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In Loving Memory:

  • Jean Sitzmann (’42) entered into eternal rest on May 5, 2018. 
  • Ronald Baack (attended St. Joseph’s School) entered into eternal rest on July 25, 2018.
  • Robert Stoeber (’43) entered into eternal rest on August 9, 2018. 
  • Mary Lou (Nemmers, ’44) Mayrose entered into eternal rest on September 4, 2018.
  • Rita (Rolfes, ’46) Niehus entered into eternal rest on October 21, 2018.
  • Tony Reuter (’50) entered into eternal rest on June 19, 2018.
  • William Engel (’57) entered into eternal rest on September 26, 2018.
  • Norman Kneip (‘57)entered into eternal rest on September 27, 2018.
  • Ed Schleis (’57)entered into eternal rest on July 14, 2018.
  • JoAnn Hoss (’60) Frickentered into eternal rest on August 3, 2017. 
  • Howard Senn, husband of Mary (Nemmers, ’64) Sennentered into eternal rest on August 26, 2018. 
  • Diana Gralapp (’66)entered into eternal rest on August 6, 2018.
  • Helen (Hoss, ’58) Brunning entered into eternal rest on November 1, 2018.
  • Patrick Kellen (who attended Gehlen Catholic & is the son of Del, ’76, & Lori Kellen)entered into eternal rest on November 9, 2018.
  • Tyler Douvia (son of Deanna Kellen-Douvia, ’83) & father of Addelyn Douvia, ’33)entered into eternal rest on November 9, 2018.

Future Jay Birds:

  • Mike (’96) & Deirdre Mai welcomed a new daughter, Vivienne Celeste, on November 1, 2018.  She weighed 7 lbs. 13 ozs.  She joins Savannah, age 5; Sadie, age 4 & Magnus, 1, at the Mai home. 
  • Paul Rust (’00) & Leslie Ardin welcomed a daughter, Mary. 
  • Jesse (’01) & Jackie Langel welcomed a daughter, Aria, on February 27, 2018.
  • Jacque (Livermore, ’01) & Gus Perez welcomed a daughter, Harriet Pilar Perez, on May 8, 2018.
  • Katie (Loutsch, ’03) & Philip Arkema welcomed a son, Colton, on March 12, 2018.
  • Todd (’05) & Lori Ellensohn, welcomed a son, Damien, on June 1, 2018.
  • Jennifer (Nussbaum, ‘07) & Peter McCarthy (’06) welcomed a daughter, Bailey James, on September 19, 2018.  She is a little sister to Caydence Joan, 4 years; & Nora Jean, 1.5 years.    
  • Brittney (Schlichte, ’09) & Michael Ruba welcomed their son, Rykder Michael, on September 13, 2018.
  • Cole (‘10) & Jackie (Dance Moderator) Heissel welcomed a daughter, Emery Jo, on August 28, 2018.
  • Tyler (’10) & Sterling Meyer welcomed a son, Miles, on August 10, 2018.
  • Christopher Eral (’11) & Stephanie Alanis, welcomed a son, Max Christopher, on June 30, 2018. 
  • Jacob (’15) & Michelle Begnoche, welcomed a son, Alexander John, on August 17, 2018.
  • Merissa Schlichte (’15) & Alan Godfrey welcomed a son, Beau Warren Godfrey.
  • Amanda (Junior High Teacher) & Jordan Christoffel welcomed a daughter, Hannah Grace, on August 27, 2018. 


 Newlyweds:

  • Joe Kessenich (’78) & Kathleen Pearson celebrated their wedding with a reception on July 6, 2018.
  • Kandace Gerdes (’84) & Stephen Kauffmann were married on June 10, 2018.
  • Derek Christoffel (’05) & Gina Rasmussen were married on October 20, 2018. 
  • Alex Loutsch (’07) & Danielle Gunter (’09) were married on July 21, 2018. 
  • Stephanie Rohe (’12) & Trevor Bouma (‘12) will be married in the fall of 2019.
  • Cailtyn Alesch (‘11) & Kelly Full (’14) were married on September 22, 2018.
  • Jordyn Nilles (’14) & Gerritt Davis were married on July 21, 2018.
  • Tera Langel (’10) & Kevin Shea (’08) were united in marriage on November 19, 2018.


 Alumni News:

  • A follow up story on Gehlen Catholic High School students who 50 years ago participated in a study with Project Talent was published in the St. Louis Dispatch on October 15, 2018.  The article was entitled “Tests taken by high school students 58 years ago could predict whether they get Alzheimer's”.https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/tests-taken-by-high-school-students-years-ago-could-predict/article_1b553f8d-1135-516a-87c8-4ac0ec4fbd5f.html
  • Due to the transition of the SLW from the Diocese of Sioux City, a farewell reception was held for Sister Rosalie Erdmann (’46) on August 12, 2018.# 
  • Michael Dreckman (’74) is the Location Manager for Iowa State Bank in Le Mars. 
  • Joe Sitzmann (’99) is the owner of Iowa BBQ Company (IBC) in Le Mars.
  • Paul Rust (’00) was featured in an article entitled “Paul Rust Really Iowa is Nice” inthe Iowan Magazine in July/August 2018.
  • Danielle Schmitz (’13) is teaching 1st grade at Holy Cross – St. Michael’s Center in Sioux City, which is a part of the Bishop Heelan Catholic School System. 
  • Katie Douvia (’15) opened Treasured Hands Massage in Le Mars.
  • Emily Meyer (’15) received the 2018 GOAL Award from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE. 
  • Former Gehlen Catholic football coach, Denny Muller, was named by the Des Moines Register as one of Iowa’s 50 greatest high school football coaches. 
  • https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/10/04/iowa-50-greatest-high-school-football-coaches-ihsaa-harlan-dowling-iowa-des-moines-hawkeyes/1514339002/

#“End of the An Era – Departure of women religious leaves no BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary), SLW (Sisters of the Living Word) congregations in the Diocese of Sioux City.”  For more on this story, please read the July 26, 2018, edition of The Catholic Globe.

  • Judge Robert Dull (’65) was appointed to the bench in 1993 & has served throughout the 3rd Judicial District as a District Association Judge.A retirement reception was held on November 30, 2018.
  • Troy Beitelspacher (’99)was promoted on December 4, 2018, to Senior Police Officer with the Le Mars Police Department.



Contact Mrs. Maggie (Adam, '03) Erdmann or Mrs. Lisa Niebuhr in the Development Office at 712-546-4181 x249 or x237 or via email at merdmann@gehlencatholic.org or lniebuhr@gehlencatholic.org

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Ryan & Shayla (Sitzmann, '07) Downing welcomed a son, Connor Paul on 11/14/17.
Ryan & Shayla (Sitzmann, '07) Downing welcomed a son, Connor Paul on 11/14/17.
Ryan & Shayla (Sitzmann, '07) Downing welcomed a son, Connor Paul on 11/14/17.
Ryan & Shayla (Sitzmann, '07) Downing welcomed a son, Connor Paul on 11/14/17.
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