Christine Vinklarek Higgins

Profile Updated: December 14, 2020
Residing In: Arcadia, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Jim (deceased 4/2019)
Occupation: Yay, I'm mostly retired, do bookkeeping for a friend in real estate.
Children: Katie, born 1995

Update August 2019: We moved back to CA in 2014, after 9 years in rural NC, back to friends, a diverse population, and an energetic environment. My dear husband, Jim, passed away earlier this year from complications with Parkinson's disease. I was married for 31 years to the funniest man I ever met.

From 2009: After graduating from the UT Austin in 1974, I worked in San Antonio for a couple of years then went back to SMU for an MBA. In 1978, I joined DuPont Diagnostics (they sold a chemistry analyzer to hospital labs) in technical support and they transferred me to Pasadena, CA in 1980. Jim and I met at church and got married in 1987. Katie was born in 1995, and after 19 years @ Dupont, I decided to stay home full time with her. In 2002, after Katie was @ school for a full day, I landed a job in Regulatory Affairs for a small company in Southern California that made and sold products to Nuclear Medicine. I quit work again in 2006 when we moved to Shelby, NC for my husbands job (aerospace manufacturing). Shelby is a small town (about 20,000 people), 45 miles west of Charlotte, and this has truly been a 'Green Acres' experience for me. After looking for a job full time for the past year in this very tough economy, I finally will start a new assignment in November. I love working and being a mom, too.

School Story:

Wow, I've forgotten so much about what happened in high school, it seems so long ago and so much has happened since. But I remember the people- my crazy, wonderful friends and classmates and excellent teachers.

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Aug 05, 2022 at 3:33 AM
Jan 31, 2022 at 6:42 PM

Thanks to Steve and Butch for the dancing video! Great memories of fun times!

Jan 31, 2022 at 6:41 PM

Thanks to Butch and Steve Hart for the dancing video! Great memories of fun times!

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Jan 12, 2022 at 3:02 PM

I enjoyed reading her obituary, what a beautiful life!

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Jan 12, 2022 at 3:02 PM

What a beautiful life!

Aug 05, 2021 at 3:33 AM
Aug 11, 2020 at 9:54 AM

Hi Anna, I understand that you are in charge of decorations for the 50th reunion. Could you use some help? I would like to help you in any way I can. Even though I am far away, I could help you plan before and execute on the event days. Please let me know. Thanks!

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Oct 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Dear Sandy, I was sorry to hear about your father's passing away. It's hard to lose a parent, and their love and support.
I will always remember your kindness to me when I was a freshman at Jester dorm at the University of Texas at Austin. You let me (no you really encouraged me to) borrow your gold posts so my ears would heal properly when I did the outrageous act of getting my ears pierced. I had always thought you were super-cool (which of course you were) and was touched by how nice you were to me.

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Aug 12, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2019 at 11:08 AM

Dear Butch, thank you again for all that you do and have done to put our class website together and plan our reunions! Our high school years were so meaningful and so I look forward with much anticipation to our 50th reunion.
All your effort is much appreciated by many!

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Aug 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Jennifer, thank you very much for all the work you do maintaining our class website and planning our 50th reunion. So many of us are looking forward to the reunion and appreciate all the work necessary to put it together. Chris V

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Jan 13, 2018 at 7:33 PM

Sherie and I were good friends at MacArthur HS- the first 'hippie-chick' I knew.  She was out-going and fun and invited me to go water-skiing with herself and her parents- they patiently taught me how.  She was kind and accepting and I loved her red hair!  We lost touch after getting together a few times at UT Austin, but I could never forget Sherie Scrutchin!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Katie, me, and Jim @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, 2008. They build a lot of the cars for NASCAR in Mooresville, just NE of Charlotte.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM
My Katie, high-jumping for her middle school.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM
One of our neighbors up the road here in Shelby.