Teri ended up attending small, rural schools, including Randolph High in Randolph, Minnesota, graduating class of 28.
THE CAREER YEARS
Teri eventually left the lake to go on to the Minnesota School of Business and then Makato State, where she studied Recreation and Park Administration. From there she took a job as a counselor, working with juvenile delinquents. Asked if she found that work rewarding, Teri laughed and said, “Rewarding yes, but it burns you out – these kids are brats.”
She eventually took a job with a company that manufactured medical parts, working there from 1980 to 1984. Turns out, she returned to that same company years later, in 1999, and stayed on until she retired in 2015. In between, she took a series of jobs, including working for the company that makes Malt-O-Meal and was Manager of a racquetball club. (Teri was a competitive racquetballer, once having been ranked in the state.)
Along the way, Teri moved in with Cookie, the woman whom she would marry. The two became caretakers for Cookie’s parents and lived on their small farm. Teri told us, “We met in 1980 and we were together for 37-and-a-half years. We got married on 12/13/14 at 15:16.” They were together until Cookie passed away in