Staff says farewell with the end of 2018-19 school year

With the close of the 2018-19 school year

By Ginna Young

With the close of the 2018-19 school year, districts said goodbye to not only graduating seniors, but retiring staff, as well.


Shari Gunderson - After 36 years, all of them at Cadott, business education teacher Shari Gunderson is stepping down for a life of retirement. Shari was born in a suburb of Chicago, Ill., but moved to a tiny town east of Ladysmith, going into sixth grade.

She attended Flambeau High School, where she would meet her future husband, Lewis.

“He was a wrestler, and I was a basketball and football cheerleader, and you don’t mix,” said Shari.…

Mary Morgal - Also in her 36th year, is custodian Mary Morgal. When she started, Mary was on nights, then went to days and the last two years, she was back to nights at the high school. 

As part of her responsibilities, Mary cleaned the girls locker room and office, as well as some light maintenance. 

“I have like nine rooms, 10 rooms,” she said. “I’ve liked it. I like the staff that I work with and some of the kids.”… 

Lake Holcombe

Bill Ketterhagen - Day maintenance/custodian Bill Ketterhagen decided to hang up his tool belt, after spending 24 years with the Lake Holcombe School District. Bill worked for a feed cooperative and farmed, before starting at the school in 1995, but he didn’t stop working more than one job and was employed at Wisconsin Truss.

“I worked double jobs for most of my life,” he said. “I figured it’s time to hang it up and do something I can do, before I can’t do it anymore.”…


See Thursday, July 11, 2019, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more of this story. 

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