Cleo Jean Mielke-Fratzke
Greetings to all my Classmates of ’57 – After graduating from EHS and Phillips University, I was a speech therapist for the Clay County Health Department in Liberty, MO (a suburb of Kansas City). After teaching for two years, I married the man I had been dating since high school, Vernon Fratzke (class of ’54).
We started married life in New Orleans and were there for three years. After our first daughter was born, we moved to King of Prussia, PA where our second daughter was born. In another four years, we moved to VA where our third daughter was born. We decided we had better stop moving!
In VA, Vern worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and I was mostly a stay at home Mom. I did keep very busy with church work, some community work, and putting three girls through the Camp Fire program. I also taught speech therapy on occasion.
When the immigrants started coming to our country in large numbers, I put my phonics training to work by teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. This was pure pleasure. I learned so much from my students and they were so grateful for the help.
Since Vern retired in 1997, we have done a lot of traveling. We have been to all fifty states, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, France, Greece, and Turkey. We still have some more trips planned for the future. I love seeing the world and learning about the different cultures.
At home, I am in charge of the senior group at church and still help with ESL sometimes. Most of my time is spent with the three grandchildren we already have. We are also anticipating going to Guatemala to help our oldest daughter bring back two adopted children.
It has been so nice to read all of your bios. God has richly blessed all of us. I wish that I could attend the reunion, but we are sitting by the phone waiting for a call from Guatemala. Blessings to All –
Cleo Jean Mielke Fratzke