Classmate News





Galen Grabill wins 1st of 2006, son Charles comes in 4th....


Impromptu Mini-Reunion

Saturday June 17, 2006, found 10 classmates from the class of 1978 at a wedding in Harlan.  Click here for details.

FRONT ROW:  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)


COACH BLADT HOSPITALIZED WITH 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!

Curt's 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 stable.

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.


Please keep the Bladts in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards and well wishes can be sent to:

Clarkson Hospital
Curt Bladt - Room 6864
4350 Dewey Avenue
Omaha, NE  68105

Omaha World Herald, Sunday, December 12th

PS - I already notified the World Herald about the incorrect # of championships!

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 Mark!

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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!

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

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 relatives.

Your thoughts and prayers can be directed to Curt at:

1110 Hill St
Harlan, IA  51537

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 family members
                     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 gunshout wound.
Des Moines Police continue to try and piece together the events that led to the Johnston killings and alleged suicide in Mesa County, Colorado.
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 Eagle Scout.
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 ago.
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 in Earling.
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.



PO BOX 285
EARLING, IA  51537

Buman-Schwery 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, Panama.
    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 Veterinary Associates.
    Dennis is a 1978 graduate of Harlan Community High School. He is employed at the Harlan Newspapers and farms.











Dena Carter, 16Arrangements and Services For

Dena Ann Carter - 16

Who Died On - Monday, October 27, 2003 as a result of a car accident.


Wednesday. October 29, 2003 - 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

St. Peters Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa

Wake Service

Wednesday. October 29, 2003 - 7:00 P.M.

St. Peters Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 11:00 A.M.

St. Peters Catholic Church - Defiance, Iowa


Oak Hill 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 Here is your unique gift idea for Christmas or any other time!

Fund-raising walk for Alzheimer's

HARLAN -- Classmate Kathy Mahlberg Goede and Aloma Riley of Walnut are preparing for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk

      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 Alzheimer's.
      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 Aloma.
      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.

Memory Walk
      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 families.
      "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," said Goede.

      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 fund-raising efforts.

©Reprinted from The Harlan Tribune 2003

2003 Women's Triathlon at Candlewood Lake, Omaha, NE
Nancy Markham Gress & Ruthanne Grimsley

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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