RE: [shs65-69] Re: My life
Tom shared your email with me, and I’m sharing it with Mark and Bonnie Johannes. Not sure if you and Mark crossed paths in High School. Anyway, Bonnie was struck with MS shortly after they were married. I’m sure you have developed a support network by now, but perhaps there are resources that Mark and Bonnie might know of and share with you. (Thanks, Mark and Bonnie.)
My wife, Mary, also retired from GM in 2000 after 34 years at the Tech Center (which just happens to sit on the old farm where my mother was born – my grandfather sold it to GM in the 40’s).
I just biked through New Baltimore in July – the Michigander bike tour ended in Algonac; and I grew up on 32 Mile Road near North Ave. (south of Armada).
Sorry to hear you can’t the reunion, but thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m hoping that many more of us will be in touch via email in the future.
And kudos for the things you are doing to make a difference.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of THOMAS CZARNIK
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:39 PM
To: Ed Q; SHS 65-69 Classmates
Subject: [shs65-69] Re: My life
Ed Q, It think I remember you. Thanks for the inspiring bio. You really do make a difference. Tom C
Ed Q <egq@...> wrote:
Hi Tom. I'm Ed Quenneville from the class of 1965, the first freshman class in Cardinal Mooney Latin School .
Well, after leaving SHS, I graduated from St. David High School .
Immediately after graduation, I was hired by Chrysler and was promoted to Foreman in the forging plant at the age of 19. After 3 years of that I left and moved to the General Motors building in Production Control, working as a Supervisor of the group that scheduled cars and then flowed the orders to a few of the Truck Assembly plants.
As time went on, I moved up in Management as the Technical Manager and when I left (retired) in 2000 with 33 years of service, I had 138 people scheduling and sending orders for all the Assembly plants.
We (Betty, my wife of 36 years) have one daughter, Traci and one granddaughter, Allison. Traci was diagnosed with MS three years ago and has already digressed to an electric wheel chair. She's 34. It's pretty scary. My wife is also retired from GM and we do a lot of the running with our granddaughter to make sure life stays normal for her. (I mean a lot of running..)
As a hobby all these years, I have always been very active in the Knights of Columbus continuously since 1975. I work a lot of hours with/for the mentally impaired. For instance, we charter and pay for all the expenses of the largest mentally impaired Boy Scout Troop 390 in the USA .
To do things like this and many others, I put on things like a 50s - 60s dance every February for about 900+ people. With this and other events, I personally raise about $30,000 annually for many programs for the mentally impaired. It keeps you busy.
Well, I'm getting a bit wordy now, so I just wanted to say hi and to inform you folks that I have a commitment I cannot break and ask that you communicate to Paul that I cannot be there for the big reunion regretfully.
I would appreciate that very much.
King of Fr. Schuerman's jug classes the first day of each new quarter. It never failed. Rory got me in more trouble that you could possibly believe.
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