Tom gave up his singing career and went into a wholesale book business, Educational Publishers Specialties, which we owned and operated for over 20 years.
Through the years, I was a Financial Aid Director for the American Instute For Paralegal Studies School, procuring loans for students in 15 states. Leaving there I purchased the Community Shoppe, the local Coffee / Luncheonette Shop in Mahwah and after several years sold it and secured a position as a Purchasing Agent for Coach USA Bus Company, retiring after 10 years.
In the meantime I was blessed with 2 wonderful grandchildren, now 12 and 16 years old who keep me busier than ever. They live in Mahwah and we see them almost every day.
I still love to paint (water color and acrylics) and was fortunate to travel to some great places around the world and the U.S. Did some really fun things with my sons, hunting, fishing, skiing, motorcycle, quad and horseback riding.
I was very active in all aspects of Mahwah’s Community Theatre, Small Town And Fancy Players for over 25 years, a member of the Mahwah Recreation Committee for 4 years and presently a member of the Mahwah Beautification Committee.
A 50 year reunion , what a blast!]]>
After graduation, thanks to Gail Simerock, I waitressed for the summer in Ocean Grove, NJ. It was a wonderful summer.
The day I registered for classes at Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison, I met Tom Ledder, a sophomore. We were married in 1963, the Saturday between my finals and graduation,
and immediately settled in Scotch Plains, NJ, where we now live in our third home there.
After a year of teaching sixth grade, I determined that it would be easier to raise my own kids and was fortunate to be a stay at home mom to Tracey, now in Wisconsin with her daughter; Erik, who is in Massachusetts with his family; and Scott, who lives the closest, in Jersey City.
During those years I kept busy and happy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission, the F-SP Service League, the YMCA and my church.
About 11 years ago, I retired from retirement and now work for a company that monitors coupon redemptions for a number of manufacturers. I get to talk to irate retailers from around the country (maybe one of your favorite grocery or convenience stores) who want to know why they are not being paid for the coupons they have submitted. There is a lot of money involved with coupons and many ways to use them dishonestly, otherwise my employer would not have a business. Fortunately, not all retailers are dishonest and my company helps establish that.
One day, back in the early 1980’s, I happened to find the name Joel Bolton in the phone book. Could there be another Joel Bolton? A call to the phone number confirmed that it was the same one who graduated from HHS in 1959. He and his wife, Barbara, lived in the neighboring town of Fanwood which shares a school system with Scotch Plains. It was a joy to get together with Joel and Barbara while they lived in Fanwood and before they moved to Florida.
In August, we spent a week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina where we have gone for our vacations every year for the last 36 years. All of our children and grandchildren as well as other friends were there (some years our group has numbered in the 60’s). Somehow, the Carolina salt water has gotten into our veins and we need to return each year for replenishment.
It is reunion time. I will not be there but am sure it will be a wonderful weekend. The reunion committee has done one great job. I am not on Facebook, but can be reached at email@example.com.]]>
Upon graduation from William Paterson University in 1963 with an eager desire to teach first grade in Elmwood Park, and marrying my first husband in that same month of June, my story begins. Three years later, our first daughter Claire was born. Two years later our second daughter Lisa arrived, and lastly a son Arthur brightened the family three years later. Now mature adults with families, I am blessed with Dr. Claire, a Pet Doc, her husband and her two boys ages 10 and 13. Husband Greg has a boy and girl from a previous marriage who live in New Hampshire. Second daughter, Dr. Lisa Griggs works as a physical therapist, and resides in Newton, MA. with husband Scott who attends to his law practice. Their three children make their family complete. Son Arthur owns the family business in New Jersey. He and his pharmacist wife Julie have three sons.
My life changed considerably with a divorce in 1984. Time was devoted to teaching in Prospect Park School #1 and attending graduate school. Completing a Masters in Education and Vocational Counseling in 1990, I worked in the classroom during the day and nights at my counseling practice in Oak Ridge.
A very happy chapter in the book of my life began when Tom and I married in 1997. His two sons live in New Jersey .The boys are very successful accountants enjoying the fruits of their hard work. With their 2 girls and 3 boys collectively, we are very fortunate to have 15 grandchildren to spoil.
Currently I am serving as a Trustee of the Trust Funds for Newbury, a commissioner and town representative for the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Planning Commission, and as treasurer for the Center Meeting House Board of Directors.
In 1962 I married Jerry Lindemulder, who was stationed in the Army in Ft. Lee, Virginia. I left NJ to be with my husband. During this time we had our first child and then Jerry was sent to Florida awaiting deployment to Cuba. Thankfully, the crisis was settled without any military intervention.
After the service we returned to NJ, bought a home in Midland Park, and had two more children. Jerry and his father had a carpentry business and I was a stay-at-home Mom. The future looked bright. However, after we were married for nine years, Jerry passed away from cancer at age 33. Somehow, I was able to raise my three children in the same house we had purchased and lived there for a total of 35 years.
Eleven years ago, I purchased my present home in West Milford where I met and married Robert (Bud) Walker. After our divorce, we realized that we were better friends than marriage partners.
In 2004, I retired from Amica Mutual Insurance. I love being retired and being able to do more of the things I did not have the time for before, especially more time with my younger grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I love to cook! I also enjoy gardening, and gathering and drying wildflowers.
My life has been blessed with three wonderful children, five grandchildren and two great-grand children, ages 5 and 1. All my family members are nearby and since I am also a cancer survivor, as well as many of our classmates, I can truly say “Life is Good”.]]>
My sixty nine years have been a wonderful adventure. I have been married three times, unfortunately no children. I taught school for twenty six years and managed my rental properties and investments for the last twenty years. Susan and I sold our home in Jackson Hole, WY four years ago and are full time RV’ers the last four years. Our South Dakota address is just a PMB box. We live in Island Park Idaho just outside Yellowstone Nat. Park for six months. The other six months we travel and live on Pine Island just off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.
I enjoy some golf in both Idaho and Florida. Susan and I are dedicated fly fishers and do a great deal of bird hunting with our two bird dogs.
We would love to hear from anyone traveling in either of these areas for some fishing , golf or just visiting. We love outdoor activities in ID and have a flats boat in FL.
Our address in Idaho ( June to Sept. )is, Sawtelle Mountain Resort, 4133 Quakie Lane, Island Park, ID. 83429. We are just 16 miles from West Yellowstone, Montana.
Our other address is Tropic Isle Park Resort, PO box 26, Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida 33922. We only use cell phones. 201-657-0217 Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will miss seeing all of you and look forward to hearing about the event.]]>