Class of 1996 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Member of the Class of 1996,

I hope this letter finds you well and anticipating the impending spring. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the arrival of green lawns and trees, and warmer temperatures.

Spring has found Luther completing its second Giving Day on March 9—a successful campaign that raised more than $500,000 for the Annual Fund.

There is some sad news to communicate. Our beloved Weston Noble ’43 passed on December 21, 2016. Weston was a special part of the Luther community, even for one who didn’t get his head out of Valders much. We all have stories, or know of special Weston facts. A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. More details about Weston’s life can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther’s website.

While we’re on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last ’97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.

You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther’s website, and you can find lots more as well, including students’ J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It’s easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It’s a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther’s Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Homecoming this year is: October 6-8, 2017. It may not be a special year for our class, but the weekend is always a great time to get together and reminisce and rekindle.

Take care, and have a wonderful 2017.

Andy Sassaman,                            Ami (Shoup) Hall,    and        Jess (Kettles) Pearson
[email protected]        [email protected]         [email protected]


Laurie Anderson is vice president of investments at Stifel, Nicolaus, and Company in Madison, Wis.

Eric Merten is a fish biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Cle Elum, Wash.

Heather (Schacht) and Scot Reisinger live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Heather is associate professor with tenure at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is also associate director for research at the Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation with the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Scot earned a doctoral degree in higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa and was recently named dean of adult programs at Mount Mercy University.

Brett Robison is assistant professor of music at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. He is director of Concert Choir and 9th Street Singers.

Denise Seabold is a Telehealth associate at the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

Joe Segilia is general counsel at Terra Tech Corporation in Newport Beach, Calif.

Sam Teigen is operations and finance manager for the Greenwall Foundation in New York City. He ran the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in 2:40:52 and placed 98th among male runners and 111th overall.


SARAH STEFFL and Bradley Grimm, March 16, 2016


DENISE (SEABOLD) and Chris Pech welcomed a son, Zach, in February 2010. Zach joins sister Maxine.


Sarah (Hanson) Nietz of Faribault, Minn., died Aug. 24, 2016, at age 42. Born in Rochester, she graduated from Fairmont High School before enrolling at Luther, where she majored in psychology and religion. After her Luther graduation with Summa Cum Laude honors, Sarah enrolled at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and received a master of divinity degree in 2001. She married Daniel Nietz ’96 on June 8, 1996, in Fairmont. Sarah was ordained a pastor in 2002 at Holden Lutheran Church in Kenyon and served for 12 years at Minneola Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. For the past two years, she served as lead pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault. Sarah is survived by her husband, Dan Nietz ’96; three children, Anna, Maren, and Stefan Nietz; parents, Harlow “Butch” and Jean Hanson; sister, Laura Hanson; father- and mother-in-law, Garry (Rosanne) Nietz and Jean (Nietz) Ciola ’97 (Nic); aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The Annual Fund – make your gift today:
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.

Amy Aanrud
Matthew Anderson
Melissa (Geurts) Barkley
Rebecca (Partington) Berkley
Sherri (Aasheim) Bogue
Eric Bookmeyer
Meredith (Sherman) Borchardt
Kara (Teske) Brauer
Heather Bristol-Flesch
Trevor Burke
Billy Carlson
Alex Casterton
Julie (Torkelson) Chamberlain
Heidi (Ostrem) Chikmath
Teresa (Wheeler) Condon
Erika (Hendrickson) Connelly
Christopher Considine
Susan (Cihak) Considine
Kevin Cook
Kristi (Lenning) Dean
David Dueland
Jennifer Eckes
Heidi (Fenske) Engelhardt
Melissa Erdmann
David Espe
Erin Etscheidt Humpal
Mark Field
Kristin Formo
Jennifer (Molldrem) Fredrick
Carrie (Smithson) Gray
Mark Greenwood
Amanda Grell
Ami (Shoup) Hall
RaeAnn (Johnson) Hancock
Amy (Vollmer) Hatlevig
Brian Hatlevig
Sarah (Voorhees) Hershberger
Donelle (Jensen) Hintermeister
Todd Holmquist
Elizabeth Jensen
Jennifer Jones
Erin (Blagsvedt) Jorgensen
Kori Jorgensen
Thomas Joyce
David Kenagy
Jennifer (Radmer) Klein
Kathleen (Schmitt) Kline
Dana (Johnson) Koth
David Koth
Marla (Hampl) Kruse
Deborah Kruse-Field
Amy (Zalk) Larson
Marcy (Petersen) Larson
Matthew Loos
Mark Lovelace
Anna (White) Lovely
Brian Lynch
Sheresa Lynch
Chantal (Goetstouwers) Macksam
Karina (Himebaugh) Mensink
Len Mensink
Eric Merten
Renee (Rittmann) Merten
Rebecca Meyer
Sarah Meyer-Reyerson
Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck
Jodi (Bofenkamp) Mongan
Melissa (Hettlinger) Moore
Beth (Keller) Mork
Amy (Welch) Murphy
Karen (Amundson) Nehring
Sara (Franzen) Nelson
Laura (Allebach) Nichols
Kevin Nickel
Eva Nielsen
Kari (Kunz) Pardeik
Carrie (Koliha) Patzke
Jessica (Kettles) Pearson
Joshua Pearson
Lara (Luebke) Peto
Ellie (Peterson) Pichelmann
Mark Pichelmann
Jennifer (Ponik) Purpus
Scot Reisinger
Britt (Hellgren) Rhodes
Jennifer (Barrett) Riley
Stephen Ritter
Brett Robison
Jennaya (Rogers) Robison
Heather Schacht Reisinger
Eric Schubert
Lea (Miller) Schweitz
Denise Seabold
Craig Sears
Josie (Bansen) Severtson
Jill (Danielson) Seys
Jeremy Skoda
LaTasha (Larson) Slinden
Angela (Robeson) Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jennifer (Nielsen) Snow
Matthew Snow
Amy Sproston
Lisen (Nylander) Stoa
Erik Storlie
David Stromberg
Karen Swanson
Helga (Consiglio) Swatzak
Darla (Johnson) Thorland
Kari (Egan) Trapskin
Dennis Troy
Emily Van Scoy
Jorg Vianden
Danielle (Nelson) Werbick
Scott Whiteford
Kara (Peterson) Whittaker
Andrea Wehrmacher Wilkerson
Jason Zabokrtsky

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].