- Whitewater High School Class of ’86 –
- Where Are You Now Booklet -
How many of you looked through our old yearbook in light of the upcoming reunion?
Aqualba 1986 – ‘A Piece of Cake’
I can hardly believe that 20 years has already passed. The time certainly has flown by.
Reading through the pages brings back so many memories of friends, teachers and events
that helped shape our lives. In retrospect, life certainly did seem like a ‘piece of cake’ in
1986 compared to now.
Here are a few questions and answers from our Aqualba.
Question: How did we spend our money?
Now it is mortgages, car payments, insurance, groceries, and things for the kids.
We said we spent 30% of our money on gas – did we live in our cars back then? Even
with today’s gas price that seems extreme. FYI – gas was $.99 at the Super-America our
Question: How much money did we spend on entertainment?
Answer: We spent an average of $5 - $10 week
Now it costs more than that just to stay home and watch satellite/cable TV.
Question: Did you have a curfew?
Answer: 51% did not / 49% did
Staying up until 2:00am was ‘a piece of cake’ then – now making it until midnight is an
If you recall, we were the 100th graduating class from Whitewater High School.
To quote the first page of our yearbook,
“One hundred years seemed reason enough for excitement. It meant a celebration of
education from the first graduate… to the 154 candidates for graduation in June 1, 1986.”
After 20 years, it is time to celebrate again. Not only the education we received, but also
the friends we made and the life lessons we learned.
Enjoy ‘Where are we now’.
Find out what we have been up to and whom we turned out to be.
Donna (Anderson) Jones
Donna has been married to Mike Jones (WHS alumni) for 14 years. They have two
children, Michele (14) and Michael Jr. (13). Mike is the Heavy Equipment Manager
for Waste Management while Donna works in the packaging department at Aerial.
Kirk and his wife Ann live in Janesville. They will be married 12 years this fall.
They have two boys, Brett (9) and Derek (6). Kirk works in Plastic Injection
Moldings and Ann sells Mary K. Hobbies include triathlons and working with the
kids raising animals on their hobby farm (poultry, cattle and horses).
Linda lives in Fort Atkinson with her husband Marty. They have a 5-year-old
Brandon and Marti (Coleman – WHS alumni) will soon be celebrating their 18th
wedding anniversary. They have two children, Hayden (11) and Jocelin (5). Brandon
works in law enforcement for the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. They are
currently building a house on Whitewater Lake.
David is married to Ruth. They have one 8-year-old daughter named Danielle, who is
very much a daddy’s girl. David is a Corporal for the Pinellas County Sheriff's
Office. He loves boating, fishing and softball. He also coaches youth football and
Peggy (Blakely) Helgeson
Peggy is married and has 3 boys (13, 12 and 3 years old). She is a General Manager
for a kitchen and bath showroom in Geneva National. Her husband is a Fishing
Guide and a tournament fisherman in his spare time.
Kelly is married to Steve Milburn and lives in Allen, TX. They have two sons, Asa
(14) and Nick (4). Kelly is presently working as a Project Manager, developing e-
learning strategy/competency management programs.
Jill (Brown) Strickler
Jill and Tom married in 2002. They reside in Burkburnett TX where he is a Tch Sgt
in the US Air Force. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Madison. Jill is a
Veterinary Technician but is currently enjoying staying at home with Madison. She
loves antiquing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Linda (Brown) Jones
Linda has been married to Rob for five years. She has two daughters, Mallory (19)
and Hailey (15) along with one stepson and two stepdaughters. She is currently
working as an LPN. Their family enjoys traveling, trying to explore at least one new
island a year along with their annual trip to Key West.
Brian spends his free time surfing Tamarind Costa Rica in the summer and skiing
Vail, CO in the winter.
Missy (Burkhardt) Schoenenberger
Missy is married to Bob and lives in Sheboygan. They have three children, Sommer
(5), Chase (3) and Palmer (5 months). Missy taught second grade for 10 years and
now stays at home to be a full time mom. Bob is a Dentist.
Karen (Carroll) Maize
Karen is married to Larry and has a daughter named Katlyn (18 months). She also
has two stepdaughters, Mary Ellen and Jessica. They live in Delevan and she makes
decal rims for Trek bikes.
Trisha (Channing) Kachel
Trisha is married to David and lives in Whitewater with their four children, Kaili
(17), Samantha (14), Max (9) and Molly (5). She is a stay at home mom who when
not spending time with her kids, also enjoys biking, walking and gardening.
Pete and his wife Kate have two children, Andrew (8) and Carolyn (6). Pete is a
Middle School teacher and tennis coach. He enjoys anything with his family, hiking,
biking, fishing, camping and tennis.
Art is married to Sarah.
Maureen (Connell) Quass
Maureen married Wayne Quass (WHS alumni) in 1990. They have three children,
Nicolette Paige (11), Alyson Jayne (9) and Jamison Wayne (5). She works at
Wisconsin Underwriter Associates as a health insurance underwriter. When not
working she enjoys camping, boating and motorcycling.
Craig and his wife Lori have two children, Jessica (10) and Carly (6). Craig is the
Assistant Principal at Prairie View Middle School in Sun Prairie WI. They enjoy
spending most of their summer camping.
Orson and his wife Michelle live in Ft Atkinson with their two children Bruce (3) and
Hayley (1). Orson is a Mechanical Designer and Michelle an Accountant. Hobbies
Joe and his wife Ida live in Brooklyn WI. They have been married for 13 years and
have two children, Alexandria (6) and Jackson (4). Following high school, he spent
six years in the Navy spending time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. After a short
time with a computer repair company Joe joined ‘Parts Now’ in Madison where he is
the Director of IT. He and Ida enjoy golfing and yard work. They also have been
practicing martial arts for 10 years and are part owners of a martial arts studio in
Dawn lives in Whitewater and has a six-year-old daughter named Jessica. She works
at Fair Haven
Greg and his wife Lisa live in Whitewater. They have been married for almost 17
years. Greg is a sales rep for a bicycle and bicycle parts supplier traveling Wisconsin
and Upper Michigan. Lisa is a Supervisor/Teller at the First Citizens Bank. They
enjoy the outdoors – cycling, hiking and paddling along with their two dogs.
Karen (Eckert) Haden
Karen has a daughter named Elise. They have spent much of the past 10 years
traveling together. They went to Singapore to visit her brother David and went to
Germany. They also go down south a few times a year to visit her parents and have
recently gone to New York visiting more family.
JoAnn (Edwards) Wilson
JoAnn is married to Mike and they live in Fort Atkinson. She has three children,
T.C. (16), Travis (11) and Trinity (18months). She has been a stay at home mom
since for the past 18 months, however has been working temporarily in an accounting
department for a manufacturer of plastics. JoAnn enjoys spending time with her
family going to football, basketball and baseball games, and also enjoys scrap
Sharon (Ferriano) Mischio
Sharon is married to Greg and they have two children, Sam (10) and Anna (7).
Sharon teaches 4th grade in McFarland. Greg works at CUNA Mutual and has a
freelance writing business. Along with teaching, Sharon also works for ‘Home
Highlights Home Staging’ where she helps people get their homes ready for sale.
Dan has been married to Denise for nine years and they live in Colorado. He worked
in land use/city planning/community development for nine years. Dan currently is
the City Planning Director for Manitou Springs, CO.
Sandy (Freeman) Lucht
Sandy has been married to Bruce for 11 years. They have two children, Anna (7) and
Matthew (6). She has worked at the Whitewater Veterinary Hospital for 18 years as a
certified vet technician, part time since having her children. They enjoy traveling,
camping, hiking, volleyball, gardening, photography/scrap-booking and having fun
with family and friends.
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Ludwig is married to Lori Kobernick (WHS alumni). They have three children,
Chelsea (12), Nicole (8) and Wyatt (3). Ludwig is a corporate pilot for Quad
Graphics. Lori is a stay at home mom. They both enjoy exercise, catering to their
children’s needs and shopping at Home Depot and Menards.
Gretta (Gartwell) Van-Someren
Gretta is married to Jay and they have three children, Allison (12), Madison (9) and
Ethan (7). Gretta currently designs jewelry for Pizzazz Creations. Celebrities have
worn her designs and they have been featured on television and in the press. They are
sold to wholesale and retail clients worldwide.
Andrea has been married to Mark for almost 9 years and they live in West Bend.
They are busy keeping up with their children’s schedules, Marisa (6) and Matthew
(2). Andrea is a Category Analyst for the Grocery Merchandising department at
Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc in Milwaukee. She is responsible for advertising and
product selection for 140+ stores in the Midwest. Her spare time is spent as a lector
at church and she has taken up knitting.
Julie (Grenning) Kuper
Kim is married to Peter Beckerman and they live in Washington DC. They have two
children, Eleanor (6) and Willa (2). Kim is an Assistant Professor at George
Rhonda (Grosskreutz) Schemm
Rhonda and her husband Mark have been together for 19 years, married for 14. They
have an 11-year-old son named Alex. For the past five years, she has been working at
‘Parts Now’ in Madison. She works in the Human Resources Department as a
Representative overseeing the operations facility of the company.
Tom (Tag) is married to Christie and they have two children. He owns ‘Club
Garibaldi’ in Milwaukee.
Jeff is living in the Louisville, KY area. He has worked for Walgreens since 1986
and is currently and Assistant Manager. Recently, his free time has been spent fixing
up his home. He also occasionally participates in bowling tournaments for fun.
Scott has been married to Cheryl for 17 years. They have two daughters, ages 15 and
12. Scott served in the US Navy for 9 years. He returned to Wisconsin 11 years ago.
Currently he is working as a plant manager for ITW-Paslode in Portage. In his spare
time, he enjoys hunting, running, kayaking and family time.
Larry has been married to Maureen going on 13 years. They have two children,
Rachel (8) and Natalie who turns 3 years old in July. He is the Vice President of
Eagle River Operations for Surgipath Medical Industries.
Lisa (Hillmer) Berglin
Lisa is marred to Jim and they have an eight-year-old daughter named Alexandra.
She has had her K-9 Hair Care dog grooming business for 17 years. Hobbies include
‘Show Dogs’ for 16 years, NASCAR, hunting, fishing, billiards, softball and
Michael is the Director of Institutional Consulting Services. Interesting note, he was
selected as one of 10 outstanding consultants in the United States in 2004 (Registered
Alissa (Huml) Repinski
Alissa has been married to Brian for 15 years. They have two sons, Beau (14) and
Zachary (13). She works for the Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, WI where she is the
activities director. Brian is an Environmental Driller for Arby Construction. Based
out of Green Bay his work takes him throughout the Midwest. Their spare time is
spent watching the boys play sports and occasional fishing trips.
Kyle lives in Minnesota and works for a book printer/publisher. Interesting note, he
worked on a book cover for Meg Tilly.
Tina lives in Stoughton, WI with her husband John. They have four children,
Melanie (18), Rachel (16), Erich (16) and Jasen (13). Tina is a Department Manager
for the University of Wisconsin Madison and finishing her Doctorate in Educational
Leadership and Policy Analysis. Their favorite place to visit is Costa Rica. John
owns a small plane so they travel there as much as they can and hope to move there
one day when all the children have finished school. She still loves to read, write short
stories, essays and poetry.
Keith is married and has been living in Korea for the past eight years. He has one
child and is a teacher.
Bridget (Kelly) Perry
Bridget is married to Tom and they have two children. She is a High School teacher.
Colin is married to Reyna and living in Elkhorn. They have three children, Alan (18),
Stephen (13) and Kevin (9). Collin is a Heavy Equipment Mechanic and School Bus
Driver. He also is a local Cub Scout Master.
Ben is married to Dawn and lives in Menomonee Falls. They have two children,
Jared (8) and Bryce (5). Ben is self-employed.
Chris is currently living in Whitewater and in his words, “No wife, no kids, no
Diane (Kipper) Adam
Diane is married to Joe and they have three children, Mindy (19) John (8) and
Caroline (6). Diane and Joe own Grout Savers, Inc. A tile installation /grout
specialty company in Madison. They are currently putting together a do-it-yourself
grout cleaning and sealing kit. It should be available in stores and via the internet this
Rhonda (Knaack) Kienbaum
Rhonda is married to Sterling and lives in Oshkosh. They have two children, Jenna
(15) and Derek (12). They own their own business in the Fox Valley.
Shelly (Krebs) Castelvechi
Shelly is married to Tom and lives in Whitewater. They have one 11-year-old son
named Austin. Shelly has been working for Perlman-Roque for the past 20 years.
Kenny is married to Carrie and they have two children, Megan (10) and Thomas (6).
They enjoying going up north to their cabin to fish and relax.
Lisa (LoBono) Hyland
Lisa has been married to Rich for eight years and lives in Elk Grove Village, IL.
They have three children, Sophie (5), Cassie (4), and Richie (2). Lisa has worked for
American Express for the past 11 years and currently works part time as an account
manager. Rich is a police officer. They love to travel and spend time with the kids.
Laura is married to Jim Kelly and lives in Minnesota. They have two children, Mearu
(7) and Audrey (5). She is the Director of Marketing, Thomson-West. Her hobbies
include running, cooking, reading and spending time with her kids.
Carey (Mach) Fero
Carey married Mark Fero (WHS class of ‘85) in 1995 and they live in Whitewater.
They have three children, Madalyn (7), Alexander (5) and Daniel (22 months). She
has been a teacher for the past 14 years and at Whitewater Middle School for the past
10. Carey completed her Masters degree in ‘01 but continues to take classes. She
enjoys camping, scrap booking, and reading when she can find the time amidst
keeping up with her children’s schedules.
Valerie (Manogue) Utrie
Valerie is married to Chris and they live in Oregon, WI. They have two children,
Danielle (15) and Wade (13). Valerie is an Event Planner at the Rees Group Inc in
Madison. Chris is a National Sales Manager for HAS Home Warranty in Madison.
Brad is married to Diane (Coleman) WHS graduate – class of 1984. They have four
children, Tiffany (19), Alicia (15), Emily (10) and Andrea (8). Brad works at CUNA
Mutual Group in Madison as a Senior Information Technology Consultant (self-
proclaimed computer geek). Brad and Diane live in Whitewater spending most of
their spare time helping the girls with homework or attending school and sporting
events. Hobbies generally involve technology, creating web sites and messing around
Michelle (Meisner) Bush
Michelle married John in 2002 and now lives in Milton. They have two children,
Tyler (10) and Anna Marie (6). Michelle has worked for the Janesville Gazette for
the past eight years as an Advertising Designer. She also processes all of the
incoming emails and prepares ads for printing. John also works in Janesville for GM.
They have a Black Lab named Zena, 2 hermit crabs and fish.
Jeff is married to Inger and lives in Whitewater. They have three children, Ethan (14)
Zachary (11) and Bennett (4). Jeff is the owner of 3D Plastering.
Jim and his wife Karen live in Whitewater. They have three children, Marren (9),
Elliott (6) and Benjamin (2). Jim owns a theatrical production company and a
residential cleaning service.
Deana (Nelson) Grall
Deana has been married for seven years to Doug and living in Whitewater for the past
six (unbelievably loving it). They have a two-year-old son Elijah. She is an
Experiencial Therapist working with eating disorders and additions. She continues to
enjoy running, volleyball, softball, scrap booking, camping, canoeing, climbing, etc.
Wendi (Nelson) Signer
Wendi is married to Tracy and they have three children, Joe (17), Emily (13) and
Bailey (2). Wendi is a Customer Service Supervisor.
Dave and his wife Christina live in San Diego CA. They have two daughters,
Elizabeth (4) and Allison (2). He is the Director of the San Diego Blood Bank. They
love living in San Diego.
Janet (Partoll) Dettmann
Janet and her husband John live in Middleton with their 3-year-old daughter Jordan.
Janet is a Merchandise Planning Manager for Famous Footwear in Madison. John is
the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Hobbies include UW-Badger football, hiking and running. She also recently took up
‘ultra marathon’ running.
Christina (Pieper) Kattuah
Christina has been married to Maz for 11 years. She is a Chef at the San Francisco
Hilton and Towers Hotel. She also sings in a 60’s folk band called The Bippies,
collects vintage clothing and toys. She also spent some time living in London,
Dan is married to Pam Hermann for 10 years. They have no children and live in
Plymouth, MN (a western suburb of Minneapolis) Dan is a patent attorney. He
started is own law firm in 2000. They practice intellectual property. Firm name is
Leffert Jay and Polglaze.
Sue Ann (Redenius) Channing
Sue has been married to Dan (WHS alumni) for 19 years and lives in Whitewater.
They have three sons, Dustin (19), Donovan (18) and Dalton (11). Sue works for GM
in Janesville and Dan owns a Heating and Cooling business.
Constance has resided in Langley, WA on Whidbey Island for the past 5 years. She
owns a restaurant with her partner. She is an Exec Chef and a freelance jewelry
Cindy (Saunders) Beiler
Cindy lives in McFarland with her husband John and their six-year-old son Dylan.
She has worked in marketing for over 15 years, currently for a company in
Milwaukee called Jefferson Wells.
Tom is married to Jaimie and lives in Fon du lac. They have three children, Nate
(11), Hannah (5) and Leah (4). Tom is a purchasing director for Mercury Marine. He
has had the opportunity to travel Europe and Asia in the past few years through work.
His wife Jaimie was a teacher for 12 years and now stays home with the children and
is a Tastefully Simple Consultant. Free time is spent hunting, fishing, golfing, and
working out. The entire family frequently takes tennis lessons and participates in
Tomi (Schopen) Schaitel
Tomi has been married to David for nearly 16 years. They live in Janesville and have
two children, Tyler (13) and Abbey (9). She is the office manager for Schopen
Automotive. Her hobbies include camping, NASCAR, walking, reading, and running
the kids to their practices.
David married Brenda Hebert (WHS class of 1987). They live in Whitewater with
their three children, Daniel (11), Sarah (9) and Rebekah (7). David is an International
Sales Manager for Weiler and Company in Whitewater.
Betty Jo Shepard
Vicki and her husband live in Whitewater with their daughter Ashley.
Cathy (Sigmund) Hass
Cathy lives in Lake Mills with her husband Bob and their twins Carly and Benjamin
who were born last December. Cathy is the Library Media Specialist at Yahara
Elementary in Stoughton. She continues to further her education and takes classes in
her field. Before the twins came along, when she had spare time, she enjoyed flower
gardening and reading. Bob collects Harley Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia.
Amy (Sorg) McKinney
Amy has two girls, Kristy (14) and Kelly (10). Amy has been living with MS for 13
years, yet enjoys everyday of her country life. Favorite pastimes include watching
Kristy with her horse and listening to Kelly play piano.
Traci (Stanelle) Alm
Traci is married to Steve and lives in Milton. They have two children, Dustin (14)
and Amanda (11). Traci works as a Medical Coder.
Patricia (Stetter) Congdon
Patty and Wade live in Jefferson with their daughter Autumn who is 4-years-old.
Patty is a Global Solutions Strategy and Marketing Manager for IBM. She has
traveled to many countries across Asia, Europe and the America’s for work. For the
past 5 years, Wade and Patty have been building their own home. They enjoy scuba
diving, car racing, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Aaron lived in New York City for 12 years before moving to LA two years ago. He
has been playing professionally as a musician (bass, guitar) for several years. He
worked as an extra on several episodes of the TV show ‘24’. He has also been on
‘The West Wing’, ‘The Unit’, Windfall’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’. He admits that
background acting has been fun but no way to make a living. He currently
works/teaches in the Music Department at Pierce College in LA and works as an
audio engineer mixing live shows at Universal Theme Park.
David and April live in Hudsonville, MI and have two children, Cotey (4) and Lilly
(6 months). He is a Social Studies teacher at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand
Rapids MI. April is an RN. In addition to the kids and their families, April enjoys
tennis and scrap booking while David coaches Cross Country, enjoys hunting and
Mark has worked for JC Penney for 13 years where he is a Project Manager.
Currently, he is responsible for rolling out a Point of Sale System for the company.
Hobbies are the typical ‘guy’ things, golf, the Packers, the Badgers and fishing.
Mike is the Principal Trombonist in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestral. He is also a
Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. His responsibilities
include teaching music theory, directing a concert band and teaching 20 private
students. He has visited 40 of the 50 states and has a cat named Claude. Although
never married, he has been dating a clarinetist in the symphony for the past two years.
Kim (Vannoy) Harrington
Kim and Todd married in 2000 and have two daughters, Corrin (4) and Joelle (2).
After graduating from college, Kim taught elementary school and coached for four
years. After earning her Masters degree in ’94, she went on to be a Counselor at both
the Elementary and Middle School levels. Kim spent some time at home being a full
time mom before accepting an Adhoc teaching position in 2002. She currently works
part time for UW-La Crosse. Todd is the Lead Production Planner at a manufacturing
company in Waukesha, WI.
Sue (Walenton) Nelson
Sue is married to Brent and they have two children, Catherine (11) and David (8).
They have their own business ‘Rock Valley Plumbing Inc’. They like to go
swimming and camping in the summers. They also like riding their motorcycle and
are a corporate sponsor for MDA. A cause they hold dear as their boy has Muscular
Cindy (Wellens) Harkness
Cindy and her husband Kurt live in Whitewater and have twin 4-year-old girls, Jillian
and Lauren. She is an Ultrasound Technologist and Kurt is in the Mortgage Business.
Nate is living in Osceola, WI. He is currently a Systems Analyst for Felines for
Tomorrow and teaches a cooking class at a local community college.
John is married to Jean and has two children, Jenna (4) and Jonathan (3). He is an
Associate Director of Client Services. John enjoys family time and activities
surrounding that. He also likes gardening, home improvement projects, reading and
Barry has lived in Las Vegas for the past 12 years and is the Corporate Director of
Risk Management & Security for Black Gaming, LLC. He also owns a wholesale
autographed memorabilia company supplying high-end stores in Las Vegas. He also
recently entered into property management with the purchase of rental
condominiums. Spare time is spent mountain biking and downhill skiing.
Daryle married Jill in 2005. He also has a 16-year-old-daughter named Tory. Daryle
owns a small construction company with branches in Waukesha and La Crosse. He
took up marathon running in 2003, qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon this
Eileen (Youngs) Marshall
Eileen is married to Jim (WHS alumni) and has two children, Christopher (11) and
Kayleigh (8). She is a Librarian at the Portage Public Library.
Shane is married to Amy (Marshall) WHS class of 85. They have three children,
Scott (10), Isabelle (8) and Celine (6). Shane is a Senior Buyer for SPX Corporation
in Delevan. As part of his work, Shane had the opportunity to spend 2001 in Italy
Do you remember these facts from 1986?
Points of interest
January 26th - The Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl 46-10 over the New
January 28th – the space shuttle Challenger exploded one minute fifteen seconds
The Oprah Winfrey show debuts
Chernobyl Accident (first nuclear accident) in Soviet Union
Argentina wins World Cup Soccer
Grammy Award Winners
Record of the Year
“Higher Love” – Steve Winwood
Album of the Year
Paul Simon – “Graceland”
Best New Artist
Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Song of the Year
“That’s what friends are for”
Best Country Song
“Grandpa” – The Judds
Best Rock Performance – Male/Female/Group
Robert Palmer/Tina Turner/The Eurythmics
Best R&B Performance – Male/Female/Group
James Brown/Anita Baker/Prince & The Revolution
Emmy Award Winners
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Golden Girls”
Outstanding Drama Series
“Cagney & Lacey”
Oscar Award Winners
Best Film / Best Director
“Platoon” – Oliver Stone
Paul Newman “The Color of Money”
Marlee Matlin “Children of a lesser God”
“Take My Breath Away” from “Top Gun”
Special ‘Thank You’ to our reunion’s committee members:
Lisa (LoBono) Hyland
Carey (Mach) Fero
Trisha (Channing) Kachel
Deana (Nelson) Grall
Janet (Partoll) Dettmann