Class of '62
Dear ’62 Classmates,
Is it difficult typing 2001 as a year? That means we are only one year away from the big 40! Does time move fast for anyone else?
Your Alma Mater state has been cold and beautifully dressed in white snow for all of the holiday season. We have heard from quite a few of you in one way or another in the past months, but I am afraid that I lost some e-mail messages with some server problems. We do want news of everyone, so write again and again to offset human and technological inadequacies.
Thanks to Ed Blair and Al Henderson who each called during Phonorama last fall, but very special thanks go to Jackie Falk Anderson who spent quite a few of her evenings calling classmates for her Alma Mater. It’s so much fun renewing friendships and receiving newsy tidbits during Phonorama that I do encourage more of you to join us. The Alumni Office serves us dinner, introduces us to college personnel, gives us campus news, and even presents many door prizes of Gustavus nature. It’s great! Now that we’re cutting back on our regular jobs, there’s no excuse for not showing up for an evening of calling if you’re in the area!
It’s time for another class agent to try his or her best to keep the ’62 spirit moving and to organize a smashing 40th reunion. Either the Alumni Office or I are accepting volunteers for class agent position or co-agent position, as well as volunteer committees for the reunion in 2002. Please consider giving some time and thought to these vital positions!
Now for the news—
Floyd Flower’s wife, Harriet, had a hip replacement last fall; thus Floyd said he was doing all the "butler duties." They have five grandchildren, ranging from age twelve to eighteen. Floyd would love to see his thirteen-year-old granddaughter attend Gustavus someday, so he’s already taken her to the campus to ‘plant the seed’ in her mind. She’s the daughter of their youngest son who was born while they lived in Uhler Hall during our college years, so Floyd feels the connection is strong that she become a future Gustie.
LouAnn Eckberg Reese and husband, Larrie, have two grandsons in Eagle, Colorado, children of their daughter, Andrea. Their son, Tim, and his wife, Melinda, live in south Minneapolis. Both their jobs are in the environmental areas, but their real love is both music and dance (clogging). Lou Ann says life is good. She celebrated her 60th birthday with fellow Gusties in Colorado as the picture in the Quarterly showed. She is still the organist at Incarnation Lutheran in Shoreview. A new Cassavant pipe organ at the church has made her job exciting, challenging and most enjoyable. Larrie is still employed at Illbruck as an international quality director and still travels to Europe once a month. LouAnn loves using his frequent flyer miles to see her grandsons and friends in Colorado. Larrie and she enjoyed two travel adventures last year, hiking hut to hut in Norway and mountain biking in Costa Rica.
Lois Ruotsinoja Swenson and her sister took a trip to Finland and other Scandinavian countries last June. The highlight of the trip was seeing the midnight sun at North Cape, about 1250 miles from the North Pole. They didn’t find any Finnish relatives, but found out their roots are on the western border of Finland. She’s awaiting the birth of a fourth grandchild, already having three grandsons. She continues to teach during the school year in the Pine River school district and work in the cute little "Gaspari" card shop on the corner in Nisswa during the summer.
Cameron and Nancy Larson Kruse have four grandchildren, three in Minnesota, and one in Illinois. Cam is semi-retired to 32 hours a week. (We need to remember: he’s a little younger than most of us!)
Pete Lindell and Judy (Anderson ’63) are both retired. They have a pilot son working for United, so the passes make a wonderful family perk. Trips are frequent and enjoyable!
Rosemary Eklund Saur has three grandchildren. Her parents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last summer with all their children and families attending. What a milestone event!
Toni Bennett Easterson’s brother’s son, Matthew Bennett, co-wrote a musical entitled Ten Years Apart, which was performed at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul last fall. He played a part in Titanic on Broadway, so be alert for his name and fame in the future!
Active in community theatre in Tucson is Barbara Johnson Schmidt. Are you re-living some of the great moments of the Gustavus stage? Sounds great, Barb, but we want more details!
Betty Jensen Avant of Lexington, KY had a special experience when their son Greg x88, a golf professional, qualified and played in the Phoenix Open last January, and the Tucson Open in February. Greg was a member of Whitey Skoogs’s team at Gustavus in 1984-86.
Margaret Helvig Sediva, a newlywed of one year, has found her family busy as the Brady Bunch. Since she had four children and her new husband equaled that amount, they find they are busier than ever keeping up with the increased brood. They have ten grandchildren between them. New husband, Tom, owns a print shop in L.A. He drives from Orange County each day, something he’d prefer not to do. Margaret is teaching language arts and reading to sixth graders and conducts the seventh and eighth grade chorus. Her daughter teaches at the same school and helps her with the chorus. Her son also teaches, so maybe it’s hereditary. She expresses her joy and blessing in again having a partner in life after 19 years of being widowed. Great happiness to all of you!
Lyle Norris is still pastor of First Congregational in Fairmont, MN. He worked for the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO last summer. Lyle and Charlene (Lundahl ’63) have four grandchildren, which give them much joy. Their daughter, Dolly, ’91 received her MBA from the University of Minnesota last year, as well as giving them their fourth grandchild within months of the event.
Carla Swanson Nelson is enjoying a fast-track career in real estate in Moorhead. She has two sons, both graduates of Concordia who both work at Great Plains, an international software company, centered in Fargo. Her sons travel extensively, one even to climb the Himalayas. She has two beautiful granddaughters—5 and 6 year-olds. Carla is battling narcolepsy and claims testimonial that not all sleep is beauty sleep!
Joel and Solveig Overdahl Goldstrand have six little grandchildren. Joel has not slowed down much. He opened five golf courses last year.
There’s another connection to Guatemala. Mary Anderson Kennedy’s husband and daughter volunteered for the Godchild program there and helped build a home for a Mayan homeowner. Mary plans to go with them on their next venture.
Pictured in a recent Quarterly was Hap LeVander changing law firms and continuously receiving accolades. He writes for us—"Have attended a few breakfast meetings of ’62ers. Bill Nordstrom, Rick Joseph, Jim Kersten, Pete Wold, Dean Anderson, John Kerry and others. We meet at a local saloon, have a couple nips, and eat a huge steak and eggs meal. Great fun covering campus stories and the latest scuttlebutt on friends. Best thing is we all recognize each other!!" He also mentioned that he is happy to have all three kids finished with college, and that his daughter, Laura ’96, has been doing some softball coaching.
Carol Brinkhaus Jameston visited Germany in June. Hubby, Dick, is enjoying retirement and has gotten into swimming. He is winning medals with the Senior Olympics. The rest of the news was cut off in copying, so do write again!
Rev. James Peters of Racine, WI writes a resembling, resounding comment when he states that his three kids are now on their own—"Wow, what a difference!" He and Elaine are enjoying their three grandchildren.
Curt Johnson has been retired from teaching for three years and is currently enjoying a new career as a realtor for ReMax. He also babysits his two-year-old grandson a day a week. Norma (Saari ’63) Johnson is District Media/Technology coordinator for the Richfield Public Schools. They took a trip last year to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to visit their oldest daughter, her husband and their two children.
Dr. Charles Kampen is enjoying their five grandchildren and life in general. Wife, Pam, is a student counselor at Itasca Community College, and Charlie continues in internal medicine at the Grand Rapids Clinic.
Geri Sparks Evans is delighted with her first grandchild—a boy!
Anne Peterson Sorensen is very busy working on the restoration of an old opera house in St. James, MN. They hope to use it for a community meeting area, receptions, etc. Anne went with five girlfriends last fall to visit a former St. James friend who now lives near Heidelberg, Germany. Anne works one day a week at the travel agency, and Bob is still farming.
Jan Helgeson Olson is delighted with Emma, her first grandchild, and is traveling often from Virginia to Austin, Texas to see her. Jan’s son, Rolf ’93, will be married in April.
Gwen Westman Nesburg of Fairfax, MN has five grandchildren close by her. She is still working full hours.
Dianne Skalbeck Thunhorst is still working as a rural mail carrier close to full time as well as staying active in the community and church choirs. Fred ’63 has worked for the DNR for 31 years in Ely.
Developing living units in St. Peter is Lynn Rosendahl Johnson. Her older son graduated from the University of Minnesota in ’99, and her younger son is now a freshman at the University.
From Mona Ulrich Swenson: "The year of 2000 was truly a year of highs and lows for the Swenson family. In March John’s sister Maggie died of cancer. In May John went for a routine PSA test and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had surgery in early July and spent six weeks recuperating with me in Red Oak, IA. In September John started an interim ministry in the small town of Kimbalton, IA. He is enjoying his work in this Danish town about 50 miles from Red Oak. His PSA reading in September was O, for which we were very thankful. I continue to teach in Red Oak. I am now teaching my first year of 8th grade English. One more teaching year until I am 62, and hopefully my full-time teaching will be finished." John and Mona have three daughters—Kris teaches at the University of Missouri, Kate works in the insurance business in Des Moines, and Liz will finish medical school at the U of Iowa in May and will be married two weeks later.
Dave Auten writes that his California almond crop was about 35% of the 1999 harvest. Bees are required to pollinate the trees, and it rained so much during the blossom time, that the bees didn’t go out to play, thus the very low harvest. He has a new granddaughter, which is much better news.
Jan Eiffert Hoomani writes: "I started the new millennium with a bang—in my hip. Three doctors and a multitude of tests produced no definitive diagnosis. I spent most of three months lying on my back. Much to my amazement, it was a remarkable experience in that I took this time to reflect on my life. I am now retired from real estate. I am devoting myself to what I value most, and I am exceedingly happy. My doctor tells me that by May 2001, I should be fully recovered. In the meantime I am well enough to live in the now and enjoy every moment, and thank God, I have been able to attend six weddings (one being the wedding of Hank’s youngest son) and take many great trips. Hank and I took our decade birthday trip to Hawaii. We now have three of our combined five married. We won’t hold our breath waiting for the next two weddings just as we don’t hold our breath waiting for grandchildren."
Pastor Dan ’60 and Sandra Luedke Buendorf have retired from First Lutheran in Litchfield and are now living in Maple Grove, MN. They have one son. Sandra has worked for the USDA for 13 years in Litchfield and for two years in Willmar. During their ministry, they have traveled overseas with 8 different MST groups which have taken them to Egypt, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Italy, East and West Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Tanzania, and Kenya. They traveled with Lutheran World Relief to India and last year led a group to Germany and Switzerland. Best wishes in your new home and lifestyle!
Our Wisconsin cabin is progressing to even having sheetrock on the walls! Maybe we will even be able to use it in a few more months! I could write a soap opera about the problems, delays, and people involved in this venture. The worst was when the cabin sat on our driveway two months while the mover spent time in jail. There will be a happy ending to this saga!
Two of our classmates, Jim Gilbert and Joan Eckberg, are working hard to see the development of wetlands at the Linnaeus Arboretum. This has been Jim’s dream for some time to increase bio diversity, beauty, and educational possibilities for the college students as well as many other students in the area. Giving a gift directed to the wetlands preserve is still counted in our regular class giving, so consider this neat possibility for furthering Gustavus.
Did you know that AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) like Lutheran Brotherhood has a matching gift program? If you are an AAL policyholder, let Gustavus know today, and they can increase your support for the college by up to $100! If you are not an AAL member, don’t despair. AAL offers an Associate Membership program. For $10 a year, you and members of your family can become an associate member with matching gift benefits. This is open to all Lutheran college alumni, so please call the Gustavus Fund office at 1-800-726-6192 today to request an informational brochure and application. For only $10, we can all substantially make a difference for the future of Gustavus!
The Gustavus campus is enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300-plus students enrolled for credit! We are offering over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through our UMAIE consortium). There are also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001. Some of these courses include, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia: An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism. Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village" and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses. After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).
You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events. Invitations are sent to alumni in chapters. For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at gustavus.edu.
- Seattle Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 13
- Portland Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 15
- Bay Area Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 17-19
- San Diego Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 21
- Los Angeles Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 22 & 24
- Sun City Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 25
- Phoenix Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 26
- Tucson Chapter gathering on January 27
- Albuquerque Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 28
- Santa Fe Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 29
- Denver Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 30 & 31
- Rapid City Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 1
- Sioux Falls Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 2
- Twin Cities Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 4, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Road, Apple Valley, 3:30 p.m.
- Gustavus Band Home Concert, February 4, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
- Gustavus Choir Home Concert, February 10, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
- Marco Island gathering February 24
- Vero Beach gathering February 25
50th Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club. Registration material will be mailed in April.
A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22. Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21. Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.
Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related? Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. There is no cost. For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or e-mail Craig Johnson at email@example.com.
Join AAL, volunteer for the reunion committee, plead with us to let you be the next class agent, send enormous gifts to Gustavus in honor of my retirement, and send autobiographies, comments, news, etc., today! Go Gusties!
Jan Swanberg Mousel
7102 Center Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55346