Class of '68
April 2006

Greetings ’68 Classmates!

Spring is upon us and it’s a glorious season as Mother Nature brings us out of the winter doldrums with bright sunny days and temperatures that don’t require lots of extra layers of clothes.  Unfortunately, with the bright signs of spring comes some sad class news.

Charles “Chuck” Boline passed away on March 24, 2006 in Rochester, Minnesota.  Chuck began his teaching career in Rochester in 1968 teaching English and speech in the Rochester Junior Highs and ended his teaching career at John Marshall High School.  Chuck retired in 2002 and is survived by his wife, Connie, sons Chad and Eric ’01 and daughter Stacey.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

We ask Barb Veker Elnes to contribute classmate notes for this spring letter and she was wonderful enough to provide the following information:

Mary Kaye Anderson - Mary Kaye is retired.  Her daughter Leah had a bilateral lung transplant in 2005.  It’s miraculous that she is alive.  This was a life-saving transplant.  She is now doing well and is once again able to walk and breathe.  Leah had cystic fibrosis at birth.  Remember her and think of becoming a donor.  Mary Kaye and Gregg are doing well and live in Dellwood, MN.

Nancy Wettergren Hennen - Nancy is a media specialist at Burroughs Community School.  She has been there for 18 years.  Nancy and her husband, Ed, just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and they have enjoyed other travels.  Nancy is also a grandmother of four children.

Anne Berg Carlson - Anne works part-time as a parent educator in Early Child Development at the Parent Education Family Center in Edina.  She also works part-time and spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren.  Dr. Paul Carlson ’66 is still at Park Nicollet and has been practicing there for 30 years.

Jane Augustson Hedin - Jane lives on a lake in New London, MN and loves to cross-country ski and hike.  Jane loves staying home and is an active grandmother of four.

Sue Amundson Lennartson - Sue works full-time at a non-denominational church in White Bear Lake and Lino Lakes as a pastor of women’s ministries.  She is the author of four books and writes for Group Publishers in Loveland, CO.  She also works part-time writing articles for Augsburg Publishers.  Sue speaks at retreats and loved dogsledding this winter.  As Sue and I talked, her two three-year-old twin grandsons decided they wanted grandma’s attention so we’ll have to pick up the story another time.

Kathie Flanery Peterson - the highlight of Kathie’s life is her family and grandchildren.  Her daughter is on complete bed-rest at her home and her second grandchild is due in May.  Kathie spends weekend at her log cabin in Alexandria, MN.  She has finished her Ph.D. in educational policy.

Dana and Cherry Norberg Marcelius - Cherry retired from teaching in Hopkins (elementary education) after 34 years.  She is a stay at home mom to her 10-year-old daughter, Lily.  Cherry retired to begin violin lessons, tends to her gardens and is a commercial insurance agent.  In her spare time she is a ski instructor and soccer coach.

Anne Sullivan Cook - Anne has officially changed her first name to:  Hannah.  She lives in the foothills of the north Cascades in western Washington state.  Hannah divides her time between Bellingham where she works as a nurse and Marblemount where she plays in the mountains with her husband, Jerry, and she also teaches yoga.

Jerry Okerman - Jerry is a consultant to Rain Source Capital.  He serves on several boards of directors such as J. P. Morgan Investment Management.  Jerry is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas teaching venture capital and finance.

Roni Axelrod Thorkelson - Roni is a senior recruiter at U.S. Bank corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.  Her daughter, Berit Thorkelson has written a book “You Know Your In Minnesota When...” check it out!  (Roni and Barb, Kris and I have had a chance to read the book and it’s lots of fun.  Roni, we got it from Bonnie L.)  It’s just great; I (Barb Veker Elnes) gave a copy to my parents in Florida.

Julie Hilleren Edstrom - Julie is working part-time at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater as a campus support specialist.  She facilitates support groups such as women with breast cancer.  Julie authored a workbook called “Ready or Not” in 2006.  Her website is:  Every woman 50 and over must read this book!  Fritchie ’66 and Julie are enjoying life in Stillwater and are grandparents of a 7-year-old granddaughter born on Julie’s birthday.  Julie received her masters in theology and is certified as a spiritual director.

Barb Veker Elnes - Barbara became a grandma in January!  Son, Chris ’96 and Carrie (Swanson ’97) Enstad gave birth to a little girl - Liv Eleanor.  She continues to substitute in elementary schools in Edina and Hopkins.  She also works at a beautiful store:  Nordic Homes in Minneapolis and Edina as a part-time salesperson.  Spends summer weekends at Swan Lake in Pengilly, MN (I’m sure you all know that town well...:)  Continues to serve on the Gustavus Library Associates board and encourages you all to join GLA.  Go Gusties!

Barb supplied all of the above news and notes and your class agents can’t thank you enough!!!!!  All of your calling and reporting was just what we’d like to encourage from all of you!  Contributions like these can make the class letter really an important and interesting way to stay in touch with our classmates.  THANKS again Barb you’ve made our jobs a lot easier!

Just a couple of more notes that were passed on to us…

Ted Schramm - after one career in the Air Force and another with Fed X, Ted has finally retired for good!  Chances are he and his wife, Carol, are traveling lots and playing lots of golf in and around Hot Springs, AR.

Dale Christoffer - is a retail manager for the JC Penny in Greenville, MI.

Ken and Linda Johnson - are owner/operators of the American’s Best Value Inn, in Sheridan, WY.

The spring letter brings to a close to the 2005-06 school year and this year’s Alumni Fund.  As always we ask that you keep Gustavus in mind when it comes to your financial support.  To date, our class has had just 29% class participation in this year’s fund drive and we’d certainly encourage those who are still contemplating a donation to so by the end of May.  Thank you.

Until this fall we wish you all a save summer and keep those cards and letters coming or if you prefer drop us an email at: or

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

Paula Navarro and

Barb Veker Elnes

P.S. Starting in the fall of 2006 we’ll be looking ahead to our 40th reunion celebration in 2008.  We’re going to need your help in putting together all the activities so please give some thought to being part of the planning committee...more details to follow!

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8