Coon Rapids (IA) High School, Class of 1957
Class Pictures

Coon Rapids-Bayard (IA) High School Annuals are now on CD for interested parties (1941-2001).

  Roster of CRHS Class of 1957
(last known address provided after the roster,
updates are needed, PLEASE) , email me.

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50th Class Reunion will take place Aug 3-5, 2007, in Coon Rapids. [The Classes of 56 and 58 are invited to join us]
For details, send a note to me at

Doug Drake is Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 50th Class Reunion

NOTE: Some members of the Organizing Committee have agreed to make donations, as a Class Project, to the City Library for the books fund, or, the School Library for the books fund there. See more information on this.

CRHS Class of 1957 Names (see addresses and email below )

Marilyn Andersen (Mrs. Larry Taylor) Ruth N. Anderson (Mrs. Clifford A. Jensen) Leonard Anthofer (deceased)
Norman Arrowsmith (deceased) Obituary Nancy Bolger (Mrs. William L. Smith) Alice Christy (Williams)
Jon Crisman Joe Dorpinghaus Douglas Drake
Dennis Ford Wilson Frank Phil Frohlich
Wayne Grim Arlene Herron Gary Hoover
Carol Knudsen (deceased) James Knudsen Rebecca Kopeska (Mrs. Dan Bullard) (deceased) Obituary
Madeleine Kracht Andy Kretzinger William (Bill) Nye
Gerald Palmer Ramona Palmer Larry L. Patrick
Marilyn Peterson Hampton

Juanita Pierce (Mrs. Francis Fitzsenry) (deceased) Obituary

Judy Remund (Mrs. Dale Snyder)
Jerry B. Scott Charlotte Shirbroun William L. (Bill) Smith

Marcia Textor (deceased) Obituary

Larry Turner Others (were part of the class, most or all the way, but did not graduate with the class, there are others, as well - send a note who they are):
Jane Smith (Mrs. Jim Stangl) Dick Whitefield Norma Wagner (Mrs. Richard Luckstead)

Donation Project Information (City Library and School Library) [I'm sending $100 to each - it is not an either/or choice, I agree]

City Library Donation Information:

[This was originally sent to:]
Class of 1967 at CRHS (now CRB, of course!):

Since you are holding your big "40" reunion in June, and we are holding our big "50" reunion in Aug, we'd like to send you a challenge - for a very good cause.

The Jan 25, 2007, issue of the Coon Rapids Enterprise has a front page article about the Coon Rapids Library needing a Technology Fund to provide upgrades and replacements for the computers in the Library - at the very time when funding is being cut back by their tax collecting benefactors. I have contacted the Library and the Coon Rapids Enterprise, and they are very supportive of a Challenge among our classes that are having reunions this year.

I would like to see us set a goal of each class raising at least $1,000 by Labor Day for the Technology Fund of the "Friends of the Library."

I assume we can also involve some of the other classes, celebrating 10, 15, 25, 30, etc., years this year as well, as well as others, perhaps. If we could raise $1,000 from six classes, this would replace one of the funding losses. Just 10 donations of $100 or 20 of $50 or 50 of $20!!

I would further suggest that the funds be earmarked for computer replacements, primarily, which would provide a "several years" life to the donations.

Mark Payment for Class of 19XX Challenge Donation to Technology Fund.

Charles Carpenter is the president of the Friends of the Library.
All funds are payable to:
"Friends of the library"
and send to:  Charles Carpenter
Coon Rapids Public Library
123 3rd Ave. S.
Coon Rapids , Iowa 50058


Let the Challenge begin!

Bill Smith  ;-)
Class of 1957


School Library Donation Information:

After some of us began talking about a donation to assist the City Library, Ruth let us know that the School Library Book Fund was always small, also. So here is that information:

I'm excited!!!!  Let's see if we can make a difference in the lives of the young people attending our alma mater!!!  Donations should be made payable to "Coon Rapids Bayard Educational Corporation" and sent to Coon Rapids-Bayard School District , Attn. Gail Hopkins, 905 North Street, P. O. Box 297 , Coon Rapids , Iowa 50058 .  Please tag your donations with your class year.   Please feel free to pass this (message) along to other classmates.

Ruth ( Anderson ) Jensen

Here's the scoop!!  I contacted Supt. Rich Stoffers and Prin. Shawn Zanders about my suggestion to give our alumni donations to our local school district especially the school library.  Supt. Stoffers' reply included these ideas:

Thanks for getting in touch with the administrative team about some of your '57 classmates' willingness to support/fund community or school programs.  Your efforts to re-direct some very noteworthy and very charitable intentions by your classmates is very much appreciated.  Library book funding is no doubt a good idea, but there are other possible educational targets for funding.  By the way, the Foundation (Coon Rapids Bayard Educational Corporation) has established a 501c3 status as a charitable organization.

In visiting with SZ, there is no question that some "big time" funds are immediately needed for K-12 technology upgrades.  We have needs in the library/media center, business lab, and computer labs throughout the district.  This is of major concern and an improvement in this area would benefit all our students. 

The auditorium renovation is another wonderful opportunity for someone or a group to put their name on the project.  The difference being; at some point we will have PPEL/Levy funding to do that, while our technology funds are very much limited, and fall typically under General Fund category, which as you know are becoming more and more scarce due to declining enrollment.

Keep up your efforts to inform your alumni about the importance of supporting our school district through our district's foundation.  Also, as a school, if we can help out in anyway, and get involved as a school district and community with your reunion; we'd love to do that.  Anyway we would be able to support your reunion just let us know.

Thanks so much!
Rich Stoffers


Last known address - need updates, PLEASE:

Marilyn  Andersen (Mrs. Larry Taylor) ( )
314 Cardinal Dr.
Coon Rapids, IA 50058

Ruth N. Anderson (Mrs. Clifford A. Jensen) ( )
153 - 310th St.
Coon Rapids, IA 50058-8505

Nancy Bolger (Mrs. William L. Smith) (
P.O. Box 2003
Emporia, KS 66801

Alice Christy (Williams) ( )
6005 Truchas NE
Albuquerque, N.M. 87109

Jon  Crisman < >
4545 Cartway Road NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Joe  Dorpinghaus
320 Main
Coon Rapids, IA 50058

Douglas Drake ( )
5555 Glenstone Dr # 184
Grimes, IA 50311

Dennis  Ford
504 W. Harrison
Jefferson, IA 50129

Wilson  Frank
39 Wildwood
Prescott, AZ 86305

Phil Frohlich
112 Main St.
Coon Rapids, IA 50058

Wayne Grim
1537 Hilltop Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

Arlene Herron (Mrs. Howard McDaniel)
Rt. 5, Box 115, New Lake Road
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Gary  Hoover
18924 E. Via Hermosa
Rio Verde, AZ 85263

James  Knudsen
16702 East Redfield
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Madeleine Kracht (Forehand) ( )
18914 Heron Lane
Tomball, TX 77377

Andy Kretzinger
9523 Parks Creek Rd.
Grovesping, MO 65662-9177 (

William (Bill)  Nye
1400 Dean Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316

Gerald Palmer
1602 West Second St.
Perry, IA 50220-1303

Ramona Palmer (Mrs. Clair Kraft)
401 - 1st St.
Bayard, IA 50029

Larry L. Patrick
12105 NE 192nd St.
BattleGround, WA 98604-7354

Marilyn  Peterson (Mrs. Jim Hampton) ( )
322 Soakie Creek Trace
Cape Girardeau , MO 63701

Judy Remund (Mrs. Dale Snyder) ( )
8188 S. Catawba Ct.
Aurora, CO 80016

Jerry B. Scott, DBA ( )
531 Santavita Pl.
Poinciana, FL 34759

Charlotte Shirbroun (Mrs. Jerry Kunce) ( )
1002 - 2nd St.
Sully, IA 50251-1015

William L. Smith ( )
P.O. Box 2003
Emporia, KS 66801

Larry  Turner ( )
116 Southern Hills Dr.
Atlantic, IA 50022-2583


Jane Smith (Mrs. Jim Stangl)
9027 W. Echo Lane
Peoria, AZ 85345

Dick Whitefield
211 - 13th Street
Ames, IA 50010

Norma Wagner (Mrs. Richard Luckstead)
203 E. Main
Olin, IA 52320

Please send updates and corrections.

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Arizona Republic Obituaries Online, Dec 1, 2006:


Juanita Joyce Fitzsenry, nee Pierce, 67 was born to eternal life on November 24, 2006 at home after losing the battle to cancer. Juanita was born October 29, 1939 and grew up in Coon Rapids, IA. She met and married Francis Fitzsenry in Des Moines, then later move to Phoenix, AZ where they made their home for over 40 years. Juanita retired from Motorola after 30 years. She was an active member of several valley quilting clubs and her quilts are now enjoyed by family, friends, and many charities. Juanita is survived by her mother, Irene Fick of Coon Rapids, IA; son, Francis (Linda), granddaughters Alex and Sammi of New Berlin, WI; daughter, Carol Ann of Phoenix, AZ; two brothers, Dennis (Meredith) Pierce of Adel, IA and DeLane (Cindy) Fick of Rogersville, MO; two sisters, Jane (Leonard) Erb of Springfield, MO and Violet Goodwin of Jefferson, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Neal Fitsenry and her brothers, Douglas Fick and Dale Fick. A celebration of Juanita's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 02, 2006 at St. James Catholic Church, 19640 West 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a memorial donation be made to Hospice of the Valley.

1) Published March 27, 2005. Las Vegas, Nevada, Review-Journal:

Rebecca Ann Bullard, 66, of Las Vegas, died March 24, 2005. She was a real estate broker. She is survived by her husband, Dan; son, Jay of Las Vegas; and daughter, Barbara Kohler of Anaheim Hills, Calif. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Drive. Donations can be made to Las Vegas Philharmonic.

2) Published in March 29, 2005, Las Vegas Sun:

Rebecca Ann Bullard

Rebecca Ann Bullard, 66, of Las Vegas died Thursday in Las Vegas. She was
born Feb. 22, 1939, in Guthrie County, Iowa. A resident for 44 years, she
was a real estate broker.

She is survived by her husband, Dan; one daughter, Barbara Kohler of Anaheim
Hills, Calif.; one son, Jay Bullard, and one sister, Karen Mulcahy, both
of Las Vegas; one brother, Ron Kopeska of Minneapolis; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in First Christian Church, 101
S. Rancho Drive. Affordable Cremation and Burial Service, 2457 N. Decatur
Blvd., is handling arrangements.

The family suggests donations to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, 3271 S. Highland
Drive, Suite 702, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Norman Arrowsmith-Death Notice From Coon Rapids Enterprise of 21 Feb 1974 N. Arrowsmith Dies in California

Norman Arrowsmith, 35, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 18, at Sacramento, Calif. He was a former Coon Rapids resident and the son of Mrs. Addie Arrowsmith.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alfred E. Rau officiating. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery near Baryard, under the direction of Mason Funeral Home.

Norman was born October 28, 1938 near Bayard, the son of Charlie and Addie Arrowsmith. He attended school at Bayard and Coon Rapids.

Survivors include his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Opal Visner, Lake City; Charles of Bagley; Mrs. Irene Fick and Howard, Coon Rapids; Mrs. Ross (Audrey) Coglia, Sacramento, CA; Gerald of Council Bluffs; Harlod of Minok, Ill.; John of Bayard; Donald of Orient; Lee of Decorah; Mrs. Bob (Gloria) Burns, Sacramento, CA; Joe of San Jose, Calif.

His father preceded him in death.

Marcia Leary Is Crash Victum

The community was shocked and saddened last Friday morning when word was received that Marcia Textor Leary, 33, had been killed Thursday night when a car in which she was riding collided with a truck in Nashville, Tenn., where she lived.

Mrs. Leary was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Textor of Coon Rapids and a 1957 graduate of Coon Rapids High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Leary and another couple had opened The Way Home, a residence for homeless children, last September in Nashville. The driver of the car in which she was riding was a 17-year-old boy who lived at the home. He survived the crash. He apparently failed to yield the right-of-way to a two-ton truck after making a left turn. He had recently received his driver's license.

Memorial services were held Saturday afternoon in the Donelson View Baptist Church. Burial was in the Woodlawn Memorial Park. Donelson is a suburb of Nashville.

Obituary - Marcia Textor Leary

From Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, May 25, 1972

Marcia Textor Leary was born in Madison, Wisc., on Feb 5, 1939, the daughter of Oliver and Anne Churchill Textor. She spent most of her childhood in Coon Rapids, attending the Coon Rapids Community School and graduated with the Class of 1957.

Choosing a nursing career, she attended the Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebr., graduating in 1960.

The next few years she worked putting herself through Baptist Bible Seminary at Johnson City, New York, graduating with a degree in Religion in 1964. She became absorbed in Christian oriented work and spent much of her spare time working with a non-denominational group "The Navigators" helping at conferences and other phases of their ministry.

Her marriage to Kenneth Leary took place Dec. 18, 1966, in Washington, D.C. To this union was born one daughter, Melinda Sue, now 2 1/2 years old.

The Learys lived and worked at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch located near Amarillo, Texas, from January until July in 1971. Working with the boys gave them the desire to start a home for children from broken homes.

This dream was shared by another couple working at the ranch who were natives of Nashville, Tenn. In July they went to Nashville and by September 1 "The Way Home" was a reality for them. It is supported by donations and the family will forward memorials or they can be sent directly to The Way Home, 215 Blanton Ave., Nashville, Tenn., 37210.

Marcia leaves her husband, Kenneth E. Leary, her daughter, Melinda Sue of Nashville; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Textor of Coon Rapids; one sister, Mrs. Monte (Sue) Carl of Omaha, Nebr.; one brother, Mark Textor of Nashville; the foster children at the home; her grandmother, Mrs. Grace Churchill of Coon Rapids; many other relatives and friends.

She belonged to the Donelson View Baptist Church where memorial services were conducted May 20 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Grubbs officiating. Cliff Frensley was solist.

Relatives attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Conlon (she is the former Judy Grettenberg) of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Mrs. Monte Carl of Omaha, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Textor of Coon Rapids and Mark Textor of Nashville.

Please send updates and corrections.

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