Galen Grabill wins 1st of 2006, son Charles comes in 4th....
Saturday June 17, 2006, found 10
classmates from the class of 1978 at a wedding in Harlan.
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Randy Bruck, Deb Leinen, Ruthanne Grimsley, Donna
Schechinger, Sheryl Sondergaard
BACK ROW: Steve
Schnuettgen, Mark Jensen, John Henscheid, Connie Schulte (Galen
Grabill had to leave before the picture was taken)
encephalitis and Guillian's Barre Syndrome
Thank you everyone for sending your thoughts and prayers to Curt
and our family. He is hanging in there although not thrilled to
be so far from home and all his grandbabies!
condition has progressed to an autoimmune disease called
Guillian's Barre Syndrome. Whether this stemmed from the
enchephalitis or whether it has been there all along, we are not
sure. The Channel 6 news will be interviewing Dr. Fayed (Curt's
doctor, head of Nuerology) today for information on Curt's
condition. I look for it on today/tonights news. He will be able
to explain it much better than I will but I understand it to be
that Curt's antibodies are at war with his body. This condition
basically tricks your defense system into believing that the
body and it's tissues are bad and so it turns against itself,
attacking it's own tissue. GBS is quite rare. The doctors have
only seen one other case in
Omaha and Curt is only the 66th known case ever. The syptoms are
very stroke-like. His vision and speech are impaired, motor
skills have decreased, breathing quite labored, and in a lot of
pain in his head and neck. He is in serious condition but
The treatment is called plasmapheresis. This process removes
your blood and spins it out to separate the red blood cells from
the plasma. The plasma (which houses the antibodies) is then
discarded and the red blood cells are put back in along with
saline to replace the fluids and a "super-plasma" to hopefully
re-direct his system. In order to maintain a controlled
(disease-free) environment, they will be keeping him at UNMC
until they feel he is completely treated. This will likely take
quite a while as they expect 10-14 treatments and he is to have
one every other day. We hope to have him home by Christmas but
if not, we'll just keep the tree up until he is home! We know
that he is in the best possible place that he can be and being
cared for by the best possible neurological staff in the area.
Curt's first treatment was Friday and it went well. Jeff was
down yesterday and said that he seemed to be a little better,
joking with with the hospital staff in true Coach Bladt spirit.
We are so thankful.
keep the Bladts in your thoughts and prayers. Cards and
well wishes can be sent to:
Curt Bladt - Room 6864
4350 Dewey Avenue
Omaha, NE 68105
World Herald, Sunday, December 12th
PS - I already notified the World
Herald about the incorrect # of championships!
MARK JENSEN GETS PROMOTION
Mark Jensen was recently selected as
the State Director for the USDA-Wildlife Services Program in
Nevada. Mark bought a house and is moving to Reno.
He has been the assistance director in Oregon for the last 3 1/2
years, so he's looking forward to a new challenge. Congratuations and best wishes to
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CYCLONES DO IT
And the MVP star player
of the game was our classmate Cliff & Jane (Stessman) Kruse's
son, Kevin. Kevin (pictured on the right) tallied 273
rushing yards to break the state record set in 1983 by none
other than Harlan's own Mike O'Bryan. Announcers are
saying this kid is a Division 1 footall player. Stay tuned
Billy Cundiff, you may have Harlan company in the
NFL in a couple of years.... A very Special Congratulations
to the Kruse family!
HAWKEYES BEAT BUCKEYES
Classmates Kolin Hogue, Ruthanne Grimsley & Gene Gross enjoy a
Hawkeye Victory 10/16/04 again the Ohio State Buckeyes!
First time in 21 years the Hawks beat the Buckeyes at Kinnick.
The Class of 78 surely brings the Hawkeyes luck!
Sandy (Anderson) Chadwick, 43, wife of classmate Curt Chadwick,
died recently, of an aneurysm. An aneruysm is a localized,
pathological, blood-filled dilatation of a blood vessel caused
by a disease or weakening of the vessel's wall.
The family will greet visitors Wednesday evening, March 10th
from 7-8 pm.
Services are at Immanual Lutheran Church at 10:00 am. on
Thursday, March 11, 2004. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in
Harlan will handle the arranagements. Sandy is survived by her husband, Curt
Chadwick, and other
and prayers can be directed to Curt at:
1110 Hill St
Harlan, IA 51537
GAUL VICTIM OF HOMICIDE IN JOHNSTON
reprinted Harlan News Advertiser & Tribune
JOHNSTON -- Friends and family said this week a Des Moines
social worker, the
victim in a double homicide here Tuesday, was a loving husband
and father who
will be greatly missed.
Greg Gaul, a former Shelby County resident who has numerous
in the area, was killed Tuesday at a home in Johnston.
Also killed was a 21-year-old house-sitter, Sarah Dahlke of
Marshalltown. They were found shot to death Tuesday at 5852
Brentwood Circle in Johnston.
A national manhunt was enacted for a 16-year-old sophomore at
Johnston High School, Tyler Pirtle. He was found Wednesday
afternoon in Colorado, the victim of an alleged self-inflicted
Des Moines Police continue to try and piece together the events
that led to the Johnston killings and alleged suicide in Mesa
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday,
January 31, 2004 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Des Moines,
with burial at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Greg was born the son of Leo and Agnes (Schulte) Gaul on May 9,
1962 in Omaha, Nebraska. He lived in Earling, Iowa and attended
St. Joseph's Catholic School. He graduated from Harlan Community
High School in 1980 where he played baseball, was an All-Stater
in music, and was in Boy Scouts where he attained the rank of
Greg received his Bachelor of Social Work at the College of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he lived in the St. Vianney
Community and received his Masters of Social Work from the
University of Minnesota. Greg worked at Orchard Place in Des
Moines for 13 years before starting Life Works Inc. three years
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a Cub Master at
Holy Trinity School, a Beaverdale Little League Coach, involved
with the REC Community (prison ministry) and enjoyed Tae Kwon
do, playing guitar and baseball.
He was preceded in death by his mother in law Susan Coco. Greg
is survived by his wife Nan and their children Simon, Eli,
Susie, Sally, Clara and Frannie, his parents Deacon Leo and
Agnes Gaul of Harlan, sister Mary (Denny) Petersen of
Jacksonville, IA, brother Tim (Peg) Gaul of Ames, sister Cindy
(Andy) Assmann of Omaha, sister Susie (Paul) Mahlberg of Kansas
City, father in law Joe Coco of West Des Moines, brothers and
sisters in law Mary Rose (Steve) Ott of Des Moines, Joe Coco,
Jr. of West Des Moines, Dr. Caroline Coco (John Collier) of
Farmington Hill, MI, Russ Coco (Rebecca Epperley) of Des Moines,
Dave Coco of West Des Moines, Laura Coco (Scott Warner) of West
Des Moines, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be 4 -7:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2004 at
Holy Trinity Catholic Church with a vigil service at 7 p.m.
The Greg Gaul Memorial Fund for the benefit of Greg's wife Nan
and their six children has been established at First American
Bank in Beaverdale. Contributions may be made to Greg Gaul
Memorial Fund First American Bank 2805 Beaver Avenue, Des
Moines, Iowa 50310.
For questions please contact Augie Gutierrez, Vice President of
First American Bank at (515)237-5596.
A local memorial fund also has been established for the benefit
of Greg's wife and their six children. Contributions can be made
to the Greg Gaul Memorial Fund at Farmers Trust and Savings Bank
For more information on how to donate to the fund, call Jay
Christensen, Harlan, at 755-2020; Phil Markham, Harlan, at
755-5666; or Todd Langenfeld, Earling, at 747-2000.
THE CLASS OF 78
WILL BE MAKING A DONATION TO THE MEMORIAL FUND. ANYONE
WISHING TO CONTRIBUTE SHOULD SEND THEIR MONEY EARMARKED FOR THE
CLASS OF 78 GREG GAUL MEMORIALTO:
FARMERS TRUST & SAVINGS BANK
PO BOX 285
EARLING, IA 51537
plan to exchange vows in February
PANAMA -- Susie R. Buman of Harlan and
Dennis J. Schwery of Panama plan to marry on February 14
at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church in Panama.
Parents of the couple are Catherine Buman Schomers, Harlan,
and the late Ralph G. Buman, and George and Maxine Schwery,
Susie is a 1986 graduate of Harlan Community High School and
a 1990 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a
degree in animal science. She is employed at Harlan
Dennis is a 1978 graduate of Harlan Community High School.
He is employed at the Harlan Newspapers and farms.
and Services For
Dena Ann Carter - 16
Who Died On -
Monday, October 27, 2003 as a result of a car accident.
October 29, 2003 - 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa
October 29, 2003 - 7:00 P.M.
Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa
Mass of Christian Burial
October 30, 2003 - 11:00 A.M.
Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa
Cemetery - Irwin, Iowa
She is survived by her parents, Mike and Carol Carter of
Irwin, IA; her sister, Leah Carter of Cedar Falls, IA; her
brother, Ryan Carter of Irwin; her maternal grandparents Arthur
and Marlene Klingenborg of Cedar Falls; her paternal grandparents,
Virgil and Ruby Carter of Irwin and her maternal great
grandmother, Myrtle Gearhart of Harlan, IA.
Harlan Pottery Now Available
Marty Burchett at The 4th Generation has
commissioned Iowa Potter Robert Duncan to design a pottery
series in Celebration of Harlan's 125 year old anniversary in
2004. For more information, visit
http://www.the4thgeneration.com/pottery.asp Here is your
unique gift idea for Christmas or any other time!
Fund-raising walk for Alzheimer's
HARLAN -- Many of the participants in this year's
Alzheimer's Memory Walk know first hand how money raised can
assist and provide emotional support for area families dealing
with an Alzheimer's patient.
Aloma Riley of Walnut has organized a family team to
participate in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk this
weekend in Harlan. This will be the first year Riley and her
family have been involved in the local walk but they are no
strangers to dealing with having a member of the family with
Both Riley's parents, former Anita residents, Cecil and Iola
Waddell, were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her father was diagnosed
in May 2001 while her mother was diagnosed in 1999. Her father
died in December 2002. They were both former residents at Peace
Haven Retirement Home in Walnut where Riley is also employed. Her
mother has been a resident at Salem Lutheran Homes in Elk Horn for
the past year.
"We should have around 10 family members on our team
Saturday. We are looking forward to meeting new people," said
For the past six months, Riley has been attending the
Alzheimer's support group which meets the third Wednesday of each
month at the Harlan Senior Center. The support group is led by
Alice Kenkel and offers those dealing with an Alzheimer's patient
an opportunity to talk with others and share experiences. Meetings
begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to interested persons.
The 3rd Annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk, sponsored by the
Southwest Iowa Alzheimer's Association, is slated for Saturday,
September 20 at Pioneer Park in Harlan.
Registration for the 2003 Memory Walk will begin at 8:30
a.m. at the shelter house at Pioneer Park in Harlan. Dr. Wing-Tai
Fung will serve as honorary chair of the walk.
Kathy Goede, marketing director/admissions at Elm Crest
Retirement Community, is chairperson of this year's walk. Goede
said the event is for all ages and proceeds will benefit area
"Money raised at the Memory Walk will go directly to the
southwest chapter and will go toward assisting with Alzheimer's
outreach programs for families and the Safe Return program. This
year's walk will feature at least 12 teams. Last year more than
$15,000 was raised at the walk," said Goede.
The walk will officially begin at 9 a.m. and participants
may walk as much or as little of the one mile walking trail as
they would like.
"We have some people who walk around once and that is all
and then we have others who walk the trail several times so that
is up to each individual. It sounds like the weather will be nice
and we just encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the morning,"
Many area businesses have donated door prizes including many
gift certificates. There will also be free food at the event for
participants. Another local fund-raiser for the Alzheimer's
Association will be the drawing for an autographed Creighton
Bluejays basketball. Tickets for the drawing will be available
through October 20.
There will also be three grand prizes for the top three
fund-raising teams. Some of the teams have been hosting
fund-raising events during the year at their places of employment.
The grand prize will be a framed photo from a gallery with the
second place team receiving free motel accommodations and the
third place team will be rewarded with a pizza party for their
©Reprinted from The
Harlan Tribune 2003
2003 Women's Triathlon at Candlewood Lake, Omaha, NE
Nancy Markham Gress & Ruthanne Grimsley competed
in the 2003 Women's Triathlon at Candelwood Lake, 132nd & Dodge,
Omaha. This is an annual ritual that started in 1998 for the
pair. This is a non-competitive great event for women.
Jeff Larson is
Sworn in as District Court Judge
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Galen Grabill beats his son Charles to win the Pro-am Feature
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