Class of 1957 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear 1957 Classmate,

Now it’s getting really close. It’s THIS YEAR! Our 60th class reunion will be on Saturday, October 7. Do make plans to come. We will get more information about it this summer. The Alumni Office will make all the arrangements for us, but WE will decide the program. HELP! Do I hear volunteers who want to do a spoof, a skit, or a presentation?

I trust you glean a lot of news from the Luther Alumni Magazine. On page 23 of the winter issue there is the obituary of Weston Noble ’43. Not only the music students, but everyone connected with Luther knew of his legendary influence on the college and the music world. One of the highlights of my years at Luther was when I, a senior, was the piano accompanist for Nordic Choir and Handel’s Messiah, working with Mr. Noble. I treasure that.

The two 1957 Class Scholarship recipients this year are Jared Barnes and Laura Kalsow. Jared is a physics major and is also a co-music team leader for FOCUS, a student-led Christian worship. Laura will have a double-major in German and political science and is also a competitive ballroom dancer. Both thank us for our financial support.

Hilda Mary Raattikka Schoon writes that she went to Hjemkomst in Moorhead this summer and saw, among other things, the full-scale stave church replica of the Hopperstad church (c. 1125) in Vik, Norway. She says it’s likely that many of our classmates have been to Hjemkomst too. We love our Norwegian connections.

As you take out your Luther 1957 yearbook in preparation for the 60-year reunion, you can think of the rest of us poring over it too, remembering faces and names. Check the Luther Online Alumni Directory for fresher information about our classmates. Remember, too, to support our Alma Mater. I looked back to see what I wrote the last three years. If you forgot it, don’t worry, I forgot it too.

2015: In looking through information about the various classes I found something you will all be very proud of—our class ranks FIRST in the percent of participation in contributing to the ANNUAL FUND--52.38 percent. True, there are three classes with a percentage of 50 percent and eight in the 40s. Will we be able to keep up our rank for our 60-year reunion? Will we have a good turnout of classmates at our reunion, only two years away?

2016: Remember that you may contribute to the ANNUAL FUND at any time during the year. Do you recall that our class ranks first in the percent of participation? We have a record to uphold! Yeah, CLASS OF ’57.

2017: Drum roll, please. Our class is in first place for percent of class participation to the Annual Fund! We’ve had that honor before too, but the big question is, can we do it for our 60-year reunion? There are 166 of us still living and 84 contributed. That’s 50.6 percent. Thank you one and all for gifts large or small. Could we increase that percent for our special anniversary? Some classes have had a challenge donor or group of donors. Could someone spring for that?

Soli Deo Gloria,

Donna (Ellefson) Fortney
[email protected]

Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.

Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther’s Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.


This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.

Agnes (Nestegard) Amdahl

Elsiemae (Peterson) Anderson

Ines (Ellefson) Anderson

Ronald Anderson

Avis (Lovell) Andre

Betty (Eide) Behm

Phyllis Bentley

Gerald Bierstedt

Marolyn (Sersland) Bostrom

Robert Boyd

Donna (Junker) Brosdahl

Alice (Johnson) Christianson

Eli Crogan

Jessie Duff-McLaurin

Conrad Engebretson

H.G. Engebretson

Kenton Evenstad

Donna (Ellefson) Fortney

Lowell Gangstad

Bernis (Flatjord) Geving

Karen (Robertson) Gifford

Carlyle Gilbertson

Gale Grimslid

N. David Guetzke

Gwen (Kaiser) Gunderson

Donald Harmon

Janice (Anderson) Horn

Roy Hougen

Marlyn Hyland

Lavern Johnson

Shirley (Breen) Johnson

Clarice (Olson) Kelto

Irene (Holtze) Knutson

Barbara (Rockhill) Koester

Joanne (Doerring) Kramer

Walter Laughlin

Mick Lee

Eunice (Mithum) Levisay

Frank Lewis

Paul Lewison

Shirley Liesener

Elaine (Wischhoff) Looft

Glendon Losen

Marilyn (Lokensgard) Martinson

†Ronald Martinson

Hildegarde (Grevstad) McGown

Dorothy McIntyre

Doris (Hanson) Morken

David Nasby

Marilyn (Klusmeier) Nelson

Riddell Noble

Anthony Norborg

Yvonne (Peterson) O'Connor

Jerome Orness

Marge (Elletson) Orness

Janet (Freed) Ostercamp

Kenneth Peterson

Theodore Peterson

Jerome Pribbenow

Roger Redetzke

Clarence Reiels

Janet (Schmidt) Rosett

Kathryn (Hermanson) Rotto

Mary (Gordon) Sandquist

Hilda (Raatikka) Schoon

Roger Schroeder

Robert Seaver

Roger Skatrud

Darrell Sohn

Brad Steiger

Karen Strom

Marie (Streyle) Sundet

Renee (Neprud) Thomas

Dean Tollefson

Mary (Stevens) Tuve

Jerry Twedt

Coletta (Hahn) Wierson

Wallace Wierson

Beverly (Herth) Wolff

Sharron (Wentz) Wubbels

Helen (Knutson) Wurtzel

Marguretta (Ness) Yaeger

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected]. (deceased)


Richard “Dick/Chip” Chapiewsky of Bangor, Wis., died Sept. 27, 2016, at age 81. After graduating from Bangor High School, he enrolled at Luther and majored in business administration and physical education, while excelling in basketball and baseball. In 1957 Dick began working for SS Kresge Company in the management program. He managed stores in St. Paul and Crystal Lake, Minn.; Dubuque, Iowa; and Lombard, Ill., before returning to Bangor to assist in his family’s business. On April 26, 1958, Dick married Verda “Vicki” Penlerick ’60 and, over the years, they owned and operated various companies and establishments: Chapiewsky’s Inc., Chapiewsky Dist., Cardinal Quarters, Granny’s Kitchen, and Chips Bar. He retired in 2001. Dick was proud to serve as chief of the Bangor-Burns Fire Department for 36 years; chair of the La Crosse County 911 board for 13 years; and an active member of the Lions Club, Rod and Gun Club, and Ducks Unlimited, serving on many committees over the years. An avid deer, duck, and turkey hunter who especially liked hunting with his sons, Dick was also a lifetime member of St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor. He and Vicki enjoyed riding on their Goldwing, traveling thousands of miles to visit 47 of the 48 continental states with good friends, John and LaVonne Stafslien. Dick is survived by his wife, Vicki (Penlerick) Chapiewsky ’60; two sons, Gregg (Monica) and Brad (Lisa); two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gary; two aunts; and an uncle.