Fall 2002

Alumni Class Notes

1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, Future Lutes, In Memorium

Class Representative positions available: 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952, 1960, 1965, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999


John Hopp died on March 11. Pastor Hopp was ordained in August 1937 and served in churches across the U.S. He retired in 1978 but continued to serve as associate and interim pastor for the Oregon Synod of the ELCA. John was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Rorem) '37; three sons, Peter, Paul, and James; two daughters, Serena Moore '62 and Carol; four grandchildren; three sisters, Adeline Fackler, Marybelle Faux and Florence Seifert '43. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert '35 and Max; and sister, Louise Brunner.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Evelyn (Taylor) Reid died on June 15. After PLU, Evelyn was a primary school teacher until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling and volunteering at First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member since 1946. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Class Representative -Stan Willis


Class Representative - Luella Toso Johnson


Class Representative - Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative - Isabel (Harstad) Watness


Class Representative - Gerald Lider

Frank Spear died on April 20. Frank was a member of PLU's 1947 Pear Bowl Championship team. He was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, and the team was inducted into PLU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. After PLU, Frank and his brother operated Valley Forge in Fife. He retired in 1981. Frank also served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy (Seabees) during World War II. He enjoyed gardening and listening to music. Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ella Mae, and son, Dr. Frank Spear '75.


Class Representative - Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen

Corinne (Fosso) Stuen died on April 29. After PLU, Corinne married Bertil Billdt '42. She taught school in Anacortes, Ellensburg and the Shoreline district. She had three children, Linnea Epstein '76, Brian Billdt '78, and Tamra Johnson '84. In 1983, Corrine married Marcus Stuen '43 and moved to the Tacoma area. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, the Sons of Norway and PLU's Scandinavian Cultural Center.


Class Representative - Luther Watness


Class Representative - Edna (Haglund) Dorothy

Marjorie (Lane) Lean died on May 5. After PLU, Marjorie taught elementary school at Navy Base, Park Lodge and retired from the Clover Park School District. She was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene and most recently was a member of Central Baptist Church. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Robert. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Delmonte; son, Daniel; and one grandson.


Carol (Sletto) Hueller died on Feb. 20 of cancer. After PLU, Carol was an elementary school teacher. She taught in many places around the country as her husband was in the U.S. Air Force. In 1975, she moved to the Lyons, Ore., area where she worked for Stayton Canning Company until she retired. Carol was a member of the Mill City (Ore.) Presbyterian Church and volunteered at the local food bank and for Senior Meals. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Bill; children, Kurt and Karen; and four grandchildren.


Class Representative - Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen

Magdalyn (Baumgaertner) Akre died on May 8. Magdalyn earned a teaching
certificate from Iowa State Teachers College and taught elementary school. She married her husband, Elvin, in 1933. In 1937, they came to PLU, where Elvin was dean of men and taught music. At PLU, Magdalyn earned a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in library science. She retired from the Franklin Pierce School District in 1968. Her many interests included traveling, reading, and genealogy. Magdalyn was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son, Grover; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Class Representative - Iver Haugen


Class Representative - Phyllis Grahn Carroll


Class Representative - Ginny (Grahn) Haugen and Clarene (Osterli) Johnson

David Scherer is the visitation pastor at Victory Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.


Class Representative - Carol (Bottemiller) Geldaker and Helen (Jordanger) Nordquist


Class Representative - Don Cornell and David Knutson

JoAnne Knutson Nelson writes books for children and is the owner of SuperBooks in Edmonds, Wash. She and her husband, Gary, have three sons and four grandchildren.


Class Representative - Alvin Dungan


George Doebler has served in pastoral care for 30 years - 13 years in mental health and 17 years as director of pastoral care and counseling -at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The center has a $3 million endowment to clinically train clergy in health care and spirituality.


Class Representative - Ron Lerch


Class Representative - Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representative - Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Karen Dunn continues as a substitute teacher after retiring from teaching
elementary school in 1997. She is "Nona" to Zolt Siobhan, 3.


Class Representative - Kathy (Taylor) Edlund

Gerald Dittrich retired from his job as a corrections officer for Spokane County Jail in 2001. He also taught an anger/self esteem class and was a GED tester. In March, he was hired by the community colleges of Spokane to teach adult basic education/GED to inmates of the jail. In June 2001 he began working part-time as a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Spokane under Pastor Shelley Brian-Wee and is seeking reinstatement in the ELCA.


Class Representative - Jack Oliver

Harold and Shirley (Bottiger) Ostenson have a fruit packing shed in George, Wash., where they pack, exclusively, organic fruit for orchardists from Mt. Hood, Ore., to Oroville, Wash.


Class Representative - Angie (Nicholson) Magruder

Elaine (Shusta) Ponton is studying for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church at the Diocese of the Rio Grande.


Class Representative - Michael Ford

Jim and Georgia (Stirn) Girvan both work at Boise State University. Georgia is the director of the Idaho Regional Alcohol and Drug Resource Center and Jim is the new dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Jean (Waddell) Isakson died on April 6. Jean was a teacher and head of the health department at Stadium High School in Tacoma. She retired in 1999 and spent time with her family and friends, hiking, hunting, fishing and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Kim '69, and daughters, Krista and Sonja.


Class Representative - Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Rick Nelson hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier during the summer of 2001. He is a speech and drama teacher at Eastmont Junior High School in Wenatchee, Wash.

Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse, Executive Director of Church Relations and Continuing Theological Education at PLU, was recently elected to the Board of Directors at Wartburg Theological Seminary and to a second term as President of the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM).


Class Representative Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Ingrid (Knutzen) Gintz is a financial consultant at the Federal Way, Wash., branch of Salomon Smith Barney. She recently passed her Certified Financial Planning examination, enabling her to provide comprehensive planning services. Ingrid has worked in the financial services industry for 26 years and has been a financial consultant for the past three years. Ingrid works as a team with her husband, Ron '70, who is first vice president of investments at the Federal Way branch.


Class Representative - Joseph Hustad Jr.

Dennis Magnuson is the new pastor at Light of the Hill United Methodist Church in Puyallup, Wash.

Cathy (Corn) Dormaier and her husband, Denny, moved to a beautiful home in the country and love the quiet and peacefulness. Cathy recently completed her 31st year in education. She was a teacher for 22 years and has been the principal at Park Orchard Elementary School in Kent, Wash., for the last nine years. Cathy and Denny have many hobbies including drag racing, gardening and relaxing in the hot tub. Denny will complete his 30th year at Boeing in November. Recently he has been an AWACS air vehicle manager.


Class Representative - Pam (Weeks) Russell


Class Representative - Nikki Martin

Tana Knudson is assistant professor of mathematics at Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash. Her husband, Dave, is adjunct math instructor.

Bill Little is a program manager at n-Link Corporation in Seattle.

Jennifer McDonald performed in a vocal recital featuring a selection of music from Norway, Sweden, and Scotland on July 21 in Vancouver, Wash.


Class Representative - Dave Johnson

Jack Anderson received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 26. He served as an intern at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Paul. He plans to serve a congregation in Oregon.


Class Representative - Ed Voie

Wendy (Wilcox) Neptun received a master of science degree in nursing from State University of New York, Stony Brook, in December 2001. She is a family nurse practitioner.

Adrian Kalil is training for the Games in Sydney (Australia) scheduled for November. He will compete in five freestyle and backstroke swimming events. Adrian is involved with masters swimming in Oregon but will represent San Diego for this international forum. He is looking forward to the weeklong competition that will be held at the Sydney International Aquatic Center, the site of the 2002 Olympics. Adrian is in his 22nd year as a staff anesthetist for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. He still loves his work, life, and the sport of swimming.


Class Representative - Gary Powell

Rick Wells is the interim principal at Shelton (Wash.) High School for the 2002-2003 school year. Rick started at Shelton High School in 1997 as the dean of students and was appointed vice principal in 1998. Previously he was at South Kitsap High School.

Glenn Preston is active on the Buchner Masters swim team at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, as a swimmer and as part of the coaching team. He holds several state records in his age group for distance events. His wife, Janna (Cooley) '75, is also a swimmer. Glenn is a wholesale plumbing salesman for Familian Northwest.

Malia (Meyer) Haglund died on May 9. After PLU, Malia returned to Hawaii and married Bill Haglund. She worked as a nurse in oncology/chemotherapy. When they moved to Bellingham, Wash., in 1989, Malia began teaching practical nursing at Bellingham Technical College. She also volunteered as a nursing supervisor at the Firwood Camps and at Royal Family Kids Camp each summer. Malia is survived by her husband; daughter, Maluhia; sons, Kawika and Jonathan; and one grandson.


Class Representative - Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

David Trombley died on Jan. 25 of acute myelogenous leukemia.

Richard Lund and his wife, Katherine, have lived in Rice Lake, Wis., for six years. He serves as senior pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church. They have two sons, Trygve, 10, and Peter, 9. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Richard was elected to the Rice Lake City Council as an alderman.

Fred Davis became the manager of South-east Veterans Service Center in Washington, D.C.

Paul Crumbacher, owner of Crumbacher Business Systems in Santa Fe, N.M., was asked to take over the Xerox agent program in April. He has been an agent in Santa Fe for eight years.

Dick Allen retired from his position as principal at Olympia High School in June.


Class Representative - David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Bonnie (Clare) Low received her master's degree in education from Texas Tech University in August 2001 and her certification as an orientation and mobility specialist in September 2001.

Debra (Buege) Merriman is a major in the U.S. Air Force. She is a certified
registered nurse anesthetist. She has served in the Air Force for 18 years.


Class Representative - Phil Waldner


Cindy (Kloth) Knotts lives in Fairfield, Conn., with her husband, Bert, and three children.

Scotty Kessler was named head football coach at Greenville College, an NCAA Division III school in Greenville, Ill., in April.

Fredi (Edna Giesler) Rector earned a Ph.D. in social welfare at the University of Washington in June. Her dissertation is titled: "Early Head Start: Home Visiting and Parenting Group Program Uptake - An implementation study." She will continue to work on Early Head Start related research in her new position as an assistant professor in the social work department at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.


Class Representative - Paul Collard

Steve Schumacher received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 26. He served as an intern at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis., and is awaiting a call to a congregation.

Mary Lynn Pannen owns Sound Options, Inc., a private care management company serving businesses and private families in Western Washington.

Lori Jo (Miller) McLean is a medical tech and microbiologist. She also helps with the family farm. Lori Jo and her husband, Dale, were married in June 2000.


Class Representative - David Olson

Eric Johnson was promoted to assistant director at the Washington Public Ports Association.

Tony De Alicante is a lieutenant commander and attorney in the U.S. Navy.
He is currently attending the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, Hannah, 5, and Marcel, 1.

Elizabeth (Hewes) Zarone is a physical education instructor at St. William of York Catholic School in Stafford, Va. She is also an assistant coach for a U-11 girl's soccer team.

Jacqueline (Romano) Vignal is married and has two sons. They live in Northeast Tacoma. Jacqueline has been a foster care caseworker at Catholic Community Services for 13 years.


Class Representative - Mark Christofferson


Class Representative - Janet (Olden) Regge

Sharon Gilleland and Gary Gorham were married on Feb. 18, 2001. They are busy raising their four children in the Puyallup area.

Sam and Maggie (Knudtson) Tuttle own a loan mortgage company in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. They have two children, T.J. and Olivia.


Class Representative - Darren Hamby


Class Representative - Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Keith Sippola is an Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood (AAL/LB) financial associate in Napa, Calif. He recently earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, an international, independent association of leading life insurance producers. Keith is with the Vern Hanson Agency in Roseville, Calif. This is the second time he has qualified for the MDRT.

Missy Maxson is returning to school to pursue a master's degree in teaching. She plans to teach middle school history.

Jonathan Edmonds recently moved his Lutheran Brotherhood practice to serve clients and alumni in the Puyallup and Tacoma areas.


Class Representative - Sean Neely and Angel Vahsholtz-Anderson

Jeremy Soltroff has served in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years. He is stationed in New Jersey. Jeremy's cross training has included electronics and non-destructive testing and inspection.

Jim McKown is a middle school special education teacher in Honolulu.

[image] Mike Hansen and Carol YangMike Hansen and Carol Yang were married on Sept. 1, 2001 in Seattle. Mike is a senior software engineer at Radio Frame Networks.

Alison (Whitney) Shane and her husband, Kent, have accepted a call to First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Wash. They will share the associate pastor position. They were previously in Albia, Iowa.

Christopher Legler and Valerie Perdue were married in Christopher's hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minn. Valerie is a teacher and Christopher is vice president and CFO for Barnie's Coffee and Tea, both in Orlando, Fla.

Marcelle Askew and Kai Fjelstad were married on July 5 at her family's summer cabin in the mountains of Montana. Marcelle sold her flat in Oslo and moved to Kai's house outside the city. She loves having a garden and a view of rolling hills and a ski jump. They have spare bedrooms and enjoy visitors.


Gail Ingram and David Kinner were married on June 16, 2001 at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Gail is the marketing manager at Spencer Technologies in Seattle and David is a loan officer at Guaranty Mortgage in Edmonds.


Erik and Sarah (Broetje '94) Dahle moved back to the Tri-Cities area in 2001 to work for Sara's parents at Broetje Orchards, the largest contiguous apple orchard in the U.S. Sara is the general manager and Erik is the accounting and systems manager. Their daughter, Rachel Marie, is 3.

Anne Margrethe Olsen and Trond Williksen live in Norway with their daughters, Kristina, 7, and Ingrid, 5. Anne Margrethe is the quality manager at Terra Seafood and Trond is head of the Center of Fisheries and Aquaculture at KPMG Management Consulting.

Lisa (Aune) Ofenloch began her new position as director of the Southern Service Center for the U.S. General Services Administration in February. She moved to Portland, Ore., with her husband and daughter, Abigail. They are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest.

Leigh Ann Evanson is in Kampala, Uganda, working with the American Red Cross on an international project relating to blood banks and AIDS and HIV education. The project includes presenting research findings to an international conference on AIDS in Barcelona. Leigh Ann was recently featured in a story in GW Magazine, George Washington University's alumni publication, about Peace Corps volunteers. She served in Gabon, Africa, from 1996-1998. The article at


Alisa (Benson) Pinnell and her husband, Pat, announce the birth of Kyle Edward, on May 10. Alisa is an international flight attendant, fluent in Japanese, for Continental Airlines. She is based in Houston, Texas.

Bill and Sarah (Nelson) Walles have moved back to Washington with their two boys, Payton, 4, and Carter, 2. Bill has accepted a call as associate pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville.

Becky Hoddevik and Sean Callahan were married on July 28, 2002, in Portland, Ore.

Bradley Chatfield and Elizabeth Peyton were married on April 13 at the state Capitol in Olympia. Jack Peterson '93 served as best man. Teri Poff has a new position as principal at Capital High School in Olympia. She was previously the director of teaching and learning for the Bethel School District.

Zoey Garnett and Gary Dering were married on April 21 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash. They met at "Positive Christian Singles" at Chapel Hill. Zoey is an emergency room and critical care registered nurse. Gary is an electrical contractor.


Class Representative - Dan Lysne and Catherine Overland

Darrick Hartman was nominated for "Who's Who in America's Teachers" for the second time. He is currently an administrative intern with the Tacoma School District.

Daniel Tye is a financial analyst at Lucas Arts in San Rafael, Calif.

Suzanne (Tiedt) Tye is the director of annual giving at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

Gretchen Brueggemann and Brian Greutman were married on July 22, 2001, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma. They now live in Kansas City, Mo., where Gretchen teaches and Brian is the music director for YWAM.

Ben Moore and Mike Liefeld '96 completed a 102-mile recreational bicycle ride as part of the American Lung Association's annual Reach the Beach event. The trip, from Beaverton to Pacific City, Ore., took nine hours and 44 minutes.

Erika Larson received a master of arts degree in international policy studies, with distinction, from the Monterey Calif. Institute of International Studies, in May. She also received a certificate in nonproliferation studies.

Matt Bohlmann and Maile Rehbock were married on April 26 in Seattle. Matt is a managing editor at and Maile is an editor at

Shannon Tilly graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School and began her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Salt Lake City in June.

Aron and Julie (Buckingham) Watts live in Veradale, Wash., where Aron teaches fifth grade in the Central Valley School District and Julie is an at-home mom and piano teacher. Their daughter, Hannah Leanne, was born on July 26, 2001, and son, Caleb, is 3.

Gina (Procopio) Remington is in her third year of residency in Creighton University's Accelerated Family Practice program. For her final year, Gina was chosen as the chief resident for family practice. She lives with her husband, Travis '92, '94, in Omaha, Neb.


Shawn Seversen and Michael Fresolone were married on Jan. 20, 2001 in Seattle. Shawn is a human resource assistant at Dynamics Research Corporation in Andover, Mass.

Esther Chon has a new position as a registered nurse practitioner at Harborview Medical Center Urgent Care. She also continues to work in the Virginia Mason Medical Center emergency department as the registered nurse residency education coordinator.


Class Representative - Steve and Kim (Nadon) Leifsen

Emilie Dietz and Mark Montemayor were married on Sept. 1, 2001, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma. Emilie is an elementary music teacher at St. Francis Cabrini School in Lakewood, and Mark is a doctoral student in music education at the University of Washington.

Tim O'Dell was promoted to director of global strategic sourcing at Vivendi Universal, the parent company of Universal Studios Music. He and his wife, Heather (Kegley '97), purchased a home in Simi Valley, Calif.

Peter Briggs and Tricia Rafanan were married on April 20, in Redlands, Calif.

Melanie (Wright) Ohi completed her doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University and is now a Jane Coffin-Childs fellow at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Tom Walz. She is working on determining the 3D structure of the spliceosome using cryo-electron microscopy.


Class Representative - Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Ryan Alexander received a master of divinity degree with an emphasis in youth and family ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 26. He served as an intern at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn. Ryan currently serves as director of high school ministries at St. Andrew's and will be assigned to a region of the ELCA in October.

Amos Lyso received the master of arts degree in youth and family ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 26. Before entering Luther Seminary, Amos was a teacher at the Seoul (South Korea) Foreign School. Following graduation, he plans to return to work at the school.

Mary Forslund and her husband, Drew, have three children, Nick, 13, Emma, 4, and Seth, 2. Mary is a registered nurse at Wausau (Wis.) Hospital and Drew is a network specialist at Wausau-Mosinee Paper.

Tracey Sund accepted a new job as a litigation associate at Greenwald, Greenwald, Powers, Winsor, LLP, in Milford, Mass. Her primary area of
practice is civil litigation.

Joel MacDougall and Crystal Clarity were married on June 22 at Callahan's Lodge in Ashland, Ore.


Class Representative - Shannon Herlocker and Nate Sears

Daniel Shaw received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 26. He served as an intern at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Seattle. He plans to serve at Zion Lutheran Church in Kent.

Allyson (Weld) Tedrow has a new position as a physical education teacher at John Brown Elementary School in the Lakeland (Idaho) School District. She is also a U-16 volleyball coach for the North Idaho Lakes Club.

Kathleen Jones has a new position as the member service manager at the Sherwood Family YMCA in Oregon. Previously, she was a stay-at-home mom. Kathleen and her husband, David, celebrated their 10th anniversary on April 18. They have three children, Matthew, 6, Christian, 3, and Annie, 1. They live in Newberg.

Kenneth Johns graduated from Palmer West Chiropractic College on Dec. 7. He opened his own practice, Chiropractic Associates of Kitsap, in Silverdale, Wash. His wife, Kourtney (Goldsmith) '98 is an elementary school teacher.

Martin Mogk is teaching chemistry and earth science at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz.

Kelley Minty is a reporter and anchor for KOTI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Klamath Falls, Ore. Through her work she is the spokesperson for breast cancer awareness and diabetes prevention and works with the Klamath Falls Humane Society. Kelley was also a 2002 Olympic torchbearer.

Alicia (Manley) Lawver was named editor of The Peninsula Gateway, a weekly newspaper in Gig Harbor, Wash. She and her husband, Nathaniel '98, bought a home in the North End of Tacoma. Their second child was born in August. Their first child, Abigail, will be 2 in November. Nathaniel is a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual in Tacoma.

Seth and Cammy (Hagler '97) Copeland live in Yakima, Wash., with their two children, Anastasia, 5, and James, 1. Seth received a doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University in May.

Cynthia McClure bought a home in Seattle's Wedgewood neighborhood in February.

Wendy Rygh received a master's degree in teaching from George Fox University in 2001.

Michael Hjelkrem received a doctor of medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He is currently a resident in internal medicine at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Kaia Benson has begun working in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, as a program coordinator for the FSA Undergraduate Exchange, administered by International Research Exchanges.

Robin (Nance) Shultis received a master's degree in literacy from PLU in August. She is a curriculum and reading specialist at Park Orchard Elementary School in Kent, Wash., and has begun graduate studies in administration.


[image] Lindsay Fowler and Bret HilesLindsay Fowler and Bret Hiles were married on Feb. 2. in the Northstar Ballroom in Portland, Ore. Katie (Tippett) Hoff '99 was the matron of honor. The couple honeymooned on Maui and live in North Tacoma. Lindsay is a Web/print content developer and Bret is a student at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Chris Backman received a master's of education degree in school counseling from Seattle Pacific University in June. He is a counselor at Whitman Elementary School in Tacoma.

Kristi Shettel celebrated the two-year anniversary of The Manhattan-Churchill (Mont.) Times, a weekly newspaper she started with her sister. Kristi runs the one-woman show as writer, photographer, designer and janitor.

Katherine Briggs is an administrative assistant at Mission Aviation Fellowship in Redlands, Calif. She previously spent two years in Cameroon, Africa, with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Ainslie Kopperud is working at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and pursuing a graduate degree in adult education.

Amity Smetzler works at TRW as a Department of Defense contractor, testing record management applications. She is located at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The job includes traveling around the nation.


Class Representative - Ashley Orr

Melissa Wood is an eighth-grade science teacher in the Pioneer School District in Shelton, Wash. She said she draws daily from her rich experiences in the PLU education department.

Phyllis Higgins is an executive assistant at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Wash.

Suzanne Sampson was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in March. She is stationed in Newport, R.I.

Courtney Tomfohr received a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in June.

Matt Rygg earned a masters of education degree in college student services administration with a minor in counseling from Oregon State University in June. He accepted a position at OSU as Arnold Complex director and resident director of Halsell Hall, a new, "community service learning," theme hall.


Class Representative - Linda (Hutson) Pyle and Keith Pranghofer

Jenny Johnston is a registered nurse at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma.

Stacey Schadler is the director of youth and family ministries at St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Md.

Pontus Agren is a portfolio-trading associate at the Frank Russell Company in Tacoma.

Britta Hobbs is a choir teacher at Convington Middle School in Vancouver, Wash. She continues to sing in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Eric Rutherford is a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Ukraine.

Keri Farthing has a new position teaching special education, math and language arts at Aylen Junior High School in the Puyallup School District.

Emily (Lawrence) Cook is the membership representative for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce in Tacoma. Her husband, Brandon, is a fire systems estimator.

[image] Whitney Martin '01 and Jeremy Johnston '99Whitney Martin '01 and Jeremy Johnston '99 were married on July 21, 2001, in Portland, Ore. Amy Reed '01, Courtney Black '01, Kate Babbo '02, Josh Johnston '97, and Eric Arena '99 were in the wedding party. Whitney works in the School of Science and Engineering and Jeremy is a law student, both at Seattle University. They live in Seattle.

Future Lutes

Cheryl Goldberg and her husband, Gregg, announce the adoption of their daughter, Gabriela Isabel. She was born in Bogota, Columbia, on Feb. 3, 2001. Gabriela joins Adam, 7, and Tyler, 5.

Scott and Patricia (Buethe '83) Ellerby announce the birth of twin girls, Petra and Marit, who rule the roost with brother, Benjamin, 7.

Janna (Hamilton) Hudson and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Brianna Nicole on Dec. 28. Tom is a U.S. Navy captain and officer in charge of the Branch Dental Clinic in London, England.



Todd and Sara (Foss) Carmichael announce the birth of their son, Torin, on April 12. He joins Davis, 2.

Sandi (French) Henley and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of John Daniel on April 23. He joins Kate, 5, and Aaron, 3. Sandi is taking time off from teaching English at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., to be home full-time.

Erin (Kirkpatrick) Randall and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of Jett Owen on June 1. Erin is a mortgage banker at Phoenix Savings Bank in Seattle.

Sharyl (Bennett) Rapavy and her husband, Brian, announce the adoption of Marisa Hope Qian from the Anhui Province of China on April 1. Marisa was born May 22, 2001, and joins big brothers, Taylor, 10, and Nathan, 8. Brian is a medical sales representative for Synthes Spine and Sharyl is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Poulsbo, Wash.


Loren and Jennie (Acker '91) Camp announce the birth of Piper Elise on Feb. 7. She joins Miles Payton, 2. Loren is a financial adviser with TIAA-CREF in Denver and Jennie is a Ph.D. candidate in American literature at the University of Denver.

Helen (Marshall) Stemborski and her husband, Mick, announce the birth of their son, Story Gray, on Feb. 26.

Katy (O'Connor) and Steve '89 Vitcovich announce the birth of Benjamin on June 25, 2001. Steve is the vice president of human resources at URM Stores, Inc.

Maureen (Brown) and Sean '92 Peterson announce the birth of Rory Tate on March 12. He joins Tanner, 5. Maureen works part-time as a therapist at Child and Family Guidance Center and Sean is the event coordinator at Multicare in Tacoma.

Susan (Kinoshita) Weber and her husband, Douglas, announce the birth of Sydney Anne on Jan. 25.

Eva-Liisa (Shilamba) Kafidi and her husband, Petrus, announce the birth of their daughter, Ponheni Pakalwa Twahafifwa, on Dec. 25. Eva-Liisa is an integrated natural science lecturer at Ongwediva College of Education in northern Namibia. After earning her bachelor of science degree in biology and a chemistry minor from PLU, she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned a master of science degree in physiology. Petrus is studying for a master's degree in computer science at the University of Pretoria.

Kristen (Harte) Sawin and her husband, Van, announce the birth of Courtney on April 16.



Annie Ofstun and her husband, Ron, announce the birth of Eric William on Oct. 7, 2001.

Julie (Cram) Platt and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of their first child, Charles "Charlie" Robert, on March 15. Julie is staying home with Charlie and Rob continues to work for PWC Consulting.

Michelle (Lechnyr) Henningsen and Oyvind Henningsen '90 announce the birth of Emilie Mackenzie on April 6. She joins Kristoffer Martin, 3.

Timothy and Traci (Wensel) Mitchell announce the birth of Rebecca Katherine on April 26. Tim is the accounting supervisor at Rreef Management and Traci is a pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.


Jennifer Hallman and her husband, Derek, announce the birth of Sarah Marguerite on May 30.

Erik and Christy (Tuck) Peterson announce the birth of Joseph Martin on May 17. Christy is a desktop publishing specialist at The Math Learning Center and Erik is a quality engineer at Hewlett Packard in Vancouver, Wash.

Jennifer (Norman) Williamson and her husband, Charles, announce the birth of their daughter, Paige, on Jan. 24. Jennifer is the training coordinator at the University of Montana, and Charles is an accountant.

Sarah (Sigler) Ponce and her husband, Pablo, announce the birth of their daughter, Kamila Cruzanna, on March 21. Sarah is a teacher at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito and Pablo is a veterinarian. They live in Sangolqui, Ecuador.

Jason and Julia (Conley) Schafer announce the birth of their first child, Christopher James, on Feb. 9.

Toby and Kirstan (Leatha '94) Tobin announce the birth of Riley Graham on Sept. 4, 2001. He joins his brother, Kendall Scott, 2. Riley was baptized on March 7 at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Edgewood, Wash., by Pastor John Vaswig '80 and assisted by Todd Kelley '88. Riley's godfather is Kirstan's brother, Brandon Leatha. Kirstan stays at home with her sons, and Toby is in sales at Boise Cascade.

Gus Gustafson and his wife, Cathy, announce the birth of Hunter Pierce on June 7.

Heather (Carlson) Wheeler and her husband, David, announce the birth of Jonathan Donald on April 5. He joins Hannah Ruth, 2. Heather graduated from family medicine residency in Spokane in June 2001 and they moved to Bozeman, Mont. After taking a year off, Heather began work at the Bozeman Clinic, a Christian family practice, over the summer.

Daniel and Karin (Wiitala '95) Roney announce the birth of Brendan Cole on April 21.

Gretchen (Woodall) Flores and her husband, Tony, announce the birth of Samuel Edward on May 4.

Joel and Sarah (Gutzman) Ertsgaard announce the birth of their son, Erik William, on May 28. Joel is senior graphic designer at Seattle Pacific University, and Sarah is director of adult day health at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle. They live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Jenny (Michael) McGuire and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of their son, Mason, on Sept. 8, 2001.

Ted and Jennifer (Iverson) Riddal announce the birth of Titus on Dec. 31. He joins Vanessa 14, Christian, 5, Hallie, 4, and Rykker, 2. Ted is a special education teacher in the Kenai Peninsula (Alaska) School District, and Jennifer is a homemaker.


Julia (Nelson) Fulmer and her husband, Steven, announce the birth of Sarah on March 16. Julia is the Internet sales manager at CollegeNET, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Greg Melchert and his wife, Allison, announce the birth of Julia Kristie on May 23. She joins Jonah, 8, and Samantha, 4.

Kami (Moeller) Hayes and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of Melaina RaeAnn on Feb. 9. Kami is a teacher in the Longview School District, and Eric is a firefighter for the City of Longview.

Cari (Tvedten) Williams and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Kelsey Brynn on June 4. Cari is a registered nurse.

Kelly and Kasie (Scales) Pranghofer announce the birth of Kyla on March 26. Kelly is a lead program manager at Microsoft.

Kara (Workman) Klotz and her husband, Timothy, announce the birth of twin girls, Taryn Elisabeth and Adria Lorraine on May 13.

Valerie (Mallabon) Hopper and her husband, Devon, announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Pauline, on March 22.




Krista (Marshall) Dearey and her husband, Chad, announce the birth of their son, Josiah, on March 11. Krista and Chad were married on May 25, 2001, at the Nazareth Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn. PLU alum, Leigha Lemon '00, was in the wedding. Krista is a homemaker, and Chad is president of Dearey Mortgage and Dearey Diversified.

In Memorium

John Hopp died on March 11.

Gertrude Tingelstad died on Jan. 14.

Frank Spear died on April 20.

Corinne (Fosso) Stuen died on April 29.

Marjorie (Lane) Lean died on May 5.

Carol (Sletto) Hueller died on Feb. 20

Magdalyn (Baumgaertner) Akre died on May 8.

Jean (Waddell) Isakson died on April 6.

Malia (Meyer) Haglund died on May 9.

David Trombley died on Jan. 25

Craig Forstrom died on April 10.

Faculty and Friends

Earl Luebker, retired Tacoma News Tribune sportswriter, died on April 13. He retired in 1986 after 37 years and was inducted into PLU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

Maurice Skones died on May 2. In 1964, Dr. Skones came to PLU as chairman of the music department and director of the Choir of the West. A native of Montana, he graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota, completed his master's degree at Montana State University and received his doctorate from the University of Arizona. At PLU, Dr. Skones achieved a national reputation for the choir, was instrumental in the fivefold increase in music majors, helped bring national accreditation to the music program, and encouraged the emphasis on contemporary music. In 1983, he left PLU to head choral activities and graduate programs in conducting at the University of Arizona.

Ardeen Iverson died on May 20.

Catherine Richmond died on June 8. She was a cook at PLU for 27 years and was a member of PLU's Rose Window Society. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ray; daughter, Dianne; and seven grandchildren.

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