Mavis ((Anderson) Nelson
BettyAnn (Blythe) Fenton
Anita (Bunnin) Hammer

Ken Draayer
Una (Forth) Hagen
Paulette Fremsted

Mike Halvorson
Ron Kirstein

Janette (Lofgren) VandenBos (1962)
Gladys M. (Krause) Tainsh
Donna (Lind) Stewart
Allan Lundell

Wes Nelson
Roger Preston

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Mavis (Anderson) Nelson

Mavis graduated from Wetaskiwin High School in 1962. I worked at Plaza Drug Store in Edmonton until the fall of 1965.  November 6, 1965, Mavis Anderson  married Neil Nelson (1959-1960) we moved to the Nelson family farm. We have two sons (Dean & Michael) and six grandchildren.   In 1986, I started to working part-time for Agriculture Financial Services Corporation in Wetaskiwin and later in Camrose. In 2002, I retired after 16 years of service. We lived on the farm until 1996 when Dean, our son and family came home to take over the family farm. We moved to a house in Wetaskiwin and then to a condo which we enjoy very much.

I enjoy cooking, sewing, camping, traveling, making cards, genealogy, spending time with our 6 grandchildren and having coffee with my friends. During our marriage, we have visited 37 U.S.A. States and 6 Provinces. We have spent parts of the last 22 winters in Arizona, most of them in Yuma. 

Dean and Sonia took over the farm in 1996 and we moved to Wetaskiwin. They have two girls and a son. Dean is also a mechanist and Sonia is a massage therapist. They now raise golden doodle dogs. www.heartyk9s.ca. Michael and his wife Selena live in Winnipeg, MB and own Waverley Eye Care Centre. They are both Optometrists. They have two girls and a son.

In 2015, we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and it was the 100th year of the Nels Nelson Family Farm.

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BettyAnn (Blythe) Fenton

Where did 55 years go? I completed my B.Ed. at U. of A., taught for two years at Pigeon Lake Regional High School, and then married Jim Fenton. We moved to Guelph, Ontario where Jim did graduate studies and I taught for another year and a half before I retired the first time. Our international phase was next, and we lived, while Jim worked, two years in Kenya and shorter times in various developing countries in Indonesia, West Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. During those years we had home bases in Ontario and Alberta, and eventually settled permanently in St. Albert.  After our two children, Peter and Tara, were off to University, I went back to teaching and retired the second time in 2010. After a long wait, we had finally become grandparents. Much time is now spent with our oldest grandson (almost ten) who lives close to us, our two youngest grandsons (2 and 3 1/2) who live in Calgary, and our two male grand dogs. No dance recitals for us!  We enjoy camping in the spring and fall, gardening in the summer, and traveling in the winter. I keep in touch with a few W.C.H.S. classmates and look forward to catching up with others at the reunion.

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Anita (Bunnin) Hammer

I say that Anita is a 42 miles girl.  Born in Edmonton, at two years old and an older brother Lawrence and older sister Diane. Dad and mom bought Bunnin Hardware in Wetaskiwin. Later on David and Carl came along. I went to school in Wetaskiwin. Class of 62. Edmonton call for more education. Then I met a dairy farmer from Leduc and married Gordon Hammer. Milk cows was next for me. 3 girls later and were good milkers too and love farm life was for all of us. Now 27 years we all call Leduc home. 8 grandkids and hockey and ringette. But we can see the world in our 42 miles. The YEG airport is 7 miles away in my 42 miles worlds.

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Ken Draayer

My calculator says I graduated in ’61, and spent the next half dozen years at the U of A, working on survey crews, and travelling. I remember walking into the stationery store in Wetaskiwin and buying passage to England. A year later I returned – from Japan.  Then back to U of A, then to Queens where I married, graduated in English, and worked as a reporter with the Whig Standard in Kingston.  Then decided on teaching at a private school in New Market; then to St. Catherines, where I ended my teaching career as English Consultant for the board.   I retired in 2003 and have kept it full with writing projects, and reading.  Sonja and I are about to celebrate our 50th.  We have two children and 5 grandchildren.  Lots of great memories of Wetaskiwin.  Email: kendraayer@gmail.com

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Una
(Forth) Hagen

Una (Forth) graduated from WCHS in 1962 and moved to Edmonton in the fall to attend the U of A.  She achieved a Bachelor of Education degree, turned 21, and became engaged to be married, all within the last week of April 1966.  Una’s teaching career began in Edmonton, then continued in Parkland County after moving to Spruce Grove in 1970 with two babies in tow.  After taking some time away from teaching to spend time at home with two little girls, Una returned to the classroom, but this time as a student.  She earned an Honors Diploma in the Apparel Design and Development program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1979 and began teaching in the extension program shortly after.  During this time Una co-authored a pre-vocational training manual for NAIT’s International Education division.  In the mid 1980’s Una spent two seasons as Costume Co-ordinator for Alberta Historic Sites, which included Rutherford House, Cochrane Ranch, Stephansson House, and others.  The career circle came back to teaching adults again in a Canadian Jobs Strategies program at NAIT where the students were new immigrants and aboriginal Canadians.  In 1992, Una opened her own sewing school in Spruce Grove and happily taught children again for eighteen years until retiring in 2010.  

Una and Dale shared the joy of cottage life with Dale’s family for many years, then acquired an RV to pull the fishing boat around Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.  They also share a love of travelling and have seen wonderful places where wonderful people live.  The Hagens will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on December 23, 2016.

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Paulette Fremsted
 

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Mike Halvorson

My family lived in the Wetaskiwin area from 1953 to 1965, and I have fond memories of going to school and growing up there.  My first school was Star School (a one-room school 25 miles South East of Wetaskiwin), then Rosebrier (a four-room school 18 miles South East), King Edward, Queen Elizabeth and WCHS, where I played in the high school band and on the Sabres football team.   Other memories include the Sea Cadets, long summer days at the Kinsmen pool, golfing, hockey on the outdoor rink, snooker at Walt’s pool hall and my Wetaskiwin Times newspaper route.

I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1966 and have worked as a stockbroker/securities dealer and for the past 25 years as a corporate director.  I am now mostly retired and live in Edmonton with my wife, Jude.   We have two adult sons – Brett in Calgary and Lee in Vancouver.  Hobbies include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and watching the stock market.  I especially enjoy spending time at our farm on the Battle River valley near Gwynne and our ranch on the Battle River Valley south of Hardisty.

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Ron Kirstein

Ron graduated from U of A with a Physical Education Degree (68) and started working for the City of Edmonton Parks and Recreations Dept. In 1972 Ron was offered a job with the Faculty of P.E. at U of A where he worked as an administrator and teacher. Ron specialized in Aquatics. Ron worked for the UofA for 11 years and in 1983 accepted a job running the Aquatic Specialist Program at Camosun College in Victoria BC. Ron completed his Master's Degree in 1985 while working at Camosun. Ron worked at Camosun until 1988 and then accepted a job with the City of Victoria managing Crystal Pool. From there he moved to Saanich Municipality to manage the Community Development Division of Saanich Parks and Recreation. Ron also was instrumental in helping with the design of the Saanich Commonwealth Pool. Ron left Saanich and worked for 5 more years as the Director of Commnications for the Regional Government (CRD). Ron retired in 2002. While working for the CRD Ron started a Tourism Web Site for Victoria. In 2002 Ron expanded the web site to include all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Ron shut down his Vanisle Tourism business in March of 2016 but still shares his knowledge of the islands through blogs and facebook on his new web site http://stayandplayvictoria.com Ron is in his second marriage and has been happily enjoying life with Linda Wilkinson from Edmonton since 1987.

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Gladys M. (Krause) Tainsh

Looking back at that time in my life, I feel I was fortunate to have grown up in a farming community in that era.
After high school, I attended business college in Edmonton. My first secretarial position was with Sun Life Assurance. I met Bill Tainsh and we enjoyed 45 years of marriage.  We had  a busy life involving many interests. He passed away in 2011.

I have been blessed with 4 children and 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren (twin boys)!
Acreage living has been my lifestyle since 1980 and I enjoy 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses.

I hope to keep enjoying God's beautiful creation here in the county!
I am looking forward to visiting with friends from high school days at the 2017 reunion.

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Donna (Lind) Stewart

With heartfelt sadness, Donna's family and friends announce her passing on September 23, 2019. Donna was raised on a farm near Wetaskiwin.  After high school, she earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alberta and in 1966, went to Newfoundland where she lived for about two and a half years in Cornerbrook and Stephenville. There she began her 31 year career with the Federal Department of Manpower and Immigration, which subsequently brought her to Nova Scotia to work in their Halifax and Kentville offices. She raised her children Alison and Jeffrey in Wolfville and spent much of the last 20 years in Halifax, where she enjoyed many musical events, participated in the St. George's community, hosted lovely ESL students from around the world, and all the other things she did with dear friends. She had one grand-daughter.  Donna was predeceased by her much-loved brother, Edward Lind in 2017.


 
Janette (Lofgren) VandenBos

Jannette graduated from Wetaskwin Composite High School in 1962.

After graduation, Janette attended business college in Vancouver, BC, worked for a finance company and was a dental assistant before marrying Gerrit VandenBos in 1964. Together they raised 2 children in Surrey, BC. a son, Rod and a daughter, Laurilie who currently both live and work in Palm Springs, California. Janette has 5 granddaughters and resides in both Steveston, BC and Palm Springs, Ca. Her husband Gerrit passed away last May 2015. Janette loves to travel and spend time with her children and granddaughters.


 

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Allan Lundell

"Still together, still crazy"
Allan Lundell, Donna Lundell (Walker), Judy Womacks (Bricker), Wayne Womacks
Looking forward to seeing you.
Best regard, Allan

 

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Wes Nelson

I joined the Canadian Air Force in 1963 and after spending 3 years in the service, I left with training in electronics, which enabled me to get a job repairing computers.  I spent the next 44 years in Information Technology/Management, working and living in Winnipeg, Toronto, Edmonton, Ft. McMurray, Salem Oregon, and finally, Victoria.  I particularly enjoyed the 8 years I spent traveling throughout North America and Europe training management consultants for Fujitsu consulting.

Since 1968, this voyage has been shared with my very patient wife, Lillian.  I am now enjoying sharing my retirement time with her.  We have 3 sons, and 4 grandchildren.  Fortunately, they all also live in Victoria so are also a central part of my retirement.  As the saying goes, “If I had known grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first."

 

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Roger Preston

Born in Saskatoon on July 4th 1943. I had 3 sisters and moved around a lot as a kid. Have 4 daughters from a previous marriage and I almost quit swearing after the last one moved out! Also have 7 grandchildren. I quit school at 16 in grade 10 and joined the army. The army wasn't what I thought it would be so in 1963 there was a job opening for an electrical apprentice and I applied for it. By 1970 I worked my way up to master electrician which led to a lot of travel to the rigs. From Houston in the south to the Arctic, the Middle East and Africa. This led to the 3rd daughter being born in Tehran, Iran which was the base of operation for the next 15 months. Then 9 months in Dubai. Upon return to Canada I worked in several mines and gas wells while raising my daughters as a single parent. Most recently I accompanied my grandson and son in law on a 10 day school tour of Eastern Europe. I presently live south of Mayerthorpe and am semi retired.

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Marvin Weir

Living in Leduc since 1971.Married to Jeanette in 1965 and we have one son,  one daughter and four grandchildren. Hobbies are R-Ving and hiking. Employment history: Attendant at Deer Home in Red Deer 1963-64; Certified Nursing Orderly at Royal Alexandra Hospital  1964-68; Campus Security Force Sergeant in Training, UofA 1968-71; Director of Training/Safety for the Canadian Assoc. of Oil Well  Drilling Contractors 1971-76; Director of Training/Safety at Beta Well Servicing Ltd. 1976-82; Business Owner with son Todd for Leduc safety Services Ltd. 1982-2012; Retired!
 

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Janet (Weiss) Forth

After graduating from high school in 1962, I worked briefly at the Wetaskiwin Times and then began my banking career, first at the BMO and then at CIBC. I married in 1964 and we had three children, two boys and a girl. After spending nearly 25 years in banking, I took a break and worked part time at the ATB Agency in Millet. An oportunity came up for me to become a Senior's Housing Administrator which I enjoyed for 7.5 years, until two groups amalgamated and my position was no more! I farmed with my husband Dale until his passing in 2007, and then back to working casually. For the past 12 years I have so enjoyed working part time in the office at the Wetaskiwin Seniors' Centre (an activity centre). At the same time I also was working part time at the ATB Agency in Millet for 6.5 years. I certainly enjoyhed interacting with people. My yard and grandchildren, along with volunteering on two different Boards keep me busy.

 

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