Valerie Rogers Quinn

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Valerie Rogers
Valerie Rogers

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Valerie Rogers

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Valerie Rogers

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Bradenton, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Mike Quinn
Occupation: Retired from State Farm Insurance in 2018
Children: Brett, born in 1984; Michelle, born in 1988. Also have stepchildren: Maggie, born in 1976, and Jason, More…born in 1980.

Grandchildren (11): Autumn, Aiden, and Olive Henderson, Nolan Kinard. Lacey, Devin, and Autumn Quinn, Blake and Brody Phelps, Connor and Gage Codding.
Which Grade School and Jr. High did you attend

Franklin Grade School, Bloomington Junior High

Places where you have lived

Bloomington, IL, Normal, IL, Bradenton, FL

Comments:

Fifty-plus years of Illinois winters were enough. Put the big family home on the market, and decluttered (aka downsized). Rented storage unit to house extra clutter. A year passed. Finally, a SOLD sign appeared in the front yard. Hired movers to take beloved possessions from north Normal to a 2-bedroom apartment in south Bloomington. Job estimated at 4-5 hours. Nine hours later, determined further downsizing was necessary. Being tired of downsizing, rented a garage and filled it up with treasured possessions from storage unit, plus other assorted items.

A year later, decided where to live in Florida and rented a "pod" for the move. Downsized again, as all beloved possessions would not fit in the little pod. Packed (stuffed-to-the-gills) the pod, which required even more downsizing. One or two days later, loaded two vehicles and drove south.....to sunny Florida.....in July. It is not a dry heat in Florida.
Note to Self: Should another move be needed, must downsize!

Fast Forward Five Years:

We live in Bradenton, FL, which is just a few miles north of Sarasota. It is about a 20 minute drive to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico -- Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, Long Boat Key. Best winters ever!

Mike and I love cruising and travel in general. One reason we moved to Florida was to be nearer to cruise ports. Since the pandemic has thrown a wrench into our travels, we have been patiently waiting until we can drive, fly, or sail somewhere -- anywhere! In late June, 2021, I tossed my own wrench into the mix by falling and breaking my ankle (tibia and fibula). Surgery was July 7. I am immobile unless I can travel by knee scooter. I will be undergoing 12 weeks of physical therapy, meaning it's not likely I will be able to attend the reunion. I submitted my reservation in mid-June, so if I whiz through the PT, maybe my plans will change.

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Posted on: Oct 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Congratulations on your nomination as Illinois Teacher of the Year! What an elite group to be part of.

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December, 2010, cruising on the Carnival Miracle.
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My daughter played softball for Illinois State University for four years and graduated at the end of those four years.