Class of 1983 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear Luther College Classmate,

We are less than one year away from our 35-year class reunion!  How can that be possible? Now is the time to contact classmates and call the Decorah hotels to make your reservation, If you have not experienced a reunion, please consider joining us. Being back on campus is truly like coming home! There have been many wonderful changes and improvements, but the feeling of walking across campus and seeing the beautiful trees and bluffs remains timeless. One of the most significant changes is the new blue turf of Legacy Field in Carlson Stadium! Homecoming weekend has something for everyone, including concerts, sports, lectures, outdoor activities, and, of course, Mabe’s and Whippy Dip. Reconnecting with your friends and Luther faculty is another great reason to attend. We all have a shared history of our college years, but our stories all are different and led us to our own unique journeys. Come back and share your story!

We are creating a Class of 1983 Scholarship in recognition of this reunion milestone. This will be a lasting legacy of our class to support future Luther College students. Please check out Luther’s website and enjoy all our Alma Mater has to offer. Join our class Facebook page, Luther College Class of 1983.

Hope to see you at Homecoming 2018: Oct. 26-28!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Martha Looft

1983 Class Agents:

Martha (Anderson) Looft
[email protected]

Michele (Mertens) Stevens
[email protected]


Faith Broman is nurse manager at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Paul Cleven is a quality analyst for Spectrum Brands, Inc. in Madison, Wis.

Mike Kerr is the executive director for TOSA Foundation, Wisconsin Technology Initiative, in Sun Prairie, Wis.

Michael Ostermeyer of Mequon, Wis., has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm’s real estate practice in Chicago.

Marty (Peterson) Parry of Waverly, Iowa, was selected as one of the “100 Great Iowa Nurses” for 2016, recognized for her courage, competence, and commitment in nursing.

Earl Sides is a customer service representative for Alpha Omega Publications in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

LuAnn (Schultz) Wachsmuth is senior director of youth development for Buehler YMCA in Palatine, Ill.

Perry White is president and CEO of Harmony Foundation International in Nashville, Tenn.



Gail (Werner) Egenes of Riverside, Calif., died Feb 27, 2017, at the age of 55. Raised in Milwaukee, she graduated from Luther with majors in English and German. In 1988 Gail and her husband, Jay Egenes ’82, moved to Riverside, where she was active in Riverside Children's Theatre, National Charity League, Lutheran Cursillo of Southern California, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful, and the California Council of Land Trusts. Gail also served as Sunday school director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverside and filled countless roles as the pastor's wife at Spirit of Hope in San Bernardino. In 2002 she joined the Rivers & Lands Conservancy (formerly Riverside Land Conservancy), where her 15-year career was dedicated to conserving Southern California's open spaces. Gail was also instrumental in the preservation of Mt. Rubidoux peak and cross, a community landmark. Because of her work at Rivers & Lands Conservancy, Gail was a recipient of the 2017 61st Assembly District Woman of Distinction Award. She is survived by her husband, Pastor Jay Egenes ’82; three daughters: Anna (Ryan) Hightower, Kirsten Egenes, and Erica Egenes: sister, Karen Herrmann; brother, Jack (Judy) Werner; and nieces and nephews.

Steven Means of Madison, Wis., died July 25, 2017, at age 56. Born in Charles City, Iowa, he graduated from Newton (Iowa) High School in 1979 before enrolling at Luther, where he majored in political science and religion. Steve was a member of the Norse varsity swimming and track and field teams, while providing leadership to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His swimming career included multiple school records, culminating in qualification for the 1983 NCAA Division III Championships and, in 1993, he was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Luther, Steve met his future wife, Anne Fuller, and they were married Dec. 3, 1983. The couple attended graduate school at the University of Iowa—where Steve served as an editor of Iowa Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif—and he graduated from law school, with high distinction, in 1987. Steve began practicing law in Madison in 1988, in private practice, primarily as a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich. In 2007 Steve joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice as executive assistant attorney general, and, in 2013, he worked for UW Health as general counsel, vice president of legal affairs and compliance at UW Medical Foundation. An active member of Blackhawk Church in Madison, he also enjoyed exercising, reading, crossword puzzles, fishing, trips to the Vilas Zoo with his daughters, and the family cottage on Crystal Lake. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers, and a shareholder in the Green Bay Packers. Steve is survived by his wife, Anne (Fuller) Means, and her parents; daughters, Katherine and Claire; parents; brothers, Michael (Melinda) and Daniel (Carole), and their families; and sisters-in-law, Amy Stockman (Dean) and Laura Fuller (Greg Barton).