Kathi Vrentas Heller

Profile Updated: August 14, 2019
Kathi Vrentas
Residing In Skokie, IL USA
Spouse/Partner Divorced Widow.
Homepage None presently.
Occupation Happily retired June, 2012!
Children Three: Angela, born 1971; Chris, born 1972; Janis (Jae) born 1979.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Our Class of '69, 20-Year Class Reunion Book tells my short story up to '89.
A snapshot since 'Then - fast forward to - Now' shares life's sweet highlights: My . . .
* Terrific children grew, graduated, and flew into life. The Mom stuff now missed (the little league baseball, hockey, skating shows, bowling) - is filled with grandkid's delights (Hannah, Ezriella, Abiah, and Luckson Jr. - all in Sacramento, CA) keep me busy with lots of calls, packages, visiting vacations - +camp, music and ballet recitals cross country.
* Dearest childhood friend, Denise Schwartz, found me through Southwest; we reconnected, and are still in touch - sharing stories of old memories, family and aging with a smile!
* 20 yr. goal, side-lining my 'Career-Mom' priority, to finish my education? Yes, Done. Loyola University, Chicago, IL., BS Legal Administration, 1996. Preceded by Mallinckrodt College, Wilmette, IL., ABA Approved Study, Paralegal Certificate, Litigation Specialty, 1990.
* Goal to retire early - enjoy family? Yes, Done. I retired in June 2012, following 36 years (primarily at Bell & Howell, CRL Industries and Holden Industries, Inc., a private holding company for manufacturing entities), as a Corporate / Senior Paralegal, which opened doors I hadn't imagined! In 2007, in the Holden ESOP, I became one of the top 100 original employee owners; - in 2008, I was elected an officer, Assistant Corporate Secretary, of Holden; and also, - participated as a member of the Corporate Compliance Committee for Business Ethics and Conduct.
* Retirement busy? Oh YES! And, the freedom of no set schedules Mon-Fri - the best! With family across the USA, grandchildren growing in an eye's blink (and faster than I am with technology for IPhone and computer face-timing from Sacramento), Angie and her Bichon Charlie based here in Skokie, we are always busy with the wonders of our Windy Chicago! While I dabble in event planning, personal organizing, paralegal services, writing & photography are my endeavors. Simply - I'm most happy being retired early enough to enjoy (and still recall, ha-ha) the beginnings of senior-hood, social security & medicare; my family and dear friends - stretched across many miles of our USA! God bless.

School Story

My only school story is the day I stepped out of ugh-Pollyanna shoes. I was a Junior, and cut school with two friends, a Senior and a Sophomore (brother and sister). We took a bus from Brookside to the Plaza, walked to the Art Institute for a full morning of exploring our favorite exhibits; walked back to the Plaza - had a delicious, relaxed Chinese lunch, followed by ice-cream cones and a bus back to Brookside. An educational, international day, we called it. Beautiful, warm, sunny skies. As we walked back to Southwest High, we passed my friends mother - driving the opposite way! We waved happily, she smiled waiving back. CAUGHT! School wasn't out yet (2:50 pm), parents called! Of course, it was the Senior's fault - Leader of the Pack!
2019 UPDATE: A warm heart & joyful laugh 😆 I’ve had looking at the 1969 yearbook - and remembering our treasured High School days - remembering the Literary Society competition - and the entrance Alethea made - with our homemade boat singing anchors away! That boat (based from a refrigerator box) could only enter through the widest door located at SW - and barely left room for us! Pictures still capture the fun that Debbie Welborn and I had designing the boat! I haven’t a clue how we delivered it to SW or afterwards how during our Alethea member sleepover - the whole group trouped over to Loose Park lake and launched that boat 🚣‍♀️, watching it sail until no more. (Sadly in retrospect forgetting any pollution risks or trouble it might have caused)! The end.

Who are you looking most forward to seeing at the reunion??

Well, honestly - anyone - everyone. Denise Schwartz, Debbie Welborn, Brett Davis, George Vedros, Becky Leonard - of course. I'm filling out this form years after probably others. Retirement gives one that time to truly see the blessings of life.

So I say - Hello, and send Hugs from Chicago! - with Wishes for good health and a wonderful 2018, 2019 - until a 50th??

We had such a huge class of 600+, I can't imagine what a 2019-50 Yr. reunion might be like!
2019 UPDATE: Thank YOU all of YOU SW Indians who’ve remained the spine of our Class, spearheading our reunions, our website, and keeping so many together with updates, announcements . . . You are very special and remembered dearly for all your ongoing spirit of unity for treasured high school days and our lives beyond. THANKS!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Thank you for the cookie treats. The reunion was so much fun. Time goes by too quickly!
Bill

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Aug 14, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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Aug 14, 2019 at 9:58 AM

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