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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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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 41, May 2004
In case you missed it, Chuck Glaser in our sponsor this month. Thank you Chuck! We appreciate the continued support from you and everyone else in our class!
WOW! Our website has over 15,000 hits! Not bad for a website that is for a very specific crowd. Makes me wonder who else is reading our newsletter each month? My guess is that other BHS classmates are also enjoying what we do also.
We hope you had a great month, below is the newsletter, we hope you enjoy it. Thank you to everyone who sent in items, you did very well! It is a great newsletter, and we have heard from many people for the very first time this month! COOL!
Next month, I have NO INTERVIEW!!!! NONE! Please contact me if you are willing and able, we would love to highlight you! To keep this newsletter as successful as it is, WE NEED YOU!!
Have a great month, see you in June! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd
Name: Danette Henrickson
Career/occupation: Accounts Payable Associate
Home: Golden Valley, MN
Family: Trixie (my dog)
Greatest accomplishments: Buying a house
People whom you admire and why: Parents, they always believed in me
What do you have in your pockets: Nothing
Fantasy (or reality) job: Making big bucks
Latest book you've read: None
Favorite music/musicians: Country, Rock
Recommended movies: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite cities and why? I would love to live in a smaller city. Mpls is just too busy, but you have to work for a living.
Where have you traveled? Arizona, California, Washington DC, Oregon, Utah and much more.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? South Dakota, we go to our family hobby farm and spend 10 days with cousins and family.
Favorite foods: Mexican
Hobbies/second career: Quilting
Pet peeves: Someone complaining about everything
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Concerts, Driving on Main Street, Parties and playing my favorite sport Fast Pitch Softball in the Summer.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Fire Alarms and that awful cheese
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Mary Getz, Brenda Buechler, Eileen Dosch (played softball together) Friends at Mandan High School
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: None
Favorite high school hang-outs: None
Mary Falhsing is celebrating the high school graduation of her daughter, Shauna. Shauna is currently a CNA at St. Vincents Nursing Home in Bismarck and she plans on attending Medcenter One School of Nursing in the fall.
Ross Nilles son of Allen and Sue (Wheeler) Trim is
graduating this in May, from Nederland High School in Nederland Texas. He is going to
attend Lamar University for Master Mechanic. He is currently working at O'Riley Auto
Sharri (Buck) and Jeff Huiras are proud to announce the impending graduation on Sharri's daughter, Melanie. Melanie is graduating from White River High School and plans on taking some time to explore her options before making some of those major life decisions.
Kayliegh Zerr, daughter of Corrine (McLean) and Dale Zerr is graduating 12th in her class of 430 from Coronado (Cougars) H.S. on May 19th. She will attend CSU-Pueblo in the fall, on an academic scholarship and is pursuing pre-med.
Phil and Lou Ann Leer's daughter, Stephanie, will graduate from
Rugby (ND) HS on May 30. She is planning on attending either Concordia College in
Moorhead, or Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, MN. She has not decided on a
"career" yet. Obligatory parental boast: She is academically ranked first in her
class (out of around 75)!
Jason Lantz, son of Jerry and Barb Lantz, will be graduating from Mandan High School this May. He is 18 years old and has been accepted into the "Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Program" at the University of Mary here in Bismarck. (Yeah, it's as expensive as it sounds!) He will be working toward a Computer Science degree and hopes to be employed in North Dakota after his 4 years of college.
LeRoy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross are celebrating the graduation of their youngest daughter this May. Sara is graduating from Jamestown High School and will move onward to Jamestown College to play soccer.
Byron Weichel sent in some pictures of himself in Kuwait and Baghdad. One is of himself another warrant officer standing on the vessel that was taking their equipment home. The photos were placed in the "Classmates, 2004" album.
FAMOUS QUOTE .
L I F E
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming-- WOW--What a Ride!"
(I have no idea where Basil Hipple found this quote, but I saw it on his web site and thought it would be great for ours! Thanks Basil!)
Happy Birthdayto the following people! Tom and Darryl are turning 42, all the rest are turning 41! Also, Sara and Paula share a birthdate as do Mary and Corrine.
Tammy (Lund) and Frank Reis 22 years
Kathy (Nies) and Max Tschosik 21 years
Julie (Weinberger) and Dale Monzelowsky 20 years
Joe and Linda (Demke) Dietrich 20 years
Kelly (Soby) and Tim Broeckel 19 years
Dean and Debbie Wolf 19 years
Randy and Stacy Fischer 18 years
Scott and Lori (Schneider) Westbrook 17 years
Kent and Michelle Schock 16 years
Beth (Wheeler) and Francis Greff 16 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
Todd and Vicky Jueth - 11 years
Lori (Ford) and John Moore - 5 years
Megan (Gerboth) and Dean Affa 3 years
Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!
A little "over 40" humor
Contributed by Connie (Wiedrich) Samuelson
Fashion "NO NO'S" For Seniors
We have been hearing rumors that some older people are trying hard to dress like the new age generations. So, we found these Fashion "NO NO's" we thought should be passed on to everyone over the age of 40! Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together:
Todd gives us his view, and he is
It's May and I'm late with my part. If it makes the letter it's by the good grace of Lauri's patience with me. You know my name gets included as the staff of the letter, that's all cool, but you really gotta know that this whole project is the hard work of Lauri, Dan, and Wendy, I can't even tell you what goes on to get this fine information out to you all. But I know that I e-mail my part to somewhere in Wisconsin and it ends up back in my e-mail as a great newsletter. Those are the big three they work hard. I am only a contributor. But I enjoy the hell out of doing my part.
Have a great month, and congrats to all with grads in the house.
Additional notes: Lowe's and Kohls are coming to Bismarck! Yippee! My parents are as thrilled as I am. I will no longer have to take every one of them to Kohl's every time they come to Milwaukee for a visit. Also, Capital Lanes is closing. They have been part of the north sides landscape for over 24 years, the owners have decided to turn to other business ventures.
(the following article ran in the most recent Alumni publication for NDSU and was also noted under the business section of the Bismarck Tribune in February)
Congratulations to Kevin Nelson! He recently became the vice president of the North Central Region of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He also serves on the board of directors for the national organization, representing the seven-state North Central Region and its 5,000 members.
Congratulations to Tammy (Pettis) Sine, she is once again a grandma! Her son and his wife had a little girl, Nevaeh Rayne March on April 13th. In case anyone is keeping track, this is grandchild number five for Tammy and her husband!
David Becker has let us know that he is due to move to Atlanta,
GA. in May. He will be working as the Chief Paralegal in the Staff Judge Advocate Office
at the United States Army Reserve Command. With this move comes a promotion to Sergeant
Major. He commented that he "finally made it to the top of the Army enlisted
ranks." Some duties of the new job will be to oversee the timely job qualifications
of all Paralegals within the Army Reserve system; travel to all On-Site Continuing Legal
Education throughout the year; chief enlisted advisor to the USARC Staff Judge Advocate on
all enlisted Paralegal Issues; and of course any other duties as assigned. He is looking
forward to the challenges of this new job. As soon as he is settled in Atlanta he will
update us on his current address, etc. He also added this nice comment, "Thanks to
you and all other people that continue to publish the newsletter on a monthly basis."
On the Move again
Don Nelson is once again living on the West Coast. He has been promoted to E-9 Chief Master Sergeant and has moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California, which is two hours north of Los Angeles. He is the Chief Enlisted Manager for the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron. He is working directly with the squadron commander and advises him on the health and morale of the enlisted force in the squadron. Don is enjoying his new home base very much, as it allows him an opportunity to see his wife Jo Ann who lives in northern CA.
Jim Larsen has let us know that his getting settled in AZ and lovin' it! He has enrolled in a flight school in Scottsdale, AZ and has dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot as soon as he finishes his AS degree.
Lori Ford Moore sent the following about the accomplishments of her
stepson Jonathon. "He is a freshman in high school and is finishing track for this
year. He won the conference in 100 and 300 meter hurdles and was on both the 4x100 and
4x400 relays. Overall, he won gold in 30 of 32 events this year. Silver in the other two.
(The big thing - he's the only white kid on the relays or to win gold!!) Looking forward
to big things in the future. Unfortunately, a car for him is one of 'em. were we that
obnoxious?? I am blocking it out! GO VIKES!"
GET WELL SOON!
Get well wishes to our "Web master". Dan Raszler had some surgery done on the 14th and is now at home recovering. He hopes to be back to his old self very soon.
PRAYERS OF SUPPORT
Megan (Gerboth) Affaand her family are in need of thoughts and prayers. Megan's dad has been diagnosed with cancer of the lung, bone and thyroid. He has just started radiation and everyone is hoping for the best.
Lori (Bender) Meier's daughter Jessie, is the young girl who is featured in the story below, which recently ran in the Bismarck Tribune. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during the months to come, as they have a very long road to travel. Treatment for leukemia is quite lengthy, about 2 1/2 - 3 years. They truly appreciate all the support that prayer and positive thinking can offer them during this very challenging time.
Jessie's not in school
One Friday after school, sophomore Jessie Meier had a fever. She had been in high
school for only a few weeks, and it would change everything. In less than one week, she
was in the hospital. In less than five days, she was diagnosed with leukemia.
"I was asleep when they called," Jessie said. "I was just really tired. I don't remember a lot of it. I heard my parents talking and crying. That's what woke me up. I knew what it meant."
Jessie's parents, Randy and Lori Meier, remember it well. Lori Meier was home alone Sept. 22 when the phone rang at 3:15 p.m. Earlier that day Jessie had a bone marrow biopsy, where they took a sample of bone marrow from her hip. When the doctor called, she told Lori Meier that Jessie had cancer and needed to be in the hospital in one hour.
"You're kind of numb," Lori Meier said. "Devastated. For weeks -- even
now sometimes -- especially when I'm driving in the car for some reason, it would kind of
be like, 'You know, Jessie has cancer.' It's kind of like you just can't quite, quite
After Jessie's mother received the phone call, she called her husband at work and told him Jessie had leukemia.
"That's about all she could get out," Randy Meier said. "I told her I'd be right there."
Jessie's parents say it was hard to tell Jessie the test results. Jessie was lying on the couch when they approached her.
"I was telling her 'I'm sorry,'" Randy said, "and (Jessie) said, 'That's OK, daddy, it happens to a lot of people.'"
Jessie was at the hospital in less than an hour. The next day, she had surgery to implant a permanent IV port in her chest so she could receive treatment. The day after that, chemotherapy began.
"It was hard waiting," her mother said. "But things moved very fast once we got the diagnoses."
Waiting on the count
It's Sunday, March 21, and Jessie and her mom are on their way to the sixth floor of the hospital. Walking down the hall, they have a short argument about the strings hanging down from Jessie's white khakis. Lori Meier wants her to tie them. Jessie likes them how they are.
Jessie and Lori Meier are uncharacteristically nervous today. Each time Jessie comes in for treatment, they take an "absolute neutrofil count," a type of white blood cell count that determines how healthy Jessie's immune system is. Today is special. The state SADD convention is this evening in Jamestown, and Jessie really wants be there. She's made a deal with her parents that if her count is at least 1,800, she can go. She's already packed for the overnight stay. The count also determines if Jessie goes to school on Monday.
After a sample of blood is taken, they wait for the nurse to return. They listen for clues, like paper rustling or the sound of Dr. Baruti Serabe's shoes.
Lori Meier leaves the room to go to the bathroom. While she's gone, after an hour's wait, the nurse walks in, hands Jessie the paper with her count, and walks back out.
Jessie inhales sharply.
She doesn't get to go.
She stares at the paper for a minute. Frowns at it. She finds a black pen and turns the six into an eight. Now it reads "1,854."
Lori Meier walks back into the room and her cell phone rings. It's her husband, wanting to know how it went. Lori Meier tells him she talked to Serabe in the hall and she said it was 1,600, but the paper in Jessie's room says 1,800.
"Who did that? Jessie?" Randy Meier asks.
The day turned out better than Jessie expected after seeing her count.
"I saw Dr. Serabe in the hall, and she told me we needed to let Jessie go," Lori Meier said. "If anything happens, we'll blame ourselves."
So Jessie goes to state SADD after all, and nothing happens.
Many fun times missed
Jessie missed most of the first semester of her sophomore year because of all the treatments. "All the things she missed, it doesn't seem fair," Lori Meier said.
In January and February, the chemo she received wasn't as intense as other treatments. Chemotherapy, as it kills the cancerous cells, also kills other good cells in the immune system. So it is necessary to periodically lessen the treatment to let her immune system build back up.
Because the treatment wasn't as intense during these months, Jessie was able to return to school for the second half of her sophomore year.
"One thing everybody had to keep in mind was that Jessie was still like a brand new sophomore," Lori Meier said. "Everybody -- the student body, the teachers, the administration -- was just awesome. Everybody watched out for her and made sure she didn't get lost in the shuffle, so to speak."
But now that her treatment is increasing again, her immune system becomes less effective, and she might have to leave school soon. On her current treatment plan, Jessie goes to the hospital each week, and every time it becomes more likely she won't be able to come to school the following day. Something as simple as pneumonia could be fatal, a common cold is serious.
"If she gets a fever, we always assume that she has bacteria and she comes into the hospital until we conclude that she doesn't have infection," Serabe said. "It could be a virus, but we can't take that chance."
While she's at home, she has a tutor help her with her schoolwork when she's feeling up to it.
She has stayed at the hospital periodically. While she was in the hospital, Jessie's friend, sophomore Dana Keller, frequently visited.
Jessie doesn't get to be around her friends as much anymore.
"I miss like being able to do stuff with my friends whenever and stuff," Jessie said. "I was normally pretty busy every night of the week before I got sick. Now I have to take it easy."
Impact of treatments
Besides keeping her out of school, the chemo has other side effects, including hair loss. Many people lose their hair within days of the treatment, but Jessie's hair was stubborn. It was a gradual thinning, rather than falling out in chunks like for some people. When she brushed her hair, more and more would come out, and when she woke up in the morning, she'd see it on her pillow. She decided to shave it after Christmas.
"It was actually nice to not have it all over my stuff," Jessie said.
Right away Jessie said she didn't want a wig. She simply wears one of her 30 bandannas, which she coordinates with her outfit.
For Jessie, the hardest part of chemo has been the side effects of steroids.
"My face was all big from the steroids," Jessie said. "I was isolated most of the time anyway, but for some reason it was hard to handle. I was really self-conscious about it."
Jessie said the chemotherapy doesn't hurt. She has cream to rub into her skin an hour before treatment so the area goes numb.
Tough on family
Depending on which treatment plan she's on, she will go to the hospital anywhere from once a week, to five days a week. It's become a normal part of life. Other things have changed at the Meier home as well. The family, including Jessie's 10-year old sister and 13-year-old brother, frequently wash their hands, and are careful when sneezing or coughing. If Jessie gets a fever of 101 degrees or more, she is taken to the hospital, which has happened only once. If anybody gets an illness, they are kept in a separate part of the house, or they are moved to grandma's house.
"The hardest thing is trying to keep life as normal as possible for the other kids," Lori Meier said. "You didn't want to disrupt their lives so much they would have resentment or anger or feel like they were left out."
Leukemia has been difficult for everybody in the family.
"We're a very close family," Lori Meier said. "We just have to lay it on each other. There are times when you have your weak moment and hopefully somebody else is feeling a little bit stronger at that time and they can get you through."
Jessie has remained optimistic since being diagnosed. Her parents say Jessie has been the strongest one in the family.
"As far as my faith in God, I think that helps," Jessie said. "I've really grown in my faith in the last few years between Young Life and Youth Alive."
Right now, she is at the stage in her treatment called remission, meaning they don't detect any more cancer cells in her body, but will continue to give her medication so it doesn't reappear.
"It can come back at any time," her father said. "It's something that will be with us for the rest of our lives. We'll have to be prepared."
For Jessie and her family, her life has become a numbers game. Each week, the question is, "What's the count?" It determines everyday life decisions, even things that seem simple. Can Jessie leave the house? Is it safe for her to hang out with friends? Can she go to school Monday?
March 22, her count was 1,654. The week after it was 248. According to the American Cancer Society, she is at severe risk for bacterial infection.
Her teachers received a notice that Jessie will probably not be back at school this year.
New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and
Mike Dodds, Leroy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross and Tammy (Pettis) Sine
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!
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-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
Timothy Steckler-? address, no phone
Richard Hoffman - ? address, no phone
Janet (Cripe) Laudenslager-no phone number
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
Debra (Freadhoff) Berger- ? address, no phone
Charles (CD) Johnson
Lorraine White Eagle
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
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE US GO?
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