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Class notes by Year: 1936, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952,1953, 1955,

1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,1971,

1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988,

1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Class Representative – Luella TosoJohnson


Ann Pyfer died Jan. 1. She spent most of her career working at a doctor’s office in Puyallup, Wash. A founding member of Beta Sigma Phi in Puyallup, she served as its first president, held all offices and chaired all events during her 60 years with the organization. She was an active member of the Altrusa Club of Puyallup for 47 years, and initiated the club’s “Recycling Project,” which provided funds for community scholarships. She also spearheaded the club’s highway cleanup project on the Orting Highway. In 2003, she received the Gladys Brewster Outstanding Altrusan Award, an honor traditionally given to an unsung hero. Ann was most recently a White Hat member of the Western Washington Fair Scholarship Foundation. Surviving her are her two brothers and their wives, her nieces and nephews and a large community of friends.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Calvin Watness died Jan. 19. He earned a Master of Arts degree in education from PLU in 1961 and a doctorate in education from Arizona State University in 1969. After initially teaching elementary school, he spent the rest of his professional career in adult education. He established adult learning programs at McChord Air Force Base, Fort Lewis Army Base and McNeil Island Penitentiary. In 1964, he was instrumental in establishing Clover Park Community College, which became Fort Steilacoom Community College and ultimately Pierce College. Cal retired in 1980, but continued to be extremely active in many capacities. He held leadership positions in the Washington Continuing Education Association, the Clover Park Education Association, Tacoma Phi Delta Kappa, House My People, Lakewood Tomorrow, Lakewood Community Center Association, ConeXion-Ministry to Military People and several retirement organizations. He was also administrative manager of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and belonged to the Lakewood and Puyallup Chambers of Commerce, the Native American Lutheran Ministry, the Normanna Male Chorus and Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Wash. In 2003, Cal received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from PLU. He was also among 100 alumni who were chosen to be representative of all PLU alumni in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Julie (Johnson ’52), sons Terry (Melanie), Craig (Debra) and Keith (Nicole); daughter Kristi (Craig); and six grandchildren.


Ivar Eines died Dec. 23. He met his wife of 55 years, Donna (Hanson ’52), in Norwegian class at PLC. After graduation, he served in the Navy during the Korean War and continued in the Naval Reserve for the next 22 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander in 1973. He worked in the financial field his entire career. He was with Texaco for 18 years, served as president of Tellus Financial and retired at age 65 from Safeco Credit. His pride in his Norwegian heritage was evidenced in his membership in the Sons of Norway, the Norwegian Seamen and War Veterans Association and the Norwegian Commercial Club. He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Trina Eines Norsen and son, Eric; and grandchildren, Andrew and Erika Norsen.


Esther (Bolland) Raines died Jan. 14. She married her high school sweetheart, Carl Raines, in 1953 and together they raised four children: Melanie, Carlos, Kimberly and Matthew. A woman of deep faith, she served as president of Women’s Aglow in Southern New Jersey and spent over 10 years as a volunteer jail minister at the Marion County Correctional Facility in Salem, Ore. In 1997, she received the Marion County Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year Award. She is survived by Carl, her children and six grandchildren.


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


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

William Foege was honored at the dedication of a building named for him at the University of Washington in Seattle. The building is the new home for the departments of genome sciences and bioengineering. President Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates took part in the ceremony. William was formerly a director of the Carter Center in Atlanta, as well as a director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He now is a senior fellow with the Gates Foundation, which contributed $50 million toward the building, and an affiliate professor in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. William is a member of the PLU Board of Regents (see back cover).


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Lavern Weber was named Community Legend for 2006 by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts board of directors. He was honored at a special banquet on April 1. In 2001, Lavern retired after serving 24 years as the director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.


Class Representative – Todd Penson


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Gwen (Cydrus) Daugs is a hospice nurse in Tacoma. She completed the Parish Nurse Program at PLU last year and now serves as a parish nurse at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor. Her husband, Daryl ’60, retired as a Lutheran pastor after nearly 35 years in the ministry. They recently built their retirement home in Gig Harbor.

David Bluhm retired several years ago as a vice president of Jeld-Wen Corporation in Klamath Falls, Ore. He and his wife, Judy, built their retirement home in Bend, Ore. Their son, Jeff ’87, and his wife, Lisbet (Nichols ’89), live in Portland, Ore., where Jeff practices medicine. Son Michael ’91 also lives in Portland with his wife, Elizabeth, and their family.


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Michael Healy died Nov 23. He loved horses, dogs and the outdoors, and was passionate about his position as an elementary school principal. He is survived by his wife, Fredaline, and his children, Gerald, Paul, Michael and Renee.


Kathy (Taylor) Edlund died March 23 after a long battle with cancer. She grew up next door to PLC and spent many days on the campus before becoming a student. At PLU, she was involved in several organizations, including Choir of the West. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in education and a teaching certificate from PLU and taught for 36 years in the Tacoma School District. She was greatly admired and was a role model for many. After retirement, Kathy taught part time at PLU from 2000-2004. She was active in alumni programs at PLU, serving as class representative from 1995-2002. A member of the Q Club Board of Directors since 1997, she served as its president in 2003-2004. She received the Q Club Service Award in 2005 for giving generously of her time, talents and gifts in promoting PLU. She was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland since she was five years old. Kathy is survived by her husband of 36 years, Larry, and her children, Jenna ’96 and Philip ’00.


Merlin Thoreson died Feb 15. He served in the Air Force before working in the Pierce County Office of Equal Opportunity and then for the City of Tacoma. He also golfed, worked in his garden, traveled extensively, played the stock market and cooked for his family. Thor was most proud of his family, which includes his wife of 63 years, Agnes (“Squeak”); his eight daughters and one son; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Paul Olsen has a new position as a senior consultant at Datatel, after 30 years as a college registrar. He travels the United States and Canada helping college administrators correctly install their new systems. Paul also continues to direct the church choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem, Ore., and is the president of the East Salem Rotary Club.

Linda Ernst died Feb. 3. She taught at Fawcett Elementary School in Tacoma for 24 years. She served her church and enjoyed playing the piano there and at home. Her family remembers her as a very kind and generous woman. She is survived by her husband, Robert; three sons, Mike (LuAnn), Dan (Valerie) and Steve (Ann); and eight grandchildren.


Class Representative – Michael McKean

Mike Deal is the new mayor of Puyallup, Wash. He previously served as a Puyallup councilman for 16 years.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Richard Holmes retired in 1999 as a captain in the Navy after 28 total active and reserve years. Last September, he retired as a captain from Delta Air Lines after a 35-year flying career. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Karen, and his daughter, Haley, 10. He is enjoying his retirement, golfing with Haley, gardening and cooking. Rich also shows his cars at Jaguar shows and is an active member of the San Diego Jaguar Club.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

William Dickson died Dec. 8. During WWII, he served as a Navy lieutenant in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and was present in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the peace treaty with Japan. After the war, he was with the marine design division of George G. Sharp, Inc., Naval Architects, and later with the Navy Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C., as a navigation specialist in the maritime security branch. He maintained a lifelong interest in maritime and naval history. He worked with the Douglas Fir Plywood Association in marketing and special promotions for many years before becoming a professor of business management at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., a position he held for 27 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen; his son, William (Rebecca); and six grandchildren.


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

David Christopherson won first place in his age group in all four of the locations that make up the Minnesota Skinny Ski Races, a cross-country event held in January and February. That earned him

a free trip to Iceland to compete in an international race on April 9. In January, at America’s second largest cross-country race at Mora, Minn., with 2,000 contestants in a 35-kilometer race, he again won first in his age group, as he has done many years. On Feb. 12, in Wisconsin’s Birkebeiner, America’s largest ski race with 9,000 skiers, he also placed first in his age group in the 50-kilometer race. He has twice been national champion in his age group. While at PLU, David was a member of the university’s championship ski team.

Richard Ostenson died Dec. 24. He grew up in the PLU community, where his father, Burton, taught. There he met his wife of 34 years, Lynn Geschwind, and together they attended medical school at the University of Washington. Dick was the staff oncologist and then chief of medicine at the American Lake VA Medical Center in Lakewood, Wash., until he entered private practice in oncology in Puyallup, Wash., in 1990. He was also actively involved in hospital administration and planning and cancer research. He worked for 10 years toward the building of the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup and was instrumental in its development and completion. He is remembered as a man of deep faith and wisdom. He loved boating, fishing, traveling and the company of friends. He is survived by Lynn; his children, Cari (Sara Fox) and Jason; and grandson Efrem Fox-Ostenson.


Maxine (Wallender) Kilcrease will be the new chief administrator at Heartland Area Education Agency, effective July 1. She will oversee 700 full-and part-time staff members who provide educational services and programs for 126,000 students and 12,000 educators throughout central Iowa.

Doug Robinson has been the district court judge for Whitman County, Wash., since 2001.

Stan Price was named the Snohomish County (Wash.) Artist of the Year, in recognition of his exemplary dedication to his profession and leadership in arts education. His exhibit, “Turning Point,” took place March 16 through April 20 at the Monte Cristo Hotel in Everett, Wash., and featured more than 40 of his works. An Arts Council news release described the show as “a historical journey from hot glass to cold and back to warm (fused) glass. Stan’s latest work combines nontraditional glass painting with fused glass, invoking images at a ‘turning point.’”


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

David Johnson has started a map of members of the Class of 1974 at and encourages members of the class to visit the site, put a pin in their home location, and include their photo. Contact him at to join the Class of 1974 listserv – it’s confidential and spam-free!

Ann (Balerud) Stump was a national nominee for “Excellence in Clinical Nursing” for NurseWeek magazine in October. She is a full-time registered nurse in a Presbyterian Hospital intensive care unit in Dallas. She and her husband, Brian, live in McKinney, Texas.

Larry Drotz died Dec. 18. After graduation from PLU, he received his master’s degree from Eastern Washington University. He worked for the Washington State School for the Deaf & Blind as director of personnel until he retired in 2000. He loved to travel, fish, golf and restore old cars. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nadine; his children, Dina, Anna and Emil; and his grandson Kelton.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Kari (Isaacson) Schlachtenhaufen is the new vice president of corporate affairs for Ovations, United Health Group, in Minnetonka, Minn. Kari and her husband, Harry, moved to Edina, Minn., in July 2005 after Harry retired from the parish ministry. He had served most recently at Hope Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Mich. and recently taught a class in Christian ethics at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. They live near their son Joel and his family, which includes four children, ages 2, 5, 6 and 8.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

John Hunter and Pamela S. Hanson Hunter ’77 are now living in Forks, Wash., where John is teaching science at Forks High School and Pamela is the pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Their elder child, Sarah Elizabeth, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., this year. Their son, Nathan, is a junior at Forks High School and a thespian like his father.

Nancy (Pennington) Zaneski is in her 30th year of nursing. She spent three years on active duty in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant. Prior to her current position as a certified school nurse in the Mukilteo (Wash.) School District, she worked for the Pierce County Health District and Northwest Hospital. Nancy enjoys hiking and bicycling, and has ridden in the Seattle-to-Portland bicycle event three times with her son. Her husband, Robert, is an emergency department nurse at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Their two children, Milo and Morgan, attend college. Nancy says she hopes to see her PLU nursing friends at their 30th reunion this year!

Linda (Harkness) Saarela, program coordinator and business management and marketing instructor, received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Pierce College District on Nov. 5. A reception and dinner were followed by Linda’s address, “Together Everyone Achieves More,” outlining her belief that “team” is necessary in business as well as life. She lives in Puyallup, Wash.

Lorraine Mulholland has been an institutional counselor at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, Wash., for 25 years. She lives in Steilacoom with her husband, Dan, who retired from the Internal Revenue Service. They have five children, the oldest of whom, Danny ’76, is also a PLU graduate.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Carol (Greer) Moser was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission. She had previously served on the Richland (Wash.) City Council and as chair of the Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the past six years.

Debra Bode died Feb. 11. After PLU, she attended the Tacoma General Hospital School of Medical Technology. She later worked as a licensed medical technologist for Group Health in Olympia, Wash., until she moved to Corvallis, Ore., in 2001 to work for The Corvallis Clinic. An accomplished doll maker, Debbie also enjoyed beaches, books, movies, jazz and the piano. She also loved to travel and do volunteer work. She had a deep faith, as well. She is survived by her son Marty and her daughter Katie, as well as other family members and many friends.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Phil Earley is the new assistant football coach at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

James Martin-Schramm has been promoted to full professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A member of the faculty since 1993, he is the author, co-author, and editor of three books in the field of Christian ethics. His research has been supported by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Luther Institute in Washington, D.C. During the Clinton administration, he served as a member of the Population and Consumption Taskforce of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. He recently completed a six-year term on the board of the ELCA’s Division for Church in Society, serving the last two years as board chair.

Jeanne (Scheibe) Hillman is Weyerhaeuser Company’s new vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer. She has been at Weyerhaeuser since 1984.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Don and Karen (Pitt-Hart) Gale left Alaska to live in Iowa. Karen works with the FBI and is the victim specialist for the State of Iowa. Don retired from the Air Force and is now a MD-11 pilot for FedEx. Their daughter, Emily, 21, graduated from the University of Nebraska in May. Their son, Kyle, 19, attends Western Washington University in Bellingham.


Class Representative — Dave Olson

Tony DeAlicante recently completed a 10-month tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the deputy staff judge advocate for the joint task force that is in charge of the detention and interrogation of the detainees. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 2005.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn (Plocharsky) Stelling

Elise Lindborg and her partner, Kelli Henderson, celebrated 15 years together on March 23 and are waiting for the day they can legally marry in Washington state. They launched a new Web site and a line of products dedicated to helping the ones they love fight cancer.


Class Representative — Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Carla Savalli is the senior editor for local news at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. She was formerly the newspaper’s city editor, responsible for its local daily news coverage. She now has the added responsibilities for local business and features reporters and editors.

Kathy McConnell earned a Master of Education degree in creative arts in learning at Lesley University in the spring of 2005. A first-grade teacher in the Camas (Wash.) School District, Kathy lives in Portland, Ore., and continues to show her mixed media art in local small events.

Karyn (Ingebritsen) Gomez received her doctorate in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction, from Texas A&M University–Commerce, where she is an assistant professor.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Jerry Larson has been elected to the board of directors for the Western Washington Fair Association. He’s the president of Larson Glass Co. in Puyallup, Wash.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Timothy Schoenheit is vice president of marketing at Cascade Coil Drapery in Tualatin, Ore.

Meg (McNabb) Heppner and her husband, Todd, live on the Monterey Peninsula in California, where they build homes in the Pebble Beach area.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Mary DeMuth has had three books published – “Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God” (Harvest House, 2005); “Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents” (WaterBrook, January 2006); and “Watching the Tree Limbs: A Novel” (NavPress, March 2006). The sequel to “Watching Tree Limbs,” “Wishing on Dandelions,” is slated for release in September 2006. She and her husband, Patrick, live with their three children in southern France, where they are founding a church.

Craig Peterson was named Outstanding Recent Graduate by the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He graduated from Iliff with a Master of Divinity degree in 2002 and is pastor of Mountain View Community Church in Aurora, Colo. He is also a founding member of The Interfaith Group of Aurora, chairperson of the Ecumenical Ministries Board and moderator of the Metropolitan Denver Association of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Erik Moen is a physical therapist at Kirkland Physical Therapy in Kirkland, Wash. A member of several professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), USA Cycling and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Erik is a nationally recognized expert on bicycling biomechanics, performance and injury intervention and prevention.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen


Scott Foss has accepted a position with the Bureau of Land Management in Salt Lake City after 14 years with the National Park Service. He is the regional paleontologist for Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Tammy (TenEyck) Whitlock lives with her husband, Chuck, and their five children on the farm where she grew up in Sandy, Ore. She enjoys homeschooling Cassie, 10, Cori, 9, Becca, 7, Zack, 5 and Autumn, 3. In January she coached Cassie’s and Cori’s team in the Oregon Lego League Robotics competition. Chuck is a teacher and network administrator.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Greg Jones has been promoted from vice president and commercial loan officer to senior vice president and credit administrator at Valley Bank’s main office in Puyallup, Wash.

Nelson Hamre has spent the past six years working at the International School of Basel (Switzerland) teaching grades six through 12 in English, humanities and world politics. He has served as the varsity basketball coach and assisted in track and field. He is an avid traveler, and has visited most countries in Europe and parts of Africa. His other hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, climbing and mountaineering. He’s already climbed Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mount Elbrus (Russia) and Aconcagua (Argentina) and has set his sights on scaling the Himalayas and Mount McKinley (Alaska) within the next five years. He would welcome any correspondence:

Karen Herzog married Nathan McClintock Aug. 14, 2004, in Coos Bay, Ore., at St. Monica’s Catholic Church. Karen is an assistant district attorney in the Coos County Courthouse. Nathan is also an attorney.

Cindy Busler is the director of the Huntington Learning Center in Lakewood, Wash. She lives in Roy, Wash.

Susan Swanson is a bookkeeper at Wells Medina Nursery in Medina, Wash., and the newsletter editor of the Bellevue Botanical Society. She lives in Kirkland, Wash.

Jane Lin is a coaching assistant for the Seattle Seahawks, where she has worked for eight seasons. She was with the team at Super Bowl XL, the team’s first trip to the national championship game in its 30-year history. In her job, Jane works closely with the coaches and is involved in various projects, such as materials used in playbooks and sideline game plans. When she is not consumed with football, she sings, plays tennis and takes dance classes.


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

Rusty Frisch is the new football defensive coordinator at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Jennifer (Smith) Cohen is the new associate athletics director for major gifts at the University of Washington. In her new position, she will plan, implement and evaluate the department’s major gifts programs.

Kurt Wallitner is the facilities manager at Lighthouse Christian School in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Elizabeth Cusato married Clovis Lark July 29, 2005, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are the new orchestra librarians with the Utah Symphony and Opera in Salt Lake City.

Marla Brady became the newest member of the Kitsap Credit Union board in May 2005. She is an executive at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Wash.


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

Deborah Allen is a teacher-librarian for kindergarten through eighth grade students at Pioneer School District north of Shelton, Wash. She is also a district representative to the board of the South Sound Reading Foundation.

Amber (Workman) Curnow opened her own law firm in Seattle on March 1.

Esther Chon has been accepted into the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. In the fall, she will begin work on a master’s degree in health administration. She lives in Seattle, where she is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Harborview Medical Center emergency room.


Class Representative – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer (Riches) Stegeman


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Keith Dussell was promoted to supervisor in Airport Services Technical Publications at Alaska Airlines on Jan. 1, after nearly two years with the company. With his PLU roommate, Tim Brennan, Keith also co-wrote a screenplay, “Secrets of State,” which placed in the top 10 out of over 1,200 submissions to the Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s “Access, Acclaim, Achievement” contest. The logline and synopsis have now been sent to more than 300 agents, producers and studio executives. The script was written almost completely over the phone during 100 hours of conversation and collaboration between Seattle and Connecticut. Keith lives in Kent, Wash.

Aron Johnson has left his job with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and is enrolled in the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Washington. He and his wife, Anneliese (Gorne), live in Sammamish, Wash.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Antonio Aguirre and his partner, James Ducker, had a commitment ceremony Dec. 8 in Cabo San Lucas , Mexico after five years of dating. Besides working in the real estate title industry, Antonio is building an online business in custom designed lapel pins. James is in the Air Force. They live in Tacoma with their two greyhound dogs.

Karl Lerum is Seattle Pacific University’s new head coach of men’s and women’s track and field. He was a four-time All-American from 1995-98 at PLU.


Julie Johnston married Marcus Bulow von Dennewitz July 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, Ore. All of Julie’s attendants are PLU alumni: matron of honor Jenny Johnston Sullivan ’01, Julie’s sister; bridesmaids Angela Jantz Gill ’00, Lindsay Nelson Hanculak ’02, and Lindsay Tozier ’06, Julie’s cousin. Julie is the resident director in PLU’s Tingelstad Hall.

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum has authored her first book, “This Life She’s Chosen,” a collection of short stories published by Chronicle Books in 2005. She lives in South Bend, Ind., where she teaches English at Saint Mary’s College and Indiana University.

Patrick Ryan married Lynn Rebecca Fransen ’02 June 11, 2005, in Shelby, Mont. PLU alumni in the wedding included Matthew Phillips ’00, Brandon Vrosh ’00, Benjamin Harris ’98, and Bree Osgood ’02. Numerous Choir of the West alumni also sang in the choir, directed by former PLU professor Richard Sparks. Patrick and Lynn are graduate teaching assistants at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Debra Koch was ordained into the ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on January 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fresno, Calif.

Corinne Kenney married Kevin Hartley Oct. 9 in an outdoor ceremony on her parents’ farm in Waitsburg, Wash. Nikki (Schneider) Fisher ’00 was her maid of honor. Brian ’02 and Jamie (Gabriel ’99) Farman were also there with their daughter Brynna. Cori teaches science at Centralia (Wash.) Middle School and is finishing a master’s degree in of molecular biology from Central Washington University. Kevin works as a blaster. They live in Adna, Wash.

Allison Loftis was named “Teacher of the Year” for College Park Elementary School in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Trevin Carlson married Melinda Elmore Oct.15 in Beaverton, Ore. PLU alumni involved in the wedding were Leif ’99 and Emily (Carlson ’00) Lunoe, attendants; Andrew Crouse ’00, attendant; Adam ’01 Lord-Sundstrom and Sarah ’00 Lord-Sundstrom, candle lighter; David ’72 and Flavia (Flaherty ’72) Carlson, Trevin’s parents; Julie (Carlson ’81) Knox and Carl Knox, readers; and Mike Schlitt ’98 and Janel (Greenlaw ’98) Schlitt, wedding planners. Trevin is a pilot for Clay Lacy Aviation in Seattle. Melinda is a software sales consultant at Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash.

David Warren was named Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Prior to his return to central Florida, he spent several years working or volunteering with youth in Mexico and Alaska. He and his wife, Nichole, live with their three children in Orlando, where David teaches seventh grade algebra at Lakeview Middle School.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Julie Slaughter married Jesse Mackey on April 24, 2004, in Tacoma. She is a social worker with the Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Children and Family Services in Tacoma. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Walla Walla College in 2001.

Carina Lawrence married Nicholas Schoen April 9, 2005, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. She is a student at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute and Nicholas is a registered nurse.

Laura (Ritchie) Gifford finished her doctorate in American history at the University of California, Los Angeles, in January. She and her husband, Geoff ’01, bought a house in Newberg, Ore., in the spring of 2005 and are enjoying life back in the Pacific Northwest. Geoff is a financial accountant for G.E. Security in Tualatin, Ore.

Camille (Mesmer) Vancil is the executive assistant to Rabi Eder at Congregation Kol Ami, the only Reform temple in West Hollywood, Calif. Her husband, Matt ’01, is a graduate student at the American Film Institute.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Keith Pranghofer competed with seven of his MBA classmates in the Wake Forest Marketing Summit in Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 9-11. The summit is a 36-hour marathon where the most brilliant MBA and undergraduate minds work to solve one huge question concerning current, cutting-edge challenges facing a global, industry-leading sponsor.

Scott Maynard married Kellene Leone on Dec. 10 at the Hilton in Vancouver, Wash. The wedding party included

M. Casey Maynard ’03. Alumni attendees included Katie (Pfister ’03) Maynard, Chuck Woodard III ’01, Steve Yahns ’01, Jonathan Carlson ’01, Jake Allen, Tyler Shillito ’01, Desirae (Marvitz) Burkley ’01, Joe Burkley ’04 and Chris Pitzer ’03. Scott is a systems administrator for Christensen Shipyards, Ltd., and Kellene is a retail sales order lead and traffic coordinator for Nautilus, Inc., in Vancouver. They own a house in Ridgefield, Wash.

Debra Millhollin was promoted to financial assistant with the City of Camas (Wash.) on Jan. 1.

Louise Winden and Steinar Nygaard ’00 were married Sept. 3 at Surahammar church in Sweden. PLU alumni in the wedding party included Edvind Nygaard ’92, Karolina Regius ’93, Hans Christian Bjorne ’99, Karl Philip Lund ’99, Even Ueland ’99, Per Hemmingsson ’01, Mattias Lantz ’01, Daniel Deogun ’00, Claes Eriksson ’01, Veronica Nordqvist, Susanne Nordqvist, Hege Kim Kjoniksen and former student Veronica Eriksson. Louise and Steinar live in Oslo, Norway, where Louise is an accountant and Steinar is a project manager.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Dionne Tarter is representing Olympia

in the Mrs. Washington Pageant in Moses Lake, Wash. in June. As a volunteer at the South Sound Reading Foundation, she chose literacy as her platform for the local pageant. Dionne is the assistant controller for The Olympian newspaper.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Justine Colombo married Mark Hammond Aug. 29, 2004. Lutes in the wedding included Joe Michels ’02, Kirstin Vorhes ’02 and Siri Flesher ’03. Justine is working on her master’s degree in social work at Eastern Washington University’s Everett campus and is a case manager for Snohomish County Human Services. Mark received his Master of Arts degree in policy studies from the University of Washington in June 2005 and is a measurement and evaluations specialist at the UW School of Medicine. They live in Everett with their fantastic dog, Ewok.

Amanda Kaler works in Brazil with La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a traveling theater and environmental learning center devoted to sustainable living and circus arts. La Caravana has signed a 12-month contract with Brazil’s Ministry of Culture to provide workshops and performances for Brazil’s underserved populations in rural and urban areas. Amanda joined La Caravana in March.

Reid Wiggins works at Eastside Commercial Bank in Bellevue Wash., as a senior credit analyst.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Erin VanStone is a family communication specialist at Elk Mountain Academy in Clark Fork, Idaho.

Arnel Blancas is the new executive director of the Grays Harbor (Wash.) College Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money and administers scholarships directed to Grays Harbor County. He is also the resource development director for GHC.

Svea Erickson is attending the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore.

Patrick Bell is serving as West Vice Chairman of the Washington College Republican Federation. He also works in Seattle at Discovery Institute, a think tank that is the leading proponent of intelligent design in the United States, as assistant to its president.


Class Representative – Jenna Steffenson


In Memorium

Eric Hauke on Jan. 28

Ann Pyfer on Jan. 1

Cal Watness on Jan. 19

Ivar Eines on Dec. 23

Esther (Bolland) Raines on Jan. 14

Nyer Urness on April 7

Gordon Coates on Nov. 14

Mike Healy on Nov. 23

Merlin Thoreson on Feb. 15

Linda Ernst on Feb. 3

William Dickson on Dec. 8

Richard Ostenson on Dec. 24

Larry Drotz on Dec. 18

Debra (Horst) Bode on Feb. 25

Staff and Faculty

Mary Helen Thompson died on Feb. 24. She graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a degree in piano and organ in 1940. She married the Rev. Erling Thompson in 1943 and moved to Parkland in 1954 when Erling received the call to Trinity Lutheran Church. Mary served as Trinity’s organist and also taught organ at PLU in the 1970s. She is survived by her daughter, Turi (Thompson ’74) Hoversten, son-in-law Mark, and grandchildren Knut and Liv.

Gloria Levens died Feb. 2. She served PLU as head cashier in the business office since 2000. Her warmth and positive spirit reflected her love of working at the university, especially with the students. Her colleagues remember her as one of the most likeable people you would ever meet. She is survived by her husband, David and father, Robert Gibson.

Ernest Kiesow died Feb. 2. He worked for PLU’s Physical Plant in the 1960s and ’70s. He was a floor-covering specialist for Pacific Floor Covering, as well as for PLU, retiring in 1977. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, Ernie served on the church council and Property Management Committee, taught Sunday school for 20 years and managed Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, camping, reading and baseball. His wife of 62 years, Hazel, preceded him in death. Surviving him are his three children, Stephen, Suzanne (Tom) Wicklin and Lowell, who is the chief engineer for KPLU on campus; and his granddaughter, Megan Wicklin.

Dorothy Olson died Feb. 13. She served as a Harstad housemother from 1967 to ’71. She is the mother of Jon Olson ’62, former PLU admissions director and former PLU regent.

Fran Budde died March 9. Joining PLU in 1992, she held a number of positions in the library. Her most recent position was that of acquisitions and cataloging specialist. She retired in August 2005 after 13 years of dedicated service to her department and the university. Fran exhibited an amazing wealth of interests in everything from extensive travel throughout the world, to yachting on Puget Sound, to professional-level tennis through the United States Tennis Association. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Ronald, and her daughter, Marie, and son-in-law, Sean McDade.

President Emeritus William O. Rieke died April 22. Please see ‘Here & Now’.


Future Lutes


Joe Tobiason and his wife, Parthenia, announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Faith, on Oct. 25. Brother Evan, 3, loves his baby sister. Joe is a research manager at Micro Encoder, Inc., in Kirkland, Wash. Parthenia is a stay-at-home mom.

Kathy (Ebel) Perlot and her husband, Mike, announce the arrival of Shay Kristine. Shay was born on July 8, 2004, in HengFeng, China, and adopted on Nov. 8, 2005. She joins big brothers Justin, Taylor and Chris.


Mark Miller and his wife, Chelle (Michelle), announce the birth of Karsten Leonard on Nov. 4. He joins Bryce, 12, and Marissa, 10. Mark is an IT director at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Wash., after leaving the technology-consulting firm, Interlink, which purchased his former firm, Equarius.


Amy (Lindlief) Marko and her husband, Gary, welcomed Megan Inez on April 14, 2005. She joins twin sisters Madison and Morgan, 5. Amy is a stay-at-home mother in Kent, Wash.

Beth Vorderstrasse and her husband, Eric Phillips ’87, welcomed Katrina Corrine Phillips on Sept. 20, 2004. She joins Annika Margaret Phillips, 4. Beth is a research assistant professor in pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University. Eric is a chemist for an environmental testing company in Moscow, Idaho. They live in Pullman, Wash.

Michael and Kristin (Baldwin) Maland ’93 announce the birth of Ian Michael on Nov. 3. He joins his sister Lauren, 7.


Marsh Cochran and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed Sean Sutherland on May 11, 2004.

Jan (Hokenstad) Stemple and her husband, Ed, welcomed Matthew Josiah on May 5, 2005. He joins brother Luke, 4. Jan and Ed write that the boys could become fourth-generation Lutes! They live in Redmond, Wash.

Pierre and JoAnn (Warren ’89) Kirby welcomed Lily Olivia on July 20, 2005. She joins Jack Patrick, 9, and Max Denton, 5. Pierre is a new elementary school vice principal in the Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District, splitting his time between Needham Elementary and Borchardt Elementary. He earned his administrator’s credential and a Master of Education degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., in 2005. JoAnn works part time as a copy editor at The Record, a Stockton newspaper, and serves on the board of Tiger Aquatics, a year-round youth competitive swim team at UOP.

Loren and Jennie (Acker ’91) Camp announce the birth of Josie Jean on Oct. 10. She joins Miles Payton, 5, Piper Elise, 3, and Mattie Jo, 2. Loren is a financial adviser at Goodwin Financial Services in Fort Collins, Colo. They live in Platteville, Colo.


Wendy (Kirkpatrick) Doman and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Laci McKenna on Sept. 7. She joins big sister Bailee, 7, and big brother, Riley, 4. Wendy is a stay-at-home mother and an independent representative for Sensaria Natural Bodycare products, based in Shelton, Wash.


Jennifer Hallman and her husband, Derek Luhn, welcomed their second child, Ella Michelle Hallman Luhn, on March 7, 2005. She joins big sister Sarah, 4. Jennifer cares for the girls at home and keeps very busy with all their activities. Derek is the director of testing for Microsoft’s Media Center operating system.

Stephen Kilbreath and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of Benjamin Scott on Jan. 21 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. Benjamin’s grandmother is Janice (Haavik ’65) Kilbreath.

Trina (Durham) Peters and her husband, Perry, announce the birth of Ryan Andrew on April 21, 2005. He joins Kelson, 3. Trina is a stay-at-home mom and Perry is a sales representative at Nu-Ray Metals in Auburn, Wash.


Kristin (Koss) Flandreau and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of their daughter Sydney on Oct. 11. She joins Megan, 3. Kristin is a group manager at Microsoft. They live in Bellevue, Wash.

Heidi (Worthen) Gamble and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of Madeleine Annette on Nov. 18. She joins Hannah, 4. Heidi and Jason are Presbyterian ministers serving in Los Angeles.

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young and Jeffrey Young announce the birth of Keiya Hoeckelberg-Young on October 3. She joins brother Braden, 3.


Greg and Janet (Huss ’95) Nelson announce the birth of their son, Andrew Michael, on Jan. 6. Greg is a financial planner with Shelgren Financial Group and Janet is a special education teacher in the Clover Park School District. They live in University Place, Wash.

Anjanette (Knapp) Steer and her husband, Zack, welcomed their son, Clayton Elias, on March 14, 2005. He joins Glenn, 3. They own the Sheep Mountain Lodge in Palmer, Alaska.

Leona (Nugen) Wood and her husband, Brad, welcomed twins Cole and Macy on March 3, 2005. Leona is an executive producer at KTVK-3TV in Phoenix, Ariz.

Kevin Olson and Monique Pecchia ’92 announce the birth of twins, Alessandra Lee and Andrew James Olson on Aug. 24. Kevin is a teacher and coach at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash. Monique is a manager at Russell Investment Group in Tacoma. They live in Edgewood, Wash.


Shawna (Rowe) Haas and her husband, Mike, welcomed Aidan Alan on June 23, 2005. They live on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where Shawna is a music teacher with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Cari (Tvedten) Williams and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Alexander James on March 30. He joins sister Kelsey, 4. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Laura Kolosseus Schultz and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of Camille Beth on Dec. 2. She joins sister Sierra, 2. Laura is a donor relations manager at the Franciscan Foundation and Jason is the director of youth ministries at Edmonds United Methodist Church. They live in Lynnwood, Wash.


Destry and Janet (Broyles) Johnson announce the birth of Julie Rae on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. Destry is an engineer at Boeing and Janet is a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash.

Stacey (Broderson) Zuber and her husband, Brian, welcomed their first child, Jordan Jonathon, on March 25, 2005. Stacey is a stay-at-home mom and Brian is the chief operating officer for the Silver Cloud Inns and Hotels. They live in Kirkland, Wash.

Amy (Rowley) Roth and her husband, Jason, welcomed Gavin Robert on Oct. 15, 2004. Amy is a stay-at-home mom and Jason is a cardiology fellow in the Army. They live in San Antonio, Texas.

Jeremie and Beth (Salzman) Lipton announce the birth of Elyse Marie on Sept. 20. She joins Ian Patrick, 2. They live in Wichita, Kan., where Jeremie is with the Air Force’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Beth is a veterinarian and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington.

Karen (Rod) Hanseth and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Craig Scott on Dec. 21. Karen is a first grade teacher in the Stanwood (Wash.) School District. They live in Mount Vernon, Wash.


Brian and Shannon (Reed ’95) Boldt announce the birth of son Keegan on June 12, 2005. He joins Cassia, 3. They are living in Kansas City, Mo. while Brian attends medical school. He has finished two years and will start his clinical rotations in August after taking the board examination. Shannon is keeping very busy at home with the children.

Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn and her husband, Rob, welcomed their daughter Cameron Elizabeth on May 20, 2005. She joins brother Grayson Thomas, 2. Cameron’s godparents are Katherine (Graff ’00) and Nate ’00 Wolfe. Bethany continues to work in the finance department for the city of Shoreline, Wash., where her department director, Debbie Tarry ’84, is also a PLU alumna.

Nathe and Alicia (Manley) Lawver announce the birth of their third child, Annora Rose Mary, on April 14, 2005. She joins Abigail, 5, and Nathaniel “Eddie” Jr., 3. Nathe is a project manager in Tacoma, while Alicia is a part-time editor at The News Tribune and does other freelance work. They live in North Tacoma.


Sam and Hilary (Petersen ’00) Lester announce the birth of daughter Serena on Nov. 28.

Lesley (Hampton) Roddick and her husband, Eddy, announce the birth of their first child, Betsy Rose, on Dec. 6. Previously an international account manager for brokerage firm Anderson Chamberlin Inc., Lesley is caring for Betsy at home. Eddy works in the e-commerce division at Costco Corporate in Issaquah, Wash. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Aaron and Erika (Perkins) Swenson announce the birth of Aidan Carter on March 9 in Dover, Del., where Aaron is stationed with the Air Force.


Sarah (Korst) Couder and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son Landon Quinn on Aug. 17. He joins sister Kaylee Shaye, 4. They live in Port Orchard, Wash.


Erik and Tauni (Sperb) Samuelson announce the birth of Emma Grace on Aug. 13. Erik completed his Master of Divinity degree in May 2005 and is now completing a Master of Arts degree in theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. Tauni works as a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Calif. They live in Berkeley.

Krista (Marshall) Dearey announces the birth of daughter Ellianna on Sept. 26. She joins Josiah, 3, and Issac, 1. They live in Dover, Fla.

Chris ’97 and Kristin (Faubion ’01) Coovert announce the birth of their first child, Rylan Alan on Sept. 10. They live in Fircrest, Wash.

Camilla (Fjeldstad) Miller and her husband, Daryl, announce the birth of Audrey Kristin on Oct. 11. She joins Adriana, 2. Camilla is a Pampered Chef consultant. They live in Tumwater, Wash.


Diana (Swanson) Baker and her husband, Jack, announce the birth of Christopher Jackson on Oct. 25. They live in Milton, Wash.

Shane and Dayna (Hesse) Hall announce the birth of their daughter Danelle Janae on Oct. 5. Shane is a software engineer at XKL in Redmond, Wash. After more than two years working as a research technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dayna is now a stay-at-home mother. They live in Kirkland, Wash.


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