|Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon wrote (December 27, 2014)
Bonnie shared some very good news about West High with us, and you can read the VERY good news here.
Sue (Davison) Haigh let us know that Carla’s husband Lenny Kestler passed away recently. Carla shared the following with us as a tribute to Lenny’s life:
Hey Dave, My son Rob made it to the 2014 World Series!
He is a camera man for Fox Sports, and he was asked to be in San Fransico for the 3 games there against the KC Royals. If anyone was excited to go to the World Series, he was!. He has worked his way up from local sports and events, to the World Series…”Congrats, Rob Hartsock” from Mom and Dad.
Karen (Villhauer) Michalec let us know today that Mike Russell’s mother Dorothy passed away. Mike gave us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life.
Dorothy E. Russell, 93, lifetime resident of Iowa City, died Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Lone Tree Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, November 20th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.
Dorothy Ellen Crossett was born April 20, 1921 in Iowa City; daughter of Ralph and Helen (Goody) Crossett. She graduated with the 1939 class from City High School and married Robert “Bob” Russell a few years later, on November 27, 1942.
While Bob served in the Army Air Corps they lived at different duty stations, but after his service returned to Iowa City, where they’ve lived since. Together they enjoyed time traveling, camping and being outdoors. She was a member of the Jonco Jills chapter of the Izaak Walton League and was an active life member as well as a past member of the Iowa City Camping Club.
Her family includes her children, Robin Walker and her husband, Thomas of Franklin, Ohio and Michael Russell and his significant other, Karen Michalec of Iowa City; grandchildren, Amber Russell of Vicksburg, MS, Jason Russell and his wife, Megan of Mt. Vernon and their daughter, Quinn and Shea Russell of Tiffin.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2009; parents and siblings, Ed Crossett, Pauline Matthew and Betty Wienke.
Dorothy’s family would like to acknowledge the compassion and care shared with their mother and grandmother from the staff at the Lone Tree Health Care Center as well as those of Hospice Compassus, Thank You!
In June 2013 was diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer. The cancer was discovered via an MRI, which I underwent to better diagnose back pain and nausea. As I was considered pre diabetic and my symptoms seemed to be limited to mornings before I had eaten I believed I had finally developed full blown diabetes. But monitoring my blood sugar for a few days it was obvious not the cause so an MRI was ordered. The MRI revealed multiple masses in my liver. At first it was assumed that my breast cancer of 2002 had returned and manifested in my liver. Subsequent scans and multiple biopsies confirmed the tumors were a result of a primary “midgut” carcinoid tumor that metastasized to my liver.
The carcinoid tumors in my liver are NOT liver cancer but a different disease altogether.
I want to reiterate: This diagnosis does NOT mean I have liver cancer. I have carcinoid tumors in my liver which is a very different situation.
What is Carcinoid Cancer?
Never heard of Carcinoid? You are in excellent company, unless a medical professional most have never heard of this form of cancer. Carcinoid is under the umbrella of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET’s). Carcinoid tumors and other NETs usually originate in hormone-producing cells that line the small intestine or other cells of the digestive tract. They can also occur in the pancreas, testes, ovaries, or lungs. Carcinoid tumors can produce an excess of hormonelike substances, such as serotonin, bradykinin, histamine, and prostaglandins. Excess levels of these substances can sometimes result in a diverse set of symptoms called carcinoid syndrome. Other NETs can produce other hormonal substances causing a variety of other syndromes.
Carcinoid and NET cancers occurs in approximately 1 in 100,000 people and is most often diagnosed in people over the age of 65, so it is a rare disease. Many patients suffer from ongoing GI issues, over 90% of patients are initially incorrectly diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn’s Disease. From the onset of GI issues to an accurate diagnosis typically takes more than five years. NETs can cause a myriad of other symptoms, which further complicates the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
NETs are very slow growing cancers. Specialists believe my primary tumor originated over 10+ years ago in my small intestine. During that time it slowly grew and spread to my liver (the most common site carcinoid spreads to). For more information on Carcinoid and related cancers, visit www.carcinoid.org
I also believe that there is a good possibility that this is what my father had. Although not genetic there does seem to be a familial component.
As I’ve stated, carcinoid is a very slow growing cancer and at this time there is no cure. The advancements in current and future treatments combined with the specific factors of my case (proliferation rate, tumor burden, etc) lead doctors to believe that as long as I attend to it, I can expect to live to a ripe old age. “Chronic cancer”, not an easy thing to get one’s head around, but that is what I’m dealing with.
As I alluded to above, each NET patient is unique in their diagnosis and the symptoms they experience, there is no “cookie cutter” way to approach diagnosing or treatment of this disease.
At the time of my diagnosis and with limited exceptions, to this day I have felt only minor symptoms. I am very fortunate in that I have never experienced any of the GI issues so many NET patients deal with. This is one reason why I was completely unaware of my condition.
How is Carcinoid treated?
There is no cure for Carcinoid or other NET cancers. Once diagnosed, most patients undergo surgery to remove the primary tumor and if possible, some of the metastasized tumors. As I mentioned, NETs are very slow growing cancers and as such chemotherapy treatments (which attack fast growing cells) are not very effective at killing NET tumors. Because there is no cure at this time for Carcinoid or other NETs, the goal for treatment is “disease stabilization”, finding a way to disrupt the function of the tumors so that they are unable to progress. Fortunately, in the past five to ten years there have been some advancements in the treatment of some NETs with targeted radiation treatments. For some patients, these treatments are successful at killing off and/or stopping the tumors from growing for upwards of 5 years at a time.
In order to control it I am treated with a drug called Octreotide. I receive this injection monthly and once my body adjusted to it I have few side affects from this treatment.
In my case, they were unable to identify my primary tumor. So no surgery was performed. The tumors in my liver were considered to be too numerous to remove and with the primary still lurking somewhere liver surgery is useless.
This past June around the one year anniversary of my diagnosis I learned of a newer scan used in Europe and now being used at the U of I hospital. So on July 15, 2014 I under went this Gallium-68 scan. In hopes of pinpointing my primary tumor. It was only slightly better than my previous scans, still no definitive primary located. But there was a lymph node near my small intestine where it connects to the colon. This is the most common area for primary tumors and presumed to be the location of mine. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. O’Dorisio and the surgeon Dr. Howe at the U of I Hospitals. They are the mid wests leading experts on this disease.
After meeting with Dr. Howe I have scheduled surgery for Oct 14. The procedure includes three parts. First he will run my entire small intestine looking for nodules. Remove these and any associated lymph nodes. Typically he finds 5-10 such nodules although he had one patient with 129. He can take up to 20% of the small intestine without adverse affects. If there are tumors near the large intestine he may take some of it as well as the appendix. Secondly he will remove my gallbladder as the Octreotide that I will be on the rest of my life is know for causing gallstones. And lastly he will use ultrasound in the OR to locate tumors in my liver and use ablation to essentially burn and destroy them. Typically he can reduce the tumor load in the liver by 80%.
Future Options for Treatment
Another treatment still only in Europe is Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT)
Perhaps the simplest way to explain the workings of PRRT is to think about the analogy of a magnet and its ability to attract iron shavings. Think of a neuroendocrine tumor with somatostatin positive receptors as the magnet and the iron shavings are a somatatostatin analog chemical (Octreotide) to which is bound or attached to some radioactive material (the radionuclide Y-90 or Lu-177). The receptors in the tumors attract the octreotide and this chemical with the radioactive material is absorbed into the tumor by the receptor. The radiation then starts to kill the tumor cells.
This makes PRRT a form of targeted therapy, able to impact those tumors that can absorb certain types of chemicals bound to radioactive materials.
The PRRT will be available this fall in a study at the U of I Hospital and at Mayo.
Thank you for enduring this lengthy explanation. I hope I’ve helped you understand a little bit about carcinoid and what I’ve been dealing with these past 16 months.
Most of all, thank you for understanding my need for privacy in the past and my need to share this news with you now. After dealing with breast cancer and life constantly revolving around my health I felt the need to keep my new issues private. As I really don’t feel ill life goes on as normal. I will not be posting my story on Facebook or Caring Bridges as I prefer to maintain as normal a life as possible and I am only sending this out as a way of educating others on one of those orphan diseases that few encounter.
Thanks so much and all thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
My son, Caleb was married at the Heidel Haus on Green Lake in Wisconsin in August!
Caleb got ready for his wedding in our hotel room. We ordered subs for all the groomsmen and they were all hanging out before the service having refreshments. I helped Caleb with his cufflinks, suspenders and tie (always a Mom!).
I was taking pictures and I took this random shot of my three sons – Caleb, Ben and Jake, and there is an orb in it!!! (very clearly right above Jake’s hands – none of the other photos had any orbs in them) You can say it is dust or the camera lens was dirty, or whatever… but I just got a new camera and the rooms were clean. I truly believe that this is my Dad’s spirit caught on film! We are all made up of energy, and that energy never goes away even after we leave our physical bodies. Dad was probably wanting to have a beer with my boys! This is a “God Wink” reassuring me that our loved ones who have passed are always with us, watching over us and protecting us, loving us.
Here is a news article that shows how West High rates in comparison to 1) other schools nationally and 2) other schools in Iowa.
The West High Marching Band has new uniforms this year. The marching band will wear these proudly at the home football game this Friday night, provided that the game does not get rained out.
West High’s baseball team made it all the way to the state championship this past summer, but unfortunately we lost the final game. (Hey… being #2 in the state ain’t bad!)
Another bit of news related to the local school district: Budget cuts have caused some changes. A bunch of faculty and staff positions have been cut. The teaching of German is being phased out; there are no new first-year students entering the pipeline for German. The only German classes being taught are for those students who have already been studying German. The entire German program will be discontinued district-wide once these remaining students finish out.
That’s all the news for now.
– John R. McLure
Bonnie let us know today that Paul Maxwell’s mother Marian passed away. Paul gave us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life.
Marian F. Maxwell, of Oaknoll Retirement Community, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City, on August 8, 2014, following a long illness. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Marian was born in Davenport on June 10, 1925 to Drs. Robert and Blanche Getman. Marian graduated from Davenport High School and the University of Iowa in 1947 and married Dr. John R. Maxwell in Davenport, Iowa. Her main interests were her family and reading, particularly history and historical novels.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. Robert J. Getman and infant Lyle.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Christy McGinty and Carol Gorman (Ed) of Cedar Rapids; sons Paul Maxwell of Arlington, VA and Dr. Steven Maxwell (Virginia Cox) of Dubuque; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. Christina Donelson and the staff at Mercy Hospice for their loving care. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa City Hospice, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.gayandciha.com.
Jay Dinsmore’s mother Jane Dinsmore passed away recently. Jay gave us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life.
Emma “Jane” Dinsmore, 87, of Coralville, died Tuesday, July 15th, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, and Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Coralville. Memorials in Jane’s name can be made to the American Legion Auxiliary (memo: Iowa City VA Fund) or the Coralville Center for Performing Arts.
Emma Jane Robinson was born April 27, 1927, in Cedar Co.; daughter of Ralph and Emma Robinson. She graduated from West Branch High School and shortly thereafter married Charles Dinsmore, on September 13, 1947. After marriage they moved to Coralville and a few years later, in 1953, built their family home on 7th avenue. She worked most of her life bookkeeping and helping with secretarial matters at their business, Dinsmore Insurance and also for a time at the University.
Jane has been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary since their marriage, serving as past president and treasurer, and a longtime member of Parkview Church. She also volunteered at the Iowa City VA Hospital for many years, serving most recently as the Patient Representative in Volunteer Services. When not helping others, she enjoyed a game of Bridge or time with her grandchildren. She was a very positive and caring woman, who usually had a bed ready in case someone needed a place to stay for a few days, weeks, or longer.
Her family includes her children, Jim (Sandie) of Asheboro, NC, Sue (Mike) of Iowa City, Jay (Jan) of Chandler, AZ and Dean (Anne) of Rocky, OK; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and her sisters, Mary Bennett, Jenny Bena and Helen Fankhauser.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1977; siblings and grandson, Jason.
Patti and Julie spent some time together recently when Julie was in Great Britain.
Patti said “Seeing my friend Julie (Kent) Larson again…We laughed a lot, friendship is a beautiful thing.”
Patti shared these photos of the occasion. Enjoy!
You are welcome to share the photo I posted on FB of the WHS ladies in your Class of ’73 West High emails and post it to our online photo album.
Bonnie hosted a spa for us and Brenda brought some great Arbonne products for us to share and make us even more radiant than we already are! (LOL) It was fun to laugh, talk and share all those fabulous school memories.
Some of us have been together since Kindergarten, so some memories went WAY back!
Special correspondent and Webmaster’s brother-in-law John McLure shared the fantastic follow-up to the previous news about West High’s soccer team.
I thought you might enjoy some more uplifting news from West High…
We left Alaska about a year ago and spent 9 months in Baltimore. I just accepted an offer ( I couldn’t refuse) from my previous employer and am working in Milwaukee. We have an apartment downtown Milwaukee and our “retirement” home in Albuquerque.
Special correspondent, cub reporter, and Webmaster’s nephew J.D. McLure sent us some fantastic news about West High’s soccer team (which includes a video):
Eagle eye Mark Ferguson saw this article on LinkedIn. Tom graciously agreed to share this good news with the class.
Laitek Inc. Appoints New Executive Vice President and General Manager Tom Huber
Dave, recently on the Iowa City Facebook 70’&80’s page , there were discussions about the Black Angel in the cemetery.
Gene also wrote:
Delilah Mae was born on May 11th!! What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!! Parents are Brenna Prosser and Trevor Tvedte!! And big sisters Mikkayla and Makennah!
The only interesting news from the Bryant household is that our older son Sam chose Franklin and Marshall College. Very exciting.
Hi Dave :
Congrats on your job and house sale!!! Rarely do I send photos of myself for anything, but since I missed the reunion last year and I know classmates are just dying to see how much hair I don’t have any more, thought I would send these photos to you.
I “retired” from the band two years ago, but since really “retiring” from the Glendale Chamber of Commerce last fall, I now find myself back in the band business…same band…Phoenix’s Favorite 50’s Band…Come Back Buddy (they fired the guy that replaced me and coaxed me back). We are keeping busy several nights a week entertaining senior citizens who remember who Buddy Holly really was! So, I guess I didn’t really retire!
We have a new grand daughter as of January 30 (our first) so have been practicing spoiling her rotten. Tami and I will be in the Quad Cities/Iowa City area May 16-23 for the All American National Hickory Golf Tournament and finishing up some of her family’s estate business. Hope to maybe see some classmates when in Iowa City.
Otherwise, all is well in sunny Arizona! No polar vortex here! New email is email@example.com for anyone interested.
P.S.My grand daughter has already figured out that grandpa is full of –it!!!!
Patti (Guyapomaa) Sloley wrote (April 15, 2014)
Hi Dave, I hope you are settling in ok. Could I kindly ask you to share my good news on the West High site. My second cookbook ‘A Date with Plantain‘ is out now and on Amazon. I shared it on Facebook last night so you should have received it. Ever tried plantain?? go on give it a go..the most versatile ingredient!!! in the meantime , have a Happy Easter. x
Bonnie texted us today to let us know that her brother Mark died on the 12th of February. She gave us permission to post his obituary as a tribute to his life.
Mark William Tappan
Mark W. Tappan, 55 of Iowa City died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Mark William Tappan was born May 30, 1958, in Iowa City, the son of Sheldon and Constance (Hastings) Tappan. He attended Iowa City Schools graduating from West High School in 1976. For many years he worked for the University of Iowa in the Facilities Management Dept.
His family includes his sons, Andy, James and Michael; granddaughter, Skylar Rose, siblings, Bonnie Weldon, Becky Tubandt, Melanie Tappan, Wendy Strabala; and Kevin Tappan; nieces, nephews, cousins; former wife and mother to his boys Deb Tappan, and a host of friends.
No public services are planned, private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Dear Class of ’73,
Thanks to all who have sent encouragement and prayers. The doctor successfully placed a defibrillator with biventricular pacemaker. So far it is causing both ventricles to pump together which might make the heart a little more effective. It is hoped that with medications and the pacemaker- the heart might shrink some in size and empty more than the 25% of normal that it does now. If it is successful – it may buy more lifetime. I am still considered a candidate for a heart transplant.
The hard part for me is that the doctors flip back and forth between encouragement and reminding me that I have a limited prognosis. I am trying to get to a point where I can focus on the “here and now” and not the unknowns of my future.
Please take care of yourselves and remember to tell your loved-ones how much you care,
Laura Walters Anspach
Karen told us that her mother passed away on February 2, 2014. She gave us permission to post her Mom’s obituary as a tribute to her life.
Marian “Maisie” Villhauer
Maisie was born on December 17, 1926, the daughter of Albert and Lucy (Kaplan) Stockman. She grew up in Oxford, IA and graduated from St. MaryÕs High School in Iowa City. On June 4, 1947, she married David Villhauer. Maisie worked at various jobs including Sheller-Globe, Killian’s Beauty Salon and First National Bank.
In addition to spending time with her family, Maisie enjoyed bowling and playing cards. Most of all, she loved to laugh and to hear a good joke.
Survivors include her 8 children: Steve (Niki) Villhauer of Iowa City, Dale (Jean) Villhauer of Tomah, WI, Shirley (John) Bothell of West Liberty, Marsha Anderson of Iowa City, Karen Michalec of Cedar Rapids, Keith (Kim) Villhauer of North Liberty, Jan (Bill) Robertson of West Branch, and Julie (John) Strabala of Riverside; a brother John (Florence) Stockman of Iowa City, 19 grandchildren: Luke (Athena) Villhauer, Ben Villhauer, Emily Villhauer, Brianne (Mary Formea) Bothell, Tony (Alicia) Bothell, Jonathan Bothell, Joseph Anderson, Angela Michalec, Julia Michalec, Brandi (Paul) Roesler, Jake Villhauer, Rylee Villhauer, Evan Yeutsy, Molly Robertson, Katie Robertson, Jack Robertson, Sarah Strabala, Anna Strabala, and David Strabala; 5 great-grandchildren: Isaac Villhauer, Roman Villhauer, Jaiden Roesler, Emerson Roesler and Ainsley Bothell; brother-in-law Donald (Marcia) Villhauer of Tipton, IA, sisters-in-law: Joan Hummer of Oxford, IA and Dorothy Villhauer and Mary Villhauer both of Iowa City; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Maisie was preceded in death by her husband David, parents, six brothers, four sisters, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to offer their sincere appreciation to those who cared for Maisie during her years with Alzheimer’s Highland Ridge in Williamsburg and Oaknoll Health Care Center in Iowa City.