Class of '73
August 2003

Dear Classmates and Friends:

As Judy Collins once sang (or maybe she sang it a hundred times), “Who knows where the time goes?”  I’m thinking about Judy Collins because I have tickets to see her at the State Fair.  I’m thinking about how time flies because we’ve been alumni for 30 years!!!  By now we’re either rich or not, we’ve added pounds or not, we’re successful in our careers or not, we’re empty nesters or not, we’ve lost parents or not, we’re divorced or not.  Of one thing I’m quite sure, however:  we’re who we’re going to be.  No more “Someday I'm gonna be…”  Another thing I’m quite sure of:  whoever we are, it’s okay.  So let’s get together for our 30th reunion and share our stories.  Call a couple of friends and plan to attend our reunion together.  The dinner on Friday, Sept. 26, is in Bloomington, so I hope to see lots of Twin Cities alums.  The Saturday festivities are in St. Peter.  The campus is lovely in September.  I hope to see many of you there.  Specifically, 1969 Wahlstrom sections 203, 204, and 408; 1970 Sohre 3; all music majors.  Be there or be square!

Now, here's the news:

  • Linda Dangel Sieracki.  “I am working part-time as a medical technologist at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.  Everything else is pretty much the same.  My youngest daughter is still in high school, one son is still in college, and the other son has graduated from college and is back home.”
  • William Beslock lives in White Lake, MI.  He has two children, Christie 16 and Billy 12.
  • Dale Fredell, Lindstrom, MN.  “I am manager, Education Services for the Food & Beverage Division of Ecolab where I have been employed since 1977.”
  • Nancy Youngren Liddy.  “I’m an adult nurse practitioner working for Hennepin County Community Health Dept.  Our youngest just graduated from college (Notre Dame).  Yeah!  No more tuition!”
  • Stephen P. King, Savage, MN.  “I began employment as the city administrator for the City of South St. Paul on April 7, 2003.  It presents a very different set of challenges and opportunities when compared to my previous employment with the City of Savage, a rapid-growth urban fringe suburb.  I very much enjoy the new environment and am blessed with a talented staff and an outstanding City Council.  I remarried in August 2001 (Lorie), who is a 7th grade math teacher at a parochial school in Mahtomedi.  We have had a commuter marriage as I juggled joint parenting of three children in Savage with a wife who lives in Mahtomedi with a son who will be graduating from Mahtomedi High School this spring [’03?].  We both dearly look forward to finding a home in South St. Paul and finally being under one roof.”
  • Carleen Erickson Ronchetto, Duluth, MN, is “program director for Practical Nursing at Lake Superior College for the past 10 years.  Husband, Mike, is a self-employed carpenter.  Son, Brent, completed culinary arts program at Hibbing CC and daughter, Kristin, finishing junior year in high school [June ’03?].”
  • Brenda Footh Duyan, Napa CA.  “I’m interested in knowing if Gustavus is working to develop any green buildings—”
  • Anne Voorhees Chmielewski, West Trenton, NJ, is program director for New Jersey Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Information Systems & Networks “CVISN.”
  • Patrick Bailey, NYC, “Currently project manager in technology division of NYSE.  Opening a gift/men’s shop on Fire Island with friends – looking forward to a busy summer season.”
  • William Hartman, West St. Paul, MN.  Owner of Triple Seven Ent., Inc.  Wife, Claire, works for Cornerstone Titles.  Daughter, Rena, is in graduate school at NYU.
  • Pam Strandlund Colter, Forest Lake, MN.  Pam is in direct patient care at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming, MN.  She oversees and writes orientation programs for the non-physician ER staff and writes and coordinates ongoing competency programs for all non-physician ER staff.  Daughter, Jackie, graduated in May from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis with a major in adult psychology and minor in child psychology.  Daughter, Angie, is a sophomore at Augsburg with a major in music therapy.  [She might be a junior by the time you read this].  Daughter, Becky, graduated this past spring from Forest Lake High School and plans to go to college this fall.  Pam is getting married 9/19.  New last name will be Torkkola. 
  • Thomas S Neilsen, New Glarus, WI, is a pastor with Swiss United Church of Christ, Inc.  He is building houses and clinics in El Salvador – would love to take Gustavus students.
  • Brad Swanson is an attorney in Pine River, MN.  His wife, Joanie, works as his legal assistant.  Son, Javen, just completed his freshman year at Gustavus.  Brad enjoys boating, fishing, hunting and golf.  And he flies a single engine plane.
  • Diane Dornburg lives in Urbandale, IL, where she is an associate attorney.  In September 2001, she adopted Samantha, who turned 12 last May.
  • Mary Frey Sauter is an elementary art specialist in Eau Claire, WI.  Her daughter is (was on 4/30) a senior at Madison in accounting.
  • Tom Langsjoen is retired in St. Peter, MN.  He retired from State Corrections (age 48!).  May return to work if the spirit moves him!  He’s on campus regularly around the Lund Center.  Come to the reunion and look for him there or at home, 611 S 7th St.
  • Adrian Sola is a self-employed psychotherapist in St. Louis, MO.
  • Steve Lee is, in the words of Matt Peterson ’73, a State PCA bigwig.  His actual title is supervisor of emergency response.  Number 1 son graduated from Gustavus in 2001.

Here’s my standard mea culpa.  I have to decipher many different penmanships to produce the class notes.  If I wrote something incorrectly, I apologize in advance.  Please don’t be offended, it wasn’t intentional.  Just let me know what I should have written, and I’ll make the correction in the next letter.

One more thing.  On Saturday, August 23rd, I’ll be at the Lake Harriett band shell, listening, as I do every year, to Neal and Leandra.  They’re Gusties, classes of ’81 and ’83, respectively.  I don’t know what Neal majored in, but Leandra was a Spanish major.  Now they’re folk singers of national acclaim.  Ya gotta just love a liberal arts education!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you at our reunion next month.  Send in your registration NOW!!

Warm Regards,

Marcia L Stephens

1973 Co-class Agent