Claudia S. Carley Droel

Profile Updated: May 21, 2014
Residing In: New Brighton, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Rodger Droel, MVHS 1963
Occupation(before, if retired): Mostly retired
Children and Grandchildren: Two, and five grandchildren
What have you been up to since graduation?

Traveling and enjoying life; divide my time between Minnesota and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where I snowboard, run, swim, bike, rollerblade, and generally enjoy the mountains and the wonderful close-knit community. This past winter I reached a goal: snowboarding with grandchildren, who are now old enough to ski circles around me. It made my many spectacular falls while learning all worthwhile!

Do you have a favorite school story or funny memory?

I have a vivid memory of the gym teacher, Miss Mertens, making the girls' gym class run around the track--all the way around! Actually run, in our very unflattering one-piece navy blue gym outfits! I couldn't believe I was asked to do such a thing. I seriously felt like I was going to die. At the time, I felt it was unladylike to break a sweat. Miss Mertens insisted. "Of course you can do it!" she yelled. "Now keep moving!" These days, I live much of the time in Steamboat Springs, training ground for young Olympians. I watch girls play and train as hard as boys in almost all sports, including hockey. They definitely sweat, with pride. And I am inspired by my many active friends in their 70s, 80s and 90s, on the mountain and on the biking and hiking trails. I watch them overcome all kinds of illnesses, disabilities and chronic conditions in order to stay active. Miss Mertens was right--the important thing is to keep moving!

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Jul 28, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Very sorry to hear this news. When I think of Jan, I always think of her wonderful smile. She will be missed.

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