Nancy A Groene Bené

Profile Updated: February 16, 2015
Residing In: Duxbury, MA USA
Spouse/Partner: Divorced from Mike Henderson in 1987. My dear husband, Bob Bené died in 1995.
Occupation: Retired Psychometrician
Children: Michael, born 1966, married to Kara, is the father of Skyler born in 2009.
Margaret, born 1969, More…married to Rob Pierce, has 2 children, Brewster born in 2003 and Willy born in 2009.
Eleanor, born 1985, adopted and arrived from South Korea when 4 months old. Eleanor and her boyfriend, Patrick, live in Seattle.
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I recently bought an old house here in Duxbury, a town incorporated 1637 and just north of Plimouth where the Pilgrims first settled. My house dates from 1764 and was built by Captain Wait Wadsworth who became a captain in the Revolutionary War.

I am now involved in (observing, consulting and paying for) extensive renovations. Two days ago, my contractor found that half of the house does not have a foundation and rests on wood planks about 1 to 3 inches above the dirt. So next week, the house will be lifted up onto steel planks and moved off its location so that dirt can be dug out and a 4 foot foundation can be poured. We will also construct a new addition and a garage attached to the back and side of the original house.

You can correctly predict that I will be improvished by the time of the reunion.

School Story:

University of Illinois, BA, 1967.
Northwestern University, BS, 1984.
University of Texas at Austin, MS, 1989.
University of Texas at Austin, PhD, 1995.

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Dec 14, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I am very sorry to learn of Marcia's death. She and I talked about a month ago and she and I talked about the cancer. I meant to call her back. About a week ago, I was reminded of something that happened in Mrs. Roman's third grade class at Lincoln School. Marcia and I were classmates. And I thought that I would call Marcia and reminisce with her about Mrs. Roman and some of our classmates. But I didn't get around to making the call and I'm sorry.

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Oct 18, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Carol was a nice girl. At one of the reunions, she told me about being a single mom when her kids were young. I asked how she did it and she said her mom helped her out a lot.

 

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Aug 29, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Posted on: Aug 29, 2018 at 1:01 PM

Hi Gail, Glad to see you. I remember sitting next to you and chatting at long ago reunion. Would like to continue the conversation.

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Mar 31, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Mr. Coder was one of the important people in my life who spurred me on to think for myself and to think critically. When I took civics from Mr. Coder one summer, he raised the issue about intermarriage of blacks and whites. I was raised in a conformist family, but after thinking about Mr. Coder's question for a day and a half and going over as many elements of the issue that I could identify, I came to my own conclusion.  I can't tell you how many times thoughout my life so far that I've referred to Mr. Coder. 

 

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Mr. Coder was one of the important people in my life who spurred me on to think for myself and to think critically. When I took civics from Mr. Coder one summer, he raised the issue about intermarriage of blacks and whites. I was raised in a conformist family, but after thinking about Mr. Coder's question for a day and a half and going over as many elements of the issue that I could identify, I came to my own conclusion.  I can't tell you how many times thoughout my life so far that I've referred to Mr. Coder. 

 

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Mar 08, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Mary Jane and Barbara, I don't remember Bob Early at Lincoln School. It's probably that I just don't remember him or maybe he was just a quiet kid who didn't live in my neighborhood. But I moved in the middle of 5th grade.

I am sorry for his loss. 

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Mar 01, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Lana, I think it's excellent that the Moline Foundation will administer the fund. I look forward to knowing more about who will receive the scholarship money. And I will donate.

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Feb 27, 2018 at 12:33 PM

A scholarship in honor or Mike Warren:  

Setting up a scholarship fund may be more complicated that first appears: 

Who would be charge of the money donated to the scholarship fund? Should there be legal and ethical qualifications for the those in charge of the scholarship?  If the amount donated were large enough, would that money be invested so the realized interest or investment income could be doled out for a number of years or in perpetuity? Or would the whole amount or a prescibed portion be awarded annually to a new recipient or a number of recipients? Forever or until the money ran out? Or would that money be donated directly to a particular college or university?

Can I assume the money in the scholarship will be given to a student to help pay for tuition or other expenses incurred while being educated? Tuition for high school? a private high school? A college or university? Most colleges and universities already have in place various scholarship funds which anyone can donate to and will be awarded by the college or university. Sharon Hutton Helgason (our classmate) wanted donations to go to a Augustana female student pursuing a degree in mathematics or science. I made the donation to Augustana in Sharon's name and Augustana took care of the rest. 

Which college or university? Where did Mike Warren go to college? And what would be the recipient's or recipients' qualifications for receiving the money? Would there be a competition for thescholarship money or would someone in the class of MHS 1962 or a group just pick the recipient of the scholarship money? 

There are a lot of financial, legal, and ethical considerations in setting up a scholarship. And any responsible person considering a donation will want to know all the answers? And all those responsible for the scholarship must have the legal, financial and ethical qualifications to administer the fund.

I remember Mike Warren and how tall he was and nice looking, but I really did not know him.(Remember I was a Coolidge girl.) But from everyone's memories of him, I bet if Mike had lived, he would become knowledgeable enough and sophisticated enough to understand that all these issues must be attended to before anyone starts to send in money for a Mike Warren scholarship fund.

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Feb 18, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Hey Stuart, Where did David Ekstrom go to elementary school? Did he go to Lincoln?

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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I think Penny's memory of being acknowledged by Mike in the halls of MHS so many years ago, demonstrates the lasting meaning of simple kind actions toward others.

 

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Jan 02, 2018 at 11:54 PM

Happy birthday Nancy. It's almost over. I hope you had a great day!

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Nov 28, 2017 at 12:33 PM

I exactly remember the house where Cheryl grew up----right across the side road from Calvin Coolidge Junior High. I always think of her family when I drive by her house. Her mother was a nurse and that's how my mother knew her. During high school, Cheryl worked the cash register at the big grocery store across the parking lot from Hafner's bar and liquor store. 

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Sep 01, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Does anybody know the circumstances of Mike Warren's death in Viet Nam? Was it a firefight?

 

 

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Jul 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM

I am very sorry to know of Carol's passing. She was a neat person and had a smile that brightened every room.

Several years ago at one of the girls' get togethers, she and I talked about an important issue and I told her about a very significant and sad event that had occurred in my family. I would not have shared that event with most people, but I knew that Carol was a person who would not use that information in any way. 

I talked to her last a couple years ago at the little Nantucket girls' get together. She reminded me she had gone to the U of Illinois and pledged Alpha Phi.

Here is one of Carol's life events: years ago, she applied for and was interviewed for a job she really wanted. She interacted well with the interviewer and knew she was one of the two people who would be hired. Alas, the interviewer called her to tell her she did not get the job. But Carol knew a few things about the other applicant so Carol applied for the job that other applicant was leaving. Carol got that second job. AND one year later Carol still had the second job, but the the first job turned out to be dud because that company failed. Too bad, they didn't hire Carol.

Mar 08, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Terry was a nice person. I remember her as being quiet. Her mom worked at city hall.

Jan 21, 2017 at 12:33 PM

I wasn't very athletic in high school, but did enjoy gym when Miss Coin was the teacher. I particulary remember Miss Coin teaching and leading  a group of us girls in a modern dance to the song Camptown Races. Whenever I hear the song, I smile remembering the moves and steps we did in the gyn---it seemed perfectly correographed. Camptown Races always makes me happy.

 

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Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:19 PM
My mailbox is on the right. My nice neighbor dug out the boxes and area in front so postman can get to the boxes.
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:20 PM
My little dogs, Frances and Zoe, like snow when they can walk on top of it. When the snow is light and dry, they sink.
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:21 PM
My patio----you can see the top of retaining wall and my bird feeders.
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:23 PM
My barn needs work which is my project for 2015!
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM
My grandsons, Brewster age 11 and Willy age 6, with my little dogs, Zoe and Frances.
Posted: Feb 16, 2015 at 3:24 PM
I bought this cute little house. It was a mess inside. The 1950s addition to the back of the old house is unsightly and very poorly built. The addition has to go.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM
My 9-year-old grandson Brewster loves the teardown and the mess.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Bull dozing the 1950s additon.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM
That's me---the proud owner?