It taught Wadena, Minn., 2nd graders for three years; married John, a New Yorker in the US Air Force, in 1960; taught Falcon Heights, Minn., 3rd graders for five years while John worked to graduate from the University of Minnesota (later becoming a C.P.A.); lived in Pennsylvania, Indiana, St. Paul, Edina and now Forest Lake, Minn.; vacationed in most states and regularly in Grand Cayman; worked part-time in Bloomington Covenant Church's office and in the Forest Lake Library. Now enjoying two married daughters (one a C.P.A., the other a Promotions Manager), two dandy sons-in-law and five grandchildren -- all nearby in North Oaks and Golden Valley; Home-Sweet-Home on Forest Lake; genealogy; church activities in Scandia; scrapbooking; and winters in Bonita Springs, Florida.
My Macalester experience continues to be an integral part of my life and perhaps the best part was meeting up with Jerry Johnson, future husband, who graduated in 1956. We will soon celebrate our 50th anniversary.
I taught first grade in the St. Paul schools for three years before starting our family. After our sons were in school, I returned to teaching and worked with mentally challenged pre-school children in a private school in Richfield for over 20 years.
We have two sons, Steven and Jim; four grandchildren; three grandsons and one granddaughter. To borrow a phrase from Garrison Kiellor, "Our sons are good looking, our daughter-in-laws are strong and our grandchildren are all above average!" Our daughter-in-laws are good looking too!
Jerry and I are both active in church and community volunteer activities especially those that address social justice issues.
We travel often, and when we're home, we enjoy sailing on the beautiful St. Croix. We still keep hoping to improve our golf score. Time spent with our children and grandchildren are the highlight of our lives. Life is good!