Janet Whitten

“I became engaged to Owen Kinsman (Z-B ’59) in June, 1963. We met through his sister , my friend and classmate, Leah Kinsman Clark. We got married April, 1964, and just celebrated our 39th anniversary. I worked at Abbott Labs until our daughter, Tamra, was born in 1966. We bought a new home in 1968 and still live in it today. We have remodeled and added on which has been fun. Our son, Robert, was born in 1981. My husband has worked for Benson Electric in Waukegan for most of our married life and hopes to retire soon. We have been blessed with not only a wonderful family, but with a great son-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters, Alyssa & Hauile. They live nearby so we are able to spend a lot of time with them. I had no idea that being a grandmother would be so rewarding and enjoyable. My parents, Ed and Loretta Koranda, live about 5 blocks from us and we are so fortunate to have them close by. Ed Koranda (retired Z-BTHS teacher)is 85 yrs old now and my mother is 86 yrs. They celebrated their 40th anniver-sary last April. Over the years I have enjoyed crafts, wall papering, sewing, baby sitting, gardening, camping, decorating, and motorcycling. We also have a tiny dog named Snuggles. Looking back over the years, I have come to the conclusion that you should enjoy EVERY moment to the fullest. I only wish that I could go back and do it over again. I will not be able to attend the reunion, but I would like to wish all my classmates the very best of health and happiness.”