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House Of Secrets Series

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James Chapman

Hi Joseph,
       Just got your class reunion invite in the mail. I don't know how to write this letter. Jim passed away a year ago tomorrow. He had a heart attack on Tuesday August 25th, 2009 and passed away Thursday morning at 3:42 am. I apologize for my letter. I just don't know how to write without it seeming so matter of fact or so blunt. It has been a hard year and life without Jim is still a day to day thing for me. I miss him so much! I wonder if things will ever get better!
Once again, I am sorry for how this letter sounds. Hope you have a nice reunion.
                                         Thanks, Brenda


Donna Jean Fletcher Liebrecht
(March 22, 1952 - February 1, 2010)



Donna Jean Fletcher Liebrecht passed away on February 1, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah due to complications with her heart and M.S. She was born on March 22, 1952 in DeKalb, Illinois to Richard Fletcher and Jean Foster Fletcher.

Donna tackled the world with an open heart and open mind and despite having a limited body, gave generously of herself. She loved her family and friends dearly and would glow at the mention of any of her four grandchildren. Donna lived a life of unselfishness and integrity. She enjoyed volunteering and was involved with SPLORE, National M.S. Society, and Chaplin work. Thanks to SPLORE Donna was able to enjoy the thrill of River Rafting. She enjoyed beading, cooking, dancing, and learning.

Survived by her Son and Daughter-in-law Kelly and Cammille Liebrecht; Daughter and Son-in-law Jessica and Shaun Kremers; adored Grandchildren Sarah Liebrecht, EmmaLee Liebrecht, Mykenzi Kremers, Graham Kremers; Father Richard Fletcher; Sisters Kathie Schneider and Julie Charts; Nephews Kent Schneider, Ryan Schneider, Matt Charts; Nieces Kendra Charts and Tiffany Schneider; and Friend Rosie. Preceded in death by her Mother Jean Foster Fletcher and Brother Marty Fletcher.

Funeral Services will be held on February 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm (Viewing from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm) at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 8575 South 700 East in Sandy with graveside services at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to Donna’s family at: http://www.holbrookmortuary.com  Flowers may be sent directly to the church Monday morning.

Love, Strength, and Courage. Thanks for fighting Mom.


Copied from Holbrook Mortuary Page





Open letter to classmates:

Hi all,

This is Kathe Hoerber Mensik.

I am responding to the 55th Birthday Bash invitation and Bio update on the yellow form as requested. Just wanted to send a further email sending all my best wishes. I will not be able to make the party this time around. My dad was diagnosed with Leukemia just after Father's Day. It's acute and aggressive. All seven of us Hoerber kids have made trips to FL to spend time with my parents. I was scheduled last, and actually am writing this from Florida right now. My parents have lived in a small house attached to my sister, Patty's house for about 4 years now. She graduated from college with a nursing degree and has married a doctor, so we couldn't ask for a better scenario. My dad has good days and bad days, as could be expected. He has had congestive heart failure for the past 10 years as well as COPD, so we feel we have been blessed with much more time than normal. I don't know if he will make another Christmas, though. I will go home the first of August, but I will try to schedule a trip down here about every 30 days to help Patty and my mom until the end. My mom got a case of shingles about 4 years ago that mysteriously ended up in the nerves of her left leg and left her paralyzed. She gets around remarkably well, as I think most do from our parents' generation; but she definitely needs lots of help with my dad. He is very weak now and needs assistance getting from his chair to anywhere.... So there really is no way to get to Libertyville this time around. We will look forward to the info when available for the 2010 reunion. Bob is probably as disappointed as I am. He has come to enjoy all of you, my classmates, and our periodic reunions as much as I do, and has become quite fond of all of you.

I have an interesting and happy coinsidence to announce....... When we built our new house in Red Lodge 3 years ago, a log cabin went up right across the street. The owners lived in Billings and this was their second home, so it took awhile before we finally met them. We met the wife first. She was a very nice woman who was a little younger than us from AZ. We were so surprised to discover her husband graduated from Carmel High School in Mundelein in 1970. Perhaps some of you remember him, although I had never met him. His name is Frank Neinabor, who during high school was Patrick Cheruse's best friend. He hung around a lot at that ice cream shop on Route 176 near where Marsha Swensen lived. I am surprised I had never met him, as Marsha, Cheri, and I walked over to the Dairy Dream (I think that was the name) quite often. Frank drove around in a restored 1945 Willy's Jeep, which he still has. He's a fantastic guy, and we've been very close with him and his wife, Kathy. If anyone knew him, and would like to have me give him a message or a phone number or address, please let me know. Joe will have my email address, and it will be published with the class bio update, but I do not want to put it in this email publically to avoid getting spammed. Frank has become quite the expert on guns from the Civil War era, the old West, and WW2. He rode in a western Cavalry Re-enactment group for awhile, and was one of the few civilians to have ever riden a horse in Custer Battlefield National Monument. I guess that's about all for now, but thought perhaps this would be of interest to some.

All my best, Kathe Hoerber Mensik



7, June 2005

From Libertyville Review
Pioneer Press
Dated 9, June 2005

Heinz Jeske


     Heinz Jeske, 93, of Green Oaks, died  June 7 at Home. He was born Sept. 26, 11911 in Flatow,  Germany and came to Chicago in 1929. He has been a Green Oaks Resident for the past 42 years.


     He Started a peanut vending company in Chicago in the mid 1930's which grew to become Vendway Merchandising Corporation, which he later sold in the mid 1970's. He then owned and operated Heinz Apple Orchard in Green Oaks. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Libertyville and was a  member of the Constellation Masonic Lodge 874 AF&AM of Edison Park, Ill. for 57 years. He also enjoyed playing golf.


     Survivors include two Children, Dennis Jeske of San Diego, Calif. and Kathy (David) Nader of Lake Zurich; three grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.


     He was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Jeske in 2000; by a grandson Jeffery Nader; his brother Hugo Jeske; and his sister, Hilda Schmidt.


     Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. today at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave (Route 176), Libertyville. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. June 10 at Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Valley park Drive, Libertyville, with one hour visitation prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Luke Cemetery in Chicago.


Webmaster comment: He was one of the Great Ones he will be missed. Posted 10,  June 2005 14:20 hrs Joe


19 Dec 2004

My Father Joseph Alfred Merrill Jr.

Passed This Vail of Tears



Folks it is getting close to time  or past time to start planning for the 35th reunion. I figure Mid January Kick off will still allow us enough time to do a bang up Job. I am finalizing setup on New computer rig Built By myself to support effort. Joe

3, Dec 2004

Sally A. Dunn (Goranson) sends

Joe, perhaps this may be of interest to some of our classmates. Our son Eric and his girlfriend are currently on a reality show on the Country Music Channel (CMT). Episodes are run quite often and at different times and you can check the schedule at http://www.cmt.com/ . The show is called Cowboy U -Moloka'i. The couple to watch (in my biased opinion) are Eric D. and Tiffany. Hope everyone is doing well! Godspeed! Sally (Goranson) Dunn

14, Aug 2004

Bruce Carl Boyke Father of Laura Boyke Cleghorn passed this morning.  Visitation will be at the McMurrough Chapel in 101 Park Place Libertyville Ph 847-362-2626 on Tuesday 17 August 2004 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Prayers will be said there at 09:30 with a Mass Following at St. Joseph Church 121 E. Maple Libertyville At 10:00.


Bruce Carl Boyke

     Prayers for Bruce Carl Boyke, 74, will be said at 9;30 a.m. Wednesday, at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, 101 Park Place (Route 176, one block east of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. A celebration of  Mass will Follow at 10a.m. at St. Joseph Church 121 E. Maple, Libertyville.

     Born in Chicago, the son of Carl William and Elsie Marie nee (Laffin) Boyke, he passed away Saturday, Aug, 14, 2004 at his home. Burial will be in Ascension Cemetery.

     Mr. Boyke was raised in Zion. His Mother became a widow in 1933 and by herself, raised Bruce and his five siblings during the hard Depression years. She gave her children wisdom and encouragement and taught them to work hard, their belief in God, love of family and country, and their belief that they were as good as everyone else and they could do and be whatever they wanted to be.

     During high school, Bruce was the football halfback no one could catch or tackle. He left Zion Benton High School and entered the Army at the age of 16. He was recalled back to the service during the Korean War. Bruce was married to his first wife Kathleen McManaman from Sept, 16, 1950  until Dec, 9, 1982, when Kathleen passed away after a long illness. He and Kathleen were the proud parents of five children. On March 25, 1991 he married again, to his devoted, Caring, lovely wife, Renee Peterson Boyke.

     Bruce was the owner of Bruce Concrete Construction Company. "Quality Unsurpassed" was his motto that was used by him in business in Lake County for the passed 47 years. He started with a truck, shovel, wheelbarrow and by age 30, with a labor of love and hard work, became renowned by many who admired him for his greatness in his ability to create a work of architecture. He built Bruce Boyke's Imperial Manor And Imperial towers on Baldwin and Grand Avenue in Waukegan, until he sold them when he built and owned the beautiful Ramada Grand Court Inn motel in Mundelein.

     Bruce Served one term as Waukegan precinct committeeman in 1952. He also served on term as mayor of the Village of Green Oaks.

     He loved his family, his Beautiful lawns and gardens, fishing and traveling all over the world with his wife Renee. He loved people, politics, the outdoors with trees, birds, squirrels and sun upon his face.

     Charitably Mr. Boyke gave much from a good, kind and giving heart to strangers and the catholic church. He was never selfish. He loved God, Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the saints, his wives, children, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never acted like a "big shot" but was a noble and Honorable Man. He was handsome and his handshake was strong.

     He will be loved and missed by his widow Renee; Children Laura (George) Cleghorn, Karen Boyke, Bruce Bradley Boyke, Blair (Michael) Deer, and Kerry (Berny) Schmidt; his grandchildren Kathleen (William) Wright, Corey Bruce Cleghorn, Joseph Carl Deer, Amber Colleen Deer, Nicholas Kerber, and a beloved granddaughter, April Kelly Boyke; great-grandchildren, Aurora, Rianna and Billy Wright; his siblings, Bill (Frankie) Boyke of Oregon, Wayne Boyke of Kenosha, Wis., and Bonnie Snouffer of Las Vegas; and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

     Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.


28, June 2004

Laura Cleghorn (Boyke) Reports her Father Bruce like many of our parents is fighting a nasty disease, in his case Metastasized Cancer. She asks for our prayers. I asked Steve Howery an ordained and practicing Presbyterian Minister To Write a prayer for all of our Parents.  

Here It is. I will post it later as a separate page

A Prayer for Our Parents
O God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
    we pray for our parents.
We thank you for all they have given us:
    laughter, joy and music,
    faith, values and encouragement.
We thank you that through word and example
    they taught us what is important in life
    and how to make the most of its opportunities.
We thank you that, in their youth, they faced
and defeated terrible enemies
    and worked hard and long to provide us with opportunities
    and things they only dreamed of when they were young.
Eternity will not be enough time to thank them
    for the love they have given us.
We remember those who are gone,
    and for those who are still with us,    
    we ask that you keep them in your love.
Comfort those who mourn the loss of those who were near
and dear to them.
Encourage those who struggle with diminished abilities. 
Grant them strength of spirit as they face
the challenges of the days ahead.
Keep them from the fear of the unknown
and from loneliness.
Give them the peace that passes all understanding
    and the knowledge that they are dearly loved.

Copyright 2004 Steven Howery
All Rights Reserved  


Niles Community Church

50 Year Anniversary in 2002!!
The Rev. Steven L. Howery Pastor
Reverend Steven L. Howery

My Contribution


Passing This Vale



Go! I Will Meet You In The Mountains


Where The Springs Eternal Flow


Where Young Kids And Lambs Are Grazing


In The Fresh Green Of Spring


Your Work Here Is Finished


Ours Is Truly Tasked


To Lead On Past Your Footsteps


Where Dreams Have Told The Way


To Sing The Paean, Eat The Feast


Game Hard And Long In Memory


Of The Steps You Took


Leading To This Pass


Rocky Hard And Long


Through Dark Forbidding Heights


They Allow But One To Step


Through Into Eternal Temple


No Hands In It’s Making


Waiting For Your Song


So Long In Composition


So Sweet It Shall Be


We Thank You For The Writing


Your Tale Is Fully Told


Go! I Will Meet You In Due Course


Vale 1. A valley, often coursed by a stream; a dale.

Copyright 31 July 2004 5:24 PM By Joseph A Merrill III
All Rights Reserved
Sarge the Poet


Posted 2, August 2004

Also At




Light The Light Of Hope


Sit And Watch


In The Endless Eternity


Of Not Knowing


What Will Be.


Stand Listening


For The Rhythm Of Life


Breath By Breath.


Pace Slow And Calm


Waiting For Eternity


To Open In Love


And The Endless Watch


In Peace, Grace And


Harmony Be Completed.


Copyright 11, Aug 2004 Joseph A. Merrill III
All Rights Reserved
Sarge the Poet

It is Also posted at


18 August 2004

Bruce Carl Boyke was laid to rest  at Ascension Cemetery.

In Memoriam Bruce Carl Boyke


Final Report



Come Faithful Friend


Let Us Sit And Talk


In This Quiet Glen


Let Us Remember


All You Leave Complete


All Those You Touched


All You Created


Let Us Speak Of All The Joy


Your Deep Faith Brought


To Every Gathering


Let Us Cherish


Those You Leave


To Follow In Our Footprints


Rest Now My Friend


Gather Strength


So Our Work May Proceed Apace


Till Finally Trumpet Sounds


Well Done My Faithful Friend


Copyright 18 August 2004 By Joseph A Merrill III
All Rights Reserved
Sarge the Poet


2 August 2004

My Father Joseph A. Merrill Jr has also been in and out of the Hospital with Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Low Blood Counts and Chronic Lung Problems. I Wrote "Passing This Vale" To summarize my thoughts at this time for my Sister Mary.




24, July 2003

Jerry Allen Umfleet Passed On Sometime in 1999 Cause Unknown


7, July 2003

Gloria lost her fight with cancer. Details on current event page and Sad News Page .


Kathe Mensik's
Ski Trip Offer
Offer Received 
26, Oct 2002
At Red Lodge Montana
Plus Photos of Bob
and Kathe's Ranch
Click Here



Howdy Folks,  if you got news for the class to see let us know. See e-mail links below.

1, Oct 2002

From Mia  Emslie Nee Trimble Via e-mail

Hi Tom and Group...... I just wanted to say I wish I could be there this Saturday........ I can only imagine how much fun it will be to see everyone! Hope you have a great turnout. My 50th was the end of August and the celebration continued for 2 1/2 weeks! It was the best birthday ever! Way Better than the 40th..... but then again I was pregnant at that one! Quickie update on me: I am doing well with status as Mary Kay Sales Director...... have been driving a free bright red Grand Am for 3 years and will soon move up to the platinum Grand Prix. The plan is for that to turn into the Pink Cadillac ASAP! Husband Graham..... still busy with travelling/conferences and has achieved a 'Chair' of Psychiatry at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Children: Meghan, 23, going to law school (!) in San Diego, CA... wants to be able to do something with her Social Work degree. Sara, 20, in Jr. year at Southwestern Univ. just north of Austin, TX...... wants to be an MD Phd...... lofty goals, these girls! more power to them. John, will be 12 in January, is nearly as tall as I am.... smart, loves soccer, 'figures out' anything mechanical for me! Michael, nearly 10, is my blond child..... again, smart..... and savvy... he's the one who keeps us laughing! Love to all....... hope I can get to the next 'thing'! Mia

5, Jan 2001

Gloria Feltner Hill has the Following Sad News to report.  On Thursday the 4th Of January 2001 the Jeff Missionary Baptist Church, of which she is the Secretary,  was destroyed by Fire. Sad News Page.

14, Jan 2002 Gloria is fighting Lung Cancer and the Church is being rebuilt. Photos and details will be on Sad News Page as she is able to send it.

August 2002 Gloria is still not out of the Woods regarding Cancer no details available. Church has been rebuilt. Joe


21, Jan 2001

Kathie S. Mensik (Hoerber) reports that her Daughter  Kristy was Named Miss Red Lodge Home of the Champions 2000, She sent in a copy of the Flyer for us to share. Then Kristy was crowned Miss Rodeo Montana on Sunday afternoon 14, Jan 2001 Check out the Flyer and Kathe's Note to us at  Kristy Mensik contents Reformatted for Clarity.
Additional Photo from 8, April Coronation Ball added 10, May 2001, New upcoming Pageant Info added 18, May 2001
Major additions Throughout Oct 2001
The Miss Rodeo America Pageant was  2-9, Dec 2001 in Las Vegas. 

20, Dec 2001 Pageant Results quick note from Kathe, more later.

I just wanted to let everyone know that our cards will be sent out late this year. I'm not sure if I will get them out for New Year's or Easter, so you will just have to be surprised!

I feel bad that I am missing the real Christmas date, but I am getting older and just can't do those all night marathons anymore. (Or maybe I am just worn out from a year of being MRM's mom!)

anyway, I hope you understand. We will be thinking about you. Have a very merry Christmas and the happiest of new year's!

If you haven't heard the results of the pageant yet, Kristy did really well. She finished 6th and won the Western Region Award and scholarship. We are very, very proud.

Love, Kathe & Bob

As of Jan 2002 Kristy has retired from the Pageant Life and is finishing up her Public Relations Degree work after the Scholarship paid for year.

Kristy Mensik Page has been updated 5, Nov 2002


4, Feb 2001

John Schumacher has taken a new position with Baker Engineering down on the near west side of Chicago. Way to go John.


10, April 2001 Earl G. Maether 79 Passed Away He was Father Of our Classmate Marilyn Maether Copeland and a 40 Year Employee and Manager Of Langworthy's of Libertyville. For Further Information Click Here


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