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[Pacific Lutheran Scene]


Class Notes

Under each year is listed that group’s official Class Representative or Representatives (CR). If there isn’t a name under your graduation might make a good CR, call 1-800-ALUM-PLU or e-mail alumni@plu.edu.

Other classes with CRs are: 1938 Volly (Norby) Grande and Stan Willis, 1940 Luella Toso Johnson, 1946 Isabel (Harstad) Watness, 1947 Gerald Lider, 1948 Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen, 1955 Phyllis Grahn Carroll, 1956 Ginny (Grahn) Haugen and Clarene (Osterli) Johnson, 1962 Leo Eliason, 1963 Paula (Heyer) Billingsly and Judy Perry, 1966 Jack Oliver, 1968 Michael Ford, 1975 Ed Voie, and 1978 David Dahl.

Class Representative positions available: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1951, 1952, 1960, 1967, 1992.

1927, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
In Memoriam

Dorothy (Fowler) Fitts died on March 1. Dorothy graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was in the first graduating class of Pacific Lutheran College at the age of 18. Her first teaching job was in a one-room, rural schoolhouse in Montana. She also taught in Spanaway, Vaughn, Benston and Tacoma. For the last 20 years of her career, Dorothy taught kindergarten at Park Avenue Elementary School in Tacoma. After she retired, she continued to tutor students until just a few years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James (Jimmy). Dorothy is survived by three daughters, Margo, Marianne, and Jeanne; and eight grandchildren..

Lennard Axel Anderson died on Feb. 25. After PLU, Lennard taught music in the Tacoma schools for 10 years before going into private teaching. He was the staff pianist for several years at KVI Radio and had a daily program, gave many recitals and performed with the Tacoma Philharmonic, where he served as official pianist. Lennard is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Vernice; granddaughter, Kari Lade '88 and two stepchildren, Nora and Drew. Remembrances in his name may be made to PLU, Piano Department.

CR: Luther Watness

Wilbert Ericson's book, "The World War II Experiences of Lt. j.g. W.M. Ericson," was published last year. A copy is in the PLU library. He and his wife, Irene, traveled to Japan in the spring. This was their seventh visit since Wilbert retired in 1988. They celebrated Easter with their daughter, Dr. Joan Ericson, and her family in Tokyo.

Don D'Andrea died on March 22. Don played center on PLU's 1947 Pear Bowl Championship football team. In 1992, he was inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame both as a football player and as a member of the 1947 team. Don was also named to the Associated Press, Little All-American Team in 1947, and drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He was a graduate of the School of Education and retired from a career in education in 1979. Don was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty. He is survived by his daughter, Lorie (D'Andrea) Jacobson.

CR: Edna (Haglund) Dorothy

Carl "Bud" Hatley died on Feb. 8. Bud coached football and track and later became the athletic director at Federal Way (Wash.) High School from 1965 until he retired in 1982. In 1988, he was inducted into the Washington State Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. While at Federal Way, he was instrumental in such projects as the construction of Federal Way Memorial Stadium, the expansion of the school district from a single high school to multiple high schools, and the implementation of Title IX for girls sports. Before Federal Way, Bud was a teacher and coach and later the athletic director in the Fife School District from 1951 to 1965. After PLU, Bud earned a master's degree in physical education from Columbia University. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Carla; son, Rob; and two grandchildren.

Edward Rosin died in January. After PLU, Ed married his wife, Margaret. They lived in Yakima, Wash., where Ed was a teacher, counselor and vice principal in the West Valley School District. They then moved to Bellevue, Wash., where Ed was an assistant principal at Newport High School until his retirement in 1980. After retirement, Ed and Margaret moved to Kelso, Wash. Wherever Ed lived, he was an active member of his church, which included serving as Sunday School superintendent, on church council, and as a choir member. After retirement he also served as a lay ministry associate. Ed is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret; four children and four grandchildren.

John Szabo died on Sept. 28. He was a teacher in the Prescott (Ariz.) School District for 25 years. He also served four years as a first sergeant in the Combat Engineers unit of the U.S. Army during World War II. John was preceded in death by his wife, Norma. He is survived by his three sons and eight grandchildren.

John Anders Wold died on Dec. 21. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. After the war, he graduated from PLU and later became a loss control manager for Reliance Insurance in Portland, Ore., retiring in 1989. His wife, Dorothy, two daughters and five grandchildren survive him .

CR: Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen

LeRoy Johnson died on March 4. After PLU, LeRoy taught school in Olympia, Wash. and in Augsburg, Germany for the U.S. Army dependent children. LeRoy retired as an elementary school principal from the Clover Park School District in 1984. After retiring he came to PLU, where he was a supervisor for student teachers in the School of Education. LeRoy enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Molter) '53; four children, Chris, Cathy, Karla, and Ken; and granddaughter, Hannah .

CR: Iver Haugen

Jerry Varner died on March 29. Jerry worked at The News Tribune and retired after 33 years. Jerry loved to play golf, throw horseshoes, and watch baseball. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Lois, several sons and daughters, including Deann (Jay '82) Edgers, and 20 grandchildren.

CR: Carol (Bottemiller) Geldaker and Helen (Jordanger) Nordquist

Dale Storaasli died on March 16. After PLU, Dale was a teacher in the Franklin Pierce School District where he remained until his retirement, except for one year of teaching in Spain. His interests included oil painting, computers and mountaineering, reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier six times. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Bill '10 and Alma '09; sister, Sylvia; and brother, Orville (Bud) '38. He is survived by his brother, Lester '49.

CR: Don Cornell and David Knutson

Josie Shapira is in a legal and psychiatric internship program .

CR: Alvin Dungan

Sister Frieda Gatzke is retired but continues to work with seniors as a peer counselor in Victoria B.C.

CR: Ron Lerch

Sam Gange is playing Senior Olympic basketball for Saddlebrooke (Ariz.) 65. They recently won a gold medal at the Tucson Senior Olympics and he is having a great time playing basketball again.

CR: Kathy (Taylor) Edlund

Roy Carlson became a pharmacist for the Stillaguamish Indian tribe in Arlington, Wash., after he retired from Providence Medical Center in Seattle. Roy lives on Camano Island.

CR: Peggy Ogden-Howe

Peggy Ogden-Howe was called to serve as associate pastor at Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington, Texas. She also serves as synod ecumenical representative.

Greg Karlsgodt accepted a call to be the executive director of Kogudus Renewal Ministry in January. He was previously the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Missoula, Mont., for 10 years. Kogudus is a retreat ministry founded and directed by Olaf Magis '51 until his death in 2000. Greg's wife, Carrol (Kirby '67), retired from nursing in the fall of 2000 and now provides computer expertise for Kogudus.

Scott and Farah (Peters '69) Fisher received a grant from the U.S. State Department to bring 30 students from the former Soviet Union to California State University, Dominguez Hills, for a one week workshop on how to mentor technology skills.

CR: Rose (Lanes) Steiner

George Wigen has embarked on a new career in the real estate profession with his wife, Judy. They are working at Keller Williams in Gig Harbor, Wash. George was previously in the field of corrections for 34 years. He began his career with the State of Washington, in 1969, as an adult probation and parole officer. In 1972, he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a case manager and retired as a warden in 1998. From March 1998 until January 2002 he served as chief of the corrections bureau of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

CR: Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Mikkel Thompson died on Jan. 14. After graduating from PLU, Mikkel spent a year studying at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He then returned to the U.S., where he obtained a master's degree in musicology from the University of Iowa; a master's degree in theology from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.; and a doctor of ministry degree from San Anselmo Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor to congregations in Washington and Idaho. Mikkel is survived by his mother, Mary Helen, and sister, Turi '74. His father, former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Erling Thompson, preceded him in death.

CR: Joseph Hustad Jr.

Chuck Clarke was chosen to head Seattle Public Utilities by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Chuck has been the director of the regional office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Washington State Department of Ecology. He joined former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell's administration in July 2000 as deputy mayor for issues and projects dealing with utilities, transportation and environment. He has also served as director of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Clayton Kirking is chief of art information resources at the main research branch of the New York Public Library. He is the administrator and manager for all services of art and architecture collections.

CR: Pam (Weeks) Russell

Mike Warner was awarded the 2001 Most Valuable Fund Drive Worker Award from the University of Oregon Athletic Department. He raised $1.7 million.

Terry (Monson) Silvestrin has a new position as advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) at Tacoma Women's Specialists. Terry was recently certified as a Menopause Clinician, and is one of only nine such clinicians in the state of Washington.

CR: Nikki Martin

Crystal Schuh and Steven Satterwhite were married on Nov. 3 in Miami, Fla. Crystal recently celebrated 20-years with WPLG-TV, Miami, where she is the engineering supervisor. Steven is a photojournalist and musician.

CR: Dave Johnson

Becky (Wulf) Harrison is working in home health as a physical therapist. Her husband, Bob, is a pilot for Continental Airlines and their oldest son, Michael, is attending West Point. They live in Rural Retreat, Va., and invite their friends to come visit the Blue Ridge Mountains.

CR: Gary Powell

Jon LackeyJon Lackey has a new CD, "Ich Liebe Dich - An Evening of German Lieder," released by Water's Edge Records and recorded at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Jon, a concert tenor, was accompanied by pianist and Fulbright Scholar, James Jelasic. The CD features the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Marx, Schubert, and Schumann. Jon has appeared throughout the U.S. and Canada in solo recitals and as guest artist. www.watersedgerecords.com

Glen Singleton died on Jan. 2. After PLU, Glen taught at Eatonville and then in the Tacoma schools for 30 years. His wife, Kathy, his four children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive him.

CR: Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Debra (Horst) Bode recently moved to Corvallis, Ore., to be near family. She is working in the laboratory at The Corvallis Clinic.

CR: David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Daniel Anderson is now the pastor of adult ministries at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. His wife, Lisa, is practicing medicine with Allina Medical Group in St. Paul. Their daughter, Alexis, 5, is looking forward to kindergarten in the fall.

CR: Drew Nelson

Tom Hansen moved to Alaska in June 2000 to assume the new position of regional director for Young Life Alaska.

CR: Drew Nelson

Scott Cummins left his legal career and the corporate rat race to stay home and take care of the children in Seattle, Wash. www.pscottcummins.com

Charlotte Nicole and Danielle DahleJanet (Hagen) Dahle and her husband, Rolf, announce their adoption of Charlotte Nicole, 2. She joins Danielle, 7.

CR: Paul Collard

Guy and Brenda '83 Ellison are Lutheran Brotherhood representatives. They recently earned membership in LB's fraternal benefit society's Executive Club and live in Issaquah, Wash.

Susan (Pomeroy) Wittenberg is the recipient of the 2002 Paralegal of the Year Award sponsored by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and Lexis/Nexis Document Solutions. She received the award for her work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award ceremony was in May at the national convention in Indianapolis.

CR: David Olson

Peter Richard WeathermonKaren Weathermon and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Peter Richard, on Sept. 14. Karen is the associate director of general education at Washington State University in Pullman.

Matthew Johnson accepted a position as a human resources management specialist for the U.S. Army in Heidelberg, Germany. His tour will end in October 2006. He would love to hear from college friends and he welcomes visitors traveling through Europe.

Cheryl (Ensor) Capoocia and her husband, Robert, adopted two children in August 2001. Jessica Sara, 6, and Torrey Ruth, 5, join Dominic, 8, Isaiah, 5, and Tatiana, 5. In September, Cheryl and Robert bought a bigger house in Lakeside, Calif. They own and operate LaserQuick and have recently moved the business to a larger facility.

Judy (Enloe) Dubois died on Sept. 19. After receiving her BSN and MSN at PLU, Judy spent the majority of her career in both nursing education and administration, mainly at St. Peter's Hospital and Group Health in Olympia, Wash. Her husband, Louis, three children and her parents survive her.

CR: Mark Christofferson

Paul Martin has lived in Humboldt County, Calif., since 1989. He and his wife, Marcella, have two children, Colin, 7, and Cate, 4. Paul is a photographer and owns a photography business.

Pamela Bridgeman is the president and founder of Quiet Stream Ministries, a ministry of reconciliation, focusing on spiritual and emotional healing for Christian ministers and leaders.

CR: Janet (Olden) Regge

Tim Rundquist recently published his second novel, "50,000 Watts of Jazz from Fargo." This book, along with his first novel, "How Heavy Is the Mountain," are available at Amazon.com and the PLU Bookstore (luteworld.plu.edu).

Christopher Bivins, illustrator of the recent book, "Bears Barge In," is one of three finalists in its category for the 2001 Henry Bergh Children's Book Award. The author of the book is Joni Sensel.

Patrice Carlson is self-employed as a scientific illustrator in Seattle. She was previously a high school art teacher for nine years.

Michael and Lisa (Hollister) Hirohata announce the birth of Kevin Kainoa, on March 27, 2001. He joined Tyler Makoa, 8.

Elise Lindborg and her partner, Kelli Henderson, recently launched ZippyDogs.com, promotional products to help businesses grow. Elise also runs www.ciggybuttz.com and www.gaysmokeout.net. Kelli celebrated seven years as production manager for the Seattle Times. Elise and Kelli celebrated their anniversary on March 23.

Ian Ritchie is the district archaeologist and Marcia Rose-Ritchie '84 is the recreation planner, both for the Douglas Ranger District, Thunder Basin National Grassland, in Douglas, Wyo. Both Ian and Marcia received national awards for excellence for their, "Exemplary public archaeology and historic preservation efforts associated with Rainbow's End Resort and Dorr Homestead." Rainbow's End Resort and Dorr Homestead are buildings that were located on private ranches. They were acquired by the Forest Service in recent land exchanges. Marcia and Ian are coordinating efforts to obtain the funds to fully renovate the buildings. mroseritchie@fs.fed.us

CR: Brian Dohe

Michael Swan and his wife, Rebecca, announce the birth of Noah, on Aug. 16.

Deborah Allison died on Jan. 12 as a result of complications from asthma. She was employed as a surgery technician at Group Health. Her two sons, her parents and her fiancée survive Deborah.Jacob Timothy Kwekel

Barbara (Denhoed) Kwekel and her husband, Tim, announce the birth of Jacob Timothy, on Sept. 8. He joins Nick, 11, Hannah, 8, Emily, 6, and Andrew, 3.

CR: Darren Hamby

Jennifer (Crill) Fox and her husband, Colin, announce the birth of Miriam (Mim) Anne, on Nov. 24. She joins Malcolm, 3, and Holden, 1. Jennifer works part-time as a physical therapist for rehab patients in their homes in Seattle.

Anne Lien began her new job at Accenture in Oslo, Norway, in October. She is a service manager.

Lisa Ottoson was promoted to assistant vice president at Federal Home Loan Bank in Seattle, where she also is the director of product development. She has been at Federal Home Loan for six months. Lisa continues to lead her Tacoma firm, TecHatch, and commutes on the Sounder to Seattle, four days a week.

Sue Nixon was named president and CEO of The Leonhardt Group, a Seattle-based brand strategy and design firm. Some of their clients have included Microsoft, Washington Mutual, Nordstrom and the Experience Music Project.

Runnoe "Sparks" Connally was named "Man of the Year," by the Southwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, for his work in orphanages in Santiago, Chile. Sparks has been on four work teams since 1998 as seen on www.visionforchile.org, and is planning a fifth trip in September.

CR: Kristina Pfeil and Sherith (Lundring) Squires

Antonette (Vernon) and Doug '91 Wood announce the birth of their son, Ian Murray, on Sept. 30. Antonette is still doing consulting work at Point B Solutions Group in Seattle, where she is a senior associate. Doug is a program manager.

David Gregory NyhusGreg Nyhus and his wife, Katharine, announce the birth of David Gregory (photo), on Nov. 8.

Christine Winkel Grienauer and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Jackson Robert, on Jan. 10. They live in the Seattle area.

CR: Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Heidi (Lemke) Peirce and her husband, Khai, announce the birth of Creston Newell, on March 2, 2001. He joins Reilley, 7, and Lydia, 3. Heidi is a stay-at-home mom and Khai is a teacher at Truman Middle School in Tacoma. The family attends Clover Creek Bible Fellowship, where Heidi is involved in women's ministry.

Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their son, Ryan, on Oct. 5. He joins Tyler, 4. Lisa is the director of major gifts at Norwalk Community College Foundation in Norwalk, Conn.

Kelly Cornellier and Robert Leber were married on July 14, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Olympia, Wash. Kelly works for the State of Washington and Robert for J.B. Hunt. They live in Lacey.

Patricia (Smith) Lisoskie received the Presidential Award for excellence in math and science teaching. She is a teacher and mentor coordinator in the Tumwater (Wash.) School District.

CR: Sean Neely and Angel Vahsholtz-Anderson

Sally (Nelson) Dominguez, inspired by the cover story in the last issue of Scene about the $4 million gift for the Wang Center, said: "It was good to hear of the recent gift. I graduated from PLU as a Spanish/Global studies major. I also studied abroad for two semesters…my experiences on those programs changed my life. Since I graduated, I have been working among the Mazahua Indians in Mexico. My Mexican husband and I have started our own program called the Mexican Indigenous University Center (www.miuc.org). We primarily work with high school and university students. During J-Term, we were also blessed to have a wonderful PLU student with us receiving credit for an independent study class-freshman John Lee Worfolk. Traveling is a wonderful way to learn and I am glad that PLU continues to put a special emphasis on international education and that we were able to give John Lee that opportunity in Mexico."

Rachel (Daack) Bork and her husband, Ian, announce the birth of Emma, on March 14, 2001. She joins Aidan, 4. Rachel left her position as an insurance agent to be a full time mom.

Michele Toppe was promoted to assistant director for student development at Portland (Ore.) State University in August 2002. She completed her first marathon in September and ran the Boston Marathon in April. Michele and her husband, Daryl, live in Portland with their son, Isaiah.

Kimberly Gross started her own public relations firm, KG Communications, in June 2000 after four years at a firm in Bellevue, Wash. KG Communications specializes in marketing communications consulting, graphic design and public relations. www.kgconline.com

Riley James SwensonClass Rep: Roxy Giddings at 253-537-3075 or alumni@plu.edu

Erick and Cara (Cossairt) Swenson announce the birth of Riley James (picture), on Jan. 4. He joins his brother, Tristan, 4.

Wendy (Kirkpatrick) Doman and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Riley Patrick, on Aug. 23. He joins his sister, Bailee, 3.

Jacob Neil Current
Jeff and Margriet (Carlson '92) Current announce the birth of Jacob Neil, on Oct. 15. He joins Evan, 2. Jeff became a financial adviser with Waddell & Reed in January. Margriet has taken a year off from teaching English as a Second Language to be at home with the boys. They live in Spokane

Bobbi (Adams) Blankenship and her husband, Lindy, announce the birth of Lindsey Ann, on Dec. 15. Bobbi became a certified chemical dependency professional in October, and works as a chemical dependency counselor at Green Hill Training School in Chehalis, Wash.

Katya MarchettiRoy and Elisabeth (Sundby) Marchetti
and their daughter (picture), Katya, 1, live in Bakersfield, Calif., where Roy is the division administrator of technology for Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

Jennifer Hogue died on Sept. 9. After graduating from PLU, Jennifer remained in Tacoma and served in aquatics at the Boys and Girls Club before accepting a position as Director of Aquatics at the Lakewood YMCA. Most recently she was the senior program director at the Briggs Community YMCA in Olympia. Jennifer is survived by her parents, Jim and Biff; sisters, Lynne, Dee Anne, Heidi and Wendee; and brother, Craig.

Blake and Larissa (Ulberg '91) Belknap announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Jane, on Jan. 6, 2001.

Jessica Lynn and Sarah Nicole RadfordKerri (Derning) Radford and her husband, Neil, announce the birth of Sarah Nicole, on Oct. 25. She joins Jessica Lynn, 18 months. Kerri, Neil and their family recently moved to Honolulu, where Neil is stationed at Pearl Harbor. He is the operations officer on the USS Fletcher.

Lane Kadel recently joined the owners of Resource Management Associates, Inc. (RMA) in Oregon, as an owner and vice president. RMA provides contract services in the areas of professional engineering, road design, construction management/inspection, forestry, and trade services. Lane has eight years of management and customer service experience in auto and wood products industries and two years of power plant marketing experience.

Lesley (Smith) Niemi and her husband, Richard, announce the birth of their daughter, MacKenzie Addison, on Jan. 7, 2001. She joins Jonathan, 4. Lesley continues to teach elementary music for the South Kitsap School District in Olalla, Wash.

Elizabeth (Loomis) Glabe and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Natalie Louise, on Dec. 24. She joins Noah Scott, 2.

Michelle Jackson and Luke Hammons were married on Aug. 4 at the Lake Chelan Boat Club in Manson, Wash. Michelle is a teacher and coach at Kamiak High School in the Mukilteo School District and Luke works for UPS. They honeymooned in Tahiti.

Kara Quello and her husband, Brady, announce the birth of Kaydn Elizabeth, on Sept. 9. Kara has a private voice studio in her home and also teaches choir part-time at a private school. Brady is an attorney.

Jane LinJane Lin is in her fourth year of working for the Seattle Seahawks in Kirkland, Wash. Originally hired as a graphic design consultant, Jane converted drawings and updated the entire playbook. In her current role, she is an assistant to the coaching staff in various projects. Jane continues her music ministry at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, singing solos and directing the children's choir. In this photo, Jane was singing the National Anthem at a Seahawks game. Recently, Jane took leisure trips to France and Costa Rica.

Marcy (Stromme) and Jeff '91 Wood announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan, on Jan. 3.

CR: Kari Anderson

Susan Halvor graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2000. After graduation she was called as associate pastor to Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska, where she serves with Martin Eldred '83.

Erich Schmidt served three years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy after he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in dentistry. After the Navy, he purchased an established dental practice in San Diego. Erich spends time sea kayaking and has built an all-wood kayak.

Hilary Burtt was accepted to the urban teacher education program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

Wendy Kritsky and Peter Wilton were married on June 15, 2001. Wendy is a physical therapist at UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Peter is a technical support specialist at Vocollect.

Jim Grossnickle accepted a position at the University of Washington's Redmond Plasma Physics Lab and is continuing to work on a project funded by the federal government. He was awarded a doctorate in plasma physics/fusion and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics, both from the University of Washington.

CR: Dan Lysne and Catherine Overland

Kirstin Jensen has a new position as head softball coach and instructor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash.

Lora (Whitmore) Nordstrom and her husband, Ben, moved to Illinois where Ben is the new director of alumni programs at Wheaton College. Lora continues as an account executive, developing new business in the Chicago area, for Bensussen, Deutsch & Associates.

Jedrek Andrew and Sidra MatthiasJim and Mari (Yokers) Matthias announce the birth of Jedrek Andrew, on Dec. 8. He joins one sister, Sidra, 4.

Leah Borg and James Jacobs were married on Aug. 25, 2001 at Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor, Wash. Leah is a financial analyst at Multicare in Tacoma and James is a driver for Pennzoil-Quaker State. They honeymooned in Alaska and live in Port Orchard, Wash.

Tia Elizabeth YangMai Yang and her husband, Ger, announce the birth of Tia Elizabeth (picture), on Aug. 8. She joins Yah-Tsheng Amadeus, 7, and Maylea Heaven, 3. Mai is a social worker at the Department of Social and Health Services in Spokane. Ger is a doctoral student.

Ryan and Liesl (Floor) Brown announce the birth of Collin Michael, on Aug. 14. Ryan is a sales representative for Tharco, a corrugated box manufacturer in Auburn, Wash. Liesl has left her job at Anderson Chamberlin, Costco's in-house broker, to stay home with Collin.

Gino Casello and his wife, Shawna, announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella, on Oct. 23. Gino is a partner at NW Investments in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Cassandra Rose HublerJanel (Nygren) Brock and her husband, Troy, announce the birth of Austin Carl, on March 6. He joins Ethan, 4, and Andrew, 2.

Aaron and Rachel (Firman '95) Hubler announce the birth of Cassandra Rose (picture), on Sept. 4.

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

Daniel Mattson and his wife, Marianne, announce the birth of Adeline Joy, on Nov. 4. Daniel is a nurse anesthetist at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk, La. He recently graduated from the U.S. Army graduate program in anesthesia nursing and passed the certification exam for nurse anesthetists. Daniel was also recognized as the distinguished honor graduate of his class.

Doug and Marit (Rasmussen) Nierman announce the birth of Gwyneth Margaretta, on June 6, 20 01. Marit is a teacher in the Wenatchee (Wash.) School District and Doug is a stay-at-home dad.

Aaron Vance has a new position at America Online/Time Warner (AOL/TW), U.S., as the new senior manager. He will be forming and running a new international marketing analysis team, which will require traveling to AOL/TW's 12 international partners. Aaron will also assist in defining and implementing all the marketing reports and analysis needs and requirements.

CR: Steve and Kim (Nadon) Leifsen at 253-875-7915 or steveleifsen@aol.com

Kristin Picard and Sidney Nicholson were married on Sept. 29. Kristin is a financial coordinator for Hurst Chiropractic and Sidney works for the State of Washington.

Kevin Marousek joined the Peace Corps. In June, he began a three-month training program that will be followed by a two-year commitment to serve in Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country (geographically) in the world. Kevin is scheduled to live in Almaty, the country's former capital and largest city, located near China. He will be teaching English.

Christina Miethner has a new position as senior administrative officer for the pension department staff of the Swedish National Social Insurance Board.

Natalie Ann and Riley Lynn HumphreyDavid and Jill (Zumbrunnen) Humphrey announce the birth of Natalie Ann, on Aug. 18. She joins older sister, Riley Lynn, 2. David completed a master's degree in education in March 2000. He is a teacher in the Paradise School District in Modesto, Calif.

Kristin Mark was promoted to host her own show at KISS 106.1 FM radio in Seattle. Known on-air as "Kristin the Island Girl," she can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. She previously worked in various promotion/marketing and on-air positions at KISS.

Vicky (Young) Schauer is in the master's degree in education program at PLU. She was previously a substitute teacher in the Peninsula School District.

Brandon Fix was the recipient of a 2001 Rising Star Award from the Business Leaders of the Year program. He is the president and CEO of Donation Depot in Tacoma, helping non-profit agencies use the Internet as a fund-raising tool. Brandon is also chair of the South Sound chapter of Washington Software Alliance and works with Technology Consortium.

Joel Barnett and Heidy Peterson were married on Aug. 18, 2001 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Joel is employed by Washington Mutual Bank and Heidi is a biologist for Seattle Public Utilities.

CR: Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Keith Dussell is training for the 2002 gay games in Sydney, Australia. He will be throwing the discus in track and field.


Dorothy (Fowler) Fitts
died on Mar. 1.

Ruby Knutzen
died on Jan. 24.

Lennard Axel Anderson
died on Feb. 25.

Margarethe (Bischof) Carson
died in August 2001.

Don D'Andrea
died on Mar. 22.

Carl "Bud" Hatley
died on Feb. 8.

Edward Rosen died in January.

John Szabo
died on Sep. 28.

John Anders Wold died on Dec. 21.

Lester LeRoy (Lee) Johnson died on
Mar. 4.

Ellen (Henry) Garrity died on Jan. 13.

Dale Storaasli died on Mar. 16.

Mikkel Thompson died on Jan. 14.

Gary Smith died in March.

David Mohr died on Feb. 1.

Glen Singleton died on Jan. 2.

Judy (Enloe) Dubois died on Sep. 19.

Debra Allison died on Jan. 12.

Faculty and Friends

Lynn Stein died on Mar. 20. Dr. Stein was a member of PLU's School of Education faculty from 1961 through 1981. His wife, Ariadne, two daughters, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive him.

Mae Gilbertson, died on Mar. 9. Mae is survived by her husband, PLU facutly emeritus, Gordon; son, Jan '65; daughters Sally Cowan '73 and Rosemary Campbell '70; and seven grandchildren, including Reed Campbell '96.

Florence Vedell, died on Mar. 15. Florence was active in the PLU Women's Club from 1967 to 1991, while her husband, Howard was on staff at PLU.

Brandon Hardenbrook and Sonja Anderson were married on July 28 in Spokane, Wash. David Godtlibsen '97, Ryan Chandlee '97, and Robin Ober '00 were in the wedding party. PLU Pastor Nancy Conner officiated. Brandon is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Johnson & Johnson. He was previously a captain in the U.S. Army. Sonja received a master's degree in history from New Mexico State University. She is now attending law school at the University of Washington. They honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii.

Karyn D'Addio received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, specializing in anesthesiology, on June 2. She has a one-year internship in Largo, Fla., before beginning a three-year residency at SUNY in Brooklyn, N.Y

CR: Shannon Herlocker and Nate Sears

Elisabeth (Burkhalter) Rosson and her husband, Marc, announce the birth of Luke Maxwell, on July 31, 2001.

Harold (John) Burkholder received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. His extensive training included navigation, ship handling, engineering, naval warfare, management, and leadership as well as a demanding daily physical fitness program.

Kara (Workman) Klotz has a new position as media specialist at Saint Martin's College in Olympia. She was previously at The Chronicle in Centralia, Wash.

Brooke (Daehlin) Ells has a new position as program director at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Kalispell, Mont. Brooke and her husband, Aaron '97, live in nearby Lakeside.

Heidi Richardson and Gustavo Topete were married on Sept. 2 at Lake Meridian in Kent, Wash. Heidi works at IKEA and Gustavo works at Las Margaritas. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Erin Sanesi and Timothy Cochell were married on July 14, 2001. Erin is a human resources representative for Starbucks Coffee and Timothy is a production manager for Gage Industries. They honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and make their home in Sherwood, Ore.

Raquel Fleming was accepted to New York University's School of Communications in the fall of 2001.

CR: Julie Johnston and Karlene Miles

Alice (Pell) Langehennig has recorded two CDs, "Quiet Praise," a collection of meditative hymns and "Jubilant Praise," a collection of jazz blues hymn arrangements. Alice is also the music director at First United Methodist Church in Hereford, Texas.

Eric Allert and Jenny Villarin '01 were married on Aug. 18 in Folsom, Calif. Jenny is a nurse and Eric is the director of youth and family ministry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, Wash.

David and DakotaDavid Krueger and Dakota Iverson '00 were married on Aug. 4 in Sammamish, Wash. Dakota teaches second grade in the Lake Washington School District and David works in corporate real estate for Shurgard Storage in Seattle. They live in Issaquah, Wash.

Ashley Little is a diagnostic medical sonographer at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center.

Melissa Dreyer completed graduate school in Atlanta, Ga., in September. She moved to Boston in October and is a freelance writer in the advertising industry.

CR: Ashley Orr

Emily Keys is a social service specialist for the State of Oregon Department of Human Services and Child Welfare.

Mary Beth Leeper began a three-year Mennonite Central Committee assignment in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she will work with PRONATS, a children's program. Mary Beth previously served with Habitat for Humanity in Tijuana, Mexico. She is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wash.

Jay Torgerson and Chenoah Klinefelter were married in Mount Vernon, Wash., and now live in Beaverton, Ore., where Jay is an investment representative at Edward Jones and Chenoah is a home visitor.

Kacie Bane has been the sole graphic designer and prepress manager at Eagle Printing Graphic Design for the last year in Richland, Wash. She was recently accepted to
the Master of Science in Design graduate program at Arizona State University and will move to Phoenix to begin classes in the fall. kbane@asu.edu

Luke Balash is doing well in the frozen north as a teacher in the health department at North Pole (Alaska) High School.

Erik Wells is pursuing a doctor of chiropractic degree at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo.

Katherine Graff graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a master's degree in social work in June 2001. She is a social worker at Northwest Youth Services. Nathan Wolfe is the owner of Trico Contracting in Burlington, Wash. Katherine and Nathan are building their first home in Mount Vernon.

CR: Linda (Hutson) Pyle and Keith Pranghofer

Betsy and MatthewBetsy Kellenbeck and Matthew Cole were married on July 14, 2001 in Gresham, Ore. Betsy is a financial adviser assistant at American Express Financial Services and Matthew is a band teacher in the Bellingham (Wash.) School District.

Linda and DavidLinda Hutson and David Pyle '98 were married on Dec. 28 at Westwood Baptist Church in Olympia. Jennifer McRae '01, Heather Dewey '01, Ryan Enbom '98, Dave Urban '98, Alex Sasser '98, and Carrie Loe '01 were in the wedding party. Lute musicians performing at the wedding included: Emily Murer '02, Annie Mastrodonato '02, Justene Jeanotte '00, Ashley Wilson '01, and John Wells '02. Linda and Dave honeymooned in Maui and are now living in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Dave is an intern junior high pastor and is attending Phoenix Seminary and Linda will teach orchestra.

Michelle Pleny and John Eussen '00 were married on Feb. 2 at St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver, Wash. Amy (Crabtree '99) Gearhard, Anneliese Platzer '01, Sara Wolbrecht '01, Maija Durr '01, Rayna Spies '01, Jarrad Mock '99, and Christian Foreman '00 were in the wedding party. Leah Orcutt '03 played the violin and Michael Dailey '03 played the organ. Former and current members of the Choir of the West also performed. Michelle and John honeymooned in the Caribbean and are now living in Yakima, Wash., where Michelle works in client relations and John is an account executive, both at Quest Membership Services.

Stacie Lintvedt and Jason Hanson were married on Sept. 29 at Peace Lutheran Church in Colfax, Wash. Katherine Koch '01, Emily Lentz '01, Erik Samuelson '01, and Chris Duppenthaler '01 were in the wedding party. They live in St. Louis where Stacie is studying for a master's degree in social work at Washington University and Jason is a production editor for Elsevier Science Publishing Company.

Courtney and BrianCourtney Woodard and Brian Black were married on July 29, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Tacoma. Whitney (Martin '01) Johnston and Ashley Call '02 were in the wedding. Gretchen Hjelt '02 was the vocalist. Courtney is a financial consultant at Financial Consulting Solutions Group Inc. in Redmond, Wash., and Brian is a student.

Jennifer Honigs and Thomas Hill Jr. were married on Aug. 11 at Hannah's Garden Inn in Spokane, Wash. Katie Weidmann '01 was in the ceremony. Rob Rydberg '02, Alayne Brown '02, Chris Ode '00, Don Early '01, Anne Kalunian '02, Katie Olson '03, Alissa Olin '02, Kellie Windenburg '02 and Cindy Geiger '01 were guests. Jennifer is an eligibility clerk at West Corporation/Delta Dental and Thomas is an assistant manager at Blockbuster. They are living in Spokane.

Whitney Martin 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 ceremony. Whitney works in the School of Science and Engineering and Jeremy is a law student, both at Seattle University. They live in Seattle.


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