Christopher 7/78, Rachel 3/82, Jennifer 8/84, Jonathan 8/86, Jamison 7/90
I left Madison Heights in the summer of 74 and have only been back a few times to visit family in the area.
I Graduated from The Salvation Army College for Officers Training (Chicago IL) in 76, then went back to school in the late 90's (distance ed etc.,) to get an additional ministry degree at Olivet Nazarene University.
I met my husband David while working in Petoskey Michigan and we were married in 1977. We had 32 great years but he was diagnosed on Nov 21, 08 with ALS/Lou Gerighs disease, It was an agonizing 6 months but he faced death with incredible courage and grace. He died in June 09 ... I miss him.
Our 5 children (2 girls, 3 boys) are all great kids ... Rachel is an MSW, Jenni has her degree in Business, Chris graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Inst. and is a Chef, Jon has his degree in Religion but recently entered The Salvation Army College for Officers Training in Chicago and will be a Salvation Army Officer on completion. Jamison the youngest has his degree in Education with a specialty in ESL and is currently teaching school in Korea. I have five grandchildren all awesome (of course) and two son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law who are all wonderful and whom I not only love but like!
I have worked with The Salvation Army in various positions since leaving Madison Heights except for a 5 year stint in Arizona. After 20 years in positions in Wisconsin, in June 2014 I received a new "appointment" to our Territorial Headquarters in Chicago (DesPlaines) Illinois. I am currently responsible for "Candidate Cultivation" and the processing of all applicants for Salvation Army Officership in the 11 central states. I love my job and enjoy the opportunity to travel and be an advocate and support to those who are looking at full time ministry in The SA.
I live in Arlington Heights IL and enjoy the fact my children and those 5 grandchildren Christian, Lucas, Noah, Morgan and Shepherd all live close enough to visit often.
Life has taken a lot of unexpected turns and I have learned a lot along the way. I am a very blessed person who knows deep peace and contentment. While I was not really a part of the high school scene and have not kept in touch with any one from those days I have been curious about how life has been for my fellow classmates. I imagine I am not the only one who has come a long way and am pretty different than the person I was then ... better I hope.
My faith continues to be the sustaining factor in my life and I have not been disappointed in all these years ... God's grace and blessings have been profound. I know I can trust Him for whatever the future holds.
Wish you all well!
One of my most embarrassing .... when I was dating a guy from Warren HS and agreed to wear his School Sweater to Madison on the day of a big game .... I think Mr. Jeroski (sp?) almost had a stroke when he saw it ... It seems I ended up wearing it inside out the rest of the day ...
Can you tell I was clueless (about many things) but especially about sports and loyalty ... I am better on loyalty but still not so up on sports.