The Class of 1969 Celebrate 50 Years - Nancy Eichmeier Burke

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Upon graduating from high school, I attended a business school in Omaha. When I graduated I worked for the Nebraska Assn for Retarded Children as office manager. In 1973, I married John Burke and was married for 37 years before he passed away. In those years I traveled through all the 48 states. We treasure hunted, started our own business Burke Machine & Welding, where I learned to weld,run lathes & milling machines.

During that time John & I took up woodcarving. We traveled while John taught carving for over 30 years. He designed a tool sharpener for woodcarvers which I still manufacture under Western Woodcarvers. We also set up a workshop for woodcarving which is still going on for 29 years at Doane College--Western & Wildlife Art Workshop.

We also started building rustic furniture under Nebrastik Furniture and have delivered to several states. I also leaned to play the fiddle and hammer dulcimer to play along whenever we had jam sessions.

Another hobby included building and redoing old cars. Doing body work wasn't much fun for me.

Now I am married to Bill Haru. We still travel and set up at craft fairs and high school fund raisers selling bed sheets under Midwest Sheets. We hit Hawaii for his class reunion and have only Alaska to go.

My bucket list is pretty fullfilled. Now it includes less hard work and enjoying life to the fullest and meeting new people wherever we go.

Kate DeCoste