Class of '63
August 2003

Hello ’63ers!!!!

You are cordially invited to attend a gala 40th Anniversary Celebration!  Where have the years gone!!!  We have planned a special weekend for all of you with plenty of time to show pictures, share career stories, tell lies, and whatever comes to mind.

The format has been changed.  On Friday night our event will be at the Radisson South in Bloomington.  On Saturday, we will join with Gustavus in helping to celebrate a true “Homecoming.”  This will give us a chance for some special campus events on Saturday including a football game, memorial service in Christ Chapel, a class luncheon, and a post-game reception.

Friday, September 26

Gather at 6:30 p.m. for a social hour followed by dinner at 7:30.  Program follows dinner and will include Steve Benson, a surprise guest or two, a little singing, and much socializing.  Cost for the dinner is $35.

(Please note this is a change from brochure sent by the Alumni Office…we wanted more food. . .hence a slight cost increase).

Saturday, September 27

Motor to St. Peter and a gorgeous fall campus.  Colors should be at their peak.  We will truly celebrate “Homecoming.”

10 a.m.       Morning Praise and Memorial Service in Christ Chapel

11 a.m.       Class luncheon.  Plenty of time to socialize over lunch, hear from a couple of speakers from our class, an appearance and greetings by special guests, and a little singing.  (Luncheon cost is $10)

1 p.m.         Gustavus Football vs. Augsburg

1:30 p.m.    Discover Linnaeus Arboretum with Naturalist Jim Gilbert (For those who don’t want to attend the game or plan to go to the game later).

3 p.m.         Social Gathering for Class of 1963 at the Campus Retreat Center. (Note the change from the Elsa Eckhoff Residence. . .we wanted our own space).

The committee is really hoping to have a great turn-out for this special anniversary reunion.  I encourage all of you to attend, enjoy your classmates, and also get a chance to see Gustavus.

Here is an extra assignment.  Reading is something that more people are getting into (especially those of you who are already retired).  So, why not send me the title of the best book that you have read in the last year.  As long as you are at it, why not also send the name of the best movie you have attended. And, last, are there things which you vowed “to do at 62!”  We will compile the lists and make them available at the reunion.  And last, please bring a picture or two that might describe “who you are today!”  It might be a picture of travel, a favorite toy (boat, Gulfstream jet), house/garden, grandchildren. . .whatever.  We will have a place to post the pictures. 

You can send names of books, movies, and your list of things “to do at 62” to my e-mail address:  ptillqui@gustavus.oedu


MARK GILDERHUS writes from Texas Christian University where he is the holder of the LBJ chair in history.  He will not be coming for the reunion, but sends greetings!  BRUCE BENSON writes to announce his retirement to Pequot Lakes and is enjoying grandchildren.  NANCY JOHNSON KNOELL is also enjoying retirement.  They wintered in Orange Beach, AL and liked the life of a snowbird.  BETTY HANSON BROSE and Raymond are also enjoying retirement and living at Lake Toberofkee in Lizella, GA.  KONNIE RICKERT BRUNBERG failed retirement so badly as a nurse that she is back to volunteering for HealthEast Hospice and Habitat for Humanity.  DUANE LINDEEN spent two months recovering from a broken leg.  Instead of wintering in Florida, they were able to spend more time with grandchildren.  Not too bad an exchange!  He is active in his church with a building committee and fund drive.  NORMA SAARI JOHNSON retired from the Richfield school district in June. TOM TURNER lives in Vista, CA where he is in private practice doing marriage and family therapy.  GARY ILSTRUP is enjoying his children and three grandchildren and lives in Prior Lake.  BONNIE FRENCHREE is living in Duxbury, MA near her son and two gorgeous grandchildren.  JUDY MAGNUSON PETERSON  and Oke ’60 are enjoying retirement in Menominee, MI.  KAREN KATZ MCCARVILLE directs a Sweet Adeline’s Chorus and gives piano lessons.  Last summer she took time from her musical activities to spend five weeks in Ireland!! JOHN and HELEN JOHNSON MONSON continue to live in Long Prairie, MN and are enjoying new grandchildren.  KAREN PIERSON TOMMERAASEN has retired from her position with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.  She looks forward to the reunion with her Wahlstrom Section 308 gang!!  JANET GARDNER ANTHONY works in her husband’s law office and are both involved with the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, which has been very generous to Gustavus.  JANET HEABERLIN is enjoying a new home, which she designed and caused to be built.  She, too, is enjoying grandchildren.  MARY VON BARGEN FREDERICK is enjoying making a new business work along with her husband, Mike and son. . .Mike.  TOM LINDELL and Marilyn are building a new home in the foothills of Tucson.  He has invited all ’63 Gusties to make it their winter get-a-way. . .reservations, please!  SHERRY ERKKILA HAUCK has also flunked retirement and continues to do subbing in high school after 34 years in kindergarten.  I didn’t know the lessons were transferable from elementary to high school.  BARBARA BERRY LEONARD is a professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota and was elected to the American Academy of Nursing last year.  JANET RYAN TIDEMANN is a pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis working half-time and enjoying grandchildren.  Paul is a pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  KAREN SWANSON KREISER and Bob have two grandchildren and live in suburban Erhard, MN.  CHARLENE LUNDAHL NORRIS and Lyle ’62 will be getting accustomed to retirement.  They will disappear from Fairmont for a couple of years since Lyle was a pastor there and a few years will give a congregation time to accept a new pastor before the Lundahls reappear.  They are lucky in that children live in Arizona where they will winter and then spend time in Colorado in the summer.  Not bad!!!  CLAYTON PETERSON has accepted a position as the CEO of the hospital in Moose Lake.

That’s about it for now except to mention the Class of 1963 Reunion Gift results.  We are closing in on $25,000 for the Class Scholarship Fund.  If you haven’t yet made a gift, it is not too late.  Also, when you are doing your estate plan or arranging for disposition of your IRAs, I hope that you might consider naming Gustavus as a partial beneficiary.  It is a wonderful way to create your legacy at the Gustavus which gave us so much. . .not the least of which are the wonderful friends of over 40 years!!

Thanks for all of your kind comments regarding my work as class agent.  It is a pleasure to report on all of your achievements.  I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MANY OF YOU AT THE REUNION NEXT MONTH!!!!!!!!!!

Paul F. Tillquist, Class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127


1963 Class Reunion

September 26 & 27, 2003

Schedule of events specific for the class of 1963:

Please note the changes from the reunion registration form already sent in the mail.

Friday, September 26

Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington

6:30 p.m.     Social Hour

7:30 p.m.     Dinner

Saturday, September 27

11:00 a.m.    1963 Lunch, Gustavus Banquet Rooms

3:00 p.m.     1963 Post-game gathering in the Gustavus Church Retreat Center

_____         People attending Friday night at $35 per person

_____ People attending Saturday lunch at $10 per person

_____ People attending 1963 post-game gathering, no cost

_____  Total enclosed

Name(s) ___________________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________

Home Phone  __________________________  E-mail ______________________

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