Class of ’57

January 2012

Dear Classmates,

Well, we finally have a little snow on the ground.  Looks much better than dry brown grass.  I have been to an exciting 5th and 6th grade girls basketball game!  Ha!

I have been to Gustavus a couple of times since the last time I wrote.  I did see Christmas in Christ Chapel and of course LOVED it!  The theme was Julotta−the early Christmas morning service at Swedish churches.  I recognized most of the music−and when we got to the end− O Come All Ye Faithful −I could hardly get any of it out!  It is very hard to smile and cry at the same time!  Ha!  That arrangement and that place just gets to me I guess.

Speaking of “that place”−we have our 55th reunion on May 26!  It will be a tough one for me because Clem won’t be there to make his bad jokes, but I am really looking forward to seeing you all.  Life changes in an instant so like the song says, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold”.  And you are all like gold to me.

I also went down for St. Lucia Day and brought some friends.  For a change it was a beautiful day so the driving was a piece of cake.  We got there in plenty of time for the chapel service and the luncheon to follow.

I received Christmas cards from many of you.  I hope you don’t mind if I share some of it with the class.

Roger and Jo (Spooner) Lundblad had some special Swedish sausage for Christmas.  A family recipe that is known only to the family and made by a meat market just for them.  Roger’s mother’s family has kept it thru the years.  There was a big story about it in the Star Tribune at Christmas time.

Clyde and Jinny (Field) Cable are getting around these days in a wonderful home-built RV8 airplane.  The picture looks fabulous!  They also took a cruise to Alaska.

Gary and Joyce (Kirkvold) Knoll spent Christmas in Alaska with some of their kids.  On the day I am writing this, their daughter, Mary, is participating in the Polar Bear Jump Off in Seward, Alaska to raise money for Cancer.  Brrrr!  But wonderful too.

Gayle “Sook” and Lois (Wicktor) Falk have twin granddaughters who are freshmen at Gustavus.  All 14 members of their family were planning to spend Christmas in Cancun.  Fun!  And, in the small world department−they went to the annual Lutefisk/meatball dinner at their church and just happened to be seated at a table with Joyce (Kirkvold) and Gary Knoll!  Joyce and Lois were roomies at Gustavus!

Marcy Rhyne Herr is in India as I write.  She went to Alaska with her sisters earlier last year.  She has also done some work for Habitat for Humanity.  Marcy plays tennis whenever the weather allows too.  I am envious!  There is always a hole in my racquet!

I keep in touch with Gaylene Carlson Drew via email.  She also sent a letter.  She and her husband, Bill, live in Edgerton, WI.  Their three kids and two dogs were home for Christmas.

Roger and Marilyn (Johnson) Bertelsen went to Florida right after Christmas.  Roger looked forward to the golf games, and Marilyn to her knitting.

Roxanne McLaughlin Mellema and husband Dale left from Michigan for Texas right after Christmas.  Seems like everyone is heading south but me!

Lee and Barb( Jungas) Loewen had a trip to San Diego this year.  They are still residing in Mountain Lake.

Joe and Bev (Bloomquist) Todaro are all settled in the state of Washington.  They made a trip back to Virginia in April, but have found tennis and gardening to be hobbies at their new house in Washington too.  They were without power for two days this week with all the snow!

Ann Russell Johnson went on a Caribbean cruise last year.  In April Ann had a sarcoma removed from her stomach, but thankfully, she has been declared cancer free at this point!

Barb Carlson Glenzinski rings in the bell choir at her church.  I see her once in a while because her daughter belongs to my church.  I also see her at Minnesota Orchestra Coffee Concerts.

Speaking of Coffee Concerts--I was at a St. Paul Chamber concert a couple of weeks ago and ran into John “Bud” Peterson and Nancy (Johnson ʼ58) and Tom ʼ56 and Carolyn (Clogston) Enquist ʼ58.  Hugs all around.  That was fun.

Dick and Connie (Wold) Rome sent me a link via YouTube of their four granddaughters singing at their church in Texas.  That was fun.  Connie and Dick live in Sun Lakes, AZ in the winter and Woodbury, MN in the summer.  They will be here to celebrate Connie’s mom’s 80th year of graduation from Gustavus, Connie’s 55th, and their son Stuart’s 30th.  That is quite a record!  I wonder if any of us will be around for our 80th???  Or be able to go if we are!

Nancy Reiter Grimes was inducted into the Minnesota High School League Hall of Fame in May.  That is pretty impressive!  Congratulations Nancy.  She also has been doing a lot of traveling.  More than this space allows!  Ha!

Lois (Larson) and Glenn Mauston had a traditional Christmas at their home in Florida this year.  On Christmas Day they had a big traditional dinner at their church and spent the rest of the day at the beach!  Sure can’t do that in Minnesota!

Text Box:  After my last letter, I got a great email from Jon “Canuck” Berglund.  He sent this picture (right) of he, Fred Steiner and Mike Dale ʼ58 standing in front of the picture time-line in our new Beck Hall.  Seems the three roommates meet at Gustavus every year at Homecoming.

Well, so ends my epistle.

Tomorrow, Judy Lund Erdman, Bob Wahman, Marian Hennix Gable and I will have a teleconference with Gustavus’ reunion coordinator to make some plans for our 55th.  I hope you can put it on the calendar and be there to have lunch with us.  We ain’t gettin’ any younger you know!

Your humble class letter writer,

Marlys Mattson Nelson


PS-- I just remembered our class scholarship.  This would be a good year to add to it if you are so inclined.  That is what I plan to do anyhow.  As of November 30, 2011, our scholarship endowment has a market value of 34,599.  With it we are providing Brittany Corson, a junior nursing major from Lino Lakes, MN with a scholarship worth well over $1,000.  Just think how much more it could be if we all put $55 (or more) in it in honor of our 55th Anniversary coming up this May!

Campus News

Campaign Update

Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments. We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Naples - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples Beach Club and Hotel

Tampa - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Malio’s Prime

San Francisco - Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Hs Lordship

Los Angeles - Sunday, February 19, 2012 – The Paley Center

Palm Springs - Monday, February 20, 2012 - Escena Golf Club

Sun City - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Briarwood Country Club

Phoenix - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Rita’s Kitchen

Tucson - Friday, February 24, 2012 - Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Seattle - Friday, March 16, 2012 - The Swedish Cultural Center

Denver - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Gustavus Music Showcase in the Twin Cities

Tickets are now on sale for the Music Showcase!  The Music Showcase will be taking place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.  The Showcase will feature the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band.  This is a great opportunity to hear four major touring ensembles, showcasing the excellent music program at Gustavus.  Each ensemble will perform a piece commissioned for the concert and in honor of the College’s Sesquicentennial.  Tickets are $17.50 for general admission and $10 for students.  For more information or to order tickets visit:

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  February will feature JoNes Van Hecke ʼ88, Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and speaker for March will be Jeff Owen ʼ92, Assistant Professor in Economics/Management and Environmental Studies.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

Join Gustavus Library Associates

“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years.  What better way to acknowledge that important relationship than by joining the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)?  GLA's mission is to promote literature, learning, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.  All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.

With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members.  You can find the application form on the web at:  You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.