The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a positive, safe and supportive environment for all classmates in which we can share our personal lives. The staff reserves the right to publish only information that we feel is within the supportive spirit of this newsletter. Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site. That is not the avenue we want to take with this newsletter. The staff.


Volume 53, July 2005

Hi everyone,

Well, this is our 53 edition of this newsletter, that's a lot of news! Though this is our first quarterly version, we still have lots to share! In order to make this news style work I have included dates where ever necessary, gives you a better sense of when things happened in our classmates lives.

We are doing great here in WI! Just got back from 14 days in Orlando, Fl., an awesome time with family, friends and the mouse, of course! The kids had a great time and us adults, well, we enjoyed ourselves also. How could you not? What a great place to spend time with 7 kids!

Special thanks to everyone who sent us "news" for this newsletter, there were many of you who got involved this month, awesome! We truly appreciate the continued support! THANK YOU!

Have a great summer everyone, we will see you in the fall!

Lauri, Dan, and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…Kent Kambeitz"

Name: Kent P. Kambeitz
Active Duty Military, USAF Master Sergeant, Technical Applications and Detachment Liaison at Patrick AFB, Florida but not for much longer. Retiring after 20 years service on 25 Aug 2005.
Home: Melbourne, FL but moving to Lanett, AL in late August (near Auburn, AL, WAR EAGLE!)
Family: Valerie (married May 3rd, 1998), Peter (5 years old), Caroline (2.5 years old)
Spouse’s occupation:
Currently full-time mom, former and future RN
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Internet (love@aol) It works!
Greatest accomplishments:
Crawling up from a very bad time in my life following my divorce in 1995 to the very good place I’m in now.
People whom you admire and why: My dad, he always maintains a positive outlook even though he has gone through some very difficult times.
What do you have in your pockets: keys, wallet, challenge coin (it’s a military thing)
Fantasy (or reality) job:
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model water mister and wardrobe adjuster but my wife keeps holding me back.
Latest book you've read:
To Be a Man: Letters to My Grandson by Charlton Heston. I’m looking for help with my son; he is growing up very fast.
Favorite music/musicians: Sublime, Beck, Marron5, Limp Bizkit, Cold Play, Kid Rock, Barenaked Ladies and of course "oldies" (’80’s Rock).
Recommended movies: Very seldom do I get the chance to watch movies unless you count "The Incredibles" or "Finding Nemo". I saw "Kill Bill, I", crazy amounts of blood but I liked the movie anyway.
Favorite cities and why? Istanbul, Turkey. The sights, sounds, smells…near the Bosporus are something to experience.
Where have you traveled? Last summer I did a whirlwind trip of the Pacific. In 5 weeks time I hit Anchorage and Fairbanks Alaska, Tokyo Japan, Seoul and Wonju Korea, Bangkok and Chiang Mai Thailand, Sydney and Alice Springs Australia, and finally Honolulu. It’s tough to pack for a trip like that.
Favorite place to vacation? Vacation? I’m tired of traveling so usually we just go to Disney or Busch Gardens on a Saturday and are home by 10:00pm. Or the beach for a few hours is nice and it’s only a 10-minute drive. Of course that will all change when we move to Alabama. I’ll let the family travel while I build the lake house.
Any place you would recommend? St. John’s Newfoundland is beautiful and quaint. The lobster is the best I’ve ever eaten. It claims to be the oldest city in North America. Walk around Quidi Vidi Village and find a fisherman’s bar to hang out in for the evening.
Favorite foods:
I’m easy, spaghetti and garlic bread or a good old-fashioned thanksgiving meal.
Hobbies/second career:
Real estate research, renovation and speculation, a Mustang GT convertible I mess with now and again.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with?
I drive a few nails for Habitat for Humanity other than that I like to fix things for my friends and neighbors.
Pet peeves:
Waking up to an alarm.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones):
Floating down the Missouri in a tube or boat, drinking beer on the sandbar near Sertoma Park. Cruzin’ Main, racing from the last stop light on the west end through the curves toward Holiday Inn. "Parking" in that little lot just above Burnt Boat Road and below some sub-division I can’t remember the name of. Nice view of the refinery and the river. ;-)
Memories of BHS (good ones):
I don’t think ANYONE will forget the cheese incident. Working in the DECA store. Sitting in the parking lot at BJC (BSC now), at O-dark-thirty in the morning, with the wind blowing, snow flying, 20 below etc., waiting for class to start. I would often join Dan Grinsteiner in his car.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Rolf Eggers, Dan Grinsteiner, Kent Schock, Tami Schock, John Keuhl, Kevin Dosch, Lance and John Haag, Claire Gervais, Sheri Nordstrom, Alan Nolz, Pat Kottenbrock, Mark Nolz, Charlie Feland, Carol Campbell, Kelly and Kathy Heupal…it was so long ago and I’ve spent so little time in ND over the past 20+ years that it’s hard to remember without some "deep thought".
Favorite teachers at BHS and why:
Mr. Stanko and Mr. Rhen…need I say more?!
Favorite high school hang-outs: The DECA store or in my car driving around the school for no apparent reason.

Here’s to hoping each and every one of you is happy and healthy and if you’re not then I hope you’re doing something to change things for the better. If anyone cares to catch-up or just say "hi", e-mail me kambo@yahoo.com

Many of you may be wondering just what Kent's plans are for the future. Well, I asked. Here is his response, "Work plan? Have you been talking to my wife? I haven’t even stopped working yet now I have to think about starting again?

We will be starting a business, Bluffton Property Services, that will do real estate management, maintenance and remodeling type work. My wife will go back to nursing at first to get us stabilized following the move but I hope to grow the business enough to "hire" her on, if she can pass the interviewing process. ;-) Take care, Kent


Paige Jones is thrilled to announce that she will be receiving her Masters Degree on August 6th from Purdue University. Her Masters is from the School of Education, specifically in Curriculum and Instruction. The title of her thesis was, "The Effect of Instructor Interaction on Students' Self-Efficacy and Satisfaction with Distance Learning." Paige has been employed with Purdue for almost 19 years, and is very excited to be not only an employee but also an alumnus!

Karen (Oswald) James graduated from college on May 14th.
She graduated from Dickinson State University with her Bachelors in Accounting.

Wendy (Fuller) and Mark Christy are very excited to announce the graduation of their eldest child, Joslyn. She graduated from Lakeside High School on June 11th. Joslyn is still deciding which way to go with future schooling, but she does want to get a job and a car first, then she will decide on her career path.

David Becker and his wife are also celebrating the graduation of their twin boys, Alexander J. and Andrew O. Becker. They graduated from Northgare High School in Newnan, GA, on May 20th. They will be attending college - but undecided where they want to go.

Julie (Weinberger) and Dale Mozelowsky
and her husband have let us know that their son Cory graduated from Mandan High School on May 29th. They also let us know that Cory hasn't really decided what he would like to do. He wants to take a year off of school and then go to BSC, his major is undecided at this point.

Sherri (Nordstrom) Stastny is very excited to announce the graduation of her daughter, Alison. Alison graduated from high school in Fargo on May 29th. She was off to France for a month shortly after graduation and plans on starting her studies in August at NDSU. She plans on majoring in communications.

Barb (Matecjek) and Dale Schmitcke
are also celebrating the graduation of their son Kevin. He graduated from Bismarck High on May 29th, as an honor society student. He received an academic scholarship and football scholarship from the University of Mary. He took the academic scholarship and may play football for the University, but has not decided yet. He wants to go into secondary education.

Beth (Loos) Johnson has received her Early Childhood Teaching License. This qualifies her to teach kids age birth-third grade. She hopes to be teaching in an elementary school setting by the fall.



Okay, I hope this offends no one, but it did seem a little appropriate for the community we were all raised in! Compliments of Kevin Nelson.

New Lutheran Airline


If you are travelin soon, consider Lutran (Lutheran) Air, da no-frills airline.
You're all in da same boat on Lutran Air, where flyin is a upliftin experience.
Dere is no first class on any Lutran Air flight.

Meals are potluck.
Rows 1-6, bring rolls; 7-15, bring a salad; 16-21, a main dish, and 22-30, a dessert.
Basses and tenors please sit in da rear of da aircraft.

Everyone is responsible for his or her own baggage.
All fares are by freewill offering and da plane will not land 'til da budget is met.

Pay attention to your flight attendant, who will acquaint you wit da
safety system aboard dis Lutran Air 599.

Okay den, listen up. I'm only gonna say dis vonce. In da event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, I am frankly going to be real surprised and so vill Captain Olson, because we fly right around two tousand feet, so loss of cabin
presure would probably mean da Second Coming or someting of dat nature, and I wouldn't bodar with doze Liddle masks on da rubber tubes. You're gonna have bigger tings to worry about den dat. Just stuff doze back up in dair little holes. Probably da masks fell out because of turbulence which, to be honest wit you, we're going to have quite a bit of at two tousand feet, sort a like driving across a plowed field, but after a while you get used to it.

In da event of a water landing, I'd say forget it. Start saying da Lord's Prayer and just hope you get to da part about forgive us our sins as we
forgive doze who sin against us, which some people say "trespass against us" which isn't right, but what can you do?

Da use of cell phones on da plane is strictly forbidden, not because day may confuse da plane's navigation system, which is seat of da pants all da way. No, it's because cell phones are a pain in da wazoo, and if God meant you to use a cell phone, he would have put your mout on da side of your head.

We start lunch right about noon and it's buffet style with da coffee pot up front. Den we'll have da hymn sing;
hymnals are in da seat pocket in front of you. Don't take yours wit you when you go or I am going to be real upset and I am not kiddin! Right now I'll say Grace. "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let deze gifts to us be blessed. Fadar, Son, and Holy Ghost, may we land in Dulut or pretty close. Amen!


Kevin Bender has added his web site to our "links"! As many of you know Kevin races dwarf cars on the Northern California circuit. He had a great year in 2004 and hopes that this year is even better, he even has his sites set on the NCDCA Championship! If you would like additional info. on this sport, his schedule, or would like to contact Kevin, check out his site at www.kbrdwarfcar.com


Tammy (Schlinger) and Wally Siems became "in-laws" in late May.
Corey, Tammy's oldest son, married his longtime girlfriend Nicole in Jamaica!
What a beautiful place to get married! Corey and Nicole will now call Nashville home, as Corey was recently transferred there from Billings.

Ginny Saiki also had some marriage news, her own to be exact! Dwain and Ginny
Saiki-Desbain were married on March 15th. Ginny's husband is a PHD Physicist who teaches in the Phoenix area so a move is also in the works. They are busy building a new home and Ginny will be making the move this summer. She promises to keep us posted with all the new information. CONGRATULATIONS GINNY AND DWAIN!

Sherri (Nordstrom) Driscoll and Leon Stastny were married on June 3, in Fargo, ND at 1st Lutheran. After their wedding they headed to Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN for a reception that lasted the whole entire weekend! I'm sure a great time was had by all!
(I would have loved to have been there, but I had a trade show in Marquette and was only 6 days away from a 2-week vacation, I just couldn't put it all together!
Hope you had a great day Sherri!- Lauri)

Shari (Janke) Schmidt is very proud to announce that her daughter Krista Marsh, is getting married in Otter Rock, Oregon on August 19th. Krista is currently living in LA, and has managed to plan this whole wedding via cell and internet! After the wedding, they plan on staying in LA. and making a life for themselves. Shari promises to upload some pictures to ofoto.com for us after the big day!

Connie (Wiedrick) and Scott Samuelson are proud parents! Their daughter, Tessia won the local Prairie Public Television's Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest in the Kindergarten division. Her book is now sent to the Nationals to be judged. If you want to read the story she wrote, check out this link: http://www.prairiepublic.org/events/readingrainbow/kindergarten/story.jsp


Scott and Debbie Carlson welcomed their granddaughter Brooke Elizabeth into the world on April 6th. She was 7 lbs, 7 oz. 20 inches long. She is the daughter of Amanda, Scott's oldest child. Scott included this message, "She has beautiful black, curly hair and loves to be quiet for her grandpa, and smile at him. (And no, it wasn’t gas. She was smiling at me, really,

News From Home

It was reported in the Bismarck Tribune on May 5th, that Marshall Fields is closing its doors after a 20 year run in Bismarck. The store will close by mid-summer. Who will fill that space? Who knows? Maybe a larger Target? A Best Buy? As soon as it is announced we will make sure we share the news.


Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey has gotten a new job and she is thrilled! She recently resigned her position at the Mental Health Association and started working at the ND University
System. She said there is "less responsibility, same pay, better benefits, and only 40 hours per week - who could refuse?"


Jon Western shared this little bit of news from the East Coast with us in late May. Enjoy!
"My new book titled "Selling Intervention and War: The Presidency, the Media, and the American Public" has just been published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Jenifer Urff (82) and I are still living in Western Massachusetts and loving it. Our sons are growing like weeds: Charley is now seven and Alex turns three this summer. We plan to be in the Bismarck area for the Fourth of July."

Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel continues to be very busy. This weekend, July 2nd, is one of her special boutique weekends and she will once again be highlighting some of her beautiful knitting projects. She is also going to be enjoying some much needed vacation time with her mother and daughter this summer when they take a Caribbean Cruise together, nice vacation Wendy! Last but not least, Wendy and her daughter will be headed home to Bismarck later this summer.


Kent Kambietz will be officially retiring from the Air Force and will be moving to Alabama to begin his new life as a civilian. We wish them well with this new adventure!

Fred Harvey is also on the move. Effective July 1, 2005 he will become the pastor of Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot, along with part-time campus ministry to Minot State University. This move follows four years in Mohall and Sherwood, ND with the last year including Lansford, ND.


Our sympathies to the CHS class of 1981.
Their classmate, Sonja Johnson, passed away in early April.

Our sympathies to Scott and Terri (Albrecht) Keller.
Scott's father, Edwin Keller, passed away on April 23rd in Bismarck.

Our sympathies to the family of Richard and Eileen (Dosch) Reidburn.
Eileens' father, Henry Dosch passed away on April 30th in Bismarck.

Our sympathies to Monte and Susan Knudson.
Monte's step-mother, Marilyn Knudson, passed away in Bismarck on May 13.

Our sympathies to Terry and Kristi Harris, their family and the class of 1983.
Terri's sister, Genevieve Diane Harris, passed away in Wheat Ridge,
Colorado on May 28th.

Our sympathies to Valerie (Renschler) and Kevin Keller. Valerie's father,
Martin Renschler, passed away on June 28th in Bisamrck.

The year is 1905, One hundred years ago,
what a difference a century makes!

Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1905: The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven
dollars. There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower! The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and
a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home. Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education.
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard." Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!! Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacist said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." (Shocking!) Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S. The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea WOW imagine that!!
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind.


WOW! Boy, do we have birthday's to celebrate! Here it goes!

Tom Gerhardt and Darryl Fiest turned 43 in May, everyone else turned 42! Dirk Kienzle, Michael Ehrmantraut, Ray Horner, Sara Jensen Fritz, Paula (Whitlock) Ludwig, Liz (Wicks) Kramer, Geoge Piehl, Karla (Bernhardt) Larson, Monte Olmsted, Toby Schatz, Victor Pfund, Thomas Moser, Mary (Sweeny) Crompton, Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser, Corrine (McLean) Zerr, Bill Lucas, Brenda (Jundt) Gross, and Tammy (Pettis) Sine.

Deb (Freedhoff) Berger, Kaye (Bibelheimer) Knudson, Keith Remmich, Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli, and Stephen Larson all turned 43 in June, everyone else listed turned 42! Michele (Gross ) Ferguson, Micheal Gross, Tim Nelson, Laura McDaniel, Scott Carlson, Jolyn (Wilson) Palumbo, David Gregware, Valerie (Hinds) Trautman, Scott Keller, Jean (Dunn) Gefroh, Julie (Weinberger) Monzelowsky, David Brown, and Lori (Schneider) Westbrook.

David Horner was the only person we know of who turned 43 in July, all the rest, they are turning 42 in July. Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson, Darrel A. Bosch, Dwight Weisz, Barb (Morlock) Steinke, Dana (Stahlberg) Ward, Melody (Carlson) Karlberg, Linda (Sprenger) Kurtz, Mark Brostrom, Blaine Clooten, Lauri (Reed) Eckmann, DeAnn (Stack) Balanga.

We hope you had a wonderful day!


All of these lucky couples celebrated or will be celebrating an
anniversary in either May, June or July!

24 years
Terri (Wilson) and Pete Hodgin

23 years
Tammy (Lund) and Frank Reis
Pam (Eckroth) and Sid Schroeder

22 years
Wendy (Fuller) and Mark Christy,
Kathy (Nies) and Max Tschosik
Tari (Andrusak) and Bryon Fettig

21 years
Julie (Weinberger) and Dale Monzelowsky
Joe and Linda (Demke) Dietrich
Char (Beck) and Keith Garrett
Lyle and Karen Schadler
Kelly (Malard) and Jim Anderson
Todd and Tammie Zarfos

20 years
Kelly (Soby) and Tim Broeckel
Dean and Debbie Wolf
Mike and Mary Ehrmantraut
Brad and Rene Wolfer
Vonnie (Spier) and Dan Greinsteiner
Beth (Loos) and Greg Johnson
Jerry and Barb Lantz
Sandy (Johnson) and Cleary Johs

19 years
Scott and Jean (Dunn) Gefroh
Randy and Stacy Fischer

18 years
Scott and Lori (Schneider) Westbrook
Debbie (Isaak) and Mark Dosch
Duane and Sue Staus

17 years
Kent and Michelle Schock
Beth (Wheeler) and Francis Greff
Kaaren (Chase) and Robert "Quail" White
Carla (Schumacher) and Jim Kelsch

16 years
Mark and Caroline Roehrich
Toby and Lisa Schatz
Jody (Ismir) and Bruce Lockwood
Liz (Wicks) and John Kramer
Tim and Laura Williams

15 years
Tim and Diane Jensen

14 years
Claire Gervais and Dave Blouin

13 years
Mary (Wolf) and Rich Dunn

12 years
Kim and Karla (Bernhardt) Larson

11 years
Troy and Jayne Bernhardt
Wanda (Ferderer) and Gaylen Dvorsak
Chris and Andrea Grondahl

7 years
Kaye (Bibelheimer) and Dave Knudson
Nadine (Schafer) and Aaron Morelli

6 years
Lori (Ford) and John Moore
Dorothy (Reisenauer) and Kevin Kosse

5 years
Darrel A. and Patty Bosch

4 years
Megan (Gerboth) and Dean Affa
Mary (Kerzman) and Arlen Rostad

3 years
Laura McDaniel and Terry Steen

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

Kent Kambeitz, Fred Harvey, Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey,
Michele (Gross) Ferguson and John Brintnell

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

Personal notes:

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
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin-no clues
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett-is the Dallas area somewhere
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
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, and Wendy keckmann@packersrock