Katrina Nies O'Reilly

Profile Updated: March 8, 2009
Katrina Nies
Residing In: Crystal Lake, IL USA
Pre-Retirement Occupation: Retired Choreographer/Director
Spouse/Partner: Chris O' Reilly
Children: Katrina Anne O' Reilly Greene age 37
Erik O'Reilly age 34
Yes! Attending Reunion
How did you find our class website?

My good friend Nick Mozak told me about the website.

If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

I share a vacation home with my husband, Chris in Fremont, WI

Do you still have family that live around Crystal Lake?

Yes, our daughter Katrina Anne and her husband Kevin and our son Erik

How often do you get back to Crystal Lake?

Every day..we live here!

Would you ever move back to the Crystal Lake area?

See above

What got you into the kind of work you are or were doing?

I grew up in a family that was involved in the arts, mostly music and so was interested in performance from an early age. As a teen I loved water sports (having grown up along Crystal Lake) and some gymnastics and so dancing came naturally to me. I performed/choreographed or directed in numerous area community theatres for 24 years and played every dumb blond part imaginable from Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS ( appearing with my husband Chris) to Mazepa the Stripper in GYPSY.

What previous jobs did you do?

Teacher's Aide in local primary schools.

What did you do immediately following high school?

Chris and I were married on June 12,1971 and have been happily married for 38 years.Other classmates in the wedding party were Barb Harvey,Nick Mozak and Rick Larson as Best Man. Our daughter Katrina Anne was born in 1972 and our son, Erik in 1975.

What do you see yourself doing in 2029?

Living in Fremont,WI with Chris honing our fishing skills on the Wolf River , "White Bass Capital of the World".

How long have you been married?

It will be 38 years this coming June.

Grandchildren?

Still waiting.

What else would you like to share about your life since CLCHS?

All in all it's been a real fun ride. Lots of family, friends, laughter and LOVE. Not wealthy, just cozy in our little house with a fireplace our dog, Brittany and some middle aged aches and pains!

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Art Shand( my cousin),Rick Larson, Nick Mozak

What have been the high points of your life since high school?

My children and appearing in theatre productions with and sometimes with out my husband. Spending time with our extended families. Watching the accomplishments of our children ( Katrina Anne is a versatile and successful musician and educator, and Erik is a dedicated athlete and Personal Trainer)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Fish at our vacation home and teach needle art in several area schools.

Favorite places to visit?

Hmmm I guess our vacation home.

How do you relax? (Mentally and/or physically!)

Needle work, spending time at our vacation home in Wisconsin

Anything else we should know?

After too many years of smoking, I am now cigarette free for one year ( and counting)!

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