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Class notes by Year: 1924, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951,

1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 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, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Katherine (Anderson) Swensen died Jan. 7. She played basketball for PLC. In the 1930s, she traveled throughout Europe and returned to the United States on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. Settling in Portland, Ore., she met and married Roy Swensen. She lived in Minnesota for nine years until 1952, when she returned to her hometown of Chinook, Mont., where she lived out her life. She was the head housekeeper at Ocean Beach Hospital. After retirement, Katherine was a home health care provider well into her mid-80s. She was a lifelong member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook and an avid gardener. Preceding her in death were Roy, six brothers, a sister, and two grandchildren. Surviving her are her daughter, Marie Olson; sons Donald and Les Swensen; a sister; three grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Marie (Wenberg) DeGroot died Dec. 26. She was married to Paul Preus ’33 from 1940 to 1954. She received a master’s degree from Western Washington University in 1957 and married Irving J. DeGroot in 1960. She taught in Mukilteo, Central Valley, Seabeck and Brownsville, Wash., and was a charter member of Silverdale Lutheran Church. Marie loved spending time with her large family and had a lifelong interest in gardening. Irving preceded her in death. Surviving her are her two sons, John C. Preus and George I.J. DeGroot ’84; five daughters, Priscilla L. Preus, Mary E. Preus, Anne Marie Lindsey, Cheryl DeGroot, and Sandy Carter; nine grandchildren, including Jane Lindsey ’90; and five great-grandchildren. Including her mother, Marie Louise (Anderson) Wenberg ’06, four generations of Marie’s familyattended PLU.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Marjorie (Wentworth) Hughes died Nov. 23. She earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota and taught music in Seattle and Tacoma public schools. She also lived in Savannah, Ga.; Fairfax, Va.; Juneau, Alaska; and Japan and Germany, where her husband, Donald, was in the U.S. Foreign Service. Wherever Marjorie went, she was active in her church, serving as organist and choir director. Donald and her daughters, Margaret Hughes and Andrea Foldenauer, preceded her in death. Surviving her are her son David Hughes and his wife, Katherine; son-in-law, Craig Foldenauer; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


Burton Severeid died Dec. 2. Before coming to PLC, he served during World War II. After graduation, he began a career in financial services, which spanned 50 years. He also served as an administrator for Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute from 1965 to 70. He built and managed a sales force of more than 300 registered investment representatives throughout Western Washington and co-founded Severeid and Associates Inc., a local independent insurance agency. Burton loved outdoor activities and was co-founder of the Tacoma Webfooters, the first Jeep club in Western Washington. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ardys (Reppe ’49); his sons, David (Mary) and Bruce (Elizabeth); five grandchildren, including Krista Severeid ’99; and several siblings, including Donald ’57 and his wife, Lavonne ’58.


Class Representative – Naomi (Roe) Nothstein

Betty (Riggers) Keith died Dec. 27. She was a dedicated volunteer, involving herself in many organizations and efforts. She was active in the Washington State Medical Association Auxiliary, the March of Dimes, and Seattle-King County Camp Fire Girls, and was chairperson of the Shoreline (Wash.) YMCA Board and coordinator of the Neighbors in Need Food Bank. In the Shoreline schools, she served as a tutor and was a PTA/PTSA president. Betty was also on the Board of Trustees at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, serving as chair in 1987, and the Shoreline Historical Museum Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Donald ’54, who died five days after her, were married for almost 50 years. They were members of Faith Lutheran Church, Betty for almost 50 years and Don for almost 60. Their family was of utmost importance to them. Surviving them are their daughters, Heather (Keith) Moe ’81 and her husband, Michael ’84, and Allison (Keith) Ramsey ’84 and her husband, Scott ’85; three grandchildren; and a large extended family, including Betty’s brother, Kenneth Riggers ’62, Don’s siblings, Darrell Keith ’61 and Christie (Keith) Steele ’64, and Betty’s nieces, Mary Lea Purcell ’79 and Martha Riggers ’91.


Donald Keith died Jan.1. After attending PLC, he graduated from the University of Washington and became board certified in family practice. Throughout his life, he was very dedicated to the medical community – both locally and nationally – serving several clinics (including his own practice in Lake Forest Park) and medical organizations. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Foss Home, the King Co. (Wash.) Medical Society Board, the King Co. Health Planning Council, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, the Washington State Medical Association, the Washington State Family Practice Education Advisory Board, the Governor’s Task Force on Health Cost Control, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Family Practice. He was also a clinical assistant professor at the UW School of Medicine and was very active in Rotary. In 1980, Don was the Washington State nominee for the Good Housekeeping Family Doctor of the Year. Both PLU and the UW Medical School honored him in 1986 as a Distinguished Alumnus.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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

Jim Bricker was appointed by outgoing Washington Gov. Gary Locke to the state’s Gambling Commission. Gov. Christine Gregoire also appointed Jim to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Marilyn (Stolzenburg) Roberts died Jan. 21. She taught English at Fife (Wash.) High School for several years before staying home to raise her three children. She later worked for many years as an administrative assistant for the Metropolitan Park District at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, retiring in 2003. Active in her community, Marilyn was involved in the Tacoma Art Museum, Christmas House, Point Defiance Zoo Society and her church. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women for 45 years, serving as president from 1972 to 76, and belonged to Zonta for 26 years, holding numerous offices. Survivors include son Mark Roberts; daughter Pamela Lilley; daughter Paula (Roberts ’01) Ramos and her husband, Chris Ramos ’94; and five grandchildren.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias

Gretta (Wesson) Merwin will receive an honorary master’s degree in humane letters from Central Washington University (Ellensburg) in June.


Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry


Roy K. Carlson died Jan. 27. He is survived by his sons, Eric ’91 and Scott.


Brad Munn died Oct. 29 in Lincoln, Neb. He was the director of personnel at PLU in the late ’60s and early ’70s and was a big Lute sports fan. He retired as a University of Nebraska–Lincoln administrator. He served in a number of organizations throughout his life including the Lincoln Center Kiwanis Club; Sesostris Shrine; Whitman Lodge No. 49 in Pullman, Wash.; Scottish Rite in Spokane; and the Society of Professional Journalists. He was also a past president of the Pullman Kiwanis Club, past lieutenant governor of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District and Young Man of the Year in 1969 in Pullman. Surviving him are his wife, Judy ’81, son Todd (Jessica) Munn, daughter Dorothy Jean (Matt) Binder and four grandchildren.

Robert Krieger, a toxicologist at the University of California–Riverside, received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals, the most prestigious award given by the Agrochemical Division of the American Chemical Society. He also was selected by the Society of Toxicology as the recipient of the Public Communications Award at their annual meeting in New Orleans in the same month. “Professor Robert Krieger has made extremely important contributions to our understanding of human exposure to pesticides, especially developing methods for determining actual exposure and uptake, as well as interpretation of that information as it relates to the significance of the pesticides in our environment [including homes and lawns],” said James Seiber, director of the Western Regional Research Center of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Bob is active in several professional societies and has authored or co-authored more than 250 published papers, book chapters and abstracts, including serving as editor for the Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology, published in 2001. He lives in Riverside.


Jim Girvan is in his third year serving as dean of the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. His wife, Georgia (Stirn), continues as director of the Idaho Regional Alcohol/Drug Resource Center, at Boise State University.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Robert Beath retired from his position as assistant superintendent for Educational Service District 105 in June 2004, completing 35 years in public education in Washington state. He had two retirement celebrations: one in Yakima, Wash. (where he lives), and one in Bellingham, Wash., to say thank you to those who supported his work. His six-point retirement plan includes projects, exercise, creative/learning adventures, family, social service and travel. His wife, Linda, continues in her position as associate vice-president for undergraduate studies at Central Washington University.

They continue to enjoy the company of their son Joel; daughter-in-law Trudy; and two grandsons, Donovan and Brandon, who live in Yakima.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

Carol Schramel Carr died January 17, following a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. After receiving her degree in education from PLU, she taught in the Tacoma School District for many years. Her family says she loved laughter, life and travel. A trip to China was a highlight for her. She is survived by her parents, John and Millie Schramel; her daughters, Marci (Carr) Garrett ’92 and Mikaela and Kelsey Carr; two grandchildren; and her companion and best friend Michael Schrumm.

Lewis "Sandy" Simpson moved from Alaska to Santa Fe, N.M., with his partner, Bruce Iglehart. Sandy is a training specialist with the Los Alamos National Laboratory developing health, safety and environmental training for workers. They enjoy life in Santa Fe, and are active in gay and lesbian advocacy and cultural events. They also enjoy visiting Sandy’s five grown children.


Kay Magnuson died Dec. 31. She retired from Brown’s Point Elementary School in 1999 after teaching 1,300 kindergarten students over her 27-year career. Her success as an educator is celebrated in the successful lives of countless former students. Kay spent her life caring for others, and her main focus was always on her family. Her husband, Herman, preceded her in death. Surviving her are daughter Barbara Green (Garry); sons James Magnuson (Kim) and Jeff Magnuson; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Crystal Schuh retired (at least temporarily) and moved to the Dallas area to be closer to her aging parents. She’s enjoying the friendliness of Texas and encourages “y’all to come and visit.”


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Don Poier died Jan. 21. He played football at PLU for three seasons (1971-73) as a defensive end and was a co-captain in 1974. He served as program director for KING-TV in Seattle and spent more than 20 years as an announcer for Pac-10 football and basketball games. He became the voice of the Grizzlies when they began in 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He moved with the team to Memphis, Tenn., in 2001, doing radio play-by-play the past three seasons before moving to television this season. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; eight children and 10 grandchildren.

Jenifer Haler was named West Richland (Wash.) Outstanding Educator of 2004 and retired after teaching for 30 years. Her husband, Larry, was elected Washington State Representative from the 8th District.


Class Representative – Ed Voie

David Nelson moved to Maputo, Mozambique, after three years in Zambia. He is the deputy director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Global AIDS Program in Mozambique. His wife Ubon, son James, 12, and cat Harry, are tolerating his love of living in developing countries. All agree that the seafood and beaches of Mozambique are pretty nice, but it gets a little too warm in the summer.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Brad Munn did Oct. 29 in Lincoln, Neb.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Marcus Stroud was called as pastor to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Concrete, Wash. He began his official call on Feb. 19 after serving two years as with the congregation. He and his wife, Susan (Wantz) ’79, have two sons, Aaron, 18, and Nathan, 14.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Sally Balmer is the new pastor and teacher at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Anacortes, Wash. She received her master’s of divinity degree at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has served UCC congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Washington state. She has also been active in community work, speaking at local anti-hate rallies and at a Safe Schools vigil, and co-facilitating a program addressing diversity in schools.

Robert Kratzke was appointed as the first person to hold the John C. Skoglund Chair in Lung Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota. The chair is funded by a generous gift from the family of John Skoglund. Bob does research in acquired genetic abnormalities in lung cancer and mesothelioma. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota since 1994 and lives in Edina with his wife Marian and daughter Andrea and their new dog Ozzie.


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Linda Holt Ayriss illustrated a new children’s book written by Oregon authors Marie and Roland Smith, “E is for Evergreen,” which is full of depictions of the people and places of Bainbridge Island, Wash. Linda is an accomplished artist whose renditions of plants regularly appear on the pages of Sunset magazine, and whose client list includes Nintendo, Chateau St. Michelle, Alaska Airlines and the Woodland Park Zoo. She received a silver medal from the Best in the West Society of Illustrators, and has been recognized in the “Communications Arts Annual.” Linda also works through the mentoring program at Eagle Harbor High School with Bainbridge Island teens that have artistic aspirations.

Lionel Alford presented his dissertation defense for a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering on April 4 at the University of Dayton, Ohio. He says his dissertation successfully describes for the first time in history how flapping animals produce lift.


Diane (Van Vleet) Olsen and her family have moved from Richland, Wash., to Ashburn, Va., in the Washington, D.C., area. Her husband Richard was promoted to the Reston, Va., offices of Lockheed Martin. Their daughter Christy, 19, is a freshman at PLU. Caroline, 16, and Courtney, 9, are adjusting well to life in the nation’s capital. Reach her at nearby.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Dana Schroeder has been the director of pastoral care and clinical pastoral education at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, since 2003.

Kevin Allen-Schmid, a music teacher at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont., directed his choir in a performance of “Saving Jacob,” an original music and narration combination that tells the story of Jacob Feightner, 3, who miraculously survived a canoeing accident, in large part due to the efforts of an ALERT helicopter rescue crew. The concert raised nearly $2,400 for the ALERT program.


Class Representative – Dave Olson


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Mark and Kathy (Schramm ’85) Falk live in North Tacoma with their two children, J.P., 12, and Leah, 7. Mark is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Bain in University Place and Kathy is in her eighth year of running her PartyLite candle business.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling

Linda (Panik) BeMiller died Jan. 17. Dedicated to her community, she worked for The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Grantmakers, Inc., and was involved in The Tree Planting Project (a community enhancement activity of the American Leadership Forum). She was also named Tacoma-Pierce County Municipal League Person of the Year. Surviving her are her husband, David; sons Stephen, Nathan, and Aaron; daughters-in-law Connie and Carmen; granddaughter Haley; and sister Karen.

Tim Rundquist was part of a team of lawyers in Minnesota that scored a major legal victory with nationwide implications. On March 3, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of three beekeepers, represented by Tim’s team, holding that landowners who sprayed pesticides on their hybrid poplar groves could be held liable for damages to the beekeepers’ neighboring apiaries. At issue was the landowners’ (the State of Minnesota and International Paper) use of Sevin XLR Plus, a carbaryl-based product that acts like nerve gas in destroying insects.

Elizabeth Pulliam Weston’s first book, “Your Credit Score: How to Fix, Improve and Protect the 3-Digit Number that Shapes Your Financial Future,” was published by Prentice Hall in October 2004. Liz lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Will, and daughter, Bey, 2.

Linette Zimmerman was elected 2004-2006 Northwest Region Governor of Soroptimist, an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. She lives in Port Orchard, Wash., where she is also a paralegal and social worker for the law office of Wecker, Hunko and Bougher.


Class Representative -- Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Karen (Bell) Steen won the National Master’s Indoor Mile for Club Northwest in Boston with a time of 5:08.12. She was inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame last year.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby


Julie (Wood) Bickford has left the hospitality industry after nearly 18 years, most recently as the director of catering and convention services at Sunriver Resort, a four-diamond golf resort in central Oregon. She has started her own business, MHR, Inc., which specializes in the recruitment and placement of mid- to upper-level managers and executives in the hotel, resort and restaurant industries.

Pat Hanley was appointed to theAnchorage District Court. He has also served as an assistant district attorney in Anchorage.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Christopher Bassett is a detective for the King County Sheriff’s Department. Until March, he was deployed to Iraq as a chaplain (captain) with the Washington Army National Guard’s 1-103rd Armor at Camp Victory in Baghdad. He plans to start a church in the Bonney Lake/Lake Tapps (Wash.) area, where his lives with his family. His wife, Cheri, is pursuing her undergraduate degree in ministry while homeschooling their children, Caitlin, 10; Juli, 9; Hunter, 7, and Jadin, 5.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Doreen Morris is a family nurse practitioner at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore. She also shares a clinic in The Dalles with her husband of 27 years, Dr. Daniel Morris, and is a medical adviser for diabetes services at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.


Jim Morrell received an Accomplished Under 40 Award from the Vancouver (Wash.) Business Journal and Leadership Clark County on Nov. 11. As vice president of information systems at iQ Credit Union, he was appointed to chair the Credit Union National Association Technology Committee’s executive committee. The Washington Credit Union League also recognized him as one of tomorrow’s leaders. Jim volunteers to serve on credit union and local school district technology boards and helps with iQ Credit Union’s fund-raising efforts for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore. In addition, he serves as a basketball referee at the college level.

Dan Keene was named the new head women’s soccer coach at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma after a national search. As an assistant with the UPS program from 2001-04, he was instrumental in the team’s advancement to the NCAA National Championship game this past season. Dan served as the men’s head coach at Green River Community College from 1992-99. He is also involved with local youth clubs, FC United and Eastside FC, two of the premier clubs in the state, and served as an assistant coach for the women’s Under-17 Olympic Development State Team in 1997.

Paula (Hibbard) Noel lives on the island of Hawai’i in Waimea, a town at the footof KohalaMountain. She is healing multiple sclerois with rest, nutrition, exercise and great community support. She also works to bridge the gap between elders and children through dreams and genealogy. After earning her Ph.D, receiving her diagnosis, and teaching at the university level, she decided to retire early due to her health and live and heal. She is now swimming with dolphins, visiting volcanoes and “living at the end of the rainbow (literally).” She says life is good and she can be reached at


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Bill Feeney is the new vice president at Wycoff Insurance of Mount Vernon(Wash.).


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

Erin Lindberg married Halvard Berg at Gift of Grace Lutheran Church in Seattle on Sept. 18 with Pastor Jerry Buss ’83 officiating. Lene Meilvåg-Knight served as a bridesmaid. Erin is the manager and personnel director of Bernstein/Fader Surgical Clinic in Seattle, and Halvard works for Costco Corporation. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Gus Gustafson was promoted to senior operations group manager for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Enterprise sales division. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Woodinville, Wash.

Theresa (Campbell) Everest was chosen for the 2004 Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Military District Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Education. Theresa was honored by her military peers for her work in women’s health at a conference in San Diego. She was selected by the Navy to attend the University of Colorado School of Nursing for a post-master’s certificate in the women’s health nurse practitioner program. She obtained her master’s in nursing administration and education while stationed in Great Lakes, Ill.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck.


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

Katy McCallum married Brian Sachse Nov. 13 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane. Julianne (Pagel) Bogaty, Kimberly (Lusk) Manz, and Katy’s brother, John McCallum ’97, were in the wedding party. Katy is lead pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Brian is a teacher and coach at Ferris High School in Spokane, where they live.

Mike Lee accepted a position covering environmental affairs for California’s third largest newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune. He and his family moved from Sacramento to Fallbrook, Calif., where his wife Kristen (Buckley ’96) takes care of sons Grant, 4, and Owen, 2.


Class Representatives – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer Riches

Jakki Hurineko married Donald Stodola on Aug. 7 at the Clock Tower in Tacoma. Jakki’s maid of honor was Sally (Johnson ’84) Falcone. Madison and Eleanor Bigelow, daughters of Rod ’90 and Stacy (Bryan ’93) Bigelow, were flower girls. Honored friends at the celebration included Heidi Welch, Christine Layne, Tabatha (Smith) Farrington, Elisa (Ellis) and Tim Woods ’90, Kevin and Jenny (Chase) Myers ’00, Brad ’00 and Valerie (Weist ’98) Watamura, Molly Hernandez ’92, and Carole Meland ’79. Jakki is a registered nurse in labor and delivery at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Donald is a patrol officer for the Tacoma Police Department. They live in Tacoma.

Teresa Miller was selected by Portland General Electric to serve as its lobbyist for state governmental affairs. Before joining PGE, She worked in the Oregon Capitol for four consecutive legislative sessions. Most recently, she worked for six years as a lobbyist for The Tresidder Company, a Salem-based government-relations firm.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Heidi Jantz, singer/songwriter, recently released her debut album. “Entries on an Unlined Page,” is an acoustic folk album that tells stories of everyday living through Heidi’s unique brand of poetic songwriting. For further information, visit her website: She lives in Spokane.

Don Pruett left a job in research and development at Georgia Pacific Corp. to become a science teacher. He teaches one science class at Sumner (Wash.) High School in the morning and travels within the Sumner School District during the afternoon. He also helps mentor elementary school teachers on instructional skills in science. He also develops basic labs that demonstrate science concepts to younger students and coordinates the district’s science fair.

Angela Phay married Jonathan Anderson Aug. 15 at First Baptist Church in Portland, Ore. The reception was held in the backyard of Jon’s parents’ home in Wilsonville. Lutes in attendance included Cathy (Marttila) Doyle ’96, bridesmaid, Borgny (Arneson) Anderson ’67, mother of the groom, Jenny (McClure) Appel ’96, Corie (Krueger) Roberts ’97, Stacey (Silcox) Powell ’97, and Maija (Durr) Vance ’01. Angela is a flight attendant with United Airlines, while Jonathan is a systems engineer. They live in Quincy, Mass.

Scott Kolbet graduated from Catholic Distance University with a master of arts degree in theology, summa cum laude. He is a pastoral associate at St. John Fisher Church in Portland, Ore.

Matthew Bliss recently opened Beyond Fitness, a fitness company offering in-home training and lifestyle and nutritional counseling. He and his wife, Heather, live in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Tanya Robinson is an intensive children’s case manager at Western Montana Mental Health Center in Kalispell. She also works part-time at Summit Preparatory School. Tanya has lived in Montana with her two children for almost two years.

Kaia Benson works in Tbilisi, Georgia, as the regional program manager for the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program in the southern Caucasus.

The Muskie is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides citizens of Eurasia the opportunity to study at a master’s level in the United States. In November 2003, the citizens of Georgia staged what is known as the “Rose Revolution.” Their new president, Mikheil Saakashvilli, is an alumnus of the Muskie program.

Katherine Walker and Brian Loffer ’97 were married July 31, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Gig Harbor, Wash. Amy (Norman) Roth played the cello for the ceremony. The reception was held at the Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbor. Katherine “Katie” works as a financial aid administrator at PLU, and Brian is the assistant principal at Bethel High School in Spanaway, Wash., where he previously taught math and AP statistics.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Kelli Rasche died of cancer March 19.

Tawnya Kyle married Jason Henningsen Oct. 1 at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas. She is a registered nurse at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma, and Jason works for R.W. Henningsen Logging. They live in Belfair, Wash.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Bianca Luebeck completed her degree in teaching by earning the second state exam summa cum laude on Jan. 31. She lives in Hamm, Germany, and started teaching at a high school near Muenster, Germany, in February.

Laura Pauli was promoted in August to program coordinator for environmental education at Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills of New York. She lives in Claryville, N.Y.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Garth Gustafson is a full-time missionary with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) based in Kona, Hawaii. On March 25, he led a team to Thailand’s tsunami relief area, where they spent two months.

Gabe Miller is a certified flight instructor for Galvin Aviation based at Boeing Field in Seattle. One of his flight students is his brother-in-law, Mark Renne ’04, who also works in the customer service department at Galvin Aviation. Gabe’s wife, Julie (Renne ’01), was recently promoted to department manager for two departments at the Bellevue Square Nordstrom in Bellevue, Wash.

Kami Rumple married Robert Liliequist Aug. 1 at Gleneagle Golf and Country Club in Arlington, Wash. Danielle (Cook) Beck was matron of honor, and Erin Harlan ’02 sang in the wedding. Kami is a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Totem Falls Elementary School in the Snohomish (Wash.) School District. Robert is a machinist at GMS Metal Works in Auburn, Wash. They live in Bellevue, Wash.

Brad Powell was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa on Feb. 3, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Eric Ruthford was in attendance. Brad remains a student at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y.

Linda (Hutson) Pyle’s Bobcat Fiddling group performed at the Arizona Music Educator’s Conference in January. They were one of only two string programs in the state chosen to perform. She keeps busy directing the largest junior high orchestra program in the state of Arizona, and she and her husband, David ’98, were expecting their first child in May. They live in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Suzanne Beauchene married Ryan Heiberg Aug. 22 at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle. Her sister Renée Beauchene-Lunt ’02 was one of her bridesmaids. In attendance were Kory Onaga ’00, Jill Muhm ’01, Aimee Sloboden ’03, Marcie Durick ’03, and Justin Lunt ’03. Suzanne is a registered nurse in labor and delivery at New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Hospital. She is also studying to become a dietician. Ryan is a financial consultant.

Josh Miller married Michelle Hanson ’03 Sept. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland. Josh is a U.S. Army warrant officer, who received his aviator rating on Jan. 18, and Michelle is a substitute teacher in the Enterprise (Ala.) School District.

Sara Johnson married Regan Wirkkala at Cullaby Lake in Warrenton, Ore., on Aug. 21. Shauna Hoekert ’01 was a bridesmaid. Sara is working part-time as a co-occurrring disorders counselor in Long Beach, Wash., and full-time on her master of social work degree at Portland State University (Ore.). Regan is a public water system manager in Naselle, Wash.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Katie Guelker-Cone served in the Peace Corps for two years as a health education volunteer in a small village in Guinea, West Africa.

Kristian Wiles received a master of arts degree in sociology from the University of Delaware on Jan. 8.

Whitney Madison married Jack Skinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., on July 26, 2003. Heidi Ruud and Andrea McElroy were bridesmaids, while Ashley Orr ’00 was a reader. The reception took place in Butte at the home of Whitney’s parents. Whitney is a K-8 substitute teacher in the Brentwood (Calif.) Union School District, and Jack is a mechanical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif.

Sarah Kohn married Scott Atchison Jan. 29 at The Canal in Seattle. PLU alumni in the wedding party included Anna Edgar, Alayna (Post) Broderson, Becca (Ehli) Miller, and Megan O’Brien. Sarah works in sales and marketing for GM Nameplate in Seattle, and Scott is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

Michael Colón married Janiece Fitch ’03 Sept. 25 at Central Lutheran Church in Spokane. The wedding party included Sara (Kendall) Spartz ’03, Michael Baylous ’02, and Mark Lydell ’01. Janiece is an assistant buyer for Harry & David.

Kristina Liljengren married Alex Walker ’03 Sept. 5 at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Josh Reiman ’03 and current PLU student Bennett Walker ’05 were in the wedding party. Kristina is the marketing and patron services coordinator for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, and Alex teaches eighth-grade English at Mountain View Junior High School in the Sumner School District. They live in Tacoma.

Alayna Post married Ryan Broderson ’96 Aug. 20 at Lakewold Gardens in Tacoma. PLU alumni in the wedding party included Anna Edgar, Sarah (Kohn) Atchison, Megan O’Brien, Becca (Ehli) Miller, Janel (Broderson) McFeat ’99, Stacey (Broderson) Zuber ’97, Ian McFeat ’99, Ryan Bethel ’97, Dan Desmond ’97, and Todd Miller ’96, Serving as candle lighters/readers were Kristin Diericks ’04, Meredith Woolsey and Stacey Calahan. Alayna is an account manager for Softchoice, and Ryan is an account executive for Super Graphics, a division of GM Nameplate. They live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Eric Brady married Lindsey Wildfang ’04, on July 31, 2004, at Tacoma First Presbyterian Church. Andrea Hively ’04 was Lindsey’s maid of honor, and Annanise Wedell ’04 was a bridesmaid. Nick George served as a groomsman. They live in Pullman, Wash., where Eric is a graduate fellow at Washington State University, studying for his master’s degree in geology. Lindsey is a registered obstetrics nurse at the Pullman hospital.

Scott Nguy joined the Peace Corps in March as a health HIV/AIDS volunteer in Botswana. Last year, he taught fifth-grade special education in Boston. Photos and journal entries of Scott’s experiences in Botswana can be viewed at

Kevin Freitas married Sarah Champion ’01 Jan. 16 at Skamania Lodge outside Vancouver, Wash. They had planned the wedding for the 15th, but a local ice storm forced them to postpone the ceremony until the next day. PLU grads in attendance included Gavin Jensen ’01, Holly (Johnson) Jensen ’01, and Kristin Nilsen ’01. Kevin works as the webmaster at PLU, and Sarah is a marketing and sales coordinator at Davita, Inc., in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Casey Carlson was signed to a future contract by the Seattle Seahawks. He was a linebacker for the Lutes.

Aaron Dennis completed a 500-hour contract with the Cultural Resources Department of Virginia State and Polytechnic University as an archeological field technician based at Ft. Pickett in Blackstone, Va. He then took a volunteer position as teacher ambassador through Pearl S. Buck International, a development and humanitarian assistance organization founded by the late American Nobel Laureate author. Aaron lives in Buck’s childhood home of Zhenjiang, China, where he works at Sopo Experimental International Primary School.

Molly Marten was recently hired as a financial services representative by Summit Financial Group. Ed Grogan ’93 serves as president, and Dan Wiersma ’90 is managing partner for the company, a fee-based financial planning firm serving clients, associates and professional partners in several states and internationally, with services including investments, estate planning, business and retirement planning, asset allocation, securities brokerage and insurance review.

Benjamin and Marianne (Silveira) White were married at Peace Lutheran Church in Salem, Ore. Benjamin is a graduate student at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. He received a fellowship from MSU in the physics Ph.D. program. Marianne is chiropractic assistant.

In Memorium

Katherine (Anderson) Swenson on Jan. 7.

Marie (Wenberg) DeGroot on Dec. 26.

Marjorie (Wentworth) Hughes on Nov. 23.

Leslie McDonnell on Jan. 10.

Burton Severeid on Dec. 2.

Betty (Riggers) Keith on Dec. 27.

Donald Keith on Jan. 1.

Marilyn (Stolzenburg) Roberts on Jan. 21.

Sam Gange on Feb. 13.

Roy K. Carlson on Jan. 27.

Carole Schramel Carr on Jan. 17.

Kay (Gifford) Magnuson on Dec. 31

Don Poier on Jan. 21.

Brad Munn on Oct. 29.

Linda (Panik) BeMiller on Jan. 17.

Kelli Rasche on March 19.

Faculty and Staff

Martin Hillger died Dec. 24. He taught English at PLU from 1962-67. During World War II, he served throughout Europe and earned a bronze star.

Stewart D. Govig, professor emeritus of religion died unexpectedly, April 10. He joined PLU in 1958 and retired in 2001. In the final decade of his career and since retirement, he published three books and articles that contributed to the literature of religion and health.

Kathy Berry, director of printing, died of cancer March 16. She joined PLU in 1994. She was an accomplished supervisor and cared deeply about each of her staff as individuals.

Future Lutes

Curt Christiansen and his wife, Monique, announce the birth of their son, Sawyer, on Dec. 19. Curt continues to work for a nonprofit housing agency in Palmer, Alaska, and Monique teaches special education at Palmer Middle School.

Vianne Kay (Koch) Reay and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of identical twins Andrew Mark and Michael John on June 5. Vianne is music teacher (on leave) in the Edmonds (Wash.) School District.

Jake and Theresa (Wallace ’87) Mathew announce the birth of their twin daughters, Faith Victoria and Isabella Joy, on Oct. 8. They join sister Grace, 9, and brother Elijah, 7. Jake is a licensed psychologist, and Theresa is the Pacific Region manager for business development at Revenue Cycle Solutions. They live in Langley, Wash.

Barbara (Eisner) Benevento and her husband, Jon, announce the arrival of Kellen Joseph on March 18. He joined Everett, 3. They live in Portland, Ore.

Tami (Johnson) Hayes and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of their first child, Riley Sue, on Dec. 23. Jeff works for Fidelity Investments, and Tami cares for Riley at home.

Lorraine “Lori” (Lewis) Phillips and her husband, Brian, welcomed their first child, Cecilia Lorraine, on Feb. 5. Lorraine is an attorney at Keller Rohrback LLP and Brian is a chemical engineer with his own firm, They live in Seattle.

Laurel (Hopkins) Fisher and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of Ian David on Oct. 1. He joined sister Julia Grace, 2. They live in Buckley, Wash.

Pam (Meyer) Johnson and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of Carson David on Dec. 6. Carson joined brother Cameron, 5. Pam works in international human resources for Russell Investment Group, and Doug is a pharmaceutical rep with Novartis. They live in Tacoma. Visit their website at

Lisa (Backlund) VanDoorne and her husband, Roland, announce the birth of their son, Kaes, on Jan. 16, 2004. He joins Abigail, 4. Lisa is the owner/principal of Paradigm Publishing. They live in Anchorage.

Scott Rapp and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of Charlie Walker on Nov. 19. He joined John Henry, 2. They live in Salem, Ore., where Scott is the owner of Adventure Maps, Inc.

Julie (Cram) Platt and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of their son, Chad Kolyer, on Dec. 6 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash. He joined big brother, Charlie, 3.

Diana (Peters) Ray and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of their son, Edward, on Dec. 1. He joined brother Henry, 2. They live in Milwaukie, Ore.

Stephanie Bullard-Beares and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of their second child, Schuyler William, on Dec. 31. He joined brother Haven Michael, 21 months. Stephanie continues to take time off from teaching sixth-grade at Pine Lake Middle School in Issaquah, Wash., to raise the boys. Kevin is a program manager for Microsoft. They live in Issaquah.

Kristi (Barrons) Quadrato and her husband, Craig, proudly announce that Anna Kaitlyn became their daughter on Jan. 4 through the beautiful gift of adoption. She was born on Nov. 6, 2003, in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China. Kristi is a stay-at-home mom, while Craig is a U.S. Army engineer. They are moving back to Tacoma this summer.

Jeff Perry and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of Olivia Jane on Jan. 21. She joined Lillian, 5; Sophia, 4; Eva, 2; and Logan, 1. Jeff is a family medicine physician, who serves as the medical director of Valley-Wide Health Systems in the Arkansas Valley region of Colorado. They live in La Junta, Colo.

Jonene (Zinne) Bernhardt and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their son, Caleb Weston, on July 23, 2003. He weighed only 3 lbs. 7 oz. at birth, but is doing very well and trying to keep up with big sister Alicia Marie. They live in Portland, Ore.

Jennifer (Norman) Williamson and her husband, Charles, announce the birth of their son, Max, on Sept. 21. He joined sister Paige, 3. They live in Missoula, Mont.

Dan and Karin (Wiitala ’95) Roney announce the birth of Elliot Daniel on July 17, 2004. He joined Brendan, 3. They live in Seattle.

Aaron and Rachel (Firman ’95) Hubler announce the birth of Caleb Matthew on July 10, 2004. He joined sister, Cassandra, 3. Aaron is a middle school teacher in the Meridian (Idaho) School District. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom, who also is an educational tutor and violin instructor. They live in Boise, Idaho.

Kim Kemmerling became a foster parent to a wonderful nine-month-old girl in May. She lives in Magnolia, N.J.

Ryan and Liesl (Floor) Brown announce the birth of Larson Ryan on Dec.15. He joined Collin, 3, and Annalisa, 1. Ryan is a sales manager for Econobox, while Liesl stays home full time. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Trent and Kim (Carl ’97) Erickson announce the birth of Jack Edward on Oct. 25. He joined big sister Ellie, 2. They live in Federal Way, Wash.

Yasmin (Hussain) Caldwell and her husband, Corey, announce the birth of their first child, David Christopher, on March 3. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Robyn (Guntrip) LaChance and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of daughter Lauren on April 26, 2004. Robyn is vice president of marketing at Sound Credit Union in Tacoma. They live in Kent, Wash.

Scott and Stephanie (Page) Lester announce the birth of their daughter, Seeley Oecille, on May 11, 2004. Stephanie recently accepted a quality assurance coordinator position with the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle. Scott works at SCS Engineers, an environmental consulting firm in Bellevue, Wash. They live in Issaquah, Wash.

Brett Stevenson and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of Ellie Marie on Sept. 9. She joined Ashley, 3. They live in Everett, Wash.

Karen (Andrade) Shelver and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of son Zachary on Jan. 16. Karen is a Web content editor for Washington Mutual Bank, and Brian is a product manager for Microsoft. They live in Redmond, Wash.

Joe Hertig and his wife, Christine, announce the birth of Joseph Aiden on Oct 12. He joined sister Sarah, 6. They live in Missoula, Mont.

Jason Dahlberg and his wife, Nancy, announce the birth of their first child, Jacklyn Sofia, on July 4, 2004. They live in Seattle.

Margaret (Core) Ryan and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of Sarah Margaret on Nov. 11. She joined brother Nathan, 4. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Anna (Nelson) Holter and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of Ingrid Elizabeth on Oct. 31. She joins Kaarin Grace, 2. Anna is a stay-at-home mom, while Todd is a physician assistant at St. Croix Orthopedics in Stillwater, Minn. They live in North Hudson, Wis.

David Quiggle and his wife, Valerie, announce the birth of their first child, Tyler Joseph, on Nov. 6. David is a police officer with the City of Kirkland (Wash.). They live in Bothell, Wash.

Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson announce the birth of Megan Kristine on Aug. 10. She joined big brother Bryan Andrew, 2. Andy is the vice president of finance at Atlas Products in Nampa, Idaho. Stephanie is taking time off from teaching at Boise State University to be a full-time mom. They can be reached at or

Amy (Cram) Gillespie and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Katelynn Louise on Nov. 11. She joins Shannon Christine, 4. Amy is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Aaron and Jenny (Gotter ’99) Stewart announce the birth of Luke David on May 7, 2004. They live in Fircrest, Wash. Peggy (Anderson) Deardorff and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Ryan Samuel on March 23, 2003. They live in Banks, Ore.

Brian and Nikky (Hammond ’01) Berkenhoff announce the birth of their daughter Sophia Katherine on Jan. 3. Brian is a portfolio manager with Harbour Investment Management, and Nikky left her position as readership editor of The Herald in Everett to be a full-time mom. They live in Marysville, Wash.

Joel and Raissa (Peters ’01) Larson announce the birth of Isaac Richard on Dec. 1 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma.

Jonathan and Ahna (Lietke) Strand announce the birth of Joseph William on Dec. 13. Jonathan completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Minnesota in November, and began work in January as a technology development process engineer with Intel in Santa Clara, Calif. Ahna is enjoying her new vocation as a stay-at-home mom.

Megan (Swanson) Brown and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of son Matt on June 25, 2004. She’s a financial specialist at State Farm Insurance and lives in Keller, Texas.

Jennifer (Honigs) Hill and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of their son, Kevin Patrick, on March 15, 2004. Jennifer is a mammography technical assistant at Inland Imaging, LLC, in Spokane.

Heidi (Keller) Massie and her husband, Levi, announce the birth of their son, Hudson Levi, on Feb. 9. He joined sister Emma, 2. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Renee (Ross) Watson and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of their daughter, Keegan Hardie, on Nov. 9. They live in Auburn, Wash.

John and Shari (Dodge ’01) Schock announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Jeannette, on March 19, 2004. David is a computer engineer with Intel Corp., and Shari is a registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Justin and Janelle (Strope) Luckman announce the birth of their son, Liam, on July 21, 2004. He joined brother Kendall, 4. The couple had a very busy year following their marriage on Aug. 30, 2003, with new jobs, a new house and a new baby. Janelle is a registered nurse at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma. Justin is a youth association manager. They live in Puyallup, Wash.


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