12/25/2013 (1925)

Merry Christmas everyone:
It is already Christmas in Cebu.
Merry Christmas
From Cecile Carbonneau Marchand (’51):  Clearwater, FL
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you.  I really enjoy your Blog. There are so many memories that everyone shares. There are not many of our family left in the area any more as My brother Emery Carbonneau and my sister Rita Anderson are gone now.  I have Carol Carbonneau in Bottineau and her daughter Ann O’connell . Thanks for all the time you spend to keep the old times alive in our memories. I am so lucky to be able to spend my winters in Florida and not in the frozen North.

It is zero in Wisconsin (my summer home) today.  It is 70 here today. 
Merry Christmas
From Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Portola Valley, CA
Happy Christmas Gary!  Sounds like you have wonderful plans with friends and family there.  I will be working in the ED, trying to cheer up the poor souls who end up in the Emergency Room on Christmas Day.
For all the blog readers out there – I hope you find something good to eat and drink and someone nice to share it with.
In the spirit of the season, I wish you all the best in the coming year!
Trish Clayburgh

Anne Marie Nerpel Dunlop Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Anne Marie Dunlop
(May 24, 1914 – December 20, 2013)

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Anne Marie Dunlop, 99, passed away on December 20, 2013 at the Presentation Medical Center in Rolla, North Dakota. She was a long-time resident of Rolla and spent a number of years at Park View Assisted Living. Anne was born May 24, 1914, at Carpenter Lake, North Dakota, one of fifteen children. Her parents were Gustav and Susie (Gores) Nerpel. Anne spent her early years on the family farm at the north end of Carpenter Lake. She and her siblings walked two miles to a one room country school through many harsh winter days. At a very young age she took on the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, child care, and gardening on the family farm. At the age of thirteen she left home to work as a housekeeper and caretaker of children for various families in the Dunseith and Bottineau area. Here she earned her room and board and bought clothes and books for school. She also worked at San Haven, a tuberculosis sanatorium north of Dunseith for a period of time. Any extra earnings were sent home to help support the family. Anne’s love of reading at a young age and her work experience taught her the value of an education. After graduating from high school, she put herself through two years of secretarial school at the School of Forestry in Bottineau. She was employed by the federal farm agency in Rolla after college. Anne married Orin Dunlop March 25,1939, and they farmed in Maryville Township. For a short time during World War II, they lived in California where Orin worked in an airplane factory. They returned to North Dakota where they farmed one mile north of Rolla and raise their family there until building a home in Rolla in 1951. Anne was in charge of a huge vegetable garden, which resulted in much of the produce being canned. She groomed a lovely flower garden in her yard in Rolla as well. Anne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women. Though her greatest focus during her life was home and family, she enjoyed going to Study Club and Homemakers. As an avid reader, she made good use of the Rolla Community Library. Anne and Orin wintered in Arizona for twenty-five years and traveled a great deal. Anne’s heart was always in North Dakota close to kids and grandkids. Anne learned to knit and crochet out of necessity in her younger years. In later years, it became a hobby and she supplied her large family and many friends with lovely handmade gifts. She donated afghans to various organizations to be used for fund raising. One winter, she knit purple and gold hats for each member of the Rolla wrestling team. Anne has two surviving siblings: Gus Nerpel of West Richland, WA, and Maude Abrahamson of St. John, ND. She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Jon (MaryAnn) Dunlop of Missoula, MT; Janice (Donald) Jungling of Tucson, AZ; William (Patricia) Dunlop of Wayzata, MN; Robert (JoHanna) Dunlop of Rolla, Leslie (Doreen) Dunlop of SanTan Valley, AZ; and Charles (Sharon) Dunlop of Bottineau, ND. She had thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren . A Burial and a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2014. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, please go to www.elickfh.com to sign the online register book.

Today’s posting
From Leland Hagen (’50):  Bryan, TX
A Little Poem, so true it hurts!
Another year has passed
And we’re all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.
There was a time not long ago
When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
About ‘Living in the Past’
We used to go to weddings,
Football games and lunches.
Now we go to funeral homes
And after-funeral brunches.
We used to have hangovers,
From parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches
And wile the night away.
We used to go out dining,
And couldn’t get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
Come home and take a pill.
We used to often travel
To places near and far.
Now we get sore asses
From riding in the car.
We used to go to nightclubs
And drink a little booze.
Now we stay home at night
And watch the evening news.
That, my friend is how life is,
And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up…
Before you’re too damned old!
Christmas Eve dinner in Cebu
Our Christmas eve catered dinner went over very well. We had about 100 folks total. 75 of Relatives and in-law relatives and about 25 of our Cebu Expat group of friends. The caterers came in set everything up, served our food and when we were finished they packed everything up and left. Wonderful service.
Bernadette was insistent on preparing a Christmas day dinner too of which she and her helpers are preparing at the moment. We will have about 40 folks for dinner at 2:00 pm this afternoon.
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