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William Baker was the husband of classmate Judi Houghtaling Baker. His obituary from the Des Moines Register:
William Dean “Bill” Baker, 58, died Friday, December 24, 2010, at his home. His body has been cremated. A Memorial Service is Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church in Boone. Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. A lunch will follow the Memorial Service .
Bill was born December 8, 1952, to Raymond E. and Ethel (Points) Baker in Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1971 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in both Marketing and Management from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977. On June 28, 1975, Bill married Judi Houghtaling in Des Moines. Before moving to Boone in 1993, the couple lived in Des Moines and Lamoni. Bill was employed in sales, purchasing and management in the plumbing, HVAC, and hydronics heating and cooling industries for 30 years. He was currently employed with Allied Systems Inc. of Des Moines as a salesman. Bill was a member of Grace Community Church of Boone. Bill loved God, his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steve, and father in-law Edgar Houghtaling. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judi of rural Boone; his daughters Jenna (Dave) Eppert of Des Moines and Erin (Luke) Wittrock of Ames; four grandchildren: Jordan, Cali, and Madison Eppert, and Tala Wittrock; a brother, Jerry Baker of Des Moines; and mother in-law, Ruth Houghtaling of Madrid.
Memorials may be directed to the family to establish a memorial fund at a later date.
Online condolences and a guestbook are available at http://www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on December 28, 2010.
You can sign the guestbook here.
Classmate Lise Mahnke’s mother passed away last month:
Shirley Ann Van Dyke of Des Moines, 82, passed away in Peoria, Arizona on November 12 after a brief illness.
Shirley was born in Des Moines on May 10, 1928 to Ted C. and Edith Henderson. She graduated from North High School and completed an associate’s degree at Stephens College in Fashion Design. Shirley worked briefly as a Buyer for Younkers.
Shirley was an active member of PEO Chapter GA and the Peoria Desert Dancers, where she was a devoted tap dancer. She was a past member of the National TTT Society and PTA President at Jefferson Elementary.
For 36 years Shirley proudly volunteered as a Methodist Blank Hospital Guild member with over 4000 hours of service including the Festival of Trees and Lights. Shirley was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She and her husband have been long-time members of the Wakonda Club.
Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who cherished her family and many friends.
Shirley is survived by her husband of forty-seven years, Lester, of Des Moines and Peoria; her children: John Mahnke of New York City, Lise Mahnke (Mary) of Denver, Colorado, Eric Mahnke (Paula) of Carlisle, Iowa, and Amy Mahnke of St. Paul, Minnesota; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her brother, Stacy R. Henderson of Des Moines.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 4 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel, 801 19th Street, West Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blank Hospital, Festival of Trees and Lights, 1440 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Happy Thanksgiving to our Lincoln Alumni and your families! Every 4 years we have a Homecoming parade and this was “the year”. Check out the parade photos on our website ALHSAlumni.com. A big thank you to the organizers and participants!
Back by popular demand, we’re having a commemorative brick special. The bricks (one of our scholarship fundraisers) normally sell for $85 but we’re offering them for $75 during the holiday season. They make a great holiday gift! Once engraved, they are placed outside the front entrance of Lincoln. See our website for the brick order form. If you’d like to pay through paypal use the lifetime member payment button and note that it’s for a brick.
It’s also time to renew your calendar year alumni membership. We continue to keep the price of annual membersips at $10 and $75 for lifetime memberships (65+ yrs old). You can purchase your membership through Paypal on our website. If you prefer to mail in your payment, print the form on the site and follow the instructions included. If you need assistance with this, reply to this email. We’re also working to update our alumni database. Since privacy rules were inacted, it’s been difficult to get information for the more recent class graduates. Do you have friends or relatives that graduated from Lincoln? We’d love to get current addresses, married names and email addresses on our graduates. You can forward this message to your family and friends so that they can submit their info. Our focus is with classes from 2000 to current. The names on our database are only shared (with permission) with class reunion committees. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln Alumni Association! I hope you and yours have a happy and safe holiday season!
Beth (Baker) Albright ’83, justagall -at- mchsi -dot- com
Loretta Rizzuti cordially invites the Lincoln Class of 1973 to a Christmas party at 7 PM on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at the Park Avenue Pub, the unofficial headquarters of the class. I recommend the Italian sausage sandwich.
Jill Hoffman offers some advice in dealing with aging parents:
DID YOU KNOW…..
That we have someone (maybe more but unaware) in our Class who could help you with questions and concerns regarding your aging parents, aunts, uncles, and family and friends. Many years ago, I called Mary Smith Bertogli to get some information to help me through a situation with my then 80 year old Mother. She was quick to drop off information that was so helpful to me. Since that time, Mary has her own business with another owner Nurse friend of hers. Together they started Aging Advocates located in the Park Fair Mall next to the Senior Center on the lower level. Mary has been a “God Send” to me. Not only has Mary been a friend in the last 20 plus years but also she has been a “Social Worker”, “Case Manager” and a person you may need in your life.
Mary comes from an “Irish” background and has even offered to cry on demand (all you Irish will know what I’m talking about) for me. I have called her many, many times and certainly have never felt I was being a “pest”. She is a bright spot in our family! There is no need for Mary to solicit your business; she has way more than she ever thought being two years into this venture. Previously she was with Aging Resources (this is where I found her during one of reunions). She did some pioneering work for Visiting Nurses Services helping them get their program off the ground. Mary knows her stuff! She’s quick to act if need be and really helped me through some of the most trying times of my life.
I just wanted you to be aware of Mary Smith Bertogli in case you don’t know where to turn. My personal situation with Mom has improved since Mary has been involved in our lives. Mom felt so good about everything after Mary did an intake for us. Mom was running out of money; and, I certainly did not have the resources to meet her needs for the long haul. We were unaware that some of the services Mom needed were available to her through the “Elderly Waiver”. Your family members can keep their house, car, etc. but cannot have a huge money income. My Dad has been dead 24 years and was a Foreman with Younkers in the Furniture Warehouse which is now the Brown Camp housing facility by the formerly Sec Taylor aka Principal Park….I personally don’t understand renaming these facilities in Des Moines it’s so confusing to me. Mom’s money from Dad’s profit sharing was running out. She didn’t have much money left in savings. There is an income guideline that Mary could address for you. Even if you don’t need a waiver program (which also qualifies the individual for Title 19.
Mom really had to think on all of this–she didn’t want “charity or welfare”. We needed household help–me being the only child–I’m worn to a frazzle! I needed the support, I needed help meeting Mom’s needs, and I was willing to do anything to get it! Mom thought about it for a few days and said yes let’s go with it. This required to dispose of the $8,000.00 in her savings account. Which didn’t take very long to do at all. Mom needed a new roof, furnace and a few minor things for the house. We exhausted her savings and applied for the Elderly Waiver with Mary’s help. Mom qualified and has been getting the Elderly Waiver for a few years now. She is 92 years young. Is very thankful; otherwise she was at a loss as to know where to turn.
If this sounds interesting to you for someone in their senior years that you’re trying to help, give Mary a call–she’ll get you on the right road. Maybe you just have questions–Mary is an excellent source for you to use with no strings attached. Mary’s office number is (515) 244-3070. You can email her at agingadvocatesmb -at- aol -dot- com. Hope this helps someone out there. You don’t need to be in a loss of money situation; you can also go the route we first went which is “private pay”.
Thanks for taking the time to read this; you never know who may have a need in the future.
PS. Aging Advocates has a website at: Aging Advocates Case Management Services
Classmate Joe Oatts father has passed away.
Everett Russell Oatts, 83, passed away October 31, 2010. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 4 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial and military honors at Glendale Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Brooks-Tonini Chapel, 2135 SW 9th St., Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Everett was born April 4, 1927 in Doliver, IA to Cosby and Edna Oatts. He was a WWII Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific. On September 11, 1948 he married Francine Marasco at St. Anthony Catholic Church and one son was born to this union. Everett was affectionately known as “Bump” to his family and “Buzz” to his friends. He was a lifetime member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 33 where he was a plumber until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he remained active in the union, particularly with the Union Heritage Program and he also enjoyed wintering in Florida with Francine. Everett was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Iowa Cubs and the Hawkeyes. He was also very active at the downtown YMCA where he made many friends. Everett will be remembered as a man who instilled a positive work ethic in those he met as well as a man who greatly loved his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Francine, in 2004; parents; and two brothers: William and Jack Oatts.
He will be loving remembered by his son, John (Sandy) Oatts; two grandchildren: Jenifer Oatts and Matthew (Cassandra) Oatts; two great-grandchildren: Kaden and Anyah; brother-in-law, Mike (Kay) Marasco; sister-in-law, Kathy (Joe) Cortese; and numerous friends.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 33 Unemployed Workers Fund.
You can send your condolences to Joe & Sandy at 6709 Starview Street back home in DMIA.
Eggheads doing research on personalities discovered that however you were as a kid, you’re pretty much the same forty years later:
Character is destiny.
Our classmate, Craig Newton, has been having a rough time health-wise in the last month. His step-father passed away about a month ago. He started feeling chills at the funeral, which he thought was the flu but in fact was septic shock from a long-standing foot problem. He went to his daughter’s graduation from U of I the next day but fell terribly ill, going straight to the hospital where it sounds like it was touch and go for some days. He recovered but his doctors decided to amputate his right foot and lower leg, which was done June 3rd. He was in therapy for a couple weeks, but did so well they sent him home early. He’s due to get a prosthetic leg soon, though there is some prep work to be done fitting him for that.
He sounded pretty drained immediately after the event as you might expect but has regained his good spirits. I’m sure Noot would enjoy some cards and calls conveying some Lincoln love at 2240 130th Street in Winterset; 306-8439.
Sandy Zavalla visits Dave Bowen, her long time love:
This is the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. It is a magnificent place to honor Dave and all our fallen heroes.
I miss him everyday. He will always be in my heart.