S: THE PIRATE UPDATE 2011
BC: Skip Day 1961 | A special thank you for the information and pictures Rosella put together in 1991.
FC: THE PIRATE UPDATE 2011
1: Class of 1961 - Baby Pictures
2: Faculty | Mr. Bullis Superintendent - Math | Mr. George Principal - Commerce | Mr. Freije Science-Phys. Ed- Drivers Ed | Miss Nevramon Home Ec. | Mr. Bergstad History - Music | Mr. Schlauch Shop - Phys Ed | Mr. Ray - English
3: 1961 CLASS WILL Before we graduated, we willed our “assets” to our underclassmen. The following excerpt is from the March 17, 1961 issue of “The Steele Pirate.” I, YVONNE MALUSKI, will my ability to get good grades in History to Dave McIntosh and Gene Fettig in hopes that they will pass the course this year. I also will my ability to go steady to Jean Edwards so that she will be sure of a date at all times next year. I, MELVIN MARTIN, will my ability to keep Mr. Schlauch from getting mad to Bonnie McCabe. I, CRYSTAL NELSON, will my suntan to Stephana Makedonsky and Rita DeWitz. I, DARLA SISCO, will my ability to be on time to Carol Mahin in hopes she won’t miss out on anything next year. I, ALBERTA UMPHREY, will my mathematical ability to Carolyn Specht and Renee Richards. I, CLYDE WHITMORE, will my ability to aggravate Mr. George to Bing Maluski. I, SANDRA WENTZ, will my baby-sitting ability to Hazel Horn so she may be better prepared to raise the twelve children she plans to have. I also will my ability to remember things to Karen Brusven in hope she will not be so forgetful next year. I, LAVONNE YOUNG, will my height to Deloris Martin so she can see over the steering wheel as she drives. As a Group, we willed the following: We, the seniors, will our ability to cooperate with each other to the Junior Class. We, the seniors, will our ability to make money to the Sophomores. We, the seniors, will our vast knowledge to the Freshmen. We, the seniors, will to Mr. Bullis our ability to be at classes on time. We, the seniors, will to Mr. George our quiet study halls. We, the seniors, will to Mr. Bergstad all our finished PDP questions. We, the seniors, will to Mr. Freiji our broken lab equipment. We, the seniors, will to Mr. Schlauch our feeble excuses from Phy Ed. We, the seniors, will to Miss Nevramon our neatness. We, the seniors, will to Mrs. Mullen our quietness. Some of us had high hopes for the future. The following is an excerpt from the March 17, 1961 issue of “The Steele Pirate.” Let’s see how many of us reached that goal! Rosella Makesonsky – Get fat Shirley Kramlick – Go to Fargo Dianne Janke – Go to college George Jansen – Graduate Melvin Martin – Get Out of this Prison Harley Kluksdal – Become a Professional Ballplayer
4: Buzz Argent | Basketball 1,2,3,4 Boys’ State 3 Basketball Capt. 3,4 Student Council 1,2 Football 1,2,3,4, Class Officer 3 Football Capt. 3,4 Class Play 3,4 Baseball 1,2,4 Annual Bus. Mger. 4 Track 1 Paper Staff 4 Lettermen’s Club 1,2,3,4 | 1991: Buzz and I both attended Concordia College in Moorhead after graduation. I graduated in 1964 and spent a year teaching in Halstad MN. We were married after Buzz graduated in 1965. Buzz started teaching math in Moorhead, and I taught in Fargo. Our first child, David, was born in 1971, but only lived for six months. Stacy was born in 1972. She just graduated from high school and will be attending Drake University next fall. Jim was born in 1974 and will be a junior in high school. Buzz is currently teaching algebra at Moorhead High and coaching wrestling at the junior high level. He just completed his 26th year. I took about 10 years off to stay home with the kids. I am currently teaching at Moorhead Junior High. Our summers are spent at the farm in Steele where Buzz is in partnership with his brother, John. It’s hard to believe that 30 years have passed since high school graduation, but they have been great years and lots of good things have happened to us.
5: Sandra Wentz Argent | Pep Club 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 2,4 Cheerleader 3,4 Class Play 3,4 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4 FHA 1,2,3,4 Girls’ Chorus 1,2,3,4 Annual Staff 4 Band 1,2,3,4 Paper Editor 4 Student Council 1 Girls’ State 3 Homecoming Queen 1 | 2011: Wow! Fifty years goes fast. Buzz retired from teaching in January, 2000 after 34 1/2 years, all in Moorhead. I continued to teach for three more years retiring in January, 2003. We were finally able to take a winter vacation--we went on our first cruise and spent time in Arizona with Sandy's parents. That summer we fixed up the old farm house on Buzz's grandpa's farm southeast of Steele. The following year we sold our home in Moorhead and moved to Steele permanently. We have done a lot of work--built a garage, a new well house, and finally an addition to the old house. We hired contractors for the addition, but Buzz worked with them and did all the finishing work. When it comes to fixing and building there is not much he cannot do. We put in a large garden every year, have a raspberry patch, several flower beds, and a large lawn. We had to put up a fence so we wouldn't keep extending the yard. We have a home in Arizona, and we spend four months there every year. We love to golf, bowl, lawn bowl, line dance, play bridge, and enjoy the almost constant sunshine. Our daughter Stacey is in Hartford, CT, where she works for the Hartford Symphony as a financial manger, and Jim is in Pewaukee, WI, where he works as a trader for Wells Fargo. Steele is a great place to live, and we enjoy being back here. We have good health which is the ultimate blessing so "Life Is Good."
6: Marvin Barnick | Dawson 1,2 Track 1,2 Basketball 1,2,3 Boxing 2 Basketball Capt. 1,2 Letterman’s Club 1,2,3 Football 3 Class Officer 1,2,4 Baseball 1,2 Class Play 3,4 | 1991: I have been in the trucking business since 1962. I haul cattle and hay. I farmed in Dawson for 7 years until I lost the lease on the land. Now, I’m self-employed as a trucker. I have 6 brothers and 5 sisters living. I still live in Steele. I love life as my brother, Harley, does. I’m still born and raised as my brother, John Wayne, and I’m still wild. | 2011 | 1991: After I left high school, I joined the Air Force. That took me to Texas, California and to Minot ND where I was discharged in 1966. I got married for the first time and was married from 1966-1974. This was the same year I went to work for the Police Force and then I went to work for Coca Cola and worked undercover in law enforcement until early 1979. A lot of people, even those I was very close to, didn’t know what my involvement was. It was a life in the fast lane, which I look back on now and it scares me. In very late 1979, I moved from Seattle to Bismarck and worked for a beer wholesale company where I was a beer salesman until 1984. I was seriously hurt and lost my job. I was rehabilitated until late 1988. I started my own business the spring of 1989 doing yard work and am still doing that. Oh, yes, I was married for the second time in 1975 and was divorced in 1985. I enjoy traveling. I have been to all but 15 of the states. I also enjoy reading, dancing, being involved with Parents Without Partners. I am actively involved with car races and have many other interests. I’m looking forward to seeing all of my classmates in June. | George Jansen | Basketball Mgr 1,2,3,4 Football 3,4 Mix Chorus 2 Paper Staff 4 Boys’ Chorus 2 Class Play 4
7: Kathleen Barta Karstensson | 1991: After graduating from high school, I attended Jamestown College, Bismarck Junior College, and graduated from North Dakota State University I’ve taught English in two California districts, one in Ohio, and am presently teaching in Henderson NV. There I am involved as an advisor to our high school Key Club. After the birth of my first daughter, Kristina, I stayed at home and was a full-time mother. After a change in marital status, and the entry of my younger daughter, Linne, into full-time school, I returned to teaching, first as a substitute for two years, and now full time. Besides correcting papers, I shuttle Kristina to tennis lessons, clinics and matches and Linne to roller skating five times a week. Many of our week- ends are spend in California and Arizona at tennis tourna- ments and skating meets. If keeping busy keeps one young, I don’t have to worry about those fifteen double years since our high school graduation. | 2011: After teaching English for 12 years in one Henderson high school, I switched to another for my last 7 years of teaching. I taught a total of 29 years and substituted for 4. Even though the years have given some medical challenges, God has compensated me well with great grown children, retirement, and grandchildren. My daughter Linne is married to Tony, who is a financial planner, while she is a local realtor. Since they live close to me, we often get together. Kris, my older daughter, lives in Denver with her husband, Ryan, an engineer, while she works for Teletek. They have two beautiful children, Emma 4, and Owen 2. It is fun to visit them. I retired almost 3 years ago and LOVE it. I had been a Key Club advisor, an international community service organization, so I have continued to work with that group in the high school where I taught. I also joined Kiwanis and love the people in the organization. It is the parent group of Key Club, so I get lots of community service hours. I have always loved computers so now have the time to hone those skills. I have been scanning old family photos and making digital photo books, working on my ancestry, trying to find time to redecorate and work on crafts. Life is good! | Pep Club 1,2,3,4 Class Play 3,4 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4 FHA 1,2,3,4 Girls Chorus 1,2,3,4, FHA Off 1,2,4 Vocal Ensemble 3,4 Annual Editor 4 Band 1,2,3,4 Librarian 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 1,3 Paper Ass't Ed 4 | Tony & Linne | Emma & Owen | Kris, Ryan, Emma & Owen
8: Larry Brusven | Boy’s State 3 Class Play 4 Paper Staff 4 | 1991: I grew up on a farm 2 miles northwest of Steele with 2 brothers and 3 sisters. I attended elementary school in a one room 4 miles west of Steele. I attended high school in Steele. Then I attended North Dakota State School of Science for two winters and then one winter at Briercrest Bible Institute of Carronport, Saskatchewan. In the spring of 1962 I began farming some rented land. In 1971 and 1972 we purchased the farm where we now live. I married Shirley Zeiszler of Halliday ND in 1967. We have two children; Meredith and Miriam. | 2011: We both decided to retire about four years ago in 2007. We continue to live on the farm we purchased in 1971-72. Larry still helps James, our son-in-law, with the farming and helps haul grain once in a while, too. Shirley enjoys gardening, flowers and yard work in the summer, and traveling every chance she gets. We love being close to the grandkids. We can take in all their school things, ball games, school plays, etc. We have spent the past two winters going south for a short spell and thoroughly enjoy the warmer temperatures. Our highlight this past winter was touring the Grand Canyon. We traveled from Las Vegas to see the “Sky Walk” and when we were in Arizona we saw the South Rim of the Canyon. What a spectacular site. Hoover Dam & the new bridge came in second. What an awesome facility. Even after we returned home in March, we still had a rough winter. We are hoping to make the trip south an annual event. We love being retired. Retirement agrees with us and comes highly recommended. Meredith is married to James Cusey and they live on a farm north of Steele. They have four children: Austin – 11; Steven – 9; Joel – 6; and Ashlyn - 4. Miriam is married to Chad Troitte and they live in Grand Forks, ND. She works at a bank and he works for the city of East Grand Forks. | Meredith & James Austin, Steven, Joel, Ashlyn | Miriam & Chad
9: Richard (Dick) Erickson | Baseball 1,2,4 Boy’s Chorus 1,2,3,4 Basketball 1,2,3,4 Vocal Ensemble 2,3,4 Basketball Capt.3, 4 Vocal Solo 2,3,4 Football 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 1 Football Capt. 3,4 Student Council 3,4 Track 1, 2 Annual Bus. Mger. 4 Class Play 3, 4 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4 Band 2 Paper Staff 4 Lettermen’s Club 1,2,3,4 | 1991: 1961-1971 Combined college (degree in Business) with 4 years in the US Marine Corps (helicopter pilot with 340 combat missions in Viet Nam). I married Diane Dearinger, Pensacola FL in 1968. 1971-1981 Introduced and started my present career in the retail tire industry. We started and nurtured three stores with 4 partners during this period. We sold our interest in 1980. Rick was born in 1971; Angie 1974; Katherine 1977, and Elizabeth in 1980. Busy 10 years! 1981-1991 Diane and I started our own company in 1981. We have built seven new stores during these last 10 years. After many moves during the first 20 years, we have settled in Jacksonville as of 1981. I have much to be thankful for; my North Dakota heritage; my family; my relatives; my friends and a roof over my head. The past has been good and I’m looking forward to a challenging future. | 2011: Diane and I are empty nested here in Jacksonville, but our four children and their families are all in the metro area - eight grandchildren at the present time. We’re doing fine and have much to be thankful for. Our tire company has grown. We’re building our eleventh store this year. One of my son in-laws has joined the company so my day to day involvement is slowing down. We’re motivated to keep our company strong for our customers and employees.
10: Dianne Janke Dronen | Pep Club 1,2,3,4 FHA 1,2,3,4 Pep Club Off 2,3 FHA Off 2,3,4 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4 Annual Staff 3,4 Girls’ Chorus 1,2,3,4 Librarian 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 1,2 Paper Staff 4 Class Play 3,4 | 1991: Dwight and I both have 2-year degrees from Bismarck Junior College. We were married in 1963. We have 2 children and 2 grandsons. Kim is a full time student working on her nursing degree and also holds down 2 part time jobs. She has 2 little boys. Justin is 3 and Casey is 2. They are full of lots of vinegar. We sure do enjoy them. Tim (Charlie) lives on the farm with us. Charlie farms at Driscoll. He bought Dwight’s folks’ farm 2 years ago. He has hogs and runs his cattle here at Steele with ours. Dwight and I have farmed for almost 28 years. It’s been a lot of long hard hours of work and togetherness, but we have always enjoyed a close family life. We rented land and lived on Dwight’s folks’ farm from 1963-1967. In 1967 we bought our own farm. We have always milked, and in 1972 we built a modern dairy barn. In 1980 we bought the Janke Family Farm and moved to Steele. We sold our farm in Driscoll in 1982. We continue to raise beef cattle, grain and dairy. The years have been good and bad, but we are thankful to be able to survive. Thirty years have passed and we are still faithful Pirate fans. Dwight and I attend all of the football and basketball games that we can. It was great to see the Pirates make it to the State Class B Tournament this year where they placed 4th. | 2011: I continue to live on the farm south of Steele. I am not retired and I still have the H and R Block Franchise in Steele. I am pretty much kept busy all year with this and also I have a Bookkeeping Service and do that and payroll all year. Our busiest months of course are December through April. I am fortunate to be able to do this. Without a good employee I would not be able to. Dwight passed away in April of 2005. I feel very fortunate to have something to keep me busy. My daughter Kim lives in Bismarck and is an RN at St Alexius Medical Center and at the Regional Medical Center. She has three boys. Her two oldest boys, Justin and Casey, are college students and Tanner will be a sixth grader. Justin and Melissa have a son Braden who is three. So that makes me a great- grandmother. Tim (Charlie) lives across the creek from me and farms the home place and also farms where Dwight grew up north of Driscoll. He bought it from his Grandma back in the 80’s. He is married to Angi Eider. Between them they have 7 children. Cody Dwight is 7 months. Hallie is attending the Hair Academy in Fargo. She will be done in October and plans on moving back to Bismarck. Payden and Wyatt will both be in high school this coming year. Jesse, Angi’s oldest, will graduate in 2011. Dana will be a freshman and Beau will be a seventh grader. Angi works at DOT in Bismarck. I do a little traveling each year - just a few days at a time. Since Dwight passed away I try to make it to my brother, Tom and Mary’s, each year around his birthday. Last year I also made it to Boise and Missoula. This year I have a niece getting married on the Florida Keys in October and plan on going there. | Hallie Payden | Justin, Melissa and Braden | Wyatt Cody Dwight | Tanner
11: Harley Kluksdal | Driscoll 1,2,3 Boys’ Chorus 4 Basketball 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 1,2,3 Baseball 1,2,3,4 Class Play 4 Lettermen’s Club 4 Annual Staff 3,4 Mixed Chorus 4 Paper Staff 4 | 1991: After high school, I attended college at Valley City ND off and on until I went into the US Army in 1966. I spent a year in Viet Nam. After my army service, I got into the construction industry. I have been a heavy equipment operator since 1970, belonging to the International Union of Operating Engineers. I married in 1971 and divorced in 1982. I have resided in Colorado since 1970, and also spent one year working in Arizona. Although Colorado is now home to me, I still make it back to North Dakota at least once a year. Someone has to keep an eye on Marvin!! Looking forward to seeing all my old classmates and fellow alumni in the Steele- Dawson area. | 2011: In 1985 I returned to Colorado and worked for a pair of brothers who had their own back hoes. We worked mostly for bigger companies by the hour. Most of our jobs were on new projects like schools, commercial sites, etc. I moved a lot to be close to our work. Finally I found an old farmstead N. E. of Denver in 2003. It's in a family estate and we've made it very cozy. I enjoy the upkeep of the yard, garden, etc. In 2006 I retired from heavy construction work with 36 years as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Also in 2006, I started to draw my Social Security. I hope to meet a lot of my old classmates in June - it's been so long since I've seen them. I've often looked back on my life and I always seem to remember 1960 and 61 as the most enjoyable time of my life. I'm looking forward to seeing you all. Thanks for having me as a classmate.
12: Pep Club 1,2,3,4 Student Council 2,3 Cheerleader 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 4 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4 Class Play 3,4 Girls’ Chorus 1,2,3,4 FHA 1,2,3,4 Band 1,2,3,4 FHA Officer 1,3,4 Orchestra 4 Annual Staff 4 Saxophone Solo 2,3,4 Paper Staff 4 Homecoming Attendant 4 | Yvonne Maluski Anderson | 1991 – I graduated from Valley City State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In March of 1965, I married Don Odegard of Milnor, ND. We moved to Bloomington MN where I taught school for 2 years. We then moved back to Valley City where Don completed his degree and I taught 3rd grade at Washington School. In 1968, we moved to Milan MN where Don began his teaching career. We have remained in Milan for 23 years. I have taught full time, but now am doing substitute teaching. While in Milan, we had three children. Peter is 22 years old now. Julie passed away in a car accident 3 years ago at the age of 16 1/2. Maureen is a junior in high school. | 2011- Our family moved to Granite Falls in 1992 where Don was Superintendent of Schools. He had a heart incident which eventually took his life. In 1998 I was married to Richard Anderson. We are both retired and currently living in Starbuck, MN. My son Peter, his wife Sarah, and 5 children live in south Minneapolis. My daughter , Maureen, is an Asst. Principal in Eagan, MN and lives in South St. Paul, MN. Rich’s son and his wife live in Maple Grove, MN. We enjoy biking, camping, golfing and cross-country skiing. Retirement is great! I love to visit with people so I volunteered with Hospice when we lived in Appleton. That was a very rewarding experience. Now that I have moved I have gotten involved in our church. There are many wonderful women there with whom I associate. When I am at home I like to read, knit and bake. Growing flowers is a special treat for me. Rich does the vegetables so we don't mix up each other's hobbies. My grandchildren bring so much joy to my life. They are each special in their own way. We try to get to the cities to see them at least once a month. | Back row: Yvonne, son Peter, husband Rich. Front row: daughter Maureen, Gabrielle, Uncle Howard, Cecilia, Olivia, Sam, Jack
13: Melvin Martin | 1991: I’m still working for Schultz Creamery. I’ve been there 22 years. We have lived in Bismarck for 26 years. We bought a trailer home 15 years ago and still live there. We had our 25th wedding anniversary April 5, 1989. Shirley was born and raised in Bismarck. She graduated from BHS. Our daughter, Denise, was also born and raised in Bismarck. She graduated from BHS and Josef Hair Design. She married Darren Landseidel from McClusky on July 29, 1989. She passed away November 29, 1990. Our other daughter, Melissa, was born and raised in Bismarck and graduated in May 1991. She plans to go to beauty school, too. We enjoy picnicking, fishing and camping out. I think that’s all. See you in June. | Class Play 4 Paper Staff 4 | 2011: I am still working part time 3-4 days a week. I deliver groceries to convenience stores - mostly gas stations in Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Mobridge and the Minot area. I also work for Ramblin Auction sales. I like going to auction sales and rummage sales. Shirley works part time, also. She works for a day care center as a cook. She likes to read and watch movies. Our daughter, Melissa, is married to Paul Pennington. They have no children, but 1 spoiled dog. They live and work in Bismarck, also. | Melissa & Paul with Tasha
14: Crystal Nelson Martin | Pep Club 1,2,3,4, Girls’ Chorus 1,2 Mixed Chorus 1,2 Class Play 4 Paper Staff 4 | 1991: Hilbert and I were married September 27, 1961 in a Lutheran Church south of Tappen. We moved to Bismarck and Hilbert has worked for Land O’Lakes for 30 years. He delivers milk and dairy products to the schools. We have 2 daughters – Sherry Lambert and Audrey Martin, and one grandson, Brandon Lambert. I’ve spent 23 years doing child care in my home. This is a year around job. My hobbies are: reading, walking, gardening, cooking and backing, crafts, and bowling on a couple's league. We are both active in our church, Faith Lutheran Church. We especially enjoy spending time with our grandson, Brandon Lambert who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. | 2011: Hilbert and I were married in 1961. We moved to Bismarck. Hilbert retired after 35 years with Land O’Lakes and has worked for Bismarck Public Schools for 15 years. I have had a Day Care in my home for 43 years. It is a year round job. We have two daughters, Sherry Richardson, who has a son, Brandon Lambert, and Audrey who has 3 stepsons. The girls live in Bismarck and Mandan. I continue to enjoy walking, cooking, baking, gardening and especially reading. We are very active in our church, Faith Lutheran, and doing volunteer work for other organizations. We enjoy spending time with our family and the grandsons who are now grown up and in college.
15: Darla Sisco Hatlestad | 1991: After high school, I moved to Fargo ND and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Also I attended Moorhead State University for one year. I did live in California for one year, but have lived in Minnesota for the past 21 years. I stayed home with my children and also helped out in our business. We owned a service station and bulk plant for 19 years. My husband, Silas, went to work for a road construction company after selling our business. Now, I am working in an elementary school as secretary to the principal. I really enjoy my job and working with the kids. We live in the country on 22 acres of woods. We also have a trailer at the lake, which we enjoy very much. We like to travel and have taken many trips to various places. All of our children live near us and we see them often. Scott is married with 2 children. John is married with one child. Yvette is married and expecting her first child. Wayne and Brent still live at home so we are kept busy. | Pep Club 1,2,3,4 Girls’ Chorus 1,2,3 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3 Class play 3,4 Paper Staff 4 | 2011: Can’t believe it has been 50 years. Are we really that old? I am retired now after working 17 years as an administrative secretary for the Willmar, MN school district. Enjoying retirement have the aches and pains of getting older but keeping busy. I love to read, travel, quilt, wood carve and any other new crafty thing that comes my way. We have six living children and one deceased son - five sons and one daughter who all live in the state of Minnesota. We have eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. It's hard to get everyone together but a full house when we do. My mother is still living and in a nursing home. She just celebrated her 86th birthday. My husband is also retired but we live in a wooded area so he keeps busy with yard work, etc. I don’t get back to North Dakota much but have kept in contact one classmate so find out what is going on.
16: Rosella Makedonsky Knopf | 1991 – After graduating from high school, I worked for the telephone company in Fargo, moved to Mpls. in 1967 and continued to work for the telephone company and others. I went to Europe twice; once for 3 weeks to England and Germany and once for 2 months where we traveled all over Europe. I decided to take a break in December 1973 and moved to Aspen CO to work as a maid at the T Lazy 7 Guest Ranch and ski for the winter. I decided to stay for the summer and in May 1974, I met Jerry, who was riding in a rodeo. We moved to Denver and were married in Nov. 1974. Justin was born in June 1980. He’s a pretty smart kid who loves art, sports, and video games. In 1983 we were reunited with Alicia who was 12. She lived in Ariz. and now lives in Olympia WA. She is a good artist and a beautiful girl. In October 1990, Jerry was reunited with Jon who he hadn’t seen since he was a baby. Jon is a commercial fisherman. We are planning a trip to CA in August so that we can all be together as a family for the first time. In most families the newest kid is the youngest. In our case, the newest kid is 9 years older than the last. We enjoy snowmobiling, camping, fishing, traveling, photography, reading and skiing, when we can afford it. Jerry has worked for a ready-mix concrete company for 15 years, first as a driver and now as an operating engineer. I have worked for the city of Northglenn as Internal Affairs Coordinator for 15 years. In the fall, I plan to go back to school for a degree in Business Management. By the time I finish, I’ll be ready to retire. We have lived in our present home since 1978. We can see Pike’s Peak to the south and the Rocky Mountains to the west. | 2011: A lot has changed since this picture was taken. Jerry passed away in 8/92. In Mar. 1995, I married Duane Knopf and became a stepmom to 4 teenagers. We now have 8 grandchildren. We retired in 2001 and moved from CO to UT. We spent 10 wks in Alaska volunteering at the Totem Bight Park before returning to UT to move into our new home. Since 2002, we have become snowbirds in Yuma, AZ, exploring the mtns. and desert around Yuma. In Hyrum, UT, we camp, fish, garden and everything outdoors. In 1996, Duane was diagnosed with a muscle disease, and, although it slows us down, we still keep active. Three of our children live close to us, one is in Mesquite, NV and Justin is a police officer in CO. I wish I could be there for our 50th reunion, but, God willing, I will see you at our 55th. | Justin | Duane & Rosie | Duane's Janeece and family | Duane's Hillary and Family | Duane's Zak & family | Duane's Adam
17: LaVonne Young Nix | Band 1,4 FHA 1,2,4 Paper Staff 4 | 1991: I graduated from college in 1965 and was married on December 29 of that year. I taught school for several years before becoming a full-time homemaker. We lived in Mandan for 10 years where my husband, Robert, was employed as a vocational trades instructor at the ND State Industrial School. We built our own home north of Steele on the family farm and this is where we currently reside. Robert likes to build, so we usually have some projects under construction. Robert continued to teach for another 10 years as we became more involved in ranching. Our five children include: Jody, who is married and lives in Bismarck with her husband, Gary and daughter, Jill; Ronda who will graduate from the University of Mary this spring and will begin work on her PhD in biochemistry this summer at NDSU; Sherri is a first year college student at Bismarck State College; Lori is a junior at Steele-Dawson High School; and Shawn is an eighth grader. Robert is President of the school board and has so far presented three of the kids with their diplomas. As a family we enjoy traveling and try to fit a trip into our schedule every summer. | 2011: We still live on our ranch north of Steele. Our kids are all married and we have 10 grandchildren. Our son, Shawn and family, live nearby and we babysit their 3-year old daughter when her mother works in Mandan. Shawn has taken care of most of the farm and ranch work since we became senior citizens. At age 62 it was time to make some changes, so we went to a Harley- Davidson shop and bought a new Ultra Classic touring bike. I ride on the back seat so get to see everything and feel the freedom of the road. We have been on group rides in northern Minnesota and the Black Hills. We also enjoy the charity rides. I never run out of things to do or think about. I care for a yard full of threes and plants and am always looking for something I don’t have that will grow in our ND climate. Most of my days are ordinary days and that’s good. I have experienced having to make a 911 call and am thankful for any other kind of day. Family continues to be most important to me.
18: Former classmates | Tom Janes | Renee Regner Blotsky | 1959 | 2006 | 2006 | 1991: I started working at the Bank of Steele in February 1962, residing in Steele until 1978. I moved to Polson MT where I worked at the First Citizen Bank until 1989 and am presently residing in the Great Falls MT area. I have two daughters: Rosalind, who lives in Great Falls MT and is employed by System Seven Beauty Salon, and Shelly, who lives in Steele and is busy raising my special grandson, Joshua. | Shirley Kramlick | Mixed Chorus 3 Class Play 3,4 Girls' Chorus 3 Paper Staff 4
19: Karen Geidt Grey | JoyAnn Josephson Holsten | Wing is hometown. Moved to Steele for my sophomore and junior high school years, back to Wing and graduated there. Have lived in Jamestown before moving to Hardin MT and then Billings. Spent most years in Colorado Springs Colorado. Raised 4 children there. Son and family are still in C/S and two daughters and families in Denver area. Another daughter is closer to us and lives in Cando ND with her family. I also have a great grandson in C/S. Moved back to Wing in 1994 and have so enjoyed being back here to the small town ways and being more involved in community activities. I am currently working at Wing Public School as a librarian aide and I can’t say enough about that job. I interact with the students everyday, mostly with the lower grades. When the day comes that I don’t look forward to going to work, I will retire??? My long time friend, Larry Koffler and I enjoy traveling and with “grandchildren” at a distance, we have to see them! We want to do more in ND short trips?? Three months sometimes is too short and I’m not ready to quit working yet. We like to plant a garden every year and work in the yard. We are both active in our small church and I’m on the city council. (Would dislike big town problems!) I also organize blood drives for Wing Ambulance Squad. So far health is good and no big major things going on in my life that can’t be handled. Looking forward to seeing the Class of 1961 JoyAnn Holsten | 1958 | 2011 | I was married in 1961 to Larry Grey in San Jose, Ca. Got my teaching credential in 1969 from San Jose State! Just retired in 2008~We have 3 married children and 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Live in Rohnert Park, Ca, but enjoy our home in South Lake Tahoe!
20: In Memoriam | 1991: After graduation, I spent 3 years in the Army, serving in Korea. I married Michelle Graner, who is a nurse from Mandan on May 14, 1966. I attended NDSCS, then taught welding at Hutchinson VoTech for 15 years. I am now a federal employee with the US Defense Dept at White Sand Missile Base. Our son, Stacy is with the United States Navy stationed in Japan. Russell attends high school in Las Cruces. | Dick Adams | Marvin Binder | Kelly Hoff | Basketball 1 Class Off 1 Boys' Chorus 1 Mixed Chorus 1 Lettermen's Club 1 Paper Staff 4
21: Unable to contact Rosette Makedonsky Alberta Umphrey Clyde Whitmore | 1991: I worked for 10 years in the medical profession in hospitals and nursing homes in the capacity of nursing assistant and hospital switchboard ambulance dispatch. I worked the last twenty years in the household goods transportation business, starting as a receptionist, tariff and rates analyst and finally as an operation/office manager. [Clara has a son, Alan, who is 27, and a daughter, Cheryl, who is 24. She also has two grandchildren, Alyson and Alexandra.] Currently, I’m going into a partnership business in Redding CA. The business is a metaphysical book store retailing self help audio and video tapes, books, crystal jewelry and other items, i.e. pewter sculptures with mineral bases as well as hosting metaphysical type classes. Because we are just getting started in our business, I won’t be able to attend our 30th class reunion in 1991, but I have already marked my calendar for 1996. See you then. | Clara Lou Glandt | Pep Club 1,2,3,4 Student Council 4 Mixed chorus 1,2,3,4 Class Officer 2,3 Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,4 Class Play 3,4 Band 1,2,3,4 Annual Staff 4 Drum Solo 3,4 Paper Staff 4 Homecoming Queen Attendant 4
22: Previous Reunions | 1981 | 1986 | 1976
23: 1991 | 1996 | 2006
25: Graduation Ceremony "THE GOLDEN AGE IS BEFORE US NOT BEHIND US"
27: 1961 Yearbook Staff: Back Row: Donnie M., Carol G., Ardyce R., Gene F., Rob F., Sandy W., Francene H., Robert N., and Harley K. Front Row: Cathi B., Bing M., Dianne J., Yvonne M., Buzz A., Dick E., and Mary B. | 1961 Paper Staff: Back Row: Melvin M., Darla S., Shirley K., Crystal N., Rosella M., LaVonne Y., Clyde W., Rosella M., Larry B., Clara G., Kelly H., Alberta U., Dick A., and George J. Front Row: Cathi B., Dianne J., Yvonne M., Sandy W., Buzz A., Dick E., Harley K., and Marvin B.