WHATS NEW WITH YOU???
The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 quarterly update
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Volume 68, July 2008
Hi everyone, well, we
survived the snowiest winter in
Thankfully the snow has
melted, June 24thish was the day that they say the last flake melted away
I hope you all had a
great winter and that you are ready for warmth, fun, and the summer sunshine. Bring it on! I
am going to enjoy every day of sunny weather because here in
Lauri, Dan and Wendy
Update on Laurie Eckmann
Dear Classmates, I am a fairly private person, but either I write and tell you what has been happening to me or Dan might and if he is like my husband, he will have the story all twisted. :) So here it goes!
I have had some of my own health issues lately and could use some of those positive thoughts and prayers that you are all so wonderful at doing! I am currently recovery from a massive infection that led to a case of septic shock. My hospital stay was kinda scary, but we caught it earlier enough and I walked away with my health intact and no long term health issues from the sepsis. My recovery at home will be 4-6 weeks, much like that of someone who has had major surgery. It is slow, uncomfortable, tiring and frustrating for this type Tripe A personality, but, I am alive and that is all that truly matters!
I will have major surgery in early fall that must be done, as we will need to remove the "killer" fallopian tube and the rest of my reproductive organs that are very scarred from the infection and other long term issues. I am not looking forward to that part of life, but, if not done, both my doctor and myself will lay in fear waiting for another shoe to drop. So, I have made the decision to go ahead with the surgery and then move on with healing and closure on many long term problems.
Thanks for thinking of me....I stay have a long ways to go, but I will beat this, I have no doubt! I am already past the worst of it all and now, it is just lots of bed rest, prayer, antibiotics, and time that will lead to my full recovery.
Lauri Reed Eckmann,
BHS Class of 1981
Junior Girl Scout Leader, Troop 2595
Ascension Lutheran Church Wedding Coordinator
classmates, as many of you know, Basil passed away on May 2nd, in
classmates, as many of you know, Basil passed away on May 2nd, in
Basil was an active part of this network that we share. He loved to read the newsletter, he was always willing to share and he so enjoyed hearing about all of you. At one point we were even looking for a new server for the newsletter and Basil stepped in to help us find a low cost server in his area. How nice. He was always willing to help us keep this little project going as he loved it and he loved what it did for all of us.
I am sure he would somewhat embarrassed by this tribute, but, he like many, he is deserving! He was a big part of what we do, and a big part of the class of 1981. He was proud to be from our class; proud of the friendships he still had and loved the new friends that he had made at previous reunions. He will be missed at our 30th by the many he knew him and by those who appreciated his deep friendship!
The following is from Phil Leer
Sometime in grade school, Basil was over at my
house (we played together most every day back then!) and we were shooting baskets in our
driveway. Things got a bit heated (boys!!)and I got so frustrated with Basil at one
point that I gave him a shove. I didn't mean to put so much force behind it, but
that push ended up propelling Basil backward into one of our window wells! There he
sat, hands, feet and head sticking out of the well, wriggling to try and get out (which he
finally did, after some work). I just stood and watched, somewhat helplessly, not
knowing what to do, a swirling mixture of guilt, anger and sadness welling up in my heart.
After Basil pried himself loose, he left my house with tears in his eyes and steam coming out of his ears: "I'll never play with you again!" he yelled, as
he ran across Hughes Field towards his home on Avenue C. That was the longest night of my life up until that point--my first real experience of grief and loss. What had I done??
And then the next day the phone rang. It was Basil. He wanted to play. And he never said a word about the incident ever again. I didn't have the
theological vocabulary to label what I had just experienced, but I do now: grace. Amazing grace. How sweet the sound. Grace from Base. It even rhymes!
The following is from Jeff Aune
a couple of Basil stories to pass along. The first memory I wish to share is from 10th
grade when Basil & I were in wrestling. We were headed to
Other thoughts from our classmates upon the announcement of his passing.
I just can't believe this!!!!!!!!!!! For the past few days my mind has been continually wandering back to BHS classmates, specifically those that are gone....Dan and Stuart, Charlie, others and now to hear this. It's just so sad, so unbelievable. Our class has such a high number of deaths. I don't get it. At our 20th, during the tour, the BHS staff was talking about how many classmates are gone already. Rudy even mentioned it when I saw him at the new Jr. High. Sorry that you have to share the sad news. But thank you. He was just the greatest guy! Always a smile for me. Wish I could be at the service. Wendy Rios Bosch
Lauri: I was shocked yesterday when I saw this
announcement in the
I'm sorry I've been AWOL for a few years, and it took the death of Basil to get me back to writing you. Thanks for keeping up with this. Your work keeps many people connected. This e-mail account has been dormant, but now I must check it more often. I knew Basil mostly from junior high at Hughes. My brother, Mark, knew him well, too. Basil was steady, calm, odd and funny. Monte Olmstead
Lisa (Moser) and Kerry Kienzle are very proud to announce that their daughter Savanna graduated from Century in May. Future plans include attending the dental hygiene program at NDSCS in Wahpeton this fall.
Liz (Wicks) Kramer and her husband, announced the graduation of their son Tom, from BHS in May. She added that he had the opportunity to be part of the Demonuts this year! Back in the day, she would never have imagined that one of her boys would be a Demonut, but they had a blast and put on some really hilarious shows.
Christy has let us know that their son, Marshall graduated from
Dirk Kienzle let us know that his son Jacob, graduated from BHS in May. He plans to attend UND. Dirk told is that he is not sure what his career path is yet CPA, Business Management, or get this, a High School Teacher, but he does know that he loves working with kids!
Mary (Kerzman) Rostads daughter, Ashley Kraft graduated from BHS in May. She is currently working and investigating a career in Interior Design.
Our second $500.00 Dollars for Scholars 1981 Alumni Scholarship
has been awarded to a 2008 BHS graduate! How
cool is that!
The young lady sent us a wonderful thank you letter, but due to maintain confidentiality it was sent in your private e-mail update.
As many of you many remember, we collected $2,000 at our 25TH
That total gave us 4 scholarships, our first was in 2007 and our last one will be awarded in 2010. We will be one year short in regards to our 30th class reunion. So .we need to collect 500.00 by Spring of 2010 so that we can assure that this program will continue on into its fifth year and we will once again add this option onto our reunion registrations. If you or your employers are interested in making that 5th scholarship a reality for a future graduate of BHS, contact me for the details on how you can make a tax-deductible donation. Once again, thank you everyone for your incredible support!
Liz (Wicks) Kramer also announce that her oldest son Lee and his fiancÚ are expecting a little girl (Kamden) in early October, this will be her first grandchild!!!
Ilse and David Burger were married on April 26th in
The following is from Mary (Schmidt) Hulm
Thomas Hulm and I
were married on Saturday, June 14th at
Denice (Rebel) and Curt Frieze were excited to share news about two of their sons! Nick, their oldest is majoring in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Natural Resource Law Enforcement at Bismarck State College. Matt our middle son is majoring in Commercial Art at Bismarck State College.
Rhonda (Levin) Mendieta was very excited to announce that
her daughter, Gabriela Mendieta,
was chosen as student of the year at
Phil Leer has let us know that his daughter Allison is doing well and they are hoping for positive MRI results this fall. He thanks all of you for the incredible prayers and will keep us posted of her results.
Christy also let us know that her manuscript '
The following life update is from Mike Ehrmantraut
lot has happened since I last provided an update.
My oldest son, Jason, graduated from high school a year ago. He had a pretty good high school hockey career and even had a chance to play Division 1 hockey for Holy Cross. Unfortunately, they do not offer any athletic or academic scholarships and it was just too costly to go there for the primary reason to play hockey. $50,000 per year!! It was a lot of fun talking to the various coaches but the right deal just never came to us. I wish I knew then what I know now as we were going through the process. He just completed his 1st year at the
Our youngest son, Taylor will be a junior next year. He has had his drivers license for almost 6 months now and is really enjoying the freedom that he has not experienced before. He continues to play both baseball and hockey.
My wife, Mary, changed jobs in July and is now the Controller for a division of Schwans foods. I changed jobs a few years ago and I am consulting for a company called Certes Financial Pros. They find me jobs to do contract work at. I have really enjoyed this.
The following life update is from Wendy (Tippett) Halpern
We are back at our lake house in
Jean (Walton) and Kelly Schafer just celebrated their one-year
anniversary and they just moved into their new home in
Jean said that if they can survive their first year of marriage and build a new house during that year, then they must have a shot at making it!! J
This past basketball season Connie (Beierle) and Scott
Hoovestals daughter had Scott Gefroh for a basketball coach at
On the Road Again
The following is an update from Tom
Gerhardt! Tom is wonderful at staying in
touch, not bad considering he currently lives in
I cant wait to hear news from his new home in Astana!
word of my next assignment Astana
In The News
Phil Leer was recently quoted in the Bismarck Tribune, though they misprinted his last name! Here is his story.
bishop "grounded in silos and combines and cornstalks"
By KAREN HERZOG
- photo of Duane Danielson coming,
submitted photo of Mark Narum
For the past nine years, the Rev. Mark Narum has been serving a parish in northwestern North Dakota, including churches at Stanley, rural Stanley, Ross and Palermo.
If you hit "rewind" to his life nine years ago, you'd see Narum graduating from Wartburg Seminary in
Rewind further, then hit fast-forward, and you'll see the years that shaped Narum into a pastor, starting from his time after high school as a counselor at Camp of the Cross near Garrison. His involvement in the ELCA's lay ministry program known as GIFTS (Growing In Faith To Serve). Attending a new church, whose pastor led him through a discernment process. Learning management, communication and people skills at KXMC.
Go all the way back and you'll find a
farm boy from
The decision to enter seminary at early mid-life felt like the right thing, he said.
During the first week of classes at Wartburg, Narum found himself walking home after class, "washed with the feeling that this is the right place and the right time," he said. "All of those years were God using other people to shape me."
Narum, 45, was chosen June 7 by the Western North Dakota Synod of the
Janis Sloka III, executive director of Camp of the Cross near Garrison, calls Narum a "very, very people-oriented person, a very wise, compassionate person who really does know rural
After conversations began to arise around Narum's name for the post of bishop, Narum said his deciding was a long process, very back-and-forth, yes-then-no.
Frankly, he said, "I was terrified. I spent a lot of time in prayer, talked with my wife."
Eventually, they decided "whatever the Holy Spirit wills, that's what we will do," he said. And if that's what the Holy Spirit wants, he added, "then the Holy Spirit has got a lot of work to do.
"Even now, I'm humbled by this call," Narum said.
"It's exciting that (Narum) wasn't campaigning for (the position)," Sloka said. "It just happened."
That means it was "very Holy Spirit-driven, God-driven," he said.
In a break with custom, Narum said that he felt it was really important to be upfront with his decision that, if elected, he would not be relocating to the synod office in
The synod office will remain in
He and his wife of 26 years, Jan, have three sons, one age 21, two still in high school, "a difficult age to move kids," he said.
Narum said it was important to convey a heartfelt thank-you to outgoing Danielson for 12 years of leadership in a phenomenal way.
Narum's symbol for his own work style is that of a coffee cup, he said - "the ability to sit with parishioners and pastors and listen to their joys about their ministries and their concerns. And to dream together about their vision for ministry in the place they're at."
To be "out there" listening to congregations and pastors will be a priority, he said.
One thing Narum loves, he said, is to be a storyteller:"Isee the role of bishop is to tell the story of the gospel and how it connects with our churches."
The Rev. Phil Leier, pastor at
"The bishop is first and foremost a pastor and a listener," he said. Narum, Leier said, "has a very pastoral heart. He invites conversation. He has an ability to make everybody in the room feel welcome.
"That is a real key piece to his personality,"Leier said. "He invites people in."
One of Narum's gifts, Leier said, is his ability at articulating a theology of the prairie in terms that people can understand.
Narum can access a real, rooted theology of the prairie, using the language of parables like Jesus did, Leier said, the ability "to take abstract stuff and ground it in silos and combines and cornstalks. He's able to do that really, really well. That's one of the appealing things about him."
Western North Dakota is a very diverse synod, Narum said. Though we think of ourselves as homogenous and we do have a lot in common, he said, there are particularities about each place.
"One of the gifts of the people of the prairie is an appreciation for change," he said. "We see the cycles of winter, spring, summer. We see life and death all the time. In the midst of the deaths, we always see new life springing up as well."
In the places where death is seen - population declining, society changing - the question will become, "how can we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, be involved in bringing new life?" Narum said. "That will take some dreaming together."
Narum said his outlook is optimistic:"At the same time as I say that, Iknow fully that people are in deep, deep pain in the midst of the changes taking place."
Two questions sum up that challenge: "What different ways can we approach ministry? What does God have in store for us yet?"
I just wanted to
inform you all of my new career change. Effective
Side note: As I prepared the newsletter in late June, Dan called to say that he was working the flood zone in
Our Sympathies to all of you
sympathies to the entire Basil Hipple family and his many friends. Basil passed away on May 2nd, in
Our sympathies to Tammy (Schlinger) Siems and her
family. Tammys mother, Sally, passed
sympathies to David Mische and his family. His
father, Lou, passed away on May 12th, in
sympathies to Andy Prussing and his family. His
brother, Tim, passed away on May 16th in
sympathies to Jeff Aune and his family and to Brenda (Buechler) LaFromboise and her
Jeffs mom and Brendas mother-in-law, Janet LaFramboise, passed away on
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER EVERYONE, SEE YA IN THE FALL!