12/9/2012 (1666)

No Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday. Please see my message (Bernadette’s condition) below.
     Happy  92nd  Birthday  Leona  Hosmer:  Wilsonville, OR
Happy Birthday Joan Tremblay Johnson (DHS ’79): Dunseith, ND
Armand Mongeon
(Died December 5, 2012)
Condolences to the Mongeon Family
From Alan Poitra (’76):   Bloomington, MN
I want to send my condolences to the Mongeon Family.   Armand was a wonderful person and I always looked forward to chatting with him when stopping in the hardware store or Dales.   My thoughts are with the Mongeon family.

Alan Poitra
Condolences to the Mongeon Family
From Debbie Gunville Champagne (’76):   Belcourt, ND
My sincere condolences to Armand’s family.  Remembering Armand ever since
I was a child.as the nicest, most respectful man one could ever meet.  He
greeted “everyone” with sincerity and kindness.  In my mind he would truly
be a man that God would speak to, saying; “You have done well, my good and
faithful servant”!   God Bless Armand & his family!

Debbie (Gunville)Champagne

Armand Mongeon
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

About Armand–A large part of my memory — and the soul of Dunseith is now history.  I am very sad.  He has a wonderful family legacy.  I’d give a hug to all his kids if I dould.
Joanne Millang Bernstein’s (’70) son Ryan: Washington Cheif of Staff.
Posting from Diane Millang Volk (’77):  Sherwood, ND

Good Afternoon Gary:  We are so proud of our nephew Ryan Bernstein of Bottineau.  He is the grandson of Velma Millang and the late Cliff Millang, the son of Joanne and Mark Bernstein of Bottineau. This was posted yesterday.  http://www.ndcourts.gov/court/news/HoevenBernstein.htm  The work in Washington DC is so over daunting these days. I hope that they can use (and listen to) some good old common sense from North Dakota.  Thanks for all you do.

Diane Millang Volk

Ryan most certainly comes from good stock. We wish him the best with his new job. We know he will do well.  Gary
                        Ryan Bernstein lawyer record
Gary Nadeau: Neola would like some info.
Request from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Gary, you posted picture quite some time ago and no one seemed to have info about him. You sent info you located, and I added it to his picture. I don’t know why, but his wallet-size senior pictures (this one)are in a Wondrasek envelope and laying beside my computer.  Do you have an email address for a Nadeau who might have info about Gary, or would be interested in having his pictures?  If I don’t move the envelope until I get more info, I shouldn’t lose it!!! LOL!
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Bernadette Stokes’ condition.
I want to share a message with you that I sent out yesterday to all of our Cebu expat friends. By getting all this out in the open alleviates a lot of rumors and questions of what is really going on.
Bernadette had a good nights sleep and is emotionally a lot better today than she was last night. For Christmas she has been collecting money to purchase food for the elderly in need.  She wants to go to the store today to purchase those food items.  Not sure how that will go, but we will see. She just sent our helper down to the Market to purchase 220 LBS of rice (Two 50k bags).
Hello Cebu Friends,
I have chosen to enlighten you folks with Bernadette’s status so you will know what is going on and happening when you see her.
As I mentioned before, Bernadette had a series of mini strokes. These mini strokes have caused a condition called Vascular Dementia, a condition that can not be reversed. As time goes on it gets progressively worse. Normally but not always, the first things affected are the motor skills and eventually the memory. Some days are better than others as this disease progresses. Yesterday, when Bernadette went bowling with me, was one of her better days. Today she feels tired and her movements are affected. Today we went to  Borussia’s in Sogod for lunch with some of our expat friends. She was tired and wanted to leave a bit early. When we got home she became very depressed thinking her time is limited.
At this point her condition will determine our socializing. It is best if she can get out as much as possible to be with friends and people, but when it gets to the point or on some of her worse days I will have to play it by ear for her/my attending social functions.
Yes, this disease does shorten ones life. The average life span from the onset is 5 to 6 years but can be as long as 20. My guess is that Bernadette is at least a year into this disease. I think her first and maybe her only mini strokes were a year or more ago. The symptoms that are now surfacing are from the affects of Vascular Dementia.  This of coarse is only my assumptions. I am not a doctor. Her MRI indicated that she has had Mini Strokes and that she now has Vascular Dementia.
At the moment a lot of her family members are in the living room with her. She wanted to talk to her/our son Bernie, so I called him, 1:00 AM his time in Washington State, so she could talk to him. 
Seeing her in this condition is not easy and her depression makes it all the worse. We just have to make the best of things is all. 
Bernadette has not been told that she has Vascular Dementia. All she knows is that she has had mini strokes. I think it is best that she not know. It would just really depress her all that much more. 
Again, I just wanted to get this out in the open so you all know what is going on. 
Take care,
Joke of the day
Posted by Dick Johnson (’66):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

       With all the Polish heritage we are now connected to via Larry,
I thought I could fill in a few more points of interest along the same
lines.  Once many years ago,  little Larry Jr. went into the living room
and asked Larry,  “Dad,  where did we come from?”  Larry thought it was
time to fill in the little guy on his long lineage and said, “Well son,
we actually descended from monkeys.”  Little Larry pondered that thought
and then walked out into the kitchen and asked Marion,  “Mom,  where did
we come from?” Marion also thought it was time to tell him about how
things are so she said,  “Well son,  God made us.”   Little Larry
thought about that for a couple seconds and then said,  “Dad said we
descended from monkeys.”  Marion said,  “That’s true,  but he was just
talking about his side of the family.”