O'Rafferty High Senior Class of 1965
Mike Zalewski

I haven't gone far...
In December 1967 I married Nancy Grove from DeWitt. We will have been married 43 years this coming December. We were married at St Therese Church, and later moved to a new St Jude Parish in DeWittt where we are currently members. We lived in Lansing until 1975 when we moved to a 19th century farmhouse with five acres in Wacousta where we reside still. We have two children: Rebecca, age 29, who lives at home and Matthew, age 27, who is a lieutenant and flight navigator in the U.S. Air Force. Our children attended St Michael Parish school and graduated from Grand Ledge Schools.

Military Service
After two years at MSU, I left the college and volunteered for the draft. I was in the Army from October 1967 through October 1969. In March 1968 I was deployed to the Mekong Delta and was assigned to the ARVN 21st Infantry Division as an advisor. I attained the rank of infantry sergeant. After Vietnam I was stationed at Fort Carson Colorado. For seven months we lived in Colorado Springs, a city to which we would love to return and live.

Employment and Education
I had started working for A&P Tea Company in 1963 and worked with the company until 1979. Having obtained a degree in Computer Science from MSU. I obtained a job in I.T. field with the State of Michigan, servicing the Department of Education. In January 2010 I retired.

I like to hunt and fish. I take fishing trips to Canada and fish Lake Michigan (Ludington), Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay. I love gardening; we can our produce, venison and salmon. We heat our home with wood so woodcutting is a "favorite" pasttime. We like cruises; We will be taking our third in April 2011. We also like to travel by air or by road; visiting our son. I coached youth soccer and was a soccer referee for 12 years; I volunteered for AYSO and was paid referee for USSF soccer and for adult leagues.