Class of ’68
This letter is from JanaLee Sponberg and I’m writing to you from Alexandria, VA, my home for nine months of the year. The remainder of the year, the summer months of June, July and August, I now reserve for time in paradise−a lake cabin in southern Minnesota! It’s only been two years that I’ve been able to spend my summers just a ways down the road from Lake Wobegon, and I’m loving every minute of being back “home” for the summer. Granted there is a bit of cultural adjustment in the spring as I move from urban to rural, but I love it! It’s an added delight to host friends and family who have made time to visit Beaver Lake.
Let’s talk about living by a lake. For those of you who do, this is not a new experience, but for me it is very new and wonderful. Waking up to a cool breeze, fish jumping and birds singing is just a little slice of heaven. There is such peace and tranquility in the country. I’m happy to say that the mosquitoes didn’t arrive until July 3rd, so for six weeks, the weather and outdoor activity was spectacular. Then the mosquitoes came with a vengeance. So I had to figure out how to find the right combination of clothes and mosquito spray to survive outside! While we discuss weather, Minnesotans complained about how hot the weather was. At the same time I kept hearing from friends on the east coast reports about severe weather and record breaking heat hovering in the 90s for weeks. Now that’s hot! I was very glad I was in Minnesota! Perhaps there is no place with perfect weather, all the time.
The only unfortunate parts of this summer were the multiple, devastating tornados that hit southern Minnesota on June 17 and the hail and wind that hit the same area one week later. One edge of the storm hit less than two miles from my cabin. The destruction over that 40 by 60 mile area was staggering. Whole farm sites cleared, homes and barns, gone, silos damaged, 200 year-old oak forests, shredded, equipment tossed about. In true Minnesota fashion, everyone recognized that they had survived, counted their blessings, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help those affected by cleaning up the mess. What a comfort to have help from friends and neighbors for those facing such a significant loss. More recently, floods have decimated southern Minnesota and have wrecked more havoc on many people in that same area. Prayers go out to all of them.
Do you realize that this year, for those classmates born in ’46, they have arrived at the age of the birth year reversed−64? It only happens once in a lifetime! Have you ever had a song that keeps running through your head? This year for me−for some reason−that song for me has been by Paul McCartney from the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” When I’m Sixty-Four.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
You’ll be older too and if you say the word,
I could stay with you.
Will you still need me,
Will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four?
Years ago, when I heard that song, I didn’t trust anyone over 30. The thought of being 64 was not only impossible but ancient! Today, the good news is that we can expect to live another 20 years or more. We’re well-educated, hopefully healthy, and may have a plan to enjoy the fun years ahead. If you are lucky enough to be retired, I hope you are active in selected activities, crafts, or volunteering in your community, to help those less fortunate. If you haven’t got a plan, it’s time for you to focus and find a way to maximize your enjoyment and quality of life.
When I get older, losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a valentine,
Birthday greeting, bottle of wine?
I can send you your Valentine and birthday greeting right here, right now, in this letter, but the wine will have to wait until I see you in person… Meanwhile, enjoy yourself and spread that joy around.
CLASS NEWS AND NOTES
Kathy Eaton Asted reports that she is busy traveling with her dental consulting business.
Sam Carlson, Loretto, MN is a senior medical consultant for Rona Consulting Group.
Steve Kagol had a very successful Ironman event in Hawaii in October. He covered 140 miles, biking, swimming and running: 14 hours, 1 minute, 24 seconds. Despite great pain throughout his body, he managed to get psyched by the crowds at the end and finished strong with a big stride and a big grin. Now that’s just “Crazy after all these Years!!”
Angie Kuper Christmann retired from administration at UC Santa Cruz, where she continues to volunteer for the local Land Trust and help husband, Jim, in running two marine research vessels, one of which is for sale. Want to buy a boat? Call Angie.
Marilyn Hempftling Falksen, Arlington, VA is enjoying retirement from the Justice Department and having time to travel. This year she and husband, David, have been to Egypt, Jordan, and Russia as well as New York City, Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. They also took two trips to visit friends and family in Minnesota.
Susan Swanson Foster got together in September with brothers, Tom Swanson ʼ73 Paul Swanson ʼ71 and his wife, Dorothy, sister, Nancy Swanson Tischbein ʼ80 a few of their kids, and friends Bob and Ruth (Ulrich) Fransen ʼ72 ʼ73 to make Swedish potato sausage to freeze and serve for Christmas dinner. They didn’t make just a little, they made a lot−240 pounds! (Someone wanted to double the recipe!) They have fun, or they wouldn’t keep doing it every year.
Diana Dornak Hoffman is continuing on her education path. She admits she’s finishing what she started 10 years ago, working towards her master’s in education. Being forty years older than her classmates she describes as a challenge in itself. Youth definitely thinks and works differently. She will be finished in April; thankfully, she says and back to some semblance of a real life.
Although not retired, Keith and Liz (Vinz) Keller, Edina, MN, are enjoying spending time at their lake cabin near Fergus Falls, and are thankful for good health, friends and that their son is home from the war! Son, Ethan ʼ03, was honorably discharged as an active duty officer in the Marines, and is now a fulltime MBA student at St. Thomas University.Dan Kolander is the senior pastor at First Lutheran Church in Marion, IA.
Peg (Mitchell) Luther teaches sixth grade in ISD #273 Edina, MN.
Paula Navarro is in her last year as a food service manager/para at New Heights Charter School in Afton, MN. Perhaps this will allow much more time to travel and volunteer in her future.
OK Reunion: On August 20, 2010, twenty-nine Omega Kappa (OK) Fraternity brothers gathered at John Moorhead’s house to tell a few stories, tell few jokes, laugh a lot and re-new old friendships that date back over 40 years. The gathering was put together by Chuck Lewensten, Blake Shelton ʼ69, Jim Krieger, Ron Witter and John Moorhead and brought together OK's from the classes of 1966 through 1973. The refreshments were cold, the food was warm (thanks to our chef Ron Witter) and the memories flowed with every conversation.
Joining in the festivities were From left to right First row: Lee Tollefson, Rick Zweig, John Moorhead, Blake Shelton ʼ69, Jim Lindberg, John Menge ʼ66, Ted Schramm and Jim Schoenrock. Second row: Greg Benson ʼ69, Marlin Rudebusch, Ken Losch, Keith Witter ʼ69, Jim Krieger, Chuck Lewensten and Ron Hobart ʼ69. Third row: Jim Henrichsen, Mike Karels, Paul Swanson ʼ71, Dave Swanson ʼ69, Bruce Anderson ʼ70, Jon Schoenrock ʼ69, Ron Witter, John Greupner ʼ70 and Terry Ische ʼ66. Not pictured: Phil Carlson (our photographer), Mark Bernhardson ʼ71, Tom Swanson ʼ73 and Jim Nolen ʼ66. As many of you know the OK’s left campus in 2006, but after spending an evening together with this group it’s very apparent that the spirit and the lifelong friendships truly live on.
John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead, when they are not entertaining OK’s, say things have been pretty quiet around the Moorhead house. Kris spent as much time in the gardens as weather permitted, and their travel involved long weekends to Lake Vermilion, a trip to the west coast to visit their grandson and moving one year closer to social security!
Dawn Nelson and Nancy Clubb Rauen went on a two week hiking trip in the Yorkshires and Moors of northern England in May. First time either of them had done any serious hiking, but they loved it! In a second major trip, Dawn and friends traveled to South Africa for a tour in early October.
Karen Monson Peterson is finally enjoying her retirement from teaching with the St. Paul school system.
JanaLee Sponberg entertained folks at the cabin that included family, Ade and Donna (Elvestrom) Sponberg ʼ58 ʼ58, Steve and Mim (Sponberg ʼ67) Kagol, and friends, Kathy Eaton Asted, Paula Navarro, Susan Swanson Foster, Cheryl Braunworth Carlson, Liz Vinz Keller and son, Ethan ʼ03, and David and Marilyn Hempftling Falksen. She has retired from the Department of Defense a second time and took advantage of the free time to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia in late October to see numerous incredible sites.
Bob Roepke reports in from Chaska where he works in land development at the Community Asset Development Group.
Barbi Gray Wenschlag enjoys retirement from teaching. She has fun in the summer working at Grandview Lodge’s “The Pines” golf course in Nisswa and sees lots of Gusties golfing. So visit her in beautiful Minnesota lake country!! And as if Barbi doesn’t get enough golf at “The Pines,” she also lives on a golf course up in Breezy Point. FORE!!!!
Gary Wenschlag retired from teaching, coaching, and being a principal, and is substitute teaching in Sioux City, IA.
Results of the 2009-10 Annual Fund for our class were $44,700 total dollars credited from 88 donors for a participation rate of 26.7 %. Thank you for keeping Gustavus in your financial considerations, despite this difficult economy. I think it would be great if everyone in our class wrote a check to Gustavus for $64 (or more of course) this year.
The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary. In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory. Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information. We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.
What is Good Food? The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held Oct. 5-6. It explored the many levels of this question. From our seven distinguished panelists we considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other. Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered. You can hear the talks online at: http://gustavus.edu/events/nobelconference/2010/.
Athletics Hall of Fame
Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Sat., Oct. 9. Inductees for 2010 are: Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.
Alumni Art Show
Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester. A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m. This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.
“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast
Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker. All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard. Cost is $10 at the door. Upcoming breakfasts include Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.
Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010 are now available. Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at: www.gustavustickets.com. If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.
1968 Co-class Agent