Class of '59
February 2004

Dear Classmates,

Let me reacquaint you with our guest writers for this winter’s edition of our class letter.  While at Gustavus, Linda Lund Anderson, was an elementary education major, active in the choir and aquatic league.  After graduation she married Roy ’57 and there followed 3 children:  Jenny, Martha, and Carl.  Once the kids were in school, Linda returned to teaching in Burnsville until retirement in 1996.   At that time she moved to the California Bay Area living there long enough to fall in love with the Sunshine State.  Family in Minnesota, especially the arrival of grandbabies lured her back and she now keeps busy with substitute teaching, working at the Pottery Barn in Edina, traveling and doting on three granddaughters.  While Linda was in California she reconnected with Lynette Street Flato, our second writer.  Lynner at Gustavus was a physical education major, also in the aquatic league.  She was known for her dance ability, and I remember her for her creativity in turning a hunk of fabric into the most fantastic clothes!  After Gustavus, Lynner used her teaching training in Flint, MI, for two years, and then took off for California.  There she met Edwin, an immigrant from Germany, and she became a permanent California girl living in the Bay Area.  She and Edwin married and had two daughters, Heidi and Erica.  From 1982 to 1997 Lynette worked for a Japanese furniture company in the San Francisco Design Center.  Upon retirement, they sold their home in SF and moved to their summer home on the Russian River in wine country north of the city.  It’s a cozy cottage nestled in redwoods which Edwin remodels and Lynner redecorates, an ongoing project.

Before I turn this over to the two of them, I want to remind you to consider giving to the Alumni Fund, if you have not already.  Last year we achieved our goal of 139 donors, which is 64% participation.  This year we are aiming for 142 donors with 65% participation.  Wilt and I want to stress that it is not the dollar amount, but rather your participation and interest in Gustavus that truly counts.  I know that I give because I’m thankful for the education and life foundation I received at Gustavus.  As of December 30th we have 79 donors or 36.4%  (about half way to the goal) with $11,963.  This compares to 61 donors or 28.1% and $7200 last year at this time.  The fund drive ends May 31 so there is still plenty of time.  Just don’t put off giving too long.  With that…I will go write my check right now.

Have a good winter.... stay warm,

Carol Johnson Heyl

Hi 59ers!

We don’t know if guest writers deserve that much ink, but Carol’s the boss.  It was certainly a weak moment when we consented to write this winter edition of the class letter.  Perhaps it was too much Avis (Baldwin) and Bill Rill/Bob and Nancy Olson hospitality and a very persuasive Wilton Croonquist in Sun City Grand back in March of ’03.  Maybe you recall a photo in the Quarterly of the group of Gustie Arizona Snowbirds gathered at the Rills at the time when the two of us and Liz Brown Sandquist were there visiting.  We had a wonderful time with the folks there, but regret later that we’d said yes to the letter.  We could hardly refuse or renege later on Wilt and Carol who do this on a regular basis keeping us in contact, informed, and entertained.  It is appropriate to thank them at this time for their loyalty to Gustavus and to us, the class of ’59.  Wilt and Carol, now more than ever, we appreciate your time and effort keeping all of us in the loop.

So we, Lynette and Linda, initiate the practice of an occasional guest writer.  You, too, could be one of these!  As a single, a pair or a group (we found safety in numbers), you are welcome to indicate interest to Carol and/or Wilt.  There’s gotta be voices out there that we would all enjoy hearing from.

As winter drew near, Lynner asked Wilt if there is a due date on the letter.  His response was,  “The target date is January 15th and yes, you could go to jail or the Flame Bar or Joe’s Place if you are tardy.  However, seeing as the class of 1959 has two very influential class agents, and we tell the Alumni Office that you were practicing the ball-and-the-jack and that Linda was at cooking school learning how to make Swedish meatballs and perfecting her lutefisk recipe, we could get you both off with a lighter sentence.”  Lynner has been watching her back in fear! 

We were going to do this collaboration by Linda visiting Lynette; however, winter is not the best time of year to be in California so the trip’s been postponed.  Now, by email and phone, we have tried to find times when we are both available to communicate.  That’s a bit tricky as, among other things, grandparenting duty has interrupted each of our schedules at different times for several days, jury duty called Lynette into San Francisco, and procrastination has played more of a part than either of us would like to admit.  But it is still winter, at least in Minnesota.  In fact, for the first time in several years, winter looks like winter should―a white wonderland.  As I, Linda, write this, out the window is another lovely snowfall.

Eleven classmates met in December to plan our upcoming 45th reunion.  Wilt and Carol, Lois Madsen Allen, Tusa Johnson Bergman, Dave Eckman, Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom, Liz Johnson Dahl, John Bold, Sonia and Sandra Anderson, and Linda Lund Anderson all enjoyed lunch together as they brainstormed ideas and even came to some conclusions.  Put these dates on your calendar and make plans to attend on October 1 and 2.  Friday we will be at the Radisson South in Bloomington and Saturday on the Gustavus campus.  You are all encouraged to send “memories” in any form to Carol Johnson Heyl to be put in a “The Way We Were” book or display.  Look for more reunion information and registration in the summer Quarterly.  If you live in or around the Twin Cities, Wilt and Carol invite you to participate in the planning.  Let them know if you would like to join them at the next meeting in April.

In order to assure there would be something to share in this class letter, Linda gleaned the following news from those at the meeting:

Those escaping Minnesota winter are Sunny and Sandy Anderson who will be in Hawaii for three weeks of time-share.  John Bold, nine years retired from Dayton’s, will be spending five months at their Tucson home.  Liz Johnson Dahl and husband, John ’58, winter for three months in Pine Island, FL at the same complex as Dorothy (Rylander) and John ’58 Johnson.

Wilt and Betty left the end of January for Sun City Grand to enjoy their second year of escaping part of our Minnesota winter, this year for two months.  He’s hoping to get some mulligans from Bob Olson and Bill Rill.  He sends greetings from Diana (Sroder) and Cliff Johnson and Shirley (Zaske) and Pat Sweeney.  You can check in with Wilt on his cell:  320-295-1361 or at his Arizona number:  623-215-4594.

Linda was about to leave for a week in Vail with her children and three granddaughters, one of them just a few months old.  Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom headed home to prepare for 24 people coming to a law office party at their house and to get the cookies and cider ready for members of the Salvation Army who gather every year in the neighborhood park to decorate a tree.  Jeanne also has a new grandbaby.

Dave Eckman reported that son, Brian, will be returning in February from a tour of duty in Baghdad in the FBI segment.  Dave and wife, Jan (Erickson ’70), now live permanently at their Sand Lake home.

Congratulations to Tusa Johnson Bergman and her husband, Dick ’56, who were honored for being in the top 7½% of realtors in the Twin Cities.

The Gustavus Library Associates had their most successful Royal Affair yet raising over $200,000 for the library endowment, in large part due to the efforts of Lois Madsen Allen.  She has served on the GLA Board for 20 years, four of them as president and is currently serving a second term as finance officer.  She is an advisor to many, is often responsible for the auction at the Royal Affair, and has twice chaired the whole affairLois does more than her part for Gustavus and thanks all who support this gala event.  Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom and Joyce Johnson Elvestrom also serve on the GLA Board.

Carol Johnson Heyl has no plans for winter travel, rather she and Don are deciding on a floor plan for the new town home they will move to this year.  As avid cross-country skiers, they are loving the winter we’re having.  Carol fills her time with quilting, volunteering, a book club and PEO of which she will be president this spring.  She is excited about the upcoming marriage of daughter, Erica.

Here are the news and notes we’ve acquired one way or another about other classmates, all second hand so forgive if there are inaccuracies:

John Elstrom is an orthopedic surgeon and owner of an orthopedic clinic in Chicago. The Elstroms have six children.  Many of them are in the education field and some have made a career in journalism.  John has no immediate plans to retire.

Speaking of retirement, Dan Johns has announced that he plans to retire only after his new church in Eveleth is completed.

Judge Paul Magnuson has spent time in Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf, working with the Iraqi’s on clauses to be put in their forthcoming constitution.  We are twisting Paul’s arm to share more of his experiences at our reunion in the fall.

Avis (Baldwin) and Bill Rill downsized from their home of 17 years in Port Orchard, WA, moving to a new home in the same city.  They spent December packing and unpacking before moving south to their Sun City Grand residence.

Paul Youngdahl spoke at Love Lutheran Church in New Orleans last November on the occasion of the church’s 40th anniversary.  His entire family was with him much to the delight of the congregation as Paul was their first pastor.

Marilyn Gustafson Asp and Marie Munson Rutter reported the arrival of new grandchildren, Marilyn’s a girl and Marie’s a boy.

Allegra Nelson Olson is now a fully retired teacher.  She travels, particularly to England to visit a stepson and family.  She enjoys quilting and has shown a quilt at the Houston International Quilt Show.

Ray Austin is a resident of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico most of the year; at other times he lives in Seattle, WA.

Marion Johnson Sansted is enjoying retirement.  She has a son who is an attorney in New York City and another who is the assistant principal at a middle school in Edina.  Her oldest granddaughter recently graduated from NDSU in Fargo and an expected set of twin grandbabies must be here now.

Paul Engebretson has an OB/GYN practice in Alexandria, MN.  His wife, Linda (Pierson ’60) is now retired.

Jerry Hoffman is serving as senior pastor interim at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis.  His wife, Joan (Miller ’61), is retired and enjoys volunteering in a second grade class and keeps up with three book clubs.  They have fun with their four grandkids.

Marcia Wallin Hedberg is helping her daughter, Kara, pack to move their family to England for two years.  She will miss her only daughter and their three children.

Liz Sandquist Brown from Henderson, NV, sends her greetings.  She lives near Jim Stockdale and his wife and they meet occasionally for coffee or a Las Vegas show/concert.  Liz spent the Christmas holiday in Minnesota with two daughters, Kim and Kirsten, and their families.  Part of the time they were enjoying all sorts snow activities at Kim’s cabin in Wisconsin.

Nancy Oman Ward of San Mateo, CA, spent most of last June in Minnesota along with her daughter, Michele, and two grandchildren ages 3 and 1.  Her son, Max, is in Japan studying Japanese and Chinese languages.  When returning in April, he plans to attend graduate school.

Just in from Wilt:  Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford will be hosting an Arizona Gustavus party at their home on Saturday, March 6, starting at 4:00 p.m.  They live at:  10147 East Elmwood drive, Sun Lakes, AZ  85248.  You can reply by email to:  "Come one come all, dress is casual."  Interested Gusties can contact Wilt or the Cartfords at 480-883-3031.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent deaths of two classmates.  On October 26, 2003, Mary Enstad Newman of Willmar died from colon cancer that had spread to her liver.  Mary grew up in the Granite Falls area.  Following graduation she became a teacher in the Willmar school system.  She leaves behind her husband, Corby, also an educator, now retired.

Dr. Waldemar G. "Buzz" Johanson lost his 11-year battle with cancer on December 10, 2003, at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.  Quoting from his obituary in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “Buzz was an extraordinary administrator, teacher, physician, mentor and researcher, and was world renowned in the field of pulmonary medicine and the treatment of infectious lung diseases.  He authored over 100 medical articles and textbook chapters and was the recipient of numerous awards as a medical researcher.  After Gustavus, he received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1962.  From 1984 to 1990 he was chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  From 1991 to 2001 he served as chairman of the department of medicine at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark.”  Buzz is survived by his wife, Dr. Lisa Dever, and three daughters. If you are interested, Wilt will be happy to share his story of summer employment in Alaska with Buzz and Fritz Kilander.

It was a treat to hear the Gustavus Choir in concert as they started their 2004 midwestern tour.  Three of the selections in the program were reminiscent of our choir years in the late ’50sIt is always well worth taking in a concert when they are in your vicinity.

Campus News:

Building a Greater Gustavus Reaches Target

Gustavus celebrates reaching the $100 million target for the Building a Greater Gustavus capital campaign.  The campaign includes reconstruction projects following the 1998 tornados, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House), the new soccer and track complex, and more than 100 new scholarships.  Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects, such as Old Main renovation, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth.  Special thanks! goes to the volunteers and donors who contributed their resources to assist current and future Gusties. 

New Gustavus Video

Have you been to campus lately?  Can you remember your first time seeing Gustavus? The Admission Office has created a new video/DVD for prospective students to take a look at the College. Take a look online if you wish at <>.

Fine Arts

The Gustavus Symphonic Orchestra took a 16-day concert tour to China performing in such places as Beijing, the Great Wall, and Tianjin.  The Gustavus Choir took a 10-day concert tour to selected cities in North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, formerly the Gustavus Band, also toured during Spring Break.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is among leaders in Academic All-Americans.  The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels.

Extraordinary People

Peter Krause ’87 returned to Gustavus in November to meet and conduct workshops with students.  Krause has been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for his role as Nate Fisher in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO drama, “Six Feet Under.”  With the hope that the day would focus more on the students than on his newfound fame, Krause spent the afternoon doing acting work with classes and theatre and dance majors.

Great Teaching

In case you missed the note in the Fall 2003 issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we are asking alumni to send in short reminiscences, tributes, and anecdotes about professors who made a difference in their education—“the teachers and mentors who have made a lasting impression, who have imparted life lessons, whom you remember for their wit, or their mastery, or their encouragement, or their exacting standards . . . or their idiosyncrasies.” We are planning to focus an upcoming issue of the Quarterly on “great teaching” and would like to hear from those who experienced the classes of those great professors.  Send your paragraphs and stories to either Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations (, or Steve Waldhauser ’70 (, managing editor of the Quarterly, or in the mail to the College.

Upcoming Chapter Events

  • Atlanta, Georgia, Gustavus gathering – February 26
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, Gustavus gathering – February 27
  • Naples, Florida, Gustavus gathering – February 28
  • Vero Beach, Florida, Gustavus gathering – February 29
  • Sun City, Arizona, Gustavus gathering – March 19
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Gustavus gathering – March 20
  • Tucson, Arizona, Gustavus gathering – March 21

Before signing off, we send our best wishes and these reminders:  Send in your contribution to the Alumni Fund, put the reunion in your plans, and get in line to be a guest writer.  Do stay in touch, send news, and check out the Gustavus website for the monthly newsletter.


Lynette and Linda