Class of 1966 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Friends,

We were all saddened this past year to lose Professor Weston Noble ’43. It is hard to imagine Luther without his presence, and yet, I know that for many of you, his legacy lives on in many ways. One of his characteristics that always impressed me was his demeanor. He could quietly and graciously explain his point. Perhaps in this day and age we yearn for such a quality because it seems rare.

At one of the reunion choirs we had finished the first number and Weston smiled and quietly said to us, “Now that you have reminded your neighbor of just how well you can sing, this time try listening to him/her.” The point was not lost on any of us, for we were all guilty! I think of his reminder often. We talk, we ask questions, but do not listen to the responses. Our politicians are not the only ones guilty of this. One of my favorite Bible verses is, “Be still and know that I am God.”

We often play the “Waiting Game.” We wait for the perfect job, the perfect spouse, the perfect retirement. Why is it so hard to live in the NOW? It was great to reminisce at our 50th reunion, and we were reminded of all the new and exciting things Luther has done, is doing, and will do. We can live in Luther’s future in many ways, but especially by responding to our on-going commitment to give financially.

We were also saddened by the death of another friend, Terry Johnson, of Midland, Texas. He died July 19, 2016, at age 73. At Luther Terry majored in history and was ordained into the American Lutheran Church on May 31, 1970. While at Luther, Terry met his future wife, Sharon Ann Hilstrom ’66. Over the years, Terry served as lead pastor for a number of Iowa churches. Terry's profound devotion to Christ, his engaging and welcoming spirit, and his wonderful sense of humor (which was required as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan) allowed him to serve the spiritual needs of many people over the past 45 years. Terry is survived by his son and daughter and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon.

We rejoice with Dave Rovang of Forest Lake, Minn., who has retired as a USAF and Northwest pilot, and with Bruce Omundson and Lois Baumer, who were married on August 27, 2016.

Mary (Henzler) Deters
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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.

Nancy (Hunter) Adamus
Carol Anderson
Susan (Savre) Ashland
Eleanor (Bollis) Baker Kittelson
Avonne (Grove) Bakken
Clare Barrett
Kenneth Belanger
William Beyer
Susan (Jones) Bigalk
Lois (Tangjerd) Bishop
John Bodensteiner
Glenn Borreson
Mary (Jorgenson) Borreson
Lucinda (Hall) Browne
Ann (Henningsgaard) Christ
Dennis Christian
Sharlene (Thompson) Christian
Paul Cravath
Paul Davis
Mary (Henzler) Deters
Gordon Eddy
Thomas Ellingson
Mary Jo (Miller) Finholt
Robert Fjelstul
Ann (Stauffer) Flisrand
Mary (Solberg) Gioco
Gerald Gipp
Connie (Guelzow) Gulash
Mary (Loken) Haas
Nancy (Chapman) Hagberg
Sheryl (Melcher) Hagen
Marsha (Gaarder) Hasseler
Linda (Klees) Heeler
Phillip Heeler
Susan (Oare) Henninger
Donald Hill
James Hill
Virginia (Warren) Hirt
Luanne (Mahlum) Hjelle
Roger Hjelle
Christine (Herseth) Hoefer
Rodney Hovey
David Hoyem
Priscilla (Fretheim) Jacobson
Davis Johnson
Shirley (Rovang) Johnson
†Sharon (Hilstrom) Johnson
†Terry Johnson
Mary (Johnson) Jorgensen
Patricia (Johnson) Kairis
Roger Kittelson
Kenneth Knutson
Sue (Berg) Knutson
Wayne Koepke
William Koepsell
Orlew (Duhn) Lauger
Carole (Winger) Lawrence
Lucille (Landsverk) Lewke
Richard Moore
Paul Mueller
Ann (Aaker) Naslund
David Nesheim
Judith (Ransom) Nicolet
Jules Nicolet
Diane (Hageman) Norback
David Nordli
Muriel (Bigler) Olsen
Adrian Olson
Bruce Omundson
Duane Oyen
Wayne Pederson
Bernard Peterson
Philip Peterson
Janet (Fritz) Quello
Richard Rathjen
Sandra (Stueber) Rettschlag
Susan (Syverud) Romo
David Rosheim
Barbara (Swenson) Rossow
David Rovang
Jeffrey Roverud
Marilyn (Haugen) Roverud
Patricia (Urban) Ryan
David Schlachtenhaufen
Sylvia (Nervig) Schmid
Nancy (Bye) Sime
Charles Sperati
Donald Stensaas
Solveig Storhoff
Linda (Knutson) Strand
Paul Strand
James Svanoe
Linda (Bergsgaard) Svanoe
Janet (Becker) Swiston
Eugene Takle
Miriam (Nelson) Takle
Daniel Thurmer
Peter Tingberg
Janice (Anderson) Torson
Mary (Carr) Totel
Mona (Viste) Udstuen
Allen Unger
Susan (Kosche) Vallem
Mary (Rosedahl) Voigt
Marjorie (Running) Wharton
Donald Williams
Ruth (Pieper) Willius
Carol (Trettin) Wilson
Vincent Wixon
James Womeldorf
Laurel (Luzum) Womeldorf
Daniel Wrolstad
Astrid (Forde) Young
Ellen (Kaasa) Zerillo

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)