Class of '61
August 2001

Dear Reunion Classmates of 1961,

Invitations from the Alumni Office are on the way for our Homecoming 40th Reunion September 21 and 22. Please contact the Alumni Office if you do not receive one. The Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington is located between the airport and the Mall of America, and it is accessible from I-494. Since the tornado in 1998, Gustavus has scheduled Friday evening events in the Twin Cities for many classes. If you prefer St. Peter reunions, you could schedule for the Saturday luncheon and then be on campus for many Homecoming activities and the social gathering at Elsa Cornell's home after the game. In just ten years we will be joining the 50-Year Club and those reunions have been held traditionally in May on campus. I hope that you will be able to attend this year because it will be unique for our class. It doesn't seem possible that our 40th is almost here!

Many things on campus will be the same as you remember, but more things than ever before will have changed. The small map on Gustavus' invitation will help you to find Campus Center for Saturday's luncheon. Some other trivia-type location questions come to mind:

    1. What parts of campus can you now see from the McDonalds on the way into St. Peter?
    2. Does the chapel's steeple look the same as it did before the tornado?
    3. Where is the bookstore located now?
    4. Did the "Old Gus" statue move during/after the tornado?
    5. Has the entrance to Johnson Hall changed since the tornado?
    6. Can you locate the Granlund sculpture dedicated to Cec Eckhoff?
    7. Campus now has a temporary housing facility called Prairie View. Where is it?
    8. Where is the Marketplace (new cafeteria)?
    9. Can you locate the Granlund sculpture dedicated to Ren and Sylvia Anderson (parents of Jim '60 and Tom '62), both of whom worked at Gustavus when we were there?
    10. Can you locate the new Gustavus track?
    11. Can you find the Alumni Office?
    12. In what direction do cars park in the big parking lot that runs from Coed Hall (Norelius) toward campus?


Leire, Marie Charlotte Af Ugglas - Nyhamnslage, Sweden - Married to Klas - Children: Johan, Maria, Charlotte, Erik. Assistant manager of Louisefreds Jordbruks AB.

Wiberg, Rev. Dr. James - Vienna, Austria - Married to Luray - Children: Martin, Karen, David, Kymm. Pastor of Vienna Community Church.


Dahlquist, Samuel - Vasselboro - Married to Anita - Children: Ann, Rafe. Retired from ownership of a pharmacy.


Gustafson, Marilyn Heier - Fort Washington - Married to Dr. Milton ’61 - Children: Erik, Adam. Home/hospital teacher for the Prince George's County Schools.

Gustafson, Dr. Milton - Fort Washington - Married to Marilyn (Heier ’61) - Children: Erik, Adam. Retired archivist at the U.S. National Archives.

Nord, Carol Anne Cope - Glen Burnie - Married to Philip Nord ’61 - Children: Randall, Karin. Works at Oakwood Elementary School.

Nord, Philip - Glen Burnie - Married to Carol Anne (Cope ’61) - Children: Randall, Karin. Senior examiner at Universal Underwriters Insurance.


Hanson, Rev. Dr. Paul D. - Cambridge - Married to Cynthia - Children: Amy, Mark, Nathaniel. Lamont professor of divinity at Harvard University.


Richardson, Sharon - New York City.

Vretholm, Lennart - Brooklyn - employed by Art Lore, Inc.


Dr. R. Michael Blaese - New Hope - Married to Julianne (Johnson ’62) - Children: M. Elise, Kristianne. Chief scientific officer at ValiGen.


Van Deusen, John - Columbia - Married to Linda. Retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.


Strand, Mary Ann Swanson - Centreville - Widowed - Children: Charles, Carolynne. Kindergarten teacher at First Steps Preschool.



Chaffee, Judith Johnson - Nevada - Married to Forrest Chaffee ’54 - Children: Holger and Heather. Teaches fourth grade.

Davick, Janice Berntson - Decorah - Married to Dorrance - Children: Liv and Andrew. Works at a retail store, Happiness Is.

Freeman, Dennis - Ames - Married to Janice - Children: Mark, Sara, Cary and Maret. Self employed owner of Freeman Agency.

Kneeskern, Wayne - Richland - Married to Gertrude - Children: Scott and Michelle - Controller for Thaddeus Computing, Inc.

Larson, Dr. Merwyn - Mason City - Married to Beverly - Children: Aaron, Sarah. Retired physician -- anesthesiology.

Malloy, Mary Beth Longe - Cedar Rapids - Married to Daniel Malloy ’63 - Children: Daniel, Erin. Co-owner of Malloy Custom Pianos.

Swenson, Rev. John - Red Oak - Married to Ramona (Ulrich ’62) - Children: Kristine, Kathryn, Elizabeth. Pastor at Immanuel Luther in Kimballton.


Collin, Dr. Daniel - Barrington - Married to Janice - Children: Kristina, Michael, Kari. Retired as staff radiologist at Hawaii Permanente Medical in Honolulu.

Engman, Lee - Mundelein - Married to Joanne - Children: Kimberly, Lee Erik, Charles. Employed in information technology at Allegiance Healthcare.

Nelson, Dr. Mary - Chicago - President and CEO of Bethel New Life, Inc.


Bjorklund, Doniver A. - Gladstone - Retired from Fingerhut.

Elvekrog, Janice Sanftner - Birmingham - Married to Dr. Maurice - Children: Julie, Eric, Kirsten, Jon. Assistant Dean at Oakland University.


Cumming, Janet - Saint Edward - Retired from Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Muller, Marcella - Tecumseh - Mathematics instructor at Tecumseh Public Schools.


Hajicek, Avis Kennedy - Park River - Married to Kenneth - Children: Pamela, Michael. Retired teacher of English.

Timm, David - Carrington - Married to Claudia - Sales representative with Rapat Corporation.


Gulstrand, Rudy - Rocky River - Married to Bonnie - Children: Julie, Joanne, Jennifer. President for PMC Specialties Group Inc.


Dague, Rita Piepgras - Clayton - Married to Ralph - Children: Lynn, Rick, Ron, Randi, Lori. Retired.

Ekenstedt, William - Cumberland - Married to Sharon - Children: Steven, James, Mark. Retired operator of family farm.

Langness, Ronald - Hudson - Married to Nancy - Children: Linda, John. Senior vice president of Renaco.

Lagus, Miriam Lind - St. Croix Falls - Married to Dr. Arne - Children: John, Mark. Retired elementary teacher with the Robbinsdale Public Schools.

Smith, Pauline Matson - Hudson - Children: Denise, Diana, Nadine. Accountant with Rebuild Resources in St. Paul.

Swenson, Ralph - Hudson - Married to Marlys (Schneider ’63) - Children: Paul, Jodell. Retired director of corporate accounting for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing.

Wedin, Dr. Carolyn - Frederic - Married to Tony Rolloff - Children: Monika, Mario, Brendan. Retired professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and she has taught in Europe on Fullbright grants.



Johnson, Lorene Johnson - Fairfield Glade - Married to Rev. Ronald Johnson ’59 - Children: Gary, Jamin, Gregg.


Tanner, Marilynn Clark - Hot Springs Village - Married to James. Retired elementary teacher in Minnesota, California, and Connecticut.


Reed, Lorna Jafvert - Friendswood - Married to Dr. Milton - Children: Sarah, Eric. Elementary teacher in Minnetonka, MN and Friendswood, TX, and substitute teacher.


Moberg, Carol Anne Magnuson - Tampa - Married to Allan Moberg ’60. Children: Mark, Stephanie. Co-owner of Moberg Portrait Studio.



Francis, Dr. Mary Annexstad - Petersburg - Children: Jens, Nick. Superintendent of Schools in Petersburg, AK, and Superintendent of the Year in 2000.

Neyhart, Julie Nelson - Juneau - Married to Peter. Children: Mark, Brett, Scott, Brooke. Retired head of social services for the State of Alaska.


Andersen, Joyce Quarnstrom - Phoenix - Married to Jorgen - Children: Kim, Anders, Cedric. Owner and enrolled agent for A & W Tax Service.

Larson, Ned L. - Scottsdale - Married to Susan (Peterson ’63) - Children: Barbara, Mark, Dawn. Retired vice president of Alexander & Alexander Insurance Co.

Lenzen, Judith - Sun City West - staff physical therapist at Maryvale Hospital.


Edman, Lillian Hanson - Davis - Married to John Edman ’59 - Children: Scott, Stacy, Sean. Special education teacher at Leverett Elementary School.

Johns, Rev. Theodore - San Diego - Married to Marietta (Bittrich ’62) - Children: Karin, Kristin, Derek. Pastor at First Lutheran Church.

Lippert, Joanne Swenson - San Clemente - Children: Timothy, Suzanne. Employed at Wells Fargo Bank.

Lippert, Richard - San Clemente - Married to Marylynn - Children: Timothy, Suzanne, Daniel, Mary, Kelly. Marriage and family therapist, self-employed in Mission Viejo.

Meyer, Marlene Vartdal - Mission Viejo - Married to Thomas Meyer ’61 - Children: Michelle, Jodi. Retired.

Meyer, Thomas - Mission Viejo - Married to Marlene (Vartdal ’61) - Children: Michelle, Jodi. Instructor at Saddleback Community College.

Norquist, Barbara Jeske - Modesto - Married to Tom Norquist ’61 - Children: Eric, Julie, Martin. Retired.

Norquist, Thomas - Modesto - Married to Barbara (Jeske ’61) - Children: Eric, Julie, Martin. President of T.A. Norquist, Inc.

Rensink, Nancy Williams - Pleasanton - Married to Dr. Marvin - Children: Gary, Janice, Karen. Retired bank employee.

Thies, Dr. Gordon - Temecula - Married to Michelle - Children: Jacob. Employed at Chapman University.


Nelson, Kenneth - Longmont - Widowed - Children: Kristian, Kelly. Retired engineer from IBM.

Hillman, Dr. Gary - Littleton - Married to Judith - Children: Gary, Stephani. Retired from Denver Public Schools; now teaches at the University of Colorado.


Carlson, Karen Halvorson - Albuquerque - Married to Edward. Retired associate professor at Wright College.


Bergren, Rev. John - Silverdale - Married to Hope - Children: Timothy, Daniel. Professor.

Ostrom, Dr. Karl - Tacoma - Children: Marcy, Phil, Aaron, Benjamin. A self-employed psychologist.

Weston, Carol Villesvik - Lacey - Married to Tom Weston ’60 - Children: Steven, David, Patricia. Interior designer.


Audiss, Sally Johnson - Byron - Married to James - Children: Gigi, Lynnli, JayDee. Retired English and drama teacher in Byron.

Becker, Dr. Veryl - Glencoe - Married to Carol - Children: Daniel, Annette. Retired college chemistry professor and now farms the family dairy farm.

Billehus, Orlin - Montevideo - Married to Marge - Children: Jodi, Vicki. Retired teacher at Montevideo High School.

Bolin, Sandra Allumbaugh - Garvin - Married to William - Children: Kelli, Thomas, Shannon. Retired teacher.

Cornell, Elsa - St. Peter - Children: Paul, Peter, Elisabeth, David. Retired, but works part time in adult basic education at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center/Minnesota Security Hospital.

Dalton, Richard - Cannon Falls - Married to Kathy Walden ’63 - Children: Michael, Mark, Craig. Editor of the Cannon Falls Beacon.

Doebbert, Gerald - Detroit Lakes - Married to Linda - Children: Douglas, Darla. Mathematics teacher at Detroit Lakes Schools and sporting events official.

Domes, John - Albert Lea - Married to Joleen - Children: Joy, Jillayne, Jeren. Financial manager at Fountain Industries.

Dowd, David - Duluth - Married to Karen (Lacher ’61) - Children: Richard, Jon, Mark, Kari. Retired funeral director at Dougherty Chapel in Duluth.

Dowd, Karen Lacher - Duluth - Married to David Dowd ’61 - Children: Richard, Jon, Mark, Kari. Dog breeder and trainer for Otter River Kennels.

Erickson, Sharon Phillips - Mankato - Children: Kimberly, Craig. Real estate owner and manager.

Fick, Pat Ecklund - Northfield - Married to Herb - Children: Cheryl, Mark, David. Teacher of grade three for the Northfield Schools.

Fletcher, Roger - Blue Earth - Married to Kitty - Children: Peter, Anita, Thomas, Elizabeth. Employed with Blue Earth Valley Communications and is a realtor.

Frykman, David - Evansville - Retired teacher.

Gray, Bruce - St. Peter - Married to Suzanne - Children: Kimberly, Kristen. Retired, Development Office, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Holm, Alice Nelson - Crookston - Married to Dr. Paul Holm ’61 - Children: Katherine, Karin. Retired, Early Childhood Education.

Holm, Dr. Paul - Crookston - Married to Alice Nelson ’61 - Children: Katherine, Karin. Assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Huemoeller, Robert - Fairmont - Married to Elizabeth - Children: Jeffrey, Lisa, Heidi. Self employed certified public accountant.

Hustuft, Dr. H. Dean - Moorhead - Married to Carol Peterson ’63 - Children: Cheryl, Eric. Audio visual coordinator, Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Johnson, H. Stuart - St. Peter - Married to Marlys (Johnson ’58) - Children: Christopher, Anne-Marie. Vice president of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America.

Johnson, Jo Louise Hanson - North Mankato - Married to Charles Johnson ’60 - Children: Sara, Karl (deceased), Lisa. Retired.

Knoble, James - McGregor - Married to Carmen Jones ’62 - Children: Kristan, Bethany. Retired hospital administrator.

Koch, Rev. Ronald - Becker - Married to Darlene - Children: Joel, Paul, Jane. Interim pastor at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St. Paul.

Lindahl, Mary Erickson - Cannon Falls - Married to Donald - Children: Holly. Retired public health nurse.

Linnee, M. Joanne - Winona - Children: Andrew, Amy. Retired T.R. Christian.

Misewich, Christine S. - Cambridge - Married to Robert - Children: Krisanne, Nicole, Jill. Counselor at Cambridge Community College.

Rasmussen, Lowell - Nevis - Married to Mary June - Children: Mark, Sonja, Barbara, Amy. Retired administrator, Minnesota Technical Colleges.

Richter, Barbara Knutson - Rochester - Married to Dale - Children: Scott, Todd, Troy. Retired employee of Weight Watchers International.

Slaughter, Corrine Goplin - Farmington - Married to Rev. Donald - Children: Paul, Scott Malm, Chad Malm. Retired elementary music teacher.

Weber, Douglas - Blue Earth - Married to Carolyn - Children: Barbara, Dan, Anthony, Scott, Michele. Self employed as owner/agent of insurance firm.

Weinkauf, Ruth Paulson - Faribault - Married to Jerome - Children: Janel, Jason, James. Retired operating room nurse at Rice County District Hospital.

Weir, Janice Wenlund - Red Wing - Married to Robert Weir ’61 - Children: Todd, Tracy, Nathan.

Weir, Robert - Red Wing - Married to Janice (Wenlund ’61) - Children: Todd, Tracy, Nathan. Administrator with Red Wing Public Schools.


Anderson, Venita Swanson - New Brighton - Married to Rev. Roger Anderson ’60 - Children: David, Peter, Laura. Retired high-school teacher and currently employed with Dayton Hudson Corporation.

Bosch, Dale - Edina - Married to Carol Fisher ’64 - Children: Todd, Juliet, Rob Walker, Elizabeth Walker, Katy Walker. Senior business analyst with Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

Carlson, Karen Hyllengren - North Oaks - Married to Lee Carlson ’56 - Children: Kristin, Gretchen, William, Mark.

Carlson, Karen Westman - Edina - Married to Dr. David Carlson ’60 - Children: Sarah, Jon, Linnea. Fifth grade teacher at Meadowbrook School, Hopkins Schools.

Carlson, Nancy Dahl - White Bear Lake - Married to L. Thomas Carlson ’60 - Children: Joel, Lisa. Retired elementary school teacher in White Bear Lake.

Eidsvold, Jean Stenstrom - Bloomington - Married to Robert Eidsvold ’60 - Children: Steven, Linda, Judi.

Enstrom, Sally - St. Louis Park - Retired elementary teacher in the Minnetonka Public Schools.

Erickson, Linda Lundgren - Minnetonka - Married to John Erickson ’59 - Children: Christine, Jennifer, Michael. Retired early childhood education teacher.

Gordon, Hazelle Dahl - Minneapolis - Married to Stanley - Children: Lee, Kristine. Retired from the medical field.

Heath, Carol Olson - Minneapolis - widowed - Children: Malcolm, Tamara. Retired English teacher and private piano teacher.

Hixon, Jane Thompson - Burnsville - widowed - Children: John, Anne. Retired as a
staff nurse ENT department at Park Nicollet Medical Center.

Hoffman, Joan Miller - Minneapolis - Married to Rev. Jerry Hoffman ’59 - Children: Karin, Joanne. Retired elementary teacher in New Brighton.

Holmen, Dr. Douglas - White Bear Lake - Married to Victoria - Children: William Ward, Andrew Ward, Wendy Ward, Christian Holmen, Tiffany Holmen. Retired ophthalmologist and surgeon at St. Paul Eye Clinic.

Idstrom, Thomas - New Brighton - Married to Karen - Children: Devon, Kristin, Jerome. Retired government teacher and coach for the Anoka-Hennepin Schools.

Johnson, Carol Weisbrod - New Hope - Married to Arne Johnson ’60 - Children: Todd, Erica, Matthew. Retired teacher in Prior Lake/Savage.

Karvonen, Joanne Larson - St. Paul - Married to David - Children: John, Andrew. Research administrator at the VA Medical Center.

Kobs, Dr. Roger Bruce - Excelsior - Married to Judy - Children: Sarah, John, Paul. Dentist in St. Louis Park.

Krough, James - Deephaven - Married to Patti (Maedl ’61) - Children: Todd, Webster, Leslie. Owner of Northland Medical Inc.

Krough Patricia Maedl - Deephaven - Married to Jim Krough ’61 - Children: Todd, Webster, Leslie. Manager of Lonna Mosow's. Inc. in Eden Prairie.

Lindstrom, Corrine Ek - Minnetonka - Married to Wesley - Children: Jennifer, Richard, Steven. Retired.

Macek, Doriann Bergstrom - Minneeapolis - Married to Al - Children: Laura, Sheila, Molly. Retired from social work and instructor at the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

Miller, Richard - Spring Lake Park - Married to Barbara - Children: David, Debra. Retired electronic engineering trouble shooter for Honeywell, Inc., Coon Rapids.

Mortenson, James - Bloomington - Married to Judy (Brown ’61) - Children: Christine, Gregory. Senior project manager for PCL Construction Services.

Mortenson, Judy - Bloomington - Married to Jim Mortenson ’61 - Children: Christine, Gregory. Church secretary at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

Nelson, Arnette Johnson - New Brighton - Children: Taaron, Kurt. Retired director of library development, University of Massachusetts.

Nelson, Janice Huntington - Minneapolis - widowed - Children: Lonnie.

Nelson, Robert - Minneapolis - Married to Constance - Children: Paul, Eric, Christopher, Andrea. Retired division scientist at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing.

Nelson, Sandra Miller - Maplewood - Married to Dr. Ronald - Children: Douglas, Laural, Sheryl, Michelle.

Nesvold, Paul - Maple Plain - Married to Joan - Children: Terry, Tim, Debora, Lori. Retired from General Mills.

Nordstrom, Sandra - St. Paul - Retired.

Olson, Judy Carlson - Mound - Married to Herb - Children: Jennifer, James. Retired elementary teacher in Mound/Westonka.

Otto, Wayne - South St. Paul - Married to Sandra - Children: Jann, Melissa. Retired administrator with the South St. Paul Public Schools.

Sandberg, Judy Fairbanks - New Hope - Married to Harlan Sandberg ’60 - Children: Stacey, Betsy, Molly. Kindergarten teacher with the Osseo Public Schools.

Scherfenberg, Jean Linnerooth - Mendota Heights - Married to Donald - Children: Karin, Kathryn. Retired elementary teacher.

Schroeder, Evelyn Madsen - Apple Valley - Married to Richard - Children: Julie, Robert. Fifth grade teacher at Apple Valley/Rosemount/Eagan Schools.

Sehlin, Sidney - Golden Valley - Married to Virgene (Grack ’61) - Children: Scott, Jonathan. Chief financial officer at Greycoach Properties.

Sehlin, Virgene - Golden Valley - Married to Sidney Sehlin ’61 - Children: Scott, Jonathan. Retired English and journalism teacher at Mounds View Public Schools.

Swenson, Dr. Mary Towley - Minneapolis - Married to David Swenson ’65 - Children: Philip, Gillian. Professor of Art History at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and creator of numerous exhibits for the American Swedish Institute and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Swenson, Gloria Eckberg - Plymouth - Married to Arnie Swenson - Children: Janice, David, John, Carolyn. Clinical laboratory technician at Park-Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park.

Thorsell, Kathleen Bunde - Golden Valley - Married to Mark Thorsell ’59 - Children: Erik, Maria, Benjamin. Retired teacher of English as a second language in the Robbinsdale Public Schools.

Wettergren, Dr. David - Stillwater - Married to Janet - Children: Douglas, Frederick, Morgen. Retired superintendent of schools in Stillwater.

Zaniewski, Ron - Stillwater - Married to Eloise - Children: Lisa, Kyle. Retired junior high school teacher in the Stillwater Public Schools.

  • You will hear from me again before the reunion. If you have ideas for the reunion or if you can help in any capacity, please contact me at although I am often bad about checking e-mail, I will make a point of doing so! Make plans now to come to all or some of the events in this big weekend. There are four ways to register:
    • complete and return the reunion flyer mailed to you
    • Call the Alumni Office at 1-800-487-8437
    • Email the Alumni Office,
    • Go on-line under the Alumni Events section at
Your Class Agent,