Gladys Anderson
Richard Asp
Jean (Holmlund) Bauer
Dawn (Irvine) Holmlund  & Ron Holmlund (1958)
Sandy (Kirstein) Wright
Sandra Lynne (Sandy) Janzen
Bill Moore
Neil Nelson

Maxine Paton
Jean (Westendorf) Piersdorff
Timothy (Tim) Bruce Reid 
Elaine (Weir) Geake
George Wuensch

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Gladys Anderson

I graduated in 1964 with a degree in Pharmacy from the U of A and worked at Stu Bailey’s Pharmacy in Camrose, Plaza Drugs in Edmonton and the General Hospital Pharmacy.  In 1969, I took a year off to travel with a group of young people working in churches in Canada and the United States.  When I returned I went to work at the new Misericordia Hospital.  In September 1980, I went to a theology seminary in Vancouver and in 1983, I graduated with a Masters of Divinity.   Upon graduation, I worked in a church as a lay associate for 10 years.  In 1993, I took one year further studies to seek ordination within the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  During that time I worked as a pastoral care worker in nursing homes and student chaplain at the Vancouver airport.  In 1999, I moved to Neepawa, Manitoba to become the minister of a small Presbyterian congregation.

I retired in 2007 but have continued to be active within the community including working in the care home as a volunteer pastoral care worker as well as singing in a woman’s choral group and being part of the quilting group.  When I retired I took a trip, visiting family and friends, across Canada as far as Montreal, down the east coast, across the south and up the west coast before heading home six months later.  I have enjoyed many trips throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, South America and several cruises.

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Richard Asp

I was born and raised in Wetaskiwin...After High School graduation I attended the University of Alberta where I obtained my Bachelor of Education Degree and my fifth year Diploma in Educational Administration...I taught for thirty four years in and near Wetaskiwin beginning at Clear Vista School in 1963...In 1979 I married my wife Janet who was also a teacher...My last teaching and administrative position was at Millet School...Janet and I have spent much of our free time including retirement travelling and have bucket listed many world locations...How fortunate we have been to visit historic sites of which these three are standouts; the Pyramids at Giza just outside of Cairo, Egypt, the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel and the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens Greece...We also have enjoyed our time spent on the sea and recently sailed around South America...I continue to support the Terry Fox Run and have participated in each of the past thirty-six yearly events...I'm still committed to fitness...Running continues to be my passion but I still walk, bike and train at the gym...I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many high school friends...As I age, the greatest mystery of life to me is the brevity of it...I wish Health, Happiness and Contentment to each of you...

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Jean (Holmlund) Bauer

In September of 1960 I enrolled in Household Economics at U of A. While there I met an Agriculture student, Norman Bauer. 1963 was a big year for us as we both graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees and we were married in September. Then I returned to U of A and took Education while Norman worked for one of his Agriculture Profs. May of '64 we moved to Norman's farm at Hilda (north east of Medicine Hat). I taught school for seven years in local schools and then retired to help Norman build our farm, ranch, and feedlot. We have two sons - both are U of A grads. Our son, Greg and his wife Cathy now manage the farm, ranch, and feedlot. Our farm was 100 years old in 2011- Norman's Grandparents and Great-grandparents had homesteaded here in 1911. In 2012, we received the Farm Family Award and represented Cypress County at the Calgary Stampede. We are now semi-retired in our house on a hill overlooking the farm. We enjoy helping out when needed or as Norman says, "volunteering”. One job that has become mostly Norman's is talking to and granting permission to hunters who are seeking permission to hunt on our property. Our area has wildlife such as; white tail and mule deer, antelope, elk, moose. Occasionally, there have been hunters here from the Wetaskiwin area.

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Dawn (Irvine) Holmlund  & Ron Holmlund (1958)

I took Nurse’s training at the Uof A in the fall of 1960.   Following graduation  from nursing,  I married Ron Holmlund and worked at the University hospital while Ron was working on his teaching degree.  In 1964 we moved to our farm at Falun, West of Wetaskiwin.   I worked as an RN  in the Wetaskiwin  Hospital, and for Wetaskiwin Health Homecare.   When my two boys were young I worked part-time.   I loved to garden and I was very proud of my flowers and landscaped yard.  My boys Earl and Nelson played softball at Falun in the summer and hockey in Wetaskiwin in the winter.  Earl, my eldest, is a mechanic from NAIT and operates an automotive garage at Falun.  Earl and his wife Susanne have one boy Quinn.   Nelson, our second boy, has a B.Ed. from U. of A.  and an Electrical Engineering degree from NAIT.  He works for “Canada Post”.   Nelson has one daughter Kim, a NAIT grad who works for Atco Gas.

When the boys were young, we enjoyed skiing in the mountains, summer camping, and fishing trips in BC and Alberta.    Ron and I loved to dance and we took Square Dance Callers’ School. We were the Callers / teachers for the Wetaskiwin Peace Hills Hoppers Square Dance Club for seven years.    We now live in Wetaskiwin and enjoy the recreation facilities in Wetaskiwin.  ie (By-The-Lake-Park, Manluk Theater,  Manluk Centre,  Senior’s Centre, and the Recreation complex)

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Sandy (Kirstein) Wright (1960)  

After graduating in 1964 from the U of A with a BEd degree, I taught high school physical education 5 years for the Edmonton Public School Board and 1 year in North Vancouver. I married in 1970, moved back to Edmonton, taught for 5 more years and then spent 11 years at home raising a daughter and a son.  I returned to teaching and taught outdoor education and science for another 20 years at the Bennett Environmental Education Centre in Edmonton.  I retired in 2006 and am now living in the Kirstein family cabin at Ma-Me-O Beach.  I am enjoying retirement by traveling; volunteering; babysitting two grandchildren; bridge club; book club; swimming and skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer.  I am the Golf Teaching Pro at the Black Bull Golf Course and also administer and teach the Junior Golf Program, this is my 28th year in that position!  I divorced Mr. Wright and have been living happily with “love of my life” Terry Smith for past 26 years.

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Sandra Lynne (Sandy) Janzen

We were fortunate to have had good teachers from Grades 1 - 12. They must have been good because they inspired a lot of us to pursue further education, and about  a quarter of us to become teachers, me among them. Even granting that teaching and nursing were then the occupations of most women, the number of those going into Education in particular had to be cause and effect. Three cheers for our teachers and for WCHS! 

For about thirty years, I was, as a friend called it, a "taxi professor" teaching English at U of A and GMC and Concordia U College -- sometimes all three in a day, hence the “taxi prof” term! It was a privilege and a pleasure.  I know I owe a debt to teachers I don’t forget, among them:  Miss McDonald, Mrs. Nowicky, Bell Clark, Mr. Foote, Mrs. Owen, Mrs. Olson, Mr. Olson, Mr. Lehman, Dr. Solberg, etc. 

I have three sons and six grandchildren and had the luxury of doing a little travelling. After retiring, I lived for a few years in Comox, B.C. That experience shook my belief that I was a through and through prairie girl, untransplantable as a crocus. I anticipated missing Alberta's sun and seasons, and I did, but one quickly gets used to a view of both ocean and mountains from the window and pansies blooming outside all winter. I returned to Alberta to enjoy my youngest grandchildren - not a hard trade off as hugs from tots made the return home well worthwhile.

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Bill Moore

After high school I attended the U of A in Electrical Engineering. Did not do well in third year and did not finish. Worked miscellaneous jobs for a couple of years, electrical maintenance at airports in Alberta, BC, and Cambridge Bay in the high arctic. Then heavy equipment operator and seismic in the western provinces.

In January 1966 I joined Calgary Power as a lineman in Wetaskiwin. I successfully bid on a job as a metering technician and moved to Calgary in 1970.  From there I worked on commercial and industrial metering in Calgary Power’s franchise area which covers a significant area of Alberta, and was on the road virtually five days a week.

Hobby wise in the 60’s it was motor sports. I was involved with stock car, drag, and motocross racing. Lots of fun! In 1967 a friend and I acquired a Turbonique rocket powered go cart with which we intended to do demonstration runs at Speedway park in Edmonton. At our first race they declared they discovered they weren’t insured for rocket powered cars but they did let us run after the race and the crowd went home. I turned 151 mph in 9.7 seconds, but that was our only run due to the insurance issue.

Married Warna Hopfe in 1970 and was transferred back to Wetaskiwin in 1971. We had three boys who were and are the highlight of my life along with seven grandchildren. The grandchildren are from one year to 25 years-old and they provide happy and interesting times when we get together. All three boys played hockey and I was lucky enough to play with all of them on my Sandblaster recreational hockey team. Good times!

In 1980 I was promoted to supervisor of the Wetaskiwin Meter Shop, as they were closing the only other meter shop which was in Calgary and building a new district office and meter shop in Wetaskiwin. About that time they changed the name of the company from Calgary Power to TransAlta Utilities. I was project manager for the construction of the new facility, which was a real learning experience.

I bought an Apple II in 1979 and my boys and I became relatively proficient in operating personal computers, including rudimentary programming. This caught the attention of my director who asked me to move to Calgary in 1984 to manage the TransAlta data centre in head office. I managed that facility through massive changes in their IT infrastructure from using terminals to everyone having PC’s connected to the new main frames in the data centre. Invaluable experience.

However, I still yearned for fieldwork and in 1987 we moved back to the Wetaskiwin – Camrose - Wainwright division managing various district staff and crews. While managing the Wetaskiwin district because of my computing experience, I spent more time in Calgary on committees working on large computer projects than I did back home. I retired from TransAlta in 1997.

After retirement I managed the Wetaskiwin Legion for two years, then left there and joined two retired meter techs who formed a metering contracting company. We contracted to various utilities and REAs in Alberta, upgrading metering for commercial and industrial customers. Later we added metering co-gen plants to our repertoire. I am still doing testing and maintenance at the co-gen plants although not as much as in the past. Love the hard hat and coveralls more than head office.

Warna passed away in 2012 and I am living alone in a house we built in 1987 on the old farm place on airport road in Wetaskiwin. The house is bigger than I need, but the location is where I grew up, so not moving any time soon.

Other than work, I have been playing hockey since I was 29 and still am, presently with the seniors. We play at least two games a week and go to a couple tournaments a year. The hockey buddies are my second family. Life is good.

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Neil Nelson

Neil graduated for Wetaskiwin High School in 1959 and returned in 1960 to upgrade some classes.  He graduated from SAIT in Land Surveying in 1962. He worked for the Department of Highways in Edmonton for one year. In 1963, Neil returned home to take over the family farm east of Wetaskiwin. He sold the cows and increased the pigs over time up to 2000 farrow to finish hog and have grain beside. Neil is a member and involved with the Wetaskiwin Mission Church. He has been a Director on the Co-op Seed Cleaners for 6 years, a Director on the Rural Fire Co-op Board for 6 years and a Director of the Wetaskiwin Credit Union for 15 years. He has donated more than 100 pints of blood over the years. Neil enjoys camping, traveling, fishing, panning for gold, his 6 grandchildren and helping Dean on the farm.  

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Maxine Paton

I was born and raised in Wetaskiwin and graduated in 1960 with my childhood friends.

I attended U of A for three years and taught school for two.  Then I worked at various jobs:  Air Canada, Fantasy Land Hotel, Royal Bank and ATB.  I have lived in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Miami.

I retired to Ma-Me-O Beach in 1993.  There I was introduced to Dog Agility through a newly formed agility group.  I competed for three years with the last of my rescued  dogs.  We reached Master’s Level before we both ran out of steam. 

I’ve been lucky to have travelled a lot and to have met many new friends over the years.

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Jean (Westendorf) Piersdorff (1960)

After graduation, I attended business college in Edmonton. I worked at a couple of different positions until finding my “forever” job with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). My position was Executive Assistant to the President who reported directly to the Minister of Agriculture. It was a demanding position but enjoyable. I have been retired for 17 years.

I married Larry Piersdorff in 1969 and we have two children. Our son lives in Sherwood Park and our daughter lives in Lethbridge. We have five lovely grandchildren ranging from 12 to 18 years.

Larry and I bought, renovated and sold houses for several years and have lived in Edmonton, Mameo Beach, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Sherwood Park and now back in Wetaskiwin.

Enjoyment includes: family, golf, aqua fitness, walking, volunteering & vacationing.

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Timothy (Tim) Bruce Reid  (1960) at Bonnie Doon

I attended school from Kindergarten to grade 10 in Wetaskiwin. My family then moved to Edmonton in 1959 where I completed high school at Bonnie Doon Composite High School. My dad had a service station called Read’s Esso where I worked after school. In 1964 I married Linda McIntyre. We had two daughters, one of whom died in February 2016. I joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1967 and retired as a Detective Sergeant in 1998. I worked in many different areas within the police service including 8 years as a Crime Scene Investigator. After retirement I taught safety courses for 10 years at Leduc Safety, a business then owned by my best friend of 69 years, Marvin Weir. In 1995 I remarried. My wife Iris and I live in Edmonton. Combined we have 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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Elaine (Weir) Geake (1960)

I have been married to Don for 55 years and have resided in Leduc for 39 years. We have four grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. I was employed as a pre-school instructor, followed by a recreational programmer for seniors. Being retired for many years, I enjoy golf, creating gardens, baking, belonging to an art club, and volunteering in our wonderful community! My family remains the most important part of my life!

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George Wuensch (1960)

After completing high school, I worked for Bank of Montreal in Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Red Deer and Valleyview, Alberta

In 1963 I moved to the Toronto area and worked for Zurich Insurance - Head Office for Canada. This also took me for a brief period of time to the Zurich office in Hamilton, ON.  I did not particularly care for the desk job and so in 1966 I started with Ford Motor Company located in Oakville, ON.  Here I remained until my retirement in 2004.

I am enjoying my retirement. We live approximately 15 minutes from Lake Ontario which is one of our favourite places to enjoy a cup of coffee.

I was a blood donor – over the many years, I donated over 150 times.

I enjoyed traveling:  several trips to Europe but mainly North America, namely Hawaii at least 10x and Florida innumerable to count - rough guess probably 50 plus times.  Have also visited Cuba, the Dominion Republic, Mexico and many cross-country trips via vehicle. 

In the 1985 High School Reunion book my ‘greatest achievement’ was staying ‘single’ and oh how did my pockets jingle…that changed in 1992…I would not want to be single again!  Earlier this year my wife and I returned to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th anniversary!  God has been good and I am blessed with good health.

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