Marilyn (Ambler) Munro
Lorraine (Angus) Hayter
Shirley (Boles) Helmig
Dave Fairlie
Wayne Hardy
Laurie (Moore) Hardy

Marlene (Hay) Wallace
Stan Hayter

Alice (Larson) Hoyle
Carmen (Lee) Rahner
Sid McKinney
Garry Olson & Susan (Weiler) Olson 1970

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Marilyn (Ambler) Munro

I graduated in the spring of 1965.  That fall, full of excitement and anticipation,  I flew to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver Bible Institute..  While there I clerked at a hardware store for $1/hour.  I finished in 1966 and entered the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing that fall.  This was the beginning of my lifelong dream to become a nurse.  I moved into the nurse’s residence and became involved in dorm life, like playing tricks on each other and staying up all night visiting.  We studied sometimes too.

In April 1968, I married Douglas Munro from Sedgewick.  I completed my R.N. studies in August 1969 and moved to Killam, Alberta. I began my nursing career in the small rural hospital in Killam.  I cared for sick people, delivered babies, dispatched and received ambulances and assisted in surgeries. Outside of work my life included involvement in the Killam Baptist Church, campaigning in federal politics, going to fastball games and curling.

My four girls were all born in the hospital where I worked.  It was special being cared for by my coworkers and friends.

I was a stay at home mom from 1974 to 1985. When not caring for my family I continued to be involved in my church, as well as community and school activities.  I also stayed busy sewing clothes for my children.  I know they especially loved the matching outfits I made for them.  

My return to nursing began with a refresher course in 1985.  It was difficult since I hadn’t taken an exam in a long time.  I returned to work at the Killam hospital and worked there until 1993.  

In 1988 I embarked on life as a single parent.  I worked mostly night shifts at the hospital and held down other jobs such as doing paramedicals for insurance companies and driving the ambulance, to make ends meet.  I also stayed very involved in my daughters’ lives which included providing taxi service to ballet, swimming, music and other activities.  

In 1993, the “fiscally responsible” conservative government shut down or reduced services at many rural hospitals.  This meant a cut back in nursing staff.  My full time position was slated to be cut down to a 0.8 and eventually was eliminated.  As I was reading an RN magazine, I noticed an ad looking for nurses in Hawaii.  I decided to go.

In July of 1993, I sold everything and moved with 3 of my daughters to Hawaii.  The culture shock was tremendous, but we adjusted.  We learned to how to keep cool on sweltering days (drive around the island with the air conditioning on) and which were the good beaches and which were the ones for tourists.  We became Kama‘aina (locals).

In 1999, my youngest daughter decided to follow her sister to Fort Worth, Texas for college.  I decided to follow her.  Again I packed up and moved across the ocean and nursed in the Dallas Metroplex area.

In 2003, I got the itch to travel again and found myself driving to California.  I worked as a travel nurse in Northern California, exploring between nursing assignments of 6 weeks or longer.  I loved learning about the area and meeting wonderful people.  

In 2005, I had had enough of my semi-nomadic lifestyle and drove the 1800 miles back to Texas.  I worked there until my retirement in 2013. My last position was on a post partum  and women’s surgery unit. It was mostly a happy place and a good place to finish my career.  I was very blessed being able to do what I loved for most of my life.

Over the past years I have also been blessed to be able to indulge my passion of traveling.  I was able to visit my daughter in Japan several times.  I went to Paris with my sister Lenora for a fashion design school trip.  I’ve attended weddings in South Africa, Thailand and Costa Rica.  I drove to Alberta from Texas in 2013 and 2014. The latter trip lasted for 11 days and was 3660 miles long. The view along the California and Oregon coast was spectacular. For the first road trip I traveled with friends from Texas and the next year I picked 2 friends from Alberta to travel with me.

    My greatest accomplishment has been my 4 daughters.  They have all graduated from college and have earned great jobs. Two live in Texas and two live in Edmonton so I’m in the air quite a lot.  I have 5 grandsons and I granddaughter that I enjoy spending time with

    Since my retirement in 2013 I have been spending the “cooler” summers in Alberta instead of being in the Texas heat.

    I wish to thank the planning committee for all your hard work preparing for our reunion.  I look forward to our weekend of reminiscing.

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Lorraine (Angus) Hayter

After graduation in 1965 I attended college in Edmonton and then worked in Wetaskiwin for a short time. In October 1966 Stan and I were married and moved to Thompson, Manitoba. We lived there for 10 years and started a family  before moving to Regina for 12 years and then to Sherwood Park, Alberta. I worked in various secretarial and administrative jobs in health care and education in both Edmonton and Sherwood Park before retiring in 2005. In 2008, after Stan retired, we moved to Ma-Me-O Beach where we now live. We spend our winters in Yuma, Arizona enjoying the warm weather, golfing, dancing, volunteering and socializing. We have 2 wonderful children and 7 equally wonderful grandchildren who are a great joy in my life. We have traveled to many places throughout the world and hope to visit many more.

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Shirley (Boles) Helmig

After graduating in 1965, I started working for AGT/TELUS. I worked for AGT/TELUS until I retired in 2002. From 2002 until 2012 I worked as a Church Secretary.

I married Bruce Helmig in 1969 – our family consists of one son and 4 grandchildren. Bruce is deceased.
Bruce and I farmed near Gwynne, Alberta from 1972 until 1997; then we moved to Camrose, where I currently reside.
I enjoy gardening, and now that I am retired I spend quite a bit of time with my grandchildren, enjoying the pleasure of living near them.

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Dave Fairlie

Shortly after Grade X11, went to Thompson, Man. Plan was to work for the summer and return to school.  Inco was a great teacher.  Soon married my high school sweetheart (Inez Stone); became youngest acting 2nd. Class Power Engineer in Manitoba. Five years later, off to Brandon University (Economics), then in 1973 off to Ottawa for a stint with Stats Canada; packed up the family for a trip to Regina and a new career with Gov’t of Saskatchewan (Dept. of Industry and Commerce).  In 1978, one more move to City of Saskatoon to take on role of manager for Economic development. 1994, once again switched gears and became a Certified Financial Planner.  Inez retired in 2007, but will not allow me the same privilege.  She has allowed me to try semi-retirement.  My greatest achievement; marrying Inez and 3 beautiful adult children; 6 wonderful grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Hobbies: a little golf, fishing, hunting and winter holidays. Enjoy the Masonic Family (past Potentate – President of Sask. Shriners).  Becoming more involved with the Legion.  Left Wetaskiwin in 1965, but memories of growing up and high school keep the nostalgia alive. GO RIDERS.

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Wayne and Laurie (Moore) Hardy

We were married in 1968 and within 6 years had 3 sons.  The boys are all married and have blessed us with 7 grandchildren aged 7 months to 15 years.  One family lives in Chicago, one in Leduc, and one in Wetaskiwin. Wayne spent 25 years at the Chev/Olds dealership, Wetaskiwin Motors, 20 of those as general sales manager.  In 1998 we bought Aney Insurance brokers which became Hardy Colborne Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Wayne operated as president and broker for 12 years, retiring in 2010.  Laurie was home with the children until 1980 when she started work at Canada Post.  She worked as a letter carrier in Wetaskiwin until 2003, retired and spent time with the grandchildren.  We are now enjoying retirement with a nice mix of family, friends, golf and travel.  Our favourite destination is the Palm Springs area.


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Marlene (Hay) Wallace

After H. S. I got my B.ED. from the U. of A. and went teaching in Winfield, Alta. for 2 years and then to Innisfail to teach elementary for 22 years. My husband and I did some extensive travelling after we both retired from teaching. Travelled to New Zealand, Isle of Mann, England, Hawaii, Maritimes and many places on the mainland of U.S.A.

I have volunteered at the Red Deer hospital for 25 years and am still there.  Just love it and meet some of my former students that now work there.

I am very involved in Duplicate Bridge and work 3 times a week running the game  at our local club. I reached a goal and  got my  "Gold Life Master" award last  Nov.  Jim says that bridge is my first love!. 

We both curl in the winter and have no desire to become " Snow Birds" as many of our friends are.

I am looking forward to seeing classmates especially from the 1965 group.

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Stan Hayter

I worked in mining, health care and provincial government.  Careers in instrumentation, personnel, labor relations, project management, systems implementation in large enterprise management applications and the construction of a provincial wide fibre-optic network.

Lorraine (Angus) and  I retired  at Ma-me-o Beach,  we have 2  children and seven grandchildren, 4 boys and  3 girls, ranging in age from  17  to 6 .  We are blessed to be able to enjoy dancing, golfing, hiking, motorcycle riding, scuba diving and travel. We spend most winters at our home in Yuma, Az.   I was lucky enough to spend my 70th birthday hiking the Chilkoot Trail with a grandson and son-in-law.  Our hope is that life has been as kind to all of you as it has to us.


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Alice (Larson) Hoyle

  1. Graduated 1965: recipient of the Business Education Award

  2. 1965-1968: Executive Assistant to the Sales Manager, Carnation Co. of Canada

  3. 1968: Married Derek Hoyle – we moved to Calgary where Derek was employed by Shell Canada

  4. 1968-69: Executive Assistant to 2 Sales Managers, Continental Can Co. of Canada in Calgary

  5. 1969-70: Lived in Santa Monica, CA due to Derek’s transfer to Los Angeles; I volunteered in the office of St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, California

  6. 1970-71: Secretary to the Principal and Vice-Principal, Matthew Halton High School, Pincher Creek, AB

  7. 1971: Derek and I moved back to Wetaskiwin

  8. 1972 to present: Bookkeeper for Hoyle Ready Mix (Derek’s company), in addition to working at the following:

1988-89: Office Manager, Shanda Aalbers Academy of Dance

1993-2000: Technical Services Position – Wetaskiwin Public Library

2007-2011: Legal Assistant – McDonald Street Law Office, Wetaskiwin

Our son Philip was born in 1973, and our daughter Victoria was born in 1976. Philip and his wife Cathy have two children, so we have a grandson and grand-daughter to spoil and enjoy.
In addition to my working career(s) I have done extensive volunteering: I have served as the President and in all executive positions of the Kinette Club of Wetaskiwin; served as the Treasurer of the Wetaskiwin Allied Arts and Crafts Society; served as the Treasurer of the Wetaskiwin and District Museum Society (Heritage Museum on Main Street Wetaskiwin); served as President and in all executive positions of the Wetaskiwin Genealogical Society.

For approximately 15 years, I created costumes for dance students in Wetaskiwin and area. When the Summer Games were held in Wetaskiwin, I worked on Coordinating costumes for the dancers: drafting patterns, ordering material, sewing and fitting costumes, etc.

For almost 30 years, I have been an avid genealogist. I am a dedicated researcher, and have presented sessions at the local and provincial levels of genealogical conferences. I am a published author of genealogy articles in our local branch newsletter, as well as the Provincial Society publication “Relatively Speaking”. In 2015, I was awarded the Kenneth Young Newsletter Award for the Best Original Article in a newsletter published by a branch of Alberta Genealogical Society. In 2016 I received a Life Membership Award from the Alberta Genealogical Society for my outstanding contribution to the Society.

I volunteer as a Family History Consultant at the Family History Center located in Wetaskiwin at the “Mormon Church”.  The thrill of finding other people’s hidden ancestors is just as exciting to me as finding those elusive ancestors in my own family tree.

Derek and I have been fortunate to travel to some interesting places: several US states including Hawaii, Mexico, Fiji, Holland, Norway, and I travelled solo to Germany, Denmark, and a second time to Norway when our daughter was working in Germany.

We moved to the farm in 1990: Derek raises cattle; we both do a lot of gardening (organic). I also enjoy sewing, knitting, hardanger, Brazilian embroidery (I also teach this at the local Craft Centre), spending time with family and friends, and just relaxing with a good book. So happy to be able to attend the reunion, and thrilled to see so many of the 1965 Grads who have registered! Working on the reunion committee has been a ton of fun.

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Carmen (Lee) Rahner

In 1965 I married my first husband Gerald Ogilvie instead of graduating. 1966 my daughter Tammy was born in Wetaskiwin.  We owned Ogilvies Farm Supply in Wetaskiwin. 1972 we left Wetaskiwin and ended up in Powell River BC where our son Jeffrey was born. We moved through out BC and in 1980 returned to Wetaskiwin.

1983 I divorced. 1985 I married my present husband Robert Rahner.  We remained in the area. I ran the Big Lake Sod Farm office from 1983 to 2000 when my husband and I bought the Burger Barn in Millet. 1990 our grandson Nicolas was born to our daughter Tammy and Dan Heggerud.

In 2000 our granddaughter, Cassidy was born to our son Jeffrey and his then wife Keltie.  In 2005 we sold the Burger Barn and moved to Calgary where I worked as a bookkeeper for Golden Acre Garden Centre until I retired in 2013 and we moved to High River where we remained until 2015. We returned to Wetaskiwin where we now reside.

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Sid McKinney

After leaving school, I worked in the oilfield and married my first wife Connie Larson in 1968.  Deciding that a long distance marriage was not for me, I entered NAIT and obtained my journeyman tickets in Plumbing, Steamfitting and Gasfitting.  After a couple years in the construction field, I began work with the City of Edmonton in 1970 and after working on the tools for a number of years, took a position as Mechanical Contract Inspector; and, finally retired as a Plumbing Foreman in 2002.

In my 40’s, I decided I was due for some major life changes – and started cycling and running.  I ran my first of seven marathons when I turned 50 and have been an active member of the Edmonton Masters Cycling Club since 1992.  I started competing in the Alberta Senior Games when I turned 55 and have consistently medaled at both the Provincial and National levels.  Competing at the 2005 World Masters Games with athletes from all over the world was an especially memorable experience.

Connie and I have three beautiful daughters and nine grandchildren who we love to spend time with.  Since retiring, we spend our winters in Yuma, AZ and do our best to keep fit and stay healthy while still enjoying all the fun things retirement has to offer!  “Life is a Beautiful Ride!”

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Garry Olson & Susan (Weiler) Olson (1970)

Decades have passed since Susan and I married in 1976.   We raised two boys and one daughter and now have four grandchildren .  Like Norman Hay we have visited New Norway , Alder Flats , Round Hill and a few other places . We are looking forward to again meeting old friends at the August reunion.

 

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Diane (Schnee) Lane

Married Don Roth in 1966 and had two sons, Murray and Sheldon (Janice ) and have five grandchildren; Taylor, Allison, Jackson and Grace (twins) and Nicholas.

Lived in Wetaskiwin, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Sherwood Park and back to Wetaskiwin where we opened Roth & Sons Funeral Home in 1985.

Don and I divorced in 1995 and Don passed away in 2005.
In 2001, I married Jerry Lane, but life together lasted a short four years as Jerry passed away in   2005.

Love travelling and have been on cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal and Carribean. Vacations to Mexico, Ireland and several trips to Wetaskiwin’s sister city of Ashoro, Hokkaido Japan were all wonderful experiences.

I am a licensed Funeral Director and am currently employed at Baker Funeral Chapel in Wetaskiwin as a Family Care Councillor, doing Pre-Need and Family Follow-Up. I have been in Funeral Service for 32 years.

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Deanna (Strand) Nilsson

Attended  WCHS for grades ten and eleven. Met Don Nilsson and married in September 1964. Completed grade twelve by correspondence. We lived in Wetaskiwin for twelve years and built our home there in 1969. We have three children: Crystal, Corwin and Christian and seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Moved to Westerose area in May 1976 and built a new home. I worked at different jobs and in direct sales. I completed a computer course and started working at Pigeon Lake Regional High School as a secretary in 1986 and retired in 2006. Enjoyed my time as secretary/bookkeeper. After retirement I continued as part time bookkeeper for Nilsson Contracting Ltd. and Westerose Gospel Church. We built our retirement home north of the Village of Pigeon Lake in 1999.  After my husband’s sudden passing in February 2015 I sold the acreage in 2016 and moved to Red Deer. I am getting used to living in a city. It is nice to be close to doctors, etc. when one gets to this age.  We travelled to Hawaii a few times, Florida, Phoenix, Costa Rica, Eastern US and the Maritimes. We did a lot of camping and own a timeshare. Hoping to go on a cruise sometime soon.

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Bill Todd 

After graduation from high school I attended the University of Alberta graduating in 1971 with a BA.  In my second year I decided that aviation would be a good career so I joined the RCAF and completed my degree under the ROTP program.  Immediately after graduation, I started pilot training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on the Tutor jet trainer and received my pilot wings on the T-33 Silver Star in 1972 in Cold Lake Alberta.

I married Hallie Wilbraham in 1972 and we had two children, Dan and Bonnie Jean.  We have been blessed with one grandson.

After 22 years in the air force and, after six aircraft types, one airplane crash and too many moves across Canada, I retired from the air force in Ottawa in 1992.  I was then hired by Transport Canada's large air carrier group as a check pilot and also managed the national simulator program.  In 1996 I was posted to Vancouver as the base superintendent and continued as a check pilot on the B767 and B747-400.  I retired from Transport Canada in 2007 and we moved to Comox, Vancouver Island to start what we thought would be a long retirement in this beautiful ocean-side community.

Shortly after retiring from Transport Canada, I was offered a contract by the Boeing company to work as a test and evaluation pilot in their flight simulator program working primarily in their training facility in Seattle.  In 2013 after 6 years with Boeing and 40 plus years in aviation, Hallie and I decided it was it was time for me to hang up the spurs and retreat to our little house by the water in Comox, one of the few places in Canada where I can ski and golf the same day!

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Arie Valstar (1965 Lacombe)

I completed grade 11 at Wetaskiwin  Composite High School and although I didn't graduate there, most of my primary education was gained within the County of Wetaskiwin. I actually graduated High School in Lacombe Alberta in 1965. I then attended NAIT in Edmonton and graduated with a diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology in 1968.

In 1968 I went to work for Bell Canada in Montreal and then Ottawa. I met my wife, Lili, at Bell Canada and 1969 we were married. We had our first child, a daughter Katherine in Ottawa in 1972.  In 1974 I moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta with my family and started work with the then AGT and later Telus.  In 1974 our son Arie (Jr.) was born in Edmonton.  He was followed by our second daughter, Jennifer in 1977.  In 1977 we built a new home for our family on an acreage east of Sherwood Park.  In 1978 we were seconded by Telus to the TransCanada Telephone System (later renamed to Stentor) for 2 years. In 1980 we returned to Sherwood Park.  Over the next several years I was seconded to Stentor twice more.  In 1986 I was transferred to Calgary where I managed the telecommunications infrastructure build for the 1988 Winter Olympics.  Over the next several years I traveled extensively in a consulting capacity with Telus's International Division.  In 1995 I graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  In 1998 I received a diploma in Project Management from the University of Alberta and became an accredited Professional Project Manger with the Project Management Institute.  In 2001 I received a Master's Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University.  From 1998 to 2002 I managed the Telus TV field trial and then the Telus network build into Eastern Canada. I took early retirement from Telus in 2002.  In 2002 we moved back to Sherwood Park where I worked as a Realtor for 2 years.  In 2004 we moved to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island where I continued to work as a Realtor. In 2010 we moved to Calgary to be near our grand children. I continued working as a Realtor until 2015.

Lili and I have been married for 48 years. We have 5 grand children, 3 boys and 2 girls. We have traveled extensively in Canada, the USA, parts of Europe, Cuba, Mexico  and enjoyed 2 trips to China. We hope to be able to continue traveling and enjoying the world for many years to come.

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