Class notes by Year: 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 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, 2007, Future Lutes, In Memorium



Alice (Peterson) Hayward died Oct. 21. She is remembered as a loving wife and mother. Preceding her in death was her husband, William. Alice is survived by her son, William; daughter, Molly McIlroy; grandson, Fred McIlroy; and nieces and nephews.


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Howard Kvinsland died Sept. 1. After graduating from PLC, he worked as an educator in the Central Kitsap (Wash.) School District for 35 years. He started his career as the principal of Chico Grade School and later served as the Central Kitsap Junior/Senior High School vice principal and as the Central Kitsap Junior High School principal, retiring as assistant superintendent. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and traveling. He was a charter member of the Silverdale (Wash.) Lutheran Church and the Silverdale Rotary Club. Howard is survived by his wife, Eugenia (Spencer ’38); children, Jon ’63 (Mari) and Nancy Roesch ’66 (Paul); six grandchildren, including Craig Kvinsland ’92; and ten great-grandchildren.

Maria Hageness died Sept. 26. In 1918, she moved with her family from Saskatchewan, Canada, to Gig Harbor, Wash., where she taught in the Peninsula School District for more than 30 years. Maria lived on the family farm for much of her life, and in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she cared for her parents in their latter years. She was a longtime member of Harbor Heights Assembly of God Church, where she taught Sunday school and played piano. Maria is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Olai ’31 and Sarah Hageness, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Erling “Snooky” Jurgensen died June 17. After graduating from PLC, he returned to his hometown of Wilbur, Wash., to farm. His family says he was “born to farm.” He loved sports, especially football, and was inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting with friends and family. He was an active member of his church and served on the church council and the school board for several years. After retirement, Snooky and his wife, Judy (Gerde ’39), bought a condominium in Seattle and enjoyed attending many of their grandsons’ events, visiting college friends and attending events at PLU. Judy preceded him in death in January 2007. He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy (Jurgensen ’67) Pearson (Bruce) and Janet Jurgensen ’72; his son, John Jurgensen (Cynthia); and his grandsons, Erik and Leif.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Ruth Ardelle (Carlson) Freberg died Sept. 6. She taught school in Tacoma for 32 years. She is survived by her son, John Solie Freberg; her daughter, Donna; and granddaughters, Jennifer and Lauren.


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer


Dorothy Annabelle (Jensen) Sola died May 22. Annabelle (the name she preferred) worked at General Insurance Company for 17 years. Never forgetting her roots in Oregon, she returned to the family farm during the summer for many years to help out. She had a wonderful singing voice and one of her fondest of college memories was participating in the choir. While she enjoyed gardening, reading and caring for her home, most agree that her greatest pleasure was found in her relationships with family and friends. Annabelle was accepting and nonjudgmental and had unconditional respect for others. She was followed in death on Aug. 23 by Anders ’42, her husband of 63 years. Surviving her is her son, Jim Sola ’68 and his wife Pamela.

Waletta (Hornshuh) Carlson died Nov. 26. She taught music in both the classroom and on television for over 25 years. She and her husband, Leroy, owned and operated Carlson Bros. Jewelry for over 65 years. She had a passion for young people and spent her life ministering to the 35 young people that she and Leroy took into their home and their hearts. A woman of faith, Waletta was also involved with Friendship Bible Coffees and Christian Women’s Club for many years. Through those organizations, she influenced the lives of many women. She is survived by Leroy, her husband of almost 63 years; her son, Carl, and his wife, Juanita; her daughter, Aleta; her granddaughter, Tania; and her brother, Fred Hornshuh ’44.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerry Lider

Guttorm Gregersen died Aug. 16. He left his studies at PLC to serve as a soldier in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he completed his degree at PLC and went on to earn a degree in journalism at the University of Washington.  A man of varied interests, he studied Japanese at the University of Chicago and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo. In 1951, he began his master’s degree at PLC and started teaching in the Tacoma School District. From 1957-1966, Guttorm was a principal for the Department of Defense Schools in France and Germany. In 1966, he returned to Washington and served as an elementary school principal in Puyallup. Throughout his life, he was very involved in the Norwegian-American community and was a correspondent for the Western Viking for over 30 years. In recognition of his support of Norwegian culture and his efforts to connect Norwegian emigrants to their homeland, Norway’s King Harald V honored him with the Saint Olav’s Medal in 2000. Guttorm was an active supporter of PLU and regularly attended university events. He was dedicated to his family, from whom he derived great joy.  They remember him as a man of integrity and a great source of strength and compassion. Surviving him are  Inger, his wife of 58 years; his daughter, Gerd-Inger (Gregersen ’72) McDougall (Mark ’75); his son, Paul Gregerson ’77 (David Cahail); granddaughters, Heather Liv (McDougall ’98) Melver (Erik ‘96) and Annelise McDougall ’04: and great-granddaughters, Anika Liv and Saskia Melver.

[Editor’s note: The preceding Class Note contained incorrect information that was published in the print Spring 2008 edition of Scene magazine. The above has been corrected.]


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen

Eldon Kyllo died Nov. 15. His college career was interrupted when he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He flew many missions as a navigator in a B-17 bomber. Returning to PLC, he was an All-American lineman on the legendary 1947 football team, while running The Bug, a local hamburger joint. Eldon began teaching and coaching at Parkland School. When the Korean War broke out, he re-activated. He and his wife, Helen “Toppy” (Ramstad ’50) lived in Hawaii and on Johnston Island in the North Pacific Ocean until 1952. He returned to teach and coach football at Franklin Pierce High School in the Tacoma School District. In 1968, Eldon began his career as a school administrator. He served at Washington High School and Parkland Grade School in Parkland, Wash.; at the International School of Manila in the Philippines; and at the Department of Defense School in Lome, Togo, Africa. He was inducted into both the PLU and the Pierce County athletic halls of fame. He was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland and is remembered as a kind and loving man. His survivors include Helen; his son Jeffrey Kyllo; daughter Jennifer (Kyllo ’79) Honeycutt and her husband, Jeff; daughter Kristine (Kyllo ’81) Walton and her husband, Jeff ’82; son Andrew Kyllo ’84, and his wife, Marie; and ten grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Robert Baird died July 6. After graduating from PLC, he received his master’s degree from Purdue University in 1957. He retired in February 2006 from Nielsen Media Research. He served for 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. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dolores; sons, Andrew and Robb; daughters, Marcia Schuur and Andrea Powner; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Don Anderson died on Oct. 5. He spent his entire working career at the ASARCO Tacoma smelter and refinery, retiring in 1984. Fishing, golf, bowling and traveling were some of his favorite pastimes, along with faithfully supporting his 11 grandchildren at their sporting events, recitals, concerts and other activities. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Tacoma and the PLU Q Club. Don is survived by his wife, Rita; his sister Marjorie (Anderson ’51) Kunschak; sons Douglas (Joanna), Don (Shannon) and Jon (Sherri) Anderson; daughter Marjie (Randy) Rochester and many loving friends and relatives.


Buehl Berentson died Nov. 9. He served on the crew of a liberty ship in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1954, he became a partner in an insurance and securities business. He was elected to the Anacortes (Wash.) City Council, served one term as president of the Anacortes Kiwanis Club and was the first president of the Skagit County Economic Development Association. In 1959, after campaigning for the Republican nomination to the State Senate, he accepted the position of administrative assistant for U.S. Congressman Jack Westland and moved with his wife, Verna, to the Washington, D.C., area. In 1964, they returned to Washington state, making their home in Everett as he began a job with the National Republican Congressional Committee. They lived in Everett until 1969, when he served first as executive director of the Republican Governors Association and then as director of the National Republican Senate Campaign Committee. In 1977, the family returned to Buehl’s hometown of Anacortes, where Buehl and Verna worked in the real estate profession. They bought their own agency in the late 1980s and retired in 1996. Buehl was also a man of faith and served Anacortes Lutheran Church in many capacities. He is survived by Verna, his wife of 60 years, seven children, 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Loyd Harvey died on Oct. 14. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945 and at the end of World War II, he returned to Tacoma to attend PLC. He began his teaching career in Aberdeen, Wash., in 1954. In 1961, he moved with his family to Bellevue, Wash., where he taught until his retirement at age 59. Loyd was an avid golfer and outdoorsman and loved the Northwest. He also loved his family and many wonderful friends.

Benjamin Hanson died Nov. 11. Before coming to PLC, he served in the military at the end of World War II. He went on to graduate from law school at the University of Washington and opened his law practice in Tacoma. Ben entered local politics, was elected to the Tacoma City Council and appointed by the council in 1958 as the then youngest mayor of Tacoma. He was elected mayor of Tacoma by popular vote in 1960, and upon completion of his term in 1962, he left politics for his private law practice until his retirement. Ben and his wife of 57 years, Doris (Steiro’49), had many enduring friendships. He was preceded in death by Doris. Surviving him are his daughters, Kristi Abegglen (Walter) and Rebecca Christian; his son, Gerhard “Hardy” Hanson; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Cecil Tungsvik went with her whole family to the Grand Canyon for a week in September.


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


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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

Jean (Christianson) Wolfe died Oct. 17. She graduated from PLC with a degree in drama and was the star of many theatrical productions at the college. Because of her talent, her drama instructor helped connect her with the American Theater Wing in New York City. While in Manhattan, she worked in the theater, in the garment district and eventually commuted to New Jersey to teach. Always adventurous, Jean taught for the U.S. Air Force in Puerto Rico and in Tripoli, Libya. Her travels took her to Mexico, Europe, Russia, China and parts of Canada. While living in Portland, Ore., she cared for her aging parents and taught in the David Douglas School District for several years. During the summers, she loved to attend theater in Ashland, Ore. In 1978, Jean married Bob Wolfe, thereby gaining another special family. Surviving her are Bob; her two stepsons, Gregory and Randall Wolfe; six step-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

Winnifred (Mitton) Nusbaum died Aug. 3. While at PLC, she was a member of the music ministry and Choir of the West. She was an active member of her church and belonged to Bible Study Fellowship, Women’s Aglow, Elijah Group Ministry, and Tacoma Prayer and Healing Rooms. She is survived by her husband, Galen ’57; daughters Elizabeth (Bill) Kellum and Diana (Brian) Herron; son David (Vesta) Nusbaum; and six grandchildren.


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Theodore Bondurant died July 3. He received his doctorate from Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1961 and a degree in education in 1971. He served as a Lutheran pastor in Bloomfield, Iowa, from 1961-67. In 1975, he moved to the Olympic Peninsula, where he worked in logging and in a cedar shake mill on the West End. Ted was a member of the Forks Library Board and was involved in the Citizens Watchdog Committee for Clearwater Prison Camp. He also worked to get Jefferson Transit routes on the West End. He is survived by his sister, Susan Bondurant, and three nephews.


Class Representative – Todd Penson

William Nelson died Aug. 5. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then served in the Navy during the Korean conflict. Returning from the service, Bill began working for the National Pacific Railroad while attending PLU. He went on to work for the Tacoma School District, serving as a teacher and administrator for over 30 years. Bill was active in his community, dedicating years to the Tacoma Boys Club and Camp, the Masonic Lodge and the Daffodilians. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne; his son, Bill (Linda); his daughter, Paula (Pete); and five grandchildren.

Dick Londgren is the author of a new novella, “Big Shy in the Big Sky”, which focuses on a former West Point basketball star (Big Shy, a reserved Scandinavian-American) assigned to NATO’s “Operation Beowulf.” Like the mythological story of Beowulf, he crosses the Baltic Sea to try to slay the “dragon,” which in his case is the Russian Mafia in Estonia. Nearly killed, he must be rescued, rehabbed, renamed and relocated; but the threat of mafia revenge continues to haunt him. Dick included a reference to PLU in his work.


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person

Liv Anne (Boveng) Kittilsby died Nov. 16. She lived in Norway during World War II and had special memories of taking eggs to Russian prisoners of war who were incarcerated just blocks from her family home. When she was 12, she immigrated to the United States with her family. After graduation from PLU, she married fellow PLU classmate Jim Kittilsby, whom she had known since high school in Kalispell, Mont. Jim, now retired, was also a baseball coach and assistant athletic director at PLU. After raising her family, Liv Anne worked in the banking industry. She traveled all over the world and had a passion for skiing and hiking. In the community, she taught Norwegian language, baking and knitting. She also sewed and delivered doll clothes to orphanages in Russia. Liv Anne served as past president of the PLU’s Women’s Club and was active in Lutheran church organizations. Surviving her are Jim; her son, Tim ’84 and his wife, Lisa (Miles ’84) Kittilsby; her daughter, Kim Kittilsby ’84; and grandsons Eric and Parker.

Nancy Seitz joined fellow classmates, Ann (Johnson) Clifton, Shirley (Harmon) Hanson, Judy (Hawkins) Langstrom, Pat (Thorkildson) Gomachlich, Carlene (Carlson) Russell, and Salli (Bierman) Taylor, for a reunion of the PLC Nursing Class of 1960 in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 13. They had a tour of Emanuel Hospital, where they had spent two years for clinical skills. The next reunion will be at PLU in 2010.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Rollie Wulff died on Aug. 4. He earned a master’s degree in theater from the University of Portland in 1965. After a season with an acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he taught speech and theater at Clark College in 1966. In the late 1970s, Rollie left Clark College to work with his father in the real estate business. They opened an office in Battle Ground, Wash. He is remembered as an entrepreneur, educator, activist and visionary. He promoted energy-efficient homes and worked on public power issues. He pursued theater projects in Portland, Seattle and Olympia and volunteered at the Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping  and skiing. In later years, he worked in construction and real estate development on Hood Canal. Survivors include his daughters, Eve Boe, Alenka Rudolph, and Emily Combs; his son, Isaac Wulff; and eight grandchildren.


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias

Ken Riggers died July 15. He taught biology and chemistry for 29 years in the Edmonds (Wash.) School District. In “retirement,” he opened Riggers Home Repair & Remodel. Active in the church and passionate about his family, he is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Marcia; his daughter, Martha ’91 (Kip); his son, Joe (Melany); and three grandchildren.


Class Representative – Merl and Joan (Maier) Overland

Keith Charboneau died Oct. 20. He served 37 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. Making his home in Lakewood, Wash., he owned and operated Ponders Auto Parts and Rochester National Auto Parts, before becoming a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker-Bain. He also served on his church’s council and the Tacoma Power Squadron. In his semi-retirement, he and his wife of 45 years, Linda, loved to be on their boat with their boating buddies. Keith was a man of deep faith and had a great love for his family and friends – and for life. He is survived by Linda; his daughter, Renee-Michelle (Charboneau ’86) Kirk and her husband, Barry; his son, Troy Charboneau and his wife, Shawna; and five grandchildren.

Sherwood Glover is serving as assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility in the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and as the deployed associate in ELCA Region 2 for the Contextual Leadership Initiative of Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Bruce Alexander died Sept. 3. While at PLU, he was awarded an All-American Honorable Mention honor in football, and an All-Conference Honorable Mention honor in basketball. After graduation, he began his career in education, which included college administration. He also worked in county government and was a private business owner. Bruce was a longtime high school, college and semi-professional basketball official and ascended to the top level of his profession as a referee for the National Basketball Association. He was the first individual from the Tacoma-Pierce County area to break into the NBA, where he retired after 20 years. In 2005, he was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame. Bruce is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Shannon (Clayton), Bret (Theresa), Lisa (William), and Todd (Mary); nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Class Representative – David Wytko


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Class Representative – Craig Bjorklund

Wayne Saverud is vice president of the board of Immanuel Lutheran Corporation, a 159-bed nursing home and 100-unit congregate and assisted living complex in Kalispell, Mont. He also serves on the Kalispell City Council and the major gifts committee for Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. He is a former member of the PLU Board of Regents and a past president of the PLU Alumni Board. Wayne and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters. Sara ’02 is a teacher in Washington, and Anna is enrolled in law school at the University of Montana.


Cheryl (Smith) Gundy died Aug. 15. She taught third and fourth grade in Tacoma Public Schools for 31 years, 26 years at Fawcett Elementary School and five years at Sherman Elementary School. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Steven; her daughter, Ashley Smith and her husband Michael; grandsons Ryan and William Smith; sister, Sandra Loar and her husband Jim; and grandfather Henry Walters.

Kenneth Sammons died Oct. 3. He taught music in Washington public schools for 37 years, including six years in the White River School District and 24 years in the Bethel School District. Upon “retirement,” he taught for three years at All Saints School in Puyallup and then returned to the Bethel School District for an additional four years, until he “really retired.” Beyond the classroom, Ken touched the lives of hundreds of piano students and several high school Christian singing groups, and directed several church choirs. He was a man of deep faith, and a giving man with a huge heart. Surviving him are his wife of 52 years, Ruth Ann; his four daughters, Debbie (Sammons ’79) Farrell and husband Andy, Sue Myrick and husband Jim, JoAnn Gibson and husband Chuck, Janet Caldon and husband Pat; and nine grandchildren.

Gary Beard went to work for Alteon, a Boeing company, after retiring last year from United Airlines. He is a synthetic flight simulator instructor near London, England, training airline pilots in Europe, Africa and India.


Class Representative – Rick Nelson

Georgiann (Kullberg) Young lives in Los Angeles. Her sixth grandchild, a girl, was recently born to her daughter Catherine, who already had two boys. Her daughter Kristin has three daughters. Georgiann is a church secretary at Westchester Lutheran Church in Westchester, Calif., and a roving substitute teacher.


Class Representative – Bill Allen

Joanne (Lanzendorfer) Schaller died Nov. 14. After graduating from PLU, she earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington. She married Robert Schaller, and their daughter, Amy, was born in 1981. Joanne returned to nursing in 2000 and worked until she left for a tour of China in June 2007. It was on that trip that she sustained the injuries that ultimately resulted in her death. She is survived by Amy; her sister, Judy Naught and husband Stephen; and her nieces and nephews.

Richard Bilyeu died Oct. 6. He worked in the automobile industry for 40 years, most recently at Topping Volvo of Olympia. He is remembered for his quick wit and generosity. Dick’s mother, Helen Rohde, survives him.


Class Representative – Joe Hustad, Jr.

Paul Johnson has changed his focus to end-of-life care after 30 years in family medicine. He is the medical director for Skagit Hospice Services in Mount Vernon, Wash.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen


Class Representative – Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins

Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins retired from teaching in the Bethel School District in Washington in June 2006, after 33 years. She is now the class representative for the Class of 1973.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Ann (Balerud) Stump is a critical care nurse in the neurosurgical unit at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas. She has been married for 34 years to Dr. Brian Stump, who holds the endowed chair of geophysics at Southern Methodist University. Her son Kevin was married in 2006 and is an electrical engineer with Agilent Technology. Daughter Julia, married in 2004, is a third-grade teacher. They all live in the Dallas area.

Kim Nordberg was part of a group of mentors accompanying 24 University of Southern California dental students on a mission trip to Guatemala in April 2007. His son, Eric, was one of the USC students who participated in this effort to treat the people of Guatemala City as part of an outreach program for Verbo Church. This April, he and Eric will repeat the mission, this time accompanied by his daughter, Maggie, who is a nursing student. Kim practices at Summit View Family Dentistry in Puyallup, Wash.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Kurt Nowadnick “graduated” from Monroe High School in June after 30 years of teaching. He’s now working for an Atlas Van Lines agent, Evergreen Moving, in Everett, Wash. He and his wife, Deanna (Thorp ’76), have been married 26 years. Older son Kyle ’07 graduated from PLU in business (human resources) in December. He received the Pinnacle Award for leadership and service to PLU and the community. Younger son Kevin is a junior at Eastern Washington University, majoring in urban and regional planning.

Christine (Erickson) Urata is an assistant professor of nursing for the University of Alaska Anchorage, working in Juneau with the AAS Outreach Nursing Degree Program.

Karen (Peterson) Taylor and her husband, Dennis, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last July. They are the proud parents of Elspeth, a Valparaiso University English major, and Stephen, a University of Southern California jazz studies major. Their nephew, Sam, is a current PLU student. Karen was honored in September 2007 for her 20 years as an ELCA associate in ministry. She lives in Buena Park, Calif., where she works at Saint Timothy Lutheran Church/School.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Patricia (Eisenbise) Deal is serving on the advisory board of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. She lives in Lakewood, Wash.


Class Representative – Pete Mattich

William Katsarsky died Aug. 28. He joined the U.S. Army in 1954 and served his country as an infantryman through three tours of duty in Vietnam. After 21 years of service, he retired and made his home in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from PLU, he went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University/Edwardsville. Bill was an avid book collector, computer enthusiast and movie buff. He enjoyed good company, good debates and good food. He leaves behind the love of his life for the past 30 years, Kathy Cooper.


Class Representatives – Dave and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Al Bessette married Vicki Fry, his high school sweetheart, July 3 at Bradley Lake Park in Puyallup, Wash. Performing the ceremony was Deacon Mark Zier, husband of Beth (Coughlin) Zier. Also in attendance were Bonnie (Coughlin) Blair, Steve Ridgway ’76, and longtime friend Chuck Johnston, father of Josh ’97 and Jeremy ’00 Johnston. The day was made even more special when Al’s mother was baptized by Deacon Zier prior to the wedding ceremony. A special time was also set aside to honor and celebrate the life of Al’s brother, Marty, who passed away on May 10. Al and Vicki live in Virginia Beach, Va., where Al is self-employed as an addictions counselor, and Vicki is a fourth-grade teacher.


Class Representative – Drew Nelson

Marvin Lansverk teaches 18th century British literature at Montana State University. A full professor, he is finishing his 20th year in the English department there. Marvin’s wife is Kay (Landerholm ’81). Their oldest daughter, Allison, is a freshman at PLU. They live in Bozeman, Mont.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Dianna (Koneman) Johnston received a full-time appointment as a nursing instructor/outreach coordinator at Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is responsible for the development and coordination of all outreach nursing programs in Eastern Idaho.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Margaret (Ferguson) Wilson died June 19. She graduated cum laude from PLU with a degree in communication. She is survived by her mother, Grace Ferguson; sister and brother-in-law, Penny and Tedd Walters; her niece, Molly and her nephew, Darrick.

Kirk Lider was promoted to director of sales and marketing for General Plastics Manufacturing Company in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Elaine Schmieg Larson died Aug. 6. She earned a second master’s degree from Central Washington State College. She was a dedicated and respected preschool, elementary, junior high school and special education teacher, and an advocate for children. Elaine was also a talented real estate agent, working in the greater Tacoma area.

Carl Bjornstal (Sgt. First Class) completed a 12-month tour in Iraq in December as a special operations operative. He began a new assignment in Afghanistan on Dec. 24.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Scott Ransom was recently appointed as president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, which consists of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions, Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences and the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Carolyn (Crawford) Brooks is a children and youth services librarian for El Dorado County in California.

Peggi Ann (Bradford) Rufener was honored in September by the Healthcare Financial Management Association with a Reeves Silver Founders Award. This award recognizes individual achievement in local chapters. Peggi is a board member for her chapter and co-chair of the operations counsel. She previously served as the registration chair for their quarterly meetings and conferences. She is a clinic manager at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth, Wash.


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


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Leslie Johnson is senior director of engineering operations for Oracle in Santa Clara, Calif. She lives in Campbell, Calif.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Michael Jacobson is based in Los Angeles with United Airlines as a captain of Boeing 767/757 aircraft. When he’s not flying, he coaches soccer and baseball, and enjoys time with his children. He lives in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Kim (Brownsberger) Gunnerson successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in physical chemistry on Oct. 18. Her research focused on using computer modeling to simulate molecular interactions. She teaches at the University of Washington Bothell.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Fatahiyah Abdullah started a new job as a senior administrator with AACE Technologies in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, after working over 17 years for her previous employer.


Class Representative – Sean Neely

Lorna (Cedergren) Stuart received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University after graduating from PLU. She worked several years as a pediatric physical therapist. She’s now a stay-at-home mom, who loves hanging out with her husband, Scott, and their kids: Abigail, 4; Elizabeth, 2; and Matthew, 1.

Rachelle Leigh McGinnis was promoted to associate dean of continuing education and apprenticeship at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.

Elizabeth (Jacobson) Kammers and her husband, Thad, live in Okanogan, Wash., where Thad is Okanogan County’s correction officer



Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews
Dag Kuhle-Gotovac is head of administration at The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. His wife, Marija, is an advisor to refugee minors. They have two children: Tom, 4, and Eira, 7.

Brenda Boxx married Carl Lamb Sept. 8 in Lake Oswego, Ore. Anna (Eklund) Faker was the matron of honor. In attendance were Kay Vorderstrasse, Rebecca Benson, Kelly (Munyon) Scotchler, Michelle (Perry ’95) Moore, and Dale ’63 and Jolita (Hylland ’63) Benson. Brenda is a physical therapist at Tuality Hospital, and Carl is a director of finance for Swan Island Networks. They live in Lake Oswego, Ore.


Class Representative – Barbara (Murphy) Hesner

Tana (Jones) Gudbranson owns and operates two businesses: Gudi Bags, a line of laptop computer carrying cases for women (, and Gudi, Inc., a creative design and marketing consulting agency ( She has a son, Jax, 5. They live in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Beth Cullom is owner and director of Cullom Gallery, which opened for business Nov. 1 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. The gallery specializes in Japanese woodblock prints and drawings from the 18th century to the present. Her husband, Dan Walker, is a project manager with Schuchart Corporation. They live in Seattle with their daughter, Julia Walker, 2.

Sandra Nestor is a nurse manager with the United States Air Force. She returned from deployment to Iraq, where she worked as a trauma nurse in the emergency department at Balad Air Force Base. Sandy’s permanent duty station is Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.


Class Representatives – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck


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

Alison Grande married James Musser on June 15 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash. The reception was at the Seattle Yacht Club. Alison is a television news reporter for KIRO-TV, Channel 7, in Seattle. James is a senior financial analyst at Weyerhauser.


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

Anita (Ronning) Jensen completed her master’s degree in speech and hearing at Portland (Ore.) State University in 2005. She is taking a year’s leave of absence from her job as a speech-language pathologist in the Beaverton (Ore.) School District to be home with her son, Lars, 10 months. Her husband, John, is a civil engineer. They live in Lake Oswego, Ore.


Class Representatives – Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Tracey (Sund) Czar; her husband, Tony; and their daughter, Sophia, 2, recently relocated back to Washington after 10 years to be closer to family and friends. Tracey is now working as a CASA coordinator/guardian ad litem for the Pierce County Juvenile Court. Tony is an attorney. They live in the Tacoma area.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Eric Moody received a Ph.D. in social psychology and developmental cognitive neuroscience from the University of Denver in June. He is a data analyst for National Jewish Medical and Research Center. In April, he will begin a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center to conduct a three-year study of autism.

Jesse (Gardner) Michener became an administrator at the Olympia Waldorf School in January. She and her husband, Mikel ’97, live in Ruston, Wash.

Meagyn Keys married Soumen Karmakar Nov. 24 at the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst in Portland, Ore. Emily Keys ’00 was maid of honor, while Erika (Thompson) Anderson and Amber (Davidson) Padilla served as bridesmaids. Teal (Rainwater) Morse was a candle-lighter. Their best man was Morgan Keys ’07 and groomsmen included Jason Morse ’98. They traveled to Durgaur, India, to have a reception with Soumen’s family on Dec. 30th. Meagyn is in her ninth year of teaching high school English in the West Linn-Wilsonville (Ore.) School District. She also serves as the junior class advisor at West Linn High School. Soumen is a lead engineer at Intel Corp. They live in Beaverton, Ore.


Class Representative – Julie (Bulow) von Dennewitz

Alana (Dellatan) Seaton and her husband, Joel, were living in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. She lost her car in eight feet of water, and they lost most of the belongings that had been stored in their garage. Although the majority of their personal belongings were relatively unscathed, (they lived on the second floor of a house), they ended up giving away most of their furniture to their neighbor, who had lost everything in her first floor home. They briefly relocated to Atlanta, so that Alana could finish thesis research for her Master of Music Therapy degree, but have finally settled (for the time being) in the Knoxville, Tenn., area to be near some of Joel’s family for support. They are starting their lives over from scratch, and Alana is attempting to re-start a private music therapy practice. They still have ties to and friends in the New Orleans area, and have gone back for visits.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Christian Cory is station manager for Alaska Airlines at Fairbanks (Alaska) International Airport.

Matthew Tucker owns Northwest Computer, Financial & Social Services. He lives in Tacoma.

Kelly Harr married Ryan Allen Aug. 18 in Conifer, Colo. Attendants included Carolyn Cichanski. Erin Eddington-Alden and Jacob Alden ’99 were among the guests. Kelly and Ryan are spending the year on a working holiday in New Zealand, where they live in Christchurch. Kelly is a software engineer and Ryan is a biologist.


Class Representative – Keith Pranghofer

Eric Ruthford married Miriam Moser Sept. 2 at Holy Virgin Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco. Current PLU student Patrick Ruthford was a groomsman, and Christina Murray was in attendance. Eric and Miriam live in Spokane.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Justin Foster married Cora Reuter ’00 Aug. 14 in a small beach ceremony on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they were engaged in 2005. Justin was promoted to vice president of professional services at Whatcounts Inc. in Seattle. Cora continues to teach violin lessons and perform locally. In December, she toured regionally with the Tran-Siberian Orchestra for Christmas concerts in Seattle’s Key Arena and Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. Their daughter, Mera, was born in October 2006. They live in Federal Way, Wash., and maintain a blog and photos at


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Paige Jamieson married Jeff Carroll ’02 July 12 in Maui. Paige is a high school math teacher and coach in the Lake Washington School District, and Jeff is a strength and conditioning coach. They live in Kirkland, Wash.

Doug Ullrich and his wife, Laura, were married March 10, 2007, in Tucson. Doug is a network engineer for Northrop Grumman. Laura works in student affairs at the University of Arizona. They live in Vail, Ariz.

John Hartsough is a para-substitute in the Clover Park School District. He lives in Lakewood, Wash.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Maggie Eastman married Jonathan Woods ’05 Nov. 11 in Puyallup, Wash. Maggie is a records specialist for the City of Tacoma and Jonathan is a carpenter. They live in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Andy Sprain married Erin Wolf ’06 on Sept. 2 at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp near Ft. Collins, Colo. Lutes in the wedding party included Colin McNamara, Leah Sprain ’03, Sharon Maloney ’06 and Audrey Knutson ’07. Andy and Erin are the directors of youth and family ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins and continue to work for Lutheran Ranches of the Rockies.

Scott Stauffer is working on his master’s degree in public policy at Oregon State University in Corvallis. His wife, Sara (Stores) Stauffer, is a physical education/health teacher at Portland’s Central Catholic High School.

Jessica (Boye) Thompson is a discipleship coordinator at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in University Place, Wash. Her husband, Luke, teaches automotive technology at Decatur High School. They live in Tacoma.

Heidi Larsen married Jonathan Ludeman Oct. 13 at Hillcrest Chapel in Bellingham, Wash. They honeymooned on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. PLU alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor Erika Larsen ’01, bridesmaids Erin (Feutz ’04) Loe and Sara Shideler ’04, and groomsman Bjorn Larsen ’03. Zachary Zimmerman ’02 served as an usher. Read in both English and Norwegian was 1 Corinthians 13. The maid of honor wore a traditional Norwegian bunad, and kransekake and krumkake were served along with the wedding cake. Heidi works for Pacific West Financial Group as a compliance associate. Jonathan works for Ludeman Capital Management as a financial advisor.


Christine Pettigrew married Michael Wagner ’05 Oct. 21, 2006, at The Vault in Tacoma. Christine is an operations manager/franchise trainer for E.C.S. Co. LLC. Michael is a business analyst. They live in Renton, Wash.

Laura Adamson, KPLU traffic manager, recently finished a seven-month volunteer effort as part of the call committee at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia. Some of Laura’s fellow teammates were Leo Eliason ’62 and Carolyn Wagner ’94, as well as former PLU athletic director and dean of the School of Physical Education, David Olson (1968-94). The lead pastor called was John Rosenberg, who has taught part-time in PLU’s religion department. He and his wife, Nancy (Faaren ’76), have two daughters who are PLU grads Liv ’01 and Britt ’05. Nancy was hired as the principal at Capital High School in Olympia.

Erin Donnithorne is a disability analyst for the State of Oregon. She bought a house with Mackenzie Gray ’06 in Salem, Ore.


Elyse Umemoto is the current Miss Washington. When she was crowned last summer, she made history as the first Native American to win the crown. Her platform was titled “Embracing Diversity, Empowering Women.”

Future Lutes

Gratia (Stolee) Barton and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of Alair Noel on Dec. 4. She joins big brother Lucas, 7.

Karen (Kelley) Mares and her husband, John, happily announce the birth of their son, Ryan Andrew, on Nov. 7. He joins big sister Kelley. Karen is a Gymboree Play & Music teacher, and John is an I.T. specialist with Bonneville Power Administration. They live in Portland, Ore.

Jenny Berk and her husband, Alex Hoffner, announce the birth of Sara Rebecca, on March 3, 2007. They live in Evans, Ga., where Jenny is an artist and Alex is an associate pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Brad Chatfield and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of Zachary Paul on Oct. 4. He joins Liam Peyton, 2. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Catherine (Johnson) Mulhall and her husband, Brian, were very happy to welcome their daughter, Isabella Lucia, on May 24, 2004. – a mirror image of her daddy. Catherine has been a psychotherapist with Rainier Associates in Tacoma since returning from Washington, D.C., in 2004. Brian recently completed his commitment to the U.S. Army and has joined Tacoma Digestive Disease Center as a gastroenterologist. They live in the north end of Tacoma.

Kristin (Stevens) Koskinen and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of James Magnus in September. He joins Will, 9, John, 7, and Catherine, 2. Kristin is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Kennewick, Wash.

Corey Bray and his wife, Leslie, announce the birth of their first child, Luke Conner, born on November 8.  Corey is an assistant athletics director at Eastern Kentucky University and Leslie is the director of athletics marketing at the University of Kentucky.  They live in Richmond, Kentucky.

Kristin and Matthew ’00 Kress-Weitenhagen welcomed Madelyn Ann Kress-Weitenhagen on Sept. 30, 2006. Kristin and Matthew were married in Idaho on Nov. 24, 2001. Attending were Jerry ’61 and Gwen (Thomas ’61) Kress, Keith Dussell ’97, Onora Lien ’00 and Timothy Brennan. Kristin is a part-time art teacher in the Bethel School District and a freelance mural artist. Matt works for Denali Advanced Integration’s site services and with the Air National Guard’s 111th ASOS as a system and network administrator. During military exercises in Japan, Matt was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for excellence and outstanding contributions to the exercise. They live in Lakewood, Wash.

Peter Briggs and his wife, Tricia, announce the birth of their daughter, Madelynn Colleen, on Sept. 12. Peter is a senior network administrator for SIATech, Inc. They live in Oceanside, Calif.

Shane and Erica (Wood ’97) Row announce the birth of Eleanor Velda on July 7 in New York City. Erica is an executive assistant in the real estate department of Morgan Stanley. She also sings with a professional vocal quartet, The Phoenix Quartet. Shane is the assistant director of registration at Columbia Law School.

David Quiggle and his wife, Valerie, announce the birth of their second child, Hailey Elizabeth, on April 10, 2007. Hailey joins big brother Tyler and shares his red hair and blue eyes. David is a police officer with the City of Kirkland (Wash.). They live in Snohomish, Wash.

Susan (Wagener) Dyrseth and her husband, Cameron, announce the birth of their son, Erik Cameron, on June 26. Susan is a manager of clinical outsourcing at Allos Therapeutics in Westminster, Colo. Cameron is an independent software consultant. They live in Johnstown, Colo.

Destry and Janet (Broyles) Johnson announce the birth of their twins, Tyler Cale and Erika Nicole on Aug. 18. Destry is an engineer at Boeing and Janet is a registered nurse. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Joy (Russell) Fulling and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Noah Robert on July 29. Joy is a registered nurse with Mason County (Wash.) Public Health. She works with disaster response, communicable disease and tuberculosis. Greg is a physical therapist and runs his own business, Total Health Physical Therapy, in Shelton, Wash. They live in Shelton, Wash.

Mark and Erika (Olson ’97) Mariani announce the birth of their son, Luke, on May 22. They live in Tacoma.

Mike Safford and his wife, Liza, celebrated the birth of their first son, Parker James, on Sept. 25. Mike is in his seventh year as sports information director at The College of Idaho. He picked up his 15th and 16th Top-Ten awards in the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association publications contest. He recently broadcast his 300th game for the Coyotes (including basketball, baseball and softball) – a craft he honed while at KCNS-6 on the PLU campus. They live in Caldwell, Idaho.

Cefe and Julie (Stith ’99) Quesada welcomed their son, Santiago, on March 3, 2007. Cefe is head of Technology Solutions, RIS, at Russell Investments, and Julie quit her job to be a full-time mom.

Jennifer (Goody) Hughes and her husband, Rene, announce the birth of Ryan Michels on July 10. They live in Renton, Wash.

Victoria (Vantramp) Tripp and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Cooper Michael on May 10. When Victoria and Mike were married in 2002, they included several PLU alumni in their wedding party: Kati (Nelson) O’Brien, Natasha (Vantramp) Morrison ’99, Karin Berglund ’99 and Brandy (Shively) Herrera ’02. Victoria is a clinical coordinator at Dove Family Dentistry in Puyallup. Mike works for Norpac Enterprises and CLS Construction in Tacoma.

Micah and Amy (Branae ’99) Hilario announce the birth of their son, Charley, on Aug. 9. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Gloria (Cefali) Varey and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of their son, Madden Dietrich, on June 24. Gloria is a radiologic technologist. They live in San Jose, Calif.

Doug and Amy (Ross ’03) Jonson welcomed Lucy Joy on Oct. 28, 2006. They live in Tacoma, where they minister to youth in the Hilltop area through New Song City Central and Tacoma Youth for Christ.

Holly-Kate (LaLonde) Foss and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of their first child, Miles Timothy, on Sept. 17.

Taralynn Lorance and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of their son, Ayden Kyle on Sept. 24. They live in University Place, Wash.

In Memorium

Alice (Peterson) Hayward on Oct. 21.

Maria Hageness on Sept. 26.
Howard Kvinsland on Sept. 1.

Erling Jurgensen on June 17.

Ruth Ardelle (Carlson) Freberg on Sept. 6.

Anders Sola on Aug. 23.

Dorothy (Jensen) Sola on May 22.
Waletta (Hornshuh) Carlson on Nov. 26.

Guttorm Gregersen on Aug. 16.

Eldon Kyllo on Nov. 15.

Don Anderson on Oct. 5.
Robert Baird on July 6.

Loyd Harvey on Oct. 14.
Buehl Berentson on Nov. 9.
Benjamin Hanson on Nov. 11.

Jean (Christianson) Wolfe on Oct. 17.

Winnifred (Mitton) Nusbaum on Aug. 3.

Theodore Bondurant on July 3.

William Nelson on Nov. 5.

Liv Anne Kittilsby on Nov. 16.

Rollie Wulff on Aug. 4.

Kenneth Riggers on July 15.

Bruce Alexander on Sept. 3.
Keith Charboneau on Oct. 20.

Cheryl (Smith) Gundy on Aug. 15.
Kenneth Sammons on Oct. 3.

Richard Bilyeu on Oct. 6.
Joanne (Lanzendorfer) Schaller on Nov. 14.

William Katsarsky on Aug. 28.

Margaret (Ferguson) Wilson on June 19.

Elaine (Schmieg) Larson on Aug. 6.

Faculty and staff

David Vinje died Nov. 12 in North Dakota. Dave joined the faculty in 1970. His PLU career spanned 30 years, and he entered phased retirement in 2000. He was a leader in the economics department and is fondly remembered by his colleagues. Bob Jensen, also professor emeritus in the department, notes that Dave was a true champion for the role economics plays in a liberal arts curriculum. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and two sons.

Isabel Harstad Watness died January 3. She was the granddaughter of founding president Bjug Harstad. Isabel graduated from PLC in 1946, where she met her husband, Luther Watness ’48. In 1985, Isabel joined the PLU staff as executive secretary in the humanities, and worked for the university until 1995. Isabel and her family established the Harstad Lecture in memory of Bjug Harstad, as well as an endowment to fund a series of lectures that helped carry out Harstad’s wish that Scandinavian-Americans not lose touch with their ancestral culture and traditions. She is survived by her daughters Kathleen ’71, Elisabeth, and Andrea (Dauterman) ’86, and sons Eric ’70, Rolf, David ’82, and Philip.