1966–Spring ’18 Class Letter
Nancy Ostermeier Burrows ’66
2018…Hard to believe that we are approaching March. Spring is here and all of our allergies are in full swing! JOHN BURROWS ’65 and I feel very blessed to be approaching our 50th wedding anniversary in April. We met at Ripon and certainly appreciate all the good times, friends, and wonderful education we received at Ripon. We recently enjoyed having BARB BERGER LASCODY ’67 and her husband LARRY LASCODY ’65 stop in on their way back to Atlanta. There is really nothing better than reminiscing with old friends and laughing at the crazy times we enjoyed together. Please know we love visitors! Here are a couple of photos of our recent visit.
Barb and Nancy
Larry and John
DAVID FUKUDA ’66
I am writing from Irvine, California, where Judy and I just moved into a CCRC called Regents Point. After 44 years in Maui, we made the big decision to leave Hawaii and be closer to the grandkids in Colorado Springs and Nashville. It is something we weren’t planning on for another 10 years, but the type of unit we were looking for came available so we jumped on it. Still getting used to the change in routines replacing yard work with pickle ball and swimming, and taking the kids to Disneyland instead of the beaches on Maui.
PAM KURZ GOODE ’66
Lots of travel for the Goodes in the past few months! In the late fall, we took our oldest grandson on a week-long trip driving through South Dakota – Badlands, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, etc.- and to the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. We also made some stops on the way out to see the Corn Palace, St. Joseph’s Indian School, and an archeological dig. A great time was had by all! Mid-December to mid-January was spent in Akumal, Mexico (the Caribbean side of the country) with the kids and grandkids joining us for the middle two weeks. There is so much to do in the area, most notably the Mayan ruins, cenotes, snorkeling, etc. We liked it so much we have booked again for next year! Then, after three weeks at home, we spent 10 days touring Costa Rica in February. It is a beautiful country with amazing flora and fauna. We toured a coffee plantation and oxcart factory, walked on hanging bridges, took an aerial tram over the rainforest (no we did not zipline!), cruised on a couple of rivers, etc. If you haven’t been there, put it on your list. Now we have settled in for the rest of the winter. The only thing on the docket is an April trip to Syracuse, New York to visit our son and his family and to take our middle grandson on a trip to see all things related to the Roosevelt family in the Hyde Park, New York area. Hasta la vista!
Terry and Pam in Costa Rica!
ROGER GREILING ’66
My wife Mindy and I recently spent four days in Vero Beach, Florida (escaping Minnesota just before 12″ of snow fell) visiting LINDY MASSON KASTENDIEK ’66 and her husband John. In addition to enjoying the warm January weather, we had the opportunity to spend relaxing time with them, see a bit of east central Florida, and enjoy their cooking as well as meals at ocean-side restaurants. There aren’t many of those in Minnesota. As Lindy commented, it was the most time we had spent together since Ripon days. After a trip to Belgium and France last summer we have a cruise planned to Cuba this fall – which hopefully will be allowed. There is just one grandchild: a 13 year old in Washington, D.C. who we always enjoy greatly, when we have a chance to see her. Health is still good for both of us (knock on wood) and we remain active in a variety of activities.
HELEN HANSEN ’66
2018 finds us in much better shape to travel and generally get out and about, despite Bob’s surgeries in the fall and a somewhat colder Minnesotan winter. Got Snow?! The Twin Cities not only survived the Superbowl, but also served as a superb host. We are proud of our hometowns. I’m enjoying a February trip to San Diego to see my daughter Mary, and looking forward to a March trip to Vero Beach, Florida to see Bob’s brother. My youngster, Bob, is turning 70 this year. Yawn! But we will celebrate his youth and charm in style. Happy belated Valentine’s Day to everyone from sunny Southern California.
MARY RASCHKA SIKORA ’66
I continue to keep my mental acuity sharp by tutoring college algebra, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus at Valencia College, where I had been a professor for many years. The one-on-one with students is a treat as I am much appreciated for explaining concepts to them that they did not understand from the classroom or online. The lack of making lesson plans and grading papers is an added benefit. In September, I attended my 55th High School Reunion in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with my Ripon roommate, JANET HOLLATZ ’66. We didn’t understand why so many old people were in attendance as we could not have been their age, but I guess we were. My husband, Joe, and I will take our first Disney Cruise in April with our wonderful family.
TERRI KRIKORIAN WORDEN ‘66
Hi everyone! Our biggest news is that another grand baby is on the way. Our son and his wife are expecting baby #2. That will make #6 for us, and 4 grandchildren under the age of 3.Wow, what a workout! We continue going back and forth to California to see our daughters and their families and to help babysit. Our older 2 grandchildren continue to visit us and bring a friend. Last year, we took a cruise from Montreal to New York City. The weather was perfect. One highlight was visiting the 9/11 museum, which was both sobering and inspirational because of all the acts of heroism. This year we are taking a cruise to Alaska. Everyone came to us this Christmas and it was a memorable one, including sick babies, but it was full of fun and laughter despite the coughs and colds! Hope all is well with everyone.
Our best to all of you. TERRI KRIKORIAN WORDEN ‘66 and DAVE WORDEN ’65.