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Leadership and Service

Alumni Class Notes

Under each year is listed that group's official Class Representative (CR). If there isn't a name under your graduation year, that means there isn't a designated CR. If you would like to represent your class, or know someone who might make a good CR, call 1-800-ALUM-PLU or e-mail alumni@plu.edu.

Other classes with CR's are: 1935 Junet Runbeck, 1938 Volly (Norby) Grande, 1938 Stan Willis, 1946 Isabel (Harstad) Watness, 1947 Gerald Lider, 1948 Norene (Skilbredl) Gulhaugen, 1949 Luther Wathness, 1950 Edna (Haglund) Dorothy, 1951 LaWanna (Wellsandt) Ahrendt, 1953 Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen, 1955 Phyllis Grahn Carroll, 1957 Carol (Bottemiller) Geldaker and Helen (Jordanger) Nordquist. 1972 Pamela (Weeks) Russell, 1975 Ed Voie, 1976 Gary Powell, 1978 David Dahl, 1979 David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey, 1982 Paul Colard



1939
Peter Bury died on July 13. After attending PLU, Peter was ordained through Grace Brethren Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., and served in the ministry for over 50 years. In addition to being a pastor, his ministry also included organizing interdenominational church and youth camps, his radio broadcast, "The Chapel Hour," and television program, "Sharing with You." He is survived by his wife, Helen. He was a devoted father to two daughters, Lyla and Darlene; and three sons, James, Robert and Daniel.


1940
CR: Luella Toso Johnson

May (Pellett) Klinzmann lives in Wray, Colo., two miles from the care center where her husband, John, has lived for two years. Luella Toso Johnson and her husband, Arthur, recently celebrated 60 years of marriage with 18 relatives and friends on a cruise to Alaska aboard the Norwegian Sky. Luella will also be seen in "Rose Red," a Stephen King movie that will be shown on ABC-TV in February 2002. The movie was filmed at Thornewood Castle (Tacoma), Pioneer Square (Seattle), and Sand Point (Seattle). Luella also recently received the Valiant Women award from the Lakewood, Wash., chapter of Church Women United, a worldwide organization. The award recognizes dedication to serving God's people.


1941
Harry Lang died on August 21 of lung disease. While attending PLC, Harry played on the only Pacific Lutheran basketball team to beat the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Army Air corps during World War II. After the war he graduated from PLC and began teaching and coaching in the Clover Park School District where he stayed until he retired. After he retired, he was elected to the Clover Park School Board and eventually served as its president. He was also a member of many community organizations and served as vice president of the Lakewood Recreational Association, president of the Lakewood Kiwanis Club, chairman of the department of Social and Health Services Pierce/Kitsap Child Abuse Advisory Committee, and school liaison officer to the Juvenile Court. Harry was named Administrator of the Year by the Clover Park Education Association, was the PTA Golden Acorn award winner and the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administration Honor awardee. Harry was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Irene (McComb) '49. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Bill Griffin; niece, Mary Lynn Ford '69; and nephew, Tim Ramstead.


1951
CR: LaWanna (Wellsandt) Ahrendt

Walter Braafladt was selected to be the assistant director of the annual Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association (PCNSA) choir concert held in Eugene, Ore. Walter trains the Sacramento chapter of the PCNSA. Eleven West Coast cities have men's choruses that sing in the Scandinavian tradition.


1956
CR: Clarene (Osterli) Johnson and Ginny (Grahn) Haugen

Joanne (Poencet) Rinn retired from her job as a school psychologist in 2000. She and her husband, James, spend winter and spring in San Diego, and summer and fall in Gleneden Beach, Ore. All five of their children are doing well. Joanne and James traveled to Hong Kong to visit their son, Bruce, and his family in October. Bruce is the human resource director at the American Embassy.


1958
CR: Don Cornell and
David Knutson

Josie Shapira enjoys stamp art and rosemailing designs from her mother's birthplace. She is also learning other art forms from Norway and Israel. Thomas Reeves retired in May from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside after teaching history for 40 years. His latest book, "America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen," was published in September. Thomas and his wife, Kathleen (Garrison) '59, live in Franksville, Wis.


1959
CR: Alvin Dungan

Alvin Dungan was recently appointed to the PLU Alumni Board as chair of Alumni Programs-Educational.


1960
Hildred (Hansen) Dungan is the new director of Best Practices at Lutheran Brotherhood in Minneapolis.


1961
CR: Ron Lerch

Daniel Benson owns Daniel Benson and Associates, a traffic, parking, and transit engineering firm in Fullerton and Oceanside, Calif. His wife, Marilyn, is a pastoral counselor. They have two daughters; Julie Britsch '91 is an associate pastor in Victorville, Calif., and Elizabeth is a Christian counselor in San Diego.


1962
CR: Leo Eliason

Walter (Tone) Suter died on July 18 at the age of 62. After attending PLU, Tone was a technician in a photo lab in Tacoma. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland where he participated in prayer breakfasts, men's group and served as a volunteer at the Red Cross Senior Meal site at Trinity.


1963
CR: Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Margaret (Hollis) Sherburne died on July 5 in Scobey, Mont., at the age of 82. Before attending PLU, Margaret obtained her instructor certification from Northern Montana College in Havre and began her teaching career in Flaxville and Cascade, Mont., in 1939. She then moved to Washington state in 1942 to work in civil service. Several years later, while teaching in Fife and then Puyallup, Margaret came to PLU to complete her bachelor's degree ('63) and obtain a graduate endorsement ('67) in secondary language arts. She taught English composition, creative writing, poetry, speech and college preparatory composition at Rogers High School in Puyallup. She was also the yearbook adviser and helped develop Rampages, a student creative writing book. Margaret moved to Humboldt, Neb., with her second husband in 1975, where she was a substitute teacher, coach of the debate team and spent time writing and publishing her poetry. She authored and performed "Trilogy of Great Women of Israel," three mono-dramas about little known women of the Old Testament. In 1989, Margaret represented Nebraska in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, where she won the Ms. Congeniality Award. Additionally, her interpretive writing and performing of Nebraska author, Mari Sandoz, put her into the Nebraska Humanities Council's catalog from 1994-98. Following the death of her second husband, Margaret moved back to her home town of Scobey where she continued her active lifestyle with classes for the nursing home, writing poetry and singing in the Scobey Lutheran Church choir. She is survived by two children, Charles Hollis and Marnee Hollis '77, and many relatives.

Howard Larson has retired after 32 years with Delta Airlines. He and his wife, Cathy, are living in Las Vegas with numerous cats.


1970
CR: Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Mary (Arneson) Bryant started Rimrock Academy, the first charter school for the Bend LaPine School District, in Bend, Ore., in September. Her husband, Neil Bryant, retired from the Oregon State Senate, continues to practice law and serves on the boards of Oregon State University, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the Oregon Progress Board.

Edward Horne died on July 21 at the age of 87. He was ordained to preach the gospel in 1942 and organized the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Tacoma, later joining St. Paul Baptist Church. In 1943, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and served in Asia and Europe. He was a highly decorated veteran of World War II and was honorably discharged in 1963 after 20 years of meritorious service. After attending PLU, he taught school in the Tacoma and Orting school districts. He also volunteered in the Hilltop (Tacoma) area, was a member of the West End Kiwanis Club, the National Geographic Society and the Masons. He is survived by two sons, Edward and Leon; daughter, Kittrell; and two grandchildren.


1971
CR: Joseph Hustad Jr.

Clayton Kirking left Parsons School of Design after five and half years, to assume the position of director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, an Alliance for the Arts project in New York City.

William "Chris" Boerger was elected Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA in June, and his installation service was held November 1 at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Wash. After PLU, Chris went to Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis. He has served two congregations.

Terry Knapton is the chief operating officer of Colville Tribal Enterprise Corporation (CTEC) in Coulee Dam, Wash. He was recently appointed by Governor Gary Locke to participate in the Washington Competitiveness Council. The council is being formed to help make Washington State the nation's leader in business development. Terry has served in a range of positions including executive director for the Colville Confederated Tribes, executive director of the Lake Roosevelt Forum in Coulee Dam, chief financial officer of CTEC and is currently the chief operating officer of CTEC. Terry also worked eight years as a commercial banker.


1973
CR: Nikki Martin

Larry Overman died on July 15. He was an avid reader, collector of antiques and an employee of the Washington State Employment Security Department for 33 years. His father, Irvin, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Ruth; sister, Linda Rudolph; and brothers, Glenn and Neil.

Karen Fynboe was appointed principal at Sherman Elementary School in the Tacoma School District in August. She is also a Corporate Delegates Co-Chair of the PLU Campaign Steering Committee. Her daughter, Andrea Howe, will graduate from PLU in December with a degree in mathematics.

Sandra (Haugen) Glover is in the vocal performance /pedagogy doctoral program at the University of Washington. In September, she opened a new conservatory of music on the campus of Highline Community College. A comprehensive catalog of courses is offered to students of all age groups including infancy in Kindermusik to college preparatory, with private lessons and ensembles, and a community choir. Joining Sandra are Deuane '75 and Karen '74 (McClellan) Kuenzi, directors of choral activities. The conservatory will serve the community with concerts from noted artists as well as frequent clinics, festivals, and student and faculty recitals.

Norma Aamodt-Nelson and her husband, Steve '76 have moved to Mukilteo, Wash. Norma is Minister of Music at Trinity ELCA in Lynnwood, Wash., and continues part-time acquisitions for Augsburg Fortress. Steve is an interim pastor for NW Washington synod in Ferndale, Wash. Their daughter Rachael sings with the Seattle Children's Chorus.


1974
CR: Dave Johnson

Clarence "Butch" Zieske lives in Richey, Mont., with his wife, Pixie, and three daughters, Brook, 25, Toni, 21, and Keri, 19. Butch teaches K-10 physical education and is the K-12 counselor in the Richey Public School District. He has coached girls basketball for the past nine years. Four of the last five years they have played in the State C tournament. For the past two years, they won the tournament while posting a record of 54-0. He was voted Coach of the Year for 1999-2000.


1977
CR: Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Keith and Diane (Lund '75) Davis took their daughter Anika, to begin classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Keith continues to be the only doctor and county coroner in Shoshone County, Idaho, and is a national medical delegate to the American Cancer Society for the Rocky Mountain division based in Denver. Diane volunteers as a church secretary for New Hope Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Shoshone, Idaho.

Alice Brobst-Walsh is the recipient of the Michigan Historical Center Foundation's 2001 Odyssey Award for innovative teaching of Michigan history. Recipients are chosen for their depth of knowledge and helping others learn about Michigan history. Alice is an elementary school teacher at Paddock Elementary School in Milan, Mich.






1980
CR: Drew Nelson

John and Shirley (Cole) Swanson moved back to the Northwest after 10 years in San Diego. The U.S. Navy transferred John to the Chapel at the Bangor Naval Submarine Base. Shirley brought her controller position with a Poway, Calif., pension administration company with her and created a satellite office in their home to handle the business. They have four children: John, 20, a junior at Oregon State University; Erik, 17, a senior and Kristin, 14 a freshman at Bainbridge (Wash.) High School. Maren, 11, is in the seventh grade. They look forward to enjoying the wonderful Washington weather again.


1981
CR: Drew Nelson

Armen Shanafelt is the head of the basic research group at the Roche Diagnostics Indianapolis campus. He was previously at Bayer Biotechnology in Berkeley, Calif. In addition to his research, he is also involved in the evaluation of new technologies and the development of business opportunities in non-traditional areas of diagnostics. Armen and his wife, Marie-Claude, celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in October. They have two children: Isabelle, 9, plays volleyball and has a passion for acting; and Alex, 4, enjoys gymnastics and dancing.
Gail (Whitney) Furniss recently moved back to the Seattle area after a 20-year absence. She is a claims specialist with The Doctors Company.


1983
CR: David Olson

Mike Larson has become the director for a new state-chartered commercial bank in Lakewood, Wash. Washington Commerce Bank will cater to small businesses and will be open after capitalization is completed.


1984
CR: Mark A. Christofferson

Jeff Baccetti and his wife, Zeeba, announce the birth of Kailyn, on Aug. 21. She joins Jacob, 4.

Eric Rizer and Rebekah Nairn were married on Sept. 23, 2000. They announce the birth of their daughter, Madison, on Sept. 12, 2001.


1985
CR: Janet (Olden) Regge

Joseph Kerns completed his master's of education leadership degree at Northern Arizona University in 2000. He teaches high school geography and art and coaches wrestling and track for Duncan (Ariz.) Unified Schools. In addition to teaching, Joseph is also the mayor of Duncan. He married his wife, Roni, in 1996. Roni is currently working on her doctorate in nursing at the University of Arizona. She previously taught nursing at Eastern Arizona College. Joseph and Roni have five children and three grandchildren.
Kevin Morrow and his wife, De Anna, announce the birth of Jaiden Morrow on Aug. 28. She joins Ken, 11, Mariko, 10 and Kimiko, 9.


1986
CR: Brian Dohe

Ed and Karen (Foster '87) Herde announce the birth of Nathan Edward Foster Herde, on April 27. He joins Eric, 9, and Emily, 6.

Jon Rodin and his wife, Dawn, announce the birth of Benjamin Henry, on Aug. 4. He joins Sarah Elizabeth, 1.

 




Pamela Kleweno
is pursuing a master's in business administration degree with an international business/entrepreneurship emphasis at Seattle University.

Matt Ihle and Paula Lindquist-Ihle '87 announce the birth of Grace Anna, on Sept. 6. She joins Luke, 7.

Mary (Moser) Blair and her husband, Christopher, announce
the birth of Keiran on March 3. He joins Caitlin, 13, Tristan, 6, and Cameron, 3.
Scott and Susan (Koenig '86) Menzel moved from Chicago to Portland, Ore. Scott is now the manager of integrated planning at Household Credit Card Services.


1987
CR: Darren Hamby

Tim and Elizabeth (Borders) Carlson announce the birth of Kevin, on March 31.
Christine (Johnson) Kuramoto graduated from the University of Birmingham in England with her master's degree in teaching English as a foreign or second language. Her dissertation research project was published in the "English Language Teacher Education and Development" journal. Christine and her husband, Tetsuo, live in Minamata, Japan, with their children, Sarah, 9, and Joshua, 5. They are active members of the tiny Minamata Lutheran Church. Christine teaches high school EFL and adult classes. She also volunteers to teach the children at Minamata Lutheran Pre-school.


1988
CR: Kristina Pfeil and Sherith (Lundring) Squires

Terry Marks of Terry Marks Design was recently recognized by a number of national publications. Industry-leading Communication Arts Magazine cited Terry as an outstanding speaker for a recent design conference; HOW magazine profiled his creative short film and comic projects; The Utne Reader commissioned a re-design of the Washington State flag for a recent article; and he was again recognized by HOW magazine for his unique wit and design. Terry is vice-president of the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), an executive board member of Seattle LINK, an arts program for high school students and was on the advisory committee for a national AIGA program for at risk youth.

Gregory Schieferstein was elected to a six-year term on the advisory committee for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Department of Communication. He is the news director of Evening Post Television, KPAX-TV, Missoula; Mt. KPAX-TV recently won "Best Newscast" and "Best Spot News Coverage" in the state from the Montana Broadcaster's Association. Greg and his wife Adriane have two children, Hannah, 3, and August, 2.
Jody (Bennett) Moen and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Kailey Marie, on Jan. 24, 2001. She joins her brothers, Connor, 4, and Colton, 2. Jody continues to work part time as an elementary school counselor and Michael is a general contractor.

Marianne (Morley) Meese and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Anna Catherine, on Sept. 13. She joins Emma, 2.


1989
CR: Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Brian Hoff is a network administrator at Business Interiors Northwest in Tukwila, Wash. He and his wife, Ellaine, have a daughter, Carissa, 6.

Whitney Keyes-Whiton was promoted to senior public relations manager for Microsoft Corporation's corporate public relations team.

Hatch and Kimberly McAllister announce the birth of Declan Hatch, on April 11.
Sonja (Riis) Gunderson and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of Kayla, on May 26. Sonja is a computer programmer at Boeing in Seattle.

Brian and Jennifer (Laraby '91) Jacobson announce the birth of Haley Christine, on July 20.


1990
CR: Angela Vahsholtz-Anderson and Sean Neely

Erik Lorenz is the procurement manager at Allegro Networks in San Jose, Calif.
Burke Mullins is the president of Remedy Intelligent Staffing. He decided to purchase the two full service franchise offices in Tacoma and Olympia after working in downtown Seattle for nine years, first for Ernst & Young LLP, and then as a financial manager of West Coast operations for Tosco Marketing, a Fortune 100 oil company. Burke and his wife of eight years, Kirsten, and their son, Isaac, 4, live in Snoqualmie Ridge.

Todd and Lisa Dean-Erlander announce the birth of twins, Noah Philip and Benjamin Noble, on July 7. They join Peter, 3.



Paul and Julie (Stenersen '91)
Finley announce the birth of Carter Stenersen, on June 6. He joins Megan, 3.

Shannon (Munger) Dierickx and her husband, Dean, announce the birth of Morgan Lee on Nov. 9. She joins Drew, 5.

Michael and Olivia (Gerth) Wright announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Liu, on June 22.

Jerry and Lois (Johnson '91) Debner announce the birth of Lauren Rachel, on Aug. 27. She joins Garrett, 4.


1991
CR: Roxie Giddings

Heidi Rynearson and Mike Vandyke were married on Dec. 9, 2000 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Heidi is the farm manager at Boulder Creek Academy and Mike is a firefighter.

Brenda (Bishop) Fysh is a Christian recording artist/lyricist, who performs live in the Seattle area. Two songs from the album "Here's My Heart" have received airplay on KCMS-105.3FM, a third song, "Child to Hold," is featured on Crista Ministries' 50th Anniversary video. www.refugemusic.com




Erika Hermanson and Patrick Banasky
were married on Aug. 18 in Seattle. Erika is a marketing manager with RealNetworks and Patrick is senior finance manager at AT&T Wireless Services. The couple lives in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

Greg and Judy (Slater '89) Oehling announce the birth of Noah David, on Dec. 6, 2000. He joins Jackson, 2.

 





1992

Jeff Crecelius and Teresa Swartz were married on April 18 in Maui, Hawaii. Jeff is the aquatic supervisor at the Sequim (Wash.) Aquatic Recreation Center and Teresa is a physical therapist assistant.





Annette Snyder and José Bourget
were married on May 19 in Hillsboro, Ore. Annette is the student adviser to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C. José is the staff development specialist for the Peace Corps.

Lane Kadel and his wife, Candi, announce the birth of Tate James, on June 30. He joins Priya, 1.

Mark and Karen (Graham '94) Bain announce the birth of Kimberly Nicole on April 2. She joins Kayla Christine, 2.

Michael and Heidi (Flothmeier) Konen announce the birth of Nicholas William, on Aug. 6. He joins Abigail Joy, 4, and Hannah Grace, 2.

Stephanie Bullard-Beares and her husband, Kevin, recently moved to Mercer Island, Wash., so that Kevin could take a job at Microsoft. Stephanie completed her master's degree at the University of Portland in May and is a sixth-grade math and rocketry teacher at Pine Lake Middle School in Issaquah, Wash.

Andrea (Zieber) Jones and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Julia Ann, on June 21. Andrea is a bilingual teacher in the Moorpark (Calif.) Unified School District.

Lisa (Langsdorf) Rybloom and her husband, Brian '93 recently moved to Salem, Oregon. Brian is with CFP, Inc. and Lisa is a part-time Scandinavian tour guide with Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door. Their son, Jacob, is 1 year-old.

Karen (Berndt) Swenson and her husband, John, announce the birth of Kelsey Ann on April 28.

Cindy (Specht) Dapkus and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Elijah Matthew, on Jan. 11, 2001. Cindy is the youth minister at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grants Pass, Ore.






1993

CR: Kari Anderson

Wendy Kritsky and Pete Wilton were married on June 15 in Grove City, Penn. Wendy is a physical therapist for stroke patients at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital and Pete is a technical writer.

Kristen (Swanson) Paschall and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Ryan James, on May 5.

Brad and Karen (Graham) Dennis have two sons, Jonathan Maxwell, 2, and Stephen Richard, 4.

Jeff Young finished his family medicine residency in June and started a family medicine practice in Gladstone, Ore., on July 1. Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young was promoted to human resource manager at the Portland, Ore., branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on July 1.

Tim and Jennifer (Dykstra '92) Irwin announce the birth of Craig Michael, on June 16. He joins Andrew James, 1.

Eric Schuck and Cally Turner '92 announce the birth of Zoe Rebekka on May 2. She joins her brother, Skyler, 2. Eric recently left North Dakota State University to accept a position as assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Heather Giakovmis Stewart is a self-employed counselor in Everett, Wash.

Cris and Michele (Dorn) Turner announce the birth of Kelsey Michele, on July 22. She joins Bailey, 2. Cris is a counselor and the head wrestling coach at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash. Michele is a physical therapist at Martha and Mary Health Services in Poulsbo.
Troy Niemeyer and his wife, Christy, announce the birth of their son, Lance, on Nov. 7, 2000. Troy is an assistant manager at Les Schwab in Aberdeen, Wash.


1994
CR: Dan Lysne and

Catherine Overland Michael and Erin (Koster) Fuller announce the birth of Zachary Austin, on May 7. (photo)

Kristi (Coats) Hartman and her husband, Brad, celebrated their first anniversary on Sept. 1. They live on a houseboat on Lake Washington in Seattle. Kristi has a new position as a senior marine claims representative for Zurich/Farmers Insurance Companies. She was previously in Zurich's legal offices. She works next door to their houseboat aboard her classic Chris Craft. Brad is a crewmember aboard the Victoria Clipper vessels.


1995
CR: Erin (Koster) Fuller and Marit (Rasmussen) Nierman

Siri Quigley is attending Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore.
Trisha King-Stargel married Dave Stargel in April 1998. She retired from the Kent (Wash.) Police Department in September to devote time to her two stepdaughters, Heidi, 6, and Matilyn, 3. She also began doctorate studies in educational leadership at Seattle Pacific University and continues law enforcement consulting and training through her home-based business.

Lori Grosland began a new job as a quality engineer at Adobe Systems Engineering in Hamburg, Germany last May.

Christina (DeAustria) Branson is teaching kindergarten special education in Bakersfield, Calif.

Melissa (Griffith) Meyer is in the second year of her MBA program. Her husband, Lane Meyer '96, entered the University of Washington Dental School in September.

Shane Velez and his wife, Lauren, were married on Aug. 11 in Tacoma. Shane is an elementary physical education teacher at Las Juntas Elementary School in Martinez, Calif., and Lauren is a human resource manager. The couple honeymooned in Fiji and Hawaii.
Jennifer (Carhart-Rupp) Sugden and her husband, Eric, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. They were married on August 31, 1996 at Flying 'M' Ranch. Jennifer is in her fourth year of medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Eric is a manager at The Gap in Gresham, Ore., and an elementary education student.


1996
CR: Steve and Kim (Nadon) Leifsen

Kimberly Mooneyham and Jerry Anderson were married on May 26 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn. Kimberly is a marketing specialist at Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Company in Minneapolis and Jerry is a computer program project manager for Judge Consulting.

John Gumprecht graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in May. He took the bar exam in July.

Kara (Holland) Hurst has a new position as exhibits and education administrator at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Okla. Kara is responsible for exhibits and collections management.

Amy Wigstrom is the new director of performing arts at the Sun Valley (Idaho) Center. She was previously the production assistant for the Seattle Opera. Her responsibilities include the Twilight Concert Series, the Sun Valley Chamber Series, dance performances and educational outreach programs to local schools.

Robin Gillispie is in the anthropology and archaeology master's degree program at Eastern New Mexico University.

Graham Johnson is a reporter in the Colchester, Vt., bureau of WPTZ-TV, Plattsburgh, NY. He recently received a $1000 environmental and science reporting fellowship, recognizing excellence in environmental reporting, from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.

Kendra Thomlinson is the marketing and sales manager at Click! Network in Tacoma.
Yun (Ellie) Jiang and Jeff Miller were married on June 30 at the Washington Park Arboretum.
Maren Erickson and Timothy Engh were married on July 6, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Spokane. Rebecca (Snowdon) Chase '97, Cathy Marttila '96, Margaret (Core) Ryan '96, Anna Gutzler '97, Brooke (Daehlin) Ells '98 and Tim Erickson '00 were in the wedding ceremony. Maren is a physical therapist at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Spokane and Tim is a student at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.


1997
CR: Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Sonja (Gall) Pancoast received a master's of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May. She is now the pastor of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Trenton, N.J.
Beth Salzman and Jeremie Lipton were married on June 2 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane, Wash. Jennifer Kleven '97 and Ben Hunt '96 were in the wedding ceremony. Beth recently received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University and Jeremie recently graduated from Northeastern University School of Law. Beth is working at a mixed animal veterinary practice and Jeremie is working for Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heisling, LLP. They live in Grants Pass, Ore.

Heather McDougal began the Master of Social Work program at Columbia University in New York City in September. She was previously an admissions counselor at PLU.
Terrill Parrish is a mechanic at Parks Transportation Inc., in Springdale, Utah. He invites classmates to come down and visit in the sun.

Kelly Coughlan-Mainard completed a master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Washington in August. Kelly has three daughters; Jessica, 20, graduated from Evergreen State College in June; Sarah, 19, is a senior at PLU; and Samantha, 8, is carrying on a family tradition as a home-schooled fourth grader.

Kimberly Jacobs recently bought a new house in the Spanaway area.
Scott Kolbet is now a pastoral assistant for St. John Fisher Church in Portland, Ore.


1998
CR: Shannon Herlocker and Nate Sears

Jennifer Thompson and Peter Thomas were married on Dec. 16, 2000 in Vancouver, Wash. Jennifer is an assistant athletic trainer at PLU and Peter is a purchaser at Morning Sun, Inc.
Matt Wade is managing the outdoor climbing and skiing programs for Cornell University.
Signe Baumann is a research assistant at Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska.

Allison (Gray) Grassi is the owner of Tazzina Café, a new coffeehouse in Lakewood, Wash.
Mike Masters and Annette Mueller '96 announce the birth of Mackenzie Elizabeth, on Aug. 3.


1999
CR: Karlene Miles and Julie Johnston

Ahna (Lietke) Strand received a master's degree in health-care administration from the University of Minnesota in May. She is now senior planning analyst with the Hennepin County Community Health Department. Her husband, Jonathan Strand, is in the graduate program in physics at the University of Minnesota.

Sara (Reibel) Locke began the urban learners master's program in education at PLU in June.
John Aardappel married Lauriene Allen '02 on July 28 at Fort Lewis, Wash. Lauriene is a student at PLU, and intends to finish her degree and receive a commission as 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army in May.

Megan Smith is studying for her master's degree in teaching adolescent education at State University of New York, Cortland.

Christina Graham backpacked solo for six weeks last summer on the Colorado Trail, a 470-mile trail through the Colorado wilderness connecting Denver and Durango. The trek, a fundraiser for a Phoenix area domestic violence shelter, raised more than $3,700. Christina is in the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Arizona State University.

Jill (Thompson) Graham is an accountant at Washington Mutual Bank.

Melissa Holcomb was promoted to 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She earned a degree in nursing from PLU and is a recovery room nurse at Tripler Medical Center on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Tyler Kechely and Danielle Keefer were married on August 24, in Puyallup. Scott Sailer '99, Brice Johnson '00, Robbie Larson '00, Chad Balcom '99, Jess Nelson '01, Rob Shipp '00, Aaron Barker '99, Melanie Isaman '00, Ronda (Forehand) Barker '00, Mindy Jackson '00 and Erin Azama '01 were in the wedding. Tyler is a biologist at Washington Shell Fish and Danielle is a Dental Assistant.

Jacob Alden and Erin Eddington '00 were married on July 28 in Battleground, Wash. Jacob is a personal banker at US Bank in Lakewood and Erin is a registered nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. They honeymooned in Spain and the Canary Islands and now live in Burien, Wash.

Julie Johnston is a graduate student in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., where she is also Resident Director at Poling Hall. You can e-mail her at: Julie.Johnston@orst.edu.


2000
CR: Ashley Orr

Mary Beth Leeper is beginning a three-year assignment for the Mennonite Central Committee. She will work for PRONATS, a children's program in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Mary Simpson, Aubrey Seffernick, Lynn (Bratlie) Simpson '71, Kathy Simpson '04 and Ashley Seffernick '02 are participating in the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride, a 500 mile bicycle trek from Fairbanks to Anchorage, benefiting research to find an AIDS vaccine. Together they will raise more than $13,000.

Sara Bleything Cohrs and her husband, Kenneth, announce the birth of Kenneth (Tre) John Cohrs, III, on Aug. 30. Sara is an assistant processor at Corinthian Mortgage in Mission, Kan., and Kenneth, is a manager.

Philip Edlund accepted a position in Columbia Bank's two-year management training program.
Keely Rohweder and Trevor Semon were married on March 24 in Mill Creek, Wash. Holly Hightower '00 was the maid of honor.

Louanne Decker has a new position as assistant principal at Mt. Baker Middle School in the Auburn (Wash.) School District.

Laura (Ritchie) and Geoff '01 Gifford live in Los Angeles. Laura is a Ph.D. student in the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Geoff is an investment analyst at TBG Financial.

Luke and Amy (Crabtree '99) Gearhard announce the birth of Justice Ryan, on July 26.

Kurt Eilmes and Erin Tilney were married on Sept. 9, 2000. Kevin Eilmes '84, Nathan Appleton '99, Dustin Pruett '01, Jen Whitlock '99 and Katrina Johnson '99 participated in the wedding ceremony. Kurt and Erin live in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is a journalist at The Gazette and she is employed at El Pomar Foundation.

Nicole Hoyes and Greg Harder were married on Aug. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Emily (Montgomery) Shall '00, Katherine Graff '00, and Mike Snyder '00 were in the wedding ceremony. Nicole is the research coordinator for the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and Greg is a computer programmer at Safeco Insurance.

Lindsay Daehlin is the program staff at Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

Jenny Vigoreaux and Dean Masuccio were married on April 21 at St. Anthony's Church in Renton, Wash. Jenny is a photographer for Yuen Lui in Seattle.


2001
CR: Linda Hutson and Keith Pranghofer

Sarah Nicholson and John Allen Hires '00 were married on June 22 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Tacoma. PLU grads in the wedding were Jena (Fox) Hippe '99, Jenny Vredenburg '00, Jenelle (Durkee) Mazzoncini '00, Ember Enyeart '00, Danielle Hodge '00, Maryn Feliciano '96, Jenny (Ripley) Angell '01, Evan Thomas '01, and Kaj Martin '99.

Nikki Schneider and Garrett Fisher were married at Parkland's Trinity Lutheran Church on June 16. Nikki is attending the New England School of Law in Boston on a full tuition merit scholarship. She hopes to practice educational law in Washington state.

Eric Ruthford is in the Peace Corps. He is teaching English as a foreign language in the Ukraine. He began his 27-month term in September.

Brad Powell entered St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y. in September. He is studying for the Orthodox Christian priesthood.

Aimee Sieverkropp is a research technician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.


In Memriam

1939
Peter Bury died on July 13.

1941
Harry Lang died on August 21.

1962
Walter (Tone) Suter died on July 18.

1963
Margaret (Hollis) Sherburne died on July 5.
Ron Koharski died in August.

1970
Edward Horne died on July 21.

1973
Larry Overman died on July 15.

1993
Nathan Shouse '93, '96, died on his 30th birthday, Sept. 17, 1971, of leukemia. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and worked for Boeing more than two years before receiving his master's degree in education. He taught math and coached, most recently at Lakeridge Junior High in the Sumner School District. Nathan enjoyed athletics, the outdoors and being with friends and family. Married July 23, 2000, to Mari Hoseth '96, he was diagnosed with leukemia while on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Nathan's faith in God's love through Jesus is a comfort to all who know and love him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Dick and Kathy Shouse; brother Matt '97 and sister Sarah; grandparents Bill and Lois Lobeda and Howard Shouse; in-laws Paul (PLU athletic director) and Jeanne '80 Hoseth, Karl Hoseth, '94, '96 and niece Annika. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or a Lutheran congregation of your choosing.

Faculty and Friends

Gudrun Ronning died on June 13 at the age of 96. Gudrun graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (voice) and mathematics. She was the principal at Mound High School in Minnesota, sang professionally and continued to study voice when she met and married her husband, Harold, in 1934. From 1940-1953, they were on the faculty at PLC. While at PLC, Gudrun taught voice and her children were born. After PLU, they moved to California where Gudrun taught sixth grade until she retired in 1970. Gudrun was preceded in death by her husband in 1974, and is survived by her children and grandchildren.

Oscar Edward Morken died on July 7 at the age of 99. He was the last surviving sibling of seven first-generation immigrant sisters and brothers. Oscar was a Master Builder of homes, a board member at Good Samaritan Hospital, and Tacoma Lutheran Society, and a 54-year member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland. He was also a charter member of Trinity Toastmasters with the honor of having a district award named for him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; and six brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Ken Morken '70; sister-in law, Eliot Morken '29; four nieces, including Sylvia Morken '62, and Chris Morken'68; nephews, Ed Morken '53, Don Morken '60, and Alan Morken '63, and several grandnieces and nephews.




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