Profile Updated: September 8, 2011
Residing In: Kennewick, WA USA
Occupation: Retired
Children: I have 2 nieces, Jennifer and Chrissy. I spoiled them as much as my late sister, Emily, would let me, More…and drove to visit the family wherever her Navy husband was stationed- twice each to San Diego and the Washington, DC area. When they settled in Spokane the drive seemed so easy! Now I am fortunate to have Jennifer's family living just 10 minutes away. I love being Great-Aunt to Andrew, who is 8, and Abby, who will soon be 6.
Yes! Attending Reunion

After I graduated from UND in 1966, I taught Home Ec in Thief River and Little Falls, MN. I moved to Washington State in 1971, where I completed my Master's Degree at EWU near Spokane. I worked for 29 years as the School Library Media Specialist at Kiona-Benton City HS and retired in 2007.

Before I bought my house in Kennewick in 1995, I traveled often. A trip to Australia and a resort dive on the Great Barrier Reef got me interested in scuba-diving. I took my certification dives in Puget Sound and then traveled to the Caribbean and Hawaii. My most adventurous trip was a 5-week tour of the South Pacific that included diving in Palau, Yap, and Truk Lagoon. It was an awesome experience to dive on the Fujikawa Maru and other sunken Japanese supply ships with a group that included scuba divers from Japan!

Now my main focus is fresh water- specifically the koi pond in my back yard. Getting it enlarged and running properly has been a major (expensive!) project the past 2 summers.

I am a substitute librarian for the Mid-Columbia Public Library System, and so far have worked at 8 of the 11 branches around the Tri-Cities. It is fun to be at the Benton City Library because former students often stop in. Substitutes are limited to 40 hours a month, which is a good thing- I would be scheduled almost full time otherwise.

Being retired, instead of short trips to our annual family reunions in Tucson, I am able to spend the winter in Arizona. I stay at Palm Creek RV Resort in Casa Grande where I enjoy the many activities offered, especially hiking, photography, bingo, and the singles group.

School Story:

In 2005, I returned to Grand Forks to accept the Teacher Hall of Fame Award for my father, Ed Rolfson, who taught English at Central for 24 years. He would be so pleased that the family tradition of careers in education continues with Jennifer who taught 4th grade and is now the Principal at Kiona-Benton City Elementary School.