07/07/2022 (2798)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

 I am leaving for the USA today. I will be going to the Seattle area first, then ND. I will be in ND from July 13th until August 4th. I expect to see many of you local folks while I am there, most likely Bottineau bakery too. Same as before, I plan on having Breakfast at the Bottineau bakery every morning about 8:00 AM. I have a Doctors appointment in Minot on Monday the 18th. I will be staying with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby. July 2015 is the last time I was back. A lot has changed since then. Looking forward to seeing you folks again too.

 Gary

 

Alice (Keith Pladson ’66) Passed away.
Message and Obit from Keith Pladson (’66):   Roanoke Rapids, NC 

 Gary, this is an update to my previous email to you.

A month ago on May 29th, Alice and I celebrated our 51st Anniversary.  Little did we know then that it would be our last.  Yes, she had pancreatic cancer and yes we knew how deadly that cancer is, but her most recent scans had all shown no indication of her cancer being back or appearing anywhere new.  Based on this we expected that once she completed her second cycle of chemo infusions (of which she had only two more to go) she would be able to truely enjoy some quality in her life for a while.

So it was a shock when lab blood work for her chemo infusion on the 13th showed extremely high numbers for bilirubin (that was a clear sign that she was retaining her bile – which in turn was poisoning her entire body).

Later that day, she was admitted to the Virginia Commonwealth University (VICE) teaching hospital in Richmond, VA.  Once admitted, they began a series of ultra sounds, scans, x-rays and even MRIs.  Yet they could find nothing.  There was no indication on any of the scans, etc., of any blockage or build up in her bile duct and there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with her liver (or what remained of her pancreas after her surgery in Jan 2021).

Their last suggestion was a biopsy of her liver.  This can be a very painful and risky procedure so they usually only do it as a last resort.  They scheduled the procedure for Tues morning, Jun 21st.  Unfortunately, by Tues morn her condition had deteriorated to the point that the biopsy had to be cancelled.  Throughout the day we sat helplessly by her bedside and watched her life drain away.  Fortunately, my family was there with me and we all drew strength from one another.

After 52 years together (we knew and had dated each other for a year before we were married), I will miss her much.  She was my confidant, my partner, my soulmate and my friend as well as my wife and my lover.  And I dread the days ahead without her by my side.

Keith

Obituary
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Alice Charlene (Wyne) Pladson gained her angel wings and went to fly with the angels, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was 71 years old.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 29, 1951, Alice was the fourth child in the large family of Charles Clermont and Mary Ardelle (Robbins) Wyne.   Alice was always an active child with an inquisitive mind and a love for reading.  She continued with that same mindset upon graduation from high school and chose to enlist in the US Army where she could learn new things and see new places.

In July 1970, while stationed at Fort Myer, VA, she met the love of her life, Keith O. Pladson.  In some ways, they were opposites, but as they say, opposites do attract.  That attraction apparently worked as it led to a long, happy and successful marriage.  Together, they had three children.  Alice loved being a mother and enjoyed the challenges of raising her children.  However, being a mother was just not enough for Alice.  She chose to go back to school to further her education.  So, even though married with many family responsibilities, she earned not only an Associate’s Degree, but followed that with a Bachelor’s and later a Master’s Degree.

Alice was also a hard worker outside the home.  She spent 30 years as a civilian employee of the US Federal Government working in a number of different agencies where her specialty was working as a contracting officer.  Over her career she purchased a wide variety of products for the Government to include computers, printers and other electronic devices as well at Naval weapons systems, small arms and ammunitions and a variety of petroleum products.  After her retirement in 2008, she and her husband Keith chose to relocate to North Carolina where they purchased a lakeside home in which to enjoy their retirement.  In addition to water activities on the lake, they both enjoyed traveling and seeing new and different areas of the United States.  It became their goal to be able to say they had seen every one of the states.  Though Alice’s traveling years were cut short, she was still able to see over forty of the states.

Alice also enjoyed working with her hands, creating things to give to others.  She would crochet blankets, dresses for dolls, as well as many cross-stitching projects.  And, she never lost her love for reading, so when she wasn’t working on something, she had her nose in a book.  She also enjoyed visiting and playing cards and just spending time with her family.

Alice is survived by her husband, Keith O. Pladson of Roanoke Rapids, NC, her daughters, Kerry L. Burnette (Douglas) of Dale City, VA and Angela D. Jones (George) of Ruther Glen, VA, her son David K. Pladson of Stafford, VA, her grandchildren Robert N. Arrington, Nathaniel K. Arrington, Tyler J. Pladson, Austin L. Jones and Ella C. Jones and her great granddaughter Londynn N. Pladson.  She is also survived by sisters, Patricia McNally, Elizabeth Goeing, Dana Wyne and a brother, Keith Wyne, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Wyne, sister, Judy Compton and brothers, Robert Hume and Steven Wyne.

The family invites you to join them for a viewing and memorial service at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory in Dale City, VA on Thursday, July 7th at 10 am.  All are welcome.  Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the North Carolina Zoo.   Checks should be made payable to: North Carolina Zoo Society and sent to the same with the notation that it is in Memory of Alice Pladson, 4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205

Gary’s Comments
Keith, We extend our condolence to you and your family with the loss of Alice. She was a great person. You will miss her dearly.

06/24/2022 (2797)

Condolences to Floyd Dion and family

From Ginger Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, Nd

I am so sad to hear of Luella Dion’s passing.  I am sending my condolences to her husband Floyd, son Dennis and his family they were a match made in heaven the two of them together all these years. She always had a smile when I saw her.

Ginger Poitra

 

Larry Liere’s (DHS 1955) wife Karen passed away.
 Devils lake ND

Gary’s Comments,

Larry sent this to me several weeks ago or more ago. I have been super busy with my wedding and all, so I have not gotten this posted.

So sorry for this tragedy that lead to her death.

Our condolences are with you Larry. Hope to see you next month when I am in the area too.

The following is Larry and my Facebook chat.

Larry
Karen Fell and broke her hip about a week ago after surgery and replacement of the hip she suffered a stroke and is now in Fargo hospital and not responding very well to treatment. We may have to remove the feeding and breathing tube and let her pass away peacefully. Those were her wishes before she went into surgery to repair the hip. If we don’t do that she will be paralyzed on the left side for speech and the right side for mobility for the rest of your life. I don’t think anyone would want to live that way.

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Larry
Gary the above is old news her funeral was May 28. That was quite a weekend for the family. May 26 wake and memorial service May 27 graduation Party for my oldest granddaughter that lives in town May 28 Karen’s funeral May 29 graduation ceremony May 30 memorial day May 31 I had a kidney stone removed after a month of wearing a stent to sharpen it up. I’m doing OK but I think only because there is peace for me because I know she didn’t shop and never had to spend a minute in a nursing home.

 

Larry
Peace for me because I know she didn’t suffer and

 

You sent
So sorry to hear this sad News and your loss. You made the decision of her request. It’s hard. You have my condolences. How old was she?

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Larry
Karen was born November 10, 1938 so she would’ve been 84 this November

Gary’s reply
Larry

We would’ve been married 59 years June 22, 2022. Actually we were both feeling so good we were talking about our 60th anniversary in 2023. Life can change in a hurry.

 

Obituary
Karen M. Liere, 83 of Devils Lake passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Essentia Health, Fargo ND.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. No services Friday, with Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 28th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devils Lake with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Pat Liere Scholarship at Lake Region State College Foundation in memory of Karen.

Karen Marlene Pittner was born on November 10, 1938, in Breckenridge, Minnesota the daughter of Anne Biel and Elmer Pittner. She grew up in Wahpeton and attended ND State School of Science, then went on to NDSU to study Home Economics. Karen was a modern woman in the sixties. She moved to Devils Lake in 1962 to manage the women’s dress shop, Stevenson’s. She absolutely loved dressing and outfitting the young women of Devils Lake while promoting the store on a weekly radio spot. Her favorite line was, “Pantyhose, half off.” While managing Stevenson’s she was a member of the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and served on the Downtown Merchants Committee with Orv Hesch, Dave Glickson, and other downtown merchants.

Shortly after moving to Devils Lake, she was introduced to the love of her life, Larry Liere by Fr. Robert West. They were married on June 22, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Wahpeton, ND and lived their married life in Devils Lake. They enjoyed boating, dancing, attending National Guard functions, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree parties, hosting dinner parties, spending time in Texas and Arizona after retirement, and above all raising their children and spending time with their grandchildren.

Karen was with Stevenson’s many years and moved on to Lake Region State College where she taught Fashion Merchandising and eventually Marketing. As the Fashion Merchandising instructor, Karen put on lavish fashion shows for the Lake Region area. Karen became the DECA advisor and enjoyed taking her students to state and national DECA conventions every year with Larry as a chaperone and/or driver. Karen started a telemarketing lab at Lake Region State College and her students were trained on outgoing calls only, no incoming. They made many outgoing calls promoting local activities in the area. She retired from LRSC in May 1997. In her retirement, she became a casual employee at Mercy Hospital as a Marketing Consultant for several years.

Karen was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was a master at balancing work-life and home life. She was very involved with her children’s activities such as leading girl and boy scouts, participating in hockey boosters, and Lake Region Skating Club. She was also involved in many community organizations such as St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Altar Society Infant of Prague, Women’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary Life Member, Shakespeare Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Elk’s Band, Bible Study, Bridge Club, and Book Clubs in ND and AZ.

Karen died peacefully with her loving family at her side in Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND. Karen was preceded in death by her parents Anne and Elmer Pittner, her son Patrick Liere, mother-in-law and father-in-law Agnes and Tony Liere, her sister Joan, Her family includes her loving husband of nearly 59 years, Larry; daughter Joan and her husband John Klinger of Victoria, MN; daughter Sara and husband Jake Thompson of Devils Lake; grandchildren Patrick, Emily, and Thomas Klinger, Isabelle, Isaac, Jacob, and Alice Thompson; sisters and brothers-in-law Gayle and Hal Brooks of Weatherford, TX, Patty and Curt Osborn of Wahpeton, ND; sister-in-law Marilyn Peterson of San Dimas, CA; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Karen will be remembered for her many talents including bridge, gardening, sewing, and cooking/baking, her generosity, positivity, and can do-get it done spirit. Her presence on this Earth will be greatly missed.

 

Larry St. Claire (DHC) 1966) Passed away in March of 2022

This is Robbie St Claire, just letting you know Larry passed away at the end of March 2022. I have not even put an obit in the Times. He went in to have his heart valve changed and everything went wrong, he was in the hospital for 2 and a half months. Most of that time I could not be with him because the hospital would not allow visitors because of covid. We will all miss him.

Gary’ Comment
Our condolences are with Robbie and all of Larry’s family with his passing. I remember Larry as a very polite well mannered likable guy. He will be missed.

 

 

In Memory of Steven Schneider and Wanda Medrud
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72): donmalaterre@gmail.com Sioux Falls, SD

It was prom night 50 years ago April 22, 1972. Graduation was just three weeks off.

Then the announcement came ..… Steven Schneider and Wanda Medrud died in a car accident five miles west of Dunseith.

Gail (Halverson) Schuler, yearbook editor, risking tradition and deadlines, quickly delayed publication of the yearbook and inserted the attached memorial.

In the blink of an eye, lives were changed forever.

 

 

06/11/2022 (2796)

Good day folks,

Again it has been a long time not posting a blog. With getting married and all, I have been quite busy. Angel and I were married last week on Friday June 3rd. I have pasted our wedding picture at the bottom of this posting. We have known each other for nearly a year now. We get along well together and are very compatible. She is a bit younger than me, but non the less we get along very well.  All of my many Expat and local friends have readily accepted her. She treats me like a king and that is the truth. She is well educated with no kids and no prior marriages. She will treat and take care of me well in my golden years.

My current plans are to be in the Bottineau/Dunseith area from July 7th to August 4th. Angle has an appointment with the USA consulate for an interview for a Tourist visa. They are really backlogged. So she won’t be with me. If she gets her visa we will be back again next year. She really wants to meet my family, friends and visit the USA.

Gary

 

Luella Halvorson Dion (DHS – 1947) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND

Luella May Dion
October 6, 1927 – June 3, 2022

Luella May Dion, age 94 of Dunseith, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at her Home in Dunseith.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery at Dunseith.

Luella May Dion, a daughter of Henry and Ida (Larson) Halvorson, was born on October 6, 1927 at Bottineau.  She was raised on the family farm northwest of Dunseith.  She attended Willow Lake Country School and later graduated from Dunseith High School.  She then taught at a country school.  On June 7, 1950, she married Floyd Dion.  They made their home in Dunseith.  Through the years, Luella worked at the Hosmer’s Grocery Store, the Dunseith Nursing Home and the Dunseith High School.

Luella was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Dunseith Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her Husband, Floyd of Dunseith; son, Dennis Dion and his wife, Wendi of Minot; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Halvorson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary Stokes Comments:

I was so saddened to see Luella’s passing. She and Floyd have been one of the main Dunseith corner stones for years and years.

We extend our Condolences to Floyd and all of their families with her passing. She was a wonder person and will be dearly missed.

 

 

WARREN SCHNEIDER benefit

Posted by Vicky Metcalf (70):  Bottineau ND

Gary’s Note:
This is long past but I am going post it anyway. We wish the best for Warren too. Warren is good guy and well known in the area.


Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

    This morning  the dogs and on our daily a.m. walk,

I was informed  by  Lori his Sister-in-law , of an upcoming medical benefit for  Warren Schneider  .

Warren  is a Dunseith friend, classmate, DHS graduate and Main Street Bottineau businessman.

     Warren is known by many in the area for his kind and generous spirit!

As Proprietors of the Dog house Saloon:

For many in need, Warren and his wife Pat have sponsored medical benefits.

Warren for several years  organized sponsored and hosted bike giveaways for area children.

Warren through the years enjoyed  catching fish which he’d  prepared, cook and shared at the bar.

  Warren  is encountering  major medical  health challenges. His friends and family extend  an invitation.

 

WARREN SCHNEIDER benefit
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022
DOG HOUSE SALOON

  Thank you Gary and Dunseith Friends

Sincerely,
Vickie L. Metcalfe 

 

 

 

Gary and Angel Stokes: 6/3/2022

 

4/28/2022 (2305)

Dunseith High School Class of 1972
Memories of Don Olson and Linus Faine

From: Don Malaterre <donmalaterre@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 9:36 AM
To: Gary Stokes <gws123456@gmail.com>
Subject: Memories of Don Olson and Linus Faine

The Dunseith High School class of 1972 will be holding its 50-year class reunion this summer. With a goal of 100 percent of all living members to be in attendance. We’ve been coordinating efforts to locate each member, update archives, and relay the ongoing plans of the reunion as they progress. Since we started this project last fall, two of our classmates have passed away, Linus Faine and Don Olson. Linus and Don were good classmates and dear friends.

Linus was a great football player and a very good basketball player. I’m not sure if you all know, but Linus’s father ‘Old Guff Faine’ played professional hockey in the 1950s. Don Olson was arguably one of the best athletes to come out of Dunseith. Don was the leading scorer three years in a row on the basketball team, all conference three years in a row on the football team. And as a three year starter, pitched a complete game shutout while winning the state high school baseball championship.

More than just an athlete, under Don’s leadership, the class of 72 bonded like no other, and was able to achieve success beyond goals. So, we will go on and have our reunion, we will have our fun, it will be a historic event, but 50 years later, Linus Faine and Don Olson are gone.

 

Donald Olson

( September 16, 1954 – April 15, 2022 )

Donald Orlin Olson, 67, of Dunseith, ND joined his beloved mother in Heaven on April 15, 2022.  A private funeral will be held.  Visitation for the public will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and a prayer service will begin at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Hearts of Hope at PO Box 685, Belcourt, ND 58316.

Don was born on September 16, 1954, to Orlin Lydell Olson and Lorraine Metcalfe Somers in Rolla, ND. Since his father was a crane operator, he, along with his mother and two brothers, lived in numerous places in North Dakota and Minnesota, finally settling down in Dunseith, ND in 1968, where he attended Dunseith Junior High and High Schools until his graduation in 1972.

In addition to being an Honor Student, Don was an accomplished athlete during his years attending the Dunseith Junior High and High Schools. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an integral part of the 1972 Dragon team that took 5th place in the State “B” basketball tournament and the champion baseball team that same year. He was also part of the Dunseith Babe Ruth and Legion baseball teams that won many championships over the years he played. He was once teased that he was too slow to play college or professional baseball and he responded by stating that, “You don’t need to be fast when you hit home runs!” He earned a scholarship to play football for the University of North Dakota and was a red-shirt freshman on the team that won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1973. He was humble about his athletic abilities, as he was about many other life accomplishments.

Don married Colette Casavant of Rolette, ND in the Spring of 1973. He managed Morgan Lumbar Yard and Dales Truck Stop in Dunseith, ND for a few years and he and Colette then moved to Devils Lake, ND where Don worked for Bridgeman Dairy and other companies. He made numerous life-long friends along his delivery routes. Don and Colette later divorced after 13 years of marriage.

Don then made a career change and entered college, first at NDSU Bottineau and then at Minot State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. It was at Minot State University where Don met the love of his life, Linda. He then earned a master’s degree at North Dakota State University. He was a believer in education and encouraged many to follow their dreams and seek higher education no matter their age and no matter their circumstances.

Don struggled with alcoholism until 1991. He maintained sobriety through the date of his death. Next to his children and his marriage to Linda on December 29, 2003, it was his greatest accomplishment. Utilizing his education and experience, he spent countless hours counseling others struggling with substance addictions. He traveled to schools and other public forums throughout North Dakota to tell his story about the grace and redemption of sobriety.

Don found and started his dream job working at the Dunseith Day School in August 1992. He was quickly bestowed the nickname “Big Bear”, a nickname he loved and one that epitomized his love and caring for the children at the Dunseith Day School. Working at the Day School was his life’s calling. He loved working with his coworkers but was especially passionate about working with the children. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children and by all accounts, he did so. The outpouring of concern and love from the Dunseith Day School community upon news of Don’s passing has been overwhelming. Don’s family is extremely grateful and appreciative of all the kind words and respect afforded to Big Bear for his work at the Dunseith Day School.

Don is survived by his wife, Linda Berdahl of Minot, ND; sister-in-law Gloria (Bill) Singleton of Florida; “adopted” sisters Cheri (James) Evans of Dunseith, ND and Rose Gottbreht of Barton, ND; brothers Lyle (Lisa) Olson of West Fargo, ND and Robin (Christina) Olson of Walla Walla, WA; children Corey (Stephanie) Olson of Bottineau, ND, Shane (Jennifer) Olson soon to be of Dunseith, ND, Alesha (Josh) Molacek of Callaway, MN, and Amanda Olson of Fargo, ND; stepchildren Stephanie (Charles Lassiter) Baisch, Jennifer ( Guillermo) Martinez, and Jason (Tori) Baisch, each of Texas; nieces Rachel (Jacob) Bly of Walla Walla, WA and Taylor Olson of Manchester, England and Walla Walla, WA; nephew Jesse Olson of Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren Brennen (Crystal) Olson, Riley Olson, Tyler Olson, Emily (Eric) Buteau, Skylar Spessard, Sydney Spessard, Josiah Molacek, Addyx Olson, Isabelle Olson, Bethany Rooney, Donovan Hall, D’Sean Hall, McKayla (Charles Hall) Nichols, Tristen Nichols, Kaci (Cody Dahlinger) Nichols, Susan (Mario) Zormora, Braden White, Jacoby White, Jaxson Baisch and Noah Baisch; and great-grandchildren Anneliese Jean Olson, Zariah Hall, Cai’ra Hall, Zayla Nichols and Isabella Zormora.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Orlin L. Olson; mother, Lorraine Metcalfe Somers; and stepfather, Joseph Somers.

His funeral will be livesteamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq_lbkdL1u8

 

 

 

4/15/2022 (2304)

Rude, Art Jr. Obit picture
ARTHUR’S OBITUARY

Art Rude Jr. age 69 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at a Minot hospital.

Arthur Odin Rude was born in Rolla to Arthur R. Rude and Bertha (lngulsrud) Rude on March 31, 1953. He grew up on the family farm in the Turtle Mountains up the Willow Lake Road from Dunseith. He went to Elementary and High School in Dunseith and later to Minot State University where he graduated in 1975. Later he returned to Minot State to earn his master’s degree in Mathematics.

Art was very versatile and multitalented. He taught science at Bottineau High School and algebra and physics at Belcourt, Dunseith and Fort Yates. He was an Associate Professor at Bismarck State College and helped many students both during school hours and on his own time. He also was owner of a stereo shop, Safety Manager at both Conoco Phillips and Stellar Fief d Services, wrote two books and produced the social media post “Coffee with Art”.

He loved his family, his family farm, going on adventures, Metigoshe Ministries, and music. Gifted with a beautiful voice, he loved to write and perform his original songs. He won a trip to Nashville for “Howdy Mr. Reagan” and continued writing music throughout his life.

Art is survived by his family: Grace (Bush) Rude, children Benjamin, Brandon, Hannah and Nicole and 9 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A celebration of life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith on Saturday, April 15th, at 10 a.m.

To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Arthur Rude, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

 

 

Art Rude Eulogies and condolences,

Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): espe@utma.com  Bottineau, ND    

The whole community is shocked about Art Rude.
His service is Saturday at Peace Lutheran in Dunseith at 10 AM.

 

Message from Bob Lykins (Teacher): rlykins4066@yahoo.com Hutto, TX

What a shock!  Down through the years Art and I communicated via Facebook.  In so many ways he contributed to the culture of Dunseith.  He will be deeply missed.  My condolences to the family.

 

 

 

Message from Lynn Otto Halvorson (75): lottorn@yahoo.com Boonton, NJ

 

My condolences to his family, friends and neighbors, so very sad!

Lynn Halvorson Otto

 

Message from Diane Larson Sjol (’70): nrsnice@gmail.com Minot, ND

Yes, it is so sad. He made us all smile with his wit, his humor, his songs and the genuine care he showed to others. RIP Art.

 

 

Message from Allen Richard (’70): allenjr76nd@gmail.com Grand Rapids, MI

Very sad and very sudden.  We were facebooking about what was happening with The Kelvin Clinic about a week ago.  We were/are both political junkies.

Gary, I think you came to DHS as a freshman–Art senior was my 8th grade teacher.  He and Dad were friends.  I met him when I was about 4 yrs old at the post office.  We became immediate friends and stayed that way until he passed,  Art JR inherited his dad’s ability to make and keep friends.  I could always count on him for a straigh unfiltered answer.

Art worked for the legislature during one of my terms.  He was always up for a spirited political discussion.  I always came away from one of those discussions knowing more than i did when it started.

I believe he taught math to my 3 older kids.  They were all well prepped for college.

I know he will always be educating someone——————————————-

 

4/11/2022 (2803)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and friends,

It’s with a very heavy heart that I send this sad news.

Art Rude passed away Yesterday morning, Saturday April 9, 2022, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Art graduated with the Dunseith HS class of 1971. He was born March 31, 1953 (69 years old)

He will always be remembered for the kind of guy he was. He was an Educator, (math was his forte), He was a song writer, He was a singer, He was a comedian, He was a Politian, and the list goes on and on.

Art was six years behind me in school, but I remember him well. In those years he was Junior. In later years he preferred to be address as Art Rude.

Art was a good friend. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.

I will post his Obituary when it’s available.

Gary

Rude, Art Jr. Obit picture Rude, Art Jr. Obit

02/11/2022 (2802)

Reply from Dianne Lier Fletcher (DHS Teacher 1963/64): dnlfichter@outlook.com Summerfield, Florida

What an ordeal for you and the people in your area. Pray that you will soon be back to some semblance of normalcy.
Dianne

Gary’s Memories of Miss Lier,

Thank you so much for this reply Dianne. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you.

Those of you that were attending DHS in the school year of 1963/1964 I am very sure will remember Miss Lier. She was hired to take Mr. Don Corbin’s classes when he was promoted to School Principle to replace Mr. Conroy who had suffered a heart attack. Miss Lier was a very pretty lady.  As I remember she was fresh out of college. She was my Biology teacher. Classes were held in the Science room. I remember Mr. Corbin giving our class a firm message to tone things down a bit or else. We all knew what the “Or Else meant too”. He was very firm.

 

 

Kalk Family Update
Posting from Alfred Lopez:  Minneapolis, MN

Kalk family Hi Gary,

I’m Kathy Barbara Kalk’s husband and I thought you might be interested in an update of Dan and Rose Kalk’s 10 children.  See attachments.

 

Gary Stokes Comment

Thank you so much for this update Alfred. Most everyone on this distribution is familiar with the Kalk family. They were part of the foundation of Dunseith and the Dunseith schools. Great folks too. Barbara and Lorraine were both in my class of 1965. So sorry to hear of Lorraine’s recent passing too. Last I heard she was living in South Dakota.

Alfred; Barbara’s ambition was to go to Hollywood to find a Movie Star. I heard she actually took a bus, I think, to Hollywood and in the process found the next best thing to a Movie Star finding you on that trip.   

 

Reply from Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Livingston, MT

Hi Gary!

Sorry I have not been in touch for a while.  I heard about that typhoon and wondered about you.  So glad to hear you survived.  What a terrible experience to go through.  Glad you made it and are recovering.

Just wanted to say hi and say I for one am glad you’re still kicking (as my Dad would say).

All good s well here in Montana.  Hugs to you and your great friends in Cebu.

Trish
Gary’s Reply to Trish,
Thank you so much for this reply Trish. It’s always great hearing from you. I am so glad that all is going well for you in Montana and I know with your horses too. I am so glad that we were able to meet in Bottineau in 2015 too. You are an interesting person. There is never a dull moment when you are in anyone’s midst.
Take care and keep in touch.

Picture: July 2015
Larson, Trish

Rita Langer’s Brother passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):   Bottineau, ND

Gary,

Rita Langer’s brother passed away.

He was a veteran and former  respected County Comissioner of Rolette County.

Sincere Sympathy to Rita and Richard on the passing of her brother. 

Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

My 2nd grade teacher at Ackworth, Gary:
Geri Lafromboise Marcavage passed away
https://www.elickfh.com/obituary/geraldine-marcavage
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

Lafromboise, Geri Lafromboise, Geri-1

Thanks Gary,

Dunseith Friends,

I am so sorry, Geri Lafromboise Marcavage obit is at Elick Funeral Home Rolla.

Several of her grandchildren attended school in Bottineau while I was there.

The youngest, Mary now attends education and plays  hockey for The Bottineau College and is  also quite talented musically.   Her next older brother, Jair  working on his doctorate degree in California. Another brother works for Rock Solid Contracting here in Bottineau.

Cecilia and Leroy Cote were longtime staunch Dunseith folks of deep faith. They both  were always friendly and considerate  visiting, as were their children.

Dawn,  their daughter was in my third grade class in Dunseith.  I marvel how adept she is in her profession in computers, working for the state of ND.  When I taught  at the beginning of my teaching career years ago, computers were not in the picture.

Jeff,  a professional meat cutter works at Wayne’s Grocery  Store in Dunseith.  That store is well known regionally for their fantastic meat dept …. helpful employees and goodies like homemade sausages!

Gary’s Comments
Folks, Gerri was my 2nd grade teacher in 1954 at Ackworth. She stayed with us at our house the year she taught at Ackworth. I remember her as being a very pretty teacher.
I was so saddened to hear of her passing too.

 

11/05/2021 (2800)

Gary Stokes Posting

Folks,
As Many of you already know, Angel Maglangit is with me now. Many of you have seen her Facebook postings tagged with me. She is a bit younger than me, Never married, no kids and well educated with several BS degrees. She gets along well with all the folks in our area and all of my friends too. She has been offered several jobs, but I told her as long as she is with me, I prefer she not work. She recently got her drivers license, so years down the road, and as the years crop up on me, she can do the driving.
Dun Angel-1 Dun Angel-2 Dun Angel-3

 

Yellow corners, Kelvin Store
Reply from Ron Cain (Keith Pladson siblings cousin):  Superior, WI

Greetings Gary,

A recent reply to you from Allen Richard referencing the Kelvin, ND store caught my attention.

The area was the birthplace of my father Lester G. Cain in 1914.  It made my day!

 

Archie Metcalfe (Vickie Metcalf’s Brother) DHS Class of 1979
Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Gary’s comments
Archie’s death was sudden and unexpected. Really hard on the Family. His mother-in-law is Mary Eurich Knutson (DHS 1962). We extend our condolences to all of his family with his passing.

Metcalfe, Archie
September 16, 1961 – October 26, 2021

Archie Metcalfe

Archie Metcalfe, age 60 of Dunseith, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at a Dunseith clinic.  His funeral will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery north of Dunseith.

Archie was born on September 16, 1961 to Clifford and Charlotte (Lamb) Metcalfe in Rolette North Dakota. Archie was raised in the Turtle Mountains north of Dunseith. Archie attended Dunseith Public School and graduated in 1979.  During his high school years Archie worked at Dales Truck Stop. After graduating, Archie went to Wyoming for a very brief career on the oil rigs. In 1980 Archie started working for Hutton Contracting working as a laborer and heavy equipment operator plowing in telephone cable.  On December 30, 1982 Archie married Sally Knutson at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Logan (son) was born January 1987 and in November 1987 Archie moved his family back to Dunseith, North Dakota.  In the spring of 1988 Archie went to work for his uncle Floyd Lamb. Archie also purchased his first little herd of cows and began ranching. In 1990 Jordan (daughter) was born. Archie went to work for Gustafson Horse Ranch. In 1992, Trenten (son) was born. That same year, Archie decided to sell his cows and went into the PMU business with Shannon (brother).

Archie purchased a colt from Gustafson ranch and began team roping with his brother, friends, and neighbors. As his kids grew up, they joined in as well. When his 3 children outgrew daycare, they spent their time “helping” their dad. We still laugh about Jordan’s zip tie ponytails. A hairdresser, Archie was not. In 2004 Archie started building his cow herd again. In the same year, PMU contracts were canceled so Archie went off on his new venture, Metcalfe Excavating. Archie loved his big machines and the excavating business but when the opportunity arose in 2008 to take a job with Rolette County Archie took it. He loved his job and was very good at it. In 2020 Archie was elected as a Rolette County Commissioner. He was very happy and proud to serve his community. Though the job was not without its own set of trials, he sure wasn’t afraid to take on a good challenge. Archie was president of the Turtle Mountain Wildlife Club for many years and a member of the Dunseith Rodeo Club.

Archie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sally (Knutson) Metcalfe, his children Logan (Brittany) Metcalfe, Jordan (Stuart) Oien, and Trenten (Kendra) Metcalfe. All of Bottineau. Grandchildren, Zoey, Gunnar, and Baylor Metcalfe; Kahlan, Liam, and Finley Oien; and Baby Boy Metcalfe (Due January 2022), Mother-in-law Mary Knutson, Sisters Nancy (Norman) Moreno of Minnesota, Vickie Metcalfe, Cyndy (Craig) Miller of Bottineau, Brother and best friend Shanon (Debbie) Metcalfe of Dunseith, aunt Betty Lamb of Grand Forks, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Charlotte Metcalfe. Father-in-law Bud Knutson, Brother-in-law Bob Knutson, cousins Janice Poitra, Lola Vanorny and many aunts and uncles.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Archie Metcalf
Vickie Metcalf’s Comments: Archie was her brother 

Thank YOU Neola  for posting.

 Archie truly blessed me with his presence for 60 years.

Over  35 years ago, we changed roles, he became my big brother.

He was an awesome son to my parents, brother, nephew, cousin, and, husband  to Sally, father and father in law to 6, A COOL  grandfather!

Over the past few days,  I  have heard from so many OF VARIOUS AGES,how he touched their lives as  a respected true friend and mentor.

……..My brother Archie in our family,  was a ‘”LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE”  person.

Vickie

 

Donald Hosmer DHS Class of 1952
Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Donald Hosmer

October 02, 1933 – October 08, 2021

Donald Edwin Hosmer passed on into God’s glory on October 8, 2021, just 6 days after his 88th birthday.

Born on October 2, 1933 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Jack and Inie Hosmer, he was their second child. Because he weighed just a little over 3 pounds, he remained in the hospital for quite some time before going home to Dunseith, where he lived the rest of his life.

Don was the middle son of 3 boys and enjoyed a childhood of family time with various Hosmer relatives. After graduating from high school, he attended the Forestry in Bottineau where he was proud to be on the boxing team. Don worked for his father in the Hosmer Department Store. After marrying Jesslyn Maureen Selzler in 1958, he ventured out on his own and built a laundromat. He also built a car wash and for a short time ran a laundry in Bottineau as well. Don owned a post office building in Watford City. He managed the Dunseith golf course for several years.

Don enjoyed music. He most wanted to be remembered for his singing: “I enjoyed singing and I was complimented by many people about it. I had perfect pitch”. He played golf and he and Jesslyn spent summers at their cabin at Lake Metigoshe for many years. They traveled extensively in their RV and spent many winters in Mesquite Nevada. Don was an avid reader. He was an open-minded, knowledgeable, conversationalist, with a good sense of humor and a generous, kind spirit. He was a devoted son, husband and father. Don knew the history of the Dunseith area and the families of the Turtle Mountains well.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Inie Hosmer, his wife Jesslyn of 54 years, his sisters-in-law Pat Hosmer and Katrine Hosmer, and his brother-in-law Greg Selzler. He is survived by his daughters Kay Maureen (John Cantley) and grandson Nicholas Hosmer Cantley, and Donna Jo (Dave Leitheiser)_, granddaughters Keely Inez Larson and Hannah Vi Larson, his brothers Bill Hosmer (Liz) and Bob Hosmer (Carol), sister-in-law Barb Selzler, and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

A private celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the International Music Camp or the Dunseith Betterment Committee.

 

 

10/10/2021 (2799)

Greetings Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

Again I am so sorry for the long delay in getting these messages out. I have not forgotten about you folks and will post whatever you send me.

Things have been rather busy for me the past few weeks.

Following covid shutdowns our Bowling has resumed. For lack of volunteers, I have ended up being the designated one in charge, keeping track of everyone’s bowling Data; Scores, Averages, attendance, etc. Doing that I had to set up a computer excel program to manage all the data. That took some time too.

Please keep the postings coming.

Gary

 

Message from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): Grafton, ND
Condolences to Gary Wenstad family

 

Forgotten Store Name:
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

Yeah it would be yellow corners I drove on highway 3 from density to rugby many times and that’s the only place that resembled a store. It was kind of like the prairie version of Kelvin store.

 

Leland Stickland (’64) Memorial
Posting from Eric Stickland:   Melrose, Massachusetts
9/21/2021

Hello Gary,

I wanted to update you with information about my dad’s memorial service; it will be held at 3pm local time on Thursday Oct 7th at Dickinson Cemetery.  I’d hoped that the pandemic would have been closer to being fully controlled by now, but I’m unwilling to wait any longer.  We’ll be doing a graveside service to keep things as safe as possible for everyone, and hope the wind and weather cooperates.

I should have a written obituary to share with you soon.

Eric Stickland


Gary Stokes’ comment.
Eric, I am so sorry I didn’t get this posted before your Dad’s memorial. Things have been pretty busy for me lately.
Please forward his Obituary to me when you have it prepared.

 

Posted by Don Malaterre (72)    Sioux Falls, SD

Linus Faine (Dunseith High School class of 1972)
Faine, Linus

August 16, 1953 – September 14, 2021

Linus Faine, age 68 of Dunseith, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home in Dunseith.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the St. Sylvan’s Cemetery north of Dunseith.

 

 

Mary Eurich Knutson’s (’62) son, Bobby Knutson
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, NDBobby L. Knutson

Knutson, Bobby

Bobby L. Knutson, age 58 of Bottineau, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at a Bismarck hospital.  Keeping with Bobby’s request, a private family service will be held. 

Bobby Knutson, a son of LeRoy and Mary (Eurich) Knutson was born on August 8, 1963 in Bottineau.  He attended school in Bottineau.  At the age of 10 he began doing yard work.  He later worked driving gravel truck for Les Bergeron.  Bob worked in Williston for time before going to work for Wenstad Trucking.  In 1982, he started driving truck for Bill Zorn.  In 1990, Bob went to work for Mikkelson Aggregates in Bottineau where he had worked since.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Knutson  of Dunseith; sister, Sally (Archie) Metcalfe of Dunseith; nephews, Logan (Brittany) Metcalfe and Trenton (Kendra) Metcalfe all of Bottineau; niece, Jordan (Stewart) Oein of Bottineau; great nieces and nephews, Zoey Metcalfe, Gunnar Metcalfe, Baylor Metcalfe, Kahlan Oein, Liam Oein and Finely Oein.

He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy “Bud” Knutson.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Gary Stokes’ message
We extend our condolences to Mary and all of her family with the passing of her son Bobby. I Didn’t know Bobby, but I knew his parents, Bud and Mary very well. Like his parents, I know he was a good outstanding citizen.

09/04/2021 (2798)

Reply form Sandy Lopez (’64): sandy.lopez@lopezfam.us Rockford IL

Gary

I am glad to read that you are staying busy, but not too busy to still stay in touch with everyone. Thank you again for ALL that you have done and all the relationships that you continue to preserve and nourish.

Sandy

Gary’s reply,
Thank you so much Sandy for this nice posting. From my day, we all remember well,  you and the rest of the Cuban students that attended Dunseith Schools. As I remember, your families had fled Cuba. Your fathers were Doctors at San Haven. You were all very bright students and excelled well in life too. As I remember you were a year or two younger then the rest of your Dunseith High School class mates of 1964. This was all 50 plus years ago too. Thank you so much for staying in touch too. It’s always great hearing from you.
Gary

 

Forgotten Store Name:
Reply: Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):   Colorado Springs, CO  

Gary I now live in Tucson, AZ

Questions From Last posting on August 10, 2021
Forgotten Store Name:
Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):   Tucson, AZ  

I worked in the Dunseith bakery in 1946 I was 13 years old. I think the baker was Alan Berg,  I don’t really remember.  but he taught me how to drive his 1935 ford so I could deliver bread to a little store a few miles south of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen

Replies to the Question Highlighted in yellow above.

  1. Reply form Dennis Dubois (’64):  Minneapolis, MN

I wonder if the little store on the Rugby road was ”Yellow Corners”?

 

      2. Reply from Toni Morninville (68)  Farimount, ND 

Was it Yellow Corners?

 

     3. Reply from Jeff Cote:  Dunseith, ND.

 Answer for Harlyn? Not sure if this is the one you meant but in the late 60’s there was a Boucher that had a store and gas pumps at the crossroads of #66 and #3. I believe it was called “Yellow corners”, as all the buildings were yellow.

 

    4. Reply from Mary Ann Gottbreht Brennan (58) maryannmab@aol.com Dunseith, ND

Maybe Yellow corners:

South of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen

 

 Christmas in Dunseith 50 years ago.
Memories from Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

When I worked for Standard and Poors in Denver I became close friends with my boss who was born and grew up in New York City. We became very close and he would share stories about events and sights he visited all around New York. He always finished his recollections by asking me what it was like to grow up in Dunseith, North Dakota? I told him Dunseith was the greatest small town in America. I said we didn’t have Time Square, or the Statue of Liberty or Central Park to hang out at. But we did have Dales, the Bakery and the Drive Inn. When my out of town friends would come to town on weekends we would get together with the in town gang, play a pickup game and afterwards head to the drive-in and drink a whole quart of pop. That was heaven for me. We never had to worry about riots or traffic jams or getting mugged on the subway. At Christmas time the city of Dunseith would decorate the streets and Christmas was in the air. Peter and Viola Mellmer who owned and operated The Dakota Hotel would set up a P.A. system on the street corner and blast Christmas Carols all the way down main street. I had to reiterate to my boss about a little incident that happened in 1972, fifty years ago. It was late in the afternoon when my classmate Jim Mellmer and I were watching football on TV at the hotel. We were the only ones around so we decided to listen to some of Jim’s older sister Connie’s records. We decided to play some top hits like Joy to the World by Three Dog Night. You know the cult song that starts with Jeremiah was a bullfrog was a good friend of mine, I never understood a single word he said but I helped him drink his wine. And Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival. A catchy tune. It was also a cult song that warned of impending doom and was a reflection of the late 1960’s confusion and frustration. After a while we decided to walk down the alley to the bakery and have a Bismarck. When we got to the bakery someone walked in the front door and said “Joy to the world” and “Bad Moon Rising ” was playing all the way down main street. We didn’t realize it but we had interceded the Christmas carols with the cult tunes. We ran out the front door of the bakery and were sprinting up main street to the hotel when the song stopped playing and the Christmas carols came back on. I told Jim that I had to go home for supper. I left poor Jim to “Face the Music” by himself. (Pun intended).

Donald

 

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Gary Wenstad
Wenstad, Gary

November 09, 1947 – August 15, 2021

Gary Wenstad, age 73 of Dunseith, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at a Minot hospital.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 7:00pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Gary Wenstad, the son of Arnold and Arlene (Christianson) Wenstad, was born on November 9, 1947 at Bottineau.  He grew up on a farm north of Dunseith and attended school in Dunseith.  On October 18, 1974 he married Karen House in Rolla. They made their home on the family farm where they have lived and farmed since.

Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also loved spending time visiting with family and friends. He adored his grandkids and great grandkids and his best friend, Ruger his dog.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Dunseith; daughter, Brandi (Mark) Pedie of Bottineau; step-son, Frank (Georgie) Rodman of Dunseith; step-daughter, Antoinette (Stacy) Zuther of Minot; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Karen Prouty of Baldwin City, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Arlene Wenstad.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

 

Gary Stokes Comments
I was saddened to this notice of Gary’s Passing. His Family lived about 5 miles south of us in the Turtle Mountains. As a child in my Growing up days, I often saw Gary and his sister Karen too, at different community events and social gatherings. I learned to know Gary quite well and of course Karen too. Gary and I were the same age. He attended Willow Lake Country School and I Attend Ackworth.

We extent our condolences to Karen and his immediate Family. He will be missed.
Garyt

08/10/2021 (2797)

Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well with everyone. My schedule these days has been a bit busier, so I have not been posting blogs as frequent as I used to. I try to get one posted every several weeks or so. In the past 14 years, we have pretty much covered and discussed all of the Dunseith and area past that there is cover. As long as I am alive and able, I will continue posting. Fortunately my health is good, so I plan on being around for a lot more years, but we never know our fate. It’s been nearly 18 years since we moved to the Philippines. This is home. I have things just the way I like and want them here. I love having summer every day of the year too.

My plans are to Visit the States next year. Right now, with the covid pandemic, it’s too much of a hassle, especially here in the Philippines with all the restrictions to leave and come back into the country. I am Vaccinated, so I am protected.

Gary Stokes

 

Dunseith Bakery Memories: Reply to Don Malateree’s posting
Posting from Ken Nerpel (’65):  Rugby, ND

Everyone who lived in the Dunseith area in the 60’s certainly knew Herman and I would guess most of us have a Herman Martinson story. From 1962 to 1965 my family lived next door to the Martinson’s in the Gustav Nerpel house on the corner across the street from the school. Herman’s house was just to the north of us and to the east was the Ed Boguslawski family. Herman would get up every morning at about four A. M. and would have half a day’s work in before most of the rest of the city was awake. Most of the houses in this area were very small and had very little space and ours was no exception. Therefore my parents slept in the basement and my sister had the only bedroom. I slept in the foyer on the west side of the house on a piece of plywood sitting atop cement blocks. I knew I had a few more hours to sleep when I heard Herman heading out to work.

Herman made the best Bismarck’s I have ever eaten and I have spent many years sampling as many as I can to try to find a match. I even tried making my own, buying all the necessary equipment to accomplish the task but coming up short every time. I know nothing of Herman’s ancestry and am curious as to where he learned and perfected his craft.

 

Dunseith Bakery Memories: Reply to Don Malateree’s posting
Posting from Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

Herman was one of Dunseith’s greatest treasures.  Your post brings back fond memories—-especially those Bismarcks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Forgotten Store Name:
Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):  Colorado Springs, CO  

I worked in the Dunseith bakery in 1946 I was 13 years old. I think the baker was Alan Berg,  I don’t really remember.  but he taught me how to drive his 1935 ford so I could deliver bread to a little store a few miles south of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen

07/19/2021 (2796)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND

Leola Lagerquist  1926 – 2021
Lagerquist, Leola

 Leola Lagerquist

April 04, 1926 – July 10, 2021

Leola Lagerquist, age 95 of Dunseith, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Dunseith.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Ackworth Cemetery.

Leola B Hiatt Lagerquist was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926, the 7th of 12 children to George and Eva (Crawford) Hiatt at home – rural Dunseith. She attended Ackworth School. After graduating from the 8th grade, Leola worked for different families in the Dunseith area, besides helping her older siblings with their families and helping care for her younger siblings. Leola married Johnnie Lagerquist on December 4, 1948 in Rolla, ND. They lived on the Lagerquist family farm. There they raised their family of 9 children. Johnnie passed away September 27, 1990. Leola was busy from morning to night. In the summer she raised a big garden, canned vegetables, and picked and processed berries for syrup, jellies and sauces. She helped milk the cows and would churn cream to make butter. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and would bake a large batch of bread every week, sometimes more than once a week. Leola also baked a lot of cookies, cakes, pies, etc. All of her family enjoyed her homemade goods.

Leola worked in the kitchen at the International Music Camp for over 30 years, retiring at the age of 80. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, the Kelvin Homemakers Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She helped teach Bible School and served as a leader of the Mountaineers 4 H Club. These were just a couple of things she truly enjoyed doing.

Leola wants to be remembered for how much she loved and cared for her husband Johnnie and their children Rodney, Lyle, Ray, Dale, Kurt, Evon, Carl, Kim and Bruce and their families. She loved doing whatever she could for them and looked forward to and enjoyed visits from them.

Leola is survived by her daughter Evon, sons Rodney, Lyle, Kurt, Carl (Tara) all of Dunseith, Ray (Lori) of Boulder, MT, Dale (Marlene) of Bottineau, and Bruce of Manhattan, KS, 23 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, sisters Nettie Peterson of Dunseith and Ena Birkland of Seattle, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leola passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at her daughter’s home.

Leola was preceded in death by her husband Johnnie, infant daughter Gail Sue and her son Kim Allen, a grandson Trey Michael, brothers Albert, Johnnie, Harry, George, and Glen Hiatt, sisters Violet House, Esther McCallie, Alvina Thompson, and Faye Tohm, her parents and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home In Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary Stokes comments
I am so Saddened to hear of Leola’s passing. She and the Lagerquist family were very close friends and Neighbors of ours grow up in the Ackworth community in the hills of the turtle mountains, where Leola lived her entire life. There are very few of her Hiatt Generation still living and they were many.
Leola and my Dad both attended the Ackworth county school as did Leola’s older children (Rodney, Lyle Ray and Dale), my brothers (Darrel Allen) and me.
I extend my condolences to the entire Lagerquist family with her passing. She will be missed dearly, but never forgotten.   

 

Dunseith Bakery Memories
Posting from Don Malateree (’72)  donmalaterre@gmail.com  Sioux Falls, SD

The first time I ever stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman what he was making. He answered Banana Bread. The second time I stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman what he was making. He answered Banana Bread. The third time I stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman how’s that banana bread coming along. We both looked at each other and broke out laughing. He explained to me that he had been using that same canned statement for years. But, that, I had been the fastest to catch on to his running joke. Anyhow a few years later maybe around 1969 I was working in the bakery. One time when it was a real quiet day and no one was around Adam Lang walked in. Those of you who know Adam Lang know that he’s a straight forward no nonsense kind of a guy. Adam peaked around the corner, noticed that I was alone and asked me what I was working on. I told him banana bread. He looked at me and said ‘I don’t know what you’re making but it’s not banana bread.’ I pretended I didn’t know who he was and shouted out to Herman who was working in the far back room. I said Herman, this guy wants to know what I’m working on. Herman, not knowing who was out front shouted out ‘Banana Bread.’ Adam looked at me and his eyes got real big. Again he said ‘I don’t know what you’re making but it’s not banana bread and he just walked away. To this day I just crack up every time I think of that story. In fact I’m chuckling now as I’m typing to you good folks.

06/06/2021 (2795)

Greetings Dunseith alumni folks and friends,

Sorry for the long delay between these postings. I have been a bit busy. I don’t have much to post, so I need to get back into reposting years back blogs.

My plans were to Visit the states this summer, but with the restrictions imposed for my return to the Philippines I think I will forgo my plans for going back this year. Only Philippine Permanent Resident Aliens and Philippine Citizens are allowed entry into this country when traveling from other countries. Upon our arrival we are required, even those that have been fully vaccinated,  to spend a 7 day quarantine in a hotel room before being able to fully enter the county. I have chosen not to go thru all that. I am one of the 1.1% of the Philippine population that is fully covid vaccinated with both shots too.

Gary

 

Please wish Barbara Hiatt Cote happy 80th birthday
Posted by her son. Jeff Cote: jccarpentry64@gmail.com

The link to wish Barbara Happy birthday.
https://forms.gle/UTGtbx7NNbsfnWHF7 

Gary I hope this finds you, not sure if I should use Gmail or AOL. Sending you our condolences and best wishes for your loss and for one if the worst years in my memory. This is a link to a page my sister Nicole started to wish my mother a happy 80th birthday which is June 20th. I realize the email stuff takes a lot of time and if you are not able to add this to a blog we completely understand. Thought you would be interested to know since you are all things Turtle mountains 😉. Though not raised there myself we spent a large portion of our early life in “the hills”. I and all of my family have an untold number of great memories at Hiatt’s, Radley’s, Ackworth, Peace Gardens, numerous lakes,…well you know the rest. Again, best wishes and hope this finds you doing well.

Son of a “Hill Billy” Jeff Cote.

Gary Stokes’ comments

So hard to believe that Barbara is 80 years old. We are all getting older.

I remember well Barbara teaching me the Alphabet, on the blackboard, when I was a first grader and she in 7th grade. Charlette Lang was our teacher. It was the last year of Summer school at Ackworth too.

Barbara is the oldest child and only girl of Willie and Maxine Hiatt. They are very much Ackworth community folks. I remember well when they sold their Farm to Norris Knutson in 1955 and moved to Bottineau. Barbara had just graduated from Ackworth country school. The primary reason for their move was for Barbara to attend Bottineau High School. Doing the math I think she Graduated from Bottineau HS in 1959. Folks, please correct me if I am wrong. My guess.

When they lived on their farm, now the Norris and Arlene Knutson farm, one mile to the east of our farm, our families were back and forth almost on a daily bases. We were very close. After they moved to Bottineau, we remained good friends, but didn’t see each other nearly as often.

I listed Laurence Dale as LD on the photo. In those days everyone knew him as LD. Very few knew his Given name.

Christmas card from the Willie Hiatt family to the Stokes’
Hiatt, Willie family

 

05/16/2021 (2794)

Gary Stokes Comments
Covid and Travel to the USA

The covid restrictions are very fluid here in the Philippines. At the moment they are only letting Permanent Resident Aliens (Me) and Philippine Citizens enter this country flying in from other countries. Before boarding the plane from a foreign Country we must have an 8 day prepaid quarantine reservation at an approved Hotel. They will do a covid test on the 7th day. If Negative they will allow you to go home with supervised home quarantine for the next 6 days. Not so sure I want to go thru all that on my return trip from the USA. Hopefully this requirement will be lifted soon.

 

Covid Vaccinations
Message from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Best of luck on your upcoming vaccination!

I completed the (two) Moderna with no side effects.

I read last spring  elementary children do not have as many achy muscles etc. after flu shots as adults

…… if  they are physically active.

…………So I thought  like a kid and walked alot…..v

Gary Stokes Comment
I received my first Sinovac Covid Vaccination on April 20th. I am scheduled for the 2nd one this coming Thursday May 20th.

Less than 2% of the Philippine population has received their first shot and I am one of them. Front liners first followed with the seniors. My next door neighbor is one of the ones in charge of administering the vaccinations, so I kind of had a bit of an advantage. All legal and above board though.

 

Covid Vaccinations
Reply from Ron Rieke (’69):  Meridian, TX

Gary, glad to see you’re  getting the vaccine.  My wife and I both had Covid-19.  Very mild, less problems than a common cold.  It does however affect different folks harshly.  Our family doctor recommended we get the vaccine and have completed both doses.  By end of May when you travel ,herd immunity should have kicked in here. Safe travels.

Ron

Ralph Bjornseth
Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Folks,

Neola sent this picture to a few of us for positive identification. Not sure how long ago this was taken. Before cropping the picture I could tell It was taken at the Bottineau Senior Citizen Center.

Ralph is married to Luella Boardman Bjornseth (’49). They were married in July 1951. This July will be their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Ralph celebrated his 90th birthday 6 years ago. He will be 96 this year. Last message I received a few months back from Luella, she said they are both doing fine. They live in Bottineau.

Ralph’s parents were Jacob and Cora Bjornseth. Their farm was 1 ¾ miles west of our farm in the Turtle Mountains. The Bottineau / Rolette county line was between us. Off the top of my head, I believe Ralph is the only surviving of his family. His Two sisters, Gladys and Viola married twin brothers. Albert / Gladys Rude and Alfred / Viola Rude. LaVerne Rude, married to Carrole Fauske (’66) is the son of Albert and Gladys Bjornseth Rude.
Bjornseth, Ralph

 

Pastor Moren  Memories
Posting from Jeanne Sizemore.

Moren family

Thank you so much for the update. Pastor Moren
was my Pastor in Warren. He also confirmed me and my brothers.  I called him about a year ago and he remembered me. I’m to hear of his health.  He was our favorite Pastor we’ve ever had. Please tell him I asked about him and I’ll be praying for him.

Jeanne Pokrzywinski Sizemore.

 

04/10/2021 (2793)

Gary Stokes Message:

I am scheduled to receive the AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine. It’s a University of Oxford Vaccine administered mainly to those 60 plus years old. I was tentatively scheduled to receive the first shot this past Thursday, but AstraZeneca was not one of the Vaccinees received with this weeks supply. Hopefully next weeks. I am scheduled for the next supply too.

We foreigners are not being excluded from the Philippines administration of the covid vaccines. Same protocol as back in the states too. Front liners first, then Seniors over 60 followed with those under 60 with underline medical issues, then the general public. Less than 1% of the population has been Vaccinated. I feel very fortunate.

I will coordinate my trip back to the states around my Covid Vaccination. I may go between shots but not before the 20th of May. I don’t own any winter clothes. The first shot should give me enough protection to travel.

Current travel from the Philippines to the USA is over the Atlantic. From Cebu to ND it’s 10,000 miles over the Pacific and 14,000 miles over the Atlantic. That’s a long haul over the Atlantic.

 

Massage from Tom Hagen (’51 – Orvin’s Brother): 

Dear family and friends,

We have moved here permanently to the Arbor House, which is an assisted living facility for more care for Dot as she has some problems and we thought it best for all.  Two bedroom, large bath ,complete kitchen 3 meals daily, etc.   Our address is. 1705 3rd Ave, Williston,  Nd.   58801.  Our phone will be the same.

Tom and Dot Hagen

 

Vickie Metcalfe Retires from 46 years of Public School Teaching
Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary Stokes Note:
Congratulations Vickie for your many years of dedicated service. You are to be commended. Being a teacher is not an easy job.  I know you will be dearly missed in the Bottineau educational system too. Enjoy life now to the fullest.
Thank you so much for all your contributions to this blog too. Very much appreciated.   

April 9, 2021

Hi Gary,

FYI,    News in my life.

I’ve been pretty focused and busy since  the end of March.

I have not been on e-mail.

As you may know.  I choose NOT to  use Face  book.  ( I am of the  belief, people need to communicate in person
and think before speaking or writing  to others or messaging via telephone etc. regarding significant thought and feelings.)

I retired after 46 years as an  Educator , May 2020. What a big change for me in September! I’ve gone to school for most of my life in Sept.

Then, my beloved dog, Lochbuie died in Oct.
At the time, I told my Vet, “NEVER again,  I felt broken with grief.”
Since last March, I have kept the ‘distance etc. around Bottineau due to Covid 19…and loss of  Buie as my only companion was quite a blow. My thought, ‘I will never replace my  little gem Buie, with just any dog.

28 of March 2021, I adopted.
I adopted 2 babies.
Yes Two!  12 week old Westie brothers.

Yup. Vickie’s gone  totally  bonkers.

My sister, C—- has been a willing accomplice, along with her daughters and grandchildren. I found  a Westie breeder in Minnesota.

Then, I had to answer numerous questions?

“No, I had never committed any abuse against animals, my experiences with Westies, what kind of home  and yard I live, how often I leave home, a list my vets,  other pets, 3 references ” an almost  contract…

                        1.Drover  a wily little escape artist, does not have his longer coat. I wonder if I might be the runt of his litter? His bright dark eyes and nose, always scanning opportunity.

(In old Scots history, Hielan drovers in Scotland herded cattle to southern Scotland with assistance of trusty drover dogs.

Years ago, my first Westie, “Kin” wanted to be a cattle dog whenever he was trying to heel cattle at the farm.)

                        2.Finn  acts like the older brother, has  a longer, fluffy, white coat, makes his needs known by high pitched soprano howling.  It took time to decide a fitting name for Finn.

C.— suggested Finn. Finally, a fitting name.

………..I am proud of my Highland  Scots roots.  I had to continue my past  pattern for naming Westies.

‘”Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. The National Trust for Scotland owns the cave as part of a national nature reserve.”

“It became known as Fingal’s Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson. It formed part of his Ossian cycle of poems claimed to have been based on old Scottish Gaelic poems.”

“In Irish mythology, the hero Fingal is known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, and it is suggested that Macpherson rendered the name as Fingal (meaning “white stranger”) through a misapprehension of the name which in old Gaelic would appear as Finn.”

My current vocabulary, must be soft spoken. Potty? several times thru the night and day. No bite. Kennel.

….Uffda.  Today, they ate like two lumber jacks. I have to find more puppy food today.

I need to do  springs work.  It may end up sadly neglected so once again gain “No Yard of the Week” for me!

Puppies needs are number one. at this time in their lives.
I want them to grow up to be well behaved, well liked dogs.

They need to  be taught  to get along with other  dogs, neighbor animals, and be friends amongst people.

So, It looks to be  UFFDA busy summer time for me!

Until Later.

As ever, Vickie
04-08-21

 

Passing of Joseph Pigeon

Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

https://prod12.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/dean-pigeon?fh_id=14585

Dean Joseph Pigeon
July 16, 1935 – March 29, 2021

Dean Pigeon, age 85, of Rolette, ND passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Heart of America Care Center, Rugby, ND.

Dean Joseph Pigeon was born on July 16, 1935 in Rolette, ND to Theodore and Cleora (Fassett) Pigeon. He was raised in Thorne and completed his education at Russell School until the 8th grade and then graduated from Rolette High School in 1953.  Dean was united in marriage to Betty Rivard on October 17, 1959 in Dunseith.  Together they raised three children, Lana, Todd, and Craig.  Dean was a farmer and rancher in Russell Township who took great pride in his farm and enjoyed the work he put in each day.  He served on the Board of Directors for North Central Grain Cooperative and was granted Rolette County Soil Conservation Award and the NDSU Outstanding Agriculturist Award.  Going to auction sales on occasion was time well spent.  Dean loved time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Dean is survived by his wife, Betty Pigeon of Rolette; children, Lana Pigeon of Spokane, WA, Todd (Michele) Pigeon of Rolette, and Craig (Nancy) Pigeon of Ellensburg, WA; four grandchildren, Collin Pigeon, Katelyn Pigeon, Claire Pigeon, and Sasha Pigeon; and siblings, Robert Pigeon, Alva Rumler, Margaret Fox, Renee Pigeon, and Laurie Pigeon.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Cleora Pigeon, infant son, Kirk Allen, brothers, Curtis, William, and Kenneth, and sister, Beverly.

A Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.  A Private Funeral Mass will be held at a later date with Father Paul Raj presiding.  Burial will be in St. Edwards Cemetery, Thorne, ND.  Please follow Covid-19 guidelines when in attendance for services.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

 

Passing of Evelyn Berube Seim
Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary Stokes Note: Having a Philippine IP address, I am denied access to this obituary, so I was unable to read it.

https://prod12.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/evelyn-berube?fh_id=14585

Gary and friends of Dunseith School,

I recall dear family friend, Eva (Berube) Seim sharing fond comments about her  siblings.

Sympathy to the extended family of Evelyn (Vandal) Berube on her passing.

Thank you Gary.

Vickie Metcalfe.

 

Passing of Mrs Neil Arntzen
Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith School,

Those of us who also attended NDSU Bottineau college recall with respect Mr. Neil Arntzen a long time professor and coach.  He always remembered  many of his former students through the years.

Mr. and Mrs.  Arntzen’s,  among many other attributes, were wonderfully supportive of the Bottineau community, Faith, Education, Sons of Norway and Veterans Organizations.

Sincere sympathy to the Arntzen family  on the loss of Mrs. Arnzen  a beautiful gracious lady on Mr. Arntzen’s arm.

Sincerely,

Vickie Metcalfe
04/09/21

03/19/2021 (2792)

Dragon’s Roar (School Newspaper)
Request from Sandy Lopez (64) Rockford, IL.

Gary

I hope you are doing ok and adjusting to your new ‘normal’ as you continue to process all the changes in your life.

Thank you for your continued effort to keep the DHS alumni in touch with each other. In today’s message, what struck me the most was the one page of the Dragon’s Roar. In just the one page, there were a number of memories that came back. Do you happen to have the ‘whole’ (may have been 6 or 8 pages) January 1964 issue? Or others?

Sent from my iPad

Sandy

Gary’s Comment.
Before I started the blog and it was just the class of ’65 chat, we posted a lot of Dragon’s Roar newspaper clippings. As I remember it was Bill Grimme that had all those. Possibly Carol Jasper too. I will check my Archives and see if I still have those postings too.

 

Dunseith Bank Question answer
From Cathy Campbell Springan (’73):  Stanley, ND

Gary,

I’ve been able to find out that our grandfather, William Campbell, bought into the bank the summer of 1933.

Cathy

 

Dragon’s Roar: 1964 cheerleaders
Photo’s and posting from Ken Nerpel (’65): 

Regarding the Dragon’s Roar: 1964 cheerleaders Here are a couple of photos that I think were taken in 1964 or maybe 1965.  I’m not sure who took them but I think it might have been John Awalt.  We didn’t have much success on the basketball floor that year, but we always had great cheerleaders!

Kenneth Nerpel
Dunseith Basketball Dunseith Basket ball-1

 

Vivian Abrahamson, ST John, Passed away on February 21, 2021
Obituary and Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/vivian-abrahamson

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

Sympathy to the family of Vivian Abrahamson. I recall  times of childhood since long past,  whilst attending  Floyd and Dorothy Lamb family birthdays. And the presence of members of Dorothy’s extended  Abrahamson family.

Sincerely ,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Chicken killer gets a  lecture
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Articles from CBC Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-farmer-captures-lynx-chicken-coop-1.5923089

“So I kind of gave him a little lecture and then told him he shouldn’t come back.”

https://wnewsnetwork.com/canada/02/22/b-c-farmer-grabs-lynx-by-neck-scolds-it-for-killing-chickens/

Gary,

As you know, I like tales.

I loved this CBC  story about a lynx, chickens and a farmer.

For those of us living our childhoods on family farms  in the hills, It was always be watchful  of predators,  protect  and keep safe the  livestock and fowl. Whenever the coyotes or a pack of dogs moved in and  killed sheep,  it was sorrowfully  heartbreaking. Many farmers of the hills stopped raising sheep due to coyotes.

Our childhood  family dog, Skip was once beat up by a coyote pack who lured him over the hill. That happened only once, he smartened up as an adult,  never wandered into  the depths of darkness to chase ” Whoopee  Y  O coyotes”.

Skip also, absolutely hated chicken hawks.  He was a protector of chickens and kids. After Skip passed away, Mom found too,  that chickens were defenseless against another predator, who could find one small circular  hole in the floorboard  and enter a coop.   That was the year mom stopped raising chickens all because of  “Sneaky weasel”.

Until Later,

Vickie

 

 

 

 

 

2/20/2021 (2791)

Reply to Janice Leonard Workman (’56)
From Larry Liere (’55):   Devils Lake, ND

Posted with last posting on 2/11/2021
Year Books

Reply from Janice Leonard Workman (’56):  Auburn, WA

Hi Gary and all,

I seem to remember a year book from 1944 (My first grade).  There was a picture on this blog that Larry Liere sent to you to see if  some of the kids could be identified.  Miss Egge was the teacher and there were kids older than me in the picture.  That picture was from a year book.  I don’t remember any others but there probably were more.

Janice Leonard Workman

I agree long time no hear from Janice.  I attached the picture Janice was talking about and still have fond memories of my time in Dunseith, ND.  Today is my Dad’s birthday and I have attached 2 of his pictures but I am sure Janice was too young to remember him unless she met him at a reunion.  1st picture is after he retired and last picture would be how he look when working in Dunseith until about 1946. We are in AZ now until late April and then would be back in Devils Lake so I have to send my email out on Google but I can receive email and my regular address which is lkliere@gondtc.com  Gary I would like to see you when you are back in ND.

LARRY

Gary’s Reply:
Yes Larry I really would like to you see you also and everyone else too. By mid-summer hopefully this covid pandemic will be behind us. We have walked the same turf, but at different times. We have a lot in common. It’s time we meet in person. We aren’t getting any younger, but still have lots of good years ahead.
Liere, Larry-2 Liere, Larry-1   

 

History Pictures
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):   SD black Hills

Gary’s Comment:
We don’t have dates for the first two posting.

Bill Hosmer (’48): Please fill us in with the details of this plane crash. As I remember, it was when you were a pilot for the Thunderbirds. You were very fortunate to have escapade with minor injuries.

Allen and Phyllis Campbell Siblings: Do you have any idea what year your family purchased the Dunseith Bank?

Hosmer, Bill Dunseith Bank

Johnson, Raymond (mayor) Dunseith Dragons 1964

 

 

 

 

 

02/10/2021 (2790)

Gary Stokes Message:

Folks,

My plans are to Visit the USA this coming Summer. Provided I can get the Covid Vaccination. Push comes to shove I will arrange for the Vaccination from our former doctor in Bremerton, WA for immediate injection when I arrive.

My plans are to visit our Kids and friends in WA and CA with the majority of my time being spent in the Bottineau/Dunseith area. I’d like to spend at least a month in ND. I spent the whole month of July, 2015 in ND. That was my last visit. With Bernadette’s condition and then Covid, kind of put a damper on things.

 

Year Books
Reply from Janice Leonard Workman (’56):  Auburn, WA

Hi Gary and all,

I seem to remember a year book from 1944 (My first grade).  There was a picture on this blog that Larry Liere sent to you to see if  some of the kids could be identified.  Miss Egge was the teacher and there were kids older than me in the picture.  That picture was from a year book.  I don’t remember any others but there probably were more.

Janice Leonard Workman

 

Gary Stokes Remarks:
Janice, Wonderful hearing you. We haven’t heard from you in ages. I have been wondering about you and meaning to message you.
I hope all is well with you too. Please keep in touch.  Gary

 

Don Malaterre (72) Retires:  Sioux Falls, SD

Subject: I turned 66 last June. I retired and sold my shares in the firm. I practiced accounting for over forty years. But I’ve been officiating sports for over fifty years. The first basketball game I officiated was in 1970. It was a game between the Dunseith teachers and the Rolla teachers. The Dunseith team was led by John Morgan, Terry Espy, Less Halverson, Larry Haugen and Richard Becker. Rolla was led by their high school coach John Bockhouse. Blockhouse was a former all-state player with several high school scoring records. I remember late in the game I called an offensive charging foul on him. He came unglued. He screamed and swore like a sailor. He wanted to argue the call. Too late I put the ball in play and away we went. Rolla ended up winning the close game mainly due to Bockhouse’s scoring. After the game my co referee Don Berg asked me if I was intimidated by Bockhouse? I smiled and said “No because the call was correct”. So here I am fifty years later and I’m still officiating sports. That’s me on the far right. But now I only do it for the exercise. And of course the free hot dogs we get from the concession stand.
Malater, Don
Skinny Legs Sled dog Harley

Story from Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, Nd

February 9,2021

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

            Soon to be a great Day about Friendship. Valentine’s Day!

            I enjoy feeding birds.

            Until yesterday,  when a young scruffy looking  fellow, Mr. Cooper Hawk made his acquaintance.  He slayed one of the little sparrow friends on my deck then with an arrogant  audacity, decided  with no qualms of fear savored  a meal in front of my window. 

            This morning I caught that predator  at it again.  I know he may have been hungry cold,  but I wish  him to be gone!  He  won’t be my valentine friend.  l removed the bird feeders.

 

            “WHAT WILL THE BIRDIES DO THEN THE POOR THINGS?”

            Whenever I have a need to cancel out negatives, I read.

I found a great story of about a SD child adopting a dog. A retired Sled dog. ( see attached). This story  about a SD family  adopting Harley,  a retired sled dog was recently on regional KFYR TV. news.

            I usually find it necessary to find more of the story.  Usually resulting in another  great story. 

Those who know me.  Know me as person who truly loves  stories ending in “Happy Ever After”!

So I followed up  finding out  more about  the  Skinny Leg Sled Dogs. 

            Thoughts turned to the  memory of  a former Bottineau Grade three teacher, Mrs. Mavis  Hagen. Mavis was a wonderful teacher who every winter  led  her class  following the Alaska  iditarod.  Those children gained so much knowledge.  Thermometers, windchill, distance, safety care of pets, etc. Mavis was a reader who purchased many books  for her class and  she  always looked to better her knowledge. Her husband Art was her biggest supporter.  Theirs wasn’t a just one Valentine’s Day flower day Love.

            Art honored his best friend, and sent flowers to Mavis on a frequent basis.

            The forecast is for more super cold weather and  wind chills -40-45  for a another five days here in Bottineau.

            Tis, A good time for a warm dog story! And looking forward to Alaska dog races coming in March.

            Keeping those Warm woolies on, until spring……….

Until Later  wishing you all,  Happy Valentine’s Day Dunseith friends,

 Vickie Metcalfe

01/24/2021 (2789)

Face Book Posting
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Belle Fourche, SD
Fassett

 

Bottineau First Lutheran Sunday School Picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Folks,

This is a nice picture with three familiar faces for many Dunseith folks.
Jean Pladson, Ednamae (Abe) Nelson and Neola Kofoid Garbe.
Jean Pladson was a first cousin to me, brother Darrel (Bud) and the Morinville siblings.
Ednamae was Carlyle’s Sister. Their father was Abe Nelson.
Neola, You look so Happy, Cheerful and Smiley in this picture.
Garbe, Neola

 

Patty Grossman (DHS Class of ’67) Passed away.
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Sorry to have to report another death.

Patricia Grossman Colby Hazel  April 28, 1949 – December 28, 2020

Her full obituary in on the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. Her funeral was live streamed on January 4, 2021. I was able to watch it and I believe it is still available.

Patty was in the Class of 1967 from Grades 3-11. Her father taught HS English at Dunseith during those years.  Mr. Ben Grossman was hired as principal in Velva in the fall of 1966.  Patty and (I believe) all her siblings graduated from Velva.

Her brothers Paul and Peter have lived in Hazen for many years. Both of them worked in the coal industry.  The youngest brother, Parrell Grossman, is a lawyer and has worked in the North Dakota Attorney General’s office as the head of the Consumer Affairs Division for a long time.  Whenever there is a scam going around, Parrell will be interviewed by the press to advise and warn the citizens of ND.

 

In response to Francine Gottbreht’s son about DHS annuals
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

In response to Francine Gottbreht’s son about DHS annuals, as far as I know there were never any annuals published during the 60s or before that. Maybe someone has more information, but the class of 1967 for sure did not have one.

My husband, Terry Espe, began his career teaching in Dunseith in 1968.
He has a few annuals from his teaching days, the earliest is 1970.

 

1/15/2021 (2788)

Dunseith Alumni Website is back on line
https://dunseith.net/blog/

Folks,

Our Website, https://dunseith.net/blog/ ,  is back on line running safe and sound. When my Hotmail email address, associated with our site, was compromised they temporarily blocked the site for nearly a month.  For security purposes, they also required me to purchase an SSL certificate of which they are requiring for all Websites now too.

Each and every blog is posted on this website too, with a simple searching tool that allows you to you to search all the postings to find whatever you are looking for.

Our Website is open to the public, so they too will find their subject matters in our sight with their google searches.

 

Mick Kester Memories
From Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND

I just want to say thank you again for all you do.  Mick Kester was a tremendous guy, I always looked up to him, son of Red, that great guy that would visit with the kid I was as he delivered the fuel.  I thought the world of both.  There are some things I definitely do not like about Facebook, but the way I have been put in touch with wonderful people I hadn’t heard from in years is tremendous!  Mick was one of those people.  I felt honored when he communicated with me.  I was shocked to hear he was gone.

Although it’s not good news, I like knowing.

Thank you!

Every day is a gift, that’s why they call it the present!

Have a great day!!

Art Rude

 

Mick Kester Condolences
From Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM

Dear Janice, W

When I think of sister, Jan, (several times a day) you and Mick often slip into the same thought.  I am so, so sorry to hear of Mickey’s passing.  I have always loved thinking of you two still together since high school.  Please know that I share some warm memories with you.

Love,
Colette

 

Trying to locate Dunseith Highschool Year books.

Posting from Francie Gottbreht Dutra’s (’63) son:  Lacey, WA

Evening, Mr. Stokes!

By way of introduction, I’m the eldest son of Francie Kay Gottbreht (Dutra).  I have very much enjoyed your alumni website and read it constantly to add to my (amateur) genealogy pages.    I usually push out my questions about Dunseith to my mom, or my Aunt Maryann Brennan or sometimes Sharon Shen but this time I thought I might reach out to you as a quasi-fellow researcher/archivist:   Why is it that I can only find one digital copy of the Dunseith High School yearbook?  I’ve been searching bookstores, eBay, auctions and even the university libraries and all I ever come across is the 1972 yearbook.  Was there a school name change or are the folks from North Dakota just that stingy with their high school memorabilia?    :)

Any thoughts or insights you could give would be much appreciated.    I sincerely hope you have made archiving plans for your huge database of photos, stories and contacts from Dunseith… I consider them to be of the greatest family/community treasures!

v/r

 

Retired professor writing a book about San Haven.
Posting from Brenda Hoffman (’68):   Taylors, SC

A retired Moorhead, MN State professor is writing a book about San Haven with emphasis on hospitalized children with TB. If anyone has information that might help Professor Grineski with his research, please send contact info to Gary so the Professor can discuss your information with you via the Internet or telephone.

 

Earl, Lillian and Woodrow Aal Pictures
From Cheryl Larson Dakins (’71):  Bedford, TX

I am attaching a couple pictures. One is of Earl and Lillian Aal, the other of Earl and Woodrow Aal. These pictures are in folders and in beautiful shape and I would love to send them to any relatives or descendants that might like to have them. I’m hoping someone on the blog will be able to help point me in the right direction.
Aal, Earl and Lillian

 

 

01/07/2021 (2787)

 

Michael Kester (DHS Class of 1959) Passed away
Posting from Janice LaCroix Kester (’59): Fargo, ND

Gary!
My husband of 58 years on Dec 29th, passed on Dec. 14 at Sanford’s ICU hospital from leukemia. We were high school sweethearts. His obituary  can be found on Boulger’s web site. Michael (Mick)Kester Boulgers Funeral Home There are many comments from former students & colleagues  on the guest book.  We read some of them at his service that helped us get through  a difficult day.   I don’t remember a time  Mick wasn’t part of my life. This has been a tough year for so many. I lost my brother, Jerry. my brother in law, Elmer, and now my beloved husband in less than 6 months. 2021 just has to be a better year.

Thanks, Gary

Michael “Mick” V. Kester
Kester, Michael
Date of Passing: December 14, 2020

http://boulgerfuneralhome.com/obituaries/michael-mick-v-kester/

On Monday, December 14, 2020 Michael (Mick) Vaughn Kester passed away peacefully at the age of 79 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo from Leukemia. By his side was his wife, Janice (Jan) Dianne LaCroix Kester and his children.

Mick was born on August 9, 1941 to Ormal (Red) and Margery (Hunter) Kester of Dunseith North Dakota. He attended Dakota College in Bottineau, then graduated from Mayville State College with a Bachelor in Elementary Education in 1963. He later received his Master’s Degree from NDSU.
Mick and Jan were born one day apart and met when they were 8 years old. They grew up together and had so many shared memories. They became high school sweethearts and were married December 29th, 1962. lt would have been their 58th wedding anniversary later this month. They raised three children, Todd, Troy, and Julie.

In his youth, he worked on farms and helped his Dad who worked for Standard Oil to deliver gas. He had fond memories of milking cows, mostly because they gave him a horse for the summer as his wage. Later he helped his family during harvests. He just couldn’t stay retired, so in his 70’s Mick began hauling sugar beets. He just loved to talk about farming and equipment and always enjoyed being part of farming.

His first teaching and coaching position was in Esmond, ND. He wanted to pursue a Master’s Degree at NDSU, so he applied for a position at Agassiz Junior High School in Fargo, ND. He taught science for 21 years at Agassiz where he became known for “The Kester Test”. He transferred to Centennial Elementary for the last 12 years. After 37 years of teaching he retired in May, 2000. He began a recycling program in school system. He also volunteered at Nativity Church as an usher and later at the Police Department.

After retirement, he worked many part-time jobs, retired again, and purchased a lake cottage near Perham MN. He enjoyed his neighbors along the beach, margarita cruises on the pontoon, puttering in the yard and spending time with family and friends on Big Pine Lake. When in Fargo he liked meeting up with other retired teachers for socializing. Mick and Jan also enjoyed getting away from the cold winters and made the long drive to Mesa, AZ, then to Ft. Myers Florida. They truly cherished that time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Janice; children Todd of Canandaigua NY, Troy (Kelli) of Minneapolis, MN, and Julie (Bill) Miller of Kansas City MO; Grandchildren Isabella Kester of Canandaigua, Ellen Kester and Jonah Kester of Minneapolis, Dana Miller of Denver CO, Bill (Joy) Miller of King of Prussia, PA, Corey Miller of Philadelphia PA; Great Grandchild Dalia of Philadelphia, PA; Sisters, Joanne Boucher of Rugby ND, Pennie (Gary) Grenier of Rolette, ND and Cheryl (Randy) Gaugler of Ft. Lauderdale FL along with cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mick was preceded in death by his parents Ormal (Red) & Margery; In-laws Henry and Gladys LaCroix; brother-in-law’s, Elmer Boucher and Jerry LaCroix; and granddaughter Alexandria Kester.

On Saturday December 19th, 2020, a private service will be held. A Celebration of Life to follow later when it is safe to gather. Visit boulgerfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sanford Health Foundation for the Roger Maris Cancer Center and at Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.

 

Condolences to the Stickland family
From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND

Dean so sorry to hear of your loss, sending my sincere condolences

 

Findagrave Memorial for Darrel Stickland
From Ken Striker:   Dayton, OH

Gary-

I made a Findagrave Memorial for Darrel.  Links are there for parents.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/220157115/darrel-stickland

Ken

 

Posted by Dean Stickland (’73):  Olympia, WA

Stickland, Darrel

Darrel Lee Stickland June 20, 1949 – December 23, 2020

Darrel (Doc) was born to Robert E. Stickland and Irene (Adams) Stickland in Rolla, ND.  He was raised in Dunseith, ND, a small rural community a few miles south of the Canadian border.  As a young child he had numerous health scares.  Someone commented that in order to pay off all the medical bills he’d have to be a doctor.  The nickname “Doc” stayed with him for life.

Darrel attended college for two years and left the University of ND in 1969 to take a job in Fargo where he met his future wife, Jan.  A move to the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area in 1970 began a new and lasting career as a drywall contractor.  Darrel was an accomplished guitar player and a great part of his non-working time during those years was spent playing lead guitar for the “Doc Kelly Band” at various venues in the Twin Cities area.

In 2008 work slowed in the Twin Cities due to an economic downturn so he moved out to Olympia, WA to begin a new business in a milder climate.  He was referred to a local property management company and spent the last 12 years working almost exclusively for them and their clients.

Most of Darrel’s adult life was busy with family, business and music.  In 2019 he began to read his Bible and started attending some local gospel services.  In March 2020 he expressed his commitment to follow the things he was reading and hearing about.  Often these last months he expressed his feeling of a deep and satisfying peace.  He often spoke of his hope for his eternal future.  He is rejoicing in that realization now.

Darrel was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Leland.  He is survived by his only daughter, Laura, two granddaughters and two great grandchildren, all of Rochester, MN and a younger brother, Dean (& Marion) of Olympia, WA.

Darrel passed away suddenly in his home after suffering an apparent heart attack.  He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

There will not be a memorial service for him due to current restrictions on gatherings.

 

Elaine Gunville Obituary and condolences

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

https://prod12.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/elaine-gunville?fh_id=14585

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Sincere sympathy to the family of Elaine Gunville.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Krisandra Gillis Obituary and condolences
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/krisandra-gillis

December 26,2021

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Sincere sympathy to the Gillis and Hunt families on the passing of

their loved one.

Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Sympathy to the Carol Eller Desjarlis and the Stickland Families
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

December 26, 2020

Gary, and Friends of Dunseith School alumni,

Sympathy to the sisters of Carol (Eller) Desjarlis. and sympathy to  Dean and the extended Stickland family.

May everyone who has suffered loss, each find comfort and peace.
The loss of a spouse, parent, child or sibling is a deeply sorrowful personal wound.  Mourning is especially difficult during these last trying months of Covid -19 pandemic where ability to share  grief has  been significantly altered.

For people recalling the former  school community, loss of  a classmate is a sobering reminder when reflecting on fond memories and experiences. We shared lots of stuff, with peer classmates through several years of our journey; primary school through upper high school attendance.

I believe, Carol (Eller) Desjarlis joined our class in grade three, upstairs in the big white school house in Mrs. Halvorson’s classroom. As I recall, she and her 3 sisters (Julie, Bonnie and Ivy)  transferred in after school started. It is not easy walk for a child… into a group of strangers.

The day, Carol walked into the classroom, I was duly impressed by her  beautiful long hair.

Carol always was quite proud of her, maternal Grand-dad G. Albert  who was a  farmer and United States veteran of WWI.
Our class, the  class of 1970 with 48 of classmates, was the largest class to graduate from DHS at that time.

Of the Stickland brothers I  remember Dean.  I never quite figured out, at the time there were actually  3 brothers. I knew their dad,Mr. Stickland  was the rural mail carrier and brother to our neighbor, Joy Peterson. And they were related to Annie Nicholson. The two elder Stickland brothers I often confused with each other.  I thought they were two altogether, known as Doc?

Being a  country girl of the hills, I thought Dunseith school was pretty big in population especially in junior high.

All of a sudden!  There were 3 sections of 7th and  3 sections of 8th graders. The walls were fairly bursting, young teens…. everywhere.

Overnight it seemed many country township schools closed.  Dunseith Day closed their 7th and 8th grade.

All  consolidating into one Dunseith School. Whoa… several kids who had attended Catholic Boarding schools also came.

It was a  brand new scary world for most of us.  Kids just wanting to fit in and be accepted in strange surroundings, YUP! Those were “the days of yore”  when,  Dunseith School “Baby Boomers”  milled around through the halls!

Until later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

 

 

 

12/25/2020 (2786)

Darrel (Doc) Stickland (DHS class of 1967) Passed away.
Posting from Dean Stickland (’73): Olympia, WA

Gary,

Sorry to interrupt your Christmas with bad news but wanted you to know about the death of my brother Darrel (Doc).

We discovered him in his home last night, the 23rd, collapsed due to a sudden and massive heart attack.  He turned 71 last June.  He had experienced mild symptoms recently but felt they didn’t require medical attention.  He lived just a mile away and was a close and dear brother to us in many ways. We’ll miss him dearly.

Darrel spent almost his entire working life as a drywall contractor in the Twin Cities, MN area until moving out to Olympia, WA about 12 years ago.  He was semi-retired but still worked part-time, mostly for a local property management company.

He is survived by his former wife, Jan, only daughter, Laura, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He’ll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

This comes only two months after our older brother Leland’s decease in October. 2020 has been quite a year.

We don’t question the Lord’s work or his timing.  We give thanks for the comfort He gives us.

We wish the best for all in the new year.

Dean Stickland

deansbows@gmail.com

Gary’s Comment
So Sorry to hear this sad news Dean. You lost your only two brothers so close together this year too. Our hearts go out to you. Please keep us posted with Funeral or other arrangements. Again, our condolences are with.

 

 

Raphael Poitra memories and condolences
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Folks, I forgot to include this message from Vickie with my last posting. So sorry for that Vickie.

 Gary, Kelly, Jaime, family, Evon, and many friends of Raphael,

            Raphael’s family roots were well known to my dad’s family. Raphael recalled and  knew lots of local oral history stories. 

            I heard  tales  from those who worked iron, he had a  unsurpassed respected work ethic among his peers and employers. 

            Raphael will be well remembered as  honest and true to his family, friends and neighbors.

He was a loyal friend accepting  and respectful of others whose opinions differed from his. He  never wavered on his beliefs. He’d adamantly stand behind his word and argue his opinions.

            Sincere sympathy Kelly and Jaime on the passing of your father.  Yes indeed, he had a wonderful, hearty, contagious laugh that will never be replicated! He was delighted and  immensely proud of  you, Kennedy and  you Joss, whom he loved unconditionally!

 Sincerely, 

Vickie L. Metcalfe
December 9, 2020

 

Carol Eller Dejarlias (DHS Class of 1970 Passed away.
Posting from Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Everett, WA

 Hi Gary,

 So very sorry for your loss of Bernadette. I wanted to let you know that I got news that my sister Carol Eller Dejarlias passed away, but could not confirm it. Julie and I have not been in contact with her and her family for a good many years. I mentioned it to Art Hagen and he said he would see if he could find something.

He texted me the other day and said he found a small ‘stip-it’ when he Googled her name.

All it stated was, she died on December 12, 2020 in a hospital in Fargo, ND. No cause of death. Just stated that there are no services planned at this time.

Carol graduated from Dunseith High School in 71. I know she married Mathew Dejarlais, but don’t know when. He passed away, I think 4 or 5 years ago. I ready don’t know anything else about her.

 Thank You,

Ivy Eller Robert (74)

 

I saw the Christmas Star 2020
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Hello Gary, 

December 21,2020

I went out at 4:40  to the field adjacent  to my yard on the South East Yup, that old habit of mine,  I always show up to things early.

 I trudged  back and forth for a great length of time  through the snow. Finally  as the sun set I had a well worn path. And the light of the  moon above. South West was a first star appearing. I wandered crunching through the  crisp snow using… a sturdy …. gardening plant stick. Breathing  in the cold fresh North Dakota  air, I’d pause,  squinted, and counted stars as they appeared.

 I had to keep moving to keep warm. Nearly frost bit  my toes as the cold seeped through the sole of my boots.

 That first star was not a huge star…. like a flash bang moment. But  was the biggest and steadfast all the time. Hmmm  No, not a satellite or the International space station?  A  jet  passed high above in route like a  giant snow bird winging south.

 I thought, “Wow, to be a shepherd and follow a star on a cold night”……. and hope it is the right one.

 It got darker and darker on the 50 acre field. I didn’t see any bigger ones appear. 

I sent my thoughts and prayers up high, along with the Lord’s Prayer, and Apostles Creed. I thought,  “Wow, God, I am seeing the same sky  and stars as lots of family and friends.

And a star that was there when Jesus was born!”

 Now, maybe tomorrow, someone will tell me I was looking in the wrong direction. All was Calm and All was Bright in my world, finally reluctantly  I waded through the snow. I didn’t use the flashlight in my pocket,  trusting  the path and the stars. 

It took  a long time to thaw out. I rechecked info about the Star  on line that folks may continue to see the star thru the 26th of December.

 December 22, 2020 

This morning I stopped at Cenex for my  usual morning coffee. I purchased the mug back last April for  $20. and since then have free fill ups every morning.

 Yup~ I do not deny I am of  Scotch of the hills person decent!  

I have noted Cenex, where a cheerful wonderful group of  committed  folks work  there through this long pandemic. One is  Amber  (Great Grandparent’s; Ed Hanson,  Jennie Handeland & Winnifred Eurich)  She Is the manager of the  Cenex food court.  I’ve known  her since  she was a wee child. I also taught the Hanson Twins in my third grade class. ( they’d  say, “No,  it isn’t Hanson,  it is the ” Handsome Twins”) It has been gratifying watching former students … come into there own!

            Amber  brought out a  little wrapped gift, placing in my hand,  She said,  “open asap.” Of course  like a kid, I tore open a.k.a ripped open  the pkg.
……. wooden star ornament……

 I  am so touched by the significance of this “CHRISTMAS” star,  Amber handmade and gave me the morning after I saw the  Christmas Star

 May  all be Blessed with a Merry Christmas!

Vickie

12/20/2020 (2785)

Folks,
Sorry that today’s postings are all deaths.
I will add however that I am doing OK. However Bernadette has left quite a void in my life.
On the Positive side, These are pictures of my helpers.
Aldrin and Tat have been with us the whole time we have lived here, 17 years now.
Mirasol has been with us 7.5 years. Her Husband is Bernadette’s nephew.
They all live right here too with their families in their own homes.

I don’t need two helpers for the house. Tata was my choice mainly because I was keeping Aldrin, her husband for the outside work and Maintenance. Tata wouldn’t stay unless I kept Mirasol on too. She didn’t like seeing her loose her job. So they agreed to both stay on with 2/3 the wages they were getting. I requested that they be in my house by 8:00 AM each morning for general cleaning, making my bed etc. That will take them several hours or so. In addition to that I have asked them to make my lunch at noon and my evening dinner. Also that they be here to help, if I have company. They are good cooks too. The rest of the time is theirs. They are happy and so am I. They stick around my house most of the day when they are finished with their work too. Come and go. They know me better than I know myself. Likes, dislikes, etc. They keep close tabs on me too. I am a very luck guy to have them and I do treat them well. They all speak and understand English too. Mirasol has a Business BS degree too, but she prefers working here.

Aldrin just turned 50, Tata is 46 and Mirasol is 40. Tata was very close to Bernadette. She took her passing very hard. Mirasol too. In Bernadette’s life, I was number one. Number two was Tata above all others of which really showed with Bernadette’s jesters near the end too.

Actually, I have gotten spoiled over the years.
Aldrin and Tata Mirasol

      

RAPHAEL’S POITRA’S OBITUARY: DHS Class of 1965
Posted from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Poitra, Raphael 

Raphael Lee Poitra, age 73 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at a Fargo hospital.  A private family funeral will be held.   Visitation will be on Thursday, December 10, 2020 beginning at 4:00 pm at the St. Michael’s Catholic church in Dunseith.

Raphael was born on December 15,1946 in Belcourt, ND and was raised in Dunseith by Alice and Ralph Poitra. He attended Dunseith High School and was in the class of 1965. Raphael married Janice Metcalfe in 1978 and they had two children, Jaime and Kelly. In 1982, they purchased Kelvin Klinic Bar and Grill and ran the business for over 35 years. Through the years, they enjoyed serving, entertaining, and visiting with others at their establishment. Raphael was also an Iron worker for the Union for 30 plus years. In 2009, Raphael’s wife Janice passed away and he retired from iron working to run Kelvin Klinic full time. In 2012, he found love again with Evon Lagerquist and together they continued to run Kelvin Klinic until they both retired from the bar business in 2019 and moved to Dunseith. He enjoyed Evon and her son Eric’s company. Evon and Raphael would travel to see his family and visit others around the Dunseith area quite often.

Raphael enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching Vikings football and old westerns on TV. He also enjoyed visiting his grandchildren.  They were his pride and joy and he was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved watching them play sports, sing and play guitar. He rarely missed their events.

One of Raphael’s favorite pastimes was visiting with others. He was a great storyteller. He loved to reminisce about the old days and knew the history of the Dunseith area well. Some of the stories he told were somewhat over exaggerated, which made them even more enjoyable to listen to. His stories were always followed up with his well known one liner…”and that’s a fact.” Raphael’s laughter (often caused by his own stories and jokes) was contagious and could be identified by anyone in the room.

Raphael is survived by his partner, Evon Lagerquist; his two children, Jamie Metcalfe (April) and Kelly Olson (Chris); his grandchildren, Kennedy Olson and Joss Olson; his brothers, Robert Robillard and James Robilllard; and his sisters Lila Poitra (Jacque St.Claire), Gloria Patnaude and Carol Della Sample; and his godchild, Lester Lempke.

Raphael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice and Ralph Poitra; his mother, Elvena Robillard; his wife, Janice Poitra; his sisters, Geraldine Volker, Cecilia Delorme, Doris Lempke; his brothers, Charlie Poitra and Roland Poitra; and several friends and family members.

Gary Stokes Comments:
I was saddened to hear of Raphael’s passing. Raphael was one of nicest politest guys on the face of this earth. Such a nice guy and well like by all. He was my HS class mate of 1965. When we had reunions in recent years he was always there helping Set up with his pick-up truck too. He will be missed. I extend my condolences to his partner Evon Lagerquist and to the rest of his family too.

 

Gerald Anderson, DHS Class of 1961 passed away.

12/16/2020
Posting from Ann Carbonneau O’Connell: annieoconnell06031950@gmail.com  Bottineau, ND

My cousin Gerald Anderson passed away This morning. He was living in Arizona. He lived and went to  school in Dunseith in his younger years.  His parents owned the Gamble store. His wife passed away several years ago and he is survived by two sons and their families.

There will be no funeral for Gerry. He will be cremated and his sons will take care of his ashes.

 

Kenneth Baker: DHS Class of 1973 Passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

https://prod12.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/kenneth-baker?fh_id=14585

Gary and friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Condolences to the Baker family on the passing of Kenneth.

Kenneth did attend Dunseith School as did his siblings.

I am so sorry Eunice my classmate, on the loss of your brother.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

December 9, 2020

 

12/04/2020 (2783)

Bernadette Stokes’ Remains & spiritual blessings.

This is a Prominent Catholic Country with Very sacred spiritual beliefs.

They believe the body shall be in the home of the decease and the body will never be left alone until burial or Cremation.

They believe the decease shall have 9 days of Novena Prayers following death, followed with another 9 days of Novena Prayers at the 40th day and one year time frame. The Novena prayers are about one hour each, attended by family and friends, followed with a beverage and snack.

Bernadette’s Ninth day was December 1st. In addition to the Novena prayers, Bernadette had 5 Catholic priest services. Three were paid for and sponsored by her family. The 4th Priest Service on Sunday, the 7th day, I considered to be her funeral with Cremation the following day (Monday). On the 9th day we took her Ashes to the Catholic Church for a final service. Since I considered Sunday’s service her funeral I ordered 175 catered box dinners. A meal following the funeral service is Tradition here.

In leu of attending her funeral and for covid concerns, the majority of our Expat (Foreign) friends visited individually prior to the funeral.

Eventually my plans are to have her ashes placed in the local Cemetery where her Father and Brother are buried.

This is the 2nd day being back to the new Normal without her. We knew this day, of her passing, was coming, but it was still hard when the moment came. She is resting in Peace now.

Today is the last day for the Helper that was taking care of Bernadette at nights. At the end of this month I will let one of the other 3 go. I will then continue with Two helpers. One for inside house duties and one for outside.

Bernadette Dunseith-1 Bernadette Dunseith-2 Bernadette Dunseith-3

 

Mildred Parrill’s 95th Birthday Celebration
Posted by LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): espe@utma.com Bottineau, ND

Parrill

Happy 95th Birthday Mildred Parrill on December 6.

Mom is doing pretty good, still reading books and watching the Vikings.

We have not been able to see her in person for several months. /We take on the phone daily and can also Skype once in a while.

St. Andrew’s just last week reported that a couple of long term swing bed residents have Covid. They have been moved to a different wing and will be cared for by separate caregivers. It is very worrisome especially after what happened at Good Samaritan here in town where between 15-18 were lost to Covid.

Mom taught first grade in Dunseith for one and half years the classes of

1967 and 68.

(37 students and 39 students). She was out for about 3 years and then came back into second grade for the classes of 1970-1996.  She retired in 1986.  Shortly after she came back in second grade, they finally divided the students up in a first and second combination and later to two sections and eventually three. So all students in those years did not have her.

Folks may send birthday wishes over this blog , directly to my email of

espe@utma.com

or to my Facebook account or by mail to

Mildred Parrill, 316 Ohmer St., Bottineau, ND 58318

Thanks, LeaRae Espe

All thanks to all who have written her letters over the last months.

She is very appreciative.

 

11/24/2020 (2782)

Bernadette Stokes Passed Away

Hello Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

Bernadette fought a long hard battle with her Vascular Dementia. She hung in there a long time. 8 years this month. The average life span is 5 years from onset.

She became unconscious Saturday night after going to bed of which she never snapped out of. Last night, Monday, Here vital signs were not good, but her BP was normal. I didn’t expect her to go quite as fast as she did. She died at 11:25 PM Monday November 23rd.

This past year was a tough one for her with pretty much zero quality of life. She’s resting in peace now. I will miss her dearly too. She was my heart and soul.

This December 3rd would have been our 42nd Wedding Anniversary.

I have pasted her Obituary below.

Gary

 

Bernadette obit

Bernardita (Bernadette) Ostulano Stokes 72, Cebu Philippines, died peacefully in her home on November 23, 2020, in Cebu, Philippines

Bernadette was born June 28, 1948 in Cebu, Philippines. She was Baptized and confirmed Catholic. She attended primary and secondary schools in Pasil, Cebu. She then attended South Western University in Cebu.

In November 2012 Bernadette was diagnosed as having Vascular Dementia. She had been fighting this terrible disease until the very end. She was a fighter, never giving up. Her charm, wit and bubbly personality were admired by many.

Bernadette was united in marriage to Gary Stokes in Bremerton, WA on December 3, 1978. Bernadette and Gary spent the next 25 years living in Bremerton.  In 2003 Bernadette and Gary retired back to her home town, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines where she has resided ever since.

In 1979 Bernadette, knowing multiple Languages, was hired as an “English as a Second Language” (ESL) teacher for the Washington State, Kitsap County School districts. She traveled to various schools assisting kids with the language barriers from multiple countries. She was gifted easily learning the various languages.

In 1986 Gary and Bernadette Purchased the T.J. Crockett’s Sandwich shop in the Silverdale, Washington State Kitsap Mall. From 1986 to 1994 Bernadette managed T.J. Crockett’s. With her wit, charm and selling abilities combined with her aesthetic food and Sandwich preparations, T.J. Crockett’s prospered very well.

From 1994 until 2003 Bernadette was a sales associate with Zale’s Jeweler in the Kitsap Mall.  Working for Zale’s Jeweler, she received many awards for high sales inclusive of a Zale’s national award for an all expensive paid Caribbean Cruise for two.

Retail sales was a highlight of Bernadette’s. She had a very successful Avon career in the early 80’s.

Bernadette is survived by her husband Gary of 42 years, Cebu, Philippines; Children, Bernie (Lorelie), Santa Clara, CA and Sheryl Wingate (Allen), Port Orchard, WA; grandchildren, Tyler Mick, Nevaeh Wingate, Nika Stokes,(Twins) Brydon and Bryce Stokes; Sisters, Lourdes (Allotte), Tokyo, Japan; Lisa Joseph, Cebu, Philippines; Erma Ady, Bremerton, WA; Cherry Cabrera, Cebu, Philippines; Sister-in-Law’s, Josephine Ostulano, Cebu, Philippines and Joy Ostuano Cebu, Philippines,  brother-in-law, Darrel (Debby) Stokes, Bottineau, ND

Bernadette was preceded in death by her Parents, Eligio (Youling) Ostulano, Bremerton, WA and Bertha Tampus, Cebu; Brothers; Jose and Arnell, Cebu Philippines; Sister Berlinda Congson, Consolacion, Cebu Philippines; Father-in-law and Mother-in-Law, Bob and Elaine Stokes, Bottineau, ND; Brother-in-law, Allen Stokes, San Diego, CA.

Bernadette was a lady of many talents. The kitchen was her Forte. She was well known for her cooking and baking abilities. Seldom did she use recipes and very seldom did she have flops. She just knew the proper ingredients and the right amounts of each to add for whatever she was preparing.  She loved entertaining and preparing dinner meals for large groups of people, often times single handedly inclusive of the salads, main course meal and deserts with vast selections of each. Never ever did she have a shortage of prepared food. Preparing a meal for a hundred or more people was effortless for her. It was her comfort zone.

Funeral service: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2020  at her home in Consolacion, Cebu Philippines.

Interment: Cremation at St. Peter Memorial Chapel, Imus Ave (Main Highway), Cebu City on Monday November 30, 2020

Visitation: Everyday, all day, at the Stokes residence from 10:00 AM to 10:PM until the funeral in Nangka, Consolacion, Cebu.

Nine-day Novena (prayer): Nightly at 7:00 p.m. at the Stokes residence in Nangka, Consolacion, Cebu.

 

11/23/2020 (2781)

Peter Gillis (DHS ‘1965) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gillis, Peter

Peter J. Gillis, Sr, 73, Dunseith, ND, died at home peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020.

Peter was born August 29th, 1947 to John and Lucy (Davis) Gillies in Bottineau, ND. He was raised on the Gillies homestead north of Dunseith, attending the Dunseith Indian Day School through the 6th grade, graduating from Dunseith Public High School in 1965. Peter then attended Haskell Indian Jr College, was drafted to the US Army in January of 1967, where he was sent to Ft Polk, LA for Jungle Training before being sent to Cu Chi, Vietnam, spending 12 months there. Peter was awarded the Overseas Service Medal, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, the Commemorative Service Medal, and a National Defense Service medal. Peter was honorably discharged in December 1968, at the rank of Specialist E5.

Peter then returned home to Dunseith, ND and obtained his apprenticeship in Masonry. He met the love of his life, Verena St. Claire, in 1974. They married on March 23rd, 1976, made their home in Dunseith, ND, where they raised their beautiful family. Peter and Verena have 24 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, who they loved spending time with as often as possible.

Peter worked as a Brick and Block layer for 25 years, then as a custodian for the Dunseith Public Schools and Turtle Mountain Community Schools in Belcourt, ND up until his diagnosis of Prostate Cancer in 1995, ending his work career. He then began his frequent travels to the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND for cancer care. After battling this disease for 24+ years, exhausting all options, he was placed on Home Hospice Care through the VA with Heart of America, Rugby, ND up until his death.

Peter loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, who brought so much joy to his heart. He enjoyed golf, and was very competitive, winning many tournaments. He was especially proud of his hole-in-one on #8 at the Garden Gate Golf Course and received a golden putter and a $50.00 dollar bill. Peter and Verena competed in many tournaments and played with several other couples every Thursday and on weekends. They were a tough team to beat. Peter also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling to various casinos with his wife, and playing cards with his family.

Peter is survived by his wife Verena Gillis, sons Harold Gillis, Peter (Jackie) Gillis, Bryan (Allison) Gillis, daughters Crystal (Charles) Monette, Brandi (Jared) DuBois and Chante’ (Scott) Allery, 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, brother John (Karen) Gillis, and numerous nieces and nephews. Peter was preceded in death by his parents-John and Lucy Gillies, siblings-Frank Gillies, Viola Grinnell, Raymond Gillies, Mildred (Millie) Crasco, Mary Ann Hamley, Dave Gillies, Clifford Gillis, Margaret (Peggy) Belgarde, Fritz (Fred) Gillis, Geri Luhr, Angelique (Angie) Olmschied, Phyllis Schock, and Joseph (Joe) Gillies; grandson-JD (John David) Gillis. 

Funeral Services to be held Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith, ND. Visitation beginning at 1:00pm, Rosary at 2:30pm, Mass at 3:00pm. Burial immediately following at St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Masks and social distancing required. Services will be live streamed via Facebook: facebook.com/groups/StMichaelDunseithND for those unable to attend.

 

 

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Schimetz, Stella
Stella Schimetz | 1930 – 2020

Stella Schimetz
October 13, 1930 – November 19, 2020

Stella Schimetz, age 90 of Dunseith, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at a Rugby hospital.  A private family service will be held with burial at the St. Louis Cemetery in Dunseith.  A public visitation will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  A celebration of Stella’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather.

Stella Elvina (Richard) Schimetz was born October 13, 1930, in the Rolette Hospital to George and Anna (Boucher)Richard. She went to be with the Lord on November 19, 2020, at Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.  Stella was raised on a farm near Thorne. She graduated 8th Grade from Russell School. In her late teens, Stella worked as a waitress in Dunseith at Schimetz Cafe until she married the boss in 1950. Louis and Stella were married October 10, 1950 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dunseith. Stella worked many years at San Haven State Sanitorium in Dunseith as a nurse’s aid. She became very attached to her patients. In 1964, she received an offer from the Dunseith School to be their head cook and she accepted. By then, Stella had a houseful of kids and that job offered better hours for her. Stella remained head cook for 32 years, and she absolutely loved her job. Her love was obvious by the quality of food she and her staff prepared. Over the years, she cooked for thousands of kids, and, to her, they were all her kids. Stella retired in 1996. Throughout her retirement, she was visited many times by kids, now adults, who grew up eating Stella’s food at school. They loved her and her food and many had their favorite dishes. Her chili, her BBQs, her turkey and stuffing, and more. Stella became somewhat of a legend in Dunseith, the town she loved.  Louis passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Stella is survived by her daughter, Kathy Wood of Dunseith, daughter Kim (Bill) Zorn of Newcastle, WY; son, David Todd (Kathleen) of Mandan; son, Mark of Garrison; daughter-in-law Colette Schimetz of Bottineau; 12 grandchildren John (Jessica) Schimetz of Bottineau, Jennifer (Craig) Zachmeier of Rugby, Matthew (Amy) Schimetz of Bottineau, William (Raelynn) Schimetz of  Richardton, Daniel (Renae) Schimetz of Mandan, Kaitlyn (Peter) Sandroni of Minot, Ryan Vandal of Minneapolis, Rachel (Michael) Ford of Aurora, CO, Nicole (Eric) Kregel, New Castle, WY, Jaclyn Zorn of Bottineau and Jacob and Tessa Schimetz of Mandan, 17 great grandchildren, brother, Don (Marlys) Richard of Bottineau; sister-in-law Carmen Richard of Rolette; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Reid and Bryan; infant son, Daniel, and twin infant sons, John and Joel;  brothers, Art, Ernest, Gene and Floyd Richard and sister Irene Lagasse. Stella’s family would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at Heart of America Care Center in Rugby. Their compassion and care provided to Stella and her family during this difficult time went above and beyond our expectations. A special heartfelt thank you goes out to Becky Hershey, Director of Nurses for Long Term Care and Hospice-Rugby. She has done, and continues to do, everything humanly possible to care for her residents and their families. Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

 

Reply to Ginger LaRocque’s (’65) posting
From Vickie Metcalf (’70): Bottineau, ND

November 18, 2020
Gary, Ginger, and Dunseith friends,

          Through the pandemic memories are held close;  precious and sweet.

Years ago, I  saw  Gingers parents a couple times out dancing to a local band at Kelvin. They were a couple  who could and did danced well!

          My Dad without sight would ask mom and I  who else was present.  

He’d always ask me to walk him over to Gingers parents where  he greeted them. Dad respected Mr. and Mrs. Joe LaRocque.   Also, he  had fond  childhood memories of Ginger’s mom  where they were classmates at Bergan School.

          The music would strike up and Dad and your  mom always danced one two step as childhood friends. Your dad would smile as he watched.

Blessed  memories……….to be thank ful for.

Vickie Metcalfe

 

11/18/2020 (2780)

Bernadette Stokes.
This picture was take October 8th, about a month and half ago, with our neighbor friend, Lilli Wilmot.

Bernadette has really gone down hill since this was taken. Yesterday she weighed 100 LBS. In this picture her weight was 117 LBS. Her normal ideal weight was about 150 to 160 LBS. There are days she refuses to eat or drink. Other days her intake is very little.

She has the best care possible with three full time caregivers 24/7. Feel so sorry for her, but we are doing the best we can to keep her comfortable. So sad seeing her helplessly in this condition. Absolutely Zero quality of life.

Bernadette-1

Veterans Day Remembrance
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, Nd

November 10, 2020
Gary and Dunseith Alumni,

Tomorrow is Veterans Day.

I find it fitting to Thank You Gary , all of  our Dunseith friends,
classmates and everyone who served.  

I especially liked the title, “the Comfort of Strangers….”

THANK YOU.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Memories

Form Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): to Belcourt, ND

11/4/2020
Hi Gary,

Today would’ve been my Dad Joseph LaRocque’s birthday October 27th, 103 he would be. The Angels took him away February 27th, 2005.

My Dad was such a nice man, he was liked by most, he made many friends during his time on earth. I know that Bill Evans was his friend for life, they passed away very close together.

My Dad was a good worker, he worked for Gottbreht’s, also on the railroad for 33 years, he of course worked other jobs like draying.

While working on the railroad ( which was nothing like today’s work) he worked hard he and of course others on the crew, they used picks, layed ties, rails, switches were put in by hand and set by hand, fixed when needed. He worked in the winters, there would be derailments in the dead of winter very, very cold he didn’t work  alone, he worked with the crew, he would come home with his face froze somewhat, as cold as they could get temperature well below zero with the wind blowing. He shoveled snow to clear the rails helped getting train on track, I don’t know all aspects of what he and the crew actually did. Dad never complained, not once did I hear him do that.

Dad worked with Louis Shemitz who was the cook. They would go for a week at a time when to far out Louis had a cook car as they called it where all meals were prepared and served by Louis.

I remember Dad while working on the railroad, would be up at 4 in the morning, I wondered why so early? To just drive to Rugby, they were detailed to different places for a week or more at a time driving back and forth daily. I finally asked him. He started, “Well I go pick up Isadore Gouneau, Dan LaFountain, Isadore ?, and 1 or 2 others,”  while he told me he would point up north of Dunseith, turning his body as he told the story to come back to Dunseith to finally get on his way to Rugby.

At home Dad worked hard in the winter, we would get a whole lot of snow, he would go out and shovel snow which would get higher then him. He would have a large scoop shovel, he would load it high with heavy snow,  carrying it slowly across the driveway always walking up straight. That’s when I knew he was a very strong man. He sure wasn’t scared of hard work.

He was able to do woodwork, he made kitchen cabinets for our kitchen and his mother’s as well. For us he made cabinets to store whatever mom wanted to store in them, it was large. He refinished furniture.

Dad’s carpentry work was an addition onto our small house, it included a very large kitchen ( with the cabinets I spoke of) and an inside bathroom at last! Running water was so great with washing dishes as well.

The task of adding inside water was a large back breaking job, what happened there was the neighborhood kids and my siblings helped in hauling pails of dirt out of the cellar, a lot of dirt! This all happened in 1962, or 1963. I got out of most of that work, I think it was planned that way, I went to stay with my sister Shirley for one summer, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Guess which sinking ! I was never let to lift heavy,  l couldn’t haul water from the well the water to wash clothes was hauled in a tub, HEAVY ! I think Dad was a huge decision maker there.

Before the water works was installed in the house the sink had been installed in the kitchen, in order to utilize,  a large pail was put in under the sink to let water drain into it after dishes was completed. Dad’s idea.  One evening Sister Shirley decided to wash her hair in the sink. She got busy washing her hair, poured water in sink and water poured out onto the floor, of course  as you must’ve guessed! The pail hadn’t been replaced under the sink. Dad told her she would have to go wash her hair at the creek, Shirley believed him and began crying and carrying on. Dad laughed and laughed, just one of his jokes that he really didn’t know she would do.

I do have a lot to write about my Dad but there isn’t time right now, I will write again.

As you can see I was late finishing to where I wrote. I started on the 27th of October 2020.

I love you Dad and I miss you with your sense of humor.

Ginger LaRocque Poitra class of 1965

 

10/24/2020 (2779)

Eleanore (Stubby) Fauske Passed away.
Posting from Glenda (Russell) Fauske (’64):  Dunseith, ND

Gary,

I just got a call from the Nero Funeral Home they will “live stream” the family service on Tuesday and that link will be added to their website under Eleanore when it is set up.
https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/index.cfm

Glenda

Hi Gary,

We wanted to inform you Eleanore Fauske passed away and her “Celebration of Life” for the immediate family will be Tuesday, October 27.  There is a public visitation time set at the Nero Funeral Home on Monday, October 26 from 4 – 9 p.m.  A Memorial Service may be planned for the summer of 2021.  I’ve attached a jpg of the photo and a Word document of the information below.

Thank you for sharing it on the Dunseith Blog as she was known by many in the community.  She did not die of Covid, but probably because of it.  The isolation and lack of personal engagement impacted her and many of our loved ones in our desire to protect the most vulnerable.

Our best wishes to you and Bernadette.  We pray you folks there have peace and strength to endure during this challenging time for the entire world.

Glenda and Russell

Gary’s Comments:
I was so saddened to hear of Stubby’s passing. She always looked so healthy and vibrant, even in her later years. Elwood too. In my mind they’d live forever. The Fauske’s were our only neighbors to the North between us and Canada. In our School days, Stubby took a liking to me, trusting my judgement and always treated me as Family, even in my adult years too of which I so admired her for doing.  

She was a firm loving mother with four beautiful daughters. They were good kids, but none the less, for the love of mother, she kept a tight rein on them.

Connie, Carrole, Beth and Lindy, does this ring any bells? Your mother was very firm and protective, probably much more so than needed. You were good kids. You had your Aunt Charlotte Lang (Teacher) keeping an eye on you at school too. The likes of being pretty and popular. You have all lead good productive lives too.   

Obituary Eleanore Fauske
October 23, 2020

Eleanore Lois (Hiatt) Fauske, 97, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in the local health care center.  A private celebration of her life will be held at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau on Tuesday, October 27, for the immediate family only.  Burial will follow at the Ackworth Cemetery in rural Dunseith, ND.  A public Memorial Service may be planned in the summer of 2021.  A public visitation time has been set for Monday, October 26, from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Nero Funeral Home.

Eleanore “Stubby” was born on April 9, 1923, to John and Margaret (Randall) Hiatt on the family farm north of Dunseith.  She grew up in the Turtle Mountains and attended the Ackworth School and graduated from Dunseith High School.

On October 31, 1942, she married Elwood Fauske in Bottineau, ND.  After their marriage, they moved to Thompson, ND, where Elwood worked as a farm laborer.  In 1946, they moved back to Dunseith and Elwood worked for the Rolette County Soil Conservation Service as a heavy equipment and caterpillar operator.  Eleanore worked as a pastry chef at Dale’s Café.  They raised six children.

Eleanore always had a deep, personal faith in God and was an excellent example to her children. She and Elwood attended Grace Lutheran Church in Bottineau for many years where they enjoyed many Bible studies.  She was a member of the Kelvin Homemakers and TOPS for many years.  She was a 4-H leader and reached out to share the love of God with children.  She loved to read, bake, garden and sew.  She worked at and sold numerous embroidery items at the Front Porch on Cranberry Creek in Bottineau for many years.  However, her favorite times were “family gatherings” and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  They said she also knew how to yodel.

They purchased the Hiatt family farm in 1962 and had a diversified farm where Elwood raised beef cattle and small grains.  Eleanore took a position with the U.S. Post Office in Dunseith and retired after 30 years.  Elwood retired at the age of 80 and they moved to Bottineau in 2000.  Elwood passed away in 2017.

Eleanore was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Elwood: their son, Steven: son-in-law, Robert Monte; and all her siblings.  Her loving family includes:  Connie Monte of Lexington, Kentucky; Russell (Glenda) Fauske of Dunseith; Carrole (LaVerne) Rude of Vancouver, WA; Beth (Al) Duncan of Yorkville, IL, Arlinda (Tom) Van Eynde of Yorkville IL; Brian (Deb) Fauske of Minot; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests memorials be sent to the Ackworth Cemetery.

Fauske Family

2013: Eleanore “Stubby’s” 90th birthdayFauske

 

Condolences: Joyce Evans Passing
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joyce Evans. She and my mom were lifelong friends. I pray for the health and well-being of the remaining residents and staff at Good Samaritan.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

 

Condolences to the family of Joyce Evans.
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

So sorry to hear of the passing of Joyce Evans. She and my parents were close neighbors since 1975 when my parents moved up town. Joyce and her husband of course knew my parents years before 1975. They visited back and forth living down the same street from one another. Joyce was so pleasant as her husband was. 

This is so sad , this covid is taking so many lovely people from this earth. I sure hope the end is near for this pandemic.

 

Joyce, I am sure you are in a beautiful place like the beautiful person you. You will be dearly missed.

God Bless you Joyce, 

 Ginger Poitra

 

Attached: Omaha Beach…… a MUST WATCH

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

October 22, 2020

Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

I just received this from Carroll’s nephew, Don.

It is a story that resonates for anyone who knew those

who laid their lives on the line in service to our country.

Please remember and honor their memories on Veterans Day.

I won’t  forget.

Thanks Gary.

As ever Vickie

 

The combination room on the stage…..
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

October  22, 2020
Gary, and friends of Dunseith Alumni,

After a middling Indian Summer, Old Man Winter and his sidekick, Jack Frost arrived over the past weekend. They did not keep Covid-19 distance, dancing around for about 12 hours resulting in  my ‘Carlson’ the apple tree bending quite fatigued from dancing and tired bearing weight of the snow

Walking became challenging again for me, I “walk like a penguin” bundled into 3 layers. A couple of inches of snow and again I  am forced  to recall North Dakota Ice and snow driving skills.

Since Kathy shared her mom’s recipe for chili, I have been slowly stockpiling beans, tomatoes, celery, onions, pulling out the largest iron skillet and locating the crock-pot. Voila! This morning I wept over chopping onions.  The chili is now simmering in the crock-pot.  Holy buckets!  I ‘m wondering how many weeks I will eat chili.

While, I wept over onions and celery my thoughts were of Stella.  When do I remember meeting her?

I was in Mrs. Hansen’s second grade class of 9, at the time, it was a combination class as  she taught, as about 20 first graders.

For Mrs. Hansen’s combination room;

Our domain was  on the stage.

The 9-second graders desks were on against the wall,

the 1st graders sat closer to Mrs. Hansen.

We’d go down steps into the gym, up steps to the seating, then out the door to the main bathroom.

To eat lunch we got into  the never-ending line with students of all ages, walk down the hall and  down, down steps into the basement of the big white school    Under the steps was a little kitchen where we were handed a plate of rather bland tuna wiggle hot ,  chipped beef over potatoes or boiled well boiled, rather colorless hotdogs  and other forgettable  sometimes other questionable food,

At recess time we  go out the exit doors off the stage.

The hallway into the classroom, which was useful in our imagination free play. Dragon’s or witches lairs HOME FREE place for the girls chase boys or boys chase girls games

My second grade class was comprised of 4 girls and 5 boys.  Many of us were ‘of the hills’ farm kids; there were a couple prairie farm boys, and 1 town boy.  Many of the boys had 1st grade brothers.  As did Mark.  His little brother name was Reid.

I thought, it was so special, when the town children’s mothers walked over after school and  walk their children home from school.

One particular mother, was petite Stella Schimetz.

Often accompanied by two quiet little girls with big brown eyes, long brown hair curled hair with big bows. Hand in hand with their mom.  I learned these sweet little girls with the petite lady were Mark and Reid’s young sisters, Kathy and Kim.

A few short years later that mom became the  Dunseith Public  school  head cook.  And school children reaped the benefit for years.

Hmm, I realized something missing.

Stella always served commodity cheese on white bread with chili. I don’t think I can find that anymore.

Until Later,

May Jack  Frost and Old Man Winter find you Dancing away from Covid.

 

10/16/2020 (2778)

Joyce Evans – Passed away
January 03, 1930 – October 11, 2020

Joyce Evans, 90 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Bottineau nursing home.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

Gary’s Note: Folks, I understand Joyce Contracted Covid. I was told yesterday that a large number of the Residence at the Bottineau Good Samaritan Nursing home have expired from this terrible disease. So sad. Joyce was very well known in the Dunseith area too, especially during my days there also. We extend our condolences to all of her family with her passing. I will post her Obituary too when it becomes available.  

 

Memories of Stella Schimetz and Birthday wishes.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Monday, October 5, 2020

Gary, Kathy and  Friends of Dunseith ,

O my garsh!

I won the lottery opening message  2,777!

Over the years, I have eaten many school lunches at many schools. Not one could  ever compare to the meals which  Stella Schimetz  graced the Dunseith Public School cafeteria with.

Stella the lady,  always warm, personable and hardworking. Stella, first person at school  in the early mornings

Stella’s meals  were never;
‘Plastic. Tasteless,  Pre -packaged’ ….. (which sadly is becoming a norm.)

Coming into Dunseith school a person could find Stella Schimetz working multitudes; hand mashing  gallons of potatoes,
opening hot ovens and pulling out huge roasters of meat,
……on her tippy toes stirring chili in a huge kettle
at a counter, whipping up  special dressings  for her pea salad,
pulling together desserts like peanut butter bars.

( Nowhere in sight a recipe book…..)

Every bite was wholesome tasty nutritious as well as DELISH!

At the close of  her day, Stella Schimetz  was still there scrubbing pots and pans, moping the floors not leaving until everything was  ship shape sparkling.

In the midst of the day Stella Schimetz, knew each  child’s name moving through the lunch line.
She knew their diet needs and preferences.
Children respected her as she gave respect.

Through it all  Stella Schimetz  never looked harried or unkept.
From the early morn beginning of the day until she left the kitchen Stella was neat as pin,

For those of us, who ate in the Dunseith Public School Cafeteria,
Stella Schimetz is forever memorable

Recipes from  Iconic  “Stella Schimetz” are indelible!

Thank You  Stella  Schimetz children for lending us, your little petite momma, to cook for the rest of us  for many years~ and sharing the recipes.

Yes, Stella Schimetz  remains  a  legend.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Birthday wishes to  Stella Schimetz:
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND

Happy 90th Birthday Stella,

I sure hope you had a wonderful birthday.

I don’t know if you remember me but my name is Ginger (LaRocque ) Poitra. I am the daughter of Joseph and Madeline LaRocque. My dad Joe worked with your husband Louis on the railroad for many years maybe it was 33 years.

I remember seeing and talking to you a few years ago at a funeral, we had a brief visit and I had to leave. I sure wish I could’ve visited with you longer. It seemed you wanted someone to talk to.

Well Stella you take of yourself.

Love You, God Bless

I think of you often

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra

 

Condolences to the Amy Gunville Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):  Belcourt, ND

Sandra Azure, I am heartbroken about the loss of your beautiful daughter Amy. Amy looks a lot like you Sandra.

So young to be gone from you and your family.

God Bless Amy and all her family, my prayers are with you. I will keep you in my prayers.

God Bless you all

Love You,
Ginger ( LaRocque ) Poitra

 

Condolences to the Loren Dubois Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):  Belcourt, ND

Condolences to Loren Dubois family,

I am sorry of the passing of Loren from this terrible corona virus.

God Bless him and all his family through this sad time.

Ginger  (LaRocque) Poitra class of 1965

 

Reply from Norway to our Dunseith.net Website
From Gunn Haug: Oslo,  (Lørenskog) Norway

Hei !

My grand grandmother Otille Haseldahl traveled to BottIneau in 1911. She married Henry Haseldahl in 1910. They had a son Gustaf Emil Haseldahl who married an Olga (Hanson). NOTE: Folks, Please note that Olga Was my dad, Bob Stokes’, sister and mother to Jean Pladson and Audrey Aitchison.

I was wondering if you had a photo of Otille or a story about her. I know she died in October 1945 in the Turtle mountains, maybe you can  find out the cause of death.

I do not know if this is the right place to ask, but Dunseith is the only thing I get when I apply for Haseldahl Bottineau.

Hope someone can help.

Mvh Gunn Haug

Gary’s Reply
Folks, what a coincidence. After Bert Passed away Olga Married Emil Haseldahl. She was his first and only wife too. They lived a few miles NE of Bottineau in the Turtle Mountains east of the lake road. She found a wonderful guy too with Emil. If any of you Genealogists have or can find any info about Emil’s mother Otille it will be most appreciated. All I know about Otille is what I read from the small posting in the 1984 Bottineau Centennial Book

Reply to the “1949” Dunseith Girls Photo posted by Cheryl Dakin From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Thanks all for identifying the gals in the picture I submitted. It fills in the blanks nicely. Also, thanks to Vicki for the kind words about my mom. She could sure tell some stories. I am in the process of putting together a book of family memories so if anyone has any stories, I would love to hear them.  Also, thanks Kathy for posting your mom’s recipes!

Sincerely

Cheryl Larson Dakin
Dunseith Girls 1949

 

 

 

 

 

10/05/2020 (2777)

Stella Schimetz 90th Birthday Celebration
Posted by Kathy Schimetz Wood (’72): Minot, ND

My mom will be celebrating her 90th birthday on October 13th! Sadly, we cannot gather with her, as a family, to celebrate, due to covid. Mom absolutely loves getting cards! She reads them, saves them, then reads them again. If you know my mom and want to help us flood her room with cards, here is her address:

October 13th – Stella’s 90th Birthday
Mailing address to send Birthday cards

STELLA SCHIMETZ
room 224
Heart of America Medical Center
800 S Main Ave
Rugby, North Dakota 58368

Schimetz, Stella

MY MOM-THE SCHOOL COOK
Mom cooked at the Dunseith School for 32 years. She loved it! Today, I posted about her upcoming 90th birthday. I’ve had requests for her PEANUT BUTTER BARS recipe, so here it is! Grease and flour or spray a 13 x 18 pan Preheat oven to 350o. PEANUT BUTTER BARS 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 cup peanut butter 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


STELLA’S CHILE

2 lbs hamburger
2 large onions chopped
at least 1/2 a bunch of celery-chopped fine

Cook together and season with salt–about 2 teaspoons, pepper–about 1 teaspoon, and chili powder–at least 1 tablespoon. Adjust to your liking. That’s how Mom cooked—taste, then adjust!

In a stockpot-mix together and heat through:

About 1/2 can tomato juice. (large can)
2 cans red kidney beans
2 regular size cans tomato soup
1 large can of tomatoes

Add salt/pepper/chili powder to this too!

Add meat mixture to stockpot, simmer awhile—taste—-adjust seasoning to your liking. I add garlic to mine, but Mom didn’t-she didn’t use much garlic in her cooking. If you like it, add it! Add more tomato juice if chili is too thick.

 

Amy Gunville’s passing / Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Dunseith, ND

Gunville, Amy Marie

Saturday October 3, 2020
Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

I am  deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Amy Gunville, whom I’ve known,  first as a child and as an adult,

She  was a wonderful little girl who grew into a  powerfully strong woman.

I recall Amy as an respectful to adults and her peers while she was a  student at Dunseith School Elementary School.

She and her brother Mike were both former students whom I enjoyed greatly as third grader’s.

Years later, whilst at Bottineau School I became reacquainted with Amy as a parent.

She was very supportive of education.

Amy, a warm friendly person always greeted with a smile upon meeting.

And after a pleasant visit, she’d leave behind  in her wake ……. a warm glow of positivity.

Sincere sympathy to her immediate and extended family.

Her parents who were my former Dunseith classmates. (her mom, Sandra rode my school bus).

Her (big) brother Mike.

Her children. (She was supportive of  each of you, your education and uplifting of  your individual personalities and ability)

God Bless the memory of Amy Gunville  and her spirit

Vickie L. Metcalf

Funeral Service
Monday, October 05, 2020  10:00 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church  PO BOX 862  Dunseith, North Dakota 58329
https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/amy-gunville

 

Joy Murray Anderson (DHS ’73) Passed away: Tacoma WA
Posting from Esther Murray Fleming (’65): Burton, MI.

Hi Gary I am sorry I haven’t written to you about my sister Joyce passing. It has just been so hard. I still  cannot believe that she is gone.   At around the  same time my husband had major back surgery and is finally  back home  recuperating.  I want to thank everyone for all their prayers.  God loves yuzu’s all as I do.                                                                                                                                      Love you  Esther

Gary Stokes Comment:
Esther, So sorry to hear this sad news of Joyce’s passing. Our condolences are with you and her entire family.

 

Verdy Richard Larson (DHS ‘49) Memories
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Dunseith, ND

 Gary and friends,

Verdy Richard  Larson was always kind and helpful whenever, where ever I met her.

She would always ask me and talk fondly of her lifelong friend , Alice Metcalfe.

She’d often  tell  me, t how they worked together at Hosmer dept.  store and enjoyed many fun times together.

Like Verdy, Alice, throughout  her life, carried a positive attitude, was  optimistic, carried a fun sense of humor 

 and held in high regard family  and friends.

Thanks for igniting that fond memory.

Later.

Vickie L.  Metcalfe

 

Leland Stickland: Find a grave Web site
Posted by Ken Striker:  Dayton, OH

 Gary-

 Sending FYI correspondence I had with Dean Stickland yesterday.

 Thinking you would appreciate my Striker Family FB and also the Findagrave Memorial.

 Ken Striker

—–Original Message

Dean

Sending Findagrave Memorial for your Dad….it has a link to a memorial for Lee.

 Also links to “surf” around,  including back to William E Striker..and for that matter, back to the immigrant Christian Striker.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/77447475/robert-elmer-stickland

 facebook.com/groups/1770605333045952https://www.

Ken

 

Reply to the “1949” Dunseith Girls Photo posted by Cheryl Dakin
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,   My mom Bernice Olson Johnson is the third one from the left (#3)  in Cheryl Dakin’s picture of the ‘girls’ of Dunseith in 1949.  I think (#1) is Patsy Sunderland.  It sure looks like her to me.  Thanks Gary! Dick

Gary’s comment:
Thanks Dick, I think we nailed it. You always come thru and Ken Nerpel too.
Dunseith Girls 1949