James Szarek

Profile Updated: December 1, 2017
Class Year: 1967
Residing In: Waukesha, WI USA
Occupation: Retired husband, father to all of my Boys and the Grand Children.
Military Service: US Army, May 14th, 1968 to May 13th, 1971.  
Spouse/Partner: Diane
Children: Adopted Son - Robert Szarek - 21
Adopted Son - Brandon Szarek - 23
Stepson - Kyle Betteridge More…- 30
Stepson - Justin Betteridge - 30
Stepson - Jerry Selear - 47
Jon Selear - 44
Yes! Attending Reunion
Which class?

June

What States have you've lived in other than IL?

Wisconsin

Where do you work now?

Happily Retired since May 10th, 2017. And that's a lot of work!

Where have you worked and/or retired from?

Du Bois Chemicals, Diversey, Americlean, Ecolab, KTD Industries, Pinnacle Sales & Marketing, Reinhart Foodservice

Have you ever been Self-Employed?

No

Marriage Date

April 13, 2014

Did you marry your High School Sweetheart?

No

If Yes, to Whom, what High School & Graduation year?

Depends. Many of you knew Janet A. Boliaris, who because her family moved west, only attended Austin 1963 - 64. The two of us married September 19, 1971.

Have you been married more than once?

Yes

If Yes, how many times and to Whom?

Three times. Janet A. Boliaris -Divorced, Jeanne L. Selear-Deceased and Diane.

Grand Children:

Annabelle - 7
Britany - 26
Max - 16
Karley - 20

Pets:

Rio - Long Haired Alaskan Pomeranian
Buddy - Long Haired Bichon Frise
Princess - Black Lab

Your High School Story:

Boy did we ever have fun. But too numerous to go into detail. Loved high school and everything we did. This period was some of the best years of my life.

Did you have a nickname in school? If so, what was it?

I think we all had nicknames, so which one do we mention.

What were you in High School?

A Jock
Singer/Band Member
Dancer/Actor/Actress

Who did you have a crush on while in High School? And Why? Did you ever date him/her?

Too numerous to tell. We had all nice looking girls attending Austin, both upper and lower classes who we knew. We may have dated some of those girls, but there were always those we wanted to date but for whatever reason didn't. I only wish I had dated some of those girls, who were considered just friends at the time, especially one of them.

Who was your favorite teacher/s and why?

Miss Del Moro. She always took the time, before, during and after school to make history classes so much enjoyable. And I still to this day, remember so much at Austin during those four years. Just think what the kids will have missed after our generation has passed. They just don't have the same subjects being taught and the same commitments we had while growing up.

What teacher/s did you dislike and why?

None. I think back and the teachers were only doing their job and we got out of the classes, what we put into them. And that includes sports and clubs.

Were you a member of any sports teams? If so, which one/s?

Football
Track
Bit and Spur

What committee/s where you on?

Other sport teams, clubs and wherever needed.

What is your favorite memory or memories of AHS?

Too numerous. But the Friday Night Activity Programs with volleyball first, followed by the dances were some of the best times. Even the once a month Social Dance where we got dressed up were fun. And who can forget the Masque and Gavel football games between the members, the schools sport activity or even the horse back riding of Bit and Spur. Even walking to or from home, which was a good hike, was a good time, including trips on the el and buses. You could get around with a transfer, having it stamped and it would be good for a few hours, ending up back where you started. I have always said I wish my Boys could experience some of the things we were able to do and did. It has been quite a changing world over the years.
Does anyone remember the Friday night bond fires Homecoming Weekend? When it was safe to be on the streets and walk home with out care or worry in the world?

What Elementary School did you attend?

Tilton and than Herbert Spencer, both in Chicago - West Side

Your Elementary School Story:

While at Tilton I loved ice skating in the playground at Kostner and Lake Street during the winter and the softball games and field house activities during the summer. At Spencer I enjoyed playing checkers, watching the Three Stooges off the reel projector on the movie screen, the activities in the gym with Mr. Mink and with each of the classes playing the other in 16" Softball Games.

Did you go to College?

Yes

If Yes, Where and When?

De Paul University - 1967 to 1968, University of Wisconsiqn - Milwaukee 1972 - 1985

Level of Education

Associates in General Education
Bachelors in Communication

Did you go to a Technical School?

Yes

If yes, Where,When & What Field of Study.

Milwaukee Area Technical School 1972 - 1979

What have you been up to since you graduated from High School?

Enjoying life day to day as best as possible. We now have a small farm that we bought 3 years ago in Paris, MO. Since Jeanne passing 5 years ago, I had been working past retirement to get the two younger Boys thru college giving them both the opportunity of 4 years after they graduated high school. And now what's left of it it's time for their dad to enjoy some quality time. A year ago I had an accident at work and was injured successfully attempting to stop a service van from sliding down a loading ramp into a busy parking lot. After six weeks of unsuccessful treatment, I was admitted to the hospital for further tests. Unknown health issues were aggravated by this injury and the next week I was scheduled for open heart surgery with four additional surgeries that followed. I was off just over a year, released to return to work with restrictions and on that date was separated from Reinhart's employment. I called it being fired. Or forced to retire early. And I was prepared for that. Now I take it day to day. As my cousin said, "Jimmy at least you're still above ground".

Have you ever been on TV?

Not that I know of. Been in the newspapers, both pictures and articles. The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, the Waukesha Freeman (both in Wisconsin) and the Monroe County Gazette in Missouri.

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Posted on: Nov 27, 2017 at 12:17 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I just recently got back on the Austin web site and saw your birthday was coming up. I remember everyone commenting and all the good times during our four years in high school. The past two years of time I have lost because of five surgeries and am now on the way to solving my health issues, all resulting from my tours in Viet Nam, so I am looking forward to 2018 and being at any future reunions. Be careful when out and about.

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Happy belated birthday.. Question: never put it together before, I have worked with a George McCullough who lives in Brookfield, WI is he any relation to you?

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Happy Birthday.

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Joe, thanks. It's been a long time. I do have great memories of us growing up in the neighborhood, at Spencer and our years at Austin. Hope life is good for you and yours. I just happen to live in Wisconsin and will always be from Chicago.

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