Pat Babwik
Rolf Eliason 
Norman Hay
Mardell (Hay) Thompson
Russel Hemingson
Judy (Jackson) Hare
Donna-Faye (Johnson) Roach
Debbie (Lee) Brown
Diane Lorimer
Valorie (Stoutenberg) De Rocco
Kris (Sullivan) Sacks
Linda (Wiekmen) Lund

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Pat Babwik

After school I married Daryl Dageforde and the green pinto!!! In October/73. We have 2 sons - Jason has a daughter Nevae, and Steven (Ashley) have Brody and Brooke.  I worked in the insurance industry, recently retiring after 40+ years.  We live on an acreage outside Wetaskiwin.

 


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Rolf Eliason 

Although I was part of the graduating class of 72, I decided to stretch my last year into 73.  It allowed me to play more ping pong.  I spent the next two years in a Bible School in Saskatchewan where I met my wife to be, then headed to the U of A into science to discover there is far more to life than what is measured in a beaker.  In the fall of 77 I transferred into engineering at the University of Waterloo to discover Calculus was not my calling in life.  In 1980 I married, set up home in Guelph, Ontario and started a career in sales. This did not just soak up the next twenty years but developed me into the person I am.  Like a wind up mouse, I altered course in 1999 and have since worked in the field of financial advice, with no regret.   Two sons – one a pilot with WestJet, the younger a commercial lawyer who is presently working with me and will soon take over my business.  Two wonderful granddaughters and a grandson that is due in April 2017.  Thanks WCHS for the stepping stone! To all my buddies: forgive me for becoming an easterner.  To Mr. Castleman:  “1984” was not far off the mark…"


 
Norman Hay

Graduated in 72, worked for 4 years in oil patch and 4 years drywalling.  Married Bonnie Miller in 1978, built a house in Wetaskiwin in 1979, lived in it for about 6 months and then traded it for a piece of land and a house built in 1915. The marriage survived the move and we have lived in it ever since raising two children and a career feeding the world.
Now have 3 grandsons and one princess and enjoy them very much.  Should have had them first.  Have traveled a bit - Fiji, New Norway, Caribbean cruise, Alder Flats, Hawaii , Round Hill and Australia to name a few. Last summer spent some time in Aalaska and tried panning for gold and may have found a new career.  I enjoy golf (1 hole in one) and curling (no 8-enders).


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Mardell (Hay) Thompson

Graduated WCHS 1972. 
Graduated RPN from AVC Edmonton 1973.
Worked at St. Mary’s Hospital Camrose for 26 years as RPN/LPN and unit clerk.
Married Lawrence Thompson of Edmonton in 1974, widowed in 1989. Worked at Smith Clinic 15 years.
 Now retired, living on an acreage east of Gwynne and enjoying life with my friend Fraser Williams.

 


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Russell Hemingson

After high school, I moved to Ponoka and obtained my psychiatric nursing diploma. At the U of A, I completed my BSc (Nursing) and ten years later received a MHSA.

Tina and I were married in 1993 and we have four children (22 to 14 years of age).  We have lived throughout Alberta and in Whistler and Squamish, B.C.

I currently work as a Nurse Manager at the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury (Centennial Centre).  I am blessed to have my health, a lovely wife and wonderful family.

I enjoy running, hiking, skiing (down hill and cross country); cycling and travelling among other activities. 

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Judy (Jackson) Hare

After graduation I started working as a legal secretary for George Watson at a small law office in Wetaskiwin, a job I held for 20 plus years. During that time I married Doug Hare with whom I will celebrate our 42nd anniversary this year. In 1978 we had a wonderful baby girl, Kendra, who is a huge part of our lives to this day.

In 1996 Doug was offered the position of Associate Publisher at the daily newspaper in Grande Prairie so off the three of us went. At that time Grande Prairie was an extremely fast growing city driven by the oil, gas and forestry industries. I found a secretarial position with a company that provided parts for the many logging trucks in the area.

At 55 I was able to retire and enjoy the calmer, slower pace of home. Kendra married in 2013 and provided us with a son-in-law, Roger Quesnel, and maybe a grandchild in the future?

 

 


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Donna-Faye (Johnson) Roach

Living in Ontario, with husband Pat for the past 32 years. Four children and one grandson. Recently went back to U of A for the Block A Sweater award for playing volleyball for the Pandas (72 to 76)! Worked in Spruce Grove as a Recreation Programmer, later in Whitehorse as a Sports Consultant for YTG, then Recreation Program Manager for the City of Whitehorse. Moved to Ontario (still an Alberta farm girl though) raised our family and went back to university to become a teacher! Taught grade 3 for fourteen years.... loved it, coached most sports, retired 2 years ago! Still playing ladies volleyball, discovered pickle ball is a fun activity, plan to do some travelling with my husband!

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Debbie (Lee) Brown

Jack & Debbie married November 15, 1975 and live in Calgary.

Jack has worked for the Government of Alberta since 1972, building roads all over the province of Alberta. Jack started with Volker Steven in 2001 and maintained the highways that he has built. As of 2016 Jack is now semi-retired with Volker Steven.

Debbie has been working in the oil industry since 1975. Debbie started with Bounty Developments in 1978 and is still currently working there part-time.

We have 2 children, our son Chris and his wife Erin. Our daughter Candice and her husband Craig and their 2 children, Jaxson and McKinlee, our grandchildren.

Our lives have been very busy around our families and friends.  We are looking forward to attending the reunion.

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Diane Lorimer

After graduation in 1972 I moved to Calgary and worked to save up for travels.  I toured Europe for 7 months with 2 feet and a heart beat.  Back to Wetaskiwin to work at the hospital for a spell and in early 1976 moved to Grande Prairie for 27 years.  I laughed, loved and lost and moved to Ma-Me-O Beach for 2 years.  This brought back memories I forgot I had.....loved those lake dances back in the day with Mel Degan and the Priveledge!  I moved to Red Deer and have been here for the past 10 years.  Three  wonderful children and blessed with 6 grandchildren.  Done a bunch of stuff, but would rather let the conversation unfold.  Looking forward to the reunion and as I've mentioned to my classmates of 1972-we have to attend...we'll be the youngest ones there!

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Valorie
(Stoutenberg) De Rocco

I had 2 sons and 1 daughter. My first son passed away in 1977. I worked in Edmonton for 18 years as International Spare Parts Manager. Decided to take early retirement to spend winters south with my husband Mario. We have lived in Leduc since 1974. I have 3 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, and 1 great grandson and 1 great granddaughter. Quilting and golfing are my passion.


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Kris (Sullivan) Sacks

I have been married,  had 3 daughters, widowed, remarried, divorced and am now happily single! I have lived in Red Deer, Grande Prairie, North Dakota, San Diego CA and Sicamous BC. I am currently living back in Red Deer where my daughters and their families live as well. I have 8 grandsons and 1 granddaughter! Life is a gift!

 


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Linda (Wiekmen) Lund - shared bio with husband Merril Lund 1971

Merrill & Linda married 43 years ago in Wetaskiwin, have 2 children, Matt & Krista, each of whom have married in the last 4 years. Our First grandchild is on the way.  Linda went to nursing school out of high school, while Merrill went to NAIT and studied "Laboratory Glass Blowing".  Linda and I enjoyed  making our living as artists for 25 years as glass sculptors, and as entrepreneurs.

We live in Naples Florida where we own a private practice, a Pain Relief Center.  We moved to Florida in 1996 to pursue post graduate studies in alternative rehabilitation treatments. We studied Neuromuscular, Craniosacral, and Merrill had some training with Deepak Chopra in Calf.

We've founded NeuroMuscularFusion Therapy which we both Teach and Practice. (a fusion of many effective therapies and tools, we have studied or innovated)  Merrill started inventing Therapy Tools ten years ago, one of which won him an award from the "Edison Inventors Association”. 

We invent, manufacture and distribute the tools through our company Career Extenders. Our tools are in use globally in Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy Clinics, and a few hospitals from Australia to Austria.

We have enjoyed travel through the South Pacific, Central, and South America mostly. I look forward to Machu Picchu in the near future, and Linda to Scotland.

We look forward to attending the reunion. ( whisper- "Who are all these OLD PEOPLE posted here"? - LOL! )

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Charlotte (Yee) Hensel

After graduating from WCHS I started working in Oct. 1972 as a Nurses Assistant at Dr. R.M. Dykes office. I left there in June 1978 and started working at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Extension, Educational Media Division in Corbett Hall. I commuted from Millet until 1981 when I moved to Edmonton. I moved back to Millet to live on a farm in July, 1990 when I married my best friend, Brian Hensel. We had a son, Paul born in June 1996. In August 1998 I was transferred from the Faculty of Extension to the Dept. of Libraries when the 16mm film collection was moved. I continued to work with the film collection until it was added to the library system, then I started working in circulation in Rutherford Library. I retired after 38 years with the University of Alberta in Nov. 2016. I now volunteer/work bingos for the Millet Lions Club, Millet Historical Society and Wetaskiwin Special Olympics. I have also been bowling in an afternoon Ladies league in Leduc for 17 years. I am looking forward to meeting and catching up with some of my classmates.

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