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1931

Nina (Swanson) Haagen died July 23 at the Tacoma Lutheran Home. After graduating from PLU, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse on Anderson Island. She retired in 1975 after 44 years in education. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Archie. She is survived by her brother, Ivan (Casey) Swanson and sister, Jessie Poteete.


1935

Hazel Nesvig died July 30. She had been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1947, when her husband, Milt, began his administrative and teaching career at PLU. She supported him in his many activities at the school and hosted countless students and university visitors in her home near the campus. In recognition of her contributions, the PLU Alumni Association gave her a special award in 1988. She volunteered for many church and community groups and was a member of Nordlandslaget and the Scandinavian Cultural Center. She was preceded in death by Milt. She is survived by her sons, Mark ’71, Jonathan ’67 and Philip ’70; daughters-in-law Morrene and Natalie ’79; grandchildren Chris, Chelsea, Lars-Erik, Sonja and Rachel; a sister-in-law, Doris Ashleman ’40; and a brother-in-law, David Nesvig ’57, and his wife, Jane.


1936

Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


1938

Class Representative –Stan Willis


1940

Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


1945

Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


1946

Dorothy (Nieman) Anderson is the secretary-treasurer of the Washington Blueberry Commission and owner of a 20-acre blueberry farm in Bow, Wash., in Washington’s Skagit Valley.

Olaf Kvamme received the Spirit of Liberty Award, which is sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council. Congressman Jim McDermott presented the award to Olaf, a Norwegian by birth, in recognition of Olaf’s outstanding contribution to his adopted country, the United States. The honor was established to celebrate those who seek to preserve the human heritages of liberty, freedom, equality and democracy for all. Olaf has dedicated his life and his work to those ideals.

Class Representative – Isabel (Harstad) Watness


1947

Class Representative – Gerald Lider


1948

Howard Willis died July 24. Before attending PLU, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. After graduation, Howard became a teacher and school administrator with a special concern for junior high students. His favorite retirement pastimes were golfing, gardening and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth (Stuen ’43); daughter, Ginny Cordts; sons Bruce 72, Mark ’76, and Brett ’77; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


1949

Warren Ghormley died July 19. After graduating from PLU, Warren was the first student accepted at the new University of Washington Medical School and attended for one year. In 1954, he opened the first of five Dick’s Drive-Ins, the hamburger restaurants that have become Seattle institutions. He was known as a gentleman who treated customers, employees and suppliers with respect and dignity. He retired in 1989. He enjoyed family boating excursions throughout the Northwest and was an avid traveler, having seen much of the world by auto, train and cruise ship. Warren is survived by his wife Gerry (Kuhlman ’48); sons David and Tom; daughter Sue; four granddaughters; one grandson and four great-grandchildren.

Class Representative – Luther Watness


1950

Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


1951

JayCee Burrington died July 2 in Tacoma. Known as Jay Bird, he worked for many years in construction and remodeling, as well as in the insurance business. In World War II, he served in the Air Corps. Jay Bird enjoyed gardening, card playing and sports. He was an avid outdoor sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He is survived by his wife, Regis; his son, Greg, and daughter-in-law Nancy; and his granddaughter, KayCee.


1953

Faith Warner died June 1. She retired from the Washington Public School System in Tacoma in 1969. She was a Past Worthy Matron, Order of Eastern Star, and an active member in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Among her favorite pastimes were golf, bridge and pinochle. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and William McClain; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Royce Adams died in June. Before coming to PLU, Royce was in the military, serving during World War II in Pearl Harbor (when it was attacked), Omaha Beach, France, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge), Holland and Germany. He received the Bronze Star, five European Theater of Operation Battle Stars, four Pacific Battle Stars, the Silver Star with clusters, the Presidential Unit of Citation, the Purple Heart with clusters and the French Croix de Guerre. He retired in 1951 due to wounds received in Korea. After PLU, Royce began a career at North Pacific Bank, retiring after 29 years. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine; his daughter, Vanessa Adams Hiles; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, Royce Jr.

Class Representative – Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen


1954

Class Representative – Iver Haugen


1955

Class Representative – Phyllis Grahn Carroll


1956

Marlene (Stuhlmiller) Reller died June 13. After graduating from PLU, Marlene became a public assistance social worker in Seattle. She then joined the U.S. Army as social director of a Special Services club in Wiesbaden, Germany, returning several years later to Army Special Services for an assignment in South Korea. Throughout her career, Marlene held several social work positions in California and Wenatchee, Wash. She loved traveling in Europe, playing the piano and gardening. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine and Joan Reller; her sister, Barbara Von Goedert and brother-in-law Charles; and a niece and a nephew.

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


1957

Class Representative –Marilyn Katz


1958

Class Representative – Don Cornell and David Knutson


1959

Class Representative – Alvin Dungan


1961

Class Representative – Ron Lerch


1962

Duane Henden will retire Dec. 31 after serving for 17 years with the New Mexico State Investment Council as the deputy state investment officer, managing $12 billion in trust assets. In 1983, Duane retired from the United States Air Force as a pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


1963

Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry


1964

Joanne (Jensen) LaFramenta is teaching mathematics methods to elementary school teacher candidates at the University of Florida. After 18 years, she retired from teaching middle school math.


1967

Class Representative – Angie (Nicholson) Magruder


1968

Jill (Lange) Peterson is an educator in Anoka, Minn. She was selected as a Women in Society Delegate to Brazil through the People to People Ambassador Program for October. She was also listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Women for 2002-2003.

Class Representative – Michael Ford


1969

Philip and Linda (Simundson ’70) Petrasek moved from Tuscon, Ariz., to Ferndale, Wash., where Philip is the new pastor of Christ Lutheran Church.

Richard Slatta has published his seventh history book, “Simon Bolivar’s Quest for Glory,” which he coauthored with Jane Lucas De Grummond. Details appear at his Web site, www.cowboyprof.com. Rich continues as professor of history at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Linda (Hahn) Tate died May 27, 2002, after a long battle with breast cancer. She taught high school and elementary school in Alaska and was the elementary school principal on San Juan and the Stuart Islands, Wash., between 1983 and 1987. Linda loved the outdoors, and her family will miss her wonderful stories, sense of adventure and zest for life. She is survived by her husband, Phil; her stepson, Andrew; and her daughter, Julie.

Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner


1970

Bernie Kuehn retired after 28 years directing high school choirs in Hillsboro, Ore. He recently took the Oregon Chorale on tour in Europe for the fourth time, this time to the Baltics (www.OregonChorale.org). This fall he will be the director of the Jazz Choir at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Bernie lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Karen, and their cats, Koko and PeeChee.

Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran


1971

Roger Anderson is the associate dean for research and planning at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

Bob Hanson earned his master’s degree in counseling from Portland State University in the spring of 2002. He is a school counselor at Crater Elementary in Newberg, Ore.

Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.


1972

Colleen LeMagie returned to Wyoming in 2000 to live on the slope of the Big Horn Mountains, where she provides psychiatric services to five rural communities.


1973

Joanne (Stueland) Fitzgerald has been called to serve Grace Lutheran in Elmwood Park, Ill. She has been serving there as interim pastor since 2000.

Class Representative – Nikki Martin


1974

David Johnson is in his 21st year at Cal Poly Pomona, where he is the director of judicial affairs. He also produces many of the university’s major public events, including commencement and the annual fund-raising affair, the Founders’ Celebration. Dave encourages Lutes, especially those alumni from the class of ’74 who are not already on the class list server, to contact him at luteman74@hotmail.com.

Class Representative – Dave Johnson


1975

John Malloy died Aug. 4. Before he came to PLU, he served with distinction in the military. Among his many awards and decorations were the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for duty in Vietnam and the Soldier’s Medal for rescuing a drowning child swept away by rapids. He also served in Korea, Germany and the United States. He considered his assignment in Ethiopia as the first black advisor to the First Imperial Ethiopian Division, the bodyguard unit for the Emperor Haile Selassie, to be both personally and professionally among the most rewarding. Following his retirement from active duty in 1974, John continued his service to the nation, retiring in 1993 as the director of employee development with the Navy. Community service was also paramount in his life, having served in many capacities, including as the first housing officer for the Tacoma Urban League. He received his master’s degree in human resources from PLU in 1975. John is survived by his wife, Sandra; four sons, two stepsons, and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Glenda, after 38 years of marriage.

Reginald Pearsall is a substitute teacher in Tacoma, Wash. He also is an accompanist with the St. John Baptist senior choir.

Virginia (Witt) Abbott is back in the Northwest after 20 years of work in advertising agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. She and her husband, Al, are partners in the new advertising and design agency, TRIO a.d.s., which they helped form in January. Virginia serves as the agency’s creative director. The Museum of Glass in Tacoma is one of their clients. They have two daughters, Annika, 10, and Turi, 7, and live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Class Representative – Ed Voie


1976

Preston Woodall continues in flight medicine. He recently moved to California to serve at Beale Air Force Base for his last military assignment.

Ellen Fleming died July 22 in Shoreline, Wash. After raising her children, Ellen earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from PLU. She was involved in many organizations, including the Crisis Pregnancy Center, the Bill of Rights Legal Foundation, Tacoma Citizens for Decency and Pro-Life America. She also taught Sunday School and home Bible studies through her church. An avid reader, she is remembered for her love of drama, music, art and beauty, and for her lively discussions about a wide variety of subjects. She is survived by four of her children and their spouses and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie, and her children, Tommy and Annette.

Class Representative – Gary Powell


1977

Walter Koopman died Aug. 14. Before graduating from PLU, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 26 years in Korea, occupied Japan, Europe, Vietnam and the United States. After receiving his degree, he worked in civil service until his retirement in 1989. He was an active member of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Walter is survived by three daughters and their spouses, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Shigeko, preceded him in death.

Dick Cole was named manager of the escrow department at Chicago Title. He has 25 years experience in the title industry, many of them with Chicago Title. He lives in Bellingham, Wash.

Class Representative – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


1979

Curtis Bevolden married Pamilla Todd Nov. 29, 2002. Curtis is a special deputy attorney for Yellowstone County in Billings, Mont., and Pamilla is the children’s pastor at Faith Chapel.

Evelyn Cornwall Jerden is the senior vice president of operations for Lynch Interactive Corporation, a telecommunications firm based in Rye, N.Y. She and her husband, Marc, live in Tucson, Ariz., with their two children, Chris, 10, and Lisa, 7.

Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey


1980

Jerry Roberts died Aug. 5. Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and was honorably discharged in 1970 after an impressive military career. Among his numerous medals and awards were the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and many citations for his outstanding leadership, bravery and devotion to duty. He fought both at Normandy Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, and was a frontline combat soldier in Korea. After his military career, Jerry worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as a juvenile offender counselor for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Christina; four children, five grandchildren, three stepchildren, and several stepgrandchildren and nephews.

Lionel Alford is a doctoral candidate in aeronautical engineering at the University of Dayton. He recently published a historical novel, “The Second Mission,” which is set in the world of Socrates’ Athens in the year 399 B.C.

Harry Herdman and his wife, Liz, are happily camped on Lake Whatcom in Bellingham, Wash., with their children, Tia, 12, Greyson, 10, and Cole, 5, along with various chickens, ducks, turkeys, fish, cats and rabbits. All in the family are avid skiers, campers, kayakers and bicyclists. Harry is a family physician focusing on obstetrics and is in charge of provider payor contracts for Family Care Network, a 44-physician primary care group. Liz is a physical therapist, now home when not on the soccer sidelines.

Michael Peterson has a new country CD out, “Modern Man.” The songs tell stories of loss and redemption, hope and fear, love and pain. It is a very personal work and contains six songs that Michael wrote.

Class Representative – Phil Waldner


1982

Class Representative – Paul Collard


1983

Tom McArthur has been named director of communications for the Davenport Hotel located in downtown Spokane. McArthur is responsible for handling media relations, convention and group marketing, brand management and serves as the hotel’s official spokesman and historian. Tom previously served as press secretary to Congressman George Nethercutt and has been a reporter for both KXLY-TV and KREM-TV in Spokane. He also produced “The Davenport Hotel – Grand Again” and other historical documentaries for KSPS Public Television.

Class Representative – David Olson


1984

Stephen and Cheryl (Ulleland ’83) Lucky have moved to Great Falls, Mont. Steve had been the operations officer for the 10th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, and on June 30, accepted command of the 341st Operations Support Squadron. Attending the change of command ceremony were several friends and family members, including David ’89 and Andi ’91 Lucky, Andrew Regis ’84, and Cheryl’s parents, Duane ’52 and Marilyn (French ’54) Ulleland. Stephen and Cheryl can be reached at lucky77777@bresnan.net.

David V. Pratt was nominated by his peers for listing in Seattle Magazine as one of the top 150 physicians in the Puget Sound area. He was one of four physicians selected in the facial plastic surgery category. Many of his facial rejuvenation surgeries are performed through hidden incisions, helping patients return to normal activities more quickly and maximizing results. He lives in Tacoma with his wife and six children and is the senior partner in The Aesthetic Surgery Centre.

Class Representative – Mark Christofferson


1985

Kristi Running is a commander in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserves. In March, during the Iraq War, she was recalled to active duty and served for three months as a critical care nurse at National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda). She was honored to care for many of the wounded who passed through the center and found it to be a moving, patriotic experience. Next summer, Kristi’s husband, Joe Chiaravallotti, will be the commanding officer of the USS Carney in Mayport, Fla. Kristi and Joe will relocate to Florida with their children, Adrianne, 11, Nathan, 7, and Nelson, 4.

Class Representative – Janet (Olden) Regge


1987

Deanne Addy lives in Fife, Wash., with her daughter, Bethany, 4. She is an administrative assistant at Highline Community College.

Class Representative – Darren Hamby


1988

Katherine Hedland married Bryan Hansen July 26 at the Top of the Market in Seattle. Julie (Allen ’88) Fenedick and Becky (Roose ’89) Wier were in the wedding party. Katherine is director of News and Information Services at PLU and editor of Scene. Bryan works for a landscape design company in Seattle. They live in Seattle.


1989

Brian Haner, president of Image Source Inc., was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” issue, a celebration of young entrepreneurs and rising stars in the business community. Image Source is a full service agency for custom branded merchandise. In Image Source’s six years, Brian has overseen the company’s steady growth and success. It now ranks in the top 3 percent of promotional merchandise distributors in the industry, and the seventh largest in the Puget Sound area. Brian lives in Carnation, Wash., with his wife and two children.

BJ (Hayes) Noel received a master’s of science in nursing from PLU in 2003.

Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro


1990

Kimberly Gross married Krestian Skrinde Jan. 25 at Kimberly’s grandmother’s home overlooking the ocean in Pacifica, Calif. Kimberly is a self-employed marketing consultant and graphic designer, and Krestian is a payment coordinator for Moneytree, Inc. They live Redmond, Wash., and plan to build a home in Snohomish, Wash., in the near future.

Howard Hilde sang in a jazz band for 10 years after graduating from PLU, but now performs exclusively his own music. He also works in information technology as a project manager and directs a church choir.

Kristin Bates married Jeff Hanson in July 2002. Her wedding provided the opportunity for a PLU reunion of 1990 classmates: Vickie Mostrom, Rod Bigelow, Laura Elliot, Carl Cole, Robert Curtis, Annie (Newton) Thompson, Linda Trendler, and SueAnn (Garrison) Brydson.

Class Representative – Sean Neely and Angel Vahsholtz-Anderson


1991

Virginia Anderson is on the new Silverdale Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She has been a CPA for 11 years.

Sandra (Phillips) Barth and her husband, Tom, live in Springfield, Va., with their five children, Thomas, 15, Kathleen, 11, Samuel, 8, and twins, Grace and Gillian, 4. Sandra is a registered nurse, and Tom is an infantry officer and Army staff at the Pentagon.

Julie Zuydhoek married Paul Nicholas July 12. Kim (Fischer ’90) Andersen was her maid of honor. Julie is a research nurse at the VA Hospital in Seattle, while Paul is a chief engineer.

Mark Matthes and Jennifer Trenckmann were married in Boise, Idaho, in September 2002. They accepted teaching positions at Yunnan University in China for the 2003-2004 academic year. Mark is a professor of business and economics, and Jenny is an English teacher.

Donna Rayner married Kevin Cox May 25 in Seattle. Donna is an application program manager with YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Kevin is a software engineer.

Harvey Potts married Magdalena Leczycka in Bieisk Podlaski, Poland on July 19. They live in Seattle, where Harvey is a development director for the National Wildlife Federation. Magda is a graduate student.


1992

Laura Rowley married Jay Leek May 17 in Sacramento. PLU alumni in attendance were Katy Schnoor ’92, Melanie Kasting ’93, Julie Platt ’92, Erik Swensen ’92, Cara Swensen ’92, Heidi Worthen Gamble ’93, and Laura (Rowley) Leek ’92


1993

Laura (Reardon) Johnson married Don Johnson April 6 in Dove Canyon, Calif. They live in Orange County, Calif., where Laura is a sales representative for Quantum, and Don works for Hitatchi Data Systems.

Linda (Arneson) Comer is an accountant with Simpson Timber Company in Shelton, Wash. She lives in Olympia.

Kristi Kersten married Kevin Carolan in February in Costa Rica. Kristi is an occupational therapist, and Kevin is a firefighter. They live in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Sam and Teresa Cook have spent two years in the Philippines at Brent International School Manila, where Teresa teaches third grade and Sam teaches high school math. Together they coach cross country and track and field. Before coming to the Philippines, they spent two years teaching at the Shanghai Changning International School in Shanghai. In July, Sam received a master’s degree in educational technology through Michigan State University.

Class Representative – Kristina Dolan


1994

Kelley (Staudinger) Washington, and her husband, Lavon, recently bought their first home in University Place, Wash. Kelley works at Regence BlueShield and Katie Downs and sells Creative Memories. Lavon is a mail handler and serves in the Air Force reserves. They have three children, Janessa, 9, Alexandra (Alex), 8, and Kayla, 4.

Jennifer Berger married Ali Allison May 10 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif. They met while playing against each other in a pick-up ice hockey game. Krista works for the manufacturing company Castec Inc., and is responsible for writing technical specifications and training documentation. Ali is an accountant for Warner Music Group. They live in Studio City, Calif.

John Haines spent seven years teaching at Kyushu Gukuin Lutheran Junior and Senior High Schools in Kumamoto City, Japan. He is now studying cross-cultural management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck


1995

Bryan Herb has opened an outbound tour company called Zoom Vacations. Zoom caters to gay and lesbian travelers and their families and friends who are seeking fun, meaningful and culturally rich vacations that are both luxurious and affordable. Based out of Chicago, Bryan opened Zoom with his boyfriend, Joel Cabrera. www.zoomvacations.com.

Krista (Anderson) Dirkman and her husband, Andrew, are thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest after six years in Birmingham, Ala. Krista is an account manager for Roche Diagnostics-Point of Care Division covering the North and Central Washington territory. Andrew completed his MBA at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and works for Markow Financial Services in Seattle. While the Southern experience was overall a good one, Krista is especially excited to be close again to friends and family.

Travis Ellingson is an information technology application specialist for the State of Washington’s Division of Child Support. He lives in Tacoma, Wash.

Class Representatives – Krista Sickert-Bush and Stephanie Page-Lester


1996

Andy Dreyer graduated in May from the Creighton University School of Dentistry and is a captain in the Air Force. Next June, he will begin a residency in periodontics in San Antonio. His wife, Lori (Gustafson), is a physician assistant student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Brett Bollinger is a first lieutenant and an F-16 pilot with the186th Fighter Squadron in Great Falls, Mont. He attended the USAF Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training, where PLU alumnus, Donald “Sig” Siegmund ’65 was one of his instructor pilots. Brett recently completed his mission check ride to be combat ready in the F-16C. Brett and his wife, Shannon, a registered nurse, have one son, Andrew, who was born April 20, 2002.

Stephanie (Tuck) Frisch is the director of shows and promotions for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. In addition, she has been promoted to shows operations manager. The Shows and Promotions department at the HBA oversees the major consumer events produced by the association, including the Northwest Natural Street of Dreams, the RE/MAX Street of New Beginnings and the Portland Home and Garden Show.

Jenna Edlund moved back to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family and friends after leaving a position with Intel in New York City. She loved her experiences on the East Coast but felt it was time to come home and work for a smaller company after being with large corporations for eight years. She is now working with Chris Sakas (’97) in his new mortgage company in downtown Bellevue, Wash., and enjoying her transition into sales.

Patrick Reid is an Army Black Hawk instructor pilot who is halfway through a master’s of aeronautical science degree with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His wife, Prece Fountain-Reid ’97, teaches English as a second language and graduated in 2000 with a master’s degree in psychology counseling. They live in South Korea with their son, Patton, who was born June 30, 2001.

Josh Arnold and Alexa Marsh ’97 were married Aug. 3 at the Portland Chinese Gardens. After honeymooning in San Francisco, they settled in Portland, where Josh is working on his master’s degree, and Alexa works for IBM.


1997

Tad and Melissa (Porter ’99) Monroe live in Tacoma, where Tad is the minister of outreach at Trinity Presbyterian Church and Melissa is an administrator at the Northwest Leadership Foundation. Tad received his master’s of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tyler Slostad married Hana Baker June 7 in Port Angeles, Wash. They are working on their master’s degrees in education at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Colorado.

Keith Dussell won the gold medal in his age group with a discus throw of 25.16 meters when competing for Team Seattle in the Gay Games 2002 in Sydney, Australia.

Sara Teas earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Washington in August 2002 and accepted
a position as Reference Librarian in the Stanislaus County Library in Modesto, Calif.

Aaron and Julie (Hankel ’96) Christian live in Chico, Calif. Aaron is the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of California, Davis, and Julie is a high school English teacher in Galt.

Class Representative – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson


1998

Christina Sarrensen married Lance Nadeau July 4 at the Sarrensen home in Gig Harbor, Wash. She is a teacher at Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Mont., and Lance is a teacher in Kalispell.

Treesha Doescher married Marty Leader Sept. 20. Treesha is an administrative assistant for Southeast Washington Aging Long Term Care in Yakima, Wash. Marty works for Noel Canning.

Kristine Bilderback and Rob Burns were married Aug.16 in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Kristine is a geriatric mental health counselor and the full-time church musician at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Wash. Rob is a sportswriter at The Daily World in Aberdeen.

Julie Kingery married Robert Rader March 29 in Newberg, Ore. Julie is a resident physician in pathology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Robert is a support analyst. They live in Redlands, Calif.

Tyler Boob completed four years of Army active duty, leaving as a captain. He now works as a field sales representative for Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. He lives in Boca Raton, Fla., but will be relocating next year.

Matt Torfin was promoted to the position of labor relations supervisor in the legal department at Alaska Airlines. He was transferred to Seattle from San Diego.

Heidi Ramseth married Stuart Hornung at Soldier’s Chapel in Big Sky, Mont.
Aug. 9.

Kelley Minty married Dean Morris June 21 in Ashland, Ore. Kelley is a reporter for KOTI Television in Klamath Falls, and Dean is a lab technician for Collins Product.

Mike Safford was named the 2002-2003 NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year for the Northwest region, which encompasses 23 schools. He works for Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho. He credits his success to the teaching he received from Nick Dawson under the Lutedome. Mike is also calling play-by-play for the Boise Hawks baseball club, a single A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in the Northwest League. He and his wife, Liza Howe, bought their first home in Caldwell.

Heidi Splittgerber married Victor Zuniga Aug. 30 in Fort Collins, Colo., where they live. They honeymooned in Seattle, and Heidi was delighted to see PLU again. She is working toward a career in law, and Victor works in computer manufacturing.

Class Representative – Shannon Herlocker


1999

Chad Balcom married Jaime Balmer in 2001. Jaime is the project manager at Alteon Training and is studying at Pierce Community College in Tacoma.

Lindsay Fowler is the new public relations coordinator for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Wash.

Lance Kenmore and his wife, Karen (Leikem ’98), bought their second self-serve car wash in the Tri-Cities. They formed Wash Works LLC and live in Kennewick, Wash.

Stephanie Pranschke married Lee Walker Jones June 28 in Olympia.

Beth Colwell and Scott Isenhath were married April 26. The wedding party included Scott ’93 and Sarah (Colwell ’94) Sypher, Mindy Norris ’00, Rachel Stork ’02, and Kevin Giboney ’02. Beth is a second-grade teacher, and Scott is a medical student at the University of Washington.

Tiffany Dokken teaches English and Spanish at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash. She is also working on a master’s degree in counseling at Seattle University.

Lina Korsmo married Dean Johnson May 31 in Big Lake, Wash. Lina is an editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, an intern in the weather department at KOMO-TV and has her own dance company called Seattle Jazz Dance. Dean is a cabinetmaker.

Heather Magoon married Matthew Thibeau at Epiphany Parish in Seattle. Christine (Faldet) Bellingham and Genevieve (Shook) McGrann were bridesmaids. Heather is the nurse manager of an outpatient surgery center, and Matthew is a project manager for a mechanical contractor.

David Goodsell married Kelly Harbert ’00 Dec. 28, 2002, in Eugene, Ore. Their wedding party was full of PLU alumni. Bridesmaids included Scyller Borglum ’99, Tasha Ockfen ’00, Anna Goodsell ’02, Erin Swanson ’00, and Mariah Toft ’00. Groomsmen included: Tim Lax ’99, Eric Arena ’99, W.C. Harbert (current PLU student), Rob Case ’99, and Luke Jacobson ’99. David works for Ockfen and Montro Commercial Appraising, and Kelly is a Tacoma schoolteacher.

Class Representative – Karlene Miles


2000

Greg Pickett and his wife, Jessica (Allen ’01) have moved to Denver, Colo., where Greg is a supervisor at the airport, and Jessica is a high school English teacher in the Adams County School District. Before moving to Denver, they spent 18 months in Juneau, Alaska, where Greg worked for Alaska Airlines in the management development program. They have a wonderful, energetic black lab named Sol.

Michelle Iannitto married Toby Kock July 12 in Port Orchard, Wash. Among those in the wedding party were Tharen (Michael) Inverso ’00, Kristen (Gurske) Kavon ’00, Robert Kavon ’00, Chrisopher Aageson ’00, Leif Lunoe ’00 and Timothy Beaudin ’99. Michelle is a teacher in the Stevenson-Carson School District, and Toby is a fisheries biologist. They live in Cook, Wash.

Danielle Fisher taught at Stahl Junior High in Puyallup since graduating from PLU. She recently made a career change and signed on at John L. Scott in Puyallup.

Class Representative –Ashley Orr


In Memoriam

1931

Nina (Swanson) Haagen on July 23


1935

Hazel Nesvig on July 30


1948

Howard Willis on July 24


1949

Warren Ghormley on July 19


1956

Marlene (Stuhlmiller) Reller on June 13


1953

Faith Warner on June 1
Royce Adams in June


1951

JayCee Burrington on July 2


1969

Linda (Hahn) Tate on May 27, 2002


1975

John Malloy on Aug. 4


1976

Ellen Fleming on July 22


1977

Walter Koopman on Aug. 14


1980

Jerry Roberts Aug. 5


Faculty and Friends

Faculty

Heike Phelps on Aug. 3
Normand Poulshock on July 5
Kenneth Cubbage on Sept. 2

Friends

George Lagerquist Former PLU Regent and major donor George Lagerquist died Oct. 20, 2003. Lagerquist’s gifts funded the concert hall that bears his name and the Chihuly glass sculpture in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center.



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