Charlie LaFrenz

Profile Updated: April 18, 2018
Charlie LaFrenz
Residing In: Keokuk, IA USA
Spouse/Partner: Janet Fife-LaFrenz
Occupation: Teacher, retired, joyously!
Children: 1 step-daughter Menda (Eric)
granddaughter, Jada, age 14
grandson, Jacob, age 11
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion

So! My life in a nut house--oops!--shell. After high school, 3 years Burlington Junior College, which was supposed to take 2 years. Then, Northeast Mo. State Teachers College for a period, but didn't graduate. Eventually, 1966, enlisted in the Army Security Agency, spent 6 months at the Defense Language Inst. in Monteray Calif. the 11 months in crypto and traffic analysis, Ft Devens, Mass., and finally the remainder of my enlistment in glorious Bangkok Thailand working as a French linguist.

After the army, eventually returned to Kirksville and completed my BA in French with minors is Spanish and History. The only career options for me in FM with a degree in French was, of course, bar tending. The next few years are kind of a blurr, can you guess why?

One day, as I was approaching 40, and having a lucid moment, it occured to me that I might want to retire someday, so I rid myself of the Stingers and Rusty Nails, enrolled at Macomb and got my teaching certificate. Soon was hired to teach Language Arts at Central Lee Middle School.

One dark and stormy night, Rachel Stewart called and said, "Charlie, I need a fourth for bridge." I told Rachel I'd rather have root canel, but she insisted. Janet was my bridge partner and the rest is history. We were married 14 years ago in front of the fireplace in our great old house in Keokuk. We are both retired from teaching and are doing the happily ever after thing. We go dancing often and travel frequently. We still have to see Russia, Greece and Egypt and hope to accomplish this before I have another hip replacement.

Best regards


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May 16, 2020 at 4:01 PM

Happy Birthday yesterday Sheila! Charlie

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May 11, 2020 at 7:33 PM

Mike called me before a school dance and asked me if I would teach him to dance.  During the process, we both were very uncomfortable but he persisted.  He became quite good and in email about a year ago, he said that he and his wife were still dancing.  You can imagine how great that made me feel.  Charlie

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Mar 18, 2020 at 2:39 PM

Posted on: Mar 18, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Hi Patsy! I read the other day, I think it was in "Time" magazine, that all the greatest Homecoming Queens were born March 16, 1943. We are so lucky you were born on that date.

Dec 13, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Happy Birthday Andy from one Geezer to another!

Dec 12, 2019 at 10:35 PM

Thank you all for your Birthday wishes. I t has been a great day. Tomorrow it is Andy's turn.

Dec 12, 2019 at 10:31 PM

Thank you Patsy for your updates on Linda. Let us know when she can receive cards if you can. Janet says Hi.

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Nov 10, 2019 at 6:31 PM

Happy Birthday Jerry and, greetings from Janet also!

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Posted on: Oct 20, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Hi Joan!

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Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to the most beautiful Homecoming Queen in the whole world and Canada! I'm thinking, "Big Hug", Janet says it's OK.

Mar 24, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Happy belated birthday to the most beautiful Homecoming Queen in the whole world and Canada! I'm thinking "Big Hug", Janet says it's OK.

Dec 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM
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Apr 18, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Sharon, You sent me a message on this machine and I could not access it, so I sent you a card today with the article we talked about at the SCC event Saturday with some pictures. If this message doesn't get to Sharon Nabulsi and ends up in Lower Slobovia, please help. Your most ardent fan, Charlie

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Posted on: Jul 08, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Hello everybody and some of you other people! Huge news! Yesterday, Friday 7\7, Bill Orr his wife Jean and 2 of her sisters and their husbands came to Keokuk for a visit. They all were in the area for a family wedding. The eight of us went to dinner at Angelini's, and had a wonderful dinner. For those of you in the area who have never eaten there, it is rated 7th best restaurant in the State of Iowa. After dinner one of Jean's sisters and her husband had to visit other relatives, but the rest of us came to our house for dessert. Had a great time reliving the past and catching up on new news. The great news is, wait until you see Bill. After the horror he went through with skin cancer, he showed me a picture before surgery, the results are amazing. He looks amazing. He is very lucky to have had such skilled physicians. Hopefully, none of us will have to go through what he did, but if it happens, contact Bill and get the names of his doctors. The evening was a huge success, and Janet and I hope they will be in the area again soon. Hope all of you are having a great summer, and take care when you're in the sun. Best regards, Charlie and Janet