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Class notes by Year: 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953,

1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974,

1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986,1987, 1988, 1989,

1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,

2005, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Howard and Eugenia (Spencer) Kvinsland celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 12 with a reception at the Silverdale Lutheran Church and a family dinner hosted by their family. They were married June 15, 1940, in Longview, Wash. Until his retirement in 1974, Howard was an administrator in the Central Kitsap School District, where Eugenia was a primary school teacher until her retirement in 1972. Their children are Jon Kvinsland and Nancy (Kvinsland ’66) Roesch. They also have six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Ole Hansen died Aug. 17. He was ordained by the Open Bible Standard Church in 1954. His first pastoral call was to the Country Chapel in the Midland, Wash., area, and he later became the pioneer pastor of Bethany Open Bible Church in Tacoma. He retired in 1995. Ole is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons Gary and Gordy; daughter Jeanne Glazebrook; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ruth (Simonson) Hendrickson died March 13. At 19, she began her teaching career in Parkland. She and her husband raised their family in University Place, where she taught fourth grade for 16 years. She enjoyed golf, travel, nature, gardening, the Olympic Mountains, gourmet cooking, the arts, reading and her family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jim; daughters Karen Burns, Carol Gibson, Rebecca Hammond and Janis ’78; and six grandchildren.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider

Geraldine (Olson) Stenberg died July 8. She married Roger Stenberg ‘49 shortly after graduating from PLC. From 1958 to 1974, she taught kindergarten and third grade on Vashon Island and in Olympia, Wash. She enjoyed singing, gardening, fishing and baking and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia for 40 years. Geraldine is survived by her daughters, Ingrid Fortunato, Linda Stenberg and Kristen Carr; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Luther Watness died Aug. 15. Before coming to PLC, he joined the Navy to become an airman, mechanic and gunner. After graduation, he attended the Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., earning a master of divinity degree. Luther went on to serve parishes for 33 years in Deer Park, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Okinawa, Japan; and Mountain Home, Idaho. He retired from the Army chaplaincy having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Isabel (Harstad ’46); his seven children, Eric ’70 , Kathleen ’71, Rolf, David, Philip, Elizabeth and Andrea ’86; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


E. Larrainne (Larry) Cummings Mann died July 1 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., after a long illness. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth, Sue and Vickie; her sister, Marion (Cummings ’53) Liming and her husband John Liming ’52; nieces Anne Kristine Felbath ’76 and Carolyn Beth Adams ’81, and Marion’s and John’s grandchildren, current PLU students Carolyn and Nolan Adams.

James Kerns died July 19. He served in the U.S. Army, primarily in Japan, where he married his first wife, the late Chiyo Kerns, with whom he had three children, Janet, Harold and Michel. Jim taught school and coached for 14 years in Pierce County and King County. He received his master’s degree from Western Washington University in 1968. In 1972, he started a 20-year career with the State of Washington as a caseworker for the Department of Social and Health Services. In 1977, he married his wife of 28 years, Patricia. Jim was active in the YMCA Indian Guides, Cub Scouts, coaching school sports and youth and adult recreation teams. He was active in Bethlehem Lutheran and was a volunteer on the Pierce County Long Term Care Ombudsman program.


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


John Osburn was identified as one of the best lawyers in Portland. Ore., in The Portland Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” He was named co-winner in the category of government law.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Peter Luvaas died Aug. 12. After graduating from PLC, he served two years in the U.S. Army. He spent his career in the insurance industry, working for Liberty Mutual and retiring from Sayer and Toso/Mission Insurance. He lived in Los Angeles for the last 22 years. His favorite hobby was golf, but he also enjoyed tennis, bowling, crossword puzzles, and brainteasers. He is survived by his sons, Peter Jr., Mark and Matthew; daughters, Cynthia Sellers and Lisa Turner; and five grandchildren.


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

Norita (Miller) Liebelt married Dugald Stewart May 14 at Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Wash. Attending the wedding were her children, Stephen Liebelt ’82 and Cynthia (Liebelt ’84) Naka. Norita is the widow of Paul Liebelt, former PLU math and computer science professor. Dugald is a retired petroleum distributor.

Raymond Magnuson died July 14. He served in the Army and was a credit manager, most recently for ORIX Leasing. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Biery) ’56, daughters, Karen Magnuson and Diane Gollehon, sons Brian and Dave, and four grandchildren.


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell

James Sandholm died Aug. 6. He was with the Tacoma Fire Department for more than 30 years. He was a pilot, a Little League coach and an avid hunter and fisherman. Jim founded the South East Athletic Association, presided over the annual Valhalla Fishing Derby, formed and managed several investment groups, and was active in the Democratic Party. He is survived by four of his sons, Ken, Steve, Dave and Mike, and four grandchildren.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representative – Michael McKean


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Kristine Young died July 25. She earned her master of arts degree in administration and curriculum from Gonzaga University. She retired from the Bethel School District after 30 years as an elementary school teacher. She enjoyed dancing, music, quilting, friends and her true gift of painting. Kristin was a devoted member of Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallup, where she served on the church council. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her mother, Marcia Anderson; fiancé Stephen Parent; daughter, Lynette Young; and grandson, Bryce.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Roger Hansen was appointed district deputy to the grand master of Masons in Alaska and is the Alaska representative to Masons in Washington. He retired in June from the Municipality of Anchorage Engineering Department after almost 31 years.


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

Thomas Gumprecht had an essay published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer July 25 entitled “A Surgeon’s View of the American Ethic.” Tom is a surgeon in otolaryngology.

David Halstead was promoted from director of human resources to assistant superintendent of the Centennial School District in Portland, Ore. He was also elected president of the Oregon School Personnel Association. He is in his fifth year in the Centennial district after 30 years in Washington schools.

Paul Armin Reitz died July 23. He received a doctorate in music from the University of Washington and served as music director and organist for Ballard First Lutheran and St. Joseph’s and St. Alphonsus parishes in Seattle. He taught at the St. Alphonsus School, County Day and Kenney High School prior to being disabled in 2000. While at St. Alphonsus, he oversaw the design and installation of the Fritz-Richard organ.


Johanna (Schwich) Marquardt was hired as the new program coordinator for the Audubon Society’s Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth, Wash. From 1985 to 2002, Jody taught biology in Emporia, Kan., where she was named her school district’s Master Teacher and Kansas State Softball Coach of the Year in 2001. She was the Kansas recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2002. She and her husband, the Rev. Clarence (Mick), live in East Wenatchee, Wash.


Michael Willis left Kennedy High School after 14 years as associate dean. He is now the director of college counseling at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. His son Kellen graduated from PLU in December 2004. Daughter Katie is a senior at the University of Arizona and son Jaren is a freshman at Green River Community College in Washington.

Linda (Stone) Mettler retired this year after more than 30 years of teaching kindergarten through third grade in Eatonville, Glenoma and Randle, Wash.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Michele (Raymond) Popka died April 29 at her home in Silver Spring, Md., of cancer. After graduation from PLU in both journalism and drama, she went to work for Vista Voluteers as a legal aide representing the poor in the San Francisco Bay area. She met and married her husband, Bruce, in Las Vegas, where she was the editor of the business section of the Las Vegas Sun. Her interest in the legal aspects of recycling led her to start her own publishing business, Raymond Communications, which reports on both national and international recycling laws. Michele’s business is currently headquartered in College Park, Md. Surviving her are Bruce; her son Ray, 16; and her brother Gary Raymond ’69. Bruce continues to run Michele’s business as well as maintain his full-time job as marketing manager for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in Alexandria, Va.

Bruce Bessler died May 15. He earned his master’s degree in guidance counseling and taught for five years at Concrete and Omak (Wash.) High Schools. He started working for Safeway in high school and worked his way up, managing stores in Alaska and Chelan, Wash. In 1981, Bruce married Cheryl (Jones) Adams. He was active in Northshore Bible Church, was a member of the Lions and founder of Family Fest. His hobbies included gardening, golfing and fishing. Surviving him are Cheryl; his daughter Andrea (Scott) Lackie; three grandchildren; parents, Grace and Derwood Bessler; brother Kevin ’78; twin brother Brian ’74 and his wife Billie (Vernon ’78); and his sister, Renee Keogh.


Class Representative – Ed Voie

Art Thiel, recently named Seattle’s favorite columnist in an Evening Magazine poll, is heard every Friday on KPLU. He talks sports with KPLU news reporter Steve Krueger.

Tracy Totten is the new president of Totten Tubes, a steel tubing and pipe distributor, which has made the Top 100 list of warehouses in the United States. It is one of the largest privately held steel companies in Southern California.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Robert Moluf is a data architect for Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of medical devices. He is developing the global data model for the company’s customer relationship management initiative.

Carol (Peterson) Boyer was one of 39 teachers who received the 2004 Disney Teacher Award for creativity in teaching. She traveled to Anaheim, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., to receive the award and participate in extended professional development.

Ray Heacox is the new president and general manager of three Seattle-area television stations: KING-TV, the NBC affiliate; KONG-TV, an independent; and NorthWest Cable News. Ray has served as the president and general manager of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and executive vice president of sales for all of NBC’s owned and operated stations.

Lianne Halvorson died from complications of diabetes Sept. 26. She graduated with a degree in elementary education and taught for many years in Montana. She was known for her energy, creativity and love of children. Lianne’s faith in God eased her burden during her illness. She is survived by her mother, Alice, and siblings Glen ’70, Lynette ’71, Holly (Seifert ) ’73, Gina and Kirby, who attended PLU .


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Stephen Chestnut, superintendent of the Moses Lake (Wash.) School District, has been elected president of the Washington Association of School Administrators for 2005-2006.

Susan (Wark) Amondson spent five days in Katmandu, Nepal, after a nearly two-week hike deep through the Himalayas and a stay at the Mount Everest base camp, 18,200 feet above sea level. She plans a return trip in the spring of 2006. Susan is registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Capital Medical Center in Olympia and lives with her family in Centralia, Wash.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Teddy Breeze was the women’s lightweight winner and the overall women’s champion at the 2005 Empire Classic Bodybuilding Championships, winning the coveted Excalibur Sword. She started training and competing at age 47. She lives in Spokane.

David Campbell died in his beloved Mae Hong Song, Thailand, on July 15 from complications brought on by cancer and the effects of chemotherapy.


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Kurt Maass graduated in June with a master of arts in whole systems design from the Organization Systems Renewal Program at Antioch University – Seattle. His focus was on leadership and organizational culture. After a 20-year career with McCaw Cellular/AT&T wireless, he now serves as vice president of finance and business development for start-up Telecom Transport Management in Seattle. He also serves as president of the board of trustees of The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Wash.


Class Representatives – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Clark McLean attended the seventh World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan, hearing a number of fine choral ensembles. He is a systems analyst at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.


Kathy Torvik received her master’s degree in art therapy from Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore., in 2003. Last summer she was in Arequipa, Peru, for five weeks for an educational cross-cultural art therapy practicum and Spanish immersion. She is currently seeking work in her field.

Paul Collard received the Thomas Cross Service Award from the Washington Officials Association for the 2005-2006 school year. This award is the most recognized honor an official in any sport receives and recognizes individuals who exemplify the ultimate service to the association. Paul lives in Kirkland and has refereed high school football for 18 years, including three state championship games and college football for the past five years. His daughter, Erika, is a student at Portland State University and his son, Dan, is a junior at Mt. Si High School.


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Jan Wolcott retired as director of the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department, after 21 years of managing parks and trails and athletic programs “too numerous to count.”


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Brian Laubach is the co-principal at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. He has been a teacher or assistant principal at Lakes since 1993.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling

Jean (Ladderud) Coy and her family returned from a year in Carlisle, Penn., where Jean’s husband Rob studied at the Army War College. While there, Rob was promoted to colonel. They enjoyed sightseeing and life on an army post for a year. They are now back to civilian life in Renton, Wash.

Roberta Holt married Stephen Madeyski in October 2004. She received her master of science in nursing degree in May 2003 and is a registered nurse in the newborn intensive care unit at University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Steven Dardis was in the first class of 19 people who earned degrees as clinical doctors of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States. He received his degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Ross Warner has been appointed to the board of directors of General Steel Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality hot-rolled sheets primarily for use in tractors, agricultural vehicles and other specialty vehicles. Ross has 13 years in management, training and consulting experience both in China and the United States.

Nancy (Shryock) Holt is director of client services at Moeller Design & Development. She was recently recognized for 15 years of service.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Rachel (Daack) Bork moved to Florida and bought a home. She assists at her children’s school, loves the sunny life of Florida and would love to hear from any old classmates.

Helen (Marshall) Stemborski is a

children’s case manager at Stillwater Therapeutic Services in Kalispell, Mont.

Gary Gillis married Allison Ahearn July 9 in the Abbey Chapel at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass. Gary is an assistant professor of biology at Mount Holyoke, and Allison is the associate editor of Hartford Magazine and of Legends Magazine, publications of Marketing Resource Consultants.


Class Representative – Darcy (Patee) Andrews

Neil Kelleher received the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Fifty-eight researchers were honored in a ceremony presided over by John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Neil has established a first-class research program in proteomics, the study of the full set of proteins encoded by an organism’s DNA.

Leigh Ann Evanson is director of Chemonic International. She continues to work in international health, focusing on HIV/AIDS. Her recent promotion is to head a unit that provides U.S. based support for a health project in Madagascar.

Monica Reisch recently relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where she works at Harcourt Assessment as a senior financial analyst supporting their operations group.

Janae Hodge earned her master’s in education from Western Washington University in August. In September, she began her 14th year teaching Spanish. She lives in Bellingham, Wash., where she teaches at Sehome High School.


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

Karen Koll married Matthew Williams April 2 in Seattle. Daniel Erlander ’62 was the officiant, and other participants in the wedding included Bill and Gloria (Reinertson) Koll ’63, Rob Koll ’96, Melissa (Davis ’98) Koll, Kathy (Koll ’71) Bangsund, Chris Koll ’76, and Anna McLeod ’05. Karen and Matthew live in London, England, where Karen earned a master’s degree in English literature from King’s College London.

Larry Erickson is the academic quality improvement coordinator at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. In this newly created position, he provides leadership for and coordination of the university’s Academic Quality Improvement Program and provides support in implementing and managing the AQIP activities.

Scot Sageser is managing director at Investors Capital Corporation in Poulsbo, Wash. He became a chartered financial engineer in November 2004.

Stefan Damstrom is a product manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.

Sam Cook was the assistant upper school principal at Brent International School Manila in the Philippines during the past year. In August, he moved into his first principal position at Brent International School in Pasig City, Manila. The school has 180 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school’s Web site is

Bonnie Block married Frank Howarth III March 27, 2004, in Portland, Ore. Alumni in attendance were Heidi Schilling, Jodi (Lewison) Swigart, Sean Wallace and Dan Lewis. Bonnie works as a hospital pharmacist, and Frank is an architect.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Jennifer (Dyer) Dietrich is a fellow in the division of pediatric and adolescent gynecology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Ky. Her husband, Craig, is a medical researcher.

David Benson and his wife, Jenny, moved back to Mount Vernon, Wash., from Okinawa, Japan. David is a family physician at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, Wash. Jenny is a family physician at North Cascades Family Medicine in Mount Vernon.

Stacia Gaston is the owner of back2back design studio, a full-service graphic studio located in Gig Harbor, Wash. Through a new partnership with Trinity Media, the company has added Web design and video production to its portfolio of creative services. Contact Stacia at or go to

Tofa McCormick works for Pratt & Whitney’s Bellevue operations, Pulsedyne, a United Technologies company. He is responsible for the marketing and communications efforts that correspond with the development of new products based on pulse detonation technology. Tofa earned his MBA in marketing along with two graduate certificates. Tofa previously worked for Safeworks, an international manufacturer of suspended scaffolding.


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

Eric Stewart graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May with a Ph.D in theology. His wife, Rikka (Petersen), was promoted to director of operations for her company, The Healy Group, Inc., in January.

Marit and Doug Nierman and their daughter, Gwyneth, have moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where Marit is a middle school literacy coach and Doug is an enologist for a local winery.

Mark Briggs graduated in June from the University of Cincinnati with a doctor of pharmacy degree. He is a pharmacist with Walgreens in the Cincinnati area.


Class Representative – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer Riches

Christian “Cisco” Walker and his wife, Hannah, moved to Cyprus in August to teach at the American International School for two years. Concurrently, Cisco is pursuing a master of education degree online to teach physics. Watch their journey at

Kevin Marousek is clerking for the Orange County (Calif.) District Attorney.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Trish Olson was named athletic director for the North Kitsap School District and North Kitsap High School. She is the first woman the district has hired for that position at the high school and district level.

Lynn Kennedy is the new women’s basketball coach at Southern Oregon University. He came from New Mexico Highlands University, where he transformed a NCAA Division II program into a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division champion, while also serving as an instructor in the exercise and sport sciences department.

Sarah Heldele married Edwin Bactad May 14 at the Women’s University Club in Seattle. Lutes in attendance included Celia Kohler, Lewissa Swanson ’98, and Sarah Roemer ’98. Sarah is an account manager in employer benefits at Parker Smith and Feek. Edwin is an electrical engineer at Sparling in Seattle. They live in Kirkland, Wash.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Sarah Graham has been appointed to a tenure track position as assistant professor in Monmouth College’s music department. She will also serve as the college’s director of choral activities.

Sarah Straks graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., with a master of divinity degree and a master of science degree in marriage and family therapy. She lives in Bluffton, Ohio.

Rachel Peitsch received a master’s degree in international business law from the University of Sydney, Australia, in November 2004. A 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and a member of the Washington State Bar Association, she is now a contracts advisor for an engineering firm in Sydney.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Charles Christensen died July 12 in a bicycling crash at an organized weekly race at Portland (Ore.) International Roadway, a professional car racetrack. He died doing what he deeply loved. He was a laboratory analyst for the city of Portland. Charley is survived by his wife, Candice (Ulam ’00) and his baby daughter Anna; sister Margaret Griffith; his parents, Dana and Judith Christensen; and his grandparents, Arthur and Louise Christensen and Jim and Jenny Wells.

Peter Collins is the new athletic director at Rogers High School in Puyallup after coaching boys and girls’ soccer at the school for six years. He also continues as a teacher in the math department.

Troy Ehlke received a master of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was the recipient of The Robert Goodlin Prize in May.

Angela O’Brien is a special events manager with Audiences Unlimited in Universal City, Calif.

Tyler Kechely and his wife, Danielle, moved to Helena, Mont., where he has taken over marketing and public relations for all Valley Bank branches in the area.

Karin Berglund graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in May 2004. She is doing her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Matt Iseri received his MBA from Seattle University on June 12. He is a process manager at Washington Mutual in Seattle.

Andrew Finstuen has been working on his Ph.D. in American history at Boston College. Recently, he won a dissertation fellowship for his project, “Hearts of Darkness: American Protestants and the Doctrine of Original Sin, 1945-1965” through the Louisville Institute. He was also the featured speaker at Boston College’s Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, an organization run by Alan Wolfe, the notable sociologist of religion. At the talk, Science and Theology News interviewed Andrew and subsequently published online “Original Sin” Helps Americans to Cope With Crisis.”


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Sarah (Rorem) Hammersborg is in the master’s of divinity program at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Betsy Ruud married Garrett Miller ’01 Aug. 7, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash. Amy Friedrich, Shayna (Cusack) Hamilton, Jake Fournier, Nate Swanson, Jorguen Senon ’02, Ryan Pelphrey ’02, Brian Ruud ’90, Caryn (Cammock) Ruud ’90 and Kendra (Ruud) Miller ’87 were in the wedding party. Many more Lutes were in attendance. Garrett is a P.E. teacher and head basketball coach at Lakes High School in Lakewood, and Betsy is a math teacher and basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

Marjie Sackett is the director of special events at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Ore. She is responsible for the most significant annual school fund-raisers. Her previous experience includes development duties at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Tim Lax graduated from the Oregon Health and Sciences University Medical School in June. He is a pediatric resident at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami.

Therese (Affholter) Nation is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Cory Christian married Heather Marie Gardner July 16 in Darby, Mont. Lutes attending the wedding included Patrick Miller ’02, Matthew Price ’01, Karl Satrum ’01 and Cahti Unseth. Cory was also promoted to the position of station manager for Alaska Airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in September. The couple is looking forward to moving to the Dallas area and purchasing their first home.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Heather (Speigle) Hutchinson married Keith Hutchinson on May 29. The wedding party included Melissa Regan, Marian Burkhalter and Emily Ellis. They live in Bellevue, Wash., where Heather works as a marketing manager for The Annuity Source, Inc., and Keith is a massage therapist at a chiropractic office.

Brad Powell was ordained to the holy priesthood May 21. On the same day, he received a master of divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He is assigned to St. Michael’s Orthodox Christian Church in Pueblo, Colo.

Kim Johnson married Travis Rothlisberger June 11 in Manson, Wash. Included in the wedding party were Leslie (Johnson ’04) Jaynes, Katie Sears, Tricia Degan, Michelle (Axley) Johnson and Chad Johnson.

Eric Ruthford earned a master of science degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the administration director and vice president of Raphael House, a homeless shelter that provides transitional housing for families in San Francisco.

Sarah (McDougall) Smeller is a teacher in Puyallup, where she lives with her husband Matt, who is a music educator in Lakewood, Wash.

Matt Vancil was accepted into the American Film Institute’s graduate program in screenwriting. He moved to Los Angeles in July with his wife, Camille (Mesmer ’00), who works through a temp agency.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Kristin Shay Paulson died July 10 in a fall while hiking in the Franklin Mountains near El Paso, Texas, with her husband Brian Paulson. Kristin joined the Army after participating in the ROTC program at PLU and graduating magna cum laude.

Jeremy Rolf married Kristen Luddy ’03 May 1, 2004, at Puyallup Foursquare Church. Marc Heany served as best man, and Ruth Swanson was maid of honor. Other Lutes in the wedding party were Scott Shipp, Brant Watrous, Christie (Novak) Heany ’04, Colin Dunn ’04 and PLU student Jill Rolf ’06. Jeremy is a senior retail consultant for FedEx Kinkos in Puyallup. Kristen is working on her master of education degree at the University of Washington – Tacoma.

Marina Czekaj married Kjetil Storaker ’03

in Bamble, Telemark, Norway, on July 3, 2004. Kjetil’s father, the Rev. Kjell Storaker, officiated. They honeymooned in Central Europe and held a reception in Tacoma for stateside family and friends on July 24, 2004. Marina is a product manager at the regional office of Allstate Insurance Company in Bothell, Wash., where they bought their first home, and KJ works at Microsoft.

Jennie Bow married Forrest Griek ’00 Aug. 14, 2004, at the Beecher House in Peshastin, Wash. Alumni in the wedding party included Heidi Ruud, Stacy Marshall, Ryan Reed, Aaron Kaipainen ’99, Lance Thompson ’99, Mike Houston ’00, Aaron Miller ’00, Michelle (Hanson) Miller ’03 and Joseph Griek ’05. Jennie is the general manager at From the Bayou Restaurant in Parkland. Forrest is a history teacher at Todd Beamer High School.

Janice Kueffler married Nate Wiggins ’01 April 9 at Sumner United Methodist Church. The wedding party included Justin Lunt, Rob White, Lisa Rehberger ’00, Doug Moore ’01, Jordan Mooring ’01, Erik Mortensen ’01, Patrick O’Neill ’01, Andy Sears ’01, Jamie (Winchell) Mooring ’03, Lori (Hahn) George ’04, and Heidi Lyman ’04. Janice is a business development associate at Northwest Kinetics, a pharmaceutical research company in Tacoma, and Nate is a branch manager for Enterprise in Auburn, Wash. They are building a house in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Stephanie Charbonneau runs Capella Choirs Camp, an after-school choral program for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program provides extensive vocal and theory instruction. In addition to main-stage concerts each year, Capella hosts an annual Fort Worden Children’s Choir Festival for a weekend each spring.

Joe Michels completed his first professional opera performance playing the part of Brighella in the Richard Strauss opera, “Ariadne auf Naxos.” The opera was performed at the Union Avenue Opera Theatre in St. Louis, Mo.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Andrew Morgan died June 22, in New York City, after a cycling accident. He was well rounded, with a PLU degree in business administration and a minor in jazz studies. While he was a student, he was a radio DJ at KPLU. At the time of his death, he was a manager at Blue Ribbon Market in New York. He traveled to most of the continental United States, western and eastern Europe, Central Asia, Mexico and South America. He once cycled from Seattle to Austin, Texas, making many friends along the way. Andy was an accomplished musician, cook, athlete, artist and a lover of literature. He is survived by his parents, Clayton and Cynthia Morgan; his sister, Lillian, and his brother, Elliot.

Paul Marquardt married Amber Mazeika Aug. 6 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Paul is a graduate student in entomology at Purdue, where Amber is finishing her bachelor’s degree in English.

Marc Kostic and Adele Anderson were married at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore. Adele’s cousin, the late Nicole Cunningham ’00, was an honorary bridesmaid. Ryan “Gus” Tootell ’04 was a groomsman and Kelly (Shott ) Mullin served as a candle lighter and scripture reader. Alumni in attendance included Tim and Molly (Baugh) Rothlisberger Molly Banks, Sean Kennedy, Kristyn Smithers, Jessica Locken, Gillian Hanson, and Rindi (Couts) Hartman. PLU physical education professor Deborah Tannehill was also there. Marc works for Banana Republic and Adele is a teacher in the Tahoma School District. They live in Maple Valley, Wash.

Ryan Greco married Kristin Hovekotter ’02 June 1 at the San Fabiano Estate in Monteroni d’Arbia in the Tuscan foothills of Italy. They live in North Bend/Coos Bay, Ore., where Ryan is a forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry and Kristin is a monitoring specialist with the Coos Watershed Association.

Anna-Lena Thomas married David Romanowski March 18 in Stockholm, Sweden. Her roommate, Janne Undheim, and classmate Siri Rokke were in attendance. Anna-Lena is a communications specialist with WorldDoc, Inc., and David is an IT manager. They live in Las Vegas.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Bridget Roth married Joshua Baeth Aug. 13 at Cedar Springs Pavilion in Port Orchard, Wash. She is a writer and designer with Tacoma Community College and Joshua works at Icon Materials, site development contractors.

Elaine Lee received a tuition scholarship to attend Yale University. The scholarship covers full tuition plus an annual living stipend of $26,000. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in molecular cell biology.

Lindsey Olson married Justin Roth June 26 in Napili Bay on Maui, Hawaii. Lutes in attendance included Lindsey’s parents, Dave ’78 and Dawn (Civretta ’77) Olson, grandparent Russel Olson ’82, and friends Promise Warren ’04, and Lindsey Yates ’05. Lindsey is a graduate student in biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Justin is a student at California State University, East Bay. They live in Alameda, Calif.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Lyndsey Miller married John Yates June 25 in Colville, Wash. PLU students and alumni in attendance included Jessica Erickson, bridesmaid, Brandi Paul, Britanee Judd, Sara Stewart, Jeanine Dryver, Laura (Schroeder) Hendricks ’04, and Ryan Hendricks ’03.

Scott Stauffer married Sara Stores at Peace Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore. They live in Portland, where Scott is a disability benefits processor at Standard Insurance Company.

Mary Jo Marquardt is a graduate student in paleoanthropology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She was all-American in softball last spring at PLU.

Andrea Wells received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Jackie Nuechterlein married Adam Epperson ’02 July 23 in Spokane, Wash. Lutes in the wedding party included Rob White '02, Jared Moody '05, Kelsey Briggs '05, Katie Dickman '05, Amy Zimmerman '05 and current students Nolan Soete and Aaron Fulmer. Jackie is a student at the Gene Juarez Academy, and Adam is a manager at Wells Fargo Financial in Olympia. They live in Tacoma.

In Memorium

Ruth (Simonson) Hendrickson on March 13.

Ole Hansen on Aug. 17.

Geraldine (Olson) Stenberg on July 8.

Luther Watness on Aug. 15

E. Larraine (Larry) Cummings Mann on July 1.

James Kerns on July 19.

Peter Luvaas on Aug. 12.

Raymond Magnuson on July 14.

James Sandholm on Aug. 6.

William Blythe on May 5.

Kristine Marie Young on July 25.

Michele (Raymond) Popka on April 29.

Bruce Bessler on May 15.

Lianne Halvorson on Sept. 26.

Charles Christensen on July 12.

Kristin Shay Paulson on July 10.

Andrew Morgan on June 22.

Future Lutes

Kathleen (Burk) North and her husband, Rick, announce the arrival of Kelly Lian. Kelly was born in Changsha, Hunan, China, on Sept. 6, 2003, and adopted on Nov. 7, 2004. She and big brother Erik, 8, provide mutual amusement. Kathleen and Rick are owners of Good News Christian Bookstores in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, Wash.

Doug Schlepp and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of Mya Lynne on Feb. 24. She joined sister Geneva Lynne, 5. Doug is a civil engineer working for RH2 Engineering Inc. Susan is a full-time mother and works part-time in the vintage jewelry business. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Karstin (Weik) Kliewer and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of their son, Marek Lee, on June 7. He joins Kayna, 4, and Maximus, 2. Karstin is a stay-at-home mom and a substitute teacher. Matt works at Boeing. They live in Federal Way, Wash.

Tim and Vivian (Hill) Wallace announce the birth of daughter Erin on June 13. They live in San Bruno, Calif.

John and Angie (Miller ’01) Skibiel announce the birth of Caden Andreas on June 22. He joins Madison, 9, Danielle, 7, and Olivia, 4.

Lori (Hilliker) Coulson and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of triplets, son Brady Michael, and daughters Lindsay Grace and Courtney Faith. They join big brother Aidan Charles, 3.

Jonelle (Tenneson) Radford and her husband, Dan, welcomed their first child, Jacob Daniel, on Sept. 25, 2004. She is a stay-at-home mom, and Dan is a Web developer at Safeco Insurance. They live in Seattle.

Jill (Felgenhauer) Williamson and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of Hannah Jo on March 12. She joins Mason, 2. Jill is a speech-language pathologist in the Richland (Wash.) School District, and Dave is a nuclear chemical operator for Fluor Hanford. They live in Pasco, Wash.

Lori Messenger and her husband, Scott Jones, welcomed daughter Freya Messenger Jones, on Nov. 12, 2003. Lori is a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service. They live in Missoula, Mont.

Rebecca (Latner) Talbott and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of Ryan William on May 25. Rebecca is a social worker with Auamere Health Services. They live in Spanaway, Wash.

Jody (Buck) Peterson and her husband, Jeff, welcomed daughter Lucy Marie on July 14, 2003. She joined big sister Emma, 4. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Kristina Peterson and Ian ’93 McAllister announce the birth of their first child, Anders Summer, on May 24. They live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Jeff Douglass and his wife, Kristen, announce the birth of their twins, Elijah George Arthur and Emma Elizabeth, on April 26. They join their sister, Allison Marie, 3. Jeff is a physician at the University of New Mexico. They live in Albuquerque.

Daniel and Monica (Keller ’86) Voltz announce the birth of daughter Svea on Aug. 23. Daniel owns and manages a Conoco gas station and convenience store in Chewelah, Wash., and Monica manages the West Coast office of Snow Tours, where she organizes ski vacations to Europe for groups and individuals.

John and Candace (Haberlin) Wright announce the birth of Benjamin Daniel on August 23. He joins Jessica, 2. John is an engineer with Hewlett Packard, and they live in Vancouver, Wash.

Stella (Pilostomos) Baily and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Benjamin Elijah, on April 27, 2004. He joined Joseph Michael, 2. Stella is a real estate consultant with Keller Williams Realty in Everett, Wash. They live in Lake Stevens, Wash.

Jennifer (Graham) Hampton and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of Devin William on Aug. 5. He joins Ethan, 4, and Madeleine, 2. They live in Atlanta.

Amy (Jollif) Murphy and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Abby Grace on April 5. She joins Emily Rachel, 2. They live in the Puyallup, where Amy is a fourth-grade teacher.

Ken Lanyon and his wife, Mitchaleen, announce the birth of Cadence Nicole on May 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keith and Karen (Faust) Thygerson announce the birth of daughter Lyla Raine on March 28. Keith is a manager at Adobe Systems, Inc., in Seattle, and Karen is a freelance graphic designer/photographer and a fitness instructor at the YMCA.

Sylvia (Wesche) Beer and her husband, Cliff, announce the birth of Summer Anne on Feb. 26. Sylvia is a part-time clinical liaison for Benckiser Pharmaceuticals and a stay-home-mom. They live in Seattle.

Kami (Moeller) Hayes and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of Ainsley Grace on Sept. 23, 2004. She joined big sister Melaina RaeAnn, 3. Kami is a literacy specialist for the Longview (Wash,) School District, and Eric is a firefighter for the City of Longview.

Tamara (Bushek) Sohl and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of their first child, son Jaden Michael, on Aug. 15. Tamara is a software engineer at Techrizon, and Mike is part owner of Sohl Paint & Decorating. They live near Lawton, Okla.

Curtis and Rachelle (Snowdon) Mulder announce the birth of twin sons, Bradley Robert and Benjamin Philip, on March 17. They join Jordan, 3. They live in Spokane, where Curtis is a family therapist.

Sara (Halvorson) and Zach ’98 Montgomery announce the birth of Olivia Ann on Sept. 1. She joins sister Ava, 2. Sara is a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital, and Zach is an account executive for Federal Express. They live in Orting, Wash.

Josh and Lisa (Treadwell) Lawrence announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Kaylee, on May 12. They live in Royal City, Wash.

Travis and Lisa (Balwin ‘98) Hale announce the birth of daughter Macy on May 30. Travis is a development manager with OPUS Northwest. They live in Sumner, Wash.

Kevin Mackey and his wife, Lisa announce the birth of Lindsey Dawn, on Aug. 2. She joins Erin, 4, and Kirsten, 1. Kevin is senior program manager for Microsoft-Windows Media Division in Redmond, Wash. The live in Kirkland, Wash.

Wendy (Wesemann) Rygh and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Adam Todd on March 15. He joins Megan, 5. They live in Keizer, Ore.

Jason and Jill (Stearns) Sommerset announce the birth of their son, Colby Todd, on June 29. Jason is a program manager at Infospace, and Jill is an ultrasound technologist, who is currently enjoying staying home with Colby.

Allyson (Weld) Tedrow and her husband, Arik, announce the birth of Isabella Mae on Mother’s Day, May 8. Allyson graduated from the University of Idaho, earning honors with a master’s degree in educational administration in May 2004. She is a teacher in the Lakeland School District, and Arik is a sales engineer. They live in Rathdrum, Idaho.

Dave and Linda (Hutson ’01) Pyle announce the birth of daughter Abby on April, 29. After Dave graduated from Phoenix Seminary in May, they moved to Olympia, Wash., where Linda is starting her second career as a stay-at-home mom.

Heidi (Splittgerber) Zuniga welcomed a son, Andrew, July 9. She is working on her Ph.D. in educational technology at the University of Northern Colorado and lives in Fort Collins, Colo.

Lindee (Glandon) and Mark ’97 Bly announce the birth of Wyatt George on Aug. 15. He joins Nolan Patrick, 2.

Heather (Magoon) Thibeau and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their daughter, Delaney Kathryn, on March 23. Heather is a registered nurse in recovery and Matthew is a senior project manager for a major mechanical contractor. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Kaleinani (Kowalski) Detjen and her husband, Daniel, announce the birth of their son, Porter Kaniela, on June 1. Kaleinani is a tennis pro at Harbor Square Athletic Club, and Daniel is a sourcing manager with Washington Mutual. They live in Edmonds, Wash.

Jon and Emily (Credelle ’01) Williams announce the birth of their son, Evan Reed, on May 31. Jon is a product manager at Microsoft, and Emily is a senior associate in investment operations at Quellos Group. They live in Lynnwood, Wash., and their website is

Kristal (Sutton) Graham and her husband, Shawn, announce the birth of son Carter Dean on Aug. 8. Kristal is a school nurse at Harrah Elementary School on the Yakama Indian Reservation and a part-time labor and delivery nurse. Shawn is a route salesman for Pepsi-Cola in Yakima, Wash.

Aubrey (Black) Schulz and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their first child, Sebastien Mark, on Feb. 18. They live in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Aubrey is an Army officer.

Renee (Ross) Watson and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of their son, Keegan Hardie, on Nov. 9, 2004. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Emily Murer and Michael Newman ’04 announce the birth of son Gabriel James Newman on May 19. Emily is a graduate student in music therapy, and Michael is a graduate student in special education, both at Radford University. They live in Christiansburg, Va.


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