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Class notes by Year: 1936, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1954,

1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971,

1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,1989,

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,

2004, 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


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Stan Willis died July 31. He began his career in education as a teacher at Parkland Elementary School and was principal at Parkland and Central elementary schools. In 1959, he returned to PLC and earned his master’s of education degree. He went on to enjoy a 35-year career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, which took him and his family abroad – 20 years in Spain, 12 in Puerto Rico and three in Germany. He was an ardent Lute, attending football games and musical events, recruiting students, supporting programs and serving as class representative. This year he received the Heritage Award in recognition of his lifelong support of PLU. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Thelma (Daniels ’40); his children, Kathy Pollakowski, Judy Carr ’70, and Brian ’77; and several grandchildren.


Class Representative - Luella Toso Johnson


Virginia (Tegner) Ward died July 22. After graduating from PLC, she taught school at Woodland Grade School in Puyallup from 1941 to 1943, when she married Homer Ward. Together they raised five children. She went on to work for 13 years at the Washington State Department of Revenue. An active member of First Christian Church of Olympia since 1956, Virginia served as an elder and a deacon. She was also Royal Matron of Capitol Court, Order of Amaranth and active in many other Masonic orders. She is survived by four of her children, Daniel, Margaret Williams, Wendy Horton, and Melinda Hiller (Stephen); 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Homer and her son David preceded her in death.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen

Louetta (Brunner) Krippaehne died July 8. She worked as the secretary for Campus Ministry at PLU for 18 years. A dedicated church and community member, she was involved in many service opportunities. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughters Janice M. Nelson (Spencer), Gail (Krippaehne ’73) Easling and her husband, David Easling ’73, and Naomi (Krippaehne ’82) Warren (Clay); son Steven Krippaehne ’80 (Leslie); brothers Bernhard Brunner, Lawrence Brunner, and Louis Brunner ’48, and 16 grandchildren.


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


Wayne Bettinger died Sept. 2. Before coming to PLC, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Intelligence and Reconnaissance in the 6th Division. In 1943, he earned two Bronze Stars while serving in the Pacific. He married Madelyn Welfringer in 1946 and had two children, Cindy and Bruce, both deceased. After graduating from PLC with a degree in education, Wayne taught school and served as principal between 1952 and 1981 in Port Orchard and Sumner, Wash. He married his second wife, Susan, in 1972. For the last 25 years, his close companion was Jane Welch, with whom he spent a great deal of time traveling. He also enjoyed many years of golf, traveling to various western states with fellow Spanaway Men’s Club golfers.

Bob Brass died July 16, after a long illness. He began his teaching career in Port Orchard, Wash., and later taught in Parkland. He went on to be vice principal at Meadow Park Junior High School in Beaverton, Ore., retiring in 1986. He moved to Ocean Shores, Wash., in 1993. He was active in many community service organizations and was a member of Ocean Park Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lois (Swanson); daughters, Christine Brass, Vickie Tennant and Robi Kozinski; son, John; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Class Representative – Iver Haugen

Garnet Lund died Aug. 11. He was a horseman and a builder, designer, and craftsman of homes. His passions included his grandchildren, teaching, and coaching and playing basketball. He played basketball for PLC between 1950 and 1954 and was leading scorer during his senior year – 370 points. He is survived by his three daughters, SueAnn, Dina, and Jana; his son Bryan; and five grandchildren. One granddaughter, Jordyn, preceded him in death.

Janet Klippen Myhre, professor of mathematics and director of the Reed Institute for Decision Science at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., was named Fellow of the American Statistical Association Aug. 10, during the annual awards ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The designation of Fellow is a superlative honor in the association and signifies an individual’s outstanding service to and leadership in the field of statistical science.

Gloria (Evanson) Keller and her husband, Walter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 18 in Valparaiso, Ind., with family and friends, including PLU alums from near and far.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Phyllis Grahn Carlson-Carroll married Donald Pejsa July 3 at the Oakbrook

Golf & Country Club in Lakewood, Wash. Present were her children, David Carlson, Debbie Andre ’82, Pam Olsen ’83 and Patrice Rossano ’85, and her seven granddaughters, including Kimberly Andre ’04 and current PLU student Merissa Andre. Both Don and Phyllis are retired and make their home in University Place, Wash., and as “snow-birds” in Surprise, Ariz.


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell and David Knutson


Class Representative – Al Dungan


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Marie Korsmo died Aug. 7. After leaving PLU, she earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Puget Sound. She was an innovative elementary educator who served in the Franklin Pierce School District for more than 40 years as a teacher, elementary counselor, education specialist, and ultimately as principal. During that time, she wrote a grant to fund the Head Start Program at Parkland School, earning her the title of “mother of Head Start” in the district. In recognition of her dedicated service, she received the Award for Professional Excellence from Western Washington University in 1987. During her many years at Parkland School, she was very involved in helping future teachers by mentoring both PLU and UPS students. Marie is survived by her husband, Clifford ’49, daughter Karen (Korsmo ’67) Vigeland and her husband George ’63; daughter Elise Michaels; sons Mark, Wayne, Dale and seven grandchildren.


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Bob Howard is an agent at the Alaska general office of New York Life Insurance Company in Fairbanks. He was previously a senior representative for IBM. Bob is also a northern Alaska coordinator for the rotary International Youth Exchange program.


Ingrid Hagstrom Huber Brenneise died May 25. She grew up on a farm in North Dakota and always maintained those prairie standards of life. She received a two-year teaching credential in 1934 from Dickson State University and taught in several one-room schools in North Dakota. In 1943, she married Alfred (Fritz) Huber, with whom she had twin sons Gene and Dean. After Fritz was killed in World War II, Ingrid settled in Tacoma, where she married Edwin Brenneise in 1955. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from PLU and taught elementary school in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma until she retired. Ingrid and Edwin were members of many organizations and always enjoyed a nice waltz or schottische.


J. Wesley Fitts died May 8. He was a crew supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources for 25 years. He worked at U & I Sugar in Toppenish, Wash., from 1973 to 1979, and was a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher in Orting and Wapato, Wash., between 1967 and 1973. Wes enjoyed hunting, fishing and studying Bible history. He was a member of the Fork Church of the Nazarene, which he and his wife of 40 years, Barbara, organized. He is survived by Barbara; his son James Fitts; his daughter, Betsy Webber; his brother Mikki Brockman; and five grandchildren.


Howard Wolf is a retired teacher. After graduating from PLU, he taught in Daly City, Calif., but memories of PLU left him longing to return to the Pacific Northwest. In 1975, he met his future wife, Seena, at a party in San Mateo, Calif. While dating, he discovered that she was from Seattle and anxious to return. Howard proposed to her by saying, “If you marry me, I promise we will live in Seattle.“ She accepted and he kept his promise. They have lived in Seattle for 27 years, where they raised two daughters. They sold real estate together before Howard returned to teaching. They have a home in Lake Forest Park and are always glad to hear from old friends.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco retired June 1 after 35 years in social service administration – the last 17 years in Tucson, Ariz. at Casa de los Ninos, the country’s first crisis nursery for child abuse and neglect victims. Arizona’s governor honored Jeanne for service on behalf of child abuse victims. The Child Welfare League of America also honored her on the occasion of her retirement, presenting her with a crystal angel award that “recognizes the lifelong dedication of Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco, a passionate protector of America’s children.” Jeanne and her husband, William, plan to travel and take life a little more slowly. They live in Tucson.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Norman Gerken works for the State of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries. After leaving PLU, he earned a master’s of arts degree in history from Washington State University and a master’s of public administration degree from City University. He is a long-time Rotarian and just completed a year as president of the Rotary Club of Tumwater. For more information, check out and click on Valedictory Comments.


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

Constance (Koschmann) Haas joined the voice faculty at Eastman School Of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she was a visiting professor of voice the past year. Her operatic roles have taken her to Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco (Merola Program), Anchorage, Milwaukee, and the University of Washington and PLU. She also has been featured as recitalist and oratorio soloist with such orchestras as the Seattle Symphony, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Spokane Symphony, among others. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in musical arts in vocal performance from the University of Washington. Other professional training includes vocal work in Sienna, Italy, and private study with Mary Curtis-Verna, Lucille Evans, Frank Guarrera, and Professor Kohn in Salzburg. In addition, Constance had four years of study in the Alexander Technique and has given workshops to singers and actors.

Sharon (Rodkey) Smith received a Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. She has taught vocal music in Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools for 25 years, the last two at Central High School.

James Lorenz died Aug. 19 of Lou Gherig’s disease. He retired from the City of Tacoma Department of Public Utilities in 1990 after 31 years of service. Surviving him are his wife of 50 years, Carleen; daughters Rebecca Girouard (Roger) and Patricia Hampton (Bryan); son James Lorenz ’86; brothers Gary Lorenz ’65 and Bob Lorenz and seven grandchildren.


Jay Tappan is the new chief of Columbia River Fire and Rescue in St. Helens, Ore. He has been with the fire district since 1996, first as a community awareness specialist in the fire prevention and public education division, and more recently as fire marshal. Jay retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. He has served as the president of the Oregon Fire Marshals Association. He and his wife, Lynne, live in St. Helens.

David Thorson was appointed a district court judge in the 11th Judicial District, serving Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties in Colorado. He had been the senior deputy district attorney for the 11th Judicial District, serving Park County. He also does pro bono legal work for the Mountain Rescue Association and The Colorado Search and Rescue Board.

Suzy Sheridan is the chair of Maryland Tennis Officials. In 2003, she was named the Mid-Atlantic Official of the Year. She says the best part is her supportive family. She lives in Rockville, Md.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Scott Bennighof is the first principal of a new $10 million elementary-middle school complex in Sheridan, Ore. He has been in education for nearly 30 years. His wife, Debra (Roberts ’75), is a first-grade teacher and reading specialist.

Gene Sharratt received the Association of Washington Generals’ Washingtonian Award for 2003. During his 30-year career, Gene served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and, most recently, superintendent of the North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee, Wash. He is also a writer and contributor to professional books and magazines. He and his wife, Carol, live in Cle Elum.


Class Representative – Ed Voie

Sandra (Prior) Buffa is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at Mrs. Fields Famous Brands. She came to Mrs. Fields in 1999 after two years with Crabtree & Evelyn, Ltd., most recently as president. Sandra was also CFO and senior vice president of finance for Vista Optical from 1993-1998.

Dillard Coldiron died Aug. 2. Before coming to PLU, he served with the Army in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his sons, Roger, Paul and Eric; his daughters, Kayla and Alayna; and his grandson, J.J.


Class Representative – Gary Powell


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.


Allen Tuller died June 25. He served a six-year enlistment in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was on active duty from 1970-72 aboard the U.S.S. Tripoli LPH No. 10 off the coast of Vietnam before being honorably discharged. He was a member of the ILWU Local 23 of Tacoma for the past 17 years. Allen enjoyed fishing on local lakes, traveling to Reno, Arizona and Lake Chelan, sports and his family. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Magdalena; sons Carl and Dylan; granddaughter Alyssa; mother Geneva; and brothers Vance and Steve.


Class Representatives – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharke


Class Representative – Phil Waldner


Class Representative – Paul Collard

David Gunovich left his position as PLU’s director of admissions to begin his new career as a development director for major gifts at PLU. He enjoyed his 21 years in the admissions office and is looking forward to new challenges and the opportunity to serve the university in a new capacity.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Anneliese Weik earned a master of nursing degree from the University of Washington in 2001, after 17 years as a CCU/CICU nurse. She now works as a nurse practitioner with a private cardiology practice, whose primary focus is the prevention of heart disease.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling

Patrice Carlson and Steve Rossano were married Sept. 20, 2003, in a garden ceremony at her mother’s (Phyllis Grahn Pejsa ’55) American Lake home in Lakewood, Wash. Patrice teaches art in area schools, while Steve is self-employed. Patrice’s uncle, Iver Haugen ’54, officiated. Attending the wedding were Ginny (Grahn ‘56) Haugen, Dave Peterson ’74, Dirk Reese ’79, Debbie Carlson ’82, Bruce Olsen ’83, Pamela (Carlson ’83) Olsen, Kari (Haugen ‘83) Scanlan, Lynnell (Haugen ‘85) Herzer, Kimberly Andre ’04, and current PLU student Merissa Andre ’05. The couple lives in Redmond, Wash.

Craig Chance was promoted by Columbia Bank to senior vice president. He will continue his duties as manager of Columbia’s Small Business Administration lending programs. In 2000, he was honored by the SBA as the Pacific Northwest Regional Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year. Craig and his wife, Kathy, live in Olympia.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Mark Haskins completed his tour of duty in command of forward operating locations, Aruba and Curacao, before spending a year as deputy commander of the 55th electronic combat group in Tuscon, Ariz. He is now off to Tokyo, Japan, with his wife, Kristin (Shipman ’88), to attend language training and the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Miriam (Bacon) Kennedy received a master’s degree in technical communications from the University of Washington in 2002. She also earned a certificate from the same university in Web content development in 1999. She is the director of marketing for BK Business Systems in Burien, Wash. ( In addition to marketing, she is responsible for the documentation of the management system software the company has programmed. Miriam and her husband, Tom, live in Seattle with their two cats, a spotted tabby named Leo and a tortoise shell named Aria.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

David Dierckins died after a courageous battle with cancer. His memorial service was July 7 at LDS Church in Puyallup, Wash. In addition to the MBA he earned at PLU, he held a master’s of public administration degree from Indiana University. David worked for 17 years at Boeing, most recently as a business manager. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Megan; and sons, Colin and Kipp.

Jeremy Soltroff has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the United States Air Force and has been appointed shop chief of the Charleston Air Force Base Nondestructive Inspection Lab.


Gabriel Selvitella died Jan. 16. She enjoyed her career as a manufacturing engineering planner at Boeing, where she earned the respect of her peers. Friends and loved ones said that she had an amazing strength of spirit, and was an inspiration to those who knew her. She is survived by her parents, June Nomer and Al Pirnat; sisters Angelique Pirnat and Nicole Night; niece Kalia; and her loving partner, Rodger Fritz.


Jennifer Bonagofsky and Philip Palermo were married Aug. 7 at Our Lady of Heaven church in Tacoma. They were best friends in high school and started dating in college. Jennifer is a special education teacher at Harbor Heights Elementary School in Gig Harbor, and Philip works at the Puyallup Herald.


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

Sammy Falck died July 20 following a long illness. He enjoyed a successful career in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Carpenter, the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. San Jose. During these years, he excelled as a mess management specialist, recruiter and drug/alcohol counselor. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn; his four sons, Michael, Chad, Matthew and Collin; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

Brian Arnot married Leslie Ann Meier July 31 in Bellevue, Wash. He is a student in the PLU Alternative Routes Education program, working to become a high school math teacher and doing his internship at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie, Wash. They live in Renton, Wash.

Michael and Tara (Creswell) Thompson love life in the Big Easy, where Michael is a corporate public relations manager for the New Orleans Hornets. The New Orleans social scene and NBA schedule keep them busy. Let them know if you’re coming to town for a convention or Mardi Gras!


Class Representatives – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Torsten Hekkelstrand graduated from the University of Luton, England, in 2000 with an MBA in international business. He worked one year in Shanghai, China, for one of Sweden’s largest retailers and now lives in Warsaw, Poland, with his wife, Zuzanna. He works for Arc World Wide, part of the Leo Burnett advertising network, and is responsible for the agency’s main client.


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

Bryan Herb was selected to appear on at least eight episodes of “Vacation Challenge,” a new half-hour series by the same people who produced the Travel Channel’s “Secrets,” “Best of…,” and “Top Ten.” “Vacation Challenge” features three different getaways, which are presented by professional travel planners to a family or group of friends needing a vacation. The group then chooses one of these vacations. The trip is filmed, and the audience sees the destination through the travelers’ eyes. Bryan is one of three travel planners featured on each episode.

Sarah Jones competed as a member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team this past summer in Athens, coming in ninth overall in the women’s pairs competition. She and her partner, Kate MacKenzie of Novi, Mich., had a time of 7 minutes and 13.71 seconds.

David “D.J.” Gurule is the new women’s tennis coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He joins the GU staff after working as a club professional at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., for the past year. Prior to working at Eagle Crest, he was the head tennis professional at Broken Top in Bend, Ore., and served two seasons as the women’s tennis coach at Mountain View High School in Bend. D.J. played four years of varsity tennis at PLU.

Nancy (Keene-Blakely) Steele joined Seattle Financial Group as vice president of human resources in March. Seattle Financial Group is a family-owned Seattle-based firm, with more than 500 employees providing mortgage and financial services in 24 states. Nancy has five children and three grandchildren and lives in Parkland with her husband, Tom.

April Reynolds married Christopher Bahner Jan. 10 in Patuxent River, Md. April is a biologist for St. Mary’s County, Md., and Christopher is a naval flight officer. They live in Lexington Park, Md.


Ben Hunt and Erin Needham ‘98 were married at the Cathedral of St. Matthew’s the Apostle in Washington, D.C., July 17, and honeymooned in Belize. Ben has a law degree from Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia. They live in New York City, where Ben is with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

Andrew Nierman teaches at the University of Puget Sound. He recently moved from Michigan to Tacoma, where he and his wife, Tishangela, a UPS graduate, bought a home.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Kristin Michels married Stephen Maxwell at Olympia-Lacey Church of God in Lacey, Wash. Kristin is a special education elementary school teacher in the Tenino (Wash.) School District, and Stephen works in home health care.

Patrick Butler has been promoted to religion editor of the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph. He began working at the paper in March 2003 as a religion writer. Patrick has lived and worked in 22 countries. In Los Angeles, he directed the Hollywood Life-line, a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline for runaway children. In the Northwest, he was a documentary producer and writer, focused on religious nonprofit corporations whose influence stretched from Mexico to Canada and west to Australia. He was also public affairs producer for KTBW-TV Channel 40 in Seattle. He and his wife, Janet,

live in Lindale, Texas, with their children, Stephanie, 19, Timothy, 18, and Rebekah, 14.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Tim Garchow is the new principal at Southside School in Shelton, Wash. Before coming to Southside, he taught for six years in Sumner, Wash. His classroom experience includes teaching sixth grade, seventh grade social studies and language arts, eighth grade special education, and a kindergarten through sixth grade science program.

Ryan Fletcher was ordained Sept. 26 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilton, Wisc.

Jamie Meyers married Jeffrey Bredstrand Aug. 29 at Leifer Manor in Marysville, Wash. Kristina (Hickok) Daheim ’97 served as maid of honor, while Matt Daheim ’97 and Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn ’98 were in attendance. Jamie is a 911 dispatcher for Snohomish County, and Jeff is a Seattle firefighter. They live in Monroe, Wash.

Marty Mogk teaches advance placement biology at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Wash.

Jason Shutt and Mairead McSweeney ’01 were married April 3 at Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Fellow Lutes in the wedding party included Nate Ennen, Josh Ford, Ken Johns, John Voigt ’03, Nolan LaVoie ’03, Chris George ’03, Kristen (Russell) Buck ’01, Sarena (Magnussen) Nau ’01, Lisa Kellogg ’01, Kendra Capozzi ’01, and Kristin Olson ’01. Jason received his master’s degree in education from PLU in 2003. They live in Boston, where Mairead is pursuing her MBA at Brandeis University and Jason is teaching seventh-grade algebra.

Sarah Shouse is in her third year teaching physical education at Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School, and is working on her master’s degree in education/reading through City University. She lives in Mount Vernon, but hopes to move closer to family in the Tacoma area in the coming years.

Heidi Stout was accepted as a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland in October 2003. After six years as a journalist, most recently at The Business Journal in Portland, Ore., she moved to RealNet, a real estate investment firm, in April 2004.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Bryce Nelson married Nicole Holsather July 31 at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash. Bryce’s sister, Lindsay (Nelson) Hanculak ’02, was in the wedding. Bryce is a deputy prosecutor for Pierce County (Wash.) in the Domestic Violence Unit. Lindsay recently received a master’s degree in education and is a substitute teacher in the Lake Washington School District. They live in Renton, Wash.

Nikki (Schneider) Fisher received a juris doctor degree summa cum laude from New England School of Law May 28. She was the day division valedictorian and received the Dean Arthur W. McLean Award for Academic Excellence. A Dean’s List student while in law school, Nikki received the New England Scholar and Trustee Scholarship awards, as well as CALI Excellence in Future Awards in civil procedure, criminal law, evidence, health care law, civil rights and modern remedies. A case and note editor of the New England Law Review, she was also co-chair of the LawDay Committee, a member of the Student Bar Association, a student representative to the school’s board of trustees and a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Nikki served clerkships with Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and with the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General. She is now a law clerk to Justice Roderick L. Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for 2004-2005 and will join Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston as a litigation associate in September 2005. She is married to Capt. Garrett Fisher of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

Ryan Rouse is a student and pastoral candidate at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He is doing a one-year internship at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Neb.

Scott Isenhath graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in June. He will complete his internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Spring 2005. At that time, he and his wife, Beth (Colwell ’99), will move to Portland, Ore. Scott will continue his residency training, specializing in dermatology, at Oregon Health Sciences University. Beth will leave the second-grade class she has been teaching for five years in favor of a new classroom in the Portland area.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Nicholas Baeth was invited to speak at the 2004 International Symposium on Commutative Rings and Monoids in Graz, Austria, in September and the Commutative Algebra Special Session of the MAA-AMS Joint Meetings in Atlanta, Ga., in January.

Katherine (Peloza) Baeth was part of a pedagogy panel at the National Flute Association in Nashville, Tenn., in August, where she gave a presentation on including music history in lessons. She lives with her husband, Nicholas, in Lincoln, Neb., where she directs the flute choir, which she started, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Holly McHale-Larsen and Stephen McHale were married July 24. Those who shared the day with them include Gretchen (Voge) Matthews, Natalie Julin-McCleary, Rachel (Wold) McArthur, Tyman Stephens ’01, and Foss/Pflueger resident director Shelley Griffiths. Holly is working on a master’s of divinity degree at Seattle University. Her goal is to be ordained in the ELCA. Stephen works in public relations at Wagner Edstroms.

Scott and Kristin (Serkland ’99) Anstett celebrated their first wedding anniversary Aug. 16. Scott is an artist and a teacher in the Seattle School District. Kristin is a teacher in Bellevue, Wash. They live in Seattle.

Luke Balash married Melinda (Mindy) Gates in a small family wedding at Sylvandale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colo. They had receptions in Mindy’s hometown, Durango, Colo., and in the couple’s current hometown, Fairbanks, Alaska. Luke is a tenured teacher and coach at North Pole High School, where he was honored with Golden Acorn Awards in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Mindy is a nurse. They are both Young Life Leaders, and plan to climb Mt. Rainier next summer.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Heather Trolia married Russ Mueller Aug. 6 in Tacoma. Heather is a fourth-grade teacher in the Sumner (Wash.) School District, and Russ is an account manager at Anheuser-Busch. They live in Tacoma.

Gabe and Julie (Renne) Miller live in Bellevue, Wash., where Julie is a department manager at Nordstrom in Bellevue Square. Gabe has his commercial pilot license.

Eric Ruthford is a graduate student at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. He is pursuing a master’s of science degree in public policy and management.

Brooke Mueller received her master’s of business administration degree from Alaska Pacific University Aug. 7. She lives in Anchorage, where she works as a consultant for businesses in Alaska’s travel industry.

Stacey Schadler married Cory Forbes May 15 in Townson, Md. Bridesmaids included alumni Anna Hall and Katie (Youngstrom ‘00) Erickson.

Sarah Scales married Jim Schultz June 12 in Spokane, Wash. Sarah (McDougall) Smeller and Jennifer Ritchie ‘02 were in the wedding party, and Regan Zeebuyth read during the ceremony. Lutes in attendance were Julie Marples, Matt Smeller, Nicole Melius, Deann Merkel, Carrie Loe, Brook Buchanan ’00, and Kristen Becklund ’02.

Jason Hulen was selected by The Russell Family Foundation as one of six fellows for Jane’s Fellowship Program, a program designed to support leadership that serves the common good with a bottom-up approach. Jason, co-founder and volunteer of Fab5, which puts on youth dances, will receive leadership training, along with a $10,000 stipend over two years.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Damon Armeni is recovering from wounds he suffered Aug. 4 during heavy fighting in Mosul, Iraq. He sustained shrapnel wounds to his upper body when his Stryker vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Brigade officials said the enemy attacks across the city that day were the heaviest fighting the unit had seen since its arrival in Iraq in November, 2003.

Nisha Ajmani and Dustin Wade ’03 were married Aug. 28 in Gig Harbor, Wash. Dustin is an account administrator at Bratrud Middleton Insurance in Tacoma, and Nisha is a news and information specialist at PLU. They live in Puyallup.

Megan Bielski married Christopher Hogstad July 10 in Bakersfield, Calif. They live in Defiance, Ohio, where Megan is a lay ministry intern at Zion’s Lutheran Church and Christopher is a pastoral intern.

Kathryn Wood earned her master’s of arts degree in women’s studies from San Diego University in the spring.

Tania (Nelson) Deal is the victim advocacy coordinator at the Army Community Services in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Alison Johnson and Kristofer Harris ’03 were married March 27 in Epworth LeSourd United Methodist Church in Tacoma. Kristina Liljengren and Drew Schliep ’03 were in the wedding party. A reception followed at the Tacoma Yacht Club. They live in Pensacola, Fla., where Kris, a 2nd lieutenant, is training to become an aviator in the Marine Corps.

Nathan Yocom has co-written The Definitive Guide to Linux Network Programming, an instructional book published by Apress that teaches developers about design, implementation, debugging and security. He is a software engineer at Bynari, Inc., specializing in messaging and groupware software. He is also the cofounder of XPA Systems and author of pGina, an open source program that simplifies the Windows log on process.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Lisa Lindsay was champion of the Sound to Narrows women’s 12-kilometer race.

Tiffanee Madden and Kyle Brown ’02 were married May 29 at the Bellingham (Wash.) Cruise Terminal. Tiffanee attends Western Washington University in Bellingham, and Kyle is a general contractor with Brown & Sons in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Katie Pfister won first place in the North American Academy of Ecumenists national essay contest for her paper “The Church’s Faith and Unity: Roots, Theory, Praxis.” She presented the paper at a national conference this fall. She is in her second year in the master of arts program in church history at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Carrie Larsen was awarded one of 58 NCAA postgraduate scholarships for all divisions. These are awarded to those who excel in their last year of college competition.

Levi Diggs married Janet Catherine Thompson on June 26 in Missoula, Mont., where they now make their home. Kyle Berggren ’03 was in the wedding party, while Jeff Carroll ’02, Mike Ash ’02, Dan Faires ’02, Scott Schuler ’00, and Nate Wolfe ’00 were in attendance. Levi is an assistant youth sports director at the YMCA, and Janet works at Allegiance Benefit Plan Management.

Christie Novak married Marc Heany ’02 June 12 in Tacoma. Kirsten Helleson was one of Christie’s bridesmaids. Christie is a hemodialysis technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma and plans to attend physician assistant school next summer. Marc teaches sixth grade science and English at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma. They live in Fircrest, Wash.

Josh Reiman has been hired as the events planner for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The position supports chapter fund-raising and other external events promoting Red Cross visibility and community awareness.

In Memorium

Floyd F. Knutzen in February.

Stan Willis on July 31.

Virginia (Tegner) Ward on July 22.

Louetta (Brunner) Krippaehne on July 8.

Wayne Bettinger on Sept. 2.
Bob Brass on July 16.

Garnet Lund on Aug. 11.

Daniel Grefthen in 2004.

Beverly (Raugust) Kirlin on June 30.
Chuck Curtis on Oct. 31.

Marie Korsmo on Aug. 7.

Ingrid Hagstrom Huber Brenneise on May 25.

J. Wesley Fitts on May 8.

James Lorenz on Aug. 19.

Dillard Coldiron on Aug. 12.

Allen Tuller on June 25.

David Dierckins in summer of 2004.

Gabriele Selvitella on Jan 16.

Sammy Falck on July 20.


Frank L. Ericksen in June. Frank served PLU as a member of the Board of Regents and as the father of five alumni: Leonard Ericksen ’59, Kenneth Ericksen ’61, Rodney Ericksen ’65, Robert Ericksen ’67, and John Ericksen ’70.

Yukie Marshall on August 23. Yukie joined the Plant Services staff as a residence hall housekeeper in 1979. During her 25-year tenure, she assisted in the training of staff members and worked countless hours of overtime in preparation for students.

Future Lutes

John Gordon and his wife, Catherine Burton, announce the birth of their daughter, Sierra, on May 6. She joins Rob, 22, and Trevor, 21 (John’s sons with Muriel (Balch) Gordon ‘80, who died April 3, 2000), as well as Madison, 7, and Jane, 4, Catherine’s daughters. John is a program manager for Ceramatec, Inc. in Salt Lake City, where he and Catherine live with all five children.

Linda (Nixon) Crowe and her husband, Thad, adopted their first daughter, Libby Sue Crowe, on June 6. Linda is a registered nurse at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. They live in Seattle.

Matt Orme and his wife, Beth, announce the birth of Grace Rosemarie on May 22.

Paula (Brown) Taylor and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of Emily Ann on March 29. She joins Melissa Katherine, 10. Paula is a claims representative at State Farm in Anchorage, Alaska.

Dave and Lori (Minetti ’92) Felcyn welcomed a son, Zachary Scott, on July 24. He joins brother Taylor, 10.

Ann (Donaldson) Foster and her husband, Jeffrey, announce the birth of their son Bennett on July 8. He joins Maxwell, 4. Ann works for The Boeing Company in business operations. They live in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

Erin (Kirkpatrick) Randall and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of Piper Bonnie on July 8. She joins her brother Jett, 2. Erin is a pro-writer at Phoenix Savings Bank in Lynnwood, Wash. They live in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

Michael and Olivia (Gerth) Wright announce the birth of Sidney Margaret. She joins her sister Jordan, 3. They live in Edmonds, Wash.

Stuart and Jenna (Hayden ’89) Ashley announce the birth of their daughter, Hayden Noelle, on Sept. 4, 2003. She joins brother Owen, 3.

Tanya (Fretheim) Gul and her husband, Veli, announce the birth of their son, Emre Terence, on Nov. 15, 2003. Tanya continues as project manager at Street Level Studio. They live in Chicago and still love to travel – Emre already has two international trips under his belt.

Erika Hermanson and her husband, Patrick Banasky, announce the birth of Claire Abigail Banasky on June 9 in Seattle.

Eric Weberg and his wife, Jessica, announce the birth of Abigail Grace on April 5. She joins big sister Alexandra Lauren, 5. They live in Tigard, Ore., where Eric is an investment representative with Edward Jones. Jessica is a software programmer for Kaiser Permanente in Lake Oswego. They can be reached at

Paul and Linda (Renz ’92) Schroeder announce the birth of Caleb Renz on April 26. He joins Jacob, 5, and Rachel, 3. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Chad and Melissa (Reed ’94) Petersen announce the birth of their first child, Jacob, on July 8. Chad is an accounting manager for RREEF in Bellevue, Wash., and Melissa is a stay-at-home mom. They live in West Seattle.

Stefan Damstrom announces the birth of Dylan on April 21. He joins Kai, 3. Stefan is a project manager for Microsoft’s K2 Information Service. He lives in Bellevue, Wash.

Stephanie (Lorenz) Yenne and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Lucia Michael Yenne, on Nov. 24, 2003. She joins Adrienne Claire, 5, and Juliana Jane, 2 _. They live in Salem, Ore.

Robin (Phillips) White and her husband, Brian, welcomed daughter Norah Elizabeth on May 21. Brian is a systems engineer for Aruba Networks, and Robin recently resigned as a technical writer for IDX Systems to stay home with Norah full time. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Lora (Whitmore) Nordstrom and her husband, Ben, welcomed their first child, Owen Peter, on Aug. 21, 2003. Lora quit her job in November 2003 and is now a full-time mom. They live in Wheaton, Ill.

Brian and Justine (Kroehl ’96) Peterson announce the birth of their third child, Luke Michael, on April 29. He joins Marcus Roy, 4, and Karli Jean, 2.

Gino Casello and his wife, Shawna, announce the birth of Sophia Marie on July 27. She joins Gabriella, 3. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash., where Gino is an associate broker with N.W. Investments.

Allison (Svingen) Connor and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of their son, Logan Patrick, on May 5. He joins Jackson, 6, and Emma, 3. They live on a farm in St. Paul, Ore.

Kim (Alexander) Willoughby and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their son, Ryker Jacob, on May 3. Kim is a pavement structures engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation. They live in Olympia.

Amy (Jolliff) Murphy and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Emily Rachel on Aug. 12, 2003. Amy is a fourth-grade teacher in the Puyallup School District.

Daniel and Suzanne (Tiedt) Tye welcomed their son, Alexander Thomas, on Sept. 28, 2003. Dan is a financial analyst supervisor at LucasArts Entertainment. Suzanne is the director of annual giving for the Mills College Alumni Association in Oakland, Calif. They live in Alameda, Calif.

Chris and Melanie (Phair) Egan announce the birth of Austin James on March 13. He joins sister Madigan, 3. They live n Puyallup.

Daemon and Kristi (Benson) Repp announce the birth of Cameron Michael on April 29. They live in Renton, Wash.

Allison (Gray) Grassi and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Sydney Michelle on June 14. She joins sister Madison, 2. Allison cares for the girls at home, while Michael works at Intel Corp. They live in Puyallup.

Paul and Carol (Thielen) Alexander announce the birth of their son, Cameron Joseph, on June 13. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Lance and Karen (Leikem ’98) Kenmore announce the birth of Mia Katherine on March 18. She joins brother Mason, 2. Lance is a real estate agent with Prudential Now Realty in Kennewick, Wash. They live in Kennewick.

Kimberly and Daniel Paterno announce the birth of Elijah James on April 12. He joins Jhenavyeve Anatasia, 3. Kimberly works for the City of Federal Way (Wash.), where she is a volunteer and neighborhood program coordinator. They live in Fife, Wash.

Eric and Jenny (Villarin ‘01) Allert announce the birth of Haley Lynne on Feb. 2. Eric is working on his master’s of divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and Jenny is a registered nurse at United Hospital. They live in Lauderdale, Minn.

Rob and Kristen (Gurske) Kavon announce the birth of Nolin Anthony on May 12. Rob works for Gonzaga University as the director of athletic facilities and operations. They live in Spokane, Wash.

Kurt and Erin (Tilney) Eilmes announce the birth of Issac Grantland on July 26. Kurt is a sports reporter for the Idaho State Journal, while Erin works for the Idaho State University Foundation. They live in Pocatello, Idaho.


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