2011 Bulletin Board Postings

Judy (Becker) Bryant wrote (December 30, 2011)


We just got back from a quick trip to see my Dad and now are trying to get the boys geared up to get back to school (and finals) next week. The boys were disappointed that there was no snow in Iowa.  Wish we’d had time to look up some of our old friends.

Thanks for all your posts and for helping our class stay in touch.  Feel free to post the photo to the class site if you wish.Judy

2011 Holiday Greetings from The Bryant Family 

This was another interesting year for our family filled with adventures and challenges. Together we took another RV vacation piggybacking off a week at Scout camp in north Georgia in July. Along with Rommel the wonder dog, we visited Dave’s mother in NY before heading to Acadia National Park in Maine for a few days. We then visited Lexington and Concord before heading to Boston for a reunion with Judy’s family. We hiked the Freedom Trail on the day of the second highest temperature in the city’s history. Great fun seeing family, learning more American history, and visiting Plymouth Rock on the way home.

Sam celebrated his 15th birthday, which in Florida means he is now learning to drive. He is quite busy playing tuba with his high school marching band. They performed in Tampa’s Gasparilla parade as well as with the University of South Florida band at a football game, not to mention all the high school games and various marching band competitions. He just finished his second term as Senior Patrol Leader for the Scout Troop and earned a silver palm to go with his Eagle rank. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s honor society) and served as a counselor for a week-long Cub Scout summer day camp.

Ben turned 12 and has taken up tuba for his middle school band. He got to play with Sam at one of the high school football games. Also following in Sam’s footsteps, Ben was recently elected to serve as Senior Patrol Leader by the Troop. He now has Star rank and finished several more merit badges at summer camp this year. He got braces in August which he adjusted to quite well. In school he was honored with 3rd place in the Regional Science Fair and was selected for the 4-student math team which won 4th place in the county-wide competition. Ben’s schedule is exceptionally busy now with soccer practice 2 nights a week and games every weekend.

Judy has completed 30 years at the University of South Florida’s Psychology Department. She serves on the School Advisory Councils for the boys’ schools, our neighborhood association, and as Chair for our Scout Troop Committee. She traveled to professional conferences in Montreal and Washington, DC, this year as well as to Iowa to visit her father.

Dave visited New York for his 35th high school reunion where he spent time with some old friends and helped his mother select a new car. He also took his father up for a Bryant family reunion which, schedules permitting, we all hope to attend next time. Last Spring he was hired to go to the island nation of Anguilla to handle a major criminal investigation that had significant economic implications. He was successful not only in catching the criminal, but in discovering a thief in an unrelated matter. In another case, he was able to establish the innocence of a man jailed for drug smuggling who faced 15 years in prison. Based entirely on Dave’s opinion and reputation, the State Attorney dropped the charge and released the suspect. Dave also continues as Scoutmaster for the Troop, but is actively trying to identify a replacement. No news regarding Saphira (our uromastyx) or Rommel (our Rottweiler).

Busy as we are, we enjoy visits from and visiting friends and family. Although this may be the only communication we get to have with many of you, we still like to hear from folks to stay up to date. If there is an opportunity to get together, do let us know. Best wishes to all of you for a Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Our scouting family ­ can you believe these giant boys? 

Becker/ Bryant 2010

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson wrote (December 22, 2011)

Hi Dave,

Happy Holly Daze to you and our class! We wish you joy and happiness and most importantly, laughter… it is the greatest remedy of them all!

Best wishes,

Jackie Dague Nicholson

From left: Ben, Nick (Larry), Jackie (Dague), Jake, and Caleb Nicholson

Mark Ferguson wrote (December 21, 2011)

Merry Christmas, Dave,

Our family is spreading out further away from Coralville.  Valerie, our middle daughter, and her fiancé, Alex are moving to Bozeman, MT (18 hours away by car).  Alex just took the Director of Strength Conditioning at Montana State.  He has been there since the week before Thanksgiving.  We will head over to Des Moines to help pack the truck on the Wednesday after Christmas.  We are a little sad, since she was the CLOSEST of the kids, and now will be the furthest away.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Mark Ferguson

Katie (Collins) Bretz wrote (November 11, 2011)

Hi Dave!

Barb Alderman Acker’s mom, Clem Alderman, passed away on Wednesday. I wanted to pass along the news for anyone that would like to send Barb a message or stop by the Elks Lodge on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 for a reception in her honor.

Katie also passed along the link to Mrs. Alderman’s obituary in the Press Citizen.

Here is Barb’s mother’s obituary, offered as a tribute to a wonderful woman:

Cora Alderman

Cora “Clem” Alderman, 85, longtime resident of Iowa City died Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2011, at the Elks Lodge on Foster Road in Iowa City. At 5p.m., Pastor Kyle Otterbein of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will conduct a brief memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Iowa City Hospice, Holden Cancer Center or the UI College of Nursing. Online condolences for the family may be sent through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

She was born June 24, 1926, in Ft. Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Stephen Leroy Clem and Dora Marie (Hall) Clem. She graduated from Ft. Madison High School and from the University of Iowa with a degree in nursing. Clem married Robert Newton Alderman on December 30, 1947, in Davenport, Iowa. The couple were lifelong residents of Iowa City. She was employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she worked for Dr. Randall in OB-GYN. Clem was a member of Mercy Hospital Guild, P.E.O. Chapter KQ, and participated in her favorite bridge club for many years. She and her husband Bob enjoyed traveling, especially spending time at Lily Lake and Sanibel Island in Florida. Clem always cherished her friends, and was a very gracious hostess.

Her family was very important to her; especially her granddaughter, Mary Nell!Her family includes her son, John T. Alderman and his wife Stephanie Hamilton, and their daughter, Mary Nell, all of Iowa City; her daughters, Barbara Acker and her husband Mark, of Hailey, ID; and Catherine Marie and her husband Ken Norris, of Raleigh, NC; and her two sisters, Maymie Chamlee and Betty Baker, both of Ft. Madison.

Clem was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter, Virginia Nell Alderman; and infant granddaughter, Rachel Lou Alderman.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Clem’s family and her services.

Gene Hartsock wrote (October 3, 2011)

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the updates.

here is one vote for keeping up what you are able to do.
I am one who still isn’t into Facebook, et al.
One reason, is I am too busy for extra places to go on the WWW!

here is a good one for you….small world.   (I can’t remember his name, although)

I have a customer who lives by my shoe repair shop who graduated from West in the mid-later seventies, who now has a son who just graduated from West!


I just finished a pair of Birkenstocks with a custom sole that I am sending back to Singapore!   See attachment!

I did one pair like this, posted it on web site, and now I am getting them all the time from around the US> but this is the first time from outside US.

I have repaired shoes from many states, Ireland, Australia, Canada,  not including boots that were sent back to APO, service men….

Thank you,

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson wrote (August 14, 2011)

Hey Dave,

Here is information for our web site about our fellow classmate and talented musician and entertainer, Paul Roberts!

Our classmate Paul Roberts, along with Mark Wilson, Joy Ward, and Randy Sandersfeld will be performing the ITAC production of “Woody Guthrie” which starts August 12 and runs through August 28.  The show includes over 2 dozen songs and is not to be missed!  Please see the poster and photo below.

Best wishes,

Jackie Dague Nicholson

Meg Eginton wrote (August 2, 2011)

Hi Dave,

Julie Kent’s father passed away on Sunday evening. He was a wonderful father and friend.  I spent many, many afternoons and evenings at their house and out on their pontoon boat learning to ski and laugh. He also went sledding with us on Richards St.

I am sure that many of our classmates will remember Chuck, because he took so many of our high school graduation pictures.  I thought you might like to get this into our newsletter.  He was a wonderful man.

Chuck Kent

Charles F. “Chuck” Kent, 86, of Iowa City, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Chuck chose to be cremated and a private burial will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City.

The family will greet friends Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at The Kirkwood Room at Governors Ridge, 515 Kirkwood Avenue in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation or The Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Charles Frederick Kent was born April 7, 1925 in Iowa City, the son of F.W. and Clara (Hartman) Kent.

A lifelong Iowa City resident, he graduated from University High School and attended the University of Iowa.

He married Alice Mae Donham on April 3, 1947 in Iowa City. Alice died in 1991. On January 2, 1993, Chuck married Helen Taylor Keppler in Iowa City. Chuck was a professional portrait photographer (Kent Studio) from 1947 until his retirement in 1975. He was instrumental in establishing one of the first color photo processing labs in Iowa.

Chuck served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, Phi Kappa Psi and served as president of the Professional Photographers of Iowa.

He very much enjoyed traveling the country in his RV, boating, playing bridge, golfing and dancing — all of which were shared with family and friends.

Chuck is survived by his wife Helen; children, Jane Kent of Iowa City, Ann (Mike) Hitchcock of Iowa City,Julie (John) Larson of Ames: step children, Kathy (Greg) Wunsch of Naperville, IL. And Karen (John) Bower of Stillwater, MN; grandchildren Jenny (Luke) Sutter, Tyler (Alina) Beck, Shawna Hitchcock, Corey Hitchcock, Sara Larson, Bryan Larson and step grandchildren Libby (Greg) Phillips, Katie Wunsch, Christopher Bower and Adam Bower and great granddaughter Samantha Kriz; brother Tom Kent, brother-in-law Charles Buckley, sister-in-law, Blanche Hartsock and many nieces and nephews.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice, brother Jim (Cloy) Kent, sister Barbara Buckley and sister-in-law Ann Kent.

On-line condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.

Don Rinehart wrote (August 1, 2011)

Hi Dave :

More band news from Phoenix’s Favorite 50’s Group!  September 7, 2011 would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and “Come Back Buddy” will be attending the ceremony in Hollywood where he will receive post humuously(finally) his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (next to the Beatles!).  We will be headlining that evening at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood (with a bunch of other bands).  Should be a hoot.  Any L.A. area classmates are invited to come out and celebrate with us!

On another note, Walt Osborne and I recently got together when he was in Phoenix on business.  Always good to re-live old adventures a couple of times a year when he is in town!

Also, our daughter, Nicole, was recently married here in Phoenix and Karen (Davis) Liebold and husband Chuck flew down from Des Moines for the wedding.  We hope to reciprocate in September for their youngest daughter!

The summer is over half done here in God’s country…which means only 2 more months of 100 degree heat!!!


Pat Vaughan wrote (July 26, 2011)

Thanks for the update, Dave.  Gotta try that Cooling Yoga Breathing!   Also, I was in Iowa City briefly and met up with Kevin Kelly for a great night out!  We ate at The Vine and then closed down Graze in uptown IC.  We both want to encourage everyone to seriously consider getting your colonoscopy done and getting a shingles vaccination (55 yrs. and older are now approved for it.)   Best, Patrick

Pat and Kevin

John Waite wrote (July 1, 2011)

Bill Ackerman wrote to let us know that John Waite’s Dad had passed away.

Here is his father’s obituary, offered as a tribute to a wonderful man:

Jack Waite

John “Jack” D. Waite Jr., 85, of Coralville passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 2, 2011.

The family will greet friends from 1 to 3pm Sunday, July 10th at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa City Hospice and the Coralville Public Library.

Jack was born January 8, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of John D. Waite Sr. and Ruth E. Grow. He was a graduate of Iowa State University and married E. Jeanne Azbill in Waterloo, IA on July 19, 1952.

Jack began a career in farm management after college then owned a number of businesses in the Iowa City area including Waite-Thompson Transfer and co-owner of Comer’s Pipe and Gift before establishing a career with Iowa Realty where he practiced commercial real estate for the past 25 years.

Jack was an avid reader and liked nothing more than spending time with family and friends.

The family extends their appreciation to Dr.Mark Karwal and the staff at UIHC and Iowa City Hospice.

Jack is survived by his wife Jeanne and their five children, Sandra L. Waite (Keith Riden) of Ankeny, John D. Waite III of Overland Park, KS, Janet L. (Mark) Behlke of Coralville, Steven B. (Karen) Waite of Johnston and James D. Waite of Lenexa, KS; four grandchildren, Allyson, Adam “AJ”, Kristen, Stephanie; his brother Robert (Rita) Waite of Winston-Salem, NC, sister-in-law Marcia (Bob)Bunn ,Clear Lake, IA, and brother-in-law Larry Watson, Minneapolis, MN.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Susan.

Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com

Arnie Moore wrote (July 1, 2011)

Hi Dave and Class of 73,

Julie and I just returned from our trip to the UK and it was amazing. We spent 5 days in Ireland, 6 days in London and 4 days in Scotland. From the time we arrived until we flew home I think we only stopped to sleep. We crammed in as much as we could and did virtually everything we had planned and probably a whole lot more.

Since it was our first trip across the ocean we were pretty much in awe of so much and the highlights were many. We loved the history we encountered and the people we met were just so friendly it was hard to return. If I was to pick a can’t miss place, it would have to be the Westminister Abbey. The building, the history and the artifacts are almost indescribable. We spent several hours there just looking and reading about the individuals entombed. Over time we have read and seen pictures of many of these places but to see them live and up close is a whole other dimension.

We received several letters from class members as to things to do and some of them we did. Scotch whisky tour. Boat ride on the Thames, Ring of Kerry, pub hopping to name a few. Each country we visited was unique and hard to compare to the others. The scenic beauty of South Ireland was so much different than the scenic wonders of the Scottish Highlands. London was just so filled with historical things that all we did was visit museums and followed our noses. We walked many miles and never tired of the old building and wondering what their original purpose was and when it was built. It is so hard to imagine how these building were constructed in the 1300’s, 1400’s and on and still survive. Here in South Florida buildings over 30 years old are just bulldozed for a newer one.

The Moores at the Henge

Probably the most disappointing part of our trip was a day tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. The tour was all day but the stops at the locations was brief with very little time to soak up and enjoy the stop. Stonehenge was much smaller than expected and it was roped off about 50 yards from the monument.

Well all for now. For those never having taken a trip of this nature, it was well worth the expense, memories never to be forgotten.

Mark Ferguson wrote (June 26, 2011)

Hi Dave,

I thought I would show you a project we are doing in the back yard.  My contractor, Jeff Werle (pronounce Werlie) (a 1975 graduate from City High and married to Marte “Holiday” Werle, a 1975 West High graduate) poured the concrete for the sidewalk leading up to the new deck we will construct over the first week in July.  The retaining wall in the back will help to divert the water (more like a river) around the area where the deck will be.  See the picture just after the retaining wall went up, as we got a 2-1/2″ rain that night.  The wall looks like Hoover Dam!  The photo was taken at night during a lightning pop about 11 PM.  Finally after storing his equipment on my driveway after 4 weeks of waiting for the weather to STOP RAINING, Jeff was able to get the job done.  Susan and I went over to Jeff’s house on Friday to sift through his garage sale, and who happened to be there, too? Bill Ackerman, who happens to be good friends with the Werles, too.

Keep on posting news items, as I love to hear from the classmates.

Mark Ferguson

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote (June 26, 2011)

Hi Dave

As usual, I’ve kept busy so far this summer. Just finished my last HUGE project for the property – hopefully!  When Chris (my oldest son) and I removed the five 30 foot tall spruce trees last year, I had tilled up and seeded the back 77 x 20 ft. area. Only the middle came in well.

I planted a meteor cherry tree in last April. I could tell that the ground was very uneven – not all the grass came up in the middle area and it was very sparse on the ends. I just couldn’t stand the thought of trying to re-seed with all the work and expense, so decided to do something more permanent.

Chris had 4 days off from work and came home and we dug into an idea that I had, and low and behold, we got it done in 3 1/2 days. I’m exhausted, the bottoms of my feet are bruised from the “manual” sod cutter that only I could get to work so I got to do it all, and then laying down 6 tons of river rock.  Just glad it’s done and we were so blessed to have PERFECT weather the whole time really. If the sun was out, at least it was cool, and we finished the project Sat. at noon about 2 hours before it started to rain, which the new project needed as well.  We took what good sod came in on the ends and moved it to the middle to fill in spots that didn’t come in. I really love it back there now and also have less to mow.

I’ve attached pictures.   Feel free to share whenever.  Take care. Glad things are working out well for Bessie.

PS – Needless to say, my rotator cuff surgery in Feb. and rehab have been a success and I’m back to normal and doing big things. 🙂


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David Kacena wrote (June 23, 2011)


Article on the front page of today’s Press Citizen about Newsweek naming West High the best school in the state.

Webmaster: Thanks, Dave, for letting us know about the article.

David Kacena wrote (June 3, 2011)


Nice article in this morning’s Press Citizen about Ed Barker donating $270,000 to West High earmarked for new soccer field.  That was the amount that he earned while principle at West.

Webmaster: Thanks, David for letting us know about the article.

We talked to Ed, and he wanted to clarify what was printed in the article:

“In the event yesterday at West High I stressed that Iowa City has three wonderful high schools, Tate, City High and West High.  I didn’t want to downgrade either of those schools ….”

“Tate High School is the school that developed from a program we started at West which at first was called Room 20.  It was for students who had a hard time fitting into a regular high school program. It then developed into a separate high school called the Community Experimental Educational Center (CCEC).  A few years a go a new building was constructed and the school was renamed Tate.”

Ed, thanks for giving us what the broadcaster Paul Harvey would have called “The Rest of the Story.”

Gene Hartsock wrote (May 22, 2011)

Dave, I spent last week in Iowa (Washington) with my Mom who is in the United Presbyterian Homes…She “celebrated” her one year anniversary there.  My wife and son and I sneaked  in a takeout meal from KFC for her celebration! … We spent that Sunday evening in a good ole southern baptist style church that blew our hearing out with their volume of worship…(by the way, they said, the Lord is welcome back anytime …!) *with a loud chorus of Amens and Hallelujahs.

Thank you,

Webmaster’s note – Gene also shared a link with us to a photographic art project about his Hartland Shoes, Gene’s business. It’s a little over 6 minutes long.


Don Rinehart wrote (May 15, 2011)

Hi Dave :

A very minor film documentary about the band is being produced here in Phoenix…and will be released on Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday (September 7, 2011).  The release party will probably be somewhere spectacular ( like my backyard!).  Anyway, two college kids have been following us around for the past several months shooting a lot of footage…god know what they have for our wild backstage parties with all of our senior citizen groupies!  Anyway, we’re hoping it might make it into a regional film festival or two and we might become minorly famous.  If it gets picked up by a major studio…I already have Charlie Sheen to play my part!!!!

Anyway, thought the classmates might find the idea of me being in a film (or doing anything constructive, for that matter), amusing.Hope you have a great week, have forwarded a photo of the movie’s poster for your enjoyment.


Ted Hershberger (May 15, 2011)

Laura Reddick Hershberger wrote us:

I wanted to let you know that Ted’s father passed away on Mothers Day at the young age of 91. (Walter Hershberger)  He was in a nursing home for only 4 months. The obit was in the local Press Citizen on Thursday May 12th.  It is just fine if you would like to share this information with our class mates.

Laura Reddick Hershberger

Here is his father’s obituary, offered to celebrate the life of a wonderful man:

Walter Hershberger, 91, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport, after a brief illness.

He was born July 4, 1919, near Kalona, Iowa, to Chancy and Mary (Yoder) Hershberger.

He married Betty Marie Brenneman on November 23, 1941. Together, they farmed many years and raised four children. In retirement years they enjoyed winters in Arizona.

He is survived by his children, Donna (Robert) Fredericks of Wickenburg, Ariz., Rose Hershberger of Davenport, Rita (Roger) Hoffman of East Peoria, Ill., and Ted (Laura) Hershberger of Coralville, Iowa; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty in 1999, and five siblings.

Missi Strub (May 11, 2011)

Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon wrote to let us know that Missi’s mother had passed away.

Here is her mother’s obituary, offered as a tribute to a wonderful woman:

Janey Strub

Elizabeth Jane “Janey” (O’Brien) Strub, 79, of Iowa City died Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2011, at Mercy Hospital after battling a long illness.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am, Friday May 13, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Spiegel officiating. Visitation will be held at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service on Thursday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospital Foundation or DVIP.

Janey is survived by her husband of 57 years, Carl F. “Bud” Strub, Jr. and her six children: Mary Jane Strub, Milford, PA; Carl F. “Trip” Strub III (Ellen), Iowa City; Sean O. Strub, New York City; Thomas J. Strub (Monica), Iowa City; Mary Gilbey Strub, London, England; and Mary Megan Strub (Len Van Tassell), Jersey City, NJ.

She is also survived by her brother, Dr. James O’Brien (Patricia), Dubuque; and six grandchildren: Lt. Kelsey Strub, USAF, Los Angeles, CA; Joseph Strub, Francis Strub and Sarah Strub, all of Iowa City and Henrik and Olivia Van Tassell, Jersey City, NJ. She was the beloved aunt of 30 nieces and nephews including the Gallagher, O’Brien, Flake, and Hurst families on Janey’s side and the Swaner, Norgaard, and Fitzgibbons families on Bud’s side. Janey was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters Margaret O”Brien Hurst, Kathleen O’Brien Gallagher and Mary Ellen O’Brien Flake, and infant grandson AJ.

Janey Strub was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa on January 9, 1932, the youngest of five children. She was the daughter of James A. O’Brien, a prominent businessman in Ft. Dodge and Mary Eva Dempsey O’Brien originally of Van Horne. At the age of two during the depths of the Great Depression, she and her siblings were orphaned and she spent her earliest years in the care of the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids. She also attended Villa des Chantelles boarding school in Rock Island, IL as well as Sinsinawa boarding school in Sinsinawa, WI. Janey graduated from Iowa City High School in 1949 and went on to Barat College in Lake Forest, IL where she graduated in 1953 with a degree in education.

Janey and Bud were high school sweethearts and they began dating when Janey invited Bud to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Seven years later, they married on October 7, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. The focus of Janey’s active life was always her husband and extended family. When her children were young, she was widely known as the “Happy Witch” for her “magical” Halloween appearances at Lincoln Elementary School, Children’s Hospital and Sycamore Mall. She entertained the children dressed as a witch, but always, a happy, friendly one. Janey also worked at University Hospitals as a volunteer “patient” helping train medical students in the art of bedside manners. Over the years, the Strub household has always been a gathering place for children and adults alike with Janey’s openness and sense of whimsy filling the lives of those who knew her. She supported a number of charities particularly St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the local Cancer Society, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and a variety of HIV/AIDS causes.

Janey was also a local fixture at Lake Okoboji taking the children to spend summers at the family cottage, which has been a Strub family tradition for more than 50 years. Those summer days on the lake were some of her favorite times.

In recent years, Janey and Bud spent several months a year on Marco Island, FL where they enjoyed a wide network of friends as they have done in Iowa City for more than six decades. Janey loved to travel especially to Ireland, home of the O’Brien clan, her pride and joy, and where she journeyed several times over the years. She was also a talented artist known for her whimsical drawings and paintings that she shared with family and many friends.

Janey Strub was an extraordinary woman of imagination and caring who always lived her life with a twinkle in her eye and who overcame a difficult childhood to become a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to so many. She will be missed.

Betsy (Elliott) Stough wrote (April 30, 2011)

Hey Dave!

Look what I learned how to do…finally!   I texted this photo to my email!!!

Liz Skaugstad Baker and Betsy Elliott Stough …Iowa City…Jan. 2011

Finally, I’m getting this photo to you, from our quick meeting in January, in Iowa City.

Earlier in April, I got together with Brenda Bradley, Steve Riggan, Linda Vedepo, Deb Barnes, Bonnie Weldon, and Mike Paul (class ahead of ours) at Delago restaurant (that’s Bonnie’s restaurant).

Hope your feeling all better from your recent eye issues, and that all is well.

Betsy Stough

Brenda (Schrock) Bradley wrote (April 19, 2011)

Hi Dave. I just noticed this article in the Corridor Business Journal about the 3 generations of Pagliai’s.

I thought maybe others would be interested.


Brenda Bradley(Webmaster’s note: if this article becomes unavailable, please email the webmaster for a copy).

Janet Riley Morton (March 16, 2011)

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote to let us know that Janet’s father had passed away.

Here is her father’s obituary, offered as a tribute to a wonderful man:

Don Riley

Donald J. Riley 88 of North Liberty died peacefully Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City with Rev. David Conrad officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held at Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Foundation for Mercy Hospice.Don was born October 30, 1922 in Crawfordsville, Iowa, the son of William and Lura Harrison Riley. He was raised in Crawfordsville and was a graduate of Wyman High School. He served in the US Army during World War II. On June 2, 1951 Don married Dolores McClintock in Mt. Pleasant. They moved to North Liberty in 1964.Don was a contractor and had built apartment buildings and homes in the Iowa City and North Liberty area. In 1986 he retired from US West where he was a building specialist.Don was a member of the North Liberty American Legion, Telephone Pioneers and  the Tuesday Night group. He enjoyed time spent with his family and beautifying his yard. Don had received awards from the City of North Liberty for his yards “curb appeal”.Don is survived by his wife Dolores and their four children, Jerry J. Riley of Houston, TX, Janet M. (Robert) Morton of Iowa Falls, Dennis D. Riley and Mark W. Riley, both of North Liberty; three grandchildren, Meagan and Nick Morton, both of Ankeny and Thomas Riley of North Liberty.Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.lensingfuneral.comIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Foundation for Mercy HospiceA video tubute to Don’s life can be seen by clicking this link.

Arnie Moore wrote (March 15, 2011)

Hi everyone,

Thanks Dave for doing such a great job with this site for so many years

Julie and I are going to the British Isles this summer and are looking for some can’t miss things to see.  We have never been there are sort of planning on winging it except for about 5 days in London.

We are going to  Ireland first then London and lastly to Scotland.  we have a few thing that we plan on doing but are looking for some good suggestions.

You can e-mail me directly

Thanks for your input ahead.

We will write when we return later this summer

Arnie and Julie

Gene Hartsock wrote (February 23, 2011)

Dave,yesterday at my shop 2/22, close to closing…(say that real fast)  I had a customer come in (noticably African) to bring in some shoe repairs.   After a couple of minutes, we found out that we had a mutual connection to Iowa.  He immigrated to America, to Des Moines, Iowa…

He went to Drake,  and due to soccer coaching, he basically  traveled every road in Iowa.  He had fond memories of eastern Iowa, especially arguing with  people who say that Iowa is basicially non descript, and flat all over.  He was proud of the fact that he really enjoyed the scenic cities of eastern Iowa, from Decorah to  all of the mississippi river cities, including many times in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.   (that might have been an unfortunate “blunder” but not enough to condem his enthusiasm).  We spent almost an hour (to my shoe repair’s detriment) about our connection.

Pardon spelling, due to being in a hurry.

Last Saturday, 2/19, we had only 2″ of snow on the ground, now we had that 16″ of snow that looks nice, but has chased the spring temps we had all last week.

Thank you,


Becki (Gilpin) Milne wrote (February 13, 2011)

Hi David,

Feel free to post these pictures. It was amazing for me to see Pat again after many years and to meet his lovely wife, Selina, for the first time in LA in January.

Take care


Bill Ackerman wrote (February 10, 2011)

Dave-  Just a quick note on the music scene in Iowa City, pardon the pun.

Last evening, and most 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month a small group of us get together to hear the Burlington Street Bluegrass Band perform at the Mill.  Performances are from 7 to 10 and one never knows who will show up.

Last evening at the table next to “our group” was Paul Roberts, who plays on and off with the group.  This is not unusual, but also at his table was a former classmate who he introuduced to me.  It was Jackie Dague.  Later in the evening she entertained the crowd with wonderful singing and guitar playing, just great to listen to.  Paul Roberts and her also did a song or two. One would think she was part of the band all the time.  Janet Lackender was also performing, and is married to Mark Wilson, who is a permanent part of the band.  A great evening of music and West High attendance.

I hope Jackie sees it in her schedule to return again to the Mill venue.  It was truly a great evening.

Hope all is well.


Pat Vaughan wrote (February 7, 2011)

Patrick and Ted. Nice get together at the Jazz Club

Hi Dave – Ted is living in Orange County an hour south of where I am in Burbank. We met up at one of Ted’s favorite haunts – Spaghettini Grill & Lounge in Seal Beach – cool and happening jazz bar http://www.spaghettini.com/. We discussed love, life, politics, ex wives and ex girlfriends, former jobs, family and the merits of his ten day fast. Being on day number five, he drank only tea and watched me eat a very nice dish of spaghetti and meat balls.

Also, we revisited some of our adventures together including our summer working on a dude ranch in Colorado (Jay Dinsmore also participated.) Ted reminded me of our misadventures hitchhiking including being picked up by a drunk Indian (native am) just outside of Ship Rock, NM and having to dive out of the back of the El Camino to escape certain death (see map to know this desert area was not a good idea for hitchhiking in the first place http://tinyurl.com/4qqmsl9). Ted looks really good and I hope to take him to my favorite Chinese Dim Sum restaurant soon.

Kathy (Schrock) Olin (February 2, 2011)

Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon wrote to let us know that Kathy’s father had passed away.Here is her father’s obituary, offered as a tribute to a wonderful man:

Chris Schrock

Christian Elmer Schrock, M.D., 90, died peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2011 at his home in Iowa City.

Dr. Schrock was born to Elmer C. and Emmy Voelckers Schrock in Iowa City on March 8, 1920. He attended the Iowa City public schools, graduating from Iowa City High School in 1938. He received a B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1942 and then an M.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After an internship at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital and military service in the U.S. Navy, he took residency training in Internal Medicine at University Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. He was in private medical practice in Iowa City from 1950 to 1997, founding the Towncrest Internal Medicine group practice.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy, and five children: C. Gerald (Mary) Schrock of Minneapolis, MN; Sara Schrock (Steve) Dallman of Denver, CO; C. Daniel (Mishell) Schrock of Providence, RI; Mrs. Paul Olin of Golden Valley, MN; and Margie (Larry) Nelson of West Des Moines, IA; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and his sister Margaret Alton Herr of Iowa City.

Membership in professional organizations included the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Heart Association, Johnson County Medical Society (past president), American Medical Association, Phi Beta Kappa, AOA Honor Medical Society, Rotary Club, and the Iowa City High School Hall of Fame.

Public offices held included Board of Directors of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Airport Commission, Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital and Board of Directors of Oaknoll Retirement Home.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson, Iowa City, at 3:00 p.m. preceded by a visitation at the church at 2:00 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent to his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Mercy Hospital Foundation, 500 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 5444 NW 96th Street, Johnston, IA 50131.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in caring for Christian’s family and his services.

Larry Lindell wrote (January 30, 2011)


I always love getting your e-mail with the class updates.  I really appreciate your work in keeping us all up to date.  I thought to day it has been a long time since i have sent an update so thought I would.

Oldest son, Josh and his wife Michelle are expecting their 4th child.  I have enjoyed being a grandparent, though it sure sounds old saying that.  My youngest son, Ben is coming upon his first wedding anniversary and working on getting his masters in health care.  He is aspiring to be my boss!  My oldest daughter, Elizabeth is graduating from ISU this May as well as getting married two weeks later.  Emilie, my 19 year old is working full time at Homesteaders LIfe, taking some classes at DMAAC and hoping to enroll in ultrasound tech school next Fall and unfortunately still struggling with her eating disorder.  Then there is my 13 year old Meghan who is in 7th grade and involved in about everything one can get signed up for.

My step-mother died from a chronic illness two weeks ago.  I just spent a week with my dad, keeping him company while he adjusts to being in his home alone.  We had a wonderful time talking for hours about things we have never talked about.  It was a great connect.  It does seem true that it takes pain to create strength in relationships.  I am sure I will be spending more time with him than I ever have before.

My wife, Gayle has just finished her training in personal and family coaching.  She is hoping to start a business coaching others to be all that they want to be personally.

My hobby of photography has become a passion.  It started with that West HIgh School class in photography that stirred my interest.  However, college, Medical school and career crowded out pursuing it any further.  I picked it up again about  five years ago by purchasing a digital SLR camera.  It has since become a way for me to highlight  beauty that I would not otherwise have noticed.  LIfe has become a lot more of living in the moment, keeping aware of all that is around me, noticing all the beauty around me.  Not only have i seen it in the landscape around me, but also in the interior of people I rub shoulders with day in and day out.  Check out my new website: www.larrylindellphotography.com.  I hope you enjoy it.

Attached is a picture of all my children at my younger son’s wedding.

From left to right are: Meghan, Emilie, Ben, Elizabeth and Josh.

From left to right are: Meghan, Emilie, Ben, Elizabeth and Josh.

More at peace,


Nancy (Masbruch) Olinger wrote (January 28, 2011)

Hi Dave:

Some across-the-generations Class news I thought was amusing:

My daughter is a Social Worker. I get a text from her yesterday, “Where did you used to sit in the Commons area at West High?”

Odd question – right? She said she was now working with a new-to-their agency social worker. The two got to talking and Jen (my daughter) mentioned how she lived in Iowa City when she was first born and the other social worker said she had graduated from high school there – West High class of ’73. Turns out Jen is now working along with Georgia Berry. What a small world, huh?

Cute story – feel free to share if you want.Hope this finds you and your family well-Nancy

Gene Hartsock wrote (January 17, 2011)

Hey Dave~ 2 foot of snow?!!!! Bah, we have had many storms of 12 inches or more (just kidding).

I know we have had close to 40 inches already, and winter isn’t even a month old!

I vote to keep this site that you are doing. I am the person who still likes to get the newspaper either at the box on the corner, or out side of the breakfast place! The same goes for bulletin boards versus the newer mediums. Keep up the good work!

if you want to check out one of the things I have been doing, go and see our national shoe repair “ask the experts forum that I participate in.  I have been doing that since mid 90’s (I actually get business from doing this.  < http://www.ssia.info/consumers/askexperts/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=2 >

The activity on the site has been slower the past 6 months or so, so if you have time, go back a few pages,  and you will see more action.

My belief is that the more informed customer is the best customer! I want people to come in excited by hearing that something can be done, and not just the pat answer “just bring them into your neighborhood shoemaker, they can help. Some shoe repairers got mad at me because they thought I was explaining too much – giving away trade secrets.

By the way, the footage that is now famous about our HHH dome was provided by my son Rob, who set that camera up…the view of the snow cascading into the dome!!!

(that game was supposed to be the Sunday Nite Game of the week!)

The camera crews could tell that the way the roof was leaking badly, along with the brisk winds, that the dome wasn’t going to stay up!…(how come the other people didn’t know?!) That is why they set the camera up in the baseball broadcasting booth, where the snow couldn’t hurt their camera!  Too bad he can’t get royalties, I see that video footage all the time. (Niagra Falls appears in the dome!)

My son works for FoxSports north.  (that is the way they spell it)

Thank you,