Class of 1974 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Class of ’74,

So many places to go and people to see throughout the year in Decorah that if you tried to do them all, you’d never have time to cook or clean. (Wouldn’t that be heartbreaking?) To mention a few events coming up, March 9-12 is the Oneota Film Festival, Stories That Matter, hosted by Luther College. Over 50 new and award-winning documentary and independent films will be presented that weekend. March 31-April 2 is the annual Women’s Weekend Out, which is always a fun time with shopping, culinary delights, a fashion show, a chili competition, and cooking classes, as well as some evening entertainment. Of course, there is always Nordic Fest, July 27-29, a favorite for Luther alums. RAGBRAI riders, although not officially coming through Decorah, will be coming very close—through Cresco and Waukon, before dipping their tires in the Mississippi in Lansing.

A very special event will take place in May. Perhaps some of you will be making the trip to Decorah for the celebration for our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who passed away peacefully in December at the age of 94. Luther College will hold a celebration of his life at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. The service will feature music by Nordic Choir and Concert Band under the direction of Andrew Last ’97, Jennaya Robison ’96, and Joan deAlbuquerque. The service will be streamed live on the Luther website. Andrew Last ’97 has been chosen to be the next Nordic Choir director. This gifted musician will no doubt carry on the beauty and quality of performances.

As well as events, Decorah offers many spots to socialize. There are now two breweries: Toppling Goliath and Pulpit Rock, both currently on the west side of Decorah near Luther. However, Toppling Goliath is building a new $10 million expansion east of Decorah, which will open this year. If you prefer coffee, Decorah has three popular coffee shops: Java John’s, which offers musical entertainment; Magpie Coffeehouse; and Impact Coffee. A new place to eat, B.A. Burrito, exists now where for so many years, Bob’s Standard repaired cars and pumped gas. And of course there is a new hotel rising quickly where the Cliff House once stood. Not only is the Cliff House a memory, but also the cliff where it once stood—the ground has been leveled to facilitate parking, a restaurant, and office space, as well as the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, which plans to open in August of this year.

Supporting Luther is a great way to give back and pay it forward, allowing today’s students a well-rounded liberal arts education, a life-long ticket to success. Consider joining Luther’s Loyalty Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years.

Finally, we have a request: the Memory Challenge. Please, please, please send us your favorite memories of Luther; humor is appreciated, but not required. We will include your remembrances in future class agent letters and that’s a promise.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Julie Wall
[email protected]

Sue (Ness) Johnson
[email protected]


Peg (Hall) Beatty was recognized by the Iowa Chapter of American Board and Trial Advocates for her significant contribution to the Iowa Mock Trial program and her vital role in teaching Iowa’s youth about the American justice system and the 7th Amendment of the Constitution. Beatty is one of the first inductees into the Educator Coach Hall of Fame at this year’s Iowa Mock Trial State Tournament. She is a retired teacher and volunteers as the Decorah Middle School Mock Trial Coach.

Beverly Norfleet-Tumbleson and Harla Tumbleson ’70 live in Seattle. Beverly is a licensed psychologist.

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.

Debora (Hill) Aldrich
Richard Altorfer
Mark Anderson
Loren Anderson-Bauer
Virginia Anderson-Larson
Jennifer (Johnson) Bahnemann
Ann (Lionberger) Baker
James Bakken
Mary Banken
Scott Barnett
Steven Barry
Jeffrey Barth
Peggy (Hall) Beatty
Cindee (Engquist) Beck
Linda Berkland Baburek
Linda (Kennedy) Berry
Steven Berry
James Bies
Susan (Curtis) Bies
Douglas Boleen
Russell Bruemmer
Randy Bruns
James Carlson
Kathryn Chadima
Alan Cheng
Marilyn (Morse) Christiansen
Caryl (Spooner) Churchill
Robert Churchill
Eleanor (Bynoe) Clay
Edith Copley
Craig Cornelius
Susan (Tyer) Crandall
Daniel Dahl
Jean Davidson
Ellen (Peters) Dennis
Barbara (Stoen) Dowd
Debra (Engelstad) Elstad
Janice (Knutson) Engebretson
Kristi Erickson
Mimi Fields
Kathryn (Jacobson) Frank
Stephanie Frey
Katherine (Knutson) Geary
Gary Gilderhus
Daniel Gjelten
Rufus Glasper
Nancy Gossell
Kenneth Graham
Nancy Gulbrandson
Nancy Hackett
Susan (Hammond) Haemker
Curt Hagglund
Verlaine (Madson) Hall
Mary (Vaaler) Halland
Kristine (Jergenson) Halverson
Ann (Dallman) Havey
Roald Henderson
Paul Hendrikson
Glenn Henriksen
Jane (Greene) Hildebrand
Stephanie Hoff
Lois Holz
Renate (Fabricius) Hunter
Amy Johnson
Craig Johnson
David Johnson
Mary (Gregory) Johnson
Susan (Ness) Johnson
Kurt Jorgensen
Edward Kail
Randall Keehn
Kevin Keith
Sue (Weselmann) Kiel
David Kloock
Karen (Runningen) Kneisler
James Kodet
Solveig (Sperati) Korte
Jon Kucera
Warren Kuh
Nancy (Allers) Larsen
Judd Larson
Suzanne (Hammer) Larson
Pamela (Natvig) Leib
Russell Leix
David Lubben
Christine Magnuson
LeAnn (Raasch) Mahoney
Kristine (Lerud) Martin
Kristi (Hoel) Minnema
Joel Mjolsness
Rebecca (White) Moan
Sandra (Sabin) Moore
William Moore
Janice (Gjesvold) Mostrom
Michael Mostrom
Janice (Wagener) Mulford
Christine Mundy
Beth Munson
Laurence Munson
Barbara Nasby
Mark Ness
Nancy (Thomsen) Neumeister
Anne (Kruse) Olson
Dale Olson
Gary O'Malley
Marilyn Peitso
Barbara (Dunstone) Peterson
Sharon (Severson) Pfaff
George Rozanski
Sharon (Nielsen) Rozanski
Jerome Rud
Kari (Yung) Saba
Leslie (Smith) Sand
Thomas Sandoe
Randy Schroeder
Linda (Gisvold) Schwitzer
Mark Seem
Kevin Sjostrom
John Skolas
Patricia Smith
Shelley Smith-Fletcher
Jean Sorenson
Richard Steinberg
Douglas Strand
Joan (Brumwell) Strand
Jeanette (Bialas) Strandjord
Jonathan Strandjord
Scott Thorson
Elea (Jensen) Uhl
Ruth Ulvilden-Klaas
Michael Voltmer
Julia Wall
Christine (Schaumberg) Warren
David Weinrich
Lawrence Welo
Janet (Lundquist) Werner
Barbara (Estenson) Westre
Stephen Willrett
Carol Lynn (Secrest) Wissink
Robert Yant
Jeffrey Zahn

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].

Purple flowers in Anderson Prairie