Rich Cross

March 22, 2014

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Rich Cross has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will start radiation therapy Monday. He may not be up for phone calls but cards would be nice to support him with his struggle. Please send them to his home address at 304 7th Street, WDMIA 50265-4515. That’s his pix up above from the last reunion, lurking outside Baratta’s.

Rich has helped with the class reunions since our golden tassels were still swinging from our maroon mortarboards, back when we were young and invincible. While a couple crews running the reunion came and went, Rich has stayed with it all along, mostly handling the money and acting as moral ballast in the tempestuous sea of class reunions. If you liked the reunions, why don’t you dash a note off to him? It would be a great comfort to him to know your thoughts and prayers are with him.

Joseph D. Marturello

December 24, 2013

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Joseph D. Marturello, father of classmate Bill Marturello, passed away last Saturday:

Joseph Daniel Marturello, age 84, of West Des Moines, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Joe was born on November 25, 1929 to Frank and Lyndall Marturello in Des Moines. He married Thelma Hamil on November 13, 1948.

Joe is survived by wife, Thelma, of West Des Moines; three children, Joe (Theresa) Marturello, West Des Moines, Bill (Kelly) Marturello, Chandler, AZ. and Peggy (Jeff) Heuer, Johnston; grandchildren, Danielle Marturello, Tucson, AZ., Kelli (Fred) Nixon, Des Moines and Kyle Heuer, Pleasant Hill; great-granddaughter (and newest love of his life) 22 month old, Leila Jo Nixon; sisters, Maxine Tyler and Donna Baker, both of Des Moines and Kay Strayer, Boise, ID.; brother, Frank Marturello, Boise, ID.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Marturello; niece Jane Grim; nephew, Michael Baker; newborn sister, Mary and two infant siblings.

Joe attended Lincoln High School. He began his career at Solar Industries for a few years, and then worked 28 years as a welder at John Deere in Ankeny, retiring in 1987. Joe spent most of his retirement years playing golf with his close friends at A.H. Blank Golf Course in Des Moines. He accomplished three holes in one while doing so. As a very kind and generous man, Joe was so mechanically inclined that he could and did help all relatives and friends build and fix everything at anytime his help was needed. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter and enjoyed all of their school performances, sporting events and everything else they were involved in. He enjoyed the many years of coaching his two sons at the South Des Moines Little League and took great pride in how well they did. Family time spent together was a great joy for him and he will be missed dearly.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Per Joe’s wishes, his body has been cremated.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice of Johnston.

Condolences may be expressed at:
http://www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

http://www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com/services/services_detail.aspx?rid=15432

Mike Steven

December 9, 2013

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Classmate Mike Steven has passed away.  From the Des Moines Register:

Michael L. StevenDes Moines

Michael L. Steven, 58, passed away peacefully December 6, 2013. He was born March 16, 1955 in Des Moines to Pete and Flora (Fisher) Steven.

Mike was a life-long resident of Des Moines. He was employed for many years by the State of Iowa as a Graphic Artist. He was a member of the Umpire Association of Des Moines and was a basketball referee. He was an avid sports fan – and loved Sunday night football! Mike took pleasure in coaching his girls and watching them play sports. He was a talented artist who loved his family, friends and loyal companions, Blitz and Havok. Mike will be greatly missed by all.

Mike is survived by his daughters, Maribeth (Benn) Stockton and Michelle Steven; father, Pete Steven; four nieces; one great niece; one great nephew; and many other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Flora and step-mother, Nancy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery. Family will greet friends on Wednesday at the funeral home from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mike’s family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2013

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=michael-l-steven&pid=168423753&fhid=13567#sthash.OFoTHGyT.dpuf

Morris Blunck

November 24, 2013
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Morris Blunck, father of classmate Mark Blunck, has passed away.

From the Des Moines Register:

Morris Blunck, of Des Moines, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines, surrounded by his loving family. Morris was born on January 5, 1932 in Des Moines to Lena (Scott) and Cecil Blunck.Morris retired after many years of dedicated service from Armstrong Pirelli Tire. Morris enjoyed going to Prarie Meadows and taking in the horse races. He especially loved spending time with his great-grandchildren and picking them up from school.Those left behind to celebrate Morris’ life are his loving wife, Connie; his sons, Douglas, Dan and Mark Blunck; grandson, Joe (Andrea) Blunck; two great-grandchildren, Makayla and Drew Blunck; brother, Darrel (Pat) Blunck; and other loving family and friends.Per his wishes, Morris has been cremated and the family will hold a private celebration to honor his life.

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See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=morris-blunck&pid=167956752&fhid=17489#sthash.OpBDJdvl.dpuf

You can send condolences to Mark at electionday2020 -at- hotmail -dot-com or through mail at 286 Lenox Avenue #604 in Oakland over in California 94610-4609.

Steve Does Woodstock

September 1, 2013

I felt the need to get in touch with my countercultural side a few years ago, so I thought I might go on down to Max Yasgur’s farm in Woodstock, maybe join a rock and roll band.  Get back to the land and set my soul free.  Because, you know, we are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.  That’s what I was thinking.

Well, I didn’t find a rock and roll band but the flower children have a drum circle every Sunday afternoon in a little park on the main drag in Woodstock so, what the hell, I joined in and drummed my heart out.  For a couple hours, we beamed some seriously peaceful vibes to the planet.  I can’t help but think we steered the human race in a more harmonious direction.

You know, we should have a drum circle at the reunion.  It could do us a world of good.

Hotels

July 28, 2013

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Our reunion organizers, Cyndi Dunston Barber & Deb Swanson Dresback, have canvassed the south side hotels closest to the reunion sites and have compiled this information to help classmates coming in from out of town find a place to stay:

 

 

Across Fleur from Echo Valley Country Club

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites

6880 Fleur Drive

(515) 309-4444

www.marriott.com/dsmap or fairfieldinn.com/dsmap,

Hot Continental Breakfast

$119 – $139 (hotel filling quickly)

 

DoubleTree by Hilton

6800 Fleur Drive

(515) 285-7777

www.heartofamericagroup.com

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Restaurant and bar, Indoor/Outdoor pool, complimentary Airport Shuttle

Queen $149, King $159.

 

Within Walking distance to Perkins, Hy-Vee, Dahls, Taco Johns, Subway, Fleur Movie Cinema, Walgreens, etc.

 

Motel 6

4817 Fleur Drive

( 515) 287-6364

m60030bo@mogel6.com

Coffee 6-10am, 1 person $39.99 + tax, 2 person $45.99 + tax

 

Days Inn & Suites

1901 Hackley Ave, (off Fleur)

(515) 256-0603

rakesh78sr@yahoo.com

Continental Breakfast 4:30-10:00am, Indoor pool,

2 Queens for 2 people $99.95, 1 King for 2 people $89.95

 

AmericInn Hotel & Suites

1920 Hackley Ave, (off Fleur)

(5150 285-5180

desmoinesairport.ia@americinn.com

Hot Continental Breakfast 6-10am, Indoor pool

2 Queen or King $99.99

 

Quality Inn & Suites

5231 Fleur Drive

(515) 287-3434

tessa@qualityinndsm.com

Hot continental Breakfast 7-10am, indoor pool/Jacuzzi,

2 Queen $99.99, 1 King $94.99 (as of 6/23/2013 5 kings left and 14 Queens left for Sept 20/21)

 

Fleur and Army Post Road

 

Magnuson Hotel Des Moines Airport

1810 Army Post Road

(515) 287-6464

www.DesMoinesAirportHotel.com

Shuttle Service available, Pool, Hot Continental Breakfast 6-9:30am, Bennigan’s attached ($5 Lunches),

$99.99 + tax.

 

Hotels SOLD OUT Sept 20/21 (Track and Field event that weekend)

 

Hampton Inn,

5001 Fleur Drive

 

Holiday Inn

6111 Fleur Drive

(515) 287-2400, 800-248-4013, holiday-inn.com/dsm-airport, pool/hot tub/game room

Sold out on Sept 20th, lots of rooms for Sept 21st

$134 + tax

Steve Herrington

July 27, 2013

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Some sad news from Teresa Sorenson about her brother, Steve Herrington:

My brother Steve was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2011. He retired from AAA in St. Louis in 2010 where he was a Manager of the Database Administers and Web services. Unfortunately his Alzheimer’s was undiagnosed while working and AAA forced him to take retirement at 56 due to being unable to preform his job responsibilities.

In May of 2011 I moved him to my home in the Denver, Co area. In May 2012 we had to move him to Claire Bridge an Alzheimer’s memory care facility due to his declining abilities. He has been there for a year and has adjusted well. He still has many long term memories of his childhood. He remembers his friend from high school named Perry. Not sure of the last name or if he was in this class.

I’ll keep this link and show him the photos and the video of the reunion.

It is sad as he took very good care of himself. Steve has a master degree in Computer Science. He ran marathons and loved to play golf. He traveled a lot and had a vacation home in Destin Florida where he planned to retire. I never thought he would end up in a care facility at this time in his life.

I take care of his mail so anything can be sent to him at my address. Steve is at my house usually every Saturday.

If you would like to write to Steve, maybe send him some photos, email me for Teresa’s mailing address.

Who Has Sent Their Check For The Reunion?

July 21, 2013

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The reunion announcements have been mailed to about 470+ members of the Lincoln Class of 1973 and the reunion checks have immediately begun arriving. We have awoken the sleeping giant of the Class of 1973 and filled it with a terrific resolve to make this the biggest, bestest reunioniest reunion ever. It’s not just a reunion, it’s an adventure. Join us now! Send that check today!

Here is the list of folks who have paid up as of Monday, September 5, 2013:

1.    Terry Adair

2.    Tom Comiskey

3.     Roger Jorgenson

4      Debbie Jorgenson

5.     Sherry Gamble-Cooper

6.     Marion Riggs Gelb

7.     Anna Stallard

8.     Daniel Barfield

9.     Linda Barfield

10.   Steve Gregg

11.   Renee Myers Chiaramonte

12.   Jerry Chiaramonte

13.   Kathy Zenor McGarvey

14.   Curtis Lewis

15.   Connie (Drew) Hiatt

16.   Connie Carroll

17.   Frank Hoifeldt

18.   John Oatts

19.   Sandra Oatts

20.   Timothy Stanley

21.   Brian Evans

22.   Karen Evans

23.   Doug Ashbaugh

24.   Shelly Devine

25.  Susan Augustin

26.  Cindy Weller Housman

27.  Bill Marturello

28.  Kelly Marturello

29.  Al Knight

30.  Joyce Knight

31.  Sharon Gatto

32.  Dave Gatto

33.  Elizabeth Gregg Kennedy

34.  Ken Mitchell

35.  Marvin Delmott

36.  Donald Knox

37.  Becky Tollerud

38.  Bill Roth

39.  Kathy Roth

40.  Paula Furouhari

41.  Liz Tucci Calisesi

42.  Bob Schwerzler

43.  Jodi Tedesco Schwerzler

44.  Mark Blunck

45.  Vicki Carter Landon

46.  Gayle Mitchell Fawkes

47.  Carolyne Budgell

48.  Michael Mihalovich

49.  Vince Schweiger

50.  Valerie Schweiger

51.  Danny Brown

52.  Mary Jo Franzen Bailey

53.  Cynthia Barber

54.  Jane Goddard

55.  Bill Goddard

56. Lisa Mahnke

57. Marta Blomgren Pyatt

58. Mike Boothe

59. Mark Hagen

60. Linda Rizzuti Hagen

61. Richard Cooper

62. Mary Evans Willers

63. William C. Willers

64. Larry Peterson

65. Marilyn Denny Lisbon

66. Mike Klisares

67. Steve Larson

68. Karyal McClelland Larson

69. Phil Heiser

70. Anna Matlage Heiser

71. Jeff Robbins

72. Richard Lancaster

73. Carla Yaw Spriggs

74. Pam Miller Hill

75. DeeAnne Daugherty Newcomb

76. Ronda Billings Gentosi

77. Rick Gentosi

78. Kathy Abild Holzworth

79. Michael Holzworth

80. Dave Kali and guest

81. Teresa Righi-Ryner

82. Scott Hawkins

83. Deb Swanson Dresback

84. Pam Hood

85. Jim Beardsley

86. Kimberly Beardsley

87. Clyde Zenor

88. Deb Fresco Leech

89. Scott Andrews

90. Paul Carey

91. Vicky Rasser

92. Steven Newcomb

93. David Atkin

94. Tracie McKibben Atkin

95. Jon Croft

96. Debra Anderson Croft

97. Mary Schemmel

98. Karen Wityk Voss

99. Connie Mensing

100. Ron Jean Heberlin

101. Steve Heberlin

102. Jane O’Neal Munsell & Spouse

103. Laurie Gilbert & guest

104. Larry Kenoyer

105. Peggy Kenoyer

106. Sue Hardy DenOuden

107. Ken Horner

108. John Biggs

109. Maggie Biggs

110. Micheal Daly

111. Tim Detrick

112. Rebecca Bentzinger

113. Greg Ohrt Cole

114. Mary Smith Bertogli

115. Robert Conner

116. Lisa Mahnke

117. Jackie Lewiston & guest

118. Richard Cross

119. Deena Cross

120. Carol Pumphrey Meredith

121. Joseph Cordaro

122. Cynthia Cordaro

123. Robert Pomerantz

124. Jenny Knauer Daughty

125. Kim Daughty

126. Deb McWilliams Coady

127. Marie Berardi Allen

127. Marie Berardi Allen’s Guest

128. Loretta Rizzuti

129. Debra Floyd

130. Marcia Zarley Taylor

131. Maria (Sandi) Zavalla

132. Mary Ellen White Tripp

133. PJ Reynolds Mayfield

x. Gary Garnett (Tentative)

x. Ramona Garnett (Tentative)

Lincoln ’73 Sweatshirt

July 21, 2013

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Be the idol of your fellow Iowans in this Lincoln Class of 1973 sweatshirt. Perfect for those chilly Des Moines winter nights.

To order, add $20 to your reunion check and make it out to “ALHS Class of 1973.”

Specify Man or Woman and shirt size: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL.

Send it to “Lincoln High School Class of 1973,” PO Box 65282, West Des Moines, IA 50265-0282 by August 5th, 2013.

Reunion, Sep 20-21, $40 by Aug 5

July 20, 2013

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013
Make your check for $40 per person out to “ALHS Class of 1973.”

Send it to “Lincoln High School Class of 1973,” PO Box 65282, West Des Moines, IA 50265-0282 by August 5th, 2013.

No paying at the door. If you want to order an ALHS sweatshirt, add $20 to your check and specify Man or Woman and shirt size: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

    5:00 PM PRE-GAME PARTY

Park Avenue Pub, 1101 Park Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315
(On Park Avenue, between SW 9th St and SW 12th St)

    6:30 PM FOOTBALL GAME, LINCOLN VS EAST

Hutchens Metro Stadium (Behind Lincoln High), 2400 SW 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

    9:00 PM POST-GAME PARTY

You must pay the $40 to enter this private party
Baratta’s Restaurant, (Pizza & Soft Drinks provided) 2320 S. Union Street, Des Moines, IA

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

    ~8:30 AM GOLF OUTING (check for exact time)

Willow Creek Golf Course, 140 Army Post Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265, (515) 285-4558
Green Fees with Cart: $45 for 18 on Red Course, $36 for 18 on White & Blue Courses,
$30 for 9 on White Course and $25 on Blue Course.
Contact Mike Boothe at mboothe258353@kc.surewest.net before August 3, 2013

    10:30 AM CLASS BREAKFAST

Old Country Buffet, 6059 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

    11:45 AM LINCOLN HIGH TOUR

Meet at the back doors by the cafeteria. Don’t be late. They lock the doors after us.

    6:45 PM! REUNION MAIN EVENT/BUFFET DINNER

Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 (Business Casual)
(You MUST MUST MUST be here at 6:45 to be included in the class photo!)

    11:00 PM AFTER-REUNION PARTY

Francies, 2100 Wakonda View Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321-2338; (515) 285-5207
(Across the street from Dahl’s grocery store on Fleur Drive)

    12:30 AM AFTER-AFTER-REUNION PARTY

Perkins, 2000 SW McKinley Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315; (515) 285-2970
(Between Fleur & SW 14th, half mile east of Fleur Drive & McKinley Ave/NE corner of airport)


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