The 1968 to 1969 Lady of the Lake candidates.

Where are the 1968-1969 Lady of the Lake royalty now?

A summary of where the 1968-1969 Lady of the Lake candidates are, and what they've been doing for the past few decades.

 

Back Row, from left:

1, Janice McQuarrie – After grad, Janice worked at the BCFP mill office in Youbou. She later moved to Edmonton where she worked for a large accounting firm. Now living in Victoria, she is employed by the BC Government. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.

2. Jeanette Boulet – Jeanette left Lake Cowichan for Victoria where she earned her RN degree at the St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. Jeanette and her husband, Ken Chouinard have a son, daughter and two grandchildren and live in Delta, BC.

3. Mary Lou Edwards

4. Marilyn Nelson – 1968 Lady of the Lake.

5. Joyce Behnsen – Making several moves after leaving Lake Cowichan, Joyce returned to Duncan 16 years ago. After graduation she spent eight years with the Bank of Montreal in Duncan and Victoria, then moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for twelve years, six of which spent selling real estate. She has worked for many years now in the concrete business in the Duncan area. Daughter Kim, 16, attends school in Duncan and her son and his family live in Louisiana.

6. Lynn Niebergall – Lynn, along with her siblings Wayne, Diane and Debbie were well know here at the lake in the 1960s as The Metronomes; a local band that played many local events. Mother of four children, two grandchildren and a stepson, Lynn has resided on Quesnel, BC, for many years now.

7. Susan Olsen – Susan is married and lives in Campbell River where she and her family have lived for many years. She has spent many years employed in the family logging business, first for her father (I & J Logging), and more recently for her brother, Keith Olsen. The family retains their lakefront house and property on Cowichan Lake where they frequently congregate.

Front row, from left:

8. Paulette Scryup – After graduation she earned her Bachelor of Education at UVic, then taught school in Prince George, Langley and Cowichan for 25 odd years before retiring. She is married, has three grown daughters, and has lived in Cobble Hill for 30 years.

“We travel down south (Palm Springs area) from December to April. I am also an avid quilter and write a blog on the subject,” Paulette said recently.

9. Kathy Fitzpatrick – After graduation, Kathy went on to become a microbiologist, spending 17 years working in a lab.

Now a photographer, she specializes in individual, class and graduation photography on the lower mainland.

Kathy has two daughters, and a baby grandson, and lives in Langley, BC.

10. Julia Vanyo – Miss Canadian Legion and incoming Lady of the Lake for 1969.

11. Marlene Denninger – Marlene went to university becoming a primary school teacher.

She married her husband, an RCMP member who was, at the time, stationed at Lake Cowichan.

After marriage, the couple moved to Fruitvale, BC then after several moves settled in Nanaimo many years ago.

They have three children and one grandchild. Marlene plans to retire this year and looks forward to attending the Denninger Family get together held annually here at the Lake at the home of Tom and Pinder Denninger.

Marlene also took over for the 1969 Lady of the Lake.

12. Barb Bondue

Photo Kaatza Station Museum, partial information provided by Chris Behnsen, Pinder Denninger, Bev Fitzpatrick, Lynn Kirby, Ellen Neva, Susanne Neva, Barb Newton, Sylvia McMahon

Correction!

In response to a mistake found in the June 1 column: Jack Saywell began at the University of Toronto in 1954, which was not the year he graduated from Lake Cowichan High School.

 

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