Keith Ochsner

Profile Updated: August 9, 2021
Keith Ochsner
Residing In: Washburn, WI USA
Spouse/Partner: Michele
Children: Seth, born 1978; Todd, born 1980. Both are married. Seth and Shannon (nee: Curry) live in Denver; Todd More…and Leeza (nee: Kuznetsova) live in Duluth. We've two grandchildren: Theryn, 13, and Leto, 11.
Yes! Attending Reunion

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matriculated at U of M, MSU, UM-D, UW-S, Northland College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College-Miskwaabekong Campus

worked as a garbage man, forester, innkeeper, educator, and now make mad money in retirement painting, editing, ghost-writing.

married a fetching college sweetheart in '75--still going strong..., co-raised two strapping lads in the Catholic faith, paid for college, set them on the path to success (as best we could). It worked. We continue to nurture their interests and those of their own wives and children.

Michele and I split time between our residences in Colorado and the Northland; our primary is in Washburn, Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Superior. We have travelled widely, volunteer here and there, stay active, count our blessings, seek God's tender mercy knowing full well we've done not enough to deserve it. We read, garden, hike, ski, swim, entertain upon occasion, love and laugh and cry a little, too.

seeing so many former classmates--some harkening back to Washington Grade School days--listed as deceased is more than a little distressing, I must say. Please add Neal Simpson to the list; he died while riding his bike when we were all ten or eleven. His tiny desk was next to mine, and I find his loss haunting still.

"To make living itself an art, that is the goal." H. Miller

A UK band (The Godfathers) cranked out a little dance number thirty years back called "Birth, School, Work, Death." I've progressed through the first three; number four will wait.

School Story:

'Kato had its share of sterling teachers, the memory of whom I remain most fond. Mr. Gish was a mentor; I was very sad when he passed. Mrs. Erdal was kind, patient, dedicated. Only later did I learn how her life had been tinged by tragedy and loss. I wish I could tell her now how much she meant. Mr. Kerkoff was cool. He made learning fun. Mr. Wiltgen and Mr. Niemi struck sparks that flared ever after in my mind and heart. Humanities changed the arc of my life. And then there was Mr. Klar... not "sterling" per se, but Man, could that man make me laugh!

Gigawaabaamin, gikinoo'mawaagan

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Yes Keith! Agree on Mr. Wiltgen and Mr. Niemi. "Sparks" is apt.

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Atta boy, Tom. Hello to Bridget. Forty-nine years? Haha, have us beat by three. I read a story about your running exploits, one that featured a daughter, too, if I recall. Amazing. Be well.

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