CHADRON – Four families were honored with the Chadron State College Family Tree Award during a luncheon during Homecoming Saturday, Sept. 23. They are the Fetters-Eitemiller, Reisig, Wefso and Weitzel families. The criteria for the award is that three generations of the family must have either attended or graduated from CSC. At least two of the family members must have a record of outstanding service to the college, the alumni association, their community or their profession.
Two CSC graduates received Distinguished Alumni Awards and two graduates received Young Distinguished Alumni Awards at the luncheon.
Four children of Fred and Bertha Fetters attended or graduated from CSC after graduating from Crawford High School. Dorothy, Samuel, Alice and Ruth, all deceased, make up the foundation of this Family Tree award.
Alice Wasserburger took business courses in 1936 and completed her teaching degree in 1964. She taught in Oelrichs and died in 1986. Alice and her husband, John, had two children who attended. They are Phyllis Eitemiller who graduated in 1963 and William Wasserburger who graduated in 1978.
Phyllis Eitemiller earned a medical technology degree in 1963 and was a member of the Eagle staff. She was a medical technician for the Chadron Medical Clinic and Hospital from 1963 to 2007.
She and her husband, Dale, are the parents of Jennifer who attended CSC from 1986 to 1988. Jennifer earned her RN credential through the University of Nebraska program in Scottsbluff. She is the Emergency Services Manager with Valley County Health System in Ord, Nebraska, where she and her husband, Ron Sandoz, are raising their three children. She recently received a Department of Defense Patriot Award recognizing her support of enlisted employees on her staff.
John’s sister, Irene Wasserburger, a graduate of Sioux County High School, attended CSC from 1932 to 1935. She died in 1963.
Dorothy Caflett attended Chadron Normal for one year of teaching training. Samuel Fetters earned an education degree and went on to earn a master’s in Iowa. Ruth Page completed one year of teacher training.
The nieces and nephews of Rex Cadwallader Sr. and Lois Carol Brown comprise this family tree.
Rex and Lois met at CSC and a photo of them dancing was featured under the heading “Campuses Romances” in the 1943 yearbook. Rex was called to serve his country as a captain in the Marines during WWII and returned home to graduate. He was a member of Psi Beta Sigma, the football team, the track team, the Key Club and served as the “C” Club vice president, basketball team co-captain and an all-state forward.
Lois was the Kappa Theta Sigma sorority president, a member of the Spurs Pep Club, “The Eagle” staff, the Panhellenic council, Women’s Athletic Association and the art editor for the Anokasan yearbook.
The couple pursued multiple teaching positions Wyoming and Nebraska for nearly 30 years following graduation. Rex served as the personnel director for Bellevue (Nebraska) Public Schools from 1968 until his death in 1974. He was inducted into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame in the early 1990s. Lois died in 1998. Their son, Dr. Rex Cadwallader Jr., is a distinguished music teacher and jazz musician in New England.
Lois’ nephew, Cliff Reisig, graduated from CSC in 1964 and was active with Student Senate, intramural athletics, Phi Sigma Epsilon, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, theatre, and a member of the Eagle staff. He lives in Tularosa, New Mexico, and has had a wide variety of positions, many in the film industry, including production assistant with Warner Brothers and other studios for at least 10 on-location shoots in New Mexico. He was also a lease controller with IBM from 1967 to 1973.
Cliff’s niece, Kristiana (Reisig) Rien, graduated in 1993 with a double major in psychology and criminal justice. She has been a substitute teacher in the Mitchell Public Schools. She and her husband, Steve, an engineer with Union Pacific, have two sons, Tanner and Spencer.
Tanner graduated with a criminal justice degree in 2015 and began his master’s program in August 2017. He works for the National Park Service at the Scottsbluff National Monument. While an undergraduate, he threw weights on the track and field team. His wife, Morgan, is a kindergarten paraprofessional and attends CSC. She expects to graduate in 2018, with a double major in psychology and criminal justice. They have one child, Quinn.
Spencer lives in Chadron and graduated in 2017 with a business degree. He completed an internship with Gardner, Loutzenhiser and Ryan, P.C. before graduation and plans to pursue an MBA including study abroad in London this academic year. He threw weights on the track and field team for two years, was a member of Delta Mu Delta for one year and participated in The Big Event service project for three years.
May E. Wefso graduated in 1919 with an associate degree from Chadron Normal where she played basketball. She went on to earn a bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1921. She taught Home Economics in Sioux County and Hot Springs, South Dakota. She and her husband, Robert, had three children, Fritz, Robert and Bette. May died in 1986.
Fritz Wefso attended from 1946 to 1947 and played football. He earned his bachelor’s in pharmacy from UNL in 1951. He was married to Maryanne, a Chadron State Foundation trustee, owner of Wefso Drug and mayor of Rushville. He died in 2015.
Jim Wefso, the son of Fritz and Mildred Wefso, earned a bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate from UNL . He is currently enrolled in a geography course at CSC. He is the Senior Executive vice president and general counsel with Security First Bank. He and his wife, Cameon live in Lead, South Dakota. He is a Foundation trustee and has served as president of the Foundation Board. They have three children, Jack, Charles and Faye.
Faye Dierksen earned two degrees from CSC, a bachelor’s in justice studies in 2013 and master’s in organizational management in 2017. She participated in the Criminal Justice Club, the Legal Studies Club, Campus Activities Board, Student Senate and the Social work Club. She is married to Andrew, who attended in 2014, and works as an executive legal assistant in the law office of Hubert Bell in Austin, Texas.
Julie Coomes, the daughter of John Rath and Maryanne Wefso, graduated in 1994 with a business administration degree, option in marketing. She is a Registered Nurse and lives in Rushville with her husband, Mike.
The Albert and Mary Lou Weitzel family is being honored with the Family Tree award. Although the matriarch and patriarch of the family did not attend CSC, many of their descendants have.
The Weitzels’ children are John, Linda, Nancy, Susan, JoAnn, Kathy and Don. Six of the seven have a connection to CSC.
John, now a retired principal, earned two degrees, Education Endorsements in biology and coaching in 1970 and a Master’s in Education Administration in 1978. He was involved in intramural sports, Tri Beta and Phi Delta Kappa. His wife, Sanda, the daughter of Edward and Isabel McNabb, is also a retired educator. She earned her bachelor’s in Home Economics in 1979. Their son, Paul, attended CSC.
Two of their five children, Paul and Michele, attended CSC. Paul, who lives in Woodbury, Minnesota, works for Starbucks in channel development customer marketing. He attended CSC from 1984 to 1985 and played basketball. He went on to graduate from an institution in Minnesota. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children.
Michele Housh, a development disabilities service coordinator with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and resident of Hay Springs, earned her bachelor’s in 1995. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Brooke and Jaycee, who are both alumnae.
Brooke, met her husband, Bryan Schoening, at CSC and they both graduated in 2013. She was selected for the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and graduated with a bachelor’s in Human Biology. She served as a Resident Adviser, Student Senator, and an Advanced Human Anatomy mentor. She completed her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015 and is a surgery Registered Nurse at the Sidney Regional Medical Center.
Bryan participated in intramural athletics and graduated with a degree in Mathematics Education in 2013. He is pursuing a Master’s in Education Administration. Bryan is a Sidney High School math teacher and assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach. Brooke and Bryan have one daughter, Zella.
Jaycee, also an RHOP participant and advanced Human Anatomy mentor, graduated in 2016 with a Human Biology degree. She was a member of the Health Professions Club, Cardinal Key, an Eagle Leader for orientation and an Ivy Day attendant, a Platinum Eagle finalist and involved in intramural athletics. She is attending UNMC with anticipated graduation in 2020.
Linda Thoms, a retired financial adviser living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, attended CSC from 1968 to 1969 and was a member of Cardinal Key and the 4E Club. She is the mother of Nicole Bentley and Jon Bentley. Jon graduated in 1998 with a business degree. He is a member of the Arby’s management team in Scottsbluff, married to Teresa Bentley and they are the parents of Kaylee, Emilee and Natalee.
Nancy and Doug Brandt of Bayard, Nebraska, are the parents of three alumni, Troy, Holly and Jason. Doug, a retired teacher, played football and graduated in 1972.
Holly Rogers graduated in 1995 with a psychology degree. She and her husband, Jason, live in Scottsbluff and have three children.
Troy Brandt of North Platte, Nebraska, has been a business banker at Great Western Bank since he graduated 12 years ago. He was a member of the Business Club, is married to Renae, also a CSC graduate, and they have three children. Renae, the daughter of Mike and Pam Smith, graduated with a business degree in 2005. She is the accounting manager at Blakely Enterprises.
Jason Brandt (2003) and his wife Dezarae (2007) live in Gering and have one daughter. Jason is a probation officer. Dezarae, the daughter of Gary Galey and Kim Clark, is a specialized adult probation officer for the State of Nebraska.
JoAnn Hunter earned two degrees, a Bachelor’s in 1989 and a Master’s in 1990. She has two daughters, Sarah and Lisa, and was employed by CSC from 1990 to 2008 as the Director of Residence Life and TRiO Counselor. She is a therapist and team supervisor at Peak Wellness Center. She is married to Jon and they live in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Dr. Sarah Wilson, graduated in 2002. She went on to earn her master’s in Montana and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Brooklyn and Austin.
Lisa Taylor, earned her master’s in organizational management in 2010. She lives in Cheyenne with her husband, Clint, and their two children, Joey and Ali.
Kathy graduated with a speech degree in 1981. She is married to Mike Wrage, who graduated in 1981 with a business degree. They live in Tampa, Florida, where they work in the insurance industry as Director of Operations and President of The Strategic Group. Kathy was involved in speech, drama, Phi Beta Lambda and Cardinal Key while Mike was a member of PBL and the football team. They have two sons, Tyler and Jared. Tyler attended CSC in 2008 and was on the football team.
Don Weitzel and his wife, Kelli, of Kingston, Georgia, both graduated in 1984. Don was involved with student government and has been a principal, and regional managing director with Principal Financial Group. Kelli, the daughter of Skinner and Connie Robertson, is the CEO of Cottonwood Farm. They have one child, Shelby.
—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator