03/15/2019 (2698)

Reply From Sandy Lopez (’64):  Rockford IL


Thanks for your continued effort to keep us updated on all the Dunseith news.

More importantly, we also appreciate the valiant effort of caring for your sweet Bernadette. We continue to keep both of you, your family and the other caregivers in our prayers.

We have become much more aware of these debilitating and insidious long term diseases as my sister has succumbed to Alzheimer’s and they live far away from the rest of the family, so they do not have the support of “the village” that it takes to manage the care. We are having a family reunion soon to see what we can do to help.

In communal prayer

Sandy Lopez


Gary’s comment

Thanks’ Sandy for the nice comments and this rely.

We are so sorry to hear of your sister’s bout with Alzheimer’s too. Did she ever attend Dunseith?

Bernadette is better, but still isn’t able to walk or talk clearly. She easily tires and is often confused, especially when going out. She can eat and swallow her food now, but often times refuses and askes to be fed thru her feeding tube. When that happens, they just put her food in a blender and feed her thru her feeding tube.

Yesterday she wanted to go out, so we took her to Bigby’s. Bernadette hadn’t been there for quite some time. We used to be there 2 or more times per week. She was confused all the way going there but recognized the staff when we got there. They welcomed her back with a slice of cake. She ordered fish-n-chips, her favorite. She ate all the fish and some of the fries. Of course Tata had to feed her.

Tata has been with us for over 15 years now. She knows us better than we know ourselves. Mirasol, Bernadette’s niece, has been with us for 6 years now. She too is very good working and taking care of Bernadette. We have another gal, Marites, for the evening shift. Tata is on call 24/7. Mirasol is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day. Marites 5:00 to 9:00 PM every day. Tata’s husband, Aldren, also works for us full time. He takes care of the outside cleaning and maintenance. We, without a doubt, have the cleanest, well-kept place in the Cebu.

As you can see in the pictures, Tata and Bernadette are very close. I’m number one in Bernadette’s life. Tata is number two.
Stokes-1 Stokes-2 Stokes-3


Blog (771) posted on April 12, 2010

Dunseith Alumni Caribbean Cruise in February 2012

Folks, Following our reunion in May we’ll be shifting focus to our Caribbean Cruise. We are making plans for Presidents day week in February 2012. As soon as the Cruise schedules come out, probably later this year, we will be selecting a cruise line and a cruise. We have not yet decided if we’ll be going East or West in the Caribbean. Please reply with any preferences and ideas that you may have. Bill Grimme, Phyllis McKay, Bernadette and I will be the group leaders for this cruise. This will for sure be another great event. For those of you living a bit north, this will be a good winter break. In mentioning this cruise to a few of our friends here in the PI, several of them want to join us as well. They’ve got their calendars marked. Gary


Bryan Schimetz (77) contact number.
Brian is suffering with MS. He is in Triumph Mandan Hospital.
Message from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary the Triumph Care Center’s phone number for Bryan Schimetz’s room is 1-701-667-4087. I know that Bryan would like to hear from his friends that are unable to come to see him at this time, especially Donna Striker. They have been good friends all his life. Bryan is being kept as comfortable as is possible.


Reply to Bryan Schimetz (77):
From Rhonda Hiatt (75): Battle Ground, WA.

Hi Gary,


It’s been awhile since I have replied on here. I try to keep up with the latest everyday, though I do get behind.

Bryan along with his family are definitely in my prayers as he and they go through this very difficult time. I graduated with Kim in 75 and worked with Bryan at Dales and he was just the best cook and the best to work with. I really just loved working with him. No matter how crazy busy we were he never got all worked up or lost his cool. Awhile back you had posted his e-mail address so we could send Birthday wishes. I sent one but if I remember right, his mailbox was full. I knew that everyone else had done the same thing. I tried a few times after that, so don’t know if he got it or not. To Bryan, Kim, and the rest of the Schimetz family, My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Rhonda Hiatt

Keith & Alice Pladson will be attending the reunion:
Message from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, Just thought I would let you know that Alice and I will be attending the reunion get together/meal in May. I’ve already sent Verena a notice of our planned attendance and a check for our meals. We also intend to include a stop in Superior, WI on the way up to visit with my Aunt Lillian. I spoke with my cousin Ron (one of Lillian’s sons) a few days ago, and he said his Mom is doing pretty well (I think she is 94 years young now), so I’m really looking forward to our trip. It’s a long drive from here to ND (about 1,800 miles each way) but with our stop in Superior on the way up and a stop in Louisville, KY (to visit with Alice’s Mom) on the way back at least we will break up the long drive. We could fly, but with the way the airlines are going, flying is not much fun anymore and by driving we have a lot more freedom to come and go as we please while in ND. Over the years we’ve driven this route many times so we are very used to it. We look forward to seeing you and Bernadette again. Keith

Keith, This is wonderful news that you and Alice will be attending the reunion. You are right, it’s a long trip from VA to Dunseith. We are looking forward to seeing you guys at the reunion and around the area too. Gary


 Dunseith Alumni Alaska Cruise – July 2009
Note: Florence and Keith are siblings. Becky is Florence’s daughter
Minnie Flynn is in the background.

Florence Pladson Sime (62), Keith Pladson (66) & Becky Sime Coles (83)

Update from DeAnn Gottbreht: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Sunday, April 11, 2010 10:56 AM, CDT

Patrick and I left the NICU with Connor at about 3:30 pm on Thursday April 8th. What and exciting day it was! Connor has come such a long way since he was born. He is such a miracle. He is almost 7 lbs now and is growing fast. His reflux is still a problem but the doctors sent us home with his medicine and so far he is doing great. Unfortunately he doesn’t let his parents sleep for very long at a stretch but hopefully that will improve! It is just so nice to finally be at home together as a family.

Chemo is still going pretty well. I had Chemo this last week on Thursday so it was nice to get it out of the way before we picked up Connor. Only 5 more treatments to go of this stuff and after that I’ll have a chemo once every 3 weeks for a year. I’m just hoping the chemo won’t ware me out to much since Connor is a lot of work right now. It’s a good thing Patrick and I can always get a little help from Grandparents when we need it! We are really looking forward to putting these treatments behind us so we can finally spend time at home as a family and not have all this traveling every week.

Thanks again everyone for all of your support. It was a long journey for us with Connor in the NICU for 41 days but that phase of our lives is behind us and things are only going to get better

03/07/2019 (2697)

Good day everyone,

Sorry for the long delay between posts. With Bernadette being in the hospital and other things,  I have been very busy lately.

Bernadette’s condition progressed to where she was unable to swallow. With lots of coaching, not all of the time, we were able to get her to swallow getting food and water in her stomach. Now that she has her feeding tube, she won’t even try to swallow.

She was admitted to the hospital and had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach. First they had to get her blood and other vitals restored before doing the surgery or procedure as they called it.  She was in the hospital 6 days. Inserting the feeding tube is relatively a simple procedure. Under General anesthesia they run the  device down the esophagus to the stomach. They then puncture a hole in the stomach for the tube.   Food is blended to a liquid and placed in the tube. It works very well. We have a plastic binder that goes around her body that covers the tube when not in use.




Violet DuBois passed away
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Dear Friends of Dunseith and Gary,

I wish to extend  sympathy to the ‘Emil’ DuBois family on the passing of their family Matriarch, Violet.

I considered  Violet as a friend, and  I  enjoyed  whenever we had  an opportunity to  visit.

I also  carry fond memories of her younger children who  were former students of mine.

Violet was a kind, smiling, thoughtful interesting lady.

She put her family and God above all!


Vickie Leona Metcalfe


Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Reply from Larry Hackman (’66): Dunseith, ND


I can’t believe that it took that Hiatt kid three years to finally satisfy his cravings for a (Dales Jumbo Burger) after seeing that picture below his posting.  Talk about a delayed reaction.  I wonder how that works for him at a auction?  He must have been letting his taste buds suffer for awhile before he decided to tackle a jumbo.  Rod, I bet them buds were surprised and great full as hell to finally be satisfied.

Gary to tell you the truth after seeing Rod’s picture  of that jumbo I wanted to jump in the truck and head up north for a jumbo, but it has been so damn cold here (just like the sixties) that a person hates to go outside and when you do, you have to grab a shovel to help you get to where you are going.  You don’t know what you are missing, or maybe you do remember?   I didn’t see any snow or cold or milk cows or hay or a path to the barn on them farm pictures you displayed.

But, yes Gary I did eat a whole jumbo, the last time I ordered one.  However, I have not ordered fries with a jumbo for several years.  I been trying to cut back on the carburetors.  Everything has went to injectors!

That quarter jumbo sure do look good.  Thanks Rod!

Thank You Gary for all that you do for us, and we are praying for your wife.




Blog (770) posted on April 11, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) suffering with MS:

Posted on our Website:
From: David Schimetz Phone: 

Message: I would like to start a prayer chain for Bryan Schimetz. He is in Triumph Mandan Hospital. Bryan has suffered with MS for over 30 years and is now in the last stages of the disease and he will leave us soon. He is surrounded by family members and he is in no pain. Please keep him in you prayers. Thank-you all from the Louis Schimetz Family

David, Since putting these class lists together, I have known that Bryan is suffering with MS. I talked to him, by phone, several years ago when he was in the Good Samaritan center in Bottineau. From the sound of his voice with that conversation, I could tell he was suffering. I am so sad to hear of his continued deteriorating condition. He’s coped well with all his suffering with this disease for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryan. We know it’s hard on the entire family as well. Our prayers are with you guys as well. Gary


Question from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

I heard there were some early additions to this blog that were sent around before the reunion that ballooned this blog. They said those early additions had individual pictures of students. Do you still have those blogs? Could you possibly send those around again?

Thank you for all you do, and God Bless.

Bonnie Awalt Houle

Bonnie, I assume you are talking about those messages posted prior to the 2007 reunion? We, the class of 65, generated a whole lot of email traffic for about 6 months leading into that reunion. For quite sometime we were almost live, at a given time, each day. As messages came into me I’d immediately forward them to the class and they’d reply instantaneously. The cycle continued, often times for several hours, each day. I saved each and everyone of those 2,000 plus messages only to loose them when my hard drive got reformatted a few months back. I didn’t realize I didn’t have them backed up. What a loss. Do any of you from the class of 65 or auxiliary folks that were included with those message, by chance, have copies of any of those messages?

Needless to say, the ice had been well broken long before our reunion in 2007. This was our first ever class reunion too. Most of us agreed that we were not that close of a class in our HS days and that comradery becomes increasingly more important as we get older. As we get older, relationships tend take precedence above all else. It’s too bad we wait until our more senior years to realize all this.

From: Gary Houle (63) and Roberta: Champlin, MN

Hi Gary-You have done a fabulous job with the Richard Family genealogy graph which you posted in blog #761. It really helps to see how everyone is related. One small correction. Under Gary’s grandma Bernadette Dostaler, there is a Leo listed under Ted Dostaler. Leo was Bernadette’s husband, not a son of Ted. Ted was never married. Keep up the good work. We enjoy your daily blog.


Roberta Houle
Roberta, Thank you so much for this correction. I have updated my master copy of that graph with this correction. I have also attached a copy of this PowerPoint graph of the Richard Family. Gary


Pete & Ruth Larshus Peterson:

Folks, I just ran across this photo that I did not realize I had with the recent passing and many good memories of Ruth. I believe Neola sent this picture to me quite sometime ago. Ruth was a well remembered teacher throughout the hills, Dunseith and Bottineau. She was also a first cousin to Art Rude.