Joanne Groninger Ratcliff

Profile Updated: October 11, 2017
Class Year: 1951
Residing In: Delphi, IN USA
Spouse/Partner: Dean Ratcliff
Occupation: homemaker
Children: Dianne Elizabeth, b.1957;
Michele Susanne, b.1958;
Timothy Lee, b.1960

Dianne lives More…near Lafayette, m. Jim Quesenbery, a Lafayette city policeman. They have 3 boys, Ben, Daniel, and Jake. Dianne went to Emergency Technician's school at Ivy Tech and now works as a medical assistant in a doctor's office.
Ben is a Columbus, IN, policeman, married to Julie who is also a Columbus policewoman and a marathon runner. They both graduated Indiana State in law enforcement. They have a baby girl, Halle, almost one year old. Ben was awarded a governor's medal for rescuing a man from a burning truck accident.
Daniel returned from two tours in Iraq recently where he repaired guns of all sizes, from Howitzers to small. He lives near Lafayette and works at a gun repair and sales place.
Jake lives in Lafayette, is working two jobs at car dealers, volunteers on the Shadeland Fire Dept., is in a relationship with a veterinary tech student.
Shelley lives in Clarkston, MI, with husband Ralf who works for Siemens and flies all over to Germany, Korea, Mexico, Czech Republic, etc. They are both Purdue grads. Shelley has continued her portrait painting which she sells on eBay. They have 3 children, Sherry, Eric, and Crystal. Sherry married Jeff Oilar last June and they now have a baby girl, Ariana Rose. Sherry graduated from Purdue last spring and is a microbiologist working for Dow near Indy. Jeff graduates from Purdue in business this Aug.
Eric graduated Virginia Tech at Christmas and is now living in Raleigh, NC, working for IBM. In a serious relationship with VT grad.
Crystal is enjoying her college years at Michigan State and does calculus for fun when she isn't fighting off the guys! Making A's.
Tim lives in Joliet, IL, with wife Mary. They [she] have 4 grown children, Kerry, Julie, Brandi, and Josh. Kerry and Julie in WI, Brandi in Joliet and Josh in Lafayette. Julie has 2 boys, Brandi has 2 boys, and Josh has a daughter. Tim works for International Harvester as a computer guy responsible for billing, etc. Graduated Purdue in computer science/technology.
All are happily married to their first spouses, 29 yrs., 28 yrs., 20 yrs. We tell them, half joking/half serious, that we are so glad they turned out so well in spite of having us as parents!

After graduating Delphi High, attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing for 1 year, married Dean, and spent one winter in Alaska while he was in the Army. Pulled a house trailer up there over the Alcan Hy. thru Canada in the winter. [We were foolish kids!] Came back to Delphi and went to St. Elizabeth School of Medical Technology, graduated, worked at Michigan City hospital lab while Dean went to Valpo Tech, then came back to Delphi area and started having kids and have been here ever since! Worked at various jobs outside home, substitute rural mail carrier, supervisor at group home for developmentally disabled men, etc. Became enamored with German Shepherd Dogs, bred one litter, showed them, and enjoyed them immensely, but then decided they took too much out of my life in time, work, worry, grief, and expense. Still love the breed tho. We became interested in antique vehicles when Dean had my dad's old '28 Ford AA farm truck restored. Acquired a 1919 Ford Model A delivery ["pie"] van and our "baby," a '64 1/2 red Ford Mustang convertible. Sold a couple other trucks, a '25 and '29, we didn't want. Other than this, we lead a very quiet life enjoying our kids, grandkids, and now 2 new great-granddaughters. I have a FaceBook page to which I welcome friends. I hope I'll see you there! We're easy to find in the phone book, or, our email is:
Talking about friends, Dean just said to me, "We never see our friends anymore - the problem is time. Half of them don't have it and the other half are doing it!" [Joke of the day] Take time to call or email us if you are in the half that "doesn't have time"!

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Just "us girls": me, Shelley, Crystal, Dianne, Sherry - my two daughters and granddaughters
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
yep, we're vampires all right - scary, huh?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
ya, da dog had to get in on the act too [Shelley's dog, Lacie May]