WISCONSIN HIGH 50th REUNION
Pete & Kathy Lillegren
2020 Coachlight Court
Delafield, WI 53018
Wife: Kathleen Lillegren, graduated with her Master's Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Speech and Language Pathology and has recently retired after 25 years with the Greendale WI School system.
Son: John, attended Marquette University and is the owner of Amy's Candy Kitchen in Cedarburg, WI
Daughter: Kristin, graduated from UW-Madison, now living with her husband and two children in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Kristin and Steve are the proud parents of our two charming grandkids, Claire, 5 and Alex, 3.
Daughter: Julie, currently a junior at UW-Milwaukee, majoring in Marketing and Advertising.
After leaving Wisconsin High, I attended UW-Madison with studies in Russian and graduated with a BA in History in1965. I had some great memories with my membership in the Chi Phi Fraternity. Upon graduation I went to work in industrial sales with LTV Steel, Pittsburgh, one of the big 5 Steel Mills. Over a 14-year span I worked in the Memphis, Philadelphia and Milwaukee sales offices. In 1979 I left LTV Steel to become the Vice- President of Wisconsin Nipple & Fitting Corp., a Milwaukee steel pipe fitting manufacturer. Eight years later I purchased the company and became active in the American Pipe Fitting Association. As president, I increased the company from 18 employees to 90+ employees running two shifts. I truly loved the process of building the business, and was actively involved in 5 major plant expansions. When I sold it in 2006 to a division of Hitachi, it was the second largest steel pipe nipple manufacturing company east of the Rockies. For those not in the business, a nipple is a short piece of pipe with threads on both ends.
Kathy and I retired a year and a half ago and have kept ourselves busy with the designing and building of a French Country ranch home in Delafield WI. We've traveled extensively in the United States and overseas and look forward to continuing that hobby. We both enjoy biking, sailing, gardening, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and spending time in our condo in Door County.
I fondly remember my Russian class with Sanford Couch who inspired my strong interest in Russian studies and language. I can still recite a number of Russian idioms.
I recall Tom Stafford standing up in front of Mrs. Patton's class, pulling out a fistful of coins from his pocket and saying to her "Baby, you are worth all of my change."
I enjoyed singing in the choir with J. Russell Paxton and I continue to have a love of music.
I also remember the trouble our Shop class got into with Mr. Johnson for making coin slugs on the shop automatic hacksaw which we used in the local pay phones.
It will be great to see all of you again.