The Dirks Newsletter

May 2012

"Touched by a Rainbow from the Land of Oz"

The Dirks Newsletter is compiled monthly and mailed around the 5th. The newsletter is mailed to those who write each month and to those who are unable to write due to health reasons.The purpose of the newsletter is to provide material for those doing genealogy research and to keep family and friends aware of current events. Please send your inputs to ďThe Dirks Newsletter", 410 S. Westview Derby, KS 67037. The newsletter will be posted on the website††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


GOWRIE - Elvera Peterson, of Gowrie, will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 1. Cards may be sent to her at the Gowrie Care Center, 1808 Main St, Gowrie, IA 50543.

†††† Her family includes Linda and Dennis Carlson, of Milford; Rod and Barb Peterson, of Gowrie; and Delmar Peterson, of Knierim. She has 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband Harold and son Leon are deceased.

††††† Elvera Abens was born May 1, 1922, in Gilmore City, and graduated from high school in 1940. She married Harold Peterson on Jan. 27, 1946. They farmed in the Knierim area for many years. The couple wintered in Florida, where she moved after her husband's death. She later moved to Farnhamville, entering the Gowrie Care Center in 2010.


Congratulations to our Graduates

Cole Bucher----Windom, MN

Andrew Dirks----Wichita Home School

David Dirks----Wichita Home School

Skyler Foley----Storm Lake High, Storm Lake, IA

Zebadiah Ihnen----Southeast Missouri State University

Alanna Jean Piercy----Storm Lake High, Storm Lake, IA

Trisha K. Hoffmann----Creighton University, Omaha, NE






Our Veterans


Eldon Arends US Army WWII

James Frank Claiborne USAF Vietnam (Retired)

Steve Claiborne US Marines Operation Desert Storm

William Russell Claiborne US Navy

Cody Carlson, US Navy 2012- Active

Floyd Crouch US Army 1966 to 1968 Vietnam Veteran

Alfred Dirks US Army WWII

Darvin R. Dirks USAF 1968 - 1972) Vietnam

Darold Dirks US Army

Duane Dirks USAF Vietnam 1961-1965

Johnny Dirks USAF Korea 1951-1956 Alaska

Richard Dirks USAF 1955-1959 Alaska

Roland Dirks US Army Korea

Dan Galbraith, US Navy (Active)

Albert Gerdes US Army WWI

Loren A Gerdes US Army Korea

SM/Sgt. Nicole Gerhardt USAF, Active

M/Sgt. Darin Giacalone USAF, Active

Jim Harris US Army WWII Korea

William Harris USMC WWII Purple Heart Okinawa 1945 (KIA)

Alvin Hartman US Army Korea

Donald Hartman US Army Korea

Robert Helmers US Army 1964-

Donald Hohensee Army WWII 1942-1945 Purple Heart

Gwendell Hohensee US Air Force Korea

Melvin Dean Hohensee US Army WWII KIA Sicily 1943

Roger Hohensee US Navy

Roland Hohensee US Army 1955-1957 Korea

Ronald Hohensee US Army Reserve

Wayne Hohensee US ArmyWWII 1943-1946

Nathanial Ihnen USMC 2003-Active Purple Heart

Raymond Ihnen WWII Navy

Bradley Just, US Army Gulf War

Gerald Just National Guard

William Langford US Army

John McKnight USAF

Melvin Miller, US Army Vietnam War (KIA)

Jace Piercy USMC (Active)

Jane (Eike) Orton USAF 1971-1979

Eldon Peterson US Navy 1946-1947 Japan

Gary Sanders Air National Guard (Active)

Alva Ray Stephens US Army 1954-1956

Ross Stephens US Army WWII

Clint Staggs USAF

Ruth Skaggs USAF

Paul Walgren USMC

Estelle A Williams US Army Korea

John Yaeger Jr US Navy

Walter Yaeger US Army


Cother, Jason & Katie

1509 Gowrie St

PO BOX 401

Ruthven, Iowa 51358

††††† This is Katie Cother, Barb Lehmanís daughter, in Ruthven Iowa.  Anyway we wanted to let the family know that we are expecting. Due date is Dec. 10th 2012. How exciting, after my cancer and radiation treatments. We are planning on coming to the family reunion, hope to see you there. 

Katie and Family

Dirks, Duane & Inez†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 21 May 2012

133 Archdale Drive

Kingsport TN, 37663

†††† GOOD MORNING! A really beautiful morning here in East TN, blue sky and quiet with the exception of lots of birds doing their singing and the danged 17 year cicadas that at times are almost deafening. Nice to be able to witness one of natureís miracles -- the advent of the re-appearance of the cicadas, but, holy cow are they noisy. First time I heard them I thought that a neighbors Air Conditioning fan motor had really gone bad and was about to blow up. Guess we will have them around for another couple of weeks and then they will disappear for another 17 years, know some politicians that I wish would follow suit.
†††† Old friend James Hartsellís daughter Carol Nichols stopped by yesterday afternoon stayed overnight and has now headed on down the road to visit her Dadís wife now living not far from Charlotte NC. Was really great to see Carol and so wish she could have stayed longer. James was an old military buddy/brother of mine going way back to about 1962 when we first met in Roanoke Rapids NC while both of us worked on the radar site located there. James has since passed but I still miss him!!!
Some yard and garden work to get at soon, need to get the cattle panels in place for the climbing Blue Lake string beans that we like so much and probably do some weeding and run the string trimmer a bit.†††† Plenty to keep me busy for a while so suppose I should get my behind in gear and get at it.

Take CARE I CARE, Duane

Dirks, Edna††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 June 12

12184 175th St W

PO Box 1085

Lakeview, MN 55044

We had a nice week-end last week.  Mark and Lori Caauwe came to bring their daughter, Jamie and Mike out to the airport to fly home to Baton Rouge.  David, Deb and children came over Sat. afternoon.   We had a nice day fishing and swimming with grandkids. 
I have been out working in the yard today.  There is just something about digging in the dirt that is so relaxing.  

Love to everyone, Edna

Dirks, John & Ruth

410 S. Westview

Derby, KS 67037

†††† Things happen during the month---so feel free to add daily news to the DKSNEWS on Google Docs. To get there then just click on DKSNEWS and edit to your heartís content. At the end of each month I will summarize and put it in the Dirks Monthly Newsletter. I will scout Facebook and my emails and try to add this information to DKSNEWS. Facebook is too scattered to find any meaning and I only have so many relatives that show up since I donít do the friends and relatives stuff too often. So many times I only see half of the conversation. Donít worry about your mistakesóI will just add to themJ.
†††† On the third Thursday of the month we go lunch at church (Keenagers) for the old people at noon. I did find and plant some rhubarb plants and okra seedsósince my okra I had from years past didnít spout. Other regular monthly activities are the doctor appointments for checkups.
†††† Things are green and brown hereóthat is good. Haying and corn looks good. Wheat is turning brown and the combines will probably start rolling next weekend for some of the early fields. Most corn is knee high and some is waist high.

John and Ruth

Dirks, Marvin & LaVonne †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30 May 2012

17326 590th St.

Fonda, IA 50574

††††† The month started, out with very stormy weather during the first week in May. Leann and Tom at Pocahontas had 2 Ĺ "of rain and hail for 40 minutes late one evening. She has the pictures to prove the storm was there.

††††† The first and second weekends Marv played horseshoe at Indianola, Boone, and last weekend we went to the Des Moines fairgrounds where 20 some guys played the games. I enjoyed walking on the big deserted fairground area by myself. What a weird feeling that was! In the afternoon we went to Clive and attended a Samuelson graduation party there.

††††† On Sunday Mother's Day we enjoyed buffet at the Pizza Ranch and that evening we all went to the Fort Dodge airport to see Leann's foreign exchange student from 15 years ago arrive with her 2 year old son from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was here for 17 days. Leann tried to keep Cris and Bernado entertained with shopping events and etc. and she visited some of her former classmates. She graduated in Pocahontas her senior year in 1997. She came a week before Zach's high school graduation so she helped in all the planning and preparations Leann had scheduled to do. Kerry's family from Omaha arrived just for the day. Leann and Tom hosted the reception in their home.

††††† Zach had another foot surgery as the metals in one foot were causing a problem. They removed the plate and 4 screws and had to shave the bone off too. He is walking on his heel. On Saturday the next day Leann's took Zach to Cedar Rapids to watch the three electronic cars race that Zach had worked on this year. The competition was very interesting!

††††† On Memorial Day we attended the Veterans Day program at our church cemetery and then proceeded to the Union Cemetery at Pomeroy. The flags were so beautiful blowing in the breeze.

††††† Today is a very sad day for us as Cris and Bernado boarded the 7 a.m. flight at Des Moines to return to her husband and family in Brazil. We shall never forget the happy times we had together here in 2012 and may the memories last forever.

††††† I'm hoping to be very busy soon with your phone calls and messages of our forthcoming get-together this month. Our schedules seem to get busier already but we would love to see you all come again this year. Please call me anytime at 712-288-5384 cell 712-358-0165. E-mail We plan to meet at the Pizza Ranch in Pocahontas.

††††† Prices: Seniors $8.66, Adults $9.62, 12 years and under 60Ę x age. Price includes drinks and taxes. Motels: Pocahontas Inn and Suites: 877-335-4475, Storm Lake Super 8 712-732-3063, Storm Lake Baymont Inn 712-732-1000.

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Broasted or BBQ Chicken

Mashed Potatoes and gravy

French Baked Potatoes

Hot vegetables

Cold Puddings

Lettuce and Salad Bar

Pizzas and Bread Sticks

Hot and Cold Drinks


††††† Want to wish a Happy Father's Day to the guys and may your day be special too. We are thinking and praying for so many of you in our newsletter area. May you enjoy the cool month of June - summer is soon here!

Marv & LaVonne

Eike, Eileen ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 27 May 12

13810 Sheperds Path #232

Prior Lake, MN 55379

††† No swimming today! I still go three times a week for an hour, no aches or pains. My daughter, Mary Ellen from California thought this would be something for me to do. I didnít own a bathing suit but she signed me up and the pool was opened for two months and I am still going at 88. I guess my memory is gone. I only know my daughter and other son and his wife. I donít know any other people but I am getting to know more.

††† I would like to get down to Pomeroy, Iowa. My brother, Karl Gerdes is there. My older brother Loren Gerdes died in 2003.My cousin Marie Acker is in the Pomeroy Care Center. She is a year younger than I am. There are a few others that I know that are at the Pomeroy Care Center.

†† This place has changed in September. A new place opened about 18 miles from here and practically all of the people from here resigned and went to the new place. We have a bunch of foreigners to come and run this place. Some donít speak very good English. A lot of people have died or gone elsewhere. Some rules have changed or are overlooked. It is getting to be a mess.

††††† I see by the Dirks Newsletter that Norine and Dave Bockelmann have moved from Slayton to Windom, closer to Jerry and Linda Just.Their Aunt Eileen (Dirks) Caauwe used to babysit for me at Heron Lake. I had eight children. My older son farms the farm since my husband died unexpectedly at 57 years of age. My son farms900 acres. All of

our children attended college. Norine writes to me now and then. I knew her parents better.

†††† So much for now and hope this finds everyone doing better.Love, Eileen Eike


Hartman, Mary Lou †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 24 May 12

PO Box 574

Manson, IA 50563-0574

††††† Hello Dirks relatives. What a beautiful day weíre having, temps in the 80ís with a chance of showers tomorrow and storms on Wednesday night and possibly Friday and Saturday, hope not. Summer will be here June 20th my two little grandchildren are growing fast. Lila Sha Stuart was born Dec 13, 2011. Her parents are Adam and Shalee I have been busy planting some mini roses and other flowers. My granddaughter gave me three pink lilies for Motherís Day and they are doing well. I have two squirrels that keep me busy feeding them, plus gold finches, robins, grosbeaks and other birds that are new to the feeder. The blackbirds clean up the ground. Boots is doing fine and we go to the park for our walks.

††††† My two little great grandchildren are growing so fast. Adam and Shalee Stuartís little girl Lia is 5 months old (Dec 13, 2011). Gage Hartman was born on January 9, 2012 his parents are Joshua and Jessica Hartman. They live in Denver, CO. Josh works for the Denver Broncos in sports medicine. He enjoys that. Gary and Marline Nimke keep busy. He works as an electrician for the city and Marlene works at the Manson State Bank and is lay minister at St. Johnís Lizard at Palmer. Spencer works for the City of Manson and Heath plays soccer.

††††† I keep busy quilting at St. Johnís at Palmer every Thursday, on Tuesday morning we go to Twin Lakes for breakfast, there are about 10-12 of us. That is enjoyable.

††††† God bless you all and until next month.

Mary Lou

Allan Hohensee†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 12 May 12

1701 Palermo Dr

Sulphus, LA 70663

††††† Hi John, sorry I haven't been keeping in touch too well. I noticed your computer problems, and all kinds of bells and whistle went off. How I wish I had a solution for you. Here's my similar problem. Every Wednesday, we go to Houston. Doesn't matter if I turn my computer off or leave it on, when we return, my internet access is very slow. Sometimes, I can get it back by running a registry cleaner, or other maintenance tools, most of the time I can't. Also, try rebooting both my computer and modem; it will occasionally come back, but usually only after a couple of days. Sometimes, like this past week, it just came back on its own the following Wednesday. Repeated conversations with my internet provider have offered no solutions. How does it know I've gone to Houston? Virus scans, spyware scans show nothing. One thing I hadn't considered is low voltage. I do notice my modem gets pretty warm sometimes. Anyway, if you have any other ideas, or come up with something else, let me know. It's been driving me batty.

††††† We are doing pretty good. Arlene has had lots of problems with the chemo and has been off awhile. She went back on the chemo for two weeks, and then they wouldn't let

her have chemo last week. They've also stopped giving her another chemo as her body just can't tolerate it.

Take care. Hoppy



Hohensee, Gwendell†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19 May 12

3601 Calvert Suite

Lincoln, NE 68506

††††† It was a busy month. Regrettably that included a funeral. He was the last remaining of my Uncles and Aunts on either side of the family. Uncle Hank was 105 last February. He was able to live at home until a few months before his 103rd Birthday. He had been doing well but last Tuesday when I visited him he was not good. The Staff has testing him for infection. He did have pneumonia and was put on antibiotics but by Wednesday he was in Hospice Care. His liver and other organs had shut down. By Friday he was gone. He had a good run and he ran it well. It was mostly us cousins at the funeral. He had outlived his friends.

††††† I still play tennis three times a week, attend a bible class on Thursdays, help put the church bulletins together for all three weekend services at church, and try to spend some time at the office each day. I continue to fight city hall. Last year I got the maximum they could charge us the first year reduced from $18,000 to $13,000 (they can increase it each year based on inflation). This year I got our first billing reduced by $2,200 from what they wanted. Iím still working on changing the bid specifications so our annual costs will be more predictable and so we have more control over potential extra costs.

††††† Monday I go to a graduation in Omaha for my granddaughter, Maureen. She has a soccer scholarship to Midland University. Friday we will make our annual cemetery run. A week from tomorrow I will go to Crab Orchard for the Memorial Day services and lunch with the family.

††††† Best wishes to all for a great summer.


Ihnen, Kerry and Joan††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19 May 12

9452 E 3300 N Rd

Steator, IL 61364

†††† Hi Dirks family, the first weekend in May Kerry and I met in St. Ansgar and travelled with his Mom to the twin cities for Aunt Edna's funeral. It was a wonderful celebration of her life. I spent the next two weeks getting ready for the move to Iowa for the summer.

†††† Since Kerry is still working in Omaha, Nebraska I moved to the stone house we bought in St. Ansgar.The last full day of school was Thurs. May 17 and on Fri. May 18 I had the truck packed with clothes, cats, and the dog to head to St. Ansgar.The following weekend-Memorial Day weekend-Kerry and I pulled the enclosed trailer back to Illinois to pick up my motorcycle and the mower.

†††† So for the summer I will be a resident of Iowa and Kerry will make the 4 hour trip to visit as many weekends as he can. I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying this wonderfully cool weather.

Joanie and Kerry

Ihnen, Mary

410 N 10th St

Northwood, IA 50549

††††† Hello from Northwood on this cool evening.  Seems a week ago almost turned air conditioner on.  This weather isnít helping my aching jointsójust wish it would settle down.  Had circle on May Day then went to Ednaís visitation and funeral on the 4th and 5th.  Stayed up there on Friday night so could visit a little more with Jeffrey, Marcia, and Andrew.  I went with Kerry and Joanie as I donít drive that far anymore. 

††††† I started cutting out quilt pieces the next week, and have been sewing a few of the blocks together but make the mistake of picking up a book.  When I start a book usually have to finish it so cuts into time I should be doing something else.  I helped out at church office on the 14th as secretary wanted to attend her sonís track meet.  Had only one call so just sat and read. 

††††† Went for blood check on the 17th and got the news to come back in two weeks as it had gone way to low.  Kerry and Joanie came week-end of 18th with Joanie starting her stay for summer in their stone house.  Had my eyes checked on the 17th and need to have cataract on left eye removed but could not get in to see the surgeon until 6th of Aug.   Then who knows when he will be able to do itófive years ago when I had right eye done it was only a week after my eye examóthatís how busy he is now.  What a pain!!  Went back today and had blood checked and it was back up so can go a month.  Appointment was at 11:45 so Joanie and I went out to lunch at Wok and Roll then did a little shopping.  A good way to end the month.

 Mary E Ihnen

Killough, Jimmie†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 13 May 12

5400 Walnut Ave Unit 810

Dowers Grove, IL 60515

††††† Cool here today. I am taking my sisters and nieces out for Mothers Day brunch tomorrow. Down south it will be Decoration Day at all of the area church cemeteries.
Mother always placed wreaths on all of hers and my dadís parentís graves as well as those of my baby sisters. I kept that tradition going for many years until I learned that folks in the area were stealing all the wreaths from the graves to sell at flea markets.
How shameful it is too think that people sink that low to do such a deed.

††††† Family tradition is that we wear a white carnation for the Mother's no longer with us and a red one for those still with us. It is a time to honor and reflect on and most of all to give thanks to our Mothers.

††††† Happy Motherís Day to all Moms in all the families.

Jim Killough

Kliewer, Cameron and Charlotte††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15 May 12

9431 Pebblebrook Ct

Wichita, KS 67207

††††† Family/Doctor update: Thanks again for your prayers. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Davidís and Andrewís graduation from high school. I could definitely feel the prayers for my strength.

††††† I had my monthly doctor visit this afternoon. My tumor marker only came down 3 points (I still have 54 points to go to be normal). Needless to say, we are disappointed. The doctor suggested that we... change one of the chemo drugs to see if a new combination will help my numbers drop more significantly. Iím a little nervous about potential side effects of the new drugóhigh blood pressure, possible bowel perforation, kidney problems, etc., but I donít know what else to do. We canít keep doing the present protocol--it would take 18 months to get my tumor marker in the normal range at the current rate. Plus the neuropathy in my feet has been worse this last round. I didnít have the courage to ask the doctor about my prognosis. I knew at the beginning that ovarian cancer is a tough cancer to beat (1 in 3 cure rate), but I continue to have hope. I know that God is the Great Physician and He is the One who ultimately heals, whether by the doctors or a miracle. So I ask you to continue to lift me up in prayer. I really am fighting for my life at this point.

††††† Specific prayer requests: Complete healing


Mary L. McGinley

5060370 Street

Darlington, Missouri 64438

††††† Hello from Missouri, It has been a while since I have written, so thought I would try and send a few lines. Things around here have pretty much been the same. Gene's stomach still hasn't woke up. Seems like he goes a few days feeling better and then he is sicker the next. I wish there was something I could do to help him feel and get better. On Memorial Day, Henry and Leona's kids all got together. Gene and I went out to the old home place to see them all for a little while and I took part in a pot luck lunch. Gene later had to go to the hospital to get some more fluids as he was feeling very weak and dizzy. This is one of the signs of being dehydrated. Bertha and Gene dropped by the house latter and visited a while as well. We had a nice visit and it was good to see them. Sunday, Nellie set up a school reunion for those that went to the Darlington school. Gene felt well enough to go down there for a little while. He wished he could have stayed longer, but couldn't as he tires so easily. This was for those in his class at that time, so he was looking forward to seeing some of his old classmates.

††††† Seen this poem in my "Good Old Days" magazine and wanted to share it.



(By Elvema Chesser)


Do you remember the Good Old Days?

With a pump outside the back door?

The chicken coop, and fresh eggs,

And scrubbing the linoleum floor?

And using heavy iron pots and pans

On a cook stove burning wood?

Everything was made from scratch,

Mostly healthy, always good.

The pain of Monday's wash days

Gas motors and wringer machines?

Sadirons heated on the cook stove

Took forever to heat, it seemed.

We wore those hated long johns;

Had wool snowsuits to wear;

Kept us from freezing

in the cold winter's air.

Those freezing, hurried dashes

No toilets then-

But they were necessary trips,

A way of life back then.

Saturday-night baths by the kitchen stove,

The dash to our unheated beds.

Soon warm as toast in our flannel pj s,

With quilts pulled over our heads.

Do you remember the hot days of summer?

We lived through without fans or AC?

Didn't mind I t all; would do it again....

If you remember, you're old -like me.


††††† I can honestly say that I do remember doing these things. But she didn't mention using the old scrub board that you used until you wore blisters on you knuckles. I do remember dragging in the big tub to take a bath in. The making of home-made bread. I also remember times we had to heat the iron on the stove to iron the cloths. Yes, at some of these times they did have a better way, but at that time we did not have the resources.

ďAm I really that old?"

God bless and take care, Gene & Mary

Nelson, Marj†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 23 May 2012

11937 Aneta St

Culver City, CA90230

†††† We had a very nice Motherís Day. The weather was nice and warm. We had a Sunday brunch. Sandra and Henrietta did most of the cooking. A lot of Henry relative stopped by and then Roger came in the afternoon.
††††† Went down to Rogerís for a week. I got my hair cut and mostly walked to the store and did some cooking. He went to Mammoth for the weekend of the 18th. I came back to Sandra on Monday.
†††† Not doing anything much but taking walks, as I was walking the other day I heard a plane and the flap of the parachute and knew it was the sky divers so. I hurry to the place they land. It was the first time I was close enough to see them land.
††††† Just got back from seeing the radiologist/oncologist doctor. He confirmed the tumor in my pelvic is from the thyroid cancer. He recommended radiation treatments, since I am not in any pain; he thought it would be a good idea to do the treatments right away because if the tumor keeps growing it could scatter the bone. I will need to go into Los Angeles for the radiation treatment. I will be given 10 treatments, 5 a week so it will only be two weeks and usually there arenít too many bad side effects. They have a shuttle bus that will pick me up at the Thousand Oaks facility and take me into LA.
†††† Hope everyone enjoyed the memorial weekend and honored all the veterans for what they have done for our country.

Bye for now, Marj

Nomann, Larene

906 4th Ave NW

Pocahontas, IA 50574-1212
†††† Hi to all the Dirks families.
Well summer is has arrived, suppose to get in the 90ís again today, but more normal next week. We had had some ample rain, but need more. All of the corn is planted and the beans will probably be done this week.
†††† My co-chairman and I have been working on three quilts this past week, one for a bible camp sale and one for a friend who has cancer and one for me. She makes the blocks and we both tie them. Then I do the edges with blind stitches. My fingers have really taken some abuse.
††††† This weekend the Pocahontas area schools have high school graduation. I only have one, our church secretaryís son. I canít beleeve how fast those kids have grown to adulthood.
††††† The week of May 1st Darv, Kath, Adam and Tiffany Hayen and Barry attended the funeral of Kathís dad, Tom Ballard.
I have an appointment for a haircut and then to coffee. I plan to attend the reunion so hope to see you all soon


Perkins, Larry &Stephanie†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11 May 2012

1919 510th St.

Northwood, IA 50549

†††† Mother's Day Sunday, May 13th. In honor of my mother, Mary Ihnen; mother-in-law, Irma Perkins; and in memory of my Aunt Edna, I am sharing the following taken from my Aunt Edna's recent memorial folder.
†††† "A Mother's Love" A Mother's love is something that no one can explain, it is made of deep devotion and sacrifice and pain, it is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may for nothing ca...n destroy it or take that love away...It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking...It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns, and it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems...It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation, and it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation. A many splendid miracle man cannot understand and another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand.

Happy Mother's Day to those special ones listed above and to all mothers everywhere!!


Piercy, Marcella †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 29 May 12

PO Box 6

Newell, IA 50568-0006

††††† Hello everyone. This has been a busy month with Motherís Day, Graduations and Memorial Day holidays. I had the families here for all three holidays.

††††† Some of the people (snowbirds) who spent the summer in the south are coming home and it keeps me busy helping them. I still do my own mowingówhich takes 3-4 hours. I have 25 bushes around the house to trim every two weeks.

††††† Dale and Cathy were here this weekend so they decorated the family graves at Pomeroy. Cathy gave me two tomato plants and that will be my garden this year.. I did freeze some more rhubarb.

††††† Hereís wishing Marj Nelson and Eugene McGinley both a speedy recovery. Hope to see everyone at the reunion.

Take care, Marcella



Sanders, Dale & Cathy†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 Jun 12

201 NE 6th St

Ankeny, IA 50021-1840

††††† Hi Family, Well, summer is underway and the weather has been nice.  We have been getting some rain and the temps are staying mainly in the 70ís.  The garden is in, but it seems to be slow to grow this year.

††††† Dale and I are keeping very busy!  I have been working 5-6 days a week and usually my days are longer than 8 hours.  Dale is taking on a part-time job, where I work.  He is still at Iowa Health Systems and now he is learning how to service Husqvarna Viking sewing machines.

††††† Ben and family are doing fine.  Keeping busy with ball games and they purchased a pull behind motor home, so they will be trying the modern camping experience.

Gary and Laura are doing some home repairs.  Laura will graduate with her paramedic degree in August.

††††† Looking forward to seeing some of you at the reunion!††††††††††††† Love, Dale and Cathy

Villwock, Jim & Pat†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 03 June 2012

106 Lakeville Dr

Aledo, TX 76008-3925

†††† Humid here too! Spent entire weekend pulling weeds, planting rescued plants from Wal-Mart... cannot stand to see them dying for no good reason! Really feeling my age! (You laugh... don't know if I'm brave enough face the next 20 years!) Certainly not for the meek,

†††† Air conditioner started making a racket a couple of hours ago. Get out the checkbook again. I will never deal with sears again ...$7,000 and 7 years plus countless repair bills and still not right.

†††† It is supposed to have some rain again in a couple of days for an extended 3 days. Hope that pans out as the ground has cracks and we have had some good rains!

†††† Jim flew up to Omaha for Mothers Day... and all three kids have been there. His Mom is in better spirits now but the blood pressure tends to spike without warning.

†††† Hope this finds you both well!

Love ya! PV

Widlund, Kathryn†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8 May 12

456 Richard Box 31

Palmer, IA 50571

††††† Hello to everyone. The May weather sure has been changeable, warm, cold and windy. Early morning temperatures are in the 40ís. Something has changed our weather pattern. Everything is growing and looks nice. The flowers were up and blooming so early.

††††† We had sad news last month with the passing of Edna Arends. She will be truly misses by all.

††††† May was a very busy month with graduations, birthdays, anniversaries and Memorial Day. Let us not get too busy that we donít write letters. I enjoy hearing from everyone.

††††† I hope everyone had a Happy Motherís Day. It is a very special day for moms.