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Karen Marcella Dunn Cates

Karen Marcella Dunn
Residing In: Springfield, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Doug
Occupation: retired executive secretary - State of Illinois
Children: Jennifer, parent of Alexandria 12 and Zachary 10

Joshua (JD), parent of Joshua Jr 6 and Braddock More…5

In 1995 JD played in a high school football playoff game at BTHS West (Lanphier played Belleville Althoff). Unfortunately our team lost, but it was a thrill to watch him play on the field where I attended high school.

I was an executive secretary and worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services in Springfield (2 blocks from the state capitol). I enjoyed my work very much.

All of those hours and practicing and learning shorthand in high school have really helped me in my clerical positions over the years.

Our daughter, her husband and their children took us on a 40th anniversary trip first to see the Elvis sites in Memphis, then to Dollywood TN, Williamsburg VA, Ft. Story VA, and Virginia Beach. Then we spent a week in Washington DC seeing all the sites including the 4th of July celebration.

We frequently visit our daughter in northern Ilinois. Recently we spent a week in Branson MO. Lots to see there. Retirement has been busy!

I think of all of you and hope you have had a good life since graduation. Sure doesn't seem like "50" years have passed since we graduated.

School Story:

I am very grateful for the excellent education I received at BTHS and thankful for the excellent caliber of teachers our school had. I am very proud to be an alumni of BTHS – the Class of ’62.