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Class notes by Year: 1928, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951,

1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970,

1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985,

1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Jerdis Oliver died March 29. As a dedicated first-grade teacher in the Puyallup School District for 32 years, she was awarded the Golden Acorn Award for teaching excellence. She served her community through several organizations, including Root & Bloom Garden Club, Puyallup Altrusa and the McMillin Grange, where she was a lifetime member. Jerdis was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Orno, and is survived by her son, Jerry Oliver; her daughters, Anitra Sudderth and Maxine Herbert-Hill; six grandchildren, including Oliver Sudderth ’95 and Mike Herbert-Hill ’01; and five great grandchildren.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson

Lorena “Maedie” (Poland) Slover died Aug.18, 2004. At PLC, she sang with the Choir of the West and was a featured voice in the choir’s quartet, which toured the West Coast and British Columbia. Performances helped keep PLC financially afloat during the Depression years. After graduation, she began her teaching career in Randle, Wash. She then moved to Toutle Lake, Wash., where she met her husband of 58 years, J. Mark ’41, a fellow teacher. She ultimately moved to the Seattle school district in 1946 and got a job teaching there. She taught almost every grade and when she retired in 1973, Olympic Hills Elementary School named its innovative library/resource center in her honor. Maedie served her churches in many ways, teaching Sunday school, directing choirs, founding a church library, and joining the Ladies Aid Society. She loved the outdoors and was an avid skier.


Neil J. Hoff died June 18. He served in the Army, participating in the Italian Campaign during World War II. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington and practiced law in Tacoma for more than 50 years. He was a professor of business law at PLU for two years and served in the state Legislature from 1953-57. He was named one of PLU’s 100 outstanding alumni in 100 years as part of the university’s centennial celebration. Survivors include his daughter, Erica Ann Christensen, and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Arne Pederson died May 23. He earned three degrees from PLC and was a professor in the School of Education from 1956-1989. He supervised student teachers, served as the director of teacher placement and was active in Scandinavian Area Studies and the Scandinavian Cultural Center. He served in the Philippines during World War II and was active in Trinity Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. He and his wife of 64 years, Gloria (Rummer ’42) ran Gloria’s Scandinavian Gifts near campus for many years. In addition to Gloria, he is survived by his five sons and their wives, Leslie ’64 and Cheryl (Taylor ’65), James ’67 and Marylyn, Robert ’66 and Cheryl, Rev. David ’75 and Karen (Lansverk ’79) and Rev.

Mark ’81 and Robin (Yost ’82), and 14 grandchildren, many of whom are PLU alums.


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


Duane Berentson received the Skagit County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, which honors those who exemplify the ideals of community service and the U.S. Constitution. Duane served 18 years in the Washington Legislature representing the 40th District. In 1982, the State Transportation Commission appointed him secretary of transportation, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.


Duane Lobeda died in May. After graduating from PLC, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years. He then began his career as a teacher and bus driver at Elk Plain Elementary School in Washington’s Bethel School District. He later became vice principal at Bethel Junior High School. After earning his master’s degree in administration, he moved to the Bethel District Office and served as administrative assistant to the superintendent for many years until his retirement. Duane was also a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for 27 years. He was married to his wife, Sharon, for 35 years until her death in 1992. His life was centered on his family, which included his son Mark; his daughter Janis Wood and her husband, Dan; and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Naomi (Roe) Nothstein and Carol (Schuler) Karwoski


Marianne (Pfeiffer) Sakamoto died April 7 after a 10-year struggle with breast cancer. According to her family, she lived her life to the fullest and loved her friends and family very much. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, I. Ben Sakamoto; son John Somm; daughter Erika Somm ’91 and her husband, Peter Davis, and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Philip Wigen and his wife, Bonnie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Conkling Park Marina in Idaho on Aug 22, 2004. They were joined by 55 family members and friends who participated in a cruise up the St. Joe River.


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz

William Foege received the first Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health from the University of Michigan for his role in eradicating smallpox. The award, which carries a $50,000 prize, honors and supports sustained efforts to combat vaccine-preventable disease. In 1961, Bill, an affiliate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, pioneered the targeted containment and vaccination model that has become the standard of care for controlling outbreaks of emerging disease.


Class Representative – Don Cornell


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Morris Kimbrough died May 14 after a long battle with cancer. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and Bargreen-Ellingson, but enjoyed most his career as a longshoreman. Morry was talented in many media, such as wood, stained glass and painting. He loved to travel and was able to visit many countries. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara, and his son Eric.


Edith Skog died April 19. After earning a bachelor of education degree from PLU, she spent many years teaching second grade. She then transferred to the developing special education program and earned her master of education degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1972. She served her community in many ways – as a scouting den mother, an active PTA member, a Democratic Party volunteer, a Sunday school teacher, a member of both Calvary and Summit United Methodists churches, the Grenley Orthopedic Guild, and FISH Food Bank. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clarence, and her infant son, Jack. She is survived by her sons, James (Judy) and Dennis, and two grandchildren.

Marion “Frank” Tidwell died April 22 after battling lymphoma. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and spent 30 years traveling the world, including a tour in Vietnam. He flew the KC97, KC135 and the RF4, achieving the rank of Brigadier General. After retiring from the Air Force in 1984, he worked for Boeing for six years, three of which were in Saudi Arabia. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlys (Larsen ’53); daughters Sandra ’79 and Nancy ’96; son Doug and his wife, Laura; and two granddaughters.

Stanley Hoobing is interim pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande, Ore.


Claudia (Luke) Latham retired after 22 years of teaching in the Kent (Wash.) School District. Starting in 1967, she taught nine years and then took a long leave to raise her two children, teach parenting skills at Green River Community College and get a master’s degree from Lesley University. She went back to the Kent district to teach kindergarten for 11 years. Claudia will be joining her husband, Ron, who has been practicing retirement for two years.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

Mary Ruth (Coleman) Hassett is the division chair of nursing and health services at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She was at Fort Hays State in Kansas for 22 years, serving as chair, interim chair and acting dean of the nursing program. She also served on the Kansas State Board of Nursing, has had numerous papers and one chapter book published, had 13 grants funded and has worked on two funded projects she submitted or co-submitted. Having received her master’s degree in psychiatric/community mental health nursing from UCLA in 1974, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in nursing with an emphasis on nursing educational administration from the University of Texas in 1990.

Eileen (Rue) Reichert is a pediatric nurse practitioner in surgical services at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. She is also a PALS Training Center coordinator. Her husband, Bruce ’76, is a photo lab manager for Color One. Their son, Aaron ’04, has apprenticed with John Brombaugh in pipe organ building. Younger son Andrew pursues an automotive technology career.


John Walk died April 23 in Spokane after a seven-month battle with cancer. He began his high school choral directing career in Libby, Mont., in 1974. In 1978, he earned his master of arts degree in music from Washington State University. He was hired in 1981 as the choral director at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, a position he held until his death. During his career, he received many awards at local, state and regional competitions and festivals with his choirs from Libby and Gonzaga. John also directed the Spokane area men’s barbershop chorus, and taught classes at Gonzaga University and Whitworth College. He also played both piano and bass at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and was an active member of Eastern Washington Music Educators Association, as well as other professional music organizations. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dana Jean Walk ’73. Surviving him are his wife of 27 years, Alicia, and his daughter, Emily.


William McPherson died Feb. 8. He was a certified public accountant and worked with Indian Housing throughout the United States for many years. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Midland (Wash.) Fire Department and fire commissioner for District 9 in Summit, Wash.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson


Class Representative – Ed Voie

Gay (Thompson) Mitchell received a master’s degree in art therapy from Marylhurst University in June. She retired from teaching a few years ago and plans to lead art therapy projects such as developing community murals with needy children. She and her husband, Chuck ’74, have established a fund to assist aspiring first-generation college applicants. Chuck recently retired and the two plan to travel extensively. They would like contact with old friends and can be reached at


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Tim Stark died May 21 after suffering from exposure while hiking near Camp Muir on Mount Rainier. He took great joy and pride in flying C-141s for the U.S. Air Force during a 20-year career, which included service in Vietnam, Granada and Iraq. He retired in 1992 as a reservist with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1985, he began a career with United Airlines, flying DC-10s, 727s, 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s. He was also the dedicated scoutmaster of Troup 32 for many years. Surviving him are his wife of 36 years, Nancy, and his sons, Marshall and Ian.

Tom Joselyn is managing librarian at the Kirkland (Wash.) Library. He is responsible for the operation of the library, including scheduling, building and facility issues.

Brett Rogers is the director of the statewide network of Small Business Development Centers hosted by Washington State University. The

SBDC provides no-charge confidential counseling and low-cost training to current and prospective business owners.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey


Class Representative – Phil Waldner


Dan Strelow has joined Eaton Vance Management as a vice president and co-head of the Liability-Based Solutions Group, which provides customized investment management solutions for institutions seeking to value, hedge and fund their future liabilities. Eaton Vance is a Boston-based firm, which managed approximately $99 billion in assets.


Class Representative – Paul Collard


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Mike Wiebe graduated from a doctoral program in worship studies through Robert Webber’s Institute of Worship Studies in Orange Park, Fla. Last summer, he traveled to Papua New Guinea to teach a master-level course entitled “The Healing Presence of Christ in Communion” to national pastors and lay leaders. He and his wife, Julie, are expecting their first child in October.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

David Chun married Heidi Ogawa March 20 at the Rio All Suites and Casino in Las Vegas. PLU alumni in attendance were best man Andrew Takamiya, cousin Todd Fukumoto ’98, and Kevin Aoki, who was David’s roommate in Pflueger Hall. David is a fifth-grade teacher at Iolani School in Honolulu, where his daughter, Dakota, is in the second grade. Heidi works for Ceridian. Anyone visiting Hawaii should give him a call.

Jazelle (Budlong) Savin is an acute care supervisor of the family birth center at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Ore., a 28-bed unit that does around 120 deliveries per month. She provides in-service classes on new equipment, procedures and hospital forms. Her responsibilities also include performing chart reviews and serving on several committees. She and her husband, Michael, live in Milwaukie, Ore.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling

Steven Weston and his wife, Evelyn, are both ELCA pastors, who serve a new cooperative area parish of seven churches with a staff of three pastors. They live in Cottonwood, Minn.

Kristi (Stangland) Williams is an administrative assistant at Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice. She is back in the workforce after 13 years at home with her children, Robbie, 17, Kari, 15, and Juliana, 11. On June 8, she and her husband, Robert, celebrated their 20th anniversary.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Shelly (Burns) Mullin is the new administrator at Tacoma General Hospital. She is responsible for the clinical and operational activities of the hospital, directing the delivery of care to customers and providing administrative leadership to department, program and clinic directors.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby


Class Representative – Brenda Ray

John Wolfe is the new deputy executive director of the Port of Tacoma. He had been Port of Olympia executive director since 2003.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Lisle (Tonnesen) Slichko is a registered nurse in the Women and Newborn Center at Tacoma General Hospital. She and her husband, Matthew, live in Puyallup with their children, Lance Evan, 5, and Rozlyn Tan, 2.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen


Greg Oehling was promoted to manager after six years at Husky Terminal and Stevedoring, Inc., in Tacoma. He loves the thriving business of international shipping. He and his wife, Judy (Slater ’89), live in West Seattle with their two sons, Jackson, 6, and Noah, 4. Judy is an assignment editor at KCPQ-TV and is completing a certificate in public relations at the University of Washington.

Michael Standish completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on June 17. He is an operations officer with the First Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash.

John Golden is the new head basketball coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) High School. He was an assistant baseball coach at the school from 1992 until this last season. He joined the basketball coaching staff in 1996 as the sophomore head coach.

John Welch is the superintendent of Highline (Wash.) Public Schools, a school district of 17,500 students.


Class Representative – Darcy (Patee) Andrews

Timothy Mitchell is the senior accountant for the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Wash. He and his wife, Traci (Wensel), live in Snohomish, Wash.

Bill Feeney is an owner of Wycoff Insurance Agency in Mt. Vernon, Wash., specializing in commercial accounts. His wife, Sheri (Noah), works part time as a financial analyst for Providence Health System Regional Services. They live in North Lakewood (Wash.) with their three kids, Claire, 7, Issac, 6, and Emma, 4.

Nancy Bolland died May 10. Throughout her life, she was a dedicated volunteer for organizations such as The American Red Cross, Laulach Literary Society, Bellarmine Parents’ Club, Annie Wright Parents’ Association and the Pierce County Diversion and CASA programs. She also served as a lector and altar guild member at St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Tacoma. Surviving her are her daughter, Sarah Bolland, and her son, Philip Bolland.

Melinda (Wilson) Rumage and her husband, Steve, moved to Maine. Steve is the executive director of Camp O-AT-KA, a traditional boys sleep-away camp on the shores of Sebago Lake, and Melinda serves as “camp mom” during the summer. They have three children – Sean, 7, Seth, 5, and Kara, 2.


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

Susan (Sandlin) VanBeuge was recently appointed to the department of surgery faculty at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She’s doing research in breast cancer treatment, new treatment of post-operative pain modality and advanced laparoscopic hernia repair.

Ed Grogan was named one of South Sound’s 40 under Forty by The Business Examiner. The newspaper selected 40 young leaders in the community for recognition. Ed has more than 13 years of experience in the financial planning field and founded Summit Financial Group, which is headquartered in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Mark Mulder was named one of the South Sound’s 40 Under Forty by The Business Examiner. The newspaper selected 40 young leaders in the community for recognition. Mulder is director of Auxiliary Services at PLU and has been at the forefront of the university’s outreach into the Parkland community.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Michael Fuller is dean of students at Northwest Christian College, a small liberal arts college in Eugene, Ore. As the chief student affairs officer, he oversees residence life, student activities, retention efforts, judicial affairs, community service, campus ministries, the career center, athletics, intramurals, and leadership and character development programs.


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

Kerri (Harten) Schroeder was promoted in October 2004 to the role of credit products senior manager at Bank of America. She manages a team of commercial lenders around the Pacific/Southwest region, focusing on government, healthcare and institutional clients. She lives in Sammamish, Wash.

Corey Bray is the assistant athletics director for administration at Eastern Kentucky University.

Rikka (Petersen) Stewart graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Ph.D in theology on May 15. She was promoted to director of operations of her company, The Healy Group, Inc., in January. She lives in South Bend, Ind.

Stacey Johnston married Corey Foley Jan. 15 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. Stacey is a clinical embryologist with Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists.

Nancy (Keene) Steele received her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in May. She is vice president of human resources at Seattle Financial Group in Seattle.


Class Representative – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer Riches

Sherrie (Link) Hoffman was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at Zion Lutheran Church in Baker, W.Va., on May 28. She received her Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Penn., and has accepted a call to the Mason-Jackson Shared Lutheran Ministry, a five-church parish in western West Virginia.

Seth Spidahl married Kristine Brundage July 17 in Federal Way, Wash. Seth is a men’s assistant soccer coach at the University of Washington, where Kristine recently graduated. They live in Tacoma.

Amy Wigstrom married Joseph Sonnen April 23 at Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club. Amy’s dad, Pastor Dean Wigstrom, performed the ceremony, and her sisters, Abby Wigstrom-Carlson ’99 and Alison Wigstrom-Hoseth ’93, were bridesmaids. Amy is the executive

director of the Tacoma Symphony and Joseph works for Washington State Parks. Amy was recently named one of The Business Examiner’s 40 Under Forty, which recognizes young leaders in the community.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Douglas Thompson is a research associate at Trubion Pharmaceuticals in Seattle.

Brandon Hardenbrook completed a master of public administration degree at Seattle University. He is the deputy director of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a statutory nonprofit organization that focuses on cross-border issues that affect the economy, environment and safety of five U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. He and his wife, Sonja, live in Seattle.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Kristin Latham completed a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology at Oregon State University. This fall she begins teaching biology at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. She can be reached at

Joy Russell married Greg Fulling Aug. 28, 2004, at the Lake Limerick Country Club. She is a registered nurse at Olympic Physicians in Shelton, Wash. Greg is a physical therapist and owner of Total Health Physical Therapy in Shelton.

Sara Portzel married Johan Van Oldenbarneveld Jan. 22 in Alameda, Calif. She received her master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco in 2004 and is a communication coordinator with the San Francisco Opera. Johan is an animal behaviorist.

Brandon VanDyke has been the director of bands and orchestra at Tualatin (Ore.) High School for three years. At this year’s Pac-9 Band Festival, held on April 5 at McMinnville High School, the Tualatin Wind Ensemble placed third and narrowly missed qualifying for the Oregon State Band Contest.

Tuan and Sarah (Ofner ’99) Nguyen are living it up in Germany with their puppy, Mochi. Tuan works for Novartis Phamaceuticals in Switzerland and Sarah is a dentist in the Army, having recently received her doctor of dental medicine degree from Oregon Health and Science University.

Tadd and Charlotte (Martin) Foote traveled the world this year with some fellow Lutes. They made it all the way from Amsterdam to Africa and are now enjoying the big adventure of parenthood with the birth of their son, Warren, in May. Tadd is a 3-D animator and Charlotte is a psychotherapist. They live in Seattle.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Rachel Spada married Jesse Hofheimer Feb. 19 at the Grand Willow Inn in Mount Vernon, Wash. Rachel is the daughter of Randy ’71 and Charlotte (Olberg ’70) Spada. Rachel is a teacher in the Anacortes (Wash.) School District, and Jesse works in the finance department for the City of Anacortes, after serving four years in the U.S. Navy.

Jennifer Johnson married Joel Zovar Jan. 2 at Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Freeland, Wash. Her sister, Jessica Johnson ’03, served as her maid of honor, and bridesmaids included Christine Bumpous ’00 and Holly Swisher ’99. They live in Nashville, Tenn., where Jennifer is pursuing her doctorate in anthropology at Vanderbilt University and Joel is an archaeologist, illustrator and student in graphic design at Watkins College of Art and Design.

Justin Johnson married Kelly Kearsley ’01 June 5, 2004, in Portland, Ore. They moved back to Tacoma after three years in Bend, Ore. Justin is a product manager for Engineered Software and is starting his M.B.A. work this fall. Kelly is a reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune.

Eve Otten married Jay Blanton April 16 in Seattle.

Sonja (Anderson) Hardenbrook graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and passed the Washington State bar exam in 2004. She works as a public defender for Snohomish (Wash.) County.

Tessa (Ottow) Gilbert is a case manager at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital in the most remote area of Alaska (accessible only by airplane) which handles everything from major trauma to school physicals for native Eskimos. On a daily basis, Tessa can encounter polar bears or caribou. She lives in Barrow, Alaska.

Robert Peebles married Sarah MacArthur Oct. 17, 2004, at Riverside Community Center in Cashmere, Wash. Justin Gavin ’97 was an attendant. They live in Wenatchee, Wash., where Robert is a financial consultant with DA Davidson and Sarah is an investment assistant at Piper Jaffray.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Andrea White is a software engineer at Performance Health Technology in Salem, Ore.

Nicholas Baeth earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May and has accepted a tenure track faculty position at Central Missouri State University.

Kevin Stokesbary married Kelly Morrison Oct. 16, 2004, at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. Attendants included Mike Luinstra ’97, James Stensel ’97, Jeremy VonBargen ’98, Steve Lim ’97 and Andrew Baffney ’98. Kevin is a financial consultant with Mass Mutual Financial Group in downtown Seattle. Kelly is a real estate agent with Executive Real Estate in Bellevue, Wash., and also works for a property management company in Kirkland, Wash. They live in Issaquah.

Gretchen (Voge) Matthews and her husband, Marc, graduated from medical school and are residents at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Gretchen is in pediatrics and Marc is in family medicine.

Megan Swanson married Matt Brown of Arlington, Texas, June 25, 2004. She is a head softball coach and English teacher. He is a financial specialist. The summer issue of Scene incorrectly announced the birth of ason, Matt.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Desirae (Marvitz) Burkley and her husband, Joseph ’04, live in Portland, Ore., where she is a clinical research coordinator at Providence Cancer Center and he is a mechanical engineer.

Brianne Vertrees is executive director of the nonprofit North Central Home Builders Association. She coordinates the 420-member association’s four yearly events, recruits new members and helps keep members up to date with the industry’s lobbying in Olympia. She and her husband, Brian ’00, live in Wenatchee, Wash.

Lisa Lindsay married Dan Welsh on June 19, 2004, at St. Patrick’s Church in Tacoma. Megan O’Brien ’02 and cousin Becca (Ehli ’02) Miller served as bridesmaids. Rebecca Wells, Laura (Cobb) Bangerter ’03 and Breea (DeSloover) Merrig ’04 also took part. Lisa is pursuing a master of science degree in exercise and sport science at Oregon State University. Dan, a captain in the U.S. Army, is serving a year in Mosul, Iraq.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Benji Sonnichsen is the new football coach at Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School and teaches physical education classes.

Jennifer Jennings married Brandon Schneider May 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo. She is a certified nurse’s aid in labor and delivery and a nursing student. Brandon is a nursing student and an emergency department technician.

Jennifer Makenas graduated in May from the University of New Mexico with a master of science in mathematics.

Julie Feltmann married Joshua Dennis ’03 April 16 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Renton, Wash. Cyrena Finnegan was a bridesmaid. PLU alumni in attendance included, Randy Webster, Christy (Amondson) Webster, Paul Marquardt ’03, Aaron Lunday ’03, Justin Lunday ’04, Lindsey Robinson ’04, Lindsay Hill ’05 and Kris Sletten ’05. They live in Seattle, where Julie is a senior accountant for Princess Tours and Josh is a help desk technician for Corbis.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Michael Forbes graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.

Laura Hunter is the new assistant director of annual giving at PLU. She lives in Puyallup.

Aaron Binger married Becky Franza ’02 Nov. 20, 2004, at a sunset ceremony on the beach in Poipu, Hawaii. Aaron is a YMCA director in Tacoma and Becky teaches English at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Leischen Moore received a master of arts degree in vocal performance, with a specialty in musical theatre, from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education on May 9. She lives in New York City.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Amy Kostelecky is the marketing and guest services coordinator for the SuperMall in Auburn, Wash.

Jennie Vanderpool married Micah Vander Veen Dec. 23, 2004, at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, Wash. They live in Del Rio, Texas, where Micah is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

Valerie Landwehr married Andrew Kinman Jan. 14 in Astoria, Ore. Valerie is an inventory control supervisor at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.


Class Representative – Michael Steele

Allisen McFarland married Michael Ellis Jan. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, Wash. She is a child and family therapist at Good Samaritan Behavioral Healthcare in Puyallup. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology and is a maintenance supervisor with Conagra Foods in Quincy, Wash.

In Memorium

Jerdis Oliver on March 29.

Lorena “Maedie” (Poland) Slover on Aug. 18, 2004.

Neil J. Hoff on June 18, 2005.

Duane Lobeda in May.

Marianne (Pfeiffer) Sakamoto on April 7.

Morris Kimbrough on May 14.

Edith Skog on April 19.

Marion “Frank” Tidwell on April 22.

John Walk on April 23.

William McPherson on Feb. 8.

Tim Stark on May 21.

Nancy Bolland died May 10.

Vanessa Krenz on April 20.


Arne Pederson died May 23. He earned three degrees from PLC and was a professor in the School of Education from 1956-1989. He supervised student teachers, served as the director of teacher placement and was active in Scandinavian Area Studies and the Scandinavian Cultural Center. He served in World War II and was active in Trinity Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. He and his wife of 64 years, Gloria (Rummer ’42) ran Gloria’s Scandinavian Gifts. In addition to Gloria, he is survived by his five sons and their wives, Leslie ’64 and Cheryl (Taylor ’65), James ’67 and Marylyn, Robert ’66 and Cheryl, Rev. David ’75 and Karen (Lansverk ’79) and Rev. Mark ’81 and Robin (Yost ’82), and 14 grandchildren, many of whom are PLU alums.

Future Lutes

Kenneth Lund and his wife, Ellen, announce the birth of Reagan Andrew on March 15. He joins Tyler James, 10, and Allison Marie, 8. Kenneth is president/chief executive officer of Westlake Senior Living, Inc. They live in Vaughn, Wash.

Brien Flannigan and his wife, Sally, announce the birth of their first child, John Patrick, on March 23. They live in Lakewood, Wash.

Thomas Howard and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of their son, Henrik Thomas, on February 12. Both are flying MD-80s for American Airlines, but Laura is taking a year off.

Kristi (Gorud) Waldal and her husband, Ken, welcomed their son, Nathan David, on Dec. 8, 2004. He joins Elyse Maureen, 2. Kristi is a triage nurse at Northwest OB-GYN in Spokane.

Erika Somm and her husband, Peter Davis, welcomed their son, Aidan, on March 19, 2004. He joins sister Vivien, 4.

Susan (Weiss) Walker and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Holly Elizabeth on Dec. 31, 2004. She joins big sister Julia, who’s almost 3. They live in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Michelle (Jackson) Hammons and her husband, Luke, announce the birth of their son, Mason Robert, on May 7.

He joins big brother Jackson Thomas, who is almost 2. Michelle is a Spanish teacher and Luke is an electrician. They live in Seattle.

Jaymes and Linda (Hollandsworth) Toycen announce the birth of Rachel Mae on May 23. She joins sister Emily, 5. Jaymes is regional vice president of Northwest operations for presentation services at The Audio Visual Company, overseeing Washington and Oregon. Linda works part-time at the Sammamish Family YMCA organizing activities for fathers and their children in the Adventure Guides program. They live in Covington, Wash., and are involved at their church, Cornerstone UMC.

Nancy (Hanson) Thorson and her husband, Erik, welcomed their second son, Leif Magnus, on Feb. 27. Nancy is a social worker for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Erik is a Lutheran pastor in Billings, Mont.

Jennifer (Johnson) Higgins and her husband, Andy, announce the birth of Ailey Karine on April 8. They live in Mukilteo, Wash.

Skyler Cobb and his wife, Kim, welcomed their son Kadin on May 17, 2003. Skyler is the owner of Salero Group LLC in Boise, Idaho, and Kim is an accountant.

Kirstin (Hokanson) Doud and her husband, Alan, welcomed their daughter, Grace May, on Sept. 10, 2004. She joins brother Aaron, 14. Kirstin is a music teacher in the Bellingham (Wash.) School District.

Erik and Heather Liv (McDougall ’97) Melver announce the birth of their first child, Anika Liv, on May 5. She was born in their home, a couple of blocks from PLU. Erik is the assistant director of programs and services in PLU’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and Heather is an assistant director of admission.

Emily (Blake) McKee and her husband, Raymon, announce the birth of their son, Jacob, on Dec. 23, 2004. Emily is a partner at Envision Marketing LLC and Raymon is a wine maker at Covey Run Winery. They live in Prosser, Wash.

Andy and Lori (Gustafson) Dreyer announce the birth of Luke Andrew on April 8, Lori’s birthday. Andy is in his second year of residency in periodontics at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Lori graduated from the physician assistant program at University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 2004 with high distinction and went back to work last summer.

Joanna (Kreis) Jacobson and her husband, Randy, announce the birth of Adalynn Jean on Nov. 6, 2004. Adalynn’s grandparents are Roger and Sandra (Bowdish ’65) Kreis of Olympia. Joanna is a minister of youth and family at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Salem, Ore. Randy is a software engineer with Garman.

Aaron and Andrea (Campbell ’96) McCarty announce the birth of their son, Easton, on Jan. 26. He joins Ellie, 3. Aaron is a territory manager for NorWesCo and Andrea will job share her first grade teaching position in the Camas (Wash.) School District so she can stay home part time with their kids.

Jeff and Shannon (Robinson ’98) Thompson announce the birth of their twin sons, Gunnar Newman and Anders Nils, on April 20. The boys join their sisters, Shayenn, 4, and Skyleigh, 2. They live in Kalispell, Mont., where Jeff and Shannon are both teachers and coaches.

Bryan and Anne (Karlsgodt ’99) Schaeffer announce the birth of their twin daughters Kiersten Anne and Meghan Brynn on Jan. 11. Bryan is a graphic designer, and Anne is a registered nurse. They live in Seattle.

Chad and Sarah (Abbey ’98, ’99) Roraback welcomed their son, Charlie, on July 12, 2004.

Pete and Heather (Ross) McLean announce the birth of their son, Zachary David, on May 27, 2004. Pete is a regional manager at Arrow Electronics, Heather has been teaching special education at Bellevue’s Interlake High School for six years. They live in Renton, Wash.

Jared Miller and his wife, Kacey, announce the birth of their daughter Kellie Alivia on March 5. She joins her big sister, Maggie Mae, 3.

Gavin and Patty (Milton ’00) Brem welcomed Jude Winter on Aug. 11, 2004. He joins Noelle Ruth, 2. Gavin is an Upward Bound program director and Patty is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Tacoma.

Christine (Faldet) Bellingham and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Jack Sidney on May 19. Christie is a registered nurse at Virginia Mason in Seattle. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Craig and Katrina (Johnson ’99) Coovert announce the birth of their first child, Levi Andrew, on Jan. 5. Craig is the online services coordinator at KPLU, and Katrina is a stay-at-home mom and part-time nanny. They live in north Tacoma.

Shaun and Lena (Tibbelin ’99) Buhre welcomed their daughter, Hailey Elisabet, on Oct. 1, 2004. She joins brother Mattias, 2. Lena left her position as a sports reporter for the King County Journal in February to stay at home with the children. Shaun works for Russell Mellon in Tacoma.

Gloria (Binkley) Moore and her husband, Sutton, announce the birth of Lucas Jay on May 14. They both work at Western Peterbilt, Inc., in Fife, Wash. – Gloria with AP imaging and Sutton as a service writer.

Courtney (Woodard) Black and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of their son, Baylor Jonathan, on May 15. Courtney does part-time consulting from home and Brian works in banking. They recently moved from Bellevue, Wash., to Tacoma.

Jasen and Tara (Millet ’00) Bennie announce the birth of Kael Charles on Jan. 13. Jasen is a project engineer at Edward Kraeme and Sons, and Tara is head basketball coach at Kearns High School. They live in North Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sarah (Phillips) Rasmussen and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Grace, on Jan. 6. Sarah teaches ESL at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., and Dave is a Portland police officer. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Jason and Jennifer (Arndt ’01) Anspach celebrated the arrival of their first child, Caleb Abraham, on Oct. 2, 2004.


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