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Gretchen Birkholz Dalgaard

Memories submitted at the 40th Reunion - July, 2002:

Gretchann Birkholz Bloomer Dalgaard Freshmen class of 1958 SCHS Grad -'62 Horlick HS
Spouse: Gary W. Dalgaard ('62 Horlick) 4366 Hwy TT, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 608/837-4894

Children: Mark Bloomer (36); William Dalgaard (33); A. Birgit Dalgaard (13)

Married to Richard Bloomer for nine years. Had son, Mark, who now lives in Hudson, WI, and works in St. Paul, MN as a GIS specialist. He has my only grandson, Matthew, age four. We divorced and I finished my degree at UW-SP earning a BS in Home Economics/Fashion Merchandising. I pursued my career for six years and then reunited with an former high school classmate from Horlick, Gary Dalgaard. We married and moved to Ohio where we live and worked for about thirteen years. Shortly after my son went to college, Gary's son, William, came to live with us for a number of years. No sooner had he left than we adopted our third child, Birgit. Shortly thereafter, we returned to Wisconsin, living first in Racine for about four years, and then Sun Prairie. We have been married for twenty-two years now.
As with so many, my family is my main focus. I no longer work as I home school my daughter. We started doing this about a year and a half ago, and it has worked well. She not only enjoys learning, she is also pursuing a singing and acting, and modeling career. She is extremely talented, and has plans to return to Los Angeles this November to sign with a manager who has been following her career, and has expressed an interest in having her return to do some work. We have no idea of what the future holds other than it will be a great strain on the family as Gary will stay here while Birgit and I head west. Her brother thinks we are nuts, but is getting excited thinking that maybe his sister will be successful. With our sons gone, most of our focus is on Birgit and her schedule and needs. I never expected to have such a talented child in the family. There are many careers I would choose for her to follow, this not being one of them, but the entertainment field is her love, and I would rather have her pursue it with us at her side, than by herself with no support from us. She is amazing!
This summer we hosted two Ukrainian children from the Chernobyl area. By bringing them over it will add years to their lives as the children born after the Chernobyl accident are at risk. It has been an interesting experience for all of us.
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Gretchann Birkholz Dalgaard