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Class notes by Year: 1936, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953,1954, 1955,

1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,1971,

1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988,

1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,

2004, 2005, 2006, Future Lutes

Class Representative positions available: 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1964, 1967, 1973, 1978, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1999


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson

Robert Snyder died July 16. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for 40 years in banking, teaching evening banking courses and serving in several leadership positions, including senior vice president at Citizens State Bank and assistant vice president and branch manager at Rainier Bank. Bob was a member of First Baptist Church in Puyallup, Wash., for 86 years and an active political volunteer. Surviving him is his wife of almost 60 years, Helen (Church ’43); children Barbara del Bosque (Jess), Bob Snyder (Julie) and Scott Snyder (Kristen); and seven grandchildren.


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer

Florence (Hopp) Seifert died June 8. She taught music in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Wash. She was also an organist and choir director at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma and at Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor, where she served as Sunday school superintendent. As a board member, Florence was very active in Women’s Aglow in Gig Harbor. Later, she and her husband, Donald, joined Peninsula Christian Fellowship, where they took an interest in building the mission’s ministry. Preceding her in death were Donald and her brothers, John Hopp ’32 and Herbert Hopp ’35. Florence is survived by her three children, Marie, David and Elizabeth Bartlow, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Lester Storaasli died Aug. 6. While at PLC, he met Carol (Elefson ’47), and they were married in 1947, following his return from two years of naval duty in the South Pacific during World War II. He spent his career as an elementary school principal in Tacoma’s Franklin Pierce School District. For two of those years, he served as the director of the International School in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa. He retired in 1983. Les was preceded in death by his son, Mark; his brothers S.O. ’38 and Dale ’57 Storaasli; and his parents, William ’10 and Alma (Sinland ’09) Storaasli. Surviving him are Carol, his daughter, Paula ’80 Bacon (Randy), daughter-in-law Julie Storaasli and six grandchildren.

Doane Blair and his wife, Alice (Andersen ’51), have been married for 58 years. Their granddaughter, Kendall Blair ’05, graduated from PLU last year. They live in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Elizabeth (Reiman) Morrison died Aug. 8. She taught at Maple Leaf Elementary School in Seattle for six years. She was a musician and peace advocate and loved gardens, birds and adventures. Betty is remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her natural ability to connect with people. Her husband, Archie, preceded her in death. Surviving her are her children, Anne, Tom (Susan Bennett) and Mary (Jed Jedrzelewski), two grandsons and companion Peter Howard.


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Robert Baird died July 6. He earned a master’s degree from Purdue University in 1957 and retired in February 2006 from Nielsen Media Research. He served 37 years in the military as a commander in the naval aviation division. He was a member of the Chemical Engineering Society, the U.S. Naval Association and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Englewood, Fla. Surviving him are his wife of 54 years, Dolores; sons Robb Clayton and Andrew; daughters Marcia Shuur and Andrea Powner; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


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


Bob Ross died July 3. While at PLU, he played basketball for Marv Harshman and baseball for Marv Tommervik. He served two years in the Army, stationed in France as a chaplain’s assistant. While there, he played and coached basketball for the Army, earning the All France award. Bob taught, coached and counseled in the Franklin Pierce School District for 30 years. He took Washington high school varsity basketball teams to district championships 12 times, placing third and fifth in the state two of these years. His Washington Patriots were league champions six times. He was inducted into the Washington state Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article about Bob entitled, “Christian Belief Motivates P-I Coach of the Week.” The Times named him one of the Top Ten Coaches of the state in 1979. Retiring in 1986, Bob coached at Green River Community College for five years, receiving the Coach of the Year Award in 1990. In 1995, PLU awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus in Athletics Award. He was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, serving in several leadership roles. He is survived by his wife Suzie (Van Slageren ’56); daughters Kim Lawson ’82 (David ’81) and Kerry Hampson ’82 (Ben); and three grandchildren.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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

Robert Fleming died on May 7. While at PLC, he was head of the drama club. He went on to teach English at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Wash., for 36 years. He loved his students, with whom he was very popular. Bob appreciated music and had a great love of German shorthair dogs. He is remembered for his gentle and expressive wit. Surviving him are his daughters Laurel, Merrill, Colleen Overaa and Katey Hansen, and two grandsons.

David and Elisabeth (Omli ’57) Wold celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 3.


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

Carolyn (Hoogner) Hillis retired from the Federal Way (Wash.) School District after 38 years in the classroom.


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Ron Ho has a major retrospective of his jewelry art on exhibit at the Bellevue Art Museum through Feb.18. It is titled “Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room: The Jewelry of Ron Ho” and features 52 of his necklaces. Ron was honored by PLU as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.


Class Representative – Todd Penson

Roberta (Brodhun) Mattson died on July 22. She is survived by her husband, Lauren ’59, and children Lori, Steven, Alex and David.

Richard and Anita (Hillesland) Londgren, former Mooring Mast staffers, contributed stories to the international magazine The Vasa Star. Richard, a former Mooring Mast editor, wrote a two-page article about the Scandinavian Cultural Center at California Lutheran University, where he serves as director. Contributing to the same issue of the Vasa Star was Barbara Isaacson Olson ’60, who was a Mast reporter. Before her move to Minnesota, she was a leader in the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Len and Bette (MacDonald) Ericksen completed their sixth summer as directors of A Christian Ministry in Glacier National Park in Montana. This ministry is part of A Christian Ministry in National Parks, an interdenominational program that works with 25 seminary and college students from all over the country. These student ministers conduct 21 worship services every Sunday in the campgrounds and hotels throughout Glacier Park. One of this year’s summer ministers was Nicholas Weber ’06, who is a first year student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Len and Bette divide their retirement time between their homes in Kalispell, Mont. and Ferndale, Wash., and their RV in California, where they spend time with their three sons and daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren.


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person

Tonette Erickson is a retired flight attendant. Her husband, Gary Snyder, is a retired school administrator, teacher and coach. They have three sons and live on Mercer Island, Wash.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Marsha (Jensen) Iverson died Aug. 4. After PLU, she earned a degree in special education at Central Washington University at the age of 40 and a master’s degree in education at 42. For 20 years, she worked in Washington’s Peninsula School District in elementary schools in Purdy, Harbor Heights, Artondale and Vaughn. She was a seasoned traveler and an artist in all that she did. Marsha is remembered as a compassionate Christian, a resolute defender of the weak and the glue of her family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger ’59, her children George, Joanne and Roger Jr. ’83 and his wife Cynthia (Banken ’86), and seven grandchildren.

JoAnn (Corey) Varness died July 5. She taught physical education at Redmond (Wash.) Junior High before beginning a 30-year career with her extended family at Pacific Construction Systems. She retired in 2004. JoAnn loved spending time with her family, reading, attending Mariners games, playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Oswald (“Al”), daughter Michele Petter (Erik), son Eric (Julie), and four grandchildren.


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias

David Smith died on Dec. 24, 2005. After graduation, David and his wife, Mary Rogers, served as Peace Corps volunteers in Nigeria. After returning from Africa, they settled in Fairfield, Conn., where David directed a government anti-poverty program. He then worked for Save the Children, specializing in projects for Native Americans. From Fairfield, David, Mary and their two daughters, Anne and Sarah, moved to Botswana in southern Africa, where David directed a program that enabled African university graduates to earn master’s degrees in preparation for post-apartheid civil and nongovernmental service. Returning to the United States, David worked for several nongovernmental organizations under contract with U.S. Agency for International Development. His last service was administering democracy projects in Pakistan and Central Asia. In 1993, he received PLU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of an eminent career in humanitarian service. David is remembered by friends and co-workers for his warmth, kindness, listening skills and laughter. He loved to tell humorous stories about his years at PLU. David spent his life working for a world of peace, justice and dignity for every human.

Richard Christensen died July 25. He served in the Korean War before returning to graduate from PLU. He went on to earn his master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University and was a respected teacher, counselor and assistant principal who worked with high-risk students. Dick loved to travel, was known for his offbeat sense of humor, his love of the card game “31,” his unique homemade pajamas and his eagerness to share stories of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sue (’59), his children Johnna, Kathleen and John, and six grandchildren.


Class Representative – Merlyn and Joan Overland


Dennis Howard is on sabbatical from his position as an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage this academic year. He is taking information systems security and assurance courses at Portland State University to enhance his personal development and to finalize work on UA-A’s master’s degree program in information systems security.


Class Representative – David Wytko

Linda (Stolee) Howard retired from school nursing in June. She completed a parish nursing prep course in April and assisted in writing a parish nursing grant for Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska, in May.


Class Representative – Frank Johnson

Denny Miles is the new director of development at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., and associate executive director of the college’s foundation. He is responsible for college fundraising programs, as well as assisting in foundation management.


Class Representative – Michael McKean


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner


Class Representative – William Allen


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad, Jr.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen

George Riemer is the new deputy city attorney in Surprise, Ariz. Before moving to Surprise, he worked for 25 years for the Oregon State Bar, most recently as deputy director and general counsel.

Paula (Seibert) Manley retired as a probation and parole officer in 2000. Three days later, she and her husband, John, discovered God had other plans. Three-month old Jewell, their great-niece, joined them and their son, Adam, on their farm in Canby, Ore. They visit Tacoma often to see their three grandchildren, and their daughter Alicia ’98 and son-in-law Nathe Lawver ’98. Son Paul lives in Portland. Paula teaches substance abuse and domestic violence intervention classes. With Jewell now in the first grade, Paula will have more time to write articles and compose music.

Susan (Swanson) Matison died July 7. She worked for a many years as a medical social worker at Tacoma Lutheran Home. She was married to John Hansen until his death in 1970 and was married to Carl Matison from 1972 until his death in 1998. She is survived by stepsons Steven ’87 (Lucindy), Phillip (Kimberle), Thomas (Karen), Paul (Teri) and Robert, and several grandchildren.


Class Representative – David Johnson

Winnie (McLean) McComas died April 24. She taught in Lake Stevens, Orondo and Entiat, Wash. After retirement, she was a substitute teacher in Bremerton and Port Orchard, Wash. She was a member of Eastmont Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee, Wash., and The Entiat Federated Church and the Friends Church in Entiat. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Boyce (“Mac”), three children, Don, Margi Garland (Jody) and Doug (Heidi), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Melanie (Likins) Throckmorton died July 7. She worked at Swedish Hospital in Seattle as a critical care nurse before deciding to stay at home to raise her family. She loved to travel and took many trips with her family to the Washington coast, Leavenworth, Wash., and Arizona, where her parents live. She was very thankful and proud of her time making a home with her husband, Steve, and her daughters, Alia and Ami, all of whom survive her. Her first daughter, Alaina, preceded her in death.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Art Thiel was named Best Sports Columnist in the “Best Of” poll in the Seattle Weekly. Art is a sports columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is also a sports commentator on KPLU-FM with Steve Krueger every Friday at 5:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. This commentary is available by podcast at and has been very popular, with over 1,000 listeners downloading them each month. Art was honored by PLU as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.

David Potter died June 1. He served as a paramedic and firefighter for the Puyallup (Wash.) Fire Department for 17 years, most recently as battalion chief. He was a recognized leader in advancing emergency medical services in Puyallup and throughout the state of Washington. He is missed by his daughter, Tiffany, son Nicholas, and their mother, Rebecca; and his daughter, Amanda, son Jesse, and their mother, Deborah.


Class Representative – Gary Powell


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Scott Barnum is the new chief executive officer at Pyramid Breweries, Inc., after serving for seven years on the company’s board of directors. He served most recently as president and chief operating officer for Pete’s Brewing Co.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Gregory Hahn is the new president and chief operating officer of Synthetec, Inc., a fine chemicals company specializing in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and chiral technologies. Its products are used in drugs for the treatment of AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular and other diseases. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.


Ray Francis completed his doctorate in higher education administration at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in August. He is also a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, who served 23 years on active duty. Ray lives in Virginia and can be reached at


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Judy Scott-Rich was named 2006 Pierce County Nurse of the Year. A registered nurse, she began her 32-year career at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., and now works in the intensive care unit.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Charlene (Hanson) Mitchell died Aug. 19 after a seven-year battle with brain cancer. Prior to becoming a mother, she was an elementary school teacher. She especially loved listening to music, playing the piano and attending her children’s many musical performances and sporting events. Throughout her life, Charlene was deeply spiritual and had great love for the Lord. Her special calling was in helping young mothers, which led her to organize a local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers at Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church in Lynnwood, Wash. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Jeff; her children Lindsey, Matthew and Lauren; her parents David and Merilee Hanson; and sisters Cindy Evans ’80 (Mike ’80), Wendy Crownover and Julie Dickson (John).

Tami (Fiebelkorn) Woolsey received her master of education degree in 2001. She and her husband, Mark, live in Wenatchee, Wash., where they are both elementary school teachers. Their son, Paul, is a junior at PLU and their daughter, Rachel, is a freshman in high school.


Class Representative – David Olson

Stephen Klein died July 20. He taught in several Alaskan schools over the course of 20 years until he retired in 2005. He then worked with the Naknek Electric Association until his death. Steve was a devoted husband and father, who was especially proud of his children’s many athletic accomplishments. He shared a love of the outdoors with his family and often fished, hunted and hiked with them. His commitment to his family extended to the youth in of his community and he expressed real concern for his students long after they left his classroom. He frequently urged them to reach higher educationally to find a more secure future. Steve is survived by his wife of 20 years, Shelley; his sons Seth, Peter and Zachary; his daughter Stevie; and his parents, Richard and Joanne (Bjork ’63) Klein.

Donn Maier is the executive director and high school principal at Portland Lutheran School in Portland, Ore. His wife is Karin (Post ’86). Their oldest daughter, Monica, is a sophomore at PLU.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Brian Laubach is the new principal at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. He began at Lakes as a chemistry and journalism teacher. He served as vice-principal and then co-principal for the 2005-06 school year. In 1995, he received his master’s degree in education from PLU. He and his wife, Melissa Mittelstaedt Laubach, live in Fircrest, Wash., with their three daughters, ages 3, 8 and 11.


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

Krestin Bahr is the new principal at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma.

Bonnie Koenig has recently moved to the Seattle area. After successfully practicing acupuncture for six years in Vancouver, Wash., she has opened an acupuncture practice in North Bend, Wash. She lives in Sammamish.

Rob Stone has returned to the Pacific Northwest as vice president and treasurer at Schnitzer Steel Industries in Portland, Ore. He previously spent 20 years with The Boeing Company in Seattle before moving to Phoenix for four and a half years to serve as chief financial officer for Mesa Air Group. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Vancouver, Wash. His daughter, Tara, recently graduated from Western Washington University and his son, Tyler, just completed his freshman year at the University of Washington.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Deanna (Borg) Benningfield died on July 16 after battling many illnesses with courage and humor. She worked in recruitment and staffing for various companies before starting her family. She gave selflessly of her time to numerous charities, especially her local PTA and her church. Deanna is remembered for her gentleness, creativity, sense of humor and unconditional love. Her greatest joy was being a mom to daughters, Haley, 11, and Rebecca, 7, and she found a soul mate in her husband, Thomas. They all survive her.

Jon Tigges retired from the United States Air Force on September 12 during a ceremony held in his honor at the Pentagon. He and his wife, Christine (Urda), live with their six children in Hamilton, Virginia.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Julie Nelson continues to be busy, outside of her paying job, with field hockey. Recently elected vice president technical for Field Hockey Ontario, she is now involved locally, provincially and nationally. Julie took five weeks off last summer to travel. She plans to return to PLU for homecoming 2007.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Kristina Pfeil has been the director of human resources at the Washington Athletic Club since October 2004. Prior to that, she enjoyed a year off from teaching skiing to kids with disabilities at the Beaver Creek Resort near Vail, Colo. She still enjoys living in the Queen Anne area of Seattle and spending lots of time with her nephews and niece.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Mary (Walker) DeMuth is a writer who has penned a lifestyle column for Star Community Newspapers in Dallas and contributed to several periodicals. Her books include “Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God” (Harvest House, 2005), “Sister Freaks” (Time Warner, 2005, one of four contributing authors), “Building the Christian Family You Never Had” (WaterBrook, 2006), “Watching the Tree Limbs” and “Wishing on Dandelions” (NavPress, 2006). She and her husband, Patrick, live with their three children in the South of France, where they are planting a church with two other families.

Sandra Krause is now teaching sixth grade in the Snohomish (Wash.) School District, after 15 years of teaching in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma. She bought a condominium in the Highlands area of South Snohomish.

Keith and Marjorie (Britton ’90) Sippola took a family trip to Sonkajarvi, Finland, to visit relatives in August.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Jeremy Soltroff was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and was honorably retired after 22 years of combined military service with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force.

Krista (Aronson) Bates serves as principal at Edgemont Junior High School in the Puyallup (Wash.) school district. Her husband, Jay ’89, is a high school teacher and is in his third year of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at PLU. He will graduate in August 2007. They live in Puyallup with their two children, Connor, 9, and Emma, 6.

Stephen Wangen is the author of the recently published book, “The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution.” He also is the founder and Chief Medical Officer of the IBS Treatment Center, located at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. It is the first clinic in the nation to specialize in treating IBS, a condition that affects over 50 million Americans. The center serves patients from across the country. More information is available at

Robert Vogelsang is vice president and correspondent banking-relationship manager with Sterling Savings Bank in Portland, Ore. After over 14 years in the banking industry, he is delighted to now have other financial institutions as his clients. He and his wife, Teresa, live in Beaverton, Ore., with their two daughters.


Jeremy Desel received a first place Lone Star Award from the Houston Press Club as Television Journalist of the Year. Houston station KHOU-TV also received a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award in the feature-hard news category for a report by Jeremy and photojournalist Thomas Empey. “Firefighters: Cancer” documented the cancer risks Houston firefighters face when they enter burning buildings. Three weeks after the story aired, the Texas legislature passed a law giving firefighters line-of-duty benefits for cancer.

Jon Funfar received the Overall Excellence award for Enumclaw City TV from the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region. He also received a national honorable mention in the Government Programming Awards, held in Orlando, Fla., in August.

Randy Heath is the new principal at Coweeman Middle School in Kelso, Wash. He began his 13-year career in middle school education in Tacoma at Keithley Middle School, where he taught sixth and seventh grade math, coached basketball, baseball, football and wrestling, and served as athletic director and, most recently, assistant principal. He received a master’s degree in education from City University in Vancouver in 1999 and an administrative certificate from PLU in 2002.

Lori (Dorn) Beymer graduated in April from George Fox University with a master’s degree in teaching. She is now a fourth grade teacher at her children’s school, Archer Glen Elementary School, in Sherwood, Ore.

Lois (Johnson) Debner was hired in July as a children’s ministry coordinator at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Wash. She and her husband, Jerry ’90, have two children, Garret, 9, and Lauren, 5.

Youlander Hilton was elected as the first vice president of the Norfolk University National Alumni Association, which is comprised of over 20 chapters. She will serve until 2008. She lives in Suffolk, Va., and works as a family life resource specialist with Newport News Public Schools.

Brian and Heidi (Gifford ’89) Erickson manage their nine-year old son Kyle’s travel soccer team. Daughter Jenevieve, 6, is in first grade and is also giving soccer a try. They live in West Chester, Penn.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Kara Quello is a private voice teacher. She lives in Salem, Ore., with her husband, Brady Mertz, and their two children, Kaydn, 6, and Tova, 3.

Monica Reisch is an accounting and finance specialist for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Texas. The new plant in San Antonio started producing the Toyota Tundra in November. She enjoys the challenges of being part of a startup operation, and loves living in San Antonio.


Cause (Glick) Haun owns the Woodinville (Wash.)-based company called See Kai Run, which she founded with her husband, Chen Gang, in 1988. The company, named for their older child, sells stylish baby shoes in more than 500 boutiques and independent stores across the country, as well as in Canada, Denmark, Italy and England. Their shoes can also be found in Nordstrom stores in Washington, Oregon, Utah and Idaho; an online shoe store called; and, soon, Stride-Rite stores throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cause is the chief designer, while Chen is the director of manufacturing. Celebrities who have acquired their shoes include Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Eric Schuck left Colorado State University in July to accept a position as an economics professor at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. In July and August, he was at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, on a Fulbright Scholarship, developing an economics module of the UWC master’s degree in integrated water resource management. He is also in the Naval Reserve. His wife, Cally (Turner ’92), stays at home with their three children, Skyler, 7, Zoe, 5, and Isaak, 1. She ran the Bolder Boulder 10-kilometer race in May and coached Zoe’s soccer team for the Wellington Recreational Sports Association in Wellington, Colo.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Shannon Tilly finished her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah and is a physician at a practice in Salt Lake City.

Kristen (Vold) Jaudon, her husband, David, and their kids, Emily, 4, and Benjamin, 1, recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest from upstate New York. They live in DuPont, Wash., where Kristen is a freelance graphic designer and stay-at-home mom.


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

Catherine Sather married Douglas Jones March 25 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colo. Catherine is a project manager with DirecTV and Douglas is a scoreboard graphic designer for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. They live in Littleton.


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

Kevin Marousek continues his tradition of a new and very different job every 12 months and now teaches junior high school classes at Concordia Lutheran School in Cerritos, Calif.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Michael Jacobs took command on July 16 of ‘C’ Co. 2-8 Infantry, a combined arms battalion at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq. He and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter, Kasey, 1.

Karyn D’Addio completed a four-year anesthesiology residency program in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was president of the state society’s residents section. She works as an attending anesthesiologist in private practice at Kaiser Hospital of Sacramento, Calif.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Jennifer Woods married Tom Jackson April 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. They live in San Jose, Calif., where Jennifer is a creative services director with Empire Broadcasting and Tom is a new product introduction engineer at Cisco Systems.

Matt Hoffmann and his wife, Anne, moved last year to Columbus, Ohio, where Matt is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Sarah Shouse purchased a condo in the North Tacoma area. She teaches P.E. and reading at James Sales Elementary School in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma. She was excited to become a new aunt to Nathan Patrick Shouse in April.


Joan Chappell left Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma for a position as a clinical nurse manager of pediatrics and the special care nursery (level II) at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

Matt Iseri married Shauna Jones July 22. In the wedding party were Scott Peyree, Dave Lester, Kyle Wright ’00 and Mark Cypher ’00. Matt is a client manager with Microsoft and Shauna is an elementary school teacher. They live in Seattle.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Joy Barber works in PLU’s Center for Public Service and Academic Internships offices. As a program specialist, she supervises the America Reads and After School Enrichment Program tutors who work in elementary schools near the university, and assists with internship processing and other events and projects related to the two offices.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Jacob Broady married Mandy Rae Gephart at Puget Sound Christian Center in Tacoma. PLU alumni Kaj Martin ’00 and Chad Anderson were groomsmen. They live in Aberdeen, Wash., where Jacob is the associate pastor at River of Life Ministries.

Andrew Bentz and Christina Knowlton were married April 7 at BeckenRidge Vinyard in Dallas, Ore. PLU alumni in the wedding party included Ann Bierwagen, maid of honor, Neal Massie, groomsman, and Kellie Windenburg ’02, BrieAnna Bales ’03 and Megan Wicklin ’03, bridesmaids. Other PLU alumni in attendance included Dane Schultz-Anderson, Chris Wyant, and Corey Dunn ’00. Andrew and Christina live in Anchorage, Alaska, where Andrew is a sports copy editor at the Anchorage Daily News and Christina is a geologist for Jacobs Engineering, Inc.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Brian Riehs married Abbey Schuetze ’04 July 8 at First United Methodist Church in Tacoma. Lutes in the wedding party included Brent Chamberlain, Shaun Takenouchi, Matt Rygg ’00, Mike Clark ’03, Clarissa (Chase ’03) Solomon, Kirstin (Helleson ’04) Herzer, Other Lutes involved in the wedding were Andy Gray ’94, Brian Brennt ’86, Nicholas Gorne, Jenna (Fox ’99) Hippe, Marcus Bryant ’01, Crystal (Stoehr ’01) Cochran, Ben Cochran, Danielle (Schepman ’04) Boley, Jenny Mullenbach ’05, Leah Orcutt ’03 and Heather (Nathan ’05) Goode. Brian is an HRA consultant and Abbey is a teacher.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Mariam Kurdghelaidze married Todd Anderson on April 22 in a civil ceremony in Tacoma and on July 20 in a Georgian Orthodox ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mariam’s bridesmaid was Ginger Moriya. The ceremony in Tacoma was attended by Chris Hogeberg ’04, Justin Foster ’02, and Cora-Marie Reuter ’02. Todd is a machinist and interior designer. They live in Tacoma.

Ann Mooney is at the Center for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, working towards her master’s degree in conservation biology.

Devon Van Dyne is serving in the Peace Corps in northwestern China, where she teaches at a small college. She conducts her classes in Mandarin.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Laura Hunter and Jon Rose were married on July 29, 2006, on the PLU campus. The ceremony was held in Lagerquist Concert Hall and officiated by campus pastors Nancy Connor and Dennis Sepper. Megan Freiling ’03 was maid of honor. Other Lutes in attendance were members of the PLU alumni and development offices staff. Laura is associate director for annual giving and Q Club at PLU and Jon is a financial analyst at the Tacoma School District. They are living in a townhouse Laura purchased last year in Puyallup.

Rebecca Kuenzel finished her year of service with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Chicago in the fall of 2005. She recently began two years of service in the Peace Corps in Niger, Africa. Becca is assigned to Mayahi in the Maridi province of Niger. She will be serving as the community and youth education volunteer, assisting in different education programs to promote access and quality education for all youth. Her living

compound has electricity (sometimes), but no running water. She can be reached via e-mail at

Megan Ernst received her oncology nursing certification on April 27. She is a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital and works as a charge nurse on the night shift. She lives in Puyallup, Wash.

Stephanie Christopher received her master’s degree in communication from Marquette University in August. She is a clinical research coordinator at Medical College of Wisconsin and lives in Wauwatosa, Wisc.

Claire Zovko began studies this fall at the University of Miami School of Law, where she plans to study sports and entertainment law.

McKenna Manion married Brandon Kyriss ’06 on Aug. 5 at the College Club of Seattle. PLU alumni in the wedding party included groomsmen Aaron Mast and Charles Dorner, and bridesmaids Allison Tonge ’05 and Dorothy Chao ’05. They live in Pullman, Wash., where they are both graduate students at Washington State University.

Philip Betz married Cassandra Smith ’06 July 30 in the Point Defiance Park Rose Garden near Tacoma. In the wedding party were Lutes Andy Callender, groomsman, and Amy Nelson, maid of honor. Philip is in PLU’s master’s certificate program to teach art.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Rebecca Wick married Scott McCann June 10. Lutes from six decades attended: Bob ’53 and Connie (Jacobson ’54) Brog, Ken ’62 and Barbara (Schmid ’65) Ruud, Dwight Galbraith ’72, Doug ’74 and Lisa (Heins ’74) Ruecker, David ’86 and Kendra (Ruud ’87) Mills, Steve Wick ’92, Brian ’90 and Caryn Cammock Ruud ’90, Jill Ashmore ’95, John ’96 and Sheri (Laverman ’96) Wick, Garrett ’01 and Betsy (Ruud ’00) Miller, Dan Wood ’04, Sam Dollar ’03, Lauri Graham ’04, Micheal Steele ’05, Jack Herron ’05, Courtney Bronkhorst ’05, Lara (Teigen ’05) Wood, Becky Cheney ’05, Lori Young ’05, Elizabeth Galbraith ’05, Gretchen Rueker ’06, and current student Darrick Steele ’07. Rebecca is a registered nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., and Scott is an ensign in the United States Navy.


Class Representative – Jenna Steffenson

Eric Fergen died July 4. At Woodinville (Wash.) High School, he was captain of the football team and voted King County All League. He completed the requirements for his business degree from PLU in May and was scheduled to complete a double minor in coaching and sports psychology this winter. A good student, he also played on the PLU football team, an experience that helped shape him into a compassionate and loving young man. He is remembered for his ever-present big smile, his sense of humor, his outgoing personality, and his love for his wide circle of family and friends.

Melissa Fenstermacker married Jonathan McGuire Aug. 11 in Pioneer Park in Puyallup, Wash. PLU alumni in the wedding included Blaire Colbo and David McGuire ’02. Melissa is the guest services coordinator at The Super Mall in Auburn, Wash. Jon is at Northwest University, studying to become a youth pastor. They live in Kirkland, Wash.

Scott Harrison married Heather Young July 15 at Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) Church of Christ. Melissa Young was Heather’s maid of honor. Adrianne (Reid ’05) LeMay, Heather Olson, and Nile Curry-Hughes ’06 were bridesmaids. Tim Gallen ’05 was best man and Craig LeMay ’04, Ryan Snodgrass ’05, Joshua Houston ’05 were groomsmen.


Future Lutes


Christina (Torgerson) Herrick and her husband, Andrew, welcomed their son Peter Benjamin on Aug. 3, 2004. He joins Elijah, 8, and Toren, 6. Christina is a sixth grade teacher in the Puyallup (Wash.) School District. Andrew runs his own business, Sliderule Engineering, in Seattle. They live in Auburn, Wash.


Kathy (Nichols) Love and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their first son, Jackson Conlan, on Aug. 25. Kathy has a private practice as a marriage and family therapist in Orange County, Calif. They live in Escondido, Calif.

Peter Douglass and his wife, Janine, returned in July from their second trip to Russia, where they adopted their son, Yuri, from a baby home in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. He is a very active two year-old and Peter, Janine, and Taylor, 11, are all trying to keep up with him. Peter is a propulsion controls engineer at Boeing. They live in Renton, Wash.

Donna (Stucky) Hostick and her husband, Cody, welcomed daughter Paula on Sept. 10, 2004. She joins brother, Dean, 8.


Christopher Nelson and his wife, Nicole, announce the birth Adriana Lindsey on Dec. 4, 2005. Christopher is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Nicole is a senior human resource business partner at Concur Technologies in Redmond, Wash.


Kristin Mattocks announces the birth of Maisie Jade Callicoatte Mattocks on May 15. She joins Ella Bess Callicoatte Mattocks, 2. Kris is a senior scientist at Qualidigm. They live in Hamden, Conn.

Julie (Kraft) Nock and her husband, Brad, announce the birth of Stuart Bradley on Feb. 7. He joins brother Dean, 4. Julie is an event planner for GE Access Distribution. They live in Superior, Colo.

Stephanie Bullard-Beares and her husband, Kevin Beares, welcomed their third child, daughter Soleil Ainsley Beares, on July 26 at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Soleil joins big brothers, Haven Michael, 3, and Schuyler William, who is almost 2. Stephanie is taking time off from teaching sixth grade math and rocketry at Pine Lake Middle School in Sammamish, Wash., to raise the three Beares children. Kevin is a community program manger at Microsoft. The five Beares live in Snoqualmie, Wash.


Ed Grogan and his wife, Kathy, are delighted to announce the birth of their son Kai Bradley on July 16th. He joins brother Quin, 4.


Aaron Linerud and his wife, Jenna, announce the birth of Ethan David on March 29. He joins his older brother, Aidan Hunter, 4. They live in Greenacres, Wash.

Mai Yang and her husband, Ger Moua, welcomed into the world their fifth child, Maichoua Magdalene, on March 10. She joins an 11-year-old brother and three sisters, ages 7, 5, and 3. They live in Spokane, Wash., where Mai works full time as a social worker for the DSHS. Ger received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Washington State University in May and teaches psychology at Spokane Community College.


Christine Price Town and John Town ’93 welcomed Serena Anne on July 5, 2005. She joins Alanna Christine, 3. They live in Issaquah, Wash.

Krista Sickert-Bush and her husband, Bill, are excited to share the news of the birth and adoption of their daughter, Grace Elizabeth Sickert-Bush, on Feb. 15. On June 4, Pentecost Sunday, Grace was baptized at Mt. View Lutheran Church in Edgewood, Wash., by her grandfather, the Rev. Fred Sickert, and by the Rev. John Vaswig ’80. Her godparents are the Rev. Greg Kaurin and PLU professor, Pauline Kaurin. After six-and-a-half years of service at Mt. View Lutheran, Krista moved to Arlington, Va., in October, after Bill received a job promotion.


Michael Gintz and his wife, Anne, are proud to announce the arrival of Lauren Elizabeth on July 15. Michael works with his family in a real estate development firm, Gintz Group, and Anne works for Habitat for Humanity in Seattle. They live in Redondo, Wash.

Kirsten Hermstad and her husband, Staton West, welcomed Isak Logan West on April 26th, 2005. Staton, deployed in Iraq, was flying over Bagdhad when his commander called the mission home so Staton could talk to Kirsten during the delivery. For the next two years they will be in Seoul, South Korea, where Kirsten will be a nurse anesthetist for the Army Reserve and Staton will be the evacuation officer for Korea. Although they will both pin on the rank of major this winter, Isak has enjoyed his command position in the family.

Jason Dahlberg and his wife, Nancy, announce the birth of Kalli Josefina on April 26. She joins sister Jacklyn, 2. They live in the Greenlake area of Seattle.

Maren (Erickson) Engh and her husband, Tim, announce the birth of their twins, Molly Elizabeth and Micah Timothy, on April 3. They live in Spokane, Wash.


David Whelan and his wife, Heather, announce the birth of their first child, Connor Reed, on April 4. David is a content manager at They live in West Seattle.

Brian van Valey and his wife, Kelly, welcomed Angus Eliot on Oct. 12, 2005. They live in Snohomish, Wash.


Heidi (Ramseth) Hornung and her husband, Stuart, announce the birth of Maggie Helen on July 8. Heidi teaches at her in-home piano studio and Stuart sells office equipment. They live in Bozeman, Mont.


Erik Manz and Kimberly Lusk Manz ’95 announce the birth of Sylvie Jane on March 30. They live in Spokane, where Erik is an assistant winemaker at his family’s business, Mountain Dome Winery, and Kimberly is a copy editor/page designer at The Spokesman-Review. They were married in 2004 after meeting at Holden Village in 2002. Sylvie took her first trip to Holden when she was 3 months old.

Erika (Bennett) Lucas and her husband, Ben, announce the birth of Abigail Cecile on June 23. Erika is a computer teacher at Fowler Middle School in the Tigard-Tualatan (Ore.) School District. They live in Milwaukie, Ore.

Michele (McGinnis) Shaver and her husband, John, announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Gail, on May 1. They live in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Peter Collins and his wife, Rachel, announce the birth of their daughter Ella Jane on May 29.


Kevin Stokesbary and his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of Payton William on June 17 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash.


Nate and Janice (Kueffler ’02) Wiggins are excited to announce the birth of their first son, Lucas Andrew, on Aug. 14. They live in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Jordan and Jamie (Winchell ’04) Mooring announce the arrival of their son, Kaian Patrick Ho’kuikalaniohanalei, on Aug. 15. Jordan and Jamie were married in July 2004. Jordan is a regional coordinator at Gordon Trucking, Inc. Jamie is an English teacher at Puyallup High School. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Matthew and Betsy (Kellenbeck ’00) Cole announce the birth of their son Aaron Matthew on August 21, 2005. Matthew is the band director for Bellingham (Wash.) High School and Betsy is a part-time registered financial associate for AG Edwards.

Annalee (Nelson) Tobey and her husband, Carl, welcomed their first child, Audrie Maria, on Dec. 15. They live in Rochester, Wash., where Annalee is a stay-at-home mother.

Adam and Lisa (Dahlgren) Atkinson announce the birth of their son, Kyle Owyn, on Jan. 20. They live in Boise, Idaho.

Brad Powell and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of Milica on Feb. 17. They live in Boise, Idaho.


Molly (Jordan) Klemkow and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Alle Jean and Ella Mae, on June 23 in Olympia, Wash. Molly and Bob were married June 19, 2004, at Mt. View Lutheran Church in Edgewood, Wash. Molly earned her degree in special education and is a stay-at-home mom. Bob has his associate’s degree and works in construction. They live in McCleary, Wash.


Kelli (Patrick) Whiteaker and her husband, Beecher, announce the birth of their son, L.B., on June 3. Kelli works for Behavior Health Resources in Olympia, Wash. and is a school counselor in the Chehalis School District. They live in Olympia.


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