Class of '59
May 2004

Dear Class of ’59,

Earlier this month, the reunion committee met and we are planning a great reunion for October!  Expect to receive a mailing each month revealing details and why YOU should attend.  I’ve just finished reading the latest Gustavus Quarterly and the enthusiasm displayed by our new president, Jim Peterson ’64, is the number one reason to attend the reunion.  He has a real vision for Gustavus for the generations to come.  You’ll want to meet him for certain!

Wilt Croonquist, Lois Madsen Allen and I have made some last minute phone calls and have sent letters to some of you whom we haven’t heard from in a while.  Amazing, the news we’ve received.

Myrna Landmark Noyed is a semi-retired nurse working part-time at the Phillips Eye Institute where she apparently renewed acquaintances with Wilt, his wife Betty and their daughter.  She spent much of last winter at her condo on Margarita Island that is near Caracas, Venezuela.  She hopes to get to the reunion.

Remember Stan Jurgenson?  He’s come out of hiding and is currently in Danville, IL.  He’s been a chaplain with the Veterans’ Administration for the last 35 years—in Fort Howard, MD, Milwaukee and Danville.  Now he’s about to retire and is seeking a part-time parish in either Illinois or Las Vegas where three of his four children reside.  We hope he will be at the reunion.

We wish Don Tiegs a speedy recovery from a cornea transplant and cataract surgery.  With improved vision, he should do well at the World Horseshoe Tournament in Pocatello, ID.  Last winter he participated in six tournaments in Mesa, AZ—bringing home winnings in three of them.

Duane Aldrich has been appointed the new volunteer affiliate coordinator of the Willmar Area Community Foundation.  It looks like he’s in much the same position as Wilt and me―looking for donations.  We wish him well in his endeavor.

Wilt Croonquist and Betty are off to Sweden with Wilt’s twin and spouse.  While there, they will see an English production of the play, “They Sold Their Homesteads”—a play about Swedish immigrants.  The same play will be done in Stockholm, Wisconsin this July.  We plan to attend there—a much shorter, less expensive trip!

A phone call to the Holmen household, found Elaine (Torrey) and Bob just returned from a business trip to Florida.  Elaine was spending a rainy day reading while Bob was catching up on bookwork.

Brad Johnson reminded me of the fact that at one time we were Chapel partners.  He’s now a semi-retired family physician.

Fritz Kilander will be at the reunion with pictures from long ago and tales of those days.

Muriel Doherty Haegele is a retired librarian in Federal Way, WA.  There’s hope that she’ll be home for the reunion.

Linda Lund Anderson, our famous ghostwriter, is doing another stint at long-term substituting.  We hope she has time to get all the plants planted at her apartment complex.

Herb Johnson is a retired pastor now living in Livermore, CO.  For many years he was a pastor in Lindsborg, KS.  That is one Swedish community—fun to visit.

Sadly, I learned that Lydia Simonson Norberg is living in a nursing home.  A broken hip and onset of Alzheimer’s has taken her there.  If anyone is near the Lake Ridge Nursing Home in Roseville, her husband felt that she would enjoy some company.

We’ve received notice of the Women’s Athletic Golf Outing on Monday, June 21, 2004.  This is for all past and present Gustavus women athletes, parents and friends.  It will be held at the LeSueur Country Club and the cost is $100 per player.  I imagine that Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom, Lois Madsen Allen and Linda Lund Anderson will represent our class.

As Wilt and I have visited with many of you, we’ve learned about all your activities especially in retirement.  We look forward to having you share your tales with all of us.  Possibly some of you will bring things for “Show and Tell.”

Wilt and I also want to thank you all for your generous contributions to the Fund Drive.  It looks like we’ll keep our jobs for another year!  That’s all the news for now―we’ll see you in October.

Gustavianly yours,

Wilt Croonquist          Carol Johnson Heyl

1959 Co-class Agents