Group photo at our 55th Reunion Banquet on September 26, 2015. Row 1 (front): Jim McNeil, Barb Schmidt, Judy Winters Kotzamanis, Marge Rohrer McAllister, Lynn Lewis Glaser, Barbara Frana Nix, Kaaren Holz Nichols, Sandra Tistle Kotlaba, Pam Fox, Pam Porter Duthie. Row 2: Carol Swanson Olsen, Jerry Romes, Karen Acton Truettner, Carol Wooten Kaczanowski, Bonnie Block Prims, Linda Helmick Clark, Sylvia Wright Kete, Gail Erickson Peterson, Lucille Krejci, Marianne Yonus Olson, Nancy Demorest Pujol, Joann Koy Butler, Sharon O’Brien Hoffman, Mellanie Willet Fowler, Carolyn Mustradi Nemeth, Judy Retzer High, Peggy Lambert Seeley, Penny Dean Carduff, Marshall Seese. Row 3: Earl Gebel, Ginny Breit Wood, Christine Nordgren Pfeiffer, Sherry Unger Lane, Trudy Johnson Sheek, Rick Arendt, Karen Zachia Vosmik, Bob Schuwerk, Darle Eichler Tilley, Todd Kantowowicz, Arlene Carlson Messick, Linda Raether Darlington, Rosemary Cleary Tourville, Don Baeuchler. Row 4: Dick Smith, Anita Wikstrom Hansen, Kathy Accola Coomer, Fred Johnson, Judy Plain Robins, Stu Schack, Mark Day, John Hash, Bill Walger, Steve Fox, Bob Kunkel, Bill Russell. Row 5: Barry Rietz, Bob Smith, James McGovern, Peter Paulson, Don Klemt, Alan Bragg, Bob Nemeth, Dick Pickup, Bill Spryison, Dan Nehlsen. Row 6: Joe Sciarra, Jim Coomer, John Masoncup, Eric Brookens, Pete Benda, Jerry Mason, Paul Traficanti Conti, Frank Kuper.
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2/7/2019 Obit for MW classmate, James Brondsema -- Died Feb 3, 2019
James Alan Brondsema, 76, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Sunday, February 3, 2019. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 7, 2019 in J. HENRY STUHR INC.
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1/23/2019 Jim Wildblood left us in January, 2019
The sad news of Jim's passing was sent by his brother, Lynn. Jim lived in Oro Valley, AZ, with his wife Diane and had been ill with COPD for quite a while. Jim will always be remembered by
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10/2/2018 Update from classmate Leon Noe from Hawaii on Oct 2, 2018
Leon is retired and thinking about writing a book. The info below was extracted from two emails and placed into his bio on this site.
I'm on the last major addition and alteration proj
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Marshall Seese was born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As the son of a Chicago news radio personality, he was introduced early in life to the broadcasting business. Interestingly, a friend of Marshall's in high school is the actor Harrison Ford. Marshall and Harrison were both heard on the airwaves of WMTH-FM, their high school radio station. Marshall graduated from Maine Township High School East in 1960.
Marshall subsequently graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and prior to his dramatic career change, was in sales and sales management at several radio stations in Chicago and later in advertising sales in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marshall was always fascinated by the weather as a young boy growing up in a city where dramatic changes in the weather occurred often. His father would occasionally bring home weather maps and news scripts used by television anchors and meteorologists at WBBM-TV in Chicago with which he and his friends could pretend that they were broadcasting from a make-shift newsroom in the basement of his home.
It wasn't until 1984 that Marshall was able to begin realizing his dream of becoming a television meteorologist. As a creative outlet, while performing his duties as National Sales Manager for the CBS television affiliate in San Antonio, KENS-TV, he spent time after hours working with the station's meteorologists and studying meteorology through distance learning at Pennsylvania State University and NOAA's Grad School to finally achieve membership in the American Meteorology Society. He also sits on the Board of Regents at the Weather Research Center based in Houston, Texas.
In 1987, he began his career as an On-Camera meteorologist/anchor at The Weather Channel, which was in its fourth year of operation. He retired in November, 2008 after
twenty-two years of service.
Marshall co-anchored Your Weather Today with Heather Tesch which was seen each weekday morning from 7 - 10 am eastern time. Your Weather Today had the distinction of being the most watched news and information program on cable television in 2004.
Marshall was also the correspondent on "Force Four", a documentary on the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Broadcast in 1990, it received the Cable Industry's highest award, the Cable Ace Award.
Marshall resides in Marietta, Georgia and is an avid golfer and photographer. He has enjoyed forty-five years of marriage with his wife Carole, also from his home town and high school, and is the father of a son, Marshall, Jr., an attorney practicing in Atlanta.
Interestingly, as if it were a prophecy of what was to come in his life, Marshall and his wife honeymooned in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in August 1964 during which time Hurricane Cleo ravaged the area.
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