2015 Bulletin Board Postings

Judy (Becker) Bryant wrote (December 27, 2015)

Judy (Becker) Bryant shared her family’s holiday letter and a montage of family photos from the past year with us.

Walt Osborne wrote (December 10, 2015)

Bill Ackerman and Don Rinehart let us know that Walt Osborne’s dad Bill had passed away. Walt gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Bill Osborne

James William (Bill) Osborne, age 87, passed away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.

Visitation was Friday December 11 from 4 Ð 7 PM, with a memorial service Saturday December 12 at 11 AM, both to be held at the Coralville United Methodist Church.

Bill was born on January 17, 1928 in Pana, Illinois, the son of Ruby (Ireland) and Fred Osborne. His quest for knowledge in the sciences began in Edinburg, Illinois, leading to a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1955, and continued through his appointments in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Bill retired from the U of I in 2002 having served as Professor and Director of the Radiation Research Laboratory and Radiation Biology Program.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Walter (Nancy), son, David (Cindy); and five grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin), Sean (Lianne), Lindsay, James David (JD), and Berke.

Through his research work and teaching at the U of I, his dedication to the Coralville United Methodist Church, and the Radiation Research Society, Bill had a great impact on many lives. He enjoyed all sports – especially basketball Ð and Hawkeye athletics.

Memorials may be directed to the Coralville United Methodist Church or the J.W. Osborne Endowment Fund through the Radiation Research Society. Arrangements are with Gay & Ciha Funeral Service.

Paul Roberts wrote (December 3, 2015)

Its that time of year again (already!). We will be having the program at our church as usual but not at Amana this year. Instead, we will have one performance at the Ainsworth Opera House in Ainsworth, Iowa (south of Iowa City just off of Hwy 218 or East of Washington on Hwy 92).

Fliers for both programs are attached. Hope you can make it to one, or even both, shows.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed holiday season!

Paul and Julie for the Great Bluegrass Herons

Bluegrass Herons Christmas SCUM 2015  Bluegrass Herons Christmas SCUM 2015

Don Rinehart wrote (October 6, 2015)

Hi Dave :

Once again, thanks for all you do to keep the ’73ers together! Sounds like a great party coming…wish we could be in IC for…hope to make the next reunion.

Just a quick update from Arizona for anyone interested. Tami (Thompson ’74) and I have purchased a small home near Prescott, AZ (el. 5100 ft). The Phoenix summers were starting to get to us and playing golf in 110 degree heat really sucks! The Prescott house is within 5 minutes of 3 great golf courses and only about an hour’s drive from our home in New River (north of Phoenix). We will still keep that house and son Chris will run his vehicle repair business there and take care of the property. Plan to stay there more in the winter months, but Prescott will definitely be home during the heat! Email and home address to stay the same for contact info. Phone is/are 602 717-0729 (Don) and 602 882-1434 (Tami).

I have also officially retired from “Phoenix’s Favorite 50’s Band – Come Back Buddy” after nearly 12 years. The travel and wear and tear on this 60 year old was getting to be too much 125-150 gigs a year (especially without roadies)! Lots of great memories from playing on Fremont Street, the Strip and Convention Centers in Las Vegas, the Whiskey a Go Go in L.A., corporate gigs in Phoenix/Tucson and plenty of sock hops from San Diego to Austin, Texas…but time to retire the drumsticks.

Spending the rest of our time baby sitting and spoiling our granddaughter (almost 2 yrs old). Daughter Nicole and husband both have great jobs at USAA Insurance in Phoenix.

If any ’73ers are out this w…look us up! Here’s to good health for everyone…after all, we are now getting “up there” in age! Steve Riggan, you know who you are!

Don and Tami Rinehart

Sara Muller (October 1, 2015)

Hi Dave,

Have an item to publish in the West email, purdy please. Bon and I are having a little soiree for the local “almost 60 and 60+ers” guys and gals (Steve Riggan you know who you are) similiar to what Deb Persons had awhile back (fun!).

Bring whatever you fancy to share. We will have some libations to get the party started.

All (boys, girls, West, City, Regina, U, friends of Bonnie and Sara) are welcome via this invite and word of mouth.

Saturday, October 17th, 6pm.

1350 Burry Drive, Iowa City, Iowa

Thanks as always for your efforts, updates, movie reviews and wonderful insights! Hope all remains well with you and yours.

Best regards,

~ Sara

Jeff Bagford (September 18, 2015)

Jeff Bagford let us know that his father Jack passed away recently. Jeff gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Jack Bagford

Jack Bagford, 86, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence. Funeral Services was held at 11 am on Saturday, August 29 at First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jack Bagford Elementary Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of Iowa Foundation, 1 West Park Road, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Jack was born on April 1, 1929 in Clarksville, OH, the son of John and Gracie (Day) Bagford. He grew up in and around Clarksville farming, fishing and getting into trouble with his only sibling, his older brother, Larry. Jack earned his B.S. degree from Wilmington College, his M.A. degree from Miami University (Ohio), and his Ph.D. degree from Indiana University. He served as a helicopter mechanic instructor in the Army, which was a perfect fit for an engineering-minded teacher. He started his family when he married Mary Catherine “Katie” Farmer and they had Jack’s two oldest children, Jeff and Becky. Katie passed away, leaving Jack raising two small children while finishing his degree. It was at this time he met Ann Jane McNamara and just a short 4 months later (June 5, 1962), made her his wife. The new family set off for his new job at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and they never left.

Jack was a beloved professor in the College of Education from 1962 until his retirement in 1991. Professor Bagford served with distinction as an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, a director of student teaching and a college professor. An active member of the International Reading Association, he was founder and president of the Iowa Council International Reading Association. A scholarship was established by a former student in honor of Dr. Bagford.

It is an absolutely impossible task to summarize all of the hobbies he enjoyed over the course of his lifetime. On the very top of his list, you would find: GOLF, fishing, gardening, hunting, horse-shoe pitching, IOWA sports, mushroom hunting, ‘coffee with the boys’, arrowhead hunting, bridge, bird-watching, teaching anyone anything, crossword puzzles and story-telling. Jack was a master at all these things and for the most part (golfing excluded), incredibly humble as well. Even in the last several years, he was able to share story after story and enrich the lives of those he met while at Oaknoll. He was tenderly cared for by so many special people and truly brightened the day of those around him.

Above all else, he was the very happiest when he was with his family. He led the Bagford Bunch on many adventures and shared his talents and love of life with his wife, children and most especially, his grandchildren. He was a ‘one of a kind’ who spent his time on this earth caring for it, learning and teaching for a lifetime and loving his friends and family. Jack is survived by his wife Ann, their son Jeff Bagford, his wife Michelle and children Lisa and Travis of Scottsdale, Az; their daughter Becky Page, her husband Tracy and children Katie, Amy, and Molly of Lubbock, Tx; their daughter Jane McCrill, her husband Mark, and son Thomas of North Andover, Ma; and their daughter, Pamela Page, her husband Roger and children Sarah Dougherty, Megan Dougherty, Garrett, Natalie and Arianna Page of Overland Park, Ks.

Elanda “Jane” (Svoboda) Ahrends (September 16, 2015)

Arden “Eddie” Svoboda let us know that Jane and Eddie’s father Aden passed away recently. Eddie gave us permission to share his father’s obituary as a tribute to his life.

Arden Svoboda

Arden E. Svoboda Sr., 87, longtime resident of Coralville, died at his home surrounded by his family Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Burial services with military honors will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville, followed by a gathering for family and friends to remember and share their Arden stories at the Moose Lodge in Iowa City On October 17th, with time to be announced. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Mooseheart and Moosehaven. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Arden Edmund Svoboda was born September 8, 1928, in Prague, NE, the son of James S. and Emma M. (Krondak) Svoboda. Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving as a cook during the Korean Conflict. On November 27, 1952, he married Erma Jane Steyer in Tulsa, OK. The couple moved with their family to Coralville in 1960. Here Arden worked as an electrician for the Iowa City Community School District for nearly 35 years before retiring. Arden has always been good with his hands, from electrical work to carpentry skills, he could do anything he put his mind to. Which included donating his time and talents to many local charities and the Moose Lodge over the years. He was also a former member of the American Legion.

His family includes his four children, Elanda “Jane” Ahrens (William) of Montezuma, IA; Arden E. Svoboda Jr. (Carol) of Coralville; Robin S. Svoboda of Marion; and Kathrine Ferrie (Patrick) of Lakeville, MN; 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and his sister, Delia Story of Ft. Collins, CO. Arden was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Erma; grandson, Samuel Ahrens, 2 sisters and a brother.

Leanne Shank (August 10, 2015)

Bonnie let us know that Leanne’s younger sister Heather passed away recently. Leanne gave us permission to share Heather’s obituary as a tribute to her life.

Heather Shank

Heather Lane Shank died at her home following a long illness on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Heather’s life will be held at 6PM, Thursday, August 20th at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Heather was born on April 21, 1956 to James Ronald Shank and Ruth (Pinky) Beye in Iowa City, Iowa.

She graduated early from West High School in 1973. In 1980, Heather graduated from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was a traveling nurse in New Orleans, LA, Miami, FL, Reno, Nevada, San Luis Obispo, CA and Wharton, TX, but she worked the majority of her nursing career at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics until 1986. Heather was a graduate of the College of Law at the University of Iowa and worked for Kinnamon, Kinnamon, Russo and Meyer Law Firm. In August of 1994 Heather was hired by the City of Iowa City as the Human Rights Coordinator.

Heather had a compassionate approach to the protection of human rights and to anyone who faced discriminatory practices. As coordinator, Heather implemented policies to prevent discrimination in areas of sexual orientation, gender identity and challenged the discriminatory practice of bullying. Because of this, Iowa City became a model for other communities located inside and outside the state of Iowa that sought films or programs on human rights issues. Heather has received numerous honors in the past, including the City’s own Human Rights Award (2002), the Iowa City Pride Committee Legacy Award (2005), and the annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award (2005), among others. She was to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission which, has been since been named to the Heather Shank Lifetime Achievement Award, in October 2015. Heather retired from her position as Human Rights Coordinator in December 2005 due to her illness.

Heather’s passion was to give voice to the powerless, and to fight human right abuses. She practiced this at work and in life. She was an avid reader and loved talking about books until she could no longer see well enough to read. She also enjoyed going to movies and out to dinner, especially Joseph’s, with her friends and family. Heather, being primarily confined to her home, enjoyed identifying birds and making her back yard a bird sanctuary.

Survivors include two sisters; Brigitte Sliger (Wayne Sliger) of Iowa City; Leanne Bissell of Bloomington, Indiana, four nieces; Madeline, Olivia, Stephanie and Shanetta, three nephews, Jordan, Caleb and Gabriel, her grandfather Floyd Vesely and three grandnieces and three grandnephews. Survivors also include Heather’s many treasured and beloved friends. Heather was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruth (Pinky) Shank, her maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother.

Deb (Gardner) Persons wrote (August 7, 2015)

Deb and Kim’s daughters threw them a 20, 40, 60 party this summer:

  • 20 years in each of their careers
  • 40 years anniversary of marriage
  • 60 years of life on the planet

Deb also hosted a “Big Six Oh Party” for any and all of the Women of Troy who share the same number of years on earth.

Deb had a great turnout, and here is who attended:

Back row from left to right:
Deb Nortmann Tyer, Jackie Dague Nicholson, Mary Kay (Gorius) Kray, Sara Muller, Brenda (Schrock) Bradley, Karen (Peak) Lenth, Laura (Reddick) Hershberger

Middle row from left to right:
Deb Persons, Deb Dee, Karen Villhauer Michalec

Front row:
Bonnie Weldon, Katie Collins Bretz

John McLure wrote (July 30, 2015)

West won their quarter-final game today! Yippee!

Iowa City West puts it together offensively to win 4A quarterfinal

Mark Ferguson wrote (July 17, 2015)

Well, they chased the Cyclones out of Hawkeyeville. Susan, my mother and I will be moving to Polk City July 23. Our new snail mail address is 830 Lake View Avenue, Polk City, IA 50226. 830 Lake View Ave, Polk City, IA 50226

It has been fun returning to our hometown for the past five years but I returned to work for Ryko as a Mechanical design engineer, where my passion is.

Deb (Gardner) Persons wrote (July 15, 2015)

Deb (Gardner) Persons asked us to please let her know if you plan to attend the upcoming Women of Troy Big Six Oh Party on Sunday afternoon, August 9, 2015. You can do this by dropping her a line at iowapersons@gmail.com.

Nancy (Masbruch) Olinger wrote (July 1, 2015)

Carla Blaug was back from San Diego after losing her husband last December. Janet Gregory was back as her father just died and the memorial is Monday in Coralville. You may share that. Kathy Murphy drove over from the Ames area just to see us. Carla is staying at Sue’s in Dubuque. We met in Mt Vernon at the Palisades Cafe. Great place to eat. Was a fun visit. Glad the photo came through for you.

Westies from left to right are Nancy (Masbruch) Olinger, Carla (Blaug) Kestler, Art Bailey Murray and his wife Deb, Sue (Davison) Haigh, Janet Gregory, and Kathy (Murphy) Debruyn.

Mark Stasi (June 26, 2015)

Pat Vaughan let us know that Mark Stasi’s mother Norma passed away recently. Mark gave us permission to share Norma’s obituary as a tribute to her life.

Norma Stasi

Norma J. Stasi of Iowa City, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Mercy Hospital – Hospice Care Unit.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Coralville with Father Walter Helms. Visitation was held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial took place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City.

Norma was born on May 5, 1931 at her farm house in Buchanan County, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Buena Belle (Marshall) Miller. She graduated from Stanley High School in Aurora and the University of Northern Iowa with a teaching certificate in 1952. Norma was united in marriage to John D. Stasi on August 7, 1954 in Oelwein, Iowa. They moved to Iowa City in 1964 and opened the Burger Palace. Later in life she was a realtor for Ambrose & Associates Realtors.

Norma was a devout Catholic and loving mother. The most important thing in her life was taking care of her family. Norma was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She also enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.

Norma is survived by her husband, John; seven children: Mark (Renee) Stasi of Littleton, Colorado, John (Lori) Stasi of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Ann (Steve) Phillips of Lake Forest, Illinois, Amy (Bob) Forte of Batavia, Illinois, Matthew (Kristi) Stasi of Austin, Minnesota, Jennifer (Dennis) Beaver of Post Falls, Idaho, and Jacqueline (Matthew) Kienzle of St. Charles, Illinois;

She is survived by sixteen grandchildren: Jared (Meredith) Stasi, Nick Stasi, Erin (Austin) Holst, Chris (Laci) Stasi, Andrew ‘Louie’ Stasi, Stephen and Michael Phillips, Austin, Zoe, and Sydney Forte, Courtney (Zach) Lundquist, Jordan and Lauren Stasi, Dillion and Corey Beaver, and Drake Kienzle; and one sister, Delma (Don) Derflinger of Aurora, Iowa.

Norma is preceded in death by her father, Ralph Miller; her mother, Buena; and her sister, Dorothy Welsh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the COPD Foundation.

Paul Maxwell (June 14, 2015)

Patty (Kennedy) McBride let us know that Paul Maxwell’s sister Christy passed away recently. Paul gave us permission to share Christy’s obituary as a tribute to her life.

Christy Maxwell McGinty

Christy McGinty, 64

Christy Maxwell McGinty passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at home after dealing with breast cancer with her usual sweet grace and good humor.

Christy was born January 12, 1951, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John R. Maxwell in Iowa City, IA. She graduated in the first class at West High School in 1969 and completed studies in medical technology at the University of Iowa in 1973. Christy married Dean Leslie McGinty in 1974 and lived in Charleston, SC; Muscatine, IA; Edmond, OK; and finally Portland, OR, where she worked as a medical technologist for 20 years, most recently with Kaiser Permanente. Christy was widowed in 1995. Last year, she retired and returned to Iowa to join her high-school friend, Bob Slotterback, in Cedar Rapids where she enjoyed her Master Gardener training. Christy shared her love of family, walking, and all things nature and her thoughtful curiosity with all those who knew her.

She is survived by her father, John Maxwell; two sons, Mitch McGinty of Phoenix, AZ and Rob McGinty of Bellefonte, PA; sister Carol Gorman of Cedar Rapids; two brothers, Paul Maxwell of Arlington, VA and Steve Maxwell of Dubuque, IA; and four grandchildren.

Christy’s family thanks the caring staff at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, especially Dr. Leila Kutteh and Traci Ridgeway, and the loving caregivers at Mercy Hospice.

A memorial service was held for Christy on June 13th at 1 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Christy’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

John McLure wrote (June 14, 2015)

Dear Dave and all,

I thought you folks would be interested in this.

Girls’ state soccer: Iowa City West is best

Deb (Gardner) Persons wrote (May 28, 2015)

Bonnie Tappan Weldon and Deb Gardner Persons will be hosting a


for all of the 1973 West High Ladies at Deb Gardner Persons’ house on Sunday, August 9th !!!!

The address is 727 14th Ave Coralville, Iowa.

The party starts at 2 pm.

We are asking the ladies to please bring a snack or appetizer to share. There will be no RSVP required. Ladies may contact us on Facebook or email if they have questions.


Don Rinehart wrote (May 2, 2015)

Hi Dave,

Nice post from Pat Vaughan.  I would like to echo his sentiments regarding Bill Ackerman’s expertise.  As many of us are, unfortunately, losing parents these days in and around Iowa City, Bill is an excellent resource for estate sales and pricing of loved one’s possessions.  He is very fair and his services are reasonably priced.

Bill and his family did my wife’s (Tami Thompson – Class of ’74) family estate sale in late 2013 and did a fabulous job.  They worked for several months putting that tag sale together and Bill was personally at the house on a daily basis pricing items and getting the sale organized.  He was able to get coverage in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids TV and print media and we literally had hundreds of people at the sale.  It was one of the largest estate sales he had ever done and it was superb.  The ABC affiliate here in Phoenix even picked up the Cedar Rapids TV segment due to the large amount of Hawkeye memorabilia that was featured at the sale.  Lots of Iowan’s here in Phoenix!

My mother is getting ready to downsize in Cedar Rapids in the near future and we will be calling Bill to help us with that sale as well.  Tami and I always look forward to going to lunch at the Oxford Sale Barn with him on Tuesdays when we are back in Iowa City.  A great piece of Americana that is rapidly disappearing!  If any of you haven’t been there, check it out…they do lunches only on Tuesdays and it is some of the best home cooked food I have ever had.  And, it truly is wonderful to be able to rely on classmates to help us with things in Iowa City when we live so far away on Phoenix.

We have also received great guidance from Tim Grady (another West High grad) at Leff Law Firm in Iowa City for settling the estates and setting up powers of attorney.

I know this sounds like an advertisement, but I think it is important that classmates know of the great people from West High in Iowa City that are available, trustworthy, and happy to help other classmates with these issues.

All is well here in the southwest…we are bracing for those 100 degree temps of summer and getting the pool in shape!!!

Don Rinehart

Mark Ferguson wrote (May 2, 2015)

Looks like you find time to stay busy.

I have had an interesting career change again. I was let go from ACT, the college testing company in November. I was actively looking for a new position when my former company in the DesMoines area called me to see if I would be interested in a new position designing new car wash equipment. They offered me a temporary three-month contract. I started three weeks ago and am living temporarily with Bill Petrak in Waukee.

In a different turn of events, Susan has also just started a new position at the University of Iowa in the Provost office working with Brenda Bradley.

We are both hoping 2015 will be a better year and we will get our life back on track.


Mark Ferguson

Pat Vaughan wrote (May 1, 2015)

Hi Dave,

I’ve been in Iowa the last few days sorting through my parent’s house with my sister and preparing for an estate sale later this month. Bill Ackerman was kind enough to stop by to share his expertise on antique appraisals.

Bill’s knowledge of antiques is vast, sensible and current. We found it such a treat to have him discussing the histories and values of various items from old crocks to bedroom sets to a 100+ year old wood baking powder barrel my mother bought at an auction years ago. As soon as my sister heard how much it was worth she decided to keep it. It was fascinating. Really, he should have his own TV show – “Ackerman Knows Antiques!”

One 80-90 year old item caught Bill’s eye and we came to an agreement on a price. My mother had had it since she was a little girl. Bill will find it a good home, I’m sure.


Patrick Vaughan

Pat Vaughan and Bill Ackerman

Steve Riggan (April 4, 2015)

Bonnie (Tappan) Weldon let us know that Steve Riggan’s mother Delores passed away today. Steve gave us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life.

Delores Riggan

Delores L. Riggan 82, of Riverside, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Riverside. Pastor Ed Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverside Public Cemetery. Casketbearers will be her grandchildren, Zack Riggan, Seth Riggan, Nick Cole, Kyle Cole, Dustin Schneider, Jordan Westfall, Travis Riggan, Matthew Riggan and Mitchel Riggan. Following the committal services a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Visitation for Delores will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church. A memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Delores. Sympathy notes may be left for the Riggan family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com. The Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services of Riverside is caring for Delores’ arrangements and her family.

Delores L. Mahanna was born on June 3, 1932, in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Ann Mahanna. On March 2, 1952, Delores was united in marriage to Earl H. Riggan in Iowa City. She worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Coralville for 20+ years, Riverside Kwik-n-EZ, and the Riverside Travel Mart. Delores enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, was an avid Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoyed watching NASCAR, traveling to Branson with her dear friend, Jeanie Mellecker and bowling in league for John’s Grocery for 30+ years.

Delores will be deeply missed by her children, Vicki Riggan of Riverside, Steve Riggan and wife, Tracy Lacina of North Liberty, Scotty Riggan and his wife, Carol of Riverside, Julie Cole and her friend Duane Hochstedler of Kalona, Kris Westfall and her husband, Brad of Riverside, Todd Riggan of Riverside and Chad Riggan and friend, Terri Hemm of Iowa City; son-in-law, Michael Schneider of Riverside; sixteen grandchildren, Monica, Amanda, Marilyn, Zack, Seth, Nick, Kyle, Jacky, Dustin, Nicole, Kayla, Sarah, Jordan, Abigail, Matthew and Mitchel and seven great grandchildren, Jacob, Dena, Lucy, Khaleesi, Isabelle, Cash and Cael.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl, one son in infancy, David, one daughter Amy Schneider, one brother, Gene and one sister, Shirley.

Andrew Hummel-Schluger wrote (March 13, 2015)

I should have sent this earlier, but for anyone who might have taken Jr. High Science from Mrs. Bedell at either Northwest Jr High or at West before that…

She celebrated her 96th birthday here in Seattle a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Bedell’s 96 Birthday

Ruth (Jurgens) Noth wrote (March 6, 2015)

Good morning Dave,

Well, it’s been a tough week. A week ago this past Wed., Feb. 25th, I fell twice outside my property in the street – we had a bad storm that day and little did I know that the pavement had heaved and dammed up the water in front of my mailbox.  Ice skating rink and down I went – before getting up I assessed things even though in the road, no one was coming, and rolled closer to the middle of the street – got up and wham, down I went again – was still on ice.

Felt OK until Sat. a week ago and then went to insta care with wrist and thumb issues. Landed at a hand specialist’s yesterday and while there, they determined I’d better have ankle and pelvis xrayed as well as badly as I was walking – everything came out OK – thank goodness they found that I have a very dense bone structure that held up – just a lot of bone bruising that will take to heal and not hurt.

No more got back to work for the rest of my day (a whole two hours of work) and Steve (Steve Ward from City High that I’ve been dating since Oct.) texted that he was at the ER at Mercy in Iowa City with kidney stones passing. Poor guy – 3rd or 4th time for him. He came over after he got out and checked in with things at home and stayed here. They are in his bladder now but have to pass from there yet. One is too large to leave the kidney – not sure what they’ll do about that – I suppose wait until it blocks and then do surgery – sheesh – and ladies who have had them have told me they would rather have a baby again without pain killers.

Things are going well for us – spending more and more time with each other – Chris, my oldest, really likes him. Folks like him – he’s so sweet – said he was a hell raiser in his younger years and I believe him, but he’s so kind and caring and considerate now and SOOOO much respect for women, it’s amazing.

It’s been hard to let him do things for me – I’ve found myself territorial about my home, my things – not wanting to give up independence after all the years I’ve been managing on my own – not just the time Tom had cancer – it’s been hard, but I’m learning I can let go some and still be independent – he’s the kind of guy that likes to take care of the woman in his life and be “the man”. It’s been over 11 years since I’ve had that so hard to adapt, but learning to find a good middle ground – we are a work in progress. 🙂

So, healing ankle, pelvis, hand, wrist, thumb and shoulder and arm all on my right side. At our age, pavement can be very unforgiving and just lucky my bone structure is very healthy. I now already have a mail box with a rear opening that I can get to from the easement without going out into the street for it. 🙂  Much safer!!!

It was nearly 40 when I got up this morning. HOpefully the warmer weather will be kinder on my joints and all the places I’ve injured in the past, which is a lot!!! That doesn’t help either to have so many past injuries that ache in the cold. I might be looking into a hot tub before next winter, my joints have ached to badly this year with all the below zero temps and windchills we’ve had this year.

Hope this finds you well and enjoying less snow!


PS – feel free to share my news that I have seemingly found someone wonderful – things are going well, and you can use Steve’s name – he’s OK’d it. He knows nearly half of our graduating class from SE Jr. High days.  We saw his home place last weekend when I was with him – literally 6 blocks from my place as the crow flies on the other side of the highway. 🙂 Small world – his daughter worked with a teacher who now is in our district and in the building that I work in, and he worked on the foundation of First Presb. church out on Rochester in Iowa City where dad served briefly before retiring from the ministry.

Pat Vaughan wrote (March 2, 2015)

Hi Dave –

While on a business trip to Phoenix I met up with my old pal Jay Dinsmore. We became friends in kindergarten and attended each other’s 6th birthday parties. We both turn 60 in April.

I’ve included a photo of us both and Jay with his very smart and lovely daughter, Jennifer. Please share this with our classmates.


Pat Vaughan (January 28, 2015)

Pat Vaughan’s father Francis Vaughan passed away recently. Pat gave us permission to post his obituary as a tribute to his life

Francis G. Vaughan

Francis G. Vaughan, 89, of Iowa City, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Iowa City. Contributions can be made to the Mercy Hospital Foundation of Iowa City.

Francis was born on February 16, 1925 in Ogden, Iowa the son of Dennis and L. Mary (Lentz) Vaughan. He graduated from Iowa State with a Civil Engineer degree. Francis was united in marriage to Suzanne Mill on April 11, 1950 and she preceded him in death on May 31, 2009. His family moved to the Iowa City area in 1957 and Francis worked for Viggo M. Jensen Construction Company where he became a partner. He was responsible for building numerous schools and hospitals in eastern Iowa, and University of Iowa buildings. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Iowa City and was a long time contributor to the church as well as the Mary Knoll Catholic Charities. He enjoyed traveling around the United States visiting family and friends, and building radio controlled gliders.

He is survived by his 4 children; Matthew Vaughan (and partner Chriss Parker) of Wellman, IA; Patrick Vaughan of Bethel, CT; Timothy Vaughan of Ft. Collins, CO; and Sally Vaughan Johnson (and husband Bobby) of Roanoke, VA. Francis is preceded in death by his parents and wife Suzanne.

Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com under obituaries.

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson wrote (January 9, 2015)

Hi Dave,

This is what I wrote to share with our class about “Alice’s Song”:

Many of you knew my parents while we were growing up, so I would like to share a song with you that I wrote about my parent’s wedding day.  It is a true story.  My mom would always tell me stories of how it snowed in Iowa on her wedding day, which was March 23rd, 1952.  She walked to church in her dress with her Dad’s rubber boots over her shoes, because of all the snow.  In an attempt to keep the story alive for our children and grandchildren, I wrote this song.  My mother, Alice, is living in Des Moines in a memory care facility and my father died 18 years ago.  Writing this song has given me comfort and I hope that you enjoy listening to it!

I’d like to thank Keith Yoder (Paul Robert’s cousin!) for helping me with the arrangement and recording.  Keith played the guitar and mandolin on this song and I played my guitar too.  I would also like to thank our web master, Dave Gerlits, for helping put this song “in the clouds” so that it can be shared with all of you!

Best wishes,

Jackie (Dague) Nicholson

Please click the cover art to listen to the song

Jackie Dague’s parents on their wedding day 23 March 1952