Patricia Nielsen Denke

Profile Updated: June 18, 2010
Patricia Nielsen
Class of 1963
Residing In: Alexandria, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Rudy Denke, Jr
Children, Grandchildren: Rudy Denke III; Rudy IV,
Melissa and Todd Johnson; Zachary and Victoria
Mike and Sandy Denke; More…Brian and Jeremiah
Laura and Mike Diedrich; Mary, Anna, and Abigail
Occupation: Retired RN
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Occupation/Career(s) Details:

RN; I worked at St. Joseph's Hospital, Park Rapids, MN, in ICU-CCU. I attended The Challenging Choice, a month long coronar care class,at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN; I worked at St, Mary's Hospital, Detroit Lakes MN, as an ICU-CCU nurse, an ER nurse and a nurse supervisor; I worked at Douglas County Hospital, as an ER nurse. I maintained my ACLS status, served on the CPR Committee and the Performance Improvement Committee.

Different places I have lived:

HMH Nurses' Residence, Pasadena CA
Oceanside, CA
Camp Pendleton, CA
Alexandria MN
Fergus Falls, MN
Park Rapids, MN
Detroit Lakes, MN

Family history living in South Pasadena:

My family lived on Stratford Avenue, then on Mission Street. My family was the first generation of our family to live in South Pasadena

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Sister, Phyllis, Class of 1959

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Mary Jane Juranek, Class of '64
Julie Parsons Cole, Class of '63 (graduated from San Marino HS)
Enjoyed the SPHS Class of '63 Website, and contributions from classmates who visited this site;
Most recently, Linda Johnson Hernandez, Class of '63

School Memories:

I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, during lunch break. I enjoyed Geometry; struggled, (but but later appreciated) 3 years of Latin; I enjoyed English and English Literature

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

I was rather shy, and not much of a 'joiner,' back in those days.

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Celebrating 44th wedding anniversary, this year;
Having 4 great kids, their spouses, and 8 wonderful grandkids.
I was privileged to share 2 years as a military wife, when my husband, Rudy was in the USMC. I gained a deep appreciation of the patriotism, the sacrifice, and the difficult training of our military.
I learned that a California girl could adjust and live in Minnesota. (Let me tell you about the sub-zero temperatures, in the Winter, the blizzards, and the monster sized mosquitoes, in the Summer!)However--Minnesota is a little bit of heaven, with the beautiful lakes, forests, and rolling hills of farmland.
I learned, as a nurse, that life is fragile, but people can have amazing determination.

What's happening in my life now:

My husband and I are both retired. Mike, Sandy and boys, as well as Mike, Laura and girls all ive in Alexandria. We help both families, when they need day care help with the grandkids. We also help Rudy's mother and his uncle maintain their independence--they are both octogenarians. We keep busy in fraternal organizations.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Travel. needlework, (crocheting, knitting, sewing,) reading, origami, gardening

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

I enjoy many kinds of music, ranging from classical, choral, soft rock (I believe that is what they call the music from our era.) I like some Country and Western.

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