I must confess that I feel a twinge of jealousy when I see “Retired and loving it” as someone’s FaceBook status. Quite a number of our classmates are now retired from the world of work but continue to stay active and busy. We heard from Jan DeJaegher, who sent this message:

Jan's senior photo in the Ceralbus.

Jan's senior photo in the Ceralbus.

Thanks for starting the blog. It was quite interesting to see a lot of the people from our class.  I escaped California a number of years ago, and am happily retired in Nebraska, of all places. Being a real estate investor for years enabled me to retire early, and I have a great life in Lincoln. 

Jan DeJaegher is retired and lives in Nebraska.

Jan DeJaegher is retired and lives in Nebraska.

I still play French Horn in two different groups, and play handbells in another.  Rehearsals take up three evenings a week, as well as many performances, even at my advanced age. Guess that makes me a band geek as well as a geezer!  I also ride a racing recumbent trike as a serious cyclist, and am a fiber artist as well.

My mom still lives on Cambridge Drive and just celebrated her 95th birthday on January 6th, so went to CA and visited her. I don’t let any moss grow under my feet (same as when I was a kid) and try to keep as active as possible. The VA takes good care of me as well.

If anyone is coming through Nebraska, please look me up! (Phone number and email address for Jan are available by emailing Kathy Au Crosier at burbankhigh1968@gmail.com)  

Looking forward to hearing from acquaintences and friends as we head into 2012.

Jan DeJaegher

About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

5 responses »

  1. bozo1111 says:

    Jan, great to hear from you, I remember well the orchestra days and you playing the French horn. If you’re ever in FL, look me up! Gail Hanson Carman carman.gail@gmail.com

  2. Lori Wright Evans says:

    Jan, it was great to hear your news. Glad to hear you’re still playing. I lived in Lincoln for a short while years ago. It was a nice city. I call south-central Illinois home now. Lori Wright Evans

  3. Betsey Nash says:

    Hey Jan — my brother Phil and I want to go see your mom. He is her god-child — and, oh my, she would be so proud of him — he is a wonderful man.

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