Class of '68
January 2001

Happy New Year to the class of 1968!

Paula is in Europe for the holidays, but before she left she sent me the Benefits of Growing Older and as we are getting one year older we thought it would be fun to share some of them with you.

  • In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
  • People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I Wake You?"
  • Things you buy now won't wear out.
  • You buy a compass for the dash of your car.
  • You can't remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch TV.
  • You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.
  • You constantly talk about the price of gasoline.
  • You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
  • You get cable for the weather channel.
  • You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
  • Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.
  • Your back goes out more than you do.
  • Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
If you have any other favorites to share with us please pass them along:


Kris & John:

We received a phone call from Mike Karels after the Quarterly came out informing us that he is NOT a service facilitator for Lifeworks, Inc. Sorry about that, Mike, even though we have nothing to do with the Quarterly. We'd like to set the record straight Mike, John thinks you work for the Metropolitan Council. However, the only thing he really knows for sure is that you still love drag racing.

During Phonorama John talked to Jerry Okerman who is a Cub Scout leader and who has an eight-year old son. That does seem a little young to us because our "kids" are 29 and 27 and some of us have grandchildren. By the way Jerry, what are they teaching in Cub Scouts now…investment portfolios, building your own website, programming your Palm 5 ??????

It was so much fun hearing from Carl Czaar¾ he e-mailed Paula after our last class letter. He works at The Mark Travel Corporation, which is really the umbrella for FunJet, Sun Country Airlines, etc. They are the largest tour operator in North America. One of the largest in the world. He lives in Brookfield, WI, which is a far-western suburb of Milwaukee. He is married and has a son, Ryan, who is 24. And, he only intends to work until he is 58 as he has too much to do in life before he departs.

Barb Gray Wenschlag helped us out with a missing address¾ Greg Koivisto. He's alive and well and living in Moose Lake. We also found Ann Sullivan who is now Hannah Sullivan Cook, married to Gerry, living in Bellingham, WA. There are still some remaining classmates that we need addresses for:

  • Arlene Anderson Abraham
  • John T. Gustafson
  • Joel Hanson
  • Carolyn Evenson Leopold
  • Peter Martin
  • Cheryl D. Myer
  • Charles L. Nelson
  • Beth Rasmussen
  • Kathleen Ruthenberg
  • James Sewagudde, Jr.
  • Sharon Bowers Toscano
  • Nancy Vong Vandenberg
  • John W. Weigelt

Don Waterbury told us he's never been mentioned in the class letter…here goes. John and I met up with Don and Connie in Florida and enjoyed a day together. Don is still a financial planner and Connie has retired and is spending more and more time at Vero Beach where they have a villa on the golf course.

Marge Eisinger continues teaching physical education in the Hopkins School District, but teaching only half time. Marge, does that mean that you are half retired?

Chuck Birch is teaching physical education in Wisconsin and taking early retirement after this year. Lois is a social worker at the Greenway Manor Nursing Home.

Jim Krieger is self-employed working in the field of Internet applications.

Jane Hansen Tofte is a teacher in Wheaton, IL, and sings with The Great American Choir. Tom ’67 is also a teacher.

Paul Nick is the new chairman for Financial Planning of Illinois.

Tom Uecker is a teacher in Blue Earth, MN and participated in the Danish Teacher Exchange Program. Carol (Skold ’67) received her master's degree in education from St. Scholastica.

Walt Awada has opened a new restaurant in Woodbury, MN called "Sparks Bar." John says to stop in for a free beer???????

Jane (Dornfeld) and Arvid Zenk are still in Mankato and Arvid directs the "River Blenders."

Michael McGowan is pastor at Abundant Life Community Church in Zimmerman, MN.

Several of our classmates have retired¾ Frank Crassweller from teaching in Duluth and Carol Palmquist Grimmer from teaching in Mankato.

Gustavus Fund Update¾ not looking good. As of November, 2000 ---57 donors - $9,862.00

Campus News

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

  • 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

Reunions 2001

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

If you are downtown Minneapolis, stop and see John at Lindskoog Florist in the TCF Skyway and if you are in Florida stop and see Kris in Naples (941-261-3861).

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead & Paula Navarro

1968 Co-Class Agents