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Penny Axson Peterson-Naegle

Profile Updated: March 5, 2019
Penny Axson
Penny Axson


Penny Axson


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In
Sierra Vista, AZ USA
John Naegle
Occupation or former occupation if retired
How many children and grandchildren etc do you have?
Eight Children
25 grandchildren
Which Grade School did you attend?


Most significant events in you life

Attended Phoenix college met and married Don L Peterson, Vietnam veteran and we built a home in Taylor Arizona and had six children. We moved to Davenport Iowa where Don received his Chiropractic degree practicing in Taylor, Arizona.
Don passed away in 1994 and I had just graduated from NAU in May with a BS degree in teaching/K through 12 . What a blessing to have that degree as Don died of a heart attack just before Christmas. He was only 49. I taught sixth grade in Mesa and relocated to Washington state with four daughters and became "Penny and the little women" as our two sons were serving a church mission in Scotland and second son joined the Marines. I taught school in Washington state and met and married John Naegle ( a NWA Pilot for 32 years). We blended our family of eight kids with the two oldest boys gone from home and his daughter on her own. They are all doing well and raising wonderfully special grandchildren scattered all over. We are now retired living the winter months in Sierra Vista Arizona and spending the summers in the Pacific Northwest beautiful Spokane Valley, known as God's country!

School Story

I received my Masters from U of A in 2000 for being the only white haired student walking across the stage at graduation. We have done a lot of traveling, enjoying such places as Amsterdam Holland and Geneva Switzerland and touring Italy including Venice, Florence, Verona, Milano and Pisa.
Favorite trip was to Barcelona Spain. I love Germany and Austria with the sound of music tour. John and I have been to Eastern and Western Caribbean, Hawaii, and several times to Alaska. I flew to Japan for my husband's last flight before retirement. Now we are out to see both the USA and Eastern and Western Canada probably driving because that's what retired pilots do.... putting many miles on our van, as we see grandchildren as often as we can. Life is good...

Words of wisdom

Life is actually great. It's all in the way you look at it. Hope to see many of my classmates and friends from the past at the 50th reunion. Best, Penny

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Aug 31, 2019 at 6:36 AM

Posted on: Jul 29, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Jul 29, 2019 at 10:14 AM

I am just now returning from a Broadway marathon wanted to let you know that you were right...”Come From Away “ was by far my favorite! I thought it was probably due to my Canadian roots but at the end of the play the entire audience were on their feet clapping and doing a jig to the fun Newfoundland band. It was awesome ??
Thanks for the thumbs up ?? I was there with four College friends and each chose their own favorite production...so we saw Hamilton, Chicago, Lion King and Frozen...technology was so great! I am in Denver on my way home ?? to Spokane Valley Wa. I’ll return to Arizona October 30 when the weather gets cold. Hope all is well with you and yours...’til the next West High reunion. Best, Penny

Jun 26, 2019 at 9:31 AM
May 04, 2019 at 3:39 PM
Mar 05, 2019 at 10:46 AM

Thanks to all who worked on this last mini-reunion to be such a success and appreciation to those that were in attendance...we were few but mighty “great”! Who knew that Ben Schaub was human lol...and Lee Giurlanda, I’m glad we look so good to you. You're a man who sees with his heart! I echo Robert Fortson’s comments that it was the people of West High that made it great! Thanks to our fearless leaders...Carl, don’t be thinking of passing the baton...you’ve got a lifetime calling there. Keep up the good work. It’s appreciated. Maybe you can get Mark to make the job “pay off.” John Lumm started the “true confessions.” Who knew? It was so great seeing (not so clearly without my glasses) and visiting with many classmates. Thank you for condolences expressed in my behalf of my recent loss...I felt the love and sincere concern. Until we meet again and I hope it won’t be too long before the next reunion. Best to all, Penny

Mar 05, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Eddy Just thinking about when I last saw you you were rushing home to your wife who had fallen and I’m wondering how she is doing I hope everything was OK Sounded kind of scary! Hope all is well. Great to see you at the reunion. Best, Penny

Feb 04, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Can’t keep this Canadian from Jordan’s Mexican food no way no how... Count me in! I am registered both days for visiting with former classmates and friends however, I don’t see my name on the list please know I’ll be there. Best, Penny

Sep 21, 2018 at 12:35 PM
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Sep 20, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018 at 6:07 AM

Sad news to share. My dear husband, John C. Naegle passed away August 15, 2018 after a courageous fight with bladder cancer. He's buried at the veterans Cemetery in medical Lake Wa. All of our children attended his life celebration on August 22, 2018 except for Patricia who came from the Netherlands three weeks early. It was a beautiful service. He is at peace now and free from pain. I am glad I was able to fulfill his last wish to return to his beloved Northwest where skies are blue and there are trees. It is truly God's country. Thank you all for your care and concern and also the birthday wishes for me yesterday. Hope to see you in the new year. Best, Penny

Sep 18, 2018 at 2:33 AM
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May 12, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Posted on: May 12, 2018 at 8:32 PM

Doing some cleaning of drawers and found some Great memorabilia...here's a poem that made the rounds in the 60s. Thought it might give you a chuckle and bring back memories… Ode to a freshman!
A freshman child is always so shy
She silently longs for the sophomore guy
But the sophomore boy's head is in a whirl admiringly stares at the junior girl
The junior girl in a dashing sedan boldly chases the senior man
But the senior man handsome and wild secretly loves the freshman child.!!!
How many of us wished that this was true?
Nowadays age doesn't matter one bit !
Hope all is well with the Thunderbirds after the reunion. Best, Penny

Apr 15, 2018 at 7:20 AM

Connie we missed seeing you at Marilyn's celebration of life yesterday. How great for you to have a surprise visit from your daughter??????? It was wonderful to catch up news with Tom and I did invite you guys to come to Sierra Vista especially when the temperatures in Phoenix start to soar...we are at 5400 elevation so up to 20 degrees cooler....every little bit counts. Don't hesitate to bring Amy... it's not a hard drive and we have all the tours down....like Bisbee for a blast to the past in a '60s time warp. Love to see you and catch up in person. Yesterday was a beautiful sunshiney day with such a special tribute to such a special lady and her family. It was great to see others in attendance. Prayers and best thoughts with the Niver family and to you too. Please keep in touch. Best, Penny

Apr 14, 2018 at 8:06 AM
Dec 08, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Dec 06, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Vivian sorry I missed you at the reunion. This is Penny Axson Peterson-Naegle knowing you back in Mr. Vance's class at Clarendon school. Just wanted you to know that I am in touch with Mr. Vance at Christmas time and he has fond memories of that special eighth grade class. Hope all is well with you and yours. Best, Penny

Nov 11, 2017 at 10:27 AM
Nov 08, 2017 at 6:33 AM

I remember Jackie as extremely athletic and. energetic with a ready smile for everyone. She  would have loved the West High reunion. She,like Lorna Holmes and myself was a fellow Canadian... with our private joke about eh??? I am sorry for the loss of a great classmate taken from this life too soon. She is missed. Peace and comfort with sincere sympathy. Best, Penny Axson Peterson-Naegle Spokane Valley, Washington 

Nov 03, 2017 at 9:47 AM
Oct 31, 2017 at 11:39 AM

I missed you at the 50th reunion somehow I did not see you there I had hope to keep in touch with Jeanie and Linda I am in Washington state now and it's cold. Does Prescott Valley get cold in the winter? Do you see the gang that moved to Preskett from West High? Keep in touch . Best, Penny

Oct 31, 2017 at 11:03 AM