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Class notes by Year: 1932, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953,

1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971,

1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,

1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,

In Memorium, Future Lutes

Class Representative positions available: 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996


Ruth (Goodwin) Pflugmacher died April 4. She taught for many years in Pierce County (Wash.) schools. After her retirement, she and her late husband, Emery, spent 30 years wintering in Southern California. They also enjoyed many trips throughout the world. Ruth loved to square dance and was active in Ivy Chapter of Eastern Star. She took great pleasure in her nephews and nieces and their children, often taking them along on trips. She is survived by sister Marie Morgan; two nephews, three nieces and several grandnephews and nieces, including Lindsey Trauba ’03.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


James Stanley Willis died July 31.


Class Representative - Luella Toso Johnson


Class Representative - Annabelle Birkestol

Lillian (Thorliefson) Fulthorp died March 10. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar. She is survived by her stepsons, Dick and Don Fulthorp; daughter Karen Marty; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brothers George ’42 and Phil ’52 Thorliefson.

Helen Cunningham died May 11. After graduating from PLC, she began her 39-year teaching career in Bremerton, Issaquah and Tacoma, Wash. She went on to teach for 30 years at Meeker School in Puyallup, where she was a PTA Golden Acorn recipient. She was a member of the International Reading Association, Puyallup Educational Association, and state and national educational associations. She also was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and served as a docent at PLU. Surviving Helen are four granddaughters and her sister, Isabelle Beck.


Nellie (Risa) Christofferson died May 14. After graduating from PLC, she taught elementary school in Odessa, Dupont, Vancouver and Bainbridge Island, Wash. Together with her husband, the Rev. Chauncey ’50, she served many churches in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and North Dakota. They moved to Marysville, Wash., in 1977 and she continued to serve at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Her positive attitude, her cheery personality and her example of faith were an inspiration to those who knew her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Mark ’84, Charles and Kenneth Christofferson; four grandchildren; brothers, Don and Theron Risa; and sisters, Fern Whittle and Jenny Panko.


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative - Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy

Richard Mason died March 15. Before coming to PLC, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had a long career as a teacher and a coach, first at Clover Park High School in Lakewood (1956-1969), then in Newport, Ore. He was the Oregon Coach of the Year in 1978 and Oregon Athletic Director of the Year in 1984, and was inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He also was an avid reader, a history buff and an animal lover. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth ’63, Laura and Kate; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Svare died April 24. He was an accomplished vocalist, teacher and actor who studied voice at PLC and trained privately with Ellen Schytte-Jacobsen. Living in various parts of Europe, he spoke Greek, German, French, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian and worked in Oslo as a translator and currier for the 1952 Olympic ski-jumping teams. In 1963, he founded the Scandinavian Theatre Company, a professional English language repertory theatre based in Stockholm. Among the actors who performed with the touring company were Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, E.G. Marshall, Sada Thompson and Esther Rolle. In 1969, he moved to The Greek island of Corfu, where he helped organize an annual arts festival. Richard also acted in several

European feature films and Euro Television productions and worked for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is survived by his sister, Betty Parrott ’38, with whom he shared a house in Seattle during the last 10 years of his life.


Wallace Soland died March 4 in Palm Desert, Calif. Before coming to PLC, Wallace served in the Marines for three years in the Asian Theater. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from PLU and went on to a 30-year coaching career, serving at Bainbridge, Toledo and Issaquah (Wash.) High Schools in basketball, track and football. He also taught physical education and driver education. His family remembers him as a loving husband and father with a positive attitude and a very good sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Dorothy (Hagen ’51) Soland; son Rick; daughter Carol Becker; sister Eileen Kelly and four grandchildren.


Elmyra (Vogler) Coon died April 29. She lived in Tacoma, where she taught

elementary school and received the Golden Acorn Award as an outstanding teacher. She was a longtime member of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church and enjoyed helping out at the food bank.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore. She is survived by her sons Kenneth and Robert, eight grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Iver Haugen


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Faith (Bueltmann) Stern had her book, “Getting There With Faith: Adventures of a Travel Addict,” published in April. She describes the hiking, climbing, canoeing and skiing trips she has taken in many unusual places around the world. She lives in Takoma Park, Md.


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell and David Knutson


Class Representative – Al Dungan

Al Dungan spent two weeks this spring in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was a guest lecturer at the Novasaratovka Lutheran Seminary on the topic:

“Addiction, Recovery and Pastoral Ministry.” Novasaratovka Seminary is supported by the Evangelical Church in Germany and the ELCA, and is preparing men and women for ministry to the Russian-German Lutherans in the Russian Federation.

Barbara (Jackson) Brown died March 27. After she and her husband, Jim, a geologist for Conoco, were married in 1972, they moved to Bogota, Colombia, where Barbara taught English at Universidad Rosario. Numerous corporate moves followed, eventually bringing them to Casper, Wyo., from 1979 to 1984. Barbara retained her love of Wyoming during subsequent assignments in London, Houston, Scotland and Oklahoma. They returned to Casper in 1999, following her husband’s retirement from Conoco. Barbara served as an officer for the League of Women Voters, Casper Civic Chorale and Geo Wives. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Casper Service League and Literacy Volunteers of Casper, having worked previously as coordinator of the Ponca City Area Literacy Council in Oklahoma. Barbara was also a founder of the Casper Recorder Consort, played in a handbell choir and served as music coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She enjoyed traveling, viewing wildlife and, in particular, studying genealogy. Surviving Barbara are her husband and two sons, Andrew and Matthew.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry


Dan Sellman retired after 27 years as pastor at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Pastors from different churches all over South Snohomish County came to wish him well at his last service March 7 and thanked him for the role he has played in uniting various denominations in the community. He and his wife, Judy (Pederson), live in Bothell, Wash., with Judy’s mother.


Dorothy (Knutzen) Lien died Jan. 17, after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. She lived a life of service, helping to found the Well Child Clinic at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash., where mothers can get medical exams from registered nurses for their babies. She also taught Sunday school and helped start His Pantry at Camano Chapel, which gives food and clothing to needy people. She believed that being a mother is the world’s most important job. She is survived by her husband, Jay; her daughters Kim Lien and Michelle Stang; her parents Jess and Barbara Knutzen; her brothers William and Roger Knutzen; her sister Barbara Dalton; and two grandchildren.


Penny (Johnson) Leake, associate professor of nursing at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, received tenure. In addition to her PLU degree, Penny has a master’s degree from Ohio University and a doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin. She is licensed as a registered nurse in Iowa, Minnesota, Idaho and Washington. She has also received many professional honors and awards, including the 2000 Research for Practice Award from the American Nurses Association and the 2000 Nurse of the Year Award from the Iowa Nurses Association.

Linda Allen received a doctor of ministry degree from the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, Calif. She will continue to work as a performer, songwriter, educator, speaker and facilitator.


Frank Hagen died March 15. After he graduated from PLU, he earned a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Maryland. He then spent two years on post-doctoral research at Caltech before he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company as a scientist for 25 years in California. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Palos Verdes, Calif., and sang in the choir. Even though he struggled all his life with diabetes, he maintained a pleasant outlook on life. He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Hagen, a former PLU professor. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Amy; his mother, Eva (Larson) Hagen ’59; two sons, Erik and Andrew; and his brother Ardy Hagen ’71.

Marvin Slind has been promoted to associate professor of history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has been on Luther’s faculty since 2000. He received a master’s and a doctorate from Washington State University and is the author of several articles and reviews published in history and education journals. He is also a frequent speaker and presenter at seminars and workshops.

Paula (Grams) Hawkins was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame in Yakima, Wash., Feb. 13 for her outstanding work in the field of music education. Paula has taught since 1970 and has served as the facilitator of Fine and Performing Arts in the Highline (Wash.) School District for 12 years.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Lee Sinnes has retired after 18 years as boys basketball coach at Port Angeles (Wash.) High School. He is ending his 38-year basketball playing and coaching career to spend more time with his family. He will continue to teach at the high school.


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

John Aakre was selected to join Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ Financial Consulting Group, an elite group of senior financial consultants representing the top 2 percent among peers in the organization. He is one of 25 senior financial consultants nationwide selected to join the 69 current members in the group, which represents the organization’s “best of the best” in terms of financial experience. John was selected to join the FCG after passing extensive licensing requirements, earning advanced industry designations, achieving certain sales production levels and exhibiting exemplary conduct.


Sharon (Weiss) Dykstra is the dental office manager for Dr. James C. Gargas in Everett, Wash.


Alvina (Hauf) Olstead is an intern at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kailua, Hawaii. She and her husband, Halvar ’71, and youngest daughter, Josie, will be in Hawaii for a year. She will then finish her last year at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She and Halvar both retired after 30 years of teaching in the Ferndale and Mt. Baker school districts. Married for 28 years, they have one grandchild and another on the way.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson


Class Representative – Ed Voie


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Cindy Runberg married Rich Miller April 18. She has served 27 years at the Seattle Police Department and was one of the first female patrol officers in the city. In May 2002, she was promoted to assistant chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. She and her husband live in Mukilteo, Wash., with her son Brendan Caldwell, 20.

Jon Lackey, concert tenor, appeared in a solo concert recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Feb. 22. This concert series is one of the most prestigious in the United States and features internationally renowned concert artists. The concert was recorded, and plans are underway for a national broadcast by National Public Radio on “Performance Today.” Joining Jon in this concert was his partner and accompanist of many years, pianist and Fulbright Scholar James Jelasic. Jon has an active performance career and is a member of the voice faculty at Northern Virginia Community College. He is also a minister of music at Graham Road United Methodist Church in northern Virginia, where he is organist and choirmaster.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Jeromia Stephanie Queen died March 24 after a long illness. After high school, she served in the U.S Army for six years. She graduated from PLU magna cum laude, and went on to the University of Washington, receiving her master of arts degree in 1978. She was working on a doctoral degree in linguistics when she became ill. She is remembered for her inner strength and concern for others, and for her ability to maintain a purposeful and positive love of life, facing each new day with courage, love, dignity and a strong faith in God. She is survived by her husband, James Harvin; son Harvin Emilio; two sisters, Sharon D. Williams and Mary Suzanne Gee, and brother Forrest Murphy.


Ric Hartman founded Hartman Design, a full-service graphic design studio specializing in packaging and point-of-purchase design. The studio’s veteran crew is made up of the former staff of the Art Center at Wisconsin-based Menasha Corporation, a billion-dollar industry that eliminated its 50-year-old in-house graphics studio last year. Ric served as the creative director at Menasha for 15 years. The new design studio is housed in a renovated 19th century flourmill on the Menomonee River in Menomonee Falls, Wis. You can reach Ric at


Class Representatives – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Brenda (Kingma) Mueller is cofounder and director of the new Northwest Civic Light Opera, a nonprofit corporation intended to “enrich, educate and entertain” the Stanwood-Camano (Wash.) community. It will provide first-quality, professional-level productions of musical theater classics. Brenda also has a voice studio and has taught music, choir and drama for 25 years. She has appeared in operas, concerts and solo recitals throughout the Northwest and acted as vocal coach for the Columbia Chorus.


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Jeff Buege recently began a new career as an accountant for Alegria & Co. in Yakima, Wash., after selling a successful family business in 2001. Jeff received Washington’s fourth highest score in the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam in November. Of the 1,014 people who took the exam in the state of Washington, 281 passed.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Craig Groseclose received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary May 23 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn. He plans to serve as a parish pastor in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He lives in Stillwater, Okla., with his wife, Loralee Ohrtman.


Class Representative – David Olson

Nick Brossoit is the new superintendent of the Edmonds School District, which has 21,000 students. He began in July, after completing 10 years as superintendent of the Olympia-area district of 6,000 students.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Lisa (Miles) Kittilsby, vice president of Miles Sand & Gravel Company of Auburn, Wash., has been elected to the board of directors of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for a three-year term.

Kevin Eilmes married Diane Haight Feb. 20 at the Community of Christ at St. Luke’s in Federal Way, Wash. Kurt Eilmes ’00 served as best man. Kevin is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for the Yakima (Wash.) County prosecuting attorney’s office. Diane was the parish worker at St. Luke’s for more than 17 years. They live in Yakima.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Scott Fenter is the new superintendent of the Pe Ell (Wash.) School District. He is also working on his doctorate in education and superintendent credentials through Washington State University.

Cynthia McGuire Langendorf died March 22. A graduate of the PLU School of Nursing, Cynthia loved emergency medicine and worked in the emergency departments of St. Clare and Tacoma General Hospitals. In 2001, she took a position as the emergency department case manager for Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals. A fun loving person, she showed great concern for others and never complained about the obstacles she faced. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her children, Patrick, Devin and Meghan McGuire; parents, Jim and Joan Westbrook; and brothers Bill, Randy, Steve and Jeff Westbrook.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Meghan McNabb married Todd Heppner Aug. 5, 2003. They live in Oak Harbor, Wash., where Meghan sells Mary Kay cosmetics and does the books for Todd’s residential construction business.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Wendy Rude is the new manager of the Washington’s livestock identification program, which maintains the official record of approximately 7,000 livestock brands registered in the state. In addition, the program inspects cattle and horses for proof of ownership at public markets, slaughterhouses and certified feedlots; change of ownership; and prior movement out of state. Approximately 650,000 cattle and 15,000 horses are inspected annually. A member of a fifth generation farm family, Wendy lives with her husband, Brett, on her family’s original homestead in Roy, Wash. She has extensive experience in agriculture, including working with livestock quarantine, transportation, branding and identification concerns.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Dan McDonald is the new superintendent of public schools in Touchet, Wash. He was superintendent in McCleary, Wash., since 2001.

Rod Bigelow is the interim director of the Tacoma Art Museum. He has been the chief financial officer at the museum since 1997.


Robert Jacobsen died June 9 in Edgewood, Wash. He received a master’s degree in family counseling from PLU while working in Weyerhaeuser’s human resource department. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served his community working with the Boy Scouts of America. He found great joy helping others. Bob is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gloria Rokes Jacobsen; their four children, JR Jacobsen, Jill Andros, Cami Lemmon and Bradley Jacobsen; 10 grandchildren; and his mother and siblings.

Thomas Mercer graduated June 9 from the University of Washington Business School Master of Science Information Systems program. This master’s degree combines traditional MBA coursework with information technology training. He now provides information system analysis services to Windermere Real Estate and to other organizations. He married Krista Undeberg Jan. 18, 2003, and was blessed to have 22 fellow Lutes in attendance.


Class Representatives – Kristina (Kurle) Dolan and Jennifer (Kreger) Nickel

Linda (Arneson) Comer was promoted in May to financial analyst with Simpson Investment Company in Tacoma. She has one son, Justin, 8.

Colleen Smith married Raj Lingappaiah of Montreal, Canada, on July 5, 2003, along the shores of the Wenatchee River in Wenatchee, Wash. Alumni who participated in the wedding include Janelle (Smith) Bersch ’94 as best woman, Jordi Yokers ’92 as vocalist, and Colleen’s godfather, the Rev. Gregory Karlsgodt ’67, who officiated. Colleen and Ray live in Sacramento, Calif., where Colleen is a senior project manager for Jones & Stokes (an environmental consulting firm), and Raj is an aerospace engineer. They celebrated their one-year anniversary this summer by climbing to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

John Monsebroten married Christina Arnot July 25 at Robinswood Gardens in Bellevue, Wash. The wedding party included Kyle Miller, as best man, and Brian Arnot ’95, as a groomsman. They live in Seattle, where both work as counselors at Ryther Child Care Center.

William “Toby” Tobin was promoted to district sales manager for Boise Office Solutions in southern Arizona. His wife, Kirstan (Leatha ’94), stays busy at home caring for their children, Kendall, 4, and Riley, 2. They live in Oro Valley, Ariz.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Zara (Eicholtz) Walter is a captain with the Washington National Guard. She is serving in Iraq, where she expects to be until March.


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

Corey Bray and Leslie Brown-Bray were married July 26, 2003, at Franklin, (Ky.) Church of Christ. Following a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple had a reception in Eugene, Ore., Aug. 8. Corey is the associate director of research for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Leslie, a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Ky., is an assistant director of youth sports for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s YES (Youth in Sports) programs. They live in Indianapolis, Ind.


Emily Dykstra is a teacher at Inglewood Jr. High School in Redmond, Wash. She lives in Lake Stevens.

Ray Kurtz is a teacher and football coach at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. He was twice nominated for teacher of the year and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. His wife, Jennifer (Dorr) Kurtz, is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital. They live in Tacoma with their two children, Ray Jr. (“R.J.”), 3, and Molly Karen Louise, 1.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Stacey Silcox married Matthew Powell Aug. 2, 2003, in a ceremony on the beach in Cannon Beach, Ore. Involved in the wedding were maid of honor Kendra Coates ’98, bridesmaid Micah Shea ’98 and bridesman David Quiggle. Henry “Bud” Coates ’70 officiated. Stacey teaches eighth and ninth grade history in the University Place (Wash.) School District, where she also serves as the head softball coach at Curtis High School.

Rachel Krebs married Kelly Foster March 20 in Walla Walla, Wash. In the wedding party were Mary Ann (Forsythe) Fenimore and Susan (LaGrandeur ’99) Bock. Rachel is a paralegal for the law firm of Lybeck Murphy, LLP, on Mercer Island, Wash., and Kelly is a development project manager at PolygonNorthwest. They live in Bellevue.

Heather Melver was promoted to associate director of freshmen admissions at PLU on June 1. She and her husband, Erik, recently bought a beautiful old home one block from PLU.

Tracey Sund married Anthony Czar March 27 at Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Mass. Participating in the wedding was Werner Sund ’65, father of the bride, as well as Erin (Mortensen) Wyrick ’97 and Nicole Hedlund ’97. John Axelson ’75 was also in attendance. Anthony is an assistant district attorney in Cambridge. They live in South Hadley, Mass.

Andrew Wilson received a master’s degree in theology from Princeton University May 15.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Andrea (Bernhardsen) Flood’s e-mail address was misprinted in the summer issue of Scene. The correct address is

Jeremy Mangan is a painter living in Manhattan, N.Y. After graduation from PLU with a degree in fine arts and German, he won a Fulbright scholarship to study painting in Germany. He is also a graduate student at Hunter College in New York.

Brandon Van Dyke is the director of bands and orchestras at Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Ore. On April 16, the Tualatin Chamber Orchestra won the string orchestra division of the Pac-9 Orchestra Festival, while the Tualatin Symphony Orchestra won the full orchestra division. It was the second consecutive league championship for the Symphony Orchestra under Brandon’s direction. Both ensembles also qualified for the Oregon State Orchestra Contest.

Heidi (Splittgerber) Zuniga is an editorial assistant at an independent publishing company that specializes in books about dogs and horses. The best perk of the job is getting to take her dogs to work with her!

Dan Bennett took first place in his weight class at the 2004 Oregon Ironman Bodybuilding Championships.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Brian Norman will join the English Department faculty at Idaho State University as an assistant professor of ethnic American literatures in the fall of 2004. Brian earned his Ph.D. in American Literature at Rutgers University in May. His partner, Greg Nicholl, works in the production department at Random House trade book publishers in New York City.

Jason Nockleby married Shannon Fitch June 5 at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore. Tuan Nguyen ’98 was best man and Jeff Muhm was groomsman. The Rev. Rand Drollman ’82 performed the ceremony. Sarah (Ofner) Nguyen and Kyle Wright also attended. Jason works as a field manager for Applied Environmental Consultants in Tempe, Ariz. Shannon works as a supervisor for First National Bank of Arizona in Scottsdale. They live in Mesa, Ariz.

Jennifer Wilson is an account executive at Titan Systems Corp. in San Diego. She lives in Carlsbad, Calif.

Angela Dalton is the activities director and a teacher at River Ridge High School in Lacey, Wash. She lives in Olympia.

Sanna Olsen married Raymond Ours July 28, 2003. Sanna is a house manager with Foundation for Senior Living, working with seriously mentally ill adults. Raymond is a videographer. They live in Phoenix.

Kari Fosser received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this spring. She now works as a research chemist at DuPont Central Research and Development in Delaware.

Elsa Carlisle received a master’s degree in marine affairs from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle and is a marine ecologist for the Samish Indian Nation in the San Juan Islands of Washington state.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Lisa Drake married Bryan Lovely May 15 in Sumner, Wash. Included in the wedding were matron of honor Sarah (Wheeler) Oyster ’01 and Marie (Updike) Nicholson. In attendance were Matt Mattley, Andrew Oyster ’01, Renee (Spani) White ’02, Raina (Spies) Stevens ’02, Jake Stevens ’99, David Potts ’99, and the staff of the Student Services Center. Lisa is a special education teacher in the Tacoma School District and Bryan is in outside sales. They live in Puyallup.

Katherine Peloza Baeth performed Kazuo Fukushima’s “Mei for solo flute” at the Kansas City Flute Association’s Flute Day Master Class with Leone Buyse of Rice University Oct. 19, 2003. She serves as secretary for the Nebraska Flute Club, which held its First Annual Flute

Olympics and Flute Festival on May 16 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The club’s Web site is

Terra Lee Bobb is a new associate at the Lakewood Dental Building in Lakewood, Wash. She received her dental degree from the University of Washington.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Todd Schoen and Tamara Peters were married Oct. 4, 2003. The ceremony took place in PLU’s Tower Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Sepper officiating. The wedding party included Wendy Garrigues ’00, Anna Hall, Ryan Pinney and Eric Steiger ’02. The newlyweds live in Dallas, Texas.

Patty (Rombo) Bruckenthal lost her husband, Nathan, when he died from injuries sustained when a small boat exploded as he and six other coalition sailors attempted to board it near the Iraqi Khawr al Amaya Oil Terminal April 24. He was assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment 403 from Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Miami, Fla., and was deployed to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia at the time of the incident. Nathan was the first Coast Guardsman killed in action since the Vietnam War.

Matt Montzingo died June 17 from injuries he received in a car accident involving a moose in Alaska.

Doug Jonson and Amy Ross ’03 were married Jan. 31, 2003 in Puyallup. In the wedding party were Pete Mahoney ’00, Tate Mathison ’02, Taylor McGovern ’02, Nate Aune ’02, Shaun Takenouchi ’02, Kristin Ross ’00, Courtney Taylor ’02, Amy (Wheeler) Myers ’04, Julie (Goemmel) Cyr ’03, Crystal (Buck) Mazucca ’02 and Devon Van Dyne ’03. Serving as ushers and bridal attendants were Gabe VanWyhe ’00, Dave Houglum ’03, Troy (T-Roy) Martin ’00, Jake Broady, Candace (Noyes) Wagner ’04, Susanne Mauss ’04, Abbey Scheutze ’04 and Danielle Schepman ’04. Doug is a technical recruiter for Oxford International in Federal Way, Wash., while Amy works in Salishan, Wash., as a family support worker with Tacoma’s Child and Family Guidance Center. They live in Tacoma.

Brooks Gladow and Cathy Alexander were married May 31, 2003, in Salem, Ore. The wedding party included Andy Sears, Zac Thorpe, Paul Alexander ’99, and Carol (Thielon) Alexander ’98. Brooks works as a project manager for Salem Heating and Sheet Metal. Cathy teaches preschool at Our Saviors Lutheran Church and works for Negstad’s Gift Store in Salem.

John Haugh earned a master of social work degree from the University of Washington, Tacoma, June 11. He lives in Graham, Wash.

Lexa Waterman married Alexander Donnelly Aug. 2 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lacey, Wash. Lexa’s bridesmaids included Krista Thronson, Chelsea Perry ’02, and Jennifer Hull ’99. Lexa works for Service Alternatives for Washington after receiving her master’s of science degree in social work from Columbia University in New York City, and Alex works for the state of Washington. They live in Olympia.

Brad Powell married Elizabeth Drobac May 25, 2003, at St. Michael the Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church in Toronto. Eric Ruthford ’02 was their kum (best man). They live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tyler Imig married Christen Rinehart Nov. 30 in the Ft. DeRussy Chapel in Honolulu. Alumni in the wedding party were Clayton Harris ’00, Mark Hjelmervik ’00, and Brian Vertrees ’00. They live in Aiea, Hawaii, where Tyler is a special education math teacher at Aiea High School and Christen is fifth grade teacher at St. Elizabeth School. Tyler is also working on a master’s degree in education with a focus on special education. Their email address is


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Jordan Hartman is the university photographer at PLU. He and his wife, Crystal, live in Tacoma and have a son, Carter, who will be 2 on Oct. 9.

Roger Eller graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., as a 2nd lieutenant with authorization to wear the distinctive Ranger Tab. Roger, who has 10 years of military service, is a platoon leader assigned to the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry, Fort Polk, Leesville, La.

Damon Armeni is a lieutenant in B Company for the Stryker brigade’s 1-23 Infantry. After training for a few weeks at Camp Udairi, Kuwait, Damon was sent to Iraq during the first week of December 2003.

Mark Watson works with Peter Burwash International, a tennis management company. He is seeking alternative opportunities to pursue a master’s degree in education (K-12).

Megan Salter-Sherill married Yasuhiro Muraki April 14 in Japan. They live in Everett, Wash.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Reid Wiggins is the associate relationship manager for Washington Trust Bank in Wenatchee.

Marita Heckart teaches a self-contained classroom of 10 students with mild retardation at Ferrucci Junior High School in Puyallup.

Megan Freiling received an Emmy Award for a public affairs story on which she served as associate producer with Seattle’s KING-5 Evening Magazine. The award was presented at the Northwest Emmy awards, sponsored by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Seattle on June 19. While still a senior at PLU, Megan interned with Evening Magazine, where she associate produced a story about safe houses for heroin addicts in Vancouver, B.C. Her duties included the research for the story, phone interviews and organization of all related material. She also conducted an interview in Vancouver.

In Memorium

Ruth (Goodwin) Pflugmacher on April 4.

James Stanley Willis on July 31.

Helen Cunningham on May 11.

Nellie Christofferson on May 14.

Richard Svare on April 24. Richard Mason on March 15.

Wallace Soland on March 4.

Elmyra (Vogler) Coon on April 29.

Barbara (Jackson) Brown on March 27.

Dorothy (Knutzen) Lien on Jan. 17.

Frank Hagen on March 15.

Jeromia Stephanie Queen on March 24.

Cynthia McGuire Langendorf on March 22.

Robert Jacobsen on June 9.

Matt Montzingo on June 17. Faculty, Staff, and Friends Olive Berntsen on April 13. Olive
worked in the bindery at PLU for 25 years. She also played violin in the PLU Orchestra, and in 2002 had the opportunity to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where her son plays the trumpet. She was an active member of Parkland United Methodist Church and a supportive parent. Stella Jorgensen died April 19 in Puyallup. A friend of PLU, she was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, and her daughter, June (Jorgensen ’49) McMasters. She is survived by her son, Dwayne Mason ’52 and his wife, Diane, nine grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. A few years before her death, Stella established the Stella Jorgensen Endowed Scholarship Fund at PLU.

Future Lutes

Matthew Bergeson and his wife, Maricris, announce the birth of Daphne Ailani on Feb. 12. She joins Shane, 18 months. They live in Daly City, Calif.

William Thorne and his wife, Chari, are pleased to announce the birth of their third son, Quinn Joseph, on Dec. 30. Quinn joins big brothers Conor, 5, and Liam, 3. They live in Chandler, Ariz.

Dean and Carey (Stakkestad) Pinto announce the birth of their son, Collin, on Oct. 3. He joins Linnea, 12, and Nicholas, 8. Dean is a customer-marketing manager for Hershey Foods and covers the west and southwest areas of Oregon. They live in Wilsonville, Ore.

Kirsten (Olson) Wees and her husband, Joel, welcomed a new daughter into their family when they adopted Jill Bethany YuJun from China on Sept. 15, 2003. She joins siblings Brianna, 10, McCall, 8, and Patrick, 6. They live in Olympia.

Gena (Wadsworth) and Dirk Vincent ’88 welcomed their daughter, Audrey, on July 25, 2003. She joins Aaron, 6, and Ethan, 4. They live in Los Angeles.

Karen (Waltar) Faulkner and her husband, Tarn, announce the birth of their son, Rowan Elliot, on Nov. 15, 2003. Karen works part time as a speech-language pathologist in Seattle.

Loren and Jennie (Acker ’91) Camp announce the birth of Mattie Jo on Dec. 15. She joins Miles, 4, and Piper, 2. Loren is a financial adviser for TIAA-CREF in Denver, and Jennie completed her doctorate in American literature in June. They live in Platteville, Colo.

Lynne (Haney) De La Cruz and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Marcus Benjamin on Feb. 25. He joins big sister Kira, 3. Lynne is the bioterrorism preparedness education and training manager for Oregon Health Services. They live in Tigard, Ore.

Christina Wolbrecht and her husband, Matthew Doppke, announce the birth of Ella Katherine Doppke on May 6. Christina is an associate professor of political science at Notre Dame University, where Matthew also teaches. They live in South Bend, Ind.

Brain Aust and his wife, Dorothy Lesher, announce the birth of their daughter Johanna. She arrived three weeks early and was a mere 3 pounds, 14 ounces but is now thriving, and her big brother, Eliot, 3, dotes on her constantly. View pictures at They live in Minneapolis.

Jana (Sanderson) Towne and her husband, Ron, announce the birth of their daughter, Malia, on April 16. She joins Ciera, 9, Chessaly, 8, and Zane, 6. They live in Phoenix, where Jana is a nursing supervisor at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists.

Kimberly (Neu) Wilson and her husband, Gene, announce the birth of Dakota Sean on Jan. 4. They live in Henderson, Nev.

Jay and Nori (Wendt ’92) Cash announce the birth of Emma Grace on Feb. 10. Jay, Nori, and their sons, Patrick, 8, and Ian, 4, returned from Germany in November. Jay was stationed in Wuerzburg with the 1st Infantry Division. He is a captain in the military police, having recently completed the MP Officers’ Career Course at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. In August, the family returned to Germany, where Jay is the 6th ASG Force protection officer in Stuttgart.

Wendy (Kritsky) Wilton and her husband, Peter, welcomed Lucas Anthony, 8 months, into their family when they adopted him from St. Petersberg, Russia, on May 26, his Gotcha Day. Wendy is a physical therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she works with traumatic brain injury patients. They live in Oakmont, Penn.

Bill and Sarah (Nelson) Walles announce the birth of Risa May Walles on March 18. She joins brothers Payton, 6, and Carter, 4. They live in Arlington, Wash.

John Erik and Christine “Tia” (Price ’95) Town announce the birth of Alanna Christine on Nov. 20. John Erik is a CPA and works for Berkman, Burgher, Purdy and Lindstrom, P.S. Tia has worked as video producer for Alaska Airlines in Seattle for the last five years. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Peter and Wendy (Haugen ’94) McDougal announce the birth of Katelyn Noelle on Nov 28, 2003. She joins Amanda Faith, 3. They live in Wilsonville, Ore., where Peter is an assistant principal at Wilsonville High School and Wendy cares for their children at home.

Susan Brandt-Ferguson and her husband, Randy Ferguson, welcomed their daughter, Fiona Claire, on March 3, 2003. They live in Sitka, Alaska.

Tara (Atkinson) and Paul Hicks announce the birth of Megan Elizabeth on Jan. 23. She joins Emily Grace, 5. Tara is a registered nurse, and Paul is a tech analyst at Washington Mutual. They live in Shoreline, Wash.

Micah and Julie (Thompson ’96) McBride announce the birth of Kendall Elizabeth on March 28. Micah is a teacher and coach for North Thurston Public Schools, while Julie is a part time high school counselor for the Tumwater (Wash.) School District. They live in Olympia.

Rochelle (Holt) Premo and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Ryden Gregory Premo on March 31. He joins his brothers, Tanner, 7, and Nolan, 4.

Ben and Kim (Liefeld ’93) Moore announce the birth of Alexander David on May 29. He joins sister Emily, 2. Ben is a technical writer for Intel, while Kim works part time as a stock programs administrator at RadiSys Corporation. They live in Beaverton, Ore.

Scott Peters and his wife, Nicole, announce the birth of Cayden Samuel Jacobe on March 11. He was 10 weeks premature, but is doing very well. Cayden joins his brother Khalid, 8, and his sister Kiya, 7. The adoption of Khalid and Kiya (Nicole’s children from a previous relationship) was finalized on March 9. Scott can be reached at

David and Amica (Davidson ’93) Grimberg announce the birth of Thalia Nicole on April 30. They live in Tacoma.

Joel and Sarah (Gutzman) Ertsgaard welcomed their daughter, Anna Marguerite, on Jan. 14. She joins brother Erik, 2. Joel is assistant art director in the Office of University Communications at Seattle Pacific University. Sarah works part-time as an occupational therapist at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle. The family recently moved to Shoreline, Wash.

Gavin and Stephanie (Johnston) Stanley announce the birth of Jenna Linn on May 4. She joins brother Connor, 3.

Laura Kolosseus Schultz and her husband, Jason Schultz, announce the birth of Sierra Rose on June 7. Laura is a special events coordinator with The Franciscan Foundation. They live in Lynnwood, Wash.

Kristi (Benson) and Daemon Repp announce the birth of Cameron Michael Repp on April 29. He is the first grandchild of Mike ’69 and Mary (Magnuson ’71) Benson.

Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn and her husband, Robert, welcomed their son, Grayson Thomas, on May 9, 2003.

Liz (Russell) Sawyer and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of Brayden Glenn on May 7. Liz is taking time off from her career in human resources to be a full-time mom, but plans to do a few volunteer activities on the side.

Bria (Becker) Townshend and her husband, Schuyler, announce the birth of Morgan Alexus, on Jan. 27.

Angie (Lucas) Hayes and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Owen Matthew on Mar. 15. They live in Milwaukie, Ore.

Kelly (Edwards) David and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Evan on March 2.

Keely (Rohweder) Semon, and her husband Trevor, announce the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie Lynn, on Dec. 31, 2003. Keely is an inventory analyst at Plexus Corp. in Bothell, Wash. They live in Kenmore, Wash.

David and Shari (Dodge) Schock announce the birth of Grace Jeannette on March 19. David is a computer engineer with Intel Corp., while Shari is a registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. They live in Puyallup, Wash.


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