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gloria morikawa (nelson)
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September 24, 1954 retired Married
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Denise Nelson (Guyton)
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registered electrologist/permanent make-up artist quylekilns.com Widowed 1
It's so good to be found!  Thank you!

I remember when we thought that anyone who was 40 was old!  My God I have shoes older than that! 

It's been an interesting journey since I've seen you all.  I went to SRJC and studied Liberal Arts.  I was "living in sin" and disowned by my parents, so I married the guy.  I knew it was a mistake that morning.  It lasted 7 months.  Yikes!

I was headed to Palmer Chriopractic College in Davenport, Iowa when I met my husband John Guyton, D. C.  We married and bought an existing chiropractic practice in the Monterey Bay area.  We raced Formula Ford race cars and were active in the Porche and Sports Car Clubs in the area.  We had a daughter Allison.  Unfortunately, he died suddenly 2 days after her 2nd birthday at the age of 37.  I was 32.  I ran and then sold the practice.

It takes a village, so I moved near where mom & dad were going to build a house and retire.  It was a safe gated community in the Sierra Foothills Gold Country named Forest Meadows.  One of the attractions, was a Robert Trent Jones Executive Golf Course in the subdivision.  We've enjoyed living here and happily playing golf, tennis, camping, fishing, & boating in the mountain lakes as well as the delta.  It's been a great place to raise my daughter.

She's gone on to graduate from UC Berkeley, taught English as a second laguage in Italy for a year and is currently completing a Masters Program at the San Francisco Institute for Integral Studies.  She'll marry a local guy, who's mother was her brownie leader, after graduatiion.

In the meantime, I became a Registered Electrologist and Permanent Make-up Artist and have been in practice for 22 years.

So, they say you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince... well, because of the last frog, I had to escape to a domestic violence shelter, where I spent a year recovering my life.  While there, I discovered my passion for industrial art.

At present, I live on a 100 acre ranch 4 miles above Murphys. 7 acres are planted in grapes for Brice Station Winery and tasting room which are on the property.  I am the glass artist and a sculptor at Quyle Kilns, along with my "real job".

And speaking of being found, I just got back from Minnesota, where I met my birth mother for the first time.  I just found her 2 months ago through Lutheran Welfare Post Adoption Services.  She'd been looking for me for 19 years!  I found out, I have 3 more brothers as well.  The youngest is a rocket scientist who works for NASA on the launch vehicle team.  Isn't that funny?  They are the first people in my whole life (except my daughter) who are blood relatives and we all look alike!    So cool.  My adopted maiden name is Nelson, and their name is Nielsen.   The fun with nature vs. nurture goes on and on.  We haven't found my birth father yet, but have some strong leads.     

So, what's next for me is...
I am in the process of creating my own "hot shop" for glass blowing along with slumping the glass dishes that I do now, cold working, and lampworking glass.    

I look forward to seeing you all. 



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Natalie(Ruth) Olson (Boothe)
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July 14, 1954 Nurse Committed Relationship 2
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John Oster
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August 12, 1954 Retired Married
I registered at SRJC with a major in Theater Arts and fully intended to complete two years there.  But before the end of the second year I found myself producing two rock concerts at the old Cal Theater in the summer of 1974. The first was with the Pointer Sisters and the second was with Boz Scaggs. Someday I intend to write a short story on how a few friends and I pulled off that little bit of magic that summer.
One thing led to another and I soon found myself working on the stages of San Francisco. At one point I travelled to L.A. and stayed for 10 years.  I built scenery at MGM and Paramount Pictures where I helped build the pilot for a new show called “Mork and Mindy”. (They were shooting the first ‘Star Trek’ movie at that time.)  I ran into another Montgomery alumni in L.A., Bente Mitchell, and wound up building scenery for her designs.
When I came back to the Bay Area I started right in on working on films at George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic and numerous independent cinematic projects. Last count went over 55 motion pictures I have participated in. I’ve worked at all the major stages in the City, most of the larger hotels, and all the convention centers. I also travelled around the globe working as a stage carpenter for Intel Corporation. I met the love of my life seven years ago and asked her to go to Cairo with me on a job where I proposed to her as we sailed down the Nile River under a full moon.
I retired in December of 2010 and am presently pursuing a second career in web design.
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Jeannine Owens (Williams)
Adjunct Professor Single Again
I've basically never left school... secondary teacher for awhile (Slater & Montgomery!!) but on to college.  I'm a biologist teaching in Kentfield near San Rafael.  I went to Sonoma State and then taught at SRJC for seven years.  Returned to UC Santa Cruz for my Ph.D. where I studied elephant seals (no joke).  Back to Santa Rosa to help the folks; both now gone.  Got a funky little house on the Santa Rosa flood plain where I live with horse, cats, chickens and hopefully soon a new puppy.  Can't wait to hang out and catch up. Send Jeannine a MessageSend Jeannine a Message
Robert Pixton
Airtanker Pilot for Cal Fire Married 6
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Wendy Plummer (Bennett)
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May 06, 1954 Retired medical office manager Married 1
After graduation, I worked summers in Healdsburg at my uncle's medical office.  I attended SRJC taking general education classes for 2 years with the intention of transferring to UCDavis. I decided I did not want to be a Home Ec teacher, so I took the Medical Assisting course at the JC, graduating  in 1976.  I got a job at Dr. Welch & Schoenrock's office for a couple of years before getting married to Bill Bennett in 1977.  We moved to Napa in 1978 because Bill got a job with the County of Napa in the Public Works Dept.  I got a job with a dermatologist and worked there until our daughter was born in 1982.  I was a stay at home mom for a couple of years and then went back to work at another dermatology office and later for a clinical forensic psychologist (my most favorite job ever!).  I retired in 2001 and enjoy being at home.  I was on the Board of Directors of Clinic Ole and also for Napa Emergency Women's Services (NEWS) for 8 years.  Being President of that board was almost like a full-time job.  I currently  volunteer at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center's Gift Shop & enjoy aquatic aerobics and taking care of my home & family.  Our daughter is married and works in Sonoma.  We will celebrate our 35th anniversary in May.  My mother still lives in Santa Rosa and my dad died in 1989.  We enjoy spending time in Maui and Bill is currently president of his Rotary Club.  I am a 20 year member of Beta Sigma Phi.
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Debbie Pribble (Lawson)
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October 26, 1954 Married 3
After graduating from SRJC, I worked for Levinger & Benefield Advertising in Santa Rosa for four years as their receptionist/secretary. In 1976, I married Rick Lawson who was a '72 graduate of SRHS and we have lived in Santa Rosa since then. We have 3 grown children, and 2 grandchildren and this summer marks 36 years of marriage.
 
I homeschooled my children until they were in 8th grade and found such joy being a stay at home mom while the kids were young. I have had all kinds of fun and interesting part time jobs - worked at Sonoma County Fair, Peter Rabbit's Chocolate Factory, a few different churches, wineries and went back to the JC in my later years to get a Wine Studies Evaluation & Service Certificate .
 
The landscape has changed in Sonoma County over the years - our home was surrounded by cows, and now it's grapes. People come from all over to visit both Sonoma and Napa counties and it's been fun to be a part of the wine industry. I have worked in the wine industry starting as a sugar sampler part-time, then a viticulture assistant, then worked at a winery in customer relations.
 
In 2010, I quit my job, to care for my elderly mom at our home and that became my most wonderful job until she passed away this year on her 88th birthday. I am enjoying my granddaughter and grandson, although they live too far away on the East coast, but spend my time traveling to see them. Rick and I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, bike riding , sewing, SF Giants, and gardening.
 
Over the years, Leslee Ewers Chain and I have kept in touch and through soccer when my kids were young,Tom Rousseau's (MHS'72 grad) daughter and my daughter were on the same team and Hal Stone (also MHS '72 grad) and I went to the same church. It's been great to reconnect with long lost friends through Facebook and I am looking forward to the reunion!
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david puskarich
June 17, 1954 construction inspector Married

A very fast 40 years. Having been raised in Kenwood, I really didn`t get to know alot of people in Santa Rosa. I do remember high school, best of times. After leaving school, I continued working as a garbageman for Frenchy`s in Kenwood, later in Petaluma. Joined the Army in late 73, shipped out in mid 74. I got to see alot of the world, but not thru the end of a rifle. Got injured while in service, the army tried to "fix" my knee, didn`t go well. Got out in 76. The VA is waiting for me to get old enough, so they only have to replace it once. The bright side, I don`t have to wait in line @ Disneyland.
  After the service, I worked @ Paradise Picnic Grounds in Kenwood, in the summer, helped build houses in the winter.Worked as a vineyard manager @ Chateau St. Jean Winery, also in Kenwood. Opened a resturant called "Through the Grapevine " , in Kenwood, bad idea for a year. Went back to SRJC, got hired by the US Army Corps of Engineers, went work @ Lake Sonoma and Sacramento. Got tired of government work, went to the private sector, moved to Las Vegas. Worked on hotels and casinos for 12 yeras in LV and Reno. Can back to CA in 99, been here since. I work as a resident inspector of different projects. I make sure the contractor builds the structure as per plans, right materials, etc. I basically work out of the home, so that a good thing, no office, bosses bothering you, etc. My last project, just finishing up, is the new parking garage across from the new 49er stadium, in Santa Clara. Well, that about all I can say, hope to make the reunion, hoping to see a couple of people that I went to Kenwood Elementary School with back in the 60`s. I enjoy traveling, have two more continents on my bucket list. Waiting to retire, someday. Looking forward to seeing everyone, most of the people I haven`t seen since high school, should be very interesting.

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Linda Ramirez (Swanson)
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August 15, 1954 Teacher & Graduate Student Married 2
This upcoming 40th reunion is just wonderful! I made lifelong friendships at MHS that I cherish (Mary Johnson Dowling, Pam Bradley), and it has been the best experience to reconnect now with MHS friends.

I attended SRJC, Skyline College, and SFSU while working at the Emporium. Randy & I married in 1978 and a few months later began a twenty-five year odyssey with his engineering job living in Texas, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, before moving home to San Francisco in 2002.  We have two daughters: Megan, 31, who was married to Edwin in our backyard last May, and lives in SF where she is an Ob/Gyn Resident; and Lindsay, 28, lives in Portland, OR with her partner, Russ, and beginning her graduate studies.

I went back and finished what I had started so long ago, completing my BA in English Literature in 2008 at SFSU, and just kept going. I now just have my thesis to go for my MA in English Literature, and completed post-secondary teaching certificates in reading & composition, and am teaching two first-year composition classes this fall at SFSU as a GTA. Somewhere along the way I became a birder, and take a continuing ornithology course, travel for birding, and did a SF Big Year in 2011 (it's my other life).  I enjoy running in Golden Gate Park.  And wish I did more yoga.
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