Oreste Javier Rodriguez
Retired Contractor/Business owner Married 2 1964 2013-04-21 16:19:05
A bear hug to all my Brondel Hall brothers. I regret it took me so long to write.., and YES, God willing, I will see you all on June 12th.
I graduated in 1964 and attended Carroll College. My mother wrote mesaying that it was for certain that they were going to let them leave Cuba very soon., so I left Montana with Jorge Ulfe in the summer of 1965, , I had to work and establish myself to help my mom, dad, brother, his wife and kids . be ready for them. They did not arrive for another 9 years in 1971. By then, (in 1968) I had married my wife Miriam,, we have been married for 45 years. She gave me two beautiful daughters, both studious, hard-working self-reliant young women, who are both married. We have three "gorgeous" granddaughters....Olivia Nicole (13), Andrea Victori (11) and Leia Elise (2 1/2). Miriam and I are sharing our time (part-time) raising little Leia, a real treat!
I retired 2 years ago. Miriam and I owned a roofing and chemical company. Well, I almost retired because we also own a farm. We grow tropical fruits, chickens, and share our time at the farm with our friends. We also travel whenever we get the chance.
God has been good to us. I have already seen Manny Perez, Amaro Taibo and Jorge Ulfe. Hope everyone absolutely makes a super effort to come to this reuinon., I would love to see the rest..
Un fuerte abrazo para todos
1964 2013-04-20 12:35:00
I graduated from Cathedral High School in 1964, and spent the next year in Carroll College learning ping-pong and pool. I left the Catholic Charities program when I was 17 so I had to spend one year dodging them because I was “too young” to leave the program. My first grown up job was as a dishwasher at the Golden Cache, then I was promoted to making salads and towards the end I started to cook.
I was married in 1966, my daughter Linda was born in ’67 and my son Mike was born in ’68, which was also the year my mother and two sisters came from Cuba. In 1967 I changed “careers” from a dishwasher to selling men’s clothing at McDonalds Department Store located next to The Parrot. In 1970 I landed a job with the Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation as a Water Rights Field Investigator.
From ’72-‘74 I became the Field Supervisor, then the Adjudication Office Manager until 1978 when I opened the Water Rights Office in Lewistown, MT. In 1986 I was divorced, and then I married my present partner in crime, Jaye. I became the Lewistown Regional Manager for the Water Resources Division in 1990, and finally retired in 1997 (I bought 2.5 years of service and retired with 30-years).
Right away Jaye told me I was too young to retire, so the day after my retirement dinner we moved to Las Vegas, where I broadened my horizons by working at several interesting Nevada State jobs such as, Water Technician (10-months), Job Developer for the Welfare Department (2-years), Investigator for the Consumer Affairs Division (3.5-years investigating Deceptive Trade), Investigator for the Equal Rights Commission (8-months), Supervisor for the Welfare Department (3-years). Concurrently with my jobs I attended UNLV for what seem a long time. I retired from the State of Nevada in 2007. After Jaye retired from UNLV in 2010 we moved back to Montana in the spring of 2011.
Jaye and I are not as young as we once were, but we are definitely younger than we will ever be, so our adventure is not over yet. We are going to …
General Contractor, twice retired Married 3 1967 2013-04-15 22:06:12
A LOT OF WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE SINCE '67. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE, AND HOPING THE NAME TAGS HAVE LARGE PRINT.
Best friends in Brondel were Fernando and Damaso Santana......
Happily retired for 10 years Married 2 1966 2013-04-06 03:30:29
Lived in Chicago area after leaving Helena. Worked in the IT industry for 36 byears. Retired in 2002 from Cole-Parmer in Vernon Hills, Il, as Director of IT. Spend winters in Sarasota, Fl with wife Rose. Two daughters, Kim and Patti and 3 grandchildren, Alyx (18), Jake (16) and Ryan (10). Presently working on bucket list.
Consultant for Chiquita Brands Married 3 1964 2013-03-25 14:56:22
Retired from the foreign service in 1995 and second career with Chiquita Brands government relations. Currently living in California and Honduras.
Damaso V Santana
Television Programming Sales-US Army Veteran Married 3 1967 2013-03-02 16:09:08
Director bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi - Anti Money Laundering Anti Terrorist Financing Married 1 1967 2013-03-11 02:39:05
It is amazing that after all the years we can still remember our brothers. It was a different time and it was tough on all of us; however, having gone through it made us tougher and self-sufficient. I would not trade it for anything we became who we are due to our experience. For those of you that have not been back to Helena and Brondel Hall get ready to experience emotions such as sadness, pride and a tremendous sense of being Love and hugs to my "band of Brothers"
Retired Professional Engineer Divorced 2 1966 2013-03-30 15:51:48
I was at Brondel Hall from August 1962 to August of 1963. Afterwards I moved to Houston, Texas where I attended and graduated from South Texas College (1966) and subsequently, from the University of Houston (1969). This led to my being formally registered as a Registered Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering in several states. My technical training and ability allowed me to serve first in the Texas National Guard (1968-1969) and later working for government contractor "Raytheon" as Electrical Engineer for the US Army's Rocky Mountain Arsenal 1980's, at Tooele Army Depot (Utah 1985-1988) followed by 13 1/2 years (1989-2003) as Chief Electrical Engineer at the US Navy JACADS facility of Johnston Atoll in the Pacific. Upon mission completion iIn 2003, I transferred to the US Army's Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas where I headed the Electrical Power Section and Instrumentation/Software crews at PBCDF until our Mission came to an end in June 2012. I have since retired. I have two daughters living in Colorado. My oldest Angela (39 years old) is a Veterinary Sciences Professor at Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Science, Aurora, CO. My youngest daughter Alisha was a Summa-cum-Laude graduate of Regis Jesuit University in Denver and she also has a "Juris Doctorate" from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Alisha is presently a practicing Attorney in Denver, Colorado where she has her own "Law Office".
Ana Plasencia (Toca)
CPA Married 1 1968 2013-05-20 18:26:01
I arrived in Helena, during the month of November 1961 together with my sister, Martha, Ofelia and Ernesto Sanchez and Aurora and Lourdes Menendez. The six of us were sent to St. Joseph's Orphanage. We spent about a month there before we went to live with Luke and Dona Rivers and their six kids.
I attended St. Helena Grade School and Cathedral High School from 1961 to 1964. After completing the ninth grade at Cathedral, my sister and I left Helena to join our parents and younger brother who had come from Cuba via Mexico to Miami.
The year 1968 was a memorable one, I graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School, Mario graduated from Caroll College and in December of 1968 we got married. Our daughter Michelle was born in 1973.
I resumed my education in the early 80's, and graduated from Florida International University in 1986 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. By that time, Florida had changed its requirements for CPA's so I had to get a Masters in Accounting from St Thomas University in 1989. After juggling education, motherhood and being a wife and working, I became a CPA in 1992. Since that time to the present, I have been a partner at Toca & Company.
We have returned to Helena on several occasions and have great memories and good times with old and new friends. We look forward to this reunion and some more happy and good times.
P.S. Thinking about it, we can claim the title for being the only two cuban kids from Helena, Montana who got married!!!
CPA Married 1 1968 2013-05-21 20:13:00
I was a member of Cathedral High class of 64 and subsequently attended Carroll where I received my accounting degree in 1968.
Since then Miami the "Magic City" has been home.
December of 1968 saw me marrying my wife Ana Maria, who also was a Pedro Pan child in Helena. Our dear adopted mother Arlene Wall used to say "marriages are made in heaven" and we are one of those.
Four weeks after my wedding date, I got called by Uncle Sam who had me doing a six months active duty tour and then made me a weekend warrior for the next five years.
Upon my return, I started working for public accounting firms and in 1974 received my Florida CPA Certificate and the rest is history. In 1977 I started my own firm and in 1992 my wife became my partner at work as well. We have a very successful boutique practice, which has provided a very good living. Currently, retirement is not in sight.
We have one daughter named Michelle. My mother still is with us at the age of 88 and very independent.
Throughout the years in our travels we have been back to Montana at least 6 times and have always kept in touch with lots of you guys.
I am truly looking forward to this reunion. As the date gets closer I am getting very emotional and can't hardly wait to hug all you guys and have the privilige of meeting your families.
Thanks to Silvio, Jay, Di, Makotico and Victorero for making this happen.