2012 Bulletin Board Postings

Kevin Megan wrote (December 27, 2012)

Hi Dave,

Kevin and Lynne here!

First off we hope Christmas was great, as it sounded like you had lots of family around and stayed busy! Lynnie mentioned you were interested in posting a recent pic of the Hirts and us from Tracy and Faye’s sons (Chase) wedding to the WH site. We had a great time getting caught up with the Hirtsko’s and it has been fun watching their kids grow up! Happy New Year to you, Bobbi and the kids! THANKS for all you do in keeping us all connected and engaged!

Kevin Megan

Faye Hirt, Kevin Megan, Lynne Megan, and Tracy Hirt

Judy (Becker) Bryant wrote (December 24, 2012)

2012 Holiday Greetings from The Bryant Family

This was a year of many developmental transitions. Ben became a teenager, Sam assumed some of the responsibilities of emerging adulthood, and Judy lost her father, thereby becoming part of the older generation for that side of the family.

Ben completed his Eagle Scout project in September and should be applying for Eagle rank promotion soon. He is competing in soccer (his team is undefeated as of this writing) and participating in his school’s band and jazz band, track team, spring math league, and Junior Honor Society as a straight “A” student taking three high school credit courses in 8th grade. Ben advanced his tuba skills at band camp last summer and attended a week-long program for gifted learners, both at the University of Tampa. He also spent a week with our scout troop at summer camp in the Georgia mountains and, with Sam, completed a week of scout youth leadership training. Both he and Sam performed this month in the annual Tuba Christmas concert in Zephyrhills. Ben participates energetically in many social groups. He amazes (and often aggravates) us by simultaneously navigating homework, texting, Facebook, and Skype.

Sam turned 16 and obtained his driver’s license. Earlier in the year, his Grandfather Sam decided to stop driving and gave his car to Sam. He and Dave had an adventuresome road trip driving the car back to Tampa, including a stop at the Corvette plant in Kentucky. Sam has enjoyed the autonomy of driving to school and to practices for his high school’s award-winning marching band. Sam’s greatest adventure was a summer trek at the Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. This backpacking challenge of over 70 miles in 10 days required months of preparation and conditioning. That included taking various long hikes and running the stairs of a skyscraper downtown with heavy backpacks since we have no mountains to train on in Florida. Sam was elected to be the group’s crew chief. Just a couple weeks after he returned, Sam was on another plane bound for Michigan State University as a delegate to the National Order of the Arrow convention. (OA is Boy Scouting’s honor society to which both Sam and Ben have been elected.) It was quite a year of scouting accomplishments with Sam being recognized as the District’s top youth for his service to Scouting. Sam’s skills as a mature, planful leader and thoughtful citizen are clearly emerging.

Dave continues his polygraph business and working part time for the police department. He attended a week of forensic polygraph training in Denver in April and was re-elected to the board of the Florida Polygraph Association. He just had an article on interrogation published in the American Polygraph Association magazine. During the Republication National Convention, Dave was selected for a security detail driving U.S. Senators. He was assigned to Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. Being politically like-minded, they got along well. The Senator broke with protocol and introduced Dave to Sen. John McCain and gave him passes so Judy, Sam, and Ben could attend the final night of the convention where they witnessed speeches including Clint Eastwood, Marco Rubio, and Mitt Romney. It was an 83 hour work week for Dave, but there was no place he’d rather have been for this historic event even though he was profoundly disappointed with the results of the election.

Judy finished her 31st year as a psychology professor at the University of South Florida (and eighth year as director of one of the doctoral programs) and co-chaired her 35th Yale reunion. Although those milestones should make her feel terribly old, trying to keep up with the boys keeps her feeling reasonably youthful, albeit tired. She served as the scout troop’s Committee Chair and is active with the advisory councils for both boys’ schools and the high school band booster organization. Last August she and Ben attended the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association meeting in Orlando. Judy had administrative responsibilities and Ben presented a poster describing his science fair project about students’ backpack weights.

Rommel the wonder dog turned 9. He’s slowing down some, but still enjoys guarding the house, stealing food, and traveling with the family. This year we took a spring break RV trip to Cedar Key and a summer trip to visit friends and family in New York and North Carolina. Along the way, Sam had the opportunity to check out potential colleges.

As busy as this year has been, we look forward to a 2013 with even more adventure. Life is filled with highs and lows, challenges and opportunities. We hope you will make the best of yours too.

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson wrote (November 14, 2012)

Jackie passed on this note from Paul and Julie Roberts:


Merry Christmas. Hard to believe its that time of year already. Once again we will be doing the program on two different weekends. The first one, Dec 9th, is at our church Sharon Center United Methodist. The next weekend, Dec 14-16 will be up in Main Amana at the Iowa Theatre Artists Company. A flier for each is below. Hope you can make it to one or the other, or both. They are similar but not the exact same “friends” both places.


Paul and Julie

David Kacena wrote (December 3, 2012)


Link below to article about West winning math competition.http://beta.press-citizen.com/article/20121203/NEWS01/121203004/West-High-wins-math-contest

David J. Kacena

Patti (Ampofo) Sloley wrote (November 20, 2012)

Hi Dave

I hope you are well.

My cookbook ‘A Plate in the Sun’ is now available on Kindle in full colour.

A Plate in the Sun

Have a good week.

Warm regards


Patti Ampofo Sloley

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson wrote (November 14, 2012)

Hi Dave,

I went to see Paul’s play last weekend and it is REALLY GOOD! Attached is the flyer (blelow)- there are performances this weekend.

Also, Paul and his wife, Julie and the Great Bluegrass Herons Band will be hosting a Bluegrass Christmas concert in December. Check out the Iowa Theatre Artists Company at www.iowatheatreartists.org for details.

Glad you are all good after the storms! Take care and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Best wishes,

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson

Ed Barker wrote (November 12, 2012)


Thanks for keeping me informed about the Class of 1973. We have a bit of news for you.

Ethel, my wife, had her first novel published about a month ago. It is about the Orphan Train Children. Trains left New York City for almost every state in the United states periodically from the 1850’s until 1929. New York and Iowa received more children from the trains than any other states. Ethel’s novel follows three of these former “street children” from New York City to a fictional town in Iowa for about a year in 1880.

She has a book reading this Thursday at Prairie Lights Books Store in Iowa City. The publisher is Ice Cube Press located in North Liberty and can be purchased at all major book stores via their web site.

[Webmaster’s note: The book is entitled “For the Love of Pete“, and you can get it with free shipping if you are a member of Amazon Prime!]

Ed Barker, Principal, West High School, 1968-1979

Dale Fuhrmeister wrote (November 12, 2012)

Here is new news item for you.

I was in a bad car accident Saturday morning as I was traveling between church services in Springfield and Lamar CO. I came to terrific dust storm like I have heard of in the dust bowl days. With visibility basically the end of my hood I was slowing down when I hit the back end of a semi at about 35-40 mph. I was awake enough to call 911 and was transported to Prowers County Medical Center in Lamar CO, and then to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. They tell me it took them 30 minutes to get me out of my car, much of which was because of the bad dust storm, and in part because they were trying to get me on a back board before they removed me, since I had back and neck pain.

God has preserved my life, and I have escaped this ordeal with a few fractured vertebrae. One of the rescue workers asked me what kind of car I was driving. After seeing now well it protected me, he said he wanted to buy one (2012 Toyota Corolla). I will likely go home today or tomorrow to finish healing.

David Kacena wrote (November 12, 2012)


The article below is about Alice Barker’s Mom’s new novel.http://thegazette.com/2012/11/12/orphan-train-history-inspires-young-adult-novel/

This article is about Pagliai’s Pizza 50 years in business.


Judy (Becker) Bryant (November 11, 2012)

When Judy (Becker) Bryant’s father Sam Becker passed away on November 8th, 2012, the Iowa City Press Citizen ran two stories about Sam in their November 9th, 2012 edition. Judy gave us permission to post both stories to the web site as a tribute to her father’s life.  Here is a link to a page containing the two stories.

Mark Ferguson (October 30, 2012)


I thought I would report about West High’s first football loss of the season. They had been rated 2nd in the state. Last night they lost to CR Prairie 49-28.

Last weekend Susan and I went to Iowa State’ 100th Homecoming celebration. I marched in the alumni marching band. I also had a chance to meet up with Julie (Kent) Larson at Alumni Hall where her office is.


Mark Ferguson

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth (October 21, 2012)

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote to us, asked us to share the new photo of her (below) with the class.

She also wants everyone to know that she is doing well, starting to date again and enjoying life to it’s fullest and healing body, mind and spirit. 🙂

Ruth Jurgens Noth 2012

Kathy (Schrock) Olin (October 8, 2012)

Kathy’s mother passed away on the 2nd of October, and Kathy gave us permission to post her mother’s obituary as a tribute to her life.

Dorothy O’Hearn Schrock, 92, died peacefully Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at her home in Iowa City.Dorothy Schrock was born to Frank and Letha Colegrove O’Hearn in Mason City, Iowa on August 4, 1920. She attended Mason City High School and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1942. She was a talented musician, accomplished on the drum, timpani and piano, and was a public school band director in Mechanicsville, Iowa and Iowa City. “Dottie” was married to Christian Schrock in 1943. They established a medical practice In Iowa City in 1953 and raised a family of five children. She was a great assistant in her husband’s growing practice.

Dottie was avid about her children’s education and they all achieved professional degrees. She was active in the Women’s Medical Auxiliary, her church, and the PEO Sisterhood. She loved sports and was a passionate spectator, as well as a skilled skier and tennis player. Her hearty laugh and smile will be remembered and missed by all.

Dorothy Schrock is survived by her five children and their families: C. Gerald and Mary Schrock of Minneapolis, MN; Steven and Sara (Schrock) Dallman of Denver, CO; C. Daniel and Mishell Schrock of Providence, RI; Paul S. and Kathryn (Schrock) Olin of Golden Valley, MN; and Larry and Margaret (Schrock) Nelson of West Des Moines, IA; twelve grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her sister, Lauretta Hayes of Elyria, OH.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Sunday, October 6, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson, Iowa City, at 1 pm. A reception and brunch followed at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3580 E.P. Parkway, Suite 101, W. Des Moines, IA 50265, or Mercy Hospital Foundation, 500 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245.

Nat Soper (October 5, 2012)

Nat’s father passed away on the 3rd of October, and Nat gave us permission to post his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Robert Soper

Dr. Robert T. Soper, 87, of Iowa City, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Oaknoll Retirement Residence, surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness.

Memorial services are planned in his honor for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Dr. Soper’s memory to the Oaknoll Foundation. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Dr. Soper was a prominent pediatric surgeon at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine for almost four decades and had served as an Emeritus Professor since his retirement in 1995. Robert, or ‘Bob’, is survived by his wife, Helene Jolas, as well as 6 children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dr. Soper was born at the University of Iowa hospital and grew up in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II and was proud to have been on a destroyer that participated in the Tokyo Bay ceremony ending the war. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa where he met his future wife, the daughter of a Cornell College Professor of Music. Drawn to a calling in medicine, he attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine and then trained in Cleveland and Mason City before returning to Iowa for a general surgery residency. He then took his fledgling family to Liverpool, England where he performed a one-year fellowship in pediatric (children’s) surgery, a new specialty that was just emerging. Dr. Soper returned to Iowa City to join the faculty at the University of Iowa. He rose through the professorial ranks and ultimately served as the interim Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1992-1995. Dr. Soper was the first, and only, surgeon to specialize in pediatric surgery in the state of Iowa for many years, treating thousands of children during his long and productive tenure at the university.

Dr. Soper had a very distinguished academic career. He was the editor of 7 textbooks of surgery and more than 200 scientific articles. He was invited to give lectures throughout the world on various topics in pediatric surgery and demonstrated operations in several foreign countries. He also performed missionary work in the Congo and on a Navajo reservation.

Dr. Soper was a mentor to many medical students and surgical residents. He was instrumental in training hundreds of surgeons who carried his passion for surgery to all corners of the state of Iowa and across the United States. Dr. Soper received the prestigious Ernest Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1996 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006. In 1998 the Robert T. and Helene J. Soper Chair of Surgery was established, the first endowed chair within the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Soper had a positive influence on many people and was revered by all who came in contact with him as an honest, dedicated, and humble individual. He took care of his patients passionately and treated those around himself with respect and dignity. Bob also cared deeply about his family and managed to carve out time from his incredibly busy profession to be involved in the lives of those he loved. He and his wife of 61 years created an atmosphere of love and inclusiveness with a passion for music, the arts and science in their household. Their loving partnership touched many lives beyond their nuclear family.

Although he will be missed by all those who love him, his legacy will remain vibrant and his spirit lives on in our hearts and minds.

Janet (Pate) Barber (September 17, 2012)

Janet’s father passed away on the 9th of September, and Janet gave us permission to post her father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Name: Richard “Dick” A. Pate
Date of Death: Sep 9, 2012
Location of Service: Peterseim Funeral Home – Kalona

A celebration of life for Richard A. Pate, 87 of Kalona was held Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:00AM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona with Pastor Jerry Stevenson officiating. A time of food and fellowship followed at the Kalona United Methodist Church in Kalona. The body has been cremated. A memorial fund has been established for the Pleasantview Home or Iowa City Hospice. Richard Pate died Sunday, September 09, 2012 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona following a decline in health.

Richard Albright Pate was born December 19, 1924 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Richard Manly and Della (Albright) Pate. He graduated from Iowa City High School in 1943. In August of 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during World War II in Italy and the Philippines. On May 7, 1947 he was united in marriage to Ruth Katzenmeyer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Richard farmed in the Iowa City area his entire life and was a member of the Welsh Church. He was also a charter member of the Iowa City Camel Wheels (1971), Iowa Cattleman’s Association (1973), a 50 year member of Sharon Center Fellowship Lodge #549, KAABA Shrine, Scottish Rite Consistory in Davenport, Lone Tree American Legion and a past president of the Welsh Pioneer Cemetery Association. Richard enjoyed traveling and farming.

Survivors include his wife Ruth of Iowa City, two children, David and wife Christine Pate of Iowa City, Iowa, Janet Barber and friend Dale Schoen of Overland Park, Kansas, three grandchildren, Chad and wife Shauna Pate, Elizabeth Pate and John Barber and one great-granddaughter, Ella Isabelle Pate, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Pate of Iowa City, Iowa.

Preceding Richard in death were his parents and one brother, Robert Pate.

David Kacena wrote (September 12, 2012)


Just so people don’t get to thinking that West High is all about sports.  Link to IC Press Citizen article


David Kacena

Judy (Becker) Bryant wrote (September 10, 2012)


I’ve attached a more recent family photo for the photos page. I had forgotten that I’d given you that relatively old one. I’ll try to remember to send an even newer one in the next few months since the boys, especially Ben (the younger of the two at only 13) seems to have hit about 6′ recently. As always, thanks for all you do! Your emails really brighten my day.


Becker Bryant Family Photo

Patty (Kennedy) McBride wrote (September 5, 2012)

Hi Dave,

Sorry that I haven’t updated things since ages ago. Would you please post a new photo for me? I got remarried in July 2010 to a chemistry professor at Santa Clara University who I met commuting to Santa Clara on the train.(Steve Fedder) He was divorced and so was I, and we had many stories to swap in the beginning. We both have children at similar ages, so now there are five kids in all, who are gone to school or graduated and gone to jobs, ages 20-26. Life for me is wonderful, the best it’s been in years! A new chapter and it’s a great one.

Love hearing your updates, keep them coming!


Patty Kennedy and her new hubby Steve Fedder

David Kacena wrote (August 30, 2012)


Link to article about West High being named overall sports champions.


Gene Hartsock wrote (August 11, 2012)


We had a lot going on the past 1-2 months, as my mom’s stomach hernia raged out of control, caused infection, and thereby made her congestive disease fail (lack of a better word). In other words, her health failed immediately, and Geri Hartsock died on Sunday night August 6th near midnight with family and church members by her side. Because she knew she was dying, she called all of her friends to say goodbye. We had her celebration service on Friday August 10th, in Brighton Iowa. Her burial was alongside of her Husband, Ernest Hartsock in the Hummer Cemetery near Sharon Center Iowa. My wife Anne and I provided music for the Service. (She sang, and I played organ prelude, and postludes.)

She was Born in Freeport Illinois, and Lived in Clinton Iowa…Met my Dad in Bible School in Zion Illinois…My Dad was a farmer in Oxford for many years, moved into Iowa City in 1967 and eventually they lived in Brighton Illinois since 1998.

Note: (see the photo below of the cat that I was lucky to see.)

She had a life long affection for Cats, and guess who showed up?!

(or Honorary Paw Bearer, or, ….. a Cat Honorguard!) How did they know?! I don’t believe they believe in using Twitter, I wonder what other way they communicated?! or do they just know………….

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote (August 7, 2012)


Please post the following to the West High web site Bulletin Board

Ruth Noth has created a profile at a site called YouCaring.com. Her best friend, who is also a West High graduate, has been diagnosed with their 4th case of cancer, and our West High comrade needs our help.

Please read the profile at the following URL address < http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7079&url=cancerstinks > and consider following up in any way that you can.

Please contact Ruth for more information concerning the West Hi Alum.

Arnie Moore wrote (July 26, 2012)

We recently returned from a trip to Iowa. My family and Julie’s family both had family reunions, so we got to see and visit 50 of the 53 members of both families. Those not present had commitments that could not be broken. For my family it was the first time since December of ’99 that we were all gathered together. We had a family dinner at a local watering hole and a family gift exchange at my mom’s house later in the day. Immediately following the gifts was a massive family water fight with 500 water balloons and 20 or so super soaker water guns. At the end of the day I don’t think anyone had a dry piece of clothing on. It was great fun ad a little hard to believe that that many adults could have such a good time without any hard feeling.

Julie’s family gathering was much more sedate with a large BBQ adult beverages and great conversation. We spent part of one day playing in West High’s annual golf outing. Shooting par golf and finishing dead last. We actually played well but could not make those birdie putts needed for the win. There were a few familiar faces there and the tourney was won by Dave Osborne and his team. I spent a little time chatting with him and getting caught up on his and Walt’s past.

We spent the 4th of July at the Coralville Reservoir, a little different than the white sunny beaches of south Florida. The weather there was amazingly hot. It was about 88 when we left Ft. Lauderdale and well over 100 in IC. The drive up was over 100 the entire trip with the hottest in Nashville at 113, according to our car temp gauge. Hard to believe that we had to come home to get to cooler weather.

The Moores in 2012

The picture above was taken at my family reunion, From L-R Ben our oldest, Brandy girlfriend of Quin, Quin our youngest, Julie and myself, just getting into the water fight. Hope all is well for everyone and looking forward to next year class reunion

Martin Anderson wrote (June 30, 2012)

Dear David,

Below is a link to a news item that might be of interest for inclusion in the class of 73 emails you send out:


Hope you are doing well.


(Webmaster’s note: We enjoyed the article so much, we wanted to capture it here so we don’t lose it!)

HOBOKEN – June 28, 2012

A special concert this evening will feature a mix of music from stage and screen, and will be a hometown performance for at least one musician.The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pier A Park, located at Sinatra Drive and First Street. Attendees are invited to bring a blanket or low-back chair, in addition to a picnic for the free performance. And one person looking forward to the performance is Hoboken resident and violist Martin Andersen.

Martin Andersen

Andersen, playing with the orchestra for the 33rd season, has lived in the Mile Square City since 1981 and thinks performing in the place he calls home is a great idea.

“It reminds me of the setting the symphony did with concerts in Liberty State Park. It’s a beautiful location on Pier A with the skyline in the background and lighting at the end of the day,” he said.

The concert, led by conductor Emil De Cou, will feature music from the movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” Richard Rogers’ “Carousel Waltz,” and the shipboard high jinks of Gilbert and Sullivan’s resoundingly popular “H.M.S Pinafore” along with patriotic favorites.

The program will also feature Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” from “Eugene Onegin,” Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” overture, Richard Strauss’ “Voices of Spring,” and a salute to the armed forces.

A trio of vocalists from Opera New Jersey soprano Channing Connell, mezzo-soprano Leah Dexter, and baritone Jeremy Moore will join the NJSO.

The City Council recently authorized a $45,000 contract to book the orchestra, which annually provides more than 250 performances and features 60 performers.

Andersen missed last year’s performance in Hoboken, which was only the second here for the symphony since the 1980s, but is looking forward to what will hopefully be a comfortable summer evening filled with music.

“This is a good thing for the symphony to have a presence in Hudson County,” he said.

Ed Barker wrote (June 25, 2012)

Hi, Dave:

Yesterday (Sunday) I attended the Sharon Center Bluegrass Festival. The setting was beautiful. It was held at the Sharon Center Methodist Church located about a half mile east of Sharon Center. They have a large, well maintained slopping lawn with many shade trees. The stage was at the bottom of the slop which enabled everyone to see from their lawn chairs. Each of the five groups performed 45 minutes to an hour. Jackie Dague Nicholson, along with her back up group sang beautifully from her bluegrass repertoire. Her back up crew which Dave told us about in last weeks e-mail, were highly talented musicians.

The last group was the one that Paul Roberts was in. He played the base, the banjo and sang. What a delight he and his crew were.

The afternoon was very delightful with about 200 to 300 in attendance. If you know where to go, you can have a great time in Iowa, including Sharon Center.

By the way, West High won a national math contest, a national debate tournament, was chosen by Newsweek Magazine as the best high school in Iowa for two years in a row and the athletic teams won six state championships during the 2011-2012 school year. What a school with great students, parents, faculty and administrators!

Ed Barker

Mark Ferguson wrote (June 19, 2012)

Hi Dave,

This past weekend I married off my second daughter, Valerie to Alex Willcox in Des Moines. It was a beautiful ceremony and dampened only by a brief summer shower just as the wedding party got on the bus. Alex and Valerie are living in Bozeman, MT.

Valerie Ferguson Willcox and Alex Willcox Wedding

Here is another photo of the wedding, the sculpture cake that was a family affair. I made the base, bought the glass, made the bottom layers out of Styrofoam, bondo and fondant, Valerie made all the details on the cake including all the silk flowers and ruffles, and Krista made the REAL cake on the top. It was quite the family project, especially since we had to coordinate the construction from three different states, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana.

Tri-state Cake

Andrew Hummel-Schluger wrote (June 19, 2012)

On June 17, 2012, we welcomed a new little guy, Harrison Andrew Carvo, into this world. You can officially call me Grandpa.

My daughter sure knows how to do Father’s Day right!

Chris Wilhite wrote (June 4, 2012)


Thanks again for keeping us all in the loop. I really do enjoy the updates. I finally got around to putting together a brief update on our situation. See the attached Word document. Feel free to share it with the rest of the class.

Best Regards,


Here is Chris’ update:

Dear West High Class of 1973,

After spending most of our lives in the Midwest – Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, back to Indiana and back to Illinois, my wife Sue (McLaughlin) and I moved up to Anchorage, Alaska in January after I accepted a financial executive position with Alaska Communications. We love it! We survived what was supposedly the worse winter in over 50 years and are now well into spring. The last of the snow melted from our yard just last week. Given that we received almost 140 inches this winter and we live part way up the mountain, I guess that’s not too bad. We have actually had a few of days over 60 degrees.

Those of you that have visited Alaska will understand when I say the scenery is absolutely spectacular. We have just started to explore the area, including some hiking, skiing and wildlife viewing (see below). We’ve already had a few visitors from the lower 48, including our daughter who lives in Chicago (we used to think that was a pretty cold and snowy place).

Settling into our routines is a little more challenging than in the past. Running, for example, is somewhat more problematic than in the Midwest. Yak Tracks (or roofing nails) on your shoes in the winter (October – April) is a must. Now that the bears are out of hibernation, pepper spray and bells are required. I have been advised, however, that if you find yourself needing to use the pepper spray, you are probably doomed. I’m still trying to find some “flat” courses. Moose, lynx and bear (brown and black) have all been spotted in our neighborhood. The moose actually come up to our windows and look in. This past weekend, two grizzlies came onto our property and proceeded to ÒinspectÓ our garbage can, which had been set out by the road for morning pickup. Bear-proof containers are on order. Our neighbor, unfortunately, had to kill another grizzly after it killed his llama and went after his horses. The treadmill is looking more practical everyday! Sue did some Nordic skiing this winter and is considering taking up the biathlon. I don’t think I’m coordinated enough to handle skis and a rifle at the same time. I’ll join the musicians union and try to rustle up a few gigs.

We are currently on about 19 – 20 hours of daylight; sun up around 4:00 AM and sunset about 12:00 AM. It never gets totally dark. By way of contrast, in January, sun up was 10:45 AM and sunset was 3:30 PM. This is truly a land of extremes.

Our classmate Janet Gregory has lived up here for something like 18 years. I popped in on her at the toy store she owns. She loves it here as well. It was good to catch up.

So, I just wanted to share our adventure with everyone. This is a beautiful place and we are happy and blessed to be here. We plan on making it down to Iowa City a few times a year and hope to be there for the 40th reunion next year. If any of you happen to make a trip up here, give me a shout. My email is Wilhite.christopher AT gmail.com.Chris

David Kacena wrote (June 3, 2012)


The hits just keep on coming.


David Kacena wrote (May 30, 2012)


The Trojans are at it again.  This time in tennis.


David Kacena wrote (May 21, 2012)


Wanted to let you know so you could pass it on that the West Boys won the state 4A Track Championship on Saturday. Follow the link below to a Press Citizen article.


You might want to share these with the rest of the class as well:

West High named number one school in Iowa


More hoops honors for West Boys and Girls


More on West High


Didn’t realize they won a National Championship in Debate.

Doug Hetzler wrote (May 15, 2012)

Doug’s father passed on the 19th of April. Doug wrote to us:

Hi Dave —

Thank you for your kind note.  It would be fine to list the obituary.

When I spoke at his funeral I wore a “Hawkeye” tie with large diagonal black and gold stripes that he had left behind in my parents last home prior to moving to an assisted living facility.  When I found the tie in a closet in their home, I asked him if I could have it, and he said sure, he didn’t have much use for ties at this stage of his life.  At the funeral, I took the tie off and laid it across the top of the pulpit and said this tie and these colors symbolized so much in his life.  The University of Iowa was what drew him to Iowa City, where he received a degree and was subsequently employed for many years.  All of his children also received degrees from the U of I.

The black and gold could also symbolize his youth, where he lived on a farm in Muscatine county and the rich black soil yielded a bounteous harvest of golden corn and oats.  In his adult years, we lived on 7 acres of land west of Iowa City, and he was a gardener extraordinaire, and the rich black soil there also yielded a bounteous harvest which included exotic species such as golden raspberries and golden tomatoes.  In the weekend where we celebrated his life and mourned his loss, the black symbolized our sadness at no longer having him with us, but the gold symbolized the radiant smiles of people coming together across the miles and the years to reconnect in his honor.

In concluding, I asked those assembled to recall the movie, “Field of Dreams”, where “Shoeless” Joe Jackson walked out of the cornfield and sees the newly constructed baseball field and asks: “Is this Heaven?”  And as any true Iowan would know, the girl responds, “No…it’s Iowa.”  I think my father was trying to construct his version of Heaven on Earth with what he developed on our property, but the true Heaven on Earth he experienced was the love he was shown by so many people during his declining time. Here is his father’s obituary, offerd as a tribute to his life:

Herbert Hetzler

Herbert L. Hetzler, 87, of Muscatine, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Sunnybrook of Muscatine.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on April 23, 2012, at Sweetland United Methodist Church.  Reverend Jim Turner of the Sweetland United Methodist Church officiated.

Memorials may be made to the Sweetland United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Iowa Hospice.

Herbert was born on September 6, 1924, in Muscatine County, the son of Eugene and Gertrude Raub Hetzler.  He married Martha L. Kemper on July 19, 1953, at the Sweetland United Methodist Church.

He was a graduate of the University of Iowa.

A veteran of the US Army, Herbert served from 1946-1949, during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He worked as a chemist in the medical labs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the clinic in Oakdale.

He was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, University of Iowa I Club, and was an active member at Sweetland United Methodist Church and was an avid Hawkeye fan.

He loved to garden and growing strawberries, sweet corn, and tomatoes were his specialties.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Martha Hetzler of Muscatine; two sons, Douglas Hetzler and wife Suzanne, of Soquel, Calif., and Byron Hetzler of Granby, Colo.; one daughter, Debra Keely and husband, Stan, of Longwood, Fla.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Leon Ramirez and husband, Leo, Patrick Keely and wife, Leslie, Jeffrey Keely, Connor Hetzler, Emily Hetzler, and Erik Hetzler; one great-granddaughter, Kaylyn Leon Ramirez; and one brother, Wilbur Hetzler and wife, Marion, of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marian Ide; and four brothers, Albert, Edgar, Wayne, and Marvin Hetzler.

Don Rinehart wrote (May 15, 2012)

Don’s father passed away on the 5th of March, and Don gave us permission to post his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Donald Ray Rinehart

Donald Ray Rinehart, 85, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, May 6, 2012. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Sharon United Methodist Church, 1809 Ninth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Bob Dagit and the Rev. Brenda Ehret. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation, Cedar Rapids. Scattering of cremains at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Willa; his children, Don (Tami) Rinehart of New River, Ariz., Lisa (John) Della Selva of St. Paul, Minn., and Ken Rinehart of Cedar Rapids; sister, Marjorie Dunham of Freeport, Ill.; four grandchildren, Christopher Rinehart and Nicole Irvin, and Natalie and Lauren Della Selva; stepgrandchildren, Keegan and Jess Boyer of Cedar Rapids; stepgreat-grandson, Owen James Caldwell; sister-in-law, Betty Stansberry of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Doyle Rinehart; and infant brother, Carol Rinehart.

Don was born April 15, 1927, in Kellogg, Iowa, to Carl and Marie (Hinshaw) Rinehart. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1945 and served in the United States Army from March 1945 to October 1946. He married Willa Hahlbeck on April 13, 1952, Pender, Neb. Together, they had three children, Don, Lisa and Ken. Don worked as a medical administrator for the Veterans Administration, until he retired in 1983.

Don enjoyed playing guitar for the dance band of Leonard Reyman Band for over 40 years. His love for music and entertaining and watching others being touched by his talent was symbolic of the way he gave and received love with his family and those whose lives he touched. Don also volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital for many years.

Please sign the online guest book for Don at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

David Kacena wrote (March 11, 2012)


Wanted to let you know that West High did win the Boys Basketball title last night. They are only the fourth school to win both Boys and Girls State Tournaments in the same year.  Below are a couple of links to articles in today’s Press Citizen.


http://beta.press-citizen.com/article/20120310/SPORTS010102/120310001/West-High-rolls-state-title David Kacena

Tom Huber wrote (March 7, 2012)

Hi Dave!

I apologize if I didn’t respond to your correspondence some time back. I thought I did. Anyway, I’m living in the Chicago area and have been since 1981. 2 kids, Nathan almost 18 and Andrea, soon to be 16. Feel free to post my contact info. Hope all is well Dave. (I feel like I know your family). Thanks for all your doing, and please continue the wonderful  job keeping us all connected! All the best to the class of ’73!


Patti (Ampofo) Sloley wrote (March 7, 2012)

Hi Dave

I hope all is well. Just to let you know my cook book ‘A Plate in the Sun’ is now available on Amazon, and I wondered if you would be kind enough to put it on the class news board.  I have also put some sample pictures and recipes on www.aplateinthesun.com.

Kind regards



My cook book:

A Plate in the Sun

Modern Fusion Recipes from Ghana, Food from the African Soul

Now available on Amazon

For sample pictures and recipes take a look at:

www.aplateinthesun.com and www.pattismenu.com

Join me on a course at the Jean-Christophe Novelli Cookery School where I cook dishes from the book.

Details at: www.jeanchristophenovelli.com

David Kacena wrote (March 4, 2012)

Dave,Here are a couple of articles on West High girls state basketball championship.


Keep your eyes peeled as the West High boys play in the State Tournament this week. They are currently undefeated on the year.


You know me, I’m not really a basketball fan except for West High.

David Kacena

Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon wrote (February 20, 2012)

Bonnie wrote to tell us “In the Press today there was a nice article on Billy Ackerman and his business.  In Sundays Gazette, there was a picture of Nancy Masbruch Olinger about her new job.  So we have celerity status in both papers.”

Here is Nancy’s blurb and picture:

Camp Fire USA Iowana Council named Amy Geiger as executive director and Nancy Olinger (see photo) as program development director. For the past 19 years, Geiger has designed and implemented development programs for area not-for-profits. Olinger comes with a community relations background of nearly 30 years with NFPs.

Nancy Masbruch Olinger

And here is Bill’s article from the Press Citizen:

Ackerman Antiques and Estate Services going strong after 43 years

Bill Ackerman’s fascination with collecting antiques started in junior high school.

His first love? Fruit jars.

“I don’t know how I got into that, but it intrigued me,” he said. “My son even took to it later when he was in elementary school. He literally learned to read by looking at a fruit jar book.”

Eventually, Ackerman ended up with so many antiques and other old items that he had to sell some of them. That was 43 years ago. Today, Ackerman Antiques and Estate Services is going strong and Ackerman has made a name for himself as a knowledgeable source when it comes to selling estates and buying antiques.

In the beginning, the business was just buying and selling, but in more recent years, Ackerman said he’s asked frequently to do appraisals for banks, attorneys and trust departments. He still has a barn full of antiques that he sells, but it’s by appointment only.

Up to five times a year, Ackerman also holds three-day estate sales at clients’ homes, charging them 20 percent of the proceeds. When someone dies or moves, families call Ackerman to go into the home and price items. The public is then invited to a weekend estate sale. Ackerman gets the word out beforehand. His wife does the cashiering, and his friends man the sales floor.

“It really works out well,” he said.

About two weeks ago, Ackerman held a three-day sale at the estate of a doctor who had died. About 1,000 people showed up, he said. On Friday night alone, there was a line of about 150 people waiting to get in the door. “There was no end to that line,” he said. “People just kept coming.”

The sales are a lot of fun, especially because he never knows what items people come for, he said. One of the most bizarre things he’s seen was at a sale last year, when the two first people in the door made a beeline for the same thing: Old children’s toys. The showcase was empty in about 30 seconds, he said.

“It was like ‘grabfest,'” he said. “I was just sitting there thinking, ‘This is exactly what I want to see: Two people after the same thing, both of them buying it frantically.'”

When sisters Carolyn and Anna Boerner decided to move out of the Iowa City home their parents built in the 1930s and into Oaknoll Retirement Residence last July, they called Ackerman. Many of their antiques belonged to their grandmother and dated back to the late 1800s. Ackerman told them which items to keep because of their value, which ones to pass on to historical societies and which to sell on their estate sale.

“It was helpful because some things we didn’t even know what they were,” said Carolyn Boerner.

On the day of their sale, people lined up as many as five hours early, she said.

Now, she said, “We’re just glad it’s over and done.”

Over the years, Ackerman has observed “generation shifts” in the eras people tend to gravitate toward with respect to the antiques they buy. A couple years ago, for example, items from the 1910s to 1920s were popular. Now, 1930s to 1940s is the in-demand era. The reason is people buy antiques that are familiar to them, he said.

“If they grew up with 1940s or 1950s furniture in their house, that’s what they’re going to relate to,” he said. “They’re not going to relate to something in the Victorian era. Old is not always more valuable.”

And Ackerman’s favorite era? The late 1800s until about 1920. It’s not when he grew up, but it was what was popular when he first started going to antique auctions.

“The turn of the century,” he said. “The golden oak era, where you could order out of a catalog.”

Reach Tara Bannow at tbannow@press-citizen.com or 887-5418.

Ackerman Antiques and Estate Services
Owner: Bill Ackerman.
Location: 814 Newton Road, Iowa City (by appointment only).
Opened: 1969.

Mike Reed wrote (February 6, 2012)

Hey David, how’s everything going? do you love this winter or what? thanks for the holiday e-card. just wanted to tell everyone that a commercial that I worked on, was on the super bowl. It was the ad for century 21. The one with the Donald, Apollo Ono, and Deon Sanders. We shot it over 2 days in New Jersey and Manhattan.  Is anyone out there following the Hawkeye Basketball team?

Hope all is well, Michael

Andy Hoppin wrote (January 15, 2012)

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the update.I also wanted to pass along the news of my father, Richard A. “Dick” Hoppin, passing on January 6th.  You may already have seen the obituary but it is also noted in the Press-Citizen.

My best always.

Andy Hoppin

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

Dick Hoppin

May 15, 1921- January 6, 2012

Richard (Dick) Hoppin, 90, died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospital’s Palliative Care Center.

A gathering for family and friends will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, at the University of Iowa Athletic Club. A brief program will be held at 5:45 to honor Dick. Online condolences may be sent for Dick’s family through the web at www.gayandciha.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation directed to the Geosciences Field Research program, or to the charity of your choice.

Dick was born May 15, 1921, in Minneapolis, MN to Arthur and Florence Hoppin. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. with honors in Geology in 1943, he served in WWII as a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps (Meteorology and Air Observation) in North Africa, India and China. Following the war, he returned to the University of Minnesota to earn his M.A. in 1947. Before continuing his education, he married Margery June Evert on September 13, 1947 in Minneapolis and they moved to California where he completed his Ph. D. in 1951 at the California Institute of Technology. He was then recalled to duty by the Air Force Reserves for one year during the Korean Conflict before joining the Geology Department at the University of Iowa in 1952. He retired in 1991. During the next twenty years, he greatly enjoyed his weekly visits with faculty, students, and staff at the Geology Department, as he continued to pursue his passion in Geology.

While on the faculty at the University of Iowa, Dick taught a broad variety of classes and supervised many PhD and Masters Students. His specialties included Structural Geology, Geotectonics, and Remote Sensing. He was Director of the UI Summer Field Course in the Black Hills and Bighorns from 1954-1964, and was proud of the fact that he always reached the tops of mountains well before his energetic students. He served as Chairman of the Geology Department from 1974-1983. Throughout his tenure at the University, he served on numerous committees, including President of the Triangle Club and Sigma Xi Chapter, University Research Council, Faculty Senate, Executive Committee and Educational Policy Committee for College of Liberal Arts, Review Committees for Zoology, School of Music, Continuing Education, and the Department of Anthropology. Among the many projects he worked on, he was particularly fascinated with the NASA Skylab and ERTS research programs he initiated on the geology of Northern Wyoming.

Throughout his career he traveled to every continent but Antarctica, furthering not only his geological work, but also to pursue his curiosity in the diverse cultures of the world. His field work included visits to the East Africa Rift Zone, Denmark, the USSR, Australia, and Indonesia. He served as the Books Editor for the Geological Society of America from 1989-1995, President of the Geological Society of Iowa, and editor of Geology-Hydrology Chapter of Skylab/EREP. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from the Geological Survey of America in 1998, authored many scientific publications, and was an invited speaker at numerous colleges and universities.

Dick contributed in many ways to the Iowa City community he loved. He served as president of the Iowa City School Study Council in 1960, was a member of the Iowa City Riverfront Commission, and was well known as the Iowa City Noon Rotary Music Maker (aka “Fingers”) for over 40 years. While on the Riverfront Commission, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Iowa City Council in 1998.

His interests outside his professional field were as varied as those within his field. Dick enjoyed playing tennis, listening to jazz and classical music, and playing on his baby grand piano. An avid reader of magazines and books, he expanded his knowledge of the world around him which he enjoyed sharing with his family and friends. He particularly enjoyed tackling daily crossword puzzles and Jumbles. A passionate follower of Iowa sports, he was a season football ticket holder for well over 50 years and nearly that long for basketball. If not in attendance, he also faithfully followed wrestling, baseball and all the women’s sports teams with just as much interest. He also took great joy in spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, mother Florence, and son Arthur. He is survived by his wife Margery, sons Chuck (Bonnie) of Johns Creek, GA and Andy of Minneapolis, MN, daughter Jan Hensel (Paul) of Mendota Heights, MN, daughter-in-law Karla Presler of Decorah, IA, grandchildren Tim (Kate) Hoppin, Dan (Kandace Wernsing) Hoppin, Brian, Matt, Angela and Anna Hensel, and great-grandchildren Charlotte and Owen Hoppin.

Larry Lindell wrote (January 8, 2012)


Always enjoy your updates and work at keeping us all informed of the latest.  I thought I would update you a little as well.

Attached is a photo of my family during my oldest daughter’s wedding this last May.  My two younger daughters( Emilie and Meghan) are to my right and in front of me.  My wife(Gayle) of 32 years is to my left.  My mom and dad are to my far right.  To the left of the groom (Nic) are my two sons, Josh with his wife Michelle and their 3 and now 4 children, and Ben and his wife Hiliary. What a bunch!  They all live nearby which is an incredible blessing.

I’m still working at Broadlawns Medical Center as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.  My photography business is starting to get some activity with selling prints, mostly for corporate wall decor.  Some day I hope to quit my day job and be a full time photographer.  Going out in the country and creating photographs of the beauty and wonder in the land has become my obsession.  Check out  my website: Larrylindellphotography.com when you get a chance.

Thanks again Dave for maintaining the Class of ’73 site.


Larry Lindell

Larry Lindell and Family May 2011

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote (January 7, 2012)

Hi Dave –

The last letter I sent out to family and relatives in December said that I was hoping I would have an injury/accident free 2012, and then New Year’s Day I stabbed myself with a new chef’s knife somehow. Resulted in 7 stitches, and eventually, due to severe pain which nearly made me pass out from time to time, a trip to a hand specialist.  I had called the medical facility where they stitched me up that day and they didn’t want me back until it was time to take out the stitches. I called my doctor’s office and the office staff decided I didn’t need to come in either.

I finally called the hand clinic at PCI here in Cedar Rapids this past Wednesday morning. I visited with a nurse and she got me an appointment for this past Thursday afternoon.  I just sensed that everyone else thought of me as a wuss with pain and just poo pooed my coming back in until it was time to take out the stitches. I knew something wasn’t right and persisted.

I saw Dr. Kuo and she was disgusted that no one would see me until her.  After several tests and yelps and near screams, she determined that two of the four topical stitches had either been put around a nerve, or through a nerve in my finger. They had to come out.  I never knew a person could YELL “oh my God” so many times in the 5-6 seconds it took to get each stitch out. I held my own wrist down so that I wouldn’t move my hand on her, and it’s all bruised today. I apologized to the folks in the waiting room when they sat me down for 20 minutes to get the color back into my face. I nearly passed out the pain was so severe for those 5 seconds for each stitch.

I’ll return this Thursday to have the remaining stitches out and for another nerve test. I failed it royally all down the inside of my pinky from that last joint to the tip of my finger. The outside of the finger is fine and I could tell she was poking me with one prong or two.  Some of the feeling in the tip of my finger has come back already, so I’m hoping I do better on Thursday with her test.  I was so grateful for the pain relief. Often I nearly passed out just getting dressed for work because of any movement in that finger at all. Now I can even type for a little while with it.

So, I’m just resting up this weekend from lots of lost sleep this past week. Got some vacuuming done and am working on a puzzle and enjoying the great weather here. No snow yet – just a couple of dustings of it but nothing measurable at all yet.  I don’t mind.

My mom will be having shoulder surgery on the 16th. I’ve got that day off from school and then took the 17th off as well to be with her and dad. She has to have the entire joint replaced, but at least they say it’s not as bad as rotator cuff surgery, of which I’ve had both of my shoulders done now.  I’m sure she’ll do OK.

I’ve learned to keep my wits about me totally with new knives now. Haven’t touched them actually since New Year’s Day, but eventually will start using them again and will be extremely careful!!!  Have a great year. Thanks, always, for passing along the class news.


Bruce Barnes wrote (January 5, 2012)


As I just returned home and to my computer, I just now received this email. If you still wish, of course you may post the obituary.

Thanks for all that you do.


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

Barbara Barnes

January 16, 1929 – December 28, 2011

Barbara M. Barnes, 82, of rural Iowa City, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2012, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Visitation will be on Monday at the funeral home from 9:00 am until services. Following services a reception will be held for family and friends at the Moose Lodge in Iowa City. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 am Tuesday at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to Iowa City Hospice or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Barbara Mae Paulus was born January 16, 1929, in rural Johnson County, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Carberry) Paulus. She attended schools in Iowa City graduating from City High School in 1947, going on to attend the State University of Iowa for two of years. She married Lawrence “Bud” Barnes on June 14, 1949, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. She and Bud made their home near Iowa City where they raised their family of five children.

Barbara was in the truest sense of the word “Mother and Wife” She lived to care for her family, and as grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, she was in her element, nothing brought her more joy than her family! She loved being there for her kids in anything that they were involved with, especially sports, and this carried on with her grandchildren, spanning over fifty-one years in the bleachers cheering them on. She and Bud loved to dance and fish, she enjoyed playing bridge and working the polls at election time, and much to her family distaste, she loved those New York Yankees!

Her family includes her husband, Bud; five children, Larry Barnes (Pam Calkins) of Iowa City; Steve Barnes of Iowa City; Bruce Barnes (Ellen) of Brighton, CO; Linda Barnes (Linda Mohrfeld) of Las Vegas, NV; and Tim Barnes (Rick Armstrong) of Oshawa, Canada; 8 grandchildren, J.R. Barnes, Todd (Rachel) Barnes, Ryan Barnes, Amanda (Chad) Nelson, Curt Barnes, Cassie (Dennis) Elchlinger, Brandon (Lacey) Barnes and Joey Barnes; 4 great-grandchildren, D.J. Elchlinger, Molly Mae Elchlinger, Grace Barnes, and Mya Nelson; sister, Joann Moss of Iowa City; brother, Rev. Richard Paulus (Ellyn) of West Branch; former daughter-in-law, Carla Barnes of Iowa City, and sister-in-law, Sonya Paulus of New York City, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Robert Paulus.

Don Rinehart wrote (January 3, 2012)Well…the movie is finally done.  Now to pitch it to PBS!  Enjoy!

Nancy (Masbruch) Olinger wrote (January 1, 2012)

Hi Dave:

News to share with the class. 2011 has ended on a sad note for our family. It’s probably easiest to paint a timeline of events: Dec. 12 we flew to Nashville to admit my husband’s brother (Bruce) to a Hospice care facility. On Dec. 13, while he was being admitted, my husband (Ron) suffered  a massive heart attack in their lobby. Quick action by the Hospice team, and close proximity to one of the best heart hospitals in the nation, had Ron in the ambulance and to the hospital within 8 minutes and into surgery within 20 minutes. A 100% blockage was opened with a stent and after 3 days in ICU, he was released from the hospital, but couldn’t travel for another few days. I wasn’t with him when it happened as I was back at his brother’s house gathering things he needed at the Hospice facility.

When I got the call, I had no transportation and didn’t have a clue where the hospital was or even if Ron would make it through the heart procedure. I’ve never felt more alone than at that moment. My daughter immediately hit the road and made the 11-hour drive to be with us. Fast-forward now as Ron is released to return to Iowa. We are home 2 days and our beloved wiener dog of nearly 15 years suffers a stroke and we have to have her put down at midnight – I picked up her ashes just a few days ago. Making daily calls to Ron’s brother, we knew when we left to return to Iowa that he would likely take a turn for the worse. Two days ago, last Friday, we got the call from Hospice – Bruce passed away at the Hospice facility. He had been up walking that morning and still talking……but the day before on the phone he had told us it would be the last time we’d talk. Guess he had that Divine Connection to know his fate, as that was the last time we spoke. This week Ron faces yet another heart procedure to have a second stent put it for another artery that is 80% blocked. We’re having to delay Bruce’s funeral a few days to give Ron time to recover so he can attend. Needless to say, prayers are appreciated.

I was suppose to start a new job this week, but that is delayed a week until all of this is behind us. I’m excited to start this new venture – Program Development Director for Camp Fire USA, Iowana Council – so at least there are some bright spots among this mess.