Alicia Strike Intlekofer

Profile Updated: July 25, 2008
Residing In: Grinnell, IA
Spouse/Partner: Ryan
Occupation: Retired nurse
Children: Scott. Born 1959. He's a botanist, working this summer in the field. Thus the "tick prevention" type More…haircut. He is married and has a son 21 and a daughter 18.

Barb. born 1961. Presently living in Marshalltown. She has a pretty happy life.

Michael. Born 1966. Living the good life in Prescott, Arizona. Married and has one daughter, age 15.

Maja. Born 1968. Teaching in Grinnell. She is the reason we retired to Grinnell instead of Marshalltown. It's fun to spoil her two kids, ages 5 and 8. Her husband is a farmer.
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Fifty years!?! How did that happen?? Mostly I feel surprised. And grateful.

I have lived in Seattle in the 1960's. Then in Iowa. Then for four years in Atlanta, Georgia. My husband worked for the Center for Disease Control in the area of cancer research. We have recently retired to Grinnel.

At age 30 I started nursing school. That had been my dream from childhood. I started with LPN, then RN, then at age 50 I completed my BS degree. I started working on my Masters, but it stopped being fun and interferred with my life too much, so I figured enough already!

The most meaningful phase of my career was nursing in Oncology, in the late 70's and 80's, when the specialty was new. After about 10 years, I changed to the Nursery Intensive Care Unit. I finished my career working with cancer research. I worked with patients, and sometimes thought, "I can't believe I get paid to do this job" because I liked doing it so much.

My husband Ryan. It's been almost 30 years! With both of us retired, it's a good thing we still like each other. Because it's a lot of togetherness. Sometimes I listen to us and we are nattering like two old people! I smile and feel grateful. I think each day is a gift. Even the bad ones.

I advise our grandchildren to go to school first before having children. For me, I think the best part of having children first is you get to see how they turned out for more years. Only, how did they get to be middle aged???






School Story:

I really enjoyed MHS. Did we all think, as I did, that we were so very grown up??? I look at my grandchildren now and think - "they are just babies!"

I wish the class reunion were in August or October. We have a bought and paid for vacation the whole month of September that can't be changed. I have so often in my life wished I were two people, and could be two places at the same time.

Posted: Mar 06, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Alicia & Ryan 2008. Moving into our new home in Grinnell.
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 at 11:00 PM
June 2008. My dad, Jesse Strike. Scott, Barb, Alicia, Maja and Michael.