Front row: Deb Loyd, Kathy Karsten, Edith Carey, Jo Paradise, Lynn Konopinski and Sherry Jordan. Second row: Kathy Johnson, Mary Lou Grabemeyer, Kurt Reich, Sue Balazer, John Pasternak and Ken Jordan. Third row: Cheryl Southworth, Karyl Sifford, Larry Schmidt, Susie Rice and Cathy Michealsen. Back row: Rich Frantz, Teri Frantz, Sherrie Wolf, Ginger Cloud, Mike Petersen, Bernard Thmas and Cheri Gowin. (The Daily News/John Eby)
Front row: Deb Loyd, Kathy Karsten, Edith Carey, Jo Paradise, Lynn Konopinski and Sherry Jordan. Second row: Kathy Johnson, Mary Lou Grabemeyer, Kurt Reich, Sue Balazer, John Pasternak and Ken Jordan. Third row: Cheryl Southworth, Karyl Sifford, Larry Schmidt, Susie Rice and Cathy Michealsen. Back row: Rich Frantz, Teri Frantz, Sherrie Wolf, Ginger Cloud, Mike Petersen, Bernard Thmas and Cheri Gowin. (The Daily News/John Eby)

Archived Story

School retirees log 621 years

Published 10:36pm Monday, May 17, 2010

Dowagiac Union Schools retirees honored with a reception Monday night after the Board of Education meeting in the middle school cafeteria represent 621 years of service to the district.

Union High

Edith Carey, 36 years, since 1974
Rich Frantz, 24 years, since 1986
Teri Frantz, 32 years, since 1978
Mary Lou Grabemeyer, 24 years, since 1986
Kathy Johnson, nine years, since 2001. Director of Dowagiac District Library.
Jo Paradise, 34 years, since 1976
Kurt Reich, 35 years, since 1975

Middle School

Cheri Gowin, 10 years, since 2010
Ken Jordan, 19 years, since 1991
Sherry Jordan, 19 years, since 1991
John Pasternak, 35 years, since 1974
Mike Petersen, 12 years, since 1998
Bernard Thomas, 25 years, since 1985

Justus Gage

Ginger Cloud, 30 years, since 1979
Joan Frank, 15 years, since 1995
Lynn Konopinski, 37 years, since 1973
Cathy Michealsen, 19 years, since 1990

Sister Lakes

Kathy Karsten, 33 years, since 1976
Deb Loyd, 32 years, since 1977

Patrick Hamilton

Sue Balazer, 19 years, since 1991
Pat Leonard, 33 years, since 1976
Susie Rice, 19 years, since 1991
Karyl Sifford, 22 years, since 1988
Cheryl Southworth, 16 years, since 1994

Kincheloe

Sherrie Wolf, 18 years, since 1991

Pathfinders

Larry Schmidt, 10 years, since 2000

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