The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 32, August 2003

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Hi everyone,

This month our newsletter is dedicated to our deceased classmates. Basil Hipple is our sponsor but rather than post his name he decided to do a dedication. Thank you Basil, what a nice thought.
Busy month this month, lots to share, just got home from vacation, so this is being put together rather quickly! Hopefully you enjoy it!
Next month our interview is with Brenda (Buechler) LaFramboise and as always there will be news to share! Have a great month everyone, Lauri, Wendy, Todd and Dan


"In-depth and Personal with…Jane Huckeby DaCosta"

Name: Jane Huckeby DaCosta
Career/occupation: Mom, also administrator and paper work pusher for our landscaping business which we run three months out of the year.
Home: Eckert, Colorado
Family: Husband Russ; sons Tim, Ryan, Andy, Patrick, Scotty and Christian
Spouses occupation: Previously Automotive design engineer, now AutoCAD and technical drafting instructor at the local Vo-tech, and landscaper.
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? At a General Motors assembly plant during college.
Greatest accomplishments: Surviving in a house with 7 males and home-schooling most of them.
People whom you admire and why: Moms that have to work outside the home because I think it would be impossible!
What do you have in your pockets: 35 cents
Fantasy (or reality) job: Doing book reviews
Latest book you've read: Bringing up Boys by James Dobson
Favorite music/musicians: Christian rock
Recommended movies: Jungle Book 2 was pretty good
Favorite cities and why? Los Angeles, especially since we’ve left! It’s nice to visit, but….
Where have you traveled? Western United States
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Vacation? What’s that?
Favorite foods: Chinese
Hobbies/second career: Electrician, I wired our 1400 sq ft. addition
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Church projects
Pet peeves: Whining
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Taking my driving test in a blizzard.
Memories of BHS (good ones): My mind is blank, there must be something!
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Claire Gervais, Sherri Nordstrom, Sue Seitz
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Too busy working and having fun!
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Can’t remember his name, but he taught accounting.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Main St.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s recipe, furnished by Sue (Seitz) Ott
it is a dessert called "Chocolate Éclair Ring" - looks great!

Parenting Pearls or Perils

Recently I was surfing the obits at the Bismarck Tribunes website. My daughter Rachel (6) was sitting beside me listening very intently to the music that was attached to the obit page. Finally she looked at me and said, "Mom, is the computer dying?" At the point I tuned in and noticed they were playing funeral music on the obit page! I had a great laugh! Wouldn’t it be nice, if our computers did play funeral music right before they crashed?? It would be a very nice warning! Now instead of funeral music, they have a very annoying beep. Rachel leaves the room every time she hears it. She is convinced that the computer is going to blow-up! It kinda freaked me out the first time I heard it also, and I still haven’t figured out which ad it is attached to.

Side note: Today we were discussing t-ball and which position Rachel likes to play best. She told me she likes to play first and catcher, but likes catcher the best. I asked why, and her response was "well, if I miss the ball at home plate then the "emperor" will catch it." I think we need to work on the finer points of the game, like who is playing and what they are called! Lauri


"Do not be dismayed at good-byes. A good-bye is necessary before meeting again and meeting again after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends."
- Richard Bach –

The following relates to all the birthdays and feeling just a "little" older than we were yesterday! I think you will enjoy these new song titles!

The Old Songs

Compliments Of Mary Falhsing
Some of the artists from the 60's are re-releasing their hits with new lyrics to accommodate us...good news, for those feeling a little older and missing those great old tunes...

Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker"

The Bee Gees - "How Can You Mend A Broken Hip"

The Temptations - "Papa's Got A Kidney Stone"

Ringo Starr - "I Get By With A Little Help From Depends"

Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through The Grape Nuts"

Procol Harem - "A Whiter Shade Of Hair"

Johnny Nash - "I Can't See Clearly Now"

Leo Sayer - "You Make Me Feel Like Napping"

ABBA - "Denture Queen"

Paul Simon - "Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver"

Roberta Flack - "The First Time I Ever Forgot Your Face"

Commodores - "Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom"

Rolling Stones - "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"

Bobby Darin - "Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash


Happy 40th Birthday! We have a couple double birthday’s this month,
Deanna and Della celebrate on the same day, as do Randy and Jim,
Dennis and Scott, and Wendy and Dean.

Sue (Seitz) Ott
Deanna (Geisinger)Dailey
Della Boutrous
Randy Roesler
Jim Chase
Ken Horner
Dennis Hopfauf
Scott Fettig
Timothy Mattis
Tammy (Schlinger) Siems
Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel
Dean Wolf
Deb Kirpach
Lisa (Stratton) Lewis
Kerry (Morris) Wagner
Sandy Gross
Terri (Wilson) Hodgin
Dan Greinsteiner

We hope you have a wonderful day!


1 year
Mark and Christine Peltz

9 years
Paula (Whitlock) and Albert Ludwig

10 years
George and Peggy Piehl

15 years
Ray and Melissa Horner

17 years
Heidi (Krenz) and Steve Pflipsen
Curt and Denise (Rebel) Frieze

18 years
Lori (Grishkowsky) and Arlo Pettis

19 years
Scott and Terri (Albrecht) Keller
Corrine (McLean) and Dale Zerr

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth
Please note: Todd’s views are strictly his own. They are provided for our reading enjoyment and do not necessarily reflect the views of those associated with the Class of 81, it’s newsletter, or its website. Comments sent to me will be forwarded to Todd or you may e-mail him personally at toddjueth@msn.com. Thanks, Lauri


Hey Hey how's it going its August the clock is ticking on those poor children for they know its three weeks until school starts. Time to get that last getaway in for the summer. Then try too change your chills time clock in their head that says you have to go to bed early so your rested up for school, that’s always a tough week in our house. My girls are used to staying up until 12am with dad sitting by the fire at the lake cabin listening to the coyotes howling at the moon, and just plain old goofing off. It’s also a great time for parents with first time schoolers. Remember when you had to let go of your child at the first day of school as they watched you walk away to leave them with this teacher. Priceless moments.

It’s that time of year again that you need to submit your pick on whose going to win the super bowl. Yes, football is back, the time of year the man leaves his castle (that is his garage) and comes indoors to join his family with all day Sunday football games, and just when you feel depressed that you have to wait seven days until the next game, the gods have invented Monday night football.

I’m going out on a limb this year and I’m going to pick the OAKLAND RAIDERS THAT’S RAIDER NATION TO ALL THOSE NON BELIEVERS! Submit your picks to Lauri.

August 1st-we will get to drive 75 M.P.H. down the interstate system here in North Dakota Yippee.

I don’t have a clue what's happening in Bismarck lately cause I haven’t been in Bismarck for the month of July to notice. So I’m going to say have a great last of summer and see you in September.

Todd Jueth


Dennis Hopfauf has made a really BIG move! He left his life in Phoenix and made the move back to Bismarck to join his brother in a siding business. He said that it was time to be back with his family and he is glad to be home!

Ray Wangler and his family are headed to CO this summer, time for a little family vacation!

Dan Raszler has accepted a higher management position with the grocery store chain that he works for. There are more responsibilities but the best part as always, is that there is also more money!

Eric Ormseth has made a big career move! After 11 years he has left military life behind him and has joined the civilian world! He and his family have also left the West Coast and are now calling Memphis, Tennessee their new home.



Barb (Matejcek) and Dale Schmitcke’s son Kevin took the silver in the hoop shoot for the 10th grade division and his basketball team took the gold for the 10th grade division. Kevin has taken the gold for 3 years in a row for the hoop shoot and now the silver. They are definitely very proud of him!

Sherri (Nordstrom) Driscoll’s little sister, Marlina Walth, took 6th in the 50 mile bike race which took them to New Salem and back.


Welcome to the world little one
Chris (Doerr) and Brian Wood had a baby girl, Hayden Ann, on March 19th.

Jennifer (Haines) and Gordy Skaar welcomed their fifth child and first daughter into the world on July 18. Merrith Fae weighed 9 lbs.1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Everyone is doing well and they are adjusting to PINK as the new color in their house!

Megan (Gerboth) and Dean Affa welcomed their second daughter, Abigail Katherine into the world on July 30th. Abigail weighed 8 lbs. ½ ounce, and was 20 inches long. All is well with the new baby and the rest of the very excited family!

Our congratulations to all of you!!!


Remember when…… Mary S. and Corrine M. this is for you!

For my 40th birthday my husband got us great tickets to see "BOSTON" in concert! Now mind you, in 1979 at their "Don’t Look Back" tour, I would have done something awful for these seats, but that night, though they were great seats, they were too close, it was too crowded, everyone was standing, and it was WAY too loud for me! So, after a move to the way upper level of the open air Marcus Amphitheater, I was finally able to sit back and really enjoy the concert. I tell you, it was nice to hear some of the new stuff, but the old stuff now that was awesome!! While I was sitting there listening to them jam, it took me back to a great time in my life! All I had to do was close my eyes and it was 1980 all over again. It was Main street (on the west end), Mary’s Gold Pontiac, windows wide open, the eight track screaming "Long Time", and three girls without a care in the world jamming on their "air drums"!! Man, life is good now, no complaints, but you know, it wasn’t to damn bad back then either! Thanks for the memories Mary and Corrine, though they may be somewhat foggy, they are still a big part of my growing up! I hope you all have a great day and don’t forget your "air drums", you never know when you might need to entertain your kids! Lauri


New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

Kipper Wilson, Megan (Gerboth) Affa, Dennis Hopfauf, Eric Ormseth, Chris (Doerr) Wood, Lance Bauer, Michele (Gross) Ferguson, Connie (Hoovestal) and Scott Beierle, Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson, LeAnn (Leben) Holken and Laura McDaniel.
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!


Personal notes:

UPDATE: Those in red have been located! To all of you who sent in correct information, made phone calls, checked alumni books, etc., THANK YOU! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Donald Grenz, everything in the reunion book is wrong
Karen Anderson - ND, ? phone, ? address
Troy Bailey- ? address, no phone
Beth (Nelson) Schumacher- ? address, no phone
James Barth- ? address, phone is wrong in the reunion book,
Paul Mundell- ? address, no phone
Anthony Roll- wrong number
Robin Diede- no phone, ? address, no e-mail
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann- no phone, ? address
Tim Mattis-phone is disconnected
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett
Penny (Slavik) Meier-phone is disconnected, ? address
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton - phone is disconnected, ? address
Kathy Wilson - no phone listed,
Wade Marsh-in Phoenix, Az, maybe in Mesa, no real clues
Laurie Paul - no phone number, though we do have a confirmation on her address.
Joyce Sperle- ? address, no phone number
Lori Wenger- ? address, no phone number
Jeffrey Conner
Timothy Miller
Timothy Steckler-? address, no phone
Carol Zentner
Richard Hoffman - ? address, no phone
Janet (Cripe) Laudenslager-no phone number
Daniel Froehlich-? address, no phone number listed
Karla Gallagher-? address, no phone number
David Gregware-? address, no phone
Jim Grenz- no phone number
Carla Hanson - no phone number
Roberta (Hellwig) Rivera - ? address, no phone
Gayle Johnson - ? address, no phone
Marilyn (Meidinger) Lysford - ? address, no phone
Laura Minar - ? address, no phone
Sandy (Unruh) Frieze - no phone
Andrew Prussing -? Address, no phone
Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Corrine Feist
Debra (Freadhoff) Berger- ? address, no phone
Jerry Hulm
Charles (CD) Johnson
Pamela Krogen
Brenda Loveless
Carlos Machado
Kelly Meyers
Regina Muncy
Joe Poitra
Theresa Ralston
Susan Scott
Cheryl Sparks
Dennis Thompson
Doug Thompson
Mark Werner
Lorraine White Eagle
Richard Wright

If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses have changed, your phone numbers are disconnected, your e-mail boxes are full, or we have no clues on how to contact you!  I am trying very hard to keep everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri


We are having great fun doing this for all of you every month! We are more than welcome to your ideas! Feel free to let us know your thoughts and impressions on where you would like this newsletter to go or what you would like to know more about! Also, if you are willing to be interviewed, contact us, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy keckmann@packersrock