High Rock Lake, and enjoy the beauty of the water and wildlife, as well as friend and family gatherings on the water. I am also a private pilot, and enjoy seeing the earth from a different perspective! I have been to Oshkosh several times, for the EAA Air Show. Most of our trips to WI have been to visit family, so unfortunately, I have spent very little time in Madison. Last summer was my first time there in many years!"

Any favorite memories? "Many of my favorite memories involve being a member of the Band. We took many trips together, and I particularly enjoyed playing trumpet at the many basketball and football games! I always had trouble concentrating in class, after being outside for marching band practice. The sounds of the drums, thanks to Dave Heilman and Company continued to resonate in my ears for hours afterward, and usually found their way to my fingers, drumming on the desk in class! I enjoyed playing trumpet with Mike McKenna, and Timothy Thousand (class of 70). Mike and I were roomates our freshman year at UWEC! There are so many other people that I think of fondly, from High School, and unfortunately, I have not done a very good job of keeping in touch with them !"

Thanks Mark - I know we're a long way from N.C. - but it would be wonderful to see you.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Mark Eder and his wife Laurie live in Brookfield, WI. They have two children : Bryan is 17 and Will is 12.

Presently Mark is working as an Engineer with AT&T Wisconsin.

Thanks Mark, hope you will make the drive and join us!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Send in your reservations, please.
Thank you

Monday, June 21, 2010


I'll call this "Operation Paparazzi". Several of our classmates are unable to make the reunion and have asked that we please, please, PLEASE take photos. Now, these are legit excuses - I've checked them out - like, "Mother of the Bride" - so I'm letting them off the hook. Kathy McDonald Diltz had a great idea: photograph everyone as they arrive - check in, get your name tag - and "Smile for the Birdie". It will all be quick and painless and then I will come back here and post your current photo with your yearbook head shot. Of course I will also post any and every pic we get.

So - put on your best face and be prepared. Kathy is going to handle this and is looking for people to be her paparazzi.......like 20 minute shifts. You can contact her directly - she's in the class directory that was emailed to everyone - or you can email me or leave a comment here.


Sunday, June 20, 2010


Karen Banaszak is living in Madison, WI with her husband Jeff Reinke.

Karen is working - she has been an "ECG Technician at Meriter Hospital for 36 years".

So what has she been doing all these years? "I have 32 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews and one on the way. I borrowed them until aunts were not so cool!

We travel more than ever through Eastern Europe - Poland twice, once before the wall came down, Italy and Guatemala.

Now that I have travel and observed other countries, I allow myself to be politically active. Hoping to turn this country in a different way."

A fovorite memory ? "I have always loved art and literature. It meant something to me. I remember making a clay tile. We were given instruments to make marks. We were not allowed to write words but we were instructed to make marks as if we were leaving a message for years to come. The marks were to be in the top right-hand side and an expression of the future.

I lived on the west side and my sister lived on the east side. While taking a walk with my sister and her dog, I buried the tile along tracks on the east side of Madison and forgot about it.

I now live on the east side. One day I was walking with my dog along those tracks and I accidentally kicked up the tile. It had worked its way up from the dirt. That was a powerful thing!"

Wow ! Can't wait to hear a bit more about this. See you in July!

Friday, June 18, 2010


John - "Jack" Schwab and his wife Beverly live in Dubuque, IA. They have four children: Thomas, 33 - Ann, 31 - Patrick, 28 and Stephan, 25. They have 1.5 grandchildren....( I am doing this without glasses and I thought it said 15 grandchildren) !!!

Thanks for sending us your info - hope things change and you can join us in July.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


John Ryan and his wife Rita are living in St. Paul, MN. They have five children: Susan, 29 - Kelly, 27 - Dan, 25 - TJ, 23 - Mike, 22.

John has been in Sales for Target Commercial Interiors 34 years.

What else has he been doing? "Coached basketball for 19 years until recently, cross country ski in northern Wi, go to our lake home near Hayward as often as we can."

Favorite EHS memories ? "Attending football and basketball games."

Thanks John !

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


(Sandy Meyr did not Have a class photo)

Sandy is living in Madison, WI. She was married to Dan Jones and sadly, widowed after only twenty two months of marriage....she did not re-marry.

Sandy is retired (jealous) after working for the State in Health and Social Services.

So how does she fill her days? "Volunteering at Oakwood Village & quilting."

How about some favorite memories? "Having Joel Maturi as a teacher. He taught Russian History at Edgewood."

Monday, June 14, 2010


Patrick Phelan and his wife Judith Choles (EHS'69) are living in Madison, WI.

Pat is working full-time for Coakley Tech.

How has he been spending his time these last years? "Working, going up to our cabin, remodeling our house. "

Hope we see you in July.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Tim Geier and his wife Jane are living in Madison, WI. They have four children: Allyson, 27 - Tim, 25 - John, 22 and Ellen, 20. They have one grandchild.

Tim is the Sales Manager for Frank Liquor Co. in Middleton , WI.

I do hope we will see you in July !!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Elizabeth Lee McPhee is living in Prairie du Sac with her husband Patrick. They have two children: Patrick K is 36 and Christopher is 34.

Elizabeth is currently working at Sauk Prairie Hospital.

How does she enjoy her free time? "I love working on my flower gardens."

and her favorite memories? "I can't pick just one."

Hope we see you this summer!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010



In our efforts to take a step back - for those who were feeling overwhelmed with reunion information - we got a bit too casual:

Please make your checks for the Saturday evening to " Anna Stebbins"

Thanks all


Barbara Hansen and her husband Michael Cohen are living in Orlando, Florida. They have two children: Ben is 24 and Rachel is 22.

Barbara is working as a self-employed MD.

And what else has been filling her days? " Working, raising kids, taking care of 3 dogs, building a house in the NC mtns, doing Bikram Yoga, traveling".

Favorite EHS memories? "can't remember much!"

Oh - Barb - I think you are being modest ! Thanks , and I hope you will make it in July

Monday, June 7, 2010


Jim Schulte is living in Richfield, MN with his wife Connie and their 16 year old daughter Lucia.

Jim is a small business owner.

What has he been up to these last years? "I started a business a couple years ago importing and selling microscopes. Before that I sold scopes for 25 years and did some large format photography, but now my darkroom days are over. Two years ago I got married (for the 3rd time--at least for me marriages are like pancakes--it takes a few to get them right)--and now I have--Connie's great! Either that or my extended adolescence is finally over. These days I'm teaching my 16 year old daughter, Lucia to drive--I love it--she actually listens to me and I get to be right...

Favorite EHS memory "A rowdy study hall interrupted by "the pope" ( remember her?) chewing us out saying "God is here, God is here!" Personally I think God liked our jokes."

HA ! Thanks Jim - happy to know we'll see you this summer.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Jim Schuchardt and his wife Mary Jane are living in Ladysmith, WI. They have three children: Michelle Cornwell, 34 - Karen Schroth, 32 and Eric Schuchadt, 24. AND - they have three grandchildren.

Jim is a retired (jealous) School District Administrator.

So what does he do with all that free time? "Hunting, fishing and traveling. Spending time with the grandchildren and helping out my parents."

How about some favorite memories? "Friday night football games while attending Edgewood High School".

Thanks Jim - happy to hear we will see you this summer!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Kathy and her husban Bob Fillingame are living in Madison, WI and have three children :
Laura is 31, Julia is 21 and Lisa 1s 18.

Kathy is working "at UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health ".
at UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
What else has she been doing to fill her days? "Raising a family and teaching biochemistry".

Favorite memories? " Hanging out with friends".

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Frank and his wife Jana are living in Eagle Rock, CA. They have two children: Camilla is 15 and Franky is 12.

Frank is self-employed..

and how does he spend his days? "It's hard not to be a little vague on this one. I have lived in Los Angeles for the past thirty years. I have been married for twenty years, I have two beautiful girls as well as a beautiful wife. I have been in the photo/art business for a long time. I still have all my hair but it seems to be a little different color these days. I don't care for sports but I am and always have been interested in music and cooking."

Favorite memories? "Walking home from school with friends in the fall, laughing and talking."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Gary is single and living in Madison, WI. He is doing volunteer work with several UW Student organizations.

His favorite EHS memories? "There are so many but if I have to pick one, it would be the entire class working together to build our Junior Carnival Booths"

Thanks Gary - see you in July !