District salutes 37 retirees with a combined 833 years of service (updated)

The La Crosse Public Education Foundation is again joining the School District of La Crosse in honoring and congratulating teachers and other staff retiring from the District.

This year’s retirement dinner, to be held May 11, will salute 37 employees with a combined 833 years of service to the District. The list of retirees was updated April 29 to reflect three added employees who have chosen to retire.

You can honor a retiree with a lasting legacy by making a contribution to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

  • For each gift of $35 or more, we’ll provide the retiring staff member with a complimentary ticket (limit 4) to our Grants Award Luncheon set for Jan. 16, 2017.
  • The retiree honored with the greatest number of gifts (by June 30) will be recognized at the Grants Award Luncheon – and a classroom or staff development grant will be awarded in his/her name.

For information and form to submit your gift, download our special flyer.


2016 District retirees with names

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Retirees, most recent position and years of service to the School District of La Crosse

David Aponte, Central High teacher, 16 years

Rachel Aspenson, Logan High teacher, 27 years

Ruthann Bahr, Longfellow Middle teacher assistant, 31 years

Deborah Bemis, Emerson Elementary teacher, 29 years

Carol Bloom, District physical therapist/teacher, 38 years

Thomas Campbell, Logan High teacher, 23 years

Kim Dahl, Hamilton Elementary custodian, 10 years

Amy Ellingson, Logan High teacher, 20 years

Sharon Floyd, Longfellow Middle school nutrition staff, 16 years (retired Nov. 2015)

Lois Gissal, Logan High health assistant, 16 years

Curt Grinde, Hintgen Elementary teacher, 32 years

Randy Haas, Emerson Elementary teacher, 22 years

Kathryn Hietbrink, Central High and Juvenile Detention Center teacher/counselor, 11 years

Timothy Hill, Central High teacher, 27 years

Peter Klitzke, Hamilton Elementary teacher, 16 years

Jeffrey Koby, Longfellow Middle school nutrition staff, 12 years (retired Feb. 2016)

Kealy Lonning, Spence Elementary teacher, 25 years

Paul Lyga, Central High teacher, 33 years

Cheryl Oke, Longfellow Middle teacher assistant, 31 years

Mike Oliver, Northside Elementary custodian, 23 years (retired July 2015)

Kathleen Patros, Hamilton Elementary teacher assistant, 24 years

Christi Pfaff, Emerson Elementary teacher, 28 years

Karen Poehling, Spence Elementary teacher assistant, 17 years

Cheryl Reavis, Emerson Elementary teacher, 14 years

Shari Riley, Southern Bluffs Elementary teacher, 31 years

Denise Shedivy, Southern Bluffs Elementary teacher, 23 years

Joyce Smalley, District Finance Manager, 11 years (retiring in Sept. 2016)

Dale Swenson, Lincoln Middle custodian, 15 years

Kathleen Steffen, Hintgen Elementary teacher, 20 years

Cindy Thompson, Southern Bluffs Elementary administrative assistant, 22 years (retired Jan. 2016)

Danette Tritch, Central High teacher, 25 years

Marietta Vanderkelen, Logan High teacher assistant, 26 years (retired June 2015)

Julie Weinmann, Logan High teacher, 13 years

Karen Wilke, Longfellow Middle teacher, 27 years

Robin Wilson, Longfellow Middle administrative assistant, 27 years

Nhia Xiong, Logan Middle custodian, 22 years

Stacy Yellick, North Woods Elementary teacher, 30 years