Some songs from 1959

Ronald Bromert
Ronald Herbert Bromert was born on January 5, 1941, in Carroll, Iowa, to Herbert Bromert and Irma (Carstens) Bromert and passed away at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, on February 21, 2024, at the age of 83. His family lived in Carroll until 1947, when they moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, for a year. They then settled in Manning, Iowa, where Ron attended school. In high school he participated in band, playing the trumpet, and vocal music, where he was chosen for the All-State Choir. He also participated in football and basketball.

He graduated from Manning High School in 1959 and from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1963, with a degree in Music Education. He taught elementary vocal music and band in Griswold, Iowa, for three years, where he met his future wife, Kay Roberts. They were married on June 1, 1966, and moved to Greenfield, Iowa, where Ron taught elementary vocal music for three years. During the summers, Ron and Kay attended Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg, Missouri, to work on master's degrees. Ron graduated from there in 1969 with a Masters in School Administration.

They moved to Cumberland, Iowa, for one year, where Ron worked as the Elementary principal in the Cumberland-Massena school district. The following year, they moved to Anita, Iowa, where Ron worked as the Elementary Principal for six years. In 1973, their son Michael William was born. In Anita, Ron was active in the Lions Club, and he and Kay enjoyed square dancing and Ron discovered barbershop music, becoming a charter member of the Atlantic, Iowa chapter of SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).

In 1976, they moved to Madrid, Iowa, where Ron became the Elementary-Junior High principal. Six weeks after the move to Madrid, their son Steven Joseph was born. In 1984, Ron accepted the position of Elementary principal at Sacred Heart School in West Des Moines, Iowa, and the family moved to West Des Moines.

In 1986, their lives went in a different direction when they answered an ad in the Des Moines Register for a teaching principal, a wife who could teach, and elementary-age children. They met all three criteria, so they answered the ad, had an interview, and accepted these positions in Ilo, Perus, South America. They worked for Southern Peru Copper Corporation, teaching in an American school there. Mike and Steve had both of their parents as teachers!

After ten years in Peru, it was time to come home, so they moved back to Urbandale, Iowa. Ron worked for the Des Moines Public School system at Scavo, Central Campus, and later at St. Joseph's School as an ESL teacher. He retired in 2006.

Ron was a member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church and was a Third Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of SPEBSQSA (now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society) all his life. He and Kay planned their vacations every year so they could attend the International Barbershop Competition over the Fourth of July. Ron also enjoyed riding his recumbent bicycle (and later his recumbent trike), going to car shows and stock car races, reading mysteries, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Kay, son Mike and wife Anne of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, son Steve of Overland Park, Kansas, grandsons Chase Bromert and Logan Bromert, both of Des Moines, granddaughters Lily Bromert and Eleanor Bromert of Overland Park, brother Tom and wife Linda of Glendale, Arizona, niece Sara (Bromert) Price and husband Rob of Arizona, and their two sons J.T. and Casey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb Bromert and Irma Bromert and a nephew Jason Bromert.

A public visitation will be held on March 4, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church (1230 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50311) with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Glendale Cemetery (4909 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center (5837 Winwood Dr, Johnston, IA 50131) or St. Theresa Catholic Church (1230 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50311)

1959 MHS graduates: Vivian Adamson, Glen Ahrendsen, Shirley Beckman, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Richard Bowers, Ronald Bromert, Wayne Brus, Beverly Dalgety, Sandra Dammann (salutatorian), Jeanette Fink, Allan Fonken, Mary Frahm, William Genzen, Dennis Grimm, Joel Grundmeier, Larry Handlos, Keith Hass, Paul Hass, Linda Heithoff (valedictorian), Betty Hoffman, Barbara Johnson, Julia Johnson, Bernard Jones, Karen King, Philip Knaack, Rollyn Koepke, Wanda Kolman, Nancy Loftus, Ronald Mahnke, Lorraine Martens, Gary Monson, Evans Samuel Musfeldt, Jay Musfeldt, Sharon Niederfrank, Allen Nissen, David Peters, Keith Pfannkuch, Roger Reinke, Larry Rix, Larry Rowedder, Susan Rowedder, Carlene Schrum, Sharon Schrum, Vernon Sonksen, Carol Spieker, Stanley Spies, Clifford Stammer, Mary Steffes, Larry Vehrs, Ronald Vogl, Sylvia Vollstedt, Linda Warner

1959 former students: Dennis Backhaus, Darlene Breidert, Gary Brockelsby, Lorraine Christensen, Helen Dethlefsen, Phyllis Fritz, Richard Hinners, Mary Jentsch, Jolene Koch, Larry Martens, James Middendorf, Ronald Mohr, Donna Mundt, Edward Neubaum, Linda Paulsen, Rose Porter, Michael Schoeppner, Lavina Seals, David Sextro, Kay Stangl, Larry Stangl, Gary Tigges, Carmen Weifenbach, Marilee White, Marilyn Wyatt

Back: Evans Sam Musfeldt, Stanley Spies, Rollyn Koepke, Bernard Jones, Allan Fonken, Richard Bowers, Ronald Bromert, Philip Knaack, Larry Rix, Jay Musfeldt, Vernon Sonksen, Wayne Brus
Third: Joel Grundmeier, Mary Frahm, Glen Ahrendsen, Sharon Niederfrank, Allen Nissen, Ronald Mahnke, Sharon Schrum, Paul Hass, Dennis Grimm, David Peters, Nancy Loftus, Larry Rowedder, Gary Monson
Second: Susan Rowedder, Julia Johnson, Jeanette Fink, Wanda Kolman, William Adamson, Barbara Johnson, Lorraine Martens, Carlene Schrum, William Genzen, Roger Reinke, Keith Pfannkuch, Ronald Vogl, Keith Hass
Front: Betty Hoffman, Mary Jo Steffes, Sylvia Vollstedt, Karen King, Beverly Dalgety, Sandra Dammann, Carol Spieker, Linda Heithoff, Shirley Beckman, Linda Warner, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Larry Handlos, Clifford Stammer, Larry Vehrs

School articles

1960 L&M Bowling alley construction
Ron Arp (left), Ron Bromert

1951 Fifth grade

Back: Miss Rita Theobald, Ron Bromert, Phil Knaack, Larry Rix, Ron Mohr, Sharon Schrum, Nancy Loftus, Donna Mundt
Middle: Mary Frahm, Linda Paulsen, Linda Warner, Shirley Beckman, Mary Jentsch, Julia Johnson, Dave Sextro
Front: Paul Hass, Joel Grundmeier, Edward Neubaum, Sandra Dammann, Linda Heithoff, Ron Vogl

Lion Hunters: Bill Graner, Tom Bromert

Concert Band 1956

Back: Barbara Vollmer, Sylvia Vollstedt, Linda Heithoff, Carol Vollstedt, Gary Schroeder, Roger Koepke, Dennis Grimm, Joel Grundmeier, Ruth Ohde, Mr. Dwane Mickelson
Third: Karen Rix, Darlene Genzen, Myra Meeves, Susan Rowedder, Bob Beisch, Rae Lynne Wycoff, Dale Jansen, Karen Carstens, Cynthia Peters, Darlene Kruse, Betty Lengemann, Beverly Dalgety, AnnaBelle Vennink, Janice Ahrendsen, Sam Musfeldt, Phil Knaack, Darryl Jahn, Gordon Anthony, Warren Puck, Jon Groteluschen
Second: Janice Laurinat, Carol Antone, Delores Ahrendsen, Sandra Dammann, Mary Frahm, Sharon Niederfrank, Barbara Johnson, Linda Warner, Jeanette Fink, Betty Hoffman, Judy Wegner, Rita Wellendorf, Leon Brockelsby, Richard Brockelsby, Paul Hass, Ronnie Bromert, Gary Koon, Ray Fink, Larry Genzen, Jack Hansen, Dick Wellendorf
Front: Darlys Vollstedt, Marcia Martens, Janet Kuhl, Sharon Schrum, Kay Ramsey, Janice Jensen, Julia Johnson, Elke Bunz, Deanna Donaghu

Linda Struve & Tom Bromert

316 Main Street

Bromert's Place

Page 13 of the Manning Schools History book

February 1956 Ewoldt No. 2

Back: Sheryl Hill, Joy Hansen, Linda Handlos, Betsy Musfeldt, Irma Bromert, Roger Hansen, Jimmy Hansen, Russell Stribe, Charles Nepple
Middle: Philip Musfeldt, Susan Muhlbauer, Lloyd Nepple, Duane Rohe, Kenneth Spies, Marvin Nepple, Rose Marie Nepple, Gay Singsank
Front: Ruthann Nepple, Dawn Singsank, Patricia Muhlbauer, Richard Stribe, Larry Rohe

Class of 1989

Top: Matthew Campbell, Virginia Amsden, Chad McCollum, ?Anne Lamb?
Third: Michael Hughes, Angela Grundmeier, Cory Ahrendsen, Sharon Weller, Jeremy Kuhn,
Second: ??, Ronald Wiese, Teri Kusel, Cory Stammer
First: Scott Mills, Thomas Bruch
Bottom: Chad Bald, ?David Morey?, Terisa Ridgley, ?Brenda Venteicher?, Steve Lamp - twin

Irma Bromert

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