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11/23/14 01:57 PM #36    


Janice Reinking (Hand)

Dear Karol and Carl
I am so sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay positive, be aggressive with your treatment, everyday new advancements in treatment. You are always in my thoughts as I put my rings on my dresser in the little wooden bowl Carl made for us. God is in control and our great healer. Put all your truct in Him. Please keep me updated. Miss seeing you, hopefully if you come this way in the near future please call me.
Love to you Jan

11/23/14 01:58 PM #37    


Janice Reinking (Hand)

Dear Karol and Carl
I am so sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay positive, be aggressive with your treatment, everyday new advancements in treatment. You are always in my thoughts as I put my rings on my dresser in the little wooden bowl Carl made for us. God is in control and our great healer. Put all your trust in Him. Please keep me updated. Miss seeing you, hopefully if you come this way in the near future please call me.
Love to you Jan

12/08/14 08:16 PM #38    

Karol Gill (Selle)

Dear Orlie,

I pray for God's peace to fill your heart, mind and soul. This has been a journey for you and Linda. You have been a wonderful witness to the world throughout this time.

In His love,


12/08/14 08:18 PM #39    

Karol Gill (Selle)

Dear friends,

Finally, Carl began his radiation and chemo today. We are praying for a miracle and wisdom as we walk this way.

Thank you for your prayers and love!



12/09/14 01:52 PM #40    

Cheryl Lindeman (Markey)

Dear Orlando,

May God bless you and comfort you and your family in this difficult time.  Linda has had the final healing and is in a state of joy and peace.  I wish that for you, too.


Cheryl Lindeman Markey

12/09/14 01:53 PM #41    

Cheryl Lindeman (Markey)

Dear Karol,

I am right there besdie you praying for that miracle, too.


God bless you both.


Cheryl Lindeman Markey

12/13/14 01:30 PM #42    


Janet Schoenefeld (Buuck)

Dear Carl and Karol, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I read this week about the course of treatments now in progress.  I know it must seem like a hugh mountain to climb, but take it one day, one step at a time and keep your focus on the strength of the One who created all things.  He has promised to make all things new...Is 43:18-19 and Rev 21:5.  I have held on tightly to His words there and found a faithful, loving God Who loves to meet our needs and prove Himself strong as our refuge in the storm.  God will give you a platform in the midst of the storm to be a witness to His glory.  May He comfort and strengthen you along the way...with nuggets of gold and surround you with His angels and people to assist you.  We just saw how God carried my cousin's husband through several months of these treatments and watched how God brought them to a deeper level of faith as He did works of miracles for them.  I believe that for you too.  Keep us posted, Karol, on this site.  God bless you and your family for the celebration of our Lord's birth.  Love you, Jan

01/20/15 06:22 PM #43    

Thomas Schoenherr

Dear Roger, 

Sorry to hear about Bette's struggle with pneumonia. We will keep both of you in our prayers as we ask for God's healing and strength for her. The Good News for us is that we can lean on God's promise and trust God to be there with her in the midst of her fight for breath. May God grant each of you God's peace.  


01/21/15 08:47 AM #44    

Roger Koehlinger


Thanks for your prayers. She is home as of yesterday.  She has serious heart and lung issues and this is just another "bump in the road".  It will be a slow recovery.


01/21/15 01:30 PM #45    

Marilyn Droege (McClure)

Dear Roger, we will keep you and Bette in our prayers. May God give you both comfort and strength.




01/21/15 10:04 PM #46    

Sandra Weaver (Dubbelde)

Get well soon Bette.

01/27/15 12:47 PM #47    


Susan Waikel (Till)

Prayers for Bette Koehlinger.


Susan Till


11/03/15 11:36 PM #48    

Thomas Schoenherr

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. . . the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge . . ." Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sandy, and your family. God holds your father and  all of you in God's loving arms.

11/04/15 01:36 PM #49    


Thomas Dohrmann (Dohrmann)

Roger (Zozz),


Hang in there and keep strong. My thoughts are with you. I enjoyed seeing you at the reunion.



11/04/15 03:20 PM #50    

Cheryl Lindeman (Markey)

To all my classmates who have spouces, parents, children, siblings who are ill or now with God, I send you my heartfelt sympathy and wishes for recovery or healing from loss.  God holds us and gives us strength, otherwise we would not make it.  Keep him close and ask him to encourage heal you.


God bless you all.



11/05/15 08:47 AM #51    


Susan Waikel (Till)

For everyone hurting from medical issues, losses or just plain sad...............we are so blessed by a Savior who loves us and holds us in His arms...............

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.


When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.


Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.


His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

11/06/15 04:15 PM #52    

Roger Koehlinger

To Everyone - I have received a few phone calls and several postings in the last few days concerning Bette's health.  I don't know how this rumor got started and we thank you for your concern but she is ok. Continued prayers are appreciated though as she continues to deal with long term health issues.

Roger & Bette


04/17/17 02:22 AM #53    


Janet Schoenefeld (Buuck)

I am so sorry for the loss of Tom Reck and pray for God's peace and comfort to fill the family during this time.  I am reminded of Pastor Oldsen's sharing one of his favorite prayers.  I read it tonight and thought I would share it.  I can see and hear him say it in our religion class. We were so blessed to have him teach us!

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then, Lord, in They mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord,  Amen

God bless and comfort Tom's family.   In His love, Janet

04/17/17 11:08 AM #54    


Diane Cowan (Kurtz)

Janet, thank you so much for your words and for reminding me of Pastor Oldsen' s prayer.  Tom was needed in the heavenly Easter choir this year and we rejoice that he is strong and healthy again.  


Diane Cowan Kurtz

08/09/17 06:10 PM #55    


Janet Schoenefeld (Buuck)

I am prompted to give a recommendation to three of our classmates who have published books and made a worship cd that have all been a great encouragement and source of inspiration to me the last several months.  One is Ken Haugk's book, Don't Sing Songs To A Heavy Heart.  Ken has written other books on the art of caring for those who are hurting and built his life ministry to that end.  Thanks Ken, for all the love and care you have poured into helping the hurting souls get through their pain.  I know his own life loss of his dear wife, Joan, has made him even more effective in ministering to others with real empathy.  I was reading in it again today and was blessed again and comforted by your words and examples.  It's written with much compassion, understanding, wisdom and insight, based on experience with thousands of individual lives, their stories and research to bring awareness to help us better understand what helps to say and what not to say to those in their pain and suffering.

 I was especially inspired as I read the last chapters.  Ken words have a great way of lightening the burden for the journey through pain.  Taking an example from Chapter 11, Creating a Safe Place: "Expecting progress or --worse--pushing for progress when there is none leaves suffering people feeling lonely and isolated.  Wanting them to look good or to have a good attitude about their situation leaves them feeing frustrated or hopeless.  It is far better for you to join them on their journey, wherever you find them, whatever their condition, and create a safe environment where honesty and openness can flourish."  So very true.  We all know someone who has experienced pain and loss, have been there ourselves or are there now, or as we get older, will encounter these dear souls.  Thanks, Ken, for creating a tool in this book to help us help others with greater compassion and wisdom in knowing what to say or not say or do to be a blessing to more people in our lives.  I'm very grateful!

Jan Buuck

08/09/17 07:24 PM #56    


Janet Schoenefeld (Buuck)

Now I want to thank Tom Schoenherr, another gifted and talented writer with much compassion and empathy!  His book, The Deeper Journey, is written with deep insights, compassion,and humor (we can remember Tom's humor from high school days, right?) in such a way as to provoke the reader to think deeper into his own life's situation.  It's written as a series of blogs, woven together as threads of thoughts about a book he read, someone's life event that inspired him and stirred him to pray...into a wonderful book that I found hard to put down when I began to read it.  I learned we have common interests in baking bread and prayer walking as we listen for God's leading in all the big and little things going on around us.

 It's hard to pick one paragraph from his book to share, but  "...Is it You again?" caught my attention.  The last paragraph reads, "Each of us has stories of troubles and sorrows that others may not know; problems of fear, loneliness and distress that we carry with us.  We need to have people who will look away from their phones, put them down, and attend to us in our distress.  We are invited to do the same for others.   As good as our technology may be, we still need human-to-human connection for healing and care for one another.  We need to see Jesus Christ in one another, for this is how God gets His loving activity done in the world.  So when we see "whoever" coming toward us, sitting across from us or next to us, maybe we will ask, "Oh, Jesus, is it You again?"

As Rita O'Dea wrote in the Forward: "His insights help remove the "cataracts" from  our eyes that keep us from seeing the holy in the everyday and the sacred in all that is around us.  He prays with a pen...  He weaves his musings into a broad tapestry with threads from local news, global events, musicals, film, poetry, contemporary fiction, and Scripture scholars from many traditions."

I have loved his writing style and his broad knowledge that challenges deeper thought...along with his "gentle humor" that we all know.  He refers us to his blog post website,  I recommend his book as a wonderful gift or just a nice read to be enjoyed.  Bless you, Tom.  Thanks for the way you are making a big difference in the world around you!   Jan

08/09/17 07:43 PM #57    


Janet Schoenefeld (Buuck)

I am now wanting to share the blessing that came from hearing Donn Werling's worship CD, Wrapped In Grace; Songs for the Seasons of a Christian Life.  It's inspiring and unique in every way.  I loved the way it combined different songs that included songs done by Donn and Diane (I was in awe of Diane's beautiful voice!) and the familiar songs done by a group of singers, (some of our classmates included) and recorded at Concordia Seminary.  I was able to hear it this summer when we were home and visiting Don and Carole Schoenefeld.  It's so wonderful and I hope we can support Donn and Diane for doing this CD. Donn's email is  

Donn, can you let us know how we can purchase this?  Thanks for making this collection of 19 songs.  Jan

08/10/17 01:56 PM #58    


Steven Doctor

Just want to share some feelings after reading some of the posts from fellow 1963'ers.    

I realize how blessed I have been over the past several years.   So many people to thank.  We certainly are in a world of unkowns and surrounded by many people of differant ideas and beliefs.  Looking back over the years I understand why parents raised us with Christian values and understood the reason to send us to Christian schools.  I just wish I could go back and thank so many teachers, pastors, and friends that have had a positive influence on my life an so many others.  So often, just a smile,  or a simple 'hello' goes a long, long way.  Just want to let you know, many of those smiles and hello's came from you people while walking the hallways of Concordia School, way back then, and even today, as I read these post.

Thank You.

God bless you all,

Steve 'Doc' Doctor


08/11/17 04:11 PM #59    


James Smith

Thanks to all classmates who make use of our website to share concerns and joys.  It makes developing the site worth the time and effort.  I have sent you all an e-mail listing members who are not on our site.  If you still have contact with them, plese encourage them to join.

01/10/18 06:45 PM #60    

Carla Wadewitz (Ternieden)

So sorry to hear about Mr. Henke's passing.

My prayers go to the family for comfort and strngth.

Carla W. Ternieden

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